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he students at Finishing School are making a difference with the skills they’ve learned in class. The school, which teaches primarily cooking and sewing, is making dresses for girls in need around the world through Dress a Girl Around the World, a program of Hope 4 Women International. The charity provides dress patterns volunteers can make and then send to the organization. The charity then sends the dresses to girls in need around the world including Burma, Colombia, Ethiopia and Pakistan, as well as dozens of others. “It’s a really neat project where students can come here and they can make a skirt and a dress for girls in different countries that need them,” 15-year-old Annabella Buchanan, one of the teachers at Finishing School, said. “They can make a big pocket on them because they love pockets. And then we go and send them to the countries that need them.” Annabelle said creating the dresses makes her feel really good because she knows the dresses will make another girl feel happy. The pattern is fairly easy with a simple skirt with a front pocket sewn onto a T-shirt. A label provided by Dress a Girl Around the World is then sewn onto the back at the neck. Sue Hess Fenton, the owner of Finishing School, heard about the charity project and after checking it out, felt it was the perfect project for her students. “I think it’s a wonderful project. I can’t imagine these girls over there with no dresses. It pulls at my heart strings,” Fenton said. “I knew the girls would feel the same way and they do. It’s really cute to see them focus on someone other than themselves. They choose a project for themselves or a family member. But to do things for someone in another part of the world gives a good connection.” Fenton said because the pattern is so easy to construct, the sewer doesn’t have to be an advance sewer to complete it. She said she

Anabelle Buchanan and her sister Clara hold up the dresses students have made for their service project. —Kelly Cannon

hopes the project helps teach the students the importance of service. “I have students who come that far so I know there’s already a following so I’d love to find someone who is interested in buying a franchise,” Fenton said. The Finishing School, whose main location is in Holladay, has been around for 40 years. It started with Fenton teaching her children and their friends how to cook and sew. “It was just a cottage industry out of my home and we’ve been in three different locations,” Fenton said. “And now we’re here in Holladay and we love it here in this old 100-year-old house.” The main purpose of Finishing School is primarily to teach young children and teens how to cook and sew. However, there is a focus on nutrition and manners. “My goal is to teach kids these skills so they can create a home. It’s not just a pit-stop. It’s a home. It’s where people come and there’s someone in the kitchen making dinner or fixing food for a party,” Fenton said. “It’s a place

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Holladay Library Preps for Olympics with Music Program By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com

Inflatable torches are passed around among kids while the Olympic Fanfare plays in the background. —Kelly Cannon


hildren from Holladay got excited about the upcoming Summer Olympics during a special musical program on July 21 at the Holladay City Library. Led by former music therapist Paige Moore, the children learned about classical music, foreign countries and the Olympics in general. Moore worked as a music therapist at Jordan Valley School but quit nine years ago after her daughter was born. She began taking her daughter to various programs provided by the Salt Lake County Library System. “My professional self was thinking, ‘I would do this a lot differently.’ I took a lot of the things that I did as a music therapist and I revamped it into a more of a presentation rather than a therapy environment,” Moore said. “I then wrote a proposal to the Salt Lake County Library Services. I have been doing programs throughout the Salt Lake County Library System since 2009.” While Moore does a handful of programs each year, she always does a special program in the summer that coincides with the summer reading program theme. “This year’s summer reading theme is ‘On your mark, get set, read.’ That’s why I did the Olympics, to tie into the theme,” Moore said. Moore began the program by explaining what the Olympics are to the young crowd, including the concept of the Olympic torch starting in Greece and then moving around the world, finally coming to where the Olympics are being held that year. Moore then played “Olympic Fanfare” by John Williams, the theme song to the Olympics. The children moved freely about while passing inflatable torches to each other. Five children were selected to hold up colored hoops to re-create the Olympic rings. The program continued with Moore talking about the countries where different pieces of classical music came from, then tying the music into a sport played at the Olympics. For instance, Moore introduced France by playing “Clair de lune” by Claude Debussy. The music was tied

to synchronized swimming; the children danced around while Moore blew bubbles. Another portion of the program featured Russia with the “1812 Overture” by Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky. This was tied to volleyball — the children used a giant parachute to bounce balls up into the air. Moore moved from Midvale to Boise, Idaho in 2013. However, she and her family come back down to the Salt Lake County for one week in the summer and one week in December. In December is when she provides her “Nutcracker” program. “I always send out an email to the librarians saying I’m available for this break and I’m available for this week,” Moore said. “I still get to do the stuff here because I love that there are families who remember me because they come back and they were impressed with my programing and they want their kids to be part of it.” One of the main goals for the program for Moore is to introduce various forms of classical music to young children. “One thing I always want to do as a presenter in the libraries is to make it so classical music is more hands-on and kids can be introduced to it and see that it’s not some big scary thing. It’s just part of the world,” Moore said. “I think that by putting in so much fun with it, they do enjoy it and they do know they like it and they do remember.” Moore also wants the children to learn something about classical music when they attend her music programs. “In this specific program, I put in lots of little tidbits of things. The ‘Battle of 1812’ was written in a wartime, that it has cannons in it and it has church bells in it,” Moore said. “In the future when they read about it or they hear about it, they will know about it, they will know about this and they will be aware of this. They will be familiar with this music already.” To learn more about programs provided by the Holladay City Library, visit http://www. slcolibrary.org. l


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Blue Moon Festival Celebrates Local Artists for Fifth Year By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


olladay City Hall Park was filled with residents, local artists and live music during the fifth annual Blue Moon Festival on Aug. 6. Hosted by the Holladay Arts Council, residents shopped for locally handmade items and enjoyed refreshments from food and beer trucks while music played live at the park’s gazebo. The Blue Moon Festival started when the Holladay Arts Council wanted to have an arts and crafts fair. The first year it was held, it fell on a blue moon, giving the festival its name. There have been two or three subsequent festivals that have also occurred during the blue moon. Margo Richards, the arts council coordinator, said the festival is a community gathering that is art based and art funded. “We’re trying to bring in quality music and entertainment where people could come for free and have the same quality as if they went downtown,” Richards said. “We’re trying to bring the community together and have a good time. We try to offer those vendor spots for any artists or anyone who hand-makes the items they’re selling.” The vendors at the festival included several artisans who make handmade jewelry, woodworks, soaps and clothing. Several other vendors sold food such as salsa and sausages. The Holladay Arts Council partnered with Excellence in the Community to bring live music from Hot House West and Joshy Soul and the Cool to the festival. Richards said Excellence in the Community is a nonprofit who helps bring quality Utah talent to various venues. “They try to elevate the level of the musicians that they’re

bringing,” Richards said. This year, the Holladay Arts Council extended the hours of the festival in order to reduce the number of patrons at the festival at a time in order to give residents the feel of a hometown event without having to fight the crowds. “I think the music and the vendors were the highlight and then we bring out the food and drinks so people will stay longer,” Richards said. “We do the fireworks to kind of let them know it’s over and they can go home. It kind of ends with a bang.” The biggest differences Richards observed about the festival from years past was since the festival is occurring during hotter times of the day, there was a wide assortment of cool refreshments and drinks, as well as no lines for beer or wine. “We used to have very long lines for that and we added a second beer truck and that took care of that problem,” Richards said. The festival would not be possible without the help of over 100 volunteers. Richards said most of the volunteers live within Holladay but some now live outside of the city who come back every year to help out. Richards believes the reason the festival is so successful over the years is because the Holladay community loves getting together. “It doesn’t seem to matter what you’re doing. They will come,” Richards said. “We just thought we’d elevate the quality of the music and support our local artists and musicians and food trucks, even.” To learn more about the Holladay Arts Council, visit holladayarts.org. l

Local artisans show off their wares during the Blue Moon Festival. —Kelly Cannon

A festival goer chats with one of the artisans during the Blue Moon Festival. —Kelly Cannon

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Holladay City Hall Park Improvements and New Grant Proposal By Carol Hendrycks


hen the City Hall playground was constructed, Holladay City was careful to comply with all Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA. requirements, including those relating to the composition of the playing surface. Because of the inferior qualities of the rubberized surface and the cost of replacing it, the City Council concluded that it would not be appropriate or feasible to accommodate children who require a firmer playground surface. A constituent in Councilmember Steve Gunn’s district informed him that that her son, who must use a walker to get around, has found it difficult to use the new playground behind Holladay City Hall because the surface is comprised of a thick layer of wood chips. Gunn raised this issue with the City Council this week in the hope that they could better accommodate children with walkers or wheelchairs. Council members who were more directly involved in the planning of the playground pointed out that although the rubberized surface used in some playgrounds would easier movement for handicapped children, it is more likely to cause injury to children who fall on it. The city is reviewing a more wheelchair-friendly surface for walking paths and recreation areas in the proposed Knudsen’s Corner Park. Holladay City Manager Gina Chamness explained to the council the City Hall Park is ADA

compliant but there is still more that can be done to create space that is as inclusive as possible. The city will be meeting with the council subcommittee and staff this coming week to begin planning for the next stage of the park. “As new parks in the city are developed, that will definitely be a priority”, said Chamness. There is also a grant that the City Hall Park Committee is working on. The City of Holladay has not yet been awarded a grant through the Utah Outdoor Recreation Program, however the city is in the process of applying for the highly competitive grant program for funds of $75,000 to build a multiuse sport court at City Hall Park. The Utah Outdoor Recreation Program was funded with the passage of House Bill 52 during the 2016 Utah legislative session. The program’s purpose is to enhance recreational opportunities and amenities in Utah’s communities. Proposed projects must offer an economic opportunity for the community with the potential to attract or retain residents and/or increase visitation to region. Holly Smith, the grant writer for the proposal, explained the project review criteria also considers project readiness, construction schedule, community need, positive economic impact, recreation value, improved physical and recreational access, budget

and project costs, and special considerations for area deficiencies. Grant awards are given at specified tiers from $20,000 up to $75,000 with a 50/50 local match. A total of $530,000 is available statewide. Selected projects must be complete within 24 months of date the funding contract is signed. Funding is provided by reimbursement. Applications for the current program year opened on July 1, 2016, and the deadline is Aug. 11, 2016. Notification of recommendation for funding is expected by September 23, 2016, with final funding approval on October 13, 2016 and contracts for grant awardees executed in November 2016. The proposed court will be located in City Hall Park, behind City Hall, likely on the north side of the park space, and will feature amenities for pickle ball, volleyball and basketball. The court will not be shaded. It’s in the conceptual design phase, so further refinement is expected. The City Council’s City Hall Park Committee will advise on the method of public input, to be determined.  l

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Urban Deer Removal – Holladay Looking for a Decisive Plan By Carol Hendrycks


or the past several years, the City of Holladay has been receiving complaints from residents about damage done to their property by deer. In addition to property damage, there is a safety concern with the deer as well, specifically regarding auto-deer collisions. “It is clear that Holladay has an urban deer population, meaning that these deer live in the city year round”, Councilmember Mark Stewart said. Holladay is not unique in regards to having an urban deer problem, according to the Department of Wildlife Resources. Cities across the Wasatch Front are experiencing this same issue and like Holladay, have received requests from residents for help. One way cities have actually dealt with the problem is by removing deer. There are two ways to remove the deer, either lethally or through non-

lethal means, according to DWR. Last summer, the Holladay City Council passed an ordinance outlawing feeding the deer. Also, around the same time, they requested a certificate of registration from the Division of Wildlife Resources to get permission to start a mitigation plan. Back in April, Stewart was asked by Mayor Dahle to be in charge of looking further into a deer mitigation plan for Holladay. Since then he has contacted several of the cities that have enacted both lethal and nonlethal mitigation plans. He has also spoken extensively with the DWR and the Mule Deer Foundation. According to Stewart, there appears to be benefits to both plans. “The council has decided that it is now time to hear from residents on how they want the city to move forward with a mitigation plan,” Stewart said. “Questions that will be

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Holladay Crime Trends and Prevention By Carol Hendrycks


urglary is on the rise in Holladay. The definition of a burglary, as explained by Holladay Unified Police Department Chief Don Hutson, is the act of entering a building or a vehicle with the intent to commit a theft and is one of the most common crimes investigated. The landscape of Holladay is heavily wooded in areas, with limited lighting and

Hutson told the city council the Holladay police are on top of the busy crime spree. Addressing a population just over 30,000, at least three officers are assigned to every shift in for coverage. Holladay also shares resources with Millcreek when additional officers may be required. There could be times when

quiet neighborhoods, which attract perpetrators who are looking for an opportunity to unlawfully enter your home or vehicle and take items that don’t belong to them. Residents are reminded the Holladay Precinct has detectives who actively work these cases and have had recent successes catching burglars through a variety of investigative means as they attempt to turn their stolen property into cash. Law enforcement would much prefer the prospective burglars don’t even attempt to get into a house or vehicle and they need Holladay residents help to make that a reality.  Hutson reminds residents to make their homes and vehicles a “hardened target” by always locking doors and keeping valuables out of the sight of a would-be burglary. Leave lights on and always be on the lookout for people hanging around cars or homes who don’t belong there.  Currently, there has been an influx of bicycle-related thefts. The bicycles are reportedly being transported out of Utah. This makes recovery extremely difficult. Law enforcement advises locking up a bicycle. In most cases the bicycles are stolen from unlocked garages, carports and yards. Residents are also advised to take a photograph of the bicycle, including the serial number, model number and unique features, to help police list the property as stolen on the National Crime Information Center. This makes it harder for the suspect to sell the stolen property and easier for police to locate it.

an officer is off or at training when Holladay would have less than three, but that is not on a regular basis. Holladay also has detectives, traffic cars and school officers in the city on a daily basis. Neighborhoods can become more vigilant as well. Residents are asked to report suspicious activity and look out for their neighbors. Residents are advised to not hesitate to call if something seems out of the ordinary. The non-emergency number to dispatch is 801-743-7000. Adding this number to your phone will help to speed things along when you spot something. Officers do not advise residents to approach or investigate a situation alone. Over the last month, social media has played an important role in Holladay for bringing awareness to Holladay neighborhoods and local law enforcement, including an app called Nextdoor. The Holladay precinct also follows on this app and is engaged in conversation as needed, but encourages all residents to report crimes directly to their precinct. The app is available to download on a cell phone or home computers. “Residents be engaged and watch out for one another as neighborhoods are the eyes and ears of the police department in the neighborhoods of our city,” Hutson said. “If you are interested in formalizing your engagement in your community, please contact Holladay precinct office at 801-272-0426 and they will give you the information to sign up for our neighborhood watch program.”  l

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Early Closure for Holladay Farmer’s Market By Carol Hendrycks


he Wasatch Front Farmer’s Market will close Aug. 20 and will no longer operate on the plaza for the balance of the summer season, according to Holladay City Mayor Rob Dahle. “Vendor attendance simply didn’t justify the cost of operations,” Dahle said. Dahle and Maryann Alston, founder and director of the Wasatch Front Farmers Market, will meet again in the spring to see if there are adjustments to be made or other venues could be introduced that would better accommodate the needs of the patrons. “The city council is committed to pursuing activities such as the Farmer’s Market that offer opportunities for our citizens to get out and enjoy all of the beautifully spaces that exist in our city,” Dahle said. According to Alston, the market, which started June 4, has been a success with local patrons throughout the summer. “It was simply a matter of supply and demand for some of the vendors and demand for local produce is high. It was wearing

farmers too thin to accommodate all of the venues scheduled,” Alston said. The physical demand for some of the farmers was too difficult to meet. Alston explained that the support from the City of Holladay was wonderful for the duration of the market and that she looks forward to exploring better options both in finding more local farmers and how to better meet the needs of the Holladay marketplace. If anyone is interested in becoming involved with the farmer’s market or to learn more about the limitations and restrictions on participating, contact the Salt Lake City Urban Farming Program at 385-468-1811 or call MaryAnn Alston at 801-692-1419. l

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M AYO R ’S M E S S AG E The Holladay City Council has long prioritized opportunities to develop and enhance open space in our community for the benefit of our citizens. Most recently we installed shade sails over the playground to reduce heating of the equipment and provide protection to the patrons. We are considering a pavilion, athletic courts, swings, etc.to complete the North Side of our park space. The end goal is creating opportunities for our citizens to get out in to the community and to enhance the sense of place that we all desire. City Hall Park recently accommodated our Fourth of July celebration, Blue Moon Festival, a free concert on The Commons, antique car show, Chamber of Commerce function and numerous other public and private events. It is rewarding to witness the vision for this space come to fruition. Another area we are focusing on is the Holladay Village Plaza. For those who may not be aware, The Plaza is the paved space in front of Taqueria 27, Caputos and Copper Kithcen. This is city space that we hope to utilize to the same end. I engaged Maryann Alston (Wasatch Front Farmer’s Market) in the spring and asked if she would be willing to bring a smaller version of a Farmer’s Market to our plaza area. We all thought it would be a great way to show off our local businesses, as well as providing another opportunity for our citizens to gather in our community. I regret that the market will cease operations for the balance of

the summer season. We’re not sure if the venue is too small, or if competition from other Farmer’s Markets limits our ability to compete, but we were unable to gain ample traction to continue to offer this amenity to our citizens. We will meet next spring to discuss future possibilities. We tried, the timing just wasn’t right. Our final free Concert on The Commons will be held behind City Hall on Saturday, September 17th, 7:30 PM. Come out and enjoy an evening on Broadway. Local artists Melinda Kirigan Voss and Michael Chipman will perform the songs of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Josh Groban, Sarah Brightman, and more. Through our partnership with Excellence in the Community Concert Series, we offer this entertainment free to the public. We are working with them to expand our offering in the coming months, but we need your support! If you want to see more of these types of events, please come out and enjoy world-class entertainment in a beautiful setting. We were disappointed the Farmer’s Market did not make it, but there are no regrets in the effort. We continue to pursue opportunities that utilize our public spaces to enhance the Holladay experience. I encourage you to provide input to your City Council representatives regarding current activities in the city and future activities you feel we should consider. In the mean time, I hope you will make every effort to get out and enjoy the current offerings. –Rob Dahle, Mayor

Pet Services for Holladay Residents By Callista Pearson Salt Lake County Animal Services Salt Lake County Animal Services wants to make sure YOU, the residents of Holladay, know about the great services we offer. Not only do we offer animal control services, pet licensing, and pet adoptions, but we also offer special discounted services to citizens in our jurisdictions. As a citizen of Holladay, you are eligible for these FREE services for your pet: • All licensed dogs can receive a FREE microchip and a FREE DHPP vaccine. • All licensed cats can receive a FREE microchip and FREE FVRCP vaccine. • Each Wednesday afternoon we hold FREE rabies clinics starting at 1 PM. Appointments are made by phone: 385-468-6052 • FREE spay/neuter clinics are available throughout the year and are sponsored by our non-profit partner, Utah FACES. Please check with us to see when the next clinic is available. Email animal@slco.org. • Seniors to Seniors: If you’re over the age of 55, you are eligible to adopt any animal over the age of 5 for FREE. We also offer free outreach programs and Humane Education for schools, youth groups, and community groups. If you would like to learn more about any of these programs or are interested in volunteering, please visit our website at www.adoptutahpets.com, call us at 385-GOT-PETS, or visit us at the shelter at 511 West 3900 South.

New Bike Route from 3900 South to Cottonwood Elementary In early September, construction crews will be implementing improved bike route signage and street markings from 3900 South to Cottonwood Elementary on Holladay Blvd primarily via 2700 East, Wander Lane and a few other streets. The project primarily involves installation of new signs and street pavement markings. The City will not be altering vehicle lanes, adding dedicated bike only lanes, nor creating new parking prohibitions along any of the proposed route. This new bike route is intended to provide residents with a safer, more visible, local bicycle route to schools, other neighborhoods, commercial areas, transit stops, other communities, and recreation facilities. This project represents the second of a series of proposed bicycle network enhancements throughout Holladay. Construction is expected to last no more than a week or two and should be completed well before the end of September. For additional information, please contact Paul Allred, Community Development Director, or Tosh Kano at 801-272-9450.

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UPDATES FROM THE DISTRIC T TRUCK SAFETY Many schools are gearing up for the new school year. Whenever your routine is altered, it is difficult to realign your schedule and remember everything that you need to accomplish. Our drivers are aware of the influx of school children going to and coming from school, and are always looking out for their safety. We encourage all families to discuss safety practices with their kids around large vehicles, including garbage trucks and school busses. Big trucks are fun to watch, but it is important to remember to keep your distance to stay safe. PLASTIC BAGS Plastic bags are one of the biggest challenges with recycling. These bags, along with other stretch plastic materials, such as plastic wrap and bubble wrap, clog up the machinery at the recycling facilities causing hours of downtime. We ask and remind all residents to not place these materials in the blue recycle carts, and instead take them back to your local grocery stores. Most of these locations have bins at the store entrance to collect these materials for proper recycling.


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Titans’ Girls Soccer Seeks Success in Numbers By Sarah Almond | sarah@mycityjournals.com


he Olympus High School girl’s soccer team is finding strength in numbers this season. The Titans welcomed all of the 55 players who attended tryouts on Aug. 1 to join the team, making this group the largest in school history. “This is the first year we’ve been able to make a freshman, sophomore, junior and varsity team,” senior co-captain Sage Nelson said. Despite the titles, players are not restricted to individual sub-teams based on age or class rank. Instead, head coach Nermin Sasivarevic determines each group’s roster based on experience and skill level. “If the girls come out to tryouts, we’ll find them a place to play on the team,” Sasivarevic said. “And it really helps to have a freshman and sophomore teams because it gives our new players an opportunity to play and get experience.” The Titans credit their growth to the large group of incoming freshmen that joined the team this year. “We have a ton of freshman this year,” senior co-captain Sadie Brockbank said. “It’s kinda fun because when we were freshman, we looked up to the seniors then and they were really fun and nice and inclusive. And I feel like that’s encouraging me to carry that on and be that to the freshmen this year.” Because of the Titans’ large roster, captains Sage and Sadie are both making an extra effort to include every member of the team in order to fortify unity and camaraderie within the group. “This year we are having pasta parties before every game and having team sleepovers and stuff,” Sage said. “We’re also dressing up on days that we have home games, which is new. We think this will make us look more professional and will let

Olympus head coach Nermin Sasivarevic instructs the players on offensive and defensive strategies. Sasivarevic’s goal this season is to work with the team on creating opportunities to score on the field and dominating possession of the ball. –Sarah Almond

everyone know that we are a respected team.” Along with team changes off the field, the Titans are also planning to make significant changes on the field to increase their chances of taking first in the region tournament. “A majority of these girls I have worked with for three years,” Sasivarevic said. “So they know my expectations and my style of play. Now we need to start working on getting these players on the same page and getting them in the best shape possible.” Since taking the head coaching position three years ago, Sasivarevic, who played professionally in Bosnia, has been working to implement a particular style of play into the Titans’ program. “We want to be a team who dominates possession and who creates more opportunities on the field,” Sasivarevic said. “But sometime that’s not enough to win a game. If you want to win a game you have to have efficacy and efficiency and the girls need

to be scoring on every opportunity. If they don’t, then they will probably be punished.” During the preseason, the Titans have been working on speed training to improve their rate of play and physical therapy to ensure their bodies stay as healthy as possible. Regardless, Sasivarevic says his team will need to work together to improve during every practice and every game. “This is a game where being better isn’t always enough to win,” Sasivarevic said. “Here you can be better all you want and sometimes it’s still not enough. Soccer can be really, really ruthless that way.” To reach their goals of being an exceptional soccer team, winning the 4A region tournament and making it as far as possible in the state tournament, the Titans are going to have to learn from each and every mistake they make during practice and games. “When we do good things and when we do bad things we will have a session to go over everything so we can all be on the same page,” Sasivarevic said. Sasivarevic says as long as the team stays healthy and is prepared for the challenging season, they will continue to improve and succeed every day. “In all three preseason games that we had we played better and better,” Sasivarevic said. “If we keep this up I think our goals are definitely attainable. I think we can do it.” The Titans play their final home game on Sept. 27 at 3:30 p.m. against Cyprus High School. Olympus High is located at 4055 South 2300 East in Holladay. l



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Small But Mighty: Skyline Volleyball Fights to Defend Title of Region Champs By Sarah Almond | sarah@mycityjournals.com

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hough fresh into their season and smaller in numbers than years past, the Skyline High School volleyball team is showing promising signs of a successful season. “Usually we have about 40 kids come out for tryouts, but this year we only had 25,” Head Coach Jami Hutchins said. “And I only took 22.” The team graduated nine seniors last year, creating a void the seven newcomers simply couldn’t fill. As luck may have it, however, last season’s misfortunes have benefited this year’s small, young team. “We were flagged by injuries last year so a lot of the kids this season have some varsity experience,” Hutchins said. “But it’s still a matter of putting it together and playing together.” Most of the players on the Eagles team play in different volleyball clubs during the offseason, which can pose challenges as the Skyline season begins. “It’s great that they play club, but they don’t all play together,” Hutchins said. “So now it’s about bringing them back and getting them used to playing together again.” To facilitate this process, Hutchins makes a point of reviewing diagrams early in the season. “We talk about what our offense is going to look like and what our defense is going to look like to remind them that all six girls on the court need to be doing the same thing,” Hutchins said. “There isn’t necessarily one offense or defense that’s better, it’s just important that all of the girls are doing the same thing.” Working together as a team is one of the Eagles’ greatest strengths. “We all get along well and everyone has good potential,” senior co-captain Maddie Bradshaw said. “Nobody really has an ego and

that makes it fun to play together.” After just a week of practicing together, the Eagles hosted the Utah Tournament of Champions, an annual two-day competition that Skyline has been hosting since 2001. “We invite teams from all over the state, most of whom come every single year,” Hutchins said. “It’s a great preseason tradition because there is a variety of different skill levels.” This tournament is invaluable to the Eagles not only because it poses as a good gauge of the team’s skill level, but it also gives them an opportunity to face the tough competition they hope to compete with at the state championship in early November. “My thought is that early on, wins and losses don’t matter as much,” Hutchins said. “Obviously you want to win, but I want to test every kid and find out in the first two tournaments what each athlete is capable of in every possible situation.” The Eagles have gone undefeated in the region for the past two years and are twotime defending region champions — a title they hope to retain this season. Despite their decrease in players, Hutchins is confident the group has the talent and determination to uphold Skyline’s winning legacy. “This team has as much potential as any team I’ve ever coached,” Hutchins said. “In the end though, it will all depend on if we come together or not.” From a player’s perspective, having a smaller team is a benefit because it means more individual playing time. It also means that each player must do her part and work her hardest to ensure a successful season. “I’m excited because I think having a small team will be a good challenge to try and take region and go to the state tournament,” senior co-captain Emma Ballif said. l

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Olympus Titans Aim for a Comeback Year

“Ghostblasters: We Ain’t Afraid of No Jokes!”

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Titans work on perfecting their blocking technique during an afternoon practice. By focusing on proper blocking and tackling techniques, players are less likely to suffer a head or neck injury. –Sarah Almond


esert Star Playhouse, the theater that’s built a reputation for producing laugh out loud, family-friendly musical comedies, continues its 2016 season with a comedic take on the supernatural, “Ghostblasters: We Ain’t Afraid of No Jokes!” The show opens Thursday, August 25th. Dr. Stanley Bonkers is busy putting together a new exhibit of priceless artifacts at the city museum, but his colleague, Dr. Polly P. Pratt is busy trying to catch his eye! When Dr. Bonkers gets possessed by the evil sorcerer Drool, there’s only one group she can call on for help, Ghostblasters! Supervised by their inventive leader, code name A-1, the Ghostblasters have added the clairvoyant I-15 to their ranks; but will she be accepted by her fellows? On the other side of town, Ghostblaster 401K is sent to investigate strange disturbances in journalist Fanny Berrett’s apartment (aside from all his failed

attempts at getting her to go out with him!) And with the increase of supernatural activity, can the Ghostblasters save the day without divine intervention? Find out in our hilarious new show! Directed by Scott Holman, Ghostblasters runs from August 25 to November 5, 2016. The evening also includes another of Desert Star’s signature musical olios following the show. The Monster Rock ‘n Roll-io will feature some new and classic rock music favorites with a dash of Halloween fun, and always hilarious Desert Star twist! Desert Star audiences can enjoy gourmet pizza, fresh wraps, burgers, scrumptious desserts, and other finger foods as well as a full selection of soft drinks and smoothies while they watch the show. Food is available from an á la carte menu and is served right at your table.

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or many, shorter days, school bells and changing leaves indicate that fall is officially upon us. For the Olympus High School football team, however, these long-anticipated icons indicate one thing: it’s game time. “Our talent level is great this year,” Head Coach Aaron Whitehead said. “This is a group where a lot of leaders have stepped up. Even if I wasn’t there in the offseason they were still stepping up. They are self-starters; you give them a task and they take it to town and do great things.” The team of 95 players is split between varsity and junior varsity groups, but Olympus’ reputation for being a strong, unified team hasn’t faltered. “We have a really tight team this year,” senior captain Tyler Smith said. “I think we all play really well with each other and we always have each other’s backs. We’re very unselfish and I think that plays well for us on the field.” As head coach of the Titans for six years, Whitehead is continually impressed with players that come out for the team. “I’m very fortunate to work with good kids — I always have been and it’s what makes this job a lot of fun,” Whitehead said. “We’ve got great coaches and great kids.” After a devastating loss in the first round of the 2015 region playoffs, the group is determined to have a comeback year and make it far in the state tournament. The Titans have been training throughout the summer to get in shape for the upcoming season by hitting the weight room several times a week, completing two-a-day practices and working hard through mid-summer pad camp. “We’ve got great talent, but we still need to develop some kids,” Whitehead said. “We are deep in all skill positions; on our offensive line we have great kids all the way around, we just need to develop some depth there. And that’s the same problem we have every year.”

To prepare themselves for region games and the playoff season, the Titans seek out some of the toughest preseason competition in the area. This year’s lineup consists of teams like Cottonwood High School, Highland, Davis and North Ridge. “The hope is that after playing at a high level of competition, we’ll continue to play at that level,” Whitehead said. “The other hope is that we stay healthy. If we can stay healthy, it will be a great thing.” Thankfully, Olympus has the resources to boost a healthy, injury-free season. By partnering with Intermountain’s TOSH —The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital — the Titans have immediate access to athletic trainers who work to combat and prevent players’ injuries. “It’s great to have stuff assessed and dealt with right away,” Whitehead said. “TOSH is invaluable to us.” While injury prevention is important to the players and coaching staff, putting in the training and practice to ensure a region championship title is the team’s ultimate goal. “We have been working hard all offseason and are excited to put all of our hard work to the test,” senior co-captain Ben Bywater said. “Our whole team has a really positive, determined mindset this year and I’m excited to see it pay off.” Though the team is facing a challenging schedule this season, Whitehead believes their eagerness for success and passion for the sport of football will result in an exciting and satisfying season. “There’s a lot of enthusiasm with this group,” Whitehead said. “Even after two weeks of practice and two-a-days, these guys aren’t dragging. They can’t wait for Friday nights.” The Titans plays their last regular-season home game against rival team Skyline on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. l

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est Friends Animal Society began in Arizona during the 1970s with a group of animal lovers unwilling to accept the conventional wisdom that humane societies and shelters “had no choice” but to kill their “unadoptable” animals. In the beginning, these animal lovers rescued hundreds of cast-off pets from shelters whose luck was about to run out, rehabilitated them and found them homes. Those who did not find homes became a unique assortment of wonderful and lovable creatures whose numbers grew until Best Friends Animal Society was established in 1984 as a large and unique sanctuary at Angel Canyon in Kanab, Utah. Since then, Best Friends has grown into a leader in the no-kill movement with a mission to bring about a time when there are no more homeless pets by ending the unnecessary killing of dogs and cats in America’s shelters and working to save them all. Today in Utah, Best Friends leads the No-Kill Utah (NKUT) initiative, operates a pet adoption center in the Sugar House neighborhood, and a spay/neuter clinic in Orem. The Pet Adoption Center in Sugar House

opened in July of 2013, and since then, more than 5,000 animals have been adopted there. No-Kill Utah is an initiative of Best Friends Animal Society that, along with a coalition of 56 Utah-based animal welfare organizations, is designed to make Utah a no-kill state by 2019. No-kill status means that animal shelters in the state will have achieved a combined save rate of 90 percent — that is, 90 percent of the animals entering the shelter system leave alive. The other 10 percent typically are euthanized for severe medical or behavioral issues. “We continue to be astounded by the progress each year toward making Utah a nokill state,” said Arlyn Bradshaw, Best Friends– Utah executive director. “Our partnerships among rescue groups, shelters, the kitten nursery and community cat trappers will ensure that we will remain on track to achieve our lifesaving goals.” The initiative includes spay/neuter service for rescued animals, as well as free and lowcost spay/neuter for owned pets. Since its founding in 1984, Best Friends has helped reduce the number of animals killed in American shelters from 17 million per year to an estimated 4 million.

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’ve always associated Yellowstone Park with abject terror. A childhood vacation to this national park guaranteed me a lifetime of nightmares. It was the first time we’d taken a family vacation out of Utah and we were ecstatic. Not only would we stay in a motel, but we’d see moose, bears and cowboys in their natural habitat. We prepared for a car ride that would take an entire day, so I packed several Nancy Drew mysteries, and some Judy Blume and Madeleine L’Engle novels just in case. Because my parents couldn’t hand us an iPad and tell us to watch movies for six hours, we brought our Travel Bingo cards with the transparent red squares that you slid over pictures of silos, motor homes and rest areas. For more car fun, there was the license plate game, the alphabet game, sing-alongs, ghost stories and slug bug. Even then, we got bored. Dad decided he’d prepare us for the Yellowstone Park adventure that lay ahead of us. That’s when the trouble started. He told us how beautiful the park was. Then he explained if we fell into a geyser, the heat would boil the flesh off our bones and bleach those bones bright white, and those bones would never be found. He told us when (not if) we encountered bears, we had to play dead or the bears would eat us. We even practiced drills in the car.


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He said if we wandered away, it would take just a few days until we died of starvation—unless the bears got us first. He warned us to stay away from every animal, describing in detail the series of rabies shots we’d need if a chipmunk bit us. We were cautioned to avoid high ledges (we’d fall to our deaths), moose (we’d be trampled), buffalo (again with the trampled) and the requisite stranger warning (we’d be kidnapped). By the time we reached Yellowstone, dad had thoroughly instilled us with horror. When we arrived at the motel, we frantically ran to our



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