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2017 YEAR IN REVIEW By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com

Abandoned third floor where Macy’s resided before fully moving shop to Fashion Place. (Aspen Perry/City Journals).

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Knudsen Park Perhaps the least controversial project currently underway is the eight acres of land located on the south side of Holladay designated as a nature park for all residents to enjoy. “That property was purchased years ago, with the vision of protecting that open space,” said Mayor Rob Dahle. Discovering Holladay City was awarded ZAP funds to create Knudsen Park was by far Dahle’s highlight of 2017. “Being awarded the $2.7 million in ZAP funds helped to protect the space and will be great for the future of the city,” Dahle said. In July of this year, the City of Holladay an-

nounced Hughes General Contractors as the candidate they selected for the Knudsen Park design/build project. Since then there have been open houses to collect resident input regarding the features they hope to see in the Knudsen Park, as well as regular updates being presented during city council meetings and work sessions. At last glance of the proposed park features, there did appear to be space for a hammock garden, which was a fan favorite at the October open house. “I liked the idea of the hammocks for sure. I would love to use those,” said James VanDam, 15-year-old Holladay resident during the October open house. Just last month an update was issued, to make residents aware the initial phase of construction for

Knudsen Park would be kicking off. In accordance with the update, which can be found on Holladay’s website under the Knudsen Park link, environmental restoration will be the first focus. Environmental restoration has three main components. The first, stabilizing the Big Cottonwood Creek stream bank and improving public access by adding new paths and bridges. Second, improving the health of the tree canopy currently in the park by maintaining 60 percent of the existing canopy site, removing invasive species and trees in poor health, in addition to plans to plant several new trees and other landscape. The third component of the initial construction is to focus on site cleanup by removing undesirable topsoil and debris, to prep the area for the building of a new playground, picnic area and restrooms.

The update also informs residents that access through Knudsen Park to the Big Cottonwood Trail will be closed from November 2017 to September 2018. To learn more about Knudsen Park, residents are also encouraged to visit the project website: http:// www.knudsenpark.com New Developments of Holladay Another interesting development, with some aspects that sparked controversy, was the new mixeduse project currently being built west of what is becoming known as the Holladay Plaza. While many are looking forward to the new Harmons Grocery Store as well as other shops and restaurants planned for the run-down corner of 2300 East and Murray Holladay Road, not all residents were thrilled to learn about the luxury condos being built Continued on Page 4...

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group of kids learned all about design, programing and engineering during a special robotics camp held June 26–27 at the Holladay Library. Focused on a building a robotic arm, the kids broke up into small groups of two or three, using Lego kits to build their engineering feat. “The kits in front of them today are called EV3s. They’ll be using them to build a robotic arm. They’ll follow pictorial instructions that will show them how to put it all together,” said Melissa Ivie, a camp coordinator with 4-H. “Later, they’re going to experiment with programing it. They’ll have a drag, drop program that goes with it. They’ll pull that up and they’ll experiment with trying that out with different programs.” The second day of the camp focused on improving the design of the robotic arm, as well as designing their own robot based on their experiences of the first day. “Then they’ll play a game with the robotic arm ones to help develop their programming skills,” Ivie said. The camp has two main goals for the participants. The first is to increase exposure to science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. “Most of the kids in school and in their life experience don’t have a huge exposure to that

kind of thing,” Ivie said. “Part of it is just to bring STEM into it.” The other goal is to develop a number of engineering concepts to the kids so they begin to look at the world in a different manner. “Even things like Legos, things they can find in their house, they can see it with more of an inventor’s mind,” Ivie said. “They can use them to make things and engineer new things.” Funding for the program comes from the Salt Lake County Library Services, who hired 4-H to bring their community program and STEMfocused activities to the library for short summer camps. “They’re making robotic thinks like mouse traps or catapults out of household things. We have Beginnings Robotics, which is a different level of EV3s,” Ivie said. “We have The Human Body, which explores how the human body works and sensory perceptions. We have photography and a programing one. We have aerospace and Mission to Mars.” Ivie said she hopes the kids who participate in the summer camps take away an interest in STEM and engineering. “I hope they’re interested in continuing to pursue those things and interested in inventing things at home and trying it out at school and in

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The STEM robotics camp at Holladay Library may have been initially planned as more of a trial for the summer, but it yielded outstanding results as kids gained STEM experience and learned to cooperate with one another. Heidi-Marie Tice Anderson, who booked the camp, shared that they had an extremely positive experience with the activities and the representatives from Utah State University (USU). USU provided various camps for Salt Lake County. Holladay Library selected the robotics camp, and offered spots for 15 teens to sign up. The signup was completely filled, plus a small waitlist. Anderson said during the two days of the camp, teens enjoyed working with one another to complete the various tasks. Kids received instruction and not only discovered principles of STEM, but were able to put them into action and see their application in the real world. In addition to learning more about STEM, participants could demonstrate teamwork and cooperation with one another. “There were even some siblings who worked together and seemed to get along, so that was really good,” said Anderson. “And then the other ones were working with complete strangers, and they got along just great.” The teens were able to have a very positive learning experience. Anderson said that people from all over the county were calling about the robotics camp, and that the kids who were involved really seemed to love it. Anderson also shared the library’s desire to have a similar event this upcoming year. “We liked it well enough that even if USU doesn’t offer camps this year, we’ll start looking into other ways to do something like it. It was definitely popular.” l

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Page 4 | January 2018 directly behind the new development. During a mid-March planning commission meeting, several residents discussed their unhappiness with the new condo development, citing lack of parking and traffic as their main concerns. To address concerns over parking, Chris Ensign, a representative from Solstice Homes, said the developers of Terraces at Holladay had plans to have a concierge type role available to residents. Duties for the concierge role would include security, in addition to valet, to curb any potential issues that could arise from parking constraints. The less controversial portion of expanding the Holladay Village is the mixed-use building slated to contain shops, dining and office space, in a similar capacity to how the shops and dining are to the east, on the Holladay Plaza. As of December, there have been no announcements regarding what potential shops, restaurants or businesses might utilize the office space; however, many residents have expressed their enthusiasm to have more shops and dining close to home. Harmons is another fun and functional element of the new development, with plans to include cooking and wine-tasting classes, as well as the beloved Harmons bakery and quality local goods, Lindee Nance, director of marketing, explained during a January interview. While the initial announcement of Harmons provided a completion timeline for winter of 2017, the new projected timeline for Harmons to open is February of 2018. Deer Mitigation After several months of the city council, including District 5 rep Mark Stewart, searching for solutions to help alleviate woes created by the urban deer population in Holladay, the community remained too divided for council members to feel mitigation was the answer. “Of the people who responded to us, only about 50 percent were in favor of us enacting a program,” Stewart responded when recently asked about the issue. In addition to concerns of pitting neighbors against each other, the council also felt given the city’s limited budget, the cost of the program did not make sense, since the urban deer population is not an issue that

Holladay City Journal affects all districts. In the hopes of offering residents a way to handle the deer on their own, the council did enact an ordinance allowing property owners — of a one-acre lot or larger — to install fences that can be taller in height than was previously allowed. “This was a request we had from several residents living in the areas of the city that we receive the most complaints,” Stewart said. Although there was no formal mitigation plan put in effect, Stewart noted the Division of Wildlife Resources (DWR) has offered to remove aggressive deer for Holladay residents. “The council sympathizes and recognizes the deer are a problem for some residents,” said Stewart. “However, at this time, the city does not have the proper resources or support to enact a mitigation program.” Both the council and Stewart hope the DWR can offer a solution for residents struggling with Holladay’s urban deer, while appeasing those opposed to the mitigation program for the time being. Tree Canopy During a city council meeting in March, residents of the Walker-Cottonwood Lane area came out in full force to request Holladay City enact an ordinance to protect Holladay’s urban forest. “The thing that makes this area special is the trees,” said Kim Kimball, District 5 resident and member of the tree committee, during the March council meeting. Since then the tree committee has held one open house and been actively seeking input from the members of their community. Though tensions rose to unanticipated levels during the first open house to gather public feedback on the first draft of the tree ordinance, the tree committee is hopeful they can reach a conclusion that will make sense for the majority involved. In October, the tree committee was making amendments to the first draft in the hopes of enlisting the support of more residents. As District 4 Councilman Steve Gunn noted during an October interview, the requirement to have individual lot owners replace trees was removed due to heavy opposition. The requirement was amended to remove individual lot owners, and

instead require the replacement of large, healthy trees, in conjunction with redevelopment projects. Regardless if they are for or against the ordinance, it seems many residents are eager to see what is to come in regards to protecting Holladay’s urban forest. To stay informed on the progress of the tree ordinance, residents are encouraged to visit the Holladay City Trees Facebook, hosted by the tree committee, consisting of volunteers who live in various areas of Holladay. Residents are also encouraged to visit the City of Holladay website for future public comment events regarding the tree ordinance. Hot Topics for 2018 Mall Site Although the initial announcements regarding Ivory Companies entering an agreement to purchase the land that formerly housed the Cottonwood Mall from Howard Hughes Corporation surfaced back in January 2017, it seems safe to assume that the subject will be given even more attention in 2018. Shortly after the announcement was spread via news media and word of mouth, Chris Gamvroulas, president of Ivory Homes, began attending small gatherings hosted by Holladay residents, in addition to holding a town hall with the Holladay Chamber of Commerce in March. November 21 kicked off the first of several opportunities for the public to voice what they love and hate about the development being proposed. Since Ivory expertise lies in the realm of residential building, they teamed up with Woodbury to handle the mixed-use portion of the project. During the first public hearing tensions were high, as residents felt frustration in regards to the lack of space available in council chambers, as well as their ability to hear the developers’ presentation for those in the overflow space provided. The next public hearing held Dec. 13 (press deadline) was moved to a larger location in an effort to ensure all residents could hear the presentation and know that their voices were being heard. Thus far, the main concerns addressed by residents in attendance

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HolladayJournal .com during the first open house were in regards to residential density and the height of the office space buildings. In accordance with the proposed plan, which is available to view on the City of Holladay website via the Mall Redevelopment link, the density being proposed is between 1035–1255 units, while the office building height being proposed is 130 feet (the space is currently zoned for 90 feet). It also has plans for civic space where farmers markets, small concerts and other gatherings have been discussed as potential uses for the space. Nothing is official at this time, as the proposed plan is still in the phase of being reviewed by the planning commission. Based on the public hearing scheduled, shared via the City of Holladay’s Facebook page on Nov. 17, the Dec. 13 public hearing before the council may be the last by the planning commission, at which time commissioners will submit their recommendation to council members and public hearings will begin taking place with city council. As this issue went to print, there was one city council–hosted open house scheduled to take place on Jan. 10, with two public hearings hosted by the council — the first taking place on Jan. 11, with the second being held on Jan. 18. All in all, 2018 should be an interesting year for residents eager to see land that has sat empty for almost a decade become something other than a truck stop. Roads & Taxes When it comes to improvement to roads, it is just not feasible without first discussing taxes — or the lack thereof. Mayor Dahle has not been shy making comments about Holladay needing to consider raising tax-

es in order to obtain a sustainable budget and cover city needs. “I wanted it to be out there that we have a revenue issue, and I don’t want to hide that,” Dahle said. Dahle said Holladay has not raised taxes since being incorporated back in 1999. The biggest issue with stagnant taxes, specifically in terms of property taxes, stems from services the city pays for that do not remain stagnant. Everything from maintaining basic infrastructure, such as roads, to the cost of municipal staffing goes up every year. “Our property taxes have remained relativity level for the last 20 years, while the cost of infrastructure improvements have gone up on average 4 percent each year,” Dahle said. During 2018, Dahle would love to determine the grade the deteriorating roads are currently at, in addition to deciding where those roads ought to be. Once this is established, the city can then figure out how much will be needed to both get the roads in the condition designated and afford the annual cost to maintain them. “I would be happy if we could identify what we think is a realistic level of road condition, and decide from there how to best fund it,” Dahle said. All in all, 2017 was quite a year of growth and development for Holladay residents, and 2018 promises to have its own excitement and challenges. Almost 20 years after being incorporated, Holladay appears to be coming into its sense of community. “Holladay made continued progress in solidifying our identity… the evolution of our city center offering more opportunities for people to be in the community. People want to be connected to their community,” Dahle said.

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What the corner of 2300 East and Murray Holladay Rd. looked like prior to demo and build of new developments. (Aspen Perry/City Journals).

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Granite School District bond passes — next steps for Holladay By Carol Hendrycks | c.hendrycks@mycityjournals.com

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he $238 million Granite School District (GSD) bond initiative passed on the November ballot and is critical in providing the necessary facility and system upgrades to 90 buildings throughout the school district. “It was necessary for the bond to pass in order to put a secure, strategic, facility and financial plan into place that will address the next 30 to 40 years’ worth of student needs,” said Ben Horsley, director of communications and community outreach for Granite School District. The district held public information meetings throughout September and October where patrons were given detailed information on current funding levels and facility needs. For every year that increased funding was delayed, construction costs were anticipated to increase by 10 percent as GSD continued to play catchup with the already underfunded budget. “It’s already been a two-year process to get the bond prepared for the public and 17 years since the capital budget was increased,” said Horsley. In 2009, the public passed another bond issue that helped replace Olympus High among many projects, but that bond was paid for by decreasing the already insufficient capital fund. This was because the board of education did not want to raise taxes in the midst of a recession. Now that the bond has succeeded, the district is busy preparing the next steps of the strategic facility plan. This includes many

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projects within the Holladay and Millcreek areas. Infrastructure upgrades range from major system updates to partial remodels to minimal building improvements to sustain a structure before a

complete rebuild is necessary. Prior to the bond proposal, the district had independent engineers analyze all their facilities to determine facility needs based on data. A

critical factor in the reports was that buildings built before 1980, prior to updated seismic requirements, would not be able to withstand a major earthquake. These will now be replaced over time. “Some local school improvements include three projected to begin actual construction at the earliest in 2020, possibly early 2019. But that is optimistic for Cyprus and Skyline High Schools which are deemed as complete rebuilds,” Horsley explained. Currently the district is in early discussion regarding the design for these schools, and public involvement opportunities will begin in the early spring of 2018. During the rebuilds, the schools will remain in session and reconstruction will be completed in phases similar to the Olympus High School rebuild. Other remodels in the area include Evergreen Junior High, which will be a light remodel to sustain the building until 2028. Driggs and Rosecrest Elementary schools will need extensive remodels, which will begin in 2019. Moss, Crestview, Spring Lane and Cottonwood Elementary schools are also on the list for remodels or rebuilds over the next 10 years. Horsley emphasized that transparency on the funding and project timelines is crucial. The public is encouraged to regularly check for the latest updates and meetings on www.gsdfuture. org. l

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nails were on the menu at Crestview Elementary when teachers voluntarily ate escargot in front of hundreds of screaming students. The unusual lunch was offered up on May 25 as a reward to students who improved their reading scores. The entire student body gathered in the lunchroom for the end-of-year assembly. After handing out various awards, Literacy Coach Kimberly Panter announced 85 percent of students had improved their reading scores, and as a reward, various teachers would have to eat snails. “We have a great school with a lot of fabulous teachers who are willing to do a lot of things. We were thinking about ideas to get the kids excited about reading and making it really fun,” said Wendy Lovell, a third-grade teacher and the brains behind the snail-eating idea. “The kids really worked hard. It was a great program all around.” Names were drawn out of a hat to see which teachers would have to eat the snails, to the roar of the students. The snails were donated by local restaurant La Caille. Alex Hill, a representative of La Caille, demonstrated how to eat the snails by clasping the snail shell using tongs and pulling out the meat with a special fork. After a quick countdown, the teachers gulped down the snails, a few pulling faces and squirming. One teacher quickly began drinking a Diet Coke as soon as she could. Lovell said the idea of teachers eating snails has been a great motivator for the kids. The concept of the snails reinforced the idea that even if you’re a slow reader, like a snail, you can still be a good reader. Students made paper snails to decorate the hallways and the school put on a “Hunt

By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com the Snail” challenge where students would have to find the hidden snail in the school. “We had about 250–300 kids try to do that challenge and it was really exciting and fun for the kids,” Lovell said. The reading score improvements were based on the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) exam. “DIBELS is the state-mandated testing required throughout the state of Utah to determine students’ reading levels. It’s a screener to help identify students who are struggling with reading,” Panter said. “We were able to focus on students who need interventions and this helps motivate students to read more.” The test is given three times a year. Panter took the results from the mid-January test and compared them to the test the students took in May. According to Panter, 85 percent of the students had improved their scores. “We were telling them to look at themselves to improve their personal scores and not make it so much of a competition. It was just a competition with themselves,” Panter said. “We also emphasized that reading isn’t about reading fast. It’s about understanding what they read.” Principal Teri Anne Cooper said this event was the most fun thing they’ve ever done in the five years she’s been an administrator. She said the kids were so excited they formed their own after-school reading groups and asked their teachers if they could do extra reading drills in class. “To see them take charge of their own learning, that was huge,” Cooper said. “Mrs. Lovell was the brains behind it. She sent out an email ask-

Update: Currently, the students are still just as excited about the new anticipated reading challenge. A Reading Rainbow theme incentive program will officially kick off January 2018 at a school assembly. It will outline the various activities and methods that will be promoted to increase student growth in reading for the rest of the school year. The goal for 2018 is to have 80 percent of the students make Typical, Above Typical, or Well-Above Typical scores based on meeting the students’ individual reading level and not based on their grade level or age. “I like that the state board of education is looking at the growth of each individual child based on their current skill level,” said Kimberly Panter, Crestview literacy coach. Each student who makes Typical, Above Typical, or Well-Above Typical progress in reading during the school year will receive one, two or three gold coins respectively. In May, after the end-of-year Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) testing, students who have earned Typical, Above Typical, or Well-Above

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M AYO R ’S M E S S AG E Typically, my January message would recap our accomplishments in 2017 and preview the goals we hope to achieve in the coming year, but rumor has it that local developers – Ivory Homes (Ivory) and Woodbury Corporation – submitted an application for a proposed new development of the old Cottonwood Mall site, tongue-incheek. Rightfully so, this announcement and the subsequent public hearings with our Planning Commission (PC) have been the focal point of discussion in our City over the past few weeks. I anticipate the review process will continue as our top priority through February. Our City Council has been inundated with phone calls and emails, as well as being approached at various public and private venues throughout the City regarding the Cottonwood Mall site proposal. I know our Council and City staff make every effort to communicate the facts regarding this petition, but it seems there is no shortage of assumptions and opinions not necessarily based in fact. Allow me take this opportunity to clarify some of the common misconceptions regarding this application. The 57-acre Cottonwood Mall site is not owned by the city, nor is it owned by Ivory. Howard Hughes Corporation (HHC) acquired the development in 2011 from General Growth Partners in their Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization. In 2008, prior to the change in ownership, the Holladay City Council approved a plan for the Cottonwood Mall site. The approved plan allowed for approximately 800,000 square feet of office and retail space and 900,000 square feet of residential use (up to 614 units) for a total of 1.7 million square feet of development. This approved plan remains in place as a property right. After HHC acquired the property, they determined early on that the approved plan was no longer economically feasible. In their words, “it will never be built.” In July 2014, HHC announced agreements with Smith’s, MegaPlex Theaters and a local athletic club operator that a new plan was forthcoming. However, they were unable to garner requisite interest in the supporting retail space to proceed, and the plan was subsequently scuttled. They returned with an updated concept that reduced the amount of retail use on the site; yet, they were again unable to pre-lease enough space to make the project viable. Ivory has been involved from the beginning of the Cottonwood Mall redevelopment project, as the residential partner with HHC. When it became apparent that HHC did not intend to proceed with another proposed development plan, the Ivory team asked if they would be willing to sell the

entire site to them. After over a year of negotiations, it was announced in early September 2017 that they were unable to reach an agreement and the negotiations had been put on hold. HHC and Ivory then re-engaged, cleared two critical hurdles, and were able to agree to terms in late September. The City received Ivory’s application documents the second week of November. Closing the property purchase transaction between HHC and Ivory is predicated on approval of their application by our City Council. This is the first actual application we have received since the previous plan was approved in 2008. The plan review process begins with the PC. The PC has held two public hearings, and, in between, the City sponsored a well-attended open house at City Hall. The PC public hearing was closed on December 13th. The City Council anticipates a recommendation from the PC in January. The City Council will then begin our public process. We also anticipate a minimum of two public hearings and an open house. Bottom line, there will be ample opportunity for public input. The Council will continue to work with staff, the developer and all other agencies and organizations involved in providing analysis and data to the City to support us in completing our due diligence. We will continue to provide updates and required notices via the City website, Facebook, Next Door, The Holladay Journal, etc. We are committed to processing the Ivory application as efficiently as possible, with the understanding that a vote will not take place until public comment has been fully vetted and all of our questions answered. We are fully aware that the future development of this critical asset has ignited the passions of our Holladay community. I’m confident that the exchange of differing opinions and visions will continue to be shared in a respectful and dignified manner. A return to civil public discourse can begin right here in Holladay. Let me close with a note of gratitude. January 4th marks the end of my first term as your Mayor, and the beginning of a second four-year term. It has been my honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Holladay. I, along with our Council, will do our very best to continue guiding Holladay toward a bright future. I pledge to conduct myself in a manner fitting the oath of this office. Thank you, sincerely, for allowing me to continue to represent your interests. Joni and I wish you and your family good health, abundant happiness and continued prosperity in 2018! –Rob Dahle Mayor

UPDATE ON REVIEW PROCESS The City of Holladay continues to work through its review process of the proposed site development master plan (SDMP) for the Cottonwood Mall Redevelopment from Ivory Homes and Woodbury Corporation. On December 12, the City hosted an open house, and the Planning Commission had a continuation and closing of their public hearing on December 13. Hundreds of public comments were accepted at both events as well as through emails and forms available in hard copy at City Hall and on the City’s website.

In January, the Planning Commission has committed to meet every Tuesday, in order to efficiently work towards a vote on a SDMP recommendation. City Staff along with a team of consultants is thoroughly reviewing the SDMP. Reports on their findings will be shared with the Planning Commission and available to the public. After the City Council receives the Planning Commission’s recommendation, the Council will proceed with a public hearing on the proposed SDMP. The Holladay RDA will concurrently review the Agreement for Development of Land (ADL), with opportunity for public comment. City Council and Holladay RDA decisions are anticipated in late February. Specific meeting dates are pending on the receipt of the Planning Commission’s recommendation. For up-to-date information, visit www.cityofholladay.com, follow the City on social media, check Next Door, or sign-up for the City’s email news blasts.

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JANUARY 2018

CITY INFORMATION

New Years Resolution for Your Pet Salt Lake County Animal Services As humans many of us set a resolution for ourselves for the new year. Since our pets can improve our physical and mental health, lets improve the lives of our cats and dogs this year as well. 1. Update Their Tags & Microchips: If your contact information has changed, get your pet a new tag and update your info that’s attached to their microchip. Also, make sure the info on their tag is still readable, often it rubs off. 2. Bring Out the Brush: Not only does brushing improve their coats, it helps you connect. 3. Declutter! Throw away those dirty, germy, broken toys. Get them something new to play with.

Curbside Christmas Tree Collection We will be collecting Christmas trees during the month of January. For collection, place your undecorated tree on your curb. The trees will be collected the day after your regular collection day. If we don’t get your tree one week, we will be back the following week. Please call our office for additional information.

4. Make Time to Play: Whether it’s swimming, hiking, or learning new tricks; your pet needs time to play and bond with you because they love you unconditionally. 5. Measure They’re Food: It’s easy to overfeed a pet who acts like there’s never enough food in the bowl. Throw a measuring cup in their food containers and use it every day. Food is often a way we say, “I Love You.” Love your pet with other things like attention, play dates, or more car rides. 6. Take Them to the Vet: Just like humans, pets should see their veterinarian for an annual check-up. They need to have their yearly vaccinations to keep them healthy and happy. Often when pets get sick, there is something going on with them that we can’t see. Licensing or renewing a license? Every pet that lives in: Holladay can walk-in to Salt Lake County Animal Services, Monday – Saturday, 10 AM – 6 PM, and receive a free DHPP (vaccine for dogs), FVRCP (vaccine for cats), and a microchip. Rabies vaccinations are done by appointment only. For more information visit AdoptUtahPets.com or come by 511 W 3900 S, in Salt Lake City. Friday, January 19, 2018 from 1 PM – 3 PM, visit Holladay City Hall (4580 S 2300 E) and snuggle with adoptable pets from Salt Lake County Animal Services.

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CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS:

Rob Dahle, Mayor rdahle@cityofholladay.com 801-580-3056 Sabrina Petersen, District 1 spetersen@cityofholladay.com 801-859-9427 Lynn Pace, District 2 lpace@cityofholladay.com 801-535-6613 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

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• We cannot accept trees with decorations, lights, tree stands or flocking. • Do not place the tree in your garbage, recycling, or green waste can. • If the tree is over eight feet tall, please cut it into smaller sections. • We cannot accept artificial trees with this curbside program New Fees for 2018

The Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District’s Administrative Control Board approved an increase to the basic fee for services starting January 2018. The base residential fees will increase $2.25 to a total of $17.00 per month ($51.00 per quarter/$204 per year). This increase will allow WFWRD to continue the current level of services to our 83,000 homes throughout the District. This is the first increase to the base rate for services in four years. Please see our website for details: www.wasatchfrontwaste.org. Also, additional waste (black) cans will increase to $17.00 per month, and all additional recycling (blue) cans will have a $3.00 per month fee. These increased fees will help offset rising disposal costs at the landfills and recycling facilities.

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Thank You Patricia Pignanelli After 12 years of service as a member of the Holladay City Council, Patricia Pignanelli is retiring from her service as an elected official. Her warm and concerned personal style of dealing with residents, other Council members and employees has endeared her to many and contributed to the establishment and continuation of Holladay’s reputation as an approachable, friendly and innovative community. Her many accomplishments include: leading the renovation of Holladay Elementary into Holladay City Hall, enriching the Holladay Youth Council, championing the recognition of Holladay as a Tree City USA, advocating for children through education scholarships and the construction of the first, City-owned playground, and promoting healthy living by establishing the Happy Healthy Holladay program. Pat will continue her service with other community groups like the Holladay City Foundation. From the City that you selflessly serve, we extend a heartfelt thank you to Pat for her dedication, enthusiasm, and contributions to making Holladay a better place.

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In addition to newer facilities being able to keep pace with 21st-century learning, newer facilities are also believed to improve school culture. “The state of your building directly impacts culture… a new building can make an impact in the areas of morale and collaboration,” Hendricks said. Given current district facility needs, GSD representatives explained regardless if the bond passes or not improvement costs will be passed on to taxpayers. They further stressed that the bond simply offers a responsible cost plan. The “Why Bond Now” video on gsdfuture.org explains that due to current low interest rates and rise in construction costs, waiting could result in paying 10 percent more with each passing year until a plan is established. “If we wait three years to put this together that $184 (annual per family cost), becomes over $240… and these aren’t wants, these are needs, so it’s not like the list is going to change suddenly because we wait a few years,” said Don Adams, assistant superintendent with GSD. Those needs include making facilities safer in the event of a natural disaster. Not only is this vital to students’ safety, but also for the purpose of educational facilities serving as centers for the community to seek assistance after a natural disaster. “In the event of an emergency, 30 of our schools would be unusable,” Horsley said. As public community meetings began in September, Horsley stated the biggest complaint addressed to GSD was citizens asking why the district had not done this sooner. Though the district did attempt for more funding during their 2009 bond initiative, due to the political climate at that time, the district bond was only able to pull from capital funding and not request a tax increase. Horsley stressed the importance of the public seeing the value of education as an investment not just to kids but also to our community. “If we don’t invest back into our kids, there is no economic future. Investing in the education of our kids is an investment to our way of life.” To participate in public community meetings in October, visit gsdfuture.org or send comments to gsdfuture@graniteschools.org.l

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Blue Moon Festival provides the beats, eats for thousands of residents By Lexi Peery | l.peery@cityjournals.com

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he sixth annual Blue Moon Festival was held at the Holladay City Hall Park on Aug. 5 with thousands of residents from Holladay and the surrounding area converging on the park. Be it the good weather, the popular food trucks, the cold beer, the unique booths or the energetic band — over 4,000 residents made their way to downtown Holladay, filtering through the park on the warm summer day, keeping the park lively well into the evening. Walking into the festival, attendees passed a small wooden booth with a painted sign reading “Hand Drawn Photobooth.” Natalie Allsup-Edwards, the photo booth’s “camera,” sat crossed-legged behind the booth, sketching four different poses of those who stopped by. “I was inspired by ‘The Flintstones.’ There’s an episode where they have a polaroid taken but instead it’s a bird inside of a box, and the bird pecks their image into a stone. I always grew up and loved them,” Allsup-Edwards said. “And when I was trying to figure out what to do artistically, I was like duh, ‘The Flintstones,’ and that’s how it all came together.” Allsup-Edwards’ unique photo booth was just one of 36 artistic booths at the festival. From jewelry made from colorful stones and home-made soap to used books and intricate henna, the Blue Moon Festival had a booth any passerby could enjoy. Chris Kanapas, a member of the Holladay Arts Council and the volunteer coordinator for the festival, said before the festival he struggled to find enough volunteers to meet the city’s requirements. Thankfully, Kanapas said, they were able to get over 80 dedicated volunteers to help out. The work put in by the volunteers, as well as the warm weather, made this year especially successful, Kanapas said. “Things like Dippin’ Dots and Hawaiian Shave Ice have been non-stop busy because

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of the weather,” Kanapas said while waiting for some Dippin’ Dots himself. “As a Holladay resident, my favorite part of the event has been intermingling with people from all over the community, and just getting to know more people.” Linda Ashton, the chair of the festival and a member of the Holladay Arts Council, said in preparing for this year’s festival, the committee made few changes, since the festival has proven itself successful in previous years. With the addition of a kid’s playground at the park and more kid’s crafts than in previous years, the festival allowed for residents of all ages to find something to enjoy. “(We wanted people to) come and bring picnic lunch and get to know each other as a community because that’s what we felt strongly about,” Ashton said. “It’s important to come together instead of being divisive. We wanted people to take away the labels and get in the open air.” As the sun set, the Joe Muscolino Band, a band based in Salt Lake City, took the stage on the gazebo — which looked out over hun-

dreds of listeners sitting on the grassy field. The band played their own renditions of popular tunes like “Africa” by Toto and Beyonce’s “Love on Top.” Near the gazebo, Deborah Stephens of Lehi and James Fielding of Sandy sat listening to the band. The two said they found out from Facebook about the event, despite not being Holladay residents. “We’ve liked to have seen more,” Stephens said about the shops. “But the band is great.” Jenn Ramsey has made it out to the Blue Moon Festival for a couple years now, and the vendors that come to the festival just keep getting better, even though she wished to see more merchandise booths this year. “The bands are always good, it’s kind of cheesy Utah stuff, but it’s OK,” Ramsey, a Holladay resident, said. “(The festival is) good, it gets the community out and people mingle. It’s good to see all the different cultures and subcultures mingling. Holladay is pretty diverse for Utah and the type of community it is. It’s definitely fun.” l

Update: By Kaylee Smedley k.smedley@mycityjournals.com Over 6,000 people gathered to the 2017 Blue Moon Festival to enjoy the vendors, food trucks, children’s activity area, beer garden and evening concert. The support and positive feedback have led to preparations for a repeat of the event in 2018. Sheryl Gillilan, executive director for the Holladay Arts Council, explained that the event was first held in 2012 as a fundraiser for the council. “The first festival had a modest budget of $5,500,” said Gillilan, “And last year’s festival had a budget of $23,000.”

“The festival was enthusiastically supported by the mayor, Rob Dahle,” said event chair Linda Ashton. In addition to Dahle, the festival received support from City Manager Gina Chamness, city council representatives and various arts council and city employees. The festival was supported by a number of Holladay businesses, many of which helped advertise the festival. Local support from these businesses, as well as from the attendees, was overwhelming. “It was gratifying to be at the event and see families and friends enjoying a wonderful summer evening,” said Ashton. Even the uncomfortable summer weather

wasn’t enough to deter locals from enjoying the Blue Moon Festival. “The overall feedback from attendees was fantastic, even though it was a very hot day,” Gillilan said. The Holladay Arts Council is planning on repeating the Blue Moon Festival in 2018, applying all the feedback received from attendees. “Specifically, we’re trying to offer more music, more food vendors, and increased diversity of offerings from art vendors,” said Gillilan. More specific information regarding the 2018 Blue Moon Festival will come as it gets closer, but residents can expect to enjoy this fun event once again this coming summer. l

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Four-peat complete: Eagles swimming continues dynastic reign By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

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f familiarity breeds contempt, the rest of 4A must loathe the Skyline High School swim team. The Eagles won their fourthstraight swimming state championship (sixth straight for the girls) at the Brigham Young University natatorium on Feb. 11. “Completing the set of four years and never losing is a good feeling,” said team co-captain Alex Zini of the senior class goal. Between the boys and girls teams it marks the 27th and 28th state titles, continuing to cement the program’s legacy as one of the best in state history. “We were two weeks ago at region thinking, ‘Well we have a pretty good team, hopefully we can put it together,’ and they did it tonight,” said Head Coach Joe Pereira. Celebrations for the two championships saw players, coaches and even high school principal Doug Bingham leap into the diving pool. Pereira said this victory felt different with multiple swimmers earning points for the team, whether it was in the relays or individual races. “We had some kids who didn’t get to be on the awards stand other than with the team trophy,” Pereira said. “(They were) very successful in that they helped other kids along, not as an all-state on their own, but as a group, as a team they’re willing to give up for the whole team and that’s what makes this year a little different than most.” Pereira pointed out the underclassmen who had never swam at the state meet before that played vital roles in the team’s performance, from sophomore girls overcoming sickness or nervousness to sophomore boys Henry Springmeyer and Kade Colarusso who helped cushion the Eagles lead on day one of the meet.

Swimmers, Head Coach Joe Pereira and Principal Doug Bingham all raise one finger after jumping in the diving tank to celebrate their state championship. (George Karahalios/GP Photography)

“They didn’t falter, they didn’t stutter, they swam really well and held up their end,” Pereira said. Having every swimmer perform to their best was a testament to the team cohesion they achieved. “It was the upperclassmen and underclassmen coming together, and when you start that in October you don’t know if it’s ever going to come together,” Pereira said. While Pereira credited the upperclassmen for being examples and creating that unity, co-captain Max Trevino

attributed the underclassmen’s abilities as to why the program’s special. “We have a lot of incoming sophomores and freshmen every year that really work hard and help us get to be champions,” Trevino said. One of those sophomores, Becca Goodson, took first in two events, the 200- and 500-yard freestyles. She is already using it as motivation for next year. “Having exciting moments like those (wins) are really special because that’s what helps me keep training all year,” Goodson said. A year ago, she won the 100-yard butterfly at state. The Eagles also came away with victories in the boys and girls 200-yard medley relays that helped continue the state championship tradition. “Every year gets a little harder, but every year gets a little better,” Zini said. He, along with Trevino, said this championship was the most difficult. But the championship itself isn’t what gives Pereira the most pleasure; it’s “the struggle to get (there).” “What’s the price to pay to come out and be successful? Taking home a trophy is material success and that’s not it. Each kid had to overcome different battles and different things that they had to do to be successful. That’s what we’re engaged in,” he said. And Pereira’s stewardship of the program may be the most instrumental to its recent dominance. “Joe’s a really great coach,” Zini said. “He can turn a lot of like OK swimmers into really great swimmers, which he’s done with a lot of people and that’s why we’re always so successful.” l

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Olympus cornerback Brach Davis overcomes injury to become newest BYU recruit

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Brach is a star cornerback for Olympus, recovering from a recent ACL tear to become BYU’s newest recruit (Brach Davis/Holladay)

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rach Davis has always loved football from a young age. From his elementary school years in Las Vegas to playing cornerback for Olympus, Davis has always had the passion. “When I lived in Vegas, a bunch of my friends played football. We played during recess, and because of that, I wanted to play on an actual team, I wanted to try out. So, my mom signed me up, and here we are,” Davis said. The newest recruit for BYU football has always put in a lot of hard work throughout his sporting life to be the highly touted recruit he is today. “It took a lot of work, but my speed helped. I was always fast, so that always helped,” Davis added. Davis had a bright athletic future ahead of him. Unsurprisingly, he is a multisport athlete, and participates with the track team in the offseason from football. But a year and a half ago, disaster struck. Davis tore his ACL and LCL at a track meet. “I was doing the long jump. The first jump I attempted, I landed towards the end of the pit. So, for the second, they moved me back on the start. But since I was moved, my steps were all wrong. Before I jumped, I was thinking ‘This isn’t right’. I landed bad, and I hyper extended my knee, and tore my ACL and LCL,” Davis lamented. For many athletes, their possible sporting prowess is never fully explored due to injury, and for Davis, that looked like it could be a real possibility. “It was really hard. I had been talking to a lot of coaches about football. I missed my whole junior season,”

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But, Davis was not about to let that happen. “I just tried to stay positive. I worked really hard on physical therapy to get back to the level I was at,” Davis said. Davis is now in the latter stages of recovery, and is still working with the track team now that it is the football offseason. At a recent track practice, BYU coaches were in attendance to watch the football teams spring training, which is where he caught their eye. “I was at practice, and the BYU coaches were there for [football] spring training. They watched me, and watched me sprinting. I talked with some of the coaches after and they offered me a spot,” Davis continued. Davis was more than appreciative of BYU and what they had done. “[BYU] they still had faith in me. They believed they could make a good athlete out of me. I felt so blessed that they took a chance on me, even after my injury,” After a lifeline like that, Davis now his mind on one thing: his upcoming senior year of football for Olympus. “I want to ball out. I want to show all those colleges that were hesitant about me, on what they missed out on,” Davis added. After suffering a possible career ending injury, Brach Davis fought back, and got himself right back to where he wanted to be. With a fighting spirit, and a tuned athletic gift, Davis seems to be set for the future, whatever challenges the future might have in store for him. l

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Weekly concerts in the Commons By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

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n its second year, the Holladay Arts Council’s summer concert is adding more shows in the hopes of drawing a bigger crowd this season. According to Kathy Murphy, the treasurer of the Holladay Arts Council and the concert chair, there will be eight concerts this year as opposed to last year’s four concerts. “We felt that the concerts were well received and our numbers, as far as attendance, were growing with each concert. I think it was a decision by our city council who wanted to expand the number of concerts,” Murphy said. “In putting them on once a week, they were hoping it would keep the momentum going versus once a month, which is what we were doing last year.” The concerts will begin on July 8 and will happen every week until Aug. 26. Murphy believes by having them every week, residents will have something to look forward to. All concerts will begin at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted and will be at the City Hall Park, 4580 South 2300 East. The first concert will be the Joe McQueen Quartet. The 98-year-old saxophone player is a jazz and civil rights pioneer in Utah. McQueen has performed with Will Rogers, Bob Hope, Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole. In celebration of the French national holiday Bastille Day, the July 14 concert will feature Lark and Spur, who will perform classic French cabaret and French folk songs, as well as gypsy swing, jazz and bossa nova. The Salt Lake Sax Summit will perform on July 22. The ensemble is made up of five of Utah’s top saxophone players, backed up by piano, guitar, bass and drums. The program will feature original arrangements by George Gershwin as well as award-winning ballroom dancers. The July 29 concert will be a night on Broadway featuring the vocal talents of Michael Chipman and Melinda Kirigin-Voss.

They will perform songs from such Broadway hits as “Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables,” “Miss Saigon,” “Wicked” and more. The annual Blue Moon Festival will take place on Aug. 5 and will feature the Joe Muscolino Band. The band performs songs from various artists including Frank Sinatra, the Temptations and Adele. “They will be the biggest one for the season for us. We tried to pick our favorite of that,” Murphy said. “Last year, we had a couple of bands. This year, we’re not going to do that. We’re just going to have the one main one and then some recorded music in the interim.” In addition to the music, the Blue Moon Festival will feature local artisans and craft vendors, food vendors and beer and wine for sale. The night will conclude with a fireworks show. Aug. 12 will feature the Philip Kuehn Orchestra. Kuehn directs the music department at Snow College. He has worked with Harry Connick Jr. and Jon Baptiste and the performance will feature both soul and pop tunes with horns, vocals and strings. The Night Star Orchestra will perform on Aug. 19. Night Star is an 18-piece big band directed by Randy Madsen and will feature singers Katrina Cannon and Con Curran. The performance will include a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald. The last concert will take

place on Aug. 26 and will feature Michael Bublé and Frank Sinatra music. Like last year, the Holladay Arts Council has teamed up with Excellence in the Community, a nonprofit based on the premise that Utah’s best musicians and dancers represent a powerful resource for bringing people together and enhancing communities. Excellence in the Community provides free music concerts at the Gallivan Center in downtown Salt Lake, the Viridian Center in West Jordan and at the Covey Center in Provo. Murphy explained the council is working closely with Excellence in the Community’s founder Jeff Whitely. “He’s a wonderful person to work with. He has been so accommodating in giving us a list of some of the best local performers. We’ve chosen from those and it’s great being back with them and working with them,” Murphy said. “They do a fantastic job. They have a great sound crew. Every one that I’ve attended, I’ve been really impressed.” l

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Update: By Kaylee Smedley k.smedley@mycityjournals.com The second year for the Holladay Summer Concerts on the Commons was a huge success. Kathy Murphy of the Holladay Arts Council shared that an average of over 500 people attended each concert, and they plan to break that record in the upcoming years. Thanks to generous sponsors, these concerts are held for free at the pavilion stage behind Holladay City Hall. While the first concert series in 2016 featured four concerts, the 2017 series showcased eight. Audiences could enjoy listening to amazing local musicians while watching the sun set behind Mount Olympus. “Almost half the attendees live in Holladay, and many were first-timers who vowed to come back with friends,” said Sheryl Gillilan, executive director for the Holladay Arts Council. “The feedback from the concerts has been extremely positive,” said Murphy. She said the Holladay Arts Council and Holladay City

plan to team up again with Excellence in the Community to bring another year of summer concerts. In addition to the encouraging feedback regarding the summer concert series, participants have also shared new input and ideas to be used in upcoming events. “We did get some requests to diversify the music,” said Gillilan, “and we’re planning to do that.” Both Murphy and Gillilan said that although the 2018 concert series is still in the planning stages, they have already scheduled most of the vocalists and musicians they plan to feature. Residents can anticipate a diverse lineup for 2018, including swing, classical piano, family music, pop, rock and more. July 14 through the end of August 2018 will mark the concert series for 2018. “Grab your chair and some friends,” said Gillilan, “And c’mon down to the park to enjoy some first-class music in the hood.” l

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Titan swimming has foundational year, wins three individual titles By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

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Senior Aleks Wozniak leaps off the block during an exchange of the 200-yard freestyle relay at the 4A state swim meet. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

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our years ago, the Olympus High School swim team had 30 swimmers and was practicing at Granite High School. Now, the 60-member team trains in a brand new aquatic center located across the parking lot from where they go to class. “Our team’s been building slowly and I think this year, we finally reached the numbers. We’ve always had the skill but now we have the depth,” said senior captain Jake Ference. It appears to be paying dividends as the Titans swim teams took fourth (boys) and sixth (girls) at the 2017 4A state championships, bettering their seventh-place finish from a year ago. The state meet saw juniors Bella White and Talmage Corey walk away with individual titles. White topped the podium in the100-yard butterfly while Corey ran the double with 100-yard backstroke and 200-yard individual medley. Girls 200-yard freestyle relay set a school record with a time of 1:39.02, just missing out on the 4A record by Timpview. Shortly before the state meet, head coach Tom Thorum and his captains spoke about what this year meant for the program. Thorum said this was a pivotal year that the team came into its own. “The thing I’ll remember about this (season) is that the team came together and…they laid the first stone in the foundation of a long-term successful program,” Thorum said. Swimmers’ dedication to the season has played an important role in that foundation, not only creating an essential team chemistry, but also in them taking personal responsibility. “They’re starting to strive to be successful as a team. To me that’s nice when I don’t feel like I’m the one behind it. They’re the ones that are kind of leading the charge and that’s been great,” Thorum said. Captains have noticed it as well. “Commitment level has been off the charts,” Ference said, adding that it’s been easy for him and his teammates to be invested in each other’s races. “Our kids get along great. They’re very inclusive, they’re very kind to one another, very supportive. On the whole they’ve recognized the team’s desire to do better,” Thorum said. With a philosophy that focuses on the team, eyeing improvement for each swimmer, Thorum said he saw “dramatic

improvement” from not only the elite-level swimmers, but also from the developmental level. “That’s what I like to see is when our third and fourth and fifth swimmers are starting to become competitive, that’s when the team as a whole starts to do well,” Thorum said. Senior captain Camilla Robbins said the program’s growth over the past few years has been immense, boding well for the future. “It’s been pretty insane from where we started, so if we keep growing at this rate and getting better as fast as we are now then this team will be basically unstoppable at some point,” Robbins said. Ference gave credit to his coach for a season where the team won all its home meets. “I would honestly say 90 percent of the success comes from having a great coach, so Tommy has been sort of the driving factor that’s made the season really great,” Ference said. Robbins qualified for state this year in 100-yard butterfly and 500-yard freestyle, having swam and not qualified in different events last season. “I had new events and went beyond what I thought I could do and that’s because of Tommy and his coaching — it’s been an amazing journey,” Robbins said. Thorum’s arrival as head coach coincided with Ference’s freshman year. Thorum will now see him graduate having won the region title in 200-yard freestyle, an event started shortly before the region meet. “It’s sad for me to see him go cause he’s part of what represents the beginning,” Thorum said. “But I think we’ll look back on these years and realize when the team kind of formed and created the culture of success I think we’re gonna have here in the future.” These formative years were marked by that beginning, and with talented younger age groups about to come through Olympus High, Ference expects big things. “I imagine, and I’m pretty certain about this, that in say two, three years, Olympus will probably be one of the dominant teams or most dominant team…I imagine there will be state titles in the next few years,” Ference said. l

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Christmas is over, money is tight and our waistbands are even tighter. We can’t help but feel a little let down. After eating too much, spending too much and maybe a few too many parties for many people January means buckling up the spending and the prospect of hitting the gym. I can’t help but feel a little bleak however, this year I’m determined to have the best January yet without breaking the bank. Here are some things I’ve got planned for the month that build up the cheer and won’t demolish the budget. Check out the Wildlife - Hogle Zoo is free the last Wednesday of the month from November through February (January 31 and February 28 2018). Plus, Tracy Aviary offers $1 admission the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month through March. Go to a Hockey Game – The Grizzlies play at the Maverick Center in WVC through April. If you’ve never been to a hockey games, they are fast paced and exciting! You can

get discounted tickets for $6.50 a person at UtahCoupons.com. Get Outside - There is nothing quite like a brisk walk in our beautiful surroundings to blow away the cobwebs and beat the winter city air. Visit one of our National Parks. They are much less busy than during the summer months and just as beautiful. For more information about Utah’s National Parks in winter go to www.visitutah.com/ places-to-go/most-visited-parks/national-parks-in-winter Volunteer – When the holiday’s end the giving shouldn’t. In fact the need is higher for volunteers in January then any other time of year. There are plenty of opportunities all around us like the food bank, animal shelters, elementary schools or just take a minute to shovel someone’s driveway after a storm. Plan a Vacation - Part of the joy of Christmas is all the planning, preparation, and excitement leading up to it. Now is a great time to start to plan a summer family vacation. A vacation to look forward to can

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