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FREE CORNER CANYON TRAILS BOOSTS INTEREST AND FUNDS FROM LOCAL HIKERS AND MOUNTAIN BIKERS By Keyra Kristoffersen | firstname.lastname@example.org
The view from trails along Corner Canyon in Draper. (Bill Decker)
ommunity members and outdoor enthusiasts from all over Draper, Sandy and Alpine gathered at Noah’s in South Jordan for the third annual Switchback Shindig on Friday, Oct. 6. “It went really well. I would say it was our best year yet,” said Bill Decker, executive director of the Corner Canyon Trails Foundation, a group that seeks to make the most of the Corner Canyon area stretching from Sandy, through Draper and into Alpine. The foundation was created four years ago when a group of people — which included Bill Decker, Tricia Kelly, who was on the Draper Parks and Trails Committee, and Clark Naylor — bought up all of the open space on the mountain. “We’ve been very involved in helping build new trails, helping maintain trails, getting the right people together,” said Kelly, who co-chaired the fundraising event. After getting help from Utah Nonprofits Association, the foundation partnered with the Draper Community Foundation under their 501(c)(3) which, Decker said, allowed them to hit the ground running by defining the projects that they could work on without having to worry about dealing with some of the specifics that can bear down on a new organization. With the city’s help, grants from companies like REI and volunteers, the Corner Canyon group was able to help facilitate projects like the Bear Canyon Suspension Bridge. The bridge is 185’ across, was designed and constructed by Ralph
L. Wadsworth Construction Co. Inc., paid for by donations and completed in 2015. “That was such a gift to Draper and such a gift to the community,” said Decker. Other projects have included putting in an ADA trail, a horse-specific trail called Hoof ’n Boots and partnering with Healthy Draper to create a beginner trail in Little Valley for mountain bikers. Most of the trails are multi-use and they wanted a space for beginners to be able to learn and have fun, since a lot of them are children. “Our focus is getting people outside to enjoy the mountains,” said Kelly. “We are just so indebted to the people who helped make Corner Canyon not just somewhere where they would build.” Kelly said they’ve really been trying to grow and include cities that fall along Corner Canyon like Sandy and Alpine. A new trail has been created with Three Falls development and the hope is to eventually create a high-quality trail that runs between Corner Canyon and American Fork Canyon. “We really expand beyond Corner Canyon, so we want to work with other cities to make things benefit the residents of other communities,” said Decker. “We’re doing whatever we can to help, build new trails, maintain old trails and make a significant contribution.” Guests of the Switchback Shindig included Troy Walker, the mayor of Draper City, Sheldon Wimmer, the mayor
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of Alpine, and Kevin Brooks from Intermountain Healthcare in Utah County. Sponsors included WaterPro, Intermountain Healthcare and Walmart. A silent auction for backcountry ski packages, tickets to Snowbird, jackets, mountain biking gear and Escape Room for up to 10 people took place at the event. Guests were treated to dinner by Mindy of Mellenthin’s Catering and comedians from Wiseguys Comedy Club. Along with raising funds to continue expanding and maintaining the Corner Canyon trails, the foundation also hoped to garner interest in volunteering. Not only are volunteers needed to help clear and build trails, but the foundation is also in need of help within the organization, such as to help run the website that keeps the communities informed about new projects and fun activities. Decker originally started the website to help facilitate communication like watershed rules for dogs to help support the water company and information about new trails. “There are companies like Costco and Home Depot who want their employees to do volunteer work, so we’ve been able to work with them to bring them out and have them work on sections of the trails, which is really fun,” said Kelly. All in all, Decker said he felt the event was a big success. For more information about the Corner Canyon Trails Foundation, maps and upcoming projects, visit http://www. cornercanyontrails.com/
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n just its fifth year, Corner Canyon High School has made quite a mark in the state’s ﬂagship sport. The Chargers’ football team captured the Region 7 championship with a 5-0 record. Overall, the team finished the regular season with an unblemished 9-0 mark, blitzing many of its opponents with a potent offense. Corner Canyon scored 393 points during the regular season, good enough for 43.6 per game. Corner Canyon topped 40 points five times during this span, and reached 50 points or more three times. The Chargers tallied a season-high in a 64-0 shutout of Cottonwood on Oct. 6. The defense was dominant as well, holding opponents to just 93 points, by far the best mark in Region 7. Only 2A’s South Summit and 1A schools Duchesne and Parowan gave up fewer points than the Chargers in the regular season. Corner Canyon’s defensive effort in region play was even more impressive. The Chargers surrendered 48 points against league foes, a tremendous feat considering Region 7’s Alta and Jordan were two of the state’s highest-scoring teams. In the final two games of the regular season, Alta scored just 21 on the Chargers, while Jordan managed only 14 points (all in the fourth quarter after Corner Canyon had already built a 31-0 lead), tying a season low. Head coach Eric Kjar, who was known for directing potent offenses in his previous stint at Jordan High School, has put his stamp on the Chargers. The team heads into the postseason averaging more than 430 yards per game. Four players have taken snaps at the quarterback position, but senior Zach Wilson has been the main signal caller. During the regular season, he directed the Chargers’ high-octane offense by completing almost 60 percent of his passes for more than 1,700 yards. He had a solid touchdown-to-interception ratio by tossing 17 TDs and just five interceptions. Wilson is also the team’s leading rusher. In nine regular season games, he picked up 658 yards and seven touchdowns on 89 carries, a 7.4 yards-per-
Freshman Noah Kjar makes the reception against Jordan. The Chargers defeated the Beetdiggers 31-14. (Travis Barton/City Journals)
carry average. Tai Gonzales has gotten the bulk of the carries from the running back position for Corner Canyon. His 421 yards on 91 carries is second on an offensive unit that averages 153 yards per game. Gonzales heads into playoff action with a team-leading 11 rushing touchdowns. Cole Hagen has chipped in 132 yards on 16 carries, a healthy 8.3 average. Wilson and his backups haven’t been shy about spreading the ball around. A total of 11 players have caught passes. Colton Lawson paces the team with 39 catches for 786 yards and six touchdowns. Noah Kjar is right behind him with 34 receptions for 482 yards and five scores. Gonzales and Payton Richards also have double figures in catches with 16 and 14, respectively. The Chargers’ defense has made life miserable for opposing offenses. Corner Canyon has registered 26 sacks and 13 interceptions. Mikey
Petty has led the sack party with seven while Kennan Aiono has contributed five of his own. Ten players have picked off passes. Conner Ebeling, Blake Emery and Dalton Hagen each have two heading into the postseason. Caden Johnson has been a tackling machine with 61 stops. Corner Canyon hosts Bountiful Oct. 27 in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament. Bountiful finished in a three-way tie for second place in Region 5 and got the fourth seed via tie-breaker. Impressively, the Chargers have played in the postseason each year of its young existence. Last year the team fell in a 5A tournament playin game to Orem, 23-19. This season was the second time the team had gone undefeated in the regular season. The Chargers first accomplished the feat in 2014; however, they bowed out of the playoffs in the semifinals, losing to Roy 39-0.
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Malia Hansen, Madison Park, and Britney Belcher of Taylorsville High School receive trophies for First place in the Duo/Trio Dance competition. (Katherine Call/Taylorsville High School)
he Comic-Con of the Shakespeare world took place in Cedar City on Sept. 28–29. Nearly 3400 students from 109 schools in five states attended the 41st annual Shakespeare Competition, hosted by the Utah Shakespeare Festival (USF) and Southern Utah University (SUU). The competition was an opportunity for junior and high school students to perform Shakespeare scenes as ensembles, duos, trios and monologues, as well as showcase dance and stage crew skills. Students are judged and given feedback by professionals. They also attend workshops and USF productions. The competition is divided into six divisions, based on school size.
DraPer cITY JourNal Both Alta and Corner Canyon competed in the Oxford division and earned quite a few trophies. Alta High School won first place for their ensemble and Second Place Sweepstakes, an award given to schools with the highest cumulative points from all competitions. Corner Canyon High School’s ensemble earned third place. In the Duo/Trio Scene Competition, Haylee McKinnon and Hope Weaver won the Ray Jones Award and first place and Savanna Cox, Kaleb Maher and Sam Schino won third place. In addition to the acting competitions, high school dancers participated in the dance competitions, presenting a three- to six-minute interpretation of a Shakespeare play or sonnet. In the Buckingham division, Jordan High School won third place with their dance ensemble piece. Alta took first place with their dance ensemble in the Oxford division. The most popular competition is the acting ensembles. They incorporate the most actors and are often reinterpretations of Shakespeare scenes. Riverton High School competed with the wedding scene from “The Taming of the Shrew.” Their interpretation incorporated steam punk and Comadia del art. “It’s very physical, it’s very silly — think slide whistles and rubber chickens,” said Riverston theater teacher Erin McGuire. Herriman’s scene from “Much Ado About Nothing” was set in the post-war 1920s. Herriman theater teacher KayCee Brügger said many directors choose to change time periods for their scenes because Shakespeare’s themes and characters are so universal. “Contextualizing it is something that gets done often at different Shakespeare festivals,” said Brügger. “It adds that other layer where sometimes it makes it more relevant to people when they watch or it makes them see it in a different way and helps them learn new things.” Another part of the competition is the Techie Olympics, in which stage crew members get to be in the spotlight. Teams showcase technical skills related to props, costumes, lighting, sound, etc. Participants may have to demonstrate how to apply a fake mustache and
then put in a specialty filter and focus a spotlight. Tasks are scored on time and quality of skills. Kaylee Kunzman of Corner Canyon High School earned first place for the hair and makeup task. In addition to competing, students attended workshops on topics such as stage combat, improvisation, movement, modern dance techniques and choral performance. But the biggest benefit of the weekend was when students received feedback from professional actors and directors, said McGuire. Judges rate the performances and then provide critiques and feedback to the actors. “The experience, the process of getting there is just as important as the feedback for the performance. You can take all that entire experience and use it in all your future performances,” said McGuire. This was a record-breaking year with nearly 3400 students in attendance. “I think people who aren’t familiar with the competition would be amazed at the level of preparation and work that these student s put into this,” said McGuire. “It’s pretty awesome — in the true sense of the word awesome — full of awe.” All the performers do their best, hoping to win, but they are very supportive of each other, McGuire said. “There’s enough competition and meanness out there, and art should be something that you’re celebrating, that you’re sharing,” McGuire tells her students. Theater students often befriend fellow thespians at neighboring schools and support each others’ performances throughout the school year. “I work really hard with my students to try to make sure that they know theater isn’t just about competition but it’s about bringing people together,” said Brügger. McGuire said the competition can be a life-changing experience for the students. It is a comic-con-like atmosphere for theater kids. “Down there, they’re the norm,” said McGuire. “It’s like finding your tribe.”
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Corner Canyon High’s peer leadership team thanks local ﬁrst responders and veterans By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com
hen Corner Canyon High School’s peer leadership team (PLT) adviser Russ Boyer asked last spring who would want to apply for a 9/11 service project grant, senior Amber Wood jumped up and down to quickly volunteer. “I thought it would be a great honor to thank those who do so much for us,” she said. “Our veterans and first responders are America’s unsung heroes. We can never repay what they give us — our freedom, justice, truth in making what America the country it is. Every day we overlook them, but every day, they are out there saving people and making our community safer.” Wood spent most of her spare time last summer writing the Youth Service America grant and outlined how they would spend the $1,500 if Corner Canyon was selected. “Only 50 schools in the nation were awarded this grant. It’s been incredible to receive it and plan a school-wide service project,” said Wood, who is PLT’s school community representative. The service project Wood outlined was to assemble boxes of goodies and deliver them to Draper police and fire departments as well as make blankets and deliver food donated from a school-wide food drive to the veterans and their families.
On Sept. 11, about 30 students delivered a box of supplies and meals for the fire department and on the next day, 65 students delivered the donations of notebooks, candy and snacks to the police department. “We planned to drop off the supplies with the police, but we ended up staying and talking about an hour with them that day. They were so grateful. When we went after school to the fire department, they seemed so thankful for having meals instead of just cereal while on duty,” Amber said. In addition to holding a food drive for donations for the Veterans’ Affairs in Salt Lake City, PLT bought ﬂeece and students spent hours tying blankets for the veterans. They delivered those on Corner Canyon peer leadership team students make blankets for veterans. (Amber Wood/CCHS) Sept. 11. “Americans are good natured; they don’t and updated Youth Service America on their “We had two carloads of food and they were just overwhelmed how we supported them give up and are here to help their fellow man. progress. Part of the grant, as indicated, will be What happened on 9/11 was tragic, but by hon- used for Global Youth Service Day in April. and remembered them,” she said. “We’re still planning what we’ll do, but we About 65 PLT members also helped at the oring those who do so much for others, somewelcome everyone,” Wood said. “We want to conclusion of Sandy’s 9/11 Healing Field by thing beautiful has come out of it,” Wood said. Throughout the service, she took photos unite our school and community.” taking down ﬂags.
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Trail to honor fallen Corner Canyon teens By Travis Barton | firstname.lastname@example.org
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t’s been almost a year since Lexie Fenton and Ethan Fraga died in a car crash. But their memories are not soon forgotten. While the Corner Canyon mountain biking team is riding this season in honor of their fallen teammates, Sofia Osthed and others aimed to make sure their names were immortalized. The Draper City Council unanimously approved a motion to name a proposed trail after the two teens “the Lexie and Ethan Trail.” A multi-use trail that will be .60 miles in length, the trail’s cost would be an estimated $10,000 with funds to be raised by private donations. All donations will go to the Corner Canyon Trails Foundation, who will facilitate construction of the trail. The trail will form a loop around an area called Red Rock, connecting to the Red Rock Trail. The area is located between Mike Weir Drive and Traverse Ridge Road. Osthed, who initiated the project, told the city council the trail can serve as comfort to Lexie and Ethan’s friends and families and bring peace to the community since it was such a public tragedy. Both teenagers were not only members of the Corner Canyon Mountain Biking team, but they were also avid trail users and enjoyed rock climbing, making the trail renaming an appropriate choice to honor their memory. Councilwoman Michele Weeks said this would be a wonderful tribute to the teenagers while Mayor Troy Walker said it was a worthy
cause and an outstanding opportunity. Lexie and Ethan were among five teenagers traveling in an SUV on Nov. 19, 2016 when
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Teens lead change to city’s smoking ordinance, 700 West development passed
pearheaded by two local teenagers, Draper City Council voted unanimously to amend the city’s language on outdoor smoking prohibitions to include e-cigarettes. The two Corner Canyon high school students, Nick D’Amico and Gianna Gist, joined forces with McKelle Hamson, coordinator for the Draper Communities that Care Coalition, to propose an ordinance amending the city’s current language on outdoor smoking. Councilwoman Michele Weeks said prior to the vote how impressed she was with the teenagers’ presentation. “I thought it was a great example of how when you have an idea, you voice your opinion, you get together and now you see it come to fruition,” Weeks said. Their proposal was intended to help recognize the changing trends in the tobacco industry. D’Amico pointed out to the city council that the city eliminated smoking in city parks in 2008, but the ordinance doesn’t cover the new vaping technologies. In the teens’ initial presentation to the city council, Gist proposed an ordinance similar to one adopted by Riverton City where e-cigarettes are banned in city parks for a safer environment. The city ordinance added new terms to the definition of parks to include splash parks, dog parks, skate parks, arenas, amphitheaters, playgrounds and outdoor pools. Hamson said the definition for outdoor smoking now includes “inhaling, exhaling, burning or
By Travis Barton | firstname.lastname@example.org heating a substance containing tobacco, using nicotine intended for inhalation through a cigar, cigarette, pipe, or hookah, use of an e-cigarette or any other oral, smoking device intended to circumvent the prohibition of smoking.” Councilman William Rappleye said he heard positive feedback from community members he spoke with regarding the ordinance. “There seems to be a lot of public support for it,” he said. Prohibitions include smoking within 25 feet of bus stops and 50 feet of mass gatherings unless in designated smoking areas. Mass gatherings are defined as an outdoor assembly of 100 or more people on city-owned property that can be reasonably expected to continue for two or more hours. Violators may be fined up to $25 or given a warning by police officers. This is not the first time D’Amico and Gist have been involved in educating the public on the health dangers of vaping. Both D’Amico and Gist were members of Corner Canyon’s peer leadership team that in February, attended a Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America Conference in Washington, D.C. Students learned how to analyze issues in their community that need improvement. Youth vaping in Draper was the problem they chose to tackle. At the time, Gist told the Draper Journal that they “want to speak to our representatives and senators as well as our local leaders on how to change regulations so it isn’t as easy to get these things,
like e-cigs.” Looks like they continued their work. Other item of note: • The city council voted to approve the Jenson Farms development of almost 50 acres at 11875 S. 700 W. to be turned into a residential subdivision by Bowler Properties. Access points between this subdivision and the neighboring Ivory Homes development were included after much discussion. The development will also include a park and potentially an LDS church. According to city documents, the development will contain a maximum of 86 single-family homes at a density of 2.3 units per acre. “A lot of future residents will live here,” said Councilman Jeff Stenquist. “I think it’ll be good to have interconnectivity and some of these other amenities. I think it’ll be a beautiful development.”
E-cigarettes and electronic oral devices are now included in the city’s outdoor smoking prohibitions at city parks. (Pixabay)
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Draper Park Middle School invites veterans for breakfast and ceremony By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com
raper Park Middle School will host its annual breakfast and Veterans’ Day program at 7:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 10. All veterans are invited. “We want to express our gratitude to our service men and women who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms and liber-
ties,” said Josh Stott, Draper Park Middle School assistant principal. “The veterans and those who are actively serving don’t need to have a student attending the school.” Stott said the program will include a short address by Master Sergeant Clayton Miller with the Utah Army National Guard
and musical numbers by the school’s choir and band, including the “Armed Forces Suite.” They’ve asked each military member to stand or wave during their branch’s song. Those who served are welcome to wear their uniforms, but it is not required. “We want to teach our students to con-
tinue the tradition of deference and respect for our military men and women who serve our country with honor,” Stott said. “We also want to express our gratitude to our service men and women who have sacrificed so much to protect our freedoms and liberties.”
Draper Park Middle School hosts a Veterans’ Day breakfast every year. This year, veterans as well as those who are actively serving are invited to attend the Nov. 10 ceremony. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
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Star party inspires Channing Hall sixth-grade community
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hanning Hall sixth-grader Anya Hatch was bundled up against the brisk night air waiting her turn for one of the 10 telescopes set up on her school’s playground. “We’ve been studying space, but I’m here to see what planets and constellations really look like,” Anya said. “Saturn is like a cartoon. It doesn’t look real.” It was Anya’s first time not only attending a star party, but also looking through a telescope. “I could see the rings of Saturn and its moons,” she said. “It’s pretty amazing.” Anya was looking through a telescope belong to a Salt Lake Astronomical Society (SLAS) member. The society brings personal telescopes to star parties, often at schools, national parks, and Girl and Boy Scout events, to share with others. “I hope to help further the experience of science and the universe for these students,” said Jamie Bradley, who volunteered one of his three telescopes, which has a 10-inch mirror. SLAS member John Johansen said his interest began as a boy when looking through his six-inch mirrored telescope. It increased when he purchased a more powerful telescope in 2013 when Mars’ orbit came the closest to Earth as it had in 1,000 years. He was at Channing Hall Oct. 9 with his telescope that has a 12-inch mirror. “I enjoy astronomy and want to share it,” Johansen said. “I love reactions when they look at Saturn for the first time and say, ‘wow’ in awe.” Many students ask Johansen what the magnification of his telescope is — 350x — and about the Cassini mission that explored the black line in Saturn’s rings of ice.
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“There’s calm air in amongst the rings of rice. It’s peaceful where there’s no material,” he told students and family members. “Galileo discovered Saturn and its rings (in 1610), but he couldn’t figure out what he was seeing on the planet. He said they appear to be ears. It wasn’t until later the ears were discovered to be Saturn’s two moons.” Having astronomers come to the school with their telescopes was the idea of parent Heather Fehrenbach, who contacted SLAS. “I thought that with the students studying about space, I’d see if they would bring their high-power telescopes to school so we could see what was out that night,” she said. “I had no idea we were going to see the planets and the things that we saw. Now I’m hooked on astronomy.” In addition to Saturn and its moons, students also could see double stars, Horsehead Nebula, Owl Nebula, Orion’s trapezium cluster, the International Space Station and more. This was the first time Channing Hall has hosted a star party, science and math teacher Jenny McIntosh said. “I thought it was a fantastic idea to excite the students so they could actually see some of what we cover instead of just visualizing it,” she said. “Maybe when they go camping, they’ll remember this experience when they look at the constellations or have already looked through a smaller telescope and have an interest.” McIntosh said during this fall, sixth-graders will learn about the moon, its phases and surface. She said in Year I Science, they also will learn about the solar system. Channing Hall’s first day of school was Aug. 21, the day of the total solar eclipse. Together, they went to a nearby park to observe.
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Channing Hall sixth-graders and families look at the night sky through telescopes brought by volunteers from the Salt Lake Astronomical Society. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
“The students are learning that so many of our everyday aspects are effected by the sun and moon, like seasons. What we notice out our windows, actually fits into the relationship to our universe and we don’t think of that every day,” she said. Scott Farnsworth brought his sixth-grade son, Brighton, to the star party along with his family. In August, they traveled to Idaho Falls to see the eclipse. “That was an amazing experience,” he said. “I didn’t know what was out tonight, but it’s fun to learn and have the opportunity to see Saturn’s rings through the telescope.” His younger son, Ryder, said he also has been learning about space in his third-grade classroom. “I wanted to see the stars and planets,” Ryder said. “Through the telescope, I can see the colors, Saturn’s surface and the rings. It’s pretty cool.”
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Experience the holiday classic This is our 30th year!
Beloved wolf statue given to school by graduating students By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com his fall, several students pet Koda, their glo-Saxon name that means ‘wisdom,’ ‘wise metal-cast statue of their wolf mascot. The one’ and ‘young wolf,’” Shepherd said. “Native statue was a gift from the eighth-grade graduat- American mythology regard the wolf as the ing class last spring. tribe’s greatest teacher; the forerunner of new In the second year graduating classes have knowledge who leaves the tribe to learn and given gifts to the school, parent Jen Hymas discover and returns to share insight and wishelped students bring the statue to the school. dom. As a natural extension of ‘Channing’ as “An eighth-grade teacher saw the statue our school name, the young wolf is our school and mentioned it to the students when they mascot. The young wolf mascot stands as an were brainstorming ideas,” she said. “When it enduring symbol of discovery, mastery, insight was decided, I picked it up and brought it to and wisdom as we foster individuals who are the school. Eventually, it will be cemented and intellectually agile — responding and contribplaced in front of the school.” uting to a changing world.” Channing Hall graduating student Ethan It was during the school’s third year that Mouser presented the statue to the school at the students nominated names for their mascot. commencement exercises. The previous year, Koda won in a vote over the two other names, the eighth-grade class gave a buddy bench to she said. the school in memory of their classmate Tomas Shepherd said that graduating gifts to the Hollenbach, who died of brain stem glioma, a school will become a tradition and credits the form of brain cancer. school’s parent organization, CHAPS, for makChanning Hall selected the wolf as its mas- ing it happen. cot early in the school’s 11-year history, said “Our students come visit after they graduHeather Shepherd, head of the school. ate but looking at the eighth-grade gifts makes “Channing is an old French and An- sure they are remembered daily,” she said.
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Willow Springs, Draper elementaries create memories with fun run fundraisers By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com
Willow Springs kindergarten students stretch with the Corner Canyon cross-country team during their jog-a-thon fundraiser. (Heather George/Willow Springs)
ain didn’t stop Willow Springs Elementary from hosting their anticipated annual joga-thon. Instead, it just moved inside. “It was just a downpour at mid-morning so instead of running in the rain, we just got creative inside,” said Jill Wade, school jog-athon chair, adding that overcoming the adverse weather supported their theme, “Wildcats Stick Together.” After trying to run the event in the rain three years ago, Wade said it was a good move to hold it inside on Sept. 15. “Corner Canyon High School’s cross-country team was here and led the kids in stretching, warm-ups, agility exercises and then, running in place. It kept the kids active and they still were able to have fun,” she said. In addition to the 20-minute exercise time, students could go outside quickly to throw a ball at a target so teachers, some dressed in wet suits, could take a plunge in the dunk tank. As part of the fundraiser, all students who returned their fundraising envelope were entered into a rafﬂe for prizes donated by area businesses. The top boy and girl who brought in the most funds were awarded a large activity prize while smaller ones were given to the other top students. The class that collected the most donations got a pizza party, Wade said. At the jog-a-thon, students and their families could also purchase concessions. The proceeds were earmarked for field trips, Meet the Masters, Reﬂections, Red Ribbon Week, diversity awareness, literacy programs, emergency kits, teacher appreciation and technology. “We raised a little over $18,000 for the students at Willows Springs. We are able to award the school $5,000 immediately for new technology. We are truly grateful for all the prizes donated by local businesses,” Wade said.
A few days later on Sept. 18, Draper Elementary held its annual Dragon Dash at Corner Canyon High’s track. “We had such a great turnout,” said fifthgrade teacher Christina Van Dam. “We had an average of 50 to 100 students per grade level participate as well their parents and siblings run.” Van Dam said that the teachers got the event going with a 100-yard dash. “It’s more for fun and to get the students pumped to run. We skipped, swam, jogged, danced and just got the students excited,” she said. Students ran by grade level and the fastest of each heat returned for the finals. Top runners received prizes donated by local businesses. The class that raised the most funds earned a pizza party while other top fundraising classes had popcorn parties. Van Dam said the fun run format was changed two years ago from running through the neighborhood and nearby park on a school day morning to becoming an evening event. “We wanted it to be more family centered and more of an event where everyone could come,” Van Dam said. As part of the fundraiser, families could purchase items from food trucks, which gave a portion of the proceeds back to the school. Draper Elementary’s goal of $25,000 per student would help support PTA activities and events, she said. As of mid-September, more than $12,500 had been counted. “Every student got a Draper Elementary T-shirt and when they returned their fundraising envelopes, a lei,” Van Dam said. “It’s a nofuss fundraiser where families can support our school and everyone can have a lot of fun.”
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Juan Diego girls soccer bounced early in state tournament By Josh McFadden | email@example.com
Coming off a state championship, the Juan Diego girls soccer team broke in a new coach and qualiﬁed for the state tournament for the 15th straight season. (Courtesy Goran Golemba)
ostseason play is nothing new to the Juan Diego girls soccer team, so it shouldn’t be surprising that the team qualified for the Class 4A state tournament this year. But the team’s quick exit was a rarity. The Soaring Eagle fell to Snow Canyon 1-0 in the first round of the playoff on Oct. 11. A year after capturing the Class 3A crown, Juan Diego failed to make it past the opening round for the first time since 2003. That year marked the beginning of a current streak of 15 consecutive playoff appearances. “It is never easy to win back-to-back championships,” said first-year head coach Goran Golemba. “As a team, we had a slow start, but ended our season very strong. Even though we lost our first-round playoff game, the team has played great, and I could not be prouder of the effort and team support on the pitch. The team played together with tremendous heart until the final whistle. It was a pleasure watching them come together as one.” The Soaring Eagle placed fourth in Region 11, finishing with a 5-6-1 league record. By grabbing the final playoff berth in the region, Juan Diego drew Region 9 champion Snow Canyon. Juan
Diego played Snow Canyon tough; the game was scoreless at halftime. The Warriors broke through with a second-half goal and kept Juan Diego at bay, holding on for the close victory. “Going into this game as the underdog, we knew it would be a tough game,” Golemba said. “We knew that Snow Canyon is a good team and that they would be tough to compete against. For this game, we had to be mentally prepared the most. Just the week before we had lost our goalkeeper, which had made the situation even more difficult. I would be lying if I said that this did not trouble us when thinking of the final result. However, the team came out more aggressive than ever. I truly believe that in this game, the team had displayed great effort and heart, from the beginning to the end, and never showed any signs of giving up.” Even though the loss prevented Juan Diego from reaching the quarterfinals for the 14th straight season, Golemba was pleased with the way his team competed, especially considering the loss of his goalkeeper. “With the loss at the end, no goalie and only one goal against, this had to be one of our better performances,” he said. “Every loss is a heartbreak, but with
a performance like the team has shown during our first and last playoff game, I could not be prouder as a coach of a fantastic team.” The Soaring Eagle started the year with four straight losses and eight defeats in the first nine games. However, the team regrouped and put together a solid run in region play. Juan Diego went 5-111 overall. Golemba was impressed this season with his team leaders for their skill as well as their examples to the other players. “Players such as Avery Fries, Heaven Kelley and Laveni Vaka are perfect examples of what leaders should be like on the soccer field,” he said. “They have portrayed excellent leadership to the team and never gave up throughout the season, both as individual players and as teammates. Adding to their leadership and great performance are players Bella Moyer, Daviana Vaka (who led the team in scoring), Elizabeth Blair and Abbey Kolff.” The Soaring Eagle played a challenging non-region schedule this season. Golemba expects to do the same next season to get the team ready for the rigors of league play.
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Corner Canyon girls soccer team wins region, falls in state quarterﬁnals
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ike all high school sports, girls soccer can be divided into three seasons: the non-region season, the regular season and the postseason. One seasons builds to the next, and the pressure and importance grows. Clearly the postseason is the most critical and where everything is on the line. Corner Canyon found this out Oct. 12 with a tough 4-1 loss to East in the Class 5A state tournament semifinals. Corner Canyon dominated Region 7 by going 9-1, losing only to Timpview, 2-1, in the regular-season finale Oct. 3. Overall, the Chargers entered postseason play with a 13-2 mark. Still, the team had no answers for East, which shared the Region 6 title with Skyline by going 7-2-1. “We hoped to use the pressure from holding the first-place title all season would help us with the pressure we felt in the tournament,” said head coach Krissa Reinbold. “The excitement of the region title definitely makes you want to keep winning.” Things were tight in the first half, with East holding a slim 1-0 advantage. But the Leopards broke the game open in the second half by outscoring the Chargers 3-1. Corner Canyon advanced to the quarterfinals with a 2-1 overtime victory over Roy on Oct. 10. Roy led 1-0 at the break, but the Chargers countered in the second half to send the
game into extra time. In overtime, the Chargers struck again to emerge victorious and move on to face East. Karerra Passey and Kayla Milford scored for Corner Canyon. Despite bowing out the state tournament earlier than expected, Reinbold said there were plenty of memorable moments and positives on the season. “There are so many fun accomplishments this season, from winning region to hosting our first playoff game and winning a playoff game, but truly I will remember what a great group of girls this team was,” she said. “The group of kids makes the difference as a coach. They wanted to learn and wanted to listen, and as a coach you can’t ask for much more than that.” Corner Canyon enjoyed an 11-game winning streak from Aug. 22 to Sept. 28. The team posted eight shutouts and allowed more than one goal in a game just three times during the regular season. Meanwhile, the offense found the net 69 times. The Chargers scored at least two goals in all but two games, and they managed four goals or more 11 times. The success didn’t come because of one or two players but rather from unselfish, dedicated play. “Our team this season has thrived off being a team and not individuals,” Reinbold said. “We stressed the importance of we are not competing
Corner Canyon girls soccer team ﬁnished as region champs going 9-1 in their region schedule. (courtesy Krissa Reinbold)
against each other; we are thriving to be strong together and help each other. That team mentality truly helped all season. We have a solid team across the board. That is one of the things that has made us so strong this year — we have players in all positions the other teams need to worry about. To pick one player goes against everything we have talked about all season as a team. We are a team, not individuals.” Like any coach, Reinbold would’ve loved to have guided her team to a state champion-
ship. But she was pleased with her players’ progress and the way they believed in themselves and each other from game to game. “The best part of coaching this team has been watching them grow into their own,” she said. “They started the season not confident of what they could be, even though I could see their potential. It was fun to watch them struggle to find their identity and then thrive and accomplish so many goals this season.”
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ride, democracy, patriotism, growth, inspiration, friendship, empowerment — these are all words that describe the Girls State and Girls Nation experience. Girls State: The Girls State program is sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary in each respective state of the country to educate youth about civic responsibility and government processes. For six days during the month of June, Weber State University hosts hundreds of girls selected throughout the state of Utah. This year, 15 girls were selected by the Sandy American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 77. They represented their school as follows: Alta — McKenzie Gutierrez, Lauren Webb; Brighton — Bethany Cutler, Sarah Ellis, Anna Kaufman; Corner Canyon — Aubree Covington, Darienne DeBrule, Bryn Jorgensen, Melise
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Zundel; Hillcrest — Rebecca Dawes, Madison Parker; Jordan — Raegan Davenport, Gabrielle Marz, Adrian Pozernick; Juan Diego — Rori Phibbs. These students participated in a hands-on educational experience concerning government process through elections, mock trials, music and seminars with public officials. Each girl ran for office on a city, county and state level and received three hours of political science credit. Girls Nation: Girls State delegates selected two Girls State senators to represent them at Girls Nation. Raquel Rhoades from Corner Canyon High School was elected to represent Utah Girls State at Girls Nation in Washington, D.C. in July 2016. She will return with the Girls State governor, attorney general and additional senator to run the 2017 session of Utah Girls State.
Juan Diego soars into 3A football quarterﬁnals
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he Juan Diego High School football team began its march toward a third consecutive state championship in convincing fashion, crushing Carbon High School 66-6. The 66 points were a season high, but the Soaring Eagle are no strangers to high-octane offense. The team posted three games of 60 or more points last season en route to a state title win over Delta, 35-21. Last season, the Soaring Eagle started the season 1-3 after playing some Class 4A and 5A teams. This season Juan Diego opened with a 20-10 loss to Bear River but then reeled off seven straight wins before falling in a shootout in the regular season finale to Summit Academy, 51-49. During its first-round rout of Carbon on Oct. 18, the Soaring Eagle looked primed for another deep postseason. Playing at home, Juan Diego started slowly, leading 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. The team held a modest 14-6 lead in the second quarter after a long Carbon touchdown run. But it was all Soaring Eagle after that. Juan Diego tacked on 52 straight points, including 24 more — for a total of 31 — in the second quarter alone. Already up 38-6 at halftime, the Soaring Eagle added 14 more points in the third and fourth quarters. Quarterback Zach Hoffman was all over the place. The senior threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Luke Prokopis in the second quarter to start his team’s 52-0 run.
Juan Diego football ﬁnished the regular season with a 7-2 record. (Travis Barton/City Journals)
Then, in the third quarter, he had TD runs of 65 and 38 yards. Running back Tristen Tonozzi contributed a pair of TD runs (13 yards and 8 yards) as well, both in the third quarter. Jayden Madry and Colby Smith accounted for Juan Diego’s final two scores, chipping in TD runs of 3 yards and 7 yards, respectively. Next up for the Soaring Eagle is an Oct. 27 road date with Grantsville, the No. 2 seed in the North Division. The two teams met during the regular season a year ago, with
Juan Diego winning 34-21. Juan Diego tied for first in the 3A South with a 4-1 record. The Soaring Eagle gave up just 96 points in five league games, second best in the 3A South. Meanwhile, the team’s 385 points are best in all of Class 3A. Only four other teams in the entire state have put more points on the board than Juan Diego. The Soaring Eagle are no stranger to the postseason. The team has reached at least the quarterfinals every year since 2001.
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The shops at Gardner Village are nestled around the historical Gardner ﬂour mill built by early Utah Mormon pioneer Archibald Gardner. The mill is home to Archibald’s Restaurant and CF Home Furniture & Design, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visiting Gardner Village is like taking a step back in time. The atmosphere is reminiscent of the early Utah pioneer mill industry, yet the specialty shops bring a modern feel with trendy clothes, elegant home décor items and more. Gardner Village began in the 1850s when Gardner—a Scottish immigrant who was one of the original pioneer settlers in Utah—and his family put down roots in the industrial hub of Utah, which was on the west side of Jordan River. The first West Jordan ﬂour mill was built in 1853 and 20 years later, the original mill was moved and a new, bigger one was put in its place—now the home of Archibald’s Restaurant and CF Home Furniture & Design. Over the years, the mill and surrounding area was passed onto other owners. In 1979, Nancy Long bought the mill. Her retail experience and entrepreneurial spirit told her to turn it into the furniture store, Country Furniture and Gifts (now CF Home), which opened in May of 1980. A decade later, Nancy followed her dream and opened Archibald’s Restaurant. With the help of her son and staff, Nancy found historical buildings to move to the Village property. Homes, cabins and a train station were donated and renovated to create the village that it is today, complete with a winding stream and covered bridges. The Gardner
Mill made the National Register of Historic Places and won the Utah Heritage Award in 1987 for most improved commercial building. Gardner Village provides its guests with a charming atmosphere to relax and take in the history. Follow brick-lined paths to the 22 locally owned boutiques that sell products ranging from furniture, home decor, candy, quilts, jewelry, women’s and kid’s apparel, antiques and more. Fill your tummy at Archibald’s Restaurant or Naborhood Bakery and Cafe or treat your sweet tooth at the Chocolate Covered Wagon. Host your wedding at The Gathering Place or Mill Plaza event spaces. Pamper yourself with a massage, manicures and more at the Cottage Retreat Salon & Spa. Have professional photos taken around the gorgeous backdrops of Gardner Village by Camera Shy Photography. Bring the kids along for the year-round petting zoo and pony rides. Popular seasonal events include the WitchFest, a Best of State winner that takes place every October. Elves make an appearance during the holidays and Woodland Fairies in the spring. Gardner Village also welcomed back the Wasatch Front Farmers Market this year, every Saturday until October 28. Today, the ownership has passed to a new generation. Nancy’s son and daughter are working to continue to develop the vision their mother began. With hopes for a hotel, convention center and more, there are many exciting changes coming. Gardner Village is located at 1100 W. 7800 South in West Jordan. Visit their website and blog at gardnervillage.com and follow @ gardnervillage on social media.
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Welcome to Draper City! Draper Area Chamber Ranked 7th in Utah “Your Local Business Champion”
The Draper Chamber’s program of work ranges from business advocacy, business networking, and educational programs for members, workforce training, economic development and tourism promotion. We respond to the needs or the local community by being closely tied to businesses, schools, nonproﬁts, and service providers. The Draper Chamber is in a unique position to help our community organize and respond to Identiﬁed needs. The Draper Chamber of Commerce has a long standing commitment to building a sustainable economic future, by being pro-jobs and is always supportive of added employment opportunities thus protecting the livelihood of our area businesses employees, supporting healthy families and encouraging a diverse workforce for the future of Draper City and Utah. We do this by meeting regularly with multiple sectors of our community to address issues that matter most to our members, their employees, their customers and visitors to our city. Together, the Chamber members can build support for programs like “shop local” retail campaigns, “Business behind the Blue” Police Ofﬁcer support, host and or attend one or all of the 20 or more member events a year! It is part of our mission to foster connections between members and help them build their business networks thus prospering in our community. Our typical events include; business luncheons where business leaders receive updates on the state of the City, County, State, or discussion on health care, law enforcement and local education, as well as a series of networking gatherings and special events like, our Annual Golf Fundraiser. Chamber networking provides a relaxed, fun opportunity to build long lasting, strategic business relationships. Our Draper “Chamber University” program strives to provide seminars and educational opportunities to members on several facets of business management. Those looking into starting a new business will ﬁnd helpful information available at the Chamber. We can help create a checklist of how to build and run a business. Our Chamber can connect entrepreneurs with resources that can help their business grow. Whether our members just open a chamber email newsletter, serve on a committee, attend an event or participate in one of our programs, the Chamber is always working for our members; we are your “Local Business Champions”! Have a question, need a resource or face a problem, we are here for you.
Winter driving safety: Snow falls and you slow down By Travis Barton | email@example.com
The long line at the local auto body shop isn’t just for oil changes, it’s for winter tires too. With temperatures dropping and leaves soon to follow, it’s time for a refresher course on safe winter driving. 1) Know the conditions Technology affords us the privilege of knowing road conditions before ever leaving the house. Utah Department of Transportation has more than 2,200 traffic cameras or sensors which gives visuals and data on all major UDOT roads. Drivers can then adjust their routes or schedules according to the heaviness of traffic making for less congestion and less risk for accidents. The UDOT app means you can see all those cameras from your phone. Twitter feeds also provide alerts about traffic situations throughout the state, including roads up the canyon. Unified Police have a canyon alerts twitter page for to update traffic in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons as well as tire requirements and road closures. 2) Prepare the car Make sure the car is prepared for the road conditions, first with good tires. Snow tires give greater tread for better traction. If only two new tires are placed on the car, make sure to put them in the rear. With the falling snow, it’s necessary to have quality wiper blades that ensures clear views rather than leaving water streaks across windshield impairing your ability to drive. The wiper ﬂuid reservoir also needs to be replenished before the first snows hit. Snow and ice should be completely removed from the windows, headlights and taillights prior to driving to ensure visibility. If your car is parked outside overnight, place towels over the windows. This keeps the windows from icing over. A system should be in place to check everything in your car such as the battery power and your cooling system. Antifreeze helps the vehicle withstand the freezing temperatures. The vehicle should also be stocked with a safety items in the case of an emergency. The Utah Department of Public Safety suggests on its website to have jumper cables, a tow rope and small shovel in case the car gets
stuck, reﬂectors or ﬂares to make sure your car is visible to others driving, ﬂashlight and batteries, extra winter clothes, first-aid kit, batter or solar powered radio, sleeping bag, fresh water and non-perishable food, paper towels and hand warmers. 3) Control the vehicle Keeping the car under control requires some safe driving tips. The most obvious: drive slow. Despite our impatience or urgency to get to the desired location, slow driving is the safest driving. Staying under the speed limit, which is meant for ideal conditions, becomes even more important when traveling over snow, ice, standing water or slush. In drivers education courses, prospective drivers learn about the rule for distance between your car and the one in front of you. Driving 60 mph? Stay six car lengths back. 70 mph? Seven car lengths back. This distance should be increased even more during wet conditions to allow the car time and space to stop without rear ending the vehicle in front. All movements should be gradual rather than sudden. This means avoiding sharp turns, accelerating slowly and braking softly. Though you may have four-wheel drive or even all-wheel drive, this does not give license to drive recklessly in winter conditions. This means staying off cruise control as well. The need for seat belts increases tenfold during the winter. With car seats, place coats or blankets around the children after strapping them in. Coats can limit the effectiveness of a car seat. Stay alert. Deer become more active after storms. Black ice causes many crashes and that ice typically looks like wet spots. If skidding does take place, steer in the direction the back of the car is going and ease off the gas. Remember to keep the gas tank at least half way full, it will keep the gas tank from freezing and if you get stuck in a traffic jam, you may need as much gas as possible. 4) Time For those of you who struggle with punctuality, this becomes paramount. Giving yourself plenty of time to reach your destination means you won’t rush, decreasing the chances of a crash.
Please feel free to contact me directly by phone, email or just drop by the ofﬁce. I am always interested in hearing your ideas, comments or concerns. Sincerely, William E. Rappleye President and Chief Executive Ofﬁcer Draper Area Chamber of Commerce Draper Chamber serving the Draper Business Community Since 1994
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UTAH ARTISTS SCHOOL OF BALLET The Utah Artists School of Ballet began in 1981 and have been ushering its dancers into the world of dance ever since. Students have received full ballet or dance scholarships to universities such as Utah, BYU, Las Vegas University and Florida as well as the College of Eastern Utah and Interlochen. Dancers have also become professional ballerinas, dancers, studio owners and renowned choreographers. People now have the opportunity to witness the next generation of UASB dancers with the studio’s production of its 30th annual Children’s Nutcracker Ballet that will feature 150 dancers from ages 2 to adult. Shows will take place on Friday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Juan Diego Catholic High School (11800 S. 300 East). The show features the studio’s own costume wardrobe, which is added to each year. A nightgown for main character Clara, was handmade in Russia while Clara’s sugar plum fairy costume was
handmade by former ballerina from Ballet West and ballet school owner, Miki Casalino. Another Clara costume (from the party scene) was handmade by Priscilla Hao, dance and ballet master costume designer for BYU. UASB dancers don’t audition for parts with everyone performing. Barbara Olsen, UASB owner, said the show is a family affair with her 13-year-old granddaughter to play the role of Clara. This will be her 11th Nutcracker performance. Ron Olsen, Barbara’s husband, will dance on stilts to perform the role of Mother Ginger. Their other granddauther, Mackaylee, 15, is a tumbler who will perform the Russian soloist. Barbara’s daughter Tiffany Perschon, has performed all the soloist variations and is now a ballet teacher at UASB. Cicily Perschon, Barbara’s granddaughter, is also a teacher at UASB having performed many roles in The Nutcracker. “The Nutcracker has been our life,” Barbara said.
While the 36-year-old studio does The Nutcracker each year, it’s not its only show. UASB also performs ballets in June with shows such as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty and Alice in Wonderland. With its state of the art facility and highly trained staff, UASB strives to maintain its high standards with professional production, exquisite costumes and scenery, beautiful choreography and special effects. It’s also family friendly for all ages. The studio offers more than ballet shows with classes for classical ballet for ages 8 and up in addition to pre-ballet classes for ages 3-7. Advanced ballet students have the chance to compete in the Youth America Grand Prix every year. Lyrical, contemporary and jazz classes are also offered with local competitions for those dancers. UASB is located at 9333 S. 1300 East. For more information, call 801-5714788, email firstname.lastname@example.org or find them online at utahartistschoolofballet.com.
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Turkey Day, it’s almost here! Awe, that traditional family day where we gather around a festive fall table enjoying yummy food and confortable conversation, while adorning our cozy sweaters and stretchy pants. Or maybe that’s just my imagination at work again. In reality, it’s usually more like annoyingly loud uncles in football jerseys making belching noises and toddlers playing tag around the table. And that cozy conversation turning to a political showdown or football yelling match. Either way, Thanksgiving is a time to gather and eat delicious food with the people you love and cherish. Then comes the dirty little ﬂip side, the cost of that Thanksgiving meal just came crashing in on you. So, in effort to help keep your from having a nervous breakdown before the bird has even hit the oven, here are some creative ways to help you save money on your Thanksgiving dinner. 1. Make it a BYOD Gathering “Bring Your Own Dish” Just because you’re hosting doesn’t mean you have to do all the serving too. Make it a potluck assignment and ask everyone to bring a contribution. And speaking of BYO – BYOB is a definite money saver too. 2. Only Serve Food the Majority of Your Family Likes
Just because tradition dictates, you DO NOT have to have certain items on your table in order to make it a perfect Thanksgiving meal. If no one ever eats the marshmallow covered sweet potatoes skip it. If there’s just one person that like the green bean casserole and the rest goes largely untouched year after year, maybe it’s time to retire it from the menu. 3. Go Christmas for the Decorating Fall table décor can be pricy and it’s not typically used for more than just this one day. Instead bring the Christmas beauty to your table. It gives the kids something to get excited about and can stay out the rest of the season. Decorating the tree after dinner could also make for a fun new family tradition. 4. Skip the Side (Salad) Plates The turkey isn’t the only thing that gets stuffed, people do too, resulting in wasted food that could be put to better use. Those who want seconds can take them but you’ll find we take a lot less when the food settles a little and we have to think about the seconds. Leave the salad or side plate that collects rolls and extra stuffing off the table. If you want to take it a step further, use smaller dinner plates too. 5. Make it From Scratch If ever there was a time to go homemade, it’s Thanksgiving. Not only will your homemade recipes get your guests nostalgic, they will save you a pretty
penny. So skip the precut veggies, make your own gravy, stuffing and pies. Enlist the help of your kids to give them an appreciation for the creativity and cooking too. You also don’t need to go gourmet. Thanksgiving is all about good, simple comfort food. 6. Plan Your Leftovers It’s easy to get overwhelmed trying to come up with creative uses for turkey after turkey night. Make it easy by researching what you’ll be making with the leftover bird ahead of time. Set your calendar to check Coupons4Utah.com, because a week before Thanksgiving we’ll be sharing a list of our tested recipes for
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