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Trees Planted in an Earth Day Celebration By Cassandra Goff cassie@mycityjournals.com

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Assistant Manager Bryce Haderlie holds a seedling straight while YCC members help plant it.

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Business Boot Camps Focus on Helping Business Owners By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

Sign Up for Arts in the Parks By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

S Kurt Weiland explains different concepts to the class during the Business Boot Camp series. —Peri Kinder


very Thursday in May, Cottonwood Heights hosted Business Boot Camp, a lecture series geared toward helping business owners. The seminars in May were the fourth camp Cottonwood Heights has presented. The lecture series started last year in May with the topic of starting your own business. The next one was in September last year and focused on how to use social media to help your business. In February of this year, the topic was communication. The topic this May was focused on ways to help employers. “We have had such a good response and they’ve been really popular,” said Peri Kinder, the business development coordinator at Cottonwood Heights. “The speakers have been fantastic.” On May 12, the topic was conflict resolution and was taught by Kurt Weiland. Weiland is the president of Jefferson Smith Training and Consulting. During Weiland’s lecture, he invited the group to comment and participate by adding their own insight. However, if someone did not feel comfortable talking, Weiland did not force them, making the lecture relaxing and not stressful. Weiland explained conflict in and of itself is not inherently a bad thing. In fact, conflict can be productive. However, it can become a bad thing. “It can be bad when the relationship is no longer fun,” Weiland said. “It’s bad when it becomes counter-productive.” Weiland talked the group through the anger sequence, a series of steps taken by someone when they are angry. He used the hypothetical situation of someone cutting you off on the freeway. Weiland explained that while anger can be a natural reaction, ultimately the person who is angry has a choice of how they are going to respond to it. Weiland then went on to explain a series of ways employers can handle conflict. This includes considering doing nothing to see if the problem will resolve itself. He also advised not to get sucked into the anger. He then said to apologize, either empathizing with the person or taking responsibility for whatever caused them anger and then agree where you can. Finally, ask the person for solutions while trying to appear you’re both on the same side. Weiland was asked to teach the class after he participated in previous lectures. Kinder explained some people will call to suggest people to teach or others will call to volunteer themselves. The response has been very positive, with the classes being full each time. “People want to learn how to try something new,” Kinder said. “They want to try something new either as a person or in their profession.” To learn more about the Business Boot Camp lecture series, visit http://cottonwoodheights. utah.gov/. l

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Vigor Hosts Three Races in Big Cottonwood Canyon By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

Runners race through the Vigor 5K.—Vigor Utah

igor Utah hosted its annual Big Cottonwood Canyon races on May 14 with hundreds of people showing up for the 5K, 10K or half marathon. The races are in their fifth year and have received awards for being some of the best races in the state. Vigor Utah is owned by husband and wife duo Mark and Kasey Payzant. Kasey explained the idea of hosting a race series in Big Cottonwood Canyon came from her and Mark living in Cottonwood Heights and running in the canyon for the past 10 to 12 years. “We wanted runners to share in the beauty of the canyon,” Kasey said. “With the half marathon, you really get to enjoy the canyon. Where the 10K starts, that’s the most beautiful part.” Vigor Utah described the course as being mostly downhill and perfect for either a rookie half marathoner or an experienced veteran trying to achieve a new personal record. The race has won the Runners Choice Award and the 2014 Best of Utah award, presented by “Salt Lake City Weekly.” Runners for all three races took buses up to the different starting points. For runners in the half marathon, the staging

area was the ski school at Solitude Mountain Resort. The first 11 miles of the race took runners through the canyon with the last 2.1 miles along a trail hugging Big Cottonwood Creek. The finish line was at Old Mill Building One. The half marathon was sanctioned by the United States Track and Field, a nonprofit that is the national governing body for the sports of track and field, cross-country running, road running and race walking. Runners in the 10K started at Mill B and ran through the canyon and then next to Big Cottonwood Creek. It also ended at Old Mill Building One. The 5K runners started at the mouth of the canyon at the Ledgemere Picnic Area and followed Big Cottonwood Creek to the Old Mill Building One. Kasey explained the 5K was added to the series so kids could come out and also enjoy the races. “Even with the 5K, the little ones get to experience the bus ride up to their starting point,” Kasey said. “It’s a different experience for them.” The 5K is one of the most popular races in the area. Golden

Harper, founder of Altra Running, has gone on record praising the race. “The Vigor Big Cottonwood Canyon 5k is likely the fastest 5K in the state of Utah,” he said. “It’s a beautiful course with gentle, rolling downhill and is fun to run.” Kasey and Mark started Vigor Utah about six years ago after being avid runners for years. “We’d go to running events and we’d see how they were organized,” Kasey said. “Then we decided to start our own running company.” Currently, Vigor Utah focuses only on providing various races throughout the Wasatch Front, including a three-part race series on the Solitude Trail. However, Kasey said there are some aspirations to provide more than just races, including gear and services. Kasey said the whole goal behind Vigor Utah is to share the joy of running in Utah. “It’s a beautiful place to run. It doesn’t matter the weather,” Kasey said. “It’s like magic, running in the canyon.” To learn more about Vigor Utah and the races it provides, visit their website at http://www.vigorutah.com. l


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Trees Planted in an Earth Day Celebration By Cassandra Goff cassie@mycityjournals.com


he Cottonwood Heights Youth City Council (YCC) celebrated Earth Day at the developing new city hall location. On April 22 at 3 p.m. at 2277 Bengal Blvd, construction workers from Layton Construction lowered multiple young trees into previously dug holes next to the sidewalk east of the site. The event was scheduled in the afternoon to ensure members of the YCC would be able to attend. Many of the members were students attending Brighton High School, so all they had to do was walk across the street, if school had been in session that day. Councilmember Scott Bracken, Youth City Council advisor, stood before city staff, photographers, construction workers, fellow councilmembers and the YCC members to discuss the cause for their involvement in Earth Day. He laughed as he noticed that some of the YCC members could not see him behind a ready-to-be-planted tree. After he had thanked the construction crew for speeding up the process, which allowed them to be able to plant trees that day, he asked the YCC members to pick a tree. Construction workers and city staff, including Councilmember Tee Tyler, Councilmember Mike Shelton and Assistant Manager Bryce Haderlie, held the saplings straight in the dug holes as the YCC members

divvied into small groups to help bury the roots. Members began grabbing shovels. However, after a few minutes, many YCC members realized there were not enough shovels for each member, especially when City Manager John Park was helping, so many kneeled down to push mounds of dirt into the hole. In some cases, this proved to be more effective. One of the YCC members even got onto her stomach and began pushing mounds of dirt into her designated hole as her fellow members watched in disbelief. Unfortunately, it was a blustery day, so many of the YCC members had to battle the wind to accomplish their task. Many times the members had to turn their faces away from the dirt to deter it from blowing into their eyes. A few times the members watched as some of the dirt they had just dug up onto their shovel blew away. Councilmember Bracken noticed one member taking a selfie with his sapling, so he ran over to join him with his own phone in snapping a selfie. After all the hard work, Ann Eatchel, events coordinator, provided cold Gatorade and snacks to the YCC and their helpers while the construction crew placed poles on either side of each tree. This effort will help the trees

Above: Cottonwood Heights Youth City Council, councilmembers and city staff help to bury trees at the new city hall site for Earth Day.Right: Councilmember Tee Tyler helps YCC members plant a tree.

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Preparation for Summer Events, Public Works and Zoning By Cassandra Goff cassie@mycityjournals.com


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n May 3 at 6 p.m., the Cottonwood Heights City Council held their weekly meeting on the second floor of city hall located at 1265 Fort Union Boulevard. Financial Advisor Jason Burningham discussed the final stages of the city’s financial planning for the new city hall building located at 2722 Bengal Boulevard. The building should be completed by September, at which time the city staff will move in and government business will be done from there. The council is becoming increasingly excited with the countdown ticking. Public Relations Specialist Dan Metcalf shared media coverage related to the city that aired over the past week. Terracare representative Dave VanWagoner reported on pothole fixing, roadway patching and other public work duties that were completed with Terracare’s crew over the past week. City engineer Brad Gilson summarized a traffic study focusing on 6710 South and discussed options for the road with the council. Public Works Director Mike Allen reviewed the Road Maintenance Agreement with Salt Lake Country for 2016. The week of May 15–21 will be proclaimed as Public Works Week. The newly acquired truck for the in-house public works will be on display with informational banners in various locations throughout the city. City staff excitedly announced they were able to acquire “Zootopia” for the movie at the park event on July 22, starting at dusk. The city council discussed the planning commission recommendations for a plan amendment, zone map amendment

Public Works Week will be May 15–21.This banner will be on a new truck around the city.

and development agreement concerning zoning and development on two privately owned lots on Wasatch Boulevard. Community and Economic Development Director Brian Berndt mentioned the climbing tunnel that will be installed at Mountview Park later this week. The tunnel will replace some rocking horses that were broken after inappropriate use. Finance Director Dean Lundell provided a draft for the 2017 fiscal city budget. The public hearing and public comment sessions for the budget are planned for next month. The calendar of events reminded city staff and council about the Business Boot Camps on every Thursday in May at 6:30 as well as the few CHBA luncheons over the next few months. On May 18, the Citizen’s Academy graduation will be held in the training room of city hall and catered by Mediterranean Market. l

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uring the business meeting on April 12 at 7 p.m., the council chamber was unusually full of residents. Many neighbors chatted with each other while settling into their seats. However, when the public comment session was opened, no one approached the podium. Something was awry. “Occasionally a resident stands out,” Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore said, moving onto the next item on the agenda. He continued on to read a proclamation recognizing Kathy and Jim Hawkins for their outstanding service within the community and contributions to the city. The proclamation declared April 12 as “Kathy and Jim Hawkins Day” within Cottonwood Heights. Encouraged by the council, Kathy walked to the podium to accept the award. Her husband, Jim, followed her closely. “Kathy and Jim Hawkins are longtime residents of the city,” Cullimore said. “They enrich lives by providing selfless service.” “The couple has spent hours gathering food, clothing and other donations for individuals who reside in shelters as well as visiting those local shelters,” Public Information Specialist Dan Metcalf said.

“They have donated countless hours volunteering and providing for their neighbors as well as other the residents of Cottonwood Heights,” Cullimore added. “There is nobody more deserving.” “You were brought to our attention from your neighbors,” Cullimore said as he gestured around the room. Councilmember Mike Shelton added, “Based on the kind things said by the Hawkins’ neighbors, the comment was made that it was evident how much one person can do in a community to make a difference.” “You are the heart of our neighborhood,” a neighbor said to her. Cullimore asked Kathy to say a few words. “I didn’t do these things to be recognized,” she said. “We like to make differences to lives of people we do and don’t know.” “I wish my mom and dad were here.” She turned to her husband as her eyes teared up. “That’s where it all started — my acts of service began with what I learned from my parents.” Jim nodded in agreement. Kathy looked back to her audience of the familiar faces of her neighbors and her expression changed. “I’m going to have a word with every single one of you,” she teased.

Cake made by Kathy Hawkins, presented to city council.

Comments were made from her neighbors about her outstanding cakes she bakes at home. “What do I have to do to get one of those cakes?” Mayor Cullimore joked. The following Tuesday, April 19, Kathy delivered a multilayered cake to the council in the middle of their work session meeting. “There’s a surprise in there,” she said as she hurriedly left the meeting room. As Mayor Cullimore cut into the white-frosted cake, he laughed in surprise as many M&Ms spilled out from inside the white cake. l


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One Student Makes a Difference By Cassandra Goff cassie@mycityjournals.com


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n 2009, Utah Clean Cities Coalition (UCCC) began the “Turn Your Key, Be Idle Free” Public Awareness Campaign. A year later, the first annual IdleFree Awareness Month began. Every year since, one month out of the year is dedicated as Idle-Free Awareness Month in many different cities across Utah including Park City, West Valley, Summit County, Holladay and Cottonwood Heights. Last September, 2015, Mayor Kelvyn Cullimore and the Cottonwood Heights City Council issued a proclamation to support the idle-free awareness campaign in support of efforts to reduce vehicle pollution within the city. During the week of March 15, 2016, the Cottonwood Heights City Council received a letter from a local fifth-grader attending Ridgecrest Elementary in Mrs. Halligan’s class. It read: “Hi, My name is Kaleb and im in 5th grade student council. Recently student council has been doing this thing that says turn your key be idle free. While, I was doing that a women in Anzack Park said that a bunch of people idle when they’re waiting to pick up their kids. I was thinking we could make a bunch of signs that say the logo and put them around the park so people will be reminded to be idle free. I hope you read this letter, thank you!!! ” Councilmember Mike Shelton and City Manager John Park were incredibly impressed with the letter and quickly jumped into action about acquiring the appropriate signs. On April 18, Cullimore, Shelton, Park and additional city members and staff visited Ridgecrest Elementary to see Kaleb Broderick. Much to his surprise, the city officials wanted him to help install the first idle-free sign, at Antczak Park (adjacent to Ridgecrest Elementary). “Congratulations Kaleb, this is a great idea!” Cullimore said as he shook Kaleb’s hand. “What gave you this idea?” “Well, I was in student council and we had a meeting about this whole thing and I thought it was a good idea because I always think about the earth, all the time,” Kaleb replied shyly.

Cullimore then addressed the remainder of the student council and Kaleb’s fifth-grade class. “What do the rest of you think about this idea? Is it a good idea?” “Yeah!” they hollered in excited unison. “We like to have you involved with the city,” Cullimore concluded. Kaleb helped place the screw and attach the idle-free sign to a pole in the park while his classmates, student council, the mayor and the councilmembers watched. On April 22 at 11 a.m., Shelton spoke at Ridgecrest Elementary’s Earth Day assembly about the idle-free signs and Kaleb’s involvement. During the assembly, a video encompassing the story of Kaleb’s idle-free signs was shown. Kaleb was also presented with a framed copy of his letter. To watch this video, visit https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=ZU6VEM8kgUI The Cottonwood Heights City Council is pleased with the involvement from Kaleb and Ridgecrest Elementary within the city. “Kaleb proved that one person can make a difference.”l

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More than a Library: Celebrating Albion Middle School Librarian Marianne Bates By Stephanie Lauritzen / stephanie@mycityjournals.com


or Marianne Bates, running the Library Media Center at Albion Middle School is a dream come true. “I have always loved to read — my parents were both educators and they encouraged a love of reading and learning in our home. I studied English and library science in college, so I knew from a young age that I wanted to be a teacher librarian.” Bates began working at Albion as an assistant librarian in 2000, and became the teacher librarian in 2006. “I’ve always loved books, but in the past few years, I have also learned to love technology, as it has become a more important part of the library world,” Bates said. As it turns out, students and teachers love Bates and think she’s an important part of the library world as well. In March, the Utah Educational Library Media Association named her Teacher Librarian of the Year, with the Canyons Board of Education recognizing her efforts in their May board meeting: “Marianne Bates’ influence is felt in every grade, by every teacher and by every student. Not only does she teach students the art of research and compiling data, she also curates a collection of books they find fascinating. And this year, she created a space within the library where students can come and spend time making

things — from Lego kingdoms to robots.” Running a successful library requires a wide range of skills and a willingness to constantly learn new things. According to Bates, “one of the most challenging aspects of my job is the wide variety of things we do here in the library. Besides taking care of the library collection and circulating the books and finding resources for teachers and students, we oversee the library computer lab and help with technology. I find that there are constant interruptions, but that is good because then there are more opportunities to help.” Fortunately, Bates feels supported by her team of assistants and colleagues. “I am lucky because I have two great assistants, Julie Frandsen and Margaret Redding — the library would not be the place it is without their help! Another challenge is keeping up with the constant changes in technology — there are always new resources and programs to learn to help students and teachers. I am always learning new things through collaborating with the great secondary teacher librarians in Canyons School District and from my school ed tech, Michelle Zey.” Despite the many challenges, Bates appreciates the opportunity to work with everyone in the school. “The best part of my job is getting to work with everyone in the

school, and the students, parents, teachers and administration at Albion are the best! I work with the teachers by teaching classes, finding books and online resources and by creating pathfinders and booklists. I work with students — helping them find resources, talking to them about books and helping them find just the right book.” An added bonus? “I ‘have’ to read a lot of books to stay up on the current young adult and middle school book titles, and that is very enjoyable,” Bates said. For students looking for a great new read, Bates recommends “The War That Saved My Life” by Kimberly Bradley, which focuses on a handicapped girl overcoming adversity during World War II, and “Lost in the Sun” by Lisa Graff, a contemporary fiction novel about a boy who feels responsible for the death of his friend. Furthermore, Bates makes sure to pre-order the latest popular fiction books so students can read their anticipated favorites the same day they are released. Beyond adding Legos to the library, Bates works hard to make her library unique and accessible to all of Albion’s students. “We have tried to keep our library up to date by following the new trends for libraries. Thanks to some wonderful grants from Donors Choose, 100% for Kids, the Albion Middle

Marianne Bates is honored at a Canyons District board meeting after winning the Teacher Librarian of the Year Award.

PTA and the Library Services and Technology Act, we have added a new “maker space” to our library, and now provide Kindles and downloadable audio and e-books for students to access from home. We have also added over 100 multiaccess e-books for teachers to use in their classrooms. A Utah Humanities grant allowed us to host a special community book club with Eileen Hallet Stone from ‘The Salt Lake Tribune’ as a guest speaker. I feel like our library shines because the administration at Albion is so supportive of the library and library programs.” l


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Great Teachers at Butler Middle Create and Cultivate Curiosity By Stephanie Lauritzen / stephanie@mycityjournals.com


ay’s Teacher Appreciation Week offers parents and students an opportunity to celebrate the hard-working teachers in their students’ lives, but Butler Middle School Principal Paula Logan knows that great teachers work all year long to create a positive learning environment. She also knows teachers need community support from parents, and hopes that parents and teachers can continue to work together to appreciate educators throughout the year. “A good teacher has to do many things. Teaching is hard work. Great teachers give an amazing amount of work and effort — way beyond the contract time. They work tirelessly in the evenings and on weekends and through the summer to create and modify lessons to best meet the needs of our students. It can be an overwhelming job on the best of days.” For Logan, a truly great teacher recognizes the need for respect in the classroom — between both the teacher and the student. “Teachers have to create a safe learning environment. They need to appreciate students and understand that they are children and they will make mistakes. But a good teacher is able to work with students and create a respectful environment for both the teacher and the student.” Part of respecting students involves setting and maintaining high standards, and adapting lessons to fit the needs. “If several of the students already know the information, how can we challenge them? If there are students who don’t understand, how can we reteach the information or provide supports to help them build that learning? It is a constant challenge,” Logan said. Most importantly, Logan believes great teachers are great learners themselves. “Teachers should never reach point where they are not learning. There are things to continue to learn about the content; there are things to learn about effective instructional strategies. Most teachers really have

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two degrees — one in their content area and one in teaching. We continue to learn and refine our practice. Great teachers continue to learn and refine throughout their careers.” With all of the challenges that come with teaching, Logan encourages parents to support teachers by remaining actively engaged in their student’s education. One way parents can help support teachers is by creating daily routines that help students prioritize learning. “From homework to lunches to clothes to sleep time, students do better with routines. To be honest, we all do. It is easier if homework and bedtime routines are fairly standard and just reviewed or adjusted for unusual events. Our students need a minimum of eight hours to sleep. Their brains

need to recover and rest overnight.” While a good routine is paramount in helping students learn to manage time and prepare for a busy school day, Logan emphasizes that creativity and imagination are also important learning strategies that should be modeled at home. Her advice to parents? “Learn something new yourself and involve your student in your learning process. Let them see that there are struggles and that you have strategies when you don’t understand the first time. Help them to see learning as process that never ends.” By working together, parents, teachers and students can support each other in promoting learning at home and at school. Logan reminds parents to bring learning home and connect with their students about their day. At Butler Middle School, “all students have planners and teachers post on the board what the class will be doing each day. Have your student write this down each day (because they will forget at 3), and do a short review with them so you know what they are learning. Connect math to measuring in recipes; connect movies to books; connect science to machines and weather,” Logan said. In the end, Logan is proud of the teachers at her school who work tirelessly to help students learn. “While they may be balancing several different things, a great teacher is one whom students feel they can go to and get help or support. They have good listening skills and take the time to make students feel special. When talking with parents, this teacher helps parents to feel that we are working together to help the students. A great teacher has the ability to build students in ways that the student becomes a better students and even a better person. These teachers create and cultivate curiosity and possibilities and show students the magic of their content.” l



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Bengal’s Track and Field Finish Another Fast-Paced Season By Sarah Almond / sarah@mycityjournals.com


or the members of Brighton High School’s track and field team, running isn’t just something to do after school; it’s a way to be involved in an upbeat, close-knit community. “I love running track here,” said James DeBore, a senior and one of Brighton’s top sprinters and long jumpers. “The coaching staff is really, really great — especially Rockne. He’ll push you and make you run harder, but he also makes track a good time. He gives you a hard time and stuff and he makes it fun.” Hurdle and sprint coach Knute Rockne has been coaching track and field at Brighton since 2007. He says that though the team might be a little short in numbers this year, the athletes’ overall dedication to the sport and willingness to improve has make this season stand out. “With track, we always start out with a pretty big group of kids,” Ryan Bullett, the team’s throwing coach, said. “But by the end of the season a lot of kids cut themselves and we don’t have nearly as many as we started with.” At the beginning of the 2016 season, nearly 120 athletes came out for track and field. By the end of the season, this number was down to around 60. Bullett says that ideally, Brighton’s track team will have close to 100 consistent participants within the coming years. “Most of the powerhouse track teams we compete against have around 200 kids,” Bullett said. “Copper Hills and Bingham bring at least 150 kids to meets, so it makes it hard to compete

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against them with such small numbers.” Though Brighton has several strong, winning athletes on their track team, events like the high jump and field events like the shot put and javelin throw tend to take the biggest hit when it comes to having a large number of participants. “We don’t even have a pole vaulting event,” Bullett said. “So when we compete against teams like Copper Hills and others who have pole vault, we don’t score any points there and that really hurts us.” Despite having a smaller group, Bullett, Rockne and the other track and field coaches are happy to have a group of kids who are dedicated to running and motivated to improve. “Track is one of those things that you’re

motivated to do, you know?” Bullett said. “I’d say that because most of these kids are running right now, they will probably run for the rest of their lives, and I think that’s kind of what makes track so unique.” Bullett, who is also Brighton’s head football coach, encourages his kids to participate in sports like track and field because it keeps them in good physical shape and improves running and agility skills. “Usually all of my best players are also track kids,” Bullet said, after pointing out star wide receiver and committed Stanford player Simi Fehoko. “I’ve got my quarterback here, some of my wide receivers, my running back; if I can get 20 or 25 of my football players out here I know that we’ll be better on Friday nights

come fall.” Football players aren’t the only studentathletes moonlighting at Brighton. In fact, many of the participants on the track and field team are also active in other sport teams throughout the year. “Dani Barton from the volleyball team has jumped over 17 feet in the long jump,” Rockne said. “She’s also run the 400 [meter] in 61 [seconds] so she has really been a pleasant surprise to the team this year.” Junior hurdler Jordan Brandt, who is also a Bengals cheerleader, says that track and field has helped her be more dedicated to sports. “I joined track team when I was a freshman, but I didn’t take it really seriously until I was a sophomore,” Jordan said. “I started realizing that I had potential, and that I could be pretty good if I really dedicated myself.” Along with overall improvement in skill, Jordan thinks what makes this season so unique for the Bengals is their passion for running and dedication to the sport. “We have a lot of great leaders on the team this year,” Jordan said. “There a lot of older girls who set good examples. They come in every day and show strong dedication and work hard to get better and I think that’s just really helped us be better as a team.” The track and field team finished their successful 2016 season on May 20. l

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The Star Lit Blades: Synchro in Cottonwood Heights By Sarah Almond / sarah@mycityjournals.com

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hat do you get when you combine the essence of a drill team with the skill and technicality of figure skating? Synchronized skating. Visit the local rink at the Cottonwood Rec Center and you’ll get to see this spectacle firsthand from the Star Lit Blades. Though this sport is still fairly new to the Utah area, synchronized skating has been a dignified discipline for over four decades. In 1956, Dr. Richard Porter of Ann Arbor, Michigan, created the Hockettes, America’s first synchronized skating team. This group, which operated with the precision of a drill team, grew in popularity and eventually began performing for spectators during intermissions of the University of Michigan men’s hockey team in the 1970s. Today, the sport’s growing popularity has swept across the globe with international teams in the U.S., Canada, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Hungary and more. Miami University even founded a school-sponsored team that competes in championships across the nation. Here in Cottonwood Heights and surrounding areas, the sport is also growing in popularity. Ellie Karamati Nielsen, one of the head coaches and directors of the Star Lit Blades, says that the program has expanded a decent amount in the past few years. “We had little teams here and there, but we really started serious teams up around 2007,” Nielsen said. “But 2012 and 2013 was really our first competitive season. We started out with just one team and now there are four teams that practice at Cottonwood Rec.” Nielsen got her start with synchronized skating with the Ice Angelzz in the early 2000s after losing interest in individual figure skating. “Skating can get a little bit hard to compete in when you become a teenager and unless you’re really, really good, skating competitively sometimes isn’t fun anymore,” Nielsen said. “But skating with other people, and being on a team and getting to travel together, that was a way for me to keep skating and being competitive while also having fun. And that’s what we really want to offer the skaters of Star Lit.” Nearly 50 girls and four boys are spread across four different teams. In synchro, these

teams are commonly referred to as levels. “Each level has different requirements, and then those requirements have different levels of difficulty,” Nielsen said. “So for instance, we’ll do a circle formation and our lower-level teams stay connected the whole time by holding hands or shoulders and they’ll travel their circle down the ice. Our older team skate their circle disconnected and move it down the ice without being connected but maintaining a solid circle.” At Cottonwood Rec Center, Star Lid Blades’ preliminary, open juvenile, and intermediate levels all practice more than two hours each Friday. The group also has an open adult team, with skaters ages 18 to 36, that typically practices on Sundays, but are currently in their offseason. “The skaters need to maintain their shape and choreography so it’s clear to the judges what they’re doing,” said Nielsen. “It’s difficult. It’s pretty hard to do all of that stuff while you’re gliding across the ice and you’ve got a little speed going into it, so practice is definitely important.” Each January the Star Lit Blades travel to Portland, Oregon, to compete in sectionals, a competition in which all of the western teams and teams from the Pacific Coast gather to compete for the overall title. Though the Olympics has yet to adopt synchronized skating as a sanctioned sport, the synchro community is pushing hard for officials to welcome the sport to the roster. “There’s a hashtag, #Whynotsynchro, that people are using to push for synchro to be in the Olympics,” Nielsen said. “And they’ve been doing a lot of rule changing recently to make it an Olympic-level sport, so hopefully it will happen.” Under Nielsen’s leadership and with continued hard work, the Star Lit Blades continue to grow and improve as a team. Perhaps when synchro finally does become an Olympic sport, the Cottonwood Heights community will have several homegrown skaters to cheer on in the big times. To learn more about the Star Lit Blades, visit starlitbladessynchronizedskating.com, like them on Facebook at Star Lit Blades Synchronized Skating or follow their Twitter handle @StarLitBlades. l

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County Council Discusses Future of Equestrian Park


he Salt Lake County Equestrian Park may soon see some changes, thanks to the hard work of equestrian park users and the county’s parks department. During the county budget process last fall, I learned that the equestrian park operates with a roughly $1 million dollar subsidy from county taxpayers. I also learned of a litany of deferred maintenance items that hadn’t been funded and were causing problems for park users, including lack of adequate restrooms, and drainage problems near horse stalls. I started asking questions about whether this was the best use of taxpayer dollars and offered optimal value to our community. County voters have demonstrated that they value open space in our communities—a sentiment I share. Preserving places for our residents to enjoy outdoor activities is good for the physical and emotional health of those who call Salt Lake County home. The county subsidizes parks, on average, $5,000 per acre. The equestrian center on the other hand, is subsidized at about $7,500 per acre. Though the equestrian center generates some revenue (the operating budget is roughly $2 million, with about $1 million in revenue), it still is a significant cost to taxpayers each year to maintain. As I’ve worked to learn more in recent months, I’ve been extremely impressed with the users of the equestrian park who

have been helpful in outlining the value the park provides to the community, as well as working to identify ways we can improve the park and ultimately reduce the subsidy. We’ve been working through our public process to address the questions I raised, as well as the future of the park. The first part of that process is for the county parks department to finalize four different proposals for the future of the park. They include: status quo with maintenance improvements, an equestrian regional blend that removes the race track and adds soccer fields, an “enhanced” equestrian park that expands the functionality of the facility, and converting all of the land into a regional park with various sports fields. The council will review each of these scenarios and their corresponding costs, as well as ongoing operational costs under each scenario. This, coupled with a better understanding of the value the park provides, will equip the council to make the best decision regarding which scenario is best for the park’s future. We’ve been collecting a tremendous amount of public input thus far. I want to specifically thank each resident who has offered their perspective through the online survey as well as the town hall event we held at the park. Moving forward, I am committed to a few key principles. First, I remain absolutely committed to efficient and effective use of taxpayer dollars. With every project that this council

funds, we should ask whether the benefit to the community justifies the cost to the taxpayer. This principle was the primary motivator for my initial questions about the park, and remains a key focus. Second, we must maintain our practice of bringing key stakeholders to the table to work together to find a solution both the park users and county taxpayers find acceptable. The Equestrian Park Coalition has already shown tremendous initiative educating county officials—myself in particular— and offering possible solutions.The Mayor’s office has created an Equestrian Park Advisory board, comprised of county parks staff and equestrian park users. This board is instrumental in identifying viable options for the park’s ongoing future. Lastly, If this park is going to stay, then we as a county need to commit to investing in the park’s future. We will find areas to use taxpayer funds more efficiently, freeing up dollars for other needs, and ultimately reducing our ongoing subsidy of the park. Smart spending coupled with improved management will make a valuable difference​. This is a great example of how Salt Lake County residents, advocates, and elected officials can work together to find the best solution. I’m encouraged by the productive conversations we’ve had so far, and eager to see this important issue soon resolved. l


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f someone else tells me, “Here’s how to do more,” I might just rupture a spleen. (Someone else’s spleen, not mine.) I’m already trying to cram 29 hours of tasks into a 24-hour day. Experts recommend we spend our day evenly divided with eight hours of sleep, work and play. But experts are idiots. These Time Control professionals don’t take into account the 75-minute commute, the one hour spent finding lost keys and clothing items, the 10.5 minutes to make/eat breakfast, the 17 minutes showing my spouse some attention, and the one hour spent daydreaming about being rich, followed by 15-25 minutes of sobbing. And that’s not even dealing with kids. (Add an additional seven hours of chores to your day—per child.) Family apps are the latest thing everyone needs to keep their lives on track or you are so completely out of touch you might as well live in a Quonset hut on Neptune. If you don’t have at least five apps coordinating your daily activities, you are a failure. For new moms, Glow Baby tracks your child like a super-focused CIA agent, monitoring everything from how often your child poops (along with the consistency/

color) to how often your child cries (going on three years). I never once tracked my daughters’ poop . . . well, except that time I tracked it down the hall to a discarded and very full diaper. Cozi is a much heralded time management app that allows your family to share calendar items along with a journal for recording those heart-warming memories. Disclaimer: this app will not alter time to get you across town in less than 10 minutes after you forget your daughter’s softball practice. For the family chef, Food on the Table lets you create virtual meals and shopping lists using sale items at your local grocery store. But, this app does not come with a shopper who will purchase menu items, or a chef who prepares and serves your family a healthy dinner. (Sounds like frozen waffles for dinner again.) And for the (crazy) helicopter parents, MamaBear lets you follow your child’s every move, so no more hiding behind shrubbery with dark sunglasses and video cameras. You can monitor your children’s social media pages, their location, their use of swear words and ability to lie without even blinking. (Warning: you’ll discover your child is a sociopath. Because kids are.)


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If you’re truly into documenting your baby’s bowel movements while virtually preparing a five-course meal no one will eat before checking the tracking device on your teenager’s car, then these apps are for you. But if you’re tired of all the techno-hoopla, I’ve created apps for normal people. I call them RealAPPs. BlackOut shuts down all the power in your house and car, forcing everyone to stay home in their pjs, eating sandwiches and playing old-school board games. GuiltAway gives you permission to forgive yourself on a weekly, daily or hourly basis. MomResponse has preset answers, sent through text messaging, to all those repetitive questions. RealRecipes will create meals from whatever you have in your fridge/pantry. (Spaghetti Cheetos Ritz Cracker Casserole, anyone?) NoGo sends an automatic “NO” whenever someone asks you to volunteer/bake cupcakes/ babysit/garden. Once you download the RealApps, you can kick back and not worry about high-maintenance tracking any more. And you can punch those “Here’s how to do more” people in the spleen. l



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Cottonwood Height June 2016  

Vol. 13 Iss. 06

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Vol. 13 Iss. 06