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ALI’S GOLDEN HELPERS By Alisha Soeken | alisha.s@mycityjournals.com


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Ali Barnes and her therapy dogs Alta and Jackson (Bill Barnes)

heir noses are cold, feet are furry and hearts warm and welcoming. Jackson and Alta are therapy dogs for Intermountain Therapy Animals and their love for that work comes naturally. “Jackson gets very excited the moment I get the bag out and put his ITA scarf on. I know some people don’t believe dogs smile, but he has a huge smile when working with the kids,” Ali Barnes said of her eight-year-old golden retriever. Both retrievers Jackson and Alta work at Primary Children’s Residential Treatment Center. “Jackson does play-therapy. We go into a gym and the kids play fetch, hide-and-go seek and do tricks with him. They learn about taking turns and work on social skills while having fun. Alta and I go once a week to read with the kids,” Barnes said. That reading is part of R.E.A.D (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) and was developed by Intermountain Therapy Animals to help children with literacy in a unique way. “Alta is also very eager to get in the door and see the kids. When the kids read to her she settles down and often puts her head in their laps as they read,” Barnes said. Barnes’ desire to volunteer with Jackson and Alta came as naturally as her childhood love for animals. “When I was nine or 10 we adopted my uncle’s dog when he and his family had to move to Thailand. That dog was the sweetest dog and we all fell in love with her. When she died, I knew I had to have a dog in my life. After I married, my husband gave me our first golden retriever to keep me company,” Barnes said. They now have their fifth golden retriever. Over the years each of those retrievers have been loved enormously and included as members in the Barnes family. Each retriever, like the family that owned them, was compassionate, fun and kind —characteristics essential for the work they do.

“Jackson and Alta love people. They are patient and seem to sense what mood you are in and what you need. Dogs don’t care how you’re dressed, what your education level is, or how much money you make. They are just the embodiment of unconditional love,” Barnes said. Through Jackson and Alta’s love, moments of healing and kindness are created often for Barnes to see. One of her most touching moments occurred at the Huntsman Cancer Institute with her first therapy dog, Oakley. A mother requested that she and Oakley visit her dying son. “Oakley and I came to the side of his bed and the young man’s mom put his hand on the dog’s head and told him there was a dog here to visit him. The family just talked about their dog for a few minutes, and then we left. I felt so honored that they would allow us into the room during this difficult time of their loved ones passing. Oakley brought them some comfort and peace and was a reminder of wonderful family memories,” Barnes said. Because of that example and others, Karen Burns, assistant director of Intermountain Therapy Animals, appreciates Ali, her dogs and their eight years of volunteering. “Ali goes above and beyond in her volunteer work. She is one of our volunteers that work quietly and professionally and are committed to their work.  If Ali sees a need she will jump in and help with anything. She, Jackson and Alta have made a difference for so many people and are a bright spot in someone’s day whether that be visiting at hospitals or reading with kids.  They are a pure joy to all that meet them,” Burns said. Despite credit that is undoubtedly hers, Ali gives it to her dogs. “I don’t really feel like I have done the service,” Barnes said. “I’m just the person who holds the end of the leash.” l

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atricia Lochhead walked into Silver Summit Dental in Herriman with only nine teeth. She plans to walk out with a full smile. Her mouth reconstruction, which will add 19 new teeth to her mouth, is made possible by donations from the community and the dental office. The single mother of two can’t wait until the four-month process is finished. “My confidence is going to go through the roof,” she said at her first appointment with Silver Summit Dental on Jan. 21. “People sometimes judge, and that makes you feel low, but with a smile, you can walk proud and be happier. When this is finished, I think that all I’ll be doing is smiling.” Her new mouth will be symbolic of her new life. The Murray resident said her teeth deteriorated from drug use, but now she is sober and she’s concentrating on what matters — her children and finding a good job. “My confidence is going to go through the roof,” she said at her first appointment with Silver Summit Dental on Jan. 21. “People sometimes judge, and that makes you feel low, but with a smile, you can walk proud and be happier. When this is finished, I think that all I’ll be doing is smiling.” Lochhead wanted to get her teeth replaced, but mouth reconstruction comes at a hefty price, often amounting to more than $20,000. The desire was more like a dream, she said. She expressed this dream to a neighbor, Francine Platt, not knowing that Platt had connections. “It was good timing,” said Platt, a graphic designer. “I was just finishing up a design with Silver Summit Dental, and it was like a godsend.” Platt approached the owner of the new office whom she’d worked with before, Doug Laney, and asked if the new practice would be offering charitable services in the future. Laney said he and the two dentists at the practice were hoping to offer free service to someone as part of their grand opening. They added Lochhead’s name to a list of more than 20 locals who needed, but didn’t have the means for, dental work. They compiled the list using recommendations from residents, city officials and ecclesiastical leaders. “The three of us are firm believers in giving back and service work. It’s good karma. It is the right thing to do, and we want to be part of this community and felt like this would be a good way to do that,” Laney said. “We picked Patricia because she seemed like she really needed this, and we realized that we could restore her smile and that her confidence might get her back in the workforce and back in the community.”

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Laney and dentists Doug Hansen and Tanner Clark are donating the time and space to reconstruct Lochhead’s mouth and local community donations are providing the money needed for the supplies. Hansen checked Lochhead’s teeth at the first appointment. After X-rays and observation, he determined which teeth would be implanted and which ones could be replaced with dentures. Because Lochhead had her top two front teeth removed one week prior to the first exam, the reconstruction process had to be lengthened a bit to give her time to heal, Laney said. Lochhead, who admits to being nervous about the appointment, said she feels hope for the future despite the root canals that will take place soon to prepare her mouth for new teeth. “Eventually I’d like to have my own home, be able to completely provide for my kids—do those things that I might have missed out on earlier in life and have my teeth,” she said. “This is the start of all of those things.” While they are starting with Lochhead, Laney said the new dentistry practice located at 13400 South 5734 West plans to offer other community members access to free dental work on designated days throughout the year. l

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n the same year that Peter Tchaikovsky’s fourth symphony premiered, John P. Cahoon established a brick manufacturing plant in Salt Lake City that would become one the largest brick companies in the country. Cahoon was born on the banks of Cottonwood Creek in Salt Lake County. Raised on a farm and being one of five sons, Cahoon learned hard work and determination. Using those characteristics and understanding the scarcity of lumber in Utah, Cahoon propelled his business, the Salt Lake Pressed Brick Company to success. Over 200,000 bricks a day came from his business building on 11th East and 33rd South. In a 1920’s archived biography about Cahoon, S.J. Clarke wrote, “He has clay in abundance and the plant is known throughout the entire country. His establishment enjoys the reputation of being the most thoroughly up-to-date brick manufacturing plant of the country. At the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, in 1893, the company was awarded a medal as first prize for the best red brick. And at the Panama-Pacific Exposition and succeeding expositions wherever his brick has been displayed he has received medals until his possessions of

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that character now number nearly a score.” That prized brick went into building a home for Cahoon, his wife Elizabeth and their 10 children and stands today as the Murray Mansion. The large two-and-a-half story yellow brick home was built in 1900 in a Victorian Eclectic style. Its exterior and interior details are of a Victorian influence yet its basic rectangular shape hints of the early 20th-century Bungalow style. The home has remained virtually unchanged. Scroll brackets and dentils still decorate the wide eaves. In rooms with 12-foot high ceilings there are ornate fireplaces still in use. Wood paneled doors still slide and oval doorknobs turn. The original floor plan remains almost the same. Cahoon and his family enjoyed the home for over 20 years. The Mansion saw the rearing of almost all 10 of Cahoon’s children. It has since known the lives of James C. Overson, a mining man and Steven L. Hansen, an attorney, among many others. Bill and Susan Wright purchased the mansion 33 years ago. “It’s a beautiful home with so much history. It’s big, over 10,000 square feet, but it’s still a very warm and homey place,” Susan said. When the Wright’s purchased the home

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Nathaniel Coleman reacts after finishing his last climb at the Bouldering Open National Champion. (Jon Vickers/Momentum Indoor Climbing)

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vercoming a finger injury suffered during Christmas break, Nathaniel Coleman successfully defended his title as USA Climbing’s Bouldering Open National Champion on Feb. 4 at the Salt Palace Convention Center. “It was definitely more meaningful being in front of a home crowd,” said Nathaniel, a Murray native. “Because I had such low expectations competing with an injured finger. It felt like my result was kind of just a miracle for the hometown.” A miracle that didn’t look possible when he damaged the pulley—a sheath that holds tendons together—in his left ring finger causing him to take two weeks off and work with three different physical therapists. He estimated his finger was about 70 percent healed before the competition started. “We weren’t sure if he would climb, he did lots of physical therapy,” said his mom Rosane Coleman. The miracle victory also seemed to be out of reach when he squeaked into the final round in ninth place out of nine. It proved to be a blessing in disguise, the last qualifier goes first in the final round—made up of four separate routes that climbers must solve to reach the top. “When I was going out first it was like…I was setting the bar. I was able to move confidently and quickly. That was another psychological factor in how I was able to make a comeback in finals,” Nathaniel said. He noted how when you go last, you feel a certain level of pressure knowing that other climbers have come before you and the crowd has most likely seen the best way to reach the top. Pressure did not reach Nathaniel as he flashed (reached the top on his first attempt) all four routes he faced, including one where he reached the peak 15 seconds after first touching the wall. While the qualifying rounds and semi-final rounds are designed to be extremely difficult to weed out the weaker climbers, Nathaniel said the final round has a “more showboat, spectator friendly kind of problems, and those are my favorite kind.”

“He just happened to luck out on the finals that they were all climbs that he really likes,” Rosane said. “He likes dynamic moves, the great big pinchy holds, he’s really good at those. It just happened to work in his favor this time.” Having a hometown crowd cheering him on worked for him, too, said his mom. “When the crowd is behind him it just fuels him. He just loves that. He thrives on that, so I think a lot of his determination is based on the crowd because he knows they’re behind him,” she said. Nathaniel said encouragement helped him have a good time and not stress. “It made a world of difference for sure,” he said of the crowd support. “It definitely had a psychological effect on me. Especially before you step on the wall cause if you’re out there and people are cheering and showing their support for you before you even show them what you can do, it just gives you the confidence.” After finishing his final problem confirming his championship status, Nathaniel’s friends pulled him into the crowd to bear hug him for minutes. “It was really fun, he had a lot of support there,” Rosane, a manager at Momentum Climbing Gym, said. Nathaniel said being a repeat winner carries extra significance for him considering the context. “This year it was more of a big deal because I just didn’t think it was possible,” he said. “I wasn’t even thinking about being able to defend my title. It’s almost like an added bonus honestly because just getting the win in front of the home crowd was definitely the highlight.” Nathaniel’s celebration was short lived as the following weekend he drove to Waco, Texas with his friend to compete in the Waco Rock Rodeo—one of the biggest outdoor climbing competitions in the nation. l

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Eminent domain for downtown development discussed by Murray Council By Mandy Ditto | m.ditto@mycityjournals.com


he Murray City Council passed a resolution to wait 30 days to consider passing a resolution authorizing and approving proceedings in eminent domain regarding property for further downtown development. “As we talk about this issue with eminent domain, this is a very difficult issue, it’s a very challenging issue especially for property owners, it’s not something we take lightly at all,” said Tim Tingey, director of Administrative and Development Services. “The definition of eminent domain is the taking of private property for public purposes. Just compensation is an important element of that, all defined under Utah state code and even federal code.” The city is embarking on a significant public project in the downtown area, west of State Street from Vine Street north to 4800 South and areas that move from State Street to the TRAX line, with 10 parcels being discussed for eminent domain with six different property owners, Tingey said. Public improvement by the city on this land will include building a new city hall, building roads associated with city hall and other projects, parking structures for public use and open space, he said. Several property owners who would be effected by eminent domain attended the council meeting on February 7. Members of the Murray Fraternal Order of Eagles 1760, located at 10th West and 4th Avenue in Murray came to discuss the purchase of their property and help from the city in finding a new location. The Fraternal Order of the Eagles (FOE) is an international organization that raises money for numerous charities and helped pass the Fair Labor Act, along with other legislation, said Christina Edwards, an FOE member. “Although we aren’t a religious organization, we promote and stand by the Ten Commandments,” Edwards said. The FOE was founded in Murray 115 years ago, and have been at their current location since 1960. The FOE sits on over a half-acre of land, and has approximately 75 maintained parking stalls. The facility has multiple entrances, two social areas, two independent dance floors, a fullsize commercial kitchen, and enclosed outdoor patio and four full restrooms, said Marlies Burns, another FOE member. “It will be hard for us to replace our facility,” Burns said. “Our intent is to keep our club, our heart and our home in the Murray City limits. It’s where we started, and where we would like to keep our business.” FOE members have looked for another place to move in Murray but haven’t found anything comparable. The FOE wishes to have the city’s assistance in finding a new facility and, in order to relocate a small business, the city must provide relocation benefits, according to state law said Justin Matkin, a Fraternal Order of the Eagles’

Justin Matkin, a Fraternal Order of the Eagles’ legal council, speaks at the Murray council meeting Feb. 7 regarding eminent domain issues, in which the city is negotiating to purchase land owned by FOE. (Mandy Ditto/City Journals)

lawyer. The FOE’s legal council also believes there are some changes that need to be made to the negotiation process. “In the Utah Eminent Domain Code, there is a requirement that before the city takes a final vote that it use good faith negotiations with the property owners,” said Matkin. “I will describe the negotiation that have taken place so far: we’ve received a letter saying, ‘This is the amount we’re offering you, either accept it or else.’ That’s, in my view, not a negotiation, that’s an ultimatum.” The city’s offer for the FOE property was $500,000, but the declared value from the appraiser was $565,000, meaning the appraiser didn’t believe the building on the property offered any extra value to the property, so they reduced the value by $65,000. This means the FOE is being asked to pay the demolition costs for their building, Matkin said. “Our suggestion would be: tap the brakes, make sure you’ve followed all the rules, make sure you’ve negotiated in good faith, and then you can have your vote in a month when we’ve had time to work everything out,” Matkin said. “We want to be cooperative, we want to deal with the situation fairly.” Two other properties were briefly discussed at the meeting, including the Strasser Organization — which had two representatives speak about being unclear on receiving an offer letter — and Danny Johnson’s Contract Appliance Sales business. Colin Strasser and Fidel Crespin of the Strasser Organization wanted to express concern that the city has been moving too quickly, and without fair negotiation. Strasser said that Tingey had not reached out to his organization with an offer, though Tingey later confirmed in the meeting that he had been in contact with the organization and had personally spoken to Strasser about the property negotiations. Danny Johnson’s business has increased 300 percent in his current location at 35 East and 5th Avenue, and though he doesn’t want to relocate,

he knows it is necessary for the city’s growth. Blaine Walker, who represented Johnson at the meeting as his lawyer, said, however, that the offer wasn’t significant enough for them and didn’t give enough time to accept and they are working with Tingey currently on negotiations. “We are working with Mr. Tingey on reviewing those offers and negotiating on moving costs, all those things that fall under eminent domain law in Utah,” Walker said. “Mr. Johnson doesn’t want to be an impediment in the process, but his concerns are timing, and of course replacing his business so he doesn’t lose business, and being able to replace what he has now.” The city decided unanimously to wait 30 days — until March 7 — before looking at passing the eminent domain resolution, specifically after comments from Councilman Jim Brass to give the negotiations more time. A resolution was also passed in regards to the intent to adjust a boundary common to Murray and Midvale cities, that would lead to about 27.5 acres located at approximately Winchester Street and 700 West of Murray being annexed to Midvale City. Garbett Homes plans to build 128 single-family homes on the property, but because of the slope of the land current sewer services that would be provided by Murray would not be sufficient. “Because of the grade of the property, Garbett Homes would like to have the sewer and the storm water drain into the Midvale sewer system and storm drain system, thus avoiding having to have a list station installed to pump the water uphill,” said Doug Hill, Murray City Public Services director. A resolution of intent to study whether or not a boundary adjustment should be undertaken was what the council approved Tuesday night, not an actual approval of the boundary adjustment. The planning and zoning commission will take a look at the adjustment and provide recommendations to the council. The resolution also set the public hearing date for April 18, where a final decision will be brought before the council, Hill said. l


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Longview students learn math techniques from their Principal Chad Sanders in preparation for a Math Olympiad competition. (Julie Slama/City Journals)


ongview fifth-grader Josie Richardson was asked to join her school’s Math Olympiad team after scoring well on her standardized math test last year. “Math is my favorite as it is logical and easy to do,” she said. “But with the Math Olympiad tests, there’s five questions that are hard and really challenge you.” Josie and 59 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders take five 30-minute, five-question tests during the school year that center on story problems, Principal Chad Sanders said. To prepare for the tests, Sanders and special education teacher Teri Singleton hold sessions showing students methods to solve story problems. “We teach them math skills and then, they can apply them to solve higher-level story problems,” Sanders said. “Math Olympiad gives students a chance to learn more and apply what they’ve learned.” Longview has two teams as only 35 students are allowed on a team. Through the five competitions, students can receive awards for both individual performances as well as team competition scores. Individuals can receive Math Olympiad embroidered patches if they are among the top 50 percent and a silver Math Olympiad pin if they are in the top 10 percent. If the students are in the top two percent, they receive a gold pin and the highest scoring member on each team receives a trophy. Students who have perfect scores in all five competitions receive a bronze medallion. With team scores, the top 20 percent of the teams receives a certificate. The top 10 percent will receive a plaque. “Last year, I had a small group of students who I helped, coming up with my own questions. Now, we can use old Math Olympiad tests and study materials to help students learn. If they miss a question, we go over it together so they can learn

from it,” Sanders said. An example of a typical math problem is: a digital clock shows 2:35. This is the first time after midnight when all three digits are different prime numbers. What is the last time before noon when all three digits on the clock are different prime numbers? After solving it, students may then figure out how many times between midnight and noon will the digits be three different primes. In the first competition, in November, Sanders said that Longview’s teams did “substantially better” than other teams. “I was surprised and proud of our students. The second and third competitions, the tests looked like college math. This is really pushing and challenging the kids. Our kids are excelling in math and applying the skills they are learning in class and to more in-depth material,” he said. The last test will be given in March. About 6,000 teams from more than 30 countries compete in the Math Olympiad. Math Olympiad was created in 1977 and is designed to not only introduce new mathematical concepts, but also to teach major strategies for problem solving. The website also states it’s designed to strengthen mathematical intuition, creativity and ingenuity as well as to stimulate enthusiasm and a love for mathematics and provide satisfaction and joy of meeting challenges. Sixth-grader Matthew Uvario said that he finds the experience fun. “Mr. Sanders is really fun when he shows us different ways to solve problems,” Matthew said. “He uses real-life situations and includes us in the problems so we pay attention and learn. It has actually helped me build upon the formulas I’ve learned so it makes it easier when I take tests. It’s fun to figure it all out.” l

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Murray High salutes former, current faculty in Centennial Celebration By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


t’s a chance to mingle and catch up as Murray High School welcomes current and former faculty to a centennial reunion in May. The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, May 25 in Murray High School’s commons at 5440 S. State St. There will be yearbooks and memorabilia on display. “We’ve honored our early graduating classes and administrators, but this is a chance for current students and alumni to see their teachers in an informal setting,” said Murray High teacher Leesa Lloyd, who is coordinating the event. “We know many generations of families have been taught by these dedicated faculty members and we want them to be recognized.” Lloyd, who has taught at Murray High for 31 years, said that she especially welcomes faculty who may have taught in the 1940s and 1950s. “We’d love to hear from those who taught in the original building or may have taught here the longest. Murray is unique. Many students who graduated and left, come back here to Murray to raise their families and attend Murray schools. Our community is really familyorientated and there’s a real connection,” she said. Principal John Goldhardt said that this

gives the current Murray High students and faculty a way of showing their appreciation. “It’s a way for us to connect with our community and celebrate 100 years of education and learning,” he said. “It’s a way of recognizing what early educators gave to this community.” Following the informal reception, Murray faculty is invited to the end-of-the-year program, Spartan Spectacular, which will be held in the gymnasium. “We honor our performing groups one last time as well as our spring athletic teams. We also introduce next year’s student body officers. At the Spartan Spec, we will take a minute to recognize our former teachers who have made a great impact on Murray students,” she said. The Dance Company also will pay tribute to the school’s centennial, chronicling its history during a 20-minute piece that will incorporate different dance styles and social issues while projecting slides of Murray High students through the years taken from yearbooks. The “Centennial Suite” and other numbers will be performed in the spring performance at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 20 and Friday, April 21 in the school auditorium. “We’ve had great traditions for decades and decades,” she said.

Murray High School Dance Company, shown here, will pay tribute to the school’s centennial, chronicling its history during a 20-minute piece to be performed in April. (Sarah Young/Sodabee Photography)

A grand Centennial Ball will take place at 7 p.m., Friday, May 26 at the state capitol as the final event of the year-long centennial celebration. “We decided to hold it at the state capitol, which also is celebrating its 100th year,” Goldhardt said. “We plan to have music from

every decade and it’s up to our guests if they’d like to come in formal attire or period dress.” Goldhardt said that all students, alumni and current and former faculty are invited to attend the event, which will have a birthday cake for the school. Ticket information can be obtained by calling the school at 801-264-7460. l

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Longview Elementary students defend their honor during ribbon weeks

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During red and white ribbon week, Longview Elementary housed a fortress made of cardboard that Riverview Junior High students made for the elementary students. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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6-foot tall by 77-foot long replica of the old Roman fortress modeled after one in Brugg, Switzerland was erected in Longview Elementary’s multi-purpose room for a week to allow a hands-on learning opportunity for students to learn to defend their honor. “Defend my honor” was the theme of Longview’s white and red ribbon week, Feb. 6-10. “We combined internet safety with protecting themselves from harmful substances during the week and added in the theme of the Romans, who were known to eat and live healthy and believed in getting enough sleep,” Parent-Teacher Association Jeannette Bowen said. “We hope the theme helps them realize they need to keep themselves away from harmful substances and from harmful things found on the internet.” Bowen said students also received tools on how to be safe, such as discussion topics to talk about with their parents, such as setting limits online, walking away from unhealthy situations and having fun without drugs, alcohol or harmful websites. “We hope this will open the door for parents to have these discussions with their kids,” she said. Third-grader Vivian Baxter understood the importance of the week. “Red and white ribbon week means we should defend our honor and everything we stand for,” she said. Second-grader Kennedy Madsen said that defend meant to fight it off, or if “you see something bad on the internet, you should stay away and tell someone.” Her favorite part of the fortress she was defending was to try out the homemade beds while third-grader Hannah Bowen liked the actual books in the castle library. Second-grader Royal Rugh, liked being a knight. “By being a knight, I can defend this fortress and be safe,” he said. After eating lunch, students could enter the fortress to read stories from homemade books about the Roman history or alphabet, pretend to cook themselves a healthy snack on the stove and eat it at the kitchen table, take a short nap on a bed or put on their helmets and take a shield to defend their honor. There also was a chariot where students could have their photo taken. All the items were made from 1,130 feet of recycled cardboard and 1,400 feet of duct tape by 25 junior high Parent-Teacher-Student Association students during a 14-day period. “The students spent 240 hours building this so it could sustain 400plus students playing in it,” said Petra Winegar, who is Riverview Junior High’s PTSA student service coordinator. “Many of the students who built this used to go to Longview, so it means a lot to them.”

Winegar, who visited the Switzerland castle and talked to its officials, got the idea to create the fortress over the past summer. She sought donations of cardboard from RC Willey and other area businesses. Home Depot also gave Riverview students $100 toward the project. “From the onset, we spent two or three days talking about what we were going to build before splitting into teams to construct it. My dad was an architect, so he taught me a lot about how cardboard works and how not to disrupt the grain, but to cut and shape it how it wants to bend,” she said. One team worked on the walls of the castle; another wrote and created books and the library; a third team created the kitchen, from the stove to the silverware, and another created the bedroom chambers with two beds. An armory team created 35 shields and, with the help of Murray School District media center specialist Jeanette Marx, designed and bent helmets into shape. She also said the students had support from their principal and shop teacher John Johnston. Riverview student Elizabeth Myers said that he had fun creating the fortress project. “One thing I loved about being a part of this project was that I was able to build some pretty amazing things — and just out of cardboard,” she said. “Not only was I able to help in a great service project, I was able to work with friends and other great people as well.” Classmate Nicc Winegar said he likes building things. “It was nice to see how we started out with nothing and it ended up being something awesome,” he said. Winegar said it was more than just building the fortress. “By the time they were finished, they were so proud of themselves and of each other. There is no greater honor for adults, than when children invite them in. Our goal at the PTA is to inspire and motivate by providing a platform for our students to discover greatness and talents from within. Our service projects are designed to promote community spirit, team work and a sense of accomplishment. Of course, with a dosage of fun and crazy,” she said. Winegar said that each team had a lead and they directed students. “Two volunteers, Stephanie Gold and Anna Watne, and I just went about helping the students. It’s been a fantastic experience, she said, adding that she’d love to see another elementary school use this fortress. For the students, like kindergartener Brayden Chadburn, it didn’t matter that the junior high students used five gallons of paint and 150 sticks of hot glue, it was about having the opportunity to have a castle in his school’s multi-purpose room. “I like that I can play in the fortress,” he said. l

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March 2017 FReQUentlY ReQUesteD nUMBeRs Grant Elementary . . . . . . 801-264-7416 Heritage Center (Senior Programming) . . 801-264-2635 Hillcrest Jr. High . . . . . . . 801-264-7442 Horizon Elementary . . . . 801-264-7420 Liberty Elementary . . . . . 801-264-7424 Longview Elementary. . . 801-264-7428 Ken Price Ball Park . . . . . 801-262-8282 Miss Murray Pageant (Leesa Lloyd) . . . . . . . . . . 801-446-9233 McMillan Elementary . . 801-264-7430 Murray Area Chamber of Commerce.. . . . . . . . . . 801-263-2632 Murray Arts Advisory Board (Mary Ann Kirk) . . . . . . . . 801-264-2614 Murray Boys & Girls Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . 801-268-1335 Murray City Cemetery . . . 801-264-2637 Murray Community Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . 801-264-7414 Murray High School . . . . 801-264-7460 Murray Museum . . . . . . . 801-264-2589 Murray Parks and Recreation Office . . . . . . . 801-264-2614 Murray Parkway Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . 801-262-4653 Murray Park Aquatics Pool . . . . . . . . . .801 290-4190 Mick Riley Golf Course (SL County) . . . . . . . . . . . 801-266-8185 Parkside Elementary . . . . 801-264-7434 Riverview Jr. High . . . . . . 801-264-7446 Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation . . . . . . . . 801-468-2560 Salt Lake County Ice Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . 801-270-7280 The Park Center . . . . . . . . 801-284-4200 Viewmont Elementary . . 801-264-7438

C ULTURAL A RTS Winter Season March 2-4, 6, The Odd Couple, Produced by MHS Drama MHS, 7 p.m., $5-$6 advance, $7 door March 11, Sounds of Spain, Murray Symphony MHS, 7:30 p.m. , $6, under 10 free March 15-18, Henry V, Produced by CHS CHS, 7 p.m,, $7 advance, $8 door March 16-18, The Black Cauldron Fairytale Ballet Murray Ballet Center, 7 p.m., $7

Murray Storytelling Festival Approximately 50 finalists chosen from local storytelling residencies will share their stories at Murray’s fourth annual Storytelling Festival March 18 from 11 am to 4 pm at Murray High Little Theater and Choir Rooms. Storytellers include local students from grades 2-12 along with adults and seniors. Sessions run every hour at 11 am, noon, 1, 2, and 3 pm. The event is free and the public is welcome! Murray will select finalists from the city festival to participate in the 2nd annual county festival, Story Crossroads in the spring.

SPRING DANCE FESTIVAL: “Murray Is My Home” Produced by Murray City Cultural Arts, a dance festival entitled “Murray Is My Home,” will be performed May 18 at 7:30 PM at the Murray High School Football Field to celebrate Murray High’s Centennial. In case of inclement weather, elementary schools will split into two performances in the MHS Gym with Viewmont, Horizon and Grant at 5 pm and Parkside, McMillan, Longview and Liberty at 7:30 pm. The event will feature ethnic dances performed by elementary students, secondary dance and percussion students, and a few community ensembles with Murray High students providing the narration and opening production number. Parents of students in grades 2-6 should keep the date open since all students in the district grades 2-6 will be participating. Murray Arts in the Park 2017 Amphitheater Season will feature a summer of musical theater classics including Fiddler on the Roof, The Music Man, and Carousel. Fiddler on the Roof auditions will be Friday, March 3rd from 7 pm to 9 pm and March 4th from 9 am to noon at the Murray Theater located at 4961 South State. Parking is limited in front of the theater so please park to the south behind Murray City Hall. Do not park in the post office – you could be towed. Please be prepared to sing 16 to 24 bars of a Broadway style song, not from Fiddler. An accompanist will be provided. No CDs please. Please also come prepared for a dance audition. Families are welcome to audition together. The show is being directed by Candy Tippetts, musical direction by Lynn Chatterton, choreography by Peggy Sherratt and produced by the Murray Arts Council with licensing permission by MTI. Performance dates are June 22-28 excluding Sunday.

The Music Man auditions will be held Tuesday May 9th and Thursday May 11th from 6:30 – 9:00 pm each night in the MHS Little Theatre. Auditions are for ages 10 and older. However, if a family is auditioning and they will be attending rehearsals as a family, they are welcome to have any of their children in the show regardless of age or if they are accompanied by an older sibling or cousin or family member who is not a parent. The children cast as Winthrop and Amaryllis must appear to be 10 years old or younger. Those auditioning should prepare 16 bars from a Broadway song in the style of the show. An accompanist will be provided but they are welcome to bring a CD or use a playback device for their auditions. Come prepared to demonstrate some basic choreography which will be taught at the audition. Callbacks will be Saturday, May 13th at 9:00 am in the dance studio at MHS. They will be asked to sing songs from the show and read from the script at callbacks. Rehearsals will start in June, after graduation. Will Saxton will be directing the show which will be performed July 27-Aug 2 excluding Sunday with licensing permission by MTI. Rodger and Hammersteins Carousel auditions will be scheduled sometime in May. Directed by Jim Smith, the show will be performed August 11-12, 14, 17-19. Music Entries for the annual BIENNIAL MURRAY 2017 MUSIC COMPOSITION AND ARRANGING COMPETITION are due by April 17 at 5 PM in the Murray Parks Office. Entries may include original compositions or original arrangements of previously written material for piano, instrumental ensembles, vocal solos or ensembles with or without lyrics. Competition is open to Murray residents or students attending public schools in Murray City boundaries with a limit of one entry per person per category. There are no age restrictions. Entries will be judged in youth and adult divisions in the categories of original composition and arrangements of previously written music. The entry may be submitted in hand or computer generated music notation and/or recorded on a CD/thumb drive. Entry forms can be picked up at the Murray Parks Office or printed from the Murray City Website at www.murray.utah.gov under Cultural Arts. Murray Parade Entry Forms will be available at the Murray Parks Office or on-line beginning March 1.

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R ECREATION Spring Top Flite League

Adult Kickball

Youth Track Club

Murray Parks and Recreation is offering a spring Top Flite Basketball League for 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th Grades. These leagues are open to the first 8 teams that register for each league. Play 7 games. Teams must provide their own jerseys. Dates: 7th Grade Mondays April 10 to May 22 5th Grade Tuesdays April 11 to May 30 6th Grade Wednesdays April 12 to May 31 8th Grade Thursdays April 13 to June 1 4th Grade Thursdays April 13 to June 1 Cost: $400 per team Locations: Games played at Murray High School and Riverview Jr. High Deadline: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Register: Online at www.mcreg.com or at the Murray Parks and Recreation office located in Murray Park at 296 East Murray Park Avenue, Murray UT 84107

Murray Parks and Recreation is taking registrations for Spring Adult Coed Kickball League. Great for improving

Murray Parks and Recreation is taking signups for its Youth Track Program. Boys and girls will receive instruction on running skills and field events. Weekly practices will be held, as well as a variety of County-wide track meets. Participants can compete in many events including the long-jump, high jump, shot put, sprints and hurdles. All participants receive a team shirt, award and participation in local meets. Dates: May 22 to July 17 Place: Murray High Track Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm Ages: 6-18 Days: Mondays & Wednesdays Cost: $45 Deadline: Friday, June 7, 2017 Register: Murray Parks & Recreation the Park Center or online at www.mcreg.com

Adult Softball Murray City is taking registrations for its Monday Night Coed League, Tuesday Night Coed League and Thursday Night Men’s League. Play 14 games. Murray City provides the softballs. These are considered USSSA “D” Leagues. We use different size softballs for women and men. We will accept the first 8 teams that registers for teach these leagues. This is a well groomed field with lights. No Composite or double wall bats allowed. Dates: Monday Night Coed Starts April 10 Tuesday Night Coed Starts April 11 Thursday Night Mens Starts April 13 Field: Murray Park Softball Diamond 330 East Vine St. Cost: $500 Deadline: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 (Or until leagues are full) Register: Murray Parks and Recreation Office or online at www.mcreg.com

Spring Jr. Jazz Basketball League Murray Parks and Recreation is taking registrations for the 2017 Jr. Jazz Basketball Spring League which include grades Girls 3rd-4th, Girls 5th-6th, Boys 3rd-4th, Boys 5th-6th. The program features Bi-weekly practices. Play 8 games and have weekly practices. Participants will learn the skills necessary to play basketball, meet new friends, improve their fitness level and have lots of fun. Teams could be Coed depending on if we get enough girls and boys.

your fitness, meeting new people and interacting socially with others. Teams consist of 11 players (can carry up to 22 people on a roster) with at least 4 women on the field. All members present must kick in the batting order provided. A total of 9 games will be played followed by a post season tournament, The league will use a 8.5 rubber ball. Form a team and join the hottest league in town. Dates: Wednesday League, April 5 to June 14 Friday League, April 7 to June 16 Place: Murray Park Softball Field Cost: $350 per team Time: 6-11 pm Register: Murray Parks & Rec. office, Murray Park or online at www.mcreg.com Deadline: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Spring Volleyball Leagues League: Monday Women’s 6’s A Volleyball League Dates: March 6 – April 24 Cost: $240 per 6’s team Location: The Park Center League: Wednesday 2s to 4s Volleyball League Dates: March 1 – April 19 Cost: $80 Location: Murray High Aux. Gym

Space limited to the first 10 teams in each league to register! Teams must provide their own jerseys!!! Teams must fill out a roster the first night of the league. We also offer a Summer League on Wed. & Fri

League: Thursdays Coed B/BB Volleyball League Dates: March 2 – April 20 Cost: $240 Location: Hillcrest Jr. High

44th Annual Murray High Alumni Basketball Tournament

Spring Coed 6’s Volleyball Tournament

Murray Parks and Recreation is taking registrations for the 44th Annual Murray High Alumni Basketball Tournament. Grads from Murray gather together to play in this prestigious Basketball Tournament. Get your classmates together and form your Alumni Team. It is the oldest tournament of its kind in the entire United States. Teams can merge together if they cannot find enough schoolmates to play together. Each team is guaranteed three games. The tournament starts with Pool Play, and the winners will advance to the Championship Round of the Tournament. You must be a Murray High Grad to participate! Dates: April 3-8 Cost: $200 per team Place: Murray High School Deadline: Friday, March 24, 2017 Register: Murray Parks & Rec. 296 E. Murray Park Ave. Murray, UT 84107. Or online at www.mcreg.com. For more information, call 801-264-2614!

Date: Saturday, March 25 Time: 6:30am Captain’s Meeting Cost: $240 per team / $270 after deadline Location: The Park Center Deadline: Monday, March 20

Easter Egg Splash & Ducky Derby Date: Friday, April 7 Times: 5:30pm (9-12 years) 5:50pm (7-8 years) 6:10pm (5-6 years) 6:30pm (3-4 years) Cost: $5 per participant (Easter Splash) $1 per duck (Ducky Derby 6:45pm) Location: The Park Center Leisure Pool Deadline: Monday, March 20

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New Pickle Ball Complex To Open This Spring

player’s feet are behind the non-volley zone line (seven feet behind the net).

Double-Bounce Rule

The complex will feature six lighted outdoor courts. Leagues, tournaments, learn to play programs and open play will be announced in the coming weeks. A great program for all ages.

Each team must play their first shot off of the bounce. That is, the receiving team must let the serve bounce and the serving team must let the return of the serve bounce before playing it. Once these two bounces have occurred, the ball can either be volleyed or played off the bounce.

What is Pickle Ball? A fun sport that combines many elements of tennis, badminton and ping-pong. Played both indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court and a slightly modified tennis net. Played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes. Played as doubles or singles.

Fault serve must clear the seven-foot non-volley-zone in front of the net and land in the diagonal service court.

Players on each side must let the ball bounce once before volleys are allowed, and there is a seven-foot no-volley zone on each side of the net, to prevent “spiking.” The server continues to serve, alternating service courts, until he or she faults. The first side scoring eleven points and leading by at least two points wins. Pickle-ball® can be played with singles or doubles.

Serves should always be done underhand with the paddle below the waist, and the server must keep both feet behind the back line when serving. The ball should be hit into the air without being bounced. The serving side will continue to serve until the there is a fault on the service, at which point the service will be given to the opposing side. (However, if the ball touches the net but still lands within the appropriate service court, the serve may be taken over.)

The Serve


Serves are to be made diagonally, starting with the righthand service-square and alternating each serve. The

To volley means to hit a ball in the air without first letting it bounce. In Pickle-ball®, this can only be done when the

How is Pickle Ball played?

A fault is committed when the ball: Touches any part of the non-volley zone on the serve (including the line), is hit out of bounds, does not clear the net, Is volleyed from the non-volley zone, or is volleyed before a bounce has occurred on each side

Determining Serving Team The serving team may decide who will serve first with a coin toss. The winner of the coin toss will have the option to choose whether or not to serve first.

Pickleball Clinic: Strategies & Skills Date: Saturday, March 18 Time: 3pm-4pm Clinic (4pm-6pm Open Court) Cost: $5 per person Location: The Park Center

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Blood Pressure—Free screenings are held on the first Thursday of each month from 11:00–12:00.

Special Events:

Medicare Help—On Tuesday, March 21 and Tuesday, April 18 from 12:00–2:00, a volunteer from the SHIP Program is available to help with any questions or problems you may be having with your Medicare accounts. Sign up now for individualized help.

Irish Storytelling—The Center is pleased to bring back Irish Storytelling on Tuesday, March 14 at 10:30. Michael Donovan from Cashel County, Tipperary, and Jim Duignan from Dublin will be at the Center to delight you with their storytelling skills. This is a free event. Sign up now. Special St. Patrick’s Day Occasion—Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us on Friday, March 17 and enjoy a special Irish-themed meal while watching the Irish dancers from Rinceoiri Don Spraoi dancing from 12:15– 12:45. Come eat anytime between 11:30-12:30. Bingo will start at 1:00. The menu will include Irish Beef Stew, Salad, Soda Bread, and Apple Cake with Whisky Caramel Sauce. No reservation needed.

Attorney—An attorney will be available for free 20-minute legal consultations from 1:30–3:30 on Tues., March 14 and Tuesday, April 18. Appointments are required.

Haircuts—Wednesdays from 9:00–12:00. Appointments are required. Cost: $9. Massage—Every Friday from 11:45–3:45. Appointments are required. Cost: half hour for $18, one hour for $36.

AARP Free Tax Assistance—Volunteers from AARP will provide free tax consultations and preparation for middle- and low-income taxpayers, with special attention to those ages 60 and over. This free and confidential service will be available each Wednesday until April 12, from 12:30–4:00. Appointments are required. Toenail Clippings—Dr. Shelton, a local podiatrist, will be at the Center on Thursday, April 27 from 9:30–12:00 to provide toenail clippings and routine foot screenings.

The cost is $10 and advance payment is required. Sign up now. Dr. Shelton is unable to provide services for people who are diabetic or on anti-clotting agents such as Coumadin. Transportation—Our transportation service is available on Wednesdays for all Murray City residents 55+ from your home to our Center. Ask at the front desk about how to sign up and schedule a ride. Cost: $2 roundtrip.

Recreation: Billiards and Ping Pong—Provided during the Center’s hours of operation. Monday Movies—Be in your seat at 1:00 to enjoy our free Monday movie and popcorn. Pickleball—On Mondays from 10:15–12:00 or Thursdays from 9:00–11:00 come play at the Center for free. Instructional play is on Thursdays from 8:00–9:00. We also have a new outdoor Pickleball court available during working hours (weather permitting) with equipment that can be checked out at the front desk. Pinochle—Wednesdays at 9:15. Players must check in no later than 9:00. The cost is $2 and is paid tournament day.


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memory care communities. This is a free community service program. Register now.

Bridge—An instructional class is taught by Carol Meyers Mondays from 11:00–2:00. Free, informal Bridge (Chicago/Party) is on Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:00–4:00.

Wednesday Painting—The new eight-week session begins Wednesday, March 15 through Wednesday, May 3. Teri Wood-Elegante, the instructor, will help you in either oil or watercolor. Cost: $40. Payment is required at registration. Registration begins February 28.

Canasta—Tuesdays from 11:00–2:30. Everyone is welcome (including beginners), all games are free, and anyone can join in on the fun. Birthday Wednesday—First Wednesday of each month. Celebrate your birthday and you could win a free lunch. Your lunch is on us if you’re turning 60, 70, 80, 90 or 100 this month—just tell our lunch cashier if you have reached a new decade. Bingo—Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:45. Happy Hatters—Red Hat Society chapter meetings are held on the first Thursday at 12:45 of every month to play BUNCO and Mexican Train, and on the third Thursday at 12:45 to play Hand & Foot. Social Dance—Thursday evenings from 7:00–9:30. Dance to the musical genius of Tony Summerhays. Light refreshments will be served during the break and door prizes will be given. Cost: $5. Line Dancing—Tuesdays at 9:30 for all dancers and Tuesday afternoons at 2:00 for beginners. Cost is $2 and is paid day of class. Shirlene Lundskog is our instructor. Golf League—The Heritage Center’s Golf League will begin this year with a general meeting for all interested players on Monday, April 3 at 10:30, at which time the schedule will be reviewed and local rules for the season outlined.

Classes: Beginning Watercolor Class —This watercolor painting class will focus on famous artists, their techniques, and how to apply these techniques and concepts to beginning watercolor. Co-taught by John and Joan Fackrell for six weeks beginning Monday, March 6 through Monday, April 10 from 1:00–3:30. Cost: $33. Registration begins February 21. Watercolor Class—John Fackrell will begin a new sixweek watercolor class from 9:00–12:00 on Monday, March 6 through Monday, April 10. Prior watercolor experience is necessary. Cost: $33. Registration begins February 21. Better Senior Living Choices—On Thursday, March 9 at 10:30, Christie Garcia from Care Patrol will give a presentation about helping individuals and families find quality and safe independent living, assisted living, and

Chakra Meditation—Starting Monday, March 20 from 10:30–12:00 through May 8, Barbara Battison will present in-depth information about how Chakras and Meditation work and include a meditation session at the end of each class. This is an eight-week class. Cost: $20 for the course, or $3 per class. Genealogy Class—A new Intermediate and Advanced Genealogy class will be offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 12:30–1:30 beginning on Monday, March 13 and going until Wednesday, March 22. Participants must have basic mouse skills, bring a USB drive, and have a current email address and password to set-up an account with FamilySearch. Sign up now; space is limited to 6. Crafts with Susan—Please join us on Tuesday, March 14 at 2:00 to make Henrietta the Hen. The cost is $5 and all supplies are included. You will be able to finish the project and take it home the day of the class. Register now. Reader’s Theater—Every Thursday from 3–4 p.m. Engage Utah has contracted with local actor Paul Chaus to teach & oversee this program at the Center. Register now.

laptop computer or gadget (phone, camera, iPad/tablet) for personalized assistance. Advance registration and payment of $3 is required. Sign up now.

Trips: Wendover—On Thursday, March 9 the bus will leave from the Center at 8:30 a.m. and return around 7:00 p.m. Cost is $17. Sign up now. Grantsville Breakfast—The bus will depart the Center on Wednesday, March 29 at 9:00. Advance registration required. Cost: $6. Sign up now. Tuacahn—A chartered bus will depart from the Center on Monday, June 5 for 3 nights at the CasaBlanca Hotel in Mesquite, Nevada, returning on Thursday, June 8. The cost is $350 per person (double occupancy) or $425 (single room) and includes lunch on the bus heading to Mesquite, a $65 meal card at the CasaBlanca, two preshow dinners at Tuacahn, and tickets to the musical plays. Registration begins Friday, March 24.

Alzheimer’s Symposium

Please mark Tuesday, April 11 on your calendars as the Heritage Center presents a full day Symposium centering on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Spend the day as experts in the field speak about the signs of Alzheimer’s and other dementias; local programs and services available for individuals with dementia and their caregivers,

Vital Aging—On Tuesday, March 28, at 10:30 the topic is “How to Improve Your Sleep.” On April 25 at 10:30, the topic is to be announced. Tifani from the Vital Aging Project is available at 10:00 to meet with anyone needing one-on-one help. This is a free class; register now. AARP Smart Driving Class—On Tuesday, March 28 or April 25 from 9:30–2:30. The cost is $15 for AARP members, or $20 for non-members. The instructor will collect the fee at the start of class. He is unable to accept credit/ debit cards. Advance registration required. Ceramics Class—Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30– 12:00 and contains all the supplies and equipment you will need to produce knickknacks, works of art, and functional pieces. The instructor, Cindy Mangone, has information for the beginner to the advanced student. The cost is $1.50 each time you attend, plus supplies. Craft Day—On Tuesdays from 12:45–4:00, a small group of seniors meet to share their skills and knowledge of crafts. Newcomers are welcome. Computer—Private one-hour lessons available Monday– Friday afternoons. Bring your questions as well as your

family, and friends; general information about treatment options; and legal, financial, and care decisions. No other programs or services will take place at the Heritage Center on that day. Registered participants will be able to attend all sessions and have lunch; the cost will be $8 per person. Bring your friends and family and spend the day with us as we learn more about Alzheimer’s and dementia. More information will be available at the Heritage Center and online at: www.murray.utah.gov/140/Heritage-Center. Registration begins on Wednesday, March 1.

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Community celebrates students’ cultures at Twin Peaks fair By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

Twin Peaks students and families sample different cultures’ foods, including Mexican chicharrons, at the school’s annual cultural night. (Julie Slama/City Journals)


ixth-grader Alen Alibasic told the Twin Peaks community more about Bosnia and Herzegovina than the fact that they just hosted the 1984 winter Olympics. He talked about soccer, the countryside, the country’s blue and yellow flag and how it represents the Bosniaks, Croats and Serbs and proudly displayed lace work made by his grandmother, Sada Alibasic. “There’s more to Bosnia than people realize,” he said. “It’s just not a country in ruin. People don’t know about the good times there.” Alen and his classmates had displays at the school’s fourth annual Culture Night on Jan. 26. There were about 15 displays from countries in five continents, most representing the students’ country or heritage. Food, music, flags, sports team memorabilia and other items of the cultures were on display. “We asked families of students to come and share their culture with the rest of us,” said Paige Janzen, Parent-Teacher Association Culture Night coordinator. “We have about onethird of our student body from other countries so our students learn a lot by getting to know each other’s cultures. This will give our students a better understanding of those who are attending our school and draw us closer together and bring unity in our community.” Sixth-grader Abraham Villalobos was born in the United States, but his mother, Adriana Perez, came from Venezuela. Abraham knows about Venezuelan music, cooking, baseball, the flag, handmade crafts and even the country’s famous Angel Falls, which is the highest in the world at more than 3,000 feet, but he has yet to visit his mother’s country. “We celebrate my country and he knows my country’s culture,” Perez said. “It’s important to know his background. But he also knows what it was like for me to grow up there and

Twin Peaks sixth-grader Abraham Villalobos beats on the Venezuelan drum during the school’s annual cultural night. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

how it wasn’t safe for me to have a family there so that’s why we moved here. I’d like to take him there once it’s safe.” Sixth-grader Briskenia Santiago and her ninth-grade sister, Alondra, who attends Cottonwood High, spent an hour making chicharrons to give out at the Culture Night. “It was fun to make those and Mexican candy for my classmates to see what it tastes like,” Briskenia said. “It’s a new experience for them.” Third-grader Kitione Olive and his fifth-grade brother, Lehi, teamed up with their uncle Hagoth Katoa to talk about making their own Tongan clothing from koa trees. “Tongans strip the bark from the tree, then pound it flat and in thin strips,” Katoa said. “We’d use ashes and baby oil to ink the cloth.” Kotoa said he hasn’t actually pounded the bark, but he has inked it and wants to show his nephews how to do it to keep the custom alive in his family. “There’s a lot of customs we brought to America with our family, but we don’t want to lose sight of our heritage,” he said. The family recently held a traditional funeral for their great uncle and had photos from that occasion on display as well as some traditional houses. “Families build houses out of coconut trunks and banana leaves and use ropes to tie them together,” Kitione said. Kotoa said the boys’ grandfather was well respected and was asked to grow food for the royal family. “We show great respect to our royals and still do. We have land that was given to our family by the royal family and the only way to get land is to pass it down from your father. We came here for religion and education, but still have our ties to our native country,” he said. l

“We have about one-third of our student body from other countries so our students learn a lot by getting to know each other’s cultures. This will give our students a better understanding of those who are attending our school and draw us closer together and bring unity in our community.”

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n one night, students from Murray’s elementaries, junior highs and high school will come together performing in a dance festival marking Murray High School’s centennial. The one-hour event, which will feature 11 folk dances from several cultures that are or have been prominent in Murray, will take place at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 18 on Murray High’s football field, 5440 State St. “This brings all the schools together through the arts to celebrate Murray’s history of education and our culture and our people,” Murray High teacher Leesa Lloyd said. “Plus, this festival is giving our students experience by working with professionals to learn the dances and music.” Murray City Cultural Arts Director Mary Ann Kirk, who is coordinating the event, has professional choreographers working with each grade from second through sixth in all seven elementary schools. “Each grade is learning a different dance that tells the story of when people settled in Murray,” she said. Second-graders are learning the Maypole dance from England while third-graders are being taught an Italian dance. Fourth-graders are learning a dance from Sweden; fifth-graders are studying an Armenian dance; and sixthgraders are being taught a Greek dance. “We’re planning to tell the stories of actual people who came to Murray, graduated and became a part of our community — and of those families who still live here,” Kirk said. Secondary dance students will have a chance to learn an African dance to couple with stories of current students who are refugees from Africa. Secondary instrumental students already are learning music for the festival and high school students will have the opportunity to audition for the narrator roles. The festival also will include community performers sharing Hispanic, Polynesian and Iranian dances. “Murray City and Murray High School had a lot of immigrants from all over the world because of our smelter industry history. This dance festival will depict these ethnic groups,” Lloyd said and added that her students will learn its dance about one month before the festival. Kirk said that typically each dance will be taught in four or five sessions starting around spring break. Original musical scores for the opening

Longview students learn math techniques from their Principal Chad Sanders in preparation for a Math Olympiad competition. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

and closing is being written by composer and producer Clive Romney, who is the executive director of Utah Pioneer Heritage Arts. “The first song has fun lyrics that talks about ‘Murray is my home’ and has 100 names of families living here being chanted in the background. It also includes instruments from the countries of people who came to settle here,” Kirk said. The final song talks about the high school’s history of being called both the Smelterites and the Spartans. “It’s called, ‘One Child at a Time’ and brings in the educational component and the influence of others,” she said. The 3,000-member cast will draw a packed house, so currently Kirk is looking at parking options. She said the performance would be reminiscent of the 2002 Olympic dance festival the city held. If there is inclement weather, the show will be divided into two times and be performed that same evening in Murray High’s gymnasium. “This festival is an opportunity to pull our community together and it’s a great artistic experience for our students through music, movement, choral, theater — all the art forms. The school system brought together so many cultures of our community. This show reflects the tapestry of our schools with threads woven together to create our community,” she said. Principal John Goldhardt said that the dance festival is an opportunity for both Murray students and the community. “These students and the community will remember this dance festival and realize Murray has a rich history and rich cultural heritage and we celebrate that in our 100 years,” he said. l

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Murray High School names new head football coach By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com


ost coaches teach persistence and a “never give up” attitude. Besides teaching it, Todd Thompson also lives it. “I’m not sure I’d call it my ‘dream job’ exactly,” Thompson said. “But this is the fourth time I’ve applied to be the Murray High School head football coach. I graduated from here (in 1991) and have worked here at the school 13 years.” In January, Thompson was hired as head coach of the Spartans. “We’re committed to improving our (football) program and giving our athletes a positive experience,” Athletic Director Keeko Georgelas told students and parents at a meeting to introduce Thompson. “Todd is a part of the Murray community. His sons are involved in youth football and wrestling. We couldn’t be happier to have him take over the program and start moving it in the right direction.” After back-to-back trips to the state tournament in 2014 and 2015, the Spartans won just three games last season and missed the ‘big dance.’ That 2016 losing campaign was under Head Coach Blaine Monkres who left Murray High just a few weeks after the season ended, to assume the head football post at Riverton High School.

“He (Monkres) was given an opportunity and took advantage of it, which is good for him,” Georgelas told the audience of about 100. “But that left us in a challenging position and we’ve had to put it into gear to keep up with the other schools in our region.” Thompson is anxious to hit the ground running. “Right now we’re evaluating talent and working the kids hard in the weight room,” Thompson said. “I’m pulling together a staff of about 10 to 12 assistant coaches. We’re also looking forward to more outside workouts in the coming months.” Thompson earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Southern Utah University, where he was a three-year varsity letterman playing defensive end. Anxious to jump onto his career path, he began as an assistant wrestling coach at nearby Parowan High School in 1995, while still attending SUU. Thompson’s career also took him to Grantsville High School two years later, and then back to Murray in 2004, as a driver’s education instructor and coach. “I’ve been a head wrestling and track coach before, and an assistant football coach for many seasons. But now I’m excited for my first head football coaching job,” Thompson added.

Thompson and his wife Aimee have three daughters and two sons. “My oldest daughter is a junior here at Murray and involved in dance, while the second oldest (daughter) is on the school swim team, as a ninth grader,” he added. The two boys are active in youth football and wrestling, with Dad normally working the sideline. “This is a challenging job with very little pay,” Georgelas said. “Coaches normally receive only a small stipend of a couple of thousand dollars or less, for all that time commitment. We’re glad Todd is willing to take that on, and confident he will be here for the long haul.” Georgelas and Thompson also introduced their first new assistant football coach during the meeting. Cody Caputo was a First Team AllState wide receiver and kick returner, playing at Northridge High School in Layton. Under famed head coach Fred Fernandes he was a member of two state championship teams. A decade later, assisting Fernandes (who had moved to Roy High School) Caputo helped guide the Royals into the 2014 championship game. “When I first started assisting at Roy the program was way down,” Caputo said. “But we worked hard to rebuild it, starting in the weight

Murray High School Athletic Director Keeko Georgelas (left) and new Head Football Coach Todd Thompson look forward to the upcoming season. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

room.” Caputo told the students and parents, “I want to help give these young men the tools they need to become dependable to their teammates and to prepare them for adulthood.” Caputo played college football at Dixie State and was a member of the 2005 team that won the Dixie Rotary Bowl. “Todd and Cody have a lot of coaching experience,” Georgelas added. “We’re confident they and the other coaches will make our football team members more successful in the classroom and on the field.” l


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Murray High School swimmers end season with many turning to water polo By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com


t’s transition time for swimmers at Murray High School. Having just completed their swim season weeks ago, many of them are now turning their attention to water polo. “We had solid boys and girls swim seasons this year,” said Spartans first-year head coach Kim Parkinson. “Now we’re working to make a run at the state water polo championships.” In her first year at the helm of the swim teams, Parkinson guided the Murray boys to a ninth-place finish – at the Class 4A finals – and the girls, 15th. Three seniors each earned medals in two different events during the final meet. Jonah Black was state champion in the 100 butterfly. He swam away by a huge margin, beating the second-place finisher by nearly three seconds. Jonah also placed second in the 100 backstroke. Senior Gage Milligan earned fourth place state final medals in two different races, the 100 and 200 freestyle. And on the girls’ side, senior Madelyn Flower placed second in the 100 breaststroke and fifth in the 200 individual medley. “Every single one of my swimmers set personal time records at state, in at least one of their events,” Parkinson said. “So even though we didn’t place as high as a team as we would have liked, it was an excellent meet with lots of

improvement.” The coaches and athletes didn’t spend much time celebrating, however. Just three days after the 4A state finals, tryouts for the Murray water polo teams got underway. While this was her first year as head swim team coach, Parkinson is a veteran head water polo coach, now into her fourth season. And this spring she has some help. “A lot of people don’t even know me as Kim Parkinson yet,” she said. “Until just a couple of months ago, it was Kim Durrant.” On November 30, Kim married Adam Parkinson, someone she met while the two were playing in a water polo club league. Now he’s taken over head coaching the boys water polo team, while she’s in charge of the girls. “Adam’s played water polo all over the country and is a four-time state champion,” she said. “Our boys are in great hands. And since the boys and girls often practice together, he and I will both work with each team.” Adam learned the game of water polo under legendary Kearns coach Brad Peercy, who’s been head of that team nearly 30 years. “He was my head water polo coach when we won the state titles in 2010 through 2013,” Adam said. “Since then, I’ve had the chance to compete in tournaments in Las Vegas,

California, New Mexico, Florida, even Cancun, Mexico.” Water polo is not an officially sanctioned Utah high school sport, but a very popular club sport. Kim says there are about 21 teams across the state. Last year Murray had about 35 boys on the JV and varsity teams, along with 18 girls. Fresh off his two-medal state swimming finals, Gage Milligan is one of the boys’ water polo team captains. But one key athlete is missing on the girls’ side. “Maddie (Flower) was one of our best water polo players,” Kim said. “But now that she’s earned her swim scholarship (at BYU), she told me she wants to concentrate on preparing for that season. It’s a blow (not having her on the water polo team), but I don’t blame her. We’ll still be strong.” In fact, Kim and Adam say both teams have a shot at winning state championships for Murray. “Kearns is yet again the team to beat,” Kim said. “Last year, our boys lost the championship game to them, while our girls finished third. But we only lost a couple of seniors from those teams, and I think we can give them a run for their money this year.” l

Senior Jonah Black stands atop the podium after winning first place at the 4A state swim finals. (City Journals)


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Two Murray athletes sign letters of intent with Utah schools By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com


wo Murray High School seniors have joined about 36,000 of their counterparts, over the past few months, in signing national letters of intent. But that’s about the only thing Braxton Jones and Madelyn Flower have in common. One is a mountain of a young man, who signed on the dotted line to play offensive tackle on the Southern Utah University football team. The other is a lifelong swimmer, who’s taking her skills to Brigham Young University.

classes at Murray High. “I live every day to succeed, whether it’s on the field or in the classroom,” Braxton added. “I look forward to this next challenge.”

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Braxton Jones “The biggest human being I have met in person” is how SUU Thunderbird Head Football Coach Demario Warren describes Braxton on the Cedar City school’s official website. He then adds, “He (Braxton) has a two-inch less wingspan than (Utah Jazz Center) Rudy Gobert. His upside is amazing. He’s going to be something to look forward to in a couple years.” Murray High School Athletic Director Keeko Georgelas is equally impressed. “I’ve not had the opportunity to coach Braxton, but I did have him as a student. He’s a hard worker and has a ‘big time’ body. If he works at it, Braxton has the potential to go all the way to the show (NFL).” At 6-foot-6-inches and 270 lb., Braxton has lettered for the Spartans three times in football and twice in basketball. Besides all that size, SUU coaches are anxious to make use of his 5.35 second time in the 40-yard dash. After playing on both offense and defense at Murray High, Braxton said his new coaches have told him to expect to remain mostly on the offensive side this fall. Braxton says he was also recruited by Dixie State University in St. George and Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction, in addition to receiving a walk-on invitation from the University of Utah. “My first contact with a Southern Utah recruiter came last summer, purely be accident,” Braxton said. “I was at Lake Powell with friends, when someone asked if I played football. That turned out to be their wide receiver coach and recruiter Jared Ursua.” Braxton says he wants to study accounting and has already been taking advanced math

Madelyn Flower “Neither of my parents can swim and my mom is even scared to put her face underwater.” Madelyn Flower says that’s the biggest reason why she and her siblings were placed on the West Valley Aquatics club swimming team at a young age. “My parents said they didn’t want us to turn out like them, when it comes to swimming.” Starting on the team at age 5, Maddie will now leave it 13 years later to accept her BYU scholarship. “I’m nervous about it, but also very excited,” Madelyn said. “They offered me full tuition and books… and the chance to become a better swimmer.” Just over a year ago, as a junior, Maddie set the girls 4A state record in the 100 breaststroke. She also placed fourth in the 200 individual medley. Last fall, she had overnight recruiting trips to the University of Utah and BYU, on back-to-back weekends, before choosing to go south. “They plan to have me swim the 100- and 200-meter breaststrokes along with one other event,” Madelyn added. When her hair’s dry, Maddie plans to study biology. “I haven’t selected a major yet, maybe pre-med.” With a 3.9 grade point average, she’s confident she can handle whatever classes come her way. “They (BYU swim coaches and team members) really made me feel welcome, and that they wanted me on the team,” Madelyn said. “It was just a great environment, so even though I’m a little nervous to move away from home, I’m looking forward to it.” Braxton and Maddie will both don their Murray High School graduation caps and gowns in a couple of months. But not long after that, they look forward to transforming from two Spartans to one Thunderbird and one Cougar. Her being petite has nothing to do with swimming. l

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New Murray junior high wrestling club exceeds expectations By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com


ince Murray had never pulled together a junior high wrestling team before, I wasn’t sure how it would go. But these kids were dedicated, worked hard and exceeded expectations. Nearly half of them had never wrestled before.” That’s coach Todd Thompson’s assessment after completing his first (and probably only) head coaching season with the Murray Spartan Junior High Wrestling Club. Near the end of the season, Thompson was named the new Murray High head football coach, which he knows will cut into his time. “Both my sons are on the wrestling team, so I’ll be around.” Thompson said. “But someone else will probably have to take over the head coaching duties.” Thompson launched the team last fall, passing around information fliers at Murray’s two junior high schools, Hillcrest and Riverview. One of them caught the eye of eighth grader Conway Christensen, who had never wrestled before, but turned out to be one of the team’s top athletes. “One of my neighbors and a cousin both wrestled for Murray, so when my mom asked if I wanted to give it a try it sounded like a good idea,” Conway said. “It’s been a lot of fun. I plan to try out for the high school team next fall.” Joanne Christensen says her son has long been active in soccer, but has now “fallen in love with wrestling, too.” The Spartan team finished its season Feb. 3 at the 2017 Utah Youth Super State tournament, held at the Legacy Events Center, in Farmington.

Coach Todd Thompson (left) created and coached this first team of junior high wrestlers this winter. (Todd Thompson)

Conway was the only team member to place there, finishing fifth in his 120 lb. weight class. Ironically, that was just one day after his younger brother, first grader Cash Christensen, also finished fifth, at 43 pounds. “Soon after Conway joined the junior high team, his two younger brothers also got interested in wrestling,” Joanne added. “Next thing we knew, their Dad (Dan) was working with them during coach Thompson’s regular practices.” “The Super State tournament was huge and I’m very proud of Conway,” Thompson added. “I think there were about 88 teams there, with kids wrestling on 14 different mats at a time. Even

though he’s a first-time wrestler, Conway picked things up quickly during practice. I wasn’t surprised he did as well as he did.” The coach was quick to add that all of his wrestlers showed marked improvement over the season. The team’s only sixth grader was his son, Karson. Thompson’s other boy, Logan, was one of the team’s seven athletes, now in seventh grade. The other seventh graders in the Murray Spartan Junior High Wrestling Club included: Logan Christensen, Mark Jessop, Isaiah Johnson, AJ Lindsey, Kobe Paniagua and Dominick Smith. Four eighth graders were the oldest on the team, and will be eligible to try out for the Murray High School team next year as freshmen. In addition to Conway they include: Tomo Ishikawa, Aiden Riches and Gavan Swann. Now that the high school style wrestling season is over, many of the athletes plan to spend this spring and summer competing in Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling tournaments. “Five of these 12 kids had previous experience wrestling Greco-Roman and freestyle,” Thompson said. “I actually only had one wrestler with folkstyle experience.” Thompson says “folkstyle” is the type of wrestling high school and college fans are accustomed to seeing. “It would be fun to remain the head coach of these boys,” Thompson added. “But I’ve also wanted to be a head football coach for a long time, so I am looking forward to that new challenge.” Conway added, “He (Thompson) has taught me a lot. I plan to continue playing soccer, but I’ve also definitely found a great second sport.” l

Rhyan White leads Cottonwood swimmers into state, finishes with four medals By Brian Shaw | brian.shaw@mycityjournals.com


or Rhyan White, winning two events in last year’s Utah 5A State Swimming Championships wasn’t enough. Now the junior from Cottonwood High wants more. Lots more. On Feb. 9-10 at the Richards Building Natatorium at BYU, winning more championships represented more than just an opportunity to hang more gold around her neck. At this state meet, competing gave her a chance to do something for her teammates as well as herself. Already the owner of two state records, White didn’t settle for just the 200-yard individual medley title and a runner-up finish in the 200-yard freestyle the first day at state Feb. 9. “She’s great. I don’t know how much more I could ask for from her,” said Cottonwood head coach Ron Lockwood. How unselfish is White as a swimmer and a person and how determined was she to eclipse her previous medal haul? Despite being in what Lockwood said was “a different mindset” going into this state tournament —in that White’s in the midst of preparing for a serious run at the upcoming regional and national meets and is still getting into tip-top physical condition—she still did what she needed to get the team scoring points. Despite needing an extra arm’s length to overcome a significant length advantage from Brighton’s Rachel Butler, White still won the 200-yard individual medley Feb. 9 by twohundredths of a second. It was her first state title

in the event, according to Lockwood. White also jumped back into the pool and led her team to silver in the 200-yard freestyle relay, finishing just .70 of a second behind their region nemesis Brighton. The next day White defended her 100-yard backstroke crown, beating her nearest competitor by almost four seconds with a time of 53.79— not far off her state record time of 53.45 that she set last year. Then White still had enough in the tank to help her teammates win a silver medal in the 400-yard freestyle relay to wrap up another successful state run. “She raced like hell and put us in a place to win those and work together toward a team goal,” said Lockwood, who also happens to coach her and many of her teammates on a club team. “We had to make a little sacrifice, but she was great about it. And it set us up nicely for those (regional and national) meets later this spring.” All told, of the four races White entered, she came home with at least a silver medal in each. Her total medal haul in Provo was two individual golds to go with two team silvers. Other girls swimmers standing out for the Colts were freshman sensation Emma Walker, who collected three silvers, one each in the 500yard freestyle, the 100-yard breaststroke and the 400-yard freestyle relay, as well as junior Katelyn Price, who had a silver and bronze apiece. As for the boys swimmers, they weren’t

The Cottonwood Colts ladies pose with their team 2nd place trophy they earned at the 2017 5A State Swimming Championships. (Ron Lockwood/Cottonwood High swim team)

chopped liver at the state tournament, either. Living up to his name, sophomore Blayze Kimble torched the field for gold in the 200-yard individual medley. His record time of 1:55.48 put him nearly two seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. Kimble then tacked on a silver and bronze on the second day. Lockwood said the sky is the limit for Kimble, whose mother swam at Kearns years ago. “With all that raw talent, in a couple years he could be something very special,” Lockwood

said. Originally from Indiana, some family issues brought Kimble and his mom back to Utah. “He’s still really young and still a little immature to the sport and he’s still learning how to train, but you can see he’s got limitless potential,” Lockwood said. Not to be outdone by his teammates, however, junior Christian Simon played “Simon Says” with a star-studded field in the 50-yard freestyle, touching the line first in 21.45 to win gold. Simon’s story was a nice come-frombehind one as well, because as Lockwood said, his talent also runs in the family. “His older brother won the 200 IM and 100 breast here as a senior, and after a few tough swims last year Christian got himself refocused, so it’s been really fun to see him grow,” Lockwood said. “He’s always knee deep in his books and I have a ton of respect for him and his life.” On the second day, Simon went on to grab another gold medal in the 100-yard freestyle— then won silver and bronze medals along with his teammates in the relays. It was a crazy yet wonderful state tournament for the Colts, who with all this young talent has a bright future ahead of it. “This year we thought we had an outside shot,” said Lockwood. “Obviously, we came up a little short this year. But we’re excited. We’ve laid the groundwork to have a great year next year.” l

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It’s time - time for a new City Hall



Murray Mayor Ted Eyre


t’s time - time for a new City Hall. Time for an updated building that doesn’t leak every time it rains or when the snow melts. Time for first responders and city administration offices to be in a safe location that is earthquake proof. Time to consolidate some of our city services under one roof for easier access for the public to conduct their business. Time for all three branches of government – Legislative, Executive and Judicial to be in one location. Time for the Police Chief to have an office space other than the one he has now, which was his sixth-grade classroom as a child. It’s just time. Our current City Hall was formerly Arlington Elementary. It was remodeled in 1982 and became the home for some of the Murray City offices and the Police Department. Keeping that in mind, we are looking at establishing future buildings and infrastructure that will serve our city residents for 80 years or more. During the past 18 months, work has progressed to secure properties for a new City Hall site. It is proposed to be west of State Street between Vine Street and 4800 South. The exact location hasn’t been officially announced. Properties are still being assembled, and purchase prices are still being negotiated. Several public input meetings will be scheduled in March so residents can share their thoughts on the process and get more information about the design and plan for updating this exciting part of the city. l



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sync my calendar to all my devices and put everything on. I even use it to block out times to take a moment and breath, to go to the gym, read a book, and even plan a vacation. Keeping to a schedule is my No. 1 tip for staying organized. If you’re an iPhone user check out Awesome Note 2 app. It brings together to-do lists, notes and your calendar. These are just a few ideas that will help you organize your time. You can find more apps we’ve shared on Coupons4Utah.com/get-app. The next time you feel overwhelmed with a task, you might just look to see if there’s an app for that. And remember to always check the privacy terms before registering. l

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fter God created Adam and Eve, he plunked them down in the middle of a garden and told them to start naming dinosaurs. Adam dove headfirst into the task and went to work giving names to the millions of creatures walking around his backyard. They lived together in ignorance and innocence, walking around naked and coming up with funny names like “chicken turtle” and “spiny lumpsucker.” After a time, Eve thought there had to be more to life than mindnumbing sameness every. single. day. She’d walk to the forbidden Tree of Knowledge and stare into its branches, wondering how bad knowledge could be. Then along came a snake and blah, blah, blah—knowledge entered the Garden of Eden. Adam came home from work that afternoon to find Eve wearing fashionable fig leaves. Before he could comment, Eve enthusiastically told him all the amazing things she had learned. Knowledge was awesome!! Adam was furious. He didn’t need no smart woman telling him what to do. He turned to reprimand Eve, but she was writing poetry, doing math and creating crafts to put on her Pinterest board. Not to be upstaged by a lowly rib-woman, Adam stormed off through the jungle, getting his nether-regions caught on brambles, until he came to the Tree of Knowledge. And the rest is history. Or is it? Fast forward to 2017 and male/female relationships haven’t improved much. It wasn’t until the last 100 years that women decided things had to change. They ate from their own trees of knowledge and became proactive in voicing opinions. What was the overall reaction from men? “These women are crazy. To the institutions!” “Why can’t women just be happy?” “Don’t they know they have inferior minds?” “Where’s my dinner?!?!” Nevertheless, we persisted. Our mothers and grandmothers and great-grandmothers fought against the stereotypical bra burning, hairy armpitted, unsmiling, Birkenstock-wearing feminists. They tussled with men who found them shrill, incompetent and wholly ungrateful; men who were possibly afraid of what a smart woman could do. We’ve quietly listened to blonde jokes, put up with mansplaining bosses and held our tongues for hundreds of sexist and/or patronizing comments. But maybe we can find common ground. I’m sure many young men feel the pressure to become muscular like Thor, brave like a Navy Seal and wealthy like that Monopoly guy. I’m sure men battle with confidence issues, body image concerns and are always trying to look smarter than the women in the room. So, see! Common ground. Feminism is the promotion of women’s rights based on equality, meaning anyone who believes women are (at least) equal to men is a feminist. And, come on, really? We’re at least equal to men. Here’s my vision for the next 100 years (assuming we survive the next four). • Women take an equal role in leadership, possibly creating an effective education system. Because knowledge. • Men embrace a woman’s ability to communicate with emotion and passion as a strength, not a weakness. • Girls around the world are educated, respected and live in peace. • Someone creates a gluten-free cinnamon roll recipe that doesn’t taste like cinnamon-flavored concrete. (Okay, that last one has nothing to do with equal rights. But still. Get on that, Pillsbury.) Smart women shouldn’t be scary to men. We still do the majority of child-rearing and you don’t want a stupid person raising the next generation. Maybe in 200 years, this could be a headline: “Is America Prepared for a Male President?” Maybe, like Adam and Eve, we can work together to create a new world. l

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