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HOLLADAY DOCTORS UNITE FOR FIRST PET RADIATION TREATMENT FACILITY IN UTAH By Lindsey Baxter | l.baxter@mycityjournals.com wo Holladay doctors have come together for a first-of-its-kind facility to treat cancers in dogs and cats with high dose rate brachytherapy (HDR), a highly effective form of radiation therapy. Dr. Clayton Watkins, owner of VetMed Consultants and human radiation oncologist and brachytherapy specialist, and Dr. John K. Hayes, owner of Companion Curietherapy, have over 60 years of combined experience in humans and animals. This potent type of radiation therapy delivers radiation by an agile, robotically controlled, radioactive seed that delivers a pinpointed burst of radiation directly into the tumor. This was originally designed to target certain forms of human cancer. The doctors’ collaboration is setting a bold precedent in taking brachytherapy care into veterinary medicine. “Brachytherapy is a focused intense treatment that has a lot of power at eradicating tumors. To see a bad tumor disappear and leave the pet with no or very mild side effects has been the most rewarding aspect to me,” Hayes said. “To see a pet retain normal function, when the alternative treatment would have caused loss of a limb or body part, has been greatly sat-

isfying. To my knowledge, this is the first collaboration of this kind in the world, and to lead out in something that is revolutionary is a rather humbling challenge.” “Before we started this, people had to travel out of state at a large expense to use radiation on their pets,” Watkins said. “The nearest anyone could get radiation therapy was in Colorado. What we are doing is less expensive and you don’t have to travel out of state. We also can pinpoint the tumor and provide radiation just to that area and not damage the normal tissue.” Annie Phenix sought veterinary care when her border collie, Echo — who had never been sick — suddenly couldn’t walk and seemed disoriented. After medications, different veterinarians, and an ER pet visit, they found a tumor at the front of Echo’s brain and referred her to Colorado State University. Phenix was concerned about the cost of care and the time she would have to be away from home and work. While in Colorado she called Watkins. They came back to Utah, consulted with Watkins, and Echo had radiation the following week. Considering how bad the tumor was, all were fearful she could pass away any day. Now, Continued on page 5...

Annie and her dog Echo, who had HDR, are living a happy and healthy life. (Courtesy of Annie Phenix)

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Indian art in varying styles by Rad Cuch By Lindsey Baxter | l.baxter@mycityjournals.com The Cottonwood-Holladay City Journal is a monthly publication distributed directly to residents via the USPS as well as locations throughout Cottonwood and Holladay. For information about distribution please email circulation@mycityjournals.com or call our offices. Rack locations are also available on our website. For subscriptions please contact: circulation@mycityjournals.com The views and opinions expressed in display advertisements do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions held by Loyal Perch Media or the City Journals. This publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the express written consent of the owner.

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adcliff Cuch grew up in Fort Duchesne in a large family of eight. He learned most of his art abilities by himself and started at an early age. His love of art started when he gained interest in reading science-fiction comic books. Cuch loved that they had really intricate drawings. He likes the detailed drawings that give his mind something to really think about. The Holladay Arts Council recently named Cuch its Artist of the Month. Cuch finished high school with a love of art and took a few art classes in college. However, he had a friend tell him not to take classes because it would ruin his technique. He has learned all of the different art forms just by sitting down and creating. Cuch finds art a hobby and could not imagine doing it for a full-time job, as what he does is so intricate and time consuming. He has worked for the Urban Indian Center for the last 15 years and plans to continue that as his career and art as a hobby. “I usually get my inspiration from nature and the things that just come into my mind and things that are way different,” Cuch says. Cuch uses pencil, pen and ink, colored pencils, acrylic paints and beadwork to create his artwork. Cuch’s favorite piece of work is titled “Back by Tradition,” which is the back of four women’s heads wearing traditional regalia, which took him a month to make. He says it takes a long time because it’s hard on his arm, neck, hands and eyes; he uses size 13 beads and it’s very detailed and intricate work. The costume or regalia they wear represents their tribe or family. You can tell what tribe a person is from based on their regalia. So when Cuch designs his art, he has to be careful that he is not creating a family’s tribal regalia, and creates all new designs instead. “I just draw whatever comes to mind and then I say this needs beadwork and more design. After I’m finished, I still may not know the name of it, but I keep looking at it. I don’t go by a theme; I just kind of build what comes to my mind and then name it afterwards. I try to

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keep that are simple and not too gaudy. Once I see what I like and it’s balanced then I know it’s finished,” Cuch says. Cuch loves knowing that he can do something that others can’t and that motivates him to continue to create new art. He is starting to create more 3D art. He is going through different designs and how he can do that with Indian designs and nature in one way but with 3-D. Cuch earned an honorary mention from Lawrence Kansas Junior College at an art show. He has participated in a variety of art shows like Art Access and a show in L.A. He has also done shows at the Cultural Shows here in Utah. He explained that different areas like specific art

and so he only shows at certain places. Cuch can only work for about an hour at a time because it is very tedious work and he has to be in the right mood to be able to create the art. Cuch is a happy man with a true desire to create new and different forms of art. He loves spending time outside swimming and running. He is extremely humbled to have earned Holladay’s Artist of the Month. Although Cuch doesn’t have a website, he will be at the Arts Market at the Urban Indian Center on Dec. 1–2 with his artwork available to purchase. To nominate an artist of the month, email holladayartscouncil@gmail.com. l

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...continued from front page post treatment, Echo is off steroids and antibiotics and back to her former feisty self. “I am a human radiation oncologist who has specialized in the part of radiation oncology known as brachytherapy,” Hayes said of his partnership with Watkins. “I bring 35 years of knowledge and experience in this aspect of radiation cancer care to the treatment of animals. Since I am a human doctor, it is my job to be a consultant to Dr. Watkins who is the responsible veterinarian. When treatment is thought to be needed, I advise on how best to perform the operation, and on the dose of radiation. Together we plan and oversee the delivery of the radiation.” Hayes and Watkins met when a pet owner asked Hayes about radiation for his dog with a tumor in its head. Hayes talked to the primary care vet and was told about Watkins. For some time Hayes felt veterinary radiation therapy needed to branch out to include brachytherapy. A phone call to Watkins led to multiple discussions and visits to clinics and operating rooms to see how the treatments are accomplished. This finally led to talks about how to actually treat companion animals. The whole process has taken over three years to come to fruition. The project was approved by the State Veterinarian Board and the State Division of Radiation Control. Watkins shared that at the beginning when they started, it was very rare they would do this type of treatment (maybe once a month or so). Now, they often do them a couple of times a

week and have helped 76 animals in the three years they have been doing this form of radiation. “This type of therapy is amazing in the fact that an animal who could have otherwise lost a limb to surgical removal of the tumor can now save that limb and live a normal life,” Watkins said. Both doctors have their favorite stories of animals they have helped save. One was of a Labrador pup with a rare tumor in his jaw bone that would have required removing the jaw bone, leaving the dog very debilitated, including difficulty eating and constant drooling. However, the doctors treated the pup with HDR brachytherapy. The tumor is now gone and he is a healthy grown Lab with no functional deficit and expected to live a normal life. Another example is a dog that had a large tumor in his mouth. They shaved it down to help him until they did the therapy and within a week it had grown back to that same size. They completed a single dose of radiation therapy with very precise placement of the catheters to completely cover the tumor. After a month, it was down so much you could barely tell a tumor was there. Now after 11 months, there is no sign of tumor recurrence and the dog is expected to have a normal lifespan. To find out more information about all the services that VetMed can help with your pet, visit them at www.vetmedutahclinic.com or at 6221 South Highland Drive. l

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Holladay residents voted down the proposed development on the site of the old Cottonwood Mall. A Utah Supreme Court decision awaits. (City Journals)


ast month Holladay residents took to the voting booth to oppose, by a 57 to 42 margin, the proposed development on the site of the old Cottonwood Mall, even as the ballot measure’s legitimacy remains in question at the Utah Supreme Court. The development in question, referred to as the Holladay Quarter, was slated to include residential, commercial and office space, including a controversial high-density apartment complex. The threat of a high-density housing project alarmed some Holladay residents, who organized an opposition campaign, gathering signatures in order to get the issue on this year’s ballot. However, Holladay City argues that the city council’s approval of the site plans constituted an administrative action (rather than legislative) and therefore cannot be countered by a ballot initiative. “It’s an entitled property right,” explained Holladay Mayor Rob Dahle. “It would be no different than you wanting to build a house and the city says you have to have this setback and this height and you come up with a plan that meets all those and the residents come in and say we don’t like your house. It doesn’t matter. You have a property right in our codes, and you have a right to build that house.” If the court does rule in favor of the city, there’s a possibility the developers, Ivory Homes and Woodbury Corp, decide to alter their plans in the face of on-the-record public disapproval. “If I were the developer I wouldn’t want to build something when they know the majority of the people don’t want it there,” said Paul Baker of Unite for Holladay, one of the groups opposing the development. “The ball would be in their court whether they want to go through with it or not,” said Dahle. While many expected a Supreme Court de-

cision to come down before the election, that did not happen. (As of press time, the court still hasn’t made a decision.) In the meantime, proposition 14 was added to the ballot, asking residents if they supported or opposed the city council’s decision to approve the development plans. “We’re excited about the results. It’s validating because we’ve been out talking to a lot of people. We think this sends a loud message to the city,” said Baker. The results came as no surprise to Dahle. “We were not optimistic,” he said. “There was really nobody out in the community advocating for the project. It had gotten so toxic that a lot of us withdrew from the dialogue because it wasn’t healthy anymore. Meanwhile the Unite for Holladay people spent a tremendous amount of money on signs and mailers and robocalls. Hats off to them. They mobilized and did what they needed to do to get the vote they wanted.” “We were told from day one that we could never get enough signatures, that we could never win in court, that we would never win a popular vote,” said Baker, noting that his family essentially gave up their summer to work on the opposition campaign. Moving forward, both sides hope the city will be able to unite. “This is an opportunity for the city to unite and calm down,” said Baker. “I want the community to move forward together. As far as I’m concerned it’s over,” said Dahle, who noted that a lot of positive things happening in the city aren’t being recognized because of the emphasis on the mall site. “It’s been really unfortunate to have this be the focus of what’s going on in our community. We’ve always been more than that piece of dirt,” he said. l

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kyline High School’s fall musical was the much-loved “The Sound of Music.” Capitalizing on the popularity of the story and songs, it ran Nov. 8–16, and Nov. 12 was singa-long and costume night. Audience members saw lyrics projected on the proscenium above the stage, and people of all ages joined in to sing. B Rogan is Skyline’s theater teacher and the director of this year’s show. “All of our productions this year have an anti-fascist theme,” Rogan said. Skyline will do “The Foreigner” and “Who Will Carry the Word” in the spring. He knew when he chose the musical that it was a popular one. “This was one of the easiest musicals to teach and rehearse with my students — everyone already knew their parts,” he said. Rogan, who auditioned over 100 students for the musical, found a place for everyone. Capitalizing on the popularity, Skyline had a “sing-a-long-night” for the Nov. 12 production. Chellee Brain was there to watch her daughter Katherine, but enjoyed every second of the sing-a-long with her family. “We went out to dinner before we got here and we warmed up our vocal cords in the restaurant. We’re having such a great time. This is a musical we grew up with,” Brain said. Proving the musical is relevant for younger generations, 7-year-old friends Kate and Bridget came with Bridget’s dad to watch her older

Skyline High’s production of “The Sound of Music” was a crowd pleaser. Here, the Von Trapp Children and their father meet Maria for the first time. (Heather Lawrence/City Journals)

sister, who was playing a nun. They seemed to know every word, too. “My favorite is the song Max sings, ‘How Will Love Survive?’ It’s not in the movie, but I saw the words on the screen and I came (to the show) another time, so I heard it then,” Kate said. Bridget’s favorite song was more traditional. “My favorite is ‘So Long, Farewell’ because each of the kids get a line they get to sing. I wish I could be up there singing!” said Bridget. Bridget’s dad sang along, too, probably happy to finally get the songs out of his head that had been rattling around for weeks. “It’s the reason these kids know the songs so well — this has been our life at home since rehearsals started!” Children often stole the show onstage, as well. Having children cast as the youngest Von Trapp children lent an authenticity to the show, and they were great actors and singers. Gretl, the youngest Von Trapp, was played by the adorable Allie DeRosa. With her brown bouncy curls, big glasses and sweet singing voice, Allie seemed to enjoy every minute of her time onstage. Alex Cannon played Maria, and cited this as a dream role. A photo in the program showed she’d done some extra credit and visited Salzburg in 2013. JT Kaufman plays Capt. Von Trapp. When the music inside him awakened, he ably sang through the rest of the show. A particular favorite was the song “Edelweiss.” Rogan pointed out that the first act doesn’t end as other musicals traditionally do, with a big number involving the entire cast. The clos-

ing number of Act I is “Climb Ev’ry Mountain,” a solo beautifully sung by Peyton Lozano, who played the Mother Abbess. And what would a sing-a-long be without a proficient orchestra? The all-student orchestra perfectly accompanied the actors and audience alike. Beyond the raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, the Von Trapps face a very real evil. It played out in the romance between oldest daughter Liesel, played by Sasha Wilkinson, and telegram delivery boy Rolf, played by Isaac Murdock. Rolf and Liesel’s casual flirting while they sing “Sixteen Going on Seventeen” in the first act is a world away from Rolf’s transition to fascism and betrayal of the family in the second act. The students handled these elements with respect and dignity. Skyline had the opportunity to borrow beautiful sets from the Utah Festival Opera, including a full-length stairway for the Von Trapp Villa. This was a treat for the students who got to see firsthand what it was like to use professional-level materials. As Skyline looks ahead to a new building, a production like this reminds administrators of the essential role the arts play in education. Involving students from music, theater, orchestra, sound, stage management and lighting, the musical brings in talents from many disciplines. Hopefully the new building will provide an updated and worthy place for that talent to “bloom and grow.” l

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School for the Deaf and Blind hopes to pioneer adapted soccer in Utah By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com

Students wear vision impairment goggles while playing soccer at the USDB so each athlete’s impairment is the same. (Photo courtesy Susan Thomas, USDB)


he Utah School for the Deaf and Blind (USDB) leads the way in adaptations for their students. Now they’re hoping to lead the country as the second school in the U.S. to get a soccer field for adapted blind soccer. Students at the USDB participated in a developmental camp on Oct. 26 and 27 that introduced them to 5-a-side soccer. With many of the same rules as regular soccer, this is a major sport in blind communities around the world and at the Paralympic Games. Susan Thomas, director of communications at USDB, explains the most obvious difference between this game and standard soccer: goggles. “Blindness comes in all forms, from visually impaired to blind. So the visually impaired students wear goggles to block all vision; that way the players are equal in impairment,” Thomas said. The one player who doesn’t have to wear goggles is the goalie. This form of soccer isn’t new. Football 5-a-side, as it’s officially known, is an “adaptation of football (soccer) for athletes with a visual impairment. It featured at the Paralympics for the first time at Athens 2004, and has been contested (played) at every Games since.” It’s officially recognized by the Paralympics and described on their website www.paralympic. org. Coach Marty Langworthy is the athletic director for the USDB, and also works as an orientation and mobility instructor. Coach Marty, as he’s called by students, is an advocate for athletics in the blind community. “It’s so close to regular soccer. It’s a lot of fun for our kids to play. For students who may not have the physical skills to play it, they can come and learn and develop those skills. They learn to run and pass just like their sighted peers,” Langworthy said.

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Langworthy explained some of the adaptations for the game. “It’s played on a mini field, 40 meters by 20 meters. There are no off-sides, and there is a board along the sides to keep the ball in play. The soccer ball is regulation, except there is a chip inside of it that beeps so that players can hear it and know where it is,” said Langworthy. Despite the sport’s popularity around the world, USDB is a pioneer in bringing it to Utah. “We’re starting from ground zero here. I attended a developmental camp in the spring at the Maryland School for the Blind. They have the first 5-a-side field in the country. We are striving to become the second,” Langworthy said. Langworthy works with three great supporting coaches and an administrative team that gave him the green light for a blind athletics program. “It’s a vision I’ve always had. We have students who have never kicked a soccer ball, many who used to play soccer but lost their vision and athletes with Paralympic aspirations. This is training for our students and a teaching tool for the community.” The next developmental camp is planned for spring 2019 and will be open to students in grades 3–12 across the state. Students in grades 8–12 are eligible for the team. “This is the first step of many. Our goal is to start playing matches against other blind schools and organizations across the country. They’ll learn what it’s like to be part of a team, the physical and financial demands, and if they are interested, what it would take for them to pursue this as an adult,” Langworthy said. To find out more about the spring developmental camp, visit www.usdb.org to see the calendar, or call the Salt Lake campus at 801464-2000 or video phone 385-282-6945 to get in touch with Coach Marty. l

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MAYOR’S MESSAGE I hope you were all able to spend an enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends. The Village Christmas Tree is up, ringing in the official start to the holiday season. Please make an effort to support our local businesses this December. They invest significant time and resources to serve our community. Let’s show them our appreciation by leaving our $’s in their registers. The year 2018 proved to be the most challenging of my 5-year tenure as Mayor. The application to develop the Cottonwood Mall site created divisions within the community that we hope to heal in the coming New Year. Balancing this process with the need to manage ongoing city affairs has been demanding. Most regretful is that it overshadowed the continued progress we have made to expand the core offerings in our city. A few notable accomplishments: • Harmons opened their premiere neighborhood grocery anchor in The Village • The retail/office complex adjacent to Harmons completed the East portion of The Village development • Arbor swings, pickle-ball courts and basketball court additions were installed in the City Park • Knudsen Park installation was completed, protecting and improving 8½ acres of open space for our residents • Increased Summer Concerts on the Commons – all free to our residents • Blue Moon and 4th of July celebrations continue to grow in popularity • Additional market driven renovations of long-standing buildings in the Holladay Village core continue to take shape. We will continue to pursue opportunities that focus on supporting local options for entertainment, shopping and recreation. We believe pursuit of amenities that accomplish this goal add value to the quality of life for Holladay residents. The recent memorial service for Maj. (Mayor) Brent Taylor should remind us all of the importance of proper perspective. The holidays are an appropriate time to reflect on the good fortune we share as citizens of this great land, for good health, good friends and for family. These blessings should never be taken for granted. We honor Maj. Taylor’s sacrifice when we live our lives with respect, dignity and gratitude. Please keep his family and all the families of our service members in your thoughts and prayers this holiday season. Holladay is a strong, vibrant, passionate and caring community. I look forward to leveraging the pioneering spirit that continues to move us forward, even in challenging times. On behalf of our City Council and staff, I would like to extend our best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season and a healthy and prosperous New Year. We look forward to continuing to serve the Holladay Community in 2019! –Rob Dahle, Mayor

HOLLADAY ADOPTS NEW TREE ORDINANCE By Steve Gunn, Council Member District 4 By a 5-1 vote the Holladay City Council adopted a long-discussed tree ordinance in its regularly-scheduled meeting of November 8, 2018. The adoption of the ordinance (officially entitled the “Tree Canopy Sustainability” ordinance) culminates four years of effort by the Holladay Tree Committee and Councilman Steve Gunn to obtain passage of a law affording some protection for Holladay’s urban forest. The new ordinance requires a permit for removal of trees located on unoccupied lots where clear-cutting is planned, and trees which may be damaged or removed in conjunction with demolition, building, development,

grading and filling activities for which a permit is already required under existing ordinances. The ordinance does not restrict the removal of trees by individual lot owners, unless the targeted trees are considered “protected trees” – located in the City’s rights-of-way or near streams, canals or ditches, in which case a no-fee permit will be required and the removed trees must be replaced. For contractors and builders the permitting process required for construction projects under existing law will be expanded to require an inventory of trees targeted for removal and a plan for replacement of those trees. The full text of the ordinance can be found at the City’s website, cityofholladay.com, under “current topics”.

THANKS TO CITY PARK TOP DONORS Over the past decade, the City of Holladay has worked to transform the former grounds of the Holladay Elementary School into a thriving City Park. About 85% of the total $2,500,0000 invested to date in the Park was secured through a combination of grants and other donations. Additionally, community efforts, like the monumental, grass-roots fundraiser for the purchase and installation of playground equipment, made specific elements of the Park possible, In recognition of those that have provided significant contributions to the Park, the City recently installed a donor wall on the south side of the central Park facilities building. The City of Holladay extends deep appreciation to the following organizations - thank you for helping create City Park, the heart of our community. Garden Club of Cottonwood Holladay City Foundation Salt Lake County National Parks Service / Utah State Parks and Recreation • Intermountain Healthcare • Forsgren Associates Inc. • Utah Department of Natural Resources • • • •

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Carbon Monoxide Home Safety By Wade Watkins, UFA Battalion Chief, Holladay Liaison wwatkins@unifiedfire.org The beauty of the changing season also brings challenging safety issues. Each year, more than 400 people succumb to carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning that is unintentional and non-fire related. CO is a colorless, odorless gas released from poorly working or unvented furnaces or gasoline-powered tools and equipment, such as portable generators, cooking units and chain saws. When this equipment is used in enclosed buildings, dangerous levels of CO can accumulate quickly to lethal levels. Mitigate CO issues by (1) checking all furnaces, gas stoves and fireplaces, (2) inspecting flue pipes for rust holes, poor pipe connections and blockages, such as a bird’s nest, and (3) never using gas appliances, such as ranges or ovens, to heat buildings. The following signs could indicate a CO problem: • Streaks of soot around fuel-burning appliances • Excess moisture found on windows, walls or other cold surfaces • Excessive rust on flue pipes, other pipe connections or appliance jacks • Orange or yellow flames (should be blue) in your combustion appliances • Small amounts of water leaking from the base of the chimney vent or flue pipe • Damaged or discolored bricks at the top of your chimney

CO is called the “silent killer” because if the early signs are ignored, a person could lose consciousness and become unable to escape to safety. For most people, the first signs of exposure to low concentrations of CO include mild headache and breathlessness with moderate exercise. People with heart disease are more likely to be affected by CO, even at low concentrations. Continued exposure can lead to flu-like symptoms, including more severe headaches, dizziness, tiredness and nausea that could progress to confusion, irritability and impaired judgment, memory and coordination. A CO detector is one of the most important devices you can use to protect against accidental poisoning. Unified Fire Authority recommends installing CO detectors in all buildings equipped with gas-fueled heating or cooking units. Similar to smoke alarms, CO detectors are designed to sound alerts warning occupants of high levels of CO. Detectors are no substitute for proper maintenance and safe use of tools and equipment that can produce carbon monoxide. If you believe there may be a life safety concern or exposure to Carbon Monoxide, please call 911 and communicate the situation clearly. First responders are trained to monitor the air and recognize these safety hazards. When in doubt evacuate your family to a safe area. Enjoy the holiday season and please remember to be safe!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! By Chief Don Hutson, UPD Holladay Precinct Unfortunately, we in the business of policing find ourselves working extra hard during the holiday season due to an increase of thefts which typically occur at this time of year. First, we must acknowledge the sad fact there are individuals living among us who are exerting an unbelievable amount of energy, every day, to formulate a plan to steal property and otherwise victimize the law-abiding citizens in our community, even during the holidays. Prime targets for these thieves are packages left on porches, checks received in the mail, and gifts purchased and left in vehicles. Make arrangements for someone to remove packages off your porch as soon as they are delivered and do the same with your mail. Many of our home burglaries and thefts happen in the middle of the day, when the culprits assume know no one is home. This means lock your doors and windows, even when you are home. If you have security cameras, make sure they are working. If you don’t have security cameras, there are other options (security systems, signs, interaction with neighbors, etc). Keep items out of plain view. If you leave items of value in

CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Rob Dahle, Mayor rdahle@cityofholladay.com 801-580-3056 Sabrina Petersen, District 1 spetersen@cityofholladay.com 801-859-9427 W. Brett Graham, District 2 bgraham@cityofholladay.com 801-898-3568 Paul Fotheringham, District 3 pfotheringham@cityofholladay.com 801-424-3058 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: your vehicle, lock the car, but hide the valuables too. If the items aren’t visible, it means the suspects have to work to find the items and in many instances they are looking for the quick and easy score. Also know, if it is a larger venue you are attending (church meetings, funerals, concerts, etc.), there is a chance the thieves are watching. After you enter the venue, they may walk the parking lot looking for the easy score. If they see you take your purse and put it in the trunk, all they need to do is find the trunk button inside your car and they will take your purse. Finally, never leave your car running and unattended, even for a few seconds. It is an invitation to a criminal opportunist to take it for a spin. Thank you for watching out for one another and keeping your fellow citizens safe by taking steps to protect yourself and your property and reporting suspicious circumstances when you see them. Have a safe and happy holiday season!

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The Historical Commission and New Website Help! Help! The Historical Commission is looking for Photos of Holladay and Cottonwood taken in the 1900’s. We plan to preserve them by digitizing them and making them available on our website. We are asking anyone who lived in Holladay or Cottonwood (or have family or other contacts who did) to search for photos that show buildings, projects, events or other things of community interest (and, of course, people). These valuable pieces of our history need to be preserved. It is likely that all (or at least, most) of your photos will be thrown away when you are gone. For more information please contact a member of the Holladay Historical Commission. The Historical Commission also has a new website. You can find in on the City’s web page under Community; go check it out.

Happy PAWlidays! By 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.

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 4 Thursday, December 6 Tuesday, December 11 December 24-25 Tuesday, January 1, 2019

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Meet Holladay’s newest city councilman By Justin Adams | j.adams@mycityjournals.com


he Holladay City Council found itself one member short earlier this year when longtime member Lynn Pace stepped down before the end of his last term. After multiple replacement candidates were interviewed by the mayor and city council, William Brett Graham was selected to be the new representative for District 2. Graham grew up just down the road from Holladay City Hall on Keller Lane in Millcreek. He attended Olympus High School, where he graduated in 1989. Graham attended the University of Utah where he received both his bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in public administration. He also attained a second master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School. Graham has spent his career in the medical field and currently is the chief strategy officer for Leavitt Partners, a local healthcare advisory firm. He and his wife, Sarah, have five kids who span from elementary to college age. Graham was initially contacted by Pace himself, who encouraged him to apply for his seat. “I’ve long been interested in civic issues and the process of public decision-making,” said Graham about his decision to go through the application process. Graham also said he was impressed by both the number and quality of applicants who were willing to step up the plate and represent

District 2. In the end, Graham was appointed to be the replacement. “I’m happy to have the opportunity to serve the city of Holladay and gratified that they feel I have something to offer,” he told the Holladay Journal. Graham said he’s taking the new position very seriously, and pointed out that local government is often the level of government that actually has the most impact on residents. “Issues like zoning, street conditions and public safety are sometimes taken for granted, but they’re really important and have a big impact on people’s daily lives,” he said. One such issue he looks forward to working on is infrastructure. “Holladay is approaching the end of its second decade as a city and there are a lot of infrastructure needs that need to be dealt with,” he said. “I want to be a part of making sure that we get the most out of our investments and that we make effective and efficient decisions.” When it comes time to weigh in on controversial issues, residents can expect Graham to use a balanced approach. In the case of the Holladay Quarter development approval (which happened before he joined the council), Graham said it’s important to remember that Holladay isn’t as divided as it may seem. “It’s easy to take that issue and say that people are either for it or against it,” he said. “When I look into it, that’s not what I see. I view that issue through a lens where all the options exist on a spectrum.”

Councilman W. Brett Graham was sworn in as Holladay’s newest councilman for District 2 earlier this year. (Photo courtesy Holladay City)

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With several returning competitors, Olympus wrestling aims for region crown By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


t takes several talented athletes to lead a wrestling team to victory. For the Olympus Titans, it helps that they have the top competitor in the state. Senior Isaac Wilcox headlines an Olympus team that placed sixth in the Class 5A state tournament last season. Wilcox captured an individual 5A championship in the 160-pound division. He went 35-2 last season and begins this season as the top-rated wrestler in the state, regardless of classification. Head coach Devin Ashcroft anticipates another state title from his team leaders. Wilcox has grand plans himself. “He’s got big expectations,” Ashcroft said. This year, Wilcox may wrestle at 152 pounds. Ashcroft is still debating where to place his all-star, largely because another strong competitor, senior Riley Noble, has also been in that weight class. Noble placed third in the 152-pound division last season after going 42-8 during the regular season. Ashcroft said he’ll be favored to repeat his results this season, if not do even better.

Two other Titans, senior Jake DeGraw and junior Soyer Haagan, placed fifth at state last year at 120 pounds and 113 pounds, respectively. Five other wrestlers who qualified for state a year ago return this season to help bolster the team’s fortunes. “Our big goal is to win the region championship,” Ashcroft said. “It’s going to take everyone to put forth their best foot to win it.” The Titans haven’t captured a region crown in seven years. Ashcroft said he hopes to take 12 to 15 competitors to state and to finish in the top three of what he said was the best classification in the state. To help prepare for the rigors of region duals and postseason matches, Ashcroft has lined up what he believes the most challenging schedule in Region 6. Olympus will square off with 5A and state powers Wasatch and Maple Mountain as well as some other challenging foes. “We’re going to battle every tough team we can to get as good as possible,” Ashcroft said. “We want good, competitive matches to

make us better. We want to see where we stack up.” Ashcroft believes matching up with some of the state’s best teams will help the team mentally if they happen to see them again in the postseason. “It’s a big psychological advantage to know what you’re up against,” he said. Ashcroft said he and his wrestlers are eager to compete in Region 6. His seniors especially, who were sophomores when he took over the program in 2016, have shown tremendous effort to achieve this goal. “They’ve worked hard and put in three years of work,” he said. “They want to see some fruit.” Ashcroft believes his team has the talent, experience and depth to accomplish big things this season. The most critical factor in the team’s success, he said, will be durability. “We need to avoid injury and stay healthy,” he said. “We need the kids to be their best selves.” l

The Reid School reaches out to remember veterans’ service By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com


he Reid School’s National Junior Honor Society (NJHS) held their annual Veterans day program on Nov. 13. The program included an impromptu recitation of he Gettysburg Address, presentation of colors and well-rehearsed speaking parts by the students, all with a music and graphics background. The highlight of the event was the veterans who attended. Five veterans stayed to talk with the secondary students about their service and experiences. Kathleen Barlow and Shauna Tateoka of the Reid School organized the event. “This is something the students of our NJHS do each year. It fulfills the citizenship requirement. Not many private junior highs get a branch of the NJHS at their school, so it’s really something special,” Tateoka said. The students delivered their parts from alternating sides of the auditorium with impressive diction and confidence. After the short program, they politely showed their visitors to Tateoka’s classroom and attentively listened while each veteran spoke. Dax Shane is a veteran who now serves on the Salt Lake City police force. He told the students that during his army service in the 90s, he was in the 82nd Airborne Division and took part in a peacekeeping mission in Panama helping Cubans who fled find refuge. Dr. LeRoy Wirthlin was a naval officer in the U.S. Navy. He served at a base in Pensacola, Florida and did some medical research. While


Students connected with veterans and asked questions about their service. (Heather Lawrence/City Journals)

serving, he and his wife lived on base and had two children. Wirthlin recalled how he had to demonstrate his adherence to duty even when he wanted to be somewhere else. “One day I was the medical officer of the day. When you’re out on watch you can’t leave. I got a call from my


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his first assignment was to Vietnam in 1965. He served in every conflict until 2003, often working as a sniper to protect his Marine brothers. “I was a POW for five years in Vietnam, and I knew John McCain,” Cousert said. He served in conflicts in Somalia, Nicaragua and Beirut among others, and was also at the Pentagon on 9/11. Students heard firsthand how a life of military service can take its toll. “In 2003 the agent orange that the government used in Vietnam finally got to me, and I ended up with cancer. I’m fighting still. I don’t give up. Marines don’t quit,” Cousert said. After the formal panel broke, students stayed to offer the guests refreshments, ask the veterans questions and made connections. Cousert summed up the event by thanking the students for their program and making one last sober reminder. “You have your freedoms today because of everything that we (veterans) have done, and I’m honored to be here with these servicemen today.” l

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With returning experience, Skyline wrestling looks for region, state success By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


kyline head wrestling coach Kaycee Anderson insists that in this sport, it’s all about the matchups. If that’s the case, his team could be in for a good season if tournament draws go the right way. The Eagles are coming off a 16th-place finish at last season’s Class 5A state tournament. Skyline put up 31.5 points and had some returners on this year’s squad that qualified for the tournament. “We lost some good guys (from last year’s team),” Anderson said. “I hope there is a person or two that surprises me. We have some returners from state and a couple of new guys that should do some damage.” Anderson specified that his heavyweight division has some candidates. He said heavyweights sometimes struggle with technique and have limitations, but he has some athletic big men that should do well. Team captain James Monson, a 220-pound junior, placed fourth in state last season. Anderson is eager to see what he does on the mat this season and with how he leads the squad. Fellow junior Jacob Walker will wrestle at 195 pounds. He made it to state a year ago. Anderson has high hopes for these two leaders. Anderson is hopeful that Nathan Payne will reach the state tournament as well. Another one to watch is senior Miles Harmon. The

120-pounder was a state qualifier last season and, according to Anderson, “should go again.” An intriguing member of the Eagles’ team is Jackson Atkinson, who has dealt with injuries the last two seasons. “He could be really good and could qualify for state if he’s healthy,” Anderson said. The Eagles have some tough competition in Region 6, notably Olympus, Murray and West. How far Skyline goes often depends on which competitors its top wrestlers face. It’s also important that Anderson has someone to fill every weight class so the team doesn’t lose points. He pointed out that in some meets last season, every athlete who wrestled won, but the team lost some matches because it had open spots. Anderson is optimistic that some of his newcomers can continue to develop and ultimately score some points for the team. “Some of our new wrestlers could qualify for state in the right situation,” he said. Injuries have also been a problem. The Eagles suffered some bad luck last season with some fluke injuries, some of which occurred off the mat. “We would like to go for a region championship,” Anderson said. “We had a shot last year, but we ran into injuries. Region should be close and competitive. We’ll have to be solid.” l

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Olympus girls basketball seeks big improvements this season By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


he Olympus girls basketball team has nowhere to go but up, and head coach Whitney Hunsaker is eager to see where her team can go. Last season, the Titans went winless in 10 Region 6 contests and won just one of its 21 games overall. Despite a rough season, Hunsaker and her girls are optimistic that this season has much more promise in store. “It is going to be different,” Hunsaker said. “There is already a different feel as we start this season, and to simply put it, I am excited to see the hard work pay off. We have a lot of options, so I am excited to target all of our options.” Last season, the Titans had just one senior, so several inexperienced players saw the court. That led to some struggles a year ago but may pay dividends this season. This season, the Titans have 10 upperclassmen, many of whom now have varsity playing time under their belts. “Our biggest strength this year is that we are fast, and our veterans had lots of experience,” Hunsaker said. “Our focus this year is to be tough in all positions, know that we can compete and connect with teammates. We want to be aggressive, build confidence and play as a team.” Hunsaker said seniors Jackie Soltis and Taygin DeHart will be critical in directing the team on the court. Both are returning starters along the guard line and bring many skills and

abilities to the team. “They have worked incredibly hard in the offseason,” Hunsaker said. “The girls look up to them. After them, our team is still deep. We have lots of options, which brings me lots of excitement. I’m really looking forward to what this group will produce.” The Titans last played in the postseason in 2015 and haven’t advanced in the state tournament since 2011. Hunsaker said she and her players would love nothing more than to reach the playoffs once again, especially considering where the program has been the past few seasons. “The big goal for us this year is to be in the state tournament,” she said. “With a couple of building years under our belts, we expect to be a different team this year. We have put in a lot of work in the offseason and are ready to show our improvement.” Olympus tips off its season Nov. 20 at Maple Mountain and hosts its first home game Nov. 27 against Taylorsville. The Titans will play 10 non-league games before jumping into Region 6 action Jan. 8 at rival Skyline. Hunsaker said she’s confident the team can reach its goals, especially if the players can stay mentally sharp and continue to put forth effort each day in practice and in games. “I think the biggest challenging is main-

The 2018–19 Olympus girls basketball team is eager to erase the memories of a one-win season and contend for a playoff spot. (Photo courtesy of Whitney Hunsaker)

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Veteran Flegal stands in honor for all past and present veterans By Lindsey Baxter | l.baxter@mycityjournals.com


d Flegal, a veteran and resident of Holladay, proudly spends his time at the top of 4500 South in full uniform. He gets up early to place flags along both sides of the overpass on 4500 South and I-215. He stands waving as cars drive by and offers little U.S. flags to anyone who wants one. As he stands there, multiple cars from the street and freeway below honk and wave to him as he politely waves and nods back at them. “The reason I do this thing is because of the state of this country today,” Flegal said on Veterans Day. “Our young people don’t really realize, I don’t think really realize what freedom costs. When President (John F.) Kennedy was the president, he made a statement in one of his broadcasts that said ‘Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country’ and I’ve tried to live by that. I think it’s very important that our youth and our adults recognize what this is really all about: freedom, the blood that it costs, patriotism, and that’s where I am today.” When asked about what he wants people to remember for him doing this, he responded, “If you recall, two weekends ago, the mayor of North Ogden, Brent Taylor, was a major in the National Guard in Afghanistan and was killed. That struck a nerve with me. I put a statement on Facebook yesterday about remembering what Veterans Day is. It isn’t just a holiday — it’s to remember the people, the soldiers, the men and women who have served that have paid the ultimate price. It’s to remember their families that are dealing with situations that other families don’t have to deal with.” Flegal’s younger sister, Becky Stratton, surprised him with a big hug to support him on Veterans Day. Stratton said, “I appreciate his patriotism. He honors the people that have given and continue to give so much. I love how he loves the flag. He does this in the heat and in the cold and it’s not the easiest thing for him to do. He’s a good man; I’m proud of him.” Flegal started five years ago with one flag and it has grown to 14 flags. All of the flags are provided to him by his Scout Troop in Holladay and he puts them up five holidays throughout the year. He can be seen with the flags on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Veterans Day, 4th of July and 24th of July. Once in a while you can find him at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve with a spotlight on the flag for about an hour. This last year his daughter joined him and captured a moment of Flegal saluting the flag as fireworks burst in the air right behind him. “It was quite picturesque and there are times here that it gets to be kind

Ed Flegal standing proudly and dedicated on Veterans Day. (Lindsey Baxter/City Journals)

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Titans lose clash of undefeated teams in 5A state semifinals By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


hen 12-0 Olympus and 10-0 Corner Canyon met on the gridiron in the Class 5A state semifinals on Nov. 9, something had to give. Unfortunately for the Olympus football team, it ran into a team unlike anything it had seen all season. The Titans held the potent Corner Canyon offense well below its season average in points but still lost a close 20-15 contest in a game held at Rice-Eccles Stadium at the University of Utah. Corner Canyon entered the game with a per-game scoring average of 50. It had won its previous 10 games by an average of 50-12, with its closest game coming in a 28-20 victory over Jordan in the regular season finale. But the Titans’ defense gave the powerful Chargers’ offense fits all game long. Corner Canyon had scored at least 40 points in nine of its 10 games and had topped 50 points five times and scored 70 points on two occasions. Olympus came in with its own stingy defense. Coming into the semifinals, Olympus had given up a mere 66 points all season. No other team in the state could boast those defensive stats. The Titans had four shutouts this season and five other games in which the opponent had single digits in points. It was no wonder the game would come down to the wire.

In a strength-vs.-strength matchup, the Titans fell just short, but they had their chances. Olympus got on the board first with a 42-yard touchdown run in the first quarter from Tommy Poulton. It was the senior’s 13th rushing TD of the season. Following a Corner Canyon touchdown, Olympus tallied a safety in the second quarter when a bad shotgun snap for the Chargers went into their own end zone, where they recovered. Corner Canyon went up 14-9 with four minutes to play in the first half, but the Titans answered with a 30-yard touchdown pass from Jackson Frank to Noah Bennee. A two-point conversion failed, but Olympus was up 15-14 at halftime. That’s when the Titans’ offense stalled. Corner Canyon may be known for its offense, but its defense is no slouch. The Chargers kept the strong Olympus running game in check the rest of the way, as the two teams played to a stalemate until the final two minutes of the game when Corner Canyon broke through for the winning touchdown. Despite the first and only loss of the season, the Titans had much to be proud of. They frustrated a normally punishing Chargers’ offense and recorded four sacks. Bennee not only hauled in a touchdown pass, but he also picked off three Corner Canyon passes from his safety position.


Olympus celebrates a safety in the 5A state semifinals against Corner Canyon. (Justin Adams/City Journals)

However, back-to-back fumbles on the Titans’ first two second-half possessions proved costly. Olympus won its first two state tournament games at home, defeating Alta 27-6 and Springville 28-3. Against Alta, the Titans’ defense

didn’t allow a single point, as Alta’s lone TD came on a kickoff return. In the quarterfinals, Springville scored a first-quarter field goal, but Olympus held the opponent scoreless over the final 39 minutes of play. l

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ed with the community resources, limited options and apathetic attitude that some people had toward the elderly residents. Jeffrey wanted to provide more choices and options for them and their families. He wanted to give them the opportunity that many wanted most – to remain in their homes. Over the next 10 years, Jeffrey built a successful business focused on providing seniors with experienced, top-quality caregivers without moving from the comfort of their home. Jeffrey met Larry Meigs in 1998. Larry was a franchise developer from Philadelphia, Pa. Together they opened Visiting Angels/Living Assistance Services. Since those modest beginnings Visiting Angels has spread across the country with 650 agencies. Bruce Allison is the administrator/director of the Salt Lake office. He came up with an acronym for “Angels” the following is a shortened version. A–Advocate, N–Nurturing, G–Goal Oriented, E–Ethical, L–Loving. When asked what their greatest challenge has been so far, Kathy Sorenson, their community liaison, responded, “letting people know about the services we provide.” Visiting Angels agencies are required to be bonded and insured and it is their policy to have the appropriate state license that permits “hands-on” care. Visiting Angels have been honored to receive the Best of Home Care Award in 2018 for Provider of Choice and Employer of Choice. They also have a 5 Star rating out of 101 reviews. “We are excited about the recognition we have received.” Bruce Al-

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Former NBA coach hosts skills camp for kids By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com


ore than half of former NBA coach Barry Hecker’s coaching career has been spent at the highest levels in the sport of basketball. Yet, his love of teaching the game spans all age ranges. The veteran coach will hold a three-day “Shooting and Offensive Skills” camp Dec. 26-28 at the Gene Fulmer Recreation Center, located at 8015 S. 2200 West, in West Jordan for boys and girls in grades three through nine. “These camps are all about the basic fundamentals of basketball,” Hecker said. “We focus on quality fundamental instruction, we work hard with a lot of discipline and structure and we have a lot of fun. When these kids walk out of there, they know they’ve been taught and improved.” The camp will be held Dec. 26, 27 and 28 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost of the camp is $80, which includes a T-shirt. Registrations are open online at www.slco.org/gene-fullmer/ or at Gene Fullmer Recreation Center through the first day of the camp. The first 25 kids registered will receive a free basketball. Contact Jason Kehr at jkehr@slco.org or (385) 468-1951 for more information. The camp is being sponsored by Ken Garff

Automotive Group, Champions of Autism and Standard Optical. Hecker has been coaching basketball at every level for more than 40 years — including 21 years in the NBA with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Memphis Grizzlies — but particularly enjoys working with those new to the game. “If you teach skills, that leads to confidence and that confidence can allow anyone to do anything they want,” he said. “I have more fun with young kids than with the pros. In the NBA, you have guys who are making millions. These kids are making nothing and they’ll listen to you.” The long-time NBA coach is a native of the Salt Lake area and has been a resident of Murray for years. He said he loves to share the values of hard work, teamwork, unselfishness and persistence, along with the physical skills of the game itself, with others. “I don’t care who I coach or when I coach,” Hecker said. “I simply enjoy teaching the game. It’s great to see a smile on someone’s face as they experience success. If you help somebody, you’ll be somebody.” l

Former NBA coach Barry Hecker worked with current NBA player Rudy Gay during his 21 years in the NBA. (Photo courtesy Barry Hecker)

Winter driving safety: Snow falls and you slow down


he long line at the local auto body shop isn’t just for oil changes, it’s for winter tires too. With temperatures dropping and leaves soon to follow, it’s time for a refresher course on safe winter driving. 1) Know the conditions Technology affords us the privilege of knowing road conditions before ever leaving the house. Utah Department of Transportation has more than 2,200 traffic cameras or sensors which gives visuals and data on all major UDOT roads. Drivers can then adjust their routes or schedules according to the heaviness of traffic making for less congestion and less risk for accidents. The UDOT app means you can see all those cameras from your phone. Twitter feeds also provide alerts about traffic situations throughout the state, including roads up the canyon. Unified Police have a canyon alerts Twitter page for to update traffic in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons as well as tire requirements and road closures. 2) Prepare the car Make sure the car is prepared for the road conditions, first with good tires. Snow tires give greater tread for better traction. If only two new tires are placed on the car, make sure to put them in the rear. With the falling snow, it’s necessary to have quality wiper blades that ensures clear views rather than leaving water streaks across windshield impairing your ability to drive. The wiper

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fluid reservoir also needs to be replenished before the first snows hit. Snow and ice should be completely removed from the windows, headlights and taillights prior to driving to ensure visibility. If your car is parked outside overnight, place towels over the windows. This keeps the windows from icing over. A system should be in place to check everything in your car such as the battery power and your cooling system. Antifreeze helps the vehicle withstand the freezing temperatures. The vehicle should also be stocked with safety items in the case of an emergency. The Utah Department of Public Safety suggests on its website to have jumper cables, a tow rope and small shovel in case the car gets stuck, reflectors or flares to make sure your car is visible to others driving, flashlight and batteries, extra winter clothes, first-aid kit, battery or solar powered radio, sleeping bag, fresh water and non-perishable food, paper towels and hand warmers. 3) Control the vehicle Keeping the car under control requires some safe driving tips. The most obvious: drive slow. Despite our impatience or urgency to get to the desired location, slow driving is the safest driving. Staying under the speed limit, which is meant for ideal conditions, becomes even more important when traveling over snow, ice, standing water or slush. In drivers education courses, prospective

drivers learn about the rule for distance between your car and the one in front of you. Driving 60 mph? Stay six car lengths back. 70 mph? Seven car lengths back. This distance should be increased even more during wet conditions to allow the car time and space to stop without rear ending the vehicle in front. All movements should be gradual rather than sudden. This means avoiding sharp turns, accelerating slowly and braking softly. Though you may have four-wheel drive or even all-wheel drive, this does not give license to drive recklessly in winter conditions. This means staying off cruise control as well. The need for seat belts increases tenfold during the winter. With car seats, place coats or blankets around the children after strapping them in. Coats can limit the effectiveness of a car seat. Stay alert. Deer become more active after storms. Black ice causes many crashes and that ice typically looks like wet spots. If skidding does take place, steer in the direction the back of the car is going and ease off the gas. Remember to keep the gas tank at least halfway full, it will keep the gas tank from freezing and if you get stuck in a traffic jam, you may need as much gas as possible. 4) Time For those of you who struggle with punctuality, this becomes paramount. Giving yourself plenty of time to reach your destination means you won’t rush, decreasing the chances of a crash. l

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New-look Titans ready to defend boys basketball title By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

Olympus basketball star Rylan Jones (shown here going in for a layup against Bountiful in the state tournament) returns for his senior season to lead the Titans in defense of their 5A state title. (Photo by Blake Williams.)

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he Olympus boys basketball team will have one huge target on its back this season. The Titans enter the 2018–19 campaign as defending Class 5A state champions. Not only did Olympus capture the 5A crown, but they ran away from it while blowing away the competition. Olympus went 27-0 last season, outscoring foes 84-27 per game. The team had just one victory by fewer than 10 points: a four-point victory over Bingham early in the season. In the state tournament, the Titans won their four games by at least 27 points. But this is a new season, and longtime head coach Matt Barnes, who enters his 22nd year at the helm of the Olympus program, knows that. “Last year was tremendous; it was a lot of fun,” he said. “But we approach this as a whole new year.” The Titans must replace sharp-shooting Harrison Creer, who averaged 18 points and nearly two three-pointers a game. Jacob Dowdell and Spencer Jones also departed. Those two combined for 19 points a game. For most teams, losing that kind of firepower would indicate a rebuilding year. But most teams don’t have two players like Rylan Jones and Jeremy Dowdell. The dynamic seniors were both All-State performers last season. Jeremy Dowdell averaged 20.7 points per game and connected on nearly four three-pointers an outing. Jones, who has committed to play at the University of Utah next year, put up some amazing all-around numbers as a junior. Last year, he averaged 18.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 9.9 assists and 2.9 steals per game.

Barnes expects the same type of production out of Jones, if not more so. He also is looking forward to seeing what he does as a leader. “We need Rylan to step up as a great senior leader,” Barnes said. “He’s going to lead by example and continue to make everyone else around him better.” Barnes expects some of last year’s less heralded players to make a big impact. Noah Bennee and Jack Hollberg, who were standouts on Olympus’ region championship football team, will settle into more prominent roles this season. Barnes said Bennee, who is very athletic, “adds a good dimension to the team.” Max Calton will hold down the center position, and Caden Kuhn and Zach Alder will see more time on the court this year. “Our younger players have a great opportunity to step up,” Barnes said. As the Titans aim for a repeat performance of last year’s title run, Barnes and his players know every opponent will be gunning to take down the defending champs. Olympus also has a challenging schedule that includes a season opener against Pleasant Grove on Nov. 27 as well as games against Sky View and Corner Canyon. Olympus will compete in the Utah Elite 8 tournament Dec. 6–8. “Repeating is going to be difficult,” Barnes said. “We have a hard schedule. We have a bull’s-eye on our back, and that adds extra motivation for other teams to end our streak. We need to step up, perform and meet the challenge. Expectations are high, but that doesn’t put on extra pressure; the pressure is always there. The kids relish the challenge.” l

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Don’t let holiday activities break the bank! There’s lots of fun free events in the SLC area By Christy Jepson | christy@mycityjournals.com


he holidays are right around the corner and there are plenty of things to do in the Salt Lake Valley. Many of them are free. Here’s a list of activities that won’t put a dent in your budget and will provide fun for all. Herriman’s Night of Lights: Monday, Dec. 3 from 5-9 p.m. at City Hall and Crane Park (5355 W. Herriman Main St.). There will be a gingerbread contest, a visit with Santa, the tree lighting, a candy cane hunt, holiday crafts, food trucks, performances by Herriman Harmonyx and Herriman Orchestra, photo ops, and ice skating. There is a fee for ice skating (weather permitting), but everything else is free. Draper’s Candy Cane Hunt: Monday, Dec. 10 from 4-5 p.m. at the Draper Historic Park (12625 S. 900 East). This is a free family event sponsored by the Draper Parks and Recreation Department. Children ages 3-6 will hunt for thousands of candy canes that are scattered around the park and hidden in bushes and trees. Santa and Mrs. Claus will also arrive on a fire truck and will be available for photos under the gazebo. While you are in Draper, don’t forget to check out Draper’s Tree of Light (or sometimes called The Tree of Life), which is a big willow tree in the middle of Draper City Park (12500 S. 1300 East). This tree is decorated with more than 65,000 lights. Draper City first lit the tree for the Christmas season in 2008 and each year more lights have been added. The lights turn on at dusk and stay on until midnight everyday until New Years. This has become a popular holiday destination for people statewide. Gingerbread House Contest in South Jordan: Gingerbread houses will be on display in the Gale Center Auditorium (10300 S. Beckstead Lane) from Nov. 27-Dec. 6 for People’s Choice Award voting. The hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Light the Night at the South Jordan City: On Friday, Dec. 7 from 6:308 p.m. at the South Jordan City Plaza at 1600 W. Towne Center Drive. There will be pictures with Santa, hot cocoa, gingerbread houses, the unveiling of the candy windows display featuring artists Jennifer Vesper and Krista Johansen. Visit Santa on Towne Center Drive in South Jordan: On Dec. 7 from 6:30-8 p.m., Dec. 8 from 3-5 p.m., Dec. 14 from 6-8 p.m., Dec. 15 from 3-5 p.m., Dec. 21 from 6-8 p.m., and Dec. 22 from 3-5 p.m. (1600 W. Towne Center Drive) Riverton’s Holly Days in the Park: On Nov. 26, 30 and Dec. 1 from 6:30 to

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Two boys sit on the laps of Santa and Mrs. Claus during Holly Days at the Riverton City Park. (Photo credit Angie Meine)

8:30 p.m. at the Riverton City Park, large pavilion, 1452 W. 12600 South. This free family event includes: the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus on a fire engine, hot chocolate and warm buttery scones, and walking through the park reading from the giant-sized storybook pages of “T’was the Night Before Christmas.” There will also be vendor booths so visitors can get some holiday shopping done. Christmas Night of Music: This 3rd annual event will be on Dec. 15 from 6-8 p.m. at the Riverton High School auditorium and will be a night filled with a community choir of over 100 voices and a local orchestra. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Riverton High School is located at 12476 S. Silverwolf Way. This is a free event. Salt Lake City: If you are downtown celebrating the season be sure to drop by and look at Macy’s holiday candy window displays at City Creek Center. Also in Salt Lake City, on Dec. 17 is the 32nd Annual Christmas Carol SingAlong at the Vivint Smart Home Arena. This free event will be filled with holiday music and fun. There will be musical numbers by the Bonner Family. This event starts at 7 p.m. Santa Is Coming to Town in West Jordan: On Thursday, Dec. 20 from 6-8 p.m. there will be a craft, a coloring station, story time with Mrs. Claus, hot cocoa and cookies, carolers, and a visit with Santa. Santa will be arriving at 6 p.m. sharp so don’t be late. This event will be located in

the City Hall Community Room at 8000 S. Redwood Road. Saturday with Santa: Christmas Around the World: On Saturday, Dec. 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. families can come visit with Santa, enjoy food tasting from places around the world, crafts and games and entertainment. This event is free and is sponsored by Taylorsville Preservation Committee and will be held at the Taylorsville Bennion Heritage Center, 1488 W. 4800 South in Murray. Back for the second year at The Shops at South Town in Sandy is Chistmas in the Wizarding World. Step into the world of a wintry Hogsmeade village that features unique merchandise from the “Fantastic Beasts” and “Harry Potter” films. It is free to walk through and will be opened from now until Jan. 21. Even though it is not free, there is another activity in Sandy that is inexpensive when it comes to ticket prices. The Dickens’ Christmas Festival at the Mountain America Exposition Center (9575 S. State Street) is produced and organized by Olde World Historical Council and claims to be a “unique and unusual entertainment and shopping experience.” From fortune tellers, to old English shops, the “real” Father Christmas, period costumes, street theater, puppet shows, a mini-production of “Scrooge” and visits from the Spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Ticket prices are $3.50 for children and $5.50 for adults. l

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Tempting The Grinch

he animated film by Illumination “The Grinch” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Cameron Seely recently premiered on Nov. 9. During opening weekend, it made $66 million dollars. The popularly known version of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” by Dr. Seuss was published on Oct. 12, 1957. It began as a 32-line illustrated poem titled “The Hoobub and The Grinch” and was originally published in May of 1955 in Redbook magazine. The book version was released in December of 1957 by Random House. Since then, the book has held the attention of young readers for decades. If you’re unfamiliar with the story, here’s a quick rundown. In the little town of Who¬ville, all of the Whos who live there love Christmas. The Grinch lives north of Whoville and, not being a Who, hates Christmas. As the holiday approaches, the Whos get antsier, creating all sorts of smells and noises, including a song they all sing together on Christmas Eve. As The Grinch radiates of hatred on that night, he comes up with an idea. He will steal Christmas. He disguises himself as Santy Claus and sleds into Whoville where he steals all the Christmas things. As he is stealing Christmas in the middle of the night, a Who child, Little Cindy-Lou Who questions him about

stealing the family’s Christmas tree. He feeds her a lie and moves on with his night. On Christmas morning, well…I won’t spoil it for you. In the story, The Grinch steals everything relating to Christmas, even though Dr. Seuss mentions a few very specific things on The Grinch’s list: pop guns, bicycles, roller skates, drums, checkerboards, tricycles, popcorn, plums, pudding, roast beef, ribbons, packages, boxes, bags, and even the tree. If you don’t want to tempt The Grinch this holiday season, maybe it’s worth not having all of the above-mentioned items easily accessible. We’re in good shape with the first item on this list. Pop guns will probably be unavailable for purchase in many stores. Instead of buying an entirely new bicycle, tricycle, or roller skates, maybe it would be worthwhile to provide a gift card for the app related to the dockless electric rental scooters littering the streets of downtown Salt Lake. I haven’t used one myself, but from what I understand, you pay through an app on your phone and the scooter will run for as long as you pay for. Instead of buying a drum kit, which can run anywhere from $200 to upwards of $600 or more, maybe gift some drumsticks and lessons; or the Rock Band video game provided a gaming console has

been previously purchased. Checkers isn’t the popular game it used to be. Instead of spending $15 to $300 (I’m surprised too) on checkerboards, pick up a few packs of cards for less than $10. Not only are cards less expensive, there are unlimited variations of games that can be played. I’m not so sure checkers can say the same. For popcorn, just don’t. Who wants kernels in their teeth? Or to string popped popcorn? Unless that’s crucial to family tradition, please don’t partake. Also, plums and pudding. I’ve never incorporated those into festivities myself, so I don’t personally understand the appeal. However, I do know that my home is flooded with cookies and other homemade treats gifted from neighbors and family members. If you’re like me and have a swarm of goodies anyway, don’t buy plums and puddings either. Along the same thread (no, not the popcorn one), is roast beef. Does anyone still do roast beef for Christmas? It must be a Who thing. For ribbons, packages, boxes, and bags: keep it simple. Let’s start with boxes and bags. I’m sure a good portion of us will be doing online shopping this year. Keep the boxes from those orders. Personally, I keep boxes from online orders all year long so I can re-purpose them for gift giving. If I need to use

bags, I’ll buy a wholesale pack, because spending $2 to $10 per bag is madness. For ribbons and packages, I recommend buying wholesale as well. Hit up your local craft or party store and buy a few spools of ribbon which you can use multiple times. Balloon ribbon makes for surprisingly fancy present wrapping ribbon. Finally, the tree. I’m exceptionally biased. There’s nothing better than the smell of fresh pine from a live tree throughout the season. I would have saved a few hundred dollars by now if I had invested in a fake tree, but some things are just worth it. l

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never remember having visions of sugarplums dancing in my head, mostly because I didn’t know what a sugarplum was (but it sounds like something I’d eat). What I do remember is having visions of Christmas cookies piled on every possible surface in our kitchen as mom baked herself into a holiday frenzy. Around the middle of December, mom would cart home bags and bags of ingredients for her annual Christmas cookie bake-a-rama, preparing to make the treats she only made once a year. My siblings and I would “help” her unload bags of chocolate, sugar, cream and spices until she yelled at us to go watch TV. When mom donned her apron, adopted a determined expression and started grabbing bowls, that’s when I knew Christmas was really coming. We also knew to stay out of her way, which meant we had to be creative when it came to sneaking bits of cookie dough, scoops of frosting and pieces of pecans. During the ‘70s, sugar consumption wasn’t regulated, it was even encouraged! We ate so much sugar on a daily basis, our teeth were in a constant state of vibration. But at Christmas?! Our sugar levels reached critical mass to the point we peed sugar cubes. I’d eat cookies for

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