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builds friendships through service By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


Members of Friend-2-Friend donated 3,200 pairs of underwear to the Volunteers of America Homeless Youth Resource Center. (Jen Wunderli/Friend-2-Friend)

together and finding ways to bring everyone together.” Another service project was volunteering at the Christkindlmarkt, a German Christmas festival, where group members worked with homeless advocate Pamela Atkinson to make 500 lunches for the homeless. “And we just started packing lunches. There were sandwiches being made and lunch sacks being put together,” Olivia said. “After that, Pamela Atkinson told us about some of the things that she’s done and told us some stories, and those were really inspiring to us.” Gochnour was in charge of a service project at Woodrow Wilson Elementary, where many students live below the poverty line. He organized a three-day service project in the style of an Olympiad. “The first day, we had the students compete against each other in school subjects like math and science and reading and English. The next day we

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had the kids compete against each other in sports to promote fitness and exercise,” Gochnour said. “The last day was a culmination of events where we had awards and chalk throw and it was a lot of fun.” A more recent service project Friend-2Friend participated in was volunteering with Habitat for Humanity. The group helped level the ground around a house and lay sod. “The family we did it for was this single mom. She had a son who was our age. We showed up and the workers there told us what to do,” said 18-year-old Samantha Sheets. “We laid sod down and it was hard work but we were able to get a lot done.” The group is currently working on a new project aimed at celebrating the community. According to 15-year-old Mary Nydegger, the group has interviewed aides and teachers at the high school and both junior highs. “We asked them what they love about their


group of Holladay teens are dedicated to helping their community through service and friendship. Friend-2-Friend is a service club based out of Olympus High School, Olympus Junior High School and Evergreen Junior High School. The roughly 125 teens conduct monthly service projects specifically focused on helping people in their community. “It’s a service club that is building friends through service. That’s our slogan,” said 15-yearold sophomore Olivia Davis. “We’re a bunch of junior high to high school kids who are trying to make the world a better place while having fun and making people smile.” According to Olivia, the group finds out what the community needs and then tries to find a way to help with that need. Since the group consists of teenagers, there are certain limitations to what they can and cannot do. However, Olivia said they try to find a way to use their abilities as best they can to help other people in the community. One of the first service projects conducted by Friend-2-Friend was called the Brief Relief. The students collected new underwear to be donated to the Volunteers of America Homeless Youth Resource Center (VOA). “It’s something that they don’t have enough of and it’s pretty overlooked because it’s something you need every day and it’s nice to have a clean pair,” said 17-year-old senior Jake Gochnour. “When we were looking for service projects, this was one we thought we could do and really applicable to our service group because it was a project for peers and for students like us in high school that could help them and benefit them and it was pretty easy for us to do. It was one of the better projects that we’ve done.” Gochnour said the group gave out information to residents of Holladay about the Brief Relief and installed pick-up stations at local schools and city buildings. In the end, 3,200 pairs of underwear were collected. Members of Friend-2-Friend then donated the underwear in person to the VOA and had a party with some of the homeless youth. “It was so much fun,” Olivia said. “We were celebrating everything we could do and bringing communities that sometimes aren’t always

job, who are their heroes, what qualities to look for in a friend and why are they unique. We’re going to get those together on posters and put them on their doors,” Mary said. “We did it last year as well. The teachers who saw that and having the students see that people are real people, it makes us appreciate them more.” While the group is mainly focused on service, building friendships is also a key element. Fifteen-year-old sophomore Brooklyn Randle said the reason she joined the group was not only the service but also the focus on friendship. “Friend-2-Friend has not only included making friends with the people a part of it but it’s also finding friends in the community and making friends with people you usually wouldn’t talk to because of their situation,” Brooklyn said. “But seeing it from a different point of view has really helped me talk to people at school more. You open your eyes to how it’s not just about you but about everyone.”. l

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hile the primary role of a firefighter is emergency response, firefighters have other responsibilities residents may not be aware of, reaching above and beyond the call of duty. On Thursday, Feb. 2, Cub Scout pack #3384 received fire-safety education and had the opportunity to tour the Holladay Unified Fire Authority (UFA) firehouse. Patrice Taylor, den mom of pack #3384, appreciated the care the Holladay firefighters put into providing the information both the Wolf Den and Bear Den kids needed for fire-safety merit badges. “The fire department is great because they asked us what information we wanted them to cover … we could have fulfilled the requirements in our regular den meetings, but felt the boys would get more out of (hearing) it from firemen,” Taylor said. Taylor further added, “Plus, big trucks, sirens and hanging out with our local heroes is pretty cool.” The den packs kicked off the evening with a fire safety and emergency preparedness discussion lead by Koby Saurey, UFA paramedic, with Rod Sellers, UFA captain, encouraging further questions. Once questions were wrapped up, the next stop on the tour for the cubs was the fire-station kitchen, complete with three large fridges, two islands and a dining table large enough for

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firefighters on duty to sit down to a family meal with their second family at the fire department. Last was the garage. Jason Bosen, UFA engineer, explained the different truck features, which included explanations of the truck tools utilized and the importance of ensuring tools are returned to the correct place. Another crowd pleaser came when Randy Stevens, UFA paramedic, modeled firefighter gear complete with respirator to show how firefighters are given their “super power” when responding to fires, as well as providing a visual for why it is not safe for anyone other than firefighters to enter a structure on fire. In addition to providing safety information through group tours, the department offers demo talks for schools in an effort to help bring the importance of fire safety and emergency preparedness education to the community. To further the outreach of education for the public, UFA also helps communities run CERT programs, has a Juvenile Fire Setters program to help troubled youth and participates in community fairs or civic events whenever possible. For those unable to attend fairs or participate in various community events, Matthew McFarland, of UFA Public Relations and Information Bureau, recommends visiting the UFA Facebook page for fire-safety education and announcements.

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Despite each firefighter going through extensive training on how to handle the threat of fire, McFarland said over 80 percent of calls UFA responds to are actually medical in nature. For this reason, every firefighter is also either an EMT, completing 120 hours of training, or is a paramedic, which requires an additional 1,200 hours of school. This is often why the public will see both fire and ambulance vehicles at homes when medical problems are called in or at the scene of an accident, not to mention in matters of well-being and survival. The general rule, as McFarland stated, is, “We’d rather have too many hands on deck than not enough.” Given how much our UFA does for the community, for residents curious about how to show their appreciation, McFarland recommended they call the UFA administrative number at 801-743-7200 or contact the Holladay City mayor when they have a good experience with UFA. “It goes a long way with our command staff to know that (UFA) is having positive impacts in the community,” McFarland said. For more information on events coming up in Holladay, visit unifiedfire.org, send an email to publicrelations@ufa-slco.org or contact Kathy DeVoogd at 801-562-9129. l

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bstract painter Layne Meacham started painting when he was 13 years old and not interested in school. An art teacher, David Chaplin, offered him art classes, as well as private lessons. There, Meacham learned how to stretch canvas and the basics of art such as color, shape and form. He also took classes at the Salt Lake Art Barn, now known as the Finch Lane Gallery. Chaplin also taught Meacham about abstract art, which ignited a passion in him and he’s been painting ever since. In 1967, Meacham went into the marine corps and was sent to Vietnam. After receiving the Bronze Star, he returned to Utah to pursue a degree. He earned his undergraduate at Westminster College and went to Columbia University in New York City to pursue a graduate degree in social work. There he also took art classes at the Arts Student League. “That’s where (Jackson) Pollock and (Lee) Krasner and all the New York School guys in the 1950s, all the abstract artists went there,” Meacham said. “It had a big reputation as a school. It’s not in a university. All the abstract expressionists went there.” After his wife at the time became terminally ill, Meacham transferred to the University of Utah to continue his pursuit of a masters in social work. He continued to take art classes during that time. Meacham is now a semiretired psychotherapist. Meacham’s art used to be described as abstract expressionism. That term now refers to the specific period in art history between the 1940s and 1960s. “I do abstract and even have started doing less abstract and more landscapes, but they’re still kind of abstract,” Meacham said. “I’m a colorist. I like color. I like a lot of color. I like to break the rules. When they say, ‘Never put that color with that color,’ when you break them, you find out they’re kind of interesting so you take it as far as you can.” Meacham said he feels drawn to art because he believes everyone has a build-up in their unconscious that they need to express and get out of themselves. “With art, you really can sense an individual. You can really say a lot about yourself and explain yourself through your art,” Meacham said. “If you want to know someone and really know them, look at their art instead

Layne Meacham’s abstract paintings can be found in galleries across the state. (Layne Meacham/Artist)

of what they say and what they do. Their art will tell you what’s inside of them.” Even though Meacham is a Vietnam marine, a lot of people see his work and think a woman painted it. “It’s not that it’s effeminate but it’s the color,” Meacham said. “Being free to put yourself up on the wall and put yourself in paintings and let people see who you are and how you tick. When you get to know the artist and their art, you learn a lot about the individual.” When creating his art, Meacham isn’t afraid to try new things or get messy. “I’ll start a painting and then I’ll rotate it upside down then I’ll turn it sideways and then I’ll turn it again. Then I may think I’m finished but then I’ll think, ‘No, this isn’t right,’” Meacham said. “So I’ll get a whole new color and paint over it. Every painting will usually have two or three paintings underneath it because it’s got to be right.” Meacham’s work can be found in several permanent collections around the state including the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum at Utah State University, the Springville Museum of Art, the Salt Lake County Collection and the Marcia and John Price Museum of fine Art at the University of Utah. He was also elected by the 2002 Cultural Olympiad Committee as one of the One Hundred Most Honored Artists of Utah during the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics. More information about Meacham and his art can be found at http://meachamart.com. l

“With art, you really can sense an individual. You can really say a lot about yourself and explain yourself through your art.”


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Megaplex Theatre to open in March By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


esidents will have a new option for entertainment this spring when the new Larry H. Miller Megaplex Luxury Thetres opens. Located at 1945 East Murray-Holladay Road, the grand opening will be at noon on March 8. “One of the first major Hollywood films to premiere at the new Megaplex Luxury Theatres in Holladay will be Disney’s live action version of ‘Beauty and the Beast,’” said Jeff Whipple, vice president of advertising, marketing and public relations at Megaplex Corporate. “As a result, we are inviting Holladay residents to ‘Be Our Guest’ as we celebrate the opening of the new location.” The new movie theater has been in the works since Megaplex announced its plans in November 2016. “Residents in Holladay have shown a keen interest in a Megaplex location for some time. Holladay is a vibrant community that continues to show significant growth and a wonderful environment for family-friendly entertainment,” Whipple said. “Utah leads the United States in movie attendance and have repeatedly voted Megaplex Theatres as Utah’s favorite movie theaters.” The new theater will feature six state-of-the-art digital auditoriums, including a new laser projector system featured in the VIP Auditorium. Other amenities include heated power luxury recliners, big-screen video gaming, reserved seating, high resolution imaging at 48 frame rate, Coca-Cola freestyle beverage system, expanded concessions and premium dessert options, corporate events and banquet space, digital posters, menus and

A rendering of what residents can expect at the new Megaplex Luxury Theatre opening in March. (Jeff Whipple/Megaplex Corporate)

multimedia screens. According to Whipple, the location where the new Megaplex will be was once the site of another movie theater chain. It has seen undergone a complete top-to-bottom luxury renovation and state-of-the-art technology makeover. “The construction and design team have gone to great lengths to provide Holladay residents a completely new level of elegance in movie going,” Whipple said. “The new Megaplex Luxury

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Theatres in Holladay will offer nearby residents the opportunity to see first-run Hollywood films at a neighborhood theater for the first time in several years.” Whipple said the location’s private banquet area will be ideal for business meetings, company parties, family gatherings and more. Moreover, Whipple said the Megaplex Luxury Theatre team will work to ensure the highest level of guest services to provide residents the ultimate entertainment experience. Residents are encouraged to watch for updates about the theater on the Megaplex Theatre website www.megaplextheatres. com, as well as follow them on social media, www.facebook. com/megaplextheatres and @megaplextheatre on Twitter and Instagram. Residents are also encouraged to stop by the theater and ask for a tour. l

“Holladay is a vibrant community that continues to show significant growth and a wonderful environment for family-friendly entertainment”

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Local leaders meet with legislators to discuss bills in session By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com

Meet the legislators town hall. (Michael Pitcher/Representative Moss Intern)


n Thursday, Feb. 9, residents of the Wasatch Front filled the Big Cottonwood room at Holladay City Hall to meet their legislators. In a town hall meeting moderated by Doug Wright of KSL Radio, residents were able to ask Senator Jani Iwamoto, Senator Brian Shiozawa, Representative Patrice Arent, Representative Carol Spackman Moss and Representative Marie Poulson about the topics that mattered most to them. Holladay City Mayor Rob Dahle led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance and kicked off the evening on a positive note, expressing how fortunate Utah is to have such a dedicated community and local government. Before delving into audience questions, Wright invited the legislators to introduce themselves, starting with Rep. Poulson, a former teacher in her ninth session, who accredits education as her main motivator in becoming a legislator. She was followed by Senator Shiozawa, an ER physician in his second term, who strongly encouraged constituent feedback, citing how helpful input has been for him, especially regarding issues like Bears Ears. During introductions, legislative veterans Arent and Moss received applause upon sharing they were in their 17th session, with more applause when Moss further stated in addition to service time, “what we really are proud of too, is that two women, and two Democrats are the longest-serving house members.” Senator Iwamoto listed the committees she sits on including the Senate Education Committee and Senate Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Environment Committee, both of which are very busy given the current political climate of education and land protection issues. More information on the committees each legislator serves can be found by accessing the

legislators’ bio pages through the legislative roster on the Utah State Legislature website. After introductions, Wright jumped right into audience questions, explaining in the interest of staying on schedule he would combine the common thread of each topic, beginning with the hot topic of public lands. “Regarding Bears Ears and now Grand Staircase (Escalante National Monument), federal lands does not belong to the state of Utah; it belongs to the people of all 50 states. Once it is drilled, mined or crisscrossed with roads it will never be wilderness or wild again,” stated an audience member comment read by Wright. Next Wright read this question: “Will our voices be heard tonight by this legislature?” Rep. Poulson was the first to respond, stating the house had just passed a resolution regarding the request to rescind Bears Ears and request to diminish the size of Grand Staircase. Rep. Poulson found this disheartening, stating, “These two resolutions, in the house, did not go through the proper public process.” Rep. Poulson further explained the decision was made to debate these issues in rules, instead of sending them through a committee. Having met with Native American tribes earlier in the year, Poulson knew this issue was important to them and felt due to improper process their voices were not heard. Though Rep. Poulson did not vote for either bill, she expressed her disappointment and described hearing the tribes chanting outside as the bills were passed. Rep. Moss described the difficulty the rules committee faced attending meetings that did not have adequate representation of both sides and the frustration of those breaking protocol not having any consequences. continued on next page…


H olladayJournal.com Rep. Arent shared in the sentiment of frustration regarding her experience lobbying to protect Bears Ears at the White House and encouraged the audience to participate in matters, regardless of which side they support, adding, “currently (the administration) is hearing too much from one side.” The crowd applauded in support of Senator Shiozawa as he noted he was the only Republican senator to vote no on this resolution, feeling there was no compromise or bipartisan support that brought people from all sides to the table to discuss how to best serve the people and land. Not surprisingly, the second hot topic of the evening regarded the chewable air, more commonly known as inversion. These questions ranged from asking for more data on causes to cars vs. refineries, yet all questions shared the same message: What can be done about our air quality? Rep. Arent mentioned her creation of a bipartisan clean air caucus. This was due to her understanding of how air quality affects Utah, from the economic perspective of businesses not wanting to move here to the many health concerns from respiratory issues to increased risk of heart attacks related to inversion. There is still much work to be done for cleaner air, from informing citizens to pay attention to smog ratings on cars to upgrading school and city busses, as well as funding research for solutions. As Rep. Arent said, “Every week someone emails us with a great idea on how to clean up our air, but I want to make sure those ideas are backed by research and data before we put tax-payer dollars behind trying to implement them.” Rep. Poulson complimented the constituents on their involvement in cleaning up Utah air, “Because constituents pounded their representatives with letters and concerns about clean air our caucus is huge and truly bipartisan hearing from

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you they have discovered this is one of the most important issues for the people who live here. So keep pounding.” The third collective question regarded the opioid addiction epidemic sweeping across the state. Wright read, “There are bills addressing the opioid issue — do you feel this session will finally find the solution to this epidemic problem?” Rep. Moss discussed the important role Naloxone has played in saving the lives of those who would have otherwise overdosed, and further explained an initiative started by Dr. Jennifer Plumb. “In the last nine months, they’ve distributed 2,000 Naloxone kits and Dr. Plumb has trained police departments with the nasal spray. They have had 438 saves.” Rep. Moss acknowledged this does not solve the addiction aspect; however, saving a life often leads to the individual seeking treatment. Senator Shiozawa mentioned a program called Opioid Free ER, similar to programs rolled out with success in Michigan. The concept behind this is giving people the best treatment possible with as few narcotics as possible, with as reasonable alternatives as possible as well, Shiozawa said. The fourth and final topic regarded concerns over what can be done to improve education for Utah students, with lack of education funding being the most asked question. Several legislators referred to the flat tax being detrimental to the educational funding. Rep. Poulson hopes the threat of a citizen organization supporting the raise in taxes may improve current funding issues. Rep. Moss received accolades upon her comment, “Many say you can’t just throw money at it, but I say we’ve never tried.” Rep. Moss further expressed concern over the teacher shortage happening in the Utah teacher market, an issue that she said could only be remedied with more funding for better pay.

In addition to teacher retention, education structure is another huge issue facing educational facilities. Rep. Arent said teachers from the blind and deaf school do not have offices and work out of their cars. Rep. Iwamoto expressed her concern over a budget severely lacking funding necessary to meet school district needs and the difficulty in deciding on appropriation of funds when all appropriation requests are valid. At every opportunity, all senators and house representatives cited the importance of public participation. The 2017 legislative session is currently running through Thursday, March 9. For more information on bills, visit the Utah legislative website. l

Meet the legislators town hall with Senator Jani Iwamoto, Senator Brian Shiozawa, Representative Patrice Arent, Representative Carol Spackman Moss and Representative Marie Poulson. (Michael Pitcher/Representative Moss Intern)

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izzie Noel’s song, “Counting My Freckles,” is an original composition she entered for the Spring Lane Elementary PTA Reflection competition. She won at her school, council and district level and now is advancing to the state competition. She is 9 years old and in the fourth grade. “She has played the violin since she was 3 and the piano since she was 7,” said Sarah Noel, Lizzie’s mother. “She was so excited to enter Reflections this year.” Reflections is an annual contest held every fall, sponsored by the National PTA. Each year has a different theme. The theme for 2016–17 is “What is your story?” Noel explained it is a light-hearted and upbeat tune and she thought it reminded her of when her daddy counts her freckles. Each time he counts them, there seems to be 10 more than the last time. “She loves it and giggles every time he starts counting them,” Noel said. Lizzie created the song to share her story of this joyful memory with her father. Rivka Richman, PTA president at Spring Lane Elementary, said students are given approximately six weeks to work on their entries. “We had over 60 entries this year,” Richman said. Lizzie spent several weeks developing her piece for submission. “She recorded it and added different themes until she was happy with how it sounded,” Noel said. Reflections began in 1969 by Colorado State PTA President Mary Lou Anderson. Its purpose is to have students explore the arts. “We have six categories: literature, music composition, photography, visual arts, 3D art and film,” Richman said. Members of the PTA help to explain and facilitate the Reflections program at their respective schools. According to the Utah PTA website, there are between 10,000 to 13,000 entries submitted annually. Utah is divided into 21 regions, with many further split into councils. Utah has a total of 56 councils. Council and regional leaders work with the Utah PTA to review entries, select winners and award students. “Our three judges were chosen from our community and two were professional artists. There are very specific rules for entries, one of which for the artist to write a personal statement about their work,” Richman said. “The judges read each statement and weigh their scores on how well it is written, and how the submitted work applies to the Reflection theme.” According to Noel, Lizzie was one of four music entries from Spring Lane to be chosen for the council level.

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Lizzie Noel, a fourth-grader at Spring Lane Elementary, is an award-winning composer. (Sarah Noel)

The PTA offers two types of awards. The first is the Award of Excellence, given to the contestant with the best entry within a specific category. These recipients can then advance the next level of competition. The other is the Award of Merit to recognize runner-ups. Many schools host event gatherings and offer additional school recognition. Martin Bates, superintendent of Granite School District, presented Lizzie and others with the Award of Excellence at the Granite District Office on Friday, Jan. 13. “There were nearly 2,500 entries in Reflections this year in (Granite School District) with only about 60 winning at the district level,” Noel said. “Her accomplishment is really something to be proud of.” Aside from her musical talent, Lizzie is learning to speak Chinese in the dual-immersion program at Spring Lane Elementary. “She loves to sing, enjoys doing gymnastics and can often be found reading books in her reading nook. She is also an awesome sister to two little brothers,” Noel said. Richman mentioned she created a short video about Reflections at Spring Lane Elementary. The video also displays some of Lizzie’s talent, and can be viewed on the PTA website: http://www.springlanepta.com/reflections.html. l

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PTA and PTSA boards seek new members to serve By Rubina Halwani | r.halwani@mycityjournals.com


pringtime symbolizes renewal as schools hold nominations of new Parent Teacher Association/Parent Teacher Student Association board members for the 2017–18 school year. Typical roles include president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and student representatives. Cottonwood Elementary has over 35 board positions and as many activities planned through the school year. Jacki Ball, director of government affairs of PTA National, praised their 120-year legacy in a 2016 training video to new board members. “Did you know that National PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy association?” Ball asked. “We were founded in 1897 and our legacy of influencing federal policy to promote education, health and well-being spans 120 years.” Lindsay Kaelberer, co-PTSA president of Olympus High School, said she has enjoyed serving on the PTSA this year. “It has broadened my circle of friends and expanded my friendships in the Olympus community. Because of my service, I have a great relationship with the office staff, Mr. Perschon, and even many of the teachers. I feel comfortable and welcome in the place where my children spend so much time,” Kaelberer said. “There are also many issues, such as grade reconfiguration, that have been discussed at various meetings. It is nice to have the correct information as these issues will impact my children and family.”


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An outreach poster inviting parents to join the PTA. (National PTA website)

Nominations serve as the first part of the election process, followed by voting. Only active members of the PTA can serve and select board members. Membership of the PTA varies by school. Ridgecrest Elementary PTA charges $5 for membership. The PTSA at Butler Middle school charges $7. At the local level, each school PTA conducts a variety of school programs. School PTA’s host/manage fundraising

events, spirit week activities, various ribbon days, science fairs, Reflections submissions, spelling bees, etc. Board members typically meet once a month to plan events, discuss issues and review expenditures. In many schools, the principal also presides over meetings to offer suggestions, support or communicate school matters to the PTA. In addition to board positions, parents can support their local PTA by attending events, volunteering for specific activities or donating funding and resources for an array of programs. At the state level, the Utah PTA disseminates information related to legislation and statewide programs, like the annual Reflections contest. The Utah PTA encourages school PTA/ PTSA boards to hold elections in the spring, as noted on their website. The PTA was founded by Alice McLellan Birney and Phoebe Apperson Hearst. Since its founding, the National PTA performs advocacy for education, health and safety of students and schools across America. Historical achievements include ensuring schools serve hot meals during the day and assisting in the establishment of child labor laws. Parents who may be interested in learning more about board positions may visit their school’s PTA/PTSA website or speak to current officers. l

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Driggs Dragons garden project cultivates a community By Rubina Halwani | r.halwani@mycityjournals.com


ast fall, third-grade students at H. R. Driggs Elementary had a special opportunity to replant the school’s courtyard. Principal Mike Douglas initiated the project. Working in partnership with the Utah Associated Garden Clubs and Thanksgiving Point, the Driggs Dragon Gardeners club was formed. “They are a junior garden club that I was lucky enough to create,” said Connie MacKay, first vice president of the Utah Associated Garden Clubs (UAGC). The UAGC is the state chapter of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. “There are only 20 children in our garden club,” MacKay said. “But we have managed to include most of the other classes in our planting projects, thus making the school children feel that they all have an investment in the courtyard.” Douglas and third-grade teacher Alison Jueschke help manage the program together. MacKay explained the club’s mission: to get the children interested in gardening and expanding their knowledge of and interest in the natural world around them. “In September, October and November we worked really hard weeding and clearing the area,” MacKay said. First, MacKay, Jueschke and a few parent volunteers helped to clear out debris. “Then, the children helped redistribute the soil and plant spring bulbs, and various perennials,” MacKay said. Thanksgiving Point pitched in with their Tulips Journey North program. They donated 125 tulip bulbs to Driggs. In 2013, Thanksgiving Point produced a video explaining how the program works. “Tulips Journey North is an outreach program that we do

Third-graders participate in Thanksgiving Point’s Tulips Journey North program. (Driggs Facebook)

that consists of two visits,” said Thanksgiving Point Education Coordinator Jennifer Brown. “We come in the fall and explain to students about living and nonliving things. We help them plant their tulips. The spring activity is similar to the fall where it has an inside and outside component.” As word spread of the garden project, donations came from the surrounding school community. MacKay mentioned parents donated gardening gloves for each student participant. Other parents donated snacks and rewards for students.

Local businesses also participated with additional monetary and in-kind donations. Millcreek Gardens lent out 10 troughs. Red Butte Gardens donated 1.5 truckloads of used potting soil. David Wright from Earth Community Gardens gave planters. Ames Tool Company gave approximately $150 worth of gardening supplies including shovels, rakes, troughs and edgers. MacKay said students transferred the donated pile of soil with a bucket brigade to the planting areas. MacKay has more activities planned in the spring for the garden club. She will use resources from the National Gardens Club to teach awareness of pesticides, diseases, habitat loss and pollution. “We will be developing a better understanding of amphibians, using ‘The Frightened Frog’ book as our core,” she said. “We are hoping that our garden club will influence the rest of the school and community to care more for our planet and its inhabitants.” “The Frightened Frog, An Environmental Tale” is one of several books produced by the National Garden Club as a learning tool. The book shares environmental concerns about amphibians and how children can support their habitats, starting at home. It’s designed for readers in grades K–4, and sells for 10 dollars via the National Garden Club website. “This has been a exhilarating experience for parents, teachers and students alike,” MacKay said. “I would highly recommend that other schools consider reaching out to our youth in this fashion.”  The Utah Associated Garden Clubs may be reached at info@utahagc.org. MacKay encourages anyone interested in learning more about the National Garden club to visit http://www. gardenclub.org. l



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M AYO R ’S M E S S AG E The Megaplex Theater Group will open a new 6-screen luxury theater venue at 1945 East Murray Holladay Road this month. We are thrilled to add this amenity to the list of activities citizens can patronize within city boundaries. We view this announcement as another very positive step toward de-

veloping a more self-contained community experience. By that I mean, having available to our residents commodities, superb public schools, recreation and entertainment opportunities where we live. We want you to spend your time and money in Holladay! In addition to the Megaplex announcement, Ace Hardware opened their second location at 6250 South Highland Drive. It

will serve the hardware needs of the South and West ends of the city, with The Village Ace Hardware handling the North and East districts. Additionally, Harmon’s new neighborhood market should begin construction this April, with a projected opening date of December 2017. Once complete, they will offer a state of the art grocery and dining experience to our downtown patrons. We are beginning the planning phase of a projected $2.7m improvement of the 8-acre Knudsen Park open space area behind Tuscany and The Cotton Bottom. We hope to begin construction in spring 2018. Once complete, it will provide another park and open space opportunity for our residents. We continue discussions with the county to expand recreation offerings at Olympus Hills Park, Creekside Park and at the Holladay Lion’s Fitness and Recreation Complex. All of these developments are an effort to enhance the Holladay experience. It’s an exciting time to live on our little city. Stay tuned; there is more to come! –Rob Dahle, Mayor

URBAN DEER UPDATE As many of you know, the City Council has been looking into ways to help residents deal with the urban deer population we have living within our city. Back in October we hosted an open house to discuss implementing a deer mitigation program. The meeting was well attended by Holladay residents. A representative from the Division of Wildlife Services presented the two types of mitigation programs that are available to municipalities under state law. The plans are either lethal or non-lethal. The non-lethal plan involves trapping and relocating deer living within the city; while the lethal plan involves a professional archer who would euthanize deer living within the city. From those in attendance, it appeared that the residents’ opinions for and against a mitigation program were evenly split. The same has been true as to calls, letters, and emails we have received from residents. At the meeting and in my article that appeared in the Holladay Journal in November, I informed residents that the city council would be discussing the issue more in depth and deciding if implementing a removal program was best for Holladay. After holding numerous discussions, the City Council has decided that it will not be moving forward with implementing a deer mitigation program. There are many reasons why the council came to this decision, some of the main reasons being: the cost of implementing a program, the man power required for a program, and if this issue really affects the health, safety or welfare of all Holladay residents. We also discussed the fact that any removal program was not going to completely eradicate the problem, but instead would hopefully mitigate it. We recognize that our decision is not going to be welcome news to many. Believe me, we understand and sympathize with those that are experiencing problems with deer. However, we do not feel that the city is capable at this time to finance and implement a program. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I can be reach on my cellphone 801-232-4544 or my email: mstewart@cityofholladay.com.

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Hear Ye, Hear Ye The City is working closely with the Journals and post office to ensure delivery to our residents. We want to make sure everyone is receiving the Holladay Journal. If you are not getting a copy of the journal monthly or if you receive it sporadically during the year – we want to hear from you: 801-272-9450.


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Municipal Energy Tax Update Nearly a decade ago, the Holladay City Council approved a municipal energy tax or MET, which residents pay each month as part of their utility bills. At that time, many roads in the City of Holladay were in serious need of repair. City leaders decided to issue a bond to finance approximately $9 million in road repair citywide. Each year since, dollars collected through from the MET have been used to make the annual payments on that bond. Funding from the MET has also grown to supplement the overall City budget. 10 years later, many roads within the City of Holladay are in need of repair. While original bond did not improve every street and road within the City, and did not provide for a long term plan for maintaining and improving the City’s infrastructure, it did help improve the condition of many roads and streets, at least initially. When the City Council authorized the collection of the energy tax 10 years ago, they decided to have the tax end six months after the bond that paid for the original road repairs is paid off. The last payment on that bond is scheduled for later this year. The City is currently in the process of assessing the overall condition of the City’s infrastructure. Our initial work suggests that most of the roads in our city require some work,

By Gina Chamness, City Manager

and that some of our roads require a lot of improvement. I doubt that will be surprising to most of the people that live in the City. There are also improvements beyond roads that are needed. This includes bridges over our canals and creek crossing, storm drains, street lighting, and facility maintenance. All of the necessary improvements suggest that it will be very difficult to let the tax expire and keep pace with the City’s needs. Over the course of the next several months, the City will be looking at this issue carefully. The Mayor, the City Council and I will examine several alternatives, including letting the tax expire and continuing the tax at the current rate to fund improvements that are needed in 2017 and beyond. We’ll look at whether it makes sense to issue another bond and make improvements all at once or whether we should make improvements on a pay as you go annual basis, or whether we need to be doing a mixture of both. Look for additional articles both in the Journal and on our newly updated website to keep up with the discussion. Please share your thoughts on this topic on the City’s website, directly with city officials or during public comments at City Council meetings, which are generally held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month.

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In Memoriam

Listen to City Meetings Live >>>>> If you can’t make it out to a City Council or Planning Commission meeting well you are in luck. You can now listen live online to these meetings via our website. Click on “Listen Now” or browse http:// mixlr.com/cityofholladay on your PC, Mac, iPhone/ iPad or Android device to hear live streams. If you don’t have time to listen to it live, you can login and listen to past meetings at your convenience.

District Five Town Hall Meeting Wednesday, April 12, 2017 • 7:00 pm Big Cottonwood Room Please join Council Member Mark Stewart – District 5, City Manager and staff for an update on issues affecting the city and your area and to ask any questions you may have.

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Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling Updates From The District Green Waste Program The Green Waste Collection Program will resume beginning Tuesday, March 21 for Holladay residents. Holladay currently has 646 subscribers. This is a subscription program that helps divert green waste from the landfill to be processed into mulch that can purchased for use from the Salt Lake Valley and Trans-Jordan Landfills. For more information on this program, please visit our website at: http://wasatchfrontwaste.org/green-waste.

Reusable Grocery Bag Campaign WFWRD has a new campaign to encourage the use of reusable grocery bags. The campaign is using the slogan “BYOB: Bring Your Own Bag.” Plastic grocery bags, and other similar stretch plastic materials, create challenges for the recycling facilities and clog up the machinery. This creates down-time and increased expense in processing other recyclable materials. We ask that all residents consider reusable grocery bags, or ask for paper bags when shopping to reduce the use of plastic grocery bags. Most grocery stores have receptacles in their entrance or customer service areas for customers to dispose of their plastic bags for proper recycling.

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If you can’t make it out to a City Council or Planning Event Start Time Comments Commission meeting well you are in luck. You can March 1 Olympus Jr. High Jazz Band Concert 7:00 P.M. Infor. 385-646-5224 nowLion listen live online to these meetings via our Mar 8-10,11 &13 King Jr website. Click on “Listen Now” or browse http:// March 15 “ Concerto Concert 7:00 P.M. mixlr.com/cityofholladay on your PC, Mac, iPhone/ iPad or Android device to hear live streams. If you April 13 Olympus High Band/Orchestra Concert 7:00 P.M. Infor. 385-646-5400 don’t have time to listen to it live, you can login and listen to past meetings at your convenience.


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Wrestling takes another step forward with Wilcox state championship By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

801-979-5500 | holladaychamberofcommerce.org The Holladay Chamber of Commerce is committed to actively promoting a vibrant business community and supporting the responsible nature of the greater Holladay area. The Chamber supports issues and activities dedicated to meeting member needs while enhancing the quality of life for all of Holladay.

UPCOMING EVENTS: Monthly Coffee Social and Networking at 3 Cups Holladay Every 3rd Thursday 7:30-9am Member Orientation at myBusinessBar Every 1st Thursday 8-9am Holladay Chamber Members and the Holladay Business Community are invited to attend a Holladay Chamber Town Hall w/Mayor Rob Dahle and City Officials

to hear updates for our City in 2017, bringing together the business community and City leaders to provide an update/overview of the developments planned or proposed in Holladay. 7:00-7:45pm Mayor Rob Dahle and City Officials 7:45-8:00pm Q & A

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Sophomore Isaac Wilcox battles Holland Knudsen of Timpanogos in the state championship match. Wilcox won 17-2 to claim the state title. (Macy Wilcox)


lympus High School wrestling saw great success as their season came to a close this month with sophomore Isaac Wilcox winning the state championship in the 138 weight division. Sophomore Riley Noble finished as runner-up in the 132 weight division. “I felt pretty good,” Wilcox said of winning the state title. “It was totally worth it, all the practices I’ve been through, all the hard work I’ve been through, it’s just a pretty good feeling of accomplishment.” Wilcox, an All-American in freestyle wrestling, finished the year with a 49-2 record. He won the championship match by tech fall 17-2 (where the match is called once you get up by 15 points). Head Coach Devin Ashcroft said it’s the time and effort Wilcox puts in outside of his matches that separates him. “A lot of people don’t realize how much time Isaac puts in…it’s fun to see him be able to achieve his goal, which was to be a state champion, and put in all that time and have it be worth something for him,” Ashcroft said. After finishing third in 2016, Wilcox entered the spring season wrestling Greco-Roman style, which he trained in through July. He earned a seventh-place finish at the Cadet National USA wrestling tournament during that time. This year, he wants to do both freestyle and Greco-Roman. Ashcroft said it’s Wilcox’s strength, speed and driven nature that forms the state champion. “He sets goals and looks at what he wants to accomplish and really works towards those throughout the season and stays pretty focused towards those goals,” Ashcroft said. “Isaac’s really strong and he’s very quick so the combination of those two things makes it really hard for a lot of wrestlers to stop him.” Noble, who finished the year with a 42-10 record, lost in the state championship match to Zak Kohler of perennial power Wasatch. A place, Ashcroft said, not many people expected him to be despite his taking first in the qualifying tournament the weekend previous. “He kind of caught a few people off guard. We knew that Riley was as good as he

demonstrated… A lot of people didn’t anticipate him to do that good but we always expected that he would,” Ashcroft said. He added Noble peaked at the right at the end of the season. “He’s wrestled the best tournaments he’s wrestled all year long” in the final two tournaments, Ashcroft said. Where Wilcox is speed and power, Noble is technique. “He’s not the strongest or the quickest like Isaac is, but he knows a lot of different moves and he will set them up and get guys in the position he needs them to be in so that he can score, so he’s technically very sound,” Ashcroft said. Ashcroft and Wilcox only see this as the beginning for a team brimming with talented underclassmen. Besides Wilcox and Noble, the Titans will see sophomore Jacob Degraw and freshman Emerson Conlon returning to potentially compete for the state title in their respective weight classes. “I feel like we learned a lot and by the time we’re seniors we’re gonna be pretty good if we continue learning as much as we did and being better every day,” Wilcox said. Ashcroft said their quality extends off the mat as well. “They’re not just good wrestlers, they’re good young men that work hard and make really good decisions in their lives. We’ve got a really bright future coming through,” he said. With the high school season complete, Olympus wrestling started its club season on Feb. 21. The club team works three styles of wrestling — folkstyle, freestyle and Greco-Roman — for ages 5 to 18. Taught by Tom Hickenlooper, a former AllAmerican, Ashcroft said the club has a “highcaliber, high-quality coach that’s coming in to teach some of those extra styles.” It is what Wilcox did a year ago and other members of the team are expected to join. For any interested in joining, no matter the wrestling ability, you can learn more at www. olympuswrestling.com. l


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Specialized class teaches safety, social and swim skills By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


hough the Otter Swim Club may not contain actual otters, it does give swim instruction. The club is a Salt Lake County program designed for children with an autism spectrum disorder or intellectual disabilities to improve swimming fundamentals, water safety and social skills. “Really, every kind of aspect in life is what this program benefits, so it’s really amazing,” said Ivy Hausknecht, Salt Lake County adaptive aquatic manager. Hausknecht oversees the Otter Swim Club (OSC) program. Run year-round, OSC is available at various county recreation centers throughout the valley including Fairmont, Holladay Lions, Gene Fullmer, Dimple Dell, J.L. Sorenson and Magna. With drowning being the leading cause of death for children with autism, there is strong need for programs like the OSC. Hausknecht said the water proves vital for individuals who may have sensory processing sensitivities. “The water is so beneficial for that. You just can’t get that feeling anywhere else in life than being in the water,” Hausknecht said. “For some kids when they kind of have those sensory sensitivities, the water just touching their entire body kind of calms them and gives them a sense of relaxation and that 45 minutes is awesome for them.” Water bodes well especially for the general population of kids with Down syndrome who may experience joint issues, making it difficult to be physically active on land. Hausknecht said water allows for them to do everything. “They get great exercise, they get to learn this really important life-saving skill that a lot of us take for granted,” Hausknecht said. OSC, designed for youth ages 3-18, is divided into four levels for swimmers to progress through: water orientation, beginner, intermediate and advanced. Swimmers in the advanced level have the opportunity to compete with the county’s pre-competition teams. “Water orientation is meant for kids who are terrified of the water then work their way up to the swim team level so that is really cool,” Hausknecht said. With the program running in four-week sessions, the amount of kids accepted into each level is dependent upon the number of teachers. OSC averages one teacher per three kids. Hausknecht said different centers have varied staffing numbers. For example, Fairmont has enough where they can accept up to 10 kids in each level while other centers carry only one or two levels. Growing up with family members experiencing disabilities, Hausknecht said while those relatives are now grown up, she wished programs like these had been around

Teachers and swimmers perform their team cheer at the end of the Otter and Adaptive Swim classes. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

sooner. “If there were options like this 15, even 10 years ago, it could’ve changed their lives,” she said noting 20 percent of Salt Lake County has some form of disability. “We’re really pushing (adaptive programs), I just see how it could’ve benefited my family back then.” But working with the kids themselves might be Hausknecht’s favorite part of the OSC. “These kids, the smile on their faces, this is kind of their highlight coming to these practices once a week, they look forward to it. When they get to the pool, seeing how excited they are to be there it makes you excited to be there,” she said. OSC doesn’t have to be limited to these six centers. Hausknecht said if people want this program at other facilities they can call her. Once she sees it’s desired at another location, Hausknecht begins forming a plan to place OSC there. “I just need those requests so the more the community knows that we have this program, the more it will grow,” she said. “I want people to know that we can grow, they just have to call.” To contact Hausknecht or learn more about the program, call (385) 468-1903 or email at ihausknecht@slco.org. l

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Titan swimming has foundational year, wins three individual titles


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

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

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


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Dreams come true: students make collegiate choices on signing day By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


lympus High School celebrated national signing day for five of its athletes on Feb. 1 with three girls soccer players and two football players. “I can’t think of a time when we’ve had this much interest in our athletes or this much recognition of our athletes,” said Athletic Director Kael Ashton. He estimated this is the most Division 1 athletes signed from Olympus since in his 18 years at the school. Ben Bywater verbally committed to Brigham Young University last summer; he was also being recruited by Utah State, but said it was an easy decision. “It was a dream come true,” Bywater said of his decision to sign for BYU. “I’ve been a BYU fan my whole life so getting offered by them was just like my dream. It was an easy decision — that’s where I wanted to go.” Other signees included Sawyer Pierce, Air Force; Kylie Auger, Southern Virginia University; Sadie Brockbank, Utah Valley University; and Ashley Cardozo, Utah State University. Pierce played quarterback for the Titans while Bywater did a little bit of everything in his senior season as the team’s leading rusher and second-leading tackler. “They’re both obviously college-caliber athletes. They’ve both been heavily recruited, I’m very excited for both of them,” said Aaron Whitehead, Olympus head football coach. Bywater said the whole coaching staff at BYU was Facetiming him the morning of signing day as part of BYU’s signing day live. “It was cool, they just kinda sucked me in and I was like part of the family right then and there,” Bywater said. Before lacing up for the Cougars, Bywater will leave to serve an LDS mission this summer.

“I’m excited, no nervousness, I’m excited for everything. Maybe

Third-graders participate in (Left to right) Kylie Auger, Sadie Brockbank, Ashley Cardozo, Ben Bywater and Sawyer Pierce come together for a photo just after signing to play with their intended colleges. (Olympus High School)

I am a little bit nervous, but you know it’s just football,” Bywater said, who is expected to play as flash linebacker for the Cougar’s 4-3 defense. It’s similar to what linebacker Fred Warner currently plays for BYU. Whitehead said he expects both players to do great things. He said Pierce is the type of kid you would want to represent your country. “He’s extremely disciplined, he has great integrity, makes good decisions. I’m excited for him, I think he’ll be a great fit there,”

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


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

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

and held up their end,” Pereira said. Having every swimmer perform to their best was a testament to the team cohesion they achieved. “It was the upperclassmen and underclassmen coming together, and when you start that in October you don’t know if it’s

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

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worrying about offending someone in the family and how I was going to pay for things.’ When parents have a plan in place it’s the best parting gift they can give their children.” So take out your bucket list. Go straight to the bottom and add Pre Plan my funeral. When you check that one off you’ll feel a whole lot better knowing Helen will be singing at your brotherin-law’s funeral, not yours. l


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Jump into Spring Organization – Is there an App for That?


common question I’m often asked is, “how do you get so much done in a day?” After all, in addition to running a busy Coupons4Utah.com, I also own a travel blog, 50Roads.com and contribute to a grocery website Crazy4Smiths. com. I have a segment on KUTV, write this article monthly and still find the time to hang out with my out-of-state grandkids. Initially, this tough question left me struggling for an answer. After a little thought I realized my most productive days come down to one handy tool. No, it’s not mood-altering drugs (good guess though). The answer is my phone. Now, if you’re like me in the 50-something age range, I know what you’re thinking, “Get a grip, we don’t need no stinkin’ phones!” And admittedly, I did just write an article about the importance of writing down your goals. So, let me be clear, I ALWAYS put my phone away during meals and it NEVER goes to bed with me (two habits I highly recommend for everyone). I’m of the mentality that I own my phone, it doesn’t own me. And while some days it proves to be more of a distraction, this one tool can keep me productive all day. Here are a few apps I use that you could find useful too.



sync my calendar to all my devices and put everything on. I even use it to block out times to take a moment and breath, to go to the gym, read a book, and even plan a vacation. Keeping to a schedule is my No. 1 tip for staying organized. If you’re an iPhone user check out Awesome Note 2 app. It brings together to-do lists, notes and your calendar. These are just a few ideas that will help you organize your time. You can find more apps we’ve shared on Coupons4Utah.com/get-app. The next time you feel overwhelmed with a task, you might just look to see if there’s an app for that. And remember to always check the privacy terms before registering. l

Grocery: ListEase is a free grocery app for your phone and even works with an Apple Watch. After a brief learning curve and initial set up, I found it easy to use for not only groceries, but for to-do lists to. There’s even links to coupons. If you’re a Smith’s or Macey’s shopper they both have great grocery list apps with coupons too. Photos and Kids’ Art: Keepy is a new free app that allows you to organize kids’ artwork and allows the user the ability to share it with family members who live far away. The app also allows you to record voice-over stories about your photos. Google Photos: There are tons of apps out there with cloud storage, but my personal favorite is Google Photos. It’s easy to use, free and offers editing options. Calendar: Yes folks, if you aren’t already, you need to learn to use your calendar. I

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