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IS THE OLD MILL HAUNTED? By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


hile driving along the Big Cottonwood Canyon Road at night, the frequent curves of the road and the sparse street lighting provides a feeling of unease. Almost directly at the halfway point of the road, the faded rooftop and bricks of the Old Mill come into sight. Its age gives it character, even though it looks like any part of the building could fall off or apart at any moment. Drawing near, the light from the night sky falls in eerie directions. It’s the only thing in view, aside from the trees and other plants along a nearby trail. The only thing that can be heard is the hum from car engines and the slight sound of water running from the nearby creek. Hopefully. It has been rumored that silhouettes of ghostly humans can come into view through the glass-less windows, and that the faint sound of a dog’s bark may be detected. Whispers of the Old Mill being haunted have been heard for years. Many individuals; residents, neighbors, workers, and visitors; have reported doors opening and closing on their own, lights being turned on and off long after the building was disconnected from electricity, cold spots, a woman’s voice, a barking dog, and generally eerie-ness. The Old Mill’s history does suggest a sort of strangeness. It was originally built as the Desert News Paper Mill by the Desert News Company. Construction of the mill began in 1881, designed by engineer-architect Henry Grow, and completed in 1884. The mill was a 110-acre site, with the main building measuring 85 by 160 feet, with an additional 65-foot wide addition. It was three stories high, with a basement. During construction, some of the granite used to construct the mill was left over from the construction of the Salt Lake Mormon Temple. The mill was originally powered by a waterwheel. Remnants of the concrete head gate can still be seen on the hill East above the mill, even though the tank

The Old Mill on Big Cottonwood Canyon Road is speculated to be one of the most haunted places within Cottonwood Heights. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)

was removed in the 1950s. The Desert News Paper Mill thrived for a few years, according to an advertisement published in 1887, it had “the best facilities in this line of any house in the territories” for newspapers, books, and records. It had a machine room, engine room, rotary boiler room, and an extension for a chemical and cutting room. Soon, however, the mill’s operations became too costly. After attempting to sell the mill for a two-year lease failed, it was sold in 1892 to trustees of the Granite Paper Mill Company. In 1893, many members of the Butler family worked

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for the Granite Paper Mill Company. Leander ‘Neri’ Butler, was one of the most unfortunate Butlers. In 1893, his face and hands were badly burned by the flash of a shorted circuit in the mill. Afterward, he had an accident in the canyon that resulted in a crushed shin bone. Then in 1918, he lost his life in an electrical accident. This is where it gets weird. During the last week of March, the mill reported that it had the most successful run in its bumpy history. The manager at the time, George Lambert, allowed for the thirty employees to have a long weekend, perhaps as a reward Continued page 12 for a job well done. During



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Changing leaves add another attraction to Oktoberfest By Joshua Wood | joshw@mycityjournals.com


ne of the longest running cultural festivals in Utah still has a few more weeks to go this October. It started in mid-August, but Oktoberfest gets into full gear during its namesake month at Snowbird. The festival still has plenty of activities for the entire family. Plus, as the seasons change, the fall leaves add another dimension to the event. The 47th annual Oktoberfest continues each Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. until Oct. 20. The event comes with more than just beer and brats. The festival includes rides and games for kids and a celebration of German culture. The sounds of traditional German music fill the crisp mountain

air for dancing and celebrating. Of course, there are plenty of beer and brats for those who choose to indulge. In fact, the event features over 50 varieties of beer, from traditional German brews to a range of local offerings. “If beer and brats isn’t your thing, there are some really cool desserts and chocolate,” said Brian Brown of Snowbird. “There are also local craft vendors and food stations.” As the 10-week festival moves into its final few weekends, a new attraction emerges in the surrounding mountains. Festivalgoers can take the tram up to the top and take in the fall colors as the trees start to change. Each

Celebrating German culture at Oktoberfest. (Photo by Chris Segal, used by permission)


Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m., there will also be a concert at the top. Meanwhile, back at the festival hall, traditional German folk music and dancing continues throughout the day. Even those without German roots can’t help but stomp their feet to the festive music. Family-friendly activities during Oktoberfest include the Alpine Slide and a ninja-style obstacle course. The variety of food options and outdoor activities help fill the afternoon surprisingly quickly. Admission to the event is free, with charges for rides and food. Of course, the surrounding hiking trails are also free of charge

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Butler Middle principal wins Canyons School District APEX award By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

“I feel like I’m surrounded by legends,” Canyons School District Superintendent Jim Briscoe told honorees and guests at the district’s 10th annual APEX Awards Night. “What you all do is for our kids, their families and for those in the next 100 years.” The annual APEX Awards Night honors those who serve in the schools as well as those who help support them. They are the highest awards given by the Canyons Board of Education and the school district’s administration. Briscoe said when he was interviewing five years ago for his position, then Canyons Board of Education President Tracy Scott Cowdell said, “I just want to be inspired.” “I’ve been inspired by every board member I’ve worked with; you have made a huge difference for our kids and you don’t know how long that impact will be,” Briscoe said. He also said he is inspired by those who work in the schools and appreciates area mayors and elected officials who help make Canyons a successful district. “I’m inspired when I walk in and observe teachers and students. The more I see, the more I’m inspired and want to keep moving forward in a positive direction.” While Briscoe showed appreciation to everyone who contributed to the district, the Legacy Award was indeed recognizing “legends.” Four members of the first Canyons Board of Education — Cowdell, Kim H. Horiuchi, Sherril H. Taylor and Ellen Wallace — received the honor. “It’s a great honor and I really appreciate the existing board and Supt. Briscoe for recognizing us,” Horiuchi said. “Probably no one knows what all went into creating this district.” While those involved know long hours, many discussions and difficult decisions were made before and after voters approved the new school district. It left them with six weeks after becoming official July 1, 2009 to be ready as Canyons School District, current board member Mont Millerberg said. Since then, Canyons has shown its appreciation of teachers, including salary increases two years in a row, the most recent one funded by a truth in taxation, Briscoe said. “Every teacher’s salary in the district was raised by $7,800. I call that courage and I also call it passion for public education,” he said. Through its decade, Canyons has honored an outstanding teacher at every school. Current Board President Nancy Tingey invited Canyons District’s Teacher of the Year, Jessica Beus, to receive her APEX Award. Beus shared the credit after being

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Canyons Board of Education President Nancy Tingey presents Butler Middle School Principal Paula Logan, right, with the APEX Award for School Administrator of the Year. (Photo courtesy of Canyons School District)

named Teacher of the Year last spring. “It’s exciting what we’re doing and where we’re going with Midvale, but it comes from the support we have of each other. We are a team; we all dive in and do what is best for our students,” she said about the school improving students’ academic successes and test scores. That apparently is true as not only Beus, but her principal, Chip Watts, and Midvale Elementary’s community school facilitator, Heidi Sanger, also were recognized as the Canyons School Administrator of the Year and Student Support Services Professional of the Year, respectively. Supporting them were several other Midvale staff and faculty, who cheered for their colleagues. A secondary Canyons School Administrator of the Year was named: Butler Middle School Principal Paula Logan. “I am deeply honored by the recognition of the APEX School Administrator of the Year,” Logan said. She thanked the

board for the award, support and value they place in recognizing “many people who work hard in the district. For me, this is a moment that will always stand out in my career. I have been blessed to work with amazing people and communities who inspire me to learn and grow. I appreciate the support, guidance and friendship I have received throughout my career in Canyons School District. I know there is still a lot to learn and to do. I plan to continue my efforts to improve the outcomes for teachers and students in my school.” Logan, who previously was principal at Midvale Middle, had hired Evelyn Leal, alternative language services assistant. Logan applauded Leal, who received the Student Support Services Professional of the Year award. Another team — Carl Patterson, Jake Thomas and Ryan Jakeman — were recognized as Canyons Education Support Professionals of the Year, as the faciltiies services coordinators have helped en-

sure construction around the district goes smoothly and is on time. Brisoce pointed out that the district completed all of its 2010 bond projects and is already underway with several of its 2019 bond building projects — including four high schools and an elementary school currently being constructed, in addition to other projects. Video clips were shown about each awardee, and with this award, Facilities Director Rick Conger said, “When I heard of this award for these three, it literally did bring tears to my eyes.” Likewise, Special Education Director Misty Suarez said District Administrator of the Year Terri Mitchell is “a great leader. She is an example to everyone in the perfect way to interacts with kids.” Mitchell said her job as the early childhood education director is “the best job in the world. It’s the best job in Canyons. It means a lot to be recognized. I would say I have given everything to Canyons School

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kindergartner who had just moved to Utah and was struggling to fit in. Every day for five years, she came to help that student and others. Representative Robert Spendlove was applauded as Canyons Elected Official of the Year. In his video clip, Spendlove said it is his job to be the voice of the people, not just those who elected him, but everyone, especially the “voice of the young people who can’t vote yet, but they need that voice.” Real Salt Lake organization and owner Dell Loy Hansen was honored as the Canyons Business Partner of the Year. Earlier this year, Hansen funded $250 toward every elementary teacher who submitted a grant proposal in his Scoring for Schools. Through similar programs in Jordan and Alpine school districts, he donated $1.2 million in teacher grants. “Just like professional soccer players, students need to train with the right equipment in order to score big in the classroom,” he said last winter. “If a teacher needs something, we want to make it happen.”

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Hansen, who learned about the award in early September, said he didn’t “understand the magnitude and the power of a well-put-together school district” until the awards ceremony. That, many say, comes from the district’s beginnings and appreciating those who set it in motion, as well as those who have contributed to it along the way. “Eleven years ago, we started this historic journey of working together to build a world-class school district for our community,” Tingey said. “This year’s winners of the APEX Awards certainly have helped Canyons District on our journey, and we are grateful they are part of the Canyons District family. Their commitment to the success of our schools, whether from the very beginning of Canyons District or in recent years, is very much appreciated and has made a difference.” Cowdell said that receiving the Legacy Award “really means a lot to me and brings back great memories. I hope they keep the momentum.” l

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one Peak offers local hiking enthusiasts a rigorous challenge and incredible payoff once they make it to the top. Getting there requires the necessary precautions and a good part of a day, but the reward is worth it for those who tough it out. Standing at over 11,000 feet, Lone Peak is a major feature of the Wasatch Front. It is also a goal for many who want to scale the most prominent peaks in the area. Planning a hike up Lone Peak requires some preparation. Hikers will want to read up on the trail options to decide their approach. The well-known Jacob’s Ladder is a grueling hike up steep trails covered with loose turf that can frustrate even experienced hikers. It is, however, the most direct route from the trailheads near the southeast corner of the valley and Corner Canyon. Another option is Cherry Canyon Trail, which offers a more gradual climb, though still steep. Taking this approach will add another mile or two to the overall hike. Whichever trail hikers choose, another thing to keep in mind is the fact that the trails can prove elusive. Having a hiking app open during the trek is a big help, as is going with someone who has already done it. Also, trekking poles are must-haves for this type of terrain. The hike to the peak and back can take

10–12 hours for most hikers. Taking plenty of water is essential for the journey. Hikers should plan on a minimum of three liters, but twice that is necessary for hotter days. Enough food and snacks to keep up with the massive amount of calories the hike will burn is also important. As with any difficult hike, people should work their way up to something like Lone Peak by starting the season with shorter, easier hikes. The trail is best approached between May and October, depending on how much snow has fallen. Hikers can therefore plan on a late summer ascent and spend the earlier months of the season getting in shape for it. Despite the need for preparation and the workout the hike presents, the payoff is well worth it. Even just a few hours into the hike, the views are amazing. Early morning vistas of the Salt Lake Valley below are followed by views of Utah Lake and the surrounding landscape. Plus, once the trail continues beyond the initial few hours of ascent, it becomes more shaded and the scenery immediately surrounding the trail is stunning. The latter part of the hike involves a good amount of scrambling up rock. The final climb up the rock toward the peak can be harrowing for those who are less than fond of heights. Knowing this in advance can help people decide whether they want to do the

Signs are few and far between on the trail to Lone Peak. (Joshua Wood/City Journals)

hike and how far they want to go. There are a few places on the way to the very top of the peak where the views are just as incredible without the final scare. As always, people should practice caution. Once up top, the sights are awe-inspiring. On a clear day, which is advisable for this hike, the 360-degree views of cities and mountains below provide the kind of reward to make the long hike worth the effort.

Another thing to keep in mind when hiking Lone Peak is that the trek down takes as much work as the hike up. This is especially the case in descending Jacob’s Ladder and its loose footing. However, once returned to the trailhead, the feeling of accomplishment, of conquering one of the most rigorous hikes in the area, is a Rocky Mountain high that can’t be beat. l

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Licensing requirements for temporary Halloween stores By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


s the time for trick-or-treating closes in, many parents and children start to keep an eye out for Halloween pop-up stores. These stores, full of packaged costumes, themed decorations, horror animatronics and spooky soundtracks, transform abandoned buildings into seasonal shopping arenas. Halloween pop-up stores can be found all over the Salt Lake Valley. One of the more well-known Halloween pop-up stores, Spirit Halloween, has over 1,200 locations all over the U.S. and Canada. Those stores hire over 35,000 seasonal employees per year. Besides Spirit, some other pop-up Halloween stores include Halloween City, Halloween Express, Halloween Land and Haunted Halloween. One city that will not have a Halloween pop-up store this year in Cottonwood Heights. This is primarily due to the city not having many abandoned or empty buildings. Since these pop-up stores inhabit old buildings to provide a ghostly presence of a store and rarely lease or buy a building, the options within the Cottonwood Heights boundaries are extremely limited. “We do have Zurchers,” said Community and Economic Development Director Mike Johnson. “They transform the inside of their store to be completely Halloweenrelated.” (Zurchers is located at 1378 Park Center

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Drive.) If there was available space within the city, individuals wishing to open a pop-up Halloween store would have to obtain a temporary business license from the city. Usually, those individuals would be preparing in late summer/early fall. Found within Title 5 – Business Licenses and Regulations in the Cottonwood Heights Code of Ordinances (specifically, section 5.14 – Temporary Licenses), Halloween popup stores are not the only businesses that take advantage of these licenses. Many seasonal businesses apply for temporary licenses, like firework stands and snow cone shacks. By definition, a temporary business conducts business from “a single designated site or premises without a permanent foundation or location from which goods, merchandise, or services are sold on a temporary or seasonable basis,” (5-14). When applying for a temporary business license, applicants are required to turn in a description of the business, a site plan showing available parking, operations timeframe, evidence of a current sales tax permit issued by the state of Utah and written permission from the property owner. The application must be submitted at least 10 days prior to the opening day of the business. However, this time restriction may

Spirit Halloween is one of the most successful Halloween retail shops in the U.S. and Canada, with over 1,200 stores. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)

be waived and expedited by the license official upon a payment of $100. In addition, applicants may apply for a cash bond or letter of credit in a predetermined amount to cover the cost of disposing all litter, garbage and sewage. It’s also important to note that it is illegal to promote or carry on a temporary business within the city without obtaining a temporary business license from the city. If the proposed business is allowed

within the zoning designations for the desired area, temporary licenses can be granted fairly quickly. Once granted, businesses are required to display the hard-copy version of those temporary licenses, just like any other business license. However, temporary businesses are only allowed to operate for up to 100 (consecutive calendar) days. For re-occurring business, such as Halloween pop-up stores, applicants must re-apply for a temporary license every year. l



You’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. Walk from house to house, don’t run. Doing so with a flashlight will help you see and others to see you. 5. Test makeup in a small area before applying. Then remove it before sleeping to prevent possible skin or eye irritation. 6. Only visit well-lit houses. 7. Do not enter a home without a trusted adult.

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Local auto technician wins prestigious national award By Joshua Wood | joshw@mycityjournals.com

Jake Sorensen at McNeil’s Auto Care. (Joshua Wood/City Journals)


local auto technician is getting national attention for his work. Jake Sorensen of McNeil’s Auto Care has recently received a prestigious award for auto technicians and will travel to Arizona this fall for the award presentation. “I knew I was nominated, but honestly

with it being a national award, I didn’t think much of it,” Sorensen said. “I thought there’s a lot of techs out there and the chances of me making it very far are pretty slim. When I got the phone call, I was pretty surprised.” Master auto technicians from any NAPA-affiliated location can be nominated for the prestigious NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year Award. Finalists from 52 regional groups across the country are selected to advance in the national selection process before the ultimate award recipient is chosen by NAPA Auto Parts, NAPA AutoCare and the National Institute of Automotive Service Excellence (ASE). “He’s the youngest to ever win the award,” said Pete McNeil, owner of McNeil’s Auto Care. At just 31 years old, Sorensen likely is the youngest ever to receive the award, though records can be unclear. He was called in late 2018 by then-NAPA president Dan Askey, who told Sorensen he had won. “He said I was the youngest winner he ever heard of and he was at NAPA for I think it was just shy of 40 years,” Sorensen said. “To his knowledge I was the youngest one to win it.” Nominees must achieve the status of master technician, which requires at least eight ASE certifications. Sorensen holds 14

ASE certifications and another 15 training qualifications, according to NAPA/ASE. Sorensen, a resident of West Jordan, got an early start to his career. When he was just 15, he began fixing up cars for sale in auctions. He got his first job in an auto shop when he was 17 and became a master technician at just 19 years old. Shortly after that, he started work at McNeil’s, which has locations in Sandy and Riverton. “At first it was just something that I could do and could make money at it,” Sorensen said. “I moved out young and needed money to support myself. Then I started to actually build a passion for what I’m doing.” Sorensen takes a cerebral approach to his work. While a lot of technicians enjoy working on fast cars and old cars, Sorensen likes the diagnostic part of auto repair. “I like figuring out what’s wrong with these cars, especially modern cars with all the modules and computers that they have in there,” he said. “That’s really reenergized me. It’s pretty rewarding when you figure something out.” Sorensen has become a resource for McNeil’s Auto Care and the other techs. If a car comes in that looks like it might be a little more difficult, they tend to give it to him. They even send him tough cases from their other location in Riverton. A lot of those difficult-to-diagnose re-

pairs involve things that Sorensen enjoys, like electrical issues or problems with a car’s computer modules. “Your average car has 20-plus modules or computers and they all communicate with each other on a network,” Sorensen said. “A lot of people don’t understand how that network works or interacts or how to diagnose problems with that, so I’ll get a lot of those.” Sorensen will travel to Arizona to receive his NAPA/ASE Technician of the Year Award. He recently found out that he has won another national award from an automotive magazine and will travel to Minnesota for that award ceremony this fall as well. With so many accomplishments at such a young age, Sorensen has his sights on other things he would like to do in the future. “I really like teaching, and I’ve been teaching at the adult high school down the street at the Canyons Tech Center,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed that and I want to do something more in-depth there.” He would also like to do more auto technician training and share his experience with diagnosis. “I’ve been doing some of that here,” he said. “I like to do classes about electrical and kind of start with the basics and help them understand how they can figure these things out and learn that stuff themselves.” l

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Butler Elementary students honor local heroes By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


hen the theme for last year’s Reflections was announced as “Heroes Around Us,” Tatum Jackson and Gabriel Jackson knew immediately who they wanted to honor. Tatum, a fourth grade student at Butler Elementary, created a piece honoring a fallen wildland firefighter named Matthew Burchett. Gabriel, a first grade student at Butler Elementary, created a piece honoring the Cottonwood Heights Police Department (CHPD). Both Tatum and Gabriel created art projects with the media of wood burning. Tatum approached the local firefighters at Butlerville Days to give them her art piece. Unified Fire Authority (UFA) Assistant Chief Mike Watson was delighted. “Mattie was a dear friend of mine,” Watson said. “We worked together directly for four years, from 2000 to 2003. We became very close friends.” The title of Tatum’s piece is “A Fallen Hero,” with the caption “I chose a firefighter named Matthew Burchett. He died in the line of duty. He was fighting forest fires in California. I wanted to honor this local hero.” Watson requested for Tatum and Gabriel to be recognized by the Cottonwood Heights City Council. During that recognition on Sept. 3, Watson shared some of Burchett’s life. “At the time of the accident, he was a battalion chief for Draper Fire. It was real-

ly special to see him learn and grow, and to see how many people he taught to learn and grow in the profession. He was at the top of his craft. And he was fun to be around.” Tatum said she created the piece because “I thought it would be fun to make one (an art piece) for Matthew, because I remembered he passed away. I thought I could make one because he was a hero.” Burchett’s friends and family participate in an annual bike ride from Logan to Jackson in Matthew’s honor. This year, they hired an artist to create a rendering of where Burchett was when tragedy struck. The image, titled “The Mountain,” has been printed on the back of the jerseys they will be wearing during the bike ride. “It’s pretty amazing when you compare the two pieces to see how similar they are. Tatum’s design really is incredible,” Watson said. Watson shared that Burchett’s brother, Dominic Burchett, would be receiving Tatum’s art piece for the family. He assured the audience that Matthew’s widow, Heather, will get to see Tatum’s artwork as well. Gabriel wanted to do an art piece honoring the Cottonwood Heights Police Department for his reflection piece. “I couldn’t think of any other hero than the police department,” he said. The title of Gabriel’s piece is “Our Po-

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Tatum Jackson and Gabriel Jackson recognized the men and women of the Unified Fire Authority and the Cottonwood Heights Police Department as their everyday heroes. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)

lice Department,” with the caption “The heroes around me are the Cottonwood Heights Police Department. I want to be a police officer when I grow up. I want to wear a badge just like this.” As his caption alludes, “the mountain emblem is identical to the one we wear on our badge,” said CHPD Police Chief Robby Russo. “That took a great deal of time, effort and consideration. I’m grateful to you.” “I understand that you want to be a po-

lice officer. You’ll make a great police officer in 10 years when you can test,” Russo said to Gabriel as he presented him a hat from the CHPD to get him started. “The Jackson family exemplifies what makes Cottonwood Heights so special,” Russo said. Both of Gabriel and Tatum’s entries “won at the school level and got honorable mentions at the district level,” reported their mom, Jamie Jackson. l

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Continued from front page the extended weekend, there were about four times the inventory of paper stacked, due to bad roads preventing transport of paper into the city. The mill was full of paper, and empty of its usual occupants. On April 1, 1893, at 3 a.m., the mill’s night watchman Mr. Ayers, who was sleeping in the attic, was awakened by the sound of crackling flames. A fire had started in the rag room on the second floor. Mr. Ayers quickly called Lambert, and a few other workers, who tried to put out the fire with the available water. They were unsuccessful in stopping the fire, but they were able to salvage three and a half tons of paper stock. It was reported that employee Nathan Staker was injured trying to save the paper. Unfortunately, they were the only ones to respond in a timely manner to the fire. Since it was April Fools, many thought the alarms were a prank, so help did not arrive until the fire was no longer manageable. The fire was devastating --destroying the building’s interior, including most of the equipment and the stockpile of paper. The amount paid by insurance would not cover the complete damage, so operations were suspended. The cause of the fire remains unknown, even though it is speculated that it was ignited by soot sparks on the wood shingle roof. From then, until 1927, the mill passed through a variety of different owners. “Commenting on the mill’s ill-fated history, Wen-

dell Ashton (publisher of the Desert News) concluded that the mill ‘was born in travail, and it lived through trial,” wrote Roberts. In July 1935, there were reports of another small fire. However, there are no known reports of any injury or death. Partial reconstruction and renovation was paid for by the Old Mill Tavern company, and soon the Granite Paper Mill was converted into a dance hall called the Old Mill Club. On Sept. 30, 1969, Steve Poulson, an entertainment writer for the Chronicle, reported that the Old Mill reopened six months ago with the intent to be a dance and concert hall, featuring the best musical talent available. Not only did the Old Mill feature music, but visually accented full-scale light shows, the Old Mill’s Coffee Gallery (which served coffees, natural fruit drinks, and soft drinks), a leather shop, gift shop, pool room, and silent movies, as well. The Old Mill was open Thursday through Sundays, with music beginning at nine every night. However, Sunday nights were exclusively for listening audiences. At the time, it was illegal to dance on Sundays in Utah. One night a group of police cars showed up with an empty bus and tried to raid the Old Mill. “There was a single incident in the parking lot, but no known arrests,” reported Ed Huntsman. During those years, the marquee featured bands such as: Wishful Thinking, Foremost Authority, Holden Caulfield, Spirit of

Creation, Sunday, Crabby Appleton, Flaming Groovies, It’s a Beautiful Day, Sea Train, Animals, Zombies, Electric Prune, Black Pearl, Sons of Champlin, and Alice Kooper. In 1971, the site was placed on the National Register of Historic Places; after it was declared a historic site in 1966. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the Old Mill remained a place of entertainment. It eventually became a popular disco dance hall on the weekends. And during the Halloween season, it intentionally became a haunted house, soon renamed the Haunted Old Mill. It also briefly was an arts center and crafts boutique. Many residents still remember the Old Mill being a haunted house in the 80s. “Around the year 1989, my dad took a bunch of friends and I to a haunted house there,” said Rusty Lugo on Facebook. “When I was a kid, it was a haunted house. Scary as crap,” said Shauna Knight on Nextdoor. In addition to music and events, the Old Mill has made many appearances in movies including: SLC Punk, Team Alien, Halloween: The Curse of Michael Meyers, Hereditary, Bleep, and March of Dimes. Two other stories, not as well-documented, involving unfortunate night watchman add to the strange history and current eerie-ness of the site. On the morning of June 27, 1933, the night watchman living on site was awoken by the sound of breaking glass. He went to

investigate on the north side of the building, and found a teenage boy attempting to get in through the broken window. He asked the teenager to stay put so he could call the police. As any teenager might, he started to run. In response, the watchman shot the teenager. He was taken to the hospital in critical condition, but lived, and sued a few months later. A story with even less evidence occurred sometime in the 1970s. It has been said that a night watchman committed suicide in front of his wife. In addition, many paranormal websites most commonly report the story of two nomads and their dog being killed by a fire at the site. If you’re one to draw connections between the history of a site and the reported hauntings, there’s a few strong correlations. There are a handful of reports about seeing shadows or silhouettes of a hanged man. This could be the night watchman from the 1970s. Many rumors surround a woman, either waiting at the top of the stairs, playing, walking, or crying. This could be one of the nomads who was lost on this site. As with many haunted locations, there are a variety of reports of lights acting strangely. This is peculiar for the Old Mill since it lacks electricity. Maybe, this is Neri Butler. And the most common reports of strange happenings might be traced back to the nomad’s dog. The sound of an invisible dog barking is frequently heard. Sometimes, real-live dogs with their owners have appeared to be playing with an invisible dog as well. Or perhaps the rumors of Old Mill being haunted are merely spoken ghosts of a previous Haunted Old Mill from the 1980s. “I have always called it “The Haunted Old Mill” and now my kids call it the same thing!” said Amy Bertrand on Facebook. Either way, 67% of residents and visitors (polled through social media) believe the site to still be haunted. Thank you to everyone who shared their stories, including: Brian Mounts, Rusty Lugo, Laura Williams, Erin Alexander, Steve Gerber, Amy Bertrand, Jade Velazquez, Chris Evans, Kimberly Kraan, Angie Meredith, Shuana Knight, and Erin Nelligan.


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The tragic Murray tale of Charles Thiedee By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com It was a first for the State of Utah and, to date, the first and only one for Murray—an execution. In 1896, in true Wild West fashion, saloonkeeper Charles Thiede was hung in a genuinely gruesome manner for the murder of his wife. While the territory of Utah had executed a few outlaws before Thiede, this was the first as a state, and it made national headlines.

Thiede’s life of crime can be traced in newspaper headlines years before the slaying of his wife. Thiede left his native Germany to serve in the navies of England and Chile, but after fighting against the Peruvians, Thiede hoped to find solace in his native land. Upon returning to Germany, he was immediately conscripted into the army, where he served as a cook, a profession he kept for the rest of his life. After military service, he married Mary Frank in 1884, and together they set off for a better life in America, settling in Sandy and having a child. The ne’er-do-well Thiede, who had a fearsome temper, opened his first tavern, the Social Hall Saloon, in the fall of 1886 in downtown Salt Lake City. That same year, he was fined for punching a woman who had accidentally dropped a piece of paper into his lap. After being shut down for selling liquor without a license, or for selling it on a Sunday, Thiede opened, and was forced to close, numerous establishments. By the early 1890s, Thiede was a regular before the court, usually losing his liquor license or being punished for assaulting someone. As a result, Salt Lake City was no longer a welcoming spot for Thiede, and the saloonkeeper saw prime opportunity to jump into the thriving bar scene along State Street in Murray. Finding a small patch of ground behind the Germania smelter on 4800 South, Thiede opened the West Side Saloon. A notorious womanizer who welcomed prostitutes into his bar, Thiede was

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also known to frequently abuse his wife, Mary; even for rough-and-tumble Murray, that was not acceptable. The night before May 1, 1894, Mary had fled to a neighbor’s home after a violent fight. As she always had done before, she returned. But this time, she returned home to find a very drunken Charles, who was waiting for her with a butcher’s knife. He sliced her throat from ear to ear. Blood-splattered Thiede then went to Harry Hayne’s saloon, where he reportedly told the sheriff, “Well, I killed my wife last night.” The next morning, a crowd swarmed the sheriff’s office, trying to carry out its own version of justice by lynching Thiede. The sheriff relocated his prisoner to the Salt Lake County jail, which was also in Murray. There, Thiede changed his story and claimed he was innocent. He told the judge he found her body in his house, and that her dying words were, “Oh, Charlie.” The prosecutors, long familiar with the defendant, presented a forensically tight case, first pointing out that the victim could in no way talk, as her head was nearly cut off. They also argued that because Charles was covered in blood—meaning the heart would still need to be pumping in order for the blood to splatter on him—then he had to be with Mary, in their home, at the time of the murder. Found guilty, Thiede was sentenced to be hanged. In 1896, Thiede’s time was up, but the sheriff wanted to try a new-and-improved way of hanging. Instead of the condemned being dropped through a trap door, Thiede was going to be hanged by an ingenious system of pulleys; he would stand on the ground, and a metal weight would yank him upward, snapping his neck. Lawmen from around the West convened at the Salt Lake County jail to watch the new method in action. At the appointed time, Thiede, who still professed his innocence, was yanked up by the noose, but it failed to snap his neck. Instead, he hung

Murderer Charles Thiede, convicted of killing his wife, Mary. (Photo courtesy of U of U Marriott Library)

on the gallows for 14 minutes, strangled to death. That hanging method was never used again. Even in death, Thiede gained no sympathy. An arsonist burned his saloon down. The Salt Lake Herald-Republican reported that residents in Murray and Cottonwood Heights guarded their cemeteries to prevent his body from being interred there. Eventually, he was buried in Sandy City’s cemetery—but only for a day. He was disinterred at the request of Sandy residents and buried in a field adjacent to the graveyard. l

Charles Thiede was the first, and last, person to be hanged with a noose that yanked the condemned off the ground. (Illustration courtesy of U of U Marriott Library.)

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Only enthusiastic spooks need apply at Castle of Chaos By Jenniffer Wardell | j.wardell@mycityjournals.com Becoming a ghost, ghoul or monstrous fiend isn’t as complicated as some people think.

At least, it isn’t at the Castle of Chaos. The haunted house, which is open now through Nov. 2, held auditions for their cast of scarers this past August. Interviews required applicants to groan, scream, shuffle menacingly and try their best to startle someone enough to make them jump. According to the Castle of Chaos directing team, however, a willingness to try is far more important than acting experience or the ability to deliver convincing scares. “I look for people who are free and open with their body and voice,” said Castle of Chaos Director Nick Justice. “If you’re coming in here and you’re going crazy, even if it makes no sense, you’re better than half the people who come in here.” He also said it’s important that people be able to take direction and follow guidance offered by one of the directing team. Justice and Castle of Chaos Casting Director Kelly Drabik spend most of the audition asking applicants to show off their ability to do things like zombie walks or predatory stalking at low heights. They’ll also ask if the applicants have any special talents, such as a particularly good creepy laugh

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Though roles such as Freddy Krueger require actors with a specific body type, there are plenty of other roles designed to fit a variety of ages and body types. (Photo provided by Castle of Chaos)

or the ability to twist your arm in a disturbing-looking way. “It’s really laid back,” said Castle of Chaos General Manager Dalton Brown. “You don’t have to have anything prepared.” Another part of the audition process involves the directing team figuring out how each applicant would best fit into the haunted house. That includes several factors, from a map of the planned rooms for the upcoming season to asking the applicant whether they have a particular role they want to do. Though he’d turned most of the interviews over to Justice and Drabik, Castle of Chaos Owner James Bernard offered some guidance on this part of the process. “After 19 years of running a haunted house, it’s second nature to see someone, get to know their personality, and see where they’d have the most fun and be the most effective,” he said. Though he said having fun is the major factor in where an actor gets placed, elements such as the actors age will determine whether they can take on certain roles. “When you’re in an authority role, for example, it’s tough to scare someone older,” he said, explaining why he tends not to cast younger actors in roles such as murderous doctors. Sometimes, how you look can also be a factor in where you end up. “For our Hollywood roles, we do look at physical appearance,” said Drabik. “Jason (Voorhees) needs to look like Jason. But we also like 4-foot-tall little girls, because they’re scary as heck.” No matter where the actor ends up, however, it’s important that they know how to scare responsibly. Midvale’s Castle of Chaos (7980 S. State Street) offers several different levels of scares, with higher levels including more physical contact. Level three involves touching, level four includes pushing and dragging, and higher levels in-

The Castle of Chaos hires a large cast every season to work in their haunted house, such as the above group who performed in 2018. (Photo provided by Castle of Chaos)

volve even more intense experiences. Given that level of interaction, the directing team looks for actors who keep the safety of both the guests and their fellow performers in mind. “We look for people who can be safe with it,” said Mike Harmon, a Castle of Chaos acting coach who runs classes on doing hands-on scares. “A lot of the stuff we do at level four can get dangerous unless you do it carefully.” For Justice, making sure no one gets hurt is far more important than being frightening. “In my mind, it doesn’t matter how scary it is,” he said. “If you get hurt, that’s all you’re going to remember.” Besides, the people who are selected to become scarers for the year will get a chance to hone their scaring ability. In addition to the hands-on classes, the haunted house offers other classes, dress rehearsals and an orientation meeting that allows them to get more in-depth with their roles. Some years, they even give them a chance to help each other master their roles. “We send other actors through the haunted house to give them a chance to practice,” said Drabik. In the end, the willingness to put in

that work is the biggest thing the directing team looks for during the auditions. “We look for enthusiasm,” she said. “If you come in with a passion for haunted houses, we’ll find a place for you.” l

The rooms in the haunted house are divided into different things, with killer hospitals (above) and murderous clowns both being a common theme. (Photo provided by Castle of Chaos)

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A spooky mix of plays, parties and races to put you in the Halloween spirit By Christy Jepson | christy@mycityjournals.com Halloween is just around the corner and there are plenty of activities for just about everybody. Besides the traditional fall events like corn mazes and pumpkin patches, here are some different Halloween activities going on in the Salt Lake Valley for “ghouls” and boys of all ages.

Halloween plays/performances

“Phantom” at Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy

Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit’s “Phantom” will be performed on the Young Living Centre Stage Sept. 23-Nov. 9. Even though it has some similarities of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera,” expect to see new characters and songs in this production. Audience members need to watch out for the massive chandelier that comes crashing to the floor. Ticket prices start at $48 for adults and $22 for youth 5-17. No children under 5 are permitted in the theater. For ticket information call 801-984-9000 or visit hct.org.

“Thriller” at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City

This year’s smash Halloween dance production will include favorite numbers such as “Dem Bones,” “Frankenstein,” and “Jason Jam,” plus other new surprises. “Thriller” is full of frights, laughs and scares that make you scream. This production will be performed at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City Oct. 14-26. Ticket prices are $35-$55. Visit https://odysseydance. com/shows/thriller/ for more information and discounts. This show is not for children under 8 or for the faint of heart.

“Adams Family Reunion: A series of FUNfortunate Events!” at the Desert Star in Murray

hidden in the audience in regular clothes which makes a fun, social and interactive evening for all adults. Ticket prices start at $59.95 (check for holiday pricing). Tickets include: a four-course dinner, the murder mystery entertainment, and a prize package for the top sleuth. Some mild content, loud noises, a brief blackout and adult humor will be present. For more information visit thedinnerdetective.com/salt-lake-city.

“The Addams Family” at Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy

Come watch all the creepy, kooky and loveable family members from the 1960’s TV show, “The Addams Family” on stage from now until Nov. 16. This Broadway show’s message is all about what defines a “normal” family and that we need to love all people despite our differences. Be on the lookout for some fun quirks and tricks throughout the show. Ticket prices are $36-$48 for adults and $18-$24 for youth The cast of Desert Star’s “Adams Family Reunion: A series of FUNfortunate Events!” (Photo courtesy Desert 5-17. Visit hct.org for more information or Star) call 801-984-9000. with prizes, free arts and crafts, a pumpkin Parties Races Monster Block Party at the Gallivan drop, live music and dance, and about 30 The Haunted Half Sugar House vendors. The Gallivan Center is located at Center in Salt Lake City Dress up in your costumes and get The 2019 Monster Block party will 239 S. Main Street. The event runs from 11 ready to run for your life at the Haunted be held at the Gallivan Center on Oct. 26. a.m. to 3 p.m. l Half on Oct. 19 at Sugar House Park. All This is a free daytime Halloween festival ages and abilities can either run the half with trick-or-treating, costume contests marathon, 5k or the Halloween half-mile. The Fear Factory Finish is there to give you that end-of-the-race push which then reLim ited wards you with a festival full of food, conTim tests, music, games and spooky fun things. eO Registration fees from now until Oct. 17 are ffer $84.95 for the half, $36.95 for the 5k and ! $12.95 for the kids’ run. For registration and information visit thehauntedhalf.com/ races/salt-lake-city. Valid at this location only!

Desert Star is known for mixing parody with a little romance and adventure with Utah culture and political jokes, and this show is no exception. This story focuses on the Adams clan who are trying to save their home for the greedy oil baroness, Mrs. Measley who knows they have oil underneath their home. Ticket prices are $26.95 for adults (holidays, special events may be different) and children under 11 are $15.95. Call 801-266-2600 for tickets or visit their box office at Desert Star, 4861 S. State St. This production runs until Nov. 9.

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A view of the main corn field maze at Crazy Corn Maze in West Jordan. (Jordan Hafford/City Journals) Inset: The 2019 corn maze design at Crazy Corn Maze in West Jordan. (thecrazycornmaze.com)

After 21 years of fall festivities, West Jordan’s Crazy Corn Maze has decided to give the business a complete makeover for the 2019 season.

Launching themselves into the modern age of technology, the business is now utilizing smart technology this Halloween to add even more fun to their attraction. “This year we will have a new GPS smart phone map so you can track yourself as you find your way through the maze,” said Crazy Corn Maze owner Julianna Maynard. “We are also adding a smart phone trivia game.” The Crazy Corn Maze first opened in 1998, 21 years ago, as a simple corn maze near Salt Lake Community College in Taylorsville. Two years later, it moved to their current location, 8800 S. 4000 West in West Jordan. Crazy Corn Maze has grown into a unique Halloween venue throughout this time, in that their multiple, custom-made attractions appeal to a wide demographic — this year more than ever. While there is still the option to walk through the classic, family friendly 8-acre maze with no “haunts” or spooks, the adrenaline junkies will be roaming what is called the Night Stalkers Haunted Trail. In 2016, the business began renovating the haunted trail, and the Night Stalkers Haunted Trail was officially born as a separate attraction within Crazy Corn Maze. “Each year we have put tremendous effort into making this one of the top haunt-

ed attractions,” Maynard said. “In 2017 and 2018 we were voted the No. 1 haunted attraction in Utah by utahhauntedhouses. com.” The Night Stalkers Haunted Trail stands out as an interactive entertaining experience for thrill seekers and more adult attendees. There are four terrifying sections of the trail: Creatures of the Corn; Phobia: What are you afraid of?; 3D Slumber: Pleasant screams; and Horror Show. Among the multiple attractions at Crazy Corn Maze, there is also a playground for small children that includes a corn pit, a straw mountain with slides and games, as well as Mayble’s 3D Funhouse which is a not-so-scary junior attendee interactive haunted house. Also debuting this year, Crazy Corn Maze is set to dazzle their audience with a Fright Lights attraction, a magical pumpkin patch light show. Patrons will walk through the lighted pumpkin patch and be given a pumpkin of their own to take home. “We hope patrons come away wondering how on earth we do what we do, as well as being scared in a fun and sometimes humorous way,” Maynard said. “Whether you like a fun family fall tradition, or want to be scared out of your mind, we aim to provide an exceptional seasonal entertainment experience.” The maze opens Sept. 27 and runs through Nov. 2. It is open Monday-Thursday 6-10 p.m, Friday 6-11:30 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 11:30 p.m. l

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Amongst Brighton High construction, the show will go on By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

Brighton High’s “Catch Me If You Can” leads Avery Madsen (playing Frank Abagnale Jr.) and Jordan Luke (playing Carl Hanratty) are all smiles after a rehearsal. (Photo courtesy of Avery Wright/Brighton High)


ith its parking lot torn up and construction on the new high school — including a new auditorium — in progress, Brighton High theater students are learning a little about perseverance. In the spirit of “the show must go on,” Brighton will perform “Catch Me If You Can” as its last musical in the 50-year-old auditorium at 2220 East Bengal Boulevard. The show will be at 7 p.m., Nov. 8, 9, 11 and 12, under the direction of new theater director

Austin Kimbell. “It’s a super fun show all about the journey taken while on the run from the FBI and what he learns about himself through his journey,” he said. “It fits well with the construction. This is the last time we will be working in this space and in that moment, like the show itself, we will be deciding where we are going.” Kimbell, who graduated from Utah Valley University before teaching at Kearns

“Oftentimes, students graduate and they don’t know how to pick a piece because it’s always been the teacher who picks it. This way, they can learn how to pick a piece they will perform,” he said. In addition to the ensemble, students will compete in scenes, monologues, dance and Tech Olympics as well as see “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “The Price” while they’re there. Kimbell said the students will compete in the region contest in March at Olympus High. State is in April in Farmington. The spring play has yet to be announced. Mixed in amongst the shows, the improvisation team will be revived, starting in the winter. Kimbell said there will likely be three shows this year. Students also can be involved with the drama club, where they will not only attend local shows, including those at Pioneer Memorial Theatre, but also hold socials and volunteer service work for the community. “There’s a lot of changes going on, with a new building, a new auditorium, a new teacher, but I’ve looked at the blueprints and it looks like Mindy Curtis (Brighton’s former theater director) hit what we need right on. We’ll have 1,400 seats and a fly system and we are very pumped.” l

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Homecoming kicked off golden jubilee for Cottonwood High By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


rowds of students, alumni, faculty and family filed into their homecoming football game wearing not only Colt gear, but with painted faces and with gold beads draped around their necks. Given that the 50th anniversary is known as the “golden anniversary,” the beads were fitting for both the school’s colors and to commemorate Cottonwood High’s 50th, a celebration which will stretch over a twoyear period, Principal Terri Roylance said. “We’re going to celebrate all year this year and next year,” she said. “Our first graduating class was in 1971, but we’re so excited, we’re starting now.” The kick-off to the two-year celebration started with free food, birthday cake, games and face painting as a tailgating event Sept. 6 before the homecoming game against Skyline High. At many of the sporting events, performing arts nights and other activities, there will be an alumni area, so former students and teachers can return to their alma mater and sit together at this year’s and next year’s events. “We will welcome and recognize our alumni at each event as they are part of this celebration,” Roylance said. “We’d love to honor some of our outstanding alumni in each area, recognize them and have them speak to students.”

In the spring, there will be an alumni event tying into a baseball game, said Jane Metcalf, who is Cottonwood Alumni Association co-president with Nanette Amis. “This is going to be an ongoing celebration, bringing together our community, bringing back our alumni, so students can see former students’ successes,” she said. As part of the celebration, the school’s hall of fame wall will be updated with alumni honorees, and students and alumni can look at old yearbooks and photos in the library. However, this homecoming was more of an upbeat event, with music blaring as students tried to outlast one another in a headstand contest. “It’s a lot of fun for our families; we have a ton of parents who also are alumni,” Amis said, adding that she was a graduate of the class of 1983. “Some of my kids have had the same teachers I have. My kids went to the same elementary, junior high and high school as I did.” Seniors Angela Black and Sarah Birrell were talking to classmates before filing into the game. “I’m making sure everyone feels welcome and are making friends,” said Black, who is the school’s Peer Leadership Team president. “This is way fun and it helps with our school spirit.”

Birrell said the activities celebrating the 50th are already building a sense of community at the school. “It’s our homecoming game and we’re here to cheer and bring school spirit and come together as a family, huddling together on the bleachers,” she said. “Last year, when we won our homecoming game, we stormed out onto the field.” Homecoming activities and traditions at halftime — and honoring the recently announced state Teacher of the Year, English teacher Lauren Merkley — and a homecoming dance the next night to top it off, were just the kick-off to the school’s 50th celebration. Already being planned is an arts night in the spring that will include students and alumni to perform with choir, jazz and full orchestra, possibly perform scenes from all the school musicals, and present their artwork in the visual art show, said instrumental director Amber Tuckness. She asks alumni who wish to participate to contact the main office. “We have commissioned some songs to be written by our alumni in honor of the celebration and want to perform those in May,” said Tuckness, who has taught at the school for 22 years. “This 50th will bring together all the areas — drama, arts, SBOs, clubs (not just sports) and AMES (Academy for Math, Engineering and Science) students, as well.

We usually have a lot of students come back and this brings a positive morale to our community.” While the plans are still being finalized for all the celebrations over the next two years, Roylance said they are finding all sorts of treasures hidden in closets while looking to see if there was a time capsule buried when the school was built. “I haven’t found any time capsule buried or information about it, but we can do it to mark our 50th,” she said. “We did find some old girls’ PE jumpsuits that have a goofy horse on the back of them. There’s no way our girls would wear them today.” l

Students get their faces painted to celebrate Cottonwood High’s 50th birthday before the school’s homecoming game. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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Canyon View to find the fun in fun run By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

Canyon View’s Benny the Bengal cub welcomes students on the first day of school and will be there to cheer on students in their fun run. (Photo courtesy of Canyon View Elementary)


hat student wouldn’t like an extra recess? Or how about a bubble class party? Or to see their principal dress up as a flying squirrel and sleep on the roof? These may be some of the incentives Canyon View Elementary students will earn as they get online donations for their fourth annual fall fun run fundraiser, which will be held Friday, Oct. 11. The kick-off, which will feature their new dressed-up mascot, Benny the Bengal cub, was set for Monday, Sept. 30. “We’ve always been the Canyon View Cubs, but now we have a mascot who can be running alongside or cheering on the kids,” PTA President Emily Weigel said. “It’s going to add a lot of fun and spirit to our school.” Students, who can dress up as superheroes, will challenge themselves as they run through an obstacle course as part of their Superhero Fun Run. Each grade level will run for about 20 minutes to music on their school grounds. “Our students and our teachers are our superheroes so this is a fun run for them. It will be a change for them to go outside, get some exercise, run with friends and have fun while earning money for the school. The kids like it and it’s great for our school spirit as people come to cheer them on,” Weigel said. With proceeds from the run earmarked to fund teacher grants, support school technology and grade-level field trips, Weigel said the PTA has a goal of about $25,000. All donations can be made online at canyons.successfund.com/canyonviewfunrun.

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“The money goes right back to the students through funding items for their classrooms, getting more Chromebooks and iPads and supporting field trips. We also will help fund grow labs, Reflections, teacher appreciation and small acts of kindness. The idea of teacher grants is to provide teachers with extra tools and resources to help them bring in what is needed in their classrooms or maybe for the teachers to concentrate on a passion to introduce to the classes, which will bring that enthusiasm for learning to our students,” she said. Weigel said there will be incentives for students and classes to bring in funds as well. Those may include a glow-in-the-dark party or a dress-up day, or a pajama party or bagels with Benny — activities which she pointed out do not take significant money away from the donations. “This is a lot of work, but it is worth it to keep the funds at our school to benefit our students,” she said. Fun runs are a part of the school’s history. Former Principal Sharon Okumura, who was principal starting back in 2002, said Canyon View used to have a fun run around the neighborhood every spring. “We mapped out the route and got Salt Lake City Police to help us with safety,” she said. “Then, Cottonwood Heights Police (helped) after they became a city. A few years after I left, they started doing the fun run in the fall as a fundraiser and they have been successful.” l

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Cottonwood English teacher named Utah Teacher of Year, encourages students to have a voice By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


undreds of students have benefitted from a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity — being taught by the 2019–20 state Teacher of the Year. While many students have enrolled in her English classes the past five years, they have known something others outside of Cottonwood High are realizing now — that Lauren Merkley stands apart from her peers, intertwining fun with learning and making students feel successful. “My daughter says that she makes every student feel smart,” said Cottonwood Alumni Association Co-president Jane Metcalf. “She is just fabulous with the kids.” Not one to bask in the limelight and quick to embarrass, Merkley said she was humbled when the state Teacher of the Year Award was presented to her Sept. 5, the night before Cottonwood’s homecoming celebration where she was honored again at a pep assembly and at halftime of the football game. “It was like the ‘teacher Oscars,’” said the five-year veteran teacher. “It was all fun. I wasn’t nervous because I talked about something I care about. I love teaching.” Merkley, who graduated from Cornell University in English, knew she wanted to teach, but she didn’t begin that career until

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after working in the fundraising field for 10 years. “I always wanted to be a teacher, but I got involved in grant writing,” said the beloved teacher who grew up outside of Chicago in Evanston, Ill. “I knew I wanted to teach kids from all over the world, and when we moved here and I interviewed with (then principal) Alan Parrish, I knew Cottonwood was the perfect school for me.” While many first-year teachers are nervous about meeting students, grading papers and teaching the curriculum, Merkley said that first year “was a magical time. There’s no love like a first, and the relationship with those students was very special. It’s the hardest work I’ve ever done, but those kids mean everything.” During that first year, Merkley’s students read George Orwell’s “1984,” and through discussion, they “learned the novel provided them arguments for what the most important thing was that they wanted the Cottonwood High’s English teacher Lauren Merkley, seen here at a tailgate party before the school’s world to know.” So Merkley embraced that concept and homecoming, was all smiles after being named state lead students outside where they wrote their Teacher of the Year. (Julie Slama/City Journals) messages on the sidewalk for what they everyone have a voice. They can express their wanted the world to know. opinion and interpretation, and others can “One of the biggest things I do is to let disagree, but they need to be welcome. I remember Mr. (Warren) Wolfe when he taught me at Evanston Township High School, smiling and welcoming me to express my dissent about the interpretation of ‘A Streetcar Named Desire.’ I don’t know if he supported it or not, but we had an amazing discussion,” she said. They also listened to Merkley recite Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” in a dark classroom, used for effect. “I wanted them to experience a taste of what it was about,” she said. Many of those students she had in the mailed out Oct ober 14t h first year ended up being taught by Merkley again in her second year as she began teaching AP English Language. “I want them to get to know rhetoric, how to read about the world, news, politics. We’ve had amazing discussions after reading about capital punishment. We’ve learned about 9/11, and I’ve shared what it was like living in New York at the time. We’ve analyzed citizenship and have read political cartoons. The class attracts students once they realize it’s more real world and not ‘old books’ as some students say,” she said. Cottonwood Assistant Principal Mike Miller said he learns something every time he observes Merkley teach. “She’s simply amazing,” he said. “Every time I observe her, I wish I would have been as good as her.” While Merkley admits teaching can be hard work and isn’t always fun — grading papers is her least favorite part — she has


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learned to keep a “locket” of notes from students who have appreciated her dedication and thanked her for teaching them. Some of those students may have been the ones who also have nominated her for Cottonwood’s Outstanding Teacher of the Year. Last spring, Merkley knew she was one of nine educators and one administrator who won Granite School District’s Excel Awards. She received $1,000 and a sculpture at the banquet. From there, she completed an application and wrote essays and was observed teaching by a committee before being named the district’s overall outstanding teacher in May. Over the summer, the process didn’t lighten up as she wrote more essays and interviewed with the state board of education, PTA and teacher unions representatives, former Teacher of the Year and others before being awarded $10,000, a wooden mantel clock and the title of the State Teacher of the Year. “I learned I was one of the five finalists earlier, but I didn’t know until the ceremony that I won,” she said. “I thanked my husband, who is my biggest supporter. He will sit beside me as I grade papers.” She also thanked her students. “Her speech last night was humble and advocating for all the kids,” Principal Terri Roylance said. “Her passion is the kids, but she was absolutely shocked to win. We are all so proud of her.” Granite School District Superintendent Martin Bates agrees. “We couldn’t be more proud, and flat out honored to have her on our team,” he said. “What a deserving person. The kids just worship her and there is a genuine gracious love for her. She really cares for them and is a great representative for the state of Utah.” Merkley represents the state, and she and other state and territory winners will be considered by the national selection committee for the National Teacher of the Year, who will be introduced to the American people by the U.S. president. During the official year of recognition, the National Teacher of the Year will travel nationally and internationally as a spokesperson and advocate for the teaching profession. However, Merkley hadn’t even thought about any of that after receiving a 10-minute standing ovation at the school’s pep assembly and before going out at halftime on the football field of the homecoming game. “This has all been shocking; it’s taken my breath away,” she said. “It’s all very touching. I just love the kids. I know it sounds cliché, but it’s the truth. I love being in their corner, being their champ, watching them find their way from squirrely 16-yearolds and blossoming in the world.” l

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Business owners listen intently for tips and tricks on how to manage, and possibly retain, millennial workers. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)


ith estimates showing that by next year about half of the American workforce will be millennials (those born between 1981 and 1996: now 23 to 38 years old), and 75 percent of the workforce by 2025, it’s important for employers and employees to know how to shape and maintain relationships with millennials. This was one of the many reasons the Cottonwood Heights Business Association (CHBA) hosted a workshop titled “Working with Millennials.” “Millennials would rather work in a sandwich shop that gives away sandwiches to the homeless than in a shop where they get sandwiches for free all day,” said Cottonwood Heights Human Resource Director Paula Melgar. “It’s very important to them to have that purpose. They truly want to make an impact.” After managing employees for over 15 years, Melgar has noticed a few other unique traits of the millennial workforce. “Millennials like to communicate a lot. They like to go to other departments to establish connections, have mentors, and give feedback. They want the big picture of what they are doing: they want the ‘whys.’” CHBA chairman, and millennial himself, Bryce Drescher agreed with Melgar. “The reality is that they will find another job. You need to give them a buy-in. You need to give them the ‘why.’ If you can help them develop life skills, then you’re providing experience. Let them grow and figure things out. Employers should try to create a more lasting relationship than just that of your employee.” “The best fit might not be where they are,” Melgar said. “It’s where they find their passion.” Drescher added to that sentiment. “It’s important to know what matters to them. What their future goals are.” When interacting with employees or coworkers, a little positive reinforcement can go a long way. Both Melgar and Drescher suggested constantly telling employees and coworkers that they’re doing a great job. One of the attendees asked if Melgar, or any other audience members, had any advice on how to keep millennials off their phones. Melgar’s response was that unless it’s interrupting their work, you shouldn’t.

“Millennials are amazing with technology,” Melgar said. She suggested employers utilize millennial’s pragmatic knowledge to pair it with older employees who have prior knowledge, and together they can create amazing things for the company. In preparation for the workshop on Aug. 14, Melgar interviewed the millennials she currently works with. One of the most important things to her millennial employees is a work-life balance. Coincided, flexibility with their work schedule is crucial. Melgar emphasized that a flexible schedule doesn’t mean they’re allowed to come in later and leave early. It means being more lenient when they are working at the office. She provided an example. Once, she had an employee who needed time off during the regularly scheduled work week to visit their doctors continuously for health concerns. Melgar and her employee compromised, concluding that if the employee worked longer on Tuesdays through Fridays, they could have Mondays off to take care of their doctor appointments and other needs. “Millennials are a self-taught generation. They are fast learners and they are sharp. They are hard workers and can multitask like no one’s business,” concluded Melgar. One of the take-home suggestions that emerged from the workshop was for employers to allow their employees to go out and do things with their coworkers. Some ideas for getting out of the office include hosting monthly department lunches or company parties. In addition, as with all employees — not just millennials — employers are encouraged to “get to know your employees as individuals.” The CHBA suggests going on morning walks around the workspace to talk with people. Along with positive reinforcement, Melgar suggests being specific. “Give them deadlines and be in constant communication.” For more information on the CHBA, visit chbusiness.org. Or follow them on social media with the handles @chbabiz on Instagram, and Twitter, or @CHBusinessAssociation on Facebook. l

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Grab a tin-foil hat for some otherworldly accounts By Amy Green | a.green@mycityjournals.com

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aise your hand if you’ve seen a UFO. For those few people who’ve been living in a cave for the last 100 years, a UFO is an unidentified flying object. It can be anything unusual in the sky. A UFO doesn’t automatically mean it’s an alien driving a spacecraft, but it could be that. The possibilities of what UFOs might be are endless. UFOs aren’t on society’s modern list of commonly known air vehicles and atmospheric conditions. We usually recognize a helicopter, a falling star or a drone. Those don’t count as a UFO (although a sneaky drone can fool a person at first glance). Asking others if they’ve seen a UFO can offer unexpected answers. It can be a go-to icebreaker topic at parties. UFO memories can make for that special mood-setting bonfire chat. Or it can be a subject that’s too creepy for some. Melissa Rose of Sandy has had a few UFO encounters. “During the time when all of the animal mutilation was going on during the late ’70s and early ’80s I would spend my summers with my dad in Montana. I was about 13 at the time. I was already creeped out just being in the mountains and staying in that old cabin. It happened while we were sitting around the campfire. The sky that night was so clear. We saw six to eight UFOs chasing each other way up high in the sky, almost like a game,” Rose said. She had another experience in her Sandy neighborhood. “My husband and I were so freaked out. The UFO was silent, black and in the shape of a stealth. It took over the night sky. We were lying on our trampoline just waiting for a meteor shower. Everything went silent, no wind, no birds — nothing. The sky went blacker than it already was. The UFO that hovered over our house was so low and close to us. It scared us so bad,” she said.

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Aaron Smith had a unique sighting. “I was probably about 15 years old in my backyard in Orem. It was in the middle of the afternoon and I saw a large stony, craggy gray object floating through the air in daylight. You could tell it was really high up in the air, but from where I was standing it was the size of a basketball. It must have been huge. It moved unnaturally slow, much the same way you wouldn’t expect to see a brick slowly floating through the air. To this day, I wonder what it was I saw,” Smith said. Another Sandy resident, who requested to be anonymous, said, “I’ve seen three UFOs and one ghost. I’m hoping to see Bigfoot someday. People think I’m weird because I tell them aliens are trying to talk to me through my truck. I know it might just be a broken speaker making that noise, but I really have seen UFOs.” Then he scratched his long beard before continuing on. “I was headed west on Timpanogos Highway one late summer night. I saw a bunch of lights above Camp Williams in Bluffdale, Utah. The lights were zipping around, going in all kinds of crazy directions really fast. I was in the military for eight years and I’d seen lots of stuff — but I’d never seen anything like that. I guess it could have been 50 to 100 drone enthusiasts flying toys above an army base. I know the US Army is super cool with stuff like that.” His story ended with sarcasm over the last comment. For those who took flight with the City Journals to levitate over these accounts, good job, brave reader. UFO sightings happen all the time. And maybe aliens are involved? Who knows. They could be studying why humans get goosebumps, have tiny eyes and luxuriously long arm hair. There’s so many things for aliens to be totally fascinated with — like essential oils and fry sauce l.

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ew research shows you can stop a cold in its tracks if you take one simple step with a new device when you first feel a cold coming on. Colds start when cold viruses get in your nose. Viruses multiply fast. If you don’t stop them early, they spread in your airways and cause misery. But scientists have found a quick way to kill a virus. Touch it New research: Copper stops colds if used early. with copper. Researchers at labs and universities agree, copper is “antimi- on travel days for 2 months. “Sixteen crobial.” It kills microbes, such as viruses flights and not a sniffle!” she exclaimed. and bacteria, just by touch. Businesswoman Rosaleen says when That’s why ancient Greeks and Egyp- people are sick around her she uses Coptians used copper to purify water and heal perZap morning and night. “It saved me wounds. They didn’t know about viruses last holidays,” she said. “The kids had and bacteria, but now we do. colds going round and round, but not Scientists say the high conductance of me.” copper disrupts the electrical balance in a Some users say it also helps with microbe cell destroying it in seconds. sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a Tests by the Environmental Protection 2-day sinus headache. When her CopperAgency show germs die fast on copper. Zap arrived, she tried it. “I am shocked!” Some hospitals tried copper for touch she said. “My head cleared, no more surfaces like faucets and doorknobs. This headache, no more congestion.” Some users say copper stops nightcut the spread of MRSA and other illnesstime stuffiness if used just before bed. es by over half, and saved lives. The strong scientific evidence gave One man said, “Best sleep I’ve had in inventor Doug Cornell an idea. When years.” Copper may even stop flu if used earhe felt a cold coming on he fashioned a smooth copper probe and rubbed it gently ly and for several days. Lab technicians placed 25 million live flu viruses on a in his nose for 60 seconds. “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold CopperZap. No viruses were found alive went away completely.” It worked again soon after. People have used it on cold sores and every time he felt a cold coming on and say it can completely prevent outbreaks. he hasn’t had a cold since. The handle is curved and finely texHe asked relatives and friends to try it. They said it worked so he patented Cop- tured to improve contact. It kills germs picked up on fingers and hands to protect perZap™ and put it on the market. Soon hundreds of people had tried it you and your family. Copper even kills deadly germs that and given feedback. Nearly 100% said the copper stops colds if used within 3 have become resistant to antibiotics. If hours after the first sign. Even up to 2 you are near sick people, a moment of days, if they still get the cold it is milder handling it may keep serious infection away. It may even save a life. than usual and they feel better. The EPA says copper still works even Users wrote things like, “It stopped my cold right away,” and “Is it supposed when tarnished. It kills hundreds of different disease germs so it can prevent seto work that fast?” Pat McAllister, age 70, received one rious or even fatal illness. CopperZap is made in the U.S. of pure as a gift and called it “one of the best presents ever. This little jewel really copper. It has a 90-day full money back works.” Now thousands of users have guarantee when used as directed to stop a cold. It is $69.95. Get $10 off each Copsimply stopped getting colds. People often use CopperZap preven- perZap with code UTCJ6 . Go to www.CopperZap.com or call tively. Frequent flier Karen Gauci used to get colds after crowded flights. Though toll-free 1-888-411-6114. Buy once, use forever. skeptical, she tried it several times a day Advertorial

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e live in the future. Utah’s first autonomous shuttle will be visiting a variety of different communities from now until spring 2020. The shuttle is driverless, which means there’s no need for either a steering wheel or pedals. However, there currently is a human monitor on board helping to navigate and provide information to riders. The autonomous shuttle will be transporting students and faculty on the University of Utah campus until October. Specifically, the route has been from the Student Life Center, past Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and the Language and Communication building, to the Union building. During October (specific dates have yet to be announced), you can find the autonomous shuttle at the Mountain America Expo Center at 9575 E. State St., in Sandy. The autonomous shuttle (nicknamed Tom) has been brought to Utah as part of a partnership between the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Transit Authority (UTA). Tom was manufactured by a company called Easy Mile, a French startup and is the EZ10 model. The estimated cost of the autonomous shuttle project was around $800,000. Tom and other EZ10 models can hold six to 12 passengers. Over the past three months, as the autonomous shuttle has been transported to various locations, more than 3,000 Utahns have experienced being a passenger. Some of those passengers have reported that the shuttle moves too slow, as Tom’s top speed is 15 mph. One of the more endearing traits of

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Tom’s is that he rings a bell that sounds like it should be on a trolley car. The shuttle has a predetermined route, just like many of UTA’s public transportation options throughout the valley. The intention behind Tom is to help funnel people to existing public transportation routes, not replace them. Since April, there has only been one reported incident. On July 16, the shuttle detected an obstacle and stopped abruptly. This caused CBS affiliate Gene Petrie to slip off his seat. He suffered bruising and lacerations on his face. After the incident, UDOT immediately pulled the shuttle out of service to perform some diagnostics. This project began in early March, when the Utah State Legislature unanimously approved House Bill 101, allowing autonomous cars to be on Utah roads. According to UDOT and UTA, the benefits of autonomous shuttles are safety, economic and societal benefits, efficiency and convenience, and mobility and access. Ideally, the autonomous shuttle can eliminate most of the human error associated with driving. UDOT and UTA are asking for feedback on the autonomous shuttle. They want to know what people think of autonomous vehicles, how it could be applied in Utah, and what the experience was like riding the shuttle. To provide feedback, visit avshuttleutah. com/feedback. For more information, check out UDOT’s or UTA’s social media by using the hashtag #avshuttleutah on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram through @UtahDOT l

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oving from Region 7 to Region 6 this year brought some new opponents to Brighton’s schedule. The football team got off to a solid start in league play. After going 3-1 in non-region action, the Bengals went 1-1 to begin its Region 6 portion of the schedule. Brighton fell to Olympus 33-20 on Sept. 13 but responded with a 56-0 blowout of struggling Cottonwood the following week. The loss to Olympus was nothing to he ashamed of. The Titans are the defending Region 6 champions, having gone undefeated in the league and advancing to the Class 5A state semifinals a year ago. The Bengals gave Olympus all it could handle, trailing just 20-17 entering the final quarter. Brighton was down 20-14 at the half. Matthew Crillo scored touchdowns in the first and second quarters. His first TD came on a 16-yard run, while touchdown No. 2 came via the air on a 13-yard pass from Gabe Curtis. In the second half, placekicker Owen Smith hit a pair of field goals. The second one came with three minutes left in the contest that brought the Bengals within seven points at 27-20. Unfortunately for Brighton, Olympus scored a late touchdown to seal its win.

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Prepare to be pumpkin’d out this fall

t’s pumpkin spice season, witches! First and foremost, let’s talk about the coffee. Of course, Starbucks has their pumpkin spice drinks, but they’re mixing it up this year with the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew. 7-11 has provided pumpkin flavors for their coffees. Dunkin’ Donuts rolls out their new Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Latte (complete with apple cider doughnuts). But, of course, if you’re looking to save money and not spend $5 on a specialty coffee, there’s the good ol’ trusty Coffee Mate with their seasonal pumpkin spice flavor. We like shopping local here though, so here’s the neighborhood options: Alpha Coffee has a Pumpkin Spice Latte and a Pumpkin Nice Latte; Java Jo’s has their Pumpkin Dirty Chai, Pumpkin Pie Latte, Caramel Apple Cider, and vegan pumpkin spice lattes; Clever Bean has a Pumpkin Spice tea, along with a White Ambrosia tea; and Beans & Brews has their Pumpkin Pie Fritalia and Cinnamon Bun Latte. Other food companies hopping aboard the pumpkin spice train include: Auntie Anne’s with their spice pretzel nuggets; Corner Bakery with their maple pecan pumpkin baby bundt cakes; Culver’s with a pumpkin pecan frozen custard; Baskin-Robbins with a pumpkin cheesecake ice cream; Cracker Barrel with their pumpkin pie coffee and whipped cream; Dairy Queen with a pumpkin pie blizzard; Denny’s with their pumpkin

pancakes; Einstein Bros. with their pumpkin bagels and shmear; Krispy Kreme with their pumpkin spice filled doughnut; Panera with their apple pie thumbprint cookies; and Mimi’s Café with their pumpkin harvest griddlecakes. Grocery stories usually make pumpkin spice shopping easy. When I walked into Target the other day, there was an entire section devoted to pumpkin spice products. If you’re looking for a sweet treat, you might try pumpkin spice biscotti ($2), Kit-Kats ($4), Complete cookies ($3), Milano cookies ($3), hot chocolate (Stephen’s is $10 for 13 servings), or pumpkin spice rolls from Pillsbury ($2-$8). If your coffee needs a pumpkin spice sidekick, you can choose from pumpkin spice Cheerios ($6) Quaker Instant Oatmeal ($10), Special K ($3), Frosted MiniWheats ($3), Pop Tarts ($4), English muffins ($5), and cinnamon rolls ($10-$25). Finally, if you’re feeling a little spicy, there’s always almonds (Blue Diamond Almonds are $6), pumpkin salsa ($8-$32), and pumpkin ale ($12 on average). What would pumpkin spice season be without the question, “Have we gone too far?” These products might be pushing the boundary. There’s ginger pumpkin seed gouda cheese ($30-ish), mochi ice cream ($10), pumpkin spice blondie brownie brittle ($5), Smashmallows ($10), creamed honey ($11), Blackberry Patch pumpkin spice syrup ($8),

peanut butter ($12-$34), cocktail mix ($19), and Spam ($3). Yes, Spam is new this year. For just the pumpkin aroma, there’s non-edibles like candles, aerosols, lotions, body moisturizer, shampoo, lip balm, aftershave, deodorant and soaps. And yes, there’s even dog treats ($9$15). If you’re a pumpkin spice lover, but don’t want to spend money on all the seasonal products listed above, just grab some cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and ground ginger. Mix 3-4 teaspoons of cinnamon, 2 teaspoons of ground ginger, 1 teaspoon of ground cloves and 1-2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg together (with 1.5 teaspoons of allspice if desired). You’ll have some pumpkin spice to sprinkle on any edible item. This option might even taste better than some of the assemblages that can pass for pumpkin spice. Pro-tip for making pumpkin spice: If you want a more subtle flavor for treats, go for a Ceylon cinnamon. If you want a spicier pumpkin spice, go for the cassia cinnamon. Now, how’s all that for your autumn pumpkin spice pleasure? l

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