Four Free Important Events Coming Up

Mayor’s Interim Report on Economic Development and iProvo
Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.
Covey Center, 425 W. Center St.

Roof  Top Concert Series
The Lower Lights
October 1st   8:00 pm
Provo Town Square Rooftop Parking Structure

Provo City Services Fair
October 4 th  4:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.,
Provo Towne Centre mall

Meet the Candidates
Sponsored by the Woman’s Legislative Council
October 7th 10:00 a.m.
Provo Library Academy Square

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The Famous Thomas Pumpkin Patch Party

If you missed this, make sure you get on the guest list for next year.  
Lots of food, fun and pumpkins for the kids.  
It’s the only place I know you won’t catch Charlie and Dan talking politics.
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Rooftop Concert October 1

Only six more days until the next concert in the Rooftop Concert Series.  Get there early because the last concert was a huge success.  I made sure the event was in my schedule, so I’ll see you there.
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5th Annual Wood Sculpture Show

Provo is home to the 5th Annual Wood Sculpture Show today and tomorrow at the Provo Library.  (See details below).  It was my lucky job to select my favorite for the “Mayor’s Choice Award.”  I picked the house above.  It stood out to me because I found it in the youth section.  
Also, my favorite is this one done by Provo Police Sergeant, George Besendorfer.  I hear that the Sergeant is also well known for his accurate and fast shooting skills.


5th Annual Wood Sculpture Show
September 24th and 25th
Event Hours: Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 9am-4pm
Admission: $3 General Admission
Location: Provo City Academy Square Library
Address: 550 North University Avenue, Provo
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Mayor Jerry Washburn – One of the Very Good Guys!

I have long admired Mayor Jerry Washburn.  In my book he is one of the very good guys out there.  
Orem has been very fortunate to have him serve them so well for so long.
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Residents Back in Homes

The big excitement today was a 16 inch natural gas line that was hit by the contractor for the Central Utah Pipeline for the Springville phase (not Provo Reach 1).  
The good news- no one was hurt.
Close to 1000 residents were evacuated out of their homes near 1860 South and State Street.  Thanks to Spring Creek Elementary we had a comfortable place for them to go and thanks to the Red Cross they were well taken care of once they arrived.  
Residents were allowed to go back to their homes several hours later.
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Exodus

Provo City is in the process of evacuating about 1,000 residents from their homes in southeast Provo.
We’re still waiting for the details, but apparently some construction in the area impacted
a major gas pipeline.  Residents are being evacuated to Spring Creek Elementary,
1740 S. Nevada Ave.  It could take 2-4 hours for the gas line to be shut off.
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In an Emergency, Keep Cool

Meet Chris Blinzinger, our new Emergency Management Coordinator.  Chris will make sure that we have the right processes in place to handle large-scale emergencies such as earthquakes and floods.
For the last two years, he has worked for Intermountain Healthcare in the Level II Trauma Center in Provo, where he was given the nick-name “Cool Chris.”

He is married to the girl he went to Homecoming with over 20 years ago, and he and his wife have eight children together, ages 21, 19, 17, 12, 11, 10, 9, and 8.
If you have any emergency management related questions, call him at (801) 852-6455.
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Veterans Memorial Pool Breaks Revenue Record

The Veterans Memorial Pool had 85,000 visitors and generated $240,000 in revenue this past season, more than in any other year before.  June was also the highest revenue generating month in the history of the pool.
And even more importantly, there were no major accidents or injuries, thanks to our highly trained and professional aquatic staff.
An eight-year-old visitor from Idaho even went to our aquatics facilities supervisor’s office to tell her his trip to the pool was “the best day of his life.”
What’s really interesting is that a few years ago, before the addition of the splash pool, the Veterans Memorial Pool was losing money.  The year before the splash pool was added, it only brought in $59,000, and required a transfer of $120,000 from the city’s general fund.  Now it’s making money, operating with an $80,000 surplus.

Read a Daily Herald article about it here.

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