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Awards And Accolades
Girl Develop It
Bringing Together Utah’s Technologists By Pat Maddox
ince the mid-19th century, women have shaped computing history. Today, only 20% of active computer programmers are women. Girl Develop It’s Salt Lake City chapter provides affordable education programs for women to create new opportunities for women and to restore the gender balance. In the 1840s, Ada Lovelace created algorithms for Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine - making her the world’s first computer programmer. In 1952, Grace Hopper led the team that created the first compiler. Her team’s work paved the way for COBOL, a programming language still in use at banks around the world. In the 1970s, Adele Goldberg helped design and develop Smalltalk, the first graphical computer system.
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Girl Develop It continued from page 1 In the years since, men have dominated the industry. Cottonwood Heights resident Nina Zakharenko, a professional software developer with over eight years of experience, says, “In New York City, the ratio of female-to-male engineers was pretty abysmal — about one-in-five. Here in Utah, they feel lower. It’s just my assessment from going to tech meetups, or walking through an office and seeing no women there.” Zakharenko moved to Utah to take a new job and to enjoy the world-renowned ski resorts and rock climbing. Hesitant about the move at first, she drove through Big Cottonwood Canyon. “It was fall and everything was different colors and I was almost in tears with how beautiful it was.” Zakharenko soon discovered Girl Develop It, a national non-profit organization that provides affordable and judgmentfree opportunities for women interested in learning web and software development. It proved to be “a great opportunity to meet other people in the industry.” Girl Develop It’s Salt Lake City chapter has over 500 members, some of whom travel from Provo and Logan to attend meetings. Zakharenko credits the group’s strength largely to one of its founders, Stacie Farmer. “Stacie is so motivated and driven, and has put together such a good thing, that it does draw people together from all these places, even if they do have to drive quite a ways.” Farmer helped found the Salt Lake City chapter after reading a blog post in October 2013. “I heard about a community
Girl Develop It meetup group organizer Stacie Farmer concentrates hard to solder her board at OpenWest conference. Photo courtesy of Stacie Farmer of women in technology and thought, ‘That’s what I’ve been wanting my entire career!’ I was self-taught, and so I was incredibly isolated, and I had never worked with another female developer. I thought, ‘This sounds amazing, I wish I had that while I was learning.’ I thought it would be great if I could help create that.” Farmer has felt the lack of women at local tech events. “I was just at OpenWest, and I made a little women’s lounge, but I probably saw less than 50 women at that conference — and that conference had 1200 people signed up. I know what it’s like to go to so many meetup events and so many conferences and feel like the only woman there, or one of very few women.” Farmer says that organizations such as Girl Develop It are critical for making tech more accessible to women. “As a society, if we actually
The Girl Develop It meetup group learns to create interactive websites together in their jQuery Basics course. Photo courtesy of Stacie Farmer
Cottonwood-Holladay City Journal want to make the change, and have more women and have more marginalized people in general enter the tech field, this is essential. One of the biggest problems is that whole experience of no one really looks like you, and no one understands what you’re going through.” Girl Develop It hosts free meetups so that women interested in technology can feel a sense of community and not fight battles alone. “It’s so much easier if you have a whole army of people who are just like ‘Yeah, we’re in here too, we’re in the trenches, and we’re all doing this together.’ It just reminds you of why you love the field in the first place, just having that camaraderie.” Girl Develop It also hosts multi-day training events, which teach aspiring developers the skills they need to work professionally. “The thing that I just love is we have so many total beginners, people who are just kind of curious about it. They’ve been able to advance their skills to where now they’re looking for jobs, and so just to see someone, like a little caterpillar, and they’re becoming a little butterfly now, and it’s amazing to see them working so hard for something that they love so much. That’s really fun for me.” It’s not only women who see the tech industry as maledominated. George Shank, a software developer from Salt Lake City, heard about Girl Develop It and volunteered as a mentor. “It’s always been pretty obvious that there’s a lack of diversity in the programming and tech community. I’ve always wanted to do something in that regard, like help others learn more about programming. I felt like I could have a decent impact if I were to help out in that way.” Girl Develop It invites men to attend. “As long as you’re willing to follow our code of conduct and you support our mission, you’re definitely welcome at our events,” says Farmer. Why do women need special encouragement to participate in technology? Shank points to micro-aggressions as a factor that pushes women out. “One of the best examples I can think of — and I think years ago I was probably guilty of this, too — is when you meet a woman at a conference or at a meetup, and you say ‘Oh, did you come here with your boyfriend?’ I think the person asking the question doesn’t have a negative intention, but what they’ve done is sort of said subliminally, ‘Oh you wouldn’t be here unless you were here with a guy. You shouldn’t be here,’ is kind of what it says.” Farmer agrees: “You often are unfortunately on the receiving end of a lot of comments and remarks and little slights, that people aren’t intending to be mean, but you feel even more left out, or put down, and I think it’s absolutely essential to be around people who can understand what that’s
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CottonwoodH olladay Journal.com Girl Develop It continued from page 4 like and who are there to build you up.” Micro-aggressions don’t tell the whole story. Kathy Sierra, author of over a dozen technical books, canceled public appearances in 2007 after receiving rape threats and death threats. More recently, women game developers have faced misogynistic attacks in what has become known as Gamergate. Farmer says she has not experienced any harassment as a result of her work with Girl Develop It. “I speak out about it on Twitter occasionally and I worry that one of these times I’m going to attract the ire of someone who’s got a bone to pick with me and they’re not going to stop, or they’re going to take other measures, and really go after me or my
face. “My first reaction was ‘I’m a strong woman, and so I’m not afraid of whatever this thing is that women run away from in tech.’ Now I recognize that the problem is not that women need to be stronger so that they can endure these things, it’s that the problems in the workplace need to leave. GDI stands to raise the voice, to say ‘Hey these things aren’t right, this is what needs to change. It’s the problems that need to change, not the women.’” How does it feel to participate in Girl Develop It? “It feels very comfortable,” says Walter. “Girl Develop It has been so welcoming. I feel like I have so many paths that I can take as a developer. All I need is my computer to make my ideas.” Walter encourages anyone interested in
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As Firework Season Approaches, Safety Is Critical
Help Make July Safe For Our Furry Friends
By Carol Hendrycks
t’s a great time of year for celebrating summer holidays with firework displays, and a time for consumers purchasing legal fireworks to be reminded to keep their homes, neighborhoods, pets and community safe. Holladay City Council recognizes and will observe the recommended fireworks restrictions addressed by Assistant Chief Marty Slack from the Unified Fire Department for the City of Holladay during the city council meeting on May 9. Restrictions from 2014 continue, which include no aerial fireworks permitted in Holladay and limited to eight feet for ground fireworks (Ordinance 2014-07). As a reminder, the National Council on Fireworks, on their website www.fireworkssafety.org, reminds consumers handling and using fireworks of these other important safety tips: • Only use fireworks outdoors in areas free of overhead obstructions and away from dry grass or other flammable materials • Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks • Never give fireworks to young children • Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks • Always have a bucket of water, and charged water hose, nearby • Dispose of spent product by wetting it down and placing it in a metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials until morning Holladay residents look forward to a safe July Fourth celebration that kicks off at 8:30 a.m. with a parade, breakfast
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S and ending at dark with a fireworks display at 10:10 p.m. (Fireworks restrictions do not apply for this event). While the holidays are a time for celebration, one Holladay resident living on Meadowmoor Road says her experience with fireworks has only continued to get louder since moving to the area in 2011. The resident, who asked to remain anonymous, has witnessed more illegal fireworks every year that start in June and don’t end until September, while little attention is paid to enforcing restrictions. She has had issues connecting with 911 to report large smoldering caps landing in her yard, and without fail she rescues several dogs running from the fireworks. It is of great concern to her that neighbors be mindful when handling fireworks, where they light fireworks, and to be better informed about the associated risks that endanger pets agitated by the loud blasts. Dogs do not share the love of fireworks with people and are highly sensitive to the noise, bright lights and the sulfur smell. Fortunately, she says, she was able to secure runaway dogs with the help of her next-door neighbor and Salt Lake County Animal Services. For more information, visit www.cityofholladay.com to locate a map for firework restrictions and a link to the ordinance. For animal rescue, contact Salt Lake County Animal Service’s dispatch number at 801-743-7045. l
tatistics provided by Salt Lake County Animal Services shows that in June 2014 this agency responded to 107 animal bites, 53 injured animals, 17 distressed animals, 47 animals running at large and 230 animals (dogs and cats) picked up by this agency. In July 2014, Salt Lake County Animal Services responded to 148 animal bites, 50 injured animals,11 distressed animals, 35 animals running at large and 262 animals picked up by SLCO Animal Services. In Holladay June 2014, Salt Lake County Animal Services responded to one animal bite, two injured animals, three animals running at large and seven animals picked up by SLCO Animal Services. In July 2014, in Holladay alone, SLCO County Animal Services responded to two animal bites, one injured animal, three animals running at large and six animals picked up. While we celebrate summer holidays with fireworks displays, our furry friends do not share our excitement. This is a reminder to all residents that July 5th is the busiest day of the year at animal shelters. Dogs are found miles from their homes, confused, disoriented and exhausted. People call hoping to locate a missing dog that was so terrified from fireworks that it crashed through a window, jumped a high fence or broke its leash or chain to seek comfort.
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CottonwoodH olladay Journal.com Furry Friends continued from page 6 Be your dogs’ or cats’ best friend during firework time. Here are some helpful tips pet owners should consider: Be aware of when your city plans firework displays so you can get your pet ready for the noisy evening. Make sure your yard gates are locked and there’s no escape out of your yard. Many animals will want to flee to escape the noise.
Confine your pet in their “safety room” 30 minutes before the fireworks begin. Check on your pet after the fireworks. They might be scared. Your presence will be soothing. Don’t fuss over them too much because they will pick up on your anxiety if in fact you are anxious. Do a yard sweep before letting your pet back outside. Look for the ends of sparklers, matches, and bits of leftover fireworks. These can be harmful to your pets if ingested.
Statewide Bills Passed Into Law On May 12 By Lewi Lewis
n May 12 Utah actualized nearly 500 new laws that span the legislative panoramic, with everything from seat belts to a law that reclaims Utah’s status as the only state with the firing squad as a legal way to execute.
Firing Squad - Now a legal form of execution, this method will be used as a secondary tactic if drugs used for lethal injection are not available.
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Seat Belts – Previously, if you were older than the age of 18, you could be ticketed for not wearing a seat belt, but only if pulled over for another offense. Beginning on May 12, the new law states that not wearing a seat belt is a primary offense, meaning that police officers can and will pull a driver over if he or she is not wearing a seat belt. The same goes for a passenger. The law allows for an officer to give a warning on the first offense and a $45 fine on
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Prepare your house. Turn some lights on as light will calm your pet instead of being scared in a dark room. Drown out bright lights by closing windows and drapes. Tune out external noise by turning on familiar sounds like the TV or radio. Make a “safety room” for your pet. Have a comfy bed and some of their toys. Remove any sharp objects just in case they start jumping around when the fireworks are going. Be sure you have water for your pet in that room.
Protect your dogs and cats this July 4th and July 24th. If fireworks upset your animals, make sure someone stays with them. If you wish to tranquilize your animals, consult with your veterinarian or call an animal behaviorist to work with your pet, but call in advance of Independence and Pioneer Day. For Salt Lake County Animal Services call 385-468-7387 or dispatch at 801-743-7045. Help keep animals safe and shelter numbers low by doing your part in protecting your pets. l
the second that can be waived upon completion of a 30-minute online safety course.
Body Cameras – At the cost of nearly a half-million dollars, the Department of Safety has plans to equip all state police officers with body cameras. The new law mandates that police must be recording when carrying out forceful search warrants, in order to give the public a chance to experience what transpires when the rubber meets the road.
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Appreciation And Admiration For Local UPD Detective
“ Watkins explained that he
By Carol Hendrycks
uring the Holladay City Council meeting on May 21, Mayor Rob Dahle and councilmembers addressed Chief Chris Bertram of the Unified Police Department for the City of Holladay, as Detective Jason Watkins was presented with a plaque for his nine years of
service in Holladay. This was an honor for Bertram to recognize Watkins as one of the finest law enforcement officers he has been privileged to mentor and serve with over the years. Bertram said, “Detective Watkins is one of the best detectives in interviewing techniques. He can pick apart things and is so successful in solving property crimes.” Bertram noted that residential burglaries and property crimes are some of the most difficult assignments to solve and that Watkins was a “natural police” in tracking down criminals and has success in recovering stolen goods. Watkins has served a total of 18 years in law enforcement, including in Tooele, with Draper City for Salt Lake County’s Sherriff’s Office and in Riverton and Herriman with their narcotics unit. He is also a local resident, having grown up in the area and graduated from Cottonwood High School. He’s enjoyed working in a community oriented police (COP) unit solving property crimes, particularly in Holladay, and has been instrumental in community outreach for “A Night Out Against Crime” events teaching crime prevention, safety and setting up neigh-
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attributes his success not only to fellow officers but also to the importance of building good rapport with neighbors, as community relationships lead to awareness and faster crime solving.”
Local Detective Jason Watkins receives appreciation award for nine years of service in Holladay. borhood watch groups. Watkins explained that he attributes his success not only to fellow officers but also to the importance of building good rapport with neighbors, as community relationships lead to awareness and faster crime solving. He recalled a burglary a few years ago in a vacant home on Walker Lane. With no leads and no evidence, Watkins was persistent in checking on that property over and over
again until he was able to catch two females in the act of breaking in. Armed with his seasoned interviewing skills, he was able to retrieve more information on the original theft from these two, which led to an arrest and conviction. Many of the stolen items were recovered, a rarity as most goods are quickly sold. Waktins has taken on a new assignment in Millcreek where he will continue to investigate thefts, fraud and forgery and remain part of the Unified Police Department. He will continue to mentor younger officers and is dedicated to breaking down barriers to solve and prevent property crimes. l
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M AYO R ’S M E S S AG E
After a long and much-needed rainy spring, summer is on the doorstep. We have two big events scheduled this summer; both occur in July. “Holladay, You’ve Come A Long Way” is the theme for our Fourth of July Celebration. We have activities scheduled throughout the day behind City Hall. We hope you will come out and enjoy the expanded open space and new playground facility. Please take a moment to reflect on the history of our independence. Many have and continue to sacrifice on our behalf. Please honor and remember them as you enjoy the privilege of living in a free society.
Our annual Blue Moon Festival will be held on July 31st. Margo Richards and the Holladay Arts Council have worked very hard to ensure this year’s celebration will be the best ever! We hope you take the opportunity to come down to the City Hall to mingle with friends and neighbors, as well as spend some quality time with your family. Holladay City has committed a lot of time and resources in creating a central gathering place for our residents. The facilities are about 90% complete; let’s put them to good use. I hope to see you around town this summer!
Mosquitos Summer provides a great time to participate in a variety of outdoor activities. Unwelcome mosquitoes, however, can make many outdoor activities less enjoyable. Some simple precautions can help reduce the negative impacts of mosquitoes. You can help control the population of mosquitoes by:
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• Eliminating unnecessary standing water from your property. • Emptying and refreshing desirable standing water at least weekly. • Treating livestock watering troughs and ornamental ponds with mosquito control products or fish (this service
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is available free of charge from the SSLVMAD). • Reporting other standing water to the SSLVMAD: 801-255-4651. Additionally, the following suggestions can help you avoid being bitten by mosquitoes: • Use mosquito repellents approved by the Environmental Protection Agency according to instructions on the product label. • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that covers as much skin as possible when outdoors. • Avoid outdoor activities during times of peak mosquito activity (between dusk and dawn for several species of mosquitoes including disease vectors known to occur in Utah). The South Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement District would like to wish everyone a safe and pleasant summer. For additional information about mosquitoes and mosquito control or to submit a request for service please visit www.sslvmad.org.
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It’s Simple, It’s the Law Salt Lake County Animal Services As the days get longer and spring rains transition into warm summer days, Holladay residents start spending more time outside with their dogs. This also marks the beginning of Salt Lake County Animal Control Officers’ busy season. Warmer weather means more dogs outside and more dogs outside means more interaction between people, dogs and officers. One of the biggest issues officers experience while cruising Holladay neighborhoods is people walking dogs off-leash. In Holladay City, as in most Utah cities, the law is simple. Your dog must be on a leash unless an area is posted off-leash. And in Holladay there are currently no areas officially posted off-leash. Holladay residents walking dogs off-leash will likely receive a warning from patrolling officers. However, officers can issue citations. Animal Services goal and desire is education, not writing tickets. Repeat offenders and those who don’t comply with an officer’s request to leash up an animal
can expect a ticket. Same goes for picking up after dogs. Holladay residents are required by ordinance to clean up messes created by their animals. Failure to do so can also result in a citation and fine. Warmer weather also means more dogs outside, which leads to more lost animals or animals running at large. Summer is a good time to ensure your animals are properly licensed, tagged with contact information and micro-chipped. It’s the law to have your animal properly licensed and vaccinated, but adding a micro-chip and tags with owner information allows officers to quickly return a lost dog back to its owner. Our goal is to keep animals from entering the shelter.
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Friday, July 31, 5-10 PM This Free event will be held come rain or shine at the City of Holladay Park, located at 4580 South 2300 East, Holladay, Utah. The Blue Moon Festival has been growing in popularity each year and is fun for all ages. This year we are anticipating over 2,500 people to attend. It brings together the community with a fun filled night of Music, Art, Children Activities, Food, Beer and Wine. It will spotlight an outstanding array of Art and Food Vendors. We will once again have the Children’s Tent with free create and take crafts. If you are interested in applying as an Art or Food Vendor please visit our web site.
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FIREWORKS BANNED IN SOME AREAS OF HOLLADAY By Marty Slack, Assistant Chief Unified Fire Authority It’s nearing that time of year when we celebrate our country’s independence by playing at the park, barbequing, and lighting fireworks. Along with the fun, bright sparkling colors, and the loud noises of fireworks comes danger. Every year hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage are caused by fireworks, along with burns and other injuries to those who are trying to enjoy the summer holidays. The Unified Fire Authority has performed an analysis of the City of Holladay and identified areas where fireworks pose an unusually high risk. These are areas where if a fire is started by fireworks the chances of it spreading quickly and causing significant damage are likely. The main parameters considered were topography (areas with steep upward slopes or thick vegetation where fires will spread quickly), fire department access (some areas are difficult to get fire crews into quickly allowing a fire to spread unchecked for many minutes), and past fire history. Recommendations were then made to the City Council to ban all fireworks, including “sparklers”, in those high hazard areas. During a May 21st City Council Meeting the Council unanimously approved banning fireworks in the following areas of the city: Spring Creek: The banned area includes all spaces within one hundred feet of the center of Spring Creek between Wallace Ln. and Holladay Blvd. Spring Creek is located just south of Kentucky Ave. on the east side of the city. If you live along Spring Creek legal fireworks will be allowed in your front yard or street-side portion of your yard, but they are prohibited in backyards or areas of your yards that border Spring Creek. Neff’s Creek: This includes any area within one hundred feet of the center of Neff’s Creek between Lisa Dr. and Shanna Street. Neff’s Creek is located just north of Nila Way in the northeast corner of the city. Residents whose property borders Neff’s Creek are allowed to ignite legal fireworks in their front yards or street-side portions of yards, but they are not allowed in backyards or areas
of yards that border Neff’s Creek. Cottonwood Area: This takes in a large area at the south end of the city within the following borders: Beginning at the south border of the City of Holladay at 2300 East and I-215, continuing north along 2300 East to Big Cottonwood Rd. (6200 S.), following Big Cottonwood Rd. west to Highland Dr., following Highland Dr. north to Arbor Ln., following Arbor Ln. east and north to Viewmont St., following Viewmont St. east to Marilyn Dr., following Marilyn Dr. south and east to Edgemoor Dr., following Edgemoor Dr. east to Cottonwood Ln., following Cottonwood Ln. north to Holladay Blvd., following Holladay Blvd. south to 6200 S., following 6200 S. east to I-215, following I-215 west along the south border of the City of Holladay to 2300 E. All areas east of I-215 including the freeway right-of-way: This area of fireworks ban runs from the northeast corner of the city at 3900 South to 6200 South. The area comprises all UDOT property including the upward slope leading up to I-215. Residential areas included in this ban include the Heughs Canyon Subdivision (all streets east of Wasatch Blvd.), and the Tolcate Hills area east of the freeway (Tolcate Ln., Silver Hawk Dr., Whitewater Dr., Whitewater Cir., and Tolcate Hills Dr.) This ban does not include the Old Mill Golf Course, the Park-N-Ride, or the Millrock area. Big Cottonwood Creek and Creekside Park: This includes any area within one hundred feet of Big Cottonwood Creek, as well as all of Creekside Park (Frisbee Park). Olympus Hills Park: This includes all areas within the borders of Olympus Hills Park. Legal fireworks are allowed outside of the banned areas, but there are some citywide restrictions that you should be aware of in areas where they are permitted. Aerial fireworks are not allowed anywhere within the borders of the City of Holladay. If fireworks go more than eight feet off the ground they are not allowed. Fireworks are only permitted from July 1st to July 7th between 11am and 11pm (hours extended to midnight
on July 4th), July 21st to July 27th between 11am and 11pm (hours extended to midnight on July 24th), December 31st between 11am and 1am on January 1st, and Chinese New Year’s Eve between 11am and 1am the following day. For maps and other information on fireworks take a look around the city’s website at www.cityofholladay.com. You can also find safety information and an interactive map at www.unifiedfire.org/services/ fireprevention/firework.asp. Let’s all enjoy an exciting but safe summer.
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Summer Solstice at the Gazebo Saturday, June 20, 2015 8:00am— 10:30am West Side of City Hall Starting the summer off right with fun and healthy activities! Activities: Yoga, Movement Story Time for Kids, Summer Reading Book Talk for Adults, Fitness Information & Demonstrations, Fitness Testing & Enhanced Fitness for Seniors Sponsors:
Dog Days of Holladay Celebration Saturday, August 22 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM Holladay City Plaza The City of Holladay, in partnership with Salt Lake County Animal Services will be supporting the canines in our community on the date and times listed above. Residents will be able to purchase a light-post post banner for $100 featuring their favorite Mutt in support of the event. $50 will be donated to Faces of Utah, the charitable arm of SLC Animal Services. There will be more information available in the July and August issues of the Journal. Activities available on Saturday, August 22nd: • Free Microchips for Holladay City residents: a registered microchip will give a lost pet the best chance of returning home. • Free Basic Vaccine Packages for Holladay City residents: (the basic vaccine package is DHPP for dogs and FVRCP for cats.) • Free Rabies Vaccines for Holladay City residents: this immunization is important, and it is also required in order to license your pet. • Licenses: If you live in Holladay City, all dogs, cats, and ferrets must be licensed.
A pet license has benefits for you, the pet owner. A license is the best way to reunite you with your dog if he/she becomes lost. A pet wearing a license tag can quickly and easily be identified and returned to you. If your pet is found by one of our officers seriously injured and you could not be immediately contacted, the license would guarantee that he/she would be taken to a veterinarian for emergency care. • Activities for kids! Bring your kids by our booth for creative art projects, and also to learn about responsible pet ownership. • Adoptable dogs: Come see our awesome adoptable dogs if you are looking for a new pet companion! Adopt a new friend for life.
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ount Olympus Senior Center is located at 1635 East Murray-Holladay Road. Phone 385-468-3130 for more information. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Transportation is available Monday through Friday for those who live in the area. The cost is $2; call the center for more information. Most activities require you to sign up in advance. Mondays, 11:15 a.m. — BP Checks with Ruth. Just show up. Tuesdays, 9:00 a.m. – Noon — Massages. We offer massages every Tuesday in June. Suggested donation is $10.00. Sign up for an appointment. Wednesdays, 2 p.m. —Afternoon Yoga. Work on your flexibility, balance, and muscle strength. Every Wednesday and Thursday Morning in June — Computer Lab. Don will take appointments to work with you one-on-one and answer your questions. Due to high demand, individuals may only sign up for two classes a month. Please sign up at the front desk! Fridays, 1p.m. — Vital Aging: Coping with Pain. Living with chronic pain can be very difficult. This class will provide an opportunity for individuals suffering from chronic pain to share their stories in an atmosphere of support and empathy. Information and guidance for dealing with chronic pain will be discussed. We will explore the mind-body connection to help find relief from pain, practice relaxation and distraction techniques.
SENIORS will meet at Mt. Olympus Center for carpooling at 9:00. Sign up at front desk! June 8 signup for Father’s Day Celebration on the 19th. See Cheryl for this event at the front desk. Suggested lunch donation is $3.00. June 8, 10 a.m. — Eye Don’t Know. There are so many things we can do to take care of our eyes that we just don’t know about. Dr. Bowman, an ophthalmologist, will be here to inform us on how to take care of our eyes so they will last us a lifetime. June 10, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. — Blood Glucose Checks. Just show up. June 10, 12:30 p.m. — It’s a “Secret.” What is a secret? What are some of the biggest secrets in history? And what are some of America’s biggest secrets? Join professor Matt Potolsky from the U of U as he dissects what a secret is, shares secrets throughout history, and explains how secrets affect our society. Riveting! June 11, 11 a.m. — iPad Class. Frank Barton from Right at Home will be back to teach his iPad class. Sign up at the front desk! June 12 Signup for June 16th Wendover Trip. Please sign up for this trip by Friday, June 12. A signup sheet is available at the front desk for your payment. Cost is $20.00 and is payable to Advisory Committee when you sign up. June 15, 10:30 a.m. — History of Music: Mexico. Cathryn Clayton, professor of Music History from the U of U Music Department will be here to acquaint us with the history of music in Mexico. Come enjoy the melodies and stories behind the music. Sign up! June 15, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. — Attorney. Mike Jensen with Elder Law will be here for 20-minute sessions. Sign up at the front desk! June 16, 8:30 a.m. — Bus to Wendover. June 16, 9:00-11:00 a.m. — Eye Screenings. Dr. Nelson will be here to do free eye screenings. Sign up at the front desk for an appointment. June 16, 2 p.m. — Book Club. We will be discussing Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Books available through the library system.
June 5, 11 a.m. — D-Day. It has been 71 years since the 160,000 allied troops invaded the beaches of Normandy. More than 9,000 soldiers were wounded or killed, but by the end of the day, the allies gained a foothold on continental Europe, eventually leading to the conquering of Hitler’s troops and the winning of the war. Taught by author Kenny Kemp. June 8, leaving promptly at 9 a.m. — Canyon Hiking for Active Participants. We will be hiking 4 miles on the Little Cottonwood Creek Trail from Lisa Falls down to the lower parking lot. We will carpool to the trailhead. Participants
June 16 signup for Accreditation Party on 23rd. See Cheryl at front desk to sign up for this event. Suggested lunch donation is $3.00. June 17, 12:30 p.m. — 7 Peaks: The Highest in the World. Presented by Carol Masheter. Carol has climbed the 7 highest peaks in the world and is coming to Mt. Olympus to tell us about it. Don’t miss this opportunity — sign up! June 19, 11:30 a.m. — Father’s Day Celebration. It’s time to celebrate all the fathers with some entertainment by Eleanor Thomas and some delicious food. Enjoy beef pot roast with brown gravy, Delmonico potatoes, mixed vegetables, fruit cocktail and
an oatmeal raisin cookie. (Sign up on June 8th.) June 19, 12:30 p.m. — Goin’ to Kansas City. Join us and historian Daniel Kuhn for another fantastic presentation on Daniel’s road trips to Kansas City. Take a ride and enjoy scenes of Reno, Wyoming, Denver and Kansas, as well as the scenic Southwest along with the famous Route 66. This is a presentation you won’t want to miss! June 22, leaving promptly at 9 a.m. — Canyon Hiking for Active Participants. We will be hiking 4 1/2 miles up Millcreek Canyon on the middle and lower sections of the Pipeline Trail. We will carpool to the trailhead. Participants will meet at Mt. Olympus Center for carpooling at 9:00. Sign up at front desk! June 22, 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. — Audiology. Brent Fox of Audiology Associates will be available to check your hearing aids. Please sign up. June 23,8:00 – 10:00 a.m. — Podiatry. We are so fortunate to have Dr. Robert Church provide us with this service. Sign up for an appointment. $10.00 donation payable to Dr. Church. June 23, 11:30 a.m. — Accreditation Party. Mt. Olympus Center has received accreditation from the National Council on Aging National Institute of Senior Centers! There will be entertainment by Ron Archibald and cake with special guests from Salt Lake County
June 2015 | Page 13 Aging & Adult Services Administration and Holladay City. Sign up by June 16th. June 24, 12:15 p.m. — Summer Kick off Root Beer Social. Summer is finally here and what better way to celebrate than with some ice cream and cool root beer? Join us in our celebration. Sponsored by Silverado. June 25, 10:30 a.m. — Geriatrics Karate. Olympus Rehabilitation Center is lending us their 3rd Degree Kenpo Instructor, Jerry Johnson, once a month for Geriatric Karate Class. Join us for karate facts, warm up, exercises, technique, and application, as you improve your balance, reflexes, coordination, strength and stamina. This is a really unique event! Don’t miss it! June 25, 12:30 p.m. — History and Traditions of the Navajo. The Navajo are the largest federally recognized tribe in the U.S. Before Christopher Columbus landed in the Americas, the Navajo had already settled in Utah and the Southwest. Come learn from Anthony Shirley from the U of U as he shares the fascinating history of the Navajos. June 26, 12:30 p.m. — Culture of the French Polynesia and Tahiti. Our very own Pete Mahuru will be entertaining and educating us once again with a special guest performance. Pete will share with us he cultures and traditions of French-Polynesia and Tahiti. Pete is always a great entertainer! l
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Cottonwood Colts Baseball 2015 Year Ends
Skyline High School Swim Team 2014-2015
By Lewi Lewis
By President of the Skyline Boosters, Wendy White
he Cottonwood Colts 5A baseball team lost in the semi-finals 3-2 against Pleasant Grove, narrowly missing their chance at advancing to the state championship this year. But instead of focusing on what could have been done differently, head coach Jason Crawford
play with anyone,” he said. With a mostly returning team, the Cottonwood Colts and staff feel good about next season. “We have a lot of work to do but I am sure the team will come back ready to play
NOT JUST GREAT IN THE WATER!
he men’s and women’s swim teams at Skyline High School both won their respective state championships this year, with the men’s team setting two new state records. Graduating seniors end their high school swimming career with the men winning 3 of 4 state championships and the women winning 4 of 4. Coach Joe Pereira, who was named Boys’ Coach of the Year again this year, won his 15th and 16th state titles, making him the winningest high school coach in the state. Between team tryouts in early October and the state finals in February, these kids swam four hours a day during the week and
Many of the swimmers are also involved in extracurricular activities on campus, including: State Math Team, State Debate Team, French club, Technology Students Association, Theater, Dance Company, Philharmonic Orchestra, Concert and Pep Bands, Wind and Jazz Ensembles, Soccer Team, Cross Country Team, and Studentbody Office. Many received academic, citizenship and leadership honors, to include Academic All-Region, Academic All-State and Sterling Scholar. As a team, they performed 140 hours of community-service, directly impacting Special
Cottonwood Colts Baseball team. Photo courtesy of Coach Jason Crawford is focusing on the existential gains. “I am not one to dwell on the past,” Crawford said. “The team had a great year and created their own identity.” It’s hard to call their season a losing season when they ended it with a record of 24 wins and 4 losses; two being in the state playoffs and the other two in a pre-season tournament in Las Vegas. “I am extremely proud of what they accomplished,” Crawford said. Senior star pitcher Tevita Gerber admits that at the beginning of the season, the team lacked confidence and held a wavering identity. “But as we progressed through workouts and preseason games, we discovered we could
hard once again,” Crawford said. Tevita, who is going on to play with UNLV as a pitcher, has learned that baseball isn’t merely a game or a pastime but something that reveals the secret of character. “Sports have taught me that not everything is going to go your way. And when it doesn’t go your way you need to figure out a way to fight through it and be successful,” he said.
ottonwood Baseball will be losing three players this year: Tevita Gerber will be going to UNLV, Ty Brophy will be heading to Barstow, and Gavin Gunthrie has had multiple offers but has yet to decide. l
Skyline High School’s Men’s and Women’s swim teams with Councilmember Sam Granato. Photo courtesy of George Karahalios two hours on Saturday mornings. That’s nearly 400 hours per swimmer and more than 30,000 hours in the pool in 18 weeks! And these kids don’t just swim! Of the 77 members of the Skyline Swim Team, 76 are enrolled in Honors courses; 64 in Advanced Placement courses; and 11 in International Baccalaureate courses; with a combined GPA of 3.61.
Olympics, Primary Children’s Hospital, the Animal Shelter, and the Road Home. Individual swimmers performed additional public service, impacting United Way, Operation Smile, Utah Food Bank, Division of Wildlife Resources, Red Cross, and the public library system. Some served
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CottonwoodH olladay Journal.com Swim Team continued from page 12 with the National Honor Society, National Charity League, Skyline’s Community of Caring, and Holladay City’s Youth Community Council. International programs included service in India, Kenya, Nicaragua, Panama, and Thailand. Off campus, these kids are involved with the Boy Scouts of America, Children of the American Revolution, Daughters of Minos Cretan, Gay-Straight Alliance, GOYA
dancers, Young Artists Chamber Players, and competitive martial arts, rowing, and Junior Olympic swimming and water polo. Fifteen seniors graduate this year and are going on to college, most with academic scholarships. Of those who have committed, five will attend the University of Utah; four will attend Utah State University; one will attend Brigham Young University; one will attend Colorado University at Boulder; one will attend Colorado State University; and one will attend University of Puget Sound. l
Skyline High School’s Men’s and Women’s swim teams, both 2015 State Champions, were recognized in a resolution being presented by the Salt Lake County Council. (Center, from left to right: Coach Joe Perierra, Mayor Becker, Councilman Caputo) [photo credit: George Karahalios]
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KUTV Wins May Sweeps By Lewi Lewis
n September 10, 1954, KUTV Channel 2 Utah signed on the air for the first time. Sixty-one years later, they are the crème de la crème of broadcast news. From 5 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. throughout the week, they placed first in the ratings over every newscast in Utah, capturing 63 out of 72 quarter hours throughout the day and easily winning May sweeps. Out of all lifestyle shows, KUTV’s “Fresh Living” came in as nonpareil and the successful new social media show, “The Channel 2 10pm news team: Sterling Poulson, Shawna Lake, Mark Refresh,” continued its upward Koelbel, Dave Fox and Matt Gephardt. swing by winning its 3 p.m. KUTV and CBS took first in primetime time slot. 2News at 10 led the pack with easy programming, offering a staggering 19 of the distance; Mark Koelbel and Shawna Lake top 30 primetime shows. “We are so grateful to our audience helped make 2News at 10 the highest rated for tuning in each day,” said Lee Eldridge, local news program in Utah yet again. 2News “This Morning” gathered the KUTV news director. “We have a very loyal most viewers in the state, and CBS came out group of viewers, and our staff here at KUTV the victor in a battle for network news with works their hardest each day to provide the newscasts our audience deserves.” l CBS This Morning.
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Planting The Future
By Lewi Lewis
n May 20, third-grade teacher Alison Jueschke and the statewide nonprofit, Tree Utah, helped the Howard Driggs Elementary students of today help the Howard Driggs students of tomorrow by pulling a Chinese proverb from the stratosphere of philosophy down into the dirt of fertile reality: “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The next best time is now,” goes the proverb. “Tree Utah teaches youth to recognize the importance of trees in our lives and the health of our community. When a student participates in a school planting event, they have a sense of ownership for the tree and feel responsible for its well being,” said Emily Mulligan, education coordinator for Tree Utah. Howard Driggs Elementary applied for a 2015 spring planting grant aimed at helping communities plant trees on publicly accessible land and growing the roots of tree-education; their brass ring is to elevate the local environment by planting one tree at a time, or in this case, four. With one Wireless Zelkova, one Japanese Tree Lilac, one Giant Sequoia and one Ginko Tree waiting to be planted, students left the sterile atmosphere of the classroom and gathered outside in a gaggle of excitement. “Children are part of our communities
and our potential future leaders. Their learning and experiences should help prepare them to be successful and to help make the world better,” Jueschke said when asked if learning about trees went beyond the proverbial green thumb. “They are better able to connect their learning to life and their environment.” After a brief, no-holds-barred quiz, where Jueschke tested her students on the proper care of trees and the science of trees, Nate Orbock, planting coordinator for Tree Utah, began the process of loosening the first tree’s roots, preparing for it to be planted, where it will stand for years to come. “We can create ‘tree ambassadors’ at an early age,” Orbock said as he explained to the children the importance of what they were doing. “We hope that helping to improve our local community will inspire people to become active stewards of the environment,” he said. Each child scooped up a handful of dirt and helped pack the tree. By allowing the children a part in the process, the idea is that they will come to think of these trees as their own, thus creating a feeling of personal responsibility. Gwen, one of Jueschke’s students, sees the importance of planting trees with an an-
Brock helps to plant the future as part of the Tree Utah education program. thropomorphic eye: “It’s important to plant trees because they can have feelings,” she said. Eight-year-old Naomi holds a more literal position for the necessity of trees. “I think trees are helpful because they give us fruits, and food helps us live,” she said. Brock, another third-grade student of Jueschke, is more scientific about it. He says, “It’s important to plant trees because they help us breathe. When you breathe out, you breathe out carbon dioxide and the trees take in the carbon dioxide as air for them and then they breathe out oxygen for us.” Myriad opinions aside, Jueschke projects a bigger picture.
“The real life multi-sensory experience of touching, smelling, seeing, hearing the fresh soil and trees makes us more alive, alert, refreshed, and connected to each other and our environment. We appreciate Mike Douglas, Howard R. Driggs Elementary School’s principal, for enriching the lives of students and teachers by promoting and supporting hands-on learning and making our school a more beautiful and healthy place. Students, teachers, staff, neighbors, school district personnel, and community members such as Tree Utah and The City Journal enjoyed a special experience and connected to a bigger part of our community,” she said. l
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Holladay Teachers Receive Awards And Accolades
By Carol Hendrycks
alt Lake County Commission On Youth (COY) is a partnership of private, public and religious organizations which annually recognizes through its COY Awards individuals, teens and groups who excel in service to young people. JoAnne Brown is one of the recipients for the 2015 COY awards for her teaching and service. She is a science teacher at Olympus Junior High who has inspired hundreds of students over the years to form teams to find solutions to community problems through science, such as recycling, water conservation, and stream and canal clean ups. Her teams, participating in the Lexus Eco-Challenges, have won this national contest for many years, earning more than $330,000 for their school and their personal college funds. The awards presentation was held May 19 during the Salt Lake county council meeting and was open to the public. COY is staffed and organized by Salt Lake County Youth Services and board appointed by Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams. On May 15, Rose Jacklin, a 15-year Bonneville Junior High School teacher, was one
JoAnne Brown, a science teacher at Olympus Junior High, was a COY award recipient. of 11 educators in the state this year to receive the annual Huntsman Award for Excellence in Education, or Excel Award, at a ceremony held at Little America. “I am so touched and humbled by the support of Holladay parents and students,” Jacklin said. Jacklin said she feels a real sense of community at this culmination of 30 years of teaching in the Granite School District and that kids know that they are loved and cared for. Jacklin inspires her students with unforgettable activity-based lessons that encourage citizenship and a love for country and community. Jon and Karen Huntsman presented the awards and each winner received a $10,000 check. l
Left: GEF Excel Award Winner Trevor Black, a sixth grade teacher at Howard Driggs Elementary. Below: GEF Excel Award Winner Barbara Homer, a second grade teacher at Cottonwood Elementary.
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10 FREE OR CHEAP ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS THIS SUMMER By Joani Taylor
Geocaching (geocaching.com) – Seek out a hidden treasure by using the free mobile app or your GPS. There are 1000’s of geocaches hidden, not only around Utah but worldwide, making this a great travel activity, too. Check out my post on Coupons4Utah.com for Kids Bowl Free (kidsbowlfree.com) – Kids can all the ins and outs of how it works. (coupons4utah. bowl 2 games for free each week at select bowling com/geocache) centers around the state. Shoe rental is additional and Barnes & Noble – Download a reading Journal from pre-registration is required on their website. the website or pick one up at the store. Have your child read at least 8 books during the summer and then take the completed journal to any Barnes & Noble store and your child can choose a free book. ummer season is the time when we are looking for things to entertain the kiddos and get them out and enjoying our fabulous Utah happenings. Here’s a handy list of things you can do with the kidlets this summer that won’t break the bank.
Megaplex and Cinemark Theaters – have summer movie passes for kids. A pass is $5.00 to $10 for 10 movies. While these are older movies, kids enjoy getting out of the heat and seeing their favorite movies again. Visit your local theater for details. Splash Pads – Coupons4Utah has compiled a list of over 60 splash pads across the state. Visit one close to home or check the list for a vacation destination coupons4utah.com/splashpads.
Conservation Park (conservationgardenpark. org) – The Garden host various camps and activities throughout the summer. Cost for these camps are usually Gardner Village. Make your own jewelry at the Busy Murray City Park – Has a summer Children Matinee around $7.00. You’ll want to register early as they are Beader Summer Camp at The Bead Farm. Learn to knit Series, where children’s matinees are held every Thurs- known to fill up. at Kamille’s. Attend a tea party at Georgell Doll Shop day at 2:00 p.m. in Murray Park Pavilion #5. These are Lowe’s and Home Depot Building events – While or Cookie College at Naborhood Bakery. And master free for all to attend. these are held year round, they are a great one to put the art of sewing at Pine Needles. Visit the Gardner Wheeler Farm – The farm is a fun place to visit to on your summer to do list. The classes are completely Village website for a full list of event dates and times. learn about farm animals. There is no admission fee to free. Kids will get the materials needed for the build, he next time you hear the kids saying those enter. But, there are fees for activities such as wagon a special apron, and participation pin or patch. Visit dreaded words “Mom, I’m bored!”, break out your local store for details. rides, milking the cow and other special events. Wheeler this list and go make some fun summer memories. Farm also has a kids summer camp that is $65 for an Gardner Village- June 1st-August 30 th you can keep Find more fun things for kids to do at coupons4utah. entire week of farming fun. the kids busy with one of the “Busy Bee” camps at com/activities-for-kids/
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rown Floral was established in 1915 by Leon Brown. Around 1926, he recruited his wife to join him in the day-today operations. She told him she would work with him, not for him. That was the start of a business partnership that prospered for many, many years. Rob Johnson and Tracie Drage purchased Brown Floral in 2010. Neither had any floral experience, but immediately recognized the opportunity of such a solid legacy business. They brought their enthusiasm for sales and marketing to the table, and began focusing on business-to-business. All the employees remained and played integral parts in helping the business survive such a bold transition. Within the first three years, the business tripled, reclaiming its position as one of Utah’s leading florists. “My business partner and I looked at Brown Floral and quickly decided to step into
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just learned that when I was a child, my parents were criminals. That’s a lot to take in when you thought your mom and dad were law-abiding citizens--more or less. I had no idea my parents hid a dark side until I heard that parents in Maryland were charged with neglect for letting their kids walk to the park. Alone. At first, I thought the story was a joke and kept reading for the punchline. Nope. Totally real. A neighbor called the police to report that the children were playing without the required amount of helicopter-parent supervision. Additionally, the nosy neighbor stated, “It wasn’t the first time these children played by themselves.” Gasp. The siblings were taken by Child Protective Services while the parents were investigated, and (because we have to label everything) the term “free-range parenting” was created. Free-range parenting is defined as, “A new, hands-off approach to raising children.” But other people label it as neglect. So, if I was so inclined, I could retroactively (and in my mom’s case, posthumously) have my parents thrown in the slammer. Every Saturday morning, after we finished eating Fruity Pebbles straight from the box while watching “Land of the Lost,” my mom would kick us out of the house and tell us not to come home until sunset. Then she’d slam the door. And lock it. We were cool with that. We shrugged, hopped on our bikes and went to find something to do. We’d wander through
neighborhoods like adolescent Pied Pipers, picking up other unattended children. Then we’d end up in someone’s yard playing Red Rover (aka Clothesline Your Buddies) until those parents told us to get lost. We’d amble to 7-Eleven where we’d buy candy cigarettes and Fresca (because the can looked like beer). We’d sit on the swings sipping our pretend beer and discuss whatever it is kids discuss in those situations. I’m sure we fooled everyone because doesn’t every 10-year-old sit in the park swigging a cold beer while smoking with her friends?
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I guess our parents didn’t think we needed 24-hour supervision. We walked to school every day with a group of friends, rain or shine. And we frequently rode our bikes nearly two miles to the Murray Library with ne’er an adult in sight. In a time before cell phones, GPS and tracking devices, parents relied on their kids to use common sense. They taught us to avoid strangers, stay off the train tracks, don’t go into homes when the parents weren’t around and, basically, not to be stupid. My daughters could also have charged me with neglect, and they’ve probably already contacted an attorney. I often allowed them to bike to the local swimming pool and stay there for hours. They also walked to 7-Eleven—and probably bought candy cigarettes with their friends. People say, “Don’t you know how dangerous the world is?” Guess what? The world has always been dangerous. Helicopter parenting, obsessive worrying and overprotective hovering doesn’t stop bad things from happening. Here’s my definition of neglect: not allowing your children to create a feeling of independence; not allowing your children to be bored and have to create something; not allowing your kids to make mistakes, get lost, mess up and face consequences. Kids are resilient, and more often than not, they make the right decision. So I guess I’ll have to forgive my parents for teaching me to be independent and creative. Gee, thanks mom and dad. l