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Heugly’s Vision Fuses Yoga, Therapy By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

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The affirmation board is filled with different quotes every month for people to read and take with them throughout their day. – Travis Barton

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Heugly’s Vision Fuses Yoga, Therapy By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

Brandon Heugly stares into the distance as everyone prepares for the Nerf gun war. Heugly turns the Ripple Affect studio into a battle ground for both kids and adults. – Travis Barton


randon Heugly is easily identifiable, not just because of the full beard, but because he has always been heavily involved in helping kids, from selling toys for kids to play with to working with them on a therapeutic level. Therapy has played a key role in Heugly’s life, whether when he worked as a paraprofessional while going through a divorce or as a teenager churning through therapist after therapist. “[As a teenager] I was crazy—lots of anger, lots of animosity, and I didn’t build trust with any of those therapists,” Heugly said. Removed from his home at 14 due to abusive circumstances and placed with his adoptive parents, Heugly met with multiple therapists but never built any trust—until he met one at 17, who let him be who he was. “That person had a profound effect on my life, and really all that person did was sit there, hold the space and love me,” Heugly said. Shortly after returning from a service mission to Serbia at 21 years old, Heugly married his best friend. Only she was 33 years his senior, raising plenty of eyebrows from the community. Heugly, was working selling toys to Walmart at the time of his divorce some years later. After this, he quit the toy-selling business to become a paraprofessional, going from earning a six-figure income to $9.50 an hour. That’s when he found his life calling. Heugly said he was going through the hardest transition in his personal life when he started working with kids with disabilities. Some of these included a kindergarten student with Prader-Willi syndrome which, among other things, produces an insatiable appetite, leading to chronic overeating. “This girl had the most positive outlook while suffering one of the most terrible disorders,” Heugly said. Heugly said working with kids was exactly what he needed at that time in a life of

The after-school program at Ripple Affect runs from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. – Travis Barton

traumatic experiences. “What I found was none of that even matters,” Heugly said. “What matters is loving the kids, because when I’m working with them, I don’t feel so crappy.” Heugly’s love for children motivated him further. In 2006, he started Camp Dakota, a summer-based organization for kids with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Heugly, who holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Utah, decided there needed to be a place where both children and adults could drop in for meditation, therapy and positive regard at any time. That idea spawned Ripple Affect. Semi-defined as the brainchild of Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers and restorative yoga; Ripple Affect, which opened in August 2015, combines therapy, yoga and consistent positive affirmations to assist whoever enters the studio. Heugly, who also works as social worker for Granite School District, said they structured the organization so people can drop in at anytime instead of a typical therapy program where it’s only once a week or even twice a month. “I wanted to provide a resource so people can come in when they’re having a hard time instead of waiting for their next visit,” Heugly said. Brandon Aegerter, support groups manager, said the studio is not meant to take clients away from therapists, just to inspire a more proactive approach in the person’s life. He said he thinks of Ripple Affect as journaling. “It’s meant as a daily intervention which acts as a word or two in their journal,” Aegerter said. “But then when they have a paragraph they can share at their next therapy session, they can say ‘here’s the progress and here’s why.’” The building is home to a yoga studio, two therapy rooms, an open area for group meetings, a meditation area, homework area for the kids and an affirmation board where

dozens of positive quotes cover every inch of a chalk board wall. “We really cover a wide range of… everything,” Aegerter said. Everything includes the support group meetings, therapy for kids and adults, an after-school program to help kids with homework, a weekend social skills for kids with functioning deficits and a yoga studio for everyone. Heugly said their brand of yoga is designed to bring up emotions or personal feelings. “That way we have staff here to help process all of that heaviness here,” Heugly said, “It’s awesome to be able to decompress in a peaceful place rather than rushing off to the next thing on your to-do list.” Heugly, 30, carries the logo of Ripple Affect everywhere he goes, as a tattoo on his wrist. It depicts a drop of liquid falling into water giving the company its name. Ripple Affect is the embodiment of Heugly himself. “We have our own stuff individually that’s challenging, but if we could take on the pain of others then we totally would,” Aegerter said. “And that’s Brandon [Heugly] to a tee.” Claudine Miller, staff worker, said Heugly’s had a tremendous influence on her son’s life. “He [her son, Lincoln] told his school teacher that he wants to grow up and be just like Brandon, helping kids,” Miller said. For Heugly, who hasn’t taken a paycheck yet from his new endeavor, it’s always been about the “kiddos” who affectionately refer to him as “the hippie Jesus.” “Kids keep you humble,” Heugly said. Despite his childhood trauma, teen adoption and divorcing his best friend; Heugly found his bliss helping children. “Kids are where I’m able to find peace,” Heugly said. l

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Local Family Opens Up About Rare Disorder By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


hen Claire Oliver was eight days old, her parents received a phone call that would change their lives forever. During her newborn screening test, Claire tested positive for phenylketonuria, or PKU. “I had no idea what they were talking about,” said Amy Oliver, the mother of Claire. “I had to have them spell it out for me.” PKU is a rare inherited disorder that causes an amino acid called phenylalanine to build up in the body. PKU is caused by a defect in the gene that helps create the enzyme needed to break down phenylalanine. Because of this, people diagnosed with PKU cannot eat protein of any kind. “It was all very scary and overwhelming,” Amy said. “My baby looked perfect.” Amy and her husband, Brian, were instructed to take their baby straight to Primary Children’s Hospital to confirm the diagnosis. After that, they scheduled an appointment with a medical team, including a member of the health department, a nurse, a dietician and a metabolic geneticist. During that meeting, the team went over what PKU means and how they will have to live their lives from now on. After Claire, Seth was born. Seth was also diagnosed with PKU. Their older brother, Luke, does not have the disorder. If children with PKU consume any

protein, it can have delayed development, behavioral, emotional and social problems, and even intellectual disability. In severe cases, the consumption of protein can cause significant brain damage. “We have to be vigilant about every bite of food,” Amy said. “The challenge is finding foods they can eat and getting them enough they can grow.” Aside from avoiding meats, there is a wide variety of foods that contain small amounts of protein. Spaghetti noodles contain protein. Legumes contain protein. The sweetener aspartame found in diet sodas is made out of phenylalanine and therefore cannot be consumed. Amy said many children’s antibiotics contain aspartame in order to make the medicine sweeter, so special antibiotics have to be made for her kids. Amy said it was incredibly hard at first to process Claire and Seth’s diagnosis. “It’s something we have to deal with forever,” she said. “At the beginning, we didn’t have that perspective.” This led to Amy founding the Intermountain PKU and Allied Disorders Association, a support group for families with children with PKU. When Claire was 9 months old, Amy met another family with children with PKU. “I saw their kids, and they were running

around and were fine,” she said. “That was so reassuring. If the kids follow the diet, they do great.” Because the family has to be vigilant about every bite of food, the Olivers have to go about life differently. At the kids’ school, the kids have their own treat box in the classroom. If there is a birthday in the class and the parent brings in food, Claire or Seth can select an item from their treat box to eat with the class. “That way, they’re not excluded,” Amy said. “They can also have a treat.” While Seth and Claire do sometimes bring lunch from home, they also are able to eat some of the food served at school because of a medication they take. “They love to eat the mac and cheese, though their portions have to be smaller,” Amy said. “But they’re able to get the same as their friends, which is important because so much of PKU is about being different.” At home, most of the meals served are veggie centered with meat as a side dish. Amy and Brian are not vegetarians but they eat far less protein then they did before. When the Olivers go on vacation, they have to go somewhere where there is a space available for them to make their own meals. “We have to pre-plan all of our meals,” Amy said.

Claire and Seth Oliver both have PKU. Their older brother, Luke, does not.

Claire, who is now nine years old, is a third-grader at Morningside Elementary and is in the dual French program. It’s difficult for Claire to describe what it’s like to have PKU since it’s the only thing she’s ever known. “It’s like a strict diet rule,” Claire said. She loves to eat avacodos but her favorite food is brownie cookies. She also loves to dance. Seth, now six years old, is a first-grader Morningside and is also in the dual French program. He loves to eat fruits, so much so, his family calls him a “fruitasaurus.” His favorite subject is math and he loves to go snow skiing and riding his bike. For more information about PKU, visit www.go-ipad.org. l









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Olympus High Snags First Boys Basketball State Championship By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


or the first time in Olympus High School history, the boys basketball team are state champions. On March 5, the team defeated Timpview High School 51 - 44 at the Huntsman Center, making it the first basketball championship in the school’s 63-year history. “We’ve had a lot of great teams in the past and we’ve had our chances in the past,” Coach Matt Barnes said. “This team was all about winning. They have great chemistry and are a great mix. This was so exciting for the Olympus basketball family.” Barnes has been the coach of the boys basketball team for the past 19 years. He himself played for Olympus High in the late 1980s. Barnes said he was excited to be a part of the team who brought the championship home. “There are so many great people. There were so many tears of joy and happiness from Olympus,” Barnes said. “We finally got our win and it was fun for everyone.” During the game, it didn’t always look like the team was going to pull it off. Olympus was down by nine points at halftime. “I told the boys they had to play our game and clamp down on defense,” Barnes said. Isaac Monson is a senior from Sandy who is the team’s starting center. He said he remembers being down at the half the most fromt the game. “Coach challenged us to leave it all out on the court and to not have any regrets,” Isaac said. “Once we won, I was

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riding that feeling for the rest of the day.” Isaac said he was happy to finally get a win for the school but was happier to finally get a win for Barnes. “He’s been the coach for 19 years,” Isaac said. “To get a win for him was special. Seventeen-year-old Nathan Fox is the team’s starting point guard. He also remembers being down at the half. “I was wondering if we could do this,” Nathan said. “But when we were up by four at the end of the game, we all kind of knew we won. We started giving each other hugs and highfives.” Once the win was official, Nathan said he and his

teammates ran out on the court to celebrate. “It really means a lot to win for the school,” Nathan said. Travis Wagstaff is a junior and the starting shooting guard. He and Matt Lindsey are the only starting juniors and will be back next year to play for Olympus. “We’re going to have a target on our backs,” Travis said. “It’s going to be hard, but it’s going to be fun. We’re going to try and bring it back home again.” Travis said it was really cool to win with his team because so many of them are now his friends. “We’re all best buds,” Travis said. “It’s so cool to do this with them.” l


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Holladay Honors Officers By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


he Holladay City Council honored Officer Jon Richey, Officer Matthew Brownlee and Sgt. Ben Steiner during the city council meeting on Feb. 18. The officers were honored for their bravery during the shooting of Officer Doug Barney on Jan. 17. “We’ve had discussions about an issue that has possibly been overlooked and that is it could’ve been much worse,” Mayor Rob Dahle said. “Had that situation not been contained and contained very quickly, if Mr. (Cory) Henderson (the suspect) had not been contained and had been out in the community, heaven knows what would have become of that situation.” Dahle said the council wanted to recognize the bravery they showed, how rapidly they reacted to that situation and the actions they took. Only Richey was able to attend the event. Brownlee was out of town, and Steiner is preparing for a yearlong tour in Afghanistan with the Marine Reserves. Councilmember Sabrina Petersen read the official resolution honoring the police officers. “The municipal council of the city of Holladay express our sincere gratitude for the exceptional valor and professionalism by Officer Matthew Brownlee, Officer Jon Richey and Sgt. Ben Steiner,” Petersen said. “The citizens of the city of Holladay are forever indebted to you for the selfless acts of courage exhibited on that fateful day.” Holladay Chief of Police Don Hutson also praised the trio for their actions. “I don’t think it can be over emphasized how critical the actions were to mitigate the circumstance,” Hutson said. “As horrible and tragic as it was, it could’ve been much, much worse.”

Hutson said the incident is still under investigation by the Salt Lake City Police, and more details will come out in the next couple of weeks. “Suffice to say, this person who showed a willingness to shoot a police officer and then the officers who immediately responded and found their comrade who had been shot, to willingly chase after that person when they know he still has a gun and to have officers contain him in less than a block of the original incident occurred and get in a massive shootout and ultimately stop that threat, it’s nothing less than heroic,” Hutson said. “I appreciate the Holladay City Council for their recognition of that.” Hutson relayed messages from Brownlee and Steiner, who thanked both the city council and Holladay residents. “They typically shy away from the spotlight, and they certainly have never sought recognition, but they truly do appreciate it,” Hutson said. Barney, 44, was shot and killed on Jan. 17 in Holladay after responding to a traffic accident near 4500 South and 2300 East. Barney approached the pair who had left the scene; the male suspect Henderson shot Barney in the head. He later died at the hospital. Officers responded to the scene where a gunfight immediately broke out. Richey was shot and taken to the hospital where he recovered from his injuries. During the shootout, Henderson was shot and killed. The female suspect got away but later turned herself in to police. Barney’s funeral was held Jan. 19, and he was later buried in Orem. Thousands attended the services, including police officers from all over the state and the country. l

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Recently Annexed Community Greets Holladay City Council By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


bout a year ago, the Holladay City Council annexed an incorporated community into the city limits. Recently, the city council brought its meeting to that same community in a welcoming effort. “Instead of you coming to us, we thought we would come to you,” Councilmember Lynn Pace said. Pace explained the council wanted a chance to reach out to the community and receive feedback—both positive and negative. The Feb. 18 meeting began with a special ceremony honoring United Police Department Officer Matthew Brownlee, Officer Jon Richey and Sgt. Ben Steiner for their bravery during an incident where Officer Doug Barney was killed. The meeting continued with hearing public comment. Because the meeting took place at Morningside Elementary specifically to reach out to the community, the public was encouraged to give feedback or voice concerns. One resident told the council 3100 East needs to be repaved because it is full of potholes and dangerous conditions for school children walking to and from school. Pace explained the city prioritizes paving streets based off of how much money is available. Pace encouraged the resident to contact Tosh Kano, the director of public works and streets, to discuss the possibility of paving the street. Another resident asked why the franchise tax is added to the utility bill instead of the property tax bill. Pace explained the council debated the issue of whether to add the tax to the utilities or the property tax. The tax was levied in order to fund road improvements. Ultimately, the council decided to add it to the utilities because more residents would have to pay it, not just private property owners. Pace said it was a judgment call, but the tax can be revisited.

Another resident asked about how far back setbacks have to be. The resident said a new development being put in at 3900 South and 2700 East looks like it’s too close to the street. Community Development Director Paul Allred explained the building is a new assisted living community, and because of the slope of the ground, the building had to be built in a certain way to allow the floors to be level. This creates an optical illusion of sorts that the building is too close to the street. However, Allred assured the resident the building is within building codes and regulations. Other residents praised the council and thanked them for always being responsive to the community’s needs. The council unanimously approved an amendment to the Millrock Technology Center Development Agreement. The amendment would allow a hotel to be built in that area. The council also approved a resolution supporting the legislation to tax and regulate electronic cigarettes. The council was approached by a youth group who is pushing for this legislation to be passed in this legislative session. The resolution passed unanimously. City Manager Randy Fitts gave his report to the council. He said the city is right on budget with its snow removal. Council members were concerned they might go over budget, but they believe the major snow storms are behind them. Fitts also told the council there are roads in Holladay in serious need of repairs, but they are waiting for warmer weather before fixing them. Another major issue is that storm drains are collapsing because the material used is corrugated iron from the 1960s. With the rate of deterioration, the entire infrastructure will need to be replaced. l

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or the past several years, Holladay City Councilwoman Sabrina Petersen has made significant contributions to the city. Recently a local organization honored her for her efforts. Petersen was presented an award for her diligence and appreciation for serving on this board for the past four years. Councilmember Steve Gunn has replaced Petersen and is working hard to fill her shoes. “I appreciate Sabrina’s feisty spirit and good humor in tackling the many challenges that came with creating WFWRD,” Pam Roberts, executive director of Wasatch Front Waste and Recycling District said. In 2012, Petersen, of District 1, was appointed by the Holladay City Council to serve on the WFWRD board. At that time the board and the county council had been evaluating the district becoming its own organization and transferring all assets and employees from the county to the district, giving the board the majority of the governing authority for the district organization. When the county and the board gave the go ahead, staff ramped up the processes of securing the avenues to manage all administrative functions in house shifting general ledger, payroll, accounts payable and receivable, new billing for customers and managing bank accounts. In 2013, Petersen was elected board vice chair and served as board chair in 2014. She was instrumental in providing the much needed support to the board as they tackled the many challenges all these new functions brought with them. She was also supportive as to Pam Robert’s role, which shifted from serving as sanitation division director to the executive director/CEO/CAO for the district. She was a strong advocate for Holladay residents and residents throughout district while providing the much needed support and advocacy. l




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magine working with 120 teenagers to build a fairy-tale kingdom from scratch. Together, you create a light and sound system, build a castle, and somehow teach each participant to sing and dance on cue. For the average person, it may seem impossible. But for Olympus Junior High’s drama and theater teacher Zeke Totland, this is just another day at work. On March 9–14, the Bulldog Theater Company performed its production of “Beauty and the Beast”, turning the school stage and auditorium into a magical world of romance, song and happy endings. Totland began his career at Olympus Jr. five years ago after teaching in both San Francisco and Australia. While he loves teaching all of his subjects, including drama, stage crew, English and yearbook, he maintains a special affection for his drama classes. “Drama is such a great avenue for helping students to gain a sense of confidence and self-efficacy,” Totland said. “I would say it is the class where kids playfully grow up.” For his spring production, Totland felt drawn to “Beauty and the Beast” for several reasons, especially for the message it sends his students and the audience. “‘Beauty and the Beast’ has been my favorite Disney film since it was nominated for best picture in 1998,” he said. “The music and story are amazing. The messages of courage, bravery, and acceptance are big part of the principles I try to instill in my students. Students love all the characters they can play and the music. Audiences love the visual splendor, action and the story of love conquers all.” While running a middle school theater company comes with certain challenges, such as not seeing his family much from November to March, Totland loves developing 11- and 12-year-olds in the art forms of singing, acting and movement, while hoping they listen and will work together. Totland feels

lucky that his leading actors, the two students playing Belle, as well as the student playing the Beast, bring such unique talent to the play. “Both of our Belles (Emmy McBride and Sydney Wardle) bring so much to the roles,” Totland said. “They both are amazing singers and actors.  Yet, they have unique and very different types of Belles they have developed. Our Beast (Kage Hugart) is a raw talent.  His brilliant singing voice catapulted him to the front of the list when auditioning. He is just beginning to tap his potential as an actor.” But Totland is quick to recognize that not all stars are seen on stage. “Our stage crew is dedicated and hard working,” he said.“They spend hours after school, on Saturdays and as well as early each morning designing, painting, building and running this show. There is no show without this group of talented and devoted students.” Overall, Totland feels grateful to provide his students a “chance to discover themselves through creative exploration.” He believes the arts, and specifically drama, provide students the “opportunity to safely take important emotional risks that strengthen their character in life, not just in the given projects.” While the students resumed their normal lives after March 14, Totland hopes they learned more than just their lines, or how to build a set. “The ability for students to learn and enjoy working together is the ultimate reward gained in drama and all performing arts,” he said. “Our musical brings together dancers, actors, singers, musicians, technical artists (painters, sound, light, special effect, makeup, costume) in such a way that we must work together effectively and quickly to bring something special to life. I’ve had students tell me that this type of work was the most valuable as they moved through their educational careers.” l

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A Reading Celebration at Oakwood Elementary By Stephanie Lauritzen | stephanie@mycityjournals.com


n March 2, teachers at Oakwood Elementary School celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday by participating in “Read Across America Day,” a nationwide reading celebration organized by the National Education Association. Students enjoyed a read-a-thon, Dr. Seuss-inspired art projects and debating the age-old question from “The Cat in the Hat”: “Well what would you do, if your mother asked you?” For first-grade teacher Tammy Giles, celebrating Dr. Seuss offered students an opportunity to read for pleasure and enjoyment. “I make sure that we read for enjoyment every day. Students need to know that reading is important for learning, but it is also wonderful to travel many places through a book,” Giles said. Fellow first-grade teacher Tanja Roller encouraged her students to honor Dr. Seuss’s sense of whimsy and imagination by coming to school in their pajamas and by bringing along their favorite stuffed animal as a reading companion. “They were so cute reading  Dr. Seuss books to their stuffed animals and each other during this time,” Roller said. “My students’ enthusiasm was fantastic all day and extremely contagious. Even my struggling readers responded well because they could read most of the Dr. Seuss books.” “Read Across America Day” is one of many initiatives Oakwood teachers use to instill a love of reading in their students. Teachers reward students by choosing a “Rock Star Reader” from each class every month. “Rock Star Readers”

enjoy a day of eating lunch at a special table with principal Dianne Phillips and by earning a certificate, treat and inflated guitar. As “rock stars,” their photo is displayed for the month in the lunchroom. Giles believes this helps “get the other students excited about meeting their reading goals for the following month.” Beyond school programs, both Giles and Roller believe parents play an active role in helping their children learn to love reading. Giles notes that “parents can demonstrate a love of reading by enjoying books with their children and by being an example of a person who reads  for enjoyment and as a person who reads to learn new information. Students should have a set time for practicing take-home books and they should also enjoy nightly bedtime stories.” When working with a reluctant or struggling reader, Roller offers the following advice for parents. “The important thing is to stay positive and do not give up,” she said. “Never say anything negative or discouraging. We are all different and learn at different paces. I have seen students struggle at the beginning of the year, but by the end of the year they have surpassed those students who ‘got it’ earlier. It takes time, and when it happens you will be amazed and proud.” Wondering what books to read at home with your kids? Roller and Giles both recommend continuing the Dr. Seuss celebration at home. Roller loves “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” “I just love the message it gives,” she said. Giles recommends several Seuss classics for different reasons. She fondly remembers reading “Green Eggs and Ham” to her own daughter but loves “The Sneetches” for reminding students “that everyone doesn’t need to like the

Oakwood Elementary teachers Tammy Giles and Tanja Roller.

same things or look alike to be important.” Regardless of what books they choose, Giles and Roller hope parents remember the value of reading at home. Giles suggests helping kids look forward to reading at home by creating “a reading corner for their children so they can have a comfortable place to read. This area should include a bookcase of books and magazines, a comfortable chair or pillows, and great lightning. Parents should also take their children to the library often.” While reading each night may not seem critical to parents of busy children, Roller reminds parents to find time for reading. “Try not to skip reading 20 minutes each night. If students read just 20 minutes, H Othey U will S Ehave K read E E 3,600 P I minutes NG a school year. Five minutes equals only 900 minutes, and one minute each day is only 180 minutes for a school year. It all adds up.” l



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Titans Boys Tennis Team Up for a Terrific Season By Sarah Almond | sarah@mycityjournas.com

LEFT: Drew Harstfield returns a serve during the Titans’ game against Riverton High School. Olympus won the match 3-2. RIGHT: Dan Reese, a student body officer, keeps his eye on the ball during the match against Riverton. Staying focused on the court is one of the Titans’ biggest goals in the 2016 season.


here is something happening for the Olympus High School tennis program. Along with new head coach Mike Epperson, the team has also seen a massive growth in numbers; in fact, the team has exactly threedozen players on this year’s roster. “About 20 of the guys are relatively seasoned players, and 10 are new to the team this year,” Epperson said. “I don’t cut players. I like to develop and then reload for the following seasons. I’ve learned that successful teams don’t cut.” Prior to coming to Olympus, Epperson coached tennis for four years at Highland High School. With the season off to a strong start, Epperson is incredibly pleased with the Olympus program. “The season is going great. We have about 15 to 20 players that play year-round and are pretty serious about tennis,” Epperson said. “That makes it really easy to coach them and develop them. They have a desire to be at practice and participate.” Both the varsity and JV teams swept their first match against Westlake High School on March 9. “It was a great way to kick off the season,” Epperson said. Though they may have just started their official season, the Titans have been building camaraderie for months. In January, Epperson took about 20 players to St. George for an impromptu tennis trip. “We played about 10 hours of tennis and ate really crappy food and got to know each other really well,” Epperson said. “They also got to know what the expectations were going to be and understand the discipline of the team.” Epperson also coaches youth football at Skyline High School during the fall. “I kind of coach tennis like I do football,” he said. “There is a lot of discipline, a lot of structure and a lot of athleticism. We definitely work out quite a bit, and I am big on getting the guys physically fit.” Along with being on time to practice and focusing strictly on tennis when they are at practice, Epperson expects his players to be constantly jogging when they are on the field. “When they get on the court, there is no

walking, just jogging and running from place to place,” Epperson said. “So at the end of the workout, they are tired and feel like they actually played and did something.” Epperson feels like the players are responding well to his new coaching methods and are meeting all of his requirements. “With the way we are playing, there is no reason why we won’t be a top contender at state,” Epperson said. “I expect us to compete against Skyline for the region title.” Though claiming the region title is his No. 1 goal, Epperson hopes that he can get each varsity player to the state championships. Epperson’s record speaks for itself: Every year he coached at Highland, he was able to send every single one of his varsity players to state. With a majority of the season remaining and the team’s ground work complete, Epperson is putting a lot of emphasis on improving the players’ concentration while on the court. “We really need to work on our mental focus,” he said. “A lot of these players have the athletic skill set to play tennis, but in high school tennis, half of the game is mental. And if you’re not mentally strong and prepared to play, then you’re going to struggle.” To practice fine-tuning concentration, Epperson coaches his players on how to read their opponent, reading their weaknesses and taking advantage of it immediately. He encourages his players to read their challengers during the brief practice periods before a match. “They should be able to know exactly what their opponents’ weaknesses are, and come match time they should know how to take advantage of that weakness,” Epperson said. Players feel like their success in the early season can be credited largely to Epperson’s high standards and thorough coaching methods. “Along with our new coach, I think our senior leadership has helped the overall attitude of the team,” co-captain Blake Finley said. “I feel like there’s a lot more energy and excitement coming out of the players, and I think that’s going to really make this year great.” The Titans play their last game against Cyprus High School on April 21 at 3:30 p.m. l

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wo months ago, Russ Jessop had no idea he would soon be head coach of Skyline High School’s girls softball team. But after the previous coach resigned for personal reasons, Jessop stepped up to the plate. “I was one of the assistants, and my daughter is on the team, and I didn’t want to leave them hanging,” Jessop said. “I talked to the administration, and it just kind of seemed like a natural fit.” Along with a new coach, the Eagles had to do some serious recruiting within the school to convince girls to come out for the team. “We graduated eight seniors last year, and a lot of the girls weren’t coming back for one reason or another,” Jessop said. “So we had to go out and get them. We had to talk to them about fun and that sort of thing.” Jessop was successful in his recruiting efforts, getting around a dozen players to join the team. All in all, the Eagles have 18 girls on their 2016 team and only six who have experience playing softball. “We’re having a lot of fun this year,” sophomore Barrett Jessop said. “It’s been great to watch the more inexperienced girls learn and watch their faces light up when they hit a ball into the outfield. I was really happy to see how many new girls game out to tryouts.” Coach Jeppson elaborated. “This is definitely a rebuilding year for us,” he said. “So we are teaching how to throw, teaching how to catch, teaching how to hold a bat, and I told them at the beginning of the season that we are going for fun and the teaching and learning will follow.

But our goal is to win more games than last year.” Even with a core group of senior players, the Eagles managed to win only three games last season. “We totally underachieved last year,” Jessop said. “Our goals this year are lofty, but with the progression I’m seeing this year I don’t see any reason why we can’t make them happen.” The girls have worked extremely hard to get past the fundamental phase of training and are starting to see their practice pay off. “We have quite a few girls who have just started softball, and they are improving by leaps and bounds,” senior Ivy Reid said. “They are soaking up everything we are saying, and the improvement is apparent after each practice.” Though the Eagles lost their first game 15-0, Jessop was pleased with the amount of strikes, runs and catches the girls were able to complete. He was also happy with the leadership he saw from many of his players. “We only made three or four errors during our first game, so that was pretty good,” Jessop said. “I only have two seniors on the team this year, and I saw good leadership from them.” Along with the two seniors, the team has four juniors, and the rest are sophomores and freshmen. “We have a very young team,” Jessop said. “But I set expectations up front: We are going to learn, we are going to teach, and we’ll start with smaller goals and work our way up. The girls really seem to be buying into that.” The Eagles play their last home game against rival high school Olympus on May 10 at 3:30 p.m. l

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ost people see the library as a place to check out books. It is, but it is also so much more. The library is a onestop-shop for free things. It’s a free place to access Wi-Fi, and, unlike McDonalds, you don’t have to feel obligated to purchase something off of the dollar menu to compensate for the freebie. While you’re using the Wi-Fi, you might as well download some free music or movies off of Freegal, a totally legal site that allows users to download media using their library cards.

If none of the music or videos on Freegal interest you, don’t worry. The library has thousands of CDs and DVDs to choose from. Since the close of Blockbuster and Hollywood Video, Netflix, Hulu, video streaming sites, and Red Box have taken over the at-home movie scene. But what if the movie or TV show you want to watch is too old to be offered from these movie distributors? If it’s an oldie but a goodie, chances are it’s at the library. l


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The Local Food Court Grab a Deal at Knickerbockers Deli By Rachel Hall | r.hall@mycityjournals.com


eople tend to love the breakfast burritos. Jeff Furse, owner of Knickerbockers Deli, suggests trying a “monster burrito” and adding chipotle aioli to it. “Our best sellers really vary day by day,” Furse said. “Our KB hash for breakfast also has quite a following.” A turkey and avocado sandwich, pulled-pork chipotle wrap, Philly cheesesteak sandwich, club sandwich and selection of burgers are all a great deal and good eats at lunch time. “For lunch, our best seller is always whatever our lunch special is,” Furse said. “People really trust our lunch special to be great. We have something different each of the five days a week that we are open.” It’s not just a selection of sandwiches and burgers either — lighter options include a basil chicken salad, cobb salad and Greek salad with a great selection of house-made salad dressings, as well as a selection of house-made soups. “We offer an upbeat, fun and friendly place that has quality food at a good price,” Furse said. When entering the deli, customers will notice the music may be a little loud, but the music is fun and upbeat. They’ll also notice prices are reasonable, friendly customer service and a great view of the mountains, according to Furse. “My theory of atmosphere that people want being in a

business complex is that of, ‘Give me a little fun in my lunch hour,’” he said. “People have been in their work environment all morning long and want something different than they have had all morning long.” Knickerbockers Deli opened in November of 2012 and has relied mainly on word-of-mouth for its growth and success, which includes opening a second location in the Research Park area near the University of Utah. “I have a great staff that makes this restaurant extremely well run and fun to own,” Furse said. “I love the fact that I have 14 employees between the two locations. They have families and many are breadwinners in the group. I love the fact that my business helps put food on their tables and pay the bills.” First-time visitors to Knickerbockers Deli may initially think it is weird to walk into an office building to get lunch, according to Furse. However, there is plenty of parking easily accessible to the deli. “I think people will be blown away by the beautiful patio and indoor seating we offer,” he said. The restaurant also offers online ordering, delivery and call-ahead ordering. Visit www. knickerbockersdeli.com for more information.

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Young and Tough: The 2016 Olympus High School Softball Team By Sarah Almond | sarah@mycityjournals.com


n paper, the Olympus High School softball team might look unthreatening. Aside from just a few returning girls with varsity experience, the team has a significant amount of young players, most of whom have never picked up a glove before. However, with the team’s daily dedication to improve and each player’s individual athletic ability, the Titans have their sights set on a successful season. “I think we’ll struggle in the beginning, but we’ve got so much athleticism on the team that once people catch on, I think we are actually going to do pretty well this season,” Olympus head coach Madison White said. “I know a lot of people think we don’t have a lot of girls who know how to play softball, but we’ve got 20 girls that are willing to come and work hard, and they are already pretty great athletes, so we might surprise a few people.” Twenty-five girls showed up for tryouts, with 20 making the final cut. Though these numbers are typical for the Holladay area, the group welcomed on a larger underclassmen group than normal. “We have a pretty young team this year,” White said. “We have a lot of new girls, but at the same time, we also have a good core group of seniors that have been here for all three years. So we have a good mix.” One of the Titans’ new young players is freshman Emma Merchant, the team’s promising new pitcher. “We have a really good freshman pitcher, Emma, that I think is going to help us out a lot this year,” White said. “She is going to do some really great things.” Along with changes in the team dynamic, Olympus

Olympus players practice charging off the bases. Though young and inexperienced, the group’s athleticism might make them a threat in the 2016 season.

recently moved from Region 7 to Region 6 within Class 4A, meaning it has an entirely new lineup against teams it has rarely played. Knowing the challenges they face, the Titan’s are committed to improving their skills. “We are focusing on hitting, because the more runs you can score, the better chance you have to win games,” White said. “I think we’ll be pretty good on defense, so we really want work on being able to score runs and put runs on the board. We definitely want to focus on hitting and moving


runners around.” Every year, the team travels to St. George to play in a weekend tournament. For White and her players, this weekend away is the highlight of the season. “It’s so much fun,” White said. “We don’t even necessarily go for the softball part but more for the team bonding. The girls have to do a lip-sync battle, and we all go out to dinner, and we have a water balloon fight. And it’s nice that it’s at the beginning of the season because that’s when everybody has their best friend, and in St. George everyone gets to know each other, and we really become a team.” Making new friends and establishing a bond between team members is one of the reasons players are attracted to softball. “I’m excited for the season because I feel like our team can benefit from each and every girl,” senior Natalie Ford said. “I’m also looking forward to the teamwork and how we bond and stuff. There are some players on the team that I barely know, but I’m excited to get to know them as the season progresses.” With camaraderie and sportsmanship backing their everimproving skills, the Olympus softball team is expecting to have a memorable season—regardless of wins or losses. “Even in the first week, the athleticism improved so much,” White said. “The girls caught on so fast, and that’s why I think we are going to do pretty well this year.” The Titans play their last home game against Judge Memorial High School on May 3 at 3:30 p.m. l

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hile there is a lot information available on what we should do to have healthy teeth and gums, one of the most important things is to go to the dentist. For many people, fear is why they avoid dental appointments. That is why it is so important to find a dentist who works to alleviate anxiety in their patients. Finding the right dentist can be a challenge, but your search will be over with Holladay Family and Implant Dentistry. Dr. Jesse Greaves has been practicing in Holladay for almost 20 years and is excited to welcome another qualified dentist to his practice. Dr. Mark Cannon is thrilled at the opportunity, and would like to introduce himself below. My name is Mark Cannon and I am excited to be joining Dr. Greaves at Holladay Family and Implant Dentistry. We live in the same neighborhood and know a lot of the same people. After 13 years away with school and practicing dentistry, I am back where I grew up. I attended Skyline High School and the University of Utah.

I married Debra Losee who went to Olympus High School. She has been amazing to go on this wild journey with me as we are raising four wonderful children. I am a sports and outdoor enthusiast. I enjoy most sports, especially football and golf. Growing up with scouting helped propel my love for the outdoors. Our family enjoys camping, hiking and exploring Utah. We also love to travel. Living in Philadelphia, Colorado and Kentucky has given us amazing opportunities to see much of the United States. Now that we are back in Utah, we have discovered many new trails and areas we look forward to exploring. I hope to hear about your experiences in the great outdoors too. Our family is very excited to start this new adventure and be a part of this community. I look forward to meeting all of our patients. I also want to invite anyone needing a dentist to visit our office, even if you just need a second opinion. I’m thankful to Dr. Jesse Greaves for this opportunity to join his amazing practice.

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Nine Tips for Saving Money at the Magic Kingdom of Disneyland


isneyland: it’s Utah’s favorite theme park. With the exception of California, it’s estimated that more people from Utah visit Disneyland per capita than from any other state, but it’s expensive. Setting the whopping cost of admission aside, it’s not uncommon to see folks spending a king’s fortune on food and merchandise. Disney is a magical place for the kiddos, but the real magic for adults is figuring out how to pay a visit without breaking the bank. It’s been a while since I visited Disneyland, so I turned to some of the frugal moms that write for Coupons4Utah.com and travel expert Krista Mayne from Wasatch Travel for some money-saving advice to help you save on your next Disney trip. Here are their tips and tricks for saving money at the most magical place on earth. #1 — Check with a travel agent before booking. When you purchase a package, many airlines offer bulk airfare discounts when combined with either a hotel or car or both. Travel agents have access to these for you. Going off-season and staying in an off-property resort can yield the highest savings. #2 — Check for group rates. Disney offers various discounts for military members, college students, credit union members, corporate and government groups, teachers and youth groups. #3 — We find the three-day hopper pass to be the best ticket value, as it allows you one early entrance into one park.

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at counter restaurants, which are a surprisingly generous amount of food. #7 — Purchase a Premium Disney Character meal as part of your travel package, which is valid at Ariel’s Disney Princess Celebration, Ariel’s Grotto or Goofy’s Kitchen.  If you use it for one of the dinners rather than breakfast or lunch, you will save the most money on your meal. #8 — If you are a Chase Disney or Star Wars Visa or debit cardholder, you will get extra perks, such as 10 percent off select food purchases in the parks. Chase Disney debit cardholders can meet at a secret place for special alone time with Disney characters. For information visit https:// disneydebit.com/vacation-perks. #9 — Use coupons. You can save on local restaurants and shops by couponing. Purchase a membership to the Orange County Entertainment Book to use on your vacation. Visit http://www.coupons4utah.com/Entertainment.com for details. Also, check your hotel for local coupons, which are oftentimes found in in-room magazines. ADDED VALUES To find out more about the available travel packages for Disney, contact Wasatch Travel. Mention Coupons4Utah in the City Journals for a free personalized gift for your children.  Krista Mayne can be reached at 435-709-8656. Thanks to our coupon-clipping moms of Coupons4Utah Holly and Chelsi for the additional tips. l

This means you can ride some popular rides before the crowds pick up. We suggest spending one full day at Disneyland, one day at Disney’s California Adventure Park and one day going between parks to visit anything you missed or want to see again. You don’t have to use these days consecutively, so add a few beach days in between. #4 — Make use of the hotels shuttle service. Disneyland charges $17 a day to park in one of their parking lots or structures. Multiply that by three and you’ll be spending $51 just to park. Parking for oversized vehicles and vehicles with trailers comes in at $22 to $27 a day. #5 — Buy souvenirs before you go. You’ll save a ton of money by purchasing T-shirts, character pjs, drink cups, etc. before you go to Disneyland. For extra fun, hide your treasures from your kids and sneak them out during the night as a gift from the magical fairies. #6 — While Disney’s  official policy says it does not allow outside food or drinks, Disneyland does allow most food and water or juice items in small, soft-sided coolers. A few things they will not allow are hard-sided coolers, glass containers, large coolers or alcoholic beverages. Fountain drinks and water bottles inside the park are upwards of $3 each, but ice and water are free anywhere that sells food and drinks. Counter meals are considerably less expensive than eating at table service restaurants. Adults may order kid meals

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Death by Appliance


’m pretty sure my hair dryer tried to kill me. Its cord wrapped around a drawer handle, pulling the dryer out of my hand where it crashed into my shoulder and hip before smashing onto my foot. It’s not the first time I’ve been attacked by a machine.

It got me thinking — if regular appliances can figure out how to bump me off, imagine how easy it will be for smart appliances to murder unsuspecting homeowners. I remember when the Clapper was invented. It was pure magic. You clapped your hands, your lamp shut off. Simple. Non-threatening. But I’ve watched enough scifi to know technology can become unspeakably evil. Let’s see: I can let my phone control my lights, heating, power and bank account. Yeah, nothing can go wrong with that. Advances in technology (i.e., ways to make us lazier) move shockingly fast. When Isaac Asimov laid out the rules for robots (they can’t kill us, they have to obey, etc. — kind of like the rules we give teenagers), I don’t remember the robots ever actually signing anything promising to abide by those rules. We just assume our machines won’t kill us in our sleep. (Kind of like teenagers.) Now, your fridge has all kinds of power. It notices

you’re out of milk and alerts a farmhand in Nebraska who gets jolted out of bed with an electric shock so he can milk a cow and send a drone to drop a gallon of milk on your porch. Your toilet can analyze urine and tell the fridge to add minerals (or rat poison) to your drinking water. The next step will be a toilet that realizes you’re pregnant and immediately posts your happy news to social media sites. There are security cameras you can access through your phone to spy on your kids, spouse, pets and neighbors. At what point do these “conveniences” become intrusive? Will toothbrushes sneak a DNA sample and send it to the FBI? Can hit men track you through your cell phone with voice-recognition apps? Could your phone run your fingerprints when you pick it up? Conspiracy theorists’ heads will explode with all the frightening possibilities. And if you think dealing with moody humans is bad, try putting up with passive-aggressive appliances. You’ll hurt your toaster’s feelings when it overhears you


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Vol. 13 Iss. 04

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Vol. 13 Iss. 04