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MARIKO KOWALSKI BRINGS innovation to City Hall display By Joshua Wood | joshw@mycityjournals.com or local artist Mariko Kowalski, two periods of her life united to restart an impressive career. After setting aside her creative work for years, a family passion for art took hold and helped launch the most recent phase in an art career that has spanned continents and genres. Now, her work will be on display at Cottonwood Heights City Hall for the community to enjoy. Prior to moving to Utah, Kowalski had obtained a degree in graphic design in Tokyo, Japan and a master’s degree from Tokyo University of the Arts in visual design. She then worked as an illustrator and graphic designer in Tokyo for 10 years. After years of schooling, a family tradition of art that was passed on to her from her mother, and work in art and graphic design, Kowalski took a break. She met her husband, got married and moved from her native Japan to Utah in 1998. She and her husband started a family, and Mariko focused much of her time on her children. “I had painted on and off with two children and a busy family life,” Kowalski said. “I was mostly doing crafts instead of painting.” Then in 2006, Kowalski started painting again. She had worked with acrylics but grew frustrated with how quickly they dried and moved to watercolors. She had given up on oils due to an allergy to an oil painting medium. “It was not my paint,” she said. Things started to take off from there. In 2007, Kowalski started teaching her daughter to paint. Those lessons paid off. Two years later, Kowalski’s daughter won second place in a national competition and received her award at a ceremony in Washington, DC. After that, her neighbors started asking her to teach their children. “I have been teaching children and adults at my home studio since 2009,” Kowalski said.

As for her own work, Kowalski started painting more regularly, mainly portraits. “I loved to paint people, but it was hard to find models,” she said. “Models would get nervous and not show a natural face.” So she moved on to other things she loved to paint, namely flowers, plants and birds. These subjects seemed to come naturally to her. “I am from Japan,” Kowalski said. “The history of Japanese painting shows a lot of flowers, plants and birds. My mother also painted, so I thought it would be natural for me to paint those.” The images Kowalski creates of birds seem ready to take off from the paper. In her work “Birds of Paradise,” lifelike birds emerge from the namesake plants. In another work portraying a peacock, an ornamental flower background surrounds a bird so well depicted it looks like it might come to life. “I use Japanese watercolor paints, which are much thicker like gouache paints, and I also use transparent watercolor paints,” Kowalski said. “The paints I use have a good consistency and can be used with several different techniques.” Kowalski’s painting “Becoming of Age” received an Award of Excellence at the Utah Watercolor Society spring show, and “Peacock in Autumn” was selected to the society’s fall show. She has had several paintings selected to the Springville spring and fall art shows, the Annual Utah State Art Exhibitions at Rio Grande and the Hogle Zoo Art Show. She received several awards at those art shows. Kowalski’s work will be featured at Cottonwood Heights City Hall throughout the month of November. A portion of her work will be taken down to make room for a holiday display that starts in mid-November. l “Peacock” by Mariko Kowalski. (Mariko Kowalski, used by permission)

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Thanksgiving 5K and tree lighting will help set holiday mood By Joshua Wood | joshw@mycityjournals.com The Cottonwood-Holladay City Journal is a monthly publication distributed directly to residents via the USPS as well as locations throughout Cottonwood and Holladay. For information about distribution please email circulation@mycityjournals.com or call our offices. Rack locations are also available on our website. For subscriptions please contact: circulation@mycityjournals.com The views and opinions expressed in display advertisements do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions held by Loyal Perch Media or the City Journals. This publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the express written consent of the owner.

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ottonwood Heights will kick off the holiday season with a number of special activities designed to set the festive mood. Residents can enjoy holiday lights and activities starting this Thanksgiving. For those looking for some outdoor fun and to fend off holiday calories in advance, the annual Thanksgiving 5K will be held on Thanksgiving morning on Nov. 22. The race will start at 9:00 a.m. in the south parking lot of the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center next to Butler Middle School. “An exciting aspect to our race is the ‘Beat the Mayor’ aspect, where runners have to beat the mayor to the finish line to receive a commemorative medal,” said Warren Hallmark, the recreation and fitness manager at Cottonwood Heights Parks and Recreation. “Mayor Peterson has run in this race for years, but this will be his first go as mayor.” The race will offer age division awards as well as overall awards for men and women. Late registration ends on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Participants can register the day before or the day of the race, though the race will be capped at 2,000 runners. “New this year is that for every registration, we will donate one dollar to the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center Foundation, which is our own foundation that provides financial assistance to families and children,” said Hallmark. “(It) gives them the opportunity to utilize the recreation center and participate in lessons and/or programs if they otherwise do not have the means.” On Monday, Nov. 26, Cottonwood Heights will hold its Light Up the Heights event at City Hall. The event kicks off at 5 p.m. when attendees can socialize and enjoy the festive atmosphere. The event will feature craft vendors from throughout the community. Visitors can shop for holiday gifts and get ideas for fun crafts to help capture the spirit of the season. Craft vendors will available until 7:30 p.m. on the night of the event. Also starting at 5 p.m., children will have the opportunity to write letters to Santa. There

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Art show displays local talent and a preview of more to come By Joshua Wood | joshw@mycityjournals.com


he annual Cottonwood Heights Art Show displayed the variety and depth of artistic talent in the community. The creative works of experienced professionals as well as new artists adorned the walls of City Hall throughout September. The show featured an open house on Sept. 21 that allowed the community’s artists to gather and mingle among their works. Visitors to the art show, or people just coming to City Hall on business, could stroll among painted landscapes, portraits, abstract pieces, sculptures and more. They could gaze toward the horizon of a western scene, then turn around and see a flock of birds just as they take flight. Cottonwood Heights Arts Council members were pleased with the art show. “There’s a lot of talent in our community, and it’s nice to showcase them,” said arts council member Jannalee Hunsaker. “It’s not just professionals, but it’s also amateurs. People in the community who don’t necessarily sell their art can also display their art and let the community see and appreciate their talent as well.” Two artists at the reception provided a perfect example of the range of experience at the art show. Kathryn Armstrong Severn started painting just months ago. Among the four pieces she had on display was her very first painting. Along with her at the reception was her art teacher, Kendra Burton, who has been painting for decades. “I want to influence people,” Burton said when describing why she paints. “I know it sounds cliché, but I want to feel like the paintings that I do make people feel better, or it makes them think about something, or it makes them reflect. I think those things are good.” Another participant new to painting was Kara Yates, who started painting recently when she became a stay-at-home mom. “I just started gouache this year and watercolor last year,” Yates said. “My grandma was a painter. I’m a graphic designer by

Local artists filled the walls of City Hall with their work. (Joshua Wood/City Journals)

trade.” The range of experience was mirrored by the artists’ range of expression. Haunting landscapes and intriguing portraits hung next to abstract paintings and sculptures. Jerry Hartman had four paintings in the show including an abstract representation of Sandy Hook, a painting of a neighbor’s dog leaping through an agility course, a Mardi Gras mask and a snow leopard pursuing its prey. “I just love art,” Hartman said. “Every individual has a unique way of expressing themselves.” The event served as a preview of more to come from some of the artists. City Hall will feature several of the art show’s participants in the months to come in solo showcases of their work. November’s featured artist will be Mariko Kowalski.

In addition to paintings, the art show featured some unique sculptures. Dean Kezerian used polymer clay to sculpt a bird on a limb. For Kezerian, the medium offers interesting challenges. “I’ve always been interested in birds and art,” Kezerian said. “I discovered this and I was like, this is just complex enough for me. It’s multifaceted in that I have to be a good sculptor, a good painter, but also that branch it’s on, I have to make that as well. I glued my fingers together a lot making this.” The Cottonwood Heights Art Show gave the community an opportunity to see what their neighbors are capable of, and it gave artists the opportunity to showcase their work. People interested in participating next year can find information on the city’s website. In the meantime, visitors to City Hall can see the works of featured artists on display throughout the year. l

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What’s the issue? Previewing November’s ballot By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


xcited to get that “I voted” sticker? Utah’s 2018 General Election is underway. If you have received your ballot in the mail, make sure it is postmarked by Nov. 6 (but the sooner the better). Polling stations will be available on Nov. 6 as well (check your county’s website for locations). Before you head to that secluded booth or color within the lines on the mail-in ballot, make sure you know what you’re voting for. In addition to the local elections for U.S. Senate, U.S. Representative, county council seats, school boards, sheriff, auditor, clerk, recorder, district attorney and various judges, there are three propositions, three constitutional amendments and one opinion question that are receiving much public attention. Proposition 2 involves legalizing medical marijuana. If passed, Utah’s current law regarding medical cannabis would be expanded. Private facilities would be allowed to grow, process, test and sell medical marijuana, with regulation. Individuals with certain medical conditions or illness would be allowed to acquire, use and possibly grow medical cannabis. Supporters of this proposition argue that medical cannabis can help end suffering from cancer, seizure and other life-threating conditions. Organizations in support of this proposition include the Utah Patients Coalition, Libertas Institute, Marijuana Policy Project and Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education (TRUCE) Utah, among others. Opponents to this proposition worry about the effect it may have on children and families, and argue that it may pave the way for the recreational use of cannabis. Organizations in opposition include the Utah Medical Association, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, DARE Utah and the Utah Narcotics Officers Association, among others. A special legislative session is planned for a medical cannabis bill regardless of the Prop 2 vote. Seen as a potential compromise, the bill could either replace Prop 2 if passed, if voted down, the bill is still on the table, according to legislators. Proposition 3 involves raising sales tax to

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support Medicaid for low-income adults. The sales tax rate would be increased from 4.70 percent to 4.85 percent. The additional funding coming from this tax increase would expand coverage of Medicaid based on income. The proposition specifically relates to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Supporters of this proposition argue that the benefits of Medicaid should be available to all the citizens of Utah, and there is potential to bring health care coverage to thousands of Utahans who need it. Supporters of this proposition include AARP Utah, Voices for Utah Children, YMCA of Utah, Utah Health Policy Project and many others. Opponents to this proposition worry about the potential burden to the state budget and the sustainability of the proposition. Opponents to this proposition include Governor Gary Herbert and Representative Edward Redd, along with many other legislators. Proposition 4 is concerned with re-districting for the House of Representatives, Senate and State Board of Education. If this proposition passes, a seven-member commission called the Utah Independent Restricting Commission would be created. District boundaries would need to be drawn by the state legislature and approved (or vetoed) by the governor. This would need to be completed during the legislative general session after the next federal decennial census in 2020. The anticipated effects would include minimizing the division of counties, cities and towns, preserving traditional neighborhoods and communities, and minimizing boundary agreement among different types of districts. Constitutional Amendment A regards a property tax exemption for active military personal. Currently, military personal are eligible for a property tax exemption if they serve 200 days within a calendar year. This amendment would allow that person to qualify for the tax exemption if they serve 200 consecutive days in one 365-day period, regardless of the calendar year. Constitutional Amendment B would create a property tax exemption for property that a

With so many things on the ballot for this general election, make sure you know what you’re voting for. (Cassie Goff/ City Journals)

state or local government leases from a private owner. Supporters of this amendment argue that it would be a cost-saving opportunity for government bodies. Opponents argue that it would reward a select few at the expense of others. Constitutional Amendment C would allow the legislature to meet beyond their scheduled 45-day annual general session. It would allow the president of the Utah Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representative to convene a special session that would not be able to last more than 10 days, or go over budget. The non-binding opinion asks if the state should increase the state motor and special fuel tax rates by 10 cents per gallon to fund public education and local roads. This specific tax is regularly referred to as the gas tax. While this question is “non-binding,” that may be a little misleading. Voter opinion results from this question will be gauged by legislators to help guide them with a bill regarding the gas tax during the next legislative session.

Supporters of this initiative argue that schools need additional funding for tools that would help the schools go beyond the basic level. Supporters include the Utah League of Cities and Towns and Our Schools Now, among others. Opponents of this initiative argue that Utah citizens do not need another tax increase. Opponents include the Americans for Prosperity and the Utah Taxpayer Protection Alliance, among others. For more information on what’s on the ballot for this election, please visit the Salt Lake Tribune, Elections.utah.gov, and/or Ballotpedia.org. If you are not yet registered to vote (and obviously didn’t take Taylor Swift’s advice), please register by visiting Utah.gov. Remember to be informed about local government and stay involved. l

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Ridgecrest Veterans’ Day ceremony thanks veterans, active military for service, sacrifice By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


n Friday, Nov. 9, Stars and Stripes will adorn the front of Ridgecrest Elementary, allowing the community to pause and recognize the service and sacrifice veterans and active military have given their country. As part of the 9:15 a.m. assembly, local veterans and active military related to Ridgecrest students are invited to take place in the school ceremony that will teach students about its origin with Armistice Day, the renaming of the holiday to Veterans Day, and the purpose, said parent Mary Pat Dowd, who is coordinating the assembly with teachers Bonnie White, Sherise Longhurst and Amanda Lundberg. “Well ahead of time, students will be encouraged to invite family and friends who have served, who are currently serving, to join us on this day,” she said. “We invite them to come for breakfast and stay for our observance of this important holiday in America.” With the help of Colonial Flags Foundation and Marine Sergeant Thomas Tison, a U.S. Marine Corps color guard will present the colors before White and Longhurst sing the national anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance is recited. Marine Staff Sergeant Janet Malone will be the keynote speaker addressing what Veterans Day means to her. “It will be a teachable moment as she will distinguish veteran from active duty person,” Dowd said. Malone, who has been in the service for eight years, has worked her first six years with the service as a paralegal. “The military offered an opportunity to grow in confidence as well as pursue her interest in law,” Dowd said. Currently, Malone is a recruiter based in Sandy. “In her capacity as recruiter, she likes to build relationships with people who are interested in enlisting as that person will

become part of the USMC family. Her recruiter told her that in the USMC, everything is earned, nothing is given. If you earn it, you will appreciate it more,” Dowd said, adding that Malone selected the branch for the challenge of being a female Marine. Those who are serving or have served in the military will be recognized while the 50-member Ridgecrest choir sings the “Armed Forces Medley.” Last year, about 25 servicemen and servicewomen were recognized. “It’s really touching when we honor them, and they’re pleased to be thanked,” Principal Julie Winfree said. The choir also will perform “America the Beautiful.” Before the assembly, fifth-graders will have written essays about Veterans Day and one student will be selected to share the essay at the assembly. “This year, we will have students prepare special, handmade tokens of appreciation to each guest. Last year, we made cards for those in attendance and delivered them to the William Christoffersen Veterans Home in Salt Lake,” Dowd said. The assembly will close with “Taps.” Dowd said this is to keep all the veterans who fought and sacrificed “close to our hearts and in our memory.” Ridegcrest has held a Veterans Day assembly for at least 10 years. “We hope by this annual assembly and observance that our students will always cherish and hold dear the privileges that are sometimes taken for granted living in the land of the free and the home of the brave,” Dowd said. “We want our students to understand that our veterans deserve our sincere thanks for making it possible.” l

Like last year, a U.S. Marine Corps color guard will present the colors at Ridgecrest Elementary’s annual Veterans Day assembly. (Idie Atencio/ Ridgecrest Elementary)


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Behind school walls: Schools, districts address students’ concerns, needs and safety Schools and school districts provide more services than buses, textbooks By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


ast year, a female student in a Granite School District secondary school broke up with her boyfriend. However, before the breakup, she sent inappropriate photos of herself to him, which he then threatened to send to others. District officials were able to seize the devices, collect images and put a stop to the potential spread of child pornography, and at the same time provide comfort to the female student that those photos weren’t spread. “It was brought to our attention, so we were able to act quickly,” Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley said. “We need our students to be able to feel safe to be able to learn, and once someone violates that, such as with internet safety, it impacts our school environment.” Internet safety is just one of many concerns school administrators and school district officials are managing these days, which include not having enough school bus drivers; increasing enrollment, resulting in not having enough lockers, textbooks or seats for students in class; and being concerned about going over the student limit assigned to teachers. School districts need to be concerned with medical and food issues, content material, sexual harassment and safety matters that aren’t seen by the general public. “We’re dealing with issues that didn’t even exist 10 or 20 years ago,” Horsley said. “But we’re wanting to create an environment and a community that is safe and all-encompassing and provides resources, skills and knowledge.” Internet safety Horsley said about 80 to 85 percent of Granite schoolchildren carry a cellphone — even many low socio-economic families. “It’s considered a must-have item, but with parents working, there are many students using it without supervision and that’s when cyberbullying, sexting, viewing pornography on school property comes about,” he said, adding that the district does provide a parents’ guide for smartphones. While Horsley said the district works with administrators and, when needed, law enforcement on a case-by-case basis, a positive with cellphones has come about with the use of the SafeUT app, which allows anyone to anonymously report tips of harassment, suicide, threats, family crisis, bullying and other issues. “Granite has a 24/7 police department that can follow up on tips that are threatening, drug abuse, cutting, suicide and welfare checks,” he said, adding that the district is receiving more tips — about 1,000 last year — than their anonymous text line that has been in place for years. “We’ve had three instances where classmates have tipped us off and saved lives.” At nearby Murray School District, spokeswoman D Wright said social media is a concern. “Messaging incorrectly is something everybody is concerned about,” she said. “Our

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principals have jurisdiction first, then if needed, the school district and others are brought in. We look at the individual and what the best outcome is for our student.” Elk Meadows Elementary’s Aaron Ichimura, who has been a principal for six years in Jordan School District, said he has occasionally had to deal with postings on social media. “Usually, it’s rude comments like so-andso should have something bad happen because the student may be unhappy with something that happened at recess, but they could be back to being best friends the next day,” he said. “When it disrupts what’s going on at school, we bring in the students and parents and discuss respect, responsibility and safety. We’ve had a couple times where we can delete a post, but they also learn that once something is online, it can be there forever.” Alta High Principal Brian McGill, in Canyons District, said each grade level has a digital citizenship plan and policies are reviewed annually. The school hosts, as many do throughout the Salt Lake Valley, a Netsmartz assembly where students learn about their responsibilities on social media. While McGill said that sometimes the line is carefully walked with students’ First Amendment rights, there will be questions asked if there is a statement, for example to a teacher, that is defamatory or threatening. “We will ask questions on the intent and perception and note if this is a kind of message that people will take offense,” he said. Mental health Murray School District Prevention Specialist Deb Ashton said mental health is becoming a big concern for their students. The district has instituted a national program to help with the social and emotional well-being of students. “A lot of decisions go into which evidence-based programs we use, and we research the issues being addressed and the need for bully and cyberbully prevention,” she said. Suicide prevention also has been part of Murray District’s push, as suicide is the leading cause of death for secondary school students, Ashton said. “We work with students and parents getting referrals and the tools they need to get help,” she said. “This is our first year with schoolbased mental health clinicians in our schools. With the high rate of suicide, we see mental health issues intertwined with depression and our students are struggling with the issues, so we’re making it easier for them to get help. “The more we can help the students, the more they will succeed academically. We’re looking into helping the child in all areas. I don’t think everyone is aware of the goal to provide a safe education, in all aspects of the word, that prepares students for career, college and post high school training,” Ashton said. In Jordan School District, spokeswom-

an Sandy Riesgraf said there is a health and wellness task force looking at ways to improve the social, physical and mental well-being of schoolchildren. “If kids aren’t taken care of, they can’t learn,” she said. Jordan District added 36 psychologists this year so every elementary has a full-time health and mental professional to match those already in place at the secondary schools. “We’re learning that students may be feeling down, but they don’t know why, or they feel they can’t live up to an image, or deal with peer pressure. We want them to talk about it, work it out, so they feel safe and secure,” Riesgraf said. Teachers also are trained to be aware of mental health and suicide as well as emergency safety, she said. School safety Riesgraf said a $1 million training was approved by the Jordan Board of Education in an effort to best provide students a safe environment. “We work intensely with local law enforcement, meeting weekly with police and finding ways to enhance students’ safety and how best to respond to an emergency,” she said. “We also want our students to know if they ‘see something, say something.’ We don’t want them to be afraid, but to come forward for everyone’s safety.” Ichimura said the training was beneficial. “We know what steps to take and we conduct regular drills from fire to intruder to earthquake so we’re all more familiar with what we should be doing,” he said. Canyons School District sends postcards home, explaining drills so parents are aware of what is being done. And while a number of schools have increased safety in their schools, from using more surveillance cameras and installing security vestibules, Corner Canyon High in Draper invited police to help prepare teachers for an intruder drill. “We had police-fire simulated rounds in different parts of the school, so they would know what it sounded like and practice how they should respond,” Corner Canyon High Principal Darrell Jensen said. “We also had all our faculty become first aid trained, so if there is an emergency, they can respond.” Responsiveness Besides cyberbullying, in-person bullying still occurs in most schools. Last year, teenagers drove by a Viewmont Elementary boy walking to his Murray home, calling him names with racial slurs and hateful remarks. Led by his mother and coach, a large outpouring of support from the community came to his aid with dozens walking him home days later. Former Viewmont Principal Matt Nelson responded, planning to make tolerance part of the school curriculum.

“Together, we can stand up and rally together to show our acceptance and support for our students,” Nelson said. “We talk about intolerance and racism and the need for inclusion. It’s our differences that make us stronger. We need to embrace them.” While that occurred outside of the school, Wright said each incident is a concern that they review. Similarly, McGill addressed alleged racial slurs yelled earlier this year from fans at the Sky View girls soccer team during a game against Alta. After identifying fans who were at the game from photographs, he launched a 40hour to 50-hour inquiry. “We fully investigated the situation,” he said. “I interviewed 25 individuals, 12 parents, both teams and coaches, the referee, and although not one person sustained the comments, we didn’t stop there.” McGill issued an apology to the other team, their coaches and their families. He also had the two teams meet to have lunch together and he has worked with his entire school to focus on sportsmanship. “Many of the girls play club soccer together, so they know one another,” he said. “We’ve watched a USHAA video of what competition should look like at schools and our class officers and SBOs are having open, candid discussions.” Granite’s Cottonwood High School, which has a high population of diversity including refugees, said that if a student says something derogatory, it is addressed immediately. “We have a conversation right on the spot,” said Principal Terri Roylance, who has been an administrator for 10 years. “If the kids don’t understand their remarks, we call the parents in, but 98 percent of them understand after we talk with them.” Although teachers are required to have many trainings and attend professional development workshops, occasionally something slips through the cracks. As was the case with Indian Hills Middle School in Sandy earlier this year when a teacher gave students a survey to get to know them better. Although students’ answers were anonymous, Principal Doug Graham said it made students and parents uncomfortable, and several questions — such as religious beliefs, mental health concerns and sexual preferences — shouldn’t have been asked. “We were honest and open,” Graham said about his handling the situation. “Things happen, but we also need to look at how we handle them. The teacher was trying to get to know her students, but in the process, mistakes were made.” The mistakes — from asking the inappropriate questions to Graham telling her to delete all parts of the survey and its responses — were made public. “I was thinking about shredding the survey

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Students at Silver Mesa Elementary participate in anti-bullying classes in 2016. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

and answers when I learned it was all online. Then, I told her to delete it and all the data as well. So, when parents wanted to see the survey, I didn’t have it,” Graham said. “When put in context, it explains why we did what we did, but it doesn’t excuse it.” Graham said last year, when students were helping with a food drive, “students didn’t understand how these realities could affect classmates in their community.” Although the teacher was trying to make a connection with the survey and her heart was in the right place to help the students, Graham said better communication and training will be put in place. “We need to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” he said. “It’s best for our community, to admit to making a mistake, apologize, ask for their understanding and for them to have confidence in us.” Jordan’s Riesgraf said the first step for parents who may have a concern about their student is to contact the school. “Our parents and students are our customers and we want to address their questions and

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answer their concerns,” she said. “If parents don’t like a particular book in class and don’t want their children reading it, the Book Review Committee has an approved list and they can work with teachers to find an alternative book. If there’s a fight, schools are best to handle it and if need be, the school resource officer, and can help provide intervention and counseling.” Assistance Roylance said that with the diverse Cottonwood High student body, there is a need to provide students with other assistance — food, personal hygiene, clothing and school supplies. “Two years ago, our student body president, Katie Metcalf, saw the need for our students,” she said. “Two parents, Robyn Ivins and Jane Metcalf, now oversee the pantry and if they put out the word that we need tuna, then an ocean of tuna floods our room in two days. Our community is responding to the need of our students.” Roylance said the pantry, fondly called the “cement room,” is open two days per week and an “army of students” get the supplies they need.

“We welcome anyone. I’ve had teachers bring their whole class down. I’ve opened up the door to a family on a special circumstance during spring break to load up with what they need. If someone forgets their lunch or they’re staying for a volleyball game, they can come in and grab food or if they need a notebook for class, it’s here for them,” she said. At Jordan District, distribution of pantry needs may be subtler, especially when the student is concerned about being identified. “We may take and fill a backpack full of food, personal hygiene, bus passes, clothing, whatever we can provide, and others are unaware of that student’s need,” Riesgraf said. “We want to provide the supplies they need. When students are hungry or worried about their next meal, it weighs heavily on them and it’s hard to study.” Pantries are becoming commonplace in many schools, mostly stocked with food or clothing — even at Ridgecrest Elementary in Cottonwood Heights, what is seen as a more affluent community than at Cottonwood. “We deal with the homeless every year,”

Ridgecrest Principal Julie Winfree said. “When I first came here, I didn’t realize it would be part of my job at Ridgecrest, but we work with other schools’ supplies to provide our students in need with food and clothing. There are no boundaries for those in need. Everyone works together to make sure our students get what they need and share with our families in need.” Horsley said in Granite District, the need is present as is the need to provide workshops for students and families on several issues — mental health and suicide, substance abuse, bullying, internet safety, child abuse and college and career ready awareness. “Our goal is to help provide resources and information to our community,” Horsley said. “The world has changed. We have 62 percent of our students in free or reduced lunch and in reality, we have kids go hungry, and oftentimes that translates into behavioral issues. If we can provide the resources, skills and knowledge, we can create a better environment for our students to learn and succeed.” l

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Utah mayors sign agreement to work on idle free initiatives By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com “It’s so very important for our citizens to understand the impact of idling on their children,” said Diane Turner, council chair of Murray. Murray and other cities were recognized Sept. 18 for idle-free initiatives. The 11th annual event also showcased winners from this year’s student poster contest. Eight Utah cities were recognized on Sep. 18 by the governor’s office at an event held at the City and County Building in Salt Lake City. The event was the 11th annual Idle-Free Governor’s Declaration. Seventy-one Utah cities have committed to put idle-free practices into effect. The eight cities recognized for their clean air efforts were Alta, Cottonwood Heights, Holladay, Logan, Murray, Park City, Salt Lake City and Sandy. The event also highlighted a poster contest for students in the Cache Valley area. The contest, sponsored by Prof. Roslynn Brain McCann and Ed Stafford of Utah State University, encouraged students to make posters with idle free and clean air themes. This year’s poster contest garnered 550 entries. “The contest engages students who are just learning to drive, so it’s a great opportunity for education,” said McCann. “We gave those who participated a post evaluation, and all of them reported improved understanding of idlefree practices.” The contest also gave them an outlet to practice marketing skills. Entries came from art, business and environmental science classes. McCann hopes the contest will be available to more school districts in the future, and urges schools to reach out to her at roslynn.mccann@ usu.edu if they want more information. Other speakers at the event included Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, Dr. Laura Nelson of the Governor’s Energy Office, Thom Carter of UCAIR, Representative Patrice Arent of the bipartisan Utah Clean Air Caucus, Steve

Bergstrom of Intermountain Healthcare and McCann. Intermountain Healthcare’s representative said they have 750 fleet vehicles that do 12 million miles annually. “Idling is costly because idling equals zero miles per gallon,” Bergstrom said. With improved monitoring and education, some numbers have improved. “Where home care was idling their vehicles a total of 120 hours per month, now they are down to 45 hours per month. We see the effects of poor air quality every day in the patients we treat, and would rather not have to be treating the results of bad air,” said Bergstrom. Mayors who were recognized were quick to give their constituents the credit for clean air efforts. “I think the idle-free ordinance sends a message that every individual has a part to play and it can’t just be someone else’s problem. You can be a part of the solution. For example, we have a mom here in the Holladay area, Crystal Bruner Harris, who has started idle-free events at schools,” said Mayor Rob Dahle. (See Holladay Journal article on Crystal Bruner Harris, “Clean Air Crusader.”) Murray Mayor D. Blair Camp also recognized a dedicated member of his community. “We have a very tenacious council member, Diane Turner, who made a promise when she was running for council that she would push through an ordinance on idle free. She has really raised the awareness of other council members and the community. That’s what it’s really all about — awareness,” said Camp. The mayors also put emphasis on children as the leaders for this issue. “The real impetus for us came from our residents,” said Mayor Mike Peterson of Cottonwood Heights. “They approached us. We had several groups of young students come to city council meetings and say to us, ‘Hey, this is what we want to see happen.’

Eight cities were recognized Sept. 18 for their idle-free efforts. L to R, back row: Mayor Mike Peterson of Cottonwood Heights; Vicki Bennett, director of sustainability, Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office; Zach Robinson of Sandy City Council; Mayor Rob Dahle of Holladay; Luke Carlton, city manager for Park City. Front row: Mayor D. Blair Camp of Murray; Dr. Laura Nelson, energy adviser, Governor’s Office of Energy Development. (Heather Lawrence/City Journals)

That’s why we jumped on board.” The mayors agreed that when you educate kids they will enforce it with their parents. Demonstrated in a winning poster from 2015 by then Logan High student Hailey Dennis. On a blue background, there is a single image of a child in a bold pose. The caption reads, “My mom idles less than your mom!” Arent’s comments echoed this idea. “We want to make idling as socially unacceptable as throwing litter out the car window. Educa-

tion has always been a big part of what we are working on. This whole effort is about education, and teaching the public about idling: why it’s not good for their health, their pocketbook, or their car,” Arent said. “The air we breathe is not Republican air, it’s not Democratic air. It’s everyone’s air.” The past winners of the contest can be seen online at cleanaircontest.usu.edu/past-winners/. l

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Cottonwood Heights steals Murray’s Tingey By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com

Tim Tingey has led the Murray Department of Administrative and Development Services for 10 years. (Shaun Delliskave/City Journals)


t’s never a good thing when you’re missing a Tingey. In Murray City’s case, Cottonwood Heights has lured Tim Tingey, the director of Administrative and Development Services, away to become its new city manager. “I am sad to leave Murray but feel this will be a great opportunity for personal growth,” Tingey said of his departure. While Tingey will no longer be present at Murray City Hall, his impact on the city will be seen for many years to come. The redevelopment of the Murray City Center District (MCCD) will redefine downtown Murray, which, until recently, has seen little in terms of revitalization. In addition to the MCCD, Murray saw the creation of a Business Park Zone and Professional Office Zone, as well as the redevelopment of the Utah Ore Sampling Mill during Tingey’s watch. Tingey feels that among his most important accomplishments was the creation of a partnership with NeighborWorks Salt Lake to enhance housing rehabilitation and infill single-family housing in our community. NeighborWorks Salt Lake is a nonprofit organization with the mission of revitalizing neighborhoods and creating affordable housing by providing dynamic and creative leadership through partnerships with residents, youth, businesses, and government entities. Tingey has sat on its board, and the organization has revitalized homes throughout Murray. In addition to the two expansions of the Central Business District Urban Renewal Area and creation of a new Community Reinvestment Area around the Ore Sampling Mill, the City has invested with an eye to the future. “We have also acquired multiple properties in our downtown area to facilitate important projects for our community,” Tingey noted. “Any accomplishment I have had has been because of the great staff I work with along with exceptional leadership from three mayors and the city

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council in Murray.” Tingey began working in Murray in May 2008 as the director of Community and Economic Development. In 2011, a departmental reorganization combined four departments into one, creating the Administrative and Development Services (ADS) Department under Tingey. The ADS department now includes seven divisions within the city. “Right now we are considering all things, but nothing is decided,” Mayor Blair Camp said. “This is the right opportunity to decide if any changes are necessary, but for now we are just evaluating the needs of the department.” Camp will have quite a challenge in finding someone to fill Tingey’s big shoes. Tingey came to Murray with experience working in local government in Pocatello, Idaho. In addition to his wealth of experience, Tingey has a doctorate in political science from Idaho State University and was an adjunct professor at the University of Utah in the Masters of Public Administration program. Murray’s new development director will face evolving challenges that Tingey was beginning to deal with. These challenges include making sure there is the right mix of commercial and residential projects in our community. Also challenging will be adhering to state mandates regarding the creation of affordable housing, an issue that is critical for all communities throughout the Wasatch Front to address. Tingey reflected, “I am very grateful for my time in Murray and feel very good about the work I have been involved with. There are always projects that I would have liked to move forward in a more expedited way, but overall our community is exceptional in so many ways. I will miss all of the wonderful people I work with in every department and will especially miss the day-to-day interactions with all of my staff in the Administrative and Development Services Department.” l

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Preserving open space with city’s new committee By: Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


he Parks, Trails, and Open Space Committee is the newest group to join Cottonwood Heights. The city council unanimously approved the creation of the committee and the appointments of 15 members on Aug. 28. “The committee will perform research and outreach to help preserve outdoor recreational and open spaces with the intent of enhancing the quality of life in Cottonwood Heights,” Public Information Officer Dan Metcalf wrote. “I believe it’s critical that we plan for the future growth of our city and at the same time ensure our planning preserves appropriate amounts of open space, develops parks, provides connectivity between our neighborhoods, and supports active transportation,” said Mayor Mike Peterson. “As the population of the valley continues its rapid growth, we need be sensitive to the pressures this puts on our canyons, parks and open spaces.” When the resolution was passed during a city council meeting, all appointed members were asked to briefly speak to their individual appointments. “Cottonwood Heights’s proximity to the foothills and recreation is the greatest asset the city has,” said committee member for Council District 4 Melissa Fields. Ecosystem ecologist by training, committee member for District 4 Jennifer Follstad Shah is looking forward to serving on this committee. “We moved here in 2006 by finding out which neighborhood was adjacent to a trail system. We spend all of our free time outside.” “I’ve spent the last eight years exploring in the outdoors and haven’t stopped,” laughed committee member for District 4 Ronna Cohen. Committee member for District 4 Fritz Kollmann has lived in the city for seven years and has previous experience with open space from working at Red Butte Gardens. “I moved here because of the open spaces,” said committee member for District 4 Roger Kehr. Committee member for District 4 Bruce Jorgensen is a retired landscape architect. “I’m very enthusiastic about open space and trials. I’ve been doing it for years.” Jorgenson helped to prepare an open space plan and trail system

Many Cottonwood Heights’ residents are concerned about the preservation of the canyons. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)

for Parley’s Canyon in 1992. “I raised three kids here. We are very active in reserving parks,” said committee member for District 3 Kristy Morrison. Currently a University of Utah student, committee member for District 2 Matthew Dominesey has worked with employees in Little Cottonwood Canyon. “I have various experience loving our local canyons. I’m looking forward to creating sustainable use for our future.” “I moved here in 2011 to be close to the mountains and parks,” said committee member for District 2 Sarah Ricketts. With previous experience working for the Forest Service and serving as staff on one of Draper City’s committees, committee member for District 1 Greg Hilbig is excited to “help get through the red tape as things go.” “I’m a fairly new resident to the city. I have background in real estate and architecture,” said committee member for District 1 Bonnie McCallister. “I’ve lived in Cottonwood Heights for 31 years, and have been involved with working on keeping parks safe,” said committee member for District 1 Erin Davis. Additional members of the Parks, Trails,

and Open Space Committee include Dave McFerren, District 3; Greg Reid, District 3; and Ben Hill, committee member for the Recreation Service District. Cottonwood Heights City Councilmember for District 4 Christine Mikell will serve as council liaison for the committee. She was asked to serve because of her passions and pursuits with outdoor recreation and her interest for access along the east bench. Community and Economic Development Director Mike Johnson will serve as the staff liaison for the committee as well. “In my career, I’ve been involved with numerous parks and recreation advisory boards, but I’ve never been more impressed than I am with the talents and skills I see with our new board. I’m excited to see them get to work and look forward to seeing the results of their efforts,” Peterson said. He hopes the Parks, Trails and Open Space Committee can help the city council put plans into place to support the development of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, protect the natural beauty and provide activities for Crestwood Regional Park, look for an appropriate location for a city dog park, create appropriate access to all our canyons, enhance partnerships with other

political entities to jointly plan for conservation, and create a city open space plan. The Parks, Trails, and Open Space Committee plans to meet monthly. The next meeting is scheduled for Oct. 24, where they plan to draft a vision statement addressing their objectives, goals and priorities. With a few exceptions for holidays, the Committee will meet the 3rd Wednesday of every month (exceptions are October and November 2018, due to UEA and Thanksgiving). All meetings will be noticed and have agendas published. The Committee has a dedicated page on the city’s website under Boards and Commissions. “The first meeting was spent getting to know each committee member, and begin a preliminary discussion of what each committee member valued and found to be important,” said Johnson. “The primary objective of the next meeting is to establish a vision statement, and use that vision statement to begin drafting goals and objectives based on consensus interests, priorities, and areas of emphasis.” l

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Sustainability concerns for three municipalities By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


ottonwood Heights, Holladay and Millcreek are considering a joint sustainability operation. All three cities have identified sustainability as a priority, and collaboration appears to be a valid option to bring benefits to many communities. On Sept. 25, Lisa Yoder from Yoder Environmental Sustainability (YES) spoke to the Cottonwood Heights City Council during a weekly council meeting while Holladay Mayor Rob Dahle sat in the audience. Yoder began with a definition. “Sustainability is a balanced use of resources to sustain optimal level of service over the long term to help maintain quality of life and environmental and human health.” Sustainability encompasses everything that helps to reduce the carbon footprint of an organization, including maintaining water quality, policy recommendations, alternative transportation options, reduce reuse and recycle, climate action, waste reduction, collaboration, data management, project management, energy efficiency, clean and renewable energy, leveraging resources, grant writing, measurement and verification, life-cycle cost analysis, education and outreach. “Utahans have a vision for the future that we are safe, secure and resilient,” Yoder said. Some common sustainability concerns of Utahans include air quality, water quality, impact of growth on communities, impact population and increasing traffic.

Narrowing her focus to what Cottonwood Heights, Holladay and Millcreek can do, Yoder provided some recommendations. She suggested many different projects and programs for stabilizing energy use. Some of these projects could be completed within one to two years, such as electric car station installation and installing solar panels on city buildings. “Municipality leaders show the community that sustainability is possible, economical and viable,” Yoder said. Even though she realizes a municipality cannot enact anything more than a building code, she suggested incentives and encouragement for sustainability — perhaps by an extended building code. “There’s capital investment in capital improvements,” she said. “With all the growth, it’s important to address the construction of buildings, need to reduce the need for heating, air condition and other resources.” If the three cities are to embark on a sustainable cooperation, there would be many risks and benefits. Yoder described some of the risks as being cost, political viability, interdepartmental cooperation, managing expectations, and data management. However, Yoder described many benefits, including decreasing operating maintenance costs, getting quantifiable and measureable results, demonstrating city leadership and gaining recognition for that leadership. “That’s attractive

Envision Utah is one of the organizations that has been partnering with cities for sustainability efforts (Envision Utah)

for businesses and community members; you’re a player in what the residents want.” A joint sustainability operation should be beneficial for all communities involved. The three municipalities could pick common goals, have supporting structure for that staff, create a strategic implantation plan to address all goals with clear performance measures and monitor collective data as things proceed. Yoder recommended defining exit strategies as well. “Sustainability would be governed by that body instead of individual municipalities. It might take longer to get started, but then the sustainability staff could be off and running. Quality of life for all communities would be raised.” She recommended a sustainability program manager and potentially a project manager.

These individuals could help with outreach materials, grants and program implementation. Many partners available for a sustainability initiative were also mentioned. The Clean Cities Coalition has a similar mission so they’re easy to partner with. Leaders for Clean Air, Utah Clean Energy, Rocky Mountain Power and Envision Utah have all expressed interested in partnering as well. “I appreciate the opportunity to work with the mayors on common problems we have where we can’t fix it independently,” said Dahle. “We have all seen the Envision Utah presentations on population growth and pressure on resources. These problems aren’t going to go away. We need to be more proactive in these areas.” l

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World negotiations impact local communities By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


xecutive Director of Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling District (WFWRD) Pam Roberts visited the Cottonwood Heights City Council on Sept. 11 to update the council on the current recycling efforts. Roberts began by showing a video from CBS News about the documentary “Plastic China,” illustrating the changing climate of the recycling industry worldwide. Narrowing that focus locally, WFWRD provides waste and recycling services to approximately 84,382 homes in the cities of Cottonwood Heights, Herriman, Holladay, Millcreek, Taylorsville and portions of Murray and Sandy; the Metro Townships of Copperton, Emigration, Kearns, Magna and White City; and the unincorporated areas of Salt Lake County. WFWRD currently works with two different recycling plants within the Salt Lake area. These recycling plants will take clean recyclable material. However, if the material is dirty or contaminated, it gets sorted out and sent to the landfill. Earlier this year, the WFWRD provided an online survey to customers, which received approximately 6,000 responses. One of the questions within the survey addressed the state of recycling. “Recycling processing fees have increased over the past year. There are times when it is more expensive to

recycle than to send the materials to the landfill. (Projected cost increases per home/per month are equal to $1.00 to recycle, or $0.75 to dispose at the landfill.) Do you still support recycling services?” Nearly 80 percent of respondents were still in support of recycling services, while 18.55 percent of respondents said they only supported recycling if it’s less expensive than sending materials to the landfill. The additional 1.54 percent of respondents do not recycle. In Cottonwood Heights, over 90 percent of the 732 residents that responded support recycling. “If we throw it in the garbage, there’s not an increased cost. That’s just not true,” Roberts explained. Landfill fees are currently $32.85 per ton. The two local recycling plants will accept material that is uncontaminated. “The cleaner the recyclable items are, the better chance the plant will take it,” Roberts said. “Keep it clean and they’ll take it all day long.” Additionally, plastic bags are not accepted. Roberts told the council that Kroger will not offer plastic bags, nationwide, within five years. Councilmember Tali Bruce asked Roberts what residents can do to help the recycling effort. “Wipe out things like cottage cheese containers so it’s clean. If the product can contaminate papers in the can, don’t put it in. The clean-

er the better,” Roberts said. However, she emphasized using common sense. “If cleaning a recyclable item would take too much water or electricity, then don’t waste one resource to recycle another.” For more information, please visit wasatchfrontwaste.org/recycling/. Additional News from the WFWRD The Fall Leaf Collection Program will run until Nov. 30. Residents can pick up leaf bags

from Cottonwood Heights City Hall (2277 E. Bengal Blvd.), Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center (2230 E. Evergreen Ave.), or Whitmore Library (2197 E. Fort Union Blvd.). Leaf bags can be dropped off at Bywater Park (7420 S. 3300 West). A glass recycling bin is now available at the Cottonwood Heights Public Works Yard at 3000 East and 6600 South. l

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Brighton girls soccer fares well in region play, loses early in playoffs


t shouldn’t have surprised anyone when the Brighton girls soccer team qualified for the state tournament this season. But after another quick exit, Brighton is eager to take the next step. The Bengals placed third in the six-team Region 7, grabbing the third seed in the league. Brighton went 6-3-1 in region play and entered the state tournament with a solid 10-4-1 overall record. But for the fourth straight season, things at state didn’t go as the Bengals hoped. On Oct. 9, Brighton squared off with Skyline, the second-place team from Region 6, on the Eagles’ home field. The Bengals entered the game having scored 14 combined goals in its previous three games but couldn’t find the back of the net against the stout Skyline defense. The Eagles scored in the first half, which was all they needed to hand Brighton a 1-0 loss. It was the fifth time this season the Bengals failed to score a goal. Heading into the state tournament, Brighton was on a roll. It was riding a three-game winning streak, with victories over Cottonwood (8-0), Alta (3-1) and Jordan (3-0). Two of Brighton’s three region losses came at the hands of Corner Canyon (2-0 and 4-0). The Bengals also fell to league champion Timpview by the count of 3-0 on Sept. 11. The Bengals managed a scoreless tie with Timpview on Sept. 20.

By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com In its six league victories, Brighton’s offense dominated, averaging nearly five goals. The Bengals were scoreless in their two losses and tie. Individually, Kaitlyn Conley was one of the most prolific scorers in the state. She racked up 23 goals this season, good enough for fourthmost among all players in Utah. She led Class 5A in goals with 1.4 a game. The senior had four games in which she tallied at least three goals. Lexi Simpson was a great complement to Conley. The junior added eight goals this season and should be a team leader in 2019. Sage Stott and Dylan Zito had seven and five goals, respectively. Naomi Kehl and Payton Degraw each had two shutouts from their goalkeeper positions. The Bengals have made a habit of reaching the state tournament. They’ve now reached the postseason every year this century and won titles in 2005, 2010 and 2013. Things look good for Brighton to get past the first round for the first time since 2014. In addition to Simpson coming back, Zito is a junior, and Stott is just a sophomore. Kehl will return as a senior in 2019. Junior Mikayla Wise and sophomore Kate Munger will also be back, lending plenty of firepower and experience to the Brighton lineup. l

Hayley Wilson defends against Corner Canyon in region play. The Bengals finished 11-5-1, bowing out in the first round of the state tournament. (Justin Adams/City Journals)

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Kendra Hassell battles for the ball during a region match. The Bengals finished 11-5-1, bowing out in the first round of the state tournament. (Justin Adams/City Journals)

Olivia Seager saves the ball from going out. The Bengals finished 11-5-1, bowing out in the first round of the state tournament. (Justin Adams/City Journals)

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20 safety tips for trick-or-treaters


ou’re never too old to trick-or-treat (unless you are 35 and going by yourself, then yes, you are too old to trick-or-treat). But being safe knows no age limits, especially on a night when most people are wearing disguises. While it’s time to get your costume and candy bag ready, preparation of another kind is required for kid and adult alike. Here are some tips to stay safe this Halloween. 1. Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. 2. Costume accessories such as swords and knives should be short, soft and flexible. 3. Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. And as difficult as it may be, limit the amount of treats you eat. 4. Beware the homemade treats made by strangers. Better to eat only factory-wrapped treats. 5. Walk from house to house, don’t run. Doing so with a flashlight will help you see and others to see you. 6. Test makeup in a small area before applying. Then remove it before sleeping to prevent possible skin or eye irritation. 7. Look both ways before crossing the street. Do we even need to say this one? 8. Only visit well-lit houses. 9. Do not enter a home without a trusted adult. 10. Never accept rides from strangers. Strang-

er danger is a real thing. 11. By not wearing decorative contact lenses, you lower the risk for serious eye injury. 12. Wear well-fitted costumes, masks and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, falls and relentless mockery from your peers. 13. Drive extra safely on Halloween. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert during those hours. Slow down in residential neighborhoods. We all know how excited kids can be. Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully. 14. Remind children to watch for cars turning or backing up and to not dart into the street or between parked cars. 15. Put your electronic devices down as you walk around. 16. Keep costumes bright, or add reflective tape, to ensure kids are easier to spot. 17. Be careful next to candles or Jack-o’-lanterns. 18. Keep an eye for allergies. If someone has serious allergies or food sensitivities, read any unfamiliar labels before handing over the candy. 19. Brush your teeth. Candy is sticky and cavities will scare you. 20. You can maximize your candy intake by planning your route. Stick to places you are familiar with so you can also circle back around to Halloween headquarters. l

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Brighton girls cross-country run to ninth-place showing at state By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


ntering this season, the Brighton girls cross-country team had little experience under its belt. But that didn’t stop the Bengals from performing well during the year, especially at state when it counted most. Brighton competed against numerous other school at the 5A state meet, Oct. 17 at Sugar House Park and Highland High School. After all athletes had run, the Bengals emerged in ninth place. Not bad for a team that returned just one competitor with state experience from last year. “I was so proud of our varsity girls for securing a top-10 finish,” said head coach Angie Welder. “After not even sending a full varsity team last year, this marks a huge milestone in the growth and progress of Brighton cross-country.” Youth was served for the Bengals at the state meet. There was only one senior on the Brighton team this season, and its top three finishers at state were underclassmen. Freshman Caroline Rupper had the best results for the Bengals. She finished 15th overall with a time of 19:06. Sophomore Jocelyn Summers ran the state meet race in 20:06, good enough for 44th. Bailee Giles, a junior, was right behind in 45th place with a time of 20:07. Considering how young her team was and how little experience it had in state meets, Welder was thrilled with her team’s effort and

accomplishments. “Our athletes performed extremely well at the state championship,” she said. “Our varsity girls team knew all season long that making it to the state championship was the end goal. They never lost sight of that. It was exciting to see how everyone would react to the experience. I couldn’t have been prouder of their performance. Last year, we didn’t qualify either our girls or boys team and only sent two athletes who qualified individually. This year, we easily secured a qualifying spot and placed in the top 10 for 5A. That’s huge progress in one year.” On the boys side, the Bengals sent freshman Adam Kohlmann to state. He finished the course in 17:33. “It’s pretty rare for a freshman to compete in the state championship, so it was awesome for Adam to have that experience,” Welder said. As a team, the boys missed out on qualifying for state by just one point at the region meet. “After working so hard all season, I will never forget looking at the final results at region and realizing that our varsity boys missed qualifying by one single point. It was heartbreaking. They worked so incredibly hard all season, and to be so close to making it to the state championship was hard. That said, I think it motivated the boys to work even harder next year to secure that qualifying spot.” This season’s success didn’t come without

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Brighton’s Caroline Rupper, just a freshman, placed 15th overall at the state cross-country meet, Oct. 17. She helped the Bengals finish ninth as a team. (Photo courtesy of Angie Welder.)

hard work and commitment from every athlete. It was gratifying to Welder to see her team members embrace the challenge. She also loved how her older runners gelled so well with newcomers and made them feel part of the squad. “What I will remember most about this year is watching these athletes develop a pure love for running and competing,” she said. “They welcomed tough workouts, knowing it would make them better and stronger runners. Beyond that, I was genuinely impressed with how our seniors mentored our younger runners. Our senior runners stepped up and welcomed our new freshmen and sophomores openly and

helped to create an environment where everyone got along and worked together.” Though the 2019 season is several months away, Welder is already looking forward to seeing how her athletes build on the momentum from this season. She’s optimistic about the prospects of continued development. “I can’t wait for 2019,” she said. ‘We’ve got a lot of momentum for next year, and I truly believe that our athletes will be faster and younger. We are young, but our young runners are our fastest. My expectation next year is to send a full varsity girls and boys team to the state championship.” l

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Professional carvers sculpt pumpkins into art By Amy Green | a.green@mycityjournals.com

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rofessional pumpkin carvers have been busy at the Utah State Fairpark (155 N. 1000 West) during Pumpkin Nights, showing how pumpkin sculpting is done. Tickets to see these carvers in action are available for the event until Nov. 4. Just beyond the ticket entrance, one can walk by the current projects of an artist sculpting massive gourds. It’s a great beginning, before heading through a visually stimulating, pumpkin-themed park. Ashlen Clark is an artist who contributes to the sculpting and groundwork that goes into Pumpkin Nights. “We start planning everything in February—that’s when we start carving (synthetic) pumpkins. We do the event in four cities: Auburn (California), Denver, LA, and here in Salt Lake City. There are over 3,000 pumpkins in each city. In addition to that, is our bigger sculptures. We start with the little stuff, then move into

the bigger sculptures like our giant squid and nine foot jack-o’-lantern,” Clark said. She offered tips for anyone planning to carve pumpkins, to help make things go smoothly. “Have an idea of what you want and draw it out first. A lot of it is just putting personality into it, and having lots of fun,” she encouraged. Guests can come to Pumpkin Nights and see up close details of how a carving artist works. Upon inspection, people will notice that pumpkins are not sculpted using just a paring knife or a vegetable peeler. On real pumpkins, artists use special clay tools that, well, resemble a vegetable peeler. But the tools are different than regular kitchen gadgets, spectators are told. Pumpkin Nights is a good place to ask an artist about what tools he or she uses and how to use them. Nine-year-old Rorey from Sandy visited Pumpkin Nights and was among many children who stopped to observe,

Adam Smith, a professional carver, creates sculptures at Pumpkin Nights. (Amy Green/City Journals)

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ask questions and react over the carving demo. “It’s very satisfying to watch,” Rorey said. One of the artists giving a live demonstration was Adam Smith who patiently answered kids’ questions about creating the intricate and massive pumpkin sculptures. “I’ve been sculpting pumpkins like this, the 3D stuff, for about six years— carving professionally for 10. I got into pumpkin carving, and that influenced me going into different mediums like clay and wood,” Smith said. He described how pumpkin sculpting is unique. “With clay, you build up and you add things to it whereas pumpkins, it’s like wood or a marble carving, where you take it away,” Smith explained. More of Smith’s art can be seen on the Facebook page, The Pumpkin Smith - Pumpkin Carver. Watching a pumpkin artist is a unique opportunity and an alternative to suspense-laden haunted houses. It’s festive without the horror of a jumpy attraction. People seem to love watching an everyday pumpkin evolve into whimsical shapes. It is also a bonus for younger children, as there is no intense scary stuff. Anyone can look on, unafraid, while an artist peels away layers of pumpkin (that luckily don’t bleed or scream). It is an experience that might spark a “like a kid again” feeling for adults. One might crave to have a relaxing night at home, sitting down and getting “artistic”... or just elbow deep in messy, slimy, stringy (yet wonderfully quiet) vegetable guts. For more information, go to pumpkinnights.com/salt-lake-city. l

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