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City Manager David Dobbins (left) and Mayor Troy Walker spoke at the Chamber of Commerce State of the City luncheon Feb 4. Both Dobbins and Walker told of continued economic growth for the city.
Mayor Touts Draper’s ‘Unique Position’ In State Of The City Speech
ayor Troy Walker took the podium with gusto at a Feb. 4 Chamber of Commerce luncheon for his State of the City speech, fresh off a mention of Draper in “The New Yorker” magazine’s article titled “How Utah Became The Next Silicon Valley.” Walker was the only mayor quoted in the article that also noted Draper’s low unemployment rate, rapid growth and a transition from a residential community to one that also courts businesses for the tax revenue they provide. Walker spoke of the importance of people in our lives. “If you think about yourselves, your businesses, your friends and your family, think about how valuable those associations are,” he said. “You’re what provides the economic engine that makes this community work. It’s a great place to do business, own a business, shop and be involved in commerce.” The mayor also commended the city’s staff and police department
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and said the city council has the best interest of the community at heart. “We don’t always agree, but we work together well. We’re doing some of those things that only the government can do,” he said. The mayor mentioned Salt Lake County’s Zoo, Arts and Parks tax that may fund a county recreation facility in Draper. The city is said to be listed as a high priority for a facility of that type, though there’s been no commitment from the county yet. Walker also expressed excitement over private developer Godfrey Properties & Design who came forward with an offer to purchase the old Park School just prior to the Dec. 31, 2014 deadline the city council had given for that building to either be purchased or demolished. “They’re going to preserve and make viable that building. (It’s) also an opportunity to see old and new come together,” he said.
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Greg Hughes: Draper Resident, House Speaker ‘Goes The Distance’ For Utah Residents By Blakely Gull—Capital West News
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rison relocation, Medicaid expansion and public education are a few debates Utah legislators are up against this 2015 session. Luckily, Utah’s newly elected Speaker of the House, Greg Hughes R-Draper, isn’t afraid of a good fight. Known for his enthusiasm and determination on the Hill, Hughes, a Pittsburgh native who lives in Draper, is no stranger to mixing it up with opponents. Growing up in a single mother household, Hughes found himself getting into trouble at school. At his mother’s request, he started going to the Richland Youth Foundation while she was away at work. “My first day there I got into three fights,” Hughes said. Rather than see more bloodied lips, the staff at Richland started channeling his energy toward the boxing ring above the gym. “I wasn’t very good, but I liked it. I liked them getting on me. I liked the attention,” Hughes said. Hughes has remained a huge fan of boxing, even sponsoring a professional Utah fighter, Chris “Kid kayo” Fernandez, for a number of years. Hughes was drawn to the political world after he graduated high school when he got involved in the Pennsylvania state office presidential campaign for George Bush. Hughes spent his afternoons during the campaign reading through a filing cabinet full of position papers. “I was able to contrast what I thought the world ought to look like with these position papers. It really got me thinking in terms of policy and positions including everything from trade to taxes.” After the Bush campaign and after serving an LDS mission, Hughes moved to Utah to attend college at then-UVSC. He got involved in a BYU’s College of Young Republicans meeting where Enid Greene spoke. “I was ready to go ‘Braveheart’ right there listening to her. I thought she was spot on,” Hughes said. “I just made a decision right there, ‘I’m not going back to Pittsburgh.’ I wanted to help Enid.” Hughes has been involved in Utah politics ever since, starting as a campaign worker and fighting his way to his latest accomplishment, Speaker of the House. “I thought driving up to the Capitol that if I lose, it will be the irony of my life because I’ve never had more fun. I’ve
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never enjoyed a process more. I’ve never gotten to know my colleagues as well as I do now. I felt good,” Hughes said. “It was a pretty big deal, and it came with a lot of responsibility.” Hughes urged lawmakers on the opening day of the Legislature to engage in the “big, hard fights” saying that all of the easy stuff has been done and that it’s up to them to take on the hard stuff. “We have these challenges and how we engage and how we overcome those things… some of it’s gonna take us out of our comfort zone,” Hughes told reporters recently. In his office, sitting next to a picture of his family with a pair of miniature gold boxing gloves draped across, Hughes said that boxing taught him a thing or two he intends to bring with him to his role as Speaker. “It taught me that you keep doing what you need to do even when the will to do it is gone. Life isn’t always easy, and sometimes the things that you have to grit through are frankly unpleasant. I learned to endure and fight for what is right, and that’s a great life lesson,” Hughes said. Hughes’ good friend and boxing gym owner, Eddie Newman, told reporters, “His passion is boxing… Maybe that’s why he fights so hard up in the House.” “If you had to go to war and you need someone close to you, he’s a good fighter to have on your side,” Newman said. l
he Knights of Columbus Mother Teresa of Calcutta Council #12181 from St. John the Baptist Catholic Church recently donated $1,300 of the proceeds from their Draper Days and rodeo food booths. Assistant Grand Knight Anthony Ratola said about 50 of their members volunteered at the food booths to raise the funds that were shared among several charities. “It’s a lot of manpower for us,” he said. Ratola explained that because the city invites their group to participate in Draper Days, they give a lot of it back to the city, “…with sincere appreciation and continued support for the community.” Ratola was joined by fellow Knight Richard Lewis in presenting the donation. Mayor Troy Walker joked that he’d pocket that check when, in fact, the city council will decide at a future date how the donation will be used. One week later, the Knights gifted $1,500 to the Draper Police Department’s Crime Victim Services unit from funds they raised selling tamales over the holidays. Grand Knight Karl VanMaren said the group had sold over 300 boxes of tamales in that effort, totaling over 3,000 individual tamales. That donation will be used for emergency funds for victims of domestic violence for items such as hotel rooms, food and new key locks for those fleeing abusive situations. Police Chief Bryan Roberts joined the council in accepting and thanking the Knights for their donation. l
Norbert Martinez (center) and Sean Wink (right) represented The Knights of Columbus in donating $1,500 to the Draper City Police Department’s Crime Victim Services unit. The donation will be used to aid victims of domestic violence. m i ss i o n s tate m e n t
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State Of The City continued from page 1 “I can’t think of a time that I’ve been happier where I’ve lived,” Walker said. City Manager David Dobbins also addressed those at the luncheon. Dobbins shared city statistics including that Draper’s population is now over 45,000 with nearly 12,000 households and a median resident age of 30. Dobbins touted the over 7,000 acres of open space for parks and trails that the
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transit, with higher densities of commercial and residential development over other parts of the city. He said that project has recently been purchased by a new developer, though no plans have been submitted and construction has yet to begin. Both Dobbins and Walker mentioned relocation of the prison in their speeches. Dobbins showed a poster that read, “Not in Draper. We’ve served our time. 63 years is long enough.” He said discussion of the hot
“I did not anticipate the negative backlash that has
come out. We support putting it in the right place and a place it makes sense for the next 100 years.” city has within its 30 square miles. He noted a strong demand for multi-family housing such as apartments for today’s generation that he said typically doesn’t want to own a home or stay in the same job for extended periods of time. Dobbins also indicated a trend in interest for warehouse space and “flex space,” meaning manufacturing, distribution and office space all in one. He spoke of transit-oriented development north of Bangerter at the Vista Station commercial area. Dobbins said TOD sites are oriented toward public
topic began back when Jon Huntsman Jr. was governor. “I did not anticipate the negative backlash that has come out,” he said, adding, “We support putting it in the right place and a place it makes sense for the next 100 years.” Walker spoke of the potential for development of the prison site, surrounded by freeway and highway. “How can you do worse than a prison? We have a very unique opportunity to really become an integral part of our state’s economy and the national economy,” he said. l
ocal youth pose as newsboys for Draper Arts Council’s upcoming presentation of “Broadway Family Favorites” which will be performed on March 21, 22 and 24 at Corner Canyon High School, 12943 South 700 East. This year’s show highlights the “Heart of a Hero” through a fun and family-friendly story including Broadway show tunes from favorites such as “Newsies,” “Annie,” “Hercules,” “Mulan,” “Peter Pan” and “Les Miserables.” “We have wonderful talent—a cast of over 100 this year,” show producer and DAC Member Marilyn Oveson said. “We have fathers and daughters, grandmas and grandkids; it’s really fun. People come back because they have so much fun doing it.” Shows will be held at 7 p.m. nightly with a 1 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at www.draperartscouncil. org ($10 for adults, $7 for kids 12 and under). After the matinee performance, guests are encouraged to “High Five a Hero” and have their picture taken with one of the show’s heroes at no charge. Photo courtesy of the Draper Arts Council. —Kim Shemwell
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Draper Resident Reaches Birthday Milestone By Kim Shemwell
urrounded by family and friends at a special birthday gathering at BeeHive Homes, Mildred Olsen Del’ Andrae of Draper turned 104 on Jan. 28. A petite woman with an engaging smile, Del’Andrae showed off her birthday pedicure in a stylish pair of opentoed sandals. Family members shared that she’s always had a weakness for nice shoes and jewelry. Del’Andrae grew up in Salt Lake and was the first of four children. Although her family didn’t have much, Del’Andrae only has fond memories of her younger years in a loving family, like gathering around the radio to listen to their favorite programs or hiking the mountains near Alta. Del’Andrae has always been industrious, acquiring her first job at Kress Five-and-Dime on her own. She admitted fibbing about her age to get the job. She felt lucky to continue working at various jobs throughout the years in a time when many couldn’t find employment. She married in 1934 and moved to Sugarhouse where she and her husband Louis Smith Newson welcomed two girls and a boy. After her husband passed away suddenly in 1949, Mildred was left to raise their three young children alone. She ran her own daycare business out of her home until she met and married her second husband Roy Del’Andrae in 1951. She gave birth to her youngest daughter two years later and resided in Salt Lake, working for the health department in vital statistics. “She was good at everything she did,” her daughter Lynda Maddera said. “She worked hard. She was a good cook—even
winning an award for her chocolate chip cookies.” Her retirement years were spent in Holladay, where she and her husband enjoyed taking road trips together. After her husband passed away in 1977, Del’Andrae continued to travel with family and friends. “My dad passed away when he was 59, so they never had the chance to travel as much as they would have liked,” her son Roger Newson said. “I took her on her first motorcycle ride at the age of 70 and her first camel ride in Egypt at 74. She’s always been game to try new things.” Del’Andrae has a kind nature and positive outlook that her family says has contributed to her longevity. She feels fortunate to have traveled to a great number of exotic and exciting places, but is most grateful and proud of her family. She has 22 grandchildren, 47 great grandchildren and 24 great great grandchildren. “I have a wonderful family,” she said. She’s also a distinguished member of the Mildred Del’Andrae, 104, poses with BeeHive Homes Owner/Manager Stan Ketcher Governor’s Century Club of Utah, a group formed during her birthday celebration on Jan. 28. by the Office of the Governor and Division of Aging Stan Ketcher, owner/manager of BeeHive Homes feels and Adult Services to recognize Utah’s centenarians and preserve it’s important to celebrate and appreciate those who have lived their legacy. Del’Andrae lived independently in Sandy until she needed such long lives. “We love putting on big parties for our centenarians like a bit more care and moved to BeeHive’s Memory Care almost Mildred,” he said. “They love sharing their stories.” l two years ago where she is currently their oldest resident.
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Aquarium To Celebrate One-Year Anniversary By Kim Shemwell
raper’s Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, 12033 South Lone Peak Parkway, is coming up on its one-year anniversary on March 25. It’s been an exciting year of growth for the world-class facility that is anticipating its one-millionth visitor in February. “I had originally planned that we might hit around 600,000 visitors at the oneyear mark and maybe 800,000 if we were really successful,” Loveland Living Planet Aquarium’s Founder/CEO Brent Andersen said. “I never would have thought we’d reach one million. We are now ranked ninth in the nation in attendance.” To celebrate the milestone, the aquarium is giving its one-millionth guest a trip to Hawaii. “Seeing the thousands of guests who visit a day is validation to all of the people who have worked to make this a reality,” Andersen said. “This first year has been bigger, harder, more fun than I thought it would be—it’s been the best.” Walking through the 136,000-squarefoot aquarium with more than 2,000 animals and 450 species on display, it’s hard to believe it hasn’t been open longer. The opening
got off to a slow start, but the facility has made up for it now with completed exhibits in all four main galleries, Ocean Explorer, Journey to South America, Discover Utah and Antarctic Adventure. Its newest attraction is the Caiman exhibit in the Journey to South America gallery, featuring a male and female Caiman. These large aquatic reptiles look a lot like their closest relatives, alligators and crocodiles, and are fun to watch swimming around in the swamp-like habitat they share with the sea turtles. Aquarium officials said Caimans mainly eat fish, small mammals and insects, but thankfully for their exhibit mates, not turtles. One of the more unique displays to adorn the spacious lobby sometime before September will be life-sized mother and calf whale sculptures, created by local sculptor Stephen Kelser, who also sculpted the enormous whale shark currently suspended from the ceiling. “We are always looking for new ways to make the best visitor experience,” Andersen said. “We want to create opportunities for entire families to learn and explore.” One of Andersen’s primary goals is to not only provide fun and interactive exhibits,
Two South American Caimans made their debut at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium on Jan. 31. but also comprehensive outreach and on-site educational programs. Before the aquarium had a building to call its home, it began in 1999 as the “Aqua Van,” an outreach program with educational exhibits that visited Utah schools. The current facility has built upon this program, adding the “Utah Waters Van” and “Rainforest Van,” both offered at no charge to local area public/charter classrooms, using interactive models and live animals to teach kids about natural ecosystems. Free EcoVenture classes for prekindergarten
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aniel Tomlinson stars as Wilbur Turnblad and Adam Cannon as his wife Edna in Draper Historic Theatre’s production of “Hairspray,” based on the popular Broadway musical, to be held March 13, 14, 16, 20, 21, 23, 27 and 28 at 12366 South 900 East. Directed by David Beach and choreographed by Ashley Radar Ramsey, the show takes you back to the 1960s as their daughter Tracy Turnblad becomes a controversial sensation for publicly standing up for racial integration. “It’s such a beautiful and poignant show,” said Beach, who is directing this show as his senior project for a theater performance degree at UVU. “It’s a timeless piece—so relevant and emotional. It teaches kids to stand up for what they believe is right.” Performances will be held at 7 p.m. nightly with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. DHT is seeking sponsors for this show in order to provide adequate sets and costumes. To find out more about becoming a sponsor and to purchase tickets, go to drapertheatre.org (tickets range in price from $7-11). Photo courtesy of Draper Historic Theatre —Kim Shemwell
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Committee Works To Avoid Trail User Conflicts By Mimi Darley
ity Councilmembers Bill Colbert, Alan Summerhays and Marsha Vawdrey have recently expressed concern over problems on the city’s trails. Colbert was specifically concerned about someone getting hurt as a result of something like a hiker and mountain biker collision. He’s also concerned about parents feeling safe taking their small children for walks on the city’s trails. “Part of our city’s branding is our trail system,” Colbert said. At their request, Greg Hilbig, Draper City’s trails and open space specialist, recently spoke to the council about their concerns. Hilbig said the city has had a low rate of physical accidents because of collisions, and he likened the issue of conflict on the city’s trails to those drivers who don’t follow the rules of the road, ignoring yield and speed limit signs and putting other drivers at risk. “There will always be roughly 5 percent of users who make all the others look bad,” he said. Hilbig said he’s put a great deal of signage on the city’s trails to educate users and that volunteers are needed to help patrol the city’s trails to encourage adherence to those rules and trail etiquette. Police Chief Bryan Roberts confirmed that Draper’s two Student Resource Officers spend their summers patrolling the trails when school is not in session. Meanwhile, a volunteer committee meets monthly at Draper City Hall to tackle the issues that inevitably arise for a city with more than 88 miles of trails. They also plan for improvements on existing trails and the development of new ones. There is wildlife to consider as well. Jamie Pogue serves as chairman of the Parks and Trails Committee that, with the help of some Draper City employees, is tasked with resolving issues that arise in a city with a lot of open space and a variety of trail users. Pogue says the issue of user conflict has always existed because, “No amount of rules, or enforcement, will ever get 100 percent of the people to comply.” But he feels that the percentage of complaints the committee has gotten from users has actually gone down. “We haven’t really seen much, if any, increase in trail conflicts in the last few years, even though we know that the
numbers of users has skyrocketed in the last few years,” he said. Pogue said that WaterPro placed cameras in the canyon a few years ago to monitor violators of the watershed area. In doing so, WaterPro helped the city by estimating trail users as being roughly 75-80 percent bikers, 15-20 percent hikers/ runners, and equestrian users near 5 percent. Kent Player recently retired as chair of the committee but still volunteers as a member of the group. Player said there are really four classes of trail users: equestrians, hikers, hikers with dogs and people on bikes. He noted that hikers must always have dogs on a leash, otherwise it interferes with the watershed, and/or the dog might attack another trail user. Player said that in addition to the problems that come when a dog is off its leash on the city’s trails, “The biggest conflict seems to be people on bicycles that ride downhill too fast.” The committee has taken actions such as building trails that are specifically aimed at particular user groups while not allowing other types of trail users. For example, equestrian users and hikers can now enjoy a new trail (yet unnamed) that opened last fall that runs through the middle of the canyon, all the way from the bottom to the top. The Rush Trail in the center of the canyon is a downhill trail for mountain bikers only. And the Maple Hollow downhill trail is geared toward more extreme mountain bikers only. “It’s not for the faint of heart,” Pogue said. Other city trails are aimed at walkers or cyclists who want a gentle grade. And the Little Valley trails for beginning bikers and families recently opened. Pogue praised the city’s leaders for the trail system that he called “a jewel along the Wasatch Front”, for a “city who supports outdoor activities” and for “a committee who work together to foster a multi-use trail system…with fairness and compromise.” Player has seen the issues on trails change over the 14 years he’s served on the committee. “At first, we didn’t have any trails identified, before we had control of the canyon. Then there was the issue of vehicles in the canyon,” he said. Now, Player said that in addition to user conflicts that occasionally arise among different types of trail users, the number of people who flock to the trails on sunny Saturdays and warm weekday evenings is something they’re also trying
Sam Hilbig rides his bike on a beginner flow trail, photo courtesy of Greg Hilbig/Draper City. to balance. Added to that is the issue of allowing for special events (such as races) to be scheduled with the city while not interfering with other trail users. Mayor Troy Walker praised the committee’s work saying the committee, “…does a phenomenal job. They’re constantly dealing with this issue (user conflict) and coming up with solutions.” The committee will continue its work, including master planning land the city purchased from Zion’s Bank, nearly doubling acreage in the Corner Canyon Regional Park and putting Draper City’s total open space at nearly 5,000 acres. “We take this responsibility very seriously and hope that the next phase of our park is even better than the existing, developed part of Corner Canyon. I would like to look back at this process when we are done and see that we’ve been successful in keeping our user groups happily co-existing and that we’ve preserved a great recreation area for generations to enjoy,” Pogue said. l
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Volunteers Unveil Principles For Legislation
By Linda Petersen
olunteer community leaders of a months-long effort to devise and agree on principles for new legislation unveiled their work and answered questions at a town hall meeting Dec. 10, in the Salt Lake County Council chambers. Their effort follows the 2014 passage of Utah Senate Bill 216, which set the wheels in motion for residents of the townships and unincorporated areas of Salt Lake County to come up with more flexible options to secure their boundaries. That bill and this ongoing effort are the product of a broad 2013 “listening tour” by Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams who heard about the unique concerns of the 160,000 residents living in townships or the unincorporated area. Mayor McAdams welcomed the public and thanked the approximately 40 community volunteers who met over the summer to find consensus on the principles for the draft bill. He said the results are designed to be a path forward for more “direct representation on budget matters and local zoning, while maintaining the high-quality, affordable municipal services provided by Salt Lake County.” “The future we choose will only happen if we can come together as communities to enhance and preserve what we love,” McAdams said. McAdams turned the meeting over to Rick Raile, a community leader in Emigration Canyon Township who chaired the legislative committee. Raile noted that the group spent “hundreds of hours” in discussions that included legal advice provided by county District Attorney’s office member Gavin Anderson. He said the volunteers began by looking at the characteristics of every community. “We realized that there were three issues that united us. The ‘three legs of the stool’ were quality services, retaining our unique character and creating permanent governance,” said Raile. Raile then introduced his committee members. Sandy Hills resident Ron Faerber, who chaired the islands subcommittee, said his neighbors enjoy receiving county services and do not want duplication of government or increased taxes. Barbara Cameron, from the Big Cottonwood Canyon community, noted that her area is the smallest by population but the largest geographically. She said Big Cottonwood residents want to actively participate in the business of Salt Lake County, while preserving the outdoor characteristics that attract thousands of local and national visitors each year. Brett Helsten represented Kearns Township. He said his
community “wants to stay Kearns” and not be cherry-picked by neighboring cities. He said that Kearns is eager to participate in appropriate economic development which will broaden the tax base and provide jobs. Millcreek resident Hugh Matheson, who identified himself as a supporter of the 2012 effort to incorporate “Millcreek City,” applauded the mayor for “bringing all sides together.” Matheson said the current proposal keeps boundaries intact, secures the economies of scale—through a municipal services district—that maintains quality, affordable services and avoids the expense of government overhead for those who choose to become a city. Another Millcreek committee member –Nick Morgan – expressed appreciation for the effort to give residents better options for responding to the ongoing challenges facing unincorporated areas of the county. Attorney Gavin Anderson told the audience that as a 35-year veteran of all aspects of township training, he sees the most significant change under the proposal as the power of a new “metro township” to enact its own local ordinances. He went over the different sections of the proposal, highlighting the representation on the municipal services district’s board of trustees. During the question and answer period, residents asked about whether the county would contribute to an educational campaign about the new bill, should it become law. They also wanted to know who the legislative sponsors would be and how a “metro township” would be different than a city. A number of written questions were collected by Associate Deputy Mayor Kimberly Barnett. She also encouraged residents to visit the mayor’s website for updated information, including the outline of proposed legislation that was distributed to those who attended the meeting. McAdams concluded by explaining that the outline is now in the hands of the legislative counsel. He said a bill will be ready to be introduced early in the legislature’s 2015 session. l
fter a two-year break, the City Journals (formerly The Valley Journals) is, along with Overstock.com, sponsoring the Salt Lake County Spelling Bee. “I feel that some of the basic core education principles— reading, writing and arithmetic—are being lost because of the life we now live,” City Journals publisher Bryan Scott said. “We want to take this spelling bee and really build it up to help bring back the emphasis on those core principles.” “Our intention is to take this for not one year, but for many years to come,” he added. “We’re excited.” Preliminary rounds of the Scripps Spelling Bee were held at 58 individual schools in Salt Lake County over the last two months.
Since there are fewer schools participating this year, both first-place and second-place winners will advance to the regional bee to be held Saturday, March 21 at 9:30 a.m. at the Viridian Event Center in West Jordan at 8030 South 1825 West. The winner of the regional competition will receive an all-expenses-paid trip for him/her and an accompanying adult to Washington, D.C. to participate in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, May 24-29, along with a $1,000 scholarship. He/she will be recognized in an article in all Journals following the competition. A nationally-renowned program, the Scripps Spelling Bee is the nation’s largest and longest-running educational program, administered on a not-for-profit basis by The E.W. Scripps Company and sponsors in the U.S., American Samoa, Canada, China, Europe, Ghana, Guam, Jamaica, New Zealand, Puerto Rico, South Korea and the U.S. Virgin Islands. l
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Summit Academy Celebrates Reading, Writing At Literacy Night
Draper Elementary Students Benefit From Technology Grants
By Julie Slama
undreds of Summit Academy students and families embraced reading and writing at their sixth annual literacy night, which featured a visit from children’s author Kristyn Crow and included several workshops. The recent literacy night was part of a three-week reading emphasis at the school, which also included a writing contest. Student winners were honored that evening. “Our theme is ‘I can be the one who…’ and in a writing contest, we asked them how they could make the world better,” literacy facilitator Colli Lucas said. “With reading, we’re encouraging each grade to meet a goal for three weeks and learn how they can be the one who changes the world through reading.” The literacy night’s workshops began before the main speakers and included “Grandma Gertie’s” storytime, making bookmarks, literacy bingo, a book walk similar to a cake walk and other activities. At the bookmark station, Mark Boyson was there with his preschooler, Ella who was placing foam letters to spell her name on the bookmark. “We read to our kids, and they read to us,” he said. “It’s important that kids read as they’re growing up so they’re always learning. It’s a great bonding time for us.” Student Parent Organization President Mickie Rhoads said that every year the school promotes a night for reading and writing so kids will have a love for them. “They are the building blocks for their future in school, whether it’s spelling or math, and it’s necessary in every career in their future. The kids get all geared up and excited for literacy night and it’s a lot of fun,” she said. Author Kristyn Crow was the highlight of the evening with readings from “Zombelina” and from “Skeleton Cat,” which included about 30 student helpers. She walked students through how a book gets published from idea to finished work. “Ideas come from everywhere,” she said. “I used the creek behind my grandparents’ house where we would catch crayfish and instead made up a monster in the trees, and it became the idea for ‘Bedtime at the Swamp.’ My daughter was 3 when she was carrying this big cat around, and we don’t own a cat. And it gave me an idea to write a story about a fat cat. Then I changed it to a skinny cat that could fit between fence slots, and that’s where the idea for ‘Skeleton Cat’ came from.” She also demystified preconceived thoughts about
By Julie Slama
“Grandma Gertie” reads to students during Summit Academy’s literacy night Jan 16. authors’ lives. “Some people think authors live in palaces far away because I know that’s what I thought. But I’m a mom of seven kids, and I do the dishes and do what moms do. Writers can work in their pajamas, but it can be isolated. I’ve never met my editor,” she said. Crow said she hoped she inspired students that evening. “I dreamt of being an author at age 5, and you can be one, too,” she told them. “No matter what you grow up to be, you can be an author too. If you’re a chef, a scientist or whatever you choose, people will want to read what you write. If you know something, you can write about it.” A representative for Richard Paul Evans, Garrett Despain, spoke to students about Evans’ “Michael Vey” book series. Despain said that Evans is his hero since Evans writes about his own neurological disorder, Tourette’s syndrome, in the books to educate others. Tourette’s syndrome is an inherited disorder of the nervous system, with common symptoms including unwanted movements and noises called tics. “Richard Paul Evans wanted you to learn about Tourette’s so you will understand it and not make fun of anyone with it,” Despain said. “He wants to change the world and fight bullies, and he is doing this through writing books and you’re doing this by reading them.” l
ore than $34,000 has been awarded to Draper Elementary teachers for technology to be used in the classrooms to enhance student learning. About $20,000 has been from Donors Choose, where, during a certain time of the year, requests are matched dollar for dollar through Chevron’s Fuel Your School program. About $14,500 came from Canyons School District Education Foundation and a school-based technology grant. “The building leadership team and school community council have a shared vision of a 1:1 ratio with putting a device in each student’s hand,” Principal Piper Riddle said. “We still use paper to write with and text books to read with, but this is a way we can supplement and enrich traditional education and give our students 21st century skills.” Draper Elementary has about 735 students, and Riddle estimates that they have about 450 devices and will continue to add to those as funding allows. Riddle said the grants have provided four SmartBoards, 30 Spheros robots and a WeatherBug station. The rest have been for mini and regular size iPads. She hopes to add about 12 more Smart Boards, 30 more Chromebooks and 30 MacBook Airs within the next six months and to continue having teachers write grants for additional iPads. “We want to have the accessibility to integrate technology into the classroom. Students are more engaged and are getting greater exposure and use of technological skills,” she said. Riddle said many classrooms use a reflector application where students can show their work on a flashboard so it can be interactive with the class and teacher. Students use iPads to learn math, English, research social studies topics and other subjects. “We teach Internet safety, and our library media specialist has filters so students are looking at educational sites when they navigate on the iPads and computers. We also train our teachers how to implement technology into the classroom,” she said. Recently, an additional $23,000 came from the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration to purchase two Chromebook mobile labs, totaling 66 computers, and the ParentTeacher Association fun run paid for a mobile iPad cart with 33 iPads. “We want to enhance the students’ education and increase their problem-solving and critical thinking skills with hands-on experience in navigating and summarizing information in numerous topics and accessing it on tablets and computers,” Riddle said. l
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Students Show Community They Care
Skaggs Catholic Center Looks To Expand
By Julie Slama
By Julie Slama
ome Wasatch Front veterans received valentines, thanks to Willow Springs first-grade students. As part of the new Valentines for Veterans program, an initiative that had volunteers deliver 160,000 valentines to veterans living along the Wasatch Front. Sarah Ahlberg’s first-graders made cards expressing their gratitude for veterans. “My friend told me about the Valentines for Veterans project, and we decided to make valentines based off of that,” Ahlberg said. “I love the idea, and this class is so polite and appreciative of everything, it’s a good fit.” Ahlberg, noting the school donated about 300 cards to the project, said that the class has learned about what veterans are and how they have served the country. So this project ties into the state core curriculum of learning about and helping their community. She said it also ties into learning about awareness of their feelings and writing skills. “They’re excited for the veterans to get them and make them feel good,” she said. At Oak Hollow, it was third-grader Annika Stenquist, who said that her school needed to get involved in donating to the community. So together with her mother, Karen and her friend Lizzy Bodell, they made a flier and sought permission from school officials to hold a winter clothing drive for The Road Home Shelter in Midvale. “Basically, we collected anything someone would put on to go outside in the winter and build a snowman,” Karen Stenquist said. “We looked at what The Road Home needed, and we picked winter clothing.” Stenquist said her daughter wanted to get the school involved since each year they hold a service project. When there wasn’t anything on the schedule, Annika initiated the process and organized the winter clothing drive from Jan. 12 through Jan. 23. “She really wanted to help, and that inspired us to get others involved,” her mother said. At the school, paper thermometers marked the students’ progress in getting snowmen warm, with the winning classes being served hot chocolate with sprinkles and whipped cream by parent volunteers and members of Corner Canyon High Peer Leadership Team. All students were thanked for their participation and support and were given hot chocolate packets, after more
Classes at Oak Hollow Elementary competed to see who could bring in the most clothing donations for The Road Home.
than two vans were packed with coats, snow pants, boots, hats, scarves and gloves, Stenquist said. Those items and others filled a trailer at St. John the Baptist Elementary School and then donated to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Utah. “We gave clothing and items that could be put to good use right away,” Director of Advancement Nevah Stevenson said. “Everyone joined in the call to action from Principal Nikki Ward to ‘clean out your closets’ and look for ways you can donate to help others.” Stevenson said that during the drive that was held the week of Jan. 26, which also was Catholic Schools Week, one student said that she didn’t have a little sister and didn’t need her baby stuff anymore,, so she and her mom went through her baby clothes and selected the special items they wanted to keep, but donated everything else. Another family gave two bikes, and several students donated toys. l
dministrators with Skaggs Catholic Center, which houses St. John the Baptist elementary and middle schools and Juan Diego Catholic High School, are in the planning stage of an expansion. Initial plans call for a two-story building to be built southeast of the elementary school that would include elementary classrooms as well as classrooms for the prekindergarten program, a technology center and program support classroom. The lower level would have a separate
entrance that can be used by Juan Diego Catholic High School for both classrooms and elective or extracurricular programs, St. John the Baptist Elementary School Principal Nikki Ward said. With the moving of the pre-kindergarten program, there will be more space for the Guardian Angel Daycare, where the program currently resides. And when high school students use the lower level of the new building, the middle school could expand in the wing they share, which will benefit all entities. The Skaggs Catholic Center is currently working with an architect to finalize plans, including a projected start date. There is no cost estimate available at this time. St. John the Baptist elementary and middle school and Juan Diego Catholic School opened in 1999. Currently, there are more than 1,750 students enrolled in the three schools. l
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Trio Of Athletes Sign Letters Of Intent By Ron Bevan
t’s official for three Corner Canyon athletes who have committed to taking their games to the next level. Brandon Bowen, Gaige Kartchner and Bayley Bruner signed letters of intent Feb. 4. Bowen and Kartchner are moving on as football players, and Bruner will continue her soccer career. Bruner became the first Corner Canyon female athlete to commit to collegiate ball. She will take her soccer skills to Oregon. She has been a forward on the Corner Canyon team since its first year in competition and played at Alta the prior year. “I have been talking to schools since I was a freshman,” Bruner said. “At first, it
Kartchner is taking his defense to Weber State as a linebacker. “I have had offers from several schools, including Nevada and Boise State,” Kartchner said. “I just felt more comfortable with the coaching staff at Weber. It was a good feeling when I visited, and I felt that was where I belonged.” Kartchner came up through the Alta youth football program, putting on cleats when he was 10 years old. He played his sophomore
“They have been with
me my whole career, so to share signing day with them was very special.”
season at Alta before moving to his hometown school when Corner Canyon opened its doors. “All my friends were coming to the new school, and I wanted to as well,” Kartchner said. Although he played running back as a youth, Kartchner has made his name on defense as a linebacker. “Signing day was an awesome day for me,” he said. “All my friends and family were Corner Canyon athletes Gaige Kartchner, Brandon Bowen and Bayley there that day. They have been Bruner pose with their parents after signing to play collegiate ball. with me my whole career, so to Kartchner is going to Weber State, Bowen will attend Ohio State and share signing day with them was Bruner is heading to Oregon. very special.” was the smaller schools that contacted me, but Perhaps the biggest signee is Bowen, then I progressively got better and the bigger a 6’7” 315-pound offensive lineman that schools began calling.” was sought by many Division 1 schools. Bruner was the leading scorer for the Bowen had committed last year to attend Chargers the past two seasons. She scored 16 the University of Utah, but had a change of goals as a junior and added 11 more last season. heart. Instead, he committed to Ohio State Bruner began playing soccer at the tender on signing day. age of 4. She moved into the competitions “My trip (to Ohio State) really opened my ranks when she hit fifth grade. She competes eyes to a lot of things,” Bowen told scout.com’s for Avalanche when she isn’t wearing Corner Doug Kimmel. “That coaching staff is the best Canyon’s uniform. Her club team has won of the best. I want to be part of something state titles three times and made it to nationals special, and that’s what Ohio State is.” last year. Indeed, Bowen is joining the team that is “I always wanted to play a college sport, the current national college football champions, and when I found out at a young age how much after beating Oregon for the title in January. I loved soccer, I decided to focus my talents “We are putting Corner Canyon’s name on soccer,” she said. out there and getting us on the map,” Kartchner Well, almost all her talents. Bruner also said. “Not everyone gets the opportunity to runs the sprints for Corner Canyon and is the play at the next level, and we are all going to current record holder in four track events. division one schools. We are grateful for our “It was our first year, so, of course, I opportunities. And I am proud of Bowen, for have the records,” she said. “My goal this him to go to the reigning national champions year is to beat my last year’s times.” and play for a coach like Urban Meyer.” l
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Juan Diego Girls Basketball Program Headed In Right Direction With New Coach By Catherine Garrett
he Juan Diego Catholic High School girls basketball team has yet to win a state 3A playoff game in its 15-year history. New coach Josh Archuleta hopes to change that trend beginning this season, and the Soaring Eagle squad have positioned themselves to do just that. Currently, the team is undefeated through 20 games and is ranked first in the state. “I’m excited going forward,” Archuleta said. “I’m thrilled with the amazing people and facilities here.” Eighteen of the squad’s wins have been by double-digit margins and they are defeating opponents by an average of 23 points. Juan Diego is led by twin All-State players Monique and Dominique Mills who average 19 and 18 points respectively. Sophomore Becca Curran scores 9 points a game while junior Ann Nelson puts in 7. Archuleta, 25, was hired last summer to head up the Soaring Eagle program coming from Judge Memorial where he had been the past five years. “Coach Arch has an incredible store of basketball knowledge in both breadth and depth,” Juan Diego Athletic Director Chris
Long said. “When you watch him coach, the things that jump out are his attention to detail, incredibly positive attitude, and, like all great coaches, he is a teacher.” Archuleta played basketball for two years at Judge Memorial before taking advantage of a ball boy and internship opportunity with the Utah Jazz as a junior in high school. He worked for the organization for eight years. “That was a great experience for me,” Archuleta said. “I went to all the Jazz practices and games and, ultimately, that’s why I got into coaching.” Just prior to the 2010-11 season, Archuleta was hired to return to his alma mater to assist with the girls basketball program. “I was pulled in to coach the week of tryouts, and we didn’t end up having a great team there, but I learned a lot,” Archuleta said, of his five-year stint coaching the Bulldogs. He also coaches the Salt Lake Rebels, a girls’ competitive team, and coaches several of the Juan Diego players on that team. Those players were some of his biggest supporters in the hiring process, according to Long. Archuleta takes a positive approach in his
coaching philosophy in which he applies a twoto-one ratio of two positives to one criticism when talking with his players about needed improvements. He also hopes to bring what he learned from the professional level in the sport, along with fundamentals, to the girls program at Juan Diego. At Juan Diego, Archuleta tries to bring cohesion among all of the girls on the team through service opportunities and monthly activities off the court and has even reached out to bring some formers players back to the squad. Also on the squad this season are seniors Sarah Christiansen, Erin Stella and Tara Dooley; juniors Hayle Falvo, Mia Berenger and Maddie Colosimo; sophomores Anna Ewionuk, Brynn Drummond, Gina Colosimo, Brie Veltri, Svaya George, Aurora Robles, Bella Sedillo, Madi O’Bryan, Mattea Van De Wiele and Grace Lebrecht; and freshmen Kallie Craig, Abby Shemwell, Katrina Price, Eva Tavake, Bella Holt, Jenna Granja, Cynthia Gardner and Taitlyn Colosimo. “I’ve inherited a good program, and the talent’s been there year in and year out,”
The Juan Diego Catholic High School girls basketball team has a 20-0 record this season and a No. 1 state ranking in 3A under new coach Josh Archuleta. Archuleta said. “Hopefully we can do something with that this year.” Juan Diego finished the regular season with a game against Uintah. The state tournament is scheduled for Feb. 26-28 at the Maverik Center. l
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Charger Cheer Takes State Title By Ron Bevan
orner Canyon has some new hardware for the trophy case, thanks to both the varsity and junior varsity cheerleading squads. Both Charger cheer squads took the state 4A title Jan. 31 at Salt Lake Community College. “Both teams worked hard all year on the routine we presented for the state competition,” cheer coach Whitney Lunt said. “They put in long hours for months, and their hard work has paid off.” Corner Canyon qualified for the state competition by winning region in both varsity and junior varsity competition. Regions were held at Corner Canyon Jan. 24. Although most high school sports fans recognize the cheerleaders as those who help pump up the crowd and motivate the players during high school athletics, members of the cheerleading teams perform their own routines to find the best teams in the state. (Don’t understand previous sentence. Please rewrite.)These competitions began three years ago under the umbrella of Utah Cheer Club Sport, founded in part by Lori Rupp and Kellie Chamberlain. ”Cheerleading is not under the (Utah
High School Athletic Association) umbrella but they support most of the UHSAA sports, by providing a spirited atmosphere at games and promoting school spirit,” Rupp said. “Many cheer teams in Utah have a competitive component to their programs, and these schools compete in and out of state at regional and national competitions.” Corner Canyon put together a two-anda-half-minute routine for the state competition which involved tumbling, aerials and other aspects of cheer. “We first had to qualify at region, and only a certain amount of teams progress,” Lunt said. “The competition isn’t scored like football or basketball. A panel of judges scores your routine against all other 4A schools.” The girls didn’t have long to celebrate the state win, as they were off to Orlando, Fla. and the national competition Feb. 7-8. Corner Canyon represented Utah well at the competition, finishing 13th overall in the semi finals and then 17th in the finals. “We were the first team from Utah since 2004 to make it past the preliminaries and into the finals,” Lunt said. “Davis High School was the last to make it that far.”
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Corner Canyon cheerleaders pose with their trophy after winning the cheer competition Jan. 31 at Salt Lake Community College. The girls then went to Florida for a state competition and became the first Utah school in 10 years to make it out of the preliminary round. Lunt went on to say how proud she was of her girls and the effort they put in this year. “All the high school athletic teams have an off season,” Lunt said. “We don’t. We are there cheering on all the teams from the fall
sports through winter and spring. In addition to all that, we are working on our routine the entire time. The competition is something the girls get to do for themselves. It is their reward for working hard to represent the other sports.” l
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Multitasking Myth By Peri Kinder
’m terribly efficient. That doesn’t mean I’m efficient. It means I’m terrible at being efficient. I always imagined myself to be a high-functioning multitasker but only recently learned that’s not possible. For instance, I’ll start writing a brilliant column, only to remember I didn’t make my online credit card payment. So I’ll jump to that site to pay down some Christmas bills when I realize I never tossed the laundry into the dryer. I’ll head downstairs to take the slightly sour-smelling towels out of the washer and remember I was supposed to order pizza for dinner. So I grab my phone to order a half-veggie/half-heart disease pizza when it hits me that I never took my multivitamin (for two weeks straight). As I run back up the stairs to swallow a pill the size of a mango, I remember that my column is due in two hours, so I head back to my computer. That’s not multitasking. It’s having an attention-deficitdisorder seizure. Instead of actually completing one task, I have a multitude of jobs half-done at all times. People brag they can do several things at once. I can also do several things at once; I just do it really poorly. In order to save time, I’ll brush my teeth while putting on deodorant. I clench the toothbrush between my teeth, trying to open the antiperspirant with one hand. Then my electric toothbrush shakes out of my mouth, hits the floor and sprays toothpaste and spit all over the bathroom rug. Instead of saving time, I’ve added 10 minutes to my routine.
Or I’ll decide to make a salad and try to make only one trip from the fridge to the counter. I’m carrying olives clasped under my chin, spinach squeezed between my knees, peppers balanced on my elbow and mushrooms perched on my head. My husband walks in and asks, “What are you doing?” “Making a salad,” I hiss, because I have a bag of walnuts
clamped between my teeth. He watches as I walk pigeon-toed across the kitchen and try to place everything on the counter. If I was in a sitcom, there would be a laugh track as I juggle all those items before I hit the floor and everything lands on my head. As he leaves the room, he says, “Enjoy your salad. And you left the fridge open.” (I sense a poisoning in his future.) Dr. Glenn Wilson, a real-life psychology professor at Gresham College, says these situations can actually lower your effective IQ by 10 points. Many studies prove the human brain isn’t designed to do several things at once. My dog (who doesn’t have a human brain) already knows this. Ringo the Dog does the opposite of multitasking. He spends all his attention sniffing one pile of leaves thoroughly before moving on to the next urine-soaked shrubbery. But I can make cookies, scrub bird droppings off the back window and change my grandson’s diaper all at the same time. Of course I’ve burned the cookies, smeared the bird poop and put the diaper on backwards. Ringo does everything right the first time. So now that I’ve wasted time debunking the benefits of multitasking, I really need to get dinner started. But a catchy tune dances across my mind. I bring up iTunes and spend 30 minutes downloading songs. Then I remember I need to sub a cardio class this week, so it’s over to YouTube to get new ideas for the BOSU ball . . . l
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Draper City Journal
LEARNING THE VALUE OF TRASH TO TREASURE By Joani Taylor
et rocks, handmade leather headbands, patchwork bell bottoms and lava lights: do those memories stir fondness in you? Musical playlists made by setting a cassette recorder as close to the radio as possible in hopes of catching your favorite songs, that included Donny Osmond, Bobby Sherman and David Cassidy. Riding your super cool banana seat bike everywhere, congregating at Murray Pool and roller skating to Tony Orlando’s “Knock 3 Times”. It’s 1975. There are no video games, we have to use a neighbor’s phone to call home, and during our girly girl backyard sleepovers we are known to sneak away, wandering the neighborhood at night, toilet papering our ‘boyfriends’ houses, and our only fear is of being caught. While I would not say we were poor, like most families, my parents saved and scrimped pennies out of necessity. Cheap was good, free was better and expensive was out of the question. Coupons did not have bar codes, and you could save up milk bottle caps for the entire year and use them to ride the rides at Lagoon for free. Dumpster diving was our weekend activity. I’m not really sure if it was legal or not to harvest their treasures, but they were out in the open, ready to give whatever one might be on the hunt for. Unsellable items from craft, auto and home improvement stores beckoned anyone willing to take the plunge. The treasure chest we sought lay tucked behind the old Shag-Rug-La
ice cream afterwards. Kicking the gravel up with my toe as I waited, I was slightly embarrassed as Mom’s head peeked out from inside the dumpster, eyes delighted, shouting joyously that she had found a big piece that was just the right color. Now, Dad is a bit of an artist. In fact, some of his paintings are adorning the walls of my home today. Looking back on it, I imagine that the floor of our basement was, to him, a giant blank canvas. Dad would crawl around on the floor, painstakingly piecing together our ill-gotten scraps in blocks of color and depth. Like colors on the color wheel, blending texture and color from one to the next. Finally, after months of work he stretched out his wall-to-wall masterpiece and tacked it down, with a borrowed knee kicker, as secure and neat as any professional carpet layer would have.
T carpet store in West Valley. It seemed the short 10-minute drive took hours as a kid. My job was to pick up the scraps as they were tossed over the edge, and, if I was lucky, we got to go to Baskin- Robbins for
his crazy, pieced together concoction taught me so many lessons about money, art, creativity and love. In my mind, it’s still the most beautiful carpet I have ever seen in a home. I remember hours of play on that carpet and using the sections as a divider for various rooms for Barbie. In my adult life, I do not carry this dumpster diving fetish with me, not even for a coupon. The thought, however, makes me crave a pralines n’ cream waffle cone.
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Fairway Auto Sales
hen trying to find a town in Utah with the feel of the home he left behind in Wisconsin, Dan Bloechel knew he found the right place in Draper. Dan and his wife, Angie, moved to Draper in 1999 to raise their family. When the opportunity to open a business came, they naturally chose close to home. In 2003, with Scott Parker they opened Fairway Auto Sales, and it has become Draper’s longest-running car dealership. “We were drawn to the small town feel of Draper initially, and we’ve seen how it has grown in the last 15 years. When we bought land, there wasn’t much here,” Angie Bloechel said. Fairway Auto Sales averages 125 cars in their inventory and specializes in cars that cost less than $18,000. “We’ve found our niche in that pricing. We also sell a lot of cars in the $5,000 to $10,000 range for students,” Angie said. At Fairway Auto Sales, you’ll find a low-pressure environment staffed with the same high-quality sales people who have been there since they opened their doors to the public in 2003. “As a small business, the only way we’re going to make it is through outstanding customer service. We’re low pressure. Our sales people will not push a customer into something that is not right for them,” Angie said. Forty percent of their business is from returning customers
and referrals. The remaining 60 percent comes to them because of the valuable information located online about the cars for sale at Fairway. “People do their research on the internet and know what cars they are interested in before they visit us. We also provide a Carfax on every car we sell. It’s a great tool that provides the history of a car, including any accident reports and number of owners as well as major maintenance,” Angie said. What if you don’t see what you’re looking for? Dan is willing to sit down with a customer to discuss what they’re in the market to purchase and use his years of skill to locate a match for his customer. Fairway is pleased to offer a warranty on every car they sell. Some are already under warranty and others have the offer of one through a national company. (Ask for details as it will vary by car.) “We do business the fair way. Taking care of the customer is the only way. We’re Draper’s longest-running car dealership because of that philosophy,” Angie said. Community support is also part of the philosophy of Fairway Auto Sales. Each year, they honor a community member by sponsoring a tree dedicated in their honor at the Festival
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