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THE LASTING IMPACT OF CAZZIE BROWN By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com


he Hillcrest High School football team had just finished practice when senior McKay Ashby recalled how his head coach, Cazzie Brown, took some of the big linemen out to his truck. Some of them didn’t have the money to go shopping for clothes so Brown had brought a large sack of clothes, shoes and whatever else they needed “and just gave it to them.” “(Brown) said, ‘Here you guys go, take all that you want and gave them this big smile and got in his truck and drove away,’” Ashby remembered. “That’s just the kind of guy he was, always serving all of us.” Ashby’s memory was one of hundreds, if not thousands, shared by those who felt the impact of Cazzie Brown in their lives. Brown, the Huskies football coach, died on Aug. 27 from what a family spokesperson said was the West Nile virus. The weeks that ensued after his death saw a community unite and honor the beloved coach and the legacy he left behind. The early years Born in El Paso, Texas, but raised in Houston, Brown was a three-time state champion wrestler in high school, said close friend Donnell McLean at Brown’s funeral. McLean and Brown were teammates at Idaho State where Brown received a Cazzie Brown (center) dances with some Hillcrest High students around the school’s 2016 homecoming. (Sara Diggins/Hillcrest High School) scholarship to play defensive line. Before earning such a scholarship though, he had a high school coach by the name of Benjamin Coach Brown Brown stopped what he was doing, asked Davis for his father’s Gordon who would drive Brown to school every day. Having a coach in high school leave such an enduring im- phone number and called him while standing in front of Davis. “(Cazzie) was what you would call a knucklehead growing pression, it makes sense Brown would continue that legacy. He told Davis’s dad that his son was late to practice again up,” McLean said. He added Brown knew if he were to get out of Brown helped coach girls basketball with Jeremy Chatter- and Davis isn’t bigger than the team. He concluded by saying that Houston, it would be through sports. ton at both Judge Memorial and Highland High School. He also if Davis doesn’t get his act together, he’d be turning in his pads. “He also realized that in sport, he found people, coaches, helped coach the Rams football team too before taking the head Davis was never late again. Olsen echoed Davis when he said teachers who saw something in him that he didn’t see in himself,” coaching position at Hillcrest. He also taught physical education Brown was a “game changer.” McLean said. at The McGillis School. “This was the impact Coach Brown had not only on his playHillcrest Principal, Gregory Leavitt, said Brown told him Chatterton recalled a moment at Highland where a girl was ers, but hundreds of students here at Hillcrest. Even if they were Gordon was one reason he became the man he did. elbowed in the eye during a game. She kept complaining about it only small interactions, this was his gift,” Olsen said. “(Gordon) made sure he attended school, made sure he did and when Brown pulled her out to ask what was wrong she said Hillcrest High his best in school, got him into college (and) made sure he got her eye was hurting. On Jan. 13, 2016, Brown was hired as head coach of the Hillthe opportunity to make something out of his life,” Leavitt said “How many eyes do you have?” was his response. “There are crest football team. at a candlelight vigil held in Brown’s honor. “Cazzie never saw people in this world who don’t get to see like you, so let’s use that “His presence alone, changed Hillcrest,” Olsen said. himself as a victim as a kid. He had a hard road, he had a hard life, one good eye you have and go play.” A candlelight vigil was held on Hillcrest’s football field the but he made the best of it.” Chatterton said Brown wouldn’t let you feel sorry for your- day after Brown’s death. Brody Roemmich, a junior football playFor McLean, whether it was their found friendship at Idaho self. “There was no pouting, no hanging your head, it was let’s er, said Brown would always text or call him after each game or State through finishing last in conditioning drills or Brown staring solve your problem and move forward. He was always there with practice. Roemmich played one of his voicemails of Brown sayat McLean in disbelief as he danced to a Sugar Ray song at a col- you to push you and lend you a hand.” ing, “Just checking to see how you’re doing.” lege party, Brown was an instrumental figure in his life. Hillcrest Athletic Director John Olsen recalled a memory “He always wanted to show love for anybody and every“I appreciate you for teaching me that friendship is essential from former Husky football and basketball player Karris Davis. body,” Roemmich said. “He never, never was selfish.” to the soul,” McLean said at the funeral. Davis had shown up late to practice for the second time. Chatterton said Brown changed his life and pushed him to be Continued on Page 9...

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nion Middle is just a few months from reaching its quinquagenary — or what most folks call its golden birthday — and like many of its neighboring schools, Union is beginning to show its age. On the Nov. 7 ballot, Canyons Board of Education is asking voters to approve a $283 million, tax-rate-neutral bond to modernize and upgrade schools across Canyons School District. “Union is on the list of schools to be rebuilt if the bond initiative is approved by voters in November,” Principal Kelly Tauteoli said. “Union was built in 1968 and has not been reinforced to make it safe for children in the event of an earthquake.” In addition to safety, Tauteoli said students should have ideal setting for learning. Currently, the district is providing assistance in adjusting the temperature in its current buildings. “The district has been working with us to provide some relief for teachers and students in hot rooms. They have provided some swamp coolers and are looking at other temporary solutions. The new buildings the Canyons (School) District is building are climate controlled with a lot of natural light. These are the optimal conditions for classrooms. We want our students and teachers physically comfortable, so the focus can shift completely to learning,” she said. Nearby Midvalley Elementary is 60 years old, Hillcrest High is 55 years, Peruvian Park is 52 years and Brighton High is 48. These schools also are on the list to be torn down and rebuilt along with Edgemont Elementary or Bell View Elementary, if the bond passes, said Canyons spokesman Jeff Haney. “In June 2010, residents approved a $250 million tax-neutral bond that funded 13 major construction and renovation projects and we have kept our promise in improving those schools across Canyons District,” he said. “Now, we are asking taxpayers to approve this bond so we can continue our promise to upgrade more schools across our district.” The last of the 13 projects, the renovation of Indian Hills Middle, is underway and projected to be completed by the end of this current school year.

Canyons School District, which began with the 2009–10 school year, serves about 33,000 students in Alta, Cottonwood Heights, Draper, Midvale and Sandy’s 29 elementaries, eight middle schools and five traditional high schools as well as other locations for specialized programs. Haney said similar to homeowners borrowing money in the form of a mortgage, the school district borrows to finance the design, construction, expansion and renovation of school facilities. He said the general obligation bond is the form of the lowest possible interest rate and with Canyons’ financial record includes a AAA bond rating, which will guarantee the district the best available interest rate. “Taxes won’t go up,” he said. Along with the rebuilding of schools, which will cost about $257 million, a new elementary school at a cost of $20 million will be built in West Draper. Renovations that will cost $38.5 million will take part in Alta High, including a new auditorium and gymnasium. Additional classroom wings estimated at $4.5 million will be added at Corner Canyon High. Offices will be remodeled at a cost of $2.7 million at Brookwood, Granite, Oakdale, Park Lake, Silver Mesa and Sunrise elementaries. And natural lighting, which will cost $3.1 million, will be added to 18 elementary schools across the district boundaries. Haney also said the cost of the buildings will be augmented with ongoing capital facility money. The projects were based on a list compiled by architects in 2010, which addressed $650 million for improving facilities, he added. “These buildings are about kids. They spend a significant part of their days in schools so we want them to be safe, welcoming, well lit, clean, high-tech buildings across all parts of the district so every community in Canyons School District can benefit,” Haney said. Since Aug. 22 when Canyons Board of Education approved the plan to propose the bond, Canyons officials have met with neighbors, city councils and other leaders to answer questions about the proposal. At Ridgecrest Elementary’s 50th birthday bash, Superintendent Jim Briscoe passed fliers to attendees explaining the projects involved in the

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bond proposal. “I expect that these buildings will last longer than the previous schools, as we have improved architecture and engineering designing and updated maintenance,” he said. “I think we always will see a need for wireless (internet). We’re looking at the best investment for our buildings and our students, who are our future.” Briscoe also applauded the board of education for making a “tough decision” in proposing a second bond. Board President Sherril H. Taylor said Canyons’ commitment to its promise speaks for itself. “While we think our track record speaks for itself, we reiterate our pledge to provide modern and safe schools for our community while also serving as conscientious stewards of taxpayer dollars,” he said. “We have built so much momentum since our patrons graciously supported our previous facility-improvement plan, and we have great hopes the community will continue to work with us in our efforts to build up Canyons together.” l

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Local youth transform the world


bout one year ago, a team of then sixth-graders met with a wildlife biologist at Salt Lake City International Airport wanting to see how they could help. “I wasn’t sure what they were wanting to look at, but they were interested in seeing what we do,” said USDA Wildlife Biologist Bobby Boswell. “I showed them around, told them about our problems and issues at the airport concerning birds. A bit later, they came out with a prototype of a bird scare device. It was simple — a fan screwed to wood powered by a motor.” Since last fall, the team, nicknamed Bionic Porcupines 2.0, spent several months updating and altering the bird scare device now known across the country as the Bionic Scarecrow. It’s now housed in a tool box that uses a car battery and marine fan to power a wind sock sewn of rip-stop nylon as a small, portable, environmentally friendly and effective way to scare away birds nesting around airports. While working with Boswell, the team learned more about bird strikes, popularized through the “Miracle on the Hudson” when a pilot safely landed a plane on the Hudson River in 2009 after a bird strike took out the plane’s engines. The issue came to the forefront again this year with the movie, “Sully,” based on that bird strike. “We discovered that the problem was larger than we realized at first because many airports are located on the birds’ migratory routes and habitats,” Abigail Slama-Catron said, who is a seventh-grader at Midvale Middle School with teammate Eric Snaufer. “We’re wanting to share our Bionic Scarecrows because they save lives — both the people’s and the birds.” Salt Lake City International Airport At Salt Lake International, that means swallows nesting in culverts and geese and ducks landing on the nearby abandoned golf course and munching on grasshoppers in the fields, Boswell said. “I didn’t know if a small version would work to keep away the birds, but we tested the Scarecrow in January. We had dispersed geese (by other methods) for 21 days prior, but for seven days when we tested it, the Scarecrow kept birds away without us having to do any other method,” he said. Since then, the airport staff has been using three Scarecrows the team has provided to effectively and efficiently scare birds from nesting or landing near the airport, ultimately reducing the number of possible bird strikes which could endanger birds and humans, Boswell said. “It has saved us up to 30 minutes nine times every day to leave the airfield and drive to the golf course to use pyrotechnics to scare away birds. We’re able to constantly scare the birds away during the day with the Scarecrow and we’re able to do our work elsewhere,” he said. “I’ve learned to never underestimate anybody of any age. When they came, I didn’t know I’d be spending the last 11 months with them, but I’ve embraced every minute of it.” Seventh-grader Allison Drennan, who attends Beehive Science and Technology Academy with teammate Timothy Holt, said the team has built several Scarecrows and want to share them with more airports. “We not only identified a need, but we created an answer — and it works,” she said. North America Bird Strike Committee Conference, Dallas With an invitation to speak and demonstrate the Scarecrow, the team has been able to share the project with other airport officials. On Aug. 24, they spoke at the North America Bird Strike Committee Conference in Dallas and shared their device to about 300 wildlife and aviation specialists. “It was a very cool thing to do and we were able to expand our knowledge and connections,” Eric said. After presenting their device and explaining how it had been tested for eight months, they demonstrated it at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport. Dallas Fort-Worth International Airport Wildlife Administrator Cathy Boyles said that the conference rotates through different airports so wildlife staffs can get hands-on learning and see the best practices demonstrated. At Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, progress has been

By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com made in reducing strikes of pigeons, the No. 1 bird that causes damage to airplanes in the area after eliminating certain vegetation when a botanist discovered that a certain kind of seed was attracting both pigeons and mourning doves. While pyrotechnics, changing vegetation and even introducing a programmed robotic bird are methods wildlife staff use or explore, Boyles said she supports all ideas brought to wildlife staffs in an effort to reduce bird strikes. “It’s the first time we’ve had kids take notice and want to help find an answer,” she said. “It’s very cool.” USDA Science Adviser Richard Dolbeer said that through various methods, bird strikes have been reduced. “The number of bird strikes causing damage has gone down from about 500 The team demonstrated the Bionic Scarecrow before the Utah State Board of Education in September. (Julie nationwide in 2000 to 350 in 2015,” Slama/City Journals) he said, adding that it’s typically larger “But it will really pay off when the Scarecrows are out in the airport birds that cause the most damage. What the Bionic Porcupines discovered, through a recent helping people.” Midvale Cornell University study, Eric said, was that random motion scares The Bionic Porcupines 2.0 returned to school in Utah and are away birds. Dolbeer said that the team of 12-year-olds used that continuing to spread the word about their device. On Sept. 5, they knowledge along with answering the needs of their airport staff to shared their project with Midvale Mayor JoAnn Seghini and the city introduce a method to effectively offer another solution. “What this group of young people did is really a neat thing. council. “This is absolutely amazing,” she said at the council meeting. They’ve introduced a practical method and learned the science “These kids have the get up and go. They were going to do it — and behind it. It shows their commitment and their practical application they did it.” is excellent,” he said. Then she told the team, “I’m so proud of you innovative The Bionic Scarecrow will save airport officials money on scientists.” current more expensive methods of scaring the birds as well as save Days later, on Sept. 8, they took the project to the State Board of airlines about $900 million per year in damaged planes, Timothy Education where they received a standing ovation. They also have said. “We have a provisional patent so we’re able to produce more been recognized at Beehive Academy of Science and Technology, Bionic Scarecrows to help stop bird strikes at other airports and Midvale Middle School, Sandy City Council and were slated to places around the world,” Timothy said, adding that the team can appear at Canyons Board of Education on Sept. 19. In February, the team took the prototype to the First Lego continue to make improvements and adjustments such as adding League state championships and won the most innovative project. solar chargers, motion sensors and remotes to work the device. The Bionic Scarecrow was named one of the top 60 most innovative Abigail said the experience was beneficial. “It was eye-opening to hear how others were trying to scare First Lego League projects in the world. In March, Abigail and Eric represented the team at the Salt Lake away birds and see their inventions. We explained our Bionic Valley Science and Engineering Fair where they won the elementary Scarecrow to all these leading officials and wildlife staff from North America, who genuinely were interested in our innovative method. division mechanical engineering category as well as special awards Now, many of them want to try it out at their airports,” Abigail said. from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Presidential Environmental Education Award, Washington, Utah Department of Transportation. In April, Abigail’s film on the project won the best middle school D.C. A few days later, on Aug. 28, the Bionic Porcupines 2.0 were documentary at the 8th Canyons Film Festival and she was invited to awarded the President’s Environmental Youth Award by the U.S. submit it for the Colorado Environmental Film Festival. On April 15, they were joined by Allison’s older sister, Katie, and were awarded Environmental Protection Agency. EPA Office of Public Engagement and Environmental Education the best prototype at the Utah High School Entrepreneur Challenge. In July, they presented the Bionic Scarecrow to about 400 EPA Chief of Staff Tom Brennan said he has not been aware of a project scientists and officials at the regional headquarters, receiving a similar to this in the past 20 years. “My first impression is that these students problem-solved to find standing ovation and positive feedback. This fall, the project also was among the top 300 science fair a device that could use effective engineering and put it into practical projects in the nation in the seventh annual Broadcom MASTERS, use that could dramatically reduce bird strikes,” Brennan said. “This could really save lives. When we look at students’ projects, we look the nation’s most prestigious science, technology, engineering and math competition for middle school students. for creativity and problem-solving and this fits both.” “It’s great to be recognized for our hard work, but what meant EPA Acting Deputy Administrator Mike Flynn said that the the most was when we went to the airport to see our project actually students really struck a chord in the depth of their project and the way they were not only creative, but also communicated and created work,” Abigail said. “We are making a difference in the world.” The team’s accomplishments took their coaches Mark Snaufer the partnership. and Ben Holt by surprise. “The students were thinking outside the box and found new and “The team of 12-year-olds continuously surprised me when different ways to approach environmental problems,” he said. they’ve been given the chance to show the depth of expertise and Eric said that the honor is significant. “It’s a really big honor and our team has worked hard,” he said. knowledge they have,” Holt said. l

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Libraries promote science through solar eclipse events By Ruth Hendricks | Ruth.H@mycityjournals.com


any residents used the Aug. 21 solar eclipse to increase or enhance their knowledge of science. Salt Lake County libraries throughout the valley hosted eclipse-viewing parties from 10 a.m. until past noon. The eclipse reached maximum coverage at 11:33 a.m. While Salt Lake county residents were not in the zone to see the total eclipse, the viewpoint here was 92 percent at fullest coverage. “People were lined up at the doors of many branches before the libraries even opened,” said Kelsy Thompson, public relations coordinator for the library. She reported that Sandy alone had about 700 people attend. “I’d say between all 18 of our branches, we easily had a few thousand patrons attend and partake in the festivities.” The library branches gave out 3,000 pairs of viewing glasses on eclipse day alone, and had been distributing them, as available, before the event as well. “For those patrons who couldn’t acquire glasses, many of the branches also created pinhole viewers and cardboard viewers with solar film for patrons to watch the eclipse. We also had a full schedule of branch events leading up to Aug. 21,” said Thompson. These events included talks about the solar system at the Taylorsville branch, related storytime readings at various branches, crafts at the Whitmore branch, rocket launchings at Bingham Creek and a Lunar Tunes/Looney Tunes cartoon marathon at Bingham Creek. Joakima Carr came to the West Jordan library viewing party with her son, 7-year-old Daisun, and daughter, 5-year-old Daiyana. Her baby, Dailuna, also came along to the party. Joakima laughed that several of her children had space-related names, one with “sun” and one with “luna.” Damon, the father, is a mechanical engineer and likes to promote science learning with the kids. “I want to be an astronaut. I want to go to Jupiter,” said Daisun. He explained how Jupiter was the largest planet, and he talked about the storms on Mars. Joakima had helped the kids build cardboard eclipse viewers. She had watched a video on YouTube to learn how to build them. Daisun was already learning about the phases of the moon in school. The family also recently watched the movie “The Martian” and had discussed living on Mars. The kids had used blocks at home to make stackable buildings and a satellite, inspired by the movie. Joakima said the family has also gone to visit a space museum and that the kids enjoy anything with a space theme. Retiree John Perry also came to the viewing party. Perry has been interested in space since



John Perry lets the public view the eclipse through his telescope. (Ruth Hendricks/City Journals)

the TV show “Star Trek” debuted. Perry came to the library grounds because there were no obstructions, and he could set up his telescope with a filter and camera attachment. He programmed the camera to take a photo every 40 seconds to document the movement of the moon across the sun. “It’s amazing to see the sun and moon both together at the same time,” he said. Attendees at the party expressed appreciation that Perry let them look through his telescope. Perry enjoys taking photos of celestial events. He took 268 images when Mercury crossed the sun. Mercury and Venus are closer to the sun than our planet, so when they cross in between the Earth and the sun it’s called a transit. Mercury’s last transit was May 9, 2016. Information from the county library website shows that the 2017 Great American Eclipse united most of the country in viewing it. CNN recently projected that about half the country (150 million people) watched some portion of the eclipse. This compares to 20 million people who watched the 2017 NBA Championship, and 111 million people who watched the Super Bowl this past February. l


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Avoid mosquito bites to prevent West Nile virus By Ruth Hendricks | Ruth.H@mycityjournals.com

The South Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement District building. (Lexi Peery/City Journals)


hat is the deadliest animal on earth? It claims more lives every year than sharks, snakes, dogs, crocodiles, lions, and humans combined. The answer is the tiny mosquito. Mosquito-borne diseases include malaria, yellow fever, dengue, West Nile virus, Zika virus and many more. West Nile virus is now found in most of the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The virus is most commonly spread to people by mosquito bites. In North America, cases of West Nile virus (WNV) occur during mosquito season, which starts in the summer and continues through fall. There are no vaccines to prevent or medications to treat WNV. Fortunately, most people infected with WNV do not have symptoms. About one in five people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms. Most people with this type of WNV recover completely, but can feel tired and weak for months. About 1 out of 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal illness. Sadly, one person who recently did not beat the odds was Hillcrest High School Coach Cazzie Brown, who died on Aug. 28 after a six-day battle with an infection that family members said was the West Nile virus. Many in the community mourned Brown’s loss. Midvale City Councilman Wayne Sharp is the chairman of the South Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement Board of Trustees. At a city council meeting on Aug. 1, Sharp commented on the fact that West Nile virus is a concern with mosquito bites, and had been found in the Salt Lake valley. “If water stands in your yard more than five days, it’s probably producing mosquitos. In five days mosquitos can hatch and be biting you,” said Sharp. He held up his glass of drinking water and said that less water than this can breed mosquitos. Utah was the third state in the nation to adopt mosquito control legislation in 1923. The South Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement District was organized as an independent local government district on June 7, 1952. It has a 15-member board of trustees comprised of representatives from each municipality within the district and a county at large person to oversee district operations. All operating funds come directly from property taxes paid by home and business owners within the district. The fee averages about $4.50 per year on a $250,000 home.

The Mosquito Abatement District’s (MAD) website, at sslvmad.org, features ways you can reduce your chance of getting mosquito bites. Foremost is by checking for stagnant water in your yard. Bird baths and other water features should be emptied or cleaned regularly to minimize mosquitoes in your yard. In addition, you should empty water from buckets, cans, pool covers, flower pots and other items. Throw away or cover up stored tires and other items that aren’t being used. Clean pet water bowls weekly. Check if rain gutters are clogged. If you store water outside or have a well, make sure it’s covered up. Another way to reduce your risk of WNV is by using insect repellant and wearing protective clothing. Apply insect repellent on exposed skin and clothing when you go outdoors. Use an EPA-registered insect repellent such as those containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Permethrin sprayed on clothing provides protection through several washes. Products with a higher percentage of DEET generally give longer protection. Don’t spray repellent on skin under clothing. If you are also using sunscreen, apply sunscreen first and insect repellent second. For more details on when and how to apply repellent, see www.cdc.gov/westnile. A frequent source of backyard mosquitoes is ornamental ponds. To combat this common source, the MAD has a team of technicians to help homeowners enjoy these water features without steady swarms of mosquitoes. In April, registered homeowners receive a letter notifying them when the season will begin and reminding them to prepare their pond. Ornamental pond owners have at least two options for controlling mosquitoes, including putting live mosquito fish that aggressively eat mosquito larvae in the pond, or using briquettes that prevent mosquito larvae from hatching into adult mosquitoes. MAD technicians will schedule an appointment to deliver fish or briquettes or drop them off at the homeowner’s door. “Mosquitoes continue to thrive in warm weather,” said Sharp. Taking these precautions can prevent the spread of serious diseases by the small but deadly culprit. l

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Copperview Elementary families welcomed back to school at carnival By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com

Several bounce slides were part of the festivities at the Copperview Elementary welcome back carnival. (Julie Slama/ City Journals)


izeth Flores was keeping track of her threeyear-old nephew while her niece, Yarizy Martinze who is in first grade at Copperview Elementary, was busy in the inflatable houses and slides at the school’s carnival. “We love the games and blow-up slides and houses at the carnival,” Flores said. “We come to all the activities — culture fair, holiday singing, Halloween parties, dance festival. The carnival is good as many families who attend school here are immigrants and don’t know everyone. So we can all come, have fun and get to know people.” Those reasons are why the carnival remains an annual event said Copperview Community School Facilitator Jenna Landward. “People come to have fun—to bring the family to Copperview and enjoy the night with the school community,” she said. “We took a survey and this is one of the top things they enjoy.” Principal Christie Webb said that it is an opportunity that can unite the school. “It’s just fun bringing the community together at the first of the year,” she said. Even with a sprinkle of rain that dampened the bouncy houses, families continued to arrive during the three-hour event. “The families are streaming in and having lots of fun,” said Shawn Walker, school assistant principal. Fourth-grader Marley Henderson, who is new to the school, met a friend at the carnival. “I raced one person (her new friend) on the obstacle course,” she said. “And got soaking wet. This is like a carnival, just without the roller coasters.”

Samantha Humes, who accompanied Marley, said that it gives them a chance to meet others. “It all gives the students so much fun—the rides and carnival games,” she said. Patrick Johnson watched as his first grader, Lucas, was trying to toss rings in a carnival game. “It’s been fun,” Johnson said. “We’re making our way across the entire circuit and then we’ll probably go back and do it again.” Families planned dinner at the carnival, purchasing items from snow cones and cotton candy to hot dogs. Also at the event was a chance for parents to register with the school Parent-Teacher Association. Prizes from video cameras to books were raffled off to those who registered. “We always like our parents to be involved in activities and they can receive an email of upcoming events where they could look to volunteer and give the commitment they can. It doesn’t have to be a huge commitment. If they can’t volunteer, we want them to know they’re still welcome to support our students,” Landward said. While she said that the carnival isn’t a fundraiser, Custom Events does donate 10 percent of its proceeds to Copperview. Copperview’s PTA organizes events such as Reflections; red and white ribbon weeks; teacher appreciation; math, reading and arts nights; as well as supplies prizes for the school reading program. “This carnival just fills up our front lawn, people eat dinner with each another and hang out. It’s a fun place to be and a great way to start the year,” Landward said. l

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Middle school students recognized by city council for bionic scarecrow device By Ruth Hendricks | Ruth.H@mycityjournals.com

Mayor JoAnn Seghini honors students Allison Drennan, Abigail Slama-Catron, Eric Snaufer, and their coaches. (Ruth Hendricks/City Journals)


t the Midvale city council meeting on Sept. 5, a group of students were recognized for a recent prestigious award they received for a device they created. The Bionic Porcupines 2.0, the name of the team of four 12-year-olds, won the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) President’s Environmental Youth Award for Region 8. The device the team invented, called a Bionic Scarecrow, is a cost-effective, portable air dancer to prevent birds from striking airplanes. The team demonstrated their device at the EPA Region 8 meeting on July 18 in Denver. Then the group headed to Washington, D.C. for an Aug. 28 national awards ceremony at EPA headquarters. Appearing before the city council were Abigail Slama-Catron, Eric Snaufer, and Allison Drennan. Team member Timothy Holt couldn’t make it to the meeting.

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Allison Drennan set the stage for the group’s presentation. “Picture this. It’s January 2009 and you and 154 other people are boarding a US Airways flight at LaGuardia Airport in New York to Seattle, Washington. About 3 minutes into the flight you hear a big bang and then silence.” Drennan then asked the audience to imagine the smell of burning fuel and then hearing the pilot announce, “Brace for impact.” The incident Drennan described is commonly referred to as the “Miracle on the Hudson” when a plane struck a flock of geese right after takeoff and consequently lost all engine power. Unable to reach any airport, pilots Chesley Sullenberger and Jeffrey Skiles glided the plane to a landing in the Hudson River. All 155 people aboard were rescued and there were few serious injuries.

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I’ve practically worn out my favorite walking shoes visiting the neighborhoods of our city over the past few months. And regardless of the result of our election, I will always feel blessed by the chance I have had to get to know you and to explore our City in the Middle of Everything. I also have enjoyed many community events, including the opening of the beautiful new Midvale Middle School. I, for one, am in favor of the tax-neutral request of Canyons School District to continue to improve and rebuild aging schools, including Midvale’s own Hillcrest High School. Remember, vote-by-mail ballots must be postmarked no later than Monday, November 6. However you vote, please vote! And as always, please do visit my web page at hale4midvale.com, follow my Facebook page (Robert Hale for Midvale Mayor) or contact me via email at hale4midvalemayor@gmail.com. I look forward to serving you as our city’s next mayor!

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Drennan said that not many people have encountered a bird strike, thanks to Bobby Boswell, a USDA airport wildlife biologist and other workers all over the world, striving to prevent bird strikes. “What we did in our team was to help make the wildlife staff’s job be more effective.” Next, Abigail Slama-Catron took over the presentation. “At the airport, all of the birds left the area as soon as we put our device on the field. In fact, Mr. Boswell put our bionic scarecrow in a field that had lots of birds.” She said that there were no birds in the field the whole time that the device was used. Slama-Catron described how the bionic scarecrow works. The device is powered by a battery which goes to a switch, to a marine fan, out through a tube and blows through a nylon sock. All of it is waterproof. Eric Snaufer then told the audience that there is a huge market for these devices. “We have started with 216 major airports as our target market, but it could be applied to many other fields, such as commercial buildings or farms. In fact, our design won a prestigious award at a high school level entrepreneurship challenge for best prototype.” Snaufer described the testing of the device by Boswell, which included over 200 hours in the field at Salt Lake International Airport with 100 percent success for every test. “Mr. Boswell has reported that it can scare birds away for up to 50 yards, depending on species. It has been floated on bodies of water with the use of a pontoon and has been tested on an abandoned golf course with resounding success,” said Snaufer. Snaufer then recognized their main coach. “I want to thank Mr. Boswell for all the work he did to make this project take flight. Thank you, Bobby, for your help. It was monumental.” Mayor JoAnn Seghini asked if the team had any customers yet. Snaufer said they recently went to an International Bird Strike conference. “It basically is a bunch of bird scaring devices and airports come and see all of them. We have gotten interest from multiple people, including in Dallas.” Snaufer said they have interest from quite a few airports, and some individuals but have not made a first sale yet. Drennan said they were still doing testing and plan to make some revisions to the device. “This wouldn’t have happened if you didn’t have parents who were helping you and you didn’t have excellent coaches,” said Seghini. “We’re so proud of you. Thank you again teachers, parents, but mostly the innovative scientists.” Council member Paul Hunt said, “Councilman Sperry and I were talking, and I’m an accountant and he’s an attorney, so if you need to hire us, just let us know. We could be working for the future leaders of America right now. Congratulations.” See the related article at http://www.midvalejournal. com/2017/07/25/150683/sixth-graders-get-standing-ovationfrom-epa-for-bird-scare-device l

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M idvalejournal.com a better version of himself. “Coach Brown’s presence changes everything, and everyone, and I mean everyone, wants to be near Coach Brown,” Chatterton said. “They want to be part of what he is doing because he ignites something in them that they didn’t know was there.” Green sticky notes dotted the walls of Hillcrest after Brown’s death. Many of which had written his motto for the Hillcrest football team, “One Pack, One Goal.” In the ensuing week after Brown’s death, Hillcrest held a candlelight vigil in his honor. The football team also played Highland High School, Brown’s previous school, and ate a pregame meal together the night before the game where former University of Utah football coach Ron McBride shared a message with the players. While the game ended with the Rams winning 31-6, the score played second fiddle to the tributes surrounding it. Hillcrest and Highland players walked out together holding hands. Both sets of coaches wore shirts with the initials CB and the phrase, “One Pack, One Goal,” on the front. The funeral was held the day after the game to cap off the emotional week. Chatterton said during the funeral he was proud to see the way Brown’s last team (team 55) represented themselves. “Having the opportunity to be your coach was something that Cazzie worked so hard for and he was so proud to call himself a Husky…I know his legacy and message will live on through you and all the other athletes he’s inspired,” Chatterton said. During the week, posterboards were placed along the wall near the entrance to the stadium where all those who were impacted by Brown could write what they learned from him. Other sports teams at Hillcrest displayed tributes as well with the cross country team putting CB on their calves. They also changed their pre-race chants to a variation of One Pack, One Goal. Cross Country head coach Scott Stucki wrote on the team’s running blog that Brown was supportive of every program at Hillcrest, even adjusting his practice schedule to accommodate cross country’s weight room needs.

The girls soccer team, who had a game the day after Brown’s death, held a unity circle with its opponent, Cyprus High, where they had a moment of silence and a cheer for the football team. Utah and beyond Hillcrest High students wore green to honor Brown the Monday after his passing. But they weren’t the only ones. Schools from around the district, state and country, expressed their support and condolences to Hillcrest and Brown’s family. Students from Alta, Judge, Highland, Olympus and others all wore green too. Tweets were sent out from high schools such as Cyprus, Provo, Jordan, Hunter, Woods Cross, Murray, Brighton and Westlake. University of Utah football also tweeted their condolences. Other high schools like West, Riverton, Bingham, West Jordan and Herriman signed posters that expressed their love for Hillcrest. “The love and support that we’ve gotten from everybody from around the state, around the country, different schools, we love and appreciate all of you guys,” said team captain Ezra Moeni during the candlelight vigil. Olsen said Leavitt received an email from South Houston High School, where Brown’s picture hangs in the high school’s athletic wall of honor. “The world may be a little darker having lost him, but it is much brighter that he was here,” Olsen read. That sentence proved consolingly appropriate considering what Chatterton said was a common phrase from Brown, “You can ignite many candles without diminishing your own flame.” Canyons District Foundation has set up college funds benefitting Brown’s three children (Bishop, Judge and Marlo) with Utah Educational Savings Plans in their names. “We’ve had such an outpouring of support from schools and school districts throughout Utah. As students, colleagues and friends mourn, many have asked if there’s anything they can do to support his three children in their educational goals,” said Canyons District Foundation Director Laura Brown on one of the dis-

The day after football coach Cazzie Brown’s death, a memorial and a candlelight vigil were set up in Brown’s honor. (Amelia Slama-Catron/Hillcrest High School)

trict’s Flickr albums. The foundation is accepting donations online at https://foundation.canyonsdistrict.org/index.php/donate. Olsen said Brown “was here for a reason, now it is our job to give our best and live up to the legacy that he left all of us.” l

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Midvale City Journal

Family Support Center receives $10,000 donation from national clothing chain T.J. Maxx By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

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Clinical Director Paul Ricks (pictured) painted this aquatic mural at the Family Support Center. (Carl Fauver)


hen T.J. Maxx opens a new clothing store in a city, the corporation has a custom of making a $10,000 donation to community service organizations. Generally, several different worthwhile causes receive a portion of the money. As the chain was preparing to open its newest store in Taylorsville (5670 South Redwood Road), company officials called the city offices for advice on what worthwhile charities should be considered for the donation. After speaking with the city’s public information officer Tiffany Janzen, T.J. Maxx chose to make the entire $10,000 donation to the Family Support Center. “I told them about all the good things the center does for families in crisis,” Janzen said at a recent city council meeting. “They provide a crisis nursery, along with reduced cost housing, counseling—just a lot of great things. The Family Support Center is an important resource and that’s just the first thing I thought of when (T.J. Maxx) called.” At that same city council meeting, Janzen received a “certificate of appreciation” from the Family Support Center, for touting their services to the clothing store chain. Taylorsville T.J. Maxx Store Manager Daniel Lacey is confident his company made the right choice. “We look for charities that help a lot of people, particularly lower-income residents,” Lacey said. “After doing a little research, we determined the Family Support Center was definitely at the top of our list. We’re pleased to make this connection so we can donate supplies, money and volunteer service in the future.” The Family Support Center (1760 West 4805 South) is celebrating its 40th anniversary this

year. It was launched in 1977 by the Utah Association of Therapists and the Junior League of Salt Lake City. Soon after, the center opened crisis nurseries in Sugar House and Midvale. Years later (in 2008), a third center opened in West Valley City. It remains open 24 hours a day. “We have children there every single night,” Family Support Center Executive Director Jeff Bird said. “And occasionally, if it gets to full, we have to call out staff in the middle of the night to open another center for overnight needs.” About half of the 3,000 people the support center serves each year are parents dropping their kids at a crisis nursery. “It’s a place for parents to leave their children for a few hours—or even all day—if they need to go to work, get to an important appointment, or if they just need a break from their kids for a little while,” said Family Support Development Director Barbara Stallone. “There are limits to how many times a parent can use the service. So it should only be used in a crisis.” There is not a crisis nursery at the Family Support Center’s Taylorsville location. That site is their administrative headquarters and also provides mental health counseling. While parents are in session they can leave their children in a waiting area that features lots of stuffed animals and toys. The area comes complete with a large under the sea mural, painted by the center’s clinical director, Paul Ricks. “We have committed, well-trained therapists who are willing to work for less money than they would earn almost anywhere else,” Ricks said. “We normally serve people who simply don’t have the resources to turn anywhere else. Our therapists help them make sense out of life.”

The T.J. Maxx donation was earmarked specifically for yet another service the Family Support Center provides: family mentoring. “We send paraprofessionals into people’s homes—once a week, for up to 10 weeks—to teach parenting skills,” Stallone added. “That (T.J Maxx) donation will pay for the workbooks, games and other materials our mentors leave with the families. It’s all designed to assist people in coping with parenting challenges, to help prevent child abuse.” In addition to these services, the Family Support Center also operates a homeless and low-income facility in Midvale. “Our Life Start Village has 54 units; many of them filled with single-parent families,” Bird said. “We provide food donations and assist with addiction recovery.” About 65 employees work for the 501c3 nonprofit Family Support Center; only a third of them are full time. The center’s annual budget is just under $2 million, funded primarily through the federal Department of Child and Family Services, along with local foundation grants and individual donations. Unified Fire Authority Assistant Chief Jay Ziolkowski is proud to serve the Family Support Center as the vice chairman of its board of directors. “The thing that impresses me the most is, we all have ups and downs in life and sometimes desperately need a place to turn,” he said. “The Family Support Center has the resources necessary to help people get through those down times.” Anyone interested in supporting the Family Support Center should call 801-955-9110. l

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As I See It


By Mayor JoAnn B. Seghini

We need to support the Canyons District’s proposal to bond for $283 million to build and renovate schools. How exciting would it be for our students to attend a new Hillcrest High? What a thrill it would be for children to attend a new Union Middle or Midvalley Elementary! Those are three schools that would be rebuilt if the public approves the District’s tax-rate-neutral proposal on Election Day. The first school year of Canyons School District was 2009. Jordan School District began in 1905. The first school year of Jordan District began in 1905-1906. The Jordan District provided for the education of students in the south valley and in Bingham Canyon. The goal for this district was to provide elementary schools and junior high schools in local communities and to provide two high schools. One high school, Jordan High School, provided education for all of the high school students in the south valley area and Bingham High School in Copperton provided education for all of the students living in communities in Bingham Canyon. As communities grew, Jordan District built schools to serve students living in each of the south valley communities. Some schools were replaced and as student growth continued more building was needed. The growth made it necessary to evaluate the growing population of students. Kennecott Copper closed Bingham Canyon which displaced students living in the Bingham Canyon and in Lark while older, small schools were in communities that had begun to grow. The growth outpaced the money and needs for educational programs in Jordan District. New schools were being built on the west side of the valley. Small communities were finding that many families wanted to move into these communities. An example of this explosive growth can be seen in Riverton, Herriman, South Jordan, and West Jordan. This growth made it impossible to meet the needs of cities east of the Jordan River. Schools on the eastside of the Jordan River were crowded and needed to be improved or replaced. Schools and communities on the west side of the river were using all of the resources available. Eastside schools were in need of updates and renovations; however, the growth was demanding new schools in the rapidly growing parts of the valley where none existed in the past. No money was available for schools east of the Jordan River. Communities east of the Jordan River recognized that there was

no way that Jordan District could fund the growth and the needs of west side communities and also update our eastside schools. The communities of Midvale, Cottonwood Heights, Sandy , Draper and the town of Alta began meeting to see if there was a way in which they could find a solution for the students in our eastside communities. It became clear that we needed to become a new district so that your tax dollars could be used to address your needs for your children. This was not an easy choice. I taught in Jordan School District for 36 years. I loved working for this district but my choices were to close Midvale schools and to bus Midvale children to West Jordan or to join other eastside communities. Our Midvale students came first. The vote to become our own district was approved by the voters of the communities of Midvale, Sandy, Cottonwood Heights, Draper and the town of Alta. We became Canyons School District on July 1, 2009. We now can use your educational tax dollars to house and educate our children and to serve the communities in which they live. Midvale has been very fortunate. We have a new Midvale Elementary and Midvale Middle School. As our population has grown we have a new extension added to Midvale Elementary. If the proposed bond is approved, in addition to a new Hillcrest, Union Middle and Midvalley Elementary, bond money would be used to install windows and skylights at East Midvale Elementary. This project will provide more natural lighting for our East Midvale students. Those of you whose have been involved with Hillcrest High School know this school needs to be new and improved. Your support of this bond will allow us to continue to improve schools in Canyon School District and in Midvale City. What is most important is that your approval of this bond will not increase your school district taxes. If this bond is approved the children of Midvale will go to safe and state-of-the-art schools. These upgraded and improved schools will assist teachers and principals as they provide educational opportunities for student success in an educational environment that will meet the needs of your children.

Midvale City Staff Receives Award for Achievement and Excellence in Government Financing Reporting On August 29, 2017 at Midvale City Council Meeting, Kim Coleman, President of Utah GFOA, who represents Utah and the national association, presented the Certificate of Achievement and Excellence in Government Financial Reporting to the Midvale City Finance Department. This certificate is for the 2016 year for the CAFR. He said it is the second time receiving this award, and it requires top down effort and a lot of extra work for staff. Congratulations to our Midvale City Finance Department, Laurie Harvey, Assistant City Manager/Administrative Services Director and Dalin Hackett, Assistant Finance Director.

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6th Grade Students Honored at Midvale City Council Meeting Four sixth grade students who have been innovative and creative and have education to use in solving community problems. They were honored August 28, 2017 in Washington, D.C. with the President’s Environmental Youth Award. This team of four 12-year old students wanted to reduce bird strikes that injure and kill birds and cause damage and safety issues to people. There were 218 birds that hit planes at just SLC International Airport in just one year. Strikes cost bird lives and airlines $900 M per year. The team invented a small, non-polluting, rugged portable bird scare device that uses random motion. Salt Lake International Airport has tested the devices for about six months, currently uses three of the patent-pending bird scare devices as part of its wildlife control operation and wants more. The team has won numerous awards for their contribution to environmental stewardship and entrepreneurism including: • U.S. President’s Environmental Youth Award – One of 10 National Teams • High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge by the University of Utah – Best Prototype ($1000 award) • FLL World – Top 60 World Teams with Most Innovative Projects • FLL Utah – Most Innovative Project in the Utah region (200 + teams) • FLL Local Qualifier – Champion’s Award (1st Place Team based on All Events)

Midvale Unified Police Officer of the Month

After a series of serious auto vs. pedestrian accidents in Midvale City; Traffic Enforcement Officer Matthew Harper took the initiative to plan and execute a crosswalk enforcement operation. This operation was designed to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and monitor the motoring public as they encountered pedestrians inside of designated crosswalks. Officer Harper spent many hours in planning and coordination to secure adequate staffing and to insure the safety of the public and the officers involved. On the day of the operation, July 12, 2017 two separate teams were deployed and monitored the crosswalks selected. During the two-hour operation, the two teams issued numerous citations and verbal warnings. We recognize Officer Harper for his efforts to increase public awareness of pedestrian safety and for his extra efforts to successfully plan and execute this this critical operation.

The students are Allison Drennan (Beehive Academy); Timothy Holt (Beehive Academy); Abigail Slama-Catron (Midvale Middle School); and Eric Snaufer (Midvale Middle School). The students were interviewed and here is what they had to say: Eric Snaufer, Midvale Middle School: We made a bionic scarecrow, which is a miniaturized air dancer. It’s meant to scare away birds from a large area. We estimate a 100-foot radius from our testing at the Salt Lake International Airport. We currently have made five and two are at the airport now and have proven to work. Abigail Slama-Catron, Midvale Middle School: The problem we are trying to solve is bird strikes like what happened with The Miracle on the Hudson, when birds crashed into a planes’ engines, causing it to land on the Hudson River. So, this shows bird strikes are a big problem. What we’re doing is scaring away the birds to save lives. Allison Drennan, Beehive Academy: We filed for a patent. We hope to provide our environmentally friendly, portable, waterproof bionic scarecrow to more airports and places around the world too. Timothy Holt, Beehive Academy: We won the U.S. President’s Environmental Youth Award presented by the Environmental Protection Agency. Only two groups are honored with this national award in region 8: a K-5 division and 6th grade through high school award. We’re one of 10 in the nation for the older group. It means a lot to us that we’re recognized for making a difference in our world. Midvale City congratulates these students for a great achievement on their project and making a difference in our world.

Allen Litster Recognized for his Service to Midvale City Planning Commission On September 5, 2017 at Midvale City Council Meeting, Mayor Seghini recognized Allen Litster for his dedicated service to the City on the Planning Commission. She expressed her appreciation as well as the other Council Members for Mr. Litster’s hard work. Allen Litster expressed his appreciation to the Mayor and Council for all they do and thanked them for the opportunity to serve the community.




MAYOR Robert M. Hale Sophia Hawes-Tingey

DISTRICT 4 Bryant Brown

DISTRICT 5 Stephen Brown Dustin Gettel


2. Needles/Biohazardous Waste 3. Wire, hose, cords, rope & chains 4. Propane Tanks 5. Yard Waste/Wood

October 8th

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October 10th

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October 15th

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Needles are the most dangerous contaminant sent to recycling facilities If a worker is stuck by a dirty needle, they are sent immediately for baseline laboratory testing. Infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B, and a variety of others are transmitted through dirty needles. Since some diseases do not manifest in the blood immediately, the worker is retested months later. Keep others safe by disposing of needles and biohazardous waste appropriately and never attempt to recycle them. Your questions, comments, and ideas are always welcome! Please contact education@transjordan.org and they may be mentioned in our article or FAQ page. Visit transjordan.org/recycle for more recycling information.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: • Salt Lake County Clerk’s Office—385-GOT-VOTE (385-468-8683)

NEVER RECYCLE NEEDLES October is Diabetic Awareness Month and the perfect time to discuss needles and biohazardous waste recycling contamination. Needles are the most dangerous contaminant sent to recycling facilities. Some people dispose of needles in a milk jug or sharps container and place them in their curbside recycling bin. Needles and all biohazardous waste, including syringes that have had the needle removed, are dangerous and never considered recyclable. Recycling trucks have compression mechanisms that can break containers open resulting in dirty needles spreading throughout the entire recycling load. Once loaded on the conveyor belt at the recycling facilities, these needles pose significant health and safety hazards to the people who are touching and sorting recycling.

Q: Can unwanted clothing and shoes be recycled at the curbside? Needles contaminating recycling Photo by Esther Davis – Trans-Jordan

A: No! There are many ways to donate used clothing and shoes, but if these articles go to a recycling center they end up as trash. Search for clothing drop-off bins or nearby charity thrift stores that can re-use clothes and shoes.


Employee Spotlight Jena Hancock Redevelopment Agency Executive Assistant Our employees are truly what makes Midvale City a diverse and unique place to work. We have some amazing people with many different backgrounds. We are very excited and proud to highlight Jena Hancock, our new RDA (Redevelopment Agency) Executive Assistant. Jena enjoys learning new things and is excited that she has finally found her perfect job, with the perfect bosses, and feels that Midvale City is definitely the place she will retire from in 20 years. Jena has done an outstanding job learning new tasks. In her first few days she was excited to work on creating a presentation of artwork and other documents that local artists submitted for our Bingham Junction Park. This presentation will be used to help the Midvale Public Art Selection Committee decide which cool piece of art will be placed at the entry. Something unique about Jena is that she lived in Hawaii for 5 years. While it was a beautiful place she humorously says, she had to move back to California, then to Utah because she had

to get away from “the big ol’ freakin’ bugs”. Jena enjoys water skiing, hiking at the many beautiful trails Utah has to offer, cooking Cajun food (she said she will bring in Gumbo for the office), but mostly spending time with her husband and 2 awesome kids. Jena was born and raised in Louisiana. She has some great stories of her family that fit the phrase to a tee “you might be a redneck if…...” In her neighborhood in Cedar Hills she is known as the “Across the Street Grandma” where the children within her neighborhood are often asking parents if they can go play at Jena’s house. Jena is a great example of someone who makes a difference, and easily builds a strong rapport with the individuals she works with. She brings a great work ethic to work every day and her positive attitude is contagious. We are glad you are part of our team Jena!

In The Middle of Everything

Midvale City Leaf Bag Program

WINTER STREET PARKING As we finally head into winter, just a quick reminder of parking regulations in Midvale City. These regulations are in place to ensure public safety and attractive neighborhoods. November 1st to March 1st, no onstreet parking for longer than 30 minutes between 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. • No parking within 15 feet of a mailbox between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. • No parking within 30 feet of a stop sign at any time. • Parking at a residence is limited to a driveway, carport, garage, or in an improved parking area in the side or rear yard. No parking is allowed in any other portion of the front or side yard or on any landscaped area. Midvale residents are required to avoid parking on the street during winter months, and especially overnight, so that snow plow crews can safely clear the streets during storms. Midvale Municipal Code makes it unlawful to park on any City street during the months of November through February except for temporary loading and unloading of passengers and property. Please help us out by not parking on the streets as it will allow unobstructed access for our snow plow drivers.



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 13th and/or Monday November 20th, to be picked up by Ace Disposal. 3. Waste collectors will only be in your area on the weeks of November 13th, and November 20th. Leaves must be at curb prior to 7:00am on Monday, Nov. 13th and/or 20th. 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.

Human Cases Punctuate the Need for Precautions Against West Nile Virus


Mosquitoes carrying the virus have been found across the state

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Utah public health officials are reminding all residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites whenever they spend time outside. So far, there have been two confirmed human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in Utah, and positive mosquito pools have been identified in several Utah counties, including Box Elder, Cache, Carbon, Davis, Duchesne, Salt Lake, Uintah and Utah. While West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, not all mosquitoes carry the virus. The mosquitoes that carry the virus are typically out from dusk to dawn. UDOH epidemiologist Keegan McCaffrey warns, “There is no vaccine for humans. So, taking simple precautions to avoid mosquito bites is the key to reducing your risk for infection.” Use mosquito repellents containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus when outdoors. Adults and children older than two months of age can safely use repellents that contain up to 30% DEET. Repellents are not recommended for children younger than two months of age. Other precautionary measures include: • Wear long sleeved shirts and pants while outdoors. • Remove any puddles or standing water around your home where mosquitoes can breed, including birdbaths, swimming/wading pools,

old tires, buckets and plant containers. • Report bodies of stagnant water to the local Mosquito Abatement District (MAD). Visit www.umaa.org for a list of MADs. • Contact a veterinarian for information on vaccinating horses. While most people infected by the virus won't notice any symptoms, some people may experience flu-like symptoms or worse. The elderly and people with poor immune systems are at higher risk for serious illness which can lead to hospitalization, disability, or even death. Symptoms of the severe form of West Nile virus include: high fever, severe headache and stiff neck, disorientation and confusion. If you are experiencing symptoms of West Nile virus, please contact your health care provider immediately. West Nile virus surveillance in Utah is underway and will continue into the fall. For more information, call your local health department or visit www. health.utah.gov/wnv. Throughout the West Nile virus season, the UDOH web site will be updated each Wednesday with available detection information. The mission of the Utah Department of Health is to protect the public's health through preventing avoidable illness, injury, disability and premature death, assuring access to affordable, quality health care, and promoting healthy lifestyles.

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Midvalley Elementary Student Comfort Closet provides supplies for students By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com

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Eagle Scout candidates helped supply a comfort closet at Midvalley Elementary. (Midvalley Elementary)


hree area Boy Scouts saw the vision of school administrators and took the lead in gathering supplies for a new Student Comfort Closet at Midvalley Elementary. “These Boy Scouts realized the need of our community and could help as part of their Eagle projects,” said Midvale Principal Tamara Baker. “We have a 61 percent poverty rate and we want our students to feel comfortable and if we can provide them things like underwear and socks that makes them feel comfortable, then this is something our community should do.” Already this school year, several students have received backpacks and school supplies. “One sibling was given some crayons and was surprised when we said they could be kept. We were told they were the first crayons the child ever owned. We want to help kids continue learning after they walk out our door,” she said. In addition, Baker said she has concerns about students eating during the weekends. “Many of our students eat meals here and

we worry about them not having food over the weekends so we’ve stocked up on shelf-stable items such as peanut butter, granola bars and cereal. It’s unthinkable to think of kids having nothing to eat,” she said. There are other items such as toothpaste and toothbrushes, soap, towels and similar items. Each of the Boy Scouts took responsibility for finding items for the closet and a fourth Scout created benches in the office to welcome patrons. “We will continue to look for youth groups, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, high school groups who want to give service to the community to help us keep our shelves stocked,” she said. Baker said that students and their families just need to approach the Student Comfort Closet coordinator Polly Gallman for assistance with clothing, food and school supplies. “We have it and we want to share. They can come during the school day. We want to keep them here, comfortable, and learning,” she said.l

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Midvale’s annual parade all about hometown pride

Concert benefits clean water access throughout the world

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A night of music to benefit clean water sustainability throughout the world with local Utah artists. (Jennifer Roberts)

O Local dance studio Poise Dance Center poses for a photo during the Harvest Days Parade. (Midvale City)


idvale’s oldest tradition—the annual Harvest Days Parade—brings hometown pride right down Center Street. “That’s what the parade does, it provides a way for the community to come and celebrate each other,” said Lyndzi Elsmore, who has been the parade’s chair for eight years. People, she said, look for a reason to come together and the parade is the perfect excuse. “I absolutely love it and I think it’s a big deal, it’s important for a community to have a parade because it’s a time when you can celebrate everybody,” she said. Elsmore said she typically receives between 65 and 75 entry applications each year for the parade with this year featuring unique floats like the Mama’s Temple Church Choir. “It’s like a gospel choir and they sing on their float and its got stadium-size seating on it, they’re awesome,” Elsmore said. Other floats included different bands whether they were mariachi, jazz or bagpipe. Shrine mini-bikes come through the streets while the various community members running for city elections also have a vehicle in the parade. For Elsmore, the school entries from Hillcrest High School as well as nearby middle and elementary schools are always her favorite. “It keeps it hometown and all about Midvale so that’s fun,” she said before later adding, “I really try and keep this parade small

town. I don’t invite marching bands from other high schools because it’s about Midvale and we try and keep it that way.” Having Center Street (7800 South) as part of the parade gives Midvale’s parade a special flavor, Elsmore said. It allows the Unified Police motorcycle brigade, who kick off the parade, a chance to demonstrate their tricks, stunts and formations. Elsmore said it’s also a chance for anyone in Midvale “who feels like they want a voice.” Applewood homeowners were in the parade hoping to raise awareness in their endeavor to raise money and buy their property. It’s currently owned by a development company who has offered to sell the property to the owners allowing them to stay where they live. “They wanted to voice their love for their neighborhood and be able to just kind of get their word out so I think the parade is a way they can do that peacefully,” Elsmore said. Mayor JoAnn Seghini rode through for her last parade as the city’s elected leader. Seghini chose not to run for reelection this year and will step down after her term ends. The city’s two Hall of Honors 2017 inductees served as the grand marshals, although only one participated: Trent Jeppson, a former mayor of Midvale, and Iris Buhler, a former city treasurer who was instrumental in the creation of the Midvale Senior Citizen Center. Buhler passed away in 1988 so Jeppson took the primary mantle.l

n Oct. 28, the Libby Gardner Concert Hall at the University of Utah will host a score of Utah’s musical talent in the hopes of drawing attention to the need for clean water access all around the world. “There are over a billion people in the world that don’t have access to clean water, and there are about 3.4 million people every year that die because they don’t have that clean water, and that has kind of a ripple effect of other negative impacts, waterborne illnesses, sanitation, lack of water in dry season to keep things growing,” said Jennifer Roberts of WHOLives, a South Jordan based, nonprofit that is looking to help get clean, sustainable water to every corner of the earth using a human-powered, selfpropelled drill that can be easily transported by truck or canoe to different areas not usually accessible. WHO stands for Water, Health and Opportunity, and the organization has been recognized and awarded internationally for its work to bring sustainability, rather than dependence to people around the world in need of access to clean water. John Renouard, the founder and president, was presented with the Red Cross Hero Award for the work that’s being done. In the last three years, WHOLives has more than 1,200 water points in more than 25 different countries, bringing water to more than 1.2 million people. “It really can fix the world water crisis,” said Roberts. “We often say that WhoLives is the leading technology in the fight against poverty because it really does all begin with clean water. It allows economic opportunities to people. Prosperity can begin to take hold in the lives of people.” Roberts notes that part of that prosperity is the opportunity to bypass the often seven-hour constant journey back and forth that young girls are charged with to bring mostly dirty water

to their families throughout the day. With the drill, that process is cut to a fraction, allowing them the chance to spend that time in school learning, gaining social development skills and reclaiming their childhood. In 2016, an average of one well a day was dug by a village drill in more than 25 countries such as India, Vanuatu and others in Africa and South America. This year, WHOLives is hoping to double that number and go beyond it. The drills that go out are owned and operated by an active drilling team, local team of entrepreneurs, hospital or school which, Roberts said, isn’t traditionally how it has been done with clean water. Normally, water is brought in through funding or a gift but, when the system breaks, it tends to stay broken and the source of water is cut off because there just isn’t the funding or expertise to fix it. The WHOLives sustainability model insists that certain economic opportunities must be in place before the drill is put in to ensure that the water will continue being accessible to the community. Not enough water isn’t the problem, said Roberts; it’s not having reasonable access to clean water that is the problem. “The goal for this concert is to continue that mission,” said Roberts. With the sponsorship from Gary Young of Young Living, all the proceeds from the concert, donations and ticket sales will go directly toward funding global water projects as well as helping local refugees who have resettled in Utah with a scholarship gift. Raffle and auction prizes are also part of the program. “We’re going to put on an amazing show and inspire the audience to help,” said Roberts, “It’s going to be a special, unforgettable evening.” Artists include Dallyn Vail Bayles, the One Voice Children’s Choir, Stephen Beus and more. Seats are limited. To purchase tickets, go to www.wholivesevent.org. l

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Grappler and coach head to world finals By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com


he story of U.S. grappling team member Koffi Adzitso begins at a young age when his family left Africa and settled in Utah as refugees. His new life would take him on a journey to the World Grappling Championships in Azerbaijan. “Only 20 people made the team, lots tried out and two of us come from Utah. We get to represent the USA and travel out of the country as team members,” Adzitso said. The World Grappling Championships are scheduled for Oct. 18-21 in Baku, Azerbaijan. Adzitso trains with Taylorsville resident and former grappling World Champion Brandon Ruiz. He began hand-to-hand combat training after graduating from Cottonwood High School in 2007. While training he met Ruiz and began learning from him. “I heard about wrestling my senior year and went out for the team. After high school I was doing MMA (mixed martial arts) and that is when I met Brandon. Every time I compete Brandon is in my corner. I have learned everything from him. This time I made the team with him,” Adzitso said. He joined the Colts wrestling team his senior year and placed second in his weight class at the Utah High School Activities Association state wrestling meet. He encourages kids to wrestle as early as they can. “Wrestling teaches a lot of discipline and how to respect people. I learned to honor people and be responsible,” Adzitso said. Adzitso and his family came to Utah when he was 11 years old. He moved from Togo, Africa. His parents got jobs at the airport to support his family. “My parents really struggled to give us a good life here. They gave up a lot of stuff to come here and we settled in and became

citizens. We came here with only the stuff we could fit in our suitcase,” Adzitso said. Because he is different he got into a lot of fights in school. “I dressed different, did not speak English and looked different than everyone else. Back in Africa we fought a lot. When I was bullied I would defend myself. Then I started wrestling and instead of fighting after school I was on a team. I felt this was it, and I knew it would keep me away from trouble,” Adzitso said. Grappling differs from wrestling—it is wrestling to submission. This means a competitor is expected to submit either verbally or by tapping his opponent to admit defeat. Refusing to “tap out” can risk unconsciousness or serious injury. His supporters have started a go fund me account to help him raise funds for travel while attending the championships. It can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/send-koffi-to-worldchampionship. Adzitso estimates his trip to the world championships will cost about $5,000. He works for Intermountain Health Care in the purchasing warehouse. He trains by riding his bicycle to work and working out with Ruiz his coach. He rides 34 miles a day and spends approximately 12 hours a week perfecting his skill. He qualified for the team in April at the U.S. Grappling World Team Trials in Las Vegas. He finished fourth in the 84 kg class. Adzitso is nicknamed “The Lion King” in Ultimate Fighting circles and began fighting in 2007. His UFC record includes 20 wins and 11 losses. He had nine knockouts. His last UFC fight was in 2014 when he began training for submission grappling full time. l

Flu shots available at three Midvale elementary schools By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


tarting this October, the community doesn’t have to be dressed as witches and goblins to say “Boo to the Flu.” Three Midvale elementary schools as well as East Sandy Elementary will host clinics for community members to get their flu shots. “It makes sense as we have kids located here so the entire family can come and get vaccinated,” said Midvale Elementary Community School Facilitator Heidi Sanger. “Students who are vaccinated against the flu miss half as many days as those who aren’t. Students have more success in school when they are in school.” Midvale Elementary will have its flu clinic from 3:30 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 3 at the school, 7830 S. Chapel St. (400 West). Copperview, located at 8449 S. 150 West, will have its clinic the same hours on Tuesday, Nov. 7. East Midvale’s clinic will be 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14 at the school, 6990 S. 300 East.

Families, who do or do not have insurance, are welcome, Sanger said. “If you have insurance, they can bill insurance on site. If you don’t, you can still get your flu shot free,” she said. Students who need flu shots will need to bring an adult with them, she added. While the focus of each clinic is to boost “community immunity,” Community Nursing Services commits to give back $2 for every eligible flu shot administered at each school, Sanger said, adding that it is a donation, not a fundraiser. This is the second year Midvale Elementary has held “Boo to the Flu.” Earlier this year, other immunizations were available for children up to age 18 at the school during registration, she said. “We had a number of students get immunized,” Sanger said, saying that she hopes it will help to reduce illnesses as absenteeism is a concern at Midvale Elementary. l

Koffi Adzitso will represent the United States at the World Grappling Championships in Baku, Azerbaijan. (Koffi Adzitso)


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Page 18 | October 2017 To my fellow Midvale citizens and friends: I know Midvale, and I love Midvale. Over the past 45 years, my wife, Susan, and I have raised our six children here and enjoyed the warmth of a supportive neighborhood community. I enjoy studying Midvale's history; I've been lucky enough to find a few pioneer-era items in my yard near our city's historic Union Fort area. I am passionate about Midvale's future, which is why I have served on local boards, including two terms on the City Council. That also is why I have decided to run for mayor as we say goodbye to the great JoAnn Seghini. We have a city of talented and hardworking people. I want to ensure that Midvale has a future of opportunity for businesses and residents alike. I hope you will support me in that effort. As a city councilor, I visited Midvale's neighborhoods and enjoyed seeing your pride in our communities. I want that pride to continue. This city is not only my home; some of my children and a few of my 24 grandchildren live here, as well. Working together, and with my inclusive, competent and experienced leadership, we can reach some lofty goals. Visit my web site at hale4midvale.com, and feel free to contact me with questions, suggestions, or to join our campaign! Facebook: Robert Hale for Midvale Mayor (fb.me/hale4midvalemayor) Email: hale4midvalemayor@gmail.com LEadErship • Two-term City Council member, 2008-2014 • Trustee and chair, Midvalley Improvement District, 2002-08, 2014, 2016- present • Chair, vice-chair and commissioner, Midvale Planning & Zoning Commission, 2001-2007 • Chair, vice-chair and trustee, Park Hotel Owners Association, Park City, 1990-2014, 2017 • Chair and vice-chair, Union Community Council, Midvale, 1985-2001. Assisted with the annexation of Union into Midvale City • Decades-long career with the U.S. Postal Service, including numerous management posts • Led a team for the U.S. Commerce Department 2010 Census sErvicE Coordinator, São Paulo Brazil, Caxingui Self-Reliance Center. Helped implement the pioneering “Find a Better Job” initiative, now operating worldwide. Trained local leaders, citizens and missionaries in self-reliance principles. Now helping run the initiative in the local area. idEas From making sure that any taxes are earmarked for specific purposes to encouraging citizen involvement, uniting all Midvale communities in our efforts against crime, improving the commercial mix in Old Town and promoting the development of land within the city for ever more productive uses, I have many ideas for continuing to improve our quality of life in Midvale. Visit me online or email me to get on a mailing list! Paid for by Joe Olschewski

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Hillcrest High theatre students ready for season-opener By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com

Hillcrest High’s theatre students visit the Brooklyn Bridge during their trip to New York City. (Collin Voeller)


fter a trip to the Big Apple, where Hillcrest High theatre students had the opportunity to see eight shows including Tony Awardwinning shows, “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Hello Dolly!,” and participate in six workshops with actors, teachers and technicians, they already are in rehearsal for their season opener, “Les Miserables.” “It was a jam-packed week of educational experiences and the kids completely soaked it all up,” Hillcrest Theatre Director Josh Long said. “We had discussions every evening before and after the shows where we discussed all of the different aspects of the productions. We (go) earlier (in the school year) so the kids can see what professional theatre looks like before they try their hand at it throughout the year.” The New York City trip wasn’t just for Hillcrest actors. The stage crew participated in workshops and backstage tours with the production of “1984” on Broadway. They also analyzed the design aspects of each of the shows and studied all of the professional designers, he said. Before taking “Les Mis” to their own stage, students were slated to participate Thursday, Sept. 28 through Saturday, Sept. 30 in the 41st annual junior high and high school Shakespeare competition, hosted by the Utah Shakespeare Festival and Southern Utah University in Cedar City. Hillcrest, which has won four sweepstake championships and eight ensemble championships in the past 10 years, planned on having 56 students compete both on stage as well as in the Tech Olympics. “Our big ensemble scene this year is a compilation of scenes from five or six different plays exploring the masculine fragility in war — the contrast between violence and grief,” Long said. The 300-member cast of “Les Mis” takes the stage Thursday, Nov. 16 through Saturday, Nov. 18 and again, Monday, Nov. 20 at Hillcrest High. Les Miserables, which premiered in Paris in 1980, is based on Victor Hugo’s five-part novel set during the French June Rebellion of 1832. It was the Tony Award-winning best musical in 1987 and has been performed in 22 languages in more than 40 countries. “Les Mis” tells the story of the former convict Jean Valjean, who spends a lifetime seeking redemption. While forging a new life in Paris and discovering true love, he is hunted by Inspector Javert and the ghosts of his past. Senior Bennett Chew will play the role of Jean Valjean; senior Nathanel Abbot plays Inspector Javert; senior Dakota Heugly is Fantine and junior Aleisha Meier will perform as Cosette.

Hillcrest actors will return to their Little Theatre stage in 2018 with “The Farnsworth Invention,” Jan. 12-15 and Jan. 16. Created by Aaron Sorkin, best known for the television show “The West Wing” and motion pictures “The Social Network” and “A Few Good Men,” the Broadway play follows Utahn Philo T. Farnsworth and the race for the invention of the television. “I am most excited about is the writing of it,” Long said. “He turns this story into a really intriguing thriller almost. When I read it I was captivated wondering what was going to come next.” Just nine days after “The Farnsworth Invention” closes, “Is He Dead?” opens in the school auditorium. Performed Jan. 25-27, the show is a farce written by Mark Twain where French painter Jean Francois Millet appears as his great aunt at his own fictitious death to ensure fame and increase the value of his paintings. The play was written in 1898, but it wasn’t published until 2003 after it was discovered in the archives of University of California at Berkeley. It premiered on Broadway in 2007. In March, Hillcrest theatre students will perform, “Dinsinane.” Originally premiered by the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre of Scotland in 2010, David Greig’s sequel to “Macbeth” will have its first American production at Hillcrest High School. The play, named after a Scottish village, picks up where William Shakespeare left off as Britain invades Scotland and were met unexpectedly by the Scottish leader Lady Macbeth, who did not kill herself as previously reported. Instead, she leads an army of women warriors in her attempt to enforce her first marriage and right to the throne. The show will be performed March 16-17 and March 19 in the auditorium. “The Beautiful Game” is a lesser known musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, who wrote well-known favorites “Cats,” “Phantom of the Opera” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Setting the 1970 riots in Ireland against the backdrop of a high school soccer team, this musical features ballads, combined with an intense story and choreography. Billed at the school as “a mix of ‘West Side Story’ and ‘Newsies,’” the show, which will be performed May 17-19, will feature “dance, soccer and the fight for a world without violence.” In addition to regular show tickets, Hillcrest theatre will offer season tickets. For more information, visit www.hillcresttheatre. com. l

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ne year ago, I publicly shared the story of one of my sons having suicidal thoughts, and our efforts to get him help. Late one night last summer, my son came to me and told me “I want to die.” No mother wants to hear those words from her child. My heart ached as I tried to figure out what to do. He was in a dire situation and I was racking my brain on where to turn. As an elected official on the Salt Lake County Council, I couldn’t believe I didn’t know who to call. September was Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and over the past year I’ve learned a lot about this problem, as well as some of the ongoing efforts to fix it. I learned that suicide is the number one killer of teens in Utah. I learned (firsthand) the panic and fear that far too many parents feel when they desperately search for resources. And I learned we need a better way to connect these parents and individuals with crisis intervention resources to avert a tragedy. I’ve been fortunate to be able to serve on the state crisis line commission and work with Lt Governor Cox, state legislators, and mental health professionals to improve resources to those in crisis. We have been meeting for the past several months surveying the level of resources throughout Utah available to individuals and families experiencing a mental health crisis. The commission has finished the first phase, and will

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Suicide Crisis Line discussions bring continued solutions By Aimee Winder Newton | ANewton@slco.org

present the findings to the state legislature. There are more than 20 different crisis lines throughout the state, with varying hours of access and level of resource. Because of this, we are recommending a public messaging campaign promoting the national crisis phone number: 1-800-273-TALK. We want to ensure this number funnels to the local resources based on where someone is calling from. We are hopeful that federal legislation by Senator Hatch and Congressman Stewart will create a nationwide three-digit crisis line in the future. Areas of the state where local crisis lines aren’t operational 24/7, we’ll seek additional funding to bring them up to speed. We want to make sure that every caller in the midst of crisis is connected with a live person on the other end—not a recording. We also want to ensure that the people responding to calls are well-trained and sufficiently prepared to potentially save lives. Currently, Salt Lake County is serviced by a highly-skilled and dedicated team of professionals at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute, better known as “UNI.” The people who take calls at UNI are consummate professionals. Not only can they help someone who is struggling with suicidal thoughts, they can also be a resource to anyone who is struggling but not quite at crisis level yet. I had the opportunity to tour the UNI facility and I was impressed by

their operation. My hope is that this Aimee Winder Newton County Council District 3 level of quality resource can become available to anyone in crisis, anywhere in Utah. Parents and kids can also access the SAFEUT app, which will connect them to UNI. Please download this app, if you haven’t already. Lastly, we want to expand the reach of Mobile Crisis Outreach Teams, or MCOT. Think of it like an ambulance just for mental health emergencies. If someone has a mental health crisis, these teams can be dispatched to a home, school, or wherever needed. Their experts can work with the person experiencing the crisis and help them find a resolution that doesn’t involve self-harm. We’ve already seen these teams in action in Salt Lake County saving lives, and I’m hopeful we will see this resource in other counties throughout the state. There is still a lot of work to do, and we’re just in the first phases. But I’ve never been more optimistic about Utah’s ability to solve our suicide crisis. For every teenager whose thoughts turn to suicide, and every mother whose heart breaks for her child—I’m committed to seeing this through. I know what it’s like to feel that panic and fear. We’re making progress. I’m excited for the continued cooperation between community leaders and experts, and various levels of government, to bring to bear sufficient resources to do so. Our children’s lives depend on it. l

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To be spooked or entertained, Midvale offers both By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

Midvale has a haunted house at 7980 S. State Street called the Castle of Chaos. (Travis Barton/City Journals)


s temperatures drop and pumpkins are placed on front porches, it signals two things: fall has arrived and Halloween is coming. Midvale offers a few different options for those looking to enjoy the spirit that comes with Halloween. Here are a couple options to check out. Castle of Chaos While Castle of Chaos started in 2001, it’s had a few different locations before landing on its Midvale address (7980 S. State Street). The castle offers a haunted house, escape rooms and murder mystery dinners. But its during October that the haunted house opens. As a haunted house, it offers four levels of increasing intensity. From the level one “Monster Be Gone” that allows participants a glow wand that will scare away the actors to the level four “X-Scream Hands on Horror.” Level four allows actors to pick up participants, drag them, restrain them, mock torture them and possibly separate somebody from their group. Actors are not allowed to harm participants nor inappropriately handle them. To do the “Hands on Horror” levels (three and four), participants must sign a waiver. Level two means no one touches the participants, but the actors will get very close. Its website states the Castle of Chaos is the “only underground haunted house in Utah.” Three escape rooms are available with each lasting 60 minutes. The rooms are assembled as either an asylum, pirate ship or a serial killer’s basement with each one requiring participants to solve clues and riddles. For more information on the Castle of

Chaos, visit www.castleofchaos.com. The Rocky Horror Show Coming to the Midvale Main Street Theatre at 7711 S. Main Street is its annual Halloween show. While last year featured the eccentricities of “The Addams Family,” this year’s show brings Brad, Janet and the mad transvestite scientist, Frank N. Furter to the stage in “The Rocky Horror Show.” Music, lyrics and book all come from Richard O’Brien about a couple who stumble upon a creepy mansion where a mad scientist creates a Frankenstein-like muscular man called Rocky Horror. Opening night is Oct. 5 and runs ThursdaySaturday each week through Oct. 21. Each show will be at 7:30 p.m. besides one Sunday showing on Oct. 15 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 and available at www.midvaletheatre.com. The show does contain adult language and content. Audience members are allowed to dress up in costume but props will not be allowed in the theatre. New seating arrangements have been introduced at the theatre meaning there will no longer be general admission seating. The old general admission seating is now on raised platforms to see the stage better. All seating is now reserved seating. Kenneth McCormack will play Frank N. Furter while John Haraden plays Brad Majors; Alex Zinov will play Janet Weiss; Danny Eggers plays Riff Raff; Whitney Wilde plays Magenta; Trinidad Allred plays Columbia and Thomas John Holt plays Rocky Horror. For more information, visit midvaletheatre. com l

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