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Cottonwood Heights City Hall Construction Update By Cassandra Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

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Cottonwood Heights Honors Volunteers During Volunteer Appreciation Dinner By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com



ottonwood Heights employees, government officials and residents recently honored various volunteers during a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner. Held at Market Street Grill, the eight volunteers were praised for their hard work and dedication to the city. “We would not be able to accomplish the things we do without the help of our volunteers,” Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore said during his opening address. “We realize every volunteer puts in a lot of time and deserves recognition.” After recognizing all the different branches of the city government, such as the arts council, historic committee and the planning commission, members of the city council took turns honoring the volunteers and presenting the awards. Councilmember Mike Shelton began with honoring Rebecca Kitchen for excellence in cultural arts. Kitchen has been on the arts council since its inception 2009. “[Kitchen] has always been dedicated to fulfilling her duties on the arts council. She leads and interacts with others in such a kind and friendly manner and has made many friends along the way,” Shelton said. “Clearly her talents have blessed the lives of many.” Shelton also honored Carlos Cardon for excellence in emergency preparedness. Cardon is a member of the emergency planning division in the city and leads a group of amateur radio volunteers and helps coordinates those volunteers during events such as Butlerville Days and the marathon. “We are fortunate to have Carlos in our community,” Shelton said. “Thanks to him, we are safer, better prepared and the envy of many cities in the valley when it comes to emergency communication.” Councilmember Scott Bracken presented next with two awards for individuals who had helped make Butlerville Days a success. Tom Eatchel was the first to be recognized with the Butlerville Days Outstanding Volunteer award. Bracken explained in the first year of Butlerville Days, the city was in need of logistical and technical support, specifically someone who could provide electrical power vendors and other groups. “[Eatchel] quickly volunteered to help Cottonwood Heights even though he isn’t one of our residents,” Bracken said. “[Eatchel] has spent hundreds of volunteer hours over the last 11 years helping out in numerous capacities, but most notably in facilitating our need for electricity.” Bracken also honored Craig Taft with the Butlerville Days


Outstanding Volunteer award. Bracken explained in 2011, the Canyon School District started construction of Butler Middle School. Because of the remodeling project, the electrical issues at the park next to the middle school had become obsolete. During the next three years, Taft was able to meet all of the electrical needs of Butlerville Days, and in 2014, he designed and built a permanent power station and electrical infrastructure. “Butlerville Days may have been cancelled without Craig’s knowledge, skills, hard work and dedication,” Bracken said. Councilmember Michael Peterson presented next with the community history award to Tom Shimizu, who was unable to attend the event. Shimizu has been the chair of the historic committee for the past four years. “His steady direction and influence during this period is shown in numerous exciting accomplishments,” Peterson said. These accomplishments include installing historic markers along the Cottonwood Heights Trail and throughout the city and most recently, hired a historian to research and write the history of the city. Peterson also recognized Jamie Jackson for volunteer excellence as the Butlerville Days chair. “[Jackson’s] talents, along with her focus on not only the present but the future, has made it a tremendous success,” Peterson said.




Chad Liljenquist, Carlos Cardon, Rebecca Kitchen, Jamie Jackson, Tom Eatchel and Craig Taft all received volunteer awards from Cottonwood Heights.

Peterson explained over the past few years, Jackson has implemented new additions to Butlerville Days including a 5K race, a country music main stage act, food trucks, movie in the park and a carnival. Councilmember Tee Tyler honored James Jones with the community development award. Jones, who is a member of the planning commission, was unable to attend the event. Tyler deferred his remarks to Paxton Guymon, the chairman of the planning commission. “One thing that stands out about James Jones -- he truly cares. He cares about what the citizens are afraid of, and he goes out of his way to make sure we always remember what the existing residents want,” Paxton said. “It’s a real tribute to [Jones]. He’s really deserving of this award.” The last award was given to the Liljenquist family and was presented by Cullimore. Chad Liljenquist received the award on behalf of his family. The Liljenquist family received the community partner award for their continued development of specific areas of Cottonwood Heights into retail property that have provided an ample tax base for the city. “Because of the Liljenquist dedication to making Cottonwood Heights a destination center, the city has experienced a renewed interest from across the Salt Lake Valley who are traveling to Cottonwood Heights to shop, eat and visit,” Cullimore said. l

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Department Goals and Recommendations for Cottonwood Heights City Council By Cassandra Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

Community and Economic Development Department discusses goals and recommendations with the council.


ith Fiscal Year 2017 fast approaching, weekly city council meetings have been jam-packed with much budgeting conversation. Department presentations involving financial goals and yearly initiatives were given in weeks prior to Feb. 16, which was the Cottonwood Heights City Council budget retreat, where the council took the recommendations presented below by the departments into consideration. Community and Economic Developer Director Brian Berndt presented goals for his department on Feb. 2. Within the last year, the department has been involved with the creation of the Cottonwood Heights Business Association (CHBA), which is now comprised of over 120 businesses that reside in Cottonwood Heights. The department is working toward getting every business in the city involved with the association, especially those with target industries. Last year, the department released a Cottonwood Heights Magazine, which had a broad base of interest. If the council wishes to produce the magazine again this year, it may cost approximately $12,000. New department software would serve beneficial for the employees with price tags ranging from $250 to $9,000. Another initiative the department proposed for funding within this year is the Neighborhood Improvement Program, which would cost between $15,000 and $25,000. The program would consist of distributing a neighborhood resource guide to the homeowners of the city, aiding in applying for grants involving neighborhood improvements, facades, vacant lot clean-up, planning and problem solving. The department plans on identifying and applying for grants that would aide in funding some of their projects. Other areas of focus for the Community and Economic Development Department this year include work products, food

Police Department discusses its goals and recommendations for Fiscal Year 2017.

ramps within the city, 279 are not compliant to code for slope or detection functions for the disabled. Repairing one ramp for code specifications would cost between $2,000 and $2,500. For each ramp to be repaired, it would add up to approximately $1 million of improvements for accessibility. Out of 2,204 street signs within the city, more than 300 need to be fixed for retroreflectivity. Public Works would like to reduce the amount of debris in the streets, especially in fall, but Cottonwood Heights shares street sweeping services with three other cities, including Sandy and Murray. They are investigating other avenues for street sweeping. Before the city was incorporated, Salt Lake County maintained the infrastructure for the Cottonwood Heights area. Allen said that the county did not adequately keep up on the maintaince, leaving the city drowning in improvements. Currently, there are approximately 31,000 feet of storm drains in the city that has been cleared, but there are some blockages that need immediate attention. Asphalt for the roads of Cottonwood Heights was discussed through the Pavement Code Index (PCI). A road recently paved, such as Bengal Boulevard, is considered being 100 PCI. In order to get every road in the city up to 100 PCI, it would cost approximately $80 million. To get every road in the city up to 80 PCI, it would cost $8.4 million. While Public Works is aware that these ideals are unattainable, the information was presented as a reference for the city council. Goals for the public works department this year include determining where asphalt needs to be repaved, right of way maintaince, risk management, overall safety for the city, repairing trip hazards and focusing on emergency preparedness. Long-term goals for the public works department include maintaince of parks and trails, road maintenance, becoming more self-providing, repairing storm drains,

vendor licenses, solicitor’s license, branding campaigns and their very own economic webpage. Chief of Police Robby Russo presented budget recommendations and yearly goals for the police department on Feb. 2. Within the next year, the police department aims to recruit the best possible employees and keep them satisfied. There are five police officers at retirement age, so finding new employees is quickly becoming a priority. In the Utah State Legislature this year, there is a bill under consideration for body cameras to be worn by police officers of the state. In preparation, the police department has been researching what the budget for the cameras would look like. What they found was a price tag of $10,700 initially with $9,100 ongoing every year. This includes the body cameras, storage facilities, batteries and their own line in City Hall. Objectives for the police this year are to continue four minute response times, employee retention, career development, position grooming and special assignments. They are looking toward a 3-D Blitz program to see every officer make it home safely. The Cottonwood Heights Police are looking toward ways to improve the emergency management system for the city, as well as acquiring Narcan (or Naloxone), a nasal spray to use on opiate overdoses. It is described as an EpiPen equivalent, allowing the victim 90 minutes to make it to the hospital. For a box of two of Narcan, the cost is approximately $820. The proposed budget for the police department includes body cams at $91,160, animal control at $10,000, upgrading sergeants at $12,000, victim avocation at $19,000, Naloxone at $8,000 and a VECC (Salt Lake Valley Emergency Communications Center) increase at $3,600. Public Works Director Mike Allen presented for the public works department on Feb. 9. Out of 1,730 sidewalk and crosswalk .

miscellaneous repairs and budgeting fairly. The proposed budget for public works included requests for small equipment, a new public works yard and TerraCare. The costs for maintaince would be around $1.365 million. Finance Director Dean Lundell presented for the finance department on Feb. 9. The Finance Department aims to identify additional budget options, identify savings, revenue models for land use and improve capital project reporting. An option for data storage would cost approximately $6,600, and an interactive finance reporting system acquired for transparency within the city could cost approximately $6,500 if the city leaders decide upon buying. There is an extra pay period within this next fiscal year which may present itself to be an extra expense for the city. Increasing payments for Unified Fire workers and personal pay plans have a recommended cost around $48,000. Assistant City Manager Bryce Haderlie presented for the Cottonwood Heights administrative servies. Administrative goals include an accident review committee, risk management, reducing claims, improving an emergency plan for Butlerville Days, creating an easier process for special events permits, creating a stronger volunteer group, emergency preparedness (including the citywide shakeout event), emergency operations for the new City Hall, increasing the employee death benefit and a sidewalk program. A salary adjustment may cost $1,500 and the emergency management recommendation around $4,000. Budget Retreat for the Cottonwood Heights City Council was held on Feb. 16. The council determined ways for city staff to provide better customer service and how that may affect every department. The council also discussed which of the above-proposed budget items should be approved. l

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Cottonwood Heights City Hall Construction Update By Cassandra Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

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ottonwood Heights began construction on a new City Hall in 2015. Over the past few months, residents may have seen the building beginning to take shape. Construction is just past the half way point, and the council is becoming increasingly giddy. City Manager John Park reports on the construction progress of city hall every week during the city council meetings held on Tuesdays. On Feb. 2, he disclosed to the council that the construction team was beginning to put columns up for the council chamber. The beams for the ceiling were done that day. Lentils, which go above the windows, were put in as well. Looking three weeks ahead from Feb. 2, the construction team planned on framing metal walls for the police wing, putting in metal around the offices and installing window frames. There would also be completion of masonry and the roof deck on the

police wing, so hopefully weather won’t be an issue for the inside construction any longer. Councilmember Tee Tyler asked when the stone would be up. “Stone is the finish so it’ll be a little bit down the road,” Park said. Sheetrock is expected to be completed during April. Steel and other metals for pre-casting commercial fencing are expected. This type of commercial fencing includes bigger columns and is proposed to be more substantial and provide ease for accident containment. The patterning around the outside walls of the building consists of four colors and two sizes of stone. The pipe drains and floor drains are already installed within the building. The city staff has been talking to Internet providers in search of a 50-megabite fiber connection for the entire building.

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The council is slightly concerned with how close the building has become to Bengal Boulevard, and they hope to see more of an emphasis on landscaping. They have also expressed slight concerns about the monument sign completion. Signage packages have been called into question, but the team manager has found a package that will work well for instructional signage for the building when completed. The construction crew reports no major concerns moving forward, and the process has gone smoothly. On Feb. 10, Park reported that the electrical fixtures are being put up. They are beginning on the “nitty gritty” of the construction, he said. Windows expect to be put up quickly. He has been working with companies for furniture bids. On Feb. 16, the entire Cottonwood Heights City Council and some staff members attended a tour of the construction site. The council members Mike Shelton, Scott Bracken, Mike Peterson and Tee Tyler, along with Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore, enjoyed learning about the construction progress and the occasional observation.

The city council and staff members have commented on the size perception, as the building has gone through many construction stages. Throughout these differences, their perception of the building being either too small or too huge has drastically changed, and it has been fun for them to reflect back on their observations. With $16.5 million going into this project, the council seems pleased with progress. They are already planning for accommodations and events in the extra space that the building will provide, such as hosting the volunteer appreciation dinner within the new gathering place. The council and staff are about six months away from moving into the new City Hall, and they have taken notice to how well the construction team has been working, with explicit recognition to a good team manager, architect, contractors and excellent engineering log. The proposed completion date for the new City Hall building is in September. The city council and staff members are catching up on the progress weekly and are excited to serve in the city’s new home. l

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Residents Present Fort Union Development Designs By Cassandra Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


ort Union is considered a major corridor for Cottonwood Heights with many shopping centers, business buildings, parks and homes scattered along the road. The Cottonwood Heights community has been noticing some tribulations of the constantly congested road, including pedestrian walking, bicycling and car traffic. The city staff has been working toward improving this corridor. Fort Union has been on the minds of the city council since 2005. Over the past 10 years, there have been multiple studies on the corridor, aiming towards reconstruction. Brigham Young University and the University of Utah both have researched the corridor, and city planners have been using that information to help with their improvement plans. Cottonwood Heights city staff invited residents to be a part of a working group that would aid in designing the improvement plans. Thirty-five residents from this group attended a walking tour of the corridor in 2015, which illuminated problem areas of the road from a diverse range of interests. City planners randomly divided the residents who accepted the invitation into three different groups focusing on contrasting stretches of the corridor. The challenges under consideration in each group included congestions, incompatible zones, row widths, water tanks and pedestrians. Fort Union is “not a very friendly place to walk,” Brain Berndt, community and economic developer director of Cottonwood Heights, said. After these challenges have adapted adequate solutions, they will focus on “the design and beautification of the street,” Berndt explained. On Jan. 19, spokespeople from each section of the working group presented their proposed design to the city council during its weekly meeting. Jim Butterfield, spokesperson for the Commercial District Group, presented the design for the street section ranging from

Union Park Avenue to approximately 1651 East, or Mt. View Park. “It is the most commercial part of the city,” with an “enormous amount of traffic,” Butterfield said in introduction. There is a “real concern with traffic and safety. Biking is also a real issue,” Butterfield said. When designing this portion of the proposed road, his group mentioned “safety and aesthetics as primary concerns.” Their suggestions include “landscaping in the median,” street lighting that would create a focal point, designated bus turnouts and “marked pedestrian lanes.” He would like to see problems involving the “suicide lane” solved with a median incorporating designated appropriate turnouts. They would like the street to “feel calm and comfortable, and be able to walk up and down” easily, Butterfield explained. The proposed street for the Commercial District consists of 8-foot sidewalks, 2.5-foot curb and gutters, 5-foot bike lanes, 11foot travel lanes and a 6-foot median. Michelle Koch spoke for the Community District, whose assigned section of the road ranged from Mt. View Park at 1671 East to the Dan’s grocery store at 2029 East which consists of “medium density for residential” and some “low-scale office buildings.” Their main focus was to turn “Fort Union into a main street,” Koch said. The Community District group incorporated a median into its design as well, but it was designated differently because they want “less space to not have light rail,” Koch said. They would like to see a “rise between the traffic and bike lane” to “promote walkability” and an off-set crosswalk (which is shown to be safer because it forces pedestrians to stop in the middle or the crosswalk before continuing on). They “wanted a stopping point in the middle of the street,” Koch said, which would serve as a pedestrian refuge in case crossing the entire road became an issue. The Community District’s proposed plan consists of 8-foot sidewalks, 5-foot bike lanes, 2.5-foot curb and gutters, 8-foot parallel parking stalls, 11-foot travel lanes and an 8-foot median.

Canyon District Group, with spokesperson Nancy Hardy, working on their road design. (Photo Courtesy of) Brain Berndt, Community and Economic Development Director

Nancy Hardy presented for the Canyon District, whose area of the corridor runs from 2300 East to Wasatch Boulevard. They discussed a walkable “curb separating the road and bike lane,” and they looked at “connect(ing) Big Cottonwood Trail to Ft. Union through a zigzag,” Hardy said. The Canyon District’s proposed road consists of 8-foot sidewalks, 5-foot bike lanes, 2.5-foot curb and gutters, 6-inch curb separations, 11-foot travel lanes and an 8-foot median. Landscaping was a high priority for each group so the medians and sidewalks proposed consist of green space and beautification. Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore commented after questions from his fellow councilmembers, saying that they had a “great starting point.” If the city council feels the proposed road designs are acceptable, the city planners will go forth in considering budget, finding funding sources, starting a marketing plan, applying for the Street America Grant and creating power line compatibility. The Community and Economic Development department will come back to the council with an implementation plan in a final draft in roughly two months. l

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’m excited about something on the cutting edge of fitness and technology that has arrived—the first in Utah, and it’s located in Holladay. Are you ready to try something new that disrupts conventional human fitness paradigms to create a completely new standard for optimizing your physical fitness and recovery? It’s Vasper Training Systems, and it’s being introduced exclusively at Drive Personal Performance in Holladay. Vasper, originating from “vascular performance,” is a patented exercise and rehabilitation technology using the principles of compression and cooling during exercise. Vasper allows users of almost all ages and physical abilities to achieve anaerobic exercise benefits effectively and without sweating. Those benefits are decreased body fat, increased muscle mass, bone density, improved sleep quality, increased focus, clarity of mind, faster recovery from exercise or physical injuries, relief of joint pain and increased exercise capacity. Most of us exercise aerobically at low intensity, for a longer duration because, let’s face it, a shorter, high-intensity (anaerobic) sprint workout doesn’t feel good. Its short bursts of maximum intensity can be painful and it comes with a lot of sweat and long recovery periods. Studies have shown that the benefits of anaerobic exercise far outweigh the benefits of an aerobic workout. Vasper workouts allow the individual to achieve the benefits of high intensity exercise during a low impact 21-minute interval workout with minimal or zero sweat and fast recovery. Not only does Vasper provide the healthy individual with immeasurable benefits, but it has proven to have significant benefits on the rehabilitative and therapeutic populations. Serial entrepreneur and former GE Medical Systems executive Peter Wasowski discovered Vasper while seeking a remedy for his own health issues. “After moving to Hawaii from California in the late 1990s, I was suffering from traumatic arthritis in both ankle joints and high blood sugar, diagnosed as pre-diabetic,” he said. Rather than treat these symptoms with medications, he decided to design new technology to address the cause of his symptoms and undertook eight years of research, building and testing different prototypes combining the core cooling

techniques of the NASA space suit’s astronaut temperature control and different forms of vascular compression. “During the first two weeks of using this device my joint pain associated with arthritis was dramatically reduced and then went away,” Wasowski said. “My blood sugar levels came back to normal, and I flushed my medications down the toilet. Soon my friends and neighbors learned about my device, started using it and realized similar benefits.” In 2009 Vasper Systems was formed. THE VASPER WORKOUT Vasper workouts are done with a Nustep recumbent elliptical—sort of like a sit-down exercise bike—used in concert with Vasper cooled compression built into the bike. You generally warm up nine minutes at a low-to-moderate pace, followed by a series of high-intensity sprint intervals with varying duration (15, 30 or 60 seconds) followed by a 90-second recovery. When your workout is complete, you lie down resting on a liquid-cooled table for 10 minutes. During the entire workout, liquid-cooled compression cuffs concentrate the lactic acid in the muscle tissue to generate a stronger impulse to the pituitary gland, which assists with hormonal balance. The cooling element works simultaneously with the compression, keeping the core body temperature cooler during the workout. Rising body temperatures during exercise is a primary limiting factor for performance. Vasper liquid cooling simulates the effect of exercising in cool water without getting wet. Cooling during exercise also decreases pain intensity and reduces inflammation. Most athletes describe it as a “weird feeling” where they feel and know their muscles are burning, but the fatigue factor is dramatically reduced. You can Vasper and then walk into your personal workout and experience more power and better performance. “I know of no other exercise that provide such dramatic gains in such a short amount of time” said Dr. Jeffery Gladden, an interventional cardiologist and athlete who’s been using Vasper for more than a year. He is director of cardiology services at Wise Regional Hospital and John Hopkins County


Memorial Hospital and director of cardiac rehabilitation at The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, all in Texas. “It has become a cornerstone in our performance optimization programs.” “We currently have an ongoing study with cardiac rehab patients to evaluate the effects of Vasper improving cardiac performance, and we have also been using Vasper to train athletes and the general population. Vasper uniformly improves the participants’ reported performance acceleration with no risk of injury. It also has been reported by many to speed the recovery of previous injuries.” When I first walked into Vasper in San Jose, I felt like I had been launched into a human performance lab of the future. My first workout on Vasper left me feeling exhilarated with an abundance of energy. My wife and daughter experienced the same remarkable results. As a 63-year-old senior, I feel more energetic than I have in four decades. Vasper’s effect on my performance and recovery have been astonishing. My REM and deep sleep scores have doubled. Inasmuch as our brains are “oxygen-hoIics,” I have found it to be an incredible “enhancing” workout that has had a profound effect on my energy, clarity of mind, memory and overall quality of my health. I incorporate a 21-minute Vasper session up to three times weekly into my routine; otherwise it would be too painful to go back to the way I used to feel. The U.S. Navy SEALS, NASA astronauts, Olympic athletes, San Jose Sharks, Stanford University athletes, Ironman athletes, aging athletes, fitness enthusiasts, cardiac patients and those with spinal cord injuries, among other rehabilitation programs have used Vasper. I invite you to join us in becoming a member of the Vasper team at Drive Personal Performance Center and make Vasper a part of your prescription for overall health. Please joint us for an Open House on Saturday, March 5 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. when we will be introducing VASPER SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY at Drive Personal Performance Center, 1941 East Murry-Holladay Road, Holladay, UT 84117. For more information, visit www.Vasper.com. You may schedule up to three FREE Vasper sessions by going to www.TryVasper.com. l


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First Science Fair at Canyon View Elementary a Huge Success By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

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the top four projects that went on to compete in the district science fair in February. Davis said she hoped students understood the process of science after they were done with their experience. “I hope they have a better understanding of the scientific method when it gets more serious in a few years,” Davis said. Davis also wanted to acknowledge and thank the teachers of the fifth- and fourth-grade classes who helped reinforce the concepts outside of Davis’ class. 11-year-old Sean McCloy did his science project on whether or not the Nintendo Wii can teach someone how to play a sport or improve their performance of a sport. McCloy explained a Nintendo Wii is different than other video games because it uses motion caption software to manipulate the game. “You’re moving around in order to move the character,” he said. McCloy’s hypothesis was the Nintendo Wii would improve a person’s ability to play a sport. McCloy tested his experiment by having participants play a sport and recording how well they did, such as amount of time used to skate a certain distance or how many basketballs they could shoot in a specific amount of time. He then had the participants play the same sport on the Nintendo Wii. Afterward, the participants went back and played the real sport again, using the same parameters as the first round. What McCloy found was playing the Nintendo Wii doesn’t help with playing a sport and in some cases, it actually makes performances worse. McCloy believes while the Nintendo Wii does require movement in order to play, it does not require the same muscle movement in order to play. “With the Wii, you’re only using your hands -- one hand to move and one hand on the controller,” McCloy said. “Sports require you to move your feet.” Ten-year-old Kamryn Adams did her science project on what materials would make ice melt the fastest out of salt, sand, sugar or leaving the ice alone. Her hypothesis of salt ended up being correct. “We put the ice cubes in containers and checked on them every 30 minutes,” Adams said. The thing she learned most from her experiment is sand doesn’t melt the ice at all. “They usually put sand on the road for traction,” Adams said. l

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Bonneville Jr. Vikings Build Underwater Vehicle By Stephanie Lauritzen | Stephanie@mycityjournals.com


hanks to a motivated teacher with a passion for exploring the world, the Viking Robotics Club at Bonneville Jr. High will spend second semester building the SeaPerch ROV, an underwater vehicle designed to teach students basic engineering and science skills. Science teacher Lucia Bisbee believes the project will help students develop their problem-solving skills, and hopefully ignite a passion for other STEM skills-related projects. “In my opinion, the greatest skill acquired in this club is problem solving. It’s interesting, creative, messy, frustrating and not always easy to arrive at the best possible solution,” Bisbee said. SeaPerch is an educational robotics club sponsored by the Office of Naval Research. Teachers can apply for grants to bring the project to their school and build their own underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV). The program is designed to use only low-cost and easily accessible parts and is based on a curriculum incorporating robotics, engineering, science and mathematics. According to seaperch.org, building the SeaPerch ROV “teaches basic skills in ship and submarine design and encourages students to explore naval architecture and marine and ocean engineering principles. It also teaches basic science and engineering concepts and tool safety and technical procedures. Students learn important engineering and design skills and are exposed to all the exciting careers that are possible in naval architecture and naval, ocean, and marine engineering.” After learning about the program from a colleague at the University of Utah, Bisbee applied for a grant and received five kits, enough for 20 students to participate in the program. SeaPerch’s emphasis on increasing science and engineering skills in a handson, student-led manner appealed to Bisbee, who also appreciated the organized curriculum and support system for teachers. Once her grant was secured, Bisbee invited students to apply for the 2016 Viking Robotics club in December and was pleased with the

enthusiastic response. “We had interest of over 50 students this year, but unfortunately, due to the nature of the project we could only support four students per kit,” Bisbee said. Students will work on building the SeaPerch once a week after school for nine to 10 weeks. Afterward, they will join other Utah students in a statewide competition in March. Due to the high student interest in the SeaPerch project, Bisbee hopes to increase student opportunities by integrating the club into a full-year STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) elective class for seventh- and eighth-grade students. “That will depend on approval from the district, so for now I would like to have two to three projects that the students would work on throughout the year,” Bisbee said. Bisbee looks forward to teaching her students elements of buoyancy, displacement, motor movement, soldering, ergonomic design and biological sampling -- all aspects of the integrated science core curriculum. In a world and job market increasingly dependent on technological and engineering skills, Bisbee believes her club will benefit students long after the SeaPerch ROV is completed. “Students that are willing to solve problems and learn from their mistakes are usually more adaptable to be challenged in their classes,” Bisbee said. “This not only will help their academic future but their career future as well. The workplace is competitive, and students who can show they are able to think independently, bring solutions (not problems) and work effectively on a team are valuable skills to offer.” For Bisbee, mentoring the Vikings Robotics Club and helping students build the SeaPerch allows her to incorporate her passion for travel and being outdoors into her teaching. “I love underwater exploration and research, and I have always been curious about our world,” Bisbee said. “And I gravitated towards teaching science as an amazing opportunity to explore the world around us with students.” l

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The Local Food Court

Escape to Sweet Indulgence at Auntie Rae’s By Rachel Hall | r.hall@mycityjournals.com


atisfy a sweet tooth with a quick trip to Auntie Rae’s Dessert Island, open Monday through Saturday, and located at 4704 South Holladay Blvd., between Meier’s Pharmacy and the barber shop. “We are in an old home that is set away from the street. Many people miss us,” owner Raelynn Potts said. “Auntie Rae’s is like the old-fashioned soda shop of earlier times – [a] great, safe place to hang out.” The family-friendly restaurant includes two rooms for kids to play in while adults are finishing their desserts. “[We have] one room for younger folks with kid-size chairs, puzzles, games and cars,  and one room for tweens with beanbag chairs, LEGO’s and books,” Potts said. Popular menu items include Brando’s Cookie Sundae, Jane’s fudge cake and floats – tempting tidbits that will whisk a hungry customer away to a sanctuary for a sweet tooth, according to Potts. Satisfied smiles are just one indication that the variety

of goodies available on the menu help people of all ages “escape to sweet indulgence.” Favorite family recipes and fresh ingredients make the aroma of Auntie Rae’s like that of visiting grandma’s house. “[The] benefits are seeing the happy faces of our customers as they gather with family and friends enjoying good treats and good company,” Potts said. All treats are individually sized and special orders can be made with 48 hours notice. Cookies, pie, cheesecake, root beer floats, parfaits and ice cream cones can make a decision of what to choose a difficult one. Join Auntie Rae in the parlor, family room or library, where you can find newspapers, books, magazines and WiFi to enjoy while satisfying one’s sweet tooth. Birthday parties, tea parties and corporate events can be reserved by calling Auntie Rae’s at 801-679-3925. Visit www.auntieraesdessertisland.com for more information.

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appy birthday! “It’s scientifically proven that people who have more birthdays live longer.” “Age is just a number, in your case a really high one.” “You think age is funny? Wait until you look in the mirror.” Is it that time of year again where you open your Facebook page to find a barrage of jabs from family and friends who figure a digital greeting means more than a card and cake? Well guess what? I have a digital birthday surprise for you too. Whether you are 40, 50 or inching up on the world of 60 and beyond, getting another year older does have some perks, and I’m not talking about ordering off the senior menu at Denny’s, or the loss of hearing most distinguished adults can’t escape. I’m talking about Utah’s favorite “F” word … FREE! There are dozens of companies out there just waiting to send you a free gift for your birthday – restaurants that want to feed you and stores that want to give you freebies or money to spend. Here are 11 birthday freebies that topped my list:

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*Famous Footwear: Rewards members receive a $5 gift card. Last year that bagged me a free pack of socks. *Red Robin: Receive a free certificate for a burger for your birthday. *Noodles and Company: Sends you a certificate for a free bowl of noodles.

*Ulta Beauty: Sign up for the Ulta Rewards Program and get a special birthday surprise. Last year mine was an exclusive lipstick that sells for $18.

*Shula’s 347 Grill (West Valley City): Sends a complimentary entrée with the purchase of an entrée of equal or greater value.

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*Boondocks: Birthday Club members enjoy a FREE unlimited pass! Cashing in on the goods is easy; you simply join each company’s monthly emails. A little tip: these emails can be cumbersome. My advice is to join only the companies you enjoy hearing from and don’t stash them away for just your birthday. Most of these companies send out special coupons during other times of the year too. Lastly, make sure you are signing up for their actual birthday club and not just their monthly newsletter;

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Cottonwood Heights Journal March 2016  

March Edition of Cottonwood Heights City Journal. Update on new city hall construction and more Cottonwood Heights city news.

Cottonwood Heights Journal March 2016  

March Edition of Cottonwood Heights City Journal. Update on new city hall construction and more Cottonwood Heights city news.