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By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com


Leaders, parents and girl scouts huddle together before the event began at Columbus Center. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

That’s why adults — like their teachers, principal, school board members, district employees and food services workers — were invited. They facilitated table conversation, making sure everyone at the table was involved. Students advised the adults at their table to start with the outer utensils and move inward with each course, as they’d been taught. Don Adams, district assistant superintendent, looks forward to the luncheons, which are held 10 times a year. He said it is fun to take a break from the office and interact with the kids. “It’s a good reward mechanism for the kids to get out for a day,” said Adams.

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ixth-graders from Spring Lane Elementary got a pop quiz on table manners at a fine-dining luncheon. They ate a four-course meal to showcase the table manners they had learned during an etiquette lesson taught by Granite Food Services management. “This is an experience we’re trying to give them,” Food Services Director Rich Prall said. From the elegantly printed personal invitations to the linen napkins and upscale atmosphere created by student musicians, the luncheon simulated a fine-dining experience. “It’s so fancy it makes me feel like a princess,” said Farrah Lloyd, a sixth-grader. Her teacher, James Reese, said table manners aren’t something teachers get a chance to teach their students. When Prall and Cindy Horton, the district’s food services coordinator, taught Reese’s class for an afternoon, they modeled appropriate table manners and taught proper placement of utensils, napkins and elbows. The students arrived at the Granite Education Center the following afternoon, dressed in their best and ready to apply what they had learned. Austin Vuksinick, the only boy at his table of eight, popped up to assist each guest with their chairs as they arrived at the table. Farrah, following instruction from the previous day’s lesson, waited for everyone at the table to be served before sampling the tomato soup (served with parmesan snowflakes). Prall said one of the purposes of these fine-dining experiences is for students to learn to interact with others. He said these are skills students will need for future business lunches and job interviews that take place over meals. “Eating is a social interaction — it’s not just about the food,” Prall said.

He realizes many kids don’t have the opportunity to eat at fancy restaurants. “It really gives them a chance to try something new and broaden their horizons,” said Adams. Something new to students was the intermezzo course — a sorbet to cleanse the palate — that many viewed as an early dessert. Students were impressed with the quality of the food, which they said was better than school lunch. Josh Kahle and Christian Weber declared each course, from the chicken parmesan to the rolls, “to die for!” While only fifth- and sixth-graders are invited to take the class and attend the luncheon, students of all ages are involved in the finedining program. Junior high students from Churchill and Olympus Jr. High provided background music for the diners. They took turns playing a variety of instruments including piano, violin, flute and saxophone. The meal was prepared by high school students who attend Granite Technical Institute (GTI). Chef Jeff Gratton is the instructor for the culinary classes there. He sets the menu for the luncheons and the students prep the meal and help with service. Gratton is also involved to help teach the etiquette classes. He encourages kids to try new foods and warned them that he’d be checking that they ate their vegetables. Prall encouraged the sixth-graders to pay attention in the etiquette class because they would be tested on the lesson. “There is a test,” he told the students after forks had been placed at the top of their dessert plates to signify they were finished. “And you all just passed it!” Students received certificates for participation in addition to life skills and full stomachs. l

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ver 600 people turned out for the Holladay Arts Council Fine Arts Show on March 24 and 25. Held at Holladay City Hall, the show included 287 pieces from 162 artists. According to Chris Knaphus, the chair of the show from the Holladay Arts Council, the Fine Arts Show has been going on for the past 12 years in different formats. Originally, it was held outside on the lawn of city hall. It was moved inside city hall about six years ago and has been there ever since. Knaphus said the purpose of the Fine Arts Show is to promote art in the community and show some of the talent that exists in Holladay and the surrounding area. “Just to create kind of a activity to draw people to experience some of that,” Knaphus said. Generally, the Holladay Arts Council reaches out to artists in the Salt Lake Valley to submit work, but the majority of the entrees are from the Holladay/ Cottonwood Heights area. “But this year, we had the largest outreach and number of entries. I had reached out to the University of Utah Art School. I reached out to Olympus High, Cottonwood High and Skyline High to get some of their students, and we had some very impressive student art,” Knaphus said. “Then we had a pretty significant amount of artists within probably a twoto three-mile radius of Holladay City’s offices and probably 20 percent outside of that.” The show was a juried show with over $2,000 in cash prizes. Members of the judging panel included Sean Rossiter from the online art magazine “15 Bytes,” a former director of the LDS Church Museum, representatives from the Salt Lake County Art Department and the Utah Watercolor Society. “We had judges that focus primarily focus on watercolor. We had one judge who focused just on photography and some that overlapped on oils, youths, etc.,” Knaphus said. “In total, we had eight judges and we selected first, second and third prize in most all of the categories and then some honorable mentions. Then, during the show we took a survey of the attendees and then awarded the People’s Choice Award.” Knaphus said he hoped the show gave artists of all abilities the opportunity to share their talent. “We allowed them to identify which

pieces were for sale so they could sell their work if they wanted. For student or emerging artist, an opportunity to express their talents,” Knaphus said. “For many of them, it was their first opportunity to have a public showing of what they did, what they have done.” The following is the list of winners from the 2017 Holladay Fine Arts Show: Youth/Student 1st Prize: Christopher Woodward – “Ibis” 2nd Prize: Susannah Mecham – “Man in Charcoal” 3rd Prize: Eliza Anderson – “Three Kings” Honorable Mention: Claire Jenkins – “hHartbea0ts” Honorable Mention: Lucy Petctol – “Mona Lisa” Oils 1st Prize: Jeffery Pugh – “Highway 89” 2nd Prize: Dawna Barton – “Moored Boats” 3rd Prize: Rob Adamson – “Salt Lake City Overlook” Honorable Mention: Lorraine Robinson – “John Lennon” Pastel/Colored Pencil/Graphite: 1st Prize: Chris Cook – “The Punch Bowl” 2nd Prize: Astrid Campbell – “Delicate Green” 3rd Prize: Joan Rollins – “Elizabeth” Watercolor 1st Prize: John Fackrell – “Gnarly Pumpkins” 2nd Prize: Diane Dean – “Putting up Lights” 3rd Prize: Charles Bagley – “VW Bug” Honorable Mention: Mary Pusey – “Zions Cliffs” Acyrlic 1st Prize: Eileen Vestal – “Monument Valley” 2nd Prize: Stacey Bowen – “Circle Mosaic” 3rd Prize: Patricia Newhouse – “Apple” Honorable Mention – Tifffini Brazell – “Sanji”

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Mixed Media: 1st Prize: Vincent Mattina – “Delta Waves” 2nd Prize: Chauncey Secrist – “Over the Horizon” 3rd Prize: Kate Benson – “Colored Bathing” (elephant) Sculpture 1st Prize: Bruce Christson – “Marsh Bird” 2nd Prize: Adriana Serdan Vazquez– “Relelette 2”(pinwheel 2) 3rd Prize: Abilgal Arbagas – “Altair” Photography 1st Prize: Tim Boschert – “Homestead – Randolph, UT” 2nd Prize: Lauren Soffe – “Boysen Street” 3rd Prize: Randy Laub – “Germany Train Station” Honorable Mention: Vlad Turchenko – “Belfast” People’s Choice Award Marianne Velis Goodell – “Turning Point” To learn more about the Holladay Arts Council, visit http://www.holladayarts. org. l


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Poetry workshop encourages teen creativity By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


lorin Nielsen has been writing poetry since he was in the third grade, but didn’t start embracing the title of poet until he retired from teaching high school. He now spends his time teaching how to write poetry to people of all ages. Nielsen held a special poetry workshop for adolescents on April 10 at the Holladay Library. “I’ve done this now at three different middle schools. I had decided on something and it worked so I’ve tried to stay with it,” Nielsen said. “I talk to them about what they know about poetry, what it is and what it isn’t. I then immediately have them write it themselves.” Nielsen developed a five-line constructivist poetry format. He talks the participants through the poem and then has them write one of their own. They usually accomplish this in 10–12 minutes. “That’s how I get them to do it. I have them write immediately. I have them share them, listen to one another. We talk about them and I talk about how this is the gist of poetry,” Nielsen said. “Rhythm and rhyme isn’t. Your subject matter, your imagery, your metaphors and your entering the piece yourself, those are the most important things about poetry.”

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Florin Nielsen teaches his poetry workshop at the Holladay Library. (Kelly Cannon/City Journals)

At the end of the workshop, Nielsen said he hoped the teens felt they could write poetry. “If they can do this and go along with this, they get the feeling they can do it,” Nielsen said. Nielsen was first introduced to poetry by

his mother, who would read poetry to him every night. “She’d read me so many poems when I was a child. And I liked them. I didn’t know how to do them but I liked them,” Nielsen said.

Nielsen didn’t do much with poetry until he was in college and took a poetry appreciation class. He then began to write his own poems. “I had no training, but I decided to start writing them,” Nielsen said. When he started teaching school, he’d teach poetry. It was then he got a passion for it. He found he could get his students to write poetry if he showed he was willing to write some as well. “I would do it with them and when they would have their sharing groups, I would sit in a sharing group and put mine on the table with theirs and they really grew from that,” Nielsen said. After retiring from teaching at East High School for 25 years, Nielsen began to write more in earnest. He has taught poetry at Mount Olympus Senior Center for the past 15 years. Nielsen’s poetry focuses on his family and his hometown, Hyde Park. He has a collection of poetry called “Hyde Park Sonnets.” He is also in a poetry club that focuses on the 13thcentury Persian poet Rumi. “I’ve been highly influenced by Rumi,” Nielsen said. “Lately, my poetry is more mystical as I age.” l


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A series of unfortunate events: homeless shelter site selection By Kelly Cannon & Travis Barton | editor@mycityjournals.com

Councilman Lars Nordfelt along with his wife Jana (left) speak with Shaleane Gee, director of special projects, during an open house at the state capitol. (Travis Barton/City Journals)


he events and decisions that led up to the selection of the various homeless shelter sites in Salt Lake County are filled with frustration, confusion and outright hostility. The issue of what to do with the growing homeless population in the county and where to put them has been met with several different solutions, none of which everyone seems to agree upon. However, the final decisions on where to put homeless resource centers were made and many neighborhoods and communities are about to change. Announcement of New Homeless Resource Shelters On Dec. 13, Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski and the city council announced the locations of four 150-bed homeless shelters around the city that would also serve as resource centers. The locations were: 653 E. Simpson Ave. (2300 South), 275 W. High Ave. (1400 South), 131 E. 700 South, and 648 W. 100 South. The selection was announced without any public comment and are the result of a two-year selection processes. The mayor and council said the decision was made without public input because they wanted to avoid pitting neighborhoods against each other. However, they promised to hold open houses to gain feedback from the community. “A process that would pit different communities in our city against each other and tear our city apart as we try to affect change, was not something we felt comfortable doing,” Biskupski told residents at a Sugar House Community Council meeting. The idea behind the four sites was to provide services such as mental health, substance abuse treatment and job training while drawing people away from The Road Home shelter in downtown Salt Lake City, which is scheduled to be closed. City officials said the smaller shelters would have a minimal impact on the neighborhoods with no drug dealing allowed near the sites and high levels of security. However, not everybody was happy with the decisions. Sugar House Rebuts Instead of empathy, the decision was met with outrage, most vehemently in Sugar House where one site was set for 653 E. Simpson Ave.—across the street from a residential neighborhood that would replace four local businesses. Residents poured into city council meetings, open houses and the Sugar House Community Council meeting to voice opposition to a decision made behind closed doors. City officials maintained they did so to avoid pitting neighborhoods against one another. “The way the city’s handled this, it’s building nothing but resentment from most of the community,” said Chris Sveiven, who lives 75 feet away from the proposed site.

Mayor Ron Bigelow shares his frustration with reporters at an open house on March 21 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center. A few days earlier Bigelow called on the governor to “step up and find some action. Not just talk and quietly in the backroom sign a bill.” (Travis Barton/City Journals)

City Manager Wayne Pyle speaks with residents at an open house on March 21 at the Utah Cultural Celebration Center. Pyle said the city would fight a resource center with “whatever means they have at their disposal.” (Travis Barton/City Journals)

Biskupski pleaded with residents to embrace the resource model that would disperse the homeless population and “stop subjecting them to easy access by drug dealers.” She also urged compassion for “families that need to be embraced by us, that need a little bit of help.” Residents, however, felt the model was too risky. “You’re asking us to take a leap of faith,” resident Shane Stroud told Biskupski during the community council meeting. “This isn’t a leap of faith, this is a gamble and the costs of that gamble are extremely high.” Stroud added if the center didn’t work as intended, repercussions would last decades.

serve specific populations such as single women or single men. Parts of the design also include sleeping areas, on-site case managers to help with specialized services such as job or behavioral needs, food services and security space for a police officer. All would be provided inside the center. The plan would be different from The Road Home shelter on Rio Grande where occupants must leave to utilize surrounding services. Shaleane Gee, director of special projects with Salt Lake County, told residents at an open house that the center would be like an “emergency room facility. A resource center in the sense that it teaches you how to leave homelessness.” West Valley City Mayor Ron Bigelow said if the model’s different from past ventures, why wasn’t that sold to the public. “We’re all reasonable people, and if it’s so great, why can’t you do it at Rio Grande right now? And prove to us that it works. We’ll line up asking for it, may even bid for it,” Bigelow said. McAdams told media and residents on March 21 that the model is similar to Volunteers of America’s Youth Resource Center or the YWCA, both in Salt Lake City, that provides shelter and transitional housing for homeless women and children. City officials continually stressed the burden WVC already carried with its 33,000 affordable housing units and Kelly Benson Apartment complex which provides permanent housing for chronically homeless. “It’s unethical to ask our residents to carry even more. We happily carry our burden, but we can’t do it all,” said WVC councilman Lars Nordfelt at the March 18 open house. On March 22, residents and representative from both South Salt Lake and West Valley City met with the members of the Homeless Coordinating Committee at the state capitol to argue their cities were not suited to handle the proposed homeless shelter sites. McAdams began the meeting by trying to assure residents that they are listening to the public and understand their concerns. “I know the news about this effort to find a location for the homeless resource center has been unsettling and stressful to homes and businesses in South Salt Lake and in West Valley City. I know there are concerns about drugs and crime and property values, loss of economic opportunity,” McAdams said. “I know this is not because of your lack of compassion for people who are met with the crisis that comes with not having a roof over your head or a safe place to sleep at night.” South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood addressed the committee, saying her city and its residents are compassionate and solution oriented but the homeless shelter site selection process has forced them to oppose the shelter in their community for several reasons.

Legislative Take Over On Feb. 24, the four shelter plan was scrapped with two proposed sites dropped—including the Simpson site—and a plan was developed to build a third site somewhere in Salt Lake County. Legislation was passed on March 9 that appropriated more than $10 million to help build the resource centers and removed local cities from having any formal say on the mater. That legislation also required Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams to recommend a site to the state’s Homeless Coordinating Committee by March 30, or risk losing the money. March 10 saw five homeless sites selected—three in West Valley City and two in South Salt Lake, with two additional South Salt Lake sites added on March 21. What ensued was three weeks of what McAdams deemed would be a “robust but abbreviated” process to include public input with four open houses and one public comment session. West Valley City and South Salt Lake Fight Against Site Selection West Valley City officials repeatedly decried the sites selected, citing the stress it would place on fire and police departments, the unproven service model and overall rushed process. “It’s complete vapor,” said WVC City Manager Wayne Pyle of the planned service model during an open house on March 18. He said these resources being talked about are “great ideas and we’d love to see them implemented” but doesn’t feel they are fully formed with no plans, funds or specifics. “In our mind what we have is this shelter being moved from downtown to West Valley or wherever with a lot of good intention, but not anything in terms of an actual plan to prove that it’s gonna be any different than where it is right now,” Pyle said. The county has studied homelessness reforms for over two years according to McAdams. Resource centers are designed to

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Wood said the site selection process has been too rushed, less than fair and less than transparent. “What’s the point of public meetings and site evaluation committee if the sites have already been chosen behind closed doors?” she asked. She also pointed out that as one of the smallest cities in the county, South Salt Lake is already overburdened with regional and county services residents are forced to support. This includes two county jails, two juvenile detention centers, an 88-bed facility for the chronically homeless, a regional sewage treatment plant and a solid waste transfer facility. Wood reminded the committee none of these services pay property tax toward the city. Wood also opposed the resource center model because there is no guarantee it will work. “We have no confidence that the new location will solve the problem. In fact, it feels like we are simply moving the problem south,” Wood said. “The resource center model is too new and there is no funding arrangement in the legislation to offset the community impacts.” Many residents who spoke at the public hearing explained how neither South Salt Lake nor West Valley City would be a good fit for the homeless shelter sites. One South Salt Lake resident said that unlike other cities, this is not a case of “not in my backyard.” Rather, their yard is already full. Another South Salt Lake resident said the city is a great place for the county to put things they don’t want. Residents have been very accommodating but “enough was enough.” Disaster in Draper On March 28, two days before the committee was set to make a selection on the new sites, Draper Mayor Troy Walker shocked residents by announcing he was offering two potential sites for consideration within his city limits. One site would be a portion of the Utah State Prison location, which is scheduled to be moved to Salt Lake City. The other site was at 15001 Minuteman Drive. Draper was the first city to willingly offer sites for a homeless shelter. “It’s the right thing to do, it’s the Christian thing to do. It’s the thing that will set us apart and make us the people we are,” Walker said. However, the Draper residents were having none of it. Nearly 1,000 residents showed up to an open house on March 29 at Draper Park Middle School. The meeting was supposed to be an open house-style meeting where residents could fill out cards with their comments and learn more about the sites. When residents found out there was no public comment to be made, a handful hijacked the meeting, forcing the school to open the auditorium and provide a microphone. The majority of residents who were opposed to the homeless shelter sites cited concerns over increased crime and drugs, putting strains on the police department and lowering property values. Residents took turns airing their grievances, shouting at anyone in support of the site. This included Lawrence Horman, a homeless man who asked for compassion for people like him. He was booed off stage when he called for patience. Another resident who explained she had worked

with homeless teens in the past said she was mostly angry because she felt the decision was sprung upon residents but she was in favor of the sites in Draper. She was also booed and yelled at. The meeting turned hostile when Walker and McAdams took the stage, with many residents screaming abuse at the public officials. Walker tried to explain his point of view but was met with only screams of derision. Residents threatened Walker with impeachment and lawsuits, claiming corruption and deals made behind closed doors. Others called Walker out for the alleged mistreatment of Councilwoman Michele Weeks, who claimed to be left out of the announcement. Weeks told the crowd she had only found out about the sites during the press conference and she was just as shocked as residents. “They have not included the Draper residents,” Weeks said. “We have a lot of questions that need to be answered before we volunteer two sites.” The nearly four-hour meeting, which mostly consisted of Walker and McAdams sitting silently on the stage while residents spoke their minds, ended with Walker rescinding his offer of the two sites. “You folks don’t want it,” Walker said, “so we can’t in good conscience say we want it here.” Final Decision On March 31, McAdams announced the decision to put the third homeless shelter in South Salt Lake at 3380 S. 1000 West. That day, Wood held a press conference to address residents about the decision. She said there are concerns about the site, including the fact it’s close to the Jordan River, a newly developed community on the west side of the river and longtime residents along 1000 West who have fought to keep the nearby agriculture zone intact. “Needless to say, we are disappointed. We are frustrated and we are angry. Our neighbors and businesses have stood together, residents have come out and we have fought this fight together. I thank you for that,” Wood said. “As a community, I think we expressed our concerns well. I think we had a compelling reason as to why we were not the site for the homeless resource center. I’m not quite sure where the communication breakdown was or why it didn’t matter.” Wood explained McAdams made commitments to South Salt Lake to help ease the blow. These commitments included significant investments in open space and transportation, improvements to the Jordan River and new amenities like a library. Most importantly, McAdams told Wood that construction would not begin until legislation was passed next session that would provide some kind of continued funding source for the resource center. “We feel that gives us some time and we’re going to take advantage of that time to address some critical issues to make sure the impact on our community is as small as it can be,” Wood said. Wood also told residents she and the council are promising not to raise taxes. “You are not subsidizing another undesirable regional use in our community,” Wood said. “That’s a commitment that we’re making right now.” Wood called the selection a “lethal blow” to the community of South Salt Lake. “We are angry and we continue to be angry,” Wood said. l

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alker and Cottonwood Lane residents filled the City Council Chambers of Holladay City, Thursday March 23, to voice concerns regarding the need for a tree protection ordinance after a new property owner acted on the advisement to cut down over 20 trees on their newly purchased lot. During the public hearing portion of the council meeting several residents including, former first chairman of the HolladayCottonwood Community Council, Kim Kimball expressed the upset he felt to the council. As Kimball said, “The thing that makes this area special is the trees… and we work very hard to keep those trees… we all fought for two-acre zoning, to keep the trees and the environment of the Walker-Cottonwood area.” Kimball further went on to stress the importance of developing a tree protection ordinance quickly, given all the properties recently changing hands. Another resident, Susan Basmajian, recommended in addition to creating a tree protection ordinance, another solution to avoid another mass tree cutting would be to provide education to new property owners. “Maybe if there was a packet that went out to the new owner, to describe the history of the area and what the trees mean to the people who live there, maybe things would have been different,” Basmajian said. Council member Mark Stewart of District 5 was the first to address residents, at which time he cleared up confusion surrounding the idea the City allowed this to happen, as he explained this particular incident was not a candidate for the current tree canopy protection, in addition being that the land is privately owned and the City did not have authorization to tell the owner what they could or could not do with trees on their property. Stewart also stressed the level of seriousness the City was taking to move forward on a tree ordinance. “All of (the council) love the idea of the

trees in Holladay, we recognize the importance the tree canopy plays in Holladay… we have been working on an ordinance… this incident will give us more ammunition to (ensure) it gets done,” said Stewart. District 4 council member, Steve Gunn, went on to encourage residents to participate on the tree committee, which Gunn himself serves, in addition to explaining where the tree committee is in drafting a tree protection ordinance. “We have shown the ordinance to the planning commission, for their tentative approval. Now we have to work through some sticky constitutional issues,” Gunn said. Gunn went on to describe the ordinance in the current state will categorize trees in a number of ways to offer specified protection, for example historic trees and trees of a certain diameter, to name a couple. Despite the frustration and contention of the residents present during the March City Council meeting, specifically in regards to the owners of the property where the trees were cut down and City officials, during an April interview Basmajian was hopeful current residents would be able to develop a good relationship with new owners. Additionally, Basmajian was encouraged by the response of City officials, as she said, “The City is working diligently on the tree ordinance… Mark Stewart has been very responsive to our needs and that is really encouraging… and for him to hold a town hall is a wonderful thing and a lot of good can come from that.” As this issue went to print, there was a meeting set with the tree committee, city staff, and Council member Stewart and Gunn for April 12 to discuss the first draft of the ordinance. There are further plans to hold public open houses throughout May in an effort to receive public input on an ordinance before the City Council votes. For information on open houses, please visit City of Holladay website. l

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Chamber of Commerce holds town hall with Ivory Homes By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com

Empty third floor of Holladay Macy’s, days before Macy’s officially closed. (Aspen Perry/City Journals).


s Holladay residents bid farewell to the final remains of the Cottonwood Mall, Chris Gamvroulas, president of Ivory Homes, attended a Town Hall at the request of Holladay Chamber of Commerce members in March. Green space, increased traffic, and tax revenue were just a few of the hot topics brought up during the meeting. Gamvroulas opened the discussion by stating Ivory Homes had not yet purchased the property, but was diligently working with the city and wanted to start to get community feedback regarding potential use. “This is (part) of our first outreach into the community, to say, these are the challenges, and get some feedback,” Gamvroulas said. Before opening up the meeting to audience questions, Mayor Rob Dahle stressed any approvals on the Cottonwood property would need to go through public process. “As I’ve said before, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with a local developer… whatever happens on this site will have to go through public process. It will have to either be rezoned or the current zone amended… and we will have more meetings like this when a plan has been presented,” Dahle said. Green space was the topic of concern for the first resident as she asked, “Where are we going to fit some lifestyle green space?” Dahle addressed her concern by stating plans to keep the 8 acres of Knudsen Park as green gathering space for Holladay residents. While also noting the Cottonwood property was mostly asphalt and a mall building, so there would be no green space lost regarding the Cottonwood property. Gamvroulas followed this sentiment and explained Ivory was taking green space into account with potential plans to have the five acres creek side, as a walking path. Additionally, on the residential side of the development, Ivory is mindful of having future residents who will want to have green space as well. Increased traffic and parking was another concern as a resident addressed her concern new development could turn Holladay roads into high traffic areas like Sugarhouse. “From 2006 till now driving in Sugarhouse is becoming a nightmare… it’s busy all the time,” she said.

Gamvroulas sited a recent traffic analysis reported potential traffic from Ivory development at a 30 percent less increase than what was estimated from the Howard Hughes Corporation plans. In an effort to highlight the positive aspect of traffic, Gamvroulas asked Chamber members by show of hands, which did not like traffic. When zero chamber members raised their hand, it provided a visual to the point that for small business owners traffic is positive. Taxes or the lack thereof, was another point of contention as one resident stated, “The master plan must be addressed in its entirety because that was projected to be the primary income source for Holladay City… in petitioning for a rezoning, the city needs to address where it’s future income streams are coming from.” Mayor Dahle addressed this concern by pointing out while residential tax revenue is low, tax revenue is also market driven, meaning the Cottonwood property is not guaranteed to be Holladay’s largest income source. As Dahle further stated, “There needs to be a balance between what is appropriate (for the property) and what is marketable.” As the town hall wrapped up, one resident voiced praise for the potential development, noting the current issue with finding housing in Holladay, as he said, “high-density housing in Holladay is very rare, people aren’t moving because they have nowhere to move to… this would allow seniors to move into a lower maintenance housing option. (Holladay) has been starving for more housing options.” A follow-up comment was met with some audience applause when another resident complimented Gamvroulas on Ivory’s efforts, as he said, “I just want to thank you and Ivory Company for stepping in and taking care of this eyesore.” Gamvroulas further expressed Ivory’s interest in being accessible to the community, though, as a general rule, Gamvroulas does not feel town hall meetings to be productive; he offered to attend any small gathering. “If you want to host a meeting in your living room, I’m happy to come in and get your input,” Gamvroulas said. l

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olladay City officials were recently approached by Business View Magazine to feature both the triumphs and conflicts as Holladay continues to field interest of developers wanting to be part of the unique city that is Holladay. In March 2017, Holladay City was featured in Business View Magazine, a publication, which claims to be “North America’s best source of news” in regards to “the latest developments in manufacturing, construction, infrastructure.” “We were approached by the magazine and after some initial discussion, decided letting others know of our particular struggles and successes would help others who are trying to do the same thing,” said Paul Allred, community development director of Holladay City. The article brought to the forefront a topic many Holladay residents seem to be struggling with when appearing at town halls, planning commission, or city council meetings to voice concerns over new development taking place. On one hand, residents have expressed their want for more development to take place, mostly in the way of shopping and dining, though with many current residents approaching retirement age, more housing options has been another much needed commodity. On the other hand, residents fear Holladay will become overrun with traffic and loose what many residents would consider a less densely populated, more suburban way of life.

Hampton Inn being built in Millrock, Holladay area. (Paul Allred/Holladay City Planning)

As Mayor Rob Dahle was quoted stating in the article for Business View, “We’re a unique community… we’re a city in an urban area that wants to be as suburban as possible.” As new developments are built and private properties change hands, Holladay residents have expressed frustration in feeling they are losing part of what they love about Holladay, specifically in regards to the large trees in Holladay. For residents, the value placed on trees goes beyond aesthetics, as the trees provide a cooling element to Holladay homes and neighborhoods. While City officials work with residents to


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draft and implement a tree protection plan, residents also have the option to nominate trees of significance through the Utah Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, in an effort to preserve and protect trees not currently covered by City restrictions. The unique nature of Holladay, in accordance with new developments in the Holladay Village have attracted attention from other Utah cities including Pleasant Grove, Bluffdale, Farmington, and Sandy, wishing to create a model similar to downtown Holladay. “In the past couple of years several cities have visited the Holladay Village area to ask about the process for creating the ambience and vibe found there. The Village area has also garnered attention from Envision Utah… and is used (by them) as an example of attractive land use,” Allred said. Much like 2016 was bustling with new development, 2017 is slated to be another busy year with more residential and commercial developments coming to both the Holladay Village, as well as other areas of Holladay. “Because Holladay is getting so much positive attention for recent development projects, businesses and potential homeowners are anxious to locate here even though there is little open land available,” said Allred. In addition to current developments, the City has some long-term plans they hope will further reflect resident priorities in how they have expressed wanting Holladay to function. These developments include preserving and improving 8-acres of green space, known as Knudsen Park. Additionally, the City Planning department recently conducted a bike lane feasibility study, which they hope to have reviewed by the Planning Commission and City Council later this year. There is also a plan for improvements to four intersections on Highland Drive and Van Winkle Expressway. All of which will be subject to public hearings during planning commission or city council meetings and in some districts town halls have already started to collect public commentary. To stay informed on the development happenings, visit City of Holladay website for a calendar of upcoming events, as well as Planning Commission and City Council agendas and minutes. l

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Balancing private property rights with appropriate public policy can be a difficult dance. Regardless of the final council action, someone is going to be angry with us--- the reality of elected office. My experience to date has taught me that most residents want us (government) out of their business until an issue surfaces that affects them personally. The most recent example occurred last month when a property owner cleared a large portion of their residential lot of oldgrowth trees to begin construction of a new home. The residents in this established neighborhood were livid! They contacted our Community Development Director, Council Representative, and me requesting we stop the builder immediately. Though we were equally upset, the activity took place on private property; our current city ordinances don’t allow us–in all instances–to restrict removal of trees on private property, including this lot. Our staff and tree Committee is researching various existing tree ordinances in other states. Based on this research, as well as input from legal counsel, they will forward a proposed ordinance to our Planning Commission that will attempt to more effectively manage clear-cutting of trees, or replacement when removal is unavoidable. The commission will forward their recommendation to our City Council. It will then be up to us to approve, deny or amend the ordinance they recommend. Opportunity for public input will be available at both Planning Commission and City Council meetings. Please check our web site for notices. Back to the difficult dance. The residents we have heard from thus far were

directly impacted by this event. They are understandably upset and want restrictions put in place to prevent future clearing. We are accelerating this issue through the public process fully understanding that there will be residents equally concerned with government overreach should restrictions be enacted. I’ve already heard from a few of my neighbors that oppose city management of trees on their property. Similar to recent requests to actively reduce the deer population in the heart of the city, we realize that the course we choose will leave some of our residents angry with the outcome. Initially, it’s the most vocal residents that have the ear of the Council. As this process proceeds, it is equally important that we hear from those that may have an opposing view. Please call or email your council representative, or me, with your comments and/or concerns. Responsible public policy requires our councilmembers to weigh the facts, consider legal implications and balance it all with robust input from the residents we are elected to represent. –Rob Dahle, Mayor

Stay Vigilant This Spring By Chief Don Hutson, Holladay Precinct Spring has sprung and Holladay City is alive with the beauty we associate with this wonderful time of year. Flowers are blooming and the young, as well as the young at heart, are spending much more time outside enjoying the warmer weather and longer days. Pedestrian traffic and bicycle riding increase dramatically for obvious reasons, and motorcycle riding is far more enjoyable. These changes in the traffic dynamic on our roadways cause us concern as public safety officers. It is important for all of us to be aware of this changing traffic landscape and be more vigilant in identifying potential hazards as we travel on our streets. Additionally, some in our community, who are inclined to victimize others by stealing their property or burglarizing their homes, take advantage of the milder temperatures. Criminals are aware we are approaching vacation season and they are always looking for an opportunity to break into an empty house or business. It is also easier for them to hide or avoid us tracking them with additional foliage and no snow to leave footprints. For these reasons, it is a good time for all of us to assess the security of our property and be reminded of how to minimize risk. First, always lock your doors and keep your external lights on at night. If you are leaving town, let your neighbors know who should or should not be at your home so they can keep an eye out for suspicious vehicles. Have someone retrieve your mail and ensure papers or flyers don’t accumulate on your porch. As always, please don’t hesitate to call the Unified Police Department if you see something suspicious. Stay safe and enjoy our beautiful city as we transition from soggy Spring to hot Summer.


including the Unified Police Department and Unified Fire Authority. • The City’s Capital Funds budget, which includes capital projects the City will undertake in the next year, and

Budget season is upon us. We wanted to make you aware of key dates related to the City of Holladay’s budget as well as your opportunity to participate. May 4 – Presentation of Tentative 2017-18 budgets: • City’s General Fund budget, which funds most services residents receive through the City and its partners,

• The Redevelopment Authority (RDA)’s budget , which includes funds received for and expenses associated with the Holladay Village, Millrock Development, and the Cottonwood Mall site. May 8 – Budgets will be available on the city website June 1 – 6:00 pm Public Hearing on 2017-18 budgets June 15 – Adoption of 2017-18 budgets

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What to Do if Your Pet Goes Missing Salt Lake County Animal Services Your pet is missing. Perhaps the wind blew your gate open? Or your cat jumped out of your fenced yard? Maybe a loud vehicle scared them and they ran from you? Where do you start looking for your pet? Holladay residents should begin looking for their lost pets at Salt Lake County Animal Services. Staff takes photos of the pets as they come in. These photos are on the website at www.adoptutahpets.com. Click on “Pet Lost and Found,” and select what kind of animal you’re missing. The website will bring up photos of all the pets with that description at the shelter. If you don’t see your pet, scroll to the bottom of the page with the pet photos and click on “Register Your Lost Pet.” This will redirect you to another page where you can register your pet’s information and post a photo of them. You will receive emails when an animal matching your pet’s description is registered as “Found” at a shelter or by the public.

Have you moved recently? Help your pet find their way home with these simple tips: • Contact Salt Lake County Animal Services (385-4687387 or animal@slco.org) and give us your new contact information. • Is your pet microchipped? Contact the microchip company and have your address updated. • Make sure to take a photo of your pet and keep it handy. • If you take your pets collars off indoors, be sure to slip the collar back on before letting them outside. • Do they have an engraved tag with their name attached to their collar? Check the tag and make sure the information is still legible. Often the information wears off because of the tag rubbing against the license tags. Get a FREE microchip when you license your pet! No appointment necessary! Bring them to Animal Services located at 511 W 3900 S, Monday-Saturday between 10 AM – 6 PM.

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Arts Council Executive Director Opening The City is currently accepting applications for a part-time Executive Director for the Arts Council. Holladay Arts Council provides access to the arts for all residents of Holladay and the surrounding area. This position supports and assists the Arts Council Board and acts as a liaison between the Arts Council, City, Salt Lake County and the community. Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in Arts Administration or closely related field plus three (3) years of professional experience in arts administration at a public or private arts agency or organization, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Salary: $18.63 - $22.81 per hour depending on experience and will be approximately 20 hrs/ week. Health Insurance benefits are not provided. The full job description and application are available on the City’s website. Closing date is Friday, May 12, 2017 at 4:00pm.

Household Hazardous Waste COLLECTION EVENTS Household hazardous waste is anything in and around your home that is poisonous, flammable, corrosive or toxic. These include cleaning supplies, yard chemicals, pesticides, paints, fuels, batteries, oil, and antifreeze. You may also bring your electronic waste (computers, tv’s..)

Area Cleanup – May – Holladay residents should be seeing Area Cleanup containers in their neighborhoods. Residents can also use WFWRD’s Address Lookup Tool at https://slco.org/wfw/ to find their specific scheduled date. Additional information about the program can be found on WFWRD’s website at http:// wasatchfrontwaste.org/area-cleanup. CONTAINERS ARE DROPPED OFF: Containers will be dropped off in your neighborhood sometime between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM and will be picked up the following day between 7:00 AM and 5:00 PM. DO NOT park within 40 feet of the containers - please avoid parking on the street while containers are in place. The following items are allowed in the container: • Bulk household waste: chairs, couches, etc. • Appliances: refrigerators and freezers must be tagged by a professional showing Freon has been removed. • Please do not overload containers. • Do not put tires, oil, paint, batteries, propane tanks, 50 gallon drums, or any toxic waste or materials in the containers. Call our office at (385) 468-6325 if you have any questions. Thank you.

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RATS Preventative Measures: 1. Store all household garbage in a garbage can with a tight fitting lid. 2. Pile lumber, firewood, and other outside storage items at least 18 inches above ground. The common rats of this are nest underground beneath objects. Be aware that decks provide excellent rodent harborage. 3. Store all animal feed and human food stuffs in rodent proof containers. 4. Close all openings of your home, garage, and storage sheds to prevent rats from gaining access. 5. Trim lower limbs and shrubs up 18 inches. 6. Salt Lake Valley Health Department Regulations require the removal and proper disposal of all trash, refuse, inoperable vehicles, and fallen fruit from your property. This will also discourage rats from living on your property.

traPs: Rats can be trapped, however, they easily become “trap shy;” they avoid new things in their environment and they learn quickly to avoid traps. However, if you choose to use a trap, they can be baited with peanut butter, bacon, rolled oats, etc. Place the trap where you have seen or suspect the rat runs, put the bait pan next to and at a right angel to the wall, so the rat will come into contact with the “trigger” even though it is not after the bait, this will improve the trapping success. Many traps will kill the rat, if not it will be your responsibility to do so.

Poisoning: Poisoning rats is a very effective way to reduce the rat population in your area. All poisoning must be conducted legally, with care and according to the recommendations on the poison label and inserts. It is suggested that all baits be placed in a tamper-proof “bait box” which allows entry by rats, but not cats, dogs, wild birds, or children. The bait boxes should be firmly attached to a wall or the ground to prevent accidental pillage of the bait. There are many legal rat poisons available on the market; however, the best bait is the one the rats will eat. Don’t hesitate to change baits. Poisons are attainable through Farm Supply stores. Look under “Farm Supplies” in yellow pages for a listing of these stores.

DisPosal: Do NOT pick up a dead rat with your hands!! Use a shovel or other tool to pick up the dead rat and place in a plastic bag, tie tightly, double bag, and deposit it in your garbage can for routine pick up.

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Artful April for Cottonwood Elementary By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com

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Student artwork is presented for purchase during April Art Stroll at Cottonwood Elementary. (Aspen Perry/City Journals)


rom floor to ceiling, the walls of Cottonwood Elementary auditorium were adorned with student creations for their annual April Art Stroll, an event many at the school and community look forward to. “These are wonderful events which bring the community, parents and students together to celebrate art done by our students,” said Paulette McMillan, principal of Cottonwood Elementary. The annual event helps raise funds to compensate for a portion of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson (BTS) art specialist salary, as well as art supplies that are not covered through grants. “The Beverly Sorenson art grant gives us $1 per child for supplies, and (last year) we were able to make enough that we had $3 per child for supplies (this year) … which is why every child has a canvas this year,” said Kristal Affleck, a school arts volunteer. The BTS art program was created to help bring art back to schools where funds were diminishing, with the intent to integrate art with core curriculum and provide students another medium for concepts they are learning. It does not come as a shock there is a considerable amount of effort that goes into organizing an event of this caliber. As Affleck explained, the process really begins at the start of the year by assigning an art mom to each classroom. The role of the art mom is to help Sheryl Thorell, BTS art specialist for Cottonwood and Lincoln Elementaries, when she is in the classroom. Art moms are also responsible for choosing an artist to highlight each month to ensure

every student in the school has artwork showcased throughout the year. In addition to art moms, there is an art committee that meets monthly until January, at which time the committee works overtime getting student artwork ready to be sellable products for the April Art Stroll. In addition to raising funds to keep an art specialist on staff and art supplies in stock, for those who volunteer each year, the real icing on the cake is being able to watch the joy of the students as they present their creations. “This is my sixth year being in charge, and the main reason I keep doing it is to see the look on the kids’ faces. It is so rewarding to see them work so hard to accomplish something and be so proud of themselves,” Affleck said. In addition to helping students expand their imaginative brains and sense of pride, art specialists can also assist teachers in further covering lesson plans the homeroom teacher may not have had enough time to fully cover. Kindergarten students’ artwork reflected lessons on plants and bees, fourth-grade students made animal masks to reflect lessons on habitats and fifth-grade students created works relevant to Utah landscape. “When I think about a lesson for each grade, I try to include the classroom teachers. Working together, I can help with a science or social studies lesson that would not get as much time (in the classroom),” said Thorell. This technique is evident when viewing the curriculum that coincided with the artwork up for sale, which

given the volunteer efforts and student dedication, is a bargain at $20 for a framed keepsake. In addition to art, BTS incorporates other creative mediums, including dance, drama and music. The dance element was presented outside Cottonwood Elementary as students from each grade beamed while performing dance routines for their families. McMillan said she looks forward to these moments too, “I love to watch the pride of our students in what they have accomplished this year. Their faces glow with pride and satisfaction. The parents are a little proud, too.” l

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Cottonwood High music students aim high at Seattle competition By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


hroughout the school year, Cottonwood High music students have a chance to perform for their community, but in early April, they took their talents on the road to Seattle. As part of the World Strides Heritage Festival competition April 4 through April 9 in Seattle, 134 musicians in four choirs and three instrumental groups performed for judges. As of press deadline, results from the contest were not known. “Our goal is always to perform our best, to be the No. 1 program like last year,” instrumental director Amber Tuckness said. Last year, the musicians came back with a two-foot-tall trophy for winning the sweepstakes award, which named them the best music program at the festival in San Francisco. They also were extended an invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall, which they weren’t able to attend as Granite School District’s policy limits the distance students can travel, she said. This year, the choirs were to perform April 7 and the jazz ensemble, orchestra and wind ensemble with soloists juniors Anna Anderl and Abby Smedberg taking the stage on April 8. “Our students will listen to one another as well as hear all the other groups perform. It’s a chance to support each other and listen to remarks from a clinician after the performances. The students also

Cottonwood High School music council helped plan activities on the music students’ Seattle World Strides Heritage Festival competition. (Amber Tuckness/Cottonwood High School)

hear other high school students to see what they’re doing and to learn from them,” Tuckness said. As it is many of the students’ first visit to Seattle, they planned to visit several sites, including the Space Needle, Pacific Science Center, Chihuly Garden and Glass Museum, Experience Music

Project Museum, the Seattle Aquarium and go on the Underground Tour. Each day had a special theme, as outlined by the 24-student member music council. “There’s aquatic day, nerd day, hipster day and school pride day where everyone wears their

shirt they get for the tour. The tour also comes with bag tags, the destinations we see and everything included for $650,” she said. The music council also comes up with fun student awards as well. This year, they will present them at the Tillicum Village after a Native American storytelling show and salmon dinner. To prepare for the competition, both Tuckness and choir director Cecil Sullivan collaborate with each other’s groups. “He was an instrumentalist, so having a second pair of ears helps. I can help with rhythm with the choirs. We also bring in community experts — individual players or U (University of Utah) professors who will have sectionals and help our student musicians,” she said. Tuckness said other opportunities for her instrumental students, such as playing side by side Murray’s symphony, gives her students a chance to grow. “The more opportunities our students have to play with others, be heard by others, listen to others, the better musicians they’ll become,” she said. The timing of this year’s World Strides festival has Tuckness energized. “It’s right before region and state, so I’m excited about the feedback we get. We’ll be able to incorporate it to be able to perform at our best,” she said. l

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Cottonwood High theatre students, who won the regional title, will perform “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” in May. (Adam Wilkins/Cottonwood High School)


ottonwood High School’s recently crowned regional champion theatre department will take the stage in May to present “The Mystery of Edwin Drood.” The Charles Dickens unfinished manuscript was discovered after his death. In the 1970s, it was completed with multiple endings so each performance of the musical could have a different character as the murderer, said Adam Wilkins who is co-directing the Cottonwood production with Madison Howell. “There’s five endings so the audience can vote every night, ‘whodunit,’” he said about the mysterious circumstances of Drood’s disappearance. “It’s a fun, slapstick British comedy with a play within a play of mistaken identities that is very entertaining and family friendly.” “The Mystery of Edwin Drood” will be performed at 7 p.m., Wednesday, May 10 through Saturday, May 13 and again on Monday, May 15. At noon on Saturday, May 13, there will be a matinee performance, where mothers can purchase tickets at the door for half-price. Tickets are $7 online or $8 at the door and the show will be performed in the school’s Black Box Theatre, 5715 S. 1300 East. The role of Edwin Drood, a female who portrays a male, is played by senior Karin Allred. The Chairman is senior Jeremy Black with John Jasper portrayed by senior Preston Rowland. Junior Anna Anderl is Rosa Bud; senior Emmalee Petrick is Princess Puffer; and junior Seith Howell is Bazzard. The roles of Neville Landless and Helena Landless are played by junior Jared Evans and junior Sophia Morrill, respectively. Sophomore Nami Eskandarian portrays Rev. Crisparkle; sophomore Andrew Sollis is Durdles; junior Aubrey Low is the Deputy and junior Paige Ney plays Horace. “We’ve had some serious and heavy shows this year with ‘Big Fish’ and ‘Henry V’ dealing

with issues of redemption and forgiveness, so this is a lighter piece from the turn of last century that’s a lot of fun. Plus, we’re able to see we aren’t defined by where we’re born or how much money we have, but how you can be the best you. It ties in with these kids who are learning who they are and where they fit in the world,” he said. It also comes off the hard work students had put in preparing for regional competition where they earned 388 of the 390 points possible to win the overall first-place trophy. “Our region is really tough, but we qualified every kid to go to state so we couldn’t be happier of the success,” Wilkins said of his 39 students who participated at region. “In theatre, we learn that everyone is important and everyone’s part is vital to the whole of the group’s success. We’ll be going over the judges’ notes and incorporate them in our pieces to learn from them and prepare for state.” The state contest was slated April 15. Their one-act competition, “Women of Lockerbie,” had 10 students portray the aftermath of the PanAm flight that crashed near Lockerbie, Scotland, when women who were inspired to obtain and wash the clothing from the victims so they could return the items to the victims’ families. “It’s a really heart-warming piece where these women are determined to make this an act of love, but it’s a real emotional and hard piece to perform,” Wilkins said. For judging, their ensemble was required to be under one hour and be judged by three professionals. Cottonwood took first place. The individual events, ranging from dramatic monologues to musical theatre, was the second day of the regional contest. “All our students received superior ratings,” Wilkins said. “There’s so much pride they put in their pieces and it has paid off.” l

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Nationals, here we come! Youth bowlers bound by familial love for the game By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

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yler Pullman’s grandparents had a dream to open their own bowling alley. As they built the center, the first lane to open was number 16. Pullman was 6 at the time and the first person to bowl that lane. “As I let go of the ball, something just clicked that’s what I wanted to do. Been bowling ever since, about 13 years now,” Pullman said. Pullman, a Holladay native, is one of 13 bowlers from the Salt Lake Youth Travel League that will be lacing up their multi-colored bowling shoes at nationals in Cleveland, Ohio. Many of the bowlers have similar beginnings to Pullman. Craig Briggs’s uncle used to co-own Fat Cats, Alexis Lake mother owns Orchard Lanes in North Salt Lake, Duncan Kesler and Emily Pulzer went bowling with their families at a young age and have played ever since. Now, all of them are headed to the Junior Gold and Open Championships this July. “I’m kind of speechless,” Pullman said of going to nationals. “I’ve been trying for years to go, honestly. I finally have my spot this year and it’s just amazing.” Many of the 13 bowlers qualified at various city tournaments. Pulzer won the Pepsi Championship in American Fork. They’re now raising the necessary $15,000 for all 13 bowlers. A fundraiser night is being held at Fat Cats on May 17 with all proceeds going towards the trip to nationals. Sherry Harding, Fat Cats employee and Pulzer’s mother, said they’re also selling Arctic Circle cards and $500 sponsorships to have a company name placed on the bowlers’ shirts for the nationally televised event. “They’ve worked hard and if there’s anybody willing to help out, [the kids] are very talented,” Harding said. For many of them, this will be their first nationals chance and they plan to soak up the event. “I see it more as an experience. A way to kind of grow,” said Kesler, a member of the Weber State varsity team. “It’s just a great opportunity to just learn to take my game to the next level…and be able to shoot some of these high scores that I need to win these competitions.” Pullman and Briggs both echoed those sentiments. They’re not expecting to win, but they plan on enjoying every falling pin. “There’s 4,500 boys in my division,” Briggs said. “The chances of me winning are very slim, but I’m taking it as an experience, going out there to have some fun.” Lake heads back to nationals for her second time with a little redemption in mind after missing the semifinals by two pins.

Tyler Pullman tries to make a 7-10 split while practicing at Fat Cats. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

“[Last year] was just for the experience. This year, I’m more familiar with the set up so I’m going down to hopefully make semifinals,” Lake said. The experience, joy and hopes for this summer is what the bowlers said they intend to cherish, but it all started with their families introducing them to the sport. For Kesler, it makes sense that bowling be family oriented. “When you hear a bowling alley, it usually involves ‘family fun center.’ That’s naturally gonna be a family sport,” said Kesler. “Bowling is such an easy sport,” he continued. “It doesn’t matter if you’ve bowled before and it’s just easy to pick up, it’s a fun sport. It’s everywhere, there’s not one state that doesn’t have a bowling alley.” For Pullman, bowling has been an essential family dynamic. “It’s brought us together,” he said. Pullman is planning to become a professional bowler, and he can thank his grandfather, who died two years ago, for instilling that aspiration. “He was a really big inspiration in my life about bowling. He would always keep me coming back and making it fun,” Pullman said. “So I can make him proud I’m sticking with it and doing my best as possible.” While family introduced Briggs, he said it’s everything about the sport that he loves, whether the social aspect or the game’s individuality. “If you mess up, it’s kinda on yourself. You do what you can by yourself or with coaching to fix that. You can’t blame it on nobody else… If I shoot really well, hey, look that’s what I did. I did it,” Briggs said. Now these bowlers will take their unified passion together to Cleveland, and they couldn’t be more excited. “It’s just gonna be a ball of joy going with my friends,” Pullman said. l

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horup Tutoring was started from the ground up by founder Nancy Williams, who has been tutoring for over 30 years. Nancy began tutoring for the Neurology, Learning, and Behavior Center in 1988. In 1992, she began tutoring at home with the center’s referrals and blessings. Before long, Nancy had about 30 kids on a waiting list, so she hired one employee. Her company grew when she eventually hired more employees in 1998. She has had the opportunity to franchise and grow the business, but is committed to keeping her company small so quality won’t decline. She now runs her business from a beautiful building nestled in the heart of Holladay, with 25 part-time tutors and over 200 students that go to learn each week. “This business was created slowly, over time,” Nancy said. “We have learned from year to year what works and what doesn’t, and we are always learning and growing so that we can keep up with current academic challenges.” Thorup Tutoring runs summer camps from June 1- Aug. 18 with an emphasis on reading and writing, math and science, ACT prep, and study skills. Thorup Tutoring has camps for pre-school through incoming 12th graders. They also have a “College Essay Application” camp for incoming 12th graders which will have a working rough draft ready to finalize for college applications, offered through October 2017. Nancy and her employees stress the importance of getting

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Titans track team paced by distance runners By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


ax Spence’s dad was a professional distance runner but when Spence, who had experienced just about every sport, was in junior high his dad suggested he try out running. “My dad didn’t ever want to push me into it but…I was pretty good so I decided to keep going with it,” Spence said. In the midst of his senior season at Olympus High School, Spence— the reigning 1600-meter state champion—not only plans to beat his father’s high school personal bests, but is part of an elite group of distance runners. The group won the boys cross country state championship last fall while the girls finished in the top 10. “We’ve used cross country to really help develop the distance runners for track as well,” said track and field head coach Todd Mitchell. He also coaches the Titans’ cross country team. Mitchell arrived at the school six years ago to a team bereft of distance runners. There were three boys and one girl. After much recruiting his first couple years, Mitchell now coaches the defending region champs in both boys and girls. “I think it’s been finding success that has has helped us to get to this point. I don’t think we can go a whole lot bigger,” Mitchell said of the roster size. Of the 80 athletes on the team, 30 of them are distance runners. “What’s been so awesome is there’s been so many new athletes coming,” said junior Hannah Hall, who runs the 800 and 1600. “I think just getting people here and officially joining the team just gets us to a higher level.” One of those new athletes who arrived a year ago was Hall. Having played soccer her whole life, Hall was burning out her sophomore year at the end of the high school season. One day, while running along 4500 South, she ran into the track team with Mitchell inviting her to come try it out.

Olympus High distance runners take off at the Alpha Invitational. The girls team took second while the boys placed third. (Anna Mitchell/Olympus Track and Field)

“I’ve been coming every day ever since. I just completely converted, decided soccer wasn’t for me and joined the team and I’ve loved it, it’s been the best thing for me,” said Hall, who had resisted overtures from the track team before. What drew her in was what Mitchell said is his track philosophy: it’s a team sport. “I love just being able to go on a run and talk to all my best friends,” Hall said. “It’s the best…we’re always wanting to push each other so that we’re all getting better.” Spence, who committed to run at Southern Utah University, said running up to 70 miles a week together creates a bond and Mitchell pointed out a bond

like that helps them come together. In a sport where individual events rack up team points, it also becomes essential for success. “When people are performing for the team, they perform at higher level,” Mitchell said. The boys and girls teams finished in the top 10 at state a season ago and the Titans hope to improve on that finish with goals for a region championship and to finish in the top five. “As a team, I hope we can take state, we have a chance. It’ll be a long shot but I think we can do it,” said Spence adding he hopes to defend his crown while gunning for a title in the 800 and 3200. To achieve those goals Mitchell said they’ll need a well-rounded performance at the region meet and some elite performances at the state level. Senior Nate Osterstock might be one of those performances. He broke the school record in the 3200 with a time of 9:08:87. Along with junior Katie Duckworth, they qualified and competed at a competition in California in April. There is a lot mental and physical preparation, Mitchell said, with it intended for runners to peak at state. He said it is difficult. Every runner is different and every event lends to unique preparations. “There is an art to it as well as the science of it,” he said. Creating an atmosphere of excellence has taken time since Mitchell arrived here from the Midwest, where he grew up. Having a group of quality distance runners has been a process. Osterstock, who is looking at SUU, Colorado State and Boise State as potential suitors, started out running the mile at 5:08. “It’s been developing and working over time, and these guys have put in the work over the past couple years to see it pay off now,” Mitchell said. “I think the fact that they have each other to push each other. They run for their team, I think that all helps.” l

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alon LaMont is proud to announce its new owner, educator, and master stylist Shelby LaMont. Previously known as Kami Hair, Salon LaMont has been providing clients with the latest trends for over 32 years. The salon has established a reputation that sets them apart from other salons. After 17 years of mentoring from Tony Shiraki, the owner of Kami Hair, Shelby was given the opportunity to fulfill her dreams by purchasing Kami Hair. Shelby hopes to carry on the tradition that has helped her and many other stylists succeed. “I officially took over the salon in June 2016,” Shelby said. “I have dreamed of owning my own salon since I was a little girl. I have tried to take as many business classes and technical classes as I can to help sharpen my skills in this industry and to prepare myself for this journey.” Shelby has attended training in hair extensions, as well as handson color and cutting classes with Wella Academy and TIGI Academy in California. Shelby has worked in the salon industry since 1998 and trained under former salon owners, Tony and Eva Shiraki. In 2014, Shelby also attended extensive hands-on cutting and color classes at Vidal Sassoon Academy in Santa Monica, Calif. Shelby recently attended a private hair show at Haute Coiffure Française in Paris along with Tony Shiraki and senior stylist Erika Bublik. Haute Coiffure Française is an elite international organization comprised of only 1,500 salons in 43 countries. Along with a new owner, comes a new look.
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re you at your wallets end when it comes to family entertainment? It can be hard to find something all age ranges can enjoy. Plus, for some of our area’s more popular theme parks, it seems as if we have to mortgage the house just to gain admission, and on top of the high prices, they add insult to injury and charge just to park the car. If your wallet is already having a panic attack over the expense of your upcoming summer vacation, now is the time to discover the latest craze that is catching on at your favorite park. It’s disc golf. It’s easy to try; it’s fun for all ages---and it’s my favorite word---FREE. As more and more Utah parks are adding courses, it’s becoming easier than ever to enjoy a pleasant afternoon at a nearby of location or take a journey to see some of our amazing scenery. I recently I stumbled on a course at Brighton Resort. To make the most of this experience, here are some things to keep in mind when gearing up to flip out. 1. Take a look at a map: As the popularity of disc golf expands, many online sites offer detailed maps of courses and distance markers. Some sites include scorecards, too. 2. Bring extra discs: At the risk of sounding a tad irreverent and even insulting to regular players, my dollar store Frisbee worked just fine when a water hazard was likely to

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