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IN EVERY ISSUE Fact Check Traffic Cops: Here to Help, Not Drive You Crazy • page 6 Good Neighbors 80,000+ Great Reasons to Buy a Home Today • page 9 Healthy Families Are Sunscreens Still Relevant? • page 15 Safe Families Water Safety • page 18 Family Matters Water Fun Close to Home • page 20
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Education Update It's Time for a Summer Break • page 26 Help Your Child Avoid the Summer Slide • page 27 Family Travel Four Tips to Keep Your Family Safe on the Road This Summer • page 37 Fit Families Eight Expert Tips for Fitness and Nutrition That Can Really Work Out • page 38 Making a Difference CAPSA Expands Transitional Housing to Help Even More Abuse Victims Gain Independence • page 40
Secrets to Conserving Water in Your Lawn and Landscape • page 10 Style for Every Kind of Mom • page 12
Caring for a Hordeolum Lesion (Eyelid Stye) • page 29 Four Ways We Unintentionally Normalize Bullying in Our Homes • page 30 Saluting the Class of 2021 • page 32 Give Your Kids a 1980s Summer • page 42 Summer Classes + Camps Guide • page 44
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Traffic Cops: Here to Help, Not Drive You Crazy KATE NEELEY
Imagine driving down Main Street in Logan and noticing people texting in their cars, driving in the median, snarfing a burrito during a left turn, and choosing their own adventure based on personal speed preference. Sound a little crazy? Maybe that’s an exaggerated picture of what’s happening, but according to Chief Gary Jensen of Logan City Police, “Main Street is one of the worst in the state as it relates to crashing,” mostly due to distracted driving. Logan Main Street is certainly not the road less traveled in Cache Valley, since it also doubles as Highway 89. That could account for some of the high numbers of accidents, but it still might be a good time to take an honest look at your driving. Has there been a time recently when you knew a text message just came in and you just HAD to check it?
“Distracted driving is one of the major issues we run in to … anything that’s a distraction can be problematic,” Chief Jensen said. What about that time when you were in a rush and didn't want to wait FOREVER to make a left turn, so you pulled out into the median and watched for an opening to get over? Did you know that simple and common maneuver is actually illegal? Now before you get completely annoyed and think Hermione Granger must’ve written this article, remember that these rules are put in place to protect you, your 8-month-old baby boy in the back seat, your 17-year-old and his friends out on Friday night, your grandma, and your best friend. “I know I might sound like your parent,” Chief Jensen said, “but think
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collisions happen because of this,” Chief Jensen said. When there’s clearly an arrow in the median to give you a chance to turn off the main drag into a parking lot, and suddenly there’s an oncoming car in your face, it can certainly cause an issue.
It’s also a good idea to brush up on your part as a driver. The following are some of the things that traffic cops encounter on a daily basis:
COURTESY CRASHES Another common mishap is what Chief Jensen and his colleagues call “courtesy crashes.” You know those times when multiple lanes are congested and there are people waiting in parking lots to join traffic or make a turn, so you try and be a good Samaritan and let them in? This act of seemingly thoughtful behavior can lead to major confusion on the part of other drivers who are unaware and will continue with the flow of traffic, which can cause serious accidents.
MEDIAN MANEUVERS Take the maneuver mentioned earlier, for instance: Pulling into the median to make a left turn might seem like a harmless idea, something like merging onto the freeway, but it’s illegal. Here’s why: “Head-on
Next time you find yourself in this situation, remember that a few minutes of extra patience on the part of the person waiting is better for them than multiple people injured and broken cars. Remember that not letting them in might just be the
Rather than have an officer park down a dead-end street and watch for speeders, Chief Jensen prefers that they are actively working to keep the community safe.
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more courteous thing to do, even though it seems counter to your good nature. YIELDING TO PEDESTRIANS Pedestrians and drivers working together is important to protect both. Crosswalks are important to use, but also keep in mind that based on the law, a driver must yield to a person on foot at all times. Now, if you’re the person on foot, don’t expect that every driver is going to follow the letter of the law — if one of you is going to pay a higher price for getting in the other’s way, it will be the pedestrian, according to the Chief. All in all, think of how often you are on the road and at the wheel. For most, chances are it’s every day, multiple times a day. Why not brush up on your safety and add in a little more patience, self-control, and wisdom to keep everyone safe? Like the anthem “America the Beautiful” says, when it comes down to why rules are in place, it truly is “liberty in law.” Let the wheels in your mind turn on that phrase and stay safe out there, Cache Valley!
80,000+ Great Reasons to Buy a Home Today EMILY MERKLEY
chief executive officer, Cache Valley Association of Realtors
Indeed, there truly is no place like home, and recent data reinforces that housing is one of the biggest positive drivers of wealth creation at every income level. In fact, quantifying the wealth-building power of homeownership shows that home is not only where your heart is, but also where your wealth is. You need a place to live, and you want your net worth to be more down the road than you are today. Both goals can be achieved by purchasing a home, as experts believe home prices will continue to appreciate over the next several years. The most recent Home Price Expectation Survey*, a survey of over one hundred economists, real estate experts, and investment and market strategists, expects home appreciation to increase as follows: 2021………. 6% 2022………. 4.5% 2023………. 4% 2024………. 3.6% 2025………. 3.5% Using their annual projections, we can see the equity build-up a purchaser could earn, using a $350,000 home purchased in January 2021 as an example: January 2022………. $371,000 January 2023………. $387,695 January 2024………. $403,203 January 2025………. $417,718 January 2026………. $432,338 A homeowner could increase their net worth by over $80,000* in just five years. That is an average of $16,000 annually. In addition, your mortgage acts as a forced savings account. Every month you pay your mortgage means a portion of your principal balance is paid down. This forced savings adds to the equity you
build through appreciation. Homeownership provides you the financial security to make a major investment and then watch it grow over time. Homeowners are going to make a substantial amount of money in home equity over the next five years – 40x** more household wealth compared to that of a renter. If you’re ready to buy a home, seek the assistance of a local REALTOR®. 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. *Home Price Expectations Survey, Polsenomics **2019 Survey of Consumer Finances, Federal Reserve
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Secrets to Conserving Water in Your Lawn and Landscape MARK ANDERSON
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You’ve heard everyone talking about it this spring. Low snowpack and a dry fall, winter, and spring all add up to the same thing: drought and water conservation. What can you do to be a part of the solution? Here are my best recommendations to help you save water and money while maintaining a beautiful yard. • Switch from a sprinkler to a soaker hose or drip system. It’s not very practical to water your lawn with a soaker hose, but using sprinklers for your landscape flowers, shrubs, and trees and in your vegetable garden is very inefficient. A soaker hose uses 70% less water than a sprinkler to do the same or a better job of watering your plants. A drip system uses 90% less water than a sprinkler and it delivers the water directly to the root systems of your plants; nothing is wasted or evaporated away. This is the perfect year to switch those sprinklers to a more efficient method of watering. • Make adjustments to your lawn watering and maintenance. There are so many things to help your lawn stay green with a lot less water. Mow your lawn taller and it will stay green longer between waterings. Use a soil penetrant/wetting agent like Hydretain to boost the water absorption and retention capability of your soil; this can decrease your watering by 30-50%! Incorporate new drought-tolerant grasses into your existing lawn for a darker green with 25-50% less water. Water in the evenings or early mornings, water for longer periods, but less frequently, and turn off your sprinklers if it rains. Cache County Extension can even help you analyze your sprinklers and adjust them for peak efficiency.
• Mulches save water and keep plants healthy. Using protective mulches will decrease water use by helping the soil retain moisture longer by reducing evaporation and reflecting away drying heat. It also cools plant root systems and can provide beneficial nutrients to the plants. Of course, there are many other methods available to homeowners and gardeners alike to save water, but these are the most effective and least expensive ways to decrease water use in your lawn and landscape. Be a part of the solution!
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Style for Every Kind of Mom TAMI PIPER
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Being a busy mom shouldn’t mean you have to give up your style. Mom life isn’t easy. Every day seems to bring new challenges. Not to mention as women, our bodies change as babies come and grow. When I was a young mom of three boys, a sweet woman at church snapped a family photo of us and posted it on social media. When I saw myself, I was horrified! It took me many years and a lot of trial and error, but I have found a style that works for me. When I like what I’m wearing, I carry myself differently. I am confident. I feel capable. Whether you work in your home or in a board room, confidence is the key to a successful day. I don’t want you to spend years of frustration,
feeling unhappy with your closet! I want to share what I’ve learned and make life a little easier for other busy moms. Here are a few of my best tips: DRESS FOR THE SIZE YOU ARE! Telling yourself that you only deserve new clothes when you meet the weight or fitness goals you have is counterproductive. Finding styles that fit properly will feel good, and feeling good about you, right now, will help you accomplish any goals you may have. SPLURGE ON KEY TIMELESS PIECES. Two of my favorite things to splurge on are shoes and a great
blazer. I have a soft spot for shoes! I feel justified when I buy a quality pair since my feet don’t change size. A blazer takes any outfit up a notch. Throw one over a basic tee and jeans when you want to be taken seriously. Add a great pair of heels and you’ve got a look that works for everything from a meeting with the principal, to a night out with your sweetheart. KNOW YOUR BODY SHAPE! Certain cuts look better on certain shapes. Understanding what styles flatter your shape best will go a long way to empowering you when faced with fashion decisions. ONLINE SHOPPING Online shopping is a HUGE time and stress saver, until you get something on your doorstep that doesn’t fit. Here are three things that will make online shopping easier: • Know your measurements. Many online retailers (including Poppy & Dot) list clothing measurements on their product pages. • Look for key phrases such as relaxed fit, oversized, or fitted, which will help you understand how a piece should fit on your frame. • Always check the return policy before you buy. Small businesses and boutiques are not Amazon, but need your support nonetheless! To save unnecessary frustration, make sure you understand how returns are processed before you buy.
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First, it’s important to understand what they are looking for. Everyone has spots, particularly as we grow older. The vast majority of those spots are simply cosmetic and harmless. However, due mostly to environmental conditions like sun exposure, some spots are not harmless and need to be removed. The provider performing the skin check has been trained to know what to look for and frankly, this is where you can tell the diﬀerence between a good skin care provider and a questionable one. More on that later. THE ASSESSMENT — When you first arrive for your skin check, a Medical Assistant (MA) will take you
back to a private exam room. They will ask you a few questions then provide you with one of those lovely medical gowns. The MA will step out while you remove your clothing down to what you are comfortable with, then you cover up with the gown. Wearing the gown will allow the provider to discretely and thoroughly examine your skin.
TREATMENT — If any of those spots present a concern, the provider will recommend that they be treated. If a spot is of minor concern, they will spray it with liquid nitrogen, which will basically kill the spot leaving the skin to grow back with healthy tissue. If the spot is perceived to be one of the many types of cancers, they will likely remove the spot and send the tissue to be read under a microscope. This is called a biopsy.
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NEED FOR FURTHER TREATMENT — If a biopsy comes back confirming a diagnosis of a cancer, depending on the severity, there may be a need to perform further treatment, however, the majority of removed spots only need to be monitored to ensure they don’t come back. But if they do need further treatment, there are a few options. A specialist will contact you to schedule a follow-up visit for the appropriate type of further treatment needed.
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overtreats by freezing oﬀ every spot they see. Proper care is to leave cosmetic spots alone and only treat the ones that are of medical concern. If every time you present for a skin check and they spray everything on your body, you are paying for treatment that you likely do not need. The same goes for spots that require further treatment after biopsy. It is tempting for the provider to recommend the most expensive surgery when other, less expensive options are perfectly suitable. For this reason, it is important to go to an experienced and reputable skin care provider.
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Are Sunscreens Still Relevant? ROBERT YOUNG, MD
dermatologist, Rocky Mountain Dermatology
Well, first, some statistics. There are roughly 3.5 million cases of skin cancer this year in America and Utah has one of the highest rates in the nation. One person dies from melanoma every 52 minutes and melanoma is the most common cancer in young adults ages 25-29. Beyond cancer risk, excessive sunshine clearly accelerates signs of aging. Yes, sunscreen is still relevant! To effectively protect the skin, use a broad-spectrum sunscreen rated 30 SPF or higher. Both chemical and physical sunscreens have their advantages and disadvantages, but either will adequately protect if
applied properly and reapplied every 80 minutes (sooner if swimming or sweating). Of course, abundant use of shade, broad-brimmed hats, and loose, long-sleeved clothing is encouraged. Rash guards are great for swimming. Choosing a “broad-spectrum” sunscreen is important because it will protect against both UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are generally the ones most responsible for sunburn, as they penetrate into the epidermis. UVA rays, on the other hand, extend much deeper into the continued on next page ...
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... continued from previous page. dermis and cause wrinkles and other unsightly signs of early aging. Tanning beds use both types of rays in various combinations and several studies show they can increase the lifetime risk of skin cancer by as much as 15-fold. Some, looking for an excuse to not wear sunscreen, have suggested that Vitamin D is an issue. Science has shown that this is simply not an argument against sunscreen. Besides Vitamin D-enriched food, it would be virtually impossible to wear enough sunscreen to interfere with our body’s ability to absorb adequate sunshine to acquire the required level of Vitamin D in our systems. Practically the only individuals at significant risk for too little Vitamin D are relative shut-ins such as those in nursing homes. Another concern of some has been how, if at all, sunscreen might affect
marine life such as coral reefs. While not completely debunked, this issue is still being scientifically debated and there is by no means a consensus as to whether or not sunscreens are a factor at all. Finally, I have heard it said that the SPF number is not important as there is no added benefit over SPF 15. This is clearly false on several levels. The SPF number is very significant depending on skin tone, amount of sunscreen applied, and intensity of and amount of time spent in the sun. There is a lot to think about beyond just whether or not you might get a sunburn. The skin is, by far, the largest organ of the body and skin cancer is, by far, the most common cancer in the world. If looking younger longer, and the health and lives of you and your loved ones are important to you, then sunscreen is relevant to you. With regards to cancer spots,
dermatologists are frequently asked, “What do I look for?” That is a very good question. As a general guideline, if there is a distinct scaly spot or area on the face or arm that does not respond to moisturizer, it is likely an Actinic Keratosis. For the most part, these are considered pre-caners and they should be examined and treated. As for skin cancers, the only true rule is that there are no rules and they can look like almost anything. They don’t need to be pigmented nor raised to be suspicious to a dermatologist. Skin cancers can be raised, flat, or depressed. They can be flesh colored, pink, red, brown, blue, or black. They can be smooth or rough. They can even act as an open sore that doesn’t heal. So, a good rule of thumb is what some have called the “ugly duckling rule:” If there is a spot anywhere on your body that just doesn’t look like the other various spots you have, you probably should have it checked by a dermatologist.
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Water Safety TWO-THIRDS OF DROWNING DEATHS OCCUR BETWEEN MAY & AUGUST courtesy of BEAR RIVER HEALTH DEPARTMENT
As the weather heats up and more children and families head to pools and beaches, Safe Kids Bear River wants to remind parents and caregivers to keep an eye on their kids and actively supervise children at all times when they’re in and around water.
safety tips starting with keeping your eyes on your kids at all times.
Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 19. On average, more than 1,000 children die each year due to unintentional drowning and more than 5,000 are seen in emergency rooms for injuries from near-drowning incidents.
Studies show that although 90% of parents say they supervise their children while swimming, many acknowledge that they engage in other distracting activities, such as talking, eating, reading, or taking care of another child at the same time. Even a neardrowning incident can have lifelong consequences. Kids who survive a near-drowning may have brain damage, and after four to six minutes under water the damage is usually irreversible.
Whether it’s a trip to the lake or a dip in the community or backyard pool, you can ensure that swimming is as safe as it is fun by following a few basic
Use these tips to keep kids safe in and around water: 1. Give kids your undivided attention. Actively supervise children in and around water, without distraction.
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Be aware of where your children are at all times when around water, especially open bodies of water and fast-moving streams or rivers. 2. Teach kids not to swim alone. Whether you’re swimming in a backyard pool or in a lake, teach children to swim with an adult. Older, more experienced swimmers should still swim with a partner every time. From the first time your kids swim, teach children to never go near or in water without an adult present. 3. Learn CPR. We know you have a million things to do, but still, learning CPR should be on the top of the list. It will give you tremendous peace of mind — and the more peace of mind you have as a parent, the better. 4. Be extra careful around pool drains. Educate your children about the dangers of drain entanglement and entrapment and teach them to never play or swim near drains or suction outlets.
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Water Fun Close to Home A ROUNND-UP OF CACHE VALLEY'S BEST PLACES TO COOL OFF TARA BONE
An afternoon spent at the local pool on a hot day is a summer MUST for kids. Unfortunately, last summer the much-loved Logan Aquatic Center was closed, so families had to venture out to find water fun and cool off. What they found is that from north to south, Cache Valley has beautiful water recreation spots where families can swim, kayak, canoe, paddleboard, fish, or just take in the wildlife and scenery. Below are some of those finds for
your family to explore. Make summer 2021 one to remember by finding a new watering hole, or visiting a family favorite that’s close to home.
cliff jumpers. It’s also an excellent fishing spot; from late August to midSeptember kokanee salmon spawn and swim upriver.
PORCUPINE RESERVOIR 7 miles southeast of Paradise The reservoir, completed in 1964, is a hidden mountain oasis. Operating a boat above a wakeless speed is prohibited, so the 12,800-acre-feet body of water hosts swimmers, kayakers, paddleboarders, and even
HYRUM LAKE STATE PARK Marina and campground access: 405 West 300 South, Hyrum Beach access: 200 East 500 South, Hyrum Take a picnic and spend all day at the beach where kids can swim and play in the water with kayaks, tubes, or paddleboards. There are updated
public facilities available. Hyrum reservoir is also popular for waterskiing and fishing. FIRST, SECOND, AND THIRD DAM PARKS Off of US Hwy 89 in Logan at the mouth of Logan Canyon. First Dam is the first of three dams along the Logan River. It’s a favorite place for picnicking, bird watching, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. There are fire pits available at Second Dam, which is handicap accessible, and several hiking trails start at Third Dam.
MERLIN OLSEN CENTRAL PARK 100 S 200 E, Logan For young children, Merlin Olsen Park is a perfect place to make memories. It’s one of Logan’s oldest parks and the shallow canal running east to west across the park is a fun, free, and quick place to play for those with limited time. Kids and adults can wade together and play on nearby playground. NEWTON RESERVOIR 9000 North 5800 West, Trenton The first water storage reservoir in Utah
built by settlers in 1871, Newton Reservoir offers water recreation, fishing, picnicking, and camping off the beaten path. Motorized boating is allowed and there are no boat launching fees. The shoreline is thick with cottonwood and willow trees. CUTLER MARSH MARINA Take US Hwy 30 west from Logan 2.5 miles, boat launch on south side of Hwy 30, or turn north on 3200 West to access marina. For a unique water adventure, canoe the Cutler Wetlands Maze to experience the sights and sounds of a variety of birds and wildlife. There are multiple buoy-marked trails in the marsh; see bridgerlandaudubon.org/ wetlandsmaze/canoe.html for details. ONEIDA NARROWS Approximately 40 miles north of Logan. Grab a tube, kayak, or paddleboard and head north of Preston, Idaho to float a stretch of the Bear River. The scenery is beautiful and wildlife sightings are frequent. The river can get busy with tubers, so hit the water in the morning. There are also many Cache Valley swimming pools and natural hot springs to explore: LOGAN AQUATICS CENTER loganut.org The outdoor swimming center’s leisure pool, continued on next page ...
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More than Turning a Plumber’s Wrench LEE’S PLUMBING FOCUSES ON QUALITY WORKMANSHIP AND CUSTOMER SERVICE EMILY BUCKLEY
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For two decades, Lee and Amber Draper of Smithfield have run their plumbing business, Lee’s Plumbing, based on the values of treating every home they work in as though it is their own and treating every customer like family. Lee started plumbing in the late-80s in California under another plumber. He returned to Cache Valley and worked in another job before cycling back to plumbing and zeroing in on completing his education. Together, Lee and Amber planned and prepared to run their own business. Amber studied accounting while Lee did his apprenticeship and have now been working side by side for 21 years. Early in their business’s life they did a lot of new construction work, but after the 2008 recession they changed their focus to strictly repair work, which Lee likes because it allows him to not only help people every day in “crisis situations,” but also keeps the work interesting as he analyzes and solves problems. Lee takes pride in completing each job with prompt, quality workmanship. He says the key to running a successful business for the long haul in a small town boils down to customer service. “It really matters how you treat people,” he said. Amber added that having a strong, skilled team makes a big difference. Some of their plumbers have been with them since the near beginning of Lee’s Plumbing, and Lee has trained all of his plumbers himself. “Lee takes so much ownership over every single job we take,” Amber said. “It’s important to him to make sure every job is done up to his standard, that’s why he personally trains every one of his plumbers.”
The Draper family
TIPS FROM LEE: A few ideas from the master plumber himself. WORST THINGS TO PUT DOWN THE DISPOSAL.
FLUSHABLE WIPES ARE NOT FLUSHABLE.
HIGH-QUALITY PLUMBING SERVICE REALLY IS WORTH THE COST.
Eggshells, tough fruit and vegetable peelings, or anything heavy and sharp when it accumulates.
If they don't dissolve in a Mason jar of water as toilet paper does, they don't dissolve in the pipes and can lead to severe blockages. This also goes for things like dental floss and other non-dissolving materials.
If a plumbing problem really is a simple fix and you can do it yourself, Lee totally supports that, but keep in mind that the knowledge and skill of a well-trained plumber can be the difference between comfort and disaster in the long run.
This benefits customers as his plumbers are confident and experienced in their trade and are able to solve problems effectively and efficiently. Amber says their commitment to customer service starts from the very first interaction with homeowners. “We in the office try to make sure we connect with the customers before and after each service call to make sure they received the service they needed and expected.” The Drapers now have six plumbers and two additional office employees to help keep their operation running smoothly. Another thing that Lee says sets his business apart is organization. “Each of our service trucks is set up the same, then we have a drain cleaning truck, and another that is set up for remodels.” One of their trucks is heavily loaded with high-tech equipment, jetters, sewer cameras, locators, and tools. “When we go out to do a main line, we come loaded for bear.” Lee says one of the most common misconceptions about plumbers is that it is a job for someone without an education. “That’s just not true,” Lee said. Plumbers have to have 8,000 hours of on-the-job training on top of four years of trade school. “I think some people think you can strap on a tool belt and buy a truck to be a plumber, but that’s not how it works,” Amber said. Lee’s team of plumbers meet together regularly to discuss problems and share things they have learned on the job. “It’s a continual learning process. Things are complicated with every new technology that comes along. You have to know some stuff — it isn’t as simple as it seems,” Lee laughs. Asked if there is anything they want to add to their story, Amber speaks up: “I just think Lee is the best plumber around. I really mean that.” The Lee's Plumbing team
Lee and his young son repair a shower faucet many years ago.
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What a year it’s been! After this unusual and challenging school year, we’re grateful for the opportunity to slow down, take a deep breath, and enjoy the summer. However, this break from school doesn’t mean that learning has to stop. The slowed pace of summer ooers a chance to pursue more personal interests and educational experiences. Here are a few ideas!
LEARN TO BE PRESENT
DEVELOP A NEW SKILL
Practicing mindfulness allows us to step away from the stress and worries of the future and just enjoy the experience of the moment we’re living in. Try this sensory exercise the next time you’re outside in nature with your child.
What better time than summer break for your child to try out a new hobby or interest? Enroll them in a local class, help them ﬁnd an age-appropriate online tutorial, or better yet, plan a time when you can sit down with them to share a talent of your own. sha
Name 5 things you can see. Name 4 things you can hear. Name 3 things you can feel. Name 2 things you can smell. Name 1 thing you can taste.
READ FOR FUN Assignments and homework are over-take a trip to the library and let your child pick out a book just for fun! Most of the local libraries have free summer reading programs your child can participate in.
Have a wonderful, relaxing, and adventurous summer eak!
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Help Your Child Avoid the Summer Slide FRANK SCHOFIELD
superintendent, Logan City School District
Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, children have experienced disruptions in their lives, including school. Although teachers, parents, and students have worked together to positively manage these disruptions, they have still had an impact on student learning. One impact was that the loss of face-to-face school days at the end of the 2019-2020 school year resulted in delayed learning for many students. During the current school year, school staff have worked together to address this delayed learning, and students have made significant progress. The learning delays caused by the pandemic have increased the annual focus on how to minimize the learning losses that tend to take place over the course of the summer. Extended time out of school often results in forgotten knowledge which then has to be re-taught at the start of the next school year. So, how can families minimize this “summer slide?” Dr. Gwen Dewar, Ph.D., shares a number of evidence-based suggestions for parents on her website, parentingscience.com: GET STARTED ON A SUMMER READING PROGRAM, AND MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD IS READING BOOKS THAT ARE BOTH INTERESTING AND CHALLENGING. Summer reading is important, but it doesn't always boost skills. In one study, a summer reading program failed to have any effect on
children's literacy skills. Why? The children who participated got to choose their own books, and they consistently chose books that were too easy for them. So, when selecting books, it's crucial to make sure your child is excited by the content. You also want reading material that will stretch your child's skills — introduce some new words and ideas. One way to do this is by using the “Goldilocks rule” to find books that are “just right.” With your child, open a book to any page and have the child read it. Each time the child comes to a word they don’t know they raise a finger. If they use all five fingers while reading a single page, the book may be too difficult. If they read the page and only raise one or two fingers, the book may be entertaining, but is likely too easy to build their vocabulary and comprehension skills. SET ASIDE TIME TO REVIEW MATHEMATICS CONCEPTS. It's unlikely that most kids will spontaneously practice the sorts of skills that will prevent learning loss in mathematics, and practice really matters. Still, you don’t have to turn the summer into a tedious series of drills. Regular (not necessarily daily) practice can help students retain the knowledge they gained during the school year and help them become more mathematically fluent. This practice can be simply done using printed worksheets or using digital games that can be accessed online or through apps.
PLAY "UNPLUGGED" NUMBER GAMES TO HELP KIDS SHARPEN THEIR MATH SKILLS. Research indicates that young children can improve their intuitive understanding of numbers by playing certain board games. This simple strategy can be a highly effective way to develop a child’s “number sense” (a group of skills that allows people to work effectively with numbers). Number sense involves: • Understanding quantities • Grasping concepts like more and less, and larger and smaller • Understanding the order of numbers in a list: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc. • Understanding symbols that represent quantities (7 means the same thing as seven) • Making number comparisons (12 is greater than 10) • Recognizing relationships between single items and groups of items (seven means one group of seven items) • From simple games like Chutes and Ladders to more advanced games like Monopoly, many board games can help children develop number sense and strengthen their overall math skills. TAKE TRIPS TO MUSEUMS, ZOOS, AND NATURE SITES. Providing additional learning opportunities through visiting these locations can be highly effective when families do more than simply attend. Children learn more from museum and zoo experiences when they engage in hands-on activities, participate in family conversations, and are asked to interpret what they see. One of the best ways to help children consolidate new knowledge is to encourage children to explain what they have learned. A recent study reports links between parent-child conversations and retention: The more kids talked about a science lesson with their parents, the more they remembered later on. As parents and guardians make a conscious effort to preserve student learning, children will retain more of the knowledge they gained during the school year and will be better prepared to begin the next school year successfully.
Caring for a Hordeolum Lesion (Eyelid Stye) MICHAEL COLE, OD
Child and Family Eye Care Center
Imagine you wake up on the morning of an important day — only to look at yourself in the mirror and see a giant, unsightly red bump on your eyelid. What are those things? How can we get rid of them? Understanding the anatomy of the eyelid is important to understand how these lesions form, and what we can do to prevent them. Inside our eyelids are numerous oil-producing glands. The largest and most important of these glands are called meibomian glands. These oil glands are located along the length of both the eyelids, from left to right. These glands open and empty their contents onto the ocular surface just inside the eyelashes. If you look very closely along the eyelid edge, you can see tiny oil droplets along these pores which are spread across the eye when we blink. This creates a sort of “oil slick” across the surface of our tear film which is important to keep the eye healthy and vision clear. When one of these glands becomes blocked, the contents of the gland are not able to escape and become backed up inside the gland itself. As the amount of trapped material increases, the body mounts an inflammatory response, causing a red, painful bump on the eyelid termed a hordeolum. These inflammatory lesions often cause the tissues around them to be inflamed, also resulting in a swollen, unsightly eyelid. If the blockage occurs near the gland opening along the lashes, sometimes a visible white head appears on the lesion, which is commonly called a stye. Frequently, these lesions occur deep within the eyelid which appear without the white head and only as a painful red lump. For these lesions to fully heal, the blockage must be relieved, so the gland’s contents are able to empty. The best way to facilitate this is with heat. Warm compresses of any kind will usually do the trick. Heat applied directly to the eyelid followed by gentle massage toward the gland opening along the lash line is the best course of action. This will warm up the stagnant oils and other contents of the lesion and loosen them up so they may be expressed
from that gland. In many cases, there will be some discharge as the contents drain, which is both normal and desirable. In almost all circumstances, eye drops, (whether OTC or by prescription), are ineffective, and are not indicated for treatment of this condition. Normally these will eventually drain with or without intervention. Unfortunately, it usually takes many days or even weeks to fully heal. Sometimes, if the contents are unable to drain, the body will encase the inflammatory material which results in a hard lump in the eyelid called a chalazion. These firm masses are no longer painful or red after the body has sealed them away to avoid further inflammation. When this transition to a non-active lesion occurs, it is much more difficult to drain and heal. These often persist for months or even years without surgical intervention.
The best course of action to prevent this unpleasant scenario is to practice good eyelid hygiene. One should avoid rubbing or touching the eyes with unwashed hands. It is helpful to clean along the eyelashes with a wash rag while showering, while avoiding harsh soaps near the eye. Makeup should be removed completely every day, and makeup should be replaced often, (looking at you, two-year-old eyeliner). Another source of inflammation that could contribute to this process is the overwear and poor replacement schedule of contact lenses. Sometimes, even with the best prevention efforts, these lesions can still occur at any age. Thankfully, while a hordeolum is painful and frustrating, it's rarely serious. If you or a family member has questions or concerns, or to schedule an appointment, please call our office at 435-363-2980.
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Four Ways We Unintentionally Normalize Bullying in Our Homes JENTRIE HALES
community advocate, @techhealthyfamily
Bullies — we all know a few. They show up in settings at school, work, and within families. Generally their actions influence others to feel less about themselves. Bullies can take the form of the uncle who consistently makes someone feel the brunt of the joke to the point where it’s actually not funny anymore. It could be a coworker in the office who is continually discounting someone’s progress and blaming others for problems that they did not cause. Or perhaps it could be a neighbor who is
spreading malicious or false information about other people. The difficulty about defining a bully is that even if their behavior isn’t necessarily egregious, it is often masked by good intentions, humor, or unrealistic expectations. The hard pill to swallow is sometimes we are the classmate, coworker, or family member that makes others feel less than.
I am usually a very kind person, but I remember calling a boy in my 5th-grade class “Large Intestine” for a whole year and not recognizing that it was a problem until much later in life. A type of bullying that happens in a digital space, or cyberbullying, is on a huge rise in 2021 and it is not just a problem for young people. According to broadbandsearch.net, 40% of adults in the United States have personally experienced some form of online
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harassment and 75% have seen cyberbullying occurring around them. Whether you like it or not, if you have a device in your home, you have a bully in your home. So what motivates a bully? Let’s talk about four characteristics: 1. Power in anonymity. Being a jerk is much easier when it is anonymous. Cue the recent growth in cyberbullying. 2. Attention from others. Saying harmful things about someone else is an effective way to get the attention of your peers. 3. Feelings of superiority. Belittling someone is a sure way to make known that their time, needs, and/or money, is more important than the person on the receiving end of the bullying action. 4. Insecurity. People that hate on others usually do so because they hate themselves. Now personalizing those characteristics into how we normalize the same hurtful tactics in our own homes:
1. Road rage. We have all probably jumped on the road-rage party at one time or another in our life. However hard it is to not say the worst about someone else when they cut you off, when we do so we are demonstrating to our kids and other passengers that it is OK to say whatever you want to someone as long as you will never see them again. If you are going to “road rage,” please do so quietly. 2. Social interactions. We also give our family the OK to be awful to anyone who wastes your time and money when we are rude to cashiers, fast food workers, receptionists, etc. It is important to demonstrate that even if someone messes up your order, they are still worthy of your respect and kindness. 3. Gossip. When we gossip we are role modeling that you can say whatever you want as long as it gets you the attention you want. Be the person that spreads kindness, not rumors. 4. Lack of confidence. Finally, if you want to extend more love instead of hate,
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Jentrie Hales is a community advocate with five years’ experience empowering parents and children in different settings. She has been invited into classrooms, youth groups, and parent groups throughout Cache Valley to speak about healthy relationships with tech, and professionally mentors families that feel overwhelmed with managing the tech in their home. Follow her on Instagram @techhealthyfam or email her at email@example.com.
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Saluting the Class of 2021 TARA BONE
contributing writer The class of 2021 has experienced unique obstacles in a year of cancelled activities, endless COVID-19 testings, and daily mask-wearing. However, across Cache Valley students rose to the challenge and dedicated staff and faculty at Logan School District and Cache County School District have worked hard to create environments of learning and growth at school. Thank you, administrators, teachers, and staff, in every school — you made it possible for thousands of students to make it closer to reaching their dreams. These six students, selected by counselors in each Cache Valley high school, represent the unconquerable spirit of our valley’s graduating seniors. They are bright, determined, and have overcome individual and unique challenges to reach this milestone in their lives. Congratulations Class of 2021!
Despite incredible challenges, Destiny Chalmers has proven over and over again that she will overcome any trial life throws at her with determination. Her life experiences have sparked her overall goals to love others and establish a healthy family. For about nine years, Destiny and her two brothers were in the foster care system. She lived in at least five cities throughout Utah and overcame many difficult situations before she and her brothers were adopted by Michael and Kenna Chalmers of Hyrum. She was 14 years old when adopted, and says she is inspired by the Chalmers bravery to love her.
DESTINY CHALMERS Mountain Crest High School (MCHS)
College so she can jump right into her studies at Utah State University. Last year she became a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and works at Blacksmith Fork Assisted Living Center and Interim, a healthcare staffing agency. Destiny still finds time to be involved at MCHS where she enjoys being a peer tutor for the life skills students, or students with special needs. She’s currently working to make it possible for life skill students to go to Senior Ball, the last school dance of the year. She says, “I want to make sure they feel welcome and have fun!”
“I want to have a family, I want to make sure my family is healthy,” Destiny said. “I just want to love others and help others so what happened to me doesn’t happen to anyone else.”
She says it’s this feeling that helped her feel at ease at MCHS. “There are a ton of students who care at MC about their classmates, so many who want to make sure it’s a happy and safe place where everyone feels welcome.” It’s this she plans to take with her throughout her life.
Destiny is on her way to making this happen. She says she loves to learn and plans to become a doctor. She has worked hard in high school and is taking classes at Bridgerland Technical
Her advice to incoming freshmen: “If you see someone sitting alone, sit by them. Make sure everyone has a friend. The more people you help, the better you feel.”
When Rider Lovejoy isn’t studying or working 10 to 60 hours a week with his father’s business, he can be found outside hiking, dirt biking, mountain biking, snowboarding, skating, or spending time with Koda and Caprice, his two border collies who love to hop in the back of his Jeep and head up the canyon. Simply put, Rider says “I love the outdoors.” Rider plays hard outside and he has worked just as hard or harder in school to overcome challenges and succeed. For most of his life Rider suffered from chronic migraines and other health problems that were a mystery to doctors. He says he went to every possible doctor and finally found a way to manage his pain while in high school. With his health in check, Rider was ready
to reach his goals. He finished high school early, took a full load at Bridgerland Technical College, and will have all of his pre-requisites for the nursing program complete by the time he graduates. Rider plans to become a nurse anesthetist and says he’s always known he wanted to go into the medical field. “I’ve spent so much time in hospitals,” Rider said. “I figured I might as well work there!” Rider has enjoyed his time at Cache High. “Everyone [at Cache High] is awesome,” Rider said. “They all want to help students succeed.” His advice to incoming freshmen: “It goes by a lot faster than you’d think. Stop and enjoy it.”
At first glance, Mayci Venhaus is a successful 2021 high school graduate who holds a leadership position at her nearly full-time job at Conservice and is an excellent student, having completed six college classes just this year. But a conversation with her reveals she is wise beyond her years and on a path to success.
Macyi placed her birth son in an open adoption and remains close with the adoptive parents. The lessons she learned would help her as she faced the challenge of going back to school. She said she realized “life is what you make it” and she was determined to face school and life with positivity.
Mayci’s journey to graduation took an unexpected turn. As a 15-year-old sophomore Mayci became pregnant. She said it was a huge reality check and feels the experience changed her life.
Mayci said she knew the odds were against her, but she was determined to succeed. She is grateful for RHS’s counselor Tara Johnson and many teachers who were wise and supportive.
“I was in a dark place and didn’t have the selflove that I do now,” she said. “It wasn’t about me anymore, I couldn’t be selfish.” MAYCI VENHAUS Ridgeline High School (RHS)
RIDER LOVEJOY Cache High School (CHS)
During her pregnancy, Mayci chose to start online school and focused on her relationship with her mother and birth son, and did the “inner work” to love herself. She is grateful for the love from her mother and older brother during that time. Of the birth she says, “It was a very spiritual experience. I had never experienced a love like that before.”
In the fall, Mayci will attend Utah State University and plans to explore social work or counseling. “I want to reach other girls or boys who need help and show them [their challenges] are not the end of the world,” Mayci said. “I want them to know they have a purpose and a future. That they’re not alone.” Her advice to incoming freshmen: “Don’t give up. Be compassionate with yourself and others. Be soft with your judgments.”
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Adam Frost is a renaissance man whose brilliance in a variety of fields has combined to propel him into a future that looks bright. Adam is a 17-year-old musician, mathematician, and avid reader who loves aviation and just happened to score a perfect 1600 on the SAT. Though modest about his accomplishment, a perfect score on the college readiness exam that measures critical reading, math, and writing skills is rare. Only about 500 students out of the 2 million students who take the SAT yearly earn a perfect score. Adam says there was a little bit of luck involved and he was surprised.
ADAM FROST Green Canyon High School (GCHS)
adjustment. Adam said he had to learn to be more comfortable with himself and work to grow in confidence, but music helped him do this. Adam was principal trumpet and a band section leader at GCHS. He played trumpet in the symphonic, marching, pep, and jazz bands and said it was a fantastic experience. He feels one of his greatest high school accomplishments was becoming a principal chair in band. “It taught me how to really commit to something in an academic and leadership sense,” he said.
“I woke up at 5 a.m. to check my score on the computer,” Adam said. “When I saw it, I reloaded the page a few times. I could barely believe it!”
Adam plans to study aerospace engineering at Utah State University following his completion of a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He hopes to attend Stanford or MIT for graduate school.
High school hasn’t been without challenges for Adam. His family moved during his sophomore year and going to a new high school was an
His advice to incoming freshmen: “Enjoy the classes you take; just enjoy being in high school.”
Congratulations Graduates! Although some social distancing requirements are still in place, student leaders and school administrators have planned in-person celebrations for high school graduates across Cache Valley. Graduation festivities will take place during the last week of May. CACHE HIGH
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May 26 and 27
GREEN CANYON HIGH SCHOOL
RIDGELINE HIGH SCHOOL
May 26 and 27
LOGAN HIGH SCHOOL
SKY VIEW HIGH SCHOOL
Emily Rincon’s high school experience shows how conquering one’s fears can open unexpected doors. Emily started high school scared to talk to new people, but she overcame her fears and spent her senior year opening doors of friendship, unity, and understanding among all LHS students.
Emily’s passion is photography and telling stories through images. She says she especially loves taking photos of people. “I love to capture people’s essence — as cheesy as that sounds,” she said. “I love to make them feel confident.”
While serving in student government as Logan High’s historian, Emily used her photography and videography skills to, as she says, “highlight everything that’s awesome about this school.” She says her favorite high school memory was creating the video series, Simply Grizzly, a platform she created to showcase student talents, experiences, and successes to create stronger connections between students.
Emily books photography sessions and hopes to better her craft by further exploring digital media as a photographer, videographer, and graphic designer at the University of Utah this fall. She will attend college with an academic scholarship, and is grateful to her LHS counselors and teachers who “have shaped me into who I am today,” especially Roger Rigby, Candace Muller, and Jen Fife.
“I cried, laughed, and smiled throughout the interviews,” Emily said. “I wish I could spend the rest of my life making those videos. I have learned so much from my peers and I will always cherish those memories.”
Her advice to incoming freshmen: “Get involved in clubs and sporting events! It helps with college applications and it makes the high school experience 100x more enjoyable!”
In a world of competing distractions, responsibilities, and expectations, finding harmony — literally — was a challenge Luke Weaver met head on during his high school career. Though Luke admits that he’s “a bit of a workaholic,” he successfully juggles his studies, work, love for the outdoors, and his commitment to developing his talents as a musician. A pivotal time for Luke was during the COVID-19 pandemic when he stopped to evaluate how he invested his time. He’d been feeling overwhelmed and refocused on doing what he truly loved — music.
LUKE WEAVER Sky View High School (SVHS)
EMILY RINCON Logan High School (LHS)
Luke enjoyed being the drum major for Sky View High School’s marching band during the 2020 fall season and practices about 2.5 hours every day on guitar and writing music. Recently Luke auditioned for and was accepted into Utah State University’s (USU) nationally recognized guitar studies program. He was also accepted into the Huntsman School of Business and intends to double major in music education with a guitar emphasis and business marketing.
“Music is my passion,” he said. “It has always been a huge influence in my life, a part from my family it’s the single constant that I’ve found.”
Luke enjoys spending time outdoors where he’s interested in conservation and likes to engage in physical work. Luke works in landscape at USU and somehow found time to earn wildland firefighter certification at Bridgerland Technical College. His discipline and focus have prepared him to take on the world.
Luke plays the guitar and trombone, sings, and writes his own music. He enjoys all genres of music and feels that “music is an art form; there is not a greater emotional medium.”
His advice to incoming freshmen: “Their whole lives are before them and they can make the absolute most of it if they show they have the desire and will to work hard enough.”
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Four Tips to Keep Your Family Safe on the Road This Summer
1. 45% of Americans take a summer vacation, according to statisticsbrain.com. 2. CarInsurance.com reported that 70% of families had a great time on their summer road trip in 2020 and would do it again, despite some reporting family members having a meltdown before leaving the neighborhood.
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3. CarInsurance.com also reported that 79% of their surveyed clients said they’ve been on a family road trip over the past five years. 72% percent of respondents said they’re more apt to take a long car ride for a vacation than travel by plane. 4. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, 657 million long-distance summer trips are made during the 16-week period between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day, and the average summer long-distance trip is 284 miles one-way. 5. What are the most popular destinations? Statisticsbrain.com says 45% of families road trip to the beach, 41% visit cities, 21% tour national parks, 17% travel to a lake, and 14% road trip to resorts. 6. New York University (NYU) found that 59% of people find their travel inspiration on travel websites, 40% rely on Facebook for travel information and ideas, 25% study magazines, and 24% use guidebooks. 7. NYU also reported that top sought-after domestic vacation destinations are Florida, California, New York, Colorado, and Washington D.C.
Summer is here and for many families that means it’s time for a road trip to visit family, hit the beach, tour a national park, or explore uncharted territory. Wherever your adventure leads, before hitting the road, it’s always best to be prepared. Use these four tips to keep your travel safe: CAR MAINTENANCE Before going on a trip is the perfect time to have your car looked over. Be sure to check tires, including spares, battery, belts, fluids, and the air conditioner. It’s also important to note that in the event you’re driving in a hot climate or towing a boat or trailer, you may need motor oil with a higher viscosity. LITTLE PASSENGERS If you are traveling with little ones, check their car seats and boosters for proper installation and wear. As you pack for your trip, plan to intercept the eventual “I’m bored” statement by packing books, toys, games, and other fun distractions to keep their minds entertained.
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Also be prepared to take plenty of breaks to let them stretch and play. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS Make sure your car is packed with essential items needed in case of an emergency, such as water, warm blankets, flashlights, jumper cables, flares, first-aid kit, tools to change a tire, a detailed road map (GPS can fail from time to time), and non-perishable food. PLAN, PLAN, AND PLAN MORE Smart phones are not just for texting and calls. Use it to help make your trip smoother (as a passenger or when not driving). Always know the weather at your final destination and every spot along the way. Download useful apps to get upto-date road conditions (i.e., Utah’s U-Dot Traffic app covers the whole state in road conditions, accidents, and weather). Your phone can also be used to find local eateries, fun sight-seeing destinations, and interesting town/city facts. But, remember to disconnect from the digital tool in order to explore and let adventure find you.
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F I T FA M I L I E S
Eight Expert Tips for Fitness and Nutrition That Can Really Work Out CHERYL MAGUIRE
“How many miles are you cycling today?” The spin teacher shouted out the question to the class and then people yelled back, “18, 20, 21.” It’s important to create a goal of how many miles you will cycle so you can work toward your goal during the class. You will work out harder if you have a goal. I’m a fitness fanatic, who works out on average six days a week. There is so much information out there about fitness and nutrition sometimes I’m left wondering, who is correct? So, I asked two of my
favorite instructors for their advice on the topic. “You really are what you eat. You can work out all you want, but if you do not eat properly it will not matter,” Rosann Doherty, a 10-year veteran Pilates and spin instructor and personal trainer/ nutritionist said. Rosann explains that the number one nutrition fact she offers people is, “What you look like is based 90% on what you eat.” Aileen Marino, who taught step and
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kickboxing classes for six years, has a mantra for fitness and life in general: “Have fun!” She says, “Avoid using scales. People often become discouraged from exercising if their weight remains the same. A better indicator of your body size is how well your clothes fit you.” Here are eight tips to help you reach your fitness potential: EAT BREAKFAST Rosann stresses the importance of eating breakfast. “Eating breakfast jumpstarts your engine. Breakfast should be the
biggest meal of the day. When you avoid breakfast your body struggles for the rest of the day to make up for the lost meal.” DRINK WATER Both Rosann and Aileen agree drinking water helps to keep you hydrated, especially when exercising, and when you are hydrated you won't overeat. “Your body requires 64 ounces of water per day. When you exercise you should drink 8 ounces for every 20 minutes of activity,” Rosann said. Often people mistake dehydration for hunger, which leads to unnecessary eating. People tend to drink more calories than they realize which leads to weight gain. “Water contains zero calories. It is important to note coffee and sugary drinks are diuretics. When you drink these drinks, you should also drink 8 ounces of water to replace the fluid you lost,” Rosann said. EAT OFTEN In addition to drinking water, it is important to eat small meals every two to three hours. “Eating this often helps maintain your sugar levels at an even keel,” Rosann said. “Maintaining your sugar levels will sustain your metabolism and energy levels. You also will prevent overeating since you feel full.” EAT HEALTHY FATS When you eat often, include healthy fats. “Often people avoid eating
foods with fat since they think it will lead to weight gain,” Aileen said. “Eating healthy fats helps you to feel full and burns fat. Healthy fats can be found in nuts, fish, and olive/canola/flaxseed oil. When eating nuts, you should aim for two tablespoons per day.” INTERVAL AND STRENGTH TRAINING In relation to fitness, Rosann stresses the importance of interval and strength training. She explains that interval training is when you raise your heart rate for short periods of time during your cardiovascular workout. Strength training is when you use weights or some type of resistance during your workout. Both types of training help to strengthen your heart and lungs, which in turn causes you to burn more calories for several days after your workout,” Aileen said. She explains that when you work out at a steady aerobic pace without intervals you will burn fat during your workout only as opposed to several days of a higher caloric burn with interval and strength training. She adds, “When you are strength training you build muscles which then, in turn, burns fat. You also burn more fat than you would during anaerobic exercise.” STRETCH Aileen begins and ends all her classes with a minimum of five minutes of stretching. “It is important to stretch before and after working out to prevent injuries. Stretching also helps to increase your flexibility,” she said. AVOID COMPARISONS Aileen feels that you should avoid comparisons to other people. “Often people become frustrated when they compare their fitness level to other people. Everyone’s bodies are distinctive and respond differently to training,” she said. HAVE FUN “Whatever exercise routine you choose, it is important to have fun while doing it,” Aileen said. “You will make a commitment to exercise if you enjoy it.”
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MAKING A DIFFERENCE
CAPSA Expands Transitional Housing to Help Even More Abuse Victims Gain Independence EMILY BUCKLEY
editor in chief
For individuals and families escaping abuse, a safe home is important to the healing process. Yet, for individuals leaving an abusive home, finding low cost/affordable housing continues to be the most significant barrier to starting a life free from abuse. “A basic need we all have is a safe home, a safe place to go at the end of the day, a safe place to recharge and regroup, a safe place for our children to learn and grow,” Jill Anderson, CAPSA’s executive director said. This is why CAPSA (Community Abuse Prevention Service Agency), a nonprofit domestic violence support center serving Cache and Rich counties, offers multiple housing programs for their clients. Each year CAPSA provides support to more than 1,500 women, men, and children escaping abuse and starting new lives. CAPSA’s Transitional Housing Program, which started in 2005, is a two-year program which includes housing subsidies coupled with advocacy and educational programming. The program focuses on developing independence by reducing housing expense and assisting
clients as they work toward a life asset such as a down payment on a home or an education. CAPSA’s housing caseworkers help clients find housing and supports them during this transition — this may include short-term assistance or housing subsidize for up to twoyears. This program is successful at helping families start new lives free from abuse. Due to a shortage of affordable housing, and for clients who would not qualify for standard housing, CAPSA saw a need to own dedicated housing for clients. “What we found was that many survivors would come into our shelter, but without housing support they would get trapped in a downward spiral of high rent and low income. Many would return to an abuser or end up in similar circumstances,” Jill said. CAPSA began construction on Independence Place, a planned unit development owned and managed by CAPSA, in 2010. Built on CAPSA campus, this neighborhood has nine homes, a playground, park, and community gardens. Due to limited
Dell Loy Hansen, Jill Anderson, Keri Hansen Hale visit and inspect Independence Way.
funding, CAPSA was initially only able to complete the site development and build two of the nine planned homes. In 2014 representatives met with Dell Loy Hansen and shared their vision for Independence Place. “Immediately he saw the need and vision of this project and committed to raising the remaining funds,” Scott Stettler, a 10-year CAPSA board member and CFO of Wasatch Properties, said. “Dell Loy gathered the leaders of Wasatch Properties, and by the end of that meeting he had raised the funds and a plan to complete the remaining seven homes.” Less than one year later, Independence Place was completed. Still, the need for additional housing continued to grow and in 2019 CAPSA leaders met with Dell Loy again, sharing an opportunity to purchase a site to build a second neighborhood, Independence Way. He committed to help raise the funds for the project. However, he realized that the neighborhood would take at least two years to complete. Knowing there was an immediate need, Dell Loy suggested purchasing and renovating a fourplex for CAPSA. The Dell Loy Hansen Family Foundation focuses on supporting well-developed programs that affirm the dignity of individuals and ensure these programs remain sustainable. “We have partnered with CAPSA for many years because CAPSA is among the best in the state of Utah and their
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housing program is a national model for transitional housing programs,” Keri Hansen Hale, director of charitable giving for the Dell Loy Hansen Family Foundation, said. As the COVID crisis began to unfold, CAPSA saw record requests for their services and shelter needs. At the same time, CAPSA had to reduce shelter capacity for social distancing. With the fourplex renovation still a few months from completion, Dell Loy again saw the need and solution. “He instructed the contractors to work around the clock to complete the units, no matter the cost,” Keri said. “It was important to him that families displaced by abuse had a safe place with CAPSA.” Because of the support of Dell Loy Hansen, his Family Foundation, and his leadership in fundraising, Independence Way will open this month with five new, three-bedroom homes, increasing CAPSA’s transitional housing units to 21 homes. “Dell Loy cares about CAPSA. He cares about this community. His compassion for marginalized individuals and groups is seen in his support of CAPSA and across Utah in thousands of nonprofits and charitable projects he supports,” Jill said. “Few see the breadth of Dell Loy’s philanthropic support because he discourages attention, yet almost everyone in Utah has benefited from it.” YOU TOO CAN HELP CAPSA SERVE ABUSE VICTIMS IN CACHE VALLEY!
CAPSA relies on the support of generous donors to provide lifesaving support services. You can donate online at CAPSA.org/give-help. If you are a victim of abuse and are in need of CAPSA’s resources, call their 24-hour crisis support line at (435) 753-2500, or visit capsa.org. An aerial view of Independence Way.
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Give Your Kids a 1980s Summer SARAH LYONS
As the whirlwind of the last few weeks of school fly by, I find myself ready for the long, unscheduled days of summer. Sleeping in, spending our afternoons poolside, and playing hide and seek until the fireflies come out. Realistically, my idea of carefree summer days come from my youth and not from the summers our own kids typically experience. Camps, playdates, and ball games fill up most of our calendars while any free time is consumed by parent-planned educational activities and crafts seen on social media. While these things aren’t bad, it can be a little daunting for parents due to the pressure to plan every minute of their child’s summer. I have declared this summer to be different. My kids will have the kind of
summer I had as a child. One that is less scheduled and more free play, less video games and more outside time, and less parent-planned and more child-created. If, like me, you are tired of feeling pressure to entertain and educate your child every waking moment, use these tips to enjoy your summer, 1980s style. UNPLUG Today we love our electronics. It is unlikely that many of us can make it more than a few hours without checking in with social media and responding to emails and texts. Our kids are no different, but limits should be set on screen time to allow kids to experience outdoor play, the joy of curling up with a good book, and allowed time to use their own imaginations. 1980s kids
didn’t have apps, educational or not, to entertain them and fill their days. Instead, they used their imagination to create inventions with recycled trash, build forts with whatever they could find, and cooperate with other kids to create games that could last for hours. GO OUTSIDE “Go outside and come back when it’s dinner time” is what my parents would say nearly every afternoon when I was growing up. There were no scheduled playdates, meet ups at the park, or specific activities planned. If I wanted to go to the park, I would ride my bike or walk there. If I wanted a friend to come along, I would swing by their house on the way and knock on the door to see if they wanted to join me. My parents had only a vague
idea where I was or who I was with and this was the norm. While many parents don’t feel quite as safe giving their child free reign, we can learn from this attitude. Kids do not need us to plan and intervene in their daily activities. Send them outside, have them go knock on a neighbor’s door and ask them to join them. Play in the sprinkler, ride bikes, draw with chalk, drink from the hose, learn to do cartwheels, jump rope, plant flowers, or simply sit in the sun. Go outside and don’t come in until dinner. DITCH THE EXCESS Give your kids the gift of free time to play and try things on their own. Be selective about which camps you will register your children for and be
intentional about allowing them to have time to create their own adventures. Check the listing of high-quality camps at the back of this issue and consider which would be the best fit for your child. LET IT GO Parents today have so much pressure to live up to unrealistic standards. We feel we must provide educational crafts, plan interesting and affordable outings, provide well-balanced extracurricular activities, all while cooking healthy, organic food, maintaining a clean house, a healthy marriage, and balance our careers. The truth is, none of us are able to keep up with it all. The 1980s parent,
while balancing many of the career and family obligations we have today, did not put the type of pressure parents today place on themselves. This summer, take a break from the pressures of social media, enjoy your kids, join them outside, play a board game, have a movie night, lounge at the pool, eat a little junk food, and give yourself permission to let things go and accept you can’t realistically keep up with everything anyway. The key to giving your kids, and yourself, a 1980’s summer is to unplug, enjoy, and ease up on the pressures we place on ourselves. Let’s just enjoy our kids and enjoy every unscheduled moment because, before you know it, it will be time to head back to school.
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Summer Classes + Camps Guide
Cache Children's Choir (435) 752-6260 (call or text) cachechildrenschoir.org
MUSIC AND MOVEMENT SUMMER CAMPS: Register early. Space is limited.
Cache Valley School of Ballet (435) 753-3633 cvcballet.org
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) is for ages 3 and up. Visit our website for a complete list of classes.
Music in the Park Ages 8 to 14 June 21 – June 25, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come make music in the park! Ukulele, choral singing, harmony, circle games, and more with camp director Janni Richards and guest instructors. Includes t-shirt and instrument.
Tueller School of Dance (435) 752-9154 tuellerdance.com 521 1/2 N. Main, Logan
Join us for our fun Summer Technique Workshops! Offering classes for ages 3 and up. This is a great time to get little ones started and for experienced dancers to improve turns, leaps, tricks, and overall dance technique. See our schedule and classes on our website or email us at email@example.com for more info. Come dance with us!
Logan Music Academy (435) 265-6691 loganmusicacademy.com
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Vocal Camp June 21 – 25, 10 a.m. to Noon Vocal camp for girls ages 6 to 12 Vocal Camp June 21 – 25, 1 to 3 p.m. For girls and boys ages 12 to 18 Ukulele Camp June 14 – 18, 10 a.m. to Noon, Ages 6 and up Cost: $120
Cache Valley Fun Park
(435) 792-4000 cachevalleyfunpark.com/summer-camp 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.
Pickleville Workshops picklevilleworkshops.com
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 Peter Pan. July 12-16 (Logan: ages 8-18) July 19-23 (Logan: ages 6-7) July 26-30 OR August 2-6 (Bear Lake: ages 8-18)
Love to Cook (435)752-9220 luvtocook.com
Do you want your kids to feel more confident in the kitchen? Sign them up for one of our Summer Kid’s Cooking Camps! Your kids will spend three days hands-on in the kitchen, learning how to make kid-friendly recipes they will love. June 1 – 3 June 8 – 10 June 22 – 24 June 29 – July 1 July 13 – 15 July 20 – 22 Beginner Class (ages 8 to 12) 10 a.m. to Noon Advanced Class (ages 13 to 18) 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Cache County 4-H
435-752-6263 extension.usu.edu/cache/4h Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 4-H is booming with activities for the summer! Kids of all ages will enjoy our camps and classes that teach hands-on life skills. Whether your child is interested in outdoor adventure, cooking, or Lego robotics, we’ve got a camp for them. Learn more on our website and follow us on social media: @cachecounty4h.
Sports Academy (435) 753-7500 sportsacademy.com
Summer Camps Keep your kids active and healthy! Camps held June 7 – 11, July 5 – 9, and August 2 – 6. Camps run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., ages 5 to 12. Summer Swim School Learn to swim with the best instruction in Cache Valley! Classes begin June 7. Two-week sessions, Monday through Thursday, 40-minute classes.
Highpoint Tumbling (435) 753-7500 sportsacademy.com
Tennis Classes and Camps Professional tennis instruction from the Valley’s top coaches and players. All ages and ability levels.
Ongoing, year-round tumbling and gymnastics classes for toddlers through competitive teams. Check our website for current schedule.
Tumbling Classes Flip and tumble to new heights with classes for all ages and abilities.
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Summer Classes + Camps Guide (cont.)
Dance Illusion Imagine This!
Art Camps for Kids and Adults (435) 774-2414 imaginethislogan.com This year we’re having a variety of camps for kids and adults! Come learn something new or improve at something you already love to do! For kids ages 8 and up: 3-D Camp, Cartoon Camp, and Art Around the World New camp for kids ages 5-8: Junior Camp For adults: Basics of Drawing and Painting and Portrait Camp!
(435) 755-6783 danceillusionutah.com 42 East 2200 North, North Logan Register now for our summer classes! 4-WEEK SUMMER PROGRAM June 7 – July 2 Improve your technique, try a combo class, and make new friends! INTENSIVES AND CAMPS 3-day Technique Intensives July 5 – 7 and July 19 – 21 3-day Ballet Intensive July 26 – 28 1-day Intensives Hip Hop – August 2, Acro – August 3, and Tap – August 4 Princess Camp – Voted Best of Cache Valley: July 12 – 14
Mountain Peak Volleyball mtnpeakvolleyball.com
Summer Camps Youth volleyball camps for ages 3 to 18 for all skill levels begin in June! We offer camps in June, July, and August. Instruction from our Mountain Peak coaching staff, as well as collegiate-level coaches. Outdoor Volleyball Get outside and play under the sunshine. Our grass and sand volleyball clinics begin in late May and end in July. Tournaments are offered on select weekends in collaboration with Logan City. Fall League Practice and competition in a league format for 3rd through 9th graders begin in August! Our recreation and competitive leagues are split into 3rd – 4th grade, 5th – 6th grade, and 7th – 9th grade. Both north and south practice options.
Folktales & Ancient Myths Camp 435-752-0026 CacheARTS.org/artcamp Children ages 5 to 11 explore the quiet, hands-on work of art and ceramics as well as active group activities in music, dance, and drama classes. Performance and art exhibit on the last day of each session. Three camps Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to Noon, or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
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