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Guests view and discuss the artwork at the Healing Through Art gallery. —Kelly Cannon


or the past six months, dozens of refugees from around the world now living in Salt Lake County have been meeting on a weekly basis to create art that reflects their current and past life experiences. On June 18, the art was revealed during a special gallery held by the Holladay Arts Council at Holladay City Hall. The refugees are from all over the world including Sudan, South Sudan, Bhutan, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Karen people from Burma. Each of the groups have had to flee their home country due to war, genocide and “ethnic cleansing.” They have settled in Utah but face difficult challenges including isolation and a loss of community. During the art gallery opening, youths from the different refugee populations performed various traditional dances for the audience. The Holladay Arts Council met up with the Utah Refugee Service Office to craft the art program. The team is made up of representatives from the council, artists and refugee caseworkers.

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“It gives them a chance to tell their story through art,” Craig Fisher, the chairman of the Holladay Arts Council and creator of the Healing Through the Arts program, said. “It gives us a chance to know them and for them to get to know us.” The artwork included drawings and paintings of their old homes, their daily tasks in their old homes and their aspirations for the future. Starting in late December, the team met with around 100 refugees each Saturday. Fisher said the groups met wherever was most convenient for the refugees since transportation can often be difficult for many of them. “We met at senior centers for the older people and at the Refugee Education and Training Center for the kids,” Fisher said. Working with a team of therapists who helped craft the program and develop subjects for the weekly art sessions, the refugees were guided through different subjects used to create art. “We would talk about their homeland and they’d create art about their homeland,”

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Fisher said. “We would talk to them about their artwork and would get the deeper story.” Fisher said the refugee participants loved getting together to create art and want to continue with the program. “We’re trying to expand the program, especially in communities with large refugee populations,” Fisher said. There are several things Fisher hoped the refugee participants got out of the program. “I hope they feel a part of the community, that this is their new home and I want them to feel at home,” Fisher said. “I want to help them with the hurdles and help make the process of integration easier.” Fisher also hoped the community learned more about the refugee population through the art project. “There’s a lot of disinformation about refugees out there,” Fisher said. “I hope this brings the community together to see who are their new neighbors and see they have the same hopes and dreams.” To learn more about the Healing Through Art project, visit http://www.holladayarts.org.l

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Cottonwood Heights to Host Restaurant Tour By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

“I hope residents find their new favorite place or they try something new and get acquainted with the area.”

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ocal residents are invited to grab a Bite in the Heights during the first restaurant tour in Cottonwood Heights. From Aug. 20 to 31, restaurants will open their doors to residents to try their food in a festival that celebrates the local cuisine. According to Peri Kinder, the business development coordinator of Cottonwood Heights, the idea came from seeing other communities host events where residents were encouraged to dine around the area. “We talked to the restaurants and they thought they’d give it a shot,” Kinder said. So far, eight restaurants have signed up to participate, though Kinder believes more will join. The confirmed restaurants are Market Street Grill, Cottonwood Heights Café, Dragon Isle, Johnniebeefs, the Protein Foundry, Carl’s Café and Cancun Café. During Bites in the Heights, residents from around the valley are invited to visit as many of these restaurants as they can. Diners can share their photos of menu items or the restaurant on Instagram or Twitter with

the hashtag #CHFoodie for a chance to win gift cards to their favorite dining spots. Diners will also be rating the restaurants and awards will be given for various attributes of the dining experience such as best service, best menu item and best atmosphere. The restaurants during the event will offer a special menu just for Bites in the Heights. These prix-fixe menus will be either $5/$10 for lunch and $15/$20 for dinner. Diners can still order off the regular menu if they want. Kinder said the city anticipates thousands of diners coming into the city to enjoy the food tour. “We’d like to have as many come as possible. We have really good food, really good places,” Kinder said. “I hope residents find their new favorite place or they try something new and get acquainted with the area.” For more information about the Bites in the Heights restaurant tour, vist chbusiness.org. l

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Ice-Skating Lessons Offered During Summer Holiday By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

“Skating is something you can do your entire life.”


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he Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center is offering a unique way to beat the heat this summer with ice-skating lessons. The lessons are open to all ages and abilities and go on year round. The ice rink, located on the bottom floor of the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center, was built in 1975. The center has been offering skating lessons since then. “We teach skaters of all ages,” Kathy Valburg, the skating coordinator for the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center, said. “From age 3 to adults.” The classes are divided up by skill level. Currently, there are two beginners classes, three intermediate classes and one advanced class. No prior skating ability is necessary to enroll in the classes. “The first thing we teach is how to fall down and how to stand back up again,” Valburg said. “We teach balance and how

to move forward and other skating basics.” In the advanced classes, the students learn beginner spins and jumps. “That’s the big draw,” Valburg said. “It’s a lot of review of the skating they already know and then adding turns and jumps.” The classes themselves are gender neutral and Valburg said the classes have been fairly mixed lately with both boys and girls. “It’s basic skating skills for both figure skating and hockey,” Valburg said. Enrollment in the summer months is pretty light since the ice-skating season is generally from September to April. “During the summer months, we average about 50 skaters each evening we conduct class,” Valburg said. The main advantage to taking lessons during the summer is since the classes are smaller, each student receives more

individualized attention. The classes are taught by eight former pro skaters and a group of junior staff. “They are U.S. figure-skating gold medalists who are learning how to teach,” Valburg said. Valburg said she hopes the children and adults who enroll in the classes gain a love for ice skating. “Skating is something you can do your entire life,” Valburg said. “You can do it recreationally with friends and family or you can go further and live out your Olympic dreams.” Registration fees range from $45 to $80 depending on age, ability and membership with the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center. For more information about the skating lessons and other lessons offered by the recreation center, visit cottonwoodheights.com. l

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The Heart of Your Home ~ Via Feng Shui By Tina Falk | firehorsesixty6@gmail.com


hile the kitchen or family room may be where your family gathers to connect each day—the heart of your home, according to feng shui principles, is its geographical center. Ah, can you imagine hanging out with your spouse or children in what most people have in the center of their homes—a hallway, closet, stairwell, or bathroom?! That could be awkward. Feng shui allows us to understand our space and make adjustments that shift our perceptions to enhance our relationships, health, prosperity, careers, and purpose. Visualize the heart of your home as being the hub of a wheel. A place where all the spokes are supported and the wheel finds its balance. No matter what you find in the center, which could be any combination of the above, we do need to honor this space for the important role it plays. How do we do that? The first step just happened. Awareness. Yes, a shift this simple—becoming aware of the space around us and how we move through this space—makes a difference. The next step is to understand what the role of our unique “center” is. If the center of your home is a hallway, this transition space of a hall allows you to move about the home from one space to another. A closet allows you to store personal things for another time. Stairs represent the rise and fall of your relationships and surroundings. And the bathroom assists you in cleaning up and getting rid of waste. They each serve a purpose. They each play a role. The heart of the home represents health, balance, the heart within our bodies, relationships, our personal power, and our

ability to stay grounded and connected. Now more than ever, feeling “at home” has more meaning as the world around us can appear to be so chaotic and uncertain. We all deserve and long to feel safe, loved, and supported. Creating a safe haven where family members can reconnect is vital. When the heart of the home is out of balance, that wheel— our home base—can start to wobble, adding more stressors to our lives. Signs of a weak center include a dark hallway with too many pictures and décor hanging on the walls. This narrows the walkway and may actually suffocate the subtle energy bodies, including the lungs, heart, or throat of those who pass through it. An overly-stuffed or neglected closet can make us feel buried by the things we haven’t gotten to yet. The stairs and bathroom

drain our energy which can show up as fatigue, lack of interest, and poor follow through. All of these have potential to cause health issues, communication challenges, lack of feeling supported, and slow the ease and joy of life. Now the beauty in the practice of feng shui is that it allows us to interact with this physical structure in ways that improve the flow of energy and create more balance. We don’t have to move a stairwell to make a shift in the energy. We can interact with the structure to improve both the space and its effect on us. So, by applying feng shui principles, as I do in my private consultations, we have choices. We can uplift this energy by limiting décor in the hallway to one wall. Keep side doors open to allow natural light to enter. Dedicate some time to intentionally go through that closet and get your life organized! Place a lowlight plant, like 5 lucky bamboo, in your bathroom to uplift the energy that is so quick to be flushed down those drains. Be sure to keep it sanitary and repair any dripping faucets or running toilets as they drain your energy even more. And with those stairs, be sure they are clear, well lit and have a sturdy railing to support anyone who uses them. You may want to place a small mirror on the wall at the bottom of the stairs to push some of your energy back up the stairs to the main level. Each home and family is so beautifully unique. Each with their own blessings and challenges. If you would like to learn more about how to bring balance to the heart of YOUR home or to any space where you live or work, contact Tina Falk, at firehorsesixty6@gmail.com. You can also find more information and resources at www.fengshuivia.me. l


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Kids Experience Different Sports at Super Sport Summer Camp By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


Kids compete in a wheelbarrow race during Super Sport. —Warren Hallmark


ottonwood Heights kids are enjoying a variety of different sports thank to the Super Sports Summer Camps. Hosted by the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center, this is the second year the program has been at the recreation center, though the program has been available at several other facilities for several years. The camp is based on introducing different sports to kids in grades one through six. “They’ll take on a little bit of everything during the summer, including but not limited to soccer, basketball, flag football, baseball — with wiffle balls and plastic bat — kickball, dodgeball, tennis, pickleball and even some dancing and gymnastics and tumbling,” Warren Hallmark, the program manager at the Parks and Recreation Department of Cottonwood Heights, said. The camp runs from 10:45 a.m. to 2:24 p.m. and starts with one of the sports. The first- through third-graders do one activity while the fourth- through sixth-graders do another. Afterward, the two groups switch. After lunch, the campers end each day either swimming or ice skating. “Aside from either ice skating or swimming each day, the idea is that they don’t do the same ‘sporting’ activity within the same week,” Hallmark said. “The activities are set for the entire summer for parents’ reference, but may change due to weather or other extenuating circumstances.” This year, more sports have been added, as well as staff. The grouping of campers also changed to be more accommodating. “Last year the kids were separated into age groups, but we did all activities together,” Hallmark said. “This year we have them separated as much as we can help it due to several requests from parents, i.e., they didn’t want their younger kids getting pelted in dodgeball by the older kids or wanted to ensure that they would be with their friends or had the opportunity to make friends their age.” The idea for the camp came from the previous program manager, Heidi Summers. She came from a different facility

where the Super Sport camp was very successful. “She felt there was a need and created the opportunity based on her experience,” Hallmark said. Unlike other sports camps occurring during the summer, Super Sport doesn’t have a heavy focus on technique or practicing and those aspects are not actually planned as part of each sport. “Counselors are encouraged to just get the kids active and participating in the respective activity and instruction and/or coaching happens if necessary,” Hallmark said. The supervisors of the camp are typically college-aged adults and the rest of the staff are usually local high school students. “Although we utilize the assistance of ice-skating pros in the ice rink and lifeguards in the swimming pool, our counselors are responsible for the immediate supervision and care of all campers at all times during each day, during each activity,” Hallmark said. The camps cost $12 a day or $50 a week and run Monday through Friday. Hallmark said the money from enrollment goes right back into the programming department, specifically program costs, but also to help other youth programs such as tennis and flag football. Roughly 45 kids per day are accepted each day and, while some kids are repeats for several days, about 2,250 kids participate in the camps by the end of summer. Hallmark said the program has been generally successful. “As with any program, there are hiccups along the way but Super Sport regularly receives positive feedback,” Hallmark said. “Last summer we offered around 40 spots a day and it regularly maxed out. We actually increased the availability for this summer and it maxes out, or gets close to it all the same.” To learn more about Super Sport and other programs offered by the Cottonwood Heights Parks and Recreation Department, visit cottonwoodheights.com.. l

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Underneath the Uniform By Cassandra Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com



y new driver’s name was Jeff. He was bald, the wrinkles on the back of his neck falling past the ironed collar of his uniform. He had significantly more wrinkles than the previous officers. He seemed passive, his eyes barely looking over at me without his head turning. His car smelled strongly of coffee. I looked down to see a newly acquired 7-11 mug. The smell hit me in strong waves as we drove through the deserted streets. Jeff sat hunched in his seat. “I’m not much of a talker,” he said. I introduced myself and tried to ask him questions that would have answers that he could talk at length about, which was not an easy task. “I haven’t been with Cottonwood Heights very long,” he said. “I’m still getting adjusted.” As he was telling me about his transition phase, a familiar female voice crackled through the radio. I listened intently, eventually finding the words “potential shoplift” in the static. Jeff raced the Charger down to the shopping center where Target and Home Depot were located. Adrenaline pulsed through my veins as I felt my heart beat rapidly. We turned into the parking lot of Home Deport, following a Cottonwood Heights Police truck that had arrived seconds before us. The truck continued straight, heading toward the back of the building. Jeff turned left, toward the entrance of Home Depot. I began scanning the area for signs of human life. My eyes were peeled. I saw movement out of the corner of my eye. Jeff saw it too as he turned sharply and sped toward it. The man, running, waved us on and Jeff turned toward the direction of his wave. I was confused. As we drove toward the area where the police truck had continued straight, I began to see flashing red and blue lights bouncing off the walls, catching gleams of water from the melted snow. Jeff sped toward the back of the building. As we turned the corner, we saw two Cottonwood Heights police cars. “Stay here,” Jeff told me as he parked the car quickly. I did. I watched as he walked over to where the other officers were. I turned my head as one officer pulled up beside me. He leapt from his car. My eyes followed him as he ran toward the commotion. I noticed another police car arrive on the opposite side of the scene. I admired how these officers worked as a team. They didn’t need to communicate with each other to know where they were needed and how to help, instinctively knowing how

to handle situations this job acquired. They had an unconscious closeness. I continued to watch as they worked as a team, for I could not see the suspect yet. I thought about how closely connected they were and how that connection appeared within their actions. In any other profession, this teamwork, connection, closeness, concern for fellow coworkers would be admired. In this profession, the concern was frequently labeled as “harassment.” As I scanned over the officers, I noticed Gary and Damien standing in the middle of the circle of police officers. Jeff stood behind them, maintaining a circle around the suspect. The suspect? Was I witnessing a shoplifter being caught? I watched as the circle of officers swayed. I couldn’t see the suspect behind the flashing red lights and blue uniforms. I tried to strain my eyes and readjust my position to see some excitement, but it didn’t help. After I had patiently waited for what seemed far too long, Jeff walked over to the car, toward my door, and opened it. I looked at him, not moving and very confused — I was supposed to stay in the car. “She’s cuffed if you want to come out and watch,” he said, seeing no movement. I jumped out of the car, excitement taking hold of my body. “I’m going to leave my bag in the car, if that’s all right,” I said as I looked at Jeff. “I think it’ll be safe,” Jeff said with a nod and a smile. I followed him to the circle of police officers and stood behind him, next to Damien’s back driver seat. From here, I could see the suspect, cuffed, standing, bent over, with her head between her knees, next to the hood of Damien’s car. Really, I could only see the shiny handcuffs around her wrists. I could tell it was a woman, her nails chipped with paint, her wrists small and dainty. I began to feel bad for the woman. Around her, a circle of witnesses formed. Many Cottonwood Heights police officers, two Target security guards (one of which was the man who waved us on before) created this circle, and now there was me, a random girl, standing behind the officers. I tried to stay out of her sight because I didn’t know what her reaction would be if she saw me. I watched as her frail figure moved to stand up straight, turning around to watch Damien go through her purse. She was thin, very thin, wearing a leopard-print tank top, a turquoise shawl and jeans. Her brown hair was straight, falling past her shoulders. “I

don’t have drugs!” she screamed through tears when Damien found something suspicious in her purse. Later, Jeff would explain to me that specific facial features appear in heavy drug users, and it’s easy to identify a frequent drug user because of the acquired features. This woman had the facial features of a drug user, which is why they searched her purse. Fortunately for her, she was telling the truth. Damien didn’t find anything in her purse. An officer I hadn’t met yet walked over from across the circle, to Jeff. “Were you first on the scene?” he asked. “No,” Jeff said, “I think Damien was.” If I had just stayed with him a little while longer… “Will you get the report from Target?” he asked. “Sure,” Jeff answered. We continued to stand outside, as time seemed to be chilled by the night air. I had been shivering a few minutes after leaving the car, not prepared for a night as cold as this. I overheard bits and pieces of conversations from the officers, concerning who was going to do what — take her to jail, get the Target report, write up the required reports — they were getting things in order. I looked around, beginning to notice things I hadn’t seen minutes before. Two of the officers had flakes of snow on their boots. I tried to put the pieces of the puzzle together in my mind. Did they have to chase her into the snow? Through the break between the fences? Behind the car? “I have a son!” she cried when she finally understood the implications of the situation she was in. “He was taken away, but I did this for him! I need to be with my family! I can’t go to jail! I won’t be good in jail! I’ll do anything! Please!” Her pleas turned into one long continuous plea, echoing over the beige-bricked walls. When her tears became less frequent, she asked to smoke a cigarette. Damien pulled a pack and lighter out from her purse, pulled out a cigarette, held it out for her and attempted to light the cigarette when she was ready. The wind caught the fire, so he cupped his hand around the end of the cigarette and clicked the lighter again. This time, she was able to light her cigarette. She took a few puffs before she realized that she might not be able to take the cigarette out of her mouth and hold it between her fingers. She didn’t know what to do. A slight panic fell over

her as she asked a police officer standing next to her if she could grab the cigarette. The officer couldn’t understand her mumbled words while the cigarette was in her mouth so she ended up maneuvered her arms around awkwardly to try and reach the cigarette, which was a very flamingo-looking move. Through some body maneuvering, she was able to reach the end of the cigarette with the tips of her fingers. She ashed it quickly before returning it to her lips to continue smoking. The over-sized turquoise shawl she wore fell off one shoulder, but she didn’t seem to notice. An officer, whom I didn’t know the name of, walked over to her, picked up the edge of the shawl, and replaced it over her shoulder in an attempt to keep her warm in the cold. This happened continually; the action eventually became robotic. Jeff was watching all of this unfold next to me. “See? We can be nice,” he said, “depending on the suspect’s actions and attitude,” he said. He turned back around to me with a wink. “We like to be nice.” Damien led the woman to the back of his car as she continued to cry, “I can’t go to jail!” Jeff and I turned around to talk to the other officers before returning to the cruiser. “What jail is he taking her to? Salt Lake?” I asked “Yes,” Jeff said. “Cottonwood Heights doesn’t have its own jail, so we use Weber, Davis and Salt Lake.” The officers began to joke with each other, while Damien and Gary got everything they needed squared away. Somehow, I ended up in the middle of an awkward circle of officers, as they joked around with each other, taking shots whenever possible. From the middle of the circle, I was able to witness their family dynamic up close and personal. My fingers were frozen from the cold February air by the time we walked back toward Jeff’s cruiser. I sat down, finding my bag exactly where I had left it, as I watched the other officers begin to drive away, one by one. Jeff started his engine and drove slowly across the pavement toward a fellow police car. He rolled down his window. The officer matched the action, so they could chat. “This report is going to take me so long to write,” the officer laughed through gritted teeth. “Do I still need to grab that report from Target?” Jeff asked.

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“Oh! No, it’s fine,” he said. Jeff drove to the front of Target, where we sat for a moment before another call came through. Jeff responded to the call, a look of concern crossed his face, as he set back his walkie-talkie to his shoulder. “I guess I should tell them that I have an unarmed rider,” he said. I laughed nervously, but nodded. He grabbed the walkie-talkie, pulling it closer to his mouth, tilting his head slightly, to report the information. As he clicked his button and opened his mouth to speak, a different voice came through the radio. He relaxed his neck while the voice continued to talk. When the speech was over, Jeff pulled the walkie-talkie to his mouth again. As he did so, we heard another voice on the radio. Every time Jeff went to press the button on his walkie-talkie, a different voice would crackle on the radio. This went on for a few minutes, every time his face looking more disappointed than the last, and I ended up laughing so hard that my sides hurt. Eventually he was able to call in his identification number. The female voice acknowledged, “Go ahead.” “I have an unarmed ride-along,” he informed her. “10-4,” responded the female radio voice. We drove toward another fellow police car sitting in front of an abandoned shopping establishment. They rolled down their windows synchronously as we approached. “Do all of us need to go to that call?” Jeff asked, not wanting to risk putting a ride-along into a potentially dangerous situation. The officer was puzzled by this inquiry. “Didn’t you hear that last call?” Jeff asked. “No,” he laughed, “it’s all just white noise to me,” making motions with his hands, representing people blabbering to each other. Both officers laughed. While they continued the conversation, I noticed an Instant Message pop up on Jeff’s laptop. “What happened to her arms?” it read. I giggled. These officers knew how to find the humor in tough situations. We drove around the city afterward, deciding not to respond to the call. Jeff told me about his family, how proud he was of his children and the choices they had made. “Did you like working for AP&P?” I asked, after he told me where he had transferred from. “I like doing this more,” he said. “This is

my office,” he gestured around the inside of the car. “The trust this department has for its officers is outstanding,” he added. “You can show up for work, and do your job, without someone looking over your shoulder, checking up on you.” “I like being able to work with different people each day,” Jeff continued. “You work with the same cases all the time when you work for AP&P.” “It’s also nice to work with this department,” he went on, “because you don’t have to make a certain number of stops. You can make as many or as little stops as you want. If you are having a bad day and don’t want to deal with people, you don’t have to make any traffic stops. There’s no quota to fill.” As we talked, we drove from a deserted back road to a frequently used drive, back toward the main Boulevard. As we neared the police station, one last incoming call arrived through the speakers. “Man, ready to jump,” the radio female voice said. My heart jumped. Jeff raced over to the I-215 on-ramp, where the call had been reported. Once again, a police truck was just seconds before us. He turned right, toward the entrance of the on-ramp, and we kept going under the overpass before flipping a quick U-turn to inspect the underside of the ramp. We looked high above, closely searching for movement or a human-shaped shadow. A beam of light shined down from the highest area of concrete. I looked for the source of the light, and saw another officer standing near the highest point of the on-ramp, searching over the edge, the strong little light’s beam uninterrupted. We drove around to the other side of the overpass, searching the opposite side. Still, nothing. “Is he up there with you?” the question came from the radio, directed toward the officer with the flashlight. “Negative,” was his reply. Worry began to nip my side. “When do you begin to worry?” I asked. “I don’t worry,” Jeff told me. “It is likely that someone called it in wrong.” “Is it frequent for residents to call in incorrect information?” I asked. “Yes.” He hesitated. “It’s … good. It shows that they care about their city but sometimes we have to assess a situation based on wrongful information.” He told me a story to show what he meant.

One quiet Wednesday morning, an elderly couple called the Cottonwood Heights Police Department, worrying about a man rifling through the neighborhood trashes. When Jeff arrived on scene, he encountered a much different situation than previously described. There was a man and there were trashcans, but the man had biked miles up through the city, with the knowledge that this neighborhood was quite elderly and could use some extra help. Every trash day, he would arrive on the same street to take all the neighbors’ trash bins to the curb. “It’s all about perspective,” Jeff said. “People think they see things, and it’s usually not the case.” For the call concerning the jumper on I-215, he suspected that someone saw some teenagers playing around and misread the situation to be a potential suicide. We drove down Fort Union to check a different overpass, just in case the address was wrong. This was a dead end. By the time we had finished inspecting the additional overpass, it was past midnight. We drove back toward the police station so Jeff could drop me off to go home. As we approached, I felt sadness wash over me for the last time that night. I hesitantly stepped out of the car when he parked in the same spot I had found him in. I wanted more time to talk with these officers. “Thank you,” I said as I stepped out of the cruiser. “It was great to meet you.” I waved at him, as I realized I no longer saw his uniform, just the human being he was. I unlocked my car, opened the door, positioned myself into the driver seat, turned the key, put the car in reverse and began to back out, smiling to myself about how ironic it would have been if I backed into a police car, in their parking lot. I drove through the parking lot, waving to three officers that had walked out of the door to the station. I stopped at the driveway, turning on my blinker and waiting for a car to pass. As I drove onto the pavement of 1300 East, I left the inside world of police officers. I was back on the outside, back to being just another driver who could be pulled over and ticketed on my way home. Back to seeing the paint on the outside of the police vehicles, not seeing the black interior of the car and the incoming calls on a laptop screen. I had learned a lot about being on the inside of the police world that night, but despite the knowledge I gained, I would always be on the outside. l

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Budget Breakdown By Cassandra Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


he Cottonwood Heights City Council arrived at city hall for a Budget Retreat meeting on February 16th. When the meeting concluded, the council had a tentative plan for the Cottonwood Heights Fiscal Year July 2016- July 2017 Annual Budget, which included outlining budget priorities. The council’s highest budget priorities for this year are: successful city hall completion, fund roads at a level to maintain or increase PCI conditions, evaluation of public works alternatives, evaluate and consider budget savings and competitive employee compensation. There are three major changes to the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Budget from the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Budget. One expenditure that 2016-2017 has that prior years have not encountered is an extra pay period for city staff workers which will cost the city $231,000. Within the last year, the Cottonwood Heights Police Department (CHPD) has evaluated different options for body cameras. With their final decision on product, along with push from new state legislation, the CHPD will begin wearing cameras this year. This will cost around $82,000. The last noteworthy change for this year’s budget is the new in-house public works department. The city will borrow $3,100,000 in order to purchase new equipment for this department. Other expenditures will be paid from money that would have gone towards TerraCare’s contract.

The many different departments within the city create expenditure costs. General Government is estimated to cost $796,411. Administrative Offices which includes finance, attorney fees and elections is budgeted at $1,472,077. Public Safety which includes Police, Fire and ordinance enforcement is budgeted at $9,701,796. Highways and public improvements are budgeted at $2,834,484. Community and Economic Development which includes planning and engineering is estimated to cost $1,157, 283. The remaining expenditures for the budget is for principal and interest payments for debt services which are budgeted for $1,779,308. Capitol Projects create additional expenditures from the Fund Balance. These projects include police vehicles which are estimated to cost $1,340,000; Municipal Center construction for the new city hall is currently budgeted at $2,500,000; the new public works site is estimated to cost $1,000,000; new pickleball courts at the Recreation Center are estimated to cost $30,000; Mountview Park Improvements are budgeted at $60,000; and resurfacing Creek Road is estimated to cost $335,000. To balance the expenditures, revenue for Cottonwood Heights comes from many different sources. Taxes are estimated to cumulatively generate revenue of $15,442,385. This comes from Property Tax, Sales Tax, Energy Sales Tax, Road Tax, E911 Emergency Telephone Fees and multiple Franchise taxes. The above estimation is based on a Sales Tax increase of 3%, Energy Sales Tax increase of 22.5% and a property tax increase of 1.41%. Licenses and Permits; such as businesses, equipment,


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Historic Buildings Identified within Cottonwood Heights Boundaries By Cassandra Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


esults from the Cottonwood Heights Historic Buildings Survey were presented by Koral Broschinsky during the Cottonwood Heights City Council Work Session Meeting on June 14 at 6p.m. Broschinsky began by explaining the Reconnaissance Level Survey within the city boundaries of Cottonwood Heights. “The first step in identifying and evaluating the historic buildings is to have an inventory of historic buildings,” Broschinsky explained. Within her survey, the focus was on buildings within the city that were standing after 1953, which she used as her cut off year. From those requirements, she found 231 resources. From those resources, she found that 34 had been demolished. Many of which were recent, including five homes that were taken out for the new Municipal Center construction. To provide additional context, Broschinsky “developed some historic contextual periods.” The Fort and Canyon Settlement period was from 1848 to 1872. The Mining Industry and Home period was from 1873 to 1895. During this time, there were many roads being built. The Farms, Homesteads and Orchards period was from 1896 to 1929. The Depression to Post War Growth period was from 1930 to 1952. Many smaller homes were built during this time because more people were traveling into Cottonwood Heights, most on transportation corridors. Subdivision Development and Growth was between 1953 and 1982. Subdivisions, interstate freeways and commercial homes were built during this time. The Luxury Homes period began in 1983 and is present. The homes being built presently

within the community are quite large. Within residential areas of the city, Broschinsky recorded the materials that were used for the buildings. She found that 34% of the material used was brick and 31% used veneers. Others used log, stone and adobe. “Some of the buildings had more than one primary material,” she explained. There have been preservation efforts within the Cottonwood Heights community. Specifically towards the Granite Paper Mill located at 6900 Big Cottonwood Canyon Road, the Alvin and Annie Green House located on Danish Road and Granite Hydroelectric Power Plant in Big Cottonwood Canyon. Cottonwood Heights also has some distinctive historic neighborhoods including Butlerville and Danishtown. Broschinsky identified 35 properties that had eligibility for individual National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) nomination through the National Park Service. She recommends putting these buildings on the national registry. “People think it puts restrictions on their properties. That is a misunderstanding that has come up because a lot of communities provide local landmark ordinances. National register does not protect properties from demolition,” Broschinsky explained. However, “local ordinances is where you can provide some protection if you wish it,” Broschinsky explained to the Cottonwood Heights City Council. The NRHP database could help to provide the properties with addresses, construction dates, materials, architectural styles, types, plans, historic names, comments, evaluations and historic

names. It could also help provide more intensive research on specific buildings for walking tours, plaques and plans. It would provide context for buildings that might want to list but are not outstanding historical examples. Another recommendation is to include more survey objectives for further research at intensive levels. “This research would be beneficial to help with preservation planning and educational tools such as walking tours and school programs,” Broschinsky said. She also recommends further reconnaissance survey work to look at buildings before 1953, which could make the survey more useful. “The city recognizes that its historic heritage is among its most unique irreplaceable and important assets,” which is a reason for Cottonwood Heights to have a Historic Committee, which works closely with Broschinsky. Many of the Committee’s members were present for her presentation to the council. “What would the Historic Committee like to do?” Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore asked members after hearing Broschinsky’s recommendations. “We think we should go through at least one more round of surveys and extend to 1970 or so to give a little room to grow. We would like to identify a few buildings for an intensive level survey,” members said. “Intensive level information is needed for stories.” “If you can build a story, you get a lot more people interested,” Cullimore agreed. The Historic Committee plans to apply for federal grants for aide to complete more intensive level surveys. l



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Carl’s Café City between the canyons

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ottonwood Heights will host its first restaurant tour from Aug. 20-31. The “Bites in the Heights” event encourages residents and visitors to choose from a variety of dining options, and challenges them to try something new. Visit these participating restaurants during the event and order off the menu or ask for the Bites in the Heights $5/$10 lunch or $15/$20 dinner special. Share photos of your restaurant visit on Instagram/ Twitter with #CHFoodie for a chance to win gift cards every day! Visit all restaurants during the event, bring receipts to city hall and be entered to win $100 in gift cards. Go to CHBusiness.org for more info.

2336 E. Fort Union Blvd 801-943-5138

If you’re looking for a small town diner with out-of-this-world menu items, be sure to visit Carl’s Café in Cottonwood Heights. Regulars rave about the fluffy scones and pancakes, and the breakfast potatoes. For lunch, you can choose from a selection of burgers, cold or grilled sandwiches, and tasty salads. It’s a great place to stop before or after a fun day in the canyons. Be forewarned, this restaurant is a CASH ONLY location.

Sinclair Dino Mart Deli 2995 E. Fort Union Blvd 801-518-9989

Located inside the Sinclair Gas station on Fort Union Blvd., the Sinclair Dino Mart Deli is a hidden treasure. This mom-and-pop sandwich shop offers great sandwiches with a wide range of meats and toppings. If you enjoy discovering out-of-the-way and unexpected food options, this deli should be on your list.

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1891 E. Fort Union Blvd 801-942-1333

Cancun Cafe on Fort Union has been open since 1999, offering scrumptious and authentic Mexican food in a relaxed atmosphere. The restaurant also has a delicious variety of drinks and wonderful specialties include chile verde burritos, chile relleno, and carnitas. Cancun Café is open Monday through Saturday, and provides affordable catering for all types of events.

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If you’re in the mood for authentic Chinese food, Dragon Isle is the place to go in Cottonwood Heights. If you’re a fan of Sweet and Sour Chicken, Lo mein, Orange Chicken or sweet and sour soup, you should give Dragon Isle a try. Regular customers say this is some of the best Chinese food in the valley.

Market Street Grill 2985 E. Cottonwood Parkway 801-942-8860

Market Street Grill has been rated as Utah’s most popular seafood concept, providing exceptional service and award-winning menu selections of fresh seafood from the world’s oceans. The menu also offers delicious non-seafood items, including fresh salads and prime steaks. Located in the shadow of the Wasatch Mountains adjacent to Cottonwood Creek, the Cottonwood Heights location is housed in a magnificent, two-story Cape Cod structure. Exceptional patio seating is available, weather permitting. Indoor private dining is also available. The lobby houses the fresh fish market and offers delicious desserts and Market Street’s famous clam chowder.

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Johnniebeefs 6913 S. 1300 East 801-352-0372

Johnniebeefs is a fast-casual family restaurant that focuses on Chicago style comfort food, in a warm friendly environment. Locally owned and operated, Johnniebeefs has been in business in the Salt Lake Valley since 2007, and moved to Cottonwood Heights in October 2013. All of the premium beef hot dogs, Italian Beef, poppy seed buns, and French rolls are brought in from Chicago and prepared fresh daily. Owner John Carrsquilla grew up in Chicago and loves all things CHICAGO!

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At the Cottonwood Heights Café, diners can choose from a wide selection of tasty fare like sandwiches, burgers and gyros, along with the fantastic breakfast menu that is served all day. Kids especially love the train engine in front of the restaurant that has become a landmark in the city. Favorite menu items include blueberry pancakes, the ham and Swiss omelet, the gyro and fries, and the garlic mushroom bacon cheeseburger. With friendly service, this local favorite will soon be on your regular dining rotation.

This unique deli is more than just a place for lunch or breakfast. It’s one of the finest delis in the valley offering gourmet sandwiches, delicious breakfast items, locally-roasted coffee and tempting European candies. Owner Enes Huskic immigrated to America from Bosnia in 1996 and opened his first Toasters location in downtown Salt Lake. His signature sandwiches soon gained popularity and his business has taken off. Favorites include the Spicy Buffalo Chicken sandwich, Capocolla & Salami sandwich, Mediterranean wrap and the Wild Alaskan Salmon salad.


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Public Works in Transition By Cassandra Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


fter two years of contracting public work services to TerraCare, the Cottonwood Heights City Council made the decision to bring public works in-house. This winter will be the first year that the city tackles snowplowing alone. In preparation, city workers have been busily working through the transition. City Council and staff have been realizing that transitioning an entire public works department in-house is not an easy task. Many different steps have to be taken and accounted for. The goal is to have the transition completed and the new public works department fully operational by the last week of October. Despite the magnitude of this project, Cottonwood Heights is confident that the department will be ready before the first snowfall. TerraCare discontinued their full service on July 1. However, TerraCare employees will still be seen working within the city, on a limited basis for work orders. A negotiation plan and in-house development for the transition with TerraCare has been completed. Progress for closing out the contract has been made and the deadline is set for October 28. TerraCare has agreed to aide Cottonwood Heights with the

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transition and “have been a tremendous partner,” Assistant City Manager Bryce Haderlie, said. Residents of Cottonwood Heights may have seen one of the new public work trucks around the city during Public Works Week. This truck is the first addition to the fleet. All the needed equipment has already been identified and a schedule for when each of the new items should be within city boundaries has been set. Many of the new vehicles will be rented, leased or put on a month to month contract. This new fleet will include a street sweeper, three Ford F-550 trucks, three 10-wheeler dump trucks, three bobtail trucks and four 4x4 bobtail trucks. To store all of this equipment, the city has purchased a new public works yard. “The biggest concern is trying to get the site prepared,” Public Works Director Matt Shipps, said. Staff is currently looking at building options for the new site. This can be quite challenging because the site is shared with the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT). The city would like to have a salt storage building, a temporary office and two temporary bays on site for this winter. Progress has been made for ordering a temporary office, which should be set by August 1st. In addition, shop and salt storage construction is in progress and has been scheduled for completion by October 28. The new department requires new personnel. City staff has been hard at work creating a list of required positions and job

descriptions. A new public works director was hired on June 17. By the middle of August, the new public works department should be fully staffed. The new hires along with additional city employees will be required to have their CDL licenses by August 19. New policies and procedures for the department will be finalized in August as well. New snowplow driver jobs will require more extensive training. Haderlie is working to make sure new drivers don’t experience many hiccups. Inside every truck, there will be a new routing system with GPS tracking, along with a detailed book so the drivers know where to start on their route and how to handle specific difficulties. The new routing systems should be completed by September 23. Cottonwood Heights is excited to have Danny Martinez on hire for this transition. Martinez previously worked for Salt Lake County where he specifically focused on snowplowing for the difficult roads of Cottonwood Heights. “Danny has done incredible job at assigning equipment in the zones and laying out those areas,” Haderlie said. With the winter season soon approaching, the Cottonwood Heights City Council is confident that the new department and equipment will provide more efficient snowplowing services for the residents. l

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Pickle This: Outdoor Pickleball Courts a Smashing Success By Sarah Almond

August 2016 | Page 15

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Since the installation of Cottonwood Heights’ outdoor pickleball courts in the spring, dozens of residents from around the area having been filling the courts every morning to learn and practice the timeless sport. Here, four players compete while others wait to sub in.


n March 2016, the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center added another amenity to its register: four outdoor pickleball courts. “Since we’ve gotten the outdoor courts, there’s been a lot of new people coming to try it out,” Pat Schaefer said, who’s been playing pickleball since the Cottonwood Heights Rec Center established several indoor courts nearly three years ago. The oddly named game started in the summer of 1965 in Bainbridge Island, WA, when three fathers created a mini tennis-like sport that everyone in their family could enjoy. From young children to aging grandparents, the sport provided the families with a fun, all-inclusive competition. Pickles, the family dog, would chase after the ball and hide in the bushes. The children began calling the made-up game Pickle’s ball, which was later shortened to the namesake pickleball. Today there are over 2,000 official pickleball courts located around the country, and nearly 20 of these are scattered around Salt Lake County alone. “Pickleball is probably the fastest growing sport in the United States and especially here in Utah,” city council member Mike Peterson said. Before retiring from a decade-long career as the director of Cottonwood Heights Parks and Recreation Service Area in spring 2016, Peterson approached Cottonwood Heights Service Area, Salt Lake County, and the city of Cottonwood Heights with a proposal to build four outdoor pickleball courts. All entities jumped at the opportunity to help fund the initiative.

“We started pickleball indoors about three years ago and it just went crazy,” Peterson said. “We started with one court, grew to two, and then three and even then it was filling up so fast with people waiting for a turn to play.” The outdoor courts, located on the southeast corner of the rec center, are open daily from 5 a.m. to dusk and are typically in use at all times. While several young residents make use of the courts, the new amenity is favored by Cottonwood Heights’ senior community. “Golf and tennis — those are lifetime sports, and we needed another lifetime sport for the baby boomers,” Peterson said. “People like myself who have played tennis their whole life find it getting more and more difficult with age, but pickleball is something I can do without being overly aggressive and still get a great workout.” Peterson, along with dozens of other senior residents, takes to the courts several times a week to exercise his skills and socialize with what’s growing to be an impressive group of lively, passionate pickleball enthusiasts. “We have a great group — just a fabulous group,” Fran Jensen, a frequent player on the Cottonwood courts, said. “We have a group of people who play for the fun of it, and others who play for the exercise. It’s not really competitive, just a fun group.” With the overwhelming support and participation in the sport, Peterson and fellow pickleball connoisseurs expect nothing but a bright future for the nation’s fastest growing sport and Cottonwood Heights’ latest trend. l

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– Double bounce rule: Following the serve, each side must make at least one ground-stroke, prior to volleying the ball (hitting it before it has bounced). – Non-volley zone: A player cannot volley a ball while standing within the non-volley zone.

RULES – The ball is served diagonally to the opponent’s service court underhanded without bouncing it off the court. – Points are scored by the serving side only and occur when the opponent faults (fails to return the ball, hits ball out of bounds, etc.). The server continues to serve, alternating service courts, until the serving side faults. The first side to score 11 points, leading by at least a two-point margin, wins. If both sides are tied, then play continues until one side wins by two points.

SCORING – Points are scored only by the serving team. – Games are normally played to 11 points, win by two. – Tournament games may be to 15 or 21, win by two. – When the serving team’s score is even (0, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10) the player who was the first server in the game for that team will be in the right-side court when serving or receiving; when odd (1, 3, 5, 7, 9) that player will be in the left-side court when serving or receiving.

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Mighty, Mighty CHAT: Cottonwood Heights Aquatic Team Finds Strength in Numbers By Sarah Almond


t 5:30 a.m. on any given day, the outdoor long-course pool at the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center is smooth as glass. The second the clock strikes 6 a.m., however, the kicks and strokes of Cottonwood Heights Aquatic Team’s (CHAT) 170 swimmers churn these once-calm waters into choppy froth. “We’ve got a great group again this year, but we don’t really have room to grow anymore,” Etherington said. “We use all of the pool time that we have.” The team’s senior group trains 6–8 a.m. every Monday through Saturday and 4–6 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Swimmers at the age-group level swim 8–10 a.m. Monday through Friday and do dryland workouts after every practice. “We’re used to be pretty dominant with the older kids,” Etherington said. “But I’ve noticed that starting to change, so we’re pulling in quite a few younger kids.” Etherington and three assistant coaches oversee the sizable group, each taking time to work individually with every level. “We have the otters, which is our 10-and-under group; then we have the tiger sharks, which is the 11-to-13-year-old group; we have a junior team, which is 12-, 13- 14-year-olds; and then we have our senior group,” Etherington said. Unlike the team’s winter season or common high school teams where goals are very group oriented, Etherington uses the summer season to focus on swimmers’ individual goals. “A lot of us have broken personal records this summer,” 15-year-old Alex Harries said. While Etherington has been pleased with the group’s efforts and improvements this summer, he’s got high hopes for the

Members of CHAT’s Senior Group cool-down after an intense morning practice. Twelve swimmers from this group have qualified for USA Swimming’s Zone Championship in Fresno, CA on August 2.

remainder of CHAT’s season. “We’ve had a lot of great swimming so far,” Etherington said. “But hopefully the highlights are still to come.” Several of CHAT’s senior swimmers trained all summer to prepare for the Utah Swimming Long-Course Championships held the third weekend in July. “We had 38 kids who qualified for the state championships, and then I’m taking 12 swimmers to zones,” Etherington said. Hosted by USA Swimming, the Zone Championship features top regional swimmers at both the senior and age-group levels who qualify for meets within four designated zones: eastern,

central, southern and western. Etherington says he thinks that 2016 being an Olympic year and the recent broadcasting of the Olympic Trials has definitely kept CHAT swimmers excited and enthusiastic about finishing the long summer season on a high note. “Jumping in the pool in the morning is the worst part about swimming,” 15-year-old Quentin Tyler said. “It’s mentally challenging. You’re all comfy in your pajamas and then you have to get in your suit and jump into ice-cold water.” While Quentin’s fellow swimmers laugh in agreement, they also admit that this challenge is a small price to pay for getting to train with friends all summer. “Getting to hang out together is definitely a highlight, because not all of us go to the same high school so we don’t get to see each other,” Alex said, when referring to her teammates in silver group. “So when CHAT season comes around in the summer we all get to see each other again.” Alex is not alone in her love of CHAT’s social aspect. “It’s like a big family reunion,” 16-year-old Chase Miyagishima, also a zones qualifier, said. “And even though we are like a big loving family, we still push each other and encourage each other to be better.” Etherington and the 12 qualifying CHAT swimmers will compete at the Zone Championship in Fresno, CA on August 2. The team’s winter season begins Monday, August 29. Children interested in joining the team are encouraged to attend tryouts at the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center indoor pool on Friday, August 26 at 4 p.m. l

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Bengal Water Polo Team Treads Toward Another Hopeful Championship Season By Sarah Almond


or many players on the Bengal Water Polo Team, there is no such thing as an “off season.” With the official high school season ending the first of June and Fall League beginning in mid-August, summer provides the perfect opportunity for players to practice skills, condition hard, and stay in shape. “These kids are really dedicated,” said Ashley Wilcox, head coach for the team’s summer league.. “I think they understand the importance of staying in the water and staying conditioned and in shape. Once you’re out of shape it’s hard to get back in.”

Though the Bengal team trains as a coed group, girls and boys compete separately during Fall League and high school season. Weekly scrimmages against each other during the summer, however, helps the team members stay conditioned and in shape for the approaching season.

Wilcox, who has been coaching water polo for two years, was hired to coach the Bengals in January 2016. “It’s important that the players stay in the water and stay conditioned,” Wilcox said. While swimming is the group’s primary form of conditioning, they also focus on several different drills to practice and improve ball handling and shooting skills. “Water polo takes a lot more than just swimming,” Wilcox said. “You’re swimming; you’re having to handle the ball; you have to know the strategies; you’re treading water against someone else; there’s a lot of physical contact and you have to be prepared to be aggressive.” It’s facets like this that make water polo appealing to players like 16-year-old Olivia Huntzinger, who has been playing the sport for over nine years.

“For me, water polo is a lot more exciting than swimming,” Huntzinger said. “I love having to come up with a strategy. You have to use teamwork too, which I love. I like to know that my team has my back and it’s not all on me. It’s just so much fun.” The Bengals practice three times a week during the summer on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, putting in more than six hours of conditioning a week. Once fall league begins the second week of August, players on the Bengals team will more than double their training by practicing nearly 15 hours each week. “Summer is a blast because we still need to focus, but it’s not quite as intense,” Huntzinger said. “We can play music and we scrimmage against each other a lot in the summer which is awesome; it’s always fun to play against your teammates.” During the summer training season, the Bengals focus primarily on perfecting skills and staying in shape. However, when the fall league begins in the second week of August, the team will use their training every Saturday during games and tournaments held at Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center. “In the summer we don’t have games, so it’s really fun when fall and high school season comes because games are the best part of water polo, in my opinion,” Huntzinger said. “I’m excited for the whole team to come back so we can start working for high school season because we all want to win State again.” While an average of 15 players commit to training during the summer and year-round, the Bengal team typically has between 30 and 40 girls and boys that make up the official group. “The summer can be pretty hard just because a ton of families are on vacation and we have some girls who are away doing the Junior Olympics,” Wilcox said. “But when we have everyone here we are a really strong team.” The Bengals girl’s team won the State Championship in Spring 2016 and the boy’s team has owned the same title for the past two years. “Everyone works really hard,” Huntzinger said while talking about what factors have contributed in making the team State Champions. “Ashley became one of our coaches this past year and that has also been helpful. And we really put our all into each game.” The Fall League begins August 15 and runs through the end of October. Children in grades third through twelfth who are interested in joining the Bengals Water Polo Team are encouraged to register at the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center at 7500 South 2700 East Cottonwood Heights, Utah 84121. l

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SLCO’s Export Economy


ne of the most important functions of Salt Lake County Government is supporting a good environment for job growth and free enterprise. Salt Lake County drives much of the Utah economy, and a big part of that is based on our business exports. We have a Salt Lake County Regional Export Plan, which outlines the impact the county has on Utah’s export economy, as well as a path forward for continued growth. There are a few things from this plan that I believe are valuable for residents to know. Exporting means that a Utah business sells products or services outside the country. It is important for a healthy economy because it opens up products to additional markets, essentially growing the demand for what we produce locally. It also helps a regional economy expand and diversify. Businesses that export goods and services tend to have higher wages and higher worker productivity. You may not know that businesses in our Salt Lake County export to places like Canada, Mexico, China, Australia, Japan, Germany, and Korea. Salt Lake County accounted for $10.24 billion, nearly half of the Utah’s $21.6 billion in exports in 2014. Still, some businesses may be reluctant to explore exporting.

We want to help small businesses understand all the options available to them to grow their business, and create more, highpaying jobs for county residents. The county export plan includes a few steps to educate, then assist local employers as they explore exporting as a viable option

It is important for a healthy economy because it opens up products to additional markets, essentially growing the demand for what we produce locally. It also helps a regional economy expand and diversify. for their business. The first step is awareness. Any businesses that might be interested can contact our Office of Regional Development to learn about the opportunities for exporting, and how to go about actually doing it. The county’s goal is to help small and medium businesses,

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Holladay Farmers Market Still Strong After Six Years By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

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or the past six years, residents of Holladay and the surrounded area have enjoyed spending their summer Saturdays perusing the wares at the Holladay Farmers Market. Held from June 4 to Oct. 29 at the Holladay Village Plaza at 2300 E. Murray Holladay Road, the goal of the market is to capture all of the seasons of farming in Utah. “From early greens in June to corn in July, tomatoes in August, peaches in September, and lots of pumpkins in October,” Maryann Alston said, who is one of the managers of the Wasatch Front Farmers Market, a collection of farmers markets around the county including the Holladay Farmers Market. Alston said the Wasatch Farmers Market was approached by Holladay City to start a small farm and food-focused market on their new village plaza. “The goal of both Holladay City and the Wasatch Front Farmers Market was to create a weekly community gathering place highlighting local farmers and food artisans,” Alston said. The Holladay Farmers Market hosts approximately 40 to 50 local farmers and food artisans each week with anywhere between 500 to 1,000 in attendance. Along with the market, a local musician also performs at the market from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each market day. “The market boasts lots of fresh produce, lamb, farm-fresh eggs, jam, salsa, barbecue

sauce, hot sauces, spices, fresh Alaskan fish, grass-fed beef, baked goods and pies,” Alston said. “We also have a petting zoo sponsored by the Farm at Gardner Village.” Since the Wasatch Farmers Market for the past six years, the markets have been able to develop a significant vendor pool. “However, we do have a few newcomers to the local food scene: Nova Granola, Olsen Lamb and Wool, Brownie Brothers and Dira’s Sauce,” Alston said. “We are still looking for more farmers and unique food artisans. We welcome home gardeners to the market, as well. All farmers and gardeners can attend our markets for free.” When it comes to the Holladay Farmers Market, one of the more unique aspects of the market is the fun location. “We are centered between dozens of other small, locally owned businesses. You get a one-of-a-kind shopping experience at this market. Drink a cup of coffee at 3 Cups Coffee, shop at the farmers market and cap off the day with lunch at one of the unique food establishments on the plaza,” Alston said. “And, last but not least, the Farm at Gardner Village brings their ponies and farm animals for the public to visit at the market.” To learn more about the Holladay Farmers Market and the other famers markets managed by the Wasatch Front Farmers Market, visit http://www.wasatchfrontfarmersmarket.org. l

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Three Reasons You Need Killer Amenities in Student Housing


ere your college years the best years of your life? If you said “yes,” then you’re among the millions of adults who reminisce about their college days and the social activities and opportunities that shaped their adult lives. But many of our children spend their free time in front of screens instead of socializing with each other, stunting their social development and making them vulnerable to dangerous media. You can help your students develop community identity, create strong social networks, and combat the harmful effects of problematic media by helping your child choose student housing with amazing amenities. Develop community identity ​Students living in a student housing complex can develop a strong community identity and support system. A 2006 study found that residents in a community need access to a local social network in order to create an identity and build a sense of belonging in a new place. The Factory, for example, is premier housing in Logan, Utah, that not only provides space for fun (we’re talking bowling alley, double decker hot tub, state of the art fitness center, etc.), but also provides and facilitates social activities to encourage social interaction. All of these factors contribute to the homelike feel and community identity that The Factory provides. It’s not just some place to come back to after class. Create strong social networks The perks of belonging to a strong social network are far-reaching. Amenities specifically support physical and mental well-being, positive lifestyles, and overall good health. Some recent events

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Cottonwood Heights August 2016  

Vol. 13 Iss. 08

Cottonwood Heights August 2016  

Vol. 13 Iss. 08