Cache Valley Family Magazine Fall 2014

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Best Dentist

Best Home Repair

Herm’s Inn

Travis Baldwin, DDS

Anson’s Handyman Services

Best Lunch

Best Pediatric Dentist

Best Home Builder

Angie’s Restaraunt

Daren Gehring, DDS

Kartchner Homes

Best Dinner

Best Orthodontist

Best Auto Repair

Elements Restaurant

Brady Thomson, DDS

Ridgeline Auto

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Best Obstetrician

Best Car Sales

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Brett Horsley, DO

Wilson Motor Company

Best Bakery

Best Date Venue

Best Family Photographer

Shaffer House Bakery

Ellen Eccles Theatre

Nicole Leavitt Photography

Best Coffee Shop

Best Family Entertainment

Best Children’s Photographer

Cafe Ibis

Cache Valley Fun Park

Ashley Mae McKnight Photography

Best Ice Cream

Best Summer Camp

Best Park

Charlie’s Ice Cream

Sports Academy

Ryan’s Park

Best Salon

Best Children’s Playplace

Best Little Kid Entertainment

Valhalla Salon and Spa

The Jumpzone

The Jumpzone

Best Gym

Best Preschool

Best Big Kid Entertainment

High Point Gymnastics

Garden of Learning

Cache Valley Fun Park

Best Fitness Center

Best Sporting Goods

Best Rainy Day Fun

Sports Academy

Al’s Sporting Goods

Logan Lanes

Best Grocery Store

Best Golf Course

Best Apparel, Adult

Lee’s Marketplace

Birch Creek

Bella Me Boutique

Best Pediatrician

Best Theatre

Best Home Décor

Bruce O’Very, MD

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Best Family Doctor

Best Realtor

Best Children’s Store

Ronald Firth, MD

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What’s INSIDE PUBLISHER & EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Emily Buckley COVER PHOTOGRAPHY AND PHOTOGRAPHY DIRECTION Mandy Bagley, Shooting Star Photography CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Tara Bone Emily Buckley Sherelle Christensen Peter Dettore Marshal Garrett Deren Gehring, DDS Mike Gunter Brett Hadley Craig Humphreys Mike Liechty Kinsey Love Russel McKenna, DO Jim Meacham Breanne Miller Derek Miller Heather Overly Kate Petersen Schae Richards Christie Stock GRAPHIC DESIGN Rachel Cottrell Raschelle Goodman Emily Buckley WEBSITE DESIGN Kite Media Cache Valley Family Magazine is a free, trusted resource designed to inform, serve and enrich local parents and families throughout Cache Valley. Material in this publication is copyright 2014, Cache Valley Family Magazine. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission of the publisher is prohibited. The views expressed in the magazine are the views of the writers and do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Please send all editorial correspondence to or by mail to PO Box 6831, North Logan, UT 84341. All correspondence is sent on a non-confidential basis and Cache Valley Family Magazine shall be free to reproduce, publish, edit and/or use any such communications. All materials become property of Cache Valley Family Magazine.

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Featured Stories:

The Pumpkin Walk: A Family Tradition — p. 20 A Century of Healthcare in Cache Valley — p. 6 Are Your Home and Garden Ready for Winter? — p. 34 Ditch Your All-Season Tires for Winter — p. 15 Adoption: Building Open, Positive Relationships — p. 16 Navigating Through Obamacare — p. 33

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Starting Out: 20 Ways to Incorporate Music in Your Home p. 28 Growing Up: Teaching Smart Saving at All Stages — p. 36

Around the Table: From the Farmer’s Wife — p. 12 Making a Difference: Angie’s Restaurant — p. 26 Healthy Family: Fever Fears — p. 27 Is Your Home Making You Sick? — p. 8 Don’t Let Halloween Treats Pull a Trick on Your Kid’s Teeth — p. 18 Mom’s Favorite Things — p. 25 Kids Favorite Things — p. 13 The Trendy Mom: Best Baby Finds — p. 14 Family Firsts: We’re Going to the Fair — p. 22 Safe Families: Creating a Family Fire Safety Plan — p. 10 Electrical Safety at Home — p. 11 Gun Safety — p. 24


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A Century of Emily Buckley, editor-in-chief

Healthcare in Cache Valley

A century ago local physicians and businessmen worked tirelessly raising money to fund construction of a hospital through the buying and selling of shares on which they knew they would never receive dividends. They weren’t investing in their own financial future, but rather in the community they loved. “The opening of the Utah-Idaho Hospital in 1914 was really the birth of not-for-profit healthcare in Cache Valley,” said Tina Murray, communications specialist at Intermountain Logan Regional Hospital.

The three-floor, 60-bed Utah-Idaho Hospital, which stood on the corner of 200 North and 300 East in Logan, was a major milestone for the community. Although there had been private residences transformed into hospitals for a decade before, this facility was the first modern hospital built from the ground of for the primary purpose of being a hospital. It had many modern conveniences such as operating rooms, x-ray, classrooms, business offices, a handoperated elevator, and kitchen and laundry facilities. In 1925 the Utah-Idaho hospital was expanded and became the William Budge Memorial Hospital. According to the story of the Budge Clinic by J. Clare Hayward, M.D., the first baby delivered in a hospital in Logan was born that year. In 1948, the LDS Church acquired Budge Memorial Hospital as part of the church’s health system. The hospital’s name was changed to Logan LDS Hospital until 1975, when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints turned it over to Intermountain Healthcare and it was renamed Logan Hospital. By the end of the decade construction began on a new facility, and in 1980 Intermountain Logan

The Utah-Idaho Hospital, opened in 1914 and located on the corner of 200 North and 300 East in Logan, was Cache Valley’s first hospital built from the ground up for the purpose of being a hospital.

Regional Hospital opened in its current location on 1400 North. “Throughout the past century, access to improved technology, expanded services, and a broadened range of specialists has distinctly changed and enhanced the quality of healthcare the valley’s residents enjoy today,” said Murray. “While a lot has changed, the overall mission established by visionaries in the early 1900s — to provide the best available medical care following a not-for-profit model of delivery — has not changed. This same vision is effectively being carried out at Logan Regional Hospital 100 years later.”

Celebrate with Logan Regional Hospital Throughout 2014, Logan Regional Hospital has been celebrating its 100-year history with everything from a signature ice cream flavor called Centennial Scoop, created by Charlie’s Ice Cream, to internal events and community education about the history and a breast cancer awareness event earlier this month. They invite the community to join the celebration at a 100 Year Gala on November 5, at the Riverwoods Conference Center featuring performer Alex Boyé and the implementation of an awards program honoring individuals who have impacted healthcare in Cache Valley.

Recipients of the 2014 awards: Dr. Merrill and Betty Daines Lifetime Achievement Award William Budge Family Healthcare Excellence Award Lorraine Liechty Olsen Distinguished Service Award Proceeds from the gala will be used to expand services at the Cache Valley Community Health Clinic. For tickets and more information visit

School children, from kindergarten through 5th-grade are also invited to celebrate by participating in an art and writing contest titled, “Hospitals Now and in the Future.” Students may use their imaginations to draw a picture of or write a short story about the hospital or the people who work in the hospital, and how they have helped the student or members of the community that the student knows. Winners will be chosen for writing and art categories and within age groups, and will be professionally displayed at Logan Regional Hospital.


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Is Your Home Making You Sick? Mike Gunter, owner, AirPure, LLC

Utah’s winter inversion season is quickly approaching. Are you ready? The Utah Division of Air Quality has recommended taking precautions to avoid heavy exertion outside and driving less frequently to lessen emissions that add to pollution. Great tips, but you might want to take a deep breath (or not): The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that the air in most homes is two to five times more contaminated than the air outdoors. In our ever-increasing efforts to make homes more energy efficient we are creating spaces sealed so tightly that biological irritants (i.e., mold spores, dust mites and pollen) and fumes (like volatile organic compounds or VOCs found in many household products) are building up.

Indoor air pollutants can affect your entire family’s health by contributing to the development of asthma and other respiratory illnesses. In addition, chronic respiratory diseases, cancer and heart disease can result from long-term exposure to indoor air pollutants. To improve the indoor air quality in your home, consider installing an air cleaning system to remove air pollutants from your home. You can also implement the strategies in the box below to help clear the air in your home. If you think your home is making you sick, you might be right. Take steps quickly to solve the problem and help your family breathe easier.

Clear the Air in Your Home and Help Your Family Stay Healthy • • • • • •

Open your windows. When the air is clear outside, open your windows for 10-15 minutes a day to dilute the contaminated air in your home Be a cautious cleaner. Dust is a leading source of air pollution because it absorbs toxic gases. Frequent, methodical vacuuming captures most dust. Run bathroom fans. Bathroom vents draw moist air out, reducing the risk of mold development. Run fans whenever you are showering or using products that contain fragrances or vapors. Clean or replace furnace and AC filters. If filters are dirty or damaged they don’t work. Follow the recommended maintenance schedule for heating and air conditioning systems. Generally, filters should be checked about four times a year (depending on the filter used). If filters have been neglected or compromised, you may need to clean your furnace and air ducts. The EPA also recommends having air ducts cleaned every five to seven years if anyone in your household has asthma or other respiratory illnesses. Forget the fireplace. According to the American Lung Association, burning wood emits harmful toxins that can worsen breathing problems, lead to heart and lung disease and even early death. If you must burn wood for heat, make sure you it is in a stove that meets EPA standards. What about gas fireplaces? Many leak nitrogen dioxide and carbon monoxide into your home, so make sure they are fully vented to the outdoors. Toss half-used paint. Even when they’re resealed, the

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paint can release significant levels of harmful VOCs. Unopened cans are more airtight, but still emit fumes, so store them in a well-ventilated area, such as outdoors in a shed, until ready to use. Limit use of fragrances. Pleasant scents often make indoor air worse. Choose soaps and cleaners free of perfumes and dyes. To scent your home, boil citrus peels or herbs like sage, rosemary or mint. Test for Radon. Even though it’s 100 percent natural, radon (an odorless, colorless and tasteless radioactive gas found in one in 15 homes) is responsible for more than 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year. Make your own cleaners. Vinegar, borax and baking soda can be used to clean your home without VOCs. Buy a ficus plant. Researchers especially like them for their gas-absorbing and antimicrobial activity. Test your home’s humidity levels. Humidity levels should be between 30 and 60 percent. Higher levels put you at risk for increased mold and dust mites and lower levels can aggravate existing breathing problems and dry out skin. Cover your walls with Low-VOC paint. Walls are a leading source of harmful compounds because paint continues to “offgas” up to a year after it dries. Use a HEPA vacuum cleaner. Short for high efficiency particle accumulator, HEPA filters catch virtually all particles that are 0.3 micrometers in size. Invest in an air cleaning system. A good system can stop up to 95 percent of the dust and other particles to help make your home a dust-free zone.


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Family FIRE

Craig Humphreys, assistant chief/fire marshal Logan Fire Department

One of the obstacles in fire safety is overcoming the

psychological attitude that “it won’t or can’t happen to me.” After recently responding to my brother’s home fully involved in fire, it is a vivid reminder that it CAN happen to anyone. In only a matter of minutes, a small house fire can rage out of control. Heat temperatures from a building fire can reach up to 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit at the ceiling level. The flames emit smoke and carbon monoxide gas, which is odorless, colorless and tasteless and can cause immediate unconsciousness, followed by death. Staying calm and following a family fire safety plan is the best way to stay safe and keep children from panicking and trying to hide. Creating your family’s fire safety plan should be a family affair where each member of the family can contribute ideas and ask questions. This way, children feel a sense of control. Your family’s fire safety planning should include education on fire safety equipment in your home, including smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Your fire safety plan should include, if possible, two ways out of every room, a meeting place and the local emergency contact number or 911. As you plan, draw a floor plan of your home that shows all possible exits from each room. Draw a main escape route and an alternate escape route from each room, with increased emphasis on children’s bedrooms. Be sure there is no confusion and that children understand how to exit the house from any room. Conduct a fire drill at least once every six months. Sound an alarm and treat the situation as if it were a real fire. Make sure everyone knows how to escape the home, but don’t rush. Once everyone is outside, discuss the drill and any problems. Vary starting points from different areas in the home. Decide on a place to meet once everyone has exited the home. Choose a place a safe distance away from your


home, where all family members will be visible to each other and arriving fire fighters (this predetermined place could be at a close neighbor’s house). Ensure that all family members know the emergency number or 911 and know to call for help immediately. Remind your children that it is NEVER okay to re-enter a burning or smoldering building, even if that means losing a prized possession or even a pet. Once you have established a Fire Escape Plan, practice it routinely. It could save you and your children’s lives!

Fire Safety Tips Complete a home fire safety checklist and identify fire risks in your home. Place smoke alarms in each bedroom and on every floor, test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors monthly and change the batteries at least once a year. Make sure that everyone in the home can hear the smoke alarm from their bedrooms. Make a family fire escape plan and practice it. Make sure that everyone in the house understands the family fire escape plan. Keep a fire extinguisher in your home and ensure everyone knows how to use it. Never leave food unattended on the stove, keep all matches/lighters out of the reach of children and don’t place portable heaters near flammable materials.

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Did you flip on the light switch when you walked into the bathroom this morning? How about charging your cell phone or plugging in the toaster? Electricity makes life more convenient and fun, but it also has the potential to cause serious harm.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that US fire departments responded to an estimated 46,500 house fires caused by electrical malfunction or failure in 2010; 49 percent of those involved lighting or electrical distribution equipment and another 46 percent were attributed to other known types of equipment (i.e., stoves, washers, dryers, heaters and fans). Protect your home and family by implementing the following electrical safety tips: • • • •

Only plug one heat-producing appliance (like a coffee maker, toaster or space heater) into a receptacle outlet a time. Major appliances (refrigerators, dryers, washers, stoves, air conditioners) should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet without the use of an extension cord. Consider having arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) installed in your home. These shut off electricity when dangerous conditions arise. Install ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) in to reduce the risk of shock.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: All electrical work should be done by a qualified electrician.

GFCIs shut off electrical circuits when it becomes a shock hazard. They should be installed in all outside receptacles and inside your bathrooms, kitchen, garages and basements. • Test AFCIs and GFCIs monthly. • Ensure electrical cords are not running across doorways or under carpets. Extension cords should only be for temporary use; have a qualified electrician add more receptacle outlet so you don’t have to use extension cords. • Use light bulbs that match the wattage

Call a qualified electrician if you have: • • • • • •

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As a farm family, summer and even early fall can be a whirlwind of

chaos. The whole year has been dedicated to making sure our crops, yard and gardens are all well cared for. The end of August brings our day for preserving our large patch of sweet corn. Our whole family (aunts, uncles, cousins and a few in between) gather together to blanch and freeze corn. The first chill of fall brings our annual potato harvest where we all work grueling hours together to bring in our famous Idaho potato crop. It’s a bit of a relief when the leaves start to fall, the garden has been cleaned out and tilled and the fields have been plowed. There is nothing we enjoy more than those first few months where the work day ends before dark, and our family is home together in the quiet evenings. I look forward to spending time doing chores inside our home, and especially cooking and baking.

Sherelle Christensen

When the temperatures start to drop, nothing tastes better than a warm bowl of soup and fresh-made bread. This delicious recipe combines some of my favorite summer treats that I’ve put away for the colder months: potatoes and onions from our cellar, corn from our garden and fresh herbs that I froze in oil to preserve.

Sherelle’s corn chowder 3-4 potatoes, peeled and diced Peel and dice potatoes, cover with water and place in a medium saucepan. Boil until tender then drain and set aside. 1 lb. bacon In a large, heavy bottomed pot, cook bacon until crisp. Set bacon on a paper towel to cool. Remove most of the bacon drippings, leaving about 1 Tbs. in the pot.

Sherelle’s Parmesan, basil, & rosemary bread 4 tsp. yeast 2 Tbs. sugar 2 1/2 cups warm water 2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. garlic powder 1 Tbs. chopped fresh rosemary (can substitute dried herbs) 2 Tbs. chopped fresh basil (can substitute dried herbs) 3 Tbs. olive oil 1/2 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese 6 1/2 - 7 cups flour Place yeast and sugar in warm water and allow to dissolve. Add in salt, garlic, herbs, olive oil and cheese and mix well. Add enough flour to make a slightly sticky but lightly firm dough. Place in a greased bowl and cover. Allow to rise about 1 hour, or until doubled in size. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Punch down dough and split in half. Shape each piece and place in two greased bread pans. Cover loafs and allow to rise 20-30 minutes. Place in oven and cook 20-25 minutes.

1 stick butter 1 onion, chopped 1 clove garlic, minced 3/4 cup flour In the same heavy bottomed pot, add the butter to bacon drippings over medium heat. Add chopped onion and minced garlic and saute about 3 minutes. Add flour and make a roux, and turn heat to low. Add the following, and turn heat back to medium: 1 cup heavy cream 1 cup chicken broth 2 1/2 cups milk Stir well, scraping bottom of pot and slowly bring to a boil. Add the following: 1 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp black pepper 1/4 tsp. garlic powder 1 pkg. frozen corn (about 4-5 cups), thawed Then return heat to low and add in: cooked, diced potatoes crumbled bacon 1 cup cheddar cheese, grated 1/2 cup sour cream Gently stir until well combined and warmed through. Now it’s time to enjoy a bowl of delicious corn chowder!

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($23.99) In our opinion, this is one of the best toys on the market today. Although it is approved for children as young as 3, it is truly fun for the whole family. Previously known as Living Sand, Sands Alive is a fantastic sensory toy that allows kids all the fun of sand, without the mess. It molds easily into any shape, is quick to clean up, is antibacterial and doesn’t dry out. With the cold winter months coming, this product will give you and your kids something fun and creative to do indoors.


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The Trendy mom:

Best Baby Finds Newborn babies don’t usually create a fashionable mom, lets be honest; they tend to create more of a zombie mom. But as I prepared for the arrival of our new baby I found a few products I hope will make the days easier and put a little extra pep in my step after 3 a.m. wake up calls. A Good Stroller. With each child I have had to purchase a new stroller for one reason or another. This time, I wanted to get it right so I searched high and low for the perfect stroller for my three little ones. I chose the “City Mini” double by Baby Jogger. It folds up quickly and easily, can fit through a regular-sized door, pivots perfectly, has wheels that don’t stick out the front and it has a newborn car seat adapter. This stroller is almost too good to be true! It was a little pricey, but like I said, I did my research, and was able to find one for almost $150 less than the listed price. When

it comes to a stroller, convenience and ease of use is key, and this one nailed it. A Stylish Diaper Bag. This bag is going to be attached at your hip for probably the next year (or more) so be sure to find something you like. I had a great bag with my first two kids, but this time I decided I needed to go with more of a hands free approach, and chose a bag that can also be converted to a backpack. I found my bag at Lily Jade, an online company. I love it because it looks like a purse, but the best part is its removable and washable (yay!) insert. It has compartments galore, perfect for all of baby’s little items. If you already have a bag or purse you love, you can purchase the insert separately and convert any bag into the perfect diaper bag. Baby Blankets. You can never have enough baby blankets, and I feel like I struck gold finding these ones. Saranoni Blankets is not only a Utah-based company, but they are a company local to Cache Valley. They have the best variety in baby blankets. From perfect swaddling blankets to the very softest receiving blankets, you cannot go wrong. This go around, my baby’s closet is stocked with Saranoni Blankets, and I know I will use them well. You can find them online at, and because we are Cache Valley locals, they have offered Cache Valley Family Magazine readers a 15-percent-off discount code to use at check out: CVHome. I hope you find something you love for your new addition. Here’s to us mom’s, sticking together and to feeling and looking good while raising little ones.



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Now is the Time to Ditch Your All-Season Tires for Winter

Christie Stock, vice president Discount Tire

No one really needs winter

tires, right? If you happen to live in a place where it never gets cold this statement may be true, but if you live in a place where temperatures drop below 45 degrees for any consistent amount of time, then winter tires should be mandatory on your winter to-do list. So, it goes without saying that in Cache Valley winter tires are absolutely recommended.

have serious handling consequences that, in combination with wet and icy roads, create a recipe for disaster.

Another misconception is that vehicles equipped with traction control will provide enough traction. Though traction control does optimize the traction of your tires in adverse conditions by preventing wheel spin, it does not provide additional tire traction. Traction boils down All-season tires, which most vehicles come equipped to the four contact patches created by the vehicle’s tires. with, are designed for general use, but not for winter. In Having the best traction on your tires allows the vehicle’s snow and ice conditions, they only provide minimal trac- traction control system to operate more effectively and tion in diagonal handling and shorter braking distances. drive more safely. If your vehicle is equipped with ABS brakes it is important to know that this system simply Winter tires are designed like a snow boot: They offer as prevents the vehicle’s brakes from locking up. In order much as 50 percent better traction than all-season tires to stop quicker, it is key to have adequate traction on do. Winter tires also have high-density, sophisticated your tires. These special features are helpful partners to sipe designs that help cut through water and slush so the a good set of winter tires, not a substitute for them. tread compound can make better contact with the road. Think of winter tires as an extra dose of insurance and It is always recommended that four winter tires be in- safety to those riding in or around your vehicle. It’s vistalled on vehicles before the cold weather arrives. Using tal that we all take steps to protect ourselves from the just two winter tires creates a traction mismatch that can dangers winter can bring, and good traction and control while driving is a huge step in that direction.


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Building Open, Positive Relationships Schae Richards contributing writer

Dayna and George Wilde, of Logan, always wanted a big family, but only had one biological daughter, who is now grown and married. “I came from a family of seven kids, and Dayna came from a family of six,” George said. “So we just always thought we would have a big family, but it just never happened.” That’s when the couple decided to take another route and adopt. Dayna and George’s family now includes Seth, 16, and Stewart, 11. But before adopting their sons, the couple had begun the process of adopting 21-month-old twins from Pennsylvania. However, not everything went as planned. It took about six months to finalize the adoption in Pennsylvania, where the birth parents could revoke their consent during that period, Dayna explained. “Five months into the adoption, the birth mother changed her mind, so we lost the twins,” she said. Experiences like these are why some people may be hesitant about adoption. The Wilde’s can relate to these feelings. “With our failed adoption, we were very scared about the birth mother and the power she had,” Dayna said. “In that situation, she still had power to come back and get those children.” She said people may be afraid of the association between the birth mother and child. “It’s very common to be leery of what [the mother’s] motives are, but once [she] sign[s] those papers, [she] has good intentions, and it’s really nice to be able to have those relationships.” In fact, Dayna and George consider it is positive (for everyone involved) to build good, strong relationships

with the birth mother. “More and more adoptive families are developing relationships with their birth mothers and involving them in their lives and building lasting, loving relationships,” Dayna said. Since adopting their sons, the couple has tried to develop these types of relations with both of their sons’ birth mothers. For example, they have shared pictures and letters with Seth’s birth mother and have also sent items to Stewart’s mother. At this time, Seth has not expressed interest in his birth mother, while Stewart has. “With Seth, we have a lot of information and correspondence back and forth with his birth mother, and have hardly any for Stewart,” Dayna said. “Stewart is the one who is very interested, but has very little to look at.” Although Seth shows no interest right now, Dayna and George believe a day may come where he would like to know more about his birth mother. If and when that day arrives, the couple is glad they have records for Seth. Moreover, George said Seth can file through the Bureau of Vital Statistics to meet his birth mother once he turns 18. “[The Bureau of Vital Statistics] makes it possible for you to meet your birth parent if both parties agree,” George said. Currently, the couple doesn’t correspond with either birth mother. Yet, they would like to meet them again one day. “I would love to meet either of those birth mothers again because we have a great love for them,” Dayna said. “We are so grateful to them for their sacrifice in helping our family to grow.”

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Halloween Treats pull Tricks on your Kids’Teeth Daren Gehring, DDS, Cache Valley Pediatric Dentistry

Halloween is just around the corner, and everywhere

you look kids are being bombarded by candy displays and sugary treats. While there’s no denying the fun of this spooky holiday, it can be truly scary for their teeth. So, how can you and your kids enjoy the festivities without damaging their dental health? Check out these five simple suggestions: 1. Halloween Candy vs. Cavities: Don’t make kids choose. Don’t deny your child the Halloween experience. Instead, let them have the joy of Halloween in all its ghoulish goodness and the experience of going to a

party or trick-or-treating. However, after your children get home, go through their bags of candy together. Let them pick the 10 or so (whatever number you decide together) treats they want most. Then get the unpicked treats out of sight. **(See purple box on next page.)

2. Set a “Treat Time.” Cavities and tooth decay are caused by prolonged exposure to sugar. If kids know there is a specific time for a special treat, they can learn to enjoy the treat in that moment and then be done for the day. After “treat time” encourage brushing to remove the sugar that remains on their teeth, or at least, have them swish with water to remove as much sugar as possible. This helps children learn that eating sweets shouldn’t be an all-day feast. Moderation is the key.

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3. Choose Candy Carefully. •

Sticky candies are the worst for teeth. Taffy, caramels and gummy candies adhere to every nook and cranny on the surface of the teeth, and, because they are so sticky, saliva isn’t able to wash them away as effectively as other types of candy. Kids should brush their teeth as soon as possible after eating these types of candies.

Hard candy, like lollipops or jawbreakers, are almost as bad. Although they do not stick to their mouths, they take a long time to dissolve. As a result your child’s teeth are exposed to sugar for a longer period of time.

Sour candy is also bad for your teeth because of its higher acidity, which can quickly break down tooth enamel. Even though candies like Pixisticks dissolve quickly in the mouth and don’t require chewing, they contain nothing but sugar and acid, and can quickly change the mouth’s PH and give bacteria a quick sugar to eat. Candy that is both sour and sticky should really be avoided as much as possible due to the double threat of the candy sticking to the teeth longer with the additional acidic content.

Chocolate, with no sticky fillings, is a much better option. This type of candy will generally not stick to teeth as easily as other sweets, making it a better choice.

Sugar-free gum may be the best choice because it leaves no sticky residue. It can also help clean out food debris and stimulate saliva production which helps keep our mouths less acidic and less prone to cavities.

4. Candy is Not Dinner. Let’s face it, if left to their own devices, many kids would be perfectly content eating candy for dinner. However, feeding kids a healthy meal before they go trick-or-treating is a great way to decrease their desire to binge on candy. Plus, eating dinner will kick start saliva production, which in turn protects teeth from the candy eaten later. 5. Keep Teeth Brushing Fun. Toothbrushes should be replaced every three to four months anyway, so make Halloween an occasion for getting a new one. Children are more apt to brush when they like their toothbrush. They also like to pick out their own toothpaste. Give them the freedom to pick from gels or pastes, different colors and different flavors. Just check the label to ensure it contains fluoride. There are also apps such as “toothsavers” that encourage teeth brushing as well as video games to play involving brushing the “bugs” away.

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Cache Valley Pediatric Dentistry will host their thirdannual Operation Gratitude Halloween Candy Buy Back on Sat., Nov. 1, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Children will receive $1 for every pound of candy donated (up to 5 pounds). There will also be games for all and prize drawings for those who make cards to send to the troops. It’s a win-win-win situation: The troops win by getting treats and cards from home, your child wins by getting paid for their donation and, best of all, your child’s teeth win. For more information about operation gratitude, visit or call Cache Valley Pediatric Dentistry at 435.752.4330, located at 1451 North 200 East in Logan, just west of Lowe’s by the clock tower.


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The Pumpkin Walk: A Family Tradition Emily Buckley, editor-in-chief

Thirty-one years ago, Ida and Wallace Beutler began the North Logan Pumpkin Walk with a simple Halloween display in the field of their family farm on 1600 East in North Logan.

“My mother was the creative genius,” said Marie Godfrey, a North Logan resident and one of Ida and Wallace’s five daughters. “Dad was her helper to make it all happen.”

Mrs. Beutler had a vision for a lighter, happier spin on Halloween. She had a deep love for children, and wanted to create a place for families to come enjoy the season and make happy memories. With that goal in mind, she and her husband opened their family farm to the community for the annual celebration.

By 1984, the Pumpkin Walk on the Beutler Farm included fresh-pressed apple cider and homemade cookies for every visitor, a bonfire by the granary and hand painted displays and scenes of carved pumpkins and other seasonal décor. That year, the event attracted about 200 visitors on each of its two nights.

One evening, just before Halloween, a few teenage boys knocked over and vandalized the scene. The boys were caught red handed by the local police who delivered them to Mrs. Beutler’s doorstep to make a confession. The loving, retired school teacher invited them in, offered them apple cider and made an agreement that they could make restitution by helping her put together another display the following year. They did just that, and the Pumpkin Walk has continued ever since.

The Pumpkin Walk, which has featured the likes of a pumpkin Rapunzel on top of the chicken coop and scenes depicting popular movies from E.T. in the 1980s to Despicable Me last year, quickly became a well-loved community tradition. By the fourth year, 20,000 people came to the Beutler’s Pumpkin Walk, and the event was outgrowing their farm. Before long the city of North Logan adopted the event, moved it Elk Ridge Park and committed to stay true to Mrs. Beutler’s original vision of a family-friendly atmosphere, which, by the way, is always free to attend.

Below: Marie Godfrey and Annette Perkes, two of Ida and Wallace Beutler’s daughters. Both reside in North Logan and continue participation with the Pumpkin Walk.

Right: A scene from last year’s 30th-anniversary Pumpkin Walk depicting Ida and Wallace Beutler and friends Nancy and Lyle Isrealsen planning the original Pumpkin Walk. Below: Ida and Wallace Beutler celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in 1990.

Photos courtesy of Marie Godfrey, Nancy Isrealsen and by Shooting Star Photography

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“From the beginning, the Pumpkin Walk was a community effort, involving countless hours of service and the talents of so many,” said Marie. These talents included the work of Artist and North Logan resident Nancy Isrealsen who helped create the Pumpkin Walk, painted many of the early scenes and continues to be involved today.

Currently, a volunteer committee manages the event, Pepperidge Farms donates cookies, Rocky Mountain Power donates Interested in getting involved energy, North Logan City donates mandecorating, carving, setting power and space and countless commuup, or cleaning up? nity members pitch in to carve and paint the nearly 700 pumpkins, set up displays, Contact Michelle Weaver at serve cookies and clean up each year. 752-1473 or About 40,000 visitors from Cache Valley Top Left: Ida Beutler at the entrance and beyond make the Pumpkin Walk part of their annual Halloween celebrations. of the original Pumpkin Walk. Left: Nancy and Lyle Isrealsen at the entrance of the current Pumpkin Walk. Nancy was integral in the development of the Pumpkin Walk and painted the entry along with many other displays.

Although Ida and Wallace have both passed on, Marie and her sister Annette Perkes, who also still lives in North Logan, are happy to continue participating in the Pumpkin Walk, and to involve their children and grandchildren as they paint displays and visit the event each year. “It takes a lot of work to pull it together,” said Marie. “It is wonderful that so many people are involved. Mother would be thrilled!” Left: The entry of the Pumpkin Walk at the old Beutler Farm in North Logan. Below: Many of Ida and Wallace Beutler’s great grandchildren at the original Pumpkin Walk site. Many of them enjoy creating scenes for display at the Pumpkin Walk each year.


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We’re Going to the Fair! Tara Bone, contributing writer

My father was a dairy farmer in Cache Valley. From an early age, I learned that animals don’t take breaks for Christmas, family vacations or just because you’re tired. It’s 24/7. So when my husband announced that we were building a barn and raising lambs for the Cache County Fair, I panicked. Last year I went along with raising chicks to build work ethic in our three boys. We ended up with two chicken coops, one surprise rooster and a skunk attack that turned

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If you are interested in the Cache County 4-H program contact Laura Jones at the Cache County Extension (435.752.6263) or visit the program online at: our world into a gun-totting episode of Duck Dynasty. You understand my fear. I tried to explain the whole 24/7 thing too, but building work ethic won again. Here are a few things we learned on our lamb journey. Lesson One: Find and Follow a Great 4-H Leader Fortunately we found one. She walked us through each step, from buying our lambs to showing them at the fair. When we bought six halters because we couldn’t find the right one, when the lambs needed to be sheered (yikes!) and when I started asking myself what we were doing, she was there to reassure me that, “it’s a good thing we’re raising men and just not lambs.” The Cache County Extension Office staff is also very helpful. Their office is the place to start for any family beginning their 4-H journey. Lesson Two: Prepare In May, we picked up our two lambs, affectionately named Ewegina and Shauna (note, I wouldn’t recommend naming them, we got very attached). Then the excitement began. There were 4-H meetings where kids learn about the animals and make presentations to each other. There was feeding and watering everyday, including days the kids didn’t want to do it. On those days my motto was, “If you want breakfast, feed the lambs first.” There were occasional sheep escapes, grooming (those sheep got more haircuts than I did all summer), and then there were learning how to show. Here lies the surprise: Sheep showing is competitive! You must train and walk your lambs often, and there are certain ways to stand, hold your lamb and look the judge in the eye. When you’ve prepared for the fair, as our fearless 4-H leader says, there’s nothing like the excitement of show time. It is exciting, intense


and inspiring. Some of the 18-year-old showmen had been showing lambs for 10 years since they were first eligible to show. We spent Thursday, Friday and part of Saturday at the fair and became part of a community of dedicated youth and adults. Lesson Three: We Live in a Wonderful Place After the dust settled and the ribbons were handed out, came the Cache County Junior Livestock Auction. Rapidfire calls from the fast-talking auctioneer, hundreds of potential buyers and nervous parents gathered, and, in the center of it all, was a small, circular corral where each youth stood alone with their animal and hopes for a buyer. For many this was their summer job and their fate was in the hands of local businesspeople, ranchers and other buyers. This year 382 youth stood in the auction ring, and time and time again local businesses or individuals stepped forward collectively spending just shy of $408,000 to support Cache Valley’s youth. We live in a generous community. Lesson Four: The Takeaway As my 11-year-old and I waited for his turn at the auction, we got emotional. The inevitability that Ewegina was most likely going to be harvested and end up on someone’s dinner table was tough. I’ve known about the cycle of life since I asked my dad what happened to my cow, Debbie. There’s controversy surrounding the use of animals for food that I won’t debate here, but in that moment I wondered if we’d do this all again, and I thought, “Yes, we will.” My son had learned to love another creature, had been responsible for another life for 81 days and had watched her flourish under his care. He learned patience when he first started walking her and she bucked and bolted. Both of my sons learned how to make eye contact, and I was so proud of them when they showed with confidence. They worked hard and accomplished something hard. Little Ewegina helped me take steps toward raising men. It turned out that Ewegina and Shauna were purchased by a man who wanted them for his flock and we see them on our way home in the pasture. So here’s the takeaway: Parenting is a 24/7 job, and I gratefully take all the help I can get.


There are lots of firsts in life. First step, first day of school, first job and the first family flop: The great family vacation that turned into a nightmare or the investment that was supposed to teach the kids important life lessons. There are success stories that are parent-of-the-year material, but there are also epic fails. Don’t we wish someone would tell us what pitfalls to avoid? So here it is, the tales of one family’s adventures.


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Gun Safety By Jim Meacham, sergeant Cache County Sheriff’s Department

This time of year many enjoy target shooting with their kids or sighting-in rifles for the upcoming hunts. As we head to the range or out to open areas appropriate for shooting, it is important to remember four basic rules of firearms safety so the experience will be safe, fun and something to look forward to. Rule # 1: Assume that ALL guns are always loaded until you check. This means that when you pick up a gun, or are handed a gun by someone else, treat it as though it is loaded until YOU check to make sure it isn’t. This isn’t something you can ever just take someone’s word for. YOU need to check to make sure it isn’t loaded. Rule #2: Keep your finger off of the trigger until the target is in your sights. This means don’t put your finger on the trigger while you are searching out a target. If your finger is on the trigger and you are startled, or stumble as you are walking through brush, you will very likely squeeze the trigger, and then you have a shot you don’t

necessarily know where is going. If you keep your finger off of the trigger until you have decided on what you want to shoot at, there should never be a mistake about what you were shooting at. Rule #3: Never shoot at anything you are not willing to kill, destroy or pay for. This means just what it says. If you are hunting and find the animal you want to take, follow all four rules and you can then shoot it. If you are shooting at any other object, make sure you have permission to shoot it, or it may wind up costing you later. Don’t take mom’s plates just to see if you can hit an 8-inch plate or you may be buying a new set of plates. Finally, about shooting objects you want to destroy: I have always enjoyed showing scouts and grandkids a trick of filling pumpkins with water and then shooting them and watching them blow up. I am willing to destroy the pumpkins, so there is no problem. Rule #4: Be aware of what is down range from what you are shooting at. Understand that most bullets will travel up to a mile, or until they hit something. You don’t want to set up aluminum cans on a fence to shoot if there is a house even 600 or 700 yards behind where you have the cans because the bullet will go through aluminum. You need to know where the bullet is going to stop. Shooting into a hillside is usually a good backstop, but not necessarily during the summer if there is dried grass and bushes on the hillside with lots of rocks on the surface. A couple of years ago there was a fire started by a target shooter in the mouth of Millville Canyon when one of his bullets ricocheted off a rock, created a spark and started a fire. There are many additional rules about shooting that will improve accuracy, trigger control, sight alignment, breathing, shooting positions, etc., but the four most important rules are the cardinal safety rules listed above. If you obey these four simple rules, nobody should ever get hurt, and we can all enjoy shooting any time of the year.

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Starting at $15, and with the 20 percent off coupon below, these darling Halloween costumes are a great buy. From plush costumes that will work well over a coat (or snowsuit if necessary), to darling, soft princess and hero costumes that are durable enough to go through the washing machine and live on as daily dress ups, you will surely find the perfect outfit for all of your little Boos this Halloween.

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Known to many as the best baby blankets in the world, Little Giraffe Blankets are super snuggly and beautifully trimmed with satin. They are also durable enough to go along everywhere you go and last for years as your child’s special “blanky.” They come in pink, blue, green, silver and white, so take your pick.

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Making a Difference:

Angie’s Restaurant Kate Petersen, contributing writer

Although Angie’s Restaurant has been in business

since 1983, the story of “where the locals eat” actually began in 1978, the year Angie’s Restaurant Owner Saboor Sahely came to the United States. Living in eastern Afghanistan until age 23, Saboor had plans to come to the US to attend college. April 1978 was the height of the Saur Revolution in Afghanistan. The country was extremely hostile, and it was a difficult time to leave. Still with the support of his family, and only $300 in hand, Saboor successfully made the move to Logan to attend Utah State University. While attending school, Saboor found work locally as a dishwasher at Sambo’s restaurant (which occupied the space now known as Angie’s). That year, a man who worked as a janitor at USU and was a regular to Sambo’s, invited Saboor to his family’s home for Thanksgiving dinner. Although he knew very little about the American holiday, Saboor was appreciative of the invitation and felt of the family’s goodness and the good meal. That feeling was something Saboor never forgot. Saboor worked his way up the restaurant chain of command first as a cook, then as assistant store manager and, after graduating from USU with a degree in business, he became a Sambo’s district manager. Sambo’s eventually went bank-

rupt and many locations were forced to close. With ties to his wife’s family in Cache Valley, Saboor took out a small business loan and bought the Logan restaurant in 1983. He renamed the restaurant Angie’s after his then 2-year-old daughter, and he and his wife worked long hours cooking, waiting tables and managing the restaurant to keep the business afloat. The hard work paid off and Angie’s has successfully been in business ever since, now with a team of over 75 employees. Saboor’s story is one of remarkable courage, dedication and hard work toward achieving his vision of owning his own independent, family-run restaurant. But, when talking with Saboor about his success, it is apparent that he hasn’t forgotten where he came from and the goodness he has been offered. Serving his family and the community are what is most important to him. Saboor values building relationships with his employees (several who have worked at Angie’s for more than 20 years and many who lovingly refer to him as “Dad”). He takes time to get to know them, support them personally and professionally and to teach them the value of a strong work ethic. He also enjoys getting to know his loyal patrons, some of which dine at Angie’s three times a day, seven days a week. If there’s someone he is used to seeing and doesn’t, Saboor often contacts them to make sure they are okay, and will even deliver food to their doorstep if they are ill on occasion. Remembering his first humble Thanksgiving in Cache Valley, and now that he is in a position to make a difference, Saboor has been paying it forward for the last 25 years. Each Thanksgiving, Angie’s Restaurant closes its doors to businesses and opens them to the community for a free Thanksgiving feast. Anyone and everyone is invited to dine for free on Thanksgiving, whether they can afford to pay or not. Those who can, often make donations to a charity selected by Saboor and his management team. More than 1,000 people usually attend. When a customer walks into Angie’s they’re served more than a meal; they experience a feel-good environment that nourishes the value of good conversation, quality service and meaningful connections. That’s the kind of meal that really feeds the soul.

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Russel McKenna, DO, Treehouse Pediatrics and Family Care

What Else Should I Do? Monitor your child for symptoms and signs of a serious illness. If they play and interact with you as the fever comes down, that can be a good sign. Fever can last longer than a few days. If your child has complaints of severe throat pain, ear pain, neck pain or stiff neck, severe belly pain, persistent vomiting and/or diarrhea, or you see a rash that is new, call your doctor’s office and get advice. Some children are at greater risk of complications from illnesses. If your child has a fever and also problems with their immune system, is receiving steroids or is being treated for cancer, you should alert your child’s health care provider. Children who have not started immunizations or who are not fully immunized can be at a greater risk of more serious infections. Please remind whoever is taking care of your child that you do not immunize or are not fully immunized.

Is Fever Good or Bad? Fever is a signal by the body that it has started a process to provide protection. A fever is a body temperature greater than 100.4°F (38°C). Fever is not an illness that needs to be cured. Fever benefits the body by decreasing the growth of bacteria or viruses and encourages the body’s immune system to be more active. It is a sign that the body is trying to heal itself. When Do I Treat a Fever? The American Academy of Pediatrics states, “If your child is older than 6 months and has a fever, they probably do not need to be treated for the fever unless they are uncomfortable. Watch their behavior. If they are drinking, eating, sleeping normally and are able to play, you should wait to see if the fever improves by itself and do not need to treat the fever.” Tylenol or Ibuprofen (if your child is 6 months and older) can be used.

Can Routine Infections Turn into Serious Infections? Influenza season is coming. Some children

who get Influenza may get a fever and other symptoms that last longer than a few days. Influenza can make the body’s immune system work less effectively and put the body at greater risk of complications from having the influenza virus. This scenario plays out every year for many children. If this happens to your child, be watching for signs that your child is worsening. Remember that flu shots are recommended for ages 6 months and older and are available at many locations in Cache Valley. Prevention can save lives. A Spanish and English version of more specific advice on fever can be found here:


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I have seen music transform lives! I believe music can help parents teach, and provide a fun and loving environment at home.

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Music provides a fun way of bonding with your children of all ages. Infants love to be sung to. They also enjoy swaying and dancing with you to music. Music can be a great distraction when you are in a long line. Sing a favorite song; even do actions. You may get some looks, but it beats the looks you get when your toddler has a meltdown.


Have a theme song for your child. This song is unique to them and will often include their name. This may be a very simple song, but powerful in helping them see they are unique and loved. Heather Overly, music therapist

ground music. Studies show playing “Read” musical stories to your chil- Classical music helps us retain infordren. Check out the “Raffi” story mation when we are studying. books and “Pete the Cat” books. This will encourage literacy in your child. Play music in your home to help set the mood for the activities you are enPlay good quality music in the home. gaged in (like cleaning or settling down Think of it as musical wallpaper, it for naps). Be aware of how the music is doesn’t have to be loud, just back- affecting the atmosphere in your home.

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When it’s time to settle down, be sure to change it or lower the volume. If I have to clean or mow the lawn sometimes the only way I can do it is if I have some good tunes to rock out to.

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Sing to your children. They love to hear your voice (even if you don’t think you are a singer). Start with singing a lullaby before bed. Sing while you are traveling in the car. You can teach some of your favorite camp songs or songs you learned from your parents. This will create fun memories and to help pass time.

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Encourage your children to study music with a private teacher. The skills they learn when they are young will stay with them forever and will even help them achieve at school. If your child has trouble sleeping, use calm, quiet music to help entrain sleep.

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Use music to reinforce studies. My daughter was having trouble learning multiplication. Once we started learning facts to songs it became easier for her.

share it with your child.

Music can help you relax. Use it for yourself in stressful times.


Instead of using a timer, sometimes we use our 10-minute pickup playlist. I let the kids help pick the songs and we put enough songs to equal about 10 minutes. When the music starts, the kids all help picking up the house. When it’s done they can stop.



Take a music class together. It helps give you time to focus on your child without distraction. There are several “parent and me” classes in the valley to enroll in with your young child.


Have fun making music together. If you or your spouse play an instrument, don’t be afraid to get it out and


For very young children, it helps to have a song to sing while changing diapers, before naps, while preparing for bed, during bath time, while eating, etc. Children will learn to recognize these and it will help them understand the structure of their day. If you want your children to study music, let them catch you practicing your instrument. Also, have regular recitals to boast their performance experience and confidence. We have Sunday recitals together and sometimes invite friends or family to join us.


If you need to gather the family for dinner or other events, consider starting with a song to let everyone know it’s time to begin. We like to start our day with a hymn before scripture study.


Get familiar with NPR and KUED musical broadcasts and find your favorite programs. I love the Celtic Woman, Prairie Home Companion and E-town.


Go to live concerts and local musical performances. This is a great way to expose your children to a variety of music and learn to be respectful audience members. Heather Overly is a mother of four. She is also a music therapist who enjoys teaching preschool in her home, music classes at Smithfield Recreation Center and private music therapy clients.

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Cache District Bond Projects Moving Forward Mike Liechty, deputy superintendent Cache County School District

The 2014-15 school year is underway and enrollment are being poured. We are nearing the final campus design on the high school in North Logan and site work is anticipated this fall. Red brick walls are rising on the new Lewiston Elementary in contrast to the current old yellow brick school. The old Providence gym and cafeteria have been removed and construction will soon begin The major projects of the building bond are the there, as well. following: Construction is scheduled to be finished by August 2016 on south-end schools. At that time, south-end schools in • Two new high schools • A new Lewiston Elementary School adjacent to the Cache District will transition to a K-6, 7-8 and 9-12 configuration. North-end schools will transition in August of old school • Seismic upgrades and remodels for Summit, Provi- 2017. dence and Millville Elementary schools along with new Interested patrons may go to the district website, gyms for Millville and Sunrise Elementary • Minor modifications to convert current middle to see the proposed attendance areas, opening student counts and capacities for all schools. schools into K-6 schools Under the District News tab, select the Bond Projects Design West is the architect firm for all bond projects. Update. Select K-6 Elementary Schools, 7-8 Middle Construction on the bond projects is progressing under Schools or 9-12 High Schools for detailed information. the direction of contractor Darrell Anderson Construction. At the Millville High School site the major earthwork Any questions regarding these projects may be anis complete, footings have been started and floor slabs swered by calling the district office. has increased. Students are actively engaged in learning in classrooms while construction crews and architects focus on projects approved by Cache patrons in the recent building bond.

Plans for North Logan High School, looking east.

Plans for Millville High School, looking northeast.

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Teaching Leadership, Citizenship and Responsibility in Our Schools Marshal Garrett, superintendent, Logan City School District

this practice and all three schools are seeing a difference in the behaviors of their students. Each year, a Logan City Police Department resource officer spends 10+ weeks teaching our 5th grade students. The program, called NOVA (Nurturing, Opportunities, Values and Accountability), focuses on preventive skills for students as they face negative situations, including the devastating effects of illegal drugs, violence and negative media exposure. At the end of the program, each student is given the opportunity to write a personal constitution sharing how he or she will keep themselves free from society’s pressures and continue to practice responsible citizenship. The program has been used in our district for over seven years and has shown great results.

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All of our elementary schools have adopted programs that promote positive and responsible behavior. Lessons from Kindergarten through 5th grade occur throughout the year to build the student’s skills for acting appropriately and making appropriate decisions. Three of our schools, Bridger Elementary, Hillcrest Elementary and Wilson Elementary, have recently adopted the “Leader in From chunky crawler to Me” program that unstoppable teen, and all ages stems from Dr. Stein between, your children ven Covey’s work deserve a board certified on the 7 Habits of specialist in Pediatrics. Highly Effective People. Students Dr. Barrett Labrum, DO I Pediatrician are given opportunities to learn New patients of all ages welcome the habits and apMost insurances accepted ply them into their Sick visits available daily Mon-Thur 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily lives. LeadFri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat 9 a.m.-Noon ership skills are a 435-753-7337 • 2380 North 400 East • Logan natural outcome of

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Mount Logan Middle School has utilized a program entitled “Love and Logic” for many years as the basis of their behavior expectations. Each teacher has been trained in the process and utilizes the principles in their daily teaching. Student citizenship grades are based upon four life skills that are continually tracked and monitored for each class: participation, work ethic, collaboration and courtesy/respect. Teams of teachers and counselors work with students on a continual basis to reinforce the need for students to make responsible choices both at school and in the community. Programs at the high school are also focused on making correct choices and being responsible citizens. The Logan City School District will continue to work with our students to ensure they have strong skills to be responsible citizens who care about others and are able to turn away from the negative situations that are occurring in our society today.



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Navigating Through Obamacare Enrollment Derek Miller, president Alivint Financial and Insurance

The Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare, didn’t work itself into US Law without controversy. The national overhaul created as many problems as it did solutions for our country’s need for regulation in its healthcare system. “Surfing” the website may or may not have been as smooth as expected. After hours of a “crashing” experience, some found a new plan at half the cost, while others found their monthly premiums doubled or event tripled. Whether you are for the new law or against it, those involved either play along or pay the price….literally. The penalty for not having insurance in 2014 is only 1 percent of your income, or $95 per adult ($47.50 per child), whichever is greater (with a family maximum of $285). In 2015 the penalty will increase to 2 percent or $325 per adult. Yes, that is a slap on the wrist for not being insured. However, the Federal Government is also incentivizing “Middle America” to enroll in coverage by offering subsidies known as “Tax Advance Credits” toward premiums. For example: •

Without the Tax Advance Credit (subsidy) a family of five could expect to pay approximately $785/month as a benchmark.

With a $40,000/year income, this family could qualify for a Credit of approximately $661/month for a total premium of $124/month.

With an $80,000/year income this same family could qualify for a Credit of approximately $170/month for a total premium of $615/month.

There are many factors involved with filling out an enrollment application and choosing a health insurance plan. You can do it on your own, but using an accountant and health insurance agent is advised. Although a good accountant or CPA usually charges by the hour, they know law, and, in the end, your adjusted gross income effects your monthly premiums. Health insurance agents are free to use and are trained on navigating through the many decisions regarding deductibles, coinsurance, copays, networks and more. If you didn’t jump in headfirst during last year’s open enrollment and need a place to start, the “Obamacare” Tips at the right are just for you. In the end, The Affordable Care Act was intended to give Americans choice. Navigating through these choices is full of pivotal decisions that affect the outcome. In the wise words of Dr. Suess, “Step with care and great tact, and remember that life’s a great balancing act.”

“Obamacare” Tips Open Enrollment In 2015, the proposed Open Enrollment Period is November 15, 2014, through February 15, 2015. This is the window to make changes to your plan. You may enroll in a plan in one of the following four ways: 1. Call your insurance agent who can help you from start to finish. (This assistance is free to you.) 2. Visit to enroll through The Marketplace. 3. Call The Marketplace at 1-800-318-2596 and apply over the phone. 4. Enroll directly through any participating health insurance carrier.

Items to consider while choosing a plan: • • • • •

Deductible vs. Premiums: The lower your deductible, the higher your premiums and vice versa. Coinsurance: Once you meet your deductible, you and your insurance carrier each pay a pre-determined percentage of the claims (i.e.,80/20). Out-of-Pocket Maximum: First you pay your deductible, then you pay your coinsurance until you reach your “cap” or max- imum out of pocket. Then, your insurance carrier pays 100 percent of the contracted, covered claims. Networks: Be sure to check your new plan to ensure your preferred doctors are contracted in network to avoid unexpected bills. Prescription Formularies: More than ever, insurance carriers are adjusting which precriptions are and are not covered. Contact your carrier or agent to find out how your prescriptions will be covered.


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Are your home and yard

School is in full swing, nights are getting cooler and leaves are changing colors \/. It won’t be long until winter is upon us. Cache Valley winters are typically long, wet and cold, and many people overlook the impact these conditions can have on their home. Taking a little time to prepare your home and yard for the winter can save you time, money and the headache of having to deal with prevent-

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4. Clean your gutters from debris and leaves to prevent ice dam and snow buildups that can cause expen1. Have your furnace serviced by a heating profes- sive damage to gutters and downspouts. sional. All furnaces have factory settings that need to be readjusted in order to maximize the efficiency of 5. Homes that have fireplaces need to have a chimney your furnace. Many heating companies offer “fall fur- inspection at least every other year. When the chimnace tune-up� promotions, so ask for it when calling ney is being inspected have the chimney professional for quotes. look at the wood stove door rope gasket to ensure it is working properly. 2. Check the weather stripping on all your exterior doors. Air gaps in exterior doors caused by shifted or 6. Shop for ice melt, snow shovels and ice picks before split weather stripping can be an expensive escape it snows. During a storm prices go up and stores sell route for the heat in your home. out quickly. If you use a snow blower, change the oil and make sure you have fresh gas in the blower before 3. Replace the batteries in all your smoke and carbon the storm hits. Many problems with snow blowers ocmonoxide detectors. Also check expiration dates on cur when gas is left in the unused machine throughout your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If they spring, summer and fall. are expired replace the entire device. 7. Make sure each vehicle has a winter emergency kit in the trunk; include blankets, a first aid kit, snacks and other emergency needs. As well, having a few roof shingles in your trunk could be helpful on the day you are stuck on ice in the parking lot at the grocery store. 8. Trim back any tree or shrub branches that are rubbing against your home. In the winter they can become covered with ice or snow and cause damage to the exterior of your home. 9. Disconnect all garden hoses from your exterior hose bibs. Homes built in the last 20 years most likely have frostfree bibs and only need to have the hose disconnected. Older homes may need to have foam-insulated covers placed over the hose bibs. These can be found at any home improvement store for about $5. 10. If you have an automatic sprinkler system take the time to properly shut the system down for the winter. If you have an air compressor you can blow out the sprinkler lines yourself. If you need to hire someone to do this, shop around because many landscaping companies will offer fall specials.


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Teaching Smart Savings at All Stages Kinsey Love, marketing manager Lewiston State Bank

We live in a world of instant gratification. We digest information, pay bills, shop and share photos all at the click of a button. At times, it can be hard to teach our children the value of delayed gratification. Learning to save for a rainy day is a vital, yet simple, lesson our children need to learn. According to the American Bankers Association Education Foundation, kids who save reap benefits in a number of ways: • • • •

9th - 10th Grade • • •

When starting a first job, help your child create a savings and spending plan as well as a budget so they learn smart strategies for using their money in the future. Research scholarships and other college funding resources now to cover the rising costs of tuition. There are a lot of expenses when your child goes off to school. Set a goal and start saving together for housing, travel and other costs.

11th – 12th Grade • • •

Talk to your teen about credit and avoiding identity theft. They should understand the implications of accumulating debt and aim to pay off their monthly balance in full. Help your teen learn about scholarships, investments and funding plans now so they’re better prepared to make decisions on what college, trade school or university to attend. Ask relatives and friends to contribute to a savings fund as a graduation gift.

Saving money for the future is a fundamental principle that children need to learn. With coaching and encouragement from their parents, children can successfully navigate the financial future ahead of them.

Kids who save are more likely to go to college. Teaching kids to save teaches self control. Children who save have a greater sense of hope for the future. Savers are more financially literate.

Children are capable of learning about saving at all stages of life. Here are a few suggestions from Lewiston State Bank and the American Bankers Association to help your children learn about saving. Preschool - 2nd Grade • •

Ask relatives to contribute to a college fund instead of giving toys. Start saving early by opening a college savings account or exploring 529 college savings plan options.

3rd - 5th Grade • • •

Take your kids to the bank to gain an understanding of depositing money and making basic transactions. Use weekly or monthly allowances to teach kids about saving and spending money. Create a saving jar, spending jar, sharing jar and investing jar to show the different ways that money can be organized and used.

6th - 8th Grade • • •

Help your kids find simple jobs, such as babysitting or car washing, to start earning and saving money. Include your children when planning finances that involve them and the family so they can learn how to make sound financial decisions. Take your kids to the grocery store. Have them help make decisions about what to buy based on your budget.

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