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or the 12th year in a row, Cottonwood Heights celebrated its beginnings with the annual Butlerville Days festival. The two-day event included pickleball tournaments, chalk art competitions, a parade, live music and an all-ages carnival. Butlerville Days is named after the Butler family who originally settled the Cottonwood Heights area. “As it got more populated, it was still referred to as the Butlerville area. It got even more known as it got more settled. It’s still informally known as Butlerville,” Jim Monty, chair of the Butlerville Days planning committee, said. “As you drive down Fort Union (Drive) toward the canyon, that hill you get to between 2700 east and 2300 East is Butler Hill.” The festivities started on Friday, July 22 with the main day on Saturday, July 23. The festival saw many of the same activities and attractions as in years past with a few more additions to the mix, including one of the largest fireworks show in the valley. “Last year, we started having a carnival and we carried that on to this year. We have musical acts from noon until 10 p.m. on the main day. We have inflatable and bouncy rides for the kids to enjoy. We have a lot of great food vendors and this year, we added on the eve, which we’ve normally had a movie night for the last couple of years, we had bingo, which was a lot of fun,” Monty said. “We had a chalk art competition. We had some wonderful artists come out and do some amazing chalk art. We’ll carry both of those to next year. We also have a really cool car show that grows year to year.” The biggest draw this year, like last year, was the carnival. Monty said it continues to be a big hit, while the parade remains fairly

The carnival was one of the more popular attractions during Butlerville Days. —Kelly Cannon

popular. The committee also books musical acts to play throughout the festival. “We try to rotate our musical acts. This year we have Foreign Figures, who was our opening act last year. A lot of people anticipated that,” Monty said. “Last year, we had Charley Jenkins, who is a great performer and was a big hit last year. We definitely get a big headline act that people are going to like.” It took a volunteer force of over 100 people to coordinate the various events over the two-day period. “There’s about 25 people on the committee who organize starting late the year before and we really ramp it up in the winter and spring,” Monty said. “We have a volunteers who help the day of with getting the events done.” When it comes to planning next year’s

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Butlerville Days, the committee receives a lot of feedback from the attendees. Volunteers spend time mingling with people and asking them what they think. The public also calls the city offices to express their opinions on what they liked and what they didn’t like. “We talk about it a lot as a group and especially to the (city) council. The mayor and the city council give us a lot of feedback,” Monty said. “That’s why we added a lot of the Friday events this year, just to be able to ramp it up and give people more to do through the event.” Monty and the rest of the Butlerville Days committee expressed appreciation to all the residents for coming out to the festival and especially for providing feedback and their opinions. l

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Seven Brothers Find Their Seven Brides in Arts Council Performance By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


n a lively production full of amazing singing and dancing, the Cottonwood Heights Art Council presented “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” for their annual theater production. Performed July 29, 30 and Aug. 1, 4, 5 and 6 at Butler Middle School, the musical brought together cast members from around the valley to tell the tale of stubbornness and love. Based on the 1954 musical movie, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” is set in 1850 in the Oregon Territory. A pretty young cook named Milly marries a backwoodsman named Adam after a brief courtship. When the two return to Adam’s family, she’s shocked to find his six ill-mannered brothers. She begins teaching them how to behave property, including how to court women. But after the brothers kidnap six local girls after a dance, the villagers try to track them down. The musical ends on a happy note with the six brothers marrying the six women.

Milly, played by Natalie Killpack, teaches the brothers about the finer points of courting. —Man in Hat Photography/Cottonwood Heights

The musical was directed by Rebecca Kitchen while Janalee Hunsaker served as musical director and Mckenzie Maag choreographed the production. Kitchen, who has previously assistant directed “The Music

Man” and “Cinderella” and directed “Fiddler on the Roof” for the city, said her favorite part of putting the show together was the cast. “The boys just meshed. It’s so fun to do a play with all those young boys cause they’re just goofing off and have a great sense of humor,” Kitchen said. “They’re very directable. That was the most fun thing. It’s a young cast so that was fun.” Kitchen said she hoped audiences were entertained by the production. “We hope they have the music going through their heads afterwards and we hope they see a slice of Oregon life as it really was in 1850,” Kitchen said. “It’s just a little slice of history that we’re presenting on the stage.” Natalie Killpack of South Jordan played the role of Milly. She became interested in auditioning after seeing advertisements on Facebook. She described Milly as kind of progressive for her time. “She’s kind of a women’s rights lady,” Killpack said. “She’s not afraid to stand up for herself and she shows it.” While Killpack agreed the musical is outdated with its portrayals of misogyny and sexism, she explained that’s just what the time was like. “It was very realistic to the 1850s. That’s what the culture was like,” Killpack said. “But even in that time, there were people like Milly who were willing to stand up for a change, which I love that about her. Killpack has also had an interesting time working in the production because her three kids are also in the show. “I’ve had to focus on my role and also keep track of them,” Killpack said. “They’re wonderful and they have a lot of experience but that is definitely a challenge.” Josiah Rupp, from Sandy, played the role of Adam. Rupp found out about the production from a friend who was also auditioning. “In short, Adam is one of those guys who had the responsibility of having to be a dad when he was only a brother. It was thrust

It was a battle of the sexes in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. —Man in Hat Photography/Cottonwood Heights

upon him at a young age. He had to figure out how to keep the family going, how to keep the family surviving. So he made a lot of sacrifices and he gained confidence in the fact he could do anything he set his mind to, no matter how young he was,” Rupp said. “So he walks around with that kind of confidence and that kind of bravado. When he comes into town, he’s confident he can find a bride and he’s confident he can bring one back.” Rupp described being in the play as very time consuming but very rewarding. “It’s been fun for me to see us as a cast going from not even knowing each other to becoming a tight-knit group of people to work together,” Rupp said. “In my opinion, there’s the real talent of the cast. I’m just another guy without them.” For more information about the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council, visit cottonwoodheights.utah.gov. l

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What Cottonwood Heights Residents Really Think By Cassandra Goff


he Cottonwood Heights City Council wanted to measure public opinion in order to guide decisions they make within the next few years. They asked Y2 Analytics, a survey research and data analysis group, for their aid in constructing and distributing a public survey to the residents of the city. The survey was distributed to randomly selected residents during the latter end of June. On July 19, Y2 Analytics team member Kelly Patterson presented the results of the community opinion survey to the council. The respondents were drawn “from a population of registered voters,” Patterson explained. Therefore, the answers come from a population with “slightly higher income, more education and more home owners.” “We had an excellence response rate,” Patterson said. Cottonwood Heights has been the “only city that has had a great response rate so quickly.” Results came from approximately 1,500 respondents with a 13.6 percent overall response rate. Collectively, the survey reported that “resident satisfaction is overwhelmingly satisfied,” Patterson said. “They enjoy the convenience of living in Cottonwood Heights due to its location and the lifestyle.” Residents like the convenient location of the city in relation to the canyons and the freeway, along with the community, shopping opportunities and neighborhoods the most. In addition, the survey reported that residents would like to see the most money go toward parks and open spaces. However, “There is inherent tension between resident desires for preservation of open spaces and the ways in which they would like the city to manage growth,” Patterson said. “Residents don’t want taxes to go up but they recognize that managing growth is a major concern.” “Snow removal is the city service that garners the most targeted complaints,” Patterson said. “The most important issues

Residents are concerned about corridor maintaince. —Cassandra Goff

today are snow removal, growth, police, traffic, crime development and roads. These are issues related to a growing and developing city.” Additional issues and areas of complaint were in regards to dog parks, mass transit, bike paths, cleanliness, walkability, inherent safety, surface maintenance on city streets, police services, fire and medical services, recycling programs, water conservation efforts, planning, zoning, building services, senior citizen programs, city code enforcement and tax raises. Despite the issues, 80 percent of residents feel the city is headed in the right direction, with a 75 percent approval rate for the city council and mayor. Forty-nine percent of respondents say Cottonwood Heights is better than it was five years ago and 90 percent total respondents would recommend Cottonwood Heights as a good place to live. Forty-three percent of respondents say they feel safe within the city and 48 percent agree that Cottonwood Heights is a good place to raise a family. Fifty-eight percent of respondents think

the Cottonwood Heights Police (CHP) is professional and responsive. Thirty-one percent of respondents said CHP is too aggressive with impaired driving. Sixty percent agreed that CHP keeps residents safe. Forty-nine percent agreed that the CHP addresses issues that pose the biggest threats to the safety of the community. Overall, public safety trust is high and residents feel safe. Seventy-seven percent of respondents feel the value of their tax dollar is good or excellent. “You’d be hard-pressed to find a stronger majority there,” Patterson said. Fifty-nine percent of respondents would rather have fewer services than more taxes and 49 percent would rather have a more pedestrian-friendly community. Fifty-one percent of respondents want taxes to go toward improving and maintaining roads while devoting resources to more convenient amenities. Sixty-nine percent of respondents would be willing to support a tax increase for preserving open spaces. Overall, 41 percent of respondents agreed that the city does a good job at managing city services. Thirty-nine percent agree that Cottonwood Heights is developing in a

positive way. More than half of respondents, 58 percent, think that major corridors should be redeveloped in the next few years. Forty-five percent of respondents think that Fort Union should become a mass transit corridor to better accommodate future transportation. However, 53 percent think that development threatens open spaces. This shows “tension between managing growth and development with preservation of open spaces,” Patterson said. “I’m really surprised by the support for mass transit,” Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore said. In determining where residents find information about their city, 73 percent said from the city newsletter, 8 percent said from the newspaper (yay for our readers), 7 percent from social media, 7 percent from other sources, 3 percent from the city website and 2 percent from city emails. Fewer than half of the respondents have contacted city staff within the last year. From those, 60 percent of residents were satisfied with interaction from staff. “Cottonwood Heights residents are being responsive. You should be quite happy with what you see here,” Patterson told the council in conclusion. “What’s the next step?” Councilmember Mike Shelton asked. Y2 Analytics suggested a follow-up survey where they “can go back to the same panel and where they know they are engaged.” “I would love a follow-up, to see if we were effective,” Shelton said. Y2 Analytics is currently working on coding the open-ended questions that were provided in the survey and relaying that information to the council. After which, council will decide if they want to go ahead and continue with a follow-up survey. A summary of this survey will be provided by Y2 Analytics and will be available on the Cottonwood Heights website: http:// cottonwoodheights.utah.gov/. l


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Ribbon Cutting at City Hall and Other Upcoming Events By Cassandra Goff


ity offices will be closed on Sept. 7 and 8 so city staff can move into the new city hall building. On Sept. 10, the Big Cottonwood Canyon Marathon will run down Fort Union Boulevard. This event will be held in the morning through early afternoon. For the duration of the marathon, no crossing will be allowed on Fort Union Boulevard. The set-up for the closure will be about the same as last year. For more information on routing and the road closure, please visit the city website, social media and city newsletter. The Utah Department of Transportation is renovating Wasatch Boulevard. The construction will last through November. For more information, visit http:// cottonwoodheights.utah.gov/cms/One. aspx?portalId=109778&pageId=4874874. On Sept. 17, Bark in the Park will be held at Mountview Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. This is an annual event where dogs of Cottonwood Heights can play in the splash pad and mingle with fellow resident pets. Whitmore Library will host their annual arts show throughout the month of October. Submissions for the art show must be in by

Sept. 20. Registration can be found though the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council website at arts.ch.utah.gov. On Sept. 29, an open house for the new city hall will begin at 1 p.m. and run until 7 p.m. There will be many activities and giveaways during the open house. The ribbon cutting will take place at 4 p.m. The new city hall is located on the corner of 2300 East and Bengal Boulevard. The opening of the new city hall has been years in the making. Initial plans for the city hall began way back in Feb. 2014. The groundbreaking for the new site was held on Aug. 3, 2015. The Cottonwood Heights Youth City Council planted trees onsite in celebration of Earth Day on April 22. Throughout the past year, the Cottonwood Heights City Council and staff have excitedly watched the construction of the building with no major issues. They are becoming increasingly giddy and anxious to move into the new place of business and set up their new offices. The new building will have a community lobby separating a police wing and an administration wing. In addition, there will be a community purpose room, which residents

The new city hall is located on the corner of Bengal Boulevard and 2300 East.

can rent out for special meetings or events. The council also plans on hosting events, such as the police banquet and the Volunteer Appreciation Dinner, in this area. There will be a significant parking lot toward the back of the building. With the beginning of the school year, staff will be strict

on not allowing students to use their parking lot during school hours. There will be 20-minute parking spaces provided for visitors throughout the year. Additional information can be found on the city website at http://cottonwoodheights. utah.gov/. l

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Home-Based Preschool Zoning Debate By Cassandra Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com


uring the past six months, a request for creating a home-based preschool has received much attention in Cottonwood Heights. The majority of the debate surrounding the proposed preschool relates to zoning issues with the SingleFamily Residential Zone, R-1-8. Additional issues have risen, including traffic concerns for the neighborhood. The original application was submitted by Dana Middlemiss, who proposed “to operate a home-based preschool for children ages 3 to 5, with no more than 12 children per class sessions” on Summer Hill Drive. On April 6, a public comment session for the preschool application was held during the planning commission meeting. Before comment was opened to the public, City Planner Mike Johnson explained, “The proposed hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. with pick-up and drop-offs 15 minutes before and after each session.” In addition, “vehicles are required to line up on the applicant’s side of the street.” “Home occupations are listed as a conditional use in the R-1-8 zone and are allowed if the proposed business is clearly secondary and incidental to the primary use of the property as a single-family residence,” Johnson said. Middlemiss spoke during the public comment session. “I have eagerly looked forward to starting up my preschool again. I love teaching and being a mother and my preschool has given me the best of both worlds.” Middlemiss graduated from Westminster College with a degree in elementary teaching, and has eight years of teaching experience “in addition to many other experiences relative to working with children of all ages ranging from academics to sports,” she said. Middlemiss addressed traffic concerns. “I have found that the most effective and least disturbing drop-off and pick-up plan is to give parents a 15-minute window before and after school so that students do not arrive at the same time. If parents arrive outside of that window they will be required to park in the driveway and walk the child into my home.” Ruth Ellen Bean began the public comments by saying, “There is no reason the proposed preschool would not work in the proposed location.” David White, who lives on Summer Hill Drive, said “there is conflict in staff’s interpretation with regard to the city’s zoning ordinance. The applicant is relying on the provision for the definition of home occupation.” Additionally, White said “the delivery of the 12 children is not incidental to the property and involved public traffic and parking. Between that, noise, traffic and vehicle emissions, the impacts are not incidental and affect everyone.” Jim Peters, who lives directly across from the Middlemisses, stated his concern with traffic and uncertainty in the city ordinances. “There is virtually nothing permitted in the ordinance

Street sign of Summer Hill Drive. —Cassandra Goff

specifically other than communication towers and churches,” he said. “The preschool “does not appear to be consistent and does not fit the intent of a low-density residential area.” “I’m concerned that the proposed use will compound the traffic situation that already exists on the street because of the church and will set the stage for further deterioration of the R-1 zone,” Peters said. The planning commission held the proposed preschool for action on April 20. Before the vote, Commissioner Ryser “pointed out that the traffic issue is a legitimate concern. Having had experience with this type of business, there will be staggered drop-off and pick-up times and moving efficiently helps mitigate potential concerns.” Commissioner Orr said, “R-2-8 provides home occupations as a permitted use and daycares and preschools as conditional uses. It is my opinion that if daycare and preschools are to be conditional uses in R-1-8 zone, the code would specify that. I believe this was not a conditional use, is incompatible with the neighborhood, and will change the nature of it.” The motion for the proposed preschool passed with a 5-to-2 vote. This action was appealed by Summer Hill Drive homeowners. Their concerns were voiced to the planning commission on July 7. Joe Thomas began by stating he represented “about 50 homeowners in the immediate neighborhood of the Middlemiss preschool.” Thomas continued, “As a board of adjustment we are asking that you assess the legality of the decision of the planning commission and determine whether it was made in accordance with the existing ordinance.” He referred to chapter 19.76, “Supplementary and Qualifying Regulations.” “Section F concerns home occupations and indicates ‘any use conducted entirely within a dwelling and carried on by one person residing in the dwelling unit and one additional person who may, or may not, reside in the dwelling unit, which use is clearly incidental and secondary to the use of the dwelling for dwelling purposes and does not change the character of the dwelling or property for residential continued on next page…


C ottonwood H eightsJournal .com purposes, and in connection with which there is no display nor stock in trade, being any item offered for sale which was not produced on the premises.’” “The key word is incidental,” Thomas explained. “Incidental means a home occupation has virtually zero impact on the residential neighborhood. Our neighborhood has a few home occupations and most of the surrounding neighbors don’t even know they are there. That’s as it should be in a low-density single-family area.” The preschool “is hardly incidental and secondary use and violates the restriction that home occupations are conducted entirely within a dwelling,” Thomas continued. “The impact of a home occupation should be negligible; this preschool would have a significant impact on the residential nature of the home and the character of the neighborhood.” Thomas recalled a conversation between Commissioner Guymon and the Community and Economic Development Director Brian Berndt, that took place during the April 20 planning commission meeting. Commissioner Guymon said, “In our ordinance there’s this language that talks about home occupations and it says that home occupations are allowed if the proposed business is clearly secondary and incidental to the primary use as a single-family residence. Is a preschool secondary and incidental?” “If they don’t own another house somewhere else, if that’s their primary residence, everything else seems secondary to me. If it’s a second home, then I can see where that would come from but if it

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Aerial view of the neighborhood discussed. –Brian Berndt.

Zoning chart of the surrounding area. –Brian Berndt.

was my house and I was building widgets there and it was the only place I had to live, building widgets is still secondary,” Berndt said. Thomas explained that “conditional uses are expressly very limited in R-1-8. Home daycare/preschools are not allowed as a possible conditional use. The staff wants to believe that a home/preschool is a conditional use, and a home occupation in an R-1-8 zone, which it is not. A home daycare/preschool is a separate and distinct

use from a home occupation.” During the same meeting, Commissioner Ryser said, “Having lived in a neighborhood where there was such a school and being a mother and grandmother picking up and delivering kids to similar type schools, I will tell you that the traffic issue is a legitimate issue. My experience has been, if parents are like most parents, there’ll be two, three, four people who will be there before the end of school like they’re supposed to be, and as

soon as the kids come out the door they will be gone and over the 15 minute pick-up period they will scatter and there will be a few others right at the end. Seldom have I ever seen more than three cars, maybe four at one time picking up kids. They move through very efficiently and it’s such a short little process that my experience is that you don’t even really knows it’s coming or going anymore that anything else.” In regard to these comments, Jones said, “All of these comments are legitimate but have absolutely no bearing on the law and the existing zoning ordinance.” Thomas concluded by saying, “As citizens we have the right to the protection of the continuity, integrity and character of our residential neighborhoods. As public servants you have the duty and responsibility to ensure that happens with the zoning instrument currently in place. Under the ordinance the current approved application for a preschool must be reversed.” On Aug. 8, Berndt discussed this issue with the Cottonwood Heights City Council. “The R-1-8 zone does not allow for a daycare to be located as a business but it does allow for a home occupation daycare instead of a commercial daycare.” “It is a distinction of primary and secondary use between home occupation and professional occupation,” Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore said. The appeal for the proposed preschool action will have a public comment session during a city council meeting. Final comments within a planning commission meeting will have to be made before a final vote. l



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Teens from Northern Ireland, Utah Foster Friendships through Differences By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com

Americans teens hold up posters to welcome teens from Northern Ireland into Utah for the Utah Ulster Project. The Ulster Project is a peace project designed to bring Protestant and Catholic teens together despite their differences. –Utah Ulster Project


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welve catholic and protestant teens left their homes in Northern Ireland and travelled to Utah for a monthlong peace project aimed at unifying their nation. Northern Ireland’s conflict between its mainly protestant unionists and mainly catholic nationalists, referred to as “The Troubles,” officially came to an end through the Belfast Good Friday Agreement of 1998, but when the divide between the two sectarian groups continued, Reverend Kerry Waterstone founded the Ulster Project, a program designed to bring future catholic and protestant leaders together through association with religious teens in the United States. Utah’s been part of the project for 30 years. “You can definitely tell at the start of the month they are in the ‘impress phase,’” Adam Dahlberg, director for Ulster Project Utah, said of the 12 Irish and 12 American teens who are part of the project. “They are just getting together, so they want to be cool, but by the end of the month that has faded and they are able to be themselves which is really hard for teens to do. It’s fun to see that transition.” The Irish teens–six Protestant and six Catholic–roomed with an American teen of the same religion and similar background from June 27 to July 22. The 24 participants had their monthlong schedule filled with service, outdoor and faith-building activities each day. Maddie Bossarte, of Taylorsville, and Emma Hagan, of Omagh, Northern Ireland, barely spoke to each other when they first met, but by the second day Emma was braiding Maddie’s hair and Emma was helping Maddie to put on her shoes, said Ann Charat, Maddie’s

godmother. The two teens bonded as the group of 24 visited historical sites, rode roller coasters and slides at Lagoon and Seven Peaks, camped, went rafting, attended a REAL Salt Lake game, and volunteered at the Utah Food Bank, Humane Society and at Kauri Sue Hamilton School for students with disabilities, among other activities. “We’ve become best friends,” Maddie, 14, and Emma, 15, said simultaneously when asked how they’ve changed since the first day of the Ulster Project. “It’s like everyone here became best friends,” Maddie added. “I’ve really learned to talk with other people and be confident in what I say and to accept the

protestants will die off as his generation ages. While older people are prone to think of the divide between the group, the teenagers are “more chill” and want to get to know each other, he said. JP’s American roommate for the duration of the project was PJ Mannebach from Salt Lake City. The directors must have had a sense of humor to pair them together, JP said. Despite the similarity in their names, the two 15-year-olds had many different interests that made their situation ironic, PJ said. “At first, it was just really awkward, and I was thinking about what I got myself into,” PJ said. “Then I started talking with all the people in our groups, and I realized that all of these guys

“I’ve really learned to talk with other people and be confident in what I say and to accept the differences in others.”

differences in others.” Emma, a Protestant, said she didn’t associate with Catholics very often before she came to Utah’s Ulster Project, but after a month of spending time with catholic and protestant teens from her own country and the United States, she said she’s ready to accept people no matter where they come from. “At home we have separate schools for protestants and Catholics, and they don’t really interact much, but now when I get home, I’ll try to make an effort with the Catholics,” Emma said. JP Murray, a 15-year-old Northern Ireland resident, said he believes the prejudice between Catholics and

were pure fun. I used to avoid talking to people in group settings, but now I enjoy it, and that’s something that I’ll always carry with me.” Aaron Smithson, a counselor from Ireland, said it was amazing to see JP and PJ’s self-confidence increase through the project. “They used to be some of the quietest kids around here, but then they started being the loudest and most annoying, and that was a good thing to see,” Smithson said. “All of them have really opened up and have been able to see past religion and their cultural differences.” l


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Early Closure for Holladay Farmer’s Market By Carol Hendrycks


he Wasatch Front Farmer’s Market will close Aug. 20 and will no longer operate on the plaza for the balance of the summer season, according to Holladay City Mayor Rob Dahle. “Vendor attendance simply didn’t justify the cost of operations,” Dahle said. Dahle and Maryann Alston, founder and director of the Wasatch Front Farmers Market, will meet again in the spring to see if there are adjustments to be made or other venues could be introduced that would better accommodate the needs of the patrons. “The city council is committed to pursuing activities such as the Farmer’s Market that offer opportunities for our citizens to get out and enjoy all of the beautifully spaces that exist in our city,” Dahle said. According to Alston, the market, which started June 4, has been a success with local patrons throughout the summer. “It was simply a matter of supply and demand for some of the vendors and demand for local produce is high. It was wearing

farmers too thin to accommodate all of the venues scheduled,” Alston said. The physical demand for some of the farmers was too difficult to meet. Alston explained that the support from the City of Holladay was wonderful for the duration of the market and that she looks forward to exploring better options both in finding more local farmers and how to better meet the needs of the Holladay marketplace. If anyone is interested in becoming involved with the farmer’s market or to learn more about the limitations and restrictions on participating, contact the Salt Lake City Urban Farming Program at 385-468-1811 or call MaryAnn Alston at 801-692-1419. l

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Library Creates Book Club for Youth in Juvenile Detention By Tori La Rue | tori@mycityjournals.com


alt Lake County Library Services noticed a gap in services to youth in care and custody, so they partnered with Utah’s Department of Juvenile Justice Services to begin a book club within short- and long-term centers. “Our job is to serve the entire public, and we’re not serving entire public if we’re not serving the people who can’t come to us,” said Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, senior librarian over teen services. “These teens are in a holding, transitional state in their lives, so to help them get powerful skills like reading— you don’t get many opportunities like that.” The program was honored with an achievement award at the National Association of Counties’ Conference on July 22 in Long Beach, California, for bringing literacy to a specific subset of residents. “It’s an honor to have received such an award because there are stereotypes that follow this group of youth, and to have them recognized as an important group to serve is amazing,” Rogers-Whitehead said. Rogers-Whitehead said she hopes the recognition at a National conference will encourage other libraries to serve people who can’t come to them. The award-winning program may be the first of its kind in the nation, according to RogersWhitehead’s research. The librarians facilitated traditional book clubs at Salt Lake Observation and Assessment, Decker Lake Youth Center and Wasatch Youth Center in 2013, but Rogers-Whitehead said she realized librarians needed to accommodate for varying reading levels. Now teens are invited to read books of their

A youth reads a book at a Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services Center. The division partnered with Salt Lake County Library Services to create a book club for youth in short- and long-term detention centers. –Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services

choice within their own reading level instead of being assigned the same book as their peers, and the club discussions are based on broad topics that many books relate to. Susan Burke, director of Juvenile Justice Services, said the club enhances the youths’ learning and said it’s her belief that education can be a course-corrector for these teens. She believes the youths’ love for books will continue after they

leave the center, and she said she hopes they’ll remember the library as a place of entertainment. Each youth at the center is strongly encouraged to attend the book club meetings, which happen twice a month. Librarians cart hundreds of books into the centers—from history books to cook books to mystery novels and science fiction books. “Hellraiser,” “Fallen,” “The Hulk” and “The Guardian Herd Series” are a few of the most popular reads within the program. Recently, the Utah Department of Education granted funding for the Library and Department of Juvenile Justice Services to purchase graphic novels for the program. The graphic novels have allowed teens with lower reading levels to be more actively involved in the club. Many of the youth learned English as a second language, and pictures give context clues to their readers and help the ESL learners to learn new English phrases, Burke said. The youth have responded well to the program, so Burke said the department decided to expand reading programs at its centers. Soon, the University of Utah reading clinic, a resource designed to offer assessment and intervention to struggling readers, will begin a partnership with the Juvenile Justice Services. “We get from the youth that they are excited about reading,” Burke said. “It gives them a place to have a shared discussion about reading and apply it to their past experience, and it opens a whole new world of imagination and opportunity to gain knowledge about themselves.” l

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Blue Moon Festival Celebrates Local Artists for Fifth Year By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


olladay City Hall Park was filled with residents, local artists and live music during the fifth annual Blue Moon Festival on Aug. 6. Hosted by the Holladay Arts Council, residents shopped for locally handmade items and enjoyed refreshments from food and beer trucks while music played live at the park’s gazebo. The Blue Moon Festival started when the Holladay Arts Council wanted to have an arts and crafts fair. The first year it was held, it fell on a blue moon, giving the festival its name. There have been two or three subsequent festivals that have also occurred during the blue moon. Margo Richards, the arts council coordinator, said the festival is a community gathering that is art based and art funded. “We’re trying to bring in quality music and entertainment where people could come for free and have the same quality as if they went downtown,” Richards said. “We’re trying to bring the community together and have a good time. We try to offer those vendor spots for any artists or anyone who hand-makes the items they’re selling.” The vendors at the festival included several artisans who make handmade jewelry, woodworks, soaps and clothing. Several other vendors sold food such as salsa and sausages. The Holladay Arts Council partnered with Excellence in the Community to bring live music from Hot House West and Joshy Soul and the Cool to the festival. Richards said Excellence in the Community is a nonprofit who helps bring quality Utah talent to various venues. “They try to elevate the level of the musicians that they’re

bringing,” Richards said. This year, the Holladay Arts Council extended the hours of the festival in order to reduce the number of patrons at the festival at a time in order to give residents the feel of a hometown event without having to fight the crowds. “I think the music and the vendors were the highlight and then we bring out the food and drinks so people will stay longer,” Richards said. “We do the fireworks to kind of let them know it’s over and they can go home. It kind of ends with a bang.” The biggest differences Richards observed about the festival from years past was since the festival is occurring during hotter times of the day, there was a wide assortment of cool refreshments and drinks, as well as no lines for beer or wine. “We used to have very long lines for that and we added a second beer truck and that took care of that problem,” Richards said. The festival would not be possible without the help of over 100 volunteers. Richards said most of the volunteers live within Holladay but some now live outside of the city who come back every year to help out. Richards believes the reason the festival is so successful over the years is because the Holladay community loves getting together. “It doesn’t seem to matter what you’re doing. They will come,” Richards said. “We just thought we’d elevate the quality of the music and support our local artists and musicians and food trucks, even.” To learn more about the Holladay Arts Council, visit holladayarts.org. l

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heeducat students at Finishing ion School are making a® difference with the skills they’ve learned in class. The school, which teaches primarily cooking and sewing, is making dresses for girls in need around the world through Dress a Girl Around the World, a program of Hope 4 Women International. The charity provides dress patterns volunteers can make and then send to the organization. The charity then sends the dresses to girls in need around the world including Burma, Colombia, Ethiopia and Pakistan, as well as dozens of others. “It’s a really neat project where students can come here and they can make a skirt and a dress for girls in different countries that need them,” 15-year-old Annabella Buchanan, one of the teachers at Finishing School, said. “They can make a big pocket on them because they love pockets. And then we go and send them to This course will help students identify their the countries that need them.” Annabelle said creating the dresses makes strengths and weaknesses, become familiar her feel really good because she knows the with and practice all question types found on dresses will make another girl feel happy. This course help strategies students identify their strengths and the ACT, and will develop to increase The pattern is fairly easy with a simple weaknesses, become familiar with and practice question skirt all with a front pocket sewn onto a T-shirt. mathematical, reading, English, and science A label provided by Dress a Girl Around the types found on the and develop strategies to increase reasoning skills. AlsoACT, included are general is thenskills. sewn onto the back at the neck. mathematical, reading, English, test and wisescienceWorld reasoning test taking strategies to increase Sue Hess Fenton, the owner of Finishing ness, suggestedareremedies anxiety, Also included general for testtest taking strategies to increase test School, heard about the charity project and after awiseness, diagnosticsuggested test to assess pre-course perremedies for test anxiety, a diagnostic

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checking it out, felt it was the perfect project for her students. “I think it’s a wonderful project. I can’t imagine these girls over there with no dresses. It pulls at my heart strings,” Fenton said. “I knew the girls would feel the same way and they do. It’s really cute to see them focus on someone other than themselves. They choose a project for themselves or a family member. But to do things for someone in another part of the world gives a good connection.” Fenton said because the pattern is so easy to construct, the sewer doesn’t have to be an advance sewer to complete it. She said she hopes the project helps teach the students the importance of service. “I have students who come that far so I know there’s already a following so I’d love to find someone who is interested in buying a franchise,” Fenton said. The Finishing School, whose main location is in Holladay, has been around for 40 years. It started with Fenton teaching her children and their friends how to cook and sew. “It was just a cottage industry out of my home and we’ve been in three different locations,” Fenton said. “And now we’re here in Holladay and we love it here in this old 100-year-old house.” The main purpose of Finishing School is primarily to teach young children and teens


how to cook and sew. However, there is a focus on nutrition and manners. “My goal is to teach kids these skills so they can create a home. It’s not just a pit-stop. It’s a home. It’s where people come and there’s someone in the kitchen making dinner or fixing food for a party,” Fenton said. “It’s a place where they can be comfortable living and they can have those skills. I think it really creates a quality life. I think it adds to the quality of people’s lives.” There are currently 300 students at three different locations: Holladay, Highland and Arlington, Virginia. A new Draper location is set to open on Sept. 12 at the old Draper Park Elementary School, located on the corner of 900 East and Pioneer Road. According to Fenton, the building was bought by an extreme sports company who is remodeling the space and renting out to local companies. Fenton believes Finishing School is the first business to lease at the location. “It will be right in the front, the northeast corner. We have nice big windows and easy access from the parking lot. It’s a great open space,” Fenton said. “We’ll be doing the cooking and the sewing and there will be lots of fun new classes.” For more information about Finishing School, visit learntocookandsew.com. l

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Juan Diego Catholic High School Establishes Academy of Fine Arts By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


lready about a dozen freshmen have expressed interest in Juan Diego Catholic High School’s newly developed Academy of Fine Arts. “It’s an opportunity for freshmen and sophomores to show their interest and commitment to the arts,” Juan Diego theater director Joe Crnich said. “It’s kind of like declaring your major in college. We can help establish the course of study we’d like the students to take in theater, dance, music and art as well as their core classes.” Juan Diego percussion director Jed Blodgett said that already a large percentage of Juan Diego students are involved in the arts. “This will help the students organize their class load over four years and balance what they need to do,” he said. “We’ve seen when students are involved in the arts, they do well academically as they are more organized, use their tiame efficiently and put forth more effort in all their classes so all of their grades go up. We see the arts helping students interact with more people and help them to think creatively.” The program, which has been discussed for years, took fruition this spring and summer. “Most of the students already take many of the classes, but it’s a way to make sure there is more focus on them,” Crnich said. The Academy of Fine Arts students will be expected to complete one of the three fine arts advanced placement courses and two or more years of advanced fine arts classes or ensembles such as advanced art, advanced ceramics, sculpture, advanced dance, dance company, advanced theater, wind symphony, advanced percussion, orchestra and concert choir. Additionally, students are expected to complete courses for each area of focus. Blodgett said that each student will be assigned a mentor in the Academy of Fine Arts to ensure they are taking the proper classes. “We want to make sure they are taking AP classes, advanced classes in music, art or theater,” he said.

Juan Diego Catholic High School’s orchestra will be included in one of the four disciplines — music, art, dance and theater — that will be part of the school’s newly developed Academy of Fine Arts. — Jed Blodgett

Students also would be expected to be placed in an internship to gain experience in the community, he said. Blodgett said that through the internship, students will gain more knowledge and experience in the field as one senior did this past year with an internship in music therapy. Students in the Academy of Fine Arts also are expected to give service within the department, such as tutoring classmates. Blodgett also said that students are expected to perform a final project which could range from a recital or portfolio to choreographing an entire show or creating a technical theater design. Each final project will be supported by in-depth research.


“The board will review the courses they’ve taken, their internships, their involvement, their projects, and once it meets with the requirements, then students would receive recognition of the Academy of Fine Arts on their diplomas and transcripts as well as at commencement,” he said. Blodgett said colleges that already are looking at Juan Diego students will take a closer look with the Academy of Fine Arts. “We can encourage students to apply for scholarships and entry into programs once we establish them in the Academy of Fine Arts. This past year, every student in the music program received a scholarship for college. We’d like that to expand to all the fine arts students. This program will give our students more legitimacy with the rigor that comes with it. We can push our students to work harder, dig deeper into their crafts so they will understand more of what it will be like in life and in college,” he said. Blodgett said the program is modeled after the Academy of Sciences, which Juan Diego Catholic High School established several years ago. Currently enrolled juniors and seniors may apply, but they will be looked at on an individual basis to review what courses they already have taken, Crnich said. “This is a way of giving recognition to students in the fine arts, similar to a conservancy, and a way to help build our programs. It will help everyone better understand the process of classes we need them to take as well as give, say an acting student, better understanding of reading, projection, music, movement and art,’ Crnich said. Crnich said students will continue to be involved in at least three years of extracurricular programs — art shows, dance concerts, musical performances and festivals and theater productions and competitions, including students competing this October in the 40th annual Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City before taking the campus stage Nov. 10-12 with the musical “Grease.” l




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St. John the Baptist Elementary Opens New Wing By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


hen third-graders returned to St. John the Baptist Elementary School on Aug. 15, they found themselves not only in new classrooms, but in a new wing of the building. The two-story wing opened this fall, with third-grade classrooms, a technology room and an art room on the top level for the elementary school. A lower level will have classrooms available for St. John the Baptist Middle School and Juan Diego Catholic High School, all located on the same campus, 300 East 11800 South. A multi-purpose room with wood flooring will be available for all grade levels, Nevah Stevenson, St. John the Baptist Catholic Schools director of advancement, said. “It’s going to be fabulous,” she said. “The floors are carpeted and tiled and they’re mounting the desks around the tech center. The whole wing is light and airy with windows that give it natural light.” The 19,000-square-foot wing cost just under $4 million, which was paid for with grants from the Skaggs ALSAM Foundation. The project broke ground in fall 2015 with Brian McCarthy of MJSA Architects and Culp Construction. A formal ribbon-cutting is expected to be held in early fall. No date has been set as of

press deadline. The tech center, which is double the size of a normal classroom, will have 33 Macintosh computers available on built-in counters. “Each of our schools has technology as a component. In elementary, we have SmartBoards and iPad carts and now the tech center. In middle school, they have Chromebooks and at Juan Diego, they have ‘bring your own device.’ The middle and high school already have tech rooms,” Stevenson said. First- through fifth-grade students will rotate through computer and art classes each week. The art room has expanded storage for art supplies and projects and art tables instead of desks. “It faces the north side so there will be good lighting and we designed it for more counter space and a sink, which will be ideal for the needs of art room,” she said. With the new wing, other grade-level classrooms shifted, so on July 23, with the help of the Salt Lake chapter of Gonzaga University Alumni, 300 desks and 14 classrooms were moved that included tables and boxes and other classroom items. The pre-kindergarten program now is housed in the elementary school building, allowing the Guardian Angel Daycare, where it

When school started, St. John the Baptist Elementary School had expanded as the new wing was completed, opening classrooms, art room, tech center and a multi-purpose room for St. John the Baptist Elementary and Middle School and Juan Diego Catholic School students. — Julie Slama

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ennis season for young ladies is upon us once again and the Jordan Beetdiggers, who placed fourth at state last season, and the Brighton Bengals, who finished sixth, are getting ready to serve and return their way back to the tournament in 2016. Matthew Bell, who has been the head coach at Jordan High School, for both the boys and the girls, for ten seasons now, says that he aims for every player to qualify for the state tournament, held in early October. “We always have the goal to qualify everyone for the state tournament, then we just hope Jordan’s Jill Holley, Hannah Dutson and Makena Terry take a break from for some wins once we are practice this summer—Billy Swartzfager there,” Bell said. The team has some very good players returning for the on attending, in St. George, not only prepares 2016 campaign, including Hannah Dutson, who the girls for the competition of a big tournament is a senior, who was a state finalist last season like region or state, it’s also is a trip that most in first doubles. Makena Terry is also returning of Jordan’s team, including coach Bell, looks for her junior year. Last season she was region forward to. champion and a state quarterfinalist in third “It’s always a rewarding experience to singles. Another senior, Jill Holley will be suiting get to know kids outside of the classroom. up for the last time in 2016, after contributing as Tennis seems to always provide a very fun and a varsity player every year she has been a student responsible group of kids,” Bell said. at Jordan High School. Until then, the teams have plenty of match Brighton has similar goals. ups to keep them focused, as well as practice, “We hope to repeat our first place title in where the Beetdiggers spend an awful lot of time region and place higher in state,” Brighton Head on rotation schedule where the team works on Coach, Natalie Meyer said. serves and ground strokes. They also key in on The Bengals want to go a step further once making opponents hit one more shot. in the state tournament though. “The majority of points are won because “It would be great to see the whole team one of the players hits it out,” Bell said. “We talk playing on the second day of state,” Meyer said. about it at least once a week in practice.” Brighton has a handful of returning players Along with drills and challenge matches as well. Sarah Meitler, a junior is currently that determine position, Brighton’s players focus holding the top singles position. Other returning on improving their individual games and goals varsity players are seniors Sarah Fackrell, while keeping in mind the objectives for the Maddy Totland and Kalei Taylor-Stroud. There team at the same time. are 16 returning players from last year’s region The teams work very hard at practice, title team. but also find time to end their sessions with Region 3, where Jordan and Brighton competitive games the players enjoy. According reside, is a tough one. Teams like Bingham and to Meyer, they have fun with team building Cottonwood are competitive teams, and, along activities. with Jordan and Brighton, all finished within “Tennis is hard enough. Life is short, so the top ten as teams in the state last year. The enjoy the moment,” Meyer said regarding her toughness of the region competition really helps approach to teachable moments. to prepare the young ladies for the big end of Competing in practice, competing with year tournaments. region rivals and competing in tournaments are Many of the girls on both teams spent their all aimed at gearing the girls up to participate summers staying active on the courts to be ready in the state tournament to finish the season. when the season began. Many took advantage With excellent track records, and returning of their school’s open court during the summer, contributors, Jordan and Brighton have very while others took lessons at tennis clubs and good chances of achieving the goals they started played in tournaments throughout the valley. the season with. And, with a little luck and some That added dedication and practice should help experience they’ll gain throughout the season the teams in their quests to improve upon last they are likely to win some matches both days year’s success in the year end tournaments. One such tournament the Beetdiggers plan at the state tournament once they get there. l

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Sober Soccer: How the World’s Favorite Sport Aids in Addiction Recovery By Sarah Almond | sarah@mycityjournals.com


here are 149 drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers throughout the state of Utah*. These facilities attract thousands of people from across the country who want to fight addiction and find a new life through sobriety. One such individual came to Salt Lake City in hopes of getting sober and ended up achieving much more than that - he’s chasing his passion. Twenty-seven-year-old Brian Knight moved from California to Utah 18 months ago to seek addiction treatment. Here, he joined the Fit To Recover gym in downtown Salt Lake City, where he met a community of individuals who were all working towards one goal: to free themselves from the thralls of addiction and live a life of sobriety. “It was a community that I really wanted to get involved in,” Knight said. “One of the things that helped me stay sober was definitely the Fit To Recover gym, but also rediscovering the hobby of soccer - something that has always been a passion for me growing up.” Within weeks of moving here, Knight found himself playing at the Gardner Village Indoor Soccer arena almost every night of the week. “It kept me sober and it gave me something to look forward to everyday and something to make me feel accomplished,” Knight said. “I just wanted to share that passion with other people.” Though Salt Lake City has an expansive sober community with dozens of programs designed for those in recovery, Knight immediately recognized an opportunity to combine his drive to live a sober lifestyle with his passion for the game of soccer. “There are other sober sports like volleyball and softball, but there was no sober soccer,” Knight said. “So I just wanted to take the initiative and see if I could get people involved.” After deciding to launch a soccer program for those working towards sobriety, Knight started networking and getting the word out about his idea. “I started talking to people at Fit To Recover; I started talking to the alumni department at my recovery center; I started announcing it at AA meetings,” Knight said. “Wherever I would go, I would promote it by word-of-mouth.” It took time, but Knight’s efforts paid off. Though just six people joined the sober soccer program in the beginning, now, nearly a year later, more than 40 recovering addicts gather every Saturday and Monday to play the world’s most popular sport. “One of my biggest goals of starting sober soccer is to get people involved even if they don’t do other forms of recovery like

Brian Knight (in blue) runs drills with several participants of the sober soccer program during a Wednesday afternoon practice. When Knight started the first sober soccer team, just six people came out. Today the program has four different teams with players of all skill levels. –Sarah Almond

AA programs or treatment centers,” Knight said. “I wanted to give them somewhere they could come and be around people of similar backgrounds who are trying to achieve the same thing, which is changing your life and doing something positive in sobriety.” Though Knight recently established a men’s team, the majority of the sober soccer program is coed, with ages ranging from 19 years olds to players in their late 40’s. “We have four teams right now,” Knight said. “One of our teams is called Fit To Recover, and another is called FTR - pretty much short for Fit To Recover. We also have one called Socceriety and another called Attacking Sobriety.” The sober soccer program runs in eightweek intervals with session games played every Saturday and Monday from 5 to 10 p.m. at Gardner Village in Midvale or Let’s Play Sports in Murray. Knight also holds weekly

optional practices on Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. at Stratford Park near Sugarhouse. “We end every game by getting together and talking about ways we can directly relate our recovery to playing soccer,” Knight said. “Things like communication - that’s a big one; for people who haven’t played a lot, it’s about achieving something and doing it with no judgment. “We talk about teamwork and how you can’t win a game on your own - you need your team. And that’s the same in life, you know? You can’t stay sober on your own; you need people around you. When one of us is struggling, the rest of us are there to pick them up.” For many sober soccer players, this sense of sportsmanship is one of the biggest draws and benefits of the program. “My favorite part of playing soccer here is the friendships I’ve made,” said Mario

“We talk about teamwork and how you can’t win a game on your own you need your team. And that’s the same in life, you know? You can’t stay sober on your own; you need people around you. When one of us is struggling, the rest of us are there to pick them up.”

McLaughlin of Midvale, who’s been with the program for the past eight months. “It’s been a blessing to know Brian, because his drive to get people involved with being active in sobriety and his leadership have really helped me get to where I am.” Knight said that many of the people who come out for sober soccer have little to no experience with the sport, yet their willingness to grow as both individuals and players is something that inspires him and gives him purpose. “I haven’t played soccer since I was a kid,” said player Steven Lopez of Sugarhouse. “But playing now, it’s challenging, and I think that’s helped me in my sobriety. It challenges me to get out of my comfort zone, to think less selfishly, and to work through things even when I want to quit.” Lopez, who’s only been playing with the program for two months, found sober soccer after joining the Fit To Recover gym. “Being here in Utah, there are a lot of different options in the sober community and a strong sober group here,” Lopez said. “But I can totally see this soccer program really growing and taking off.” And growing the program is exactly what Knight intends to do. Though his biggest challenge is funding the program, Knight hopes to continue spreading the word about sober soccer and getting people from across the Salt Lake Valley interested in the program. “I would love to eventually get Real Salt Lake involved,” Knight said. “But I have this bigger plan right now of trying to do something within the youth community. Once we have the numbers and the stability, I’d like to start a camp for youth were we not only teach them about soccer but we teach them about addiction and substance abuse and alcohol.” Ultimately, Knight hopes the program will grow large enough to create a sober soccer league and that sober soccer will continue to inspire other leaders to start sober initiatives of their own. Lastly, Knight’s biggest hope is that the program spurs community involvement and increases awareness of active addiction recovery. To learn more about sober soccer or to get involved, email Brian Knight at bjknight12@hotmail.com or visit Fit2Recover.org/contact-us. ​ l

*Statistics drawn from 2015 National Directory of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment Facilities compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (www.samhsa.gov).

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Brighton High School Girls Soccer Sets Sights on State Title


righton High School girls soccer team kicked off their season with a four-day-long tryout process Aug. 3-6. Sixty-five eager girls sweat through seven grueling sessions where they put their skills, speed and soccer IQ to the test. In the end, 54 players made the cut. “This is the second year we’ve had enough players to make a freshman, sophomore, JV and varsity team,” Senior Maddi Jepperson said. “We have 36 girls on varsity.” The Bengals has a rough start to the season, losing to both Lone Peak and Viewmont. “We didn’t get the results we wanted in the beginning but I think we’ve been playing pretty good,” senior Olivia Nelson said. “Every game we’ve started playing better and better.” Brighton typically plays challenging teams during preseason not only to practice for the competition they’ll be facing throughout their regular season, but also to prepare them for playing the tough teams they’ll face as they battle through the state championship in October. “Even though we lost to Lone Peak in the preseason we played way better than we did in our game against them last year,” Maddi said. “To see that improvement means that we are playing hard.” The team’s noticeable improvement on the field speaks to the individual talent of the Bengal

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Bengal players fight for possession of the ball during a scrimmage practice. The team is working hard to perfect their defensive skills before the end of the season.

players. A majority of the girls on Brighton team this season also play soccer year-round on various club teams throughout the Salt Lake Valley. While this helps improve skills and keep players in shape, the different playing styles can often clash on the Bengal field. This year, however, the team is working through their differences and quickly finding their flow.

“I feel like we are a lot closer as a team this year,” junior Hanna Olsen said. “We are a lot more positive on the field this year and we really support each other.” Despite going 9-1 in the region last season, the Bengals’ lack of positive senior leadership caused unwanted friction between players that ultimately created an unfavorable team dynamic. “The seniors last year seemed like they

didn’t even want to play,” Olivia said. “So we’ve really wanted to turn that around this season. We try to keep up the energy on the field and really show our will to win.” To contrast last season’s leadership, Maddi, Olivia and their fellow seniors have created various way to facilitate team bonding and camaraderie amongst the players. “We’ve had team sleepovers and we did a military training course thing at Camp Williams, which was fun,” Maddi said. These group activities and upperclassmen efforts to improve team chemistry have translated well on the field; players say they feel like their communication is at its best and they have a good shot at claiming the state title. “I think we are going to go really far in state this year,” Hanna said. “Obviously our goal is to win state, but we really want to focus on playing our hardest and improving with each game.” While the team has undeniable talent and reliable depth, players think their newfound sense of team unity will be their biggest strength this season. “I think our ability to work together will be one of our biggest advantages,” Olivia said. “We don’t really have any superstars but we have really good team chemistry and I think that will help us win.” l

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BHS Girls Tennis: Finding Passion and Friendships in a Lifetime Sport By Sarah Almond


ug. 1 was a big day for division 5A high schools sports. This special day marked the official start of the girls tennis season with new and seasoned players attending team tryouts across the valley in hopes of making the cut. At the Brighton tennis courts in Cottonwood Heights, this day was no different. “I had more than 30 girls show up for tryouts this year,” Head Coach Natalie Meyer said. “We ended up taking 23, but knowing that the interest is out there and that there will be seven players ready to join the team next year is pretty great.” Meyer, who has coached Brighton High School’s tennis programs for 13 years, is excited about this season’s roster. “Twenty-three is a great number,” Meyer said. “We’ve got a lot of returners and several new players.” Though the Bengals graduated six key seniors last year, the team has filled the void by welcoming back 16 returning players and introducing seven new members to the team, two of whom are freshman. “We have nine seniors on the team,” Meyer said. “So we definitely have an older group this year.” Though Meyer elected just one of the nine seniors to be named team captain, she is adamant about each upperclassman stepping up and setting a good example for the group’s new, younger players. “Sarah Fackrell is our team captain, but even though she has a title I want all of my seniors to have a job,” Meyer said. “I want to focus on senior leadership this year and I really want to stress that this year is about the seniors; it’s their team, they have been on it for years and I want them to be in charge. I make the coaching decisions but I want them all to be involved in the leadership opportunities.”

The Brighton High School girl’s tennis team poses for a photo during a hot afternoon practice. Though more than 30 girls tried out of the team on Aug. 1, Head Coach Natalie Meyer selected just 23 to make the team.

By encouraging the senior group to take charge of leadership decisions, Meyer believes the entire team benefits. Not only does it allow each player’s personality to shine, but it also instills a greater sense of accountability throughout the team’s culture. “The girls have responded really, really well,” Meyer said. “I’ve seen them become more competitive both personally and in their game.” Following tryouts, Meyer addressed the team about her expectations for the season. Along with keeping a grade point average of 2.0 or higher, Meyer expects the players to conduct themselves as representatives of the Bengal tennis program both on and off the courts, and in and out of the classroom.

“I’ve also talked with the girls about what they expect this season,” Meyer said. “They took first in region last year — are we going to try and repeat and get that title again? Is it possible for us to get that title again?” While Meyer believes the Bengals are capable of defending their region title, she says that the dedication and hard work will have to come from the players. So far, the team is off to a strong preseason start. “We beat Bingham 4-1 on August 9 and they were our main competition last year,” Meyer said. “But Jordan is always a really tough team and we’ll have to play them first to know where we stand, but right now it’s looking pretty promising.” As with most sports, winning matches is important to the Bengals tennis team. More than anything though, Meyer hopes these Brighton players will leave the program with the skills to play a lifetime sport and the connections of lifelong friendships. “I’ve set of all of these expectations, and big standards and all of these things, but most of all tennis is about creating relationships and friendships with each other,” Meyer said. For the players, establishing lifelong relationships and cultivating valuable friendships is one of the most unique aspects of the Brighton tennis program. “I met my best friend on the tennis team last year,” senior captain Sarah Fackrell said. “And I almost tried out for soccer this year, but I just missed the atmosphere of tennis. It’s the girls on this team that really make tennis fun.” The Bengals will play to defend their championship title at the Region III Tournament on Sept. 28-29 at the Brighton High School tennis courts. The courts are located at 2433 Bengal Boulevard in Cottonwood Heights. l

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est Friends Animal Society began in Arizona during the 1970s with a group of animal lovers unwilling to accept the conventional wisdom that humane societies and shelters “had no choice” but to kill their “unadoptable” animals. In the beginning, these animal lovers rescued hundreds of cast-off pets from shelters whose luck was about to run out, rehabilitated them and found them homes. Those who did not find homes became a unique assortment of wonderful and lovable creatures whose numbers grew until Best Friends Animal Society was established in 1984 as a large and unique sanctuary at Angel Canyon in Kanab, Utah. Since then, Best Friends has grown into a leader in the no-kill movement with a mission to bring about a time when there are no more homeless pets by ending the unnecessary killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters and working to save them all. Today in Utah, Best Friends leads the No-Kill Utah (NKUT) initiative, operates a pet adoption center in the Sugar House neighborhood, and a spay/neuter clinic in Orem. The Pet Adoption Center in Sugar House

opened in July of 2013, and since then, more than 5,000 animals have been adopted there. No-Kill Utah is an initiative of Best Friends Animal Society that, along with a coalition of 56 Utah-based animal welfare organizations, is designed to make Utah a no-kill state by 2019. No-kill status means that animal shelters in the state will have achieved a combined save rate of 90 percent — that is, 90 percent of the animals entering the shelter system leave alive. The other 10 percent typically are euthanized for severe medical or behavioral issues. “We continue to be astounded by the progress each year toward making Utah a no-kill state,” said Arlyn Bradshaw, Best Friends–Utah executive director. “Our partnerships among rescue groups, shelters, the kitten nursery and community cat trappers will ensure that we will remain on track to achieve our lifesaving goals.” The initiative includes spay/neuter service for rescued animals, as well as free and lowcost spay/neuter for owned pets. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to an estimated 4 million.

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The Crunch, Crunch, Crunch Under My Feet


h, It’s here, fall. Here come the treasured foods of warmth, kids back in school, Halloween and that wonderful sound of crunching leaves under your feet when you head outside. There is nothing like the splendor of our amazing canyons with their fiery colors this time of year – anywhere else. Enjoying our canyons in the fall season is not only beauty to the eyes; it can be as cheap as a few gallons of gas and a picnic lunch too. Whether you’re leaf watching consists of a quick scenic drive on a Sunday afternoon or a weekend stay amid the trees, we can agree that, when the conditions are right, autumn time in Utah is worth celebrating. Here are a few ideas of where to see fall leaves that won’t disappoint. Lets start with The Grand Prix of Leaf Watching (Heber, Midway, and Sundance) By picking a central location; you can spend the weekend enjoying beautiful colors and a variety of fun activities in all directions. Midway If you are looking for a unique adventure amid the fall foliage, Homestead Resort in Midway welcomes you. The sprawling cottages provide the perfect setting and destination for the most devoted leaf watcher and a place we try to visit yearly. When the day is done, take a dip in the Crater where the temperature is always a balmy 90-96 degrees. You can find a discount for Crater swimming on Coupons4Utah.com/ Heber No matter where you are coming from, Heber always feels like home. Heber’s small town charm is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of big city life. When it comes to fall activities, Heber is the one of the best destinations for family fun. For many, the Heber Valley Railroad is a longtime family

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Guardsman Pass This is a beautiful and quiet drive offers breathtaking views. The winding road takes you from Deer Valley over to Park City and Midway. Mirror Lake Highway Reaching north from Kamas, Utah, to Evanston, Wyoming, traverses nearly 80 miles through the Uinta Mountains. The highway has panoramic views of the alpine landscape from the road’s high point at Bald Mountain Pass. There are also numerous lakes that offer splendid view including its namesake Mirror Lake. Red Butte Gardens It may seem cliché to suggest visiting the gardens. But if you are stuck in the city and need a quick change in environment to recharge your spirit, Red Butte doesn’t disappoint no matter the season. Take a sack lunch with you; there are some wonderfully tranquil little hideaways for lunching at the gardens Wheeler Historic Farm Wheeler Farm is a kids favorite with its mature leafy trees, open grassy space, and rustic buildings, and don’t forget the super cute farm animals Wheeler Farm is a great place for the family to visit. Remember to take your camera for this one. Wheeler farm is a photographers dream. Last, I want to share with you a secret little stop in Draper. Beautiful Leaves can be as close as the next neighborhood over. Go east on Wasatch Blvd. until you reach Hidden Valley Park. Follow the Bonneville Shoreline Trail as it wraps around the east bench where you’ll find amazing views of the valley. These are just a few of the magnitude of places Utah offers for enjoy fall. Where is your favorite place to see the beauty of fall? l

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Survival of the Fittest


’ve always associated Yellowstone Park with abject terror. A childhood vacation to this national park guaranteed me a lifetime of nightmares. It was the first time we’d taken a family vacation out of Utah and we were ecstatic. Not only would we stay in a motel, but we’d see moose, bears and cowboys in their natural habitat. We prepared for a car ride that would take an entire day, so I packed several Nancy Drew mysteries, and some Judy Blume and Madeleine L’Engle novels just in case. Because my parents couldn’t hand us an iPad and tell us to watch movies for six hours, we brought our Travel Bingo cards with the transparent red squares that you slid over pictures of silos, motor homes and rest areas. For more car fun, there was the license plate game, the alphabet game, sing-alongs, ghost stories and slug bug. Even then, we got bored. Dad decided he’d prepare us for the Yellowstone Park adventure that lay ahead of us. That’s when the trouble started. He told us how beautiful the park was. Then he explained if we fell into a geyser, the heat would boil the flesh off our bones and bleach those bones bright white, and those bones would never be found. He told us when (not if) we encountered bears, we had to play dead or the bears would eat us. We even practiced drills in the car.


Dad would yell “Bear!” and we’d all collapse across the station wagon seats (we didn’t wear seat belts) until the danger had passed. (It usually took an hour or so.) He said if we wandered away, it would take just a few days until we died of starvation—unless the bears got us first. He warned us to stay away from every animal, describing in detail the series of rabies shots we’d need if a chipmunk bit us. We were cautioned to avoid high ledges (we’d fall to our deaths), moose (we’d be trampled), buffalo (again with the trampled) and the requisite stranger warning (we’d be kidnapped). By the time we reached Yellowstone, dad had thoroughly instilled us with horror. When we arrived at the motel, we frantically ran to our room, afraid there were bears, moose or chipmunks waiting to drag us off into the woods. That night, as we climbed into bed, Dad tucked us in and said, “Technically we’re sleeping on a huge volcano that could erupt at any time and blow up the entire state of Wyoming. See you in the morning. Probably.” The next day, he was perplexed when we didn’t want to get within 125 feet of a geyser, when we didn’t want to be photographed near a bison or when we refused to gaze into a boiling hot spot. My sister started crying, “I don’t want to fall in and have bleached bones.”



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Then there was Old Faithful. Dad had built up our expectations to the point that anything less than a geyser that spewed glitter, fairies and candy would be a disappointment. We were underwhelmed. But the souvenir shop redeemed our entire vacation. We were each given $5 to spend, which was a wealth of frivolity. I chose a doll in a green calico dress with beautiful red hair— because nothing says “Yellowstone National Park” like an Irish lassie. As we left the park (with my sister quietly weeping because she’d changed her mind about which souvenir she wanted), we were thrilled to be returning home in one piece. But then my dad said, “We should visit Timpanogos Cave. Have I told you about the bats?” l

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Cottonwood Heights September 2016  

Vol. 13 Iss. 09

Cottonwood Heights September 2016  

Vol. 13 Iss. 09