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EECO has changed the skyline of the Salt Lake Valley. It development our community. stands at 165 feet tall, which is the of height of Niagara Falls. In The city is growing rapidly and we Wednesday its original incarnation as a stage, EECO was built to be want to provide meaningfultaken opportunities for residents to have a down and moved to stadiums around the world. To install it A view of the Ecosystem Exploration Craft and Observatory (EECO) being installed August 2019 on the grounds of7, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. (Photo voice in shaping that future growth. We are in the process of permanently instrong Utah presented a unique engineering challenge courtesy Loveland Living Planet Aquarium) 4:00pm–7:00pm Continued page 8 as the structure needed to the be Draper updating City General Plan and want to hear from you! AT DRAPER CITY HALL


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culmination of years of hard work, technical analysis, and community Draper City is proactively planning for the future The General Plan is an important document that 4:00pm–7:00pm engagement. Residents will have The multiple opportunities comment growth and development of our community. clearly articulates atovision to guide key decisionOPEN HOUSE AT GALENA HILLS PARK PAVILLION city is growing rapidly and we want to provide making for years to come. It is the culmination Wednesday on the General Plan either in-person or online. meaningful opportunities for residents to have a of years of hard work, technical analysis, and October 16, 2019 strong voice in shaping that future growth. We community engagement. Residents will have 4:00pm - 7:00pm are in the process of updating the Draper City multiple opportunities to comment on the AT .DRAPER CITY HALL To comment on the plan, please visit www.draper.ut.us/generalplan General Plan and want to hear from you! General Plan either in-person, or online.

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The history of the world, my sweet, is who gets eaten and who gets to eat,” sings the London barber Sweeney Todd to his partner in crime in Stephen Sondheim’s musical thriller, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” The quote sums up a main theme of the musical. “The show explores the social ramifications of what happens when people are put in desperate situations,” said Director Ashley Ramsey. “Sweeney Todd” will be presented Oct. 4–28 at Draper Historic Theatre. When a villainous judge destroys Sweeney Todd’s family, the barber embarks on a bloody spree of vengeance. His neighbor, Mrs. Lovett, a baker of meat pies, has a nefarious plan for what to do with the bodies, especially as meat is hard to come by. “Times is hard,” she sings. In the Draper Historic Theatre production, Ramsey has moved the story from the Victorian era to London during the “Great Slump” of the 1930s. “It was a time of drastic unemployment and a lot of people suffered terribly,” Ramsey said. “We are stripping away the Victorian trappings and getting down to the basic themes of greed and revenge, exploring what makes us tick as humans.” “It’s about more than the meat pies,” said Assistant Director Jen Spongberg. “It’s important to tell the stories of the characters. People are working but can’t afford to make ends meet. The characters deserve to have their stories told.” Sondheim set out to write a horror musical, which was first staged on Broadway in 1979 with Len Cariou and Angela Lansbury in the lead roles. The actual story of Sweeney Todd is fictional and comes from a Victorian era “penny dreadful” — a cheap, sensational serial akin to a comic book. “This show explores the worst, darkest


corners of human character,” said Anne Considine-Olsen, who plays Mrs. Lovett in the Draper Historic Theatre production. However, the story is told through soaring, beautiful melodies and is laced through with wicked humor. Considine-Olsen is relishing the role of the fiendishly daffy Mrs. Lovett. “She is about as funny a villain as you’ll find,” she said. “Mrs. Lovett is hilarious and horrify-

ing — which makes for a great night at the theater!” In the role of Sweeney Todd, Parker Rawlins sees the character as complex. “Sweeney is not a monster. In spite of the darkness, there are moments when he displays empathy. Everybody has the potential of light and dark within them,” Rawlins said. “There’s a line in the finale that says ‘Perhaps today you gave a nod to Sweeney Todd, the

Draper Historic Theater presents Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” Pictured from left to right: Jacob Ericksen, Kate Lyn Child, Parker Rawlins, Anne Considine-Olsen and Josh Bone. (Photo courtesy Jen Spongberg/Draper Historic Theatre)




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demon barber of Fleet Street.’ He could be anyone.” Josh Bone is grappling with his role as the evil Judge Turpin. “He is so drastically different from who I am,” Bone said. “But part of why I act is that it lets me step into other characters and personalities. It’s one of the main reasons I love theater and acting.” In the show, Sweeney Todd has a beautiful daughter named Johanna who hardly knew her real father and is living as Judge Turpin’s ward. Kate Lyn Child, who plays Johanna, noted that the songs help to tell the character’s stories. “The song ‘Green Finch and Linnet Bird’ conveys what Johanna wants — she knows deep down that something is wrong,” Child said. “The music is amazing.” Jacob Ericksen, who plays Anthony, a young sailor who falls in love with Johanna, agreed. “I like how the music itself conveys more than words about what is going on. It’s storytelling through music, one of the best things about the show,” he said. The team behind this production is using the intimate space of Draper Historic Theatre to make it an immersive show. “We want audiences to go home asking themselves, ‘What would I do in this situation?’” Ramsey said. The cast will be getting in the space of the audience. Ramsey suggests that audience members arrive a little early “for fun little treats and surprises.” Rawlins invites Draper Journal readers to take a chance and see the show. “Take the plunge and have a new experience; you could find something that speaks to you.” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” will be presented at Draper Historic Theatre October 4 through 28. For performance times and tickets, visit www.drapertheatre.org or call 801-572-4144. Draper Historic Theatre is located at 12366 South 900 East in Draper. l

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Corner Canyon soccer coach hopes to score big with Handel’s ice cream franchise By Katherine Weinstein | katherine@mycityjournals.com


ast year, soccer coach Krissa Reinbold’s brother sent her family four quarts of Handel’s Homemade ice cream from his franchise in California for Christmas. Krissa’s husband, Matthew, said, “We were watching TV and thought we’d try it. We were blown away!” The family couldn’t stop eating it. “We knew it was something our friends would enjoy and other people would like too,” Matthew said. The Reinbold family will open the first Utah franchise of Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream this month in Sandy on the Draper border. Managing the ice cream store will be a new venture for Krissa, currently assistant coach of girls soccer at Corner Canyon High School. Finding a balance between work and family inspired her to make a career change. As head coach, Krissa led the team to victory in the state championship last October while simultaneously juggling responsibilities to her own family. “I realized that my focus was getting too stretched and it wasn’t fair to the girls — or my own kids,” Krissa said. When her children’s activities increasingly started to conflict with the soccer game schedule, she decided it was time to step down as head coach. Matthew and Krissa have two children, Rylee, age 13 and Nolan, age 10. Both are involved in many extracurricular activities

including mountain biking and tournament golf. Nolan is an aspiring actor who has performed in productions at Draper Arts Council and Hale Centre Theatre. Supporting their kids in their endeavors is important to Krissa and Matthew. “There’s this small window of time when you feel like your kids really need you,” said Krissa. She still finds time for the CCHS soccer team. As assistant coach, “I’m still there quite a bit,” Krissa said. “I show up and I go to practice, I can focus on that.” She enjoys the camaraderie with the players. “They are a fantastic group of girls.” Krissa will continue as assistant coach while managing the new Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream. “We’ve always wanted to own our own business,” she said. “What better way to do it than with such a great product?” Matthew and Krissa visited the Handel’s headquarters in Ohio where they sampled 60 flavors of ice cream. “Sometimes when you try ice cream, it can be hit or miss,” said Matthew. “At Handel’s, it was hit after hit.” Matthew’s favorite flavors include coconut cream pie, strawberry cheesecake, raspberry chocolate and pistachio. Krissa is partial to the cotton candy flavor as well as chocolate peanut butter brownie. “There is no bad flavor,” she said with a smile, “but I might be biased.”

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Draper mom encourages reading by opening a Little Free Library By Stephanie Yrungaray | s.yrungaray@mycityjournals.com books in there.” Draper City Councilmember Tasha Lowery came to the informal ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by the Fowler family. “As a reading specialist I think it’s absolutely phenomenal,” Lowery said. “As a resident, I think it is inspirational, and as a parent, I think it’s a great way to encourage our children to have a love of reading.” Fowler said she hopes people out and about near their box at 13132 Levoy Circle in Draper will stop by and take a peek. “I love the community aspect of sharing books,” said Stephanie. “Reading means a lot to me. I love the joy of sharing good books and stories, and I’m trying to bring more of that to our community.” “We love to see residents getting involved and doing creative and neat things for the community,” Lowery said. “Draper is such a special place because of people like the Fowlers — people who go above and beyond to From left to right, Stephanie Fowler, Braden Fowler, Carson Fowler, Stephanie’s mother, and Trisha Lowery at the Little Free Library ribbon-cutting ceremony. (Photo courtesy Stephanie give back and participate and make Draper amazing for all of us.” l Fowler)


love of books plus a labor of love combined to create a Little Free Library in Draper. Draper resident and avid reader Stephanie Fowler first saw a neighborhood library exchange box on national television and knew she had to have one. “I’ve been talking about wanting one for three or four years,” said Fowler. “This past Mother’s Day I told my husband, ‘This is the only thing I want.’” While some neighborhoods might have their own versions of free book exchanges, Little Free Libraries have been registered on a website and are included on a nationwide map at www. littlefreelibrary.org. The Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that gives inspiration and instruction on how to facilitate a free book exchange location in your neighborhood. The Fowler’s library is the third registered in Draper; there are over 90,000 Little Free Libraries across the United States. Fowler’s husband, John, and their two sons, Braden and Carson, worked for months in their spare time to build Stephanie’s library box. “Stephanie has an absolute love of reading and she tries to impart that to me as well as our boys,” John said. “I have a love of woodworking and re-

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alized this project could be a fun little thing to do.” John, an engineer and businessman by trade, designed the house to resemble their family home and engineered it to keep out the inevitable Utah rain and snow. “To me, figuring out how to keep it waterproof was the most challenging part of the engineering,” John said. “We did a design around the door to keep the water out. It hasn’t gone through a winter yet but I’m hopeful things got sealed properly. It was an enjoyable challenge for me.” On Sept. 2, the Fowlers held their own ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of Stephanie’s long-awaited Little Free Library. Housed inside were 20 different books for passersby to take or trade for. “I put some books in — both adult and kid’s books,” said Stephanie. “As my kids are outgrowing books I will keep adding new ones to the box.” People are encouraged to take books, donate books, and can choose to return the books they’ve read to the same Little Free Library or possibly another location. Stephanie said she enjoys peeking in the box to see if books have been ex- Draper’s third Little Free Library is stocked and open to the public. (Photo courtesy Stephchanged. “It’s so exciting,” she said. “The anie Fowler) other day I saw there were two new

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Continued from front page stable in high winds and other weather conditions. Seismic issues were also taken into consideration. LLPA worked with engineering teams from the U.S. and Europe on this project, including the groups who originally designed and built EECO, to convert it into a permanent structure. A member of the team who traveled with U2 to oversee its construction in different venues came to Draper to help with its installation. Multiple cranes were involved in a carefully choreographed simultaneous lift to get the pieces of EECO installed. The entire project is actually a giant example of recycling and repurposing, an endeavor that falls in line with the aquarium’s mission to champion stewardship of the planet. EECO is comprised of 200 tons of steel. By re-using the structure, building materials, resources and energy were conserved. According to statistics set forth by the World Steel Association, approximately 1.9 million tons of carbon emissions are created during the production of one ton of steel. In re-purposing the Claw into EECO instead of building something new, the aquarium prevented 760,000 pounds of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

Turning EECO into an educational exhibition space

With EECO now in place, new interactive themed exhibits to encourage science exploration and play in a botanical setting will be constructed underneath and around it. The

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exhibits and play areas will be focused on concepts such as curiosity, connections and choices. In the “curiosity” section, visitors will explore a world of microscopic creatures made larger than life and enjoy a coral community play area. A feature exhibit on artists and musicians who are inspired by nature is also planned. The “connections” exhibit area will focus on the interconnection of ecosystems. A giant water cycle will demonstrate how we are all connected by water and how that resource is the key to survival in Utah. Another planned exhibit and play area will show how the natural world is connected through species migration. Visitors will be invited to make a choice about the future they want to see and reflect on how they are part of the ecosystem in the “choices” exhibit area. “We want to create a peaceful, hopeful space including a zen garden,” Doggett said. “People will be pleasantly surprised at how the outdoor educational exhibits illustrate our commitment to our mission.” The EECO Command Center will be constructed directly beneath the center of the structure. Planned for completion later in 2020, the Command Center will provide interactive, ecology-themed experiences using virtual reality technology. Visitors will embark upon voyages exploring different aspects of science, from venturing into a rain-

forest, outer space or the inside of a cell.

A new era for Loveland Living Planet Aquarium

EECO and its associated exhibits will be part of a larger campus, which will eventually include a new welcome center, a plaza that will serve as a community gathering place and a new 90,000-square-foot Science Learning Center. The goal is to have the plaza completed by next spring while the welcome center could be ready as early as this winter. “What we are creating is much more

than an aquarium,” said Anderson via press release. “The Science Learning Campus will be a community gathering place, a research center and entrepreneur space, and it will inspire future generations of scientists.” LLPA invites the public to support their expansion efforts by visiting thelivingplanet. com/eeco. Bricks and plaques are available to help fund the plaza. For naming and sponsorship opportunities, contact development@ thelivingplanet.com. Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is located at 12033 Lone Peak Parkway, Draper, UT 84020 l

A view of the Ecosystem Exploration Craft and Observatory (EECO) being installed on the grounds of Loveland Living Planet Aquarium. (Photo courtesy Loveland Living Planet Aquarium)

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Channing Hall Fall Festival combines traditional carnival with Maker Fair fun By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


amilies can create with circuits or motors as well as have fun with carnival games at Channing Hall’s ninth annual Fall Festival, which is open to the community. Originally began as a historically harvest-themed event, the fall festival has transitioned from pumpkins and petting zoo to carnival games and cotton candy to creating a cardboard city and robotics. “Last year, we had a great opportunity to transition it to include a Maker Fair, which gives families another way to participate,” said Missy Badberg, think lab teacher and librarian. “We’re continuing that again this year, with some new activities, plus a makeand-take robotic circuit they can do at home.” The three-hour event, with the theme of “Ready Player One,” begins at 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4 at the school campus, 13515 S. 150 East. Tickets will be sold for the various activities and food items, such as pizza and nachos. Activities will be held, rain or shine. While there still will be bounce houses, Bingo, a green screen photo booth and other various carnival-type activities, both Badberg and librarian Sarah Holland are planning the Maker Fair projects. These include rockets with a stomp launcher, vintage video games, a Pac-Man robot that has a vibrating motor, a helicopter with a programmable circuit to flash lights,

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3D pens for creating designs, virtual reality games, pre-printed items from 3D printers to select and various items — nuts, bolts, connectors, cardboard – where “they can upcycle and recycle and create their own items,” Badberg said. Many of the activities tie into the school’s recently opened Think Lab. The Think Lab has one wall created just of Legos, a green screen on another, and on other walls, six desktop computers, a couple 3D printers and reference books. There are 15 iPads and 30 Chromebooks students can use throughout the room or bring to their next project and of course, carts of supplies — Sphero robots to Raspberry Pis and programmed microbits to bristle bots. The school, which serves 625 students from kindergarten through eighth grade, has a ratio of 1-to-1 devices for students in fourth grade and older. The fall festival not only serves as a community event, but also as a fundraiser. “Half of the money raised during the Fall Festival will go to help fund teacher aides,” Holland said. Last year, school business manager Jen Barrett said their school board is committed to providing that additional instructional support. Barrett said the fall festival brought in

Last year, Channing Hall incorporated Maker Fair projects, such as rocket making, to the fall festival, which this year is set for Oct. 4. (Photo courtesy of Missy Badberg/Channing Hall)

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8. By not wearing decorative contact lenses, you lower the risk for serious eye injury. 9. Wear well-fitted costumes, masks and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, falls and relentless mockery from your peers. 10. Drive extra safely on Halloween. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert during those hours. Slow down in residential neighborhoods. We all know how excited kids can be. Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully. 11. Remind children to watch for cars turning or backing up and to not dart into the street or between parked cars. 12. Put your electronic devices down as you walk around. 13. Keep costumes bright, or add reflective tape, to ensure kids are easier to spot. 14. Brush your teeth. Candy is sticky and cavities will scare you. 15. You can maximize your candy intake by planning your route. Stick to places you are familiar with so you can also circle back around to Halloween headquarters.




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Fine arts showcased at Draper’s Art in the Barn show By Stephanie Yrungaray | s.yrungaray@mycityjournals.com


ttendance was high and art was exquisite at the second annual Art in the Barn show in Draper. The Draper Visual Arts Foundation hosted the fine arts exhibition and showcased the artwork of around 18 artists from Draper, Sandy and other nearby cities. “This year we have sculptures, oils, watercolors and ceramics,” said Lynn Smith, a member of the Draper Visual Arts Foundation and an artist featured at the show. There was no cost for invited artists to exhibit and they were able to sell their artwork. “We want to showcase artists in our area,” said Lowell Baum, president of the Draper Visual Arts Foundation. “There are a lot of beautiful artists that do great work and this is an opportunity for them to do it free of charge.” “We want to do our best to encourage not only appreciation of art but to encourage people to have it in their homes,” said Debbie Shurtleff, one of the organizers of the event. “Art is so important to our community and the world.”

Katheryn Stott Buxton grew up in Draper and was invited to display her paintings. This was her second year doing the Art in the Barn show. “I love the community of artists in Draper,” Buxton said. “It’s a wonderful time to share what we’ve been working on with each other and the people who come here.” Smith said he enjoys the diversity of talent and the interpretations of art that come from different cultures represented at the show. “We have pieces from a young lady from India and from a Native American gentleman,” Smith said. “I think we ought to really praise the quality and the value of the arts that people are producing in our own midst. We have a great community for artists.” Smith said the foundation plans to continue this annual event each September and hopes the Art in the Barn show will get bigger and better every year. “Golly, the people of Draper need to see what is going on,” Smith said. “They need to see the talent that is around, and those that have the talent need the op- Residents enjoy artwork displayed at the second annual Art in the Barn show in Draper. (Stephanie Yrungaray/City portunity to show it and share it. l Journals)


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Gingerbread cookies plus a glass of milk equals heaven, says Draper baker By Linnea Lundgren | linnea.lundgren@mycityjournals.com


here are cookies, and then there are the classic cookies. Gingerbread, one of the most notable examples, has never gone out of fashion. It’s been in Europe for centuries and sold at medieval fairs. Fast forward to today and it’s known as a holiday treat, typically for Christmas. Summer Pugh wants to change that and make this classic a year-round favorite. “Gingerbread is so unique that it’s my focus,” said the longtime Draper resident and owner of the Gingerbread Cottage. “I am converting people over (to appreciating it as a year-round treat).” She says it’s so much more than just a sugar cookie. “It’s the most delicious cookie with special spices and a rich, warm aroma that is equally as wonderful as the taste.” Her love of gingerbread started in Germany, the birthplace of the gingerbread house. While her father was stationed near the Rhein Main Air Force base, the family lived in a century-old village complete with a bakery. That’s where Pugh’s mother learned how to make gingerbread. During the Christmas holiday she’d create gingerbread houses, but made her children wait until New Year’s Day to eat her artwork. For 12-year-old Pugh, that was difficult. In her adult years, Pugh continued her mother’s tradition of making gingerbread houses, but didn’t wait to eat the leftover house trimmings. “I’d eat them and I’d think, ‘These are so good. I should start a business.’” Family, friends and neighbors, whom she often gifted her creations to, agreed. Soon she moved from home baking to craft shows to a full-time business with an emphasis on cookies — notably gingerbread, but also sugar and chocolate. “Cookies are my love,” she said. It’s the instant joy she sees on the faces of kids and adults after biting into a cookie that thrills her. Unlike gingerbread houses, she said, cookies are easy to hold and provide instant enjoyment. Add a glass of milk to complement and you’re in heaven, she added. Seven years ago she started the Gingerbread Cottage. Recently, she moved from a

home kitchen to a commercial kitchen by converting her garage into a work studio, complete with large oven and ample counter space. She took her mother’s gingerbread recipe and made it her own, working on improving shelf life and texture. Americans, she noted, like their cookies soft, while Europeans prefer hard cookies. Her recipe is top secret. Unlike mix, drop and bake cookies (like chocolate chip), creating gingerbread is labor intensive. It involves mixing, rolling, cutting, baking, cooling, icing, drying the icing, finishing the detailing and then individually bagging each creation to keep it fresh. “They take days to make,” Pugh said. “They’re a special cookie to make and a special cookie to give. If you want to make someone feel special, this is the cookie.” She’s often up at 4 a.m. to start the baking and decorating process. Pugh draws creative inspiration for cookie design from books, magazines, colors and nature. “My motto is anything can be turned into a cookie,” she said. She’s big on themes, such as a summer collection featuring cookies shaped and decorated as ice cream cones, palm trees and sandals. Popular now are logo cookies for corporations looking for a unique gift. Draper resident Summer Pugh holds gingerbread cookies she makes for her business, the Gingerbread CotHer perfectionist tendencies have served tage. (Photo courtesy Summer Pugh) her well when it comes to the intricate detailing of each cookie. “It’s sometimes a curse, but it’s a blessing when it comes to cookies,” Want to know the truth about Reverse Mortgages? she said. Although her business doesn’t have a My siblings and I want mom to be secure storefront location, Gingerbread Cottage’s in her home with her fixed income. cookies are sold at various Draper businessCan a Reverse Mortage help with that? es, including Pirate O’s during the winter holiday season. This year she is offering a I want to leave a legacy to my children. no-chill gingerbread mix, perfect, she said, for people looking for an easy way to start Will having a Reverse Mortgage on my their own gingerbread-making tradition in home keep my children from inheriting their kitchen. my estate? “That’s how I started,” she said. “I really love the concept of starting family traI’m 62 and concerned if I need to cover ditions.” medical bills or long term care. To see more gingerbread cookies, visit Can I use the equity from my home with thegingerbreadcottage.com. l

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Draper Mother, trained Peer-Support specialists seek to offer low-to-no-cost mental health support By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com

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n the first scene of the blockbuster movie “Silver Linings Playbook,” Bradley Cooper’s character, Pat Solitano Jr., is stalling a meeting he has with the doctor of a mental health facility where he is institutionalized. Later in the film, he chides another therapist, Dr. Patel, for leveraging “not okay” tactics, which lead to his being “triggered” into a rage. It is not until Pat coincidentally encounters Patel at a Philadelphia Eagles tailgate party that Pat begins to really bond with his doctor — half of whose face is revealed to be painted in the deep-green color literally classified as “Eagle Green” — and thus, make progress with his “brother in green.” Even more significant is Pat’s meeting Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence). Prior to their meeting, both know that each suffers from mental illness. The two quickly quiz each other about, then poke fun at, meds each has used and how they feel the medications drain their energy. Their connection is so quick and immediate they decide to skip the meal that brought them together.


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Those who have not been treated for a mental illness may have trouble imagining meeting someone and then, within minutes of that first meeting, joking about medications and mental illness. This same principle is at the heart of a new nonprofit a Draper mother and wife Serena Millet, who has had mental illness her entire life, hopes will change the landscape of possibilities for Utah’s poor and even homeless. Insane Ability, which just received 501c3 nonprofit status in August, has state-regulated certified peer support specialists to speak with clients on the phone, via video chat or face-to-face. These are not therapists, but, according to founder Serena Millet, are peers who can provide a valuable complement to a therapist, or serve as an affordable, here-and-now, stand-alone service to help the mentally ill, substance abusers and others just needing some guidance, cope on a day-to-day basis.

Self-described “stay-at-home Draper mom” with a lifetime of mental illness Serena Millet is looking to provide peer-based mental health coaching for those with low to no income. (Serena Millet)

get better.” Meet Curtis, Katherine and Rachelle. These are not Insane Ability clients. Rather, these are ever-healing individuals who have dedicated a year training to be certified by the state to help others in similar circumstances.

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textbook, whereas peer support is like becoming informed by sharing a cup of coffee with a trusted, street-smart confidant, Millet says. “I joined a lot of support groups for mental illness — that helped me more, meeting and talking with other people,” she said. Millet’s husband has severe contamination OCD. He spends hours, daily, washing and rewashing his hands. He has a hard time keeping commitments and schedules, and is, happily, luckily, cushioned and supported by working a job in sales for a family business. Such circumstances accommodate what seem like peculiarities associated with his mental illness. A six-week engagement with a local treatment facility specializing in treating his disorder would cost $10,000 and is not an economic reality, Millet says.

Business school teaches would-be-entrepreneurs to find a problem to solve and then develop the product or service to satisfy it. In similar manner, Millet feels Insane Ability is a solution she would have wanted — even as a youngster growing up in Cottonwood Heights. “My family wasn’t really into helping with therapy,” she says. “They never thought about getting me help, and I never asked about it.” Once she finally did seek therapy — as a young 20-something — she Getting by with a lot of help from found it unsatisfying. “I didn’t really enjoy therapy too friends — and professionals With her own family circumstancmuch. They are trained to help you, Street cred es in her mind’s eye, Millet conceived but they have never, personally, been “Addiction to alcohol, drugs, the idea for Insane Ability last summer. through it.” manipulation of people, places and The name came to her as “someShe — like Pat Solitano Jr. — felt things.” thing laid back, something to make peo“looked down on.” “Depression and anxiety.” ple feel comfortable and not a bunch of “My doctor shared my oldest sis- Textbook versus coffee extreme professionals looking down on ter’s mentality — that I would never A therapist is like learning from a

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you,” she says. The name, she says, is even a word few might associate with mental illness — “fun.” The organization has a website and a Facebook page with several hundred likes. A team of certified peers started servicing clients in August. When clients call in to the organization, the experience is unlike the clinical, intentionally professional personas of traditional mental health treatments. Millet’s children can frequently be heard in the background, or Millet herself may sound as if she is in the middle of doing something else — which, she likely is, as this is decidedly a shoestring nonprofit, only currently funded by her and her husband. She says this type of “reality” is appreciated and can actually show vulnerability and enhance bonding. “A lot of people I talk to are also moms or parents, and they laugh it off,” she says, laughing herself with the memory of some of the interactions.

Insane Ability’s board of directors. Romero hopes to help the organization tap into Medicare and substance-abuse funding sources to “provide services and treatment to people who don’t have access.” Frank Bedolla, executive director of the Fathers and Families Coalition of Utah, is looking to partner with Millet’s fledgling organization. Bedolla says he plans to refer parents needing support to the organization. “I see them as coaches,” he says. Insane Ability offers free peer counseling groups and affordable coaching sessions for individuals and couples. To reach them, check out www.InsaneAbility.org. l

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Peering into the future

With her sights firmly set on reaching under-served populations in Salt Lake County — and ultimately, to the state at large — Millet is writing grants for funding and networking with others in the local mental health ecosystem. Joselyn Romero, an education and inreach specialist and licensed clinical social worker for the State of Utah, is a member of


Affordable mental health consultations and complimentary support groups are provides by Insane Ability. (Insane Ability)

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Sisters sweep the Draper singing competition By Stephanie Yrungaray | s.yrungaray@mycityjournals.com


raper sisters Lexi Millar and Bailey Schepps proved that musical talent runs through their blood when they swept the Jr. Idol and Draper Idol competitions this summer. When 12-year-old Lexi Millar decided to enter the Draper Idol Junior competition at the city’s town days, she wanted her big sister by her side. Nineteen-year-old Bailey Schepps had competed in the Draper Idol competition two years earlier and Lexi knew her big sis would have valuable advice. “We rehearsed together and gave tips to each other,” Lexi said. “It really helped me because most of the advice wasn’t about my singing but about the feel of my song. It’s not only the sound that is important but it’s also the feeling and emotion of the song. It was really great to have my sister there helping me.” Schepps loved watching her little sister prepare for the competition. “It was really cool to watch her be in her element,” said Schepps. “She’s always loved performing, singing and playing piano. It was so cool to see a visual representation of how we share that.” Draper Idol and Jr. Idol are singing competitions held every summer during the Draper Days festival. For the past 11 years, talented local residents have competed for coveted

The winning sisters and their family after the Draper Idol Competition. Back row, left to right: Dustin Schepps, (brother), Aaron Millar (Dad). Front row left to right: Lexi Millar, Bailey Schepps, Chelsea Millar (Mom), Jocelyn Allred (Grandma) and Sydney Millar (sister). (Picture courtesy of Chelsea Millar)

trophies and prize money. Lexi sang “Someone Like You” by Adele while accompanying herself on the piano for the Jr. Idol competition, which was open to contestants from ages 12 to 15. Draper Idol contestants, ages 16 and up, competed with two songs. Schepps performed “I Can’t Make

You Love Me” by Bonnie Raitt as well as an original song “December.” She also played the piano for both of her pieces. “Lexi and Bailey both showed a level of artistry that other contestants didn’t show,” said Draper Idol Coordinator and Judge Mackenzie Tolk. “They both played piano

and did their own arrangements of the songs. It was really impressive.” Both girls said having each other in the competition made them feel less nervous. “I was definitely less nervous because I knew that she was out there cheering for me,” Schepps said. “I felt like I had a lot of support,” said Lexi. “My family and Bailey were there so I didn’t feel super nervous.” The sisters also said they had a feeling that the other was going to walk away with the trophy. “I was like, ‘No doubt about it she is going to win,’” said Lexi. “It was the same feeling she had for me. The other singers were really amazing too, but she just performed well.” “We were really excited that both of them were in it,” said dad Aaron Millar. “There was a lot of excitement that they could share that victory together.” “It was a day that as a mom I’ll remember forever,” said mom Chelsea Millar. “They are individually talented but the fact that they are sisters and won the same year was really special. My heart was just bursting for both of them.” “It was really cool to see them both win,” Tolk said.”The talent definitely runs in the family.” l


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Burchett memorial bench will be ‘a place to process, in our own way, what sacrifice was made that day,’ according to fire chief By Mimi Darley Dutton | m.dutton@mycityjournals.com

Tom Burchett, Matt’s father, expressed the family’s gratitude for the support they’ve received. (Mimi Darley Dutton/City Journals)


bright red bench honoring Battalion Chief Matt Burchett was dedicated Aug. 16 at the Maple Hollow Trailhead in Suncrest. The site was chosen because of its proximity to Burchett’s home and to the outdoors, a favorite place for the firefighter and his family to spend time together. Burchett perished fighting a fire in the Mendocino Complex in northern California Aug. 13, 2018 while on loan from the Draper Fire Department. Bagpipes played “America the Beautiful” as a color guard presented the American and fire department flags to begin the

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The bench was donated by Superior Equipment and Smith Steel Works, and Critical Laser completed the design and build. (Mimi Darley Dutton/City Journals)

The bright red bench honoring Matt Burchett will be permanently located at the Maple Hollow Trailhead in Suncrest. (Mimi Darley Dutton/City Journals)

ceremony. The Fireman’s Prayer was read, including the words, “Give me strength to save…I want to fulfill my calling and to give the best of me.” Draper Mayor Troy Walker spoke. “Remember the sacrifice and service of Matt. To everybody that knew him and loved him, we offer our condolences again. This is a great setting for this ceremony — I know Matt loved the outdoors,” he said. Walker went on to say that Burchett was representing Draper, the state of Utah and his family while working in California. “He was there to help. I don’t know that you can do

better than that. It typifies everything that’s great about Matt — the willingness to serve. People can sit on this bench and think about Matt, reflect on a man who gave his life for other people.” Fire Chief Clint Smith addressed Burchett’s wife, Heather, and his young son, Griff. “Heather is an amazingly strong person. I think I’ve found more strength from her than I’ve been able to give back. Griff, I see your dad in your smile. I appreciate you sharing that with us,” he said, adding, “This will be a place of peace for all to visit and I know it will be a place that I visit often.”

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Matt’s father, Tom Burchett, thanked everyone who has supported their family following their loss. Tom said he hopes he’s sitting on the bench someday when someone asks him who Matt Burchett was. “I’ll give them an earful,” he said. Sandy Storms from Unified Fire Authority played “Amazing Grace” on the bagpipes at the ceremony’s conclusion. The bench was donated by Superior Equipment and Smith Steel Works, with the design and build completed by Critical Laser. l




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United States Honor Flag stops at City Hall to honor Draper’s own By Mimi Darley Dutton | m.dutton@mycityjournals.com


ne year, one month and three days after firefighter Matt Burchett perished while fighting a wildfire in California, the U.S. Honor Flag made a stop at Draper City Hall in his honor. It was one of several stops throughout Utah on Sept. 16 for the flag. The U.S. Honor Flag arrived with a motorcycle escort, soon followed by several Unified Fire Authority trucks. Fire personnel, police, city employees, family and acquaintances of Burchett gathered on the steps of City Hall to honor his sacrifice. Doug and Connie Hornok of Draper came to show their respect for the flag and for Burchett, a cause near to their hearts because their son is a policeman in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The U.S. Honor Flag began with Chris Heisler shortly after the 9/11 attacks. Heisler, a Texas businessman at the time, traveled to Ground Zero with an American flag and a Texas state flag he’d been given. Heisler joined the army in 2003 and took that same American flag to Iraq and Afghanistan during his deployments. He returned home after being injured. Since 2007, the same flag has traveled around the country to honor American heroes, supported by the Honor Network. Heisler spoke at Draper City Hall. “It is an honor and a privilege for us to be back here with this flag,” he said, adding that “this single American flag” has been at over 1000 funerals, memorials and events all over the

United States and has traveled more than seven million miles by ground, by air, and even into space aboard NASA’s last space shuttle mission. He said the flag honors the selfless courage of firefighters, police officers and emergency responders as well as their families, whom he called “incredible people” because they support those who selflessly serve. Heisler spoke of patriotism and “the goodness of what this country is all about, democracy.” City Manager David Dobbins described the flag’s visit as “a beautiful and touching honor” and noted the city’s losses in both Draper’s fire and police departments. “It is humbling to stand here before you in this capacity,” said Draper City Fire Chief Clint Smith. “Matt was a true master of his craft, a leader and a true American hero. Matt has become our own symbol of pride, honor and dedication.” Smith also mentioned policeman Derek Johnson in his remarks, saying the flag “represents honor to two of our own, Derek Johnson and Matt Burchett, who have given that ultimate sacrifice.” The U.S. Honor Flag travels in a protective case. Because it is brittle, tattered and torn, it is kept folded. Anyone who handles it must wear special white gloves, which they can keep as a memento of the honor of hav- The U.S. Honor Flag is kept folded and only handled with special white gloves (Mimi Darley Dutton/City ing held the flag and all it represents. l Journals).

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The tragic Murray tale of Charles Thiedee By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com It was a first for the State of Utah and, to date, the first and only one for Murray—an execution. In 1896, in true Wild West fashion, saloonkeeper Charles Thiede was hung in a genuinely gruesome manner for the murder of his wife. While the territory of Utah had executed a few outlaws before Thiede, this was the first as a state, and it made national headlines. Thiede’s life of crime can be traced in newspaper headlines years before the

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slaying of his wife. Thiede left his native Germany to serve in the navies of England and Chile, but after fighting against the Peruvians, Thiede hoped to find solace in his native land. Upon returning to Germany, he was immediately conscripted into the army, where he served as a cook, a profession he kept for the rest of his life. After military service, he married Mary Frank in 1884, and together they set off for a better life in America, settling in Sandy and having a child. The ne’er-do-well Thiede, who had a fearsome temper, opened his first tavern, the Social Hall Saloon, in the fall of 1886 in downtown Salt Lake City. That same year, he was fined for punching a woman who had accidentally dropped a piece of paper into his lap. After being shut down for selling liquor without a license, or for selling it on a Sunday, Thiede opened, and was forced to close, numerous establishments. By the early 1890s, Thiede was a regular before the court, usually losing his liquor license or being punished for assaulting someone. As a result, Salt Lake City was no longer a welcoming spot for Thiede, and the saloonkeeper saw prime opportunity to jump into the thriving bar scene along State Street in Murray. Finding a small patch of ground behind the Germania smelter on 4800 South, Thiede opened the West Side Saloon. A notorious womanizer who welcomed prostitutes into his bar, Thiede was also known to frequently abuse his wife, Mary; even for rough-and-tumble Murray, that was not acceptable. The night before May 1, 1894, Mary had fled to a neighbor’s home after a violent fight. As she always had done before, she returned. But this time, she returned home to find a very drunken Charles, who was waiting for her with a butcher’s knife. He sliced her throat from ear to ear. Blood-splattered Thiede then went to Harry Hayne’s saloon, where he reportedly told the sheriff, “Well, I killed

Murderer Charles Thiede, convicted of killing his wife, Mary. (Photo courtesy of U of U Marriott Library)

my wife last night.” The next morning, a crowd swarmed the sheriff’s office, trying to carry out its own version of justice by lynching Thiede. The sheriff relocated his prisoner to the Salt Lake County jail, which was also in Murray. There, Thiede changed his story and claimed he was innocent. He told the judge he found her body in his house, and that her dying words were, “Oh, Charlie.” The prosecutors, long familiar with the defendant, presented a forensically tight case, first pointing out that the victim could in no way talk, as her head was nearly cut off. They also argued that because Charles was covered in blood—meaning the heart would still need to be pumping in order for the blood to splatter on him—then he had to be with Mary, in their home, at the time of the murder. Found guilty, Thiede was sentenced to be hanged. In 1896, Thiede’s time was up, but the sheriff wanted to try a new-and-improved way of hanging. Instead of the condemned being dropped through a trap door, Thiede was going to be hanged by an ingenious system of pulleys; he would stand on the ground, and a metal weight would yank him upward, snapping his neck. Lawmen from around the West convened at the Salt Lake County jail to watch

Charles Thiede was the first, and last, person to be hanged with a noose that yanked the condemned off the ground. (Illustration courtesy of U of U Marriott Library.)

the new method in action. At the appointed time, Thiede, who still professed his innocence, was yanked up by the noose, but it failed to snap his neck. Instead, he hung on the gallows for 14 minutes, strangled to death. That hanging method was never used again. Even in death, Thiede gained no sympathy. An arsonist burned his saloon down. The Salt Lake Herald-Republican reported that residents in Murray and Cottonwood Heights guarded their cemeteries to prevent his body from being interred there. Eventually, he was buried in Sandy City’s cemetery—but only for a day. He was disinterred at the request of Sandy residents and buried in a field adjacent to the graveyard. l

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Only enthusiastic spooks need apply at Castle of Chaos By Jenniffer Wardell | j.wardell@mycityjournals.com Becoming a ghost, ghoul or monstrous fiend isn’t as complicated as some people think.

At least, it isn’t at the Castle of Chaos. The haunted house, which is open now through Nov. 2, held auditions for their cast of scarers this past August. Interviews required applicants to groan, scream, shuffle menacingly and try their best to startle someone enough to make them jump. According to the Castle of Chaos directing team, however, a willingness to try is far more important than acting experience or the ability to deliver convincing scares. “I look for people who are free and open with their body and voice,” said Castle of Chaos Director Nick Justice. “If you’re coming in here and you’re going crazy, even if it makes no sense, you’re better than half the people who come in here.” He also said it’s important that people be able to take direction and follow guidance offered by one of the directing team. Justice and Castle of Chaos Casting Director Kelly Drabik spend most of the audition asking applicants to show off their ability to do things like zombie walks or predatory stalking at low heights. They’ll also ask if the applicants have any special talents, such as a particularly good creepy laugh

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Though roles such as Freddy Krueger require actors with a specific body type, there are plenty of other roles designed to fit a variety of ages and body types. (Photo provided by Castle of Chaos)

or the ability to twist your arm in a disturbing-looking way. “It’s really laid back,” said Castle of Chaos General Manager Dalton Brown. “You don’t have to have anything prepared.” Another part of the audition process involves the directing team figuring out how each applicant would best fit into the haunted house. That includes several factors, from a map of the planned rooms for the upcoming season to asking the applicant whether they have a particular role they want to do. Though he’d turned most of the interviews over to Justice and Drabik, Castle of Chaos Owner James Bernard offered some guidance on this part of the process. “After 19 years of running a haunted house, it’s second nature to see someone, get to know their personality, and see where they’d have the most fun and be the most effective,” he said. Though he said having fun is the major factor in where an actor gets placed, elements such as the actors age will determine whether they can take on certain roles. “When you’re in an authority role, for example, it’s tough to scare someone older,” he said, explaining why he tends not to cast younger actors in roles such as murderous doctors. Sometimes, how you look can also be a factor in where you end up. “For our Hollywood roles, we do look at physical appearance,” said Drabik. “Jason (Voorhees) needs to look like Jason. But we also like 4-foot-tall little girls, because they’re scary as heck.” No matter where the actor ends up, however, it’s important that they know how to scare responsibly. Midvale’s Castle of Chaos (7980 S. State Street) offers several different levels of scares, with higher levels including more physical contact. Level three involves touching, level four includes pushing and dragging, and higher levels in-

The Castle of Chaos hires a large cast every season to work in their haunted house, such as the above group who performed in 2018. (Photo provided by Castle of Chaos)

volve even more intense experiences. Given that level of interaction, the directing team looks for actors who keep the safety of both the guests and their fellow performers in mind. “We look for people who can be safe with it,” said Mike Harmon, a Castle of Chaos acting coach who runs classes on doing hands-on scares. “A lot of the stuff we do at level four can get dangerous unless you do it carefully.” For Justice, making sure no one gets hurt is far more important than being frightening. “In my mind, it doesn’t matter how scary it is,” he said. “If you get hurt, that’s all you’re going to remember.” Besides, the people who are selected to become scarers for the year will get a chance to hone their scaring ability. In addition to the hands-on classes, the haunted house offers other classes, dress rehearsals and an orientation meeting that allows them to get more in-depth with their roles. Some years, they even give them a chance to help each other master their roles. “We send other actors through the haunted house to give them a chance to practice,” said Drabik. In the end, the willingness to put in

that work is the biggest thing the directing team looks for during the auditions. “We look for enthusiasm,” she said. “If you come in with a passion for haunted houses, we’ll find a place for you.” l

The rooms in the haunted house are divided into different things, with killer hospitals (above) and murderous clowns both being a common theme. (Photo provided by Castle of Chaos)

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A spooky mix of plays, parties and races to put you in the Halloween spirit By Christy Jepson | christy@mycityjournals.com Halloween is just around the corner and there are plenty of activities for just about everybody. Besides the traditional fall events like corn mazes and pumpkin patches, here are some different Halloween activities going on in the Salt Lake Valley for “ghouls” and boys of all ages.

Halloween plays/performances

“Phantom” at Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy

Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit’s “Phantom” will be performed on the Young Living Centre Stage Sept. 23-Nov. 9. Even though it has some similarities of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera,” expect to see new characters and songs in this production. Audience members need to watch out for the massive chandelier that comes crashing to the floor. Ticket prices start at $48 for adults and $22 for youth 5-17. No children under 5 are permitted in the theater. For ticket information call 801-984-9000 or visit hct.org.

“Thriller” at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City

This year’s smash Halloween dance production will include favorite numbers such as “Dem Bones,” “Frankenstein,” and “Jason Jam,” plus other new surprises. “Thriller” is full of frights, laughs and scares that make you scream. This production will be performed at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City Oct. 14-26. Ticket prices are $35-$55. Visit https://odysseydance. com/shows/thriller/ for more information and discounts. This show is not for children under 8 or for the faint of heart.

“Adams Family Reunion: A series of FUNfortunate Events!” at the Desert Star in Murray

hidden in the audience in regular clothes which makes a fun, social and interactive evening for all adults. Ticket prices start at $59.95 (check for holiday pricing). Tickets include: a four-course dinner, the murder mystery entertainment, and a prize package for the top sleuth. Some mild content, loud noises, a brief blackout and adult humor will be present. For more information visit thedinnerdetective.com/salt-lake-city.

“The Addams Family” at Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy

Come watch all the creepy, kooky and loveable family members from the 1960’s TV show, “The Addams Family” on stage from now until Nov. 16. This Broadway show’s message is all about what defines a “normal” family and that we need to love all people despite our differences. Be on the lookout for some fun quirks and tricks throughout the show. Ticket prices are $36-$48 for adults and $18-$24 for youth The cast of Desert Star’s “Adams Family Reunion: A series of FUNfortunate Events!” (Photo courtesy Desert 5-17. Visit hct.org for more information or Star) call 801-984-9000. with prizes, free arts and crafts, a pumpkin Parties Races Monster Block Party at the Gallivan drop, live music and dance, and about 30 The Haunted Half Sugar House vendors. The Gallivan Center is located at Center in Salt Lake City Dress up in your costumes and get The 2019 Monster Block party will 239 S. Main Street. The event runs from 11 ready to run for your life at the Haunted be held at the Gallivan Center on Oct. 26. a.m. to 3 p.m. l Half on Oct. 19 at Sugar House Park. All This is a free daytime Halloween festival ages and abilities can either run the half with trick-or-treating, costume contests marathon, 5k or the Halloween half-mile. The Fear Factory Finish is there to give you that end-of-the-race push which then rewards you with a festival full of food, contests, music, games and spooky fun things. Registration fees from now until Oct. 17 are $84.95 for the half, $36.95 for the 5k and $12.95 for the kids’ run. For registration and information visit thehauntedhalf.com/ races/salt-lake-city.

Desert Star is known for mixing parody with a little romance and adventure with Utah culture and political jokes, and this show is no exception. This story focuses on the Adams clan who are trying to save their home for the greedy oil baroness, Mrs. Measley who knows they have oil underneath their home. Ticket prices are $26.95 for adults (holidays, special events may be different) and children under 11 are $15.95. Call 801-266-2600 for tickets or visit their box office at Desert Star, 4861 S. State St. This production runs until Nov. 9.

The Dinner Detective interactive murder mystery dinner show at the Hilton Hotel in Salt Lake City

Be an active participate in America’s largest interactive comedy murder-mystery dinner show. Throughout the evening, audience members will eat a four-course meal while watching a crime unfold and then everyone is in it to figure out the clues of who Guests at The Dinner Detective interactive murder did it. Don’t be deceived, the person next mystery show read clues while they try to solve the to you might be the culprit! The actors are mystery. (Photo courtesy The Dinner Detective)

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A view of the main corn field maze at Crazy Corn Maze in West Jordan. (Jordan Hafford/City Journals) Inset: The 2019 corn maze design at Crazy Corn Maze in West Jordan. (thecrazycornmaze.com)

After 21 years of fall festivities, West Jordan’s Crazy Corn Maze has decided to give the business a complete makeover for the 2019 season.

Launching themselves into the modern age of technology, the business is now utilizing smart technology this Halloween to add even more fun to their attraction. “This year we will have a new GPS smart phone map so you can track yourself as you find your way through the maze,” said Crazy Corn Maze owner Julianna Maynard. “We are also adding a smart phone trivia game.” The Crazy Corn Maze first opened in 1998, 21 years ago, as a simple corn maze near Salt Lake Community College in Taylorsville. Two years later, it moved to their current location, 8800 S. 4000 West in West Jordan. Crazy Corn Maze has grown into a unique Halloween venue throughout this time, in that their multiple, custom-made attractions appeal to a wide demographic — this year more than ever. While there is still the option to walk through the classic, family friendly 8-acre maze with no “haunts” or spooks, the adrenaline junkies will be roaming what is called the Night Stalkers Haunted Trail. In 2016, the business began renovating the haunted trail, and the Night Stalkers Haunted Trail was officially born as a separate attraction within Crazy Corn Maze. “Each year we have put tremendous effort into making this one of the top haunt-

ed attractions,” Maynard said. “In 2017 and 2018 we were voted the No. 1 haunted attraction in Utah by utahhauntedhouses. com.” The Night Stalkers Haunted Trail stands out as an interactive entertaining experience for thrill seekers and more adult attendees. There are four terrifying sections of the trail: Creatures of the Corn; Phobia: What are you afraid of?; 3D Slumber: Pleasant screams; and Horror Show. Among the multiple attractions at Crazy Corn Maze, there is also a playground for small children that includes a corn pit, a straw mountain with slides and games, as well as Mayble’s 3D Funhouse which is a not-so-scary junior attendee interactive haunted house. Also debuting this year, Crazy Corn Maze is set to dazzle their audience with a Fright Lights attraction, a magical pumpkin patch light show. Patrons will walk through the lighted pumpkin patch and be given a pumpkin of their own to take home. “We hope patrons come away wondering how on earth we do what we do, as well as being scared in a fun and sometimes humorous way,” Maynard said. “Whether you like a fun family fall tradition, or want to be scared out of your mind, we aim to provide an exceptional seasonal entertainment experience.” The maze opens Sept. 27 and runs through Nov. 2. It is open Monday-Thursday 6-10 p.m, Friday 6-11:30 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 11:30 p.m. l

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Curtis encounters frustrated constituents at Draper town hall By Mimi Darley Dutton | m.dutton@mycityjournals.com


epresentative John Curtis held a town hall Aug. 21 at Draper City Hall. Draper Mayor Troy Walker introduced Curtis, the two having met while serving simultaneously as mayors when Curtis was mayor of Provo. “There’s no better job than being mayor,” Curtis told the crowd. He later said his time as mayor taught him it’s okay to come into a room of angry people. “I can tell by the size of this crowd that some of you might be a bit frustrated,” he said to the people gathered, who were vocal on issues such as gun control, climate change, health care, women’s equality, federal lands and anger over the actions of President Donald Trump. One woman made a statement about “our current president” and Curtis laughed in reply and said, “You can’t say his name!” Curtis offered what he called “positive-oriented” thoughts before taking questions from those in attendance. “You get to hear everything bad we do, and it’s probably all legitimate,” he said. He proceeded to tell the crowd of a recent visit to Israel with 70 other congressmen, both Democrats and Republicans, that he said was full of building relationships while seeing the situation there. He spoke of a recent bipartisan bill, passed and signed into law by the president, in an effort to combat the nation’s opioid problems. He also mentioned a successful bipartisan bill to combat human trafficking and another reducing regulations on small business loans. Curtis said he’s worked with Senator Mitt Romney to pass a bill in the House of Representatives that brought ranchers and environmentalists together in agreement on land use. “Rarely are we able to come together with those groups. That bill was signed into law a couple months ago,” he said. All the while, a man stood silently in the back of the room, flipping through the pages of a large paper tablet that listed cities where mass shootings have occurred and a tally of the lives lost at each location. Melanie Stone of Draper asked, “Given the fact that we just saw that Utah is dead last with regard to equality for women, what concrete actions are you taking to get us out of last place with women’s equality?” Curtis replied that he’d voted against the equality act because it was “a terrible bill” in that he felt religious liberty would lose. He said he tried to add amendments to bring it back in line, but that wasn’t successful. He told Stone his efforts on women’s equality “started with the way I treat my wife.” Asked about the federal deficit and a recent bill that suspended the debt ceiling, Curtis said, “I found myself in a Republican-controlled house, voting to raise the debt ceiling. I was being lobbied by my Republican colleagues to support it. I voted against that one and a half years ago. This year a similar bill was put before us. I voted against it.”

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Congressman John Curtis held a town hall in Draper Aug. 21. (Mimi Darley Dutton/City Journals)

He went on to say that he’s been in Washington for four shutdowns when the government couldn’t agree on a budget. “I’ve seen firsthand how it costs us far more to go into a shutdown mode. Inevitably, everyone gets paid and we haven’t saved any money and it’s a huge hit to the economy. It’s discouraging that both parties seem to be participating in this. I’m trying to find a way to influence my colleagues. It feels like they don’t sense the urgency and they don’t care,” he said. Regarding gun control, Gaylin Bennion of Cottonwood Heights said, “It’s imperative that we do everything we can. We can have laws to make it safer.” Another audience member stated that 85% of suicides are a result of firearms. “You have to be realistic. We have to put something out of the House that the Senate will pass and the president will sign,” Curtis said. Several people replied, “Put it before the Senate,” and there was clapping when a man in the room said, “Everyone here would support the background checks bill.” Mark Petersen of Sandy thanked Curtis for his work on sustainability, but both he and Curtis agreed it’s never enough. “So much of the climate dialogue is partisan. As long as it is, we’re not going to accomplish anything,” Curtis said. On the issue of health care, Curtis said, “From the moment (former Senator John) McCain put his thumb down, the Affordable Care Act was here to stay. We lost so many seats because we failed to come up with

health care answers. I think we get that we have so messed it up.” He went on to say, “There’s a major chink in the pharma armor. I think you’ll see that influence waning in Washington, D.C.…with this opioid thing.” On campaign finance reform, Curtis cited the McAdams versus Love campaign that cost approximately $10 million, most of which Curtis said came from out of state and a dollar figure which he called “absurd.” He recognized that most of his campaign funding came from PACs (political action committees) rather than Utahns. “Every person I know in Utah is tired of giving me money. I think the best donations are Utah donations. I will readily admit that’s not the case in Washington, D.C. — there are lots of games. You have to watch if someone is giving large amounts of money if there are games being played. One of the things we haven’t figured out is how we do this without doing that,” he said. Regarding public lands, Curtis said it’s a matter of lack of trust with the stakeholders. “When I sit down with them, they want almost exactly the same thing, but we have to make compromises on what we call it — and agree on what we do with this land and how we do it. Monument is a sloppy designation — let’s not get hung up on it has to be a monument, let’s get hung up on we have to do what is best for the land,” he said. “There is clearly a pent up desire for your congress person to represent you when the president does things out of alignment

with our values,” Curtis said, to which the crowd applauded. “Every time that my staff hears something that is out of alignment with Utah values, we talk about an appropriate response,” he said. Curtis said he’d hoped to tell the president directly that separating children from their parents at the border was out of line with his constituents’ values. But Curtis wasn’t able to speak to the president directly at a meeting Trump held with Republicans at the time. So Curtis said he spoke with Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Chief of Staff John Kelly on the matter, both of whom are no longer part of the Trump administration. “I have to make a choice. If all I was doing was responding to (the president’s) tweets, that’s all I would do, but I don’t think that’s why you sent me back there,” he said. Curtis’ allegiance to the Republican party in the Trump era was questioned by several present. “I’m very proud to be a Republican on many issues — neither party has an exclusivity on righteousness, both have things that make them good and virtuous and both have things that make them problematic,” he said. Curtis said some people have requested that he respond to Trump in a more bombastic or Trump-like manner. “I have a hard time responding with the same vitriol,” he said. At the conclusion of the meeting, Curtis said he actually really enjoyed the evening. “You’ve been a little bit testy,” he said, “but actually pretty good.” l

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Draper’s recycling reality part two: New contract with same provider has city advocating ‘when in doubt, throw it out’ By Mimi Darley Dutton | m.dutton@mycityjournals.com


everal immediate changes have come to Draper’s recycling program, and the sooner residents are educated about those changes, the better, to save money and potentially help the environment. “You’ve got to understand the economics of recycling. Currently, the value of commodities is down. The public needs to know recycling costs money, whereas eight years ago we were getting paid — it’s a big change,” said Robert Markle, deputy public works director for Draper City. Recycling drastically changed nationwide when China enacted their National Sword Policy in 2017. China stopped taking many of the plastics Americans were previously exporting to that country for a monetary return. “It seems like the whole planet is confused about what is being recycled,” Markle said. In early 2019, Draper City realized that much of what residents thought was being recycled was, in fact, going to the landfill. But because it was being picked up for recycling, the higher fee was charged to the city for recycling along with the additional fee for taking what couldn’t be recycled to the landfill. That’s when city officials began to look for options or changes to the city’s recycling program, including the possibility of a different recycling service provider. The city put out a request for proposals (RFP) several months ago, but Rocky Mountain Recycling (RMR) was the only company that came to the table with a contract that matched their proposal. RMR is the same company the city has contracted with for recycling ever since the city began hauling its own garbage about 10 years ago. Draper City entered into a new contract with RMR that became effective Aug. 27. The contract covers until the city’s fiscal year ends (June 30, 2020), at which point either Draper City or RMR could make adjustments. RMR could adjust pricing based on the market or Draper City could ask the city council if they want to renew with RMR or do an RFP again.

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The city plans a heavy campaign on how to recycle correctly for the next half year, including mailing flyers to residents, information on the city website and social media, and presentations at schools so students can take the information home to their parents, all in an effort to reduce contamination and lower costs. “We’re going to have to inundate the public with information. Draper City has been paying higher recycling fees since March 2019. We went from the mid-$60s per ton to $80 per ton,” Markle said. Current rates for garbage are $16 per ton. Markle said that because recycled material such as paper, empty cans and plastic are typically not as heavy as garbage, the city recycles about 2,200 tons per year compared to about 22,000 tons of garbage the city annually hauls to the landfill. The biggest changes to the program include: • Don’t bag it! The city used to ask residents to put their recycling in plastic bags to keep items from blowing out of the bins on collection days, but that must stop immediately because plastic bags can ruin costly equipment at the Material Recovery Facility where recycling goes to be sorted. • Caps on! Caps should be put back on things like milk jugs and plastic bottles after they are rinsed clean because caps have a value and are recyclable. When thrown away, caps can cause environmental problems such as ending up in oceans or on beaches where they often harm marine mammals, fish and birds. Things that remain the same: Recycling will still be picked up every other week. “If you’re filling your can every week, you’re probably putting things in that aren’t being recycled. It’s not efficient and it’s expensive,” Markle said. The city wants to focus efforts on simplifying recycling with “The Big Three”: 1. Corrugated cardboard 2. Metal food and beverage cans — drink cans, soup, vegetable and tuna cans 3. Plastic bottles and jugs labeled with the recycling symbol No. 1 or No. 2 with a neck and cap such as soda bottles, liquid laundry detergent, shampoo/conditioner bottles and milk jugs. That simplified campaign means items like waxy paper, milk and juice half-gallon containers, yogurt, sour cream, cottage cheese and margarine containers along with clear plastic berry and salad “boxes” should be thrown away along with aerosol containers for hairspray and shave cream. The city advises that even paper, newspaper, magazines, cereal boxes, junk mail and other paper products are better off being thrown away at this time. “We are finding

Draper City will be marketing “The Big Three” in an effort to simplify recycling and cut down on contamination and costs. (Courtesy Draper City)

that paper is having a very tough time (being recycled) right now and is more than likely going to the landfill,” Markle said. He also said that RMR has recently invested in a paper mill, so there is thinking that those commodities will have value in the future. Just because the MRF indicates it will take more than the “Big Three” items doesn’t mean they’ll be recycled. Instead, they may go on to the landfill after being charged to the city first at the higher recycling rate per ton. And beware the recycle symbol on any items you purchase with the best intentions. “That little recycling sign — you can print that on anything you want, but that doesn’t mean it’s recyclable,” Markle said. The city offers help on recycling glass, which isn’t collected curbside, and cardboard, in case you have a large amount at one time. Glass recycling is accepted in a dumpster located on the parking lot behind City Hall. Cardboard boxes can be taken to the Draper Public Works facility at 72 East Sivogah Court. What Mayor Troy Walker called “recycling police,” or city employees looking for violations, may be in Draper’s future and are already in place in other cities in the valley. They would look into the contents of a recycling bin when it’s on the street on a pick-up day, but not when the container is sitting at a person’s home. When they find a violator, they will tag the container to educate people about changing their behaviors. The focus would not be on small mistakes such as putting the wrong type of plastic item in the recycling bin, but for clear violations such as food, dirty diapers, yard debris or other obvious waste. Several violations could poten-

tially lead to having one’s recycle bin taken away by the city but still being charged for the service for a period of time. Markle said the city has found that some people use their recycling container as an extra trash can. “That can ruin much of the truck’s load of recycling. This needs to stop,” he said. “If we don’t enforce it (recycling correctly), it’s really self-defeating,” said City Manager David Dobbins. He said he used to think that when in doubt on an item, he would throw it in the recycling. “But the reality is that contaminates the load,” Dobbins said. The city will continue to evaluate the recycling program, and if costs continue to rise, they will consider ideas for improvement such as additional education, enforcement programs or potentially an opt-out option. According to Markle, the city’s contract with RMR doesn’t have penalties for contamination below 30%, but beyond that, the contract says RMR has the right to charge the city more. Though there’s been some interest in green recycling for yard waste, there isn’t currently a market for that. Markle pointed out that green waste is actually helpful in the landfill. Markle warned about being a wish-cycler. “We’re streamlining what we recycle so we’re actually recycling what there’s a market for so we don’t balloon our costs,” he said. “This is worldwide that this approach is changing. Instead of recycling as much as you can, it’s better to recycle right or correctly,” he said. “When in doubt, throw it out.” l

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Alta High students win spirit contest, put money in programs to help classmates By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


efore school began this fall, Alta High student leaders gathered their classmates and community members to face other high schools in a cheer-off — where the Hawks prevailed as the spirit champions. With mascots, sports teams, clubs, student body officers and cheerleaders, the spirit soared for the Hawks, Chargers, Huskies and Beetdiggers recently at the Shops at South Town. “It was the loudest noise I have ever heard,” said Susan Edwards, Canyons Education Foundation public engagement coordinator. “Each school had 100 to 200 supporters cheering, but Alta had the largest crowd. They measured the noise by decimal level and Alta’s reached the highest.” Alta High Assistant Principal Kelli Miller said their cheerleaders lead their supporters in cheers during a five-minute period. “It was a lot of fun and the cheers just bounced off the walls inside South Town,” she said. Then, the Hawks showed their true champion spirit by giving the money to social-emotional programs at their school that support their classmates, Miller said. “They won $500 for wellness services, which they are giving to Hope Squad and Link Crew. It’s one of our focuses, with our school improvement plan, to better support students,” she said. Edwards said the Shops at South Town wanted to participate in the annual Tools for Schools school supply fundraiser, but suggested this spirit contest as a way to target supporting social-emotional programs at the high schools. At the competition, there were booths with supportive materials, including information about the statewide SafeUT electronic device app, which provides real-time crisis intervention with counselors to youth through texting as well as a confidential tip message to school administrators on bullying, threats, violence and depression. At Alta, Miller said the winnings will be put to good use.

Alta High students are all smiles after winning the Canyons high school cheer-off sponsored by the Shops at South Town. (Photo courtesy of Susan Edwards/Canyons School District)

Half of the funds will be given to the Hope Squad that meets during the school’s advisory or homeroom period. “They’ll do more outreach with students and give lessons once per month on coping with stress, self-confidence, motivation, resiliency and tools that will help them with school,” she said. Through the Hope Squad, advisers train students to recognize signs of suicide contemplation and how to report this to an adult. This program enhances the procedures schools may already have in place, but also it educates students how to interact with, listen, watch and support fellow students who may be struggling, she said. In high school, with students wanting to belong, having anxiety and shyness, or fears about test taking, it can be hard, but through Hope Squad, they hope to provide some assistance as it serves as the “eyes and ears of the school.” At Alta, about 50 students are involved in the squad; all have been nominated by peers to apply. “We want kids to identify their peers who they are comfortable with and would reach out and talk to,” Miller said. The other half of the winnings were giv-

en to the school’s Link Crew, which recently ran freshman orientation. Link Crew is a national high school transition program that welcomes freshmen and makes them feel comfortable and adjusted throughout their first year of high school. Through positive role modeling, Alta’s upperclassmen act as mentors to guide freshmen through steps on how to be successful from academics to social engagement during high school. “It’s great for our ninth graders to have mentors, to get answers to their questions, to make connections, to have friends or even tutors,” Miller said. “They too will give lessons on getting involved and study skills to help freshmen as well as hold activities, such as a tailgate party, to welcome everyone.” Miller said the high school climate has changed. “Anxiety, depression and suicide are going up nationwide, in the state and at Alta. No one is immune. Teens are needing to learn to cope and preserve as some researchers say there is more pressure and it’s not a viable option not to succeed anymore. With social media, there is no escape from it all just by being at home,” she said. While “Lifelines: Helping A Compre-

hensive Suicide Awareness and Responsiveness Program for Teens,” a comprehensive, schoolwide suicide prevention program, is one component of the 10th-grade curriculum, Alta also has dedicated a full-time social worker and a full-time school psychologist to help counselors as well as having six counselors to help students. “In the first three days of school, we received three SafeUT tips that our social worker has followed up,” Miller said. In addition, Alta has two full-time employees who are called “check and connect aides” and do just that — meet weekly with students who may be struggling socially, emotionally or academically and check in with them. “If we can make more connections and let students know people care and are here to help, we can help them keep on track with their grades, resolve any conflicts with social media and peers, and let them know they’re a valued part of our community,” Miller said. “Honestly, there’s a need for these aides at every school. It’s not that kids are lazy, but it’s that we need to reach out and connect with every student and provide enough resources for them.” l

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Corner Canyon football charging to top of 6A ranks By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com


he Corner Canyon football team have simply taken charge in the 6A classification after a 6-0 start and huge wins over powerhouse programs like Bingham, Herriman and Alta. The squad has outscored opponents 265-91, including a 31-0 shutout over the Mustangs. “Our kids have done a tremendous job executing what they have been coached to do,” head coach Eric Kjar said. “They continue to practice at a level that helps them to continue to improve.” First Team All-State senior quarterback Cole Hagen said, “The year has been going good. The team has really come together. Great coaching is a big part of our success.” The Chargers also returned four other All-State players in defensive end Van Fillinger, who has committed to the University of Texas, defensive end Steve Street, linebacker Josh Wilson and wide receiver Noah Kjar from their state championship team in the 5A classification a year ago. Coach Kjar said his team spent their offseason in the weight room to prepare for the move to 6A and to continually build on their postseason success. “Our kids work very hard from early January until the start of the season,” he said. “Most of this takes place at 6 a.m. As a program, we take a lot of pride in what we do during this time.”

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Bell scored three rushing touchdowns while Hagen added a 42-yard touchdown scamper of his own. Defensively, Corner Canyon scored a safety and were led by Wilson’s 13 tackles and two sacks while Street added nine tackles and four sacks. Against Herriman Aug. 23, the Chargers shut out the Mustangs 31-0, turning a scoreless game after one quarter into a rout by the beginning of the fourth. Wilson got the scoring started with a 41-yard interception return for a touchdown before Bell’s two 1-yard TD runs and Noah Kjar’s 15-yard TD reception, both of whom had 100-yard games. Junior Hayden Easterly had 10 tackles, senior Kennon Aiono recorded eight tackles and three sacks, Fillinger had seven tackles and 3.5 sacks while senior Cade McDougal picked up two interceptions. In a highly anticipated matchup with Bingham Aug. 30, Corner Canyon jumped on the Miners early and were up 34-14 at the half before scoring 18 points to end the game in a 56-28 win. The defense limited Bingham to a touchdown a quarter. Bell had a four-touchdown game with junior Talmage Handley, sophomore Cody Hagen and Wilson also finding the end zone. Along with Wilson’s pick-six from 51 yards out, he recorded 17 tackles while Street and McDougal had 10 tackles each as well. The Chargers overwhelmed Jordan 42-7 Sept. 6, putting the game away by halftime. Bell scored twice while McDougal and Cole Hagen added runs of 30+ yards. Cody Hagen hauled in his second TD reception of the year from his brother and Noah Kjar also caught a TD pass from 35 yards out. Fillinger and senior Andrew McDonald led defensively with nine tackles each while Fillinger also had a sack.

Against Alta Sept. 13, Corner Canyon again came out firing and were up 45-0 at the break before scoring 21 more points in the second half for a 59-28 winning margin. Cole and Cody Hagen both scored two touchdowns, with Noah Kjar, Handley, senior John Glavine and sophomore Harrison Taggart also adding scores. McDougal had 10 tackles and McDonald recorded eight tackles and an interception. The Chargers jumped out to a 30-0 lead in the first half against Pleasant Grove Sept. 20 and added 17 more points in the final two quarters to beat the Vikings 47-14. Cole and Cody Hagen hooked up for three touchdowns, including an 84-yarder, while Handley had 2 TD receptions and Bell rushed into the end zone from 37 yards out. “We have played very good on defense that has kept us in a lot of games,” Coach Kjar sad. “Our defensive line has been very dominant in stopping the run and being able to put pressure on the quarterback. Cole has a lot of experience that has helped us with how inexperienced we are at certain spots on offense. Austin has played very well in our run and pass game with explosive plays.” Coach Kjar also noted the contributions of senior kicker Connor Lewis, who has converted on all 28 point-after attempts and three field goals, including a 42-yarder against Bingham. Corner Canyon is also scheduled to play Lone Peak, Westlake, Skyridge and American Fork this season. “We need to continue with this because of how difficult our region is,” Coach Kjar said. “6A is definitely going to be a challenge, but I feel like our kids have prepared very well to meet the demands of the schedule.” Cole Hagen agreed. “We need to stay focused and keep getting better every week to get to where we want to go,” he said. Also on the 2019 Chargers squad are seniors Cree Corriveau, Kaleb Dyer, Josh Fleck, Dax Gove, Randen Grimshaw, August Jacobs, Mason Keys, Ethan Kim, Conner Lewis, Caleb Martin, Brody Mcrea, Dustin Millich, Dallan Nelson, Zach O’Connell, Kobe Peters, Andra Quinn, Brody Ross, Matthew Sharp, Dylan Shoaf, Dylan Simmons, Brad Smith, Jonah Strong, Cameron Styer, Keaton West, Aaron Wilcox and Drew Zarbock; juniors Austin Bell, Ryan Cahoon, Carson Compton, Jaden Gamache, Colton Grimshaw, Scott Iverson, Jackson Light, Nathan Mackey, Brennan Mangum, Austin McCabe, Harrison Pyle, Luke Sampson, Austin Suchar and Emmitt Walbeck; and sophomores Luke Benton, Mason Burden, Dylan Carlson, Brody Cutrer, Cody Hagen, Taylor Harris, Dawson Jacobsen, James Lebaron, Jett Meine, Mason Quick, Josh Sanderson, Hreinson Vanover and Micah Wilson. l.

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Legacy awards represent Canyons School District’s future By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

I feel like I’m surrounded by legends,” Canyons School District Superintendent Jim Briscoe told honorees and guests at the district’s 10th annual APEX Awards Night. “What you all do is for our kids, their families and for those in the next 100 years.” The annual APEX Awards Night honors those who serve in the schools as well as those who help support them. They are the highest awards given by the Canyons Board of Education and the school district’s administration. Briscoe said that when he was interviewing five years ago for his position, then Canyons Board of Education President Tracy Scott Cowdell said, “I just want to be inspired.” “I’ve been inspired by every board member I’ve worked with; you have made a huge difference for our kids and you don’t know how long that impact will be,” Briscoe said. He also said he is inspired by those who work in the schools and appreciates area mayors and elected officials who help make Canyons a successful district. “I’m inspired when I walk in and observe teachers and students. The more I see, the more I’m inspired and want to keep moving forward in a positive direction.” While Briscoe showed appreciation to everyone who contributed to the district, the Legacy Award was indeed recognizing “legends.” Four members of the first Canyons Board of Education — Cowdell, Kim H. Horiuchi, Sherril H. Taylor and Ellen Wallace — received the honor. “It’s a great honor and I really appreciate the existing board and Supt. Briscoe for recognizing us,” Horiuchi said. “Probably no one knows what all went into creating this district.” While those involved know long hours, many discussions and difficult decisions were made before and after voters approved the new school district. It left them with six weeks after becoming official July 1, 2009 to be ready as Canyons School District, current board member Mont Millerberg said. Since then, Canyons has shown its appreciation of teachers, including salary increases two years in a row, the most recent one funded by a truth in taxation, Briscoe said. “Every teacher’s salary in the district was raised by $7,800. I call that courage and I also call it passion for public education,” he said. Through its decade, Canyons has honored an outstanding teacher at every school. Current Board President Nancy Tingey invited Canyons District’s Teacher of the Year, Jessica Beus, to receive her APEX Award. Beus shared the credit after being named Teacher of the Year last spring. “It’s exciting what we’re doing and where we’re going with Midvale, but it comes

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Canyons School District presented the APEX Legacy Award to four of its first board of education members — Tracy Scott Cowdell, Sherril H. Taylor, Ellen Wallace and Kim H. Horiuchi — seen here with Canyons Board of Education President Nancy Tingey, right. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

from the support we have of each other. We are a team; we all dive in and do what is best for our students,” she said about the school improving students’ academic successes and test scores. That apparently is true as not only Beus, but her principal, Chip Watts, and Midvale Elementary’s community school facilitator, Heidi Sanger, also were recognized as the Canyons School Administrator of the Year and Student Support Services Professional of the Year, respectively. Supporting them were several other Midvale staff and faculty, who cheered for their colleagues. A secondary Canyons School Administrator of the Year was named: Butler Middle School Principal Paula Logan. “I am deeply honored by the recognition of the APEX School Administrator of the Year,” Logan said. She thanked the board for the award, support and value they place in recognizing “many people who work hard in the district. For me, this is a moment that will always stand out in my career. I have been blessed to work with amazing people and communities who inspire me to learn and grow. I appreciate the support, guidance and friendship I have received throughout my career in Canyons School District. I know there is still a lot to learn and to do. I plan to continue my efforts to improve the outcomes for teachers and students in my school.” Logan, who previously was principal at Midvale Middle, had hired Evelyn Leal, alternative language services assistant. Logan applauded Leal, who received the Student Support Services Professional of the Year award.

Another team — Carl Patterson, Jake Thomas and Ryan Jakeman — were recognized as Canyons Education Support Professionals of the Year, as the faciltiies services coordinators have helped ensure construction around the district goes smoothly and is on time. Brisoce pointed out that the district completed all of its 2010 bond projects and is already underway with several of its 2019 bond building projects — including four high schools and an elementary school currently being constructed, in addition to other projects. Video clips were shown about each awardee, and with this award, Facilities Director Rick Conger said, “When I heard of this award for these three, it literally did bring tears to my eyes.” Likewise, Special Education Director Misty Suarez said District Administrator of the Year Terri Mitchell is “a great leader. She is an example to everyone in the perfect way to interacts with kids.” Mitchell said her job as the early childhood education director is “the best job in the world. It’s the best job in Canyons. It means a lot to be recognized. I would say I have given everything to Canyons School District and will continue to do so.” A second District Administrator of the Year award went to Gary O. Hansen, who oversees district purchasing. “Without someone like Gary, I think we would really struggle, especially at our school levels which is the most important because we really need to make sure to support our teachers and students,” Canyons Business

Administrator and Chief Financial Officer Leon Wilcox said. “He knows that the bottom line is helping our teachers and students succeed and that is what makes him so beneficial to Canyons School District. He does so much behind the scenes, but he doesn’t really seek out the recognition or limelight.” The Canyons Volunteer of the Year award went to Baraa Arkawazi, who spent 1,100 hours helping at East Midvale Elementary. Last spring, she received the Heart of Canyons Community Schools award. Arkawazi, who lived in Turkey, was asked by administrators to help translate Arabic to English for a shy kindergartner who had just moved to Utah and was struggling to fit in. Every day for five years, she came to help that student and others. Representative Robert Spendlove was applauded as Canyons Elected Official of the Year. In his video clip, Spendlove said it is his job to be the voice of the people, not just those who elected him, but everyone, especially the “voice of the young people who can’t vote yet, but they need that voice.” Real Salt Lake organization and owner Dell Loy Hansen was honored as the Canyons Business Partner of the Year. Earlier this year, Hansen funded $250 toward every elementary teacher who submitted a grant proposal in his Scoring for Schools. Through similar programs in Jordan and Alpine school districts, he donated $1.2 million in teacher grants. “Just like professional soccer players, students need to train with the right equipment in order to score big in the classroom,” he said last winter. “If a teacher needs something, we want to make it happen.” Hansen, who learned about the award in early September, said he didn’t “understand the magnitude and the power of a well-put-together school district” until the awards ceremony. That, many say, comes from the district’s beginnings and appreciating those who set it in motion, as well as those who have contributed to it along the way. “Eleven years ago, we started this historic journey of working together to build a world-class school district for our community,” Tingey said. “This year’s winners of the APEX Awards certainly have helped Canyons District on our journey, and we are grateful they are part of the Canyons District family. Their commitment to the success of our schools, whether from the very beginning of Canyons District or in recent years, is very much appreciated and has made a difference.” Cowdell said that receiving the Legacy Award “really means a lot to me and brings back great memories. I hope they keep the momentum.” l

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ust three returning players were back on the court for the Juan Diego Catholic High School girls tennis team this season. Sisters Ana Rico, a senior, and sophomore Valeria Rico, who was a state qualifier a year ago, are captains for the Soaring Eagle squad and along with junior Morgan Dawson have been looked to this season for veteran play. “We’re trying to help them with technique and strategy,” said head coach Marisa Smith, who is in her second year. “With our other players, we’ve been focusing on the basics and getting better before we can move on.” Smith said the Rico sisters, who have comparable talent and often challenge each other for the top singles spot in Juan Diego’s lineup, and Dawson have shown great leadership with the other players, all of whom are brand new to tennis. “They have been very helpful and they look after the other girls and cheer for them during their matches,” Smith said. “We’ve been counting the small victories, like learning how to keep score. Our practice matches have forced them to learn quickly.” So far this season, the Soaring Eagle squad struggled through pre-season play against Alta, Jordan, Mountain Ridge, Judge and Waterford. In Region 10 play, they defeated Cedar Valley 4-2 with wins from Ana and Valeria Rico at No. 1 and No.2 singles

6-0, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-0 respectively while also beating Ben Lomond 4-2 with the Rico sisters blanking the top Scots singles players 6-0, 6-0 in both matches. They have lost to Stansbury 6-0, Ogden 5-1 and Tooele 4-2. “I have felt pretty good about the season with its ups and downs,” Ana Rico said. “I think we are doing well considering that most of our team is completely new except three returning players.” Also on the Juan Diego team are Brianna Ahlstrom, Marissa Butkovich, Angelique Clark, Karolyna Garcia, Grace McGowen-Jackson, Kelsey Paulsen, Breanna Quigley, Kiely Rasmussen, Brooke Small, Lauren Smart, Nina Smith, Cierra Turner, Karley Viczian and Emily Werner. “I’m really proud of how they’ve been this season,” Smith said. “They haven’t won a lot, but they have the best attitude and are having fun.” Smith is being assisted by Mark Hutter, a new teacher at Juan Diego, who has coached a lot of soccer in the past. “He’s very motivating for the girls and it’s great to see,” Smith said. “He knows how to play the game.” Juan Diego will face Uintah to close out the regular season before the region tournament Sept. 25–26 and the 4A state championships Oct. 4–5 at Liberty Park. l

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is speed is on display during conditioning workouts after practices at Alta. Running the width of the football field with the rest of the team, the lean, curly-haired quarterback zips along as fast or faster than any other teammate. But it didn’t seem that would be the case during Cinco Lucero’s childhood. Lucero didn’t develop certain motor skills as fast as his four older siblings. He didn’t roll over, crawl or walk until he was about one and a half years old. “It was the craziest thing,” Karen Lucero, Cinco’s mother, said. “I wish I had a good story as to why, but there was never any real reason for it. We even had physical therapists come in who couldn’t figure it out.” And he communicated by snapping his fingers, something that helped the Cinco get his parents and siblings attention. “I actually was very quiet when I was young,” Cinco said. “To get people’s attention I would snap my fingers. I was a really good snapper when I was little and that was how I would talk to people.” “He is a very bright person, even at a young age,” added Karen. “He figured out that he could snap his fingers and get us to do things without having to speak.” Now Cinco uses that intelligence to lead the Alta offense. And he is no longer shy, barking out rders and assigning routes, all without snapping his fingers. Perhaps it was fate that brought him to the quarterback slot. His older brother Chipper Lucero played quarterback at Alta. His father Bob was also a high school quarterback at Lehi High School. Bob even coached all the Lucero boys as they entered through the little league football system. But it might be Chipper behind some of Cinco’s success as quarterback. “I think Chipper was his idol for a while,” Karen said. “They have a lot in common. They both have the skills a quarterback needs. Cinco grew up watching Chipper on the sidelines.” “Chipper is somebody I look up to in so many things,” added Cinco. “Since he had already been through this program as a quarterback I am always asking him for help.” But one help he hasn’t taken in is his throw — many coaches that tried to change Cinco’s throw to a more conventional overhand release. Cinco developed a side arm release as a baseball player, and transitioned it to football. “Many coaches have tried to change my throw, but I feel I am more accurate with the delivery I am accustomed to using,” Cinco said. Cinco credits the bulk of his success, however, to his teammates, a group of ath-

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