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Officer Bagshaw was honored at the city council meeting for going above and beyond the call of duty. Photo courtesy of Cottonwood Heights City



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Scrooge and Second Chances By Alisha Soeken


n the timeless tale of “A Christmas Carol,” Ebenezer Scrooge, a callous miser, is given a second chance to live a better life. The Desert Star Playhouse in Murray City was also given a second chance at life when it was purchased and renovated instead of being torn down. Before that purchase the theater saw much of life and many second chances. The Desert Star Playhouse has enjoyed a long life. In it’s infancy it was called the Gem. It saw silent movies accompanied only by a piano, and remembers a world when radios, refrigerators and a woman’s right to vote were only a recent luxury. In the 1930s the Gem had it’s first second chance, as it was rebuilt and expanded into the Iris Theater. With its Art Deco style facelift, it was a building like no other in Murray. It showed blockbusters like “Gone With The Wind” and rare Swedish films for immigrants brought to Murray by the smelters. During the Great Depression, owner Tony Duvall would let children see movies for free or in exchange for scrap metal. After the Great Depression, the Desert Star continued to see change in its name and ownership. But in 2000 when Murray City recommended demolishing it, Mike and Alyce Todd gave it it’s most crucial second chance, by purchasing and saving it from demolition. The value of a second chance is immeasurable, if seized as Scrooge did to become a better person. Today the Desert Star is a dinner theater known for its parody plays and family -friendly comedy. The proof of its positive roll is observed in the lives of those who work at

the theater, both past and present. “The Desert Star has made a positive impact on my life in so many ways. It was my first job and where I had always hoped to perform. After auditioning many times, I was cast in “The Hungry Games,” fulfilling my dream, almost 10 years after I started working there. I also gained experience in light and sound unmatchable to any theater, made lifelong friends and to this day love seeing the fun shows they put on,” actor Katie Terry said. The Desert Star’s current show is, “Ebenezer Scrooge: His Nightmare Before Christmas.” It’s about Ebenezer’s life after he decides to reform. “I love the idea of a sequel to ‘A Christmas Carol,’ exploring the other side of being generous. The idea that just because you turn into Mr. Nice Guy on one Christmas morning doesn’t necessarily make up for years of being a compete jerk,” cast member Dan Larrinaga,who plays Bob Cratchit, said. The effort that goes into producing a show at the Desert Star is enormous. Cast member Tyrus Williams said, “We start working on all aspects of the show five weeks before we open, and have 15-20 rehearsals,” Larrinaga added,. Because we rehearse while the current show is still in production and the new show opens only four days after the old show closes, as you can imagine that’s not much time, so the work is fast and furious. It’s a challenge but like it or not, it makes you a better performer.” As proven by Williams, cast members are not only great performers. “I wear a lot of hats at the Desert Star. I design scenery and props for

Dan Larrinaga, Ivin Conatser, Lee Daily, Ed Farnsworth, Jennifer Aguirre, and Kerstin Davis. Photo courtesy of Desert Star Playhouse.

the shows, I occasionally run lights, do sound, and manage the stage. I’m also in charge of the general store and all the holiday decorations and lobby displays,” Williams said. Unlike what Williams and Larrinaga will do in their show, Charles Dickens never told of the life that Ebenezer Scrooge lived after receiving his second chance. The Desert Star was given that chance more then once, and for more then 85 years has seized it, as Scrooge did, to give of itself remarkably to others. Visit that historic building, watch a show, laugh, and in the words of Larrinaga, “By the end of that show, I hope people will simply have been entertained, feeling better than when

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Holladay Man Recognized for Dedication to Community Garden Benefitting Local Refugees By Brian Jones ocal residents who drive past the large, In addition to serving as a consistent “Some of these people spent 10 or 15 rural-looking parcel of land at 4500 South source of sustainable food for the local com- years in camps, and yet remain ambitious, and 2700 East in Holladay surely cannot fail to munity of refugees always in need of assis- happy people,” Fetzer said. “We’re absolutely notice the green oasis floating in a sea of sub- tance, the garden also holds gardening classes thrilled to have them here.” urban development. Chances are good, though, free of charge for the public, provides opporFetzer also really enjoys the process of inthey don’t know what it is, and even better that tunities for unique learning experience for the volving local school children in the experience they don’t know how it came to be or what pur- local elementary school and offers service op- of working at the garden. He says about a quarpose it serves. portunities for Boy and Girl Scout organiza- ter of the garden’s grow boxes are reserved That oasis is the Mount Olympus Com- tions. for the children attending nearby Howard R. munity Garden, a privately owned and comFor Fetzer, though, what he most enjoys Driggs elementary school. The children come munity-run garden that not only serves the public at large, but also provides food for the sizeable community of foreign refugees living in the Holladay area. On Oct. 31, the Rocky Mountain Region of the National Garden Clubs presented Holladay resident Paul Fetzer with an award recognizing The food grown at the Mount Olympus Community Garden supports Holladay’s refugee community. Photo courtesy of Salt Lake County his role in organizing the garden and his ongoing involvement with its about being part of Mount Olympus is see- to the garden in waves and learn about gardening how different members of the community ing, while getting some enjoyable hands-on operation. The Mount Olympus Community Garden, bring their own individual styles and interests experience. started with private funds and maintained by to the garden. “We plant everything from flowers to ber“The best part of the garden is seeing the in- ries to potatoes, and the kids have a lot of fun the provision of volunteer services, recently completed its fourth summer serving the res- terchange between the refugees’ styles and ideas with that,” Fetzer said. “They come plant in idents of Holladay. Funded by numerous pri- with the local way of doing things,” he said. the spring, I take care of it in the summer, and Many of the refugees involved with the in the fall the kids come back and take care of vate donations, none more prominent than Dry Creek Charities, the garden provides several garden spent years in refugee camps before ulti- the eating.” mately making their way to the Salt Lake Valley. valuable services to the community. On the face of his award from the Na-



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Cottonwood Heights Arts Council Annual Christmas Concert To Feature Local Musician Peter Breinholt By Brian Jones


his year’s community Christmas concert is only the third such annual event organized by the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council. Judging by the quality of the show the council is putting on, however, one might reasonably conclude the council has been doing this sort of thing for many years. The 2015 Cottonwood Heights Christmas Concert, to be held at Butler Middle School on Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m., will feature local musician Peter Breinholt and pianist David Tolk. The Arts Council was ecstatic with how last year’s concert turned out, and according to Becky Henriksen, the council’s chairperson, all indications are that this year’s show will be an even bigger success. “Last year we had 450 or 500 people in attendance. If we get even that many this year we’ll be thrilled, but we think there will likely be many more. We’re hoping to double last year’s attendance, and I think there’s a real chance of that,” Henriksen said. One reason for such optimism is the exposure of the concert in the community. The profile and interest in the event have grown each of the past three years. The main reason the council feels so optimistic about this year’s turnout, though, is the talent they’re putting on stage. Henriksen feels like getting Breinholt for this concert is somewhat of a coup, and is a rare opportunity for local residents to see an amazing talent at a great bargain. As evidence of this, Henriksen points out that he will be performing later in the month at the Rose

Wagner Performing Arts Center downtown for nearly double the price of a ticket to the Cottonwood Heights Christmas concert. Breinholt, who was born and raised in Pennsylvania and now resides in Holladay with his wife and four children, rose to fame as a local musician while a student at the University of Utah, and has steadily gained a significant following around the country and within the state ever since. The council is not only pleased that this year’s concert is featuring such a well-known musician, but is particularly excited that he’s a local. This year’s concert actually will not be Breinholt’s first appearance locally, as he performed at last year’s Christmas concert, sharing the stage with the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council Orchestra. This year, although Breinholt will be joined onstage by a new Cottonwood Heights Women’s Choir, Henriksen expects he will get the lion’s share of the performance time. “Our women’s choir is relatively new, but we think they’re really great,” Henriksen said. “And Peter Breinholt is just an amazing draw. We’re so excited to have him again.” While the music is the focus of the show, the annual concert is ultimately about bringing local residents together for something special, which makes Breinholt a perfect fit for the event. Henriksen sees Breinholt as not only a great musician, but someone who genuinely cares about his community. Last year, in addition to performing at the Christmas concert,

For the second year in a row, Peter Breinholt will perform at the Cottonwood Heights annual Christmas Concert. Photo courtesy of Cottonwood Heights City.

he participated in a community outreach event for local children. “It was an amazing experience. He went into local schools to talk to the kids about his profession and following their dreams,” Henriksen said. “It gave residents a real sense of connectedness to him as an artist and a member of the community, and it made people even more excited about his appearance at the concert.” Despite the council’s expectation of a

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Police Officer Recognized for Lifesaving Acts of Compassion


he Cottonwood Heights City Council meeting held on Nov. 10 at city hall was nowhere near ordinary. Vicki Bagshaw, a police officer serving for Cottonwood Heights for about six months, was recognized for her going above and beyond services by Blanche Bills, a resident of Cottonwood Heights. Police Chief Robby Russo acknowledged her services as well. Blanche Bills was involved in a serious car accident on Oct. 19. Recalling her experience, she described the scene. It was an average day, much like any other. She had been driving in Cottonwood Heights, and stopped at a red light on 1700 East Fort Union Boulevard. She looked in her rearview mirror as she stopped, verifying that everything was normal. As she patiently waited for the light to grant her permission to proceed, she became aware of an overwhelming feeling to look in her rearview again. That’s when she saw it -a car headed straight towards her at full speed. She knew she was going to be hit and there was nothing she could do to prevent it. The next thing she could remember was waking up in the hospital. The missing pieces of the story were put together after she regained consciousness. The driver had been busy looking for a cell phone charger when the accident occurred. Upon impact, Bills hit her chest and head against the steering wheel and was immediately knocked unconscious. “It was lights out” for her, Bills said. Upon arriving at the scene, Officer Vicki Bagshaw paid immediate attention to the unconscious Blanche Bills behind the wheel. Officer Bagshaw did not leave when the paramedics arrived, but stayed by Bills’ side. She

even accompanied her to the hospital to give the medical crew vital information that assisted in saving her life. Bagshaw was determined to stay with Bills until she knew for a fact that she was okay, which consisted of 10 hours in the hospital, waiting for her to awaken. “She stayed with me until right before I was leaving the hospital,” Bills said. Bagshaw could have gone about her day like normal, but “she didn’t leave until she heard from me that I was okay.” Bagshaw’s worry didn’t subside. After Bills returned home, Bagshaw visited her many times to check up on her. She would occasionally bring presents, including a BuildA-Bear dressed up that resembled Bills. It’s out of the ordinary to “have an officer care so much about you,” Bills said. Blanche Bills recognized that she is still “here because of Officer Bagshaw” and is extremely grateful for her. She wanted to express her appreciation to Bagshaw, saying “I’ll be damned if this goes unrecognized,” she deserves recognition for the “good she does for the community.” Two of the Bills’ four children participated at the meeting. They know Bagshaw’s quick thinking and beautiful handling of the situation is the reason they still have their mom today. “Vicki is a hero in our household and a new member to our family,” Bills said. As tears filled her eyes, Bills presented Bagshaw with a beautifully engraved glass vestige, saying “we had this made for you because we love you.” Before Bagshaw could step down, Robby Russo, Chief of Police for Cottonwood Heights told her not to go anywhere. He informed her that he knew another situation

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Police Chief Robby Russo and resident Blanche Bills praise Officer Vicki Bagshaw for acts of service. Photo courtesy of Dan Metclaf Jr., PIO for Cottonwood Heights

“Vicki is a hero in our household and a new member to our family,” Blanche Bills said about Officer Bagshaw.

when Bagshaw had gone above and beyond the call of duty and wanted to share the story. A call came in one day about a barking dog. Vicki Bagshaw was the officer to respond and she found the dog outside the home of a 94-year-old woman who had fallen but was still conscious. Once again, Bagshaw’s worry did not stop after the elderly woman received care. For three months after the call, she would visit the woman, almost daily, in her spare time. During her visits, they would read, sing and share stories of childhood. The woman passed away recently, at which time her son expressed his appreciation to Chief Russo. Bagshaw was unaware that her department knew about her regular visits to the elderly woman. Russo relayed the gratitude to Bagshaw while recognizing her selfless efforts. “I’m very proud to call her one of ours,” Russo said.

After Chief Russo had finished, Mayor Cullimore expressed his appreciation to Officer Bagshaw for “going the extra mile”. He wanted to extend the “recognition to the whole crew,”saying how much “we appreciate them.” Proud of the Cottonwood Heights Police Department -- he said that it is unfortunate that it is “the ones who make mistakes that get recognized” instead of the “ones who go above and beyond and don’t get recognition.” He thanked Bagshaw and her crew, who were showing support in the back of the room, for their service. Bagshaw turned to leave through an audience of fellow officers, Cottonwood Heights residents, media reporters, city workers, boy scouts and Bills’ family, seated in the city hall chamber. She received one more surprise as every individual in the room rose to give her a l standing ovation with tears in their eyes.


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Cottonwood Heights Business Association’s Upcoming Events By Cassandra Goff


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ottonwood Heights Business Association (CHBA), which is comprised of over 100 local businesses, was created approximately six months ago and continues to grow. The CHBA will be hosting a variety of events over the next few months. An open house will be held on Thursday, Dec. 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Cottonwood Heights City Hall, 1265 Fort Union Blvd, in the first floor training room. Cottonwood Heights is hosting a Sub for Santa for a local family and asks the businesses of Cottonwood Heights to “bring a gift for the family to the open house,” Peri Kinder, business development city employee, said. On two different Wednesdays this

month, Dec. 2 and Dec. 16, Cottonwood Heights Business Association will be hosting networking open houses for local businesses to connect with other Cottonwood Heights businesses. This will be held at city hall as well, in the first floor training room from 7:30 to 9 p.m., both days. Any and all Cottonwood Heights businesses are invited to attend. CHBA will also be hosting a business-to-business expo on Friday, Jan. 22. This will be located at the Hyatt Place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cottonwood Heights businesses can get a table for $50. The event is free to attend for anyone in the valley, including Cottonwood Heights businesses and residents. To learn more about the Cotton-

wood Heights Business Association or these events visit their Facebook or Twitter page at https://www.facebook.com/ CHBusinessAssociation or https://twitter.com/CHBABiz. Any questions about the open houses, tables, or what Santa needs to bring to a local family, contact Peri Kinder, business development employee, at pkinder@ch.utah.gov l

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ences between bike lanes to the residents that were in attendance. Currently, Salt Lake valley has three different categories of bike lanes. Category one is a bike lane that is separated from the road with a physical barrier. Category two is a bike lane separated from the road with paint, much like Bengal Boulevard had implemented over the summer. Category three is a bike lane that shares the road with cars, much like many of the bike lanes in downtown Salt Lake City. Cottonwood Heights also has Urban Trails that are specifically for biking and running. Many resident questions involved categories, planning and maintenance. In addition, there were many safety concerns. Dennis Iverson, Cottonwood Heights resident, had concerns about category three bike lanes. He doesn’t want

to see any roads where there is a painted bike symbol in the middle, implying that cars and bikes respectfully share the lane. “Putting a sticker on the road doesn’t make it safer,” he said. He would like to see wider lines so there is room for designated bike lanes. He “really appreciates Cottonwood Heights doing something” about the issue. Nancy Hardy, an involved resident of Cottonwood Heights, brought up the issue of Jersey Barriers. “Jersey Barriers should be moved out to widen bike lanes along Wasatch until a permanent bike lane is created for safety of bikers,” she said. The draft plan is to be revised with resident comments and suggestions in mind, and will be presented to the council in late January or February of 2016. l

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Whitmore Library Makes New Improvements with Residents in Mind By Cassandra Goff


uring a city council meeting on Oct. 27, Whitmore library representatives discussed the improvements made to the library over the summer with Cottonwood Heights City Council. Whitmore Library was closed most of the summer to make improvements. On Sept. 19, the doors to an improved local library were opened. 1,500 people attended the grand reopening and made 4,000 checkouts. The library improvements include new LED lighting, new carpet, restructured check-out desk and a bigger teen area. The public computers have been upgraded and new screens have been added. An additional check-out in the children section of the library has been added to make library visits easier for families. An entrance from the North parking lot has also been added. Jobnow is a new service at Whit- The improved Whitmore Library. Photo courtesy of Dan Metclaf Jr., PIO for Cottonwood Heights more Library. It is an online help site designed for assistance with resumes are certified teachers or professors are on the December 2 at 7 p.m. -- Christmas and interviews. This is free with a library card. other end of the connection for live interaction. Creations with Angel Shannon for adults/ Brainviews, a new online tutoring pro- Brainviews is a national program that is avail- teens.  Learn to make a tabletop tree and holigram, has been added for students visiting able from 2 to 7 p.m. on the weekdays. It is day snowflakes. the library. Designed with young students and free with a library card. December 8 at 10:30 a.m.  -- The Little adult learners in mind, professional tutors that Upcoming Events at Whitmore Library Snowplow story time with author Lora Koe-


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By Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams

How Salt Lake County Expects to Drastically Reduce Homelessness


hen I’m asked about homelessness in the county, the question can be either, “Isn’t the situation better than it’s ever been?” or “Isn’t it worse than it’s ever been?” Both questions reflect truth. Over the past 10 years, Utah has nearly solved the problem of chronic homelessness—defined as people who have experienced homelessness longer than one year and also have a disabling condition. The

number of chronically homeless in Utah has dropped 91 percent, to fewer than 200 people. But the faces of homelessness are varied and are always changing. From the woman and her children who become homeless due to domestic violence, to the teenagers who “age out” of foster care, to the veterans who struggle with complex health needs, the causes differ. When you figure that out, it leads to a different conversation about what should be done about it. A year ago, that conversation began. It was started among two groups led by Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County. The city’s group was chaired by former Salt Lake City Mayor Palmer DePaulis and community leader and philanthropist Gail Miller. They focused on the grow-

ing demand facing the Road Home shelter facility near Pioneer Park. I co-chaired a county effort which brought all the many excellent providers of homeless services together as one problem-solving group. In October, that group, which includes the YWCA, the Crossroads Urban Center, the Housing Authority, Volunteers of America, the 4th Street Health Clinic, Catholic Community Services, the LDS church, the United Way, and the Pioneer Park Coalition (31 partners in all), unanimously agreed on 14 shared outcomes to guide our work moving forward. It begins with our commitment to ensure that everyone in our community has a safe place to live. Today we recognize that even though we spend collectively $52 million a year on homelessness, we aren’t achieving these 14 outcomes. Everyone is trying hard. Everyone is doing good work. But until we agreed to come together and all pull in the same direction as a team, we can’t harness all that good work for the best results. We all want a system that makes sure people are safe, receive efficient service delivery and are able to focus on self-sufficiency so that they can live stable and rewarding lives. The week of Thanksgiving, both groups came together to make an important announce-

ment. Any facilities that serve the homeless populations going forward must be built and located where services needed can also be delivered. We start with the outcomes we want to achieve, select indicators that honestly measure how we’re doing and then put the money and the programs in place to accomplish those outcomes, such as diverting individuals and families from emergency shelters whenever possible and working to prevent homelessness from happening. The consequences of failing to measure the impact of our programs and continually improve the system’s effectiveness go well beyond wasting scarce tax dollars. Every time a homeless person participates in a program that doesn’t work—but could have participated in one that does—that represents a human cost. We’ve pledged to move forward in unison to minimize homelessness in our community. That’s what Utah is known for—a place where we come together to build a safe, healthy and l prosperous community for all.

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Oakwood Elementary Honors Mathu Crandall as Kiwanis Club Teacher of the Year


t Oakwood Elementary school, students in Mr. Crandall’s 5th-grade class know to expect the unexpected. After all, a simple lesson on chemical reactions might end with Mentos candy exploding in Pepsi, or students might learn about electricity by building their own electrical circuits using Christmas lights and paper clips. Not to mention the outfits: students often arrive at school to find “Mr. C” dressed up like a gorilla or an Elvis impersonator in blue suede shoes. Former students claim that Crandall can make any subject fun,

By Stephanie Lauritzen “even math,” and office administrator Holly Fairbanks notes that students “hate missing school” since an absence inevitably means missing out on something new and exciting. In recognition of his efforts at the school, parents, friends, coworkers, and Principal Dianne Phillips all wrote letters nominating Mathu Crandall for this year’s Kiwanis Club Teacher of the Year Award. Crandall was selected as the winner from a pool of applicants from over 150 Utah schools, and Fairbanks helped collect and organize the dozens of let-

ters written in his support. Each letter of recommendation recognized a different service Crandall provided to the school and community, from his efforts as a volunteer fireman during the summer to his participation as “loaned legs,” in local races, in which he runs with special needs students in over 20 events per year. He is a guaranteed cheerleader at student’s extracurricular sports games, and manages to win every fundraising competition offered by the school. But when asked what really makes Crandall special, Fairbanks emphasized his devotion to his students, and his remarkable ability to make each child feel special and important. “He really cares, and really listens to the kids; he values their opinions and treats them like adults. Kids can tell when someone genuinely likes them. He gets to know every single student, and makes everyone feel important.” PTA presi- Mathu Crandall runs races as “loaned legs” with a special needs student Holly Richardson shares Fair- dent. Photo courtesy of Holly Fairbanks bank’s high opinion of Crandall. In her letter of recommendation, Richardson praised Crandall for his enthusi- beyond his own classroom. Freyja Robinson’s asm and school spirit. “His class has a unified recommendation letter shared her child’s exfeel because he teaches them the importance of perience racing with Crandall as her “loaned pulling together to achieve goals. They cheer legs.” She described the loving and affectionand encourage each other.” ate relationship shared between the pair, even Fellow educators, including the school’s though her daughter does not communicate principal, recognize Crandall’s innovative verbally. learning strategies, especially Crandall’s use “Elizabeth was in heaven… Her eyes light of technology in the classroom. While students up when she knows it is race day! Mathu is an may learn percentages using Hershey candy amazing man with a huge heart for all children. bars and earn pancake breakfasts for com- He talks to Elizabeth not at her! It is amazing pleting their reading logs, Phillips notes that the bond the two of them have formed.” students also learn with advanced technology, Crandall now races with Robinson’s preparing them for future learning opportuni- three-year-old twins, with similar results. “He ties. has an amazing amount of compassion and “His goal is to get his students to use love for these kids. It’s never about him or technology to complete their assignments and his race time, it is always about the child he show creativity in the process.  Not only is this is racing with and how he can make sure they method of teaching working, but the students are having the best time of their lives. We are love to participate in class,” Phillips said. blessed by his service and compassion. Mathu l Crandall’s support of students extends far is a true hero in our lives!”

Oakwood Elementary Grandparent’s Day Celebrates Students and Families By Stephanie Lauritzen


akwood Elementary School celebrated Grandparent’s Day on Sept. 22 and 23. Grandparent’s Day is a favorite school tradition, giving students and grandparents (or any caregiver who loves an Oakwood Owl,) a chance to experience and explore the school together. Students invited their guests to the school for a special lunch in the gym, with decorations and flowers provided by the PTA. The PTA also provided a photo booth to capture the fun. In conjunction with Grandparent’s Day, the school hosted the annual book fair, allowing grandparents and students to shop for books together. All proceeds from this year’s fair went directly to the Oakwood Elementary library. Grandparents arrived at the school greeted by a “We Love Our Grandparents!” banner, and Oakwood Elementary office administrator Holly Fairbanks described the event as “our favorite day of the school year.” Fairbanks noted that students loved “showing off” their grandparents to teachers and peers, and grandparents and loved ones were excited to show their support of the school. Grandparent’s Day is one of the many family-oriented events sponsored by the Oakwood Elementary PTA. Other upcoming programs and events include the chess club, Art Night, and several volunteer teach-

Grandparent’s Day Banner at Oakwood Elementary. Photo courtesy of Holly Fairbanks

ing opportunities for parents and family members. “Meet the Masters,” is an art education program providing volunteers with training in various art styles. Volunteers are then assigned a specific artist or style to teach the students each month. Musically inclined community members can volunteer with the “Owl Chorale” music classes and concerts. Parents and guardians can contact Megan Woodward via the school for more information regarding PTA membership and l volunteer opportunities.



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A Wall of Honor Celebrates Veterans at Butler Middle School By Stephanie Lauritzen


ifteen years ago, Butler Middle School media specialist Jennifer Van Haaften wanted to find a way for students and their families to honor their loved ones serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. With the help of the student body, she created a Wall of Honor at the school, where the Butler Middle community could submit the names of friends, family and neighbors to be recorded on bricks of paper and hung in the school’s common area. The tradition continued this year, with the school honoring veterans by “posting the name of each veteran, the branch of service, years of service, name of the conflict or war during which the veteran served, and the name of the person submitting and the relationship,” Van Haaften said. Butler Middle School students begin assembling the Wall of Honor In addition to creating the Wall recognizing veterans in the “Butler Family.” of Honor, students attended a special Veterans Day assembly on Nov. 11. At the assembly, the name of each veteran hope that by connecting each person to our submitted to the wall was read and photos subButler family, our students will recognize how mitted by friends and families were displayed. important our veterans are,” Van Haaften said. Students from the school band, orchestra and The Veterans Day assembly also honchoir participated in the assembly by performored the three veterans from the Butler Miding a medley of patriotic songs. dle School staff: Mr. David Olsen who served “It is important for our students to honin the Army, Mr. Joseph Marriot who served or and recognize the sacrifice made by all the with the Marines, and Mrs. Pam Tafili who members of our military to keep us safe. We l served in the Navy.


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At Olympus Junior, Art after Hours Explores Creativity Outside the Classroom By Stephanie Lauritzen


lympus Jr. High art teacher Kaitlin Baer wanted to create a new type of student art studio -- one where artistic ability flourished outside the pressure of formal grades and curriculum requirements. Her solution, the Art after Hours Program, allows students from Olympus High, Evergreen Jr. High and Olympus Jr. High to meet after school for free art instruction and lots of creativity. “I wanted to give students the opportunity to make art without getting graded,” Baer said. “Art after Hours creates an opportunity for less-structured creativity. We provide all sorts of different supplies, and we let students see what art can be like in a studio setting.” On Nov. 10, students from all three schools came to Olympus Jr. to learn more about bookmaking, pottery and oil painting. Local artist Robert McKay volunteered to help students practice painting portraits in oil paint, using a live model to teach about light and composition. Baer was grateful for McKay’s willingness to help students learn more about art, because “it’s important for students interested in pursuing art as a career to interact with a working artist.” While Art after Hours certainly benefits students interested in an art career, Baer is quick to emphasize that the program is for all students, even those not currently enrolled in art classes, or planning to study art after high school. She notes that increased curriculum

demands and dwindling resources for artsbased electives can make it hard for students to explore creative pursuits.

their academic schedule, to get a chance to experience an important part of education,” Baer said.

Students work with local artist Robert McKay to paint portraits in oil.

“Even in the art classes themselves, teachers are required to teach to a set curriculum. We do follow the curriculum, and it is important, but there is a big need for students who want to learn more, or who don’t have time in

Baer believes studying art adds value to all aspects of a student’s education. “Learning how to express yourself with art is a form of problem-solving, and the ability to find new solutions to various problems is a part of every

job field.” While many schools are increasing their efforts to teach S.T.E.M skills (science, technology, education, and math), Baer says her fellow art teachers wish parents and educators would consider the value of S.T.E.A.M skills, including art as part of the teaching equation when preparing students for jobs requiring innovative thought. “All of those subjects traditionally included in the S.T.E.M acronym are about more than memorizing equations. Creativity is important. Developing artistic ability can help students transition those creative-thinking skills to any other job, and any other subject,” she said. In order to recognize students participating in the program, Baer ensures that their artwork is displayed in the halls at Olympus Jr. She believes it is important for the community to see student achievements that would otherwise be limited to the walls of her classroom. In her goal to expand the Art after Hours program, Baer also plans to open the student art studio to the community so parents and school faculty to see student accomplishments. “This is the first year of our program, and so far we have had a great turnout from students, but we really want the rest of the community to be involved. We’ve only hosted the event a few times, but we want to make art a l staple in our community,” she said.

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Skyline Eagles Soaring For The State Championship Title


ovember 9 marked the first day that division 4A high schools could officially begin girls basketball practice. For Skyline head coach Lynette Schroeder, the beginning of the season means holding the first round of tryouts, meeting new players and getting an idea of how her team is shaping up. “Tryouts went really well,” Schroeder said. “We had 30 girls come out for the season this year, which is probably the most I’ve had in the four years I’ve been coaching here. For some schools, tryouts with 30 girls is small, but for us that was about eight more girls than I usually get.” By the end of the day on Nov. 10, after two days of tryouts, 25 girls were named part of the Eagles girls basketball team. Out of 15 girls selected to play varsity, only one player, junior shooting guard Hannah Zelenyanszky, has significant experience playing on the varsity team. “I’m excited about the new girls on varsity,” Zelenyanszky said. “Everyone is very mature and talented and hard working and I think it’s going to be a great season.” Aside from welcoming five new freshmen to the team, the Eagles team dynamics have changed due to the fact they’re down five seniors from last year. “The three seniors that we have this year are good leaders,” Schroeder said. “They know what this program holds and they know what the coaching staff expects from the team and

so they will be able to help with the dynamics of the younger girls by getting them on the same page.” Though the team of 25 is split amongst three sub-teams, the Eagles have more underclassmen this year than ever before. With sophomores and juniors making up a majority of the Skyline team, Schroeder is happy with the team’s young talent and is confident in the girls’ ability to win this season. “Even though the majority of the team has never played varsity, the girls were still in our program and saw the commitment level and work ethic that needed to be performed in order to get to State, and I think that’s really going to work toward our advantage,” Schroeder said. Prior to the official start of the season, many of the players attended independent practices, shoot arounds, and pick-up games. “We don’t have a lot of experience as one on the varsity level, but we do have a lot of experience together as a group,” senior point guard and team captain Kayla Alvarez said. “And so far we’ve done a really good job at executing on that varsity level.” The Eagles’ biggest challenge this season will be finding a strong balance between offense and defense. In the past three years, Skyline has been one of the top three defensive teams in the state of Utah. “In the past we’ve been really strong defensively, but never anywhere near that on

By Sarah Almond

The Skyline girls basketball varsity team smiles for a photo during pre-season practice. Only one experienced varsity player is returning to the team this season.

offense,” Schroeder said. “We’ve always been in the middle of the pack offensively. But this year, the dynamic has definitely changed. We have lots of offensive options, but as of right now, we aren’t where we’ve been defensively in years past.” Now that the official season is underway, the Skyline girls are working hard to improve their defense and become a better team on the court. With two-hour practices, six days a



week, Schroeder and the girls are certain they will be ready for their first non-conference game against Brighton on Dec. 1. “The only thing that will stand in our way of making it to State is ourselves, and not living up to our potential,” Alvarez said. “Once we get into our own heads, we can be our worst competitors. But as long and we keep a clear head and work hard, I think we will be very l successful this season.”


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The Holiday Season is a time of reflection. It’s also a time to give thanks for our many blessings and look forward to the coming New Year with a renewed sense of optimism and enthusiasm. 2015 was a year of continued progress in Holladay. Our desire to create a City Center, the common gathering place where our citizens can congregate continues to evolve. The tree lighting ceremony is an increasingly popular event for families. The Food Truck event drew an estimated 2000 attendees to The Plaza. Our Fourth of July celebration is growing in popularity each year. We estimate 10,000 residents and guests viewed this year’s celebration. Some chose The Commons, many watched from the The Plaza, while others viewed the celebration from their rooftop. The Blue Moon Festival has become a favorite for citizens from around the valley. We were anticipating 3500; estimates came in at 6,000. We threw together a Trunk or Treat with our Firefighters and Police expecting about 200 kids and 500 showed! The completion of

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the playground has also been a huge hit. The swings and slides are occupied from sunup to sundown. The growing success of these events further validates that our residents are looking for opportunities to get out in to their community and enjoy everything it has to offer. We’ll endeavor to expand on these opportunities in the coming year. January marks the halfway point of my term. I’m grateful to our City Council and the entire Holladay staff for their commitment to the citizens of our city. They all do their very best to provide exceptional service at the lowest possible cost. I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to serve alongside them. The privilege of serving as your Mayor has once again been the highlight of my year. It is an honor I do not take for granted. On behalf of the City of Holladay Council and city staff, I wish you and your family a blessed Holiday Season and a New Year of abundant happiness, prosperity and good health.

By Chief Don Hutson, Holladay Precinct I write this article as the first snowflakes of the year are falling on the lawns and streets of Holladay. This is a reminder the holiday season is just around the corner and you can almost feel the excitement and anticipation of another busy season of celebration. Unfortunately, there are some in our community who also look forward to this time of year with more nefarious intentions. There are those who will take advantage of the season to victimize unsuspecting citizens in our community. That said, here are a few reminders and tips to keep in mind as we approach the end of the year and winter returns: • On-line shopping continues to grow and criminals are very aware of the volume of high-dollar items being delivered to our homes. Try to be home when you know a package is to be delivered or make arrangements with a neighbor to remove the package from your porch. Depending on the courier, some have made arrangements with regular delivery drivers to place packages in a more secure location.

My very best wishes, Rob Dahle Mayor


• When shopping at retail establishments, never leave packages, purses, briefcases, or any other valuable items in plain view in your vehicle and always lock your vehicle. A better option is to secure items in your trunk.

Meeting dates and City Hall hours for the month of December. Special meetings of the Council and Planning Commission may be called, so please refer to the city’s website.

Tuesday, December 8

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Thursday, December 10

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• Do not place cards or any outgoing mail in your unsecured mailbox. Mail

theft is very popular and entire identities, along with valuable negotiable instruments, are stolen in this manner. Take the extra time to place your outgoing mail in a secured mailbox or take it to the post office. • As the weather turns more “frightful”, we have a tendency to “warm up” our vehicles while we stay warm in the house. Leaving a vehicle unattended and running with the keys in the ignition is an invitation to a car thief. Resist the temptation to leave your car idling while you are not in it. Additionally, always be aware of your surroundings. Be on the look-out for circumstances which seem outside of the norm, particularly in your own neighborhood where you are generally familiar with the vehicles and neighbors. Lastly, we are extremely proud to be able to serve the citizens of Holladay and on behalf of the men and women of the Unified Police Department Holladay Precinct: Happy “Holladays”! (I couldn’t resist)

STREET LIGHTS —If you notice a street light out or not working, please

give the City a call at 801-272-9450. All we need is an address.

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Happy Holidays from the Holladay City Council

Rob Dahle, Mayor rdahle@cityofholladay.com 801-580-3056 Sabrina Petersen, District 1 spetersen@cityofholladay.com 801-859-9427 Lynn Pace, District 2 lpace@cityofholladay.com 801-535-6613 Patricia Pignanelli, District 3 ppignanelli@cityofholladay.com 801-455-3535 Steve Gunn, District 4 sgunn@cityofholladay.com 801- 386-2605 Jim Palmer, District 5 jpalmer@cityofholladay.com 801-274-0229 Randy Fitts, City Manager rfitts@cityofholladay.com


CONGRATULATIONS The City of Holladay would like to congratulate our newly elected Council Member, Mark Stewart. Council Members Lynn Pace and Steve Gunn were also re-elected. There will be a swearing in ceremony on Thursday, January 7 at 6pm in the Big Cottonwood Room. Our turnout for the Council election was just over 43 percent of eligible voters. In 2011, which was also an off year non-Mayoral election the turnout was 21%. Our total turnout was just over double, which is what the data had been indicating in cities that tested a mail in ballot format. We feel strongly that high voter turnout results in a more representative council. We’re thrilled with these results!

SAVE THE DATE Healthy Heart Month - Speakers and Activities for all ages.

Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2016 • 11:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Holladay City Library This will be the first in a series of events sponsored by The City of Holladay, Salt Lake County and IHC. Those attending the 11:30 sesseion are invited to bring their own lunch. For more information, call Pat at 801- 455-3535.

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NUMBERS TO KNOW: Emergency 911 UPD Dispatch (Police) 801-743-7000 UFA Dispatch (Fire) 801-840-4000 Animal Control 385-468-7387 Garbage/Sanitation 385-468-6325 Holladay Library 801-944-7627 Holladay Lions Club 385-468-1700 Mt. Olympus Sr. Center 385-468-3130 Holladay Post Office 801-278-9947 Cottonwood Post Office 801-453-1991 Holliday Water 801-277-2893 Watermaster - Big Cottonwood Tanner Ditch system - Art Quale 801 867-1247

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Vote to allow Alcohol Dining Clubs within Village Center set for Dec. 10 On Dec. 10 at 6 pm, the Holladay City Council will vote on a request to allow alcohol dining clubs within the Holladay Village Center. Under current zoning regulations, restaurants within the Village Center may only serve alcohol to customers who intend to dine. If the ordinance is changed as requested, a restaurant with an alcohol dining club license may serve alcohol to customers without a food requirement.

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Congratulations to Mountain Side Spa (6556 South Big Cottonwood Road) for opening their doors in Cottonwood Heights. We celebrated with a ribbon cutting on Sept. 10. Walk in to learn what great services they offer.

We also have our December holiday luncheon for Holladay Chamber. The cost is $25 with lunch, entertainment, Santa and annual awards for holiday residents and business owners. Open to members and non-members. Held at Holladay City Hall, 4580 South 2300 East.

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The Local Food Court Cancun Café Offers Customers Fast, Delicious Mexican Food By Rachel Hall


ustomers are greeted with a friendly smile once they enter the doors at Cancun Café located at 1891 East Fort Union Blvd. in Cottonwood Heights. “I already know what they want to order, even their drinks,” Daniel Rios, the manager at Cancun Café, said when two regular customers walked in for lunch. The restaurant, which has been open since 1999, has many regular customers who enjoy the variety of fajitas, tacos, tamales, enchiladas, burritos, nachos, taco salad and so much more available on the menu. “Our Cottonwood Heights customers are awesome. We have customers who eat here up to three times a week,” Daphne Mendez, co-owner of Cancun Café, said. For Mendez, the relationship with customers is the best part of owning a restaurant – despite the challenges that come with being a small business owner. “All-in-all, it’s worth it,” she said. Mendez tries to make sure the community knows how valuable they are, and that is why the restaurant makes a cash donation to the fire department and police department each year.

“We [also give] gift card donations to churches in the area for raffles and auctions,” she said. When it comes to running the restaurant on a daily basis, she puts a lot of trust in her manager, Daniel Rios, to make sure customers leave the table satisfied and anxious to come back again. Families and large groups are always welcome to enjoy lunch or dinner. Mendez recommends that larger groups, with more than 12 people, plan to eat before noon or after 1 p.m. for lunch, and before 6 p.m. or after 8 p.m. for dinner, for the same speedy service that Cancun Café is accustom to offering customers. When it comes to deciding what to order, there are plenty of options for those who are looking to satisfy their hankering for fast and delicious Mexican food. Two of the most popular options are seafood enchiladas and carnitas served hot and fresh within minutes of ordering. Shrimp and crab, sautéed in lemon and garlic, rolled in corn tortillas and covered in tomatillo sauce and monterey jack cheese, served with fresh avocado and sour cream next

to a side of rice and beans is what catches the eye of someone ordering the seafood enchiladas. Tender roasted pork served with pico de gallo, guacamole, jalapenos, and a choice of corn or flour tortillas, in addition to beans and rice, satisfies even the hungriest of customers ordering carnitas. Anyone who is looking for a lighter option would be impressed with the soup or salad options. A choice of chicken or shredded beef on a bed of fresh lettuce and beans, and topped with tomato, cheese, sour cream and guacamole is available as an original taco salad. Tortilla lime soup is a chicken-based soup with lime and cilantro, and is a perfect way to warm up on a cold day. “Our food is the best,” Mendez said. Cancun Café is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Take-out orders and catering is also available by calling 801-942-1333. l

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he Christmas season is fast approaching. For most of us, it is a bustle of shopping, cooking, wrapping, decorating, and excitement. Sometimes we can get so wrapped up in our to-do lists that we forget the main reason the Christmas season brings us so much joy. Family. The Dignity Memorial network has created an event that will help us to remember and celebrate the joy of family. They will be sponsoring an annual Christmas Luminary event that will take place on Saturday, December 19th, from 5 to 7 p.m. Dignity Memorial has been doing this holiday tradition for over 10 years, and it has come to be known as an annual tradition for many families. Guests are invited to drive through any of the three different memorial parks and look at the luminary displays, while thinking of their loved ones who have passed away, or listening to Christmas music playing on the radio. A total of over 15,000 candles will be on display—10,000 at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary in Milcreek; 5,000 at Valley View Memorial

Park and Funeral Home in West Valley City; and 500 at Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park South Valley in Riverton. Various activities will also be taking place inside the establishments during that time. At all locations, there will be festive refreshments for the guests and a Christmas Memory Tree on display. Guests are invited to either place an ornament on the tree in memory of a loved one, or make one from the supplies that will be provided. At Wasatch Lawn and Mortuary, there will be performances by William Penn and Rosecrest Elementary Schools. At Valley View Funeral Home, they will have performances from the St. Andrews Choir and Orchestra. Dignity Memorial has also partnered with The Christmas Box House to help local children to have a magical Christmas. A giving tree will be set up in the lobbies at both Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary and Valley View Funeral Home, where patrons can take an ornament off of the tree. The ornament coordinates to a gift that a child would want, being anything from toys to clothes. The

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patrons can then shop for the items, and bring the gift back to either location. They leave knowing that they helped make Christmas a little more magical for that child. “We believe creating meaningful ways to pay tribute to a loved one begins with compassion and is shaped by the understanding that each life is truly unique,” says Addison Sharp, community relations representative for all of the Salt Lake City Market of Dignity Memorial. Before the bustle begins, make sure to remember those who are in your life, who you would like to remember or pay tribute to. Mark your calendar for the annual Christmas Luminary, a meaningful way to pay tribute that will be taking place at three Dignity Memorial Network locations. Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park and Mortuary is located at 3401 South Highland Drive in Millcreek, Utah. Valley View Memorial Park and Funeral Home is located at 4335 West 4100 South in West Valley City, Utah. Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park South Valley is located at 13001 South 3600 West in l Riverton, Utah.



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Are Bargain Hunters too Dang Cheap? By Joani Taylor


hile chatting the other day with a friend of mine who owns a popular downtown Salt Lake restaurant, we got into a conversation about deals and coupons they offered through various advertising mediums. This restaurateur friend of mine has promoted many times through these marketing avenues, and I was picking his brain for insight on what works and what doesn’t. I mentioned that I had been reading on Yelp.com (a popular customer review website) a plethora of negative comments about various restaurants (including his) and how MANY of the negative reviewers start their review with “I had a coupon or deal voucher for this company and decided to give it a try.” Then the reviewer would launch into a rant of negativity bashing the food or service provider. As my friend and I further discussed this, he stated that sometimes bargain hunters are terrible customers and that “it is not uncommon for them to complain, under tip and even attempt to mis-use their certificates or coupons.” I’m finding this trend sad and disturbing!

Most of these businesses are local to our economy. They employ our families, friends and neighbors. They support not only their families but the employees that count on it, too. When they discount their product, it’s in the hopes of getting new and loyal customers. Then, in addition to having to pay the advertiser, they watch as we, the consumers, berate them publicly for future customers to see. SAY WHAT?! I’m sad to say that many merchants I’ve spoken with view deal users as classless and cheap. I recently had the marketing director of a popular Utah location tell me they did not want coupon and deal users at their place of business, leaving their, and I quote, “McDonalds bags and dirty diapers all over their lawn.” OUCH! That hurt! After all, I rarely eat fast food and my kids are adults. Of course, one has nothing to do with the other. It was the stigma she attached to the bargain hunter that bothered me. When I use a deal voucher or coupon, I take a much different approach. The first thing I do is to thank the manager or owner (if possible) for providing me with this great chance to try their services or product. Or, I will imme-

diately let the waiter, cashier or other employee know that I have the deal voucher and then ask them to thank their boss on my behalf. I’m happy, kind and courteous and do my best to make the service employee have a better day. This small gesture of kindness will set the tone for your entire dining or shopping experience. It will make the merchant proud and glad they offered YOU this discount. This holiday season, I hope you’ll join me in saying thanks to the merchants from whom you have received special savings. Leave comments on their Facebook pages, tip extra, make a purchase without a coupon even if there is one, or simply smile and show gratitude to our small local Utah businesses for giving us a discount on their products and

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Have Yourself an Eco-friendly Christmas By Peri Kinder


t turns out that some scientists think we’re headed for a mass extinction. Merry Christmas! I guess our greedy attitude about the world’s resources is taking its toll on the oceans, rain forests, various ecosystems and the ability for celebrities to own a different fur coat for every day of the week. In order to reverse this Christmatasrophe, we need to change our wasteful habits. I’ve put together some new holiday rules that might just save the planet. (You can thank me later.) • Due to the inversion, chestnuts can no longer be roasted on an open fire. Chestnuts can instead be microwaved and then sprayed with a chemical-free Roasting Chestnut air freshener. • In accordance with PETA guidelines, reindeer will not be allowed to fly for 24 hours without a bathroom or smoke break. • Naughty children will no longer receive lumps of coal, but will instead be given a stocking full of organic Brussels sprouts.

ters. (Not to save the planet. I just don’t want to read them.) • Due to the melting of the polar ice caps, Santa’s workshop is being relocated to Canada. While these changes are great, it’s not just our harmful environmental attitudes that need a holiday makeover. Unregulated capitalism in America has created a society of materialistic little buggers (i.e. teenagers) who are never content. Cutting back on holiday extravagance could remind your family of the importance of the season. As Thoreau once said, “Simplify, simplify.” (Although you’d think he could have said it once.) You can tell your kids you’re trying to save money or you can tell your kids that Putin has “annexed” the North Pole and put a sanction on gifts made in Kris Kringle’s workshop. Whatever works. Decorate your home with nature. Pinecones, dried leaves, artfully arranged twigs and fresh

(Much worse than coal.) • Colorful Christmas packages can only be wrapped in old newspaper, making them neither colorful nor timely. • Thanks to global warming, dreaming of a white Christmas is no longer allowed. • No Christmas trees can be displayed unless they’re made from reclaimed barn wood. • With the rapid rise in STDs, mistletoe can no longer be hung at office parties. (All other unacceptable behavior has been canceled.) • Christmas carolers can only go door-to-door with the proper permits and background checks. • The phrase, “Let your heart be light” only applies if your heart is powered by solar panels. • Because of the increasing number of people with diabetes, cookies for Santa are no longer allowed. • No family can send out Christmas newslet-

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