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The former Unified Fire Authority stations, owned by Draper City, will now house the new Draper Fire Department (Maridene Alexander/Draper City)

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Big changes keep Draper moving forward By Kelly Cannon |kelly@mycityjournals.com

Assistant Chief Michael Kelsey addresses the city council, asking them not to leave the United Fire Authority. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)


ver the course of 2016, Draper City and its residents saw major changes in not only city planning and infrastructure but also in its open spaces and commercial and residential development. Major decisions made by the Draper City Council included where new high-density housing will go, where people can take their dogs and, most importantly, the decision to leave Unified Fire Authority and create the Draper Fire Department. Additionally, the eventual move of the Utah State Prison looms over all the commercial and residential decisions. The decisions made by the council were not always easy but all the councilmembers have strived to do what is best for the city. Leaving Unified Fire Authority The decision to leave Unified Fire Authority and create a city fire department was not without controversy. The Draper City Council reached its decision during the Aug. 16 meeting in a vote of four to one with Councilwoman Michele Weeks being the only opposed vote. During the city council meeting, many residents and members of UFA spoke to the council asking to either reconsider or delay the vote so both the city and UFA could enter negotiations. Jeremy Robertson, president of the Salt Lake County International Association of Firefighters, addressed the council as a representative of the UFA. “We make no mistake. We understand this is a council decision. We understand that you will make a decision collectively for the citizens of Draper and that it is our obligation as your fire department to present a quality product at a reasonable price that the citizens can afford. We’re committed to that,” Robertson said. The decision was made that Draper would leave UFA within 12 months. According to Mayor Troy Walker, the idea of leaving UFA had been batted around since he was elected. “It was a discussion you always had to have because we were a contract city. There was always going to be this discussion,” Walker said. “When you see how effective your local police department is, you naturally think you can be just as effective as a local fire department.” Walker said the discussion on whether or not to leave was something that happened every year, even if it was just internal. “Every year, we’ve born an increase in the cost,” Walker said. “This just seemed like the time that made the most sense.” Councilman William Rappleye also said the decision seemed to have been made quickly but it was something the council had been talking about extensively for the past few years. Rappleye said the main motivation for leaving was cost control.

Clint Smith addresses the Draper City Council after being appointed the fire chief of the new Draper Fire Department. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)

“UFA was having a hard time keeping a lid on the cost,” Rappleye said. “Even with our own fire department now, it’s costly.” Walker said the cost was a primary factor in motivating the city to leave UFA since there was no way to control the cost. “We always had an increase and there was no way to stop it,” Walker said. The driving factor for leaving UFA for Walker was having local control over the department. Rappleye also said leaving the UFA wasn’t because they were dissatisfied with the service but rather, there was a lot of turmoil inside of UFA. Weeks, in a later interview, said she opposed the decision because she felt it was being made so quickly without the financial numbers and an explanation of how creating a city fire department would affect the safety of residents. “I said I was open to looking at it but I need numbers to make sure it’s not going to cost our tax payers more money and I’m also going to need to know the safety of Draper residents is going to be the same with our own Draper Fire Department,” Weeks said. Weeks claimed she did not receive the financial data until the Friday evening before the eventual Tuesday vote. There were also claims from UFA that the financial information provided to the council did not provide the whole picture. Weeks said she was also uncomfortable with the city leaving UFA in August when there was still a potential for wildfires within the city limits. According to Weeks, the month before the meeting, there was a wildfire above her home that threatened houses in her neighborhood. “There were so many issues that I wasn’t comfortable with,” Weeks said. During the August meeting, Weeks attempted to ask for a delay on the vote for six months until both sides could come together and discuss their options. However, the proposal failed to gain traction with the other members of the council. Clint Smith was appointed the fire chief for the new Draper City Fire Department during a September council meeting. Smith formerly work with UFA but Walker said his hiring as the fire chief didn’t have anything to do with him working for UFA but it all had to do with the type of person Smith is. “I did some research on some people that I trusted in the industry and I had some former fire chiefs and current fire chiefs that I talk to and they were very impressed with Clint,” Walker said. “They all thought he would be an outstanding person to do it.” Rappleye said it was a good break the city thought of Smith

Representatives from Jeunesse cut the ribbon to their new location in Draper. Jeunesse was one of several new businesses to come to Draper in 2016. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)

for the fire chief position. “It made so much sense. Here’s a man who grew up in Draper and knows Draper,” Rappleye said. The decision to leave UFA was almost inevitable, according to Rappleye. “As you grow as a city, that’s something you have to do. It’s one of those things where you need to have these certain things, like a hospital,” Rappleye said. “Those are the things that make you a city, that’s the change from a town.” Rappleye admitted it will be a challenge going forward but he said it was also a challenge when the city switched to its own police department. “If you look at our police departments now, it’s one of the best in the valley,” Rappleye said. The city council approved a budget amendment for hiring administration and fire chiefs during a December meeting. The department is currently buying equipment, including two fire engines and a ladder truck. Walker believes down the road, the department will purchase a wildland fire truck to help combat wildfires. The city will officially leave UFA on July 1, 2017. The Draper Fire Department will be a member of Metro Fire, a collection of various fire departments who assist each other on fires and wild fires. “At the end of the day, firefighters are firefighters,” Rappleye said. “They don’t’ let politics get in the way.” Dogs banned in Corner Canyon Over the course of two meetings in March, the Draper City Council voted to follow the advice of Water Pro and ban all dogs in Corner Canyon above the Bonneville Shoreline Trail. Water Pro, one of the water utility companies for Draper, had been working with city officials for years to keep the water clean while still allowing dogs in the area. However, Water Pro representatives expressed concern several times over the water contamination due to dog feces before the decision to ban dogs was enacted. Rappleye explained when Draper entered into agreement with Water Pro, they agreed to protect the watershed. “In many ways, we hadn’t been doing that,” Rappleye said. “There really wasn’t any choice. We could’ve been blocked from the water areas because we were in breach of that agreement.” According to Water Pro, other canyons and watersheds typically have a bacteria level of 50 parts per million. The bacteria levels in the Corner Canyon Watershed were at 1,200 parts per conitniued on next page…

D raperJournal.Com million. Rappleye said the high levels were a public danger and the city didn’t want to get anyone sick. The resulting ban included anywhere above the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, including Cherry Creek. In exchange for the ban, dogs were allowed on the Bonneville Shoreline Trail going north into Sandy. Rhett Ogden, the recreation director for Draper Parks and Recreation, explained the reason for choosing the Bonneville Shoreline Trail was because it was a simple line everyone could understand. Weeks had an issue with how the original proposal was presented to the council. According to Weeks, Walker had the item listed on the agenda as an action item, rather than a public hearing item. This meant there would be no public comment at the meeting. “I’m all about transparency in our government. And whether we decide for or against a situation, we need to have our residents be included and feel like their voices are being listened to,” Weeks said. “Let’s let our residents know what is going on.” Walker did change the agenda item to a public hearing, where the council heard from residents on both sides of the argument. This included Laura Wheatley, who explained she and her family moved to Draper because of her active lifestyle with her dog. She blamed irresponsible dog owners who don’t pick up dog waste for ruining it for everyone else. Resident Celeste Bain spoke in favor of the dog ban, explaining she had dedicated the last 28 years of her life to ensuring people in South America have access to clean water after witnessing an infant death due to contaminated water. “I never thought I would have to bring the fight to Draper,” Bain said. Bain said this is not an issue of freedom for animal owners since there are several locations outside the watershed available for dogs and their owners. Rather, this was an issue of clean water.  Walker said he thinks the ban has worked out well since it went into effect. “I’ve seen much less off-leash dogs. You only see them occasionally when you used to see it all the time,” Walker said. “I’ve seen much less manure on my trail riding.” The Draper Police Department is in the process of hiring a park ranger to patrol the watershed area and enforce ordinances. “They’re going to have a unique job which is to be a helpful park ranger and enforce the law,” Walker said. The council is still working on establishing a wild off-leash dog area outside of the watershed. Weeks, who described herself as a dog lover, said the decision to ban the dogs in Corner Canyon spurred her to take a more active role in ensuring dog owners have the recreational resources available to them. “After that, I’ve been active in trying to make improvements to the dog park, because there were issues with the water. I didn’t get all the money but I tried to get some money allocated to the dog park,” Weeks said. “I’m also working on getting more trails outside of the watershed area so people can walk their dogs.” Commercial and residential growth Over the past few years, Draper has seen an increase in both commercial and residential development and 2016 was no different. Nearly every Draper City Council meeting had an agenda item involving rezoning or approving a new residential area, whether it was single family units or high-density apartments. Weeks said the central focus of Salt Lake Valley used to be Murray but it has shifted over to Draper. “I think people are attracted to Draper because of all the outdoor living that they can experience,” Weeks said. Walker said if you look at an aerial map of Draper, you would see that Draper is mostly built out as far as residential goes. There are still some big parcels of land that may be subdivided in the future.

ON THE COVER “You’re going to see more and more of that coming forward as these older folks want to sell their big pieces of property and either sell it to their kids or subdivide it and make some money from it,” Walker said. “You’re going to see much more of that going forward.” However, the big commercial site for Draper is in the future prison site. According to Weeks, many of the developers are coming to the council with site plans. “I do believe with the prison moving, people are trying to build more homes but I think with all the tech that is going down in Lehi has also helped the boom here in Draper,” Weeks said. Since the state owns the prison site, Walker said the city doesn’t have much say in what happens. The state is going to have to sell the property to a private developer for it to be taxed and controlled by Draper. “The state can do whatever they want,” Walker said. “They don’t need our permission.” However, Walker said he’s looking forward to a partnership with the state. Walker is currently serving on the Point of the Mountain Commission, who has recently selected Envision Utah to do a scoping planning of the prison site area to determine what is possible for the site. Envision Utah will gather public input from multiple sources to help make that determination. They will also make an interim report to the legislature during the 2017 session. If Walker could envision what he would want the prison site to look like, he would prefer it to be a mini-downtown. “I’d like it to have a research park from the University of Utah, maybe biotech. I’d like it to have some big office buildings and places where people could work,” Walker said. “If it’s residential, I’d like it to be in high rise buildings and have it have a lesser impact. I’d like to integrate open space into that.” Rappleye said he doesn’t believe there will be any movement on the prison site for another three or four years. Rappleye said he’s not opposed to the idea of the site looking like downtown Salt Lake City. Weeks wondered how much more growth the city can handle, citing running out of land to put more developments. She still wants the city to maintain its open spaces and parks. “My main concern with these developments is our road width is wide enough so if you have a million-dollar home, you can park outside of your home,” Weeks said. She also said she was also concerned about the city following its own codes such as having enough parking spots for highdensity apartments. Final thoughts This was Weeks’s first year serving on the council, after being elected in the fall. She said she was so excited to serve on the council. “It’s been a big learning curve. I’ve had to learn about zoning and roads and our codes and how to ask questions and phrase questions on the council. I’ve enjoyed it,” Weeks said. “I’m still learning but what I love about it is I love people and I love solving problems. I find with the Draper City Council, you can make a difference for the better.” l

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Children’s bike parade grows in popularity By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed August 2016


undreds of kids turned out with their families to participate in this year’s Children’s Bike Parade. Held on July 12, the annual event is part of the Draper Days celebration. Kids brought their bikes, scooters and other forms of transportation to decorate and ride together during the parade. The Children’s Bike Parade has been part of Draper Days for several years. As in years past, the Draper City Mayor’s Youth Council volunteered to help with the event. “It’s getting bigger every year so they need their help,” said Caroline Sagae, the liaison for the Draper City Mayor’s Youth Council. The Bike Parade is just one of several events throughout the year that the Draper City Mayor’s Youth Council help out with including the Easter egg hunt and the Christmas tree lighting party. The program is for teens in grades nine through 12 from the different junior highs and high schools in the area. There are currently 66 members of the Draper City Mayor’s Youth Council. The bike parade is specifically geared toward children and their families, allowing for the kids to feel special. “It’s a chance to come together to make a stronger community,” Sagae said. “It makes

Kids line up at the starting line for the Children’s Bike Parade. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)

all the kids feel welcome, it brings families together and it creates memories.” In years past, the bike parade was held at Draper Park Middle School. However, because of the popularity and growth of the event, this year the parade started at Whisperwood Park right next to Corner Canyon High School. The parade route went half a mile south on 700 East and concluded at Bellevue Park. “It’s been growing every year,” Sagae said. Before the parade started, kids could decorate their bikes at Whisperwood Park with

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Public/private partnership creates pathway for students

By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed November 2016

Vanessa Olsen, Edwin Carcano and Kiera Terrlink are seniors enrolled in the Medical Innovations Pathway. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)

Gov. Gary Herbert and Ken Eliason of Edward Life Sciences discuss the medical devices produced at the plant in Draper. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)

“This program is a step forward for us addressing workforce challenges in our state.”


ov. Gary Herbert announced the launching of a new medical innovations pathway on Sept. 27 that will allow high school students the chance to graduate with a certificate in medical manufacturing innovations. From there, students can either continue their education at the post-secondary level or begin their career in life sciences. The new pathway was brought about through a partnership of USA Funds, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Department of Workforce Services. “We set a goal to become the best performing economy and a premier business destination,” Herbert said during a special presentation Edward Life Sciences in Draper. “It’s encouraging to see the fruits of our labors, to see that happening in front of our eyes.” The Medical Innovations Pathway is being funding through a $1 million grant from USA Funds. This is the third pathway the state provides to high school students, the other two being aerospace and diesel technology. According to Ben Hart, the managing director for urban and rural business services at the Governor’s Office for Economic Development, the pathway works by partnering high school students with both a post-secondary institution and an industry. “They get some experience, some curriculum while they’re in high school and then they get further, more rigorous training at one of the secondary institutions and then they get a chance to go onsite in the industry,” Hart said. “Whether that’s a 48-hour internship, job shadow, they get a chance to see what they’re actually going to be doing.” Hart said the purpose of the pathways program is to empower students to make better career decisions so they can understand what jobs are actually like before deciding if it’s the right career for them. Herbert praises these types of programs because of the partnership between public and private interests. “Education is the key to long-term success economically,” Herbert said. “One of the reasons we’re having success is what I call the spirit of collaboration. This partnership, and the one we see in this pathways program, exemplifies this idea (of) public and

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private partnership working together for the good of the whole economy.” Herbert also praised the program for its potential to help people. “The advancements in science and technology we’re seeing and exhibiting here today is making people’s lives better,” Herbert said. “And at the end of the day, that’s what it’s all about.” Ken Eliason, vice president of plant operations at Edward Life Sciences, thanked Herbert for pursuing these type of opportunities to improve their workforce and provide students with workforce opportunities. “This program is a step forward for us addressing workforce challenges in our state,” Eliason said. “We hope this program will not only provide stable and rewarding jobs but also create an interest in life sciences and STEM classes.” The Granite School District has been working on a life sciences program for the past nine years, developing training programs in both biotechnology and biomanufacturing. “This medical innovations pathway will take that work to the next level by providing direct linkage to companies who are seeking employees and the real work that is going on in these industries,” said Martin Bates, the superintendent of the Granite School District. The program will start in the Granite School District and will expand to the Davis and Canyons School Districts next year. The first semester of the program will take place in the high schools and the second semester will include curriculum from Salt Lake Community College. Students will also do internships and job shadowing. Upon completion of the Medical Innovations Pathway program and passing pre-employment requirements, students will be certified to begin work with one of the life science partners in Utah, receiving a family-sustaining wage. Kiera Terrlink, a senior at Skyline High School, will be starting the pathways program next semester. “People seemed so involved in their careers and it sounded like a good opportunity to start and figure out if that’s what I wanted to do,” Kiera said. l

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‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ Produced by Draper Arts Council

‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ produced by Draper Arts Council By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed July 2016


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he biblical story was brought to life during the Draper Arts When it came to technical aspects of the job, DeMill Council’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor applauded the women in the show. While the men only have to Dreamcoat.” Performed the first weekend of June at the Draper change small aspects of their costumes, such as adding a hat, the Amphitheater, “Joseph” was the first production of the summer women do full costume changes from scene to scene. sponsored by the arts council. DeMill’s favorite part of the play is the end when Joseph is The musical was directed by Susan DeMill, who has directed reunited with his father. Taking Care “Joseph” 15 times throughout the course of of her career. “As fluffy and lighthearted as this play is, that’s a very “The community really loves NEEDS it and it’s a great story,” touching moment,” DeMill said. YOUR FAMILY’S DeMill said. “There is great music and it’s a happy story with a Trent English plays the role of Joseph. English has known good ending.” DeMill for many years and has stayed in contact with people Written by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber, the musical involved with the Draper Arts Council. This production was his OF THE WAY. follows the biblical story of Joseph, the son of Jacob and the third time playing Joseph. Joseph, played by Trent English, shows off his coat of many colors. Joseph, played by Trent English, shows off his coat of many colors. —Kelly Cannon brother of 11 other sons. The brothers are jealous of Joseph’s coat “At the beginning, he’s very humble, almost to the point of (Kelly Cannon/City Journals) of many colors given to him by Jacob. The brothers attempt to kill being oblivious,” English said, describing his interpretation of Joseph but instead, sell him into slavery. “This cast is amazing. This is one of the most talented casts I’ve worked with.”Joseph. “He goes through this spiritual journey and he’s a very In Egypt, Joseph is a slave to a millionaire, Potiphar. Joseph family once again. strong character by the end of the show.” The cast began work on the play at the end of March with becomes a high-ranking slave when Potiphar’s wife makes For English, the most difficult part of playing Joseph is the he biblical story was brought to life during the Draper difficult,” DeMill said. “Dialogue is relatively easy to learn.” full rehearsals starting in April. DeMill said the musical is more emotional aspects of the performance. advances on him. When Potiphar walks in on them, Potiphar Arts Council’s production of “Joseph and the Amazing Because of the difficulty of a sung script, DeMill difficult than musicals it looked is a sung script withsing, very jumps to conclusions and Joseph is thrown in jail. 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makes advances on him. When Potiphar walks in on them, Potiphar jumps to conclusions and Joseph is thrown in jail. While there, Joseph gains a reputation for dream interpretation. Soon after, the pharaoh is plagued with strange dreams. Joseph is asked to interpret the dreams. Joseph, upon hearing the dream, advises the pharaoh to prepare for a seven-year famine after seven years of plenty. Joseph is then promoted to the second most powerful man under the pharaoh. During the famine, Joseph’s family travels to Egypt where they beg for food from Joseph, whom they do not recognize. Joseph tricks his brothers into believing the youngest, Benjamin, has stolen a cup. Joseph then reveals himself and reunites with his family once again. The cast began work on the play at the end of March with full rehearsals starting in April. DeMill said the musical is more difficult than other musicals because it is a sung script with very little dialogue in between. “You have to learn vocals and choreography, which is

involved with the Draper Arts Council. This production was his third time playing Joseph. “At the beginning, he’s very humble, almost to the point of being oblivious,” English said, describing his interpretation of Joseph. “He goes through this spiritual journey and he’s a very strong character by the end of the show.” For English, the most difficult part of playing Joseph is the emotional aspects of the performance. “At the beginning, everyone is happy and together and then it goes to a dark area,” English said. “The most difficult part is trying to keep that consistent.” English’s favorite part of the play is the song “Close Every Door,” which takes place when Joseph is locked in jail. “It’s very emotionally powerful,” English said. “It’s the pinnacle of when his situation reaches rock bottom.” To learn more about the Draper Arts Council and their upcoming performances, visit http://www.draperartscouncil. org. 

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Draper Park principal making stained-glass window for school By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed April 2016

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eing sent to the principal’s office won’t be such a bad thing at Draper Park Middle School. Later this spring, students will be able to admire a hand-crafted stained-glass window of a Viking ship that Principal Mary Anderson is currently making. Anderson, who thought the window would add to the recently built school that incorporates the Viking mascot throughout the design, started on the project when she was assigned to the school last summer. After a leg injury sidelined her, she resumed cutting out more than 300 pieces of glass for the 6.5-foot-wide by 1.5-foot-high window that will be installed in her office. Anderson, whose own children attended the school when it was Crescent View in Sandy before it moved to Draper, is familiar with the long-standing traditions, but she wanted to make her own mark on the campus. “It’s pure joy working on it,” Anderson said. “Greg [Leavitt, former principal] helped to design this beautiful building. This is part of what I can give so others can enjoy it.” Anderson learned how to make stained-glass windows and projects while serving as Union Middle School principal. She was taught by former art teacher Camie Lloyd. “She tried teaching me how to draw first, then do ceramics, but I could only make a real mess out of the clay and never manage to get a mug to be even. So then, as she got to know me better, she taught me stained glass, and I’m a real number person who likes to be exact and precise, and it fit my personality perfectly,” Anderson said. Lloyd, who now is an assistant principal at Albion Middle School, said that Anderson doesn’t give herself enough credit. “She really seems to enjoy stained glass and being math-minded. It makes sense to her,” Lloyd said. “She’s made some windows for her home, her mother, donated pieces and made me

a Tiffany lamp and holly berry wreath.” Lloyd visited her in mid-February after Anderson had found images she liked and started enlarging them for the window. “She had drawn the ship to scale but wanted to put some dimension in the window,” she said. Anderson said that Lloyd showed her how to draw the waves around the ship and add the trees and mountains. After drawing the pattern, Anderson then cut out the pieces and grinded the edges, which took her about one week. She places the pieces together in a frame her husband made. In early spring, she put foil over the edges of all the pieces before soldering them. “So many days I can’t wait to get home and start working on it,” she said. Lloyd plans to help Anderson with cutting gems that will work as the boat’s shields. “She says her background is not at all artsy, but that isn’t the case. She really is multi-talented and really seems to enjoy it,” Lloyd said. After Anderson finishes the window, Canyons School District will install it in the school. “The project just kind of takes over the entire house as I’m cutting in one room, grinding in the kitchen, placing the cut glass in the frame in another room and have the pattern stretched across another table,” she said. Anderson not only shares her passion by giving finished pieces to friends, family and organizations; in October, she gave teachers and staff at the school an informal lesson, showing them how to foil and solder pieces together to create ornaments. “We didn’t have enough time for them to do it all, but they did walk away with finished projects. If they want to learn how to cut pieces and grind them, I’d be happy to show them how. It’s just something I do for fun that can bring such joy,” Anderson said. l

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Draper Elementary celebrates its 40th with art gala By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed May 2016


ormer Draper Elementary secretary Jean Smith worked under four principals and knows much of the school’s history. She celebrated on March 14 with others at Draper Elementary’s 40th birthday celebration, highlighted with an art gala. “I have lots of memories,” Smith said. “I knew teachers didn’t like the open classrooms they had back then because there were lots of distractions. I remember celebrating my birthday with Principal Ron Garrett and recall where the school hung the Norman Rockwell painting it owns,” Smith said. Rockwell’s painting of Ichabod Craine, which former students bought back in 1951 with $800, is highlighted amongst the 100 original works of art — including one Smith’s husband, Lynn, contributed — that decorate the school’s hallways and rooms. That collection was part of the inspiration for the school’s 40th to tie into an art gala, Principal Piper Riddle said. The evening showcased students’ artwork created under the Beverly Taylor Sorenson ARTS Learning Program grant. The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program is a teaching partnership where arts specialist Kylie Welling gives students arts instruction that integrates with literacy, social studies and science students learn in their classrooms, Riddle said. First-grader Austin Graff showed his family the bear mask he made. “I like bears because they catch fish,” he said. “Making the mask was fun, but it was gooey when the wet strips (of paper mache) were put on my face. I liked painting it.” Fourth-grader Tate Larrabee said he worked with six other students on the eagle portion of a totem pole that was one of several which stood in the center of the school’s multi-purpose room. “My group spent three weeks creating the body, eyes, beak and

wings,” he said. “We learned about native tribes in Utah and how totem poles tell stories so this is what represents us in fourth grade.” Fourth-grader Paige Rees said her group chose to work on the totem pole’s wolf. “We were supposed to show what kind of animal best represents our group and we chose the wolf since he is symbolic of a leader,” she said. “All the animals are hot glued together and there is a big pole down the middle of them to make the totem poles stand up.” Mayor Troy Walker, who was there along with many city council members, said that he was impressed with the artwork. “These totem poles are really unique and striking,” he said. “I’m looking forward to having the quilt hung in Draper City Hall.” After a walking field trip to many historic sites in Draper, second-graders were given squares of fabric to draw with watercolor pencils one of the sites in Draper from its early days including the Day Barn and Fitzgerald House and Cabin to more recent sites such as Draper Library, the swimming pool and amphitheater. “They were given landmarks to see how many of them they could find so it was a way they could learn about their community,” said Shauna Call, who volunteered to sew the squares into a quilt. She was joined by Marianne Barrowes and Leigh Anne Kammerman in the final stages. Bilinda Wong’s third-grade twin daughters helped create the tile mosaic that will be displayed at Lone Peak Hospital. “It was fun to paint the tile,” daughter Mckenna said. “I have a mom holding a baby because when I think of hospitals, it’s what I think of.” Her sister, Elisha, said that her title portrays how love helps patients. “I had a little heart with it because if there is enough love,

Students and parents exam the ceramic bells made by fifth-graders at Draper Elementary’s 40th birthday celebration, highlighted with an art gala. Hundreds of visitors came to the March 14 celebration. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

people can get better,” she said. Their older sister, Alexis, created a ceramic bell along with her fifth-grade classmates, which were on display by the kindergarteners’ watercolor butterfly collage. The evening included student musicians’ performances, a birthday cake and photos, slide show and other memorabilia that Parent-Teacher Association president Tammy Hall and other members displayed. Secretary Smith looked at photos of the students, principals and teachers. Her husband, Lynn, said, “She knew so many of the students by name.” Before retiring, Smith trained current secretary Marian Broderick, who is in her 21st year. “Some of the kids that were here going to school are now bringing their kids to this school,” Broderick said. “When they come in to register them, they always tell us that they loved it here and wanted their kids to go to their same school.” l

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Vatican astronomer mixes religion with science at Juan Diego By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed May 2016


he Director of the Vatican Observatory shared his observations and experiences in astronomy to a packed auditorium at Juan Diego Catholic High School. Guy Consolmagno’s March 13 talk included how the Vatican became involved in astronomy and telescopes. “The Vatican has a telescope at Mt. Graham, Arizona, which helps astronomers see a tiny dot in the sky,” he said. “It’s still a tiny dot, but it makes the faint things brighter.” Consolmango said it came about when in an abandoned synagogue, Roger Angel built a short focal length mirror, then went to the Vatican to see if there was any interest in sharing the telescope in some of the world’s darkest skies. “So it’s true, the Pope has a telescope that has a mirror made by an angel in a synagogue,” Consolmango said, jokingly. In 1891, they built a telescope on the wall of the Vatican, which was one of 18 nations who were asked to help photograph the sky. “The Pope asked me to explore and discover what is out there. As the Hebrew Bible states, ‘God decided to make the universe and this is good.’ And it’s pretty amazing,” he said. Consolmango used the Pope’s summer residence as his office, with the observatory the floor above the Pope’s home. “God gave us the sky and the astonishing

Director of the Vatican Observatory Guy Consolmagno answers questions after his March 13 talk at Juan Diego Catholic High School. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

sight of the Milky Way. It’s sacrilegious to put lights up that blocks this astonishing and free sight. It’s sad when people say they’ve never seen it,” he said. Consolmango said the Vatican also helped discover gases found in a meteorite that was identified as coming from Mars. “We looked carefully what the meteorite was made of and put together so we can understand what planets are made of and how they are put together. We measured density, kind of like when I was little and opened presents before Mass. I

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y report from the Salt Lake County Council includes many things that will be going on in our community here in the south valley. First I want say “thank you” to those who have given me the opportunity to serve everyone in District 6 for another term. I’d also like congratulate the newly elected officials to the White City Township Council. You will see some changes in the governance of several areas throughout the valley (welcome Millcreek City) and changes in the Community Councils. With the County budget for 2017 concluded, we move forward with funding many priorities; most important, criminal justice and new ways to improve how the funds are spent, cut recidivism and tackle homelessness. We are funding more treatment and services for those who deal with substance abuse or mental illness outside of the jail – treatment, instead of incarceration. More funding was allocated to the District Attorney for criminal prosecution and to the Sheriff. Resources are being targeted for the County’s participation in the crime and homelessness crisis in downtown SLC, which affects all of us. The key to that effort is “diversion” toward treatment and housing and away from crime and the jail. The County is building a new Health Department building and District Attorney building in West Jordan that will be more convenient for the use of residents of the southern part of the valley as well. But, along with efforts to have a safe and secure place to live, the County also strives to provide amenities to add to the quality of life for our citizens, adults, families and children alike. The County has several funding sources that we use to

determined presents by density — if it weighed a lot for the size, then it’s a good gift,” he said. However, then they realized using water to measure the density would miss measuring cracks water couldn’t penetrate. They developed a method using heli um that would account for the gaps. They also used liquid nitrogen to determine thermal properties by measuring the heat capacity. “The Vatican not only has scientists. The Vatican has mad scientists,” he said, joking. Although he always had a passion for astronomy, Consolmango questioned it as a career. After a brief experience as a reporter — and missing the story of a train derailment that was literally outside his window — he thought about becoming a Jesuit priest. “I realized that when my dorm friends failed classes since they were drunk and poured out their troubles on me, that I felt like saying, ‘life is tough when you’re stupid.’ But then when I realized that priests deal with people’s problems for a living, I figured I wouldn’t offer good pastoral advice,” he said. At Massachusetts Institute of Technology, instead he became a “nerd” and wrote for the science fiction magazine. After graduation, he taught at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania. After a break-up with a girlfriend, he joined the Peace Corps.

“I was thinking, ‘why am I wasting my life on astronomy when people are starving?’ Then, they assigned me to teach astronomy to graduate students at the University of Nairobi. So even as I tried to get away from it, I was doing the same thing,” he said. Three months later, homesick, he decided to leave, but as he looked at the Southern Cross and moon for one last time, he realized that he was looking at the same moon he’d see back in the states and realized the miracles in seeing its craters and the rings on Saturn. “I realized I am home; the universe is my friend,” he said. After traveling the world three times, including Antarctica, and meeting three Popes and helping the president of Kenya design his dream spaceship, Consolmango realizes that he is living his dream. “Never deny a dream. We spend our lives dreaming as kids, it’s just important that as grown-ups, we allow ourselves to pursue them and allow kids to keep dreaming,” he said. Physics teacher Alison Bulson said that she appreciated how Consolmango mixed science and spirituality and added humor. “He gave a strong message,” she said. “I hope students can take the inspiration from a real scientist who doesn’t disconnect deep faith and science.” l

Welcome 2017! Max Burdick, County Council District 6

provide recreation, tourism, cultural and convention funding. One of those sources is the TRCC (Tourism, Recreation, Culture and Convention) fund. From this fund, the County will be supporting some venues in our area, such as the Sandy Amphitheater, equipment for the South Towne Expo Center, new parks equipment throughout the valley, a three year commitment for financial support for the new Hale Theater in Sandy and many other projects requested by cities and eligible agencies. Upgrades to Dimple Dell Recreation Center will come from the County recreation fund and the ZAP bond proceeds (below). Another source of funding is the new ZAP Bond. Since the bond passed the November election, this year the County will begin the planning, and construction of the new projects and the maintenance and improvement projects of existing County amenities proposed from the bond proceeds. Included in the bond funds for our area are: improvements to or construction of the Sandy Canal Trail in White City Township, portions of the Jordan River Trail, the Granite Trailhead and North Rim Trail Phase 1 in Dimple Dell Regional Park, and a new recreation center in Draper. The County Parks and Recreation Master Plan is used as a guide for providing Countywide amenities. The Eccles Performing Arts Center is open and booked with a wide array of performances to be enjoyed by our citizens and friends, relatives and visitors that come to our valley. The County has been an integral part in the successful construction this this magnificent venue. The County also has the management role of this facility, along with managing the County’s portfolio

of entertainment and cultural venues, including the Capitol Theater, Abravanel Hall and others. It was my privilege to part of the oversight committee bringing this theater to a reality. The County is also gearing up to plan and construct a new midvalley performing arts center in Taylorsville. As the population moves south and west, the County continues to meet the needs of those citizens and performing arts groups. In the next weeks and months the County Council will be considering proposals for a new Central Wasatch Commission, FCOZ (Foothill and Canyon Overlay Zone) and MRZ (Mountain Resort Zone) ordinances as well as helping the our new metro townships get on their feet and running smoothly. It will indeed be a busy year for those of us who serve the public and manage the tax dollars we are entrusted with. I hope that you will take advantage of the many services the County offers its citizens; visit our website and see what we are doing. There are many opportunities to volunteer and share your time and talents with others. Please contact us with your individual concerns, questions or suggestions. My office number is 385-468-7459 or my email is mburdick@lco.org. I’d be happy to hear from you. I wish each of you a happy and peaceful new year. Let us work together for Salt Lake County and our friends and neighbors to keep this valley a healthy, safe place to live with a premier quality of life for everyone. l

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Fat bikes extend the mountain biking season through winter By Jared McCauley | j.mccauley@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed November 2016


s the seasons change and the air gets colder, many thrill seekers in Utah hang up their favorite warm weather outdoor activities in favor of flocking to the slopes of the Wasatch Mountains to glide through the state’s famous powder on skis or snowboards. While the first heavy snowfalls of the season may be to the skier’s delight, they have traditionally been to the mountain biker’s lament as it typically marks the end of even the most avid riders’ seasons. However, the times are changing. The fat bike, the bulkier brother of the mountain bike, has recently experienced a dramatic increase in popularity after decades of obscurity and is designed specifically for riding snow-covered trails. Fat bikes’ enormous tires provide this benefit. “Five-inch tires are ideal for the snow,” said Derek McGrath of Canyon Bicycles in Draper. At five inches in width, ideal fat-bike tires are about twice as wide as standard mountain bike tires. This gives fat bikes superior traction on snowy and rocky ground. With an explosion in popularity, fat bikes have also experienced rapid innovation. Once bulky and difficult to maneuver, most fatbike frames have been streamlined and are now available with front or full suspension. With full gears and different braking systems to choose from, fat bikes bear a remarkable resemblance to mountain bikes. While the two styles of bikes may look extremely similar and share many characteristics, mountain bikers cannot simply buy larger tubes for their mountain bikes and hope to use it as a fat bike. Standard mountain bike frames are not designed for five-inch tires so the larger tubes will not fit. Fat-bike riders will have to buy or rent their very own fat bike. Compared to mountain bikes, fat bikes have a slightly higher price range.

“Low-end fat bikes go for about $2,000 while ones with full suspension will go for a bit more,” said Ashlee Richardson, who also works at a bike shop in Draper. While fat-bike riders will cruise over snow-covered terrain with relative ease, traversing snowy trails is still no easy task. Riding fat bikes presents a tremendous workout. People interested in the hobby but weary of the strenuousness associated with it need not worry too much about difficulty; being a master mountain biker is not a prerequisite for taking up fat biking. Fortunately for Draper residents, Corner Canyon offers some of the premier groomed fat-bike trails in Utah. McGrath also suggested venturing into American Fork Canyon for additional groomed fat-bike trails. Draper’s cycle park near the rodeo grounds, although a useful spot for fine-tuning technical mountain bike and BMX skills, will not be groomed over winter. Nonetheless, it will remain open with snowfall for anyone eager to get in some extra practice on their fat bike. Other trails, such as the Solitude ski area in Big Cottonwood Canyon, prohibit fat bikes, so it is advised that riders check with trail administrators before planning a ride. If manicured trails don’t hold an allure, fat bikes can also handle rough and rugged backcountry where the rider is the trailblazer. In fact, McGrath suggested using a fat bike to explore the snowy wilderness on hunting trips as an environmentally friendly alternative to a snowmobile. With an explosion in popularity, fat bikes have also experienced rapid innovation. Once bulky and difficult to maneuver, most fat bike frames have been streamlined and are now available with frontor full-suspension. With full gears and different braking systems to choose from, fat bikes bare a remarkable resemblance to mountain

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Juan Diego captures its first boys soccer title By Ron Bevan | ron@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed June 2016

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Mariani (16 goals), Ruben Castillo (15 goals) and Michael Digeronimo (10 goals) provided the bulk of the firepower for the Soaring Eagles. “The big thing about this year was the ​ experience returning,” Platz said. “We basically had seven starters return in the same positions they played last year. The people filling in to the graduated positions also had a lot of experience. For the first time we really didn’t have a weak link. We could go deep into our roster without losing our play style.” Juan Diego returned nine seniors to this ​ year’s squad. Six of the seniors were starters, while the other three played important supporting roles. “We have a great senior class that gave us great leadership,” Platz said. ”They were so task driven. They knew what they needed to do and they couldn’t be shaken off their ultimate goal.” ​Platz knew the team would be special early on. The returning players had lost in the semifinals last year to eventual 3A champion Dixie. The players returning used that as a means to regroup for this year’s run. ​“This group constantly go together to play on the weekends,” Platz said. “There was great chemistry on this team. As a coach with this group it was important to know when to coach them and when to stay out of their way because they knew each other so well.” ​Juan Diego entered the state tournament with a 6-1 win over Union, behind Ruben’s three-goal hat trick. A 3-0 shutout over Desert Hills in the quarterfinals set up another semifinal with Dixie. This time the Soaring Eagles dispatched the Flyers with double overtime 1-0 win. Brandon scored the winning goal in the ​ championship game when, on a free kick, he put the ball in play quickly, catching Snow Canyon’s defense unprepared. Brandon’s kick found the back of the goal before Snow Canyon could react. Juan Diego’s stingy defense allowed the lone goal to hold up. l


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Final year for first Charger girls basketball players By Ron Bevan | ron@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed February 2016


oach Jeramy Acker has been with the girls basketball program from the beginning two years ago, when this year’s senior class was adjusting to a new school and some even a new sport. Now the first girls to wear the blue uniforms of Corner Canyon are in their final season, and Acker, who was an assistant for two seasons is now the head coach. “It’s going to be tough to see these seniors go,” Acker said. “We grew this program together. It has been tough at times, but that is expected at a new school.” When Corner Canyon opened its doors in 2013, it opened with a larger studentbody than previously expected. Although the school enrollment was big, some of the athletic programs suffered due to athletes choosing to stay at the schools they had already represented. Corner Canyon’s first basketball team was one affected in the 2013-2014 season. Some players on that squad had never played competitive basketball. Others were athletes in different sports that wanted to try a new thing. And the first year ended with no victories. “We have been progressing a lot since that first season,” Acker said. “Back then the focus was to teach the girls how to play basketball together and how to mix the beginning players

with those who had experience.” Acker said the main focus the last two years was to run sets and hope they worked. “We would call play after play,” he said. “If it didn’t work, the girls would reset and look to the bench for another play to be called.” But now the team has matured and Acker is seeing a change in the game. “Now the focus is on playing basketball,” he said. “We have been teaching them how to read the game and react. They are picking it up and getting better everyday.” Of the four seniors on the team this season, two have been with the program from day one. Brittany Tanner and Madison Alder has helped grow the program. “I am proud of those two because they have never complained, even when things were tough,” Acker said. “They have bought into our program from the beginning. They have accepted the team collectively growing so we can reach our goals.” Eden Withers is another senior with experience, but didn’t began with the first season. Now on her second year with the team, Withers also represented Corner Canyon as the starting goalkeeper on the girls soccer team. Withers talked soccer teammate Becca TurnerDrown into coming out for the team this season.

But Corner Canyon still relies on a mixture of experience and youth to fuel this year’s squad. The Chargers start three sophomores and two juniors most games, with 5’6” sophomore guard Annie Bowen leading the way. Bowen is the leading Charger scorer with 108 points. Her next closest teammates are

Sophomore point guard Annie Bowen not only leads the offensive attack but is the leading scorer for the Corner Canyon girls basketball team. Bowen has scored 108 points in the first half of the season.

sophomore Nicole Critchfield with 61 points, and junior Grace Sunderland with 59. “Bowen is a superstar in the making,” Acker said. “She is instrumental in our game plan, but also to get other players more confident. People feed off her energy.” l

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In a world of rising healthcare costs, many people delay or avoid seeing a doctor. What people like this need is another health care option, one that won’t drain their bank accounts if they come down with a sinus infection or break their arm. That option exists. It’s called Medallus Medical. Formerly known as After Hours Medical, Medallus Medical is a network of nine urgent and primary care facilities that facilitate an innovative membership program as well as accept most major health insurance options. The membership program works like this: members pay a monthly fee for themselves and their family and then pay a $10 office visit fee for all-inclusive, in-office services with some procedures offered at discounted rates. Members are able to receive quick access to doctors when ill or injured and avoid costly emergency room visits. Medallus is a walk-in facility, open late seven days a week every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Medallus also offers 24/7 telephone and telemedicine services. “The bottom line is that Medallus is the absolute cheapest way to keep my employees happy and healthy,” FastKart owner Joe Miller said. “It is the best benefit I can provide them for the money. Period.”

“My wife cut her finger and we went to Medallus and paid $10 to get the stitches,” Miller said. “My daughter broke her finger and we went to a hospital and that visit cost us about $1,100.” The membership program is not restricted to the well insured. Services are open to all, including the uninsured and those with high deductibles. People who are uninsured can get the basic access they need to a physician and the insured can save out-of-pocket costs and reduce premiums. But, it should be noted, the Medallus Medical membership does not satisfy the insurance requirements for the Affordable Healthcare Act. Troy Mason, owner of TechnaGlass, also provides an employee program through Medallus Medical. TechnaGlass has been a member of Medallus Medical for about four years. Mason said that it has allowed his employees to have higher deductible plans and still get access to non-catastrophic medical services. As the father of five daughters, Mason says it’s not uncommon for one child to pass an illness on to another, thus making office visits a regular thing. One of Mason’s daughters cut her finger on broken glass while at the University of Utah. For $10, she was treated at the Medallus location near downtown Salt Lake City and, 10 days later, was able to get the stitches removed at the location closer to Mason’s home, he said.

“From a father’s perspective it has been fantastic and from an employer’s perspective it allows us to get our employees more affordable access to health care,” Mason said. Medallus facilities are equipped for basic primary care such as physicals as well as long-term care for patients with diabetes, hypertension, asthma, etc. Medallus treats urgent needs, acute illnesses such as respiratory illnesses, infections, broken bones, lacerations and any other non-life threatening issues. All locations are equipped with a laboratory and digital X-ray systems. Medallus Medical facilities are not equipped to handle chronic pain management, long-term treatment with controlled medications such as Oxycontin, Methadone and Adderall, substance addiction and withdrawal or advanced psychiatric problems. “There is no reason to not go to a doctor now,” Miller said. “I think that anyone who doesn’t use Medallus is a fool. You can quote me on that.” Contact Medallus Medical at 1-877-633-9110 or visit www. medallus.com to find a location near you. For information about membership for yourself/family or business, please contact Arliss at 801-810-7058 or email at Arlissf@medallus.com l

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earning proper technique, in a safe environment, sets the foundation for future success when it comes to young gymnasts. No one knows this better than the folks at Peak Tumbling, who opened their doors August 2015 in Draper, south of the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. The owner of Peak Tumbling has owned and operated three successful gyms in the last 10 years and experience shows.

To maximize learning, Peak keeps class sizes small. Each coach focuses on 2 to 4 students at a time, unlike other gyms that cram in as many students as possible. At Peak Tumbling students learn the skills they want starting in their first lesson. The increased individual attention is key

to early development. Giving a student the attention they need is key to providing the foundation for proper techniques. Doing so at such an individual level accelerates learning and helps prevent injury to keep athletes learning and growing. Parents often worry about the safety of their children. At Peak, coaches and staff present a unique approach to keeping their athletes safe. The owner of the gym is safety certified with USA Gymnastics and is fully licensed and insured. Peak only hires coaches with strong tumbling or gymnastics experience. Peak further trains every coach on the proper techniques and how to teach every skill. Additionally, Peak has three custom-made spotting rigs that allow students of all abilities to perform skills that they wouldn’t be able to in other gyms. This gives them the opportunity to get the full experience of a particular technique before mastering it on their own. The spotting rigs are a combination of ropes and safety belts, kind of like human training wheels. All of Peak’s students use the

spotting rigs at every lesson including their first lesson. On that first lesson, Peak starts teaching students the skills they want. Dancers, cheerleaders and gymnasts all want to master back handsprings as well as round-offs, back tucks, aerials and more. Boys of all ages love to learn amazing flips and trampoline skills. “We believe in building students up so they learn to see obstacles as challenges to accomplish,” Peak said in a statement. “We teach them how to break down a complex problem, like learning a back handspring, into small steps that are easy to accomplish.” In this approach, Peak Tumbling also offers a program specially designed for special needs students. In the special needs lessons the child’s ability determines if they are in a parent/ child class or with other students. Peak feels that the equipment and program will not only help them physically, but mentally and emotionally as well. l

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Goal Keeping – It Isn’t Just for Sports




t’s the New Year and I bet you just can’t stand the thought of reading yet another article about why you shouldn’t make a resolution. After all, only 8% of us actually keep them, so why bother? To get where you want to be in life you have to have goals. Not just dreams, high ambitions or lofty visions. You must have realistic and achievable goals. If you aren’t steering towards a purpose how will you get there? If making that goal a New Year’s resolution is an option then, why not? So, this article is about how to keep that resolution so you don’t end up with just another un-kept promise to yourself. 1 – Be Realistic: One of the things that I have found that keep them in perspective is to take my goals in small steps. To do this I choose a goal that may take a year and then break it down into weekly, monthly and sometimes daily achievable things. For example, maybe I want to lose 20 lbs., and I make that a New Years resolution. I have just given myself permission to take the entire year to lose 20 lbs., only 1-½ pounds a month (no wonder I never lose 20 lbs.). You can break that further down to daily healthy eating or exercise goals. I use this same breaking down technique for financial goals, getting organized, helping others (remember the charity box?) and even getting the yard in shape in the spring.

2 – Write it down: The best way I have found to recognize a goal is to take pen to paper. It’s not a list in my mind. I mean put pen to paper. My purpose isn’t to belittle technology or all those nifty, handy dandy goaltracking apps. Those can be useful. But, I have found that the actual physical act of writing down my goal makes them become real. You are making a commitment. It’s no longer and idea. Plus, writing down your goal gives you a starting date and will motivate you to see it through. Plus, it makes it easy to track your progress, which will help you gain momentum. How to stay on track with your goals: Okay, so now you’ve put your goal in writing. How do you stay on track? Here are some ideas to try that have worked for me. 1: Make a List I like to write my goals down in a weekly, monthly and yearly list on a calendar. It’s important to cross them off when they are finished. Putting that glorious line through or checking it off gives finality and makes for a great amount of satisfaction. 2. A Spreadsheet: While my calendar method works well for me, other people find more satisfaction and motivation

by creating a sophisticated spreadsheet with colors and percentages to track progress. If you are the techy type transfer your original pre-written goal to an Excel spreadsheet and then break it into smaller achievable goals with a time frame. I have found that spreadsheets work very well for financial goals. Just like paying my bills, I’ve used them as a method to help me reach goals for saving money for a car or vacation. 3. Sticky notes: Sticky notes work very well for visual people. You can use the sticky notes to keep you on track and serve as a consistent reminder around the house, in the car or at work. If you are the kind that needs a lot of reminders, or your goal is to break a habit, sticky notes can help you succeed. An example would be if you’re trying to be more organized, put a sticky note in the spot that seems to accumulate the clutter, perhaps the kitchens counter, reminding you to put the item away immediately. So, whatcha’ waiting for? It’s time to break out the pen and paper. Taking that first step of writing down your goals won’t accomplish them. That part takes work, but it does help you get going in a clear direction and makes them achievable for getting you on the right path to success. Happy New Year




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