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Go big!” That’s what former nurse Lynda Brown told her daughter Laura when asked about her plans for retirement. And she indeed did go big. Last month, Brown received the Maytag Dependable Leader Award and $20,000 to provide college scholarships to members of the local Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake (BGCGSL). This award recognized the volunteer efforts of Brown and KidsEat!, her charity combating food insecurity for local youth. “For the past 28 years, Lynda has been the most dependable, generous, and compassionate volunteer that any organization could ask for,” said Bob Dunn, special projects consultant for BGCGSL. It was during this time that Brown caught an 8-year-old girl stealing food from the club pantry to feed herself and her 4-yearold brother over the weekend. School districts help feed children on weekdays, but the weekends are when many children go hungry. Brown discovered that many BGCGSL children routinely go without food. And, statistically, one in five children in the Salt Lake valley deals with food insecurity at home. So Brown founded KidsEat!, and has gradually expanded the program to include six different club sites in Salt Lake County. She tailored the program for each club. For instance, many families reside in motels or cars without access to cooking facilities, so Brown prepares “no heat” backpacks especially for those kids. Brown and her 14 volunteers currently provide more than 1,400 meals to children each week. The Murray resident credits her parents Edna and Herbert Smart for being compassionate examples. When her brother became a quadriplegic at age 18, she watched her mother learn nursing skills to care for him, and in turn she taught Brown those skills, which

influenced her choice to be a nurse. “She was amazing and I learned at her side what love and caring looks like,” said Brown. Hosting the KidsEat! Golf Classic last month, the 73-year-old grandmother of four matched the energy of the sorority sisters from Lambda Master Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi who volunteered to help. “Immediately, I knew she was a force,” recalled LeAnn Saldivar, president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake. “At first I thought she was biting off more than she could chew, but she was so tenacious and had so many connections, it was clear that there wasn’t anything she couldn’t do.” It was this ability to start and get things done that inspired BGCGSL administrators to nominate her for the Maytag Dependable Leader Award. “The Maytag Dependable Leader Award allows the Maytag brand to give back to Boys & Girls Club staff and volunteers across the country who give tirelessly to their local communities,” said Rosa Keszler, community relations senior specialist at Whirlpool Corp. Brown is one of 10 nominees nationwide to receive the award. On a cool Saturday morning, prior to the start of Boys & Girls Club annual “Day for Kids” celebration on September 23, Brown’s family and friends, local dignitaries, and Boys & Girls Club kids gathered to celebrate her award. However, Brown does not intend to bask in the glory of this award for long. “I’ve got to reach more kids, so I’m in talks with the Salt Lake City School District,” said Brown, referring to KidsEat! expanding beyond its present scope. “She could get this award many times over,” declared Dunn. He points toward a small fleet of buses that transport children to the club building and credits Brown with finding the vehicles and

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Lynda Brown, standing second from right, was recognized nationally for her work by the Boys & Girls Club. (Photo courtesy Murray Boys & Girls Club)

getting them donated to the club. Brown explained her motivation. “I believe that you are only five people away from anyone you want to meet or know, and that through asking for what you need and belief that the riches of the universe are in circulation through me, mountains can be moved, or at least a tunnel can be made through them. Just don’t give up. If not me, then who?” For more information on KidsEat! visit https://www.kidseatutah.org/ .

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Free help offered to family members dealing with a loved one’s addiction By Shaun Delliskave


egan Sturdevant knows firsthand the trials that families go through when a loved one has substance abuse issues. Megan was completing her social work degree, with the idea of working with children, when her brother Ryan was suffering from substance abuse. She changed her education focus to addiction treatment in order to help treat him. Fortunately, Ryan is now in recovery, and Megan is now a clinical director at Recovery Ways at Brunswick Place in Murray. Recovery Ways is offering a free program to everyone interested in learning more about addiction, mental illness and the tools they need to take control of their lives, families, and community. The aim of the program is not to educate attendees on what Recovery Way does, but what things can be helpful for them in aiding addicted loved ones. The meetings will run as closed groups for four consecutive weeks, each week covering a different topic. On the fifth week there will be an open meeting for Q&A and/or a guest speaker; space is limited to 16 participants.



Ryan, speaking from his experience, stated, “Family members are concerned and are trying to help out. A lot of people, when they’re trying to step in and help, they say, ‘Okay, this person is ready for treatment and we can get them in.’ The reality is there’s a ton of hurdles that you have to overcome and a ton of things that families never ever think about.” The five-week friends and family resource meeting will be given by trained clinicians who will discuss mental health and the disease of addiction. Those interested do not need to have a family member in Recovery Ways. Ryan, who is now an associate clinical mental health counselor, and his sister Megan, will lead the dialogue. Also, Michelle Robertson, a licensed substance abuse counselor, who herself had to endure family members coping with addition, will be on hand to help provide resources to participants. “Family members become as sick as the addict. That happened to me,” said Robertson. The best thing she learned through her experience and wants to share with others, is to not let the child’s addiction dominate your life but also

to live your own life and to be well in your own house. She added, “Because whatever is going to happen with the addict is going to happen regardless.” Ryan concurs, “Family members are really happy when a relative with an addiction comes to them for help, and typically they will seek the first option available to them. The reality of it is that the first option might not be the best option. So what we are trying to do is educate them to the ton of options out there.” Guilt and a sense of failure are common for parents of an addicted child. Robertson hopes the meetings will provide perspective. She further hopes that parents will learn that an addicted child is not necessarily a shortcoming as a parent. Also, it’s important for the family to learn what healthy roles are and how to move forward in a healthy way. The community information meetings are held every Wednesday at Recovery Ways at Brunswick Place, 4848 Commerce Dr. in Murray. Those interested in attending should contact Megan Sturdevant at (385) 212-4476. 

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It’s a hole-in-one as celebrity golf tournament raises funds for Murray charity


By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com

ven a downpour on the golf course and uncompleted scorecards couldn’t keep celebrity golfers from smiling at the recent KidsEat! Golf Classic, as the organization announced it raised more than $10,000 to help children in need. The tourney, held at Murray Parkway Golf Course on September 15, brought together local personalities, including former University of Utah head football coach Ron McBride, to raise funds to combat food insecurity for at-risk children. “Taking care of kids, helping feed them. I want to help as much as I can,” said McBride. “KidsEat! and my foundation all focus on kids, and that is important to me.” The Ron McBride Foundation’s focus is to improve the lives of the youth in Utah through education. KidsEat! was founded by Lynda Brown. She got the idea for her charity while volunteering at the Murray Boys & Girls Club. Brown learned that an 8-year-old girl was stealing food from the Boys & Girls (B&G) Club pantry to feed her 4-year-old brother and herself on the weekend. After further investigation, it was determined that 40 children at just that one club desperately needed weekend food. Within five days KidsEat! was formed with five B&G members heading up the organization. According to Brown, there are over 55,000 children that receive a free lunch every day in the five Salt Lake Valley school districts. “Consider how many of those children could use food on the weekend. Our mission statement also says that we will educate the public about the hunger that ex-

KidsEat! crewmembers Lindsay Sherrill, Kaylene Johnson, Colleen King, Lynda Brown, Nathan Monett take time out to pose with former University of Utah head football coach Ron McBride. (Courtesy Lynda Brown)

ists in our valley and help provide a means to help solve this health problem.” KidsEat! provides seven weekend meals and snacks for at-risk children in the Salt Lake Valley through Boys & Girls Clubs, Neighborhood House, DDI (an early Head Start program) and five Murray Schools. They also supply breakfast for 30–50 children at the Murray B&G Club Day-

care every day. “We currently need $4,000 per month in food, so the [funds raised at the golf tournament] will help us feed children for about three months,” remarked Brown. In addition to McBride, the tournament attracted veteran NBA Coach Barry Hecker, Salt Lake Tribune Sports Columnist Kurt Kragthorpe,

Murray mayoral candidates Blair Camp and Dan Snarr, former Murray School District Superintendent Steve Hirase, Jenkins-Soffe Funeral Homes owner Kurt Soffe, Murray Fire Chief Gil Rodriguez, former U.S. freeskiing champion Gordy Peifer, and New York Times bestselling author (Everneath Series) Brodi Ashton. A volunteer group called the Kids Crew helped staff the event. Eighteen volunteers helped with registration, logistics and prizes. There were 22 teams of four (88 people) that registered and paid to golf. All golf teams played for a child, and their entry fee included enough money for three months of weekend food for that child. Golf Classic sponsors included The Kahlert Foundation, AETNA, Kenworth Sales, Waddell & Reed, NY Life, Rosco Construction, MOTO Motorcycles, SA International, Molina Healthcare, Hello Beautiful Ladies, and BNI (Business Networking International). “The Golf Classic was a high-energy gathering with a perfect shotgun start,” said Brown. “Then on about the third hole, the rains came and the tournament was over. Everyone said they had a great time in spite of the rain and were glad they could help our cause and they left smiling.” In addition to the golf tournament, KidsEat! holds two spring fundraisers called Help Us Bloom—a garden party and a silent auction held in May. They also hold a fall Wine & Cheese Pairing fundraiser and silent auction. More information on KidsEat! can be found online at: www.kidseatutah.org 

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Mobile farmers market brings harvest to cancer patients By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


rom a distance, it looked like The Partridge Family’s bus had parked next to Intermountain Medical Center’s (IMC) Cancer Center. All that was missing was a band playing the TV show’s signature tune “Get Happy.” Upon closer inspection, it turned out to be The Green Urban Lunch Box’s colorful bus there to help patients and their families get happy with a free farmers market. The free farmers market was set up as a cooperative project between IMC and The Green Urban Lunch Box, a local community food production and hunger relief program, to share fresh fruits and vegetables with patients who are battling cancer. On several Thursday afternoons in September, in IMC’s Cancer Center (Building #3), the market ran until the bins were empty. In addition, registered dietitians from the hospital were on hand to share nutrition tips, education, and seasonal recipes to enhance patients’ healing journey. “We had an amazing turnout with patients and their loved ones filling bags before we set everything out,” said Elisa Soulier, IMC’s oncology LiVe Well program manager. The Green Urban Lunch Box is an innovative program that maximizes existing resources (underutilized urban gardens and fruit trees) to fight hunger with fresh produce and strengthen local communities. “I founded The Green Urban Lunch Box with the hope to get people to think differently about food and where it came from. I really want to use the resources in the community to make fresh food available to everyone,” said Green Urban Lunch Box founder Shawn Peterson. Food distributed at the cancer center’s farmers market came through three programs: The FruitShare Program, the BackFarms program, and from The Green Urban Lunch Box’s farm in South Salt Lake.

The FruitShare program partners with fruit tree owners and community volunteers to harvest and distribute fruit that would otherwise go to waste. A tree owner can register their tree(s), and volunteers will come harvest the fruit. One third of the fruit goes to the homeowner, one third to the volunteers, and one third to hunger relief. Back-Farms uses volunteers to build, cultivate, and maintain organic gardens in disadvantaged senior citizens’ backyards at no cost to homeowners. Every garden is assigned a garden apprentice—a volunteer who is responsible for the garden during the growing season. Produce not used by the senior is harvested by the garden apprentice, or other volunteers who help in the garden, and donated to local senior centers or The Green Urban Lunch Box farmers market. This summer, Intermountain Healthcare approached Peterson about the possibility of doing a free farmers market for cancer patients. “They reached out to me and told me about the need of participants to have access to healthy foods and explained how IHC was trying to approach wellness from a holistic approach that took into account all aspects of life,” said Peterson. “We distributed more than 404 pounds of produce—which would normally cost $1,030—for free to our patients in the course of two hours,” said Soulier. “The gratitude expressed by those who filled their bags was overwhelming. Everyone said how hard it is to get to the store when they’re spending hours getting treatments, and they said how expensive it can get to buy fresh produce. Good nutrition is fundamental to their cancer care, so we’re so happy we could support their healing through this effort.” This isn’t the first time that The Green Urban Lunch Box

The Green Urban Lunch Box’s Shawn Peterson assists a patron at IMC’s free farmers market. (Photo courtesy of Green Urban Lunch Box)

has partnered with another organization. In Ogden, the O-Town Kitchen gets produce to help keep single mothers employed. Increased demand on The Green Urban Lunch Box’s services has stretched volunteers to their limits. “Come out and volunteer with us and help provide produce to hungry people,” encouraged Peterson. More information on The Green Urban Lunch Box can be found online at: https://www.thegreenurbanlunchbox.com/.

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The “Purr”fect celebration for Kitty City


By Maegan Worthen

o celebrate the fifth birthday of the Humane Society of Utah’s Kitty City, the Humane Society held a birthday bash following the inauguration of the first mayor of Kitty City, Kiki. Kitty City was originally established in August 2012 after a large donation was made by Ronald and Darlene Boyce. Kitty City has helped over 23,000 cats and has raised cat adoption rates more than 50 percent since its opening. This was their first year doing an election for mayor of Kitty City. The cats that are chosen to run for mayor are the longest-term residents. The brains behind the operation, Lindsay Garrahan, said, “It’s a fun way to bring attention to the cats, and the shelter.” She also added that thanks to the Boyce family, “it gives the cats a homier place to stay.” Executive Director for the Humane Society of Utah Gene Baierschimdt, opened the ceremony by giving a speech about how the Humane Society was started and its mission. Before the inauguration, Baierschimdt stated that, “the Humane Society of Utah staff and volunteers are so proud of all the cats in Kitty City,” and that, “they take pride in caring for each one,” and making sure everybody understood that, “our mayoral candidates are just a small selection of the thousands of amazing cats that reside in Kitty City every year.” JoAnn Seghini, mayor of Midvale, came to the Humane Society of Utah to inaugurate the new mayor of Kitty City and give a speech. She mentioned, “The ‘kitizens’ of Kitty City have been requesting a leader for quite some time.” She gave her opinion on how, “felines are very thoughtful, and quite diplomatic.” After her speech, she announced the results. Second runner- up, Cricket. First runner-up, Sweet Pea. Then she proclaimed Kiki as mayor. Murray City Councilman Blair Camp said, “Kiki is going to

Midvale Mayor JoAnn Seghini was present for the inauguration of Kitty City’s first mayor at the Humane Society of Utah. (Melissa Worthen)

be the ‘purrrr-fect’ mayor.” He also exclaimed his appreciation for the shelter saying, “All jokes about kitties aside, they do a really great service here, not just for cats, but for dogs as well as any other animal.” Murray City Councilman Jim Brass also showed up to the event to show his support. He talked about how he “loves having the Hu-

mane Society here,” and that his only problem is, “he wants to adopt everybody.” After the inauguration of the new mayor guest celebrated with cake and festivities. They had Alt 101.9 FM there with radio personality Lindsay Armstrong covering the event on their station. 



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New Murray Medallion incentive offered to Murray High students By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com


urray High students now may have a new goal upon graduation—earning the new Murray Medallion—a medal of the Murray High Spartan with a school color ribbon of orange and black. Introduced this fall, new Principal Scott Wihongi hopes this will increase students’ involvement in their school. “The hope is to get students more involved in the many opportunities at school since it is more about participation than achievement,” he said. “Many students involve themselves in only a few ways. This program encourages getting involved in many ways, whether that is a team, a club, taking rigorous classes, improving attendance, improving academics.” Wihongi said several Salt Lake Valley schools offer medallions. At Murray High, a team of counselors, teachers and administrators set up the criteria to earn the medallion, which will be presented to those who earn it at the end of their senior year. Currently, the medallion program is available to sophomores through seniors and points can only be accumulated for activities performed at Murray High while attending Murray High, he said. Students need to earn 150 points to earn the medallion, with each adviser or coach verifying participation. The medallion can only be earned once. Wihongi said that students can earn five points for running for class or student body office, the same as if they compete on an athletic team or participate in an activity such as yearbook, stage tech or Spanish club—or raise their grade-point average 1 point from a previous quarter. Ten points will be given to students who have less than four absences, are a member of the peer leadership team, complete an advanced placement class, named a finalist in an art or science fair or participate in the region solo and ensemble festival. Fifteen points can be awarded once for taking the

Murray High students can aim at achieving the new Murray Medallion during their high school years. (Scott Wihongi/Murray High School)

ACT exam prior to junior year in the spring, being selected as all all-state team member, participating in state solo and ensemble festival and being a class officer. The most amount of points, 30, is given to those who earn the Regents Scholarship Award, while 20 is awarded to those who are state Sterling Scholars, student body officers and National Merit Scholar semi-finalists. Wihongi said that by participating in several areas, students become well-rounded and showcase differing talents and abilities. “It’s a nice recognition of those who made a great effort to involve themselves in the high school experience,” he said. 

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Spooks come out to raise funds for charity By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


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or three days in October, the western bank of Little Cottonwood Creek in Murray Park transformed into a family-friendly adventure where kids could venture down a “silly” trail, complete with whimsical pixies. Or, if they dared, they could travel the spooky trail. For many Murray residents, going to the Haunted Woods in Murray Park is as much a Halloween tradition as watching Charlie Brown collect a bag full of rocks for tricks-or-treats every year. This year marks 40 years of haunting to raise funds for a good cause. The perennial event took place on Oct. 23, 24, and 25, and was put on by the National Exchange Club of Murray. This year marks the last term in office of Exchange Club President Jennifer Brass. She will hand over the reins to President-elect Sherri Van Bibber, who has been coordinating the holiday event for the past five years. According to Van Bibber, “This is our fifth year, and it has grown bigger every year. We had high school clubs from Skyline High, Cottonwood High, Murray High, American International School of Utah (AISU), and our COY (Commission on Youth) and Interact (Rotary) Youth all running the woods.” “We had about 135 volunteers last year and that grows also. If a high school club volunteers for all three nights and helps with setting up and tearing down, we donate a stipend to their club,” added Van Bibber. The high school club members acted in various scenes as visitors walked through the woods. The event remains very popular—800 to 1,200 people from the Salt Lake Valley walk through the Haunted Woods each night it is open. This marks the second year of the event with two trails, one for the younger kids and another for older kids seeking a scare. As popular as the Haunted Woods is, at one time it was in jeopardy of being closed due to city budget constraints. “When the city needed to cut back and was going to drop

some seasonal events, such as the Haunted Woods, the public started to complain because this was one of the only family-friendly trails, and it had become a tradition to families for over 30 years, all across the valley. Our Exchange Club had been looking for a way to create a fundraiser, and adopting this [the Haunted Woods] just seemed to go hand in hand,” remarked Van Bibber. The Murray Exchange Club and the Murray Chamber of Commerce have been organizing the Haunted Woods for 16 years now. Van Bibber has been involved with program even longer. “I had been involved in the Haunted Woods since about 1995. I have always loved Halloween, and I worked with The Murray School District at the time. Later, as an employee of the Murray Boys & Girls Club, I became involved with the Murray Exchange Club, especially with their main platform being the prevention of child abuse,” she explained. All proceeds from the Haunted Woods go to groups dedicated to fighting child abuse and domestic violence. Funds raised from the 2017 event were donated to Taylorsville Family Services, Midvale Family Center, South Valley Sanctuary, the Utah CO-OP, the youth homeless shelter, and the Victim Advocates program of Murray. “That is where our hearts go to in this group. Some of our own families have been touched by these issues, so we are passionate,” noted Van Bibber. “It’s amazing to be able to help these groups… and we hope [people knowing] that the funds go to prevent child abuse and domestic violence will help increase the support.” The event is run entirely by volunteers in partnership with Murray City Parks and Recreation. It is sponsored by the Murray City Chamber of Commerce and Mutual of Enumclaw Insurance. 2017 marked something new for the event. In addition to its traditional doughnuts and hot chocolate, Van Bibber said that this year “we cooked hotdogs and fed the masses.” 

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Murray’s IMC Breast Care Center initiates major breast cancer study By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com

screened, despite recommendations that women over Have you called the right person?” That’s what for40 receive yearly mammograms. mer Murray school teacher Janice Wuckert recalls Wuckert admits that she didn’t always get testasking her doctor’s office when they called to tell her ed annually, but was glad her conscience won over in that her mammogram had detected breast cancer. getting her scheduled for a mammogram. “I think it’s “I thought they made a mistake. I had no personthe ‘mom culture.’ Women want to make sure everyal history of cancer, and I wasn’t showing any signs or one else is taken care of before they get themselves symptoms,” she said. checked out.” Wuckert was thrilled when cancer researchers at “We don’t know what we’ll see yet,” said Brett Intermountain Medical Center announced on October Parkinson, MD, co-lead investigator of the study, who 9 that they were studying a promising new blood test is also imaging director and medical director of the Into accompany mammograms for improved diagnosis termountain Medical Center Breast Care Center. “We of breast cancer. might find those who have breast cancer will have a “I love it. I was excited to hear about it. I think negative blood test and learn it’s not a good screening this is making great strides,” enthused Wuckert. tool.” Cancer researchers at Intermountain Medical “We want to approach this with laser-like focus,” Center and the Intermountain Precision Genomics he said. “It’s needed to help us diagnose breast cancer. Program have launched the three-year study to deterWe need to detect it earlier, when it’s curable.” mine if a blood test that looks for DNA from a cancerBreast cancer survival depends largely on findous tumor can be used to complement mammography. ing the disease early, and mammography is the only For the non-scientist, and according to the jourscreening exam that’s been shown to reduce the mornal Nature, “The genome is the set of all genes… and tality rate for breast cancer. Since 1991, the death rate other information contained within… an organism’s from breast cancer is down 38 percent, largely because DNA. Thus, genomics is… the culmination of… information about vast numbers of genes and DNA se- IMC’s Breast Care Center in Murray will be part of a major breast cancer study. (Shaun Delliskave/City Journals) mammography screening tests lead to early detection. Wuckert is pleased at the progress she has perquences from scores of organisms.” sonally witnessed after watching a cousin die from the Intermountain’s Breast Care Center is ideal for this study, ac“The idea behind the science is simple, though researchers say the execution is not yet proven: Little pieces of DNA cording to Nadauld, because there is access to many patients in one disease in the 1970s. “Every person who has had it, we learn more that come from dying cells end up in the peripheral blood stream, place who are getting mammograms. Second, the researchers have about the disease.” Studies like this one, she says, “fine tune a way including circulating tumor cells. The goal of researchers is to use access to the results of those mammograms; they know if the results for a better diagnosis and the success rate will be better.” The Beesley Family Foundation is sponsoring this study. those markers to identify breast cancer, perhaps even before mam- were positive or negative. The third major factor is Intermountain’s More information about this study can be found online at: mography can detect it,” said Lincoln Nadauld, MD, PhD, co-lead genomic technology capability. Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths https://intermountainhealthcare.org/research/areas-of-research/ investigator of the study and executive director of the Intermountain in women. In Utah, only about 65 percent of eligible women are crest-study/.  Healthcare Precision Genomics Program.

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Humane Society of Utah honors Taylorsville man who lost his life protecting a pet


By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

umane Society of Utah Executive Director Gene Baierschmidt says what Jeremy Hardman of Taylorsville did last summer was historic—a “first ever.” “In my 29 years in this position, I have never heard a story—here in Utah or anywhere across the country—of a man stopping his car and pulling over, to confront someone abusing a pet,” Baierschmidt said. “(The Humane Society of Utah) knew we had to do something to honor him.” After stopping to confront the man allegedly abusing a dog, the suspect drove away—with the animal—and then made a U-turn, hitting and killing Hardman, 47, as he stood in a crosswalk at 3600 West 4100 South in West Valley City. Aaron Hosman, 40, of West Jordan was arrested for the crime three days after the June 7 incident. He now faces murder and other charges. Later in the summer the Humane Society presented Hardman’s mother, Judy Crocker, with a “Hero’s Award” on Jeremy’s behalf. “We waited several weeks after the incident to give the family some time to grieve,” said Humane Society of Utah Marketing and Communications Director Deann Shepherd. “We held a quiet ceremony in the Memorial Plaza outside our facility.” The Humane Society of Utah is located in Murray, just east of I-15 at 4242 South 300 West. Judy and her husband Bill Crocker accepted a plaque honoring Jeremy and also looked on as the Humane Society named one of their dog kennels for Hardman. “I hope this gesture helped Jeremy’s mother and other relatives and friends in their grieving process,” Baierschmidt continued. “Jeremy is a true hero. When he saw a dog being abused he didn’t hesitate to take action. He should be remembered for that. It’s just tragic and unbelievable he lost his life for it.” In earlier media reports Judy Crocker claimed her son had

Humane Society of Utah Executive Director Gene Baierschmidt (left) joins Jeremy Hardman’s mother, Judy Crocker and her husband, Bill Crocker, at Jeremy’s memorial ceremony. (Deann Shepherd, HSU)

always been a “best friend” to animals. As a child he had pet dogs, cats, rabbits, even rats and hermit crabs. The Humane Society of Utah’s Hero’s Award is rarely given out. In fact, the only other time veteran employees like Baierschmidt can recall it being given was several years ago to a group

of firefighters who went above and beyond the call of duty to save a pet. Hardman’s memorial ceremony was held on National Dog Day, August 26. The Humane Society reports that 70 percent of all households have at least one pet, primarily dogs or cats. As the issue of animal cruelty has become more recognized, every state in the country has now elevated some types of animal abuse to felony crimes. “Research shows, people who are capable of abusing pets are much more likely to commit the same offenses against spouses or other people,” Shepherd said. “And children who witness animal abuse are more than eight times more likely to commit a domestic violence crime as an adult.” The Humane Society of Utah is the largest private animal shelter in the state. The facility placed more than 11,000 pets into homes last year alone. The Humane Society clinic served nearly a 1,000 pets a week in 2016, including 10,575 spays and neuters. More than 100,000 dog and cat vaccinations were also performed during the year. “We place about 91 percent of all the animals we receive into homes,” Shepherd added. “We operate as a ‘no-kill’ facility, but we do have to perform mercy killings once in a while, if a dog or cat is simply too old or otherwise unhealthy to be placed with a family.” The Humane Society of Utah is also proud of the pet education programs it conducts throughout the year. “We have staff members and volunteers who take animals out to schools every day,” Shepherd said. “We teach kids different things about caring for pets, based on how old they are. But all of them are taught the importance of never abusing animals.” Some 1,540 active volunteers donated more than 33,000 hours to the Humane Society in 2016. Learn more about the Humane Society of Utah at www.utahhumane.org or call 801-261-2919. 

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MURRAY CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT 5102 S. Commerce Drive 5102 South Commerce Drive • Murray, UT 84107 Murray, Utah 84107 801-264-7400 | Fax 801-264-7456 Phone 801-264-7400 801-264-7456

november 2017

By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com


Assistant Superintendent Scott Bushnell Scott Bushnell is the assistant superintendent of the Murray City School District. He has worked in Murray schools for 29 years in a number of positions, including teacher, coach, assistant principal and principal of Murray High School, and in several assignments at the District Offices. In his current position as assistant superintendent, Mr. Bushnell is lead administrator on the MCSD Teaching and Learning Team. In addition, he is also the director over CTE (Career & Technical Education) and works in many other areas of district-wide administrative assignments. One of the important tasks that the Teaching and Learning Team has been working on this year is to provide action plans for implementing the Murray Board of Education Standards. The first of these Board Standards is: Provide learning opportunities for students to excel personally, professional, and academically. Key elements of this standard include: supporting students in both academic and Scott Bushnell non-academic needs, supporting regular school attendance, providing positive supports and interventions in a tiered system, and ensuring that students receive engaging, equitable, and effective instruction. Under the direction of Mr. Bushnell and the Teaching and Learning Team, the Murray City School District is working hard to make certain that all students receive instruction in the Utah Core Standards, achieve mastery in the MCSD Essential Standards and make adequate yearly academic growth. MCSD administrators and staff have a sincere commitment to educating each and every student in our district, and strive diligently to have plans in place to help reach those goals. The entire Board of Education Standards list can be found on the Murray City School District website at www.murrayschools.org/board-of-education/mission-statement. We Are Murray!

2017 MCSD Calendar Highlights Nov 22-24 (Wed - Fri) Thanksgiving Break Schools and buildings closed Dec 21 (Thurs) Last Day of School before holiday Dec 22, 2017-Jan 1, 2018 Winter Break Schools and buildings closed Jan 2, 2018 (Tues) School back in session

Murry City firefighter Jeremy Shoemaker visits 1st graders at Viewmont Elementary to teach safety to students.

Jan 11 (Thurs) Professional Development Day ½ day class; early dismissal for students

Activities in Our Schools Fall Fun Run at Horizon Elementary

Jan 12 (Fri) Teacher Work Day No school for students Jan 15 (Mon) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday Schools and buildings closed The entire 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school year calendars are available on the District website. The Murray Board of Education reserves the right to alter or amend this calendar as may be necessitated by unforeseen events.

Website: www.murrayschools.org | Facebook: Murray School District UT The Your Murray Schools section is a Murray City School District publication, under the direction of D. Wright, MCSD communications & public information.

Murray High School club hockey players hope to repeat this pose with the championship trophy next year. (Facebook/Murray Hockey)


t was a night of mixed emotions earlier this fall when the Murray High School club hockey team hosted a ceremony on its home ice, to remember one of the organization’s best moments ever, along with its worst. Before playing and winning their second game of the season, the Spartans unfurled their new state championship hockey banner, before a delirious crowd. But they also paused in a much more somber moment to recall an accident, seven years ago, that claimed the life of one of their biggest supporters. “It was a great night, even though it also brought back some painful memories,” said Murray Hockey Coach Tim Hale. “The Murray Police Honor Guard participated along with the widow and children of Dave Brown. Many people were crying. It was very moving.” Hale wasn’t involved with the Murray program on that tragic night, November 17, 2010, when Brown, 48, slipped on the hockey ice. Landing hard on his head, Brown spent two weeks in a medically-induced coma, before passing away December 1, 2010, after suffering a stroke. “Dave was the team’s manager and bookkeeper,” Hale said. “He was on the ice trying to help move a Zamboni (ice resurfacer) that had stopped and was leaking water. The ice became very slick and his feet slipped out from under him. It was just a terrible, freak accident. We were pleased Dave’s former wife, Michelle, his daughter Maddie, and his two sons, Parker and Dakota, could join us for the ceremony.” Parker, who was on an LDS mission at the time of his father’s death, dropped the ceremonial puck in remembrance of his father. Thankfully, the night wasn’t all about sad memories. One of the happiest events in the history of Murray club hockey came earlier this year, when the team claimed its first state hockey title since 1999 and 2000, with a 6-4 win over Park City in the championship game. The night’s ceremony ended with the unveiling of the team’s new state championship banner in the Salt Lake County Ice Center, adjacent to Murray Park. The large crowd gave a cheer and

Hale said it was a scene his team would like to repeat next spring. “I think we will get back to the championship game at the end of this season,” he said. “I think most of the other teams will consider us the favorite to repeat. But our players know there are some other very tough teams. They’ll have to work hard to do it.” The Murray High School club hockey team followed up their win on banner night with a state championship rematch with Park City the following week. Playing on the road, the Spartans crushed the Miners 8-1. “It looks like graduation (with last year’s seniors no longer eligible to play) killed them a lot more than it did us,” Hale said. Murray lost six seniors off last year’s championship team. But a group of nine juniors last year are now back for one final season. Among them are the coach’s son, Dillon Hale, and Mike Richins, who Hale calls “the best high school hockey goalie in Utah.” “I appreciate him saying that; it feels pretty good,” said Richins. “It will be a battle this year (repeating as state champions). But I’ve been playing hockey since age 8 and that’s certainly my goal for this last high school season.” Richins also thanked his coach. “He sees the game differently and offers great insight,” he said. “He’s also very motivational.” When the coach is also Dad, things can be seen a bit differently. “It’s kind of hard; sometimes you want to talk back to him,” said Hale’s son, Dillon. “And sometimes you might not get the recognition you think you deserve. But I definitely would not want to have any other coach.” This is Hale’s third season as the Spartans hockey coach. With a 12-year-old son coming up through the junior hockey ranks, he hopes to remain on the job a few more years. But right now his and the team’s focus is on earning a second state championship banner, and possibly a return trip to the national championship tournament they participated in last spring in Cleveland, Ohio. 

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November 2017 FREQUENTLY REQUESTED NUMBERS Grant Elementary . . . . . . 801-264-7416 Heritage Center (Senior Programming) . . 801-264-2635

C ULTURAL A RTS Resident on Display

Hillcrest Jr. High . . . . . . . 801-264-7442

Original artwork from local artists featured in our City Hall display case. November - Tiffany Daines (photography) and December Steve Stauffer (varied mediums)

Horizon Elementary . . . . 801-264-7420

Murray Winter Series

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

• November 4 – Murray Concert Band, HJH, 7:00 p.m. Free • November 9-11, 13 – “Brigadoon”, Produced by MHS 7:00 p.m., $7-$8 advance, $9 door • November 16 -18, 20 – “Beauty & the Beast,” Produced by CHS, 7 p.m. $9 advance, $10 door • December 16, Murray Symphony, HJH, 7:30 p.m. Free

McMillan Elementary . . 801-264-7430

Juried Art Show Nov. 3-20

Murray Area Chamber of Commerce.. . . . . . . . . . 801-263-2632

Enjoy artwork from approximately 30 local artists in the annual Juried Art Show running November 3-20 in the Murray Library reading area. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite. A People’s Choice Award will receive a $50 cash award. Entries should be brought to the Murray Library lounge area by the stain glassed window on Wednesday, November 1 between 4 and 6 p.m. Limited to Murray residents ages 18 and older, artists may submit up to two art entries and/or two craft entries. Entries must have been completed in the last two years. Artwork must be framed and ready to hang with an attached wire. Please NO hooks which are difficult to hang with our display material. Craft items must be handmade. Entries cannot have received a cash award in any other Murray City sponsored competition. Entry forms may be picked up at the parks office or at the library on November 1.

Murray Arts Advisory Board (Mary Ann Kirk) . . . . . . . . 801-264-2614 Murray Boys & Girls Club . . . . . . . . . . . . . 801-268-1335 Murray City Cemetery . . . 801-264-2637 Murray Community Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . 801-264-7414 Murray High School . . . . 801-264-7460 Murray Museum . . . . . . . 801-264-2589 Murray Parks and Recreation Office . . . . . . . 801-264-2614 Murray Parkway Golf Course . . . . . . . . . . . . 801-262-4653 Murray Park Aquatics Pool . . . . . . . . . .801 290-4190 Mick Riley Golf Course (SL County) . . . . . . . . . . . 801-266-8185 Parkside Elementary . . . . 801-264-7434 Riverview Jr. High . . . . . . 801-264-7446 Salt Lake County Parks and Recreation . . . . . . . . 801-468-2560 Salt Lake County Ice Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . 801-270-7280 The Park Center . . . . . . . . 801-284-4200 Viewmont Elementary . . 801-264-7438

Missoula Children’s Theater Jack and the Beanstalk Auditions on November 27 Performances - December 2, 1&4 p.m., $5, or $25 family up to 6 Auditions -Under the direction of Missoula Children’s Theater tour-

ing team, local youth will present JACK AND THE BEANSTALK, an original adaptation of the classic children’s story. What happens when a young boy plants Wonder Beans in his own backyard? For Jack, it is the beginning of a great adventure. With a little help from P.T. Wonder and a Giant, Jack learns a valuable lesson about true happiness. This musical production also features a host of other characters, including the Elegant Harp, Jill, Mother, Milky White, the Farmers, the Merchants, the Circus Performers and the Wonder Beans. AUDITIONS will be held for approximately 50-60 children and youth (grades K through 12) on Monday, November 27 from 4-6 pm at Hillcrest Jr High Little Theater. Auditions are limited to children (grades K-12) attending public/charter schools within Murray City boundaries or Murray residents. Those auditioning must plan to stay the entire two hours. NO ADVANCE PREPARATION IS NECESSARY. The cast will be announced at the end of the audition. Assistant directors will also be selected to assist with various cast groups and technical aspects of the production. Rehearsals will begin 30 minutes after auditions for major parts in the production, so be prepared to grab a quick bite if necessary. A full rehearsal schedule for the week will be given out at the end of auditions. Although rehearsal times will vary for each character, those who are cast must be available between 4 and 8:30 pm for the entire week (November 27-December 1) and all day Saturday (December 2) for a dress rehearsal and two shows. Participants must clear their week of all other activities such as piano lessons, sports games and practices. NO EXCEPTIONS!

Youth Musicals Murray City Cultural Arts will kick off the first of 10 elementary musicals with the first two productions in November. Watch for info coming home for remaining schedules between Jan-


R ECREATION Fall Women’s 6’s Volleyball Tournament

Jr. High & High School Jr. Jazz Basketball

Date: Saturday, November 11, 2017 Time: 6:30am Captain’s Meeting Cost: $240 per team

Murray City Parks and Recreation is taking registrations for its Jr. Jazz Basketball program. Girls 7th-12th Grades, Boys 7th Grade, Boys 8th-9th Grade and High School 10th-12th grades. The program features bi-weekly practices, play 8 games, and will play a single elimination tournament at the end of the season. All participants will receive a jersey. If they want to attend a Utah Jazz Game, participants will be able to purchase discount tickets to a game. These are competitive leagues and standings will be kept. Cannot register as a pre-formed team. Dates: Dec. 9, 16, Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27, Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24 (Includes Single Elimination Tournament) Cost: $55 Resident, $65 Non-residents, $5 late Fee Days: Saturdays Deadline: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017 Register: Murray Parks & Recreation Office, The Park Center or online www.mcreg.com

Fall Session Two Adult Volleyball Leagues Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Cost: $240 $80

Women’s A 6’s (11/6-12/18) Coed B 6’s (11/7-12/19) Reverse Coed 2s to 4s (11/8-12/20) Coed B/BB 6’s (11/2-12/21) Women’s A & Coed 6’s 2s to 4s

Matt Harpring Holiday Camp – Skills & Drills Dates: December 28 & 29, 2017 Times: Dec 28 (9am-12pm) Dec 29 (9am-12pm) Cost: $45 one day $80 two days

Winter Coed 6’s Volleyball Tournament Date: Saturday, December 16, 2017 Time: 6:30am Captain’s Meeting Cost: $240 per team

New Year’s Coed 4’s Volleyball Tournament Date: Friday, January 5, 2018 Time: 5:30pm Captain’s Meeting Cost: $100 per team These basketball leagues are for more serious and competitive players who want to test their basketball skills in a competitive environment. Teams must be preformed. The league will offer paid officials, seven games minimum, a single elimination tournament and awards for the 1st & 2nd place teams and individual scoring awards. Teams must provide their own jerseys. There is limited league space so sign your team up today! Play days may change based on gymnasium availability and team signups. Grade 7th Grade 5th Grade 6th Grade 4th Grade 8th Grade

Place Riverview Jr. High Boys Club Riverview Riverview Riverview & Park Center

uary and May. Audition notices will be sent home through the schools and posted on the city website. Woodstock Elementary Performing “Back to the Bandstand” November 14-15, 6:30 p.m.

Viewmont Elementary Present ing Annie Kids (with permission by MTI) November 16-17, 7:00 p.m.

Jr. Jazz Basketball League Dates: Divisions:

Top Flite Basketball Competitive Leagues

Nights Mondays Tues. & Thurs. Tuesday Wednesday Thursdays



Starts Jan. 8 Jan. 2 Jan. 2 Jan. 3 Jan. 4

Cost: $450 Deadline: December 13, 2017 Register: Online at www.mcreg.com or at the Recreation office in Murray Park or the Park Center. Space is limited so sign up early. We will take registrations until the leagues are full.

Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27 | Feb. 3, 10, 17, 25 1-2 Grade Coed 3-4 Grade Girls, 3 Grade Boys, 5-6 Grade Girls, 4 Grade Boys, 5 Grade Boys, 6 Grade Boys Cost: $55 Residents, $65 Non-residents, $5 Late Fee Place: Schools in Murray Deadline: Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 Register: Murray Parks & Recreation Office, The Park Center or online www.mcreg.com

Jr. Jazz 101 Hoops 101 is an introductory class to basketball as part of the Learn to Play sports program. The program features instruction emphasizing skill development specific to basketball. Each week the program will feature 40 minutes of instruction set to drills using fun games to stress fundamentals and 20 minutes of actual game time. Parents are asked to attend to assist their child in learning. Dates: Jan. 6, 13, 20, 27 | Feb. 3, 10, Ages: 4 & 5 year olds Times: 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am & 12 pm Cost: $35 RESIDENT OR $45 NON RESIDENT Register: Murray Parks & Recreation Office, The Park Center or online www.mcreg.com Deadline: DECEMBER. 29, 2017 Space: 20 participants for each time

A New Murray Park Amphitheater public art piece was installed in October. Approximately 70 patrons donated the $15,000 for this project. Selected from several proposals, artists Angelo Neofitos and James Schultz created the design and worked with a local full service architectural detailing, design and manufacturing studio, E3 Fabrication, to fabricate the art piece. Installed in the center of the next plaza and facility entrance, the white coated metal art piece features bold shapes and angles that create a contrast to the surrounding park landscape.

NOVEMBER 2017 T HE P ARK C ENTER The Park Center will be open on Sundays beginning November 4, 2017. Spinning rides held at 9:15am as well as a studio class that rotates at 10:30am. THANKSGIVING SWIM MEET INVITATIONAL is November 16th, 17th & 18th in the competition pool, ½ of the gymnasium. MHS SWIM MEETS will be held Oct. 24th, Nov. 21st, Dec. 12th and Jan. 9th. HOLIDAY HOURS Wednesday 11/22 (Thanksgiving Eve) Thursday 11/23 (Thanksgiving)

5am-6pm 8am-12p

Friday 11/24 (Black Friday) December 24th (Christmas Eve) December 25th (Christmas) December 26th (Day after) December 31st January 1

8:00am-10:00pm 9:00am-12:00pm CLOSED 10:00am-6:00pm 9:00am-2:00pm 8:00am-4:00pm

Regular morning schedule TRX Fast Blast 8:45 & Yoga 9:30am Spinning at 8:15 & 9:30am No classes or Kidzone No Classes NO classes or Kidzone NO classes Classes TBA, NO Kidzone

FITNESS TRAINER AND INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATIONS Personal Spinning Threshold November 3, 2017 5-9pm register at spinning.com SPINpower Training November 25, 2017 9am-6pm register at spinning.com TRX Suspension Training December 2, 2017 10am-6pm register at trxtraining.com/education Spinning Instructor Training January 6, 2018 9am-6pm register at spinning.com

Reasons To Take Group Fitness Classes SAVE TIME: No need to watch the clock. The pace of group fitness classes makes the time fun and the energy level of the instructor makes you forget you’re working hard. Looking at the clock or the time on your exercise or cardio machine is a thing of the past. SAVE $$$: Personal training can be roughly three times the cost of a group fitness class. The benefits you gain with a workout also save you money on health care, as people who workout are far less likely to get sick and also recover from illness and injury quicker than non-exercisers. SOCIAL: Group fitness is a great way to meet like-minded and like-motivated individuals. You’ll find you share common goals and interest which can be a great motivator to work hard in class and create accountability for coming back week after week.

MOTIVATION: Having someone setting the expectations and encouraging you to take your fitness to the next level might be the motivation you need. The instructor sets the tone, while having others in class offers another level of motivation through a tiny bit of competition and camaraderie. CHALLENGE: Challenge yourself to work harder. You want to keep pace and studies have proven that working out with a group results in a bigger calorie burn. SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE: We offer Core, Yoga, LIFT, Total Body Bootcamp, HIGH, Barre, Spinning, TRX, Power training. Whatever your interest or need, chances are you can find a class at the Park Center. We have many class options that you can combine like a Spinning/TRX, or LIFT/ Yoga ... the options are available! GREAT For The BRAIN: A good class and great instructor will show you how to use safe bio-mechanics as well as challenge your mind and body, both proven to ward off the effects of aging. SAFE: When beginning a new or different fitness routine, feeling safe and being safe are key. We are especially mindful of alignment and safety, no matter what you’re doing. Instructors will be able to help explain and model what you’re doing, how to do it, and what you should be feeling. Never hesitate to ask questions or as for alternative exercises if you need additional assistance. Our instructors are happy to provide modifications and alternative moves if needed. Join the Group or Go Your Own Way: An experienced group fitness instructor will offer modifications that allow for different fitness levels among the participants. Most classes will offer beginner, intermediate, and advanced exercise options. Make sure to come at least 5 minutes early when you’re taking a new class and introduce yourself to the instructor. Developing a relationship with your instructor is key to finding the workout that will challenge you in a safe manner.

T HE H ERITAGE S ENIOR C ENTER The Heritage 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.

Special Events:

The Heritage 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.

Veterans Day Celebration – Join us on Monday, November 6 as we enjoy a buffet-style brunch honoring Veterans at 11:15. Advance payment and registration are needed; however seating is open. The cost is $1 for Veterans and $6 for everyone else. The event will begin at 11:15 with a flag ceremony, Marlene Tillman will then sing the National Anthem. John Green will play background music during the meal that will be available at 11:30.

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+.

Thanksgiving Meal – Join us on Wednesday, November 15 at 11:00 to give thanks for all the good things in life. Entertainment begins at 11:00 with Mixed Nuts–a five-piece combo specializing in Big Band era music. The meal of turkey with all the trimmings will follow at 12:00. The cost is $8. Advance payment and registration are needed;


individual seats or a table of eight are available for purchase. Veterans Storytelling – The Center is excited to present the Fourth Annual Veterans Storytelling Presentation on Friday, November 17 at 3:00. Students from West Jordan High School have been working with our Veterans and will be presenting their stories. Everyone is invited to this presentation. The students will highlight Veterans from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. Holiday Boutique and Buffet – Please invite family and friends to visit and shop at our annual Holiday Boutique on Friday, December 1 from 10:00-3:00. This year we have 13 artist selling handmade crafts in addition to the Heritage Center craft table. If you


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Senior Center Continued from previouS page are interested in hosting a table at the Boutique, call the Center at 801- 264-2635. Tables are $30. The Holiday Buffet is at 11:00-1:00. The buffet is for individuals 55+. Register for this event beginning Friday, November 3. The cost is $8 and includes lunch and entertainment by Terry McClellan of the New Fiddlers and his daughter who will be performing a special Christmas program.

Fridays from 1:00-4:00, free informal Bridge play (Chicago/Party). Canasta – Tuesdays from 11:00-2:30. Everyone is welcome (including beginners), all games are free and anyone can join in on the fun. Line Dancing – Tuesdays at 9:30 for all dancers and Tuesday afternoons at 2:00 for beginners. Cost is $2.00 and is paid the day of class. Shirlene Lundskog is our instructor.


Blood Testing – Thursday, November 2 from 9:00-11:00. This cost is $15 for Lipid Profile and $7 for Hemoglobin A1C. Fasting is required for Lipid Profile. Appointments are needed and payment is made to IHC the day of the test.

Hearing Screening – Friday, November 17 from 10:30-12:30, a representative from Costco will be at the Center to do a Speech in Noise testing in the Computer Lab. This sample test will give you some indication as to whether you have hearing loss. Hearing loss as we age is the most common type of loss. This a free screening. Register now. Massage – Every Thursday at 11:45-3:45. One hour: $36. Half hour: $18. Appointments required. Medicare Counseling – On Tuesday, November 21 or December 19 from 12:00-2:00, a volunteer from the SHIP Program is available to help with any questions or problems you may be having with your Medicare accounts. Sign up now for individualized help. Transportation – Ask at the front desk about our transportation service from your home to our Center on Wednesdays for Murray City residents. Cost is $2 roundtrip.

Recreation: Billiards – Provided during the Center’s hours of operation. Bingo – Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:45. Special Bingo is Wednesday, November 15. Birthday Wednesday – First Wednesday of each month. Celebrate your birthday and you could win a free lunch. The lunch is on us if you’re turning 60, 70, 80, 90 or 100 this month. Tell us if you have reached a new decade. Bridge – Mondays from 11:00-2:00 is a teaching class taught by Carol Meyers. Wednesdays and

through Monday, February 26. Watercolor Class will start on Monday, January 8 from 9:00-12:00. Watercolor: Art History Class will start on Monday, January 8 from 1:00-3:30. The cost of these classes are $33 each. Registration begins Wednesday, December 27 for both of these classes.

Climbing the Peaks – The Center is pleased to bring back Carol Masheter on Tuesday, November 14 at 10:30. Carol will speak about her climb of Vinson Massif, the highest peak in Antarctica. This a free class. Register now.

Wednesday Painting – The new eight-week session begins Wednesday, November 29 through Wednesday, January 17. Registration begins Tuesday, November 14. The cost is $40 and payment is needed when you register. Sandi Olsen is the instructor, and she will help you in either oil or watercolor.

Computer – Sign up and pay in advance ($3) for a private hour lesson on Tuesday or Thursday. Bring your computer questions or gadget question (phone, camera, iPad) concerns to the private lessons. Sign up now.

Attorney – An attorney will be available for free 20 minute legal consultations from 1:30-3:30 on Tuesday, November 14 and December 12. Appointments are needed.

Haircuts – Wednesday at 9:00-11:30. Appointments are needed, cost $9.

Chakra Meditation – The current meditation course will run through Monday, November 27 from 10:30-12:00. Barbara Battison will present in-depth information about how Chakras and Meditation works and includes a meditation session. Cost is $3.

Craft Day – On Tuesdays at 12:45 to 4:00, a small group of seniors meet to share their skills and knowledge of crafts. Newcomers are welcome.

Monday Movies – Be in your seat by 1:00 to enjoy our free Monday movie and popcorn. Pickleball – On Mondays from 10:15-12:00 or Thursdays from 9:00-11:00 play at the Center for free. Instructional play is on Thursdays from 8:00-9:00. We also have a new outdoor Pickleball court available during working hours (weather permitting) with equipment that can be checked out at the front desk.

Crafts with Susan – Please join us on Tuesday, November 7 (Holly Berries) or December 12 (Mitten) at 2:00 to make a wood door hanger craft. The cost is $5 and all supplies are included. You will be able to finish the project and take it home the day of the class. Register now.

Trips: Wendover – On Thursday, November 9 the bus will leave from the Center at 8:30 and return around 7:00 pm. Cost is $20. Register now. Natural History Museum/Vikings – The special exhibition: “Vikings-Beyond the Legend” offers guests a contemporary look at the mysterious seafarers, farmers, traders and plunderers who explored and harassed Europe more than 1000 years ago. The exhibition features more than 400 artifacts. The Heritage bus will travel to the Natural History Museum on Thursday, November 16 at 10:00. Cost is $13. Register now.

Pinochle – Wednesdays at 9:15. Players must check in no later than 9:00. The cost is $2 and is paid tournament day. Readers Theater – Every Thursday at 3:004:00. Come and find out how much fun Readers Theater can be. Social Dance – Thursday evenings from 7:009:30. Cost $5. Dance to the musical genius of Tony Summerhays. Light refreshments will be served during the break and door prizes will be given.

Classes: AARP Smart Driving Class – On Tuesday, November 28 or December 19 from 9:30-2:30. The cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for everyone else. The instructor will collect the fee at the start of class. He is unable to accept credit/debit cards. Advance registration needed, register now. Ceramics Class – Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-12:00 and contains all the supplies and equipment you will need to produce knickknacks, works of art, and functional pieces. The instructor, Cindy Mangone, has information for the beginner to advanced student. The cost is $1.50 each time you attend plus supplies.

Genealogy Class – A new Intermediate and Advanced Genealogy class will be offered on Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30 beginning on Monday, November 15 and going until Wednesday, December 13. Participants must have basic mouse skills, bring a USB drive, and have a current email address and password to set-up an account with FamilySearch. Vital Aging – Tuesday, November 28, at 10:30, the topic is “Increase Your Enjoyment of the Holidays.” The holiday season can be a challenging time of year as we are faced with the demands of shopping, decorating, parties, family gatherings, or missing lost love ones. We will start with ideas on how to adapt the holidays to be more enjoyable for older adults. Learn ways to manage and help you more enjoyable and less stressful this year. This a free class. Register now. Watercolor Class & Watercolor: Art History – Begin on Monday, January 8 and will run

Tooele Breakfast – The Center bus will head to the Tooele Senior Center for the “second best breakfast in Utah.” The bus departs the Center at 9:00 on Wednesday, November 29 and returns about noon. Cost is $6 for transportation and the breakfast. Register beginning November 8. Spanish Fork Festival of Lights – The Christmas season gets kicked off with two trips to see the lights in Spanish Fork Canyon; Thursday, December 7 or Tuesday, December 12. Registration begins November 15. The bus departs the Center at 4:00 p.m. and travels to Provo for dinner at ChuckA-Rama. After dinner, we will drive through beautiful Canyon View Park to view thousands of colored lights and dozens of illuminated structures, returning to the Center about 8 pm. Cost for this trip is $16 and includes dinner.

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Winter driving safety: Snow falls and you slow down By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

The long line at the local auto body shop isn’t just for oil changes, it’s for winter tires too. With temperatures dropping and leaves soon to follow, it’s time for a refresher course on safe winter driving. 1) Know the conditions Technology affords us the privilege of knowing road conditions before ever leaving the house. Utah Department of Transportation has more than 2,200 traffic cameras or sensors which gives visuals and data on all major UDOT roads. Drivers can then adjust their routes or schedules according to the heaviness of traffic making for less congestion and less risk for accidents. The UDOT app means you can see all those cameras from your phone. Twitter feeds also provide alerts about traffic situations throughout the state, including roads up the canyon. Unified Police have a canyon alerts twitter page for to update traffic in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons as well as tire requirements and road closures. 2) Prepare the car Make sure the car is prepared for the road conditions, first with good tires. Snow tires give greater tread for better traction. If only two new tires are placed on the car, make sure to put them in the rear. With the falling snow, it’s necessary to have quality wiper blades that ensures clear views rather than leaving water streaks across windshield impairing your ability to drive. The wiper fluid reservoir also needs to be replenished before the first snows hit. Snow and ice should be completely removed from the windows, headlights and taillights prior to driving to ensure visibility. If your car is parked outside overnight, place towels over the windows. This keeps the windows from icing over. A system should be in place to check everything in your car such as the battery power and your cooling system. Antifreeze helps the vehicle withstand the freezing temperatures. The vehicle should also be stocked with a safety items in the case of an emergency. The Utah Department of Public Safety suggests on its website to have jumper cables, a tow rope and small shovel in case the car gets

stuck, reflectors or flares to make sure your car is visible to others driving, flashlight and batteries, extra winter clothes, first-aid kit, batter or solar powered radio, sleeping bag, fresh water and non-perishable food, paper towels and hand warmers. 3) Control the vehicle Keeping the car under control requires some safe driving tips. The most obvious: drive slow. Despite our impatience or urgency to get to the desired location, slow driving is the safest driving. Staying under the speed limit, which is meant for ideal conditions, becomes even more important when traveling over snow, ice, standing water or slush. In drivers education courses, prospective drivers learn about the rule for distance between your car and the one in front of you. Driving 60 mph? Stay six car lengths back. 70 mph? Seven car lengths back. This distance should be increased even more during wet conditions to allow the car time and space to stop without rear ending the vehicle in front. All movements should be gradual rather than sudden. This means avoiding sharp turns, accelerating slowly and braking softly. Though you may have four-wheel drive or even all-wheel drive, this does not give license to drive recklessly in winter conditions. This means staying off cruise control as well. The need for seat belts increases tenfold during the winter. With car seats, place coats or blankets around the children after strapping them in. Coats can limit the effectiveness of a car seat. Stay alert. Deer become more active after storms. Black ice causes many crashes and that ice typically looks like wet spots. If skidding does take place, steer in the direction the back of the car is going and ease off the gas. Remember to keep the gas tank at least half way full, it will keep the gas tank from freezing and if you get stuck in a traffic jam, you may need as much gas as possible. 4) Time For those of you who struggle with punctuality, this becomes paramount. Giving yourself plenty of time to reach your destination means you won’t rush, decreasing the chances of a crash. 


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Murray girls learn about their heritage while playing soccer on the U-16 Samoan national team By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

Lani Lautaimi of Murray tries to control the ball while playing for a Samoan national team. (Corinne Talaeai)


t’s tempting to call the trip Faith Taeoalii, 13, and Lani Lautaimi, 16, took this summer a once in a lifetime adventure. But that’s not really true, because both hope and plan to make the same trek again in two years. Still, you only get to visit Samoa for the first time, once. So, from that standpoint, what the Murray soccer players did was unique. About halfway between Hawaii and Australia lie the two primary islands that make up Samoa. American Samoa is in the area too, but that’s something completely different. Because Faith and Lani are each one-quarter Samoan, they were eligible to play on the U-16 Samoan national team. And they both say it’s something they’ll never forget. “It was so wonderful to learn about my culture while playing the sport I love,” Lani said. “I don’t think the level of play was quite as high as we have with my team here. But (the Samoan U-16 national team) is working hard to improve.” Because she was at the top of the age group, at 16, Lani was a key player on the team. She next hopes to play for the Samoan U-19 team when they convene in two years. Meantime, Faith was the youngest and smallest on the team and played in only one of their three games. But she hopes to play for the same U-16 Samoan team in two years. “I’ve been playing soccer steadily since kindergarten,” Faith said. “This trip was the most fun I’ve ever had with my sport. It was so exciting to represent my family and my heritage. Having my mom and sisters come to see the final game made it that much better.” Kelly Taeoalii and her younger daughters (Sariah, 11 and Grace, 9) arrived in Samoa about three weeks after Faith, attending her final game on August 12. They also had the chance to visit with relatives, sightsee, snorkel and swim with turtles, among other things. “It was so fun to see my daughter do something she loves in such a different setting,” Kelly said. “She also did a lot of growing up on the trip. She lived in a dorm at the soccer complex with her teammates and did her own laundry. It was a great experience for her.” Besides never visiting Samoa before, Lani and Faith had also never flown in a plane without a parent before this trip. “We were very hesitant about sending Lani when we first heard about

the opportunity,” her mother, Corinne Talaeai said. “We researched it and called the (Samoan national soccer) facility just to make sure everything was legit. Once we were comfortable (sending Lani), it turned out to be so good for her.” Talaeai said all of the girls learned about the Samoan culture, memorized their national anthem and even became mini celebrities. “Lani said she was asked for her autograph a couple of times,” Corinne added. “That’s pretty cool for a 16-year-old girl.” Faith and Lani were joined on the team by a third girl from the United States. Andreya Tuigaoliula Hall lives in Washington State and quickly became friends with the Murray girls. The U-16 Samoan national team was put out of the tournament with a record of 1-2, with a win over Tahiti and losses to New Caledonia and New Zealand. Both girls say their Samoan coach was a little “louder and more intense” than they were accustomed to. But, like living in a dorm and washing their own clothes, the girls adjusted. “The coaches told us ahead of time ‘we’re going to yell at you on the field, but that’s just because we want you to get better’ —and then they did,” Faith said. “Overall, the practices were more intense than I am used to here.” “The team also visited a nursing home and a school,” Kelly Taeoalii added. “Their adventures generated plenty of interest on the island, including a number of newspaper articles.” Kelly said her family heard about the playing opportunity simply through word of mouth. Because Faith and Lani are distant relatives, Kelly told them about it as well. “The team and their sponsors paid for everything…airfare, meals and lodging at the dorm,” Kelly said. “All the girls really needed was a little spending money.” But Lani’s mom didn’t agree completely. “We did have to pay her $800 data bill for the cell phone,” Corinne Talaeai added. “You know, 16-year-olds will be 16-year-olds no matter where they go.” Now back in the states, Faith is an 8th grader at Riverview Junior High while Lani is a junior at Murray High School. And they are each eyeing a possible return to Samoa in 2019. 

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Murray renewable energy supply to top 50 percent by next year


ven with a giant 7200-volt electrical spark flowing through him, the dummy with the pineapple head retained his smile, but he was a little crispier. Jimmy Prindiville and Justin “Huggie” Larsen, journeyman linemen with Murray City Power, put on a show for onlookers at Public Power Week held September 10–16. They demonstrated the dangers of live power lines by carefully connecting wire to their volunteer, a dummy consisting of a PVC pipe body, a pineapple noggin and a hotdog arm. Larsen then threw the switch, delighting the crowd with an ethereal electrical arc. “Now you see why you should never touch a wire that you are unsure about,” Prindiville cautioned the children sitting in the front row. Public Power Week was the capstone celebration of an eventful year for Murray City Power. Of particular note are new contracts with large community solar facilities in central and southern Utah to supply Murray with solar power, which adds an extra 5 percent to Murray’s renewable resources. That extra 5 percent will bring Murray’s total renewable energy supply to over 50 percent, possibly the best in Utah. According to Murray Power General Manager Blaine Haacke, “I think the solar market will continue to be in our future vision. We will have to do better at integrating rooftop solar production efficiently into our grid. We see the need to purchase interest in largescale, utility-sized plants. But also, we see the need to allow the average citizen the opportunity to buy solar through us.” The new contracts will enable Murray Power to offer a small portion of this solar contract to the average Murray citizen, so they can participate in purchasing solar energy to cover their power needs. This will allow an apartment dweller, for example, to buy solar without having panels on the roof. “We think this will be a good citizen program,” exclaimed Haacke.

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Charging up the crowd. Journeyman linemen Jimmy Prindiville demonstrates a transformer arcing. (Shaun Delliskave/City Journals)

While solar has many benefits, it can also be a challenge for the power system. “Solar, because of its inconsistency, gives us headaches. So we will have to schedule more efficiently to take advantage of solar ups and downs,” remarked Haacke. Customers with rooftop solar units can expect some changes to

the rooftop solar rate plan. The plan is forthcoming and the changes will be considered by the city council and Mayor for approval by the year’s end. Murray is also looking at other renewable options including compressed air storage, biomass and wind technologies. Additionally, as a member of the Utah Association of Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS), Murray is investigating a long-term contract to use small nuclear reactors at a site in Idaho Falls. This new technology is carbon-free and is under review by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Although Murray is a relatively minor member of UAMPS, small nuclear may still become part of Murray’s energy mix within the next 10 years. Murray power officials are seeking out these renewable and alternate energy sources as they anticipate future power needs. For example, they assume that there will be increased use of electric vehicles in Murray, which will place more demand on Murray’s power grid. “Transformers, relays, and conductor sizing will all have to be taken into account if larger-scale car charging becomes more and more popular. We are presently sizing most of our infrastructure to account for these swings of use,” said Haacke. Among other accomplishments, Murray Power was able to pay off all of its bond debt this past year. In May 2017, the company used some of its reserve funds to pay off the remaining $8 million of a bond that had been used for infrastructure rebuilds within the last 15 years. The bond was used to upgrade the transmission system and rebuild several substations. Paying off the bond early saved Murray over $750,000 in interest and other bond expenses. Murray Power, after paying off the debt, continues to have millions in reserve that can be used for a “rainy day,” such as a catastrophic event or a major regional market debacle where rate stabilization is needed. 

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ne of the oldest roads in Murray, Vine Street, was originally a pioneer trail that led from the temple quarry in Little Cottonwood Canyon to a halfway camp on Vine Street and 5600 South. The road still has remnants of its agricultural past, as sections are lined with ditches and old-growth trees. But increased traffic volumes call for modern roadway improvements. In 2018, work crews will commence a four-year project to improve safety, reduce congestion, and accommodate multi-modal traffic on parts of Vine Street between 900 East and the Van Winkle Expressway. Murray City, in coordination with the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT), will initiate the project on the section of Vine Street that was annexed from and previously maintained by Salt Lake County. The project will widen some sections of Vine Street to allow for continuous sidewalks, curbs and gutters, shoulders and bicycle lanes. This will include one 11-foot-wide lane in each direction with an 11-foot median/left turn lane. The goal of the improvements is to provide a safe and efficient roadway for multiple modes of travel including passenger vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists. It will also provide a safe walking route for children attending Woodstock Elementary. The first phase of the project runs from 900 East to 1300 East and will be constructed in 2019, however, some utility replacement work will start in 2018. The second phase runs from 1300 East to Van Winkle and construction is planned for 2021. According to Doug Hill, Murray City public services director, “Much of Vine Street is already at the correct width and the city is working to minimize the impacts to private property along the entire project. However, there are sections where the city will need to acquire property to allow for curb and gutter and sidewalk to be installed.”

Federal funding from the UDOT Local Government program will be used to finance the project. The estimated cost of the project is $9 million, of which 93 percent is federally funded. This includes the costs of utility relocation, right-of-way acquisition, environmental clearance, preliminary and final design, construction, and project management. Vine Street is designated as a bike route in Murray City’s Bicycle Master Plan. But as the road is an inconsistent two-lane/threelane, it presents for cyclists road design and parking issues that conflict with the Master Plan. The project will include installation of new roadway signage and pavement marking, as well as modifications to sidewalks, curbs and gutters, pedestrian ramps, storm drain systems and utilities. Minor acquisitions from several adjacent properties, in the form of narrow takes of right-of-way, may be necessary. The project area primarily borders residential properties, but several commercial properties will also be impacted. Murray City has been conducting open houses regarding the project. Beverly Crangle, who lives near the project area, registered her concerns at an August 22 city council meeting. “There really isn’t that heavy of traffic on Vine Street that would require tax dollars to be spent on removing and then putting in new sidewalks.” “We have had both positive and negative feedback on the project,” Hill said. “Most of the negative comments are isolated to the sections of the project that require widening.” Through traffic will most likely be detoured around the project, the road will be open to local traffic. An environmental impact study was completed on the project and found no issues. Public documents related to the projected can be found online at: http://www.murray.utah.gov/civicalerts.aspx?aid=751 . 

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Murray’s devoted servant: Remembering Mayor Lynn Pett By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com

Lynn Pett shakes hands with Boys & Girls Club Board Member Art Pasker at the 2013 Maytag Dependable Leader award ceremony. (Photo courtesy Bob Dunn)


onsider Murray’s iconic places—The Murray Parkway Golf Course, the Jordan River Parkway Trail and Parks, the Boys & Girls Club, Ken Price Ballpark, and the Murray swimming pool— then consider that the creation of each involved or was spearheaded by one man: Lynn Pett. The former mayor passed away on September 17 after a nearly two-decade battle with pulmonary fibrosis.

Pett devoted nearly 45 years to Murray City, starting out in the Murray Parks Department at the age of 16, and culminating in his election as mayor for two terms starting in 1990. While he made an impact on Murray City’s infrastructure, he made just as lasting an impression on those who he worked with. “His middle name should have been S for service, instead of F for Frank,” declared former Murray City Councilman Jack DeMann. “He was always helping people.” DeMann recalled one day in January 1974 when he was park commissioner for Murray City. Pett came to him with a plan for the undeveloped land by the Jordan River. Concerned about the industrial sprawl they saw communities dealing with along the river, Pett outlined a bold plan to acquire land (from Winchester Street to 4800 South) and turn it into parks and maintained wetlands. Moving forward with his plan, Pett developed the Murray Parkway Golf Course (which now bears his name) and various parks from Winchester to Arrowhead along the river parkway. As mayor, Pett worked with DeMann to clean up the ASARCO smelter site on State Street. Pett initiated cleaning up the lead tailings that were spread over 100 acres. According to DeMann, Intermountain HealthCare had approached Pett about setting up a medical campus there if Murray could totally clean up the site. Murray’s initiative so impressed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that when a smelter site on the Midvale/Murray border needed to be re-claimed, the EPA asked Murray to lead the effort, instead of the State of Utah, due to Pett’s efforts at the State Street site. “Murray was the only municipality in the nation to be trusted with such a task,” said DeMann. Able to get along with most anyone, Pett used his connections to get things done. “He was a liberal Democrat who rooted for the U

of U, and I was a conservative Republican who rooted for BYU, but we never had a disagreement between us,” noted DeMann. “I just remember him as a kind and dedicated community leader. I don’t think you could find a person with that much local political influence who was as sincerely and genuinely committed to what was best for the citizens of Murray,” remarked former Murray Library Director Dan Barr. “He was the best example of how a ‘politician’ could be a positive force in his or her community.” The Murray Boys & Girls Club may have been Pett’s most passionate project; he remained devoted to the club for its entire 50-year history. When Pett volunteered at the Boys Clubs, there were only a few clubs that served girls as well as boys. Pett would only join if they would allow girls—it was something he insisted upon—and that club became one of the first Boys & Girls Clubs in the nation in 1967. “When he got off work each day, he would go to the club and volunteer, day after day, year after year. He was serving on our Golf Tournament Committee up until only a few months ago,” said Bob Dunn, special project consultant for the Boys & Girls Club. Pett and his wife Kathleen also attended every special event the Boys & Girls Club held during those 50 years. “It was all about the kids for Lynn. He wanted to ensure that the kids were getting what they needed, but even more that they were creating memories and experiences they could not get anywhere else,” said Dunn. He arranged for the kids to take fishing trips. When he became mayor, he dedicated one day every summer for all city officials, fellow mayors, and councilmen to take the kids to a lake for the day, in their boats, and teach them to fish and clean the fish they caught. Though he struggled with his health in his later years, DeMann recalled how Lynn Pett always said, “Life is good.” 




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Canal Trail funding approved by Murray City Council By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com


urray City Council amended the City’s 2017-2018 fiscal year budget to appropriate $600,000 from the City’s Capital Project Fund toward development and creation of the Jordan and Salt Lake Canal Trail Project. Brett Hales was the only councilman who voted against the ordinance, siding with some residents who live near and are opposed to the future parkway. The ordinance, approved on September 6, allocates $100,000 received from the Salt Lake County Transportation Alternative Program Grant that needed to be spent by the end of September according to grant guidelines. The ordinance also approved receiving an additional $100,000 from the same grant for the current fiscal year. The council also authorized $500,000 from Murray’s own Capital Improvement Program towards the design and construction of the trail. In the public hearing, a petition with 22 signatures was presented to the council in opposition to the project from a group of residents living near the future trail, citing concerns about privacy, vandalism and access. Previously, a May 8 city council meeting passed a resolution to move forward with an interlocal agreement between the city and Salt Lake County to further develop the Canal Trail. A contingent of residents opposed to the trail spoke out against it then, too. The interlocal agreement means that Murray City will be primarily in charge of maintenance and development of the trail, instead of Salt Lake County, and Murray will have three years to begin improvements since it passed. The trail will follow the historic Jordan and Salt Lake Canal. The canal, first proposed in 1849, was completed in 1855, and was initially considered as a way to ferry granite blocks hauled out of the Little Cottonwood Canyon quarry to the Salt Lake LDS Temple site. A rail line rendered that purpose unnecessary, and the canal ended up being used for irrigation.

The southern trailhead will start at Wheeler Historic Farm and run east until it reaches 1300 East by Matthew Avenue. From that point, the trail turns northeast to Vine Street, behind the Cottonwood Presbyterian Church. It will then proceed north along the Village III condominium complex before making a sharp curve to the east and ending at Fontaine Bleu Drive. An open house about the trail was held in March at Cottonwood High School. In summary, the “Murray Canal Trail Open House Report” stated that 104 respondents said they would use the trail if constructed—28 said they would not. According to the report, those in favor of the trail “were excited to have safe access to Wheeler Farm from the trail instead of using busy roads with no sidewalks. They see the trail as an asset to the community which will help increase friendliness of neighbors. They love the serenity of the path currently and see this as a way to make it better. However, keeping the trail as natural as possible while making improvements was stressed by several residents.” The report also recorded, “The strongest concern of those who oppose the trail is privacy for those living along the trail. A tall fence would need to be added which still would not ease all of their worries. Concerns about an increase in crime, specifically theft and vandalism, were also mentioned. They already see people misuse the trail and felt that with improvements to the trail, it will only get worse.” The trail is expected to be, on average, 10 feet wide and paved with compacted aggregate surface rather than asphalt or woodchips. The trail would also include two pedestrian crosswalk lights for the crossings on 1300 East and Vine Street. Murray has submitted a request for bids on the project. City public documents can be found online at: http://www.murray. utah.gov/DocumentCenter/View/7430 . 

Funding for improvements to Jordan and Salt Lake County Canal Trail was approved Murray City Council. (Photo/James Delliskave)

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I sometimes hear people use the term “sense of community” and I have thought about what that term means. I imagine the term has a different meaning to different people. What do you think of when you hear “sense of community?” To some, it’s a sense of belonging or feeling included, or maybe it’s feeling an emotional connection with others. Perhaps it’s a sense of mattering or making a difference. When I think of “sense of community,” as it relates to the city of Murray, I think of neighborhoods of residents who know their neighbors, are proud of their communities, are inclusive and want to contribute to the well-being of all. Often the city receives complaints of unkempt yards, weeds, rubbish or other nuisances. Not always, but often there is a legitimate underlying reason that a resident has failed to maintain their premises, such as illness, temporary or long-term disability, or maybe a lack of resources. While city code enforcement personnel are ready and willing to investigate and enforce these types of issues, I can’t help but wonder what would happen if the first call were to another neighbor, a neighbor’s family or friend to find out the reasons for the lack of care or maintenance. Then help find a solution. Many times, a person or family just needs a temporary helping hand.

Harry S. Truman said, “All will concede that in order to have good neighbors, we must also be good neighbors. That applies in every field of human endeavor.” I was recently invited to address a local religious congregation. The pastor asked me to speak on how his members could become more involved in the city. The first thing I mentioned to the congregation was: if you want to be involved in the improvement of the city, start with your own neighborhood. Get to know your neighbors and find out how you can help them. Something as simple as picking up litter on the roads or sidewalks can lead to a “sense of community.” Watching out for each other, whether or not it’s through an organized Neighborhood Watch doesn’t matter as long as neighbors are watching out for neighbors and reporting suspicious activities. There are many opportunities in Murray to contribute to the “sense of community,” from volunteering at the Heritage Center, Boys and Girls Club, or library, to assisting with maintenance or cleaning of the city parks. Murray utilizes the justserve.org website to post service opportunities. This resource can be helpful for scout troops, school organizations, civic groups and the general public to know what they can do to help.

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Murray City is a diverse community with a great mix of neighborhoods. Regardless of which neighborhood you call home, we are all part of the Murray community. Whatever the term “sense of community” means to you, I encourage all to strive for it by first looking out for the well-being of our neighbors. 



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Murray School District places student advocates in schools By Julie Slama


his school year, students may have an extra hand giving them high-fives in the halls and helping them focus on attending class and getting good grades. Murray School District recently received a three-year Utah State Office of Education gang prevention and intervention grant to place student advocates in schools. “Our goal is to help mentor students so they develop good behavior, attendance, academic and life skills,” said Darren Dean, District director of personnel and student services. “We want to identify those who are at high risk so they’re not sidetracked. We want to have a positive impact.” The $284,000 grant pays for training as well as the student advocates, who are from the Unified Police Department and trained in gang signs and affiliation. There is a student advocate placed in Murray High, Riverview Junior High and Hillcrest Junior High as well as one shared throughout the sixth grade in elementary schools. Each advocate has curriculum from the “Choose Gang Free” created by the Salt Lake Area Gang Project for gang prevention and intervention across the Wasatch Front. Depending on the age level, the website, choosegangfree.com, states students in the classroom may learn to identify what is a gang and who joins; graffiti; gang violence; impact on the family; peer pressure; gang tattoos, signs and symbols; gangs and the police; alternatives; students’ future; and choice. “Our staff went through training where we learned the signs of gangs from what they wear to kids wanting to belong so they join. We want students to have allies in the school, someone to help them, stand up with them, be in their corner to support them,” Dean said, adding that advocates will approach students and parents for their permission to be part of the program. Student advocates will regularly meet with school teams as well as students’ families to help come up with solutions and resources for issues and concerns, he said.



Dean said that every school district in the state was able to apply for a portion of the $1.2 million state grant. “We have students affiliated with gangs in Murray, but it’s not a problem and we want to take an active approach in prevention and interaction,” he said. Murray Police Officer Matt Dibble agrees: “I can count on one hand a legitimate few individuals in gangs who aren’t causing problems. But we could definitely have more gang prevention education in our schools.” At Riverview Junior High, Principal Jim Bouwman supports having an advocate at the school. “I’m excited that we’re able to branch out and help students,” he said. “Even if gang participation is low, it’s still out there and we can educate our students of the pressures of belonging to a gang and how it is in songs, internet, videos and how we can help and support them.” At Murray High, student advocate and Unified Police gang prevention specialist Veronica Bustillos already has been talking to students and their families about options. “Some students only know the gang life, and I want them to know there’s another future ahead of them,” she said. Bustillos is living proof. After being harassed while growing up in Mexico, she joined a gang to help her “be safe.” But by her mid-20s, she wanted out. “I was tired of looking behind my back. I stepped away from it. I was sick of being scared. I wanted college and a good job, but it was hard for me to find someone to believe in me,” she said. Realizing that she had a unique perspective of a successful turnabout with her life, Bustillos gained the support of police in Vancouver, Wash. and became their gang advocate before coming to support students in Utah. “I talk to kids who are causing problems with tagging, threatening another student, truancy. I asked them if they want to be in the

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program. I’m not there to judge or babysit, but I tell them, ‘I’ll fight for you’ if they want it. It’s all about what they want and I empower them to make the choice. If they choose it, then I tell them ‘I’m your girl. I’ll stand up for you.’ I know that makes a big difference,” she said. Bustillos said Murray School District is taking a pro-active approach. “Utah’s gang problem is accelerating, but when school districts decided there is a problem, there is help. We teach faculty and staff not only how to talk and respect students, but also how parents and the community can help. We can give kids other options and tools how to talk to those with authority, how we can help with attendance and homework and how to change behavior,” she said. Murray High Principal Scott Wihongi said student advocates also talk to students who may be considering gang activity or have friends who are in gangs and serve as a resource and mentor to help them make positive choices. “The more resources and advocates we can provide for kids, the better,” he said. 

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Veteran Murray High School boys’ basketball coaches hope team will surprise rivals this season By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com


n the midst of several first- and second-year head coaches for various Murray High School teams are a pair of institutions. “This is my 27th year coaching Murray High School boys’ basketball and my 14th season as the head coach,” said Jason Workman. “And Tom Stokes has been here two years longer than me.” Stokes is Workman’s assistant coach and head coach of the Spartans JV team. But while Murray’s two primary boys’ basketball coaches have all that experience, this year’s team does not. “I think we’ll be considered an underdog in the region,” Workman added. “We lost a lot of good seniors off last year’s team and don’t have a lot of experience coming back. But I think we’ll be able to surprise some teams.” Tryouts for the Murray team will be held next week (November 6 to 9). But already Workman knows, the only players he’ll have back —who saw significant playing time a year ago— are a pair of juniors and a pair of seniors. Juniors Ajak Arok and Ethan Thai play small forward and point guard for the Spartans, respectively. Arok was one of the first off the varsity bench last season, as a sophomore, while Thai started most games, in the second half of the season. “I want to finish at least second in region,” Arok said. “I know we’ll face some stiff competition. But I’m confident we can do it if we work hard.” Murray’s key returning seniors are center Jayden Sinju and forward Jake Hardman. “It will be fun coming back for my senior season, and I think we’ll do well,” Hardman said. “We have good team chemistry.” “From the outside it may look like a rebuilding year,” Workman said, “but with these four leading the way—and a little help from others who I believe will come on—I’m confident we can have another successful season.” Success is part of what’s helped coaches Workman and Stokes stick around the Murray basketball program for more than a quarter century each. “We’ve qualified for the state tournament in 10 of the 13 seasons I’ve been head coach,” Workman said. “Last year we had to win a ‘play-in’ game to advance. Unfortunately, we lost in the first round of the tournament…but the boys got there again.” In fact, the Murray boys haven’t won a state basketball tournament game since 2011, when the Spartans advanced to the semifinals. That was when David Collette was leading the team. He’s now a senior on the University of Utah team this winter, who briefly flirted with the idea of declaring for the NBA draft last spring. “That’s a long drought (since winning their last state tournament game) that we definitely want to end this spring,” Workman added. “Another one of our goals is to challenge for the Region 6 title. But that won’t be easy because, even though there are several new schools in our region, Olympus is still around as well.” The coach says Olympus has won “most” of the region titles, since he has been Murray’s head coach. Of the new schools entering the region, Workman believes East will be a top contender. The other newcomers are Salt Lake School District’s other two high schools, Highland and West. One challenge for the Murray boys’ basketball program in recent years has been a lack of athletes trying out for the team. “I remember one of my first years here, we had 83 boys try out,” Workman said. “But for the past two years we have had only 28 try out for 17 varsity and JV positions. Kids just don’t

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seem to put themselves out there to represent their schools as much as they used to.” A 1987 Murray High School graduate, Workman does not work at the school. Instead he is in property management. Following next week’s tryouts the Spartan boys open their basketball season hosting Kearns, November 29. They’ll play non-region games until the holiday break and then open Region 6 hosting Skyline, January 12. Among the eight seniors lost from last year’s team are shooting guard Taylor Peppinger, who’s playing at Centralia Junior College (southwest of Seattle) and center Braxton Jones, who’s now playing offensive line for the Southern Utah University football team. “We lost a lot of key people out of last year’s rotation,” Workman said, “but those we have back are anxious to prove themselves.” 

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Money Saving Thanksgiving Tricks No One Else Needs to Know You Did

Turkey Day, it’s almost here! Awe, that traditional family day where we gather around a festive fall table enjoying yummy food and confortable conversation, while adorning our cozy sweaters and stretchy pants. Or maybe that’s just my imagination at work again. In reality, it’s usually more like annoyingly loud uncles in football jerseys making belching noises and toddlers playing tag around the table. And that cozy conversation turning to a political showdown or football yelling match. Either way, Thanksgiving is a time to gather and eat delicious food with the people you love and cherish. Then comes the dirty little flip side, the cost of that Thanksgiving meal just came crashing in on you. So, in effort to help keep your from having a nervous breakdown before the bird has even hit the oven, here are some creative ways to help you save money on your Thanksgiving dinner. 1. Make it a BYOD Gathering “Bring Your Own Dish” Just because you’re hosting doesn’t mean you have to do all the serving too. Make it a potluck assignment and ask everyone to bring a contribution. And speaking of BYO – BYOB is a definite money saver too. 2. Only Serve Food the Majority of Your Family Likes

Just because tradition dictates, you DO NOT have to have certain items on your table in order to make it a perfect Thanksgiving meal. If no one ever eats the marshmallow covered sweet potatoes skip it. If there’s just one person that like the green bean casserole and the rest goes largely untouched year after year, maybe it’s time to retire it from the menu. 3. Go Christmas for the Decorating Fall table décor can be pricy and it’s not typically used for more than just this one day. Instead bring the Christmas beauty to your table. It gives the kids something to get excited about and can stay out the rest of the season. Decorating the tree after dinner could also make for a fun new family tradition. 4. Skip the Side (Salad) Plates The turkey isn’t the only thing that gets stuffed, people do too, resulting in wasted food that could be put to better use. Those who want seconds can take them but you’ll find we take a lot less when the food settles a little and we have to think about the seconds. Leave the salad or side plate that collects rolls and extra stuffing off the table. If you want to take it a step further, use smaller dinner plates too. 5. Make it From Scratch If ever there was a time to go homemade, it’s Thanksgiving. Not only will your homemade recipes get your guests nostalgic, they will save you a pretty

penny. So skip the precut veggies, make your own gravy, stuffing and pies. Enlist the help of your kids to give them an appreciation for the creativity and cooking too. You also don’t need to go gourmet. Thanksgiving is all about good, simple comfort food. 6. Plan Your Leftovers It’s easy to get overwhelmed trying to come up with creative uses for turkey after turkey night. Make it easy by researching what you’ll be making with the leftover bird ahead of time. Set your calendar to check Coupons4Utah.com, because a week before Thanksgiving we’ll be sharing a list of our tested recipes for

turkey leftovers that will make leftover meal planning a cinch. 7. Stock Up on Great Deals You’re a savvy shopper. The holidays are your time to put your smarts to the test. Grab your store circulars and your coupons wallet, and stock up on those extra savings. These easy tricks can add up to big savings. I’ll leave dealing with the obnoxious Uncle’s and rambunctious Toddlers up to you. Joani Taylor is the founder of Coupons4Utah.com. A website devoted to helping Utah families save time and money on restaurants, things to do and everyday needs. 

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