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MURRAY CITY CELEBRATES TOM HENRY’S LIFE OF SERVICE By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


om Henry may not be a name you are immediately familiar with, and that’s probably by design, as the first thing that strikes you about Henry is his quiet, self-deprecating demeanor. However, if you ever went to the Fourth of July parade and received a free flag, took your kids to the Haunted Woods or participated in any number of other community events around Murray, you can probably thank Tom Henry for that. His selfless dedication to providing service to Murray was the reason the City Council awarded Henry the Murray City Council Resident Service Award at the April 16 council meeting. The award has only been given out a handful of times over the past few decades. It recognizes him for being an active Murray resident, business owner and community volunteer. “Tom has done all of our projects with the Murray Exchange Youth Club: The Burrito Project (an anti-hunger project), …the ‘Give A Kid A Flag To Wave’ event on July Fourth, blood drives, and working at and supporting the Boys and Girls Club…always sponsoring flag donations for the parade, supporting the UtahCoOp Store for low-income families, even recruiting the Murray High football team to come over to the senior center to break up the old cement to pour a new patio,” said Sheri Van Bibber, president of the Murray Exchange Club, a group that Henry founded back in 2001. Bill Dunn of the Murray Boys & Girls Club honored Henry’s commitment to the Club: “…the contributions and support you have given to the Boys and Girls Club are phenomenal. Ten years ago, when the recession hit the club, overnight, we lost over $400,000 in funding. We would not have survived without you. Though we owed you thousands of dollars, and the bills just kept increasing, you were so patient and told us to pay it back when we could. I remember you out in the middle of State Street working on one of our vans; as I drove by, I knew we owed you so much money, yet there you were, making sure our transportation was safe and reliable. We did pay you back, over time, and you were never impatient with us, not even once.” When asked how he does it all, Henry replied with his typical humility, “It is a team effort. You can’t do it with just one.” As the owner of Turn Key Auto and Truck Repair Service (4701 Commerce Dr.), Henry puts in at least 60 hours a week at the shop. As the historian of the Murray Exchange Club (where he served as president four times) and a member of the Murray Chamber of Commerce, he estimated he volunteers 20 more hours a week. Many times, his wife, Bobbi, is by his side

Tom Henry displays a plaque given to him by the National Exchange Club. (Shaun Delliskave/City Journals)

as part of an inseparable team. Van Bibber continued, “He helped fund and gather backpacks, socks and school supplies for our elementary kids in need in Murray. He always worked with the Volunteers of America and did the kettle at Christmas and always recruited us to do it with him. And, he always recruited us to do the calla-thon for the Child Adoption Group. He would go over with us every year to decorate the Christmas tree at Zions Bank with the Murray Youth Chamber and the Boys and Girls Club of Murray.” Henry’s penchant for services goes back to growing up poor in Palmdale, California. “Without the Salvation Army, I don’t know where I would be,” said Henry. He did learn the art of being a mechanic while taking care of dune buggies in the Mojave Desert, which led him to his lifelong career. “Service is addictive,” Henry said. According to him, the key to service is having good volunteers. “The secret to volunteers is getting to know them. Know their needs.” Of everything he has been involved with, the most re-

warding has been helping Murray students win the Exchange Club’s Ace (Accepting the Challenge of Excellence) Award. The ACE Award recognizes high school students who have had to overcome significant physical, emotional or social obstacles and are now eligible for high school graduation. Along with the Murray Citizens Award, Henry has been honored with the National Exchange Club’s top honor, the Presidential Award. While Henry has given his time to numerous service causes, his time now is focused on fighting another valiant battle: stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Even with cancer, Henry still serves the community and recently helped plant pinwheels at city hall for the Exchange Club’s annual Child Abuse Prevention Month. Henry encouraged everyone to take the chance to serve. “I feel lucky to be involved in the community,” he said. More information about the Exchange Club can be found online at nationalexchangeclub.org. l

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Murray High culinary students place in top 10 at state


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enior Karrie Norton learned in eighth grade about the ProStart culinary arts program at Murray High and knew she wanted to be part of it. “I love food and I have wanted to work in the food industry for years now,” she said. “I knew I was going to try out and be in the class.” Not only has Norton been a part of the program, she has competed on the team two years in a row. “The first year I was competing I learned how to handle the pressure and how to work more as a team than as an individual. This year, as captain, I learned much more on being a positive yet effective leader and lifting my team members up. I put all of my energy into our menu planning and practicing and making sure our menu and our methods were the best we could do,” Norton said. Her efforts not only lead the team into qualifying for state at regionals, but also snagged ninth place at the state competition. “The best part was after everything was done. When we could revel in our hard work, the hours that we put in, and we put our heart into the food. This was (senior) Charles (Vargas-Estrada) and my second year competing and after we called ‘time’ at state, we were both overcome with emotions because we have put in a lot of time,” she said. “I always want to improve and do better, but in the moment that we finished the plates, we were proud of what we produced and what we all put into it. We all couldn’t have succeeded without each other.” That team success includes the other two members of Murray High’s team: senior Victor Mata and junior Acacia Swann. ProStart is a national two-year program for high school students that develops talent for the restaurant and food service industry. Students learn culinary techniques, management skills, communication, customer service skills, math, nutrition, and workplace and food safety procedures. In Utah, there are about 70 ProStart programs. Students try out to make their school’s culinary team and then compete at one of the three regional competitions against about 12 to 14 teams. The teams, which typically have about five members, can only use two burners to prepare a three-course meal consisting of an appetizer, entrée and dessert in 60 minutes. Student chefs cannot use electricity. They are judged on techniques such as knife safety to menu planning and from creating a business plan to taste of the prepared meal. “From our northern region, about five go to state,” Murray High culinary arts teacher K.C. Gray said. “We have four members cooking and an alternate, who helps them with knowing the time on the clock, coaching and prepared to step in if need be.” Gray said his team started practicing last September once or twice per week, in-

creasing it to three times per week leading to regionals. Together, the team came up with their theme: “We got the heat” and introduced their menu: an appetizer of a pork sausage and Wasatch back jack empanadas with mango and nopales salsa; an entrée of lamb roulade with chipotle hibiscus gastrique; and a dessert of cannoli filled with raspberry habanero mascarpone. “Students focused on the design, menu and cost as well as being prepared to be judged on being clean, safety, creativity and complexity,” he said. “It’s really cool and amazing to see what they can do, how they can create their flavors, how they work together as a team.” Norton said through ProStart she has learned responsibility, team work, leadership skills, how to work under pressure and time limits and more. “The initial challenges were finding harmony with the menu and finding a team dynamic that flowed perfectly, like a well-oiled machine. Other challenges were focused on when we were in what we called the ‘ring’

(the small space we’re given to compete in). From making our 60-minute time limit to ensuring we used all our ingredients and time effectively, and all the little surprises that can happen with making food,” she said. Melva Sine, the president and CEO of the Utah Restaurant Association, which oversees Utah’s ProStart program, said the 20-year program gives students real-life skills. “These competitors are able to think on their feet, know how to season or flavor, make a plate look as good as it tastes, work as a team to make a decision, and at the same time, know the proper knife safety, grilling, food handling, sanitation procedures,” she said. “It definitely will help them when they work and own their own restaurants.” This year, ProStart teams will be honored at a May 23 gala honoring the best in the state, including the team from Sandy’s Alta High, who won the state culinary arts championship in its first season and will represent Utah at nationals May 8-10 in Washington, D.C. l

Murray High culinary students recently competed at the ProStart state competition. (Photo courtesy of Murray High School)

Murray High ProStart students’ menu included this entrée of lamb roulade with chipotle hibiscus gastrique. (Karrie Norton/Murray High School)

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Many Memorial Days later, remembering a brave Murrayite By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com

Murrayite Lt. Paul Kezerian received a 21-gun salute at his burial during World War II. (Photo courtesy Kezerian family)


omething was unusual about the skilled Murray pilot’s descent onto the Espiritu Santo runaway, as the Marine’s TBF Avenger seemed to just drop. Lieutenant Paul Kezerian had flown in difficult situations before during World War II, but Kezerian wasn’t able to fix his trajectory. The loss of such a skilled and beloved pilot was not only difficult for the Marine Corps 443 Air Squadron but also his hometown. Paul was part of the “Greatest Generation,” born in 1921 to a poor family in Murray. Armenian converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Paul’s parents settled in Murray with his mother Arick’s family, the Sherinians. Arick’s brother Herond eventually opened the first hospital

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in Murray, and the family’s work ethic was instilled in young Paul. A middle child among seven siblings, Paul grew up in downtown Murray on Hanauer Street. As part of Murray’s large, ethnically diverse population, Paul was not immune to ethnic slights. Paul’s father, Armenag, recalled in his biography, “He faced the typical grade school challenges growing up, including confronting a bully. His father recalls a time when someone tried to pick a fight with Paul. He was harassed, pushed and called filthy names by the larger boy. He did not retaliate at first, having been taught not to fight, but then the bully crossed the line by calling Paul a ‘Turk,’ the worst insult an Armenian, particularly a Kezerian Armenian,

could receive. Paul hit him once, and the bully did not get up.” According to Paul’s nephew Gary Kezerian Wilde, Paul developed a love of building model airplanes. His obsession with airplanes at such an early age would guide him until the last moments of his life. Paul persevered above the bigotry at school, and when he reached his final year at Murray High School, he was elected student body president. As a skilled tennis player, he helped form the high school’s tennis club. He also played guard on the basketball team. Even with the family’s austere finances, Paul’s future looked bright, and he entered the University of Utah in 1939, majoring in aeronautical engineering. During this time, he also got his pilot’s license. Then World War II broke out. Wilde related, “Paul was about to receive a mission call from the LDS Church, but without telling his parents, he enlisted in the Navy Aviation Corps, 110 days after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. His mother was broken-hearted when his mission call came, but Paul explained that he would be a coward to go on the mission when the country was at war. He reported for flight training at the Naval Reserve Air Base in San Francisco and was enlisted with the initial rank of Seaman 2nd Class, but he later

was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant and then 1st Lieutenant in the Marine Air Corps.” After his training, Paul’s squadron was based at Turtle Bay Airfield, out of Espiritu Santo in the South Pacific. Before he left the U.S., he met his sister, handed her his pocket watch, and told her, “I won’t be coming back.” After two months of flying for the Marines, Paul impressed the Navy enough with his flying that he was asked to train the new, incoming New Zealander pilots. That also meant that he would have to get up to speed and learn to fly the TBF Avenger aircraft. As Paul was taking a test flight in the new aircraft, the plane seemed to malfunction as he approached the landing strip. The Marines buried him, with full honors, on the island. His parents received a letter regarding Paul, “A few days before we were to leave the New Hebrides, one of our most enthusiastic and skillful pilots was lost when the torpedo bomber which he was flying crashed. Lt. Kezerian, known affectionately as the ‘Hawk’ was an officer and friend we could ill afford to lose and a superb pilot as well. His loss blighted the enthusiasm we felt at finally leaving Espiritu.” In 1948, the Kezerians were able to raise enough money to have their son returned and buried in the Murray City Cemetery. l

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Salt Lake Valley celebrates Mexican culture May 3-5 By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com


Season Tickets: $49 Adult, $45 Senior, $29 Child Amphitheater Parking: 495 East 5300 South Ticket Info: 801-264-2614 or www.murray.utah.gov June 1 .............................................. Mamma Mia, Sing-Along June 8 ................... Murray Symphony Pops, “I’ve Got Rhythm” June 20-22, 24-26 ...Joseph & Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat June 29 ...................................................Murray Concert Band July 12-13 ..............................................Ballet Under the Stars July 25-27, 29-31 ................................... Beauty and the Beast Aug 9-10, 12, 15-17 ............................................Little Women September 2 ............................ Murray Acoustic Music Festival Mexican skirts have different names in different regions. In the Salt Lake Valley, the name is simply “wow.” Check out traditional dancing performances during this year’s Cinco de Mayo celebrations. (Photo Credit dbking/Wikipedia)

Every Tuesday at Noon in Murray Park Pavilion #5, FREE June 4 – Jim Fish & Mountain Country .........................Country June 11 – Flashback Brothers......................... Classic Rock Hits June 18 – Kate MacLeod ..........................................Folk/Celtic June 25 – Tony Summerhays.............................One Man Band July 9 – Chrome Street .................................................Quartet July 16 – Svengali Jazz ...................................................... Jazz July 23 – Time Cruisers................................................... Oldies July 30 – Buzzard Whiskey ...................................Acoustic Folk

Every Thursday at 2 p.m. in Murray Park Pavilion #5, FREE June 6 – Christopher Fair ......................................Magic Show June 13 – Acadamh Rince .......................................Irish Dance June 20 – Coralie Leue ...............................The Puppet Players June 27 – Harvest Home ...........................Musical Storytelling July 11 – The Calvin Smith Elementary Lion Dance Team July 18 – Happy Hula ...........................................Island Dance July 25 – Sounding Brass .................................................. Jazz Aug 1 – Alphorn Trio ............................................. Swiss Music

Bring the Whole Family Young and Old! The 2nd Monday of every month at 7 p.m., FREE Murray Senior Recreation Center (#10 E 6150 S – 1/2 block west of State) June 10 – In Cahoots..........................................Cowboy Music July 8 – Skyedance................................................ Celtic Music Aug 12 – Company B...................................................... Oldies Sept 9 – Great Basin Street Band .................... Dixieland Music

This program has received funding support from residents of Salt Lake County, SL County Zoo, Arts, and Parks (ZAP), Utah Division of Arts and Museums, and Museums & National Endowment for the Arts.

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ust as St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland does not assume the rollicking persona it has here in the United States, the Cinco de Mayo holiday is more restrained in Mexico than it is in the parts of the United States which do celebrate it. According to the History Channel, Cinco de Mayo, or May 5, is a “relatively minor holiday in Mexico,” which celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France during the Franco-Mexican War. Here in the United States, the holiday has “evolved into a commemoration of Mexican culture and heritage, particularly in areas with large Mexican-American populations.” The Salt Lake take Enter Salt Lake County, where both Salt Lake City (21.3 percent of its population is Hispanic or Latino) and South Salt Lake (21 percent of its population) are cited by Wikipedia on its “List of Mexican-American Communities” and where the county is situated in a state where Latinos are the largest and fastest-growing minority population, now comprising 14 percent of the state’s overall population, according to the US Census Bureau. “For the Mexicans, Mexican-Americans and Hispanics who live in Midvale, Salt Lake County and Utah, to celebrate Cinco de Mayo represents an opportunity to revive our heritage, proud of who we are and grateful for how we have been received in our communities,” explained Jose Vicente Borjon Lopez-Coterilla, Mexico’s consul in Utah.

“It helps us showcase our culture, and our love for both countries and to share with younger generations the values that make us stronger,” the diplomat added. “We appreciate how cities like Midvale, Salt Lake County, and Utah have been welcoming to Mexicans and their interest in fostering our integration to the fabric of their communities and at the same time maintaining and supporting our expressions of our values and heritage.” With Lopez-Coterilla setting the tone here, The City Journals looks at what is going on in our neck of the woods – or en nuestro cuello de los bosques. Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4 – Midvale’s 32nd UCDM Midvale City Park, Midvale, 50 W. 7500 South Midvale’s UCDM (Utah’s Cinco de Mayo) is literally the granddaddy of the valley’s celebrations. Longtime Midvale businessman and resident Fausto Rivas started the festival at the urging of the Midvale mayor 30-plus years ago. Today, at age 85, Rivas and his wife, Dolores, literally sit back and enjoy the festivities that West Jordan-based daughter Dolores Pahl and her husband execute, along with multiple generations of the family. “It brings me joy,” said daughter Pahl of the year-long preparations that culminate in two days of celebrations – neither of which is actually on May 5, due to its falling on a Sunday, a day eschewed by many in Utah for partying. Proceeds from the event go directly to the Midvale Boys & Girls Club. “Our main

focus is to give back to the community,” said Pahl. Friday, May 3 - Granger de Mayo Granger High School (Outside by ball field), WVC, 3580 S. 3600 West West Valley City’s Granger High School (GHS) is a Cinco de Mayo veteran, having produced its trademark “Cinco de Mayo Carnival” since 2016. As Utah’s second-most populous city, West Valley City (WVC) is even more diverse than Midvale, with 37.7 percent of the population being Hispanic or Latino. The high school is even more diverse than WVC, speaking to Utah’s growth in diversity coming from immigrants having families. GHS is 59.97 percent Hispanic or Latino, and is the only high school City Journals encountered offering up such an epic Cinco de Mayo celebration. The annual event garners an audience of 300-400 each year, and is planned and executed by the school’s Latinos in Action (LIA) class to share the Latino culture. Proceeds from the event support LIA classroom activities. On Friday, May 3, GHS presents the 2019 Cinco de Mayo Carnival, complete with dance, food, games, and, per the flyer, “So much more!” Attendance is free. All food items are $1. Most games cost $1, with special games like blow-up jousting and the dunk tank costing $2. Other games include soccer kick, a bungee run, knock the cans down, egg relay, balloon-darts, Foosball, cup pong, stack-the-cups, three-legged race, basketball shot, and sponge relay, according to Braydon Eden, Granger teacher and assistant coach of the high school’s soccer team.

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“We have speakers set up and will be playing music,” said Eden. “We will intermittently have dance contests.” Music will include a mix of Hispanic and popular American music. Bachata (from the Dominican Republic, with indigenous African and European musical elements), Cumbia (folkloric rhythm and dance considered “the backbone of Latin American music” by NPR), and Payaso del Rodeo (incredibly fast line dancing which one YouTuber depicted as “Not your typical electric slide, more like electrocuted slide”) are all on the musical menu. Younger children will enjoy the face painting and balloon animals offered. The event takes place at GHS and runs from 4:30-7:30 p.m., preceding the evening’s soccer game against cross-town rival Hunter High School. Saturday, May 4 -Taylorsville ties tree planting with Cinco de Mayo Millrace Park, Taylorsville, 1150 W. 5400 South Fresh off hosting last month’s highly engaging “First Latino Town Hall” featuring the state’s Lieutenant Governor Spencer Cox and other representatives discussing politics — often in fluid, elegant Spanish — with citizens, the city of Taylorsville presents a Cinco de Mayo-themed tree-planting event where children can learn the benefits of ecological stewardship and cultural exchange.

The first 40 children on site will receive pots and seeds to grow their own mini-gardens. All will help plant eight new trees in the park. The City asks that volunteers bring their own shovels and gloves to help plant the trees. Cinco de Mayo piñatas take center stage at 10:30 a.m. The event offers complimentary snacks and music entertainment. Taylorsville is 20.8 percent Hispanic, and this blended event is a great way to honor the city’s cultural diversity. Event organized and executed by the Taylorsville Parks and Recreation Committee and Cultural Diversity Committee. Sunday, May 5, Park City Culinary Institute, 1484 S. State Street For an event taking place on “the” Cinco de Mayo, The Park City Culinary Institute presents its Sunday evening Cinco de Mayo Chef’s Tasting Dinner. Hors d’oeuvres and dinner courses are paired with tequila agave spirits from Eden, Utah’s craft distillery, the New World Distillery. Menu includes street tacos, mole verde and flan. Dinner held at Park City Culinary Institute in Salt Lake. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Prix fixe dinner ($75) starts at 6 p.m. Guests limited to 30. Tickets still available at press time. Info@PCCulinary.com or (801) 4132800. l


Dance and song is always a big part of Cinco de Mayo. Multiple events feature local and international performers. (Photo Credit Pexels)

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On your mark, get set, go – to becoming confident, healthy girls By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com


n a mild March day, 17 girls gathered afterschool, lacing up their running shoes in anticipation of Viewmont’s Girls on the Run program. Girls on the Run is a non-profit program that has involved more than one million girls across the United States and Canada to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem-solving skills and make healthy decisions while combining to train for a 5K race. Groups, coordinated by volunteers through schools, usually meet after school twice each week. The program started in 1996 in North Carolina with 13 girls at one school and now reaches more than 180,000 girls in all 50 states. Utah jumped on board in 2007 with 30 girls, at two schools but now teaches more than 1,900. This year in Murray, seven of the nine public elementary schools have groups, involving about 100 girls. Viewmont is coached by five volunteers, including fourth-grade teacher April Johnson. “I love doing it,” Johnson said, saying she coached two years at Parkside Elementary before directing it the past three years at Viewmont. “I love the lessons they learn on how to be strong, independent girls. They learn how to get out of a funk, how to realize their potential, how to get outdoors and be active.” As the girls arrive to get ready for Girls on the Run, coaches check in with them, ask how their day was and let them socialize for a few minutes before starting a lesson. There are 22 lessons covered in the 12-week course addressing the girl herself; friendships; family; and community. One lesson has girls activate their “star power,” physical education teacher and coach Sunshine Szedeli said. “Basically, they learn to be confident, be kind, learn how to shine, take control of their emotions, give themselves positive self-talk and talk to others in a kind, calm way,” she said. “There’s a lot to be said about the program. They’re learning social skills, gaining

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Viewmont girls have fun while achieving their goals, including running a 5K, through the Girls on the Run afterschool program. (Photo courtesy of Viewmont Elementary)

confidence and finding value in their school and community.” After the 15-minute lesson, the girls play a game to reinforce what they learned as well as to practice running and build endurance. “We may play a game that goes along with the skill, such as building self-confidence,” Johnson said. “For example, freeze tag. They need to give themselves positive self-talk to unfreeze while they practice running. They’re cheering each other on and becoming friends.” Other times, they may run laps around their school field, building up their mileage in preparation for a Girls on the Run 5K that will be held Saturday, June 1, at Sugar House Park. “We have them fill out identification cards where they write down how far they run and how they felt. They can look back and see very measurably of where they first started and realize, it isn’t that hard now,”

Szedeli said. But the girls aren’t on their own, Johnson pointed out. The school also has a practice 5K three weeks beforehand so they know what to expect on race day and every girl has a running buddy — a parent, sibling, volunteer — for the race. “The girls are building confidence through running and learning how to make healthy choices and find balance in their lives,” she said. The program also includes a service component, something that the girls decide upon each year, Szedeli said. In the past, Viewmont Girls on the Run held a bake sale to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association, inspired by a girl in the group whose movement may be limited to a wheelchair, but was an active member of the group. Last year, the group invested in improving and cleaning up school grounds. Teaching assistant Kristen Snow, who

along with kindergarten teacher Jessica Felt and Murray School District check and connect mentor Brittany Roller round out the Viewmont coaches, said it’s rewarding to see the outcome. “It’s fun to see them complete the program, their excitement and confidence that they can accomplish something hard — and the lessons are something that they can rely on for years to come,” she said. “They’re learning life skills about themselves and how to better their community.” Johnson also said that she has seen a turnaround in the classroom and at the school. “These girls are able to stand up, solve problems, be respectful and address differences calmly,” she said. “They’re creating friendships not just with their grade-level peers, but across the grade levels. It’s helping them become healthy and positive, and at the same time, building relationships to make our community a positive, caring one.” l

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Mt. Vernon Academy sprinters finding life more tranquil here than their home countries By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com


urray’s small, private school — Mount Vernon Academy (240 E. 5600 South) — has just 90 students in grades K through 12. A third of those fill high school grades, ninth to 12th. And Principal Mike Lambson says half of those 30 students are from outside the United States. “That percentage of foreign students may be a bit high, but not by much,” Lambson said. “We’ve had hundreds and hundreds of students from Asia over the years. We added it up the other day and discovered we have had students from about 45 different countries.” Two of those 15 high school students this year, from outside the country, are members of the school’s small track team. The five boys and three girls who make up the team do not expect to accomplish anything particularly grandiose. School officials say they compete to simply get a little exercise. But those two international track team members also likely use their participation as a distraction, to help keep bigger issues off their minds. Ninth-grader Ketu Achebo is from Igbuzor, Nigeria (7,375 miles away), while Ronald Colina de Souza calls Venezuela (3,425 miles away) home. Political tensions are running so high in Ronald’s South American country, the sophomore prefers not to say exactly which Venezuelan city his family calls home. Indeed, Venezuela has been in the news for months now, as a political powder keg continues to rumble. The country’s President Nicolas Maduro – who the western media openly describe as a dictator – enjoys the backing of his own military and Russian President Vladimir Putin. However, in January the country’s opposition leader Juan Guaido announced himself to be Venezuela’s interim president. He enjoys the support of the United States and several other western nations. Back in his Venezuelan home, Ronald Colina de Souza said his family supports Guaido as well. “The prices for bread and everything else goes up all the time – costs are so high,” Colina des Souza said in Spanish, as translated by Mt. Vernon Principal Lambson. “This has been a bad problem for about 10 years. My family cannot afford the things we need to live, as well as we could just a few years ago.” Colina de Souza describes his parents as “middle class,” by Venezuelan standards. His father is a security guard while his mother works for a bank. “At first the problems were primarily just economic,” Colina de Souza added. “But in recent years it has also felt unsafe to be out on the streets (around his Venezuelan home).

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Principal Mike Lambson, sprinters Ketu Achebo and Ronald Colina and track coach Ryan Lambson (L-R) outside their Mt. Vernon Academy School in Murray. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

My mom stopped allowing me to go to the park or other places by myself.” Ironically, Colina de Souza is actually a United States citizen. Although he lived virtually his entire life in Venezuela, his parents were actually living in this country for a short time when he was born. With that benefit of citizenship, Colina de Souza has no plans to ever return to Venezuela to live. “I am very, very content living here in the United States and attending Mt. Vernon,” he concluded. “After high school I hope to attend college. At this point I think I would like to become a mechanical engineer. I feel much safer here.” Colina de Souza lives with an aunt and uncle here in the Salt Lake Valley and has a couple of cousins who previously attended Mt. Vernon Academy. Meantime, Nigerian born Ketu Achebo has no relatives in the area. But like his older brother, Sommy Achebo, Ketu lives with one of the school’s teachers – and Principal Lambson’s sister – Kelly Hill. “He’s a smart boy, loves to read and is taking viola lessons,” Hill said. “He also gets to see (older brother) Sommy, when he comes home on college breaks.” Sommy Achebo attends Southern Utah University on a football scholarship and saw extensive playing time last fall as a redshirt freshman. Although he attended Mt. Vernon – which has no football program – Sommy was allowed to play football for Granger High School, where he impressed coaches enough to earn a scholarship. Although not at the same boiling point

as Venezuela, Nigeria has its own share of social and political ills. Earlier this year the terrorist group Boko Haram killed at least 60 people in an attack on the northeastern Nigeria town of Rann. “We have not had any issues with Boko Haram in the area where my family lives, but we do have street violence,” Achebo said. “My mom stopped letting us leave the house on our own. That’s when I decided I wanted to follow my brother and attend Mt. Vernon.” As only a ninth grader, Ketu still has a few years ahead to decide what he would like to pursue as a career. To this point he is considering becoming either a doctor or lawyer. “I like living here better because it feels much safer,” Achebo concluded. “The schools are also better here; there are better teachers. My favorite classes now are math and Asian studies.” Like Colina de Souza, Achebo said he has seen enough of the United States to know this is where he would like to live and work. However, he does not enjoy the same advantage as Ronald because he was not born here and is not a citizen. “I will have to return home to renew my visa and to work out details for living here,” he said. “But if there is any way I can do it, this is where I want to live.” Both Colina de Souza and Achebo plan to be 100- and 200-meter sprinters for the Patriot track team. They are under the direction of first-year head coach Ryan Lambson, Principal Mike Lambson’s son. “I just returned from my LDS Mission to North Carolina last summer,” Ryan said.

“My dad recruited me to assist him with the boys’ basketball team last winter, and then asked me if I want to coach the track team. It fits into my schedule and so far I enjoy it.” Lambson is a freshman at the University of Utah where he is “leaning toward” earning a business degree. “He was a great athlete in his own right and is doing a good job with his coaching duties,” Principal Lambson said of his son. “The track students seem to be having fun.” Here in the United States, kids “having fun” is certainly not that uncommon. But for the likes of Ronald Colina de Souza and Ketu Achebo, that is a luxury they aren’t likely to take for granted, after spending the majority of their young lives so far, in far-flung countries facing a variety of challenges.

Sprinters Ketu Achebo (foreground) and Ronald Colina are members of the small Mt. Vernon Academy track team. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

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Murray honored with Tree Line USA designation By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


ou have seen the road signs declaring that you have entered Murray City, a Tree City USA town. While those signs have been up since 1977, Murray has been given a new, elite designation as a Tree Line USA city by the National Arbor Day Foundation, recognizing its commitment to urban forests. Matt Erkelens, forestry supervisor for Murray City Power, explained, “[The] Tree Line USA program exists to recognize best practices in public and private utility arboriculture, demonstrating how trees and utilities can co-exist for the benefit of communities and citizens.” Murray City Power had to meet five core standards to become eligible for the Tree Line USA status. The city has to consistently provide quality tree care, such as the pruning, planting, and removal of trees, and Murray Power must give annual training to utility employees in best forestry practices. The city also has to offer tree planting and public education programs to the public and paying customers as well as demonstrate proper tree planting, placement, and pruning while expanding the tree canopy in the community. Murray must also have a Tree-Based Energy Conservation Program, a formal treebased energy conservation plan that gives special consideration to the value of trees in conserving energy.

Amphitheatre on May 3rd at 12 p.m.,” stated Erkelens. “We invite the Utah State Forester and his staff to join us in celebrating our 42nd consecutive Tree City USA recognition and poster contest.” Brigham City Public Power and Provo City Power are the only other Utah entities that have earned the designation. While power companies and trees seem like natural enemies, in which there is a never-ending battle between power lines and branches, public utilities do benefit from trees. For instance, trees help reduce strain on the utility grid by providing natural cooling to homes in the summer. “Murray City will benefit by having lower line clearance costs resulting from proper pruning; improved rights-of-way management as a result of ‘right tree, right place’ plantings; increased public exposure by meeting Tree Line USA requirements, resulting in community tree planting and public education; and lower peak energy demand through the increased canopy and better placement of trees,” Erkelens said. Citizens will also enjoy “increased reliability of service because properly pruned and maintained trees with healthy root systems will mean less decay and structural weakness and fewer downed lines during storms; and collaborative urban forest man-

Choreographed double backhoe tree-lifting. Murray Power retrieves a tree that fell into Little Cottonwood Creek at Murray Park. (Photo courtesy of Murray Power)

trenching/tunneling practices. Strategically planted trees for energy conservation and a broader urban forest canopy result in reduced consumer energy costs. Finally, trees reduce heat islands as a result of more shaded pavement. Murray City will celebrate a joint Arbor Day and Earth Day on May 3 at the Murray

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his year, “awkward” might be the best word to describe Murray City’s budget process. Last year, the budget was presented with a proposed tax increase, and the City Council and Mayor Blair Camp banded together to address the public’s concerns. This year, it’s the opposite; the mayor and council are estranged, and no tax hike is planned. The mayor’s proposed budget offered no surprises this year, just straightforward requests for capital improvement projects. The biggest change in the budget presentation was the absence of a city finance director. Danyce Steck, who held the post for only two years, resigned in March to take over West Jordan City’s finance department. In February, friction developed between the mayor and council when Camp proposed to place several administrative departments under the leadership of the finance director, including the non-financial Recorder Division and Human Resources Department. Camp’s stated purpose for the change was to improve efficiency within city hall. City Councilman Dave Nicponski countered with concerns the HR Department needs to stand alone for purposes of legality, confidentiality and non-biased representation. In a rare move, the council radically amended the mayor’s proposal and denied the reorganization, keeping HR in its current stand-alone status. The council unanimously approved the amended proposal. During the Mayor’s Report, Camp lashed out at the

council, stating he was disappointed with the council’s action. It is unsure if the council’s amendment is what spurred Steck to accept the West Jordan position. Currently, the Murray City controller and accountant are temporarily running the Finance Department. “There was a minor disagreement over the placement of a department on the reorganization, but nothing more. Our relationship with the mayor continues to be a vibrant and healthy one,” stated Nicponski. However, during the March 2 City Council meeting, the mayor and council, generally affable with one another, avoided each other completely. The mayor, uncharacteristically, didn’t even issue his bimonthly Mayor’s Report. In subsequent meetings, the mayor and council members were seen exchanging some pleasantries. The council and mayor, now on speaking terms but minus a finance director, will consider the mayor’s request for the new position of a wastewater superintendent, with a salary of over $128,000. The mayor is also asking for another Power Department metering technician, a part-time plans examiner and an office administrator for the City Council. The mayor is recommending a cost of living increase (COLA) for all employees of up to five percent. Over a million dollars is proposed to cover employee overtime, with over half of that earmarked for the police and fire departments.

The Parks Department is seeking $700,000 to replace all the pavilions in Murray Park. Other capital requests include $2,365,000 for vehicle and equipment replacements, including police cars, firetrucks, snowplows and dump trucks; $700,000 for facilities maintenance (city hall, Murray Mansion, Murray Theater, etc.); $1,500,000 for roads maintenance; $1,000,000 for parks maintenance; $200,000 for golf course equipment; and $120,000 for professional services for studies and other projects. The mayor’s tentative budget for the General Fund increased four percent over last year’s budget. Personnel costs increased seven percent; however, the overall cost of operations in the General Fund decreased by three percent. The General Fund reserve level remains the same at approximately 22 percent. As far as revenue going into the city’s coffers, no property tax increase is planned this year. Sales tax revenue is estimated to increase by less than one percent during the current fiscal year. According to Nicponski, “The mayor’s budget was balanced and responsible, providing for the necessary care and upkeep for the city. The budget also awarded an acceptable COLA to our employees, who work so well to serve and protect our citizens.” l

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Murray residents invited to have a say in Parks and Recreation Plan By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


ould you like to see racquetball courts added to the Park Center? How about connecting the Jordan River Parkway with the Canal Trail? Or maybe you’d like the city bring back a jet-plane slippery slide to Murray Park (ask a longtime Murray resident about that). If you have an idea for the Murray City Parks and Recreation Department, then Parks and Rec Director Kim Sorenson wants to hear from you. Murray City is updating its Parks and Recreation Master Plan to identify ways to improve, enhance and invest in parks, recreation facilities, trails, cultural arts programs and events over the next 10 years. The Parks and Rec Department is inviting the community to take part in an online survey to update the plan. The department uses the plan to guide itself with community priorities concerning parks, recreation and cultural experiences for all residents. According to Sorenson, “A master plan is a critical component for the development of future parks, facilities, programs, trails, leagues and services the city offers. The plan sets policy for the Murray City Parks and Recreation Department. The Master Plan was last completed in 1995; the city has either accomplished goals set by the Plan or they are now outdated.” The Master Plan process is guided by

two advisory groups and public input, which will inform all phases of plan development. The community’s information will be crosschecked through technical analysis, and needs will be assessed—both will support the development of the vision, goals, strategies and actions required to implement priority projects. The completion of the updated Master Plan is anticipated by winter 2019/2020. “It is important to include elected officials, city staff, facility users and the public in forming the Master Plan,” said Sorenson. “We need to understand what Murray residents believe is working well, what could be improved and what they want out of parks and recreation in the future.” The Parks and Recreation Department has purview over more than the parks and Park Center. The expansive department includes cultural arts, including the Murray Park Amphitheatre and art shows. The Murray Senior Center’s overview is within the department as well as the Murray Museum, Murray Cemetery and the trail systems. The Murray Theatre, Murray Mansion, Murray Chapel and Armory properties are also overseen by the department. Sorensen noted, “Murray City’s parks, facilities, trails and golf course are heavily used, and our arts and recreation programs are very popular with all ages in the commu-

nity. We know some of our amenities and facilities need improvements, and others need to be expanded to meet the future needs of our residents. We are excited to update our Parks and Recreation Master Plan since community priorities and recreation trends have changed a lot since 1994. It’s important that Murray citizens voice their opinion through the survey. Citizen involvement will give us direction for future funding, programming, improvements and additions. This will help assure our success for many generations.” The community survey is the first of several opportunities to participate in developing the Master Plan. A community workshop will be held in June, and interactive information booths will be located at city events throughout the summer. Public comments will be combined with findings from technical analyses to create a draft Master Plan next winter, which will be finalized after residents, stakeholders and elected officials have an opportunity to review all recommendations. “In 2018, our Park Center sold 6,000 memberships and saw 42,306 event attendees. More than 11,710 people participated in our recreation programs, and our outdoor pool had more than 37,000 admissions,” said Mayor Blair Camp. “We know our community loves our parks and programs, and we need as many residents as possible to share

their ideas and shape the future of parks, recreation and arts in Murray.” The Murray Parks and Recreation Master Plan survey can be found online at www. murray.utah.gov. l

Murray City is seeking public input into its Parks and Rec programs, such as the Murray Park Amphitheatre. (Photo courtesy Murray Parks and Recreation Department)


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Preservationists and Murray City squabble on historic downtown buildings By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


year after demolition plans for the historic Murray 1st Ward and Carnegie Library were halted, historic preservationists are again calling on Murray City to halt any plans to demolish a different set of downtown buildings. The Murray Redevelopment Agency is considering whether to level three buildings that sit between 4854 and 4874 State Street in downtown Murray. The buildings’ most recent tenants were Wright Costume, Murray Arts Centre and Vine Street Antiques. Two of the buildings currently have tenants on a month-to-month lease agreement, and the third building (Vine Street Antiques) is vacant. Now owned by Murray City, the buildings started out as commercial properties, with the oldest building being the two-story Murray State Bank on 4854 State Street, built before 1903. The Grand Central Market, housing the Murray Arts Centre, was built in 1938. The building on the corner of State and 5th Avenue was built in 1903 and housed Murray’s first movie theater. A significant concern of the mayor and city staff is that these buildings are becoming increasingly dilapidated and unsafe. They either need significant investment or they need to be demolished in the near future; but, so far, no interest has been shown by any party to invest funds to renovate them. “It’s not that the city wants to demolish the buildings,” said Mayor Blair Camp. “But rather the removal of these buildings is part of a redevelopment plan initiated sever-

al years ago. Murray City has not made any determination on the timing of any building demolition. At the Jan. 22 RDA meeting, the possibility of getting a quote to demolish buildings the city owns along State Street was discussed. To date, the staff has not provided any further information to the RDA Board regarding those costs.” Janice Strobell, a leader in the preservationist group Preserve Murray, argued, “There should not be demolition of buildings if it leaves an empty plot of land with no timeline in place for new development. Neighboring cities’ codes do not allow demolition leaving empty plots of land without a defined timeline for the beginning of new construction.” The buildings in question sit in Murray’s historic downtown district. A local historic district is an entire area or group of historic structures deemed significant to the city’s cultural fabric and are protected by public review. “These buildings have been deemed ‘contributing’ on the downtown’s National Historic Register,” explained Strobell. “A taxpaying owner can receive tax credits for renovation of these buildings. They do need care, and with that care they can be iconic and contributing pieces of Murray’s historic downtown once again. Utah’s State Historic Preservation Office can provide professional expertise for the rehabilitation of these buildings.” In 2009, the city adopted an ordinance

Murray’s Redevelopment Agency is considering the future of three buildings on State Street. (Shaun Delliskave/City Journals)

with strict requirements and a lengthy process that had to be met prior to permitting any alterations (either interior or exterior) to certain buildings. “The buildings… were purchased with the plan that the entire block would be redeveloped in a cohesive fashion and bring a renewed vitality to the area,” said Camp. “Since the city owns most of the block, we plan to enable development to align with an overall vision rather than having it redeveloped parcel by parcel. The city would still like to have the block cohesively developed and therefore plans to maintain ownership until an acceptable development plan is in place.” “Preserve Murray seeks for multiple solutions to be brought to the table and considered by the city,” remarked Strobell.

“Solutions by developers/new owners for the property along with other creative solutions that could allow these buildings to become productive while owned by the city and awaiting proposals by new owners/developers.” Camp said unfortunately, past plans with developers have not come to fruition. “Recently, the city has been talking with two potential developers for this site, but in both cases discussion is preliminary. We are willing to have discussions with any developer or development group that is interested in a development on this site,” noted Camp. “Our plans for the new city hall to be located west of these parcels is moving forward, and the new headquarters fire station is under construction.” l

Pinwheels planted at Murray City Hall to honor Child Abuse Prevention By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


urray City declared April as Child Abuse Prevention Month in support of the Murray Exchange Club’s efforts to raise funds to support those who have been impacted by child abuse. The Exchange Club tied blue ribbons and planted blue pinwheels in the lawn of Murray City Hall. Each ribbon represented a reported case of child abuse in Murray City in 2018. The City Council unanimously approved a resolution from Mayor Blair Camp and presented it to Exchange Club President Sheri Van Bibber. On April 1, the Exchange Club announced some of the recipients, such as the Taylorsville Family Center, Substance Abuse House, and Honor365 (a veteran's support group), would receive checks from the funds raised by the Club to prevent child abuse. l

Ella Henry helps plants pinwheels at Murray City Hall for Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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May 2019 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 (Lori Edmunds) . . . . . . . . 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

R ECREATION Boys Basketball Camp Dates: Ages

June 10-13 (Monday-Thursday) 8-12 Grades 9:30-11:30 am 3-7 Grades 11:45 am-1:45 pm K-2 Grades 2:00-3:30 pm Cost: $50 K-2 grades $75 3-12 grades Place: Murray High School Main gym Coaches: Jason Workman, Head coach At Murray High and staff Register: Murray Parks and Recreation, The Park Center or online at www.mcreg.com All participants receive a camp T-Shirt

Adult Summer Kickball League

Murray Parks and Recreation is accepting registrations for our Summer Adult Coed Kickball League. Great for improving 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 order provided. A total of 9 games will be played followed by a post season tournament. The league will use an 8.5 rubber ball. Form a team and join the hottest league in town. Space limited to the first 10 teams to register for the league. The league is starting later than normal due to construction on the field from the spring. Dates: Wednesday League-July 17-Sept. 25 Place: Murray Park Softball Field Cost: $350 per team Time: 6-11 pm Register: Murray Parks & Rec. office, The Park Center or online at www.mcreg.com Deadline: Wednesday, July 3, 2019 Space limited to the first 10 teams in league to register! Teams must provide their own jerseys!!! Teams must complete out a roster the first night of the league play!

Girls Basketball Camp

Grades K-6 Dates: May 13-15 (Monday-Wednesday) Times: Grades K-2 6:00-7:00pm main gym at MHS Grades 3-6 7:00-8:00pm main gym at MHS Cost : $30 Grades 7-12 Dates: June 17-21 Monday-Friday Times: Grades 7-12 9:00-11:00 Location: Main gym at Murray High School Cost: $50.00 Register: www.mcreg.com All girls get a T-shirt

Murray Fun Days 5K Race Thursday, July 4, 2019 • 8:00 am West end of Murray Park Cost: $20 until June 14, $25 June 15-28, Kids Race $10 USAT&F $18 until June 14 Divisions: 11 & Under, 12-14, 15-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84 Clydesdale (Men over 220 .lbs) Athena (Women over 160 .lbs) Kids Race: 4-6 year Olds, 7-9 year Olds • T-shirts for all participants • Food and great prizes! • Cash awards to top 3 M/F • Cash awards to top 3 Master M/F • Awards to top 3 in each age groups M/F Register online at www.mcreg.com

Youth Tennis Lessons Dates:

June 10-14, June 17-21, June 24-28, July 8-12, July 15-19, July 22-26, (no class July 24), July 29-Aug. 2, Aug. 5-9, and Aug 12-16 Place: Southwood Park (6150 S. 725 East) Ages: 6-18 Cost: $40 Residents, $50 Non-residents Time: 8-9 am Beginners 9-10 am Advanced Beginners/ Intermediate Instructor: Andrea Perschon Register: Murray Parks & Recreation Office, The Park Center or online at www.mcreg.com

Jr. Team Tennis Dates: Days:

June 11-Aug. 15 Tuesday and Thursday Wednesday game play Place: Murray High Tennis Courts Times: 7 to 8 am Cost: $125 Instructor: Andrea Perschon Must have coaches approval to participate. Register: Murray Parks and Recreation, The Park Center and online www.mcreg.com

Spring Fling Pickle Ball Tournament

Dates: May 17-18 Place: Murray Parks and Recreation Outdoor Pickleball Courts 166 E. Myrtal St. Cost: $30 per division Format: Mixed Doubles on Saturday, Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles on Friday Pool play using Rally Score to 21, win by 2, cap at 23 If multiple pools, top 2 teams advance to single elimination tour. Levels: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0 Deadline: Friday, May 10, 2019 Register: Murray Parks and Recreation, The Park Center or online www.mcreg.com

Wednesday Night Pickle Ball League Night: Dates: Time: Divisions: Place: Cost: Register:

Men’s League and Women’s League May 22-July 17 6:00 to 9:30 pm Division 1(3.5 to 5.0) Division 2 (1.0 to 3.0) Outdoor Pickleball Courts, 166 E. Myrtal St. $70 per team Online at www.mcreg.com or Murray Parks & Recreation Office Deadline: Monday, May 13, 2019

Thursday Night Pickle Ball League Night: Dates: Time: Divisions: Place: St. Cost: Register:

Thursday night Mixed Doubles league May 23-July 18 6:00 to 9:30 pm Division 1(3.5 to 5.0) Division 2 (1.0 to 3.0) Outdoor Pickleball Courts, 166 E. Myrtal

$70 per team Online at www.mcreg.com or Murray Parks & Recreation Office Deadline: Monday, May 13, 2019

Summer Classic Pickle Ball Tournament Dates: Place:

Cost: Format: Doubles,

June 21 & 22 Murray Parks and Recreation Outdoor Pickleball Courts 166 E. Myrtal St. $30 per division Mixed Doubles on Saturday, Men’s

Women’s Doubles on Friday Pool play using Rally Score to 21, win by 2, cap at 23 If multiple pools, top 2 teams advance to single elimination tour. Levels: 3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 4.5, 5.0 Deadline: Friday, June 14, 2019 Register: Murray Parks and Recreation, The Park Center or online www.mcreg.com


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Little Women will be directed by Jim Smith and presented by special arrangement with MTI. Auditions will be held May 28th and 30th, 7:30 – 9:30 pm at Viewmont Elementary School. Callbacks (by invitation only) will be held on June 1st, from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. Performance dates: August 9-17th at the Murray Park Amphitheater. **Updates will be posted on our Murray City Cultural Arts Facebook Page and more details can be found at our City Webpage: www.murray.utah.gov/1642/Auditions

Resident on Display Original artwork by Murray resident artists are displayed in the central display case at City Hall and Murray Library. Maurice Baker is our featured May artist at city Hall and Dave Kotch’s work will be on display at the Murray Library until the end of May.

M URRAY S ENIOR R ECREATION C ENTER The Murray Senior Recreation Center is a 55+ recreation center for people who like to stay active, learn, get services, go places, stay healthy, play, volunteer, meet people, enjoy life and more. The Center’s current newsletter is available on our website at www.murray.utah.gov/140/Heritage-Center and will have the most up-to-date information on our activities and services. Please call the Heritage Center at 801-264-2635 or visit us to register for any of our classes or services. Lunch is served Tuesday–Friday anytime between 11:30–12:30 and you pay for your meal after you pick up your food. No reservations are needed—except for special events. Options include the regular menu item, salad, soup, Panini, and sandwiches. The cost ranges from $2–$4 for people 55+.

CLASSES & SERVICES MAY – JUNE 2019 Grief Support Group: Tuesday, May 3, 10:30 am FREE

Dance Lessons: Monday, June 3, 10, 17, 24, & July 1- 1:00-2:00 pm. FREE. Nutrition Class: Friday, June 7- 10:30 am. FREE. Hearing Screening: Friday, June 21-10:00 am12:00 pm. Appointments needed. Computer Classes: Every Thursdays from 2:004:00 pm one hour appointments. Cost $3.

MAY & JUNE 2019 EVENTS MOTHER’S DAY HIGH TEA: Tuesday, May 7 11:30 am-1:00 pm • Cost $8 The annual Mother’s Day High Tea will be held on Tuesday, May 7 from 11:30 – 1:00. Plates of food will be served at your table that include bite-sized foods served as part of a traditional English High Tea. A variety of tea choices will also be available to sample.

FATHERS’ DAY BARBEQUE: Wednesday, June 12, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Join us as we honor all fathers with a special barbeque and demonstrations from our own Murray Fire and Police Departments. The Fire Department will offer booths with blood pressure checks, information on Stop the Bleed program and other health services while Murray Police will offer information on Community Policing programs as well as a K-9 Demonstration. A BBQ lunch of hot dogs, baked beans, chips and a cookie will be served for $1. Registration begins Wednesday, May 15 and closes on Wednesday, June 5.

Summer concerts begin in June with In Cahoots on Monday, June 10 at 7:00 p.m.

Shredding Day: Tuesday, May 7 10:00 am -1:00 pm. FREE. History Class: Tuesday, May 14 at 10:30 am and Tuesday, June 11 at 10:30 am. eBook and eAudiobooks Class: On Friday, May 17 @ June 14, at 10:30 am, a representative from Murray Library will teach you how to use eBooks and e Audio. Bring your devices (tablet, smartphone, readers, etc.), and all passwords for your accounts). FREE. Medicare Class and Us: On Tuesday, May 21 at 10:30 am Bill Barron from Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services will be at the Center to present Medicare tips. AARP Smart Driving Class: Tuesday, May 28 & June 25 from 9:30 sm -2:30 pm. Cost $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members Vital Aging: Tuesday, May 28 and Tuesday, June 25 10:30-11:30 am. FREE. Advance Directive: Thursday, May 30 10:30 am. FREE. Medicare Counseling: Tuesday, May 21 & June 25 at 12:00 pm. Appointments needed. Advance Directive: Thursday, May 30 10:30 am. FREE.


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Twin Peaks’ art show gives students chance to showcase their stories By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

At the Twin Peaks art show, students showcase their artwork from the year, including a collaborative puzzle, which highlights students’ dreams for their future. (Cynthia Micken/Twin Peaks)


hen Twin Peaks’ students see Cynthia Micken in the hall, they get excited as they know the Beverley Taylor Sorenson art specialist will be teaching them new techniques or introducing mediums they haven’t tried. When she enters the room, she calls upon the artists to share their own stories through art. “They’re young developing artists who have a safe place to create their own artwork and tell their stories,” Micken said. “This is an evening where they can have pride in their artwork and show their contribution to the world in a positive, beautiful way that unites us all.” Twin Peaks’ third annual art show will begin at 5 p.m., Thursday, May 2 at the school, 5325 S. 1045 East in Murray. Each of the 340 kindergarten through sixth-grade students will have at least one framed piece of artwork on display, with some having other two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces showcased in the front hall or school hallways. The event is free and the public is invited to attend. There will be food trucks available for those wishing to purchase dinner. In addition to the art on display, in the school multi-purpose room, families can take part in a collaborative art project, where they add their handprint to a collage, and try some scratch art projects, which they can take home. “When everyone traces their hand and puts their own design within it, it shows the different shapes and sizes in the hands and it shows their individuality, but it also shows how everyone is important in the school. It builds community,” she said. Earlier in the year, she had upper-grade students include their life goals and dreams in puzzle pieces, which they connected to one another.

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“It shows how everyone is a piece of our school and fits into our story,” she said, adding that this artwork will be on display during the art show. Students were allowed to choose the project that was framed with Granite School District funds earmarked for art programs. Micken has kept art portfolios of each student’s work. “We talk about presentation as visual arts. It gives them a sense of pride and completion and they’re able to make connections,” she said. Micken, who taught in elementary schools for 12 years before becoming an art specialist, jumped at the chance to teach art at both Twin Peaks and Copper Hills in Magna. She is one of 32 art specialists in Granite’s 63 elementary schools. “Art has always been a passion of mine and I’ve used art to connect with kids and help them tell their stories,” she said about what she calls her “dream job.” Micken also has her art endorsement and is studying for her master’s degree at the University of Utah in art education, where she has learned more about her passion and shares with her students. The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Learning Program encourages specialists to intertwine the core curriculum with art. For Micken, that may be teaching sixth-graders more about ancient civilization, which is in their social studies unit, and having them reinforce their learning by making clay tablets. Or it may be for fourth-graders, who are learning Utah history, to create Navajo clay pots. “Every project teaches a subject – science, social studies, reading – and brings in the art curriculum with introducing materials and mediums and ties them together,” she said. For example, fifth-graders may choose

to display from among their art projects that bring in American symbols such as the Statue of Liberty when they learned about immigration or artwork illustrating their learning of erosion and how Utah’s natural arches are formed. “We use colored pencil and crayon and add in sand for texture. Or if we want lightning, we will use glue, allow it to harden, then paint over it to create a stormy sky,” Micken said. The projects also fit the ability of the students. For example, as kindergartners learn about shapes, their projects involve creating shapes of their own from putting clear contact paper on paper, then painting over them. Once the contact paper is removed, they discover perfect shapes, she said. First-graders have the chance to not only learn about animal families and habitats, such as penguins in Antarctica, but also show what they learned in art. Micken guides students to glue tissue paper to create a background of ice, then cut out penguin families to place in their artwork. “They’re not only reinforcing what they’ve learned in social studies, but also learning art techniques such as background and foreground,” she said. Second-graders, who learn about communities, may choose a paper weaving project to display or maybe, showcase their own petroglyphs, which they create using their own symbols to illustrate their own stories, after using watercolors to paint the background to look like Utah’s red rocks. “When they put their own stories in their artwork, it gives them ownership,” Micken said. “I give them the structure to be successful, but also the freedom to tell their stories. It’s important part of why we make art — visual art, dance, music, theater — and to share it with the world.” l

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High Density Housing By Justin Adams | Justin.a@thecityjournals.com


s your community newspaper, we at the City Journals want to give our readers more opportunities to have your voices heard through our platform. One way is through a new series we’re calling “Your City. Your Voice.” Each month, we’ll be choosing a topic that’s important to communities throughout the Salt Lake valley. Throughout that month we’ll conduct a series of polls on our social media channels about that topic. Then we’ll publish those results and a selection of top comments in the next month’s paper. To start things off, we asked readers about what may be the hottest topic in the valley right now: high-density housing. This is an issue impacting every part of the valley, as city governments have to decide how to balance the needs of a growing population with concerns like infrastructure, crowded schools and traffic. Battles over specific housing developments across the valley have involved angry town hall

meetings, the formation of community activist groups, petition campaigns, lawsuits and even a Utah Supreme Court case regarding the Cottonwood Mall site in Holladay. What complicates the issue even more is that it isn’t just black and white. What we’ve found is that few people are either entirely for or against high-density housing. Most people recognize a general need for more types of housing, but also want new developments to be implemented strategically and responsibly so as to minimize negative impacts to the surrounding area. NOTE: The poll data included here is from social media and therefore should not be considered an official or scientific representation of general opinion. You can help us get better poll data by following The City Journals on Facebook, responding to the polls and sharing them with your friends. l

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Murrayites keep ham radio alive and thriving By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


n a time when social media platforms are often criticized more for their divisiveness than praised for their ability to bring people together, several Murray residents are tapping into a different network to forge connections worldwide. One of Murray’s newest niches, the Murray Amateur Radio Club (MARC), has quickly made inroads within the community and is attracting new interest into one of the oldest forms of technical, social networking. Dan Lundwall (radio handle: N7XDL), who founded the club, hopes others catch on to the fun of ham radios. “I’m sure everyone knows an older person who is along in years who is a ham radio operator. There has been a surge of new ham radio operators that are filling in the ranks and working hand in hand with the older generation. There have been more new licenses being delivered from the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) now than at any time in the past,” Lundwall said. Lundwall, a former competitive speed skater in the 1970s, first saw a ham radio in action when the only way he could call home from his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) in Concepcion, Chile, was by radio. The ham radio operator was able to make a telephone patch, and he spoke to his parents via ham radio,

Dan Lundwall manages three radios at an event command post. (Photo courtesy Dan Lundwall)

and it has interested him ever since. “When I came home, I realized that you had to learn Morse code to get a license, so that’s when I called it quits, as I have a learning disability with memorizing abstract things. It wasn’t until the FCC dropped the Morse code requirements that I returned to learn more about ham radio. It took me a year to feel confident enough to take my first technician’s license test; I aced it. It’s been smooth sailing ever since.” MARC is a social club where ham radio operators meet and discuss all things ham radio. The club started through Lundwall’s involvement in the Salt Lake County Amateur Radio Emergency Services (ARES) group, where he worked to recruit local ham radio

operators for assistance. “I found out that Murray didn’t have a club, so I started one. We now have from 12 to 20 people that come out regularly to enjoy learning about ham radio,” Lundwall said. “We’ve made two types of antennas, learned about emergency communications protocols, visited other clubs, have had guest speakers and a whole lot more.” For the Great Utah ShakeOut statewide earthquake drill, MARC worked with Murray City Fire Department to provide additional emergency communications for the fire department as they were dispatched to various locations. Murray’s drill assumed that most methods of communication were affected, including the trunked (pooled radio channels)

systems that Murray City uses, and as such, in a real emergency, they will be relying on ham radio to fill that gap. The club also provides coverage of Murray’s Fourth of July 5K race and parade. Murray City’s Parks and Recreation Department asked MARC to provide communication to know where the issues are throughout the race, as well as at the parade. According to Lundwall, “Last year something happened on the parade route, and the director didn’t know why there [was a] delay. She ended up doing things like having the kids dance the Hokey Pokey and other dance songs to at least provide entertainment until the parade got caught up. Had she had communications throughout the parade route, she could have done something about the delays.” Still, Lundwall hopes others see that ham operators are not just needed in a crisis, but they can have fun being an operator as well. “Ever since the Morse code requirement was taken out it was thought that the hobby would die off. It turns out there were more older folks than young folks in the hobby, until now. The future of ham radio looks bright.” More information about MARC can be found online at www.murrayarc.org. l


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Longview continues its Shakespearean tradition

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Longview sixth-graders had much ado about Shakespeare as they presented vignettes of William Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “The Taming of the Shrew” and “Twelfth Night” to classmates and families as part of their studying of the Renaissance. In the 23-year history of Longview’s Shakespeare program, multiple teachers have helped form the learning experience since teachers Tina Nilsson and Robin Griego first directed students in “Macbeth” and a puppet show. Nilsson credits teacher Dale Johnson for the individual shows and quality that has now become a Longview tradition. Costuming was scare when the plays began, but by 2003, a Queen Elizabeth I dress was donated. By 2006, students all wore time-period costumes, which were contributed or sewn. Several years, students were invited by the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City to perform on the Adams Stage. The unit covers more than the plays; students have learned about the language, food, customs, theater, culture, and created their own coat of arms and stained-glass window. “It will always stand out as one of the best things that I did during my teaching career,” said Nilsson, who, in her 24th year teaching, is set to retire in June. Pictured is a scene from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” (Julie Slama/City Journals)

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Cornhole joins pickleball and kickball as popular activity offered by Murray City By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

Murray Parks Director Cory Plant and Recreation Coordinator Leisl Morris say cornhole leagues have proven to be one of the more successful new activities they have introduced in recent years. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

“Our job is to create or find healthy activities that get people up and moving, preferably as a family; we are constantly looking for the latest and greatest idea.” That’s the simplest way Murray City Recreation Director Cory Plant knows to explain why the low-impact, ought-to-be-at-abarbeque sport of cornhole is something his department has introduced to the public. “We actually built our first pair of cornhole targets about eight years ago and set them up for play at various city events over the years,” Plant said. “But last year we decided there seemed to be enough interest in it to set up cornhole leagues. Our number of participants doubled from the first to second league – and we expect the popularity to continue to grow.”

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You may be shocked at just how popular cornhole is across the country. For starters, Plant and Recreation Coordinator Larry Killips decided to introduce the activity after they each watched the Cornhole National Championships on ESPN. And Killips added, he was thinking seriously about introducing it even before finding it on basic cable. “A couple of summers ago, I was back at a family reunion in Michigan where they had a cornhole set that was busy from sun up to sundown,” Killips said. “My relatives were joking, laughing and having fun playing it. So, I thought it would be a hit. Then when I was watching it on ESPN, a lady was barefoot and pregnant playing in the national tournament – so I knew it was something anyone can play.” l

Cornhole targets have one hole – just large enough to swallow a corn bag if it’s thrown on target. Scoring is similar to horseshoes: close is “good” …in the hole is “better.” The targets are placed 27 feet apart. The bags look like what we have spent our lives calling “beanbags.” But they are filled with corn, so… “When we first started the league a year ago, players were complaining the bags were sliding off the targets too easily – so we called the manufacturers to ask them about it,” Killips added. “They said we needed to crush the corn kernels inside the bags, by driving over them several times with a truck tire. It might sound crazy but it worked. The complaints died down as the bags began to stick better on the targets.” Last year’s first session featured six teams (of two to five players) while the second league ballooned to 16 teams. This year’s first session got underway April 23 and will run into early June. Sign-ups will begin soon for the second league, running from midJune to early August. Play is held on Tuesday nights at Murray Park. “We are also committed to hold a fall league, and might even have a winter, indoor league, if participation continues to grow,” Plant added. “As far as I know we are offering the only cornhole league in the state. Right now, it is for adults only. But I could see us starting kid’s leagues or teen leagues. It doesn’t require a lot of athletic ability; but people really seem to enjoy it.” Among the newcomers to the activity were Murray residents Martha Valero, her sister, and each of their teenage sons. “I had never played (cornhole) before, but saw them playing in Murray Park,” Valero said. “So, we signed up and had a great time. It was super fun, perfect weather…just a fun night out at the park. People are friendly. We all enjoyed it.” Murray Recreation officials are calling cornhole the most popular new activity they have introduced since getting behind pickleball a few years ago… and kickball, a few years before that. Plant reported his department operates

on an annual budget of about $2.5 million, which includes pay for eight full-time employees and about 250 part-time personnel. “That includes lifeguards, referees and many, many other people,” Plant said. Only about $2,000 has been spent gathering the department’s cornhole equipment. Plant has been with the department 35 years and its director for 31 of those years. Much newer to the fold is Recreation Coordinator Leisl Morris, who will hit three years in August. She coordinates youth soccer, track and field, Jr. Jazz basketball and other activities. “I feel like my job is to help people learn how to have a good life – how to enjoy themselves more,” Morris said. “A big part of that, I think, is showing them ways to have fun with their children.” As for what may be the next activity coming down the pipe, Plant said his department may try to reintroduce wiffleball – and they are also considering something he calls “kick golf,” which involves teams kicking a soccer ball through a course and into some type of bucket. “Some of our cornhole players couldn’t hit a bull in the butt with a banjo when they started out,” Killips concluded. “They got better as the leagues continued. But that’s not even the point. We just want to get people up off their couch and help them remain active.”

When cornhole bags are brand new, the experts claim the most effective way to break them in – so they will land better on targets – is to run them over, to grind the corn smaller. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

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pring is upon us, summer is on the way; and with warmer temperatures and (hopefully) blue skies on the horizon, drivers can’t blame slick roads or blinding flurries for their faulty driving anymore. Driving safely requires good driving habits. Habits. Not occasionally safe maneuvers. The following are some prudent practices to implement in your daily travels.

Safe Driving Habits

drove over a nail and didn’t realize it. We often don’t look at the tires on the passenger side since we don’t approach the car from that direction, checking regularly allows you to examine those opposite side wheels. It will keep your car’s handling in its best condition. Each vehicle can have different appropriate PSI (measurement for tire pressure), but when temperatures drop, so Blinkers and blind spots Driving 101. If you plan on changing does the pressure in your tires. lanes, let others in on your secret. Everyone Keep car maintained will appreciate it. Others want to know what Since you’ll be regularly checking the you are planning. tires, might as well keep regularly schedLikewise, if you see a blinker come uled maintenance on your car. This can range on indicating your lane is that car’s desired from oil changes to transmission flushes. destination, let it in. This isn’t the Daytona Simply checking windshield washer fluid or 500. We are not racing for $19 million. It is the antifreeze level in your car’s reservoir can common courtesy, if we want people to use prevent serious issues happening on the road. their blinkers, then we should reward them Wash your car especially after storms for doing so. or if you’ve parked under a pine tree where Remember the blinker doesn’t automat- birds can drop their white business on the ically assume safe passage to the next lane. hood or sap could drip onto the roof. Left And while your car’s sensors in the rearview untreated, these outdoor stains can ruin the mirrors are helpful, they are not omniscient. paint on your vehicle. Check your blind spot with your own eyes. Drive defensively There’s a reason it’s called a “blind” spot. This means keeping distance between

troubling and you probably shouldn’t be behind a steering wheel. Also you can’t always see what’s in front of the car before you. They may have to slam on their brakes due to an unexpected obstruction. If you rear end them, insurance rarely works out in your favor. This can also mean slowing down on wet roads or not weaving in and out of traffic. Distractions This is the No. 1 reason for accidents. This is not limited to using the cell phone, though texting, checking news alerts or making a phone call are all terrible decisions to make while driving.

It also extends to dozing off or checking the price at the gas station you just passed. Be alert, stay vigilant. Other drivers may suddenly stop, they may not see you as you yield or turn. By staying engaged and sharp, your reactions can be sharper and you may even anticipate what other drivers are looking to do. One way to stay engaged is to vary your daily commute. Changing your routine alerts your brain, breaking you from the monotonous snooze you may find yourself after traveling certain routes hundreds of times. These habits are important and it is not overdramatic to say that they could save a life.

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Parkside students hard work pays off in “Seussical the Musical, Jr.”

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“Oh, the Thinks you can think; think and wonder and dream; far and wide as you dare… .” The 40 Parkside Thinkers from first through sixth grade, presented “Seussical the Musical, Jr.” in late March to friends and family. First-grade teacher Cal Beck and second-grade teacher Michelle Best directed the show. About 55 students took part in early November with a two-week actors’ workshop where students learned about stage presence, choreography and singing. Auditions were held afterward, and the cast began practicing 75 minutes per week until late February, when they increased rehearsals to four hours per week. The cast and crew thank second-grade teacher Brittany Lund, English Language Learner Specialist Cris Westerfield, sixth-grade teacher Breezi Hancock, and student, parent and PTA volunteers for their donated time. (Jennifer Covington/ Murray School District)

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Mother Nature slows start of Murray High School’s baseball season By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com


pril showers are well known for bringing May flowers… but they also wreak havoc on the Utah high school baseball season more often than not. Such was the case this year – in the two weeks leading into Easter – just as the Murray Spartans were gearing up to open their Region 6 baseball season – with three games scheduled, over four days – against rival Olympus Titans. Poor weather forced two of the games into a single-day doubleheader. And, as of press time, coach Marce Wilson’s team was still searching for enough dry grass to get the third game in, while also wondering how many other region games would have to be put on hold. The Spartans particularly wanted to get off to a quick start in their region season, because Olympus has established itself as a firm thorn in the Murray baseball team’s side. For three years running, the Spartans and Titans have been the top two teams in the region, with Murray claiming the region crown in 2016 and 2017, while placing second to Olympus last season. Then, in all three of those seasons, it was that same Titan team that ousted MHS from the state baseball tournament. That’s what made the March 12 doubleheader particularly satisfying for the Murray bunch, as they swept both games from Olympus at Ken Price Field, next to Murray Park. The scores were 4-3 in the first game, followed by a 14-4 blowout in the second. The Spartans trailed most of the first game, before scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to come from behind. Senior Murray first baseman Jonah McBride hit the walk-off single to complete the comeback. “We are aware we have lost those state tournament games to Olympus and they are definitely one of our biggest rivals,” McBride said. “So, getting the walk-off hit to win the first game was great, and I think it gave us a little extra confidence going to the second game.” Eighth year head coach Wilson said before the games he still considers Olympus to be the team to beat in Region 6 this spring, despite losing a lot of kids off last year’s Titan team. “Olympus had 15 seniors on their team last year, when they went undefeated in region,” the coach said. “And despite losing all those kids (to graduation), they should still be our biggest competition again this year. They have the best feeder program in our region. Murray’s feeder program is down a bit.” Wilson expects Skyline, Highland and West High Schools to also be competitive. “Skyline has a new coach and kids always play hard for a new coach,” Wilson added. “And Highland returns almost their entire team.”

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With 11 seniors graduating a year ago, Murray lost nearly as many players to graduation as Olympus. Second baseman Easton Sprague is one of only five seniors on this year’s team. “We’re a young team; but I think we can do pretty well,” Sprague said. “We will make the state tournament as a top seed, I believe. I’m sad to see my Murray baseball career coming to an end. I have been coached by coach Wilson for seven years. He has made me a better player. It will be tough when it ends.” However, Sprague also already knows he will be playing baseball again a year from now, at the next level. “I’ve signed to play for Mt. Hood Community College (outside Portland, Oregon),” he said. “Last October, my dad and I drove up to visit four Oregon schools. I liked the vibe (Mt. Hood CC) had.” McBride is hoping for the same opportunity. “I have been talking to my coaches and would definitely like to play college baseball,” the senior first baseman said. “But I have already earned an academic scholarship at the University of Utah. So, it would have to be a good opportunity to pass that up to MHS first baseman Jonah McBride (R) tries to tag an Olympus base runner. (glossy-sports-photos.smugmug. com) play baseball somewhere else.” Ironically, 30 years ago Wilson was pitching against Murray High School – in the 1989 state baseball tournament – while playing for West High. A few years later (1995), Wilson pitched three games in the NAIA College World Series for Bellevue University (south of Omaha, Nebraska), in route to that school’s national baseball championship. A week later the New York Yankees drafted Wilson. But a severe shoulder injury kept him from reporting to the team. “I kind of had enough by then and figured the (NAIA) championship was a good way to go out,” he said. Coaching the Spartans this spring is the kind of challenge Wilson said he enjoys. “We are certainly inexperienced this season; but that makes it fun to coach,” he said. “You really have to teach players, in order to get the most out of them.” l

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This show, written by Bryan Dayley and directed by Scott Holman, follows the story of sisters Stella and Hannah, the orphaned rulers of Icydale, as they attempt to come to terms with Stella’s icy powers. When the kingdom holds a royal coronation to make Stella queen, who should show up but Stella’s lying, villainous ex-boyfriend, Chaunce. Recently kicked out of his parent’s basement and eager to cash in on some royal wealth, Chaunce tricks naive Hannah into believing he’s the love of her life, and the two make plans to wed. Quick to put their plans on ice, Stella kidnaps Chaunce and drags him off to a remote ice castle. Hannah enlists the help of snow cone salesman Gristoph, his trusty sidekick, Moose, and freshly sentient snowman, Olive. Together, can they save her sister from slipping off the deep end? Comedy, romance, and adventure are all on the docket for this delightful send up of the animated blockbuster, as well as topical humor torn from today’s headlines. “Freezin’” runs March 28th through June 8th, 2019. The evening also includes one of Desert Star’s side-splitting musical olios, following the show. The “Saved by the 90’s Olio” features hit songs and musical steps from 1990’s mixed with more of Desert Star’s signature comedy. Food is available from an á la carte menu and is served right at your table. There is also a full service bar. The menu includes gourmet pizza, fresh wraps, appetizers, and scrumptious desserts.

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