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League donates 300 kits to family shelter By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

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onations are necessary for any homeless shelter, especially those for families. On Oct. 6, The Utah League of Cities and Towns (ULCT) donated 300 kits filled with important items for families at The Road Home in Midvale, a family shelter. “We chose this shelter because it’s a family shelter, where people might not always think to donate to,” said Krysten Olson, executive assistant at ULCT. The ULCT is a nonpartisan, inter-local government cooperative that works to strengthen the quality of municipal government. At their annual convention in September, the auxiliary program—made up of spouses of mayors, city councilmembers and city managers from all over the state—decided to do a service project to put together homeless kits. Items donated were specifically for families and included diapers, baby wipes, underwear and stuffed animals for younger children. Little racing cars and sunglasses were added for boys. Olson runs the auxiliary program and spearheaded the project. She said they added items for women that they might need for a job interview, such as nail polish or makeup. “We thought if these women are trying to get jobs, they want to look presentable,” Olson said. All items were purchased via a donation from Smith’s Food and Drug, which sponsored the event. Adam Collier, Road Home Volunteer Coordinator, said Olson and the UCLT were wonderful to work with. “The wanted to know what were our most urgent needs and how they specifically could help to address them,” Collier said. A book drive was also held to provide books for the shelter’s circulating library. When kids leave the shelter, it’s encouraged to take a book with them as something that belongs to them. Olson said their goal with the items donated were for them to become special possessions the kids could take with them when they leave, such as a small Star Wars toy.

Smith’s Food and Drug provided the donation, which purchased all the items for the Utah League of Cities and Towns gave to The Road Home. (Travis Barton/City Journals)

Approximately 800 attendees helped put the kits together. Olson said many shared stories from their communities. “There were lots of tears shed,” Olson said. Midvale Mayor JoAnn Seghini participated in the donation process. She said it helps you appreciate your life. “One gentleman told me he was making this kit with underwear for a little three or four year old and thought, ‘could you imagine your grandkids not having any of this,’” Seghini said. Collier said donations are very important for the families. “Even basic hygiene items can do great things for peoples’ esteem, lifting them up and ultimately helping them transition from homelessness back into our communities,” Collier said. Olson said ULCT hopes to do another

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project for the family shelter next year. “[They’d] like to come down next year for a tour and then do something they need whether it’s weeding or whatever,” Olson said. In the meantime during the coming winter months, Seghini said warm clothing, such as boots, mittens, scarves and coats need to be donated to the shelter. They especially need socks. “Children need to be kept dry and warm during the winter as much as possible,” Seghini said. “Whatever you can donate, wherever you are, would be greatly appreciated.” Collier said the shelter is always in need of diapers, in particular sizes five and six, as well as baby wipes, formula and warm clothing of any size. To find out what else could be donated, call The Road Home Midvale Center at 801-569-1201. l

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CPR for the mind: SLCo offers mental health first aid By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


he Speedy Foundation teamed up with Optum on Sept. 24 to offer a free Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) course at the Salt Lake County offices in West Valley City. MHFA is an eight-hour course training participants how to identify the common signs of mental illness including depression, anxiety disorders and substance use.

What the Classes Do For four years Robyn Emery has been teaching MHFA, but her involvement with mental health has spanned much longer. Emery’s daughter was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 14 and it’s what led Emery into her work field. “[My daughter] got me involved just trying to keep her alive and good and well…now I advocate for families with kids who have mental health issues,” Emery said. Emery is a certified MHFA facilitator and a family support specialist at Optum. She said the class is essential in teaching people how to be first responders in a mental health crisis. “People are often trained in CPR or the Heimlich maneuver or first aid, but you’re just as likely to come in contact with someone who is suffering from a mental or emotional crisis,” Emery said. Julie Stewart and her husband have taken the course twice and work with homeless people experiencing mental health issues. “With the skills I learned, I feel confident I can step up to support someone in my community and help them get the care they need,” Stewart, a Sandy resident, said. Emery said the most important skills participants learn is how to recognize an issue, having the tools to assess the risk and directing the person to a place they can seek professional help. “You’re not going to be able to handle it forever, you’re not supposed to be,” Emery said. “We want [class participants] to see what it looks like and what it’s not.” Katie Flood, director and treasurer of The Speedy Foundation, said recognizing the issue promptly rather than ignoring the signs can help stop issues before they become serious. “A lot of times we overlook [the signs] and just assume they’ll be OK and get themselves out of this funk,” Flood said. Stewart said she used to be afraid talking to people suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts. She learned strategies they could use to council with those who feel like “they’ve hit rock bottom.” “Instead of saying, ‘well you’ll be OK,’ and walk off, maybe realizing instead that it does help to assess the situation and say, ‘let’s talk about it.’ Those words are big words,” Stewart said. “[Emery’s] class really does help you feel more comfortable in talking through things.” It’s part of the skill set attendees are meant to acquire along with knowing where to send people for professional help. “We could give reassurance that there is help and learning from Robyn about all the resources in the valley was huge for us,” Stewart said. It could also prove a lifesaver for the homeless Stewart works with. One in five adults experience mental illness according to the National Institute on Mental Health. With everyone capable of receiving aid from the course, Flood has experienced firsthand the results of the training. “I’ve used it for myself, not knowing I was depressed. Then seeing it really progress, I was able to use those tools and take a

MHFA training teaches participants how to identify the most common signs of mental illness and an action plan to help someone in crisis. (Courtesy of Optum)

By training more people to assist someone facing a behavioral health crisis, Optum and The Speedy Foundation hope to increase the chances that the person in need gets help. (Courtesy of Optum)

For immediate assistance with a behavioral health crisis, call the Salt Lake County Crisis Line 24 hours/7 days a week at (801) 587-3000. step back and really reflect on what I was going through,” Flood said. For a year and a half, Flood has worked with The Speedy Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to preventing suicide and supporting mental health. It was formed in 2011 in memory of Jeret “Speedy” Peterson, an Olympic freestyle aerials silver medalist. Peterson battled depression before taking his life at age 29. Flood’s brother was an Olympian with Peterson and felt the need to jump in and help. “I, too, had suffered from depression. I feel like its therapeutic in a way. I can reach out and show there’s recovery and hope and good health,” Flood said. Breaking down stigmas Classes are comprised of 20 to 30 people and one of the first things it does is dispel stigmas surrounding mental health. Flood said it’s the interactive classes that help shatter perceptions. “You see people engaged, really asking the questions they’ve seen people go through. The engagement is wonderful for people to get rid of the stigmas of depression, drug abuse and suicide,” Flood said. Emery said the class facilitates understanding of a person with mental illness. “The whole basis with a stigma is a lack of knowledge. When you learn about these things, that they’re normal and not a flaw in their character, it makes a difference in how you interact with them,” Emery said. Emery explained that oftentimes people with mental illness are perceived as scary and violent when in reality, they’re more likely to be the victim. She said she would love to see everyone in the valley take the course because you never know when a situation will arise. “I think of it personally with my daughter, I’m not with her every night. What if something goes wrong and I’m not around, who’s going to take care of her? Neighbors? And if they don’t know what to do, they can’t be a lot of help,” Emery said. “In

fact, they probably walk away because they’re frightened by what they don’t understand.” Emery took the MHFA course. It improved her family relationships, more than just with her daughter. Emery’s nephew committed suicide 30 years ago, the night before his 31st birthday. He had three little kids at the time. Emery was angry at him. She would go to the cemetery leaving flowers at the graves of all her family members, except his. She would wonder how he could do such a selfish thing. For 20 years, she continued to wonder until the class changed her perception. “Now I know the pain he was feeling was so intense, that it was the only way he knew how to stop it,” Emery said. “It’s helped me to be a lot more compassionate and feel things that I didn’t for 20 years.” Youth Mental Health “Mental health is not restricted to a particular age group,” Stewart said about traumatic experiences affecting all ages. Youth mental health classes are also offered for people who regularly interact with adolescents who may be experiencing mental health or addiction challenges. These classes have become increasingly important in light of a July report from the Utah Department of Health (UDH) stating that suicide is the leading cause of death in Utah for 10to 17-year-olds. “We’re in a major youth suicide crisis right now…we need to really hit home in our schools and anywhere we can,” Flood said, adding that the class is great for parents, counselors and educators. Often times mental health issues can be misjudged as anxiety, stress or being overdramatic, especially in teens Emery said. “It took me two years to realize that it wasn’t typical teenage rebellion,” Emery said of the experience with her daughter. Flood said the class shows participants the signs between typical and atypical teenage behavior. “You can see where a typical teenager will always go on continued on next page…

M idvale Journal .com their roller coaster ride to really seeing the signs of isolating and if they’re getting involved with alcohol and drugs,” Flood said. Severity and time are two of the most important things to look for according to Emery. “That lets you know it’s not a situational issue,” Emery said. Utah’s Issues Challenges of maintaining an emotional balance is an issue affecting the entire state of Utah. In a survey conducted by UDH, it showed that one in 15 Utah adults have had serious thoughts of suicide and according to statistics compiled by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Utah ranks fifth in the nation in suicide rates at 21 people per 100,000 people. “We live in what they call suicide alley,” Emery said referring to the region that includes Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota to go along with Utah. The region has the highest average rate of almost 20 suicides per 100,000 people. “Suicide is the one cause of death that is 100 percent preventable, if you know what to do,” Emery said. Stewart said having awareness of the issue can assist in both the healing and prevention process. “We can all help each other, I might not be in a crisis today but I might be next month,” Stewart said. With the MHFA classes and a suicide hotline in Idaho, Flood said The Speedy Foundation is reaching its mission in promoting conversation on the topic. In turn, this helps the individuals who need assistance. “It’s OK to let people know you’ve gone through hard times because chances are that everyone has, just different degrees of it,” Flood said. “People feel shame with it so no one wants to talk about it.” Optum and Speedy Foundation Partnership The partnership between The Speedy

LOCAL LIFE Foundation and Optum started two years ago in Idaho before branching to the Utah division. Optum manages Salt Lake County Mental Health and Substance Use services through a contract with the Division of Behavioral Health Services. Flood said MHFA courses fit the need for education and fit the mission of the foundation by combining to provide free books for the courses. Cost of the class is typically $20 to cover the cost of the book provided, but with the partnership, the classes are available for free for limited period of time. “We are committed to working with Optum to increase awareness about suicide prevention and assist people throughout the Salt Lake area who are affected by mental illness,” Flood said. Provided by the partnership for the eighthour courses are leadership, logistical support, printed course materials and awareness campaigns. Emery said it’s been great working with The Speedy Foundation. “They’re incredible, it’s a great foundation…a lot of people have been able to benefit from the classes who otherwise couldn’t,” Emery said. It’s more likely to find someone having an emotional crisis than a heart attack. Which, Emery said, makes it all the more important to take the class. “It really is [important]. I have a family full of mental health problems and I don’t know what I would’ve done if I didn’t have this kind of stuff,” Emery said. For more information on upcoming courses available in the Salt Lake City area from Optum and The Speedy Foundation, contact Julie Hardle at julie.hardle@optum.com or call (801) 982-3217. For immediate assistance with a behavioral health crisis, call the Salt Lake County Crisis Line 24 hours/7 days a week at (801) 587-3000. You can also visit thespeedyfoundation. org to learn more about other mental health classes. l

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Locals bring Up With People to Salt Lake

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or 51 years, the nonprofit organization Up With People has taken young travelers across the globe performing and creating an impact in the communities they visit. The UWP cast of more than 100 young people representing 21 countries came to Utah this September for a week of community action and a message to “bridge cultural barriers and create global understanding through service and music.” South Jordan residents Terry and Kicki Schade played a key role in bringing UWP to Utah this year. Their connection to the program goes back to their own time traveling with UWP, some 30 years ago. Terry was from Pennsylvania, Kicki from Sweden. They met while on tour and later married and had two children. Now their daughter, Alicen, is a member of the Cast B16 traveling through cities in the American West, Mexico, Sweden, Finland and Estonia. “We were excited to help bring UWP to South Jordan and the greater Salt Lake area because we know the impact it has played in our lives,” Kicki said. “Clearly not only through our marriage and our children and the people we’ve met along the way, but we’d like others to share this experience and, why not have it here in our home community?” The Schades worked to recruit families to host the cast and reached out to a network of connections in the area to create the service-learning experience characteristic of the program. The cast started off hosting an international culture fair at the American International School of Utah (AISU) in Murray and connecting to students from East High in Salt Lake City. Throughout the week, the cast also split off into groups of 10 or 15 to work with a variety of organizations including the Catholic Community Services Homeless Shelter in Midvale, Bad Dog Arts in Salt Lake City, Pacifica Senior Living in South Salt Lake, and the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium in Draper. “We took the weeds out of the gardens at the aquarium. It was fun for us, but it’s about impact. The man in charge there

Up With People aims to “bridge cultural barriers and create global understanding through service and music.” (Up With People)

said that it would have taken him hours to get that done since he was only one person doing it. But with our help, we were able to get it done in one hour,” cast member Daniela Gomez from Mexico, said. The cast also helped plant tulips at the Thanksgiving Point Gardens in Lehi, and spent three days working on constructing an all-abilities trail off of Deer Ridge Drive in Draper. “Building the trail in the mountains was super hard but super nice,” Charlotte Villers from Belgium, said. “There’s power in the numbers of having a lot of people work really hard and get things done a lot quicker,” Gage Halverson from Portland, Ore., said. For their Regional Learning Day and Forum, Up With People focused on the topic of religion, a hot topic everywhere but one that characterizes Salt Lake. The cast had the opportunity to do Q & A sessions with representatives from different religions including Hinduism,

Islam, and Christian denominations including Catholicism and Mormonism. They visited the Sri Ganesha Hindu Temple in South Jordan and toured Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City. “The Catholic churches in this region have been very helpful,” Kicki said. “We were able to connect with Saint John the Baptist Parish in Draper, the Saint Andrews Church in Riverton and the Saint Joseph the Worker Parish in West Jordan. The cast has been speaking to their congregations and has participated in their festivals.” Terry and Kicki joined the cast for a tour at the Hindu Temple. “What a wonderful opportunity here in the heart of the LDS church, to have an opportunity to learn about the Hindu faith. You have that juxtaposition of religions and setting that makes the experience really unique. What could be more memorable? Because then, when they tour the LDS Temple and the visitor’s center, they get the chance to compare and contrast and talk about things,” Terry said. “UWP is a non-religious, non political group,” Terry said. “But religion is a part of our daily lives—individually and collectively.” “Much of the conflict around the world revolves around religion, so giving these young people a chance to be exposed more deeply and differently is part of resolving some of that conflict and bringing peace to the world,” Terry said. “When you hear about bombings in Belgium, you immediately think of friends you have there. They’re not just places anymore, they’re faces connected to all those places,” Kicki said. “Even though we have different religions and different traditions, we are very much all alike.” UWP concluded their visit to Salt Lake with a musical performance at the Barn at Thanksgiving Point on Saturday, Sept. 24. l

“There’s power in the numbers of having a lot of people work really hard and get things done a lot quicker.” Cast members in their performance gear. (Kicki Schade).


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Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation holds bond election By Kelly Cannon | kelly@mycityjournals.com


alt Lake County Parks and Recreation will have a bond election on the Nov. 8 ballot across the entire county. Called Salt Lake County Proposition A, the bond will issue $90 million to build new parks, trails, recreational amenities and a recreation center, as well as renovate and improve existing facilities. According to Callie Birdsall, the communications and public relations manager of Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation, the county currently has a bond for parks and recreation projects out that will expire this year. The bond that is on the ballot is a continuation of that bond. “This bond that is coming out is to build these facilities, build some more parks, update the Jordan River with the water trail,” Birdsall said. “It’s not really a new tax. It’s a continuation.” The proposition builds upon the reauthorized Zoo, Arts and Parks tax, which passed in November 2014 with 77 percent of the vote. The proposed $90 million in bonds is divided into $59 million in proposed projects and $31 million in proposed maintenance and improvement for parks and recreation locations that already exist. The first listed project is $2.7 million for Knudsen Nature Park in Holladay. The park will include a playground, open lawn, pavilions, picnic tables, fishing pond, wildlife education center, amphitheater, water mill education center, trails, covered bridges and restoring 475 feet of Big Cottonwood Creek. West Valley City will receive a $3 million Pioneer Crossing Park with open space, boardwalks, historical education areas, natural amphitheater, urban camping areas and a canoe launch. The Magna Township will get a $11.2 million for the Magna Regional Park. The park will include a multi-use sports fields, a playground with water play, outdoor basketball courts, tennis courts, a paved perimeter trail, skate sports and neighborhood access points. The Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center will receive nearly $2.5 million in upgrades and additions. This includes replacing pool mechanical systems to save on energy costs and replacing the existing filtration system with a more efficient and environmentally friendly system. The existing outdoor diving pool will be reconfigured to include 500 additional square feet of water surface area and will be fully ADA accessible. Wheeler Farm will receive a $2.75 million outdoor education center, which will include a 150-person classroom, a greenhouse, demonstration kitchens, offices and storage. Hands-on experiences will include horticulture, agriculture, livestock, watershed science, urban forestry and volunteer opportunities. South Jordan can expect a $12 million Welby Regional Park if the bond passes. Phase one of park development will be located primarily on 10200 South and will encompass approximately 47 acres. The park will include lighted multipurpose sports fields, a playground picnic shelters and a walking path. A $2.2 million Jordan River Water Trail is also proposed and will include a series of formal boat access points at strategic locations throughout the Salt Lake County’s section of the Jordan River. A new Jordan River Water Trail will be implemented and other improvements will strive to improve the current condition along the river. White City Township can expect a nearly $1.7 million White City/Sandy Trail. The paved pedestrian and bike trail will follow along the abandoned canal in White City beginning at 9400 South and will run along south to the Dimple Dell Regional Park, where it will connect with the Sandy Canal Trail. The largest project proposed bond is the nearly $20 million recreation center in Draper. The 35,910-square-foot center will feature a competitive lap pool, a leisure pool with a water slide and amenities, child care, two dance/multi-use rooms, fitness area, trails,

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We’re here when you need us – 24/7. Eleven new projects and several improvement projects are part of the proposed parks and recreation bond. (Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation)

open space and space for a future gymnasium. New $25,000 multi-use sports courts are slated for Salt Lake City that will include lights and a storage facility. Each court will be made out of asphalt or concrete. The last project listed with the bond is a $1.75 million Oak Hills Tennis Center in Salt Lake City. Located along the fifth hole of Salt Lake City’s Bonneville Golf Course, improvements include renovations to the existing tennis facility clubhouse. The $31 million in maintenance and improvement projects will include the Dimple Dell Regional Park, the Equestrian Park, Mick Riley Golf Course, mountain trails, Oquirrh Park, Salt Lake County parks, Southridge Park, Sugar House Park and universally accessible playgrounds. According to Birdsall, the proposed projects were submitted to the ZAP board for consideration. The approved projects were then sent on to the county council for their approval. The county has held several public meetings in various cities to educate the public on proposed bond. “We have posters and brochures in recreation centers, city halls, event centers (and) libraries,” Birdsall said. Birdsall believes the public is responding well to the proposed projects. “The support of parks and trails and open space is incredible every single year because of the increase in population and the urban sprawl that is happening. The need for open space is exponentially growing,” Birdsall said. “When you talk about parks and recreation, most people are pretty excited about it.” To learn more about the proposed bond and the projects it includes, visit slco.org/parks-recreation-bond. l

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Arts Council to receive continued city support

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Representatives from the Sandy City Fire Department pose for a picture at the Fourth Annual Utah Firefighter Chili Cookoff. (Keri Jones/UDK)


epresentatives from nearly 15 fire departments brought hundreds of quarts of chili to the South Towne Mall parking lot in Sandy on Sept. 24 to compete in the Fourth Annual Utah Firefighter Chili Cookoff, a fundraiser for the University of Utah Health Care’s Burn Camp. “As far as I’m concerned, we’re all winning as soon as people buy tickets for chili,” said Jack Gray, a West Jordan resident representing the Ogden Fire Department. “We’re really here for the kids who will benefit from camp.” At the camp, children, teen and adult burn injury survivors socialize with people in similar circumstances and learn about healing from professional nurses, physical therapists and firefighters. About 5,000 people attended the cookoff, and together the departments raised $12,528 for the Burn Camp, with South Davis Fire Department raising the most at $2,677, West Jordan coming in second at $1,711 and Unified Fire Authority third at $1,304. South Davis also claimed the people’s choice chili with West Jordan coming in second place and West Valley Fire Department in third. American Fork took the plaque for the booth decorating competition with their Old West, saloon-style booth. West Jordan came in second with their booth that included a 10-foot-tall fake fire-hydrant and the Unified Fire Authority came in third place with the booth that they named the “Sultry Poultry” that was decorated with a banner, stuffed animal chicken and hay. “Well, it would be great to win again, but from last year to this year, you have departments who have stepped up their booth and other departments who have made changes to their chili,” Chief Marc McElreath of the West Jordan Fire Department said about the competition, adding that his department will make changes next year. West Jordan won the booth decorating and people’s choice chili awards in 2015 using

the recipe of Kent Warner, a firefighter and paramedic on West Jordan’s C platoon. Warner said he was “volun-told” to make the chili for the competition after he made a chili for his coworkers that they liked. Warner switched up his recipe for this year’s competition by substituting smoked, pulled pork for steak and reducing the spiciness of the chili. Judges commented that they missed the spiciness, so Warner said he plans to add some heat to the West Jordan chili for the 2017 event. Many departments bring the same chili each year. Unified Fire West Valley brings a red chili and a chili verde and Unified Fire offers a cashew chicken chili and vegetarian cashew quinoa chili each year. Shelby Williams, event participant who came to support her brother who works for the West Valley Fire Department, said, setting all bias aside, the West Valley’s chili verde chili was her favorite. She thought they should have won. Overall, it was an activity that members of her family, no matter what age, could enjoy, she said. Williams ran around the event with her niece and nephew in the parking lot and lawn area of the South Towne Mall, which organizers had set up with activities for kids including inflatable slides. Rob Marriot, of Unified Fire, said he thought the event was a success because it allowed the firefighters to raise money toward the burn camp. Marriot said he and other firefighters from his department have participated in the burn camp and have seen the children learn how to cope with their injuries. This year the state’s firefighters will give more than $12,000 to the burn camp, but the burn camp participants will give the firefighters much more than that in terms of strength, he said. “Let’s promote the cookoff for next year and make it bigger and better,” Marriot said. “Let’s beat what we raised this year during next year’s event.” l

People flooded the Midvale Outdoor Stage in the Park to watch Alex Boye and Taylor Hicks perform as part of the Levitt AMP Midvale Music Series in August. The Midvale Arts Counicl is applying to hold the music series in the city again. (Midvale Arts Council)


he Midvale City Council, along with Mayor JoAnn Seghini, decided to continue their support of the Midvale Arts Council during the city council meeting on Oct. 4. Support was necessary for the arts council to turn in their application to the Levitt Foundation, who helps put on the Levitt AMP Music Series by awarding matching grants to cities across the country. After the application is turned in, cities are voted on from Nov. 1 to Thanksgiving to see which cities are awarded the matching grants. Midvale hosted the music series at Midvale City Park this past summer. “The grant helped turn our city park into a thriving destination through the power of free live music,” Melanie Beardall said to the city council. Beardall was the concert chair. Three letters were needed from the city for the arts council to submit their application with the letters outlining what the city does for the arts council. That support includes free use of the stage and facility at Midvale City Park as well as the Midvale Performing Arts Center. Midvale city contributes $20,000 a year to the arts council, $10,000 of which is a matching grant to a Salt Lake County grant as part of a three-year deal. The other $10,000 is meant for the arts council to put on a yearly musical or play. Councilman Wayne Sharp said during the city council meeting that he’s spoken with people who think the arts council should be self-funded with no city support. “I have leaned heavily to that side, is that

something we should be doing with tax payer dollars is funding the arts council program? But I’ve seen a lot of the good things that they are doing,” Sharp said. Not opposing support for the arts council, Sharp acknowledged the contribution the council makes with its youth productions. Councilman Paul Glover said enough people enjoy the arts that it’s money well spent and that it improves the perception of Midvale. “It just creates a better image for our city,” Glover said. Beardall said one of the benefits of providing a rich, artistic experience for small communities was supplied by the Levitt AMP Music Series. Beardall is the treasurer on the arts council joining just over three years ago and began free concerts in the park shortly thereafter. She is also the concert chair and said the summer concert series brought in more than 10,000 people to the park. Volunteers play an important role, too. Beardall said during the city council meeting that there was more than 700 hours of volunteer work for the summer concert series which added up to “an in-kind value of $14,000.” Beardall said it was more than just the music she enjoyed. “The fun part of the whole series…was seeing the community come together in the park, join that park setting and enjoying that feeling of community,” Beardall said. l


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Dead come to life as “The Addams Family” hits main street By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

“The Addams Family” musical came to the stage at Midvale Main Street Theatre. From left to right: Kristina Stone (Grandma), Bynnly Bosworth (Wednesday), Jordan Dixon (Lurch), Maggie Goertzen (Morticia), Ryan Hoskins (Gomez), Thomas Middleton (Pugsley) and Danny Eggers (Fester). (Dustin Bolt and Amy Bosworth/Midvale Main Street Theatre)


o commemorate the Halloween season, Midvale Main Street Theatre owner Tammy Ross chose a musical about the deadliest of families: “The Addams Family”. The two and a half hour show runs from Oct. 13 to 31 at 7711 S. Main Street. Ross, who directs the show, said she wanted to do a show the community likes, but not one everyone is doing. “Halloween shows are always fun, we’ve done ‘Sweeney Todd’ and ‘Rocky Horror’ so this is the natural progression,” Ross said. “The Addams Family” is originally based on a comic strip of the same name about an eccentric family with an affinity for all things deadly. The comic was adapted into a television show and movie before eventually transitioning to the stage for a Broadway musical in 2010. Its musical adaptation tells the story of a grown-up Wednesday Addams (played by Brynnly Bosworth) whose fallen in love with a young man before confiding in her father, Gomez (played by Ryan Hoskins), making him promise not to tell her mother, Morticia (played by Maggie Goertzen). After its opening night, Ross said she was thrilled with the show from the set design to the performances. Made all the more impressive, she added, with her having to go out of town twice during production for the first time in her career and the flu running through the cast over its final two weeks of rehearsal. “It goes to the professionalism of what [the actors] do,” Ross said. The last dress rehearsal was the first time the full cast was together in over a week. “This show came together so beautifully and I think when you are careful when you cast, that happens,” Ross said. Two nights in a row, Ross had an audience member tell her “this is the most

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Brynnly Bosworth holds flowers as Tyler Mitchell (right) and Jordan Dixon (left) as they all sing during one of the final musical numbers. The cast fought through the flu during its final few weeks of show preparation and overcame a faulty mic to open the show on Oct. 13. (Dustin Bolt and Amy Bosworth/Midvale Main Street Theatre)

perfectly cast show I’ve ever seen.” “Everybody worked so hard to capture the character, but tell a new story that hasn’t been told in any other form of Addams Family, movie or TV show,” Ross said. “They put a lot of time and effort and blood, sweat and tears into it.” Casting was done in June and rehearsals started in July with actors putting in months of preparation. Bosworth said she watched the TV show and movie on multiple occasions in addition to the cast reading the script together close to 50 times. “They are kind of iconic characters, they’re ones you really have to do justice to or you lose the storyline,” Ross said. In a show full of comedic moments and memorable songs, the cast had plenty of favorite parts to choose from. “I do love the tango,” Goertzen said of her dance routine with Hoskins. “It stresses me out every night—neither of us are dancers—it’s not our strength and we worked really hard on it. It’s so much fun to just be that for a couple minutes.” While the dance was challenging, Hoskins’ most emotional moment came from the musical number, “Happy/ Sad,” where Gomez slow dances with his daughter. With four kids of his own, Hoskins said it was easy to get emotional. “It’s fun to play a character that has a wide range of emotions. Gomez, through the whole show, is goofy and making people laugh when all of a sudden he realizes his daughter is growing up and he has to give her away to someone else,” Hoskins said. The song is also Bosworth’s favorite moment. “The show is so funny and you’re kind of not supposed to take it seriously until that moment when you’re like, ‘oh wow these are real people,’” Bosworth said. While characters enjoy being tortured

or collecting lethal weapons, the cast said they enjoy the gentle moments showing the softer side of the family like the butler, Lurch, laughing at a joke or the Uncle Fester falling in love with the moon. “You have a character that is so physically awkward doing ballet and trying to look beautiful singing this romantic song to this moon, that juxtaposition is hilarious to me,” said Danny Eggers, who plays Fester. “The Addams Family” and love may not be the first connection people make, Goertzen said, but it’s not that they don’t love one another, it’s simply expressed differently. “They care and they show it, just with torturing devices or tangoing three times a day. They’ve got their own twisted way, but they still love, care and want the best for each other,” Goertzen said. “And for me, that’s where I feel the heart of the show is. It’s been fun to realize as we play with it.” Another realization has been how much the cast enjoys being together. “As actors we can get a little dramatic so you’ll get that when you have so many people working together in such a confined area and doing their craft,” Hoskins said. “Our cast, these 24 people, really have been like a family. It’s been so cool how little discomfort, inconvenience there’s been. Everybody gets along, everybody wants the best thing.” It makes it difficult for the cast to keep a straight face, but it also means they enjoy being on stage together like during the “Waiting” musical number. “I love that whole scene because we’re all on stage and every character has their own little moment. It’s so fun to react to everybody with all the other extra things going on,” said Judith Hutchinson, who plays Alice. l

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Canyons Board of Education to study possible changes in bell schedule, middle school schedules

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Hillcrest High School Latinos in action becomecommunity leaders, tutor elementary students

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By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com

Hillcrest High School’s Latinos in Action, who help teach elementary school children, attended a conference on Oct. 13 at Salt Lake Community College. (Paulina Vizcarra/Hillcrest High School)

Canyons Board of Education will further study on possible changes to schools’ bell schedules as ways to save money on busing and possibly solve the shortage of bus drivers. (Julie Slama/City Journals)


anyons Board of Education recently asked for more study in two separate areas: a possible change in the district’s bell schedule at many of the schools as well as a new schedule for each of the eight middle schools. At the Aug. 16 board meeting, Assistant Superintendent Bob Dowdle showed ways the District could save money on busing as well as possibly solve the shortage of bus drivers. Using data from a bell-efficiency study, Dowdle said that by consolidating or piggybacking bus routes and moving start times at some schools back or forward by 15 minutes, it would allow drivers more time to complete longer routes. Dowdle said that it would remove 21 buses from the daily operation and save up to $340,000 in bus driver labor and $360,000 in fuel and maintenance costs. Another option, he said, would be to alter the bell times by 30 minutes to remove 33 buses from daily use with a potential of saving $1 million in labor, fuel and maintenance. By consolidating bus routes, it would help the District hire more drivers on a full-time basis — and offer them benefits. Canyons spokesman Jeff Haney said every school district in the state is having an “acute need for drivers.” “Bus drivers with their CDL licenses are able to find full-time employment elsewhere, leaving us in a shortage. We’ve had our office staff, including the director, leave the office to fill bus routes since we can’t hire enough part-time help. Basically, the transportation department brought forth the idea of streamlining bus

services,” he said. At this time, there is no formal proposal before the Board and Haney said “this is step two in a long process before the Board considers any action.” Haney said that input will be sought from other groups — including parents — before any formal decision is made. Board President Sherril Taylor asked Dowdle to meet with School Community Councils throughout the 2016-17 school year to share the study’s findings. In a separate issue, the Board also is looking into changing the middle school schedule at all of the eight District middle schools. Canyons School Performance Director Mike Sirois said at the Sept. 20 meeting that the Middle School Schedule Committee has decided on four principles that will guide the development of a new schedule. Those being, the schedule must promote teamwork and collaboration; maximize quality instruction time; provide time for all students to participate in electives; and have built-in intervention. What has been found is that this will be a challenge to find one schedule that will meet the unique instructional and social needs of all Canyons middle schools, Sirois told the Board. Even so, a proposed schedule could be presented to the Board by late fall. Haney said that this is the beginning of a long process and there will be no action taken for the 2017-18 school year. “We are wanting a collaboration from teachers as well as ensuring that we fulfill the required state board electives,” he said. l


hen junior Moises Gonzalez Orduna steps into the classroom of East Midvale Elementary, he knows he could be having a powerful impact. “My main goal is to go into the class and help them grow,” Moises said. “We realize that we may be helping change their lives by helping them learn and being an example to them.” Moises is one of about 50 students enrolled in the Latinos in Action class, one that requires a 2.5 grade point average minimum and good school citizenship. At Hillcrest High School, the grade point average is higher, at 3.0. Students need teacher recommendations and need to be bilingual. The course focuses greatly on service, such as tutoring at East Midvale Elementary or providing two eightweek afterschool cultural arts programs at Midvalley Elementary. Moises, who is the president of Hillcrest High School’s Latinos in Action, said that students in the class are committed to helping younger students. “We want to increase their literacy and math scores, especially those who may be struggling. We see where the teacher needs us and usually help tutor an individual or small group. Sometimes, a new student may have been put into the school and needs help with the language. That’s where our bilingual abilities help out,” he said. East Midvale Elementary fourth-grade teacher Sadie Ruetz said that the Hillcrest Latinos in Action students typically work with her students individually, reading books and helping them with guided reading questions. They also work with students’ weekly vocabulary flashcards. “This helps me as a teacher because I am able to target a smaller group of students with my whole group instruction,” she said. “I have some challenging students who really need that one-onone attention, so it provides them with their academic and attention needs as well as helping me to teach a

more in-depth lesson for the majority of the class.” Ruetz said the high school students have a powerful impact on her students. “My students love our LIAs. I have a large majority of students who speak both English and Spanish, so it helps foster such a positive environment. They are able to relate to the high school students in many ways. They are such great role models,” she said. East Midvale second-grade teacher Katie Alvord echoes Ruetz’s statement about the appreciation students have for the Latinos in Action. “My students seem to admire these students who volunteer and get excited about reading with them,” she said. “This helps me as a teacher because it gives the students one-on-one attention and practice in their fluent reading and understanding.” Moises said that sometimes the Latinos in Action students have been in similar situations and that they are empathetic to these learners. “Sometimes these little kids open up to us knowing we may have walked in their shoes. We’ve learned to be better communicators to both the kids and adults and more open-minded. Before I moved to Utah and became involved in LIA, I was shy and didn’t get involved in the community. Through LIA and my church, I have found I am more hospitable, a better listener and want to help out. As a result, my grades have improved,” he said. Hillcrest High Latinos in Action adviser John Olsen said that throughout the year, these students give 100 hours of service to the community. “They’re entrenched in the community and know what needs to be done,” Olsen said. “They’re breaking stereotypes and tackling issues and helping those in need. They’re role models at Hillcrest High School and are creating a new image through their professionalism, service and leadership,” he said. l


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In The Middle of Everything City Hall – 7505 South Holden Street • Midvale, UT 84047 MIDVALE CITY DIRECTORY City Hall Finance/Utilities Court City Attorney’s Office City Recorder/H.R. Community Development Public Works Ace Disposal/Recycling City Museum Senior Citizens Center SL County Animal Services Midvale Precinct UPD Police Dispatch Unified Fire Authority Fire Dispatch

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As I See It By Mayor JoAnn B. Seghini For several years Midvale City has sponsored citizen groups that provide services to the citizens of Midvale. These groups were the Midvale Arts Council and the Community outreach organization called Community Building Community (CBC). When these groups applied for grants or for funding they found that funding agencies would not give money to government supported groups so both groups applied for 501(c) (3) nonprofit status with the IRS. This allows the agencies to become not for profit and allows them to apply for funding to other sources. The Midvale Arts Council has been very successful in reaching out to other agencies for funding. I did, however, give you incorrect information. Their grant from the Leavitt Foundation was $25,000 not $100,000. The city matches the $25,000 as is required by the granting agency. This money was used to provide the weekly concerts in the City Park that many of you enjoyed last summer. The Arts Council has applied for another grant for next year but part of that requests requires the citizens to vote to have the program. Public voting opens November 1, 2016 at 10:00 AM PDT and ends November 21, 2016 at 5:00 PDT. After public voting determines the Top 25 finalists, The Levitt Foundation will then select up to 15 winning Levitt AMP grant recipients. Winners will be announced on January 5, 2017. A representative from the Levitt foundation visited Midvale this summer and met with myself and Suzanne Walker. I think that they were very impressed with the work completed during the summer of 2016. The Community Building Community or the C BC has been very active reaching out to the community and has worked to provide health care services. This has been very important since Utah has not provided Medicaid services to many lower income populations. The University of Utah has partnered to make medical care and dental care to citizens available for a very low fee. The medical services provided by the University include health care, immunization, medical tests, dental care, physical therapy, and counseling. Basic fees are $15.00 per visit. They also provide free physical exams for youth who wish to participate in team sports. The CBC has a yearly Health Fair at the Copperview Recreation Center in September that provides flu shots and other medical evaluations. The CBC as a non-profit organization did receive a

$100,000 grant from the State Department of Health which will be used to pay for programs, personnel, and medical supplies. The University of Utah donates the time of the doctors and residents who work with the patients. They are located between the post office and the Arctic Circle on the south side of Center Street. They also support English as a Second Language, teen classes, and sports activities for youth. Both of these organizations provide important services for the community of Midvale which includes people living within our borders from the Jordan River to 1300 East and from the south side of I-15 to the Sandy border. I would also remind you that there will be a Veteran’s Day Memorial Service in the Midvale cemetery on November 11, 2016 at 11:00 AM. This year the program will be provided by the Utah National Guard and supported by the Unified Fire Authority. After the ceremony, there will be a pancake breakfast provided by the Midvale Stake, a member of the Midvale Interfaith Organization. Please put this event on your calendar for Veteran’s Day. Every family in our community has had family members in the service of our country. This is a day when we can thank them, again, and can honor their family members as well. Thank you all for what you do every day to make Midvale a great place to live.

Midvale City Offices - Holiday Closures November 11 November 24 & 25

Veterans Day Thanksgiving

Midvale November Meeting Schedule November 1 November 9 November 15

Regular City Council Meeting Planning Commission Regular City Council Meeting

Midvale City Recognizes New Deputy City Attorney Garrett grew up in Covina, California, before moving to Utah for college. After volunteering for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for two years in Washington, D.C., he completed a bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in international development at Brigham Young University in 2012. Garrett continued his education at BYU by enrolling in the joint Juris Doctor/Master of Public Administration program. During his time at the J. Reuben Clark Law School and Romney Institute of Public Management, Garrett discovered his love for local government and municipal law. In 2016, he graduated with his JD and MPA degrees and successfully passed the bar. Garrett works in Midvale City's Legal Department and was appointed in October 2016 as the Deputy City Attorney.

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Midvale City Recognizes Midvale Unified Police Officers of the Month & Community Oriented Police Detectives Midvale City would like to honor and congratulate our Midvale Unified Police Officers of the Month & Community Oriented Police Detectives for their Exceptional Service to our community.

Community Oriented Police Detectives Left to right: Detective Jeff Nelson, Officer Mike Raab, Chief Jason Mazuran, Officer Corey Lavin, and Cory Tsouras

Midvale City interviewed four very strong candidates for the Midvale Precinct Chief. We were impressed with all candidates but especially with Lt. Mazuran. His experience on the precinct level and on agency levels is a perfect match for our community. He has been Executive Lt. Commander of UPD, a watch commander; he has worked with investigations, Taylorsville Kearns & Magna Precincts, and protective services. He clearly has shown leadership in a wide variety of positions. Congratulations to Jason Mazuran on being appointed as the new chief over the Midvale Precinct.

Storm Water Runoff

Police Officers of the Month Left to right: Officer Mike Raab, Chief Jason Mazuran, and Officer Corey Lavin

Bingham Junction Park Renovations Complete The Redevelopment Agency is pleased to announce the reopening of Bingham Junction Park at 6980 S. River Reserve Court. The park was renovated over the summer to improve drainage and upgrade services. New amenities include a restroom building, a County programed softball field, a new play structure, and a basketball court sponsored by the Utah Jazz foundation. The RDA is excited to share this improved open space with the neighbors in Bingham Junction as well as the rest of the City.

Storm water is the water from rain, snow and sleet that travels down our gutters into the storm drain. Storm water starts off clean. Storm water flows DIRECTLY into our rivers, lakes and streams. It is almost never treated. So everything storm water collects from the land surface, roadways, sidewalks, parking lots, construction sites, business parks, etc., is carried to gutters, storm drains, canals, drainage ways, and finally ends up in our local rivers and streams –UNTREATED! It is estimated that more than one-half of the pollution in our nation’s waterways comes from storm water runoff. The best way to improve storm water quality is to treat the source? Don’t let runoff get polluted in the first place. What can you do? • Pickup pet waste; bag and trash or flush in the toilet. • Sweep dirt onto the lawn, pick up debris and put in trash. • Mulch grass clippings and leave on the lawn or compost. • Sweep dirt into the lawn, pick up debris and put in trash. • Wash your car on the lawn or a commercial car wash. • Target fertilizers and pesticides to the lawn and garden. • Take excess chemicals to the household hazardous waste facility.

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Power Outages - Safety Tips Before A Power Outage: Build or restock your emergency preparedness kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, and first aid supplies. • Make sure you have alternative charging methods for your phone or any device that requires power. For more information visit: www.ready.gov/gettechready • Charge cell phones and any battery powered devices. • Know where the manual release lever of your electric garage door opener is located and how to operate it. • Purchase ice or freeze water-filled plastic containers to help keep food cold during a temporary power outage. • Keep your car’s gas tank full-gas stations rely on electricity to power their pumps. If you use your car to re-charge devices, do NOT keep the car running in a garage, partially enclosed space, or close to a home, this can lead to carbon monoxide poisoning. • Learn about the emergency plans that have been established in your area by visiting your state’s or local website so you can locate the closest cooling and warming shelters. • If you rely on anything that is battery-operated or power dependent like a medical device determine a back-up plan.

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During A Power Outage: • Only use flashlights for emergency lighting, candles can cause fires. • Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed. Most food requiring refrigeration can be kept safely in a closed refrigerator for several hours. An unopened refrigerator will keep food cold for about 4 hours. A full freezer will keep the temperature for about 48 hours. Take steps to remain cool if it is hot outside. In intense heat when the power may be off for a long time, consider going to a movie theater, shopping mall or “cooling shelter” that may be open in your community. If you remain at home, move to the lowest level of your home, since cool air falls. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Drink plenty of water, even if you do not feel thirsty. Put on layers of warm clothing if it is cold outside. Never burn charcoal for heating or cooking indoors. Never use your oven as a source of heat. If the power may be out for a prolonged period, plan to go to another location (the home of a relative or friend, or a public facility) that has heat to keep warm. Turn off or disconnect appliances and other equipment in case of a momentary power “surge” that can damage computers and other devices. Consider adding surge protectors. If you are considering purchasing a generator for your home, consult an electrician or engineer before purchasing and installing. Only use generators away from your home and NEVER run a generator inside a home or garage, or connect it to your home’s electrical system.

After a Power Outage: • Throw away any food that has been exposed to temperatures 40° F (4° C) for 2 hours or more or that has an unusual odor, color or texture. When in doubt, throw it out! • If food in the freezer is colder than 40° F and has ice crystals on it, you can refreeze it. • Contact your doctor if you’re concerned about medications having spoiled. • Restock your emergency kit with fresh batteries, canned foods and other supplies • For more information visit: www.ready.gov

Employee Spotlight Kenny Stephens Permit Technician

Kenny started his employment with Midvale City three years ago as the Utility Billing Clerk. Today he works as the Permit Technician where he helps citizens and businesses through the process of obtaining building permits. Some of his other duties include scheduling inspections and running monthly reports. Before working for Midvale, Kenny worked in the Parks Department for Riverton City and obtained his associates degree from Salt Lake Community College. Kenny is currently a student at Utah Valley University so he spends a lot of his free time on homework. Some of his hobbies include drawing, playing video games, playing guitar and composing his own songs. He also loves spending time with his wife and going on long walks with his dog. When asked the following questions, Kenny’s responses were… What was your favorite TV show growing up? Power Rangers. If you won a million dollars, what’s the first thing you would buy? One million single patty hamburgers, ketchup only. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Oregon. Cats or Dogs? Dogs. If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to? 1989, to see the Metallica concert in Seattle. Muppet Show or Sesame Street? Didn’t watch either. Do you believe in any Urban Legends? No, only rural legends. Where is the furthest from home you’ve ever been? Florida. What is your favorite holiday and how do you celebrate it? My favorite holiday is Christmas. I celebrate it like everyone else, I try to figure out what all of my presents are before I open them. At what age do you become an adult? The day you finally move out of your parent’s house.

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Understanding your Midvale Utility Bill

Trans-Jordan Landfill Tours

The monthly utility bill you receive from the City is for several different utilities. Depending on your address, you may be billed for all or some of the following services:

Trans-Jordan Landfill provides education regarding the critical role that landfills play in support of proper environmental stewardship in our communities. To educate our community, we provide free tours. Tours are given to civic groups (i.e. Boy and Girl Scouts), businesses, schools, clubs, etc.

• Water (Base fee and Usage fee) – some addresses receive water service from Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District or METRO o The Base fee is for your meter and connection to the system. Rates throughout the City vary based upon the Service Area you live in and the size of your water meter. Except for annual increases/decreases to the Base fee, this cost will stay the same from month to month. Your bills for September and October called this a “Water Connection”. We have changed this to “Water Base” per the request of several customers. o The Usage fee is based upon how much water your meter registers for the month. It is determined by multiplying the units of water you consume (each unit = 1,000 gallons) by the usage rate for your Service Area. Peak rates are in effect from June through September. • Sewer – some addresses receive sewer service from Sandy Suburban, Midvalley, or Cottonwood o The sewer charge includes a base fee for your connection to the system plus a per unit fee based upon your average winter water usage, since most of that water is used indoors and ends up in the sewer system. The measurement period used to calculate your average winter water consumption is November through March. The average is recalculated each year and adjusted in July. Once set each July, this fee will stay the same from month to month. • Garbage – Midvale provides garbage service to all of its single family residences (no commercial) o Garbage and recycling are included in the monthly rate of $10.66. Additional garbage cans are $7.95 per month. • Storm Water – Midvale provides storm water maintenance to all of its addresses o The monthly fee for residences is the same throughout the City ($8/month). The fee for commercial properties is based upon square footage of covered surfaces (parking lots, driveways, etc). • Street Lighting – Midvale provides street lighting maintenance for all of its addresses o The residential rate is $3 per month o The commercial rate is $9 per month • Utopia – Midvale bills addresses that have signed up with UTOPIA for fiber-optic service o Your monthly fee depends upon the contract you signed with UTOPIA Please call us at 801-567-7200 if you have questions regarding your utility bill.

Midvale City Leaf Bag Program As fall weather is upon us, and trees start losing their leaves, we ask for your assistance in helping us keep leaves out of our storm drains by utilizing the leaf bags provided by Midvale City to collect your leaves. HERE’S HOW IT WORKS! 1. Collect leaves from yards, gutters, and storm drain grates, and dispose of them in the provided leaf bags. Please do not put garbage in with the leaves, only bags with leaves will be picked up, no other waste is accepted. 2. Place bag of leaves at curb prior to 7:00 am on Monday November 14th and/or Monday November 21st, to be picked up by Ace Disposal. 3. Waste collectors will only be in your area on the weeks of November 14th, and November 21st. Leaves must be at curb prior to 7:00am on Monday, Nov. 14th and/or 21st. No return, additional or late pickups available. Additional bags may be picked up at Midvale City Public Works at 8196 South Main Street. Limit of 5 additional bags while supplies last. Contact Midvale City Public Works for any questions you may have 801-567-7235

Trans-Jordan Landfill Tour Policy Tours are given by appointment only. We prefer that all appointments are arranged via email. Our email address is:education@transjordan.org • Tours groups must have a minimum of six (6) people. o For groups who do not have six people, we have established a collective tour on the third Thursday of each month at 4:30pm. An appointment is still required. • Due to safety concerns, the minimum age of tour participants must be seven (7) years old or attending the second grade. • Tours are available on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday only. • Tour start time must be no later than 4:30 pm. * • A tour lasts about one hour. • Please contact us at least one month in advance to assure your preferred tour date is available. *If you arrive late your tour may be cancelled. Send your tour schedule requests to education@transjordan.org Please include the following information in your email: • Number of people in your group • Age of attendees • Preferred tour date & time. Tour Alternative Salt Lake County groups can request a free education package by contacting education@transjordan.org We will send you a PowerPoint presentation and materials related to landfill operations.


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School district programs help early-learners, elementary students in Title I schools By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


hen preschools fill up in some of Canyons School District elementary schools, there are alternatives for Title I families at Copperview, East Midvale, Midvale and Sandy elementary schools. Canyons’ Parents as Teachers is part of a national program that has designed curriculum and activities to help train parents of four-yearold preschoolers to begin the learning process at home, said Roxanne Rawlings, Title I specialist. “We provide them parenting tips, lesson plans, activities for kids and their younger siblings and help them teach some basic skills,” Rawlings said. “Our goal is to get them ready for kindergarten.” Rawlings said that students will gain experience with learning colors, identifying their five senses and body parts and improving fine motor skills such as coloring, using scissors and painting. “We want the parents to get on the floor or sit at the table and learn to work with them, even stringing Cheerios alongside their child. Sometimes, parents don’t understand that they need to talk with their kids, to be interactive and ask questions and be at their level,” she said. These preschoolers are reached when qualified teachers go to their homes for a onehour visit every other week during the school

year. The program is free. These paraprofessionals also leave the child with a Scholastic book as a way to “get more books into the home” as well as encourage early literacy, Rawlings said. “Sometimes, we take it for granted that parents will read to them, but that isn’t always the case. By putting a book in the child’s hands and working with the parent, some who may not be fluent English speakers, to help them identify colors, shapes or even to listen while their student makes up a story, will get them excited about reading. Everyone can do something with a book whether they are a reader or not,” she said. Rawlings said they also teach these families about what is available in the community — from riding a bus to the public library to coming to the annual free health screening at Midvale Elementary. In the spring, the PAT program also puts on a graduation for the preschoolers at Wheeler Farm, complete with graduation hat and pizza. They also tour the farm and give kids the chance to milk a cow and go on a hay ride. “We take it for granted that they can do all these things on their own, but many of our families may be refugees who aren’t familiar or may be apprehensive so we’re here to explain how to show them where the library is and what

is available in their community,” she said. Canyons also is reaching out to The Road Home Overflow Shelter in Midvale and have had a teacher and two classroom aides teaching preschool students. The year started with 14 students and their parents, teaching basic preschool skills as well as parenting skills to ensure further education, Rawlings said. There also is a Family Learning Center available for Title I families at each of the elementary schools, where parents may learn English, job skills, computer skills and other opportunities. Their preschoolers are welcome to come along as hands-on lessons will be given to them while their parents are being educated, Rawlings said. “We want to build a relationship that all families are welcome and the teachers really create a bond with those families,” she said. Another program the District provides students in Title I schools is their afterschool programs. For five years, Canyons has partnered with Boys & Girls Club to offer the program to about 280 students. They are tutored in a subject or given time to do their homework or work on a computer; play games during a “recess” time; do an activity, such as art; and have both a snack and dinner in the two-and-one-half hour program. l

As part of Canyons School District’s Parents as Teachers program, four-year-old preschoolers learn from their parents using the national program’s curriculum and activities to help them get ready for kindergarten. (Roxanne Rawlings/Canyons School District)

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Hillcrest High theatre students tour and learn in NYC By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


illcrest High senior Jack Ahlander didn’t expect to dance with “Hamilton” understudy, who later performed as Alexander Hamilton, Jon Rua, when he went to New York City with stage crew and production company classes. “We had a dance workshop with Jon Rua where he taught us the choreography to ‘Yorktown,’ in ‘Hamilton,’” he said. “It was super fun, but I wasn’t sure I’d be able to do it. He told us that he was where we are just a few years ago and built up our confidence.” That experience led senior Gracie Otto to think about dance and theatre as a profession. Gracie has been dancing for 15 years. “It was really cool to work with someone in the industry and see what he does every day,” she said. “It put it into perspective and it’s something I’d consider really looking into doing.” This was one of many opportunities that about 40 Hillcrest theatre students had while on their five-day tour to New York. “It’s a cool experience to learn what acting should be like, to talk with professionals and have opportunities that we can’t have here,” Jack said. Inspiring his students is why theatre director Josh Long has planned the trip for September rather than a traditional spring break trip. “We want to motivate them, to have them understand what they can strive for, so we can work for that all year,” he said. During the tour, the students saw a variety of shows from the Tony Award winning best revival in “The Color Purple” to wearing headphones during the one-man show, “The Encounter.” “Those were amongst the favorite shows of the group. ‘The Color Purple’ was very powerful and emotional experience for our students as they learned about her strength and journey. ‘The Encounter’ came from London and is just mind blowing. It was based upon a true story of a National Geographic photographer lost in a remote area of the Amazon and how that changed his life. The performer made the sounds of the jungle to engaging us in his inner thoughts,” Long said. The group also saw “Phantom of the Opera,” “Aladdin,” “The Humans” and had a choice of seeing “The Cherry Orchard” or “Holiday Inn.” Before and after each show, Long and students would talk about their expectations and their interpretations of the performers, set and show.

Hillcrest High School theatre students see “Aladdin” as one of six Broadway shows they saw while visiting New York City. (Marie Otto/Hillcrest High School parent)

In September, members of Hillcrest High School productions company and stage crew attended workshops and shows in New York City. (Marie Otto/Hillcrest High School parent)

“The talk-backs were really helpful to learn about everything in a briefing before the show and to see if we picked up on all the symbolism and subtle parts of the show. It was great to learn others’ perspectives on the shows,” Gracie said. Another part of the trip she appreciated was talking to New York actors. Long had arranged for the high school students to talk to Hillcrest graduates who now are involved in New York theatre from being a Broadway producer, to acting on national tours to being a student studying theatre in the city. “It’s very difficult, but very rewarding. You have to really love it and realize that you want to do it or you don’t to make it there,” Gracie said. Her mother, Marie, was a chaperone on the tour. “These Hillcrest alumni told our students that when they move to New York, they need $10,000 to $15,000 saved to live there while they look for jobs in the theatre and work part time. While they may be working in one job, they are looking for the next since typically, they only last six months to one year. It was illuminating for the kids,” Marie Otto said. With several chaperones, the group was able to see some New York sights in smaller groups. The students had a chance to run or swim at Coney Island, visit the 9-11 Memorial, row a boat in Central Park, walk the Brooklyn Bridge, look for souvenirs at the annual Broadway Flea Market and even eat lunch at Grand Central Station, a popular movie site location. There were other opportunities for the Hillcrest students as some of the cast in the upcoming “Peter and the Star Catcher” got to visit the Lincoln Center library to see the Broadway version on tape, Long said. Stage crew students got to tour The Gershwin Theatre and Jazz at Lincoln Center concert hall, where they learned how they fireproofed the curtains, learned about the light board and automated systems, saw the light riggings, walked the cat walks above the stage and talked to technical professionals. They even learned that there were 10 loads of laundry every

night, said stage tech and technical theatre teacher Giselle Gremmert. Others practiced their monologues and scenes pieces in Central Park’s Shakespeare Garden. Those students, and others who made up the school’s 54-member ensemble team performed the piece, “Sir Thomas More,” in early October when they competed along with more than 3,000 others from across the state and region at the annual Utah Shakespeare High School Competition in Cedar City. In Cedar City, the team earned second place finishes in sweepstakes. They also earned second and third place finishes in duo and trio scenes as well as third place in ensemble. Hillcrest’s next performances will be “Mary Poppins” when students perform on their own stage, at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17 through Saturday, Nov. 19 and again, Monday, Nov. 21 at the high school, 7350 South 900 East. Tickets are $10 and available online at Hillcresttheatre.com. “It’s a fun, inspiring show with a strong script and a chance for us to bring so much magic to the show. Bert, played by junior Luke Morley, will be dancing upside down and there’s always magic involving Mary,” Long said. The 300-member cast features senior Katie Ashton as Mary Poppins; junior Nathaneal Abbott as George Banks; junior Annee Burton as Mrs. Banks; freshman Eliza Luker as Jane; and middle-schooler Joseph Abbot as Michael. The rest of the season includes the high school premiere of “Peter and the Star Catcher,” Jan. 18, 20, 21 and 24, 2017; the United States’ premiere of D. H. Lawrence’s “Husbands & Sons,” Jan. 19, 21 and 23, 2017; William Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” March 17, 18 and 20, 2017; and the original physical theatre piece created for Hillcrest, “Mirrors,” May 18-20, 2017. Season tickets are $25 for all of Hillcrest theatre will be on sale at “Mary Poppins” performances. l


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Peace through pinwheels By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


leven years ago, an idea was born — Pinwheels for Peace — as part of a high school project where art teachers wanted their students to have a way to express their feelings about what was going on in the world and in their lives. Tying it into International Day of Peace on Sept. 21, more than four million pinwheels in 3,500 worldwide locations were displayed at schools, museums, and public places as a public statement and art exhibit about wanting peace. Eleven years ago, many Midvale Middle School’s sixthgraders were born, but this may be their first opportunity to participate in the Pinwheels for Peace program. However, Midvale Middle, the only school in Utah to participate in the program this year, has been participating for six years, said Shelley Allen, Midvale Middle School Middle Years program coordinator. “I was looking for ways to connect our IB (International Baccalaureate, which includes Midvale’s Middle Years Program) program into an opportunity for a global perspective and stumbled onto the Pinwheels for Peace webpage,” Allen said. “It seemed like a simple, easy thing kids can do and we can tie into our inquiry cycle by writing, ‘how can I help make the world more peaceful?’ or answering ‘can one person’s actions actually create peace?’ It gives all of our 850 students a chance to participate.” After students made the pinwheels and wrote messages of how they can be more aware of other people’s cultures and perspectives, share happiness and offer to help others and hope it has a ripple effect, students dotted the front yard of the school with pinwheels. “We had some great discussions from it and it helped empower the students to realize that they could make a difference,” Allen

Midvale Middle School students put out pinwheels with messages of peace as part of the international Pinwheels for Peace program. (Julie Slama/City Journals)


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Season in review: Hillcrest High School girls tennis

Fun to run: Cross country at Copperview Rec Center

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Several members of the Hillcrest girl’s tennis team pose for a photo in their uniforms prior to a match. Head coach John Dallimore said that he’s excited to see how the young team advances between this season and next. (Brianna Bernstein/Hillcrest Tennis Player)


or the Hillcrest High School girls tennis team, the 2016 season was one of silver linings: on paper, the Huskies’ record didn’t appear to be a winning one. However, with great team leadership, superior academics, and outstanding improvement, Hillcrest ended their season with resilience and pride. “I think the season went really well,” said head coach John Dallimore. “We played in a really competitive region and so our record wasn’t great, but we had some great improvement from the girls.” After tryouts in early August, 18 girls were welcomed to the Huskies’ team—a majority of whom had little to no experience on the tennis court. “We have a great group of girls,” Dallimore said. “From academics, to sportsmanship, to improvement; I mean they just were great.” Despite the Huskies’ reputable team culture, their roster size paled in comparison to large, competitive high schools like Judge, Skyline, and Olympus. “Obviously, when you have that many to choose from and you live in an affluent area where kids have personal coaches, play year round, and have played competitive tennis for 12 years, they are going to be a challenge,” Dallimore said. “Whereas all but two of my kids had ever had a coach, and so the only instruction they got in their entire tennis careers was from me.” This is Dallimore’s first year as head coach for the Hillcrest tennis program. Though he helped out with the team last year, it wasn’t until late summer that he was asked to take over for the previous head coach, who stepped down for personal reasons. “I’m not a professional coach. I’m just a dad helping out,” Dallimore said. “I got a little bit of a late start, but I had two things that I focused on this year: I wanted all the girls to improve,

and I wanted all the girls to conduct themselves professionally.” Senior Brianna Bernstein has been playing on the Hillcrest tennis team since she was a freshman. For her, having Dallimore as a coach was an anticipated and fresh adjustment. “Having Coach Dallimore step in was a positive change because he provided us with more knowledge of tennis and fresh ideas,” Bernstein said. “He was able to get out there and play with us ladies and provide us with insight as to what we needed to improve on.” From top to bottom, Dallimore says that every single one of the team’s players made significant strides throughout the two-monthlong season. “The good news is that every match we would play, whether we would win or lose, the other coach, or parents, or even the kids would say ‘those are the nicest girls that we have ever played,’” Dallimore said. “They were great sports, and they handled themselves very nice on the court—win, lose, or draw.” Dallimore credits the Huskies’ reputable culture and sportsmanship largely to the team’s strong leadership and respective team unity. Bernstein says that being respectful is simply part of what it means to be a tennis player at Hillcrest. “Representing Hillcrest Tennis is representing a program that demonstrates good sportsmanship,” Bernstein said. “Since my freshman year we have always tried to be nice within our games and emphasize no put-downs amongst our team members.” Dallimore explained that many Hillcrest players are outstanding academic students, with many of the team’s players earning a 4.0 GPA or close to it. “As far as a group of kids, I couldn’t have had a better group of kids,” Dallimore said. “And I’m really looking forward to next season.” l

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ince 1979, the Copperview Recreation Center has provided various fitness activities, sports programs, and athletic spaces to residents throughout the Midvale area; the youth cross country program has been a staple ever since. “The season went really good,” Cross Country Coach Marissa Burton said. “They all actually improved from their first week and did so much better throughout the season.” Burton coached Copperview’s track program last spring, but this was her first time coaching the cross country team. Along with warm-up runs and mile-long jogs, Burton made sure to implement plenty of fun, high-energy games during practices in order to keep the kids interested and passionate about running. “At every practice we would try to play games and things like that just to keep it fun for them,” Burton said. “Especially since they are just kids and this is meant to be fun.” Along with a new coach, the team’s also experienced a significant change in participation: the roster size nearly tripled since last season. Whereas just eight participants signed up for the team in 2015, this year’s team had roughly 23 elementary school-aged runners. “Truth be told, practice can be kind of crazy,” Burton said. “I mean with 23 kids versus one adult, things can sometimes get a little crazy. But we have rules enforced and if they don’t follow those rules then they have to do 10 jumping jacks or run a lap or something like that.” Burton says that including guidelines and rules has helped to establish responsibility, accountability and respect throughout the team. “They were all really great kids,” Burton said. “They were all willing to participate and get involved in the activities that we did and I think that, overall, they really enjoyed running.” The Copperview cross country team met

for an hour every Monday and Wednesday to learn and practice the fundamentals of running. Designed to improve technique and skill, the annual cross country program also focuses on building endurance for future cross country success. “I try to mix activities up, so we kind of did different things at every practice,” Burton said. “We did a lot of adventure runs around the park to practice endurance, and ‘Sharks and Minnows’ to work on speed. We would do relay races with boys against girls and of course they all loved that.” An experienced runner herself, Burton always joined her team for the mile-long warmup run at the beginning of every practice. Running alongside her athletes gave Burton a better opportunity to implement two key things she finds valuable when introducing children to cross country: encouragement and perseverance. “I just want them to know that it [running] is a lot of fun,” Burton said. “I mean it is what you make it. It’s very hard and it does get challenging, especially as you get older, but it is very rewarding. I hope that they continue to run after this just because they saw how fun it could be and that it got them active and moving.” Burton said that along with teaching children the importance of working hard, cross country is also a great way to keep kids in shape for other seasonal sports like basketball or soccer. “I just think there is something about running that is so mental. It’s very physical because you have to be physically trained, but it’s also so mental and helps build brain strength,” Burton said. “I would love to see all of these kids and their friends return next year.” For more information about the cross country program and others at Copperview Rec Center, visit slco.org/recreation/copperview or l call 385-468-1515


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Local victory lifts bodybuilder to nationals By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


n August, Sharon Davis-Halpin competed in the bikini category at the 2016 National Physique Competition (NPC) Utah Cup Championship at Cottonwood High School. On Nov. 18, she’ll be doing the same thing in Miami, Fla., only this time at the National Bodybuilding Championships. Davis-Halpin qualified for the national competition in Miami after winning the 2016 NPC Utah Cup Championship. “It’s a lot bigger show with a lot more competition, I’m excited for it to happen,” Davis-Halpin said in anticipation of the bodybuilding championship. Davis-Halpin, 26, will be competing in the bikini category, where they look for a fitness model physique — the kind seen in a celebrity magazine. “[Judges] are looking for a good tone with muscles, but not too bulky or muscular. It’s a softer physique in that category,” Davis-Halpin said. The competition is similar to a pageant. Besides looking at the body’s balance, symmetry, softness and athleticism, judges will also take hair, makeup, tan and swim suit color into consideration. Davis-Halpin said the stage presence of perfecting the routine’s poses is a major factor. “You work hard to bring the physique you have, but you also have to show that off in a way that’s pleasing to the judges,” Davis-Halpin said. “It can make or break the whole thing.” Davis-Halpin prepared for the show by incorporating different types of workouts from CrossFit and bodybuilding to hypertrophy movements and Olympic lifting. While the show in August was her second ever competition, it’s been a four-year process for Davis-Halpin to arrive at a point where she’s competing in national competitions and being approached on social media to advertise fitness items. Davis-Halpin always participated in various sports and physical activities (she had a brief stint with her cheerleading team in high school), but it wasn’t until 2012 when she began to take fitness seriously. “I did marathon training, ran a half-marathon and hated it. I hurt my leg, my knee, it was too hard on my joints,” Davis-Halpin said. Joining a gym, Davis-Halpin spent months doing a different kind of fitness, strength training, when she decided to enter the bodybuilding world. “I feel like having a goal within the fitness industry helps you stick with those goals, and body building holds you very accountable because it shows in your physique,” Davis-Halpin said. Davis-Halpin competed in her first NPC show in 2014 finishing outside of the top places, but in an individual sport where most preparation is done alone, both in and out of the gym, Davis-Halpin decided she wanted more community in what she was doing. At the suggestion of a friend, Davis-Halpin joined Aether Barbell, a CrossFit gym in Midvale, where she joined a community of “encouraging friends.” “It’s not an easy sport, it’s hard and it can get lonely so my Aether Barbell army are the world to me,” Davis-Halpin said. After initially swearing off more competitions, Davis-Halpin chose to enter another with a healthier approach aided by her new coach, Aether Barbell owner Matt Van Dyke. “My first competition was very damaging both mentally and physically, and Matt’s a nutrition guru. He competes as well so it’s nice knowing my coach follows the same plan I do,” Davis-Halpin said. She then spent more than eight months priming for her NPC victory in August. A competition which proved very nerve-racking for her husband, Jake Halpin. “I had a hive of butterflies in my stomach, because I know

Sharon Davis-Halpin poses with her trophy after winning the 2016 National Physique Competition (NPC) Utah Cup Championship at Cottonwood High School in August. Davis-Halpin will compete at the National Bodybuilding Championships on Nov. 18. (Muscle Photography)

how much effort and time she put into it,” Jake said. Van Dyke has coached four previous girls to first or second place overall at these competitions. For him, seeing Davis-Halpin win, was a memorable culmination of the work they did together. “It was amazing, it’s a victory for me just watching somebody be successful,” Van Dyke said. Davis-Halpin said she knew she brought her best package but was still shocked to learn she won. “It was overwhelming…you start this fitness thing and you have goals and want to the best you can, but then knowing it paid off, internally it was very satisfying,” Davis-Halpin said. Davis-Halpin said Van Dyke has played a big role in her fitness development. “He’s a very inspiring person to talk to, makes you feel like you can do anything. I couldn’t have asked to work with someone better,” she said. Van Dyke said having no ego is the most important attribute his athletes can have, something Davis-Halpin carries in spades. “She’s one of them most coachable people I’ve ever met,” he said. “Her motivation, her drive, her characteristics as a female and what she’s done in the last couple years is mind blowing.” In a sport where “90 percent of it is spent outside of the gym,” diet and nutrition plans are essential. It has been the most challenging aspect for Davis-Halpin. She said she follows a flexible dieting plan, but she does occasionally skip social events with her husband to avoid the temptations of eating the food everyone else is. “That’s usually the hardest and most unglamorous part of the sport, just being able to go enjoy a dessert with Jake or splurge on a pizza, mostly the pizza,” Davis-Halpin said. Jake said he doesn’t think people realize how much will power goes into preparing for these competitions. He said Sharon even packed a whole week’s worth of personal meals for a vacation to

Lake Powell in June. “My food prep is throwing a burrito into the microwave. She preps everything that goes into a meal, it’s a higher level of selfdiscipline,” Jake said. It’s something that he’s strived to help her with. “Jake does help me, I tell him to take [food] out of my hand, I generally don’t let him take it out of my hand. He knows my goals and helps me stick with them,” she said. But that self-discipline has proven to embolden Davis-Halpin. “You just really have to take responsibility for everything… being able to restrict yourself and still reach your goals is not only empowering, but everything else in your life kind of falls into place,” she said. Now working as a nutrition and fitness coach, a commercial customer service representative and a hair stylist, Davis-Halpin has taken part in a personal evolution that is now stimulating others to embark on a similar journey. She has a social media following on her Instagram that has grown from zero to 8,017 in the span of four months with companies regularly reaching out to her asking her to rep their product as well as inspiring others to live a healthier lifestyle. “It’s inspiring to know that you can make a difference for someone giving them the motivation to change their health or their own relationship with themselves,” Davis-Halpin said. Her personal relationship may have progressed the most. “It’s definitely made her more confident. She would kill me in an arm or leg wrestling match,” said Michelle Mullen, one of her closest friends. Her confidence goes beyond the physical. Van Dyke said the difference between Davis-Halpin now versus when he first met her is night and day. “She’s developed a completely different aura about her…and is hands down one of the best people I’ve ever known,” Van Dyke said. Jake and Sharon began dating in 2007 before eventually getting married in 2013. He has witnessed her evolution. “Seeing 2007 Sharon versus 2016 Sharon is someone more confident in herself and doesn’t care as much what people think,” Jake said. “It’s cool to see her evolve not only physically, but mentally and emotionally through the past 10 years.” l

Sharon Davis-Halpin will compete at the National Bodybuilding Championships on Nov. 18 in Miami, Fla. (Rob Norbutt/Infinity Machine)


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Fit To Recover: How one man’s dream changed people’s lives By Sarah Almond | almondsh@gmail.com


hat would it take to start the business of your dreams? Would you need a hefty bank loan or patented product? Would you need community involvement or the help of stakeholders? Perhaps you’d need an empty space or a few volunteers. For Ian Acker, a baseFTR founder Ian Acker (right), heavy boombox and a Women’s Group Leader Lacey Garcia (middle) and FTR financial motivational Facebook post advisor Doug McNeil pose for a was all he needed to bring to photo after accepting the SCORE life his dream of creating a award for Outstanding Community fitness program that catered to Impact in Washington, D.C. For those struggling with addiction. two years in a row, FTR has been “I wanted purpose,” Acker chosen from businesses across the nation as one of the most influential said. “I never felt like I had any companies in the community. (Ian type of purpose. I wanted to Acker/Founder of FTR) create a place that was friendly and a place where people in recovery felt welcome.” In August 2012, Acker, a recovering addict himself, took a risk: he purchased a Beats by Dr. Dre Beatbox and posted a Facebook message encouraging his friends in recovery to join him in Sugar House Park for a Saturday morning workout. “Four people showed up,” Acker said. “But during that day I saw the connection that these people had — they were smiling and they were happy. Just that little breath of fresh air propelled me to continue to keep going. So the next week there were seven people; then 10 showed up, 15 showed up, 20 showed up.” As word of this high-energy fitness hour spread, more and more people working through addiction started joining Acker in the park. Eventually Cold Creek Wellness Center, a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center based out of Kaysville, caught wind of Acker’s growing program and began bringing treatment patients to his workouts. “When Cold Creek signed on, that showed me that we could really do something,” Acker said. The notable, steady growth of the Saturday morning park program signaled to Acker that there was an unmet need in the sober community: a need for physical activity, community gatherings, nutritional insights, and creative endeavors. “After we got some play in the park, we started a run group at USARA,” Acker said. “They were nice enough to let us process and then run every Monday. So we had two things going on and then we implemented a women’s group at USARA as well, which made three things.” Utah Support Advocates for Recovery Awareness, or USARA, is located in downtown Salt Lake City and has played a monumental role in getting Acker’s ideas off the ground. After launching several different programs and garnering a large following at his Saturday morning Sugar House workouts, Acker decided it was time to establish a place for these programs to call home. In January 2015, Acker opened the Fit To Recover gym at 789 W. 1390 S. in Salt Lake City. “We started working with quite a few treatment centers and at that point we needed a building because it was getting cold and it just wasn’t working outside,” Acker said. “So we finally closed on a building, but it took a long time because

people didn’t want to rent to people in recovery. But we found someone who was nice enough to rent to us, and we opened up, and we hit the ground running.” What started as a 5,500-square-foot empty warehouse soon became a remarkable gym and community center thanks to the help of volunteers and sponsors across the valley. Today the nonprofit Fit To Recover (FTR) gym has a 20-foot-high climbing wall, more than a dozen weight racks, and ample space for group workout sessions. “It’s been amazing to see this place grow,” said Lacey Garcia, leader of the FTR Women’s Group. “Just seeing people in recovery come and say ‘I want to build a climbing wall,’ and a climbing wall is built; or ‘I want to start a writing group’, and a writing group starts; or ‘I want to plant a garden,’ and a garden is planted. People come with ideas and we see them all the way through.” FTR hosts more than 35 classes a week out of the gym. From strength and conditioning, to restorative yoga and nutrition workshops, to music and creative expression, and much more, each class is designed to facilitate the physical activity, nutrition, and creativity that’s invaluable when achieving long-term sobriety. “I love it here,” said Robert Godwin, a treatment patient at the Odyssey House Rehabilitation Center and attendee of Saturday morning bootcamp. “If it wasn’t for places like this I don’t know what I would be doing. It actually ties me down and keeps me motivated to want to stay sober, to be clean, and to have a new life outside of getting high on the streets. I’m excited. I’m happy. I feel like I’ve actually found a home.” With 100 individual members and seven different treatment centers signed up, FTR serves more than 300

people each week. Art studios, meeting rooms, a community garden, and a play room make FTR much more than the average fitness gym. Instead, it is a place where people in recovery can feel welcome, supported, encouraged, and motivated; it’s a place where community and service go hand in hand. “Ian really believes in people and lets them express themselves how they want,” Garcia said. “And it’s cool to see us get a community impact award for all we’ve done.” In September 2015, Acker and Garcia flew to Washington, D.C. to accept the Utah Community Impact Award from SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives. FTR was selected from 1,500 businesses across Utah for their exceptional efforts in the community. Again, in September 2016, SCORE named FTR the nation’s most Outstanding Community Impact Business. “We were recognized for our outstanding community impact — that’s a pretty big deal,” Acker said. “I’m pretty proud of that.” With a growing member base and additional treatment centers signing on, the future for FTR is very bright. Over the next five years, Acker hopes his business will become self-sustaining, host more programs for physical and creative outlets, and serve more than 500 people per week. Ultimately, Acker intends to franchise the gym in order to meet the needs of those in recovery in every state. “We’re thinking long term, not just here in Utah,” Acker said. “Because the joy is in helping people: the more people we can help, the better we feel.” To learn more about FTR visit Fit2recover.org. l

Every Saturday morning bootcamp is closed out with a traditional group breakdown and inspirational words from founder Ian Acker. “What makes FTR so unique is the amazing group of people we have here,” Acker said. “They give others hope.” (City Journals)

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Heartfelt Wall Hangings

Heartfelt Wall Hangings 1538 West 7800 South in West Jordan

Heartfelt Wall Hangings celebrates its 10-year anniversary and will celebrate by running events all month. The events will be advertised on their Facebook page. “Back in 2006, I would have never imagined we would be here with our business,” Owner Heidi Salazar said.   After starting out in the Salazar home, the business has grown to a craft store and boutique. Custom vinyl cutting and decorations are their bread-and-butter products.  As her business grew, Salazar had the idea to hold crafting classes for her customers.  “I knew women needed a place to go and get away for a couple of hours from the craziness of everyday life and laugh and giggle with other women,” Salazar said.  Initially, she was worried about getting customers to come to her garage for a class, even for a free painting and crafting class. Happily, she had no problems and the project eventually grew into a monthly

staple for the business. “I call it paint therapy,” she said. “There is something about painting and talking that can wash away the worries of the world.”  In 2011, Salazar moved the business from her home to 1538 W. 7800 South in West Jordan. Heartfelt Wall Hangings now has classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and three class sessions on Saturdays where participants can use business paints and supplies. Classes are $5 and include space at the free monthly project.On Friday evenings, Heartfelt Wall Hangings holds a “Super Fun Girls Night Out.” The event cost $25 and includes dinner from Cafe Zupas, $20 store credit for crafting supplies and space at the free monthly class.  “It has been a fun and crazy journey. There are days that I wonder why I do it and then other days are so rewarding,” Salazar said. “I always tell customers my paycheck is listening to the laughter during classes.”  But her business is more than just

classes. It is a place that serves the artistic needs of both the crafty and the craft challenged. “The unique thing about us is you can come in and shop the boutique-style finished items or you can shop for the do-it- yourself crafts,” she said. Crafting, she likes to joke, can become addictive.  In November, Salazar will be fielding nominations for their annual charity effort, Heartfelt Hopes. Every year, customers nominate families in the community that are struggling. Then Heartfelt Hangings sets up a tree with decorations that details things that the family needs with the hope that customers will donate to help the family.  “We want to help people who are doing everything they can to help themselves,” she said. “We want to give a hand up, not a hand out.”  Please stop by and choose a heart to help a family. Sign up for a class or a Girl’s Night Out at heartfeltboutique.com. l

Moto United


oto United opened its newest location at 98 E. 13800 South in Draper on Aug. 20, providing the good people of Salt Lake County access to a stellar showroom and pre-owned inventory for everything powersports. The grand opening featured pro UTV racer Tanner Godfrey taking customers and their family’s around the custom-designed dirt track at the dealership. The grand opening also featured the inaugural “RZR Show-n-Shine.” Powersports enthusiasts show off their customized RZRs. The best win get prizes at an event that already was a big hit and will likely be a new annual tradition for powersport enthusiasts and pros alike. Moto United – Draper carries some of the best brands in the business: Polaris, Can-Am, Timberselds, and Yeti MX Sleds. Moto United is also the newest and most accessible Polaris dealership in both Utah and Salt Lake Counties. The Moto United – Draper showroom is twice as large—if not larger—than any other deanship in Utah. More space means more machines; and, that means

they can give customers more options. The dealership features have amazing rebates and incentives on Polaris and Can-Am to get the best deals out there. Polaris released some of the best prices they have ever given. They also have a full service department for all powersport vehicles including new and used boats. Moto United mechanics provide more than 30 years of repair experience to customers. Moto United cnn test boats on-location, rather than wasting time and driving to the lake to test it. This service is a year-round service. The test area is basically a pool. “Come into our dealership and see what we have for you,” Chandler Higgins said. “We promise, once you meet us and experience our service, you’ll never go anywhere else.” l

Moto United 98 E. 13800 South in Draper

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Nine Easy Ways to Instant Gratification


n this world of instant gratification it’s become harder than ever to keep overspending at bay. Sometimes we neglect to see just how much those little things can add up. I ask you though, if you saw a $20 bill lying on the sidewalk wouldn’t you bend over to pick it up? Improving your bank balance can be as easy as stopping to pick up that cash. Here are a few ideas: Hit the Library for Family or Date Night – Not only is the Library a great place to browse books, pick up videos and borrow music, they also host a variety of events throughout the year. A quick browse of the events section at my local Salt Lake County Library reveled, Teen Laser Tag, Yoga, Adult Coloring, Toddler Playtime, book reading, as well as various holiday events. Use Ibotta – There is a plethora of money saving apps out there. My recommendation for getting started is with the Ibotta app. Ibotta allows you to submit a picture of your receipt and get cash back on purchases from everything from groceries to department stores. They’ll even pay you cash back when you shop online. Plus, for a limited time, new users get a FREE $10 bonus just for cashing in their first rebate. More info at www. coupons4utah.com/ibotta Brew Your Own Coffee – On your way to work and stopping in the convenience store for that quick fix? An average cup of Joe can cost as much as $1.85 vs. the $0.25 fresh home brewed, more if it’s from a specialty shop. You may think it’s worth it, but calculate that for the entire year and that could be as

much as $300 or more in your pocket. That makes me bounce off the walls just thinking about it. Learn to Craft – Ever hear the saying you can’t buy love? Truth is little kids don’t care as much about toys as they do about time. Instead of buying that expensive toy break out empty toilet paper rolls, cereal boxes, left over party supplies and create some memories instead. Visit Coupons4Utah’s Pinterest page for a ton of ideas. Use Your Crock Pot – Crock Pot cooking not only is easier on the electric bill than the oven, it’s also a great way to over cook. Use the leftovers for a second dinner and lunches. Check out Utah food writer www.365daysofcrockpot.com for some amazing recipe ideas. Ditch Brand Loyalty – Instead of sticking with the same old brand name. Shop for sales instead. Or go generic; often the same company makes these products. Blind taste tests have shown that some people can’t tell the difference or prefer them. Nothing ventured, no money gained. Skip The Shopping Cart – Running to the Grocery Store to pick up a few items. By forcing yourself to carry your purchases, you are less likely to buy things you didn’t go for. Or, skip going in the store all together and order your groceries online and pick them up at the curb instead. Many stores now provide this service, including Macey’s, Walmart and Smith’s. I tried out Smith’s Clicklist recently and found this method of shopping easy to

use and the service didn’t cost me a dime. They even let you use coupons. See how it works at www.coupons4utah.com/clicklist Buy Discounted Gift Cards – Remember, there’s no rule saying you have to give the gift card away. If you’re planning on making a large scale purchase, or find yourself shopping often at the same store, pre-buying the gift card at a discount is the way to go. There are many online companies where you can score these treasures; some that I have personally used include the eBay gift card store, Cardpool.com, and Raise.com. Remember, these gift cards spend just like cash, which means you can use them right along with in-store sales, coupons and online coupon codes. Check for Cash Back on New Appliances – Did you know that Rocky Mountain Power has a bunch of cash back incentives. If you find yourself needing a new appliance, water heater, insulation and even light bulbs, make sure to visit the Watt Smart section of their website. If you’re going to purchase a new appliance you might as well be armed with the knowledge of which ones qualify. Also, consider buying these items online using a cash back app. Doing so will add another 3-7% savings. Challenge yourself to start with just a few money saving ideas and the next thing you know you’ll be hooked and on the road to making saving money, instead of spending it, your instant gratification. l


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Home Makeover: Uninspired Edition


f researchers study my genetic make-up, they’ll find a preponderance of genes that create a longing for candy and silence, and a disturbing lack of genes related to interior design and holiday decorating.  When my kids were little, my decorating style was what I called Sticky Chic or Bohemian Toddler. As they grew into teenagers, my design concepts alternated between Early Landfill and Festive Asylum. Now, my style is what I lovingly call Dust. Before Pinterest was a thing, I’d scour magazines for ways to make my home look pleasant that didn’t involve renting a bulldozer or spending $5,000. Now I’ll spend hours on Pinterest, scrolling through images of beautiful kitchens and bathrooms; then I’ll purchase a new garbage can and call it good. I’m amazed by people who can look at a room and visualize décor that belongs in Good Housekeeping because people who visit my home usually ask if I get my decorating ideas from Mad magazine. I just don’t have an eye for that kind of stuff. My genes have no idea

what to do with throw pillows. How can you sit on a couch with 27 throw pillows? Someone once said, “Design is thinking made visual.” If my thinking could be made visual I’m afraid it would include a lot of blank and/or confused stares, accompanied by slow blinking. I know a woman who used a handful of matchsticks and a pound of year-old taffy to sculpt a quaint Halloween yard display.

For Christmas, she twisted three green pipecleaners into a full-size holiday tree, and then adorned it with a dozen hand-knitted baby quail. She leaves a trail of glitter wherever she goes. I hate her. To me, decorating means finding kitchen tile that camouflages spaghetti stains or changing out the family photo that is 10 years old. I have no idea how to arrange lovely accent pieces. If I’m feeling a little wild, I might invest in a scented candle. I was recently asked to help create fun table decorations using crinkly paper strips and plastic flowers. I dumped what I thought was an appropriate amount of paperage and flowers on the table, but my centerpiece looked like a crinkly green nest that had been attacked by crows. The woman in charge of the event walked up to my “decorated” tables and let out a gasp. She quickly rearranged four strands of the crinkly paper and suddenly the whole table transformed into a fairy wonderland with twinkly lights and butterflies. A real decorator

defies the laws of physics. Halloween decorating is easy. I already have the cobwebs and spiders. I just sprinkle some blood on the floor and call it good. Christmas decorating is a little more difficult. Last year, using my sparse skills, I spent the entire afternoon creating a festive holiday atmosphere in our home. My husband walked in, sipping his Diet Coke, and glanced around the room. “I thought you were going to decorate.” I looked at my hours of work and tersely replied, “I did.”   “What’s that pile of crinkly paper strips doing in the middle of the room?”  There was a long pause while I considered the ramifications of manslaughter. “Don’t you have something to do?”  Now that scientists can genetically modify our DNA, perhaps I can get an infusion of the interior design gene. I don’t need to be Martha Stewart level, but at least something a little better than Mad magazine.




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