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March and April in Cache Valley aren’t always the poster months for the dawn of spring. They are just as likely to feature surprise snow storms as they are to offer up balmy breezes and picnicworthy sunny afternoons. Still, after a long, hard Cache Valley winter, the first sight of green pushing up through the recently frozen ground is like a love note from heaven telling me warmer weather and sunshine is on the way, and it is time for me to trade in my snow boots for sandals.

The change in season gives me a renewed zest for cleaning up (inside and out), rekindling over-the-fence friendships with neighbors who it seems I haven’t seen all winter, and planning family time and summer schedules. This issue of Cache Valley Family Magazine is full of good ideas to enjoy spring in full measure, with tips for sprucing up your home and garden, helping your children play safely outside, and planning

for summer (which will be here before you know it) with travel, local outings, classes, and camps. As you get outside, I hope you feel a sense of gratitude, as I do, for this amazing community we get to call home, surrounded by beautiful mountains, more adventure than you could ever check off a bucket list in a single season, and, most of all, for the genuine people who make our Valley the best place on Earth to raise a family.

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P. 6 • Local Educator Teaches Kids to

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Yourself Orthodontics: Why and How to Find a Qualified Orthodontist

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Curious Eyes: Five Tips to Protect Kids from Poisoning


FAMILY BUDGET • Down Payment

Options and the Alternatives: What to Consider When Buying a Home P. 12 • Add a Little Color P. 14 • Patience Takes Practice




COVER STORY • Discover Cache

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HPV and the HPV Vaccine

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Prepare for an Allergy Emergency P. 18 • Three Tricks to Becoming

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Cache County School District: CCSD's Guide to School Safety Logan City School District: Developing Mindfulness


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Local Educator Teaches Kids to Be Kitchen Whizzes WRI T T E N BY

FOR OVER A decade, Cache Valley elementary school teacher and selfproclaimed lover of food, Suzie Marciss, has partnered with restauranteur Justin Hamilton, owner of CafĂŠ Sabor, OffPremise Catering, and Bluebird Candy Company, to offer kids cooking classes that encourage healthy eating and lifestyles. The program, called K.I.T.C.H.E.N. (Kids In Total Control of their Healthy Exercise and Nutrition) Whiz Kids, offers two-hour cooking classes several times a year where kids get the opportunity to get hands on in the kitchen, preparing full, well-balanced meals using fresh foods. “We start with the basics, and talk about

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handwashing and cleanliness,” Suzie said. “Then we get hands on and let the kids practice kitchen skills like cutting, dicing, mixing, and following recipes — we try to include as many skills as we can.” Suzie says the goal of the class is help kids get away from processed food, and learn how to eat and enjoy healthy food. “The kids like trying new things,” Suzie said. “They like doing things themselves, creating, and ending with a whole meal that they can then go home and share with their families. It gives them confidence to be successful in the kitchen and beyond.” Suzie, who has been teaching 4th grade at Lincoln Elementary in Hyrum for the last 32 years (and preschool for three years before that), will retire this summer. She has been planning a kid’s cookbook for years, also called Kitchen Whiz Kids, and hopes to put that into fruition after her retirement. “I don’t have formal culinary training,” Suzie said. “But I love kids and I love food, which is why I love to cook and what has made this so fun for so long.” The classes take place at the Logan Golf and Country Club and include 20 to 30 kids each session. The next class will be held on April 27 and be Cinco de Mayo themed. The registration fee is $20 and includes a full meal. Call 435-753-6020 to reserve a spot.


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Does Your Family Have “Bad Teeth?” WRIT T E N BY

DO YOUR CHILDREN seem to have cavities every time they visit the dentist? Have you ever wondered why? Dentists often hear parents say that their family just has “bad teeth.” Examples are given like: grandpa had all of his teeth removed by the time he was 20 because his teeth were so bad, or that either mom or dad has cavities every time they visit the dentist. If this describes your family, do you just expect your family to have cavities when you visit the dentist? So, what is the truth? Why do your children always have cavities? Does your family really just have bad teeth? Well, the answer is a little more complicated than just “bad teeth.” In order to understand why you or your children keep getting cavities, you need to understand what is necessary for a cavity to form.

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Three things are necessary for a cavity to form: First, you need a tooth. Second, the right kind of bacteria have to stick to the tooth. Third, those bacteria need sugar. If bacteria are not removed from teeth through proper oral hygiene, the bacteria will take the sugars eaten and convert them into acid. The acid then dissolves the tooth. The first sign that a tooth is being dissolved by the acid is a chalky white appearance on the surface of the tooth. So, look for those white marks and make sure you are keeping those areas especially clean.

The Tooth:

What makes one tooth more vulnerable to get cavities than others? Well, the tooth can have thin or poorly formed enamel along with deep grooves or fissures. Sometimes teeth fit together tightly. All of these things make the tooth more vulnerable to get

cavities because they are harder to clean, or the acids can dissolve them more easily. Fluoride and sealants can help protect and strengthen teeth and decrease vulnerability. So, yes, some people have “bad teeth.” But a “bad tooth” is only one component in cavity formation. You also have to have the right bacteria and sugars. If you remove any one of these three elements, cavities cannot form.

The Bacteria:

There are hundreds of different types of bacteria in our mouths. Only a handful of those bacteria will cause cavities. These cavity-causing bacteria can be transferred from parents to children, and from sibling to sibling. In other words, if you have cavities in your mouth you can transfer those cavitycausing bacteria from your mouth to your child’s mouth. We will often see two siblings with the exact same tooth vulnerability and

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similar diets, yet one of them always seems to get all the cavities. It could be that the child getting the cavities has a higher count of the bad bacteria in their mouth compared to their sibling. By brushing two to three times a day and flossing every day, you can lower the count of the bad bacteria in the mouth.

The Sugars:

Nearly every type of sugar can cause cavities. Sucrose, glucose, maltose, lactose, and fructose can all be made into acid by cavity-causing bacteria. It is not the amount of sugar that is eaten that causes cavities, it is the frequency and duration with which the teeth are exposed to the sugars that cause cavities. For example, if your child has a big birthday cake, and eats the entire cake in 10 minutes, that would be better for their teeth than if they ate one bite every five minutes for three hours. The reason: Bacteria stay in contact with the sugars from the cake for a longer period of time and this gives them more time to make acid. The biggest cause of cavities in young children is a drink of something besides water at bedtime or during the middle of the night because the sugars stay on their teeth most of the night. Remember, if your child snacks throughout the day, their risk of getting cavities increases dramatically. I recommend that children have structured meals and snacks with start and stop times. This helps give their teeth the best chance of being cavity free. So, does your family have bad teeth? Maybe. But even if you do, you can usually prevent cavities by brushing bacteria off your teeth two to three times a day, for two minutes each time you brush, flossing daily, and limiting the frequency and duration of sugar to the teeth. These precautions will help ensure your best chance of a great report at your next dental visit.



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Down Payment Options and the Alternatives WHAT TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A HOME ANDREA ROYLANCE senior mortgage loan officer, Movement Mortgage


WHEN I ASK an applicant if they have a down payment, I usually already know the answer. Am I a mind reader? Yes! Um okay … actually, no. But I have been doing this long enough that I have picked up on social cues like body language, dead air, and the shared meaningful looks between spouses or the people I am meeting with that clue me in on what they are going to say. Generally, I get one of two responses: A quick and proud, “Yes, we can put down (insert percentage or dollar amount here).” Or, I encounter an awkward silence for a few seconds followed by the customer telling me they have very little saved or were hoping for a loan that does not require any money down. There is nothing wrong with the second response. I hear it often and it does not bring the application to a screeching halt like a lot of people fear. It is simply one more piece of their situation that I work through to find the best loan option to fit their needs. Every client’s situation is different. Not everyone has a down payment when they are ready to buy a home. Does that mean you shouldn’t? In my opinion, not necessarily. I recommend weighing your options to see if the cost of waiting and saving outweighs the cost of buying now. If you are following the real estate market, the

prevalent predictions say we will face a rise in rates and home prices throughout the year. This simply follows the law of supply and demand. There are not enough homes on the market and the demand is high, so the cost goes up. Rates are a little harder to predict, but there is some hope they will stay steady and not rise, like we have been hearing they will for over a year. In short: Weigh your options and do what’s right for you. If you do want to buy, but don’t have a down payment yet, check out these suggestions for coming up with a down payment: • Start saving now. Maybe even check into a dedicated savings or an IDA Savings Account program that matches the money you put into it. • Gift funds are allowed on most loans if they are from an acceptable source like a parent, spouse, sibling, grandparent, and a few others. FHA loans even allow your employer or a charitable organization to gift money for a down payment. • Check into down payment assistance options you may qualify for. In Cache Valley, for first time homebuyers, there are options like the Own in Logan Grant from Neighborhood Non-Profit Housing and the Bear River Association of Government which offers BRAG Funds, a zero interested deferred loan.

• Some people choose to borrow or withdraw from their 401k. Parents can even gift funds to their children from their own account. • There are homeownership investment programs out there, which help with a down payment in return for a share of the future change in value on your home. Loan programs have changed over the years. A higher down payment was required in the past to even get a loan. That is not the case anymore. There are more loan options available than ever, even if you haven’t saved a hefty down payment: • An FHA Loan has a minimum down payment requirement of 3.5%. • Conventional Loans used to require a 5% minimum down payment; that has decreased to 3%. • If you are seeking to buy in a rural area, consider a USDA Loan. This program does not require a down payment, but has certain restrictions. • Utah Housing is a loan program that offers financing in the form of a first and small second mortgage to cover 100% financing, if you qualify. They have four loan programs available to most Utah lenders. • For veterans or a surviving spouse of a veteran, there is the VA Loan program. It does not require a down payment. Most lenders will consider you to be less of a risk with a good down payment contribution to your loan. This may mean a lower interest rate and lower or no mortgage insurance (lower upfront fees and lower ongoing fees), which means a lower monthly payment. You will also have more equity right off the bat. Combined with a great credit score, you should expect to experience a smoother loan and a shorter loan processing timeframe. There are homebuyer classes available online that can guide you through what you need to know about buying a home. These are a good place to start before meeting with a lender. Still, my best advice is to pick a good lender, one who tries to understand your particular situation and provides you with all options available to you. They should also help you understand anything you have questions about. Don’t be scared to ask questions. You are not a loan, you are a customer making one of the most important purchases of your life. Your lender should take the time to be your guide through the entire process and help you make an informed decision.

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Add a Little Color MARK ANDERSON owner, Anderson’s Seed and Garden


IT SEEMS LIKE it’s been forever since there was blooming color in my yard, but only five months have passed since the first hard frost of fall finished off our gorgeous flowers from summer. Those long winter months seem to last an eternity, and despite my valiant attempts to brighten up the “indoor garden” with amaryllis bulbs, succulents, and a few mini greenhouses full of micro greens, I can’t wait any longer for spring to arrive. After all that white outside, green is amazing, but when do I get to start enjoying that amazing color of flowers in my yard? If you planned ahead last fall, you

could have snowdrops and crocus bulbs blooming shortly after the snow disappears, with daffodils and tulips soon to follow. Nothing screams spring more than flowering bulbs in bloom! For everyone who neglected to plant bulbs (put it on your calendar for September so you don’t forget this year!), March is the beginning of flower season. Despite our most positive hopes, Cache Valley’s average last frost usually occurs around May 20. So, what flowers can we plant and enjoy that can handle the frost until the true colors of summer arrive? Early blooming flowers that can tolerate frost, shade, and anything else Mother Nature may throw at them abound. For

annuals, watch for new colors and styles of pansies and primroses: ruffled pansies, trailing pansies, double primroses, and new color palettes have hit local greenhouses in the last few years. Don’t forget about Gerbera Daisies, too. Some other cold-tolerant annuals include Symphony or Osteo-type daisies, Diascia, Geraniums, and Nemesia. These can all produce eye-catching, vibrant colors that stand out in any landscape. Have you ever seen a Hellebores in full bloom in March? Few perennial flowers display such delicate, unusual colored flowers that tolerate snow, wind, and cold like the Lenten Rose. More than a handful of perennial flowers bloom early in

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March and April: Candytuft, Rock Cress, Arabis, English Daisy, Ranunculus (bulb), Basket of Gold, Dianthus, Bleeding Hearts, and many others. Keep in mind that all perennial flowers will only bloom for a limited time — generally about two to three weeks — and then they are done for the year. While many have attractive foliage that will last longer into the season, most early bloomers need trimming and a little maintenance shortly after their bloom season is over. I could write an entire book about annual flowers and how to keep color in your garden all year long with perennials. Other authors have done it already, so instead, let me remind you of some of the outstanding flowers you can enjoy all summer long, whether you have a large garden or a small patio with a few containers.


Wave petunias — there are multiple varieties referred to as wave: Vista, Surfinia, Tidal Wave — give more flowers with minimal maintenance than any other flower I have ever grown. They are my flower of choice because they don’t need deadheading or trimming in season, they tolerate heat, they perform equally well in planters, hanging baskets, and in the garden, they require less or average watering, and — for their cost — they provide the most bang for the buck. Just feed them a lot (like two to three times a week with a liquid or water-soluble fertilizer), and they will bloom all summer and late into the fall. For hanging baskets and patio planters, gardeners have many choices. Calibrachoa or



Million bells grow just like the Wave petunias; they are low maintenance, easy, free-flowering, and have great hot/cold weather tolerance. They look just like mini petunias, and trail almost as much as the Waves. Trailing verbena bloom with vibrant colors and tolerate diseases and heat. Sweet potato vines, like Blackie or Marguerite, don’t bloom, but their foliage looks amazing with other plants. Even though they are technically bulbs, dahlias will bloom and bloom all summer, and come in a wide variety of sizes and colors. You can also harvest their bulbs and store them to use again next year. Portulaca look like little succulents, but they produce delicate, colorful flowers in the hottest and driest of conditions. Another favorite for sunny locations are Gazanias — imagine short, four-to-six-inch tall sunflowers with bright, showy three-inch flowers and you’ve got a good idea what they will look like in the garden. For shady areas, I love adding a few coleus varieties like the Stained Glass series. Again, they have colorful foliage like the sweet potato vines and no flowers, but they love shade and can tolerate moist soils quite well. It’s never too early to start researching new additions to your summer flower gardens. I’m going to use the sunny, drier days that pop up periodically in March and April to plant some cold-tolerant color outside, and maybe start a little something in the greenhouse for May as well. I just can’t wait any longer to enjoy the summer color that I know is just around the corner! GAZANIA

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Patience Takes Practice WRITTEN BY RORY

ANDERSON Foster Division vice president, LiFT Consulting

A FEW WEEKS ago, my teenage daughter and I were standing in a fast food line when a dad and his son scooted in behind us. The cute dark, curly-headed boy, who I’m guessing was around 10 years old, was doing what most kids do while waiting in line: squirming, tapping his feet, and touching the wall near the register. Normal kid behavior. Without warning, I watched his father yank him by the collar, put his face right up to his, and start yelling at the boy for not “behaving.” It was clear that this father was having a bad day, which in turn led to his son having a pretty awful experience in front of a bunch of strangers. This is a pretty extreme example of a lack of parental patience, but how often do we harp, nag, and complain about our kids not “behaving?” Could it be that our children

are acting like, well, children? And, could it be that WE are the ones acting out of character as adults who should “know better?” In other words, maybe when we stop and look outside ourselves, we will see what others see: Our children learning, growing, and discovering the world for themselves. They are figuring out what is and is not acceptable behavior. Glenn Latham, renowned child behavior expert, said, “Unless what you are about to say or do has a high probability of making the situation better, don’t say it and don’t do it.” This is probably the hardest thing for parents to master. We are so keyed in to what our children are doing wrong, that we often feel the immediate need to correct behavior as soon as it happens. While this is appropriate in a situation where the child is harming himself

or others, often it’s best to talk about behavior when you’re not in the heat of the moment. What does this have to do with patience? Patience is the act of exhibiting selfcontrol and self-discipline, whether it’s choosing not to eat the whole bag of Dove chocolates you’ve been hiding from your kids, or examining a situation with the intent to understand your child before offering advice or criticism. Patience means letting your child discover without you interfering every step along the way. Patience is letting your child do it her way sometimes, not letting your worries of other people’s opinions control how you parent.

Six Ways to practice Patience

1. Practice listening to your child. Let

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him say EVERYTHING he wants to say; then wait a minute more before answering or giving feedback. 2. In the middle of a heated argument with a child, spouse, or anyone else, take three deep breaths and think about whether or not the situation could be handled at a different time when all parties are less emotional. Resolve to take a break from each other until you are both calm. 3. Before getting upset about a situation, ask yourself if it will matter in a week, a year, or 10 years? If the answer is no, then it’s probably not worth getting upset over. 4. Practice patience when a child is misbehaving by putting yourself on “time-out.” When the child is engaged appropriately and calm again, take the time to teach what his behavior could have or should have looked like. This is a great time to roleplay with your child. Kids love it when you act like the child — as long as you do not do it in a demeaning way. 5. Have an internal dialogue with yourself when you feel yourself losing patience with a child or spouse. Ask yourself how you can help to keep the situation calm by looking at the other person’s perspective. Then verbally acknowledge that you understand the other person’s point of view. Often when a child or spouse feels “heard,” tension dissipates and a real conversation can take place. 6. Figure out what situations, people, or circumstances hinder your level of patience. When you know your triggers, you are better able to navigate and anticipate those scenarios, then focus on having patience in spite of them. Patience definitely takes practice. Some people are born with patient demeanors, and some of us have to work very hard at it. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses in this area is crucial. For me, my patience runs thin when I feel overwhelmed by too many things to do and not enough time to do them, or when my house is cluttered. Knowing this helps me to separate WHY I’m feeling impatient, so I can redirect my energy to cleaning up or crossing a few things off my “have-to-do” list, instead of taking out my frustrations on my family. One thing I’ve learned over 20 years of parenting is that everyone can master patience through repeated practice and diligence, and it will pay off as you see your children becoming more patient with each other, and eventually with their own children.

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Five Ways to Prepare for an Allergy Emergency COURTESY OF


THE BEST THING you can do for your child during a serious allergic reaction is take quick action. To help you do that, it's smart to occasionally review the instructions your doctor gave you and run through the steps you would take in an allergy emergency.

always with them. If your child is too young to manage the medication or injector, make sure it stays with an adult who is in charge of your child at school, birthday parties, on vacation — everywhere.

Here's a checklist that parents of a seriously allergic child can use to prepare for allergy emergencies:

Tip: For kids in school, work with school officials to decide where the injector will be stored and how your child will get it quickly when he/she needs it.

1. Know the signs of a serious reaction, such as difficulty breathing and wheezing. Depending on the type of allergy your child has, the signs, symptoms, and instructions for treatment may differ. Make sure you, your child, and your child’s caretakers understand the information and know how to follow the instructions from your doctor. Tip: Create a card with your child’s allergy type(s), symptoms to look for, steps for treatment, and numbers to call. Put the card in your child’s backpack and distribute copies to teachers, coaches, and other caretakers. 2. Make sure the epinephrine injector or medication your child is prescribed is

3. Regularly practice how to use the epinephrine injector, so you don't forget. Are there caps to remove? Which end rests on the skin? Where on the body is the injection site? How do you hold the syringe and release the medicine? Visit the manufacturer's website to get detailed instructions for your child, not for adults. Manufacturers may also supply a trainer syringe that is not loaded with epinephrine, so you can practice all the steps safely. If your child is in charge of carrying the injector, make sure he or she practices, too.

child needs medication, or the epinephrine injector right away — administer it and then call 911. Follow the 911 operator’s instructions and wait for an ambulance, or get to the nearest emergency room as soon as possible. Remember, your child may have a second wave of symptoms that requires further treatment. You should take the used epinephrine syringe to the hospital with you. Tip: If you are not alone, designate someone to call 911 while you are giving the injection. 5. Be aware of the expiration dates and storage instructions on all medications and injectors. Particularly critical for epinephrine injectors, store the injector according to the manufacturer's directions and pay attention to specific temperature ranges for storage.

Tip: Ask for a demonstration at your doctor's office. 4. If a serious allergic reaction happens, your

Tip: Add a reminder to your calendar to keep track of when you will need new medication or an injector. Don’t wait until after the expiration date — make the appointment for two weeks before in case you have to go back to the doctor for a refill.

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Three Tricks to Becoming Almost Totally Tidy WRIT T E N BY JENNY

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AFTER BINGE WATCHING several episodes of the Netflix series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, my resolve was firm: I was going to tackle the problem areas in my home. I was going to get rid of everything that didn’t “spark joy” for me and finally feel like every space was organized and clear of clutter. Four hours later, my closet gleamed, and my pride lifted as I observed the newly visible spaces between the hangers and the neatly folded rows of jeans on the shelf. The next weekend my husband and I attacked the storage room with a similarly pleasing result. The entire time I knew that the real problem area in my home — my office — was waiting

patiently in my future for its longawaited opportunity to spark anything but anxiety and overwhelm the hearts of brave souls who dare cross its threshold. Now, weeks later, the room is still waiting. Surely, I am not alone and there are sympathetic masses who are nodding their heads as images of their own disorganized spaces run through their minds. What are some of the reasons it seems impossible to be completely organized and tidy? What obstacles slow us down in our journey to the land of the totally uncluttered? After consulting an expert, I narrowed the list to three:


How many of us think to set aside money in our budget to pay for expensive bins or drawer separators? Likely many of you have done as I have and picked up a bin or two as they’ve gone on sale and made the best of your mismatched, hodgepodge of storage solutions. Katie Bradley, owner of local business Clear Tidy Spaces, offers some inexpensive suggestions, like using shoe boxes for photo storage, cardboard boxes covered in clearance fabric as cubbies, and always keeping an eye out for clearance sales. Your space doesn’t need to qualify for the cover of Better Homes and Gardens, it just needs to work for YOU!


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Lack of Vision

Googling “organized home office” yields images of spaces that seem way out of my space’s league. I can’t seem to make the connection between the mounds of stuff in my office and the clear desktop, single filing cabinet, and stylish bookshelf stacked with what appears to be mostly knickknacks. Let’s get real here. I have to store a lot of stuff in a my somewhat small space. Katie suggests beginning with the end in mind: What is the true purpose of the room? What needs to be accomplished in the space? Are there items that you don’t really need to store here, that will just end up becoming clutter? Don’t get caught up in the Pinterest-worthy images on the internet or in magazines. She also recommends describing, in two or three words, what you hope the space will feel like once you’re finished. If the words are something like “peaceful, productive, uncluttered,” keep those words constantly in mind while deciding what goes back into the room and what does not.

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How long will this take? I don’t want to get started and not be able to finish. What if I clear everything out and realize I don’t have the time, energy, or resources to achieve my goal? According to Katie, overwhelm is one of the most common reasons people put off organizing. If you aren’t sure if you have the time or motivation to do the whole room, start with ONE small area — a cupboard, a drawer, or the desktop, for example. If you find you’re feeling pretty good about yourself and you want to keep going, great! You’ve got this! Katie Bradley came by her passion for organizing after losing both parents and having to sort through their things. She knows how overwhelming it can be to stare a disorganized mess in the face with neither an endless supply of time or money at her disposal. Listen to our recent podcast interview with Katie by visiting our website, clicking on “Featured Families” tab and then you’ll see the link for our podcast called “Breakfast Epiphanies.” Hers is episode #28.

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Collin Kartchner: Crusading to Save the Kids WRI T T E N BY

COLLIN KARTCHNER, a Utah man and Ted Talk speaker has taken Instagram and schools across the state and beyond by storm in a crusade that he says is to “save the kids.” When Collin visits schools he explains the phycological damage that comes from improper use of social media, using relatable terms and scenarios that teens can understand. Before starting his current project to educate people about the risks of social media use, Collin was a full-time video producer and he had a following on Instagram, where he made satirical sketches. In late 2016, Collin had a chance meeting with an old friend, Roxanne, at a gas station. He casually asked about her daughter, Whitney, who he had known when she was a child. The mother sadly reported that Whitney had died by suicide, at age 23. He was heartbroken. As the two talked, Collin

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learned that Whitney had become heavily immersed in social media and had lost her sense of worth somewhere along the way. Her mother felt social media was the literal cause of Whitney’s death, and that giving her daughter a smartphone was the equivalent to handing her a loaded gun. Collin decided to take action. “If we don’t stop this epidemic it is only going to get worse,” Collin said. Collin now uses his active Instagram account (with a following if about 90,000) to share research about the effects of screen time and social media use. He also uses it as a platform to tell the stories of teens who have been affected by it. Collin says he receives anywhere from 200 to 700 direct messages on Instagram every day. “I’ve been able to turn myself into their voice,” Collin said. “They can share what they are going through, and I listen … I sit in the ditch with them. I block their names and share their stories, hoping it will help someone else.” It has been said Collin is “fighting Instagram with Instagram.” To illustrate how to use social media for good, he shares his experience of raising money for Hurricane victims. Disappointed that Instagram influencers were using the disaster to promote and sell products, he used his platform to fundraise for those affected by the hurricane. He ended up raising more than $100,000. Likewise, within 9 minutes of sharing Whitney’s story, Collin raised enough money to put up “You are Beautiful” and “You are Loved” billboards, in memory of Whitney, along stretches of one of Utah’s busiest interstate freeways. Since then, Collin has been traveling to schools, churches, and arenas sharing his message. Collin says he isn’t suggesting that teens stop using social media altogether. “I don’t think teens need to get rid of it — although I would delay getting it as long as possible,” Collin said. “I just think they need to take a break; see what is toxic, cut out those toxic accounts — delete them or mute them, and then go back to only things that are inspiring. Use social media for good. What if we all had accounts that promoted positivity?” Every time Collin speaks to teens he shares what he calls the Collin Challenge: • Get/give eight hugs a day for a minimum of 8 seconds. • Start sharing more authenticity and positivity. Show others it is OK to be real. • Don’t participate in any kind of cyberbullying. Cut it off when you see it. • Do something awesome and DON’T share it. • Fail at something and SHARE it proudly. • Unfollow every account on Instagram or Snapchat that doesn’t make you happy. “My challenge is for teens to connect in real life,” Collin said. “Put your phone down. Don’t let social media tell you what you are worth. You will never be happy if you are chasing numbers and followers. You don’t have to follow accounts just because others do; don’t follow accounts that make you judge yourself or make you feel less or inadequate.”

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Five Simple Ways to Refresh your Home for Spring CAMI GRAHAM contributing writer,


OPEN YOUR WINDOWS, push up your sleeves, and bust out the tunes! Spring is the best time of year to freshen up your home and breathe new life into every corner. I want to share my favorite affordable and easy go-to tips when it comes to renewing your spaces at the change of the season.


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1. Start with a good clean. How deep you want to go is entirely up to you, but it will feel nice to clean up the winter grime. Scrub the windows, mop the floors, and put away bulky winter items. You can even clean the air by diffusing some fresh smelling essential oils like lemon, lime, orange, and grapefruit.

2. Wash and swap linens. Bedding, curtains, slipcovers, and other linens can hang onto a lot of dust. Go all out and wash every linen to make your home smell fresh. You can also swap out linens with new fresh colors that make it feel like spring to you. 3. Add touches of spring dĂŠcor. No need to store loads of seasonal spring decor. Make simple swaps by changing out throw pillows and blankets in a spring color scheme. A few houseplants make a big difference and you can even swap out some art to give your eyes something fresh to look at.

4. Update closets and wardrobes. This is a fun project to involve the kiddos in. Put away bulky sweaters and prepare for warmer weather. I find that sorting through every closet in the house opens up physical and mental space to enjoy more time outdoors. 5. Add fresh flowers. To top off all your refreshing efforts, treat yourself with some fresh flowers. Whether you choose to pick up some affordable grocery store flowers, or clip them fresh from the garden, nothing feels better than a clean house with a fresh bouquet of delightful florals.

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Kids Test Kitchen IF YOU'RE LOOKING for a fun way to include your kids in the kitchen, look no further than a family pizza night. Most kids (and grown-ups) love pizza, and making pizza from scratch at home is much easier than you might think. Kids will love rolling the dough before unleashing their creative side when it comes to adding toppings. The benefits of cooking with children are endless. Experimenting and playing with food is a great way for them to learn about food science, where ingredients come from, and how they can be put together to make something both delicious and healthy. It will be fun for everyone, with the reward of a yummy pizza at the end!

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PIZZA DOUGH 3 cups warm water 4 teaspoons active dry yeast 4 teaspoons salt 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 4 cups flour

You will want a large, clean bowl to make and hold the dough. Measure 3 cups warm water into the bowl; add yeast, salt, and flour. Mix until all the flour is moist. The dough should be firm, but slightly sticky. Let it rise until double, about 1 hour. At this point, the dough is ready to shape into dough balls or put in the fridge until ready to use. It will last up to three days if stored in the refrigerator. In fact, the dough is much easier to handle after being chilled in the fridge. When you're ready to use it, scrape the dough out of the bowl and shape into six dough balls, each the size of a large orange. Let them rise at room temperature for 30 minutes if not chilled, and about two hours if chilled. LET’S MAKE THINGS COMPLICATED! There are two things that make

bread moist and chewy (or, in bread-geek terms, a hydrated and robust gluten formation): time and mixing. Both are easy to overdo. If you have time, mix the water, yeast, and 60 to 70 percent of the flour for 20 minutes. After the 20-minute mix, let it rest for a couple of minutes then mix the salt and the rest of the flour in. Once the dough is mixed follow the directions above.

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Keep Medicine Away from Curious Eyes Five Tips to Protect Kids from Poisoning BREEANN SILCOX coalition coordinator, Safe Kids Bear River


BABIES AND TODDLERS move through the world touching and tasting everything in reach. Many prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and supplements look and taste like candy. Putting it in their mouths can be a real — and really dangerous — temptation for little kids. Check out these five safety tips from Safe Kids Bear River: 1. Store all medicine up and away and out of sight and reach every time. Safe medicine storage means out of sight and out of reach, not one or the other. To be safe, medicine should be stored out of sight




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in a cabinet or drawer where children can’t see it and out of reach. Do it every time and you’ll form a safe habit. That little bit of time is worth the investment in your child’s safety. 2. Only use the dosing device that comes with the medicine. Kitchen spoons aren’t all the same, and a teaspoon or tablespoon used for cooking won’t measure the same amount of medicine as a dosing device. 3. Keep medicine in its original childresistant packaging. If you or another family member do choose to use a pill organizer or baggie to help manage taking medicine, make sure you always store it up and away and out of sight and reach. 4. Put the Poison Help number — 1-800222-1222 — into your phone and post it visibly at home. Having the number handy — even if you think it’s easy to look up — is an easy way to protect kids and be ready for an emergency. 5. Instead of keeping medicine handy, use safe reminder tools to help you remember when to take and give doses. Here are some easy ideas you can use at home: • Set an alarm on your watch or cell phone. • Write a note to yourself and leave it somewhere you look often, like on the refrigerator door. • Combine taking daily medicines with a daily task like brushing your teeth. • Use a medication schedule card. For more information and resources about protecting kids on the road, at home, and at play, visit

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OUT OF SIGHT THE RISK IS REAL: HOW FAMILIES CAN HELP PROTECT KIDS Put all medicine up and away, out of children’s reach and sight. Remember to keep visitors’ purses, bags and coats out of reach, as they may contain medicine. Remember child-resistant packaging is not childproof. So put medicine away immediately after every use, even if you need to give another dose in a few hours. Save the Poison Help number – 1-800-222-1222 – in your phone and post it visibly at home so other caregivers can find it in an emergency.

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Discover Cache Valley 117 Amazing Things To Do in Logan and Cache Valley WR ITTE N BY

EMILY BUCKLEY editor in chief

"THERE'S NOTHING to do in Cache Valley.” Locals hear it, and maybe even say it, all the time. Julie Hollist Terrill, director of the Cache Valley Visitor’s Bureau, hears it too, and she says “nothing makes me want to bang my head on a rock more than when I hear local people say there is nothing to do in Logan. People come here from all over the world, on purpose, to do things that you may not even know exist.” That was the inspiration for the book, 117 Amazing Things To Do in Logan and Cache Valley Utah, she wrote and released with her husband Jesse Terrill in December. “As the director the of Cache Valley Visitor’s Bureau I have opportunities every day to sell experiences in our Valley to a broad range of people,” Julie said. “It can be to journalists, tour group operators who are bringing bus tours through here, a fourth grader doing a county report, or visitors from all around the world. My challenge, when I interact with those people, is to find out what it is they would like to experience and then tailor-make that opportunity for them here in Cache Valley. I have spent more than a decade doing exactly that.”

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Jesse comes by his experience differently, as a relatively new Cache Valley resident and a hairstylist who spends hours every day educating his clients not only about their hair, but also about the many exciting and unique things to do in our community. “Jesse and I have been married for four years,” Julie said. “He is from California and had only lived here for a about a year when we met. Once we started dating and got married, because of my work and because of our personalities, we wanted to explore everything. It has been fun for me to see things through his eyes, because he hasn’t seen them or experienced them before.” The couple, who enjoys all kinds of adventures from birdwatching and rodeos to snowmobiling and musical theatre, brainstormed ideas for the book, which Julie said was the fun part.


To purchase a copy of the book, visit or stop by the Cache Valley Visitor’s Bureau at 199 North Main Street in Logan.

It is full of ideas for outings ranging from community celebrations to what to order at local restaurants, and is divided in sections including outdoors, shopping, food, arts, celebrations, random adventures, and more. “One of the things that I like about this book is that we put in specific things,” Julie said. “For example,

you may have been to the Bluebird Candy Company, but you might not know their best seller is the Victoria.” She calls the book an adventure guide, and it is conveniently sized to fit in your backpack, purse, or the glove box of your car. “You could open the book, point your finger, and decide on a new adventure every day,” Julie said. “I hoped our voices would come through in this book — and I think they have. If you read it, and you know me, you hear me telling a story. Whether that is good or bad, it just is.” “The best thing about Cache Valley is that there are so many best things about Cache Valley,” Julie said. “There are so many great things to experience. The bigger challenge is how to narrow everything down in order to sell it to people because we have so many things we could focus on if we chose to, whether that is worldclass rock climbing, world-class Broadway and opera performances, or our foodie trek. There is something different for everybody to experience. The diversity makes it fun.” To purchase a copy of the book, visit or stop by the Cache Valley Visitor’s Bureau at 199 North Main Street in Logan.

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Eyesight Progression What to Expect and What to Watch for MICHAEL COLE, OD Child and Family Eye Care Center


THE HUMAN EYE works like a tiny, intricate telescope. A series of interfaces bend, refract, and focus light so that the brain can interpret the images captured from the scenes around us. Most of these components are fixed, unchanged since shortly after birth. There is, however, one adjustable part of this system. Inside the eye, directly behind the iris, sits a malleable lens. This lens is surrounded by a tiny muscle that changes the shape of the lens, allowing us to focus up-close and far away. When we are born, the visual system has not yet learned how to control the change in focus of this lens, which we term “accommodation.” The focal distance of the eyes of newborn is relatively fixed at about eight to 10 inches, about the distance to their parents’ faces. Over time, we learn to quickly and accurately change focal lengths in order to clearly view different distances. During this early developmental time, it is critical that children have meaningful visual experiences: Tummy time, crawling, and outdoor play are essential to understanding the visual world we live in and for normal vision development. Sometimes, children don’t fully gain control of this system and it does not function as it should. Often, children will complain of blurry vision that comes and goes, or that they cannot see the board at school. Even when distance vision is the

complaint, it is frequently their accommodation, or ability to change focus, that is the problem. These issues are treatable with compensatory lenses for near vision, multifocal lenses, or by training the visual system with vision therapy. As we age, the lens becomes less and less pliable. While the muscle that surrounds the lens maintains its strength, as the lens hardens, we slowly lose the ability to change focus, unbeknownst to us. Usually, around age 40, the amount of “focusing power” has been reduced to the point where we start to notice problems seeing up close. This condition is known as presbyopia. Often, the first symptoms that are recognized are eyes getting tired after a day’s work, or the eyes taking a long time to readjust focus when changing viewing distances from near to far, and vice versa. This is usually when the rite of passage of wearing multifocal lenses or reading glasses begins. At first, the additional correction for up close helps mostly with fatigue and comfort. With additional age, extra help will be more and more necessary to function normally while reading, using the computer, and reading anything else up close. Technology has improved greatly since Benjamin Franklin’s bifocal lens centuries ago, and the digital progressive lenses of today are much more functional and appealing. However, while we have many options to compensate for

a non-functioning lens, there is no “cure” for presbyopia. Another normal change in the natural lens that happens later in life is cataracts. Because the original cells in the lens are never replaced, over time the optical quality of this lens begins to degrade. The lens becomes more and more cloudy very slowly, and later in life the opacity in the lens starts to affect our vision. When the lens becomes cloudy enough to not allow light to pass normally through it, it is called a cataract. Cataracts are normal changes that happen to everyone, and if one lives long enough, cataracts will eventually set in. The good news is that cataracts are easily treated with a cataract surgery. In modern cataract surgery, the old cloudy lens is broken into smaller pieces and removed completely. It is replaced with an artificial lens that is perfectly clear, and, because the natural lens is removed, the cataract cannot recur. Understanding the anatomy of the eye can help us make sense of the visual changes that occur as we age. While the lens may not function normally later in life, children should not struggle with treatable vision issues such as accommodation problems of the natural lens. Comprehensive eye exams for children should include the testing necessary to identify these types of concerns.


CCSD's guide to school safety WRITTEN BY KIMBER YOUNG | PIO Intern, Cache County School District

Student safety is a top priority in the Cache County School District. “As the Superintendent, the safety of students, teachers, and staff weighs heavily on my mind. We are consistently looking for and implementing ways to keep our schools safe,” said Superintendent Steven Norton. When a student feels safe in his or her school environment, parents, educators, and students can focus on education and learning. Listed below are answers to some of the most common questions parents ask regarding school safety: What is Cache County School District doing to promote school safety?

Developing safety plans unique to each school, but with a consistent core across the district Conducting regular safety drills in each school throughout the school year Improving coordination with local law enforcement and emergency responders Providing ongoing safety training for staff at district and school levels Adding and utilizing more cameras to better monitor and secure school grounds Implementing a new emergency system to improve communication and response times Utilizing Utah’s SafeUT application to provide students and parents with an anonymous tip line Working to provide mental health and counseling services Improving website and social media presence for communicating with parents Invested nearly $300,000 to better secure classroom and school building doors Updated our parent notification system

Are school safety drills conducted throughout the school year? What can my student expect from these drills?     Safety drills are conducted regularly throughout the school year. There are various kinds of drills for different scenarios, including earthquakes, fires, and lockdowns. The purpose of safety drills is to provide an opportunity for students and staff members to familiarize themselves with how emergency responses will work. Students and staff learn where to seek safety, where and when to evacuate, how to shelter in place, etc.

Are there anonymous reporting and response procedures where students, staff, and families can report concerning behaviors or potential threats?

    CCSD has implemented Utah’s SafeUT application to provide students with an anonymous tip line which is accessible online and through smartphones. SafeUT’s licensed clinicians respond 24/7 to all incoming chats, texts, and calls. A direct link to the SafeUT Tip Line can be found on all school websites.      “We want our students and staff to feel comfortable raising concerns. We want students to know that if there is something that they see or hear that doesn’t seem right, they can tell us, and we will do something about it,” explained Curt Jenkins, District Student Services Director.

How are parents and students reunited in the case of an emergency school evacuation?

    Each school has an individual plan for reunification. During an emergency, it is important that parents do not go to the school unless directed to do so. Parents will be notified about the reunification process through mass phone calls, district and school websites and social media sites, and press releases. As soon as it is determined safe to do so by local authorities, schools will reunite students with their parents.

What can parents do to help?

    “We encourage parents to talk to their children about safety in homes and at school. Safety starts at home,” said Jenkins. Families should create a safety plan at home and lay out key points of emergency preparedness. Remind your kids to always report suspicious or unusual behavior or activity. If they see or hear something, they should say something! Parents are also encouraged to ensure that contact information is up-to-date in their child’s PowerSchool account, which will be referred to in the event of an emergency.      Please refer to the “School Safety” section of CCSD’s district website ( for further information.

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Developing Mindfulness FRANK SCHOFIELD superintendent, Logan City School District


WE LIVE IN a world that grows increasingly busier with each passing day. School, work, extracurricular activities, chores, and nonstop access to various forms of technology are often part of a child’s day-to-day life. Although the variety of activities available to children and their families can provide great benefits, they can also lead to stress and frustration if not properly managed. In Cache Valley, student responses on the annual Student Health and Risk Prevention (SHARP) Survey administered in cooperation with Bear River Health Department, indicate that students across the Valley are experiencing a consistent increase in the levels of stress they feel in their lives. That stress contributes to feelings of anxiety and depression, and in extreme cases, thoughts of self harm. There are many approaches families can choose from to help address these issues. Scaling back on extracurricular activities, dedicating time for building connections between family members, and managing the amount of time spent on

electronic devices all can contribute to lower stress levels in children. Another approach that is growing in popularity is the practice of “mindfulness” in the home. Mindfulness is defined as the self-regulation of attention with an attitude of curiosity, openness, and acceptance. Practicing mindfulness has been shown to improve attention and reduce stress, as well as increase one's ability to regulate their emotions. According to data from The Hawn Foundation, which trains educators on the use of mindfulness strategies in the classroom, when students develop their habits of mindfulness, the benefits include: • Improved ability to get along with other children • Greater optimism and enhanced self-concept, self-regulation, and self-management • Improved planning and organizational skills • Better impulse control Maria Hersey, PhD, United States director of education and training at The Hawn Foundation,

said, “Mindfulness training is about getting students to reflect on their own thoughts and actions and learning how to make better choices for themselves and for others as well. In our technology-based world, where everybody is connected, we talk to students about the importance of self-regulation and learning how their brains work so they might react less emotionally and more rationally in situations, and understand that they can be in control of themselves and their actions." Families can incorporate mindfulness into their routines at home in the following ways: • Implement "brain breaks," in which family members take a deep breath and calm themselves for three to five minutes to quiet their minds, be present, and focus. Parents can encourage their kids to take a brain break during homework time, during stressful situations, or simply when transitioning from one activity to the next. "It's just a moment when you can decompress a bit and just be present," Dr. Hersey said. “It's about taking that time to be calm and peaceful, remember the things that are important in life, focus on the positive, and be purposeful in our actions.” • In order to teach children to truly be in the moment and not think about tomorrow's math test or Saturday's birthday party, parents could do a "listening walk" with their children, asking them what sounds they hear, what the sounds remind them of, and how they help them remember a happy time or appreciate a positive experience. • However a parent chooses to teach their children mindfulness, parents practicing it themselves may have the greatest impact on their children. When a parent sets a routine of taking a few moments a day to close their eyes and notice their breath, thoughts, emotions, and body sensations, it has the potential to make a great impact on the whole family. A variety of resources, including apps that guide children and parents though basic mindfulness exercises, are available to support families as they look for ways to become more mindful in the home. Developing a habit of mindfulness is one way family members can help one another manage stress more effectively and bring an additional component of peace and emotional security to the home, which is good for everyone in every family.

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Prevent Backover Deaths COURTESY OF

WHEN YOU GET in your vehicle, before you even put it in reverse, keep this in mind: Approximately 50 kids per week are backed over by a moving vehicle, according to, a non-profit child safety organization dedicated to preventing injuries and death to children in and around motor vehicles. Children under age 5 are at the highest risk for backover injury or death. Over 60 percent of these accidents involve a truck or SUV. How can you prevent a backover accident? By creating driving habits that incorporate the safety measures outlined below. When something becomes a habit, it becomes second nature, and this is a habit that could save a child’s life. • Make an announcement: When you are getting ready to go, take a second to verbally warn those around you, especially other adults and playing children. The more people keeping watch, the better.


• Be constantly on the lookout: Whether in a parking lot, a neighbor’s house, or at home, take the time to walk around your vehicle. This only takes a minute, but can save a lifetime of pain. Take a quick glance underneath the vehicle, too. If there are children outside and nearby, take a headcount to make sure you are totally aware of where each child is located before you back out. • Listen: Don’t have noisy distractions inside the vehicle when you are preparing to pull out: Roll down the windows, shut off the radio, and hang up the phone. Take every step needed to ensure you can hear everything going on near and around your vehicle. You might hear something or someone before you see them. • Objects in mirrors may be closer than they appear: Never rely only on your side and rearview mirrors; even with proper adjustments, blind spots are prevalent. Before putting your car in reverse, check your three mirrors, and then, with your foot on the brake,

get a clear view out the back window before proceeding. • Slow and steady wins the race: You should never move quickly when reversing. There is no need to accelerate fast; a small amount of gas is all that is needed to get your vehicle backed out. Safety should never be compromised because you are in a hurry. • Other safety tips: Teach your children what is safe by letting them know it is never OK to play on, in, or around cars. Encourage them to always look, listen, and be aware of their surroundings. Refresh these lessons often. When possible make driveways a no-play zone or, if that is not possible, create barriers to prevent drivers from pulling into your driveway when kids are present. Always hold small children when cars are in motion and make sure children are supervised at all times. Encourage family, friends, and neighbors to create the same safety habits. Together, we can end backover tragedies.

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Avoid the Dangers of Do-It-Yourself Orthodontics Why and How to Find a Qualified Orthodontist WRITTEN BY BRADY

M. THOMSON, DDS board-certified orthodontist, Thomson Family Orthodontics

SOMETIMES DIY PROJECTS sound like a pretty good idea. However, maybe not everything is best when done by yourself; some things are better left to someone with the proper training and education. No matter how many YouTube videos we watch, trying to remove that ingrown toenail, or even piercing one’s own ears, may not be the best idea. Especially if we’ve never done it before. Many marketing campaigns make DIY products seem too good to be true, which is often the case. At times people can benefit from some direct-to-consumer products. Take for example, contact lenses, glasses,

and even hearing aids. Each one of these products can be conveniently ordered online and shipped right to our homes. However, all these products still require us to obtain the ​service ​of a prescription from a trained professional with a license in that area of expertise. The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) reminds us, “orthodontic treatment is not a product or device — orthodontic treatment is a professional, ​ medical service​.” When your care is personally supervised by an orthodontist who is a member of the AAO, you are assured that your orthodontist

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spent years after dental school in a residency program focused on providing orthodontic treatment to patients. The AAO is a professional association of orthodontists dedicated to, among other things, “improving the health of the public by promoting quality orthodontic care, the importance of overall oral healthcare, and advocating for the public interest.” Consider this question: What other transforming medical treatment would you undergo without an in-person pre-treatment evaluation or ongoing in-person supervision from a medical professional? Orthodontic treatment involves the movement of biological material, which, if not done correctly, could lead to potentially irreversible and expensive damage such as tooth and gum loss, changed bites, and other issues. There are several important things to consider regarding DIY treatment. 1. How do you know if your teeth and gums are healthy enough for orthodontic treatment? Who is making that decision and how is it being determined? 2. What are the possible risks (financial, health, etc.) associated with your orthodontic treatment? How do you know? 3. If an issue arises during your treatment, how will it be handled, and who will be responsible for handling it? 4. Does the treatment and fee include x-rays of your teeth and jaws and a clinical examination of your jaw alignment, teeth, bite, and the relationship of your teeth to the skeletal structures? Without an in-person examination to understand the patient’s overall dental health, the patient’s bite (the alignment of teeth, how they fit with opposing teeth, how they fit in the jaw, the size of the jaw, and the relationship of the upper and lower jaws), and X-rays, patients may be unaware of underlying problems. These could include the health of gum tissue, the amount of bone present to support teeth, teeth that are fused to bone (ankylosed), extra or missing teeth, excessive enamel wear, short roots, bone cysts, and more. Consider doing some research before making a decision about orthodontic treatment to make sure you’re treated in the best possible manner. 1. Schedule an in-person exam with an orthodontist who is an AAO member. 2. Ask if the orthodontist is board certified. 3. Ask if the orthodontist offers a Digital Scanning Model (no goopy impression). None of us like to have dental impressions made, yet most DIY companies ask us to take impression on ourselves. 4. Find out if the orthodontist has experience with clear aligners. Visit I​​and search your area. The American Dental Association (ADA) "strongly discourages" the practice of do-it-yourself orthodontics because of the potential for harm to patients. For example, in some instances direct-to-consumer DIY orthodontic companies do not involve the in-person evaluation and/or supervision of your treatment by an orthodontist. Treatment by an orthodontist can be very important, because there is more to creating a healthy, beautiful smile than moving the visible portions of your teeth. This can help many avoid the frustration of possibly uneven DIY front teeth, like those uneven DIY pierced ears. Trust your smile to an orthodontist, and smile all day!

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Running to Support Families:

Logan Marathon Fun Run Proceeds Will Benefit The Family Place WRI T T E N BY

FOR 20 YEARS, the Top of Utah Marathon has been a Cache Valley tradition, bringing runners from around the country to enjoy the beauty of our mountains and Valley as they competed in what many consider the pinnacle of running athletics: a 26.2 mile race that only half a percent of people in the United States will ever complete. This year, the race received a reboot and new name: the Logan City Marathon, and is now under the ownership of Headspin Events, the same group behind the Cache Gran Fondo bike race, which has received national and international recognition.

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The first race day under the new name is September 21, and will include a 26.2 mile marathon, a two-person marathon relay, a 10K trail race, a 5K race, and a kids and family onemile fun run. The Logan City Marathon starts and ends in Downtown Logan, traveling through historic neighborhoods, along the Logan River Trail and Logan River Golf Course, on wide-open country roads, and through scenic wetland areas. “We have taken some of the best parts of the Top of Utah Marathon, like accurate timing, great support stations, names being called at the finish line, long-sleeve T-shirts, and bold finisher medals and added to them on

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a beautiful course that is flat and gentler on runners’ knees,” race director Troy Oldham said. An important part of the race organization has been providing a way to get the community and families involved. “We hope that if you are a runner, even if you are just starting out, you will pick a distance and join,” Troy said. “All runners will start and end at the same places, and they all get finisher medals and shirts.” Fun run participants will be sent out immediately after the distance runners. They will run west on Center Street to Café Sabor

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and then come back to cross the same finish line that marathon runners will cross. “We hope every runner brings their family and has them join in the fun run. Then they can enjoy the post-race festivities together on Center Street,” Troy said. “Imagine a steady flow of runners coming across the finish line, families and friends there to cheer them on, share in the celebration, and enjoy a healthy brunch on us.” Headspin Events, like the Cache Gran Fondo, have become known for their big, festive

finishes. “We focus on participant experience,” Troy said. “We think it has paid off. The Cache Gran Fondo has grown and been recognized as a top ten national Gran Fondo event, and will host a UCI Gran Fondo Wold Championship event in 2019. The best part about our growth, though, is the ability to raise money for local charities. We, with our participants, have been able to raise money for The Family Place, Common Ground, Cache Valley High School Mountain Bike Team, Bike Utah, and Logan Regional Cancer Services.” The fun run, sponsored in part by Cache Valley

Family Magazine, will benefit The Family Place. “One hundred percent of proceeds from the fun run will go to support the great service The Family Place provides our community,” Troy said. The Family Place is a local, nonprofit organization focused on building strong families in Cache and Rich Counties. They work with parents and children to support good relationships and develop new approaches to family life through family-focused events, workshops, counseling services, emergency and transitional childcare, and their Starfish Children’s Shelter. “The Family Place is thrilled to be the charity partner of the Logan City Marathon Fun Run,” Esterlee Molyneux, executive director of The Family Place, said. “We believe in family, community, and engaging in activities that build connections and support for one another. The fun run is in line with all of these goals and will also help raise funds to support our 24-hour services available to all parents in our community.” The Logan City Marathon is looking for three additional sponsors for the fun run, to help cover the costs of medals, shirts, and brunch. “We want all money from the fun run to flow directly to The Family Place,” Troy said. To register for any of the Logan Marathon race events, go to To become a sponsor or volunteer, email or visit


FLAT, FUN, AND EASY-ON-THE-KNEES! After a successful run of 20 years of the Top of Utah Marathon, 2019 is the perfect time to do something new with the event, and showcase another beautiful part of top of our great state of Utah. A new 2-Person Relay, Downtown Logan start and finish, a 10K and 5K-mile option, and fun Kids and Family Fun Miler are just the beginning of how in 2019 we are working hard to do something new and Earn Your Return.

All Finishers Receive A big, cool, Finisher’s Medal. (All distances)

26.2 MARATHON 2-Person RELAY 10K and 5K Run Family Fun Miler*

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What You Need to Know About HPV and the HPV Vaccine WRI T T E N BY

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“The vaccine is extremely effective,” Dr. Noorda said.

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the United States and is so prevalent that, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “nearly all sexuallyactive men and women will get at least one type of HPV at some point in their lives.”

Experts estimate that more than 50 percent of sexually active people will get HPV at some point in their lives. “HPV is easily passed from person to person through sexual intercourse,” Dr. Noorda said.

“There are more than 150 strains of HPV,” said Barry Noorda, MD, OB/GYN, at the Cache Valley Women’s Center at the Lodge. “However, most cause no symptoms and go away on their own. Other, high-risk, strains of HPV can cause changes to cells in the cervix that can lead to cervical cancer. The majority of cases of cervical cancer are caused by HPV infection.”

“It is important to understand that vaccines, including the HPV vaccine, are safe,” Dr. Noorda said. “They are overwhelmingly safe. All vaccines, in this case the HPV vaccine, have high standards they have to meet. Vaccines are a good thing. Across the world, and particularly across the United States, vaccines have done more to improve our health than any other intervention, including antibiotics.”

The HPV vaccine, Gardisil, protects against four strains of HPV: Two that cause genital warts and two that cause about 70 percent of all cervical cancer cases.

The American Cancer Society says that more than 270 million doses of the HPV vaccine have been given worldwide, including 100 million doses in the United States.

Some parents are concerned about the vaccine’s ingredients, one being aluminum, but according to the American Cancer Society the amount of aluminum is safe: “Aluminum-containing vaccines have been used for years and in more than 1 billion people. In fact, we come in contact with aluminum every day. It’s in foods we eat, water, and even breast milk. Every day, babies, children, and adults come into contact with more aluminum than what’s in the vaccine.” Research has not shown the vaccine to cause any fertility problems, and in fact, by preventing cervical cancer the vaccine can help protect women from fertility problems caused by cervical cancer treatment. WHO SHOULD GET THE HPV VACCINE AND WHEN? The American Cancer Society recommends that girls and boys begin getting the HPV vaccine series at age 11 or 12 because, they say, the vaccine causes a better immune response at this age than during the teenage years and also because they are likely still seeing their doctor regularly and getting other vaccinations at this age and have not likely become sexually active. Children who get the HPV vaccine will make proteins called antibodies that fight the virus and have long-lasting protection, according to the American Cancer Society. “Whether or not your teen is sexually active, or you believe they will become sexually active in their teen years, it is the smart thing to do, so they will not have the risk of getting a high-risk HPV or expose others to it,” Dr. Noorda said. For those who did not get vaccinated when they were younger, the FDA has recently approved the Gardasil vaccine for use in males and females up to age 45. The vaccine is given in a series of three shots over a six-month period. The second shot should be given two months after the first dose and the third shot should be given six months after the first. It is safe for the HPV vaccine to be given at the same time as other vaccines.

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Pick the Perfect Color WRITT E N BY


WHETHER YOU ARE a DIYer or a pro, everyone wants the perfect color of paint. So, how do you find what’s right for you? Many people like to start with the Color of the Year. Every year, paint manufacturers from around the world go on an epic search for their color of the year. It’s not as easy as one might think: There is a lot of science, psychology, and research that goes into this decision. It starts with researching the year’s color trends and current consumer mindsets around the globe. Not only that, but attention is given to trending materials such as textiles, wood, tile, and more. Colors are narrowed down to hues that create the feeling and mood they feel embodies what that year represents. The psychology of color is quite interesting: Color can have a powerful influence on how we think, our mood, and our general well-being. Colors create many contrasting emotions. Red and yellow, when used together, increase appetite. Pale colors tend to be more uplifting, and neutral colors keep you grounded, whereas deep hues can bring drama to a room. Dee Schlotter, the

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senior color marketing manager at PPG Paints says, “Our goal is to offer the right colors to our customers so they can create meaningful and beautiful projects. We draw from nature, fashion, and color psychology to create an emotional connection to our colors.” For example, the PPG Paint’s 2019 Color of the Year is Night Watch (PPG1145-7). “The color resembles the deep green hues found in forests and emulates the feeling of lush greenery and the restorative power we feel in nature,” Dee said. Night Watch can make you feel healthy, grounded, and calm. This color was inspired by biophilic design. This trending design is a way of reconnecting people with nature by bringing outdoor elements inside. Benjamin Moore’s color and design expert Hannah Yeo said, “For 2019, we observed a shift where quietude and a retreat from the noise and chaos seemed to pervade the mood.” Their research led them to a color that created calmness and serenity. Benjamin Moore’s Color of the Year, Metropolitan AF-690, is just that. This is a beautiful, sophisticated gray. It is calm and composed, while exuding glamor and balance. A common theme for 2019 is creating a place of calm in a chaotic world. Kelly Moore Paints’ Color of the Year is Peacock Blue KMA29, it follows this pattern as well. Mary Lawlor, the Kelly Moore manager of color marketing describes Peacock Blue as a “color that can optimize concentration, encourage deep meditation, and even improve sleep.” After a seemingly complicated process, how does a regular person pick the right color for their home? Many like to pick the latest

trend in color, but that may not be the best choice for everyone. There is much more to consider. Everyone has different colors they are drawn to and all colors have different hues and shades. There is not one color that fits all. There are a lot of ways to find the right color for the look you want.



First, start noticing colors you are drawn to. Do you like things that are bright, or do neutral colors make you happy? Then start looking for inspiration. This can come from pictures on Pinterest, a place you’ve recently vacationed, or fabric or textiles you already own. Looking through your clothing is a great place to start narrowing down the colors you are most attracted to. Unless you plan on changing your flooring and cabinets, you should find colors and hues that work well with what you already have. You should also consider the amount of light in the room. Light can change what the color actually looks like in your home. The same gray may look slightly greener in one room or bluer in another. Rooms with north-facing windows tend to be a little darker. Whereas southfacing windows can make paint look lighter. We recommend taking a bigger paint swatch, or painting a board with a paint sample, and putting it in different rooms. Check the color at different times of the day. You might be surprised how the color changes.







Don’t be discouraged if the color isn’t looking exactly as you thought. The color can be lightened or darkened to get the right hue for the room. Color experts can help you find a perfect color by matching color from fabrics, or even pictures from Houzz or Pinterest. Come into Bennett’s Paint or visit and try a color visualizer, where you can select a picture and then add color to it to see the effect.



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IN THE FOODIE world, Avocado Toast is the current rage. Living in a rural area, we don't have the opportunity to try all of the great restaurant versions, so we came up with our own! My girls and I adore this delicious and simple dish for lunch.

INGREDIENTS 2 slices sourdough bread Butter Garlic powder Parmesan cheese, grated 1 large or 2 small avocados Fresh ground salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS 1. Turn oven on broil

setting. Butter two slices sourdough bread and lightly sprinkle with garlic powder.

2. Grate fresh parmesan

cheese on top of toast and place under broiler for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown.

3. Mash avocado and

season with salt and pepper. Remove bread from broiler and top with avocado. Enjoy!

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ALL TOO OFTEN, illness or injury appears suddenly: You wake up with intense abdominal pain, you slip on the ice and can no longer put weight on your swollen ankle, or your infant spikes a high fever over the weekend. When situations like these occur, you are left to decide where to go for medical care, especially if the symptoms seem severe and your physician’s office is closed. It is important to understand the difference between urgent care and emergency room facilities and when it is best to go to which for treatment, so you know where to go and how you can potentially save time and money. A visit to the emergency room


can often be expensive and time consuming. According to the United States Government Division of Health Care Statistics, only 15 percent of the patients seen in the emergency room are experiencing true medical emergencies. That means that 85 percent of the patients could have sought treatment elsewhere. Urgent care facilities are a great option for patients experiencing: mild asthma, minor burns, cuts, rashes, suspected bone fractures, sprains and strains, colds, coughs, sore throats, fevers, ear infections, sinus infections, urinary tract infections, and other non-lifethreatening ailments. It is also an excellent option if you are unable to get a timely appointment with your primary care physician. Some facilities even

allow patients to receive their primary care within the urgent care facility. Emergency Room visits or 911 calls should be for emergencies which include, but are not limited to: uncontrollable bleeding, major fractures or burns, numbness or paralysis of face, arm, or leg, sudden slurred speech, visual weakness, head injuries, sudden severe headaches, seizure or loss of consciousness, suicidal feelings, difficulty breathing or severe shortness of breath, persistent chest or abdominal pressure, severe allergic reactions, and poisoning or suspected overdose. Illness and injury can often be a difficult and scary time. It is important to know where to get proper care.

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Happy Trails: Backpacking for the Whole Family TARA BONE contributing writer


I'M STILL NOT sure how it happened. It started out innocently enough, brainstorming 2018 spring break ideas with my three boys and husband. We discussed a staycation with day trips, a visit to family, and even the obligatory Disney excursion. All fine options that included running water, plumbing, and a cozy bed. Then, something new emerged: a four-day family backpacking trip. Before I knew it, I was outnumbered. In vain I mustered every ounce of my skills of persuasion to highlight the virtues of electricity. In the end, my boys wanted to enter the wild frontier with only what they could carry on their backs. In my defense, I’m not “afraid” of the outdoors or dirt; I grew up on a farm (lots of dirt involved) and enjoy hiking. But the idea brought back memories of a church youth backpacking trip that involved rain, getting lost, and the heaviest backpack known to a 90-pound girl. No one told me canned food in my pack was a bad idea. With my fears in check, I dug in to help plan our family’s 2018 expedition. I learned quickly that a successful backpacking trip requires a

lot of planning. It can be overwhelming, but there are a lot of outfitters in Cache Valley with knowledgeable staff who can help. One such resource is Mason Darley, an outdoorsman and employee at The Sportsman on Logan’s Main Street. Mason started backpacking with his family at 8 years old and believes it keeps families close, teaches kids to love the outdoors, and instills healthy habits. He encourages parents to go for it. His advice: “Don’t be intimidated by it, grab someone who’s done it before, and keep going.” In our family’s experience, we enlisted the help of friend Justin Smith. Known by the nickname “Sherpa,” Justin is like most avid backpackers who want to help people discover lessons that only mother nature teaches. He believes he’s learned more on the mountain than anywhere else, and it was there he “learned to work hard, work together, and overcome adversity.” Who doesn’t want to teach that to their kids? With Justin’s help, we chose a destination, mapped

Tanner, Karsten, Tara, Grayson, and Sterling Bone backpacking Utah's Grand Gulch.

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an itinerary, gathered gear, planned meals, and discussed safety. After all the planning and packing, we set out. It sounds dramatic, but we found beautiful scenery, exhilarating climbs, and long-lasting family bonds. Would I recommend it to other apprehensive parents? Yes! The chance to spend unplugged, focused time with my boys without distractions was priceless. The hours spent talking, laughing, and learning life skills couldn’t have happened anywhere else. For your 2019 spring break, consider conquering your mountain and exploring the backcountry.

Backpacking Tips • Choose the destination: Consider ages, fitness levels, individual interests, and season. • Involve kids: Let them learn through the process and ask for input. • Call ranger stations and check websites: Gather info about water, weather, fire restrictions, hike difficulty, and reservations. • Plan early: Some places require a permit or campsite reservation. • Take a hard copy map: National Geographic Maps are waterproof and available on Amazon or at local outfitters. • Use Gaia GPS: An app with maps, trails in national parks, and speed calculations. *see • Prepare the body: Prior to trip, go on walks and increase distance, break-in footwear, and increase stamina. • Set realistic expectations: Don’t expect “happy” all the time. Take time to let kids explore, have power snacks — granola bars, jerky, trail mix, and “busy” treats like suckers. Pack cards, a compass for scavenger hunts, and a GPS for Geocaching. • Talk and bond: Play games along the way — storytelling, eye spy, and silly songs. • Learn: Identify plants and animals on the trail with field identification guides. • Drink: Each person carries water. Humans should drink about two liters daily, but hikers may need more depending on terrain and weather. Use powdered drink mixes to encourage drinking for kids. • Kids carry: Kids can safely carry 10 to 20 percent of their weight; i.e., a 60-pound child can carry up to 12 pounds. Evenly distribute backpack weight; pack heavy items close to body. Outfitters can take backpack measurements for a proper fit; look for a sturdy hip belt and frame. • Respect: Practice “Leave No Trace” ethics, and be aware of local regulations. • Safety First: Discuss safety precautions;

kids carry a whistle for emergencies. An adult leads the group and another adult brings up the rear.

Basic Gear • Water filter: pump and/or gravity-fed • Backpack *see tips about weight limits for kids packs • 0-degree sleeping bag and sleeping pad • Water container/bottle • Good shoes: DON’T bring new, unworn shoes, consider Chaco or Keen sandals • Clothing layers: beanie for bed, wool socks, down coat • Light-weight tent • Jetboil stove and fuel • Food — High energy, low weight options: dehydrated meals (Backpacker’s Pantry), powdered protein drinks, oatmeal packets, dry soup mixes, meat pouches, pita bread, energy bars Gear can be expensive. Rent it through the Utah State University (USU) Outdoor Program. They offer equipment rentals to USU students and the public. See

Favorite Destinations MASON DARLEY’S FAVORITE: Bighorn Crags in the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho. You’ll find big rocks that kids love to climb, crystal clear lakes, and beautiful scenery. JUSTIN SMITH’S FAVORITE: Coyote Gulch in southern Utah’s Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. You’ll find sandstone canyon walls, natural arches, Fremont Indian pictographs, and waterfalls. See for backpacking locations with reviews, directions, and skill rankings.

Left to right: Craig Dart, Susan Dart, Mason Darley, and Lance Darley at Ruth Lake in the Uintas.



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Print Your Photos

hold priceless memories in your hands HEATHER PALMER owner, Heather Palmer Photography


THE OTHER DAY, I found my 11-year-old son on the floor with scrapbooks all around him. He was having a blast looking at the photos and telling me what he remembers about each one. It made all of the hours I spent hand gluing each of the photos onto the pages worth it. Contrast this experience to the digital photos still on my phone and computer. My children never really get the opportunity to view them. These photos seem to be lost in cyberspace and are mainly hidden from my children’s lives. There is something special about holding a photo, especially for kids. Face it, this is the most photographed generation in history of the world, and there is very little physical proof of it. Everything is on a hard drive, tablet, or cell phone. Children want (and I would argue, need) to see their faces around your home on physically printed photographs. Nothing upsets me more than to hear someone say they had their hard drive fail and sadly lost all of their family’s photos. This happens more than we expect; photos are lost due to improper maintenance and failed backups. It makes me ill just thinking about potentially losing these memories or pictures of my family. This is why I make it a habit to print all of my photos, along with having them saved on my computer and external hard drives. So, here is the big question: Where and how do you print them? There are many options for printing your photos. Here are few of the most popular:


The easiest way to scrapbook, for me, is Chatbooks. If you are already posting photos to Instagram, Chatbooks will connect to your account and automatically make your books for you. Here is

the best part: You don’t have to use Instagram to subscribe or print Chatbooks. You can make your books directly on their website or in their app, too. Visit to learn more. I also use Shutterfly for photo books. They often have special offers that make their books inexpensive. They also offer great prices for 4X6 prints. The thing I love the most about making my scrapbooks online is if they ever get damaged or lost, I can replace them with a click of a button because they are automatically archived on the website's database.


I don’t recommend going to a box store for large prints. If the photo is going to be displayed on my wall, I want the colors to look right and box stores can be hit-and-miss with color correction and print quality. There are a few local companies that offer beautiful, large prints. Square One Printing, Watkins Printing, and The Print Factory all do an amazing job and offer fair prices. I always recommend my photo clients use these stores if they need a photo printed quickly and nicely. If you would like to order online, Pro Digital Photos and Persnickety Prints both make beautiful photo cards and announcements and are Utah-based. Nationally, MPIX offers high-end printing. Photos make it easy to relive memories, and holding memories in your hands is priceless! Technology and improperly backed up electronics can have hiccups and cause loss. Having physical copies is one way to ensure your images are seen and can leave lasting impressions upon your children and future generations.

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From Renter to Homeowner WRI T T E N BY EMILY MERKLEY association executive, Cache Valley Association of Realtors®

cache valley statistics COMPARING 2018 TO 2017

+8.8% New Listings 2017 - 1,850 2018 - 2,013

+3.5% closed sales 2017 - 1,510 2018 - 1,563

+13.7% median sales price 2017 - $210,950 2018 - $239,800

+13.0% Number of days on the market 2017 - 46 2018 - 52

WE'VE BEEN HEARING the phrase “New Year, New You” over the last few weeks with intentions to make changes in self-improvement, finances, and to set goals, both large and small. This shift in mindset should apply to your goals of homeownership as well. If you’ve been renting for years and feel that it’s all you can afford due to the current housing market, would you be surprised if you learned just the opposite might be true?

difference between a $1,000 rent and a $1,000 mortgage, is the accrual of equity. Your first year of mortgage payments can accrue an estimated $3,021 in equity, with $3,436 in year two. This equity continues to grow year after year. Now is the time to make the long-term investment that will add equity to YOUR future.

The choice between buying a home or renting is usually a tough decision, but if you crunch the numbers, you may be surprised to find that a monthly mortgage payment is pretty close to what you already pay in rent. The average monthly rent in Utah is just over $1,000, and that cost can increase as landlords adjust prices to keep up with rapidly rising costs of rent. Compare an ever-changing rent to a monthly mortgage — which is locked in regardless of market trends.

The assistance of a REALTOR® is crucial when making the transition from renter to homeowner. A REALTOR® can help you determine your cost range for a home, map out your financial possibilities and parameters, find a home that fits your needs, and help you find the best mortgage options to make homeownership your reality this year. Homeownership provides you the financial security to make a major investment and then watch it grow over time. It’s a major milestone and your own little slice of the ‘American Dream,’ and it’s all within your grasp.

The median income for Cache County is $53,812, which can qualify you for a mortgage on a $200,000 home, with a monthly payment (principal and interest) of $998*. The major

*Qualification is dependent upon credit worthiness and history, and monthly debt to income ratio. Monthly payment estimated with $0.00 down and the current average interest rate of 4.37 percent.

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Summer Classes & Camps Guide


Keep your kids active and healthy! Camps held June 3-7, June 17-21, July 15-19, and July 29-August 2. Camps from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Ages 5-12. S UMMER SWI M S C HOOL

Learn to swim with the best instruction in Cache Valley! Classes begin June 3. Two-week sessions, Monday-Friday, 40-minute classes.

USU APP CAMP Come build phone apps with us this June at USU campus in Logan. We will host four, one-week-long camps (June 10-14 and/or June 17-21, morning and/ or afternoon) for 6th-8th grade boys and girls. Camps are three hours long. Early bird registration $35. Seats are limited and fill up quickly.


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Professional tennis instruction from the Valley’s top coaches and players. All ages and ability levels. Camps and Classes begin June 3. T UMBLI N G CLASSES

Flip and tumble to new heights with classes for all ages and abilities. Classes begin June 3.

CACHE VALLEY SCHOOL OF BALLET (435) 753-3633 opt. 1 The Cache Valley School of Ballet offers qualified training in classical ballet to community members of all ages and skill levels. Summer semester (5 weeks) for ages 3 and up. Visit for complete list of classes.

DANCE ILLUSION We offer four-week summer courses, a Princess Camp (ages 3 to 8), Ballet Intensive (ages 5 and up), and Technique Intensive (ages 5 and up). Classes available for ages 3 to adult. Registration for summer camps and classes open now! Fall and spring registration open in June. Competition team tryouts in June.


CACHE VALLEY FUN PARK (435) 792-4000 Summer camps at the FUNNEST Place in Town! Our camps are the perfect way to beat the summer doldrums. Your kids will experience activities full of fun and learning. No vegging out in front of the TV — just fun times and happy memories!

CACHE THEATRE KIDS CAMP July 15-27 9 a.m.- 1 p.m., Monday through Friday Ages 8-13 $90/participant, $60/additional siblings (includes T-shirt)

CACHE VALLEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS (435) 752-0026 Immerse your child in a world of art at CacheART’s Summer Art Camps. Your camper will plunge into creative, hands-on experiences, including ceramics, cooking, drama, dance, music, and more. Space is limited, enroll today!

ADVERTISE YOUR CAMPS AND CLASSES TO OUR AUDIENCE! Did you miss your chance to advertise with us in this issue? It's not too late to share info about your summer camp or class with our Cache Valley audience. Get in touch with us to learn how you can advertise in our summer issue or on our website and social media!

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June 17-21 AND July 8-12 10 a.m., Aloha. Ages 6 and up, $130.

LOVE TO COOK 435-792-9220 Three-day beginning and advanced cooking camps for kids 8 and up. Kids get hands-on experience making real food and having fun in the kitchen. Beginning classes have fun and gain confidence that they CAN cook and bake, and advanced classes focus on specific skills like how to use a knife, the dangers of cross contamination, different types of heat, different ways to cook eggs, how a yeast bread is made, leavened, and baked, and more.

Save $10 with early registration — no refunds after May 15.

Call or check for dates. Register early, classes fill quickly.


June 10-14, 10 a.m., Ages 4-10, $110. GIRLS J UST WA N N A HAV E FUN VOCA L C A M P

June 18-22, 10 a.m., Ages 6-14, $130. June 24-28, 10 a.m. to Noon, Ages 6-14, $130. UKULELE CAMP

PICKLEVILLE WORKSHOPS Insanely fun musical theater camps taught by Pickleville Playhouse's awesome cast members and directors. Throughout the week, we work on musical numbers and scenes that our campers will perform in their awesome end-of-week performance. All campers will receive a Pickleville Workshop T-shirt and one complimentary ticket to Pickleville Playhouse’s The Little Mermaid. July 8-12 OR 15-19 (Logan: Ages 8-16) July 22-26 (Logan: Ages 6-7) July 29-August 2 OR August 5-9 (Bear Lake: Ages 8-16)

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