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Cache Gran Fondo Tradition Continues in July p. 24

Firework Safety p. 16 Summer Parade & Festival Guide p. 34 Classes & Camps 2018 p. 42


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Family Firsts: A Summer without Regrets — p. 10 Family Budget: Spend More Time and Less Money with Your Family — p. 14 PUBLISHER & EDITOR IN CHIEF Emily Buckley COMMUNITY EDITOR Schae Richards COVER PHOTOGRAPHY Heather Palmer PHOTOGRAPHY Heather Palmer Brittany Cascio CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Mark Anderson Bear River Health Department Tara Bone Emily Buckley Cache County School District Cache Valley Hospital Sherelle Christensen Michael Cole, OD Discount Tire & Automotive Sharilee Griffiths Craig Humphreys Kinsey Love Emily Merkley Schae Richards Frank Schofield BreeAnn Silcox Spence’s Pharmacy Wil Wood LAYOUT DESIGN Rachel Cottrell WEBSITE DESIGN Kite Media Cache Valley Family Magazine is a free, trusted resource designed to inform, serve and enrich local parents and families throughout Cache Valley. Material in this publication is copyright 2018, Cache Valley Family Magazine. All rights reserved. Reproduction without permission of the publisher is prohibited. The views expressed in the magazine are the views of the writers and do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher. Please send all editorial correspondence to or by mail to PO Box 6831, North Logan, UT 84341. All correspondence is sent on a non-confidential basis and Cache Valley Family Magazine shall be free to reproduce, publish, edit and/or use any such communications. All materials become property of Cache Valley Family Magazine.

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From the Farmer’s Wife: Spaghetti Pomodoro — p. 15 Safe Families: Road Trip Checklist — p. 17 Kids Test Kitchen: Healthy Summer Snacks — p. 18 Family Travel: Recharge Your Marriage with a Couples Getaway — p. 20 Cover Story: Take an Italian-Style Ride Around Cache Valley — p. 24 Education Update: A Summer of Learning — p. 28 Five Ways to Extend Learning into Summer — p. 29 Fit Families: Look in Your Own Backyard for Amazing Trails — p. 37 Making a Difference: Saving Animals One Day at a Time — p. 38 Healthy Families: How Do I Know if I’m Dehydrated? — p. 40 Good Neighbors: The REALTOR® Value: Navigating a Seller’s Market — p. 46


Libraries to Rock Out this Summer — p. 6 Birthday Party Planning — p. 8 One-on-One with a Mohs Surgeon — p. 13 Firework Safety — p. 16 2018 Summer Bike & Foot Races — p. 22 School Supply Drive — p. 23 Contact Lenses and Children: Everything You Need to Know — p. 27 Rabies Prevention Tips — p. 30 Secrets to Beautiful Hanging Baskets and Planters — p. 32 2018 Parade & Festival Roundup — p. 33 Parade Safety Tips — p. 34 Tips to Keep Your Family Safe During Parades — p. 35 Joint Pain Relief Options — p. 37 Classes & Camps 2018 — p. 42 My Discovery Destination is Back for Summer — p. 44

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Libraries will

ROCK OUT this Summer

Schae Richards, community editor Libraries across Cache Valley are gearing up for summer reading with the theme, “Libraries Rock.” Paul Daybell, associate director for the North Logan City Library, said the purpose of summer reading is to keep kids engaged and learning during the summer months. “We try to fill that gap when kids are out of school,” he said. “Library programs keep kids engaged and help them love reading.” When choosing books to read, Paul said it’s important for parents to let their kids pick their own. He said this will help them develop a love for reading and life-long learning. “We strongly feel that if they develop that love, they will be

that much more engaged in learning,” he said. He said letting kids explore their interests and finding interactive ways to make reading fun will also help them acquire a love for reading. “It’s letting them explore what they want and finding what interests they have,” he said. “It’s making reading fun, not a chore.” Paul encourages parents to utilize their local library’s resources and to check out other libraries as well to see what they have to offer. “There are great libraries across the Valley,” he said. “A library’s resources and programs are open to everyone.” A library is no longer just a place for books. There are

C a c h e Va l l e y F a m i l y M a g a z i n e | S u m m e r 2 0 1 8 other resources that libraries offer that families can utilize. “The biggest part is getting people through the door and helping them realize what we offer,” Paul said. “They can engage in a lot of programs where we can bring them in and get them excited.” So, check out your local library and get your kids excited for summer reading:

Hyrum City Library (435) 245-6411 Story times and crafts, teen maker days, teen writing and art contests, concerts in the park, game days, and family movies days.  The Hyrum City Library Summer Reading Kick-Off Party will be held June 4 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hyrum City

Square. The event will feature the Stitch Riley Band, bounce houses, a rock wall, and kettle korn popcorn. All ages are welcome to participate. Sign-ups begin June 4 at the library, or you can sign up at the party. Last day to sign-up will be June 30. The last day to earn a ticket and enter to win the grand prize is July 26.

Logan Library (435) 716-9123 From the first week in June to the last week in July, join the Logan Library for drop-in English-language story time on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 11 a.m., Spanish-language story time on Tuesdays at 6 p.m. and Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m., Portuguese-language story time on Thursdays at 11 a.m., and STEAM activities on Thursdays at 2 p.m. Rread books and earn prizes


all summer! Teen and adult summer reading programs also available.

North Logan City Library (435) 755-7169 Summer reading activities include June 13 – Dazzle Dogs at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; June 20 – Scales and Tails at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; June 27 – Mike the Magician at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.; July 11 – Water Party at 11 a.m.; July 20 – Rocky Mountain Puppets at 6:30 p.m.; and July 25 – Eric Herman Concert at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. There is a toddler story time at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays, a preschool story time at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays, and a Spanish story time on Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. The North Logan City Library Summer Reading Kick-Off Party will be held June 5 at 4 p.m. at the library.

Richmond Public Library (435) 258-5525 The Richmond Public Library Summer Reading Program includes all ages, from babies to adults, and includes prize drawings. There will be baby story times during the summer. Register ahead of time at the library, or at the kick-off party June 7 at 10:30 a.m.

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BIRTHDAY PARTY PLANNING Schae Richards, community editor

Kids’ birthdays often bring friends and families together for a fun celebration. Along with celebrating these sweet milestones, can come a lot of unnecessary work and stress. Here is a birthday party checklist to help you keep things simple while still hosting a fantastic party for your child.

Guests and invitations

Games and favors

• The number of kids you invite is up to you, but don’t invite more than you can handle in your home or the venue you choose. • Have your kids make their invitations with a few craft supplies, or create something on your computer. • Send invitations a couple weeks in advance, and request an RSVP, so you know how many guests to expect the day of the event.

• Plan two or three simple activities that will keep the kids entertained. • Don't forget to send each guest home with a party favor.

Party supplies • Pick up tablecloths, plastic silverware, decorations and any other party supplies two days before the party so you are prepared for the day of the event.

Food • Serve your child’s favorite snacks at the party in addition to traditional cake and ice cream. • Don’t be afraid to throw in a fruit or veggie tray to have a nutritious snack in the middle of all the sweets. • Be aware of food allergies your little guests may have.

Decorations • Keep things simple with streamers, balloons, and banners. • Music in the background may be a good option, depending on the age of your child.

Charged camera • Make sure to have a charged phone, camera, or video camera to capture those sweet moments during the party. Need an idea for a birthday party location outside your home? These local venues are great options:

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A Summer of No Regrets Tara Bone, contributing writer

It’s time to stash the backpacks and live in flipflops. Summer 2018 has arrived. Like the beginning of every summer, well-meaning parents start June with visions of grandeur and long activity lists, but often the excitement wanes and reality sets in. Parents are responsible to juggle the kids all day while keeping everyone safe, happy, and entertained (sometimes). We do that and make sure we’re raising hard-working, responsible citizens that will contribute to society . . . whoa, cue the deep yoga breathing and begin positive self-talk. We

can do summer, and not just any summer — an amazing summer — because we’ve got the summer bucket list. Six years ago, a friend gave our family a tin bucket and introduced us to the summer bucket. It changed how we do summer. Our little bucket provides a simple system that easily implements all the fun to-dos while getting all family members involved and ready to try new things. This is how it works: gather family members and have each person announce and write down an activity they want to do on a strip of




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like and keep an open mind. It’s surprising the unique ideas that kids come up with. Some activities can be big adventures, while others can be as easy as eating ice cream. For a list of


summer bucket ideas, see the articles on page 28 and 29 of this issue. It’s a simple system, but delivers a lot of benefits. Somehow choosing the activity becomes an exciting event that works as a great motivator to finish chores. The kids feel ownership in the outcome of their summer. For our family, it helps us fit in summer fun when schedules get crazy. The system can be tweaked, too. Some families have more than one bucket; one for home activities and one for field trips. Whatever your summer bucket list looks like, there is one huge benefit— it helps families begin summer with the end in mind. When the last day of summer creeps up on us, we won’t look back and wonder what happened. Family members can reminisce from the literal piles of adventures you've had together. You’ve got this. Create those summer memories!

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ONE-ON-ONE WITH A MOHS SURGEON The Gold Standard in Removing Skin Cancer Emily Buckley, editor in chief

Cory Maughan, DO, FAOCD, FAAD, was raised in Cache Valley and knew as a child he wanted to be a physician. “I like to fix things,” he said. After studying at Utah State University, attending medical school, and completing a fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery, he was able to return to his hometown and is now practicing dermatology at Rocky Mountain Dermatology and Young Skin Care in North Logan. Dr. Maughan said that it has been very rewarding to return to the community he grew up in and use his training to help heal patients, including neighbors, family, and friends. “Dr. Maughan’s specialty in Mohs surgery makes our dermatology practice complete," Brain Howe, executive director of Rocky Mountain Dermatology and Young Skin Care said. “We think it adds so much to our practice to have a skilled surgeon like Dr. Maughan who can treat patients right here in Cache Valley, rather than sending them on to Salt Lake.” Mohs Micrographic Surgery was designed to treat skin cancer in areas

Skin Cancer Facts from Dr. Cory Maughan • 80 percent of the damage that causes skin cancer happens before age 18.

where you don’t want to leave a scar (head, neck, hands, feet, genitals), or have to go back if you don’t get it all, explained Dr. Maughan. “Mohs is the gold-standard in removing skin cancer,” he said. “You remove the smallest possible piece needed and get the highest possible cure.” This specialty allows Dr. Maughan to act as both the surgeon and pathologist when removing skin cancer. “We treat a lot of skin cancer,” he said. “Especially among the Baby Boomer generation that got a lot of sun damage when they were younger and now it is showing itself.” Dr. Maughan explained that not all skin cancer is deadly. “Most of what we deal with every day are locally destructive cancers,” he said. “Basal cell carcinoma is the most common cancer in the world. It is a quality of life, not a quantity of life, cancer. You aren’t at risk of basal cell carcinoma spreading through your body and killing you, but I have removed noses and ears because of how much skin basal cell carcinoma had eaten

Dr. Maughan says the best way to prevent skin cancer is protection. “There are more brands of sunscreen out there than you could probably ever try,” he said. “The best kind is the kind you will use. SPF 30 is the approved minimum recommendation, but I always recommend using the highest SPF you can tolerate.” He also says to wear clothing that protects you from the sun, but that it is not necessary to avoid the sun completely. “We have to be realists,” Dr. Maugham said. “We have to live our lives. Being outside, and being active, is an important part of being healthy. I don’t say to stay out of the sun, I just say to be smart. Don’t go tanning and don’t forget to wear sunscreen, but don’t stop living life, either.”

only lasts about two hours, and only one hour when in water. • Sun protective clothing is another great option for sun protection.

• The most common types of skin cancer are caused by chronic and intermittent sun exposure.

• Warning signs of non-Melanoma skin cancer are almost always a sore or a patch of red, flakey skin that won’t go away. If something has been on your skin for over a month, have it checked.

• Most Melanoma patients have a history of tanning in tanning beds.

• A new or changing mole is a sign of Melanoma and should be checked.

• Even one blistering sunburn doubles the risk of skin cancer.

• Women should have annual skin checks beginning in their late 20s. Men should begin in their 30s. If there is a personal or family history of skin cancer, checks should begin earlier.

• When it comes to skin protection, the biggest mistake is failure to reapply sunscreen. Even the best sunscreen

away. Sometimes it is an iceberg, so you don’t know how much it has destroyed until you are in there, which is the benefit of Mohs Surgery. I don’t have to wait for results to come back from pathology and have the patient come back so we can remove more; we know while the patient is here.”

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Spend More Time and Less Money with Your Family Kinsey Love, marketing manager Lewiston State Bank

I love spending time with my family. I definitely enjoy spending more time outside, but sometimes doing the same things every week gets a little dull. Here are some of the things I do when I’m looking for something new: Play “tourist” in your own city. Do some research about your city, county, or state as if you were visiting. Look online for activities to do and places or things to see. It’s easy to forget about some of the popular attractions when you live close. Playing “tourist” reminds me of all of the great national parks and state parks close enough to visit for a day, like Golden Spike National Historic Site, and parks close enough for a weekend trip, like Zion National Park or Yellowstone National Park. Try new things. I love visiting national and state parks with my family, going on hikes or long bike rides, and spending time in Logan Canyon. After looking at our adventures, I realized that I rarely take my family to places other than outdoor sites. I made a point to look outside our typical

rotation of activities to find new things to do. I ended up finding a lot of reasonablypriced or free things I could do with one of my kids, as a family, or on dates with my husband. Look on social media. You have probably searched online for “things to do in my city,” but have you checked out Instagram for ideas? Try using the search feature under the “places” tab. You can choose to search places “near current location.” I have found new restaurants, fun activities for my kids, and new hikes using this feature. On Facebook, you can use the “ask for recommendations” feature to find out if your friends have ideas for inexpensive summer fun. Scan local activity guides and coupon books. When I’m looking to mix up what we’re doing during our family time, I scan the coupon books that come in the mail. Sometimes there are coupons that are great and sometimes they are just OK, but I usually find at least one new restaurant or activity to try out.

Give your kids a turn to plan the day. Give your kids a date and budget (depending on ages, you might have to give more or less guidance) and let them plan the whole day. Sometimes it’s easy to forget what really makes a child happy, and letting them plan a day makes it feel like an adventure. A few weeks ago, I asked my five year old to plan a date for us. He planned a walk on USU’s campus, a visit to the free Museum of Anthropology, and a scoop of ice cream at Aggie Ice Cream. It ended up being an inexpensive date, and it felt so much more exciting

because my child planned it for us. Make a day of it. When you have to drive to or visit a nearby city for an errand or event, make a day of it. When we need to go to Salt Lake City, we like to pack lunches and plan activities for the whole day. Sometimes turning a mall errand into a whole-day event makes the task an adventure. Remember that whether you’re looking for solo activities, date-night ideas, or family activities, having fun together doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money.

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Spaghetti Pomodoro Sherelle Christensen

I grow a large garden every summer, and one of my favorite garden treats is tomatoes. My family enjoys eating them many different ways, but when the cherry tomato plants start producing, I have more than I know what to do with. This Italian-inspired dish is a simple pasta recipe that will showcase those beautiful cherry tomatoes. It’s also a simple and quick meal for busy summer nights!

Ingredients 3 skinless boneless chicken breasts 5 Tbs. olive oil 5 cloves garlic, minced 1 onion, diced 3 c. cherry tomatoes, halved 2 Tbs. fresh basil, chopped Cooked spaghetti noodles Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions Heat large electric skillet to medium heat. Chop chicken breasts into bitesized pieces and add to the skillet along

with olive oil. Season chicken well with salt and pepper. Cover and let sauté, stirring every few minutes until chicken is half cooked. Add spaghetti noodles to boiling water and cook until tender. Drain and set aside. Add in chopped onions and minced garlic, cook about three minutes and add cherry tomatoes. Simmer over medium heat about 10 minutes until tomatoes become tender. Add in spaghetti noodles and toss well. Grate fresh Parmesan cheese over the whole skillet and serve. We like to serve warm garlic bread on the side.

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Firework Safety Summer's arrival means it is time for family gatherings and celebrations that often include fireworks. They are fun, but each July thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Fireworks are, after all, explosives, but few understand the dangers and associated risks, including burns, other injuries, and fires. According to the Utah State Fire Marshal’s Office in 2017, 195 fires, including five house fires, were reportedly caused by fireworks. Due to many of the issues dealing with fireworks, the Utah State Legislature acted and changed the laws. The following dates are important to remember: Sales: June 24 to July 25 Discharge: Between the hours of 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. Hours extend to midnight July 2 through July 5 and July 22 through July 25. Always check with your local fire department for geographical closures due to hazardous conditions. The following safety tips can help your celebration be accident-free: • Always have an adult present and never give fireworks to young children. • Alcohol and fireworks don’t mix. • Only purchase state-legal fireworks from a licensed store, stand, or tent. • Read and follow directions on labels. • Only use fireworks outdoors, away from buildings, and on flat, level, and hard fireproof surfaces. • Ensure fireworks can’t tip over. • Have a garden hose or bucket of water close by. • Keep spectators at a safe distance. • Light only one firework at a time. • Never pick-up or re-ignite a firework that doesn’t work the first time. • Never alter, dismantle, or throw a firework. • Never carry lit fireworks. • Allow finished fireworks to stand for at least 20 minutes, then submerge them in water for at least five minutes. Drain and place in a garbage container outside and away from your house.

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Road Trip Checklist Courtesy of Discount Tire & Automotive

Before any road trip it is imperative to check these items. Having a good time can only happen when everyone arrives happy and safe.

Check A/C unit: A recharge may be required Check wiper blades: You don’t want to get caught in a storm and discover they are old and worn

Car Maintence Check Check tires for wear: Never drive long distances on low-wearing tires

Detailed map (GPS fails sometimes) Non-perishable food Preparedness is essential to any successful venture. Have fun and be safe!

Items to Carry Your Car

Check tire air pressure: Low tire pressure not only effects safety, but it also reduces gas mileage

First aid kit Jumper cables Water

Check all fluids (transmission, radiator, washer, etc.)


Oil change: Traveling on old oil is not good for your car’s engine

Spare tire

Check battery

Warm blankets

Flares Tools to change tire


Inspection Includes:

• Tire tread and air pressure inspection (set air pressure to specs) • Check alignnment, steering and suspension system • Wiper Inspection and fill washer fluid • Check heating and cooling systems • Belt and hose inspection • Check all vital fluids • Battery and charging system check • Visual brake check • Test brake lights, headlights, and turn signals

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Summer in Cache Valley means spending time outdoors with your kids. Whether you’re at the park, beach, or on a road trip, it’s important to keep those tummies full of nutritious foods. Most kids enjoy spending time in the kitchen, and research shows that involving and teaching them while they are young will put them on the course for a lifetime of healthy food choices, according to the American Dietetic Association. That’s why Cache Valley Family Magazine has joined forces with Lee’s Marketplace and Citrus Pear Dinners for a Kids Test Kitchen where kids get the chance to test healthy, delicious versions of recipes to take home and share with their families.

Sparkling Summer Limeade

Easy Fruit and Sandwich Kabobs


Eating healthy during the summer months, whether picnicking or just hanging out at home, doesn’t need to be complicated. It can be simple and fun especially when kids get involved. We love these two types of kabobs. They are easy and fun for kids to do and can be versatile to what you have on hand. Oh yeah, they are healthy too, but don’t tell.

1/2 c. cold water 1/2 c. granulated sugar 1 c. fresh lime juice 1/2 c. honey 1 liter sparking water, chilled 1 c. frozen raspberries

Instructions In a juice pitcher, mix together cold water and sugar. Once dissolved, add lime juice and slowly stir in honey. Once blended well, pour in the sparking water. Add frozen raspberries and give it one more stir. Drink and enjoy this perfect, refreshing summer drink on a hot summer day!



1 watermelon, cut into round slices Blueberries Kabob sticks, long Star cookie cutter

Slice watermelon into round slices approximately 3/4 to 1-inch thick. Use cookie cutter to cut watermelon out into star shape. Slice 1 star watermelon onto the top of kabob with a trail of blueberries below.



Whole wheat bread Peanut butter and jelly (or favorite sandwich toppings) Strawberries Grapes Cookie cutter shape of choice

Make sandwich as desired. Use cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Alternate sandwich shapes and fruit on kabob. If doing a meat and cheese sandwich, you can substitute olives, cheese, or pickles for the fruit.

WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR CHILD TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR NEXT KIDS TEST KITCHEN? For a chance to participate, try these recipes at home and snap some photos while you’re at it. Share your experience on Instagram or Facebook using the hashtag #cvfmkidstestkitchen (make sure your account is public for us to be able to see it!) or message us directly at

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Recharge Your Marriage with a Couples Getaway Emily Buckley, editor in chief My husband and I celebrated our 15th wedding anniversary this month. In that time, we have finished our educations, built our careers, lived in six homes, moved across the country and back to beautiful Cache Valley, and become the parents to five beautiful little girls. We are happy, fulfilled, and busy! One thing we have come to realize is that the busier our life together becomes, our need to have unhurried time together as a couple is increased. We have found that even two nights away once a year puts a recharge in our marriage and our individual well-beings. With this in mind, I was thrilled when my husband surprised me by saying he had arranged for his parents to watch our kids for two nights so we could unplug and head to San Diego for a couple of nights to celebrate our anniversary.

Here are our top three reasons we recommend Paradise Point for a couples getaway: 1. Location, location, location: Babysitter time is precious, so choosing a location you can get to easily is important. The flight to San Diego is just over an hour and half and Paradise Point is a short drive from the airport. We left after we sent our older kids to school and were turning down Vacation Road, where the resort is housed, by lunchtime. The property is lined with palm trees and feels like a tropical island.  2. Plenty to do, or not: Paradise Point offers expansive activities. There are sailboats that can be rented by the hour: jet skis, motor boats, paddle boats, and kayaks available for reservation; five swimming pools to play in or lounge by; and an onsite spa. Additionally, there are two restaurants on the property and a

pool grill, so you will never need to leave the property if you don’t want to (but, if you do, Sea World and Downtown San Diego are just a hop away). 3. The service: From the moment we made our reservation, we were treated as guests. The staff was friendly and went out of their way to make sure we were enjoying our piece of Paradise. Whether you visit Paradise Point or camp in Logan Canyon, find time to get away with your spouse regularly! Talk about something besides your children, take walks, enjoy the surroundings, and, most importantly, allow yourself to remember why you feel in love in the first place.

Since our time was short, we wanted to find a fun, relaxing place to stay where we could spend the majority of our time. Paradise Point Resort fit the bill. It is an island all on its own, nestled on 44 acres surrounded by beautiful Mission Bay. Movie producer Jack Skirball envisioned and developed the property as a fantasy island vacation destination and movie set that would attract families for many generations.  He was right. Half a century later, Paradise Point is still a popular getaway destination.

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into foster care, and children who otherwise would not have the proper supplies to start the school year off right. Previous drives have provided kits for more

than 500 students in Cache Valley, and we are excited to exceed that goal! Please help support the kids of Cache Valley by donating supplies between June 15 through August 10.

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Troy Oldham, race director of the Cache Gran Fondo, is gearing up for his seventh-annual Italian-style biking event, which is held the second Saturday in July each year in Northern Utah. “Our riders enjoy well-stocked support stations, chances to win great prizes, have a nutritious breakfast and lunch, receive bigblingy finisher medals, and have a fun day riding with 1000+ other inspiring cyclists,” Troy said. Troy said they are expecting 13001400 riders this year, and that the Cache Gran Fondo has been rated as one of the top 16 Gran Fondos in North America, and was recently accepted as a qualifying race for the National Gran Fondo Series.

several charities to support, and the Cache Gran Fondo will add to those donations. Logan Regional Hospital Cancer Center, Cache Valley for Hope, Cache Valley High School Mountain Bike Team, Bike Utah, Common Ground, Myeloma Crowdcare Foundation, and the Family Place are among the charities benefited by the race. The event is sponsored by Logan Regional Hospital. “We continue this event to promote healthy lifestyles in the community, benefit local charities, and promote economic development across

“Last year we had 16 states represented,” Troy said. “As a national qualifier, we expect to attract more riders from around the country and a number of our top racers will receive invitations to the national event.” From the beginning, Cache Gran Fondo was a way to generate donations and raise awareness for charities and local causes. Originally, funds were raised to pay for mammograms for uninsured women in Cache Valley, but with recent healthcare policy changes, these screenings are now being covered in multiple ways. This year, the Cache Gran Fondo is opening options for riders to choose from

Troy and Anita Oldham and their children: Drake and Taylor, Dakota, Demi, and Danika, all get involved with hosting the Cache Gran Fondo. “People always ask me if I ride the event,” Troy said. “I ride every course prior to race day, but that day we’re all working. I try to make it a point to thank and congratulate every rider as they come in.”

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Cache Valley,” Troy said. “I have loved seeing its success. It has become a family project, so my kids are learning what is it like to run a business. Now that we are attracting more national and international recognition it is becoming a more viable enterprise and it will bring more attention and tourism to our friendly, healthy Cache Valley community.” Cache Gran Fondo begins at Logan Regional Hospital and finishes on 100 North in Logan. “Our finish line is a community event,” Troy said. The Cache Valley Gardener’s Market and Logan Downtown Sidewalk Sale are both happening simultaneously.

To register for the Cache Gran Fondo, or for more information, go to

The event is growing to serve more types of riders each year; this year they are offering 38mile, 50-mile, 70-mile, and 100mile courses. The courses are all mostly-flat courses (with a hill climb on each course), which is appealing to both beginning riders and seasoned riders training


for bigger events like Ultimate Challenge and LOTOJA. “We’ve added two water stops to the 100mile ride this year,” Troy said. Young riders are encouraged to participate. “As part of the National Gran Fondo Series, we have a program called U23,” Troy said. “In an effort to encourage younger riders in the sport, a minimum of 23 riders, 23 years old or younger, will be allowed to register for the event for only $23. We also have an award for the youngest [and oldest] rider.” Last year’s youngest rider was 12 years old. “There is no way we could host this event without our amazing sponsors. Check out our ad [on page 22], and see who is involved, and please support their businesses,” Troy said. “The thing I am most proud about is that we have no exclusive sponsorships, but rather anyone who can and wants to add value is welcome to help and make this a better local event.”

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Everything You Need to Know Michael Cole, OD Child and Family EyeCare Center Contact lenses provide distinct advantages when worn by children. Often, we see children peering over glasses rather than through them. Frequently, they forget to wear them altogether.

Glasses break when children play too rough. Glasses are often cumbersome and interfere with performance when participating in activities, like dance, sporting events, and gymnastics. Often, parents have concerns regarding contact lenses and their children such as: Are contact lenses safe for children to wear? When is the right time to start wearing contact lenses? What type of contact lens is best for children? I find that parents are best at determining whether a child’s

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maturity and responsibility levels are adequate to monitor their own contact lens wear. If a child can be self-motivated enough to practice good personal hygiene — including showering, brushing teeth, and wearing clean clothes — they will usually be a responsible candidate for contact lens wear. Sometimes, contact lenses are worn even during infancy. After an unusual early ocular surgery, such as congenital cataract removal, the eye is left severely out of focus. Without some type of optical correction during early development, the eye will never learn to see as well as it should. Glasses are unacceptable in these cases due to the extremely high prescription needed, and contact lenses are by far the best option. Infants and toddlers are not capable of taking care of the lenses themselves; so, the parent is responsible for insertion, removal, and disinfection of the contact lenses. While these cases are rare, they demonstrate that there is no age that is “too young” for contact lens wear. The earlier the employment of contact lenses, the more involved the parents will need to be in order to achieve successful and safe contact lens wear. In some situations, optical correction with contact lenses is superior to glasses wear. This is especially true with very high glasses prescriptions, or in cases where the correction in one eye is significantly different than the other eye. In these situations, contact lenses may not provide better clarity of vision, but certainly

improve the quality of vision. Contact lenses would provide better peripheral vision, help to equalize the difference between both eyes, and are cosmetically more acceptable than thick or unequal lenses in glasses. Contact lens technology has improved tremendously since the inception of these medical devices decades ago. Over the years, problems with oxygen transmission to the eye, infections, and comfort have been greatly reduced. Using modern contact lenses, adverse complications are very rare unless a person has either slept in their contact lenses or worn them longer than the approved replacement schedule dictates. Unfortunately, contact lens wearers are notoriously poor caretakers of their vision, and complications still happen frequently due to improper wear habits. These adverse events are often misdiagnosed as “pink eye” and not treated appropriately. The safest and most comfortable contact lens wear utilizes daily disposable contact lenses with modern materials. When contact lenses are worn for one day only, concerns of over wear and long-term complications are almost completely eliminated. Because daily disposable contact lenses are the most healthy option with the least risk, they are recommended especially for children whenever possible. Contact lenses are a safe, effective alternative for children of all ages. For more information, please give our office a call at (435) 363-2980 or visit

A  SUMMER                                   OF LEARNING discove�

Spend an afternoon at Willow Park Zoo learning about different animals and their habitats. Visit the Cache Valley Gardener's Market and try a new type of fruit or vegetable.

Just because school's out doesn't mean your child has to stop learning. Here's a list of free or inexpensive local activities  that can foster curiosity, learning and growth all summer long! Learn about the constellations and spend a night on the trampoline in your backyard, stargazing.

Meander the USU Sculpture Walk (maps available online).

Visit your local library and find a book about an unfamiliar culture or era. As you read it, imagine yourself there.

Learn about the history of Cache Valley. Attend a movie or play at the Utah Theatre, then top it off with a treat at the Bluebird Restaurant.

Create a neighborhood magazine. Invite other children to contribute stories, jokes and drawings.  Make copies for your neighbors.

Hike around the Tony Grove Nature Trail and see how many different types of plants and animals you can find. Explore a new country or culture at a Family First Saturday event,  sponsored by USU's Museum of  Anthropology.  Learn traditional  dances, listen to music,  eat authentic food, and make tons of fun hands-on arts and  crafts projects! Take a ride over to the Golden Spike National Historic Site and learn the history of the first Transcontinental  Railroad.

imagin develo� Go to the Summerfest Arts Faire on June 14-16. Look for a new technique or medium to try at home. Hone your cooking skills by finding a new kid-friendly recipe and cooking it with your family.


Visit the Minnetonka Cave just northwest of Bear Lake and discover the difference between stalactites and stalagmites.

Step back in time at the American West Heritage Center. Learn to spin wool, write with quill and ink, and whittle wood.

Take a picnic to the park and afterwards, play board games together. Studies show that playing board games increases learning capacity. Get hooked on geocaching.  Start with the cache at Stokes Nature Center, which will take you along the River Trail.

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Five Ways to Extend Learning into Summer Frank Schofield, superintendent Logan City School District

Summer can provide a much-needed break from the routine and work of the school year, both for parents and children. The weather and change in routines allow for several opportunities for parents and children to engage in extended learning activities that reinforce concepts learned during the school year, as well as ensure that knowledge and skills developed during the school year are preserved for the next grade. The extended opportunities may be indoors or outdoors, and can create exciting possibilities for students to see how what they have learned in school can be used in the world around them. Some simple ideas include the following: 1. Grow a vegetable garden. The staff at have this to say about the learning opportunities that exist in the garden, “What better way to learn the basics of science and how things grow than to plant your own

garden? You can start with seeds or small plants. Talk about what plants need to be hardy: air, water, sunlight, and nutrients. Vegetables are especially fun and educational to plant because your child will learn where food comes from and will also get to eat the end product.” 2. Create a family adventure scrapbook. A family vacation is a perfect opportunity to create a scrapbook that will be a lasting souvenir of family adventures. Collect postcards, brochures, and menus from restaurants and tourist attractions. Encourage your child to write descriptions of the places you visited and tell stories about your family’s experiences. 3. Turn a museum trip into a treasure hunt. Get your children excited about visiting a museum by exploring the museum’s website and taking a virtual tour. When you

go to a museum, take into account short attention spans and don’t try to cover a whole museum in one day. Turn your museum trip into a treasure hunt by trying to find specific paintings or objects in the museum. Look for interactive exhibits and for periods of history that your child has studied in school. 4. Pick a weekly opportunity to “do good.” The flexibility of the summer schedule makes it ideal for performing voluntary services for others. Giving service helps children learn respect for others, become more patient, and develop new skills. Service opportunities can be large (i.e. volunteer in a soup kitchen) or small (i.e. offer to walk the neighbor’s dog). Either way, finding a weekly chance to do something nice for other helps students develop social-emotional skills that promote the life-long success, including in school. 5. Build something. Hands-on activities are a great way to help children develop and express their creativity. Designing and building items promotes planning, problem solving, and persistence. Although there are many ways to promote this, a homemade “Maker Space” can provide a simple, structured place to promote these kinds of activities. Just like parents may have a workshop or a craft room, a maker space creates a specific place where a child’s imagination and creativity can be applied in any number of ways. For information on how to set up your own maker space, go to Create-a-Maker-Space-for-Kids.


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Rabies Prevention Tips from Bear River Health Department

Bats are an important part of our ecosystem. They are very active in the summer in Cache Valley, and the Bear River Health Department has seen an increase in the number of bat and human contacts in the past couple of years. While not all bats have rabies, you can’t tell by just looking at them; this can only be confirmed in a lab test. It is important to note that any bat found in a place that they are not usually seen, like inside your home, sitting on your lawn, unable to fly, or easily approached could have rabies. To prevent getting rabies, teach children to never handle unfamiliar animals, wild or domestic, and to never handle a bat. Have all sick, dead, or easily captured bats removed by an animal control officer or the Division of Wildlife Resources and

have them tested for rabies. Another prevention strategy is to keep bats out of your home by sealing any gaps and keeping screens in good repair. Finally, be sure to keep pets’ rabies vaccinations up to date. Bats have tiny teeth, and it may be difficult to know if a bite has occurred. If you see a bat, do not touch it, hit it, or try to remove it. Instead, call animal control. For more information on preventing rabies, please call the Bear River Health Department at (435) 792-6500.

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Secrets to Beautiful Hanging Baskets and Planters Mark Anderson, owner Anderson’s Seed and Garden

There is nothing more frustrating than planting beautiful hanging baskets and planters in May — when the flowers all look so amazing — and then watching them slowly decline as the heat of summer starts up in June.

For some gardeners, it’s just a matter of time before those planters have dried up, and the flowers have shriveled up with them. Why can’t my flowers look great all summer long? They can, and should — you just have to know a few simple steps to

keep them well hydrated, fed, and producing flowers well into September and October. This is how we do it at Anderson’s Seed.

First, start with the best potting soil you can find. The main ingredients should include the following: peat moss, vermiculite, perlite, coco coir, humate, worm castings, and maybe a pinch of leaf mold (compost). No bark. Make sure it doesn’t list bark as an ingredient because bark is used as a filler in cheap potting soils — it has

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C a c h e Va l l e y F a m i l y M a g a z i n e | S u m m e r 2 0 1 8 no benefit to use it in a potting mix, except to reduce the price and use up any available nitrogen. Next, feed them. Who likes to eat just once a week? I don’t, and your plants don’t either. We top dress the baskets and planters with a slow-release, coated fertilizer like Garden Cote 6 that lasts for two to three months. Then we start a weekly feeding regimen that consists of a high phosphorus liquid fertilizer like Blooming and Rooting from Ferti-lome (every Monday) followed by a balanced fertilizer, like Geranium and Hanging Basket Food from Ferti-lome (every Thursday) to keep them growing and blooming like crazy. Since you have to water every day during the hot weather, it leaches all of the fertilizer out of the baskets and planters leaving no food for the plants. Feed them!

It’s important to keep the soil healthy during hot, dry weather, so every week or two we recharge the soil with Compost Tea, which introduces beneficial microbes and micro-organisms back into the soil. It supercharges all types of soils, so that the plants can use and digest the water and nutrients in the soil more readily. It’s amazing how the Compost Tea will perk up even stressed and struggling plants. Finally, maintaining water in the soil during the heat of summer is a daily task. Our best secret to keeping our baskets looking amazing is to use a soil penetrant/surfactant like Aqueduct or Hydretain in our water once a month to allow the soil to absorb and hold more water than it normally is able to retain. The Hydretain binds with the soil and is very attractive to water, so it literally pulls the water into the soil


and holds it there for the plants to consume. It makes your watering more effective, keeps the soil from dehydrating and shrinking, and pulls that valuable water deep into the root zone for maximum results. It won’t alleviate the need to water every day, but it makes it less likely that your baskets and planters will dry out during 90- to 100-degree days. Follow our four simple steps, and you will see the difference. Use great soil, feed the plants regularly, feed the soil with beneficial microbes and enzymes, and make sure that water do the work for you. Beautiful plants and colorful flowers will be your reward all summer long — and even into the fall. You will really notice the difference about the time everyone else’s hanging baskets and planters start dying off. Have a colorful summer!


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Summerfest Arts Faire

Art on the Lawn

Utah Festival Opera Summer Season

Celebrate America Show Clarkston Pony Express Days

Logan Trails Festival Millville Fun Days Nibley’s Heritage Days


Hyrum Star Spangled Celebration Logan City Pioneer Day Celebration

Mountain Man Rendezvous

Pioneer Festival

Tunnel Tales Utah Festival Opera Summer Season

Cache Valley Cruise-In

North Logan City Pioneer Day Celebration

Downtown Sidewalk Sale

Freedom Fire Celebration

Lewiston Fourth of July Celebration

Bear Lake Raspberry Days raspberry-days

Preston Famous Night Rodeo

Martin Harris Pageant


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TIPS TO KEEP YOUR FAMILY SAFE DURING PARADES BreeAnn Silcox Bear River Health Department

Summer brings the opportunity to attend many parades throughout Cache Valley. Most towns in the Valley hold at least one parade during the summer. Safe Kids Bear River wants to remind families that while parades are fun family events, some precautions need to be considered to keep your little ones safe: • If participating on a float, vehicle, trailer, etc., consider not throwing candy. Instead, have people walk alongside handing out candy. Unfortunately, there have been instances where children have been run over by parade floats. This can help eliminate that risk. • If watching the parade, teach your children not to run into the street for candy. Dress your children in bright colors to help them be more noticeable to drivers. • Don’t forget the sunscreen and water. Remind children to drink fluids regularly throughout the event to prevent dehydration and other forms of heat illness. • Parades can be loud with fire engines, bands, and lots of people around. Ear plugs might be a good option for young children or children who have special needs. • If you are driving to the parade, remember to buckle up and use child safety seats. Do this every time you are in the vehicle. • Remember to have fun! For more information, call the Bear River Health Department at (435) 792-6512.




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Look in Your Own Backyard for Amazing Trails Wil Wood, contributing writer although the locals know about it, very few people outside the Valley do. The Wasatch Front is more recognizable and even a bit more rugged than the Bear River Range, but let me tell you, our mountains have game!  Nate Stowers hiking Green Canyon and Logan Canyon looking toward Logan Peak. Being raised by a mountain-loving father, I grew up seeing and scaling my share of mountains, running rivers, skiing faces in Canada, cycling up and down the high mountain passes of Colorado, and occasionally, getting stranded in remote areas in the tundra of Alaska . . . never once were we lost, only stranded for a bit. To say my Dad instilled in me a respect and love for the wilderness is an understatement.  As citizens of Cache Valley, we live in a secret treasure trove of outdoor recreation. I say secret because,

Even after seeing many parts of the Rockies, the mountains in our own backyard still blow my mind with their beauty and remoteness. How many places can you drive 10 minutes out of town, hike, or ride up a trail and be by yourself in the middle of nowhere? I’ll tell you: There are very few!

Richards Hollow: This trail drops off the road going up to the backside of Mount Logan. It is a fun descent on a mountain bike with a bunch of stream crossings. It ends in Blacksmith Fork Canyon and is a great shuttle or loop on a mountain bike.

If you’ve made it this far in the article I’m going give you a little nugget of joy. Here are three of my favorite Cache Valley trails:

Preston Valley: This one is my secret trail. It starts a few miles up Green Canyon and is just a 2.2 mile stretch up to the ridge where it intersects with the Wind Cave Trail and the trail leading to Birdeneu Peak. I love this trail because it starts in the bottom of the canyon, crosses some south-facing slopes that seem like godforsaken desert, then leads you back into a loamy forest of evergreen before reaching the ridge. 

Jardine Juniper: The trailhead is up Logan Canyon, a little way past Right Hand Fork. It’s legal to ride mountain bikes as well as hike. 

If you haven’t gotten out on the trails in your backyard yet, I challenge you to set aside a time this summer to do so, either alone or with your family.

JOINT PAIN RELIEF OPTIONS from Spence’s Pharmacy

Summer time is here and that brings more people outdoors doing fun activities. However, movement is impaired for many of us due to joint pain. Whether it’s either osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis, both can be debilitating, as the joints tend to lose the spongy cartilage that protects the bones from rubbing against each other. Oral agents, such as glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, and hyaluronic acid, all contribute to restoring the sponginess of the joint cartilage. Bromelain, a plant enzyme, is often added to supplements to enhance absorption of active agents and serve as an anti-inflammatory agent to relieve pain and swelling. Herbal agents are well established in the medical literature for their antiinflammatory and analgesic effects. And those, such as curcumin, boswellia, turmeric, and devil’s claw, can be valuable adjuncts to effective pain management. See your local pharmacist to help aid you in joint pain relief.


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Saving Animals One Day at a Time Schae Richards, community editor The Cache Humane Society was founded in 1976 by local animal lovers who fostered animals in their own homes. It started as a foster-based rescue, but has grown over the years and now offers so much more to animals and local pet owners.

who help these animals get additional surgeries.

participated in several rescue missions around the country.

Stacey Frisk, director of the Cache Humane Society, said they offer three main services to animals and to local pet owners:

For example, they were involved in the Hurricane Harvey rescue effort last year and took in two groups of dogs during the course of the hurricane.

The Cache Humane Society takes in dogs, cats, and other small animals, such as guinea pigs and rabbits. They receive these animals in three main ways: • Owner surrenders. People can surrender their pet(s) because they can no longer take care of them due to changed circumstances. • Stray or lost animals. People who have lost their pet(s) have five days to retrieve them before they are placed in the shelter. Most animals are reclaimed by their owners. • Rescue transfers. When other animal shelters reach their maximum capacity, the Cache Humane Society takes in the animals they can no longer care for.

1. Adoptions: People are able to adopt a pet from the Cache Humane Society. An animal usually finds a home within two weeks of its arrival. 2. Fostering: People can also foster an animal. Foster parents provide additional care to the animal beyond what the Cache Humane Society offers. Right now, they are in need of more fosters who are able to bottle feed kittens and puppies. 3. Clinic services: People can take advantage of the shelter’s affordable clinic services. They offer microchipping, vaccinations, and spaying/neutering.

The first group of dogs was already in shelters within the Houston area when the hurricane hit. These places transferred their animals to other shelters so they could use their own sites for reunion centers.

The Cache Humane Society also takes in animals that have suffered severe injuries, and there are local donors

“We save thousands of animals every year, reunite them with their families, and provide a new home for them,” Stacey said. The Cache Humane Society has also

Several months later, the Cache Humane Society received another round of dogs that was still unclaimed three months after the hurricane. They have found homes for all of these dogs, except for two: Romeo and Hulk. In addition to their animal and clinic services, the Cache Humane Society focuses on educating the youth. “We are raising the next generation of pet owners,” Stacey said. They offer an after-school program

C a c h e Va l l e y F a m i l y M a g a z i n e | S u m m e r 2 0 1 8 during the year, where kids can come into the shelter every week and learn about proper pet care and socialize with the animals. The Cache Humane Society also hosts youth camps throughout the summer. This year, they are offering several multi-day summer camps, including two overnight camps. Stacey said the purpose of these camps is to teach children how to be responsible pet owners, introduce them to animal care professions, and help the shelter train and socialize the animals. The Cache Humane Society also educates the youth through local schools and community programs,

reaching almost 200 youth every month. Stacey reminds the community to get involved with their cause to help save the lives of animals. “Our greatest need as an organization is for the community is to understand that we are a local non-profit in Cache Valley,” she said. “Their support stays here in Cache Valley, and their support is crucial.” Stacey said one of the best ways to support their cause is to volunteer. “Our volunteers are absolutely crucial to saving animal lives,” she said. The Cache Humane Society has 100 active volunteers that come in every month to help care and socialize with the animals. Volunteers can also take an animal home for the night to collect additional personality information that will help them find a good home. Stacey also encourages people to check out the daily supplies list (which can be found on their website at that they use every day to keep the animals comfortable and the facility up and going. These items include, but are


not limited to, the following: dog food and treats, cat food and treats, office supplies, and cleaning materials. Supplies can be dropped off at their office on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. People can also make a monetary donation through their website or mail them to Cache Humane Society, 2370 W 200 N, Logan, Utah 84321. They also have an Amazon wish list. Additionally, people can attend their annual events, including their Big Fix Brunch, which will be held June 10 this year; Bark in the Park, which is held in September; and their holiday fundraiser held in December. Each of these events help support the operations and needs of the clinic. Stacey said they couldn’t accomplish what they do without the support of the community. “We appreciate the community and feel honored to be a part of Cache Valley’s continuance of being a welcoming place for animals,” Stacey said. To learn more about the Cache Humane Society, visit their website at


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How Do I Know if I’m dehydrated?

Courtesy of Cache Valley Hospital

The weather is warm and it is time to be outside. It is now the season to play with our kids, grandchildren, garden, and take the dog for a walk. During this time, especially if there is a heat wave, we must be careful not to become dehydrated. Dehydration will occur if our body loses too much water along with salt and potassium. You need to be aware of the possibility of dehydration, even if you’re just gardening, lounging in the backyard, or at the beach or lake. Signs of dehydration are thirst and dry mouth, loss of appetite, decrease in sweating or complete halt in sweating, muscle cramps or spasm, nausea and vomiting, feeling lightheaded or having a headache, heart palpitations, feeling weak, and urine is concentrated and is dark yellow in color, or you have a decreased output. To avoid dehydration, there are some steps you can take: • Drink two glasses of fluid before you go outside and two to four glasses of cool fluids every hour. A sports

drink is a good choice, but if you are on a lowsalt diet, seek advice from your doctor about whether a sports drink is a good choice for you. Do not wait until you are thirsty to drink. By the time you are thirsty, dehydration has already started to set in. • Don’t be outside during the middle of the day when the sun is at its highest point and temperatures are at their maximum. • Do not drink alcoholic beverages or drinks with caffeine. • Eat summer fruits and vegetables which are comprised mostly of water. • Try to wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothing and wear a hat with a large brim. If you or a loved one’s dehydration is serious, you may need to see a doctor to get treated with intravenous (IV) fluids. Severe dehydration may require you to go to the hospital. Whether you’re traveling or at home, make sure you know where the closest ER is located.

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Classes & Camps 2018 USU App Camp (435) 797-0571 Do you love technology? Come build phone apps with us! For students entering sixth through eighth grades. Held on USU Campus. Scholarships available. June 11-15 or June 18-22.

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Cache Theatre Company July 16-27, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Bridger Elementary School. $90 per child and $55 for additional children from same family. Includes t-shirt and participation in Pioneer Day parade. Camp is for children ages 6-12. Register at

(435) 792-3920 Fun-filled days of animal interaction, arts and crafts, guest speakers, and awesome hands-on learning activities. Develop positive attitudes about animal welfare, careers, and being a responsible pet owner. Camps fill up fast! Call the shelter or email to guarantee your child’s spot. Registration forms are available on our website. Animal Camp June 5-7 and June 12-14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., ages 6-10. Cost is $80. Dog Camp June 19-21 and June 26-28, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., ages 6-10. July 10-12, ages 11-15. Cost is $80. Cat Camp July 25-26 and Aug. 1-2, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., ages 6-10. Aug. 8-9, ages 11-15. Cost is $60. Overnight Camp Boys: June 22-23, 5 p.m. to 10 a.m., ages 6-10. Girls: July 27-28, 5 p.m. to 10 a.m., ages 6-10. Cost is $80.

Dance Illusion (435) 755-6783 We offer four-week summer courses, a three-day 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 June 11. Competition team tryouts are June 14 and 15.

Cache Valley Center for the Arts (435) 752-0026 Immerse your child in a world of art at CacheARTS’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!

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 (five weeks) for ages 3 and up. Visit for a complete list of classes.

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!

Highpoint Gymnastics (435) 753-7500  Ongoing, year-round tumbling and gymnastics classes for toddlers through competitive teams. Check our website for a current schedule.

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or $30 daily – $40 if only Thursday. Make checks payable to Hannah Halverson. Registration is due May 15. Applications turned in later will require a $15 late fee.

Pickleville Playhouse (435) 770-6494

Logan Music Academy (435) 265-6691 Music Discovery Camp June 11-15, 10 a.m., ages 4-10, $110. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Vocal Camp June 18-22, 10 a.m., ages 6-14, $120. Ukulele Camp June 25-29, 10 a.m., Aloha. ages 6 and up, $120. Music Boot Camp Aug. 1-10, 10 a.m., experience several kinds of music, ages 8 and up, $120. Register early for early-pay discounts.

Pickleville Workshops are insanely fun musical theater camps taught by Pickleville Playhouse’s most experienced cast members and directors. We focus on four key areas: singing, dancing, acting, and building confidence! Our week-long sessions are held July-August for ages 6-18 in Logan and Bear Lake. Visit to register today!

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Summer camps Keep your kids active and healthy! Camps held June 18-22, July 16-20, and Aug. 6-10. Camps from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Ages 5-12. Summer Swim School Learn to swim with the best instruction in Cache Valley! Classes begin June 4, two-week sessions, Monday-Friday, 40-minute classes. Tennis classes and camps Professional tennis instruction from the Valley’s top coaches and players. All ages and ability levels. Tumbling classes Flip and tumble to new heights with classes for all ages and abilities.

Figure Skating Summer Camp June 11–15. Registration includes daily on-ice instruction, off-ice exercise, yoga, and goal setting classes. We end our week with a pizza party. We welcome guest coach Stephanie Chace Bass. Office instruction focused on artistry and motion will be held June 14. The figure skating camp is open for beginning and advanced skaters. If the skater has never taken lessons before, the minimum age is 7. Cost: Advanced (FS1 and up) $165 week or $40 daily – $55 if only Thursday/ Beginning $110 week

Summer Hockey Camp June 18-26. Camp highlights include the following: personalized and individualized 6:1 player to instructor teaching ratio; daily specialized instruction on power skating: edge control, skating, balance, speed, and agility; shooting, increasing shooting power and accuracy; passing, improving accuracy and release; stick-handling, increasing speed and puck control, small area games for improvement in shooting, skating, and passing, competition drills. Coaches include years of hockey experience and multiple levels of playing backgrounds (Professional, NCAA, College Club, Junior, Prep School). Youth Camp Cost: $150, ages 11 or younger (must have one year of playing experience. 1.5 hours on-ice instruction and one hour of off-ice instruction daily. Off-ice instruction includes games and stick-handling training. Cost includes jersey and snacks for the week. Camp starts at 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Ice time: 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Advanced Camp Cost: $175, ages 12-17 (must have two years of playing experience). 2.75 hours on-ice instruction and one hour of off-ice instruction daily. Off-ice instruction includes speed, strength, flexibility, and stickhandling training. Cost includes jersey and snacks for the week. Camp starts at 11:45 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. First ice time: 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Second ice time: 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. Please bring an older hockey stick, if possible, to use outside on pavement during off-ice stickhandling. There will be a 10 percent discount for additional family members who enroll.


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My Discovery Destination is Back for Summer Sharilee Griffiths, director My Discovery Destination

Last summer, Cache Valley families enjoyed more than 150 free activities developed to help them create and capture memories. These “adventures” were intentionally designed to be meaningful and build leadership, organizational, and other key life skills youth need to succeed in school and life. Everything we do at My Discovery Destination! is focused on strengthening families and building character. Local businesses and non-profit organizations join us as adventure sponsors and, together, we provide plenty of variety and fun to keep kids engaged and learning throughout the summer break. Each adventure has four different levels of participation: pre-K, basic, super

achiever, and teen. Some adventures happen at a specific time and place; others happen out and about on a flexible schedule, and still others are completely home-based and a perfect solution for those moments when kids declare, “I’m bored!” The program provides a great opportunity for kids to “try out” a wide variety of free classes, such as dance, yoga, karate, and cooking in addition to learning skills not available anywhere else, like basket weaving, flower arranging, and massage.

Discovery Destination! is now a yearround program; but right now, it’s all about summer! Passports will be available online and kids will collect a different “Wattson Stamp” for each adventure they complete.

Preparations for the Summer 2018 session are in full swing. Many of our awesome adventure sponsors from last year are back! You will also see plenty of new faces that have joined us throughout the school year. My

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This year, our theme is #UseTech4Good. Collaborating with Epik Deliberate Digital, a non-profit organization based in Utah, we are balancing the conversation about technology. We will continue to teach families the importance of protecting their homes and themselves against the dangers technology can pose, such as pornography, viruses, and cyber bullying. However, we

want to also encourage youth and families to look around them for how technology has impacted our communities in positive ways. Technology is not going away, so it is important to strengthen families and build character by encouraging people to be aware of the good it can do and think of ways that they can contribute to quality, uplifting uses of the technology available


and #UseTech4Good. With each adventure kids complete, they will also identify how technology has had an impact on that industry. We have some incredible opportunities in the works for participants in the #UseTech4Good component of the program. We are still accepting applications for adventure sponsors to join us. If you know of a business that also believes in “strengthening families and building character� and you would like to see them participate in our program, tell them about us! Registration for families for the Summer 2018 session starts soon. Meanwhile, join the My Discovery Destination! Cache Valley Facebook group and check out for more information. We look forward to having you join us for the Summer 2018 session!


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T H E R E A LT O R ® V A L U E Navigating a Seller’s Market Emily Merkley, association executive Cache-Rich Association of REALTORS®

A decade ago, the housing market was a mess. The mistakes of easy lending resulted in the collapse of home values nationwide, and the number of unsold homes spiked to never before seen heights. Fortunately, after many years of proper lending and continued job growth, the housing market has regained its health, which is evident in accelerating home values and low foreclosure rates. This recovery, however, is met with a side effect that seems to be affecting home buyers nationwide, and Cache Valley is not exempt. Simply put, we’re in a seller’s market, where home buyers currently outpace the amount of home sellers. Basic laws of supply and demand mean that sellers are thriving and will likely have the upper hand when it comes to selling their home. They will see their home sell quickly, perhaps for over asking price (due to multiple offers) and with little or no fuss from the buyer (few to no contingencies or concessions). This is especially true when a seller has utilized the expertise of a local REALTOR®, who has the knowledge to price properly, is equipped to market the property effectively and who is trained in negotiations. If you are a buyer looking to purchase a home, don’t be discouraged by this. Homeownership is still attainable! To succeed in a seller’s market, you need to make house hunting a priority — not just something you do on the weekends. This is where

the help of a REALTOR® becomes invaluable, as they’re the first to know about homes hitting the market and sometimes, homes coming available but not yet advertised. Make yourself available anytime your REALTOR® calls with a property to see. In addition to being on-call, be prepared. Know before you start looking if you are pre-approved for a loan, how much you can afford to

spend, down payment requirements, and other loan terms. A seller’s market may not allow time for negotiations, so knowing what you can spend allows you to bid strong without fear of overextending yourself financially. No matter what type of market you’re in, REALTORS® are trained professionals armed with the knowledge and tools necessary to help navigate you through it.

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Cache Valley Family Magazine Summer 2018  

Cache Valley Family Magazine, published five times annually, was created with families in mind and designed to be the go-to resource to info...

Cache Valley Family Magazine Summer 2018  

Cache Valley Family Magazine, published five times annually, was created with families in mind and designed to be the go-to resource to info...