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he switch will be flipped to illuminate Holladay City’s Christmas tree on Monday, Dec. 1. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. at the Holladay Village Plaza, 4660 South 2300 East. The tree lighting ceremony will include free hot cocoa and cookies. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also be there to visit with children. This is the fourth annual event, but this year, new shops and restaurants will be open at the plaza for the estimated 300 people who are expected to attend. This year the tree comes from Kathryn Nielson’s yard. She is a longtime Holladay resident who said the tree was planted almost 30 years ago after it served as the Christmas tree in their home. “We called the city to see if they would like to use our tree because we needed to cut it down. It was blocking much of our patio. But the city said it already had a tree. Then, we got a call that they wanted our tree and they showed up to cut it down a couple of days later,” she said. Nielson doesn’t know the exact age of the tree. “We don’t remember the exact year it was our Christmas tree, but we counted 30 definite rings after the tree was cut down,” she said. Nielson said the tree was originally 6 feet tall. “But it grew and grew and grew and covered half of our patio.” Nielson said they planted the tree too close to their home and now, without the tree, the yard looks pretty bare. l


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This tree, donated by Kathryn Nielson, will soon be covered in Christmas lights in anticipation of Holladay City’s tree lighting ceremony.

Holladay Teacher Brings Christmas To The Classroom By Marci Heugly


olladay resident Kaylene White loves her job as a teacher at the Jordan Applied Technology Center. This year, it’s really helping her get in the Christmas spirit as she helps the 19 members of her teacher education class decorate and donate a Christmas tree and a gingerbread house to the Festival of Trees. “Because this is a teacher education program, and because these students want to be either general or special education teachers, and because this helps Primary Children’s Hospital, that’s a great connection,” White said. “We decided to do this as part of our

FCCLA service project.” All 19 are members of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. The white Christmas tree entitled “Candy Cane Christmas” will be decorated in red, white and green decorations and will be surrounded by a big candy cane fence. The gingerbread house, made by four of the students, will be called “The Candy Cane Palace,”

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Holladay City Announces First Ever Children’s Writing Contest Winners

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‘“Can you tell me why the outcast cries?’ My best friend’s daughter asked me once as we were walking in the Scottish Highlands, her auburn hair dancing with her every move. Her father, tall and muscular, walked beside us. His hair was golden, and short.” That was the opening paragraph to the winning short story in the 13-19-year-old category of Holladay City’s children’s writing contest. It was written by 19-year-old Lloyd Tanner Lloyd. The theme of the writing contest was “Reading for Dreams.” It was hosted by Holladay City. The awards were presented at a ceremony at City Hall on Nov. 1. There were two age groups; 7 -12 and 13-19. Children submitted short stories of fewer than 10 pages on topics of their choosing. Tina Rowell, Holladay Arts Council president, said the decision


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ast December, Cottonwood Heights residents were left stranded and frustrated after snow removal efforts failed to clear the roads in a timely manner. It’s a fiasco city officials won’t soon forget and one they hope to never repeat. This year, Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore Jr. said he’s confident that public works contractor Terracare understands what went wrong during its initial plowing efforts and

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to not put parameters on what the children could write worked well. “The judges were blown away that the children could be so creative. They were astounded by the places, names and character descriptions,” she said. The first-place winner in the 7-12-year-old division was 9-yearold Damon Rasmussen who won with his story titled, “Trixon Chronicles,” which tells the story of 12-year-old boys learning what their lifelong trades will be, and about loyalties, friendships and family. Tanner’s story looks at the lives of beings who are much like wolves and the rules that govern their lives. Each winner received $75. The second-place winners received $50 each. The third-place winners got $25 each. Brielle Reichert took second place and Eliza Anderson took third place in the 13-19-year -old category. Lauren Bohmholdt took second place and CJ Nelson took third place in the 7-12-year-old category. The top finishers were interviewed by the judges, and Rowell said the decision was extremely tough. “The numbers were amazingly close,” she said. The writing contest was an experiment to see if there would be enough interest. Organizers were pleasantly surprised. Rowell hopes the contest becomes an annual event but said that will depend on future funding. l

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the tree is purchased.” McKinzie Burgess is the FCCLA public reand will share the color scheme of the tree. Both will lations officer and is in charge of their Festival of be available for purchase at the Festival of Trees at Trees participation this year. the South Towne Expo Center Dec. 3-6. “It’s a little stressful and all, but it’s fun and actually gets me more in the spirit of Christmas,” McKinzie said. “We decided to do a white tree instead of the traditional green to bring out all the white, red and green decorations. We are super excited to be part of this.” Because every student in the JATC teacher education class is a member of FCCLA, they work together to accomplish their service projects. Every year, members of the FCCLA compete against Kaylene White’s teacher education students at the Jordan Applied Technology Center are other schools in STAR events (Students Taking Action with donating a tree and a gingerbread house to this year’s Festival of Trees. Recognition), which includes doing projects and service in The students met at White’s Holladay home the community. These events help develop leadto bake and assemble the gingerbread house. ership skills and career preparation as a team and “We voted on doing a gingerbread house, so as an individual. we got put in charge of doing it,” Rachel Miller said “The Festival of Trees is part of our community of their cinnamon-scented creation. “We’re going service for our regional STAR competition in February,” to see if we can keep it together with hot glue, but it White said. “This is our fourth time doing this, we’ve will definitely smell good.” The students each made a batch of gingerbread and donated bags of candy to use for decoration. It’s a little stressful and “She is awesome,” Rachel said about White. “For all, but it’s fun and actually the gingerbread house, she said, ‘I’ll supply the place. You guys come over and we’ll make it together.’” gets me more in the spirit The small group laughed and joked as they of Christmas. We are super cooked batch after batch of gingerbread to get the house just right. excited to be part of this The tree was also provided as a donation and came from the JATC. “Our principal, Chris Titus, purchased our done it as long as I’ve been a teacher here and I’ve tree and FCCLA purchased the decorations,” White been here for four or five years.” said. “We could use our budget for other things, The students help by choosing and assembling but we choose to use it for this. Some people spend the tree and decorations, making the gingerbread thousands on a tree. We spend a couple hundred house from scratch and advertising the event around dollars, but we probably triple what we spend when the campus of the JATC. l

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Sub For Santa: Delivering The Magic Of Christmas By Sherry Sorensen


tudents at Brighton High School are catching the true spirit of the season as they partner with Cottonwood Heights City employees in their annual Sub for Santa event. This year, they’ll deliver the magic of Christmas to six preselected families in the city. “Service for these students means an opportunity to not think about themselves; to open their eyes and make them realize that there are always people in need,” said Courtney Long, a Brighton High student government adviser. “Generally, from these experiences they come out feeling really great about what they’ve done, which in turn allows them to continue to serve others around them.” The yearly service project helps both city employees and students reach out to members of the community and provide Christmas for families who may otherwise have to go without. But it’s not big-ticket items that these families are looking for. Instead, the wish lists include mostly practical gifts, such as school supplies, winter clothing and diapers.

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here’s lots of great family fun planned in the communities of Holladay and Cottonwood Heights. The Cottonwood/ Holladay Journal has tried to round up information on as many as we can below. Tear this page out and put it on your fridge so you don’t miss out on all the fun events! HOLLADAY CITY TREE LIGHTING Holladay City’s annual tree lighting will take place on Monday, Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Holladay Village Plaza, 4660 South 2300 East. There will be free entertainment, hot cocoa and cookies and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. SKATE WITH SANTA The Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center, 7500 South 2700 East, will host its annual Skate with Santa event on Friday, Dec. 5 from 2-4 p.m. This free family event includes skate rentals and an opportunity to cruise across the ice with St. Nick himself. Santa will step off the ice from 2:30-2:50 p.m. and 3:30-3:50 p.m. for those wishing to have photos taken while he’s in town. HOLIDAY CONCERT Celebrate the Christmas season with the Cottonwood Heights Community Orchestra, conducted by Shaun Davis, and special guest, Peter Breinholt, at Butler Middle School, 7605 South 2700 East, on Saturday, Dec. 6. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and will last about two hours. Tickets are available at the door for $5/person. AT THE LIBRARY Holladay Library presents free, family holiday movies throughout the month in its Holladay Holiday Film Fest. Note: the library’s licensing agreement with the studios does not allow it (or the CHJ Journal) to use the actual names of the movies. Only a description is available. Monday, Dec. 1, 6 – 8 p.m. A tale about one of Santa’s reindeer whom a little girl has to nurse back to health. Actors include Sam Elliot and Cloris Leachman. Movie is rated G. Thursday, Dec. 4, 6 – 8 p.m. An animated feature that answers every child’s question:“How does Santa deliver all those presents in one night?” Featuring voice talents of James McAvoy and Hugh Laurie. Movie is rated PG. Saturday, Dec. 6, 12 - 5:30 p.m. Back-to-back showings. The animated version of the Caldecottwinning book “Polar Express,” featuring the voice talents of Tom Hanks. Movie is rated PG. Monday, Dec. 8, 6 – 8 p.m. An adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas tale, as portrayed by Barbie. Movie is not rated. Wednesday, Dec. 10, 6 – 8 p.m. Tim Burton’s animated film about Jack Skellington of Halloweentown wanting to know more about Christmas. Movie is rated PG. Saturday, Dec. 13, 12 - 5:30 p.m. Back-to-back showings. Keisha Castle-Hughes as Mary in an adaptation of the original story about Christmas. Movie is rated PG.

Monday, Dec. 15, 6 – 8 p.m. The Muppets have finished singing and celebrating Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, so now it’s time for them to sing and celebrate Charles Dickens’ classic tale about Scrooge and a few ghosts. Movie is rated G. Wednesday, Dec. 17, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. A double feature of the classic animated tales of Dr. Seuss’ Grinch, and Mickey in Charles Dickens’ Christmas classic. Movies are not rated. Thursday, Dec. 18, 6 – 8 p.m. Will Ferrell as Buddy, raised as an elf, heads to New York City to find his father and spread holiday cheer. Movie is rated PG. Saturday, Dec. 20, 12 – 5:30 p.m. Back-to-back showings. Judy Garland sings and dances throughout the year as her city prepares for the World’s Fair to come to their town. Movie is not rated. Saturday, Dec. 27, 12 – 5:30 p.m. Back-to-back showings. Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire compete through song and dance during the year for the heart of a young woman. Movie is not rated. Tuesday, Dec. 30, 6 – 8 p.m. An adaptation of the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott, which holds its beginning during the holiday season. See Winona Ryder as Jo March and Christian Bale as Laurie Lawrence. Movie is rated PG. ALSO AT THE LIBRARY: The Nutcracker: An Anything Can Happen! Production Friday, Dec. 19, 2 – 3 p.m. Certified music therapist Paige Moore will lead participants in a Nutcracker celebration of the season through dance and rhythm. A Frozen Magic Show Monday, Dec. 22, 7 - 7:45 p.m. Magician Anthony White will mesmerize with his magic show filled with wintery effects and snowy illusions. THE FORGOTTEN CAROLS The Forgotten Carols tells the story of a nurse whose empty life is changed when a new patient recounts the story of Christ’s birth as told by little known characters in the nativity story. Performances Dec. 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19 and 20 at Cottonwood High School, 5715 South 1300 East at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $13.50 to $32. CHRISTMAS TREE REMOVAL Cottonwood Heights and Holladay residents can place their Christmas trees out for curbside collection beginning the day after Christmas until the last week of January. Trees will be picked up on regularly scheduled collection days. Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling reminds residents not to place the trees in their garbage or recycling cans. All trees must be free of tinsel, flocking, ornaments, stands and lights.


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Library Manager Kent Dean said. When the library first opened in 1974, they did so under the slogan “Tomorrow’s Library Today.” Since that time, Whitmore Library has sought to be instrumental in fostering community growth and promoting innovative learning activities for the entire family. “We have between 28,000 and 30,000 patrons come through our doors every month with 1 million items checked out.

or youth inspired them to write. It’s been an incredible experience for the library to be an integral part of the community,” Dean said. Throughout the years, the library has fostered close relationships with the business community and Cottonwood Heights City to better serve the community. Visitors from around the country have expressed appreciation for the number of services offered by the library, Dean said. l

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don’t think there’s anything that we aren’t prepared to handle. And Terracare knows they have to do it right,” Cullimore said. During a snow storm, it’s illegal to park on the streets. Vehicles found parked along the roadway impede snow removal and are subject to ticketing or towing. Residents should also avoid throwing

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The center is 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. Community Engagement -- James Moss Elementary is in need of shoes and snow boots in sizes 13 to 5. Please consider donating a new pair of shoes for these sweet children. Donations will be accepted at the Mt. Olympus Senior Center through the month of December. 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 Services 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. No Mind/Body Healing Class in December or January. Beginning Dec. 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Basket Raffle. Raffle tickets will be sold by the Advisory Committee, three tickets for $1, at the front desk. Baskets are in the display case with assigned numbers. Place your ticket in the corresponding numbered box behind

Fridays in December, 1 p.m. – Vital Aging. Mindfulness is paying attention in a nonjudgmental way to the present moments we often ignore. Learn how to practice mindfulness as a way to reduce stress and promote wellness in your life. Dec. 2, 8 a.m. -- AARP Smart Driver Class. Sign-up needed. Pay by check. Dec. 2, 16, 10:30 a.m. -- Finding a Happier Life amidst the Challenges. Come learn how to find happiness within your family dynamics and overcome challenges. Dec. 2, 1 p.m. -- Handling the Holidays Alone. The holidays can be a lonely time, especially for those who have lost loved ones. Diane Cunningham, a grief relief specialist will be here to share tools and helpful information for those who are facing the holidays alone. 11:30 a.m. – Birthday Tuesday. Come for a special celebration. Lunch is Salisbury steak and birthday cupcakes. Entertainment by Debbie Bowers. Group birthday photo will be taken. Dec. 4, 9 a.m. – “Food Poisoning? I think not!” Marilyn from the USU Extension will be going over proper storing and preserving of food. Food samples will be provided. Sign-up needed. 11 a.m. -- IPad class. Open to people of all levels. Dec. 5, 10 a.m. -- WWII in the Pacific “Flying with the Flak Pak.” In honor of Pearl Harbor Day, the center has invited Kenny Kemp, a WWII veteran, to come and share his wartime experiences, recorded in his book “Flying with the Flak Pack.” Sign-up needed.

Dec. 8, 11 a.m. –It’s a Foot Time. Dr. Robert Church from Wasatch Foot and Ankle Specialists will be giving a brief presentation on general foot care with basic information everyone should know. 1 p.m. – Hearing Aid Check with Brent Fox of Audiology Associates. Sign-up needed.

1 p.m. -- San Francisco Bridges. Daniel Kuhn will be back for a new presentation that takes you on a photographic tour of many of the Bay Area’s bridges, ranging from the classic Golden Gate Bridge and immense San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge to lesser-known spans over other parts of the bay.

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Dec. 11, 11 a.m. -- History and Origins of Christmas and Hanukkah. Come for an interesting lecture on the historical origins, background and contemporary practices of Hanukkah and Christmas. Dec. 15, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. -- Attorney Consultations. Meet with Mike Jensen with Elder Law, for a 20-minute consultation. Appointments needed Dec. 15, 29, 9 a.m.; $10. – Massages. Signup needed. Dec. 16, 11:30 a.m. -- Red Hatters. They will meet at Mimi’s Cafe, 5223 South State Street. If you need a ride, please indicate that when you sign up. 2 p.m. -- Book Club. The book club is reading “The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion” by Fannie Flagg. Dec. 17, 8 a.m. – Pancake Breakfast. Pancakes, coffee and juice will be served. Sponsored by the Advisory Committee

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HOLLADAY CHAMBER CORNER The Chamber Board would like to welcome new members: Debbie Hardcastle with America First CU; Joan Muschamp with Lemonzest Marketing; Andy Evans with Caputo’s Deli Holladay; Gretchen Wardle with Washington Federal; Soy with Rice Basil; and Steve Perschon with Olympus High School. A huge thank you to our renewing members: Karen Moore with MBK Senior Living; St. Vincent de Paul School; and Alan Jacobson with Residence Inn-Marriott Cottonwood. Join the Chamber and Holladay City for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony to be held on the Plaza Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. There will be caroling, Mr & Mrs Claus, hot chocolate and cookies. Dec. 16 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. 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 who 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. The 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 at www. holladaychamberofcommerce.org. Interested in joining the Holladay Chamber? Please call Kathryn at 801-8156174 or 801-979-5500. l


he first of eight homes is demolished to make way for the new Cottonwood Heights Municipal Center on the corner of 2300 East and Bengal Blvd. The city purchased the properties earlier this year from homeowners with proceeds from a $14.5 million bond. The remainder of the funds will be used in the planning and construction of a city hall and police department on the property. —Sherry Sorensen

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December 2014

M AYO R ’S H O L I D AY M E S S AG E 2014


he Holiday Season is a time to reflect on the many blessings of the past year. It’s also a time to anticipate the coming New Year with a renewed sense of enthusiasm. January will mark the one-year anniversary of my swearing in. The learning curve has been steep. I’m grateful to our City Council and Staff for the time and patience they have invested on my behalf. The entire Holladay community could not have been more gracious. I thank you for the kindness and support; I am most grateful. I look ahead to the New Year with an enduring sense of optimism.

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I am excited to be a part of all the positive changes currently under way around our community. We’re moving in a positive direction, and 2015 is setting up to be the best yet! The opportunity to serve as your Mayor has been the highlight of my year. It is an honor and privilege that I do not take for granted. On behalf of the City of Holladay Council and Staff, I wish you and your family a blessed Holiday Season and a New Year filled with happiness, prosperity and good health.

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My very best wishes, Mayor Rob Dahle

By Mayor Rob Dahle t’s the time of year when we all have to become more aware of the personal impact we have on local air quality. Did you know that 57% of the Fine Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM 2.5) pollutants are created by vehicle emissions? Did you know that wood

communities to make changes to improve Utah’s air quality. Visit their web site at www.UCAIR.org to find out what you can do to assist with this cause. We’ll be asking our residents to become part of the solution when they take the UCAIR Pledge. Refer to our city web site and the January issue of the Journal for future details.

burning as a source of home heating creates a serious health hazard in your neighborhood and the surrounding community? These are just two specific areas where community action can result in significant improvements to our environment. The City of Holladay is teaming with UCAIR, a statewide clean air partnership created to make it easier for individuals, businesses and

Holladay is launching a marketing campaign, using the UCAIR tools, to raise awareness and solicit participation from our community. The City of Holladay finished #1 in the County last year in recycling gains. It’s time to turn that same sense of stewardship toward improving the air quality in the valley. Each of us have a part to play, now is the time to act. l


CITY HALL HOLIDAY SCHEDULE The following is a listing of meeting dates for December and when City Hall will be closed. Special meetings of the Council and Planning Commission may be called, so please watch the city’s website.

Thursday, Dec. 4 City Council Meeting Tuesday, Dec. 9 Planning Commission Meeting Thursday, Dec. 11 City Council Meeting Wednesday, Dec. 24 City Hall will close at Noon Thursday, Dec. 25 City Hall CLOSED Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015 City Hall CLOSED

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December 2014


Playground Update

Happy Holidays from the Mayor and City Council

By Rob Dahle The Holladay City Foundation, in partnership with the City of Holladay has launched a fundraising campaign:

“ Holladay City Playground—Support Play! Donate Today!” We will update our progress through the City Journal and on the Web Site created to support the project--holladayplayground.wix.com/holladay-playground. I have been asked, “Why are we fundraising rather than just using tax dollars”? The answer is simple. We have limited funds in our budget for capital improvements/ maintenance. Our first priority is critical infrastructure; we then apply what we have left for projects like this

CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS: 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

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.

CITY OFFICES: Mon-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • 801-272-9450 4580 South 2300 East • Holladay, UT 84117 one. Without a fundraising campaign, the playground could take two to three years to fully install. The Foundation was formed to provide fundraising and implementation leadership for projects and programs that enhance our quality of life and make our City unique and special. We all think the Playground project is an appropriate cause. We hope you will see the value in this effort. If you’re shopping for a meaningful holiday gift for friends, teachers, and family consider giving a donation in honor of someone special in your life to the Holladay City Playground Project. Thank you in advance for your support!

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Winter Through The Eyes of a Code Enforcement Officer By Doug Brewer

American way, the happiest way and certainly the Holladay way!


oon those feathers will be falling. School kids will be sliding around, throwing snowballs, making snow angels, and otherwise doing what school kids do. What a tragedy should a child be hit having been forced into the street because someone didn’t shovel their walks. Sadly, I see this negligence every year. Parents and property owners would be forever affected if a child were killed or maimed. Would that be what it would take to engrave the importance of shoveling our walks high on our list? Especially if you live on a high pedestrian traffic street, please assure those who walk by your residence or business have a well cleared walkway. The law requires this, true, but our conscience and peace of mind ought to be the motive – being of service to others is the

That said, here are some winter reminders: • It is illegal to park on the street during or before a storm until it stops snowing and snowplows have it cleared • Get your furnace inspected • Get your ice scrapers, ice-melt and snow shovels where they need to be • Winterize your sprinkler and air conditioning systems • Firewood stacked (18” off the ground or on a hard surface where rats won’t nest – is the law) • Think of how you might help the elderly or disadvantaged in your neighborhood And finally, my favorite reminder: • Spring has a flawless record of coming faithfully every year! l

Holladay Arts is happy to present their 3rd Annual Fine Art Show. To be held February 13, 14, 20, 21, from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Opening Reception is February 13 from 4:00. to 8:00p.m. All entries must be submitted on line at HolladayArts.org by January 5th 2015.

Come and enjoy the fine arts, music and refreshments with us at Holladay City Hall, 4580 South 2300 East.

Holladay General Plan Update #2


he General Plan update is underway. A kickoff event to review the proposed elements of the Plan and gather input from residents was held on 11/19. The General Plan is our community blueprint for future growth and change. While a few residents attended and commented on their feelings about their community and issues for consideration in the General Plan, more participation is needed. The Plan is scheduled to be completed and adopted by the end of 2015 and it is highly important that the City receives important input on the Plan right now and in the coming few months as it is being drafted and then presented to the public, Planning Commission and City Council. All Holladay residents and businesses are invited to review

progress on the Plan on the City’s website, www.cityofholladay.com and to also link to our consultant’s website, www.ldi-ut.com/holladay to share your Holladay stories and photos. At least two more public faceto-face meetings for this project are planned. The next will be a Workshop to Review and Develop Alternative Futures that is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, February 25 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m at City Hall. Please mark your calendar for this important event, and be sure to visit the project web page to track progress and provide your thoughts and input. 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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Olympus Jr. High Students Give Big This Holiday Season By Marci Heugly


t may be “the most wonderful time of the year” for most people, but for those who have nothing to eat, it is anything but wonderful. Fortunately, Olympus Jr. High students wanted to do their part in the fight against hunger with their sixth annual food drive. The school held a food donation drive from Nov. 5-19 to gather hundreds of food items to donate to the Utah Food Bank. According to the Utah Food Bank website, “444,000 Utahns, which equates to 1 in 6 Utahns, are at risk of missing a meal today. Even more alarming is that 1 in 5 Utah kids are unsure where their next meal is coming from.” Olympus Jr. High students want to lower those odds with generous giving. “The grade with the most donations wins doughnuts for their entire grade,” Student Body Adviser Cindy Fulton said. “This is the first year we are competing as grades; we usually have a home room competition.” The competitive factor is working.

When there was still one week left to donate, the ninth grade had donated 525 items, the seventh grade had donated 425 items and the eighth grade had donated 282 food items.

“ It is so rewarding to see youth in our state being so committed to helping those in need.”

“This is the service component to our All For All/Spirit Week activities that we held from Nov. 20-25,” Fulton said. “The grades will also compete in a grade cheer and spirit competition, and for every 500 food items donated, each grade will receive one extra point on the cheer judging sheet.” Spirit Week is for the students to show their school pride. Each day will have a dress-up theme such as Pajama Day, SuperHero Day, Retro Day and Blue-And-White Day. The cheer competitions will take place

Olympus Jr. High cheerleaders Eliza Jones, Naomi Nielson, Lauren Campbell and Lizzie Kaelberer are holding some of the food donated to the school’s food drive. Photo courtesy of Cindy Fulton on Blue-And-White Day, and the winning grade will then be announced. While one grade will be named the winner, it is really the food bank that will benefit. “It is so rewarding to see youth in our state being so committed to helping those in need. Knowing that future generations of

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Utahns are concerned about the well-being of people within their own communities gives us hope that we can continue to fight hunger statewide until all of our friends and neighbors have access to three meals a day, every day,” Utah Food Bank Chief Development Officer Ginette Bott said. l

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Local Students Get Involved With District Policy By Marci Heugly


anyons School District is giving a stronger voice to its students. Two students each from Brighton, Alta, Corner Canyon, Hillcrest and Jordan are involved in the recently formed Student Advisory Council. The 10 member student council is in its second year and is really beginning to come together. Its goal? To inform the Board of Education of the students’ thoughts on current policy and to help create new policies. “Our real reasons for the council are twofold,” Assistant Superintendent Dr. Robert Dowdle said. “Number one, we want to give a voice to the students in our district. Number two, we want students to assist the board with policies that will affect students.”

member. “Most Utah colleges and universities waive application fees during College Application Week.” The student body officers want to make sure every student knows how and where to apply for college. Students that have been accepted to a college or university have submitted their names and the names of their future schools to be hung in Brighton’s hallways. “The students that show proof that they applied for college will be in a drawing to win an iPad Mini,” said Carter Brown, student body treasurer. After College Application Week, David and Carter will turn their attention to other student issues in the district. The Board of Education will seek their input, along with the other members of the Student Advisory Council, to work on six new discipline policies that will be introduced to the district, including one on the dress code. “We are asking input from the students about how Students from Canyons School District high schools form the recently they feel about the current created Student Advisory Council, which will assist the Board of Education dress code,” Dowdle said. as a voice for the students. Photo courtesy of Canyons School District The students will gather information from their classEach member of the council is required mates and bring it back to the next meeting. to attend one board meeting and one training “It’s kind of a developmental process,” session each month. The training sessions Dowdle said. “Last year was the beginning are used to help students gain additional stages, and we are trying to figure out how leadership skills, expose them to local politics to best use the students.” and help them to better understand and appreciate the education process. “The students gain leadership skills The students gain by working on their public presentation. leadership skills by working We teach them how to deliver a message on their public presentation. well. Nine out of 10 of them have presented to the board, mostly about the Utah We teach them how to College Application Week activities,” deliver a message well. Dowdle said. These activities took place during the week of Nov. 17, and the students reported to the board about the events at As they fine tune the process, the their respective schools. students are learning the ins and outs of “At Brighton, we are having all the how to create and implement school policy. seniors come down to fill out college “Anytime you have student input, it’s applications if they haven’t already,” beneficial,” Dowdle said. “It’s fun to work said David Warr, Brighton student body with them; they bring a lot of enthusiasm historian and student advisory council and excitement to our meetings.” l

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11-Year-Old Swims His Way to Victory By Michelle Bodkin


van Van Brocklin, 11, started swimming by the age of 3, and by the time he was 6 he was swimming competitively and breaking records. His mother, Sheri Holmen, said they knew pretty early on that Evan had some natural ability, but had no idea he would be so driven to try and be the best he could be at the sport. “I think as soon as he made it on a competitive team we were pretty aware that he had some natural talents,” Holmen said. “The first time he ever swam the 50-meter fly, he broke the team record, and the team he was on in Vegas was a very good team with a lot of good swimmers.” Holmen said that in Evan’s first competitive race he had no idea the length he had to swim was double what he was used to. “I think what was funny about that race was that he had been swimming with a rec. league over the summer, and they had only done 25 yards, and so he went out in that race thinking it was 25, and he didn’t pace himself so he came back and was really, really tired and looked at me like, ‘Why did you make me do that,’” Holmen said. Originally from Las Vegas, Nev., Evan and his family moved to the Cottonwood Heights area when he was 7 years old which posed some new challenges that forced him to become an even better swimmer. “He had to start competing in the 10-and-under category, and that was a bit of a challenge, but I think it

Evan Van Brocklin is only 11 but is already breaking records in the swimming world and hoping to one day make the U.S. Olympic Team. Photo courtesy of Sheri Holmen records for him to try and achieve. “We found all of Michael Phelps’ old [8 and under] records, and we kind of just did it for fun initially because USA swimming also doesn’t recognize 8 and under swimming times,” Holmen said. “There are no motivational time standards for that age group. So, we just set his goals at that time to beat Michael Phelps’ times, and we never in a million years thought that he

“ He has already made the connection between hard

work and success, and it’s really shocking to me that someone that young has put that together. The harder you work, the more likely you are to succeed.” pushed him because he’s very competitive and likes to win,” Holmen said. “It was a lot of older, bigger kids he was competing with.” Holmen said they soon learned Utah was a little different in that they don’t keep records for swimmers in Evan’s age group like they do in Nevada. So, to keep Evan motivated, they got creative and found some interesting

would actually break them. We thought we were setting some pretty high goals for him to try and achieve, and the kid has surprised us.” Evan currently holds the state record in the 100-meter butterfly, the 400-meter freestyle and the 500-yard freestyle. Holmen said that with how young Evan is, his body is changing, and it can sometimes change which stroke he

does best with year to year. “With kids that young, they try to not specialize in any one race because as they grow, they can get better or worse at a particular one,” she said. “For instance, right now I don’t think his backstroke would be considered one of his better ones, but it maybe was when he was 8, and his freestyle used to be pretty bad, and now it’s pretty good. His butterfly is what has been consistent with him, but it just kind of depends on the week.” What sets Evan apart from other 11-year-olds, according to Holmen, is his work ethic which is unusually strong for someone so young. “He just has in him a drive,” she said. “He has already made the connection between hard work and success, and it’s really shocking to me that someone that young has put that together. The harder you work, the more likely you are to succeed.” Evan is not done working hard either. His ultimate goal is to someday swim in the Olympics just like Michael Phelps. “We have these little Olympic tattoos, and he puts them on before every big meet, and that’s his good luck charm that reminds him of the long-term goal,” his mom said. “If anyone can do it, it’s him.” l

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Bengals Rally Around Fallen Leader By Michelle Bodkin


righton High beat Hunter in the state quarterfinals on Nov. 7, 26-21 and was set to take on American Fork in the semifinals on Nov. 13. Unfortunately, the Bengals came up short, and their quest for another crack at the state championship were stopped prematurely after being routed by the Cavemen 58-28. While not the finish Brighton was looking for to their season, things could have been much worse for the Bengals. In the second week of the season, their star wide receiver and team captain junior Drew Jensen went down in a freak accident, forcing other players to step up for Brighton.

“ There is some toughness to the kids.

Sometimes, you go into these games and you know a team’s really good or they have big kids. There is no fear there.” “[Drew] just kind of got stuck in a hole and his knee buckled,” head coach Ryan Bullett said. “He didn’t get hit, nothing, but he went down with a knee injury. We were pretty sad about it. It took us a while to recover, but we had other kids just step up and fill in. Drew is still there. He’s one of our captains, and he’s doing as good of a job as expected just being a leader. It’s just one of those

unfortunate things to lose one of your better players. I feel like our kids really rallied.” The Bengals finished their season with a respectable 10-2 record, all while figuring out how to fill the big shoes Jensen left out on the field. “We took second in our region, and Bingham won the region,” Bullett said. “Our kids have played really well the whole year.” Bullett was quick to compliment many of his players that stepped up for Jensen in his absence and credits them for getting the team to the semifinals. “Cody Barton has done a great job stepping up and rarely came off the field,” Bullett said. “Osa Mesina took a bigger leadership role. Simi Fehoko has caught around 20 touchdown passes. He probably wouldn’t have had those numbers with Drew out there because it would have been a little bit more split up between those two.” According to Bullett, what sets his team apart from many others in the state is their toughness and belief in themselves. “The kids have done a great job, and I’m really impressed,” he said. “They have a lot of confidence. That’s a big part: trying to get the kids to believe they can beat other teams.” Bullett continued on to say that the Bengals have a lot of confidence that they are the better team whenever they

The Bengals rallied around their injured captain Drew Jensen and made it to the semifinal round of the state championship this season. Photo courtesy of Drew Jensen line up to play, and it makes all the difference in the world. “There is some toughness to the kids,” he said. “There’s not a fear factor. Sometimes, you go into these games and you know a team’s really good or they have big kids. There is no fear there. There is a lot of confidence.” l

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Lady Titans Hungry To Return To State By Caitlin J. Wilson


ost people have heard of the biblical story of David and Goliath. It’s one the Lady Titans basketball team is familiar with. After finishing fifth in region play last season, and going barely above .500 the last few years, they know what it’s like to be the underdog. However, coach Kael Ashton sees strong attributes in his team that just might get them on top once again.

girls who have graduated and moved on, it’s time for the six seniors returning to fill the void and make a difference, both on and off the court. “With those four leaving, it leaves a hole because they were all leaders to the younger girls. Now with the six seniors that will be returning, I want them to step up and take on the leadership role. All of them will.” With community support and the team

“ I believe we can come out swinging and work

harder every time we step out onto the court. We have determination, hard work ethic, the talent—it all depends on how we use it when we play a game.

“We are a team. The girls know what I expect of them,” Ashton said. “I believe we can come out swinging and work harder every time we step out onto the court. We have determination, hard work ethic, the talent—it all depends on how we use it when we play a game.” Aston also noted that with four senior

having a close bond, Ashton believes his team will go far and show that last year’s finish in fifth was just part of a learning curve. “We definitely have a lot of support. I call this place home. The parents of these girls have been amazing and always wanting to help out in any way that they can. The girls lead by example. It’s always

been about team focus and bettering each individual,” he said. The most important goal for this Lady Titan team is to get back into the playoffs and possibly, the championship game. “The team and I have talked about getting there again. We’ve had 10 straight appearances of going to the playoffs. The last couple of years we kept falling short and never quite grasped it,” Ashton said. “I hope to see things get off to a great start

once the season kicks off, and we’ll be able to show that we belong there. It’s going to be fun to watch and see what we can bring to the table.” And they did just that when they defeated Copper Hills High School at home in a nail-biting game on Nov. 19, with a score of 45-44. Olympus held their stance in the winding down minutes as time expired. Katie Warren led her Titan squad with hothanded shooting, scoring 17 points. l

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recently met a gal who told me a story about how they use their cowboy boots for Christmas stockings. This came about because, during a move to a new home, the box with their holiday decorations got lost. Instead of buying new stockings they hung their cowboy boots on the mantle and have kept the tradition ever since. When you think of Christmas traditions you might think of driving around and seeing the lights, watching a favorite holiday movie, enjoying special recipes or opening up PJ’s on Christmas Eve. Holiday traditions invoke wonderful and playful memories of childhood and help bond us to those we love. We asked our readers at Coupons4Utah.com what their favorite holiday traditions are and we got a lot of great responses. Here are a few favorites that are out of the norm and easy on the wallet. Stop a Cop: Wrap up goodies, then on Christmas Eve find a police officer or stop by a firehouse and deliver your treats, with an offer of thanks and gratitude for keeping you safe on the holiday.

Toy Clean Up: Two or three days before Christmas gather the kids and go through their toys. Place those they no longer play with in a special bag and put it under the tree. On Christmas Eve, St. Nick will take the bag and replace it with their newly wrapped toys. The toys get donated to a local shelter or care center. Table Talk: Use butcher paper instead of a tablecloth and breakout the crayons. Everyone, adults and children, writes or illustrates something on the table. It can be words of gratitude, a big announcement or sharing a goal they hope to achieve. When it’s time for dinner each person shares what they wrote. Go Camping: Camp out around your Christmas tree the night you decorate it. Tell stories by candlelight. In the morning have the same breakfast menu from year to year, like funny face pancakes or a special muffin or bread that you only make on that particular morning. Discover Your Inner Actor: Put on a holiday performance. Act out the nativity and read the story

of Christ’s birth from the Bible. Then, have a gift exchange game where the gifts cannot cost more than $5. Newlyweds Forever: Make a yearly decoration for the tree out of things you can find around the house that represents where you are in that stage of life. Your ornaments will tell a story of time as you grow your family. Winter Wonderland: Make a paper snowflake each day during December and have your child write something they are thankful for on it. Then hang the snowflakes in the window or around the house. Ants in Your Pants: Go sledding or ice skating on Christmas day after opening the gifts. This is a great way to channel the Christmas excitement into a healthy family activity. Hide and Seek: Santa’s mischievous elves hide one present for Christmas Eve. They leave treasure hunt style clues all over the house leading the way to the gift. What’s your holiday tradition? For more ideas our readers submitted visit: coupons4utah.com/traditions Happy Holidays

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


t’s budget time at Salt Lake County. I recently presented my proposed 2015 budget to the county council. It is structurally balanced with existing revenues and no tax increase. My proposed budget supports my approach of efficient, cost-effective government service delivery and accountability to the taxpayer. This is a lean budget that shows Salt Lake County is living within its means. We took a sharp pencil to all new requests for money and cut total requests from the mayor’s department and from other elected officials by $19.8 million.

We’re holding the line on government, moving in new ways to more efficiently meet the demands of a growing population, while at the same time maintain support for healthy communities and an excellent quality of life. I’m optimistic, given our strong fiscal track record and excellent fiscal management, that we’ll meet our responsibilities, including deferred maintenance. Our funding commitment to deferred maintenance amounts to a 400 percent increase over what was budgeted in 2010. It’s our responsibility to ensure everything operates safely and efficiently and serves the purpose for which it was designed, built and paid. Even though we’ve cut the backlog of deferred maintenance in half, I won’t be satisfied until we’ve met our goal. The best way to balance our budget and keep taxes low is to support private sector job growth. Salt Lake County is in the national spotlight for our success in growing the economy and creating sustainable prosperity. We’re attracting a key segment of the workforce—the 25 to 34-year-olds who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher level of education. We’re keeping up with such hot job markets for these desirable workers as Nashville, Denver and Houston. Our regional development team has begun to deliver on the promise to be efficient and effective partners in economic development. We’ve begun to plan and build safe, modern infrastructure improvements, partnering with cities and townships throughout the county to leverage transportation bond money. We’re meeting our core responsibility to protect

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public safety by directing needed funds to the Sheriff, the Emergency Operations Center, the District Attorney and the Legal Defenders Association. I am excited that 2015 will be the year that Salt Lake County begins to move away from an outdated, “fundwhat-once-worked-system” or “fund-what-we-hope-willwork-system” to a “fund-only-if-it-works” approach. I’ll be writing about that in more detail in the near future. At a time when residents and taxpayers are fed up with government gridlock and partisan bickering, and skeptical of government’s ability to function, Salt Lake County will stand out as deserving of their support and trust. By collaborating across party lines and jurisdictions, our metro area will have safer streets, cleaner air, and more arts, parks, trails and open spaces if we work together. Fiscal discipline, transparency and accountability, opportunity for all; these are the values that keep us strong. I look forward to working with the county council to finalize the budget and get residents’ comments at our Dec. 9 public hearing. l

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Boy Scouts Develop Plan To Fill Sidewalk Gap By Tammy Nakamura


t’s only 237 feet long, but a gap in the sidewalk along The boys also surveyed 13 households on El Dorado Gunderson Lane near 2000 East, poses a danger to people Drive and Woodside Drive, of which nine homeowners who walk in that area, according to nearby residents. Gunder- stated that the issue was a high priority for them. son Lane is at approximately “We understand that 4100 South. Children traverse Holladay City doesn’t allocate We have fewer than $50,000 for the area to get to Crestview a lot of money for such projects Elementary School, and many and that money has to be spread curb, gutter and sidewalk projects others walk and jog along that to many projects,” Thompson every year. We could probably use stretch of road. said. “So we are hoping to Now, Boy Scout Troop generate funding through 10 times that amount. 384 from the Holladay area government grants donations has taken on the challenge of of product and services from seeing if a sidewalk could be built there as part of their the community, and other yet-to-be-determined sources.” Citizenship in the Community merit badge. But Scout leaders admit they don’t know how long “The boys really wanted a project where they felt the fundraising efforts could take, or if they will even they could impact real change,” said Joel Thompson, a be successful. merit badge counselor. Holladay City Manager Randy Fitts said this project, The troop conducted a study which included a project along with other similar issues such as street lighting description, project costs and benefits. and other sidewalk requests, is prompting the city to The Boy Scouts found that completing the gap in consider developing a policy on how to prioritize those the sidewalk would create 1,670 linear feet of continuous requests. The city council will study the issue further sidewalk. They garnered support from the two homeowners in upcoming meetings and may have a policy in place whose residences span the sidewalk gap. They projected early next year. the cost to be $30,625. “We have fewer than $50,000 for curb, gutter and

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Cottonwood Heights Leaders Plan For Future Of The Mountains By Sherry Sorensen


hen it comes to decisions that affect the Central Wasatch Mountains, Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore Jr. said Cottonwood Heights is “ground zero.” On Nov. 12, the city hosted a community outreach meeting to educate residents about Mountain Accord, a collaboration of more than 20 public and private stakeholders, including Cottonwood Heights, which have a vested interest in the future of these mountains. Cullimore said it’s critical for residents to be involved and provide feedback on decisions in the study area. “The plans being formulated by Mountain Accord have a very personal impact on our community,” he said. “If there’s going to be a million more people coming through our community in the coming years to get to the canyons, how are we going to accommodate them? We may be talking 20 to 30 years down the road, but we need to plan now for when that happens.” Earlier this year, Mountain Accord

began gathering public input through local and online scoping meetings on critical decisions that will shape the future of the mountain range and its canyons. Using that input, along with data from past and present studies of the area, committees began meeting to formulate potential plans that will guide usage of the canyons over the next 40 years. Committee members focused on creating idealized options in four categories: environment, recreation, economy and transportation. These idealized systems were released by Mountain Accord earlier this fall. Copies of the idealized systems and study data are available at mountainaccord.com. “Hopefully, these become the guiding principles and the guiding light over the next 40 years on how we deal with all of these aspects,” Mountain Accord Executive Director Lanee Jones, said. “We are in the process right now of melding these options together and seeing where they overlap and where trade-offs can be made.”

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Public comment is welcome throughout the process as Mountain Accord moves toward the end of phase one in January. Phase two will take a minimum of two years and consists of advancing the preferred option through federal, state and local agencies and completing any necessary environmental impact studies. l

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spotlight on: Elements Massage

By Ashley Marshall/Paige Jackman


ust over 2.3 million is a lot of people, and it’s also how many people suffer from MS or multiple sclerosis throughout the world. This is a very personal topic to the employees at Elements Massage in Cottonwood Heights, and they are preparing for some events this upcoming season to raise awareness and funds for the cause. Although its doors opened less than a year ago, Elements Massage has gone out of its way to give back to the community. These charitable acts include sponsoring the Lupus Foundation, another dear cause to Elements Massage. Elements Massage of Cottonwood Heights has also been very involved in the community and has taken part in many events, including giving free massages to the runners at the Big Cottonwood (Revel) marathon a few months ago. This level of philanthropy is nothing to Elements Massage. Before the doors of the Cottonwood Heights location even opened,

Elements Massage started sponsoring different local foundations. The community involvement doesn’t stop there. Elements Massage supports and collaborates with surrounding businesses in Cottonwood Heights to bring everyone in their neck of the woods together. To give back this season, Elements Massage is donating a portion of its proceeds on Dec. 15 to MS. So come by to take part in the great prices and special promotions that Elements Massage is offering that day and help support our

neighbors with MS. Coppin Colburn, a Hawaiian native, recently got a massage at the Cottonwood location. Colburn noted this about his experience, “From the moment I called and spoke with a young but very knowledgeable receptionist, the experience was incredible. My massage therapist was excellent. Everyone was so friendly. As a visitor, I felt very much at home.” Elements Massage seeks to give this level of care to all of its clients, especially those in its local community. On Saturday,

Dec. 13, Elements Massage will be setting up a massage tent at VASA Gym, formerly known as Gold’s Gym, on Van Winkle Expressway. The massage tent will offer discounted prices on some specialty massages given by Elements Massage’s very own certified massage therapists. These locally owned companies, which are located only 5 minutes away, are banding together to help the community by donating all of the proceeds from the event. So take a break from the stressful holiday rush to relax with us and our friends at Elements Massage. These two special events will, not only leave you with a feelgood vibe, but prepare you for the busy weeks to come. l




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Rockin’ Around the Real Christmas Tree By Peri Kinder


ow that we’re empty nesters, my husband has tentatively suggested that we destroy Christmas. We’ll be cuddling in front of the TV when he whispers, “Do you think it’s time we invested in a fake tree?” “No.” “But a real tree stresses you out each year.” “That’s not stress, it’s the Christmas spirit,” I reply. “I didn’t know the Christmas spirit was so grouchy.” A real Christmas tree has always been the center of my holiday decorating. Growing up, we’d hang stockings, put out Advent calendars and display nativity scenes, but the season didn’t officially start until the tree was plunked into a bucket of boiling Mountain Dew. (We had the only caffeine-addicted tree on the street.) After dad strung the lights and went to hide in his bedroom, we’d attack the tree like a whirling tornado, fighting over who got to hang favorite ornaments. Once we were in bed, mom and dad would redecorate and hang tinsel, one silvery strand at a time, on every branch. I’ve carried on that tradition (minus the tinsel that would cling to our clothes) to create our own perfect Christmas tree. Our holiday tree has never been a symbol of opulence. We’ve never had a Winter Wonderland tree with white fluffy reindeer frolicking through snowy silk ribbons, dangling with sparkly Swarovski crystals and silver-sequined snowflakes.

Instead, our tree’s branches are weighed down by homemade angels with ratted-out hair and lopsided halos, clothespin reindeers tangled around hand beaded wreaths, and South Park characters rubbing shoulders with the baby Jesus. Decades of school photo ornaments hang amid the evergreen boughs, detailing years of missing teeth, questionable hairstyles and teenage angst. And loved ones who have passed away are remembered with ornaments ranging from dancing shoes to teardrop prisms. Put together, it’s an explosion of bad taste that would make Martha Stewart cry. But it’s not just a Christmas tree—it’s a family tree representing years of holiday memories. The finished product is only half of the story. Finding the perfect Christmas tree is a tradition/catastrophe I anticipate/ loathe every December. Hence my husband’s misguided “fake tree” suggestion. He just doesn’t understand that a

plastic tree is a soulless imitation of holiday beauty, and the first step to anarchy. Each year, I schedule a day to pick out a tree, and, without fail, it’s the coldest, snowiest, iciest weekend of the month. My youngest daughter tags along to make sure I get it right and to help hold the tree on top of the car once the loosely-tied knots start to unravel—much like my mind. We scour tree lots, looking for an evergreen that is devoid of bare spots, more alive than dead and not full of spiders. (Don’t ask. It’s a horrible holiday memory.) We also try to avoid tree lots managed by the town drunk. (That’s another Christmas/horror saga involving a leering, inebriated tree salesperson with a chain saw.) Once the tree arrives safely home, we discover the 10-foot tree won’t fit into our 8-foot living room. We attack it with dull handsaws and scissors until it fits, and then, in a flurry of Christmas chaos, we adorn it with lights and ornaments, and top it with a rickety angel, balanced precariously on the highest branch. When the dust settles, we’ll cuddle by the decorated tree, watching Christmas lights twinkle while the snow softly falls. It’s the epitome of holiday perfection. Until my husband whispers, “What do you think about having Christmas dinner at Village Inn?” Could be a long, cold winter in our home. l

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