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FREE RECESS BEFORE LUNCH OR LUNCH BEFORE RECESS? THAT IS THE QUESTION By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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prucewood second grader Mary-Ann Whitaker loves playing on the monkey bars. And since the school switched its recess to before lunch this year, she’s happier to get out to them sooner. “I like recess before lunch because when we play, we get hungrier,” she said. “Before, a lot of food got wasted that people spent time cooking for us and that wasn’t right.” Her mother, Karla-Ann, supports the school’s switch from the traditional lunch before recess. “It makes sense,” she said. “Kids get their energy out, sit down and are able to concentrate on eating. Plus, they calm down during lunch and my kids’ teachers say they’re more focused when its learning time.” Sprucewood Elementary in Sandy is one of several schools who have made the move to recess before lunch. Across the Salt Lake Valley, recesses and lunches vary with some schools having reversed it years prior, some that switched have returned to the traditional lunch before recess, and some schools are content with how it is working at their school with lunch first. Before Sprucewood made the decision to switch, Principal Lori Reynolds said there were discussions with her staff, the school community council, PTA, building leadership team and the Sandy/Draper parents of students who attend her school. She also had experience with recess first when she was at East Sandy Elementary. “Our kids are eating more, drinking 40% more milk and calming down from their adrenaline high at recess in the lunchroom before they head into the classroom,” Reynolds said. “Many of them already have talked to their friends at recess, so now they’re actually eating and we’re wasting less food. Before, we had trays and trays of uneaten food as they wanted to get outside to play.” At Sprucewood, the lunch period begins outside for 17 minutes before the doors open for 20 minutes to eat. “Recess first has eliminated so many conflicts,” recess aide Chris Carlson said. “The students have enough time to play and get an appetite. At first, I was worried there was not enough time to eat, but we adjusted it.” Sprucewood recess aides line students up according to their lunch choice outside before entering the school building. The lunch options are announced, color-coded, and each line leader is given a Popsicle stick of that color so once they are in the cafeteria, the staff knows which meals to serve. Sprucewood Nutrition Manager Angela Floyd said that

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Sprucewood second grader Mary-Ann Whitaker supports her school’s decision to have recess first so food the cafeteria staff makes doesn’t get wasted. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

now students who have been “amped up on the playground come in hungry, adjust to their inside voices, and don’t have to rush through their food. They come in to eat, which will help them learn.” She sees them not only drinking milk, but eating more fruits and vegetables. The students have a countdown clock, so they know how much time is left before class time and teachers return from their contracted lunch time to pick up the students. In addition, classrooms can earn the “golden spatula” award by using indoor voices, staying seated, raising their hands to dump their trays, cleaning their tables and lining up quickly and quietly, Floyd said. According to the National Food Service Management Institute, “when students go to recess before lunch, they do not rush through lunch and tend to eat a more well-balanced meal including more foods containing vitamins, such as milk, vegetables and fruit.” In a 2014 study published in Preventative Medicine, researchers investigated how recess-first impacts what students eat during their school meals. Seven elementary schools in

Orem participated in the study that showed school children consume 54% more fruits and vegetables at lunch if they eat after recess. In the report, Cornell Behavioral Economist and Co-Founder of the Smarter Lunchrooms Movement David Just said, “Recess is often held after lunch so children hurry to ‘finish’ so that they can go play. This results in wasted fruits and vegetables. However, we found that if recess is held before lunch, students come to lunch with healthy appetites and less urgency and are more likely to eat their fruits and vegetables. While not every school has the flexibility to offer recess before lunch, those that do have a great opportunity to improve the health and well-being of their students.”

WHY DON’T MORE SCHOOLS MAKE THE SWITCH?

Sometimes re-inventing the wheel can seem like an insurmountable task and oftentimes traditions can be deeply rooted, said Daybreak Elementary Assistant Principal Todd Theobold. While the South Jordan school is on the traditional lunch schedule, he supports recess first, having had 15 years Continued page 12

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Building an Athletic Legacy at Corner Canyon High By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com

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orner Canyon High School opened its doors in 2013, which also began the process of building an athletic program. Very few teams saw success during the inaugural year, but by year two the Chargers had won a state championship in cheer, two region championships in football and wrestling and had top-10 finishes in girls golf, girls tennis, boys golf and girls swimming. And that was just the beginning. After five years in the 4A ranks where Corner Canyon took home six state titles, four runners-up finishes and 24 region championships, the Chargers moved to 5A for the 2018–19 year and won five state titles, three runners-up trophies and 12 region championships in one season alone. Corner Canyon made the jump to the 6A classification this year and they have announced loud and clear that they have arrived as the program to beat in many sports. The boys cross country ran away with its second consecutive state championship while the football program won its 26th straight game, culminating in their own second straight state title. This year, the Chargers football team outscored their opponents 641 to 207, including a 251 to 70 run through the state playoffs —dominating the 6A ranks this season while taking down traditional powerhouses in Bingham, Herriman and Lone Peak. Even the nation has been put on notice as the cheer squad won the school’s first national championship in 2018 and took seventh last year. The boys cross-country team finished third at nationals Dec. 7 in the closest meet in history — with just 14 points separating the top three programs. The CCHS football program finished sixth nationally this season, according to MaxPreps rankings. Here’s a look at how the athletic programs have fared over the past seven years.

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The baseball program slowly built a postseason presence by its third year. In 2016, they nearly had a 20-win season and went on to win three games in the state tournament, led by All-State players Calvin Millich and Marshall Nice. Corner Canyon has been back to the tournament every year since, helped by seven additional All-State players, and has a 5-6 record during that span, including three wins at state this past year. “We had a really good finish to the year last year and the program is moving in the right direction,” head coach Jeff Eure said.

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followed by another state title in 2017–18 — when Corner Canyon went on to win nationals — while the 2018–19 region champs came in second place last year.

fourth, Easton Allred fifth and AJ Rowland 10th. The top state showings came after two years of not qualifying for the state meet and a seventh-place finish in 2015. Corner CanBOYS CROSS COUNTRY yon placed third nationally Dec. 7 following The boys cross-country team has taken their dominating state performance this fall. the state by storm the past two years after GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY The girls cross-country program took winning the 5A state title in 2018, behind Mark Boyle’s second-place finish and Alex a bit to get going during its first few years Harbertson (seventh) and Caleb Johnson before they finished 12th in 2015. Consecu(ninth) also in the top 10. This past fall, tive region championships in 2017 and 2018 the Chargers won the 6A crown with John- helped Corner Canyon get on the map, parson placing second, Boyle third, Harbertson ticularly when Karli Branch won the 5A state

After three straight losing seasons, Corner Canyon reached the 4A state tournament for the first time in 2016. Even though they lost in the first round that year, they earned a trip to the state semifinals in 2017, where they lost to Olympus. In 2018, they again lost to the Titans — this time in the state title game. Last season, they began the year with a 6-6 record before winning 14 of its last 19 games, including the 5A state championship 62-45 over Jordan.

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It took more than a year to get the first program win, but finally against East on Nov. 21, 2014, the Chargers won 50-31. Corner Canyon struggled to win just eight more games over the next two seasons. The 2016–17 year began with four wins and the Chargers went on to its first winning season, ending with a 13-10 record and a 4A state tournament appearance. Following another loss in the first round at state in 2018, the girls reached the state title game last season where they lost to East 72-65.

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The cheer squad blasted onto the scene rather quickly with a state title in its second year and as state runners-up in 2015–16. A region championship the next year was The Corner Canyon boys basketball team won the 5A state title in 2019. (Photo courtesy All Star Photography)

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successfully defended their region title and placed third at state.

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By its third season, the Chargers volleyball program was on top of their region and repeated the feat in 2016 when they were the state runners-up, losing to Bountiful in the title matchup. Madi Brunatti was named First Team All-State and Corner Canyon has had 13 other players honored since, as well as four Academic All-State athletes. Corner Canyon has finished in the top 10 the past three years, including a fourth-place finish in 2017 and then again when the Chargers won another region championship in 2018.

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Multiple banners hang in Charger Arena signifying Corner Canyon’s dominating presence in just six years since the school opened.

title in 2017, leading her team to a third-place finish, along with Willow Collins in sixth, Kallyn Chynoweth 20th and Sara Diener 21st. This fall, Lexi Larsen’s eighth place showing helped the Chargers to sixth place.

DRILL

The Charelles drill team won three consecutive region championships from 2014 to 2017. They also placed in the top five at state for consecutive years, according to former head coach Jordan Peterson. All-State drill team recipients have included Bailey Bell, Ellie Kilgore, Lexi Kilgore, Gracie Snow, Wllie Spiers and Katie Wilson.

FOOTBALL

The football program began its inaugural season with three straight losses and ended up with a 6-6 season. In 2014, Corner Canyon turned things around with a region championship — going 10-0 in the regular season — before losing in the 4A state semifinals. A trip to the postseason has been common ever since, particularly the past three seasons with consecutive region championships, three straight undefeated regular seasons and two state championships with one runners-up trophy. The team’s last loss was a 34-33 heartbreaker to Skyridge in the state championship Nov. 9, 2017. Since then, the Chargers have dominated opponents, winning by an average of 32 points ever since. Following its domination this season in the state, Corner Canyon was ranked sixth nationally by MaxPreps. Senior quarterback Cole Hagen was also just named Utah’s Gatorade Player of the Year this fall, an honor his father Sean also won in high school.

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Rhett Rasmussen, who now plays for BYU, got the Corner Canyon golf program off to a strong start with two top-three finishes in 2013 and 2014 before winning medalist honors in 2015. The team has had five consecutive top-10 finishes since 2014, including a fourth-place showing in 2018 at the 5A state tournament behind Mitch Anderson’s individual placement where he tied for

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fourth. This past fall, Caysen Wright tied for seasons, while the boys’ top finish was a sevseventh in leading the team to fifth place in enth-place showing in 2016–17. The program earned consecutive region championships in its first year in 6A. GIRLS GOLF 2015–16 and 2016–17. The girls golf team has had their own BOYS TENNIS Nick Sepulveda’s appearance in the state impressive run following their first-year 15th place finish in 2014. The next year, the tournament at No. 1 singles in 2015 was CorChargers won region — while placing third ner Canyon’s first showing in the postseaat state and stayed atop the state through son. Sepulveda teamed with Bennett Moody the 2016, 2017 and 2018 seasons with three two years later at No. 1 doubles to take the straight state championships. Jamie Connell championship and lead the Chargers to fourth won medalist honors this past spring in lead- place as a team, its highest placement so far. ing Corner Canyon to a second-place finish. GIRLS TENNIS BOYS SOCCER The girls tennis program tied for 13th in The boys soccer team has improved its first year and improved to fourth by 2014. steadily from two one-win seasons early on Two 11th-place finishes followed before Lizto an 8-8 year in 2017. The Chargers made zie Simmons/Emma Heiden won the No. 1 their first appearance at state in 2018, and doubles title in 2018 and helped Corner Canwon their first game in the postseason, be- yon to a tie for third. In 2019, the Chargers fore losing in the quarters to Viewmont. Last again placed third with several players going season, they again made the playoffs before deep into the tournament. BOYS TRACK AND FIELD losing in the first round. GIRLS SOCCER The boys track and field program The girls soccer team has made it to the built themselves into a top-10 team by the postseason all seven years, losing in the first 2015–16 season, and after two more top-12 round the first four seasons before earning showings, Corner Canyon won state this past the region title in 2017 with a 14-3 year and spring. Van Fillinger won the shot put title a loss in the state quarters. A 13-0 start the with three relay teams, which included Cody next season ended with the 5A state cham- Hagen, Cole Hagen, Alex Harbertson, Kasey pionship in 2018. The Chargers again went Hong, August Jacobs, Caleb Johnson, Noah deep in the state tournament this fall, losing Kjar, Jake Orr and Harrison Taggart taking a heartbreaker to Pleasant Grove in the quar- second. Other top-three finishes were Mark terfinals. Boyle in the 1600 meters and Rafael ErickSOFTBALL son in the high jump. The softball program bounced back from GIRLS TRACK AND FIELD Three straight 17th-place finishes from a 5-17 inaugural season to have double-digit wins and state tournament appearances ever 2014–17 strengthened the girls track and since. In 2018, Corner Canyon won the re- field program before the 2018 region champs gion title after an 0-7 start and successfully took state. The 4x100 relay team of Alyssa defended their region title in 2019 with a Milford, Kayla Milford, Hallee Jones, Paje Rasmussen, Nicole Critchfield and Emma 16-8 record. SWIMMING Bagley took first, with Rasmussen (second, Hayley Hill won the 200 freestyle at the 100 meters; third, 200 meters), Critchfield 2014 4A state championship, marking the (second, 200 meters; second, 400 meters), first and only state champion swimmer for Lindsay Akagi (second, pole vault) and KarCorner Canyon to date. The girls swimming li Branch (third, 3200 meters) also placed in team has had four top-10 finishes the past six the top three. Last season, Corner Canyon

The wrestling program finished “dead last in our region,” in its first year, according to head coach Jeff Eure, as the team struggled in “starting from scratch.” During the 2014–15 season, the Chargers turned things around and claimed the region title and had their first state champion in Greg Lamb, who won the 138-lb. division. Two years later, Shaun Stockwell became the first All-American wrestler for Corner Canyon who finished an undefeated season with the heavyweight title at the 4A state championships while also leading the team to a program-best seventh place finish. In 2018, Kade Carlson, wrestling at 220 lbs., won the state title for the Chargers, who also won region as a team. This past winter, Corner Canyon successfully defended their region title. The Chargers will also add girls and boys lacrosse in the spring to an already welloiled machine that is the CCHS athletics program. Additionally, Corner Canyon boasts the largest mountain biking club in the nation and has won four state championships since 2015. CCHS Athletic Director Patrick Thurman attributes the Chargers’ athletics success to a few factors, such as access to resources and quality coaches. “Not everyone in Draper is well off, but we absolutely are fortunate to be teaching in an area with families that have the means to do well in athletics,” he said. “Many of our athletes do have the ability to attend camps and get private coaching to be the best they can be and narrow their focus that way.” The bantam and youth sports leagues in the Draper area are also well organized with top-notch coaches, which helps to train athletes with correct techniques and varied experiences to develop in athletics. Thurman also noted that “it’s one thing to have resources, it’s another thing to help them reach the top. We have fantastic coaches with the right personalities and they have simply helped our athletes rise to another level,” Thurman said. “All of our programs here want to be great and that presents its own challenges because at many schools, you sort of zero in on the programs that look like they can be successful. But here, all of them can be and many of them already are.” Thurman admits that’s a nice problem to have. l

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Championships, cheerleader, singers: Draper 2019 Capturing a whole year in a few photos is next to impossible. But the following snapshots will attempt to do just that as we look back at 2019 in Draper. To read the stories along with these photos visit draperjournal.com.

Corner Canyon junior Rivers Johnson broke the school record in the 200 individual medley on Jan. 3. (Photo courtesy Keith Bangerter)

The Juan Diego Catholic High School girls lacrosse team surround the Division II trophy they won after beating Corner Canyon 12-10. (Photo courtesy Chuck Stolfe)

A diver attaches a coral fragment to an undersea “tree.” Once coral fragments are attached to the trees, they grow rapidly. Loveland Living Planet Aquarium opened a new Caribbean Reef Ecosystem exhibit in June and has also launched a coral reef restoration program in the Pacific Ocean. (Photo courtesy Shelby Dobson/ Loveland Living Planet Aquarium)

Billie was excited to receive her Bliss Cheer Team uniform even though she is taking a year off to beat cancer. Family and neighbors and friends celebrated 7-year-old Billie Jackson, who is battling brain cancer, at Billie’s Boo Bash. (Photo courtesy of Brooke Jackson)

Juan Diego Catholic High School senior Katie O’Brien reads to Blessed Sacrament kindergartners as she immersed herself in a week of service in early January. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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Sixth-grader Ethan Vidal (center) sings “Honestly Sincere” as Conrad Birdie in Draper Park Middle School’s rehearsals of “Bye Bye Birdie” in March. (Erica Heiner/Draper Park Middle School)

Corner Canyon High softball player Josee Haycock hugs Christi Barton, the mother of Staff Sergeant Zack Barton, at the Fallen Heroes game March 27. (Photo courtesy Josee Haycock)

Corner Canyon High School students worked on a documentary about the life of a former criminal in their award-winning film, which was shown at Canyons District’s 10th annual film festival. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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Draper’s McKay Wells won the 11–12-year-old national championship at the USATF Cross Country National Championships in Reno, Nev. Dec. 8. (Photo courtesy Jason Wells)

The Corner Canyon track and field teams took first (boys) and third (girls) competing in events like the long jump. (Justin Adams/City Journals)

Sisters Bailey Schepps (l) and Lexi Millar (right) show off their trophies from the Draper Idol singing competition. (Picture courtesy of Chelsea Millar)

The Corner Canyon football team enters the stadium at Rice-Eccles prior to its semifinal victory over Lone Peak. The Chargers finished the season 14-0 and a back-to-back champion in 5A and 6A. (Justin Adams/City Journals)

Girl Scout troop 530 spent the day painting the United States map on Willow Springs playground so it would be brightened up for fall. Not pictured: Eliza Hanson, Ellie Schreiber and Ellie Turner. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

Senior high school students and senior citizens dance together at the recent Cedarwood of Sandy senior prom, which invited Corner Canyon High School students. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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The Corner Canyon boys team pose with their trophy and state championship medals Oct. 23 at Sugar House Park for the second year in a row, this time in the 6A classification. (Photo courtesy Devin Moody)

Brothers Kellen and Blake Hullinger, also known as BroBand, have both experienced success and national recognition in the past year, in both music and science. (Photo courtesy Tamara Squires)

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hat can you do when post-holiday cabin fever sets in this month? Although the weather outside may be cold or snowy, it’s good to get out of the house and take a break from looking at our screens. While many folks will hit the slopes and enjoy the great outdoors this winter, there are also adventures to be had indoors. Draper offers many unique indoor diversions and fun experiences for adults and kids alike.

COOK UP SOMETHING MAGICAL

Harmons at Bangerter Crossing offers weekly cooking classes throughout the year. Executive Chef Shane Symes, Sous-Chef Brenda White and the Harmons team have put together themed menus to appeal to a wide variety of tastes. January’s cooking class menu offerings include everything from desserts like lava cakes and French macaroons to meals made in a wok. Some of the menu offerings pair foods with wine or spirits. Examples include a class on Spanish cheese, wine and charcuterie and street tacos paired with tequila. On Jan. 16, 17 and 18, budding cooks can get a taste of foods straight from the pages of the Harry Potter books. Typical British fare such as roast beef, toad-in-the-hole or bangers and mash are on the different menus along with Potterverse favorites like pumpkin pasties, pumpkin juice and butterbeer. The class on the 18th will focus on treats such as those found at Honeydukes, the wizarding world’s sweet shop. “Cooking really does bring people together,” said Symes via email.

White agreed. “In many of our big cooking classes, people come together as strangers and leave as friends,” she said. Both feel that the cooking classes are a great way to enjoy and strengthen relationships with family and friends in addition to building cooking skills. Most of the cooking classes cost $65 per person and are offered on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays starting at 6 p.m. Registration is required and there are age restrictions depending on the class. Birthday party cooking classes are available. Visit www.harmonsgrocery.com/cook-with-us and select the link to the Bangerter Crossing location for more specific information. The store is located at 125 East 13800 South.

TEST YOUR WITS

Draper has not one but two escape room franchises: Alcatraz Escape Games (12674 Pony Express Road #1) and Escapology Escape Rooms (12101 South State Street.) Both feature themed rooms in which groups of players have to work together to decipher clues, crack codes and solve puzzles in order to escape. There are a variety of themed rooms to choose from at both venues. At Escapology, guests may find themselves trapped on a WWII submarine or challenged to find the antidote to a killer virus in a scientist’s lab. In another game, players must solve a murder mystery in a Scottish castle. Alcatraz Escape Games increases the intensity with more horror-themed rooms. In one game, players must solve a series of

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Color Me Mine offers hundreds of ceramic items to be painted, glazed and fired in-store. (Photo courtesy Linda O’Neill/Color Me Mine)

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium (12033 Lone Peak Parkway) celebrates penguins this month. During Penguin Awareness Week, January 20–26, guests can watch a daily penguin feed at 3 p.m., take fun photos at a selfie station and enter for a chance to win prizes such as a Penguin Encounter. Twenty-one Gentoo penguins, the fastest-swimming penguin species, make their home at the aquarium. At the Mountain America Credit Union Penguin Research Station, guests can watch the birds swim, dive and waddle with views above and below the water. In the wild, Gentoo penguins make their home in the sub-Antarctic islands and the Antarctic Peninsula. Their conservation status is near-threatened and populations are decreasing on some islands possibly due to pollution. During Penguin Awareness Week, guests can learn fun facts about these penguins in addition to how to be better stewards of the planet. Penguin Awareness Week activities are included in the price of regular admission to Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. For more information visit www.thelivingplanet.com.

clues to avoid falling prey to zombies. Players may choose to be trapped in a castle by an evil wizard or escape from a prison cell on death row. Both escape franchises provide an outof-the-ordinary experience for birthday parties, team-building retreats or just a fun night out with friends. Each game experience takes one hour and the cost per person at both venues is $28. Visit www.alcatrazescapegames. com/draper or www.escapology.com/drapGO ON AN ‘ARTVENTURE’ er-ut for more information. “Painting and drawing is my passion,” FIRE UP YOUR CREATIVITY Jill Kesler said. “This is what I’ve wanted to The paint-your-own ceramics studio, do my whole life.” Color Me Mine (217 East 12300 South, Her love for making art inspired her to J3A), has been a local destination for folks found Create Bliss Art School (3623 Farm looking to channel their artistic sides since Hollow Lane) in 2016. Kesler offers a wide 2007. Customers can choose from hundreds variety of classes in all kinds of art media of ceramic pieces to paint. Different styles of for kids, teens and adults alike. Students can plates and mugs are available as are a wide learn the basics of acrylic painting, watervariety of figurines ranging from animals to color, drawing, sketching in charcoal, clay fantasy figures to holiday décor items. sculpting, papier-mâché and beaded jewelThere are many different glazes in a ry-making. rainbow of colors and textures to choose At Create Bliss Art School, the emphasis from as well. Staff members can show cusis on the joy and learning to be found in the tomers different techniques to create the look experience of making art rather than having a they want. Once a ceramic piece has been “perfect” finished product. painted, the staff will fire it in a kiln and have “All of the elements of art and principles it ready for pick-up in approximately one of design are offered in each class,” Kesler week. Each piece is as unique as the person said. She holds a BFA from the University who painted it. of Utah as well as a master’s of education Color Me Mine is a California-based degree and worked as an elementary school franchise. Linda O’Neill owns the Draper teacher in California. store as well as one in Salt Lake City. She The classes at Create Bliss Art School said the Draper location has a private party are two-hour sessions that meet once a week room that can accommodate up to 24 people. for eight weeks. Create Bliss also offers art “We have all kinds of parties here — birthday camps for kids where young artists can create parties, team-building events and family parart projects to celebrate a holiday or enjoy a ties,” O’Neill said. fun activity over a school break. “Flash classThroughout the month there are dises,” one-session classes where you might crecount days and special themed events such as ate anything from a painting to a pretty braceKids Night Out and adult paint nights where let or even slime, are scheduled throughout guests are invited to bring their own snacks the year. and beverages of their choice. For a listing of Create Bliss Art School also offers corspecial events during the month of January, porate team-building art parties as well as visit www.draper.colormemine.com/events. parties for occasions such as birthdays or O’Neill views making art together as a date nights. Girls night out parties where great way for families to connect and enjoy friends can gather to paint or make jewelry themselves. “It’s about togetherness,” she are popular. said. “It’s about families having fun.” The next eight-week winter session will Color Me Mine is located in the Draper begin this month. For more information and a Peaks shopping center. schedule of classes, visit www.createblissartHANG OUT WITH FEATHERED school.com l

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tree,” she said. Second grader Nolan Sisernos added that when they hung the ornaments on the tree, “We made people happy for Christmas because Christmas is a happy holiday.” Sherrell said this is the second year Sprucewood students have decorated the tree; previously, Draper Elementary students made and decorated with their ornaments. On behalf of Zions Bank, Sherrell gave the school a $100 donation, which can be used however they choose. “We love to support the kids,” Sherrell said, adding that after the holidays, she will return the ornaments to the school children so they can have them as keepsakes. (Julie Slama/City Journals) l

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Continued from front page previous experience with recess first at both Majestic and Willow Canyon elementaries in Jordan and Canyons school districts, respectively. “There’s a growing trend toward recess first, but others feel strongly about holding onto the tradition of lunch first,” he said. “I prefer recess first as it engages kids in activities, friendship, they learn rules of the games on the playground and have a set amount of time to eat so it’s much calmer and significantly less food waste. We include time to clean up and to transition back to academic time. When it is lunch first, kids come back all sweaty and hot to the classroom and nobody can really calm down quickly from that.” However, he said that Daybreak’s lunchtime schedule is working. It allows students 18 of the 40 minutes to eat first. “You’ll never make everybody happy; it’s just their preferences. Some people don’t like change, but kids are adaptive,” he said. Some of the concerns for implementing recess-first center around scheduling and logistics of the school building, staff supervision and handwashing.

SCHEDULING AND LOGISTICS

While that recess-first model works well for Sprucewood, Sarah Hodson, executive director of Get Healthy Utah, said each school may have to tweak its schedules to best fit their community. “There are real benefits to recess-first,” she said. “Students aren’t stuck in a lunchroom, hurrying out to play. They are more settled down when it’s classroom time since they’ve already adjusted from coming inside. They’re more active outside so they’re coming in hungrier. But changing schedules can be a barrier and principals will need to re-evaluate how to use staff outside and in the lunchroom, and even staggering recess and lunch times to make it work.” She said much of the logistics may be around the lunchroom size, so lunch time may need to accommodate more than one grade.

“Schools need to get through the kinks, and some schools keep tweaking it for a full year before they get it running smoothly,” she said. “But this gives them more opportunity to fully play, fully eat and they learn better in the classroom.” Get Healthy Utah has sample lunch and recess schedules as well as tips on adapting recess first, including to communicate with all the staff, parents and students about the change and to “be flexible and willing to try different things.” Academy Park Principal Pauline Longberg agrees that logistics and the location of the lunchroom can be major factors in the success of transitioning from traditional lunch to recess first. For six years, she was principal at Beehive Elementary in Magna, where lunch came first and everything ran smoothly. The past five, she has been at the West Valley elementary where the previous principal changed it to recess first. “Each has its pros and cons, but for some schools, logistically, it would be difficult and too cumbersome to line students up at the playground if it is on one side of the school, like Beehive, to then get to the cafeteria on the other,” she said. “It currently works here (at Academy Park) as the cafeteria is right by the playground and we have an advantage with Playworks (structured recess program) at our school, helping students in a proactive recess program, and helping transition into the lunchroom.” Longberg said it wasn’t easy adaption and involved changing things along the way. “We had to figure out the systems to make sure our structure works for us,” she said. That includes as students enter the lunchroom, they go through the cafeteria line and sit at tables in that order. They also are excused to leave in that order, which allows those who enter the cafeteria last to have the same amount of time to eat as those who enter first. Those who bring their lunch from home can immediately grab it out of a bin brought from their classroom, so they may get a few

more minutes to eat than their peers, Longberg said. East Midvale Principal Matt Nelson has kept to the traditional timetable. “Logistically, it works with our schedule,” he said. “The students are in the cafeteria for 15 minutes before they raise their hands to be excused. We looked at recess first, but this works for our school. It would be a huge system to change to put together times to eat, play and have instruction. We’d have to add more transition time.” Ridgecrest Principal Julie Winfree said her Cottonwood Heights students eat and socialize before raising their hands to go to recess. “If you start with recess, when do you bring them in?” she said. “Kids need different amounts of times to eat and younger kids are typically slower eaters.” Jordan Ridge teacher Kim Sanders said her South Jordan school had many discussions about the order before keeping with the traditional schedule. “We wait for 10 minutes after they’re in the lunchroom before we turn the (paper) eagle around to allow them to go outside,” she said. “We want kids to have time to eat their lunch and digest it before they go outside to play.” However, Twin Peaks secretary Susan Seals says that playing first at her Murray elementary has resulted in less “side aches and tummies hurting” than the traditional lunch order. Murray School District spokeswoman D Wright said lunch and recess schedules vary from school to school, with determinations made for a variety of reasons, including scheduling of the lunchroom and playgrounds. Longview Elementary Principal Becky Teo said she has kept with the schedule of her predecessor — a combination of both orders. Some of her students eat first then play, while others play first then eat. Her transitions allow 120 to 160 students in the Murray lunchroom at a given time and fourth- through sixth-graders rotating to help

with lunch service. “It’s partly because of the size of our school and the number of kids in a given time who can sit in our lunchroom,” Teo said. “Our younger friends eat better with recess first, but our older grades know enough to eat a good lunch.” While the decisions are made at each Canyons School District school, health/PE/ Playworks specialist Allie Teller, who is a “big fan of recess first,” helps administrators who want to convert from the traditional method. She has models they can follow and consults regularly with schools to help problem-solve logistics. “We know factors weigh into the decision, from the lunchroom size and location to the staff support, and it really can look different from school to school. Lunch first has more wiggle room for students to go through the lunch line, but kids eat more when they play first,” Teller said.

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Longberg said her staff supports Academy Park’s recess before lunch. “We’re very fortunate that our staff wants to be here to help students. So we have different people assigned to help in the lunchroom for that part of the day to help the younger students through the line and to make sure lunchtime is eating time,” she said. Theobold said at his previous schools, he had a lunch crew dedicated to those two hours to set up, monitor and clean up the cafeteria as well as address students’ concerns. Copperview Elementary Principal Jeri Rigby said her Midvale school remains on the traditional schedule for numerous reasons, one being that she can’t get students through the cafeteria line and seated without more personnel. That also was her experience when she was an assistant principal at Midvale Elementary. “We didn’t have more personnel to bring in, administrators were already there helping, and we couldn’t ask teachers because they have their 30-minute uninterrupted contracted lunch time,” she said. “We also didn’t find

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Logistics, schedules and staff supervision are part of the concerns school administrators across the Salt Lake Valley have when making the decision of which to have first — recess or lunch? (Julie Slama/City Journals)

Color-coded signs at Sprucewood Elementary help students line up for their lunch choice before entering the school building after recess. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

that students were significantly eating better.” She said the traditional lunch worked better logistically at the school and “the supervision of students in the lunchroom and playground were better.” Even the transition to have teachers bring students in from recess they found to be smoother “as expectations were clear with this routine,” she said. Crescent Elementary in Sandy tested recess first this past fall before switching it back. Among the reasons for the traditional routine, Principal Camie Montague said, “We changed back because it took double the resources to bring kids in from recess and manage the lunchroom.”

instructional time due to lining up and cleanup time of all kids in a grade level being excused to clean up at the same time.” Hodson said with adjusting to recess first, many schools find a need to discuss rules and expectations in student behavior. “Students will need to learn what the behavior expectations are so the transitions work smoothly,” she said, adding that changing to recess before lunch will impact most every school employee, so communication with everyone is important. Teller said that “having intentional transitions and understanding of expectations can help a lot. They can help mitigate the craziness and decrease their excitement from the playground into focusing on lunch and study.” Playworks Utah Program Director Ashley Engeler said her organization supports recess first, with intentional transitions to calming students as they enter the cafeteria and from there to the classroom. As a Playworks coach previously at two schools, Engeler said she would often try to calm students in line with “three deep volcano breaths” before entering the lunchroom. “With recess first, it’s less chaotic, less food waste, behaviors go down and students are more highly engaged when they return

HANDWASHING

According to Action for Healthy Kids, “Handwashing is important for food safety and students should wash hands before eating, especially during cold and flu season.” Making sure students washed their hands after recess before lunch was a concern of Crescent Elementary teacher Cindy Carling. At Sprucewood, they address that issue. After students enter the building, and before they reach the cafeteria, students are given a squirt of hand sanitizer. Some school administrators acknowl-

edge it is an added expense and there may be school district guidelines about which brands of sanitizers they can use, so even if hand sanitizer is donated, they may not be able to use it. Other schools have solved this issue by routing their students through restrooms to get to the lunchroom or have set up a wash station in the cafeteria itself.

OTHER CONCERNS

Montague said Crescent had goals in mind when they tested recess first. “We changed our lunch at the beginning of the year, with a focus on de-escalating behaviors so that students weren’t bringing playground drama into the classroom, (they had) longer time to eat and (we were able to handle) discipline from the playground during lunchroom time instead of class time,” she said. “We changed back because behaviors were escalated — once kids were done eating there was nowhere for them to go and nothing to do — and as fall started to approach, I became more aware of students that do not have proper attire for being outside for the winter. All students had to go to recess with the new way; changing back allowed students to remain inside as long as they are quietly talking to friends and seated.” She also said her school “actually lost

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to their classrooms,” she said. “If they don’t (have recess first), students throw away more food, are apt to get in angrier moods, resulting in more behavioral problems, and they trickle to transition into the classroom.” Woodstock Elementary in Murray has recess first. Woodstock Principal Brenda Byrnes says students are able to get their energy out so they come in hungrier and then when they return to the classroom, they are calmer. “We teach them about self-regulation so they know how much time they have to play outside, but also how they manage their time to eat their proteins and drink milk in the cafeteria,” she said. “It has become a smoother transition for us and a lot less waste.” Granite School District Director of Children Nutrition Dana Adams said that recess before lunch “has always been tossed around.” “At the central kitchen, we haven’t seen an increase (of food consumption with recess before lunch) that we can track,” she said. “It’s a decision for our principals and our communities to decide which works best for them.” l

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up with some free physical therapy. She did all her work for three months and at the end of that three months she was able to swim in the pool,” said Executive Director of Solstice Senior Living Sandy, Chris Hineman. Past the physical therapy and free skydiving, Solstice Senior Living strives to give residents a second family while still actively involving their first. “I feel like what we’re trying to create here is a real family-oriented atmosphere. Sometimes that can be a good and a bad thing, you know, some people fight like they’re family, but it’s really an atmosphere of love, learning, caring and respect for one

another, just being one giant family,” Hineman said. The living center gives residents more than a roof over their heads. Solstice Senior Living not only feels like home, it tastes like it too. “Sometimes, we’ll even do events where people have a specific recipe that they’ve grown up with or something they like and they have the opportunity to give the actual recipe to the chef,” Hineman said. Solstice Senior Living gives residents the life they’ve always wanted, encouraging an active lifestyle, listening to music altogether, playing games, giving a large open green space to walk through and even put-

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Local runner turns childhood illness into fitness motivation By Jess Nielsen Beach | j.beach@mycityjournals.com You see them every time you drive down the street: runners, of all shapes and sizes, pounding the pavement in snow or shine. For Jill Wilkins, a West Valley resident, you’re more likely to see her at a more elevated level.

Rather than let her illness defeat her, she used it as a way to better herself. “I always loved the strength of runners. You’ll be driving and see people running in bad weather and think, ‘wow, good for you!’ I wanted to be the strong one, beWilkins, 39, grew to love trail running cause I’ve always been the sick one.” Although the fitness guru now has after a prolonged childhood illness. “I was really sick my whole life,” Wilkins years of training under her belt, it didn’t said. “I missed four years of school. I had come easy. Her first 5K was with her uncle, to have daily nutritional IVs and I was very who was nearing his fifties. Her only goal was to not let him beat her—which he did, unhealthy. I was always ‘the sick one.’”

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sooner than she expected. “We started running and an eighth of a mile in, not even a half mile, my uncle takes off,” Wilkins said. “There’s nothing more humbling than seeing your older uncle take off and there’s nothing you can do about it.” After finishing that race, Wilkins was determined to get better. She began to train and love the workout, and she wasn’t about to pay for a sitter. “It’s so simplistic.” Wilkins said, explaining her routine as a mom who loves to run. “You don’t need a babysitter for the gym, you’re not stuck in a room with sweaty, smelly people not knowing what to do and being intimidated. You just put one foot in front of the other.” Once her love of exercise was cemented, Wilkins began to explore the nearby mountains. “I’ve always loved hiking and running, and then I found trail running, which just combines it all.” In addition to the scenic views and fresh air, Wilkins is grateful for the easier toll trail running takes. Rather than the flat, monotonous pavement on roads and sidewalks, the dirt and snow serve as a cushion to not wear down as much. “I like the mountain running because it’s very hard to do, but it’s much easier on your body. It’s less impact. There’s also trail variances, there’s rocks, roots, ups, downs; you’re using all the parts of your legs and all different tendons.” If you’re looking to start trail running, or running in general, don’t be scared. According to Wilkins, there is one important factor if you decide to embrace the great outdoors, even in the snow. “Running is not for everybody, but hiking is for almost everybody. You can get enjoyment out of it and you don’t have to do hard hikes. It’s putting one foot in front of the other. If you have to take a breather, do it. Get yourself out and enjoy the moun-

Wilkins surfs down the mountain during the Brighton Cirque series race. (Photo courtesy Jill Wilkins)

tains. We are so lucky. There are so many people who pay to travel here and experience our trails, and they’re right here.” As for fellow moms with young children, she adds, “Most people think it’s complicated to get kids out, but it’s really not. It’s no different than going sledding or seeing the lights at Temple Square. Warm clothes, snacks if they’re hungry, and hand warmers.” If you’re ready to get out there, Wilkins recommends checking online for avalanche dangers as well as consulting the app, All Trails. “All Trails will filter hikes, show the distance, elevation gain, etc. That way you can see oh, this will be an easy trail verses something more challenging.” Wilkins said. “If you have a pair of hiking boots, you’re fine. Just pick a trail that doesn’t have a lot of steepness. I like trekking poles, they’re great for balance. In the snow, you might be a little off, so pull out your poles and get going.” For more fitness inspiration and photos of Utah’s most stunning views, you can follow Wilkins’ Instagram page: jillrwilkins.

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Winter sports for the non-skier: Wasatch Front offers plenty of alternatives for outdoor fun By Joshua Wood | joshw@mycityjournals.com

Sledding takes off when there is fresh snow. (Joshua Wood/City Journals)

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Kids ready to take off after a storm. (Joshua Wood/ City Journals)

The ski season got off to a solid start in Utah with a late November storm piling over 3 feet at many resorts as they opened. That should come as great news for skiers, but what about Utah’s non-skiers? Do they wait until spring and summer for warm weather outdoor activities?

from $13 to around $25 per day. Many of the shops that sell and rent ski gear also rent snowshoes. From REI or your local ski shop, it is relatively easy to get a pair of snowshoes and poles and try it out. “Snowshoes are good,” said Alan Greenberg at Cottonwood Cyclery in Cottonwood Heights. “They’re low cost, it’s fun, it’s something to do outside. You don’t have to wait in line, the trails are free.” While the number of snowshoe rentals is fairly low from his experience, Dailey said he rents snowshoes to couples looking for something different to do on a date, or to older customers seeking low-impact snow sports. “It still gets you in the mountains, you still get to see cool stuff, and you’re not fighting the crowds,” Dailey said. “In the summer, you have all those hiking trails available. In the winter there are way less crowds.”

While that certainly is an option, there are a lot of other things Utah’s outdoors offer. From hitting the trails on snowshoes or darting downhill on a sled at the neighborhood park, getting outside this winter is easy thanks to the Wasatch Front’s accessible outdoor wonders.

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Snowshoeing presents a low impact and relatively low-cost alternative to skiing. People can enjoy the crisp, clean air of the mountains at a fraction of the cost of skiing. Snowshoes help people access nearby trails without the same crowds they might encounter during summer. It is increasing in popularity, too. According to statistics, 3.7 million people snowshoed in the United States in 2017, up from 2.4 million in 2007. “It’s a great alternative,” said Mike Dailey at the Wasatch Powder House in Holladay. “I’ll send people to Millcreek Canyon because you don’t have all the ski traffic. There are a lot of trails up there. You can also go to the quarry in Little Cottonwood.” Snowshoe rentals in the area range

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Winter sports can be about more than snow

Ice skating presents a timeless way to enjoy winter sports. From the indoor rink at the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center to the Olympic Oval in Kearns or outdoor rinks when they can be found, skating helps bring people together. Greenberg of Cottonwood Cyclery is passionate about skating and has visions of expanding access to ice skating in Cottonwood Heights. “It’s easy in the summer to make excuses to go outside and do something, but in the winter, it’s really hard,” Greenberg said. “My son plays hockey and

Locals flock to parks with steep hills after a snowstorm. (Joshua Wood/City Journals)

goes to Hillcrest. If there’s an outdoor rink, he would skate there. He might meet some Brighton kids. Something like that brings a community together. That’s important.” With sparks flying as he sharpened a customer’s skate in his shop, Greenberg talked about his vision for an outdoor ice skating rink as the centerpiece of a winter haven in Cottonwood Heights. Put it near a sledding hill, add food trucks and outdoor concerts, and the whole community could take part in winter sports right in town. “Any ice sport is a hidden sport,” Greenberg said. “It’s tucked away in a rink. You really have to seek it out. You’re never going to stumble upon it. In the Midwest and the Northeast, where they have that stuff, you have communities that run into each other, and it’s out there. Who knows how many kids would see a rink and say, ‘Mom I want to play hockey or I want to figure skate.’” For those who do skate, Cottonwood Cyclery sells, repairs, and sharpens skates for hundreds of people in the area. “I’d love to have an opportunity down here, right in the middle, where people driving by look and say, let’s buy a couple of cheap hockey sticks and we’ll go dink around on the ice,” Greenberg said.

very popular among the mountain biking community,” said Sydney Ricketts of Trek Bicycle in Cottonwood Heights. “There’s definitely a large mountain biking community in Salt Lake. Fat biking is popular among mountain bikers because not many people do it so you don’t get the crowds like the ski resorts do in winter.” The large, wide tires on a fat bike are great for riding over loose terrain like snow. They tend to require a larger frame, particularly the fork, than most mountain bikes can accommodate. Fat bike enthusiasts find uses for them year round. “Some people are all about the fat biking,” Ricketts said. “They can definitely be a year-round bike. The traction, and the tires since they are so big, you can run them at a lower PSI. Since they’re so high volume they can act like suspension, if you will.” In the summer, fat bikes are popular for bikepacking, which is essentially backpacking by bike. The fat tires are great for rough trails and work as well in desert sand as on the winter snow. Fat biking also offers a winter alternative to skiing when the snow might not be so great. One limitation of winter fat biking is finding suitable trails. “Trails need to be maintained,” Greenberg said. “You can’t just fat bike on loose snow.” A big, fat winter spin on summer sports Not to worry. One way to find good The ice and snow don’t have to put off traditionally summer sports completely. trails for fat biking is to piggyback on anOne alternative that enthusiasts in the area other winter sport. “I see a lot of people enjoy is fat biking. “Fat biking is definitely biking on snowmobiling trails like in the

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Another traditional summer activity that can be enjoyed in winter is fishing. Utah offers several good ice fishing spots less than an hour from the Salt Lake valley. (Photo courtesy Van Hoover)

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Classic winter activities never go out of style. Go to a park like Mountview Park in Cottonwood Heights or Aspen Meadows Park in Sandy after a snowstorm, and you will find plenty of people sledding the steepest hills. Sledding is a low-cost activity that families can enjoy close to home. “We’re here just to have fun with the family,” Monica Smith said as she watched her kids race down the hill at Aspen Meadows Park. “We’ll try to ski half a dozen times this year, but we probably sled more.” People of all ages dart down snowy hills each winter, but sledding definitely seems to be about kids. It is a way for families to make the most of newly fallen snow and get outside during the winter months. “I don’t ski; this is it,” said Levi Ortega. “It’s all about my kids. There’s no skiing or snowboarding for me. We just sled.” Inexpensive sleds of various designs, from plastic or foam to inflatable tubes,

are widely available in stores. More elaborate sleds are also an option. “A wooden toboggan? I can get them,” Greenberg of Cottonwood Cyclery said. “Think what a killer Christmas gift that would be. It would be really cool to have.”

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Another traditional summer activity that can be enjoyed in winter is fishing. Utah offers several good ice fishing spots less than an hour from the Salt Lake valley. “Rockport (State Park) is a great place,” said Karson Ranck of Fish Tech in Holladay. “It has some nice perch and rainbow trout. And it’s just 30 minutes away. There’s Jordanelle (State Park), and Strawberry (Reservoir) is really popular.” The main obstacle to ice fishing, aside from getting over the idea of sitting in the cold for hours waiting for a bite, is getting through the ice. To do the job, people can opt for an old-fashioned manual auger or a powered one to drill a hole for their lines. Manual augers run around $70 at Fish Tech, while powered augers can cost $600. Ice fishing is another way to enjoy recreation areas without the crowds. There are multiple online resources to check on temperatures and ice conditions before venturing out. Making sure the ice is suitably thick for fishing is, of course, a key safety measure. It is also a good idea to research specific locations on the lake before drilling holes. Since finding a place to fish takes a lot more work when you have to auger a hole, it helps to make a plan of action ahead of time.

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Snowshoes offer a low-cost way to explore nearby trails in winter. (Photo courtesy of John Dehlin)

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Other winter sport activities that can be enjoyed include curling, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and more. There are also opportunities to put a winter spin on more traditionally warm weather activities like running and various team sports. Utah is renowned for its winter recreation, but there is much more to do on the Greatest Snow on Earth than just skiing.

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Do you have what it takes to be a professional hockey ref? By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com Did you hear about the professional hockey game where not one fight broke out? If you did, please let Jim McKenna know, because he probably would have loved to referee that game. Hockey, after all, is the only sport with a penalty box (a temporary detention cell) and requires its referees to match the toughness of its competitors. McKenna, while dodging hockey pucks and punches during the night, works during the day in the information technology world as an I.T. solution manager for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a profession he has had for the last 20 years. On top of all of that, he serves in the bishopric of his Murray congregation. “I started officiating when I was 24. I was married and going to school and needed a way to make some extra money,” McKenna said. “I was always hard on the refs when I played, always thought they did a poor job. One of them told me to give it a try if I thought I could do better.” The Skyline High graduate grew up playing hockey; he started at age 6. When the ice rink was not available, he and his brothers played street hockey. After graduating from the University of Utah, he continued playing hockey in recreation leagues and decided he could, indeed, do a better

job than other referees could. “I learned very quickly; it is a lot harder than it looks. But, I loved being involved, and it was a great way to make extra money. Later on, I kept doing it because I loved working in high-level games. I have also come to meet and get to know a lot of great people,” McKenna said. To be a professional hockey referee, you go through a process similar to the players. First, you are selected to work in developmental leagues and junior leagues, such as the USHL or NAHL. Referees are then hired to work minor professional hockey, such as the East Coast Hockey League and American Hockey League; then the National Hockey League hires the top refs of those leagues. McKenna officiates many of the Utah Grizzlies games and minor league teams in Idaho. According to McKenna, “I was older when I started working, and so I never had the desire to move my wife to the Midwest or back East to work hockey games. Most of the refs spend several years traveling around working games to get a shot at the pro level. I was happy and lucky enough to get to work here in Utah.” McKenna typically draws the linesman assignment, meaning his primary responsibility is watching for violations involving the

center line and the blue line, and infractions including icing and offsides, after which the linesman conduct face-offs. McKenna is also expected to break up scuffles, fistfights and other altercations that occur during the game. His day job of working with computers and, if you will, his weekend job (working as a leader in his LDS ward) are, without question, vastly different. “Dealing with players, no matter what the level of play—college, pro, or youth— you always have to be the adult and be in control, you can’t let your emotions get to you. I have found my faith and perspective helps me do that. “Yes, hockey is probably one of the most colorful sports, language-wise. I have found that the older I get, the less I care about what I am being called or what the fans, coaches or players yell. I have found if I can find the humor in all the craziness, it helps.” McKenna calls working the Salt Lake City 2002 Olympics Games the highlight of his career. He called many pre-Olympic matches and assisted the international referees with all the games. “I worked as a linesman during the 2002 Paralympic Games. I lined the bronze medal game between Sweden and Cana-

Professional hockey referee Jim McKenna, in stripes, clears out of the way after conducting a face-off. (Photo courtesy Jim McKenna)

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Draper’s CERT program prepares neighborhoods for disaster By Stephanie Yrungaray | s.yrungaray@mycityjournals.com

[Emergency preparedness] is like planning for a party that you hope never happens,” said Draper resident Mavis Glad. We’ve all heard the warnings that the “big quake” is just around the corner. According to recent studies by the Utah Geological Survey and U.S. Geological Survey, there is a 50% chance that Utah will experience a damaging earthquake within the next 50 years. Throughout Draper and the state of Utah, people are at various stages of being prepared for a natural disaster. Some people have hardly begun, while others have stockpiled essential food, water and other supplies. Many people assess their level of emergency preparedness from an individual or family standpoint, but have you considered what would happen to your neighbors in the event of an earthquake or other natural disasters? Or who would help you if you were unable to help yourself?

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“People often have a misconception about the government’s role in a disaster,” said Joe Dougherty, public information officer for Utah’s Division of Emergency Management. “They think ‘The government will be able to rescue me and rebuild my house.’ Some of those things are possible but they are not guaranteed.” Glad, a lifelong Draper resident and champion of emergency preparedness, said you can’t depend on someone else to take care of you in an emergency. “FEMA might be able to help after a couple of weeks,” said Glad. “We need to be responsible for ourselves and our families, we need to have a plan. People aren’t thinking about where their drinking water will come from, or what they will do if they can’t flush their toilets or get rid of waste for two weeks.” With over 40,000 residents and limited emergency responders, city leaders in Draper are encouraging community preparedness by providing training through the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. “[CERT is] a great program,” said David Dobbins, Draper city manager. “The more prepared the residents of Draper are, the better off everyone will be in case of an emergency.”

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The CERT program was started in California in 1986 as a way to bridge the gap between a large-scale disaster and the availability of local emergency help. It is now a nationwide program that includes training for residents to learn what to do “during and immediately following major disasters before first responders can reach the affected areas.” Over 250 residents have been trained through Draper’s CERT program since it started in 2006.

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Steve Carn, who has been a resident of Draper for 10 years, recently completed the CERT training in Draper. “It is very well organized,” Carn said. “I really believe it is a gap filler. It’s a way to get things set up and going right away in order to help your neighbors before the state and federal emergency people can get to them.” Participation in CERT training in Draper costs $30 and includes instruction on disaster preparedness, fire suppression, medical operations, light search and rescue operations, psychology and team organization as well as a disaster simulation. While the CERT program educates residents and provides a recommended neighborhood framework, it is then up to individuals to take this information back to their community and establish and maintain a neighborhood or area unit emergency response plan. One Draper neighborhood shows emergency preparedness at its finest In the neighborhood near 13300 South and east of Highland Drive in Draper, several individuals have taken their CERT training and created a stellar example of both community and preparedness. Carmen Roark, who has lived in Draper for 15 years, began her foray into emergency preparedness after being asked to volunteer her time as the communications expert for her local congregation in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She got her ham radio operator license and completed a CERT class in preparation for her role. “I felt as though a great responsibility had been given to me,” said Roark. “Technically I was communications but it grew from there because there wasn’t one specific person manning the ship.” In her CERT training, Roark learned that Draper had divided the city into 10 districts comprised of smaller area units or neighborhoods. “For the most part you are given this knowledge and everyone has their own assignment and will put this information to use how they want to,” Roark said. Roark took her assignement seriously and visited the approximately 150 homes located in her neighborhood to gather information. She compiled this information into a binder including the number of people in each household and noting any special needs, skills or equipment. Following CERT and city recommendations, she enlisted the help of 15 volunteer “block captains” who were assigned to monitor between 10–12 houses each. With the help of what Roark calls an emergency preparedness team, including neighbor Debbie Elggren and Roark’s husband Joe, emergency binders were created for all of the homes in their area unit, with more detailed binders for each block captain. They also included informational magnets

Neighborhood emergency preparedness coordinator Steve Carn hands out new Draper City emergency preparedness pamphlet to neighbor Jim Chesley. (Stephanie Yrungaray/City Journals)

listing seven things to do in the case of an area-wide emergency. Each binder included a set of colored cards for homeowners to hang on their door after a disaster. “Our zone hands out colored cards that we ask people to store underneath their sink for easy access,” explained Carn. “If there is an emergency, there is a different color for each situation that you place on your front door so volunteers and rescuers can make a quick assessment and don’t have to unduly search homes.” Through the support of local religious leaders, Roark’s team was also able to purchase first aid supplies and equipment like crowbars and cribbing, which they have stored at three locations in their neighborhood and in a city-provided CERT trailer.

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Another impressive element of preparedness in the Corner Canyon Emergency District is their communications set-up. Glad, who serves as the chair for the district, has several ham radio antennas stretching high above her home, which on a clear day give her the ability to communicate nearly anywhere in the world using her high-frequency ham radio. Every Thursday Glad, as the district chair, hosts a weekly ham radio check-in or “net.” Roark is one of the regulars for the weekly role call which is done, in part, to keep up skills and prepare for a time when a disaster makes their ability to communicate via ham radio an incredibly valuable asset. “One of the things people don’t think about is the fact that in every major disaster the thing that has failed every single time is

communication,” Glad said. “The cell towers may be standing but it doesn’t take much to overload and systems shut down. With ham radio we do high frequency and can send information all over. Communication will be vitally important.” Roark went beyond the ham radio component to ensure that she was in regular communication with her neighbors. She set up a way to communicate via text with all of the area unit members and sends regular updates with pertinent information. “I let them know if there is an emergency, mail theft, fire on the mountain, mudslide warnings or any other important things they need to know,” Roark said. “One lady told me she was moving a refrigerator and saw my name on caller ID and put down the refrigerator to answer. She said, ‘If Carmen is calling it is important, she doesn’t do frivolous.’ I was so flattered because I’m so protective of having people’s personal information.” Jim Chesley said they were amazed by all of the emergency preparation when they first moved into their home. “It has turned out to be a really fantastic thing. I can’t believe how efficient it is. It’s amazing how fast word travels and gets out and makes everybody aware.” All of the area units in the Corner Canyon Emergency District also have designated walkie-talkie frequencies to use in the event of an emergency.

THE PLAN AND THE PROBLEM

“If there is a disaster the first thing we all will do is make sure our own family and house are okay,” said Carn, who has recently taken over responsibility for the area unit from Roark. “Next we gather the emergency

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supplies, and if we are able to, we haul the CERT trailer to the nearby church building which serves as our district’s command center. We expect the block captains to assess their area and report. Then as people start showing up to volunteer we give assignments depending on the disaster and how many people are hurt.” All of the education, communication and preparation has this pocket of Draper prepared for any emergency on a community level. But no matter how prepared the areas and districts are, a huge amount of overal emergency readiness depends on individuals. “We have all of this compelling information but we can’t make anyone personally prepare,” Roark said. “I think the biggest challenge is getting people interested and convincing them that there is a need [for preparedness],” Glad said. “There is a ton of information available but it is hard to convince people to be prepared for something that they don’t want to happen.” Dougherty said many people feel overwhelmed with the work and cost of preparing and think in a worst-case earthquake scenario that they might not be around to need emergency supplies. “Earthquake modeling shows us 99% of people [in Utah] will survive,” said Dougherty. “What quality of life do you want to have in the aftermath? Do you want to be a helper or do you want to be relying on help from others? Remember we are pretty much all going to survive.” Experts agree that it is a good idea to

take on one element of emergency preparedness at a time when preparing yourself or your family. “With so many options for preparing, the way to have a little bit of sanity is to just do one thing,” Dougherty said. “Start very small with something simple like strapping your hot water heater to the studs so it doesn’t fall over in an earthquake.” CERT training can be a valuable resource for individuals wanting to organize themselves or their neighborhood. “CERT helps you learn general preparedness and makes you confident in going out and helping other people,” Glad said. “The outcome of the disaster is determined by your preparation before it happens.” Working hard behind the scenes in this Draper neighborhood, Roark, Glad, Elggren and Carn may never have to put all of this preparation to use. But they have peace of mind knowing they are ready to help themselves and their neighbors if the necessity arises. “In an emergency I think that everybody will come together and help,” Roark said. For more information about Draper’s CERT program, go to www.draper.ut.us/ CERT or email CERT@draper.ut.us. For general emergency preparedness information go For more information about Draper’s CERT program, go to www.draper.ut.us/ CERT or email CERT@draper.ut.us. For general emergency preparedness information go to beready.utah.gov. l

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amplight Theatre Co. at Draper Historic Theatre is kicking off 2020 with a musical comedy blast from the past, “Lucky Stiff.” The wacky, fast-paced farce, which premiered off-Broadway in 1988, shares a slightly similar plot point with the movie comedy “Weekend at Bernie’s,” which landed in theaters a year later. “Lucky Stiff” tells the twisted tale of Harry, a mild-mannered British shoe salesman who learns that he has inherited $6 million from a long-lost uncle in America. To collect the inheritance, however, he must take his uncle on one last trip to Monte Carlo — or lose the money to a dog shelter in Brooklyn.  Harry, however, is not the only one chasing after his uncle’s millions. He lands in Monte Carlo with the corpse in a wheelchair hotly pursued by a rep from the dog shelter, a nearly blind woman who thinks the uncle is her boyfriend, a guy on the run from a hitman and a gold-digger.  “It’s like ‘It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,’” said Jessica Duncan, who plays the supposed girlfriend. “Everyone’s trying to get the money. It’s full of unexpected moments.”  Dave Trammell, who is tackling the role of Luigi, a flashy Italian tour guide, agreed. “There are a lot of surprises, twists and turns. The pace is frenetic and there are a lot of running jokes,” Trammell said. “The music tells the story. Be prepared to be surprised!”  “The dynamics between the characters is really fun,” said Ross Adamson. He plays the hapless Vinnie who is literally running for his life. “Then there’s the whole premise of carting around a dead guy,” he added. “It’s just so silly!” director Royce Redford summed up.  “That’s what makes it so fun!” said Krystal Funk.  Funk is enjoying her first lead role in a musical as Annabel, a shy woman who is devoted to saving the dogs at the shelter. That is, until she meets Harry. “Once she meets Harry, she realizes that there is more to life than dogs,” Funk said. For some of the cast members, the greatest — and most fun — challenge is getting to play a character that is opposite from their actual personalities.  The brassy, gun-toting Rita LaPorta is “opposite of who I am,” Duncan said. “This role is challenging me to get out of my shell.” Daniel Bradley, in the lead role as Harry, said he is enjoying playing such a funny guy. “I get to be someone else,” Bradley said with a smile. “He’s a dog-hater. I definitely am not.”  In addition, “Almost everybody is playing more than one role,” Trammell said.  The actors also get to put on various accents in this show. Harry is British while other characters have New York accents. Luigi is Italian. “It’s fun to see how many accents and personalities come out in the show,” Trammell said. The camaraderie among the actors is

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By Katherine Weinstein | katherine@mycityjournals.com palpable. Bradley is enjoying working with his fellow cast members. “There’s a lot of good talent here,” he said. “We’ve instantly connected as friends,” Funk added.  Bradley encourages audiences to check out this lesser-known musical farce. “There are a lot of good laughs ahead,” he said. Lamplight Theatre Co. is under the umbrella of Draper Historic Theatre and stages material that is a little more geared toward teen and adult audiences.  “Lucky Stiff,” by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, will be presented at Draper Historic Theatre Jan. 10-27. Draper Historic Theatre is located at 12366 South 900 East in Draper. For online ticket purchases and more information, visit www.drapertheatre. org or call 801-572-4144 during the run of the show l

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City council arrivals and departures By Mimi Darley Dutton | m.dutton@mycityjournals.com

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first-time father, a first-time grandfather and an incumbent with deep Draper roots will take the city council oath in early January. Two with similar last names but no relation will sit behind the dais and two familiar council members chose not to run for re-election. Pam Tueller of the Salt Lake County Clerk’s office said 7,970 ballots were cast in the November election representing just shy of 34% of registered voters in Draper. Tueller said voter turnout is closer to 50% in mayoral elections and that Draper has seen an increase of registered voters in the last four years, now totaling 23,538. Marsha Vawdrey garnered the most votes in this city council election, nearly 22%. “I was impressed with so many really good candidates who put their names in. I thought we had some awesome choices. And there were wonderful people who didn’t win,” Vawdrey said. This was her second official campaign. She was first appointed to the city council for 2014–15 to fill the vacancy created when Troy Walker was elected mayor. Then she ran for and won the 2016–19 term and she’ll now serve another four years. Vawdrey has lived in Draper for 50 years and raised her four daughters here. Prior to being on the council, she served as secretary for the fundraising committee to build the historic park and she also worked with other residents to get the $7 million bond passed to purchase Corner Canyon. “There was a whole plan for a subdivision up there — that’s what got me involved in helping pass that bond,” she said. Vawdrey and her husband, Doug, worked on the Draper Days rodeo for seven years together and she has eight years of planning commission experience. “It helps you understand what the city can and can’t do and what applicants can and can’t do. It’s a good opportunity to have the experience of actually having to vote on things and realizing there are so many sides

and you can’t please everyone,” she said of being on the planning commission. Vawdrey knows that improved communication between the city and the residents is important, so she helped start the brown bag lunches with council members after a resident suggested the idea. She said the city is now doing monthly emails, they will soon be getting a new website, and she hopes the city will do town halls in different areas to improve communication. In 2020 she wants to incorporate a celebration of the 19th amendment into Draper Days. “I think about it as a female council member that it’s only been 100 years in our country that women have been able to vote. It’s cool to think about and it’s something to celebrate,” she said. Fred Lowry got just over 20% of the vote. He was reluctant to run because he values his privacy and that of his family, but he felt compelled to help the city at this time. “For all the candidates that ran, I have great respect for their willingness to put their face out and their life out for the betterment of the city,” he said. “The reason I ran is I sincerely care about Draper. I don’t have any personal agenda or ambitions of a political career. My only agenda is to help support and continue to build the city that I love and care about.” Lowry ran a campaign with focal points using the letters in his name: F for forward thinking —“We can’t change certain things that have occurred, but we can at least do our best to learn from the past and plan better going forward.” R for respect for all — “Everyone needs to be heard. We aren’t going to always agree, but we can at least have respectful conversations. We need to celebrate the differences that we all have. It’s through those differences that we’ll be able to come up with the best solutions for our city.” E for environment, which to Lowry means not just being green with things like parks, trails and clean air, but also being

aware of physical and mental health. D is for Draper doorway — Lowry hopes to positively influence the development of the prison site. “We have one opportunity to do it and make sure it’s done correctly. I’m committed to work collaboratively with the state in helping ensure that development complements what we have here in Draper and will allow us to fulfill some of the pressure for condensed housing to be located near mass transit and areas that it can more adequately fit,” he said. Like Vawdrey, Lowry previously served on the planning commission. He and his wife, Jill, moved to Draper 22 years ago and raised their six children here. They just became grandparents for the first time to a baby named Lincoln Landon Lowry. “The name is special to us because Landon is named after our third son that we lost to suicide two and a half years ago,” he said. Lowry said the low voter turnout in this election surprised him after he met so many people who voiced hopes and concerns for the city. He also discovered there are divisions among different areas of the city while campaigning. “I would like to bring all sides of our community together,” he said. Cal Roberts will be the youngest council member at age 30. He garnered 19% of the vote. He was campaigning and knocking on doors as he prepared to become a dad for the first time as well as after the August arrival of his son, Solomon. Roberts and his wife, Lizzie, live with their son in SunCrest and that is how he first became involved in city politics. He was appointed by the city council to serve on a taxpayer advocate board for the SunCrest community beginning January 2019, a position he’ll vacate now that he’s part of the council. “Nobody was volunteering, so I thought what the heck, I’ll throw my hat in the ring and maybe it’s a small way I can serve my community. We were able to come to a productive, amicable agreement with the

city to take some of the funds from the city and from the district’s extra tax to fix and maintain some of the roads up there,” he said. Roberts said he used to go to Draper Days every summer while a student at BYU. “I loved the small-town feel of the city,” he said. That led he and his wife to purchase their first home here. But he’s quick to say he doesn’t just represent SunCrest. “I thought there was a real gap between where the residents wanted their city to go and where the city was going, such as how do we balance growth and protecting our small-town feel, infrastructure and traffic congestion. I sensed I could fill in that gap. Some friends encouraged me to run and I went for it,” he said. After college, Roberts worked on Wall Street and then in Los Angeles in investment banking for venture capital and private equity companies. “I had a strong desire to get back to Utah and I got an itch to start my own business, so I started acquiring small business.” He operates, owns and manages a portfolio of fitness studios and fast food restaurants throughout the Salt Lake Valley. “I learned we need to start thinking smaller in our politics and more hyper-local. What really stood out to me as I knocked on over 6,000 doors was every neighborhood has their own specific issues that matter to them,” Roberts said. Those include dust and air pollution coming from Geneva, traffic around American Preparatory Academy and the roundabout and traffic on 1300 East. “How are we going to fix those problems people face on a daily basis? Tackling those specific problems is going to be important to us,” he said. Roberts would also like to see neighborhood zones with leaders who collect information and act as a liaison to the city government, following a similar program in Provo, for improved communication. After an accident that left his adult son paralyzed from the waist down, Alan Summerhays opted not to run for office again af-

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ter serving 12 years. “I feel he’s going to need my full attention in order to walk again,” he said. Summerhays moved here as a child. “When I grew up Draper was A5, which was one home for five acres,” he said. He and his wife, Kristine, raised their six children here, though they lost a son at age 4 in a drowning accident at Lake Powell. “All of my kids and grandchildren live in Draper which is very nice,” he said. More than 40 years ago, Summerhays helped gather signatures to incorporate Draper as a city. He also volunteered to help the fire and police services in the past. “When the siren blew, all the volunteers would come a runnin’. We just helped out any way we could,” he said. Summerhays said the traffic that came once schools were built was the biggest change he saw in his time on the council. He was a proponent of the city having its own fire and police departments. “We get better service,” he said. He feels his biggest challenge was the Traverse Ridge Special Service District (TRSSD). “That’s the biggest problem I can see for this city council, to make those people understand that tax has to be paid for the roads (repair and maintenance), snow removal and the lights, etc. They’ve already spent hundreds of thousands on attorney fees and all of it’s coming out of Draper City’s coffers, both the plaintiffs and the defendants, all citizens are paying for it,” Summerhays said. Parks and recreation were a big focus for Summerhays and he considers bringing Rhett

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Ogden to the city to run parks and recreation his biggest accomplishment. He’s also proud the city employs a ranger to protect the open space. Summerhays was involved in creating baseball fields and as result, the city just named the new baseball diamonds at Galena Park in his honor. “I was stunned and humbled that everybody thought that much of me to do that. It was a genuine thank-you from everybody in Draper. I’ve put in some 40 years and I’m still not done. I want to still be active with the city,” he said. Michele Weeks also chose not to run for re-election after one four-year term on the council. “I made this decision for many reasons. One was the death of my husband almost two years ago, the death of my best friend last summer and then with my mother having her stroke and just recently passing, I thought I needed to focus more on my family. The other aspect is the total lack of respect and cooperation I’ve gotten from the council,” Weeks said. Weeks first tried for the open council position that Vawdrey won in 2013, she ran for the state senate in 2014 and ran a campaign for mayor in 2017. She was first prompted to run for city council because she said she was frustrated with the traffic, the number of fast food restaurants and the disregard for parking as well as a lack of communication from the city. “As you run for office you have a louder voice and you’re able to have a dialog with people one-on-one. I believe that’s part of the problem with our city, our state and the nation. As a council member, I believe my job is to be the voice of the people and that caused strife among my fellow city council members

and mayor. It wasn’t always easy,” she said. Weeks considers her “What’s Draper Up To” Facebook page to be one of her biggest accomplishments. “The council and mayor sued me for that for an ethics violation. I spent thousands of dollars defending myself. I understand citizens are busy with their lives, but they need to do the research to find out what the city is doing and most people don’t have time for that. I thought it was my job to give the citizens an easy format to understand what the city was doing and how it was going to affect their lives,” she said. She also worked on designing the right-hand turn lane from 1300 East onto Highland and encouraged walking and equestrian trails as well as dog parks. On balancing growth and development she said, “I’m not against development, but I’m for quality of life. I’ve always been a strong voice for making sure we have developments that enhance our quality of life.” Weeks stated that her biggest challenge was the mayor and the council. “They would purposely keep me out of meetings, keep information from me. If they didn’t like my voice, they would make lawsuits against me,” she said, adding that residents she was working with received threatening notes from city council members to back off. “It’s hard to beat a lawsuit when they’re using taxpayer money to sue and I’m putting thousands of dollars out of my personal money just to defend myself. And it got more brutal after my husband died,” she said. “I’ve learned that I’m much stronger than I once thought I was. The political needle is difficult to swing but I do believe I was able to improve the communications and hopefully sustain some of the quality of life of Draper residents even though we are a rapidly growing city,” she said. As for future plans, Weeks said she plans to remain local and to enjoy her kids while they’re still in high school. Asked if politics are in her future she replied, “I never say never.” Both Lowry and Roberts were given advice as they begin their time on the council. Roberts was encouraged to learn as much as possible and build relationships with other members of the council to have unity. “We may not always agree, but to always respect your colleagues and assume good about their intentions. I think if we can do that, I think this coming city council can be very effective in solving issues that face Draper residents,” Roberts said. “You need to be prepared to listen, develop tough skin and don’t become emotionally attached to the decisions that are made. Do what’s going to be the best for the city as a whole,” Lowry said. “I felt like my institutional knowledge would be important right now. We’re going to have a really new council. I think it’s important to have a little continuity, so I wanted to stay another term to bring that continuity,” Vawdrey said. l

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there’s the added benefit of keeping things from the landfills. 3. We fix it before we replace them. When something breaks, we don’t throw it away immediately. We assess and research whether the item can be repaired to extend its lifespan. We are also inclined to do it ourselves as opposed to hiring things out. 4. We give our kids less stuff. Frugal kids don’t have a lot of toys. We as parents expect our kids to learn to be creative with less. We pass on buying the trendy clothing for our kids and teach them at an early age to earn, manage and respect their own money. 5. We take advantage of community events. Utah has an amazing amount of

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nless you’ve been living in the Gobi Desert, hiding from the toxic political atmosphere, you’re well aware that Bravo will air the “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” in 2020. As if 2020 wasn’t going to be terrible enough. If you’re not familiar with the intellectual and thought-provoking series, executive producer Andy Cohen flies to town in his invisible helicopter, rounds up glamourous white women, tells them to act like idiots, then throws a diamond necklace into a swimming pool to watch them jump in wearing slinky evening gowns. It started in 2006 with “The Real Housewives of Orange County” and then spread like the plague through New York, Atlanta, Beverly Hills and other unsuspecting cities. In any given episode, you can expect nanny drama, coiffed eyebrows, white woman problems, plastic surgery cleavage, mean gossip, pouty lips, cats, jewelry for cats, catty behavior and lots of big hair. Buy why Utah? Well, the series tends to be overwhelmingly white, so I guess Utah makes sense. And I’ve heard that some women in Utah live glamourous lives in upper-class communities. That rules me out. My glamourous life consists of digging through laundry for a pair of matching socks. What I want to see is “The REAL Real Housewives of Salt Lake City.” Episode #1: Judy is late for church. She’s

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