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August 2015 | Vol. 12 Iss. 8

FREE Keep on Truckin’:

Holladay City Welcomes the Food Truck Obsession By Lewi Lewis

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Eddee Johansen, future owner of a food truck, says such events go much deeper than just the food.

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“I think that it’s really good for the city – to

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Chief Retires after 25 Years of Police Service By Carol Hendrycks

Dear Editor,



t is with a heavy heart but one filled with gratitude that the Holladay City Council said goodbye to UPDs Holladay City Chief of Police Chris Bertram. The announcement came during the June Holladay City Council meeting as a surprise and was met with bittersweet reactions. Come August 15, Bertram will officially retire, leaving behind a stellar law enforcement career and a staff of 22 officers and city officials. Holladay City Manager Randy Fitts, who has worked close with Bertram over the years, said, “He is one of the most professional and personable police officers I’ve ever work with. I respect him for the responsive engagement he has shown to our community. He will be hard to replace.” And it’s that responsiveness that sets the chief apart from others as his career highlights paint a picture of a very dedicated individual, chasing down not only criminals but a career in excellence, promoting quality of life on the job and at home. A life in public service is something he wanted to do from a young age. Following in his father’s footsteps and preceding generations, Bertram is a fourth generation law enforcement officer and has now served a total of 25 years, which started with a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Weber State University in 1992, an M.B.A. from City University in Bellevue, Wash. in 2003 followed by a master’s in security studies/ homeland defense from the U. S. Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. in 2008. Bertram has been with the Salt Lake County’s Sheriff’s Office since 1991, now the Unified Police Department, where he completed the last seven years as chief of police for the City of Holladay. During the UPD transition, Bertram was a key contributor in the mission and vision statements for uniting the department. The vision reads, “To provide equal service to all through compassion, empathy and respect while defending the rights of individuals

Holladay Unified Police Department Chief Chris Bertram will officially retire on August 15. and improving quality of life.” Chief Steve Anjewierden of Kearns, colleague and friend, expressed that Bertram’s ability to recognize and anticipate the direction for the future of law enforcement helped to shape and support the Sheriff Winder philosophy, which remains in place today. Anjewierden recalled a 2007 case where the two worked together for Homeland Security. Anjewierden teamed up with Bertram on a particular well-documented case of traveling to Rhode Island to safely recover a 1-year-old boy who had been abducted by his non-custodial father. The father had been on the run for 15 years from authorities under false identifications. The officers were able to make the capture shortly after they arrived. Bertram, Anjewierden and Lieutenant Debbie Herreraparkin were awarded the Sheriff’s Star for this recovery. Anjeweirden admires and respects the critical thinking and professionalism that Bertram has demonstrated throughout his career. That recovery is just one of many notable

cases Bertram has solved over his career. He has been supported by his wife, three children, his father and several police mentors. Bertram is a scholar, a teacher at the University of Utah and Salt Lake Community College in criminal justice, as well as the author of “Family Versus Duty,” published in 2011. Bertram’s decision to retire now at the top of his game was a deliberate decision. The love of his family and wanting to spend more time with them is a driving force. Bertram is also looking forward to more time with his father and joining forces for more private detective work. Regarding the future of law enforcement, Bertram wants to impress upon his staff the importance of being an impeccable and thoughtful police officer. Bertram continues to perfect the “art of the policeman” and has loved the tradition of police work. As he takes the next year off to enjoy his family and work with his father, he will likely be back in another public service capacity. He knows his community and appreciates the support of Holladay residents. l

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I’m glad to see the media coverage that the Holladay General Plan got in this month’s City Journal. Hopefully the first public hearing coming up on July 21st will be well attended and the Citizen’s Advisory Committee and Planning Commission will receive some heartfelt feedback.  There are a couple of areas in the Plan’s marketing that raise my eyebrows, though. I was at the city workshop on February 25th with other residents who sat down with Community Director Paul Allred and Landmark Design staff to discuss issues with the Plan. A topic came up specifically addressing the “few open areas left in Holladay”. We citizens were asked where we would like to see an assumed 1706 more households accomodated in Holladay.  Our response was “Why? We would rather not build up those last pockets of open land.  Let’s make things better, not more.” We recognize that Holladay’s unique character is enhanced by those last rural bits of viewscape, passive open land, and our smaller homes that fit in with well-established neighborhoods.  We were also told that the city has “little land” available for park and public open space — instead, our city managers rely on neighboring areas to provide it for us.  I see that the draft of the General Plan is still weighted toward these additional 1706 households, and generally shrugs off the lack of accessible public open space. I believe Holladay should do the responsible thing and raise the level of its own parkland service for us. Make it more and better. When I see what little we have left of open land, it would be more worthwhile to leave the bulldozers parked and provide Holladay residents with some visual relief from an influx of more outof-character residential development. 

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Youth City Council Eager to Serve Community By Rachel Hall


person of any age can make a difference in the community. High school students on the Cottonwood Heights Youth City Council (YCC) are an example of the younger generation wanting to be involved. Members of the 2015-2016 YCC were sworn in at the May 26 city council meeting. “I think that it’s really good for the city – to show and to see that kids do care. We’re not just inside playing video games. We’re getting out there. We’re reaching out to the community,” YCC Deputy Public Relations Officer Ben Pugmire said. City Councilman Scott Bracken, who oversees the youth council, spends time recruiting new officers by visiting local eighth-grade students at the end of the school year. During his time at the schools, he finds that many students are already aware of the program because they have seen their friends and family participate in a variety of capacities around the city on behalf of YCC. “The council really, really loves seeing the kids out [in the city],” Bracken said. Regular interaction with elected leaders in Cottonwood Heights, such as the mayor, city councilmembers, police chief and fire chief, is one perk of being involved with YCC. Students, however, do not just sit and observe. They offer insights and oftentimes fresh ideas for the betterment of the city. “They listen to just about anything. They’re very kind and they’re very receptive as elected officials. It makes you feel good,” Pugmire said. A balance of educational, service and social experiences

The 2015-2016 Youth City Council was sworn in at the May 26 city council meeting.

allows YCC members to develop skills for a resume, college and eventual careers, as well as spend time with other serviceoriented peers from surrounding cities. “It’s been a good decision. I’ve really enjoyed it,” Pugmire

said about being a YCC member for the last three years. l For more information about YCC, visit www.cottonwoodheights.utah.gov

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Keep on Truckin’: Holladay City Welcomes the Food Truck Obsession


By Lewi Lewis

treet food has been part of America’s culinary the glare of an eager sun, patiently waiting, prattling heritage for hundreds of years, first catering to happily as live music generated entertainment. the dining customs of 17th-century Easterners, then Eddee Johansen, a Millcreek resident and owner slowly spreading out in all directions, evolving into a of the sushi restaurant Yoshi’s, (and soon to be owner myriad of looks and tastes over the generations. of a food truck of his own), attended the event with The idea of street or mobile grub is nothing new, his family. but the pandemic surge in the popularity of the food “People need to come together and know each truck in the last 10 years is only gaining more and other,” he said, postulating on the importance of more traction. community engagement. “If we stay in our houses Trendy incarnate, the food truck has become … if all we do is go to work, come home, shut the the effigy of hip, and brings with it a desired idea of door, watch television, Netflix, whatever, we become eastern-seaboard sophistication and sexy, laid-back disassociated from our neighbors, from their needs.” west-coast-cool. It is far less about the food for Johansen; he waxes But do these nomadic culinary crates offer more philosophical: the food and the trucks a mere carapace than just good eats? Holladay City Mayor Rob Dahle, for something much more meaningful—humanity. among others, thinks bringing food trucks into the city, These events, he added, are critical to the evoluin a localized area, is a way to engage residents and tion of our society. Not only that, but they are critical Hundreds of Holladay residents and non-residents lined up to get a taste of the food truck craze. to what keeps us engaged and in touch with what businesses respectively. “That’s what great about this,” he said of the first makes us human. and food together by creating a fun and positive atmosphere,” food truck event that took place at Holladay Village Plaza, Whether you subscribe to the transcendental far-reaching 4670 South 2300 East, on July 15. “[It] brings people out of Harris said. or find yourself standing on the de facto of commerce, one Harris quit his job to venture into this unknown, but hit thing is clear: the pushing engine of the Food Truck craze their houses to meet their neighbors and gather.” Taylor Harris, general manager of the new start-up, The the pavement with the proverbial pedal to the medal. is on full and pistons are working over time, sure to proThe Food Truck League, Utah’s first association/ pel this movement far into the future. Food Truck League, built the business’s platform on exactly l network of gourmet mobile vendors, started just this year, that premise: the ever-popular community-first foundation. “The Food Truck League strives to bring the community and has worked with different cities and chambers to make a Holladay Mayor Rob Dahle addressed the crowd, saying that the event “is quixotic concept into a corporeality, bringing events to different an effort for the Chamber to partner with the city to use the plaza to bring locations stretching valley wide. Taylor Harris, Director of The Food Truck League. the community together.” “We have received incredible support from the public as we work to bring great food to local communities through our events,” Harris said. “I think our rapid growth has come because we have several great partners, the food trucks who have a passion for delivering high quality food, the cities who work hard to build the community and support local businesses and everyone who comes out to our events to try what our chefs have created!  We are very excited to be a part of such a fun movement in Utah and be a part of the growing gourmet food scene.” If one of the main objectives of Holladay City, the Chamber of Commerce and The Food Truck League by pulling this event together was to bring the community out of their houses, they certainly hit the mark. Lines at each food truck snaked into one another like an intricate puzzle; those who had already ordered stood in

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Brief History of a Food Truck Nation 1691 – New Amsterdam, what we now know as New York City begins to regulate vendors selling from push carts 1850s – Cross-country travelers begin to receive food service in dining cars 1866 – Charles Goodnight, former Texas Ranger, also known to many as “the father of the Panhandle,” invented the chuckwagon (a cowboy’s portable kitchen wagon used on the cattle trails) 1872 – The first diner is set up in a horse-drawn wagon 1894 – Edible wares start being sold outside of student dorms at major universities; they were called “dog wagons” 1917 – Known as “canteens,” the U.S. Army incorporates the concept of mobile food to feed troops


1936 – The company Oscar Meyer unveils the first portable hot dog cart: the legendary Weiner Mobile 1950s – Ice cream vendors jump on the bandwagon and begin selling their frozen treats from a truck 1960s – Roach coaches (a catering truck that frequents blue collar work areas) establish a presence around construction sites 1974 – Raul Martinez converts an ice cream truck into the world’s first taco truck January 2010 – SOCALMFVA (Southern California Mobile Food Association) is created to protect the rights of gourmet food truck owners August 2010 – “The Great Food Truck Race” is the first television program to feature food trucks September 2010 – Tips on how to start a street food business are added to government website business.gov October 2010 – Zagat announces that in 2011 they will begin providing reviews of food trucks November 2010 – Los Angeles begins to rank food trucks with letter grades like restaurants June 2011 – New York City issues the first liquor license to Pera Food Truck August 2011 – The Gap launches a nationwide ad campaign marketing a retro-style jean with the use of a food truck February 2012 – Food trucks service fans in Indianapolis for the Super Bowl


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Coworking Space Supports Small-business Owners and Nonprofits “My passion has always been

By Lewi Lewis myBusinessBar is an innovative, local business, but regardless of what you may think, there is no quaffing of spirits here … at least not in the traditional sense. Local business owner and entrepreneur Kathryn Christiansen believes that small business is vital for the progression and growth of local communities. She also knows, from experience, the many pitfalls there are along the way of establishing one’s own business. Enter myBusinessBar, a co-working business center located at 4535 S 2300 E, Salt Lake City, UT 84117 . “My passion has always been helping other business owners succeed and hopefully avoid some of the pitfalls I have personally experienced as a serial entrepreneur,” she said. Christiansen had the idea to bring coworking space that she has seen on the west and east coasts, respectively, to Utah. At the time, there were no other coworking spaces in the Beehive state and, to date, she remains the only woman in Utah to own such a business; she was something of a pioneer and is fiercely passionate about collaboration. “We opened as the first hybrid mix coworking business center in Utah in 2012,” she

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helping other business owners succeed and hopefully avoid some of the pitfalls I have personally experienced as a serial entrepreneur.” said, with a focus specifically on 2nd- stage business owners. Christiansen’s business model is unique to other shared/coworking businesses in the sense that members can come in, work independently, or meet with clients as if they own the place. “We are here to support their [members] growth and successes collectively by helping to make connections, offering networking events with our Business on Tap series, organizing after-hour socials and offering a Coworking Ambassador Program,” Christiansen said, explaining that this is possible because myBusinessBar has a direct pulse on the community. Christiansen has been called a “trailblazer” in the industry, being recognized in Symmetry50’s “The Top 100 Coworking Spaces

in the U.S.” myBusinessBar offers a wide range of services, from virtual offices, meeting rooms, and private offices to a virtual receptionist – prepared to cheerfully take your calls for you – all of which is designed with the business owner in mind. “One aspect of my business that I just love is that I offer free virtual office mail services to nonprofit organizations that need a home base,” Christiansen said. “I am grateful that I have positioned my business to be able to help them so that they can in turn help our communities and those in need.” Speaking with Christiansen, her passion is palpable; less about the brick and mortar of the business itself, but more about helping people reach their full potential and seeing them succeed. “At myBusinessBar we have tried to think ahead of our client’s needs so that we are prepared for every stage of growth, even if that means helping our tenants find their own space when the time comes. If our members succeed it makes my job absolutely rewarding.” l

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Common Sense Helps Prevent Snake Bites By Rachel Hall


potting a snake in the backyard where children and pets play may be a cause for concern, but not for alarm. Snakes come out at different times during the year depending on the species, and summertime is the rattlesnake’s most active period in Utah. “Snakes don’t pose a threat to us per say, because they’re not out to get us. No snake is dangerous if we leave it alone,” Dave Jensen, owner of Wasatch Snake Removal, said. There are dozens of snake species in Utah, but it’s only the Great Basin rattlesnake that poses the potential risk of a venomous bite along the Wasatch Front. When it comes to how

to react to seeing a snake in the yard, Jensen suggests it’s best to stay calm, keep an eye on the snake and call a professional.

The juvenile western yellow-bellied racer is a common snake species found in the Salt Lake Valley. Photo by Dave E. Jensen

“It is illegal to kill snakes in the state. It’s The best way to minimize the risk of a bite from the Great Basin rattlesnake is use common a non-game animal,” Jensen said. sense while participating in outdoor activities and to call a professional if one is spotted in a Professionally relocating a snake not only residential yard. Photo by Dave E. Jensen keeps a homeowner on the right side of the law, should inspect any rock or log before stepping over it. but also helps to prevent any type of snake bite. Dogs have the potential to be bitten on the nose, face “Most people are bitten when they try to interact with a snake. That is they try to capture it, kill it or show off with or front legs if they try to sniff an unfamiliar visitor in the yard. Training dogs to avoid snakes can save money on vet it,” Jensen said. Using common sense will help individuals enjoy the bills and keep a family pet healthy. There is also a canine great outdoors Utah has to offer while minimizing the risk rattlesnake vaccine available for healthy dogs. Dog owners of a snake bite. Jensen suggests people never crawl under a should consult their pet’s veterinarian to discuss this option. “Snakes in Utah are a fact of life. We have 31 species fence in tall grass, or reach into a hole or bush if you can’t of snakes in the state and your chances of encountering a see what is inside. Rock climbers should do their best not to place their snake when you’re outdoors are high. Be nice to snakes and l hands on a ledge that can’t be seen while climbing. Hikers they’ll be nice to you,” Jensen said.

“Most people are bitten

when they try to interact with a snake. That is they try to capture it, kill it or show off with it.”

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Slide Structures Temporarily Closed At Mountview Park By Cottonwood City


ue to health and safety concerns caused by the effects of direct sunlight on children’s slides located at Mountview Park (1651 E. Fort Union Blvd.), the city council and city manager have decided that the slides and accompanying structures will not be accessible to the public until further notice. Fencing was installed around the slide structures on July 8, 2015. The decision to close the structures did not come lightly, as the city weighed the safety of children over the wide popularity of the park, especially since the various parental warning signs in place since the park’s opening have not proven 100% effective. The park itself will remain open as the city works to find a solution to protect children from the effects of the summer sun on the park equipment. The splash pad, tennis courts, basketball court, soccer fields, restrooms, pavilion and walking path will remain accessible to the public during the slide structure closure. Mountview Park opened in 2012 on the site of the old Mountview Elementary School. Through an agreement with the Canyons School District, Cottonwood Heights leased the site and constructed the park, which has

since received acclaim as one of the Wasatch Front’s best public parks. The city requests patience from those who may be inconvenienced by this decision. UPDATE: During a meeting on July 7, 2015, the mayor and city council discussed several options to prevent harm to children that may occur from using slides in hot weather. They include: • Replacing current equipment with “tube” slides • Covering the playground area with a shade structure • Replacing current dark slides with lighter colored slides • Using gates and barricades to block usage during hot weather • Replacing slides with other equipment (pole, ladders, etc.) • More signage and age restrictions

Fencing was installed around the slide structures on July 8, 2015 at Mountview Park, located at 1651 East Fort Union Blvd. Any one of these options may require further cost in equipment, maintenance, or personnel oversight. The city council and staff welcome your suggestions and input on the matter. l

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After seven years of dedicated service to the citizens of Holladay as our Chief of Police and twenty-four years with the Sherriff’s Office/Unified Police Department (UPD), Deputy Chief Christopher D. Bertram announced his retirement from Unified Police Department effective August 15, 2015. It was a sad day for me personally, as Chief Bertram has gone out of his way to welcome me to the city and to assist with my transition into public service.

Deputy Chief Christopher D. Bertram Let me highlight just a few of the myriad milestones achieved during his distinguished career: • Professional Experience: Deputy/Detective in the Juvenile Division, Patrol Sergeant, Watch Commander, assignment with Homeland Security/ Intelligence, Marshal/Sheriff’s Office Joint Fugitive Task Force (JCAT) and Chief of Police • Education/Professional Develop-

ment: BS, MBA, Master of Arts Naval Postgraduate School, FBI National Academy graduate, FEMA/EMI Fire Academy and Adjunct Professor SLCC and State University of New York Chris and Debbie are proud parents to Lizzie, a sophomore at Colby CC in Kansas, son CJ and daughter Katie (Brighton High School). I’m going to miss hearing about their latest accomplishments on the softball/baseball field. He would be the first to tell you that any success he has enjoyed over the course of his professional career pales when compared to the achievements of his family---they are his pride and joy. Chief Bertram epitomizes all that is right in our law enforcement community: competent, compassionate, loyal and absolutely committed to creating and maintaining a safe environment for the families and businesses in Holladay. He demands professional excellence from himself and expects nothing less from the officers that have served alongside him. He passes the baton to our new Chief of Police, Captain Don Hutson. He has big shoes to fill, but we are confident he is up to the task. Change is inevitable, and the older we get the less we like it! But nothing lasts forever, and August begins a new season for Chief Bertram and his family. He departs at the top of his game, rising from the bottom ranks to Chief of Police. I know you join me in wishing Chris and Debbie continued success as they transition to this new and exciting season of their life-journey. Thank you for your service to the citizens of Holladay; it’s been a wonderful ride!!! Rob Dahle Mayor


Tuesday, August 11 City Hall – 4580 South 2300 East 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. There will be a Primary election on Tuesday, August 13 for District 4 ONLY. The Candidates are: Mitchell C. Smoot Mark Christian Olsen Steven H. Gunn * *Incumbent

The School Year Begins, Again By Chief Chris Bertram, UPD Holladay Precinct School is back! And with that in mind, I am asking everyone in our City to pay careful attention to their driving speeds around our schools. Traffic safety is one of UPD’s priorities. We want our children to be safe as they walk to and from school. The most common causes of traffic accidents include drivers not paying attention and exceeding the posted speed limits. Keep our children safe by: • Please pay attention. With school in session we will have more cars traveling to and from local schools and children walking on the sides of roads. • Buckle up. Seat belts save lives! You can reduce the chance for significant injury or death by simply buckling up. • Observing the speed limit in school zones. Please slow down while you are in a school zone. The speed limited is 20 MPH when the lights are activated.

• Don’t text and drive. Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of accidents. Your full attention needs to be on the road.

• Finally, observe the speed limit in neighborhoods. Remember, while you are driving to pick up or drop off children at school or heading to work, please obey the 25 MPH speed limit. Thanks to all of you who help make the City of Holladay a safe place to live. If you have any question or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact any member of the Unified Police Department Holladay Precinct.

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Talk Like A Pirate Day Ahoy! The Holladay Arts Council, Holladay Library and Comic Con present this year;s “Talk Like A Pirate Day!” Kids of all ages are invited to join us... check holladayarts.org or HolAhoy matey… laday Library for details, but be ye old “talk like sure to save the date! See you a pirate day” is on the horizon! Saturday, September 19, 2015

Shiver me timbers!

at the Holladay City Park!! Aye, Aye, Matey!

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


EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS Radio Communication is a very important part of being prepared, in case of a disaster. What are you going to do if all the phone lines and cell towers are not working? We are fortunate in Holladay because we have Morris Farmer who lives in our city and is willing to donate his time to teach HAM radio classes. The Technician class will start September 14 from 7 to 9 p.m. every Monday night for 8 weeks. If you are already a Technician and want to upgrade yourself to the General class, it will start September 16 from 7 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday for 8 weeks. The classes are free but there is a $25 charge for the book. Please reserve your seat by contacting Morris Farmer 801-278-4966 or email f.morris1@comcast.net. We’re hoping to get more citizens involved in Holladay City’s Emergency Preparedness Communications, we need you!

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Rat Prevention Rats require food, water and shelter, so reducing or eliminating this health problem requires constant sanitation and preventive habits. Rats and other rodents can live on the spilled and surplus food from bird feeders and pet food. When feeding pets outside, it is very important to remove food soon after the animal has eaten. All garbage containers and dumpsters should be equipped with tight-fitting covers. Animal feed and all human food products need to be stored in rodent-proof containers.

Landscaped areas need to be properly maintained with wood piles elevated off the ground. It is important to trim lower limbs and shrubs to 18 inches. Many rats nest beneath objects. Unfortunately decks close to the ground can provide nesting area for rats. The Salt Lake Valley Health Department regulations require the removal of fallen fruit from your property. The department also requires disposal of trash and inoperable vehicles from all property.

Dog Days of Holladay Celebration Saturday, August 22 9 a.m. – Noon Holladay City Plaza The City of Holladay and Salt Lake County Animal Services are proud to present the first Dog Days of Holladay Celebration! Bring your dog and the rest of your family out for the fun. Salt Lake County Animal Services will offer the following services at no cost: • Free Microchips: A registered microchip will give a lost pet the best chance of returning home. • Free Basic Vaccine Packages: The basic vaccine package is DHPP for dogs and FVRCP for cats. • Free Rabies Vaccines: 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 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. Stop by and visit with the following incredible Holladay vendors who will be participating in this fabulous event: Calling All Dogs, All the Raige Dog Salon, LeFur Grooming Studio, The Dog Stop..

Mosquito Prevention Tip Standing water is an attraction for mosquitoes. Bird baths and other yard items which collect water should be emptied weekly and the receptacle scrubbed with a bleach product before refilling.

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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).

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Join VA Accredited Attorney Kent M. Brown


Thursday, Aug. 6th at 3:30pm Thursday, Aug. 13th at 3:30pm Saturday, Aug. 15th at 10:30am How To Protect Yourself And Your Loved Ones From Long-Term Care and Nursing Home Costs And What To Do If You Can't One of the biggest fears that many people have today is having their life savings wiped out if they end up in a nursing home. What a shame to see someone’s life savings evaporate in a matter of months. It is important that you understand what you can do to protect your hardearned assets! IN THIS WORKSHOP YOU WILL LEARN:


• How Medicaid works and the steps you need to take now to protect your family under the new rules.

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• Veteran’s benefits that most people know nothing about. • Senior Care options for independence; planning for today and the future. • How a Life Care Plan can change your life for the better.

Seating is Limited: Please RSVP by Calling (801) 323-2035 or (801) 410-2755 Workshop is Located at Home Care Assistance: 7833 South Highland Dr., Salt Lake City, UT 84121


Every Tuesday in August 9:00 to 12:00: Sign up for a 30 min. massage; suggested donation is $10.00. August 4 and 18 10:30-12:30: Medicare Specialist Stephanie from Salt Lake County will be here to answer any questions and help with whatever your need may be. August 10 1:00 - 2:30: Audiology Brent Fox of Audiology Associates will be available to check your hearing aids. Sign up required. August 17 11:00 - 1:00: Sign up for a 20 minute session with attorney Mike Jensen. August 18 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.: Sign up for an appointment with Podiatrist Robert Church. $10 donation payable to Dr. Church suggested.

Every Friday in August 1:00 Vital Aging Letting Go of Clutter: Do you find yourself holding on to items that you don’t need, but which you think you might use “someday”? Learn what you can do to promote a more comfortable and uncluttered living environment, as well as find ways to increase your well-being and reduce your stress level. Come join Kyla from the Vital Aging Project.

• The asset protection language that most people don’t have in their power of attorney documents, which can help protect their life’s savings.

August 27 10:30: Sign up for Geriatrics Karate Mt. Olympus Rehabilitation Center is lending us their 3rd Degree Kenpo Instructor, Jerry Johnson, once a month for a Geriatric Karate Class. Join us for karate facts; warm up, exercises, technique, and application, as you improve your balance, reflexes, coordination, strength and stamina.

Every Monday 11:15 a.m.: BP Checks with Ruth.


• How new laws restrict protection of assets and the steps you should take now to protect your loved ones.

• How to get good care at a Senior Care Facility.

Mt. Olympus will be CLOSING at 12:15 Wednesday, August 12 for a mandatory Salt Lake County Active Aging program meeting. Lunch will be served at 11:15 this day.                                                                                   

August 19 10:00 - 11:00: Blood Glucose Checks.

• How to avoid having your life’s savings wiped out by Long-Term Care.

• How to find the right Home Care Assistance, Independent Living, Assisted Living or Senior Care Facility and what to expect in the process.

Mount Olympus Senior Center 1635 East Murray-Holladay Road 385-468-3130

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August 7 11:00 - Honey Health: Join Peter Somers, owner of the local store  “The Honey Stop”, to learn more of the health benefits of nature’s sweetest elixir. August 13 and 20 1:00- 3:00: For those who are participating in the Silver Pen Essay Contest this year, the SLCC Community Writing Center is offering 2 free workshops at Mt. Olympus Center. Registration must be done through SLCC Community Writing Center by calling 801-957-2182. August 24 - 10:30: Professional Story teller Carol Esterreicher will be here to do a book review on the book “Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey Through His Son’s Addiction”, a memoir by David Sheff who describes how the struggles, experiences, and eventually acceptance of his son’s methamphetamine addiction affected his life.

August 10 9 a.m. sharp: 3 ½ mile loop hike to Secret Lake and Albion Basin in Little Cottonwood Canyon (For all hikes, we carpool to the trailhead). Tuesday August 18 10:30: Come learn about popular and suggested apps for the IPhone with Howard Wright. Tuesday August 18 2:00 p.m.: The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown will be discussed. August 24 9 a.m. sharp: 3 mile round trip hike to Lake Mary in Big Cottonwood Canyon (for all hikes, we carpool to the trailhead).

Inquire by phone or stop in to the front desk for more information on classes and services.

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spotlight on: State Farm Insurance


tate Farm has a new agent in the area. Heather Mooney has opened a location on Highland Drive in Holladay, just north of I-215. Whether it’s mutual funds, education planning, retirement accounts or rollovers and transfers, Heather will take the time to help you plan for your future and determine what’s in your best interest, given your own personal financial situation. She is knowledgeable about every type of insurance in the industry, including life, home, disability, auto, business, and retirement plans. “Many people don’t realize that we offer more than insurance coverage. We also offer mutual funds, vehicle loans, home mortgages, CDs, savings and checking accounts,” says Heather. While applying to medical school, Heather realized that path wasn’t for her. She had always wanted to help people, planning on becoming a doctor from a young age, and she also wanted to one day own her own business.

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After graduating from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree, and a period of time as a salesperson, Heather found her calling at State Farm. “We very realistically save peoples’ lives with what we do,” says Heather. “It’s neat because with State Farm, I have realized both my childhood dreams: to help people every day, and to own my own business.” Heather has been with State Farm for two years, being an independent agent for one. She is very passionate about what she does, and also prides herself on providing outstanding and knowledgeable service with a personal touch for her much diversified customer base. “No matter what a person’s background is, they are welcome to do business with us,” says Heather. “And we still do house calls. In this age of technology the personal touch has been all but lost. We like to make it as personal as we can because we are dealing with personal things. We

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protect people for what they have worked their whole lives for, but also plan to take them to a better place in their future.” What sets Heather’s agency apart from others is its focus on educating clients. “One of our big focuses as an agency is that we want our customers to be educated and taken care of. We want people to understand what they are buying when it comes to their insurance products,” she explains. “We take time to sit down and get to know them and their circumstances so that we can help them choose the right products for their needs.” Heather Mooney’s State Farm Insurance Agency is excited to get to know the community and get involved. Contact them by calling (801) 417-9445, or by dropping into the office at 6088 South Highland Drive in Holladay to see what they can do for you. l


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The Artist Within 16-year-old Olympus High student, Marie Litton, opens up about what art means to her


By Lewi Lewis

et’s face it, whatever you think art means, you are wrong … and right. Art. It’s meaning is something of a specter that has spanned the measure of recorded history and beyond. It’s a word with heavy implications that have spawned discussion and debate as much as the contretemps of the existence of god. On a whim, in June, I decided to swing by the Olympus High art show, a showcase of student talent and emotion. Whether I am in the M.O.M.A (Museum of Modern Art), the Louvre or a gallery created by high school students, I am a perfunctory mechanism, robotically moving through the aisles, glancing here and there with an unaccepting eye. But invariably, there is that moment. That moment where your legs stop on their own accord, and almost without being conscious of it, you find yourself, whether for better or worse, in a twirling abyss of thought and emotion. Among the art pieces I viewed at Olym-

pus High, the work of Marie Litton, a 16-yearold student, pulled at the tails of my coat, as it were. I am still not entirely sure why I settled on her, or her art on me, but am also not sure that it matters. Below is a Q&A with Marie that took place at 3 Cups coffee shop in Holladay City. We sat down and almost immediately got to what was on both our minds. City Journals: Art … tell me about. Marie Litton: Art is visually expressive of something that isn’t fully visual: feelings … emotion. Art is anything you want it to be. CJ: Aristotle said, “The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” Do you agree? ML: Yes, I do. When you’re painting … say you are painting a cup. The thing about art is that you don’t have to paint the cup as it looks or how you have been told a cup is suppose to look, you paint it how you see it right then and there. You paint your interpretation of the cup. CJ: Is art an intellectual activity? ML: It can be … CJ: But … ? ML: I think it is mostly not, though … it’s almost a primitive activity. CJ: Where does the drive to create come from? ML: A nature desire to connect with other human beings. To have something meaningful in this short life with others.

CJ: I am walking through a gallery, bypassing much of the art; I suddenly stop because I am fully taken in by a piece, or a certain artist. Maybe it isn’t the best work, yet I am moved. What creates that connection to two otherwise unconnected individuals, the artist and the viewer? ML: What connects the artist and viewer is when the viewer can feel and relate to the emotion that the artist was trying to radiate through their painting. CJ: Does the artist actually try to do this, or is it an innate desire to create that which is unseen? ML: It’s more of an innate desire … Art is this strange thing. It’s a conduit for feelings and emotion: they reflect, come through naturally. Certain shapes and colors trigger things in the mind and make you feel a certain way. CJ: Does art actually matter, or is the importance of art an arbitrary matter? You can’t quantify art, can you? ML: No, you can’t, but it absolutely matters. But it is so objective that any definitive

conclusion is impossible. The meaning and importance of art is talked about so much because every artist, and viewer, experiences it differently. It’s so personal. For one person something could mean the world, and to another, that same thing could be dust. The importance of art lies in personal connection. Like I said, on a very primitive level. CJ: Tell me about your piece “Freedom Is A State Of Mind?” ML: It’s base off of mental disorders that can limit you in life. I have struggled with depression and anxiety myself. It has layers, distortions. It shows, for me, the parts we show the world, and parts that we don’t. CJ: Favorite Artist? ML: Bill Steidel CJ: Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts with me. Do you mind leaving me with one of your favorite quotes? ML: “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable.” [Cesar A. Cruz, reportedly] l

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Smoke and Mirrors By Peri Kinder


just celebrated another birthday, which is fine, because I’d rather be old than dead. But as I was going through my morning routine, trying to trick my hair into behaving and attempting to gather sagging skin and staple it behind my ears, I suddenly realized the futility of it all. I do all the regular things to stave off aging. I eat fresh produce, use sunscreen, drink the blood of a virgin unicorn and exercise. But even after decades of primping and preening, I’ve never figured out how to make that youthful glow last longer than the flavor of Juicy Fruit. Every morning I apply makeup. I layer antioxidant serum, wrinkle cream (which is working because now I have wrinkles), moisturizer, primer, foundation, spackle and powder—and that’s just the groundwork! I’ll try (again) to create the perfect “easy” smoky eye, using 17 shades of brown, two types of mascara, five different brushes and that stupid cat’s-eye liner that never looks like a cat’s eye. Well, maybe a cat that got hit by a bus. My eyebrows are carefully tweezed, penciled and shellacked into an almost discernible arch, then I slap on some 14-Hour Long-Lasting Never-Fade lipstick (with instantpout lip gloss) and turn my attention to my thick, unruly hair. I have more hair than a yeti. One day, my hair can be presentable-ish, and the next day it looks like two squirrels spent the evening mating on my head. I’ll spray, mousse, balm and texture my hair into a coiffed aura of blonde fuzz



and head out the door. In the time it takes to drive to the office, my hair has collapsed like a furry blonde creature imploded. Around 10 a.m., I notice my 14-hour Long-Lasting Never-Fade lipstick is completely gone, leaving my lips looking like a couple of albino earthworms. By noon, my cat’s-eye eyeliner has slunk to the inner corners of my eyes, creating a tar-like substance that cannot be removed without kerosene and a match. My “easy” smoky eye is now a sparkly brown smear and by 2 p.m., my carefully

groomed eyebrows are scattered across my forehead. My brows drift tiredly toward the floor like weary caterpillars. Random hot flashes during the day create lava lines of sweat streaking through my foundation. At 2:30, my all-day mineral base has leached into my wrinkles, while my droopy cheeks are being propped up with toothpicks. By 3 p.m., my hair is completely wilted around my face, dangling listlessly from my scalp and dripping melted hair products onto the floor like a head stalactite. Around 3:30, co-workers start asking if I’m feeling well. “Maybe you should go home. You look so . . . watery.” “I’m fine. My makeup has just worn off.” “You should see someone about that,” they say, as they gesture toward my entire face. But I’m okay with all that. My husband doesn’t care if my eye shadow never inspires its own Pinterest board. My dog couldn’t care less if I wear lip gloss while we’re running through the neighborhood. My grandkids already think I’m on my deathbed and they’re just happy I’m still breathing every morning. Me too. I can watch the sun rise and realize beauty comes in so many different ways. Still. I’ll be the 106-year-old woman who won’t leave her home without lipstick. I’ll be slathering on moisturizer the day of my funeral. I’ll wander the Sephora aisles on my 75th birthday, looking for the perfect foundation; and I’ll do it with a smile. Because happiness is the best makeup. l


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here are nearly 23,000 low-income families with one or more children under the age of five living in Salt Lake County. Data shows that low-income mothers and their children are more at risk to experience troublesome birth, health and development

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school diploma. Can we make this county a better place for children and families by investing in what works, by testing and retesting it and by holding ourselves to a higher standard? I believe the answer is yes.

“Parents as Teachers” to be our lead agency. The concept for Parents as Teachers was developed in Missouri in 1981, when educators there noted that helping parents embrace their important role as their child’s first and best teacher made a striking difference in the child’s development of learning skills.


outcomes, compared to the general population. Low-income moms are 17 percent more likely to have a premature baby. About half of these low-income children score poorly as 3-yearolds on standard language development tests. Being at such a disadvantage so early in their lives makes is more likely they’ll continue in the cycle of poverty, trapping their mothers—75 percent of whom don’t have a high

In April, we began a search for a nonprofit partner who would provide services to this specific population. The proposal we issued asked that our prospective partner should have an evidence-based track record, can provide services to both mothers and children, can provide educational employment services to mothers and has experience providing this service to similar groups. In July we selected

he county is now working on contract details with Parents as Teachers. Specifics will include a timeline and total number of participants to receive services. But rather than pay for a program, we will only pay for specific outcomes that are achieved. Those outcomes include: reductions in premature births, reductions in emergency room use, improvement in standard school readiness tests and an increase in the mother’s employment and income. In other words, this is our next Pay for Success project. Pay for Success is an innovative new tool to measurably improve outcomes for communities in need. It builds on public/private partnerships in a way that delivers more money more quickly to address social needs, such as homelessness or criminal justice. Government often means well, but has a poor track record. Sometimes a program continues year after year, with no proven results. But with our emphasis

on the Pay for Success model, we’re attempting to change that in Salt Lake County. What we learned in 2013-2014 with our first-in-thenation Pay for Success support of high-quality preschool for low-income kids is that working in this different way is a game changer. Private sector funding spurs innovation and selects programs that achieve measurable results. Government bureaucracy is reduced because the nonprofit provider receives sufficient upfront funding to run the program and serve residents. Taxpayers benefit because government only pays if outcomes are met. Data and evidence are at the core of this model and we know for sure if a program isn’t working. Safeguarding taxpayer money is important. But the consequences of failing to measure the impact of our policies and programs go well beyond wasting scarce tax dollars. Every time a person participates in a program that doesn’t work when he or she could have participated in one that does—that represents a human cost. We can and we will do better. l

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Utah Teacher Selected To Attend Prestigious Leadership Academy


By Lewi Lewis


nline charter school Mountain Heights Academy teacher, Amy Pace, is one of four teachers nationwide - and the only one from Utah - to be selected to attend the 2015 TOMODACHI Toshiba Science & Technology Leadership Academy in Tokyo, Japan. Pace will join a team of Japanese counterparts to design disaster-resilient smart communities of the future, and work with other teachers and students toward development of solutions to problems that are central to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the engineering design process. “I was super excited,” Pace said about her chances of being selected. “I felt like when I applied it was a long shot because they were only taking four teachers in the entire United States. But I decided I would just give it a shot.” That shot hit its mark. The passion Pace has for teaching is evident in the essay she wrote that got her selected to the program at the Science & Technology Leadership Academy. It outlines how she has utilized growing technology to improve her teaching, as well as the experience for her students. The technology of the online classroom has more benefits than the traditional classroom, according to Pace. “One of the things is that if you know what is going on you don’t just have to sit

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quicker than you would [in a traditional school] … and even though the students are in the same class, because of this technology, I am able to really customize what each student sees.” there,” she said, explaining that the students get to set a pace that they are comfortable with. “You can go through the material much quicker than you would [in a traditional school] … and even though the students are in the same class, because of this technology, I am able to really customize what each student sees.” But does Pace miss the orthodoxy of the physical classroom? Parts of it, she admits. “I don’t miss interacting with my students because I do that probably more so now than I ever did in a regular classroom, and I taught

Pace knows just how great an opportunity that the acceptance to the Toshiba Science & Technology Leadership Academy is, not just for herself, but for her students as well. “I hope that I can make some contacts with the other teachers from the United States and Japan so that we can work together on projects between our students using the digital technology … so we can see what kind of things in science they are doing and they can see what we are doing, hopefully for the best, and incorporate that shared knowledge into our classes.” l

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s August approaches, kids and parents alike begin to anticipate heading back to school. Shopping for their needs can be expensive and even stressful. These costs can really add up. Parent report spending anywhere from $100 to $200 per child, and the older they are the worse it gets. With our large Utah families, that can really add up. Thankfully, there are some simple strategies that parents can use to cut back on the costs of school needs. Here are four tricks you can use to trim the costs.

REUSE WHAT YOU HAVE No one wrote a rule that a full bottle of glue works better than one that’s half full. Schools don’t require your child have an unsharpened pencil, only that they have them. You can cross many items off your list without leaving the house. If you have younger children, use this opportunity to play a game by making a scavenger hunt list, then have them hunt the house to see what they can find. You can cross many items off your list without leaving the house.

AVOID THE SPECIAL CHARACTERS The backpack character syndrome; we’ve all been there. Leah wants “Frozen,” while Brandon wishes for “Spiderman”. Those special characters can add a lot of money to the price of backpacks, notebooks and clothing. Avoiding these character-driven articles can save you money and makes it easier to pass them down to younger children next year. I also suggest you do as much shopping as you can without the kids. This allows you to stay focused and buy the items you need based on quality, price and need and not the shiny package.

CHECK THE SECONDHAND STORES These stores are usually overflowing with gently worn clothing from children that outgrew them and often look brand new. This can also be a great way to pick up brand name items you can’t afford new. Watch for the Just Between Friends consignment sale (www.jbfsale. com). This massive organized kids sale is a great way to get some huge bargains on clothing. Information about the sales coming to Utah can be found on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/JBFSaleUtah.

few items are priced below cost to stimulate sales and get you in the store. Loss leaders are always right on the front page of the ad. So far this year we’ve seen 3¢ pencil sharpeners, 19¢ spiral notebooks and 50¢ Crayola crayons. Use this opportunity to get office supplies, too. Just last week I was DON’T SHOP FOR EVERYTHING AT ONCE able to pick up reams of printer paper for a penny. Coupons4Utah.com Tradition is that right after the 4th of July through early September, creates a weekly list of every store’s loss leader items on one post. It’s a he back-to-school time of year doesn’t have to be an expensive one, school supplies drop to their lowest. Check the ads weekly and stock great price comparison, making it easy to know what stores to put on even if you have a large brood of kids. Using sensible strategies when up on the loss leaders. A loss leader is a strategy stores use where a your list for the week. Look for it every Monday. buying school supplies will help you avoid an empty wallet.


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spotlight on: Summerhays Fish & Chips


t runs in the family; at least with Brad Summerhays, it does. He comes from a family who owns and runs local favorite restaurants from Draper to Logan. On his way to a corporate career, Brad worked his way through college at bars and restaurants. The restaurant business wasn’t in his plan, but the restaurant roots run deep. Fifteen years ago, customers searching for a place to go out to eat could find multiple choices in burgers, Mexican food or pizza, but fish and chips? There wasn’t anything like that in land-locked Utah. Opening in March of 2000, Summerhays Halibut and Chips filled an untapped niche, and their customers keep coming back for more. “When you know a customer has complimented our food and service because they really enjoyed it, that is when [the restaurant business] is really rewarding,” Brad says. Summerhays Halibut and Chips specializes in fish and chips, and they take great care in sourcing their halibut from Alaska. All of their halibut is wild caught and from the best grade quality available. It comes from the same source that many local high-end restaurants utilize, yet Summerhays keeps their prices low for their customers.

“We also specialize in a New England white chowder. We hand peel and cut potatoes, making it from scratch. We sell 25-30 gallons a week of just the chowder. People come in and buy quarts of it. They just love it. The coconut shrimp, deep fried shrimp, and lobster bisque are really popular as well,” Brad says. For those who avoid deep-fried foods, there are plenty of choices available with Summerhays’ grilled options. Also, for the non-seafood lovers in the family, there is a wide selection of chicken and turkey sandwiches, salads and burgers. There is also a kid’s menu. At Summerhays Halibut and Chips, the needs of the entire family are met. “A lot of our food is from my parent’s recipes,” explains Brad. “Over the years, I have tweaked those family recipes, and a bunch of what we serve I’ve come up with on my own.” Stop in at Summerhays Fish and Chips at 4870 South Highland Drive in Holladay to see what they are all about. They are open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. They are closed Sunday. Call them at 801-424-9000 or check out their menu online at www.summerhayshalibut.com. l



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