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Bengal Blvd. Improvements Come After Delays

LETTER TO EDITOR Rezoning Is Not A Right Dear Editor, I object to the characterization by Cottonwood Heights Planning Commission chair Paxton Guymon that there is a right to use and develop private property, with the implication that this extends beyond a property’s existing zoning (Residents Rabble-Rouse Regarding Rezoning). He made this statement with regards to proposed rezoning of two properties in or adjacent to Little Cottonwood Canyon. The current property owners knew what the zoning was when they purchased the land.  If it was a certainty that the properties could be rezoned as desired, they would have had to pay a higher price.  There is no obligation on the part of Cottonwood Heights to guarantee a profit. In addition, neighbors knew what the zoning was when they purchased their own properties.  They have a reasonable expectation that future development in the area will conform to that zoning.  After all, when we buy a house, we aren’t just buying that property; we are buying into a community.  Take the same house, the same property, and move it from Cottonwood Heights to, say, South Jordan.  The property value will be different and the people that want to live in the home will be different.  This is not to say that one of these communities is better than the other.  It is simply a matter that we make a home in the kind of community we want to live in.   I don’t know about the properties in question, and there are plenty of circumstances where a rezoning is appropriate.  However, a newcomer does not have a presumption that they can change a neighborhood to their liking at the expense of everyone else.   Steve Glaser Holladay

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engal Boulevard has been under construction for the majority of the summer. Crews have been trying to complete construction as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, there have been a few delays. Bad weather was a factor in concrete placement and striping the road. In addition, vibrations from ongoing construction to an aging water line caused leaks that required fast action to minimize the damage. Even with delays, paving was finished Sept. 22, which did not include work on striping, manholes and some curbing. Manhole raising, which includes “over 147 manholes and water valves needed to be raised to the new road level” is being completed as quickly as possible. Striping the road, which has been an ongoing process, has raised concerns for residents, the mayor and the city council. For many years, Cottonwood Heights has been a popular location for biking. There are many roads within the city that have specifically paved bike lanes, but Bengal was not one of them. Residents have wanted Bengal Boulevard to include bike lanes because “this is the best road we have for an east/west bike lane,” public works director Mike Allen said. The city wanted to accommodate the residents so that “when the engineer designed the striping for this road, he included dedicated bike lanes,” Allen said. The striping was

designed to have a consistently straight bike lane, which made the center lane bend with the width of the road. The main concern of residents has been the inconsistent width of the center lane. During a council meeting on Oct. 13, Councilman Tee Tyler expressed his concerns about parking, specifically between 3300 East and Wasatch Boulevard. City engineers have drawn a new plan based on the concerns. “The new striping plan will allow parking between about 3300 East and Wasatch Boulevard and other areas around the skate park and tennis courts,” Allen said. The new plan will allow the center lane to be more consistent along the length of the boulevard. The construction crew will remove the problem striping by using high-pressure water, also known as hydro-blasting, and restripe for the new accommodations. “When we put a treatment on a roadway we always look for improvements,” Allen said. “Our repair standard for roads overlaid in the last years is much more involved than on other roads. We require a 2-inch mill and overlay in a much larger area to keep the integrity of the road at high level.” Residents should see a new and improved Bengal Boulevard before winter, which will include bike lanes for passionate bikers in the valley, as well as parking spots in desirable areas.

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Holladay Arts Council, Local Sculptor Offer Classes in Effort to Expand Artistic Reach in Community


raig Fisher knows without question that there are many great artists in Holladay, and many residents with an appreciation for great art. In his experience, many local artists are paint artists, though, and Fisher and the Holladay Arts Council would like to expand appreciation of other areas of art in the community, while helping to develop local artists in other disciplines. To that end, Fisher, a professional local sculptor and member of the arts council, recently taught a beginning sculpting class for a dozen or so Holladay area residents. The two-part class was held on Oct. 10 and 24 at the Holladay City Hall, and will be, Fisher hopes, the first of many opportunities provided by the council to broaden the appeal and reach of fine arts within the community. Fisher, who grew up in the Mt. Olympus area and moved back to Holladay in the past few years, recently joined the arts council with an eye toward getting community members more involved in the arts. He studied ecology for a time in college, and has spent time studying anatomy, but has never had any formal art instruction other than art courses taken in high school. Fisher taught himself to

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sculpt after finding he occasionally had time on his hands as a single father. “I’d have extra time at night when my kids were in bed, and I started practicing and teaching myself the craft little by little,” he said. Over time, Fisher has built himself into a renowned sculptor, and although his studio is located in Holladay, he has had pieces commissioned all over the world, from Europe to New Zealand to Haiti. As a self-taught sculptor, Fisher sees possibilities for members of the community to take an interest in art and blossom as artists, even without a great deal of formal training. He has always enjoyed teaching. He holds classes out of his private studio and at the Pioneer Craft House, and while this was the first beginner’s class he has been involved with, Fisher found it to be very rewarding. “These are people that haven’t done this before. They’re expanding their horizons and it’s really fun to be a part of that,” he said. The hardest thing about teaching beginners, according to Fisher, is that they often want to immediately create something, and sometimes have difficulty being patient while learning the basics. “People are so eager to create a masterpiece right away,” he said.

“They should really start with simple things.” Holladay resident Lee Snow and her granddaughter Logan Jones, who lives in the Ogden area, are exactly the kind of community members Fisher was hoping to reach with the class. Jones has had an interest in painting for some time, but jumped at the idea of learning about an artistic discipline she has had little experience with. “It’s something we’ve never done before,” Snow said. “I wanted to expose her to something different.” Snow and Jones both enjoyed the class and found Fisher’s obvious love of the subject matter particularly appealing. “I could tell he’s very passionate about what he does,” Snow said. Another participant in the class, Melyssa Ferguson of Mill Creek, had similar impressions of the class. Ferguson, who works in the graphic design field and has some artistic training, heard about the classes through a friend and rushed to sign up. She enjoyed the structure of the class, which spent the majority of the first day learning the basic rules of sculpting, with the second day set aside for working on a hands-on project. “I liked that he took time teaching us the basics before we jumped in,”

Left: Craig Fisher instructs Holladay residents on the basics of sculpture. Photo by Brian Jones

Right: Craig Fisher has had pieces commissioned from all around the globe. Photo courtesy of craigfisherstudios.com

Ferguson said. While a large number of residents inquired about the class, it was offered on a first-come-first-served basis, and was only able to accommodate a handful of people. Still, Fisher feels like the class served its purpose, and he’s excited at the prospect of offering it again in the future, especially considering the interest it generated. “The arts council’s mission is to nurture the arts in Holladay. It was great seeing members of the community branching out and feeling like we’re fulfilling our mission,” he said. For residents who are interested in getting started in sculpting and don’t want to wait for the next class, Fisher says there are private classes available, and are also a lot of surprisingly good books and online resources available. “The most important thing,” he said, “is for people to get started and build on that interest.” Anyone wanting more information about Fisher’s work or future classes can contact him at craigfisherstudios.com. l

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Four New Faces for Cottonwood Heights By Cassandra Goff


ottonwood Heights City recently hired four individuals: Aldo Montes and Jeremy Nelson have joined the police department; Dean Lundell took the title of finance director and Bryce Haderlie has the position of assistant manager.

Lundell is replacing Steve Fawcett, who announced his retirement earlier this year. Lundell and his wife, Amy, have two children, one son and one daughter, who both attend high school. Lundell grew up in Pleasant Grove and attended Brigham Young University, where he received a master’s degree in accounting. After college, he worked in various government positions in South Jordan for nine years before moving back to Pleasant Grove, where he worked as finance director for the past five years. Cottonwood Heights sparked an interest for Lundell because he was “impressed by the mayor and John Park’s [the city manager] vision” for the city. He’s excited to work with the “great tax base” of Cottonwood Heights. In addition to his service in Cottonwood Heights, Lundell serves as an assistant state representative on the executive board for the Utah Government Finance Officers Association. An average day for Lundell involves working on projects and economic development. He is specifically working on getting up to speed with the budget, which is his primary responsibility. “City budgets are complicated,” he explained. “It’s the challenge of starting a new job.” Lundell would like to put together a financial plan to help with new development in the city and is excited for the economic potential of Cottonwood Heights.

Bryce Haderlie’s contract for assistant city manager was unanimously approved on Oct. 13. Haderlie has been in municipal government for 22 years. During that time, he has worked in Centerville, Brigham City, Brian Head and West Jordan. He was the assistant manager and interim city manager in West Jordan before coming to Cottonwood Heights. Haderlie grew up in Star Valley, Wyo. and moved to Utah with his family in 2008. Haderlie obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Utah State, as well as a master’s degree in public administration from Southern Utah University. He really enjoys working in communities that have tourist elements and is “looking for an opportunity to expand his knowledge,” so Cottonwood Heights is a great fit. He was attracted to the city because of the potential Cottonwood Heights has to develop commercial business and the economic potential of the skiing industry. He believes Cottonwood Heights provides a great environment for families. As assistant manager for Cottonwood Heights, he gets to “solve problems every day.” Haderlie defines himself as one who likes to fix problems with “training in conflict resolution.” He loves challenges where he can find win-win solutions and see something good happen. He enjoys meeting lots of different people, from residents to government officials. In addition to working in the city, he loves woodworking and skiing. He is excited to be closer to the mountains because he likes to be outdoors. His most recent project was building an old-fashioned island in his kitchen with reclaimed wood. Bryce and his wife, Angie, have three older boys, one married and out of the house, one is

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never felt so accepted and welcome as they have made me feel here. I look forward to making a difference within the community and hope to share any knowledge I have gained over the years,” Nelson said. Montes is a new police officer for the city of Cottonwood Heights. He went to the Academy with Robby Russo, the chief of police for the city. On Oct. 13, after 12 years of working apart, they are reunited. Montes has been an officer for 12 years. He was with South Salt Lake Police for over 11 years. Russo actively tried to recruit him but he was very loyal to South Salt Lake. He was on unified special weapons and tactics for 10 1/2 years, where he had around 120 operations. He received the Domestic Violence Coalition award in 2007, which now sits in his son’s room. Cottonwood Heights provided “a change of scenery” because he wanted to be able to help citizens instead of just taking a report because South Salt Lake is a very busy city. He felt like he “wasn’t doing enough” and he wanted to “have the time to help the victims and not just do a report and send it to detectives to complete.” His favorite part of the job is when the children wave or come up to shake his hand. “It’s a very simple gesture that assures you are in the right profession,” he said. Montes was born in Chicago but raised in Houston. He has two boys, ages 10 and 15, as well as a one-month-old baby girl. Montes loves keeping in shape. “I love jogging every day and my gym time. It’s therapy for me.” He likes to follow the Houston Texans, Houston Rockets and Houston Astros. Montes is excited to be joining the Cottonwood Heights team.

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By Cassandra Goff H&D BBQ began as a competition barbeque team. They decided to “bring quality competition barbecue to the table” and opened their doors to the public on Fort Union Blvd. in late 2014. The restaurant used a smoker that ran for the majority of the day, which created heavy smoke clouding the neighborhood behind it. Neighbors experienced the smoke in their homes and yards, so complaints to the city council were made. Lori Marler spoke to the council on Sept. 22 as a concerned resident. The “smoker is nine feet from my property line,” she explained. The smoke filled her property every day. Her three children would “cough and cough” as a result. She explained how going out to her car to bring in groceries was a huge hassle because the smoke would fill her house and burn her throat. “I have lived in that house for 13 years,” she explained, and for “over 100 days” smoke has invaded her life. She wanted the council to come up with an action plan in regards to the restaurant. It seems to her that “no one wants to shut this business down.” She spoke to council members, saying it seemed like “all of you are hoping that someone else will shut them down so you don’t have to get your hands dirty.” You are “worried about reputation” and “really, what about that is right?” She wants the city council to be aware of the problem and do something about it because “this is a great place but there is always room for improvement.” In response, John Park, city manager of Cottonwood Heights, explained how they had been attempting to gain evidence for a public nuisance. They were using smoke readers to monitor the air, hoping for readings that would suggest a nuisance. Smoke from the smoker seemed like it would provide the evidence needed, but the wind kept blowing it away.

Once the “monitoring air quality on smoke” was complete, the numbers went to the health department. Unfortunately, the smoke readings were for particulates that are picked up in big industry smoke and car exhaust so it did not pick up substantial readings from the restaurant smoke. Park explained they were “hoping for specific measures” with the smoke readings because the “only action can be taken with public nuisance.” After this discussion, members from the city sat down with restaurant owners in hope for “voluntary compliance” to end the problem. They wanted to come up with an action plan in a “reasonable amount of time.” H&D BBQ was attempting to work with the neighbors and city council to find solutions. They are a family business that invested time and money into their barbecue and didn’t want to completely shut down. “It’s a very small family business, it’s a mom and pop set up, pretty much everything we have is into the restaurant, so we definitely want to make sure we are working with everybody because we want to be around for a long time,” James Parr told Fox13 on Sept. 23. Despite the efforts of compromise from the restaurant and the neighbors, on Oct. 13, the Facebook page for H&D BBQ announced, “Due to unseen circumstances the new partnership has fallen through. It pains us to say that we will be closed quite possibly for good now unless a miracle appears. For those who have supported us we cannot thank you enough, those who have helped us to build up our dream, thank you.” The city council said they did not cite the restaurant and were unaware that the doors had been closed. “We really feel awful,” public relations specialist, Dan Metcalf, Jr. said. “We were stuck in the middle of this situation and sympathize with the restaurant and the neighbors.”

Youth Tour New City Hall Construction


By Cassandra Goff

he Youth City Council took a tour of the new city hall site on Oct. 15. Scott and Ann Bracken are the Cottonwood Heights Youth City Council advisors and Bryce Haderlie, the city’s new assistant manager, joined them.

The Youth City Council geared up in neon yellow vests and hard hats before journeying into the dirt. Scott Bracken warned the members, “Don’t fall in the ducts!” The construction leader explained what his crew had been working on as Bracken led them through the site. The members learned how a dirt compressor works and why it’s important for dirt to be compressed. The members followed Bracken through the site as he explained where everything would be located. They walked through where the main plaza, offices, police department, armory and covered police parking will be. He took a moment to say, “Before anyone asks, we won’t have cells” in the police department.

The tour continued through the beginnings of the main entrance and multi-purpose room which “someone from the community could rent,” Bracken explained. They walked through the to-be offices of the city councilmen and the mayor. A question of the mayor’s office arose so Bracken explained, “Kelvyn’s never used an office, but mayors 50 or 60 years down the road may want to use one.” The walk through the dirt continued through to the to-be public works area, engineering office, break area, conference room, kitchen area, work meeting conference room, bathrooms and training rooms. Bracken finished the tour by telling the Youth City Council members attending Brighton High School to follow the striping for the crosswalks because there will be cars in the intersection in front of the city hall site at all times. He also warned that city hall parking would be available to residents, not for students who have not purchased a parking pass at school.

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2016 Budget Prioritizes Public Safety, Criminal Justice Reform By Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams


alt Lake County’s 1.1 million residents deserve a county government that steps up to the plate and confronts a serious criminal justice challenge. That’s what I’ve tried to do with my 2016 proposed budget. It is structurally balanced with existing revenues and it supports my belief in taking on tough issues and solving problems. This year, I have prioritized the county’s core responsibility – public safety. We have a lot going for us. As a thriving metropolitan area, Salt Lake County is leading the way forward on economic growth and jobs, low taxes, cleaner air and quality education. I share the positive view most residents have that Salt Lake County is a great place to raise a family, start a business and give something back to the community. However, we do face some challenges. This year, due in part to the legislature’s passage of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, sentencing for some drug crimes and other non-violent offenses will require jail time, rather than prison. That change took effect

Oct. 1. I support the reforms to our criminal justice system, but in the short term, this adds to the jail overcrowding without providing sufficient funding for much-needed jail diversion programs that provide sentencing alternatives, dealing with substance abuse and mental health issues. Also, without a Utah plan for Medicaid expansion, this amounts to an unfunded mandate on the counties. Instead of just throwing up our hands, we’ve come up with a plan. Fully three fourths of the county’s general fund is taken up by the county’s criminal justice and human services investments. The jail and the District Attorney’s office are both experiencing a double digit increase in jail bookings and new criminal cases screened by law enforcement and that trajectory is continuing. We must pay for those immediate needs and at the same time, look for new ways to address the major causes of recidivism that just add to the problem. My budget proposes that we continue a jail levy—passed by taxpayers in 1995 to build a new jail—and re-dedicate the approximately

$9.4 million annually to deal with increased crime while trying to stem the tide in the future. A portion of the money would be used to build a Community Corrections Center. This secure treatment facility is a sentencing alternative to the jail. It would include space for intake efforts, behavioral health services, job counseling and other programs, within a secure environment. This will free up the “hard beds” for criminals who need to be kept away from society. I’m convinced we can limit the number of new beds needed in the future, by funding some innovative programs that follow data and evidence to lower the recidivism rate, and prevent homeless individuals and those with mental illness and substance abuse issues from crowding the jail. Of 8,700 inmates released in 2011, nearly two-thirds were back in the jail within three years. In other words, they’re out just long enough to get into legal trouble again. It’s a repeating loop that serves no one—not the victims of crime, not the police, not the prosecutors and not those cycling in and out

of the system, or their families. How will we measure success? We’ll know we’ve succeeded when 1) we’ve put the criminals behind bars, 2) the homeless in housing, 3) substance abusers in treatment, and 4) children in school, through high school graduation. You can read more about my budget at www.slco.org/mayor. Thank you for giving me the privilege of representing you as Salt Lake County mayor. l

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Cottonwood Heights Man Indulges His Dark Side with Custom Halloween Decorations By Brian Jones


hen Scott Winberg was young, his mother would often find him in the basement watching scary television programs such as “Dark Shadows,” “Tales From The Dark Side” and “The Twilight Zone.” “I’d watch as much of that stuff as I could get,” he said. “My mom was constantly telling me to stop.” Judging by the decorations that now adorn his home every October, it’s obvious his sensibilities haven’t changed now that he’s an adult. Winberg, who hand crafts the majority of his Halloween décor, has amassed an impressive collection of dark items over the years, and his home has become a destination of sorts for drive-by visitors looking for impressive decorations in Cottonwood Heights this time of year. When he became serious about his Halloween decorating around 10 years ago, Winberg started at the store, purchasing prefabricated items. He quickly discovered, though, that the quality and durability of storebought decorations was inadequate for what he had in mind, so he began making his own creations. If you happen by Winberg’s house now, you’re unlikely to see inflatable Halloween snow globes or Jack Skellington holograms projected onto the garage door. The mood he’s

Scott Winberg began his serious Halloween decorating almost a decade ago.

going for is decidedly more macabre. Once he became the means of production, he was finally able to fully indulge that dark side his mother discovered so many years before. Winberg’s decorations of choice to honor All Hallows Eve feature haunting ghouls escaping graves, horned skeletons frozen in perpetual screams and an undead creature being eternally roasted on a hand-made spit. Winberg makes his creations from materials such as medical anatomical skeletons, stretched and ripped pantyhose and industrial carpet adhesive. His dark works of art became so popular that for a time he ran a website where he sold his hand-crafted items, and although he ultimately gave up making decorations for others, he has continued making the creatures that haunt his home every October. Winberg says he usually starts decorating around the first of the month. “If it was up to me, I’d put them up earlier in the year, but my wife makes me wait till October,” he said. Although it’s definitely more his passion than his wife’s, after all these years it’s become somewhat of a family tradition. Winberg’s 9-year-old son has even gotten in on the act, making one of the productions that currently sits on the family’s front porch. The family does decorate for other holidays, he said, although nothing rivals the lengths to which they go

for Halloween. “We decorate for Christmas, but mostly it’s just lights for the house,” he said. Judging by the ghoulish way it turns out when Winberg goes all out, that may be for the best. Despite the grisly imagery of his creations, Winberg says it’s all done in good fun. He plans on continuing to do it for years to come and hopefully pass the tradition on to the next generation. “It’s just something fun I’ve been doing for a long time,” he said, “and people in the neighborhood seem to enjoy it.”

Although Scott Winberg used to sell handcrafted ghouls, he now focuses his artistic energies on making his own home as frightening as possible.

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A New Landscape for Stratton Park


makeover for the 100-by-400 foot area located on the west side of I-215, just off of 4500 South and Stratton Drive in Holladay, has been long overdue. The property, which houses a cell tower and sheds, is less than attractive. Most of the land is covered in weeds, rocks and turf, which does not allow much vegetation or provide an inviting environment for any use. Holladay Councilman Steve Gunn, District 4, who lives in the nearby neighborhood, is spearheading the Stratton Park beautification project at the approval from Holladay City

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By Carol Hendrycks Council and direction from the city manager, Randy Fitts. “The idea is to eliminate unattractive rugged turf area, hide the sheds as much as possible and reface the land with a variety of trees and rearranged the rocks and boulders pulled from the site in a more appealing fashion,� Gunn said. In 2006, the property was donated to the City of Holladay and owned by the Department of Transportation. The state had condemned this land and parceled off two-thirds of the property, creating a triangular shape which

Holladay is taking advantage of 60 percent of the area. Gunn explained that AT&T and originally Crown Castle, telecommunication companies who own the cell tower, sheds and the land they sit on, agreed to lease the property back to Holladay. After 2011, back lease funds collected from the state and support from these two companies help to put this facelift in motion, contributed towards a driveway and helped to secure the purchase of 100 trees, including pines and Rocky Mountain juniper. Other partners who supported the project

are Rocky Mountain Power, which provided the wood chips needed for coverage around the trees, local volunteers, Bart Dean, a local landscape architect and team who brought in equipment to dig, plant the trees and move rocks, and others who donated piping and sprinklers, and support staff from the City of Holladay. Everyone came together to redevelop the park, which will be mostly completed this year with the exception of some additional trees to be planted sometime next year. l

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Boxing Helps Cottonwood Heights Residents Get in Shape, Have Fun, Make Connections


y now most people in the United States are aware of the skyrocketing popularity of alternate fighting sports like Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) and kickboxing. While most of us are never going to fight like Rhonda Rousey, an unusual gym in Cottonwood Heights is giving its members a feel for what that kind of action is like, while providing a heart-pounding workout in the process. Title Boxing Club offers classes and workout facilities to professionals training for their next fight, as well as everyday local residents who are just looking to get fit. Title has been open since early 2013, and since then has developed a loyal clientele of gym-goers who prefer the high-cardio and structured nature of its workouts to a conventional gym. Brooke Alger, club manager, said there are several advantages to an unconventional gym for people looking to get in shape. “In addition to the great workout, once the classes start mixing in the actual components of boxing, it becomes really fun in a way conventional workouts sometimes aren’t,” she said.

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Another unique aspect of this type of this type of gym is the culture. “It’s a very integrated culture,” Alger said. “The classes contain males and females of all ages and fitness levels, and everyone is able to work to their own level of ability.” She added that the class-centric focus creates a situation in which people get to know and care about other members, because they’re actually working out with each other regularly. Although the classes at Title focus on boxing and kickboxing, and not specifically MMA, they are great training programs for

those involved in mixed martial arts fighting, and at least one professional MMA fighter works out and trains at the gym. Javier Jones has been an instructor at Title since shortly after it opened. He is also an MMA fighter, and currently carries a 5-1 professional record. When asked what he thinks makes a boxing gym preferable to a traditional gym, Jones pointed to the program’s structure. Whereas at a traditional gym individuals must rely largely on self-motivation to progress, the boxing programs at Title provide a high level of structure and external motivation. “The classes tell people what to do and

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when to do it. Particularly for beginners, it really helps keep people engaged and motivated,” he said. Alger agreed. “There’s accountability in our programs that is unique,” she said, “and that keeps people enthusiastic.” Susan Godwin, a member who has been working out at the gym for over two years, said it’s the culture that keeps her coming back. “It’s more of a family atmosphere here. People get to know each other and notice when you’re not in class. It’s a close-knit group,” Godwin said. With respect to the family atmosphere, it is often literally the case at Title. Alger says the gym makes real efforts to keep the gym a familyfriendly place for its members, and as a result, people often bring their children to classes with them. Ultimately, employees and members alike agree that this connected atmosphere is what makes Title a unique and appealing place to be. “Being able to share the experience of changing your life with other people is what it’s all about,” Jones said. l

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November is the month of Thanksgiving. I am fortunate to live in a community that promotes and fosters a spirit of giving. We sometimes take for granted all the good that is going on around us each and every day. The Holladay Interfaith Council celebrates the common values our religious organizations share---faith, charity, hope and goodwill toward all. The collective impact of our churches, volunteer organizations and government support agencies would be impossible to measure. It’s difficult to imagine what it would be like without them. I recently met with Interfaith Council Chair Pat Gamble-Hovey, Holladay United Church of Christ, to work on a few agenda items for the upcoming Interfaith Service (find details in this issue of The Journal). We were having a casual conversation that eventually turned to the myriad acts of charitable service we are fortunate to witness on a daily basis. Just a few personal experiences: • Counseling & Community OutreachLocal LDS Stakes providing ministerial services to the state shelters and prisons, support for at-risk families and refugees in their surrounding neighborhoods, and safety- net food, shelter and clothing support to those in need. • Refugee Support Services- Catholic Community Services (CCS) volunteers deliver basic services to newly arriving refugees---transportation, financial support, liaison services and most important, empathy and compassion when it is needed the very most. • Feeding the Homeless- St. Vincent de Paul Dining Facility, also run by CCS,

serves on average 1,000 of our homeless population each day. The service is in large part staffed by churches and volunteer organizations from all around the valley. • Meals on Wheels- Run by Salt Lake County Aging Services Division. Delivers on average 7,000 meals per day to the homebound elderly population in our communities. Most of the deliveries are coordinated through our local churches. In some instances, this is the only human contact these residents receive that day. • Operation School Bell- Deliver approximately 6,000 bundles containing a parka and basic clothing items to local school children that are at risk. This program is managed and executed by the volunteers of the Assistance League of Salt Lake City. Literally thousands of individuals are impacted, and I only mention the few that I have been involved with. There is an army of volunteers working under the radar to support, sustain and strengthen our City. They collectively weave together the underlying fabric that is the essence of any healthy community. Efforts primarily focus on youth services, the elderly, families living below the poverty line, refugee support and the homeless. Hundreds of volunteer organizations engaged with our youth, providing basic medical services/ mental health & substance abuse counseling, addressing environmental issues, volunteering on Community/Youth Councils/PTAs, and the list goes on and on. Everyday citizens selflessly seeking out ways to serve. It’s truly inspiring to witness these acts of generosity and kindness. The next time you turn on the news or read a story that shakes your faith

Holladay City Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Sunday, November 22 • 6:30pm Each year the residents of Holladay are invited to attend a Thanksgiving service designed toward uniting the community, regardless of religious beliefs, in a celebration of thanks. The service, which has attracted as many as 1,200 residents in the past, began in 1999 by Holladay Interfaith Council Chairman Jim Kastanis. The current chairman; Pat Gamble-Hovey encourages those from all local religions to participate. The venue for this event rotates each year between different faiths in our community. The 16th Annual City of Holladay Thanksgiving Interfaith Service will be held Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 6:30 pm at the St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church located at 1385 East Spring Lane (5000 S.) The Interfaith Service program includes music, readings, prayers, a youth speaker and a keynote speaker. This year we will be privileged to hear from Kevin A. Mitchell, a graduate of BYU in Philosophy who holds an MBA degree from the Darden Graduate School of Business in Virginia. He was an Intelligence Officer in the US Dept. of Defense focusing on Transnational Terrorism and currently took on the role of Chief Operating Officer of a nanotechnol-

ogy startup here in Salt Lake City. Kevin was honored as one of “Utah’s 40 most promising professionals under the age of 40”. Kevin has served in many leadership positions as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and his wife Leah have 4 children. The Rocky Mountain Strings, an accomplished group of young violinists, returns to offer their inspiring musical presentations. They are co-directed by

Ramona Stirling and Deborah Moench. They and their group have toured Europe twice, and recently returned from a concert tour in Russia, Estonia, and Latvia. The worship service will be followed by fellowship and a variety of light refreshments. You are invited to bring canned goods that will be donated to the Utah Food Bank.


in humanity, please keep in mind that there are thousands of individuals and organizations volunteering their time and talent for no other reason than making this community a better place to live. We are thankful for the many blessings afforded of us as citizens of this great

nation and we share these blessings through our service. And to all of you, I am most thankful! Happy Thanksgiving, Rob Dahle Mayor

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Radon Program Update By Clarence Kemp, City Engineer In late 2014, the City of Holladay embarked on a Radon Education and Testing program with the intent of protecting our residents from the life-threatening effects of Radon. Radon gas (the second leading cause of lung cancer in the US) is very prevalent in Holladay. To date, 370 Holladay homes have been tested by residents using test kits provided by the City. This testing has revealed that about one out of every three Holladay homes has a Radon problem, with one in ten experiencing Radon levels over twice EPA’s action level threshold. TESTING FOR YOUR HOME: In cooperation with the Utah Division of Radiation Control’s Indoor Radon Program, the City has purchased Radon testing kits for the benefit of our residents. These kits are available at City Hall (4580 South 2300 East) for a nominal cost of $5 each for Holladay residents. These short-term tests reflect 2-4 days of data collection providing a good snap-shot of probable problems. Testing is easy and should only take a few minutes of your time. We continue to encourage Holladay homeowners to pick up a Radon test kit from the city. If you have questions or wish to discuss your Radon test results, you should feel free to contact Eleanor Divver, the Utah Indoor Radon Coordinator, at 801-536-0091; or visit the State’s website at www.radon.utah.gov. RADON MITIGATION AND REPAIRS: The only way to know if your home is at risk is to test. Although there is no known safe level of Radon, levels of 4 pico-

curies per liter (pCi/L) are considered the threshold requiring remedial action. If your house is tested and the result shows your house has this high level of Radon gas, you may want to have a Radon reduction system professionally installed. The right system depends on the design of your home and other factors. Usually, a simple ventilation and low-pressure fan system is installed to vent the Radon out of your home where it can safely dissipate in the atmosphere. A list of certified radon mitigation contractors can be found at: www.radon.utah.gov. Click on “Certified Mitigators / RRNC”. ABOUT RADON: Radon gas is a colorless, odorless radioactive gas byproduct of the natural decay of uranium in soil, rock and water. These radioactive particles get trapped in your lungs and cause lung cancer. Smoking is the leading cause of lung cancer in the US. If you smoke and your home has high Radon levels, your risk of lung cancer is especially high. Radon moves up through the ground into your home through cracks and other holes in the foundation. Your home traps Radon inside, where it can build up. Any home may have a Radon problem. This means new and old homes, well-sealed and drafty homes, and homes with or without basements.

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

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City Hall Flag Dedication POSTPONED We regret that the City Hall Flag Plaza dedication must be postponed. We will reconsider the event when the details can be properly coordinated. Please watch the city website and this newsletter for more information.

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olladay Councilman Lynn Pace, District 2, facilitated a Town Hall meeting on Oct. 13 at Holladay City Hall addressing dozens of Holladay residents looking to hear about the latest city updates, ask questions and discussion local concerns. Mail-in Voting His first topic to residents is a reminder about mail-in voting for the General Election held on Nov. 3. Military and overseas ballot mailing was June 26 for the Primary Election and Sept. 18 for the General Election. Ballots

By Carol Hendrycks in method proves to be more cost-effective and has a higher level of voter participation. Ballots are authenticated by voter signature. Proposition 1 The next item of business voters will address on this upcoming ballot is the Transportation Sales Tax – Proposition 1 which is a proposed quarter-cent sales tax increase (an additional one cent in sales tax for every $4 of purchase price). If approved by voters, increased tax revenue would be distributed countywide with 20 percent to the

for roads, and does not pay the bill as this is a fixed number of cents per gallon and remains flat. Gas tax is distributed per X amount of miles of road per city. Sales tax is distributed half by population where you live and point of sale where you purchase. Property taxes remain flat in Holladay and the council and residents prefer that it remains this way. Many attendees do not like to see a high percentage going to UTA, however many expressed that for every person who rides UTA buses and trains there is one less car on the road alleviating traffic congestion, contributing to improved air quality and lessening wear and tear on roads. The General Fund will not support the current road maintenance concerns. Cottonwood Mall Update The update on Cottonwood Mall is as follows. General Growth Properties adopted and approved a redevelopment plan in 2005, however that plan will not be realized. The new plan is out to market with letters of intent by Howard Hughes Corporation, which includes residential for the eastern and south-end edges that would be single-home dwellings,

Once the new plan is in place, it is expected that construction might take up to two years to complete. Questions that were posed are: Does the new plan require rezoning? Is the financial package still the same? Is this plan the best we can get? If we say no to the plan will Holladay continue to look at a vacant lot? Stay tuned for notices about upcoming public hearings. If you have questions or ideas contact Paul Allred, community development director at 801-527-3890. The General Plan The General Plan is 15 years old. There have been several article updates informing the public throughout the year and public open houses that promote the General Plan. The plan is an advisory document that affects private property but is binding for public property. Quality of life issues such as trails, parks, transportation, land use, water, air quality, housing, community identity, trees, sidewalks, street lights, more bus routes and less parking in areas are things that the plan considers that define the character and direction of the community over the next 15-20 years. The plan is in discussion with the Planning Commission

Councilman Pace addresses residents in Holladay Town Hall meeting. will include a postage-paid return envelope. Ballots must be postmarked the Monday before Election Day. There will be ballot drop-off locations at The City of Holladay, 4580 South 2300 East, and The Salt Lake County Government Center, 2001 South State Street, Suite S1-200. For those voters who need assistance or who did not receive a ballot, they may vote at City Hall on Election Day. Pace explained that the mail-

county, 40 percent to UTA, and 40 percent going to cities to be used to support improvements to roads, sidewalks, trails and transit. Pace explained his view on supporting the tax, expressed that our roads are in disrepair, that we are already behind due to lack of funds and demonstrated that it is more cost effective to pay for road maintenance rather than reconstruction. The gas tax increase going into effect on Jan. 1, 2016 can only be used

condominiums and apartments. Ivory Homes is interested in developing the housing, which is approximately 600 units. There is single-level retail, no offices and Macy’s will move to Fashion Place Mall. The tenants such as Smith’s will be groceries only, not a large marketplace, a movie theatre space is open, and a possible fitness center may open as well. The hope is that there will be enough critical tenant mass to build the project in the very near future. However, before that can happen, the existing development plan must be amended or replaced by a new one through a public process.

now and will be presented and reviewed by city council in January 2016. Budget Review and Property Taxes The budget review and “Where the Money Comes From” was viewed and discussed with the audience that displayed taxes by service category. Pace explained that property tax is a revenue based system. Certified tax rates depend on value. The city collects 14 percent of the property tax. Property taxes have not been raised in 15 years in Holladay and the council prefers it remain this way. l

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St. Vincent’s Students Build Relationships with Senior Citizens By Stephanie Lauritzen


s vice principal at the St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School, Sarah Lambert recognizes the importance of developing students “educationally, spiritually, and emotionally.” In her mind, these goals are best accomplished by teaching students how to develop strong interpersonal relationships with others through long-term service opportunities. Her philosophy is consistent with St. Vincent’s schoolwide learning expectations, which lists “serve others” as the first expectation for all students. “When you are doing service consistently within one community, you are building strong

relationships, not just checking a box,” Lambert said. In order to facilitate long-term community engagement, middle school students at St. Vincent’s work with the senior citizens at Sunrise Senior Living Center in Holladay. Students in the 6th grade are matched with a senior citizen and follow that senior every year until their 8th-grade graduation from the school. Lambert believes “this pairing allows students to build a lasting relationship over the course of several years, creating something more meaningful than the occasional visit to a stranger.”

Students and their senior walking buddies hold hands as they walk around the track. Photo courtesy of Carol Barman.

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On Sept. 29, the 7th-grade class partnered with Sunrise Senior Living in a “Go4Life” program sponsored by the National Institute of Health. The program encourages senior citizens to remain active and healthy by setting fitness goals and celebrating successful exercise. An integral part of the program involves establishing exercise habits with a partner or “buddy,” since it holds people accountable to their exercise commitments. Sunrise Senior Living Executive Director George Wright decided to expand on the “buddy” concept by making the Go4Life program an “intergenerational event,” where both students and seniors from ages 12-98 could exercise together and learn more about each other. Each 7th grader walked the St Vincent de Paul’s track with a senior partner buddy, and spent the walk sharing stories and discussing mutual interests. Wright expressed his admiration for the students after the event, telling Carol Barman, the advancement director at St. Vincent’s, “Those were the most impressive children. My residents enjoyed the experience so much and the children were so kind and loving in their interactions with the seniors.” “Our 7th-grader Julian Watrin was very

impressive to me,” said Barman. “He was walking with his senior holding her hand telling her that he played soccer and asking her if she did any sports when she was in middle school. He then had a conversation with her the whole time.” When certificates were awarded at the end of the event, Watrin’s senior partner asked him to write his name on her certificate, since they completed the program together. Lambert believes both students and seniors benefitted from the event. “I watched both the student’s and the senior’s faces light up when the seniors arrived. When the buses arrive from Sunrise Living, the students immediately met them and helped them walk down to the track. You could tell how excited the seniors were to meet them.” Students and staff later made arrangements to visit the Sunrise Senior Living Center next month, and every month for the duration of the school year. “When seniors get a visit from our students, they know it is a unique experience,” Lambert said. “The students are not just coming in on Halloween; these are people they will see all year.” l

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Skyline High School to Perform ‘Fiddler On The Roof’ in November


hose who thought nothing could top Skyline High School’s production of “Hello Dolly” last fall have another thing coming. Theater teacher and director Joe Rogan and Skyline’s performing arts department are upping the ante this year with their November production of the beloved classic ‘Fiddler On The Roof,’ which will play Nov. 19, 20, 21 and 23 at 7 p.m. in the Skyline High School auditorium. The ambitious production will feature a professional set donated from the Pioneer Theater Company and a regular cast of 56 student actors, with Alex Miller, a senior in Skyline’s International Baccalaureate program, playing the lead. Along with the cast, Skyline’s concert choir and orchestra will provide the music, nearly doubling the number of performers. In addition to the regular cast, crew and musical contributors, there are four student performers from local junior high schools playing the roles of younger characters. Something else to watch for is a handful of cameos by faculty members, according to Rogan. Everyone involved is proud and excited about what Rogan said is a leap forward for the school’s performing arts department. “The department has been growing the past few years. ‘Hello Dolly’ was a real success,

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and we think ‘Fiddler On The Roof’ is only going to build on that success,” he said. The department is thrilled with the addition of new dance teacher Megan Brown, who is charged with reproducing the choreography for the show, and Rogan said there are a few other exciting secrets he wasn’t quite ready to spill. In particular, though, he said, “we have some really fun surprises planned for the dream sequence.” With auditions being held the last week of August, and the cast and crew in the midst of rehearsals since the first week of September, the entire production is working hard to be ready for opening night. “We’re incredibly excited about the production, but right now we’re in the thick of it. There’s still lots of work to do,” Rogan said. He hopes the surrounding community will come out and strongly support the performance. The school auditorium’s sound system having just received major upgrades, Rogan and the rest of the department expect the production values for the show to be exceptionally high.

“We’re incredibly excited, and hope everyone will come out and support the students,” he said. “I don’t think they’ll be disappointed.” Skyline high is located at 3251 East 3760 South. Tickets can be purchased in advance at

www.showtix4u.com or by calling 866-6978167, and are $9 for adults and $7 for students. Anyone seeking additional information can contact Joe Rogan at bgrogan@graniteschools. org. l

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Skyline High School Girls Soccer Team Wraps Up Successful Season


ot many high school girls can say they went nearly undefeated in a competitive soccer season. But the Skyline girls soccer team can. With only one loss to Murray in overtime, the Eagles won 16 games to become the highest scoring team in the state. They’ve scored more than 93 goals in this season alone, are ranked number 222 in the nation, and have clenched the 6th rank in the state. “It’s really been an incredible season,” Head Coach Yamil Castillo said. “And we have Holly Daugirda, who is the all-time leading scorer for the entire 4A division. And the third leading scorer in the state is Emma Heyn.” Senior captain Daguirda was recently invited to train with the U.S. Women’s National Team and has committed to play for the University of Utah in 2016. Senior captain Heyn is the only senior who’s been named as All-State Academic and will be recognized for her accomplishments during the state finals. “It is a big deal, making the All-State Academics,” Castillo said. “These are great achievements for our team.” With the team’s only loss coming in overtime to Murray High School, the girls are more driven than ever to make it to the state championships. As many teams can relate, this loss came during a week when the players

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weren’t firing on all cylinders. “That was the week that we had a slump,” Castillo said. “But it was a good wake-up call and it made us ready to go. One thing that we have to our advantage is that have been in tight situations in the playoffs before; we’ve been in the semifinals, we’ve been in the finals and we have experience with that. It helps to calm the nerves a little bit.” For the past six years, the Skyline girls soccer program has yet to lose during a quarterfinals or finals game that they’ve hosted at home. The group has also been named region champions in five of the past six years. “Not a lot of high schools can say they go to the playoffs every year or finish first,” Castillo said. “It’s a very competitive program and the girls play up to that. They know if you’re going to play at Skyline, you have to come prepared to accomplish the highest goals you can accomplish.” The group started practicing in May, after holding tryouts where only five of the 20 girls trying out made the team. Though the competition on the team is cutthroat, it’s what the players want because every girl will practice and play to their utmost potential. “One thing that I take a lot of pride in, especially this year, is that this group of girls

has amazing chemistry,” Castillo said. For the past three years, Castillo has been ingraining into his players one simple motto: T.R.Y., or Take Responsibility Yourself. According to Castillo, this acronym has prevented the team from suffering the drama of “primadonnas” and has embedded his team with a deep, mutual respect for one another. “When you have these key elements, everything is possible,” Castillo said. “The moment something becomes too personal, the team element goes away, and that’s not good.” Though the team has had much success on the field this season, they’ve had to face several challenges, largely in the form of injuries. Between broken ankles, sprained knees

and pulled muscles, it’s taken many of the Eagles players most of the season to rebound from setbacks, but Castillo is confident in the girls’ ability to succeed in playoffs. “This year has been a really emotional, really great experience,” Castillo said. “I’ve coached at Skyline for four years and the support this year from the administration, the community and the parents has been amazing. I’m blessed with a team full of a lot of talent, and the talent from these girls makes me look good as a coach.” The final round of the state tournament was held at Rio Tinto Stadium on Friday, Oct. 23. 2015. l

All 41 girls on the Skyline soccer team pose for a team photo. As the highest scoring team in division 4A, the Eagles are eager to win in the playoffs.

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hen Minnesota native Todd Mitchell accepted the head coaching position for the Olympus High School cross country team in 2011, he had no idea of the uphill battle that lay before him. With only nine runners making up the team, Mitchell knew immediately he needed to grow his team. “We’ve been growing the every year, bit by bit,” Mitchell said. “This is a great group of kids who really enjoy running.” By encouraging his runners to bring friends and fellow classmates to practice, slowly students have realized the joy behind running cross country. “We have fun,” Mitchell said. “Our team is getting better and people want to be a part of it.” Getting better is an understatement. The team of 28 girls and 29 boys has seen success this year like never before. Both teams snagged a first-place win at the Westlake Invitational and the Park City Invitational in early October. The boys recently won the Region Six Championship and the girls placed second. “This was the first Region Six Championship that the Olympus boys have won since 1990,” Mitchell said. “So that was a big deal for us. The boys went one, two, three, five and six – so almost a perfect score.” Unfortunately, the Titans are graduating nearly a third their team in the spring. Out of the 57 runners, 20 of them are seniors. “It’s definitely an experienced group,” Mitchell said. “In years past, we’ve always had a lot of underclassmen, but not this year. Even many of our seniors are new on the team this year, which have

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Several of the girls happily display a first place award from the Westlake Classic earlier this season. They hold a goal of bringing the entire girls team to the state championships. helped us develop.” Having a large group of upperclassmen has been a blessing for a single coach with 57 runners to look after. Even though Mitchell’s wife occasionally helps coach the team, he’s able to rely heavily on his seniors and delegate a lot of responsibility to them. Varsity team captain Thomas Odell is one of these seniors. “Honestly, I’m here as a leader but as a team, we all know what to do most of the time,” Odell said. “They can lead themselves most of the time. Sometimes it’s hard to keep people on track, but other than that it’s easy.” Though the team is a scattering of different aged, skilled and experienced runners, they’ve worked hard to becoming a solid, unified team. “Our number one core value is that

Titans boys show off their hardware after bringing home a first place win from the Westlake Classic in early October. Both the girls and the boys brought home a win.

cross country is a team sport,” Mitchell said. “So we emphasize that and really try to come together as a team.” Becoming a unified team didn’t happen by accident. The team has been running together since June, putting in between 300 and 500 miles in just the summer months. They spent three days at Bear Lake on a team camp getaway where, aside from training, they spent their days bonding over boating, tubing, wake surfing, paddle boarding and kayaking. “Getting to know everyone on the team this year has been so fun,” said senior captain Paige Anderson. “That team camp at Bear Lake was really awesome.” Along with team breakfasts, campfires and cookouts, the Titans practice together six days a week. The group spends nearly two hours a day stretching, weight lifting, core strengthening and, of course, running between three and 12 miles per practice. While the team has only postseason competitions left this year, they’ve still got their eyes set on challenging group goals. “The boys would really like to be a top-three team at state, and I think the girls would really like to make top five,” Mitchell said. “They are realistic goals – big goals – but that’s what we’re shooting for.” As the Titans begin tapering down for the state championships, Mitchell feels hopeful that his team will end the season on a high note, setting the tone for yet another successful season next year. State championships will be held on Oct. 21 at Sugar House Park. l


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fter suffering two heavy losses in the preseason, players on the Olympus High School football team were frustrated and discouraged. Resiliency, determination and teamwork quickly turned the tides, and the Titans went undefeated in their region for five weeks straight. “We had a pretty tough preseason,” Head Coach Aaron Whitehead said. “But as we continued on, we started to pick up momentum each week and now we’re doing quite well. The last four games we’ve been averaging 44 points.” A Salt Lake native, Whitehead graduated from rival high school Skyline in 1991 with dreams of going to law school and pursing a law degree at the University of Utah. “I started coaching little league when I was 21 with some friends, and I was able to help coach the sophomore team at Skyline. I was hooked,” Whitehead said. “So I went into education and it was the best decision I’ve ever made.” Whitehead has been teaching social studies for 16 years, finding his place as football coach and teacher at Olympus High School in 2009. Since coming on as head coach at Olympus, Whitehead has taken each year season-by-season to build a solid football program with depth, talent and dedication. With 81 players on this year’s team, the Titans have managed to go 4-0 in the region, clenching the 28th spot in the state. “What’s been fun is this is a team that really enjoys being with each other and working with each other,” Whitehead said. “They’ve faced adversity and have been able to find

resolve and overcome the challenges.” Evenly split between classes, Whitehead feels good about the depth on this year’s team. Even with 32 seniors making post high school plans, Whitehead has faith in the up-andcoming players. “Each year we have a pretty big group of seniors. But this year we have a lot of juniors that are contributing,” Whitehead said. “We have really good depth this year. It’s the first year in a long time that we’ve got some good depth.” Even with reliable depth, the team has some star players that have had outstanding seasons this year. Senior tailback Quinn Meyer is having a monster season, rushing more than 100 yards per game and having 125 carries for 991 yards. With 11 touchdowns this season, Meyer, a returning starter, is just starting to get looks from colleges and universities around the nation. Defensive linebacker Nate Hoole, a senior, has also had a promising season – averaging well over 10 tackles per game. Last season the Titans fell short of making it to the playoffs. Instead of being discouraged, however, the team decided to set a goal of qualifying for the playoffs and has been working tirelessly to reach that goal. “Every year is special, and this year is no exception,” Whitehead said. “But this year is just a lot of fun. The kids are fun to be around and they are really doing great.” The Titans played their final season game at rival high school Skyline on Fri. Oct. 23, with the first round of the playoffs beginning on Oct. 30. l

Olympus battles against Murray High School during their third to last game of the regular season. The Titans won over the Spartans 33-22.

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t was early November 2014 when Bandits Grill & Bar opened its doors to hungry customers eager to sample smoked ribs, chicken, steak and other delicious entrees and sides sure to appeal to any appetite.

“I bought the dirt. My family and I built the building and opened up this location,” Shane Barbor, the owner, said. “We’ve been received by the locals in the community well.” The family-owned restaurant started in 1989 in Thousand Oaks, Cali. as a true smoke house and eventually three more locations opened, including a second in California, Park City and Cottonwood Heights. However, Bandits is not a chain restaurant – they are committed to each local community in which they operate. “Over the years, we’ve evolved into more of an American grill. We buy local produce throughout the year. All of our meat vendors are local. We buy organic and free-range chicken and beef whenever we can,” Barbor said. “Our bread is delivered fresh every day.” The menu is more than barbecue, although the ribs and tri tip steak are popular options for guests ordering. Fish, seafood, salad, burgers, vegetarian dishes and a kids’ menu help round out the choices. A secret recipe barbecue sauce that perfectly complements a variety of meats, which start in the

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smoker before being cooked over a wood grill, is available at each table. “It took us months of research and testing. We think it’s a great sauce. It’s gluten free and we can modify almost any menu item to be gluten free,”Barbor said. “The sauce is available for sale along with our T-shirts.” Popular side items include ranch beans and grilled asparagus, which have a tendency to sell out every night. Tri tip steak and ribs are top picks on the

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Rustic décor, streaming music, a bar with televisions and patio seating appeal to the overall atmosphere of the restaurant where families are always welcome to eat together. “We do s’mores by the fire-pit for the kids. It’s a lot of family fun,” Barbor said.

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t’s a time of natural selection. A season of mass hysteria. Wolves, disguised as sheep, travel in packs, attacking the weak, the inferior, the less adaptable. I’m not talking about the latest season of “The Walking Dead,”—but it’s close. I’m talking about the presidential campaign. Next November we’ll be electing a new president, then we’ll spend 4-8 years slowly pecking him/her to death. And while the election is still a year away, I’m already tired of hearing campaign speeches, bloated promises and intolerant views. Welcome to the Reality TV show political campaign landscape that’s a combination of “Survivor” and “Hell’s Kitchen.” I call it “American Idle: Washington, D.C.” Instead of selecting a world leader who won’t be ridiculed by the entire planet, we seem to be more focused on a celebridential popularity contest, electing a president who has the strongest handshake, the best suit or the whitest smile. The fact that Donald Trump thinks he represents this country with his intolerant, puffy-haired self-importance and insane

detachment from reality makes the back of my neck itch. I could list some of the dumbest things Trump has said, but it would be outdated before my column would be published. In a circus act of national proportions, the presidential candidates twist the issues with the help of our frenzied media who jump on every possibly scandalous topic like piranhas in a bloody river. We watch in horror as blooper reels blast through the Internet 24/7, and citizens become too fed-up (or lazy) to be educated about the real issues. The constant pandering to minority/ women/young voters is nauseating and obnoxious. This pandermania has included Hilary Clinton appearing as a bartender on Saturday Night Live, and Trump interviewing himself on “The Tonight Show.” I’m still waiting for the “Chris Christie/Marco Rubio American Ninja Warrior Challenge.” Candidates throw out terms like “equality” and “justice” in verbose sentences that make no sense, such as, “The idea of equal equality is mostly within our grasping fingers because justice.” Backpedaling, recanting, denying and


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The Gift of a Gift-less Holiday By Joani Taylor


t’s almost here: turkey time. I’ve always felt that Thanksgiving gets cheated. Before Halloween is even over, the stores cram their holiday sections with Christmas displays and have stooped to bribery by bargain, in an effort to get you out spending dough before you’ve had time to digest your dinner rolls. Poor Thanksgiving: it gets skipped right over. Thanksgiving is actually one of my favorite holidays. What other day of the year is it socially acceptable to stuff your face with potatoes covered in fat, yell at the television and sleep on the couch, all while enjoying the company of family and friends without the expectation of ANY GIFTS? Don’t misunderstand; I’m only a wee bit of a cheap, old scrooge. I love the light that shines in a child’s eyes when the jolly old man in a red velvet suit lands on the rooftop and sneaks a toy under the tree. Who can complain about a furry little barnyard animal that hides chocolate eggs under sofa cushions? But, it seems that entertaining kids with giving gifts is taking over our holidays. Now we have creepy-looking elves wreaking havoc on the house and leaving daily surprises for an entire month. There are leprechauns that deliver gold coins. And, this year a Halloween witch has made her debut. She steals your candy in the darkness of night and leaves a gift in exchange. What’s next: the 4th of July, gift-bearing Uncle

Sam? While I’d love to be the one to capitalize on the making of Tom the Turkey, who would gobble in on Thanksgiving eve to stuff a magic cornucopia full of candy feathers and toy pilgrims before popping himself in the oven, I’ll have to leave that one to the magic of the marketing pros. Until then, I am thankful that Thanksgiving is still a holiday that celebrates family without the expectation of presents. Joining together for a meal can take a toll on the wallet, though. Here are some tips for keeping the holiday eats big and cutting the budget to a minimum. Keep It Simple: Alleviate yourself of the feeling that you have to prepare everyone’s favorite.

Keep the popular favorites and get rid of the rest. My hubby loves a creamed corn casserole my grandmother used to serve, but no one else will touch it. So, I make it for his birthday instead. Shop the sales early: The best prices for Thanksgiving meal essentials start three to four weeks before the holiday. Watch the ads and start purchasing the essentials early. Look for free and discounted turkey promos. Most stores run them a couple of weeks before the big day. Clip the coupons: Pair your coupons with the sale items. If you’re a Smith’s shopper, check out a blog called Crazy4Smiths.com. You’ll find the unadvertised bargains, along with the clipable, printable and digital coupons for those items.

Maceys has coupons right on their webpage (maceys.com). Harmons has a secret coupon special every Tuesday on Facebook. And always check coupons.com for last minute printable coupons before heading to the store. Volunteer: Skipping your own Thanksgiving meal and volunteering to serve up the chow at shelters like the Road Home or SL Mission is a great way to kick off the season of giving. If the volunteer schedule is full, consider making care packages for the homeless and then deliver them to the shelters on Thanksgiving. Make your own decorations: Fancy napkin rings and centerpieces are expensive. Check your local craft stores for ideas on making your own. Have the kids get in on it and make some memories, too. You can find a weekly list of craft store coupons on coupons4utah.com/craftstorecoupons. Eating a dry turkey and unusual side dishes may not be the favorite of kids, but it is this giftless holiday that joins family and kicks off the season of sacrifice, love and compassion, and that is one heck of a gift. Note: Last month’s column had a notation about finding early movie previews at advance(d) screenings.com. There was a typo: the actual website is advancescreenings.com, without the “d”. l



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