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BORN TO CREATE By Aspen Perry | firstname.lastname@example.org
o view the art of Logan Madsen before getting to know the artist, one would never know Madsen suffers from a genetic disorder that affects fewer than 30 people on earth. Miller syndrome affects muscle and bone formation, as well as hearing and joint pain, and in Madsen’s case is the cause of malformed arms and hands.
“Stuck,” from the Syndrome Psychology series. (Logan Madsen)
Undeterred by the genetic disorder, which has affected him since birth, Madsen believes he was born to create. “I was born with the desire to create. Copying cartoons out of Disney books in elementary school is how I cut my teeth,” Madsen wrote in response to being asked what drew him to art. Raised in Holladay, Madsen attended elementary school in the location now designated as City Hall, in addition to attending Olympus Jr. and graduating from Olympus High in 1998. Madsen’s ability to draw provided him a sense of pride as he grew up, which he explained helped him endure constant bullying. “Still, today, I earn intense pride of ownership whenever I am using these ‘weird’ hands to make something most cannot,” Madsen said. For 15-plus years, Madsen has taught himself how to paint, and not just in a single medium. To do so requires extreme dedication and is an impressive feat for any artist. Holladay Art Council Executive Director Sheryl Gillilan recalls when she ﬁrst viewed Madsen’s work through the organization Art Access 15 years ago. “The ﬂowers were beautiful … and incredibly detailed, down to the individual pollen grains, but were off-kilter on the canvas because he said that’s how he felt in the world,” Gillilan said. “I remember thinking, ‘Wow, that artist really has a story to tell, and I had better pay attention,’” she said. Madsen’s ability to capture and paint how he views the world is exemplary on its own merit, and leaves both the audience, as well as other artists, even more awestruck when considering the daily challenges of chronic pain coupled with other obstacles, such as obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deﬁcit hyperactivity disorder and high-functioning autism, Madsen faces to create his pieces. “Logan is a Holladay hero — I have heard many artists speak highly of him,” said Lisa O’Brien, Holladay Arts Council president. Having his work held in high esteem by the Holladay Arts Council is just one of the many accolades in store for Madsen’s ca-
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In October of this year, a documentary titled “Logan’s Syndrome,” which Madsen co-collaborated on with childhood friend, Nathan Meier, won the award for Best Feature Documentary at the Carmel International Film Festival. Meier, along with other producers, are trying to arrange for a local showing of the documentary and plan to post details on the ﬁlm’s website, logansyndrome.com. “Logan’s Syndrome” was ﬁlmed over the course of ﬁve years. The documentary takes viewers on Madsen’s journey while he creates a hyper-realistic series of autobiographical paintings, as a way to allow viewers to follow their most basic human urge — to stare. On his website, loganmadesenﬁneart.com, Madsen discusses the concept of staring when confronted with someone different and admits to having the same urge. “When I see somebody who looks different I want to inspect them as much as I can. Clearly, it’s not nice to stare — but we all want to.” By creating his autobiographical series, “Syndrome Psychology,” Madsen hopes to remove anxiety as a factor, and create a safe space for both the viewer and himself. “I want to bare my reality for everyone to see,” Madsen’s bio states. “Once I put it out there, it will be our reality.” Madsen has been working on pieces for the “Syndrome Psychology” series as well as the documentary for the past decade, and although it can be “terrifying” as Madsen says, the experience has also been exciting. “I’m honored to be sought after by the Holladay Arts Council. I haven’t had many experiences under the spotlight as an established artist,” Madsen wrote in an email interview, to allow him time to work with his support team. Though it is not always easy or comfortable for him, Madsen looks forward to being more involved in the art community. “I am pushing myself out onto the ledge, for all of us.”
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oAnne Brown, Olympus Junior High science teacher, has spearheaded the Lexus Eco Challenge and 18 winning teams over the last decade. As a dedicated science teacher of 20 years, Brown continues to be passionate about her work and loves motivating kids to have real-world experiences. She explains, “to watch them invent things is rewarding and life changing and makes life so much more fun and worth it. And if they win, even better!” The annual Lexus Eco Challenge is a national STEM competition for students from sixth through 12th grades. The rewards for winning the competition result in grants and scholarships for teachers, students and schools. Nationally, $500,000 in awards is distributed to competitors reaching $10,000 for a school and student teams. A portion of the winnings are reserved for the up-and-coming students to help with materials costs for the next year. Olympus Junior High is ready and well poised in continuing their winning streak. The Lexus Eco Challenge involves teamwork and teaches students about critical skill building regarding their environment. The advisors teach their students not only how to appreciate science, but also life skills such as how to research, document and work collaboratively to ﬁnd solutions. The challenge has different areas of emphasis: land and water, air and climate and the ﬁnal challenge, by invitation only, is open to winners of the previous two challenges. The student participants shown are seventh-graders, called the Terriﬁc Toads, who partnered with Utah’s Hogle Zoo on an educational video about preserving the Boreal toad. The competing ninth-graders, called the PharmaSisters, have a designed a water system ﬁlter. Brown and her teams are looking forward to the ﬁrst competition on Nov. 10. The competition began in August and continues through until March 2018. Brown is excited to showcase her students, help the community and inspire kids to compete for grants and scholarships.
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Olympus and East High School choirs joined together for ‘The Power of One’ beneﬁt concert By Carol Hendrycks | firstname.lastname@example.org
he performance began with 8-year-old Adyline Vilchinsky, standing alone in the spotlight singing. Just one voice, singing in the darkness. Then, one by one, students started singing with Adyline, the 100+ students from both sides of the auditorium began to come down to join other students on the stage, and the blending of all the voices melted into one. It was a message of love and hope with proceeds beneﬁtting refugees in our community and bringing awareness. Adyline was one of over 300 students who performed at The Power of One, a Utah refugee beneﬁt concert under the direction of Vicki Belnap, Jenny Corbett, Robin Edwards, and parent and staff support on Oct. 30 at Olympus High School. The concert was performed by students from Olympus High School, East High School, Howard R. Driggs Elementary, Crestview Elementary, Bonneville Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Olympus Junior High, Glendale Middle School, Evergreen Junior High and Carden Academy. They have been practicing for months with youth of all nationalities and interests but with one united factor — to join together in one voice. When Belnap began to work on this third annual concert she said, “I hope by sharing the message of the power of one will alter the students
and community awareness in helping to make life better for refugees, for all people in our community and beyond.” Song selections incuded “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” by Randy Newman, “Lean On Me” by Bill Withers, “Thankful” by Josh Groban and “God Help the Outcasts” by Alan Menken from Disney’s “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” All of the musicals numbers were choreographed with dance, staging, audio and lighting that made it that much more inviting and united. A professional performance by both talented, musically inclined students and some students singing for the very ﬁrst time. They performed along with the Jambo Africa Burundi Drummers and the Titan Singers. Between musical numbers, students expressed that by contributing even one dollar could change the life of one person. Donations were accepted by Catholic Community Services, LDS Charities and Utah Refugee Connection to help refugees seek safety and happiness here in Utah. The beneﬁt included a refugee spotlight in which local students were given the opportunity to tell a bit of their journey and how they have come to call Salt Lake home. Their message of hope and goodwill in people everywhere brought tears of sadness but overall messages of happiness. These youth were grateful and humble delivering words
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that uniﬁed all who attended the two performances that evening. Belnap noted that teaching honesty, kindness and humility are the most important things to her and of course her music. Belnap enthusiastically conducted students that perhaps had never had an opportunity to sing before with some students still learning to speak English. All of the performers, stafﬁng, community supporters, sponsors, guests of honor and attend-
ees came together to demonstrate how one act of kindness and a donation of one dollar can make a difference in the life of a refugee and make the world a better place. The audience also enjoyed a sneak preview of the upcoming Olympus High School performances — “White Christmas” and “The Secret Garden.” Show dates begin Dec. 1. Check the Olympus High School website for show times.
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ryce Mildon considers himself to be a fairly normal guy. He works as a high school history teacher for the online school Utah Connections Academy to support his wife and four children. But unlike most “normal” guys, Mildon will be running in the upcoming Boston Marathon. “It’s been a goal for quite a while,” said Mildon. “I ran my ﬁrst marathon, the Salt Lake Marathon, in 2003. Ever since then, I have been trying to qualify for Boston.” He explained that he had tried to qualify for the Boston Marathon on ﬁve or six different occasions. Despite all of the training, each attempt seemed to fall apart. This time, however, it was different. “I ran some 50k races, some 50-milers, and then last year, I ran a 100-miler here in Utah. And then after that, I just thought, ‘You know, I’m in really good shape. I wanna try again for the, you know, for the Boston marathon.’” To qualify for the Boston Marathon, you must meet a certain pace based on your age bracket. The bracket Mildon fell into required a pace of less than three hours and 10 minutes. “That’s like a seven minute and 13-second mile — for the whole 26 miles,” said Mildon. “So that was pretty fast — my previous average had been three hours and 19 minutes, so I had to drop 10 minutes off of my time!” In September, Mildon ran in the Cottonwood Marathon, attempting once again to qualify for Boston. He said that unlike many runners who started the race at a very fast speed, he began with an almost slow pace. As he made up for lost time, Mildon began passing those who had started with too fast of a speed. The most difﬁcult portion of the race was in miles 18–22, at the bottom of Cottonwood Canyon. Mildon shared that, after going downhill for 18 miles, the sudden ﬂat terrain was where most runners cramped up and lost time. At this point in the race, Mildon was ahead of his time and could afford going a bit slower, ending the race with a time of three hours and six minutes. “Three hours and six minutes. So that’s a qualifying time for Boston, but you still have a tiered system so they only let people in who beat their time. They open up registration based on who beat their time the most,” he explained. Mildon said the ﬁrst week of registration was opened up to those who beat their time by more than 20 minutes. The next group was for those who beat their time by 10 minutes, then by ﬁve minutes, and ﬁnally for those beating their time by less than ﬁve minutes. Mildon was part of
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that ﬁnal category. “When it ﬁnally got down to where it was the max amount of people, I got in by six seconds!” said Mildon. “So that’s like taking an extra drink at the eighth station.” The journey leading up to Mildon’s dream of running in the Boston Marathon has reinforced critical lessons, both in the athletic world and society in general. On the physical side, Mildon talked about the importance of discovering a balance of work and rest, emphasizing the importance of giving your body time to recover after doing something high in intensity. Mildon also shared the importance of having a speciﬁc focus to drive you. “It’s hard to train or get up early in the morning when you don’t really have a goal,” he said. “People say, ‘Wow, I could never do a marathon!’ But really, it’s not necessar-
ily about how fast you do it. Your goal should be just to ﬁnish. And I think anyone with a certain amount of drive can be able to do that,” said Mildon. The 122nd Boston Marathon will take place on April 16, 2018. Bryce said he will start a new training plan about four months in advance. This plan involves building up distances and speeds, while allowing for a “caper” rest period during the ﬁnal three weeks before the race. This preparation process is very involved, especially while maintaining a career and a family. Like with any race, this process requires you to remain both balanced and determined. However, Mildon is applying a motto he uses whenever he’s on a long run. “Just keep moving, and you’ll get there eventually,” he said. “You’re not going to get there if you stop. Just keep moving.”
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Holladay Library celebrates National Novel Writing Month By Kaylee Smedley | firstname.lastname@example.org
Librarian Crystal Hanley at NaNoWriMo night at Holladay library (Kaylee Smedley/City Journals)
ast month, people in Holladay (and from all over the world) connected with one another, and not just for No-Shave November. November is also celebrated as National Novel
Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). Libraries and bookstores across the country, including the Holladay Library, hosted events throughout the month of November to support and promote this creative movement. NaNoWriMo was originally launched by the National Novel Writing Month nonproﬁt organization, hoping to help and inspire anyone who has ever thought about writing a novel. Beginning each November 1, participants work toward the goal of writing a 50,000-word novel by the last day of November. These writers share input and tips with one another, as each individual works toward this goal. Various libraries in Utah planned events throughout this past November centered on reading and writing, in support of NaNoWriMo. Holladay librarian Crystal Hanley organized a writer’s night every Thursday evening of November, after having seen success with a similar event while working at another location. Hanley said, “You know, with things being online now, it’s a lot harder to ﬁnd a way to get connected with your community, and this is a really nice way to meet other writers and creative people in the county.” The Holladay Library provided a place for their community of writers to do just that. Thursday evenings, writers working on the NaNoWriMo challenge could meet in a meeting room to work, and to help one another. Snacks, writing prompts and other helpful materials
were provided to aid writers in achieving this objective. “The goal is 50,000 words — or more, of course — but 50,000 words in a month. And you can write about whatever you want. It’s just to promote creativity and community, and working with other people. I just love the whole concept,” said Hanley. These writing nights and other events were held county-wide, and most branches participated. Holladay’s writing events were held on Thursdays, but writers could ﬁnd some sort of NaNoWriMo activity being held each night at one of the library branches. National Novel Writing Month isn’t just restricted to Salt Lake County, or even to Utah. It was started not only to help individual writers on their own novels and articles, but also to connect them with other writers both within and outside of the community. This creative movement has spread worldwide, especially through the use of social media, helping writers everywhere interact with one another. The nonproﬁt NaNoWriMo foundation has a Facebook page, as well as other social media platforms, where writers can connect and interact over the course of the month of November. Aspiring writer Brianna Hatcher explained that on Twitter and other sites, writers participate in “sprints,” where they compete to see how many words they can write within a time limit. “I’ve been able to connect with other writ-
ers on social media, like through the Facebook page or the ‘sprints.’ I’m a competitive person, so it’s helpful for when I get in a rut. And it’s nice because there are writers online that are in, like, Australia — they’re a whole day ahead of me!” said Hatcher. Libraries and social media platforms aren’t the only places where writers connected for NaNoWriMo. Book stores, schools and coffee shops all over the United States and other countries hosted events and brought in authors and liaisons to support this cause during the month of November. “There’s something so cool about people across the country all doing something at the same time to achieve a goal,” said Hanley, who participated in the NaNoWriMo challenge herself this year. National Novel Writing Month is a great time for new writers to push themselves to complete a novel or work of writing. More than that, it provides an opportunity to learn from writers with more experience, and receive support during setbacks. Hanley shared that one of her favorite parts about NaNoWriMo is that it teaches writers that they can take risks, and even start over again when needed. It saves writers from the fear of getting stuck in a rut, especially due to this large support system — a group of people, within the community and around the world, who are all working through the same challenge.
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hough Paul Fotheringham did not feel quite ready to take on the charge of District 3 council rep four years ago when he was initially approached about running for council, he felt felt now was a better time than any to serve the community he loves. “Having an opportunity to join this great group of community leaders is both humbling and an honor,” Fotheringham said. Fotheringham cited two reasons for waiting. First, he wanted more time with his children before they mostly “aged out” of needing more attentive “dad time,” and second, he wanted to make sure he would be able to make a valuable contribution. “Paul has a great family life, and I admire that he puts them ﬁrst,” said current District 3 rep Patricia Pignanelli. Three years ago, Fotheringham decided to serve as Holladay’s representative on Salt Lake County’s Community and Economic Development Advisory Council (CEDAC), which he feels served as a steppingstone in his decision to run for council. “Being involved on this volunteer committee helped me decide to run for council. CEDAC was a great experience,” Fotheringham said. In addition to his time serving on CEDAC, Fotheringham also volunteered on the successful bids for political friends. His time campaigning for others not only instilled a sense of civic responsibility, but Fotheringham also
discovered how much he enjoyed being part of the community. “Participating in the democratic process awakened me to my responsibility to take a turn,” he said. Fotheringham’s District 3 running mate, Dennis Roach, also felt inspired to represent his district upon hearing that Councilwoman Pignanelli would not be seeking re-election. Roach has served on the Holladay Tree Committee for seven years, and is not ruling anything out when it comes to participating in other forms of Holladay government. “Looking ahead, I’m not ruling anything out. I’ve brieﬂy discussed the possibility of a citizen/city staff road planning committee with our city manger,” Roach said. Though Roach and Fotheringham have not had a chance to speak since the election results were announced, Roach feels Fotheringham will do well on council. “I look forward to his involvement on improving our district’s needs moving forward,” Roach stated. During the election process Fotheringham made it a priority to attend city councils, planning commission meetings, as well as going door to door to get a pulse on the main concerns of the constituents he planned to serve. Through his talks with residents, Fotheringham was made aware of two locations where residents fear for the safety of their children who walk to school. “One is at Woodcrest Drive and 5600 South. The other is on Mateo Drive. I plan to harp on these (two safety concerns) every council meeting,” Fotheringham said. He further said he would not be addressing the main concerns of constituents if he did not pursue improving the safety of these two zones. Fotheringham and his wife, Lisa, have lived in Holladay with their three children for 20 years and have been thrilled with the opportunities the public schools in their neighborhood have afforded their children. “My kids have all had an excellent education at our local schools: Spring Lane, Bonneville Jr. and Cottonwood,” Fotheringham said. In addition to taking pride in his district’s three local schools, Fotheringham is also grateful for the caretakers and staff of Turn Community Services, where he takes his son Jason, a disabled adult on the autism spectrum, every weekday for their Adult Day Program. “Starting my day at Turn, with my son, even if only for 5 to 10 minutes, is usually the highlight of my entire day,” Fotheringham said. All in all, Fotheringham looks forward to serving his community. “Participating in the part of local government where the rubber meets the road, with a great group of neighbors who care about their town, is a privilege,” he said. When Pignanelli was asked if she had any advice for the future council rep, she replied, “Listen, listen, listen… and enjoy the adventure.”
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Youth Council visits Lassonde Studios By Aspen Perry | firstname.lastname@example.org
n Nov. 6, the University of Utah’s coveted Lassonde Studios opened their doors to take the Holladay Youth Council on a tour of what “Architectural Digest” deemed one of the nine best new university buildings around the world. Although youth council member Nathan Seal did not feel the Lassonde Studio quite ﬁts his needs, he was still impressed by what the generous donation would mean for the future. “The thing that stood out to me in particular was the brightness of our future,” Seal said. The Lassonde Studio is the brainchild of Pierre Lassonde, a University of Utah MBA graduate, who, as of spring 2014, had donated $25 million to the university to help build an institute he felt would give future entrepreneurs the opportunity to be successful. The ﬁve-story Lassonde Studios opened in August 2016 and says it is a place where students from any major can “Live. Create. Launch.” As stated on lassonde.utah.edu, the institute provides four ﬂoors of themed residential space, capable of housing 400 residents, with dining services available to residents 24/7 and to the public until 1 a.m. There’s also a 20,000-square-foot space on the main ﬂoor dedicated to innovation where students can meet, test ideas, launch companies and learn by doing. “Innovation was a word that was used a lot, and the program and building really cultivated growth and development of businesses,” Seal said,
regarding his experience during the youth council tour. Upon visiting the “launched by Lassonde” page, the innovation is clear to see and boasts hundreds of startups, some with roots in the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute program, which began in 2001, as well as successful startups that were cultivated in the studio building itself. For youth council member Preston Palmer, hearing the success stories was the best part of the tour. When asked what stood out most during the tour, Palmer said, “Hearing about the success of some of the students at the Lassonde and the businesses they had created.” The Holladay City Youth Council was created by the city manager at the time, Randy Fitts, as well as, council members Hugo Diedrich (no longer serving) and Patricia Pignanelli (serving her last term). “Randy suggested that Holladay youth needed opportunities to learn about government. I was interested because of my background in education,” Pignanelli said. From there the three met with the Utah League of Cities and Towns, in addition to other cities with youth councils, and in 2006 the ﬁrst youth council met. “The ﬁrst members established the balance between service projects and education involving all aspects of government,” Pignanelli said.
As hoped, students involved with youth council feel their participation has helped them learn more about their community. “I have felt more connected with the township as we go out together,” said Seals. When asked what he enjoyed most about his time on the youth council, Palmer expressed similar sentiments. “I have enjoyed meeting new people and learning more about their ideas on how we can learn about and help our city.” Additionally, Seals expressed the opportunity youth council provides in better understanding political processes. “I have been part of youth council for a short time, but this experience (provides) a taste of what I think I want to pursue as a career,” Seal said. In conjunction to the youth council providing a foundation for understanding local government process, both Seals and Palmer felt the council also served as a great opportunity to meet new friends. “I have met many new friends and been part of several projects, just during my ﬁrst few months,” Palmer said. “I think these people and experiences will continue to help me grow as a person.” Whether Lassonde bound or pursuing other interests, it would appear the students involved with youth council are receiving great exposure to all their world has to offer, as well as learning how they can make a difference and give back.
Youth council being introduced to the Lassonde motto — Live. Create. Launch. (Joni Dahle)
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f you happened to drive by Bonneville Junior High School during the week of Oct. 23, students, parents and faculty had decorated the school and dressed it in red to promote Red Ribbon activities. This was a week of events geared to inform youth and community about drug awareness, hear about prevention education and the consequences of drug use. Schools all over the country take part in this national awareness campaign, helping youth and their families take a stand against drug abuse, learn to make healthy choices and encourage informed child-parent discussions about drug use. They started off that Monday with a sobering school assembly with guest speakers Brent and Colleen Farr, local residents with a tragic life lesson they have learned to live with. “You could hear a pin drop,” said PTA event organizer Gail Davis. “Their discussion delivered an inspired message about drug awareness that the kids not only heard but they could physically see.” The Farrs displayed pictures of Brent as a student at Bonneville, an All-American teen those many years ago who was an outgoing class president, athletic and a kid with a brilliant future ahead. Fast forward to after college when he was married with a 13-year-old son, when a cocaine overdose tragedy struck, leaving Brent with brain and nerve damage that is similar to a spinal cord injury. He suffered permanent damage 11 years ago, leaving him a quadriplegic, dependent on his wife, son and a wheelchair, who help in his everyday survival. Once the students noted his son Thomas was present at the assembly, questions began to ﬂy. They wanted to know what that was like for him to see his dad in that condition since he was just a teen himself
then. Students engaged with and related to Thomas and how as a teen boy he felt those years ago. The message had a profound and personal impact on the students. Kimberly Hunsaker, student body ofﬁcer advisor said, “I think realizing how many people die from these kinds of things made an impact on me and other people, not to do drugs.” As part of the week’s activities, the students also signed a pledge during lunch on Tuesday to be drug and alcohol free. Red rubber bracelets were given to each student and they were asked to wear them all week. In doing so, students who were found wearing their bracelets would receive a treat. The PTA volunteers had a lot of fun roaming the halls before school handing out treats to the students. On Wednesday, the seventh- and eighth-grade students got very competitive. They engaged in a bean-bag toss game during their lunch breaks. The students had so much fun earning points each time they got their bean bag in the hole. The eighth grade won. And on Thursday, everyone enjoyed eating red snow cones to celebrate a great week. As snow cones were handed out, the students were reminded that they were expected to be drug free and to make good choices throughout their entire lives. Principal Rocky Lambourne of Bonneville Junior High School wrapped the week’s activities and celebrating drug prevention messages by saying, “The PTA did a great job with our Red Ribbon Week message. The assembly with Brent and Colleen Farr set the stage for a great week, especially with their son’s spontaneous participation in the assembly. The message was clear and close to home — make good choices the ﬁrst time and every time. Just say no.”
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M AYO R ’S M E S S AG E The City of Holladay is launching an exciting new recognition program titled “Helping Hands of Holladay” this month. The award celebrates spirited champions, selﬂess volunteers, and quiet heroes of Holladay. The announcement appropriately aligns with the message of the holiday season as well as recent Journal articles focused on looking locally for inspiration and hope. The award seeks to recognize individuals, groups, organizations, and businesses that actively help make Holladay great through acts of volunteerism, service and leadership. Details regarding the award nomination process will be posted on our web site and published in the January issue of the Holladay Journal. We will detail the criteria for the award, process for selection, and timeline we will follow through the formal presentations in April. I speak often of observing every-day
citizens making a difference in our community. I hope shining a light on some of these individuals and organizations reminds all of us that there are anonymous acts of kindness taking place each and every day in Holladay, around our state, and all across this great land. Serving those that are less fortunate, volunteering with organizations and institutions that undergird our community, or simply looking out for the daily needs of friends, family and neighbors are common values that we all share as Americans. These common values, and fellow citizens committed to their preservation should be a source of inspiration and hope to us all as a New Year approaches. I would like to wish you and your family a joyous Holiday Season and a New Year ﬁlled with good health and abundant happiness. –Rob Dahle, Mayor
CITY HALL HOLIDAY SCHEDULE The following is a listing of meeting dates for December and when City Hall will be closed. Special meetings of the Council and Planning Commission may be called, so please watch the city’s website. Tuesday, December 5 Planning Commission Meeting Thursday, December 7 City Council Meeting Wednesday, December 13 Planning Commission Meeting Friday, December 22 City Hall will close at Noon Monday, December 25 City Hall CLOSED Monday, January 1, 2018 City Hall CLOSED
EL EC TIO N RESULTS Congratulations to Incumbents Rob Dahle (Mayor) and Sabrina Petersen (District 1) both won in their reelection bids to remain members Holladay City council during November’s municipal election. We also welcome Paul Fotheringham (District 3) as the newest member of the Council. There will be a swearing in ceremony on Thursday, January 4 at 6pm in the Big Cottonwood Room.
Happy PAWlidays! Salt Lake County Animal Services The temperatures will be dropping, and snow will be in the air! Keep your pets safe during the cold weather with a few tips: • Grab your pup a coat and some dog booties to protect their paws. Check your dog’s paws for snow clumps when they come in after being outside. • Ice melt is dangerous to our pets if ingested. Please wipe their paws when coming inside from a dog walk or a cat outing. There is animal-safe ice melt you can purchase at your local hardware stores. • If your dog stays outside in your backyard during the day, please be sure that they have access to shelter and un-frozen water. During night freezing temperatures, please bring your dog inside. If you’re
cold, your dog is cold. Dogs can suffer from hypothermia. • If you have a community cat colony at your residence, please make sure they have adequate shelter. On behalf of all of us at Salt Lake County Animal Services, we wish you and yours a very merry holiday season! If you’re looking to collect holiday donations for the pets here at the shelter, we’re always in need of soft treats for the pups and canned cat paté for the kitties. If you would like more ideas please visit our website, AdoptUtahPets.com or visit us at 511 W 3900 S, Salt Lake City.
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City of Holladay Statement on Proposed Cottonwood Mall Redevelopment The City of Holladay recently received a redevelopment application from Ivory Homes and Woodbury Corporation for the site of the former Cottonwood Mall, located at the southeast corner of Highland Drive and Murray Holladay Road. The developer is proposing to build a mix of housing types on about two-thirds of the 57-acre property, and mixed-use retail on the remaining third. The City did not formulate the proposed plan. There will be several opportunities for the Planning Commission and City Council to receive public input. No decision has been made. The City’s review of the proposed redevelopment plan will include an in-depth analysis of potential impacts on the City’s transportation, physical infrastructure, community services, and ﬁnances. The plan will also proceed through the formal review processes of the Planning Commission and City Council, which features multiple opportunities for public review and comments through open houses and public hearings. It
is anticipated that the review process will take at least 3-4 months. The review period may extend pending developer and city response time to comments, the availability and outcomes of data analysis, resident feedback, and general time requirements for comprehensive decision making. For up-to-date and accurate information about the proposed redevelopment plan and the City’s review process, visit the City of Holladay website, www.cityofholladay.com. The website will feature details such as: • Proposed Plan from Ivory Homes and Woodbury Corporation • Anticipated Proposal Review Timeline • Details about City-sponsored public input events (as it becomes available) • Analysis, data, and related information (as it becomes available)
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Holladay Snow Tips With winter just around the corner, here’s a quick review of Holladay’s snow removal ordinance and process plus other key tips to help keep our community safe this season. • Holladay contracts with Salt Lake County (SLCO) for street snow removal. Major arterial streets are ﬁrst priority to provide access to schools, hospitals, ﬁre stations, police and other emergency services. Depending on the size of the storm, teams may need to continually plow these roads. After the snow event has ended, snow teams return to residential streets to push the snow back to the curb or edge of the road, which can cause additional snow in driveways. SLCO makes every effort to clear all roads within 48 hours after the storm ends. • Snow removal team members are working 12-16 hour shifts and appreciate courteous and friendly drivers. Please use caution when you see a snow removal vehicle and remember the snow removal vehicle is harder to stop than a regular vehicle. • Snow team members have been instructed not to clear roads with cars parked on them. DO NOT park on the street when it is snowing or after a snow accumulation of 4” or more, until 24 hours after the end of the storm. Residents
may call their local code enforcement or police department to assist with the removal of the cars to enable the plows access. When clearing your driveways and sidewalks, do not deposit snow in the road. Set garbage cans at the curb in the morning and removed promptly. • Sidewalks and mailboxes are the responsibility of the abutting property owner to keep clear of snow. Remove snow off paved sidewalks within 24 hours after the storm. Be mindful of new sidewalks and sidewalks that may be blocked from view by a fence, hedge, ditch or other barrier. • When the temperatures drop below 17 degrees the salt used on the road is less effective. The melt rate slows and the snow & ice may take days to completely melt. Drivers need to exercise extreme caution. • Keep a snow shovel and de-icer/salt by each exterior door. Consider a snow shovel with an ergonomic design and/or snow blower to minimize potential injury or health emergencies resulting from overexertion. Ensure your snow blower is maintained and ready for a snow event before it happens. For additional information, please call the City of Holladay at 801-272-9450 or Salt Lake County Public Works at 385-468- 6101 or visit www.pwops.slco.org/html/snow.
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Skyline girls basketball ready to tip off state championship defense By Josh McFadden | email@example.com
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The Skyline girls basketball team is set to begin defense of its state championship. The Eagles move up from Class 4A to Class 5A this season. (Photo/Kimberlee Jessop)
his time last year, the Skyline girls basketball team was coming off a region title but had struggled in non-region play, and bowed up in the quarterﬁnals of the 4A state tournament. All the team did was respond with another region crown and the 4A state championship. Skyline went 11-1 last season in Region 6, beating out Judge Memorial by a game for the league crown. The Eagles then defeated Judge in the 4A title game, capping off a 23-4 season. It was a satisfying end to the season for a program that had come narrowly close to championships in 2014 and 2015 when the Eagles lost in the state championship. Coming off their ﬁrst state championship since the 2007–08 season, head coach Lynette Schroeder knows her Eagles will get each opponent’s best shot each game. “I feel that it puts a target on our back, especially having major key players returning from last year’s team,” Schroeder said. “But even then, I’ve always felt like Skyline has been a target for its opponents. My players and I feel that every season we have the ability to take state, so I think the pressure to do so has always been there, at least in our eyes.” Schroeder will lean on a trio of seniors to guide the team toward another championship. Guards Madison Grange and Barrett Jessop will team with center Cameron Mooney to run the offense and frustrate foes on the defensive end. Junior forward Kiana Eskelson averaged 5.5 points and 4.6 rebounds per game last season. She’s another focal point of this Skyline team. “All of these players will step up in various leadership roles, as they are my most experienced players,” Schroeder said. Despite an opportunity to win another state championship, Schroeder is focusing on the simple things for this season to be a
success. She believes if her team will play together and improve from game to game, good things will be in store once more. “My expectations are to play as a team, to be disciplined, to work hard and smart, to compete, to be leaders and great examples on and off the court, and to learn and grow,” she said. “I feel that if these expectations are met, my players have a good opportunity to contend at the state tournament.” Schroeder isn’t worried about the pressure her players will feel each game as they try to live up to expectations and match last season’s accomplishments. Instead, she believes it will drive the girls and motivate them to excel. “My players are competitive and they are high achievers,” she said. “I think that competing at a high level comes naturally to them. The majority of them have had that experience and pressure from last year’s state run.” That experience and exposure to high-proﬁle games could come in handy this season when contests are tight and opponents are clamoring for a chance to knock the champions off their pedestal. Skyline’s ﬁrst challenge is a Nov. 21 home meeting with American Fork. A week later, the Eagles host Syracuse. “I’m excited to see what the season has in store for us,” Schroeder said. “I’m looking forward to helping my team improve and reaching our team goals. I’m looking forward to strategizing and competing in practice and games. I’m excited to continue to build on coach–player relationships and helping players apply basketball lessons to life off the court.” Schroeder is conﬁdent that if her players continue to work cohesively as a unit and recognize that the sum is greater than the individual pieces, their talent and experience will carry them toward their goals.
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Local Skyline High student wins prestigious STEM award By Carol Hendrycks | firstname.lastname@example.org
he Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) is a program founded and produced by the Society for Science and the Public that encourages middle school students to translate their personal interests into a passion for STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) by participation in science fairs, which inspires them to continue their studies throughout high school and college and enter STEM careers. One of those rising and shining stars is Anthony Hill, a local student and freshman at Skyline High who was selected by the Society for Science and the Public as a ﬁnalist in the National Science Fair, sponsored by Broadcom MASTERS. Hill began his journey and work on his project as an eighth-grader at Churchill Junior High with support from his science teacher Brian LeStarge. Hill has always been curious about the sciences, so participating in a STEM program was a precious opportunity. Over 80,000 students across the United States competed in science fairs, and only the top 10 percent are eligible to apply to Broadcom MASTERS. From those who applied — about 2,500 — just 300 semiﬁnalists were chosen, then ultimately 30 of those students become ﬁnalists. Skyline High student Anthony Hill with Congresswoman Mia Love. Hill was one of those 30 ﬁnalists who traveled to Washington, D.C. to When asked about the complete expericompete with 29 other ﬁnalists and met with many important people such as Con- ence and whether he had advice for other midgresswoman Mia Love; Maya Ajmera, presi- dle school kids with an interest in STEM, Hill dent and CEO of the Society for Science and said, “Follow your passion. No question is too the Public; and Paula Golden, president of the far out, and often you learn more if you ask craBroadcom Foundation. Just for attending the ﬁ- zy questions.” The Broadcom Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nals, Hill received a $500 award and his school will receive $1,000. This was an all-expense- nonproﬁt corporation with its main mission to paid week, where Hill presented his ﬁndings advance science, technology, engineering and and competed in a week full of science-ﬁlled math education by funding research, recognizing scholarship and increasing opportunity. activities from October 20–25. “It was a great opportunity to meet people The foundation inspires young people to purwho are likeminded in their love for science,” sue STEM-focused careers and its signature programs, the Broadcom MASTERS® and Hill said. Hill took second place in the Technology the Broadcom MASTERS® International, preAward category for his “No Pressure: The Ef- mier science and engineering competitions for fects of Martian-Like Atmospheric Pressure on middle school students around the world. The Enzyme Catalyzed Reactions in Plants” project. foundation is a founding member of the STEM In addition to the ﬁnalists’ STEM knowledge, Funders Network and the National STEM Ecothey were also tested on their critical thinking, system initiative. It sponsors premier academic communication, creativity and collaboration workshops in partnership with select universities on three continents. skills.
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Muppet, and these kids put it all together. With the holiday season upon us, it could be a topic of ‘holiday shopping with Grandma,’ but it won’t be anything you’ve ever seen before.” Wilkins said that with training and running through improvisation games, the students are prepared to entertain the audience — and even make them a judge. “The no. 1 rule is for them to say ‘yes, and… . We always have them agree and never say no to an audience. It gives it more creativity and fun. In a technology-driven society, it’s a rare gift to have live entertainment and one that is interactive. It’s a good way for these students to connect with their audience,” he said.
Cottonwood’s improvisation team is in its 10th year. Wilkins started the team when he was hired at the school, which he says is a “great acting tool.” He also started an improv team at Utah State University’s eastern campus in Price, Utah after performing on his high school improv team. “It’s a cool way for students to get involved in a student-run organization. It also gives our students an opportunity to be funny, which can be hard. Sometimes, our society and everyone can take things so seriously; it’s a challenge. It’s especially hard for those who need to have a script, so this gives them an opportunity to break out of their shell. It’s kind of like jazz — you freelance, just create and don’t
know what to expect. It’s freedom and creativity and just fun from the heart,” he said. In addition to creativity, students also learn teamwork and acceptance of others’ ideas. Wilkins also said that students learn how to listen and how to take risks, audition and perform humor without a script. The 18-member auditioned team puts on about six shows annually, usually every other month. Scheduled shows in 2018 include Feb. 8 and May 21. Wilkins said they are not all theater students. “The more we can bring in from other parts of the school, the better our community is,” he said. “The arts are valuable and essential for any and all our students.”
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Young Titans eager to get girls basketball season going By Josh McFadden | firstname.lastname@example.org
Taygin DeHart takes a shot in a game last season against Murray. DeHart returns for her junior season ready to help lead her team to the state tournament. (Photo/ Ellis Hunsaker)
oming off a 6-16 campaign and a sixth-place ﬁnish in Region 6, the Olympus girls basketball team has room to improve. The team is eager to show their development and be a factor in the region race. The Titans will put a youthful lineup on the ﬂoor when they open the season Nov. 21 at home against Maple Mountain. Olympus also plays at Taylorsville Nov. 28 and hosts Stansbury Nov. 30 to close out November. The Titans’ 2017–18 edition has just one senior and brings back key junior guards Kayli O’Brien and Taygin DeHart. Head coach Whitney Hunsaker will look to both for leadership and solid play on the court. “(O’Brien) is a great outside shooter, great leader and has been playing varsity for three years,” Hunsaker said. “(DeHart) is a great driver, solid defender, great leader and has also been playing varsity for three years.” Hunsaker will lean heavily on O’Brien’s and DeHart’s experience, especially on a team with so many young players and new starters getting accustomed to the offensive and defensive systems. Even with the many changes and roster turnover, Hunsaker is looking forward to seeing her new players get accustomed to the team and come together. “I’m excited to watch this team grow and develop,” Hunsaker said. “With only having one senior, I am just excited to see where we end up and how much progression happens throughout the season. Also, I’m really excited with the group
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we have. We have a group that is committed — a group that wants to work hard and wants to get better. I am excited to go to practice and just absorb the energy that is in the gym. I’m really just excited to see these girls become successful.” Qualifying for the state tournament may be more within reach this season, even with a young squad. With region realignments, thanks to the addition of Class 6A, Olympus moves up to Class 5A but stays in Region 6. This year, the region has six teams instead of seven, meaning the Titans only have to beat out two opponents for a spot in the postseason. Hunsaker isn’t necessarily looking at this season as a playoffs-or-bust campaign. Instead, she simply wants to see her team progress from game to game. She believes results will take care of themselves if her players work hard and make strides in their individual and team play. “My expectations would be to see improvement after each game,” she said. “We are a very young team, so really, there is a lot of room to progress. I expect us to grow, develop, learn as the season progresses. I am excited to see the growth.” Though the Titans are young, Hunsaker said the camaraderie has been amazing. Each player has a positive outlook and right mindset to help the team become successful. “The girls are contagious,” Hunsaker said. “They are so excited to work and so excited to contribute. They are already starting to build great relationships with each other. They hold each other accountable, and they push themselves and their teammates to their best.”
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Seasoned Skyline boys basketball team looking to take next step
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t’s been six years since the Skyline boys basketball team tasted victory in the postseason. Head coach Kenny James is hoping to put an end to that streak this season. The Eagles ﬁnished in a three-way tie for third place in Region 6 last year, ﬁnishing 6-6. Skyline lost to Springville 44-43 in the ﬁrst round of the Class 4A state tournament, closing out its 11-13 season. Skyline opens up the 2017–18 campaign the day before Thanksgiving, Nov. 22, at home against Alta, followed by a game at Woods Cross Nov. 28. James is eager to see what this group is made of, starting with a slate of non-region games. His goal is to be in the thick of the Region 6 race and have some success in the playoffs. “As a team we would hope to have a good preseason, compete for the region championship and qualify for the state tournament,” he said. “We would hope to win some state games, be competitive in all our games, be a good defensive team and have fun doing it.” He has some solid pieces to work with, too, including several returners from last season. Skyline brings back seven seniors, four of whom who saw varsity action and two who started. Seniors Nifai Tonga, a 6-foot-3-inch guard, and Andrew Clark, a 6’ 5” center and
two-year starter, will provide leadership on and off the court. Two more seniors, 6’ 4” post player Hollan Schweitz, and 6’ 2” guard Tommy McGrath, will also start. “(Tonga) is a solid defender, strong scorer and physical player, who is also a good passer,” James said. “(Clark) is very mobile and agile. He’s a good rebounder and ﬁnisher going to the basket. (McGrath) is a strong shooter, scorer and playmaker. (Schweitz) is a long, athletic shooter and solid rebounder.” James also said juniors Adrian Wilde, Tim Lont and Will Holmes should play a big part and hope to make a big splash this year. Though James and his team have lofty ambitions this season, James acknowledges that several things need to happen if the Eagles are to post a winning record for the ﬁrst time since the 2011–12 season. “We need to come together as a team, share the ball and play as a cohesive unit,” he said. “The most important thing will be our willingness to defend. If our guys exert themselves on defense, we can play and defeat anyone. Our energy and effort will deﬁne our season.” Not only do the Eagles bring experience and a variety of options at key positions, but James also believes his players have the athleticism to compete in Region 6 and at state. Sky-
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line wants to push the ball in transition and play with a lot of energy and pace. “The strength of our team is our length and athleticism; we have long-armed athletes who can really run up and down the ﬂoor,” he said. “Rebounding, scoring and inside play should be strengths of this team. I am excited to see these guys play and show their improvements. Our style of play should be fun to watch. I think people will enjoy the way we play and share the ball, and will enjoy our up-tempo style.” Leading up to the season opener, James has been pleased with his players’ attitudes and eagerness for the season to get underway. If all things go according to plan, James is optimistic this could be a special year for Skyline boys basketball. “We have had great attitude and have been working really hard,” he said. “The practices have been really competitive, and if we play like we have been practicing, then we should get off to a good start. The effort and attitude have been tremendous. The guys have been working hard and giving a great effort. We have a great group of young men who are trying to work toward their goals. I believe they can accomplish anything they put their minds to. If we come together as a team, nothing can stop us.”
Nifai Tonga, senior small forward, catches a pass against Park City last season. (mylocalradio.com)
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Underclassmen set to lead Olympus wrestling By Josh McFadden | firstname.lastname@example.org
any high school coaches will say that for a team to be a successful, it needs solid senior leadership. The Olympus wrestling team has few seniors, yet the team could be a ﬁxture in the Class 5A race. The Titans enter the 2017–18 campaign on the heels of a 13th-place ﬁnish at the Class 4A state tournament a year ago. Olympus brings back just three seniors from last year’s squad. Yet, thanks to an underclassmen-laden group of talented wrestlers, the Titans ﬁgure to give teams ﬁts this season. “We’ve got a good team returning,” said third-year head coach Devin Ashcroft. “We’re ranked ﬁfth or sixth in 5A right now, and we should be close to that. We should have a really solid team.” Ashcroft has 12 juniors and 20 sophomores on his team, not to mention a handful of freshmen. Juniors Isaac Wilcox, Riley Noble and Jacob DeGraw are the squad’s top wrestlers. Wilcox is a three-time All-American. He won state last season and placed as a freshman. He will likely wrestle at 160 pounds this season. Ashcroft calls Noble “an amazing wrestler.” He’ll be in either the 152-pound or 145-pound weight class this season. He ﬁnished second at state last season despite dealing with some injuries. Meanwhile, DeGraw qualiﬁed for state last
Junior Riley Noble wrestles against Zak Kohler of Wasatch in the state championship match last season. Noble ﬁnished the season with a 42-10 record. (Macy Wilcox)
season as a sophomore. The 138-pound competitor expects big things this year. Ashcroft also highlighted sophomore Emerson Conlon as one to keep an eye on. The 195-pound athlete qualiﬁed for state as a freshman. “He should ﬁnish close to the top of the state pool,” Ashcroft said.
The Titans have other experienced key pieces to the team returning this season. The more state qualiﬁers the Titans have, the more likely the team will climb up the standings. “We need a more stable varsity lineup,” Ashcroft said. “We have guys who are ready — that will make a big point difference at state.” As for region matches, Ashcroft expects
ﬁerce battles to come from Highland and West. The team opens the season Nov. 21 at Taylorsville and has its ﬁrst dual meet Nov. 30 at Stansbury. Ashcroft and his athletes are itching to hit the mat for some real action. “The kids are all anxious to come in and work hard,” he said. “We’ve had a high tone at practice. I’m eager to see the growth that each wrestler has from freshman JV all the way up to (Wilcox). I’m for eager for the kids to see their own growth.” Ashcroft said that because the wrestling season is more compact than other sports, leadership is critical. Wilcox and Noble are the team captains, and both have been integral in bringing the team together and getting everyone focused on the upcoming season. “In wrestling, there’s a lot going on,” Ashcroft said. “We’re at it six days a week. To have captains who can go through the grind and help keep you motivated for 15 or 16 weeks is huge. It’s important to keep pushing.” With its youth, don’t expect Olympus to slow down anytime soon. The Titans also have a solid club program. “We’ve got good guys funneling into our program,” Ashcroft said. “It’ll keep us relevant for the foreseeable future.”
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The Great Toy Hunt For as long as there has been Christmas Hype there have been hard to get toys. And, with those toys come parents and grandparents willing to go to crazy lengths to get one for their child. Last year it was Hatchimals and this year new toys like Fingerlings and a Nintendo that looks like something from then ‘80’s have already gone missing and pop up with over inﬂated prices from toy scalpers on eBay and Amazon. It’s become an American tradition. Ninja Turtle Super Shredder toy was my most memorable toy hunt. Some of you probably remember getting one or wanting one. It was sometime around 1985. I remember spending hours hunting, calling and searching for this silly $6 dollar toy. And I was ﬁnally able to snag one after stalking ToysRUs employees, showing up at the store before the doors opened, racing to dig through a box of newly arrived Turtles to get one of the 4 that came in a case. Keep in mind; the Internet did not exist for common folk at this time. Yep, I got caught up in the hype and thought, my kid must prevail, determined for him to have bragging rights of being the owner of this prestigious toy. I got that little rush when I brought my treasure home and carefully hide the sack on the top shelf of the closet. To this day, Super Shredder still has a home among the dust in my attic.
Now let me remind you, we raised our family in a very ﬁnancially insecure time. In my short 30 something years of marriage, we have been through job loss, near bankruptcy and the heartache of having to give up our dream home due to ﬁnancial struggles. These are the times I learned creative ways to save, avoid spending and the priceless value of having a partner to lean on. We sacriﬁced marital time as I went to work nights not my best idea. Dented cans and refrozen food from the Rainbow Market and out of date bakery items at the Hostess Bake Shop
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