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or the second year in a row, the Draper Police Department invited local fifth-grade students to enter an artwork contest to design the department’s 2014 holiday card. “We thought it was a great way to connect to the students and to take advantage of their artistic creativity,” Chief Bryan Roberts said. Roberts said that about 200 entries were received, and five were identified as the finalists. Those five drawings were
place with his drawing of a police car being pulled by reindeer. “The uniqueness of the reindeer pulling the Draper Police car, it tugs at you,” Roberts said of the contest’s winning entry. Kambree Guest of Saint John the Baptist Elementary and Kathryn Jane Miner of Willow Springs Elementary were the contest’s two runner-up winners. Kambree’s artwork depicted a police badge with a Santa hat on top while Kathryn drew a police snowman.
“We thought it was a great way to connect to the students and to take advantage of their artistic creativity. The uniqueness of the reindeer pulling the Draper Police car, it tugs at you.”
posted in the police department and department staff voted for their favorites. Participating schools included Draper Elementary, Saint John the Baptist Elementary, Summit Academy Elementary and Willow Springs Elementary. Jack Ongman of Saint John the Baptist Elementary won first
The children, their parents, their school principals and teachers were honored at the Dec. 2 city council meeting. Roberts noted that news of last year’s contest spread across the country. “We’ve got an agency in Georgia that jumped on the bandwagon,” he said. l
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Spirit Of Service Recognized At Awards Gala By Mimi Darley
azz music played and candles and leaves decorated the tables on a brisk November night when community and Draper Chamber of Commerce members came together at Millennial Falls to honor those who embody the best of Draper. City Councilmember and Chamber of Commerce CEO Bill Rappleye was the master of ceremonies for the event which was the 19th annual event of its kind in Draper. Rappleye said it became the “Community Spirit Awards” because of the late Sgt. Derek Johnson. “This is the first year it was called the (Community) Spirit Awards. We wanted to add something more to it and spirit of service is what Derek was known for,” Rappleye said. Previously, it was called the Community Awards. Local Draper Historical Society volunteer Ron Smith took home the Draper Chamber Citizen of the Year award. Rappleye described Smith as a “brilliant” engineer who has “a great, big heart.” He said Smith played a huge role in Draper’s historic Fitzgerald Cabin, including moving the
structure to its current site near the library from where it had been on the south side of Draper Park. That move put the 163-year-old cabin very near to where it originally sat, and Smith helped to repair the cabin and build a foundation for it in the process. Smith also volunteers at the historical society’s museum and he has written grant applications for the organization. “I really just saw how much he quietly does, and so, I wanted to recognize that service,” Rappleye said. The Derek Johnson Memorial Police Officer of the Year award went to Officer Jeremy Barnes. Barnes is the student resource officer at Corner Canyon High School and he was the 2012 DARE Officer of the Year. Deputy Chief John Eining said Barnes is a mentor to other DARE officers in Utah and that he helped research and apply for the federal grant that has funded two SROs in Draper, one at the high school and the other working with local middle schools. “The commitment that it takes to work with the students, mentor these kids, it takes the right personality. This gentleman does a Captain Anne “Sande” Storms was chosen as Draper Firefighter of the Year and Officer Jeremy fine job. He’s a pleasure to be around.... Barnes was honored with the Derek Johnson Memorial Police Officer of the Year award at the well deserved,” Eining said. Chamber’s awards gala. Draper Police Chief Bryan Roberts said that the Chamber’s police officer award is centered on the principle of service to the community. “He’s really establishing that relationship that’s so important between our youth and our officers,” Roberts said of Barnes. “I do it because I have a passion for the youth of the community to stay on track,” Barnes said when he was honored. Captain Anne “Sande” Storms was chosen by the Unified Fire Authority as Draper Firefighter of the Year. Storms has been with UFA for 25 years and is a member of Salt Lake County Search and Rescue. Storms plays the bagpipes, a talent she has shared at various Salt Lake County functions, including having played at funerals and
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Draper City Lights Up The Holidays By Kim Shemwell
raper City warmly welcomed the holidays with its annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Dec. 1 in the city park. Hundreds gathered to watch as Draper Mayor Troy Walker led the festivities and the park was illuminated with over 1 million Christmas lights. Draper’s first tree lighting was held in 2008, and since then, the visual display has continued to expand, with more lights being added and even more visitors coming from all over the valley to see the showcase throughout the month of December. It’s become an expected tradition of sorts, but what goes into making this beautiful display of colors possible? According to Draper Park Superintendent Steve Linde, it requires long hours and teamwork. “It’s a lot of work for a lot of people,” Linde said. “We start planning for it in June and have all of our park staff working on it, Monday through Friday, starting in November.” With over 1 million lights used this year to festively decorate trees in the Draper Historical Park, light posts around city hall and nearly 20 trees and the bridge in Draper City Park, the job of wrapping and unwrapping the lights is a big one. The huge willow tree on the south side of the park has more than 300,000 lights alone. “We have a couple of lighting contractors helping us with the big trees,” Linde said. “There’s just no way our staff could do all of it.” After meticulously winding lights around every branch to ensure they can hold up to weather conditions, Draper’s
The newly sparkling willow tree illuminated at Draper’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, held Dec. 1 at Draper Park. park staff, with the help of local lighting contractors Brite Nites and The Lighting Edge, possibly have a few days to enjoy the display before it all has to come down again in January. “We unravel the lights and roll them like a ball of string,” Linde said. “We end up with cases and cases of lights that we carefully label and store in a barn.” With more lights being added each year, not only has the prospect of getting the job completed in time been a top concern, but providing electricity for the display has also become a complicated issue as well. “We have a lot more trees we can add,
but the trouble is the electricity,” Linde said. “Right now, most of it is underground. Everything is plugged into ground fault circuit interrupters that instantly turn off the power if rain or snow melt gets into the circuit. The system then has to dry out and be reset. We spend every day making adjustments.” No question this job is a big undertaking, involving many hours by city staffers, but what does all of this cost? “For what the city gets, it can cost anywhere between $40,000 and $60,000 a year,” Linde said. “The newer LED lights last longer, so this year we are spending a lot less.” l
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lue and red lights flash atop a 10-foot tree in the lobby of City Hall that honors the late Sgt. Derek Johnson who was killed in the line of duty Sept. 1, 2013 in Draper. Last year, the Johnson family entered the decorated tree in the 2013 Festival of Trees, a fundraiser for Primary Children’s Hospital. The tree was purchased by an anonymous donor who donated it back to the family. The family, in turn, donated it to the Draper City Police Department. The tree and its decorations were designed by Johnson’s family based on an
essay he wrote in elementary school titled, “When I Grow Up.” Johnson lived his dream of becoming a policeman, and his family worked many hours to lovingly plan and design the tree’s ornaments and decorations. “We are honored to continue to display the Sgt. Derek Johnson memorial tree. It is a fitting tribute to a young man who devoted his life to public service and to all law enforcement officers across the country who serve and protect our communities,” Chief Bryan Roberts said.
Last year, Roberts invited other police agencies from across the U.S. to mail their department’s challenge coins and shoulder patches with their department emblems to help adorn the tree as well. Challenge coins are unique to each agency with their motto and are often carried by officers as a reminder of their camaraderie and their mission. More than 150 police agencies responded to that request. The badges and challenge coins collected are
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Draper Resident Brings Home ‘Let’s Make a Deal’ Win By Kim Shemwell “Let’s…Make…A…Deal!” Those are the iconic words that Draper resident David Wright will never forget, after he and his friends embarked on a California road trip to be studio audience members on the popular game show. “We wanted to go on a trip before school started,” said Wright, 22, currently a sophomore at BYU. “My friend’s fiancé lives in Corona, Calif., so we thought it would be fun to try and get on a game show.” Wright and his friends showed up for the taping in August and discovered they needed costumes, one of the funnier antics the popular game show is known for. “We only had our Sunday dress shirts and ties,” Wright said. “So, we dressed up as a boy band and named ourselves The Provo All-Stars.” The LDS returned missionary, who grew up in Draper in a family of 13, drew some attention for his charisma during the preshow interview, after he discovered one of the game show’s staff was from Lehi. “Yeah, I tried to get her number,” Wright said with a chuckle.
After Wright was specifically escorted to an aisle seat, he knew something was up. “During the breaks they would have dance parties…I love to dance…we were letting it all out,” Wright said. “Then halfway through the show, Wayne Brady randomly picked me to stand up and asked me to dance. I was freakin’ out.” Brady is the new host of the iconic game show in which audience contestants are picked at random to try and win cash or prizes by making certain choices, hoping not to get undesirable items, referred to as “zonks” by choosing incorrectly. “He asked four contestants to stand up,” Wright said. “You could choose or pass between four prizes, and one of them was a zonk. The lady before me picked the zonk, so I figured my chances were pretty good.
Then Wayne pulled out a silver envelope and said I could open it or pass.” Wright turned to his friends and they encouraged him to open the envelope, which contained a $4,000 check to Target. “I couldn’t believe it,” Wright said. “I’d never seen that much money on paper before.” Wright and his friends agreed to split the winnings if any of them were lucky enough to take home a cash prize. “My friends were a big part of it—I was just lucky to be chosen,” Wright said. “We all agreed to give a bit more to two of our friends who are getting married in December.”
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A tree honoring the late Sgt. Derek Johnson is on display once again at City Hall.
hen the game show officially aired in November, Wright ended up watching it with his parents in Brazil. “I originally thought the show was going to air in December and had already gotten tickets to visit my parents while they were serving as mission presidents in Brazil,” Wright said. “We ended up finding it online.” l
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An Angel Among Us By Kim Shemwell
he holidays are a beautiful time of the year, bringing loved ones together and prompting all of us to be more generous and kind. It’s a time when you see an abundance of charitable giving and good will within our community, but it’s not often that you see the same level of generosity being given year round. That is, unless you’ve met Draper resident and philanthropist Deb Harper. “She is one of the most courageous and wonderful people I have ever met,” said Matt White, a Draper resident whose grandson was able to get the life-saving medical help he needed for a brain tumor, thanks to Harper’s fundraising efforts. “She has an incredible heart and ability for compassion.” Harper has always volunteered in her spare time, but it wasn’t until her husband Bill passed away four years ago, that she knew she needed to start doing more things that made her feel good. “If I see a family in need, I want to help,” Harper said. “I’ve always had a passion to help others, specifically underprivileged children—those with rare diseases that may not receive assistance elsewhere.” White and his family were fortunate enough to meet Harper through a mutual friend while sitting in the waiting room at Primary Children’s Hospital while White’s grandson Gage, 4, was undergoing a nine-hour brain surgery. “Deb heard we needed financial help and organized
her powers to help us pay for medical expenses,” White said. “She held a 10K fundraiser and even rented out a movie theater with all the proceeds and ticket sales going to my grandson.” Organizing large-scale fundraising projects is not unusual for Harper. Since her husband’s passing, Harper now serves as president and sole owner of their business, Harper Concrete. She has a vast professional background and is well known not only for her work within the concrete industry but also for her involvement in many charities. She’s joined forces with several local organizations that assist children, carrying out one successful fundraiser after the next, touching innumerable lives along the way. “She has a long list of people she does business with who understand that she helps people in need,” White said. “People get behind her because they know she has investigated situations and only gets involved in worthy projects.” Harper is particularly devoted to the Angel’s Hands Foundation, a charity that assists families living with rare diseases and unusual medical circumstances. This organization, whose founders, Mark and Roxann Kristensen, lost a son to a rare disease, introduced Harper to one of the most memorable children she’s ever helped, Nathan Glad, a Taylorsville child with an incurable bone disease. After hearing about his family’s need for wheel chair access in their home, Harper called upon her construction
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Draper resident Deb Harper and her daughter Madi pose with Nathan Glad, one of the many children with rare diseases who has benefited from their philanthropic efforts. Photo courtesy of Deb Harper
friends to help her personally redesign the Glad family home. “I never like to say just me, because it’s a team of people,” Harper said about the projects she supports. “I now have an amazing volunteer team of about 15 people— one member happens to be from a family we helped—it’s always a pay it forward kind of thing.” l
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Sandy Soil Slows New Police Wing Construction By Mimi Darley
f you’ve driven by City Hall in the last several months, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the large hole on the southwest side of the building. And if you’ve been inside the lobby, it’s a bit like standing on the edge of a small cliff as you look down at what’s been excavated in preparation for the new 21,500-square-foot police wing addition. It was during preliminary excavation for the new addition to City Hall that the excavator realized the soil was unexpectedly sloughing off and falling in near the building’s rear entrance. Excavation halted and the rear entrance to City Hall was closed, its current status, but something that was never supposed to have happened. Assistant City Manager Russell Fox said that the brick columns at the rear of City Hall are connected to the beam system, all of which support the front of the building. When the contractor began to excavate to get footing under those columns for the new
and the new police wing have to be built to Category Four standards, meaning that as an assembly area and potential emergency operations center in the event of a disaster, they have to meet higher seismic standards. Think Architecture of Salt Lake City is both the architect and contractor on the project that will result in the new, threelevel wing for the police department. Think Architecture also built City Hall. Fox said that this discovery does result in higher costs for the project. “But it’s not a cost that’s coming to the city,” Fox said as he explained that the agreement was that Think would build the new wing for a pre-determined amount of money. Mayor Troy Walker said that the contractor is handling everything and that they haven’t asked for any adjustments to the contract. “They’re doing it. It’s theirs to fix,”
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Walker said. City Councilmember Bill Rappleye said, “The good news is that was included in our contract so there are no additional fees for us. It’s just part of the construction, and so it will take a bit longer. It’s being done correctly and that’s the important thing —a building we can use in the event of a catastrophic earthquake.” Construction of the police wing began with a groundbreaking June 12, and initial completion was slated for June or July 2015. This development likely delays the project for roughly six to eight weeks. Meanwhile, the rear entrance to City Hall is expected to be re-opened in mid-December. l
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Open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to noon. Lunch is served Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. with a suggested donation of $2.50 for patrons over 60 and a $5.25 fee for those under 60. No lunch reservations needed. Free transportation is available for Draper residents, except on Saturday. Call for pickup times. Activities are subject to change. If you have any questions sign up for everything. Dec 16, 11 a.m. -- Entertainment: The Winters Family. New to the center, a family filled with holiday cheer to share. 11 : 3 0 a . m . – H o l i d a y M e a l Dec. 17, 9 a.m.; $8 donation. – Manicures. Appointments encouraged
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COUNTY MAYOR’S MESSAGE By Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams
t’s budget time at Salt Lake County. I recently presented my proposed 2015 budget to the county council. It is structurally balanced with existing revenues and no tax increase. My proposed budget supports my approach of efficient, cost-effective government service delivery and accountability to the taxpayer. This is a lean budget that shows Salt Lake County is living within its means. We took a sharp pencil to all new
requests for money and cut total requests from the mayor’s department and from other elected officials by $19.8 million. We’re holding the line on government, moving in new ways to more efficiently meet the demands of a growing population, while at the same time maintain support for healthy communities and an excellent quality of life. I’m optimistic, given our strong fiscal track record and excellent fiscal management, that we’ll meet our responsibilities, including deferred maintenance. Our funding commitment to deferred maintenance amounts to a 400 percent increase over what was budgeted in 2010. It’s our responsibility to ensure everything operates safely and efficiently and serves the purpose for which it was designed, built and paid. Even though we’ve cut the backlog of deferred maintenance in half, I won’t be satisfied until we’ve met our goal. The best way to balance our budget and keep taxes low is to support private sector job growth. Salt Lake County is in the national spotlight for our success in growing the economy and creating sustainable prosperity. We’re attracting a key segment of the workforce—the 25 to 34-year-olds who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher level of education. We’re keeping up with such hot job markets for these desirable workers as Nashville, Denver and Houston. Our regional development team has begun to deliver on the promise to be efficient and effective partners in economic development. We’ve begun to plan and build safe, modern infrastructure improvements, partnering with cities and townships throughout the county to leverage
transportation bond money. We’re meeting our core responsibility to protect public safety by directing needed funds to the Sheriff, the Emergency Operations Center, the District Attorney and the Legal Defenders Association. I am excited that 2015 will be the year that Salt Lake County begins to move away from an outdated, “fundwhat-once-worked-system” or “fund-what-we-hope-willwork-system” to a “fund-only-if-it-works” approach. I’ll be writing about that in more detail in the near future. At a time when residents and taxpayers are fed up with government gridlock and partisan bickering, and skeptical of government’s ability to function, Salt Lake County will stand out as deserving of their support and trust. By collaborating across party lines and jurisdictions, our metro area will have safer streets, cleaner air, and more arts, parks, trails and open spaces if we work together. Fiscal discipline, transparency and accountability, opportunity for all; these are the values that keep us strong. I look forward to working with the county council to finalize the budget and get residents’ comments at our Dec. 9 public hearing. l
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Referendum Victory Means Better Cost Tracking By Mimi Darley
or residents of the Traverse Ridge Special Services District, the November ballot included a referendum seeking to defeat the district’s budget and certified tax rate. In doing so, the group that got the referendum on the ballot was asking the city council to draft a new budget that they hoped would more accurately reflect the incremental costs that are different for district residents, particularly the higher cost of snowplowing in their higher elevation district. The Draper City Council has acted as the TRSSD’s governing board since 1999 as a condition to the development of SunCrest. According to Draper City Recorder Rachelle Conner, 808 of the 1,984 ballots sent out were completed, and the referendum passed at nearly 92 percent. The Draper City Council, expecting that the referendum would pass, created a temporary advisory committee to aid in the transition of the district’s control board. That committee was appointed in October. City Manager David Dobbins said the city council has indicated their intent to formally appoint a new control board in December. The city council, still acting as the governing board for the district in November, began the process of re-working the service district’s budget and approving an interlocal
agreement with the city for services such as snowplowing. This is necessary as the district works toward having its own control board and being responsible for its own budget and costs. The city has installed GPS devices on snowplows and is tracking the time city employees spend specifically working on district business. The mayor has said in the past that it’s likely the city has either been subsidizing the TRSSD or vice-versa. “They’ve asked for a greater level of transparency in how we do the budget. This will allow us to track all the time spent in the district, the equipment used. We’re trying to make it as easy as possible for the people to understand,” Dobbins said. City Councilmember Jeff Stenquist echoed that notion. “We all look forward to having a more accurate accounting...to provide the public with better information,” he said. Because the budget and tax rate were defeated by the referendum, the city is operating out of the fund balance which had been earmarked for repairs to Deer Ridge Drive.
Those funds are now going toward snowplowing and salt while the city does a more comprehensive analysis of costs in the service district and the transition to a new control board takes place. “We’re trying to be as fair as possible, to be as transparent as possible, and we are going to be transparent,” City Councilmember Alan Summerhays said. l
MAKING HOLIDAY MEMORIES: NINE CREATIVE AND FRUGAL TRADITIONS By Joani Taylor
recently met a gal who told me a story about how they use their cowboy boots for Christmas stockings. This came about because, during a move to a new home, the box with their holiday decorations got lost. Instead of buying new stockings they hung their cowboy boots on the mantle and have kept the tradition ever since. When you think of Christmas traditions you might think of driving around and seeing the lights, watching a favorite holiday movie, enjoying special recipes or opening up PJ’s on Christmas Eve. Holiday traditions invoke wonderful and playful memories of childhood and help bond us to those we love. We asked our readers at Coupons4Utah.com what their favorite holiday traditions are and we got a lot of great responses. Here are a few favorites that are out of the norm and easy on the wallet. Stop a Cop: Wrap up goodies, then on Christmas Eve find a police officer or stop by a firehouse and deliver your treats, with an offer of thanks and gratitude for keeping you safe on the holiday.
Toy Clean Up: Two or three days before Christmas gather the kids and go through their toys. Place those they no longer play with in a special bag and put it under the tree. On Christmas Eve, St. Nick will take the bag and replace it with their newly wrapped toys. The toys get donated to a local shelter or care center. Table Talk: Use butcher paper instead of a tablecloth and breakout the crayons. Everyone, adults and children, writes or illustrates something on the table. It can be words of gratitude, a big announcement or sharing a goal they hope to achieve. When it’s time for dinner each person shares what they wrote. Go Camping: Camp out around your Christmas tree the night you decorate it. Tell stories by candlelight. In the morning have the same breakfast menu from year to year, like funny face pancakes or a special muffin or bread that you only make on that particular morning.
Discover Your Inner Actor: Put on a holiday performance. Act out the nativity and read the story of Christ’s birth from the Bible. Then, have a gift exchange game where the gifts cannot cost more than $5. Newlyweds Forever: Make a yearly decoration for the tree out of things you can find around the house that represents where you are in that stage of life. Your ornaments will tell a story of time as you grow your family. Winter Wonderland: Make a paper snowflake each day during December and have your child write something they are thankful for on it. Then hang the snowflakes in the window or around the house. Ants in Your Pants: Go sledding or ice skating on Christmas day after opening the gifts. This is a great way to channel the Christmas excitement into a healthy family activity. Hide and Seek: Santa’s mischievous elves hide one present for Christmas Eve. They leave treasure hunt style clues all over the house leading the way to the gift. What’s your holiday tradition? For more ideas our readers submitted visit: coupons4utah.com/traditions Happy Holidays!
Rockin’ Around the Real Christmas Tree By Peri Kinder
ow that we’re empty nesters, my husband has tentatively suggested that we destroy Christmas. We’ll be cuddling in front of the TV when he whispers, “Do you think it’s time we invested in a fake tree?” “No.” “But a real tree stresses you out each year.” “That’s not stress, it’s the Christmas spirit,” I reply. “I didn’t know the Christmas spirit was so grouchy.” A real Christmas tree has always been the center of my holiday decorating. Growing up, we’d hang stockings, put out Advent calendars and display nativity scenes, but the season didn’t officially start until the tree was plunked into a bucket of boiling Mountain Dew. (We had the only caffeine-addicted tree on the street.) After dad strung the lights and went to hide in his bedroom, we’d attack the tree like a whirling tornado, fighting over who got to hang favorite ornaments. Once we were in bed, mom and dad would redecorate and hang tinsel, one silvery strand at a time, on every branch. I’ve carried on that tradition (minus the tinsel that would cling to our clothes) to create our own perfect Christmas tree. Our holiday tree has never been a symbol of opulence. We’ve never had a Winter Wonderland tree with white fluffy reindeer frolicking through snowy silk ribbons, dangling with sparkly Swarovski crystals and silver-sequined snowflakes.
Instead, our tree’s branches are weighed down by homemade angels with ratted-out hair and lopsided halos, clothespin reindeers tangled around hand beaded wreaths, and South Park characters rubbing shoulders with the baby Jesus. Decades of school photo ornaments hang amid the evergreen boughs, detailing years of missing teeth, questionable hairstyles and teenage angst. And loved ones who have passed away are remembered with ornaments ranging from dancing shoes to teardrop prisms. Put together, it’s an explosion of bad taste that would make Martha Stewart cry. But it’s not just a Christmas tree—it’s a family tree representing years of holiday memories. The finished product is only half of the story. Finding the perfect Christmas tree is a tradition/catastrophe I anticipate/ loathe every December. Hence my husband’s misguided “fake tree” suggestion. He just doesn’t understand that a
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Draper Students Give To Community, World By Julie Slama
elping to give others a better, warmer holiday season are the hopes of many Draper students. Draper Elementary is continuing its efforts from last year to support the community through donating to KSL’s Quarters for Christmas. If they reach it, this year’s goal of $200 will beat last year’s contributions of $150. “This year we hope to raise even more, as we know how these funds benefit children and families within our own community, including the children at The Road Home shelter,” Principal Piper Riddle said.
Draper Elementary second-grader Addison Yeomans, fourth-grader Brooklyn Yeomans and kindergartener Jacey Yeomans bring in donations to the school’s coat, hat, glove and boot drive to benefit those in need this winter season. Photo courtesy of Draper Elementary
In addition, Draper Elementary students are donating coats, hats, gloves, and boots for the school’s own students in need, as well as for children at The Road Home shelter through Dec. 19. “These items can be expensive, and we have hardworking families in our community that could use some help in providing these items for their children. At Draper Elementary, we strive to help our students become better learners, classmates and citizens. Giving and sharing are
powerful life lessons we can teach to even the youngest of our students,” Riddle said. Other schools are holding drives, including a sock drive at both American Preparatory Academy campuses to benefit The Road Home. St. John the Baptist held its annual Respect for Life Baby Project, where students collected hundreds of items for infants for St. Martha’s Baby Project and the Pregnancy Resource Center. St. John the Baptist third-graders collected socks and stuffed them with toiletries this winter to give to the Rescue At St. John the Baptist Mission and Family Promise. Photo courtesy of Nevah Stevenson Elementary, students are Providing to children overseas has been the annual donating mittens that will be distributed along with candy to The Road Home, and third-graders also stuffed new pairs effort for all Channing Hall students as well as St. John of socks with toiletries and tied them with ribbons for the the Baptist second-graders. Students donate items to give to children as part of Operation Christmas Child. After Rescue Mission and Family Promise. St. John collected more than 38,000 items of food for bringing in items such as toiletries, school supplies and small toys, the students wrapped shoeboxes, which were the parish food bank and Utah Food Bank. Juan Diego Catholic School also concentrated on sent to children worldwide. Corner Canyon High School students are hoping providing food by donating a 97-cent Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless at the Rescue Mission. When students to raise $20,000 for Primary Children’s Medical Center. donated, they wrote a thoughtful message on a paper plate Inspired by student government adviser Jana White’s son, and posted it on the school wall. Students raised more than who, after a serious car accident, has gone through mul$1,000. They also have been making sleeping mats for tiple surgeries, students came to realize the services the the homeless by crocheting 250 plastic bags together for hospital provides. “Our goal is to provide service opportunities, as well as each sleeping mat, said school Director of Advancement raise funds,” White said. “We hope students will contribute Molly Dumas. Juan Diego Catholic High School also collected items funds they earned by performing odd jobs or selling hot for its annual Gift of the Drummer. Working with Catho- chocolate and caroling.” The high school students have also had the support lic Community Services, students helped 49 families by of local restaurants that donated a portion of their revenues donating needed items. For its Sub For Santa effort, Draper Park Middle for particular nights. Corner Canyon also held dodge ball School students provided needed items, from hats and and ping pong tournaments in which students paid a fee coats to boxes of cereal, to students at Title I schools in earmarked for Primary Children’s to participate. Students also donated books, movies and other needed items. l Sandy and Midvale.
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‘Nutcracker’ Role Brings Draper Girl Closer To Dream By Julie Slama
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he first time Annabella Oliver performed in “The Nutcracker,” she watched Clara, the Snow Queen, the Sugar Plum Queen and other older girls dance and knew she wanted to perform one of those solos. Now, five Nutcrackers later, Annabella, 13, a Draper resident, performed the role of Clara Dec. 5 with the Utah Artists School of Ballet. However, she hasn’t reached her pinnacle. “I want to be a professional and would like to be in the Royal London Ballet,” she said. “With Clara, I learned all these new experiences, such as dancing with a partner in a complex dance. I had to learn how to balance longer en pointe and how to be lifted while dancing. I spent a lot of time perfecting the solo and increasing my flexibility, and all this helps me lead to more difficult dances and improving my ability.” Annabella, who is an eighth-grader at Summit Academy, was named Clara back in September, which she said was “kind of a surprise.” “At my ballet school, everyone knows Clara is about a certain age and ability, and I was in that range, but still, it was exciting to learn when I got the part. I love ballet; it takes a lot of skill and it’s a beautiful art, so it’s both a sport and art at the same time, and that makes ballet very, very special,” she said. Annabella knows jazz, tap, lyrical and contemporary dance, but ballet is her favorite. In addition to “The Nutcracker,” Annabella has performed in “Sleeping Beauty,”
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“Coppélia,” “Alice and Wonderland,” “Paquita” and “Beauty and the Beast.” Despite getting blisters, calluses and sore feet while dancing, Annabella remains upbeat. “I fell in love with ballet when I started, and my parents can’t drag me away. When I’m on stage, I feel super happy. I don’t need to concentrate on what I’m doing since I’ve learned it and know it, so I’m just letting go and having fun. The best thing about ‘The Nutcracker’ is that it is a traditional ballet that is fun and upbeat and it gets us in the Christmas spirit,” she said. l
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Teddy Bears Ease Anxieties Of First-Time Hospital Visit By Julie Slama
irst- and second-graders’ teddy bears were X-rayed, weighed, had their hearts listened to and their blood pressure taken at Lone Peak Hospital recently — all part of a field trip to familiarize students with how hospitals serve their communities. About 90 St. John the Baptist secondgraders prepared for the Nov. 21 visit by reading a non-fiction story about emergency room people and services and also studied hospital and ambulance workers as part of their social studies unit. “This helped our students be more prepared for what they were to learn on this field trip,” teacher Stephanie Molloy said. “They were able to ask more meaningful questions and understand the roles everyone has to help those who come in needing services at the hospital.”
As part of the hospital’s Teddy Bear Clinic, students visited four stations, not the actual rooms, to learn about the services hospitals provide. To start the 30-minute tour, students went to labor and delivery where they each received a “newborn” or a teddy bear. They learned basic care of babies after they are born and had their bears weighed and their vital signs taken. At the X-ray station, a bear had its images taken, ensuring that all stuffing was in place or rather, that there were no broken bones. However, the X-ray technician’s bear revealed broken bones so students learned what a fracture looked like and how to take care of a broken bone. The bears received T-shirts at this station that said, “I got my first hug at Lone Peak Hospital.” Students learned about procedures in
St. John the Baptist second-graders have their teddy bears examined as part of Lone Peak Hospital’s Teddy Bear Clinic designed to familiarize youngsters with hospital services. Photo courtesy of Nevah Stevenson the emergency room and what to expect if someone undergoes surgery and see the tools surgeons use. They also received hand sanitizer and slings for their bears that said, “To improve the lives we touch.” Afterward, they checked out an ambulance.
“We wanted kids to have a great first time at the hospital, not a scary one.”
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“It’s great that they reached out to give our students a chance to learn about a community resource. It’s one of the best — most educational — field trips our students have experienced,” she said. It’s also the first time Lone Peak Hospital has offered a field trip, Marketing Manager Travis Smith said. “We wanted kids to have a great first time at the hospital, not a scary one,” he said. “This way, they can look around, ask questions, and be introduced to a hospital and have any anxieties dispelled. We plan to invite other area students to it in the spring and make it an annual event.” About 125 Draper Elementary firstgraders also visited the hospital. “Utah’s first-grade social studies core focuses on community helpers, so learning about the jobs at the local hospital was a prefect match for what our students are learning about in class,” Principal Piper Riddle said. “Students that may have initially been worried or nervous about going to a hospital now have had a chance to experience firsthand the many ways that hospitals help us.” l
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Juan Diego Basketball Teams On Court By Catherine Garrett
he Juan Diego Catholic High School basketball teams advanced to the 3A state tournament last year after solid seasons. Both programs have been working hard to get back to the postseason and advance further this time around.
econd-year coach Drew Trost subscribes to the idea that “You’ve got to beat the best to be the best” so he scheduled tough 4A and 5A games to begin his team’s season. “Going up against those teams really helps us see where we’re at and certainly
helps prepare us for the postseason,” he said. Juan Diego returns First Team All-State guard Gabe Colosimo who averaged more than 20 points a game last year as a junior before breaking his foot just prior to the state tournament. Colosimo recently signed to play in college next season for Seattle Pacific University, a Division II school. Three other seniors – Joel Bruder, Zach Nickels and Chris Ward – bring solid leadership and experience to the Soaring Eagle program, according to Trost. Juniors Alex Hoffman and Avery Ames, along with newcomer Maliik FaganFoster, also a junior, will also be expected
Juan Diego senior Gabe Colosimo (left), a First Team All-State guard, returns to lead the boys basketball team who is currently ranked #2 in the state. Juan Diego junior Alex Hoffman (right) returns as a starter from a 19-6 team that reached the second round of the 2014 3A state basketball tournament.
to contribute heavily at both ends of the court. “We are a lot more balanced than last year with even more talent,” Trost said. “On paper, it looks like we could be among the top teams in the state, but we need to match the effort and enthusiasm and play as a team to reach our goals,” he said. Juan Diego began the season Nov. 26 with a 29-point performance from Colosimo to lead them to a win over Fremont 60-52. “The first game is what coaches want: it woke us up, it humbled us, and we got a win,” Trost said, referring to the comefrom-behind effort his team gave with a 22-point fourth quarter to win by eight points. The team is 2-1 on the year following a 53-52 victory over East and a 49-43 loss to Orem.
Juan Diego senior twins Monique and Domonique Mills return to a girls basketball squad that begins the year ranked fourth in the state among 3A teams.
he girls team is “ready to get the monkey off our back” of having a great year and falling in the first round of state, according to first-year coach Josh Archuleta. Archuleta has also stacked the preseason with playoff-type games to help his team go against top competition early on in the year. “With everyone trying to earn their spot and give their best effort, it will really help us see where we’re at,” he said. Senior twins Monique Mills and Domonique Mills, who are both All-State players, return to lead a team that has failed to
get past the first round in the state tournament the past few seasons after being among the favorites. “In order to get where we want to be in this program, we need to finish with 100 percent effort in everything we do,” Archuleta said. “So with every drill and in all of our practices, we are trying to make sure that we finish strong.” Senior Sarah Christiansen, junior Ann Nelson and sophomores Anna Ewionuk and Becca Curran are also among expected contributors offensively and defensively, according to Trost. So far this season Juan Diego has defeated Brighton 63-59, Hillcrest 69-43 and Hunter 66-39. l
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Chargers Make It To Semi Finals, Play At Rice-Eccles
By Ron Bevan
n just the second year of the program, the Corner Canyon football team won its region title and made a big splash in the 4A state tournament. Corner Canyon breezed through most of its games of the regular season, compiling an undefeated record on its way to the Region 7 crown. The Chargers’ only loss came in the semi finals Nov. 14, to Roy. “It was a fabulous season for us,” Corner Canyon coach Don Eck said. “Of course, we would have liked a different outcome in the final game, but we played well in every game. We came out of each with different experiences that helped the rest of the season.” The closest regular season game came Oct. 15, when Woods Cross held a 20-6 lead over the Chargers going into the final quarter. Corner Canyon rallied with two touchdown passes from quarterback Mike Ebeling. Although down by one point and a kick would tie the game, the senior quarterback gambled and scored a two-point conversion run to give the Chargers the win. “Ebeling was amazing all year long,”
Player of Region 7,” Eck said. But the Chargers would have to do without the senior’s leadership in the final two games. Ebeling suffered a collar bone injury during the opening 4A tournament game with Box Elder. The Chargers would win the game, 34-7, but would have to rely on junior back-up quarterback Kyle Reaveley the rest of the tournament. Corner Canyon would pick up a second tourney win by scoring three touchdowns in the final quarter of the second round playoff game Nov. 7 against Springville. With a 7-7 tie going into the final stanza, the Chargers scored on a run from senior Riley Ogden, a pass from Reaveley to Ogden and finally a 65-yard TD run from Reaveley to take a 27-7 win and a ticket to Rice-Eccles Stadium at the University of Utah for the semi finals. The game cost Corner Canyon another key player, however. Defensive standout Jake Cahoon suffered a torn ACL in his knee during a punt return against Springville. The loss of both Cahoon and Ebeling may have played a part in the semi finals, where Corner Canyon lost to a charged-up Roy team, 39-0.
Corner Canyon Principal Mary Bailey holds the Region 7 championship trophy as member of the football team celebrate. Photo courtesy of Carl Schaefer Eck said. “He accounted for over 30 of our touchdowns, either in the air or by running.” Ebeling scored 12 touchdowns while running the ball 93 times and amassing 803 rushing yards. He added 19 additional scores, completing 94 of 155 passes for an additional 1,502 yards in the air. “He was named the Most Valuable
“There was a lot of press about Roy that week,” Eck said. “I don’t know if it was our injuries or if our players were a bit star struck, but we didn’t play the way we normally play. Still, we made it to the semi finals in just our second season, and
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First Corner Canyon Athletes Sign College Letters Of Intent
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By Ron Bevan
t took only a few moments to complete, but when done, three Corner Canyon lacrosse players made history Nov. 17. That was the day Garrett Michaeli, Garrett Bullett and Matt Graney signed
letters of intent to play lacrosse at the collegiate level. Their acceptance of college scholarships was the first time a Charger athlete in any sport signed an offer to continue playing past high school.
“It was a big day for the boys and a big day for the school,” Corner Canyon offensive coach David Michaeli said. “The school is in its second year, so it was nice for the boys to be recognized for their efforts on the field.” Michaeli and Bullett accepted scholarships to play at Rutgers University, while Graney is going to Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction, Colo. “There are about 45 players on any given collegiate team, and only about 12 of them get scholarships,” coach Michaeli said. “So for us to send out three the same year on scholarships is pretty special for our school.” Lacrosse is currently played as a club sport in Utah high schools. There is a movement underway that could see it join the same athletic ranks as basketball, soccer and other high school sports, but it hasn’t happened as yet. “We pretty much have to do our own advertising to get our sport recognized,” Michaeli said. “But there is a large population of lacrosse fans in Utah, and it is growing each year.” Bullett, who plays in the midfield, has been sought after for a few years and had
thought of going to Maryland. A visit to Rutgers last year, however, changed his mind, and he decided to join Garrett Michaeli, a long stick defender, at Rutgers. “The two have played lacrosse together for years and have been on the same competition teams,” coach Michaeli said. “They are comfortable out on the field together and are excited to continue as teammates.” Graney plays on the offensive side of the field and brought his talents to Corner Canyon this year after playing at Juan Diego. All three players also played for the Blackhawks, a local competition team. Michaeli and Bullett also played for the West Coast Stars, which is a collection of some of the best players in the western states. “They went back East and played against a lot of good teams,” coach Michaeli said. “It gave them some exposure and perhaps helped Rutgers see them as candidates for its team.” Michaeli and Bullett were part of the inaugural season lacrosse team at Corner Canyon. The duo helped the team reach the championship game, where they finished as runners up. l
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will be just fine,” Eck said. But Corner Canyon will be in a tougher region next season. A restructure moves both Alta and Jordan down to 4A and into the Chargers’ region, along with three-time champion Timpview. “If you want to be the best, you got to beat the best, and that’s what we are looking to do next year,” Eck said. l
I am proud of every one of my players.” Corner Canyon loses a lot of players to graduation this season. There were 41 seniors on the team, so next year will be nearly an entire new team for the Chargers. “We do have a strong junior class as well as a strong sophomore class, so we
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knowledge that the Olsens have. At BAKE 360, you’ll find an exceptional assortment of traditional Danish, croissants, cakes, tortes and tarts; all lovingly handmade using age-old recipes and techniques that transcend time. They also carry Amon Gateau, Frangipane, profiteroles, cannoli, Napoleon and Kouign-amann. If you’re not sure what those may be, it’s time to walk through their doors and give the wide selection a try. After all, what’s better than a warm pastry on a cold day? BAKE 360 began with a traditional pastry shop, but has now expanded to breads and a café serving brunch daily from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. On the café menu, you’ll find soups, salads and much more. There is a traditional Euro breakfast, brioche, croque monsieur or madame, frittata and smørrebrød, Scandinavian open-faced sandwiches. Although the kitchen closes for the full brunch menu at 2 p.m., coffee and pastries are available until the bakery closes. For those with time constraints, they also have a drive-through available. With a mere three-day notice, BAKE 360 can create a custom order cake or torte for you. They provide quality and attention to detail, with the highest standard of customer service difficult to find elsewhere. Custom orders include the delicate flavors of marzipan, princess tortes, black forest, French silk, mocha torte or the delightful
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Making your yard “The Envy Yard of the Neighborhood!” Weekly lawn mowing, weeding, aeration, fertizing and more.
Call Lamar: 801-550-6813
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Fairway Auto Sales
Knows What You Want for Christmas Christmas Cash
with every purchase ($500 with purchase. See dealer for details)
Deals Every Day Through Jan. 31 Draper’s Longest-Running Car Dealership Over 120 Cars, Trucks & SUVs to choose from.
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Fairway Auto Sales
“We do business the fair way” 801-523-7540 24 West 12300 South Draper Utah Just off the exit at 12300 S. (Exit 291)