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SECOND ATTEMPT FOR TOWNHOMES ON HIGHLAND DRIVE FLOPS By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com

Partially gated off lot to remain as is for now. (Aspen Perry/City Journals)


hen the property owners of the 1.21-acre lot located at 5025 S. Highland Dr. requested to change their property from segment B to segment A, they were denied. So they applied for a rezone of their property within segment B in an effort to build their 16-unit residential development requiring an RM (residential multi-family) zoning. Paul Allred, community development director for Holladay City, reported the planning commission’s recommendations to city council members during the Oct. 5 council meeting. “The planning commission voted five to one to recommend the

rezone of the property,” Allred told council members. Allred then provided a brief history for council members, saying the property had originally been zoned RM and was rezoned to NC (neighborhood commercial) in recent years to accommodate the Roots Garden business. Allred said the majority of the planning commission was impressed with the property owners’ community outreach and with their ability to gain support of neighboring residents. During the council meeting, District 5 Councilman Mark Stewart asked about the opposing voter’s thoughts. To this Allred explained that Commissioner Marianne Ricks was not in favor due to her a strong preference for residential business growth along Highland Drive. She also expressed concern regarding inconsistency, given the council’s recent decision to reduce density with the R2 moratorium. “(Ricks) has been a strong proponent for limiting density on Highland Drive,” Allred said. The other planning commissioners were swayed when presented with neighboring residents who were in favor of having a residential development. However, two residents spoke during the council meeting to express their opposition to the 16-unit development, although they were not opposed to residential use occupying the lot. Ann Pearce, Arbor Lane resident in favor of the development, addressed the council on Oct. 5. “I hate to disagree with my neighbor and friend, but we are so in favor of this. We have lived through the nightclubs at the mall. You’ve got to do something to make it viable.” Directly following these comments, Pearce revealed her fear of having a fast food establishment occupy the lot near her property,

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and the unpleasant smells and traffic such a business would bring. As previously reported in the August issue of Holladay City Journals, the property owners continued to voice concern regarding the difficulties in renting the property to small businesses, as they did during the initial request to amend the Highland Drive master plan. “We have put a lot of time and effort into the best use for this particular location. We feel as we’ve surveyed Holladay, the large vacancy with commercial. it just seems to illustrate the need for more residents,” Steve Breitling, property co-owner, said in his address to the council. District 1 councilwoman Sabrina Petersen conveyed her concern that residents in favor were sold on the belief that the property would become something they feared more, reflecting the fears Pearce brought up. Furthermore, the survey documents provided by the property owners were one-sided, only showing those in favor. Breitling addressed this concern when he said, “Prior to us (attempting the rezone), we sent out information with a letter from me with my contact number and it specifically asked for a vote in favor or opposition, which was to be sent directly to your offices here... We’ve tried to be fair and transparent.” The discussion between council members continued on Oct. 12 when Petersen and District 2 council rep Lynn Pace delved into the text of the master plan, segment B in an effort to make the decision based on following a consistent pattern. In the end, the motion to rezone was denied three to two. Council members who opposed the project shared similar sentiments of the neighbors who raised concern during council meetings. Despite not being opposed to residential use of the lot, in the end they felt the level of density being requested was too inconsistent to align with the decision to reduce density on Highland Drive. To review council discussion on Oct. 12 or any other evening dating back to January 2017, residents can listen in at http://mixlr. com/cityofholladay/showreel/ . l

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Fisher working on “Poker Man” sculpture. (Craig Fisher Studios website)


raig Fisher was selected by the Holladay Arts Council as Artist of the Month both for his talent and his continued involvement in community art. “We are happy to feature Craig’s work for Artist of the Month. Craig’s work is very realistic whether it’s on a small or large scale. He’s an amazing, gifted artist,” said Lisa O’Bryan, chair of the arts council. According to Sheryl Gillilan, executive director of the Holladay Arts Council, the Artist of the Month program began several years as a means of promoting and celebrating both professional and amateur local artists. Nominations of local artists are submitted by art council members, local artists and the general public, which are then reviewed by a committee and submitted to the full council for a chance to be featured. O’Bryan was especially elated to see Fisher receive Artist of the Month considering he started the program several years ago, when Fisher was chair council. Gillilan said as a member of the council in 2016, Fisher assisted in the origination of the Healing Through Art project. The project focused on Salt Lake County refugees sharing their stories

through art. “Artwork included drawings and paintings of their old homes, their daily tasks in those homes and their aspirations for the future,” Gillilan wrote in an email. In addition to receiving accolades from Holladay artists in the know, Fisher’s work can be found coast to coast within the Unites States via his website Craigfisherstudios.com. He also has sculpture pieces residing in New Zealand and Haiti. One of the projects Fisher is currently working on is titled “The Lives of Water,” which he began sharing images of on Facebook in March of this year. “Water is one of those things we forget to really see.” Fisher said in an email. The inception of this project was generated on a rainy day as Fisher watched ripples of water spread across a pothole. From there, as his website states, he sketched the idea of capturing interlocking ripples by way of sculpted puddles. “I try to see the world with the eyes of a child. Because everything is new — they see beauty and wonder in things adults ignore,” Fisher said. He added, “Having a 2-year-old helps with this. He’s my guide.”

In order to capture the essence of water, Fisher used technology. “High-speed and high-resolution cameras can now show us things like waves or splashes as ephemerally sculptural moments,” Fisher said. From photography to sculpture, Fisher said he used photographic images to translate these moments into cast bronze and cast stainless steel sculptures. “I’m in the process of sending several pieces to be cast at a foundry in Colorado. Hopefully, I’ll have these pieces in galleries by early next year,” Fisher said. Due to Fisher’s background in science, he has recently found inspiration in the microscopic world and the beauty in neurons and dividing cells. “There is so much microscopic beauty that most people never see, even though it is literally part of us,” Fisher said. Those around Fisher shared their appreciation of how Fisher also enjoys helping others create works of their own. “Craig has an all-in, enthusiastic approach to his art. He loves creating his own art as well as encouraging others to explore their individual creative outlets,” Gillilan said. Gillilan encourages residents to nominate their favorite artist residing in Holladay. Nominees must practice fine art or performing art, which may include painting, sculpting, drawing, photography, dance, theater and opera to name a few. Submit nominees to the Holladay Arts Council via email at holladayartscouncil@gmail.com.l

“Poker Man” sculpture featured in 2014 YouTube video. (Craig Fisher Studios website)

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fter inviting various singers and instrumentalists to join the show a month ago, “Highlights from Handel’s Messiah” now invites the public to attend the 26th anniversary of this Holladay staple. Nov. 26 marks the day of this year’s annual community holiday event to kick off the Christmas season. The free show will take place at 7 p.m. in the Olympus High School Performing Arts Center. “It is thrilling to see the auditorium fill and sense the excitement of the arriving public who love this music as we do,” said David Robertson, representative from the Holladay Messiah Foundation, “and then to hear the applause and see the happiness on their faces as the final chorus ends. We feel we have done something good for the community.” Music for the show comes from George Frederic Handel, a German composer known for his operas, oratorios and instrumentals. “Messiah” is among his most famous oratorios from 1741. Handel died in 1759.

Sponsored by the Salt Lake Holladay Stake of the LDS church and the Holladay Community Messiah Foundation, in cooperation with the Holladay Interfaith Council, the performance has now gone on for over a quarter century. The show’s press release indicates performances used to be held at an LDS stake center before necessitating a move to Olympus High to accommodate the increased numbers in attendance. Jack Ashton will serve as conductor while David Barton Hansen takes the choral director position. Soloists will feature Holladay resident Scott Miller, who often sings solos for the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; Aura Nielsen, who recently sang with the Draper Philharmonic and Choral Society; Demaree Clayson Brown, a high school and middle school choir teacher; Charles Hamilton, a performer for national and international opera companies; and Robert Taylor, a jazz trumpet soloist. l

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Swap-A-Heart demonstrates the importance of inclusion By Carol Hendrycks | c.hendrycks@mycityjournals.com

Swap-A-Heart students in their designed shirts. (Olympus High School)


n 2014, Olympus High student and Be Strong committee member Clair Gillett introduced the Swap-A-Heart idea in an effort to create inclusion among the student body. It was so successful that this event continues to rally and unite students and faculty today. The Be Strong student committee, student body officers and PTA leader Jennifer Kleinman collaborated in hosting a successful school assembly and promoting post activities that included 1600 students and 100 faculty/staff. Swap-A-Heart celebrates unique talents, beliefs and cultural differences in a fun, approachable way to encourage students to break out of their social circles. The PTA-run program delivered T-shirts to participants who, as in years past, created a design and decorated their own shirt to express something unique about themselves. The students are also asked to write an essay about something they are passionate about that is reflected in the shirt design. This work is developed through the English department since all students are required to take English. The student body officers and the Be Strong student committee came together

with all of the shirts and essays attached to the shirts in envelopes. Students prepared hundreds of these tagged shirts for every chair in the auditorium. All this was in preparation for the morning assembly on Oct. 5, where students gathered to watch a video of the students talking about their diverse backgrounds, passions and unique abilities. The purpose was to have students pick a shirt (that wasn’t their own) and wear it during that day and the following day leading up to the Friday night football game. During that time they were encouraged to find the participant who designed the original artwork, meet their fellow students along the way and discover the diversity within their student body. “Students and faculty look forward to the Swap-A-Heart event each year. It’s been rewarding to see the outpouring of support for this project and wonderful to watch these amazing kids learn about their fellow students and build new friendships,” said Kleinmann. With her happy, energetic style Kleinmann was able to oversee the details that helped students unite in learning the value in their differences and the positivity in being more inclusive. l

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Olympus football grabs final state playoff spot By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com preparing for a chance to play in the state tournament.

Junior running back Jack Hollberg looks for room against Brighton in a game earlier this season. (Photo courtesy of Scott Thomas)


ince early August, high school football teams have been practicing and battling on the playing field week after for week,

After nine regular season games, the Olympus Titans have secured a place in the 5A state tournament. Barely. Olympus placed fourth in Region 6 by going 2-3 in league play. The team did just enough to grab the region final playoff berth. Overall, the Titans finished the regular season with a 4-5 mark. The 5A state tournament gets underway Oct. 27. The Titans will play on the road against the first-place team from Region 1 (yet to be determined). Despite an up-and-down year, head coach Aaron Whitehead is pleased with his team’s effort and determination. “I feel that our team has been resilient this year,” he said. “We have had our share of adversity, from untimely injuries to losses where we have been in the game. Regardless of the outcome on a particular Friday night, this group has always returned the following Monday with a resolve to improve.” Coming into the season, Cameron Latu was Olympus’ headliner. The senior had committed to play for the University of Alabama, one of the powerhouses in college football. Latu hasn’t disappointed this season. The do-it-all player had 27 tackles and three sacks on defense as well as seven catches for 119 and two touchdowns and five carries from 34 yards on offense. “Cam has been a force for us,” Whitehead said. “Teams have had to game plan around him.” Latu hasn’t been the only standout this season. Whitehead has been pleased with various players on both sides of the ball. “Our quarterback, Harrison Creer, has thrown for 20 touchdowns,” he said. “Nick Ward, Noah Bennee, Jack Hollberg and Robbie Ballam have been consistent in bringing in his passes. Desi

Jorge has led the offensive line throughout the season. At linebacker, Evrett Vea and Jake Hoggan have been solid. Jake Hodgson, Ryder Vance and Jaxson Allred have played well as defensive backs. Ephraim Faletoi and Isaac Wilcox have pressured opposing quarterbacks well.” Olympus has shown signs of offensive dominance. The Titans had four games of scoring at least 45 points, all victories, including 62 in a 19-point win over Granger. Olympus also met some stiff challenges. In four of its five losses, the Titans managed fewer than 22 points. The exception was in the regular season finale when it dropped a 45-39 decision in a shootout against rival Skyline. “This team is quite athletic and talented,” Whitehead said. “They do some great things on the field. Who they are as young men stands out to me more than what they do on the field. This team has put in significant work in the offseason. They have learned to trust one another. They have also learned the importance of accountability.” Even though the Titans will be underdogs in their first-round state playoff matchup, Whitehead, his staff and his players are optimistic about their chances. “We feel that we have a strong problem and will give any opponent a tough challenge,” Whitehead said. “We see the playoffs as the third season. The first being preseason, the second being region. We have improved each week and feel that we are playing well. It looks like we will be playing the first-round game in Utah County. We have traditionally done well in Utah County.” Last year, Olympus lost in the first round of the 4A playoffs to Box Elder 28-21. The Titans last won in the state tournament in 2013 when they advanced to the 4A semifinals. l

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rganized by student body officers and PTA leaders, Olympus High School students, faculty and staff rallied their school and community to bring awareness to the student hunger problem. The fundraising campaign, called the Souper Bowl of Caring and held Oct. 2–13, was coordinated by Stacey Oppermann, Olympus High School advisor. Through a variety of activities, donations were collected and delivered to the Granite Education Foundation. The foundation works with the Utah Food Bank to stock pantries for the students in the Granite School District. This year’s fundraising goal was $20,000, which was met and exceeded. “I am so proud of the students at Olympus High and the officers,” Oppermann said. “They were so motivated to raise money for this good cause and spent hours over two weeks soliciting donations from community businesses and neighbors. Our students were self-motivated and took ownership.” The fundraising activities and donations included the stomp, carnival, silent auctions, online and check donations, class collections and the school, community and partners came together to raise $25,137.92. This is the most Olympus High has raised for the Souper Bowl of Caring in four years. l

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Attendees take in the 2017 Cottonwood Heights Art Show open house. (Dan Metcalf, Jr./Cottonwood Heights)


or the first time, the Cottonwood Heights Art Show was held in the new city hall, and a wider variety of pieces went on display to commemorate the occasion. The art show had previously been held at Whitmore Library, but in its eighth iteration, the annual event showed off the community’s many talents in a new setting. “This year’s art show featured a lot of variety,” said Kim Pedersen, the Cottonwood Heights Arts Council production manager. “We were happy to have sculptures, a wood bowl and clay pieces in addition to paintings.” Adorning the city hall walls were landscapes of familiar Utah settings, cityscapes, portraits, pet por-

traits and many more creative works. A wide range of media were used, from more traditional oil paints to paper collage. The bright city hall lighting provided an excellent venue for visitors to enjoy the creative work of their friends and neighbors. The Cottonwood Heights Arts Council organized the event. The council coordinates cultural events to stimulate community interest, involvement, appreciation and education in the arts. This year’s art show served as a prime example of the talent residing in the community as well as residents’ support for the arts. Fortunately for the arts council, the community is rich in artistic talent. The art show continues to witness an en-

thusiastic response from artists in Cottonwood Heights. Community members entered 58 pieces for the exhibition. “It was great to have diverse pieces and more forms of art,” Pedersen said. “We were really pleased.” Entries were displayed starting in August until the culminating open house on September 21. Those in attendance for the open house strolled the exhibits in City Hall and also had the chance to vote for their favorite pieces. The people’s choice selections were Dean Kezerian for his depiction of a bird, titled “New Beginnings,” DonRaphael Wynn for his “Fruit Still Life” and Shirley Ann Collins for her painting “Autumn Aspens Two.” The event served as a

celebration of the arts in Cottonwood Heights. No official awards were given for best artwork because, according to organizers, everyone who enters wins. Cottonwood Heights residents also win for getting the opportunity to experience the talent demonstrated by their fellow community members. For those interested in participating next year, registration will begin in the summer. In the meantime, the spring photography contest will start accepting entries in February. Prizes will be awarded during this event. Visit http://www.cottonwoodheights.utah.gov/community/ arts for the latest on Cottonwood Heights arts and events. l

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Daniels Fund accepting scholarship applications By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com

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rom 2000 through 2017, the Daniels Scholarship program has provided more than $154 million in undergraduate scholarships to over 3,700 students from Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming. The Daniels Fund is currently seeking applicants who plan to attend college in 2018. Applications to their scholarship program are being accepted online at DanielsFund.org, now through November 30, 2017. “The goal of the Daniels Scholarship Program is to help each Daniels Scholar succeed in college,” said Bruce Wilmsen, vice president of media and community relations with Daniels Fund. The 2017 Daniels Scholars consisted of more than 230 students from the four states, with 21 hailing from Utah. Considering Utah College Application Week (UCAW) will begin kicking off at high schools across the Salt Lake Valley throughout the month of November, it would appear to be an opportune time for Utah students to apply. According to Wilmsen, the Daniels Fund was established by Bill Daniels as a means of giving back to the communities that contributed to his success in business. “Bill’s primary connection to Utah was (his ownership) of the Utah Stars American Baseball Association team in the early 1970s,” Wilmsen said. Wilmsen further stated, “That experience inspired him to direct the Daniels Fund to support programs that make life better for the citizens of that state.” In addition to offering financial support, the Daniels Scholarship Program offers personal support to scholars throughout their college career. “Each Daniels Scholar is assigned to one of the many Scholar Relations Officers on our staff which offer personal support throughout their college journey,” Wilmsen said. Another element is an enrichment program that teaches students soft skills many employers look for in potential hires, as well as career prep while in school to help them find internships and careers. Wilmsen stressed there was no maximum dollar amount as the scholarship amount is unique to each scholar. “It is a ‘last dollar’ scholarship that covers college expenses after other financial aid and the student’s federally-de-

termined expected family contribution (EFC) are applied,” said Wilmsen. Wilmsen further explained scholar who attend one of the 24 partner schools, which include the University of Utah, Westminster College and Weber State University, will have their EFC covered as well. In addition to offering more than just a check, in terms of providing support for each scholar, the Daniels Fund also expects students to fulfill expectations to both meet their own individual achievement, as well as giving back to their community. “You have to make tough decisions, because in college there’s a lot of influence, whether negative or positive. I have high expectations for myself, and there were expectations from the Daniels Fund… I wanted to make sure I not only met those expectations, but exceeded,” said Dr. Marlon Peoples, former Daniels Scholar, in a Daniels Scholar video profile. Peoples went on to earn a doctorate in physical therapy and states in the video his pride in being a Daniels Scholar. “They want to get a return on their investment by you being able to give back to society… I’m just proud to be part of the legacy of Bill Daniels,” he said. As important as it is for the Daniels Fund staff to ensure eager students receive the necessary funding to attend college, the organization also has a grants division, which provides grants to the United Way of Salt Lake’s Promise Partnership program and the United Way of Northern Utah’s Promise Neighborhood project. Both the United Way of Salt Lake and Promise South Salt Lake (SSL) are the driving forces behind 10 afterschool programs available for SSL residents in addition to STEM festivals, sport activities and summer programs. For the staff of the Daniels Fund, providing grants to better communities is just another way of honoring Bill Daniels and his mission to “support highly effective nonprofit organizations that achieve significant results,” as stated on DanielsFund.org. Wilmsen noted, beyond helping students succeed in college, the ultimate goal for Daniels Scholars is, “become independent, successful in a rewarding career, and actively engaged in their community.” l

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Local students achieve semifinalist status in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship program By Carol Hendrycks | c.hendrycks@mycityjournals.com

Eight students from Skyline High School qualified as semifinalists for the National Merit Scholarship program. (Julie Slama/City Journals)


ixteen thousand high school juniors from over 22,000 high schools entered across the nation to receive National Merit Scholarships in 2018. Students started the rigorous process for the National Merit Scholarship by taking the 2016 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test. The highest-scoring applicants are screened for their academic record and community service, their demonstration of leadership abilities and for any awards and honors they have achieved. Those who make it through the screening process are selected as semifinalists. A student must also be endorsed by a school official and submit an essay along with confirmed scores from SAT qualifying tests. Ninety percent of semifinalists are expected to reach a finalist standing — to be notified in February 2018 — and half of those students will win a National Merit Scholarship and the Merit Scholar title.

In September, it was announced with great excitement that eight students from Skyline High School met the stringent demands and qualified as semifinalists. Congratulations to the following students: Beatrice M. Bridge, Siddhant A. Devaru, Shalini Kasera, Virginia G. Pohl, Kanishka Ragula, Vikrant Ragula, Samuel K. Reyes and Winston S. Stucki. They have shown outstanding accomplishments and stand to be among the finalists to receive one of 2,500 National Merit $2,500 scholarships awarded on a state-representational basis. Scholarships are sponsored by 1,000 corporations and businesses and 190 colleges and universities, who will finance 4,000 college-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards. Winners of the National Merit Scholarship will be announced nationwide April through July of 2018. l

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Our Interfaith Service is traditionally conducted the Sunday prior to Thanksgiving. It seems more appropriate than ever that it falls on this day. A politically charged environment, coupled with myriad natural and manmade disasters can shake our faith in the good fortune we share as citizens of this great country. When inspiration and hope seem elusive, it’s best to focus on the organizations and institutions that reside in our own backyard. Look no further than our Interfaith Council to remind us that we have plenty to be thankful for. Serving as Mayor has reinforced my long-held belief that we are more united and have far more in common with each other than the things that tend to divide us. It is only through personal engagement with those that may share an opposing political or religious bias that we come to recognize and appreciate our common goals and val-

ues. When a simple declaration of faith or political affiliation devolves to a level that civil dialogue immediately ceases, we lose the opportunity to make this critical connection. This seems to be a common theme in the pubic arena these days. Our Interfaith Council comes together, nine faiths strong, focused on the their mission of promoting tolerance, respect and understanding in their faith communities. The common values they share; empathy, compassion, spiritual wellbeing and community building far outweigh any philosophical differences that would divide them. Their good work serves as a source of inspiration and hope as Thanksgiving weekend approaches. Sometimes what we seek is right in front of us, we just have to take the time to look, and choose to see it. Abundant blessings to your family this holiday season and in the coming new year!!! –Rob Dahle, Mayor


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Holiday Treats for the Fur-Kids Salt Lake County Animal Services

Fall is in the air, and the holidays are around the corner. Here’s a few quick tips on what to keep out of your pet’s mouth. Those tasty, fatty, rich foods from the holidays can cause some serious upset tummies, or even worse, a visit to the emergency vet.

Holladay Interfaith Service FOOD DRIVE Each November, the Holladay City Interfaith Council sponsors a food drive in connection with their annual Interfaith Service. In past years, the generous food donations that are collected at these services have been given to the Utah Food Bank. This year, the council would like to support the local Food Pantry at the St. Vincent de Paul Parish, located on the corner of Spring Lane and 1300 East, in Holladay. This pantry in our neighborhood provides food for any individual or family in need, regardless of their religious affiliation. They don't turn away anyone who seeks their help. They are a great blessing to many in our community.

This food pantry is in need of non-perishable food items such as canned meats and tuna, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, oatmeal, pasta, etc. They also provide food items for Thanksgiving dinners to those in need. Cash donations are welcomed and will go toward the purchase of turkeys and other Thanksgiving meal items. If you are attending the Interfaith Service on November 19, please bring a donation to the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry. Your generous donation will ensure that no one in our community will go hungry this holiday season.

AVOID: • Candy: Chocolate contains a substance, theobromine, that can be toxic to pets. Dark, semi-sweet, and Baker’s chocolate can be lethal to pets if ingested. • Drippings: Those fatty leftovers from your meal can cause vomiting and diarrhea. • NO BONES: Do not give your pet bones from leftover holiday birds, they can splinter once ingested and cause internal injuries, even death. • Stuffing, pudding, relish, pickles, sauces, and anything with onions, grapes, raisins. Your pet can eat some holiday foods in moderation: sweet potatoes, white potatoes, pumpkin (before adding fatty things like cream), cranberries, chard, kale, green beans, and a wee bite of turkey, ham, or other meats. If you have additional questions please consult with your veterinarian. HOLIDAY PHOTOS: Grab your holiday sweaters, and your pups best looking vest! For a small donation get your holiday photo with your pet here at Salt Lake County Animal Services this December. We will be bringing in professional photographers to capture these silly moments. Date and time TBD. Keep a lookout on AdoptUtahPets.com for more information. GIFT OF GIVING: If your Fur-Kids want to give back to the homeless dogs and cats at Salt Lake County Animal Services this holiday season, we are always in need of soft treats for dogs, pate cat food, and the ingredients to make pupsicles: canned pumpkin, applesauce, chicken broth, peanut butter and more. You can visit our amazon.com wishlist for more information or drop off treats at our location, 511 W 3900 S, SLC, Monday – Saturday from 10 AM – 6 PM.

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Olympus girls tennis coach keeps family tradition, leads team to championship By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com

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hen Jenny Watts took the job as the Olympus High School girls tennis coach this season, she knew she had big shoes to fill. And she knew those shoes quite well. Jenny Watts succeeded former coach Kevin Watts, her father-in-law. Kevin Watts had led the Titans to three straight state championships before stepping down at the end of last season. Knowing she had a tough act to follow, Jenny Watts met challenging expectations by guiding her squad to yet another state title. Jenny Watts is taking the fourth consecutive championship in stride, deflecting much of the credit to her father-in-law. “The previous coach left me with a lot,” she said. At the state tournament Oct. 5 and 6, Olympus took home top honors with 20 points, beating runner-up Timpview by six points. Corner Canyon was third with 13 points. Olympus took first as a team even though it only had one of its five positions place first individually. Senior Elly Lloyd defeated Emma Santiago, of Wasatch, 6-2, 6-2 to win the second singles bracket. The team captain went 13-1 in the regular season

and was seed No. 1 out of Region 6. “She carries the team with her spirit,” Jenny Watts said. “She appreciates the value of the team experience.” A big reason for Olympus’ success was its depth and consistent play. The Titans had a participant in every bracket at state, and four of those five made it to the championship match. Only the second doubles tandem of Abby Harris, a junior, and Ava Stranger, a senior, got knocked out before the finals. The duo lost in the semifinals 6-1, 6-0 to opponents from Corner Canyon. First singles Emma Jewell, a junior who went 14-0 during the regular season, breezed through the bracket to the championship match. She fell to Emilee Astle of Alta, 6-3, 6-1. Jewell has already been offered a scholarship by the University of Utah. In third singles, junior Kate Longson won decisively in the first round, quarterfinals and finals. She came up short in the finals to Timpview’s Gwen Bryson, 5-7, 6-0, 6-4. It was her first loss of the year. Meanwhile, first doubles partners Anzle Stohl and Megan Jewell, both freshmen, fell to a tandem from Corner Canyon in the finals. Seeded No. 1 from their region, the two

ninth-graders went 12-2 in the regular season. Jenny Watts was thrilled with the way all her players competed at state. “It was a true team effort,” she said. “The fact we had all five go so far put us in a position to win. I’m probably most proud of our two freshmen that played No. 1 doubles. It was really scary and stressful for them. They stepped it up and did great.” With four state titles in a row, the Titans expect to be at the top each year. Jenny Watts joked that as soon as she loses, she’ll be fired. She’s optimistic that next year will be just as successful as the past four. “We only lose two seniors,” she said. “I’m hoping we come back strong next year.” The offseason is anything but for the Titan players. The girls compete yearround in leagues and tournaments. Not only does this sharpen their skills, but it also builds camaraderie. Jenny Watts said the girls were good friends on and off the court. “I loved coaching this team,” she said. “I loved spending time with them and seeing them become friends.” l

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Skyline offense carries team into football state tournament

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By Josh McFadden | josh@mycityjournals.com


Head coach Zak Erekson speaks to his players after a game in 2016. The 2017 version saw Skyline averaging 37.5 points per game heading into the postseason. (Robert Dudley/ Holladay resident and team photographer)


here was a time when Skyline was the premier football program in the state. Though the team has fallen off that perch in the past decade, it’s still a perennial postseason participant. This year will be no different. The Eagles finished third in Region 6, going 3-2 in league play and 6-3 in the regular season. Skyline was a game behind second-place Highland and a game ahead of fourth-place Olympus, which grabbed the final playoff berth in the region. The Eagles will play at Region 8 runner-up Skyridge Oct. 27 in the first round of the Class 5A state tournament. From 1990 through 2005, Skyline won eight state championships, including five in a row from 1995 through 1999. The school has captured 14 state titles in its history, third most in Utah. The Eagles will be looking to advance past the first round for the

first time since 2014. They last reached the semifinals in 2008 when they lost to Bingham 37-15. Their last title game appearance was in 2005 when they last won the state championship. This season, Skyline boasted one of the top offenses in Class 5A. The Eagles enter the postseason averaging 37.5 points per game. They scored at least 40 points in six of their nine games. Quarterback Tommy McGrath was a big reason the Eagles racked up the points and are once again in the playoffs. McGrath threw 35 touchdowns during the regular season, second most in the entire state. He threw for well over 2,200 yards and completed nearly 60 percent of his passes. He threw six touchdowns in a 45-39 victory over Olympus on Oct. 13 and five TDs and 413 yards in a 42-28 win over Brighton on Sept. 15.

His favorite target is Taylor Larsen, who had 39 catches for 816 yards and a class 5A-high 16 touchdowns. Briggs Binford added 28 receptions for 575 yards, and Saione Matagi chipped in 23 catches for 215 yards. Matagi also led the team in rushing with 611 yards and six touchdowns on 97 carries. Larsen has been equally as dynamic on the defensive side of the ball, where he has picked off six passes and registered 49 tackles. Isaac Storheim has 51 tackles and three interceptions. Another defensive standout has been Kendrick Williams. He paces the team with 57 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Skyline heads into the state tournament eager to erase the bad feelings of a regular season–ending rout at the hands of Lehi. The pioneers held Skyline to a season-low 14 points in a 42-14 win. l

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Historic Places and won the Utah Heritage Award in 1987 for most improved commercial building. Gardner Village provides its guests with a charming atmosphere to relax and take in the history. Follow brick-lined paths to the 22 locally owned boutiques that sell products ranging from furniture, home decor, candy, quilts, jewelry, women’s and kid’s apparel, antiques and more. Fill your tummy at Archibald’s Restaurant or Naborhood Bakery and Cafe or treat your sweet tooth at the Chocolate Covered Wagon. Host your wedding at The Gathering Place or Mill Plaza event spaces. Pamper yourself with a massage, manicures and more at the Cottage Retreat Salon & Spa. Have professional photos taken around the gorgeous backdrops of Gardner Village by Camera Shy Photography. Bring the kids along for the year-round petting zoo and pony rides. Popular seasonal events include the WitchFest, a Best of State winner that takes place every October. Elves make an appearance during the holidays and Woodland Fairies in the spring. Gardner Village also welcomed back the Wasatch Front Farmers Market this year, every Saturday until October 28. Today, the ownership has passed to a new generation. Nancy’s son and daughter are working to continue to develop the vision their mother began. With hopes for a hotel, convention center and more, there are many exciting changes coming. Gardner Village is located at 1100 W. 7800 South in West Jordan. Visit their website and blog at gardnervillage.com and follow @gardnervillage on social media. l

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Cross-country course work By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

Zoe Hazlett is leaving a trail of friendship rocks as the family travels the country. (Photo/Team Hazlett)


oe Hazlett has been leaving a trail of colorful rocks around the country as part of her art class assignment. She has been studying the color wheel and has been experimenting with cool colors, warm colors and complimentary colors on her rocks. Zoe often has homework assignments that utilize her love of crafts, math and performance and she does her work anywhere because she doesn’t go to a brick and mortar school. The Hazlett family left their Riverton home to spend a year traveling the United States and Canada. Zoe, a third-grader, and her sister Hannah, an eighth-grader, are attending Utah’s K-12 online school, Utah Virtual Academy, to accommodate their unique situation. “They are probably more engaged than they would be in a normal classroom in terms of the time,” said their mother, Tina. Hours spent touring museums instead of sitting at a desk count toward school credit. The girls earn P.E. credits as they ride bikes through historical battlefields or turn cartwheels on a log over the Mississippi River. Because of the flexibility of learning, the family can make it fun and personalized. Brain, Tina, Hannah and Zoe Hazlett live in a motor home and have an open traveling schedule—if they like a place, they stay longer. Each week, they look at the upcoming school curriculum and find ways to apply it to the area they in which they are traveling. Sometimes the curriculum matches up with their location. When Hannah’s history curriculum started to cover the Civil War, she had just visited some of the sites she was learning about. Brian, a history buff, took the girls through a play-by-play of the action at sites like Little Big Horn and Gettysburg. “We are definitely hitting the history hard because of his passion,” said Tina. “He gives them the details of the Civil War and of exactly how it unfolded.”

Next, the family is headed to the New England area. “We’re definitely going to tackle all the Revolutionary War details and let them get a visual,” said Tina. “That’s how they learn. They are sponges, so that’s been a huge benefit.” In addition to visiting historic sites, the girls are experiencing a variety of climates and scenery. These ties in with Zoe’s science curriculum. She observed and collected weather data and then recorded a weather report. “She is definitely my visual, high-energy kid, so we thought it’d be fun to turn it into a weather girl activity and make it more practical,” said Tina. Tina is Zoe’s learning coach. “You’re basically attached at the hip from anywhere from three to six hours a day, depending on what she needs that day,” said Tina. Zoe said her favorite place she’s been so

far was Chocolate World in Hershey, Pennsylvania where she got to create her own candy bar and eat a lot of chocolate. Zoe loves math and is excited to be learning multiplication this year. “Now you can figure out how much all that chocolate’s going to cost you really fast with your multiplication,” Tina told her. The girls miss their extra-curricular activities and family and friends back home. But Hannah said she has made many friends in her online Class Connect sessions, where students work in groups to solve math equations or discuss reading topics for language arts. They even have assemblies. Hannah is learning self-sufficiency, managing her online classes and projects. Their unique learning environment has also given Zoe an opportunity to learn focus and self discipline. “She’s got to be proactive on her own when she typically doesn’t need to be with a brick and mortar school,” said Tina. Where they park their motor home is based on where they can find the best Wi-Fi connection, so the girls can do their schoolwork. UTVA provided laptop computers and a printer, textbooks and instructional materials—like CDs, videos and tools like magnifying glasses and a bag of rocks, said UTVA Head of School, Meghan Merideth. Tina has been a working mom, and this opportunity to be so involved with her girls is one of the biggest benefits of their adventure, she said. They spend a lot of time as a family that being back home wouldn’t allow. Tina said despite the close quarters and sacrifices, she has no regrets. “It’s just been a really different and cool experience, and to have this flexibility with their education is just priceless,” she said. Find more information about UTVA at utva.k12.com. l

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Parley’s Trail hits a milestone in connecting communities By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com

Juan Arce-Laretta and Walt Gilmore cut the ribbon at Parley’s Trail ribbon cutting ceremony. (Aspen Perry/City Journals)


uan Arce-Laretta, chair of Parley’s Rail Trails and Tunnels (PRATT) Coalition, welcomed a crowd eager to partake in the ribbon cutting and bike tour of Parley’s Trail. “I just rode this trail, and it’s a lot of fun,” said Arce-Laretta. Community connection was the theme, as each speaker took to the podium on Oct. 17, during the ribbon cutting ceremony held in the Tanner Park Pavilion. Arce-Laretta’s jubilation was evident as he announced the project was less than a mile away from completing the eight-mile trail connecting the mouth of Parley’s Canyon and Bonneville Shoreline Trail to the Provo-Jordan River Parkway.

“The first four miles, you’ll be able to get on this trail and you won’t even have to cross a road,” Arce-Laretta said. Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams was the second to address the crowd and spoke of the important role Parley’s Trail will play not only in recreational activities, but for commuters as well. In addition, McAdams thanked all who participated in ensuring that the dream of this project became a reality. He included a special shout out to Walt Gilmore, associate division directory of planning and development with Salt Lake County for his 15 years of dedication to the project. “Walt has truly had a tremendous impact on our community as this trail has come to fruition,” said McAdams. A broadened sense of community, as well as creating a path to cleaner air was the message of Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski. “It’s about connecting communities, and our kids, and helping them understand (bike) transportation in this valley will mean a healthier, cleaner, community for you to breathe in,” Biskupski said. South Salt Lake Mayor Cherie Wood expressed her gratitude for PRATT’s efforts in getting South Salt Lake residents excited for the possibilities the trail would bring to them. “As we speed down to South Salt Lake, I ask that you pay attention along the way… the transformation in neighborhoods,” Wood began. As she further stated, “And tune into subtle aspects of this trail and how it is breaking down barriers and closing divides.” Millcreek Mayor Jeff Silvestrini was decked out in biking attire and voiced his excitement in what the trail would mean for the

community. “I’ve ridden the Parley’s Crossing Trail to commute to work for years, I’m really looking forward to being able to stay off surface streets to get down to Sugarhouse Park, and can’t wait to ride to the Jordan River,” Silvestrini exclaimed. In addition to reaching the milestone of the Parley’s Trail, Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation has more projects in the works and recently partnered up with Utah State University to conduct a mail and online survey for the public to provide input on the features they wish to see in their community. Clayton Scrivner, news advisory for Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation, is looking forward to receiving community input for future projects. “Basically every five years, park needs and trends may change… this is a way to target community needs,” Scrivner said. To illustrate, Scrivner used the example of sport trends, as he stated, “Currently, pickle ball has exploded, so we don’t really need tennis courts anymore.” Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation has plans for two major regional parks, located in Magna and South Valley. In addition, Scrivner stated they plan to build three to five more dog parks in the next year. Citizen input will provide a great deal of insight. “This needs assessment… allows us to match our current programming and future investments to the public interest,” Martin Jensen, Parks and Recreation division director stated in the press release announcing the survey. Citizens interested in providing feedback via the survey, as well as staying informed of public meetings and current projects are encouraged to slco.org/parks-recreation/. l

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Don’t Be a Monster: Assembly encourages kids to stand up to bullying


uring the time of year when many kids are participating in the scary joys of haunted houses, a traveling anti-bullying program brings the monsters right to their school. “Don’t be a monster” is a message sixth- and seventh-graders received during an annual anti-bullying awareness assembly held in October at Wasatch Jr. High. The campaign focuses on “Frank,” who is made fun of and bullied in school. Shauna Nordgren, assistant principal at Wasatch Jr. High, says Frank is usually scary, but he has feelings making him relatable to the kids. “We like to have a anti-bullying presentation every year for the youngest grades and this presentation fits really well with their age. They learn about Frank through the short videos and gain compassion for him,” Nordgren said. “And then at the end they get to meet the real-life Frank and they wait in line to meet him to give him a high-five or get their picture taken with him. They still have the belief that he could be real. They can relate to his struggle of fitting in at school.” Nordgren said this presentation has helped in certain situations where bullying is present. “When I bring up Frank and how he stood up to the bullies, it’s a quick reminder to students they seem to understand,” Nordgren said. “(The presentation) pointed out ways to be an upstander when kids see something they should say something. We want to really work on that.” Nordgren said in the past assemblies they had an artist draw out scenes that depicted the bully and how the problem was solved. “This year the artist retired and the presentation was taught

By Jennifer Gardiner | j.gardiner@mycityjournals.com more through a PowerPoint with questions and answers and the use of Frank,” Nordgren said. “At the end of the presentation the kids receive a wristband that hopefully serves as a reminder of what students learned from the presentation.” The band includes the National Suicide Prevention lifeline phone number. The presentation teaches students the connection between the haunted house and the program. Presenters defined what bullying is vs. rude behavior and helped put it into perspective by going over updated bullying statistics. The program is designed to help students understand where bullying happens, why it happens, the effect it has on others and why students are hesitant to report. They Students pose with Frank after Don’t Be a Bully presentation. (Photo courtesy Granite School are given advice on how to be an upstander District) by making new friends, not being involved in spreading rumors, how to offer a distraction if they see an son. Don’t Be a Monster’s program is highly effective: 98.21 incident in progress and how to respect each others differences. percent of schools surveyed post-presentation find the material You can see some of the presentation on YouTube under beneficial and memorable for their students. Wasatch Jr. High’s account. Don’t Be a Monster’s mission is simple: work to educate Don’t Be a Monster is the largest nonprofit organization that and empower youth to be leaders around diversity and inclusiveworks alongside Haunted Attractions in the United States. ness, and show them how to stand up for their friends and peers. The bullying-prevention assembly is delivered in the They believe in a positive, proactive approach where students months of late September through November, during National leave the presentations equipped to have educated and empathetBullying Prevention Awareness Month and the Halloween sea- ic discussions with their peers. l

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Winter driving safety: Snow falls and you slow down By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

The long line at the local auto body shop isn’t just for oil changes, it’s for winter tires too. With temperatures dropping and leaves soon to follow, it’s time for a refresher course on safe winter driving. 1) Know the conditions Technology affords us the privilege of knowing road conditions before ever leaving the house. Utah Department of Transportation has more than 2,200 traffic cameras or sensors which gives visuals and data on all major UDOT roads. Drivers can then adjust their routes or schedules according to the heaviness of traffic making for less congestion and less risk for accidents. The UDOT app means you can see all those cameras from your phone. Twitter feeds also provide alerts about traffic situations throughout the state, including roads up the canyon. Unified Police have a canyon alerts twitter page for to update traffic in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons as well as tire requirements and road closures. 2) Prepare the car Make sure the car is prepared for the road conditions, first with good tires. Snow tires give greater tread for better traction. If only two new tires are placed on the car, make sure to put them in the rear. With the falling snow, it’s necessary to have quality wiper blades that ensures clear views rather than leaving water streaks across windshield impairing your ability to drive. The wiper fluid reservoir also needs to be replenished before the first snows hit. Snow and ice should be completely removed from the windows, headlights and taillights prior to driving to ensure visibility. If your car is parked outside overnight, place towels over the windows. This keeps the windows from icing over. A system should be in place to check everything in your car such as the battery power and your cooling system. Antifreeze helps the vehicle withstand the freezing temperatures. The vehicle should also be stocked with a safety items in the case of an emergency. The Utah Department of Public Safety suggests on its website to have jumper cables, a tow rope and small shovel in case the car gets

stuck, reflectors or flares to make sure your car is visible to others driving, flashlight and batteries, extra winter clothes, first-aid kit, batter or solar powered radio, sleeping bag, fresh water and non-perishable food, paper towels and hand warmers. 3) Control the vehicle Keeping the car under control requires some safe driving tips. The most obvious: drive slow. Despite our impatience or urgency to get to the desired location, slow driving is the safest driving. Staying under the speed limit, which is meant for ideal conditions, becomes even more important when traveling over snow, ice, standing water or slush. In drivers education courses, prospective drivers learn about the rule for distance between your car and the one in front of you. Driving 60 mph? Stay six car lengths back. 70 mph? Seven car lengths back. This distance should be increased even more during wet conditions to allow the car time and space to stop without rear ending the vehicle in front. All movements should be gradual rather than sudden. This means avoiding sharp turns, accelerating slowly and braking softly. Though you may have four-wheel drive or even all-wheel drive, this does not give license to drive recklessly in winter conditions. This means staying off cruise control as well. The need for seat belts increases tenfold during the winter. With car seats, place coats or blankets around the children after strapping them in. Coats can limit the effectiveness of a car seat. Stay alert. Deer become more active after storms. Black ice causes many crashes and that ice typically looks like wet spots. If skidding does take place, steer in the direction the back of the car is going and ease off the gas. Remember to keep the gas tank at least half way full, it will keep the gas tank from freezing and if you get stuck in a traffic jam, you may need as much gas as possible. 4) Time For those of you who struggle with punctuality, this becomes paramount. Giving yourself plenty of time to reach your destination means you won’t rush, decreasing the chances of a crash. l

Cottonwood volleyball continues to position itself for a state tourney berth By Brian Shaw | brian.shaw@mycityjournals.com

A volleyball player makes a block. (Photo/Trisha Gold)


he Cottonwood Colts volleyball team started out the season on fire. And, as the season wears on, they’re continuing to impress as they inch toward their first state playoff berth in several years. After finishing in second place at a big tournament in mid-September at Hunter High School the Colts galloped into region play with a match at Corner Canyon. Cottonwood stumbled in that match on Sept. 14, losing in straight sets to the Chargers. But wins over Jordan twice and Brighton and Alta in September and early

October have helped Cottonwood to a 4-3 record in region play. With a 12-6 record overall, the Colts have positioned themselves for a run at a state tournament berth—their first in more than three years. Cottonwood may find itself in a new region with teams like Corner Canyon— whom the Colts have lost to twice—and a Timpview team that beat the Colts in their first meeting in straight sets. But, Cottonwood’s volleyball team continues to be undeterred. When you add Jordan, Brighton and Alta to the

mix, you have a recipe for a competitive league. But, the Colts have thus far been able to stand up to their foes and compete. In a very difficult region—and a new one at that—the Colts have found their competitive balance and now have only four league games left to play before the state tournament. Barring a complete collapse before the next issue goes to print, Cottonwood should continue to find itself back in the state playoff chase for the first time in a long time. l

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Cottonwood girls soccer wraps up season with a big win, its first in region play By Brian Shaw | brian.shaw@mycityjournals.com

The Cottonwood Colts girls soccer team defends against Highland during a 2016 game. The 2017 team snapped its region winless streak beating Jordan 2-1 to end the season. (Travis Barton/City Journals)


he season for the Cottonwood Colts girls soccer team may not have gone according to plan. But, being in a new region rife with teams like Timpview and Brighton proved to be the Colts undoing. In the season finale, however, the Colts snapped a long winless streak in region play to win 2-1 October 3 over Jordan. Senior Nixie Hernandez—one of only a small portion of upper-

classmen—scored in the first half to give Cottonwood a 1-0 lead. Then in the second half, senior Jaylie Montoya doubled for the Colts, giving head coach Dominic Militello his first region win in 2017 and sending the Colts out with a victory. “It was something we’ve been working for all season,” said Militello. “It was rewarding not just for me, but definitely for the girls because we hit some bumps in the road.”

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For Cottonwood, it was a nice finish to a rough season, according to Militello. The game winner was Montoya’s seventh goal, leading all Colts scorers. Hernandez wasn’t far behind Montoya, tallying five times in her final year at the school. What Militello is excited about though is that he had four other underclassmen—two juniors and two freshmen, including Makayla, the younger sister of Jaylie—score three goals apiece on the season, giving Cottonwood a lot to look forward to next year. “We had at one point started three freshmen this year,” added Militello. “We actually had one freshman, Makayla Montoya, the sister of departing Jaylie, who actually played high school varsity soccer at age 14. We’re really excited for her future.” This year was promising at the outset for Cottonwood’s girls squad. Two months after starting out their preseason with so much promise and three preseason wins, the Colts faced the stark reality of having to play so many underclassmen—including the aforementioned freshmen—often against squads laden with veteran players. Cottonwood wrapped up the month of September on the losing end of two 6-0 thrashings by Alta and Corner Canyon. The Colts played Timpview and Brighton tough, however, losing 4-1 each time they played those two schools. And then came the game to wrap up the season against Jordan, a game in which Militello said the Colts played their best match of the year. And so while this season may have not turned out like Militello or his team planned, they certainly have plenty of players returning and lots to look forward to in 2018. “We have a good core to build from here and with the graduation of seven seniors including our two senior goalkeepers, we will need to find a goalie for next year.” l

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Turkey Day, it’s almost here! Awe, that traditional family day where we gather around a festive fall table enjoying yummy food and confortable conversation, while adorning our cozy sweaters and stretchy pants. Or maybe that’s just my imagination at work again. In reality, it’s usually more like annoyingly loud uncles in football jerseys making belching noises and toddlers playing tag around the table. And that cozy conversation turning to a political showdown or football yelling match. Either way, Thanksgiving is a time to gather and eat delicious food with the people you love and cherish. Then comes the dirty little flip side, the cost of that Thanksgiving meal just came crashing in on you. So, in effort to help keep your from having a nervous breakdown before the bird has even hit the oven, here are some creative ways to help you save money on your Thanksgiving dinner. 1. Make it a BYOD Gathering “Bring Your Own Dish” Just because you’re hosting doesn’t mean you have to do all the serving too. Make it a potluck assignment and ask everyone to bring a contribution. And speaking of BYO – BYOB is a definite money saver too. 2. Only Serve Food the Majority of Your Family Likes



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Just because tradition dictates, you DO NOT have to have certain items on your table in order to make it a perfect Thanksgiving meal. If no one ever eats the marshmallow covered sweet potatoes skip it. If there’s just one person that like the green bean casserole and the rest goes largely untouched year after year, maybe it’s time to retire it from the menu. 3. Go Christmas for the Decorating Fall table décor can be pricy and it’s not typically used for more than just this one day. Instead bring the Christmas beauty to your table. It gives the kids something to get excited about and can stay out the rest of the season. Decorating the tree after dinner could also make for a fun new family tradition. 4. Skip the Side (Salad) Plates The turkey isn’t the only thing that gets stuffed, people do too, resulting in wasted food that could be put to better use. Those who want seconds can take them but you’ll find we take a lot less when the food settles a little and we have to think about the seconds. Leave the salad or side plate that collects rolls and extra stuffing off the table. If you want to take it a step further, use smaller dinner plates too. 5. Make it From Scratch If ever there was a time to go homemade, it’s Thanksgiving. Not only will your homemade recipes get your guests nostalgic, they will save you a pretty

penny. So skip the precut veggies, make your own gravy, stuffing and pies. Enlist the help of your kids to give them an appreciation for the creativity and cooking too. You also don’t need to go gourmet. Thanksgiving is all about good, simple comfort food. 6. Plan Your Leftovers It’s easy to get overwhelmed trying to come up with creative uses for turkey after turkey night. Make it easy by researching what you’ll be making with the leftover bird ahead of time. Set your calendar to check Coupons4Utah.com, because a week before Thanksgiving we’ll be sharing a list of our tested recipes for

turkey leftovers that will make leftover meal planning a cinch. 7. Stock Up on Great Deals You’re a savvy shopper. The holidays are your time to put your smarts to the test. Grab your store circulars and your coupons wallet, and stock up on those extra savings. These easy tricks can add up to big savings. I’ll leave dealing with the obnoxious Uncle’s and rambunctious Toddlers up to you. Joani Taylor is the founder of Coupons4Utah.com. A website devoted to helping Utah families save time and money on restaurants, things to do and everyday needs. l

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’ve never been one to follow fad diets. I like food too much to limit my choices to cabbage, grapefruit and a toxic drink of lemon, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. I’m pretty sure that’s a mixture they use to waterproof asphalt. So when I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease 15 months ago, the idea of taking my favorite foods off the table was, well, off the table. My doctor insisted I’d feel better if I stopped eating gluten. I laughed and told him I’d never be one of those people who badger waiters about menu ingredients, scour Pinterest for gluten-free cookie recipes or bore friends to tears with a recap of my gluten-induced misery. I was in denial for several weeks but after a trip to New York where I gorged on pizza, bagels and, basically, bushels of gluten, I ended up in a bread coma. I went off gluten cold turkey, which is pretty much the only thing I can eat now. My husband has been super helpful as I’ve transitioned to a life of wheat-less sadness. He chokes down gluten-free pizza and cookies without acting like I’m poisoning him (usually), but when I suggested making glu-

ten-free onion rings, he clenched his jaw so tight his ears started bleeding. I heard him sobbing later in the bathroom. Changing my own diet is one thing. Changing my family’s traditional Thanksgiving favorites is another. Everything about this holiday is a freakin’ gluten fest. You have dinner rolls, gravy, pie crust, carrot cake, Ritz crackers with spray cheese, and stuffing (which I don’t mind skipping because it’s a disgusting garbage of a food). I experimented with gluten-free pumpkin muffins that had the consistency of ground up snails. Even my dog wouldn’t eat them. Well, he ate them because he’s a Lab and he eats everything; but he whined the whole time. Researching gluten-free Thanksgiving Day recipes, I found a plethora of tasteless fare. Brussels sprouts in mustard sauce, quinoa stuffing with zucchini and cranberries, and a wheat-free, egg-free, dairy-free, taste-free pumpkin pie headlined my options. I tried making the organic, gluten-free, high-protein breadsticks. Yeah, they’re basically jerky. And what do you call gluten-free brownies? Mud.





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Why is gluten only found in foods that are delicious, like waffles and cinnamon rolls? It would be so much easier to avoid gluten if it was just in cottage cheese, foie gras or earthworms. At least I live in a time where gluten-free products are available. Ten years ago, people going gluten-free could choose between kale chips or toasted particle board. Granted, most gluten-free products still taste like you’re chewing on a handful of toothpicks, but with new flours available, like amaranth, chickpea and cricket . . . never mind. It’s still terrible.


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