The topic of the week is Helper’s First Friday event that will be taking place on Friday, September 6 at 6:00 pm on the city’s historic Main Street. This month’s theme is Dog Days of Summer Are Over and event planners have also turned the gathering into a huge Get Well Party for Kenzlee Cook.
“The First Friday organizers are aware of a young child in the Helper community who is suffering from a brain tumor so we’ve come together as a community to support Tony, Candance, Shontae and Kenzlee Cook,” explained Mayor Peterman. “So the First Friday group said let’s make Friday a Get Well Party for Kenzlee and everybody in the community has rallied around that.” There will be vendors and businesses that will donate a portion of their evening’s sales to four-year old Kenzlee to help ease the burden of any medical expenses she and her family are facing during this difficult time. Everyone in the Castle Country area is invited to attend the event in her honor.
The city recently received a grant from Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) to upgrade the city’s famous swinging bridge located on Helper’s Walkway. “They have a Safe Routes to School program that we exercise, where they will facilitate insuring children have safe pathways to school. So, we’re super excited to have been awarded the full amount and we’re looking forward to getting that restoration going on,” stated Mayor Peterman. The grant will bring much-needed repairs and upgrades to the city’s existing swinging bridge
If the grant was not exciting enough for the quaint little city, they had some special visitors that came to Helper to help with their Master Design Plan. “I pursued USU Logan because they have an architecture program, was fortunate to connect with Dave Evans, and Helper City is actually going to be the fall project for not only an undergraduate group but for five graduate students and they’re going to take the elements we’ve put together as a community and see if we can create a cohesive plan for expanding that throughout the community,” explained Mayor Peterman. This opportunity will allow for the architecture students to create bite-size projects for the city to complete over the next few years. Their designs and ideas will be consistent with the city’s upgrades and additions that have taken place throughout Main Street.
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