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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR Last year we did something crazy. Something I can honestly say I never thought I would do. I joke that “quarantine made me do it,” and I actually think it is true. Had all our vacation plans for summer 2020 not been canceled, I likely would have never seriously considered it. About a month into 2020’s “quarantine,” when all of our summer plans began to crumble, my husband, Bryan, suggested we purchase a camp trailer. To his surprise, and mine, I said, “Let’s do it.” He grew up camping, I most definitely did not. So, with my stamp of approval, he acted quickly and four days later we were off on our first camping adventure, before I could change my mind. I know, I know, camping in a trailer is not really roughing it, but it was a big step for me, and our family made invaluable memories and learned life lessons doing it. A few of the best lessons learned from our newfound family tradition: Camping builds a sense of adventure. A new environment, unfamiliar sights and sounds, cooking outside, and building a fire all make for a fun-filled adventure. A sense of adventure is a quality that ensures life remains open and full of possibilities. Positivity is contagious, and “going with the flow” will make everyone happier. A lesson we learned very quickly is that, when it comes to camping, and really any family adventure, things rarely go as planned. Something usually breaks, something else is forgotten at home, and the weather forecast is almost never accurate. How we, as parents, responded to these

challenges was always reflected in our kids’ behavior and the general outlook for the day. My kids can hike farther than I (or they) thought but taking our time (and a little bribery) is essential. I was amazed at how far my kids could hike as we explored new places and trails last summer. They noticed too. It was so fun to see how proud of themselves they were after completing a difficult seven-mile hike. We all developed a greater appreciation for our bodies and for nature as we hiked together. It wasn’t uncommon to spot them carrying out litter they found along the trail or stopping to take in a beautiful view. With patience, plenty of water, and a reward at the end (whether it was a waterfall to play in or an ice cream treat back at camp), we discovered we could hike farther and harder than any of us expected. Disconnecting is a gift. No wi-fi? Yes, please! Watching my kids play in the dirt, build fairy houses out of leaves and sticks, and wade in small streams are memories that I will treasure forever. These are things I often overlook while I’m busy with my usual daily work and activities. Now that spring is in the air, our family can hardly wait to go camping again. By being open to something completely out of my comfort zone, I gave myself the gift of more quality time and priceless memories with my ever-growing children. That’s something I’ll always be grateful for. I hope you too are finding ways to make life an adventure as a family! HAPPY TRAILS!


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IN EVERY ISSUE Family Matters Local Family Inspires with Blooms, Blossoms, and Brambles page 8 Good Neighbors Homes are Evolving to Meet New Needs page 11 Healthy Families Understanding the Link Between PCOS and Weight page 12 Making a Difference Behind the Scenes of Local Radio's “Senior Moments” page 14 Safe Families Safety Tips for Teen Drivers page 23


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Designing and Delivering Happiness: The Fleur Market page 25

Education Update Elementary Counselors: Key Professionals Providing a System of Support page 28 Helping Children Develop a Strong Sense of Self page 29 Family Travel Travel is Back. Are You Ready? page 30 Fact Check Rumors Busted — An Inside Look at Business Changes in Cache Valley page 34


Fit Families Seven Ways to Promote Your Child's Healthy Lifestyle page 40



Optos Imaging Provides More Thorough and Convenient Eye Examination: Now Available in Cache Valley page 6 Sensory Fun and Learning page 18


Phubbing and Other Ways We Shortchange Our Relationships With Technology page 20 A Step-by-Step Guide to Bare Root Planting page 32 Cache Theatre Company's Production of Matilda Set to Go On page 38 How Your Dentist Can Help You Get Better Sleep page 43 Summer Classes + Camps Guide page 44

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Optos Imaging Provides More Thorough and Convenient Eye Examination: Now Available in Cache Valley MICHAEL COLE, OD

Child and Family Eye Care Center

One of the most important reasons for annual eye examinations is the assessment of eye health. Because our vision is so precious, it is imperative that we ensure the normal working condition of our eyes. Many ocular health conditions have no immediate symptoms or blurry vision, and may progress to advanced stages before we are aware without normal monitoring. Most sight-threatening conditions occur inside the eye and are therefore not visible. As such, a thorough and comprehensive examination that includes an internal eye health evaluation is essential. As we assess the internal portions of the eye, we are very limited by the pupil restricting our view of internal structures. In our office we have previously employed retinal cameras to capture narrow images of the optic nerve and macula, but still needed to dilate in order to view peripheral portions of the retina. We have recently added Optos imaging to our practice, which is the first of its kind in Cache Valley. Rather than using traditional camera optics that are limited in field of view, the Optos uses mirrors and lasers to increase field of view. Optos imaging allows us to capture nearly the entire retina in a single snapshot. In many cases with this new technology, the Optos can be used in place of dilation during annual examinations. This option has several advantages. First, Optos imaging creates a record that we can reference in the future. Often when adverse health findings are found, it is difficult to determine the stage or course of the problem with no prior documentation. Was the diagnosis present previously? Was it potentially missed in the past? Did the finding simply not make it into the chart for some reason? Has it changed recently? It is very reassuring to have images

to quickly reference in these cases. It allows us to superimpose sequential images to better identify changes or progression in disease states, and track those over time. Due to the limited field of view with traditional retinal cameras, some internal eye health situations are only able to be imaged and properly documented with the Optos. Another advantage of Optos imaging is the ability to be very thorough with our examinations of eye health. With traditional dilations we can view the entire retina, but only small pieces at a time. Our field of view with traditional instrumentation is very small and the examination must be done in piecemeal fashion, with the patient looking in different directions to view each individual portion of the internal eye. While this method has some advantages, it sometimes leads to inaccuracies or incomplete examinations. Wide field imaging allows us to be confident that no areas are missed, and enables the examiner to

view everything at once, minimizing errors or omissions. It is hard to ignore the convenience factor of Optos imaging as well. Dilation is an essential tool but is not without side effects. After dilation, the eyes are extremely light sensitive, and in most cases blurry, especially up close. The effects of dilating drops last for hours after their usefulness has concluded. While these effects are temporary, the hassle of dilation deters many from receiving the level of care that they need and deserve. The Optos provides a fast alternative that allows the prompt return to normal activities without sacrificing quality of care. For those who are eligible, we are pleased to offer Optos imaging to improve our quality of care and increase convenience for our patients. For questions regarding our practice, or to schedule an appointment please give us a call at 435-363-2980.

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Local Family Inspires with Blooms, Blossoms, and Brambles TARA BONE

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Just outside of Preston, Idaho there is a plot of land where Lexie and Dan Genho of Floral Woods Farm have made their dreams of creating a specialty cut flower farm a reality. A place where dreams, flowers, and children all grow together. Their enthusiasm for connecting with the earth and bringing the beauty of mother nature indoors is contagious. Floral Woods Farm is in its third official season, and has been a labor of love for the entire Genho family. When it comes to “family matters” at the Gehno home, for


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Grow Beautiful Blooms with Tips from Floral Woods Farm If you’re thinking about starting a cutting garden, or just planting more flowers in your yard for arrangements, Lexie from Floral Woods Farms says, “be ready to learn, be ready to fail, and be ready to experience some struggles that pay back with glorious and beautiful rewards!” Lexie’s number one suggestion: “Grow what you love and enjoy every moment that your garden and flowers have to offer during their season! You will not regret the time you spend and lessons you’ll learn in the beautiful company of your flowers.” Select location(s): If you’re designating an area for a cutting garden, make sure there’s plenty of sun. Remember, the benefit of a cutting garden is the plants are designed to be cut — it doesn’t need to look aesthetically pleasing constantly. The flowers can be grown in rows. If you don’t have a large area, use the space beside the garage or an empty corner. A 3-by-6-foot bed can hold about 20 plants. Select flowers: Start with something simple like sunflowers. Research which flowers grow best in your area and each plant’s needs. Annuals are inexpensive to start from seed. Lexie purchases seeds online from Johnny’s Selected Seeds, or cut flower seeds can be purchased locally from Anderson’s Seed and Garden. Lexie’s favorite perennials include peonies, garden roses, astilbe, hydrangea, irises, and spring bulbs. Again, know the plant’s requirements and mature size before purchasing. Plant: If you want to get serious, take soil samples to Utah State University (USU) for testing prior to planting so you can amend soil as needed. USU has amazing educational resources. Know your plants’ needs, care for them accordingly, and watch them grow! Flower cutting tips: Cut during the coolest times of the day; early morning is preferable. Place stems directly into cold water as you’re cutting. Most flowers last longest if cut before they open enough for bees to pollinate them, however there are exceptions such as Zinnias which need to be ripe before harvesting (Google search if you’re unsure). Be aware of flowers that secrete sap when cut and will kill other flowers in an arrangement; Daffodils are an example of this. If they do secret sap, sear stem ends with near boiling water, or pass a flame at stem ends and don’t recut. Have a good pair of gloves and know which plant varieties are toxic if you have kids or pets.

Lexie and Dan it’s all about raising their four boys, who are all under 7 years old, and … flowers! Lexie’s love for gardening started while helping in her grandmother’s garden as a child and has blossomed through Dan’s encouragement to build their business. The farm is truly a family venture. Lexie says her boys, or as she calls them, “my flower children,” have been around flowers their entire lives and enjoy helping in all aspects of raising them, from planting to arranging. Dan and Lexie homeschool their boys and Lexie sees the earth as an amazing teacher. “The flower farm is where we do our most exciting learning!” Lexie said. “Math,

science, biology, exercise, genetics, art, horticulture, reproductive science, oh my goodness, I could go on! My kids soak it up like sponges.” Lexie also shares her passion for nature through educational workshops. She encourages anyone interested in growing more flowers in their yard to go for it! She believes growing flowers will give back in unexpected ways. “Flowers in particular have a way of grounding us and creating memories and connections, making hard things beautiful, and helping us remember what matters most,” Lexie said. “They are a beautiful representation of life and I learn from the flowers the beauty of change, of season, of hardship, and of struggle. They are great teachers.” Floral Woods Farm sells wholesale to florists, and DIY buckets of blooms and subscription bouquets directly to the public. See floralwoodsfarm.com for additional information.

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Homes are Evolving to Meet New Needs EMILY MERKLEY

chief executive officer, Cache Valley Association of Realtors

A quote originating from the early 1900s novel The Beasts of Tarzan explains how, as humans, we are creatures of habit. The idea that “we fall naturally and easily into the manner and customs” that have been implanted within us is fair; however, that same idea explains that our habits and customs are shaken when we are forced to find new ways to exist. So, while we may (past or present) live habit-forming lives, this past year has taught us just how open and adapting we can be. The disruption of everyday living has left few unscathed, and the biggest transitions have taken place within the walls of our own homes. The world has changed, our lives have changed, and our homes are evolving to meet these new needs. Homes are housing families, providing space for virtual learning,

transitioning into remote offices, and even morphing into home gyms. These new requirements mean that what people are looking for in a home is also shifting. Just as designers and builders must be thoughtful of these evolving demands when constructing homes, homeowners must also consider these different factors during remodeling projects and when staging a home to sell. While open-concept living has been popular for years, a need for clearly defined spaces is becoming a requirement for many individuals. This demand for more walls (typical of historic homes), means that spaces within a home will be dedicated to certain responsibilities. The ability to work, play, learn, and live within a single space requires a clear delineation of a home’s layout.

With a change in seasons just around the corner, many buyers are interested in homes with outdoor spaces that allow them to take advantage of Cache Valley's beautiful summers. Priorities are being placed on exterior spaces like balconies, patios, gardens, and landscaped yards that can create a haven at home. Many areas inside a home are also getting attention: spa-style amenities within master bathrooms, kitchens, gathering spaces, and sanitary stations located close to entrances. The surfaces within these spaces are also changing as buyers and homeowners alike are on the hunt for antimicrobial and solid surfaces that are easy to disinfect and keep clean. As our world, and therefore our needs, shifts, it can be difficult to determine what the priorities for your home should be. Utilize the knowledge of a REALTOR® to plan reconfigurations of your home layout, prepare for a remodel, find a home that meets your needs, and increase the value of your home for future buyers.

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Understanding the Link Between PCOS and Weight Nathan Bertoldo, MD, a local obstetrician-gynecologist, treats hundreds of women every year who deal with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a hormonal disorder common in women of childbearing age. In this Q&A, Dr. Bertoldo answers some questions about the common effects of PCOS and the treatments he has found effective in helping his patients reduce the severity of the disease. QUESTION: WHAT IS PCOS? PCOS occurs when an ovary is overactive in producing follicles. The more follicles that are produced or are active, the more hormones are secreted, and reproductive hormones get out of balance. This can lead to irregular periods, infertility, and weight gain/pre-diabetes, among other symptoms. QUESTION: HOW COMMON IS PCOS? It is quoted at 10% of the population, but is likely more common than that. About 30% of the patients I see have some degree of PCOS.

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PCOS is not the same for everyone. Some patients may have abnormal hair growth, some may have insulin resistance, and others may have irregular periods. It can be different for every patient. Women with PCOS may be at higher risk for diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, and uterine cancer. QUESTION: IS PCOS TREATABLE? Yes. Most OB/GYNs will treat PCOS by balancing the hormones with a birth control pill. Estrogen and progesterone hormones can reduce the symptoms of PCOS. Other medications are also sometimes used to block the testosterone side of the hormones to manage symptoms like acne, male pattern hair growth, or even hair loss.

Many patients tolerate birth control pills fine, but some experience symptoms that are undesirable. In those cases, we come back and talk to patients about underlying factors increasing their symptoms. They may have a genetic predisposition to diabetes that adds to it and aren’t ovulating because their blood glucose or insulin growth factors are too high, or they may have had a pregnancy and not lost the excess weight after delivery. These things can add to the severity of the symptoms of PCOS. In my practice, I take a multifaceted approach to treating the symptoms of PCOS in order to help patients achieve their health goals. It is important to me to not only help my patients recognize what they need to do for their overall well-being, but also help learn how to achieve those goals. QUESTION: WHAT LIFESTYLE CHANGES CAN BE MADE TO TREAT PCOS? I have patients who are dealing with PCOS infertility, whether it is initial infertility or subsequent infertility after a pregnancy, and their weight gain is the big issue. When they can lower their overall weight, their symptoms of PCOS and fertility often improve. I frequently see patients lose 5% of their overall bodyweight, whatever that is, and their cycles start to regulate again. Because everyone’s genetics are different, excess weight can affect women’s hormones differently. Often the underlying problem

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surrounding of the symptoms of PCOS are not so much that a patient’s hormones need to be controlled with a pill, but that the weight side of things needs to be controlled. Diets can be very frustrating and very hard to sustain for the long term. The program I encourage patients to use is macro-based and requires them to monitor their intake and exercise. This program will increase their energy levels and mental clarity. It is important for patients to understand that their excess weight gain didn’t happen overnight and that it will take time to get back to where they want to be. After patients establish a pattern of healthy eating and exercise for about a month, we meet again. I do some testing to look at vitamins, minerals, and lipids that have an impact on weight loss to make a plan for supplementation that will help them improve the results of their efforts. I encourage my patients to put the scale away and not make weighing themselves part of their daily routine. The scale may not move right away, but as they implement the regimen, they will find success. It is important for patients to find and remember what their motivation is throughout the process. For more information about PCOS, weight loss, infertility, and how it may be affecting your overall well-being, contact Dr. Bertoldo at his new office by calling 435-557-0608.

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Behind the Scenes of Local Radio’s “Senior Moments” TARA BONE

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Every Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m., the upbeat voices of Bruce Lee and Sid Roderer from KVNU radio’s “Senior Moments” talk show are welcomed into homes and cars by loyal listeners throughout Cache Valley. The radio show and podcast has become a constant, trusted source of information for older adults and their families. The weekly show features a variety of guests with expertise in Medicare and insurance education, estate planning, healthcare, and a

wide range of beneficial services available to the Valley’s aging population. The story of how “Senior Moments” began started when co-host Sid Roderer watched her own grandparents age and experienced the struggle of finding trusted, accurate information for them. Sid says she watched rash decisions being made and wondered if there was a better way. “It bothered me enough to think it would be





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great if there was one spot you could go and get all the information and all the questions answered that you might not even know to ask,” Sid said. Sid wanted to bring a group of professionals together who worked with anything that had to do with aging adults, but who would not solicit anything from them. In 2016 she took her thoughts to Bruce Lee, current owner of ComForCare, an in-home care company. Together they launched “Empowering Seniors,” a group of professionals from a variety of industries who work to educate and help aging

adults connect with the services they need without being intimidated. Bruce points out that the aging population is solicited frequently, and they are often nervous about asking questions when they feel they’re being pressured to sign up or buy something. To counter this, Empowering Seniors hosted informative seminars and eventually Bruce came up with the idea for “Senior Moments.” The radio show has proven to be the perfect environment for aging adults to gain needed knowledge in a safe place — their own home. Older adults aren’t the only ones listening. Sid says they find that “soccer moms” in cars are often listening. Bruce never knows when he’ll be approached and hear, “Are you the guy on the radio?” Sid and Bruce feel this is positive and means they’re getting information out to families. A recent example of the information they’re sharing on “Senior Moments” came from Leslie Black of the Cache Valley Threshold Singers, a group that sings comforting songs at the bedside of those who are seriously ill or in crisis. The volunteer group, which offers services at no charge, has received permission to record songs that can be downloaded when they can’t sing in person. Leslie is passionate about reaching out during COVID, a time of isolation, and has been continued on next page...

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continued from previous page... working to get information out about Cache Valley Threshold Singers. Leslie said sharing her message on “Senior Moments” offered a unique format where she could actually share the group’s songs. “Bruce has given me an opportunity for a voice and I’m very grateful. He believes this is an important service for our community,” Leslie said. Another service important to Empowering Seniors is Connected Medical, a primary and palliative care service that is described as a mobile nurse practitioner (NP), like Doc Baker from Little House on the Prairie. Vulnerable adults who can’t travel to the doctor’s office, can be visited by a NP right in their home. Rob Phelps of Connected Medical believes Empowering Seniors and “Senior Moments” fill an important need in our community. “I’ve sensed the senior [age] group is wanting to be more empowered. We’ve seen more and more saying ‘I’m an intelligent human being

who has the ability to gather information and make decisions that work for me,’” Rob said. “We’re starting to get interviewed more, we’re starting to get more questions. People aren’t just signing on the line and hoping you take good care of them anymore.” Rob, Bruce, and Sid believe empowering every aging adult in Cache Valley with knowledge will ensure that they live their best life possible. Bruce and Sid plan to keep recording and keep the information flowing. For more information visit empoweringseniors.info.


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Sensory Fun and Learning WHITNEY CROSBIE

contributing writer, Play in 5 Kits

Imagine you are in your favorite place. What does it look like? Feel like? Smell like? Even sound or taste like? The reason I ask you to reflect on this is because our most memorable and meaningful experiences stand out when we are using multiple senses. That’s why you can remember the delicious warm texture of grandma’s chewy, chocolate chip cookies while cuddling up next to her as she reads and turns the pages of a crisp book. Our senses help us understand our world and help us create memories. When children are involved in sensory play, they are engaging fully with the world around them. Sensory play provides vocabulary

development as children describe their experience. While playing with slime a child may use the words sticky, gooey, or even viscous as they play. Sensory play also provides calming, engaging, screen-free play that increases attention span. Today our world is so fast paced. To have the time to spend a mindful minute of engaged play is priceless for a child. I taught Kindergarten and preschool here in Cache Valley and am currently taking a break to be home with my own children. When I began my journey as a stay-at-home mom, I still wanted to pursue my passion for helping

children, others and my own. I found that screen time was such an easy way to occupy my children, but that it reaped very few benefits. I wanted to create kits for my children and for other children that would help them develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually. I make sensory kits and pretendplay kits for children to have fun and learn through experience. Check out my website playin5kits.com and follow me on Instagram @playin5kits for free play ideas and check out the tutorial on the next page for a free sensory activity you can easily create with supplies you likely have on hand.

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Phubbing and Other Ways We Shortchange Our Relationships With Technology JENTRIE HALES

community advocate, @techhealthyfamily

Getting phubbed. We have all been there. Maybe it was when you just came home with exciting news that you could not wait to share, you thought you had the full attention of your person, but low and behold, they were nose deep in their device doing the, “Uh-huh, great sweetie.” It was at that moment that you knew very well that they were not listening to you. My first three feelings when this happens: 1. Rejection: My news is less important than your Facebook feed. 2. Annoyance: Why am I wasting my time trying to share this with you?

3. Disconnection: This simple action tells me that what is important to me is not as important to you. Anyone with me? You can see different types of phubbing in group settings. If you walk into any restaurant, you may see one or two partners not engaging, but heads down at their devices. You see this magnified in schools at lunchtime with scores of kids, feeling more comfortable playing online games than talking with their peers. You may see it in the grocery store

while people wait in line. Whenever and wherever there is an ounce of down time, pulling out your phone to do anything else except be bored seems to be the complete norm. DEFINITION According to Oxford Dictionary, phubbing is “the practice of ignoring one’s companions in order to pay attention to one’s phone or mobile device.” Phubbing was first coined in May 2012, so it is a relatively new term. However, in a recent study it was determined




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that almost 32% of people report being phubbed two to three times a day, while another 17% report they are the ones doing the phubbing. It has been established that phubbing happens regularly, but the big question is why? I have come up with two things I believe contribute to the problem: TECHNOLOGY IS VERY ADDICTIVE. It is addictive for both the young and old. According to Common Sense Media, the average time for a teenager to be using a device for entertainment purposes is seven hours and 22 minutes a day. For adults that number is

around five hours a day. App developers and owners are out to make profits and design their apps to change behaviors and make users want to keep using them. Their best tactics are learned from developers of Las Vegas casinos. WE HAVE GOTTEN WONDERFULLY COMFORTABLE BEING COMFORTABLE. It is simply easier to disengage. When we do this, we do not have to feel uncomfortable feelings like awkwardness, embarrassment, or boredom. On the flip side, phubbing causes people to miss out on the very important act of building real connections. As humans, connection is in our DNA. We need it to survive

mentally as well as physically. Researcher Brene Brown said, “A deep sense of love and belonging is an irresistible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, and spiritually wired to love, to be loved, and to belong. When those needs are not met, we don't function as we were meant to. We break. We fall apart. We numb. We ache. We hurt others. We get sick.” The addicting aspect, along with the comfort and ease of pulling out a phone whenever we are uncomfortable breeds disconnection. So, whether you are the phubber or the “phubbee,” here are three things that you can do to promote more respect and awareness in your life: 1. Create “No Phone Zones” where you and your family can plan on putting away the devices for some time and promote those meaningful interactions that you all need. 2. Practice being more mindful of your surroundings. When you have downtime, practice noticing the people around you more. 3. Make the impulse to pull your device out harder. Leave your phone in your car, purse, or backpack when you are around friends or family. 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 the Cache Valley to speak about healthy relationships with tech, and professionally mentors families that feel overwhelmed managing the tech in their home. Follow her on Instagram @techhealthyfam or email her at techhealthyfam@gmail.com.


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Safety Tips for Teen Drivers courtesy of SAFEKIDS WORLDWIDE

The teenage years are an exciting time for young people who have a new sense of independence in the car, whether it’s as a new driver or a passenger in a friend’s car. It’s also a time that can be both liberating and frightening for parents. The good news is our research confirms that parents can make a difference by talking with their teens about their expectations and setting some rules and boundaries. Teens tell us their parents are their best source for education and driver training. Parents: Spend as much time as you can with your new driver to help them hone their skills. THE HARD FACTS Every day, six teens are killed in a motor vehicle crash in the United States. In fact, crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, ahead of all other types of injury, violence, or disease.

TOP TIPS 1. It’s never too late to be a good role model. Your son or daughter has been watching what you do in cars since they were small and will model their good and bad behavior after what they see you do. Even if you’ve made mistakes, start doing the right thing today. 2. Buckle up on every ride, every time; front seat and back. Make buckling up a habit starting when kids are young. 3. Make a formal agreement with your teen driver, setting clear expectations about your family rules. Discuss different scenarios your new driver may encounter and what scares you about these situations. Define your zero-tolerance rules for driving, speeding, alcohol, and texting. 4. Make sure your teen gets at least 50 hours of practice with an experienced driver in a variety of road conditions. Check state law to find out what’s required, but don’t stop there if your child needs more time. 5. Limit the number of passengers that is allowed in the car with your teen. The risk for a fatal crash increases as the number of passengers increases. Every child is different, so set your rules based on your own assessment of your child. 6. Encourage your child to speak up if a driver of any age isn't driving safely and makes them feel scared. Provide them with alternative plans to get home, just in case.

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Designing and Delivering Happiness : The Fleur Market EMILY BUCKLEY

editor in chief

Arlette Michaelson and Terri James have been working together in the floral business for almost 15 years and have owned The Fleur Market together since 2015. If you visit their charming storefront at 320 North 100 East in Logan during business hours, you’ll likely be greeted by Arlette, who manages the day-to-day operations while Terri is working her other job, as a registered nurse at Logan Regional Hospital. But if you were to get a glimpse around the floral table in the afterhours when they are preparing for weddings, funerals, high school dances, and other special events, you would see Arlette, Terri, and the other members of their tightknit team, mother-daughter duo Elise and Lauren Haslam, working, sometimes all night, with HULU playing in the background and lots of laughter and conversation going on. continued on next page...

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continued from previous page... While Elise and Lauren are Terri’s literal sister and niece, respectively, the four enjoy a sisterhood in the flower shop. “We often spend more time together than we do with our actual families,” Arlette said. Both Terri and Arlette say their love for flowers began in childhood in each of their grandmothers’ flower gardens. Terri recalls her grandma’s beautiful tulip garden where she picked and arranged flowers and prepared small arrangements for her mother’s dinner parties. She has enjoyed honing her creative side through the floral business and as a counterbalance of the structure that is required in her nursing career. “My love for flowers also came from my grandma,” Arlette said. “She was a major gardener. She would let me pick and arrange flowers, and my dad is a landscape architect, so it is in me.” As for their floral design style, they say it is a ‘gathered garden’ look. “We both draw on our love of travel, and especially Paris,” Arlette said. Some people wonder if giving or receiving fresh flowers is “worth” it. Arlette and Terri are quick

What flower is a florist’s favorite? Arlette (left) says her top pick is the ranunculus and Terri (right) singles out the camellia.

to say yes. “Of course flowers die, but they are an experience,” Terri said. “You can see or smell a flower and be instantly transported back to a special time or place. Every time I smell a tulip I am immediately reminded of my grandma.” For Arlette, flowers connect her to nature and to God. “Where else can you find that kind of beauty?” she asks. No matter the occasion, whether it is at the bedside of a sick hospital patient or on someone’s wedding day, Arlette and Terri agree that flowers give people a moment of happiness. Early last year, as events were being canceled and businesses were suffering, Arlette and Terri shared concern over how the pandemic would affect their small business, but as Mother’s Day approached and people felt more need to connect with loved ones they couldn’t

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see, The Fleur Market stayed very busy. “[A friend of ours in the event business] pointed out that we provide a way for people to touch people without touching people, which became something really special during the last year,” Terri said. The Fleur Market has some clients who have a bouquet of flowers delivered once a week to keep ‘a little of the outside inside’ their homes. One woman sends flowers to her daughter once a week, and if she is out of town, she sends it on to someone who she thinks could use some cheer. Arlette says another fun part of their job is observing the interactions people have through floral deliveries. “We get to see the messages they send to each other, which are fun, special, and sometimes intriguing.” She added that their delivery drivers say they have the best job in the world, delivering happiness to people’s front doors.

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Arlette enjoys the planning and preparation part of the business and spends much of her time working with brides planning their special days. She says it is important to her to get to know them on a personal level so their flowers can be unique and representative of their personalities. “We often spend six months planning an event, and then have a short amount of time for it to all come together,” Arlette said. “Seeing that happen is my favorite thing — it is so rewarding.”

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Key Professionals Providing a System of Support ALDEN JACK

multi-tiered support system behavior MTIS coordinator, Cache County School District

The role of elementary school counselor is not new to education or to the Cache County School District. Previously, the school district has benefitted from a team of elementary counselors who worked between multiple school sites. With ongoing commitment from district administrators and the generous support of the Utah Legislature and the School-based Qualified Mental Health Grant, the District has been able to expand services this year to place one full-time counselor in each elementary school. With the following questions and answers, we hope to introduce you to our outstanding team of elementary counselors and assist you in knowing who they are, what they do, and how they can help your child. WHO ARE THE ELEMENTARY COUNSELORS? Our elementary counseling team is staffed with licensed school guidance counselors and social workers who we refer to collectively as “elementary counselors.” By putting both school counselors and social workers on the same team, we have created a unique group of professionals who work together to provide a variety of support to students and families in each school community. WHAT DO ELEMENTARY COUNSELORS DO? By design, each of our elementary counselors serves as a critical member of the school team and is attentive to student growth not only in academic skills, but also in their ability to navigate social situations, manage their emotional and mental health, and develop positive behaviors that support their transition to our secondary schools and college and career preparation. HOW MIGHT AN ELEMENTARY COUNSELOR HELP MY CHILD? It is very common for elementary students to need support from a trained mental health professional from time to time. Most students benefit from learning strategies such as mindfulness, deep

breathing, or basic problem-solving skills. Many students and families also benefit from learning additional strategies to cope with anxiety or depression, to learn positive friendship and social skills, or to regulate emotions related to processing divorce or the loss of a loved one. It is typical for elementary counselors to address student needs in a variety of ways: 1. Schoolwide Support: Elementary counselors seek to be integrated into the school community and to become a trusted and supportive adult for all students. They meet regularly with the principal to monitor the overall health of the school environment and to identify general skills and strategies that benefit all students. Counselors teach these general skills through classroom lessons and other school-wide initiatives. 2. Small Group and Individual Skill Instruction: With parental consent, elementary counselors may meet with individual students or in a small group format to provide skill instruction. Counselors often schedule

groups for needs such as managing stress and anxiety, or activities to help students develop friendships and practice social skills. 3. Connection to Community Providers: Your elementary counselor also serves as a liaison with community resources and service providers and can recommend steps to take when outside support might also be helpful for students. One example of this is our partnership with Bear River Mental Health, which allows an assigned therapist to work with the school counselor to provide additional support. HOW DO I GET MY CHILD CONNECTED WITH THE ELEMENTARY COUNSELOR? The school team meets regularly to review individual student needs. Your child’s teacher or a member of the school staff may reach out to you as needed to discuss concerns, share ideas, and help you connect with the counselor as needed. Parents may also request support from the counselor.

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Helping Children Develop A Strong Sense of Self FRANK SCHOFIELD

superintendent, Logan City School District

In the Disney movie Dumbo, the main character initially believes his ability to fly comes from a magic feather, plucked from the tail of a blackbird. It’s only when Dumbo loses the feather that he recognizes the talent that already existed inside of him and understands that his identity as a flying elephant was not dependent on possessing a magic feather. For those who are fans of the Marvel movies, this same lesson is illustrated in the movie Thor: Ragnarok. Early in the story Thor’s hammer is destroyed, and Thor believes his identity as the god of thunder is damaged because he no longer has the hammer. It is only after he has a vision of his father, Odin, that he understands that the hammer was simply a tool to control his power, not the source of it. Thor learns that his identity is not tied to the hammer, but rather to the power that already existed inside of him. A quick bit of trivia: There was a deleted scene from the movie where Bruce Banner clumsily attempts to explain this concept to Thor by referencing the story of Dumbo. The final movie was not damaged by not including this scene. The experiences of Dumbo and Thor illustrate the impact of having a well-developed sense of self, or a sense of personal identity. Having a strong sense of self means you have a deep understanding of what your personal morals and values are, you know what your likes and dislikes are, and you know what

your strengths are. You can look at your actions and behaviors objectively more often than not, and you’re more likely to do what you know is right, even if it goes against the grain. People with a strong sense of self reap the following benefits: • Confidence • Healthier friendships and relationships • Higher self-esteem • Self-awareness • Increased ability to live a life that’s in line with one’s values Because these outcomes are essential to a happy, successful life, it is worth examining how caregivers help children develop their own sense of identity at an early age. There are many resources parents can access to help them learn more about specific strategies they can use at home to help children develop their sense of self. One of these resources, calm4kids.org, includes a number of suggestions. Some of them include: 1. Label behavior instead of labeling the child. This is most often an issue when parents provide correction to a child. By labeling the behavior (i.e., “hitting your sister was a bad thing to do” vs. “you’re a bad brother for hitting your sister”), we can address the behavior without sending the message that they are a bad person, which then becomes part of their self-identity. 2. Provide children with opportunities for success. Give your child age-appropriate tasks she can complete

on her own. Doing so will give her a sense of pride and help build a “can-do” mentality. 3. Spend time together. A vital part of having a healthy self-concept is feeling loved and valued. Spend this time doing something fun and enjoyable for both of you and avoid criticisms or lectures during this quality time. 4. Support your child’s interests. Learn what your child is interested in and support him in mastering that skill or accomplishing his desired level of achievement. Feeling competent and good at something grows a positive self-concept. 5. Set reasonable rules and enforce them with loving kindness. Your rules should be age-appropriate and clear. These help your child to feel safe and learn how to manage herself. However, enforcing them with a heavy hand when your child steps out of bounds can actually erode the self-concept. It’s important to make sure your child knows that mistakes are a part of life and don't mean she’s a bad person. When giving consequences, keep your child’s dignity in mind. 6. Maintain a connected relationship. Being connected keeps the lines of communication open, and this is especially important as your child grows into adolescence. Knowing that she has you to talk to, that you will listen without casting out immediate judgment, and that you take her feelings seriously, will help her to feel supported, safe, and important. 7. Acknowledge effort and offer encouragement. Children need to know that first place isn’t the goal, but that personal best is a win, no matter what place that lands them. As she grows, her own self-evaluation will become important to her self-concept, and she needs to learn how to emphasize her strengths and accomplishments, even if there is no trophy. A healthy sense of self is the foundation for the positive development and the overall well-being of a child. Their success at school, at home, and with other social relationships will be influenced by what parents and caregivers have done to help children develop a positive sense of self. Just as happened with Dumbo and Thor, when children have a healthy sense of self, they see themselves as being loved, loving, and valuable, and they are better prepared to address whatever challenges or opportunities come their way.

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Travel is Back. Are You Ready? JESSICA DANA

travel advisor, One Swell Travel

With spring travel right around the corner, are you ready to travel in a post pandemic world? I know we sure are! We all know that when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world, travel came to a screeching halt. While the pandemic might not be completely over, travel is back and waiting for you and your family! The real question is are you ready? Are you ready to get out of the house, out of town, out of the cold, and have an adventure? If you answered yes, then here is what you need to know about what travel looks like now and how you can protect your family while you create fantastic memories.

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While traveling might seem scary right now, with the heightened sanitizing procedures, reduced capacities, required masks, and health screenings, there is actually less illness transmission than ever before when getting from one place to another. Hotels, resorts, airplanes, activities, and shopping centers, as well as many other places, have made massive improvements in their procedures and policies to improve the spread of bacteria. Maybe some of these things should have been put into place a long time ago, pandemic or not. The extra sanitation, cleanliness, crowd spacing, and easier cancelation policies are highly welcomed changes that hopefully stick around for a lot longer than government-regulated mandates. While travel is making a slow comeback, it is predicted to make a huge recovery in the near future as more regulations are lifted and people feel more comfortable. However, there are now more things to consider when planning your getaway. It is now more important than ever to make sure you are completely prepared to travel so that your vacation isn’t ruined by something that could have been prevented if you knew about it ahead of time. From knowing the current regulations where you are going to knowing if the swimming pool is open at the resort you will be staying at, there are many things that will affect the enjoyment of your adventure.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Bare Root Planting MARK ANDERSON

owner, Anderson’s Seed and Gard

Early spring is the best time to find bare root trees — both fruit and shade trees — and many other plants like berries and grapes. So, what does bare root mean and how do you successfully plant bare root plants? A bare root tree, shrub, or vine is a plant that is still dormant, and has no pot and/or no soil around its roots. Bare root plants have many advantages. First, the plant is dormant, so it will experience less transplant shock if treated correctly. Second, often you can find a better selection of fruits and plants because many nurseries offer more variety in bare root than in containers. And third, price. Bare root plants are generally 25 to 40% less expensive than container plants.

Planting bare root is not hard, but there are some steps that you must follow when planting. Follow these simple instructions for transplanting success. TIP #1 When purchasing your bare root plants, look for sturdy plants with strong stems, clean grafts, and no damage to the trunk or bark. The freshest root stocks have usually been hilled (covered) into large pots or barrels with a light soil/mulch combination. Do your best to make sure the roots have been covered and have remained moist during their time in the pots. TIP #2 Immediately upon arrival at home, soak them in

water or a root stimulator solution for 12 to 24 hours before planting to fully hydrate the root system. The number one cause of failure when planting bare roots is that the delicate feeder roots dry out and lose viability. Keep those roots moist! TIP #3 While the plants are soaking, dig the holes two to three times larger than the diameter of the root system, and deep enough so that the graft or crown of the roots will be just above the soil line. Remove any rocks or debris from the soil excavated from the hole. Add 25 to 30% of a compost or planting mix to the soil to help with drainage and moisture absorption. If your soil has a high clay content, or if you encounter

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hardpan at the bottom of the hole, it may help to dig the holes extra deep, then backfill with your soil mix to the correct depth. In heavy clay soils, we also recommend digging deeper around the outside of the hole, so that the center is higher, allowing excess water to drain away from the root system. Many newly planted trees and shrubs die from poor drainage and standing water more than from lack of water. TIP #4 Before planting (or right after planting), prune the tops. For trees, prune off any broken, dead or damaged, crisscrossing, and excess trunk branches. Depending on your desired tree form, leave four to six main branches and remove the rest. Head those branches back 1/3 to 2/3 of the length. This will help eliminate stress off the roots that have been damaged from digging and transport and help them bud more evenly. Only prune the roots if they are broken or diseased. Healthy roots will appear light brown, firm, and feel crisp — there may even be white, fine, new root hairs developing on older roots. Be careful not to damage those fine root hairs when planting. For shrubs, vines, and berries, we usually recommend pruning the plant back 25 to 50% to help compensate for root damage when they were dug. TIP #5 Add an inch or two of the soil/compost mixture into the bottom of the hole — some gardeners will even put a cone of soil in the center of the hole to help hold the tree or shrub in place while backfilling. Add a generous amount of Myke Tree and Shrub transplanter to the bottom of the hole and sprinkle the roots as well, so that they are evenly covered. Myke is a natural fungus that has a symbiotic relationship with your

plant’s roots that creates its own microscopic root system that searches out water and nutrient to sustain its host. This dramatically increases root development and mass, and the overall health of the new addition to your garden. TIP #6 Position the tree or plant in the hole so that the graft (the large knobby part found right between the trunk and the roots) or the crown (where the stem or leaves come out of the roots) is about one inch above the final soil line. If this graft is placed below the soil line, the tissue of the trunk can rot or send up unwanted suckers. If it is placed too high, the root tissue may be damaged by exposure to sunlight and weather extremes. TIP #7 Fill the hole back in with the soil/compost mixture. Make sure to get the soil in between the roots and tamp the soil down gently to remove air pockets. Fill the hole until the soil is back even with the existing soil line. Build up the soil in a ring around the outside diameter of the hole to make a nice, shallow pool to contain water, allowing it to soak in slowly and not run off. TIP #8 Water thoroughly with the water or root stimulator (Kangaroots is our all-time favorite natural root drench) mixture. Mix up more as needed. Water gradually until the soil is completely moist. Do not over-water. Depending on the daytime temperatures and the soil type, most trees and shrubs will only need watering once every five to 10 days. The best way to determine when to water is to dig down into the soil mix six to eight inches away from the trunk. If the soil is still damp down two to three inches, then you can wait another day or two to water. Check the soil again before watering. When the soil is feeling dry at a two- to threeinch depth, then it is time to water again. Make sure to use enough water to saturate the soil mixture completely. We recommend using the root stimulator on new bare root plants for the first three or four waterings. Now that you are equipped with all the know-how of bare root plants, there is no reason to hesitate. Get out there and plant some new additions to your yard with confidence and save yourself some money at the same time.

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Rumors Busted — An Inside Look at Business Changes in Cache Valley KATE NEELEY

contributing writer

You’ve totally done it. You’re out on a Saturday driving down Logan Main Street and your friend in the passenger seat says, “Did you hear they’re gonna put a Target in Logan!?” And you’re like, “No way! I would LOVE a Target in Logan!” Or maybe you’re scrolling Facebook and someone posts news that a Trader Joe’s is going to be moving into the vacant Shopko building and the comments are rolling in like nobody’s

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knows what businesses are coming and going in Logan? Kirk Jensen, economic development director for Logan, spends his days working with people and business plans to help keep the community growing and thriving. So, he’s in the know — for the most part. Even with his constant vigilance over what comes and goes in Cache Valley, there are some answers he simply doesn’t have yet. These sorts of


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decisions take time, especially during a global pandemic. In the past year, it is no secret that COVID has impacted the global and local economy in a big way. Logan has seen changes and halts on businesses over the past year unprecedented in recent history. According to Kirk, “the internet has changed things for traditional retailers,” which has caused many businesses to find innovative ways of functioning in a changing community. The good news is, he says, that some of these changes haven’t killed all growth. “It’s really about optimism.” In spite of some big challenges in the local

economic community, growth and positive change has and will continue to come about in Logan.

your seat, so here’s a rundown of some true facts about some of the businesses coming to Logan:

From grocery pickup to the Disneyland-esque efficiency of the new Chick-fil-A drive thru line, Logan certainly is seeing big changes. Seeing Shopko close its doors in 2020 was a sad day for many in the community, however, having the vacant parking lot has been providential for allowing that line of cars to function for the time being while dine-in is not an option for the Chick-fil-A sauce lovers in Cache Valley.

In the old Shopko Building on 1400 North and Main in Logan, construction is underway for a WinCo grocery store, a place that is unique for its massive supply of bulk foods. “Workers have been gutting the building to give it a new floor and new electrical wiring to get ready to open up,” Kirk said.

At this point, perhaps you’re on the edge of

Any In-N-Out Burger lovers in the Valley? Well, it’s time to get excited because there are confirmed plans for one going in at a central location in our community. “It’s all been through the city planning commission and won’t be too much longer before construction begins,” Kirk said. The location for the new In-N-Out is the vacant lot where there used to be a gas station and car wash on the northeast corner of 400 North and Main, near Juniper Take Out. Right across from the beloved Logan Tabernacle on Main Street, the Emporium, as it’s been known for many years, past home of The Copper Mill restaurant, will soon be knocked down to make way for a public plaza. According continued on next page...

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continued from previous page... to Kirk, this plaza will include, “a skating rink, a stage, some green space, and a splash pad,” and will likely be a location for small-scale concerts and local productions in coming years. A few more business plans in question can’t be fully confirmed, and all the details will continue to come to fruition, however you might be interested to know about some of these up-andcoming changes: On South Main Street, where Adam’s Wealth Advisors is located, construction for three or four commercial buildings was planned to move forward in early 2020, however the impact of the pandemic on the community halted that for a time, but it is now back on the radar. Kirk can’t say what businesses will fill those buildings as of now, but “plans are moving forward in the next few years.” There are some brand-new vacant spaces in three new commercial buildings near the Marriott and new Springhill Suites. Hopefully with dropping COVID case numbers and rising optimism, some businesses will fill those spaces soon.

There are some vacant stores in the Cache Valley Mall; what used to be JCPenney and Herbergers are still waiting to be filled. The Herbergers area has been leased to temporary business users like Spirit Halloween seasonally. There have been plans discussed for the mall location of Cal Ranch to be moved to the old Kmart building at 1750 North Main, which has now stood vacant for years. And Target? Yes, there is a conversation that there MIGHT be a smaller scale Target going into the vacant Macey’s 400 North location, but according to Kirk, plans have not been confirmed. The owners of that building are

actively looking for tenants after Vasa Fitness halted plans to fill that space due to COVID’s impact on the fitness industry. Target might be one of their targets, but not the only one. Keep your eyes open, but maybe don’t claim that you know yet. If 2020 taught you anything, learning to expect the unexpected should be one of them. As 2021 continues to march forward, there is a hopeful feeling in the air. Resilience is winning on numerous levels in the economic community. Despite some hard hits this past year, growth keeps making its way to Cache Valley.

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Cache Theatre Company’s Production of Matilda Set to Go On EMILY BUCKLEY

editor in chief

Last January, two local middle school-aged girls were double cast and gearing up to take turns performing the demanding lead role in Cache Theatre Company’s production of Matilda. Two weeks before the show’s opening, the COVID-19 pandemic hit Cache Valley and caused all large public gatherings to come to a screeching halt. The show was postponed indefinitely. Although disappointed, the girls, Ella Kelstrom, 11, a 6th-grade student at Thomas Edison South and Tessa Maughan, 13, a 7th-grade student at Spring Creek Middle School, and the rest of the cast, continued practicing individually in hopes that the show would eventually go on.

Ella Kelstrom (left) and Tessa Maughan (right) split the role of the title character in Cache Theatre Company's production of Matilda.

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Now, one year later, the show is indeed going on and the cast of 40 is finetuning their parts for what is sure to be a fantastic run. Matilda is a musical comedy based on a 1988 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. It tells the story of an extraordinary little girl with extraordinary powers. Matilda is the daughter of negligent parents and finds refuge from her trials in library books. Although school is not much better than home for Matilda, she finds companionship in her

teacher Miss Honey. The story is full of lessons of bravery and a little bit of mischief. The show’s staging and score have earned numerous honors, including five Tony Awards.

Tessa, on the other hand, has only performed on stage once before, as Tessie in her church group’s production of Annie, and says she is excited for this “big step up.”

Ella says this is her first lead in a local production, but has been part of the ensemble casts of various troops’ productions of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Joseph and the Technicolor Dream Coat, Once on This Island, Anastasia, Music Man, and Annie.

Asked what the hardest part of performing is, Tessa quickly says, “not messing up!” but the best part, the girls agree, is when the show ends and they hear applause from the audience. Cache Theatre Company president and show director Whitney Metz says the cast includes 12 children, and all but two were able to retain their roles from last year. “Two kids grew up too much in the last year and were moved up to the teen ensemble,” Whitney said. “The perseverance of these kids is inspiring. They have waited so long to perform.” Whitney says audiences can look forward to an outstanding presentation, including some surprises with a fly system, and a moving performance of the song “Quiet” with lyrics that are ‘very relatable’ after a chaotic year. The show is scheduled for eight performances at Ellen Eccles Theatre between April 30 and May 8, with Ella and Tessa each performing four times. Tickets are on sale now at cachetheatre.com or cachearts.org.

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Seven Ways to Promote Your Child’s Healthy Lifestyle CHERYL MAGUIRE

contributing writer

It’s important to keep your kids as healthy as possible to prevent getting sick. A child’s health encompasses physical, mental, and social well-being. My grandfather used to say, “If you have your health you have everything.” Here are some ways to promote healthy habits within your child: CREATE A BEDTIME ROUTINE AND REGULAR BEDTIME Sleep helps your brain function properly which improves learning. Studies show sleep deficiency increases the risk of obesity, heart

disease, stroke, and diabetes. Receiving the proper amount of sleep promotes appropriate growth and development, improves social interactions, and increases immunity against diseases. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH) recommends school-age children and teens should sleep for 9-10 hours per night. Bad sleep habits affect both physical and emotional health. One way to ensure your child is getting enough sleep is to create a scheduled bedtime based on when

they need to wake up in the morning. If you maintain the same bedtime every night, it will be easier to fall asleep and create a healthy habit. Another way to help your child receive the proper amount of sleep is to have a bedtime routine a half-hour before the expected sleep time. This routine will help your child relax which would then lead to falling asleep easier. Some suggested bedtime routines are reading, a warm bath, drawing, listening to soothing music, or other calming activities.

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READ FOOD LABELS According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), childhood obesity has more than tripled since 1970. Childhood obesity has both short- and long-term effects on a child’s physical, social, and emotional health. Reading and understanding food labels are ways for a child to figure out if a food is healthy to eat. The food label will demonstrate the number of calories, sugar, fat content, and also break down the percent of the recommended daily intake to help create a balanced diet. It also helps to become more aware of what you are eating since you might think a food is healthy, only to learn it isn’t after reading the food label. EXERCISE WITH YOUR KIDS The CDC recommends children and teens should be physically active for 60 minutes per day. Physical activity should include aerobic, strengthening, and bone-strengthening activities. If you exercise with your child and select something you both view as fun, you will be more likely to do it. Some suggested family activities are walking, running, hiking, dancing, biking, or a workout class or video. Create a

weekly, scheduled routine to incorporate it into your life and create a healthy habit.

enable a child to learn more effectively in the classroom.

LIMIT SCREEN TIME Screen time consists of watching television, playing video games, or using electronic devices. When a child is in front of a screen, they are typically sedentary and not interacting with others. A research study at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) found when kids have too much screen time they have difficulty understanding other people’s emotions. Dr. Leonard Epstein studied the effects of limiting screen time in obese children. The findings showed that when screen time was limited, children consumed 300-1500 fewer calories. Both of these research studies demonstrate the importance of limiting screen time to help children socially interact with others, eat fewer calories, and be more physically active.

DISCUSS PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL SAFETY According to the CDC, one of the leading causes of death in children is car accidents. One study found over 600,000 children did not use the proper car seat or seat belt, which could prevent death during a car accident. Other accidental deaths include drowning, fire/burns, guns, poisoning, and suffocation. To prevent injuries and death, it is important to discuss all of these potentially dangerous situations.

ENCOURAGE SOCIAL INTERACTIONS Encourage your child to develop healthy relationships with both peers and adults. Problem-solving, managing friendships, and understanding emotions are all necessary tools to develop positive mental health and also


Children and teenagers may be in situations when they are offered drugs or subjected to physical or sexual abuse. It is important to discuss with your child healthy and appropriate relationships. BE A HEALTHY ROLE MODEL Children and teens model their parent’s positive and negative behaviors. Research conducted at Duke University found kids were more likely to eat well and exercise if their parents modeled those behaviors. If you can model a healthy lifestyle in a way your child can observe and recognize, your child will most likely lead one as well.

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How Your Dentist Can Help You Get Better Sleep EMILY BUCKLEY

editor in chief

More than one billion people suffer from mildto-moderate obstructive sleep apnea, and as many as one in four go undiagnosed.

high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and liver problems.

Sleep apnea is caused by either an obstruction of the airway when the muscles in the jaw or throat relax, or when the brain doesn’t send proper signals to the muscles that control breathing, or a combination of those issues.

“The first choice and gold standard for the treatment of sleep apnea is a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine,” Dave Gordon, DDS, of Logan Peak Dental said. “CPAP machines are awesome and are a really good treatment for sleep apnea, but the problem is that an estimated 40% of people who are prescribed a CPAP machine aren’t able to tolerate it, whether because of the mask on their face or the way it dries out the tissue in their nose or mouth, so the machine ends up in a closet not being used.”

If not treated, sleep apnea can cause serious medical complications including daytime fatigue,

Dr. Gordon says an alternative treatment for sleep apnea, for patients who a CPAP machine isn’t

Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night's sleep, you might have sleep apnea.

working for, is a MAD (Mandibular Advancement Device) made by a dentist. These devices position the jaw forward a little bit while the person sleeps, allowing the airway to be cleared of the tongue or other tissue. “Many people who can’t handle a CPAP do much better with a MAD,” Dr. Gordon said. Dr. Gordon explained that there is a lot of research that suggests one of the main reasons we see sleep apnea at such epidemic proportions in our culture is because we have underdevelopment in our faces. In his office, Dr. Gordon offers patients a type of MAD called VIVOS, which addresses the reasons a patient may not be sleeping at night using a sophisticated algorithm to create a step-bystep path to correct craniofacial developmental deficiencies and relieve the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. This is a treatment that can be used nightly for life. “Sleep is a very basic human need,” Dr. Gordon said. “I think it is sometimes undervalued. I believe if we considered sleep at the forefront of handling many medical problems, we’d be better off.” Dr. Gordon explained that sleep apnea should be diagnosed by a medical doctor, but he or other qualified dentists can help guide patients through the process of diagnosis and finding the best treatment for them, whether it is a CPAP machine or a MAD.

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Summer Classes + Camps Guide

Cache Children's Choir

Cache Valley School of Ballet

MUSIC AND MOVEMENT SUMMER CAMPS: Register early. Space is limited.

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.

(435) 752-6260 (call or text) cachechildrenschoir.org

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. Listen to the Earth Ages 5 to 8 June 28 – July 1 Camp 1: 9 a.m. to Noon, ages 5 and 6* Campe 2: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., ages 6 to 8* *Siblings may register for the same session What sounds do you hear? What happens when we combine those sounds? Learn about music and listening with creative movement, simple instruments, singing games, and more with camp directors Ewa Wilczynski and Jill DeVilbiss. Includes t-shirt and one day at the Stokes Nature Center.

(435) 753-3633 cvcballet.org

Tueller School of Dance (435) 752-9154 tuellerdance.com 521 1/2 N. Main, Logan

Join us in 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 tuellerdance@gmail.com for more info. Come dance with us!

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)

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.

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Camp Zootah

(435) 790-9894 zootah.org/summer-camps education@zootah.org Join us this year at the zoo for a fun summer full of games, animal education, and more! We offer camps for ages 4 to 11! Get the chance to go behind the scenes with some of our favorite and special animals! Check our website for more information and registration.

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

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.

Beginner Class (ages 8 to 12) 10 a.m. to Noon Advanced Class (ages 13 to 18) 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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.

Cache Theatre Company cachetheatrecompany.com

Kids Camp July 19 – 30, Ages 8 to 14 Put together an entire play in just two weeks! Learn singing, dancing, and acting skills. Participate in the Pioneer Day Parade. Registration opens May 1. Limited enrollment available. Visit our website to register.

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.

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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!

(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!

For kids ages 8 and up: 3-D Camp, Cartoon Camp, and Art Around the World

INTENSIVES AND CAMPS 3-day Technique Intensives July 5 – 7 and July 19 – 21

New camp for kids ages 5-8: Junior Camp

3-day Ballet Intensive July 26 – 28

For adults: Basics of Drawing and Painting and Portrait Camp!

1-day Intensives Hip Hop – August 2, Acro – August 3, and Tap – August 4 Princess Camp – Voted Best of Cache Valley: July 12 – 14

Logan Music Academy

Highpoint Tumbling

(435) 265-6691 loganmusicacademy.com

(435) 753-7500 sportsacademy.com

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Vocal Camp June 21 – 25, 10 a.m. to Noon Vocal camp for girls ages 6 to 12

Ongoing, year-round tumbling and gymnastics classes for toddlers through competitive teams. Check our website for current schedule.

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 (Save $10 with registration before May 15!)


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