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HARD HABIT TO BREAK: DRIGGS STUDENTS WIN NATIONAL POSTER CONTEST — AGAIN By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com

This is getting to be a bit of a habit,” said Mayor Robert Dahle of Holladay at Howard R. Driggs Elementary School on May 22. Dahle was there, again, to support students who had winning entries in the national Smokey the Bear poster contest. Driggs had over 170 entries in the contest, but the big win was 10-year-old Penny Atkinson. Penny’s poster entry won the national first prize for her grade. Her prize includes a trip to Washington, D.C. in August for her whole family. “I worked hard on my entry. I started at the end of August and worked until January when I had to turn it in. I take art classes each week, and I worked on it every week. I spent the first two months just on the bear,” Penny said. The contest is sponsored by the National Garden Club. Connie MacKay is the president of the local chapter, and she coordinates with Driggs teacher Alison Jueschke to encourage Driggs students to enter the contest each year. “We need to make our children more aware of fire safety and the role that they play in saving our forests. Ninety percent of our annual wildfires are caused by people,” MacKay said. The assembly was run by Principal Benjamin Peters and had so many visitors they had to open the cafeteria and set up extra chairs. Dahle, the local fire battalion, Forest Service personnel and MacKay were all in attendance. And there was one very special visitor who was celebrating his 75th birthday: Smokey the Bear. “As fun as the contest is, the important thing here is the message: fire is a tool, not a toy. We don’t play with fire. These kids are all helping to get out that message,” said Dahle. Penny’s parents Melissa and Rob Atkinson watched proudly as Penny was recognized at the assembly. “She worked so hard. For a long time she couldn’t get the fire just right and she was frustrated. We weren’t sure she was going to finish,” said Melissa. The Atkinsons found out that Penny had won at a statewide level in February. Then in May, Peters and Jueschke called Melissa to tell them that Penny had won the national prize, but asked her not to tell Penny yet. “It was really hard to keep it a secret! After they called I had to go outside and call Rob to tell him. We wanted it to be a surprise until the awards night at the Garden Club,” said Melissa. Driggs students are encouraged by MacKay and Jueschke to enter the contest each year. Though she can’t help them, Jueschke does make valuable suggestions. “She gave me

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Special guests came to celebrate the many students at Driggs Elementary who entered the Smokey the Bear poster contest. Penny Atkinson took first place for fourth grade. (photo courtesy Rob Atkinson)

pointers on what judges look for. She said just to keep it simple, and suggested I add in the words at the last minute,” Penny said. In addition to the trip in August, Penny will get a $50 cash prize and a framed copy of her entry. Her artwork may also be used for future advertising, so it could pop up on a billboard or website. Penny said she’s excited to visit the monuments in Washington, D.C. and have a fun experience. “I’ve been to D.C. a lot for work lately, so I’ve been showing her pictures and she’s excited to go,” said dad Rob. Penny is glad she put in the extra effort. “I would tell other students to try their best and not give up. And don’t play with matches!”

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Human meets machine meets nature in Mattina’s artwork By Sona Schmidt-Harris | s.schmidtharris@mycityjournals.com

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ince Mattina’s mixed-media pieces evoke thought on the modern age. Most are human-meets-machine-meets-nature with surrealist images that are often disturbing. However, a playful whimsy plays across Mattina’s face and infuses some of his art. Of note is “Light of the World,” a lit globe with a bespectacled hat. Born in St. Louis and educated at the Columbus College of Art and Design where he studied illustration, Mattina made his way to Holladay via southern California where he worked in art direction and design for 25 years. He attributes some of his artistic inspiration to his time in Los Angeles where he was drawn to contemporary art. “They view digital art differently there,” Holladay’s Artist of the Month Mattina said. “It’s still in its infancy stage now. It’s kind of like when photography came out and no one really thought it was an art form because the camera did it.” What inspires Mattina to create art is “just having a story to tell.” He abandoned creating his own art when he was working and his son was growing up. “I just kind of felt there was a void,” Mattina said. Feeling like he was doing work for his clients’ vision, Mattina wanted his own personal story. However, he feels that working for others gave

him ideas for his own art. Since college, Mattina’s style has evolved significantly. “I had traditionally painted and drawn and used pencil like everybody else. But once I worked in the graphic design industry, I really got into using the computer, and that’s what led to doing digital art. And then from there, I got into using mixed-media assemblage work — just because I like old things and going to garage sales and estate sales. I collected stuff for years before I actually made things out of them. I’m combining the assemblage stuff with the digital art.” “It’s a more natural way for me to work,” Mattina said. An example of Mattina’s mixed-media assemblage is “Delta Waves,” an assembly of resin over a digital print to give it an underwater look with 3D “found objects” on the frame. The piece won a couple of awards. Mattina is troubled by the modern age and “the space that it creates between people.” He fears that rather than interacting in person, people go online or use technology to interact. He is also apprehensive about “the growing presence of artificial intelligence,” which he believes may be taking us over. He cites an app that has been developed with facial recognition software. If a video is taken

“Shaman Eclipse Mask” by Vincent Mattina merges ancient and modern motifs. (Sona Schmidt-Harris/City Journals)

of a subject, the app can manipulate the moving image such that it’s hard to tell reality from fiction. “That’s really scary,” Mattina said. He also believes in the inevitability of man and machine merging. “The first step is they’re thinking about augmenting your body with smart drives or implants that will make your IQ higher,” he said. “It has kind of started with people who have lost their legs. Instead of just appendages, they can move it with their mind.” “I’m trying to get people to stop and think about it. I think if you’re just going to do pretty pictures people might not take you as seriously and not think about it as much as if they have to stop and think and ask questions,” Mattina said. However, he doesn’t always want to tell people what his art is about. “Sometimes people have their own interpretation far beyond what I was thinking,” he said. “I have heard some amazing explanations of what they thought my art meant.” Mattina sees himself as a surrealist and said it was his first love when he discovered Salvador Dali in junior high school. Other primary influences include Robert Rauschenberg and Italian Renaissance painters Da Vinci and Michelangelo, and Joseph Cornell. “Delta Waves” is an assembly of resin over a digital print to give it an underwater look with 3D Despite his success, Mattina said, “I “found objects” on the frame. (Vincent Mattina/Holladay) still feel I haven’t actually arrived yet into

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my style even though I’ve heard people say, ‘Oh you’re there.’ I don’t have that one thing that is mine and unique to me. It’s a process. There’s nothing new under the sun, unfortunately.” To learn more about Mattina and his art, visit his website: www.vincentmattina.com. To nominate an Artist of the Month, email holladayartscouncil@gmail.com.

Vincent Mattina is the June Holladay Artist of the Month. (Photo by James Rhodimer)

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James McGee’s exhibit, “Crossing Paths” free to the public on July 10 at City Hall By Sona Schmidt-Harris | s.schmidtharris@mycitjournals.com Artist James McGee’s exhibit, “Crossing Paths,” a collaboration of art and storytelling, will open July 10 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Holladay City Hall. It is a repeat performance for McGee who had an exhibit at City Hall last year. The show will feature portraits of residents who live and work in Holladay. McGee will be exhibiting about 10 paintings for this exhibition, ranging from 24” x 30” to 32” x 40” in size. The paintings are acrylic and oil on parachute cloth, mounted to board.

Drawn to portraiture, McGee said, “I have always been interested in the figure. I studied illustration as an undergrad and focused primarily on drawing people. I believe that the portrait is the most expressive subject an artist can depict, and for that reason it is the most challenging. It was once said that the ‘face is the mirror of the mind and the eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart.’” Poetic in his description of his art, McGee further stated, “It is one thing to capture one’s likeness in paint, it is quite another

thing to reveal the psychology and character of a person. I feel it is my duty to faithfully translate and preserve the inner and outer beauty of each one of my subjects. The main concept of this exhibition is that we all have a face and a story. And each one is unique and beautiful.” Holladay City Hall is located at 4580 S. 2300 East. The free event will feature refreshments and live music. Portrait models may be in attendance as well.

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Disease. It is a hard thing to watch them suffer, so we decided that we wanted to raise money for Alzheimer’s research,” said Kathy Sorenson, Community Relations Director for the Salt Lake City and West Jordan Visiting Angels locations. Sorenson and the rest of the staff organized a series of lip sync battles called Singing for a Cure. They held them at care centers around the valley where many of their clients live. “We help a lot of clients who are in their homes or choose to age in place. But many of them are also at assisted living centers. So we worked with their centers and got them to host the lip sync events,” said Sorenson. Lip sync spots were open to anyone, and many of the Visiting Angels clients got involved in addition to the staff. “There was a sign-up fee for each team. Then we also had a drawing we sold tickets to. Businesses around the valley had donated gifts and services. People could buy a ticket, and then we drew winners during the lip sync shows. We raised a lot of money and it was a blast!” Sorenson said. “One hundred percent of the money we raised went to fund research for things like

earlier detection. We see the hardships this disease presents for our clients, and we want to help,” said Sorenson. Projects like Singing for a Cure are just one of the ways that Visiting Angels stands out from the crowd when it comes to senior care. “We can be available to provide one hour of care, or 24-hour care. We help with medication reminders, personal hygiene, showering, bathing, grocery shopping, meals and light housework – whatever is needed,” said Sorenson. “So many people want to continue to live at home as they age, and with a little bit of help, they can,” said Sorenson. The office located on 4095 S. Highland Dr. serves Salt Lake City and the surrounding communities, and has recently won three major awards. They were reviewed by a third-party reviewer called Home Care Pulse. It included satisfaction ratings of clients and caregivers. “We are proud to say we were awarded the ‘Best of Home Care: Leader in Excellence’ award for 2019. This is a difficult award to win as it requires us to have 12 months of high scores in 14 different catego-

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Dive into the animated world of Ron Campbell By Sona Schmidt-Harris | s.schmidtharris@mycityjounals.com

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amous animator Ron Campbell exhibited his “Beatles” pop artwork as well as other beloved cartoon characters in late May at Relics Framemakers & Gallery in Holladay. In his retirement, Campbell created paintings related to his work on “Yellow Submarine,” the psychedelic ’60s movie featuring the Beatles. Last year was the 50th anniversary of the release of the classic film. In addition to the famed movie for which he created 12 minutes of animation, he also directed the Saturday morning “Beatles” cartoon series. A native Australian, Campbell directed the series in Australia. “I never did meet the Beatles,” he said. Campbell believes that “Yellow Submarine” “is a strange film and very evocative of the age. It sweeps you back to 1968.” In Al Brodax’s book “Up Periscope Yellow,” the “Yellow Submarine” producer notes that Campbell deserves a lot of the credit for the movie and states that Campbell tied it all together at the last minute. When Campbell came to the U.S., Hanna-Barbera hired him. “I really loved Bill Hanna,” Campbell said. Later, Campbell worked as a freelancer for Hanna-Barbera and other studios and even built his own studio across from Hanna-Barbera. A definitive cartoonist of modern times, Campbell worked on a multitude of series

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Ron Campbell is touring with his pop artwork and other beloved cartoon characters. (Rob Shanahan).

went to animation school. You learn to draw. You learn to paint. All animators follow model sheets, which helps show them how the character is drawn.” Despite his prolific career, Campbell said, “I don’t think of myself as a fantastic success, actually.” He went to the movies as a boy and was transfixed by the cartoons shown before each

feature. Believing that the cartoons were real, he asked his great-grandmother about them. She said they were just drawings. “I was struck by it. I can make drawings that can come alive! That stayed with me my whole life.” Currently, Campbell is touring with his paintings and doing storyboards. He lives in Arizona.

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Igniting a love for classical architecture in the next generation By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com

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tudents at Carden Memorial School got the opportunity to learn about classical art and architecture from local professionals this spring by participating in a program called New Heights. The program was sponsored by the Utah chapter of the Institute for Classical Art and Architecture (ICAA). Students’ final projects were showcased at an event at Carden on May 24, and students were invited to join the Utah chapter of the ICAA at their annual fundraising gala on June 7. “The goal was to get into schools to educate students on classical art and architecture. ICAA contacted us and asked if we would like to participate. We had 20 students take the courses which ran for one hour each week for 10 weeks,” said Michelle Goodwin, director of Carden Memorial School in the Sugar House area. “The students took it very seriously. The courses were taught by local professionals who were working in the fields of art and architecture. Students had to apply, and it almost worked like an intro to architecture course,” Goodwin said. One of the professionals involved was Paul Monson, president of the Utah chapter of the ICAA. Monson, who is an architect for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was trained at Notre Dame in one of the few classical architecture programs in the

Students from Carden Memorial School attended the annual ICAA gala on June 7. L to R: Steve Goodwin of FFKR with Carden students Ashley Mitchell, Mia Aykin, Ava Eresuma, Michelle Goodwin (administrator), Halle Backman, Kyle and Julia Moffat. (Michelle Goodwin/Carden Memorial School)

country. “The style of modernism is fine, but we’ve lost the beauty and tradition of designing classical buildings. They’re still viable, buildable, worth pursuing. Whether it’s preserving a building or making a new one, these elements are timeless,” Monson said. Monson said the program is all about hands-on experiences for young students. “In addition to the New Heights program, we raise money through grants and fundraisers

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and critiqued by the ICAA members. “They got valuable feedback, and we awarded a first and second place prize for the sketches,” Goodwin said. First place went to seventh grader Ava Eresuma. “I’ve always loved art and art class. It’s a favorite hobby of mine. I got to learn a lot of new information about architecture, how everything worked together. The program was everything I thought it would be,” Ava said. “My sketch was a skull at a side glance; half of the side and half of the back of its head. Because of what I learned in the New Heights course, I saw how I could use perspective, shading, and darks and lights,” said Ava. “And the gala was really cool,” said Ava of the ICAA’s fundraising gala on June 7 in Memory Grove. “What I’ve learned about architecture has been very eye-opening. Now my mom and I will be driving around and see houses and I’m noticing columns and other elements,” Ava said. Lamia Labban is the art teacher at Carden. “This course has reinforced what I teach in my classes. Students see that if you want to increase your skills, you need to do lots of sketches. You need to see many things, see details, and have the patience to draw and invest your time — otherwise, it’s not going to happen,” Labban said. “The students were very happy to have this opportunity. They took it very seriously. My daughter was involved, and she wants to be an architect when she grows up. They were learning about measurements, scaling, floor plans; things that people learn in college,” said Labban. Goodwin said Carden is already talking to ICAA about doing the program again next school year. “The students really sense that it’s a privilege. We have an awesome art teacher here, but when it’s a specialist in the field, the students can sense it. It pushes them beyond what they’ve been learning. It’s a whole different level,” Goodwin said.

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Skyline boys lacrosse team leans on strong defense to win 11 games

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he familiar saying “defense wins championships” may not have been accurate for the Skyline boys lacrosse team, but that doesn’t mean the Eagles didn’t accomplish a lot along the way. Skyline went 11-4 during the 2019 season, fielding a formidable defense that allowed just 4.3 goals per game in regular season play. In the fast-paced sport of lacrosse, those numbers are rare at this level. The Eagles gave up double digits in goals just once in the regular season—and that barely happened. On April 8, Skyline lost a close 10-9 matchup with American Fork. In every other regular season contest, the team allowed less than eight goals. The Eagles even posted a pair of shutouts: 12-0 over Woods Cross on April 9 and 15-0 over West on April 15. They also limited Skyridge to two goals on March 6 and held Jordan to a pair of goals in the regular season finale in a

nine-point home win on May 2 Excellent goalkeeping was a big reason for the stingy defense. Senior Kord Gallego took on 180 shots and stopped 125 of them for a save percentage of 69. Junior Jack Engel was a beast at the defensive end. He caused 46 turnovers and made it difficult for opponents to get down the field. His efforts earned him Honorable Mention All-State recognition. Junior Ryder Patano caused 31 turnovers, and sophomore Will Schofield caused 21. It’s not as though the offense lagged behind. Skyline won its final seven regular season games, scoring at least 11 goals in five of them. The Eagles had a season-high 16 goals in an 11-point win over Farmington on March 12. Senior attacker Lochlyn Smith was the team’s top goal-scorer with 31. He was an Honorable Mention All-State player. Smith

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was also second on the team in assists with 14. The leading assist man was Joseph Goodman, a sophomore attacker. He had 24 assists to go along with 18 goals. Senior midfielder Isaac Campbell was the second-leading goal-scorer with 20 on the year. Sophomore Rex Miller, sophomore Noah Eldredge and junior Josh Baird chipped in 13, 11 and 10 goals, respectively.

Skyline’s season came to a halt earlier than the team would have liked. The Eagles fell to Corner Canyon 12-2 on May 8, giving up the most goals it had allowed in a game all year. Next season, Skyline brings back plenty of firepower and experience as it begins play in the Utah High School Activities Association-sanctioned league.

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Lauren Merkley of Cottonwood High is Granite District’s Teacher of the Year By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com

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ost high school students study Shakespeare. But when Granite District’s Teacher of the Year Lauren Merkley teaches his plays, she takes it up a notch. “My first experience observing (Merkley) was the day she was introducing ‘Macbeth.’ She rearranged the seating, dimmed the lights and then slowly walked across the room quoting the lines in a Scottish brogue. Her students were completely starstruck!” said Cottonwood Principal Terri Roylance. Merkley, who grew up in Chicago, has taught English classes at Cottonwood for four years. “I always wanted to be a teacher, but somehow I got sidetracked and worked for about 10 years in fundraising while I was living in New York,” Merkley said. When her husband moved to Utah for work four years ago, it provided the push she needed to look into teaching. “I found that Utah has the Alternative Routes to Licensure program. I got a job at Cottonwood using that program and have been here ever since,” Merkley said. Merkley is no stranger to recognition. “I can confidently say that Lauren is a truly gifted teacher. She was the Murray City Teacher of the Year from Cottonwood in 2017-18, and an Excel Award winner for 2018-19. She is fabulous!” said Roylance. Granite’s process for selecting a teacher of the year starts with a nomination process. Teachers who win the Excel Award during the current year or in past years are eligible for Teacher of the Year. This year there were over 20 applicants. Merkley stood out at Cottonwood in

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many ways, one of which was by encouraging students to take more rigorous courses. “Lauren is a member of Cottonwood’s Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS) team. Through her work, there was an increase in AP course enrollment of 150 students,” Roylance said. Merkley said, “When EOS came into our school for the first time this year, I was recruited to the team. I saw that the demographic of students taking AP courses was not representative of our Cottonwood population. We have a high refugee and immigrant population. They may not know what an AP class is or that you can get college credit while in high school,” said Merkley. Merkley assisted in administering a survey to every student in school. “We wanted to know what barriers were keeping underserved students from signing up. Eventually, we met one-on-one with over 300 students that were good candidates and extended an invitation to be part of these classes,” Merkley said. Merkley’s experiences at Cottonwood have taught her something she was unprepared for: love. “I had no idea how much I would love these kids. I feel like it’s taught me a capacity for love. I did not know how much I could care about 186 squirrely 16 year olds,” Merkley said. Roylance said she sees the effects of Merkley’s student-centered teaching approach in her students. “I was speaking to a couple of athletes who were in my office to discuss graduation. The subject of inspiring teachers came up. Both boys spent the next 10 minutes telling me what an impact Ms.

Lauren Merkley is all smiles at Cottonwood High. The English teacher learned in May that she was named Granite District’s Teacher of the Year 2018-19. (Photo courtesy Granite School District)

Merkley had in their lives,” said Roylance. In addition to being the AP English language teacher and the English 11 teacher, Merkley serves as a member of Cottonwood’s leadership team. “She’s very approachable and always makes positive contributions to our team meetings,” Roylance said. “Lauren is an invaluable asset to our school and has

been from the minute she received the assignment to teach at Cottonwood.” Merkley said the recognition is nice, but for her it’s always going to be about the students. “There’s that magic moment when a student learns something or understands something; I could live off that for weeks.”

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Olympus boys lacrosse team racks up plenty of wins By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

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he Olympus boys lacrosse team finished the last season as a club in style, going 15-4 and advancing in the state tournament. Next season, lacrosse becomes a sanctioned sport, and the Titans hope to carry the momentum it gained from a successful 2019 campaign. Olympus lost to Lone Peak 1311 in the tournament semifinals on May 10, bringing its season to a close. Even though Olympus fell short of the ultimate goal of a championship, head coach Matt Duke-Rosati

said the program made significant progress. The Titans had their best record since 2006 and swept a three-game tournament in Boise. “Our season didn’t have the story book ending that all of us were gunning for, but all in all, we took a massive step forward as a program,” Duke-Rosati said. “We had fantastic team chemistry, camaraderie and sense of family.” It sure helped that Duke-Rosati had a player the caliber of Tommy Poulton to turn

to for production and leadership. The senior captain was a force at the midfield position where he took 180 shots, including 108 on goal. He led the team in goals (57) and assists (21) for total of 78 points. He earned U.S. Lacrosse All-American honors, was the state MVP for his position and was a FirstTeam All-State performer. It was the first time in eight years that Olympus produced an All-American. Two other Titans were All-State players. Senior defender Andrei Brown and junior Xander Gordon received the honors. Brown had 15 goals and six assists; he also caused 28 turnovers. Gordon had 52 goals and eight assists on the year. Duke-Rosati also pointed out the valuable contributions from senior captain Chase Bennion (a midfielder), senior captain Jon Boss (at attacker) and senior goalie Oliver Dalrymple, who had 148 saves and stopped more than 55% of opponents’ shots. There were plenty of highlights from the season. Duke-Rosati was thrilled that the Titans got past Corner Canyon when the two teams met on April. Olympus prevailed 9-8 defeating the Chargers for the first time in school history. Olympus also beat Park City on April 5 by the score of 13-9. It was the only loss of the season for the state champion Park City squad.

Duke-Rosati was impressed with how focused his players were, even though the team got the best shot of every club it faced. “Given that we had one of the best players in the state of Utah, I think we had a target on our back,” he said. “We came out of the gates firing early in the season and continued to play well through the end. Of course, the kids were disappointed we didn’t win a state championship, but we absolutely took a step forward.” The Titans lost some important pieces of the team, but Duke-Rosati is optimistic he can reload with some incoming talent. “We’ve got a massive pipeline of great players ready to fill in,” he said. “We graduate a lot of key pieces on both offense and defense but our junior class, highlighted by Xander Gordon, one of the best pure scorers in the state, is champing at the bit to come back hungry next year. Our defense will be led by Nate Delis, a rising junior who is more than ready to lead that unit. We also have some rising sophomores and some rising freshman that will be key pieces next year.” The Titans will compete in Region 5 of Class 5A next year when the Utah High School Activities Association starts sanctioning the sport.

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With goals a-plenty, Lady Titans post winning record in lacrosse By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

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he Olympus boys lacrosse team finished the last season as a club in style, going 15-4 and advancing in the state tournament. Next season, lacrosse becomes a sanctioned sport, and the Titans hope to carry the momentum it gained from a successful 2019 campaign. Olympus lost to Lone Peak 1311 in the tournament semifinals on May 10, bringing its season to a close. Even though Olympus fell short of the ultimate goal of a championship, head coach Matt Duke-Rosati said the program made significant progress. The Titans had their best record since 2006 and swept a three-game tournament in Boise. “Our season didn’t have the story book ending that all of us were gunning for, but all in all, we took a massive step forward as a program,” Duke-Rosati said. “We had fantastic team chemistry, camaraderie and sense of family.” It sure helped that Duke-Rosati had a player the caliber of Tommy Poulton to turn to for production and leadership. The senior captain was a force at the midfield position where he took 180 shots, including 108 on goal. He led the team in goals (57) and assists (21) for total of 78 points. He earned U.S. Lacrosse All-American honors, was the state MVP for his position and was a FirstTeam All-State performer. It was the first time in eight years that Olympus produced an All-American. Two other Titans were All-State players. Senior defender Andrei Brown and junior Xander Gordon received the honors. Brown had 15 goals and six assists; he also caused 28 turnovers. Gordon had 52 goals and eight assists on the year. Duke-Rosati also pointed out the valuable contributions from senior captain Chase Bennion (a midfielder), senior captain Jon

Boss (at attacker) and senior goalie Oliver Dalrymple, who had 148 saves and stopped more than 55% of opponents’ shots. There were plenty of highlights from the season. Duke-Rosati was thrilled that the Titans got past Corner Canyon when the two teams met on April. Olympus prevailed 9-8 defeating the Chargers for the first time in school history. Olympus also beat Park City on April 5 by the score of 13-9. It was the only loss of the season for the state champion Park City squad. Duke-Rosati was impressed with how focused his players were, even though the team got the best shot of every club it faced. “Given that we had one of the best players in the state of Utah, I think we had a target on our back,” he said. “We came out of the gates firing early in the season and continued to play well through the end. Of course, the kids were disappointed we didn’t win a state championship, but we absolutely took a step forward.” The Titans lost some important pieces of the team, but Duke-Rosati is optimistic he can reload with some incoming talent. “We’ve got a massive pipeline of great players ready to fill in,” he said. “We graduate a lot of key pieces on both offense and defense but our junior class, highlighted by Xander Gordon, one of the best pure scorers in the state, is champing at the bit to come back hungry next year. Our defense will be led by Nate Delis, a rising Junior who is more than ready to lead that unit. We also have some rising sophomores and some rising freshman that will be key pieces next year.” The Titans will compete in Region 5 of Class 5A next year when the Utah High School Activities Association starts sanctioning the sport.

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Lady Eagles finish lacrosse season with winning record By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

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haracterized by their positive attitude and hard work, members of the Skyline girls lacrosse team enjoyed a successful 2019 campaign, going 7-5 and reaching the tournament semifinals in the D2 league. “My team definitely exceeded my expectations this year,” head coach Caitlin Jarratt said. “We lost a lot of great seniors last year, so I was not expecting this season to be so great. The girls improved every single day, and they definitely deserved to be in the No. 1 seed in D2 this year.” Skyline’s season came to an end with a 13-9 loss to Juan Diego, one game away from a chance to play for the title. Despite the setback, Jarratt was pleased with her team’s effort. “Although it was a tough loss, the girls never gave up and gave 100% on the field at all times,” she said. It was characteristic of the squad’s performance all year. Even in defeat, the girls didn’t give up and gave it their all. Jarratt feels one of the Eagles’ best games all season was a 12-10 loss to rival Olympus on April 29. In the contest, Tessa Frey and Maci Thom each had three goals, while Arynn Maxon and Ashlee Roberts had two apiece. Thom also had three assists. Skyline didn’t quite have enough in the tank but impressed its coach. “Although they lost, they gave it 100% and worked together as a team throughout the

The Skyline girls lacrosse team finished the season with a 7-5 mark. (iStock)

entire game,” she said. The Eagles scored at least 10 goals nine times this season. Their season high was 17, which they achieved three times. Thom was the team’s leading scorer with 32 goals and also paced the squad with 29 assists. Roberts was close behind with 28 goals, while Frey had 27. Cosette Charles added 16 goals. Goalkeeper Catherine Young had 45 saves on year, stopping 36% of all shots on goal. Magdalena Butterfield also saw time in the net. She had 29 stops and had a save percentage of nearly 41%. Jarratt also singled out defender Reagan

Wolf, who missed all of the previous season due to injury. She has also struggled with the personal challenge of having a younger brother with cancer. Still, she was dedicated to the team and had the right frame of mind at practice and at games. Jarratt also spoke highly of Skyline’s captains, Thom, Charles, Stowell and Marri Brown. “I could not have asked for better captains,” she said. A close camaraderie and a culture of teamwork were big reasons for Skyline’s accomplishments. Jarratt was happy with the way the players got along on and off the field.

“The girls are extremely close, which I think is their greatest strength,” she said. “They are able to communicate and work together efficiently. We tried very hard to create one program (both Varsity and JV), and I think this really helped when on the field, as they really knew each other and could read each other very well.” Jarratt also said the girls made her job easier. She’ll always have fond memories of this season and this group of players. “I could not have asked for a better group of girls to coach,” she said. “They are all such amazing young ladies, and I will miss them. I will always remember their dedication to the game and to their team. Even during the worst days, the girls came to the field with positive attitudes, and that really helped me as a coach. I would come to practice after a long work day, and my day would completely turn around after spending just an hour with these girls.” Next year, girls lacrosse becomes a fully sanctioned high school sport. Jarratt is eager to see what her team can do and how much it can improve. Skyline has some talented incoming freshman and plenty of seniors coming in. “The girls can definitely make it to the championship next year,” Jarratt said. “I have no doubts.”

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MAYOR’S MESSAGE My June article focused on events we have planned this summer in support of our Holladay@20 celebration. It will culminate with a citywide Birthday Party on Friday, September 20th. While this effort focuses on the accomplishments of the past 20 years, we have a Citizen Advisory Group (CAG) working on ensuring continued progress for the next 20 years. We have an outstanding group of citizen-volunteers that are helping guide the process, they are: John Ashton- Chair John Norton- Vice Chair Kim Blair Alan Eastman Larry Hoffman Julie McCracken Jim Wilson Ashlee Yoder The goal of the CAG is assisting our City Council with developing a financial strategy that prioritizes community needs and will identify the requisite financial resources required to ensure Holladay remains the safe and beautiful community our residents have come to expect. There will be several opportunities for citizens to participate in the process via surveys, small group sessions, town halls, or through individual engagement and correspondence. Citizen input will be critical to implementing a plan that is consistent with the aspirations and expectations of our residents. You will see updates in subsequent journals, on our project web site (www.holladay20.com) and through various other means of communication available to the city. Please reach out if you have questions, concerns or would like to meet with members of the Advisory Committee. We are all committed to ensuring Holladay@40 celebrates a community as vibrant and healthy as the one we live in today. Warmest Regards,

Mosquito Prevention Summer provides a great time to participate in a variety of outdoor activities. Unwelcome mosquitoes, however, can make many outdoor activities less enjoyable. Familiarity with basic mosquito biology and 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. West Nile virus is an example of a disease transmitted by mosquitoes in the Salt Lake Valley. 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. District technicians regularly inspect known larval mosquito habitat in the Salt Lake Valley and apply mosquito control measures as needed. Treatments targeting adult mosquitoes are also applied when appropriate. 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 Intersections PLAN AHEAD FOR CONSTRUCTION ON 6200 SOUTH STARTING IN JULY The City of Holladay is partnering with the Utah Department of Transportation to improve safety and traffic flow at the following intersections; • Holladay Boulevard and 6200 South • Holladay Boulevard and 2300 East Work starts in early July and will continue through fall. Visit www.cityofholladay.com for more information, or contact the project team at holladayintersections@gmail.com

FIREWORKS BANNED IN CERTAIN AREAS OF HOLLADAY Like last year, 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 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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Get You & Your Pet Ready for Fireworks

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Brace your pets and yourself for fireworks during July! Residents can discharge fireworks from July 2 – July 5, and then July 22 – July 25. This can be extremely stressful to your pets and you. 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.

The City of Holladay will hold a Municipal Primary Election on August 13, 2019 for District FOUR (4) and District Five (5). The City of Holladay utilizes vote by mail for its elections.

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.

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B. Peter Monson Drew B. Quinn Lesli P. Rice Aspen Perry

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Raymond Peter Cannefax Daniel Bay Gibbons Lori A. Khodadad Chad B. Iverson

The General Election will be held on Nov. 5. Please watch the city website and this newsletter for more information. To find out more information about the candidates, please visit vote. utah.gov or if you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Carlson, City Recorder at 801-272-9450.

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 801-743-7000 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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CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS: Rob Dahle, Mayor rdahle@cityofholladay.com 801-580-3056 Sabrina Petersen, District 1 spetersen@cityofholladay.com 801-859-9427 W. Brett Graham, District 2 bgraham@cityofholladay.com 801-898-3568 Paul Fotheringham, District 3 pfotheringham@cityofholladay.com 801-424-3058 Steve Gunn, District 4 sgunn@cityofholladay.com 801- 386-2605 Mark H. Stewart, District 5 mstewart@cityofholladay.com 801-232-4544 Gina Chamness, City Manager gchamness@cityofholladay.com

PUBLIC MEETINGS: City Council – first and third Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Planning Commission – first and third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m.

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The Holladay Historical Commission Needs your Help! The next chapter of our ongoing video history of HolladayCottonwood will concentrate on the story of our community in the 1940s and 1950s. a time of considerable change and growth. We are seeking photographs and other documentation of notable events, places and development, and the people who were a part of them during that approximately twenty-year period. Home movies became more widely popular in this period, and those could also be useful in telling the stories and depicting everyday life of the time. If you have materials you would like to share for possible inclusion in the unfolding story of Holladay-Cottonwood, please get in touch with one the of the following: Tom Nelson 801-580-6020 or Lyle Mumford 80l-661-5377. Thank you for your interest and contributions.

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ith the finishing touches finally com- I’m sure he is thrilled to see it finally come and its ribbon-cutting on the Holladay Jourpleted, Holladay City welcomed res- to pass.” nal Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/ idents and visitors alike to the brand new You can find a short video about the park HolladayJournal. Knudsen Park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony last month. The 7.3-acre park (located at 6293 Holladay Boulevard) includes a playground, a pavilion, multiple picnic tables, bike trail connections, bathrooms and a water feature inspired by the Knudsen family mill that used to occupy the location. The park has long been envisioned by city officials but was only made possible recently by a grant obtained from the county’s Zoo, Arts and Parks fund. “This has been a long process to get to this point. It’s a bit surreal for a lot of us who have been talking about protecting this open space for many generations to come and turning it into an appropriate amenity,” said Holladay Mayor Rob Dahle. Wayne Knudsen, one of the descendants of the original family that settled the area and constructed a mill in Big Cottonwood Creek, spoke about what the park means to his famResidents can now enjoy the new Knudsen Park ily following the ribbon-cutting. (6293 Holladay Boulevard). (Justin Adams/City “Dad was never going to back down Journals) from developers. He wanted a park,” he said. “I’m sure my dad’s spirit is here today enjoying this time. It’s what he wanted and

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Mick Riley: Utah’s Mr. Golf By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com What is the only golf course in Utah named after an actual professional golfer? If you said Jeremy Ranch or Nibley Park, try again. That distinction belongs to Mick Riley Golf Course, named after the man known as the “Dean of Utah Golfers.”

While the Murray course is always busy, most people have forgotten or don’t even know about Riley. Also, contrary to many high school golf team rumors, Mr. Riley is not buried by the clubhouse (he is buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, although he probably wouldn’t have complained had he been buried at a golf course). Born in 1897 in Burke, Idaho, Joseph Michael (Mick) Riley found his way to Utah. There weren’t many options for linksters when Riley was taking up the sport in the 1910s. At the time, Forest Dale had a hitching post for golfer’s horses. Riley learned golf by caddying at the Salt Lake Country Club, being mentored by notable golfers such as George Von Elm, several years his junior. Von Elm, who grew up in Utah and California, and with Riley as his caddie, took on one of the preeminent golfers of the day, Bobby Jones (who would later found the Masters Golf Tournament). Von Elm became the first golfer from west of the Mississippi River to win a major tournament, and he not only instilled in Riley a passion for golf but exposed him to some of the best golf courses in America. Like a duck to water, Riley’s experience, plus winning an occasional tournament, helped to secure his position as the first head professional at Nibley Park Golf Course. According to sportswriter Bill Johnston, there were only 122 active golfers in Salt Lake City at the time. For the uninitiated, a professional at a golf course is someone who makes their living from teaching the game, running golf clubs and classes, and dealing in golf equipment. An adroit golf pro, Riley earned the

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praises of the Salt Lake Telegram at the end of Nibley Park’s first season in 1922. “The work of Professional Riley at the course is worthy of special commendation. It was Riley’s job to develop interest and get the golfers out. He did.” Not only did he get the golfers to come out, he developed a course championship, several tournaments, and high school matches. He developed greens and challenging hazards; he also developed aspiring golfers and advocated the sport to women. It was this latter undertaking that led Mick to meet his wife, Estella at one of his classes. Utah’s most enthusiastic golf cheerleader would do anything to bring people to experience the game. Even winter was no match for Riley, who opened one of the first indoor golf ranges in downtown Salt Lake in 1930. The Telegram reported that by 1947, 80 percent of all Utah golfers were, at one time, a pupil of Riley’s. His green design skills were in high demand, as he helped plan courses in Magna, Tooele, Richfield, Moab, Indian Springs, and American Falls, Idaho, as well as Salt Lake’s Bonneville Golf Course. He also revamped the Nibley Park and Forest Dale courses. However, his passion project was Meadowbrook on 3900 South, which he designed and managed until his death. His progressive thinking led to the establishment of a day care center at Meadowbrook, so that young mothers could take up the game. After forming the Utah Golf Association, Riley was elected as vice president of the National PGA and served for three years. He also served on several national PGA committees. He was president of the Rocky Mountain Section of the PGA and Golf Professional of the Year in 1955 for the Rocky Mountain Section. During the 1960s, he was asked to design the Little Valley Golf Course off of Vine Street in Murray. However, his death in

1964 prevented him from ever teeing off at the course. That honor was given to Estella, his wife, and their children at the newly christened Mick Riley Golf Course in 1967. Riley was also posthumously honored as a member of the Utah Golf Hall of Fame. Perhaps the Salt Lake Telegram summed up Riley best, “The story of Mickey Riley is the story of golf in Utah, for without him many of the municipal courses that have made golf available to the ‘working man’ might not be.”

Mick Riley, right, and George Van Elm reunite in the 1950s to recall past glories. (Photo courtesy Marriott Library)

Mick Riley strongly advocated for women to pick up the game of golf. (Photo courtesy Marriott Library)

Mick Riley Golf Course in Murray was dedicated to the man who championed it in Utah. (Shaun Delliskave/ City Journals

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Glenmoor Gets Its Groove Back With PGA Junior-League Programming By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com

Vintage advertising for Glenmoor, ironically, touted its “forever” nature—a position that was challenged, but the golf course endures today. (Glenmoor Golf Course)

Local YouTube youth celeb Warren Fisher profiled Glenmoor’s golf U-turn as part of his “Warren Report” program posted mid-June. (Glenmoor Golf Course)

The words pack an extra punch, when delivered from pint-sized reporter Warren Fisher, proclaiming his YouTube broadcast to be a “world-famous” report.

golf course that, in a knee-knocker of a wait-period, seemed destined to result in a yip — a complete loss of the 50-plus yearold course that in the early days was considered a “hidden gem” and is now a South The “news?” South Jordan’s once-be- Valley staple. According to Dehlin, PGA National leaguered Glenmoor Golf Course is alive even sent a camera crew to South Jordan and well and the secret to its viability? several months ago, but the world-famous Think small, now. The secret to its newfound viability is Fisher Report has apparently scooped the PGA, as Dehlin reported that the PGA vid its junior-league golf program. “Glenmoor has one of the largest is not live yet. “The National PGA has been very inteams in the entire country!” the young Fisher exclaimed with an emphasis on “en- terested in the program Darci (golf pro Darci Olsen) and the people out there have tire.” done,” he told the South Jordan Journal. The Glenmoor gameplan Thanks to Olsen, Utah’s only female Sponsored by the Utah Golf Associahead PGA golf pro in the state, Glenmoor tion (UGA), young Fisher is spot-on with his runs three Junior PGA leagues, with more analysis. than 150 youth involved. According to Executive Director of the Utah Professional Golfers’ Association Golfing alone? While many individuals prize golf be(PGA) Devin Dehlin, PGA National is studying Glenmoor’s success with its junior ing a sport they can play alone even in a program, looking to learn and then share foursome kludged with strangers just to best practices with golf courses across the score a tee time, that kind of thinking does country seeking to be more family friendly not fly well with golf courses needing to be profitable—or at least keep the lights on. and more profitable in so doing. As a result, the PGA has studied the It’s a nice reversal of fortune for the success of Little League Baseball, and re-

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“Save Glenmoor!” was a phrase oft-uttered/heard in South Jordan for the years the beloved, historic golf course was doing its tentative victory lap. (Glenmoor Golf Course)

alized that, to help make golf as American as apple pie, perhaps borrowing from Little Leagues’ playbook was a good strategy. Hence the birth of the PGA Junior League—a program that SoJo’s Glenmoor jumped on. “Golf has the old-retired-guy-with-alot-of-money persona,” said Glenmoor golf pro Olsen. “All ages, all types, something for everyone and family-friendly” is how she described Glenmoor’s current suite of customers.

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For those not familiar with the story of Glenmoor, here is the CliffsNotes version of the rise/fall/rise again of the SoJo links site. - 1968 – Course opened half-strength, a nine-hole staple of the Westland Hills Country Club

• 1970s – Westland changes owners and becomes the Valair Country Club • 1977 – Cecil Bohn assumes principal ownership, after Grant Affleck lost the course • 2015 – Bohn passes away; remaining owners’ irreconcilable differences lead to court dissolution of the property, to be sold to highest

bidder • 2015 – The golf course property was zoned A-1, entitling subdivisions of one-acre, single-family lots • 2017 - SoJo golf patriots lobby for an alternative solution • 2017 – Upon learning of the owner’s intention to develop the land, the South Jordan City Council, in a 4-1 vote, votes to delay a building permit or a change in zoning thwarting the developer’s stated intention • A private buyer sticks the landing and purchases Glenmoor (the audience in SoJo City Council Chambers cheered, upon hearing the news)

PGA Junior Golf fits Glenmoor to a tee

And that takes us to right now — high golf season, a late-starting, green-grass summer, on the heels of the wettest spring on record. And just as spring signals rebirth and summer joy, Glenmoor is in its newfound salad days, with its junior golf program to thank. Taking a page from Bubba Watson’s 2012 Masters’ clinch, Olsen tears up, telling the South Jordan Journal just how “awesome” the kids in her program are and how things at Glenmoor have “turned out better than I could have hoped.” This is a woman who loves — no lives — golf, and apparently, has a community behind her that feels the same way. As part of the Warren Report YouTube video, SoJo City Councilman Don Shelton recounts that his inviting SoJo Mayor Dawn Ramsey and his other colleagues to watch one of the junior league tournaments at Glenmoor influenced the Council’s decision to ultimately rezone the land to keep it from being developable. “It was very impressive to them, to see all of the young people that were out on the golf course, hitting golf balls and recreating in the outdoors, instead of being inside, playing video games,” Shelton asserted on-air. “Mayor Ramsey, thank you for saving our golf course,” young Warren tells Mayor Dawn Ramsey, who also appears in the video. Catch the full Glenmoor Golf Course glory on UGA’s Warren Report This link takes you right to Warren Fisher’s segment on Glenmoor: https://tinyurl.com/GlenmoorByCityJournals Otherwise? Look for “Utah Golf Reround 2019 S5 E1” on YouTube and either watch the whole show, or fast-forward to 8:40.

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The family that golfs together… keeps on golfing together? On the left, what the Utah Golfing Association once dubbed “the ultimate golf power couple” Joey and Darci (Dehlin) Olsen. Utah PGA Executive Director Devin Dehlin in the center, and daughter and son Carly Dehlin and Connor Dehlin. (Devin Dehlin)

Confessions Of A Golf Family: PGA And Glenmoor Golf Pros Share How They Got Game—For a Lifetime By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com Many remember the year 1976 as the wanderlust,” working as a golf pro at nu- Utah,” he said. “She kept the hyphen!” exmerous clubs before settling in at his long- uded the proud golf dad. year of the American Bicentennial. term gig as executive director of the Utah Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA). Sister Darci followed a somewhat similar route, in terms of playing golf for her alma mater Weber State, and vacillating between turning pro and committing to a career leveraging her triple-threat combination of sales-communications-merchandising. Darci Olsen is the only female PGA Golf before groceries head golf pro in Utah. To this day she lives He and his father enjoyed such a proximate to Glenmoor. spectacular day, that the following after“[Glenmoor is] a huge part of our hisnoon, his father brought his mother out to tory — it’s why we live where we live,” the site. Olsen said. “It’s especially special to me, A “low-ball” offer was put in on one because it is where I learned.” of the last two houses remaining in the Parade of Homes inventory. Remarkably, Carrying on the golfing torch Golf families. the offer was accepted, and the next thing Those two words say a lot to those Devin knew, he and his family were moving who understand the joy of the swish of a from Taylorsville to South Jordan. Southwest valley was so underdevel- perfect swing and getting that little white oped at the time and the Glenmoor Golf ball to land in that little hole that somehow, Course location so remote that Devin re- at times, seems smaller than the ball. Besides loving golf, the late Sweets calls the family’s having to commute all the way to Redwood Road and 9000 South to Dehlin and wife Jeanne, loved names that begin with the letter D. go the grocery store. Devin-Dana-Dustin-Darci went the en“Glenmoor Golf Course is pretty near and dear to my family,” Devin said. (Even if viable boy-girl-boy-girl lineup of children who shared their father’s golf lust. All of the grocery store was not.) His youngest sister, Darci (Olsen), said the children played junior golf. All played Glenmoor was a five-minute walk from college golf. Now two of the four siblings their home. She recalls her brother’s being are golf professionals and have golf as an gifted with golf clubs one Christmas, and omnipresent aspect of their lives. And the golf generations continue with his and her father’s suiting up and playing the Dehlins. the very next day. Devin said his daughter, Carly, did not ‘It’s where we live’ engage with golf until she was a senior in As a teen, brother Devin started workhigh school. But then, she “got really good, ing in the Glenmoor Pro Shop. Then he really fast.” played golf at the University of Utah. When she decided to marry (another When it came time to earn a living, golf golfer), her father counseled her to “keep was a given. Dehlin exhibited “county golf her last name — it does carry clout in But Devin Dehlin remembers it as the year his family discovered Glenmoor Golf Course, a move that would change the lives of his family for generations to come. He and his dad, Pat “Sweets” Dehlin, spent a joyous part of a day playing nine holes on a quaint course, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, except a Parade of Homes community.

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Utah golf families: ‘THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!

There are quite a few golf dads around. And golf moms. Devin estimates Utah has “about five to 10” prominent golf families. Back in 1989, the “Los Angeles Times” ran a story with a San Diego dateline and a headline style vaguely reminiscent of prominence given to “WAR!” in newspaper headlines chronicling the outbreak of World War I. Only this time, the exclamation point was reverent appreciation for a prominent Utah golf family. “THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!: Utah’s Summerhays Families Put 11 Golfers in Tournament,” the headline read. “They are the Summerhays entourage, 11 golfers from two related families plus a supporting cast of five,” writer Jim Lindgren gushed. The Summerhays family, from the Farmington area, today continues to be prominent in golfing headlines with Preston Summerhays, Lynn Summerhays’s grandson, holding a Utah State Amateur title and being “one of the best juniors in the country.” The Branca family is another storied Utah golf clan. The Salt Lake Country Club provided a lasting monument to the late H.T. “Tee” Branca, naming a bridge patterned after Augusta National’s famous 12th hole after the late PGA golf pro. Branca lived until age 92, In 2015, when Ron Branca, Tee’s son, retired as head pro from the Salt Lake Country Club, Joe Watts of the Utah Golf Association (UGA) mourned “the end of the Branca era.” The father and son, combined, headed golf for the club more than 75 years. Ron Branca now works with

PGA Pro Golfers Devin Dehlin and sister Darci (Dehlin) Olsen are bright stars in the Utah golf scene. (Devin Dehlin)

Darci Olsen at Glenmoor. His brother, Don, is also a PGA professional, according to Devin Dehlin. Glenmoor’s happily golf-obsessed Darci Olsen, who used to go by the name Darci Dehlin-Olsen, has now dropped the hyphenated part of her name, a loss of a powerful asset, according to brother Devin Dehlin. You can take the hyphen out of the name, but not the golf out of the girl, who UGA writer Beaux Yenchik reports, as a pony-tailed bouncy blonde youth, drew a picture of herself playing golf for a career day at her elementary school.

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Spectacular views of Stonebridge Golf Club make a day on the green even more spectacular. Stand for Kind’s 128 supportive golfers raised $50,000 for the anti-bullying charity. (Stonebridge Golf Club)

Golf Etiquette Makes For Perfect Green Carpet for Anti-Bullying Fund-Raising Event at Stonebridge By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com The Professional Golfers’ Association Kind “actually goes out into the schools (PGA) asserts that golf teaches young and tells kids in schools about tools available to them (to help stop the problem),” people “life’s most valuable skills.” While the PGA does not specifically call out “no bullying,” that concept is a given in the sportsmanlike-play of the 15th-century game still. Such sport made perfect sense as a fund raiser for an anti-bullying education group, “Stand for Kind,” to leverage the sport for one of its annual fundraising activities.

Making a positive difference in the persistent problem of bullying

Stand for Kind, founded by well-connected businessman and recreational golfer Stan Parrish, is a group of business, community and education leaders who have come together to make a positive difference in the persistent problem of bullying. Instead of just preaching about the ills and dangers of bullying — what Parrish dubs “calling attention to it” — Stand for

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Parrish said. “We reinforce positive behavior.” Realizing that its initial name—“The Anti-Bullying Coalition” was having the unintentional effect of emphasizing the very concept of bullying, so in an anti-Voldemort-like move, the organization changed its name and its web URL to the new, empowering name which is also a directive for youth — “Stand for Kind.” It’s a message that’s “much better to come, student to student, versus counselor to student,” Parrish said. “A student can see another student sitting by themselves, we encourage them to go sit with them, to let them know they are wanted.” With this as its model, the nonprofit instructs K-12 students — nearly 300,000 across the state — about how to combat bullying through kindness.

The second-annual Stand for Kind charity golf tournament awarded generous sponsor prizes, for “longest drive,” “straightest drive,” “closest to the hole,” and the “hole-in-one” completion. The Larry H. Miller dealership put up a Toyota SUV for the hole-in-one, but did not have to pay it out. (Stand for Kind)

Making bullying whiff through overwhelming, omnipresent acts of kindness – and 18 holes!

More than 30,000 incidents and nearly 20,000 incidents of cyber-bullying are, slowly, but surely getting drowned out by what Stand for Kind reports as more than 900,000 identified, “random acts of kindness,” said Pam Hayes, director of the Stand for Kind organization. Stand for Kind is having immediate, traceable impact. “We were able to prevent 55 suicides,” reported Hayes. Her message to those participating in the May 31 golf tournament, the second annual such event, is: “We will do even more.” “A lot of people like to play golf and a lot of people like to do good and contribute… so why not combine the two?” Parrish said. Parrish knows a lot of people. In his previous life, the storied businessman has led both the Salt Lake Area,

and then, later, the Sandy chambers of commerce. “This is just one event, but it’s a very good event,” he told the City Journals. “People appreciate that and support it.” Parrish is right. The 128 golfers comprising 32 foursomes raised $50,000 for Stand for Kind. All who enjoyed what the Stand for Kind public relations team deemed “a sunny West Valley City morning” were winners in terms of a great day for golf. Individual winners were determined in categories including “longest drive,” “straightest drive,” “closest to the hole,” and the “hole-in-one” completion. The Larry H. Miller Dealerships even put up a Toyota SUV to anyone landing a hole-in-one. Sadly, would-be SUV drivers will have to up their drives to land the ace. There’s always next year, kind golfers.

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t the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, I wrote an article about how different criteria— enrollment, graduation rate, affluence—impact a Utah high school’s chances of winning a state championship. The conclusion was that the affluence of a high school’s community was the single-biggest determinant in how successful that school would be in sports competition. Toward the end of the piece, I made the prediction that in the coming school year, the same (wealthier) schools would continue to win championships and “everyone else will get the proverbial participation trophy.” So, was that prediction correct? Yes and no. On one hand, some of the least affluent Utah high schools took home state championship trophies much more often this year than in past years. The bottom 10 5A and 6A schools (as

measured by participation in reduced price lunch programs) averaged 1.6 state championships between 2013 and 2017. However, that same group of schools won four state championships in the 2018-19 school year (East, West, Cottonwood and Provo each earned one trophy). On the other end of the spectrum, the most affluent schools along the Wasatch Front continue to dominate. The 10 wealthiest schools accounted for a total of 20 state championships (55 percent of the total), and 13 of those come from just two schools: Corner Canyon and Lone Peak. Those schools are No. 1 and No. 2 respectively when it comes to the lowest rates of students using reduced price lunches. Corner Canyon High makes for an especially interesting case study. In just its sixth year of existence, the Chargers won four state championships, the second-most of any school in 5A or 6A.

This seems to suggest that community wealth is more important than even program legacy or school longevity. Lone Peak, meanwhile, continues to widen the divide between itself and the rest of the state. Between 2012 and 2017, the school won 15 state championships, one more than the next highest school, Skyline. In 2018-19, the school won nine state championships, more than twice as much as any other school. Rob Cuff, the executive director of the Utah High School Activities Association, told the City Journals last year that the organization is not concerned about unequal results on the field. “I think it’s important to maintain a level playing field,” he said, “but our mission is all about participation. If teams are fielding sports teams and students have the opportunity to play, that’s the most important.”

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Eagles edge Brighton for boys tennis title

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espite missing its top player, the Skyline boys tennis team captured the Class 5A state tennis championship. The Eagles prevailed in nail-biting fashion over Brighton 20-19. Skyline’s Connor Robb-Wilcox, arguably the best player in the state, was unavailable for the state tournament, held May 7, 9 at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City. Robb-Wilcox was displaying his talents at a national tournament, but his Skyline teammates picked up the slack. The victory even surprised head coach Lani Wilcox. With the absence of her son, she had to battle the competition with only four filled positions instead of five. “It was not on my radar that we would be able to win,” she said. “I didn’t believe it until [tournament officials] said it. It was a pleasant surprise on that end.” With Robb-Wilcox vacating the No. 1 singles position, freshmen Michael Chericho and Ethan Green ran through their brackets in No. 2 singles and No. 3 singles, respectively, to win first place. Chericho won his first match 6-0, 6-2 and his second 6-2, 6-0 before winning in the semifinals 6-4, 7-6. In the finals, he defeated his opponent from Brighton 6-1, 6-3. Meanwhile, Green won 6-0, 6-0 and 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 to advance to the semifinals. There, he ousted his foe in three sets, 2-6, 6-1, 6-1. He defeated a Corner Can-

By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com tical 6-0, 6-3 scores. The semifinals were tougher, but they outlasted a tough pair from Brighton 6-7, 6-4, 7-6 in what Wilcox said was “an amazing match.” They took care of a Corner Canyon team in the finals by the count of 6-1, 6-2. In second doubles, sophomore Will Kendall and junior Carter Brindley reached the semifinals but fell to Brighton 6-2, 3-6, 7-5. This was the only position in which Skyline competed that it didn’t capture the championship. Still, the tandem earned valuable points, which turned out to be just enough to carry the team to a title. “I was really proud of the team,” Wilcox said. “I was pleased with all of the players. They all played hard.” Wilcox was particularly happy with how the other players shook off the disappointment of not having their No. 1 singles player there. She said the setback helped the players believe in their own abilities. “The players were bummed Connor wasn’t there, but they realized they were capable of doing it. They came through.” Don’t expect Skyline to drop off at all The Skyline boys tennis team celebrates its 5A state title, which it won over Brighton 20-19. next year. In fact, the team could be even bet(Photo courtesy of Lani Wilcox) ter. Wilcox didn’t lose any seniors from the yon opponent in the championship by the and Sam Stewart, both freshmen as well, also varsity squad. Plus, two more talented freshscore of 6-4, 6-1. captured a championship crown. They won men are joining the fold. “We’re loaded,” she said. The first doubles team of Gunner Woller in the first round and quarterfinals by idenNEWS FROM OUR ADVERTISERS

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Have a wild time this summer at the Hogle Zoo By Christy Jepson | Christy@mycityjournals.com

One of the 13 sculptures from the Washed Ashore traveling exhibit on display at Utah’s Hogle Zoo from now until Sept. 30. This exhibit hopes to promote and bring awareness to reducing, recycling and reusing plastic. (Photo credit: Hogle Zoo)

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Here’s a look at the summertime events going on at the zoo:

• •Zoo Family Night on Mondays: Every Monday night until Labor Day, get $5 off ticket prices after 5 p.m. The zoo stays open until 9 p.m. on Monday nights. • The Zoo’s Book Club: Join staff from the zoo for a discussion of a zoo/conservation-type book each month. Light refreshments are served. The cost is $25 per person at the door. See their website for the list of books they will be reading and discussing throughout the summer. • Recycling classes: In this class, the zoo and Clever Octopus (Utah’s first and only creative reuse center) are com-

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A sculpture of the tail of a humpback whale which was once hunted to the point of extinction. This sculpture is part of the Washed Ashore traveling exhibit now on display at Utah’s Hogle Zoo. (Photo credit: Hogle Zoo)

bining efforts to share how plastics are it. Each class is for ages 14 and older effecting our waterways. In this famiand costs $20 per person/per session. ly-oriented class, participants will meet The yoga classes are held: July 2 from some local animals that are affected by 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Elephant Lodge, plastic pollution, take supplies home July 6 from 8-9 a.m. at the Twiga Terto help reduce the use of plastics, and race, July 18 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the create a reusable bag that is made out Lions exhibit, and July 30 from 6:30of recycled material. The dates for this 7:30 p.m. at the Tidewater Cove. event are July 8 or Aug. 10 from 6-7:30 • Teacher Conservation workshop: The p.m. Preregistration on the website is Planting SEEd’s of Conservation required. The cost is $20 per person/per workshop is for sixth-grade teachers. session or $15 if you are a zoo member. At this workshop, teachers will get • Zoo Brew: This event is only for guests ideas and lessons about how to connect ages 21 and older. Guests can walk the new SEEd standards with the natuaround the zoo in the evening, enral world, specifically using the zoo’s joy the free-flight bird show, a photo science-based conservation programs. booth, animal training demonstrations This one-day workshop is held July 25 and listen to live music. Bars with lofrom 8 a.m. -3 p.m. The cost is $20 per cal brews and wine will be stationed person. throughout the zoo. The dates are July • Kids, Critters and Crafts: This activi17 and Aug. 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 ty is full of creativity and learning as p.m. The cost is $18.95 per person (not children ages 6 to 11 learn about a feaincluding drinks). Valid ID is required tured animal, look at its habitat, enjoy for this event. a meet-and-greet with a zoo animal • Adult Paint Night at the Zoo: This creambassador and make a craft to take ative class is for guests ages 18 and oldhome. The cost is $15 per person. The er and no painting experience is necesticket price includes a snack, craft masary to sign up. This step-by-step class terials, an apron, a visit to the featured is $35 per class/per person. The dates animal’s exhibit and an up-close photo are: July 13 (painting bald eagles) from opportunity with a zoo animal ambas6-8:30 p.m. or Aug. 3 (painting rhinos) sador. The summer dates and themes from 6-8:30 p.m. All supplies are proare July 27 (Animal Planter) and Aug. vided. Light refreshments are provided 24 (Red Panda Piggybank). Each event along with an up-close photo opportuis two hours long and begins at 10 a.m. nity with a zoo animal ambassador. • Try yoga at the zoo: Corepower Yoga Along with these summer events, zoo Studios offers yoga classes at the zoo guests can see the traveling exhibit, Washed near a different exhibit every class and Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, created by Anwill include an animal ambassador vis- gela Haseltine Pozzi, a resident of Oregon

and graduate of the University of Utah. This exhibit features 13 giant sea life sculptures created entirely from marine debris and trash collected from beaches on the Pacific Coast. The purpose of this exhibit is to promote reducing, reusing and recycling of plastic waste. Since plastic takes centuries to decompose, Pozzi wanted to raise awareness about the huge problem of plastic and how it affects the entire ecosystem. Since 2010, she has created multitudes of sea creatures from the ongoing supply of trash and debris that is collected in the ocean and on the beaches. She hopes by looking at her “trashy” art sculptures, people will become more aware of plastic pollution. This exhibit will be at the zoo until Sept. 30 and is included in regular zoo admission. “Most everyone who sees this exhibit says, “That’s so cool! And then, ‘Wow that’s so sad!’ Both are true. The sculptures really are artistic and beautifully done. But when you pause to consider what you’re really looking at your heart sinks—it’s so hard to believe we’re doing this to our planet,” said Hansen. “Kids love getting up close to these exhibits to look for familiar objects—water bottles, bottle caps, action figures, and even a toilet seat.” Hogle Zoo opened in 1931, and sits on 42 acres and is home to 800 animals. Ticket prices are $18.95 for visitors ages 13-64, $16.95 for visitors 65 years and older, $14.95 for ages 3 to 12, and 2 and younger are free. Utah’s Hogle Zoo is located at 2600 Sunnyside Avenue. For more information, visit www.hoglezoo.org or call (801) 584-1700.

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Now open:

• This year, the Downtown Salt Lake City Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pioneer Park (350 S. 300 West). For more information, visit: www.slcfarmersmarket.org • The People’s Market is held every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the International Peace Gardens (1000 S. 900 West) in Salt Lake City. For more information visit: 9thwestfarmersmarket.org. • New Roots of Utah Neighborhood Farm Stand is held every Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Sunnyvale Park (4013 S. 700 West) in Millcreek. • The Sugar House Farmers Market is Holladay village Plaza 4655 S. 2300 E Suite 101 Holladay, 84117 (801) 316-8638

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held every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fairmont Park (1040 E. 2225 South). Wheeler Farm Sunday Market is held Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wheeler Park (6351 S. 900 East). Visit their Facebook page for more information: Wheelerfarmslco. Park Silly Sunday Market is held on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Park City’s Historic Main Street. For more information, visit: www.parksillysundaymarket.com. The USU Botanical Center Farmers Market is held every Thursday from 5 p.m. to dusk, located at 875 S. 50 West in Kaysville. For more information, visit usubotanicalcenter.org/events/ farmers-market. Bountiful Farmer’s Market is held every Thursday from 3 p.m. to dusk at Bountiful City Park (400 N. 200 West). For more information, visit www.bountifulmainstreet.com/farmers-market The Provo Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. located on Provo Center Street (100 W. Center Street). For more information, visit: www.provofarmersmarket.com Liberty Park Market is held every Friday evening at 600 E. 900 South in Salt Lake City. For more information, visit: www.libertyparkmarket.com

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