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to reward reading improvements By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


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 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 moti-

Top Left: Teachers react to eating snails as a reward to students for improving their reading scores. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals) Bottom Left: Random teacher names were pulled out of a hat to see which ones would eat the snails in front of the entire student body. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals) Bottum Right: The snails were donated by La Caille. (Kelly Cannon/ City Journals)

vate 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

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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 af-

ter-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 asking who would be interested and it surprised me how many faculty we had who said, ‘Heck yeah. We are on board. Let’s do it. It’s for the kids.’” l

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ottonwood High School math and life science teacher, Yuri Perez, was awarded teacher of the year by South Salt Lake for his outstanding work as an educator. “Mr. Perez is kind, tolerant, and a true inspiration in the lives of hundreds of students,” said Terri Roylance, principal of Cottonwood High School. Born in Chile, Perez’s family moved to Argentina due to political persecution. Perez moved to the United States in 1990, after completing medical school with the intent to learn about American health care practices. “I wanted to learn about the American health care methodology and see if that could be applied in Argentina,” said Perez. However, upon his arrival Perez learned his plans to practice medicine in the states were not going to be possible, as his Argentinian diploma would not be recognized here. Additionally, he would not be able to return to Argentina. “The political instability in my country become so bad that I could not go back there without putting my family or my Yuri Perez leads a classroom discussion on geometric sequence. (Aspen Perry/City Journals) own future at risk,” Perez said. Perez was accepted into Brigham the English language and how he often confused “awesome” and “awful”, Young University and decided to study health promotion and education, a and mistakenly told a friend’s family their dinner was awful. degree that led to his first position at Heritage School, a treatment center His students laugh perhaps not realizing Perez’s retelling of the event for at-risk teenagers. is not only meant to show he can relate to their own language barriers, but From there, Perez gained experience with the various student popu- also includes how Perez used facial cues to quickly correct his mistake. lations in Granite District when he was in charge of the educational proFrom there the lesson plan picks up where it left off. Despite the class grams for tobacco and drug prevention. It was not until he helped fill in being 10 minutes away from the bell signifying lunch time, students were for a teacher on leave of absence that Perez realized how much he enjoyed actively engaged in the lesson. teaching. Though Cottonwood High School has recently become known for “I loved teaching, being there with the students, as well as receiving its challenges with the changing demographic. In response to many east so much back from them. I had to seek a permanent position… I was side residents—within school boundaries—sending their kids to private blessed enough to be accepted,” Perez said. school or receiving special permit to attend Olympus; Granite District has It would seem his colleagues feel equally fortunate to have Perez at pulled students from throughout the valley to fill the school. But for the Cottonwood High School. When Assistant Principal Michael Miller was east side kids who remained at Cottonwood there is a real benefit, both in asked about Perez’s strengths, he responded, “The real question is… Does cultural and academic learning. he have a weakness?” As Perez explained, despite it being a transition, when given the opMiller further said, “Mr. Perez is great in all aspects of education… portunity to work together, the results are incredible. he is very patient, he helps students in after-school programs, and many “The South Salt Lake students don’t want to merely be the recipients nights his classroom light is on well after 6 p.m.” of pity, and the Holladay students many times are too afraid of offending Miller also explained how Perez’s history is a real asset for under- or feeling awkward around another culture… but when they realize those standing his students’ lives both inside and outside of the classroom. are kids with the same expectations and feelings the rest is just a process During a Thursday math lesson, Perez broke away briefly from the of observing and being amazed.” l lesson after a student mixed up their words, to tell of his experience with

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Olympus Jr. showcases art in-house before winning at the district art show By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com


he week after Olympus Junior High held an in-house art show, student artwork went on to compete at the Granite District Art Show. “The art show is an annual celebration of art and shows how much we as a community value art, creativity and our amazing students,“ said Kaitlin Baer with Olympus Junior High Art Department. Baer went on to explain the student artwork is representative of their development as visual artists, as well as the messages behind their pieces. “Communication has been a huge focus in the visual arts department. Every artwork has meaning and can have a powerful effect on the viewer,” Baer said. Though the art shows did not take place until April, Baer noted some students began working on their pieces as early as June the previous year. “The art show each year represents almost an entire year’s worth of work,” said Baer. Baer loves seeing the sense of accomplishment and boost of confidence art provides for her students. “There is nothing quite like walking into an art show, seeing your art on the wall, and thinking ‘I made that.’” After student artwork was well received in the halls of Olympus Junior High, select pieces went onto compete in the district-wide art show held at the Granite Education Center on Wednesday, April 19. All in all, Olympus Junior had an impressive district showing. They walked away with 13 awarded pieces from the 2D categories, including first place in transparent painting, and one honorable mention. In comparison to the other 11 schools that participated, Olympus, Churchill and Wasatch collected the most awards. In regards to total collected awards, Olympus came in second to Wasatch with 15 total awards, including 2D best of show, three first place, and one honorable mention.

Churchill also had an impressive showing, collecting 10 awards including;3D best of show, and first place in wheel thrown ceramics. However, Wasatch, Olympus and Churchill collected the most district awards. First place was awarded to several schools within Granite District, including Bennion, Churchill, Evergreen, Granite Park, Kennedy, Matheson, Olympus and Wasatch. All students who placed in the top five spots received art supplies based on the category they won, such as clay with tools, canvas and paints, or pencils, to name a few. Though placing in the art show has its obvious perks, for many students and teachers art means much more than winning awards. “For some, (art) is the best place to develop critical thinking, creativity and confidence. So for them, it actually means more,” said Chris Wightman, art teacher for Wasatch Junior High. Confidence through art is a concept that Baer could not agree with more. “Displaying art the students are proud of is a huge confidence boost for everyone.” “My favorite part, especially of a junior high art show, is watching the artists when they walk in and see their work on the wall,” Baer said. “Generally, they are all smiles.” When it comes to logistics, putting on an art show is no small feat. Baer attributes organization, as well as the reward of knowing how it enriches the life of her students, as the key elements of both a successful art show and the fuel necessary to persevere through the long days and nights leading up to the show. Despite the long hours and work involved, Baer loves the art show. “I think all art teachers would agree that this is the highlight of the year for all of us, and our students,” Baer said. ”It makes all the hours that go into creating an artwork worth it,” Baer said. “I love the excitement that exists at the artist reception as students, families and friends celebrate art.” l

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District-wide artwork on display at Granite Education Center for district art show. (Aspen Perry/City Journals.)

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Summer reading program goes beyond books By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


very year, the Salt Lake County Library Services offers a summer reading program to people of all ages. This year, the theme is taking participants beyond just books. The annual program draws thousands of participants, though few completers. The theme this year is “Build a Better World,” an idea that encourages individuals to find ways to make the world a better place. “They can build a better mind through reading, building a better community through volunteering or participating in community events, becoming involved in political activities, just doing what they can to build a better world,” said Liz Sollis, the marketing and communications manager at Salt Lake County Library Services. The program focuses on five theme words: read, learn, create, play and connect. Participants take a reading log and complete activities associated with the words. For instance, for “read,” participants can read or listen to a book, read with someone, read a newspaper or magazine, read an online article or e-book or read a poem or picture book. For “connect,” participants can visit a library, attend a concert, make a new friend, explore a new place or volunteer in the community. Sollis said the idea of the five theme words is to expand the program beyond just reading. “We want to remind everybody that the county libraries are a place where we can allow that to happen,”Sollis said. “Reading is something that we offer. But we offer programs and resources that allow opportunities for people to learn. We also promote play. Play is an important part of learning. We have programs

that involve play.” When a participant completes one of the tasks, they fill in a letter of the word on the program record. Once all of the words are filled in, participants can take the record to any Salt Lake County Library and enter into a drawing. They also get a prize and a ticket to the Natural History Museum of Utah for their library days in August, including an adult-only night. “We did an adult-only night and they really liked it. We have a lot of adults who participate in the program,” Sollis said. “The Natural History Museum has been a great partner. What we love about that is it’s a place where kids can go to learn and they can learn a variety of things about their world.” If participants finish their record and still want to keep reading, the library offers a skyscraper record. “They can get another reading record and they can continue to read and complete it,” Sol- An example of the kids’ reading record for the Salt Lake County Library Services Summer Reading lis said. “Once they finish their skyscraper re- Program. (Salt Lake County Library Services) cord, they get another entering into a drawing.” The program runs from June 1 to July 31. well as West Jordan has booths. We have entertainers throughout It was kicked off with a special event on June 2 at Veteran’s Memorial Park, which is adjacent to the West Jordan the night and we have crafts,” Sollis said. “This year, West Jordan is hosting a screening of ‘Moana’ at 8:45 in the park. We also Library and the Viridian Event Center. “We have booths from different community partners, as have food trucks.” l

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Granite’s Seamless Summermeals feed kids through fall By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com


ummer break does not signify a break in the fight against hunger. With that in mind, Granite School District continues to provide meals for food- insecure students and families during the summer break through their “Seamless Summer Free Meal Program.” From June 5 until August 4, Granite School District will serve roughly 200,000 people at 49 locations. Lunch is free to anyone under the age of 18 years, and $3.50 for adults. Three of these locations serve breakfast, as well. Rich Prall, director food services, is aware that student needs are prevalent throughout the year, not just when school is in session. “We understand the needs of our community. Hunger doesn’t go away when school is out,” Prall said. Prall explained the program is fully funded through federal reimbursement with no cost to the district. Granite District’s Seamless Summer program began five years ago and aims to meet standards of proper nutrition with each meal. Each lunch includes a main course, fruit, vegetable, snack, and choice of juice or milk. Of the 49 locations, West Valley elementary schools and

parks host 25 sites with Farnsworth Elementary and Redwood Multipurpose Center also serving breakfast. Salt Lake City hosts eight sites including: Granite Park Jr. High, Harmony Park, James E. Moss Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Robert R. Fitts Park, Utah International Charter, Sunnyvale Park, and Woodrow Wilson Elementary. In Kearns, seven sites host lunch, with Qquirrh Hills Elementary also offering breakfast through to July 21. Six other sites are in Taylorsville and three sites are in Magna. Locations and service times can be found by visiting the Granite District Food Services website. In addition to Granite Food Services “keeping students in mind at all times,” the Summer Seamless program also offers part-time work which is done by schools’ food service workers as an opportunity to continue to work in their trained field during summer break. The Seamless Summer program is summed up in the ‘Bates Central Kitchen Tour’ YouTube video, as Sheldon Moore, operations manager of Granite District food services, states, “It’s an outstanding program for our community, and it helps our kids when school is out.” l Granite District helps food-insecure families during summer break. (Granite School District).

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Artist of the Month: Nathan Pinnock By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


olladay resident Nathan Pinnock first began getting into art in the second grade. “I was a big reader so I would see all of these books that would say, illustrated by this artist or that artist and I always wanted to do that,” Pinnock said. Pinnock turned that interest into his career as a professional artist. He does a lot of illustration work for magazines and books, as well as paintings for people’s homes and businesses. He also teaches private lessons a couple times a week at his studio. Pinnock was selected by the Holladay Arts Council as the Artist of the Month. Pinnock drew and painted all the way through school and took both art and painting classes because of his passion. “After school, I decided I was going to go to school to be an illustrator and have my own studio, and I just have a great time doing it,” Pinnock said. The subjects of his work are primarily people. “I like people. I like painting them. I like learning people’s personalities and try to make their personalities come out in the paintings,” Pinnock said. “I have

done several really big family portraits for people who had little kids. I tried to make each child come out in each of those paintings.” Pinnock said he enjoys the process of painting, turning the idea into a finished piece and laying down the paint in interesting ways. He said he hopes people see interesting things about the people he paints. “I hope people’s character comes out in the art. I also like to do rich compositions with landscapes and things,” Pinnock said. “I really want them to enjoy the piece. I like to show the interplay of light and shadow.” Residents can find his work at nathanpinnock.com, at local art shows or at his studio. “My studio is open for people to come by and look at my art,” he said. The Holladay Arts Council is always looking for more local artists to be recognized as the Artist of the Month. Residents are encouraged to nominate a local artist by filling out a nomination form at www.holladayarts.org or by contacting Lisa O’Bryan at ceobyran@aol. com. l

Above: Nathan Pinnock’s work “Two Shepherds.” Pinnock says he tries to capture people’s character in his work. (Nathan Pinnock/Artist) Right: One of Nathan Pinnock’s works, titled “A Job Well Done.” (Nathan Pinnock/Artist)

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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 var-

ious 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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Tree ordinance open house goes rogue By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com


n Tuesday, June 13, Holladay residents came out in full force to voice their concerns over the proposed tree-protection ordinance, which took a surprising turn given the number of residents who requested the city take action to protect Holladay trees during a March city council meeting. An hour after the open house kicked off, there was a heated exchange between Walker Lane residents. The two parties walked away with one side feeling attacked and the other far from going the route of love thy neighbor. “(Some of) these are old dead trees — what (you’re) doing is spending a lot of money to recreate the canopy,” said a female bystander after the exchange took place. The June 13 open house was the result of city officials addressing resident concerns and requests to have Holladay establish a tree-protection ordinance. Drafting the ordinance was no small feat, and included the Holladay City Tree Committee, an ad hoc committee of city staff, and assistance from former City Planner Pat Hanson and Cottonwood resident Kim Kimball. “The tree committee has long been concerned about the continuing reduction in the size of the tree canopy in Holladay’s urban forest,” said Steve Gunn, District 4 council member. Gunn went on to explain Holladay already had two tree ordinances on the books, one designed to prevent the removal of trees without permission from the city’s right-of-way, and another that prohibits removing or damaging trees near ditches, canals or streams. “In essence, the new ordinance will amend those by limiting the ability of lot owners to remove larger trees in certain areas of the city, without providing a replacement,” Gunn said. The ordinance at first glance was seemingly welcomed by the community with open arms, especially by residents in the Cottonwood and Walker Lane neighborhoods. However, as the Little Cottonwood room in City Hall began to fill during the evening of the open house, group chatter revealed a change of heart was in the air. Either citizens had gone rogue, or there were just more residents than initially realized that were not in favor of being told what they were allowed to do on their property. Though the ordinance stated it would not prohibit “the removal of trees that are a hazard risk,” several open house attendees expressed concern regarding the problems that would arise from the fees associated with complying in the event they did need to remove a diseased or dying tree. One Walker Lane resident with a second home in the foothill overlay of Arizona did not want to see Holladay faced with what is happening in Arizona now. “We have an overlay where our house is in Arizona that has become a disaster — people don’t take care of their trees because of the cost of the permit and specialist coming in … it becomes too expensive to take (dead trees) out,” the Walker Lane resident said. She went on to say, “I think a better solution to all this would be start educating everyone about the importance of the trees, what the diseases are in the area. Education would be a better way to save the trees.” In addition to fears of healthy trees being cut down to appease land

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developers, what seemed to be the real elephant in the room was being discussed in many small groups. Residents discussed their concerns regarding the old cottonwood trees on their lots suffering from disease or beetles and shelling out unnecessary funds to have those trees removed. According to several professional arborist companies in Utah, many of the cottonwood trees in the urban forest area are diseased and dying — an issue no ordinance can stop. While some species of cottonwoods can live upwards of 150 years, others have a life expectancy of 40–50 years and all varieties are prone to disease. Despite their sturdy appearance, cottonwoods are considered by arborists to be “weak” trees. As one enraged open houses attendee shouted, her family had been in Holladay for 100 years, meaning many of those large cottonwoods either have already, or are about to, hit their quota. This made some residents question how to keep Holladay, specifically the urban forest area of Walker and Cottonwood Lane, beautiful for future generations. It is a question Talia and Eldin Diglisic, the property owners currently under fire for clear-cutting their lot, took into great consideration. Utah born and bred and an avid rock climber, Talia dreamed of owning a home on Walker Lane as a youth. “This was nothing short of a dream — I use to drive down Walker Lane and think, ‘how would it be to live here?’” said Talia. “We want to have the atmosphere they got to grow up in,” she said. “Why can’t we have the same? Our trees were not healthy, though a few may have had a couple years left, I thought why not get them out now.” After consulting with two arborists, the Diglisics decided to cut down trees on their recently purchased property, including the street canopy, due to a disease in the trees they were informed was too far gone to treat. Though those trees came out, they had already planned on over $400,000 worth of trees and landscaping to replace what was torn down. They planned to plant stronger and more disease-resistant trees like sycamores and white oaks, starting at 15–30 feet tall. Money Talia was reconsidering spending after an unfortunate encounter with a few angered neighbors. Another resident in support of the tree ordinance described her love of the trees and the habitat they provide, as well as keeping Holladay cooler. Following her initial reason for attending, she further stated the ordinance should “be practical and fair,” stating that “no one minds big homes as long as there is consideration for the environment.” As the evening wound down and cooler heads prevailed, the general consensus seemed to be everyone is Team Trees. The real dividing factor was the approach in how to both protect the trees and keep Holladay beautiful. With some sitting firmly in the camp of “don’t mess with nature” and another side wanting to replace the diseased and dying trees, no one envies the choice the council has in front of them. l

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hen Mike Romero stepped down from the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) Board of Trustees for business reasons, Holladay’s own city manager, Gina Chamness, was recommended as the region representative to complete the remaining 21 months of his term. Upon the announcement of Romero stepping down from the UTA Board, the five mayors within the region Romero represented were tasked with recommending an interim. Holladay City Mayor Rob Dahle saw it as an opportunity for Chamness to shine. “All of the mayors were in favor of Gina as a strong representative of our area,” Dahle said. With the support of the mayors of Taylorsville, Murray, Millcreek, South Salt Lake and Holladay, the Salt Lake County Council of Governments confirmed Chamness’ appointment recommendation in May, and formally welcomed Chamness on June 13. Given both her prior experience with Salt Lake City and recent time spent in the ever-changing city of Holladay, Chamness understands the value of cities providing efficient transportation and is elated to be part of

UTA’s mission. “I look forward to supporting UTA’s mission of moving people,” she said. Chamness further stated, “As the county’s population continues to grow, transit options will be essential to maintaining the quality of life we enjoy in the future.” Chamness said the UTA Board is responsible for recommendations and approval of UTA’s budget, in addition to providing strategic and policy direction for UTA. Though Chamness has not served on transportation boards in the past, her budget-savvy resume speaks for itself, and includes working with Salt Lake City for seven years as the budget manager, following two years as finance director — all before accepting a position as Holladay’s city manager. Chamness’ skills are sure to be of value to other UTA Board members. Considering the recent controversy surrounding UTA, from federal investigations to approving controversial land deals, it appears serving on the board will not lack in excitement. l

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There is a lot going on in our city so thought it was time to provide a brief update on the projects that are underway, as well as those that will begin in the near future: • Cottonwood Mall Site- The Ivory Development team continues to work on a plan to present to the city for pubic input and approval. We have been told that progress is being made, but they are not prepared to submit to the city at this point. As a reminder, Ivory does not own the property, their purchase is predicated on city approvals to allow the development to proceed. • City Hall Park- Each year we budget funds for City Hall Park. This year we completed: a new pavilion on the North side of the park, sidewalk that circles the fields and playground, new trees throughout the park and the refurbishments of the old stone bleachers at the Northeast ball field. Next up are arbor swings to be installed above the stone bleachers and new storage sheds for local sports teams. We will continue to improve landscaping as we go. • Knudsen Park- The design team has been selected and $2.7m of ZAP funding approved. The planning phase will

begin in the next few months, with input encouraged from both committees and the standard public process. The construction phase is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2018. • Village Center Construction- The East block of our Village area, which includes the new Harmons is well underway. The expected completion date for all three building projects is December 2017 through the spring of 2018. • Intersection Improvements- There are numerous intersection improvements we will be working on over the next two years. We will be upgrading signals and infrastructure at 6200 South at both Holladay Blvd. and 2300 East. On Highland Drive we have been working to expand Right of Way to allow left hand turn movements at the following intersections; Spring Lane, Lakewood Drive, Walker Lane and Fardown Avenue. We feel this will de-conflict movement and increase safety along this critical stretch of road. It seems that we are busier than ever; lots of exciting developments in the city. As always, you are welcome to call or email if you have questions or concerns regarding these, or other projects in the city. –Rob Dahle, Mayor

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There WILL NOT be a Primary Election. The General Election will be held on Nov. 7. Please watch the city website and this newsletter for more information. To find out more information about the candidates, please visit vote.utah.gov.

Street Tree Vouchers Holladay City is well known for being one of the most heavily wooded cities in the state. City leaders, partnered with the Holladay Tree Committee, want to help maintain the health of our urban forest. What this means to home owners is that the city will help you place new trees in your residential landscapes “right of way” areas aka ‘Street Trees’. These new trees can help compliment your existing landscape or restore what may have been lost after older trees have been removed. In years past the tree give away programs have helped line our streets with more than 250 new trees and it is continuing in 2017! Simply fill out an application which is available at the front desk of city hall or visit http://www.cityofholladay.com/img/File/Holladay%20City%20 Tree%20Voucher%20Application.pdf Once the application is completed, leave it with the receptionist at city hall or email the PDF to holladaycitytree@ymail.com After the application has been reviewed by a member of the tree committee a voucher will be issued which you may redeem at one of our participating nurseries for the dollar amount and tree species detailed on your approved voucher. THIS IS NOT A REIMBURSEMENT PROGRAM, please do not submit receipts for trees you have purchased yourself. Some rules and restrictions apply. • You must be a Holladay city resident • The tree must be placed in a city “Right of Way” location which is typically within 12 feet of a city street • This program is first come first serve and will end if the allocated budget is exhausted To learn more about the city tree committee or how you can help our urban forest, contact us or visit our facebook page https://www.facebook. com/HolladayCityTrees Thank you to everyone who helps celebrate and care for our urban forest!

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Fireworks: Keep Your Pets Safe & Calm Salt Lake County Animal Services Do you and your dog dread the sound of fireworks echoing in the neighborhood? Utah has an extra-long fireworks season. Residents can legally set off fireworks 3 days before, and 3 days after the 4th of July and the 24th of July. For dogs (and cats) this can be very stressful. During July, Salt Lake County Animal Services sees an increase in lost pet’s due to the number of pets who escape from their homes or yards because of the noisy fireworks. Here are a few tips to make sure your pet stays safe this July during this celebratory time for our state. Be sure your pet is wearing their ID tag and that their information is up-to date. 1. Keep windows and doors closed, we often hear of pets breaking out screens when they get scared. 2. Leave your pet at home when you head out to the fireworks display. They would prefer to be at home with a tasty treat or food puzzle.

3. Provide a safe place for them to retreat (hide) when the fireworks start going off. Close bedroom doors to prevent them from getting stuck under beds. Take them to the basement, turn on some mellow music, and snuggle with them. 4. Take your dog for a walk earlier in the day before the fireworks start going off. If you find a lost pet, contact Animal Control Dispatch at 801-743-7045 to have an officer come get the animal. Or bring it to Salt Lake County Animal Services at 511 W 3900 S, SLC, 84123. Shelter hours are Monday – Saturday, from 10 AM – 6 PM Animal Services is closed Sundays and holidays. Is your pet lost? Check the “Lost Pets” section of AdoptUtahPets.com for your animal or come into the shelter during open hours to look for them.


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Just a reminder that aerial fireworks are NOT ALLOWED anywhere within the borders of the City of Holladay. If fireworks go more than eight feet off the ground they are not allowed. Fireworks are only permitted from July 1st to July 7th between 11am and 11pm (hours extended to midnight on July 4th), July 21st to July 27th between 11am and 11pm (hours extended to midnight on July 24th), Fireworks, including sparklers, have been banned in these high hazard areas: All areas east of I-215 including the freeway right-of-way, the Cottonwood Area, within 100 ft of Spring Creek, Neff’s Creek and Big Cottonwood Creek, and Creekside Park. For maps and more detailed information on the areas banned please visit the city’s website at www.cityofholladay.com. You can also find safety information and an interactive map at www.unifiedfire.org/services/ fireprevention/firework.asp

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Skyline swimming continues reign of dominance under Coach Joe by Jesse Sindelar | jesse.s@mycityjournals.com


kyline High School swimming has been a dominant force in the high school swimming community for some time now. While they have clearly had talent, this consistency is no accident, and much of it has come under the helm of Head Coach Joe Pereira. Pereira is a stern, no-nonsense kind of coach that seems to only have the betterment of his team and swimmers on his mind. But having won 20 state championships in only 12 years of coaching, it appears success like that takes some sternness and no nonsense. “Men and women’s swimming has won 29 state championships in the program’s history. I have coached for 20 of them,” said Pereira. And this season was no different. Skyline swimming won every single one of their meets this season (13, mind you) before the state tournament, where they continued their sweep en route to the state title. The amount of effort by his team to have this kind of prosperity is not lost on Pereira either. And with his track record, he probably has a wise thing or two to say about it. “With swimming, to win a state championship, everyone needs to perform at their highest level. Everyone needs to be willing the pay the price, myself included,” he said. This storied success has seemed to really thrive under his helm. “You know how a good program is doing if the coach is always talking about how they can get better,” Pereira said. And this attitude of constant improvement has led the largest team

Pereira has ever coached (87 swimmers!) to great success this season and past seasons. “The program’s success I think can be clearly seen when swimmers really buy into the program, and are willing to put in the effort,” he said. This constant-improvement mindset has led Pereira and his team to become not only better swimmers, but also better people. “I’m always trying to teach life skills as well (as swimming). These kids are willing to balance swimming with life, and that can show them how commitment has to be in balance with general life skills as well,” Pereira said. As a coach, while he can shout all the technique and support advice he wants, Pereira is aware that he can only do so much out of the water. He wants his swimmers to have this mindset of pure effort instilled day in and day out, in practice, meets and life. “You know, to have this kind of success, you need to constantly ask yourself, ‘Are you willing to lay it all on the line against your opponents, or even your teammates?’ The price is different for each player, and as a coach, it is my job to figure that out.” While Skyline swimming has had a grand history of titles and success under Coach Joe, a big reason for that is because they have clearly worked their tails off for it. The team seems destined to continue this dynasty of titles with this mindset of pure, unbridled effort. l Photo Credit: (George Karahalios/ Holladay)

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Holladay City Journal The Olympus boys lacrosse team is looking forward to the future after a disappointing playoff run to end the season. (Steve Crandall/ Holladay)

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he present and future of the Olympus boys lacrosse team are only looking brighter. While unfortunately losing in the first round of the playoffs, the team is already reestablishing themselves as one of the elite contenders in high school boys lacrosse. The process began last fall when new coach Matthew Duke-Rosati took the helm. Duke-Rosati, an alum of the University of Arizona’s men’s team and former defensive coordinator for the University of Utah’s men’s team, was ready to make an instant impact. “We got a new coach in the fall. Right after that, as a captain, I realized how special this season could be,” said senior captain Steele Headen. Headen was a star for the team this year, elected to the first team all-state as a defender. Headen had played on varsity the past three years, and Duke-Rosati was their third coach in four years. But that didn’t stop the team and the players understanding what they could accomplish this season. And their season was special. The team ended the season 12-2 in the top division, Class A, finishing 7th in state. They beat Brighton for the first time ever, and beat Skyline for the first time in four years. “We had a really solid team, a lot of individual talent, good underclassmen and very talented and dedicated coaches,” Headen said. Hopes were high for the playoffs. They drew a very strong Fremont team in the first round, which included four all-state first team members, as well as an All-American midfielder.

After a hard-fought game, Fremont won by one goal, 8-7. “It was a disappointing way to end the season. We dominated every stat, like time of possession, ground balls, etc. But we lost all but two of 17 faceoffs. It was disappointing, but it was good game,” Duke-Rosati said. For the players, the mindset was more somber. “It hit us after, that for the seniors, it would be the last time we would play for the team, with these teammates. It was very emotional, very hard,” Headen said. While the special season ended with a frustrating playoff game, the only direction for the team now is forward. Coach Duke-Rosati, who was recognized as the U.S. Lacrosse Coach of the Year for the state of Utah this season, is excited for the future. “We want to reestablish Olympus as an elite lacrosse school,” Duke-Rosati said. After graduating six seniors, five of whom were significant members of the team, the team will rely on its underclassmen to get them to elite status. “Our sophomores won the state championship in 8th grade, and as a whole, our underclassmen were great this year. The pipeline is chalked full of talent,” Duke-Rosati said. While Olympus’ special season ended on a sour note, the program has a lot to look forward to. With a talented younger core looking to step up and a dedicated coach already winning accolades in his first year, that elite status may be much closer than anyone realizes. l

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A Day of Champions looks to support young athletes By Jesse Sindelar | jesse.s@mycityjournals.com


eremy Holm has a passion-filled life of irony. The American bobsled athlete has had an accomplishment-filled life, but he was not born with a passion for bobsled. “I hated roller coasters as a kid. And I am from Oklahoma. Neither of those things lend themselves to becoming a bobsledder, but I guess God has a sense of humor,” Holm joked. Holm moved to Utah at a young age, and attended Skyline High School. During his sophomore year, he decided to pursue bobsledding, and his career has only gone up from there. He has been a professional bobsled trainer and the head coach for the United States Adaptive Bobsled team, which allows for wheelchair athletes and amputees to compete in bobsledding. Holm has also published two books and does public speaking throughout the country. However, while his career has flourished, Holm has struggled personally with other problems. “I struggled with anxiety and depression when I was younger. Bobsled really helped, it was such a good outlet,” Holm said. Enter his foundation, A Day of Champions. The foundation looks to support student athletes, as well as their parents and coaches, to not only be better athletes, but to be better people, as well. “A Day of Champions organizes student-athlete conferences, so pretty much like TED talks for athletes, coaches and parents,” Holm said. “We are looking to take our previous experiences in high-level athletics, and in life in general, and share that with young, upcoming athletes, as well as their coaches and their par-

ents,” said Holm. These experiences range from sports nutrition and body health to leadership qualities and the psyche of a champion. But one of the most important skills the foundation wants to teach is overcoming adversity. Holm wants this foundation to show athletes how their sport can teach them how to overcome adversity and how this skill can support them in their lives as well, with his own struggle with anxiety and depression as the first example. “Nowadays, these specialized student athletes work so hard to succeed. (A Day of Champions) wants to help them succeed, but also be a mentor to them, and prep them for life, college and career. I struggled, but my sport was my outlet, and I hope to create a great future for these kids,” Holm said. The next conference will be at Cottonwood High School on Oct. 7. Speakers include a former Miss USA and an ESPN commentator, a Paralympic snowboarder who beat cancer and a sports nutritionist for the U.S. Olympic Ski team. For the future, Holm only wants to improve and expand. “We hope to soon be doing a conference in every state in the nation. We are working on a documentary-esque video about athletes overcoming adversity, and training material to hand out for coaches and parents,” Holm said. “We want to benefit the athletic community across the board. Our goal is to elevate, educate and motivate. If we can save or inspire one kid in this process, it is totally worth it.” l

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Fairy-tale season for Skyline boys tennis, historical school success by Jesse Sindelar | jesse.s@mycityjournals.com In the future, when Head Coach Lani Wilcox reminisces on the Skyline boys tennis undefeated regular season and state championship this year, she will always think of it the same way. “It was one of those fairy-tale seasons,” Wilcox said. On a senior-heavy team, the team saw this as a last opportunity to do something great. “Five of my seven players are seniors, so it was now or never. We were pretty sure we would give Timpview a run for their money in state, but instead we had a perfect fairy-tale season. Everyone played so well,” said Wilcox. The team went 30-0 for the regular season, and didn’t drop a single set. In state, their first doubles lost in the semis, and their second doubles lost in the finals, but the team had multiple singles players crowned state champs. Wilcox herself had won two state championships with the Judge Memorial High School girls tennis in her high school days. She has two sons on the team, the No. 1 and No. 3 seeds, and both take after their mother in terms of success, going undefeated in the state tournament to bring home the title. “My youngest plays No. 1 and my oldest plays No. 3. After No. 1 beat Timpview in the finals, we had clinched state. No. 3 was playing after, but I told everyone, ‘Don’t tell him yet,’ so he could focus on his own game!” Wilcox said. The familial ties don’t stop there, though. Assistant Coach Laura Hammill’s son plays No. 2 on the team, and Laura’s father, John Hammill, also helps the team with his expert opinion as well. John coached tennis at the University of Miami for 18 years. “I am the unofficial assistant coach,” John quipped. “I worked with the team during practices, but I couldn’t during matches. So I passed advice through Laura and Lani, and they relayed it to the players. It was great, especially being able to see my grandson play.” With this being Wilcox’s third year coaching, finishing either third or fourth her first couple of years, her coaching philosophy has supported this magical run of success. “I want these kids to love tennis, to get better, but most importantly, have fun doing it.” The mindset of the team and the quality of the coaches helped them to the school’s 100th state championship, although the Skyline swim team (who also won state this year around the same time) might have something to say about snatching the 101th. Wilcox is aware of the long road ahead after losing a bulk of her team

to graduation. “Next year will be a rebuilding year for sure. For the summer, our plan is to work really hard with our JV players to make them year-round players, instead of only playing during the season. I really want to light a fire under the kids,” said Wilcox. While another undefeated fairy-tale season seems a bit out of reach, with a dedicated coaching philosophy, as well being surrounded by caring and knowledgeable colleagues, Wilcox might be able to still do some more damage with the Skyline boys tennis team in the future. l

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Cohesive Olympus girls lacrosse team takes D2 championship By Jesse Sindelar | jesse.s@mycityjournals.com


he Olympus girls lacrosse team had a wonderfully successful season, taking the D2 high school lacrosse championship this May. While the road to get there was a little bumpy, they dominated in the championships. “We always have had a lot of talent on the team,” said Head Coach Amy Erickson. Their biggest self-prescribed problem, however, was their team cohesion and growth. “We always needed growth as a team — our pool of talent was never an issue,” said Erickson. However, this season was the season the team just clicked, even though not much was expected from them. “I knew we would have a growing season. But it really went smoothly. Our wins were just fun. We finally created a pretty cohesive unit,” Erickson said. This cohesive unit allowed for a good bit of depth to the team, and even when starters were hurt or off their game, the balanced team knowledge made up for it. “If one girl couldn’t play, it didn’t matter, because the next girl was ready to step up, implement the system,” said Erickson.

The team knowledge and cohesion was huge, and allowed them to overcome a midseason slump on the way to their title. “We had a pretty hard patch in the middle of the season. We played some pretty tough teams and lost four in a row. It was definitely mentally hard,” said Erickson. But the bump in the road didn’t stop them from ending the season strong, so strong in fact that they got through the first round of playoffs with a bye. Their playoffs began in the quarterfinals, where they handled Jordan 11-5. Then they dealt with Davis in the semis 10-6, before beating Weber 12-8 in the finals. With this being Erickson’s second year at the helm, her first playoffs experience was helpful for what not to do. “My first year, we were set to go number one in D2 and then proceeded to lose our first game. So this year was going to be different,” she said. After marching through the playoffs, always winning by at least four points, Erickson still focuses on how the team is developing, which clearly has paid off already and will con-


The Olympus girls lacrosse team topped Weber 12-8 in the D2 championship this May. (Olympus lacrosse/ Holladay)

tinue to pay off in the future. “Usually as a team progresses, with success, they develop as a whole team, as a collective unit. We seem to be doing that quite well. We are only losing three seniors, so we have a pretty young team overall, and next season that development and cohesion can pick up right where we left off.”


After collectively pulling themselves together, overcoming four straight losses and completely dominating the playoffs in the championship run, the Olympus girls lacrosse team has a bright future ahead, with a title-winning season blueprint up their sleeve as well. Look for this team to amaze more in the coming years l

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eproductive Care Center is the first private infertility clinic in Utah and has been in business for over 20 years. RCC meets all the most advanced requirements and guidelines for its labs and physicians, making them completely state-of-the-art. Reproductive Care Center has five board-certified physicians who are members of the Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), as well as a nurse practitioner, all dedicated to helping couples grow their families. All physicians, embryologists, lab technicians and nurses at RCC are members of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and continually train and educate themselves to ensure that they are at the forefront of the reproductive technology advances. Although assisted reproductive technology (ART) has been practiced for decades, the advancements have changed the way it’s being done. Instead of simply trying to obtain conception with as many embryos as possible, competent specialists at RCC focus on helping a couple achieve a single healthy baby, which increases the chance of a successful pregnancy and minimizes the risk of pre-term births. RCC physicians also conduct research and studies to stay ahead of the curve. Dr. Andrew K. Moore, an infertility specialist at the clinic, recently completed a major research study that showed a strong correlation between healthy habits combined

with couple’s therapy and its improvement on natural conception. With all the success that Reproductive Care Center has achieved, it hasn’t always come easy.

Through continued research and scientific advancements, as well as the openness of many high-profile people, Reproductive Care Center is finally seeing the shift in the perception of infertility. For a long time, infertility was a topic that was not discussed openly. Through continued research and scientific advancements, as well as the openness of many high-profile people, Reproductive Care Center is finally seeing the shift in the perception of infertility. Patients seek out a specialist much sooner than before because they know it is available and acceptable. Another major challenge is that most insurance companies do not offer infertility treatment benefits. While they do often cover consultations and diagnostic treatment, they do not

typically provide benefits for intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF). Legislators are looking at how to improve coverage, but in the meantime, RCC has worked tirelessly to provide affordable treatment options to patients including income-based discounts, military discounts, financing for IVF, multiple IVF Cycle package discounts, and a 100% Money-Back Guarantee IVF Program for qualifying patients. “We understand that so many of our patients, especially those that need IVF, are having to pay for it out of pocket,” said Rachel Greene, the marketing coordinator at RCC. “It is a difficult hurdle to jump and we do as much as we can to accommodate.” Resolve.org, a national organization, has pushed the discussion of infertility to the national level with legislators and insurance companies. They initiated the National Infertility Awareness Week which was April 23-29. RCC participated by offering daily giveaways and providing a free seminar. RCC also sponsored a date night hosted by Utah Infertility Resource Center, a local counseling and support resource with whom RCC has chosen to partner. RCC is focused on providing compassionate and quality care to their patients. Reproductive Care Center has affordable consultation prices and are ready to see new patients in all their locations, visit www.fertilitydr.com to learn more. l

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When Life Becomes a Fixer Upper: 4 years ago today we learned to live without an oven. This wasn’t some kind of self-inflicted new fad diet, our kitchen flooded and we decided to update the kitchen prior to fixing the floor. We had plans drawn up that included some beautiful new cabinets, flooring, and removal of a pesky wall that would make my new space gorgeous. Well, as things go, life got in the way and we never did do the remodel. Instead, choosing to bank the floor repair money and save up so as not to have to finance the rest of it. Hence we didn’t fix the oven because we knew the new plan had a different sized oven. Friends thought I must be crazy, but I found the enjoyment of having the hubby grill throughout all for seasons a nice break from the day-to-day grind of cooking dinner, and not having an oven became no big deal (for me anyway). #ovenfreemovement on Facebook if you’re interested in some of my ramblings about the joys of going oven free. In the end, we did finally get it fixed after about 2 years. I personally did not see the need, but my hubby said he was craving some chocolate chip cookies that weren’t from a box. The floor, however, remains slightly warped and is now quite scraped up from not bothering to have it screened routinely, I have decided to officially call my kitchen the shabby chic distressed look and added a few French inspired yard sale finds to make the image complete. Nearly 20 years old now, our concrete is beginning to become cracked and pitted you can’t walk on it in bare feet. It’s actually quite nice as the extra grip it offers in the winter aids in keeping me from slipping, but the need for constant sweeping in the summer, makes the quick run out in bare feet to retrieve the mail or empty the garbage a bit of a hazard on the feet. So, I used this as an excuse to put a stylish shoe rack near the front door. I made it from an old pallet using instructions I found on Pinterest. Our basement flooded this spring from all the rain. We aren’t really sure yet what caused it, but the hubby did have an idea and made a repair. We’re hoping for rain as to know for sure. In the flooding process, the furniture in the basement has been displaced because we aren’t really sure if we got the leak fixed and don’t want



to move it again if it isn’t fixed. I have determined that the displaced furniture has an added health benefit of being a jungle gym when we have to climb over it to get to the bathroom. Today on my morning walk, I notice that my neighbors are getting a new roof. Hum, I had just found a couple of shingles of the color of our roof while weeding the crack in the driveway. Oh boy... ... It has become clear to me I thought as I was jogging along (they say jogging has a way of clearing the mind). I just realized the dream home I purchased all those years ago has become a fixer-upper. Hum... I have always imagined the joys of buying a fixer upper and turning it into my dream home. I wonder if I could get on one of those HGTV shows? I think I’ll give it a shot. At least my brass doorknobs are back in style. Now if only golden oak and rose colored carpet would make a comeback. l



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