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SECOND ANNUAL WASATCH IMPROV FESTIVAL BRINGS BIG LAUGHS, BIGGER TALENT TO MIDVALE By Bob Bedore | email@example.com
he organizers of the 2nd Annual Wasatch Improv Festival were a little worried going into their second year. The first year of the festival had been a great success and was already being mentioned as one of the best festivals of the year by some of the performers. But in the end, they didn’t have to sweat a drop as the second installment of the WIF was bigger and better than ever. Thirty teams, representing eleven states, came to Utah to perform improv comedy at the Midvale Performing Arts Center. The event lasted three days and included not only the performances for people to attend, but also classes and special events. All in in all it was pretty much 72 hours of straight good times and an improv lovefest. “We really wanted this to a great showing,” said WIF Board Member Jason Wild. “Last year was so much fun, but it was good to take what we learned from our first year and see the improvements to this year’s festival. And I’m excited to do it again next year and raise the bar even higher.” For those unfamiliar with the art from known as improv, here’s a quick run-down. Actors perform scenes without a script and usually only a small suggestion from the audience. They have to rely on, and trust, their teammates to help them create these scenes. Some of you might be acquainted with the television show, “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”.
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But that is just the very tip of the iceberg of improv. Within that very vague description there are an unlimited number of paths that performers to take as they entertain. At the Wasatch Improv Festival there was everything from musical, mystery, vaudeville, father-son, married, abstract, short-form, long-form, and full on audience experience acts. “One of the main goals of the Festival is to showcase as many types of acts as we can,” said Jesse Marcus, another WIF board member. “There is a definite style of improv in Utah and we wanted out audiences to see what else is out there.” And for three straight days in Midvale the crowds saw much of the best that improv has to offer. All four corners of the US were represented and given a chance to show what their area had to offer. All-in-all, there was over 12 hours of made up comedy. And off stage the guests had a chance to take in many of the sites of the surrounding area. One WIF tradition is the Top Gold Challenge. Friday morning saw the actors compete at the local driving range and provide comedy commentary throughout the process – only a few actors took it seriously. The Midvale Performing Arts Center was also visited by professional ghost hunters (Wasatch Investigative Society for Paranormal Studies – WISPS) who went through the historic building looking for spirits until about 2:30 in the morning. Spoiler Alert – They found them! Classes are also a big part of the Wasatch Improv Festival. Besides the out of state teachers that WIF brings in, they also
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offer what is called a “Free Lunch” class. Here actors get to come and get a free improv lesson from seasoned professionals and also get a free lunch during the class. This year’s sponsors of the lunchtime classes were “The Womansplaining Podcast” and “SLC Nerd”. Another fun outing took place at Laser Quest (a WIF Sponsor). Actors got to battle it out in a full-on laser battle before heading back to the stage for more comedy. Other sponsors of the festival included the Midvale Arts Council, FanX, The Utah Symphony, Life of the Party Entertainment, Five Wives Vodka, B. True Design, and the improv troupe Quick Wits. With the main goal of the WIF Board being to make the festival bigger and better than last year, the success was very apparent. Many of the actors felt a true sense of community with this festival and remarked on how inclusive everything was during their stay. “Usually at a festival I’m going to do my classes and my set, but then I’m hanging out in my hotel room,” said teacher/ performer Elke Reid. “But this festival just kept having great things to do and so many wonderful acts. I didn’t want to leave the theater”. True to her word, Elke didn’t leave the Midvale Performing Arts Center until nearly 5:00 am on Sunday morning. Becoming the last non-board member to leave the building. So now it’s on to next year. What will the members of the Wasatch Improv Festival do next year to top what is already being called one of the top festivals? No one really knows at this point. But when it comes to improv, there is one thing you can count on… They’ll make something up.
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Theater helps one family get through tragedy By Heather Sky | email@example.com
Lily (right) and Autumn performed in “The Addams Family” in December. (Photo courtesy of Jen Folkman)
he macabre misadventures of a fictional household became a therapeutic tool for one South Jordan household after tragedy struck unexpectedly. Lily Featherstone, 11, is in sixth grade at Eastlake Elementary. She loves dogs and wants to be a veterinarian when she gets older. Lily and her older sister are just 21 months apart. Autumn Featherstone, 13, is in seventh grade at Copper Mountain Middle School. Autumn loves to draw and is considering a career in animation. As for now, she is looking forward to taking a theater class in the next academic term. “I like performing,” Autumn said. “I’ve done little plays with Up With Kids and Yellow Stage Door.” “We came and saw ‘Mary Poppins’ and Autumn wanted to do [a production at Midvale Main Street Theatre],” added Jen Folkman, Autumn and Lily’s mom. “It was good and I wanted to be in something that was [bigger than what I had done before],” Autumn said. She decided to audition for the final youth theatre production of the 2018 season at the Midvale Main Street Theatre’s Children’s Program, “The Addams Family Young@Part.” “She was auditioning, so I wanted to [audition too],” Lily added in a sing-song voice. “We had already gotten in,” Autumn said, referring to their status in the production when they lost their dad to suicide on Oct. 16, 2018. “It was unexpected and a shock,” Jen said. The last time Autumn and Lily saw him, he had dropped them off at theater practice. “At the time, he didn’t show any outward signs. He was not crying out for help at all. He had in the past, but in hindsight he was definitely struggling with bipolar disorder
ther—admitting their intention to marry— and begs him not to tell her mother. Desperate to maintain his daughter’s trust, Gomez Addams is faced with a nearly impossible task—keeping a secret from his beloved wife, Morticia. Hilarity ensues as the family prepares for one normal night inside the walls of their ghoulish mansion. “The girls have worked so hard to keep this show going the way it should,” said Ross. “Obviously, you can tell when they’re sad or having a rough day, but it’s like they didn’t want to let the show down. They just got through it. I am so proud of them.” “I’m blown away by my kids’ courage. To watch your kids go through this is devastating. I wouldn’t wish this on anybody. Being able to be there and support them is everything,” Jen said. “I love my girls. It’s nice to be needed.” Although they will miss singing, dancing, and seeing the new friends they made among the “The Addams Family Young@ Part” cast members, the girls are ready to move forward. Lily is looking forward to learning to snowboard with her mom, since being involved in the production has kept them too busy to enjoy their favorite winter activities. Autumn will continue to ski. “We started out by getting through this minute by minute, then hour by hour, then day by day, and week by week. Next year will be better than this year,” said Jen. “Positive things will happen in our lives, and we’ll get to spend time more together.” If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800273-8255. l
and I wish we would have gotten him help. In his right mind, he would never have chosen to do this to them,” said Jen. “After his mother took her life [4 years ago], things were not the same. That impacted him.” According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, “Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness in a given year. Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S. experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.” The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention also reports suicide as the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. According to Tammy Ross, owner of the Midvale Main Street Theatre, “I asked if they need to leave the show and come back and audition for another production, but Jen said they feel like they need this.” “The first day back they [the cast and staff] gave us a Build-A-Bear,” said Autumn. “After that, they felt happy to keep coming back,” added Jen. “Theater is a place where you can find community when you feel lost,” said Ross. The girls were cast in “The Addams Family Young@Part” as ancestors of the unconventional family, who open the show by educating the audience about what it means to be a member of their household in “When You’re an Addams.” Lily is dressed as a deceased hippie, complete with flower crown made by her mom. Autumn plays a waitress who died after taking a fall at work, and wears one of her mom’s old name tags. The princess of darkness herself, Wednesday Addams, has found love and is about to introduce her “normal” boyfriend and his respectable family to her decidedly Autumn holds a bird for “The Addams Family” at “different” clan. And if that weren’t enough, Midvale Main Street Theatre. (Photo courtesy of Jen Folkman) Wednesday confesses her love to her fa-
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alancing the rigors of single parenthood and a full-time job may make some people wish they had an extra hand. But single parent Machelle Lake, who lives on the Murray/ Midvale border, not only adopted one but four foster children. She has found ways to make things work while raising her family and working at the Murray Boys & Girls Club. Bob Dunn, special projects consultant with Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake stated, “After she had worked for us about a year and a half, we were concluding a fundraising event and I looked up to see Machelle walking down this long stairway with both hands full of boxes and balancing another one on her head. That’s how I picture Machelle visually in my mind, balancing a million things at once and yet getting it all accomplished with a grin.” Being a single parent is challenging enough, but being a single foster parent is unique unto itself. “I had the same misconception that a lot of people had: all foster kids created a lot of problems and were out of control (acting out, violence, and behavior issues),” Lake said. Lake, however, had something unique to offer with her own background. Her sister was adopted into her family of six at age 17. After graduating from Salt Lake Community College and serving an LDS mission, Lake worked mainly in the nonprofit sector. “I actually started looking into adoption in my late 20s, just as ‘an option.’ I had even identified an agency I would work with to adopt at birth. The timing didn’t seem right.” While working for a non-profit television station, she came across a tape about foster care that softened her heart towards becoming a foster parent. The timing though was not convenient for Machelle, since she had just bought a house with her sister and was looking to make a career move. “Fast forward to 2010, I’m still living with my sister, but things had shifted. I knew it was time for me to move out and move on. I registered for the foster care pre-service training classes again and moved into my own place. I finished the classes in June and started feeling as though it was time for another life change. As I was trying to decide what to do next, I thought back to the foster care training and realized my interest in social work. I enrolled in school for the first time in 20 years.”
In a matter of three weeks, Lake’s life would shift dramatically in November 2010. She was offered a job as Director of Special Events for the Boys & Girls Clubs, and the Monday after Thanksgiving she was notified about a possible foster placement of siblings. “That evening, terrified, I walked into the Christmas Box House to meet my first placement. And the rest is history,” remarked Lake. Assigned to Lake were four siblings, Stephanie, Jimmy, Ashley and Jordan, who were then 15, 11, 4, and 3. During the first six months as their foster mom, Lake worked with the kids and their social worker to prepare them for the possibility of returning to their mom’s care. Their history was one of instability and distrust of adults. “So here I am, right after Thanksgiving, two weeks before the end of my first semester, with four kids… as a single woman… doing it all on my own,” noted Lake. In July 2011, the judge terminated the rights of all parents involved. “I had a decision to make. Do I make this a permanent family or do I continue to foster them until a permanent home was available (which may result in separation from each other or even aging out of the system)? These were four of the strongest survivors I have ever met.” The siblings agreed that Lake was who they wanted to call mom. By December 2011, they completed the adoption process and were officially a family. “My biggest personal challenge was feeling inadequate for the responsibility. I had never been a parent before. I had to learn to be ok with doing the best that I could and knowing that I would not do everything perfectly,” said Lake. Lake’s best seems to have paid off, as Stephanie, now 23, has graduated from UVU with a degree in theatre/acting and is currently serving a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Atlanta, Georgia. Jimmy graduated from high school in June 2018 and currently has a full-time job. Ashley is in seventh grade and active in soccer, along with her brother Jordan who is in the sixth grade. So, what does Lake wish next for her family? “Grandkids!” she exclaimed. l
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Corner Canyon High’s Wilder named Most Improved in heart challenge, all teacher participants win By Cassie Goff | Cassie@mycityjournals.com and heart disease associated with a red meat diet. Harwood decided to take part in the challenge to be a more active grandfather. “For me, participating in the challenge was a wake-up call. It got me thinking about what I’m doing and how it takes time to develop healthy habits,” he said. Before the contest, Harwood admits he developed poor habits after running the 1994 St. George marathon and would eat weekly at a Mexican restaurant and turn on Netflix instead of hitting a treadmill and eating fruits and vegetables. “I learned valuable information that transformed my life,” he said, adding that his family also participated, including the family dog, Daisy, who took him on fourmile daily walks. Other teachers shared what they learned to their classes and schools. Pepper Poulsen, at Bingham High in South Jordan, involved students, who performed a rap at the December awards ceremony. At Jordan High in Sandy, Nicole Manwaring, who biked to work, had her school Corner Canyon High’s Mindy Wilder and Taylorsville High’s Kevin Harwood came away with Most Improved participate in tracking steps as well as havand Overall Winner titles, respectively, in the teacher 2018 My Heart Challenge. (Julie Slama/City Journals) ing the chef program at the school prepare a healthy meal in December. She even got fter 100 days, Corner Canyon High tables over snack foods.” She said her volleyball team also kept teacher Mindy Wilder dropped 44 her on track through reminders and asking pounds. This helped her edge out competition about her progress. Wilder also introduced yoga to nearwith 13 other high school teachers across the Salt Lake Valley to win the Most Improved by Crescent Elementary in Sandy in early title in the 2018 My Heart Challenge, which November, getting six classes of third- and fourth-graders to become active. helped her earn $1,000 for her school. “The elementary kids became more However, all the teachers say they were flexible,” she said. “It was fun to see them winners in improving their own health. Through the program, all the teachers take an interest and liking to trying somereceived individual coaching and counseling thing new.” Wilder is committed to continuing the from heart experts at Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, talking to exercise program even though the challenge is over. “I learned little things that will make a specialists, dietitians, counselors and cardiologists. They were introduced to various lifetime change for me,” she said. She isn’t alone. She had the support of exercises, which they might not have been familiar with from yoga to boxing, and par- faculty members, some who joined her in the effort, including Principal Darrell Jenticipated in weekly health assessments. Together, they exercised 46,194 min- sen. “I lost 35 pounds and I started earlier, utes and lost 212 pounds. Their cholesterol levels decreased 14 percent while their but her commitment motivated others to join triglycerides dropped 32 percent. Through her in workouts and lead healthier lives,” he an increase of 18 percent of aerobic fitness, said. “She’s set a great example for our students and especially our student-athletes.” their body fat went down 19 percent. The overall winner was Taylorsville Wilder, who already was familiar with healthy eating and lifestyle from being the High School English teacher Kevin Harschool’s volleyball coach and physical ed- wood, who used the book The Jungle as a ucation chair, made the effort to also share platform to have class discussions about prepared and processed foods. what she learned with students. About 500 Taylorsville High students “Everything I learned, I took back to my ninth-grade class, including nutrition also listened to a Cornell University proand exercise logs,” Wilder said. “They made fessor, who Harwood arranged to come to a lot of progress. The volleyball team was classes and speak about the ethics of farmvery engaged and preferred fruit and vege- ing, protecting the forests and environment,
the preschoolers to learn to exercise while learning their letters, said Principal Wendy Dau. Murray High’s Keeko Georgelas worked with their school’s culinary arts students to hold a fundraiser dinner for heart research for Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute, which could help pay living expenses for families of patients undergoing heart transplants. “I hope it becomes an annual event,” he said. “This impacted my life as well as students and faculty at Murray.” Kristina Kimble, of Alta High in Sandy, said it was easier knowing other teachers also were committed to the program. “I can email or talk to any of these teachers and know that we will continue to be supportive of one another,” she said. “It’s not over. It’s a lifetime commitment. We all succeeded in becoming healthier so we all won.” In Canyons School District, besides Wilder, Manwaring and Kimble, Brighton High’s Pace Gardner and Hillcrest High’s Jordan Hulet also participated in the challenge. l
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High school students learn gratitude, lend hand to community organizations By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com
shy 5-year-old boy sat on his mother’s lap upon a throne, the center of attention of 2,300 Alta High School students. Draper Park kindergartner William Burton, who was diagnosed with leukemia one year ago in January, already has undergone monthly treatments that have included steroids and chemotherapy. He was the face of Alta High’s effort to grant wishes to children at the Make-a-Wish Foundation. High school students across the Salt Lake Valley reached out to community organizations this winter season to bring them joy and help, and at the same time, became grateful for what they have. William, the youngest child of Chris and Julie Burton, both who graduated from Alta, likes to play goalie in soccer and loves being buried in the sand. His wish is to go to Hawaii where he hopes to see sea turtles and dolphins. “This is a life-changer for him, for all of us,” Burton said. “There are so many people who are reaching out, giving us support. It definitely lightens our spirits.” At the final assembly, which carried a Hawaiian theme, and students as well as Will’s family were taught a hula dance, Alta students learned the first high school to ever reach out to Make-a-Wish was theirs. “We love helping Make-a-Wish,” senior class vice president Braque Bunkall said. “We love children; they are so kind, sweet and loving. Will makes this more relatable for us so we can see the impact we’re making.” Bunkall said that through a variety of activities, from pingpong and spike ball tournaments to selling hot chocolate and performing odd jobs, students have helped donate funds earmarked for Make-a-Wish. As of press deadline, students raised $20,000, enough money to not only support Will, but also the wishes of four other children, with two more events to be held, said Principal Brian McGill. Nearby Jordan High reached out to help the Utah Refugee Center, as did students at Brighton High in Cottonwood Heights. Jordan High senior and student body officer over spirit Jeddy Bennett said they wanted to help answer a need. “We saw there was a need to help these people who have a lot less,” he said. “The Utah Refugee Center says there are 65,000 refugees in Utah and we have some at Jordan. They are humble about their situation and appreciate everything. We realize we have a lot more than they do.” To help raise funds for them, Bennett
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Hillcrest High students lick peanut butter from a piece of plexiglass at the all-day assembly to raise funds for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. (Photo courtesy of Hillcrest High)
took part in several activities that were offered, from spike ball to Smash Brothers tournaments or donating money to watch a holiday movie. Students also performed odd jobs, which was new this year, to raise funds through service. Many students shoveled snow from driveways, washed windows, wrapped presents, helped with organizing a book about family history, cleaned and did whatever chores to “show students care about those around them and want to be helpful.” Bennett felt the generosity of the community when he took a neighbor’s car to the carwash and found a sizeable donation for the effort. “I was very surprised when I received a $100 bill, but then there was another one folded inside. My mouth dropped to the floor,” he said. There were “dash for cash” activities, where students could earn a free hour-long lunch if they raised $1,000 in 20 minutes, which they were able to do a couple times. Jordan students also challenged — and lost — to the faculty in a basketball game. “We didn’t let them win,” Bennett said. “People would pay to change the course of the game, so someone could make a donation and we couldn’t play defense, or no student government players could play.” That game alone raised $3,500 of the $15,238 the students donated, the most the school has raised in at least the past seven years, according to senior Gwen Christopherson, who is the student body vice president of service. “This is amazing for us,” she said. “I
am so proud. We have students who aren’t as well off as some schools, but they were giving what they could.” Christopherson said $12,000 was given to the refugees, and with the remainder, student body officers, along with Latinos-in-Action, purchased food for Midvale students, who may not have much during the winter break. “It was cool to see that through this fundraiser, we had more kids become involved and come together because they wanted to help. We learned to be grateful for what we have,” she said. Brighton High students not only raised funds, but also decided to provide needed items for refugees, said junior Grace Bunker, who said the junior class brought soap and razors for the hygiene kits. “We exceeded our goal,” she said, adding that through her church, she has done activities to welcome refugees. “It was a good cause because we have a lot of refugees in Utah.” Brighton students made 320 hygiene kits and gave more than 3,000 extra supplies and more than $9,000 to the Utah Refugee Center. In addition, student leaders would give service to various community groups to celebrate the student body serving the refugees. The service ranged from helping adults with disabilities and providing socks to the homeless to caroling or playing bingo at a senior center to helping with the Burrito Project and at the Utah Food Bank. “We wanted to not only make a difference, but to make a connection to our com-
munity,” said senior and student body vice president Kaitlyn Newitt. “We really feel that by providing service, as well as money and items, it is a more satisfying contribution to our community.” Utah Refugee Center volunteer Katie Graham thanked the students, saying their personal connection made the difference. “We’re thrilled at their participation with the refugees and our community,” she said. “They were able to deliver and bring the kits and support them at a Christmas event. They understood their need and helped to answer it.” Principal Tom Sherwood said he appreciated students being involved in the community. “It’s important that their focus becomes more community-minded and learn to give back at an early age,” he said. “They did a great job of becoming proactive and coming together to impact the local community.” Murray High students reached out to several organizations through the coordinating efforts of the student leaders. Working together with Latinos-in-Action, Gay/ Straight Alliance and cheerleaders, student government leaders involved students in several service activities, including writing letters to Utah and California firefighters, organizing and holding a party for children at the Boys and Girls Club in Murray and teaming up with the shop students to create blocks to donate to Primary Children’s Hospital, said student body officer adviser Jessica Garrett. A year-long project, under the direction of Murray High’s Peer Leadership Team (PLT), has been to include all clubs and groups on campus to raise money for Utah Health and Human Rights. Through schoolwide efforts, thus far, they have raised $685, including working together with the soccer team to hold a bake sale that made $200, said PLT adviser Kim Parkinson. Nearby Cottonwood High students raised $6,500 to support the Salt Lake Valley Emergency Fund (SLVEF), a nonprofit organization that works with victims of violent crimes and domestic violence. “We did this by having a winter charity assembly where different talents performed, we auctioned off dates with our SBOs and cutting locks of hair from a student who has grown out his hair for over a year,” said adviser Amy Thomas. The winter charity assembly included performances from the dance company, jazz musicians, vocal duets, a solo bagpipe performance, Latinos-in-Action dancers and a male drill team.
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Students also donated decorated trees that were purchased during the school’s musical and at the scrimmage basketball game, and a competition was held where donations were collected during the students’ first-period class. Thomas said the local organization was chosen because it educated students about what the organization is and how it benefits the community. “We like the money raised by our students to have in impact on people of our community,” she said. “(When) the director spoke to the students at the assembly and I think a lot of them really had their eyes opened as to what was going on. We also had a former victim of sexual abuse speak to the students and relate her experience with trauma and the lack of support she had while going through it. The SLVEF could have been a huge help to her and her family had it been around during her abuse.” In Midvale, Hillcrest High students raised more than $19,000, their highest ever, for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, an illness that has affected some students and faculty members and their families. One of those is teacher and coach Natalie Moss, who was diagnosed days after she was born, said student body activities officer Tammie Tan. “She gave us a presentation and told us the life expectancy for someone with CF is about 38 years old,” Tan said. “Here she is wanting to do so much with her life and having goals. It really touched us. It made us aware if we have the opportunity to help someone and donate to a good cause, we should be grateful we are able to do it.” Tan, who participated in the dodgeball tournament and ate dog food to help raise money, said many students got involved in this year’s activities after learning about the disease and how it had impacted their school community. Her classmate and student body treasurer Sydney Larsen said the all-day assembly started with raising $400 in the first hour and built upon each hour until it ended with $1,000. Students took part in activities from eating pies to licking peanut butter off of plexiglass. The annual favorite was donating money to save or shave classmates’ hair, said Larsen, who participated in the eat or wear mustard and mayonnaise activity. “We did these things to help raise and appreciate every dollar,” she said. Other activities included Hillcrest Idol; an auction where several businesses supported their efforts, donating items such as nail salon coupons, sunglasses and chocolate; and the drill team versus dance company basketball game where students could pay to change the outcome of the game.
The boys have the moves as the Mance Co. performs to raise money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. (Photo courtesy of Hillcrest High)
“At one point the drill team was playing on their knees and the SBOs subbed in for them. We broke so many basketball rules, but it was possibly the best fun I’ve had at Hillcrest,” Larsen said. “Even while having fun, we were able to instill a connection with our community and to work together for a common goal, to give to a cause.” In South Jordan, Bingham High students raised money through their annual holiday fundraiser, True Blue, for the Starlight Foster Program, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Jordan Education Foundation (JEF), which helped to benefit principals’ pantries. “We chose to work with these groups because they are all local and right here in our community,” student body officer of service Ashlee Webb said. “True Blue is all about coming together as a school and a student body to do things that are bigger than us for the good of others.” Students raised the donations through door-to-door service nicknamed squad jobs, admission charged to their talent show, Mr. True Blue pageant, pay-to-play improv show, Zumbathon and True Blue dance tickets, as well as various activities held at lunch time. True Blue T-shirt sale proceeds also were earmarked to benefit their causes, she said. Webb said students wanted to help the Starlight Foster Program that works with local foster children and families to ensure safe family connections, as well as Make-AWish, where they helped a 3-year-old boy, who lives in South Jordan. “Because of everyone’s hard work, we were able to grant his wish of going to the theme parks in Florida,” Webb said. Students all pitched in to bring in a spe-
cific list of food items to go into weekend and snack kits for the principals’ pantries, she said, adding that Bingham was able to make more than 5,000 snack kits. “There is a principal’s pantry in every school in the district. It is a place where students can go who may not know where their next meal is coming from,” Webb said. “As a student body, with the help of the JEF, we were able to assemble over $21,000 worth of kits for the pantries on our school-wide Day of Service, held on Dec. 21. We also raised over $53,000 in physical monetary donations and 6,050 service hours as a school.” Corner Canyon High School students didn’t set a monetary goal this winter season to help others with the Tyler Robinson Foundation, said student body president Luke Warnock. “We just wanted people to give,” he said. “We know at Corner Canyon many of us live in a wealthy community, so we wanted to encourage students to give of ourselves what we can give, if it’s time or $3 or things, to benefit those who need help.” Money was collected from activities such as the students’ ugly sweater dance and a pingpong tournament, as well as raising money through performing odd jobs in the community, he said. Senior and student body audo/visual officer Julia Tolk said students raked leaves, did dishes, watched children and hauled boxes to the trash during the busiest month of the year for many people. “It was so hard to fit it in our schedules at this time of year, but so worth it,” she said. “It ended up being fun and rewarding.” There also was a yard sale in the commons and student leaders auctioned off tick-
ets to Utah Jazz games and to the Imagine Dragons concert. Instead of one huge goal for students to reach as a reward for earning a certain amount of money, Tolk said they had several levels they could achieve, such as raise $15,000 to watch a movie in the commons, $30,000 to have the teachers switch spots teaching or $60,000 to get a school pet fish. “People were excited to get a fish and name it,” Tolk said. The money then would be donated to the Tyler Robinson Foundation, a foundation set up by a Brighton High parents in honor of their son who died of cancer, to help support pediatric cancer patients and their families. Principal Darrell Jensen said it has been two years in a row the school has donated to the Tyler Robinson Foundation. “They can see the value in it, how they are able to touch their lives,” he said. “It brings this close to home.” Not until the final assembly were the students made aware of their progress: $77,562.08, surpassing last year’s efforts of $63,000. “People were crying, feeling good they helped so much,” Tolk said. “It was just amazing.” Adults also pitched in this holiday season. For example, at Canyons School District, employees and others donated about $10,000 through a silent auction and donation drive benefitting students and families residing at The Road Home homeless shelter in Midvale. The money will be used to provide students with services and supports that aren’t covered by federal funding.l
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The Heart of the Matter
FEBRUARY 2019 CITY NEWSLETTER
By Mayor Robert Hale
February is the time of year that I have traditionally put on my boots, work jacket, a hat and gloves, pushed the wheelbarrow to my fruit and pine trees and begin the pruning process. I’ve often thought, while working in the typical February weather, “Why am I doing this? What possible good can come from clipping off these small branches that were all leafed out last summer? Isn’t this harming the tree?” The right answer is, of course, correct pruning is very beneﬁcial to not only the tree, but to the lover of fruit and shade! Left un-pruned, trees of all varieties become overgrown, sick, and die much sooner than would be necessary. Limbs and branches become spindly, weak, block life-giving light from lower or outer branches. Disease can spread much quicker limb-to-limb. Pests don’t have to work at all, they just crawl or spread from one limb to the next. There is nothing better tasting in late June to early October than fresh, tree-ripened fruit: apricots and cherries early on, nectarines and pears in the mid to late summer, and apples in late summer to early fall. Can you taste one right now? If you do, most likely it is your memory bringing back those tasty and delightful memories! But now, back to this cold and wet month of February – I am outside crunching through snow, maybe on a short ladder, with snippers and a lopper nearby, spying the layout of the limbs. Which ones are diseased? Spindly? Blocking valuable light from fruitful lower limbs? Growing vertical like a ﬂagpole? Those are selected and cut off for the tree to produce the best fruit possible next summer. I say to myself: “I am not just pruning my tree in the cold and wet, I am tasting fresh sweet fruit this summer!” With this mindset, I go about my work, ﬁlling the wheelbarrow with layers of long and short limbs. I use a chipper/shredder to reduce these limbs to mulch, which then gets used in my grow-boxes to become the food for vegetables a year or two later. Where am I going with this? We all have stewardship of small or great consequence to ourselves, perhaps our family, extended family and friends and certainly to our neighborhood and commu-
nity at large. Each of us must take the time regularly to evaluate what we have, own, use, store for another day, or just pile up in a closet, room or backyard. It is probably time to “prune” those goods and stuff! We have a responsibility to care for our stewardship at home, work, apartment, yard and city. What hasn’t been used in the last year, has a high probability that it won’t get used in the next year either. I am NOT writing about heritage items, souvenirs, long-term food storage, or the like. No. I am writing about the stuff and things that haven’t moved, been worn, used or looked at in a year and must receive a serious evaluation and probably (as our garbage can’s volume limits us) need to be discarded or ﬁnd a reuse. There are several locations nearby that take useful good-condition materials. A tax-deductible donation can come in handy in April a year from now. Just this last month, I was on Oak Street where several homes have been purchased and vacated by the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) for the widening of the northbound Interstate-15 corridor. Habitat for Humanity, in coordination with UDOT, had volunteers entering the vacant homes where the useful ﬁxtures, appliances and materials like countertops, lights, etc., were skillfully and carefully removed from the UDOT-owned homes. All this was transported to the ReStore at 1276 S 500 W, where it becomes available at a drastically marked down price for other homebuilders, remodelers and homeowners to put to use in their projects. Let’s take advantage of the bulk waste pickup during the third full week of each month. Ace Recycling& Disposal is very happy to collect our bulk refuse on this monthly schedule. But be aware, move the things to the curbside no more than 48 hours prior to the scheduled day. Let’s enjoy the rest of this winter, a beautiful spring, and the harvests of a fruitful summer and fall. Thank you!
HELP IMPROVE LOCAL AIR QUALITY
TURN THE KEY – BE IDLE FREE!
On January 8, Mayor Robert Hale and the City Council issued a Proclamation calling for Midvale City residents to be “Idle Free” and turn off their car engines when idling for more than 30 seconds. Idling vehicles emit particulate matter and other pollutants that are known to cause serious health problems. Vehicle exhaust makes up about half of the air pollution in Utah, and unnecessary idling contributes a signiﬁcant amount of emissions into our air shed each day. You can support the effort to improve air quality by turning off your vehicle whenever you are going to idle for more than 30 seconds. “I support this Idle Free resolution and continue to advocate for the infrastructure and use of safe alternative methods of transportation in our communities,” said Council Member Dustin Gettel. “This resolution is simple: don’t idle your cars, save on gas, and save your health. Happy and healthy communities remain our highest goal.”
It only takes ten seconds worth of gas to start a warm engine (30 seconds for trucks and SUVs) and idling only ﬁve fewer minutes in a day will save 10 gallons and 220 pounds of CO2 from hitting the atmosphere per year. Turn off your car engine if you’ll be sitting for more than 30 seconds at a car wash, drive-thru or pick up spot. Sign the Idle Free Pledge online at MidvaleCity.org/IdleFree. If 1,000 Midvale residents took the pledge, we could keep a hundred tons of carbon out of the atmosphere; a small drop in the great bucket but an immediate one. “Pledging to go idle free is an excellent way for anyone to reduce local air pollution while protecting public health in our communities,” said Mayor Robert Hale. “Pollution from idling vehicles has signiﬁcant health impacts for us all, but especially for children and the elderly.”
In The Middle of Everything Call for Nominations – Hall of Honors 2019
The Midvale Arts Council is accepting applications for nominations for Hall of Honors 2019. To be considered for the 2019 award, the application must be received by mail or email submission no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at the Midvale Arts Council ofﬁces 695 West Center Street, Midvale, Utah 84047. Nomination applications can be found at www.midvalearts.com/hall-of-honors or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions should be directed to email@example.com or call (385)313-0278.
The Hall of Honors is made up of native (or adopted) sons and daughters of Midvale who have made signiﬁcant contributions to Midvale and/or those whose accomplishments and achievements have brought fame and recognition to Midvale as a community. The recipient of the award will be inducted into the Hall of Honors at a Ceremony and Reception during Harvest Days, August 2019. Current Midvale Mayor, City Council, and members of the Midvale Arts Council are not eligible for consideration of this award until such a time and he or she is no longer on these Councils. Nominations are kept on ﬁle for 5 years consideration.
Pet Encounters: What To Do If You Get Bit By An Animal Salt Lake County Animal Services What should I do if I get bit by an animal? For ALL ANIMAL BITES, if the cut breaks the skin, you are required by law to ﬁle an ofﬁcial bite report. To report a bite, call Salt Lake County Animal Services Dispatch at 801-743-7045. Why do I have to report the bite? There are two reasons why bite reports must be ﬁled. The ﬁrst is rabies control. Our local public health authorities need to investigate if rabies could have been transmitted to the victim. Secondly, the health authorities track the data and trends in animal bites to people within the community. If my pet bites me, do I still have to report it? Yes, ALL BITES that break the skin must be reported. If you have any other questions about Animal Control issues, email firstname.lastname@example.org
UPCOMING EVENTS FOR PET OWNERS: Free Feline Fix: Feb 7 & Mar 7, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Get your cat spayed/neutered, vaccinated and microchipped for *FREE *This program is free for customers in our jurisdiction. A $15 licensing fee will be required. Customers outside of our service area will be charged $50 for this service. Spa Day Dog Wash: March 15, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. @ Paw Paws Dog Wash 624 S 300 W For $25 volunteers will wash, dry and trim your dog’s nails. Proceeds will beneﬁt the dog enrichment program at Salt Lake County Animal Services. Hours and Location: Salt Lake County Animal Services 511 W 3900 S, SLC, UT 84123 Mon-Sat: 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Visit AdoptUtahPets.org for more information.
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Community Council of Midvale City By Sophia Hawes-Tingey, Chair At our January meeting, the Community Council had a presentation by Assistant City Manager Brian Berndt on the proposed development plans for the Jordan Bluffs development area stretching Main Street to Bingham Junction Boulevard and 7800 S, to Wasatch Street. Answering great questions from the Community Council, the Assistant City Manager showed that the developers have gone out of their way to address development issues and to provide shared amenities, including a mile-long city park, for both current and future residents. The Community Council also approved the program for February, March, and April; and is moving the business portion of the meeting to 6:00 pm to make more room for presentations starting at 7:00 pm. The presentation for the February 6 will be a Jordan Bluffs Development Update, and on March 6, we will be hosting a Tax Season Discussion. We are looking for new members, especially if you live in Midvale City Council District 3. Follow us on Facebook (@midvalecommunitycouncil) and come check us out. We’d love to see you there.
Emergency? By Mike Watson, Assistant Chief, Uniﬁed Fire Authority If there is an emergency and you need to call 9-1-1? Here is some very important information that you need to be aware of before you make the call. Dispatch centers face several challenges due to the increasing use of cell phones and landline billing addresses: When calling 9-1-1 from a cell phone, your approximate GPS address is sent to the dispatch center. Depending on the age of the phone, it is accurate to within a few meters to many meters. This is helpful if you’re standing by yourself in the middle of an empty football ﬁeld, but isn’t quite as useful if you’re calling from your apartment. In the second case, it leaves the emergency responders having to knock on the doors of all of your neighbors to try to ﬁnd you. Be prepared to give your address, possibly more than once, to pinpoint your location. Even though your telephone number is transmitted to the 9-1-1 center, they will always ask you to verify the number to ensure that they have the correct number to call you back if your phone should drop the call. Cell phone technology sends your call to the 9-1-1 center for the city where the cell tower is located, not your location. Your phone could be attached to a cell tower outside of the city you are in. It is easier said than done but be patient while the call is handled and transferred to the appropriate center. Callers need to know the address they are calling from and the address where resources are needed, and they also need to know what city they are in or if they are in the unincorporated county. Even if your cell phone is not active with a cellular provider, it will still call 9-1-1. Please do not give your phones to children as toys...it can result in false 9-1-1 calls, taking the time of dispatch call-takers so that they are not available to answer other calls. If you call 9-1-1 from a business phone landline, please be able to tell the call-taker the address that you are calling from. Many businesses have a central or corporate billing address that is different than satellite business locations. The billing address is what the call-taker sees on the computer screen, which means resources could be sent to a location other than where they are actually needed. This is a very important point! For example, a company that is located in Cottonwood Heights could have satellite ofﬁces out of state and they could all be tied into the Cottonwood Heights central system. If someone calls 9-1-1 from their ofﬁce phone in another state, it would ring at VECC, which is one of the dispatch centers here in the Salt Lake Valley! While the technology of cell phones is a convenience that most of us enjoy, please be aware of the potential complications that this technology can create and become familiar with the points in this article.
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Bryce Haderlie named Midvale City’s Assistant City Manager and Administrative Services Director Midvale City Mayor Robert Hale, with the consent of the City Council, has appointed Bryce Haderlie as the City’s new Assistant City Manager and Administrative Services Director. Bryce replaces Laurie Harvey who served Midvale City for 20 years. “We are excited to welcome Bryce to our management team,” said Mayor Robert Hale. “He is recognized as one of the top city administrative and management professionals in Utah and is respected by his peers for his authenticity, professionalism, integrity, honesty, and work ethic.” In his role as Assistant City Manager and Administrative Services Director, Bryce will oversee Finance, Information Technology, Court Administration, Human Resources, City Recorder’s Ofﬁce, and Municipal Building Authority. “I am excited for this opportunity to be a part of Midvale City.” Bryce said, “This community is moving forward and has such great leadership that care about its future and the citizens.” Bryce earned a master’s degree in public administration from Southern Utah University and a bachelor’s degree in business administrative from Utah State University. Go Aggies! He has extensive experience in city management, ﬁnance, administrative services, and public policy. His work experience includes serving as the Assistant City Manager for Cottonwood Heights, Assistant City Manager/Administrative Services Director and Interim City Manager for West Jordan, Town Manager for Brian Head Town and Community Development Superintendent for Brigham City. He is currently serving as the President of the Utah City/County Management Association. Bryce and Angie, his wife of 30 years have three sons, two of which are married, and their ﬁrst grandchild. In his free time, Bryce enjoys carpentry, reading and spending time with his family.
Winter Parking We would like to remind residents about parking regulations to ensure plowing operations run smoothly and efﬁciently throughout the community. Residents are encouraged to avoid parking on the street during winter months so that snow plow crews can safely clear the streets during storms. Midvale Municipal Code makes it unlawful to park a motor vehicle on any City street longer than three minutes when loading or unloading passengers and 30 minutes when loading, unloading or delivering property from November 1 through March 1 between 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. Please help us out by not parking on the streets as it will allow unobstructed access for our snow plow drivers.
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WWW . MIDVALECITY . ORG WHY SHOP LOCAL
Shopping in Midvale City makes our city stronger and builds a brighter future for all of us. Shopping Midvale City ﬁrst helps in more ways than you might think.
1. Sales tax pays for public services
With every local purchase, part of your sales tax pays for public programs and services that make our city better.
2. Helps create jobs and opportunities
Local purchases support local businesses so they can grow, which means more jobs.
Our community features a slew of hotels, restaurants, and shopping peppered along the “Ski Corridor,” (aka Fort Union Boulevard) which provides a straight shot into the Cottonwood Canyons. The UTA ski bus service to Alta, Brighton, Snowbird and Solitude runs all day, with 15-minute frequency during peak hours.
Visit www.skicity.com to learn more.
3. Faster and easier to ﬁnd what you’re looking for
Finding the products and services you want here in Midvale City saves you time and the expense of driving to neighboring cities.
4. Supports community causes and organizations
Local businesses are big contributors to community organizations and activities and your support helps them support our community.
5. Generates a multiplier effect
Shopping locally creates a multiplier effect: the more times a dollar circulates in Midvale City, the more income, wealth, and jobs it generates.
6. Improves local economic sustainability
Midvale City is a proud and independent community. Shopping locally strengthens our economy, encourages entrepreneurship, attracts more businesses, and improves local economic sustainability, self-reliance, and control of our economic future.
7. Creates a stronger sense of community
Shopping locally strengthens the relationship between residents and businesses and reinforces a sense of community and common cause.
8. Shows you care
Shopping locally sends a powerful message and shows your family, friends, and coworkers how much you care about your community.
Principals put the ‘fun’ in fundraisers By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com
Alta View Principal Scott Jameson says he will do about anything to motivate his students, including becoming an ice cream sundae. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
iss a pig? Become a human ice cream sundae? Camp on the roof? If it motivates students, count most elementary school principals in. And count in the students. “The kids were really excited, cheering, clapping, squealing louder than the pig,” said Draper Elementary Principal Christy Waddell, who dressed as a farmer and kissed a pig Nov. 9 to celebrate her school raising $26,000 at their annual fun run. “It wasn’t that bad. I’d say less gross and not as slobbery as kissing a dog.” Waddell, who said she’s taken a pie in the face and has been a human ice cream sundae, said this was her favorite: “It didn’t get as messy.” She’s a believer that “doing something different and unusual” motivates students. She said her custodian even has helped out by dressing up as a fairy to inspire students. “We don’t have students earn junk. We prefer to do things that will get them excited. And most students respond. We had more students return envelopes with donations so they could see me kiss a pig,” she said, adding that she ran some with the students during the fun run. Waddell isn’t alone. This year, Woodstock Principal Brenda Zimmerman, in Murray, also kissed a pig as a reward for her students when they raised $11,700, surpassing last year’s mark by $4,000. The money will be used for structured physical education equipment, safety equipment, field trips, books and for other programs. “It was warm, gross and wet, but he’s so
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cute,” she said afterward. “I’ll do about anything to make them smile and laugh. Kissing a pig totally worked for them to bring in more money.” Paraeducator and PTA member Kay Forbush said it’s part the idea and part the person involved that makes it successful. “It’s different and the kids are having fun,” she said. “The kids love animals and the principal hams it up for this and it’s a winning combination for them.” PTA member Robyn Ivins said that Zimmerman has sung karaoke in front of the school to inspire students and former principal Yvonne Pearson played the part of a superhero who was locked up in her office unless students met a reading goal, she’s walked the plank and even had honey poured on her head before adding Honey Nut Cheerios to inspire students. “They’re willing to have fun and it sets the mood of the school so the students are more willing to become involved,” she said. Two years ago, Liberty Elementary Principal Jill Burnside and members of her staff in Murray School District allowed students to turn them into ice cream sundaes, complete with syrup, sprinkles and whipping cream after a successful fun run fundraiser. Last spring, students raised more than $15,000 to make the school have a 1:1 ratio of Chromebooks and technology. Their additional motivation? Watching faculty and staff in a food fight. “It was fun to watch all the teachers grab food and throw it,” said now third-grader Samantha Boss. “It got us wanting to do well to
see that the teachers would do a real silly thing for us.” Often PTA presidents and members are involved in either the motivation idea or in taking part. At Edgemont Elementary in Sandy, the top incentive for the fun run was to take silly string to Principal Cathy Schino, said Jeannine Cardenaz, who is the fundraising chair along with Katherine Wojnowski. “We wanted something fun and unique, but not mean,” Cardenaz said. “Everyone loves silly string so it was perfect. It definitely helps when we tell students that the principal is willing to do something fun. They get excited and really motivated.” Schino took the silly string in stride, even dancing around after being decorated with it. “It’s very fun, soft, gooey and slippery, which made it fun to dance,” she said on Nov. 5. Sandy’s Park Lane Principal Justin Jeffrey used his Texas background to ride a mechanical bull to celebrate his students reaching $18,000, which in addition to supporting several PTA activities, also will go to support teachers with supplies to reduce the amount of out-of-pocket costs they incur, he said. “Riding a bull for them is a fun celebration of their achievement, but it’s also an interactive opportunity for them to see me and faculty do something to honor them,” he said, adding that he has been duct taped to a wall, slept on a roof, had his hair temporarily dyed and taken a pie in the face. “I stopped doing the pie when one girl said, ‘even though you said it’s OK, I don’t want to pie you.’ We want
it to be fun for them without being humiliating or unsafe.” However, what might not work at one school, works for another. Elk Meadows Principal Aaron Ichimura, in South Jordan, allowed students to throw pies, the 6th annual motivator, after the students raised more than $20,000. “He’s the best principal,” PTA President Dara Evans said. “He’s so engaged and the kids love him. He is motivated to make each of them feel special, even singing happy birthday to them on his ukulele.” Evans said there are several incentive levels for students, but the whipping cream pies are entertaining and don’t cost much money, so they don’t “eat up the profit.” Another inexpensive reward for students is sleeping on the roof, which Ridgecrest Principal Julie Winfree and PTA President Marci Cardon did at the Cottonwood Heights school this fall. “I talked to other principals who have done it and got the idea of sending down a bucket so students could write notes to us,” she said. “We read those by flashlight that night and they were the cutest notes. The kids had such a great time doing that. We even ordered pizza and when it was delivered, it was sent up in the bucket.” Ridgecrest students raised about $30,000 from their fun run that paid for a new sound system and helping make the school be 1:1 on technology in addition to helping pay for field trips, class parties and before- and after-school programs. “I think they were excited that we were sleeping on their roof,” Winfree said. “If a principal is more willing to do something, then they are willing to do their part.” At Alta View Elementary in Sandy, Principal Scott Jameson was willing to allow students to create him into an ice cream sundae and he had fun with it, wearing a mask, snorkel and flippers. Alta View parent Christa Nielsen appreciates the effort. “It shows kids that principals are involved in the schools and want to help them be successful,” she said. “They want them to be motivated.” Second-grader Brooklyn McRae was excited. “I was so excited for him,” she said. “He got really messy with lots of confetti and whipping cream and the red syrup.” Jameson said he didn’t mind. “I’m up for anything crazy because I really believe it helps a ton,” he said. Jameson is true to his word. In the past, students have painted his car, put slime on him, and duct taped him to a wall. He has also eaten bugs, ridden a unicycle dressed as a clown and taken a pie to his face. “It’s all pretty good, and it helps get the majority of students reading, learning, or doing well at their fundraisers,” he said. “And that’s what we’re here for, helping students be successful.”
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You were just in a car accident, now what?
nless you’re one of the few anomalies in the world, we’ve all been in an accident. We’ve experienced that sickening feeling when your car makes unwanted contact with another vehicle. We’re frustrated and disheartened. While we may want to crawl into a hole, we can’t. There are things to do and we’ve given you 10 to be aware of (in no particular order). 1. Have an emergency kit in your car. While this step comes before the accident occurs, it’s essential to be prepared. Whatever you kit entails, make sure it has a first-aid kit, flashlight, reflective triangles and a small (and simple) camera in case there’s been damage to your phone. We’re typically frustrated or frazzled after an accident and not inclined to rational thinking. Being prepared limits the possibility of forgetfulness. 2. Take a deep breath. Accidents are traumatic experiences. Taking a breath will shift focus from what just happened to what needs to be done next. 3. Get a status check on everyone in the car. Check with each passenger to see if they are OK. Have someone call 911 immediately if someone is injured or unresponsive. 4. Move to a safe location. Most insurance companies recommend relocating the vehicle to the sidewalk or shoulder of the road as soon as possible after the accident. If
the damage to the car is minor, this should be relatively easy. But if there are major injuries or questions about the safety of the car, leave it where it is, even if its blocking traffic. 5. Increase your visibility. Turn on your hazard lights and set out your attention items from the emergency kit—flares, orange cones, reflective triangles, etc. One accident should not lead to another. Take precaution to ensure other drivers on the road remain safe. 6. Stay calm. It is very easy to lose your temper in this situation, it’s human nature. Keeping your cool will keep the situation from getting worse. If it wasn’t your fault, it’s easy to want to let your emotions loose on the other driver. This will cloud your judgment and may lead to something that does not help the situation. You still need to exchange information. 7. Exchange insurance information. This is imperative. If you are to file a claim on your car, you will need the other driver’s information. Most likely, after an accident you are feeling jumpy or stressed. It means when you try to write down their information your handwriting will look like ancient hieroglyphics and, unless you are a cryptographer, will be unable to read it later. We live in the 21st century, take a photo of their information and take photos of the damage done to both cars.
8. Don’t admit guilt. Every insurance company will tell you to do this. Even if you are at fault and it was you to blame. This could drive your premium up or even lead to you being sued. Let the police and insurance companies determine this. 9. Call the police. While some minor accidents don’t require a report to be filed, it’s up to the discretion of the drivers in the accident to call the police. Law enforcement can take statements, get information on injuries and property damage. Be sure to ask for a copy of the accident report. If there is a dispute, the officer will be an important testimony.
10. See a doctor. Depending on the injuries suffered or not, it is easy to skip this. A large financial situation has just happened with the car accident, you don’t want another one by seeing the doctor and jacking up your health costs. It’s important to consider it, or possibly speak with one. Adrenaline can be pumping after the accident and one might not notice the amount of whiplash to your neck. Symptoms can take 24 hours to appear. The warning signs include neck pain, stiffness, loss of motion in the neck, headaches, fatigue, dizziness and pain in the shoulders or upper back. It can be better to be safe than sorry. l
Club encourages peers to look into many career opportunities By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com
Hillcrest seniors Emily Rupper and Gabriella Hernandez design marketing posters for the March 20 DigiForge conference. (Cher Burbank/Hillcrest High)
ehind 15 career-related tours, conferences and activities, there may be members of Hillcrest High’s careers club taking an active role promoting it, attending or volunteering at the event. “I joined my sophomore year even though I’ve loved horses since I was little and I have somewhat of an idea of what I’d like to do,” club president and senior Renee Smith said. “I’d like to be a novelist and live on a horse ranch, but that hasn’t stopped me
from learning about other career options that are out there.” Smith leads a student-driven club that often oversees the school’s participation through social media announcements, marketing, and support of activities such as the Pathway to Professions, engineering career fair, job shadow day, healthcare career fair, environmental and agricultural day and tours of diesel and industry careers. Last year, her favorite activity she participated in was the entrepreneurial event, Risk It. “We had breakouts where we learned from start-up companies and I heard a lot of careers I never would have known about if I hadn’t gone. It was cool to hear how Kallie Cooper and Parker Walbeck got their starts in photography and videography,” she said about the event that will be held March 26. “Being in the club allows us to be the first to know about field trips. We’re getting exposure to opportunities which expand our knowledge of careers world outside the classroom.” In addition to attending tours and con-
ferences, the club also supports work-based events, such as reality town at local middle schools. Club members volunteered Jan. 9 to help at Union Middle’s Reality Town and have the opportunity to repeat helping eighth-graders at Midvale Middle’s event March 12. “I like the idea of helping kids with hands-on, interactive learning like Reality Town,” Smith said. Smith, and her peers, track their hours of service they provide, said Cher Burbank, club adviser and Work-Based Learning Facilitator. At the end of the year, she awards them a service certificate. “Many colleges want to know these kids are involved in the community so giving service is part of what the club does,” she said. “I can’t imagine the careers club without their service.” Providing the club with a logo is a way senior Gabriella Hernandez could make an impact for both the club and the start of her own graphic design business. “I got the idea for the logo from the Hillcrest Husky and how they are known for
the Iditarod and sled teams in Alaska and Canada,” she said. “So I knew our club was team-based and thought what better way to bring the Huskies and our team together than through the logo.” That logo now sports the club’s first-ever T-shirts, which announce the year’s events on the back, so it shows the club pride as well as advertises for activities, Burbank said. And Hernandez got her start, supported by her school club. “I’m considering a career as a mechanical designer for RPG (role-playing games) games and use my artistic ability to design them,” she said. “I’m a fan of fantasy.” Hernandez joined careers club two years ago and learned about hacking to designing to 3D modeling at the DigiForge IT conference. This year, the conference is set for March 20. “I’ve learned so many pathways to careers and how to be empowered to make our own choices,” she said. “It’s been really fun.” l
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Hillcrest High’s ASL program expands with more classes, student club By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com
Hillcrest High reintroduced its ASL club, which will provide students signing opportunities both on campus and in the deaf community. (Robin Van Dusen/Hillcrest High)
illcrest High junior Brooke Iacobazzi may be the first to admit she’s not the most talented in her American Sign Language III class, but it was her passion for becoming involved in the deaf community that helped inspire ASL teacher Robin Van Dusen to ask her to be president of the recently reinstated ASL club. “The club, in some ways, is an extension of the class,” Van Dusen said. “It’s student-driven, with opportunities and ideas that help make students successful in ASL. After seeing Brooke’s dedication and her engagement in the deaf community, her enthusiasm and outgoingness coupled with her responsibility, made her a natural leader for our club.” Brooke said last year she made friends at a deaf dance and supported Salt Lake City’s Jean Massieu School of the Deaf’s teams at games. She also has been at the Robert G. Sanderson Community Center of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Taylorsville. “It was a good way to get involved and learn how they live and what they do as well as practice what I’ve learned,” she said. “I had so much fun last year, and I was so happy after going to their dance. I’m learning a lot from being a leader and I’m making some new friends.”
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Brooke even hopes to use ASL in her future career and is looking into being a speech therapist. “I’d love to learn even more signing and hope to take ASL as a concurrent class next year,” she said. This school year, the ASL club started with social activities such as playing games, decorating Halloween cookies and having a pancake social to get everyone comfortable practicing signing. In December, they reached out to Jordan High students and invited them to an ASL potluck. “We asked what classes they took, learned what they were doing in school and played some games,” Brooke said about the first activity with another school this year. Each of Canyons School District’s traditional high schools offers ASL classes, with Alta High introducing their first classes this year, Van Dusen said. Teachers will videoconference with one another to support each other on the curriculum as well as brainstorm approaches on teaching units. She added there also are Facebook ASL teacher sites and a Google Drive where they share ideas. Hillcrest hired a teacher in 2013, after students had been watching classes that a Jordan High teacher aired, she said.
“Our program has just exploded,” said Van Dusen, who is Hillcrest’s second ASL teacher. In 2015, when the school ASL club last held its meeting before this fall, the three classes expanded to seven sections. “We now have to limit the number of kids in ASL. This year, we had to turn away
100 students,” she said about the elective courses. Van Dusen said there are 120 students in ASL I; 75 students in ASL II; and 20 students in ASL III. She hopes next year to add an ASL IV class. In addition, there currently is a petition to count ASL toward the international baccalaureate program, which Hillcrest offers, she said. Both in her classes as well as the club, Van Dusen asks students to interact with the deaf community. “It’s important that they are engaged and bridge to the deaf community. I want them to have the opportunity to chat and socialize with their activities and widen their horizons,” she said, adding that she expects students in class to write a reflection about their experiences. At the same time, she supports students making connections with each other, such as hosting Jordan High for the potluck. “Students are learning to sign, and this provides them the opportunity to practice with each other,” she said. Students also will have the opportunity to practice alongside deaf students when Lagoon offers a day for ASL-speaking youth this spring. In the meantime, Brooke wants to introduce a service aspect to the club. “This is a fun way to get involved and aware of our community,” she said. “I’m hoping to get us helping out even more.” l
Hillcrest High ASL club members sign to Jordan High ASL students at a Dec. 17 potluck designed to improve skills and practice signing. (Robin Van Dusen/Hillcrest High)
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First phase of new Hillcrest High under way, to be completed this summer By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com
In mid-November, crews prepared Hillcrest High’s former soccer field which was paved over as part of the first phase of a three-year rebuild of the 57-year-old school. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
illcrest High students are making some sacrifices for the future of the school and incoming students. Several sports teams have “home” fields away from the school campus as construction crews tear up their fields and courts. Students and faculty, alike, are now parking on what was the baseball and softball diamonds. This started last spring when shovels turned dirt on the Husky soccer field for the groundbreaking ceremony of the rebuilding of the 57-year-old school. The new school, with a price tag of $113.8 million, will be built in phases during a four-year period. The new school was made possible with 58 percent approval of voters on the 2017 $283-million bond, which also will include new school buildings at Brighton High, Union Middle, Midvalley and Peruvian Park elementaries, a new West Draper Elementary, a new White City elementary as well as extensive remodeling at Alta High and expansion of classrooms and lunchroom at Corner Canyon High. Canyons School District Business
Manager and Chief Financial Officer Leon Wilcox said the athletic complex will cost $31.1 million, with the remaining building, including the performing arts 1,500-seat auditorium, at $82.7 million. An estimated $4.6 million will be earmarked for the architects’ and engineers’ cost and another $1 million for equipment and furniture, he said. The first phase, which consists of the athletic facilities, will be completed by early 2020. The athletic center of the school includes a new covered turf facility (or field house) located north of the football field, a main gymnasium, an auxiliary gym, training room, dance room, weight room, wrestling room, multi-purpose athletic room and locker rooms. “It’s designed so we can put in soccer, baseball, softball and lacrosse coming up in the field house, but also use it for drill, cheer and dance and even yoga,” Wilcox said. “With PE students able to use the facility, it will ease up the demand for the gymnasium space for volleyball and basketball.” The new gyms will be built on the site of the former tennis courts, with Wilcox
hopeful student-athletes next year may be able to play their final basketball season games in the new facility. Principal Greg Leavitt said students will be able to see the gym walls go up this spring so during the summer break, they will be able to work on the interior. The design, he said, is a sunken gym with an interior track around the top. “It will allow our students to use it for training and for indoor track and at the same time, teams can practice on the floor,” he said. “We took responses from parents and students as well as our teachers and coaches to recognize what is needed.” The second phase will move the auditorium, shops administration and some classrooms to the eastern wing of the school as well as introduce a student commons. Canyons officials said that the new school will emphasize open spaces illuminated by natural light and collaborative spaces for students to gather. The floor plan allows an open environment where students and employees can see and be seen which can reduce instances of bullying and provide
students with a broader sense of place and purpose, Canyons School District spokesperson Jeff Haney said. The proposed “daylighting” design is in the form of large windows, which Canyons School District has used with the recent rebuilding of Mt. Jordan Middle School. The premise holds that natural light is not only good for defraying electricity and infrastructure costs, but it also boosts learning for the 2,250 students. Wilcox said this portion of the new building should be open to students in fall 2020. The final two phases, consisting of mostly sports fields on the west side of the 38-acre campus, are to be completed by fall 2021. Wilcox said the decision to build high schools first from the bond money was to save on expected costs. Hillcrest was thought to have a price tag of $98 million last spring. Now with tariffs on steel, Wilcox said, “it cost a lot more than we expected.” l
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Hillcrest High expands its unified sports team to include basketball By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com
Hillcrest High’s unified basketball team and coaches are excited about their first season. (Photo courtesy of Hillcrest High)
enior Tanner Cluff is looking forward to the opportunity to play basketball this season alongside his peers at Hillcrest High. The past couple seasons, Cluff has played on the school’s unified soccer team, but now he will be able to play his favorite sport with the introduction of unified basketball at Hillcrest. “He is very excited to be part of the first team at Hillcrest,” his mother and PTA president Julie Cluff, said. “He knows they are going to rock it and looks forward to the first game where he knows they will win. He wants to represent his school well, win the state championship and make them proud. He is mostly excited to be playing basketball for his school.” Hillcrest High unified basketball coach Shannon Hurst decided to establish the program, with the support of assistant athletic director Scott Carroll, after taking members of the unified soccer team to Seattle as Team Utah to compete in the Special Olympics USA Games this past summer. “We didn’t realize basketball was an option until we were in Seattle,” Hurst said. “Seeing what was available gave us a cool start.” Hurst, who previously coached Hillcrest High’s girls varsity basketball team a couple seasons, was a standout guard at Granite High before playing college ball at
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Snow College. Currently, in addition to unified sports, as a marathoner, she helps coach cross country and teaches physical education and health. “It was good to get started, many of the players and mentors met each other for the first time,” she said about the team’s first practice Jan. 8. “We warmed up, stretched, worked on ball handling, passing, our form with shooting, practiced layups and got some shots in before scrimmaging. It was a time to look at what our team looks like. The partners understood their roles as a coach on the floor immediately. It’s a good group.” Hurst, who is joined by math teacher Matthew Snyder, special education teacher Julie Willeitner and Canyons School District adaptive PE teacher Brittany Thomfohrda, hopes to approach the games like she does with soccer. “I want the athletes to be involved. We want them to score and have the partner be the helper, not the dominator,” Hurst said. “In soccer, we waited until the other team allowed their partners to score. Once that happened, we gave the green light to our partners, but still, they’re there to help the athletes have fun and have the opportunity to be successful.” Keeping that in mind, Hurst identified mentors with kindness as well as basketball
coach Alexus Brecht. Last year, Bingham offered unified soccer and unified track. Hurst is cautiously optimistic. “We’d love to win state, bring home a title our first season, but it’s too early to be able to tell,” she said. Her concentration first is on developing the team’s basketball skills and to work together as well as to gain understanding and student support. “Since we play at the U, it may be a challenge to get kids there to support us, but I hope the SBOs (student body officers) get the word out. I hope our students have a good heart and will be there,” she said, adding that she may look into getting a bus for the student fans. Senior and student body officer of activities Tammie Tan joined the team, bringing her basketball experience as a guard from her freshman year to the team. “I am doing unified basketball because it gives me an opportunity to be a leader not only for the athletes, but for other students as well,” she said. “I enjoy helping out by showing the athletes some basketball skills and how to have fun. I am also able to be a leader for other students by demonstrating compassion for the athletes and treating them like I would treat any other person. I bring in persistence and a positive attitude. I will always be cheering on the athletes and encouraging them to keep trying.” Hurst is hopeful for the positive attitude to inspire and spread through the entire student body. “I’m hoping people are seeing the partners and athletes are bringing awareness about being kind and supporting those around them,” she said. “We are all Huskies, so our goal of unified sports is inclusion.” l
passion and experience to bring to the team. “I asked students who could understand their role, almost like a peer tutor mentality, to be on the team,” she said, adding that three mentors were her former players. Senior Kristen Jensen said she is honored to be part of the school’s first team. “We have some hard-working kids at Hillcrest and I’m excited to play basketball with them,” said the former Husky center for the girls basketball team. “Our first practice went really well. I’m surprised at the talent we have here and I know that this season is going to be great. These are some of the kindest and friendliest kids at our school and they’ve already taught me so much. Our team has already bonded so much and I know we’ll only get closer as the season goes on. I hope we can act as an example to other schools so they can start their own programs.” While much of unified basketball is new to Hillcrest, including game days — Feb. 23 and March 15-16 (state) at the University of Utah — Hurst said in mid-January she isn’t sure how many games they play on game days since teams can register up until early February. Nearby Bingham High in South Jordan also is forming a unified basketball team in Hillcrest Huskies unified basketball team learn drills in their second practice to prepare them for their inits fourth season, said first-year Bingham augural season. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
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Midvale Middle’s National Junior Honors Society impacts community By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com
On Dec. 17, members of the 31-student Midvale Middle School National Junior Honors Society gave a little holiday joy to those at the Midvale City Senior Center and in Midvale City offices as they kick off a year of service. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
ighth-grader Samantha Steinke admitted she didn’t do much at Midvale Middle School last school year, but this school year, she has higher aspirations. “I want to become a better person and by being part of National Junior Honors Society, I am keeping my grades up and making a difference in our school community and in the Midvale City community,” she said. “I’m making new friends and wanting to make a lasting impact.” Samantha, who serves as the student liaison for the chapter, was joined by 12 other members as they caroled at the Midvale City Senior Center and Midvale City offices. “It was an easy decision since we all liked caroling and it was close to the school and everyone could join in,” she said about the chapter’s first service project. “I’m not sure they receive a lot of visitors, so it was an opportunity for us to meet them and bring some joy. Some of the seniors were playing pickleball and I haven’t seen it before, so I learned something new from them.” Eighth-grade students, who had performed three hours of service and held a 3.0 or higher grade point average, were invited
in the fall to apply to become members. As part of their application, the students had to answer six essay questions and commit to providing three hours of service per term. Thirty-one students were initiated into the chapter in early November. Before the winter break, in addition to caroling, they met to have chapter elections and decide upon several service projects for the year. The group also plans to pick up litter in Midvale City Park and cemetery and, after last year’s NJHS and Latinos-in-Action students created a community garden, work to make the garden productive to benefit the community. Midvale Middle School science teacher Robert Violano, who serves as the chapter’s adviser, said he is proud that the students want to serve the school and community. “I feel that we, as a people, benefit when we are looking out for each other,” he said. “I think the more connected people feel to something, the better care we will take of it. NJHS is good practice to be more thoughtful human.” Violano, who has advised the students
the past four years, said he rarely gives students ideas. “Our kids’ day is so structured, they rarely have freedom to make choice. I want this student-led and student-run so they can create choice for themselves,” he said. In previous years, the chapter has made blankets for children in a hospital, held a Halloween costume drive and a food drive in addition to cleaning up trash in their community. Violano said through these activities, the eighth-graders also are learning valuable leadership skills, which is part of the aim of NJHS. “I feel that the purpose is to give kids leadership opportunities and to be part of something special within their community. Being a leader means making decisions and that is why I leave it so open-ended. I want them to make decisions,” he said. “I hope they can see that every act of kindness makes their lives and the lives of others, better.” Eighth-grader Toccara Dumas, who is the social network manager for Midvale
Middle’s NJHS chapter, said the group also helps during the school’s parent-teacher conferences by serving faculty refreshments and helping students’ younger siblings with homework while parents and their students meet with teachers. “We have a good idea of what is happening at our school and how we can make a difference, even with just a few people,” she said. Eighth-grader Aurora Huber said the group voted on several service projects. “We wanted to clean up the leaves and litter around the cemetery in the spring and be more active in helping out our community,” she said. During their visit at City Hall, Midvale City broadcast the combined group – Midvale Middle NJHS students and city employees — caroling together on Facebook Live. “We want to make an impact and help people,” Aurora said. “Helping people brings smiles to their faces. Besides, we have fun and helping people makes me feel good.” l
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New Hillcrest basketball coach grateful for family, his team and community By Heather Ernst | email@example.com
The Hillcrest High basketball team began its new season with a new head coach, Sanjin Kolovrat. (Photo courtesy Sanjin Kolovrat)
“I absolutely fell in love with the game of basketball at an early age, and now I get to share that love and help other young players get better.” So says Hillcrest’s new Head Boy’s Basketball Coach Sanjin Kolovrat. The Hillcrest alum and former Husky basketball forward has no shortage of love for his alma mater either. Between his school pride and passion for the game, it is impossible to not enjoy talking to him; even more interesting however, is how he first was introduced to basketball. “I got into basketball when I was young and my family and I moved to the United States as political refugees from the former Yugoslavia,” Kolovrat explained. “My dad talked about famous players from Yugoslavia all the time, Vlade Divac for example.” Kolovrat and his family, including his parents, brothers, grandparents and himself, immigrated to the U.S. in 1996 when he was about to turn 6. At this time there was a civil war going on in Yugoslavia that began on June 25, 1991 when Slovenia and Croatia seceded from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. During the civil war, Kolovrat’s father was captured and held as a prisoner of war. The American Red Cross organization freed the prisoners of war and gave Kolovrat and his family the option of several new countries to call home, and they chose to come to the United States as political refugees. “It wasn’t too difficult to adjust for me and my brother, but my parents had a much harder time,” Kolovrat said. “My brother
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and I will always be in great debt to our parents for the sacrifices they made; everything we do is to try to pay them back.” Kolovrat feels especially grateful for his father who was a huge factor in his basketball career, teaching him the fundamentals early on. Now, Kolovrat has been playing basketball for 19 years and coaching for 10. Kolovrat graduated from Hillcrest and played on their boy’s basketball team growing up. He decided coaching was something he was interested in when he started coaching his former club team by his then coach Ron Preece. Not long after that he found himself coaching at Hillcrest as an assistant coach before becoming lead varsity assistant coach to Coach Sam Richins up until last season. The now varsity head coach hopes to bring a renewed energy to the Hillcrest program short term, along with a new off-season program. Long term, Kolovrat hopes to help his players succeed and get into college and play the game at any level. “I certainly do not coach high school basketball for the money; quite simply it’s my absolute love for the game,” stated Kolovrat. “And for wanting to help other young players get better and hopefully get to play at the next level.” The team is much more than just a team to Kolovrat, they’re part of his family, something he is passionate about having come from a culture that values strong family bonds. Similarly, the Hillcrest community has become a part of Kolovrat’s family as
well. “I love the Hillcrest community and to be able to give back and help stay active as a coach in the community is a great thing,” Kolovrat explained. Kolovrat knows that being a coach is more than just teaching the players about the game, it’s about being a role model and a person whom players can turn to. “Coach Kolovrat likes to promote himself as a player’s coach,” said Athletic Director Joshua Griffel. “He really works hard to build relationships with the players and make sure they have a voice.” Kolovrat’s hard work definitely shows on and off the basketball court, having been a key player in establishing a little league program for Hillcrest, that they previously lacked. “We’ve had a sixth-grade, seventh-grade, and two eighth-grade teams participating in leagues this winter already,” explained Kolovrat. “We are excited for our future.” He spends numerous hours studying the game to improve his coaching abilities to make sure his players have the best chance at success. “Sanjin understands what our kids go through at our school,” explained Griffel. “He understands their trials and the hardships that many of our kids experience and he does an amazing job relating to them and validating what they are going through.” For this season, Kolovrat’s main focus is getting to know the team and preparing them the best he can for the court. “Our
off-season weights and skill development program will be a huge initiative for my staff and I as we go into the offseason in March,” Kolovrat said. With the new Hillcrest gym coming this fall and excitement all around for Hillcrest athletics, Kolovrat could not be more proud to be the head coach of his alma mater. He invites any interested young players to come to their voluntary, open workouts or reach out to him to attend a practice or a game while their season is still going on. “We are going to build Hillcrest into a power school and it starts one day at a time,” Kolovrat said. “Go Huskies!” l
Hillcrest alum Sanjin Kolovrat takes the helm of Husky basketball. But his story starts long before his time at Hillcrest. (Photo courtesy Sanjin Kolovrat)
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ver wonder what the best bang for your buck is at the coffee shop? Let’s take a journey through my years working as a barista at local and corporate coffee shops. As a customer, you have all sorts of options to get your caffeine fix: drip coffee, espresso drinks, teas, iced blended drinks, cold brews, etc. Let’s focus on drip coffee. Drip is a coffee shop’s equivalent to what you make at home in your coffee pot, just on an industrial scale. We’ll grind the beans, measure out the correct amount, throw that in a filter, make sure the brewer is set to pour the correct amount of water, and hit a “brew” button. If you’re looking for something simple, drip coffee is the best deal at any coffee shop. Depending on the size, and if you’re going to use your own cup, drip coffee is priced anywhere from $2 to $4. Or, if you plan to hang out, most shops will offer “to stay” refills for a reduced price. However, most of us don’t want to get plain drip coffee when we visit a coffee shop. Usually, we desire something fancier, something with espresso. The options for espresso drinks are vast: doppios, lattes, flavored lattes, cappuccinos, Americanos, cortados, macchiatos, mochas, flat whites, dirty chai lattes, blended drinks and signature drinks. Instead of detailing every one of those, I suggest focusing on the most important factor for making your important morning decision:
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Life and Laughter—Cold Snap
n the lovely, winter song, a family travels over the river and through the woods to visit grandma. It sounds idyllic, with everyone bundled in fur robes as a happy, prancing horse carries them through snow drifts. I call bull-shenanigans. Winter travel is never that picturesque. My winter driving dread usually starts around 5 a.m. when the snowplow drops its blade outside my bedroom window. First, I want to murder the snowplow driver. Second, I want to burrow in the blankets and not get out of bed until Easter weekend. I don’t know if there’s one inch of snow or three feet, but I know stupid drivers will hit the streets soon, causing mishaps and mayhem. Once I’m ready for work, I jump in my car where the faux leather seats have frozen over like a glacial lake and the steering wheel is now made of solid iceberg. I shiver uncontrollably as I crank the heater up and run through my wide vocabulary of cold-weather swear words. Jack Frost isn’t nipping at my nose; he’s chomping my entire face. Utah drivers are always encouraged to drive smart and read up on winter safety tips. Of course, no one does that, so freeways turn into demolition derbies on ice. Some advice includes: • Never mix radial tires with other tires (because those radial tires are anti-social as hell). • Keep the gas tank at least half full. (Hahahaha!) • Steer where you want to go. (This seems like a trick suggestion.)
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• Have blankets in your car. (I always carry at least seven blankets. Even in the summer.) • Don’t try to walk if you’re stranded. (I don’t try to walk when I’m not stranded.) • Tie a bright cloth to the antenna so help can find you. (Antenna? What are you driving? A 1975 Impala?) • Steer into a skid. (That’s usually what gets me in trouble in the first place.) • Have snacks available. (I did an inventory in my car and found 17 half-full bottles of water, 35 pounds of graham cracker crumbs, 14 brown apple slices, a half-eaten taco and 143 chicken nuggets. And a long-lost Snickers bar, which I ate immediately.) • Don’t be stupid. (I guess this tip was for the driver next to me, wearing his ball cap backward, trying to wipe the snow off his windshield by slapping his shirt across the glass.) But it’s not just car travel that gets messed up in the winter. Flying becomes a nightmare straight from Hotel Antarctica. If you travel by plane, there’s a good chance your flights will be cancelled due to bad
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