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FREE Midvale Middle School, Arson Suspected By Lewi Lewis

Part of the abandoned building that until just recently served as Midvale Middle School was set ablaze on the night of July 25. Residents who live near the school made calls into authorities when they noticed a rising column of smoke that could be viewed from across the valley. Firefighters battled flames on the north side of the school that were coming out of the gymnasium and swimming pool area, Unified Fire Authority Spokesman Dave Ulibarri said. Arson is suspected due to the fact that no electrical was in the building even though an arson dog gave no indication about accelerants. The investigation has been handed over to the State Fire Marshalls. Although the building was already undergoing demolition, there is an urgency to find those responsible, Deputy State Fire Marshal Kim Passey said, because “If someone was willing to go into a vacant building and start a fire, that’s many times the first stages of somebody who won’t stop at just that.” As to what charges, if caught, the suspects will face, Passey was unsure. “There are several laws involved from arson to trespassing,” She said. “As to which the person or persons will be charged is up to the city/county prosecutors.” Passey has asked that anyone with information about the fire to contact the Office of the State Fire Marshal at (801)-284-6350 and an investigator will follow up with a return call.

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“I strongly believe that when communities come together to celebrate and have fun, it creates a sense of pride for your city,” ... “Being a part of Harvest Days each year helps me fall in love with Midvale all over again.”

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Harvest Fun at Midvale’s Traditional Celebration By Tori Jorgensen

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ommunity members and friends are invited to the festivities around town Aug. 3-8 during this year’s annual Harvest Days celebration. Harvest Days, one of Midvale’s oldest traditions, is intended to bring residents and others together in fellowship and fun. According to the Harvest Days website, this town tradition was started in 1938 by a local club, the Kiwanis. Since then, Harvest Days has expanded to a week-long event headed up by its own committee. Jill Gillis, who has lived in Midvale her whole life, has seen many Harvest Days come and go. She said Midvale wouldn’t be the same without them. “I remember going to Harvest Days as a kid,” she said. “Gosh, I remember we used to have a children’s parade and get our bikes decked out.” Gillis said she now enjoys going to Harvest Days with her husband and children. She said her children’s favorite activity throughout the celebration is the

5K run, while her favorite part is the parade; the whole family enjoys going to watch the live entertainment. The celebration will commence with neighborhood block parties Aug. 3-7. Later on in the week, there will be a Hall of Honors and Youth Ambassadors induction ceremony, as well as a safety fair/bingo night. Harvest Days will conclude on Saturday Aug. 8 after a full day of activities, including the Harvest Days Run, a flag-raising ceremony, Midvale Community Council’s “All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast,” the annual Harvest Days Parade,  an arts competition, live entertainment at the amphitheater stage and a fireworks demonstration. Because of the many activities offered, Lyndzi Elsmore, parade chair on the Harvest Days Committee, said the committee starts meeting in early spring to coordinate. Elsmore said the parade also has its own committee of 30 volunteers that helps with the staging, judging and registration.  

A literal “moving choir” performed live at the parade last year. Other music groups will be participating in the parade this year. to the parade starting time. If an entry is selected for one of the 10 award categories, their entry number will be recorded and they will receive a small plaque and a large blue ribbon to display as they enter the starting line of the parade route. Around 70-85 groups are involved in the parade. Elsmore said that although the parade is her absolute favorite thing about Harvest Days, she also enjoys the concert and fireworks in the evening. Endless Summer and Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband will be performing this year on Aug. 8, starting at 5:30 p.m. and followed by fireworks. Elsmore said the concert is a great time to create traditions with friends and family and get to know neighbors in the community. “I strongly believe that when communities come together to celebrate and have fun, it creates a sense of pride for your city,” she said.  “Being a part of Harvest Days each year helps me fall in love with Midvale all over again.” l

A train led by an ATV made its way around the streets of Midvale City last year during the Harvest Days Parade. This year the parade will start at Copperview Elementary.

Elsmore said the yearly parade is a display of what is going on in the city. She said the Hillcrest High School band, the City Council, the Boys and Girls Club, the Ruth Vine Tyler Library, the Copperview Recreation Center, Unified Police Department, Unified Fire Authority and Midvale Public Works are some of the returning groups to the Harvest Days Parade. “A couple of my favorites for this year are the Classic Fun Center, who perform tricks and stunts on their roller skates, The Hillcrest Jazz Band and Shriners mini-bikes,” Elsmore said. “There will be clowns going through the crowds this year. We also have enhanced the sound systems at the announcing booths … These announcing booths will be reading a short bio as each entry passes. They tell jokes, fun facts about Midvale and narrate the parade as it passes.” Ten of the participating groups will receive an award. The award committee will walk around 30 to 45 minutes prior

The Boys and Girls Club displayed a colorful undersea float in the 2014 Harvest Days Parade.

The Little Huskies team sports their jerseys and a signed banner during last year’s Harvest Days Parade.


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In The City As I See It

Midvale City 7505 South Holden Street Midvale, UT 84047 Midvale City Directory City Hall 801-567-7200 Finance/Utilities 801-567-7202 Court 801-255-4234 City Attorney’s Office 801-567-7250 City Recorder/H.R. 801-567-7225 Community Development 801-567-7211 Public Works 801-567-7235 Ace Disposal/Recycling 801-363-9995 City Museum 801-569-8040 Senior Citizens Center 801-566-6590 SL County Animal Services 385-468-7387 Midvale Precinct UPD 385-468-9350 Police Dispatch 801-743-7000 Unified Fire Authority 801-743-7200 Fire Dispatch 801-840-4000 MIDVALE CITY ELECTED OFFICIALS: Mayor JoAnn B. Seghini 801-567-7204 Email: joanns@midvale.com City Council District 1 - Quinn Sperry 801-255-5428 Email: qsperry@midvale.com District 2 - Paul Glover 801-561-5773 Email: pglover@midvale.com District 3 - Paul Hunt 801-255-2727 Email: phunt@midvale.com District 4 - Wayne Sharp 801-567-8709 Email: wsharp@midvale.com District 5 - Stephen Brown 801-783-0962 Email: sbrown@midvale.com Who to call for… Utility Billing regarding water bills (801)567-7258 Ordering a new trash can, reserving the bowery (801)567-7202 Permits (801)567-7212 GRAMA requests (801)567-7207 (801)255-4234 Court Paying for Traffic School (801)567-7202 Business Licensing (801)567-7213 Property Questions (801)567-7231 Cemetery (801)567-7235 Water Line Breaks (801)567-7235 Planning and Zoning (801)567-7231 Building Inspections (801)567-7208 (801)567-7209 Code Enforcement Grafiti North of 7200 S (801)256-2537 Code Enforcement/Grafiti South of 7200 S (801)256-2541 CITY WEBSITE: WWW.MIDVALECITY.ORG FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/MidvaleCity    TWITTER: www.twitter.com / MidvaleCity  or  @MidvaleCIty

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By Mayor JoAnn B. Seghini his year there were three students from Hillcrest High School who finT ished their year as Youth Ambassadors

for Midvale. Students must live in Midvale or must attend Midvale schools. Application may be made by both young men and young women. If selected as a Midvale Youth Ambassador the student must have a program that reaches out to the community in some way. We have had ambassadors that have held clinics relating to diabetes awareness, protecting health by being aware of overexposure to the sun and prevention of skin cancers, arthritis awareness, tutorial programs for students in elementary schools and the middle schools, music programs for the schools and the community, fitness training, help with reading, glasses for children and adults to name a few. The ambassadors also represent Midvale in all summer parades on the Midvale float. Ambassadors report on their projects during the Hall of Honors as part of the Harvest Days Events. This program is held on the Wednesday of Harvest Days and is held in the Performing Arts

Center on the corner of Center Street and Main Street in Midvale. This year’s ambassadors, as seen in the Hillcrest High School graduation picture will report on their year’s activities and will receive a $1000 scholarship for their commitment to the community and to youth. Upon their completion of their project the new youth ambassadors will be chosen and will describe their projects for the 20152016 year. Sherry Liao provided music programs in the elementary schools at the Homeless Shelter giving children an opportunity to play musical instruments and to hear them played by Hillcrest Students. Jaclyn Larsen mentored children by tutoring students at the Midvale Elementary and at the Boys and Girls club. Tutoring involved all academic areas. Brandon Cui worked with students in the areas of ,ath and science to help students to better understand math, science and engineering. Brandon has also been honored, internationally, for his work in science. During Harvest Days the Youth Ambassadors for 2015-2016 were se-

Mayor JoAnn B. Seghini lected Gloria Ann Parker Johnson and Janet Bates Moore projects. They began their assignments as hosts of Harvest Days Activities. l

Left to Right: Mayor JoAnn B. Seghini, Youth Ambassadors: Sherry Liao, Brandon Cui, Jaclyn Larsen, and Principal of Hillcrest High, Sue Malone


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EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT Dustin Eberspacher

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MIDVALE CITY HARVEST DAYS 2015 DIVERSITY & International Relationships SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Business License Administrator

This is your personal invitation to attend the traditional community event that started in 1939 Monday, Tuesday & Friday August 3rd, 4th, & 7th Neighborhood Block Parties Kick-off the festival with neighbors and family in your own Midvale neighborhood. This establishes relationships that strengthen our union of communities. Space is limited and is first come first serve:

PLEASE CALL (385) 468-9350 TO ARRANGE A VISIT FROM THE MAYOR, UPD AND UFA.

Wednesday, August 5th

Dustin has been a part of the Midvale City team since 2012. He works directly with Midvale’s business owners to make sure they are successful within our city. His forthright demeanor and professional composure are all signs of how efficient and knowledgeable he is in his field. When asked about his position at the city, Dustin had this to say, “As the business license administrator I am in charge of all businesses in the Midvale City limits. I take care of all applications, renewals, and compliance issues with each business. I enjoy working and associating with my co-workers at Midvale City.” We are very proud to have Dustin working with and helping to serve the citizens of our city.

Hall of Honors / Youth Ambassadors Induction Ceremony Arts Council Arts Competition Midvale Performing Arts Center 7:00 pm Join us at the Midvale Performing Arts Center located on the southeast corner of Center Street and 700 West (695 West 7720 South) for the Midvale Arts Council’s annual induction to the Midvale Hall of Honors – Gloria Johnson & Janet Moore, meet the new Midvale Youth Ambassadors, and visit the Arts Show Competition.

Thursday, August 6th

Dinner and Bingo in the Bowery 5:00 – 6:30 pm Police & Fire Demonstration 5:00 – 6:30 pm Dinner 6:30 pm Free Bingo in the Bowery (must be 12 or older) Bingo sponsored by Midvale City and local merchants. Free giveaways for adults and children Friday, August 7th Neighborhood Block Parties

Saturday, August 8th Harvest Days Run

Join the Midvale Rotary Club in the annual 5K Run and Walk. Starting line registration will be from 6:30 – 7:15 am at the Boys and Girls Club- adjacent to the City Park. Race starts at 7:30 am Flag Raising Ceremony 7:15 am Midvale Boys and Girls Club Unified Fire Authority Midvale Community Council All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast 7:00 am – 10:00 am Breakfast in the Park (Cost $3.00 for adults, $2.00 kids) Harvest Days Parade 10:00 am – You can find the parade route at Midvale City.org and on MidvaleHarvestDays.com

Live Entertainment on the Amphitheater Stage 5:30 pm Endless Summer 8:00 pm Ryan Shupe & the Rubberband

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Midvale Middle School Named Top Youth Volunteer

n July 7th, 2015 at Midvale City Council meeting, Amelia Slama-Catron of Midvale Middle School was recognized for the awards she received for Utah’s top two youth volunteers of 2015. Amelia along with John Wesley Orton of Salt Lake City was honored in the nation’s capital for their outstanding volunteer service. They each received $1,000 awards and personal congratulations from “Good Morning America” at an award ceremony and gala dinner reception held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. In addition to their cash awards, they each received an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent to Washington, D.C., for four days of recognition events. Amelia devoted more than 100 hours of her time last summer developing an activity booklet to help older children learn more from the exhibits at a nearby children’s museum. Amelia said she really enjoyed the activities and special events at the Treehouse Children’s Museum in Ogden when she was younger, but as she

got older, she noticed that her younger sister was the one having all the fun, and she was just engaged. “So I decided to fix the problem,” said Amelia. She began by observing children at the exhibits, story times and interactive theater program and found that everything seemed to be targeting younger kids. After much brainstorming, Amelia decided to create an activity booklet that would engage older children to “learn, think, and respond while viewing the museum’s exhibits. Amelia’s booklet is now available free to everyone at the museum who wants one. “It allows them to enjoy the hands-on exhibits available there at the same time as their younger siblings,” She said. “They can learn and have fun at the same time.” Amelia also makes presentations to visitors at the museum, and helped develop a “play cafe” to teach children how to order and pay for their meal. Midvale City would like to congratulate Amelia for her outstanding volunteer award, and wish her much success.l

2015 Municipal Election Candidates From Monday, June 1st through Monday, June 8th Midvale City accepted “Declaration of Candidacy” forms from citizens seeking to run for three City Council District Seats. One (1) Council Member is to be elected per District. List of qualified candidates: Council Member District No. 1 1 Seat - (4 yr. Term) Quinn Sperry 734 Chad Circle Midvale, UT 84047 Phone: 801-255-5428 Email: qsperry@midvale.com Bret Black 881 E. Canyon Ridge Way Midvale, UT 84047 Phone: 801-512-7417 Email: bblackrep44@yahoo.com Council Member District No. 2 1 Seat – (4 yr. Term) Sophia Hawes-Tingey 7667 S. Grant Street Midvale, UT 84047 Phone: 502-821-3357 Email: Sophie-jean@sbcglobal.net

Nathan F. Coombs 142 E. 7060 S. Midvale, UT 84047 Phone: 801-255-4824 Email: ncoombs.ut@gmail.com Paul C. Glover 20 West Glover Lane Midvale, UT 84047 Phone: 801-561-5773 Email: gloverpaul11@gmail.com Council Member District No. 3 1 Seat – (4 yr. Term) Paul Hunt 7875 South 210 East Sandy, UT 84070 Phone: 801-842-8524 Email: phunt@midvale.com

VOTE BY MAIL ELECTION Midvale City will hold a Municipal Primary Election on August 11, 2015 for Council District No. 2. A Municipal General Election will be held on November 3, 2015 to elect one candidate from each City Council District 1, 2, & 3 to serve four-year terms.

2015 Municipal Election Dates & Information

2015 Municipal Primary Election: Tuesday, August 11, 2015

2015 Municipal General Election: Tuesday, November 3, 2015 If you have questions, please contact the Midvale City Recorder’s Office at 801-567-7207 or “mailto:randreason@midvale.com” randreason@midvale.com Election related links Utah State Website: “http://elections.utah.gov” http://elections.utah.gov S.L. County Website: “http://www.GOT-VOTE.org” www.GOT-VOTE.org


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Midvale General Plan Due for Update esidents, business owners and elected officials alike are invited to R contribute to a new vision for Midvale

City this year as the general plan is updated. According to the official website, planmidvale.com, the plan will offer a platform with goals and community values to unify the city’s community development division, key staff across city departments and agencies, the planning commission, the city council, civic leaders, stakeholders, business owners and residents. Phillip Hill, assistant city manager, said a simple definition of the general plan is a document that will govern the future policies of Midvale. “Who is Midvale? Where do they work? Where do they play? What services do they need? The plan will answer these questions,” Hill said. In Fall/Winter 2014 the process for the update began. The prior plans and policies for the city were assessed and the existing conditions were analyzed. The public kickoff event on Feb. 17 was the first major community involvement action. Hill said the community council also did a special “Council with Friends” night, where each council member brought at least five additional people to a meeting to give their insights on the general plan. Lesley Burns, city planner, said the project planners have also been striving to get the community involved. “People are always busy, so it is hard to get them to come to events,” she said. “Instead of having people come to them, the [planners] are going out to the community. They went to the community Easter egg hunt and to the Midvale Cinco De Mayo event and set up tables to get feedback.”

By Tori Jorgensen

Representatives working on the Midvale general plan will be at neighborhood block parties (Aug. 3, 4 and 7) and Harvest Days (Aug. 8 in the Main City Park) to gather input from community members before the plan is finalized and adopted in the fall. Hill said one major element of the 2015 update will focus on the recent growth of the Fort Union area, as well as the intended growth of the Overstock.com campus and surroundings, both items too recent to be included in the year 2000 plan. Krissy Nielsen, project planner, said the new general plan is not intended to scrap the old plan. “We are asking the public what is still relevant in the 2000 general plan, what needs to change, and any new big ideas they have,” she said. “We are also going to provide direction on projects and implementation strategies in Community members were invited to the initial General Plan event, where the nature of the the new plan, instead of just proposing plan was discussed. Residents and business owners can give more input at the upcoming ideas with no accountability for how Harvest Days Block parties. and when to complete them.” Along with being more detailed, Nielsen said this time around the plan will be aesthetically appealing and easy to read. “Our goal is to have a pretty, graphical plan that people will want to use daily,” she said. Burns said the revitalizing of the plan could bring a new life to Midvale City. “The overall outcome of the plan could be a more vibrant community,” she said. “We encourage everyone to participate [in the general plan update]. It won’t work well without involvement. We need to know what the community wants.” l

Buck Swaney, a project planner working on the Midvale general plan, teaches a Boy Scout troop about city planning at the kick-off event Feb. 17.


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In the Midvale Business Spotlight 1 Source Business Solutions is a Professional Employer Organization (PEO) that provides comprehensive HR Solutions for small businesses. They will soon move into their new office building in Midvale located at 6966 South Commerce Park Drive in Midvale. Their new corporate offices is under construction and will soon become another corporate headquarters location in Midvale that is tied into our Utopia fiber optic network for amazing bandwidth so they can continue their growth in the future. They provide payroll, tax administration, employee benefits, HR consulting and regulatory compliance are just a few of the many services that 1 Source

provides to small and growing businesses throughout the Intermountain region. 1 Source Business Solutions provides its clients with solutions to help minimize their risk and liability and help keep them compliant with all the state and federal regulations that small businesses face. In addition, with the new changes to Obama Care (ACA) 1 Source has solutions to help its clients avoid the penalties associated with it while providing multiple good health care plans to its employees. 1 Source brings into play the economies of scale to offer full Fortune 500 benefit plan to its clients’ employees to help attract and retain good employees.

Architecture Rendering of New Midvale Office for 1 Source Business Solutions

1 Source provides web-based pay- areas of the Human Resource functions. roll solutions and time systems to man- The management team at 1 Source has over 50 years comage its employees hours. This probined experience in the industry and vides an efficient They have experienced sighas built a great way to manage the nificant growth over the past payroll process team of experienced employees. and minimize erthree years and has projected rors etc. Clients They have gross revenues surpassing $60 experienced signifcan always have million in 2015. access to 1 Sourcicant growth over the past three years es’ system through and has projected its very robust web portal to allow access to reports, enter gross revenues surpassing $60 million employee information, print checks and in 2015. W-2’s etc. 1 Source services clients throughClients will also have additional out Utah and in 15 other states and is services available such as HR training, currently based in Murray, Utah but is management training, and training in anxious and excited to move to its new several other areas their business. building in Midvale in August 2015. The 1 Source has a great team of em- new location is located at 6996 South ployees who are trained in all different Commerce Park Drive. l


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New Float Represents Midvale City in Local Parades

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The float’s parade season began idvale City has commissioned a brand new float to be a part of with the South Jordan parade on June this summer’s local parades. The City’s 6th. This was followed by Herriman on Youth Ambassador Program, headed by June 20th and Taylorsville on June 27th. Candace Tippetts, oversaw the design The 4th of July weekend was a busy one and construction of the new float. Cre- with the float participating at Riverton, ative Concepts of Midvale constructed Murray and Sandy. Draper City’s festivthe float. ities were celebrated on July 18th. On The float was Midvale’s longtime Mayor entered into some the 24th of July, the JoAnn Seghini and City Council 10 parades as lofloat was included members are pleased to have cal communities in the locally telecelebrate this sumvised and prestiMidvale participate in so many mer’s activities. gious Pioneer Day summer activities and be repreRepresentatives Parade in downsented by their new float. from the City’s town Salt Lake as Youth Ambassawell as in the Cotdors ride on the tonwood Heights float and wave at the parade goers. The activities. The final parade of the seaYouth Ambassador program is a ser- son will be Midvale’s own Harvest Days vice-based leadership scholarship pro- Celebration on August 8th. Midvale’s longtime Mayor JoAnn gram for young adults. Each is selected for their academic achievements, lead- Seghini and City Council members are ership abilities, community involvement pleased to have Midvale participate in and peer inspiration. Midvale’s Public so many summer activities and be reprel Works Department participated by pro- sented by their new float. viding drivers for the float.

We All Live Down Stream

As the summer approaches, so does the chance of storm water pollution that can come from our yards.

SAVE THE DATE!

Here are a few simple tips to do your part.

Wash your car on the lawn or at a commercial car wash. Pick up pet waste; bag and trash or flush in the toilet. Mulch grass clippings and leave on the lawn or compost. Sweep dirt onto the lawn, pick up debris and put in trash. Target fertilizers and pesticides to the lawn and garden. Take excess chemicals to the household hazardous waste facility.

If you or your organization would like to get involved with our volunteer / community service programs contact: Steve Busch at sbusch@midvale.com For more information about storm water quality go to: www.stormwatercoaltion.org

Ace Disposal and Rocky Mountain Recycling will be at Midvale City Hall. September 12, 2015 from 9-11 a.m., for our annual Document Shredding/ E-waste collection. This program allows residents to bring documents and/or electronic products that they would like to be shredded. We will be sending out a flyer with more details soon. We hope to see you there.


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New Midvale City Employees

ONE OF OUR MOST FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS IS WHAT TO DO WITH A PIZZA BOX. ONCE PAPER HAS BEEN TOUCHED BY FOOD, IT IS CONSIDERED CONTAMINATED AND YOU DON’T WANT TO PUT IT IN YOUR RECYCLING BIN. WITH A PIZZA BOX, HOWEVER, GENERALLY ONLY HALF OF IT HAS THE GREASY, CHEESY PIZZA REMNANTS. SO WE SAY TEAR OFF THAT CLEAN TOP PORTION OF THE BOX AND RECYCLE WHAT YOU CAN! FOR MORE RECYCLING INFORMATION, VISIT RECYCLE.SLCO.ORG OR EMAIL US AT RECYCLE@SLCO.ORG

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Dave Starkey Midvale City extends a warm welcome to our two newest employees, Dave Starkey and Travis Woolsey. Dave was hired in April as a senior accountant, and is responsible for oversight of utility billing, purchasing, and fixed assets. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Southern Utah University, and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Dave was previously the assistant controller for Sportsman’s Warehouse in Midvale, where he was employed for 10 years. You can find Dave in the finance department at Midvale City Hall. Travis joined Midvale City’s workforce in July as a wa-

ter meter technician. His responsibilities include installing and replacing water meters, obtaining electronic meter readings for monthly billing, and meter troubleshooting. Travis graduated from Hillcrest High School. He has almost 25 years of experience installing and maintaining fire protection systems. While Travis is based out of the Midvale City Finance department, he will spend most of his time outside of the office working on meters. Dave and Travis are proving to be excellent team members and we are happy to have them onboard. l

News from Midvale City Public Works Department Kelly Ortega – Parks/Cemetery We would like to remind our residents that the cemetery does not allow artificial flowers on the grass area surrounding each headstone, during mowing season, April 1-November 1. We appreciate your cooperation. The Storm Water Department will be starting a storm water project in the Derek Hollow area at 7100 South and 725 East to help with recent flooding issues. You can help us out by limiting street parking between the hours of 7 a.m. -5 p.m. We appreciate your patience with us, as we complete this project. That time of year has come again for Midvale City to upgrade the utility services to the residents of Midvale. This year, the contractor for the City will

Terry Larson – Storm Drain Department

be laying new water mains and storm drains. The water main work has begun first on Jackson St., and is underway on Luana (520 East). Next area will be 400 West from 7200 South to the city limit in Murray. During this construction time it can be an inconvenience to the public. The contractor, is moving swiftly in the completion of the job scope, and they are on time as to the completion schedule. Many of you in these effected areas have noticed little colored flags in your yards, and paint in the roads and sidewalks. The flags and paint let the contractor know where the water, gas, power, and communication services are located in the ground. That way

Dave Clark – Storm Water Coordinator they can take extra care when coming to those service locations, and not hit, or damage them. If you are one of the residents that have the flags in your yard, we ask that when you mow the lawn, you could be kind, and replace the flag in the same location as it was before. This can save us all time, and worse, an emergency to repair a broken service. There’s an information sign at each construction site with a contact person for the project. If you have any questions, or concerns, they can help you out. This project will be over before you know it. Please help us out, and have patience with us, and the contractor as the work moves forward. l


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Hall of Honors/Youth Ambassador Induction Ceremony and Reception

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oin with us on Wednesday, August 5th at 7 pm at the Midvale Performing Arts Center, 695 W. Center St. for our annual Hall of Honors/Youth Ambassador Induction Ceremony and Reception. We will be honoring Gloria Johnson and Janet Moore as our 2015 Hall of Honors Inductees and introducing Merry Joseph, Jacqueline Lopez, Nityam Rathi, and Mary Ruff as our 2015-16 Youth Ambassadors. Before or after the Induction Ceremony please take some time to visit our Arts Show, which will be open from 4 p.m. - 9 a.m., and cast your ballot for the People’s Choice Award.

Gloria Ann Parker Johnson Gloria Parker was born on 7th Avenue in Midvale, December 4, 1944, the 8th child of Edward Hyrum and Lottie Della Parker. Gloria was raised on Chapel Street where she attended Midvale Elementary, Midvale Jr. High, Jordan High School, and was in the first graduating class of Hillcrest High School in 1963. Gloria served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Copenhagen, Denmark in 1968. Gloria married Barry Johnson on March 10, 1970, in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Their first home was on Pioneer Street in Midvale. Together they raised five children: Everett, Stephanie, Barry, Colleen, and Patrick. The family moved back to Midvale in 1984, living originally on Wilson Street, and finally settling on Coolidge. Gloria enjoyed working with the

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PTA of the Midvale Schools when her children were young and serving the members of her church congregation in various capacities in the Primary, Young Women, and Relief Society organizations. Gloria was an estimator for Gritton & Associates, Inc. for nearly 20 years and enjoyed her associations as a result. In 2008, Gloria was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the blood. She endured two stem-cell transplants over the next six years and became a champion for those fighting for their life with various cancers. Gloria lost her fight with cancer on June 13, 2014, just 21 days after finding that her cancer had returned for a third time. Cancer might have ended her life, but it did not prevent her from living it to the fullest. Gloria joined the Midvale Arts Volunteer Council in 2009 serving on the Concerts and Arts Show committees, was the volunteer coordinator, and secretary. She was voted as Volunteer of the Year 2013 for her hard work and dedication to bring the arts to the community she loved so much. In 2014, Gloria auditioned for her first theater production. She was cast as Juror 9 in “Twelve Angry Jurors” for the Midvale Arts Council. Auditioning for a show was one of the few items on her bucket list. Undoubtedly the greatest delight in Gloria’s life were the times she spent her family. She counted her siblings as her closest friends in life. She enjoyed travelling with her husband, spending time with her five children and three in-laws: Debbie, Brad, and Kate. But perhaps her greatest joys at the end of her life were her five grandchildren: Ainsleigh, Lottie, Liam, Kelsey, and Ellie. Grandma Glo loved sleepovers, cooking, and crafts with her grandchildren. Hugs and kisses were never in short supply at Grandma Glo’s house. She loved much, laughed hard, and lived a plentiful life. Her spirit and smile are missed daily. December 4, 1944 – June 13, 2014 Janet Bates Moore In 1962 Janet moved to the Salt Lake Valley and attended West High School. She married and had two beautiful daughters and soon found herself a single mother. The city seemed so large

so she moved to Midvale in Janet Bates Moore 1971 finding it a small town feel. There she met the love of her life Bill Moore. He also came with a wonderful package of four boys. Together they added two more beautiful girls to the already crowded house on Allen Street rounding the family to eight kids. Currently growing to 26 Grandchildren and 15 Great-Grandchildren. The family business of Moore Janitorial was started with everyone included. Soon everyone had their jobs and if someone was sick there was always another Moore to fill in. The business is still currently in operation and employs their children, grandchildren and many more and now boasts 44 years keeping Midvale clean. Tragedy struck the family in 1991 when they lost their 23-year-old son, throwing everyone into their own perand restitution. sonal turmoil. There were no agencies In 2008, with the help of Chief Maor counselors to help the family at that son, the Midvale Suicide Coalition was time. One day sitting in the Midvale formed. The Boys & Girls Club proPark on a swing in her darkest hour, Jan- vided a safe place for a support group et swore that somehow she would find a to meet every Tuesday night for over way to be there for families in crisis and four years. With the help of IMC Hospinot let them be alone. The Midvale Boys tal and other advocates in the program, & Girls Club was later built on the exact hundreds of families came and helped site of that swing in the park. each other swim the waters of grief toIn 1998 she applied at the Boys & gether and put their lives back on dry Girls Club. Janet was teacher, adminis- ground. When a meeting place was no trative assistant, accounts payable clerk, longer available, Janet made herself bus driver and all around counselor (and available to meet personally with any grandma) to hundreds of kids. In 2000 family needing guidance. she saw an ad attached to the water bill She now tells everyone that she looking for a victim advocates with the has kept that promise made in the park Midvale Police Department. She joined that day and given back to thousands. the department in 2000 and never looked She doesn’t do it alone. She says she is back.  She spent thousands of hours with a small part of an elite team who works officers in the middle of the night help- together.   She makes sure everyone in ing victims in crisis, holding hands of the community knows of the services rape victims in hospitals, getting vic- available in our community, how to actims of domestic violence to safe places, cess the Food Bank, free clinic, child taking children to The Christmas Box care, free counseling and many others House, helping families plan for funer- agencies in the Midvale area. als of loved ones and counseling famiJanet Moore is still, at the young lies to survive their events.  She’s still age of 68, not planning on going anygoing strong after 15 years, now serving where any time soon. Midvale truly as the Midvale Justice Court Victim Ad- needs the Victim Advocate Program and vocate where she helps the victims un- others like her, just ask any Police Offiderstand the court system and get justice cer in Midvale. l


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New Senior Center Officially Opened By Tori Jorgensen

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undreds of community members attended the grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Midvale Senior Center July 15. The ceremony commenced with remarks by the mayors of Salt Lake County and Midvale City. The director of Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services and the center advisory committee president also spoke at the event. Becky Kapp, director of Salt Lake County Aging & Adult Services, said it took “only a brief 18 months” for the Midvale Senior Center to go from “dirt to building.” The county’s aging services did not have the funds to open the center prior to the scheduled date in September. Mayor Ben McAdams of Salt Lake County said Mayor JoAnn Seghini of Midvale had an impact on the center’s early opening. “Mayor Seghini would not put down the phone until we agreed to move forward with the senior center,” he said during his remarks at the ribbon cutting. Many people in the crowd laughed in response. “The Salt Lake County Council heard the plea for more funds,” he continued. “So we are actually happy to be over budget so we can open this center a little early.” Harvest Days Visual and Literary Arts Show The annual Midvale Harvest Days’ Visual & Literary Arts Show showcases art and artists of every level from Midvale and the surrounding communities and will be held Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at the Midvale Performing Arts Center, 695 West Center Street. Winners will be announced at 7 p.m. The arts show will be open from 4 – 9 p.m. There is no age or professional limit requirement. We encourage all Midvale residents and neighbors to consider their artistic creations and join with us. The show is juried. Categories: A.Traditional Media Arts (painting, drawing, etc.) B. Electronic Media Arts (photography, graphic arts, etc.) C. Heirloom Arts (crochet, quilting, needlepoint,etc.)D. Three Dimensional Arts (sculpture, pottery, etc.) E. Literary Arts (flash fiction, poetry, etc.) F. Children’s Art (art of any kind by children aged 0-10 and 11-15) Requirements: Artists must drop off art work on Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Midvale Performing Arts Center (695 W. Center St.). Artists must pick up artwork on Wednesday, August 5th at 9 p.m. Artwork not picked up at this time becomes property of the Midvale Arts Council. For more information on how to enter please www.midvalearts.com.

McAdams said investing money in the senior center was a way to show gratitude for the seniors who he said laid the groundwork to make the community into what it is today. Seghini said the structure of the building itself shows the history and background of Midvale. She called the architect who designed the building to the microphone and thanked him for his design. “What do we have here?” Seghini said, referencing to the center. “… What you have is a piece of art. [The copper paneling] represents mining, the silo in the back represents agriculture, the brick represents the history of Main Street.” Along with calling the building a work of art, Seghini said it would act as a home away from home. She said the senior population is the fastest growing demographic in Midvale and there are more and more seniors who need services each year. “What you need to do as you use this center is that you need to know you can be part of designing what goes on here,” she said to the seniors in the crowd. “This is your senior center, it’s not the county’s. It is [theirs] on paper, but it is yours in practice. It doesn’t belong to the city. It belongs to you.”

Spectators clapped. After the speeches, both mayors placed their hands on the giant scissors as they collaboratively cut the yellow ribbon that was draped across the front walkway. Many cheers were heard. The grand opening of the center proceeded until 4 p.m. with self-guided tours of the building, free manicures and pedicures by Color My Nails, raffles provided by the county, live entertainment by the group The Mixed Nuts and more. Kapp said she is confident that the new center will bring more participants to it. She said the new Midvale Senior Center is serving 15 more meals per day on average than

the old center. Kapp said the participation of the Draper Senior Center increased by 76 percent after their new building was built, and it is good to see Midvale Senior Center is already having similar results. The center’s hours of operation are from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Breakfast is served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m., and lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The new facilities offer tai chi, quilting, needlecraft, choir, bingo, pingpong, poker, yoga, line dancing and other classes. For a full list of activities, see http:// slco.org/aging-adult-services/midvale-senior-center/. l

Mayor Ben McAdams of Salt Lake County leads the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on July 15.


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The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association Adopt a New Mascot By Aimee L. Cook

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rescue puppy that was surrendered to the Humane Society of Utah by his family was recently adopted by the U.S. Ski Team, U.S. Free skiing and U.S. Snowboarding as the Olympic-bound teams’ official mascot. Champ, a five-month-old chocolate lab now has new digs and a great job. Champ will be traveling domestically with the teams. He will be attending big events such as World Cups, Grand Prixs, Snow Balls and media and fundraising events. Champ will be meeting fans and donors and hanging out with the teams. Champ was adopted and will be cared for by Courtney Harkins, the content manager for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association and her partner Brandon. “My partner and I have been talking about a dog for years,” Harkins said. “When watching the Super Bowl this year, we saw that adorable Budweiser commercial with the yellow lab puppy and horses. That’s when the idea struck that a puppy would be

Five month-old rescue puppy, Champ

a perfect compliment to the teams. We really wanted to build a stronger brand behind the teams, so the fans can really relate to the athletes and associate them with their respective teams. This seemed like the perfect opportunity to do that.”

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Harkins put the word out that she was looking for a dog. She was put in touch with Heidi Myers, the Corporate Partnership Manager for the Humane Society who helped her find the perfect rescue dog. They met Champ right after he was dropped off and knew instantly he was the perfect fit for them. “This was an incredible experience and you could tell that Courtney and Brandon were not taking it lightly,” Myers said. “Champ will be an incredible ambassador for the winter sport industry and we couldn’t think of a better spokes pup to help promote the ‘Adopt, Don’t Shop’ message. Champ will also help to dispel the myth that companion animals finding themselves in a shelter are bad, unwanted pets.” Champ will be spending the summer running behind roller skiing cross country skiers, bouncing on trampolines with snowboarders and free skiers and biking behind the alpine athletes. l

Champ, the rescue puppy that is now the official mascot for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association

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• Be sure to lock your bicycle to stationary object. The best locking device is a hardened steel u-shaped lock. Try and avoid locks, chains or cables that can easily be cut or broken. • Make sure both wheels are locked and remove any accessories that can easily be taken. • Record the make, models, serial numbers and description of your bicycle. Store this information in a safe place. • Keep lawnmowers in a locked garage or storage shed. • For a $1.00 fee you can have your bicycle registered at the Unified Police Department Midvale substation Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. These are just a few tips to help keep your property out of the hands of thieves and prevent the opportunity for them to take it.

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A Spunky Princess Came to Midvale By Tori Jorgensen

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idvale City hosted some interesting visitors, including a spunky princess, a sinister queen and a mute king as the Midvale Arts Council presented its summer musical production in the Midvale Park July 10-18. The musical, “Once Upon a Mattress”, is based on a common story, “The Princess and the Pea”, but the characters do not fit the stereotypes of most fairy tales. The prince is not overly brave and charming, the queen is not admirable, and the princess is not the usual prim and proper girl. Candice Jorgensen, assistant director, said it was nice to put on a show with atypical characters. “The princess is quirky,” Jorgensen said. “It’s a great play to show that all the weird girls out there can have happy endings too.” The first time Alyssa Koontz, who played the zany Princess Winnifred, took the stage she was covered in leaves claiming she had gone swimming in the castle’s moat. She confidently sang the showy song “Shy”, demonstrating anything but timidity. The audience laughed as she continued to defy the norm of princess-hood. Much of the humor in the play came from this kind of situational irony. Producer Stephanie Johnson said this was the silliest, funniest, most high-energy show that Midvale Arts

Council has ever done. She said this made the play suitable for an audiences of all ages, including children. Not only was the show suitable for a young audience, the cast was primarily made up of young people with 15 children and several young adults. Director Stephanie Chatterton said the hardest part about working with the young cast was the overload of scheduling conflicts with rehearsal times, because of summer break. “Overall they really stepped it up, though,” she said. “For many of them it was their first time on stage, and every performance went well.” Jorgensen said another challenge in performing this show was finding enough men to fill all the roles. She said they were afraid of not getting a full cast, but the cast members referred their friends. One of the men who got roped in to the show was Kevin Gwynn. Although, his wife, Liz Kershisnik-Gwynn who played Queen Aggravain, had been in many plays, this production was Gwynn’s first. Kershisnik-Gwynn said she was at callbacks when Jorgensen asked her if her husband would be interested in trying out for the part of the king. “I had to coax him into it,” Kershisnik-Gwynn said. “They threw him on

Allison Klippel, as Lady Larken, and Austin McCoy, as Sir Harry, discuss how they can save their reputations during the July 14 performance.

Audience members gathered at Midvale city park amphitheater to see “Once Upon a Mattress”, Midvale Art’s Council’s summer musical. stage and they had him mock me while I was reading a monologue. Everyone was laughing so hard at his performance, so he got the part.” Gwynn’s character, King Sextimus the Silent, spent the majority of the play speaking only in pantomime. In one song, Gwynn’s character explained reproduction to his son in a game of charades. Jorgensen said this was a favorite part of many. A local scout troop attended the play to support one of their members

who was in the stage crew. One of the troop members, Jacob Minson, said he could tell the play was low-budget, but that he thought the cast and crew did a great job with what they had. Kershisnik-Gwynn made a similar comment. “A good cast has the biggest impact on a show. More than talent, a successful cast comes from when people are team players,” she said. “Midvale doesn’t have amazing sets and awesome costumes, but they have a lot of heart l and that makes up for it.”

Liz Kershisnik-Gwynn, playing the part of Queen Aggravain, has a chat with her son, played by Tanner Tate in the Midvale Art’s Council production of “Once Upon a Mattress”.


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Utah Teacher Selected to Attend Prestigious Leadership Academy By Lewi Lewis

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nline charter school Mountain Heights Academy teacher, Amy Pace, is one of four teachers nationwide - and the only one from Utah - to be selected to attend the 2015 TOMODACHI Toshiba Science & Technology Leadership Academy in Tokyo, Japan. Pace will join a team of Japanese counterparts to design disaster-resilient smart communities of the future, and work with other teachers and students toward development of solutions to problems that are central to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the engineering design process. “I was super excited,” Pace said about her chances of being selected. “I felt

her selected to the program at the Science & Technology Leadership Academy. It outlines how she has utilized growing technology to improve her teaching, as well as the experience for her students. The technology of the online classroom has more benefits than the traditional classroom, according to Pace. “One of the things is that if you know what is going on you don’t just have to sit there,” she said, explaining that the students get to set a pace that they are comfortable with. “You can go through the material much quicker than you would [a traditional school] … and even though the students are in the same class, because of this technolo-

“I don’t miss interacting with my students because I do that probably more so now than I ever did in a regular classroom, and I taught in a regular classroom for 11 years so I have a really grasp on that aspect of teaching.”

like when I applied it was a long shot because they were only taking four teachers in the entire United States. But I decided I would just give it a shot.” That shot hit its mark. The passion Pace has for teaching is evident in the essay she wrote that got

Amy Pace is one of four teachers in the nation to be chosen to attend the 2015 TOMODACHI Toshiba Science & Technology Leadership Academy in Tokyo, Japan.

gy, I am able to really customize what each student sees.” But does Pace miss the orthodoxy of the physical classroom? Parts of it, she admits. “I don’t miss interacting with my students because I do that probably more so now than I ever did in a regular classroom, and I taught in a regular classroom for 11 years so I have a really grasp on that aspect of teaching.” Pace said that the cyber classroom gives her more time focusing on a really good lesson, rather than repeating the same lesson multiple times throughout the day. Pace knows just how great an opportunity that the acceptance to the Toshiba Science & Technology Leadership Academy is, not just for herself, but for her students as well. “I hope that I can make some contacts with the other teachers from the United States and Japan so that we can work together on projects between our students using the digital technology … so we can see what kind of things in science they are doing and they can see what we are doing, hopefully for the best, and incorporate that shared knowledge into our classes.” l

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4 SIMPLE TRICKS FOR SAVING ON BACK TO SCHOOL

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Thankfully, there are some simple strategies that parents can use to cut back on the costs of school needs. Here are 5 tricks you can use to trim the costs. *Reuse what you have: No one wrote a rule that a full bottle of glue works better than one that’s half full. Schools don’t require your child have an unsharpened pencil only that they have them. You can cross many items off you list without leaving the

house. If you have younger children, use this opportunity to play a game by making a scavenger hunt list, then have them hunt the house to see what they can find. You can cross many items on your list without leaving the house. *Don’t shop for everything at once. Tradition is that right after the 4th of July through early September schools supplies drop to there lowest. Check the ads weekly and stock up on the loss leaders. A loss leader is a strategy stores use where a few items are priced below cost to stimulate sales and get you in the store. Loss leaders are always right on the front page of the ad. So far this year we’ve seen .03¢ pencil sharpeners, .19¢ spiral notebooks and .50¢ Crayola Crayons. Use this opportunity to get office supplies too. Just last week I was able to pick up reams of printer paper for a penny. Coupons4Utah.com creates a weekly list of every stores loss leader items on one post. It’s great price comparison making it easy to know what stores to put on your list for the

week. Look for it every Monday. *Avoid the special characters. The backpack character syndrome, we’ve all been there, Leah wants Frozen, while Brandon wishes for Spiderman. Those special characters can add a lot of money to price of

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just celebrated another birthday, which is fine, because I’d rather be old than dead. But as I was going through my morning routine, trying to trick my hair into behaving and attempting to gather sagging skin and staple it behind my ears, I suddenly realized the futility of it all. I do all the regular things to stave off aging. I eat fresh produce, use sunscreen, drink the blood of a virgin unicorn and exercise. But even after decades of primping and preening, I’ve never figured out how to make that youthful glow last longer than the flavor of Juicy Fruit. Every morning I apply makeup. I layer antioxidant serum, wrinkle cream (which is working because now I have wrinkles), moisturizer, primer, foundation, spackle and powder—and that’s just the groundwork! I’ll try (again) to create the perfect “easy” smoky eye, using 17 shades of brown, two types of mascara, five different brushes and that stupid cat’s-eye liner that never looks like a cat’s eye. Well, maybe a cat that got hit by a bus. My eyebrows are carefully tweezed, penciled and shellacked into an almost discernible arch, then I slap on some 14-hour Long-Lasting Never-Fade lipstick (with in-

stant-pout lip gloss) and turn my attention to my thick, unruly hair. I have more hair than a yeti. One day, my hair can be presentable-ish, and the next day it looks like two squirrels spent the evening mating on my head. I’ll spray, mousse, balm and texture my hair into a coiffed aura of blonde fuzz and head out the door. In the time it takes to drive to the office, my hair has collapsed like a furry blonde creature imploded. Around 10 a.m., I notice my 14-hour Long-Lasting Never-Fade lipstick is completely gone, leaving my lips looking like a couple of albino earthworms. By noon, my cat’s-eye eyeliner has

slunk to the inner corners of my eyes, creating a tar-like substance that cannot be removed without kerosene and a match. My “easy” smoky eye is now a sparkly brown smear and by 2 p.m., my carefully groomed eyebrows are scattered across my forehead. My brows drift tiredly toward the floor like weary caterpillars. Random hot flashes during the day create lava-lines of sweat streaking through my foundation. At 2:30, my all-day mineral base has leached into my wrinkles, while my droopy cheeks are being propped up with toothpicks. By 3 p.m., my hair is completely wilt-

ed around my face, dangling listlessly from my scalp and dripping melted hair products onto the floor like a head stalactite. Around 3:30, co-workers start asking if I’m feeling well. “Maybe you should go home. You look so . . . watery.” “I’m fine. My make-up has just worn off.” “You should see someone about that,” they say, as they gesture toward my entire face. But I’m okay with all that. My husband doesn’t care if my eye shadow never inspires its own Pinterest board. My dog couldn’t care less if I wear lip gloss while we’re running through the neighborhood. My grandkids already think I’m on my deathbed and they’re just happy I’m still breathing every morning. Me too. I can watch the sun rise and realize beauty comes in so many different ways. Still. I’ll be the 106-year-old woman who won’t leave her home without lipstick. I’ll be slathering on moisturizer the day of my funeral. I’ll wander the Sephora aisles on my 75th birthday, looking for the perfect foundation and I’ll do it with a smile. Because happiness is the best makeup. l

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