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for May 1, 2013


‘Thank you’ isn’t big enough

Our family, on behalf of our son Matthew, would like to express our amazement and gratitude to everyone in the Sandy community. Your concern and generosity have been overwhelming.

Since the accident on March 1, Matthew remains in the hospital and has a very long recovery to go.

As some may know, this is not our first touch of tragedy. Our oldest son, Chris, was killed in 2006.

We have had to deal with what no parent should ever, ever have to go through. Knowing how much concern and support we have from family and friends helps so very much. Since March 1 we have met so many wonderful people who know Matt; it has been truly eye-opening just how many people consider him a friend.

A special thanks to those who organized and pulled off a wonderful party for Matt. You’re fabulous!

Again, thank you, thank you, thank you. (It’s just not big enough.)

The Grassl family

Mike and Janet, Megan and Matthew

Sandy

Professional firefighters for Smith

The Sandy area is growing. With population growth, our fire department is busier. The pressures on our fire department to keep equipment ready and personnel current in fire prevention and suppression, rescue techniques and medical care are continuous.

Yet tax revenues are barely keeping up with department expenditures. It’s time to try new approaches and to learn from other fire departments’ successes.

For various and many reasons, Sandy Professional Firefighters L-1660 endorse Jan Smith for the Sandy Fire Board. We believe it is time for new ideas and a change.

We ask you to consider our endorsement of Jan Smith when you vote in the May 21 election. Thank you.

Gary McLean

firefighter/paramedic

shop steward, L-1660, Sandy RFPD

Sandy

Smith brings caring, expertise to fire board

We strongly endorse Jan Smith for the Sandy Fire Board. We’ve known and respected Jan since she owned Sandy Quick Print. She will bring years of business expertise to the fire board.

Just as important, she brings passion and dedication to the fire district.

For more than a year she has attended fire district board meetings and fire board workshops. She participated in fire district strategic planning sessions, and helped organize community participation in the fire district’s disaster exercise several years ago.

And remember — she did all this as a community member, not a member of the board.

Jan also brings years of volunteering in the city of Sandy. Whether it’s the Sandy Chamber of Commerce, the Mountain Festival, Relay for Life or numerous other volunteer commitments, Jan is there, working on behalf of our community.

And Jan respects our district’s firefighters. She talks with them, listens to them and admires the work they do as they put their lives on the line to protect our families, our homes, and our businesses.

She wants to be sure there are trained crews available to respond quickly, with effective equipment.

We know that Jan brings proven business skills, commitment to the fire district, and dedication to the Sandy community. The fire board needs her talents and her dedication.

So we urge you to vote for Jan Smith for the Sandy Fire District board.

Norm and Arty Trost

Sandy