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HOLLADAY’S HELPING HANDS By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com

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he saying goes, “It takes a village,” and within this village there are always individuals who go above and beyond their civic duty to ensure their community thrives. Holladay’s Helping Hands Award is meant to recognize and pay homage to the Good Samaritan influencers of Holladay on an annual basis, during national volunteer week. “Our aim in launching this new program is to celebrate the wonderful people of our community,” Mayor Rob Dahle said, during the award presentation held April 19. Dahle began by thanking Holly Smith, assistant to the city manager, who prepared the Helping Hands mission statement, in addition to working with him on the concept of the award a little over a year ago. “2018 marks the inaugural year of the new programs, and this year’s selection committee was fortunate to [nominate] two exceptional members of our community,” Dahle said. Dave Chisholm was the first to be awarded, for over 13 years of spending countless volunteer hours as the City of Holladay’s emergency preparedness program manager. City Manager Gina Chamness said Chisholm was the person who immediately came to mind when she first heard of the award. “I knew immediately who should be one of the inaugural

Mayor Rob Dahle, City Manager Gina Chamness, Norma Jean Chisholm (wife), and Dave Chisholm, Helping Hands recipient. (Holly Smith/City of Holladay)

recipients,” Chamness said. She continued, “working only as a volunteer, Dave has coordinated the city’s efforts to respond to emergency situations.” Chamness explained Chisholm’s efforts in working with

Unified Fire Authority, in addition to coordinating CERT training courses to ensure residents are well prepared. After spending 5 to 10 hours weekly on this effort, for the last 15 years, Chamness conveyed her appreciation for Continued on Page 18...


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he wizarding world of Harry Potter will be sweeping down upon Holladay and Kaysville this sorcery summer with imagination, fun and life lessons not to be forgotten. Kids will be immersed in the magic at a Harry Potter Academy summer camp that all began with a mother trying to teach her children to love reading. Kim Bouck, the camp creator, had heard of a teacher in Logan that ran a similar summer camp for 18 years and thought, “I’ll just do it for my son and his friends,” since her son loved the Harry Potter books so much. They started reading the books together when he was 8. The camp has grown from 80 kids to 250 in three years. Bouck’s other big motivator is her second son, who has special needs. She knew that by running the camp herself he would be able to attend. Bouck seeks to work with children of any abilities so they can have fun and attend the camp. Depending on the child’s needs they will have their own camp counselor assigned to them, or in the words of Harry Potter, a prefect. According to the Harry Potter Wiki, www.harrypotter.wikia.com, “A prefect at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry is a student who has been given extra authority and responsibilities by the Head of House and Headmaster.” Bouck hires enough prefects for a 1:10 ratio, except for the special needs children, who each have their own prefect. With their assigned prefect the children are then divided into houses, just like in the books, and Bouck said they become very attached and have a lot of house pride. “It seems that the kids end up where they have these characteristics,” Bouck said about the houses. For example, Harry’s house in the book is Gryffindor, whose characteristic is bravery. Before starting the camp, Bouck’s only experience with children came from being a mom. “I’m a lawyer believe, it or not,” Bouck said, laughing. She works part time for the state, and never imagined doing something like running a camp for kids. Bouck recalled the first year and how exhausting it was to get everything together before the camp even started, but now she has been able to streamline the process a little more. “We bring castle walls in,” Bouck said, along with other props. “We try to make it as realistic as possible in a muggle setting.” Bouck said the camp is very supply intensive with all the crafts they do, costumes, scenery and so on. Jackson Payne, camp attendee, said, “Going to this camp is almost like you’re in the book.” Bouck’s hard work of bringing the pages to life has really paid off, from the wizard robes to witchcraft wands and everything enchanted in between. Many parts of the fictional world from the books and movies are implemented into the camp. The instructors get into character and play different teachers from the books and movies, such as care of magical creatures, where a handler brings reptiles and the kids get to do things like hold snakes, or divination, in which they learn to read tea leaves and other future telling magic. And of course, it wouldn’t be Harry Potter without

Learning to care for magical creatures makes this little girl smile when others may scream. (Courtesy of Kim Bouck)

a Quidditch match. Cullen VanDenBerghe, another camp attendee, said, “My favorite subjects were Quidditch, care of magical creatures and wandmaking. I liked learning how to take care of the creatures. I liked playing on the Quidditch team with the other kids.” Parents love the camp, too. Mom Kair Sikorski said, “My kids loved this camp so much. I can’t even tell you how proud they were to put on their robes every morning, pick up their wands and go to camp. They told me every activity they did all the way home. This camp inspired my twins — fourth grade — to read Harry Potter for the first time, and they were so excited they read a book every few days. This is by far the best summer camp we have had them in, ever. They will always remember it.” Every year, thus far, a different book has been the theme. This year will be “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.” The summer camp will take place in Holladay Monday through Thursday, June 4 to the 21, at Morningside Elementary School, 4170 S. 3000 East, and Monday through Friday, July 9 to the 20, in Kaysville at Jefferson Academy, 1425 S. Angel St., from 9 a.m. to noon at both locations. For more information and to register, go to harrypotteracademy.com soon. Space is limited. l

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Salt Water Tappys tap to their own beat By Holly Vasic | h.vasic@mycityjournals.com

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ap out of the mundane for a moment every Monday and Thursday and join Kim Luke and the girls for a tap dancing class. The Salt Water Tappys performing group emerged from this $5 drop-in class at the Holladay Lions Recreation Center and it’s a tapping good time for everybody. “My classes had to be during the day when my kids were at school,” Luke said, so she started a tap and ballet class for adults that worked for her schedule. Having a class before noon on a weekday brings in stay-at-home moms, retirees and others within a certain age and demographic, and the women who show up are thrilled that a class at such a time exists. “It’s provided an outlet for these women who have always wanted to dance, or used to dance, to get back into it,” said Luke. As the class went on and more and more regulars came, one of the women approached her and asked if she had ever considered doing group performances. “And I hadn’t,” Luke admitted, despite her background in performance dance. When she moved to Salt Lake, she decided to not make that her focus. In fact, she set up a business model in which she didn’t worry about performances and taught young children and adult classes in existing facilities, such as Holladay Lions and places like Performing Dance Center in Millcreek. Instead of creating her own studio, Luke decided to spend her energy with her students. She sends her young students off to studios that will serve their abilities when they get to about 12 and need to perform for real; otherwise, she holds little performances with inexpensive costumes for parents in the classroom a few times a year. During the holiday season, a local senior center contacted

Luke. “(They) said, ‘Well, we know that you teach children’s class — would the children like to come perform for us around Christmas time?’” Luke thought that would be great, which sparked another idea: maybe she could include more than just the kids. “So, I went to the ladies and said, ‘Hey my children’s company is going to perform at the Millcreek Community Center — where the senior center is housed — at Christmas time. Would you guys like to perform along with them?’” The tap class couldn’t say yes fast enough, but to be a performance group they had to have a name. “They came up with all of these very funny names and the Salt Water Tappys was the one that they voted on.” Luke wasn’t sure how it would go, but she prepared a dance the ladies could work on during class with whoever showed up. Twelve women came, and then another senior center called, The women tapping along at the Holladay Lions Rec Center tap class on asking if they could perform for them, too. So on May 18, the Monday, March 19. (Holly Vasic/City Journals) Salt Water Tappys will be performing again at the Kearns Senior Center, 4851 Lacoy Dr. at 10:45 a.m. “To these ladies it’s big two years ago with Wingelaar. “It was just one of those things time,” Luke said, and it’s a good time for everyone. that I wanted to do all my life and when I retired I finally had Nancy Wingelaar has been attending the class for the last time,” Clayton said. She also does the ballet class with Luke two years. “Unlike most of these ladies, I never had a day of but she describes this one as “more kind of aerobic and quick it before that,” she said. “It took a little bit of work, you know, thinking.” that first six months I was like, what?” Wingelaar, like most of “It almost has the feel of like a club than a drop-in class,” the tappers, is quick on her feet and really keeps with the beat. Luke said. She sees the same 20-plus gals every week, but “I didn’t know how to do the nifty or any of that stuff,” she said, everyone is welcome to join and everyone seems to love newbies. but she does now, and well. “It’s great — I love it, and it’s great l for our bodies and our minds.” Another regular attendee, Hydee Clayton, also started about

Ruth Parry, 91 years young and still painting daily By Holly Vasic | h.vasic@mycityjournals.com

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t 91 years young, lifelong Holladay resident Ruth Parry is still painting almost every day. She uses oils on canvas and boards and is a fan of flowers and landscapes. Yet her flair for nature in her work hasn’t stopped her from painting almost all of her grandchildren and throughout her life. Thus far, she has painted nearly 700 pieces. The painting of a 3-year-old watering tulips with a plastic cup is a favorite of Ruth’s youngest son Kent Parry. “We know who it is, because it’s my daughter,” Kent says of the girl in the scene. His mother has painted all of his children in different captured moments. “She’s done all of my nieces and nephews when they were young, in various activities. Out in the cornfield, or with flowers or with a favorite animal,” Kent said, of all 17 of them. Kent is one of four children and grew up in Holladay with two school teachers as parents. Ruth retired from Cottonwood Elementary school nearly 30 years ago and that is when her art really began to pick up. Kent can remember her painting his entire life but only in the summer — school years are busy for educators — and even during the summers, they spent so much time at Lake Powell she didn’t paint nearly as much as so does now. Now, not only does she paint nearly every day, but Kent says she has a lot of works in progress happening simultaneously. “She’s just a bit more solitary now and a bit more … reclusive isn’t quite the right word, but a little more stay at home,” Kent said. She has more time than she’s ever had to paint, especially after her husband passed away three years ago. “This would be their 61st anniversary,” Kent said. Kent’s mom and dad met at the University of Utah when they were both working on their teaching degrees. Kent said they met

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later in their schooling and his mom waited patiently while his dad served his mission in Hawaii. “They were married on April Fool’s Day so my dad wouldn’t forget when his anniversary was. And if he did forget he could say it was an April Fool’s joke.” Ruth has work displayed at Parry’s Office Supply, Kent’s own business, and across the street at Myer’s Pharmacy. His dad was, what he calls it, the engineering department that would get her paintings set up at places. Kent has averaged selling about eight a year out of his store. “Which isn’t a lot,” he said, “but she likes to say it feeds her habit.” Ruth has also donated pieces and of course given them to family, like the one Kent has of his daughter giving the tulips a drink. Ruth graduated high school from Granite High, now no longer standing, and grew up on Russel Street in Holladay. Kent recalls seeing some paintings her dad and brother — his grandfather and uncle— had done, but not a lot, and nothing like Ruth has accomplished. As for Kent, “We joke, and my dad joked about this as well, that we have the gift of appreciation and not of creation.” Ruth’s talent has passed down to some of the grandkids though, especially Kent’s own son Jeff, who is studying ceramics. Ruth has also painted with some of her grand- and great-grandchildren. At family activities they’ll often pull out the paints. “She has done that more with the second and third generations than with the first,” Kent said, but since she is a Ruth Parry’s oil painting of her granddaughter watering the tulips at 3 years old. It’s a favorite of youngest son Kent Parry. (Courtesy of Kent Parry) working mother and wife Parry understands. Ruth’s shy personality doesn’t keep her from getting out of Kent doesn’t know exactly how long his mom has been the house every once in a while for a lesson with fellow painter painting, but he has a pretty good idea. “There’s paintings in the Bonnie Posselli, which has become more of a social call these house that have been there well before I was around. So, I think days. Ruth has also given lessons to people in the neighborhood she’s been painting most all of her, at least her adult, life,” he who were interested. said, and she has no plans of stopping anytime soon. l

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Reflecting on Holladay life through dance By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com

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wirls were aplenty and the seats were packed during the first major dance event ever to be hosted by the Holladay Arts Council. It was held on Monday, April 9 in the Olympus Jr. High auditorium. Ginger Gunn, producer/director of the event for the Holladay Art Council was the brainchild of the dance event, and feels confident it will become an annual happening for Holladay dance lovers. “I have received nothing but positive feedback,” Gunn noted via email in mid-April. As noted in a previous article from the Journal’s April issue, the Holladay Reflection Dance concert was the vision of Gunn’s — a former dance teacher with Evergreen Jr. High, who comes from a long line of dancers, including her grandfather who owned the first dance studio in Utah — and could not be more thrilled with the outcome of all the hard work. In an effort to bring together both Holladay’s studio and school dance communities, Gunn reached out to the local junior high and high schools, as well as a few of the most recommended private dance studios. “So often these two groups conflict with each other over schedules,” Gunn said. She further expressed her hope for the school and studio dance community to be able to resolve conflicts “friend-tofriend” after working together during a “non-competitive” dance concert. Dancers from Holladay schools Olympus Jr., Wasatch Jr., Churchill Jr., Olympus High and Skyline High, in addition to performers from Elite Dance Studio, Silhouette Dance School, Dance Arts Theatre of Utah, the Winner School and the Dance

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Box, were asked to choreograph a performance around the theme ‘”What’s great about living in Holladay.” From upbeat numbers meant to highlight the high energy and community connection to slower-paced dances honoring citizens who promote good in our community, the night was full of thoughtful moves. As student and studio dancers took to the stage, the community bond between various dance schools and studios became apparent, with cheers and shouts of encouragement throughout the auditorium from fellow class and dance mates in the audience. “Every participant was enthusiastic about having a noncompetitive concert to show the community what’s available in the Holladay dance world,” Gunn said. All in all, the night appeared to be a huge success with well over 600 audience members in attendance, and 200 dancers that participated. “We are planning to make Holladay Reflections in dance a yearly tradition,” Gunn said. “All of the teachers I spoke (with) were excited to do this.” From bridging the gap between the school and studio groups to providing a fun, free and entertaining evening for Holladay families, one could assume many residents will be on the lookout for the next dance concert hosted by the Holladay Art Council. Churchill Jr. High performs at Holladay Dance Reflection concert. (Kathy Murphy). “I loved how excited all of the performers were and how loving and grateful they were for the opportunity to perform together,” Gunn said. For more information on future Holladay Arts Council happenings, be sure to follow the Holladay Arts! Facebook page, and check in on the events page on HolladayArts.org website. l

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Proponents speak out on revised mall site proposal By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com

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s residents filled the auditorium of Bonneville Jr. High, during the first public hearing since the revised proposal was submittal by Ivory/Woodbury, there appeared to be a shift in public opinion as more residents spoke in favor of the revised proposal, than opposition. John Walbrecht, President of Black Diamond Equipment and a Holladay resident, was among those who spoke in favor of the development, as he explained the hope of being able to move Black Diamond headquarters and retail to the proposed development. “We are a big believer, this mixed-use opportunity… creates a vibrant market… we believe this is the best use of this space,” Walbrecht said to the council during the April 5 meeting. Under the revised plan the commercial development building heights have come down to meet the previously agreed upon 90 foot height, in addition to residence density being reduced from a potential maximum of 1,268 units to 1,060—a number that could further decrease, if there is more of a demand for commercial during the development of the site. Under the revised proposal, the project phases have also shifted, with commercial development, homes, and trail closest to Highland Drive set to be developed in phase one of a three phase build out. Additional residents in favor included the Holladay Citizens for Responsibility Development (HCRD), whose president told the council during the first public hearing, that while the decision to support the development was not

unanimous, the majority of HCRD was in favor of seeing the Ivory/Woodbury revised proposal be developed. “The plan itself has improved… the end result we’re looking at is a result of compromise between public and private parties,” said Tim Schimandle, President of HCRD. Schimandle further noted the majority of HCRD felt the proposal was a “best case scenario” for the 57-acre lot, which has sat vacant for almost a decade. While the majority of public hearing attendees shifted from opponents to proponents, there were still residents who expressed concerns regarding traffic, height, and density despite revisions. “I think it’s a good plan, with lots of potential… but, too many people,” said resident Nancy Hollingworth, during the second public hearing held on April 12. Another hot topic issue for residents’ hesitation in moving forward with the plan is the tax incentive attached to the land from prior development negotiations. During the RDA meeting held on April 19, a handful of residents expressed concerns on the tax incentive—the terms of which are still being negotiated. “I’m not a huge fan of TIF (Tax Increment Financig) myself,” Ryan Steele said to the RDA board on April 19. Steele questioned the effectiveness of TIF incentivizing more retail and restaurants. One resident spoke in favor of the potential TIFs can bring to the community.

Proposed building phase by Ivory/Woodbury. (Aspen Perry/City Journals)

“I have seen the benefit of these types of agreements… I support these types of programs,” Dee Hansen said. RDA Chair Lynn Pace provided a bit of background to explain the purpose of cities negotiating tax incentive as an effort to bring in development for land that would not otherwise be developed. Pace further explained the tax revenues being discussed are only the growth—the increment that is up for negotiation, is only for the growth brought in by the developer, not any

tax base prior to new development. Pace left the RDA public hearing open, to encourage further public comment as the negotiations continue on the incentive terms for the development currently being proposed. “I will keep this matter open to continue to receive comment, as I expect this will evolve,” Pace said. For more information on future public hearings and council votes, residents are encouraged to visit the City of Holladay website. l

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Children teaching children to solve problems By Jessica Ivins | j.ivins@mycityjournals.com

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hen Emily White, PTA art chairperson at Howard R. Driggs Elementary, received the grant from Holladay Art Council she knew she wanted to give children multiple ways to express themselves. Art was the way to do just that as it crosses cultural and language barriers. Art also allowed the children to express their true concerns and worries. “We found similar problems across the board are bullying, anxiety, and depression…,” said White. There were also many other problems that begin in the home and extended to around the world. The “One Pen Can Change the World” project was combined with Literacy Week in March. White corralled partner schools to join her forces. Lincoln Elementary Art Specialist Sheryl Thorell helped 500 students create visual solutions to problems. Other partners were East High School, Canyon Rim Academy, and a school in Ghana called

Adehye Preparatory. On April 13, at Mill Creek Library, the children from the local schools gathered with family to reveal the children’s thinking skills and artistic ability. Sixty-five pieces of art work hung and revealed their solutions to a problem. Luke Bulloch, a third grader, drew a picture of his mom holding the newest baby. Luke’s problem, “My mom just had a baby and she needs to take care of us,” he said. “I need to help her do things around the house.” Another problem in the home was that a child did not have a father. This problem brought some parents to tears, along with the child presenting. Some problems had to do with too much homework causing anxiety as well as problems of gun violence, pollution, car crashes, cancer, and homelessness. Imani Harnage, a third grader, had a problem that she felt could be solved by involving

more citizens. “We use too much plastic,” Imani said. The solution: “Ask people to send letters to the law.” Ramon Ramirez, a sixthgrade Lincoln Elementary student, presented his problem and solution at the reception. He described his drawing: “It’s Mexico and the United States without the border,” Ramon said. “People want to come to the United States for a better life.” Ramon has experienced his friend’s dad’s deportation. The project incorporated children teaching children. The Future Problem Solvers at Howard R. Driggs taught 22 classes. They read “Malala’s Magic Pencil,” a book by Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. They discussed Malala, the problem solved, and how people worked together. This fostered a mentor relationship that White had not anticipated. She is currently working with the principal to continue a micro-Malala program

to teach values, such as courage, kindness, and perseverance. These would be taught by children in leadership roles. This would be able to help the school target and solve the problems of bullying, anxiety and depression. The children received a letter from Malala Yousafzai. She thanked the children for their kind letters and reminded them that you do not have to be an adult to lead. “A child’s voice can be heard around the world,” she wrote. “We are fortunate in America that girls receive the same education opportunities as boys,” Malala wrote in her letter. “There are currently 130 million girls around the world not in school.” Some of the children were inspired by Malala’s book. Grace Shellum, a third grader, wrote, “Children should not have to work instead of going to school.” This is why Grace drew a picture of schools all over the world. l

Ramon Ramirez, a sixth grader, was a chosen participant in the “One Pen Can Change the World” Artist Reception at the Mill Creek Library. (Jessica Ivins /City Journals)

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Meet Kate De Groote: Awarded $10,000 scholarship at nation’s senate program By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

West Valley City resident and Skyline High junior Kate De Groote toured many places during her weeklong trip to Washington, D.C. Kate was one of 104 student delegates selected across the country to attend the 56th annual United States Senate Youth Program. (Photo by Jakob Mosur)

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arbara De Groote remembers what her daughter Kate De Groote said after returning from the weeklong United States Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C.: “That was the greatest week of my life.” West Valley resident Barbara then recalled telling Kate, “‘Do you know how many times you have told me that with the experiences you’ve had? That’s a pretty good young life to have already told me that many times.’ She’s just had these experiences that have been fantastic in many different areas.” That’s because Kate is no ordinary teenager. A cursory Google search of the Skyline High junior reveals various news reports about her academic exploits: She was awarded the 2017 Billy Michal Student Leadership Award in New Orleans in June 2017; she collected and delivered 3,500 books to the Navajo and Hopi reservations in Arizona; she won the state’s National History Day competition for individual performance while at Churchill Jr. High before going on to nationals (also in Washington, D.C.); and is the vice mayor of the West Valley City Youth Council. Washington, D.C. Kate, and James Madsen of Bountiful, represented Utah at the 56th annual United States Senate Youth Program in Washington, D.C. in March. The two were chosen as top student leaders joining the other 102 student delegates from around the nation. They also received $10,000 scholarships. The weeklong program falls under Kate’s burgeoning category of life’s “greatest weeks.” “It’s almost impossible to put the experience and what I learned into words,” she said in an interview a few weeks after returning. She will have to. Each delegate is required to write an essay about the experience. Days were “jam packed” for the delegates, Kate said. In no small order, the week included hearing from various senators such as Tim Scott (South Carolina) and Angus King (Maine),

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a national archivist, Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch, the Canadian Ambassador to the United States David MacNaughton and a 30-minute conversation with Utah’s Senator Mike Lee. She also visited The Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery, the Newseum, the Capitol and the White House where she met President Donald Trump. “It was just an amazing experience because we were able to go behind the scenes at so many places and really get to have a firsthand experience as to how government works and hear from these leaders that a lot of us look up to,” Kate said. One of Kate’s more surreal moments was seeing top Somalian officials while staying at the Mayflower Hotel. They were there at the same time as the Somalian President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. “We’re staying in the same hotel as the president of a nation in the world, it was insane.” The ultimate highlights of the program for Kate, were hearing or meeting those leaders she looks up to. While touring the Senate Gallery, Kate said her group heard Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren speak. “Kids started crying because we love politics so much and just being able to hear them give speeches was incredible,” Kate said. She also got to shake hands with one of her heroes, Representative John Lewis (Georgia). Lewis is a prominent civil rights leader who helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, known as one of the “Big Six” leaders of the civil rights movement. Lewis told the delegates about his own experiences being arrested dozens of times, “but he still persevered,” Kate said, “and fought for equality and the causes he believed in. That inspired all of us.” Hearing the various political leaders explain why they chose their field, the causes they strive for and using their position to represent the underserved was not only memorable for Kate, but motivating. “I think that made everyone in the room more passionate about pursuing political service or just working to help others,” she said. It turned out to be her primary lesson. “We need to be passionate about something, and we need to take that passion and pursue it until we can’t pursue it anymore,” she said. “Because even though we’re young, we’ve seen time and time again that we can change the world, whether it’s locally or nationally. We can make a difference.” Civic service Participating in a program where Kate can meet the nation’s leaders is possible because of who she is and what she’s done. While some students in her high school head to Paris for their spring break vacation, in 2017 Kate utilized that time to deliver 3,500 books to schools on Navajo and Hopi reservations in Arizona. In May, she travels to the Dominican Republic for a humanitarian mission. The Skyline junior, who also serves as vice mayor for the West Valley Youth City Council, served as an ambassador for the World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana during 2017 where she interviewed veterans to preserve their stories. Kate, a history buff, said it made the war more than “what you read in history books.” “It affected these people in such profound ways, an event in which they learned so many truths,” she said. “Even hearing about the horrors many of them had to experience, it definitely put my own life into perspective.” “And I realize how much these veterans had to go through

and how much they’re impacted by it today. There were many people who couldn’t really talk about it.” History Where does this unyielding desire for civic service come from? For Kate, it’s all about history. In elementary school she was “obsessed” with the Revolutionary War before her fascination with World War II. She saw “how politics influenced all of that history.” “I realized that politics and being elected or working behind the scenes is a way you can make a real difference in this nation,” Kate said. Third grade proved a formative year for Kate. She attended a summer camp about the Mayflower ship that transported early pilgrims to what would become the United States. Her parents took her to Boston where she saw the Freedom Trail, the site of the Boston Massacre and a replica of the Mayflower. The year also marked her first recollection of a presidential inauguration when Barack Obama was first elected. “We tried to take her to as many museums as we could,” Barbara said of Kate’s upbringing. “Get (her) involved in as many different programs as we could because she had this insatiable desire to learn about different things.” Kate took first place at the state’s National History Day competition in 2016 for her individual performance on Joan of Arc’s journey. Another history exploit includes learning about the Berlin Wall and the relationship between East and West Germany. In seventh grade, Kate carted out a 6-foot-tall replica of the Berlin Wall to a history fair. It imitated the barbed wire at the top, search lights, concrete; she even spray painted words on the wall. “It was awesome,” Kate recalled fondly. Future If curiosity constituted a life’s calling, it would be Kate’s. She has an insatiable appetite to learn everything. Barbara noted how she has a real interest about the world and all its people. Whether it’s religions, traditions, cuisine or personal values different from the American norm; Kate wants to absorb all of it. “That’s something I’m very passionate about,” Kate said. “And seeing why people do [those things] and how that’s impacted their own lives. That’s something that I think is extremely interesting…engaging in cross cultural dialogue is something I really enjoy doing.” Kate is in the International Baccalaureate program at Skyline. With its seemingly endless amounts of homework, Kate doesn’t have much free time. She loves to sew and wants to learn more about it. Reading is her favorite, especially “The Great Gatsby,” “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The New Jim Crow.” But she typically uses that time for her projects, volunteering at the refugee center, doing a study abroad in Spain (summer 2017) or applying for Chinese programs for this summer. She’s often asked about her future. Her dream schools are Harvard and Yale, she wants to study political science or economics. Then work for the government overseas or in the State Department, maybe serve as an adviser for political campaigns. Regardless of what she does, the world might not hold enough information for her to absorb. “The world has endless opportunities for me in the future,” she said. “I’ll figure out when I get there, I just know I want to be in a position to help make the world a better place, more connected and more friendly with each other.” l

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To celebrate Greece, students sing and speak in Greek

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Children sang songs in both English and Greek during a program to celebrate Greek Independence Day at Saint Sophia School. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

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t gives them a global perspective, which is really important.” That’s what kindergarten teacher Megan Garza said shortly after wrapping up the children’s program for the Saint Sophia School Greek Independence Day Celebration. Dozens came to celebrate Greek Independence Day in March at the Holladay school located inside the Greek Orthodox Church building along Highland Drive at 5335 South. The program featured children from toddler to kindergarten age singing songs in both Greek (including the Greek national anthem and “Three Little Fishes”) and English (including “You’re a Grand Old Flag” and “This Land is Your Land”). The celebration also included a few poems read in Greek by the students, with a grand finale Greek dance (Kalamatianos) performed by the older children. Garza also has a daughter at the school so she enjoyed the program twofold. “As a teacher it’s amazing to see the kids excel in Greek language and Greek culture,” she said, having also witnessed her child reference Greek in daily language and sing it at night before falling asleep.

“It’s amazing that they’re adapting so well at such a young age; they’re like sponges,” Garza said. Greek is the foundation for much language in law and medicine. “For them to have this exposure now at a young age, they’ll be able to draw on that knowledge as they go through school later in life,” she said. The students began work on the program in January with Greek teacher Sissi Sakellariou, who said she started out nervous about the vocabulary, before eventually reacting to the performance with a “wow.” “If you’re not Greek speaking, they are very difficult words,” she said. Many of those students are not Greek speaking nor Greek-American. Which made it all the more impressive for Father George Nikas, the cathedral dean for the Greek Orthodox Church of Greater Salt Lake. “The fact that you have Americans singing the Greek national anthem, and quite well, and all the Greek songs and dancing is a testament to the teachers — first and foremost,” he said. “But also to the children themselves and their zeal for wanting to learn about other cultures…it

was a beautiful day today.” Celebrating both American and Greek cultures was important to the teachers, so students could experience one different from their own. “It’s just about acceptance and it’s about being exposed to something that is beyond their norm and beyond them so it opens their eyes that there’s a big world out there,” Garza said. Greece celebrates March 25 with two holidays, faith and civic based. The date is nine months before Christmas so it commemorates the Annunciation of the Archangel Gabriel announcing to the Virgin Mary that she would conceive a child, Jesus Christ. It also celebrates, Nikas explained, Greece’s freedom after over 400 years of Ottoman Turks occupying their homeland. The war raged from 1821 to 1830. “The idea (of the double holiday) is that they were liberated from their physical captivity and slavery, but they were also spiritually liberated — with all humankind — with the coming of the Messiah Jesus Christ,” Nikas said. l

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MAY 2018

M AYO R ’S M E S S AG E By the time this article reaches Holladay homes, Lynn Pace, District Two Council Representative will have announced his resignation, effective June 30th. I will leave it to Lynn to structure a more appropriate personal statement. I do think he would be amenable to a limited editorial metaphor, “sometimes life places more on our platter than it is able to hold”. This requires the periodic reevaluation of priorities. Those that know Lynn well understand that his priorities have always been in the proper order, so we were saddened, but not shocked when he announced that his time serving the citizens of Holladay had come to an end. Lynn’s 14 ½ years of service make him the longest tenured elected official in the brief incorporated history of our city. His accomplishments include: the redevelopment of the blighted Village Center; the preservation and renovation of Holladay Elementary in to a new City Hall and Park; the acquisition and improvement of Knudsen Park open space; the development of the Millrock Office and Retail Complex; and construction of Fire Station #104, to name just a few. Lynn’s handprints are all over this city; his myriad contributions will endure for generations. Our dedicated public servants, along with their families sacrifice their time and offer their talent as their way of giving back. They feel an obligation to pay it forward through public service. Lynn could be their poster child. He has spent hundreds of hours away from his family on Thursday evenings sharing his knowledge and vision to the benefit of our City. We will miss his grand, slightly tardy entrances, incredible attention to detail, professional competence and unwavering commitment to preserving the heritage of Holladay. Most of all, we will miss his friendship. On behalf of our Council and Staff, I would like to thank Lisa and the entire Pace family for sharing Lynn us. You leave us better than you found us, and isn’t that the departing epitaph we all aspire to when our opportunity to serve has come to an end. With Gratitude, Rob Dahle Mayor, City of Holladay

Dear friends and neighbors, It is with mixed feelings that I announce my resignation as a member of the Holladay City Council. This resignation will become effective July 1, 2018. I have recently had a significant change in my personal circumstances and I have determined that I need to preserve more time to be home with my family. Serving on the City Council has been a great honor, and I am deeply grateful for the privilege I have had to represent and to serve this wonderful community that I love and that we all call home. Thanks for your support. Lynn Pace City Council District 2

Council Vacancy Process Anyone desiring to fill the pending vacancy in the Council seat of Mr. Pace must be a registered voter, must have resided within the City for twelve consecutive months immediately prior to the date of appointment and must be a resident of District 2 of the City. See the City’s website for a description of District 2 boundaries. Those interested in filling the vacancy on the Council should submit their names to the City Recorder by June 15, 2018. At the City Council meeting after that date, the City Council, in an open meeting, will interview each individual whose name has been submitted for consideration and who meets the qualifications for office regarding the individual’s qualifications. The Council, by motion, will then make the appointment to the vacated office. Please check the City’s website and social media for updates to this process.

2018 Budget Schedule 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 3 – Presentation of Tentative 2018-19 budgets. This includes: • City’s General Fund budget, which funds most services residents receive through the City and its partners, 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 • 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 7 - Budgets will be available on city website June 7 – 6:00 pm Public Hearing on 2018-19 budgets June 21 – Adoption of 2018-19 budgets

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MAY 2018

CITY INFORMATION

Spring Lawn Care and Cleanup Tips As we welcome the spring season, the City of Holladay wants to remind you of a few rules of thumb regarding yard care and cleanup. Lawn clippings, leaves, and other landscaping refuse may not be disposed of in any waterways, creeks, ditches, canals, or stormdrain systems. These materials can cause blockages of infrastructure, leading to the potential for flooding and costly cleanup. Take care when applying fertilizers. Use only the amount of needed, and prevent over-application onto sidewalks, curb and gutter, and other paved surfaces. Excess fertilizer, once in our stormdrain and waterways can be toxic to aquatic life and lead to algae blooms in downstream lakes and rivers. Dispose of household hazardous waste properly. Paints, oils, and other hazardous household waste can poison our air, land and water. It is illegal to put hazardous household waste into garbage bins, or to dispose of in sewer or storm drain systems. These materials should be dropped off at the

Salt Lake County Landfill or another approved facility, where they can be disposed of safely. If you do observe any illegal dumping or hazardous spills, please contact the Salt Lake County Health Department at 801-580-6681. Following these few simple rules can help ensure we keep the City of Holladay looking beautiful, while protecting the environment and preventing flooding. It is a win-win!

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No Green Waste in Blue Recycle Can Please remember that grass clippings and other organic and yard waste NEVER go in the blue recycle can. If these materials get collected, it will contaminate the entire recycle load in the collection truck. If you have a lot of yard waste, consider a Green Waste can or a home composting program. More information about our Green Waste Program can be found at https://wasatchfrontwaste.org/green-waste-collection

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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..). For questions, please call the Salt Lake County Health Dept. at 385-468-3862.

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CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS:

Rob Dahle, Mayor rdahle@cityofholladay.com 801-580-3056 Sabrina Petersen, District 1 spetersen@cityofholladay.com 801-859-9427 Lynn Pace, District 2 lpace@cityofholladay.com 801-535-6613 Paul Fotheringham, District 3 pfotheringham@cityofholladay.com 801-424-3058 Steve Gunn, District 4 sgunn@cityofholladay.com 801- 386-2605 Mark H. Stewart, District 5 mstewart@cityofholladay.com 801-232-4544 Gina Chamness, City Manager gchamness@cityofholladay.com

PUBLIC MEETINGS:

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

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Mon-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • 801-272-9450 4580 South 2300 East • Holladay, UT 84117

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NUMBERS TO KNOW:

801-527-3890 801-527-2455 801-273-9731 801-527-3890

Emergency 911 UPD Dispatch (Police) 801-743-7000 UFA Dispatch (Fire) 801-840-4000 Animal Control 385-468-7387 Garbage/Sanitation 385-468-6325 Holladay Library 801-944-7627 Holladay Lions Club 385-468-1700 Mt. Olympus Sr. Center 385-468-3130 Holladay Post Office 801-278-9947 Cottonwood Post Office 801-453-1991 Holliday Water 801-277-2893 Watermaster - Big Cottonwood Tanner Ditch system - Art Quale 801 867-1247


GOLF CART SAFETY Spring is here and it is time for all of us to be mindful of a changing landscape on the streets of Holladay. Many more pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcycles, and other types of traffic will be more prevalent and require all of us to be more aware. Some of you may have noticed one particular mode of travel missing from the list above, the dreaded golf cart. It is no secret there are a few golf carts which frequent the streets of Holladay. Some are irritated by them, some are very concerned for the safety of the riders, and some don’t see their use as problematic. I would like to clarify a few points regarding the utilization of golf carts in Holladay. First, Holladay City does not currently have an ordinance authorizing or regulating the use of golf carts on city streets. So, state law is the authority regulating the use of golf carts. It is illegal for an unlicensed driver to operate any vehicle, including a golf cart, on the roadway. It is important to know the roadway is the portion of the street where vehicles travel, not the shoulder. If operated on any specified highway, a golf cart shall be equipped with; head lamps, tail lamps, and turn signal lamps, and other equipment specified in state law. It would be impossible for me to address every scenario related to golf carts, but I will specifically address the most common situations I have seen. If a golf cart is driven by an unlicensed driver, it is not legal for them to drive on the roadway. However, it may be legal for them to drive on the side of the road, similar to an electric scooter. If a golf cart is driven by a licensed driver, it is still not legal for them to drive on the roadway unless the cart has all the necessary safety equipment outlined above. Our interest, as police officers in Holladay, is the safety of all of our citizens. That said, when it comes to enforcement of traffic laws in Holladay, our focus will be to address any situation which we deem to be unsafe. So, the best way to get our attention and perhaps be the focus of our enforcement efforts, would be to engage in unsafe behavior as it relates to the use of golf carts. I can assure you we will get a call if a ten-year-old, and six or seven of his/her friends, are cruising down the middle of the street on a golf cart. Conversely, if your fifteen-year-old cruises down the side of the roadway to a friend’s house, that will probably not draw our attention. In closing, please help us keep our streets safe by monitoring the use of golf carts and acting responsibly.

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

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November 2017

Pool PAWTY Time! Salt Lake County Animal Services Keep your dog cool this summer and join us for a Pool PAWTY! This event is part of the Too Cool for Hot Cars campaign, from Salt Lake County Animal Services, to raise awareness of the dangers of leaving your pet in a vehicle during warm spring, summer, and fall months.

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Sunday, June 3, 11 AM – 3 PM

@ Barley’s Canine Recreation Center (2827 S 2300 E) & Dirty Johnson’s Dog Wash. Let your pup splash in the kiddie pools, get discounts on daycare and pool time, and lots of fun stuff for you and your pup. Then head next door to Dirty Johnson’s Dog Wash, Grooming & Pet Sitting for a $25 bath, brush, and nail trim. Volunteers will do all the work and provide all the supplies - you just bring your dirty dog! Hot Weather Do’s & Don’t to Keep Your Dog Safe Hot Cars: Once outside temperatures reach 70-degrees, temperatures in a car can exceed 116-degrees within 10 minutes. Even on a mild 75-degree day, cracking a window in your car or parking in the shade doesn’t make a difference. Temperatures inside the vehicle are deadly. Dogs can suffer from heatstroke, irreparable brain damage, or even death. If you see a pet inside a vehicle, excessively panting, non-responsive, drooling, or listless, call Salt Lake County Animal Service’s Dispatch number immediately: 801-7437045. Never break a window of a vehicle on your own to pull out a pet, you could be liable for damages. Take a photo of the pet, the license plate, and give that information to Animal Control Officers. Hot Pavement: Dogs can burn their paws on the sidewalk in the summer. When in doubt test the surface yourself: place the back of your hand on the pavement. If you CAN’T stand the heat for FIVE seconds, it’s too hot for you to walk your dog. Walk your dog early in the morning, later in the evening, and leave them at home when heading to festivals or farmer’s markets. Hot Balconies: Despite being covered, a balcony can get very hot, VERY fast. A dog left on a balcony may try to escape and injure themselves when they’re left alone and hot. A bowl of water is easily overturned, and the pet is left anxious, dehydrated, and in similar conditions as a hot car. If you see or hear a pet on a balcony that’s in distress call Animal Control: 801-743-7045. For additional information please visit AdoptUtahPets.com or email animal@slco.org.

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Cottonwood High students learn what it takes to make it in the music world By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com Through a 90-minute Disney workshop with a veteran saxophonist, Sal Lozano, Cottonwood High instrumentalists learned what level of musicians they would need to be to perform professionally. “He worked with the students and had them sight-read a piece of Disney music — and record it,” Cottonwood director Amber Tuckness said. “He’s a LA saxophonist and told them how he gets a call, sometimes he doesn’t even know who for, goes in to play and they’ll record him right then and there. It taught the students how good they would have to be in able to make it in the music world.” This was part of the 170-student Cottonwood High music tour, one that focused on improving their skills rather than competing, Tuckness said. “The students had a chance to play music that was dubbed into a movie and record in a real studio,” she said about their experience in backstage Disney in mid-March. “Only three students had experience in a recording session before this, so it was new to most of the group. It really opened their eyes as several now want to do this.” The instrumentalists performed pieces from “Tangled,” “Nightmare Before Christmas,” “The Incredibles,” the opening theme music from Marvel and the title sequence music of Disney movies. Amongst the songs the choir performed were the “Muppet Show Theme”

and “Circle of Life” from “The Lion King.” While in the Los Angeles area, students also spent six hours with two professionals at Chapman University, who gave the students “great insight,” Tuckness said. “They were able to let the students see their music so they can perform it at a level they’re capable of,” Tuckness said. “This has been a perfect scenario as we weren’t ready to perform three full pieces for a competition before this and it helped us get ready and have insight to play at a higher level for our festivals this spring.” That became apparent at region jazz band, where the students scored all 1s, or superior marks, and followed it up at state competition with an overall superior rating after their return to Utah. At the region band festival, the students also received all 1s and were preparing for state as of press deadline. The orchestra also was scheduled to compete in late April. The Madrigals received excellent ratings at their region competition and the concert choir competition was scheduled for April. In addition, 27 students were to compete in solos or ensembles at state April 28, Tuckness said. The California tour also included time for the students to enjoy Disneyland, eat at a medieval dinner theater, attend the Hollywood Pantages Theatre for the Broadway show of “Aladdin” where they talked to musicians in the pit, and tour Universal Studios’ Harry Potter

Cottonwood High music students take in Harry Potter World after a Disney workshop. (Amber Tuckness/Cottonwood High)

World, where they wore their Harry Potter shirts, with each area of the performing arts representing a different house. Prior to the trip, students completed a survey that included questions about their favorite Disney character to Harry Potter. “We put these together in a book along with some games so they got to know their

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Oakwood teams with police to make school idle free By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

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ith air quality in the Salt Lake Valley garnering more attention each year, the Oakwood Elementary Student Council leapt into action to bring change to its school. In late March, the council teamed up with the Holladay City Police to raise awareness about idling cars. Students and police officers reminded parents picking up their children from school to turn off their car and be idle free. Information flyers were sent home with students. “Our students are helping their parents remember to turn their cars off whenever they are just sitting in a parking lot,” said Holly Fairbanks, PTA member who oversees the student council. The idea came when a neighbor noticed all the idling cars in front of the school and suggested to Fairbanks some informational outreach — such as a city ordinance that limits idling to two minutes. Fairbanks said the kids were excited at the proposition. On a few occasions this year, recess was held indoors due to the poor air quality. She noted students were especially disappointed since there was no rain and blue skies. “Our students hate staying inside on bad air days, so they really want to help educate their parents and other adults that don’t realize how much idling effects our air quality,” Fairbanks said. “If we all do just a little, it can make a big difference.” l

What else can we do? Of your total vehicle pollutants, you create 75% of them in the first 3 minutes of driving after a “cold start” (starting your engine after being off for 12+ hours). If you trip-chain (group your driving trips) you can eliminate some cold starts. Or, in a multi-car home, on more flexible days, try using one car for the day, which utilizes the already warmed engine, instead of driving different vehicles.

Is idling really that bad? Yes!

The student council at Oakwood Elementary hold up signs to remind parents to turn off their cars when picking up students. (Holly Fairbanks/Oakwood Elementary)

• Exposure to vehicle pollutants is much higher inside vehicles than outside. Drivers and their passengers idling outside a school or sitting at a drive-through inhale more toxic pollutants than people standing outside the car.1

48% of the pollution in our local inversions is from mobile sources (cars, trucks, etc). Although our vehicles are currently the biggest contributors, this also means we can make the biggest improvement! You can still drive everywhere you need and improve our air quality by being conscious of idling and your driving habits. 1 UCAIR 2 Intermountain Healthcare LiVe Well 3 “Assessment of Automobile Start and Idling Emissions under Utah Specific Conditions” study by Weber State University and Utah State University 4 Granite School District 5 City of Holladay Ordinance No. 2013-03

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• Idling contributes to bad air. Bad air contributes to bad health... especially in children. Children breathe faster than adults and typically spend more time outside. This means more exposure. Also, their brains, lungs and immune systems are still developing and contact with harmful pollutants at this time should especially be avoided.2 • Idling in a car for just 5 minutes creates 3-10 times more pollutants than if you shut off your engine and restart it when you’re ready to drive.3

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• A car “warming up” while stationary is creating the worst emissions for much longer than one that is driven immediately after starting. Warm engines reduce vehicle emissions by 99% so the key is getting your engine warm as quickly as possible by driving. And contrary to what others may tell you, modern engines don’t require warming up.3

Oakwood Elementary teamed up with Holladay Police to remind parents to turn off their cars when picking up students. (Holly Fairbanks/Oakwood Elementary)

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• Idling wastes fuel and money. Restarting a car takes as much fuel as it would idling for 10 seconds.4 You can save fuel while improving air quality by turning off your engine instead of idling for 10 seconds. Also, there is a legal 2-minute limit on idling in Holladay 5, like many cities in the Salt Lake valley.

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t was 6:20am on Saturday, April 21 and I was steaming my Kelly green Comcast Cares Day t-shirt. It was my first “Cares Day” (as it’s known to Comcasters), and I wanted to feel ready. I had been the External Affairs Director in Utah for just over a month. My shirt was not the only thing that was green. I may have been the newbie, but Comcast Cares Day isn’t new; it’s 17 years old, and this year we reached a significant milestone: one million volunteers. In my short time here, I’ve come to understand that Cares Day isn’t just something that Comcast does; Comcast Cares Day is a huge part of who we are. As a global media and technology company, Comcast is known for providing best-in-class cable and internet—just ask anyone with X1 who speaks to their remote. But in reality, we do something far more significant. Comcast is in the business of connecting people—to one another, to the larger world,

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and to their community. My family and I moved to Salt Lake from Brooklyn six years ago. We love it here—the outdoors, the ever-increasing slate of arts and culture offerings, and the ingrained sense of service. Even so, I can honestly say that I’ve never felt more connected to my community than I did Last Saturday on Cares Day. I sprayed windows and pulled weeds at The Road Home’s Palmer Court with a group of students from the U. I saw STEM workshop student’s wide smiles as they watched their ideas take shape in the 3D printer at Northwest Middle School. I sorted through cardboard boxes of clothes and toys in the basement loading dock of the YWCA with a group of nurses from Huntsman Cancer Institute. We were all moved when Sally Hannon, Development Coordinator at the Y, thanked us, saying, “I can’t believe all you’ve

done. I’ve never seen this part of the floor before.” I am proud to work at Comcast. In my new role, I will be focused on external relations strategies, including community impact work—like Cares Day—as well as communications and local government affairs. But the way I see it, I’m just the newest member of a super high-performing team, who have put an unbelievable amount of effort into the planning and execution of Comcast Cares Day. For them, this day is about people. It’s about supporting our project leads and partners; it is about delivering volunteers, students, and our nonprofit and school partners a seamless and meaningful experience; it is about making visible and lasting change to organizations and lives. And it is a little bit about hoping for good weather. Lucky for us, both sun and spirits shined brightly in Utah this Comcast Cares Day. l

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Sports facility offers variety of camps and programs By Catherine Garrett | c.garrett@mycityjournals.com

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The Elite Level Sports Academy has been teaching athletic skills since it opened last January. (Photo courtesy Denise Swope)

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he phrase “If you build it, they will come,” from the movie “Field of Dreams” is familiar to many baseballs fans and Cottonwood Heights resident Denise Johnson Swope has found that concept to be true since she opened her doors last year to the Elite Level Sports Academy, located at 2100 W. Alexander St. Ste. A in West Valley City. The facility boasts 13,000 square feet of turf, eight batting cages, six mounds, workout facilities and meeting rooms. “The response has been tremendous,” Swope said. “Parents and players really love our year-round skills and drills program and we provide quality instruction from top-notch instructors.” The facility has been a dream of Swope’s for a few years so she worked on the “right business model,” to ensure that everyone can walk away from each time “feeling like they got real value from their time in our place.” “I have always wanted to give back to kids, hoping they would experience the game and all it has to offer,” Swope said. “It is important to me that players get the skill development that is so badly needed in this area. I also wanted it to be a place where you can come regardless of your ability.” A weekly hitting camp in May and a summer baseball camp are the upcoming events at the facility, which also offers private baseball and softball lessons and space for team practices. They currently have an Elite 13u team – which has GPA and community service requirements – and are planning to add more teams in the fall. Swope said she recently brought on a strength and conditioning and speed and agility coach to help expand Elite Level’s services to other athletes including football players. Several football camps are also planned for this summer. The hitting camp for players ages 10 to 14 is scheduled for May 2, 9, 16 and 23 or May 3, 10, 17 and 31 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. each night. Instructors will teach the fundamentals of hitting and work through drills

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with individualized instruction. The cost is $100. For the summer baseball camp, professional instruction will focus on skills, proper mechanics, speed and agility, personal growth and fun. Two different weeks will be offered from June 4 through 8 and June 11 through 15 with a morning session from 8 a.m. to noon for players ages 7 to 10 and afternoon session from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for ages 11 to 14. “Our focus at camp is to advance each individual’s skill and knowledge of baseball,” Swope said. “Each camper will receive specific instruction on how to play the game and how to improve on and off the field. We will cover all aspects of baseball.” The cost is $150 per week and a T-shirt is included. Those interested can register at the facility or online at www.elitelevelsportsacademy.com or by calling (801) 972-2829. Swope got her start on the field as one of the original Bonnett Ball girls and started playing softball when she was young. She later played for Olympus High and accelerated teams and then watched a son and daughter play for a few years. She has been a softball and baseball coach, but has been part of the baseball community for more than 20 years—as a coach, Crown Colony Baseball board member and president and District Commissioner for Cal Ripken Baseball. “I was very fortunate, being able to travel all over the country, meeting people and experiencing so many things,” she said. The life lessons Swope has learned from sports—working hard, discipline, competing, teamwork, failure and success—are also part of what her goals are in the services she offers the sports community at Elite Level Sports Academy. “I have seen sports give a lot of kids the structure and discipline they need to be successful in life,” she said. “To me, baseball and sports are really about a bunch of great life lessons. I love to see a young player find success when they have been struggling and having their hard work pay off.” l

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Chisholm’s dedication. “He remains as dedicated to this effort today, as he was 15 years ago… Dave is a fine example of that commitment to service,” Chamness said. Chisholm thanked the city for their recognition, though for him it is not about awards. “I don’t do it for recognition, I’ve lived in this community almost 80 years…and when Holladay was organized I wanted to help in any way I could,” Chisholm said. The second recipient of the inaugural Helping Hands award was Paul Fetzer, who was nominated by Senator Jani Iwamoto. Fetzer is the master gardener at the Mt. Olympus Community Garden. His passion and gardening expertise resulted in the garden’s early development through to it’s current stature in the community—including ADA accessibility and raised beds for those in wheelchairs. Iwamoto spoke of the origins of the project being rooted to the concept of garden and healthy living education for the elementary students of Howard R. Driggs, in addition to it’s later involvement of helping the refugee community. “This garden is what it is today, because of Paul Fetzer,” Iwamoto said.

Iwamoto became emotional during her praise of Fetzer, and all his volunteer hours have brought to the community. “This recognition of Paul Fetzer is at a critical time…,” Iwamoto said, her voice cracking slightly before she continued. “What Paul has created is a piece of heaven on earth.” “He has given our children a piece of time to remember, and to appreciate the beauty of the world around them.” Iwamoto knew Fetzer would be a special person in her life, and reflected on the calm the garden has brought to her, especially when feeling the pressures of the world. Fetzer humbly praised the work of the Nepalese families who work and tend the garden, and is grateful for outside business efforts as well. “By in large, the community surrounding us… have been the largest contributors in time, and have really been terrific,” Fetzer said. Holladay City will open up the next round of nominations in December of 2018, for the 2019 honorees. l

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y the time the regular season ends, two boys soccer teams in Region 6 will have to stay home and watch the other four squads extend their seasons in the Class 5A state tournament. Skyline and Olympus want to be part of the party and delay their offseason. The Eagles and Titans — longtime rivals — both had early success in region play and could end up neck and neck in the race for the league championship. Skyline Heading into its April 20 game against East, the Eagles were perched atop Region 6 with a 3-0 record. Skyline got the best of West, Olympus and Murray to begin region play. Against West on April 6, the Eagles had to go to two overtimes to outlast the Panthers 3-2. Ellis Spikner, Grant Balls and Jake Jensen found the back of the net. Perhaps the biggest victory of the season up to that point was a 2-1 win over Olympus on April 10. Once again, Skyline played a two-overtime marathon before getting the winning goal in the second extra session. Spikner scored the winning goal and also added a gametying goal in the second half. He had five goals in the first nine games of the season. Jensen has been prolific all season. In the first nine contests, he scored seven goals and was sixthleading scorer in Class 5A up to that point. The Eagles were 7-1-1 as team in their first nine games. During that span, the defense allowed a total of just five goals. Goalie Tommy Jensen and his fellow defenders have also performed well season as they’ve limited opponents’ opportunities on the offensive end. Skyline plays each region opponent twice and will wrap up the regular season May 8 at East.

their first four region matches. Olympus started the season 7-1-2 overall and 3-1 in Region 6 games. Offense hasn’t been a problem in many of the Titans’ games. They blasted Highland 7-0 on April 6, as Tony Fougler and Josh Gubler each scored twice. Adam Naylor, Alec Fougler and James Dansie also added goals. Olympus also scored four goals in a shutout win over Cyprus on March 9 and tallied five goals in a 5-3 victory over Cottonwood on March 22. Defensively, behind the efforts of goalkeeper Ian Jones and other defensive teammates, Olympus posted four shutouts heading into its April 20 game against West. Both Naylor and Din Huremovic have been tough to handle for opposing defenses. Naylor had eight goals in his first 10 outings, while Huremovic had six during that time frame. Olympus plays at West on May 8 in the regular season finale. The 5A state tournament begins May 16. If the Eagles and Titans finish first or second in the region standings, they will get a first-round home game in the tournament. l

Junior midfielder Adam Naylor lunges to play a through ball against West in region action. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

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Monitoring ecological change with smart phones and social media By: Salt Lake County’s Watershed Planning & Restoration Program

As you explore the trails along the Jordan River this spring, keep an eye out for new signs at stream restoration projects completed by Salt Lake County’s Watershed Planning & Restoration Program. You’ll see informational signs about the projects, and signs that encourage people to take and share photos of the restoration areas. Both sign types were included to create awareness of stream restoration techniques used by the Watershed Program, why restoration was needed, and how it can improve the river ecosystem. For both wildlife and humans! When left to its own devices, a river is a dynamic thing. Banks move as erosive forces shape and reshape the channel and floodplain. But when development puts stress on natural stream systems, erosion can accelerate beyond the norm. Much of the Jordan River’s historic floodplain has been impacted in one way or another, and the Watershed Program is using natural channel design to repair damaged streambanks, restore natural function to the river, and improve habitat for wildlife. Post-project monitoring is an

important part of any restoration project. With the photo monitoring stations, we’re inviting Jordan River Trail users to become part of the monitoring process! It’s simple: Put up a sign asking people to set their phone or camera in an angle bracket, take a photo, and post it to Twitter with a site-specific hashtag. Then we use the photos to create slideshows that show change over time. This is truly a crowdsourcing effort. We don’t own the photos. Instead, Salt Lake County developed an online tool to harvest the hashtags and view the photos in a slideshow format that simulates timelapse photography. We’re relying on a network of citizen-monitors to provide the data that creates a permanent photographic record. Photos taken during the growing season will record how plants on the reconstructed streambanks are filling in. During high water we’ll see how the floodplains are handling high river flows. During winter, when foliage is off and water levels are typically lower, we’ll have a clearer view of how the reconstructed streambanks are holding up.

Spring is a great time to head out as plants in the restoration areas are starting to leaf out. Currently, there are seven photo monitoring stations (and eight project info signs) at several Watershed Program restoration projects on the Jordan River. Five photo stations along the stretch of river from Arrowhead Park at 4800 South to approximately 5100 South in Murray, are documenting ongoing restoration work begun in 2015. We have one photo station at Winchester Park at 6500 South in Murray for the channel repair and revegetated streambanks that we completed in 2015. In Draper, we have one station at the river realignment project at 12600 South, just down the trail from the Jordan River Rotary Park. To see the slideshows created from the crowdsourced photos, visit our Monitor Change page at http://slco.org/watershed/ restoration/monitor-change/. Learn more in the Spring 2018 issue of Watershed Watch, the newsletter of the Salt Lake County Watershed Planning & Restoration Program, http://slco.org/ watershed/resource-center/watershedwatch-newsletter. l

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New-look Skyline boys to defend state boys tennis title By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

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“It’s going to be a fun chess game to get the doubles teams picked,” Wilcox said. “It’ll be interesting to see how they do under pressure.” Other teams will be aiming to taking the Eagles down. Plus, with some youth and inexperience, Wilcox knows her team will face stiff competition each match. But rather than feel anxiety for what lies ahead, she’s looking forward to watching newcomers get better. Ultimately, she wants her squad to enjoy each match and each practice. “My No. 1 thing is I want the boys to have fun,” she said. “I base my practices around learning and getting better, but I want them to have fun. My job this year is to teach them how to deal with adversity and pressure — tennis is so mental. But it will be fun to see them come together and represent their school.” Skyline plays five region matches this season. The top four players at every position will qualify for state. “I’d like the kids to have confidence,” Wilcox said. “If we can qualify all five (positions), it would be amazing.” The Eagles wrap up the regular season the first part of May. The 5A state tournament is slated for May 18–19 at Liberty Park in Salt Lake City. l

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Prep baseball: Titans rolling, Eagles looking to keep pace By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

Skyline baseball players react after winning a game earlier this season against Uintah High School. (Photo/Paul Jensen)

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n the heels of a state championship in boys basketball, the Olympus baseball team is looking to make its own mark at the school. Though the baseball team hasn’t been quite as dominant as the boys basketball team was in the winter, this Titan squad looks like the team to beat in Region 6. Heading into its April 20 game at West—which wrapped up the three-game series with the Panthers—Olympus was a perfect 5-0 in region standings and an impressive 13-2 overall. Olympus’ only losses up to that point came at the hands of Class 6A Fremont and Dixie. Both of the defeats came at the Kent Garrett Sunshine Classic in St. George. Otherwise, Olympus has made life difficult for opponents. The Titans began its region portion of the schedule April 10 with a series against Highland. Olympus allowed just seven total runs in the three games, winning 6-3, 14-4 and 1-0. In the 14-4 victory on April 11, Titan sluggers Ryder Vance and Hayden Curtis each hit home runs, while Gabe Singer added a pair of doubles. Olympus piled up 16 hits on the day. Two days later, Curtis was showing his talents on the mound, getting the win as pitcher. He helped limit Highland to just four hits all game long. Olympus moved on to face West in three consecutive games, beginning with a 13-0 shellacking on April 17. Curtis again hit a home run, as did teammate AJ Affleck. The Titans picked up their fourth shutout of the season and third in region play the following day at home against West. On May 7, the Titans begin their final three-game series with a region foe when they face Murray at home. Skyline The 2018 campaign didn’t start off on a good note for the Eagles, but they settled down as region games got underway.

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Skyline opened the season with six losses, including four at the Snow Canyon Classic in mid-March in Washington County. However, the Eagles went 6-2 in their next eight games and started 3-1 in league action. “It was a slow start, and players were frustrated,” said head coach Eric Morgan. “After our first win, we proved how we can be a good team. We have gained confidence after every game. I love the attitude right now, we are gaining confidence and momentum.” The Eagles went 2-1 against West, winning 8-3 on April 10 and 9-7 on April 13. They dropped a 10-6 contest to the Panthers on April 11. In the second win, the Eagles held off a late Panthers’ rally and got triples from Luke Evans (who also hit a double) and Josh Kershaw. In their first victory over West, the Eagles gave up three runs in the first inning but shut out the Panthers the rest of the way. Skyline had 12 hits, as Evans picked up a pair of doubles. Skyline also had a notable win on April 18 when it defeated Murray 11-5. The Eagles were hot from the plate, registering 15 hits, including doubles from Dakota Porter and Kershaw. “We have a very young team with little varsity experience,” Morgan said. “I am very pleased with how the team has come together and with the leadership of our seniors. We still need to clean up some mental mistakes and get better execution.” Skyline went 3-2 in the Class 4A state tournament last season. The Eagles and Titans must finish in the top four of Region 6 to qualify for the 5A tournament. The playoffs begin May 15. Morgan said his team can reach the postseason if it can accomplish a few goals. “If we play hard, come together as a team, throw strikes and make the routine plays, the wins will come,” Morgan said. “We have great kids who work hard, and that hard work has paid off.” l

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May is a month of celebration for my family. There’s my birthday, my dad’s birthday, my friend’s birthday, my parent’s anniversary, and, of course, Mother’s day. I love celebrating other people’s birthdays and take time to find the best gift to surprise them. You know who doesn’t like celebrating birthdays? My wallet. During the past few years of extravagantly celebrating birthdays, I’ve picked up a few tricks to make my wallet happier. Let’s start with online shopping. I always shop online: it’s easier to find that perfect personalized gift in cyberspace than it is at the local shopping mart. I’ll usually start (I’ll admit it) with some social media stalking. I’ll go through the birthday person’s feed and see if there’s anything they have been really into recently, or there might even be a post explicitly telling friends what to get them for their birthday. Once I have a good idea of what to get the birthday person, or at least what theme to go with, I’ll start searching. If the birthday person made it easy on me and posted a wish list, I’ll start comparing prices online. Usually, the same item can be bought for cheaper on specific websites, or provide free shipping. I use Google Chrome as my browser so I use an extension that will compare prices for me. If I’m looking at an item on a website, the extension might automatically find the same item cheaper somewhere else. If it does, a small pop up will appear in the corner of my

screen telling me it found a better deal. There are all kinds of coupon and price comparison extensions to download on Chrome. They’re amazing. I never check-out online without a coupon. I subscribe to a handful of list serves that will send me sales and coupons. I’m always thinking ahead when I receive those emails. If I see a crazy discount on an item I think one of my friends will love, I purchase it then and wait until their birthday, or Christmas, whichever one comes first. Additionally, I always search for coupon codes. If you Google “store name” coupon codes, you’ll get hit with a bunch of websites providing coupon codes. I use Retail Me Not and Deals Cove, just to name a few. My last tip for online shopping is to leave items

sitting in the cart. If you have an email linked to the site you are shopping on, you’ll usually get an email reminding you that an item is in your cart (as if you had forgotten). The site will usually send a 10-20 percent coupon code to inspire you finish the transaction. This requires patience though, since these emails usually won’t show up in an inbox for a day or two. If you don’t want to go online shopping, personalized gifts are always great options. I love making personalized cakes for my birthday people. They’re fun, tasty, and generally inexpensive. You can buy baking supplies in large quantities and use them for many different occasions. I use the same tactic for party supplies as well. I love to surprise my birthday people by decorating their car or home or workplace. I have bags full of streamers and balloons that I buy in quantity. Lastly, if you’re not like me but like many of my friends, you can opt out of receiving gifts on your birthday altogether. Instead, request the money that would be spent on your gift to go towards a donation. Facebook has a specific invite for this: you can invite your friends to donate your birthday gift money to a charitable cause. I have been invited to donate to The Humane Society, the Alzheimer’s Association, Cancer Societies, the World Wildlife Fund, etc. There are hundreds of nonprofits to choose from which this social media platform has listed. l

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Toddlers are draining. They’re exhausting, demanding, messy and literally shaking with energy. When my kids were little, I was tired all the time. I’d fall asleep at stoplights and dream of the day I could sleep without someone’s little foot stuck in my ear. The next decade passed by in a blur of softball games, dance recitals, science fairs, birthday parties and happy family activities. It’s a montage of smiling faces and sunshine. Little did I know, our happy family time was waning. I didn’t realize I was stuck on a roller-coaster, slowly clicking my way to the first steep drop. A gentle “Clickity-clack, clickity-clack” starts to get louder as the coaster moves closer to the top of the hill until suddenly I’m up so high and afraid to look down. Once a daughter turns 13, the coaster’s brakes release and you freefall into a death spiral, an upsidedown loop, a backwards spin over the rails, and a straight-down drop that moves your stomach into your ribcage. You get whiplash from changing directions. There’s lots of screaming. There might be some brief, quiet moments but only because you’re steadily climbing back to that first steep drop. Clickity-clack, clickity-clack. You recognize the parent of a teenage daughter because their teeth are clenched and their fists so tightly clasped they’ve lost all blood flow to their fingers. They’re currently experiencing a 7 G-force thrill ride, Teenage Terror Tornado, and they can’t get off for at least six years. Other than being an alligator midwife or snake milker, there’s no job more dangerous or thankless than being the mother of a teenage daughter. Moms

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and 14-year-old girls get embroiled in death-to-the-enemy exchanges on a daily basis. Everything becomes a battle and exclamation points abound. Teenage Mutant Ninja Daughter: I was late for school again!!! Harried Mother: You slept in. TMND: Why didn’t you wake me up???!!!! HM: I tried to wake you up for 30 minutes. TMND: I was tired!!!!! HM: You should go to bed earlier. TMND: I’m not an old lady like you!!! At this point, the mom stops talking because she’s ready to punch a hole in the refrigerator. She’s endured slammed doors, rolled eyes, super-black eyeliner, sulkiness, unexpected anger, crop tops and shrill yelling. I speak from experience, both as a former teenager and the mother of four teenage daughters. As a teen, I wrote my mom a few letters explaining how much I hated her. She wrote me one right back. I lied, snuck out of the house, refused to attend church, yelled at my siblings and changed into sexy tops after I left the house for school. Somehow, my mom didn’t kill me, for which I am endlessly grateful. My own daughters had their share of teenage drama. I’d often go to bed at night wishing for a lightning both to hit me in the head. I’d have been

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perfectly fine with that. Sudden death often felt easier than years of teenage moodiness. Now, each of my daughters have a daughter of their own. I watch as they deal with the everyday calamities that must be dealt with when you have a daughter including mood swings, swearing and bathroom bawling, and the daughters have their issues, too. But occasionally, a daughter would snuggle up to me, tell me she loved me and ask how my day was. She’d hold my hand and look interested for about 10 seconds before asking, “Can I have $50?” Clickity-clack. Clickity-clack. l

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