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Paper Or Plastic: Is There An Answer? By Lewi Lewis
ever heard of Sten Gustaf Thulin? Large-scale generalizations are a slippery slope, but when they fit, well … they fit: you’ve used his invention hundreds, if not thousands of times. Everyone has. Thulin was a Swedish engineer whose invention has changed the world and continues to do so in a very real way. Whether that change is for the better or worse depends upon with whom you speak. In the early 1960s, Thulin developed a process that allowed the creation of a simple, high load-carrying bag; the Swedish company Celloplast had it patented in 1965. His invention? We know it today as the single use plastic shopping bag. The plastic shopping bag, brought to the U.S. in the late 1970s by ExxonMobil, didn’t really take hold of the masses until 1982 when the country’s two largest supermarket chains, Safeway and Kroger, switched from the paper bag to the plastic one, and the question ‘paper or plastic’ has been part of our daily vernacular and
a constant source of contention ever since. Amidst all the back and forth, it is impossible to know on which side of the fence Thulin, if he were alive today, would land. Or perhaps, like many others, he would simply teeter in the middle like an unsteady egg. So what about it, paper or plastic? The invention and life of the plastic bag hasn’t generated so much contention and controversy over nothing. There are many on both sides of the line. Those that are fully educated and apprised of the actual situation, and those that take a stance simply because the answer is “obvious.” It may not be that straightforward. Nor is it, it seems, just a case of environmentalists versus “Big Plastic.” The fact that plastic bags are pretty much everywhere is indisputable.
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uesday morning, I received the shocking news that my dear friend Norm Bangerter had suffered a severe stroke. My thoughts and prayers were with him and I was saddened but relieved when I heard that he had passed away Tuesday afternoon. Norm had many great qualities, but he was not a patient man and frankly he would have made an awful invalid. There is much that has been written and said about the former Governor this week, but I had a unique attachment and relationship with the guy. I remember when I was Deputy Lt. Governor and met with him for the first time. Here was a guy from the West Side who beat an entrenched Democrat in the Watergate year. Upon meeting him, I understood why. He was smart, bright, commonsensical. He knew how to get things done and how to bring people along with him. He and Jim Hansen, who later became the longest serving Congressmen in the history of our state, made a phenomenal duo with Hansen as Speaker and Norm as Majority Leader. What I respected about these two is that they worked closely with Scott Matheson, the Democratic Governor, and did what was right for the state. It was a golden era. After Jim Hansen’s election to Congress, the Republicans made Norm Speaker. I dealt with many great Speakers, a couple not so great, but without question, Norm was the best I personally ever dealt with. During this time, it was the tradition of the House that a Speaker serve only one term and leave the body, but future Speakers Garff, Karas, Brown, Bishop and others wanted Norm to be Governor and elected him to an unprecedented second term. Up until this time, this had only happened one other time in the history of the state. I became close to Norm and he asked me to run his Campaign for Governor in 1984. At the time, it was not certain whether popular Governor Scott Matheson would run again or not. Norm announced and Scott announced a week later that he was not running. Norm used to tease that once Matheson heard that he was running he got out of the race. This was not the case, but it was a fun jest.
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The race for the Republican nomination was tough. Bob Wright, who came close to beating Matheson in 1980 was running, Dan Marriott, a popular Republican Congressman from Utah decided to run as well as respected Utah State Senator Karl Snow. And yes, there was a gadfly in the race, former Salt Lake County Republican Chair Laura Ferguson. Norm and Colleen worked hard. They spent an entire year on the road. We arranged for Republican House members, who all but a couple of RINOs, were not only
By Doug Foxley death. There was then State Senator Paul Rogers who was a fundraising whiz, Dave Buhler, who took a leave from Senator Hatch’s Office, L.J. Godfrey, Rick Evans, Taz Biesinger and so many others. After coming in first in the State Republican Convention, we decided to do the unconventional and put what few resources we had into media hoping that when the first Dan Jones Poll came out that we would be within striking distance of Dan Marriott if not ahead. Dan was a good man, but we felt
Left to right: Governor Bangerter, Steve Foxley and Doug Foxley.
supporting Norm but they agreed to hold meetings in their homes for all of the friends and former delegates. What was amazing, is that even though Karl Snow was a most effective State Senator, the majority of Utah State Senators endorsed Norm and worked hard holding events for him in their homes. It was a real grassroots effort aided by the late great Julie Orchard; Judy Schiffman, Norm and Colleen’s neighbor who later served as Colleen’s Assistant and took care of Colleen when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and subsequently married Norm after Colleen’s
that there was not strong support for him. Our assumption was correct, and when Dan’s first KSL-Deseret News Poll came out we were ahead. The money was tight, but after that poll it started coming in and we went on to beat Dan Marriott and Karl Snow in the Republican Primary and handily defeated former Congressman Wayne Owens in November to make Norm the first Republican Governor in Utah in 20 years. 1984 was a unique time, for it was the first time that a Governor and Lt. Governor ran in tandem. Prior to that time, there was
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initially just a Secretary of State who later became Lt. Governor Secretary of State. It was an amazing process for finding a candidate. In the end, it came down to two great guys, former Senator Doug Bischof who led the Reagan efforts in Utah and an talented young State Auditor from Orem named Val Oveson. In the end, Val was chosen, and he was an awesome Lt. Governor. There are many stories I could tell, but I will spare you. You all know about Kennecott shutting down along with Geneva Steel just weeks before Norm was inaugurated. You know about the floods, the pumps, and his leadership to save education. The repudiation by the U.E.A., the race with Ted Wilson and Merrill Cook. In the end, after being 30 points behind, we won 41, 38 for Wilson, and 22 for Cook. But what you don’t know is that Norm was a good decent human being who never did anything wrong. There is not an off color joke, story, or any inappropriate behavior with respect to anyone. He was a problem solver who never started life out thinking he would be Governor. His natural talents and abilities continued to open doors and opportunities for him. One can not talk about Norm and his legacy without thinking about all of the people that he brought into state government, Dave Adams, Dave Grant, Kirk Green, Dave Johnson, Julie Orchard, Judy Schiffman, Steve Mecham, Francine Giani, Dave Buhler, John T. Nielsen, Bud Scruggs, Carol Nixon, Bonnie Stevens, Ed Leary, Alice Shearer, Leigh Vonderesch and oh so many more. Their legacy, like his is one of true public service and behaving in a manner that public servants should. Norm, I will miss you, but you taught me many things. You were a true friend and mentor and may your reunion with Colleen be a sweet one. Thanks for being who you were, a humble carpenter from Granger, Utah, who served this state well. Sincerely, Doug Foxley
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Paper Or Plastic continued from page 1 Groups have been formed. Alliances have been made, creating deep divisions; proposals for the ban of single use plastic bags have been weaving through our states, in some cases winningly, in others, not so much. And certainly separating the muck from the crystal is where it gets sticky.
representatives about recycling programs), tells me that the amount of plastic bags that get used in America alone brushes 1 billion annually. “And around 5 percent of those are recycled. Plastic never deteriorates … it [plastic] may breakdown into small pieces, but it will never fully breakdown. It’s always going to exist once it’s created,” he said. Anthony Van Leeuwen, who is involved with the group, Fight The Plastic Bag Ban, argues this by citing a survey about the 2012 bag ban in San Jose, California. “They did a litter survey both before (two years) and after (one year) the bag ban. A total of 2,913 plastic bags were collected over three years, or about 1,000 per year. The city estimated that more than 500 million plastic grocery bags were used annually,” he said. “Therefore, 1,000 plastic grocery bags collected annually represent 0.02 percent of the bags used in the city.” He tells me that what “they” won’t tell you is that only about 50 percent of all plastic bags littered were plastic grocery bags, inferring that the problem is much more involved than what people are told.
for every plastic bag. They are built into the cost of groceries. So they are purchasing convenience of their neglect.” Leeuwen breaks it down into more detail the way he sees it: “Plastic bags indirectly cost a typical family of four about $10 to $20 annually. That same family would spend about $78 per year using paper bags at 10 cents each.” By all accounts seen, paper uses more fuel and resources across the board, if only in production alone. It also seems that recycling isn’t all that efficient, and is grossly underused anyway [see popularmechanics.com for more information]. So now what?
he pressure to “green” nowadays is rampantly ubiquitous, so the answer should be simple: use the most recyclable material. Biodegradable paper it is then, right? Don’t be so sure. The making of paper products creates 70 percent more air pollution than that of the Josh Scheuerman, founder of Four Corners Utah, has been passionate about picking up production of plastic. [source: energysavings.com] trash and recycling since he was a child. And then, or course, there is the “obvious”: paper is made of trees. According to ecology.com, 4 billion trees are cut down tudies have shown that plastic bags will stick around for each year for paper products alone. That’s roughly 35 percent 500 – 1000 years, but because the plastic bag has only of all trees harvested that could otherwise be absorbing carbon been around for about 50 years, this number seems to be used dioxide. arbitrarily, but not inappropriately. Even Scheuerman admits that the production of paper Plastic bags do not biodegrade, they can’t. Plastic is made of Polyethylene, a fully man made, inorganic compound, isn’t the ideal answer. “The bleaching process of paper is horrible and toxic and the microorganisms responsible for biodegration do not … but paper naturally breaks down,” he said. recognize this substance as food. And then there is the cost. Plastics do, however, break down by photodegradtion “This is the typical ‘no cost too high for any benefit too (a process by which chemical bonds are broken by ultraviolet small’ approach.” Don Williams, founder of Stop the Bag Ban radiation from the sun). The arbitrary 500 – 1000 years is really only to convey citizen’s group, said. “Big grocers support bag bans because they make millions off charging for a product they previously “a really long time.” [source: lapidos.com] provided for free.” But even this is argued. Scheuerman disagrees. Josh Scheuerman, creator of Four Corners (a kickstarter “What consumers don’t realize is they are already paying campaign to tour Utah, picking up trash and meeting with
he reusable shopping bag is now all the rage and most point to this as the answer, but is it? The concerns of the reusable shopping bag stretch from sanitary regard to, again, a cost/benefit ratio and more. Leeuwen: “If a family were to purchase reusable bags, the cost would go up to about $300 per year,” he said. Leeuwen explains that the figure also includes utility costs, unnecessary water and energy usage in washing the bags. Concerning contamination worries, Nancy (who asked to be identified by first name only), a Holladay resident, simply had this to say about the subject: “I wash bags regularly,” she said, smiling. Cleaninginstitute.org recommends washing your reusable grocery bags after each use. The water, energy, soap and bleach use in maintaining the cleanliness of your bags is certainly something to consider.
e (a group of private citizens) oppose bag bans because they are only a way to control behavior of the people against their will based on distortions, falsehoods
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CottonwoodH olladayJournal.com Paper Or Plastic continued from page 4 and irrelevant claims and pushed through government while avoiding a vote of the people at all cost … Simply put, bag bans are governing against the will of the people.” Williams said.
reusable bags, fast food, garbage et cetera. The plastic bag is only one element in a host of problems. It seems that it is less important the type of bag you decide to use, and more important of what you decide to do with that bag at the end of its life.
“ The beauty of hindsight is knowing where we have been
and deciding to move forward in a less destructive future. The beauty that is around us everyday is worth fighting for regardless of how great the obstacles look.” Matt Toone, another Holladay resident who wanted to weigh in, admitted that there is a lot he doesn’t know about the opposing view, but the best he can do is make a personal decision based on what feels right for him. “I’ve heard many cons against paper bags and reusable bags. Just the fact that those little plastic bags are everywhere and that they stick around for so long, I lean toward paper.” Nancy echoes this sentiment, as it saddens her to see all the plastic bags on the side of the road in our canyons. The fact that plastic bags are choking our coastal lines with numbers as high as 8 million metric tons of plastic waste per year, is also indisputable. But it’s the same scenario with paper,
Personal responsibility is a common theme, securely staked on each side of the argument. No one in this debate has ill intentions, quite the contrary. Scheuerman outlines it best with his passion, “The beauty of hindsight is knowing where we have been and deciding to move forward in a less destructive future. The beauty that is around us everyday is worth fighting for regardless of how great the obstacles look. We have a beautiful and amazing home, but we need to start caring about it a little more.” For more information on both sides of the issue go www.stopthebagban.com and/or www.facebook.com/FourCornersUtah. l
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Holladay Cheer Station Rocks!
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n Saturday morning, April 18, with the sun shining and rock music blazing, Salt Lake City Marathon runners and bikers were ushered in by local officers to the Holladay cheer zone and water station. The community rallied with much anticipation with horn blowing and hands in the air to cheer on participants. Among the crowd were Mayor Dahle and City Manager Randy Fitts along with over 100 volunteers throughout the event lining Holladay Boulevard and 2300 East to offer
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water and their support to runners and bikers as they passed under the green and white balloon arch. Many of those volunteers were from Howard R. Driggs Elementary school located on 4340 South and 2700 East. Principal of the school and volunteer, Michael Douglas, was proud to see their fourth and fifth-grade students from Heather Martin’s and Connie Woolsey’s classes show their enthusiasm. Woolsey explained she knew this activity was a good match for the students and the experience of volunteering teaches them
about the importance of community outreach, setting and achieving goals. Holladay looks forward to being voted the best cheer station as prize money will be donated to new playground fund. There are two $500 prize categories: 1) Athletes will vote on best aid station and 2) Race director and race supervisory personnel will select a winner. The winning cheer station will be announced sometime this week. l
Howard R. Driggs Elementary’s 5th grade teacher Connie Woolsey (back. left) and 4th Grade teacher Heather Martin (back, second from left) cheer on marathon participants with their students at the Holladay Cheer Station.
Student volunteers from Howard R. Driggs Elementary offer cheers and water to runners and bikers.
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Cultural Showcase featuring Pacific Sound Productions and Quinn Reesor Drum Ensemble and Wofa Afrofusion Dancers June 17-20, 22-25 Peter Pan, Produced by Sandbox Theater with permission from MTI June 27 Murray Symphony Pops July 10-11 Ballet Under the Stars July 18 Murray Concert Band July 30-Aug 1, 3-5 Annie Get Your Gun, Produced by MAC with permission from Rodgers and Hammerstein Aug 8 Big Band Swing in the Park with guest artist, Bill Tole Aug 20-22, 24, 27-29 Camelot, Produced by Murray Cultural Arts with permission from Tams-Witmark Sept 7 Murray Acoustic Music Festival, Produced by IAMA Jim Fish (country blues), Ophir Creek (folk/bluegrass), Rusty Shovels (bluegrass).
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Laugh At Oly’s Spring Musical
nicker, chortle, giggle and burst right out at the spoof on musical theatre, “The Drowsy Chaperone”, performed by the reputable Performing Arts Departments of Olympus High May 27- 30! For only four performances, the talented students of Olympus High will sing and dance as zany, over-the-top characters from this new show, which has been dubbed “a musical within a comedy”! Tickets are available online at schools.graniteschools. org/olympushigh/ or at the school’s box office at the north end of the building, weekdays starting May 11, from 2 to 3 p.m.
Where there’s a wedding, there’s an array of wedding guests! In “Drowsy Chaperone” the guests range from Mrs. Tottendale, the show’s version of Dori the fish from “Finding Nemo”, to Aldolpho, the Latin lover seeking someone to admire him as much as he does, and the Drowsy Chaperone herself, who is too drunk to keep an eye on the bride-to-be. When two gangsters, sent to spoil the wedding, disguise themselves as bakers from the catering company, get ready to laugh your buns off! Director Robin Edwards suggests, “This
show is for anyone who enjoys musical theatre or just loves a good laugh!” She attributes her success to, “The perfect three-way collision of talented students, supportive parents, and amazing co-directors!” According to Edwards, “Vicki Belnap, the school’s choir teacher and Performing Arts Department Head, polishes student vocal performances to a professional level, and Susan DeMille, the choreographer, transforms even the gawkiest teenage boy into a coordinated hoofer to rival Fred Astaire!” Edwards claims parent support enhances the experience for students as well as audiences,
stating, “Our parents feed the cast, sell tickets, hang posters, organize costuming, sell concessions, and gather donations to support our productions. Without them, we would have a lovely show with no one to watch it and nothing to eat at intermission.” Edwards credits the students with being the essence of the show’s entertainment. She said, “The life of the show comes from the talented students who willingly work to improve until every aspect of the show is performance-perfect. They inspire me and will entertain and inspire our audiences.” l
By The Wasatch Front Regional Council
he Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) and Salt Lake County have awarded Cottonwood Heights a grant through the “Local Planning Resource Program.” The grant in the amount of $85,000 is for the Wasatch Boulevard/Gravel Pit Master and Capacity Plan. The area known as the “Gravel Pit” is the last large area of undeveloped land within Cottonwood Heights. This landmark property and proposed study are not only vital to Cottonwood Heights, but are regionally valuable due to the property’s critical location at the juncture of Big Cottonwood Canyon, Wasatch Boulevard, and the city’s main street, Fort Union Boulevard with its many facilities and services. This master plan will include a transportation element, a market/ financial analysis, a land use component with an emphasis on design, as well as the appurtenant zoning implications and long-term development projections. The results of this project, and the deliverables, will have an immediate, direct and guiding effect on what is expected to be a regionally significant transportation confluence, as well as the city’s largest economic engine, with resort-style amenities, including hotels, retail shopping, dining, entertainment and other uses supportive to ski and summer activities. From this project, an anticipated Area Master Plan would be developed, as well as impacting other vital agencies’ transportation and land use plans, such as from the Wasatch Front Regional Council and UDOT. Launched in 2014 by the Wasatch Front Regional Council in partnership with Salt Lake County, the Local Planning Resource Program’s main objective is to provide resources to local communities for visioning, planning, and implementation efforts that proactively address anticipated growth. The program encourages
grant recipients to consider key growth concepts from the shared Wasatch Choice for 2040 Vision. With Utah’s population set to double by 2050, communities have indicated a need for the types of resources provided by the Local Planning Resource Program. “Many have the misimpression that Cottonwood Heights is a built out community,” stated Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore. “But we have significant development still occurring on the east side of the city, like the Gravel Pit, along
“ Planning responsibly saves
billions of dollars in future costs associated with fewer roads and utility infrastructure.” with critical long range planning needs for redevelopment along key corridors like Fort Union Boulevard. With resources such as this grant we are better able to bring focus to future visioning and planning in our community which should lead to much better outcomes.” The program helps communities develop in a way that fosters economic growth and efficiently utilizes existing infrastructure. This market-driven approach allows the private sector to flourish while reducing the public resources necessary to accommodate that growth. “These prudent investments in planning now ensure fiscally sustainable growth in the future,” said Andrew Gruber, WFRC Executive Director. “Planning responsibly saves billions of dollars in future costs associated with fewer roads and utility infrastructure. It also utilizes land use in a way that generates the best outcomes for the community as a whole.” For more information about the project, please visit cottonwoodheights.utah.gov/ index.php. l
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12:30 p.m. — Cosmology: “Theories on the Formation of our Universe” To Celebrate Astronomy Day which occurs in May, we have invited Paul Ricketts from the department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Utah. Rickett’s presentation will fly you through time to reveal the current theories on the Big Bang, cosmic inflation, galaxy formation and the universe’s fate.
Thursdays, Noon in May — Hearing Aids 101. This hearing aid class will be taught by Chelle from the DSDHH and will cover hearing aid expectation and reality, different styles, how to work with your audiologist, hearing assistive technology, the T-coil, how to protect your hearing aids, and disability rights.
May 18, 10 a.m. — Advanced Directives. Attorney, Mike Jensen will be holding a class on the Advanced Health Care Directive. Forms will be available at the class and Mike will explain how to fill out the forms.
Fridays, 1 p.m. — Vital Aging. The class topic for May will be Self- Esteem: How do I view myself? Discover or rediscover your sources for personal well-being. The workshop will help you cultivate self-strengthening beliefs and create an optimistic view of yourself to better meet life events and challenges. Setting personal goals will be part of the class. May 4, 9 a.m. — Canyon Hiking for the Active Participant. The group will do a four mile hike on the Thousand Oaks section of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. On Tuesday, May 18, the group will do a four mile hike on the Pioneer Trail from Little Dell Reservoir to Affleck Park. For all hikes, we carpool to the trailhead, leaving the center at 9 a.m. sharp. May 4, 18, 9 a.m.to Noon.; Suggested donation $10 — Massages. Appointments needed. May 5, 19, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. — Medicare Specialist. Stephanie from Salt Lake County will be here to answer any questions and help with whatever your need may be. 11:30 a.m. — Cinco de Mayo Lunch. Come celebrate Mexican Independence Day. Traditional Mexican dances are performed by West Side Dance. May 9, 11:30 a.m. — Mother’s Day Lunch. Enjoy entertainment by Jennie Floor, lunch and a beautiful flower will be given to all the ladies who attend. May 11, 1 p.m. — Audiology Brent Fox of Audiology Associates will be available to check your hearing aids. Sign up needed. May 12, 11 a.m. — The Art of Mexico. Virginia from the Utah Museum of Fine Arts will be returning to share another one of the Museums exhibits. This presentation will explore the richness of Mexican art and culture, from the ancient work of the Mayans and Aztecs through the twentieth century. Come see the array of artifacts such as woven fabrics, masks, and religious objects from Mesoamerica as well as paintings by modernist masters. May 14, 10:30 a.m. — Forgetfulness or Dementia? How do you know if you are having problems with memory and what does normal forgetfulness look like? Learn ways to help your brain stay healthy. Learn the four most common types of dementia and what can be done about them. What are the causes of dementia? Is there a test that can determine when seniors have cognitive impairment? May 15, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Bi-annual Yard Sale. This annual event is a fundraiser for the Advisory Committee, so your participation is greatly appreciated. Treasures available at great prices.
11 a.m. — Free Attorney Consultations. Mike Jensen with Elder Law, will be at the center for free 20 minute appointments. Make appointments at the front desk. May 19, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. — Podiatry. Dr. Robert Church will come to the center. Sign up for an appointment. $10 Donation payable to Dr. Church. 2 p.m. — Book Club. The group will discuss“The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion May 20, 10 a.m. — Blood Glucose Checks 11:30 a.m. — Tri-Annual Lunch Buffet. Roast Beef with gravy, whipped potatoes, yam casserole, mixed green vegetables, a roll with butter, and chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting. Sign up at the front desk Monday, May 12 if you would like to attend. May 21, 11 a.m. — iPad Class. Frank Barton will teach his ipad class. May 22, 1 p.m. — Amtrak’s Coast Starlight, From Los Angeles to Seattle. This is America’s most popular long distance passenger train traveling over the most famous routes in the U.S. This famous route’s history, geography and rail operations are also included in this scenically diverse presentation. May 25 — Center Closed May 26, 11 a.m. — The Great Raid. A remarkable WWII rescue of 500 survivors of Bataan Death March in January 1945 by the Army Rangers and Alamo Scouts, where only two men were lost as they went 30 miles behind enemy lines to rescue the POWs. Join author Kenny Kemp as he depicts this triumphant story. May 27, 1 to 5 p.m. — National Senior Health and Fitness Day. Come for a day fun and fitness as we Celebrate National Senior Health and Fitness Day at Wheeler Farm! Enjoy guest speaker, Reece Stein - former KUTV news and sports anchor, participate in Ellen’s Let’s Move Campaign Dance Challenge, and several workout demo classes. There will be vendors, health screenings, lawn games and refreshments. May 29, 12:30 p.m. — “Becoming Pablo O’ Higgins.” Susan Vogel from Artes de Mexico en Utah and also an author who wrote “Becoming Pablo O’Higgins”will be here to share about this fascinating true story of how a blond-haired, blue-eyed Presbyterian from an upper middle-class family in Salt Lake City, Utah, became a celebrated Mexican muralist. June 5, 12:30 p.m. — Culture and traditions of the French Polynesia and Tahiti. The center’s own Pete Mahuru and his sister will enlighten everyone with more information about the culture and traditions of the Tahitian people. l
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M AYO R ’S M E S S AG E • Do not water during the heat of the day, set your system to water at night or in the early morning hours. There is collective concern in our community regarding the current state of our water supply. Recent reports pegged moisture levels at about 60% of normal. Managers from the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District and Salt Lake Public Utilities recently met with members of the Salt Lake County COG (Council of Governments) to brief local Mayors. The following quote fairly summarizes the current position of both agencies: “Record low snow pack, warmer than normal temperatures and four years of dry climate conditions are combining to create a potentially serious water situation in the State of Utah. While Jordan Valley’s current water supply is adequate, the district is concerned about the impact of continued dry conditions. We will continue to monitor our supply and will provide regular updates and recommendations as appropriate.“ Efforts made to increase storage capacity in the 1990’s (Jordanelle Reservoir) enabled the districts to capture and store adequate runoff sufficient to navigate us through this season. Additionally, they project adequate capacity to supply end users through 2035. However, this does not mean we shouldn’t be concerned, responsible stewards of our water resources. We all need to be conscience of our individual consumption and do all we can to limit use. Here are a few recommendations from the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy web site—www.jvwcd.org/guide: • Do not turn your lawn system to automatic mode until absolutely necessary. • Turn your system off when precipitation is anticipated and keep in the off position until your lawn requires water.
• Do not over water. Suggested frequency to water per week: - 1 per week May - 2 per week in June and September - 3 per week in July and August • Repair leaking taps and faucets • Convert to water efficient toilets and showerheads. Obviously, the greatest impact you can have in the near-term is monitoring lawn watering. We consume a disproportionate amount of water maintaining green and healthy yards. The current drought is raising our level of awareness regarding the longterm challenge we inevitably face with our water resources. Our population is scheduled to double by 2050, while water is by nature a limited resource. How will we serve this growing population if we do not control consumption? Obviously, we cannot. Now is the time to begin the serious conversation we need to have about water consumption. Utah is the second driest State in the nation. We are the number one water consumer per resident; that is an unsustainable combination down the road. The State goal of reducing per capita consumption by 25% by 2025 is not just worth achieving; it is essential if we want to continue to deliver sufficient high quality water supplies to future residents in the County. Though the current state of supply is not a reason to panic, it should cause us all to alter the way we approach our consumption over the long-term.
Drought, Low Snowpack, and the Big Cottonwood Tanner Ditch By Clarence Kemp, PE, City Engineer Two and a half years ago the Big Cottonwood Tanner Ditch Company ended the use of its ditch system for flood irrigation under a negotiated agreement with Salt Lake City. That agreement essentially traded open water irrigation water shares for pressurized culinary water. Shortly afterwards, the ditch company deeded their conveyances to the City of Holladay for the purpose of storm drainage, aesthetics, and to provide ground water recharge for old growth trees typical to the area. With that in mind, Salt Lake City Public Utilities also graciously offered to allow continued diversion of “excess” Big Cottonwood Creek water into the system, to the extent that it was available during the spring runoff, without charge. The City of Holladay intends to continue to deliver Big Cottonwood Creek water through the system, but currently only to the extent that “excess” water is available. On a normal water year, this would occur early in the irrigation season. Unfortunately, given the historically low snowpack and drought conditions, little
2015 Budget Budget season is upon us. We wanted to make you aware of key dates related to the budget and your opportunity to participate.
or no excess water is expected to be available to feed the Big Cottonwood Tanner Ditch system this year. While it may be possible to buy water to fill the ditch on the open market, the estimated cost of $15,000+ per month is simply not in the City’s budget. In any case, the ditches must continue to be maintained for future irrigation and storm water conveyance. Any physical changes to the Tanner ditch system (or any other irrigation system), require a written permit from the City. We also ask property owners to assist us in keeping the ditch system open and clear of debris. Although we will likely have a dry ditch throughout this year, we anticipate that the Big Cottonwood Tanner Ditch system will continue to benefit our community long into the future. We appreciate the efforts of individual irrigators, the ditch company, and Salt Lake City ensuring that continued benefit. Should you have any questions, please contact our City Engineer, Clarence Kemp (801) 230-3682 or our Ditch Master, Art Quayle (801) 867-1247.
May 14 - Presentation of Tentative 2015-16 budgets May 15 - Budgets will be available on city website June 4 - 6:00 pm Public Hearing on 2015-16 budgets June 18 - Adoption of 2015-16 budgets
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C I T Y I N F O R M AT I O N
Interested in Running for City Council? 2015 MUNICIPAL ELECTION Open Seats: District #2 – Council Member District #4 – Council Member District #5 – Council Member (All open seats are 4-year terms) Have you ever thought about running for City Council? The City of Holladay will have three open Council seats in the upcoming election. Candidates must file a “Declaration of Candidacy” form in person with the City Recorder. The filing period runs from Monday, June 1 through Monday, June 8 during regular City Hall
hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. There is a $35 non-refundable filing fee. Candidates for office must:
• Be a resident of the City of Holladay for at least 12 consecutive months immediately prior to the date of the General Election • Must be a resident of the district they are running for • Be a United States citizen • Be 18 yrs of age or older • Be a registered voter in the City of Holladay For more information, please contact Stephanie in the City Recorder’s office at 527-2454.
DUMPSTERS SATURDAY, MAY 16TH 8:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M. It’s that time of the year again! Spring cleaning. Time to clean up and clear out all that’s accumulated over these long winter months and prepare and beautify our homes for the summer. This year dumpsters will be located in the Holladay City Hall parking lot, directly behind City Hall, on May 16th from 8am to 4pm. Please enter on the North side of City Hall and exit on the South side of City Hall. • Acceptable waste includes yard clippings, tree limbs/branches building materials, metals, tires, furniture, T.V.’s and appliances. • Not acceptable are hazardous waste (paint, thinner, motor oil) and other household chemicals and refrigerators/freezers. Please direct any questions to Tosh Kano at 272-9450.
City Of Holladay • 4580 South 2300 East • 801.272.9450 • www.CityOfHolladay.com
CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Rob Dahle, Mayor firstname.lastname@example.org 801-580-3056 Sabrina Petersen, District 1 email@example.com 801-859-9427 Lynn Pace, District 2 firstname.lastname@example.org 801-535-6613 Patricia Pignanelli, District 3 email@example.com 801-455-3535 Steve Gunn, District 4 firstname.lastname@example.org 801- 386-2605 Jim Palmer, District 5 email@example.com 801-274-0229 Randy Fitts, City Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Community Development Finance Justice Court Code Enforcement
801-527-3890 801-527-2455 801-273-9731 801-527-3890
NUMBERS TO KNOW: Emergency 911 UPD Dispatch (Police) 801-743-7000 UFA Dispatch (Fire) 801-840-4000 Animal Control 385-468-7387 Garbage/Sanitation 385-468-6325 Holladay Library 801-944-7627 Holladay Lions Club 385-468-1700 Mt. Olympus Sr. Center 385-468-3130 Holladay Post Office 801-278-9947 Cottonwood Post Office 801-453-1991 Holliday Water 801-277-2893 Watermaster - Big Cottonwood Tanner Ditch system - Art Quale 801 867-1247
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HOLLADAY GENERAL PLAN UPDATE #3 The Holladay General Plan is our community blueprint for the future growth and change. The Plan must be updated every few years. We are now in the midst of such an update process, which began last October and so far has included public meetings held in November and February where residents helped identify key issues to be addressed in the plan and were asked to participate in discussions with the consultants and staff. As part of the public involvement process, residents are being invited to once again participate in planning our long range future as a community by attending the third public event on May 28th, from 6:00 to 8:00pm at City Hall. This event will be a Workshop to Review Initial Draft Plan and to allow the public to inspect, comment and ask questions about the initial draft of the new General Plan document. Input gathered and evaluated
from this event will further the work on the draft in preparation for public hearings at the Planning Commission and City Council to be held in the summer and fall. Please mark your calendar for this important event. The Plan is scheduled to be adopted before the end of 2015. We invite you to track progress on the Plan on the City’s website www.cityofholladay. com and consultant’s web page at www.ldi-ut.com/ holladay. Here you will be able to access maps, ideas and drafts of the plan as they are developed, in addition to on-line polls and comment forms where you can comment and share your Holladay stories and photos. Thank you for your participation, and if you have any questions please feel free to contact Paul Allred, Community Development Director at 801-527-3890, or Mark Vlasic, Landmark Design Project Manager at 801-474-3300.
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Spring Time Safety By Chief Chris Bertram, Holladay Precinct of UPD The signs of spring started several weeks ago as it warmed up and summer is just around the corner. Another sign of spring many of us might not be aware of is door-to-door scams. One common scam involves a ring of thieves offering spring cleanup or home repairs at unbelievable savings. They’ll do all kinds of jobs, from tree trimming to roof repairs to driveway paving. They canvas neighborhoods and business complexes in search of their next victims. According to the Utah Department of Commerce, these so-called repairmen will often use catch phrases like, “We’re working in your area today”, “We have leftover material from another job”, “You have to decide NOW”. They will then request some or all cash up front. Watch out, some may actually be con artists who will take your money and perform poor quality work or no work at all. In addition to shoddy work, homeowners should be aware that these con artists are experts at some-
thing called diversion burglaries. Diversion burglaries occur when a homeowner allows someone access to their home. A typical diversion burglary works like this: One of the con artists will convince you he needs to use the bathroom or the telephone while another distracts you. For example, he may ask you to step outside to review the repair job or to look at work they believe you need done. That’s when another person enters your home and jumps into action stealing jewelry, money or other property. Although these criminals can be very persuasive, you should never allow a contractor or anyone with them, including women and children access to your residence. Here are some tips from Unified Police of Greater Salt Lake: • Be suspicious of individuals offering services or deals that seem “too good to be true” or can only be performed today • Get a written bid • Ask for references, and check references
• Ask to see a copy of the contractor’s license • Never allow access to your residence • Be cautious of door to door solicitors (donation or sales) • All solicitors or business operators need a Holladay City License to work within the city • Watch for activities in your neighborhood that are not normal or seem out of place. Report all suspicious activities in your neighborhood to the Unified Police Department immediately. As always, if you have to ask yourself “IF” you should call the police; CALL! If you have questions about a solicitor, contractor or an individual requesting to do work, you can call the Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing at 801-530-6628 or Unified Police of Greater Salt Lake at 801-743-7000.
City Of Holladay • 4580 South 2300 East • 801.272.9450 • www.CityOfHolladay.com
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IT’S BEEN 15 YEARS SINCE HOLLADAY CITY’S INCORPOR ATION
BE A PART OF THE CELEBRATION! PARADE: 8:30 AM • BREAKFAST: 9:00 AM PETER BREINHOLT: 9:00 PM • FIREWORKS: 10:10 PM
Everyone loves a PARADE! be a part of
HOLLADAY CITY’S 4TH OF JULY PARADE
We want your Electronics and Household Hazardous Waste SALT LAKE VALLEY HEALTH DEPARTMENT COMMUNITY COLLECTION EVENTS
HOURS: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM ONLY! Holladay City — 4626 S. 2300 E. June 18 • July 16 • August 20 SLC Sugarhouse Park — 1500 E. 2100 S. (Mt. Olympus Pavilion) June 4 • July 2 • August 6
RESIDENTIAL WASTE ONLY!!
SATURDAY, JULY 4TH, 2015 • 8:30 AM Parade begins at PINE PARK and ends at CITY HALL
THEME: “HOLLADAY YOU’VE COME A LONG WAY” IDEAS: DECORATED BIKES, SCOOTERS & WAGONS SMALL HOMEMADE FLOATS - 4’ x 8’ Max. ANIMALS - must be on a leash CLOWNS
SPORTS TEAMS IN UNIFORM SCOUT GROUPS IN UNIFORM ANTIQUE CARS DRESS UP PATRIOTIC
UNICYCLISTS BANDS IN TRUCK BEDS ANYTHING TO BE FUN ANYTHING TO BE CREATIVE
This will be a fun family or neighborhood activity!
Household Hazardous waste is anything in and around your home that is poisonous, flammable, corrosive or toxic. It is many of your cleaning supplies, yard care chemicals, pesticides, fuels, batteries, used oil and antifreeze.
NO TIRES or explosives (ammunition & fireworks).
Questions? Call SLVHD 385-468-3906
Just a few more dollars needed! Help us reach our goal!
Preliminary design concept.
The Holladay City Foundation is pleased to announce that it has reached the project feasibility mark in its fundraising campaign. This means that the construction of the new Holladay City Playground will certainly occur this summer! We are still a bit shy of the total project funding needed to ensure all elements - including sun shades, benches, etc. - are in place this summer. Without all funds, portions of the projects may need to be phased. If you have been considering a donation, please give today by visiting the project website at: http://holladayplayground.wix.com/holladay-playground. After a formal bid request and review process, the Foundation has selected a partner vendor - Sonntag Recreation - to provide the design and installation work for the new Holladay City Playground. Led by project manager Chris Sonntag, a dedicated park equipment professional and long-time Holladay resident, along with the Foundation’s Design Committee, the playground’s site plan and equipment selections will soon be finalized. The playground is on track to be open to the public for use this July 2015.
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Swing For Life: Kathy Howa Beats Down Cancer
uperhuman strength, endurance, stamina, physical durability … these are just a few traits that Carol Danvers, alter ego of Ms. Marvel/Captain Marvel possessed, and so to, it seems, Kathy Howa possesses. Howa, who has been the head Softball coach and Educator at Rowland Hall since 1993, has collected a mass of achievements and successes underneath her proverbial superhero cape through out her life. In 2000 and 2002 she was named the Utah Softball Coach of the year by the Utah High School Activities Association. Also in 2002, she was named State and Sectional Coach of the Year by the National Federation of State High School Association. Ten years later she was inducted into the Utah Hall of Fame not only as coach, but as a player as well. Oh, did I also mention that in 2002 she was diagnosed with breast cancer? “I’m not a quitter. My goal when I was diagnosed was to teach the team that cancer isn’t something you are going to die from. I knew I could beat this, you just have to pick up your cross and go,” Howa said. Subsequent to her diagnosis, Howa went through about nine months of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, but she certainly didn’t have to do it alone. Howa’s students and players weren’t going to take this lying down, so what does a group of athletes tend to do in the face of adversity? They rally. Realizing the long-armed stretch that cancer has, she and her students decided they wanted to give something back to breast cancer, so they did what they knew best: they started a Hit-A-Thon. “Kids actually went out and got pledges per hit,” Howa
said, explaining just how long the event took. “Everyone got a 100 pitches, or a 100 hits.” The kid raised $12,000 that night. With such a successful drive, the following year they did it again. And then again. And again. They realized that they weren’t raising so much money because people wanted to swing a bat at a ball thrown at them 100 times. They were raising money because the people in the community saw the good these kids were exemplifying and recognized the need for such events. “We went from $12,000 to $23,000 to $58,000 and then it went to $78,000,” Howa said. She knew things would keep growing, so the athletic director and her began discussing options; they wanted to make sure the money went to the right place. “The Huntsman Cancer Foundation was a place that whatever you give them, 100 percent of it goes to research.” Whenever Howa spoke about the Huntsman Cancer Foundation, her voice changed into a tone of nearly endless gratitude, and why wouldn’t it? “The Huntsman Cancer Foundation saved me life,” she said. Howa helped start and continues to help run the Swing For Life Foundation, a nonprofit organization created to raise funds for breast cancer research. A couple of years ago, the foundation hit $1 million, an incredible feat. “The kids worked really hard to reach that, but I think there are some more goals that we can reach,” she said. Listening to Howa is like listening to endless energy. She goes and goes, her voice lilting with excitement for life. So quick to turn the spotlight off her and onto others, I had to reach out to some of those others, an attempt to better gain an accurate portrait of Howa. “She’s a Bulldog,” Lee Thomsen, Upper School Principal said, who has known Howa for 11 years. “She is the teacher/ coach who is on the field or in the building long after dark … she has always been a ‘kids-first’ teacher and coach,” he said. When asked about pre-cancer diagnoses and post-cancer diagnosis, Thomsen told me he didn’t know Howa before her diagnosis, but he is sure of one thing. “Cancer hasn’t defined Kathy, but the battle to defeat cancer and to educate people has.”
Left: Kathy Howa (middle right) poses with her softball team in front of a room the John Huntsman Cancer Institute named after the foundation. Right: Swing For Life Participants (2013) celebrating $1 million raised.
By Lewi Lewis
Kathy Howa posing with the Utah Jazz mascot, Bear, who performs at the Swing For Life Events Alan Sparrow echoes this: “She is a wonderful role model for her students. She is an outstanding coach.” Howa brings her lust for life, both out on the field, in her classroom, and to her personal life with a contagious vigor. Cancer is no match for a cause that Kathy Howa has braced herself behind. Well, she has already proved that. I asked Howa if she was more like Superwoman or Captian Marvel. “Man, I just want to me,” she said. l For more information about Swing For Life and their events, visit www.swingforlife.org.
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Butler Elementary Teacher Recognized As A Teacher Of The Year By Bridget James
Colleagues of Lani Heldt (3rd from the right) present her award.
ach year, the Canyons School District holds nominations for Teacher of the Year Awards for educators of kindergarten up to adulthood. Parents, colleagues and students nominate those who exemplify a strong dedication to their teaching role. One individual, in particular, whose passion for educating youth brought her to such distinction, humbly expresses the pure joy she receives in teaching her students year after year. Lani Heldt, a kindergarten schoolteacher at Butler Elementary, knew she wanted to teach at the age of 11. She has taught students for over 30 years, 27 of which are kindergarten aged. “Kindergarten is fun because these students are so excited to learn.” Heldt said. “They make me laugh and see life from a wonderful perspective.” And it's no wonder why she truly enjoys teaching kindergarten students. It's the acknowledgment of these young minds' ideas and how they grasp concepts at an early age that Heldt was so easily nominated for such an award. It takes an individual
Lani Heldt (back, middle) is surprised by the announcement of receiving the Teacher of the Year Award.
Oakwood Elementary Student Wins Best Recipe
n February 20, 22 fourth graders across the Granite School District competed for a place in the Future Chefs National Challenge. Beginning in December, 2014, 375 students submitted recipes for the contest. Of those 375, 25 finalists were chosen to continue on in the competition. Ava Cowen, a fourth grader at Oakwood Elementary, was one of the finalists chosen to continue on in hopes her recipe was not only a hit Ava Cowen holding a district calendar with the judges, but enjoyed with her recipe in it. Also pictured is by everyone. Holly Dimond, Oakwood Elementary This year’s competition lunch secretary and September Hotheme was “healthy snacks,” gan, Oakwood’s lunch lady. where competitors created their own original recipe using healthy ingredients. They were then asked to present their original recipes to a panel of judges where their snacks were sampled. Ava’s recipe created fans immediately.
with a passion for her career as an educator to prove her worthiness to such distinction. Heldt has taught at Butler Elementary for six years now and has enjoyed getting to know all the students, families and co-workers during her 30 year long career. She is among 46 teachers in the Canyons School District to receive this award this year. On April 3, the honorable teachers were given news of their nominations in surprise celebrations. In addition to their award, they were given prize packages containing donated gifts by a variety of local sponsors. Each Teacher of the Year will then move on to be considered for the Canyons School District Teacher of the Year. (For the full list of the 46 finalists, go to the Canyons School District's main web page, www.canyonsdistrict.org.) “Teaching is gratifying because you get to see the impact (on the students) each year. I want to help each student reach their potential and discover their many talents.” Heldt said. And she has been fortunate enough to watch her influence on all of the lives that have walked through her classroom doors for the past 30 years. “Every year is a new adventure!” Heldt said. l
The recipe Ava created was: Ava’s Pleasurable Pumpkin Granola ingredients : 4 cups Nature’s Path Flax plus Pumpkin Granola 1 cup halved cashews 1 cup dried cranberries ¾ cup toasted pumpkin seeds Mix all ingredients together for a healthy, after school snack! l
Water: Wild and Wonderful
Sego Lily Garden Fair 1472 E. Sego Lily Dr, Sandy
Celebrate Water Week May 3rd-9th With the Metropolitan Water District of Salt Lake & Sandy
Tours of the Little Cottonwood Water Treatment Plant Tuesday, May 5th from 4:30pm-7:00pm 3430 E. Danish Rd. Cottonwood Heights To arrange for large groups, call 801-942-9654
Wasatch Community Garden Plant Sale Saturday, May 9th 8:00am-1:00pm Rowland Hall, 720 South Guardsman Way Salt Lake City
By Bridget James
HELP KEEP YOUR FAMILY & WATER DRUG FREE: Don’t flush your unused or expired medication, bring it to the open house or the garden fair for free disposal!
Saturday, May 9th 9:00am-Noon Educational materials on water wise plants Raffle drawings Specialists on irrigation, native plants, and water-wise techniques Wild Wonders will have exotic animals to teach families about their role in the environment and the importance of water.
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Baseball Teams Hope For a Playoff Run
By Greg James
he Brighton and Olympus High School baseball teams are hoping to close out their regular seasons with important wins to help them qualify for the 5A and 4A state tournaments. The Bengals are currently sitting in fifth place in Region 3. They close out their regular season with three games against the defending state champion, the Jordan Beetdiggers, May 4-6. They must finish in fourth place or better to qualify for the state tournament. The road seems like a difficult one, but the Bengals control their own destiny in Region 3. The Bengals roster is full of underclassman. They only carry five seniors on their varsity roster; Christian Christensen, Kyle Jensen, Skylar Neale, Conner Olsen and Kade Olsen. Junior pitcher CJ Bertran leads the team with two wins. Senior Kade Olson has recorded one. Holding opposing hitters in check has been a problem for the Bengals. Their region opponents are averaging 7.8 runs per game. Juniors Brandon Clark and David Hoshijima each have one homerun entering the final week of the regular season. A Bengals fourth place finish would set up a first round state tournament match up with Cottonwood. The 5A state tournament is scheduled to begin Tuesday May 12. Brighton and Olympus faced each other on April 3. The Bengals jumped out to a 2-1 lead after the first inning, but could not coral the Titans and lost the game 11-2.
Henry Crandall, senior center mid-fielder for Olympus High, waits for action. only nine walks in 36 and 2/3 innings pitched; Zak Wankier is 3-0 and has 21 strikeouts for the Titans.
lympus is averaging 4.3 runs per game. Senior Dallin Bettilyon is its leading hitter with a .404 batting average. Hunter Lasko is hitting .340 and Zach Rosin .348. The Titans 4A state tournament is sched-
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Olympus senior Henry Crandall is the leadoff hitter for the Titans. He leads the team with 16 runs scored and has three doubles. Photo courtesy of dsandersonpics.com The Titans road to the state tournament is a little clearer. They are currently tied for fourth place and close out the regular season May 5 and 6 against Skyline. They must finish ahead of Murray who closes out its season against Timpanogos. Senior pitcher Elias Falk has a 5-1 record for the Titans. He has 34 strikeouts and
uled to begin Tuesday, May 12. A fourth place finish would send them to Maple Mountain for its first game in the tournament. They could finish as high as third and that would send them to Salem Hills or Spanish Fork. The state championship games for the 4A and 5A classifications are scheduled for May 22 at Utah Valley University. l
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Track Teams Poised For State Meet By Greg James
rack and Field athletes are always trying to achieve. Whether it is a personal, school or state record, an athlete’s progress is measured against the competitors of the past.
Brighton and Olympus athletes have made their marks this season. Brighton senior Alyssa Hirschi demolished the school long jump record by more than two feet. She jumped 18 feet at the Copper Hills Invitational March 28. Her jump is the fourth longest jump in the state this season. The Bengals record had stood since 2009 and was held by Kristen Peterson. The Bengals also saw the girl’s high jump school record tied. Senior Eliza Hansen jumped over five feet six inches at the Taylorsville Invitational. Laura Bruham had held the record since 1976. Juniors James Deboe and Rhett Anderson and sophomore Christian Richard have posted the fastest boys’ times in the 100 and 200 meters this season. Hirshchi, McKell Kellog and Kalei Taylor-Stroud have posted the fastest girls’ times. In the 1600 the Bengals have four boys within seven seconds of each other: sopho-
Olympus senior Daniel Bickel has been the fastest this season for the Titans in the boys 110 meter and 300 meter hurdles. Photo courtesy of olympustrack. weebly.com
The Brighton girls start against Bingham in the 1600 meters. Photo courtesy of brightontrack.weebley.com mores Tyler Frost, Julian Pellman and Sam Ames along with junior Isaac Robinson. Junior Natalie Pelmann has posted the fastest girls’ time this season in the 1600. Sophomore Jordan Brandt had a 49.05 second 300 hurdles at the Davis Invitational April 25. That is the sixth fastest time in school history.
he Titans girls’ distance runners have established their own school records this season. Olivia Hoj ran the 800 in 2:18.65 and
the 3200 in 11:32.71; both school records. Freshman Katie Duckworth established a new school record in the 1600 at 5:11.18. Titan senior Daniel Bickel has the eighth best high jump in the state. He jumped 5 feet 10 inches at the Davis Invitational. Senior Max Spence has posted the fastest boys times in the 800, 1600 and 3200. The state track meet is scheduled for Friday and Saturday May 15 -16 at Clarence F. Robison Track & Field Stadium on the campus of Brigham Young University. l
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COUNTY MAYOR’S MESSAGE
May Is Older Americans Month By Ben McAdams, Salt Lake County Mayor
his year is the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act. In 1965, Congress passed the legislation in response to concern about a lack of community services for older persons. It authorized a wide array of service programs through a national network of state and county agencies on aging. This year marks a celebration of how, over the years, the focus has shifted towards helping older adults take charge of their health, stay engaged in their communities and make a positive impact on the lives of others. The good news is that as Utahns, we’re living longer than ever before. The baby-boomer generation has redefined what it is to be an older adult. Even though Utah is known as a state where there are lots of children in larger-than-average families, our 60 and older population will surpass our schoolage population by 2030—just 15 years from now. Of Utah’s 65 and older population, 35 percent will live in Salt Lake County by that year. Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services has been trusted by county residents for many years to help improve the quality of life for older Utahns. We take that responsibility seriously. These residents are someone’s mother, father, aunt, uncle, grandmother or grandfather. We try to serve them as we would want our own family members to be served. Many of you are familiar some of the programs we offer, such as Meals on Wheels. In collaboration with volunteers and businesses throughout Salt Lake County, we deliver hot noontime meals to frail and isolated older adults six days a
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week. Nutritional meals help their physical health; a friendly word and watchful eye supports their emotional well-being. The County offers other programs, including: • The Caregiver Support Program – a short term program that provides assistance and support to individuals taking care of a loved one, often a spouse or parent. • The Community Care and Transitions Program – providing in-home services to individuals who wish to age in their own home. • The Rides To Wellness Program – providing rides for those 60 and older with no means of transportation to medical appoints and prescription pick-ups. • The Senior Employment Program – providing job search assistance to residents age 55 or older with paid on-the-job training programs. Many older county residents are frequent customers at one of our 19 Senior Centers. The county partners with multiple cities to offer this network, where active senior adults can take a class, participate in a workshop or clinic, and get together with friends for a nutritious lunch. You’re more likely to see these folks playing pickle ball or taking aerobics classes, then sitting sedately in rocking chairs. We take our cues from the needs of this important population that we are here to serve. There is a great deal of information
about these and other Aging and Adult Services programs at our website: www.slco.org/aging. Or, you can dial (385) 468-3200 to receive help from a friendly staff member. Salt Lake County is committed to promoting independence of aging generations and to offer programs and services that help you and your family members live a healthy, active and engaged lifestyle in our community, while at the same time looking out for those vulnerable older adults to help keep them safe. l
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Cottonwood-Holladay City Journal
WHERE TO GET DISCOUNTED GIFT CARDS By Joani Taylor
Kohl’s has a program called Yes2Rewards where shoppers earn points with each purchase. The points will then automatically convert to Kohl’s gift cards. This great program is in addition to weeks when they have Kohl’s cash, and you don’t need a Kohl’s card to join the program. It’s free to join, and currently new members will receive a $5.00 Kohl’s reward just for signing up. Target offers weekly sales specials where shoppers are rewarded with Target store gift cards for purchasing select products. Plus, if there are coupons for these products, you can use them when making your purchase. These additional savings can often make your products completely free, after considering the gift card. For a current list of which products have gift card promotions, visit www.totallytarget.com/gift-card-deals/.
ast month’s story about playing the gift card game may have seemed a bit silly and extreme, but learning to use gift cards as a means of payment can save you some serious cash, especially on large ticket items or at stores and restaurants you frequent often. As promised, here are some favorite ways to put a simple gift card to work for you. Know your bank or credit card policies. Many banks and credit unions offer bonus offers and rewards on purchases. Often, this means making a gift card purchase can earn you additional bonuses and even gift cards. WHERE TO BUY DISCOUNTED GIFT CARDS: Knowing where to look can be all it takes to save as much as 25% on your gift card purchase. Costco and Sam’s Club both have discounted gift cards that can save you as much as 20% off. Look for them in the store, or you can purchase them online. Also, currently Sam’s Club is offering new members a free $5.00 Sam’s Club gift card and free rotisserie chicken for joining. Ebay.com - Discounted gift cards can be found in the “daily deal” section. These are limited, come and go without warning and sell out fast. They will often save you as much as 25% off. Locate them at http:// deals.ebay.com/shop/gift-cards-deals. CardCash.com – This is a gift card exchange that sells a huge variety of gift cards. You’ll find everything from grocery gift cards to restaurants and department stores. Discounts depend on the gift card and can save
you as much as 15%. Looking to unload a gift card you can’t use? CardCash will purchase your gift cards from you, too. STORES WITH GIFT CARD DEALS: Many stores have rewards programs and bonuses that can get you additional savings on gift cards for their store, and sometimes other stores, too. Smith’s often offers 4X fuel rewards on gift card purchases. The offer is typically valid on any gift card, except for a Smith’s store gift card, and usually has to be loaded digitally onto your Smith’s Shoppers card. Smith’s is also known for offering digital coupons for gift cards. For example, just a couple of weeks ago they had a digital coupon valid for $5.00 off a $20 Payless Shoes gift card.
ow, just imagine: Purchase a Kohl’s gift card at Smith’s during a 4x fuel reward promotion, using your credit card that offers bonus points, then head to Kohl’s to make your purchase. Use the Kohl’s gift card you purchased at Smith’s and get Yes2Rewards Kohl’s credit. That’s what we call a triple dip. And, I haven’t even mentioned Kohl’s Cash or coupons! Other stores that have great rewards programs are: Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, Famous Footwear, Sears/Kmart, and JCPenney. That’s my frugal wisdom for this month. Next month, I’ll share with you our favorite apps and websites that can bag you completely free gift cards, along with my idea of a fun, and frugal, date night.
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or years I was just a mom. When people asked what I did for a living, I’d respond, “I’m just a stay-at-home mom.” Ironically, I was never home. I was shuttling kids to and from softball, swimming, dance, school and the mall. I spent approximately 20 years living in my van—and I wasn’t even homeless. Being a full-time mom is exhausting. People who’ve never spent 24 hours with small children Have No Idea how listening to the opening notes of “Sesame Street” for the billionth time can make your ear drums bleed. I’d wake up early to enjoy some alone time and hear the shuffling of pajama-footed feet as a toddler waddled into the kitchen and onto my lap where she rested against my chest, smelling like baby shampoo, warm blankets and dreams. I’d put my nose in her hair, inhale that scent and think: remember this. I’d snuggle with my daughters on the couch with piles of library books. We’d read about hungry caterpillars, wicked witches, Sneetches, wild things and little blue engines. I’d share stories about being kind, wise and brave, and I’d pray those messages would stick. A favorite activity was making cinnamon rolls, letting the girls bake their own sugar-covered creations. They would be coated with flour, butter and cinnamon, and the same ingredients blanketed the floor, but it was okay. It was cleanable. Memories
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