July 2015 | Vol. 15 Iss. 7
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TATTOO ARTIST AND FATHER OF THREE SHARES HIS EXPERIENCE OF OVERCOMING MOUNTAINOUS ODDS
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[Response to Life & Laughter column “Free Range Children” by Peri Kinder, June 2015, Volume 12, Issue 6.] Perry Kinder: Montgomery County, Maryland (location of the “Free Range Children” mentioned last month in your article) was a wonderful place to grow up for me. During the 60s I could roam anywhere I wanted and not worry my parents as they knew I had to come home when I would grow hungry. Up in the morning at the crack of dawn, riding my bike all over the town in which I lived, exploring and learning new things. No one had to worry about children disappearing in that day as only children of the rich and famous were taken. While I was away at College in 1974, however, the unthinkable happened. Two young girls were kidnapped off of a quiet suburban street. Sheila Lyon and her younger sister, Katherine, lived in Kensington, Montgomery County, Maryland with their 2 brothers and parents, Mary and John Lyon. John Lyon was a well known radio personality at WMAL. On March 25, 1975, just days before both girls’ birthdays, Sheila (then 12 years old) and Katherine (then 10 years old) left their family home in Kensington between 11 a.m. and 12 noon. The girls were walking to the Whea-
the resident voice ton Plaza Shopping Center in Montgomery County, which was approximately one-half mile from their house and no major streets needed to walked along or crossed. It seemed perfectly safe. Today the girls are still missing and the cold case team turns up new information on occasion. This event has changed Montgomery County into an environment of doubt and fear. No one allows their children outside alone unless it’s close to home. The parents have never recovered from this horrific experience and the entire community has been scarred also. This is why the ten year old and six year old found wandering along Georgia Avenue (comparable to State Street here in Utah) caused uproar. They were several miles from home and were playing in a deserted parking structure where unsavory characters are known to visit. A man walking his dog called the police who, although they handled the situation poorly, removed them from what appeared to be an unsafe environment. Utah is still a reasonably safe place to allow children to wander within certain limits, while the D.C. metropolitan area is not. No parent wants a repeat of what happened to the Lyon sisters back in 1974. Christine Shetrone
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Moving Mountains for change TATTOO ARTIST AND FATHER OF THREE SHARES HIS EXPERIENCE OF OVERCOMING MOUNTAINOUS ODDS By Alisha Soeken
ometimes change happens softly like the bending and opening of petals in the sun. Other times, like in the molding of character, it requires grit, painstaking work and patience. Good qualities of character are attributed easily to ecclesiastic leaders or humanitarian aid workers, but what of the less obvious: the homeless, the addicts, the man covered in tattoos? Luke Jensen, the 26-year-old co-owner of Aloha Salt Lake Tattoos in Murray and father of three, has his own story of painstaking change. “I grew up in a typical nineties family involved in a typical nineties divorce,” Jensen said. “I don’t know if that spawned into me acting up, but at a really young age I was very defiant.” Trouble started for Jensen early in school. He got into fights and was disobedient, which led to escalating trouble after school. Jensen’s first arrest was at age 11. “I stole a lighter from Reams. I had money in my pocket, I didn’t need to steal it. Stupid,” Jensen said. “I lived in West Valley with my father and found kids there that acted like I did, so it was easy to ban together and go out and be bad. We were stealing stuff, getting weed, drinking, all kinds of reckless, non-thinking craziness, which lead obviously to criminal offenses.” From the ages of 11 to 16, Jensen was more often than not incarcerated or in state custody. “The only time I wasn’t in trouble was when I was playing baseball. Ever since I was little I wanted to play pro baseball and I was very good at it. I definitely could have played collegiately,” he said. “I played in championship games with the Babe Ruth League of Taylorsville, but I lived a double life; after the game I would shower up, sneak out and get arrested.”
Tattoo artist Luke Jensen. Photo courtesy of Alisha Soeken
Luke Jensen and Jon Poulson, co-owners of Aloha Salt Lake Tattoos located at 6657 S. State #4 in Murray. Photo courtesy of Alisha Soeken At age 16, barely old enough to drive a car, Jensen found out he was going to be a father. “After the birth of my baby girl a lot of things changed inside. I knew I had to let go of a lot of my fear and hate. I knew that the man I was was ugly and bad, and I wanted to change that so I could have some kind of purity inside to give her.” But despite this inward decision, Jensen was still involved in selling drugs, burglaries, aggravated assaults, and was arrested many times. It got so bad that Jensen carried a gun and wore a bulletproof vest, believing someone would kill him. In 2006 at the age of 17, just following the birth of his baby girl, Jensen was sent to Decker Lake Youth Center, a medium security state prison in West Valley City. Soon after arriving he learned he would be a father again. Jensen served two years in Decker Lake. While there he graduated high school and was a motivational speaker. Jensen knew well his recidivism rate and was determined not to be like the majority that never left the system, yet despite his resolve after leaving Decker Lake, he got right back into his criminal life, which ultimately resulted in serving two years in the Utah State Prison. Jensen missed the birth of his third child, along with the funerals of friends and family. “But,” Jensen said, “the best part of prison was that I was alone. I learned how to be alone and that I am the only one who can get me out of this situation; the things that I do in here are going to delegate exactly how I get out, when I get out, and what I’m going to be when I get out.” Jensen used those two years to make changes mentally; he read books, a lot of them. He read about religion and studied each individually. “When I study I can thrive,” Jensen said. “I can apply that knowledge.” When Jensen got out of prison, he was 22 years old. “I
was a kid with three kids of my own and nothing else. I was scared I was going to fall on my face.” But this time he didn’t. After holding down a job for two years, Jensen apprenticed at a tattoo shop and then decided, three and a half years later, to open his own shop with friend Jon Poulson in Murray City. “Murray City helped us with the hiccups of getting permits, and community members helped us scrape together our shop,” Jensen said. With well over 50 tattoos covering his body, Jensen himself looks different. “I know I don’t fit the normal Utah look; I’m under a heavy amount of scrutiny, but it excites me. I bet if you speak to me, I will change your opinion. I open doors and I still believe in finding opportunities to help people. When I see a mom with five kids and bags full of groceries, I say, ‘Do you want me to help you? Sorry, I know I look like creepy and like I’m going to take all your groceries and kids, but can I help you?’ I love it when someone looks shocked but then says, ‘You’re not as bad as you look.’” When asked what would he say to his teenage self, Jensen looks surprised and remembers a letter he wrote just weeks before. “Dear 16 year old, I envy you, the freedom, the excitement of youth and the power to be anything. You love with caution to the wind, but those things you love now will become a memory faster than you think. Don’t worry about him, her, they, them: be you. Build the strongest foundation you can, make mistakes, learn. In ten years no one will remember what you wore that one night, at that one party, that one time. Be happy, fall, struggle, remember, pick up and repeat. Don’t worry about being a flower now: they die fast and wilt away. Be the water that feeds the flower, be the sun that provides the light for the flower, be the wind that spreads its seeds. Do something, live it up, be deaf to the word stress and blind to the malicious scowl of normal; it goes fast, trust me.” l
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t’s an election year for the Murray City Council, and five Murray residents have declared their candidacy for three available spots. Up for election this year are the council seats for Districts 1, 3 and 5. Districts 2 and 4, along with the mayor’s post, will be up for election in 2017. Councilmembers serve fouryear terms. Because there are no more than two candidates for each council seat, there will be no August primary. Voting will take place in this year’s November general election. This is the first year that Murray will conduct voting by mail. All registered voters will receive a ballot at their address on file. At least one polling station will be available at City Hall. DISTRICT 1 In District 1, Dave Nicponski is seeking his second term on the council. Nicponski is a 20-year resident of Murray, who has enjoyed both the residential and business aspects of life
“I am truly committed to protecting and responsibly growing Murray City,” said Nicponski. He asks for people to vote for him based on his commitment and track record, which includes a balanced budget and no property tax increase. Challenging Nicponski in District 1 is Tiffany Doncouse. She and her family moved to Murray almost three years ago. She is currently serving as the legislative chair in House District 35. “I like the central location of our beautiful city, but more than location, I love the people of Murray. People in Murray care and feel more invested in the community than anywhere else I have lived,” said Doncouse. Doncouse views Murray’s biggest challenge as increasing and maintaining economic development, including policy decisions that are beneficial to current and future generations of Murray residents. Doncouse finds great accomplishment and satisfaction in raising her four children
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in Murray. He sees future business development as one of the biggest challenges the city faces moving forward. In reflecting on his service to date and considering the council’s best accomplishment in that time, Nicponski cites “bringing together and negotiating understanding and agreement among homeowners that were impacted by the canal flood and canal company.” Nicponski wants to continue to be on the council as a matter of public service, and would put budget and policy as his priorities. He believes a councilmember should understand his constituents, then develop the community without negative impact to residential areas.
in Murray. She feels a stronger support system is needed to meet the challenges of raising children, especially those with special needs. For that reason, she founded Kids in Mind, a network that brings awareness, support and a collaborative voice to mental health issues in children. A desire to serve the community and have a meaningful impact on the local level drives Doncouse to seek a spot on the council. She would work to ensure that first responders were trained to more easily identify and handle mental health issues. She also wants to
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Saying Goodbye By Alisha Soeken
n 1911, the same year Ronald Reagan was born, the groundbreaking for Fenway Park began, there were only 46 stars on the American flag, and Hillcrest School, now Hillcrest Junior High, was built in Murray City. And on June 24, 2015, residents and past students were given one last chance to walk its halls before pre-demolition efforts began. Among the visitors was Allison Cheshire Day. Day grew up the youngest of nine and attended Hillcrest from 1990-1993. “I remember everything was great; I had good teachers and a great experience. I don’t know if all kids do or not, but I did. I learned a lot and was happy there.” Day played the clarinet in the band and enjoyed performing and being on stage. She was grateful to walk through her school one last time and said, “I’m excited to find the old economics room and try and find where my lockers once were.” Christina Ogrin and her sister Kathleen Ogrin also came to walk the familiar halls before
Top left inset: Hillcrest Junior High students’ handprints just outside the front steps of the soon-to-be demolished building. Visitors get one last photo in front of the Hillcrest Junior High School building before demolition. Photo courtesy of Alisha Soeken demolition. Both played basketball and ran track while at school. “It’s fun to come back and remember your whole experience. Being in the halls and classrooms and remembering my teachers is kind of cool,” Christina said. A school building is not only bricks and long halls: it is childhood memories that feel as real today as when you lived them. It’s the history of people in a place that for a short time you called home. As diverse as our school experiences can be, we all have the building in common. The Hillcrest building stood for over a century, and halfway into its life Brad Freeze walked a mile each morning to attend it. Freeze was a student from 1963-1965. “I had a lot of fun playing basketball here. I got into trouble
Left: Sisters Christina and Kathleen Ogrin walk one last time through their old junior high school. Right: Brad Freeze, a student at Hillcrest from 1963-65, and wife Cassie Freeze walk the familiar halls of Hillcrest Junior High. Photos courtesy of Alisha Soeken
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a little bit and made lots of good friends,” Freeze said. His father, Jim Freeze, also attended Hillcrest back when Rendering of the new Hillcrest Junior High School. it was Murray High School. “My father is 93 years old, the structure and those who loved it left and when he went to Murray High he was the an imprint that will last forever. l class president for five years straight,” Freeze said. As you watch people walk through the empty classrooms and hallways, you realize n open house for the new Hillcrest Junior that monuments matter. This structure stood High School is planned for Thursday, August 6, faithfully for 104 years and housed countless 2015 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. with a dedication program students and teachers, who on this last walk at 6:30 p.m. through find it hard to say goodbye. But, as an apple tree will once again A Brief History of Hillcrest produce fruit after a transplant, so shall HillJunior High School crest Jr. High. Ground was broken for the new building east of the original site, and students The original structure was built in 1911 as will attend at the beginning of the upcoming Hillcrest School and served grades one through 2015-2016 school year. eight. From 1913-1916 the student body changed Visitors’ memories awaken, and after from seventh to twelfth graders, and in 1916-1954 they finish walking the halls, taking pictures its name was changed to Murray High & Junior and recalling old friends and teachers, they High. In 1954-1960 it again changed names to leave through the wide front doors onto paveMurray Junior High, and in the 1960-1961 school ment that will soon be gone. Handprints of year, the building was given its current name of past students were made permanent in that Hillcrest Junior High. cement and, though they may be torn down,
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when he began operating a business in Murray before moving here. Brass believes that a councilmember’s most important responsibilities are to provide for the health, safety and welfare of city residents. This includes providing the services they need, providing a high quality of service and spending responsibly. Experience is what Brass feels most qualifies him to serve on the council. Murray provides its own police, fire, water, sewer and power services, and Brass has background in many of those areas, particularly power. DISTRICT 5
DISTRICT 3 In District 3, Jim Brass is the sole candidate for the available council seat. The new term will be his fourth. He and his family have lived in Murray for about 30 years and have enjoyed the sense of community. “It’s really not a small town, but it’s got that feel,” said Brass. “It feels like a small, tight community.” Downtown revitalization and infrastructure, particularly roads, are what Brass sees as Murray’s biggest challenges. Those two issues will be his priorities in his next term. “You get one shot at something that’s going to be there for 50 to 100 years,” said Brass, referring to the need to improve Murray’s downtown. When reflecting on past successes on the council, Brass recalls the difficult decisions brought about by the recent recession. “When the economy nosedived in 2008, we were able to maintain services; we didn’t have to lay off any people,” said Brass. “We could keep things going without raising property tax. The council and the city and our employees stepped up and we made the cuts we needed to ride this thing through, and now we’re back in really good financial shape.” Brass wants to continue to be on the council as a way of giving back to a city that has been kind to him, going all the way back to
In District 5, Brett Hales is seeking his second term on the council. He has lived with his family in Murray for about 27 years, and appreciates the closeness of community he finds here. Hales sees Utopia, the much-maligned fiber optic system, as Murray’s biggest challenge. He feels that the city has given enough money to the project and wants to find a way to remove the burden from Murray residents. During his service to date, Hales is most pleased with having kept finances in check, keeping taxes low, and working within the city budget. Keeping things in budget would continue to be one of his priorities. Hales has thoroughly enjoyed his first term on the council and the progress of the city. He feels that there is a very transparent relationship between the council and city administration, and also enjoys working with individual residents. Hales believes a councilmember’s most important responsibility is honesty, and to promote trust between the council and city residents. “They voted for me to be their voice, and not for me to throw my own opinion in,” said Hales. His track record is what Hales believes most qualifies him to continue to be on the council. “If you’ve liked the last four years, and that we’ve kept taxes low and have been responsible with finances, and you’re seeing improvement, and you want to have somebody you can trust and someone that’s transparent, then vote for me,” said Hales. Challenging Hales in District 5 is Hal Johnson. At press time, Johnson could not be reached for comment.
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urray Public Services officials don’t want to be the bottleneck as Murray grows. This means spending money now to upgrade public services systems, specifically the city’s wastewater infrastructure, in the hopes that it will save money later and ensure that development can occur. The city’s sewer system generally flows to the north and to the west. It connects to a main line and then runs to the Central Valley Water Reclamation Facility, which processes wastewater from several cities, including Taylorsville, Cottonwood Heights, Kearns and Murray. The facility treats millions of gallons of wastewater each day. Effluent, or treated wastewater, is discharged into Mill Creek As reported by Doug Hill, Murray Public Services director, in a May committee meeting, Murray’s six-year-old wastewater plan is based on development occurring at 50 units per acre. Projects are now being proposed at over 100 units per acre. Hill is concerned about spending money on wastewater upgrades designed for a lower density when developers are pursuing much higher density projects. In cities such as Murray with relatively little vacant land available for new development, developers typically pursue projects that increase existing density. Cities then have to plan for these market-driven realities. With an undersized wastewater system, the city may face a situation where its planning and zoning department approves a project, only to have the wastewater department say it can’t be done. “We don’t want to be in a position where wastewater is holding up development,” said Hill. But Hill doesn’t want to spend too much money by overdesigning the system, either. He and his staff have looked for the middle ground in which the wastewater system is adequately sized. Spending on an undersized or an oversized system would both mean money wasted—like nearly flushing money down the drain. For instance, the city has current plans to spend $1 million to upgrade sewer lines along 900 West and 4800 South. That design is based on 50 units per acre. As higher density development occurs, those same lines would have to be replaced well before they otherwise would, meaning the city would be spending money twice on the same project. Going too large, however, would mean a system that runs mostly empty, like building a freeway in anticipation of traffic that never comes. Seeking that middle ground, Hill has sug-
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Higher density developments such as Fireclay have forced Murray City to reevaluate the design of its wastewater system. Photo by Scott Bartlett gested designing the system for 100 units per acre. He and his staff have identified 18 “pinch points” in the system that would have to be upsized at a cost of approximately $3 million. Upgrading the system based on 75 units per acre would cost approximately $2 million, and may not be large enough to handle whatever development occurs. Higher-density developments have been a big part of Murray’s economy. The Fireclay development, one of Murray’s newer projects
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be in a position where wastewater is holding up development.” located in its transportation-oriented district, is 130 units per acre. According to Hill, the transportation-oriented districts with mixed use zones and downtown zones have unlimited density. City staff averaged those areas with the city’s lower-density zones to arrive at the recommended 100 units per acre design for the wastewater system. For comparison, Salt Lake City’s City Creek development is 300 units per acre, with Gateway housing coming in at a range of 150 to 300 units per acre. Averaging all of Salt Lake’s 10-acre downtown area yields 20 units per acre. As with any planning endeavor, each de-
cision carries risk. Do nothing, wait for more development and react once it arrives, and risk delaying or prohibiting otherwise feasible projects. Spend money on a smaller system and risk having to spend it again – and more – should the system prove inadequate. Or, spend more money on a larger system now and risk the increased capacity going unused, with the potential of other needed projects going unfunded to pay for an empty sewer system. Hill believes the 100 unit per acre design is the right call, and that waiting to upgrade the system would be much more expensive later. This balancing act of expenditure and planning will affect both the city’s available funds and its economy as the city continues to grow. There is currently $3.5 million in the city’s reserve wastewater fund. Policy allows for $2 million of the reserve fund to be spent on the proposed upgrades. Impact fees, which are charges levied when a new user connects to the system and is a common practice for most any utility, would recoup some of the project cost. Hill’s goal is to complete the proposed upgrades without increasing wastewater fees, which would mean residents of lower-density areas would not have to subsidize project costs for their new, higher-density neighbors. In some ways, public service systems like sewers are like sports referees: as long as they’re doing their job, people hardly notice they’re even there. It’s a thankless and dirty job, but an important one. l
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Rough-and-tumble Annie Oakley is the best shot around. When she’s discovered by Buffalo Bill and persuaded to join his Wild West Show, Annie is plucked from obscurity and becomes the toast of Europe. This fictionalized version of real-life sharpshooter Annie Oakley and her romance with Frank Butler boasts a lively musical score of Irving Berlin’s including “There’s No Business Like Show Business” and Anything You Can Do.” This production is produced by Murray Arts Council with permission from Rodgers and Hammerstein.
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Aug 8 - Big Band Swing in the Park with guest artist Bill Tole, 8 p.m., $5 general admission, under 5 free Aug 20-22, 24, 27-29 - Camelot, Produced by Murray Cultural Arts with permission from Tams-Witmark, 8 p.m., $10 adult, $7 child/senior, $35 Family with Dependent Children (August 24 only).
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Family Night Series Bring the Whole Family Young and Old! The 2nd Monday of every month at 7 p.m., FREE Murray Heritage Senior Center #10 East 6150 South - 2 block west of State July 13 Salt City Saints, Dixieland Aug 10 Ophir Creek, Bluegrass
Kids Act Up Drama Camp We are inviting enthusiastic, wannabe actors to come learn the FUNdamentals of being on stage! We’re a place where all children, from the shy to the outgoing can develop at their own pace, with plenty of positive encouragement! Activities will include improv games, musical theatre, props, and developing a show! At the end of each camp there will be a performance for parents! Instructor: Wendy Smedshammer Place: Murray Park Pavilion #5 SESSION #1 Ages: 9-14 Dates: July 27 - August 7, Monday through Friday Time: 9 to 11 a.m. Class Size: Limited to 30 Fee: $50 resident, $55 non-resident SESSION #2 Ages: 5-8 Dates: August 3-7, Monday through Friday Time: 11 a.m. to 12 noon Class Size: Limited to 15 Fee: $25 resident, $30 non-resident
R ecreation Boys & Girls Fall High School Basketball Put your high school team together to test your skills against other area varsity high school teams. High school coaches are allowed to coach to test the talent for the upcoming season. Certified high school officials will be used. This is a great league top work on developing leadership, improving physical conditioning and playing in a competitive environment. Teams play two games per week (Girls play Mondays & Wednesdays, Boys play Tuesdays & Thursdays) and must provide your own jerseys. Cost is $350 per team; play begins September 14. Call Murray Parks & Recreation at 801-264-2614.
Movies in the Park July 17 — Box Trolls Ken Price Baseball Field
July 31 — Frozen Murray Park by the Gazebo
August 14 — Monsters University Murray Park by the Gazebo
August 28 — Dolphin Tale 2 Murray Park by the Gazebo
Matt Harpring “Back to Basics” Basketball Camp 2015 Dates:
August 3 to 6
Session One AM Camp: 8:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.
Session Two PM Camp: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
$165 one session or camper
The Park Center (202 E. Murray Park Aveune)
7-9, 10-12, 13-15 years old
Murray Parks and Recreation Office in Murray Park and mail to: 296 E Murray Park Avenue, Murray UT 84107
For more information: www.mattharpring.com
Jr. Real Soccer Murray Parks and Recreation has joined with Real Salt Lake to offer Jr. Real Soccer. All participants will receive a jersey, a game ticket to a Real Salt lake game, an award plus play 10 games. Soccer is the #1 sport in the world and played by more people. It’s a game in which everyone can play. Signups are being taken right now for the upcoming fall season. Grades K-6th play recreational soccer while grades 7-9th play competitive soccer (some teams may be coed). All games are played on short-sided fields to increase individual playing skills. Games will be played on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.
Fall Wednesday Night Mens Softball League All teams will play seven games. Softballs are provided. These leagues are USSSA CLASS D leagues. No double wall bats are allowed. Dates:
Monday Night Coed August 31-October 26
Wednesday Night Men’s September 9-October 21
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Register: Murray Parks and Recreation Office in Murray Park
Coaches are needed, so please volunteer.
Fall Adult Coed Kickball League
August 13 to September 19
Pre-K, K - 9th grade
1st 10 teams to register. Play 7 games. Overall winners is crowned the league champion. Provide your own t-shirts. Play with 11 players, four of which must be women. Can have up to 18 players on a roster.
Fall Only $40 Residents, $50 Non Residents $5 Late Registration
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Registration: Murray Parks & Recreation or The Park Center or register online at www.mcreg.com
September 10 to October 22
Murray Parks and Recreation is taking registrations for its Fall Monday Night Coed League.
Murray Park Softball Field Murray Parks and Recreation Office or online: www.murray.utah.gov
JULY 2015 T he H eritage S enior C enter The Heritage Center is a 55+ recreation center for people who like to stay active, learn, get services, go places, stay healthy, play, volunteer, meet people, enjoy life, and more. Lunch is served Tuesday-Friday anytime between 11:30 a.m and 12:30 p.m. and you pay for your meal after you pick up your food. No reservations are needed except for special events. Options include the regular menu item, salad, Panini, soup and sandwiches. The cost ranges from $2 $4 for people 55+.
Special Events: Outdoor Brunch Café starts July 13 – The Center will offer a “Brunch” every Monday on the patio from 10:00-12:00. Brunch will continue through Monday, August 31. Choose eggs any style, omelets, pancakes, waffles, toast various meat items, hash browns, or the Chef’s special which changes weekly. Beverages are complimentary with your order. Prices range from $3-5. The free Monday evening Family Concerts on Monday, July 13 at 7:00 pm will present the Salt City Saints in the backyard of the Center. The Salt City Saints (Dixieland Jazz) are a group of veteran players based in Salt Lake City who bring together decades of inspiration to fuse jazz, blues, funk, and similar melodies from the illustrious past of jazz and rock, spun into lively adventurous renditions, energized with lots of soul. On Monday, August 10 at 7:00 pm Ophir Creek (Bluegrass) is a Utah group recently emerged to redefine the folk, bluegrass, and Southern gospel tradition and to
keep it burning with an exciting new sound. Ophir Creek performs a range of songs from soft ballads to rollicking double banjo-supported slices of Americana. Please come and join us in the backyard at the Center. Invite your family and friends to attend, all ages are welcome. The Center will open at 6:00 if you’d like to bring a picnic to enjoy before the concert.
from 11:00-12:00 (FREE).
and anyone can join in on the fun.
Toenail Clippings – Doctor Shelton will be at the Center on Thursday, August 27 from 9:30-12:00 to provide toenail clippings and routine foot screenings. The cost is $10 and advance payment is required. Dr. Shelton is unable to provide services for people who are diabetic or on anti-clotting agents such as Coumadin.
Birthday Wednesday – First Wednesday of each month. Celebrate your birthday and you could win a free lunch. The lunch is on us if you’re turning 60, 70, 80, 90 or 100 this month. Tell us if you have reached a new decade.
Other Services: Haircuts – Tuesdays from 9:00-12:00. Appointments are needed, cost $8. Attorney – An attorney will be available for free 20 minute legal consultations on Thursday, July 16 or Tuesday, August 11 from 11:00-1:00. Appointments are needed.
Bingo – Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:45. Donations are appreciated and used to purchase the certificates and prizes for bingo day. Happy Hatters – First and third Thursdays at 12:45. Red Hat Society chapter meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month to play BUNCO and Mexican Train and on the third Thursday to play Hand & Foot.
Massage – Every Friday from 11:45-3:45, Sue Corder is at the Center to serve you with your massage needs. One hour is $36 and half hour is $18. Appointments are required. You may schedule up to 4 weeks in advance.
Recreation: Billiards and Ping Pong – Provided during the Center’s hours of operation. Ladies Pool -- On Mondays at 12:30 a small group of women meet in the pool room to play pool. They would like to extend an invitation to any women that would like to join the pool group, maybe you played in the past, would like to refresh your skills, or just come and meet some new people. Monday Movies – Be in your seat at 1:00 to enjoy our free Monday movie and popcorn. Pickleball – On Mondays from 10:15-12:00 or Thursdays from 9:00-11:00, you can learn to play Pickleball at the Center for free. Pickleball is played with wood or plastic paddles on a badminton size court using a whiffle ball. It is great exercise and helps in developing better hand-eye coordination. Pinochle – Wednesdays at 9:15. Players must check in no later than 9:00. The cost is $2 and is paid tournament day.
Bridge – Mondays from 11:00-2:00 is a teaching class taught by Carol Meyers. Come and learn or refresh old skills. Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:00-4:00, free informal Bridge play (Chicago/Party).
Blood Pressure & Glucose – The first Thursday of each month from 11:00-12:00 and third Friday
Canasta – Tuesdays from 11:00-2:30. Everyone is welcome (including beginners), all games are free
Game Day – Make a new friend and learn a new game every Thursday at 12:30 in the card room – Mexican Train, Dominos, Rummikub, Skip-Bo and more. Want to Jam – Bring your instrument and jam on Thursday, August 13 at 3:30-5:00. Past gatherings have included drums, guitar, violin, piano with all types of music played from jazz to country. Informal and all types of instruments are welcome. Social Dance – Every Thursday evening from 7:00-10:00. Cost $4. Dance to the musical genius of Tony Summerhays. Light refreshments will be served during the break and door prizes will be given each week. Line Dancing – Enjoy some great exercise, stimulate your brain, and meet friends; Tuesdays at 9:30 for all dancers and Tuesday afternoons at 2:00 for beginners. Cost is $1.50 and is paid the day of class and placed in the box on or near the stage. Shirlene Lundskog is our instructor. She dances with the Sandy Line Dance performing group. Square Dancing – Kick up your heels with Square
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Dance on Thursday afternoon from 1:00-3:00. The cost is $2 per day and is paid when you arrive. Beginners are welcome.
Recycle Presentation – On Friday, July 17 at 10:30, a representative from Ace Recycle & Disposal will be at the Center to discuss ways to improve your recycling skills at home. All of us can make some small improvements in this area. Dawn will be here to walk you through some simple ways to recycle. This is a free class, sign up now.
Trips: Heber Drive – Take a drive with us and test the new bus. On Monday, July 13 or Thursday, August 13, we’ll drive to Heber. Cost is $5. Call the Center for more details. Ruth’s Diner – Take a drive up emigration canyon to the famous Ruth’s Diner for lunch on Monday, July 20 or Tuesday, July 28 at 1:30. Cost is $5. Call the Center for more details. Springville World Folkfest – The Center bus will travel to the Springville Folkfest on Thursday, July 30 at 5:00 pm and will return about 11:00 pm. Cost is $10. Sign-ups begin July 10. Payson Salmon Supper – Join us for the 61st annual Payson Salmon Supper on Friday, August 7. We have a chartered a 56 passenger bus that will depart at 2:30 and the cost is $26. Registration for this popular trip begins on July 16. Every August, thousands of pounds of fresh Alaskan salmon are flown in to Payson City for this hearty meal of finegrilled salmon served with a baked potato, sweet local corn on the cob, salad and dessert. Big Cottonwood Canyon/Brighton Silver Lake – Get out of the heat and travel up Big Cottonwood Canyon and enjoy a picnic at Brighton. The Center bus make two trips to Brighton, Tuesday, August 25 and Thursday, August 27 at 11:30. Cost $10. Call the Center for more details. Shakespeare Festival – August 31 to September 2. The Center will again charter a bus to visit the Tony Award winning Shakespeare Festival. Join us as we see three plays this year, The Taming of the Shrew, Charley’s Aunt, and either South Pacific of King Lear. The cost is $310 per person (double occupancy) and $375 (single room) and includes two nights at the Abbey Inn, chartered bus, dinners at Rusty’s and Milt’s and three plays. Sign up now.
Climbing the Peaks – On Tuesday, August 11 at 10:30 Carol Masheter will be at the Center to present her slide show and share experiences from her recent climbs of peaks in the beautiful Alp. If you have not ever seen or heard Carol present one of her climbing trips you are in for a treat. She has climbed all of the 7 peaks in all of the continents and her tales are inspiring and thought provoking. This is a free class, sign up now.
Grocery Guru – The Center is pleased to present Ken Roesbery, the Grocery Guru on Friday, July 31 at 10:30. Are you struggling to stay within a budget and running up against the high prices of food and clothing? Ken will show you how to save on both groceries and clothing. This is a free class, sign up now. AARP Smart Driving Class – The AARP Smart Driving Class will be held on Monday, August 24 from 9:30-2:30. Due to its recent popularity, signups for this class will begin on Monday, July 27. The cost of this class is $15 for AARP members and $20 for everyone else. Bring your AARP membership card and valid driver’s license. Check with your insurance company to see if they offer a discount for attending this class. Medicare Counseling – On Tuesday, July 21 or Tuesday, August 18 at noon, Vickie Nelson will be available at the Center for Medicare Counseling. As a SHIP counselor, her job is to help clear up the confusion about where to apply for Medicare, help you understand your Medicare choices and what to do if you have other insurance. Sign up now. Vital Aging Program – On Tuesday, July 28 at 10:30, a representative from the Vital Aging Program, a Salt Lake County Aging Service and Valley Mental Health Initiative, will be at the Center to present: “Intimate Relationships.” On Tuesday, August 25, our wellness class will be: “Letting Go of Clutter”. This is a free class, sign up now. Senior Learning Network – This program will discuss various aspects of the Civil War, including life on the battlefield, like on the home front, the roles of medicine and technology in the Civic War, and the parts that African Americans, American Indians, women, and children played in the war. From the Virginia Historical Society, the Senior Learning Network presentation will air on Friday, August 7 at 9:00 with a discussion on the Civil War. Sign up now for this free interactive video conference.
Painting Class – A new six-week session starts on Wednesday, August 19 and runs through September 23 from 9:00-12:00. The cost is $30 and payment is needed in advance. Teri Wood-Elegante is the instructor and will assist with both watercolors and oils. Sign up now. Ceramics Class – The Ceramic class operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30- 12:00 and contains all the supplies and equipment you will need to produce knickknacks, works of art, and functional pieces such as plates and bowls. The instructor, Cindy Mangone, has information for the beginner to advance student. The cost to participate is $1.50 each time you attend plus supplies. Craft Day – On Tuesdays at 12:45 to 4:00, a small group of seniors meet to share their skills and knowledge of crafts. Newcomers are welcome. Computer – Sign up and pay in advance for private lessons ($3). Come to your private class with questions. Call the front desk for the current schedule for Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays. Bring computer questions or gadget question (phone, camera, iPad) or concerns to the private lessons. Please call the Heritage Center at 801-264-2635 if you are interested in teaching computer classes … we are always looking for additional Computer Instructors.
The Heritage Senior Center • 10 East 6150 South (West of State Street) • 801-264-2635
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here are nearly 23,000 low income families with one or more children under the age of five living in Salt Lake County. Data shows that low-income mothers and their children are more at risk to experience troublesome birth, health and development outcomes compared
Can we make this county a better place for children and families by investing in what works, by testing and retesting it and by holding ourselves to a higher standard? I believe the answer is yes. In April, we began a search for a nonprofit
The concept for Parents as Teachers was developed in Missouri in 1981, when educators there noted that helping parents embrace their important role as their child’s first and best teacher made a striking difference in the child’s development of learning skills.
to the general population. Low-income moms are 17 percent more likely to have a premature baby. About half of these low-income children score poorly as 3-year-olds on standard language development tests. Being at such a disadvantage so early in their lives makes is more likely they’ll continue in the cycle of poverty trapping their mothers—75 percent of whom don’t have a high school diploma.
partner who would provide services to this specific population. The proposal we issued asked that our prospective partner should have an evidence-based track record, can provide services to both mothers and children, can provide educational employment services to mothers and has experience providing this service to similar groups. In July we selected “Parents as Teachers” to be our lead agency.
he county is now working on contract details with Parents as Teachers. Specifics will include a timeline and total number of participants to receive services. But rather than pay for a program, we will only pay for specific outcomes that are achieved. Those outcomes include: reductions in premature births, reductions in emergency room use, improvement in standard school readiness tests and an increase in the mother’s employment and income. In other words, this is our next Pay for Success project. Pay for Success is an innovative new tool to measurably improve outcomes for communities in need. It builds on public/private partnerships in a way that delivers more money, more quickly to address social needs, such as homelessness or criminal justice. Government often means well, but has a poor track record. Sometimes a program continues year after year, with no proven results. But with our emphasis on the Pay for Success model, we’re attempting
to change that in Salt Lake County. What we learned in 2013-2014 with our first-in-thenation Pay for Success support of high-quality preschool for low-income kids is that working in this different way is a game-changer. Private sector funding spurs innovation and selects for programs that achieve measurable results. Government bureaucracy is reduced because the nonprofit provider receives sufficient upfront funding to run the program and serve residents. Taxpayers benefit because government only pays if outcomes are met. Data and evidence are at the core of this model and we know for sure if a program isn’t working. Safeguarding taxpayer money is important. But the consequences of failing to measure the impact of our policies and programs go well beyond wasting scarce tax dollars. Every time a person participates in a program that doesn’t work, when he or she could have participated in one that does—that represents a human cost. We can and we will do better. l
City Council Approves One Tax, Considers Another By Scott Bartlett
urchases in Murray are about to get a bit more expensive, and may get more expensive still. In its June 16 council meeting, the Murray City Council approved a 0.2% local sales tax. The tax is intended to make up for a $3 million loss in sales tax revenue the city suffered when the state changed its distribution formula in 2006. The loss of those funds has forced the city to skip projects it would have otherwise completed over the last nine years. The list of unfunded projects has grown substantially and will continue to grow without an increase in funding, according to Mayor Ted Eyre. Public safety, roads and parks will be top priorities for the new revenue. The tax will go into effect October 1, and will equal $0.20 on every $100 purchase. Justin Zollinger, Murray’s finance director, points out that they balanced the budget without the tax increase. A desire to return to previous levels of service was one of Eyre’s and the council’s main goals in passing the tax. Sales tax may go up further still, but this time it will be up to Salt Lake County residents, not just the Murray City Council. On March 27, Governor Gary Herbert signed HB 362 into law. This law, sponsored
by Rep. Johnny Anderson (R-Taylorsville), changed the formula for calculating state gasoline taxes to alleviate a shortfall in road funding. The state currently charges a tax of $0.245 per gallon of gasoline. Beginning January 1, 2016, it will charge 12% of the previous year’s average gasoline price. The minimum average price used will be $2.45, with the maximum being $3.33, even if the calculated average falls above or below that range. This means that the minimum state gasoline tax will be $0.294 per gallon, with a cap of $0.40 per gallon. The law includes a provision for each county in the state to enact a 0.25% local option sales tax, which is the issue now before the city council. The tax would equal $0.25 on every $100 purchase. The law requires that the tax be put to a vote, and the council voted in favor of a resolution encouraging Salt Lake County to hold that vote this November. While the just-approved Murray local sales tax would cover multiple types of projects, this proposed county-wide tax would be dedicated solely to transportation. Councilmember Brett Hales stated that
Shoppers in Murray will be paying a local sales tax beginning this October, with another sales tax potentially on the ballot this November.
by voting for the resolution, he’s not necessarily in favor of the new tax, but he does want to let voters have their say. “I’m in favor of putting it on the ballot so that the citizens can make a decision,” said Hales. If passed, funds from the new tax would have to be used for transportation projects such as roads, pedestrian and traffic safety, and public
transit. Salt Lake County government must decide this August if the tax will be included on the November general election ballot. Of the 0.25%, 0.1% would go to the Utah Transit Authority, 0.05% would go to Salt Lake County, and 0.1% would go to each city within the county. Murray finance director Justin Zollinger estimates that Murray would receive about $1.3 million per year. l
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Murray City Journal
Student Receives Scholarship From Former Teachers, Community
By Julie Slama
urray High graduate Jake Fetzer “Out of billions of scholarships, knows he has teachers who believe maybe only one or two Liberty students in him and want to see him succeed. will receive them,” she said. “Our students Jake was the second recipient of score OK on tests, and they’re good kids the Liberty Elementary’s “We Believe in who help out their families to survive, You” Scholarship, awarded to a student but they can’t compete out there in the who could use the assistance in preparing big pond. They’re just invisible, not typfor college studies. He received $1,000. ically the SBO president, cheer captain Jake, who took six Advanced Placeor star in the school play, and that’s why ment courses, plans to study mechanical we’ve set up the scholarship — to let them engineering at the University of Utah. know that we believe in them. Graduating “I go over to Liberty and help out high school is a big deal for kids from a with what is needed and see most of my Title I school and we’re still here, cheering former teachers, telling them what’s going them on, and through this scholarship, on and keeping up with what is happening supporting them to succeed even more.” at the school,” Jake said. “I always hear Mrs. The idea of a scholarship originated Sheen, my second-grade teacher, telling Jake Fetzer and his second-grade teacher from out of a conversation last year between students the story of how I raised up a few Liberty Elementary, Kathy Sheen. Fetzer, a Mahoskey and former principal Darren levels in reading when I was her student. recent Murray High graduate, was awarded a Dean. Staff, faculty and members of the And she did it: she opened up reading for scholarship from Liberty Elementary. community can donate to the scholarme, and that in itself opened up everything ship fund either on a monthly basis or else — math, science — and how I was able to learn.” a one-time donation. Kathy Sheen, who has taught 17 years in Murray School “If we can add a student every year, then in 10 years District, said Jake came into her class two levels below grade we could fund 10 students. We’d hope to be able to support level, but after working with him and watching him advance, each of them with $1,000. Even if we can get $1 or $10 from “he went crazy over AR (Accelerated Reading) and never everyone every month, we’ll make a significant difference in stopped reading.” a student’s life,” Dean said. Sheen said that Jake was also involved in high school A committee reviews scholarship applicants in the spring. athletics — football and wrestling — as well as in the com- Applicants need to have attended Liberty Elementary, show munity by taking care of animals at Gardner Village Farm and grade-point average, work, extracurricular activities, volunteer cleaning headstones at a local cemetery for Memorial Day as service, financial need or special circumstances and indicate his Boy Scout Eagle project. if the student is a first-generation, post-high school student. “He invited me to his Court of Honor ceremony for his “We look to see if the students may need a leg up and Eagle Scout project,” she said. “I’ve been able to teach his brother may not otherwise be able to get to attend post-high school and sister and he has set such a nice example to show that if education,” Mahoskey said. you work at something enough, you can succeed, whether it’s Jake said he wrote five short essays about his activities his reading or doing community service.” and service, as well as had teachers write him letters of recSheen said that Liberty students are not often selected ommendation for the scholarship. for typical scholarships. “I knew a lot of kids wouldn’t be eligible for this particular “More often than not, Liberty students are Title I students scholarship, so I applied and am so thankful that I did. It will who drop out, not receive top academic scholarships. So if we help and it’s neat to know the teachers who are supporting can make them realize they can succeed and give them a hand me,” he said. in getting there, they will do it,” she said. Last year, in its inaugural year, David Reyes received Sixth-grade teacher Judy Mahoskey, who helped set up $500 and plans to study at the University of Utah once he the perpetual scholarship, agrees. returns from his church mission. l
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Liberty Sixth Graders Beat Faculty In Annual Softball Game By Julie Slama
ven though Liberty sixth graders knew the faculty has played in the year-end annual sixth grade versus faculty softball game for more than 30 years, they practiced during recess and physical education time in the two weeks preceding the June 2 game. “We’re wanting to slaughter the teachers today,” sixth grader Gavin Murray said, after he tripled in the second inning. “We practiced for two weeks during recess instead of playing soccer. We’re ready.” His teammate, Justin Barlow, also tripled in the second inning. “We practiced during PE and had some practice games beforehand,” he said. “I’ve looked forward to this game forever.” Fourth-grade teacher Mike Okumura, who played Little League as well as bowls, plays basketball and golf, said teachers also prepared for the big game. Liberty Elementary principal Natalie Stouffer during the annual softball game between sixth graders and school faculty. Photo courtesy of Julie Slama
“We spend hours and hours preparing for the game,” he said with a laugh. “Spring training was huge this year — but not huge enough. At least they won’t shut us out.” The game had students from other grades and families out in support, watching as their teachers cracked the bat. “This is a long-standing tradition at Liberty that creates great schoolend memories for the sixth graders,”sixth-grade teacher Judy Mahoskey said. “It’s a fun way for everyone to show school spirit.” In the 30-plus year history of the challenge, students defeated teachers every year but one. This year, students beat the teachers once again. “We always let the students win, and they can talk about it as one of their last memories at Liberty,” he said. “More important, everyone participates and has a great time.”
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U.S. Representative Mia Love Honors Academic Excellence At Murray High By Julie Slama
n May 26, about 90 Murray High School students shook hands with their fourth congressional district representative, Mia Love, as she honored the high school seniors who achieved academic excellence. “There are just under 2,000 high school seniors in the fourth district who achieved a 3.8 grade-point average or higher throughout
want that excellence to go unnoticed,” she said. At every high school in her district, Love presented or sent certificates of special congressional recognition for academic excellence to graduating seniors. “I’m an advocate for students and want to give them the best opportunity to succeed and get into colleges. Getting a 3.8 and above is
“It sends a strong message to our students that it
does matter if you work hard, if you put the effort to be successful. It gives them a big impression that people are already noticing their accomplishments.” their entire high school career,” Love said. Achieving academic excellence is a significant accomplishment, she said. She earned the distinction in high school, but said she never received recognition from her congressional representative. “It takes dedication and hard work. I don’t
hard work. It’s something these students earned and I’m proud of them,” she said. Her effort to acknowledge students didn’t go unnoticed. Principal John Goldhardt said it was a nice honor for students who do well academically. “It sends a strong message to our students
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Utah congresswoman Mia Love met with Murray High School seniors to recognize their academic achievements. Photo courtesy of Julie Slama that it does matter if you work hard, if you put the effort to be successful,” he said. “It gives them a big impression that people are already noticing their accomplishments.” Murray High senior Lauren Finlinson appreciated the assembly with Love. “It was a really unique experience to get this award directly from the hands of a congresswoman,” Lauren said. “It was especially exciting for me to hear from a woman in politics, showing me how she was putting her education to use. I’ve loved studying gov-
ernment and politics this year, and getting to hear from my representative in such an intimate setting really made it hit home that she was doing something that I could do too if I wanted.” Her classmate, Max Adams, said that it was an important honor to receive Love’s certificate. “She took the time to recognize the importance of academics in public schools and to advocate to improve education in Utah, and that sends a strong message to us,” he said. l
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Murray City Journal
s I’ve been driving around Murray, I’ve noticed many additional markings and signs to our roads, as I’m sure you have. As part of our effort to encourage non-vehicular transportation, Murray City has added the installation of almost 10 miles of new bike routes on Vine and Winchester Streets. The Vine Street Bike Lane Project begins at the Murray Central Trax/Front Runner station and provides for bike lanes in the eastbound/westbound directions to 900 East. This new route provides a safer cross-city route for cyclists and connects Murray Park, the central business district and public transit. The Winchester Street Bike Lane Project was a Utah Transit Authority (UTA) funded project that provides bike lanes from 1300 West to State Street. The Winchester Street bike lanes connect the Jordan River Trail and
Fashion Place Mall to the Winchester transit station. Other bike lanes will be added as road improvements are made. To incorporate the bike lanes, as well as maintain access and parking, Murray City applied national standards in developing the layout of the new bike routes. In general, users of the road will find two distinct signing and striping layouts; bike lanes and shared bike routes. Bike lanes are signed by a black and white “BIKE LANE” sign. This signifies that a dedicated bike-only lane is provided. In some cases the bike lane may allow for parking in the shoulder between the lane and the curb. In others, where the bike lane is the only shoulder space, parking is not permitted in the bike lane. “Sharrows,” or shared-bike-routes, are signed with black and yellow warning signs containing a bicycle and sign stating “SHARE THE ROAD” and/or a black and white “MAY USE FULL LANE” sign with a bicycle symbol. The roadway marking, as also shown in the
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MURRAY CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT NOTICE OF INTENT TO DISPOSE OF UNCLAIMED PERSONAL PROPERTY Pursuant to Title 77, Chapter 24a, Utah Code Annotated (1953, amended) the Murray City Police Department hereby gives notice that the personal property described on the following list has been held for at least three months and the owner(s) cannot be located, or if known, such owner(s) have been notified and have failed to claim such property and that Murray City Police Department will dispose of the personal property according to law. Commencing nine (9) days after the date of this publication and public posting of this notice, if the owner(s) have not claimed the property. Murray City Police Department will dispose of the personal property as outlined by State law, culminating with a public auction or by donating the unclaimed property to charity. The affected personal property is described as follows: SPORTING GOODS AND EQUIPMENT, CELL PHONES AND ACCESSORIES, VEHICLE ACCESSORIES, VEHICLE STEREOS AND ACCESSORIES, TOOLS AND ACCESSORIES, JEWELRY, CAMERA AND ACCESSORIES, COMPACT DISKS, HOME ENTERTAINMENT EQUIPMENT, COMPUTERS AND ACCESSORIES, LAWN AND GARDEN EQUIPMENT, BICYCLES & MORE. A MORE DETAILED LIST WITH SERIAL NUMBERS IS AVAILABLE AT THE MURRAY CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT DURING NORMAL BUSINESS HOURS.
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photo, contains a bicycle and two chevrons. These signs and markings indicate a warning to road users that both motorists and cyclists are supposed to share the lane. This marking is placed in the center of the road on streets that don’t have enough space for a dedicated bike lane. This is an alternative to bike lanes where roadway widths do not provide the space to include separate bike lanes. As always, when using our streets, please be cautious and aware of those driving, walking or riding bikes. We do not want these signs to create a false sense of security for either those on bicycles or driving cars. We constantly need to be watchful and alert and show respect for all. I hope you are having a great summer and enjoying what Murray has to offer. Sincerely, Ted Eyre, Mayor
Rotary Club Of The Year
n 29 June, the Murray Rotary was recognized as Rotary Club of the Year, Rotary District 5420, for 2014-2015 presented by District Governor Michael Wells. They also received a Presidential Citation from Rotary International signed by Gary C.K. Huang President of Rotary International for all the service performed this past year. These awards are probably a once-in-a-lifetime award. Utah’s Rotary Clubs in June represented by 750 members/families personally paying for all their expenses, all went to Puerto Penasco, Mexico and performed 53 projects of service including building homes, painting, refurbishing schools, hospital, orphanages,
Submitted By Utah Rotary District 5420 and community parks. Rotarians are service oriented, helping each of their respective communities while supporting state and even international communities. Our local Jerry Summerhays and Kristi Guest who were the co-chairs ensuring 750 people were organized and housed while performing these acts of service were formally recognized. Murray Rotary also held a formal dinner at Solitude on June 29 honoring an outgoing President Jim Charnholm and welcoming a new President Terry Putnam and his board for the new current year. A Murray resident and Murray Rotarian, Jerry Summerhays, was hon-
ored by the District (State) Governor, Michael Wells, as the Rotarian of the Year for Utah. Murray’s Rock Rotary club, under President John Castro was also recognized as “Rookie Club of the Year”. New Rotarians, young, vivacious, energetic and service oriented have made their mark while accomplishing much in the service of their communities.
n a day where most service clubs are almost becoming extinct and many have long since closed, the Rotary is still doing wonderful things helping all where possible with funding and manpower. All this is very laudable to say the least. l
Me And My Shadow By Peri Kinder
n the morning of my second birthday, my sister, Jenny, was born and destroyed my life forever. Instead of my parents fawning over me with glitter and ponies, they were in the hospital, snuggling with this red-faced creature called a “sister” like she was the greatest thing since chocolate-covered Twinkies. At 2, I wasn’t even sure what a “sister” was, but I knew it wasn’t anything good. Once I realized she would be sticking around for a while, I decided to punish my mom and dad for trying to replace me with this whining little monster. Was I not enough? Did they think they should start over with a new daughter? Each year in July, when our birthday rolled around, I made sure my mom knew I was not going to share a cake with Jenny, and I was not going to share a birthday party, and I was going to act like an inconsolable selfish brat until I became a teenager. Then I’d get really bad. Instead of slapping me and telling me to calm the hell down, my mom made two birthday cakes, planned two parties (inviting many of the same kids) and sewed two dresses that could not match. She was patience personified. And she cried a lot. Not only did Jenny steal my birthday, but she was so cute that she got away with EVERYTHING and found a way to get me in trouble for stuff I DID NOT DO. Well, sometimes I did. Okay, usually I did. I learned that a little sister is like having a rash. No matter
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how much you scratch it and claw at it, it just never goes away. If I tried sneaking off to my friend’s house, I’d hear, “PeRI! Jenny wants to go, too.” If I was playing with my doll and didn’t want to share, I’d hear, “Peri Lynn! You let Jenny play with you.” Then Jenny would cut my doll’s hair and I’d get in trouble for screaming. And punching.
Once, after being forced to take my sister to the field with me to play, I cut my hand on some barbed wire while climbing into the swamp I wasn’t allowed to enter. Jenny was frantic with worry, both because I was trespassing and because I probably had tetanus. “I’m gonna tell mom,” she said, stupidly. “If you do, I’ll never play with you again.” She kept the secret for one day, then I heard her crying to mom, “I don’t want Peri to die. She cut her hand on a fence and she’s gonna die.” Needless to say, I didn’t die. But I made sure Jenny paid for her tattletaling concern for my life. She was a constant companion. I had to walk with her to school, play with her on weekends and share a bedroom. We’d lie in our bunk beds at night and create imaginary ice cream sundaes for each other. She would give me mint chocolate chip ice cream with hot fudge topping and extra cherries. I’d give her mud-flavored ice cream with mayonnaise. Now, several decades later, I reluctantly admit that sisters are kind of cool. Thanks to my parents’ indifference to my opinion, I ended up with three sisters—and a brother who is still undergoing electroshock therapy to counteract being raised with four sisters. Every year on our birthday, I apologize to Jenny and let her know I forgive her for ruining my childhood. I grudgingly confess my life would be bleaker without her. But I still get my own cake. l
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5 TIPS FOR HOSTING A SPECTACULAR YARD SALE By Joani Taylor It’s summertime and that means yard sales. For some this means hitting the road looking for great bargains, for those on the other side of the coin, hosting a sale is the fun. I’ve hosted many great yard sales, my last one bagged me over $1,000. Here’s some tips I’ve learned along the way for making your sale a success.
#1 Make a plan A great yard sale doesn’t happen overnight. It takes careful pre-planning and organizing. A few weeks before your sale scour the house from top to bottom and clear out the clutter. Decide if you will be selling any large furniture items and price them. Plan to take a couple of vacation days to price and organize your items. It’s also a great idea to team up with other neighbors, family or friends. It makes your sale more fun and allows you to have more items. #2 Store up your clutter throughout the year Create a corner of the house where you can store your yard sale goods. When I find items I think are worth selling, I stash them away in a guest room closet, under the stairs or in a corner of the garage also works. Price the items as you put them in boxes. By the time yard sale weather hits, you’ll have a lot of your stuff ready to go. #3 Advertise Spreading the word about your sale is likely going to be the number-one factor in how well your sale does.
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I have never had a successful yard sale that I did not advertise somewhere in the media. Most successful for me has been in the newspaper. Craigslist is also a great resource. It’s free to advertise and you can post a preview of items you have. The evening before or the morning of your sale, put out brightly colored signs along the main roads that lead into your neighborhood pointing the way. Make sure to take them down when finished. #4 - Set up your shop and price things to sell Make sure you have enough tables and blankets to display your items. Set up shop as organized as you can. Don’t make up prices on the spot. Instead invest a couple of dollars for some stickers or use blue painter’s tape and price things clearly. When pricing your items, price them to sell cheap. It’s better to under- price than to not sell items because you expected to get too much. People want to know how much you want without asking. Some people may be too shy to ask for a price or you may be busy helping someone else. Having clear prices makes it less likely you’ll lose a sale and get a few more nickels for each item with less haggling and walkaways.
Mark items down on the last day or the last few hours. You might say everything is 50% off just before you’re ready to call it quits. We’ve also left any unsold items that we planned to haul away out and marked as free for any stragglers.
#5 - Remember the lemonade and treats This is a great time to teach the kids some life skills and give them a way to earn some money too. Have them set up a refreshment stand with soda and candy or cookies and lemonade. With a little work and preplanning you can earn some extra money to use for some summer fun. For more money saving tips visit Coupons4Utah.com.
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f ever there was a time that you would need prompt and professional customer service, it would be in the time of a disaster. Your home is the center of your family life, and whatever threatens or damages your space can cause a lot of stress, frustration and emotional turmoil. Whether that disaster is a flooded basement, a fire, or even mold, AAA Restoration will respond with exactly what you need, when you need it. AAA Restoration has been a locally owned and operated business, located in Murray, for 23 years. Both the owners, Don and Marie Goettsche, graduated from Murray High, as well as all three of their children, and it is important to them to keep their local roots. They are proud members of the Murray Chamber of Commerce, and they also pride themselves on helping homeowners and Utah residents recover from the turmoil and aftereffects of property damage. With crews available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and phones answered live at all hours, AAA Restoration provides their customers with fast, professional services. Their professional crew will arrive promptly, ready to get to work immediately restoring your property.
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