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TO EVERY MIDVALE CHILD WHO NEEDS THEM By Sarah Morton Taggart | firstname.lastname@example.org
rcelia Venegas was 3 years old when her parents noticed that she always sat close to the television. It was determined that she needed glasses, but the family couldn’t afford them. So her mother took her to Eye Care 4 Kids, where Venegas got an eye exam and a new pair of glasses for free. “I remember being able to watch from a distance and thinking people see like this?” said Venegas. According to Eye Care 4 Kids, 30 to 50 percent of children in economically-challenged communities go without necessary eye care services. The nonprofit organization was founded in 2001 by optician Joseph Carbone with the mission to provide glasses to every child who needs them. Starting in August, the organization will partner with Midvale City and the Canyons School District to visit all 10 public schools in Midvale with its mobile clinic. Starting with the Title 1 elementary schools, every K-12 student will be screened and those who need them will receive a custom-made pair of glasses free of charge. “This is the first time we’re trying anything like this,” Carbone said. “We’re hoping this is an amazing event.” Eye Care 4 Kids has previously held one-time events at schools in Rose Park, South Salt Lake and Davis County, but this is their first comprehensive effort to reach every student in an entire city. Eye Care 4 Kids has found success working with school districts to find children to help. “My second good idea was working with school districts,” Carbone said. “They know who is showing a need and who’s getting in trouble. It’s of-
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ten the kid getting in trouble who needs glasses. That was me growing up.” The main Eye Care 4 Kids clinic is located in an unassuming building at 6911 S. State Street in Midvale. Appointments are required, and the clinic is busy five days a week. The organization also operates locations in Arizona, Nevada
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and New Jersey. “If a child has Medicaid or CHIP, all services are free,” Carbone said. “If not, each child receives a vision screening, eye exam, new glasses and a case for $35.” Carbone said that in a typical retail setting those same goods and services would cost $550. Continued Page 5
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“And, if they break the glasses, they can come back and get a new pair,” Carbone said. “Even when you do have insurance, it only covers one pair a year.” In order to subsidize costs, Eye Care 4 Kids relies on grants and donations. Partnerships allow the nonprofit to purchase frames wholesale and the grinding of the lenses (customizing each lens to the correct prescription) happens onsite. Designer frames are available for an additional $10-$30 according to Jon Butler, chairman of Eye Care 4 Kids’ Board of Governors. “And that money go Eye Care 4 Kids’ mobile clinic also allows them to provide vision screenings and eye exams to children in rural locations such as the Navajo Nation located partially in southern Utah. The bus later returns to deliver any glasses that are needed. “We give children one thing and that’s clear vision,” Carbone said. “Can you imagine a child not being able to take the journey of reading a book because they can’t see?” Venegas, who got her first pair of glasses at age 3, grew up in Midvale and attended Copperview Elementary, always returned to Eye Care 4 Kids for her annual eye exam. She remembers picking out her frames when she was 6 or 7. “I really liked reading and writing when I was young and I needed glasses to see all the small letters. When I would try taking off my glasses when I was reading I would think, ‘Wow, I wouldn’t get
very far like this.’” Venegas went on to graduate from Hillcrest High School in 2017 and is now studying business, accounting and finances. She still wears glasses — her prescription is too strong for her to switch to contacts — and she still returns to Eye Care 4 Kids each year. “They’ve been super nice with helping pay for my glasses,” she said. “They (glasses) are really expensive.” Blurry vision isn’t the only health problem that a comprehensive eye exam can detect. At the Eye Care 4 Kids location in New Jersey, Dr. Ben Szirth screened a 12-year-old boy who turned out to have advanced glaucoma. “If he hadn’t been screened, in six months he would have lost the vision in that eye,” Carbone said. “It’s not just a question of seeing the blackboard. We’re diagnosing other problems, too.” The organization started small, hoping to help 100 kids in a year. Now that number is closer to 3,000 per year. By 2021, they hope to serve 100,000 individuals annually. One optician, with administrative support from his wife, makes every pair of glasses distributed by Eye Care 4 Kids in Utah and Nevada — approximately 150 pairs of glasses each day. The couple arrived in Utah as refugees in 2009. They had been living in Iran with their young son, but decided to leave when conditions became dangerous. “Here you can practice any religion,
but in Iran you can’t,” said the man, who should take what they’ve learned in life, take has asked not to be identified by name. He it and bless the lives of others.” l owned his own business as a lens technician but was unable to renew his license because of his religion. “We had an almost 2-year-old and saw a bad future. We left Iran and stayed in Turkey for a year and a half then came to Utah. We love the freedom in America.” He has had perfect eyes all his life, but is now starting to need reading glasses and can relate to how excited the kids feel when they’re suddenly able to see clearly. “I’m a little sad when I make glasses with a strong prescription, but also happy that I can help,” he said. In spite of the name, Eye Care 4 Kids also serves adults in need. During the recent federal shutdown, the organization offered to help the families that were affected and ended up helping nearly a dozen individuals. Other adults in need of eye care are also welcome. For many years Carbone worked as an optician in a private practice and saw a need for affordable care. He also volunteered at the Fourth Street Clinic, which provides medical and other services to individuals experiencing homelessness in Salt Lake City. Eventually, with his wife’s permission, they mortgaged their house in Sandy and made the leap to start Eye Care 4 Kids. “Life will take you on a little bit of a Arcelia Venegas of Midvale received her first pair of journey and prepare you to get you on the glasses from Eye Care 4 Kids when she was 3 years path you should be on,” he said. “Everyone old. (Photo courtesy Arcelia Venegas)
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Competitive youth sports: How to monitor a child’s workload By Catherine Garrett | email@example.com
he cost of youth sports over the past couple of decades has continually risen from a financial standpoint. During that same time span, a concern of equal importance has risen with the amount of injuries our young athletes are incurring from the intense trainings and competitions they are being exposed to in year-round competitive leagues and multisport and same-season situations. In the June 2019 issue, we discussed the changing landscape of competitive youth sports that have included high-level training and accelerated sports leagues at younger ages. Injuries have also skyrocketed throughout the past decade with the ever-increasing demand on young athletes’ bodies. In this issue, the City Journals will explore how to function within that system by improving communication between athletes, parents, coaches and trainers and understanding and using the evidence provided within the sports science and medical professions to monitor workload and wellness and avoid burnout and unnecessary injuries. These efforts can help young athletes be individually attended to so they can be on their field of play to keep participating in the sports they love by training hard and smart, while staying healthy.
• Not Making Training Enjoyable – which has often led to athletes quitting that sport or being unmotivated to train hard • Not Communicating • Not Monitoring The Correct Areas
“Athletes are not adequately prepared to sustain the imposed load,” Gazzano states. “They are often injured in the last part of a game, see their performance drop during multi-day events, make technical or tactical errors at the end of a competitive event, or catch the flu at the end of an intensive training camp. Finding and maintaining the delicate balance between training and competition loads, recovery and rest is both an art and a science.” Former BYU football player Jordan Pendleton, who trains athletes of all levels at P1 Performance, said the year-round emphasis on one sport is affecting the workload of young athletes. “These kids are getting more volume of practice than the professionals. Even NFL players have an off-season,” he said. “Evaluating athletes’ workload and then readjusting it to fit their individual needs is so crucial to watching the volume that every athlete’s body is managing. This will enable athletes Workload In “The Relationship Between Train- to build strength, power, explosiveness and ing Load and Injury, Illness and Soreness,” speed instead of breaking them down.” Michael K. Drew said, “Quantification and Injury Of the millions of youth across the counmonitoring of training load and athlete’s responses to it is imperative to maximize the try that participate in competitive sports, 3.5 likelihood of optimal athletic performance at million children are injured each year, aca specific time and place. The response to a cording to Stanford Children’s Health. Many load stimulus applied to an athlete can either injuries just simply happen and may not be be positive (increased physical capacity) or prevented. Those injuries that can be, hownegative (injury, illness and overtraining or ever, are increasing in volume and severity. Many of these injuries are the cause of higher underperformance).” Monitoring workload of young athletes workloads, poor endurance, lack of offseason involves ongoing education and communica- and preseason preparation, lack of sufficient tion among the athletes themselves, their par- recovery time, being overwhelmed and being ents, coaches and trainers. Francois Gazzano, overused. According to the article, “Overuse injua strength and conditioning and performance coach, said we make common mistakes con- ries and burnout in youth sports: a position cerning the workload of our young athletes. statement from the American Medical SociCommon workload mistakes for ety for Sports Medicine,” there is a particular need to balance the training loads and recovyoung athletes • We Increase It Too Quickly – particu- ery in young athletes who have “immature larly following an off-season of mini- musculoskeletal systems.” Utah-based Sport Ready co-foundmal activity and a return from injury er Robin Cecil, a physical therapist of 25 • The Weekly Amount Is Too Much – inyears, said, “The current competitive sysdicating that the weekly amount needs tem has taken training of young athletes to a to be less in hours than an athlete’s age new level, including training them like little • We Don’t Adjust That Workload Daily adults, with high exposure rates and limited – which enhances the need for careful risk management in place. This is leading to monitoring and having purpose in re- young athletes who are dealing with a plethpetitive trainings ora of accepted, often life-altering injuries. • Not Being Aware Of Stressful Periods Children are being placed in vulnerable poIn Youth’s Lives And Noting Excessive sitions. There is no other arena in which this Fatigue – whether it’s exam week or would be deemed as acceptable. We have to remember that there is life after sports and struggles at home we need to make sure our children are not left
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Anna Wright cuts the ball back during the Hillcrest High School girls soccer season last fall. Hillcrest coaches utilized sports science during the season to monitor player workloads in an effort to prevent injury and increase performance. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
broken on our watch.” The NCAA has been monitoring this situation for years and, in 2016, implemented changes to preseason guidelines for football. They discontinued two-a-day practices and added one more week to its preseason while also limiting the number of practices and specifying contact and non-contact training times. Additionally, the NCAA also defines and limits countable athletic related activities, limiting the hours out of season during the academic year to eight hours per week
and four hours per day and 20 hours per week in season. With the No. 1 risk factor for injury being a previous injury, injury prevention should be a primary goal.
R.E. Smith, an educational specialist, said there are different stages of burnout due to varying and excessive demands on young athletes and physiological responses from those that feel, among other things, over reached, over trained and underperformed. This “athletic stress” can counteract the very
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reasons young athletes participate – fun and satisfaction – while also leading to loss of sleep and appetite and withdrawal. Smith suggests an emphasis should be placed on skill development more than competition and winning. “The more fun and satisfaction the child perceives, the less anxiety they experience,” he said. “Worrying about failure and adult expectations and increased parental pressure to participate are associated with increased anxiety.” Burnout typically occurs less in multisport athletes than sport-specialized athletes simply with changes of paces offered by different sports, different fields of play, using different skill sets and being in different environments. With cross-training situations, movements can become less robotic and full of more energy and motivation which can lengthen athletic journeys.
limit injuries and increase performance. “As coaches, our main goal for them was to enjoy what they were doing and be competitive, which included healthy athletes. We often forget that external stressors such as work, friends, school and family factor into an athlete’s recovery and performance,” Hillcrest head coach Kyra Peery said. “Monitoring athletes allows us to train a team and focus on the welfare of each athlete.” Peery noted the program gave her athletes “a voice without having to feel awkward, guilty or overwhelmed.” “It was a simple way that the girls could advocate for themselves and taught them how to self-evaluate,” she said. “This translated on and off the field as we witnessed our girls approaching hardships, setback and issues head on as a team and individually.” Perry said she also noticed improved trust between her players and her coaches. “They knew we were using their feedback to improve practices, change workouts and cater sessions to their needs,” she said. “We were more efficient in our planning and execution during practice sessions.” The implementation of these strategies for the Huskies squad also had a significant impact on the number of injuries and the time lost for those injuries. The two prior years, Peery said the team had multiple injuries, including four ACL tears, among her varsity players to the extent that many were not available to play by the end of the season. This past year, her team was fully staffed and earned a co-region championship by year’s end along with a UHSAA award for the highest combined GPA among 6A teams. “I can honestly say that these strategies were a key factor in helping the girls reach this achievement,” she said.
Monitoring an athlete’s wellness includes identifying their fatigue, stress, sleep, hydration, nutrition and other factors. This wellness shouldn’t be ignored, according to Carolyn Billings, BYU’s Director of Sport Medicine and head athletic trainer. “Athletes today are under a lot of stress,” she said. “We need to prepare our athletes and then make sure they are ready for the demands of the training to avoid vulnerability to injuries and burnout. As we continually evaluate the wellness, workload, injuries, and burnout of our athletes, we are able to more clearly see and understand their ability to perform from both a mental and physical standpoint. “As we continually evaluate the workload, injuries and burnout of our athletes, we are able to more clearly see and understand their wellness from a mental and physical Train smart standpoint. Developing athletes and winning teams “We need to prepare our athletes and then make sure they are ready for the de- is a worthy and fundamental goal. The “more mands of the training to avoid vulnerability is better” philosophy is not a proven development strategy. to injuries and burnout,” she said. “Remaining injury and illness free is a Monitoring athletes at the high school fundamental component of ideal preparation level Utilizing sports science evidence to help for sporting performances,” Michael Drew athletes compete at their best, peak at the stated. “To train smart, one must choose to right times and keep them healthy has been train with organizations and coaches who utiproven to work at the elite, university and lize the evidence and are concerned with the Olympic levels. Using this same evidence for welfare of their athletes, not win at all costs.” Billings and BYU women’s soccer coach the same purpose is seldom used at the high Jen Rockwood had been concerned for years school or youth club levels. about the load of their athletes and the lack of This past year, the Hillcrest High girls soccer coaches implemented sports sci- recovery time. “We started monitoring heart ence-based strategies while monitoring the rate during drills and found that some of the athlete’s wellness and workload. Training drills that we thought would really work the loads were increased appropriately and ath- girls weren’t as hard as we thought and some letes were monitored. Each athlete logged in of the easier ones actually got their heart rates each morning and responded to five questions up,” she said. “By monitoring our athlete’s about her current mental and physical health. workload, wellness and injuries we were Following training, each player would able to assess the performance abilities of the assess how hard they felt like they worked. Cougars soccer players. For the first time in It was no longer a guessing game. The Hus- program history, all players were available kies coaches were alerted to any elevated risk to play at the end of the season so it made a factors, which improved communication and huge difference in keeping track of how evallowed them to individualize training loads, ery individual athlete was really doing.” Also, parents are a child’s most invest-
ed advocate. Understanding the landscape tory: • Set limits on participation time and is essential at both the club and high school sport-specific repetitive movements to level. Currently, there is a lack of data on the avoid overtraining number of injuries occurring at the club level and the number of overuse injuries at the high • Carefully monitor training workload school level. Sport club associations limit during adolescent growth spurts (due their risk management and defer it to individto an increase in injury rates during this ual clubs. Most clubs do not have much in time) place as it is not being demanded by parents • Schedule rest periods and optimize reor associations. Scheduling of club games covery and tournaments does not always take into • Ensure vitamin intake account proper workload management causing high-risk environments. Off-season train• Use appropriate equipment, particularing seems to be rarely scheduled, if at all, as ly shoes there no longer seems to be an off-season in • Have realistic goals and expectations year-round sports. High school preseason is of young athletes, understanding sport short with limited regulation of and educareadiness based on motor skills tion on training loads. • Adapt daily loads
While it’s a fine balance between not training enough and overtraining in trying to reach top performance in youth competitive sports, it is crucial to find tools and organizations to help each individual athlete, their parents, trainers and coaches manage their workload and have open communication within their programs. The Aspen Institute has studied the competitive sports issue for years and provides eight recommendations to the solution for fixing the system that has been created. These include: • Revitalizing In-Town Leagues • Reintroducing Free Play • Encouraging Sports Sampling • Training Coaches, Particularly In Safety and Injury Prevention Measures, Basic First Aid and Motivational Technique • Asking Kids What They Want • Think Small • Design For Development • Emphasize Prevention Sport Ready, an organization that works with orthopedic surgeons, athletic trainers and other medical and sports science professionals, promotes a #TrainSmart campaign with key messages of injury prevention, monitoring the health, wellness and injury rates of athletes, and improved communication through the use of evidence-based tools and services. “Playing as many sports as possible will always be my recommendation for young athletes, but if you’re fixated on one sport, I would make sure you seek out the proper training and care to make sure you are moving correctly and recovering properly,” Pendleton said. “Monitoring your own volume and having data on your own body is so critical to grow and improve correctly.” From a compilation of sources of medical professionals and studies on youth competitive sports come these suggestions to individualize with each young athlete based upon the sport and each athlete’s age, growth rate, readiness and injury his-
• Notice issues quickly and respond appropriately • Advocate appropriately for your child • Ensure that preseason conditioning is gradual following limited activity levels • Have proper warmup and cooldown procedures and practices in place • Encourage sports associations and clubs to work together • Request the risk management strategy from associations and clubs
The current landscape of competitive sports has created high-level opportunities for athletes to hone natural abilities and learn and develop within the sports they enjoy. Participation in athletics brings a variety of benefits to our youth from mental and physical standpoints – with everything from health, fitness, regular exercise, weight control, strength, socializing with peers, improving self esteem, developing leadership qualities, improved sport performance and goal setting. In order to function within this system, education and communication processes should be continually used to monitor these athletes’ workload, injury and burnout and overall wellness to continue to play for as long as they are able and still have fulfilling lives after athletic careers are over.
Sport Ready is working to gather overuse injury data, free of charge, and would like to invite male and female athletes ages 10-22 who play any kind of sport at the club, high school or university levels to participate. If you are willing to have your child participate, or if you are 18 or older and would like to participate in this injury surveillance project that will be completed through a weekly questionnaire starting on Aug. 1, 2019 and continuing for eight weeks, go to rusportready.com/injury-surveillance-sign-up to register or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The deadline to submit requests for participation is July 26. l
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Goat yoga, music and more at Midvale City’s Harvest Days By Sarah Morton Taggart | email@example.com
Children line up to jockey for candy during the Harvest Days parade in 2018. (Photo courtesy Midvale City)
Yoga with baby goats will be offered for the first time as part of the Harvest Days activities on Saturday, Aug. 3. (Photo courtesy Goga)
Hundreds enjoy live music at Midvale City Park during Harvest Days in 2018. (Photo courtesy Midvale City)
idvale residents have enjoyed Harvest Days for 81 years. Just like that first celebration, this year’s festival includes a parade and will end with fireworks. But the 2019 Harvest Days will offer something new: yoga with goats. The baby goats add a fun, playful aspect to yoga. The goats will frolic, snooze, and perhaps climb on participants as they stretch and tone muscles while being guided through yoga poses. All experience levels are welcome — more practiced yogis are welcome to try the more difficult poses while beginners can just play with the goats if they want. “Some of the goats just like to cuddle and some are very active, jumping from person to person,” said Randee Westover, one of the co-founders of Goga, the local company that will provide the experience. “We have many people come that have never done yoga and they all loved it. It’s a pretty basic routine because we want the goats to be able to interact with the people.” There will be two sessions of baby goat yoga on Saturday, Aug. 3 at 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Forty minutes of yoga will be followed by plenty of time to take selfies with the goats. The cost to participate is $10 and spots
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are limited to ensure a proper goat-to-participant ratio, so people are encouraged to sign up at www.MidvaleHarvestDays.com. All other Harvest Days activities are free and open to all. With the exception of the parade and the neighborhood block parties, all activities will take place at Midvale City Park (450 W. 7500 South). Harvest Days usually takes place during the first full week of August, but since that would have it compete with other big community celebrations in northern Utah, the festivities have been moved up one week. The celebration kicks off on Thursday, Aug. 1 with free Bingo in the Bowery with lots of fun prizes. As with previous years, the Midvale Precinct Chief of Police will call out the bingo numbers. On Friday, Aug. 2 the Midvale Arts Council’s summer concert series will be wrapping up with music from Channel Z, an 80’s pop/new wave/rock metal band. After the performance, there will be a free screening of the Disney movie “Cars 3.” Kids are encouraged to pretend the park is a drive-in movie theater and there will be a contest to determine the best decorated cardboard box car.
The Harvest Days Festival will take place all day on Saturday, Aug. 3, starting with a parade and pancake breakfast, and of course, the goat yoga. The parade will begin at Copperview Elementary (8449 S. Monroe St.) at 10 a.m. and end at Midvale City Park. Food and other vendors, bounce houses and a petting zoo for the kids as well as other activities will be available throughout the day. To help keep a lively atmosphere, DJ Cooper Brown will spin music starting at 11 a.m. “That was my favorite part of the day, watching the kids dancing with the DJ,” said Laura Magness about last year’s Harvest Days. Magness is chair of the 2019 Harvest Days Committee and communications specialist for Midvale City. The festivities will continue on Saturday with the Tom Petty tribute band, Petty Theft - San Francisco Tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Local band Salt Rock City will open starting at 5:30 p.m. Prior to the main event, neighborhood block parties are a unique element of Harvest Days. They will take place in various neighborhoods on July 29, 30 and Aug. 5 and feature a variety of activities. Some have bounce houses for the kids, music or potluck dinners.
Some groups choose to close a neighborhood street while others hold events at city parks or in a neighbor’s yard. “Each neighborhood puts on its own little party,” said Magness. She has a favorite memory of one party where members of the fire department showed up and sprayed water to cool off the kids, then played a game of soccer with the youth. The parties are organized through the police department and are part of the National Night Out program. A goal of the program is to encourage neighbors to get to know each other and promote police-community partnerships. Residents wishing to host their own Harvest Days Neighborhood Block Party are encouraged to contact Lori Shaw at the Unified Police Department. Chad Ivie is block captain of the Pepperidge Subdivision Neighborhood Watch and is organizing his second block party this year. His advice for others wishing to host: “Get out and meet your neighbors. Join community events such as neighborhood watch meetings and social media neighborhood groups.” l
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Parents and children reading together can improve literacy skills By Julie Slama | firstname.lastname@example.org
Families pick out books to take home and read together at Midvale Elementary’s Family Literacy Night. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
any Midvale Elementary families may be sitting side by side this summer, reading together and talking about what they read. The dyad, or pair, reading method was introduced to the families at the Family Literacy Night: What is Your Story event, which was held before the end of the school year. Midvale Elementary achievement coach Senja Merrill said this reading strategy is powerful and students learn how to read more quickly. “When you share the book, sitting side by side, track the words and read out loud together,” she said. “The adult reader’s voice may be a little faster and a little louder than
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the student’s and may tend to lead the student in reading, but by using a finger to track the text and having eyes focused on the words, the student will join the adult in time and increase their reading pace.” Another benefit of reading together, Merrill said, is that the adult and student can talk about the text and write down unfamiliar words to look up and learn. The method is proven to help with fluency, comprehension, vocabulary and accuracy, she said. “Whatever language, literacy is literacy and reading with your student is impactful,” she said. “This simple practice will have a huge impact on your students’ reading skills and fluency.” Midvale students could select books that night to take home and keep and again, during the last week of school, more books and literacy activities were distributed to students. Midvale School Community Facilitator Heidi Sanger said that with several events during the school year from parent-teacher conferences to holiday performances, books are available for students. “We want parents to read with kids every night,” Sanger said. “Reading is so powerful. We want them to enjoy reading, to discover and learn.” Part of the fun of the literacy night was
selecting a theme to include everyone. “We like the theme of what is your story because it not only asks what each person’s story is, but it also includes family engagement and sharing stories as a family,” she said. “And all our families come together to create a community, so we learned about our community and their stories.” The Cheney family came to support their children’s literacy efforts. “We didn’t know the dyad approach of reading at the same time with our kids,” Emily Cheney said. “We read with our kids, but it’s good to know a new method.” Her husband, Keith, said that it was good to be reminded about how important literacy is at home. “Literacy is the key to education so it’s always good to have more books at home, readily available,” he said. “We usually have a minute-based reading challenge set in our house, both in English and Spanish.” While first-grader Charlotte may not be as fluent in reading as her fifth-grade-brother Cyrus, who two years ago read 4,000 minutes, including 10 books in Spanish, they both set goals. Charlotte is reading “Peanut Butter and Cupcake” while Cyrus prefers Percy Jackson books. One activity the Cheney and other families were doing was making scrapbooks,
drawing pictures and writing stories to capture memories. The memory books were distributed as another literacy tool, tying into the night’s theme. Families also could contribute a favorite recipe, which were then to be compiled into a Midvale Elementary recipe book to be shared. In addition, there was student book reports and artwork on display, which Beverley Taylor Sorenson art specialist Robyn Munro encouraged the 750 Midvale students to express in their drawing telling their own story. There also were examples of integrating subject matter into the artwork, such as creating colorful geode paintings with watercolors to showcase what students were learning about in science. The theme extended outward to the community as several key area members shared their photos and favorite books to help create a community story. Tyler Library shared upcoming programs and books available for check-out with the families. “We want to be connected with schools, to support their literacy activities and let families know what resources we have available, such as online databases, programs to help with language and research and even homework,” Tyler children’s librarian Melinda Tooley said. l
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ndependence Day is a day (and night) to celebrate the birth of our nation. There’s watching parades, enjoying backyard barbecues and, of course, igniting fireworks. Fireworks. There’s lots of them here, especially with July 24, Pioneer Day, also being a holiday where fireworks play a major entertainment role. In makes for month full of blasts, bangs, whizzes, and sparkly colors lighting up the dark. But the joys of fireworks come with risks. To avoid accidents (or even death), here’s a few tips to remember as you and neighbors prepare to celebrate your state and country. • Recent legislation passed in Utah limits the days of the year allowed to light fireworks. Only light fireworks during those days in accordance with the newly passed law. • Check with your city to determine what areas allow fireworks. Cities such as Sandy and Herriman have decreased the areas that permit fireworks. • Know your fireworks. Read cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting. • Don’t get fancy. While it may be tempting to be creative and construct your own fireworks, the results may not be worth it.
• Responsible adults should not only be present, but should supervise closely. Never give fireworks to small children. • Alcohol and fireworks does not make a good cocktail. Save your alcohol for after the show. • Light one firework at a time and don’t linger. Fireworks look just as pretty from 30 feet away as they do from five. • This one may seem obvious, but fireworks should be shot outside, not inside. • Dress appropriately. Loose clothing that can catch fire easily should be left in the drawer, while snugly fitted long sleeves and pants can protect from potential burns. • Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby. • Never shoot fireworks into metal or glass containers. The ricochet hurts just as much. • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials. • Don’t forget about your pets. Make sure they are securely indoors and have identification tags in case they do escape during a fireworks display. l
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very city is required to complete their yearly fiscal budget in June. While budgets are lengthy and sometimes confusing, one thing is clear — increases happen. What do higher numbers mean? Does it mean mismanagement or the effects of economic inflation? In May and June, Midvale City heads proposed their budgets for the coming fiscal year (July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020). City Manager Kane Loader outlined some rising costs within his budget. Lobbying contracts increased by $4,000. General administration benefits increased by $8,700. An additional $5,000 is being given to Community Building Community grants. Another rising cost in Midvale is for police. As detailed in a previous article, the Unified Police Department asked for more money from the city than the Finance Department had anticipated. City Council has decided to continue with UPD for the time being, and will need to pay the increased cost. With increased spending, how is the city managing to pay without asking for more from the residents? Bryce Haderlie, assistant city manager, said that, “The city’s not proposing any tax increases, we will absorb those extra expenses by deferring projects or dipping somewhat into our fund balance.” One of the decreases that may happen to compensate for increased police funding is the slashing of a $200,000 contribution for a city pool. As of June 30, 2018, the city had a general fund balance of $3,860,000, 19 percent of general fund revenue. Total anticipated expenses for Midvale City for fiscal year 201920 is $34,541,350 (this does not include Municipal Building or Redevelopment Agency money) Haderlie said there are other ways that a
city can continue to function and pay increasing costs without asking residents for more. “One of the benefits that we have is we have sales tax that continue to increase in a good economy, we’ve been very fortunate with that. We also have growth within the city with property taxes.” Public Information Officer Laura Magness, further explained that the city has other revenue than just property tax that helps offset increasing costs. “It’s amazing how much Jordan Bluffs and Bingham Junction help the residents save money on their property taxes. (Through) all the retail we get sales tax.” Heidi Miller came to the city council meeting on June 4, in anticipation of a property tax increase. Following the meeting she said, “I think the budget’s OK. I hate that we have to pull from other sources to match it, but maybe it won’t be as bad next year. But if it is, we’ll just have to reevaluate it all.” As for tax increases in the future, time will tell. Haderlie said, “If the trend continues to climb the way that it is...you can continue to cut back your expenses...you can continue to use fund balance, or you may have to look at property taxes.” On an individual homeowner tax bill, only a small percentage actually goes to the city. There are other entities that issue taxes, such as schools, mosquito abatement and fire. Haderlie explained that even if the city does raise taxes, the percentage that an owner pays to the city is so small that an increase may be barely noticeable on a bill. “We get 8 percent of property tax. Let’s say you own a $300,000 home. You pay a $2,800 tax bill. $247 goes to the city.” Magness added, “Say that we do have to increase taxes. If we have to increase taxes, and we increase it by 20 percent, that’s 40 bucks a year.” l
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Midvale City adopted their fiscal year budget in June, planning for increases in some spending, paring down other expenditures to compensate. (Photo/Midvale City)
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Paul Glover is a life-long resident and a fourth generation owner of a family business in Midvale. He is the proud father of 5 married children and grandfather to 13 grandchildren, and ran for city council 16 years ago because he wanted to improve safety for his family and community members by increasing sidewalk space in the city. Since that time, Paul has been elected to serve four terms in city council because of this same commitment to identifying the needs of our citizens and providing solutions that have beneﬁted the environmental and economic landscape of Midvale. During his time in oﬃce he has helped strengthen the infrastructure of the city by expanding park space, adding sidewalks, strengthening police and ﬁre services, and increasing city lighting with installation of energy and cost eﬃcient lights throughout Midvale.
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Paul has also focused on economic growth through developments that have expanded housing construction and brought new businesses to strengthen Midvale’s economy while maintaining his commitment to keeping taxes as low as possible for the citizens of our city. If reelected, Paul’s goals are to continue economic development as well as expanding park space and working for a swimming pool and community center for the citizens of Midvale.
Accomplishments: • Public Safety • Increased Park Space • Keeping Midvale’s tax rate low • Economic Development • Redevelopment of Downtown Midvale • Street Lighting
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East Midvale’s Family Art Night: come, relax and connect through art By Julie Slama | firstname.lastname@example.org
enny Carter brought her children, fourth-grader Ahlia, second-grader Teslin and kindergartner Eli to East Midvale Elementary’s Family Art Night to spend the evening dabbling in art. “We created origami bookmarks and we painted with watercolors,” Carter said. “Ahlia painted a sunset, Teslin painted the night sky and Eli made his own creation — and enjoyed using all the colors.” Carter said she would fully support the event if it went annual. “It was fun to support the school, see their artwork and spend an evening together trying different forms of art,” she said. Sponsored by Playworks, with the support of United Way of Salt Lake and staffed by volunteers from Hillcrest High’s Latino in Action club, it was the school’s first Family Art Night. “We wanted to hold a community education night where families could come, relax, relieve stress and connect with their kids through art and with other families in the community,” East Midvale Playworks Coach Haley McIntosh said. “We offered several different activity stations so at the end of the night, the families could take home their artwork to display.” Other activities including building with yarn, creating a wooden cart stick frame and
The East Midvale Elementary community came together to try their hand at several different forms of art at their first Family Art Night. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
painting a section of a kids’ art canvas. East Midvale Beverley Taylor Sorenson art specialist Melonie Stauffer also contributed, adding some supplies she had remaining from previous classroom projects. “Kids love art,” she said. “So much of their day is structured in regular classes, that they welcome art as an outlet and the chance
to be creative.” Many of the students’ artwork was on display so families could go on a gallery stroll to see their masterpieces. Many of the art included learning techniques such as color, line and texture. Other students, for example, explored the concept of shape while creating thankful
hand trees and scarecrows using circles, triangles and rectangles. Or they used the technique of space to learn about positive and negative space squares or 3D perspectives while making wallpaper landscapes and seascapes. Stauffer said the artwork tied into their grade-level curriculum such as the fourth grade learning about land forms and fifth grade learning about Colonial history, so they tried their hand at weaving. After the Rosenberg family strolled along the art walk, they made butterfly rings, creating with yarn, folding origami paper and settled into experimenting with watercolors. “We love art and the arts are important for all people, no matter the age,” parent Andrew Rosenberg said. “Without art, there is no inspiration for life.” As the family painted together, Rosenberg said they regularly go to museums and do crafts; his daughters dance and perform in vocal arts; his wife draws; and he plays musical instruments. “My parents heavily influenced my childhood with the arts and that is what I appreciate and want to bring to my children,” he said. “This night is a chance for us to be together and have fun enjoying it together.” l
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SheTech encourages female students to enter STEM careers By Julie Slama | email@example.com
Gov. Gary Herbert, who is promoting more women in technology careers, shakes hands with SheTech student board member Hailee Martin at the recent SheTech conference. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
tah Governor Gary Herbert recently addressed a ballroom full of teenage girls and wanted to make sure one thing was clear: their future is bright with STEM careers. At the SheTech conference, more than 150 science, technology, engineering and mathematics companies and colleges shared hands-on activities from robotics to auto tech to 3D gaming to technology entrepreneurship opportunities with female high school students from every county in the state. Herbert gave the keynote address. “We are in the middle of a technology explosion in the state,” he said. “Utah is recognized as the most technologically advanced state in America today. Women in technology is the next explosion, which you’re a part of.” Herbert shared with SheTech participants that women in technological roles are on the rise. “We are moving in the right direction. There are no limits, no ceiling, nothing, but opportunities,” he said. Spearheaded by Angela Trego with the support of Women Tech Council and Utah Valley University, SheTech is a chance for women to learn about opportunities in the field. “Technology is driving Utah’s economy,” she said. “We can’t get enough people in Utah to fill Utah jobs. We need to get girls in the field to fill jobs. Women working in teams in the workforce in the field improves diversity, allows projects to be looked at in different ways, and bottom line, brings suc-
cess. Gov. Herbert understands the issue and is being a leader in making a change in placing more women in these positions.” When Trego was a student, she was the only female Ph.D. candidate in the mechanical engineering field and lacked a female mentor. “I realized what could help is to have opportunities where girls can be inspired and understood by women role models in the field to show them, they aren’t the only ones. These women can have mentors and engage these students, showing them how they can be successful in their careers,” said Trego, who is president of Trego Engineering as well as vice president of Women Tech Council. When SheTech began five years ago, Trego said she was “laughed at and told no girls would come.” That first year, 2014, 250 teens attended. This year, 2,500 female high school students took part in Utah and SheTech conferences have sprung up in neighboring states of Idaho and Colorado. It also helped inspire STEMFest for elementary and junior high students. Copper Hills physics teacher Marissa Beck had heard of SheTech, knew about it, but she wasn’t able to attend until this year. “I’ve always wanted to know what it is all about and thought it was really important to know and talk to professionals in the fields,” she said. “There aren’t many women in the physical science field. This inspires students to realize they are smart enough to
About 2,500 female high school students came together with 150 tech companies at SheTech to learn more about technology careers. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
enter into a STEM career and shows them women are already successful in the science fields.” Hillcrest High took a busload of 33 students, Work-Based Learning Facilitator Cher Burbank said. “This is a good opportunity for them to be inspired about what they want to do, check it out and talk to other women in the field,” she said. Hillcrest High senior Lillian Rose said that she was learning what was happening in the tech industry from robotics to medical education. “It’s really cool to see what is happening right here in Utah,” she said. Her classmate Julie Ashby was learning how to build websites, which she said would be helpful for her future as she enters a field possibly in business and marketing. Three homeschooled teenagers, Makenna Eagle, Grace Parish and Elizabeth Oldham, were anxious to explore SheTech. “I love math and doing mental math games,” Grace said. “It’s a cool experience to learn in other STEM fields, like coding, which I haven’t done before.” Makenna attended last year and discovered a passion in radiology. “I learned how X-rays work and found it really interesting,” she said. “It’s a good way to learn about jobs I may like in the future.” Elizabeth, however, admits she isn’t big into science. “It’s hard to understand technology and
how it all works, but I know it’s all going to be impactful in my future, so it’s a good introduction to what all is out there,” she said. However, some exhibits introduced fun ways to learn about science. For example, West Hills ninth-graders Alisa Hernandez and Brayden Walter learned about the equations of equilibrium through stacking Pringle potato chips in a circular pattern. Murray High sophomore Natalie Pehrson, who may explore an engineering college degree, took workshops in 3D graffiti and virtual reality, but also learned about air cannons and logic puzzles. Taylorsville senior Jasmin Romero learned about virtual reality and medical equipment and was excited to see a Tesla. She also wanted to investigate environmental science. Classmate Angeline Tuyisabe already had settled into learning about engineering. Alta High freshman Katelynn Christian learned how to program Spheros. “I’ve always been interested in programming, so I’m looking into social engineering. I also want to learn more about cybersecurity and game engineering,” she said. Herriman High junior Sage Jensen took a class about web development and designing apps. “The tech classes are my favorite part of every day at school,” she said. “I want a career in tech, and I’m learning about my future right here.” l
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New Kiwanis Club of the Canyons formed to serve youth in Midvale and vicinity By Sarah Morton Taggart | firstname.lastname@example.org
iwanis has had a long history in Midvale. It formed in the early 20th century and began organizing Harvest Days in 1938. But membership dwindled and the club disbanded several years ago. But there still remained a need for a charitable association where individuals and organizations in Midvale could work together to help the community. Kiwanis Club of the Canyons formed in February of this year to enhance, enrich and improve the lives of children and youth in Midvale, Sandy, Murray and surrounding communities. The main activities undertaken by the club include community service projects, partnerships with area schools and organizations and fundraising events. The club currently has 15 members and hopes to keep growing. Current members include individuals, representatives from local businesses, nonprofits and the Canyons School District, as well as the mayor of Midvale and chief of police. A charter membership is $100 per year and can be held by a corporation or an individual. “We are small but mighty. We have members who can network and bring resources together,” said Laura Magness, president of Kiwanis Club of the Canyons. “We’ve gotten so much done in such a small
amount of time.” Magness came to Midvale two years ago and was surprised by the relative lack of service groups. “We have a Rotary Club that is also small and mighty, but I was excited to hear that a new Kiwanis Club was being formed. Midvale doesn’t have a chamber of commerce, so the Kiwanis Club is a great way for businesses and nonprofits to network and work together to help the community.” Magness, who is also the communications specialist for Midvale City, grew up with Kiwanis. Her mother, Loretta High, was deeply involved with the California/Nevada division of the club. “My fondest memories of my mom are of her doing volunteer work. She was very involved in organizing community events,” Magness said. “I love small towns and community pride, and I’ve found that here in Midvale.” Kiwanis International has been around since 1915 and currently comprises nearly 558,000 adult and youth members in 82 nations and geographic areas. Nearby communities have chapters, but the regional office saw a need and interest in reviving a group in Midvale to focus on serving at-risk, underserved youth. Hillcrest High already receives support from the Sugarhouse Kiwanis Club, so Kiwanis Club of the Canyons plans
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to work with Diamond Ridge High School, an alternative high school located in Sandy. Club of the Canyons also plans to build youth clubs in nearby elementary and junior high schools. Jeff Hymas attended a recent meeting on behalf of Savage, an international transporta-
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tion and logistics company whose headquarters are in Midvale. “Savage has been involved with the United Way and other community involvement projects and saw the new Kiwanis Club as a way to become more involved,” Hymas said. “And we hope we can get other businesses involved.” The club’s first major fundraising event is a joint effort with LUNAFEST, an international showcase of female directors. The evening will feature eight short films selected by LUNAFEST and one film made by a local female director to be selected by a panel of judges determined by Kiwanis of the Canyons. “The films are short, but they are powerful and creative,” said Tammy Ross, owner of Midvale Main Street Theatre, where the fundraiser will take place. “[The films] are about situations women find themselves in all around the world, and their inner strength to deal with challenges that particularly affect women.” The films will be screened on Friday, July 12, at Midvale Main Street Theatre (7711 S. Main Street). The evening will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a VIP reception with complimentary hors d’oeuvres, beverages, cash bar and silent auction. The films will be screened from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tickets ($30 for the VIP reception and screening; $20 for general admission after the reception) are available for purchase online at www.eventbrite.com. The club hopes this event will raise at least $3,000 for their newly-formed JoAnn Seghini Scholarship Fund. The scholarships will go to females graduating from high school who are pursuing secondary education in male-dominated fields. “JoAnn is so excited and plans to be there at the film screening,” Magness said. l
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I want to open with a question for you who are reading this mini-article: “How often will you need police ofﬁcer assistance in the coming year?” I know that is a question loaded with intrigue, guess-work, unknown data, and known data. From a city-wide perspective, the police department is very necessary – no, ESSENTIAL – for citizens, travelers, businesses, and schools to carry on with their lives and responsibilities safely and with virtually no fear of criminal or malfeasant actions happening to them. Midvale City Council and I as mayor have been in the midst of an extended discussion about how to have the premier protection that has been provided by Uniﬁed Police Department (UPD) within a reasonable cost. We have dealt with many scenarios, from both extremes of the ﬁscal spectrums. As a member of the Board of Directors of UPD, I have been a party to many long discussions at board meetings, with our city administration, council and residents to determine what is the best service for the taxes we are willing to pay for those services. The overwhelming consensus is that being under the UPD umbrella is a good place to be. So, with that consensus, your city administration and city council have had an arduous task of pushing and pulling within the proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget, which goes into effect on July 1st, 2019, to make best use of the hard-
earned tax dollars our residents and businesses pay each year. I have learned over and over that UPD management, led by Sheriff Rosie Rivera, Chief Jason Mazuran and our precinct Chief Randy Thomas are also very anxious to have Midvale as an integral part of UPD. So, with the mutual agreement of your City Elected Leadership, City Administration and UPD management, we have decided to make a strong commitment to each of you who live and/or work here that we will continue the strong bond we have together. We will unitedly work to maintain a capable and expansive police work force in Midvale. We have selected where the funds are to come from within the FY 2020 budget to pay for our police force. We will make wise choices with our ﬁscal and police resources, so you can each be conﬁdent that these difﬁcult decisions and the ongoing efforts of UPD and the City are being made to beneﬁt you. Back to the ﬁrst question: “How often will you need police ofﬁcer assistance in the coming year?” You can be assured that the ofﬁcers and civilian employees of UPD are at the ready to prevent criminal activities and to defend property and life when offenses occur to keep you and your loved ones and property safe.
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Community Council of Midvale City By Sophia Hawes-Tingey, Chair For those who were able to attend our June meeting, we were rewarded with an opportunity to hear a presentation of the city’s proposed budget for 2020 and to be able to ask Assistant City Manager Bryce Haderlie clarifying questions with regards to the budget. Economic Development Director Chris Butte gave an in depth history and a development update of the Jordan Bluffs project area. Midvale City’s Communications Director Laura Magness briefed the Community Council on what we can expect for the Harvest Days celebration, including an opportunity for yoga with baby goats. In addition to discussing the Harvest Days Pancake Breakfast, the Community Council also revised and ﬁnalized the program schedule for the rest of 2019. On July 3, we are going to have a presentation by Uniﬁed Fire Authority Chief Brad Larson, where we can talk about ﬁre safety, especially around ﬁreworks. Due to a schedule conﬂict with the Hall of Honors Ceremony on August 7, the Community Council will be meeting instead on
August 14, where we are inviting leaders in our Latino and Latinx communities to present. Please bring your questions and concerns. The Community Council is focused on community engagement and dialogue, and is open to the public, with the business portion of the meeting at 6:15 p.m. and community engagement with community watch and presentations starting at 7:00 p.m. 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. Margarita Santini with the National Census paid us a visit in May and spoke about how important it is that we get an accurate count of the people that live in Midvale in 2020. She encouraged the Community Council to make sure that we are involved in the Complete Count Committee. For every person that is not counted, it is projected that over a thousand dollars in resources is lost. Afterwards, at our Community Engagement meeting, the Uniﬁed Fire Authority led the Community Council and all present through a hands-only CPR training and answered our questions.
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MIDVALE HARVEST DAYS For more than 80 years, Midvale City has come together to celebrate the harvest of friendship and community found “in the middle of everything.” The Harvest Days Festival is an honored tradition that brings a fun-ﬁlled day that residents look forward to every year. This year Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tribute band, Petty Theft, will headline the free evening entertainment on Saturday, August 3. Petty Theft delivers Petty’s songs true to the originals and in the spirit of his legendary band’s live shows, performing everything from his revered classics to his most current songs. At 5:30 p.m., Salt Rock City will warm up the evening’s entertainment. Followed by professional DJ Cooper Brown from One Above Entertainment, who will keep the energy ﬂowing with music and activities for the entire family. Petty Theft will perform at 8:00 p.m. Followed by Midvale’s famous ﬁreworks show at 10:00 p.m. We will kick off the Harvest Days Festival at Midvale City Park on Saturday, August 3 at 7:00 a.m. with Baby Goat Yoga. Imagine practicing yoga while these cuties nuzzle you, explore your mat, and even jump on you in their natural yogi element! Have fun while also increasing awareness and bringing focus to your body and your breath. Two one-hour sessions are available and include 40 minutes of well instructed yoga followed by 20 minutes of playtime and photos with the baby goats. The fee is $10 per person and includes a t-shirt. Space is limited; reserve your spot by visiting www.MidvaleHarvestDays.com. After yoga, stroll on over to the Bowery for a delicious Pancake Breakfast, hosted by the Midvale Community Council from 8:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. ($5/adults and $2/kids). The Midvale Harvest Days Parade will start at 10:00 a.m. at Copperview Elementary and end at Midvale City Park. The festival will continue in the park with loads of activities sure to please the entire family. Enjoy the free dunking booth, NERF war, obstacle course, giant high slide, dragon tunnel, wipe out slide, wet castle bounce n slide, bouncy boxing and pedestal joust. Watch the professional wrestling show. Or take a pony ride and pet the adorable animals. The amphitheater will be busy throughout the day with DJ Cooper Brown who will have fun activities for the entire family, and we have a lineup of local talent who will perform on stage. The vendor market will include businesses who are selling a variety of unique products and showcasing their services; and the incredible food trucks will be sure to tempt you!
In addition to the Festival, the Harvest Days celebrations include: Neighborhood Blocks Parties will take place on July 29, 30 and August 5. These parties, always a favorite of Midvale Harvest Days, are a fun way to meet neighbors, build friendships and develop a sense of belonging and security among residents. If you are planning a block party, call (385)468-9350 (option #0) to arrange a visit from the Mayor, City Council members, Uniﬁed Fire Authority and Uniﬁed Police Department. On Thursday, August 1 at Midvale City Park, come out to enjoy a fun and friendly atmosphere at the annual FREE Bingo Night. Dinner will be served by the Midvale Mining Company from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. (Hamburger meals will cost $5 and hotdogs $4; proceeds will beneﬁt the Boys & Girls Club.) Bingo will start at 6:30 p.m. Our very own celebrity bingo caller, Police Chief Randy Thomas, and UPD Ofﬁcers will be sure to liven up the event. Everyone 12 years and older can play bingo. Children under 12 can participate in the free rafﬂe. Stop by and win some amazing prizes! On Friday, August 2 at the Midvale City Park, start your evening off at 7:30 p.m. with a free concert featuring Channel Z (80’s music), followed a “Drive-in Movie”. The “Drive-in Movie” night will feature the animated Disney ﬁlm, Cars, and cardboard box cars created by you! Design your cardboard box car at home or come early starting at 7:30 p.m. to transform your box with us! Then, settle in your new ride and enjoy the show at dusk (around 9:20 p.m.). Be sure to bring your blankets, pillows and lawn chairs. On Wednesday, August 7 at the Midvale Performing Arts Center, the Midvale Arts Council will host the Hall of Honors and Art Show. If you would like to enter your art into the show, visit www.MidvaleArts.com.
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Introducing Detective Gerry Wayne
Officer of the Month – April 2019
Detective Gerry Wayne is Midvale City’s new community-oriented police ofﬁcer overseeing Code Enforcement With the beginning of summer, a new change has been implemented for Midvale City and the Uniﬁed Police Department (UPD). The two agencies have joined forces for the position of code and ordinance enforcement. On May 26, Detective Gerry Wayne was transferred to the Midvale Precinct and began a new chapter in the service provided to the community by UPD. Detective Wayne’s main function will be interacting with the community and enforcing code and ordinance violations. Detective Wayne is a nearly ﬁfteen-year veteran of law enforcement and started his career with Midvale as bailiff before moving over to Midvale Police Department, and then ﬁnally joining UPD with the merger of Midvale Police and UPD in 2012. Detective Wayne has held assignments in K9, community-oriented policing and most recently as the school recourse ofﬁcer at Cyprus High School. Detective Wayne brings a proactive, hardworking and enthusiastic approach to the code enforcement element. Please look for him in your neighborhoods this summer and the months to come and give him a wave and a smile. You’re guaranteed to get one in return.
OFFICER SCOT GARDINER Ofﬁcer Scott Gardiner is assigned to the Midvale Precinct as a Trafﬁc Enforcement/Motor Ofﬁcer. During his time in Midvale Ofﬁcer Gardiner has exhibited an outstanding work ethic and dedication to duty that is reﬂected in his work product. Ofﬁcer Gardiner always has a smile on his face and has an outstanding attitude toward his work. He is compassionate in his dealings with the public and genuinely cares about the citizens he works for. Ofﬁcer Gardiner rides his motorcycle almost every day, even when it is cold and in inclement weather. He routinely volunteers to assist with funerals, escorts, honor guard duties and other motor unit related assignments without complaint and with a willing heart. It is not one single event that sets Ofﬁcer Gardiner apart from his peers, it is the professionalism, dedication to duty and work ethic he demonstrates every day that we recognize him for as the April 2019 Ofﬁcer of the Month!
Officers of the Month – May 2019 DETECTIVES ANDERA DIRKER-GAZAWAY AND JAVIER CHAVEZ On May 29, 2019, CHG Healthcare reported a suspicious circumstance when the driver of a vehicle asked one of the CHG employee’s suspicious questions about the access points and exits and if CHG was a “Healthcare Company.” The driver was wearing military type clothing and made the employee feel very uncomfortable with the questions being asked. After the encounter the employee contacted the security team for CHG to report the encounter. However, she did not get a license plate number or other information that could be followed-up on. CHG security contacted Detectives Andera Dirker-Gazaway and Javier Chavez and expressed their concern about this incident and explained how this occurrence has affected them and their employees. CHG security stated that many of the employees were fearful to come to work. Detectives Dirker-Gazaway and Chavez collected as much information as they could and immediately went to work. Utilizing their network of contacts, Detectives Dirker-Gazaway and Chavez where able to identify and contact the driver of the suspicious vehicle within only a few days. Because of their diligence and hard work, Detectives Dirker-Gazaway and Chavez where able to resolve this case and restore peace of mind to CHG security team and employees. Detective Dirker-Gazaway and Chavez should be recognized for their efforts. Both Detectives continually perform with a tenacious desire to serve the members of the community and demonstrate professionalism and dedication to duty.
Midvale Middle students celebrate success in academics, serving their community
bout 200 students strolled across stage – some almost running – eager to shake hands with the principal and vice principals and receive recognition. Cameras flashed, students waved, and the audience erupted in applause. Thirteen student speeches were given, some in multiple languages by native and non-native speakers, excited to share what they’ve learned, who they appreciate helping them and where they are headed next. But this wasn’t graduation. Instead, it was a celebration of Midvale Middle School eighth-grade students who received their International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme certificate, bringing the total to more than 1,300 students who have earned the honor since the school first began awarding them in spring 2013. “This is the most we’ve had earn their MYP certificates in recent years, about 70 percent of our students,” said Shelley Allen, Midvale Middle School MYP program coordinator. That is, in part, because of a new approach. Allen and eighth-grade core teachers together merged projects so it could be used in English-Language Arts, social studies and their Make a Difference project used toward their MYP award. “All of eighth grade made children’s books, many of them on someone famous, which they researched. Some tied them into their History Day Fair projects. Many used these books to read to children or teach a youngster to read as part of their Make a Difference projects,” she said. The Make a Difference project is a culminating experience, which requires research, planning, organization and reflection, Allen said. “They have the power to change the world and we hope they will use the knowledge they’ve gained through MYP to make an impact on their community,” she said. Pictures of these projects, which were shown in a PowerPoint before students walked across the stage, ranged from helping build a school in Honduras to tutoring elementary students and teaching youth sports. Students made nativity sets for the Festival of Trees, sewed bibs for Jordan Valley School students with severe disabilities, gathered donations to restock food pantries, babysat for money to donate to cancer research, made blankets for hospitals, took care of animals at shelters and more. “It doesn’t matter the extent as long as they’re learning and applying the process. We’ve had students realize the need within their own family and take on responsibility during the school year to prepare meals for the family as both parents are working,” she said.
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Eighth-grader Benjamin Barinotto was one of about 200 Midvale Middle School students who on May 23 were honored for earning the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme certificate. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
Eighth-grader Yash Acharya wanted to give back to his school. As a three-year member of the debate team, he created a PowerPoint for novice debaters, giving his inside tips on how to be successful in policy and Lincoln-Douglas debate. “I figured I knew I could help teach how to get started with research to presenting themselves at a tournament, so this would be beneficial,” he said. Eighth-grader Maria Manousakis looked to the neighboring Midvale Elementary and realized some of their emergency supply kits could be updated. So, she gathered supplies from first aid items to a flashlight to water and granola bars and made classroom kits. “The school was in great need of emergency kits,” Maria said. “They aren’t required, but usually schools have them. I learned they’re found less in low-income schools and if they are there, often times, they’re expired.” Classmate Tanner Abbott contributed to the emergency kit project. Eighth-grader Amber Parker decided to help her community and teamed up with classmate Lexi Hanks to reach out to neighbors who “just needed an extra hand.” “We walked around neighborhoods, offering to do chores,” Amber said. “We set up Christmas lights, swept driveways, vacuumed and did small things that made a difference in people’s lives.” Students’ projects as well as a statement about what they learned through the MYP program were projected in the background as they received a pin and certificate. Each student also received a booklet and DVD with their classmates’ MYP projects. Twins Andrew and Rian Liew performed music at hospitals to entertain patients. In Andrew’s statement, he said he learned about service and global context and will continue to help others at school and in his community. Rian said he has become more open-minded and balanced and through
the program, he has become more exposed to different experiences he may not have encountered otherwise. Each MYP level – gold, silver, bronze and service – reflect the number of service reflections as well as level of academics in addition to accomplishing their Make a Difference project. “About 70 percent of our students who earn the MYP certificate earn gold. It speaks to what we do here, our expectations and our students’ desire to succeed,” Allen said. An example of these students are the ones who took on the initative to perform at the MYP ceremony. A group of eighth-grade musicians decided to play songs as families finished eating and filed in for the program. Under the direction of classmate Michael Chen, they found music, transcribed parts and practiced on their own for weeks before hand before performing. Latinos-in-Action students also selected a dance, practiced for hours before taking the CaLL stage to perform during the ceremony. “We have highly motivated students who push themselves to perform on another 801.613.7882 level,” Allen said. Midvale Middle School received its OR gO OnLinE authorization from International Baccalau& USE reate to offer the full MYP program in August 2012, becoming one of just two middle pROmO COdE schools in Utah to be known as an IB World School. It took four years of preparations, apJOURnaL plications and evaluations. This past school year, Midvale Middle’s Off. application was renewed and will continue to fOR 20 help students take ownership of their learn- WWW.OUTLaWdiSTiLLERY.COm ing, make connections with the world around them and to empower them to be good citi- Products available directly from zens, Allen said. us or at your local liquor store. “MYP unifies our students,” she said. “We embrace our diversity. Our international-mindedness makes us better people who 552 W. are making connections and becoming good 8360 S. citizens.” l
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Family Learning Center ceremony celebrates a different kind of graduate By Julie Slama | email@example.com
Jose Borjon, consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City, congratulates one of about 15 parents who received their Plazas Comunitarias with a diploma from the Mexican education system.
adyra Lara moved from Honduras to Utah when she was 14, but she never learned to speak English – until this past year. “I’ve gone to class every single day,” Lara said about attending Midvale Elementary’s Family Learning Center English instruction. “I speak so-so; the verbs are hard. I want to learn more English so I can help my children, help in their classes and be able to go shopping.” Lara was one of about 75 students who were honored May 30 at the Family Learning Center Recognition Program. The Family Learning Centers, which began in Canyons School District in 2011, are housed in the District’s four Title I elementary schools and provide educational classes and training as well as resources to parents to support learning in the home. Many parents who attend classes immigrated from Mexico, Brazil, Venezuela, Nepal, Guatemala, China, Ghana, Honduras and other countries. Jose Borjon, consulate of Mexico in Salt Lake City, congratulated about 15 parents who received their Plazas Comunitarias with a diploma from the Mexican education system. “This is very valuable for parents to be actively studying and engaged in learning,” he said. “It’s good you come to work, to prosper, to help your family grow and learn.” Plazas Comunitarias serves as a transi-
tional program for Hispanic-speaking adults to learn English and adult basic education classes, establishing an academic foundation for them to finish their elementary and secondary education in Spanish. Borjon also presented a check for $1,200 to Canyons School District to continue supporting the program. Director of Student Advocacy and Ac-
Two-year-old Airam Noemi Mendoza supported her mother, Alejandra Mendoza, on her accomplishments at the Family Learning Center’s Recognition Program. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
progress learning English and reading and score higher on standardized tests, she said. Children of the graduates ran to hug their parents and stand by them as the auditorium erupted in applause. Even 2-year-old Airam Noemi Mendoza, dressed in a traditional costume, held signs congratulating her mother, Alejandra Mendoza, on her accomplishments.
“This is very valuable for parents to be actively studying and engaged in learning,” cess Karen Sterling said these parents who are learning English will have strengths to support their students in both their native language as well as in English. “The first thing kids learn in school is English, and parents are needing to learn English to support their students,” Sterling said. Sterling congratulated parents for demonstrating a great mindset in wanting to learn more and being role models as students for their children. As a result of parents learning and becoming more active in their children’s school, students have better attendance, make greater
Sprinkled throughout the ceremony were moments of culture as Copperview Family Learning Center presented a dance, Un Poco Loco, complete with colorful costumes. Maria Doriman Hernandez Aguilar sang “Igual que el Universo.” The evening also included the Heart of Canyons Community Schools award presentation to Baraa Arkawazi. Arkawazi, who was from Turkey, was asked by East Midvale administrators to help translate for a shy student who had just moved to Utah and was struggling to fit in. Every day for five years, Arkawazi came to
help that student and others while improving her English as well. Arkawazi earned her GED and decided to work for Canyons School District. However, before she could begin, she had to take a test. It took nearly one year and 22 attempts to pass, but when she did, she was celebrated by East Midvale Elementary students and became a school aide. “We celebrate Baraa for her determination, perseverance and setting the pathway, an example, for our community,” said Shelley McCall, East Midvale community school facilitator. Several parents are grateful for their Family Learning Center education. “We all are able to connect to schools, to become familiar faces with teachers and become contributors to our school community,” Family Learning Center student Rosairo Figueroa said. Board of Education member Mont Millerberg appreciates the impact Family Learning Centers have on students and the community. “What a blessing it is that we have a public education system that education is not just for the children, but for the families,” he said. “This is really an outreach to our community so families learn to trust our schools and their children can enter school where they can learn and become successful.” l
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Comer y vivir sano – el gol del Sombrero Walk; eat and live healthy – the goal of the Sombrero Walk By Julie Slama | firstname.lastname@example.org
mpieza ahora; este es el momento de comer sano y ser más active. That message – to begin now to eat healthier and become more active – was the goal of Canyons School District’s Family Learning Centers’ eighth annual Sombrero Walk, which recently took about 30 participants on a roundtrip stroll from Copperview Elementary to Copperview Recreation Center. “We want our parents to be healthy and have good food sense,” Canyons School District Title I Specialist Sierra Segura said. “We start with going for a walk to promote simple exercise, and then, we want them to learn more about foods. It doesn’t have to be difficult, just even switching from soda and cookies to water and granola bars can make a difference through the summer.” Midvale Family Learning Center instructor Karen Rodriguez said while many families will walk to school, it’s during the summer, when they could become more inactive. “Kids go to school and when there isn’t school, then they don’t always get their exercise,” she said. “We want to have them continue to be active and healthy all summer.” Copperview Elementary Community School Facilitator Jenna Landward said this
Canyons School District’s Family Learning Center parents and children walk together in their eighth annual Sombrero Walk in an effort to promote healthy lifestyles during the summer. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
was a way to show appreciation for the parents and help them find ways to support their students – from healthy lifestyles to reading —this summer. After the sombrero walk, participants learned about medical and dental options, recreation activities, and local library offerings. “For our school, reading slide is a reality so we encourage our students to read,” she said, adding that summer literacy kits with about four books, math and literacy activities
and snacks will be given to students. Midvale and East Midvale elementaries also planned to support students with reading and literacy activities as well. However, Landward also said nutrition was something she hoped parents would embrace over the summer. “We want parents to be wise at the grocery store and find a way to eat healthy on a budget, to remember their fruits and vegetables and that many processed foods add sugar,” she said.
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While sipping a sample of licuado de plátano, Sombrero Walk parents also got a lesson from Utah State University’s Food $ense program — presented all in Spanish, which was translated into other languages for some parents. “The main objective is how to teach families who may be struggling on a budget, how to eat healthy and to encourage physical activity,” said Paola Johnson, USU nutritional educational assistant. “We want to introduce healthy portions of a plate, planning for healthy meals, smart ways to go grocery shopping, give a sample of a healthy snack with basic ingredients, and learn about lean proteins, low fats and portions.” Although the actual Create Better Health Curriculum course is eight weeks, Johnson gave them tips such as buy low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese or wash processed foods that are packed in salt, oil or syrup. She suggested eating tortillas as grains rather than bread or rice. Participants also received a healthy recipe booklet in Spanish to try this summer. “When we develop a healthy eating pattern, our body feels healthy,” Johnson said. “When we add activity to our routine, we begin to lead healthy lifestyles.” l
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Mick Riley: Utah’s Mr. Golf By Shaun Delliskave | firstname.lastname@example.org What is the only golf course in Utah named after an actual professional golfer? If you said Jeremy Ranch or Nibley Park, try again. That distinction belongs to Mick Riley Golf Course, named after the man known as the “Dean of Utah Golfers.”
While the Murray course is always busy, most people have forgotten or don’t even know about Riley. Also, contrary to many high school golf team rumors, Mr. Riley is not buried by the clubhouse (he is buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, although he probably wouldn’t have complained had he been buried at a golf course). Born in 1897 in Burke, Idaho, Joseph Michael (Mick) Riley found his way to Utah. There weren’t many options for linksters when Riley was taking up the sport in the 1910s. At the time, Forest Dale had a hitching post for golfer’s horses. Riley learned golf by caddying at the Salt Lake Country Club, being mentored by notable golfers such as George Von Elm, several years his junior. Von Elm, who grew up in Utah and California, and with Riley as his caddie, took on one of the preeminent golfers of the day, Bobby Jones (who would later found the Masters Golf Tournament). Von Elm became the first golfer from west of the Mississippi River to win a major tournament, and he not only instilled in Riley a passion for golf but exposed him to some of the best golf courses in America. Like a duck to water, Riley’s experience, plus winning an occasional tournament, helped to secure his position as the first head professional at Nibley Park Golf Course. According to sportswriter Bill Johnston, there were only 122 active golfers in Salt Lake City at the time. For the uninitiated, a professional at a golf course is someone who makes their living from teaching the game, running golf clubs and classes, and dealing in golf equipment. An adroit golf pro, Riley earned the
praises of the Salt Lake Telegram at the end of Nibley Park’s first season in 1922. “The work of Professional Riley at the course is worthy of special commendation. It was Riley’s job to develop interest and get the golfers out. He did.” Not only did he get the golfers to come out, he developed a course championship, several tournaments, and high school matches. He developed greens and challenging hazards; he also developed aspiring golfers and advocated the sport to women. It was this latter undertaking that led Mick to meet his wife, Estella at one of his classes. Utah’s most enthusiastic golf cheerleader would do anything to bring people to experience the game. Even winter was no match for Riley, who opened one of the first indoor golf ranges in downtown Salt Lake in 1930. The Telegram reported that by 1947, 80 percent of all Utah golfers were, at one time, a pupil of Riley’s. His green design skills were in high demand, as he helped plan courses in Magna, Tooele, Richfield, Moab, Indian Springs, and American Falls, Idaho, as well as Salt Lake’s Bonneville Golf Course. He also revamped the Nibley Park and Forest Dale courses. However, his passion project was Meadowbrook on 3900 South, which he designed and managed until his death. His progressive thinking led to the establishment of a day care center at Meadowbrook, so that young mothers could take up the game. After forming the Utah Golf Association, Riley was elected as vice president of the National PGA and served for three years. He also served on several national PGA committees. He was president of the Rocky Mountain Section of the PGA and Golf Professional of the Year in 1955 for the Rocky Mountain Section. During the 1960s, he was asked to design the Little Valley Golf Course off of Vine Street in Murray. However, his death in
1964 prevented him from ever teeing off at the course. That honor was given to Estella, his wife, and their children at the newly christened Mick Riley Golf Course in 1967. Riley was also posthumously honored as a member of the Utah Golf Hall of Fame. Perhaps the Salt Lake Telegram summed up Riley best, “The story of Mickey Riley is the story of golf in Utah, for without him many of the municipal courses that have made golf available to the ‘working man’ might not be.” l
Mick Riley, right, and George Van Elm reunite in the 1950s to recall past glories. (Photo courtesy Marriott Library)
Mick Riley strongly advocated for women to pick up the game of golf. (Photo courtesy Marriott Library)
Mick Riley Golf Course in Murray was dedicated to the man who championed it in Utah. (Shaun Delliskave/ City Journals
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Glenmoor Gets Its Groove Back With PGA Junior-League Programming By Jennifer J. Johnson | email@example.com
Vintage advertising for Glenmoor, ironically, touted its “forever” nature—a position that was challenged, but the golf course endures today. (Glenmoor Golf Course)
Local YouTube youth celeb Warren Fisher profiled Glenmoor’s golf U-turn as part of his “Warren Report” program posted mid-June. (Glenmoor Golf Course)
The words pack an extra punch, when delivered from pint-sized reporter Warren Fisher, proclaiming his YouTube broadcast to be a “world-famous” report.
golf course that, in a knee-knocker of a wait-period, seemed destined to result in a yip — a complete loss of the 50-plus yearold course that in the early days was considered a “hidden gem” and is now a South The “news?” South Jordan’s once-be- Valley staple. According to Dehlin, PGA National leaguered Glenmoor Golf Course is alive even sent a camera crew to South Jordan and well and the secret to its viability? several months ago, but the world-famous Think small, now. The secret to its newfound viability is Fisher Report has apparently scooped the PGA, as Dehlin reported that the PGA vid its junior-league golf program. “Glenmoor has one of the largest is not live yet. “The National PGA has been very inteams in the entire country!” the young Fisher exclaimed with an emphasis on “en- terested in the program Darci (golf pro Darci Olsen) and the people out there have tire.” done,” he told the South Jordan Journal. The Glenmoor gameplan Thanks to Olsen, Utah’s only female Sponsored by the Utah Golf Associahead PGA golf pro in the state, Glenmoor tion (UGA), young Fisher is spot-on with his runs three Junior PGA leagues, with more analysis. than 150 youth involved. According to Executive Director of the Utah Professional Golfers’ Association Golfing alone? While many individuals prize golf be(PGA) Devin Dehlin, PGA National is studying Glenmoor’s success with its junior ing a sport they can play alone even in a program, looking to learn and then share foursome kludged with strangers just to best practices with golf courses across the score a tee time, that kind of thinking does country seeking to be more family friendly not fly well with golf courses needing to be profitable—or at least keep the lights on. and more profitable in so doing. As a result, the PGA has studied the It’s a nice reversal of fortune for the success of Little League Baseball, and re-
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“Save Glenmoor!” was a phrase oft-uttered/heard in South Jordan for the years the beloved, historic golf course was doing its tentative victory lap. (Glenmoor Golf Course)
alized that, to help make golf as American as apple pie, perhaps borrowing from Little Leagues’ playbook was a good strategy. Hence the birth of the PGA Junior League—a program that SoJo’s Glenmoor jumped on. “Golf has the old-retired-guy-with-alot-of-money persona,” said Glenmoor golf pro Olsen. “All ages, all types, something for everyone and family-friendly” is how she described Glenmoor’s current suite of customers.
The Glenmoor score card
For those not familiar with the story of Glenmoor, here is the CliffsNotes version of the rise/fall/rise again of the SoJo links site. - 1968 – Course opened half-strength, a nine-hole staple of the Westland Hills Country Club
• 1970s – Westland changes owners and becomes the Valair Country Club • 1977 – Cecil Bohn assumes principal ownership, after Grant Affleck lost the course • 2015 – Bohn passes away; remaining owners’ irreconcilable differences lead to court dissolution of the property, to be sold to highest
bidder • 2015 – The golf course property was zoned A-1, entitling subdivisions of one-acre, single-family lots • 2017 - SoJo golf patriots lobby for an alternative solution • 2017 – Upon learning of the owner’s intention to develop the land, the South Jordan City Council, in a 4-1 vote, votes to delay a building permit or a change in zoning thwarting the developer’s stated intention • A private buyer sticks the landing and purchases Glenmoor (the audience in SoJo City Council Chambers cheered, upon hearing the news)
PGA Junior Golf fits Glenmoor to a tee
And that takes us to right now — high golf season, a late-starting, green-grass summer, on the heels of the wettest spring on record. And just as spring signals rebirth and summer joy, Glenmoor is in its newfound salad days, with its junior golf program to thank. Taking a page from Bubba Watson’s 2012 Masters’ clinch, Olsen tears up, telling the South Jordan Journal just how “awesome” the kids in her program are and how things at Glenmoor have “turned out better than I could have hoped.” This is a woman who loves — no lives — golf, and apparently, has a community behind her that feels the same way. As part of the Warren Report YouTube video, SoJo City Councilman Don Shelton recounts that his inviting SoJo Mayor Dawn Ramsey and his other colleagues to watch one of the junior league tournaments at Glenmoor influenced the Council’s decision to ultimately rezone the land to keep it from being developable. “It was very impressive to them, to see all of the young people that were out on the golf course, hitting golf balls and recreating in the outdoors, instead of being inside, playing video games,” Shelton asserted on-air. “Mayor Ramsey, thank you for saving our golf course,” young Warren tells Mayor Dawn Ramsey, who also appears in the video. Catch the full Glenmoor Golf Course glory on UGA’s Warren Report This link takes you right to Warren Fisher’s segment on Glenmoor: https://tinyurl.com/GlenmoorByCityJournals Otherwise? Look for “Utah Golf Reround 2019 S5 E1” on YouTube and either watch the whole show, or fast-forward to 8:40. l
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The family that golfs together… keeps on golfing together? On the left, what the Utah Golfing Association once dubbed “the ultimate golf power couple” Joey and Darci (Dehlin) Olsen. Utah PGA Executive Director Devin Dehlin in the center, and daughter and son Carly Dehlin and Connor Dehlin. (Devin Dehlin)
Confessions Of A Golf Family: PGA And Glenmoor Golf Pros Share How They Got Game—For a Lifetime By Jennifer J. Johnson | firstname.lastname@example.org Many remember the year 1976 as the wanderlust,” working as a golf pro at nu- Utah,” he said. “She kept the hyphen!” exmerous clubs before settling in at his long- uded the proud golf dad. year of the American Bicentennial. term gig as executive director of the Utah Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA). Sister Darci followed a somewhat similar route, in terms of playing golf for her alma mater Weber State, and vacillating between turning pro and committing to a career leveraging her triple-threat combination of sales-communications-merchandising. Darci Olsen is the only female PGA Golf before groceries head golf pro in Utah. To this day she lives He and his father enjoyed such a proximate to Glenmoor. spectacular day, that the following after“[Glenmoor is] a huge part of our hisnoon, his father brought his mother out to tory — it’s why we live where we live,” the site. Olsen said. “It’s especially special to me, A “low-ball” offer was put in on one because it is where I learned.” of the last two houses remaining in the Parade of Homes inventory. Remarkably, Carrying on the golfing torch Golf families. the offer was accepted, and the next thing Those two words say a lot to those Devin knew, he and his family were moving who understand the joy of the swish of a from Taylorsville to South Jordan. Southwest valley was so underdevel- perfect swing and getting that little white oped at the time and the Glenmoor Golf ball to land in that little hole that somehow, Course location so remote that Devin re- at times, seems smaller than the ball. Besides loving golf, the late Sweets calls the family’s having to commute all the way to Redwood Road and 9000 South to Dehlin and wife Jeanne, loved names that begin with the letter D. go the grocery store. Devin-Dana-Dustin-Darci went the en“Glenmoor Golf Course is pretty near and dear to my family,” Devin said. (Even if viable boy-girl-boy-girl lineup of children who shared their father’s golf lust. All of the grocery store was not.) His youngest sister, Darci (Olsen), said the children played junior golf. All played Glenmoor was a five-minute walk from college golf. Now two of the four siblings their home. She recalls her brother’s being are golf professionals and have golf as an gifted with golf clubs one Christmas, and omnipresent aspect of their lives. And the golf generations continue with his and her father’s suiting up and playing the Dehlins. the very next day. Devin said his daughter, Carly, did not ‘It’s where we live’ engage with golf until she was a senior in As a teen, brother Devin started workhigh school. But then, she “got really good, ing in the Glenmoor Pro Shop. Then he really fast.” played golf at the University of Utah. When she decided to marry (another When it came time to earn a living, golf golfer), her father counseled her to “keep was a given. Dehlin exhibited “county golf her last name — it does carry clout in But Devin Dehlin remembers it as the year his family discovered Glenmoor Golf Course, a move that would change the lives of his family for generations to come. He and his dad, Pat “Sweets” Dehlin, spent a joyous part of a day playing nine holes on a quaint course, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, except a Parade of Homes community.
Utah golf families: ‘THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!
There are quite a few golf dads around. And golf moms. Devin estimates Utah has “about five to 10” prominent golf families. Back in 1989, the “Los Angeles Times” ran a story with a San Diego dateline and a headline style vaguely reminiscent of prominence given to “WAR!” in newspaper headlines chronicling the outbreak of World War I. Only this time, the exclamation point was reverent appreciation for a prominent Utah golf family. “THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!: Utah’s Summerhays Families Put 11 Golfers in Tournament,” the headline read. “They are the Summerhays entourage, 11 golfers from two related families plus a supporting cast of five,” writer Jim Lindgren gushed. The Summerhays family, from the Farmington area, today continues to be prominent in golfing headlines with Preston Summerhays, Lynn Summerhays’s grandson, holding a Utah State Amateur title and being “one of the best juniors in the country.” The Branca family is another storied Utah golf clan. The Salt Lake Country Club provided a lasting monument to the late H.T. “Tee” Branca, naming a bridge patterned after Augusta National’s famous 12th hole after the late PGA golf pro. Branca lived until age 92, In 2015, when Ron Branca, Tee’s son, retired as head pro from the Salt Lake Country Club, Joe Watts of the Utah Golf Association (UGA) mourned “the end of the Branca era.” The father and son, combined, headed golf for the club more than 75 years. Ron Branca now works with
PGA Pro Golfers Devin Dehlin and sister Darci (Dehlin) Olsen are bright stars in the Utah golf scene. (Devin Dehlin)
Darci Olsen at Glenmoor. His brother, Don, is also a PGA professional, according to Devin Dehlin. Glenmoor’s happily golf-obsessed Darci Olsen, who used to go by the name Darci Dehlin-Olsen, has now dropped the hyphenated part of her name, a loss of a powerful asset, according to brother Devin Dehlin. You can take the hyphen out of the name, but not the golf out of the girl, who UGA writer Beaux Yenchik reports, as a pony-tailed bouncy blonde youth, drew a picture of herself playing golf for a career day at her elementary school. l
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Spectacular views of Stonebridge Golf Club make a day on the green even more spectacular. Stand for Kind’s 128 supportive golfers raised $50,000 for the anti-bullying charity. (Stonebridge Golf Club)
Golf Etiquette Makes For Perfect Green Carpet for Anti-Bullying Fund-Raising Event at Stonebridge By Jennifer J. Johnson | email@example.com The Professional Golfers’ Association Kind “actually goes out into the schools (PGA) asserts that golf teaches young and tells kids in schools about tools available to them (to help stop the problem),” people “life’s most valuable skills.” While the PGA does not specifically call out “no bullying,” that concept is a given in the sportsmanlike-play of the 15th-century game still. Such sport made perfect sense as a fund raiser for an anti-bullying education group, “Stand for Kind,” to leverage the sport for one of its annual fundraising activities.
Making a positive difference in the persistent problem of bullying
Stand for Kind, founded by well-connected businessman and recreational golfer Stan Parrish, is a group of business, community and education leaders who have come together to make a positive difference in the persistent problem of bullying. Instead of just preaching about the ills and dangers of bullying — what Parrish dubs “calling attention to it” — Stand for
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Parrish said. “We reinforce positive behavior.” Realizing that its initial name—“The Anti-Bullying Coalition” was having the unintentional effect of emphasizing the very concept of bullying, so in an anti-Voldemort-like move, the organization changed its name and its web URL to the new, empowering name which is also a directive for youth — “Stand for Kind.” It’s a message that’s “much better to come, student to student, versus counselor to student,” Parrish said. “A student can see another student sitting by themselves, we encourage them to go sit with them, to let them know they are wanted.” With this as its model, the nonprofit instructs K-12 students — nearly 300,000 across the state — about how to combat bullying through kindness.
The second-annual Stand for Kind charity golf tournament awarded generous sponsor prizes, for “longest drive,” “straightest drive,” “closest to the hole,” and the “hole-in-one” completion. The Larry H. Miller dealership put up a Toyota SUV for the hole-in-one, but did not have to pay it out. (Stand for Kind)
Making bullying whiff through overwhelming, omnipresent acts of kindness – and 18 holes!
and then, later, the Sandy chambers of commerce. “This is just one event, but it’s a very good event,” he told the City Journals. “People appreciate that and support it.” Parrish is right. The 128 golfers comprising 32 foursomes raised $50,000 for Stand for Kind. All who enjoyed what the Stand for Kind public relations team deemed “a sunny West Valley City morning” were winners in terms of a great day for golf. Individual winners were determined in categories including “longest drive,” “straightest drive,” “closest to the hole,” and the “hole-in-one” completion. The Larry H. Miller Dealerships even put up a Toyota SUV to anyone landing a hole-in-one. Sadly, would-be SUV drivers will have to up their drives to land the ace. There’s always next year, kind golfers.
More than 30,000 incidents and nearly 20,000 incidents of cyber-bullying are, slowly, but surely getting drowned out by what Stand for Kind reports as more than 900,000 identified, “random acts of kindness,” said Pam Hayes, director of the Stand for Kind organization. Stand for Kind is having immediate, traceable impact. “We were able to prevent 55 suicides,” reported Hayes. Her message to those participating in the May 31 golf tournament, the second annual such event, is: “We will do even more.” “A lot of people like to play golf and a lot of people like to do good and contribute… so why not combine the two?” Parrish said. Parrish knows a lot of people. In his previous life, the storied busi- l nessman has led both the Salt Lake Area,
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Midvale’s Cameron Jessop competes at National History Day Fair By Julie Slama | firstname.lastname@example.org
Midvale Middle’s Cameron Jessop, who won the state competition, will compete in individual documentary in the junior division at nationals of the National History Day Fair. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
wo local teens were to represent Canyons School District as state champions at the National History Day Fair in mid-June, both competing in the individual documentary category. Brighton High junior Jacob Simmons isn’t a stranger to the national platform. For the past three years, he has competed at the national level, receiving honorable mentions in 2016 and 2018. This year, his documentary, “Fritz Haber: Feeding the World and Warfare,” went up against other states’ champions. Joining him on the national scene is newcomer Midvale Middle School eighth-grader Cameron Jessop, with his documentary,
“Next Year in Jerusalem: How American Volunteers Helped Survivors Sail from the Tragedy of the Holocaust to the Jewish Triumph of the State of Israel.” The National History Day fair was held June 9-13 at the University of Maryland College Park. Utah sent its two top entries for both junior and senior divisions in each category: documentary, exhibit, paper, website and performance. Midvale Middle School eighth-graders Natalie McRoberts, Amber Parker and Abigail Slama-Catron finished third at the state contest in junior group documentary and served as national alternates. For Simmons, who also won the regional title, it was an easy decision to compete in the individual documentary category. “I have total control over my own project, which also means, it’s easier to work on it when I have time,” he said. “I love making documentaries and they are much more memorable than other categories.” He also could call upon his experience. In his first year of competing, in 2014, Simmons was named a regional champion and qualified for state with his film, “Rights and Responsibilities in the Holocaust.” He repeated as a regional champion and qualified for state his next year with his documentary, “A Life of Power, A Legacy of Fear.” In 2016, Simmons became a state champion and competed nationally with his documentary, “St. Eustatius: The Exploration, Encounter, and Exchange That Won the Revolution.” He returned to nationals as state champion the next year, with “Louis D. Brandeis: Standing for the People.” Last year, he received national honorable mention with “Rabin of Israel: A Story of War and Peace.”
This year, he decided to create his film on Fritz Haber, who is considered one of the most controversial scientists of the 20th century, after looking at a list of the 40 most influential people in history. Haber, who has been called a scientific genius, but also a war criminal, oversaw the first chlorine gas attack of World War I. “I looked into his life, those who interviewed him. Many of those primary archives were in Germany, but those archives at the British Museum were online. I interviewed his godson, Fritz Stern as well as authors who had interviewed him and written books about him,” Simmons said. “It was debated whether he deserved the Nobel Prize.” Simmons said Haber’s life and work certainly fit the National History Day theme, “Triumph and Tragedy.” “His story is one of the greatest triumphs as well as tragedies in history and the impact of his life in the world of science shows great progress, but at what cost?” he said. Even after being crowned state champion and receiving the special award in commemoration of the Utah World War I Commission, Simmons spent “hundreds of hours” making revisions for nationals. “I conducted more interviews, replaced blurry images and tried to match those better with what was said about his personal life,” he said. “The most useful letters were those from his wife, and his friends, Albert Einstein and Maxwell von Laue.” Throughout Simmons’ involvement with National History Day fair, he has stayed in contact with his Albion Middle School eighth-grade social studies teacher, Eden Ellingson. Together, they were selected last year as a student-teacher team to take part in the
2018 Normandy: Sacrifice for Freedom Albert H. Small Student and Teacher Institute. After researching the National Archives in Washington, D.C. to tell the story of a fallen World War II hero, they traveled to Normandy, France to tour Omaha and Utah beaches and to honor their silent hero who died during the Normandy Invasion. That was on top of his year of completing six of his 11 Advanced Placement courses so far in high school, earning a perfect score on his ACT college exam and winning doubles in the state tennis tournament this spring. Cameron, who was the junior individual documentary state champion, said although his four older siblings successfully competed at region, state and nationals, he didn’t pay attention to how they put together their documentaries. “I just thought it would be easier and a better format for the interviews I taped,” he said. Cameron’s documentary included three interviews with American sailors as well as period photographs and research. “I didn’t know what happened between the Holocaust and Palestine. As I learned that the (British Minister for Health Aneurin) Bevan wasn’t allowing them in, even though (President Harry) Truman asked that 100,000 Jews be able to go there, I knew it was a story to tell. There’s not many who know that story of Americans willing to help and could die if they were caught,” said the eight-grader, who also is a student body officer and member of the National Junior Honors Society. Earlier this year, Cameron’s film advanced from his school to Canyons School District’s history day fair, where he won the district title. He also won the regional title before being crowned state champion. l
Hillcrest grad Alex Cheng stands out By Julie Slama | email@example.com Among the 467 Hillcrest High seniors who graduated June 5, one stood out: Alex Cheng. As students were asked to stand at the commencement ceremony for their accomplishments, only one stood as a Utah’s overall Sterling Scholar, National Merit Scholar and Presidential Scholar. Only once before in Canyons School District’s history has that happened and it was by his older brother, Anthony, who graduated from Hillcrest in 2016. But the younger Cheng’s accolades didn’t stop there. After being a stand-out student at both Peruvian Park Elementary and Midvale Middle, Cheng earned his international baccalaureate degree from Hillcrest with a 4.0 grade-point average. He was a Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholar, Intel International Science and Engineering Fair grand champion, attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Research Science Institute and was selected as a finalist for the national Coca-Cola scholarship. At the senior awards night, he was presented with scholarships from Park City Elks Lodge, Utah Elks Association and AXA Retirement Services. His successes don’t just lie within his passion of computer science, he also has played piano with the Utah Symphony and performed in Carnegie Hall and was a member of Sandy City’s Youth Council. Cheng plans to attend Harvard University. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
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Affluence biggest factor in determining 2019 high school state champions By Justin Adams | firstname.lastname@example.org
t the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, I wrote an article about how different criteria— enrollment, graduation rate, affluence—impact a Utah high school’s chances of winning a state championship. The conclusion was that the affluence of a high school’s community was the single-biggest determinant in how successful that school would be in sports competition. Toward the end of the piece, I made the prediction that in the coming school year, the same (wealthier) schools would continue to win championships and “everyone else will get the proverbial participation trophy.” So, was that prediction correct? Yes and no. On one hand, some of the least affluent Utah high schools took home state championship trophies much more often this year than in past years. The bottom 10 5A and 6A schools (as measured by participation in reduced price lunch programs) averaged 1.6 state championships between 2013 and 2017. However, that same group of schools won four state championships in the 201819 school year (East, West, Cottonwood and Provo each earned one trophy). On the other end of the spectrum, the most affluent schools along the Wasatch Front continue to dominate. The 10 wealthiest schools accounted for a total of 20 state championships (55 percent of the total), and
Corner Canyon High makes for an especially interesting case study. In just its sixth year of existence, the Chargers won four state championships, including girls soccer seen here, the second-most of any school in 5A or 6A. (Justin Adams/City Journals)
13 of those come from just two schools: Corner Canyon and Lone Peak. Those schools are No. 1 and No. 2 respectively when it comes to the lowest rates of students using reduced price lunches. Corner Canyon High makes for an especially interesting case study. In just its sixth year of existence, the Chargers won four state championships, the second-most of any school in 5A or 6A. This seems to suggest
that community wealth is more important than even program legacy or school longevity. Lone Peak, meanwhile, continues to widen the divide between itself and the rest of the state. Between 2012 and 2017, the school won 15 state championships, one more than the next highest school, Skyline. In 2018-19, the school won nine state championships, more than twice as much as any other school.
Rob Cuff, the executive director of the Utah High School Activities Association, told the City Journals last year that the organization is not concerned about unequal results on the field. “I think it’s important to maintain a level playing field,” he said, “but our mission is all about participation. If teams are fielding sports teams and students have the opportunity to play, that’s the most important.” l
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This show, written by Ed Farnsworth, based on the original melodrama by Ben Millet and directed by Scott Holman, follows the story of an eclectic group of LDS Sunday School Students as they attempt to put on a traditional “roadshow.” The colorful characters include social media obsessed Penny, her “too-cool-for-Sunday-school” boyfriend Phineas, a Napoleon Dynamite look alike, and a mustached Marvel fan-girl. When Penny doesn’t land the role of her dreams, she gets madder than an Instagram model with zero ‘hearts’. Fuel is only added to the fire when Phineas defies his adolescent apathy to sing with passion and snag the male lead. Jealous Penny makes plans to sabotage the roadshow musical by threatening to destroy Phineas’ reputation. Can Phineas and the rest of the cast overcome the odds to put together the greatest show Utah county has ever seen? Comedy, romance, and adventure are all on the docket for this delightful send up of the Disney franchise, as well as topical humor torn from today’s headlines. “Sunday School Musical: The Greatest Roadshow” runs June 13th through August 24th, 2019. The evening also includes one of Desert Star’s side-splitting musical olios, following the show. The “On the Road Again Olio” features hit songs and musical steps from the ultimate road trip playlist, mixed with more of Desert Star’s signature comedy. Food is available from an á la carte menu and is served right at your table. There is also a full service bar. The menu includes gourmet pizza, fresh wraps, appetizers, and scrumptious desserts.
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Local farmers markets make buying veggies fun
ith bathing suit season upon us, many people’s attention turns to upkeeping their beach bod. There’s an increased focus on eating healthy and not stopping by the local snow cone shop on a regular basis. Luckily, for those venturing in the healthy eating direction, Salt Lake valley has an abundance of farmers markets, where shoppers can select from a delicious and vibrant variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and even talk to the people who help grow them. Eating healthy during summer has never been so easy and enjoyable. Bring your own bags and check out the farmers markets listed below: • This year, the Downtown Salt Lake City Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pioneer Park (350 S. 300 West). For more information, visit: www.slcfarmersmarket.org • The People’s Market is held every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the International Peace Gardens (1000 S. 900 West) in Salt Lake City. For more information visit: 9thwestfarmersmarket.org. • New Roots of Utah Neighborhood Farm Stand is held every Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Sunnyvale Park (4013 S. 700 West) in Millcreek. • The Sugar House Farmers Market is
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Beginning the first week of July:
• The Millcreek Community Market will be held every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Old Baldwin Radio Factory Artipelago (3474 S. 2300 East) in Millcreek.
Markets open in August:
• The University of Utah Farmer’s Market will be held every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University Tanner Plaza (201 S. 1460 East) in Salt Lake City. • Holladay’s Harvest Festival Days will be held every Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 4580 S. 2300 East. • Murray Farmer’s Market will be held every Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Murray Park (200 E. 5200 South). For more information, visit: www.localharvest.org/murray-farmers-market. • West Jordan’s Farmers Market will be held every Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 7875 S. Redwood Rd. • South Jordan Towne Center Farmers Market will be held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1600 W. Towne Center Dr. • Herriman’s Farmer’s Market will be held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Wasatch Front Farmer’s Market will be held every Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Gardner Village (1100 W. 7800 South) in Midvale. l
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