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teachers attacked with silly string by students By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com


tudents at Crestview Elementary who improved their reading skills during the school year were acknowledged in a year-end assembly on May 24. Highlights of the assembly included rewards for perfect attendance, Battle of the Books district winners, good behavior at lunch and a drawing for Cougar Bucks prizes. But the high point of the afternoon was when the assembly moved outside so students and teachers could spray each other with silly string. Kimberly Panter, literacy coach at Crestview, said this assembly is an entire school year in the making. Last year, improvement in the reading portion of the national Core Curriculum was their emphasis. It was such a success they did it again this year. “We started with a Read a Rainbow video (accessible on YouTube) at the beginning of the school year to introduce the program,” Panter said. Bulletin board displays in the halls show a rainbow with a pot of gold at the end. Each color is a component of literacy and focuses on a reading skill such as predicting, accuracy or summarizing. “We do state-mandated DIBELS testing three times during the school year; the begin-

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ning, middle and end,” said Panter. “This is something we focus on all year. It’s not just testing day and then we’re done.” “We work on small group reading each

day, we observe classrooms each day, teachers do weekly monitoring to see who is falling behind, and we pull out students to work one-onone. We have bulletin board displays up in the

halls. Improving reading skills is a year-long pursuit.” Another fun activity Crestview staff did was to hide gold coins throughout the school. Each one had a definition of a reading skill written on it. Students searched for the coins and wrote down the reading skill that was on each one. A completed form was turned into the office for a chance to earn a chocolate gold coin. Panter, teacher Wendy Lovell and principal Teri Cooper spearheaded the program. Instead of acknowledging only students who achieved a certain score, the benchmark was greatest improvement. That leveled the playing field for all students, including those with special needs. Leah Chisholm is a second-grader at Crestview. She has a fraternal twin sister, Elli, and an older brother Isaac who is in fifth grade. Both Leah and Elli were in the top four in their class’s “most improved” recognition. This was especially exciting for their parents, Sharae and Steve Chisholm. Sharae gets emotional when she talks about her kids’ achievements, especially Leah, who has Down syndrome. With the accommodations made by the school, Leah Continued on page 5...

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he winds are changing, and Mary Poppins is passing through Utah productions. Decades ago, Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke immortalized the iconic film “Mary Poppins,” and now with the newest Mary Poppins movie due to hit the box office in December, local productions are bringing back their own versions this summer. The Draper City Arts Council showed off their own version at the Draper Amphitheater in June. The practically perfect nanny also landed at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center for several shows in June. And at the Midvale Main Street Theatre, 21 children — from 8 to 18 years old — danced and sang their way through a choreographed production of “Mary Poppins Jr.,” to the delight of packed audiences. Mary and her friend Bert danced and sang on stage to the popular songs “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee” and much more. “You wake up with the songs in your head,” Tammy Ross, who owns the Midvale Theatre, joked before one of the last performances of “Mary Poppins Jr.” The junior production started training three months before opening night, and Ross said “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” took months to get just right. Tammy’s daughter Cassidy, who produced the show, said all their regular junior cast members have been begging for a dance show for ages. When “Mary Poppins Jr.” became available to perform this year, she leapt at the chance. “We chose it because it gave them a challenge in choreography. Tap dancing came back, a bit of Broadway choreography,” Cassidy Ross said. The live theater production follows the story of the popular 1964 film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, and the songs are similar, but there are dozens of changes to the live theater version. And the newest Mary Poppins film is expected to be an even bigger change. The film, “Mary Poppins Returns,” is scheduled to hit the box office on December 25. According to IMDB.com, the film is a sequel to

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the 1964 film and follows Mary Poppins re-visiting Michael and Jane Banks, now grown up, after they experience a family tragedy. Dick Van Dyke is the only returning member of the 1964 cast. The new film stars Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack, a lamplighter and apprentice to Jack from the first film. “It’s good timing,” said Tammy Ross about the Midvale Main Street Theatre’s live production of “Mary Poppins Jr.,” but she says it wasn’t planned in connection to the upcoming Disney film. “It was just one of those things.” Cassidy Ross picked “Mary Poppins Jr.” for their junior production this year because it had just been released, and she was looking for a musical for the kids to perform. The teens playing Mary and Bert were excited minutes before their final performance. “It’s inspiring to see all the emotions that come out of people. I work with kids, it’s so fun to see all their smiles,” said 18-year-old Lilah Straaten, who played Mary. This was Straaten’s first performance with the Midvale Main Street Theatre, and she says she loves live theater. And for this local production, there’s been something new every night. “Our Mr. Banks broke his foot,” Cassidy Ross said. “Funny enough, (he was) sitting on a side table and the table broke, and he just landed wrong and broke his foot. But he rocks it on crutches.” During another performance, the lights flickered on and off at the beginning of the second act, and the cast had to pretend nothing was happening. For 18-year-old Wyatt Stensrud, who played Bert, this production has helped inspire him to pursue acting when he attends college in fall 2018. “I love seeing the power theater has,” Stensrud said. “(The audience) can come, see a show, and relate to someone in the show.” The Mary Poppins performance inspired one 3-year-old girl so much that she has attended almost every summer performance in full Mary Poppins costume, and even posed for a picture with Straaten after the production ended, Cassidy Ross said.

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Mary Poppins, played by Lilah Straaten, poses with a 3-year-old girl dressed as Mary Poppins on stage after the Midvale Main Street Theatre’s “Mary Poppins Jr.” production. (Courtesy Midvale Main Street Theatre)

18-year-olds Lilah Straaten and Wyatt Strensrud star as Mary and Bert in the Midvale Main Street Theatre’s “Mary Poppins Jr.” production. (Courtesy Midvale Main Street Theatre)

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is enjoying her time in a mainstream class. Her teacher, Emma Borrmann, monitors all her students’ progress each week, including Leah’s. “We have a supportive class, and a positive school culture. I put Leah in a reading group where her skills would be challenged and it worked. Every child is encouraged to try. Leah is just one of the kids,” Borrmann said. She has worked with a range of special needs in her classes — including kids with cerebral palsy, autism and ADHD. She has seen with the right goals, they can all succeed. “This is a testament to mainstreaming,” Sharae Chisholm said. “Leah was exposed to the same core curriculum as the other kids and her sister Elli (who does not have Down syndrome). We set high expectations.” Sharae Chisholm believes not only is Leah’s placement beneficial to her, it’s beneficial to all the students. “Her peers see someone with special needs, and interact with her, and it normalizes the diagnosis. It’s just one part of who she is, and they get to know her as a whole person.” Seeing people with special needs achieve academically breaks stereotypes. “People aren’t held back from education opportunities just because of a diagnosis,” Steve Chisholm said. He and his wife went to the assembly, and they paused for a quick family photo with their three kids. Setting up an environment where all students could improve was the goal. Panter said this year the four students in each class who had

improved their test scores the most were recognized. This included kids with special needs, those learning English as a second language and slower readers. “We’re making it fun, celebrating that all of us can make growth in a year. Every student’s an individual and we take them where they start and go from there,” Panter said. The end of the year is a rowdy time for students. Cooper is equal parts professional administrator, fun educator and energetic dramatist as she leads the year-end assembly. “Controlled chaos” is her watchword as she describes what will happen next. “Who was here last year when the teachers had to eat snails?” Cooper asked the student body. The room erupted in giggles and groans, and hundreds of hands shot straight up. Students watched the teachers eat escargot from La Caille restaurant to celebrate improved DIBELS scores last year. The staff knew they had to match or top that this year. The entire student body moved out of the auditorium and onto the field. Cones were arranged in a large circle; teachers were inside the cones with nowhere to run. Students were outside the cones. Those not spraying silly string sat in a slightly larger circle on the grass. Teachers and students were armed with cans of silly string and ready to spray teachers and administrators at the signal. Cooper yelled from inside the circle. “One, two, three, GO!” and the laughs and silly string flew. l

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At home on the island and the mainland, Su Warburton brings the ocean to Utah in her oil paintings By Holly Vasic | h.vasic@mycityjournals.com


u Warburton brings her two homes together by painting oceans in Utah. After living in Hawaii for 14 years, there is a comfort and connection between Hawaii and Utah that she cannot shake. Though art was always around her, Warburton found her expression of oil on canvas later on in her journey. Warburton has many fond memories of living in Hawaii, going from a newlywed to raising children there. She and her husband had gone on a whim; a friend invited them to come. “We got married in June and at the end of August we moved,” Warburton said. They stored their wedding gifts at her grandmother’s and planned on staying for a short time, but fell in love with Hawaii. She taught school there and immersed herself in the culture, even giving her children Hawaiian middle names when they were born. Her daughter Kaira’s middle name is Lani, meaning “heaven” in Hawaiian, her son Cameron’s middle name is Ikaika, meaning “strength,” and her other son Justin’s middle name is Maleuha, meaning “peace.” They adored the island life and the different aspects of Polynesian culture not found on the mainland. Important events, such as funerals, kept calling her back to Utah and eventually she decided it would be best if she and her family returned. Warburton never thought of herself as an artist, but she had created pen-and-ink drawings on cards. Warburton also played with art in other ways. As a school teacher in Hawaii, she used the game Pictionary to get her students interested in learning other subjects. Art was constantly around her, even from the beginning of her childhood because her father was an artist. “He could pick up a pen or pencil and just draw,” Warburton said. “He could sketch people — nothing formal, it was just kind of a gift that he had.” Technically he was an entrepreneur, but he created logos and many other projects. Warburton’s brother was a jeweler and an artist and her sister is a potter. Art is around her in other ways as well. When she was previously a case manager at a drug rehabilitation treatment centers, she saw how much the clients loved art therapy. But art finally grabbed hold a few years ago when a friend convinced her to try an oil painting class taught by local artist Susan N. Jarvis. “It really is a form of meditation for me,” Warburton said. “The only thing you think about when you’re painting, at least for me, is the canvas and your paint brush and what you are painting.” Warburton loves to paint the ocean and all the dimensions, colors, shapes that come with recreating water. The connection she feels with water, meditation, and painting all comes full circle for her and feeds her soul in ways nothing else can.

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A 16x18 oil on canvas, “And So It Is,” 2017. (Courtesy of Su Warburton)

She also enjoys sharing her passion with her 7- and 11-year-old grandchildren and has created a space in her home to do just that. Yet, sharing and admitting are two different things, and Warburton is still hesitant to respond “yes” when asked if she is indeed an artist, though with time her response is getting quicker and more self-assured. A quote by Leo Tolstoy, which Warburton shared, says, “Art is not a pleasure, a solace, or an amusement. Art is an organ of human life.” l

A 16x20 oil on canvas, “Reflections,” 2018, Su Warburton’s latest piece. (Courtesy of Su Warburton)

Su Warburton. (Courtesy of Su Warburton)

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Persistence: studio celebrates girlhood with dance performances By Holly Vasic | h.vasic@mycityjournals.com


he Dance Box Studio presented “She Persisted: A Community Celebration of Girlhood” on June 1 and 2 to honor and celebrate women and girls who have changed history with their bravery, selflessness and sense of community. These themes were explored and expressed throughout the performance, which was choreographed with the help of Holladay dancers, ages 2–15, and included spoken word as well as creative movement. The show was based on the book “She Persisted: 13 Women Who Changed the World,” written by Chelsea Clinton and illustrated by Alexandra Boiger. Dance Box Director Arianna Mevs challenged the dancers to come up with different ideas for the pieces based on the women from the book. “These kids are so smart and have a lot to say,” Mevs said. “They have good ideas and as an adult I think it’s a shame when we don’t let them participate and we just speak at them.” Claudette Colvin not giving her seat up on a bus in the mid-1950s is one of the stories they choreographed a dance to. Ten-year-old Vivian Conlon, 10-year-old Adelaide James and 11-year-old Addie Blodgett participated in the choreography collaboration of that piece. “I learned the most about it because she was almost our age and the other ones are like adults,” Addie said about Colvin. The dance was very robotic; Mevs explained they wanted to show conforming, non-questioning and common gestures, except for the performer playing Colvin, who moved organically. “Her account’s really cool because she had watched these grown-ups and everyone else had conformed to these ideas to be lesser than,” Mevs said. “I wonder if she thought about changing the course of history as she sat in that seat, or if she just wanted a really good seat?” Adelaide said. Each dance had a narration before and ended with the girls

Still shot from the Claudette Colvin piece. (Courtesy Arianna Mevs)

stating the value assigned to each dance with a movement to represent that characteristic, connecting the visual with the words not only for the audience but also for the dancers. “Their brain is sending a message to their body, their body is sending a message to their brain,” Mevs said. “It’s just one message within the million messages they’ll hear in their lives, but I hope it sticks.” Adelaide already feels like it has. At her recent violin concert the themes encouraged her, helping her feel brave, “and that little motion really helped,” she said. The Dance Box girls were not only able to take a lot from the experience, but they were also able to notice values they had in common with the “She Persisted” women and girls. As a dance group they lift each other up. “Dance class is kind of another

Still shot from the Harriet Tubman piece. (Courtesy Arianna Mevs)

bubble of friends,” Adelaide said. Their class ranges from grades fourth to eighth so they have a variety of ages. “It’s super cool to just be with the older kids and look up to them,” Vivian said. This performance has given these girls a chance to continue taking the values of bravery, selflessness and community into their lives and to remember the stories of these historical figures who stood up for girls everywhere as they, themselves, persist.l

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Behind-the-scenes look at major fireworks shows By Lana Medina | l.medina@mycityjournals.com


he telltale BOOM goes off, followed by several more bursts, and then a series of fireworks flash into the sky. Every 4th and 24th of July, crowds come from far and wide to witness one of dozens of fireworks shows that light up the Salt Lake Valley. Behind the scenes, it’s a very different picture. “I think of it as painting a canvas,” said Lantis Fireworks salesman and licensed Utah pyrotechnician Jeffery Ott. “And I have the sky to paint on.” Lantis Fireworks produces some of the major fireworks productions in the Salt Lake Valley, including the popular Salt Lake City and Sandy City fireworks shows. Each of those 15–20 minute fireworks displays take hours of work to organize the performance, set up fireworks connections, coordinate with local fire marshals and ensure safety. Organizing One of the most prominent shows in the Salt Lake Valley is the one where hundreds of fireworks shoot off the roof of the Sandy City Hall every 4th of July. Months beforehand, Lantis Fireworks coordinates with Sandy City officials to decide how long the show will be, how close viewers can get to Sandy City Hall and still be safe and what music will help time out the display. In the background of almost every fireworks show are carefully timed pieces of music stitched together, to which the fireworks are choreographed to match tempo. “When you’re playing the Star Spangled Banner, you’re not shooting pow pow pow, you’re shooting one shell, then another,” Ott explained. “You want your shells in the air to match the music. The music really dictates what you see.” This year, it won’t just be music. Sandy City is partnering with FM radio station Z104 to broadcast the music, along with recordings of service members’ wives talking about them coming home. “We try not to make it just about things exploding. The ending has always been spectacular — we don’t expect anything less this year,” said Mearle Marsh, community events director for Sandy City. Marsh says this is the second year Sandy City will have fireworks discharged from the roof of the Sandy City Hall. “It’s a challenging location but it makes for a really beautiful setting for the fireworks,” he said. Lantis Fireworks and Sandy City officials have big plans for this year’s fireworks display. There’s the “cake” fireworks: multi-shot aerial fireworks that make a rapid staccato burst of noise during the show. Then, in the Sandy City show, there’s the three-inch shells that light up the night sky with a big boom, then two combine to create the overall, bigger fireworks display. By using a mix of colors and match-

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Months of work goes into creating a memorable fireworks display. (Photo courtesy of Lantis Fireworks)

ing several different types of shells to music, a pyrotechnician can create an amazing fireworks show for viewers. Pyros This term may sound like a dangerous person with fire, but for fireworks, it’s the exact opposite. “Think about a conductor conducting an orchestra — that’s what a pyro does; they’re part conductor and part magician,” Ott said. Lantis Fireworks’ pyrotechnicians go through extensive training before they can even touch one of the production fireworks. According to the state of Utah regulations, pyrotechnicians — or pyros for short — are required to work on at least three fireworks shows and go through extensive safety training. Once these requirements are met, a potential pyrotechnician can then take a test to get a license that would allow them to legally shoot off production-quality fireworks. “Production is a 1.3G fireworks classification. The stuff that your neighbors are doing, that’s consumer grade, that’s 1.4G. It’s measured on gram weight per item. Consumer is supposed to be safer, less gunpowder,” Ott explained, but cautioned that “all fireworks are explosives.” And all that training is necessary. At every show, there are fire marshals, firefighters and other emergency experts on hand in case something goes wrong. Safety “We’re attempting to put explosives in the air in a safe manner,” Ott said. Safety is the number one priority for Lantis Fireworks pyrotechnicians, Ott said. “We take every possible safety precaution from the time they’re loaded onto the truck up until the point we shoot them, and even while we’re shooting them,” he said. “Because the truth of it is, if you’re lucky and something bad

happens, you’ll lose a finger. If they don’t get lucky, they get dead. You have to think like a fire marshal. Safety is always your first priority.” Ott remembers a few years ago during a Lantis production in the Salt Lake Valley, and there was a wind shift. “When a shell goes off, it doesn’t just go up into the air; there’s often some fiery debris that comes out of the mortar tube along with the shell,” he said. “We had some fiery debris that blew over and two-thirds of the way through the show, it prematurely ignited part of the finale (fireworks). So some of that ‘boom boom boom’ started going off much sooner than it was supposed to.” There are specific rules governing major production-style fireworks displays. For every one-inch shell used in a fireworks show, viewers have to be kept at a distance of 70 feet in radius from the firework discharge zone. This means at the Sandy City Hall, when Lantis Fireworks uses three-inch shells to light up the night sky, nobody except for the licensed pyrotechnicians and safety personnel can be within 210 feet in any direction from the roof of the Sandy City Hall where the fireworks are set off. Local fire officials will be on hand at these major fireworks displays. Salt Lake City Fire spokeswoman Audra Sorenson said they prefer it when Utahns visit the fireworks shows instead of setting off their own fireworks, because it’s much more safe. “Going to a fireworks display that’s sponsored by a city or company is ideal for us. They work hand-in-hand with the city to make sure the location, the display and conditions are ideal so that they’re discharged properly,” Sorenson said. “We can work hand-in-hand with those shows’ teams to make sure it’s a safe fireworks display.”

(Courtesy Lantis Fireworks) Lantis Fireworks sets up fireworks to be discharged at the 2017 Sandy City fireworks show. (Photo courtesy of Lantis Fireworks)

Lantis Fireworks sets off several types of fireworks in a final performance. (Photo courtesy of Lantis Fireworks)

Set up For a 20-minute show, it can take a team of pyrotechnicians 10–12 hours to set up the fuses, tubes, electronics and fireworks for the display. “You have to wire in every shell by hand. Then if it’s choreographed, every shell has a specific place it has to be wired in,” Ott said. But when it’s done right, you end up creating a lasting and memorable experience for everyone watching. From young children who’ve never seen a fireworks show, to the people who never miss a fireworks show. “Our whole goal is the ooh, ahh, wow,” Ott said. “That two-three seconds of silence between the last shell going off and thunderous applause that often follows a show… is beautiful.” If local residents are planning to set off their own fireworks, there’s a map showing restricted areas: https://slcfire.com/fireworks/ For the month of July, fireworks can legally be discharged July 2–5 and July 22–25. l

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‘Crossing Paths’ project to adorn city hall in July By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


t’s not just rezones and concerns about the former Cottonwood Mall site that come to Holladay City Hall. There’s also art. And that includes an ambitious project from local artist Jim McGee. In February, the Holladay Journal reported that McGee, as part of a grant he received from the Holladay Arts Council, was looking for collaborators on his Humans of Holladay idea. He would interview residents and people who work in the area before drawing large-scale portraits of them. That project is now ready to be unveiled with an exhibit at City Hall (4580 S. 2300 E.). The opening reception will be from 5-7 p.m. on July 11 (though the exhibit opens July 10). There will be refreshments, live music and a meet-and-greet with the artist and subjects. “It has been so rewarding to get to hear people’s stories and share mine, to see people for who they are and attempt to capture that truth in pencil,” McGee wrote in an email. “As human beings we all long to be seen and heard. ‘Crossing Paths’ is my attempt to investigate what makes us truly human.” The project was originally called “Intersections,” McGee felt it was too vague and decided to change the title to “Crossing Paths” because “it suggests an encounter or interaction between two people — subject and artist.” “We ‘cross paths’ with countless folks

throughout our day without much notice,” he continued. “The concept of my project is based on thoughtful examination of these daily encounters that often go unnoticed.” In a world filled with Snapchat filters and carefully orchestrated social media posts, McGee hopes this project shows a “bit of truth devoid of filters,” reminding people “that stories and people are important and beautiful.” A self-described introvert, McGee said the project was a challenging and wonderful experience. “Getting out into the community to find subjects was way out of my comfort zone,” he said. “People don’t typically like to feel vulnerable and I am asking them to do just that — to look inside and share an honest part of themselves.” The visual art exhibition will have four- to five-foot drawings that will include pictures, stories and excerpts of the interviews. This was the first grant ever awarded by the arts council, who aims to promote art and arts opportunities in the community. A Holladay resident of 16 years and art teacher, McGee hopes his collaborative exhibit does just that. “(The exhibition) is a celebration of my fellow Holladay residents…I hope that perhaps viewers might realize their own unique stories and beauty as well as those they cross paths with every day.” l

Holladay Artist Jim McGee works on one of his large portrait drawings as part of his “Crossing Paths” project. All works from the project will be on display at an opening reception at 5 p.m. on July 11 at Holladay City Hall. (Photo courtesy Jim McGee)

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M AYO R ’S M E S S AG E It seems the Cottonwood Mall Development application filled all available bandwidth the last few months. Meanwhile, progress continues in other parts of the city. Here is quick update on a few of the happenings in the city: • City Hall Park- Using a Utah State Parks and Recreation Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant and a Salt Lake County Tourism, Recreation, Cultural, and Convention (TRCC) funding award, we were able to add new amenities to City Hall Park. This spring we completed 2 new pickle ball courts, a basketball court, and built an onsite storage shed. We also plan to install 6 arbor swings above the stone bleaches. We planted 25 new trees. A generous donation from the Garden Club of Cottonwood, combined with a Community Forestry Partnership Grant helped fund 21 of the 25 that were planted this spring. Many thanks to the Garden Club leadership for supporting beautification of our city. • Knudsen Park (South of Tuscany and Cotton Bottom)- Construction of this new park is well under way using a $2.7 million grant award from the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks Recreation Bond. The picnic pavilion, restrooms, playground, walking paths, hammock garden, and pedestrian bridge should be installed by the end of October. Final touches will be complete early spring, with a formal opening scheduled for April/ May 2019. We are excited to protect and improve 8 acres of prime open space on the South end of our city. It will offer another recreational amenity for our citizens to enjoy. • Village Center Development- The East block of our Village area is substantially complete. Harmons opened in March to rave reviews. The North retail/office complex is ready to occupy. Great Harvest opened in May; next up is Roxberry Juice Co and My Pie Pizza. I expect the majority of the building to be occupied this fall. • Intersection Improvements- There are numerous intersection improvements underway that are funded with transportation grants. 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 accommodate left hand turn movements at the following intersections; Spring Lane, Lakewood Drive, Walker Lane and Fardown Avenue. We also hope to improve the movements at Highland Drive and Van Winkle Expressway. These improvements should de-conflict movement and increase safety along this critical arterial in our city. • Free Concerts on The Commons and Blue Moon Festival- The third annual Concert on the Commons series opens Saturday, July 14th with a night of Disney music performed by Melinda Kirigin-Voss and Brian Stucki. We have an excellent slate of performers that are booked on Saturday evenings for the balance of the summer season. Red Rock Hot Club and Changing Lanes will close out the summer concert season at our annual Blue Moon Festival on Saturday, August 25th. Come out and mingle with your neighbors, while enjoying exceptional homegrown musical talent. Holladay is changing. New opportunities for entertainment, shopping and dining are expanding in the city. As much as is possible, we want you to be able to work, play, shop and dine where you live. We believe this enhances quality of life and adds value as a resident of Holladay. I hope to see you around The Village, or at one of the concerts this summer season! Rob Dahle, Mayor

FIREWORKS BANNED IN CERTAIN AREAS OF HOLLADAY Just a reminder that fireworks are only permitted from July 2nd to July 5th between 11am and 11pm (hours extended to midnight on July 4th), July 22nd to July 25th 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, the County Road area, Spring Creek, Neff’s Creek and Big Cottonwood Creek, Creekside Park and Olympus Hills 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

Fireworks & Your Pet 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 2 days before, and 1 day 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. 1. Be sure your pet is wearing their ID tag and that their information is up-to date. 2. Keep windows and doors closed, we often hear of pets breaking out screens when they get scared. 3. 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. 4. 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. 5. 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 will be closed July 4 and July 24. 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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Does Your Tree Need Help? Your trees, especially large species, are a valuable investment in your landscape and summertime pests are active in Holladay. If you have a tree that is losing leaves/needles, has discolored leaves or is dripping sap pests may be to blame. Sometimes these pests are just a nuisance and go away in fall but at times, when left unchecked, they can cause serious damage. Integrated Pest Management techniques can be used to help control these pests on your landscape. The next time you are in your yard, look up to the trees and if you see concerns you’re not sure about, reach out for help. Often times pest control companies offer free evaluations to let you know what problems you may have in your landscape. Be sure to get a 2nd opinion if anyone recommends removal of a seemingly healthy tree. Don’t forget to keep your trees watered during the summer heat! The Holladay City Tree Committee would like to remind all residents that a couple hundred dollars spent on prevention now may be worth thousands of dollars of removal later! If you have any questions that our volunteer arborists can assist with, feel free to email us at HolladayCityTree@Ymail.com Also, if you would like to add a tree to your landscape within the right of way of the street (usually 12 ft.) the city has a voucher program to help. Applications and details can be found on the City of Holladay web page. Thank you for your help in maintaining our urban forest!

LAST Household Hazardous Waste COLLECTION EVENT Household hazardous waste is anything in and around your home that is poisonous, flammable, corrosive or toxic. These include cleaning supplies, yard chemicals, pesticides, paints, fuels, batteries, oil, and antifreeze. You may also bring your electronic waste (computers, tv’s..). For questions, please call the Salt Lake County Health Dept. at 385-468-3862.

Thursday, July 12 | 7:00 AM – 10:00 AM ONLY! PLEASE enter on the North side of City Hall: Holladay City – 4580 S 2300 E Residential Waste ONLY! NO TIRES or explosives (ammunition & fireworks)

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Purge your Spurge! Myrtle Spurge, also called “donkey tail” or “creeping spurge,” is a noxious weed, which must be removed and treated to prevent new growth. It is considered a noxious weed because it is aggressive and multiplies easily, outcompetes native plants, and has toxic milky sap. Myrtle Spurge has fleshy, waxy, grayish-green leaves that spiral around spreading, prostrate stems. It produces small yellow flowers in the early spring. When mature, it is 4 to 12 inches tall, with stems up to 18 inches long.

How to remove and control Myrtle Spurge: • WARNING: Wear gloves, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when pulling. The weed exudes a milky sap that can severely irritate skin and eyes and is toxic if ingested. Don’t let children play with the weed! • Pull myrtle spurge before it produces seed in early spring before seed production. • Dispose of all plants parts in the trash. Pulled plants with seed pods left on the ground can still produce viable seed. • Spray in the spring and fall with an approved herbicide. • Participate in community weed pulls or start your own! Check out Salt Lake County Noxious Weed Control website at www.slco. org/weeds for a downloadable factsheet that you can share with neighbors and friends. For more information contact Sage Fitch, Salt Lake County Noxious Weed Supervisor at sfitch@slco.org.

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Area Cleanup August 1-17 Holladay residents should be seeing Area Cleanup containers in their neighborhoods beginning Aug. 1-17. Residents can also use WFWRD’s Address Lookup Tool at slco.org/wfw to find their specific scheduled date. Additional information about the program can be found on WFWRD’s website at wasatchfrontwaste.org/area-cleanup.

CONTAINERS ARE DROPPED OFF: Containers will be dropped off in your neighborhood sometime between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM and will be picked up the following day between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM. DO NOT park within 40 feet of the containers - please avoid parking on the street while containers are in place.

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE ALLOWED IN THE CONTAINER: • Bulk household waste: chairs, couches, etc. • Appliances: refrigerators and freezers must be tagged by a professional showing Freon has been removed. • Please do not overload containers. • Do not put tires, oil, paint, batteries, propane tanks, 50 gallon drums, or any toxic waste or materials in the containers. Call our office at (385) 468-6325 if you have any questions. Thank you.

Protect Yourself Against Mosquitos Summer provides a great time to participate in a variety of outdoor activities. Unwelcome mosquitoes, however, can make many outdoor activities less enjoyable. Some simple precautions can help reduce the negative impacts of mosquitoes. Mosquitoes complete the early stages of their life cycle in stagnant water in places ranging from ponds, marshy areas, and irrigated pasture-lands, to gutters, cavities in trees, and bird baths. During the summer, nearly any water left standing for at least one week can provide suitable conditions for larval mosquitoes to develop into adults. The South Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement District (SSLVMAD) seeks to promote public health and quality of life by reducing the number of larval mosquitoes that develop to the adult stage.

You can help control the population of mosquitoes by: • Eliminating unnecessary standing water from your property. • Emptying and refreshing desirable standing water at least weekly. • Treating livestock watering troughs and ornamental ponds with mosquito control products or fish (this service is available free of charge from the SSLVMAD). • Reporting other standing water to the SSLVMAD.

Additionally, the following suggestions can help you avoid being bitten by mosquitoes: • Use mosquito repellents approved by the Environmental Protection Agency according to instructions on the product label. • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that covers as much skin as possible when outdoors. • Avoid outdoor activities during times of peak mosquito activity (between dusk and dawn for several species of mosquitoes including disease vectors known to occur in Utah). The South Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement District would like to wish everyone a safe and pleasant summer. For additional information about mosquitoes and mosquito control or to submit a request for service please visit www.sslvmad.org.

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Holladay Village design receives legacy award By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com


t was a proud moment for Holladay City on Friday, June 1, when Mayor Rob Dahle, Community Development Director Paul Allred and City Planner Jon Teerlink were presented the 2017 Urban Design Utah Legacy Award for the city’s town center and plaza design — better known to residents as the Holladay Village. The Urban Design Utah (UDU) Legacy Award is the highest urban design award available in the state of Utah, according to the Utah American Society of Landscape Architects. “This award is a credit to former city council members, and former Mayor Dennis Webb, who had the vision and courage to put into motion what has brought us to this point,” Dahle said. “I’m honored to have played a small part in staying true to their dream of creating a city center.” Dahle additionally noted the dedication of current council members Sabrina Petersen and Lynn Pace, who were serving with the former council members and mayor. “Dennis Webb really got the vision, and he knows how to work with people,” Petersen said. When asked how it feels to have the Village recognized with a prestigious design award, Petersen responded, “It means that we hit a home run.” In accordance with the announcement sent by UDU Awards program directors Matt Wheelwright and Michael Larice, the legacy award winners are selected based on their ability to convey “urban design lessons and achievements… important for municipalities and agencies to learn.” “It is an award that gives the city a tremendous pat on the back for implementing a unique community gathering space,” Allred said. While Allred noted the honor of Holladay’s Village being recognized, he also noted the number of tours he has been taking various city developers and planning organizations on over the coarse of the last few years. He said the city would be hosting its 13th “educational walkabout” in the Village on June 20 (shortly after this issue went to print), as more and more planners come to see for themselves the potential to create a unique space for their own city or clientele. “Most want to know how we made (the buildings) look so attractive,” Allred said. Eye-catching design is one feature Petersen said is thanks to strict standards developers and tenants are required to adhere to if they wish to have their business located in the Village. “Developers in the Village will tell

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City Planner Jon Teerlink, Mayor Rob Dahle, Community Development Director Paul Allred and Urban Design Utah Awards Program Director Matt Wheelright pose with Legacy Award. (Paul Allred/Holladay City)

The start of the Village Plaza on the corner of 2300 East Murray Holladay Road. (Aspen Perry/City Journals).

you how tight our zoning is. They have to see the design review board and they have strict limitations,” Petersen said. She further explained the city was able to dictate strict zoning and design standards because the Village sat on property owned by the city. “Because the city owned the property, and the developers brought the money, it was a team effort,” Petersen said. She continued, “Because the city had some control over how it was built, we got a much better project.” Utah ASLA is not the first organization to turn their attention to development in Holladay, as was reported in the May

2017 issue of Holladay Journal. City development attracted national attention from Business View Magazine when Holladay Planning was featured in the magazine as a means of providing insight for cities nationwide making similar development attempts. Given the attention the Village has received both nationally and statewide, it would appear city officials and council should enjoy the recent accolades on a job well done, though Allred noted receiving the legacy award will serve as continued inspiration to “keep going and do even more to make the Village area a desirable place.” l

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UFA fires into the world of podcasts By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com


hat began as a way to provide more training and internal communication for Unified Fire Authority’s (UFA) emergency medical services (EMS) division has plans to venture into the realm of public outreach. Roll Call Podcast was adapted as a forum for various UFA paramedic-training options developed when EMS Division Chief Wade Watkins, Captain Layne Hilton and UFA paramedic Chris Middlemiss began bouncing around ideas in regards to the annually required training for UFA’s paramedics. “Each year paramedics need to certify in advanced cardiac life support, and we rotate every other year for pediatric life support,” Watkins said. After some deliberation regarding the best way to get the message of medical director Dr. Kim Roland out to the department, as well as encourage questions, Watkins and Middlemiss felt a podcast offered the best potential to create an open-forum dialogue. “I chose a couple street medics and an operations captain, and they could ask any question they wanted to,” Watkins said. “Having the medical director there to interact was phenomenal as far as the communication that happened,” Watkins said. Watkins said the level of outreach the podcast format allotted was significant, given the

large size of UFA with 640 employees, including 200 paramedics. “They could all hear the why (behind procedure), they could hear the doctor’s mindset, and then the paramedics could get answers — and it worked,” Watkins said. The level of success reached from the first attempt at the podcast led to more possibilities, including case reviews to broaden the knowledge of positive outcomes throughout the EMS division. “Let’s say paramedics go on a call that rendered good results for a patient,” Watkins said. “We’re going to take those paramedics and talk to them, so our other practitioners can hear that, embrace it and learn from it.” In addition to receiving firsthand feedback from division directors and in the field methods for success, Watkins said the podcast forum was beneficial as a means for expediting the learning process for new paramedics. For Watkins, the conversational style of a podcast also lends to a natural mode of learning through dialogue. “I love the conversation — it’s easy to (understand) a conversation where it’s okay to be wrong, and learn from (that dialogue),” Watkins said. In addition to Roll Call discussing training and community issues, UFA has recently start-


ed exploring micro-learning episodes, ranging from 10–15 minutes on topics such as drug of the month, which could serve as a tool for citizens to understand community issues, as much as the intent for UFA education. While the majority of Roll Call podcasts at this time are geared toward furthering the education and training of UFA staff, the knowledge can also be used by civilians to better understand why UFA operates as it does today. It also provides lessons on both the successes and challenges facing the men and women charged with saving lives. In May, Watkins hosted a special public safety podcast for Holladay City with UPD Chief Don Hutson. During the podcast, Hutson and Watkins discussed wildfire risk and prevention, as well as laws of golf cart usage — a frequent resident complaint — on Holladay City streets. Residents can access this podcast by going to Soundcloud.com and searching “Roll Call podcast Holladay City public safety.” Watkins has plans for a two-part episode this summer covering wildland firefighting, in which he hopes to include not only best practices for local and national firefighters who tune in, but also address concerns of the average citizen. For individuals who prefer watching interview conversations, Watkins, Hilton and Mid-

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dlemiss recently started filming podcasts with a virtual reality (VR) camera so viewers can feel as though they’re in the room and part of the conversation. The VR video recording of the fourth podcast — part 1: CVA, EMS review with 104A — is available to view via YouTube. The Roll Call podcast is available for free on iTunes, under the category of “Science & Medicine” for any civilians interested in familiarizing themselves with UFA happenings. l


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rifols donates more than plasma, gives $59,165 to Granite Education Foundation

Steve Raguskus grew up with a single parent. He had three younger sisters, the family was on welfare. They would receive food donated from the local food bank at the end of each month. His family would be sponsored by other families at Christmas where they were given shirts, jackets and shoes. “I’m that kid that (was) among the 65 percent at or below the poverty level,” Raguskus said. “So when I see what the Granite Education Foundation is doing, it’s very real, very personal to me.” Raguskus, the center manager for Grifols Biomat in Taylorsville, is referring to the Foundation’s efforts to address food insecurity in Utah. It’s why Raguskus and the Grifols Biomat Centers in Taylorsville and Sandy raised $59,165 throughout March to donate to the Granite Education Foundation and the nearly 70,000 students it serves in the Salt Lake Valley. The money will go towards providing clothing, coats, shoes, backpacks, underwear, socks, hygiene items, glasses, and additional needs. All for the kids. Brent Severe, CEO of the Foundation, said the almost $60,000 donated “was extremely gen-


erous.” “Businesses stepping forward helping to meet those needs makes a big difference in the education of these kids,” he said. For every person that donated plasma in March, Grifols donated $5 to the Foundation. Raguskus said it was “an opportunity” for donors “to give back twice.” “It’s going to help (the kids’) quality of life and help these kids’ mental well-being.” Grifols, a global healthcare company that produces essential plasma derived medicines, presented a large check to the Foundation in April. It was a moment not soon to be forgotten by Raguskus. “It was a humbling experience,” he said. “I joined Grifols (in 2015) because of my belief in why Grifols does what it does. It helps save lives on a global scale.” Severe met Raguskus in November 2016 and knows his upbringing. It was Raguskus’ background and passion, Severe said, that drove this campaign. “He was one of those kids that received help, so he understands how important that is and believing and providing for these kids,” he said. This isn’t the only campaign Grifols works

on. Last year they held their inaugural Cruisin’ for Charity Car Show. Their second car show will be on July 28 in the parking lot of the Grifols center in Taylorsville. It will feature partners from Granite Education Foundation; South Valley Services, a domestic violence shelter in West Jordan; and Rape Recover Center in Salt Lake City. It’s all to “bring awareness to these real things that happen to our community members, regardless of your class in society, how much you make, how much you don’t make,” Raguskus said. Building this cognizance for their donors and the community is part of why Raguskus joined

Grifols. “I felt they are socially responsible and they were giving a platform for my employees to give back,” he said. Needs are increasing in the Granite School District, according to Severe, and “they’re not going away.” Those interested in assisting the Granite Education Foundation can call 385-646-KIDS. To learn more about donating plasma, please visit www.grifolsplasma.com. Who knows, maybe one of those kids will in turn give back, just like Steve Raguskus.l

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Skyline High students garner wins in five Sterling Scholar categories By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com


kyline High School had a significant showing in this year’s Deseret News and KSL Broadcast Group Sterling Scholars program. Of the 14 categories students can enter, 13 from Skyline went on to the semifinals, eight went on from there to the finals and five of those Skyline seniors garnered either a winner or runner-up title. Kim Lovato, the principal’s secretary at Skyline, was impressed with all the students who entered the competition. “The Skyline Sterling Scholars have tremendous drive. They excel in academics, community service and leadership because they know what they want, are willing to work hard and make sure to give back every chance they get,” Lovato said. The winners achieved excellence in a combination of science and humanities disciplines. All are active in extracurricular activities, self-motivated and leaders. In addition, applicants must have high marks in overall academics. Many carry a 4.0 GPA. Winners were published in the Deseret News on March 13 following a ceremony and program. Each student was recognized in the newspaper with a picture and summary of their achievements. Here are the winners and runners-up from Skyline. Vikrant Ragula, General Sterling Scholar and Business and Marketing winner Cole Griffiths, English Siddhant Devaru, Skilled and Technical Sciences Kanishka Ragula, runner-up, Computer Technology Virginia Pohl, runner-up, Speech/Theater Arts/Forensics The Deseret News created the Sterling Scholar program in 1962 to “focus attention on outstanding high school seniors. The purpose is to recognize them publicly as well as award cash scholarships and tuition waivers from participating institutions.” A Sterling Scholar is one who “is awarded for the pursuit of excellence in scholarship, leadership and citizenship in the State of Utah.”

The five Sterling Scholar winners from Skyline High: (Top right) Kanishka Ragula, (top left) Siddhant Devaru, (bottom left) Vikrant Ragula, (bottom middle) Virginia Pohl, (bottom right) Cole Griffiths.

High schools hold an internal competition, and the winner is sent as a candidate to represent his or her school in a designated region. The state is divided into seven areas, and Sky-

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line falls into the Wasatch Front Central area. Winners receive various scholarships from specific Utah area universities. Lovato recalled that every student who

applied was well-prepared for the application process. “They came to me, and I told them that in addition to excellence in their category, they need community service. They had it. They needed leadership experience. They already had it. They are great kids,” Lovato said. Vikrant Ragula, who calls himself a “problem solver,” carries a 4.0 GPA. He is a mentor to several students and an avid debater. He is president or vice president of five high school clubs. He was accepted to the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania for business and marketing. Griffiths, who has been accepted to Stanford University, is co-editor-in-chief of the Skyline Horizon school newspaper. “I adore politics, writing, history, photography and design,” he said. He also has an internship to a summer creative writing camp. Devaru, a skilled debater and mentor to middle school students, is active in the Utah Technology Student Association (TSA). He is TSA state president and Skyline TSA chapter vice president. He also does volunteer work for Primary Children’s Medical Center and the Salvation Army. Kanishka Ragula, the runner-up in computer technology, was recently named a 2018 Presidential Scholar. Along with his twin brother Vikrant, he was accepted to the Wharton School of Business. He will attend the school of engineering in the Jerome Fisher Program in management and technology at the University of Pennsylvania; only 50 students were selected worldwide. Pohl, the runner-up in speech/theater arts/ forensics, has participated in the University of Utah’s Youth Theatre Conservatory and played such roles in Skyline productions as the Baker’s Wife in “Into the Woods,” Catherine in “Pippin,” Margaret in “Wicked Girls” and Angus in “Macbeth.” She is a National Merit finalist, and sings in Skyline’s Highlites barbershop choir. l

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Holladay has SaaS

After hectic changes, Skyline boys tennis places ninth in state

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The web page on the city website, which links residents to the form. (Aspen Perry/City Journals)


ith the help of iWorQ—a Software as a Service (SaaS) management application tool—Holladay residents may find it easier to submit inquires and concerns to city representatives. “It really puts us in touch with the residents, and makes us more accountable,” said Holly Smith, assistant to the city manager, as she explained the new program to the city council during their June 7 work session. Smith explained the benefits iWorQ offers, such as requesting services, submitting ideas, or asking city staff questions from the convenience of their home. In addition to eliminating obstructions that residents have expressed frustration with in the past. “It helps eliminate a common frustration of identifying the right city department to contact,” Smith said. Smith further explained the iWorQ service offers a built in feature to automatically route requests or concerns to the appropriate city employee. Another feature of the new program allows those interested in creating a user account, which will enable them to track the progress of their request “from receipt to resolution,” Smith said. iWorQ is a Utah based company, and in accordance with their website, claims to be “the

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only web-based suite of applications for city and county management.” Although Holladay city staff looked into a few other companies, they concluded iWorQ would be the most appropriate choice, in terms of services offered, as well as prior experience using iWorQ for permit management and code enforcement. “It was a natural next step to extend iWorQ services to meet the city engagement request needs of the city,” Smith said. Since the SaaS solution has the capacity to record and manage all forms of community engagement inquiries and requests, city staff felt it would also aid in identifying citywide issues and trends. During the council’s work session presentation, council representatives appeared to look forward to the possibilities the solution would offer their constituents. Residents uncomfortable with using the new online program are encouraged to call the city front desk or email their inquiries, as they have done in the past—at which point, a representative of the city will enter their request into the system on their behalf. Those who prefer the new online method can access the iWorQ form via the City of Holladay website, at cityofholladay.com. l

Connor Robb-Wilcox serves as No. 1 singles player for the Skyline boys tennis team, who finished second in region this season. (Travis Barton/City Journals)


year after winning the 4A state title, the Skyline boys tennis team ran into some roadblocks this season. The Eagles still had a top-10 finish at state but fell short of some team goals. Still, considering it was missing some key players in the postseason and had to scramble to shift players around, Skyline had some admirable performances at state. The Eagles’ top competitor, No. 1 singles player Connor Robb-Wilcox, wasn’t able to play at state because he was competing at a national tournament. Also, Skyline’s No. 1 doubles team missed the region tournament because of testing and couldn’t play at state. To compensate, head coach Lani Wilcox had to move her No. 2 doubles team to the No. 1 position and her No. 1 JV doubles team up to No. 2 varsity. “It was chaotic, to say the least,” Wilcox said. “But I was happy to qualify four positions to the state championships.” The Eagles placed ninth overall at the state tournament, which was held May 16, 18 at Liberty Park. No. 2 singles player Adrian Wilde had the top showing for Skyline. He advanced to the semifinals by defeating Ryan Woodhead from Alta, 6-1, 6-1, and Cooper Jenkins from Wasatch, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5. “Adrian Wilde exceeded my expectations,” Wilcox said. “He brought his A game for sure. He showed a lot of athleticism and gutsy playing.” No. 3 singles player, senior Brad Smith, went 5-3 during the regular season but lost in the first round at state, 6-1, 6-2. The No. 1 dou-

bles tandem of senior Hayden Carter and freshman Will Kendall fell to their opponent in the first round, 6-2, 6-3. Going from a state title in 2017 to falling behind the pack this season was disappointing for Skyline. Wilcox said the team struggled to come together. “The team as a whole had a good season but fell short of my expectations,” she said. “I feel we played well for the season as individuals but was a little disappointed that we lacked team cohesiveness. It was a lot different from last season’s state championship team.” Wilcox expects her team to improve next season and more closely resemble the 2017 version. A big reason for this will be the return of Robb-Wilcox, who will be a junior. He won a state title as a freshman and has gotten valuable experience on the national scene. Wilcox is also excited about a group of incoming ninth-graders, who she thinks will contribute to the team immediately. “Because of the incoming freshmen, our team should be competitive from the season all the way through state,” she said. “I’m excited to have more competitive players joining our team but just love coaching the boys.” Before the Eagles come back together next spring for the 2019 season, the players will compete on their club teams. Wilcox said if you hope to perform well against the best players in the state, you must put in the effort throughout the entire year. “High school tennis has gotten quite competitive,” she said. “You can’t just play right before the season and expect to do well.” l

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tephan Micklos became a financial advisor more than 20 years ago. He was always passionate about helping people, and was looking for a way to feel like he was making a real and lasting impact on their lives. When he met with Merrill Lynch and learned what a financial advisor really does, he knew it was the perfect career for him. “We are not stock brokers. We really get to know our clients and understand their individual priorities and goals. It’s only then that we can create a unique strategy to help them meet those goals.” says Stephan. This approach has allowed him to build his practice and he prides himself on the life-long client relationships he has developed. Stephan is now a Sr. Vice President – Investments and a Business Wealth Management Advisor. In 2015, he and tenured Financial Advisors, Nicole Fernandez-Seoane and Robert Markosian, partnered together to create a plan for the future of their practice and to preserve their standard of service for clients for years to come. The result of that planning was the creation of The Micklos Group. In 2017, they added three additional Financial Advisors: Andrew Harding, Nicholas Marsh and Cassie Al-

vey. Stephan explained his strategic vision, “We wanted to bring on fresh energy and thinking. In addition to succession planning, we found partners with diverse backgrounds and strengths. The outcome is definitely greater than the sum of its parts with our group.” Rounding out their team are veteran Client Associates, Kimberly Mitchell and Julie Ewell. Robert Markosian describes their team dynamic; “Our integrity is demonstrated through our transparency. We are committed to helping clients work through their issues and identify opportunities. We work as a team, so that clients may benefit from the knowledge and diversity of experience of the entire group. To put it simply, we only succeed when clients succeed. One of the real benefits of working with our team is that you get the personal touch of a Family Office but the reputation, research, security and expertise of Merrill Lynch.” In addition to investments and wealth management, this team can also connect clients to the global resources of Bank of America. Nicole Fernandez-Seoane explains. “We operate like our clients personal CFO. We want to be their first resource for any financial need. They can call us about anything,

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ndependence Day is a day (and night) to celebrate the birth of our nation. There’s watching parades, enjoying backyard barbecues and, of course, igniting fireworks. Fireworks. There’s lots of them here, especially with July 24 , Pioneer Day, also being a holiday where fireworks play a major entertainment role. In makes for month full of blasts, bangs, whizzes, and sparkly colors lighting up the dark. But the joys of fireworks come with risks. To avoid accidents (or even death), here’s a few tips to remember as you and neighbors prepare to celebrate your state and country. 1. Recent legislation passed in Utah limits the days of the year allowed to light fireworks. Only light fireworks during those days in accordance with the newly passed law. 2. Check with your city to determine what areas allow fireworks. Cities such as Sandy and Herriman have decreased the areas that permit fireworks. 3. Know your fireworks. Read cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting. 4. Don’t get fancy. While it may be tempting to be creative and construct your own fireworks, the results may not be worth it. Just ask a friend who lost half his hair and needed to wear a hat/bandana for six months to protect his scalp.


5. Responsible adults should not only be present, but should supervise closely. Never give fireworks to small children. 6. Alcohol and fireworks does not make a good cocktail. Save your alcohol for after the show. 7. Light one firework at a time and don’t linger. Fireworks look just as pretty from 30 feet away as they do from five. 8. This one may seem obvious, but fireworks should be shot outside, not inside. 9. Dress appropriately. Loose clothing that can catch fire easily should be left in the drawer, while snugly fitted long sleeves and pants can protect from potential burns. 10. Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby. 11. Never shoot fireworks into metal or glass containers. The ricochet hurts just as

much. 12. Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials. 13. Report illegal explosives. They ruin it for the rest of us. 14. Don’t forget about your pets. Make sure they are securely indoors and have identification tags in case they do escape during a fireworks display. 15. Keep fireworks out of reach where curious children can’t get to them. High heat or damp air can damage the fireworks. The best place to put them is in a cardboard box in a high location such as a cabinet or shelf. 16. Last, but not least, make sure everyone using fireworks has safety glasses or goggles. l

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Titans face top competition, place seventh in 5A state boys tennis tournament By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com



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eading into the Class 5A state boys tennis tournament May 16, 18 at Liberty Park, Olympus head coach Mike Epperson heaped admiration on the quality of talent among the teams and players his athletes would face. “(Class) 5A tennis this year was the best group of high schools I’ve seen perform at state in all the years I have been coaching,” he said. Consequently, Epperson knew his Region 6 champs would face plenty of tests at state. In the end, the Titans came in seventh at the tournament, though just five points separated third through eighth place. Brighton captured the state title despite having only one player win an individual championship. “That tells you how competitive 5A was over the course of the season,” Epperson said. “We knew we had our hands full going into the tournament, but the bright spot that came out of the tournament was that our second doubles team of Ethan Stanger and Sawyer Peterson made it to the finals.” Stanger and Peterson eventually fell to a duo from Woods Cross, but the duo had already won a grueling two-and-a-half-hour match in the semifinals the same day. Epperson said the pair may have run out of gas late in the final match. The second doubles team had the best performance at state. The rest of the competitors lost close matches, with many going to a threeset tie-breaker. Epperson believes his players would have won most of those matches during the regular season, but the competition was much fiercer at state. Second singles player Parker Warner won his match in the first round in a rout but then pulled a muscle in his back that hindered his play in a three-set tie-breaker loss in the quarterfinals. Also in the quarterfinals, first doubles players Ellis Ivory and Robbie Ballam lost a three-set tie-breaker. Epperson expected that pair to advance to the final round. “I have high expectations for my players, so we didn’t reach our goals at state,” he said. “But as I look back on our season, winning the region title, St. George tournament and other tournaments we took first in during the regular season, I really can’t be prouder of this team. This team worked harder on the courts than any other team I have coached. That’s what brings me the most satisfaction with these boys, as they all fulfilled their goals up to not being able to take state. They gave me their all on the court in practice and in matches. They were determined to be region champs and qualify as the top seeds in state.” Epperson has some big shoes to replace next season. Five of Olympus’ seven varsity players graduated. Only second doubles players Stanger and Peterson will be back in 2019.

Olympus doubles competitors Sawyer Peterson (left) and Ethan Stanger placed second at the Class 5A boys tennis tournament May 16, 18. (Photo/Trace Stanger)

“You could say next year will be a rebuilding year for this program,” he said. Still, Epperson is optimistic. He’s excited about some incoming freshmen and some talented players who excelled on the JV squad this past season. “I have two great top JV players that will be sophomores in Matt Holmes and Oscar Smith. As ninth-graders in our program this year, they would have played varsity on most other high school teams, so I have high hopes for those guys. We are also receiving a ninth-grader next year named Stewart Goodson who’s a top intermountain player in the 14-year-old age group. I’m expecting (Goodson) to compete for the top spot on our team as a ninth-grader. So, I currently feel like we have five very solid varsity players in place going in to the 2019 season with other current great JV players that will be fighting for those last varsity spots next spring.” Epperson will push his players to take private lessons and play three times a week with other players in the offseason. With hard work, he believes lofty goals are still within reach. “Our goal is to always win a region title, but Skyline has reloaded their team and will be our biggest competition going into next season again, as they always are,” he said. l

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Olympus baseball comes up short of state title, places second By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

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OF TRUST Taking Care of Isaac Storheim tries to tag a stealing runner against Cottonwood in the state tournament. (Travis Barton/City Journals)



The Olympus Titan baseball team (pictured here in 2017) came up just short of a 5A state championship falling to Jordan. (Travis Barton/City Journals)


t’s a good thing high school baseball uses the double-elimination format or the Olympus Titans would have bowed out much earlier than expected. The Titans breezed through Region 6 play, going 15-0 and winning seven games by at least 10 runs. So when Olympus hosted Bountiful, the fourth-place team from Region 5, in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament on May 15, it would have been easy to figure the Titans would roll. Instead, Bountiful shocked Olympus 6-2, giving the team its first defeat since way back on March 16. Olympus had the chance to bounce back and get back on track, and it did so in a big way. The Titans reeled off six straight wins in the tournament, including two on May 22. Actually, the Titans were in danger of losing its second game of the tournament the day after their loss to Bountiful. Olympus slipped by Corner Canyon 7-5 despite committing four errors and allowing nine hits. But Olympus posted back-to-back blowouts — 13-0 over Region 6 rival Skyline on May 19 and 8-1 over Murray on May 21 — and then picked up a pair

of close wins over Timpanogos (5-2) and Cottonwood (7-3), both on May 22. On May 23, the Titans advanced to the state title by defeating Skyridge 5-2. Olympus picked up four of its runs in the first two innings and got a great effort from Ben Delis. The senior pitcher struck out five batters and was on the mound the entire game. AJ Affleck also hit a home run for Olympus, while teammate Ryder Vance hit a double. Three months after the Titans’ boys basketball team captured a state title, the baseball team couldn’t quite duplicate the feat. On May 25, the Titans faced Jordan for 5A’s top prize. Unfortunately for Olympus, the first inning was a disaster, and it couldn’t recover. Jordan racked up eight runs in the opening inning, and Olympus never threatened. By the bottom of the fifth inning, Jordan was up 11-1, and the game was called. Affleck once again hit a home run, but Olympus collected just three hits on the day and couldn’t dig itself out of the early hole. The Titans compiled a 29-4 record this season. Next season Olympus will bring back 11 underclassmen from this year’s team.


Skyline The Eagles qualified for the state tournament as Region 6’s No. 3 seed, having posted an 8-7 record in league play. Skyline ended the regular season with a four-game winning streak and continued its hot streak with a 11-5 win over Box Elder in the first round of the playoffs. The Eagles got off to a great start, scoring three runs in the first and second innings, but had to hold off a Box Elder rally. The Bees tallied four runs in the third and one more in the fourth. But Skyline tacked on a pair of runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh to clinch the victory. The Eagles amassed 15 hits in the victory and got a home run and a double from senior Dakota Porter. The Eagles dropped their next two tournament games, ending their season. Cottonwood defeated Skyline 6-3 on May 16. The Eagles then suffered the one-sided loss to Olympus on May 19. Skyline finished the season with an overall record of 12-16. Next season, the team will welcome back 15 players from this year’s varsity roster.l

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Free events to illuminate your summer fun


chool’s out for summer! Here’s a list of free events and activities to keep monotony out of the month of July. Festivals! Cities all across the valley host activities and events to celebrate our independence. Draper, Murray, Riverton, Salt Lake, South Salt Lake, and Sandy all hold their own celebrations for the Fourth of July. Bluffdale, Cottonwood Heights, and Holladay celebrate Pioneer Day with multi-day festivals and concerts. For more information on these festivals, refer to the Summer Festival Guide in the latest edition of the City Journals. Sandy will be hosting a balloon festival on August 10-11 at sunrise at Storm Mountain Park. These festivals highlight the magic of hot air balloons. Farmers Markets were quite the rage last year, with over 30 to choose from. On July 11, the Sugar House Farmers Market will be at Fairmont Park from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. On July 14, check out the Sunnyvale Farmers Market in Midvale from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. It will include a food pantry, free lunch and activities for kids, and music. Don’t miss one-night free events like: the Parade of Raptors presented by HawkWatch on July 9, at the Salt Lake Public Library Riverside Branch from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.



On July 13, Trivia Night will be held at the Leonardo. Up to six people can sign up to be a team, or go solo! On July 10, the Local Author Showcase continues at The King’s English Bookshop. Jared Garret will introduce his new book, “Usurper.” On July 18, Yappy Hour will be at Fairmont Park. There will be an offleash play area for the dogs, and music, beer, and food trucks for the humans. On July 21, the Indian Food Fair will be held at the Gallivan Center from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Presented by Bollyfood lunch, there will be live entertainment, ethnic shopping, and of course, food! On July 28, Mindy Dillard will lead a songwriting workshop for teens ages 12-18 at the Salt Lake Public Library Sprague Branch, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Many free series-styled events will be held. Every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. the Gateway will host Yoga on the Plaza in the Olympic Plaza. Shopping and food options will be available after yoga. July is Pacific Island Heritage Month. On the 28th, their annual KickOff will begin at 5 p.m. at the Sorenson Multicultural Center. This event has entertainment and activities from nine Pacific Island countries.

The Community Writing Center will be hosting FreeFest: a youth workshop series, at the Downtown Salt Lake Public Library, Suite no. 8. This series is intended for young adults ages 15-19. Four different workshops will be offered: on July 25, check out the XYZine, zine-making extravaganza. On July 26, learn basic bookbinding skills during the Book-Making Workshop. On July 27, EnTwined will teach you how to create a twine game. On July 28, check out Poetr?- make a mess of poetry and all things poetic. Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) is offering a Kids Summer Passport. Get a passport (available to download online), earn five stamps by visiting destinations like the Utah Cultural Celebration Center, Salt Lake County Center for the Arts, and the Wasatch Community Gardens, by August 25. Show the fully-stamped passport at the local library to reserve a spot for a final party at the Clark Planetarium. The party

will be held August 30, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with movies, popcorn, exhibits, and prizes. Our canyons also have fabulous options for getting outside. If anyone can do all the following hikes in one summer, let me know so I can be impressed. There’s Buffalo Point, Bloods Lake, Ensign Peak, Bridal Veil Falls, Golden Spike, Cecret Lake and Albion Basin, Willow Lake, Dooley Knob, Hidden Falls, Adams Waterfall, Patsy’s Mine, Grotto Falls, Donut Falls, Timpanogos, Brighton Lakes, Bell Canyon, Stewart Falls, Broads Fork Trail, Silver Lake, Battle Creek Falls, Diamond Fork Hot Springs, Mirror Lake, Fifth Water Hot Springs, Dripping Rock, Mount Olympus, Suicide Rock, Elephant Rock, White Pine Lake, Jordan River, and the Bonneville Shoreline, and Provo River Parkway. In conclusion, none of us have an excuse to be bored this summer! l



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