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Cottonwood Heights Thanksgiving 5K: A 29-Year Tradition By Sherry Sorensen


he average American consumes more than 3,000 calories on Thanksgiving Day. With that staggering figure in mind, many individuals choose to combat the increased caloric intake with a bit of pre-feast exercise. In Cottonwood Heights, that means an opportunity to start the morning with a race against the mayor during the 29th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K. “Anyone who can beat the mayor gets a commemorative ribbon. Each year, we give out less because he’s getting faster and faster,” said Mike Petersen, Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center director. Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore Jr. said his goal is to someday cross the

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A New Place For Children To Play in Holladay By Tammy Nakamura


olladay City will soon have its first playground. Currently, there is no playground in any city-owned park. A group of volunteers led by Mayor Rob Dahle and former Mayor Dennis Webb organized the Holladay City Playground Project in hopes of changing that situation. They’re launching a major fundraising campaign themed: “Support Play, Donate Today.” City officials plan to seek approval from the city council for an allocation of $50,000 for the project. Based on similar projects, the estimated cost of the playground is $250,000.

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Unusual House Swap in Holladay

New Park-and-Ride Lot Coming to Cottonwood Heights

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transaction that has been in the making for six months involving three parties with three separate lists of needs has finally come to a close. Holladay Mayor Rob Dahle described the deal as a “Win, win, win” and one Holladay resident and a Holladay business owner group would have to agree. It started when city leaders became concerned about how few parking stalls were around Spin Cycle, a landmark business in the center of Holladay and as they were projecting future need for more parking close to the Village Center and City Hall Park. Enter the owners of Olympus Clinic at 4624 Holladay Boulevard. The doctors wanted to sell off a .27-acre piece of their property that included a house with access to Locust Avenue. “We wanted to keep occupied residences on Locust [as it is solely residential now] so we approached the doctors and Dave Richards about a trade,” Dahle said. Richards owns a home on Laney Avenue which is in the ideal place for the additional parking needed for the Olympus Clinic and future needs for the Village Center. Richards said in a phone interview that he wasn’t sure if this deal would actually go through as the concept seemed unusual, but he was interested in swapping properties with the doctors as long as it was beneficial to him and his family. Holladay city leaders were then able to sweeten the deal by offering renovations to the home on Locust Lane, using Community Development Block Grant funds in the amount of $55,000. Although the two homes are close in lot size (the home on Laney Ave. is .24 acres and the home on Locust Lane is .27 acres), and were both built in the 1940s, the values vary, according to the Salt Lake County Assessor’s Office. Richards’ house is assessed for $168,000 and the home on Locust Lane is assessed at $255,000. The value does not lie in the structures, however. Richards’ home on Laney Ave. has prime access to the edge of the Village Center, and a parking lot in its place will be far more valuable to the owners of the Olympus Clinic and the City. “We are going to make it more energy efficient and clean it up,” Richards said. “We are going to clean up the yard and repair the brick wall and generally make it more presentable.” Once Richards agreed to the proposed swap, city leaders

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This will be the new home for Holladay resident Dave Richards and his family after he swaps his current home for this property owned by the Olympus Clinic. The transaction will allow for a shared-parking agreement between city officials and the clinic owners, benefitting future Village Center and City Hall Park patrons. then approached the clinic owners to sign a shared-parking agreement. “The agreement will allow the public to use the parking outside of business hours. The parking can be used for the park or the Village Square patrons. That is a big benefit for the city and also for the doctors, because the parking will be closer to the new building they are going to construct,” Dahle said. City Councilmember Lynn Pace clarified the transaction at the Oct. 2 Redevelopment Agency Board meeting, describing the impact of the Olympus Clinic redeveloping their property. “They have property right now that would allow them the luxury of dual access through Holladay Boulevard and Locust Lane,” Pace said. “By exchanging this property with Mr. Richards, they would still have dual access, but it would dual access between Holladay Boulevard and Laney Avenue, which is certainly more conducive to traffic with the Village Center and preserves the neighborhood feel on Locust Lane.” The agreement with Richards to facilitate housing enhancements for the benefit of the Village Center Redevelopment Project area was approved unanimously by the council. Dahle said he thought the renovations on the Locust Lane property would be complete in approximately three months. l

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ore parking is coming to the base of Big Cottonwood Canyon. The Cottonwood Heights City Council recently approved a contract with Miller Paving to construct a park-and-ride lot to include roughly 50 to 60 parking stalls at the northeast corner of Wasatch and Fort Union Blvds. The company will also complete storm drain upgrades and a trail extension in the area. The storm drain work and parking lot construction should be “done before the snow flies,” City Manager John Park said. The trail extension may not be finished until next spring. “We are the ‘city between the canyons’. There are a lot of people that park in this area. They use our canyons frequently. We have problems with parking. It’s not just a city problem; it’s a regional problem,” he said. The project is being funded jointly by the State of Utah, Cottonwood Heights and Murray City. The budget for the project is roughly $1.2 million. The property where the formal parking lot is being constructed was previously a gravel lot used for parking, but Public Works Director Mike Allen said improving the area with a paved surface will better accommodate commuters and improve the storm drain system. “We’ll improve the whole quality of storm water. We’ll actually treat the water before it gets to Big Cottonwood Creek. That doesn’t always happen the way things are set up now,” he said. l

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finish line in less than 30 minutes. This year’s event will kick off at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 27. The race begins and ends at the recreation center, 7500 South 2700 East. Runners will head east from the facility, winding through the neighborhood on an out–and-back course. Participants who register before Nov. 1 are guaranteed a long-sleeved tech shirt at packet pick-up. Registration is available online at raceit.com or in person at the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center. The cost is $25 per adult runner and $20 for children 11 and under. Prices increase by $5 after Nov. 21. Entry is limited to the first 2,000 runners. Prizes will be awarded to the top five runners, male and female, in each age division and the top male and female finishers overall. The fastest Cottonwood Heights residents will receive trophies. “It’s a unique, family-friendly race,” Cullimore said. “I like to encourage physical fitness, and if an old mayor can run it, other people should, too.” In 1985, a mere 150 residents participated in the inaugural running of the race under the guidance of race organizer and director Jeff Arbgast, a track and field coach at Bingham High School and an inductee into the National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame. From there, the recreation center took charge, and slowly the race began to grow. Nine years ago, when the city incorporated and partnered with the recreation center on the race, the incentive to beat the mayor was added. Participation was roughly 400 runners that year. Since then, it’s become one of the largest Thanksgiving Day 5K events in the Salt Lake Valley, attracting runners from all over the nation. Race directors attribute the increased popularity of the event to its unique format, a great tech shirt, chip timing,

Councilwoman Pat Pignanelli, who already helped fundraise for and build two other playgrounds, hopes donations from the community will make up the difference. “If the community donates to the project, they will have more pride and ownership of it. We see the playground as a way for the community to create a legacy project,” she said.

Pignanelli said construction on the playground should be fast-tracked. “Demographics show the city is older, but many younger families are moving in, and if we continue to wait to build the playground, the children now will be grandparents by the time it is finished,” she said.

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to the project, they will have more pride and ownership of it. We see the playground as a way for the community to create a legacy project.”

Racers will try again to outrun Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore Jr. in the 29th Annual Cottonwood Heights Thanksgiving Day 5K. prize drawings and a desire to create fun family traditions. “A lot of preparation goes into this race,” Petersen said. “One of the most important things is safety. We make sure we collaborate with our local police, so we have officers at all of the intersections. Where it’s at the end of November, you never quite know what the weather will be, so we have to be prepared.” Petersen has run in all 29 Cottonwood Heights Thanksgiving Day races. l

The city has established a non-profit foundation in order to facilitate donations from the public. The donations from the public will pass through the Holladay City Foundation and will be tax deductible. Contributions to the foundation will continue to fund priority community projects in the city after the playground is completed. Organizers are considering giving naming rights or various levels of recognition for generous donations, but all donations are welcome and greatly appreciated. Letters and postcards will be sent to canvas residents, local businesses, corporations, sports clubs, schools, community organizations and private foundations. Project organizers are also investigating matching grants to help pay for the playground. The goal is to raise enough money to begin construction in March and have the playground finished by May 2015.The park is being developed near City Hall at 4580 South Holladay Blvd. The park, which is 5.4 acres in size, already has ball fields, a gazebo and restrooms.

The Holladay City Playground Project is working to bring a new playground, with features like those in this photo, to the city. The public will be asked to provide input at meetings and online on what kinds of playground equipment to include. Organizers want contemporary and cutting-edge play features that are also safe, easily maintained, durable and useable by all ages year round. Plans also include a shaded area and walking paths around the playground. The play space could be up to 10,000 square feet in size and will have the look and feel of the surrounding Holladay Village. l


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Leaves Coming Out Your Ears? Drop ’Em Off


By Sherry Sorensen Leaf collection bags, in bundles of 10, are currently available to residents of Holladay and Cottonwood Heights at area libraries, fire stations, recreation facilities and city offices. “We have a limited supply of bags, so we request that people take one bundle per household,” Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling Program Manager Bill Hobbs said. Full leaf bags, not limited to those supplied through the program, can be placed in dumpsters at designated locations in both cities until Nov. 30. Dumpsters are emptied daily. Hobbs advises residents to come back the next day rather than leave their bags on the ground if the bins are full. Curbside pick-up is not available through this program, but residents who have green waste containers can use them for leaf disposal. The collection program began more than 10 years ago as a way to limit the amount of leaves making their way into the storm drain system.

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“Highlights from Handel’s Messiah:” 23rd Annual gift to the Community

Holladay Arts Council Welcomes New Director By Raili Jacquet


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nce again, the glorious sounds of “Hallelujah,” “For Unto Us A Child is Born,” “I Know that My Redeemer Liveth” and more will resound through the Olympus High School Performing Arts Center as “Highlights From Handel’s Messiah” is performed there on Sunday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. This annual gift to the community, now in its 23rd year, is presented by the Holladay Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in cooperation with the Holladay Interfaith Council. Under the direction of Jack Ashton, well-known local musician, teacher and former music department chair at Olympus High School, and Sonja Sperling, graduate of Gothe University in Frankfurt, Germany and current Doctoral of Musical Arts candidate at the University of Utah, over 200 singers and instrumentalists performed this music in the Performing Arts Center last year to an audience of more than 1,200. Maestro Ashton and Ms. Sperling will again direct the choir and orchestra, joined by soloists from the local area. These will include: Scott Miller, tenor, a longtime Holladay resident and frequent soloist with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Jayne Springman, harpsichordist, a teacher of choral music and dance for 20 years in the Granite School District, including Olympus Junior High School; and Michael Judd Sheranian, bass, a versatile musician

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with long-time ties to Skyline High School, possessing music degrees in both violin and vocal performance. Also performing as soloists will be Tricia Swanson, soprano, who, for more than 20 years, has traveled across Utah performing in elementary schools with ARTS Inc.; Demaree Clayson Brown, mezzo soprano, who has taught high school and middle school choir in Nevada, Utah, Nebraska, and New Mexico; and Bob Taylor, who is a noted jazz trumpet soloist, as well as an author, composer, educator, and clinician. Adding to the holiday ambiance this year will be displays of seasonal arts and crafts, as well as small groups performing musical numbers in various areas of the Performing Arts Center foyer. Individuals wishing to make display items available or provide musical numbers are invited to contact John Quist at 801-277-0344. All items will be safely displayed and returned following the performance. The public is invited to this community event. Tickets are not required. Children over the age of 8 are welcome. l

he Holladay Arts Council is preparing for more artfocused community events and has recently welcomed a new director to help guide the way. Margo Richards brings years of volunteer work, organization and leadership to her new post and is excited to lead the way. A mother of two and married for the past 33 years, Richards said she believes in continuity. Previously working at Holladay United Church of Christ preschool, Richards led more than 200 parents in their voluntary roles within the school. She has served as a PTA president and enjoyed projects that are youth-oriented. Richards was drawn to working with the city’s arts council because she has felt a strong sense of community in Holladay since she moved to the city four years ago and wanted to be more involved.

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philosophies and how they keep everyone equally engaged.” “I like the city’s philosophies and how they keep everyone equally engaged,” she said. “The city staff and the arts council

New Holladay Arts Council Director Margo Richards. have been very open and accepting of me.” Richards would like to see more youth-involved projects for the future of the arts council and hopes to bring more volunteers to help with events. “We have openings on the council as well as other volunteer positions. I am hoping to get more people in the city involved,” Richards said. Any residents that are interested in volunteering for the arts council are encouraged to call Holladay City Hall at (801) 272-9450. l

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Mapping Bike Trails in Cottonwood Heights By Sherry Sorensen


ecreation is a big deal in Cottonwood Heights. On any given day, bikers, hikers and runners can be found enjoying the beauties of the city and surrounding hills. But knowing what trails connect and what streets have bike lanes or sidewalks is often a guessing game. Until now. By the end of the year, city officials hope to release a newly-completed Bike and Trails Master Plan, which maps the majority of the pathways in the city. “It shows what’s existing and what’s proposed. As we go through development proposals, we’ll talk with people about making the trail connection or widening the road for bike lanes,” Planning Director Brian Berndt said. Pocket maps will be available to the public through the city and bike stores in Cottonwood Heights. They also plan to place the data into the city’s GIS system to create an interactive online map. When the city incorporated 10 years

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ago, accessible and well-maintained open space for recreation was a primary objective for residents. For the past six months, Associate Planner Michael Johnson has spearheaded the project, overseeing the compilation of new and existing data, often biking or walking various pathways with other members of the planning team. The map will be used by the city to strategically plan trail connections in the future. “I think that this is really going to be a big benefit to the community,” Berndt said. l

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Connecting the Canyons For One Ski Experience By Sherry Sorensen


even resorts. Three connections. One ski experience. Ski Utah recently unveiled two of the three ski lift alignments for the ONE Wasatch conceptual plan intended to create an over-the-snow interconnect between the seven resorts of the Central Wasatch Mountains. Potentially, one lift ticket would give skiers all-day access to three resorts in Summit County, two resorts in Big Cottonwood Canyon and the two in Little Cottonwood Canyon. “Connecting seven of Utah’s finest ski resorts while preserving both our water quality and an unrivaled backcountry experience is not an impossible task,” Ski The ONE Wasatch concept could potentially give skiers the opportunity to enjoy the “Greatest Snow on Earth” at all seven resorts of the Central Wasatch Mountains using one lift ticket. Utah President and CEO Nathan Rafferty said. The first connection would run between Alta in Little Cottonwood Canyon and Solitude in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The second lift would make a connection between Big Cottonwood Canyon and Summit County via Brighton and Park City Mountain Resort. A third link between the Canyons Resort and PCMR will be determined at a later date.

SENIORS Mount Olympus Senior Center Mount Olympus Senior Center is located at 1635 East Murray-Holladay Road. Phone 385-468-3130 for more information. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Transportation is available Monday through Friday for those who live in the area. The cost is $2; call the center for more information. Most activities require you to sign up in advance. Canyon Snowshoeing for Active Seniors. This takes the place of the hiking group during the winter season. Trips will be scheduled on an impromptu basis to take advantage of optimum weather. Participants will meet at the center and carpool. Sign up at the desk if you would like to be notified of these outings. New Medicare Service Available at Mt. Olympus -- Stephanie, a Medicare specialist with Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services, will be here to offer confidential one-on-one meetings to answer Medicare questions or to help you understand your bills. Sign-up needed. See front desk for dates and times Fridays in November, 1 p.m. -- Vital Aging. The holiday season can be a challenging time of year as we are faced with demands of shopping, parties, decorating, family reunions or missing lost loved ones. Learn new ways to manage and make the holidays more meaningful through effectively planning for this enjoyable, yet often hectic, time of year.

November Thank-a-Thon. In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, the center invites all to participate in the center’s thank-a-thon. At the front desk there will be a box with paper by it for individuals to write thank you notes to other members, volunteers, or teachers whom you are grateful for. It’s time to say thanks to those who have made a difference in your lives. Nov. 4 – Voting Day. The center is a polling site, so the parking lot may have extra traffic on this day. Classes in front and back craft rooms are cancelled for the day. Nov. 4, 8 a.m. – AARP Smart Driver Class. Sign up needed. Nov. 4, 18, 10:30 a.m. -- Finding a Happier Life amidst the Challenges. Learn how to find happiness within your family dynamics and overcome challenges. Nov. 4, 11:30 a.m. – Birthday Tuesday. Come for a special celebration. Lunch is meatloaf, gravy and birthday cupcakes. Entertainment by Debbie Bowers. Nov. 6, 9:30 a.m.-- Living With Hearing Loss. A new six-week course that helps people take control of their hearing loss -- to recognize what they can do to make communication work better for them. This course will start with an introductory class on Monday, Nov. 3, and the first session will be Thursday, Nov. 6. Nov. 6, 9:30 a.m. – Skin Care. Come learn how to care for your skin. 11 a.m. -- Memory Keepers. Come learn about a new website that allows you to keep all your memories, photos and family trees online. Sign-up needed

If built, ONE Wasatch would be the largest interconnect system of its kind in North America. But not everyone supports the plan. A statement written in March by Save Our Canyons Executive Director Carl Fisher expressed opposition to the project. “Since we only have one Wasatch [range], we need to share it. ONE Wasatch fails to do that and represents the de facto expansion of seven Wasatch ski areas,” he said. l

Nov. 7, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Annual Yard Sale. This annual event is a fundraiser for the Advisory Committee. 11:30 a.m. –Veterans Day Party. Come honor and remember veterans. Lunch is potato-crusted pollock. Entertainment by the “New Fiddlers.” Nov. 10, 11 a.m. -- Non-Surgical Approach to Joint Pain. Two physicians will discuss arthritis, what can be done to deal with joint pain and other options you have besides surgery. Sign-up needed. Nov. 11, 27, 28, – Center Closed Nov. 12, 10 a.m. – Blood Glucose Checks Nov. 13, 1 p.m. “Scenic Triangle” Tour: America’s Most Scenic Train Trip. Daniel Kuhn, a railroader and historian, will share slides and descriptions of the captivating aspects of modern and historic railroading along with the geographical history of the routes traveled. Sign up needed. Nov. 17, 9 a.m.; $10. – Massages. These are offered every other week. Sign-up needed. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Attorney Consultations. Meet with Mike Jensen with Elder Law, for a 20-minute consultation. Appointments needed. Nov. 18, 10 a.m. -- Native American History. Come hear Franci Taylor, a Choctaw and director of the American Indian Resource Center, here to share the local history of Native Americans and their use of ethno botany. Sign up needed. 11 a.m. – Cooking with Andy. Andy is the premier chef with Pacifica Senior Living. Sign up needed.

2 p.m. – Book Club. The group will discuss “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline. Nov. 18, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; $20. – Wendover Trip. Pay when you sign up. Nov. 18, 11:30 a.m. -- Red Hatters. The group will meet at Mimi’s Cafe, 5223 South State St. If you need a ride, please indicate that when you sign up. Nov. 19, 8 a.m. – Pancake Breakfast. Pancakes, coffee and juice will be served. Sponsored by the Advisory Committee. Nov. 20, 11 a.m. – iPad Class. Open to people of all levels. Sign up needed. Nov. 21, 8 a.m.; $10.– Podiatry with Dr. Shelton. Nov. 21, 11:30 a.m. – Thanksgiving Feast. The feast includes turkey, gravy, dressing, yams, potatoes, green beans, a roll and pumpkin pie. Jennie Floor will perform during the meal. Sign up by Monday, November 10. Suggested donation is $2.50 Nov. 25, 10 a.m. -- Creative Writing Group. The group will meet at “The Egg and I” restaurant (1919 E. Murray-Holladay Rd.) instead of at the center. Dec. 1, 9 a.m. – “Cancer and Health for Seniors” provided by Huntsman Cancer Center. Learn about lowering your cancer risk, cancer screenings, avoiding medical scams, finding reliable health information, and complementary and alternative medicine.  A cancer information specialist will answer questions one-onone about cancer and other health topics. l

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here are two important dates in November; Tuesday, November 11th is Veteran’s Day and Thursday, November 27th, Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season, but let’s not forget that it is intended to remind us of the many blessings we enjoy as citizens of this great country. Not least among these is the freedom to worship in a manner of our choosing. We all too often take this First Amendment protected right for granted. As I view coverage of the various conflicts that continue

to escalate around the globe, I am reminded that freedom of religion is a relatively recent phenomenon. It was a founding principle of this nation with battles fought to secure the privilege. On Sunday, November 23rd, The Holladay Interfaith Council will be hosting the 15th annual Thanksgiving Interfaith

service. I think our founding fathers would be pleased to observe that 238 years after declaring our independence, our community is hosting a service that invites all denominations to come together in worship, and to celebrate their common mission of serving and sustaining those most in need in our community. As Holladay residents, it is an event we can all be thankful for. Thanks to Jim Kastanis of the Greek Orthodox Community for his vision and leadership over the past 15 years. Blending the various denominations has, and continues to be a source of strength and camaraderie in our community. Finally, let us never forget that the freedoms we enjoy as U.S. citizens have and continue to be protected by the brave men and women of our armed forces. They stand on guard to preserve our way of life. Take time to honor them this Veteran’s Day. If you do not have plans, the annual concert performed by the 23rd Army National Guard Band will not disappoint. Many Holladay students will be performing as part of the Granite School District combined choir. The concert will be held at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus at 7 p.m. On behalf of your City Council, I wish you and your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving Holiday!!! —Mayor Rob Dahle

Holladay Welcomes New Olympus Hills Residents To City It’s official! The Olympus Hills neighborhood, of approximately 3600 residents, has been annexed into Holladay. City officials are busy working behind the scenes to transition this area into the City effective Jan. 1, 2015. A “Welcome to Holladay MARK YOUR CALENDARS Open House” will take place in January, so watch for further inThe City Council will hold a public hearing on formation. Anyone with concerns Thursday, Dec. 4 at 6:00 pm to consider revised or questions about the annexation Council Districts. With the recent Olympus Hills between now and the Welcome annexation, the boundaries of each Council District Open House may call Mayor Rob will need to be redrawn. Dahle or City Manager Randy Please watch the city website for more Fitts at 801-272-9450 during information and proposed options. regular business hours. l

The 15th Annual City of Holladay Thanksgiving Interfaith Service Sunday, November 23, 2014

5:00 pm •LDS Meeting House 2080 East Donalson Lane (5165 South) East off Highland Drive just 2 blocks south of the old Cottonwood Mall

This is a wonderful time for all to come together in celebration of our bounteous blessings! The Interfaith Service program includes music, readings, prayers, presentations and a Thanksgiving address by Kilo Zamora who is the Executive Director of the Inclusion Center for Community and Justice. He graduated from the University of Utah with a master’s degree in Social Work and is an alumnus of the 2011 American Express Leadership Academy. Kilo has spent the last nineteen years implementing human relations work and is becoming one of the best facilitators in the field. He has worked with groups both locally and nationally to build a more just community for all people. Kilo is at his best when developing dialogues to foster self-awareness and to develop respectful solutions to divisive issues. His skill set is unique in that he has facilitated dialogues with over 100,000 people from many different social groups. The Rocky Mountain Strings, an accomplished group of young violinists will also perform. The Worship service will be followed by fellowship and a variety of light refreshments. All those who wish to, are encouraged to bring a donation to the Utah Food Bank.

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Radon Risks in Holladay By City Staff


adon gas, the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US, is prevalent in Holladay. Here in Holladay, we estimate that about one-third of the homes are at risk to Radon exposure. Holladay is providing FREE test kits and we urge all homeowners to test for Radon. Radon gas is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas byproduct of the natural decay of uranium in soil, rock and water. It is found throughout the United States and is especially prevalent in Holladay. These radioactive particles get trapped in your lungs and cause lung cancer. Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer in the US. If you smoke and your home has high Radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high. Radon moves up through the ground into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Your home traps Radon inside, where it can build up. Any home may have a Radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements. Nearly 1 out of every 15 homes in the U.S. is estimated to have elevated Radon levels. The only way to know about your home is to

CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS: test. Although there is no known safe level of Radon, levels of 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) are considered the threshold requiring remedial action. If your house is tested and the result shows your house has this high level of Radon gas, you may want to have a Radon reduction system professionally installed. The right system depends on the design of your home and other factors. Usually, a simple ventilation and low-pressure fan system is installed to vent the Radon out of your home where it can safely dissipate in the atmosphere. In cooperation with the Utah Division of Radiation Control’s Indoor Radon Program, the City has purchased a limited number of Radon testing kits for the benefit of our residents. These kits are available at City Hall at no cost to Holladay residents. These short-term tests reflect 2-4 days of data collection providing a good snap-shot of probable problems. Testing is easy and should only take a few minutes of your time. We encourage any Holladay homeowner to pick up a Radon test kit from the city. If you have questions or wish to discuss your Radon test result, you should feel free to contact Eleanor Divver, the Utah Radon Project Coordinator, at 801-536-0091; or visit the State’s website at www.radon.utah.gov (includes Radon maps). l

Holladay General Plan Update


n 2000, not long after incorporating, Holladay adopted its first General Plan. The General Plan is a long range vision document that each Utah city is required, by state law, to adopt regarding its future development. Now, fourteen years, three annexations and many thousands of additional residents later, it is time to update our Plan. The Plan update, which is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015, will address the changes that have taken place, while outlining a clear vision that will ensure our community continues to develop in the direction envisioned. This will be achieved in part by engaging our citizens in a community visioning process, which will help turn the plan into a blueprint for the City’s future. Our process will build upon the good work that

has already been done, interpret what is heard and discovered, and transform the results into a clear path for the future. Landmark Design is the City’s consultant for the Plan update. An initial public meeting, the first of three face-to-face meetings for this project, will be held on Wednesday, November 19, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at City Hall to request public input on the scope of the Plan revision. The City is excited to finally tackle this exciting and rewarding task after several years of delay and hope that all Holladay residents will eagerly participate in the process. If you have any questions, please contact Paul Allred, Community Development Director, at 801-527-3890, or Mark Vlasic, Landmark Design Project Manager at (801) 474-3300. l

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PUBLIC MEETINGS: City Council – first and third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Planning Commission – first and third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

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The Healing Power of Purrs By Sandy Nelson, Salt Lake County Animal Control


efore I started working at Salt Lake County Animal Services, I was not much of a cat person. I was a DOG PERSON. Then something happened. I knew that I needed to learn about them, cough -cats- cough, in order to market them. After all, I was the marketing coordinator and if I was timid about holding a cat how on earth was I going to get to know them? Slowly, but surely, these slinky fluffballs grew on me. Today, I have my favorites. I can tell you about how to introduce your current cat to your new cat. I can tell you the names and person-

Holladay Town Meeting

WITH CITY COUNCIL MEMBER LYNN PACE – DISTRICT 2 Wednesday, November 12, 2014 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. City Hall • 4580 S 2300 E City Council Chambers



eginning October 1st, residents can pick up leaf bags at no additional charge (1 bundle of 10 per household) at Holladay City Hall, Holladay Lions Fitness Center, or the Mt. Olympus Senior Center. After the bags have been filled, residents can drop them off at Holladay City Hall between October 15th and November 30th. See www.wasatchfrontwaste. org for detailed address locations.

Council Member Pace will hold a town meeting to provide citizens with an update on issues currently affecting Holladay.

alities of almost every cat in the colony rooms. I look forward to daily head bumps from Sir Cuddles. I can even tell you that if a cat rolls over and it looks like they want their belly rubbed, don’t do it. Just don’t. Unless you really know them and they love you already. Then I heard a rumor that cat purrs had medically proven healing powers. Not only do cats provide emotional support, but now they provide physical well-being too… CAT-TASTIC! Most cats create purr vibrations within a range of 20-140 Hz, known to be medically therapeutic for many illnesses. Petting a purring cat not only calms down your nerves, but it also lowers your blood pressure. A recent study shows that cat owners have 40% less risk of a heart attack. Purr vibrations help heal infection, swelling and some soft tissues to promote bone strength. According to Animal Planet’s website, there is even scientific research that suggests pet owners live longer than those without pets. It’s nice to know that while I’ve been trying to get comfortable around cats, I’m also gaining health benefits. So if you are thinking about adopting a furry feline to your life, stop by Salt Lake County Animal Services and find the cat that is the purrfect match for you. Now is the best time because all of our feline adoptions fees have been waived (ie. FREE). These crazy cat people might just be on to something. l

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Brighton Runs Its Way to State

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fter a strong fourth-place region finish Oct. 10, the Brighton High boys cross country team, led by Peyte Pullman and Julian Pellman, was headed to state Oct. 22 (after press deadline). While the girls’ team didn’t qualify as a unit, they still sent two representatives in Brittany Clark and Claudia Caton to compete. The success the Bengals have seen in 2014 is all due in part to the team’s dedication and hard work, according to coach Mike Zufelt. “They are a fun team,” Zufelt explained. “They have worked hard and ran all summer long prior to the school year. They would get up in the mornings and run. We had some weekend runs, and we had a high altitude training camp at the end of August just before school started. We’ve been training hard six days a week to this point.” Cross country is not a sport for the faint of heart. Zufelt said that in order to be any good you have to be self-motivated and you have to work hard during practices: two traits the Bengals possess. “They spend at least two to three hours a day doing actual training, and then are always watching their diet just like any athlete would,” Zufelt said. “They try to eat nutritiously and keep hydrated. During the school year, some of them will get up in the morning and run prior to school, and, then after school, we practice for a couple of hours every day. Then we usually have meets and things on Saturdays.” While the team trains hard, Zufelt stressed the importance of making sure

The Brighton High boys cross country team had high hopes to win state Oct. 22. Photos courtesy of Mike Zufelt

to keep things light and fun, especially since the team consists mostly of freshmen and sophomores. “A lot of times we will have fun runs, so we’ll go to a place that is fun,” he said. “We’ll find fun routes like run

around a river bend or in the mountains. We’ll maybe have an Otter Pop at the half-way point to keep it fun and keep them interested.” A cross country race is close to a 5k in distance and is usually run on a grassy, hilled course such as a park or golf course. To prepare for state, Zufelt said it’s all about sharpening team members’ skills and keeping their legs fresh heading into the competition. “If we keep training hard, we are not going to be able to pace as quickly at state. So for right now we are just sharpening and running a little bit quicker, but not as long. More intensity with less duration,” he said. For state results, visit: cottonwoodholladayjournal.com l

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olladay local Katie Duckworth is taking the cross country world by storm and she’s only in ninth grade. This past summer, she qualified to run in the Hershey North American Final. Duckworth has also been making waves for Olympus High’s cross country team, which qualified for the state finals on Oct. 22 (after press deadline). Duckworth is relatively new to the sport, having spent most of her childhood playing softball. She made the switch after participating in Girls on the Run (a program dedicated to teaching girls healthy lifestyle techniques) and realizing she had some natural ability. “My dad told me I was doing pretty good, and so I was like, ‘I should try cross country,’” Duckworth said. “So I started running cross country and I liked it and took third in my first year, so I was pretty excited about that. Then I ran the mile this year and I took first in our district. This summer, I was on a track club, and that’s when I got invited to go back to Hershey.” Duckworth’s father Tracy said qualifying for the Hershey run was a goal Katie had set for herself to reach and was a huge accomplishment for her. From July 30-Aug. 2 Duckworth competed with some of the best athletes in the western hemisphere and ultimately took second place in her event. “I went with 10 other athletes from Utah, all running different events, and I was one person representing five states (California, Hawaii, Arizona, Nevada and

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MyCityJournals.com Running For Records continued from page 12 Utah),” Duckworth said. “[That] Saturday we had our race, and mine was first. I raced against people from other states, Canada and Puerto Rico.” Lately, Duckworth’s attention has been turned to helping Olympus win state in cross country. Even though she’s a ninth grader, Duckworth is the Titan’s No. 1 runner and constantly competes with girls

and I think that’s what sets me apart.” To prepare for big runs, Duckworth loads on carbs and makes sure to keep her body in tip-top shape with endurance and speed workouts the week leading up to her races. “I eat a lot of pasta, and I drink lots of water the whole week before my race,” she said. “I’m constantly drinking water and make sure I get to bed on time, because I won’t run well if I’m not well rested. I also

Freshman Katie Duckworth is helping Olympus make great strides this season. Photo courtesy of Tracy Duckworth three or more years older than her, which she relishes. According to Olympus coach Todd Mitchell, Duckworth is easily one of the most talented freshmen, not only on Olympus’ team but in the state.

have to make sure I’m stretched out completely or else I’ll just die during a race.” Overall Mitchell is confident not only in Duckworth’s abilities but also his entire team (boys and girls) which qualified for state for the first time in many years. The

“ It’s been a long time, so [qualifying for state] was a big accomplishment for us. We are sending 14 athletes to the state meet, and we are hoping for a top-eight finish for the boys and girls.”

“Realistically we’re shooting for a top-20 finish (for her) at the state meet,” Mitchell said. “It’s more competition,” Duckworth explained. “They’ve been doing it so much longer than I have, and some of them have been able to get so many more miles under their belt. It’s probably helpful for them to be older than me, but I feel like I have some natural ability that’s hard to find,

expectations are high, but Mitchell feels his team can finish strong. “It’s been a long time, so [qualifying for state] was a big accomplishment for us,” he said. “We are sending 14 athletes to the state meet, and we are hoping for a top-eight finish for the boys and girls.” To find out how Duckworth did at state, visit: cottonwoodholladayjournal.com l

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his past month the Holladay Chamber of Commerce welcomed guest speaker Fred Johnson of Eagle Environmental at our monthly luncheon at Cottonwood Club. Thank you to the members who attended.


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Place and University Federal Credit Union Holladay for successful grand openings and ribbon-cuttings during September. December will be the Chamber’s annual Christmas luncheon at Holladay City Hall. Please note the change in the date this month in order to accommodate the Olympus High School Choir which will be performing. We will honor our Holladay Hero, Business of the Year and local servicemen. Please RSVP to kathryn@holladaychamberofcommerce. org. Cost will be $20 at the door.

T The Chamber Board would like to welcome new members: Mickey Grames of the Utah Microenterprise Loan Fund; Don Hamp of Mercolocal; Sharon Porter of Stor-n-lock; Michelle Murphy of Salt Lake Wellness Center; Robby Bowen with Normandie CafĂŠ, and renewals: Vickie Ricketts of Granite Schools and Watergarden Theaters. Congrats to members Cottonwood

he Chamber Board is excited to announce a new events schedule for 2015 to include Business After Hours and our Learning Series. Our first Business After Hours Social will be held at Rice Basil on Jan. 13 from 5-7 p.m. Our Business Learning Series will kick off in February. More information can be found on Facebook or our Chamber website: www.holladaychamberofcommerce.org Remember to get the Holladay City Tree Lighting ceremony on your calendar for Monday, Dec. 1. l Ribbon cutting ceremonies for University Federal Credit Union (top) and Cottonwood Place (bottom).

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ne of the unspoken niceties about fall is the financial relief of turning off the A/C. Isn’t it lovely to have the reprieve where we neither have to heat nor cool our home? As we begin to turn off the grill outside and tuck ourselves in for the winter, I look forward to hunkering in with my favorite comfort foods. Have you broken out the slow-cooker yet? Rocky Mountain Power reports that small appliances like electric woks, electric griddles and slow-cookers are a great way to save on the high cost of heating the oven or range top. Coming in at around $30, these small and handy appliances of the 1970’s that are making a comeback, are not only frugal to use but to purchase, too. Today’s chefs use them for roasting squash, baking pies and stewing up breakfast. You can find a plethora of Crock-Pot recipes on various websites devoted to honoring the magic of slow cooking. Check out CrockPotLadies.com, GetCrocked.com and 365DaysOfCrockpot.com for some inspiration. Here’s one of our family favorite go to recipes I learned years ago at a cooking demonstrations at a Tupperware party. It has some surprising ingredients that I bet most of you have in your kitchen right now. No bellbottoms or avocado green containers are required.

CROCK-POT RECIPE 2lbs Beef or Pork - You can use pretty much any cut of meat. Short ribs or pork loin are good choices. 1/2 c. flour 3/4 c. Ketchup 3/4 c. Cola 1/2 Onion (thinly sliced) 3-4 Baking Potatoes (I like to use 3 very large ones and then cut them in half when serving) Olive Oil Salt & Pepper DIRECTIONS: Dredge 2lbs of the meat of your choice in a mixture of salt and pepper seasoned flour. Preheat a skillet to a nice hot temperature and brown all sides of your meat in olive oil (about 2 tablespoons). It’s tempting to skip this step (and I do on occasion) but the added flavor this adds to the meat, coupled with the pan juices and thicker sauce the flour creates is worth the additional dirty pan. Place

the meat in your slow-cooker and top with the onions. Combine the Ketchup and Cola in the skillet you browned the meat in and scrape up all those bits of yumminess on the bottom. Pour the sauce mixture over the meat. The two ingredients paired together make a nice BBQ flavor plus, the cola actually acts as a tenderizer for the meat. Poke the potatoes with a fork, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Wrap the potatoes in heavy duty foil or two layers of regular foil. Place the potatoes on top of the meat with the fold of the foil on top. Cover and cook on low for 7 or 8 hours until the meat is falling apart and the potatoes are fork tender. Serve with a salad or your favorite veggies and enjoy. l

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Butler Middle School Honors Veterans By Marci Heugly


hrough the years, men and women have fought daily to protect our country’s freedoms, often at great personal sacrifice. The students at Butler Middle School want to recognize and honor that selfless service with the school’s annual Veterans’ Wall of Honor. It began in 2001, when the school received a $36,000 grant after it was named a First Amendment School. “The grant was for us to create programs that would focus on the First Amendment and create strong citizens,” said Jen VanHaaften, teacher/librarian at Butler. “The Veterans’ Wall of Honor was an off-shoot of that program as a way to connect our students to the community and teach them about the sacrifices of our veterans and the cost of freedom.” The Wall of Honor has existed for more than 10 years and is still going strong today. Since Sept. 11, the students have been submitting names and service information for those they would like to honor, including years of service, branch of military and connection to a Butler student or staff member, usually a family member. The display will begin on Nov. 1 and stay up through Veterans Day on Nov. 11. There will be a school-wide assembly to celebrate these individuals. “Both our choir and band will be performing patriotic music. Then we will be showing the PowerPoint that will be filled with pictures of the veterans from our community,” VanHaaften said. “In the

A Butler Middle School Veterans Day assembly will include a slideshow of veterans who have served our country like veteran Wally Nielsen, pictured.

past, this has been a wonderful thing to experience, and our students have been respectful and clapped and honored each one of the veterans.” Members of the community are also invited to participate and submit information for those they would like to honor. “The students wanted a way to honor our veterans, and this was the result,” VanHaaften said. l

CH Arts Council Brings Contemporary Dance Performance To Town By Marci Heugly


f dance is art, then contemporary dance is modern art, and art is meant to be shared. The Cottonwood Heights Arts Council and SALT Contemporary Dance Company are presenting “Embark,” a dance concert on Friday, Nov. 14 at 7 p.m. in the Butler Middle School auditorium, 7605 South 2700 East. The free event is open to the public and will feature dancers from SALT, as well as local youth dancers ages 9-18 who auditioned for this production. The youth chosen to participate will attend

four rehearsals before the big night. “The arts council is committed to providing the community with current, compelling and inspiring live art,” said Michelle Nielsen, co-founder and artistic director of SALT. The dance company also offers master classes that are held at Butler Middle and Brighton High throughout the year. “SALT Contemporary Dance is a cutting-edge, new professional company

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Olympus Students Swap-A-Heart To Promote Inclusion By Marci Heugly


art of the high school experience is making some very important decisions. Not everyone will pick the same path in life, and students at Olympus not only want to embrace their differences, but celebrate them. “I walk down the halls of school every day and see people that I don’t know,” said student Clair Gillett, a Be Strong Committee member. “We wanted to do something that would help us learn to value our differences and the differences of others.” Each year, a Be Strong Committee is formed by eight students that are chosen by the principal based on their leadership qualities, service record and academic standing. This year, these students wanted to focus their efforts on uniting the student body. They recognize that even though the students are different, they don’t have to be divided. Thus, the Swap-A-Heart project was born.

unique. In addition, they wrote a paragraph explaining their design and put it in an envelope attached to the shirt. Because it was an assignment for credit, 95 percent of the students completed the task. On Oct. 14, the Be Strong officers collected the shirts and put them on every chair in the auditorium. The students then filed in for an assembly, took the shirt on their chair, read the note in the envelope and then watched a video presentation that included interviews of several students explaining their shirts. “It was a very emotional day,” Chard said. The next step of the project was to invite all the students to “Wear it Wednesday” the next day, when each student would wear the shirt that was on their seat and seek out the original artist. “I was amazed at how many kids participated,” Chard said. “Probably 75 percent of the students wore the shirts

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the next day.” That evening, there was a tailgate event before the high school football game. “Kids all shapes and sizes that normally don’t get involved were at the game that night,” Chard said. “Our student body was so much more aware of the people around them.” The committee’s goal of getting students to know those outside of their circles seemed to be working. “So much of us could learn from the diversity we have at our school,” Clair said. “It was so cool to see all our hard work pay off.” l





“Our committee found a generous anonymous donor from Holladay who gave $5,000 to buy T-shirts for all the students and faculty, everyone that works there,” said Allyson Chard, the Be Strong PTA parent chair. “We wanted to find a way to get everyone to participate.” Since every student is required to take an English class, the committee worked with the English department to get maximum participation in the SwapA-Heart event. Teachers passed out the T-shirts and assigned the students to design a visual representation on the front of the shirt that showed one way they are


Students at Olympus High participated in a schoolwide T-shirt swap.



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Butler Elementary Looks Ahead to New Building

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Construction will begin on the new Butler Elementary School next June on the playing fields adjacent to the current school building.

By Marci Heugly


s students and administration at Butler Elementary School look forward to building a new school, the community is looking to contribute and add a meaningful touch. Debbie Tyler, who worked as a library assistant for 28 years at Butler, is heading a committee to raise funds to add a bobcat statue to the front of the new school. “The school is 91 years old, and they will begin tearing it down by June 2015,” Tyler said. “We’re trying to get enough money for a bronze statue for the front of the new Butler. So far, we’ve raised $87, but it’s a start.” Tyler is encouraging alumni, friends of Butler, neighbors and school children to donate to the project which is just getting started. “We have to have it commissioned; we’re just beginning this,” Tyler said. “Right now, we’re hoping to find a sculptor.” “They’d like to have the statue here for when the new school opens,” said Teresa Darney, a secretary at the school. “We’ll be in the new building in the fall of 2016.” In order to keep classes going during construction, the old building will remain in use until the new school is completed. The new school will be built on the south side of campus, which is currently the parking lot and playing fields. When the new school is finished, the old building will come down, and that space will become the new playing fields. “We’ll be a mess right here,” Darney said. “We will still

go outside for recess, but it will be a small area.” Even with a new school, the mascot will remain the same. The Butler Bobcat has been around for decades and is here to stay. Tyler is hoping the students will appreciate the statue and is looking for something that everyone can enjoy. “We want something that’s approachable for the kids; where they can touch it for luck,” she said. “This is not an off-limits thing.” Butler is home to one of the French immersion programs in the Canyons School District, which means that some of the students don’t live in the school’s boundaries. Because there are students coming from different neighborhoods, Tyler wants to make sure they all feel like they are part of a great school. “Our mascot is a bobcat. This school has been around a long time,” she said. “This is a plea to get anybody to donate so we can get this done. Checks can be made payable to Butler Elementary and will be earmarked for this project.” l

that brings in choreographers from around the nation so art-going Utahns can enjoy a variety of current choreography without leaving home,” Nielsen said. The dance company has attracted some of the most talented dancers in the state and continues to entertain and inspire Utah audiences with their work. “We are excited to come to Cottonwood Heights,” Nielsen said. “It’s going to be a delightful evening of live professional entertainment.” l Cottonwood Heights native Michelle Nielsen brings SALT Contemporary Dance to Butler Middle School. Photo courtesy of Michelle Nielsen

COUNTY MAYOR’S MESSAGE By Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams


alt Lake County is in the midst of an unprecedented transformation. We’re at a point in time where we can either shape the future that we choose, or sit back and let the future shape us. A perfect example of that is what is happening to our central Wasatch Mountains and the Wasatch Canyons. This iconic place—where the pioneers camped at the mouth of City Creek Canyon in 1847—is an essential water source, recreation destination and outdoor refuge to the more than one million people living in this valley and the fast-growing communities in Summit and Wasatch Counties. The same growth pressures that are forcing us to think about traffic congestion and air pollution and how we successfully educate our children, are affecting that landscape and how residents and visitors continue to enjoy it. Last January, a broad group of stakeholders launched Mountain Accord. The goal of Mountain Accord is to preserve and improve the natural environment of this place by developing a plan of action that balances four broad system groups: environment, recreation, economy and transportation. Representatives from the state of Utah, Salt Lake, Summit and Wasatch Counties, the cities of Park City, Heber, Salt Lake City, Sandy City, Cottonwood

Heights and Alta sat down with representatives from the U.S. Forest Service, Save Our Canyons, Ski Utah, the Outdoor Industry Association and the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, among others. Numerous plans and studies relating to the management of the Wasatch Mountains have been undertaken in recent years. They contain important information. But this effort—Mountain Accord—stands out in one major way: the collaboration and planning will lead to action – a preferred scenario for the future that includes policy decisions that will lead to actual projects and preservation choices on the ground. Phase One of Mountain Accord has reached a crucial stage. Working groups comprised of both experts and other interested folks have held hundreds of hours of meetings. Several public meetings have been held as well, both in Salt Lake County and in Summit County. The results are four “ideal” scenarios. They include maps showing what, in isolation, each system group sees as “a perfect world.” Because Mountain Accord is about producing a scenario that balances these equally important resources, the critical work is now at hand. I’d like to invite you to visit the Mountain Accord website at www.mountainaccord.com and click on the tab called “Milestones” and then “Idealized Systems.”

That’s where you can view the draft proposals on each of the four systems, study the maps and check to see if anything was overlooked. Beginning in December, the entire stakeholder group will move toward what’s termed a “preferred scenario.” This will be the plan that will be presented to the public that seeks to balance the goals of each system—environment, recreation, economy and transportation—in one consensus-driven result. If you value the clean, affordable water that flows from your tap, if you’ve ever enjoyed a powder ski day, or hiked a mountain trail to see the wildflowers, driven a canyon road to see the fall colors or simply sought a cool refuge along the banks of one of these clear mountain creeks, you can be part of the solution we seek. We want our Rocky Mountain home to offer those same quality of life experiences now, and for generations to come. l

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spotlight on: Merco Local

Merco Local


hopping local is a great idea, but unless word of mouth reaches you or you stumble upon a store, you may resort to a national chain. Enter Merco Local. After 15 years of working for a large publicallytraded corporation, Don Hamp knew it was time for a change. “I felt like a mouse in a cage. I needed to do something to make a difference; something that mattered. While growing up, I watched my mom and dad both run small businesses. I watched their struggles and their victories. I felt like I owed it to the memory of my mother to make a difference for small businesses,” Don said. Don launched Merco Local, a business that caters to the marketing needs of the small business owner and those of us who want to support them, in September 2013. For the locally-minded consumer, Merco Local is your website answer to the search for all things local. Simply enter your zip code at mercolocal.com and browse through the profiles and listings for your local mom-and -pop shops. Look through them all or browse by categories such as food and dining, arts and

entertainment, shopping and retail and many more. Would you like to sample the local retailer’s offerings, but find your schedule interferes? The answer is a MercoBox. For $19.99, a busy local consumer may purchase a box online to be shipped to their doorstep. Local retailers, working with Merco Local, include samples, coupons or gift cards inside the box. For example, the October box has a $176 retail value. It’s a box the whole family can enjoy or it makes the perfect gift. November’s box will be here before you know it. You may purchase a single box or subscribe to a monthly delivery. Are you interested in a rewards card that features offerings of a local flavor? “We are launching a Community Card in midNovember. It’s a card only for locally owned businesses where they can offer sensible discounts with the flexibility to change their promotions with the seasons. It’s a living entity. Go to our website to check promotions

at any given time,” Don said. The Community Card costs $15 with $3 of that going to support local charities. These cards are also available to people looking for fundraising opportunities. How about a one-day event? Join Merco Local on Nov. 29 for Small Business Saturday. Check their website under the events tab for tickets to their Party Buses with the first stop at a local restaurant for breakfast or lunch. Mimosas or sodas will be served on the bus on the way to stopping and touring five to six local businesses with time to shop at each stop. Do you like to hear about local events and

offerings through social media? Like Merco Local on Facebook and take advantage of the latest in local small business happenings. So, how does the small business owner get a piece of the action? Think it’s out of your budget? Nope. For a limited time, Merco Local is offering their services for life at $35 a month. What will $35 buy for your business? Have your business profiled on Mercolocal.com with the ability to create promotions when you want. There’s also the opportunity to have your business participate in product placement in the MercoBox as well as the ability to participate with the Community Card, along with much more. Take a look at the website mercolocal.com for additional information. “Currently, our website has 10,000 people a month. It’s not just a directory listing; it’s a beautiful presentation. It’s a very visual representation of who a business is and what they do. The average user views 10 businesses. That’s what community is and what sharing is,” Don said. Give Don and his team a call at 385-229-4377, stop in at 4659 South 2300 East Suite 203 in Holladay, or browse through more than 290 local businesses at www.mercolocal.com. l

Fair Game By Peri Kinder


here’s a small, football-shaped gland in the center of the brain that makes people go temporarily insane. It kicks into high gear during fall and winter. Each weekend, this gland swells to the size of an actual football, blocking rational thought and flooding the body with the hormone fanaticsol. This hormone produces the ability to recall facts about any sports player, in any game, in any era, at any time. Plus it encourages a person to drink copious amounts of beer while watching millionaires put on funny clothes and throw things at each other. Too much fanaticsol can result in stupid bar fights, irrational lifelong feuds, the spousal silent treatment and, in extreme cases, the need to contact an attorney. It also stimulates the desire to wear a favorite player’s team jersey, even though it’s stained with guacamole— because those are “Lucky guacamole stains, and you can’t wash them off!” If this sounds familiar, you or a loved one could be suffering from Sports-induced Addictive Pastime Syndrome (SAPS). While there is no cure, there is hope that the afflicted person in your life will stop watching back-to-back NFL or NBA games, as well as hockey, baseball, NASCAR, golf, swim meets, college sports, and if nothing else is on, bowling championships.

An entirely fabricated study shows more than 80 percent of SAPS victims are male. Once fanaticsol hits their system, they can understand complicated playoff brackets in complete detail. They are able to change

any variable and know the outcome. It’s like a version of Mad Libs. Example: “If the (insert sports team) win, that means the (insert another sports team) will play (insert another sports team) in (insert location) on (insert date and time) where it’s supposed to (insert weather condition).” And that information is in their brains! They don’t even have to Google it! I watched my husband (a SAPS sufferer) strike up a conversation with a total stranger that went like this: “Where are you from? I see you’re wearing a (insert sports team) hat.” “I’m from (insert city’s name),” the fellow SAPS casualty says. “Are you a (insert sports team) fan!? I grew up watching so-and-so play in the Whatchamacallit Dome.” “Did you see the game in 1972 where (insert athlete’s name) threw a (insert sports terminology) and they won the game (insert final score)?” “Yeah, that was crazy! But not as wild as when

Who You Gonna Call? There is a myth that says only tax attorneys are fully qualified to represent a taxpayer before the IRS. Nothing could be further from the truth. The IRS recognizes three different professions as fully qualified to represent taxpayers. Those are attorneys, CPAs and Enrolled Agents (EAs). So what’s the difference? The short answer is … not much. Each has the right to represent a taxpayer and a right to client confidentiality. In those very rare situations where a case goes to tax court, then an attorney is needed to meet court requirements. And in those even more rare instances where a tax case has gone criminal then you’re best advised to retain a criminal attorney! A more prudent question to ask is who is skilled to represent Rich Tomlinson a taxpayer? Within all three professions there are only a select few that really understand the world of IRS representation. Virtually no college or university provides any training in this specialized field. So look for a professional that has completed specialized training such as through the American Society of Tax Problem Solvers (www.astps.org), that has a successful track record, and who actively works in this very specialized field. In this arena attorneys, CPAs and EAs are peers.

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(insert athlete’s name) broke (insert another athlete’s name) record for (insert sport terminology.)” But if you ask those same men what grade their daughter is in, the answer will be, “Um. Algebra?” And the stats! Somewhere in the Midwest, there’s a sports bartype office where employees create irrelevant facts so sports announcers can demonstrate their unparalleled knowledge of the game. The broadcaster might say,“If Mr. Football completes this pass, he’ll be the first left-handed quarterback in the history of the universe to throw 100 yards in the snow while recovering from tonsillitis at this venue.” How do you respond to that? While the majority of men choose their favorite teams based on who they watched growing up, women base their favorite teams on who their first boyfriend followed, or the color of the uniforms. Most women will stick around for world championship games, galactic title bouts and half-time shows, but that’s about it. I just heard the TV turn on. My husband is watching some type of sporting event. That means I have a few hours to shop at (insert department store), and he won’t even know I’m gone. l

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Cottonwood-Holladay City Journals - November 2014 - Vol. 11 Iss. 11  

Cottonwood-Holladay City Journals - November 2014 - Vol. 11 Iss. 11