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FALLEN HOLLADAY POLICE OFFICER HONORED By Stephanie DeGraw | firstname.lastname@example.org
he United States Honor Flag made a special stop at Holladay City Hall to honor Officer Douglas S. Barney II on Sept. 16. The Honor Flag has traveled throughout the United States paying tribute to fallen officers. Barney was killed in the line of duty on Jan. 17, 2016. “Doug was full of life and was the type of officer that exemplified serving the community. He treated everyone he came in contact with respect and knew how to make someone’s day better,” Justin Hoyal, police chief, said. “We are so grateful for the Honor Network to have brought the United States Honor Flag to Holladay to remember Doug’s service and sacrifice. He will never be forgotten.” Barney served in law enforcement for 18 years with the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Taylorsville City Police Department and Unified Police Department. Barney is survived by his wife, Erika, and their three children — Matilda, 18; Meredith, 16; and Jacob, 13. He is also survived by his mother, Darlene, and his three siblings Tammy, Russell and Brian. He was preceded in death by his father, Douglas Scott Barney Also participating in the ceremony was the Fallen Hero Network. The group’s mission is to support the survivors of heroes who have been in daily peril in the service of others. These heroes include law enforcement, fire service, and military personnel. Some of the group’s services include survivor support through respite opportunities and supporting other charitable organizations whose goals are similar. “Never Forget” is their motto communicated through
Salute at Fallen Officer Doug Barney’s Honor Flag Ceremony (Stephanie Degraw/City Journals)
events which honor the lives and legacy of the fallen heroes. The Uniformed Ceremonial Honor Guard stood in vigil The Fallen Hero Network (fallenheronetwork.org) also hon- over the flag of the fallen officers through the day’s ceremoored eight public safety and military members that day, with nies. The Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake was Barney being one of them. present as well. l
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HOLLADAY CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 5 Ready to Hit the Ground Running Dan’s Commitment: • Fight to restrict HEIGHT, DENSITY, and INAPPROPRIATE USE OF PUBLIC FUNDS in development of Cottonwood Mall property • Preserve the semi-rural character of District 5 • Eliminate exorbitant spending of public funds
About Dan: • 32-year resident of District 5 • 12 years of government experience in Holladay • 2 years on first Holladay City Council • 10 years as Holladay’s first Judge • Lifetime volunteer; 7-time marathon runner
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING ABOUT DAN GIBBONS: “It is not often that a person comes along who is so well prepared to serve in such an important post. He can and will make a great impact on the future direction of the city. I trust Dan Gibbons.”
“Judge Gibbons has been the quintessential gatekeeper of fairness. Anyone who has appeared in his courtroom would not only describe him as a brilliant attorney, but a man of great character and independence.”
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Robby Russo Cottonwood Heights Police Chief
“I find great reassurance knowing that Dan Gibbons is running because of the very similar thoughts, feelings, and ideas we share for the future of our wonderful community.”
“Dan is a man with great wisdom and excellent judgment, honest in every way, and a hard worker. He is someone we need for our city.”
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Holladay Artist of the Month David Hyams intersects art and science in his 19th-century photography By Sona Schmidt-Harris | email@example.com
ith a backward baseball cap taming his curly brown hair, artist David Hyams discusses photography. He seems at home in his studio, Luminaria, on 800 South. “We got a shop dog,” Hyams said, emphasizing his embrace of the studio lifestyle. With a bachelor’s degree in fine art photography from Montana State University and a master’s degree in the same from Leslie College of Art and Design in Boston, Hyams sought the artistic life early. He accepted that he might not always have a steady income. “I was always drawn to science and chemistry as a kid. And I originally went to school as a geology and chemistry major, and then I’ve also always been a very visual person. So, for me to be able to create work and work in bodies of work that visually communicate things that I’m passionate and interested about is really awesome,” he said. “When I was in high school, I took a darkroom photography class and just kind of fell in love with that magic of the print coming up in the developer and the alchemy of it all.” “For me photography is the perfect intersection of art and science,” he said. Hyams is not a typical, modern photographer. In fact, he embraces and helps preserve photographic styles from the past, including cyanotype, which was invented in 1842. Cyanotype photographs have a deep blue hue. Other media in which Hyams works include gelatin silver (invented in 1871), wet plate collodion (invented in 1851) and platinum palladium (invented in 1873). Hyams’ favorite media are wet plate collodion (also known as tintypes) and platinum palladium. “For wet plate collodion portraits, which I’ve been doing a lot of for the business, it’s
a great experience because it’s so collaborative with the model. It’s not just like firing off hundreds of shots and then giving them or sending them a link,” he said. Hyams takes only up to three shots an hour during the process. “It’s almost like being a painter where you know your model is committed to that. If you’re painting a portrait, it’s hours of work for both parties, and with photography that’s really rare,” he said. The process is meticulous and requires relationship building. “It’s still quite rigorous and there is trust that you build through that that is really hard to do when you’re just autofocusing and auto-exposing and shooting lots of images.” “I feel like with digital technology today, we’re becoming more and more of an instant society and we’re losing that tactile relationship, especially with the photograph. “With the techniques that we do and that I specialize in, everything is very tactile. You have a hand-coded sensitizer on top of a fine art piece of paper, and you have a lot of time with that object creating and taking it through the various phases,” Hyams said. “(That time) also gives you the opportunity to really contemplate what you’re printing and what you’re photographing because you know you don’t have a thousand frames to edit down,” Hyams said. “You work very methodically and very consciously of what you want to communicate as an artist, and I think that is really powerful to have that time and that connection with the work.” He also works with digital technology. “My specialty is bridging those analog technologies with digital methods,” he said. Much of Hyams’ work is focused on
western landscapes. Hyams is very pleased with his business. “We met some really awesome people and we’ve had people flying in from all over the world to come work with us and learn with us.” Hyams has lived in Holladay about six
Artist of the Month David Hyams utilizes photographic techniques invented in the 19th century. (David Hyams/Holladay)
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two good ghost stories from former Holladay resident Lori Thompson Sheranian. Here is the first. “When I was about 7 years old, I was spending the night with my grandmother (the late Viola Wayman Thompson). Viola T. had a friend whose name was also Viola. Viola lived in a big, white mansion with big, tall pillars. The home was one or two lanes south of where the Carmelites are (a group of nuns in Holladay).” They drove down a long lane and it opened up to a mansion. “It looked like it belonged on a southern plantation. It was very beautiful, and the lawns were cared for,” Sheranian said. “I said, ‘Grandma, why does their swimming pool have a tall, chain-link fence around it?” The pool was old and decrepit-looking. Viola T. replied, “Because they had a terrible experience there.” She said her friend Viola was a socialite and belonged to what was then the Knife and Fork Club. In the Knife and Fork Club, they would dress in fancy clothes and go different places for The Little Girl in the Blue Dress During my search, I came upon dinner. One day, Viola was holding a parhen I search “haunted Holladay” on the internet, there really wasn’t much to see. Most of what I saw were hauntings at the Old Mill located in Cottonwood Heights. Either deceased Holladay residents are more contented than most, or for the most part we keep our hauntings to ourselves. I spoke to someone who said that indeed her house is haunted. However, she does not want to publicly discuss it because she is afraid that when it comes time to sell her house, no one will want to buy it. Can’t say I blame her. I had some strange experiences in my childhood Holladay home. The doorbell rang between 10 and 10:30 p.m. several nights in a row. When I went to the door, nobody was there. Also, a CD player began spontaneously playing a Josh Groban song when I walked by. I wondered if there was any sort of special message in the song, but I couldn’t think of any. Whether this was an actual haunting is up for debate, with my father leaning on the side of some sort of electrical problem.
ty at her home — a poolside summer party. “She had plenty of people that worked for her setting up tables with flowers and fine china and silverware,” said Sheranian. “Viola walked out to see that everything was just so before her guests arrived, and she looked down at the bottom of the pool, and she saw a body of a little girl in a blue dress. She screamed and was hysterical and called for her people that worked for her. Her employees came running to see what was wrong. One of the men there — her groundskeeper — said, ‘What, what?’ And she said, ‘There’s a little girl in the pool! There’s a little girl in the pool!’ “He went down into the pool, and the people from above were looking, and he said, ‘There’s no one in this pool.’ So, Viola looked back in the pool, and there was nothing. “She was very, very upset. “She would not deny what she saw.” Viola T. was also at the party, but she never saw anything in the pool. Viola then researched the history of the house. About three owners previ-
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ous to her, they lost their little girl, who was wearing a blue dress, at a pool party. Shortly after that, they moved out of the house. Sheranian said that even 15 years ago when they went to visit the house, that pool was still surrounded with a high chain-link fence. She would pass by it for years, and plants had grown up and surrounded the pool. “On a moonlit night, you could still see where water had gathered from a rainstorm. You could still see the bottom a very dark, very decrepit pool,” she said.
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While some Holladay lore can not be classified as hauntings, other stories are just plain creepy. When speaking to some old high school chums, “The Cat Lady” came up frequently. Apparently, she had many cats and people found this creepy. She lived deep in the wooded Cottonwoods, which only added to the mystery. Spencer Aste, a former Holladay resident, said, “My brother took me and my friends in the back of his pickup truck when we were about 9-10 years old and drove us into the Cottonwoods, and we circled Cat Lady’s home where we believed she had a cat cemetery. Maybe not a haunting but we were haunted nonetheless.”
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he had delivered the day before was still there. The night before Halloween, Gary rode down to the hill to the little white house while it was getting dark. He noticed all the previous nights’ papers there. Gary began to think that maybe the family had moved. “So, he knocked on the door, and they didn’t answer, so he leaned in to look into the window. And in a house that was normally quite neat, there were things strewn about, and there was something that looked like blood all over the floors and walls. So, he jumped on his horse and rode out of there.” As he rode, Gary grew nauseous. “He dug his hands into the horse’s mane, and he rode all the way home, and didn’t finish delivering his papers.” He then got his father (the late Clyde Fleming Thompson) and he said, “Dad, something terrible has happened.” Clyde grabbed the sheriff, and Gary stayed behind. “They found quite a bit of blood in the house. They never found any of the people, and the man’s wheelchair was there. They never found them dead. They never found out what happened to them. They just simply disappeared. It’s an unsolved mystery in Holladay. “The wheelchair sat at the back door for many, many years.” Deepening the mystery was the fact that the family did not have a car. l
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Sheranian told her second story, which falls under the creepy side of things. “When my dad (the late Gary C. Thompson) was about 11 or 12 years old, he had a paper route that he would do every single day. And he did it on horseback — bareback. He would go deep into the Cottonwoods, and down to 6200 South. “Back then, it was the paper boy’s job to collect money before the end of the month. And if they didn’t collect it, it would come out of their pay. So, he would start about six days before the month would end to collect. “He would always go down Cottonwood Lane first, and Holladay Boulevard was the last place. Just off Holladay Boulevard, there was a street next to where the Carmelite Monastery is. “Off the street, there is a little white house that sat way down in a valley over by itself. “In that house lived a man who was in a wheelchair. He could not walk at all. They had four children, and they were quite poor so never went anywhere. They never went on vacation, but they would always be at church and always be at school, and they were a nice family.” Though they somewhat kept to themselves. Gary rode down to collect his paper route money, and he didn’t see anyone around the house at all. “He used to always see the kids or someone around, so he just threw the paper on the porch and rode up the hill. “Well, the second day, he did the same thing. It was now two days before Halloween.” He then threw the paper, but the paper “The Little Girl in the Blue Dress” and “The Empty Wheelchair” incidents are said to have happened near the Carmelite Monastery in Holladay. (Sona Schmidt-Harris/City Journals)
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See what local school productions are scheduled this fall By Heather Lawrence | firstname.lastname@example.org Schools in the Millcreek and Holladay area are busy with fall shows. Olympus High will present “Mamma Mia!” in October, under the direction of Robin Edwards. “It’s the story of Sophie, a young bride-to-be trying to find herself by looking for a missing face on her family tree,” Edwards said. The Olympus show is double-cast with
six evening performances. Edwards has also scheduled two sing-a-long matinees to appease the ABBA fans. “The music is memorable. From the energetic ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘Dancing Queen’ to the beautiful ‘Our Last Summer’ and ‘Slipping Through My Fingers,’ everyone will leave with a tune in her head and in his heart,” Edwards said. l
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Skyline rebuild still in planning process, district responds to neighbors’ concerns By Heather Lawrence | email@example.com
ranite School District continues their work on the Skyline High School rebuild. With the facility still in planning stages, the community hopes their concerns will be addressed in time to make a difference. “We have spent the last nine months evaluating community feedback including the survey and visiting with parents, students and the local school community council. We want to make sure we understand all those concerns as we proceed with the design,” said Ben Horsley, director of communications for GSD. In June, a video rendering of how the rebuild will “transform” the campus was posted on GSD’s website. Many neighbors of the school posted comments, which were all quickly addressed by Horsley. To view the video and read the comments and responses, visit www.gsdfuture.org and click on the Skyline link. The new school will be built on the campus while existing structures are still in use. One neighbor who commented was Mike Buehner. Buehner lives just north of the school and has had problems with students hiding in the vegetation near the border of his house and the school during school hours. He hopes the rebuild design will help solve that problem. “I am not opposed to the rebuild, but I’m
Skyline High rebuild still in planning process. The The new school will be built on the campus while existing structures are still in use. (File photo. Julie Slama/City Journals)
hoping they will use it as an opportunity to clean up a problem that has been neglected for more than 20 years,” Buehner wrote in an email to the Holladay Journal. Buehner’s Skyline roots run deep. “I attended Skyline as did all my siblings. My two oldest children are Skyline graduates, one child currently attends Skyline, and
two more will be Skyline ninth graders next year,” Buehner said. Buehner is also invested in the neighborhood and its relationship to the school. “I live in the home I grew up in, which borders Skyline property on the north. We frequently hear Skyline students who are hiding out in the brush during school hours, have smelled marijuana smoke, and get some of their garbage thrown over the fence into our yard,” Buehner said. Buehner said he understands how hard it can be to get everything right. “I feel like [I got] a standard reply. I also realize that my concern is rather far down the list of priorities, but I wanted to be sure to bring it to their attention. I read several other comments and see that Mr. Horsley has been very diplomatic in all his responses. He has a difficult job trying to keep everyone happy,” Buehner said. Other neighbors expressed concern about bright lights and traffic from the school. A neighbor going by Chris wrote, “As someone who lives directly west of the campus, I am concerned about the lighting that is going to have to go in. We have had problems with light shining into our home at night. What considerations are being given to the neighbors of Skyline to mitigate the light pollution?” Horsley posted that the design
team was working on this problem. Adrienne Henderson identified herself as a resident near Upland Drive. She was concerned about the traffic flow and the safety of her children. Henderson also brought up issues of light pollution, water use on the fields and teacher and administrative salaries versus rebuilding existing facilities. To her concerns, Horsley stated that extensive traffic studies have been done to “alleviate as much traffic as possible from Upland … there will be less traffic on Upland with the new building.” Henderson and Horsley continued their comments back and forth to each other, with Horsley suggesting they just “agree to disagree” on the topic of administrator salaries. Horsley shared with the Holladay Journal that GSD is “hoping to finalize construction timelines shortly.” One of Horsley’s responses to the video comments states that overall the “phasing estimates a five-and-ahalf year construction project. A final phasing estimate will be posted in the next few weeks.” Residents who have questions or concerns can check GSD’s website or follow them on social media. The office of communications is in charge of all statements. They can be reached at 385-646-5000. l
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Eagles closing in on return to top of Region 6 girls soccer By Josh McFadden | firstname.lastname@example.org
year after narrowly missing out on the Region 6 championship, the Skyline girls soccer team is in a good position to take back the crown it shared two seasons ago. Heading into its Sept. 24 game at Cottonwood, the Eagles were perched atop Region 6 with an 8-1-1 mark. The team was 101-1 overall at this point. Closing out the season with a league title won’t be easy, though. There’s a crowd near the top of the region, with East, Murray and Olympus not far behind Skyline. The Leopards and Spartans were 7-2-1 at press time, while the Titans had a 7-3 league record as of Sept. 23. With just a win or two separating the challengers from Skyline, the Eagles don’t have much margin for error. Skyline’s blemishes have come later in the year. The Eagles won their first six Region 6 contests, four of them by at least four goals. The other two victories during this stretch were one-goal barn-burners — 3-2 over Murray on Aug. 20 and 4-3 over Olympus on Aug. 22. Skyline crushed Cottonwood and Hillcrest by the score of 8-0 in each game. The Eagles also blitzed Highland 6-1 on Aug. 15. Skyline’s perfect record was ruined in a
3-3 tie with East on Sept. 10. After two more wins — 2-0 over Highland and 3-0 over Murray — the Eagles suffered their first loss of the year in a 4-2 setback with Olympus on Sept. 19. Jayda Masina and Rozlin Gomez tallied goals for Skyline in the loss. Through 12 games, the Eagles had one of Class 5A’s most potent offenses. Skyline had 58 goals during this stretch, more than any other 5A team except for Region 9’s Maple Mountain. Skyline’s production has dropped a bit in region play, but the team’s defense has stepped up, allowing the fewest goals in the league. With such offensive production, one would expect some excellent individual play. The Eagles have had that in the dynamic duo of Ali Swensen and Izzy Wright. The two had 11 and 10 goals, respectively, as of Sept. 23. At this point, Ani Jensen and Gomez weren’t far behind with eight and seven goals, respectively. Ella Kortbawi had five goals, while Zoe Garver, Lily Kimball and Masina each had four. Goalie Lucy Peterson had 2.5 shutouts. The Eagles faced Cottonwood on the road Sept. 24 before hosting Hillcrest on Sept. 26. Skyline plays at Brighton Oct. 1 and closes out the regular season Oct. 3 at home Captain Ani Jensen has helped lead the Skyline Eagles this season. (Photo courtesy Bob Dudley) against East. l
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here—not just doing business, but in giving back to the community,” Taylor said. Taylor may be familiar to many people in the valley. Even if they aren’t clients at his Allstate Insurance office, Taylor Family Insurance at 4685 S. Highland Drive Suite #102, his hobby is hard to miss. “I fly the hot air balloon that is decorated like the American flag. If you see it in the valley or at events, that’s us. It’s a beautiful balloon and one of the most photographed balloons in the world,” Taylor said. Taylor uses the balloon to raise money for local causes. “We’ve raised over $20,000 for 180 Ministries, a local ministry that works for suicide prevention. They do student awareness and also work with grieving families,” Taylor said. Taylor took his balloon to the annual Ride for Hope on Sept. 28 in Bountiful. “We do tether balloon rides. People pay to ride up and down in the balloon, which is tethered to the ground,” Taylor said. Taylor’s investment in the community translates well into his work helping people make sure they are properly insured. “We do everything here: personal, renters, homeown-
ers and auto, which includes motorcycles, trailers and RVs. We also do commercial insurance: vehicles, businesses and benefits. In addition, we have supplemental critical illness, accident, and life insurance and retirement products,” Taylor said. He’s on a bit of a crusade to help people understand their insurance. “When I meet with people, the biggest thing is they’re not properly insured. The industry is ‘mystical and magical’—people don’t really understand what they’re getting. They want the lowest price, but that’s not the best choice,” Taylor said. He encourages clients—and those who aren’t—to come in and ask questions. “Bring us your insurance, even if it’s not through us. We’d love to get to know you and explain the insurance you have,” Taylor said. Once a friend came in to his office and they got talking about her insurance. She’d had some changes in her life. The outcome was a plan that was tailored to her needs without much change in her monthly payments. “I sat down and spent an hour and a half with her to show her what she had and what she was lacking. I was able to give her and
her sons better car insurance for a smaller monthly payment. I explained everything; we made sure she was insured properly and there were no gaps or holes,” Taylor said. “Major and minor changes make a difference. Marriage, divorce, children, remodeling your house or buying new jewelry are all good reasons to rethink your policies. And often payments don’t increase at all, or maybe just by pennies, but it’s the right insurance,” Taylor said. To get in touch with Taylor, visit his office or call them at 801-272-4220 during regular business hours. They’re also on Facebook at Tim Taylor Allstate Insurance. Taylor continues to give back to the community and run events for his customers. “We just did a customer appreciation night where all our customers got free tickets to a private viewing of ‘The Lion King’ movie. We’re doing another movie event at Christmas time and taking all our customers to see ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.’ We want to show our customers how much we appreciate the opportunity to serve them,” Taylor said.
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How Morningside Elementary put the fun in fundraiser By Heather Lawrence | firstname.lastname@example.org
chool fundraisers might conjure up images of cute kids selling chocolate or coupon books. You really want to help them, but you might not need what they’re selling. Morningside Elementary School’s fundraiser is one the community looks forward to each year — a Blockwalk with a carnival-like atmosphere. This year’s incarnation was held Sept. 6 at the school at 4170 South 3000 East. “This is a community event that people look forward to each year. People come to volunteer who don’t even have kids at the school anymore. We were setting up today and a woman was out on a walk — she just came over and started helping us,” said Mandy Perez-Morris, the PTA president-elect of Morningside. The theme for this year’s Blockwalk was “A Night Under the Big Top.” To enhance the carnival theme, the school ground was set up with bounce houses, face painting stations and food trucks. Volunteers ran a bake sale with food donations from local businesses like Great Harvest Bread Co. and Crumbl Cookies. More donations went toward a silent auction. “We have to give a big shout-out to the businesses who donated to our bake sale and silent auction. Everyone’s a part of it, and that makes it really fun,” Perez-Morris said.
Students like third graders Ella and Madelyn also contributed by doing the Blockwalk. “We mark a route that goes around the school and kids get pledges from
people to pay a certain amount for each time ingside PTA board. they complete the route. This year’s route is Some may question why schools have .6 of a mile, so it’s a good distance,” said Dan fundraisers in the first place. The Utah PTA Lauritzen, communications VP on the Morn- website notes that funds raised by elementary
A balloon-twisting magician added to the carnival feeling of the fundraising event. (Heather Lawrence/City Journals)
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for all ages — games, crafts and activities fill every corner. Millcreek Gym & Cheer opens their doors for Open Play, kids of all ages can bounce, tumble and play for free. Olympus Hills Lanes hosts a bowling game and hands out bowling coupons. Special offers to delight parents while little ones engage with activities like ‘Walk
The Plank’ in the pirates cove or make your own slime in the laboratory. Make a day of it and stay for lunch at one of the amazing eateries like Beaumont Bakery Cafe, Citris Grill, Kobe Sushi or Rawtopia. Come in costume or as you are Oct. 26 from 1-3 p.m. FREE and open to the public. Follow along and participate in the cos-
tume contest on Instagram at @olympushillstrunkotreat. Where members of the community vote on their favorite costumes and winners receive prizes from the center. Loot from Einstein’s Bagels, Barbacoa Mexican Grill and Pink Iron are up for grabs this year. See you there — it’s going to be ‘spooktacular!’
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schools go toward PTA projects. “PTAs do not exist to raise money, but raise money to exist,” the website states. PTAs at the elementary level are governed by bylaws and specific policies regarding money. Each school has its own board that meets regularly. They organize and support extra activities such as Reflections, Red Ribbon Week, class parties, Field Day and a meal for teachers during Parent-Teacher Conferences. “This is the one fundraiser we do for the whole year that goes to support more than 20 programs and events. Any funds left at the end of the year go back to the school. Last year we used our extra funds to buy a Buddy Bench for the playground,” Perez-Morris said. PTAs are allowed one major fundraiser per year. The Morningside Blockwalk has become such a tradition that they likely won’t be changing it to sell chocolate instead any time soon. “We’ve been doing this for 25 years. It’s always in September. We get lots of community support, especially from Skyline and Olympus students. They get Community Cares credit for volunteering,” Perez-Morris said. Morningside’s fundraising goal was optimistic: $25,000. Lauritzen said the school of about 600 students needs a lot of unifying events because they are “a melting pot school.” “We have three distinct programs here
that bring in kids from all over the valley. First, there is the traditional track as the neighborhood school. Second, we have a dual-immersion French program. And third, we are a magnet school,” Perez-Morris said. Magnet schools have accelerated academic
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MAYOR’S MESSAGE My September article addressed our Holladay City Foundation. I view the Foundation as another potential opportunity to foster the unique character and pride associated with being a citizen of Holladay. In my going on six years as Mayor, I have had the privilege of working with individuals, organizations and public entities doing their part to build our community. The progress has been inspiring! Here is a sampling of organizations and individuals that are making a difference: I will meet with representatives of The Holladay Arts Council this month (September) to review the Free Summer Concert Series and Blue Moon Festival. Our concerts have grown to an average attendance of 700 this year, up from 150 just four years ago. I anticipate attendance at the Blue Moon Festival to peak at just over 4000. The Council added youth-theater, a local dance concert, individual music performances and an Artist of the Month display to an expanding repertoire of events the Council offers to the citizens of our city. We continue to use the arts as another vehicle to bring our citizens together in the public square. Volunteers of our Historical Commission are putting the ﬁnal touches on the fourth in a series of DVD presentations detailing the rich history of Cottonwood-Holladay from 1847 to today. They work tirelessly to preserve the rich history of our community. The presentation will be held on October 24th, 7pm, in the Big Cottonwood Room. Our Interfaith Council is making ﬁnal preparations for their Annual Interfaith Service. The event will be held on Sunday, November 24th at 6:30pm at the St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church. I promise you, the speakers and musical performances will be inspirational. There is no better way to get in a proper frame of mind as the Holiday Season approaches .The Interfaith Council focuses on respecting the incredible diversity of our community and the common goal they share; spreading the message of peace and goodwill throughout the year. Our Tree Committee continues to remind us of the importance of trees in our city. We have long been associated with a beautiful tree canopy. The Committee helped shepherd through an ordinance that seeks to protect our tree canopy through city ordinance. They also remind us that it’s not just about beauty, but also clean air and the role trees play in the overall health of our ecosystem. Additionally, the committee organized the distribution of 300 free trees this spring in support of our 20-year anniversary celebrations. Jen Wunderli and her Friend-2-Friend youth network has grown to over 100 volunteers. Jen is instilling the importance of service, of the need to give back as the next generation of Holladay leaders enters their adult years. She is planting the seeds our community will sow for years to come. I could speak to the good works of The Holladay Chamber, Rotary, The Assisteens, Holladay Youth Council… but you get the point. Holladay is an incredible community, threads of individuals and organizations woven together creating the strength, beauty and character unique to cities like Holladay. As I enter the ﬁnal two years of my second term, I commit to continue doing all I can to support these individuals and organizations. Building a strong community takes a village. I’m proud to be a small part of the team! The future of Holladay is bright. There are individuals in place, and a new generation in the wings that should cause us all to be exceedingly optimistic. Thanks to all of the incredible volunteers, both past and present for your vision, passion and commitment in bringing that vision to life. –Rob Dahle, Mayor
GENERAL ELECTION Tuesday, November 5, 2019 • 7am-8pm Citizens will have the opportunity to vote for Districts 2, 4 and 5 City Council seats. The candidates are: DISTRICT 2 Matt Durham
DISTRICT 4 Peter Monson Drew Quinn
DISTRICT 5 Daniel Gibbons Lori Khodadad
The City of Holladay has a ballot box drop- off located at the north west corner of City Hall. Ballot drop-box locations (open 24/7 until 8:00 pm on Election Day). Voted ballots may also be dropped at an Early Voting Location or Election Day Vote Center during the hours they are open. • Ballots will be mailed to registered voters the week of October 14, 2019 EARLY VOTING - (Note: Identiﬁcation is required to vote in person.) Voters may vote at any one of the Satellite or Vote Center locations regardless of where they reside in the County. A list of locations is available on the City website at www.cityofholladay.com/elections • In the County Clerk’s Election Division - 2001 South State Street, South Building, Room S1-200. Weekdays, October 22-November 4 (8:00 am to 5:00 pm). • Early Voting at Satellite Locations – Wednesday October 30- November 4 (2:00 pm – 6:00 pm) slco.org/clerk/elections/voting-in-person/early-voting-locations/ • Voters may still vote at CITY HALL on Election Day from 7am -8:00 pm for Voters who need accommodations for disabilities, misplaced their ballots, did not receive a ballot or who want to vote in person For additional information to update your address or to check your registration status you can contact the SLCo Election Division via email at email@example.com or by phone at 385-468-8683.
CITY INFORMATION CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS: THE CITY OF HOLLADAY, UNITED POLICE DEPARTMENT and the HOLLADAY CITY YOUTH COUNCIL Invites you to its 4th Annual
TRUNK or TREAT Tuesday, October 29, 2019 Behind Holladay City Hall 4580 So. 2300 E. 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Ages 12 & Under
Rob Dahle, Mayor firstname.lastname@example.org 801-580-3056 Sabrina Petersen, District 1 email@example.com 801-859-9427 W. Brett Graham, District 2 firstname.lastname@example.org 801-898-3568 Paul Fotheringham, District 3 email@example.com 801-424-3058 Steve Gunn, District 4 firstname.lastname@example.org 801- 386-2605 Mark H. Stewart, District 5 email@example.com 801-232-4544 Gina Chamness, City Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
CITY OFFICES: Mon-Fri. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. • 801-272-9450 4580 South 2300 East • Holladay, UT 84117 Community Development Finance Justice Court Code Enforcement
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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
100 AND GOING STRONG HAPPY 100 BIRTHDAYS (AND MORE) TO LYNN NEWMAN 100 and CARMEM SHEPARD 104 Please notify Sandy Meadows 801-277-2857 or Barry Topham 801-518-1290 of any other Holladay residents you know who are celebrating 100 birthdays (or more). All will be special guests at the 5th Annual Holladay History Night to be held on October 24 at 7:00pm at Holladay City Hall. Live entertainment, a new ﬁlm (Holladay 1940 to 1960), displays and artifacts, and delicious refreshments will make it a fun and interesting evening.
2019 Moderate Income Housing Update Amendments to the General Plan The City of Holladay is proposing to update its General Plan to address new State law requirements regarding moderate income and affordable housing, land use and transportation. Speciﬁcally, the City proposes to amend Chapters 2, 3, and 5 of the General Plan. These changes will address strategies the City already uses and will use to allow for more affordable housing, estimate the current amount of affordable housing already in the city and the linkages between zoning policy, housing availability and transportation (including non-motorized). The City Council will hold a public hearing on the proposed changes to the General Plan on November 7 to consider a recommendation from the Planning Commission which held its hearing on the matter on October 1st. For more information concerning this update you may contact: Paul Allred, Community Development Director at email@example.com or (801) 527-3890. A copy of the recommended draft changes is available on the City’s website www.cityofholladay.com.
Fall Prevention and Aging Services By Captain Dan Brown, Uniﬁed Fire Authority Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans over 65 fall every year? In fact, the emergency your Holladay ﬁre station responds to the most is falls. Many of these falls are preventable. Here are some steps you can take or share with a loved one to help prevent falls. 1. Find a good exercise program to help build balance, strength and ﬂexibility. Or go on a weekly walk with a friend. 2. Regularly go over your medications with your doctor. Make sure there are no side effects that can increase your risk of falling. 3. Keep your home safe from tripping hazards. Increase lighting and install grab bars to make stairs and bathrooms safe. With winter upcoming, falls become even a greater risk with snow and freezing temperatures. Although there is a waiting list, Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services provides snow shoveling services. To be eligible, you must: • Be 60 years of age or older • A resident of Salt Lake County • Unable to shovel your walk or mow your lawn • No able-bodied individuals living in the home Please call Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services (385)468-3200 to see if you are eligible for this service.
Fall Leaf Collection
The annual Fall Leaf Collection Program will begin on October 16 and last through November 30. During this time Holladay residents can pick up leaf bags at: • Holladay Lions Fitness Center: 1661 E. Murray Holladay Rd. • Mt. Olympus Senior Center: 1635 E. Murray Holladay Rd. • Holladay City Hall: 4580 S. 2300 E. Leaf Bags can be dropped off at the following locations beginning on Oct. 16 (not before): • Cottonwood Ball Complex: 4400 S. 1300 E. PLEASE DO NOT drop off bags at City Hall. WFWRD leaf bags are limited to 1 roll (10 bags) per household, and available while supplies last. Residents can also use and drop off their own purchased leaf bags or lawn bags, as long as they only contain leaves.
HOWL-O-WEEN Pet Safety Tips Halloween can be a lot of fun for humans but pets may not appreciate the costumes and candy. Protect your pets from Halloween dangers with these tips! 1. Keep candy out of reach: All forms of chocolate and the artiﬁcial sweetener can be poisonous to dogs & cats. Call your emergency vet if your pet has eaten either. 2. Keep pets conﬁned and away from the door: Dogs may be likely to dart out the door, or become anxious with trick-or-treaters in costumes and yelling for candy. Put them in a crate or a backroom and keep everyone safe. 3. Close the blinds or drapes, disconnect doorbells: If your dog reacts every time someone walks by or rings the doorbell close the drapes and disconnect the doorbell. 4. Keep outdoor pets inside before and after Halloween: Keep dogs and cats indoors to prevent them from being injured, stolen, or poisoned as part of a Halloween prank. 5. Don’t approach dogs while in costume: Even if you know the dog, a strange costume or mask can frighten them. They may not recognize you in costume. If a dog escapes a house or yard and runs up to you, tell your child to stand like a tree, and wait for the owner to grab the dog. 6. Test out pet costumes before: Make sure the costume isn’t causing them distress, or giving them an allergic reaction. It shouldn’t restrict their movement, ability to breath, bark or meow. 7. Leave them at home: It may be best with all the distractions to leave your pet at home while trick-or-treating. Take them for a walk earlier in the day before the ghosts and goblins come out for the night to spook them.
Pet Licensing Clinic – October 18 • Noon – 2:00pm Holladay City Hall Park – 4570 S 2300 E Pet licensing is required in ALL of Salt Lake County. A rabies tag or ID tag is not a valid pet license. Pets must be licensed within 30 days of getting your new pet or moving to a new area. Questions, please call Salt Lake County Animal Services at 385-468-7387 or online a adoptutahpets.com.
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Driverless shuttle, nicknamed Tom, now on Utah roads By Cassie Goff | firstname.lastname@example.org
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e live in the future. Utah’s first autonomous shuttle will be visiting a variety of different communities from now until spring 2020. The shuttle is driverless, which means there’s no need for either a steering wheel or pedals. However, there currently is a human monitor on board helping to navigate and provide information to riders. The autonomous shuttle will be transporting students and faculty on the University of Utah campus until October. Specifically, the route has been from the Student Life Center, past Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute and the Language and Communication building, to the Union building. During October (specific dates have yet to be announced), you can find the autonomous shuttle at the Mountain America Expo Center at 9575 E. State St., in Sandy. The autonomous shuttle (nicknamed Tom) has been brought to Utah as part of a partnership between the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Transit Authority (UTA). Tom was manufactured by a company called Easy Mile, a French startup and is the EZ10 model. The estimated cost of the autonomous shuttle project was around $800,000. Tom and other EZ10 models can hold six to 12 passengers. Over the past three months, as the autonomous shuttle has been transported to various locations, more than 3,000 Utahns have experienced being a passenger. Some of those passengers have reported that the shuttle moves too slow, as Tom’s top speed is 15 mph. One of the more endearing traits of Tom’s is that he rings a bell that sounds like it should be on a trolley car. The shuttle has a predetermined route, just like many of UTA’s public transportation options throughout the valley. The intention behind Tom is to
The University of Utah campus has been the most recent workplace for the state’s new autonomous shuttle nicknamed Tom. (University of Utah)
help funnel people to existing public transportation routes, not replace them. Since April, there has only been one reported incident. On July 16, the shuttle detected an obstacle and stopped abruptly. This caused CBS affiliate Gene Petrie to slip off his seat. He suffered bruising and lacerations on his face. After the incident, UDOT immediately pulled the shuttle out of service to perform some diagnostics. This project began in early March, when the Utah State Legislature unanimously approved House Bill 101, allowing autonomous cars to be on Utah roads. According to UDOT and UTA, the benefits of autonomous shuttles are safety, economic and societal benefits,
efficiency and convenience, and mobility and access. Ideally, the autonomous shuttle can eliminate most of the human error associated with driving. UDOT and UTA are asking for feedback on the autonomous shuttle. They want to know what people think of autonomous vehicles, how it could be applied in Utah, and what the experience was like riding the shuttle. To provide feedback, visit avshuttleutah.com/ feedback. For more information, check out UDOT’s or UTA’s social media by using the hashtag #avshuttleutah on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram through @ UtahDOT l
The Utah State Legislature believes there are significant benefits to autonomous shuttles. (UDOT)
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The tragic Murray tale of Charles Thiedee By Shaun Delliskave | email@example.com It was a first for the State of Utah and, to date, the first and only one for Murray—an execution. In 1896, in true Wild West fashion, saloonkeeper Charles Thiede was hung in a genuinely gruesome manner for the murder of his wife. While the territory of Utah had executed a few outlaws before Thiede, this was the first as a state, and it made national headlines.
Thiede’s life of crime can be traced in newspaper headlines years before the slaying of his wife. Thiede left his native Germany to serve in the navies of England and Chile, but after fighting against the Peruvians, Thiede hoped to find solace in his native land. Upon returning to Germany, he was immediately conscripted into the army, where he served as a cook, a profession he kept for the rest of his life. After military service, he married Mary Frank in 1884, and together they set off for a better life in America, settling in Sandy and having a child. The ne’er-do-well Thiede, who had a fearsome temper, opened his first tavern, the Social Hall Saloon, in the fall of 1886 in downtown Salt Lake City. That same year, he was fined for punching a woman who had accidentally dropped a piece of paper into his lap. After being shut down for selling liquor without a license, or for selling it on a Sunday, Thiede opened, and was forced to close, numerous establishments. By the early 1890s, Thiede was a regular before the court, usually losing his liquor license or being punished for assaulting someone. As a result, Salt Lake City was no longer a welcoming spot for Thiede, and the saloonkeeper saw prime opportunity to jump into the thriving bar scene along State Street in Murray. Finding a small patch of ground behind the Germania smelter on 4800 South, Thiede opened the West Side Saloon. A notorious womanizer who welcomed prostitutes into his bar, Thiede was
also known to frequently abuse his wife, Mary; even for rough-and-tumble Murray, that was not acceptable. The night before May 1, 1894, Mary had fled to a neighbor’s home after a violent fight. As she always had done before, she returned. But this time, she returned home to find a very drunken Charles, who was waiting for her with a butcher’s knife. He sliced her throat from ear to ear. Blood-splattered Thiede then went to Harry Hayne’s saloon, where he reportedly told the sheriff, “Well, I killed my wife last night.” The next morning, a crowd swarmed the sheriff’s office, trying to carry out its own version of justice by lynching Thiede. The sheriff relocated his prisoner to the Salt Lake County jail, which was also in Murray. There, Thiede changed his story and claimed he was innocent. He told the judge he found her body in his house, and that her dying words were, “Oh, Charlie.” The prosecutors, long familiar with the defendant, presented a forensically tight case, first pointing out that the victim could in no way talk, as her head was nearly cut off. They also argued that because Charles was covered in blood—meaning the heart would still need to be pumping in order for the blood to splatter on him—then he had to be with Mary, in their home, at the time of the murder. Found guilty, Thiede was sentenced to be hanged. In 1896, Thiede’s time was up, but the sheriff wanted to try a new-and-improved way of hanging. Instead of the condemned being dropped through a trap door, Thiede was going to be hanged by an ingenious system of pulleys; he would stand on the ground, and a metal weight would yank him upward, snapping his neck. Lawmen from around the West convened at the Salt Lake County jail to watch the new method in action. At the appointed time, Thiede, who still professed his innocence, was yanked up by the noose, but it failed to snap his neck. Instead, he hung
Murderer Charles Thiede, convicted of killing his wife, Mary. (Photo courtesy of U of U Marriott Library)
on the gallows for 14 minutes, strangled to death. That hanging method was never used again. Even in death, Thiede gained no sympathy. An arsonist burned his saloon down. The Salt Lake Herald-Republican reported that residents in Murray and Cottonwood Heights guarded their cemeteries to prevent his body from being interred there. Eventually, he was buried in Sandy City’s cemetery—but only for a day. He was disinterred at the request of Sandy residents and buried in a field adjacent to the graveyard. l
Charles Thiede was the first, and last, person to be hanged with a noose that yanked the condemned off the ground. (Illustration courtesy of U of U Marriott Library.)
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Only enthusiastic spooks need apply at Castle of Chaos By Jenniffer Wardell | firstname.lastname@example.org Becoming a ghost, ghoul or monstrous fiend isn’t as complicated as some people think.
At least, it isn’t at the Castle of Chaos. The haunted house, which is open now through Nov. 2, held auditions for their cast of scarers this past August. Interviews required applicants to groan, scream, shuffle menacingly and try their best to startle someone enough to make them jump. According to the Castle of Chaos directing team, however, a willingness to try is far more important than acting experience or the ability to deliver convincing scares. “I look for people who are free and open with their body and voice,” said Castle of Chaos Director Nick Justice. “If you’re coming in here and you’re going crazy, even if it makes no sense, you’re better than half the people who come in here.” He also said it’s important that people be able to take direction and follow guidance offered by one of the directing team. Justice and Castle of Chaos Casting Director Kelly Drabik spend most of the audition asking applicants to show off their ability to do things like zombie walks or predatory stalking at low heights. They’ll also ask if the applicants have any special talents, such as a particularly good creepy laugh or the ability to twist your arm in a disturbing-looking way. “It’s really laid back,” said Castle of Chaos General Manager Dalton Brown. “You don’t have to have anything prepared.” Another part of the audition process involves the directing team figuring out how each applicant would best fit into the haunted house. That includes several factors, from a map of the planned rooms for the upcoming season to asking the applicant whether they have a particular role they want to do. Though he’d turned most of the interviews over to Justice and Drabik, Castle of Chaos Owner James Bernard offered some guidance on this part of the process.
Though roles such as Freddy Krueger require actors with a specific body type, there are plenty of other roles designed to fit a variety of ages and body types. (Photo provided by Castle of Chaos)
“After 19 years of running a haunted house, it’s second nature to see someone, get to know their personality, and see where they’d have the most fun and be the most effective,” he said. Though he said having fun is the major factor in where an actor gets placed, elements such as the actors age will determine whether they can take on certain roles. “When you’re in an authority role, for example, it’s tough to scare someone older,” he said, explaining why he tends not to cast younger actors in roles such as murderous doctors. Sometimes, how you look can also be a factor in where you end up. “For our Hollywood roles, we do look at physical appearance,” said Drabik. “Jason (Voorhees) needs to look like Jason. But we also like 4-foot-tall little girls, because they’re scary as heck.” No matter where the actor ends up, however, it’s important that they know how to scare responsibly. Midvale’s Castle of Chaos (7980 S. State Street) offers several different levels of scares, with higher levels including more physical contact. Level three involves touching, level four includes pushing and dragging, and higher levels involve even more intense experiences.
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The Castle of Chaos hires a large cast every season to work in their haunted house, such as the above group who performed in 2018. (Photo provided by Castle of Chaos)
Given that level of interaction, the directing team looks for actors who keep the safety of both the guests and their fellow performers in mind. “We look for people who can be safe with it,” said Mike Harmon, a Castle of Chaos acting coach who runs classes on doing hands-on scares. “A lot of the stuff we do at level four can get dangerous unless you do it carefully.” For Justice, making sure no one gets hurt is far more important than being frightening. “In my mind, it doesn’t matter how scary it is,” he said. “If you get hurt, that’s all you’re going to remember.” Besides, the people who are selected to become scarers for the year will get a chance to hone their scaring ability. In addition to the hands-on classes, the haunted house offers other classes, dress rehearsals and an orientation meeting that allows them to get more in-depth with their roles. Some years, they even give them a chance to help each other master their roles. “We send other actors through the haunted house to give them a chance to practice,” said Drabik. In the end, the willingness to put in that work is the biggest thing the directing
team looks for during the auditions. “We look for enthusiasm,” she said. “If you come in with a passion for haunted houses, we’ll find a place for you.” l
The rooms in the haunted house are divided into different things, with killer hospitals (above) and murderous clowns both being a common theme. (Photo provided by Castle of Chaos)
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A spooky mix of plays, parties and races to put you in the Halloween spirit By Christy Jepson | email@example.com
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Be an active participate in America’s largest interactive comedy murder-mystery dinner show. Throughout the evening, audience members will eat a four-course meal while watching a crime unfold and then everyone is in it to figure out the clues of who Guests at The Dinner Detective interactive murder did it. Don’t be deceived, the person next mystery show read clues while they try to solve the to you might be the culprit! The actors are mystery. (Photo courtesy The Dinner Detective)
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Desert Star is known for mixing parody with a little romance and adventure with Utah culture and political jokes, and this show is no exception. This story focuses on the Adams clan who are trying to save their home for the greedy oil baroness, Mrs. Measley who knows they have oil underneath their home. Ticket prices are $26.95 for adults (holidays, special events may be different) and children under 11 are $15.95. Call 801-266-2600 for tickets or visit their box office at Desert Star, 4861 S. State St. This production runs until Nov. 9.
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This year’s smash Halloween dance production will include favorite numbers such as “Dem Bones,” “Frankenstein,” and “Jason Jam,” plus other new surprises. “Thriller” is full of frights, laughs and scares that make you scream. This production will be performed at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City Oct. 14-26. Ticket prices are $35-$55. Visit https://odysseydance. com/shows/thriller/ for more information and discounts. This show is not for children under 8 or for the faint of heart.
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Come watch all the creepy, kooky and loveable family members from the 1960’s TV show, “The Addams Family” on stage from now until Nov. 16. This Broadway show’s message is all about what defines a “normal” family and that we need to love all people despite our differences. Be on the lookout for some fun quirks and tricks throughout the show. Ticket prices are $36-$48 for adults and $18-$24 for youth The cast of Desert Star’s “Adams Family Reunion: A series of FUNfortunate Events!” (Photo courtesy Desert 5-17. Visit hct.org for more information or Star) call 801-984-9000. with prizes, free arts and crafts, a pumpkin Parties Races Monster Block Party at the Gallivan drop, live music and dance, and about 30 The Haunted Half Sugar House vendors. The Gallivan Center is located at Center in Salt Lake City Dress up in your costumes and get The 2019 Monster Block party will 239 S. Main Street. The event runs from 11 ready to run for your life at the Haunted be held at the Gallivan Center on Oct. 26. a.m. to 3 p.m. l Half on Oct. 19 at Sugar House Park. All This is a free daytime Halloween festival ages and abilities can either run the half with trick-or-treating, costume contests marathon, 5k or the Halloween half-mile. The Fear Factory Finish is there to give you that end-of-the-race push which then rewards you with a festival full of food, contests, music, games and spooky fun things. Registration fees from now until Oct. 17 are Neurology $84.95 for the half, $36.95 for the 5k and $12.95 for the kids’ run. For registration LIA-ANA CHEBELEU, MD and information visit thehauntedhalf.com/ races/salt-lake-city. 999 E. Murray Holladay Rd. | Ste. 207 •
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A view of the main corn field maze at Crazy Corn Maze in West Jordan. (Jordan Hafford/City Journals) Inset: The 2019 corn maze design at Crazy Corn Maze in West Jordan. (thecrazycornmaze.com)
After 21 years of fall festivities, West Jordan’s Crazy Corn Maze has decided to give the business a complete makeover for the 2019 season.
Launching themselves into the modern age of technology, the business is now utilizing smart technology this Halloween to add even more fun to their attraction. “This year we will have a new GPS smart phone map so you can track yourself as you find your way through the maze,” said Crazy Corn Maze owner Julianna Maynard. “We are also adding a smart phone trivia game.” The Crazy Corn Maze first opened in 1998, 21 years ago, as a simple corn maze near Salt Lake Community College in Taylorsville. Two years later, it moved to their current location, 8800 S. 4000 West in West Jordan. Crazy Corn Maze has grown into a unique Halloween venue throughout this time, in that their multiple, custom-made attractions appeal to a wide demographic — this year more than ever. While there is still the option to walk through the classic, family friendly 8-acre maze with no “haunts” or spooks, the adrenaline junkies will be roaming what is called the Night Stalkers Haunted Trail. In 2016, the business began renovating the haunted trail, and the Night Stalkers Haunted Trail was officially born as a separate attraction within Crazy Corn Maze. “Each year we have put tremendous effort into making this one of the top haunt-
ed attractions,” Maynard said. “In 2017 and 2018 we were voted the No. 1 haunted attraction in Utah by utahhauntedhouses. com.” The Night Stalkers Haunted Trail stands out as an interactive entertaining experience for thrill seekers and more adult attendees. There are four terrifying sections of the trail: Creatures of the Corn; Phobia: What are you afraid of?; 3D Slumber: Pleasant screams; and Horror Show. Among the multiple attractions at Crazy Corn Maze, there is also a playground for small children that includes a corn pit, a straw mountain with slides and games, as well as Mayble’s 3D Funhouse which is a not-so-scary junior attendee interactive haunted house. Also debuting this year, Crazy Corn Maze is set to dazzle their audience with a Fright Lights attraction, a magical pumpkin patch light show. Patrons will walk through the lighted pumpkin patch and be given a pumpkin of their own to take home. “We hope patrons come away wondering how on earth we do what we do, as well as being scared in a fun and sometimes humorous way,” Maynard said. “Whether you like a fun family fall tradition, or want to be scared out of your mind, we aim to provide an exceptional seasonal entertainment experience.” The maze opens Sept. 27 and runs through Nov. 2. It is open Monday-Thursday 6-10 p.m, Friday 6-11:30 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 11:30 p.m. l
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rowds of students, alumni, faculty and family filed into their homecoming football game wearing not only Colt gear, but with painted faces and with gold beads draped around their necks. Given that the 50th anniversary is known as the “golden anniversary,” the beads were fitting for both the school’s colors and to commemorate Cottonwood High’s 50th, a celebration which will stretch over a twoyear period, Principal Terri Roylance said. “We’re going to celebrate all year this year and next year,” she said. “Our first graduating class was in 1971, but we’re so excited, we’re starting now.” The kick-off to the two-year celebration started with free food, birthday cake, games and face painting as a tailgating event Sept. 6 before the homecoming game against Skyline High. At many of the sporting events, performing arts nights and other activities, there will be an alumni area, so former students and teachers can return to their alma mater and sit together at this year’s and next year’s events. “We will welcome and recognize our alumni at each event as they are part of this celebration,” Roylance said. “We’d love to honor some of our outstanding alumni in each area, recognize them and have them speak to students.” In the spring, there will be an alumni event tying into a baseball game, said Jane Metcalf, who is Cottonwood Alumni Association co-president with Nanette Amis. “This is going to be an ongoing celebration, bringing together our community, bringing back our alumni, so students can see former students’ successes,” she said. As part of the celebration, the school’s hall of fame wall will be updated with alumni honorees, and students and alumni can look at old yearbooks and photos in the library. However, this homecoming was more of an upbeat event, with music blaring as students tried to outlast one another in a headstand contest. “It’s a lot of fun for our families; we have a ton of parents who also are alumni,” Amis said, adding that she was a graduate of the class of 1983. “Some of my kids have had the same teachers I have. My kids went to the same elementary, junior high and high school as I did.” Seniors Angela Black and Sarah Birrell were talking to classmates before filing into the game. “I’m making sure everyone feels welcome and are making friends,” said Black, who is the school’s Peer Leadership Team president. “This is way fun and it helps with our school spirit.” Birrell said the activities celebrating the 50th are already building a sense of commu-
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Balloons marking Cottonwood High’s 50th birthday soar in the bleachers during the school’s homecoming game. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
nity at the school. “It’s our homecoming game and we’re here to cheer and bring school spirit and come together as a family, huddling together on the bleachers,” she said. “Last year, when we won our homecoming game, we stormed out onto the field.” Homecoming activities and traditions at halftime — and honoring the recently announced state Teacher of the Year, English teacher Lauren Merkley — and a homecoming dance the next night to top it off, were just the kick-off to the school’s 50th celebration. Already being planned is an arts night in the spring that will include students and alumni to perform with choir, jazz and full orchestra, possibly perform scenes from all the school musicals, and present their artwork in the visual art show, said instrumental director Amber Tuckness. She asks alumni who wish to participate to contact the main office. “We have commissioned some songs to be written by our alumni in honor of the celebration and want to perform those in May,” said Tuckness, who has taught at the school for 22 years. “This 50th will bring together all the areas — drama, arts, SBOs, clubs (not just sports) and AMES (Academy for Math, Engineering and Science) students, as well. We usually have a lot of students come back and this brings a positive morale to our community.” While the plans are still being finalized for all the celebrations over the next two years, Roylance said they are finding all sorts of treasures hidden in closets while looking to see if there was a time capsule buried when the school was built. “I haven’t found any time capsule buried or information about it, but we can do it to mark our 50th,” she said. “We did find some old girls’ PE jumpsuits that have a goofy horse on the back of them. There’s no way our girls would wear them today.” l
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t’s pumpkin spice season, witches! First and foremost, let’s talk about the coffee. Of course, Starbucks has their pumpkin spice drinks, but they’re mixing it up this year with the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew. 7-11 has provided pumpkin flavors for their coffees. Dunkin’ Donuts rolls out their new Cinnamon Sugar Pumpkin Latte (complete with apple cider doughnuts). But, of course, if you’re looking to save money and not spend $5 on a specialty coffee, there’s the good ol’ trusty Coffee Mate with their seasonal pumpkin spice flavor. We like shopping local here though, so here’s the neighborhood options: Alpha Coffee has a Pumpkin Spice Latte and a Pumpkin Nice Latte; Java Jo’s has their Pumpkin Dirty Chai, Pumpkin Pie Latte, Caramel Apple Cider, and vegan pumpkin spice lattes; Clever Bean has a Pumpkin Spice tea, along with a White Ambrosia tea; and Beans & Brews has their Pumpkin Pie Fritalia and Cinnamon Bun Latte. Other food companies hopping aboard the pumpkin spice train include: Auntie Anne’s with their spice pretzel nuggets; Corner Bakery with their maple pecan pumpkin baby bundt cakes; Culver’s with a pumpkin pecan frozen custard; Baskin-Robbins with a pumpkin cheesecake ice cream; Cracker Barrel with their pumpkin pie coffee and whipped cream; Dairy Queen with a pumpkin pie blizzard; Denny’s with their pumpkin
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e all know Halloween is funded by Big Dental to create more cavities but it’s also true that Halloween traditions started long before lobbyists destroyed the planet. Black cats, pumpkins and ghosts existed at least 50 years ago, and probably longer. So how did Halloween customs get started? Lucky for you, I researched this topic on the Internet contraption. Did you know Bobbing for Apples was actually a dating game in ancient Rome? Kind of like Tinder, only with more drowning. My elementary school did a dry version called Bobbing for Marbles. Teachers filled a plastic pool with flour and mixed in a few dozen marbles. We had to use our mouths to find the marbles. The two most likely outcomes were a) Inhale flour and die or b) Inhale a marble and die. Not even joking here. Jack-o’-lanterns have a weird backstory that involves a guy named Stingy Jack, the devil and wandering spirits. I guess ghosts are afraid of gourds and root vegetables. Who knew? Originally they used turnips, not pumpkins, but who’s ever heard of a turnip spice latte? So they had to start using pumpkins. Black cats became associated with Halloween because witches have black cats. Duh. Costumes date back to Biblical times when Jacob dressed up as his brother to trick his blind father into giving him keys to the donkey. It was also the first trick-or-treat on record.
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