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he Happy Healthy Holladay lecture series held its second session on March 24 with a discussion on how to prevent elderly and vulnerable adult financial fraud. Held at the Holladay Library, the attendees learned not only what to look for in financial fraud but also how to prevent it. “There is a growing population that is becoming more vulnerable,” Scott Scharman, a district manager for US Bank in Salt Lake City, said. “Criminals are lazy. These are the groups they are targeting.”

“Unfortunately, most abuse comes from either a relative or a caregiver,” Scharman said. The victim may also fear the separation from their home or family, or they might not know their rights or alternatives. There are many scams aimed at the elderly. One of these is a fake accident where the victim is accused of hitting someone with their car. The perpetrator convinces the victim to give them cash for the damage instead of getting insurance or the police involved since that could lead to more expensive insurance

won money, a prize or a free gift, especially if they’ve never entered a raffle or drawing. People should be suspicious if they are asked to pay a processing fee, shipping or taxes in order to receive the prize. Scharman also said never to give your full credit card or bank account number over the phone. He explained nearly all banks have a very strict policy against asking for that type of information over the phone. If they need the information, banks will typically ask the user to come into a branch personally and provide

If you suspect fraud, there are several places to report it, including the police, the bank or credit card company, or the fraud department of any of the three credit reporting agencies. Scharman explained there are several reasons the elderly are targeted for financial fraud, the biggest being they typically feel isolated. This leads them to not being able to have someone watch out for signs of fraud, and they feel connected to the criminals since they are talking to them. Also, older generations felt it was taboo to talk about money, so they typically don’t discuss their finances with friends and family. Additionally, when they do find out they’ve been the victim of fraud, many of them don’t want to report it. “People can get embarrassed, and that isolates them even more,” Scharman said. Other reasons for not reporting financial fraud is the victims feel they are to blame and emotional or economical dependence on the abuser.

costs or even having their driver’s license taken away. Another popular scam that is specifically targeted toward the elderly is an arrest or accident ploy. Typically how it works is the victim will receive a call, email or letter from someone claiming to be a relative, such as a grandchild. They say they were in an accident and are in the hospital and need money for the bills, or they say they’ve been arrested and need bail money. Scharman said these scams tend to work because it involves the idea of a family member being in trouble. “They don’t play to your smarts,” Scharman said. “They play to your emotions.” Scharman also discussed ways the elderly can protect themselves against fraud. He warned that people should be suspicious if they receive a call, letter or email stating they’ve


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he Holladay City Council approved an interlocal agreement between Salt Lake County and the city of Holladay during its April 14 meeting relating to the city’s receipt of transportation revenue from the county. The grant is for $1 million for improvements on Highland Drive between Spring Lane and Van Winkle Expressway. Mayor Rob Dahle said he had little to no issue with the grant itself. “We get the million dollars, and there are very specific things we have to use it for,” Dahle said. “The only thing that was critical to me was that we have to spend all of the money by Dec. 31, 2017, on the Highland Drive segment.” The grant is not subject to a matching amount from the city.

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Lift House Owner Retires After 40 Years By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


fter over 40 years, Lift House owner Dave Larsen is retiring and handing the reins over to his sons Luke and Zac. Dave Larsen purchased the Lift House, which has been around since 1972, in 1978. “He grew up in Sugar House and became a ski instructor at Brighton out of high school and in college,” Zac Larsen said of his father. “After he got married, he bought his first ski shop.” Shortly after the purchase, Dave Larsen consolidated the shops he owned into the Lift House. Now 75 years old, Dave Larsen lives in St. George year-round with his wife. His sons threw him a retirement party at the beginning of April. “We were kind of scared at first because it was a surprise party for him,” Zac Larsen said. “There were a lot of old employees and old friends there. He was really excited and got kind of emotional.” Zac Larsen and his brother, Luke Larsen, who are now the co-owners, have been skiing for as long as they can remember. “We grew up in the mouth of the canyon around King’s cove,” Zac Larsen said. “We were always skiing at Brighton. We’d ski on the weekends while dad was running the shop.”

When Zac Larsen was 16 years old, he started working in the shop in the rental area. Over the years, he worked his way up through the ranks of the shop. “I worked all through high school and on and off in college,” he said. “When I was 24 years old, I decided this is what I wanted to do.” Zac Larsen said he loves working in the shop because he’s passionate about skiing and loves that he gets to talk about it. “People come from all over the world to ski here,” he said. “I get to meet and talk to really interesting people.” The Lift House is both a retail and rental ski and snowboard shop. The shop is most known for its custom boot fittings and discounts on lift tickets. This includes tickets for Alta, Brighton, Snowbasin, Snowbird and Solitude. Now that the two brothers are co-owners of the Lift House, a few changes are in the works. The biggest one is the shop is shifting to being open year-round. Before, the shop would close during the summer months. Now, the shop will remain open and begin to sell items for trail running and trail hiking. The other big change is the shop will be

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Archery Clinic Offered to the Public By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


ove over Katniss Everdeen. The Holladay Lions Recreation Center is offering an archery clinic for youths and adults. The four-week program teaches people the fundamentals of archery in a safe environment. The clinic is taught by Steven McKenna, a USA archery-level four coach with 16 years of experience. “I’ve been shooting a bow since I was little,” McKenna said. “When I was 16, I got my hunting license, and I started to practice shooting for the hunting aspect.” McKenna has been teaching archery classes at the recreation center for the past two years. He became involved after he heard from a friend the center was looking for instructors. Around that same time, the center received a grant to purchase archery equipment. McKenna said it was hard to say why he loves archery so much. He finds it challenging because it is something you need to do regularly in order to stay sharp and keep the muscle memory. Teaching the classes, he sees that love of archery develop in others. “I enjoy looking for someone who has a passion to do it,” McKenna said. “It’s not just the structure of shooting a bow by how to

make the bow work correctly, how to make the bow and arrow work compatibly. You need to make sure the arrow comes out clean. There’s a lot that goes into it.” McKenna has seen several students over the years who have had the potential to become competitive archers. Some of his past students are the top shooters in the state and internationally. “That’s exciting—to find someone and train them from the ground up,” he said. The classes themselves are limited to 15 archers per class. McKenna said they wanted to have as many people in the class as possible but not too many so those who need help can get help. This year, the clinic is doing something different where they are staggering the times the archers come in. This will allow each student to receive one on one instruction from McKenna. During that time, they will be taught the basics of archery. “I think it’s going to work out well,” McKenna said. While archery is a relatively safe sport, there are inherent dangers, and McKenna’s classes stress the safety aspects of the sport.

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People interested in the classes don’t need to have any previous experience in archery to enjoy the classes. “Some people take it to have fun,” McKenna said. “Others take it to be social. For others, it becomes really personal. Most come

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Freelance Columnist Awarded for Her Passion On and Off the Slopes By Rachel Hall | r.hall@mycityjournals.com

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hen it came time for gym class in high school, Harriet Wallis was always picked last for team sports. “I was ‘Harriet, go with that team,’” Wallis said. “I’m an outdoor girl, but I never figured I was athletic until I was in my 30s.” Now sports are an essential part of her lifestyle and career, and she is no longer chosen last. On April 1, Wallis was honored as the firstplace recipient for the Local Media Member Award by Ski Utah. The annual award is given to the individual that shares his or her passion for winter sports in Utah through their work. This was the second

year Wallis received the award — the first time was for the 2010–2011 ski season. “I do a consistent, solid job, and so it’s really wonderful to be rewarded for it,” she said. Nominated as the only freelance writer, along with five other media members from various reporting outlets, was an honor before she even found out she had won for the 2015– 2016 ski season. “I was ecstatic, because I am a freelancer. I am on my own. I don’t have a staff,” she said. “Other people who were nominated are with magazines, newspapers and television. It’s pretty neat to be the lone wolf.”

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Wallis never plans to retire from reporting or from skiing, even though she has undergone knee-replacement surgeries for both knees and also had both hips replaced. Her passion and energy keep her motivated every day. “I just have a different attitude. I feel like I’m picking up ahead of steam as far as motivation,” Wallis said. “I’m avid about being out in the yard for the exercise and fresh air.” She is no stranger to getting a little dirt on her clothes when it comes to working in the yard, or even during her former career as a potter. “In my former life, I was a full-time potter. I made things out of clay,” Wallis said. “I got tired of wearing clay, dusty blue jeans and firing kilns three nights a week.” With experience under her belt in the fine arts field, which included writing for craft publications, Wallis approached her local newspaper in Connecticut after reading an article about energy conservation in the ’80s. “I approached the newspaper and said, ‘Hey, that’s great having those articles about people who are doing things to conserve their energy, but how about some articles for people who are low income — like the elderly or single?’ And they said, ‘Nah, we don’t hire freelancers, but if you want to write a story you can.’” Wallis wrote four stories about what a woman can do to conserve energy and the newspaper used all four in its publication. A month later, they asked if she could write for a special section and she agreed. She continued writing for the special section on topics such as car mechanics and a historical look at weddings until one day she was offered a job. “The editor did not hire people with a

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espite ever-growing class sizes, funding shortages and just sheer exhaustion, teachers in Granite School District continue to work their hardest in supporting their students. Each year, the Granite Education Foundation recognizes their hard work with the Excel Award, which honors “honors superior educators – true classroom heroes – the men and women responsible for molding and preparing our children to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century. These individuals have a track record of improving student achievement, using innovative instructional strategies and making a difference in the lives of students.”

Among the eleven recipients of this year’s Excel Awards, Oakwood Elementary teacher Tanja Roller and Skyline High School ASL teacher Jody Tolley share insights on helping students excel, and what makes teaching worthwhile on difficult days. “My attitude is important and it sets the tone in my classroom. So I always try to stay positive no matter what is going on outside of my class.  I found if you genuinely care, like and respect your students they will work hard and want to excel not only for you, but for themselves as well,” Roller said. Roller teaches first grade at Oakwood Elementary School, the fulfillment of a passion for education she’s felt since childhood. “Ever since I was little I loved learning and I was always eager to share what I learned with others.   I would always play “school” with anyone or anything- stuffed animals included- that would listen. My love for kids,  learning and sharing went hand-in-hand with teaching, so it became a natural path for me to follow.” As for why Roller remains dedicated to teaching? For her, it’s simple: “My students.   I love being involved in their education.  I love seeing the spark go off when they realize they can do it!  It is always a proud, magical moment for me when that happens. Their excitement and eagerness always gives me a desire to remain in this wonderful profession.   Last but not least, the laughter we have in our class. There is never a dull moment in a first grade class.  It makes it all worth it!” For Jody Tolley, who teaches American Sign Language, “the best part of teaching is the “ah-ha” moments. When you

work with a student who is struggling and they get it, it is just the best feeling in the world. It is also amazing when you see the growth that a student can make in just one year.” Tolley helps students excel in and outside her classroom by finding ways to make ASL a meaningful part of their everyday lives. “I really believe that Project Based Learning (using projects to help students excel,) is powerful. Projects worth doing require real- life and higher-level thinking skills. In my class we perform a song in American Sign Language (ASL) to help earn money for Deaf children in Africa. We use ASL to debate multiple topics, and create a school-wide Deaf Awareness Week while working with the Deaf students who also attend Skyline. We also recently performed a play using ASL for both Deaf and hearing audiences. My students have a lot of fun, which means I have a lot of fun.” But it’s when students stay in touch long after class is over that Tolley feels she’s truly excelled. “I think some of my favorite teaching moments happen long after the students leave my classroom. When students no longer have to listen to what I say, but they still choose to listen and learn. When I have a student request to do their student teaching with me, or who becomes a colleague, I know you did something right in the area of teaching.” Toller’s students stay in touch with their teacher by sending wedding invitations and baby shower invites to the school, “just hoping they will somehow find a way to me. That is when I know I made a difference beyond what is learned from a textbook.” l

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Happy Retirement Randy G. Fitts!!!


he first meeting I scheduled after declaring my candidacy was with City Manager Randy Fitts. In our Council-Manager form of government, the City Manager serves as the Chief Executive of the city. He/She is appointed by the council and once appointed is fully in charge of the day-to-day operations of the city, with direct supervisory responsibility over our entire staff. The City Manager runs the city. It is the council’s responsibility to

establish the budget and set policy, the City Manager executes. Prior to committing to run, it was important that I explore Randy’s nearterm aspirations. Being new to the office, I wanted to ensure stability and continuity as the city transitioned to a new Mayor. If he intended to leave following the election it would have affected my decision. Randy was very upfront with me. He indicated that he had been involved with public service for 32 years, was approaching retirement age, still involved with a growing family business, has grandkids that are not getting any younger, etc… The obvious message, “I’m considering retirement”. At the same time he communicated his love for this community and his desire to make sure he departs with the confidence that we will continue on a positive path. Randy committed that should I be elected he would remain for a minimum of two years, and then re-visit his situation. True to his word, 2 ½ years in to my term, with a stable council and the city on solid footing he strolled in to my office to announce that it was time. In classic Randy form he was apologetic, worried that his timing was not perfect, that there were projects to be completed and loose ends that needed to be tied up. My response, “34 years in local government is long enough, there will never be a perfect time, you do not owe our council or our citizens any explanations or apologies, your work is done here”. Randy committed 12

years of his professional life to improving the Holladay community. He leaves us better than he found us, guiding us through the tumultuous early days of incorporation, leading the Millrock and Village redevelopment efforts, constructing a new fire station, establishing a new City Hall and park open space for us to call home, and the list goes on and on. He laid the foundation for a strong and vibrant community that will endure for years to come. It’s up to us to pick up the baton and continue to move the vision forward. On behalf of our council and city staff, I want to thank Randy for his passion, commitment, leadership and friendship. Most of all, thank you for all of the council dinners you prepared over the years. Not only were they delicious, they achieved the end goal that we know you always intended--- binding our council together as colleagues away from the dais. It was a special time for all of us; we will miss it. On a personal note, thank you for taking me under your wing, for never making me feel inadequate, even when I know I was, for being the perfect mentor to a newly elected Mayor. I will be forever grateful. Finally, move on to this next exciting phase of your life with the knowledge that your service to our community left an indelible impression. On behalf of your entire Holladay family, depart with our blessing of gratitude, continued good health, prosperity and well-earned special time with your family. Rob Dahle Mayor

DUMPSTERS Saturday, May 14th 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

It’s that time of the year again! Spring cleaning. Time to clean up and clear out all that’s accumulated over these long winter months and prepare and beautify our homes for the summer. This year dumpsters will be located in the Holladay City Hall parking lot, directly behind City Hall from 8am -4pm. Please enter on the North side of City Hall and exit on the south side. Acceptable waste includes: yard clippings, tree limbs/branches, building materials, metals, tires, furniture, T.V’s and appliances. NOT accepted: hazardous waste (paint, motor oil, etc) and other household chemicals and refrigerators/freezers. Please direct any questions to Tosh Kano at 801-244-6103.

PLAYGROUND CLOSURE – MAY 14 The playground behind City Hall will be closed on Saturday, May 14 from 8:00 am – 5:00pm to accommodate the city clean up. We are concerned for the safety of the children and parents due to the number of cars and big trucks we will have driving back and forth behind city hall.

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Solicitors in Holladay

ith the weather warming up, it is not surprising to see more people out and about in the neighborhood – including those we may not recognize knocking door-to-door. While most of these folks are out trying to make an honest living, it is good to be aware of any strangers who may be involved in suspicious activities in your neighborhood. If you have someone soliciting in your neighborhood, please ask them to show their city license. The City of Holladay requires all solicitors to come in and apply for a license prior to operation - part of that licensing process is to pass a criminal background check as a first-defense guard to help protect city neighborhoods. If a solicitor cannot produce either a temporary


or permanent city license (verifiable by the authorized signature and city logo present), please inform them that they are required by law to have a license to be knocking on doors here in Holladay – and politely ask them to leave. If they continue soliciting in your neighborhood after this, please immediately call non-emergency police dispatch at 801-743-7000 and an officer will come assess the situation and issue a warning or citation. For more information about solicitor regulations here in Holladay, please refer to Chapter 5.86 in the City Code accessed through the city website at www.cityofholladay. com. You are also welcome to contact Shantel Marsell at 801-527-3890 with any additional questions.


2016 Budget

Wednesday, May 11, 2016 6:30 pm Little Cottonwood Room

Budget season is upon us. We wanted to make you aware of key dates related to the budget and your opportunity to participate.

Please join Council Member Pat Pignanelli – District 3 and 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.

May 5

– Presentation of Tentative 2016-17 budgets

May 9

– Budgets will be available on city website

May 26 – 6:00 pm Public Hearing on 2016-17 budgets June 16 – Adoption of 2016-17 budgets

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

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City Hall Park Update

y the end of this summer City Hall Park should see several major improvements including the installation of shade sails in the playground to provide heat relief in the summer months, a complete refurbishing of the historic stone bleachers, the removal of dead and dying trees, the planting of new trees near the bathroom, the restructuring of some parking stalls, and the completion of sections of sidewalk

and walking paths. Other improvements to follow are a new pavilion behind the stone bleachers, a new storage building for city including space for various youth sports leagues and several multi-purpose sports courts. It is anticipated that other exciting improvements will be added to the park in subsequent years as funding becomes available.


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The City of Holladay will be closing a short section of Laney Avenue from Holladay Blvd to 2300 East (next to the Plaza) from 8:00am to 2:00pm each Saturday beginning in June. The closure will affect through traffic to accommodate the Farmer’s Market.

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HOLLADAY TREES Mayor Rob Dahle, Councilman Mark Stewart


any of us are disheartened when property owners, from time to time, decide to destroy their trees so rapidly, and often needlessly, without consideration of the impact upon surrounding property owners and the community. The City of Holladay has ordinances that regulate tree removal in the public right-of-way and along

creeks, streams and canals. However, we are not able to force private property owners to preserve their trees regardless of how much the rest of us might enjoy them. Unquestionably, new development often requires the removal of mature trees to make way for buildings, roads and other site improvements.

Over the last few years there have been several very dramatic instances of clear cutting of mature, beautiful trees that have caused Holladay residents to express deep concern about doing more to protect Holladay’s invaluable tree canopy. The City Council shares this concern and is working with the Holladay Tree Committee and

Planning Commission to develop new city policies that will do more to balance the protection of the tree canopy while protecting private property rights. If you wish to comment on this issue, please contact your council representative at www.cityofholladay.com or the Planning Department at 801-5273890.

Save the Date

4th of July Fireworks Festival Monday, July 4th, 2016 8:00 am – 10:00 am Breakfast 9:00 am – Parade 9:00 pm – Concert 10:00 pm – Fireworks Watch the City website (www.cityofholladay.com) and the June issue of the newsletter for more information.

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Skyline Women’s Lacrosse: Finding Success As A Family By Sarah Almond | sarah@mycityjournals.com

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Freshman Annika Esplin cradles the ball through Woods Cross midfield traffic. Esplin is one of three freshmen on the varsity team. Photo courtesy of Megan Chacosky.


s the Skyline girl’s lacrosse team wraps up a 12-game season, the players aren’t gauging their success by a record of wins and losses. Instead, they are gauging success by how they’ve come together as a team and developed into a family; and by this scorebook, they’re champions. “We’ve definitely been improving as the season grows and everyone is putting in lots of hard work,” said head coach Megan Chacosky. “We may not be winning a lot, but I feel like we’re having a pretty successful season as far as growth goes.” With 50 girls on the roster, this the most participants the Skyline lacrosse program has seen in more than four years. While about half of the incoming players started in the community’s junior youth lacrosse program, much of the team’s growth can be contributed to the returning players’ vigilant recruiting efforts throughout Skyline High School. “I’ve been really fortunate to have a great team dynamic,” head coach Megan Chacosky said. “We don’t really have clicks. Our game plan on the field and off the field is to be equal in sharing the responsibilities and wins that we have.” There are three seniors on varsity, meaning the Eagles are a predominately young group. Despite age difference or experience level though, Skyline makes it their goal to operate equally as a team and as a family. “We are a lacrosse family,” senior captain Tessa Braley said. “We have each other’s backs on and off the field. Whether or not we have success, the idea behind the Skyline lacrosse team this year is that we stick together.” When Chacosky took over the head coaching position at the start of last season, she had two main goals: to develop strong lacrosse players and strong young women, and to establish lacrosse as a reputable program in the Holladay area. “When we bring new girls into the program, we talk a lot about developing them not just as good athletes and lacrosse

players, but developing them as good people,” Chacosky said. “We make sure that we continue to play clean games, that we thank the refs and the people who are working the scoring table. We try to make sure that we’re always respectful toward the game of lacrosse, towards ourselves, and towards other people.” Chacosky leans on the leadership of the team’s three seniors to encourage respectful behavior and to remind each player to take accountability for their actions and their contribution to the team as a whole. “Another one of our big things this year is creating a good reputation for ourselves and sticking up for each other,” Braley said. “ We work on making sure people know that we are a classy team.” Considering that lacrosse is still a relatively new sport in the state of Utah, programs like Skyline are likely to continue seeing growth in the coming years. However, until several programs have successfully developed across the Salt Lake valley, lacrosse at Skyline will remain an unsanctioned sport. Nevertheless, Chacosky and her players are dedicated to establishing Skyline as a leading lacrosse program that encourages success through sportsmanship, leadership, and respect. “One of the points I really put emphasis on is winning and loosing as a team, and making it an environment where girls feel like it is a place they want to go after school, not just another thing that they are responsible for,” Chacosky said. “We really try to make it a place where they can come and feel like they are with their friends, but they get to do lacrosse at the same time.” The Eagles end their regular season with a match at Copper Hills High School on May 4 at 5 pm. To learn more about the Eagles’ lacrosse program or to follow them throughout their season, visit their website at skylinewomenslacrosse.org or “Like” their Facebook page, Skyline Women’s Lacrosse.l

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Skyline Track And Field Team Taking Season In Stride By Sarah Almond | sarah@mycityjournals.com


ith the Skyline High School track and field season beginning the first week of March, the 75 members of the Eagle’s team have already put in over 100 hours of practice and training. “We had a lot more kids come out for the team this year,” head coach Allen Hymas said. “We have some kids from other sports, like a couple girls from basketball, and we haven’t had that in the past either, so that’s been really nice.” Though Hymas doesn’t know what factors might be spurring the increase in participation, he’s happy to have a diverse team this season and hopes the program will continue to grow in the coming years. “One of the typical problems we’ve have at Skyline is that we tend to get a lot of kids who aren’t really from the area,” Hymas said. “And that plays a factor into the numbers we get out as far as athletes.” Along with a bigger roster and greater diversity in athleticism, Hymas is impressed with the unity and sportsmanship of his team. However, the Eagles have also dealt with the common obstacles and growing pains that accompany an expanding program. But as head coach of the Skyline Eagles for

more than 30 years, Hymas knows that every season has it’s ups and downs. And while this season is no different, he knows the challenges presented can be overcome. “Right now one of my biggest challenges as a coach is getting these kids to realize their potential,” Hymas said. “But this is pretty much always a challenge. We’ve got some great kids, they just need to realize it.” Even as a seasoned coach, Hymas says that encouraging more than six-dozen high school students to realize and capitalize on their full potential is fairly tricky. “Some kids have a hard time competing if the competition at meets is really good,” Hymas said. “But we try to get them to focus on their times and personal improvement, and encourage them to try and improve individually with each meet.” For the most part, urging athletes to compete against themselves before they contend with others has been a winning ticket for the Eagles. “Our athleticism has turned out to be pretty good this year,” Hymas said. “We’ve got some kids that should make it to State. Our distance girls should do really well. We’ve also got a good thrower, Adam Tingey, who is one of the

Adam Tingey, a senior captain, throws discus at the Taylorsville Invitational. With a distance of 126’ 02”, this was the top discus throw in the 4A division. Photo courtesy of Allan Hymas.

best shot put and discus throwers in 4A.” Hymas also has high hopes for sophomore distance runner Camille Winterton, who placed first in the 3200-meter and second in the 1600-meter race at the Pineview Invitational in Washington, UT on April 2. The following weekend, Winterton placed third at the Taylorsville Invitational. The Eagle’s main goal is qualifying as many people as possible for state. Though bringing

home a state title may not be in the cards for the team this year, they are hoping for a strong showing from several talented athletes. “I think the girls will do really well in state this year,” Hymas said. “The boys have some tough competition, but we’ll see how they do.” The Eagles will compete in the track and field State Meet on May 20-21 at the BYU football stadium in Provo. l



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Daylight Donuts Offers a Healthier Option By Rachel Hall | r.hall@mycityjournals.com


healthy donut may sound like an option only available in one’s dreams, but that’s not the case. Daylight Donuts, located at 5471 South State Street across from Murray High School, provides hungry customers of all ages with a variety of options. “We have the lightest donuts around,” owner Kevin Harper said. “Because our donuts are so light, they fry much faster than any other donut. And because of that, they don’t absorb as much grease from the fryer. So you can say that we have the healthiest donuts around.” Families, and especially children, looking to grab a quick breakfast, lunch or snack are pleased with the sweet selection. “Our most popular donut is the Pinecone,” Harper said. “It has cinnamon and powdered sugar. We roll it and cut it in the shape of a pinecone.” Bear claws with cream cheese and fruit filling,

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Skyline Baseball Swings For Success By Sarah Almond | sarah@mycityjournals.com


or Skyline High School’s baseball team, the 2016 season is just starting to pick up. “We’re doing OK this season,” head coach Erik Hansen said. “We still aren’t clicking on all cylinders as far as hitting, but our defense is coming around. We have a lot of guys in the right places and they have come forward to finish out strong in several games.” Hansen had to essentially restructure the Eagles’ varsity team this season after graduating seven key players last year. Though it took longer than expected for the group to find their groove, Hansen is confident the boys are on the right track to success. “We came out a little slow at the start of the season against Olympus, but we’ve been getting better every week, which has been really fun to watch,” senior captain Wilson Battle said. “We’re coming together and starting to play good baseball.” Reflecting on what held the team back at the beginning of the season, Battle thinks it was a matter of getting used to playing with new teammates, in new positions, and becoming a confident, established team. “I feel like we were a little tense and not really treating it as a game, but more of a job,” Battle said. “Then we started having some games where we came back in the last innings and just had fun. It seemed like everyone was loose and relaxed and we just kind of knew we would get the job done.” As the Eagles entered the second half of the 2016 season, camaraderie improved and wins starting coming easier.

“We’ve definitely loosened up a bit and our performance has improved as a result of that,” Battle said. Though being a winning team is the ultimate goal for the Eagle, establishing themselves as a unified team is a matter of great importance to both Hansen and the players who represent the Skyline the program. “Our team unity is something we always work on outside of practice,” Hansen said. “This year we have also been really focusing on fundamental baseball and improving our defense.” As head coach of the Eagles for nine years, Hansen is no stranger to rebuilding and restructuring the team. When he first started in 2007, the Eagles lacked consistency in their success. Since then, however, Skyline has had seven winning seasons, more than 130 wins, the program’s first state title and three region titles. Moreover, Hansen has helped 18 players go on to play college ball after graduation. “I think that, more than anything, being a head coach here has helped bring some consistency to the group,” Hansen said. “We have winter work outs and weight lifting and I think that alone has increased dedication.” Along with hard work and dedication from the players on his team, Hansen feels confident in the leadership displayed from his three team-elected captains. “I have a good group of guys leading this team,” Hansen said. “They have their style of leadership that I think has been very positive with the guys and

Eagles congratulate Ethan Ritchie after completing a run. Captain Wilson Battle says the team’s camaraderie has definitely improved this season. –Michele Smith

I think they’ve been great so far.” Leading a predominately young team has been an experience for Battle, who has committed to play baseball at Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota in the fall. “It was really helpful to learn from the seniors last year and see what worked for them,” Battle said. “But this year the three of us captains work really well together and we really make sure we’re trying to do what’s best for the team.” With a substantial amount of baseball yet to play before the season comes to a close, Battle has high hopes that the team made strides that will lead

them to success. And with valuable lessons learned along the way, the Eagles are sure to finish out this season with hard work, and a healthy dose of fun. “The biggest thing I learned this year is that you’re not going to play well if you’re not having fun,” Battle said. “If you’re having fun and treating it like a game, baseball will get so much easier and, interestingly, you’ll have more fun.” The Eagles play their last home game against Cyprus High School on May 6 at 3:30 pm. Skyline High School 2351 Upland Drive Salt Lake City, UT 84109 l

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aring for our seniors is a noble, important, and challenging task. As the population of seniors surpasses the population of children, issues related to long-term care take center stage. Noted expert on quality in long-term care Dr. Robert Applebaum summed up the balancing act quite well when he said, “What we want is autonomy for ourselves and safety for those we love.” What the elderly want is clear - they want to “age in place” with both choices and safety. The Coventry at Cottonwood Heights is the perfect place to find that perfect balance. The Coventry at Cottonwood Heights is a state-of-theart independent living and assisted living provider located in scenic Cottonwood Heights. They take pride in offering the perfect mix of personal care and hospitality tailored to meet the individual needs of residents. Coventry believes in giving residents control over their lives and encouraging independence and socialization all while providing exceptional care. The friendly and relaxed atmosphere makes it easy to meet new friends and fill your day with a number of fun and engaging activities.

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Mom… I’m Bored…. The Cheapest and Easiest Way to Entertain the Kids this Summer


an you believe it? Summer is almost here, that time of year where kids take a break from their structured routine and turn to the adults in their lives for entertainment ideas. What will you do to help your kids enjoy their time off? One only need to turn to Pinterest and Youtube to find dozens of Millennial Mama experts sharing all kinds of amazing ideas for summer fun. Turn an old rain gutter into a river, paint with flyswatters or, there’s always the old standby of making rainbow unicorn poop slime, (Google it) that’s not to be confused with rainbow unicorn puke slime. You’ll want to save that for another day. Parenting has become very precious to the digital generation. The pressure to have the perfect house, perfect marriage and perfect children seems to be stronger than ever. Leaving them feeling that in order to be a “good parent” they must create an utterly magical fairytale, and delightful childhood experience for their kids, right down to the bug bite sandwiches and peanut butter snails. Holy Crap! I get shaky hands, a sick panicky feeling and a stress rash just thinking about it. Staring at twelve long and unobstructed weeks trying to figure out how to keep the kids entertained so they won’t sleep too late, lose brain cells and ruin their vision playing computer games, or utter those dreaded words “Mom, I’m bored”. How can a parent these days possibly balance it all?

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rom the moment I was born, my mom looked for ways to make my life miserable. Admittedly, I don’t remember anything before the age of 4, but I’m sure her pattern of behavior extended back to my birth. For instance, my mom insisted I play with my little sister, even though my little sister was a demon who wailed like a banshee whenever I pinched her. Mom had this harebrained scheme that being forced to play with my siblings would make us friends. (Okay, she was right on that one. My siblings are pretty cool.) But here’s another example of my mom’s ruthless conduct. After school I could only watch TV for ONE HOUR. That’s all. Once my 60 minutes of Zoom and School House Rock was over, I had to engage my mind with something “enlightening.” Mom would force me to listen to classical music or make me memorize a poem she taped on the fridge. (I still randomly recite “The Highwayman.”) And there were books she required me to read like “Jane Eyre” or the Nancy Drew series. She even made me write book reports. “But it’s Saturday! School’s over!” I exclaimed when she handed me the illustrated book of Shakespeare. “Learning is never over,” she’d reply. Now I can’t go anywhere without a book. Gee. Thanks, mom.

When Atari hit the market, mom made it perfectly clear we would not be getting a game console. She told me video games would rot my brain, then she had the nerve to send me OUTSIDE where I had to resort to bike riding, playing baseball in the street or shooting hoops with the neighbors. (Eventually she caved and bought a game system, but even then there were strict usage guidelines.) Mom was a homework Nazi. She’d drill me on times tables (which I still hate) and spelling (which I admit comes in handy at times) and she insisted on attending every single parent teacher conference, just to embarrass me. Attendance at dinner was mandatory. Mom had read somewhere that family dinner time was vastly important and would lead to the decline of society if families didn’t eat their meatloaf together. She force fed me vegetables from her garden, peaches from her tree and raspberries from the bushes in the backyard. And there was no fluffy Wonder Bread for my lunches. Instead, I had to consume peanut butter sandwiches made with home-baked bread that was denser than granite, but kept me full for several days. It doubled as a blunt object if a boy was chasing me at recess. When it came to dessert, she was heartless. Even though I begged her to purchase Oreo cookies or Chips Ahoy (because no one else in the universe had to gag down homemade



chocolate chip, oatmeal or gingersnap cookies), she would only buy them on special occasions. Like never. But the final straw was when she rolled pink, spongy curlers into my long hair every Saturday night so I’d have ringlets for church. Before she added a curler, she’d dip a comb in water and run it through my hair, dripping ice-cold water down my back. And in the morning, removing those curlers was akin to being scalped. As Mother’s Day approaches, I grudgingly acknowledge that once in a while my mom probably wasn’t trying to make my life miserable. But for all her nefarious efforts, all I learned from her was to love my family, enjoy learning, get outside, eat real cookies and get dressed up for special occasions. Gee. Thanks, Mom. l




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