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hey say good fences make good neighbors. In that case, it’s a good thing the “fence” separating the neighboring cities of Holladay and Millcreek is about to get a makeover. The proverbial fence between Holladay and Millcreek is 3900 South, a street which currently needs some work. Holladay City describes it has having “failing asphalt conditions” on a page of the city’s website dedicated to the project. “As you know, the pavement conditions are, I dare say, horrid. I think most people recognize that,” said Jason Green, the project manager, at a Holladay public hearing on Thursday, May 2.

3900 South, the road separating Holiday and Millcreek, has a lot of wear and tear. (Justin Adams/City Journals) Two problems with 3900 South on display: sidewalks that disappear and bus stops covered in vegetation. (Justin Adams/City Journals)

In addition to a total reconstruction of the road (from I-215 to 2300 East), the project also envisions the corridor becoming an “active transportation street.” This means there will be continuous sidewalks on both sides of the street, bike lanes, and improved transit connectivity. All told, the project’s price tag comes to about $8.7 million. Residents of Holladay and Millcreek won’t be footing the bill though. All of the funds are coming from federal and county grants. Because federal funds are involved, the design review process takes a little longer as they have to ensure the project won’t negatively impact the environment or any historic sites.

That phase should be completed this summer, after which the cities will contract a firm to come up with a detailed design plan. That final design phase is estimated to extend through spring of next year, with construction starting in summer of 2020. The initial project details were warmly received by residents who attended the Holladay public hearing. “Thank you so much for doing this. This is badly needed,” said Cheryl Groot. Some concerns brought up by residents were parking reg-

ulations, speed limits and whether the project will extend past their property line. Green said that where parking is currently allowed on the street, they will try to maintain that right. As far as property lines, he said the goal is to keep the project within the city’s right of way. “We’re more or less accommodating to that with a few minor areas,” he said. Residents with questions about the project can email 3900southproject@gmail.com or call 801-509-6639. l

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magical summer camp will begin sorting attendees into communities on June 10. The Wizarding Academy will be running until June 27 for its fourth consecutive year (which means this year’s theme derives from the fourth book of the series created by J.K. Rowling). Creator and Organizer Kim Bouck aims to provide students from second to eighth grade an opportunity to live within a world of magic and unleash their inner witch or wizard. The Wizarding Academy has received the Best Summer Camp Award from Utah’s Best of State 2019. “We have something for every kid,” says Bouck. Children who enjoy reading and trivia get to test their knowledge of the books; science and math specialists use their engineering skills while attempting to protect a dragon egg; theater performers get to roleplay and show off their talents during a skit competition; and athletes learn how to play Kidditch from the University of Utah’s Crimson Quidditch team. Such partnerships created through community outreach has been a highlight for Brouck. In addition to the University of Utah’s Quidditch team: Mad Science has taught potions, Red Butte Gardens aided with herbology, the Clark Planetarium outlined astrology, and various animal handlers introduced attendees to cold-blooded creatures and, new this year, owls. “It was a magical experience that was the highlight of my kids’ summer. They will be analyzing herbs, pondering black holes, and practicing spells long after summer has ended,” said parent Melanie Dance. The Wizarding Academy accepts students of all levels. Students with varying levels of anxiety, intellectual abilities, etc., are placed into the same houses as everyone else. “We take someone who might fit in a gen-ed classroom and put them in an environment where they are valued and able to contribute. It changes their whole world. The other attendees learn acceptance as they are all contributing to one goal,” says Bouck. “My 8-year-old couldn’t wait to go to the Wizarding Academy every day. He loved meeting other kids who shared his love of the books, and all of the well-organized classes planned for each day. He uses his specially crafted wand to cast spells on his little brother when he’s back home,” said parent Karina Payne. The main theme of the book for the basis of this year’s camp is that “money and status don’t matter, bloodline doesn’t matter. What matters is an individual’s courage and ability to stick by your friends. That’s a powerful message for kids who might not have those skills in a normal school live,” says Bouck. Bouck enjoys watching the attendees grow over the course of the camp. The Wizarding Academy is geared toward students who may be a little more introverted, as they

“Out of all the things I look forward to during the year, I look most forward to going to this camp,” said attendee Jackson Payne. (Kim Bouck/The Wizarding Academy)

get immersed in literary worlds. After assuming a role with their robes the first day, “after really putting themselves into that role, they become a totally different child,” Bouck says. “The robes were awesome! And getting sorted into houses was really fun!” said attendee Russell Brinton. One of the unique things about the Wizarding Academy is that the attendees get to make friends they otherwise never would have met. “We have people drive in from all across the state,” says Bouck. “We even had an attendee last year come all the way from Evanston every day.” “Moms usually look for camps that will get their kids off the screens and into communities where they can learn amazing skills in commination and teamwork. Moms look for comradery. That’s what we have,” says Bouck. The Wizarding Academy enrolls more and more students every year. Staring out with only 32 available spots the first year, they have grown from 64 attendees, to 80 attendees with 160 on the wait list, to now

more than 120 attendees in Salt Lake, with a franchised summer camp in Davis County. Bouck originally began the Wizarding Academy as a fun summer activity for she and her children to experience together. While doing so, a through struck her, “There must be other local moms who can’t afford taking their entire family to theme parks, or believe the theme parks may be too adult for their children. We’ve got to get all these kids together to have a magical experience.” The Wizarding Academy has even received interest from adults. Bouck is considering creating a weekend camp for those adults, but as of right now, that’s a dream of the future. As previously mentioned, the Best of Utah 2019 Awards recognized the Wizarding Academy as Best Summer Camp in the education category. “It is an amazing honor to be considered among the people,” says Bouck. For more information on the Wizarding Academy, visit the website at www.thewizardingacademy.com, or their Instagram @ thewizardingacademyslc. l

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quarterly report produced by the Holladay precinct of the Unified Police Department shows a noticeable drop in crime compared to recent years. The precinct recorded a total of 924 cases from January to March, down from an average of 1,079 the previous three years, including a four-year high of 1,114 cases in the first quarter of last year. While a large amount of the decrease is attributed to fewer cases related to traffic or public order, many more “serious” crimes saw decreases as well. Drug-related cases saw a 53% drop, from 26 cases in 2018 to 12 in 2019. The city also had a third fewer burglary cases, going from 33 down to 22. Stolen vehicles also saw a drop, from 40 to 28. The rate of violent crimes in Holladay continues to be quite low as well. The precinct reports 22 assaults, two kidnappings and zero homicides in the first quarter of 2019. Keeping track of these figures from year to year is an important part of how the department operates, said Holladay Precinct Chief Justin Hoyal. “We keep track of statistics so we know where we’re at so we can plan and adjust our practices to make the community safe,” he said.

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While the department can see trends in the data, the cause of the trends is often a mystery. “Can I put my finger on exactly what’s driving it? No,” said Hoyal. “Could it be the winter months? We had a cold heavy snowy weather. Could that have forced people to stay inside? That could be a factor. Could it be that we’re seeing a better economy? That could play into it.” Hoyal credits increased involvement between the department and the Holladay community with the decrease in crime. “Working together is the most important factor in law enforcement. We have to engage with the community so we’re aware of issues as they’re coming on so we can stay ahead of them when they do happen,” he said. One of the areas Hoyal would like to see improve is speeding in school zones, saying they have received many complaints in the last few weeks. “We would ask that as people are going through those school zones that they be cognizant of what’s around them. Watch for the kids. Watch for the flashing lights. Watch for the crossing guards and school buses.” The department produced an informational video about school zone safety for its Facebook page, which Hoyal noted is a good resource for Holladay residents to stay up to date with public safety issues in the city. l

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Foster care math: One couple + 12 kids = exponential love By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com


ix months after Holladay’s Michael and Amy Morris were married, the newlyweds were parenting seven children. Now, as the couple celebrates their third wedding anniversary later this month, they are parenting 12 children. It’s a case of foster care math, where exponential love and willingness prevail in a couple’s doing their part to help with what Utah Foster Care calls “an extreme shortage of families willing to take sibling groups here in Utah.” Salt Lake’s Foster Mother of the Year Amy’s nomination for Foster Dad of the Year included this introduction: “After recently adopting a sibling group of seven, Amy and her husband heard of another group of brothers and sisters who needed to be placed in a foster home together. Valuing the sibling bond and importance of keeping them together, Amy accepted the placement without hesitation — bringing the total number of children in her household to 12!” She was also credited for, even while mothering 12 children, finding time to help evangelize foster care to others in the community. “Beyond the love and care she has provided to many children, Amy has also been a huge resource for the foster care community, acting as a mentor to new foster parents and a pillar in the community,” reads the nomination. Last month, just a week before Mother’s Day, Utah Foster Care honored stay-at-home mother Amy Morris as Salt Lake Area Foster Mother of the Year at Holladay City Hall with Holladay Mayor Rob Dahle on hand for the festivities. The community was ablaze with television coverage about the beyond “Brady Bunch”-scale blended family. Amy received her award at a luncheon in her honor. Husband Michael, head of strategic research and insights at Salt Lake City–based Western Governors University, was there by her side, with a beautiful bouquet of flowers, children in the wings, some even being interviewed by TV reporters, while toddlers are shown ambling about, behind the youths being interviewed. … And Salt Lake’s Foster Father of the Year Now, one month later, husband and father Michael Morris has been named area Foster Father of the Year by the organization. It is, according to Utah Foster Care Communications Director Deborah Linder, only the second time in the 16 years the organization has selected both a mother and a father in the same parenting team. “We have celebrated foster moms and dads consistently for about 16 years,” Linder said. Prior to that, she says it was a case of a less organized, “hit and miss” in terms of consistently awarding the honor to mothers

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Seven of the 12 children now being parented by Foster Parents of the Year Amy and Michael Morris celebrate their fantastic folks at a celebration held May 3 at Holladay City Hall. (Photo Credit: Utah Foster Care)

only. “When we decided to launch our Chalk Art Festival 16 years ago, we wanted to recognize the contributions of dads, who were often overlooked,” she said. “Sometimes these dads are the only positive male role models in the lives of children in foster care.” (This year’s Chalk Art Festival, held at the Gateway downtown, runs June 14–16, with the last day of the event being when Michael will take his turn receiving similar accolades doled on his wife the previous month.) Michael’s nomination for Foster Dad of the Year included this introduction: “Meet Michael. Some call him boss, thousands call him friend, I call him hero, and a huge, growing number of kids call him Dad.”

later in life” and learned that “the biological window” for having children had passed for them. At that point, they reached out to Utah Foster Care. Boyack says that, from the start, the couple did not have particular — or what Boyack deems “narrow” — concepts of what foster care parenting would look like for them. Boyack characterizes their attitude as being “we want to be available for what the need is.” What the need was, back in 2015, and still is the need? Foster care parents who are willing to foster multiple siblings, to keep them together. After meeting the Morrises at their home, Boyack recalls coming back to her office, informing her coworkers about the Deciding to embrace becoming foster care “lovely couple” who she had met while perparents forming in a Nauvoo, Illinois music compaAccording to Amy Boyack with Utah ny. The husband was humble, Harvard eduFoster Care, the Morrises “got married a bit cated and “really, really smart.” The wife was

charming and, having come from Wales, was “lovely to listen to.” “I felt like they had the right intentions and an open mind about what this would look like for their family,” says Boyack. How to become parents of 12 — baby steps to fully embracing the darling dozen Becoming foster parents, whether it be of one child or the first seven the Morrises first fostered, is not an “all-at-once” matter, shares Boyack. “It took a while to transition all of these kids into their home — they did not receive them all at once.” From there, the couple had to wait six months before finalizing adoption of the first seven siblings. Then, in April, the Utah Division of Child and Family Services approached the couple with a unique opportunity to help five

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other siblings. “They must have indicated being open to more,” said Lindner. “It’s really hard to find families.” When asked if the couple were also looking to adopt these children, Lindner indicated that currently, all are hoping for reunification of the five siblings with their birth family. In the foster care setting, Lindner said, “Reunification is always the first goal.” In fact, Amy’s nomination included this testament to their interest in reuniting children with their families: “Amy and her husband have also worked hard to help reunify children with their biological parents — and becoming an ongoing support system for those children once they returned home.” Day to day with the Morrises The blended family travels in what Utah Foster Care’s Boyack describes as a “gigantic” 15-passenger van. “Sometimes, it feels like you’re feeding an army of tiny dictators,” Amy shared with a room full of supporters Friday, May 3, as she was honored at Holladay City Hall. “As humans, we’re made to foster children,” an emotional Amy said, using the word “foster” as a powerful verb and a call to action to would-be Utah foster care parents. “My advice is — just to do it. Just go for it,” says Mom Morris. “Do it. I dare you.” l Michael and Amy Morris’s caring for 12 children landed them as Salt Lake Area Foster Parents of the Year. They were honored by Holladay Mayor Rob Dahle at a May 3 celebration at Holladay City Hall. (Photo Credit: Utah Foster Care)

Salt Lake Area Foster Mom of the Year Amy Morris is honored by Utah Foster Care for adopting and fostering 12 children. (Photo Credit: Utah Foster Care)

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One of 12 children now living with Holladay’s Morris family presents a bouquet to Foster Mom of the Year Amy Morris. (Photo Credit: Utah Foster Care)

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Salt Lake County at ‘tipping point’: growth, canyons spotlighted at mayor’s Millcreek town hall


By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com

alt Lake County (SLCO) is at a tipping point with growth. And what SLCO leadership needs to do better, according to SLCO Mayor Jenny Wilson, is fully embrace its role in managing this growth and the regional destiny of the area, preserving Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons, but not “costing families out of the canyons.” While on stop three of her five-site cross-county town hall, April 30, Wilson discussed growth, quality of life — especially access to Little and Big Cottonwood Canyon — and a variety of other resident concerns, amidst a backdrop of promoting SLCO’s varied community services to a group of 40some residents in attendance at the Millcreek Library. The Millcreek town hall, stop three of a town-hall tour that so far has covered Southwest Quadrant (Salt Lake County Equestrian Park and Event Center) and South Valley (Draper Senior Center), was a lively evening. SLCO at “tipping point” “I really feel we are at a tipping point,” Wilson said, describing Salt Lake County’s growth. With growth comes pressure, she said, with much of it translating to concerns of accessibility and the concept of change itself. “What used to be 15 minutes — is (now) 10 minutes longer or a half an hour or even longer,” Wilson said, speaking to transportation mobility within the valley. At a previous town hall in South Jordan, the mayor, whose family resides in Salt Lake’s Federal Heights neighborhood, shared her own struggles with mobility as a mother of young children, being able to get them to skiing lessons in the canyons. Her solution? Arriving, bleary-eyed, an hour early for the already early-morning weekend skiing lessons. These struggles are a generational matter for the Wilson family itself, with the mayor’s father and former Salt Lake City Mayor Ted Wilson telling the Millcreek audience about feeling the pain of trying to enjoy Little and Big Cottonwood Canyons choked by rudimentary access incapable of servicing the area’s local and tourism needs. Wilson, in her role with the Central Wasatch Commission (CWC), is vowing to tackle near-term solutions for canyons accessibility in time for next year’s ski season. “A few things will be implemented next ski season,” she said. Among her short-term solutions is BRT — bus rapid transit — and, for the longer term, “a lot of the big-ticket items needing to hear back from UDOT (Utah Department of Transportation) on.” Wilson discussed tolling roadway access, but swiftly added, “We don’t want to

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cost families out of the canyons.” Wilson said she wants to “make buses more user-friendly with ski equipment.” The Utah Legislature has appropriated funds for a transit center at the mouth of the canyons, she said. “I’m committed to keep working on this.” She also indicated the necessity of a multi-pronged approach: “A number of pieces have to happen at once.” “If I can’t make it happen, I will come and tell you why,” she promised. SLCO mayor needs to “embrace the regional role” Another role she is seeking to heighten is her responsibility — and opportunity — for regional planning. “What the county needs to do better,” suggested Wilson, “is really embrace the regional role.” Wilson is taking this seriously. She is on the board of metropolitan planning organization (MPO) Envision Utah and, to buoy SLCO’s strength in contributing to not just canyons transportation but regional growth, has reorganized SLCO’s executive cabinet. In March, Wilson appointed Catherine Kanter to the role of deputy mayor of regional operations. Kanter’s canyons-specific experience with SLCO’s mountainous planning commission is meant to aid the mayor’s focused efforts. “Partnerships make it possible” In attendance at the Millcreek town hall was Millcreek resident and Executive Director of the Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) Andrew Gruber. “I’m feeling very well represented as a Millcreek citizen,” stated Gruber. Gruber stated/asked: “Utah’s population is growing really fast. Can you talk a little bit about what you are doing and what the county is doing, to maintain our quality of life, with population growth?” In response, Wilson referenced the challenges of the Southwest Quadrant’s “explosive growth, without long-term infrastructure” and regional struggles with density. “A lot of communities are really struggling with that.” A big part of the solution? Partnerships. “Partnerships really make it possible,” said the mayor. Gruber complimented the mayor on her role in working with WFRC and Envision Utah and, as a transplant to Utah from Chicago, also spoke of his family’s enjoying Salt Lake County. WFRC, in partnership with SLCO, is “taking things to a new level,” noted the mayor. “What he (Gruber) has really done is look at how to create community through economic development. The answer is really

a partnership.” “This community is worth fighting for,” Wilson said. Residents, “electeds,” and SLCO’s own in the house Attendance had SLCO residents from Cottonwood Heights, South Salt Lake City, the Millcreek area itself, and even residents journeying from Brighton and South Jordan. Elected officials — whom Wilson refers to as “electeds” — included state, county and local officials. Rep. Patrice Arent of the Utah House of Representatives was in Wilson’s house. (At the start of the evening, the mayor mentioned a certain fondness for the Millcreek facility, having aided in the planning and appropriations for the building, whilst serving on the Salt Lake County Council.) Millcreek Mayor Jeff Silvestrini and Millcreek City Councilwoman Bev Uipi attended. Midvale Mayor Robert Hale was in attendance, as were council members from South Salt Lake — Mark Kindred and Sharla Bynum. Multiple guests in attendance indicated having ties to the Millcreek area, including SLCO Recorder Rashelle Hobbs and Unified Chief of Police Jason Mazuran, both of whom grew up in the area. Hobbs indicated having gone to high school with Millcreek attendants in the audience. Real-time public opinion “This is really quite amazing,” shared Wendy Garner from Cottonwood Heights. “In my time, I don’t recall a mayor and county being so eager to connect. A great outreach.” Garner is in Democratic Party leadership, serving as a legislative chair. Councilwoman Sharla Bynum came to hear about services that would impact her South Salt Lake constituency and even brought her high school age son to the proceedings. “County Government 101,” she dubbed the proceedings, complimenting the county for “explaining everyone’s roles.” Salt Lake County Councilwoman Ann Granato praised the mayor’s proactive outreach to the community, having just been in office a few months before setting county staff to pull off the five-site cross-county town hall. “The mayor’s name may as well be Jenny ‘Outreach’ Wilson,” Granato quipped. “She has made more effort than anyone could imagine, to loop people in, to help them feel a part of the community.” To that end, Wilson also announced hosting monthly time to meet with SLCO residents. Meetings with the mayor will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of every month. Residents book their time with the mayor by calling (385) 468-7000 or simply emailing Mayor@SLCO.org. l

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How did Granite District fare in the 2019 educator wage wars? By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com

Students at Woodstock Elementary in Granite School District volunteer answers for a guest educator. Granite hopes to recruit and retain quality teachers with a new starting salary of $43,500 and a free employee wellness clinic. (Heather Lawrence/City Journals)


n April, Granite District announced that they had reached a tentative settlement for setting starting teacher salary at $43,500. Canyons and Murray districts announced they would start teacher salaries at $50,000. The wage wars were on. Ben Horsley, GSD’s director of communications, said there’s more to total compensation than salary, such as health insurance. “While other districts may offer larger base pay, Granite teachers will see more options in their health benefits at a lower cost, which means more money in our teachers’ pockets at the end of the day,” Horsley said. One innovative way Granite is competing to compensate their teachers is through their Wellness Clinic, which held a ribbon-cutting event on May 13. “This clinic is the first of its kind in Utah. All GSD employees and their families can come and receive care, including primary and urgent care, lab work and prescriptions at no cost. It is a major piece of what we will expect will attract employees to Granite for years to come,” Horsley said. The clinic is located in the former seminary building at Valley Junior High School on the corner of 4200 South and 3200 West in West Valley. It is scheduled to open for patients before the beginning of the 2019–2020 school year. It will be staffed by clinicians from Premise Health. Horsley also said this has all been done without having to raise taxes. Canyons’ and Murray’s increases will both require a property tax increase. Mary D. Burbank, assistant dean for teacher education at the University of Utah, said she commends the districts for committing to support the teaching profession by improving compensation. “It’s a big leap to increase pay level. It highlights the priority of certified teachers. There’s a shortage of teachers in the community, and actions like this symbolically under-

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score the importance of the profession,” said Burbank. Burbank also said a compensation package may be what makes a teacher choose to work in one district over another. “We’re always looking for new teachers and work closely with our district partners. We value their recognition that it takes work to become a teacher and retain them,” Burbank said. John Funk, also of the University of Utah’s teacher education program, said Granite has recently been on the forefront of raising teacher salaries. “It was two years ago the Granite District pushed the envelope by providing a 12% increase to their teaching staff. Other districts knew they would have to compete. I applaud Granite for trying to do something to begin to compensate teachers,” Funk said. Funk said he encourages his students, future teachers, to consider the following when interviewing for a job. “Don’t be fooled by the beginning salary. Look closer at the benefits,” said Funk, who found that considering insurance premiums changed take-home pay. “Also, look at the salary schedule. Compensation (goes up) according to the number of years taught and the level of education the teacher has attained,” Funk said. His studies showed that salary can change significantly based on the district’s pay ladder as early as four years into the job. These comments align with Horsley’s, who said he hopes teachers will “do the math” when it comes to picking an employer. “Canyons and other districts’ health insurance costs are such that after paying for them, net pay will be less than what (a teacher) can get in Granite.” One point of agreement was the need to recruit and retain quality teachers. “We are in a world of hurt right now. Most colleges and universities are down in numbers in their teacher prep programs. The salary amounts may help,” Funk said. l

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King of Scotland and King of New York: Olympus ends year with Shakespeare and ‘Newsies’ By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com


lympus High seniors Cami DuMond and Collin Campbell have strong feelings about the years they’ve spent on the Olympus stage. They performed in both of Olympus theater’s year-end productions: the Shakespeare Festival on May 8, 9 and 10, and the musical “Newsies” on May 16, 17, 18 and 20. “We auditioned for these parts a year ago and I was so excited when I found out that the last show of my senior year would be ‘Newsies,’” DuMond said. Campbell and DuMond are both seasoned actors in Olympus productions and have been working with Robin Edwards, the theater director at Olympus, for years. “Mrs. Edwards is amazing. We spend hours rehearsing, and the shows we chose for this year are very family-oriented, so we start to become like a family. And Mrs. Edwards is like our mom,” said Campbell. DuMond said of Edwards, “She is able to draw talent out of us that we didn’t know we had.” Edwards sets the tone at Olympus with a combination of passion and planning. With productions planned a year in advance, she can give breaks to students who are involved in dance company or AP testing in the spring. “Newsies” has been on her short list “for 22 years. They just released the rights to the musical, so that’s why we’re doing it this year,” said Edwards. Edwards said she likes the passion in the story. “It’s about really believing in something and going for it. And there’s a true story behind it. We did research on real newsies and on the strike,” said Edwards. Edwards double-casts all her shows and puts leads in the ensemble on their off-nights. Her reasoning is to teach her students the importance of the ensemble. At dress rehearsal on May 13, DuMond said she was committed to both roles and the extra rehearsal time. “The whole cast will run this show twice today. Once in our ensemble parts, and once as our other characters,” DuMond said. DuMond’s other role was Medda and Campbell’s was Sykes. When it comes to costumes, Dawna Rasmussen has Olympus students covered, literally. “The cos-

Olympus High students put the finishing touches on their production of “Newsies” at a dress rehearsal on May 13. (Heather Lawrence/City Journals)

tumes are important. For ‘Newsies’ we want historical accuracy. These are poor kids. The clothes won’t look new or nice. There won’t be costume changes because they wouldn’t have had many clothes. And of course they have to have hats. That’s what people wore,” said Rasmussen. To include as many students as possible, both males and females were cast as newsies, even though historically most were male. “We’re using the costumes to disguise the females,” Rasmussen said. Olympus has a vast costume closet and partners with the University of Utah to borrow or rent additional costumes. That’s what they did for their Shakespeare Festival earlier in May. “We do a Shakespeare Festival because I love it. It’s just for our school — we just do it for ourselves,” said Edwards. When students were given the choice between doing an entire play or doing scenes from several plays, they

chose the latter. “Mrs. Edwards asked us to write down three of our dream roles from plays, and that’s how she cast them. I played Macbeth, and that was my favorite. Baptista from ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ was a close second,” said Campbell. DuMond was Katherine (the Shrew), daughter to Campbell’s Baptista. “She’s so brash and feisty. I loved that she’s so funny and I loved their fight scenes,” DuMond said. Campbell, DuMond and the rest of the seniors are excited for what lies ahead — graduation, college and maybe a future in local theater. They said their time at Olympus has given them an education and passion for theater. “I have an emotional connection to being on stage at Olympus. It’s a little tough doing my last show here. I’ve been very involved in the theater program. It’s sad to leave, but ‘Newsies’ is a great show to finish with,” said Campbell. l

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JUNE 2019

MAYOR’S MESSAGE Memorial Day traditionally ushers in the summer season. We have an exciting slate of offerings this year, including the Holladay@20 celebration. The Holladay Journal and city web site will post the various events our committee is organizing in support of our 20-year anniversary. To open up the celebration, on June 1st, the Tree Committee, with financial support from the Holladay Rotary, organized a free tree give-a-way for Holladay residents. Over 200 trees were donated to citizens who preregistered for the event. Trees are an integral part of the Holladay identity, so planting a few hundred trees was the perfect way to kick off the party! I’m sure the committee will integrate the 4th of July celebration and Blue Moon Festival into their plans as well. Continue to check with the city for Holladay@20 event details. Our Arts Council has an impressive line-up for the 2019 Free Concerts on the Commons series. It kicks off June 29th with a new event; Music Fest, which features up to eight different amateur acts, offering cash prizes to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers. The audience will choose the winners. Our first free concert is scheduled for Saturday, July 13th with the Charlie Jenkins Band (visit www.Holladayarts.org for season schedule), with free concerts each Saturday evening through the Blue Moon Festival. We worked hard to diversify the offerings this year and have included country, jazz, pop, rock, soul, Broadway hits and The Beatles in our line-up. We will also have vendors selling non-alcoholic beverages and frozen desserts at the concerts. Our goal is to improve your experience each season, this year being no exception. Our season finale is the annual Blue Moon Festival scheduled for Saturday, August 24th from 4-10 p.m. It features nine food vendors, children’s activities, 32 arts vendors and music from Salt Lake City 7 and the Caleb Chapman Crescent Super Band, featuring vocalist Ryan Innes, who appeared on NBC’s The Voice in season 4. Thanks once again to Holladay Bank & Trust and the Spratling Family, our presenting sponsor. Thanks also to the businesses and citizens who donate to our Arts Council; your generosity allows us to offer these concerts FREE TO THE PUBLIC. We could not do it without you! If you would like to support our Arts Council with a donation visit www.Holladayarts.org. We continue to seek opportunities that bring neighbors together in the public square. So whether it’s out on the patio or balcony of a local eatery, meeting up at SOHO, listening to jazz at Caputos on Saturday evening, or throwing down a chair for a concert, we encourage you to get out and enjoy the Holladay summer. Wishing you all a wonderful summer season! –Rob Dahle, Mayor

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Your Dog is Too Cool for Hot Cars!

Holladay-Cottonwood History Website

Keep your pets safe this spring through fall! In Utah, it can be freezing and raining in the morning and then heat up in the afternoon, making your car, yard, or patio, a dangerous place for your pet. A good rule of thumb is once it’s over 55 degrees outside, it’s too hot to leave your dog in your car.

Salt Lake City began August 2, 1847 but general land distribution was not begun until September 24, 1848. The land was assigned by lottery and the families could apply for as much land as they could take care of and make productive. Water was also allocated in this manner because land without water was useless. Thus, only land that was near a stream or located where water could be diverted to the land was habitable. The goal of the Holladay Historical Commission is to gather and preserve the history of the Holladay- Cottonwood area. Many histories, objects and photographs have been collected but more history should be gathered before it is lost. Help in doing this is requested. Establishment of a history museum is in progress. The Holladay Commission History Website can be accessed from the Holladay City Website. A history overview, historical places, family stories and upcoming history events can be found there. Additional information is in the progress of being added.

Hot Weather Do’s & Don’ts to Keep Your Dog Safe Hot Cars: Once outside temperatures reach 70-degrees, temperatures in a car can exceed 116-degrees within 10 minutes. Even on a mild 75-degree day, cracking a window in your car or parking in the shade doesn’t make a difference. Temperatures inside the vehicle are deadly. Dogs can suffer from heatstroke, irreparable brain damage, or even death. If you see a pet inside a vehicle, excessively panting, non-responsive, drooling, or listless, call Salt Lake County Animal Service’s Dispatch number immediately: 801-743-7000. Never break a window of a vehicle on your own to pull out a pet, you could be liable for damages. Take a photo of the pet, the license plate, and give that information to Animal Control Officers.

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Hot Pavement: Dogs can burn their paws on the sidewalk in the summer. When in doubt test the surface yourself: place the back of your hand on the pavement. If you CAN’T stand the heat for FIVE seconds, it’s too hot for you to walk your dog. Walk your dog early in the morning, later in the evening, and leave them at home when heading to festivals or farmer’s markets. Hot Balconies: Despite being covered, a balcony can get very hot, VERY fast. A dog left on a balcony may try to escape and injure themselves when they’re left alone and hot. A bowl of water is easily overturned, and the pet is left anxious, dehydrated, and in similar conditions as a hot car. If you see or hear a pet on a balcony that’s in distress call Animal Control: 801-743-7000. For additional information please visit AdoptUtahPets. com or email animal@slco.org.

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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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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

City infrastructure provides the network of physical facilities required to serve our residents’ need for mobility, safety, and quality of life. Holladay does not own or operate utilities, such as culinary water or sewer, nor does it provide waste collection, recycling, power, gas or telecommunication services. In Holladay, City infrastructure mainly includes roads, bridges, storm water facilities (drains and gutters), parks, City buildings, and arts and cultural facilities, among other features. Below are a few highlights of the history of Holladay infrastructure – these details not only make our community unique but also present many challenges. • The Holladay area was the 2nd community established in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847, although the City was not officially incorporated until 1999 • Over the past 172 years, Holladay infrastructure systems evolved over time, as land use and industry changes saw farms and large tracks of land developed into suburban residential areas and commercial/retail service districts. • Holladay infrastructure systems were not master-planned, community-wide nor do they, in many cases, meet present-day standards. Portions of our infrastructure system also remain under private ownership. • When the City incorporated, the vast majority of infrastructure had been in place for several decades, if not more than a hundred+ years, like the historic ditch laterals. • Holladay’s boundaries have expanded 4 times since the 1999 incorporation through annexations in 2002, 2003, 2005 and 2015. In 1999, the City was about 5.3 square miles; today, it is almost 8 square miles. • Notable recent additions to public infrastructure since 1999 include 2 new public parks, a vibrant, revitalized downtown, new fire station, and renovated City Hall, Justice Court, and police precinct. Maintaining and improving infrastructure is one of Holladay’s most important responsibilities and biggest challenges, given the great cost and the limited funding available. For the past 20 years, Holladay’s capital spending has been reactively driven, but rapidly deteriorating conditions require a more prudent approach. The most efficient use of taxpayer dollars rests on the proactive preservation and maintenance of the existing systems to prevent more costly repairs and reconstruction in the future. Holladay is working on a strategy to do just that based on the priorities of our residents; a database of identified, unmet infrastructure projects and community needs; and compiled data, research and future projections. Working together Holladay can keep our community a safe and beautiful place to live for the coming decades.

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Summer 2019 filled with community festivals By Joshua Wood | joshw@mycityjournals.com


s the school year winds down and summer heats up, festival season takes off and lasts throughout the summer. From the end of May until late August, cities throughout the Salt Lake Valley celebrate community spirit with parades and fireworks along with local traditions unique to each summer event. Check out this schedule of festival events and plan your summer fun.

WESTFEST West Valley Centennial Park| June 13 - 16 • Centennial Park (5405 West 3100 South) • “Your Family, Your Community, Your Festival”—Westfest offers something for everyone. The event includes a parade, 5k and 10k races, vendors and fireworks. From June 13 to 16, enjoy one of the best carnivals in the valley.

FORT HERRIMAN TOWNE DAYS Butterfield Park | June 17 - 22 • Butterfield Park (6212 West 14200 South) and other locations • Herriman celebrates 20 years of incorporation at this year’s festival. Residents and visitors can show off their talents in the Fort Herriman Days talent show and enjoy the circus and a wide variety of events, including the Yeti Run. The festival also features a home run derby, carnival and more.

TAYLORSVILLE DAYZZ West Valley Regional Park |June 27 - 29

This year’s summer festivals will feature plenty of activities for children. (Photo courtesy of Brittany Davis)

SOJO SUMMER FEST South Jordan City Park| May 29 - June 1 • South Jordan City Park (11000 South Redwood Road) • South Jordan City Hall (1600 Towne Center Drive), Heritage Park (10800 South Redwood Road) • With the theme “Where Summer Begins,” South Jordan gets the season off to a classic start with SoJo Summer Fest. Attendees can enjoy summer traditions like the car show and parade on June 1 along with a fun SoJo twist, the Battle of the Bands.

HEART AND SOUL MUSIC STROLL Sugar House | June 8 • 1530 E. 2700 South • Local bands share the healing power of music as friends and family can stroll from house to house listening to various performers. Food trucks and bike rentals will be available. These performers spend the rest of the year playing for audiences who can’t come to the music stroll.

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with the parade, which is followed by two days of action-packed rodeo activities and then the carnival.

SANDY CITY 4TH OF JULY South Towne Promenade | July 4 • South Towne Promenade (10000 South Centennial Parkway) • “Let Freedom Ring” is the theme of the Sandy City 4th of July festival. The event will once again feature the spikeball tournament, plenty of vendors, games and activities for kids, as well as the parade and fireworks.

FUN DAYS Murray Park |Juy 4 • Murray Park (296 East Murray Park Avenue) • Murray Park is the place to be for the city’s Fun Days on July 4. The day includes a breakfast, parade, 5k run/walk and children’s race. Attendees can also enjoy the chalk art contest, and of course, fireworks. • July 4 Parade and Festival

• Valley Regional Park (5100 South 2700 West)

• South Salt Lake

• Taylorsville offers a blend of the usual summer festival activities along with a musical twist. Festival goers can take in the parade and fireworks, check out the hot rods at the car show, and run the 5k. The event also features performances by the Utah Symphony and the Taylorsville Orchestra.

• The City of South Salt Lake offers a pancake breakfast to start off its July 4th parade and festival at Fitts Park. The festivities will also include a 5k and parade.

RIVERTON TOWN DAYS Riverton Rodeo Arean |June 27-29, July 2-4 • Riverton Rodeo Arena (1300 West 12800 South) and City Park (1452 West 12600 South)

• Fitts Park (3050 South 500 East)

BUTLERVILLE DAYS Cottonwood Heights| July 26 - 27 • 7500 South 2700 East behind Butler Middle School • Butlerville Days returns with two action-packed days of fun. There will not be a 5k this year, but the popular

• The Riverton Rodeo returns on June 28 to start off Town Days. The event will also feature a parade, carnival, fireworks and movie in the park. To fuel their fun, attendees can take in the chuck wagon breakfast. Contests and activities include spikeball, pickleball, 3-on-3 basketball, yoga in the park and more.

STAMPEDE DAYS West Jordan Rodeo Arena| July 4 - 6 • West Jordan Rodeo Arena (2200 West 8035 South) and Veterans Memorial Park (1985 West 7800 South) • July 4-6 • West Jordan offers a big time rodeo, fireworks, carnival and more during Live music will entertain festival goers all summer Stampede Days. The festival kicks off long. (Photo courtesy of Brittany Davis)

pickleball tournament is back. Attendees can also enjoy the parade, rides and games, the car show, a movie in the park and fireworks.

DRAPER DAYS Draper Park | July 11 - 13, 16, & 19 - 20 • Draper Park (12500 South 1300 East) • Draper Days kicks off with the rodeo July 11–13, then the festival continues with more activities, including the children’s parade on July 16. There will be plenty of tournaments and activities on July 13 when people can compete in pickleball, tennis and basketball. Events on July 19 and 20 include the parade, car show, 5k, concerts and more.

OLD WEST DAYS RODEO Bluffdale Park | July 26 - 27, August 5 - 10 • Bluffdale Park (2400 West 14400 South) • Old West Days kicks off with the rodeo on July 26 and 27. Then a wide variety of activities happen between August 5 and 10 including a parade and the family shindig on Aug. 10.

HARVEST DAYS Midvale City Park | July 29 - August 5 • Midvale City Park (425 East 6th Avenue) • Historic Midvale Harvest Days take place from July 29 to Aug. 5 and will feature block parties, a movie in the park, music and more. The parade, festival and fireworks will take place on Aug. 3 at Midvale City Park.

SANDY BALLOON FESTIVAL Storm Mtn Park |August 9 - 10 • Storm Mountain Park (980 East 11400 South) • Starting at sunrise, the Sandy Balloon Festival will take off from Storm Mountain Park and fill the skies. Activities will fill the rest of the weekend, including the balloon glow on Saturday evening at the South Towne Promenade (10000 South Centennial Parkway).

BLUE MOON ARTS FESTIVAL Holladay City Hall Park |August 24 • Holladay City Hall Park (2300 East 4570 South) • Wrap up the summer in Holladay with the Blue Moon Arts Festival. The event will include live music, arts, food and children’s activities. l

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Father’s Day around the County 2019 By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com


appy Father’s Day, Salt Lake County! The City Journals gives a tribute to Valley dads by sharing what they are doing this holiday.

for her husband’s Father’s Day. She is going to recreate a memorable Hawaii anniversary, by turning their Holladay backyard into Hawaiiday—creating a temporary sand pit and paddling pool, complete with 12 children and Father’s Day bows to Mother’s Day Like a gentleman, June’s Father’s Day parents in grass skirts, sipping “mocktails.” bows to May’s Mother’s Day, opening the The ModernDad.Com—‘We get to famidoor for her and letting her go first. Father’s lies in different ways’ Day, according to some fathers the City JourUtah is somewhat famous for its momnals interviewed, like to keep their day more my bloggers — women who write on the modest than a more elaborate Mother’s Day. Internet about their experience as moms. Explains Jeff Stenquist, a Draper res- Jason Dunnigan, senior digital communicaident and Republican member of the Utah tions specialist at Riverton-based Stampin’ Legislature, “Myself and fathers in general, Up!, has been presenting the other side of the we don’t get into celebrations so much. We story, giving “a guy’s perspective” on being don’t try to draw a lot of attention to our- a parent since the first posting of his “The selves.” Stenquist noted that gifts for Father’s Modern Dad” blog in 2014. Day tend to be “socks,” versus more exotic This Father’s Day will be the first time gifts for Mother’s Day. Dunnigan, who was adopted, is armed with Socks work just fine for the Draper dad information about his biological parents. of adopted children from the Ukraine, folAt Christmas in December, he was giftlowed by the added gift of biological children ed with ancestry DNA from local company in what some parents would consider an en- Ancestry.com. Through the experience Dunviable boy-girl-boy-girl formation. “Father- nigan ended up in dialogue with his birth hood is a great honor. It’s a great experience mother and learned about his birth father. to be a dad.” The experience—and what he said he will be thinking about this Father’s Day—is Father’s Days on the road, again a gift for himself, knowing, “I am where I am Utah daddy blogger Jason Dunnigan has been writing about being a modern dad for the past five years. This Born in India and then growing up in supposed to be.” Dunnigan, a father of three Father’s Day he is grateful for his adoptive parents and three young children. (Photo Credit Jason Dunnigan) Kearns, Salt Lake County District Attorney and Salt Lake City Foothill neighborhood who said he looks like his father, Taylorsville resident Sim Gill recalls spending Father’s resident Jim Dunnigan, a long-time Republican representative of the Utah House of Day on the road with his father. Back in those days, property assessment Representatives, observed, “Sometimes, we was a centralized function for the state, ver- get to families in different ways. I am really sus a responsibility now delegated to coun- grateful.” ties. Gill’s father, Jagdish, then an appraiser for the state of Utah, now residing in Cottonwood Heights, would travel the state to assess land values. “Delta, Kanab, St. George, Price, Duchesne,” Gill rattled off Utah municipalities as if in a speed challenge. Gill and his brother and sister always viewed Father’s Day as “an adventure” and a “special time,” spent on the road, away from their Kearns childhood home.

Giving fathers a head start West Valley City resident Frank Bedolla said he has coached more than 600 low-income Utah dads on how to be the best fathers possible, by un-learning behaviors and attitudes. Through his nonprofit Fathers and Families Coalition of Utah, Bedolla offers the Nurturing Fathers Program, a 13-week, evidence-based training course designed to teach men parenting and nurturing skills. Fathers and Families Coalition starts the work of growing great future dads for young men, as well. Bedolla’s “Wise Guys” course, currently being taught at Murray High School and downtown’s Horizonte School, “teaches young boys how to be men, how to treat women.” Bedolla said that previous generations of parents misunderstood “quality time,” to the detriment of their children and families. “They thought quality time was being present, but it is also being interactive.” His advice to Utah fathers, for Father’s Day 2019? “The best thing you can do is invest in your child. Be the best father you can be. Be there.”

Foster Father of the Year—A Hawaiiday in Holladay Just in time for Father’s Day, Holladay resident and head of strategic insights for Western Governors University Michael Morris was named Foster Father of the Year for the Salt Lake metropolitan area. First fostering, then adopting seven children within the first six months of marriage, Morris and his wife, Amy, were a phenomenon. Now, almost three years later, the couple has achieved near super-foster hero status for fostering another five children, all siblings, hoping to ultimately reunite them with their birth parents. The Utah Foster Care Chalk Art Festival at the Gateway is officially honoring him the last day of the festival—and the day before Prizes for papas - keeping fathers safe on Father’s Day. the job by remembering their children Wife Amy Morris has another surprise For the past 14 years, WCF Insurance

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2018 Exemplary Father Vladimir Cespedes receives his honor with the best gift of all – his children. (Photo Credit: WCF)

(Workers Compensation Fund) has reached out to Utah’s growing Hispanic and Spanish-speaking audience. As can be imagined, many of those folks are dads. WCF wants to remind dads to be careful on the job, and do it through the gentle and most powerful tug of all—through the heartstrings of their children. The Padre d’el Año—Father of the Year—competition gives Utah children a way to nominate their fathers to earn the special honor and to be gifted with prizes WCF touts as being $500 in value. Children in three age groups—ages 7-11, 12-15, and 1517 nominate their papas for the prizes. Three fathers each season are honored,

receiving cash and one-of-a-kind gifts. This year’s Padre d’el Año and two runners-up will be honored at the June 29 Real Salt Lake game later this month. While the program is targeted to Hispanic and Spanish-speaking audiences, the honor is available to all. Entry forms (offered in Spanish and English) are available at www. wcfespanol.com/. The contest is a case of all fathers being winners. “The major reward that each father receives is knowing they are heroes for their children,” said Carlos Baez, community relations manager for WCF and Taylorsville father of three. l

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to whom Epperson called “arguably the best player in the state,” Connor Robb-Wilcox, of Skyline. Holmes has battled foot problems throughout the year and has even had troubles running this season. “I’m optimistic if we can get (Goodson) healed up, he can win some matches at state,” Epperson said. “Holmes fought hard to earn that third seed. Our doubles teams have been solid all year, and I expect some wins at state from those teams.” In preparation for the state tournament, held at Liberty Park May 16 and 18, Epperson was excited to see what his qualifiers could do against top-notch competition. “Expectations at state are always high, as I expect a lot from my boys,” he said. “But the reality is, we are truly in a rebuilding year, and they have exceeded my expectations by each individual qualifying for state and receiving good seeds going into the tournament, which really helps in moving forward come the time to play. Outside of results on the court, Epperson has enjoyed working with this group of players and watching the improvements they’ve made. He also lauded them for their good attitudes and the way they’ve represented the school. “The most satisfying aspect of the season is building relationships and trust with these great boys,” he said. “When a team knows what’s expected, and the coach is consistent with praise and discipline, the team seems to step up and respond in a positive manner. Every practice, the boys come ready to have fun and work hard. The improvements and quality of tennis I see from the JV squad gives me great optimism of where this program is heading for the future. Olympus tennis, for the years to come, will be a program to be reckoned with and will always be one of the toughest teams to compete against.” l

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Child shot 211. “We were really pleased with the way we played, especially the first day,” James said. “The wind got to everyone on day two, so it was not surprising that all scores were higher.” As for the season as a whole, James said the team reached its goals of winning region, qualifying for state and making the cut. He was also happy that even when adversity hit, the team was close, and players helped one another out. “I think my favorite memories are having to deal with tough weather — wind, rain, snow, hail, weather delays at state, cancelled events,” he said. “In spite of all this, the team was a tight-knit group. They liked each other and stayed together and had fun.” James also said he relied on his seniors — Bella Feinauer, Zebelean, Child, Gracie Siu, Emily White, Bailey Randle, Ann Kim and Rylee Young — to be mentors to the younger golfers. “These seniors taught our youngsters how to work, how to stay calm and play through adversity,” he said. “They set such a good example of how to do it right.” Next year could be another big one for the Eagles. The team returns four golfers and has some other players waiting in the wings to join the varsity squad. “Our two best golfers return and should improve,” James said. “We expect to add several good young players. We would hope to compete for a region championship, go to state and compete for a state championship in the next couple of years. It was a great year, and we couldn’t be prouder of our girls. I have high hopes for us moving forward.” l


irls golf is the first high school sport to finish its spring season, and the Skyline Eagles represented the school well with a Region 6 title. With the league crown, Skyline advanced as the top seed from the region to the Class 5A state tournament, held May 7–8 at the Ridge Golf Course in West Valley City. “We were really pleased after winning the region championship, “ head coach Kenneth James said. “We won the region comfortably, only losing one tournament.” Things got interesting at state, as the Eagles and their competitors had to contend with rough weather. On day one of the tournament, there was a three-hour rain delay. The following day, nasty winds made it difficult to hit the ball accurately. Still, the Eagles persevered, and James was happy with his players’ efforts. “We were really proud of how we handled the conditions,” he said. “We fought through it and showed toughness.” Freshman Gwen Poelman and sophomore Avery Neville displayed their talents in the inclement weather. Poelman shot a 93, her low score of the year, while Neville shot a 97. Fellow sophomore Asia Le led off with a 92 on day one and followed that up with a 91 on the second day. James expects her to be named Second Team All-State. Junior Claire Whisenant, a likely First Team All-State selection, led the team with a two-round total of 161 (81 on day one; 80 on day 2). She finished sixth overall among all 5A golfers. Denali Zebelean, a senior, and fellow senior Skylee Child helped the team finish near the top of the standings as well. Zebelean shot 207 over the two days, while



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Olympus baseball shares region title, wins at state By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

The Olympus Titans won 11 of their last 12 games to claim a share of the Region 6 baseball title. (Photo courtesy of Dave Bagley)


he accolades continue for Olympus sports this school year. After stellar campaigns in football in the fall and boys basketball in the winter, the Titans’ baseball team added to the trophy case with a co-championship in Region 6. Olympus went 11-4 in league play, sharing the title with Highland. However, the Titans earned the No. 1 seed for the playoffs by beating Highland two out the teams’ three meetings. In amassing 11 wins in 15 league contests, the Titans swept West and East, they beat Skyline twice in three tries and picked up a victory over Murray. Head coach Cortland Felts was happy with the way the players paid attention to the details of the game. “I think we have done a lot of things well this season,” Felts said. “Specifically, we have pitched the ball well and run the bases well, which is something I put a big emphasis on. Additionally, I thought we have been good in situations that were important; our batting average with runners in scoring position was substantially higher than our overall team batting average. Timely hits with two outs was also very impressive this year. Timely hits and running the bases well, coupled with good pitching, is a decent recipe for success.”   Felts highlighted his pitchers, who played a big role in holding opponents to an average of 4.7 runs a game in region play. Senior Jack Holberg, a three-sport athlete, led the team with six wins and an ERA of 1.86. He also had the most complete games and shutout on the squad. Fellow senior Noah Bagley was the team leader in innings pitched and in strikeouts with 47. Another senior pitcher, Tyson Blanchard, picked up five wins this season. “They have been our three starters and have been great,” Felts said. “They have come up big in multiple situations.” Offensively, juniors Nolan Martin, Frankie Goodson, Zach Alder and Ryan Thomas, along with Holberg and senior teammate Jonah Pingree, hit the ball well all year. “It has been a real team effort this year on the offensive side, and I have been happy

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with the production we got out of all the players, which has led to a lot of our success this year,” Felts said. Looking back on the regular season, Felts said he was happiest about the resiliency the players showed. No one got down on themselves or on the team, even after the Titans lost their first three region games. “This group could have easily mailed in the season from there, but instead they did just the opposite and proceeded to win 11 of our last 12 games to win the region,” he said. “That was impressive.” The weather wasn’t friendly to Olympus or any baseball teams along the Wasatch Front. Snow and rain required rescheduling of games and modifications to the practice schedule. Olympus had no returning varsity starters coming into this season, and Felts was hoping the preseason would help the coaches see players in different situations and get a feel for who played well in various scenarios. Felts said coaches were “robbed of this opportunity” due to Mother Nature, but his players responded incredibly well and figured things out. Winning region was the highlight of the year for Felts, especially in a season where he didn’t think many people expected much out of his team. “It was a great season, and we had a lot of fun,” he said. “We have lots of good memories and impressive performances. Winning the region title was icing on the cake, and from a coaching standpoint it was definitely one of the most rewarding seasons. Watching these young men compete, grow, succeed and rise to situations that required it are what makes coaching rewarding and fun.” Olympus advanced to the Class 5A state tournament, starting out the double-elimination playoffs with a 1-1 record. The Titans breezed past Wasatch 9-2 in the first round May 13. Holberg was the winning pitcher, and the Titans collected 11 hits on the afternoon. The following day, Olympus fell to defending champion Jordan in the second round by a score of 7-1. The Titans would defeat region rival Highland 3-2, before falling two days later to Corner Canyon. l

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Titans comfortably secure region title in boys soccer, reach state title game By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

Josh Gubler takes a shot during region action. (Justin Adams/City Journals)


year after falling to third place in league standings, the Olympus boys soccer team came away with the top prize in Region 6, winning the title with a more than twogame cushion. Olympus went 8-1-1 in region action, earning 25 points in the process (three points for wins; one point for ties). Second-place

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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.

• 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.

• 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.

• Check with your city to determine what areas allow fireworks. Cities such as Sandy and Herriman have decreased the areas that permit fireworks.

• Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.

• Know your fireworks. Read cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting. • Don’t get fancy. While it may be tempting to be creative and construct your own fireworks, the results may not be worth it. • Responsible adults should not only be present, but should supervise closely. Never give fireworks to small children. • Alcohol and fireworks does not make a good cocktail. Save your alcohol for after the show. • Light one firework at a time and don’t linger. Fireworks look just as pretty from 30 feet away as they do from five. • This one may seem obvious, but fireworks should be shot outside, not inside.

• Never shoot fireworks into metal or glass containers. The ricochet hurts just as much. • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials. • Report illegal explosives. They ruin it for the rest of us. • 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. • 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. • Last, but not least, make sure everyone using fireworks has safety glasses or goggles.

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wo Holladay teens, Caroline Durham and Ezekiel Sokoloff, won their respective string divisions at the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) Competition in Spokane, Washington. “I just want to give a broad perspective. If these were athletes, football players or basketball players, they would be front-page news,” Eugene Watanabe said. Watanabe is founder of the Gifted School in Salt Lake City where both Caroline and Ezekiel “Zeke” study. “To have two of them win their respective age categories is really quite an asset for the city,” he said. A composed young woman, Durham has a restrained yet direct way of speaking. “I was required to play 25–30 minutes of music in the final round of the competition. I chose contrasting pieces from different periods including the third movement of Bach’s ‘Sonata No. 2 in A minor,’ the first movement of the Beethoven ‘Sonata No. 2’ and the third movement, cadenza and fourth movement of the Shostakovich’s ‘Violin Concerto No. 1,’” she said. Durham, who has a special affinity for Shostakovich, said, “Shostakovich is one of my favorite composers because of the way he communicates emotion through his music. Because of his experience living in Russia at the time of Stalin, the emotion he expresses is raw, abstract and powerful.” A senior at Skyline High School, Durham will be pursuing a double major in music and neuroscience at Julliard and Columbia in New York City. She wants to study how music affects the brain. Watanabe said, “Just to give perspective, to get into Julliard, which is arguably by name the most famous school in the world, they take about 15 to 16 undergraduate students — that’s globally, we’re not talking just the US. To be among that crowd, the equivalent in sports would be like getting selected to be a quarterback at Alabama or a point guard at Duke.” “She and Zeke represent in their age categories the handful of kids, maybe four or five, that are at that elite level.” Zeke is serious and makes excellent eye contact with adults, but somehow retains the exuberance of youth in the very eyes that meet adults head on. In the final round of the Junior String Performance Division, Zeke, 13 years old, performed the last movement of Paganini’s “Violin Concerto in D Major,” one of the most difficult violin pieces to perform. Zeke said, “What makes it so difficult to perform is not just technically but getting the right style as well — the Italian opera style to the piece — putting that over the technique is the most difficult. Most of his compositions

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are inspired by Italian operas.” “Zeke, doing the Paganini concerto, for example, is the equivalent of doing a quad in figure skating,” Watanabe said. In the final round, Zeke also played Prokofiev’s “Violin Sonata No. 1 in F minor,” first movement; and the third movement of Bach’s “Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor.” Zeke enjoys the constant progression and betterment he attains from practicing. An admirer of Bach, he likes the way Bach was able to write very complex pieces with multiple voices. He also enjoys Tchaikovsky, whom he believes has a very romantic and balletic style. Zeke has been playing the violin for about seven and a half years. Regarding Durham and Zeke, who will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. on June 6 at Holladay City Hall, Watanabe said, “They’re models of working hard, not quitting, having the discipline to do it every single day, practicing every day for those number of hours — training alone is hard work.” “Both Caroline and Zeke are outstanding academic achievers as well, and regardless of whether they become professional musicians or not, they’re equipping themselves to succeed in any field that they end up doing. I think that the message is that the community should celebrate those kinds of kids, and also create as an example to other kids that you can achieve this too if you’re willing to work, and these opportunities will open huge doors for these kids.” l

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o you know what the first day of summer (June 21) means for a music lover like myself? Summer concerts! Utah, surprisingly (or maybe unsurprisingly?), has an amazing music scene. From rock shows, to country extravaganzas, to electronic music festivals, to rap concerts, to musicals, to recitals; we’ve got it going on. When purchasing tickets, concertgoers have a few different options. You can purchase tickets through one of the most popular local ticket vendors: Smithstix. Alternatively, you might seek out tickets from TicketMaster, VividSeats, Songkick, Stubhub, or other similar websites. Or, you might buy tickets directly from the venue. For example, if a show is at The Complex or Eccles Theater, you can visit their website and purchase tickets there. The final option is to buy tickets at the door (or maybe even from scalpers). After spending years refining the craft of buying tickets for the best price possible, the best advice I can give is: it depends. I know, I know, that’s not the answer you were hoping

for. Here’s why: it depends on how much the tickets are, how excited you are to see the artist, and when/where/and how long the show is. When considering buying concert tickets, I recommend answering the following question: how much do you care about seeing the performance? Usually, that answer has some follow-up questions. Have you been waiting to see this artist/band/show? If so, how long have you been waiting? Do you know song lyrics (if there are lyrics)? Would your life benefit from seeing the artist/band/ show live? Or will it be better to only know them from their videos, televised concerts, etc.? After gauging your desire to attend the show, figure out how much you would be willing to pay for a ticket. If it’s someone like Lady Gaga or Paul McCartney, are you willing to pay in the triple digits? If it’s someone local, or niche, are you willing to pay $20? Maybe $40? Once you have an acceptable number in your head, go ahead and search for those tickets, but not before. At this point, if you find the desired ticket is about $10 below your acceptable price range, go ahead and snag that ticket. Allow for that $10-$20 flexibility, because online vendors will charge various service fees. Smithstix has at least three different service fees, generally totaling around $15.

Or, if you find the ticket is a little over your price range, but your desire to attend far outweighs the cost, make sure to buy early. You don’t want to get stuck in a situation where you want to go to a show, but it sold out quickly, so now all the tickets are over $200, when they were originally around $40. No one wants that. If the ticket is not in your desired price range, and you’re not sure if you really want to go, you have some options. Buying at the door isn’t a bad one. The awesome thing about buying tickets at the door is the absence of service fees. If a show is going to be $20 at the door, I can bring a $20 bill and be just fine. Not like when a website says it’s going to be $20, then all of a sudden, it’s $35 because of fees. However, if you wait to buy your ticket at the door, there’s the possibility that the show could sell out. And then you’re back to the question, how much do you care about seeing the performance? Is it worth potentially missing it? If you’re looking for shows or performances to attend, sign up for newsletters. There are places on many websites where you can sign up for pre-sales. Additionally, some ticket vendors, Live Nation for example, will occasionally have $20 ticket weeks, where they list a handful of shows for $20 a ticket. Those are an absolute steal!

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