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n a room to the side of council chambers, Midvale City Council meets to discuss workshop items. Topics discussed range from code enforcement issues to UTA updates. These meetings are open to the public, but are not part of the regular city council broadcast and are not available to watch online. In August, the council discussed increasing the compensation of elected officials. Kane Loader, city manager, reminded the council that during the budget retreat earlier that year, increases for elected officials was discussed but not yet implemented. “At the budget retreat...we did feel that city council was a little bit out of the market,” Loader said. “The way we compensate the mayor is we look at the full-time mayors in the area, and we do an average of their salary, and we pay our mayor at one half of that because our mayor is part time,” Loader said. Councilmember Dustin Gettel was the first to speak on the matter. “I don’t care about the $1,000 extra. It’s not like anyone’s out here trying to make money. “I think what happened last time council raised it it was 2015 or so. If we did something, we should do it so that it’s reviewed more than once every four or five years. I would argue that it’s not fair for us to make the same while everyone else gets 2% [increase each year],” Gettel said. Councilmember Bryant Brown agreed that increases should be more frequent. “I would rather look at it yearly rather than look like we raise it 8, 10% every five, six or seven years.” To set the elected official salary, Midvale looks at sur-

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rounding cities to set an average salary for their own elected official salaries. “We looked at Eagle Mountain, Murray, Provo, Salt Lake, Sandy, South Salt Lake, Taylorsville and West Jordan. Their average salary is $104,439 and we pay our mayor $45,000 so we’re about $7,000 a year out of the market according to our salary survey,” Loader said. Laura Magness, communications director for Midvale,

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said, “Because of the sensitivity of any elected official pay increase, it is frowned upon to have newly elected officials vote on a pay increase. Therefore, the council felt it would be best to vote on the issue before the new members are in office.” Currently, the public hearing for this compensation increase will be Dec. 3, combined with a regular budget amendment hearing. l

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It all adds up: Math is everywhere—discover how at Midvale Elementary’s Math Night By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

At Midvale Elementary’s annual math night, students will get the chance to practice their math facts through activities such as tangrams, as seen here in 2017. (Photo courtesy of Heidi Sanger/Midvale Elementary)

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ath is everywhere—in the distance someone runs, the amount of wallpaper put up, the results of an election and even, the hours spent sleeping. Whether it’s indoors, outdoors, in the car or on foot, learn about math at Math Night at Midvale Elementary, and things will start adding up. At Math Night, beginning at 6 p.m., Oct. 29, students and their families will find ways to support learning and incorporating math into everyday activities, said Heidi Sanger, Midvale Elementary community school facilitator. “We want them to realize math is part of their daily routines and how to help parents help their student understand math is fun and all around them,” she said. “We want to in-

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crease student learning. It doesn’t stop when they leave school.” The activities could range from cooking, where students will put their fraction and weight and measurement knowledge to the test, to mini-golf, where they can calculate getting three out of five shots in the hole to the percentage of accurate swings. Another favorite activity in the past is to graph their favorite kind of ice cream. The night, which includes a free dinner, is the fourth annual math night in recent years. Last year, families had the opportunity to try 27 different game and activities from dominoes to tangrams. This year, with the support of Universi-

ty of Utah’s Greenwood Clinic and Savage Services, along with teachers and community volunteers, more than 30 games will be taught, and students will be able to take home math kits to continue playing them with their families, Sanger said. Another positive aspect is that students will be familiar with the games when teachers introduce them in their classrooms. “We want the night to be impactful and fun,” she said. “We want to increase family engagement and involvement so students are getting support from home as well as school to help them learn.” Learning math will help them to be successful in many other ways as well, Sanger said.

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Former Chief Tony Mason succumbs to cancer, honored by Midvale city By Erin Dixon | erin@mycityjournals.com

He would just sit at home and think of things that he could try and help to make Midvale better, get kids off the street, get them out of gangs. He loved the city,” Paula Mason, wife of late Chief Tony Mason said. Mason served in Midvale for 35 years and passed away in July. In August, Midvale City Council honored Mason with a proclamation, recognizing his undercover work, his efforts to reduce crime, his work with former gang members and the Boys & Girls club. Shortly after Mason’s retirement, he was diagnosed with leukemia. “His bone marrow transplant worked but he didn’t get to come home. He should have been able to be here to hear the city council say wonderful things about him,” Paula said. Most of Mason’s career was spent not enforcing the law, but improving the lives of those he interacted with. For example, he spent several years in jeans and cut-off shirts to disband gang operations. “He and several officers are the ones that actually started the Salt Lake Metro Area Gang Task Force. They would be out at night every weekend getting people off the street and trying to take care

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of the gang problem in the valley,” Paula said. “He loved it, he loved being on the street.” Sometimes people would come back into the Mason’s life after the street interactions. “There were a couple of times we ran into people that…have said thank you... and completely changed their direction and have wonderful things to say about him. He literally got people off the street. One gentleman is in radio, one is in real estate,” she said. Paula added that it wasn’t uncommon for him to get a phone call from somebody in the middle of the night just wanting to talk or asking for his help. Mayor Robert Hale worked personally with Mason for many years. “I miss Tony. I really do. He was a choice, choice, choice individual. If the veil of heaven is open, I think he would be shyly saying, ‘Aw, that was just part of my job.’ And he did it faithfully, always,” Hale said. Paula is proud of her husband, but also heartbroken. “Unfortunately, he didn’t get to really enjoy his retirement,” she said. l

Family and friends gather to honor former Midvale Chief of Police Tony Mason. (Erin Dixon/City Journals)

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8. By not wearing decorative contact lenses, you lower the risk for serious eye injury. 9. Wear well-fitted costumes, masks and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, falls and relentless mockery from your peers. 10. Drive extra safely on Halloween. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert during those hours. Slow down in residential neighborhoods. We all know how excited kids can be. Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully. 11. Remind children to watch for cars turning or backing up and to not dart into the street or between parked cars. 12. Put your electronic devices down as you walk around. 13. Keep costumes bright, or add reflective tape, to ensure kids are easier to spot. 14. Brush your teeth. Candy is sticky and cavities will scare you. 15. You can maximize your candy intake by planning your route. Stick to places you are familiar with so you can also circle back around to Halloween headquarters.

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Legacy awards represent Canyons School District’s future By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

I feel like I’m surrounded by legends,” Canyons School District Superintendent Jim Briscoe told honorees and guests at the district’s 10th annual Apex awards night. “What you all do is for our kids, their families and for those in the next 100 years.” The annual Apex awards night honors those who serve in the schools as well as those who help support them. They are the highest awards given by the Canyons Board of Education and the school district’s administration. Briscoe said that when he was interviewing five years ago for his position, then Canyons Board of Education President Tracy Scott Cowdell said, “I just want to be inspired.” “I’ve been inspired by every board member I’ve worked with; you have made a huge difference for our kids and you don’t know how long that impact will be,” Briscoe said, who also said he is inspired by those who work in the schools and appreciates area mayors and elected officials who help make Canyons a successful district. “I’m inspired when I walk in and observe teachers and students. The more I see, the more I’m inspired and want to keep moving forward in a positive direction.” While Briscoe showed appreciation to everyone who contributed to the district, the Legacy Award was indeed recognizing “legends.” Four members of the first Canyons Board of Education—Cowdell, Kim H. Horiuchi, Sherril H. Taylor and Ellen Wallace— received the honor. “It’s a great honor, and I really appreciate the existing board and Superintendent Briscoe for recognizing us,” Horiuchi said. “Probably no one knows what all went into creating this district.” While those involved know long hours, many discussions and difficult decisions were made before and after voters approved the new school district, it left them with six weeks after becoming official July 1, 2009 to be ready as Canyons School District, current board member Mont Millerberg said. Since then, Canyons has shown its appreciation of teachers, including salary increases two years in a row; this one funded by a truth in taxation, Briscoe said. “Every teacher’s salary in the district was raised by $7,800. I call that courage, and I also call it passion for public education,” he said. Through its decade, Canyons has honored an outstanding teacher at every school since and after recognizing those teachers this year, current Board President Nancy Tingey invited Canyons District’s teacher of the year, Jessica Beus, to receive her APEX award. Beus shared the credit after being named teacher of the year last spring. “It’s exciting what we’re doing and where we’re going with Midvale, but it comes from the support we have of each other. We

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Canyons School District presented the Apex Legacy Award to four of its first board of education members, Tracy Scott Cowdell, Sherril H. Taylor, Ellen Wallace and Kim H. Horiuchi, seen here with Canyons Board of Education President Nancy Tingey, right. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

are a team, we all dive in and do what is best for our students,” she said about the school improving students’ academic successes and test scores. That apparently is true as not only Beus, but her principal, Chip Watts, and Midvale Elementary’s community school facilitator, Heidi Sanger, also were recognized as the Canyons School Administrator of the Year and Student Support Services Professional of the Year respectively. Supporting them were several other Midvale staff and faculty, who cheered for their colleagues. A secondary Canyons School Administrator of the Year was named: Butler Middle School Principal Paula Logan. “I am deeply honored by the recognition of the APEX School Administrator of the Year,” Logan said and thanked the Board for the award, support and value they place in recognizing the many people who work hard in the district. “For me, this is a moment that will always stand out in my career,” Logan said. “I have been blessed to work with amazing people and communities who inspire me to learn and grow. I appreciate the support, guidance, and friendship I have received throughout my career in Canyons School District. I know there is still a lot to learn and to do. I plan to continue my efforts to improve the outcomes for teachers and students in my school.” Logan, who previously was principal at Midvale Middle, had hired Evelyn Leal, alternative language services assistant. Logan applauded Leal who also received the Student Support Services Professional of the

Year award. Another team—Carl Patterson, Jake Thomas and Ryan Jakeman—were recognized as Canyons Education Support Professionals of the Year, as the facilities services coordinators have helped ensure construction around the district goes smoothly and is on time. Briscoe pointed out that the district completed all of its 2010 bond projects and is already underway with several of its 2019 bond building projects—including four high schools and an elementary school currently being constructed in addition to other projects. Video clips were shown about each awardee, and with this award, Facilities Director Rick Conger said, “When I heard of this award for these three, it literally did bring tears to my eyes.” Likewise, Special Education Director Misty Suarez said that District Administrator of the Year Terri Mitchell is “a great leader. She is an example to everyone in the perfect way to interact with kids.” Mitchell said her job as the early childhood education director is “the best job in the world. It’s the best job in Canyons. It means a lot to be recognized. I would say I have given everything to Canyons School District and will continue to do so.” A second District Administrator of the Year award went to Gary O. Hansen, who oversees district purchasing. “Without someone like Gary, I think we would really struggle especially at our school levels which is the most important because

we really need to make sure we support our teachers and students,” Canyons Business Administrator and Chief Financial Officer Leon Wilcox said. “He knows that the bottom line helping our teachers and students succeed and that is what makes him so beneficial to Canyons School District. He does so much behind the scenes, but he doesn’t really seek out the recognition or limelight.” The Canyons Volunteer of the Year award went to Baraa Arkawazi, who spent 1,100 hours helping at East Midvale Elementary. Last spring, she received the Heart of Canyons Community Schools award. Arkawazi, who lived in Turkey, was asked by administrators to help translate Arabic to English for a shy kindergartner who had just moved to Utah and was struggling to fit in. Every day for five years, she came to help that student and others. Representative Robert Spendlove was applauded as Canyons Elected Official of the Year. In his video clip, Spendlove said that it is his job to be the voice of the people, not just those who elected him, but everyone, especially the “voice of the young people who can’t vote yet, but they need that voice.” Real Salt Lake organization and owner Dell Loy Hansen was honored as the Canyons Business Partner of the Year. Earlier this year, Hansen funded $250 toward every elementary teacher who submitted a grant proposal in his Scoring for Schools. Through similar programs in Jordan and Alpine school districts, he donated $1.2 million in teacher grants. “Just like professional soccer players, students need to train with the right equipment in order to score big in the classroom,” he said last winter. “If a teacher needs something, we want to make it happen.” Hansen, who learned about the award in early September, said he didn’t “understand the magnitude and the power of a well put-together school district” until the awards ceremony. That, many say, comes from the district’s beginnings and appreciating those who set it in motion, as well as those who have contributed to it along the way. “Eleven years ago, we started this historic journey of working together to build a world-class school district for our community,” Board President Tingey said. “This year’s winners of the Apex Awards certainly have helped Canyons District on our journey, and we are grateful they are part of the Canyons District family. Their commitment to the success of our schools, whether from the very beginning of Canyons District or in recent years, is very much appreciated and has made a difference.” Cowdell said that receiving the Legacy Award “really means a lot to me and brings back great memories. I hope they keep the momentum.” l

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Vintage newspapers shed light on past Halloween traditions By Sarah Morton Taggart | s.taggart@mycityjournals.com

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alloween is a uniquely American holiday that is celebrated with parties, costumes and treats. Digital archives of Midvale’s newspaper going back to 1925 give some glimpses at how the autumn holiday has changed and how things have stayed the same. During the first half of the 20th century, community newspapers had society pages that described parties and get-togethers. It’s hard to imagine such a thing today, but it’s a remarkable glimpse into the everyday life of decades ago. Some Halloween parties had elaborate decorations and games. A note about the West Jordan Beautification Club’s party in 1939 included a “spook alley” where witches, black cats, jack-o’-lanterns and skeletons in coffins appeared. “During the blackout each guest put on a mask and sheet and sat in a circle, where a dismembered skeleton was passed for identification.” Popular Halloween party refreshments in the 1930s and ‘40s included nuts, candy, doughnuts and apples. Hayrides and bonfires provided entertainment. Mischief was also common. The “Around Town with Edith Jenson” column published on October 29, 1943 included this note: “Take it easy on the windows Halloween night, kids!”

More malicious activities from the previous Halloween were noted in February 1945. The author described vandalism of street signs in the vicinity of Midvale junction. “One of the signs to receive treatment was the state road commission marker at the east city limits, which said, ‘Entering Midvale.’ After Halloween this sign read, ‘Entering Mudhole,’ and it has remained thus defaced for all of these months. Why the state road commission, or the local authorities, don’t have a new sign erected, is not known. As it now stands, the marker is a very poor advertisement for our fair city.” In 1946, Midvale City and the local Kiwanis and Lions clubs planned a community party for children. The program included a movie followed by a costume parade and refreshments served around “huge bonfires.” Older youth danced to live music in the auditorium. The purpose of the party was to “provide fun for the children, and also keep them off the streets and out of mischief during that evening.” The event was a success and the planning committee received an outpouring of praise. One letter read, “Dear City Councilmen: We want to thank you for the Halloween party… It was more fun than begging. Your friends, Fourth Grade A”

“Halloween scenes” painted by junior high students are shown on the front page of the Midvale Sentinel published on Nov. 9, 1956. (Image courtesy of the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah)

Midvale’s Halloween party became an annual tradition where dozens of city departments and civic groups worked together to create a fun and safe place for children and teens. Yet the November 3, 1949 edition included this note from the editor: “Midvale merchants were busy Wednesday morning

cleaning the soap and wax from their windows as the aftermath of Halloween. It was presumed that with the extensive entertainment provided for the kids of all ages by the city and civic groups, this sort of thing would be eliminated. No doubt, much vandalism was avoided, but there are always a few kids who do not appreciate anything that is done for them.” The next year, in an effort to discourage window soaping, the Midvale Chamber of Commerce began sponsoring an art contest. Junior high-aged youth were encouraged to paint “Halloween scenes” in the shop windows along Main Street with the winning team getting $25 (the same as $266 in today’s dollars). During this time, parents and civic leaders aimed to end the practice of trickor-treating altogether. An article published on October 28, 1955 quoted Don Nicol, the Halloween party chairman. He asked parents to cooperate by “discouraging children from going out on the old house-to-house routine.” Parents must have listened. The next issue of the paper quoted Chief of Police Joe Mazuran as saying it was “the quietest Halloween we ever had.” But the next year when Halloween came around, the newspaper conceded that “The

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parties have never been 100% successful in ending ‘trick or treat.’ Those who go from door to door in traditional fashion are asked to stop only where the porch light is burning, signifying that the residents would like to have them call.” In 1957, the Halloween committee chairman repeated the request and added that “residents have already paid for the party through their contributions to the United Fund and should not be bothered on Halloween.” A financial statement published on October 22, 1948 reported that $100 was to be spent on that year’s Halloween party. The party cost $600 in 1957 and $800 in 1968, the last year Midvale organized a citywide Halloween party. On Halloween night in 1970 screams were heard coming from two homes on Holden Street. The buildings were abandoned and soon to be demolished to make way for highway construction. A passerby reported a “gang fight” and six squad cars responded. As it turns out, the police raided a harmless church party. Midvale Stake officials had received permission to use the buildings and created a “spook alley” to entertain the young people in the neighborhood. According to an article published on Nov. 5, “finding only fun and no fights, the officers told everyone to have fun and went on with their business of looking for Halloween mischief, which was Photos of children enjoying Halloween parties at Midvale elementary schools appeared on the front page of mighty scarce.” l the Midvale Sentinel on Nov. 4, 1960. (Image courtesy of the J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah)

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Kids get the wiggles out while learning Spanish at Tyler Library By Sarah Morton Taggart | s.taggart@mycityjournals.com

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hildren are usually taught to sit still and be quiet while at the library. But during Cuentos y Baile, kids are encouraged to sing, dance and play—while also learning Spanish. The hour long program, whose name means “story and dance” in Spanish, takes place every Thursday morning from 10:30 to 11:30 at the Tyler Library, located at 8041 S. Wood St. in Midvale. Cuentos y Baile is geared for children ages 0 to 5, but is open and welcoming to all. First is story time, with library assistant Maria Sommer reading Spanish translations of engaging picture books. Sometimes she’ll pause to let the kids shout out a word they know. “How do you say cat en español?” Sommer asks. “Gato!” the children reply. “I like to teach the words to them. I have them repeat the word so they learn to pronounce them,” Sommer said. “It’s not usually Spanish-fluent people who come. It’s English-speaking moms who want their kids to learn.” Sommer knows a thing or two about learning a new language. When she came to the United States from Bolivia nearly 30 years ago she could read and write in English, but spoke only in Spanish. She began dating a man who only spoke English, and they had to use an improvised sign language

to communicate at first. Yet they later married. “My husband still doesn’t speak Spanish,” said Sommer with a laugh. Sommer, however, did learn to speak English and in 2003 began working for the Salt Lake City Library system—as a custodian. She later moved to the technical services department, where she processed new materials. She kept learning new skills and eventually took a position as a shelver. That’s when she started doing a monthly story time at the Sprague Library in Sugar House. “The librarian needed help with one of her programs, so she invited me to read books in Spanish,” Sommer said. “I liked doing it and did story time there for three years.” She eventually went back to shelving books and later took on an additional shelving position at the Tyler Library. She again worked her way up in Midvale and had become a library assistant when she was asked to help with a bilingual story time. “There was some participation, but then it kind of died off,” Sommer said. “So I came up with something else. I wondered, would it help if I did one language instead of bilingual?” The resulting program, which began in Maria Sommer reads a story in Spanish to children at the Tyler Library on Sept. 5. (Sarah Morton Taggart/ August 2018, is a unique mix of story time, City Journals) games and music.

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Maria Sommer is a library assistant who leads Cuentos y Baile each week at the Tyler Library. (Sarah Morton Taggart/City Journals)

“One family has been coming since the beginning. They’re not fluent in Spanish, so I use some English,” Sommer said. “They’ve been amazing. They’ve been learning a lot. They really focus to learn the language.”

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Sommer follows a similar routine every week, but also customizes the activities to suit the children in attendance. For that group of regulars, the best part is the games. “They love that wolf game,” Sommer said. “The first time I did it they loved it so much so I had to keep doing it. I put the words on the screen so they could learn the words. Their mom sings along to learn the words and the tune and she practices it at home. Her kids are homeschooled and she learns along with them.” Along with learning, Cuentos y Baile is an opportunity for kids to get some exercise. The interactive games encourage lots of movement and running. Then each session ends with 15 to 20 minutes of Zumba. “I do it slow for them and they are enjoying it,” Sommer said. “They are learning to coordinate their bodies.” Sommer also teaches a popular Zumba class for adults at the Tyler Library on Tuesday evenings. Lauren Richards moved to Midvale this summer and brought her almost 2 year old to Cuentos y Baile in September. “I saw it online and thought music and dancing. That should work,” said Richards. “I love that the program encourages language learning through songs and play,” said David Bird, the Tyler Library manager. “It also immerses the families in Spanish so they are experiencing the language and the culture and, I feel, finding deeper tolerance of new experiences.” l

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Viewing vintage vehicles for a good cause By Sarah Morton Taggart | s.taggart@mycityjournals.com

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Every weekday a thousand students leave their homes in Midvale and migrate to a public or private school to learn to read, write, complete complex mathematic calculations, make and meet friends, develop physical abilities, learn the lessons of getting along with others who are different than themselves, and explore how institutions are governed in ways that benefit all of society. As a society, we always worry about the caliber of instruction, instructors and administrators in those schools. These children are the future of our civilization, after all. Well, I want to share with you the results of the Canyons School District APEX Awards that were presented recently to the teachers, administrators, support professionals, volunteers and community benefactors for 2019. There were eleven APEX Awards presented and Teachers of the Year were recognized in the 47 schools in Canyons District. The seven Midvale schools make up about 15% of the total number of schools. A teacher from each school was selected as Teacher of the Year as follows:

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benefactors of the District. Six of these awards went to Midvale individuals in each of these four areas: Canyons District Teacher of the Year: Jessica Beus, Midvale Elementary School Canyons School Administrator of the Year: Chip Watts, Principal, Midvale Elementary School Student Support Services Professionals of the Year: Evelyn Leal, Alternative Language Services Assistant, Midvale Middle School Heidi Sanger, Community School Facilitator, Midvale Elementary School Canyons Volunteer of the Year: Baraa Arkawazi, East Midvale Elementary School Canyons Business Partner of the Year: Dell Loy Hansen (a well-known developer in Midvale) and the Real Salt Lake organization As you can see, more than half of the APEX Awards went to faculty, administrators, support services, volunteers and benefactors that support Midvale schools! Yes, we have a wonderful portion of the best teachers in all of Canyons School District right here in Midvale. We acknowledge this level of performance from so many of our school district employees. Without a doubt, there are many more who will be recognized in the future. We can see the emphasis on high standards that the School Board and administration has put into the education of Midvale students. Thank you, each and every one of the faculty and support personnel who also arise every weekday morning, leave their homes and migrate to Midvale’s schools to teach reading, writing, completing complex mathematic calculations, how to make and meet friends, developing physical abilities, how to get along with others who are different, and exploring how institutions are governed in ways that benefit all of society. Thank you each and every one!

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Drivers and pedestrians traveling from Center Street to 7200 South on Bingham Junction Boulevard will now encounter colorful splashes of art along the west side of their path. As part of a Redevelopment Agency public art initiative, 16 utility boxes have been covered with what the artist described as “a mix of playful pattern and inspirational thoughts.” Pieces include phrases such as “Doubt Your Fears Not Your Dreams,” “Love Yourself,” and “You Got This” along with scenes from daily life such as riding TRAX, gardening, or reading as a family. Midvale City Council decided to fund the public art project after seeing the utility box decorating trend take off in other areas of Salt Lake Valley. They selected the theme of “Magic in the Mundane” and published a Request for Proposal (RFP) this spring soliciting imaginative work that would help create a sense of place and add interest, surprise, and aesthetic appeal to the area through a set of complementary and cohesive designs.

Midvale Senior Center ‘s Copper Café has a new operator, Utah Community Action (UCA). Ann and Julio have more than 18 years of experience in the food industry. Everything is cut and cooked fresh daily. They don’t add any salt and a dietician looks over their lunch menus to make sure they have just the right amount of fat, grains and vegetables. Breakfast will be served each morning from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The All American Breakfast includes two eggs, two slices of bacon or sausage links, toast and hash browns for $5.00. Muffins are $1.50, Orange Juice is $2.00 and Sodas are $1.00. Lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There are three options. A daily entrée is served Monday through Friday. Salmon is served on Tuesdays. They also serve sandwiches with a green salad and fruit. You can choose roast beef, ham or turkey. Another option is a made to order salad, soup of the day and fruit. The suggested donation for those 60 and over is $4.00. Under 60 are charged $8.25 unless they are dining with a senior, then their lunch is $4.00. Come and try their new recipes and menus.

Local artist Ann Chen learned about the project through a Salt Lake public arts program email list. She had recently left her job as an in-house graphic designer to pursue full-time freelance work and build her own company. Her vibrant and playful style was a perfect fit for the project, and her burgeoning experience in creating large-scale public art installations made her an ideal candidate for the job. In a competitive selection process, a committee comprised of council members, city staff, and residents selected her application as the best embodiment of the project goals. In her letter of interest, Ann stated, “Finding magic in the mundane is about having gratitude for what the universe has presented to me. Everything is inspiration if we are mindful of our surroundings.” Having previously created murals and large art exhibits for CHG Healthcare in Midvale, Prudential Financial in Philadelphia, the South Salt Lake Mural Fest, and the Gateway Mall’s Hall of Breakfast art exhibit, the Bingham Junction project was Ann’s biggest project yet. She created 48 illustrations total for various box faces through an intense three-week design period. Installation of the artwork, facilitated by Visibility Signs & Graphics, went smoothly, and the work has elicited positive responses on social media and within the community. Reflecting on the final product, Ann said, “I hope the residents and commuters in Midvale will be delighted and inspired by these boxes for years to come.” Although no new projects are currently finalized, Midvale residents can expect to see more public art projects in the future. In addition to the Bingham Junction development area, there are possibilities in other areas of the city such as Main Street. For Ann’s next project, she will be traveling to Philadelphia where she will use her signature hand-drawn phrases to create custom bags for Women’s Conference attendees. She is also in talks for several new mural projects and hopes to be able to continue creating large-scale public artworks. Her portfolio can be viewed at annlettering.com.


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Midvale Community Council By Steve Hirchak, Vice-Chair On September 4, the Community Council had Active Killer Training with the Unified Police Department that was well-attended. The police department gave a video presentation on actions that you can do to survive an active killer attack and answered questions from those in attendance. On Wednesday, October 2, the Community Council will be hosting its annual candidate forum, to which you can

RSVP via the Community Council’s Facebook page, so we know how many people are attending. Also, this was one of our most well-attended events last year by candidates and community, and the candidates answered very thought-provoking questions from those in attendance. On November 6, the Community Council will be electing its new leadership for 2020 and will be providing an opportunity to get to know the city’s new code enforcement officer.

The Community Council is focused on community engagement and dialogue, and is open to the public, with the business portion of the meeting at 6:15 p.m. and community engagement with community watch and presentations starting at 7:00 p.m. We are looking for new members, especially if you live in Midvale City Council District 3. Follow us on Facebook (@MidvaleCommunityCouncil) and come check us out. We’d love to see you there.

Calling All Pets! Become a PAWlitical Leader

Salt Lake County Animal Services is excited to announce its 3rd PAWlitical Pet Election. We are looking for Salt Lake County’s next Pet Mayor, Pet Deputy Mayor, and PAWlitical Pet Council. The election for the prestigious position of Salt Lake County PAWlitical Mayor is for a 2-year term of office. While PAWlitical Pets must be Salt Lake County residents, voters can live anywhere. This PAWlitical Election is a fundraiser for sick and injured pets that enter Salt Lake County Animal Services. The shelter provides care for hundreds of injured and sick animals every year. This will benefit them greatly! Salt Lake County PAWlitical Pet Qualifications • Salt Lake County pet resident (all cities within Salt Lake County: Alta, Bluffdale, Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Herriman, Holladay, Midvale, Murray, Riverton, Salt Lake City, Sandy, South Jordan, South Salt Lake, Taylorsville, unincorporated Salt Lake, West Jordan, West Valley City • Licensed (Proof needed if applicable. If your pet is not licensed, we can help you get that done.) • Fully vaccinated (proof needed if applicable) • Spayed/Neutered • Email a 4 x 6 photo of your PAWlitical Candidate to events@slco.org. • Registration DEADLINE – OCTOBER 4, 2019 How to apply • Pick up an application from Salt Lake County Animal Services, adoptutahpets.cbo.io, or email events@slco.org for an electronic copy. • A $50 entry fee is required per candidate. In order to make payment please visit adoptutahpets.cbo.io and select “enter your pet” to apply. • Mail/drop off/email completed application and copy of current vaccinations to: events@slco.org or Salt Lake County Animal Services C/O Nicole Simmons 511 West 3900 South, Salt Lake City, UT, 84123 Registration ends October 4. Voting runs Oct 14 -Nov 8. The winner will be announced Nov 15. For an application, pet qualifications and more information, please email events@slco.org or visit www.adoptutahpets.org.


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The tragic Murray tale of Charles Thiedee By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com It was a first for the State of Utah and, to date, the first and only one for Murray—an execution. In 1896, in true Wild West fashion, saloonkeeper Charles Thiede was hung in a genuinely gruesome manner for the murder of his wife. While the territory of Utah had executed a few outlaws before Thiede, this was the first as a state, and it made national headlines. Thiede’s life of crime can be traced in newspaper headlines years before the

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slaying of his wife. Thiede left his native Germany to serve in the navies of England and Chile, but after fighting against the Peruvians, Thiede hoped to find solace in his native land. Upon returning to Germany, he was immediately conscripted into the army, where he served as a cook, a profession he kept for the rest of his life. After military service, he married Mary Frank in 1884, and together they set off for a better life in America, settling in Sandy and having a child. The ne’er-do-well Thiede, who had a fearsome temper, opened his first tavern, the Social Hall Saloon, in the fall of 1886 in downtown Salt Lake City. That same year, he was fined for punching a woman who had accidentally dropped a piece of paper into his lap. After being shut down for selling liquor without a license, or for selling it on a Sunday, Thiede opened, and was forced to close, numerous establishments. By the early 1890s, Thiede was a regular before the court, usually losing his liquor license or being punished for assaulting someone. As a result, Salt Lake City was no longer a welcoming spot for Thiede, and the saloonkeeper saw prime opportunity to jump into the thriving bar scene along State Street in Murray. Finding a small patch of ground behind the Germania smelter on 4800 South, Thiede opened the West Side Saloon. A notorious womanizer who welcomed prostitutes into his bar, Thiede was also known to frequently abuse his wife, Mary; even for rough-and-tumble Murray, that was not acceptable. The night before May 1, 1894, Mary had fled to a neighbor’s home after a violent fight. As she always had done before, she returned. But this time, she returned home to find a very drunken Charles, who was waiting for her with a butcher’s knife. He sliced her throat from ear to ear. Blood-splattered Thiede then went to Harry Hayne’s saloon, where he reportedly told the sheriff, “Well, I killed

Murderer Charles Thiede, convicted of killing his wife, Mary. (Photo courtesy of U of U Marriott Library)

my wife last night.” The next morning, a crowd swarmed the sheriff’s office, trying to carry out its own version of justice by lynching Thiede. The sheriff relocated his prisoner to the Salt Lake County jail, which was also in Murray. There, Thiede changed his story and claimed he was innocent. He told the judge he found her body in his house, and that her dying words were, “Oh, Charlie.” The prosecutors, long familiar with the defendant, presented a forensically tight case, first pointing out that the victim could in no way talk, as her head was nearly cut off. They also argued that because Charles was covered in blood—meaning the heart would still need to be pumping in order for the blood to splatter on him—then he had to be with Mary, in their home, at the time of the murder. Found guilty, Thiede was sentenced to be hanged. In 1896, Thiede’s time was up, but the sheriff wanted to try a new-and-improved way of hanging. Instead of the condemned being dropped through a trap door, Thiede was going to be hanged by an ingenious system of pulleys; he would stand on the ground, and a metal weight would yank him upward, snapping his neck. Lawmen from around the West convened at the Salt Lake County jail to watch

Charles Thiede was the first, and last, person to be hanged with a noose that yanked the condemned off the ground. (Illustration courtesy of U of U Marriott Library.)

the new method in action. At the appointed time, Thiede, who still professed his innocence, was yanked up by the noose, but it failed to snap his neck. Instead, he hung on the gallows for 14 minutes, strangled to death. That hanging method was never used again. Even in death, Thiede gained no sympathy. An arsonist burned his saloon down. The Salt Lake Herald-Republican reported that residents in Murray and Cottonwood Heights guarded their cemeteries to prevent his body from being interred there. Eventually, he was buried in Sandy City’s cemetery—but only for a day. He was disinterred at the request of Sandy residents and buried in a field adjacent to the graveyard. l

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Only enthusiastic spooks need apply at Castle of Chaos By Jenniffer Wardell | j.wardell@mycityjournals.com Becoming a ghost, ghoul or monstrous fiend isn’t as complicated as some people think.

At least, it isn’t at the Castle of Chaos. The haunted house, which is open now through Nov. 2, held auditions for their cast of scarers this past August. Interviews required applicants to groan, scream, shuffle menacingly and try their best to startle someone enough to make them jump. According to the Castle of Chaos directing team, however, a willingness to try is far more important than acting experience or the ability to deliver convincing scares. “I look for people who are free and open with their body and voice,” said Castle of Chaos Director Nick Justice. “If you’re coming in here and you’re going crazy, even if it makes no sense, you’re better than half the people who come in here.” He also said it’s important that people be able to take direction and follow guidance offered by one of the directing team. Justice and Castle of Chaos Casting Director Kelly Drabik spend most of the audition asking applicants to show off their ability to do things like zombie walks or predatory stalking at low heights. They’ll also ask if the applicants have any special talents, such as a particularly good creepy laugh

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Though roles such as Freddy Krueger require actors with a specific body type, there are plenty of other roles designed to fit a variety of ages and body types. (Photo provided by Castle of Chaos)

or the ability to twist your arm in a disturbing-looking way. “It’s really laid back,” said Castle of Chaos General Manager Dalton Brown. “You don’t have to have anything prepared.” Another part of the audition process involves the directing team figuring out how each applicant would best fit into the haunted house. That includes several factors, from a map of the planned rooms for the upcoming season to asking the applicant whether they have a particular role they want to do. Though he’d turned most of the interviews over to Justice and Drabik, Castle of Chaos Owner James Bernard offered some guidance on this part of the process. “After 19 years of running a haunted house, it’s second nature to see someone, get to know their personality, and see where they’d have the most fun and be the most effective,” he said. Though he said having fun is the major factor in where an actor gets placed, elements such as the actors age will determine whether they can take on certain roles. “When you’re in an authority role, for example, it’s tough to scare someone older,” he said, explaining why he tends not to cast younger actors in roles such as murderous doctors. Sometimes, how you look can also be a factor in where you end up. “For our Hollywood roles, we do look at physical appearance,” said Drabik. “Jason (Voorhees) needs to look like Jason. But we also like 4-foot-tall little girls, because they’re scary as heck.” No matter where the actor ends up, however, it’s important that they know how to scare responsibly. Midvale’s Castle of Chaos (7980 S. State Street) offers several different levels of scares, with higher levels including more physical contact. Level three involves touching, level four includes pushing and dragging, and higher levels in-

The Castle of Chaos hires a large cast every season to work in their haunted house, such as the above group who performed in 2018. (Photo provided by Castle of Chaos)

volve even more intense experiences. Given that level of interaction, the directing team looks for actors who keep the safety of both the guests and their fellow performers in mind. “We look for people who can be safe with it,” said Mike Harmon, a Castle of Chaos acting coach who runs classes on doing hands-on scares. “A lot of the stuff we do at level four can get dangerous unless you do it carefully.” For Justice, making sure no one gets hurt is far more important than being frightening. “In my mind, it doesn’t matter how scary it is,” he said. “If you get hurt, that’s all you’re going to remember.” Besides, the people who are selected to become scarers for the year will get a chance to hone their scaring ability. In addition to the hands-on classes, the haunted house offers other classes, dress rehearsals and an orientation meeting that allows them to get more in-depth with their roles. Some years, they even give them a chance to help each other master their roles. “We send other actors through the haunted house to give them a chance to practice,” said Drabik. In the end, the willingness to put in

that work is the biggest thing the directing team looks for during the auditions. “We look for enthusiasm,” she said. “If you come in with a passion for haunted houses, we’ll find a place for you.” l

The rooms in the haunted house are divided into different things, with killer hospitals (above) and murderous clowns both being a common theme. (Photo provided by Castle of Chaos)

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A spooky mix of plays, parties and races to put you in the Halloween spirit By Christy Jepson | christy@mycityjournals.com Halloween is just around the corner and there are plenty of activities for just about everybody. Besides the traditional fall events like corn mazes and pumpkin patches, here are some different Halloween activities going on in the Salt Lake Valley for “ghouls” and boys of all ages.

Halloween plays/performances

“Phantom” at Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy

Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit’s “Phantom” will be performed on the Young Living Centre Stage Sept. 23-Nov. 9. Even though it has some similarities of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera,” expect to see new characters and songs in this production. Audience members need to watch out for the massive chandelier that comes crashing to the floor. Ticket prices start at $48 for adults and $22 for youth 5-17. No children under 5 are permitted in the theater. For ticket information call 801-984-9000 or visit hct.org.

“Thriller” at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City

This year’s smash Halloween dance production will include favorite numbers such as “Dem Bones,” “Frankenstein,” and “Jason Jam,” plus other new surprises. “Thriller” is full of frights, laughs and scares that make you scream. This production will be performed at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City Oct. 14-26. Ticket prices are $35-$55. Visit https://odysseydance. com/shows/thriller/ for more information and discounts. This show is not for children under 8 or for the faint of heart.

“Adams Family Reunion: A series of FUNfortunate Events!” at the Desert Star in Murray

hidden in the audience in regular clothes which makes a fun, social and interactive evening for all adults. Ticket prices start at $59.95 (check for holiday pricing). Tickets include: a four-course dinner, the murder mystery entertainment, and a prize package for the top sleuth. Some mild content, loud noises, a brief blackout and adult humor will be present. For more information visit thedinnerdetective.com/salt-lake-city.

“The Addams Family” at Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy

Come watch all the creepy, kooky and loveable family members from the 1960’s TV show, “The Addams Family” on stage from now until Nov. 16. This Broadway show’s message is all about what defines a “normal” family and that we need to love all people despite our differences. Be on the lookout for some fun quirks and tricks throughout the show. Ticket prices are $36-$48 for adults and $18-$24 for youth The cast of Desert Star’s “Adams Family Reunion: A series of FUNfortunate Events!” (Photo courtesy Desert 5-17. Visit hct.org for more information or Star) call 801-984-9000. with prizes, free arts and crafts, a pumpkin Parties Races Monster Block Party at the Gallivan drop, live music and dance, and about 30 The Haunted Half Sugar House vendors. The Gallivan Center is located at Center in Salt Lake City Dress up in your costumes and get The 2019 Monster Block party will 239 S. Main Street. The event runs from 11 ready to run for your life at the Haunted be held at the Gallivan Center on Oct. 26. a.m. to 3 p.m. l Half on Oct. 19 at Sugar House Park. All This is a free daytime Halloween festival ages and abilities can either run the half with trick-or-treating, costume contests marathon, 5k or the Halloween half-mile. The Fear Factory Finish is there to give you Internet service has become essential for success. that end-of-the-race push which then rewards you with a festival full of food, conThat’s why we created Internet Essentials. Internet tests, music, games and spooky fun things. Internet service has become essential for success. EssentialsSM is truly affordable home Internet, training Registration fees from now until Oct. 17 are That’s why we created Internet Essentials. Internet $84.95 for the half, $36.95 for the 5k and SM and computers foraffordable income-qualified families.training $12.95 for the kids’ run. For registration is truly home internet, Essentials and information visit thehauntedhalf.com/ and computers for income-qualified families. races/salt-lake-city.

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New device stops a cold before it starts GPS maze tracking, pumpkin light show are new

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ew research shows you can stop a cold in its tracks if you take one simple step with a new device when you first feel a cold coming on. Colds start when cold viruses get in your nose. Viruses multiply fast. If you don’t stop them early, they spread in your airways and cause misery. But scientists have found a quick way to kill a virus. Touch it New research: Copper stops colds if used early. with copper. Researchers at labs and universities agree, copper is “antimi- on travel days for 2 months. “Sixteen crobial.” It kills microbes, such as viruses flights and not a sniffle!” she exclaimed. and bacteria, just by touch. Businesswoman Rosaleen says when That’s why ancient Greeks and Egyp- people are sick around her she uses Coptians used copper to purify water and heal perZap morning and night. “It saved me wounds. They didn’t know about viruses last holidays,” she said. “The kids had and bacteria, but now we do. colds going round and round, but not Scientists say the high conductance of me.” copper disrupts the electrical balance in a Some users say it also helps with microbe cell destroying it in seconds. sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a Tests by the Environmental Protection 2-day sinus headache. When her CopperAgency show germs die fast on copper. Zap arrived, she tried it. “I am shocked!” Some hospitals tried copper for touch she said. “My head cleared, no more surfaces like faucets and doorknobs. This headache, no more congestion.” Some users say copper stops nightcut the spread of MRSA and other illnesstime stuffiness if used just before bed. es by over half, and saved lives. The strong scientific evidence gave One man said, “Best sleep I’ve had in inventor Doug Cornell an idea. When years.” Copper may even stop flu if used earhe felt a cold coming on he fashioned a smooth copper probe and rubbed it gently ly and for several days. Lab technicians placed 25 million live flu viruses on a in his nose for 60 seconds. “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold CopperZap. No viruses were found alive went away completely.” It worked again soon after. People have used it on cold sores and every time he felt a cold coming on and say it can completely prevent outbreaks. he hasn’t had a cold since. The handle is curved and finely texHe asked relatives and friends to try it. They said it worked so he patented Cop- tured to improve contact. It kills germs picked up on fingers and hands to protect perZap™ and put it on the market. Soon hundreds of people had tried it you and your family. Copper even kills deadly germs that and given feedback. Nearly 100% said the copper stops colds if used within 3 have become resistant to antibiotics. If hours after the first sign. Even up to 2 you are near sick people, a moment of days, if they still get the cold it is milder handling it may keep serious infection away. It may even save a life. than usual and they feel better. The EPA says copper still works even Users wrote things like, “It stopped my cold right away,” and “Is it supposed when tarnished. It kills hundreds of different disease germs so it can prevent seto work that fast?” Pat McAllister, age 70, received one rious or even fatal illness. CopperZap is made in the U.S. of pure as a gift and called it “one of the best presents ever. This little jewel really copper. It has a 90-day full money back works.” Now thousands of users have guarantee when used as directed to stop a cold. It is $69.95. Get $10 off each Copsimply stopped getting colds. People often use CopperZap preven- perZap with code UTCJ6 . Go to www.CopperZap.com or call tively. Frequent flier Karen Gauci used to get colds after crowded flights. Though toll-free 1-888-411-6114. Buy once, use forever. skeptical, she tried it several times a day Advertorial

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innovations at Crazy Corn Maze By Jordan Hafford | j.hafford@mycityjournals.com

A view of the main corn field maze at Crazy Corn Maze in West Jordan. (Jordan Hafford/City Journals) Inset: The 2019 corn maze design at Crazy Corn Maze in West Jordan. (thecrazycornmaze.com)

After 21 years of fall festivities, West Jordan’s Crazy Corn Maze has decided to give the business a complete makeover for the 2019 season.

Launching themselves into the modern age of technology, the business is now utilizing smart technology this Halloween to add even more fun to their attraction. “This year we will have a new GPS smart phone map so you can track yourself as you find your way through the maze,” said Crazy Corn Maze owner Julianna Maynard. “We are also adding a smart phone trivia game.” The Crazy Corn Maze first opened in 1998, 21 years ago, as a simple corn maze near Salt Lake Community College in Taylorsville. Two years later, it moved to their current location, 8800 S. 4000 West in West Jordan. Crazy Corn Maze has grown into a unique Halloween venue throughout this time, in that their multiple, custom-made attractions appeal to a wide demographic — this year more than ever. While there is still the option to walk through the classic, family friendly 8-acre maze with no “haunts” or spooks, the adrenaline junkies will be roaming what is called the Night Stalkers Haunted Trail. In 2016, the business began renovating the haunted trail, and the Night Stalkers Haunted Trail was officially born as a separate attraction within Crazy Corn Maze. “Each year we have put tremendous effort into making this one of the top haunt-

ed attractions,” Maynard said. “In 2017 and 2018 we were voted the No. 1 haunted attraction in Utah by utahhauntedhouses. com.” The Night Stalkers Haunted Trail stands out as an interactive entertaining experience for thrill seekers and more adult attendees. There are four terrifying sections of the trail: Creatures of the Corn; Phobia: What are you afraid of?; 3D Slumber: Pleasant screams; and Horror Show. Among the multiple attractions at Crazy Corn Maze, there is also a playground for small children that includes a corn pit, a straw mountain with slides and games, as well as Mayble’s 3D Funhouse which is a not-so-scary junior attendee interactive haunted house. Also debuting this year, Crazy Corn Maze is set to dazzle their audience with a Fright Lights attraction, a magical pumpkin patch light show. Patrons will walk through the lighted pumpkin patch and be given a pumpkin of their own to take home. “We hope patrons come away wondering how on earth we do what we do, as well as being scared in a fun and sometimes humorous way,” Maynard said. “Whether you like a fun family fall tradition, or want to be scared out of your mind, we aim to provide an exceptional seasonal entertainment experience.” The maze opens Sept. 27 and runs through Nov. 2. It is open Monday-Thursday 6-10 p.m, Friday 6-11:30 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 11:30 p.m. l

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‘Midvale City Rocks’ project adds small tokens of beauty to urban landscape By Sarah Morton Taggart | s.taggart@mycityjournals.com

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Around 40 Midvale residents painted inspirational messages and images on small rocks during the recent Harvest Days Festival. (Photo courtesy Laura Magness)

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indness has come to Midvale in a new form: rocks. “The premise is simple: paint rocks and leave them for people to find in hopes that it will brighten their day,” said Laura

Magness. She started the “Midvale City Rocks” project during the recent Harvest Days Festival. Amanda Muñiz and her kids recently found some of the special rocks. “I thought they bright-

ened up the school grounds and reminded me of childhood innocence and play,” said Muñiz in response to a Facebook post. “It made my kids really happy to find them also.”

Anyone who finds or paints a rock is encouraged to share a photo on social media with the hashtag #MidvaleCityRocks or join the Midvale City Rocks Facebook group. l

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Desert Star’s latest parody takes on the famous, freaky Addams Family, with a Utah cultural twist. This zany parody opens August 29th and it’s a hilarious musical melodrama for the whole family you don’t want to miss! This show, written by Ben Millet, with a 2019 adaptation and direction by Scott Holman, follows the story of the monstrous Adams Clan, as they attempt to outwit a greedy oil baroness, Mrs. Measley, who is intent on destroying their home to get at the oil underneath. The colorful characters include the wacky inventor, Groucho, his adoringly morbid wife, Cruella, and a wisecracking, disembodied head named, Bob. When the evil Mrs. Measley sends her son, Horace, undercover to spy on the Adams, he falls head over heels in love with their Frankstein-esque daughter, Dementia. Things get even more complicated when Horace’s overbearing fiancé, Heather, learns of their love and, vowing revenge, teams up with Mrs. Measley. Will Horace and Dementia find reanimated romance together? Will the Adams be able to keep their happy, haunted home? Comedy, romance, and adventure are all on the docket for this delightful send up of the beloved franchise, as well as topical humor, torn from today’s headlines.

“Adams Family Reunion: A Series of FUNfortunate Events!”

“Adams Family Reunion: A Series of FUNfortunate Events!” runs Aug 29th through Nov 9th, 2019. The evening also includes one of Desert Star’s side-splitting musical olios, following the show. The “Spooktacular Olio” features hit songs and musical steps that are catchy enough to raise the dead, mixed with more of Desert Star’s signature comedy.

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Game aimed to motivate Copperview, East Midvale students to eat more veggies By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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his fall, Copperview and East Midvale students will take part in a nine-week game where they watch videos at lunch to increase their intake of fruits and vegetables. Rewind. The videos help increase their consumption of healthy foods? Utah State University Profession of Nutrition Heidi Wengreen said that in the seven elementary schools in Logan and Cache school districts who have piloted the program, the amount of fruits and vegetables have significantly increased. “Students in those schools have doubled their intake of vegetables during the period of study,” she said, adding that the increased level has stayed above the baseline data that was taken before the program began. “If we leave it to the kids, 70% of kids choose to not eat any vegetables over multiple days. With the program, we hope that students will find some they like.” Fast forward. How does it work? Already, program coordinators hired by USU are at each school and are collecting data of how many vegetables are going uneaten. “As part of the national school lunch program, each lunch has to have a fruit or vegetable on their tray. However, that’s the issue. You can provide them, but you can’t force the students to eat them. So, if they’re provided and not eaten, then they’re wasted,” Wengreen said. From there, a sliding scale will be created with the approach to have student increase their intake “a little bit” each day, she said. After the initial data, students can watch a two-minute science-fiction story in the cafeteria as they eat lunch. They will see the heroes of the story, the FITS, attempt to find and capture the villainous VATS or vegetable annihilation team, who are trying to destroy vegetation in the fictional universe. The episode will loop during the lunch period so stu-

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dents can see it multiple times if they are in line for their food. “As kids eat more vegetables each day, they will see the FITS use special powers when they eat special vegetables so they can capture the VATS. Each day they meet their vegetable intake, they can watch another episode of the story,” Wengreen said. “When students buy into it, the FITS influence the school so it’s cool to eat vegetables.” However, if the school doesn’t meet the goal, they have a message from the FITS that asks them to eat more vegetables. “We target vegetables as it’s harder for kids to try and eat. Fruit usually comes along with the vegetables,” she said. “It’s a motivation for them to try the vegetables and see if it will help them to create a life-long change to healthy eating.” As a result of eating healthier, students are less at risk for being overweight, suffering from obesity and chronic disease. Pause. Why were these two schools selected to pilot the program? Since Wengreen and USU Behavior Economics Professor Greg Madden created the program about five years ago, it has gone through several modifications during each pilot test. However, this is the first time the FIT Game has extended to schools outside of Cache and Logan school districts. “We chose these schools because they have more diverse populations, and we’d like this program to extend to schools all over the country so we need to make sure its inviting to all students,” she said. While the characters in the videos only speak English, Wengreen said that the comic book format makes it easy for students to follow the storyline. They also worked with video game producers and artists to create the characters so any kids can relate to them and be able to understand their goal. Wengreen said that they also are ana-

lyzing if the program needs to be longer than nine weeks—two weeks are used to collect baseline data and seven weeks are to encourage more vegetable consumption—as well as possibly adding a home component to the program. “Our research shows us that so far, this is helping kids make healthier food choices and for us, the most efficient way to target kids is at schools, but we’re looking to see if we need to be more community and home based as well,” she said. Play. In mid-September, Copperview began the seven weeks of the FIT program after collecting its baseline data. “We weigh our vegetables before and after lunch so we know how much fruits and vegetables the students’ intake,” said Jenna Landward, Copperview community school facilitator. Landward said that day, students could choose from broccoli and cooked carrots as well as grapes, cranberries and applesauce. They needed to take at least one fruit and one vegetable, but could take more if they liked. For those who were served cooked carrots, Landward said only about 1/3 of them were consumed. “In general, kids waste food. Not every kid eats a solid meal, but education is important and we want to encourage them to eat fruit and vegetables,” she said. In October, East Midvale students will have the opportunity to watch the FIT Game videos, said Shelley McCall, East Midvale community school facilitator. “With our demographics, we want to encourage our students to start with healthy habits now and establish that pattern so they maintain them,” she said. Nutrition manager Joanna Hougland and her staff offer a variety of produce for students on a given day— cantaloupe, ba-

nanas, cucumbers, apple slices, pineapple, honeydew—and “make it look colorful and appealing.” However, she realizes that doesn’t always mean students are eating them. “Often kids will get wrapped up talking and the majority will only take one bite,” she said. “This program is designed to be a fun way to encourage them to eat more.” Principal Matt Nelson agrees. “So much food is thrown away, so this may motivate kids to try new things, expand their horizons, so they will feel better and have more energy if they eat a healthier lunch,” he said. “It will be fun and add a different element to our student body. Together, we can be aware of food wasted and have a goal to eat more fruits and vegetables.” l

Copperview and East Midvale Elementary school children will take part in Utah State University’s FIT Game, which focuses on an increase of healthy eating. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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More information about Midvale’s history now online By Sarah Morton Taggart | s.taggart@mycityjournals.com

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armland is being turned into housing developments. The roads need to be widened to improve bumper-to-bumper traffic. These issues affect Midvale today, but they were also making headlines back in the 1950s. Since August, anyone can access the definitive text on Midvale history: “Midvale Utah History 1851-1979” by Maurine C. Jensen. Full issues of the Midvale Journal Sentinel from 1925 through 1988 are also now accessible online. The issues have gradually been made available online over the past few years. “For me, the history is really about the people,” said Andy Pazell, a Midvale native and volunteer at the Midvale History Museum. A person from Midvale’s history that stands out to Pazell is Howard E. Phelps. “He was one of the first leaders in the community and instrumental in the naming of Midvale,” Pazell said. “He was a local businessman and a big backer of baseball. The Phelps family had a business license on Main Street for well over 100 years.” Paper copies of the history book are available for $10 at the Midvale History Museum. “I found two copies last week at a yard sale last week and bought them for the museum,” Pazell said. If you can’t get to the mu-

seum, used editions of the hardcover history book can cost as much as $75. Now anyone with a computer and internet connection can access information about Midvale’s history for free. And the information is easy to search, thanks to the scanning technology at the University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library, which hosts the online collections. For example, finding a birth, marriage or death announcement in the Midvale newspaper simply requires typing a name in a box. “I found some information on my wife’s family friend,” said Bill Miller, director of the Midvale History Museum. The friend had lost his thumb at some point, but the family didn’t like to talk about it. “I actually found out what happened by reading the newspaper.” The digitized history book is also searchable, but someone looking for information on a specific individual or family will find the new index particularly helpful. “Two years ago I was asked to give remarks on a former mayor and police chief,” said Robert Hale, the current mayor of Midvale. “I was told he was probably mentioned in the Midvale history book, but no one knew where in the (more than) 300-page book. I had to muscle through the whole book. I

vowed that would not happen again. I started immediately to create the index.” The index includes every individual mentioned in the book and which page or pages they appear on. The individuals are listed in alphabetical order by last name. It took Hale about a year to complete the index. “I am now halfway through the 400page ‘A Union, Utah History’ book doing the same project,” Hale said. The Midvale history book and its index can be found on the Marriott Library website here: https://collections.lib.utah. edu/search?facet_setname_s=uu_mm. The Midvale Journal Sentinel can be found here: https://digitalnewspapers.org/newspaper/?paper=Midvale%20Journal%20Sentinel. And the history museum hopes to make even more of its collection available online. “I can see some great changes coming,” Miller said. “We have some new board members, young ones. We’re going to see a big push as far as our digitization goes. And we could use the community’s help.” The museum is always looking for donations of items related to Midvale. “If your family has any photos or documents or histories, we’d love to have you share them with us,” Pazell said. “Doesn’t matter what kind,” added Mill-

er. “Videos, films, slides, negatives, even audio cassette. We have the capability of saving anything anyone can give us.” l

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Hillcrest High theatre to pilot Disney’s Marvel as one of three fall shows By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

In mid-September, Hillcrest High students rehearse for the upcoming high school Shakespearean competition. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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he Walt Disney Company called Hillcrest High theatre director Josh Long last spring, asking for the school to pilot two of their new Marvel one-act plays. “When Disney calls, you don’t say no,” he said, about scheduling the show before Nov. 1, in amongst students rehearsing for the annual high school Shakespearean competition and their fall musical, “42nd Street.” “This is a great opportunity.” Disney’s two one-acts will be performed at 7 p.m., Oct. 24-26 in the school’s auditorium, 7350 S. 900 East. Tickets are $8 and along with season tickets, will go on sale Tuesday, Oct. 1. Long will direct “Peter Parker & the Boy Who Flew” while guest director Julie Ahlander, who assisted with last season’s production of “Copperfield,” will direct “Mirror of Most Value.” “We applied to Disney to be a pilot school three or four years ago,” he said. “The Marvel plays we’re doing are cool. There are multiple one-acts addressing modern issues for teenagers using Marvel characters. The ones we are performing are Spiderman, who addresses teen suicide, and Miss Marvel, who talks about how ordinary kids are superheroes, but sometimes, don’t see it in themselves because they aren’t funky, crazy people with radioactive material.” Long said he has talked to the school’s Hope Squad about holding a post-production discussion about the warning signs of teen depression, anxiety and suicide. The school’s Hope Squad are students who identify peers needing assistance and encourage them to seek help from adults. After the production, Long and the cast, which are 34 members in the productions company as well as the stage crew, will give

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Disney feedback about their one-acts. To make the extra performance work, the cast of “42nd Street” will rehearse for two weeks in the gym while sets are being prepared on stage and final dress rehearsals will take place before the Marvel performances. He said that is when the team of directors will be beneficial. Long is directing “42nd Street,” but Chelsea Lujan will choreograph dance, RaNae Dalgleish will be the vocal director and Austin Hilla will direct the orchestra. In addition, Giselle Gremmert directs stage crew and Michelle Abbott is the costumer. “42nd Street” will be performed at 7 p.m., Nov. 21-23, and again Nov. 25. Tickets range from $8-10. “We want to have a celebration of performing art and the joy it brings to lives, that’s why we picked ‘42nd Street,’” Long said. “It’s going to be big, flashy and fun.’ He said there are 225 students involved — 180 performers, 25 stage crew members and 20 playing in the pit. While auditions were held in late August, many students dedicated their summer to taking tap dance lessons to prepare, he said. This month, Hillcrest students hope to defend their first-place ensemble and Tech Olympic titles with a repeat sweepstakes title at the annual high school Shakespeare competition. It will be Oct. 3-5 in Cedar City. “Our ensemble piece will be about sexual assault,” he said about the piece he wrote, with students finishing it, using Shakespeare’s words from “Measure for Measure,” “Two Gentlemen from Verona,” and “The Rape of Lucrece.” Long said he consulted administrators, teachers, counselors and survivors of sexual assault, before approaching the subject. A free performance of the Shakespeare team’s performances will be at 7 p.m., Oct. 7 in the school auditorium. Hillcrest also will return to present in Spanish a scene from “Sir Thomas More” addressing immigration as well as others performing scenes, monologues and a dance duet. Before school began, Long and about 45 students traveled to New York in a nonschool trip where they took in eight Broadway shows and several workshops that helped students prepare for the season. “It was so diverse, so great,” Long said. “The kids learned a ton and we had some great discussions.” They also visited New York Public Library for the Performing Arts where they viewed the original 1975 production of “A Chorus Line,” which they plan to present along with “Merrily We Roll Along” and “Richard II” as their spring productions.l

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