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Holladay Farmers Market Still Strong After Six Years By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

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Guests view and discuss the artwork at the Healing Through Art gallery. —Kelly Cannon


or the past six months, dozens of refugees from around the world now living in Salt Lake County have been meeting on a weekly basis to create art that reflects their current and past life experiences. On June 18, the art was revealed during a special gallery held by the Holladay Arts Council at Holladay City Hall. The refugees are from all over the world including Sudan, South Sudan, Bhutan, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Karen people from Burma. Each of the groups have had to flee their home country due to war, genocide and “ethnic cleansing.” They have settled in Utah but face difficult challenges including isolation and a loss of community. During the art gallery opening, youths from the different refugee populations performed various traditional dances for the audience. The Holladay Arts Council met up with the Utah Refugee Service Office to craft the art program. The team is made up of representatives from the council, artists and refugee caseworkers.

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“It gives them a chance to tell their story through art,” Craig Fisher, the chairman of the Holladay Arts Council and creator of the Healing Through the Arts program, said. “It gives us a chance to know them and for them to get to know us.” The artwork included drawings and paintings of their old homes, their daily tasks in their old homes and their aspirations for the future. Starting in late December, the team met with around 100 refugees each Saturday. Fisher said the groups met wherever was most convenient for the refugees since transportation can often be difficult for many of them. “We met at senior centers for the older people and at the Refugee Education and Training Center for the kids,” Fisher said. Working with a team of therapists who helped craft the program and develop subjects for the weekly art sessions, the refugees were guided through different subjects used to create art. “We would talk about their homeland and they’d create art about their homeland,”

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Fisher said. “We would talk to them about their artwork and would get the deeper story.” Fisher said the refugee participants loved getting together to create art and want to continue with the program. “We’re trying to expand the program, especially in communities with large refugee populations,” Fisher said. There are several things Fisher hoped the refugee participants got out of the program. “I hope they feel a part of the community, that this is their new home and I want them to feel at home,” Fisher said. “I want to help them with the hurdles and help make the process of integration easier.” Fisher also hoped the community learned more about the refugee population through the art project. “There’s a lot of disinformation about refugees out there,” Fisher said. “I hope this brings the community together to see who are their new neighbors and see they have the same hopes and dreams.” To learn more about the Healing Through Art project, visit http://www.holladayarts.org.l

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Artist of the Month: Dawna Barton By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


rtist Dawna Barton has lived in Utah for almost 70 years. After graduating from college with a degree in graphic design, she worked as a graphic artist early in her career. However, she was gradually drawn into fine art where she began to pain both in watercolor and oils. Barton’s work includes a variety of landscapes and still lifes. “I cannot remember a time when I was not thrilled and inspired by art. I started studying art at the new Salt Lake Community College. I enjoyed learning commercial art, and I don’t believe there was even a degree available in fine art at that time,” Barton said. In 1949, Barton studied graphic arts at the University of Utah. “While I’m sure I have always preferred creating fine art, I probably thought a commercial degree would be more practical and lucrative,” Barton said. “Fortunately, that has not been the case for me.” Over the years, Barton participated in many fine arts workshops from a variety of teachers. She received encouragement from both her mother and her grandmother, who was also a painter. “When we would visit my grandmother, she often had us paint Twin Peaks, which is now Mt. Olympus,” Barton said. “I have always made available a plethora of art supplies in which my children and grandchildren could freely indulge. Many of them are now engaged successfully in various art fields.” Barton’s favorite subjects to pain include landscapes, seascapes, cottages and her grandchildren.

“I fell in love with watercolors earlier in my career, but have since settled into oils as my primary medium,” Barton said. Barton has received numerous awards for her work. She attributes her success to long hours of daily painting. “The joy of painting is what motivates me,” Barton said. “For me, the actual experience of working is more fulfilling than the rest.” Awards and accolades for her work including being named the Artist of the Year by the Utah Pageant of the Arts, she received an honorary doctorate degree from Salt Lake Community College and the Granite School District offers an art scholarship in her name. She was also chosen as one of the Utah artists who was honored at the state capitol during the 2002 Winter Olympics. Barton’s work has been a big influence in the print market for the past 30 years. She is currently publishing with the New York Graphic Society and her prints and highly collectible originals can be found all over the world. Her art can be viewed and purchased at the Relics Gallery in Holladay. When she is not painting, Barton enjoys her ever-growing family with 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Barton was chosen as the Holladay Arts Council Artist of the Month after the newly appointed chair Chris Knaphus included her name in the initial list of nominations. Knaphus attended Olympus High School with Barton’s daughter in the late 1970s and later moved into the same neighborhood as Barton. The council was very pleased Barton would accept the invitation to be the Artist of the Month and were thrilled they were able to acknowledge her talent.

The Holladay Arts Council is looking for more nominees for the Artist of the Month from residents and the community. The nominees must be residents of Holladay and must practice fine art or performing art. Art subjects can include painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, dance, music, theater, opera and more. Nominees can be sent to Craig Fisher at craig.fisher.arts@gmail.com. To learn more about the Holladay Arts Council and events the council hosts, visit their website at http://www.holladayarts.org. l

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Holladay Farmers Market Still Strong After Six Years By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

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or the past six years, residents of Holladay and the surrounded area have enjoyed spending their summer Saturdays perusing the wares at the Holladay Farmers Market. Held from June 4 to Oct. 29 at the Holladay Village Plaza at 2300 E. Murray Holladay Road, the goal of the market is to capture all of the seasons of farming in Utah. “From early greens in June to corn in July, tomatoes in August, peaches in September, and lots of pumpkins in October,” Maryann Alston said, who is one of the managers of the Wasatch Front Farmers Market, a collection of farmers markets around the county including the Holladay Farmers Market. Alston said the Wasatch Farmers Market was approached by Holladay City to start a small farm and food-focused market on their new village plaza. “The goal of both Holladay City and the Wasatch Front Farmers Market was to create a weekly community gathering

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place highlighting local farmers and food artisans,” Alston said. The Holladay Farmers Market hosts approximately 40 to 50 local farmers and food artisans each week with anywhere between 500 to 1,000 in attendance. Along with the market, a local musician also performs at the market from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. each market day. “The market boasts lots of fresh produce, lamb, farmfresh eggs, jam, salsa, barbecue sauce, hot sauces, spices, fresh Alaskan fish, grass-fed beef, baked goods and pies,” Alston said. “We also have a petting zoo sponsored by the Farm at Gardner Village.” Since the Wasatch Farmers Market for the past six years, the markets have been able to develop a significant vendor pool. “However, we do have a few newcomers to the local food scene: Nova Granola, Olsen Lamb and Wool, Brownie Brothers and Dira’s Sauce,” Alston said. “We are still looking for more

farmers and unique food artisans. We welcome home gardeners to the market, as well. All farmers and gardeners can attend our markets for free.” When it comes to the Holladay Farmers Market, one of the more unique aspects of the market is the fun location. “We are centered between dozens of other small, locally owned businesses. You get a one-of-a-kind shopping experience at this market. Drink a cup of coffee at 3 Cups Coffee, shop at the farmers market and cap off the day with lunch at one of the unique food establishments on the plaza,” Alston said. “And, last but not least, the Farm at Gardner Village brings their ponies and farm animals for the public to visit at the market.” To learn more about the Holladay Farmers Market and the other famers markets managed by the Wasatch Front Farmers Market, visit http://www.wasatchfrontfarmersmarket.org. l

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The Heart of Your Home ~ Via Feng Shui By Tina Falk | firehorsesixty6@gmail.com


hile the kitchen or family room may be where your family gathers to connect each day—the heart of your home, according to feng shui principles, is its geographical center. Ah, can you imagine hanging out with your spouse or children in what most people have in the center of their homes—a hallway, closet, stairwell, or bathroom?! That could be awkward. Feng shui allows us to understand our space and make adjustments that shift our perceptions to enhance our relationships, health, prosperity, careers, and purpose. Visualize the heart of your home as being the hub of a wheel. A place where all the spokes are supported and the wheel finds its balance. No matter what you find in the center, which could be any combination of the above, we do need to honor this space for the important role it plays. How do we do that? The first step just happened. Awareness. Yes, a shift this simple—becoming aware of the space around us and how we move through this space—makes a difference. The next step is to understand what the role of our unique “center” is. If the center of your home is a hallway, this transition space of a hall allows you to move about the home from one space to another. A closet allows you to store personal things for another time. Stairs represent the rise and fall of your relationships and surroundings. And the bathroom assists you in cleaning up and getting rid of waste. They each serve a purpose. They each play a role. The heart of the home represents health, balance, the heart within our bodies, relationships, our personal power, and our

ability to stay grounded and connected. Now more than ever, feeling “at home” has more meaning as the world around us can appear to be so chaotic and uncertain. We all deserve and long to feel safe, loved, and supported. Creating a safe haven where family members can reconnect is vital. When the heart of the home is out of balance, that wheel— our home base—can start to wobble, adding more stressors to our lives. Signs of a weak center include a dark hallway with too many pictures and décor hanging on the walls. This narrows the walkway and may actually suffocate the subtle energy bodies, including the lungs, heart, or throat of those who pass through it. An overly-stuffed or neglected closet can make us feel buried by the things we haven’t gotten to yet. The stairs and bathroom

drain our energy which can show up as fatigue, lack of interest, and poor follow through. All of these have potential to cause health issues, communication challenges, lack of feeling supported, and slow the ease and joy of life. Now the beauty in the practice of feng shui is that it allows us to interact with this physical structure in ways that improve the flow of energy and create more balance. We don’t have to move a stairwell to make a shift in the energy. We can interact with the structure to improve both the space and its effect on us. So, by applying feng shui principles, as I do in my private consultations, we have choices. We can uplift this energy by limiting décor in the hallway to one wall. Keep side doors open to allow natural light to enter. Dedicate some time to intentionally go through that closet and get your life organized! Place a lowlight plant, like 5 lucky bamboo, in your bathroom to uplift the energy that is so quick to be flushed down those drains. Be sure to keep it sanitary and repair any dripping faucets or running toilets as they drain your energy even more. And with those stairs, be sure they are clear, well lit and have a sturdy railing to support anyone who uses them. You may want to place a small mirror on the wall at the bottom of the stairs to push some of your energy back up the stairs to the main level. Each home and family is so beautifully unique. Each with their own blessings and challenges. If you would like to learn more about how to bring balance to the heart of YOUR home or to any space where you live or work, contact Tina Falk, at firehorsesixty6@gmail.com. You can also find more information and resources at www.fengshuivia.me. l


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Holladay City Council Honors Randy Fitts By Carol Hendrycks


Above: City council says farewell to City Manager Randy Fitts. —Carol Hendrycks; Right: Holladay Fire Chief Marty Slack and crew present award to Fitts. —Carol Hendrycks


he Holladay City Council Chambers was filled to maximum capacity to address and honor City Manager Randy Fitts, who officially retired June 16. Notable guests included the Holladay City Council and former council member Jim Palmer, Holladay Mayor Rob Dahle, Community Development Director Paul Allred, City Recorder Stephanie Carlson, Former Holladay Mayor Webb, State Senator Jani Iwamoto, UPD for the city of Holladay Chief Don Hutson, Unified Fire Department City of Holladay Chief Marty Slack and crew and of course Randy’s wife Susan, their children, grandchildren and residents of Holladay. Dahle opened this portion of the Fitts final presentation with the understanding that we all know Fitts doesn’t like personal accolades much but that his dedication and accomplishments for the city of Holladay would not go unnoticed. Dahle also noted that we are honored to live in a city and society that is well governed. He said he owed much of the thanks to Fitts, as he was the first city manager for Holladay and says that Fitts was always willing to step forward to keep the community strong. The overwhelming gratitude and love for Fitts was truly inspiring. “We owe a great deal of gratitude to Randy for making Holladay special. He is more than a city manager … he is a trusted friend,” Iwamoto said. Webb mentioned

how amazing Fitts was about blending political issues with being practical, and that he allowed the staff to shine and to dream. “We see Randy’s hand in so much around the city in the plaza, streets and pavers, fireworks and many great city events,” Webb said. Palmer said that the city runs like clockwork because of Fitts and he is grateful to have served with him on many projects. Hutson appreciated getting to work with Fitts over the past year, as did Slack and company, and was grateful to him for passing on knowledge and for their friendship. Both chiefs presented Fitts with an appropriate award and plaque. Peterson was delighted to read an official resolution dedicated to Fitts. It recognizes all the city project accomplishments over the past 12 years. She personally spoke to how much she respected his suggestions, ability to negotiate and ability to wear many hats. “Fitts is a gifted man, talented cook, works with a smile and humor and will be greatly missed,” Peterson said. Councilmember Pace said it has been a wonderful journey and expressed his thanks to Fitts, his wife and his family for shouldering the many long hours and late nights he served. Pace presented a crown to Fitts, claiming he is the king of Holladay because he was involved in most projects, being a teacher and mentor to many. Councilmember Pat Pignelli gave a toast to him highlighting his leadership, his counsel and excellent

management of the budget, and his grace, humor and respect. Councilmember Mark Stewart said he appreciated Fitts reaching out to him as a new council member and presented Randy with his own street sign. Carlson presented a collage of city history in the form of pieces of projects simply framed in a shadow box. Allred remembered the day he took the job and was delighted to be able to work with Mayor Webb at that time and the city manager. He was treated with respect and says that Fitts was a great collaborator and became a wonderful friend over the years. Fitts’s final words were few but heartfelt and bittersweet. He enjoyed his job, and notes he never gave anyone food poisoning as he was known for cooking and treating the council to some fine meals during their working sessions over the years. He recognized everyone in attendance and everyone’s contribution in helping him do his job and in making Holladay a great city to live, play and work in. He said this night felt like Christmas to him with all of the wonderful guests, accolades and gifts he graciously received. He bestowed upon the new city manager, Gina Chamness, rolls of different colored duct tape to represent keeping budget, capital funds, debt services and general funds all together with a hug and smile. Fitts gave his final city report to the council and with a heavy heart departed in style. l

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n June 16, Holladay officials broke ground on the sidewalk project for the south side of Spring Lane. The new improvements will result in a continuous sidewalk from 1300 East to Highland Drive and will vastly improve pedestrian safety, especially for school children walking to schools in this area of the community. It was a bittersweet event for those who attended because it marked the final day of employment for long-time city manager Randy Fitts, and the return of Clarence Kemp, former long-time city engineer, who has inoperable brain cancer. The sidewalk is a dream fulfilled for city officials, especially Kemp and Fitts, who envisioned the completion of this walk many years ago. Councilmember Pat Pignanelli, who also worked to see the walk completed in her district, praised the efforts of all those who helped make the sidewalk a reality, including city staff who worked with Spring Lane residents to clear obstacles and encourage their cooperation and support for the sidewalk. The sidewalk was dedicated to Kemp for his tireless dedication and who was particularly instrumental in getting essential funds for the sidewalk transferred from the state to the city. Work commenced

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immediately after the groundbreaking on property owned by Craig Larson, and is expected to be completed before the beginning of the school year later this summer. A plaque will be placed on each end of the walk to honor Kemp when it is completed. l

Holladay City Council Approves New General Plan

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n July 14, the Holladay City Council approved a new general plan after nearly two years of work. The plan sets a new vision for the community for the next 15 years, 2016– 2031, and is the result of many helping hands. The city has been anxious to develop a new plan to replace the old one, which was approved in 2000, shortly after Holladay’s incorporation. While the initial plan proved to be helpful in guiding development and policy for the last 15 years, it was in many ways outmoded and unrealistic in its scope and ability to deliver the vision it espoused when created. Through a generous grant from the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), the city was able to hire consultants to develop a draft plan. Landmark Design, lead consultant, Zion’s Bank and InterPlan — now Parametrix — were instrumental in meeting with a citizen steering committee, city staff and the city’s planning commission and city council to develop a 283page draft plan addressing such topics as land use and zoning, transportation, economics and housing, parks and trails facilities, and community sustainability. This draft plan became the foundation for the eventual adopted plan after it was reviewed and edited extensively by the planning commission and especially by the city council. Paul Allred, community development director, who was the project manager for the effort, expressed heartfelt gratitude to the WFRC for the financial

support and the consultants and citizen steering committee. Also recognized were the efforts of Pat Hanson, emeritus planner, and the city council committee composed of Lynn Pace, Sabrina Petersen and Mark Stewart. Adeep and special thanks by Councilmember Steve Gunn was given to Councilmember Lynn Pace, whose determination and vision to see a new plan developed and adopted was recognized as well as his skillful hand in editing the plan to arrive in its final form. Pace, for his part, said, “Lots and lots of hands went into the making of this plan that councils to come will find it practical, useful and vision for continuing to ensure Holladay remains a vital and beautiful city to visit and live.” The new general plan will guide Holladay for years to come as important demographic changes continue to impact not only the city but the entire valley. The plan places special emphasis on protection of the things that make Holladay “our lovely community,” as expressed by Elizabeth Giraud, member of the citizen steering committee to which Allred carries forth in his description of Holladay. Tree and stream preservation, quaint commercial districts, expanded shopping and business opportunities, appropriate infill residential development, increased walking and biking facilities, trails and new parks are critical issues addressed in the general plan. l


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Kung Fu: An Ancient Art Affecting Young Lives By Sarah Almond

Jik kiu, meaning “direct bridge,” is a critical kung fu move. Here, students practice a series of jik kiu strikes to warm up for practice.


n the 17th century, Chinese ancestors of the Shang and Zhou Dynasties developed fundamental means of defense and attack in order to survive an unimaginably hostile environment. Using rudimentary weapons made from stones and wood, these primitive people leapt, tumbled, kicked and fought with bare hands and fists to defend themselves and their people. Fast forward thousands of years, travel from Eastern China to Northern Utah, and this ancient form of self-defense continues to be valued and practiced by youth in and around the Holladay area. For more than 10 years, instructor Mike Hong Phan has been teaching year-round kung fu classes at the Holladay Lions Recreation Center to children ages six to 16. “The most important thing is to have our kids build confidence,” Phan said. “Not overconfidence, but enough to know what’s right and what’s wrong.” Phan says he’s noticed the lack of selfesteem becoming a greater problem with today’s youth. Practicing kung fu, however, provides many individuals with increased mobility and diverse movements that help build confidence. “The thing about kung fu is it doesn’t just teach you mechanics, it teaches you the beauty of the Chinese art,” Phan said. Phan, who has been teaching kung fu across the Salt Lake Valley for more than 22 years, is also passionate about teaching his students the foundational values in which Chinese martial arts are built upon. “There are really good morals to kung fu,” Phan said. “Being humble and kind — we always talk about that; being positive.” Nearly 40 kids from the Holladay area attend kung fu classes each week. Besides learning proper stretching techniques and selfdefense maneuvers, students are also taught the correct usage of common martial arts weapons. “The weapons are definitely my favorite

part of kung fu,” 9-year-old Adam Karpinski said, who’s been taking kung fu classes for more than two years. Though Phan instructs students how to safely and effectively use several different martial arts weapons, nunchakus seem to be the group favorite. For others in the class, simply learning ancient methods of self-protection is reason enough to commit to weekly martial arts classes. “At first it was really cool just to say, ‘Oh, I do kung fu’,” 14-year-old Anna Sorenson said. “But now that I’ve started, I’ve realized it helps you grow in so many different ways.” Anna, who also plays the piano, says she’s noticed a significant difference in muscle memory since starting to take kung fu classes four years ago. “It’s helped my confidence too,” Anna said. “I feel more confident when I’m performing a piano piece at a recital or giving a presentation at school.” Phan admits that keeping kids loyal to the program is the hardest part of being an instructor, but he finds the most gratification in watching students grow in mind, body and spirit. “Day by day, the most enjoyable part is seeing my students motivated and inspired,” Phan said. “To see them get that light bulb; it’s seeing them enjoying and getting excited about what they are learning; seeing them achieve their goals, especially when they rank up to a new belt and pass their test — it’s a phenomenal feeling.” The transcendent nature of kung fu is also what keeps Phan’s students coming back month after month. “Kung fu has also helped me spiritually,” Anna said. “You get to learn who you are and that this is part of the potential that you have.” l

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The 2016 Skyline Youth Football Camp: Teaching Little Eagles to Soar By Sarah Almond


n Tuesday, July 12, more than 40 boys from around the Holladay area ascended on the Skyline High football field to take part in the annual Skyline Little Eagles Youth Football Camp. Though the camp has been a summer tradition for the Eagles for more than a decade, this year was a little different. In Feb. 2016, the Eagles hired Springville, UT native Zac Erekson as the new head coach. For Erekson and the 10 Skyline High players who helped staff the camp, leading the youth camp was a new experience. “This is my first year doing the camp,” Andrew Hockman, a rising senior and the Eagles’ starting quarterback, said. “I’m excited about teaching the little kids what we do at the high school level.” Having representatives of the Skyline football program help with coaching was important to Erekson. “We wanted the kids to be able to interact with some of the high school players so they can start picking out some of the guys they’ll be watching on Friday nights and build some relationships with them,” Erekson said. The four-day camp, which is open to all first- through eighth-graders, runs for two-and-a-half hours, giving Erekson and his staff plenty of time to get to connect with each player and spend time practicing the fundamentals of Skyline football. And Erekson wasted no time introducing the football campers to Skyline protocol. “I’m Coach Erekson and I’m the new head coach at

Head coach for the Skyline Eagles Zac Erekson welcomes the 40 participants of this year’s Skyline Eagles Youth Football Camp. Several of members of the high school football team look on as they prepare for their first day as volunteer coaches for the four-day camp.

Skyline,” Erekson said, as he welcomed the 40 young, excited faces to their first day of camp. “One rule in high school is that you never sit behind the coach. When I’m talking and you’re taking a knee, I want to be able to see all of your faces.” Geared toward kids who play or are interested in playing little league, the camp is designed to teach young players in

the area basic proper playing techniques and to inspire an early passion for football. “We start them young; this is where we generate the interest,” Erekson said. “When these kids want to come to our high school games, then their parents come to the games, and their siblings come to the games and it helps fuel community interest in the program.” The first day of camp started with a group tour of the Skyline facility and weight room. Erekson and his coaches then jumped right into getting each kid placed into an offensive position and defensive position. “Our number one goal is obviously to get these kids out here and have fun,” Erekson said. “But we want them to be able to learn some football and we want them to get comfortable with some of the things they will do in the future when they get to high school.” One of the biggest aspects of high school football is practicing skill development. And with an extensive coaching background, Erekson dedicated much of the camp to position work. “We really want to focus on the fundamentals of each position,” Erekson said. “After that, we’ll also spend some time working on what the kids learned the day before.” Andrew and other volunteering players agree that helping coach the camp has undoubtedly gotten them more excited about their own season and playing their first game against Hurricane on August 19. l


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he Salt Lake Tribune recently reported that “Holladay Harmons” will open a new grocery/deli location in the downtown Holladay Village. It put to rest rumors that have been circulating through the city for months. When new developments or rumors of new development begin, our phones light up. So let me tell you what I know to this point regarding this exciting announcement.

The site for the new 16,500 square foot Harmons is at the intersection of Holladay Blvd, Murray Holladay Rd and 2300 East. It will be directly across the street to the North from Relics and across the street to the east from the clock tower. Buildings to be demolished include the current Rice Basil/Top It location, Store Stuff, Great Harvest, and the entire office and retail structure that the current Slices and Lettuce & Ladles occupies. A second larger retail and office building, approximately 21,500 square feet will be located on that site. Supporting parking will be located in between and to the East of the two new structures. The Developers informed us that Harmons would like to push the timetable to allow for an October 2017 Grand Opening. To accommodate this date, demolition and construction will need to begin shortly after the first of the year. Current tenants that will be effected by this new development have been notified. An initial review of the rough site plan indicated that the proposed use meets the requirements of the Holladay

Village Zone (HV). What this means to residents is that the plans will require a recommendation from our Design Review Board regarding compliance with the City’s architectural standards for the Village area and then a site plan approval from the Planning Commission. It is anticipated that Harmons will request to expand the parking allowances currently outlined in our HV Zone, which has its own separate standards than other commercial zones in the City. This request would require a text amendment to the zone and public hearings with both the Planning Commission and City Council. We anticipate a petition from the Developer to consider this request. The model Harmons is considering for Holladay represents a departure from what we all consider the standard neighborhood Harmons store, which I believe is about 80,000 square feet. So this location is about a quarter the size. For those that have been to the Emigration Market, which Harmons acquired, it is about 9,000 square feet. This hopefully provides a point of reference for a 16,500 square foot design. We agree that Holladay is an ideal location for one of these new boutique-style Harmons concepts, and we are flattered that they would choose us. This announcement represents another positive step in the ongoing transformation of our downtown Village area. We will continue to keep you updated as more information becomes available. I’m certain you will be excited by what you see.

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Chief Don Hutson, Unified Police District

he Holladay Community will once again be bustling with activity as another school year gets underway. This dramatic change in traffic patterns and pedestrian activity causes all of us concern about the well-being of our children as they travel to school. I believe we would all agree that obedience to the reduced speed limit in school zones is of critical importance to ensure the safety of children crossing streets near our schools. We will have officers conducting traffic enforcement in school zones throughout the city to remind the motoring public of our commitment to keep kids safe. Some residents may have noticed Holladay City has put no parking signs in the area immediately surrounding some of the crosswalks throughout the city. The intent of these signs is to ensure the cross-

walk areas remain clear of traffic, and it applies to all parking, stopping, or standing, even if you are only stopped there momentarily to pick up or drop off. It is critically important to keep the crosswalk area clear to allow cars traveling down the road the visibility to see children as they are leaving the sidewalk toward the roadway. Please be aware of this issue as you are dropping off or picking up your children from school. Try to find a spot to pull off the road away from any crosswalks or take the time to pull into the school parking lot to keep the roadway clear and less chaotic during drop off and pick up times. I look forward to another banner school year in Holladay and I thank you in advance for helping us keep our kids safe.

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August June 2016 2016


2016 Budget Message Gina Chamness, City Manager


n June 16, the Holladay City Council adopted the City of Holladay’s 2016-17 budget for the fiscal year that began July 1. During May and June each year, the City Manager and the City Council spend time discussing projections of revenue that the City expects to receive as well as anticipated needs of the City for the upcoming year.

This year, Holladay expects to receive about $14.5 million from a variety of sources. Property tax is the City’s largest and most stable source of funds. While property taxes for individual property owners may change from year to year depending on a variety of factors, state law is designed to keep the funding that Holladay City receives at roughly the same level over time. Any increase in the property tax rate would require a Truth in Taxation notice and public hearing, something that Holladay City has not chosen to do in its 16 year history. A quarter of the City’s overall budget comes from sales tax. Sales tax funding, as well as revenue from licenses and permits varies as overall economic conditions in the area and in the state change.

CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Rob Dahle, Mayor rdahle@cityofholladay.com 801-580-3056 Sabrina Petersen, District 1 spetersen@cityofholladay.com 801-859-9427 Lynn Pace, District 2 lpace@cityofholladay.com 801-277-9565 Patricia Pignanelli, District 3 ppignanelli@cityofholladay.com 801-455-3535 Steve Gunn, District 4 sgunn@cityofholladay.com 801- 386-2605 Mark H. Stewart, District 5 mstewart@cityofholladay.com 801-232-4544 Gina Chamness, City Manager gchamness@cityofholladay.com PUBLIC MEETINGS: City Council – first and third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Planning Commission – first and third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. CITY OFFICES:

Close to half of the City’s overall funds (47%) are spent on critical public safety services. Holladay City contracts with the Unified Police District (UPD) and United Fire Authority (UFA) to provide these services for Holladay residents. Approximately 15% of the City’s funds are spent maintaining roads and other infrastructure needs, while about 11% of the City’s funds are spent making debt service or bond payments on City Hall, the City’s Fire Station, and a bond that improved the City’s roads and streets nearly a decade ago. Holladay City is a very lean organization, with only 7% of our overall budget committed to administrative functions. Over the next several months, the City will highlight different parts of the City’s budget, including planned capital projects for the year. If you have questions about the Holladay City budget, please contact Gina Chamness, City Manager at (801) 272-9450.

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Events for Pets: Petapalooza and the Fang 5K Live Music! Delicious Food Trucks! And hundreds of adoptable animals from local shelters and rescues! Join us for our 2nd Annual Petapalooza Festival at the Viridian Event Center on August 27 from 9 AM – 4 PM! This festival is for DOGS and HUMANS! The Viridian Event Center is located at 8030 S. 1825 W., South Jordan, UT 84088. For the Dogs: A pet pyschic, pet reiki, a photo booth and dozens of local pet vendors to spoil your 4-legged friends. (PLEASE NO DOG/OR HUMAN AGRESSIVE DOGS) For the Humans: Food trucks, music, fun games and activities, a photo booth, and local vendors! Don’t forget to register for the FANG 5K! This is a 5K to run/walk with your 4-legged and 2-legged friends and family. All money raised from this event will go to the dogs at Salt Lake County Animal Services to purchase them a new turf run to play in. The race will be held at Veterans Memorial Park, adjacent to Viridian Event Center. Registration begins at 7 AM. https://runsignup.com/Race/Events/UT/WestJordan/FangFive Salt Lake County Animal Services will have clinic staff on hand to vaccinate, microchip, and license owned pets as well.

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Communicating During an Emergency


n the event of an emergency, the Salt Lake Valley Emergency Communications Center (VECC) has the capability to use Reverse 911 to contact residents on their land-lines. Reverse 911 is used to call out and deliver messages to telephones in specific areas. If you see “0000000000” on your Caller ID, answer the phone because it could be fire, police or the City calling with emergency information. If you are using a cell phone or IP phone (VoIP phones, such as Comcast Voice or Vonage) you need to register with VECC to use this critical service. You can do so by going online to www.vecc9-1-1.com and clicking on VOIP Registration to create an account with the system and register your phones. You will be asked to create a login and password in order to protect your information. This service is quick, free and secure. If you do have problems registering, you can call VECC at 801-840-4006 or e-mail Beth at btodd@vecc9-1-1.com. You can also register with the City of Holladay. In the event of an emergency, the City will send text messages to pre-registered cell phones to communicate quickly with residents. Register now by texting “follow cityofholladay” to 40404. Please check with your cell phone provider as to the cost of text messages. The service is subject to the availability of cell phones and the Twitter service.

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Ice-Skating Lessons Offered During Summer Holiday By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

“Skating is something you can do your entire life.”


he Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center is offering a unique way to beat the heat this summer with ice-skating lessons. The lessons are open to all ages and abilities and go on year round. The ice rink, located on the bottom floor of the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center, was built in 1975. The center has been offering skating lessons since then. “We teach skaters of all ages,” Kathy Valburg, the skating coordinator for the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center, said. “From age 3 to adults.” The classes are divided up by skill level. Currently, there are two beginners classes, three intermediate classes and one advanced class. No prior skating ability is necessary to enroll in the classes. “The first thing we teach is how to fall down and how to stand back up again,” Valburg said. “We teach balance and how to move forward and other skating basics.” In the advanced classes, the students learn beginner spins and jumps. “That’s the big draw,” Valburg said. “It’s a lot of review of the skating they already know and then adding turns and jumps.” The classes themselves are gender neutral and Valburg said the classes have been fairly mixed lately with both boys and girls. “It’s basic skating skills for both figure

skating and hockey,” Valburg said. Enrollment in the summer months is pretty light since the ice-skating season is generally from September to April. “During the summer months, we average about 50 skaters each evening we conduct class,” Valburg said. The main advantage to taking lessons during the summer is since the classes are smaller, each student receives more individualized attention. The classes are taught by eight former pro skaters and a group of junior staff. “They are U.S. figure-skating gold medalists who are learning how to teach,” Valburg said. Valburg said she hopes the children and adults who enroll in the classes gain a love for ice skating. “Skating is something you can do your entire life,” Valburg said. “You can do it recreationally with friends and family or you can go further and live out your Olympic dreams.” Registration fees range from $45 to $80 depending on age, ability and membership with the Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center. For more information about the skating lessons and other lessons offered by the recreation center, visit cottonwoodheights.com. l

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Otters Swim Team: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity for Kids with Intellectual Disabilities


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early three years ago, a certified therapeutic recreation specialist at Salt Lake County started Otters Swim Club, a swim team for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Today, the program is hosted by several rec centers across the valley. “It’s essentially a group lesson for intellectual disabilities,” Ivy Hausknecht, the adaptive aquatic manager at the Holladay Lions Recreation Center, said. “And it’s designed for children ages three to 16 or 18.” The Otters’ youngest member is just 3 years old. They also have an 18-year-old swimmer landing at the opposite end of the age spectrum. “The Salt Lake County Adaptive Aquatic program has four different levels: water orientation, beginner, intermediate and advanced,” Hausknecht said. “But our team here at the Holladay Lion Rec Center just has water orientation, beginner and advanced.” Within the three core levels, the Otters also have three to four levels of normal swim lessons to which each swimmer can advance. In the years that Salt Lake County has included Otters in its register of adaptive aquatic options, the program has welcomed hundreds of children and teens with autism and Down syndrome. “Drowning is the number one cause of death for children with autism,” Hausknecht said. “And that’s why this program is so important; one, they are learning a life-saving skill, and two, when they can accomplish something that’s huge, they feel really proud of themselves.”

When the Otters was established in Feb. 2014, nearly 150 individuals from across the county registered for the program, most of them being placed on a wait list. “It’s taken us two years to work through that wait list and get everyone off of it,” Hausknecht said. “So we can’t really advertise for the program like they were in the past because we just don’t have the staff with the county.” Like most of the rec centers in the county that offer the program, Holladay’s rec center has eight members on their Otters team. However, to compensate for the supply-and-demand dilemma that still challenges the adaptive community, the county has developed additional adaptive options. “Here at Holladay, we have the Adaptive Swim Club, which is basically a masters swim team for people with all abilities,” Hausknecht said. “Right now we only have intellectual disabilities on the team but it’s open to people with physical abilities as well.” The Holladay Lions Recreation Center is currently the only facility to offer the Adaptive Swim Club program, but Hausknecht is hoping to expand to other centers around the county in the coming months. “Running the club program is a lot easier because we don’t have to have the increased amount of staff,” Hausknecht said. “With Otters we have to keep our student-to-teacher ratio so small and we have to keep our class sizes even smaller.” The rec center also offers an Adaptive One-On-One Program that is essentially a private lesson at a discounted rate, and

Inclusive Group Swim Lessons. For inclusive lessons, children and teens with intellectual disabilities are placed in groups of able-bodied swimmers but have the support of an aid if needed. “I would say that most of the adaptive swimmers that join Inclusive Group (Swim) Lessons do great, they just sometimes need that extra aid to help them stay on task when the instructor is working with the four other kids,” Hausknecht said. Though Hausknecht has grown the county’s adaptive program to offer four times the amount of options, she hopes to grow the Otters program in particular. “We have a lot of different options,” Hausknecht said. “We’d love to expand our Otters, it just takes staff — trained staff.” Every one of Salt Lake County’s adaptive aquatic instructors has earned their Starfish Swimming Instructor (SSI) Certification. This credential qualifies individuals to teach within the county, but all Otters instructors must complete an additional training lead by Hausknecht, who is SSI certified and also has her Children with Challenges Certification, a national adaptive aquatic certification, along with several other qualifications. “I do this job for the kids,” Hausknecht said. “The kids are the hardest part and the best part. With a lot of them, they’ve never been able to do sports or join a team. And at the end of every practice, at every level we all do a cheer and said ‘Go Otters!’ We’re able to give them an opportunity that they may never otherwise get, and that’s what keeps us coming back.” l



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SLCO’s Export Economy


ne of the most important functions of Salt Lake County Government is supporting a good environment for job growth and free enterprise. Salt Lake County drives much of the Utah economy, and a big part of that is based on our business exports. We have a Salt Lake County Regional Export Plan, which outlines the impact the county has on Utah’s export economy, as well as a path forward for continued growth. There are a few things from this plan that I believe are valuable for residents to know. Exporting means that a Utah business sells products or services outside the country. It is important for a healthy economy because it opens up products to additional markets, essentially growing the demand for what we produce locally. It also helps a regional economy expand and diversify. Businesses that export goods and services tend to have higher wages and higher worker productivity. You may not know that businesses in our Salt Lake County export to places like Canada, Mexico, China, Australia, Japan, Germany, and Korea. Salt Lake County accounted for $10.24 billion, nearly half of the Utah’s $21.6 billion in exports in 2014. Still, some businesses may be reluctant to explore exporting.

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It is important for a healthy economy because it opens up products to additional markets, essentially growing the demand for what we produce locally. It also helps a regional economy expand and diversify. for their business. The first step is awareness. Any businesses that might be interested can contact our Office of Regional Development to learn about the opportunities for exporting, and how to go about actually doing it. The county’s goal is to help small and medium businesses,

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Three Reasons You Need Killer Amenities in Student Housing


ere your college years the best years of your life? If you said “yes,” then you’re among the millions of adults who reminisce about their college days and the social activities and opportunities that shaped their adult lives. But many of our children spend their free time in front of screens instead of socializing with each other, stunting their social development and making them vulnerable to dangerous media. You can help your students develop community identity, create strong social networks, and combat the harmful effects of problematic media by helping your child choose student housing with amazing amenities. Develop community identity ​Students living in a student housing complex can develop a strong community identity and support system. A 2006 study found that residents in a community need access to a local social network in order to create an identity and build a sense of belonging in a new place. The Factory, for example, is premier housing in Logan, Utah, that not only provides space for fun (we’re talking bowling alley, double decker hot tub, state of the art fitness center, etc.), but also provides and facilitates social activities to encourage social interaction. All of these factors contribute to the homelike feel and community identity that The Factory provides. It’s not just some place to come back to after class. Create strong social networks The perks of belonging to a strong social network are far-reaching. Amenities specifically support physical and mental well-being, positive lifestyles, and overall good health. Some recent events

at The Factory include a water balloon fight, ice cream social giveaway, and bingo night complete with prizes. Invitations are posted on all doors, and events create opportunities to meet neighbors and establish lasting connections. Combat the harmful effects of problematic media Viewing pornography, playing violent video games, and gambling online--widespread activities among college students--may have very negative and lasting effects. In a recent study at Brigham Young University, researchers discovered a consistent pattern of inhibited social interaction in young adults who had greater exposure to such problematic media. What better way to catch screen time than by going down to the cinema room at The Factory with 30 of your closest friends? Factory representatives will even be there to help set up the projector and provide popcorn, upon request. When your students’ basic needs are met, they can actually take advantage of the professor’s office hours, study that crucial material to ace the final, and pad their resumes with school clubs and extracurricular activities. So give your students a gift that will last and change their lives for the better. About the Factory: With close proximity to campus, a world-class exercise facility, double decker hot tub, clubhouse, game room, bowling alley, cinema room, and study room, The Factory is Logan’s premier student housing development. For more information, visit 900factory.com. l

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Project Drama


here is a brand new act in town. Project Drama is a new acting studio for youth; located at 2477 E Fort Union Boulevard, in Cottonwood Heights. This is the place for young budding artists to explore their acting, singing, and performance skills. Directors and business partners Dana Pearson and Rebecca Hess are advocates of the arts and the creative process. They have been teaching acting and musical theatre for children, tweens, and teens for over 25 years across the Wasatch front. Pearson and Hess first met while attending Weber State University; both were majoring in Theatre Arts and Communication. While finishing up their degrees, they were asked to develop a youth theatre program for Utah Musical Theatre at the university. “The classes took off,” said Pearson, “The first summer we had over eighty young and eager students participating. There was an obvious need.” “Unfortunately the arts have taken a hit with budget restraints and curriculum demands in the school systems”, said Hess, “Less time exploring the arts has left a void in the learning process.” Hess has been teaching in Utah’s public school system for over 16 years. She has served as a Theatre Specialist in several local schools as a part of the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP) where her focus is integrating the core curriculum with the arts. She also has organized and directed five elementary school choirs. She has had the opportunity to

observe the positive effect of the arts in children’s development. Pearson, a Utah native, has been involved in all aspects of theatre; including directing, costume design, playwriting, producing, acting and teaching. Former Artistic Director at the Egyptian Theatre Company in Park City, she developed their youth theatre education program and served as director and instructor for over a decade before moving last year to Cottonwood Heights. The two former colleagues and friends reunited last fall with a common goal. “Our community could benefit from a children’s theatre company, and we can make this happen,” said Hess. Pearson, life-long educator and theatre arts guru agreed. “Watching young performers gain self-esteem, confidence, and develop new skills is so rewarding,” said Hess. “Skills for theatre, but more importantly, skills for life,” said Pearson. “I had the opportunity as a youth to be involved in community and school productions, along with choir and acting classes. These experiences had such a positive impact on my life. Whether I was acting on stage or helping backstage, I learned valuable lessons of collaboration, teamwork, commitment and self-confidence! We are excited to be teaching in our community the magic of live theatre, acting, singing, and performing. If all the world’s a stage, then let’s not forget the youngest players.” Project Drama offers classes for the beginner and more experienced students, ages 4 through 17. Curriculum includes acting, musical theatre, stage movement, voice, improvisation, pantomime, and character development. This fall, Project Drama is launching Project Sing Show Choir, ages 6-14. Private coaching for auditions also available.

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10 Money Saving Tips and Secrets for Kohl’s Shoppers


f you are a Kohl’s shopper you already know about their great sales, but did you know there are more secret ways to save at Kohl’s and Kohls.com? Here are some money-saving tips for this back-to-school season. 1 - Shop the 2nd and 4th Friday or Saturday of the Month Kohl’s hosts “Night Owls” and “Early Birds” sales event on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month. This is the time you’ll see an additional 10- 50% off the already rock-bottom prices. Plus, these events typically coincide with Kohl’s Cash offers. 2 - Shop Online and Stack Discount Codes Not only is shopping online at Kohls.com convenient, Kohl’s shoppers have the benefit of combining up to four discount codes on one transaction when you shop from a computer. Mobile customers can enter two codes per order. 3 - No Hassle Returns Did you know that Kohl’s has no time restrictions for returns? You can get cash back for up to 12 months after purchase and after that you will receive in-store credit. No receipt is needed for Kohl’s charge purchases. If you use any credit card to make purchases, your shopping history will be stored in their computer for a year. 4 - Price Adjustments It happens to us all. We make a purchase only to discover the

see are “GV” - limited-time price drop, “S” - part of a one- or two-week sale. If you see an “NM” it means the item will be marked down that night or the following morning.

following week the item went on sale. Kohl’s will adjust the price down to the sale price for up to two weeks. Just hang onto your receipt, present it to customer service to receive the difference in price. The price adjustment is also available for Kohls.com orders by calling (855) 564-5705.

8 - Shop Online at the Kiosk to get FREE Shipping Kohl’s website has more variety of sizes and items than in the store, and orders placed from any Kohl’s kiosk will automatically ship to your home for free. Also, if you’re shopping at home, check for any available free in-store pick up.

5 - Kohl’s Honors Competitor’s Prices Find a lower advertised price? For in-store shoppers only, Kohl’s will honor competitor prices from any national retailers that have a brick and mortar store, such as Target and Walmart. Just bring a current copy of the competitor’s ad with you (make sure the ad includes a description of the item).

9 - Apply for a Kohl’s Charge Card Every 4 to 6 weeks, Kohl’s offers 30% off and free shipping to cardholders. Also, cardholders that spend at least $601 a year will automatically become MVC (Most Valuable Customer) members and will get special discounts throughout the year.

6 - Join the FREE Yes2You Rewards Program If you shop much at Kohl’s this one is a must. New members receive a $5 Kohl’s certificate just for signing up. Plus, you’ll receive 5% back on every order of $100. And, Yes2You Rewards members often receive birthday coupons and other rewards. Yes2You Rewards are issued once a month and can be used with any unexpired Kohl’s Cash.

10 - Make Payments Immediately After Purchase Instead of carrying a balance, avoid any interest charges by paying for your purchase directly after using your card. You can also make payments at the in-store kiosks. Online payments are equally as convenient.

7 - Learn to Decode the LCD Price Signs If you’re questioning if an item will drop even further in price look for a special code in the upper-right corner of the LCD price tag signs that are found on the product racks. A square indicates that the item has reached the lowest price. Other codes you might


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