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he sixth annual Blue Moon Festival was held at the Holladay City Hall Park on Aug. 5 with thousands of residents from Holladay and the surrounding area converging on the park. Be it the good weather, the popular food trucks, the cold beer, the unique booths or the energetic band — over 4,000 residents made their way to downtown Holladay, filtering through the park on the warm summer day, keeping the park lively well into the evening. Walking into the festival, attendees passed a small wooden booth with a painted sign reading “Hand Drawn Photobooth.” Natalie Allsup-Edwards, the photo booth’s “camera,” sat crossedlegged behind the booth, sketching four different poses of those who stopped by. “I was inspired by ‘The Flintstones.’ There’s an episode where they have a polaroid taken but instead it’s a bird inside of a box, and the bird pecks their image into a stone. I always grew up and loved them,” Allsup-Edwards said. “And when I was trying to figure out what to do artistically, I was like duh, ‘The Flintstones,’ and that’s how it all came together.” Allsup-Edwards’ unique photo booth was just one of 36 artistic booths at the festival. From jewelry made from colorful stones and homemade soap to used books and intricate henna, the Blue Moon Festival had a booth any passerby could enjoy.

Five-year-old Oliver looks at jewelry made by Teresa Draper at her booth, To the T, at the Blue Moon Festival. (Lexi Peery/City Journals)

Chris Kanapas, a member of the Holladay Arts Council and the volunteer coordinator for the festival, said before the festival he struggled to find enough volunteers to meet the city’s requirements. Thankfully, Kanapas said, they were able to get over 80 dedicated volunteers to help out. The work put in by the volunteers, as well as the warm weather, made this year especially successful, Kanapas said. “Things like Dippin’ Dots and Hawaiian Shave Ice have been non-stop busy because of the weather,” Kanapas said while waiting for some Dippin’ Dots himself. “As a Holladay resident,

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my favorite part of the event has been intermingling with people from all over the community, and just getting to know more people.” Linda Ashton, the chair of the festival and a member of the Holladay Arts Council, said in preparing for this year’s festival, the committee made few changes, since the festival has proven itself successful in previous years. With the addition of a kid’s playground at the park and more kid’s crafts than in previous years, the festival allowed for residents of all ages to find something to enjoy. “(We wanted people to) come and bring picnic lunch and get to know each other as a commu-

nity because that’s what we felt strongly about,” Ashton said. “It’s important to come together instead of being divisive. We wanted people to take away the labels and get in the open air.” As the sun set, the Joe Muscolino Band, a band based in Salt Lake City, took the stage on the gazebo — which looked out over hundreds of listeners sitting on the grassy field. The band played their own renditions of popular tunes like “Africa” by Toto and Beyonce’s “Love on Top.” Near the gazebo, Deborah Stephens of Lehi and James Fielding of Sandy sat listening to the band. The two said they found out from Facebook about the event, despite not being Holladay residents. “We’ve liked to have seen more,” Stephens said about the shops. “But the band is great.” Jenn Ramsey has made it out to the Blue Moon Festival for a couple years now, and the vendors that come to the festival just keep getting better, even though she wished to see more merchandise booths this year. “The bands are always good, it’s kind of cheesy Utah stuff, but it’s OK,” Ramsey, a Holladay resident, said. “(The festival is) good, it gets the community out and people mingle. It’s good to see all the different cultures and subcultures mingling. Holladay is pretty diverse for Utah and the type of community it is. It’s definitely fun.” l

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fter the announcement of Riverton City deciding to part ways with Salt Lake County Animal Services by 2018 due to cost increase, should advocates of the nokill philosophy be worried more cities might part ways with Utah’s largest no kill municipal shelter? During a June meeting with Holladay City Council and representatives of Salt Lake County Animal Services, council members expressed concern regarding the city of Holladay being able to sustain the rise in cost. Though Holladay City has not announced plans to stop Salt Lake County Animal Services, they are looking into more affordable alternatives. “Our budget is basically flat, while yours is not,” said Lynn Pace, District 2 representative of Holladay City Council when speaking with Salt Lake County representatives. In previous years, contracting cities paid a variable rate for various animal services offered. This was changed to a fixed cost of $9.63 per resident, which Salt Lake County felt was a better approach to be fair and consistent. “Whether we’re helping youth in the community or providing free spay/neuters to at-home seniors, our services have an impact on the entire community,” said Callista Pearson, marketing and communication manager with Salt Lake County Animal Services. “Salt Lake County Animal Services is proud to be a proactive agency, addressing issues before they become problems,” she said. Pearson said this program includes services such as micro-chipping and vaccine clinics, park patrol

to educate dog owners about leash laws, humane education in schools and handling animal-related incidents 24/7, 365 days a year. Pearson cited a follow-up statistic in regards to the recent article, in the South Valley Journal, discussing Riverton’s decision to cut ties with Salt Lake County Animal Control “Riverton’s live release rate before was at 73 percent. Since contracting with our agency, the rate is now at 97 percent — that is 500 pets who went on to find new families.” As Pearson explained, the philosophy of no kill goes beyond just long-term shelter of lost and homeless pets to encompass long-term solutions to animal overpopulation and care. “Our philosophy is to solve the problem, not just manage the symptoms of the problem,” said Pearson. Based on the statistics provided by Salt Lake County Animal Services, it would appear the programs offered through the no-kill initiative are improving the status for pets and their families, but will residents feel the services are worth the cost if it means their city has to make cuts in another area? “We might need to ask Holladay citizens if the extra cost is worth it to them,” Pace said. It’s a sentiment similar to what Riverton Mayor Bill Applegarth’s has planned for residents in his city. According to Applegarth, Riverton City Council was still working out the details of shelter options, and was not sure at this time if they would choose no-kill. “We are working on the shelter to use for our animals. When we get all the details worked out we will be

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Salt Lake County Animal Services volunteer working with long-term dog, Sabrina, in the shelter for 230 days despite graduating from several training programs. (SL County Animal Services)

holding open houses,” said Applegarth. Currently, Salt Lake County Animal Services serves Bluffdale, Herriman, Holladay, Midvale, Millcreek, Riverton, Salt Lake and the Salt Lake County metro townships of Copperton, Emigration Canyon, Kearns, Magna and White City. They hope to continue to serve these communities despite the current unease in city budgets. While Salt Lake County introduced a three-step plan to help ease the cost transition, some cities’ annual cost is raising upwards of 20– 30 percent of their allotted budget, which may still be out of reach for some cities. Pearson expressed the importance of the agency to offer competitive fee structure.

“Our cost for services is still comparable to the neighboring communities who do not offer a no-kill facility,” Pearson said. Though Salt Lake County Animal Services is able to keep some costs low through grants awarded to no-kill programs, in an additional attempt to keep costs low the agency has increased the fee structure for individual services, increased private fundraising efforts and placed a hiring freeze to help tighten their belt. As cities begin to shop more affordable options, both city representatives and Salt Lake County Animal Services suggest residents voice their preference of the kill vs. no-kill philosophy in order for their city representatives to acquire apples-to-apples comparisons. l

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fter six years serving on the planning commission, the last 18 months as chair, Matthew Snow will miss the time he spent working with fellow commissioners, as well as the Holladay community. “I’ve enjoyed getting to know my community better,” Snow said. Though Snow would like to remain involved, it is unclear at this time at what capacity he plans to do so. During the planning commission meeting held June 20, fellow planning commission members expressed their gratitude for Snow’s service. “Matt, it’s been a pleasure and honor to work with you. You have done an outstanding job as chair,” said Marianne Ricks of the planning commission. Ricks further stated, “I’ve appreciated your level-headedness and your willingness to engage in civil discourse.” During the Aug. 1 commission meeting, both Snow and John Garver were given awards in recognition for serving on the planning commission, a voluntary position, for six years. In a later interview, Holladay Community Development Director Paul Allred expressed his gratitude for the time, insight and dedication Snow and Garver showed during their time with the planning commission. “Both will be terribly missed, and have been strong advocates for land use planning in Holladay. They have been unafraid to make difficult decisions,” Allred said. Allred further expressed his appreciation for Snow as chair. “Matt has been a strong chair, especially during the recent complex Harmon’s block redesign.” In addition to awarding Snow and Garver during the Aug. 1 meeting, the planning commission also elected Jim Carter as Snow’s successor. Carter has served on the planning commission for three years, including serving as vice chair since June of 2016. Currently working as a community planner, Carter brings planning knowledge to the commission and enjoys being involved in the community at this

level. “What I enjoy about being on the planning commission is participating in grass-roots government,” Carter said. In addition to serving on the Holladay Planning Commission, Carter is part of several other organizations, including as chair of the board for Henry’s Fork Foundation, part of the advisory council for Friends of Great Salt Lake, in addition to recently completing six years on the alumni board for Westminster College. Having grown up in Holladay and witnessing the city grow over the years, Carter is looking forward to serving as chair. “What I hope to accomplish is to work with Holladay residents and businesses to manage our growth and take advantage of the opportunities while preserving the character that makes Holladay what it is.” Ricks was nominated and elected to replace Carter as vice chair for the next term and is looking forward to continuing to serve the planning commission. “I really enjoy serving on the planning commission. I enjoy hearing from citizens who take the time to come and speak at hearings,” said Ricks. Prior to being elected vice chair, Ricks was halfway through her first term on the planning commission. Ricks appreciates the time she has spent with her fellow commission members over the past 18 months. “The commission doesn’t always agree — it’s good to have a variety of people from different areas of Holladay, with different viewpoints and backgrounds. Having respectful and civil discussions, understanding that all commissioners share a deep love for the City of Holladay,” Ricks said. “We work hard to look at the issues and proposals from all perspectives and make the best decision for all,” she said. Though fellow commissioners will miss Snow, they feel Carter and Ricks will serve well and look forward to the future decisions and discussions in the ever-growing city of Holladay. l

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By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

arah Meier has served on the Granite Board of Education for 20 years. Meier previously taught history at Cottonwood High School and chose to serve on the board as a way to stay involved as she raised her family. “I am passionate about public schools,” said Meier. “I believe they are the foundation of our democracy and the most important factor in keeping it vibrant.” Connie Anderson, Board vice president, said Meier has provided strong leadership, serving as president of the Board three times. “I have come to have great respect for her knowledge of how a board operates,” said Anderson. “With her teaching experience, she has demonstrated her understanding of the ‘nuts and bolts’ of how public education works.” In her 20 years, Meier has been a part of many changes and improvements in the district. She is most proud of helping establish the GTI (Granite Technical Institute). “Our schools have worked very hard, and continue to do so, to help each student individually—take them from where they are and move them ahead,” said Meier. She said that by the time a student graduates, she hopes they appreciate their own strengths and will use them to find success throughout their lives. Meier has also served as president of the Utah School Boards Association. “In that role, in particular she was a strong and

powerful advocate for all the school children in Utah,” said Board Member Gayleen Gandy. “She is a powerful and focused leader.” Meier mentored Gandy when she first joined the board. She did so for many board members, including Karyn Winder, who said Meier taught her how to listen to different perspectives when faced with making a decision. “Sarah has brought years of experience and common sense to the school board,” said Winder. “She is an advocate for all kids and does not shy away from making tough decisions.” She said what made Meier a great leader was that she took the time to ask questions. “During the years that I have known Sarah,” said Gandy, “it has been obvious to me that her highest priority has been doing what is best for the students in Granite, closely followed by her deep sense of responsibility to be fiscally responsible to the taxpayers in the district.” Meier believes the biggest obstacle for public schools is the continued inadequate funding. She said the hardest thing about her position has been asking district employees to do more with less. “It is our dedicated educators that have kept us moving, even when they have felt unappreciated,” she said. She believes everyone should thank a teacher every chance they get and to find ways to volunteer in their community’s schools. Because Meier retired in the middle of her term, the School Board appointed Carrie Johnson to fill her Precinct IV position, which represents

Taylorsville and Kearns. “I consider this a service to my community and the kids in my community,” said Johnson, who is passionate about giving service. As an executive in the healthcare field, Johnson sees the need to prepare students for the future with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills. She plans to help the district prepare kids to be great students, to progress on to higher education, to contribute to their communities and to qualify for high-paying positions in STEM jobs. Her husband is an administrator in Granite District and her children attend Taylorsville schools. She sees her position as an opportunity to help create a destination community. “One of my objectives is to create a destination district that people will seek out and they’ll want to live in our community because of the wonderful schools and wonderful teachers that we have and the quality of our kids,” she said. The Granite School District Board of Education is composed of seven elected members who serve for a four-year term (longer, if reelected.) The Board holds public meetings monthly to establish district policies, approve purchases and budgets, receive reports from district administrators, approve administrative appointments and conduct other business. “I’m excited to learn and meet more people in our community, and I’m excited to give back,” said Johnson. l

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hen city officials discovered they would lose Margo Richardson as the executive director of the Holladay Arts Council, they knew they had some big shoes to fill. As luck would have it, Sheryl Gillilan was looking to make a change and eager to take this next step with Holladay City. “I feel a kinship with Sheryl and think she will do awesome,” said Richardson. Despite missing being more involved with the city she calls home and working with the arts council, Richardson is enjoying her new venture with the Clever Octopus, Utah’s first creative reuse nonprofit center. Though her decision to start working with kids once the three-year grant to work as executive director of Holladay Arts Council came to an end was not easy, Richardson felt better knowing the arts council was in good hands. “I didn’t feel as bad about leaving when I knew there would be someone there to take the arts program further,” Richardson said. Gillilan was eager to be part of a community dedicated to the arts when she discovered Holladay was looking for an executive director. Sheryl Gillilan, the new executive director for the Holladay Arts “I was impressed with the city’s recent Council. (Jackelin Slack Photography) commitment to fund a part-time executive director for the arts council. That told


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me they are serious about the role of the arts in building a vibrant community,” said Gillilan. In addition to the commitment of the city, Gillilan felt Holladay already had a great art community in place. “Holladay has a good arts council in place with enthusiastic members, and there is so much potential for offering diverse arts opportunities to residents and visitors,” Gillilan said. Prior to accepting the executive director role with Holladay Arts Council, Gillilan spent 12 years working at Art Access, with the last five of those years spent as the executive director. City Manager Gina Chamness was impressed with Gillilan’s experience and is looking forward to working with her. “We are very fortunate to have found someone with her commitment and enthusiasm for the community-based arts program. I look forward to working with Sheryl, to continue the good work of the arts council,” said Chamness. Gillilan described her time with Art Access, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing arts to all with a specific focus on the disenfranchised, as an organization that encompasses the power and positive effect art can have for those involved. “I witnessed, many times, the power of storytelling through art, and I am absolutely committed to that form of expression,” said Gillilan. In addition to her work, Gillilan is a quilt artist with work featured in “American Quilter”

magazine. Her quilt “Desert Vespers” is one of a series of quilts highlighting her love of southern Utah. “I’ve always been fascinated with art and the positive effects it has on the person creating it, (as well as) the people viewing it.” Gillilan said. With the arts council having a successful season of summer events, including the Blue Moon Festival and the expansion of the summer concerts, Gillilan plans to continue these community-favorite events. In addition to continuing current arts council events, Gillilan and arts council members are discussing the possibility of adding some new events. “We’ve talked about another refugee art show and the possibility of doing some staged play readings, but we’re still figuring it out,” said Gillilan. And she further encouraged community participation. “If anyone reading this article has some suggestions, we’d love to hear them!” Gillilan is a believer in the universal function art can play to help people communicate and build the community around them. To quote a bumper sticker, Gillilan, stated, “the EARTH without ART is just EH.” “Art is what makes it a joy to be human. Art is how we share our stories and open our minds,” Gillilan said. “It’s exciting to be part of an organization that is poised to really take off,” she said. l

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48 pools of mosquitoes with the West Nile Virus have been found in the Salt Lake Valley By Jessica Parcell | j.parcell@mycityjournals.com


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state department of health. “Around August we usually see humans test positive, but to date, we haven’t had any humans, just one horse,” Peterson said. Eighty percent of people bitten by mosquitoes with the West Nile Virus don’t develop any symptoms, and don’t even know they have it. However, around 20 percent of people have fevers and aches after being bitten by a mosquito with West Nile Virus. A small number — around 1 percent — develop severe symptoms of the virus, which can lead to neurological problems, coma and even death. Typically, serious symptoms are found among older people, but Brian Hougaard, manager at the South Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement District, said people of all ages have gotten the “nasty effects” of the West Nile Virus. Although the chances of developing serious symptoms from the West Nile Virus are slim, it’s still important to protect yourself, Hougaard said. “We don’t want people to The South Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement District works throughout the summer to identify mosquito pools with the West Nile Virus, which has spread panic, but we do want people to take precautions and educate throughout the Salt Lake Valley since June. (Lexi Peery/City Journals) themselves,” Hougaard said.

hose pesky mosquitoes that torment your summer mornings and evenings may be more of a concern than an itchy bite. The West Nile Virus, a disease that’s been in Utah since 2003, has been found in 74 mosquito pools across the state as of Aug. 5 — with 48 of the pools in the Salt Lake Valley. The West Nile Virus is typically detected in June, and continues throughout the summer and fall until the first frost, said Dallin Peterson, an epidemiologist for the

“Even though it’s that 1 percent (that develop severe symptoms). it’s still nasty and can be devastating.” Last year, someone did die from the West Nile Virus after contracting it later in the summer. Peterson said it’s important to be safe while you’re outside during this summer, especially from dawn until dusk. Hougaard said that even though there haven’t been any human cases reported yet, this year has been an especially rough year for the Salt Lake Valley. “Some years you find more mosquitoes with the virus. It was really bad in 2006 and 2007, as well as couple years ago in 2014, and right now it’s going up,” Hougaard said. “This is as bad as I’ve seen it. We’ve found more mosquito pools, but I don’t know how that translates to humans.” Mosquito abatement groups like Hougaard’s work in communities to locate mosquitoes carrying the virus and treat areas with the virus or those that are at risk of getting the virus, and teach people how to be safe. South Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement District has around 30 employees, many of them seasonal, that help identify mosquito pools in the valley. Mosquito pools are samples of 100 or less mosquitoes collected from various locations that are breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The pools are then tested in labs, and if they test positive, Hougaard said his crews go and spray those

areas. Oftentimes, abatements take precautions in neighborhoods that haven’t test positive yet, just to assuage the spread of the virus. “When the West Nile Virus hits, we spray in areas we don’t usually, and residents may see us in adulticiding, fogging…if residents see us, don’t be alarmed,” Hougaard said. One area of concern in the Salt Lake Valley is the marshes around the Jordan River. However, mosquitoes can reproduce anywhere there’s standing water. Hougaard’s abatement group checks gutters, ponds, horse troughs and catch basins in especially susceptible neighborhoods. But oftentimes wheelbarrows, bird feeders, buckets and even soda lids lying around people’s yards have mosquitoes with the West Nile Virus there. Hougaard said getting rid of these types of objects that can catch rain or sprinkler water around your yard is one of the best ways to help abatement groups control the mosquito population. Besides being wary of objects in your yard that have standing water, Peterson said to make sure your windows have screens if they are left open. If you’re out and about — especially in wooded areas or the mountains — it’s important to wear long sleeves, long pants and bug spray to stay safe. “Be careful that you’re not bitten because you don’t want to have a crummy summer,” Peterson said. l

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Local Holladay artist combines her love of music and painting to create some rocking portraits By Jessica Parcell | j.parcell@mycityjournals.com By Lexi Peery | l.peery@cityjournals.com


or Lorraine Robinson, music had always been her creative outlet. Growing up in San Francisco in the 1960s — the era of the Beatles, Beach Boys, Jimi Hendrix and Woodstock — Robinson was exposed to music of all kinds, and was a musician herself. “It was a phenomenally creative era in the history of the United States. The Vietnam War was ending, the music was so powerful. It was peace, love and rock n’ roll,” Robinson said. “The drug culture came about and kind of blew everything out of the water. The music of the ’60s, ’70s, was just so phenomenal in my personal opinion. It revolutionized all of rock n’ roll.” It wasn’t until her children grew up, she was living in Holladay and she was in her 50s that Robinson decided to pick up painting. At the encouragement of a friend, Robinson decided to take classes with an artist in downtown Salt Lake. “I had no interest whatsoever in art when I was young. I was a musician and all of my family was musicians, and we played the piano, guitar, sang — of course it was the hippie era, I never went anywhere without my guitar,” Robinson said. “But now painting is just another creative outlet for me.” Robinson’s musical roots are still deeply embedded in her as she continues to hone her skills as a painter — her favorite things to paint are portraits of great musicians. However, before she could paint intricate, life-like paintings of some of music’s most iconic rockers, Robinson started out with the basics — landscapes and sunsets — and Painting by Lorraine Robinson of Dave Grohl. (Lorraine Robinson/courtesy) worked her way up. Robinson continues to take classes, and paintings and during her art classes with has a group of women in her neighborhood to do more. “I’m kind of brewing on what I want to fellow neighborhood artists. As Robinson get together twice a week to learn from their teacher Brendan Clary. Clary, Robinson said, do. One lady in our class has shows all the adds the final touches to her portraits of specializes in portraits and has helped her time to show her artwork. Mine is geared to musicians, she likes to turn on a few songs find the best ones to work on. Her current an audience that really wants their favorite by the artist; listening to their music connects project is painting all the members of the 27 rock-star portrait in their home. Which is a her to the artist in some ways, Robinson said. little different than usual, just steady as she “It’s just fun to get a vibe and somehow Club. “(The 27 Club) is all the rock stars that goes,” Robinson said. “Eventually I’d love to I feel like if I listen to their music while died of a drug overdose at age 27 — that’s put my work somewhere people can see and I paint I feel like I spiritually connect with buy it if they’d like.” them because of my musical background,” Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Robinson said. “I just want to Hendrix, Jim Morrison and Janis capture their essence in my Joplin,” Robinson said. “There just I had no interest whatsoever in art when I was portraiture and the music helps me seems to be a plethora of them that young. I was a musician and all of my family was do that.” off themselves at age 27. Right now, musicians, and we played the piano, guitar, sang The Holladay Arts Council is I’m in the middle of doing that, and — of course it was the hippie era, I never went always looking for more local artists that’s really fun for me.” anywhere without my guitar,” to be recognized as the Artist of the As she continues to paint some Month. Residents are encouraged of music’s greats, Robinson hopes to nominate a local artist by filling she can share her love of music and Despite not singing and playing musical out a nomination form at www.holladayarts. art with more people. She’s already been commissioned to paint a few musicians, like instruments much anymore, Robinson pays org or by contacting Linda O’Bryan at David Bowie and Dave Grohl, and is looking homage to her musical background in her ceobyran@aol.com. l

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M AYO R ’S M E S S AG E • Catholic Community services assists in settling new refugees. I primarily focus my monthly message on topics that address city-specific issues and projects. After feeling like I’m experiencing an out-of -body event regarding the national political scene, I’m compelled to communicate what I experience in Holladay and the surrounding areas that we call home. It is not my intention to cast aspersions on either political party, but to remind you that there is reason to be optimistic and hopeful. I witness the actions of myriad organizations and individual citizens that selflessly volunteer their time and resources for the sole purpose of strengthening and sustaining our community. They do not seek recognition or praise; simply want to give back, to help those that are less fortunate. Their actions reflect the true heart and soul of our community and country. A few examples that come to mind: • Parent volunteers at Cottonwood High School voluntarily set up a food pantry for refugees and at-risk students. • Members of the Holladay Rotary prepare and serve lunch for the Youth Resource Shelter, funded by Volunteers of America. • Jen Wunderli, and her Friend-2-Friend youth volunteers, primarily from Olympus High School, collect 4,000 packages of underwear for homeless youth. • Members from local LDS wards and the ST. Vincent DePaul Parish serve the homeless population at the Road Home kitchen. • The Miller family donates matching funds up to $10m to assist with housing and rehabilitating our homeless population.

• Members of the Holladay United Church of Christ deliver Meals on Wheels lunches to homebound seniors.

These are examples that immediately come to mind. I could extend the list for pages. The proliferation of 24-hours news feeds, the need to shock and frighten viewers with content, and quite frankly our desire to watch, risks turning us all in to cynics. What I see on television and read in the local news most often does not accurately reflect the character of the community I live in. I’m not naïve; I understand that it’s a dangerous world and that bad things can happen to good people. As our worldview evolves, I hope we all take some time to really look around, to blend what we absorb through various news outlets with the realities of the great work of hundreds of individual volunteers and organizations. If you do, and you see what I see, it will give you hope that our future will continue to be bright. As long as the propensity for good far outweighs those that wish to instill hate and fear, our country will continue to thrive. I believe this to be true in Holladay. –Rob Dahle, Mayor

Blue Moon Festival and Concerts on the Commons The Blue Moon Festival on August 5th was a great success this year! The weather was hot but dry and almost 6,000 people turned out to enjoy food, music, children’s activities, and arts and crafts vendors. Many people were first-time attendees and enthusiastically vowed to come back next year. The Holladay City Concerts on the Commons series was also remarkably successful. We are excited that our attendance for the concerts grew at a rate of up to 50% from last year with 300-600 people attending each concert. We also increased the number of concerts this year from four to eight.

Joe Muscolino Band at Blue Moon Festival 2017. Photo courtesy Lex Anderson

Many thanks to the volunteers who kept the festival and concerts running smoothly, as well as members of the Holladay Arts Council and city employees, who spent innumerable hours planning and carrying out the events. The festival and concerts are free to the public due to the generosity of our sponsors: Excellence In The Community; Rockworth Companies and Rimrock Construction; Life Care Center; Highland Cove; Olympus Family Medicine; Mountain Land Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation; Comprehensive Interventional Care; University Federal Credit Union; Copper Kitchen; The Holladay Foundation; Salt Lake County ZAP; and Rocky Mountain Power. The concerts were also supported in part by Utah Arts & Museums, with funding from the State of Utah and the National Endowment for the Arts. See you next year!

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Political Pets for Mayor 2017 Salt Lake County Animal Services Election season usually is all about heated debates and waving politicians. This year, we want to fill it with wagging tails, purrs, and wet noses. From September 11-30, your pet can register to be a candidate. Your pet will need a platform and a photo. The winning pet will be dubbed Pet Mayor, will serve a 2-year term and be invited to attend various events with Salt Lake County Animal Services and other Salt Lake County events. While candidates need to reside in Salt Lake County (from Draper up to North Salt Lake), voters can live anywhere in the world. This event is a fundraiser for Salt Lake County Animal Services. All funds raised from this election will go directly to the Injured Animal Fund. Just like in a real election, the candidate with the most “votes” will win. Registration opens Monday, September 11 and closes Saturday, September 30, 2017. Voting begins October 13 and ends November 10, 2017. For an application, pet qualifications and more information, please email rlueker@slco.org or visit www.adoptutahpets.com.

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Olympus football looking to get back to the playoffs after tough exit last year


or the Olympus football team, last year’s frustrating playoff exit is still fresh on the mind. The team had a close loss to Box Elder in overtime in the first round of last year’s playoffs. “We needed to do a better job prepping the team for playoffs. We weren’t really ready to go, we missed assignments, we had opportunities,” said head coach Aaron Whitehead. But for the head coach in his seventh year, after having served the team for two years as the offensive coordinator, the playoffs are the farthest thing from his mind. “Right now, we aren’t focused on the playoffs — we are focused on Cottonwood, our first preseason game,” Whitehead said. The team has been working hard to fix the problems that pushed them out of last year’s playoffs. “These kids have really bought into the offseason program. They look sharp and they are hungry to play,” Whitehead said. However, this season will be a little harder than last. After going undefeated in region play last season, the region has changed up a little and now Lehi and Highland, two of the top contenders in the state, will be in the same region as the Olympus team. “It will be a tougher road, no doubt, but at the same time, it’s a tremendous opportunity. To be the best, you need to play the

By Jesse Sindelar | jesse.s@mycityjournals.com best, and we can learn from our successes and failures,” Whitehead said. The Olympus team has a tough preseason ahead, thanks to Whitehead. The team will play Cottonwood, Brighton and Kearns. “We tried to put a challenging preseason together, so we are firing on all cylinders once we hit region play,” Whitehead said. The team has an impressive resume of players committed to D1 programs, like BYU and Alabama. “We have a talented group, with a couple players committed to some impressive D1 programs. We have a really good kicker in Tony Fulger, probably the top kicker in the state. We also have players stepping up too, chomping at the bit to play in our season opener against Cottonwood,” Whitehead said. With a competitive team pushing themselves to perform better, Whitehead is excited for the season and another opportunity to work with these players. “We are so lucky to work with these kids. They never cease to amaze me, and I am really excited to see them play,” Whitehead said. After a frustrating exit to last year’s playoffs, the Olympus football team is looking to get another shot at a playoff run this year. While the road might be harder than last year, the team seems excited and dedicated to use their previous playoff experience to make a genuine run this season. l

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The Olympus football team has been working tirelessly this summer to have another shot in the playoffs this year. (Aaron Whitehead/courtesy)

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College recruiting 101: Touring and teaching the country By Jesse Sindelar | jesse.s@mycityjournals.com


aul Putnam has been touring the country teaching young student athletes the process of playing at the next level of college athletics for a while now. But for the former Skyline alumni and athlete, who has been doing this professionally for 10 years, the job is a personal one as well. “My son was an athlete at Layton High School for football, class of 2007. He got D1 offers for both sports, but his graduating GPA was not sufficient, and he was marked as a academic non-qualifier. Junior and senior year he was pulling A’s, but his freshman year, his academics were poor, and because of that, he missed his dream,” Putnam said. Putnam had a similar problem in his playing days, as well. “I was recruited for track and football. I signed for the U, but my grades were awful, even with the lowered standards back then, and I missed out on my dream too,” Putnam said. But he wants to make sure that doesn’t Paul Putnam has been touring the country giving college recruiting speeches for about 10 years now. (Paul Putnam/courtesy) happen again, to anyone. Enter the Next to get in shape, you can go in your backyard and to the right colleges and coaches,” Putnam said. College Student Athlete (NCSA). This “We really stress academics to these kids,” organization that Putnam is a speaker for is trying do your own thing with your own equipment. But to educate student athletes and their families so if you go to a gym, there is equipment designed by Putnam continued. “Nowadays, schools offer, but no one else has to go through what he and his son experts, with expert trainers giving expert advice. they don’t always sign these kids. We are here to Both ways can work, but here, we are trying to teach these kids and their parents about the whole went through. “We (the NCSA) are like a gym. If you want be a useful tool to connect these student athletes process, like academics, how coaches find you,

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Skyline High School class to prepare incoming high school freshmen to learn study skills By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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ore than 525 Skyline High School freshmen will notice on their schedules a class called Freshmen Academy. During the course, ninthgraders may find themselves learning skills that will help them learn the high school system and be successful in their progress toward graduation, careers and college, said Skyline Principal Doug Bingham. “Our goal is to have our students understand the skills they need to be successful in high school,” he said. The course outline was determined by Granite School District; however, each school can tailor it to their needs. The course focuses on lifeskill development, academic planning, career exploration, goal setting and how to get the guidance and support for high school education. “We’ll talk about organizational skills, accessing grades, getting along with people, who to go to for support or guidance, how to take online classes to fit in IB and AP classes as well as counseling sessions such as anti-bullying,”

he said about the 88-minute class freshmen will attend every other day. Bingham said freshmen also will hear from their peers. “We’ll give a few upperclassmen the opportunity to enroll and be a part of the classes as a mentor. They’ll help them with understanding the importance of homework to showing them the ropes on how to be successful,” he said. This is the first year ninthgraders will be at Skyline High. Bingham said Granite School District allowed each high school feeder system to decide when to include freshmen in their student bodies. “For us, we’ve talked about it awhile. When Canyons School District restructured several years ago, it impacted our school since some of the student body comes from Canyons, especially for our IB program. We know this will help with the transferability,” he said. Cottonwood High added ninth-graders last fall and incorporated 20 minutes of college and career preparation into their required geography classes.

During the year, they saw a need for a more extensive class, so freshmen will be required to take one of three classes — Latinos in Action, AVID or Freshmen Academy — for the year, Principal Terri Roylance said. “We wanted to provide options for our incoming students, but we will provide them a solid understanding of being successful in high school,” she said. Roylance said the Latinos in Action course will focus on service and leadership and also provide mentoring in the Big Brother-Big Sister program, while AVID is a fouryear commitment to challenge students to take more honors or core AP courses in preparation for college. The Freshmen Academy at Cottonwood will put students on solid ground, Roylance said. “The class will be ‘this is what high school is about,’ with how to take notes, how to be organized, where to get help or tutoring, guest speakers coming in for college and career awareness and helping students be on track and communicate. We know kids can do the

work, but sometimes, some are disorganized and haven’t been taught how to be on track to be successful,” she said. Roylance said the district has found there are other increased benefits, such as helping support improved passing rates from freshmen to sophomore years and creating enthusiasm and engagement in school activities. There also has been increased grade-point average, decreased truancy and absentee rates and more parent involvement. Cottonwood had remodeled before ninth-graders arrived to make room for the additional student body. Skyline, with an anticipated enrollment of more than 2,000 students this fall, added two more classrooms and eliminated all computer labs. “We mostly have Chromebooks and laptops for testing that are on carts and can be pulled into rooms this year,” Bingham said. “We had nine mobile labs last year and we’ll have an additional seven or eight carts here by later this fall for all our students to use.” l

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Skyline High receives Salt Lake County Youth Service’s award By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


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During a teen forum on suicide prevention, Skyline High School’s Community of Caring program distributed stickers that say “stop suicide.” (Megan Brown/Skyline High School)


elping others is the “thing” to do at Skyline High School, with about 150 students enrolled in the Community of Caring service-learning classes this fall. “It’s a very active program that provides service to a number of groups in our community,” Principal Doug Bingham said. “It’s more than service; it’s also leadership as we have a student leadership board that is the planning board for the program.” The Community of Caring program regularly holds blood drives for the American Red Cross Utah region, makes sandwiches and serves meals at St. Vincent de Paul dining hall, plans children’s activities for youth at the Road Home overflow shelter and assists at the Utah Food Bank, said Megan Brown, who advised the students last year. “We usually have two blood drives each year, but last year we had so many students who wanted to participate they had to turn them away, so they added a third date,” Brown said. That desire to help the community led a Red Cross representative to tell Skyline PTA President Angela Folsom about the Salt Lake County Youth Service’s Commission on Youth Award. “She emailed me about the award and I filled it in for our students and didn’t think much more about it — until they notified me that our Community of Caring program

will be receiving the award,” said Folsom, who assisted the group last year and will advise it this coming school year. “The kids really deserved it.” The award honors a youth group in the community who has given service to youth in the following areas: prevention, guidance and advocacy. At the ceremony, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams honored the Skyline students. “They thought it was really cool to go downtown and meet Ben McAdams and talk with him. He spoke highly of them (during the ceremony),” she said. The group received a clear plaque and certificate, which are displayed in their classroom. This isn’t the only award the students have received. During the 2015–16 school year, they were recognized as the Volunteer of the Year by the Utah Food Bank. Each year, Skyline students log hundreds of volunteer hours also helping plan activities and dances with senior living centers; holding monthly teen forums to address topics they’ve selected such as suicide, beauty redefined and humanitarian issues; tutoring weekly at elementary schools; helping with the Head Start program; walking dogs at the Utah Humane Society; and helping plan activities for Title I students at Camp Tracy.

This year, the student leadership board also decided to hold a hunger banquet to raise funds for prevention of human trafficking with Backyard Broadcast, collect donations of personal hygiene items for the homeless and volunteer with local races for various charities. Bingham said some students are recognized for the service scholar program, where they provide 150 hours of service during their sophomore, junior and senior years in high school. “We recognize those who provide service outside of school and many include it on (college or career) applications or in their portfolio,” he said. Bingham said the school’s Community of Caring is patterned after the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center program at the University of Utah. “Community of Caring has been around Granite School District for at least 25 years,” he said. Even so, Brown said it is very much active at Skyline High. “We hope that it instills a passion they will never forget,” she said. “We want them to continue wanting to look to do service projects. I have seen a change of heart and attitude in students as they realize the reward and impact service has on their own lives as well as their community.” l

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Is tackle football safe? By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


rofessional, college, high school and youth football players have strapped on their pads and laced up their cleats this fall. The health of these players, as well as the risks they take, are again hot topics among fans and team administrators. “We (parents and coaches) really need to educate ourselves. Football gets a black eye for things, we can do better at helping ourselves recognize dangers and learn to react appropriately. I wonder if the guys that get hurt are wearing a mouthpiece all of the time? Does their helmet fit correctly? This training is something I pride myself on. We have coaches that are aware and watching,” Herriman head coach and acting Utah Football Coaches Association President Dustin Pearce said. Risk Injuries in football are frequent. Knees, ankles and shoulder joints are often times the most commonly affected areas. Today brain injuries and concussions are making football executives wonder if the game is safe for its players. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy, known as CTE, was found in 99 percent of deceased NFL players brains donated for scientific research, according to a study published July 25 in the medical journal JAMA. The disease affects the brain in ways doctors still do not understand. In 2016, the NFL publicly acknowledged for the first time a connection between football and CTE. Concussions and head injuries being the most likely culprits. The disease can be found in individuals who have been exposed to repeated head trauma. It can only be formally diagnosed with an autopsy, but carriers of the disease have shown symptoms of memory loss, confusion, aggression, depression, anxiety and sometimes suicidal behavior. “I think we have averaged 10 concussions a year, but it seems to be on the decline,” West Jordan High School head trainer Sarah Bradley said. “Even mild concussions should be treated the same. They (the injured player) need to go 24 hours without contact before they can get back at it.” The force of even a youth player’s tackle can be startling. According to a Popular Mechanics 2009 study, a fighter pilot may experience a G-force rating of 9 g’s; an extremely hard

football tackle can produce as much as 30 g’s and an NFL hit 100 g’s. Diagnosis and Treatment Symptoms that parents and coaches should watch for include dizziness, nausea, blurred vision and drowsiness. Bradley said to watch for lack of concentration and confusion in the athlete. She said players should be reminded to tell the truth about what they are feeling. Rest is the best treatment. The athlete should avoid watching TV and using a cell phone. Bradley said they should not return to play until they have been evaluated and cleared by a licensed health care provider. “Something we forget that is simple is just staying hydrated, but they always need to see a doctor for the best treatment,” Bradley said. Prevention In high schools, the athletic directors are responsible for the safety of the players. In the youth leagues it’s the commissioners. Training and education has become important in the involvement of coaches and parents. “I think our league did a lot to prevent injuries. We train our coaches with USA Football and teach about heads-up tackling. They are also trained to watch for symptoms and we have a concussion protocol. In our three years we have documented only six concussions,” Utah Girls Tackle Football league director Crystal Sacco said. “I had to trust our coaches. We trained them so well that we left it up to them.” USA Football is a national program supported by the Utah High School Activities Association. Training includes emphasis in concussion recognition and response, heat preparedness and hydration, sudden cardiac arrest, proper equipment fitting and proper gameplay techniques. Coaches and administrators agree that education is the first step to improving prevention of injuries. “I have seen the numbers of concussions decrease after we implemented a neck strengthening program. We have seen good results from concentrating on the player’s development. We taught the players exercises they could do. During lifting workouts every other day they work on it. These kids are just learning about their bodies so we have tried to

The amount of force a player can feel in a hard tackle can be five times what a fighter pilot experiences. (Greg James/City Journals)

help them through it,” Bradley said. The UHSAA supports a national recommendation on limiting contact in practice. The national task force suggests limiting full contact to two or three times a week. They also support an initiative to reduce two-way players (players who play both offense and defense). Benefits “Nothing can replace football, getting 11 guys to work together and depend on each other to win a game is a hard thing. Football is hard, not everyone can do it. It is easier to sit at home and play the Xbox. It is just like life, not everyone is going to be the CEO. It teaches life skills to these kids,” Pearce said. In its injury prevention bulletin, the UHSAA stated it believes athletic participation by

students promotes health and fitness, academic achievement and good citizenship. They agree that there is a risk in playing all sports. “I personally would only feel comfortable with my kids playing if they were prepared physically, and I would want the coach to be safety oriented. I played when I was younger and know the commitment it takes,” West Jordan resident Mike Taylor said. According to USA Football, every year nearly three million children ages 6-14 take to football fields across America. College and university fans pack stadiums on Saturdays and NFL fans are glued to every move of the NFL on Sundays. And, football is a multi-million dollar industry. Recently, the Dallas Cowboys franchise was appraised at $4.2 billion dollars. l

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Women’s football team remains a nearly perfect juggernaut By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com


e’ve all heard the saying, nobody’s perfect. But that’s not 100 percent true. The 1972 Miami Dolphins football team was perfect. In 2008, the New England Patriots were perfect, until losing Super Bowl XLII. But neither of those teams came close to what the Utah Falconz women’s football team has now accomplished over their first four seasons. The local Independent Women’s Football League (IWFL) team—which plays its home games at Cottonwood High School, in Murray —has lost just one game over four seasons. Their nearly perfect record is now 42-1. This summer the Falconz also claimed their second straight league title, playing at home before what many league officials believe was the largest crowd to ever attend an IWFL game. “There were so many people there,” Utah quarterback Louise Bean said. “I’ve heard estimates of 2,000 to 3,000 people. It was, by far, the coolest sports experience of my life.” It was also the end of an era—Bean’s era—with the Falconz. Shortly after Utah defeated the Austin (TX) Yellowjackets 35-18 in the championship game, Bean was named the game’s Most Valuable Player. But long before the game was played, Louise and her teammates already knew it was her last Falconz game. “My kids are getting older—and at age 43 I had already decided this was my last season,” Bean said. “But then my husband got a job opportunity in Great Falls, Montana. So even if I had thought about changing my mind, we won’t be here anymore.” The mother of three went out in style, completing all seven of her passes in the championship game—three of them for touchdowns. Her favorite moment of championship night came on one of those touchdown passes, though she wasn’t even watching teammate Lexie Floor when she crossed the goal line, 70

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Quarterback Louise Bean shows teammates her most valuable player trophy after winning the IWFL championship at Cottonwood High School in Murray. (Utah Falconz)

yards down field. “She (Floor) was so far in the clear, I knew she would score,” Bean said. “So I just turned to watch the crowd go crazy. It was an awesome moment—the best since I’ve been on the team—and a memory I’ll have forever.” Bean has never been injured and has started every single game for the Falconz at quarterback. However, she has also shared time with other quarterbacks, and is confident the team will be able to fill her spot next season without skipping a beat. Meantime, Bean’s teammate—wide receiver and defensive back Elisa Salazar— has every intention of returning next year, to try to help the Falconz complete a three-peat. “I enjoy the team so much,” Salazar said. “It’s great to be surrounded by such good people. We have to pay to participate; but I think it’s money well spent.” The 51 women on this year’s Utah Falconz roster each paid an $800 registration fee, to help cover costs for travel, medical staff, field rental and other expenses. For a team that has rampaged through its opponents with only one loss in four seasons, perhaps the most logical question is what makes the Falconz so dominant?

“Honestly, we are smaller than pretty much every team we play,” Salazar said. “So it’s definitely not our size. I think there are three primary reasons why we do so well: leadership, discipline and conditioning.” Salazar cites the team ownership and coaches for providing the skilled leadership the women need to be successful. On conditioning, she says the Falconz work out hard to stay in shape. “There have been a lot of games where we’ve really felt tested in the first quarter or first half,” she said. “But normally by the end of the game, we have more energy left than our opponents. I know we’ve won a lot of games for that reason.” As for discipline, Salazar said, “We really don’t have a lot of plays; but the ones we have we practice over and over, and pay very close attention to the smallest details. I know that has helped us win several games too.” The Utah Falconz always have several roster spots to fill each year. Any women interested in trying out for next year’s team should watch for clinic, camp and tryout information on the team’s Facebook page or at utahfalconz.com. l

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he Skyline men’s soccer team had a very tough season this year, and not just on the competitive front. While the team lost in the state semifinals to East after a good season, their results were dwarfed by the loss of a player and student, Andrew Garcia. Garcia took his own life a few months before the season started. “We lost a core player and a friend,” said head coach Shawn Kennedy. “It had a huge impact on the boys, both physically and mentally. From the beginning of the season, the team had to find ways of coping with not having him on the field,” said Kennedy. And cope they did. The team finished the regular season 11-9, although that record did not come easily. The team was heavily senior led, and the results came when these seniors played their game. “(The seniors) had the ability to play good soccer, but we just didn’t know which team would show up on the field. There were times when the staff and I would say, ‘Wow, that was good soccer’ and other times we would say, ‘This could be a long season,’” Kennedy said. To cope with this inconsistency, coaches started using the phrase “share the love,” which meant to share the ball. “It wasn’t about the individual, but the team that these boys needed to learn. From that point forward, they had begun to learn how to work with and for each other,” Kennedy said. By the time playoffs rolled around, the team was playing well. Now they had to keep playing well. “We knew the boys could be successful if they would play for one another,”

Kennedy said. The first round was a tense contest against Skyridge, but the Skyline team squeaked by in penalties after some crucial saves from goalkeeper Tommy Jensen. Then came Woods Cross in the quarterfinals. After a scoreless half, both teams scored twice in the second half to send it to overtime, where Skyline snuck in a goal in the first overtime period to send the Eagles to the semis. The team was going against a very strong East team in the semifinals, and it showed. East scored in the first 20 minutes off an unlucky scrum in the box and then scored a second before half. “It was hard to recover after that. East was a strong team with some talented players, but it was a good experience for us to play them,” said Kennedy. Kennedy’s appreciation for his team knows no bounds, but he has a special bit of praise for his seniors particularly. “These senior players were very close to Andrew (Garcia), but they found positive ways to bond the team together. Each year I ask the seniors what their goals are for the season and they always say the same thing, ‘Let’s push for a championship and to have a good experience.’ I couldn’t be more proud of them,” Kennedy said. While a team can prepare for any number of situations on the field, there are a lot of things off the field they can’t prepare for. This Skyline team couldn’t prepare for losing one of their own, but as a team, they came out strong and together. Let’s see if this sense of community can translate to the field for this upcoming season. l

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ain poured soon after Real Salt Lake’s (RSL) unified soccer team landed in Kansas City — and it didn’t stop. RSL’s unified team, which teams up area special education and regular education students in matches, was expected to take the field April 29 after the RSL team played Sporting Kansas City. However, fear of ruining the field spread, so their time on the field got changed to walking out, uniforms drenched, and waving to the fans as they were introduced. “It was really awesome to be on the field, looking at the crowd and exchanging our team scarves,” said RSL player Kyle “Pickles” Kareem, who also plays for Jordan High’s freshman-sophomore team. With the game being rescheduled for Real Salt Lake (RSL) unified soccer team and Sporting Kansas City’s unified team forged a friendship when they took the indoors the next morning, it didn’t deter field together. Sporting Kansas City travels to RSL’s field in October. (Maison Anderson/RSL Unified) Pickles. Even when the team was split in half so they could play two games at the same time, Pickles remained focused. that she had coached Special Olympics in Ogden for the past 18 years and “It was a really fun game,” Pickles said, who got his first hat trick — coached the Special Olympics USA team in 2014. “This team melts my three goals — in the same game. “I was able to anticipate what they were heart. It’s such an amazing team.” doing after the second goal.” Iacobazzi, who credits special education teacher JoAnn Plant for Pickles and his team ended up winning, but that wasn’t the point, inspiring him, has helped with Hillcrest’s unified team along with Anhe said. derson and several other students who have played and cheered on their “It’s about what you do when you play and if you have fun. We love classmates. to go out to play for the sport of it and have that experience to go against However, Iacobazzi said when his counselor first suggested he beother players,” he said. come a peer tutor at school, he was uncertain. His dad and goalkeeper coach, Bryan Kareem, said that is his son’s “I was kind of scared, but I really fell in love with all the kids,” he mentality. said. “They have the same things and want the same goals, but we tend “He doesn’t have an agenda or an ego,” he said. “He loves to play to prejudge them that they’re not smart or strong and I’ve learned how and he cherishes the opportunity to play with other kids and to have fun wrong that attitude is. I have learned more from them than they have while playing with his teammates. He loves this team and knows he’s learned from me. They treat everyone with love and kindness and we never alone on this team.” need to learn that.” RLS unified player Maison Anderson, who is a sophomore at HillIacobazzi, who is a sprinter for Hillcrest’s track team and will be crest High School, agrees. He said another highlight was just being at the the school’s student body president in the fall, said that last year the RSL Major League Soccer game with the Sporting Kansas City unified team. team, which included Hillcrest’s Ivan Yin, played Colorado. The team “We sat together and not only was it fun to get to know one anoth- also traveled to the MLS All-Star game in San Jose. er, but to cheer for the players, not just the teams,” he said. “When we This fall, RSL unified team played Hillcrest for the Husky Cup and met up, we knew it was about selflessness and becoming friends unified will play other local unified teams preparing for the October 22 rematch through sports. It gives us more satisfaction to help one another. This against the Sporting Kansas City unified team. Their games will include changes our perspective on life when we’re involved on a personal level.” local teams — Jordan, Alta and Brighton high schools have unified teams A handful of local high school students participate on the co-ed in Canyons School District — as well as others throughout the state. RSL unified team, which is comprised of 16-year-olds to 25-year-olds Throughout the season, RSL players and staff are known to give the throughout the state. Half of the roster is regular education students who unified team high-fives and have Leo the lion mascot cheer for the team. partner with student-players who have intellectual disabilities. However, Kyle Beckerman gave the players a pep talk before a game. Before the Coach Jenna Holland said that isn’t emphasized. season began, they held a “signing day,” where the unified team toured “We’re a team, each player helping another to improve, and we’re the locker room, got jerseys and then joined the team at the America First there for the love of the sport,” she said. “It’s amazing to see the friend- Field in Sandy for a team photo. ships develop between our players and now between the two teams from Anderson, who has played club and high school soccer, said his first two states. That’s the beauty of the unified team. We don’t single out one experience with the RSL unified team has been different than others. player from another.” “Before our game against Sporting Kansas City, we ate together and Holland said the unified team originated from an idea of Hillcrest we went to a Kansas City Royals game. It wasn’t in groups, but individHigh School junior Boston Iacobazzi, who ironically did not grow up ually, and we talked about sports and having fun,” he said. “It’s not just playing soccer and got his first-ever goal in the Kansas City game. about competition; it’s about becoming friends and being there for one “Boston went to the RSL Foundation with his idea last year and a another.” l few months later, they were asking me to coach,” Holland said, adding



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I can often be heard telling people the number one way to save money in your day to day spending is at the grocery store. Our food budget is one of the few monthly bills we can actually control and I get quite passionate about telling people just that. Here are some not so fictional facts that will help you stay on track at the grocery store. 1.Your Budget Is Fictional: There’s that word, budget, it can sound so restrictive. The fact is, most American’s go to the grocery store first, and then live on what is left. Shopping this way is 100%“bass-awkards”. Setting a budget, IN STONE, allows you to begin to plan for life’s setbacks and luxuries. How much your budget should be is a personal figure. It varies by income, where you shop and the kinds of food you like. Start by taking a look at your last 3 to 4 months expenses. Break out the receipts or bank statement and add every single transaction, you’ll likely be surprised at the amount. Now cut that figure by 30% and make the commitment not to go over it. Set up a separate account for groceries if you have too, let that extra 30% pile up and you’ll soon be challenging yourself to cut the budget even further. 2.Your List Is Fictional: No matter how good your memory is, you must write a grocery list and make

a meal plan. Not only will it ensure you don’t forget things you need, it will deter you from buying the things you don’t need. Make it your goal, to ONLY buy what’s on your list. 3.The Day Of The Week You Shop Is Fictional: We’ve all run out of milk or found ourselves running to the store for a single item and the next thing we know checking out with a cart full of groceries. That single trip can shoot your entire budget. Avoid this by shopping with a list on a specific day of the week. Remember, extra trips to the store cost extra money. If you run out of something, find an alternative and go without. 4.Your Price Points Are Fictional: Being armed with the knowledge of the when lowest price hits and what the price should be gives you the confidence of knowing when to buy extra. Start a notebook of the prices you see for the items you purchase routinely and make sure to date it. Specific items have sale cycles that are usually in 3 – 4 month increments. You can view my personal guideline for pricing on Coupons4Utah. com/grocery-price-point. 5.What You Buy Is Fictional: For me impulse buys happen most when I’m either shopping with little ones or shopping when I’m hungry, avoid both, and stick to your detailed list. If it isn’t on the list, don’t buy it. Try allowing

kids to add 1 or 2 items to the list during the week before shopping. When you’re in the store and they ask for a box of special cereal or cookies, you can inform them, it’s not on their list and would they like that to be their item for next time? 6.The Store Organizes It’s Shelves To Make Shopping Easier Is Fictional: Grocery stores are full of marketing gimmicks used to convince you to buy more than you went for. It starts with high priced salad bars at the front of the store, tasty fresh baked breads and cakes to follow. They are experts at putting conveniently cut fruit and vegetable trays on end caps, candy stocked shelves in the aisles at the check out and the most expensive milk, eggs and cheese on the end caps right near self checkout. Stick to your list and you won’t get detoured. 7.Clipping Coupons Is Fictional: Finally I have a few words about clipping coupons. After all, I am the owner of a couple of coupon websites. I’ve heard it time and time again, “I tried using coupons, but the store brand is cheaper” or “The coupon isn’t worth the time it takes to clip them.” Maybe you’ve heard from others how much they saved with “extreme coupon” tactics, but when you tried it, you failed at it, and gave up frustrated. While I don’t define myself as a “couponer” I am am huge proponent of using coupons for everyday savings and can’t remember a time when I didn’t clip

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Is it hot in here? In the near future it should be much easier for us to keep our heads in the sand about climate change, mostly because the entire earth will be a desert. Hundreds of scientific organizations worldwide are convinced that human-caused global warming needs to be addressed ASAP but many people still don’t believe in climate change. It’s not a fairy, people. You don’t have to believe in it and clap your hands really fast in order for it to be real. A Gallup poll earlier this year shows Americans are finally warming to the idea of climate change, with nearly 70 percent agreeing our wasteful habits are destroying Mother Earth. It’s about @$#& time! With gas-guzzling vehicles, energy draining habits and the entire city of Las Vegas, it can’t be a coincidence that levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide have skyrocketed since WWII. Those rising pollutants trap the earth’s heat and slowly cook the planet like a Sunday dinner rump roast. Warming ocean temperatures create stronger hurricanes, more dangerous tropical storms and tornadoes filled with sharks! Glaciers in Alaska are shrinking, not from global warming but because people use so much ice in their gal-

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