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FAMILIES BOND THROUGH LEARNING AND ACTIVITIES during East Midvale’s Living Traditions celebration By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


n a mild January evening, 113 families held passports to Europe as part of East Midvale Elementary’s Living Traditions program. Students with their families rotated through booths, learning about Spain’s flag and capital city, what Norway is best known for, favorite foods of the Irish, the languages spoken in Belgium, dry summers in Italy and how long the Queen of England has reigned along with taking part in several crafts and activities, and even seeing if all the family members could fit in an British telephone booth. “The living traditions festival is done to celebrate diversity and learn about other cultures and countries,” Principal Matt Nelson said. “With 13 different languages spoken at East Midvale, the living traditions festival gives everyone at the school, especially the students, a chance to see their cultures, countries, and unique heritages displayed and celebrated.” Nelson said that every year the festival focuses on different parts of the world. Each grade level focuses on a country, which they research. The students then display their findings through artwork, writing and projects that are displayed throughout the school. During the Living Traditions festival, students benefit and learn from their peers’ posters on display and complete the passport filled with questions. Fourth-grade teacher Andrew Farley appreciates the annual cultural night, now in its 11th year. “Living Traditions is a chance for us to celebrate our culturally diverse school,” he said. “We appreciate the different countries and their cultures our students bring and through this night, we can learn and share more about the richness of our diversity.” Farley was helping at the Belgium booth, where students learned about their favorite soccer teams as well as that Brussels is the capital of the EU. His students also learned about windmills in the country, river transportation, tourism, dances, and languages spoken in Belgium. After more than 400 people wandered through East Midvale halls, they could enjoy an Italian dinner courtesy of the school and take part in Basque dancing and listen to Swiss alpenhorns. Jake Hill attended the event with his preschooler Elsa, first-grader Damon and third-grader Margaret. “It’s good for the kids to see how others live, their traditions and learn some of their history may have begun in other countries,” he said, adding that his wife’s background is Swiss, so he was glad his own children could hear the al-

East Midvale Elementary families gather to listen to the Alpenhorns that were featured at its Living Traditions celebration. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

penhorns. “We’ve had lots of firsts coming to the Living Traditions nights. This is the first time they’ve seen the Basque dancers, and two years ago was the first time they’ve seen Japanese drummers. It’s been a lot of fun.” Last year, students had a Passport to Africa and the night featured eight countries — Madagascar, Uganda, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Egypt, Botswana and South Africa. Aubrey Lewis brought her two children, kindergartner Della and fifth-grader Chloe, to learn about different countries and cultures. “This has been so incredible,” she said. “There are fun interactive activities, beautiful music with both the alpenhorns and the Basque dancing and a super friendly atmosphere. It’s good to see other families and get to know one another. My kids are learning a lot about the world. My fifth-grader studied about England – about the queen, author JK Rowling, rugby and the British words lift for elevator, trousers for pants and rubbish for trash. It’s been a great family time.” l

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nless you’re one of the few anomalies in the world, we’ve all been in an accident. We’ve experienced that sickening feeling when your car makes unwanted contact with another vehicle. We’re frustrated and disheartened. While we may want to crawl into a hole, we can’t. There are things to do and we’ve given you 10 to be aware of (in no particular order). 1. Have an emergency kit in your car. While this step comes before the accident occurs, it’s essential to be prepared. Whatever you kit entails, make sure it has a first-aid kit, flashlight, reflective triangles and a small (and simple) camera in case there’s been damage to your phone. We’re typically frustrated or frazzled after an accident and not inclined to rational thinking. Being prepared limits the possibility of forgetfulness. 2. Take a deep breath. Accidents are traumatic experiences. Taking a breath will shift focus from what just happened to what needs to be done next. 3. Get a status check on everyone in the car. Check with each passenger to see if they are OK. Have someone call 911 immediately if someone is injured or unresponsive. 4. Move to a safe location. Most insurance companies recommend relocating the vehicle to the sidewalk or shoulder of the road as soon as possible after the accident. If

the damage to the car is minor, this should be relatively easy. But if there are major injuries or questions about the safety of the car, leave it where it is, even if its blocking traffic. 5. Increase your visibility. Turn on your hazard lights and set out your attention items from the emergency kit—flares, orange cones, reflective triangles, etc. One accident should not lead to another. Take precaution to ensure other drivers on the road remain safe. 6. Stay calm. It is very easy to lose your temper in this situation, it’s human nature. Keeping your cool will keep the situation from getting worse. If it wasn’t your fault, it’s easy to want to let your emotions loose on the other driver. This will cloud your judgment and may lead to something that does not help the situation. You still need to exchange information. 7. Exchange insurance information. This is imperative. If you are to file a claim on your car, you will need the other driver’s information. Most likely, after an accident you are feeling jumpy or stressed. It means when you try to write down their information your handwriting will look like ancient hieroglyphics and, unless you are a cryptographer, will be unable to read it later. We live in the 21st century, take a photo of their information and take photos of the damage done to both cars. 8. Don’t admit guilt. Every insurance

company will tell you to do this. Even if you are at fault and it was you to blame. This could drive your premium up or even lead to you being sued. Let the police and insurance companies determine this. 9. Call the police. While some minor accidents don’t require a report to be filed, it’s up to the discretion of the drivers in the accident to call the police. Law enforcement can take statements, get information on injuries and property damage. Be sure to ask for a copy of the accident report. If there is a dispute, the officer will be an important testimony. 10. See a doctor. Depending on the in-

juries suffered or not, it is easy to skip this. A large financial situation has just happened with the car accident, you don’t want another one by seeing the doctor and jacking up your health costs. It’s important to consider it, or possibly speak with one. Adrenaline can be pumping after the accident and one might not notice the amount of whiplash to your neck. Symptoms can take 24 hours to appear. The warning signs include neck pain, stiffness, loss of motion in the neck, headaches, fatigue, dizziness and pain in the shoulders or upper back. It can be better to be safe than sorry. l

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Laurie Harvey resigned her position as assistant city manager and now works for UTOPIA. (Courtesy Midvale City)


aurie Harvey served Midvale City for 20 years starting in July 1998. In January 2019 she took an opportunity with UTOPIA as their chief financial officer. Read about her service and contributions to Midvale over the past two decades. What were your responsibilities on a daily basis? “[I] served as assistant city manager supporting City Manager Kane Loader. [I] oversaw finance and accounting, information technology, and justice court. [I] prepared and monitored [the] city budget.” What were some of the larger projects you worked on? “The analysis leading up to the 2012 decision to join Unified Fire Authority and the Unified Police Department. While the financial savings to the city were significant, moving away from having our own fire and police was difficult and challenging. In hindsight, it was a good decision. Many of the Midvale firefighters and police officers stayed within Midvale, and service from both agencies has been excellent. “Producing the city’s first Comprehensive Annual Financial Report in 2015. I worked closely with Dalin Hackett, assistant finance director, to compile statistical reports that accompany the audited financial statements. We received the Government Financial Officers Association commendation for Excellence in Financial Reporting in 2015 and each year since. Finally, being part of the development of former Superfund sites into Bingham

Junction and most recently Jordan Bluffs.” What were your biggest contributions to the city? “My commitment to serving Midvale citizens and businesses and making sure that their tax dollars were spent wisely.” What were your biggest challenges? “Sometimes feeling that the hard work

of dedicated Midvale City employees was underappreciated. I saw firsthand how much the city workers cared, and unfortunately we most often heard from residents who were unhappy. It meant a lot to each of us when our efforts were noticed and when we felt we were making life in Midvale a little better each day.” Why did you decide to leave? “I have been involved with UTOPIA in some capacity since 2002, as a member of their finance committee or on the UTOPIA or UIA board. When UTOPIA’s CFO retired after many years of service, I saw an opportunity to bring my local government expertise to an agency with a mission I have embraced.” What do you see for Midvale’s future? “Continued growth under excellent leadership. Midvale is a city with a big heart. Cultural diversity is one of its strengths. All of the cities on the Wasatch Front are struggling with a shortage of affordable housing and finding a balance between tradition and the future is tricky. It’s been encouraging to see better attendance at City Council meetings recently. The best decisions are made when everyone is informed.” The new assistant city manager and administrative services director is Bryce Haderlie. He has worked as assistant city manager for Cottonwood Heights and West Bryce Haderlie steps in as new assistant manager for Jordan, and community development for Brigham City. l Midvale City. (Courtesy Midvale City)

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Women’s Leadership Institute encourages Utah women to ‘Step Up and Run’ By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com

The Women’s Leadership Institute honored the efforts of 43 Utah women who completed its 2018 six-month Political Development Series Feb. 7 at the State Capitol. (Jennifer J. Johnson/City Journals)

Make a difference in your community by stepping up and running for office.” That is the straightforward pitch of Utah’s Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI), an innovative organization whose class of more than 40 women politicians and public servants graduated last month. This year’s class was honored Feb. 7 at the Capitol on the floor of the Utah Senate and House of Representatives. This new cohort of women becomes a leadership force of more than 160 women who have completed the six-month, bipartisan training, covering everything from campaign finance to canvassing. Five of Utah’s mayors, (including Provo City’s first female mayor), two county commissioners, and multiple city council members are among the graduates. ‘Cultural Urgency’ for governing differently The WLI Political Development Series, which has been running since 2015, now, more than ever has “cultural urgency,” said Patricia Jones, WLI chief executive officer. This cultural urgency can be seen on topics such as education funding, an issue of particular concern to women. The 2016 New York Times article “Women Actually Do Govern Differently” articulates this point. “Women govern differently than men do in some important ways. They tend to be more collaborative and bipartisan [and] push for far more policies meant to support women, children, [and] social welfare.” But these bills are also more likely to die, largely because of gender bias, research shows. Women in Congress sponsor and co-sponsor more bills than men do, and bring nine percent more federal money to their districts, according to a study in the “American Journal of Political Science.”


A 2018 “Political Science Research and Methods” study of more than 150,000 public bills introduced to the national legislature between 1973 and 2014 found that women were significantly more likely than men to sponsor bills in areas like civil rights, health and education. Men were more likely to sponsor bills in agriculture, energy and macroeconomics. “I think that we were actually ahead of our time with encouraging women to run for office,” observed Jones. Jones, who served 14 years in the Utah Senate and House of Representatives, was herself ahead of her time and now has helped mentor some of the women comprising Utah’s legislature, which has more women than ever before. While serving in the legislature, Jones’s sponsorship of funding to teach Utah high school students about personal finance is an example of what WLI does well – help women learn how to advance their unique, passionate perspectives through politics. (Thanks to Jones’ successful program, Utah is the only state in the United States credited by Yahoo Finance in 2018 as receiving an “A+” for preparing students with financial literacy.) The Women’s Legislative Network of the National Conference of State Legislatures reports that in 2019 women comprise 28.5 percent of all state legislators nationwide, an increase of 25.3 percent, and the most women elected at one time. Utah’s current legislature is 24 percent female – with 25 of 104 lawmakers being women. According to 2017 research by the Utah Women & Leadership Project, 24.1 percent of all council members in Utah municipalities are female. Stepping up to run and to encourage “These women are committed to run

for office. Or at the very least make a difference in their communities,” Jones explained. Jones went on to describe this year’s class as an extremely diverse group comprised of single moms, women of color, and women with disabilities. “These are women who represent our state and are willing to step up and run.” “Stepping up” is not just for women, Jones is quick to point out. Men mentoring women is part of WLI’s ElevateHER Challenge. “We encourage men and women to mentor each other and also to encourage women they know to run for office,” said Jones. Jones makes the pitch personal, actionable. “If you have a co-worker, neighbor, or family member who would be great — reach out and encourage them. Just like every other piece of advancement, supportive men are a critical component of women who run and end up winning in political office. “Helping women and men understand the value of gender diversity in business and politics has really become a critical piece of what we do. Not because it’s the ‘nice’ thing to do, but because it’s what can bring a return on investment rapidly. We need women’s voices and we need them at every level.” Women leaders: A gubernatorial mandate Utah Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. Cox has served on the board of directors for WLI the past five years. He joined WLI CEO Jones in presenting this year’s class with certificates of accomplishment at the Capitol. The City Journals asked the lieutenant governor how he sees his role – and that of the Governor – in helping Utah women engage and be enabled to make a difference in Utah politics. “Women need to know that they are

needed at the highest levels. The Governor and I are committed to speaking up on this as often as we can,” he said. Cox says he is familiar with dozens of women who have completed the training series. “I’m proud that many have gone on to run for office and earn leadership roles in business. This training provides them with skills and resources to make those leaps forward, and the opportunity to meet other strong women with the same drive and passion to make a difference.” Cox observed that, historically, Utah’s legislature “has not very many women.” “I am happy to see that changing — even though it is perhaps still changing too slowly,” he said. The new WLI graduates, he says, “represent what Utah has to offer by way of outstanding public leaders in years to come. I am encouraged by their desire to serve. They are prepared, and committed, to improving their world and our great state, and we are proud of their efforts.” How to step up There is already a waiting list for WLI’s 2019 training, which is scheduled to start September 2019. Interested women can join the list at www.wliut.com/pds. The 2018 cost was $179 for the six, three-hour sessions, which all included lunch. Sessions were alternatingly held at the Salt Lake Chamber and at Silicon Slopes, with live streaming available for those not able to attend in person. In addition to the Women’s Leadership Institute, Salt Lake Valley women might consider the national She Should Run organization (www.sheshouldrun.org/). Real Women Run (www.ywcautah.org/real-women-run/) is a local YWCA program tailored for women more in the beginnings of political interests and often collaborates with WLI. l

Lieutenant Governor Spencer J. Cox says that both he and Governor Gary Herbert promote women in politics as a matter of course. Here Cox, a member of the board of directors for the Women in Leadership Institute, joins WLI CEO Pat Jones in congratulating the new graduating class of politicians and public servants. (Jennifer J. Johnson/City Journals)

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Two Canyons teachers nominated for national award By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

Midvale Middle School teacher and LifeChanger of the Year nominee Debbie Delliskave helps a student understand a math problem. (Julie Slama/City Journals)


ecently, two Canyons School District teachers were nominated for the national LifeChanger of the Year award. National Life Group’s LifeChanger of the Year is an annual program recognizing K-12 educators and school employees who are making a significant difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership. Students, parents, colleagues and administrators nominate these LifeChangers. When nominated, each LifeChanger receives a congratulatory frame and an opportunity to be a LifeChanger of the Year winner, which annually, in the spring, awards one winner $10,000 to be shared with the winning school and four grand prize finalists of $5,000 to be shared with the winning schools. Utah had 12 nominees — 11 teachers, including Midvale Middle’s Debbie Delliskave and Oakdale Elementary’s Allison Fortie, and one principal — for the 2019 award. Debbie Delliskave, Midvale Middle School seventh-grade math teacher Delliskave, who has been teaching 27 years, was nominated by an anonymous Midvale Middle School student, where Delliskave has taught the past seven years. “When I first got the email, I opened it and read there was posting on social media and I figured it was just a gimmick, so I junked it,” she said. “Then, I got another, and again, I put in junk email. When I got a frame in the mail, I went back and looked at the emails in junk. Then, I got a third email so I went to talk to Mindy (Robison, school

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principal).” When Robison wasn’t in her office, Delliskave and a secretary searched the internet to realize Delliskave’s nomination was real. “I was never so surprised. I’ve received a lot of nice pats on the back, but the name of this — LifeChanger — and the fact it came from a student — means I made a difference,” she said. In the nomination, the student, who was enrolled in an advanced math course, wrote: “Not only does she push me, among other students, to higher expectations of themselves, but she has an engaging style of teaching. Overall, I learned not only math, but life skills that continue to help me throughout my school experience.” Delliskave said by the time she realized the award was for real, Canyons Superintendent Jim Briscoe had emailed her a congratulatory note. With the award, the public can post messages in support of the nominees. Colleague and Midvale Middle IB MYP Coordinator Shelly Allen supported the student’s nomination in her post: “Deb Delliskave is an amazing educator. As her colleague, I have learned so much from her example. She has high expectations for all students. She works tirelessly to help all students reach those high expectations. Deb’s students know she cares about them. She helps students develop a love for learning and higher confidence in themselves.” Delliskave, who has been a Canyons School District finalist for Teacher of the Year and honored by Jordan District as one

of the top teachers of the year, also is known as students’ go-to source for math help as she regularly volunteers to help students after school. Last year, she was recognized in the Effective Teachers in High Poverty Schools Incentive Program, which was created by the Utah Legislature in 2017 to reward teachers who achieve a median student growth percentile of 70 or higher in their high-poverty classrooms. Her students achieved 80 percent. “The current eighth-grade students know that they had the biggest growth in the entire state,” she said. “They can connect math to real life. It’s all about patterns so if they can spot patterns, it doesn’t matter if they don’t have everything memorized. When they realized their mistakes, then their real learning began. I’m so proud of them.” Fellow teacher Bethanne Lenhart said Delliskave changed the way students think about math. “She focuses on growth mindset, a philosophy which embraces and even celebrates mistakes, in order to progress learning,” she said. “From her support and focus on explicitly teaching kids it is OK to fail and how to reflect and learn from it, students learn to be proud of their efforts and persevere even though it is hard. By the time they leave the class, even the most insecure math students leave with more confidence and belief in themselves.” Delliskave also uses technology to help her students advance in math, even posting lessons done in class to help those who are absent. She said the reward was the nomination alone and if she wins, would earmark her funds to help finish the loft area in the new middle school, something that wasn’t completed when the building opened fall 2017. Allison Fortie, Oakdale Elementary third-grade teacher Like Delliskave, Fortie received a congratulatory note from the superintendent after she, too, thought the original email was junk mail. Fortie, who has taught seven years, all at Oakdale, was nominated by an anonymous colleague, who appreciated her attitude toward helping both school children and her colleagues learn. “Mrs. Fortie regularly seeks out what is best for students to truly change the trajectory of a struggling learner, and she does it all in 180 days or less,” the nominator wrote. “Mrs. Fortie is an informal leader within our school both at a team and school-wide level. Teachers of all abilities regularly seek her out for advice, expertise, and problem solving.” Principal Lori Jones said Fortie is creative, thoughtful and always willing to come up with new ways to help students, including teaching them technology.

“Last year, her entire class wrote individual letters to please let them have her as their teacher again,” Jones said. “They said she listens, helps them with math, challenges them in writing and introduces new subjects such as coding and Little Bits (modular electronics, which snap together with small magnets for prototyping and learning).” She received the Little Bits with a grant from the STEM Action Center to help teach students the properties of force, motion and gravity. This year isn’t any different as Fortie, frustrated with the limitations of an app she downloaded on her phone wasn’t helping the class enough in learning how to balance their classroom cash, worked with her father, who works in the computer industry, to create an app for her class. “It helps kids understand how to be responsible with money, record it, transfer it, add and subtract and appreciate its value,” she said, adding that she will attend a technology conference in March to share with others about it. “It’s efficient and it’s a card with a barcode similar to what we use, so they understand the real-world application of it.” Fortie also uses QR codes for several projects, including a scavenger hunt at parent-teacher conferences, which engages both students and parents in the discussion. Parents also can sign up for remind app or look at the third-grade Weebly to learn about what is going on in the classroom. “I incorporate technology because that’s where their lives are headed, with jobs and school,” she said. “They will interact with teachers online, and coding will become part of most every job. It’s important that students have the computer mindset.” Shara Paskett has volunteered in her classroom and supports the nomination. “(I) have seen firsthand the care and concern she shows each individual child,” she wrote in her post. “She also plays a supportive role to her co-workers in helping them with things that they are struggling with, whether it be a tech gadget or providing a listening ear. She is very creative and spends countless hours working to improve her classroom in order to provide an exciting and functioning learning environment for the children she teaches.” Last year, Draper Elementary’s second-grade teacher Madison Ellingson and administrative assistant Marian Broderick were both nominated by colleague and teacher Katie Madsen. Madsen, herself, was previously nominated. Also in 2018, Bell View Elementary Principal Chanci Loran nominated fourthgrade teacher Madaline Chilcutt, and at Altara Elementary, Principal Nicolee Svee-Magann nominated administrative assistant Wendi Christensen. l

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Hillcrest High’s robotics coach gives energy, enthusiasm to regional competition By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

Hillcrest High School robotics coach Clief Castleton volunteers each year at Albion Middle School’s FLL regional qualifier as the emcee but makes it a point to put students at ease with jokes and dancing. (Julie Slama/ City Journals)


lementary and middle school students from Salt Lake and Utah counties brought robots, posters and fun hats as they anxiously awaited to present their projects and show off their robotics talents to a host of judges at Canyons School District’s recent FIRST — For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology — LEGO League regional competition. Each of the 20 competing teams that day were judged on their ability to demonstrate positive teamwork, explain how they built their robot, demonstrate programs created to make their robot perform specific tasks in a timed setting, and propose a solution to solve this year’s theme of “Into Orbit.” As the competition to reach the northern state championship stretched into hours, student competitors were kept upbeat by some of the 50 volunteers who gave them encouraging remarks and smiles. Some of those who were giving highfives were Hillcrest High School students who participate in the FIRST Robotics competition and volunteer as part of their outreach to provide service. “As with most volunteer efforts, the kids are learning to think outside themselves,” Hillcrest High robotics coach Clief Castleton said. He said it does help to build his program, which in its first season won the Rookie All-Star Award, allowing the team to advance to compete at the world championships. “FIRST does rely heavily on volunteers. At every level and in all positions, volunteers in FIRST see what the result is for the kids who participate. Those volunteers that are in from industry or higher education are training their future employees and students.” Castleton, who has received the FIRST Outstanding Volunteer Award at the high school level, is one of the volunteers who stands out at the qualifier held every year at Albion Middle School. As the emcee, he is


found not only announcing the teams as their robots take center stage to compete, but also informing, educating and entertaining, said fellow volunteer and tech team member Katie Blunt, who matches up a song to every team’s creative name. “He’s the glue on the floor, not only hyping people up, but pumps up the energy as he dances, sings, tells jokes and introduces teams,” she said. “He makes it a point to get to know about every team and their players, their robot, the work they put into it and shares it with the crowd; at the same time, he is giving signals to the tech team from countdown to starting the timer. It isn’t a one-day job for him. He does his research, finding out about all the robot challenges every year and knowing which missions are the ones that reward the big points.” Tournament director Mila Gleason has counted on Castleton and his students to volunteer every year. “We greatly appreciate his and his students’ knowledge as they understand the technical parts and the pressure these kids put on themselves, and Clief offsets it as he’s the king of dad jokes. He just asked why are robots good dancers and got the crowd laughing or moaning with the answer — they have good algorhythms.” Knights of the Legonian Order (Albion Middle) coach Barry Johnson appreciates Castleton’s passion. “I like his enthusiasm for the kids,” Johnson said. “He learns every kid’s name and their robot’s name and makes it personable, so they relax and it’s not stressful. It’s apparent that it’s what he loves, really loves.” Johnson’s first-year co-coach, Tim Barber, said that as the hours of competition wear down, Castleton’s vivacity remains constant. “His energy directly contributes to the energy of the event,” Barber said. “It’s a big part of the fun of this event.”

Volunteering alongside him is head referee Mark Fellows. “Clief’s energy and his ability to relate with kids sets this tournament apart from others that aren’t as engaging or fun,” he said. “While he’s dancing and singing, he’s talking about the names of the missions and making sure everything is running smoothly. “ Midvale Middle School competitor Naoto Robinson said he hopes to continue his interest in robotics at Hillcrest High. “Mr. Castleton makes it exciting here as he dances around and tells jokes among the announcements,” he said. “It makes it more fun for everyone.” Gleason said she doesn’t need to give a script or cues to Castleton. “I can count on him,” she said. “There’s never a dull moment. He’s entertaining, keeping people on schedule, providing commentary, making sure everyone is following the rules — and he wears a hat he makes every year to match the theme. And it’s not just here, he is a mentor to a lot of teams in the area, his program provides a camp in the summer, he’s always helping others find funding or robot competition tables or whatever they need. He is Canyons School District’s jewel.” Why does Castleton volunteer? “I volunteer because it’s fun and it’s needed. When people ask, I try to help as much as possible,” he said. “Plus, it’s a total blast.” l

Even amongst the robotic competition, FLL volunteer Clief Castleton (top right) is entertaining as well as educating onlookers about the missions. (Julie Slama/ City Journals).

Legos solve problems While FIRST Lego League teams competed in several robotic categories, each also had to develop a project that matched the theme, “Into Orbit.” Students needed to identify a physical or social problem faced by humans during long-duration space exploration and design an innovative way to solve the problem by improving something that already exists, using something that exists in a new way or inventing something new. Then, they had to share the problem and solution with others. This year’s projects showed variety from overcoming vision impairment while traveling to entertainment with games or space pets to showering or growing food in space. Some teams also identified the need for exercise to stay healthy as well as how to recycle in space. Butler Middle School’s coach Nikole Holt said her team went through a process to identify challenges such as lack of air, water and food, to loneliness and isolation. They researched human hibernation, she said, before deciding on developing an idea for personalized video games to face the challenge of boredom. “It’s fascinating to learn about research already out there,” she said, adding that the team decided on a personalized video game that can feature family members to overcome boredom and loneliness. Hillcrest High robotics coach Clief Castleton, who has had his own kids involved in FIRST competitions, said students benefit from “learning to problem-solve, work in teams, under the guise of the game. They are also learning to be gracious professionals. The last numbers I heard was that about 55 to 60 percent of kids in FIRST end up in a related field. And what’s really impressive is that 100 percent of kids in FIRST could end up going pro in this field should they choose — and these are in all areas of engineering, not just the technical ones.” This year’s award-winning teams include the project winner Rare Earthlings; the Judge’s Award was given to Robot Maestros; the core values’ winner was Orion 8; the robot games winner was Knights of the Sky; the best robot design went to Silly Space Squids; and the overall champions to 3 Bit Robotics.

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Utah Housing Gap Coalition raises awareness about housing affordability By Justin Adams | justin.a@thecityjournals.com

The Utah Housing Gap Coalition is trying to find solutions for the state’s “housing crisis,” but it goes beyond just high-density developments like Daybreak, seen here. (Justin Adams/City Journals)


ne of the hottest topics in Utah and this year’s legislative session is that of growth. Utah is expected to double its population by 2050 and the question is: where are all those people going to live? That’s the question that the Housing Gap Coalition is trying to answer.

The coalition, which was formed last year by the Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce, wants residents, government leaders and developers to start thinking now about how to handle Utah’s population growth. “We’re trying to get ahead of it,” said Abby Osborne, the vice president of pub-

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lic policy and government relations for the chamber of commerce. If Utah kicks the can down the road, she said, the state may be forced to take more radical approaches to accommodating rapid growth — something she sees happening across the country. Just last year, Minneapolis voted to abolish its single-family residential zone, which would “allow residential structures with up to three dwelling units — like duplexes and triplexes — in every neighborhood,” according to the New York Times. Or consider the case of California, where the state government is suing a city government for “failing to allow enough new homebuilding to accommodate a growing population,” according to the LA Times. Instead, the coalition is advocating for a more balanced approach to improving housing affordability. Local housing policies In Utah, municipal governments control what types of buildings are built and where. While some cities may be open to increasing the overall supply of homes by allowing “high-density” projects within their boundaries, many other cities are not. Last year, the coalition leadership visited the city council meetings of cities along the Wasatch Front, both educating and getting feedback about the issue. “It was fairly successful. We got pretty good reception from most of the cities,” said Osborne. Now with the Utah state legislative session underway, the coalition has moved its focus to Capitol Hill. On Feb. 8, a group of about 70 coalition members gathered at the capitol to lobby their senators to support a series of bills aimed at improving housing affordability. One such bill is SB 34, sponsored by Sen. Jacob Anderegg, R-Lehi. The bill (whose fate wasn’t known at the time of deadline for this article) would require municipal governments to adopt certain policies designed to increase housing affordability in order to be eligible to receive money from the state’s Transportation Investment Fund. The bill would also appropriate $20 million to the Olene Walker Housing Loan Fund. One of the coalition members that participated in the lobbying effort was Chris Sloan, a past-president of the Utah Association of Realtors and a former chairman of the Tooele County Chamber of Commerce. He said housing affordability is a “sizable problem that affects all of us.” Education campaign While getting elected officials on board with combatting the housing gap is important for the coalition, getting the public on board is perhaps even more important. Draper Mayor Troy Walker called high density development a “four-letter word”

when the coalition visited the Draper City Council. There are cases up and down the Wasatch Front of mayors and city councilors facing the wrath of their constituents for having approved a “high-density” development. From the Olympia Hills development in the south-west portion of the valley that was halted by then-Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams because of fierce community backlash, to the Holladay Quarter project that fell apart after the Utah Supreme Court ruled in favor of community organizers that opposed it, the biggest obstacle to increasing the housing supply is most often residents themselves. To change public perception about the issue, the coalition has launched a public education campaign consisting of billboards, radio ads, social media posts and appearances on local network morning shows. Osborne said she’s already seen changes in certain communities’ perception of high-density development. “We’re getting people thinking a little differently than they were before. And that’s all we can really do,” she said. Construction labor force Another impediment to increasing the housing supply is that construction companies simply can’t keep up with the demand because of a lack of skilled workers in the construction industry. Sen. Daniel Thatcher, who represents parts of Salt Lake and Tooele County, said that encouraging more young people to enter trade professions out of high school is the most important thing that can be done to improve housing affordability. “The AFL-CIO is the answer to the construction and trades labor shortage,” he said. “Republicans are traditionally against unions, but they really have some great apprenticeship programs. You get pay and benefits from day one, and four years later you’ll have the skills you need to be a freelance electrician, make $80,000 a year and have no college debt.” The Utah AFL-CIO website lists a number of apprenticeship programs in trades such as roofing, plumbing, masonry and cement and electrical work. Part of the coalition’s education campaign includes letting soon-to-be high school graduates know that they can enroll in such apprenticeship programs as an alternative to college. After a recent event in the Ogden School District, Osborne said that about 500 students expressed interest in the idea. Through these efforts, the Housing Gap Coalition is hopeful that Utah can avoid the big drastic moves taken by the likes of California and Minneapolis. “There’s many things causing the problem, so there’s a lot of different approaches to it,” said Osborne. l

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Canyons Board of Education has new president after a decade By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com councils and volunteered at Quail Hollow Elementary, Albion Middle and Brighton High before running for the school board and beginning her stint to represent an area covering Cottonwood Heights, Sandy and Alta in 2012. She was re-elected in 2016. “I felt I learned a lot at the school levels through the years and appreciated what others did for my children, so I wanted to serve to help make it better for others,” she said. Tingey was involved in helping create Canyons School District by serving on committees. In 2017, Tingey served as the Utah School Boards Association president. In 2018, she served as the association’s legislative liaison. She recently served as board vice president under Taylor, but has maintained volunteering weekly in elementary schools, long since her five children graduated. “I’ve helped students practice math facts for years at Quail Hollow. At Brookwood, I just do whatever the teacher needs. I also did math facts at Sunrise for a few years,” said the BYU graduate who earned her bachelor of science in geography. “I used to help with country reports when sixth grade was in elementary.” Tingey is the first female board president since the district’s formation. “It’s not anything I’ve aspired to do. I am here to serve my community and if I can serve the board, I’m happy to do it,” she said. “Being the first female president may be significant to some, but for me, I always try to be an example to do my best through hard work, kindness and compassion, studying and learning, being a team player and celebrating the achievement and efforts of others. If my example can inspire others, that’s great, but I’m not looking to be that with the first, just looking to be my best.” Amber Shill, who was re-elected to the board, was retained as vice president, and Steve Wrigley, who was re-elected to his third term on the board, was voted in as a second vice president. In addition to Shill and Wrigley, board members Clareen Arnold and Amanda Oaks took oaths of office after winning their races

in the November 2017 general election. Arnold won re-election and Oaks was newly elected to the seat that was vacated by Taylor. “I like that we have two vice presidents on the board. It’s helpful to share that responsibility, strengthen our board and be at events,” Tingey said. “The leadership of the board doesn’t make decisions, but helps facilitate the board; for example, by creating draft agendas with the superintendent (Jim Briscoe).” Tingey said her approach will be one of teamwork. “I’m really grateful for Sherril’s example and hope to continue the processes and culture I learned under his leadership. It’s been extremely effective that all members feel safe and have the ability to express their voice,” she said. “That’s how it’s been since I’ve been on the board and it works. We come with a common purpose and when we all bring our best to the table, we get our best results in a shared outcome for our communities. It’s teamwork — the board, the district New Canyons Board of Education President Nancy — working together where everyone has a Tingey speaks at Brighton High’s groundbreaking in role and responsibility. I’m not one to be in August. (Courtesy of Canyons School District) the spotlight, but the kind of leader who is behind the scenes, who rolls up their sleeves to get the work done.” bout 20 years ago, Nancy Tingey’s Tingey said that in addition to the reneighbor suggested they take a quilting cently approved tax-neutral $283 million class together. While she has made several bond to rebuild or renovate to modernize and machine and hand-stitched quilts and given upgrade Canyons School District schools, the them away through the years, Tingey’s neeboard will focus on student achievements, dle and thread days may be taking a backseat including celebrating improved graduation as she recently stepped up as president of rates up six percent in the past seven years Canyons Board of Education. to 89 percent, and providing opportunities On Jan. 8, a decade after Canyons School for all students. She is supportive of the reDistrict was formed and guided by Canyons sponsive services, which provides social and Board of Education President Sherril Taylor, emotional needs for students and the school the board unanimously elected Nancy Tingcommunity. ey as its president. Taylor retired December “It’s another part of student safety, which 2018. is a top priority and important to the well-be“It’s pretty humbling,” Tingey said. ing of our students,” she said. “We want to “I’m very grateful they respected me to put always strive for continuous improvement in their trust in me.” our core values.” Tingey isn’t a newcomer to the educaCanyons Board of Education’s core tion scene. She got involved 24 years ago in values are to believe everyone can learn, asher children’s PTA and school community pire to continuously improve, strive for excellence, build public trust and confidence through transparency, be guided by evidence while encouraging innovation and creativity, collaborate to deliver the best outcomes, act with integrity and build relationships through mutual respect and care deeply about what they do and how they do it. “I’m a huge believer in the public education system and am dedicated to high-quality education,” Tingey said. “I’m passionate about students’ learning and improving and having high expectations with providing the support for it. We value our teachers and employees and we are all part of those who strive to make things better for those who live After being voted in Jan. 8 as Canyons Board of Education president, Nancy Tingey conducts the meeting with new member Amanda Oaks and vice president Amber Shill looking on. (Courtesy of Canyons School District) in our communities.” l




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Hillcrest High Hope Squad befriends classmates and provides assistance for those who have depression or mental illness. (Photo courtesy of Samantha Gallman)


n late January, Hillcrest High students were playing bingo. It wasn’t an ordinary bingo card, but one which featured classmates’ faces. “The idea was for them to find us, so they know who we are and know that we are there if they need us,” said Hope Squad president Samantha Gallman. It was one of several activities planned around Hope Week, a week devoted to inspiring classmates to talk through their depression or issues with classmates and counselors. “We had Hopegrams, which had messages designed to pick up those who are feeling low; we had fun things like searching for rubber ducks for prizes; and an assembly where students and faculty shared through dancing, singing, reading poems about how they got through some really rough times,” Gallman said, adding that the band, Foreign Figures, also performed. Hope Squad began in Provo in 2005 under the direction of Greg Hudnall, who has championed suicide prevention in Utah schools and communities for more than 20 years. He organized HOPE Squads to be “the eyes and ears” of schools, comprised of students who are trained to watch for at-risk students to provide friendship, identify warning signs, and seek help from adults. Currently, there are more than 5,000 Hope Squad members in nearly 300 schools. Hillcrest began its program four years ago, when senior Aisha Khan was a freshman. She was nominated by her peers to be on it. Currently, she serves as the student creative director for the 30 students participating on the squad. “Every year we have Hope Squad training that lasts a full day and it mainly consists of what we should be on the lookout for as Hope Squad members,” she said. “We constantly are learning more information about a wide variety of topics not just suicide prevention. We learn about abusive relationships, drug addiction, maintaining personal health, and we have lessons at least every month. In addition, we sometimes have conferences where we get to learn more about different issues. For example, we had the Instead conference this year that was about opioid addiction.” Khan said through the training, they learn to respond to different situations. “We are taught what to say and what to do and it always results in a trusted adult getting involved. We are taught to be there for people, but not be too hard on ourselves in the process as it can be emotionally draining. Our counselors have also provided us with a great amount of resources to use,” she said. Gallman said she has learned to approach people with dif-

ferent perspectives. “Being a friend is most important,” she said. “Our goal is to be kind, meet someone new, let people know they are valued and part of our school.” Both Gallman and Khan say they aren’t actively looking for someone who is depressed or lonely, but both are approached by their peers. “I’ve had several people come up to me in the halls and together we go to the counselors. It’s easier for them to approach a classmate, and for me, the best thing is getting to know more people at school,” Gallman said. Khan said she also has been approached by other students. “People reach out to me if they are concerned about a friend or if they, themselves, need the help,” Khan said. “I have had many people come to me and I have found SafeUT usually the best option. A lot of the times it is after school and so it’s an easily accessible resource that has been incredibly valuable.” The SafeUT app is a statewide electronic device application that provides real-time crisis intervention for youth with counselors through texting as well as a confidential tip message to school administrators on bullying, threats, violence and depression. “We are taught not to be the counselors on Hope Squad, we are just the bridge that connects the counselors to the student body,” Khan said. It is through the activities, such as Hope Week or the kindness campaign which Hope Squad members planned random acts of kindness for all students in February, that students get to know their peer leaders. “Our overall goal I think is to help as many people as we can. Putting ourselves out there and making our name known can be incredibly beneficial to someone who is struggling,” Khan said. They also have participated and supported other efforts such as the Walk Out of Darkness and Hope Squad walks earlier in the school year. There also has been a big push on social media this year to let students know about resources. “We are part of something that is bigger and want to let our classmates know that there is help through the SafeUT app or talking to an adult who can listen to them,” Gallman said. Khan said that although she doesn’t intend to enter this field in the future, being part of Hope Squad has been valuable. “I know that this knowledge will forever be applicable with my relationships with other people,” she said. “Even if it doesn’t directly coincide with what I decide to do, I know it will have indirect applications.” l

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Educational games add up to fun math night at Midvalley By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


hen Midvalley PTA President Kirsti Raleigh saw a $1,000 Mathnasium grant on a website, she knew she had to apply. “We’re emphasizing math this year and I thought this was something we hadn’t done before, so I applied,” she said. “I didn’t realize the scope of it.” The scope was that about 500 people came to the Jan. 28 math night that featured math educational games and activities at multiple stations, staffed by three Mathnasium employees, multiple Union Middle School National Junior Honors Society members, Midvalley PTA members and faculty and other volunteers. “We wanted our students to get excited about math and our parents to get engaged with kids with the goal of them continuing to play these games at home,” Raleigh said. “I feel this is a way for families to get involved without feeling like a language barrier is an issue as we have 19 different languages spoken at the school.” The grant covered 65 pizzas to feed the crowd as well as a deck of cards and dice for each student to take home to continue playing the games at their homes. Students had to complete the passport of all the activities before they could take their prizes home. Mathnasium of Cottonwood Heights owner Mila Gleason said that was the only Utah school that was awarded a STEM (sci-

ence, technology, engineering and math) grant for a family math night. It’s the first year of the grant program. “This is an event that encourages families of students of all levels to learn, participate and have fun,” she said. “A lot of the games focus on math facts under 12 so they can just learn them without using their fingers. We want them to be numerically fluent.” Seated at one table was second-grade teacher Lisa Kinghorn teaching students how to play a four-way countdown. “They need to add or subtract really quickly if they’re in the younger grades or multiply or divide if they’re older,” she said. “This is making math facts more fun and if they have fun with math, they’ll want to do it more in the classroom.” Kinghorn’s second-grader, Oliver Sorenson, brought his dad, Curtis, to the math night. “My favorite game is the dice,” Oliver said. “We roll the dice, then we add or subtract it. I also like to flip up the numbers and quickly add those. I like math. It’s fun and you get to answer all the problems.” Kerri Sutton brought her second-grader, Sam, and kindergartner, Natalie, to learn the math games. “We wanted to see what all was involved so we can have fun playing them at home,” she said.


Sam’s favorite game was playing a math version of the game Hedbanz, where players had to guess what numbers added up to a total. Natalie liked turning over cards until they added up to 10, then slapping it first. Canyons Board of Education member Mont Millerberg was having fun with his grandchildren. “It’s good to see so many parents here, involved in their children’s learning,” he said, adding he was impressed with the support of the community to volunteer at the event. “They’re learning math doesn’t have to be boring. We’ll play some of these card game with the grandkids.” Union Middle students Sophie Talbot and Josie Paul volunteered to help students at one table. “I love to help kids succeed at math,” Sophie said, adding that her volunteer time counted toward service hours for National Junior Honor Society. Josie tagged along, saying, “It sounded like fun. It helps make their brains stronger with math facts.” At another table, Union eighth-grader and NJHS member Samantha Baldwin said she was having fun teaching students to learn the interactive games. “I want to show them how these games can be fun so they can enjoy them at home,” she said. “I’m showing them how fractions

work and relating them to cooking and science so they can understand their use.” Principal Tamra Baker was pleased with how volunteers involved the students, teachers and families in the math activities. “I’m sure our teachers will continue to use these games to engage students in the classroom and we’re hoping families will play them at home as well,” she said. “This has been a fun, engaging way to bring our community together.” Baker said math night, which they couldn’t have hosted without the grant, replaces the family multicultural family night activity since this year. That is because the east field and paved area in the front of the school are slated to be under construction with the building of the new school in May, when the traditional event usually is held. Assistant Superintendent Kathryn McCarrie supported the math night. “It was exhilarating to watch students’ excitement and enthusiasm as they energetically engaged with their parents to play the mathematical games,” she said. “The multi-purpose room was packed, but well organized so that everyone was involved and appeared to be having fun. Although there were plenty of prizes, the real reward was time students shared with their family in a learning activity. Everyone who attended was a winner.” l



Climbing community reaches up to improve SLC skies By Amy Green | a.green@mycityjournals.com


passionate group of individuals, all wanting better air quality in the Salt Lake valley, gathered on Feb. 10 at The Front Climbing Club (1470 S 400 West) with a purpose —to climb for clean air and raise funds for Breathe Utah. It has become an annual gathering for this cause. Breathe Utah is an organization with the mission to improve air quality through education and action. They work to propose better environmental policies and rely on good partnerships to make changes happen. The brains behind the climbing event are Executive Director at Breathe Utah, Deborah Burney-Sigman, Ph.D. and Jared Campbell, a Salt Lake City local and world-class athlete, who started this series of clean air events. Everyone who purchased a ticket got to climb until they “peeled” (that means to climb until one peels off the wall). Some climbed hundreds of routes over eight hours straight. Climbers know that even just a few hours at the bouldering gym is a committed workout. One person who came to watch the climbers and support the cause was Joey Cauceglia. He has been going to the University of Utah for the last five years and wears a mask commuting to campus on his bike. It’s a way to minimize the irritated cough he gets for a few hours after cycling. Cauceglia works at the University’s biology department

distraction for the public, whether or not the earth is warming because of the human use of fossil fuels,” Cauceglia said. The climbers and those in attendance hold Utah’s environment dear and are concerned about the valley’s winter inversions and air pollution. Breathe Utah volunteer and school teacher Molly Lewis was there with a visual demo. “Density is a huge concept

in winter air quality. The cold air near the ground compacts and becomes more dense. That air gets polluted and doesn’t want to go anywhere. The pollution gets trapped in that dense layer. There’s no natural mixing of the warm air above and the cold air below,” Lewis explained. In short, we pollute the cold air that stays nearest to us. Lewis added, “The particulate matter that is most concerning, is teeny tiny like 1/30th the width of a human hair. When you breathe it in, it goes deep into your lungs, across the barrier into your circulatory system. It causes inflammation. It’s toxic.” Those who climbed to fight toxicity got tokens for a free dinner and a beer on the house, provided by Red Rock Brewing Co. and Lucky Slice Pizza. The event had a finale of awards for participants who completed the most routes and for the previous day’s runners who took laps up and down Grandeur Peak at RUFA (Running Up For Air), a connected event. A raffle was held featuring items from vendors including Black Diamond, Evolv, Petzl, Patagonia, Lululemon and more. All of these companies are eager to help with air quality consciousness. To watch for this event follow frontslc. com. To donate and get clean air ideas for action visit www.breatheutah.org. l

Climbers at The Front Climbing Club take rock wall laps to climb up for clean air, an annual fundraising event supporting Breathe Utah. (Amy Green/City Journals)

Climbers at The Front Climbing Club take rock wall laps to climb up for clean air, an annual fundraising event supporting Breathe Utah. (Amy Green/City Journals)

Breathe Utah’s Executive Director Deborah Burney-Sigman, Ph.D (right) and teacher Molly Lewis (left) show a visual demo that mimics SLC’s dire air situation. (Amy Green/City Journals)

and takes the train on yellow and red air days. “If you want to talk about human impact, there’s so much more to talk about than just seas warming and rising. We can talk about landfills, human impact, the smog in SLC — you can see it. We don’t need to argue about whether climate change happens. We can just agree that humans are making an impact on our environment. It seems like it’s become a

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have their noses into the nitty-gritty of every bill that affects your local government. There will be more bills that will come to light after I wrote this that will also be important to monitor. There are probably other bills that you are following for personal or business reasons. Make your feelings known to our state senators and representatives. They need input. Realize though, that there are almost always competing interests. That doesn’t dilute your voice. Your voice may be joined by others that feel the same, and together a vote can shift at the Capital. Be participative rather than merely an observer. How are you doing with spring cleanup? Take a fresh look at your home from the outside and inside. Are there things in front, like inoperable vehicles, discarded items, dead shrubs, limbs or trees, that need to be junked and put in the garbage or towed away? Let’s all spruce up our City by taking care of our lot and our home. Utilize the bulky item and green waste pickup that comes through your neighborhood on your regularly scheduled trash day during the third full week of the month. Midvale is a beautiful city to live in. Flowers, well-trimmed trees, landscaping and xeriscaping are much enjoyed if well kept. The City will be proceeding with another year of street milling and repairs. Center Street and 1000 East are just two that I know that will get a new surface. Be patient! The three-year bond we are all paying for is being used in a well-planned way. Curbs and sidewalks are also on the list to be done as soon as the weather breaks and crews can be assembled.

Youth Tackle Football Season Is Just Around The Corner! The Hillcrest District is one of 37 districts in the Ute Youth Football Conference and the Ute Conference is one of the largest youth football conferences in the nation. The Hillcrest District includes all of Midvale City and a portion of Sandy City. Boys and girls ages 7 through 13 are invited to play this amazing team sport! Last season, the Hillcrest District had a great year. Five of its six teams made it to the playoffs in their age divisions. Two of those teams made it to the championship game and one of those teams won the championship! Registration for the 2019 season begins March 1, 2019. The registration cost is $300 which includes helmet, shoulder pads, pants, and two game jerseys. Online registration is encouraged and can be made through the Ute Conference website: www.uteconferencefootball.org. In-person registration dates will be announced for June and July. Practices start in

late July. Payment plans are also available. Please contact Hillcrest President Jeremy Hanson at hillcrestyouthfootballprez@gmail.com to arrange the plan. Payments must be made in full by July 1, 2019 to receive equipment. Midvale City is very supportive of youth football and provides partial scholarships for those with a financial need. Midvale City is the only city in the entire Ute Conference to provide youth football scholarships and it is very much appreciated! If you’re a Midvale resident and can show proof of financial need, please go to Midvale City Hall and complete the required paperwork to obtain a scholarship voucher. Vouchers are provided first-come-first-serve basis. You must register with the Hillcrest UTE Conference immediately to qualify for the partial scholarship. 2019 will be another great season! Go Huskies!

In The Middle of Everything Pet Licensing Clinics in Your Area Salt Lake County Animal Services is coming to your area on a regular basis to license and microchip your pets! Help your pet get home safe and make sure they’re up-to-date on their licenses. Any pet in Salt Lake County will receive a FREE MICROCHIP. Find the next clinic in your area and visit our Calendar at AdoptUtahPets.org or visit our Facebook page, @slcoanimalservices. WHEN SHOULD YOU LICENSE: Within 30 days of moving to a new city/township. Or as soon as your pet is over 5 months of age. WHAT TO BRING TO THE LICENSING CLINIC: Bring proof of previous rabies vaccinations, license, & microchip. If you’re getting your pet microchipped dogs MUST be on leash and cats MUST be in carriers. WHY YOUR PET SHOULD BE LICENSED: A license is the best way to reunite you with your pet if they become lost. Secondly, if you pet is injured, and found by one of our officers, a license guarantees the they would be taken to a veterinarian for emergency care. LICENSE FEES: $15 - Sterilized $40 - Unsterilized $5 - Senior Citizen (residents 60 & older. Pet must be sterilized.) *SALT LAKE COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES SERVES RESIDENTS OF: Metro Townships: Copperton, County Islands, Emigration Canyon, Kearns, Magna & White City Cities: Bluffdale, Herriman, Holladay, Midvale, Millcreek & Salt Lake City OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS: March 1, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Key is Choice Presentation @Salt Lake County Animal Services March 7, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Free Feline Fix @Salt Lake County Animal Services March 15, 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Love Your Pet Spa Day Dog Wash @Paw Paws Dog Wash March 16, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Southwest Region Pet Vaccination & Licensing Clinic @ Bluffdale Fire Dept Questions about licensing email licensing@slco.org. For all other questions email animal@slco.org. Feel free to visit us at 511 W 3900 S, SLC, UT 84105, Mon – Sat from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Every 10 years, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution, the federal government undertakes a census of the U.S. population to determine the allocation of seats held by each state in the House of Representatives. The next federal census will begin on April 1, 2020. A complete and accurate census count is essential to the well-being of our state and city. The census data is used to redraw federal and state legislative district boundaries and to distribute federal funding to states and local governments for public schools, roads and highways, state programs and law enforcement. Many federal programs that benefit our residents use the Census data and population counts as part of their funding formulas, including Medicaid, as well as funding for roads, school programs and lunches, children’s health insurance, and Head Start. According to the George Washington University Institute for Public Policy, in fiscal year 2015, Utah received $3,253,452,654, or approximately $1,086 per capita, for 16 major federal assistance programs that distribute funds based on decennial census-derived statistics. You can help! The U.S. Census Bureau is currently

recruiting and hiring workers for hundreds of temporary jobs in advance of the 2020 census. The bureau needs a large and diverse workforce to assist with recruitment, office management, information technology and census enumeration. To apply, log on to 2020census.gov/jobs. Applicants will be placed in a pool of 2020 census positions for which they qualify, as jobs become available in their area.

Why You Shouldn’t Recycle Plastic Bags at Home WHY CAN’T I RECYCLE MY PLASTIC BAGS? When we pick up your recycling in one of our trucks, it is combined with other people’s recycling and taken to a Materials Recovery Facility, or MRF. There the material is separated by type, so it can be sent to manufacturers for reuse. A long assembly line of people and machines help sort out plastic bottles from aluminum cans, cardboard from paper. The process has a bunch of mechanical elements, and plastic bags quite literally get stuck in the gears and grind the process to a halt. Plastic bags and film are our MRF’s #1 problem; several times a day, they have to completely stop their assembly line to pull plastic bags out of the machinery. Grocery store plastic bags are the biggest culprit, but any stretchy plastic will cause the same problems. Besides trash bags, another repeat offender, this category includes sandwich bags, plastic wrap, produce bags, and quite a bit of packaging. If it’s plastic and you can stretch it, it belongs in the trash. Remember: when in doubt, throw it out. HOW DO I REDUCE? This one is easy- bring your own bags to the grocery store! If that sounds like too much forethought, just keep a couple of reusable bags in your car. They also make bags that fold up quite small for those of the purse-carrying persuasion. For extra credit, bring spare bags for produce, or simply don’t bag fresh items individually. Tupperware can be used in place of Ziploc bags. HOW DO I REUSE? Zip-top bags can be washed out and reused for the same purpose. Grocery and other bags can be used to line small household trash cans, or to pick up after pets.

HOW DO I RECYCLE? While plastic bags CANNOT go into your recycle bin, they can be recycled if processed separately. You can drop off your plastic bags to be recycled at any Walmart Supercenter, Lowes or Target. Find your nearest plastic bag recycler at www.abagslife.com/find-arecycle-center! BUT WHAT ABOUT TRASH BAGS? Please don’t bag your recyclables! Recyclable materials are generally clean, so most people can get away with not lining their indoor bins and rinsing them out if they get dirty. If that’s not possible for you, make sure to shake the recyclables out when you get to your outside containerput the trash bag in the trash where it belongs.


Midvale Arts Council presents The Importance of Being Earnest The Midvale Arts Council presents The Importance of Being Earnest on March 8-9, 11, 14-16, 2019. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. each night plus 2:00 p.m. matinee on both Saturdays. All performances will be held at the Midvale Performing Arts Center 695 West Center Street (7720 South) Midvale, Utah. Tickets may be purchased online at www.midvalearts.com. Ticket price is $10 for adults, $8 for children and seniors. Midvale residents can receive $1 off admissions purchased at the door. Group discounts are available by contacting Producer, Stephanie Johnson, at Productions@MidvaleArts.com. The Importance of Being Earnest is a play written by Oscar Wilde. Oscar Wilde’s entertaining comedy sparkles with dazzling wordplay and hilariously unlikely situations. This “trivial comedy for serious people” features two carefree bachelors, Jack and Algernon, each with a carefully hidden double life. But when Algernon discovers that Jack has been posing as a man named Ernest to escape to the city, he promptly travels to Jack’s country estate to pose as the fictional figure himself! Silliness ensues with whimsical ingénues, jealous fiancées, indomitable dowagers, and the most famous handbag in theater history. The Importance of Being Earnest features Director Glen Reber, Assistant Director/Stage Manager Maren Holmes, and Co-Produced by Melody Chapman and Stephanie Johnson. The very talented cast consists of Xean Cook, Blake London, Connor Thompson, Mark Sherman, Jeanette Hansen, Maddy McDonough, Savannah Harman and Barbara Bellow-TerraNova.

Officer of the Month December 2018 In December 2018, the School Resource Officer assigned to Midvale Middle School was injured and required to have surgery. This medical issue rendered him unable to fulfill his assignment at the school for a period of six weeks. During his absence from this critical assignment, Detective Paula Stinson was tasked with splitting her time between Midvale Middle School and her primary assignment as the White City Community Orientated Policing Detective. Detective Stinson took on this assignment without complaint and did an outstanding job of making sure the school received the attention it required while maintaining all the responsibilities of her primary assignment. This event highlights Detective Stinson’s dedication to duty and ability to manage multiple competing demands with finesse and professionalism. We recognize Detective Stinson for her attention to duty and willingness to “get the job done!”

Officer of the Month January 2019 On January 30, 2019 at approximately 12:30 a.m., Officer Brittney Washington and Midvale Officers responded to Midvale Middle School on the report of “shots fired.” Upon their arrival a crime scene was located; including bullet casings and a blood trail leading away from the scene. Officer Washington immediately took charge of the scene, securing the area, processing the crime scene, requesting the proper resources, and maintaining scene security during the investigation. Despite being scheduled to leave for a planned vacation at the end of her shift, Officer Washington took the time necessary to gather information, process evidence, gather statements, and complete her report. These efforts allowed the Violent Crimes Detectives to effectively continue the investigation the next morning. Officer Washington is highly regarded amongst her peers and supervisors. Officer Washington consistently writes excellent reports and pays attention to all the details for each case, while showing compassion and care for the members of the Midvale and Salt Lake County communities. Officer Washington exhibits a quality of work that is a model for other officers within the Unified Police Department.

Five Ways to be Idle Free Here are five ways you can help improve the air quality all year long: 1. Choose not to idle to warm up your vehicle in the morning. 2. Choose to go inside instead of using a drive-thru. 3. Turn off your vehicle when dropping off and picking up children at school. 4. Plan ahead for travel and errands to avoid multiple trips. 5. Use alternative transportation (bus, train, walking, bicycling, carpooling, etc.).

In The Middle of Everything Utah 5 de Mayo @ Midvale! It’s back! And better than ever! Considered the largest Cinco de Mayo celebration in Utah’s South Valley, the Utah 5 de Mayo @Midvale event will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4, in Midvale City Park. For more information, please contact Delores Pahl at 801-232-4959, Mike Pahl at 801-864-3324 or email utahcincodemayo@gmail.com.

Reverse 9-1-1 Registration Salt Lake Valley Emergency Communications Center (VECC), has instituted a regional notification system that will be able to send telephone notifications to residents and businesses within VECC’s area impacted by, or in danger of being impacted by, an emergency or disaster. Because the system uses the 9-1-1 database, only land-line numbers are in the system. If you have an alternative telephone system provider, such a cable network or Voice over IP provider (VoIP) or cell phone and would like to be notified over that device, or if you would like an email notification, you must register those telephone numbers and/or email address for use by the system. For more information, visit the VECC site at www.vecc9-1-1.com/voip-registration.

This system only serves addresses that fall within the boundaries of Salt Lake County, Utah. If you are trying to register a phone number to an address outside of Salt Lake County, Utah, be aware that the system is unable to make emergency notifications regarding incidents or impacted addresses that occur and/or fall outside of Salt Lake County, Utah.

Midvale is “in the Middle of Everything”


Have you ever wondered where all the water goes when it rains or after the snow melts? Some of it seeps into the ground or evaporates, but much of it runs off over the land or through storm drains and then flows into waterways (rivers, lakes, etc.) This runoff water is called “stormwater”. Stormwater picks up litter, sand, bacteria, oil and other chemicals as it flows over the land, and it carries these pollutants to our wetlands and waterways. Runoff from paved surfaces, such as roads, parking lots, and driveways, may contribute large amounts of polluted stormwater. Simply by practicing good housekeeping tips, stormwater will be cleaner as it flows into our lakes and rivers. Cleaning up stormwater not only benefits your neighborhood, it also benefits the entire network of water bodies and land that make up our watershed. We all need clean water for drinking, swimming, fishing, boating, and for protecting wildlife. Stormwater on parking lots and streets flows into storm drains so that the pavement won’t be flooded. Storm drains connect to underground pipes that convey the stormwater directly to a nearby water body, usually without any treatment or cleansing. So whatever flows down a storm drain comes out in a nearby waterway, such as a wetland, stream, river, or lake. What can you do to reduce stormwater pollution? Follow these good housekeeping tips! NEVER pour or sweep ANYTHING down a storm drain! This includes: • Pet waste • Motor oil • Paint • Trash • Leaves Don’t block storm drains with refuse or debris Car Care Tips: • Maintain your car to prevent and/or repair fluid leaks • Recycle motor oil, antifreeze, tires, and batteries • Use commercial carwashes that treat and/or recycle the wash water • If you wash your car yourself, wash it on the lawn or direct the water toward an area where it can seep in • Use small amounts of low/non-phosphate detergent

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More ways that YOU can help: • Pick up after your pet and dispose of droppings in the toilet or trash • Drain your gutter downspouts toward plant beds or into a rain barrel • Dispose of paint, oil, and other household chemicals at a hazardous waste collection site • Join a stream team to help care for your local stream and waterways • Coordinate a neighborhood storm drain marking or stenciling program • Support community efforts to keep stormwater clean

March is Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month By Amy Green | a.green@mycityjournals.com

Savannah enjoys picking out and sharing dandelions—her favorite flower. (Amy Green/City Journals)


onning a green ribbon isn’t just for St. Patrick’s Day. This March, wearing a green ribbon represents a show of support for Celebral Palsy Awareness Month. Cerebral palsy (CP) is a neurological disorder that affects movement, motor skills and muscle tone. CP is caused by brain damage that happens in utero, during labor and delivery, or soon after birth. Adam Hunninghake, a doctor of physical medicine and rehabilitation explained, “There is a spectrum of how cerebral palsy can affect someone from very mild impairment to having spasticity in their limbs and having difficulty communicating.” There is no reversing or curing it. Jana Murray is a long-time resident of both Sandy and Herriman. She has a 24-yearold daughter Savannah, who was born with cerebral palsy. Murray has much experience keeping a child with cerebral palsy active, socialized and involved. There are rarely, if any, breaks. Savannah’s care is ongoing. Murray remembers a disappointing day taking Savannah to a public pool. Savannah needed to wear floaties (inflatable armbands) in order to swim safely, as the motor control area of her brain does not operate fully. The


pool attendees would not allow Savannah to be an adult-sized person in the pool with floaties on. Only children were allowed to wear them, they insisted. There was no exception made to allow Savannah to enjoy the water because of this policy. Murray knows there’s room for improvement, with facilities making accommodations for handicapped individuals. A few realistic safety measures can help everyone participate. Hunninghake said, “For all people, and that includes people with cerebral palsy, movement is vital. It’s what keeps us healthy. It’s what allows us independence. It lets us do things that give us quality of life.” Murray offers advice on being a support for those with special needs. She is also a strong advocate for the caregivers. “It can be uncomfortable to watch people with cerebral palsy move, interact and even eat. They can drool. They can be (what you might consider) inappropriate as far as a personal bubble space. They are human beings who deserve kindness. They do not always understand personal space,” Murray said. Caregivers know this and work closely to help their children with CP. “It’s okay to be uncomfortable,” Murray said. “If they are in your space, just be kind. They have needs, too. It’s not an easy thing for anyone.” A caregiver might not accept everyone’s offer of help, because a person with special needs might require a professional for many situations. But asking a caregiver how to help is best. Just being friendly and inclusive is what Murray suggested most. “I have a mom friend whose son has severe, severe CP. She would put stickers of race cars on her son’s wheelchair, just so that people would talk to him. I don’t know how much of that interaction the boy really understood, but it meant the world to his mother when people interacted with her son,” Murray said. Another friend of Savannah’s gave her a dog-walking job, so that Savannah could have an active, more grown-up type of experience she craves. March is a good time to talk about interacting with those with special needs. Saying hello, giving a high five and general inclusiveness are good ways to start. Invite a person with a disability to participate in an activity. The goal is to acknowledge and treat special needs people as one would a typical friend. The City Journals welcomes thoughts on helping to raise awareness, acceptance and opportunities for community members with unique challenges. Follow on social media www.facebook.com/thecityjournals/ to share or comment on this story. l

Who will bee the Utah spelling champion? By Heather Lawrence | heather.lawrence@mycityjournals.com

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n Saturday, March 23 students from Davis, Weber, Utah and Salt Lake Counties will gather to compete in the Scripps-authorized Regional Spelling Bee. As the official sponsor, we at The City Journals are especially excited. Bryan Scott is the Creative Director at The City Journals and said it’s one of his favorite days. “We’ve been sponsoring this event since 2015, so this is our fifth year. These kids are amazing. They are the one-percenters,” Scott said. The Regional Spelling Bee is a qualifier for the National Spelling Bee, which will be held in Washington, D.C. the week of May 26-31. “The winner represents our area of Utah. The champion of our round and one of their parents will get an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. The Bee is aired on ESPN. They also see the National Zoo and Washington, D.C. monuments and sites,” said Scott. This year, there are 106 schools participating in the Northern Utah Region qualifying round. Each school can send two champions. Home-schooled students are also eligible to participate. All students need to register by March 3. “When you take into account the kids who participate on a school level, we estimate that 30,000 kids are participating in Utah this year. Scripps states that they have over 11 million students who participated last year throughout the nation,” said Scott. Official rules state that students in third through fifth grade are eligible to participate. Previous local champions are welcome. Scott said he’s looking forward to the Regional Bee, which will start promptly at 9 a.m., Saturday, March 23 at Hillcrest Jr. High, 178 E. 5300 South in Murray. “It is one of my favorite days of the year. We wake up early on a Saturday and spend most of the day with these kids. It’s fun getting to know them,” Scott said. In a 2018 interview with Mary Dickson of KUED’s “Contact,” Scott mentioned the importance of spelling in today’s workforce. “I spoke to a gentleman the other day who hires coders. So here’s a tech industry… where you take a good speller, and they can code twice as fast as someone who can’t spell very well,” Scott said. The City Journals partners with several sponsors who donate their financial support. A gala was held Jan. 25 at Noah’s Event Venue to thank those partners. They include: Comcast Internet Essentials, Sam’s Club, Layton Construction, Noah’s Event Venue, Jordan Education Foundation, Smith’s Food and Drug, Ulrich Realtors’ Joe Olschewski, APEX Clean Air, Mélange Beverages, Ledgestone Home Design, Canyons School District, Ruby Snap Cookies, Texas Roadhouse and the Murray City School District. “We could not do this without partners who provide us considerable financial support,” said Scott. l

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Elevating women in the workplace By Aspen Perry | a.perry@mycityjournals.com

RSL and Utah Royals owner Dell Roy Hansen is all smiles, as is his golden Royals court (aka Sprucewood students), at the school’s assembly to celebrate Hansen’s donation that funded teacher grants. (Julie Slama/City Journals)


hen Denise Haycock talked to Real Salt Lake and Utah Royals professional soccer teams’ owner Dell Loy Hansen, the Canyons Education Foundation development officer didn’t know it would result in Canyons School District elementary teachers being offered one-third of $1 million. Haycock introduced herself, and Hansen jumped right in with, “You’re going to want to know me. I like schools.” They met two days later, and then a couple weeks later, in January, they rolled out a plan where Hansen would fund elementa-

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ry teachers $250 after they applied through the pilot program, Scoring for Schools. He also funded similar programs in Jordan and Alpine school districts, bringing the total to $1.2 million donated for teacher grants. “I couldn’t say no,” Hansen said. Two weeks later at the end of January, the teachers’ proposals were funded and schools were celebrating with their new classroom supplies in February — complete with RSL’s mascot, Leo, spraying students with silly string and several players from both RSL and the Utah Royals giving students high-fives. “He funded everything,” Haycock said. “This donation is the largest single gift the foundation has ever received and it’s making an immediate difference in classrooms in every corner of Canyons district.” Hansen, the president of Wasatch Property Management, said he realized he had a knack for building homes and business and not the family business of being a teacher. As a son, grandson, nephew and brother of teachers, the value of education is ingrained in him, so he committed to helping. “My penitence for not being a teacher is to take care of teachers.” By knowing his donation would go directly to classrooms where the money would make the most difference, he compared it to his three teams — the Utah Royals, Real Salt Lake, and its reserve team, Real Monarchs. “Just like professional soccer players, students need to train with the right equipment in order to score big in the classroom,” he said. “If a teacher needs something, we want to make it happen.” Midvale East Midvale Principal Matt Nelson, who challenged Leo to hand stands at a school assembly, said the grants gave the teachers a chance to be creative. “This was about more than what we needed; it could also be what these teachers have wanted in their classrooms,” he said. “For the kindergartners, it means puppets to learn with and in the upper grades, we have

robotics. The grant allowed teachers to be creative and brainstorm for more, not to just have what is needed to get by.” East Midvale first-grade teacher Robert Carter, whose class hand-wrote Hansen thank-you notes, had his mind set on a rekenrek (an arithmetic rack) and other math tools. “This can help students learn quick addition and subtraction,” he said, adding that the students also learned a lesson in gratitude. Carter was one of more than 75 elementary teachers in the Midvale area schools who submitted Scoring for School proposals. All of them had their funding requests granted, including 100 percent of the teachers at Midvalley Elementary. “We have great teachers,” Midvalley Principal Tamara Baker said. “With the right tools, they can do magical things.” Utah Royals midfielder Erika Tymrak surprised Midvalley students with a visit — and a lesson. “I was bullied when I was in school, but I realized it’s OK for me to be different,” she said. “When kids realize we’re all in it together in elementary school, middle school and high school, and they learn kindness and respect, we all succeed.” At East Midvale, her teammate and goalkeeper, Abby Smith, also shared she was bullied in middle and high school — and urged students to report it. “Bullying is not OK,” she said. “Say something. Figure out your friend group. These, like your parents, are the ones who should be supporting you.” Smith also focused on education. “Education is really important,” said Smith, who eventually wants to be a teacher like her husband. “Right now, whenever I can, I want to let kids know I support them and go give soccer balls. It may be super small to say hi, but it’s huge to kids.”

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Referees say respect, good manners win the game By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

The last week of January basketball officials wore blue arm bands to point out the need for improved sportsmanship from coaches and athletes, but especially from fans and parents. (Greg James/City Journals)


asketball referees around the state wore blue arm bands the last week of January to emphasize good sportsmanship to fans, players and coaches. They’ve witnessed poor sportsmanship rearing its ugly head at many games. One seasoned referee said after finishing a hotly contested game a group of fans followed him to his car. The entire way the fans made it clear they thought he was not good at his job in loud overtones. He was threatened and eventually he called the police to make sure he could get home safely. “I did what I should not have,” said the referee who wished to remain anonymous. “I turned to the fans as they were heckling me and said, ‘This is why there will come a time when there will not be anyone here to referee these games.’ I had enough that night.” The Utah High School Activities Association has seen a two percent decline in the number of referees this year. Statewide referee associations declared Jan. 28 through Feb. 2 as sportsmanship week. The participating officials wore blue wrist bands to remind fans, players and coaches of the need for civility and respect in the game. “This has become an ongoing concern,” Utah County referee association President Stuart Dean said. “We have had a lot more situations with fans, parents and coaches that have arisen because of a deterioration in sportsmanship. Unfortunately, this is problematic not only here but nationally.” In a National Association of Officials (naso.org) survey, 57 percent of respondents believe sportsmanship is getting worse. Good behavior is more than interaction with the officials. It comes from how opponents are treated and what the cheering is like. According the same survey, 59 percent of poor


sportsmanship is from the parents and fans. “I generally do not think the players and coaches have had a big issue. It is really with fans and parents. They have taken a license to abuse officials. That is where this has gotten out of hand,” Dean said. A recent study by the Stanford Children’s Hospital emphasized things parents can do to encourage better sportsmanship. It includes avoid arguing, playing fair, following directions, respecting the other team, encouraging the team and respecting the officials decisions. “We take our role seriously,” Dean said. “There is testing, evaluations and orientation. We start the year by going to rules clinics. We have meetings five times during the season. We talk about how we can become better professionals. How can we handle things on the court. We work hard at that.” Dean said the best officials are good communicators. “I was working with an official when I was up and coming and I remember my partner telling a coach, ‘I am sorry if I missed that call. I will work hard to get it right next time.’ Those are things that make our role better,” Dean said. “We are down 400 officials from six years ago. We have seen the impact in the sub varsity games.” This is the start of something that could continue to happen every year. The UHSAA has received inquiries from schools and administrators hoping to participate more fully. “This is a call to draw attention to the issue,” Dean said. “By and large the coaches in this state are very good. They are very competitive, but they know what their job is. This has been a cultural shift. There has been times I can’t believe what I’m hearing. It crosses the line.” l

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Get your Irish on: The St. Patrick’s Day Parade, Siamsi celebration and beyond By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com

For one year’s parade with the theme “Green Energy,” the Clark Family envisioned a car powered by three types of power: shamrock power, love, and Guinness beer. (Sean Clark/Clark Family Floats, Utah Hibernian Society)


Float-making has become second nature, and takes place at their second home — a friend’s junkyard. There they build each year’s float, and then take part in the St. Patrick’s Day practice event, and then finally gear up for actual show time – parade day along the route. Sean Clark, an Avenues resident living in the house he grew up in, is Vice President of Special Projects at Vista Staffing during his day job. And for his role on the parade committee for the Hibernian Society? He has a 134-slide chronicle of his family’s engagement in the parade over the past 40 years. His grandfather was grand marshal of the parade in 1984. Sean was carried along the parade route as a two year old. To Sean Clark and family, the parade is a way of life, a tradition and happens to be his favorite topic to talk about. Clark even has a FaceBook page, “Clark’s St. Patty’s Float.” Through rain, snow and even Darth Vader: epic floats of the Clark clan Over the years, Clark has been part of epic floats. There were the 1984 and 2017 floats, which made their way down the parade route in tumultuous rain and snow, respectively. Then there have been first-place entries, floats featuring Gaelic superheroes (Fionn mac Cumhaill, pronounced Finn McCool), religious saints (St. Patrick driving snakes from Ireland), and Irish green-energy cars (powered by kegs of Guinness). There was even the one year Clark was not able to physically be in Salt Lake City for

the parade. That did not stop him. In 2016, he and a friend used Apple iPhones and Facetime technology so that he was able to live-stream his singing of the Irish national anthem (in Gaelic) along the parade route, watching the reactions of delighted spectators as he cooed the lyrics into a mic from sunny San Diego. The blizzard float of 2018 epitomized the parade theme, “When Irish Eyes are Smiling.” Clark built a faux wooden piano, powered by an electric keyboard. “My 8-year-old played his first piano recital, in a moving vehicle, in a blizzard, in front of a few thousand people,” he recalled. Episode 3:17: the good side of the dark side All Clark’s creations are epic. However, 2017 forces its way to the top. It was then Clark realized a lifelong dream: uniting St. Patrick’s Day with “Star Wars.” The Clark family won the best family float for the float depicting “Episode 3:17, The Irish Immigrate to a Galaxy, Far, Far Away.” Clark himself portrayed Han Solo, to his friend’s Darth Vader, who had been cracking down on illegal immigration. Han Solo convinced Vader that Irish were good, worthy people and converted Vader to the dark side – the dark beer side, that is. As the parade advanced along the parade route, Darth Vader emerged from behind a curtain, “The Zion Curtain,” and the group presented their skit, right in front of the judge’s stand, securing the best family float honors. ‘Our Holiest Day’

or many of us across the valley, St. Welsh-Gibson is a second-generation Patrick’s Day is our chance to get our Irish president of the Utah Hibernian Society, folon. lowing in her father’s footsteps. Last year she Or, at least some green. introduced a new route for the parade and also City Journals wanted to take a deeper instilled a new tradition, where proceeds of the dive. What are the possibilities for St. Pat- parade go to benefit a charitable organization. rick’s Day in Salt Lake Valley, arguably not a Last year, longtime parade supporters the major Irish town along the lines of Boston or Shriners Children’s Hospital were the benefiChicago? What does it mean to be Irish in Salt ciaries. This year, the Fisher House FoundaLake on St. Patrick’s Day? tion at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital, Consider this our guide to living it up “much like the Ronald McDonald House, but with one of the best holiday celebrations in the for veterans and military families,” is the restate to figuring out how to celebrate around cipient. Welsh-Gibson indicates that a memhome, and even explore spirituality with an ber of the Fisher House will serve as the grand iconic St. Patrick’s Day symbol. marshal for this year’s parade. I say ‘Irish,’ you say ‘Hibernian?’ While the parade was early in collecting For the past 41 years, St. Patrick’s Day in applications at press time, Welsh-Gibson did the valley has been pretty much synonymous indicate that Irish reporter Brónagh Tumulty with Salt Lake City’s storied St. Patrick’s Day from Channel 2 will be carrying the Irish flag parade. along the parade route, and dedicated parade This sense of history definitely imbues fans can expect enduring favorite entries and this year’s parade: The Utah Hibernian So- new participants embodying the sesquicentenciety, hosts of the parade, have chosen a rich nial Golden Spike theme. aspect of Utah history for its theme, the 150th The parade starts at 10 a.m. at 500 South anniversary of the Golden Spike. and 200 East. The Siamsa after-party takes By way of definition, “Hibernian” means place at the Gateway. an Irish native or anything having to do with The festival features Irish dancers, musiIreland or the Irish. cians, food, drink, and “lots of vendors selling And the Golden Spike? That is also Irish things,” said Welsh-Gibson. “Such a fun, known as “The Last Spike” or the spike that fun afternoon.” joined the rails of the First Transcontinental The parade route and float-prep site: Railroad across the United States connecting one family’s second home the Central Pacific and Union Pacific railroads Some people elect to “summer” in a locain 1869. Irish immigrants made a significant tion other than their primary home. contribution to building the railroad, hence Salt Lake City’s Clark family doesn’t this year’s sub-theme – “Joining of the Rails; summer. They “spring.” And their destination 1,776 Miles to Home.” location is not a fancy vacation resort, but Parade and Siamsa: family traditions, rather, a junkyard. philanthropy as well as fun It is very much a working spring. PrepThe Salt Lake City St. Patrick’s Day Pa- ping the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade float rade and its after-parade Siamsa (pronounced almost becomes a time-share, during the “Shinsa” meaning celebration) at the Gateway months leading up to the event. For the past is close to home for this year’s Hibernian Pres- 40 years, the Clark family and friends dedi- Utah Hibernian Society President Meghan Welsh Gibson with husband Jaret Gibson and children get their green on at the 40th annual Salt Lake City St. Patrick’s Day Parade. (Meghan Welsh Gibson/Utah Hibernian ident and Parade Chair Meghan Welsh-Gib- cate anywhere from 60-200 hours, spanning Society) son. several months, preparing for the parade.

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Irishwoman Connie Smith lives in Sugar House with a Scottish spouse and three dogs. To her and her household, St. Patrick’s Day is “our holiest day.” Smith’s day job is being an associate broker and realtor at Constance Smith Realtor, but she is also a chaplain. Smith explained the spiritual side of St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland. One of the main emblems of the day, the shamrock, is an elegant symbol of the Christian Trinity. The three-leafed shamrock, then, represents, to Irish, God the Father, Jesus Christ the son, and the Holy Ghost. Being Irish in Utah, according to Smith, means to “usually be Catholic” and to be part of “a tight community.” It also, perhaps stereotypically, means being lucky, very lucky. “To be Irish in Utah is to be very lucky! Irish can laugh and cry at the same time. We wear hearts on our sleeve. All of us, whether fourth-generation or second-generation like me, we long for our Irish roots.” “All of us consider ourselves Irish American, not American Irish, and we all have a very deep tie to the Old Country,” she explained. The parade and beyond For Smith, celebrating St. Patrick’s Day is all about family and friends. For Smith and husband Alan Cunningham they attend the parade, go to the after-party and then go for a pint. “We always go to one of the bars – Sugar House’s Fiddler’s Elbow, Central City’s Piper’s Down, or downtown’s Green Pig.” “I always go to the parade,” said Smith,

who is a proud product of the Catholic school system. Smith, who grew up in Holladay, attended St. Ann’s for K-8th, and then Judge Memorial for high school. “I run into all my friends from high school, even from grade school in the parade. If we don’t see each other any other time, we will see each other at the parade.” Like the “master float-building” Clark family, Smith views St. Patrick’s Day as a family day. “We always toast my father and my grandmother, who are no longer with us.” How to celebrate at home: DIY St. Patrick’s Day from Utah pros Love the parade but are not able to make it to downtown? Or to one of the other venues? The Hibernians interviewed here have some DIY tips. For most (except Irish Protestants or “Orange Men” who wear orange), celebrating St. Patrick’s Day starts with the color green. The look Utah’s family-owned Zurchers, with six stores in the Salt Lake Valley and online shopping, offer relatively inexpensive and zany St. Patrick’s Day attire and decorations. Millcreek’s venerable Costume Closet takes elegance up a notch and also has zany aplenty. The nine Deseret Industries thrift stores across the valley already organize clothing items by color, making St. Patrick’s Day scouting a snap. Nail salons all across the valley do custom-nail creations, or bottled polish and face

paint from a grocery store can even one-up the pro stylists for the creative DIY’er. The goodies Food is always a big element for any St. Patrick’s Day celebration. Smith always makes traditional Irish dishes, including Irish soda bread, paired with corned beef and cabbage. Locally, downtown’s longstanding Mrs. Backer’s Pastry Shop prides itself in its Irish soda bread, which it offers only during the “green” season. On the infinitely less authentic, but easy side? Salt Lake’s Banbury Cross offers green doughnuts, and even McDonald’s offers shamrock shakes. Irish eyes are watching Film is also a celebratory that helps commemorate the day. “There are 1,001 amazing Irish movies,” exclaimed Hibernian President Welsh-Gibson. And all the ones recommended are available through the Salt Lake City Library and Salt Lake County Library systems, for checkout. Reserve your St. Patty CDs early. Some of the recommends include: “The Quiet Man,” a 1952 film with John Wayne as an Irishman returning to his native country. “In the Name of the Father” is a drama-thriller with political overtones starring Daniel-Day Lewis. Welsh-Gibson recommends “Michael Collins,” another politically-themed film with Liam Neeson in the title role. For chaplain-realtor Smith, watching the

film “Waking Ned Devine” on St. Patrick’s Day is akin to the tradition many have of watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” at Christmas. “We watch it every St. Patrick’s Day,” she said of the 1998 Indie film which looks at twisted luck. But, if you can, get out and enjoy the parade — in person or virtually. Parade-professional Clark encourages those not able to go to the parade to try to “be there” virtually by having a family member or friend broadcast it live to them via “Facetime,” the way he joined the parade from San Diego. However, he is convinced once you feel the contagious energy of the parade’s “wild atmosphere,” you are going to insist on heading downtown. “You are going to look at that, and say, ‘Oh my gosh! Why aren’t I down there?’” Clark says Irish music is “a great way to feel connected to Irish culture.” His favorite way to celebrate? “Smile at people, say hello, and wish them a happy St. Patrick’s Day,” he said. “Irish people like to live up to the stereotype of being a friendly, family people. It’s the biggest day for bars, but… it is so fun for families!”l

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n a mild January evening, 113 families held passports to Europe as part of East Midvale Elementary’s Living Traditions program. Students with their families rotated through booths, learning about Spain’s flag and capital city, what Norway is best known for, favorite foods of the Irish, the languages spoken in Belgium, dry summers in Italy and how long the Queen of England has reigned along with taking part in several crafts and activities, and even seeing if all the family members could fit in an British telephone booth. “The living traditions festival is done to celebrate diversity and learn about other cultures and countries,” Principal Matt Nelson said. “With 13 different languages spoken at East Midvale, the living traditions festival gives everyone at the school, especially the students, a chance to see their cultures, countries, and unique heritages displayed and celebrated.” Nelson said that every year the festival focuses on different parts of the world. Each grade level focuses on a country, which they research. The students then display their findings through artwork, writing and projects that are displayed throughout the school. During the Living Traditions festival, students benefit and learn from their peers’ posters on display and complete the passport filled with questions. Fourth-grade teacher Andrew Farley appreciates the annual cultural night, now in its 11th year. “Living Traditions is a chance for us to celebrate our culturally diverse school,” he said. “We appreciate the different countries and their cultures our students bring and through this night, we can learn and share more about the richness of our diversity.” Farley was helping at the Belgium booth, where students learned about their favorite soccer teams as well as that Brussels is the capital of the EU. His students also learned about windmills in the country, river transportation, tourism, dances, and languages spoken in Belgium. After more than 400 people wandered through East Midvale halls, they could enjoy an Italian dinner courtesy of the school and take part in Basque dancing and listen to Swiss alpenhorns. Jake Hill attended the event with his preschooler Elsa, first-grader Damon and third-grader Margaret. “It’s good for the kids to see how others live, their traditions and learn some of their history may have begun in other countries,” he said, adding that his wife’s background is Swiss, so he was glad his own children could hear the al-

East Midvale Elementary families gather to listen to the Alpenhorns that were featured at its Living Traditions celebration. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

penhorns. “We’ve had lots of firsts coming to the Living Traditions nights. This is the first time they’ve seen the Basque dancers, and two years ago was the first time they’ve seen Japanese drummers. It’s been a lot of fun.” Last year, students had a Passport to Africa and the night featured eight countries — Madagascar, Uganda, Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Egypt, Botswana and South Africa. Aubrey Lewis brought her two children, kindergartner Della and fifth-grader Chloe, to learn about different countries and cultures. “This has been so incredible,” she said. “There are fun interactive activities, beautiful music with both the alpenhorns and the Basque dancing and a super friendly atmosphere. It’s good to see other families and get to know one another. My kids are learning a lot about the world. My fifth-grader studied about England – about the queen, author JK Rowling, rugby and the British words lift for elevator, trousers for pants and rubbish for trash. It’s been a great family time.” l

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