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Mascots, friends dunk their way into children’s hearts By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed June 2016 The Murray City Journal is a monthly publication distributed directly to residents via the USPS as well as locations throughout Murray. For information about distribution please email circulation@mycityjournals.com or call our offices. Rack locations are also available on our website. For subscriptions please contact: circulation@mycityjournals.com The views and opinions expressed in display advertisements do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions held by Loyal Perch Media or the City Journals. This publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the express written consent of the owner.

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ngels and heroes come in all shapes and sizes, but dimensions don’t contain children’s’ joy. Smiles were aplenty as Mascots provided laughs and memories for kids at the Mascot Miracle Foundation (MMF) Pep Rally on Saturday, April 23 at Murray High School. Founded in 2013 by Rich and Trina Ellis, MMF is a non-profit organization that aims to create smiles by putting on events with mascots for children with serious health conditions or special needs. “We get to see these kids just enjoy life,” Trina said. “They go through a lot of horrible things and to give them a time where they can forget about the things that they go through and bond with these mascots…to be able to see that, the rush is incredible, I can’t explain it.” Angels of the foundation refers to those “who earned their wings too soon,” while the Heroes are kids still fighting. Trina said even when Heroes transition to become Angels, they’re still a part of MMF. “Once part of MMF family, always a part of MMF family,” Trina said. “We’re just trying to serve as many Heroes as we can…we treasure every moment” Rich said. The pep rally not only saw multiple mascots come to interact with the over 500 people in attendance, but the audience also got to witness unique talent that Utah has to offer. Emceed by Grant Weyman of KSL, the event included performances from the Utah Jazz Dunk Team, the Utah Rush wheelchair basketball team, Elite Angels Cheer Team and singer Ashlund Jade. “A committee member had this idea and

that’s really how we create these magical moments, people come up with an idea and we’ll never pass an opportunity inviting our heroes to an event,” Trina said. The evening opened and closed with the Dunk Team demonstrating their skills that involved a volunteer from the crowd providing a no-look alley-oop pass to a member of the team as well as jumping over a group consisting of mascots and volunteers. “Three different times we got to get people involved, it was just an amazing time,” Matt Griff, a member of the Dunk Team, said. Griff said the experience brought smiles to the team just as much to the crowd. “This stuff is easy to smile at; at Jazz games we have to worry about being entertainers, here we’re just dudes that want to be here as much as people in the stands,” Griff said. The Dunk Team normally performs at events like Jazz home games and school assemblies. Griff said it was special being one of the main attractions for an event that gave them the opportunity to do something for others. “When we feel like we’re making somebody happy by making them laugh or making them smile, that’s the most important stuff to us,” Griff said. The special needs Elite Angles Cheer Team also performed one of their signature routines for the crowd. Ashlund Jade, a 13-year-old singer, actress and dancer who is featured on DreamworksTV with over 30 million views are her YouTube channel, sang three cover songs to the crowd including “Stand By You,” by Rachel Platten, a special song dedicated to the Heroes Jade brought down to the court. The Utah Rush Basketball team, held a

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wishes for them. Some of the stories involve mascots gokarting with a 13-year-old with cancer or a terminally ill girl who had a Belle, from “Beauty and the Beast,” birthday party put on by the mascots. “It’s whatever we can do,” Rich said. To find out more about MMF, go to www. mascotmiraclefoundation.org. l

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From Italy to Murray – the Mash family By Alisha Soeken | Story originally printed February 2016


ot far from Rome sits quietly a town atop a rocky spear of land, called Agnone. With green pastures and forests, rock houses and rivers that run next to ancient sheep paths, Agnone’s beauty is bewitching. In 1885, Felicia Maria Casciano was born into that beauty, the town of bells as it’s called, and there met her husband Francisco Masciotra, a peasant farmer about nine years her senior. Felicia was from a prominent family and Francisco’s, a poor one. “Grandma married Frank because she wanted to come to America,” Blake Mash said of his grandmother. Francisco had previously been to America, and with plans to return, Felicia designed to be his wife. So in 1905, and against her family’s wishes, Felicia and Francisco married, sowing a seed in a Catholic ceremony, the fruitfulness of which could not then have been imagined. Francisco sailed across the great Atlantic, later sending for his wife. Felicia braved that journey hiding her infant son John in a basket full of laundry. “Grandma heard that they weren’t allowed to bring illness into the country. That if a baby got sick they would throw it overboard. So when John got sick on the journey, Grandma panicked,” Mash said. Though this was rumor, scared and unable to speak English, young Felicia smuggled her small piece of posterity into America. Once there, the Masciotras, like other immigrants, adopted a new name, thus becoming Felicia and Frank Mash. The small Mash family, along with many other immigrating Italians, made their home in Murray City. The American Smelting & Refining Company, along with the idea of farmland and a better life, brought them here. That American dream in the hearts of two Italians was ultimately made in increments, one of the first increments being the building of their home. Felicia and Frank dug out the side of a hill on 4800 South with horse and leveler to make ground for that site. Their home was built in 1915, which, incidentally, is the same year that a direct railroad was opened in their hometown of Agnone, making the trek to America for future immigrants easier. Sharing in work, Felicia and Frank built on their sprawling acreage: two barns, a chicken coop and two springhouses that stood over flowing wells. Their estate grew as well as their family. Felicia gave birth to eight children, six boys and two girls. They all lived together in that small three-room farmhouse. The Mash family knew well the bother of cramped space, and with no bathroom, the bother of an outhouse. But they knew also the warmth of a close Italian family and the reward of hard work. Being an immigrant wasn’t easy. “The Italians were not very well liked, they were Catholic and had dark hair and dark skin. My grandpa told us stories of being picked on, of people throwing rotten tomatoes at him,” Bridget Gibbons said of her grandfather. In a land whose language she couldn’t speak, read or write, Felicia should been have timid, yet she was plucky. “Grandma knew her kids were being picked on and she taught them how to handle themselves, she was feisty,” Catherine Prehn said of her grandmother. The Mash family was demeaned but never daunted. They had a substantial community of family, friends and faith that supported each other. They fused into their city Italian traditions and Italian love. “Father Carley of St. Vincent’s Catholic parish dropped into Murray as a young Irish priest and said that the Mash women insisted on feeding him. They overwhelmed him with love, food and advice. He learned to love zucchini, garlic, tomatoes, peppers

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By Peri Kinder | perik @mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed October 2016


our years might not seem very long, but to Kelci Stanfield it would mean four more Christmases, four more summer vacations and four more years of birthdays to celebrate with her family. Time is precious to Stanfield, 26, because while expecting her third child, she was diagnosed with a grade 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM): a cancerous tumor in her brain. Her pregnancy started off fine. With two other children, Leopold, 4, and Vesper, 21 months, Stanfield and her husband, Ben, were excited to add another little girl to their growing family, and were eager to move to Virginia where Ben had been accepted to medical school. But not long into her pregnancy, she began to develop severe headaches, nausea and vomiting. Although Stanfield’s midwife and husband were very concerned, the emergency room doctors didn’t feel the symptoms were worrisome, attributing the illness to hormones and pregnancy. However, the problems got worse and soon her vision became blurred. By May she was almost blind. In her blog, Stanfield wrote, “In my heart, I knew there was something seriously wrong, but couldn’t find the words pressing enough to convince the physicians seeing me… Unwilling to go back to the ER to face another embarrassing incident of ‘You’re a hormonal, crazy pregnant lady. Go home,’ I resorted to an eye patch.” It took a visit to her optometrist to get to the heart of the matter. One look at Stanfield’s eyes and her doctor knew she was a seriously ill young woman. She told Stanfield to get to the ER immediately and tell the doctors she had a brain tumor. Test results confirmed an aggressive cancerous tumor and

whereas I am looking at something along the lines of two to four years,” she wrote. “Believe me when I say that I weep hot tears of gratitude for the time extension. I want as many days with my babies and family as I can get. I will fight and do everything in my power to beat the odds, but am trying to find peace within the time that I have.” Family and friends have rallied around Stanfield and have organized the 5K For Kelci run/walk fundraiser, which will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8 at Germania Park in Murray (5243 Murray Parkway Ave.) The race starts at 9 a.m. and will include a silent auction, a raffle and a bake sale with all the profits going to help cover the extensive medical treatments that will give her a little more time with her family. Ben’s mother, Liz Stanfield, lives in Murray and has been overwhelmed at the love and support being directed to her daughter-in-law, her son and her grandchildren. “There’s nothing that I wouldn’t do for them,” Liz said. “They are baby-lovers and had hoped for a great big family, but with everything that has happened in the last few months, they realize that having baby Margot arrive safe and sound is a miraculous and indescribable blessing. I think it puts into perspective how our plans and lives can completely change in the blink of an eye.” To follow Kelci’s journey, visit her blog at kelcistanfield. wordpress.com. For more information about the fundraiser, visit 5K For Kelci on Facebook. Donations can also be made at the YouCaring compassionate crowdfunding site at www. youcaring.com/kelci-stanfield-family-619934. l

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City focuses on park, transit-oriented housing for new year By Tyler Warren | tyler.w@mycityjournals.com

This year the City added pickleball courts to Murray City Park. (Tyler Warren/City Journals)

2016 was another fiscally solid year for Murray, city officials said, as the economy continued to rebound from the lows of 2008. This left enough room in the budget to fund several major projects. In 2017, Murray will continue to pursue its long-term goal of revitalizing its downtown district. The city in the middle Murray has long been known as one of the most financially stable cities in the Salt Lake valley. Its central location and proximity to transportation corridors gives the City a natural advantage in attracting businesses. The Intermountain Medical Center is the single biggest economic driver in Murray. The campus is located on a transportation nexus with access to TRAX and I-215, which facilitates the movement of 5,000 employees and the more than 700,000 patients who visit the hospital every year. The Intermountain Medical Center will continue to expand its operations in 2017, adding a four-story building for their Professional Doctor Leadership Training Program. Utah State University was similarly drawn to the area when looking for a location for a new facility. The proposed Salt Lake Regional Campus will be housed in a 25,000-squarefoot, multilevel building located at 4800 South and State Street. USU will share the space with other tenants. As of December, two floors and 70% of the building have been leased. Construction will begin on the USU facility in 2017 and is scheduled for completion in January 2018. Also on the agenda for the new year is a 600-stall parking structure that will service the facility. “We’re going to look at building the parking structure to facilitate parking for some of this building and additional business and economic activity,” said Tim Tingey of the Redevelopment Administration. The structure will be constructed on land that houses Murray’s oldest fire station, which is currently used as an administration building. So, the City is building a new one. This project

Murray made numerous improvements to its park center (Tyler Warren/City Journals)

will break ground in spring 2017. Confidence in the economy Murray enjoys the economic benefits of being home to more than 3,700 businesses. Optimism in the economy means lending institutions are more likely to lend, facilitating new growth and tax revenue. Because of this, city officials said they haven’t had to raise property taxes since 2006. It also means Murray doesn’t have to put a lot of effort into attracting new businesses. “We’ve been able to put emphasis on improving the city itself,” Mayor Ted Eyre said. “We put a lot of time, effort and financial backing into improving our parks, our neighborhoods, and our streets.” Roads and utilities Roads were a major focus for Murray this year. State and federal funding helped the City make the most out of its resources. “Streets are often the first indicator of how well a city is doing,” the Mayor said. “We’ve almost doubled the amount of money we’ve put into street repair... We had a total of about $8.2 million in road projects this year. Typically, we spend around $2 million,” he said. This year Murray received $1.2 million from Salt Lake County taxes for use on streets. The most extensive, and disruptive, road project of 2016 was made possible through a $5 million federal grant. The roadwork on 5900 South entered its final phase this summer. The street has been widened and fitted with new sewer and water lines and the intersection at 300 West has been realigned for safety. This fall, a $2.5 million bond was approved for Murray’s stormwater fund. Part of this money will go toward helping homeowners on Utahna Drive, which has been subject to repeated flooding. In late summer, another fund was set up to help residents on Saddle Bluff Drive. Murray pledged $10,000 after a geotechnical engineer found stability concerns in the retaining wall of the North Jordan Canal. Salt Lake County

Construction began on the Murray Park Amphitheater the week of Oct. 24. It is scheduled to be completed by May 2017. (Tyler Warren/City Journals)

contributed an additional $10,000, as well as the North Jordan Canal Company. Murray City Park “One thing that Murray does well is that elected officials understand the need to maintain what we have,-” said Kim Sorenson, director of Murray Parks and Recreation. “We have a lot of aging facilities and we are able to maintain them and keep them open.” Murray invested heavily into the park in 2016, and it will continue to be a focus going into 2017. The park bathrooms have been rebuilt, at a cost of $300,000 each. The City purchased a home on Myrtle Street and extended the property of the park, allowing them to add six pickleball courts. The path through the park has been resurfaced, as well as parts of the Jordan River Parkway. The City has also worked to bring its landmark park into the Internet age. Beginning in 2017, Wi-Fi will be available in Murray Park. Improvements were made to the Park Center in 2016, which received new equipment and resources. On Dec. 1, the City completed the last bond payment for the additions to the Park Center. Going into the new year, the biggest improvement to the park will be in the Amphitheater. The Murray Park Amphitheater is currently being remodeled. It is scheduled to be completed by May 2016. Elements of the Amphitheater remodel include a roof, updates to the seats and orchestra pit, and new restroom facilities. This project came in at several hundred thousand dollars above the City’s original $2.2 million estimate. This necessitated the delay of some projects on the agenda for 2017. In total, Murray had to delay four projects to make way for the Amphitheater. These projects were a park exercise area, a UV system for the outdoor pool, cemetery niche, and the Salt Lake Trail. The Salt Lake Trail will move forward in 2017 thanks to a grant.

New City Hall With the last payment of the Park Center bond, Murray continues a trend of paying off its bonds early. The decision was made deliberately, to ease the transition into the bonding process for the new city hall. This project will be moving forward over the next year. The crrent city hall was built in the 1930s as a school and was purchased by the City in 1982. In addition to being seismically unsound, the aging building is expensive to maintain and operate. Mayor Eyre said the City saw the project as a necessity. Fortunately, thanks in part to Murray’s AAA bond rating, the City will be able to finance the project without raising taxes. “That’s pretty significant,” the Mayor said. “We can bond to pay for that city hall, but there won’t be an increase in bond payments… and there won’t be an increase in income taxes.” A specific site has not been announced because the sale of the property has not been completed. However, the Mayor said the new city hall would be to the west of State Street. The project is tentatively scheduled to begin in the spring of 2017, and will take 12 to 18 months to complete. Accessibility and mobility Arguably the largest project on the agenda for 2017 and beyond is the revitalization of Murray’s downtown. The plan is to turn these seven blocks into a community that is attractive to younger generations. The City is designing this area with careful attention paid to making this part of town bike and pedestrian friendly. At the same time, they are being careful to preserve elements that make this area unique. “This city has a tremendous amount of history and a lot of character… you don’t want to destroy all that history and bring in a brandnew stucco village,” the Mayor said. Murray residents tend to be older, more

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A fund was set up to help residents along Saddle Bluff Drive and Utahna Drive (Tyler Warren/City Journals)

established families. Housing options in the City reflect this fact. “That’s been a problem for us for some time. Murray has so many multi-generational families… and yet [young adults] can’t buy a home in Murray once they graduate,” the Mayor said. Therefore, the City is making an effort to provide housing that fits with the wants and needs of younger generations. This year will see the creation of more than 300 new single-family homes within the City. These homes are being built on lots that are smaller than ones that have been historically used. Murray is following the lead of Salt Lake City, which revitalized its downtown thanks in part to mixed-use development. Several multifamily developments are also scheduled to be built in coming years. New developments are being built with easy access to transportation in mind. They are deliberately placed near transportation hubs that can take residents across the valley without the use of a car. Public input The wave of new growth in Murray has given some residents reason for concern. At the end of 2016, some residents from Vine Street came to the council meeting to protest a decision that would allow a developer to turn his property into a flag lot where a parcel of land lies at the end of a long driveway. “Wouldn’t it be better to consider a park in this area instead of more density?” Bonnie Johnson asked the council. And at the August 26 open house for the Murray General Plan, some local business owners worried that their livelihoods would be swallowed up by development. But city officials said that residents shouldn’t be worried about being left behind by the City. “It’s not like the old urban renewal in the 1950s where they were tearing down city blocks in Chicago,” said Jared Hall, manager of Community and Economic Development. Murray seeks out public feedback when undertaking new projects. The City receives

ON THE COVER input from 13 different volunteer economic development groups, including the Business Enhancement Committee, Murray Community Center Development and Economics and Development staff at the University of Utah. This year, the mayor’s office sent letters to 50 top Murray businesses about improvements the City was considering making to its resources. The letters focused on public safety. In particular, the office asked if businesses were interested in increasing the size of the police and fire departments. “We have had 100% positive feedback from our business community,” the Mayor said. “And we have also had that same response from our neighborhood communities.” UTOPIA This year, UTOPIA, the Utah Telecommunications Open Infrastructure Agency, moved their corporate headquarters from West Valley to Murray. As of Jan. 1, 2017, all UTOPIA corporate offices will be located on 900 East in Murray. UTOPIA consists of 11 Utah cities that formed a fiber-optic network with an aim to provide a communication infrastructure to their residents. In the past, the project has been called out for being a boondoggle. But as of Spring 2016, UTOPIA is self-sustaining. Now that they are making a profit, they no longer require a subsidy from the City. The Mayor said their client turnover rate is very low compared for the rest of the market. This is good news for Murray, which is committed to UTOPIA for 23 more years through a bond. Environmental quality Murray made a major step to protect air quality in the fall of 2016 by passing their first idlefree ordinance. The ordinance isn’t an extreme measure but it does put Murray in step with most cities across the Wasatch Front who have passed idle-free ordinances of their own. Sometime in the next year the Murray Power Department will move forward with installing LED posts across the City. Transitioning to LED will save the City on maintenance and operational costs, as well as curbing emissions. The Mayor also said the new city hall will have a “solar element,” though he couldn’t mention the specifics. This year, Murray was voted best tasting water in Utah at the Rural Water Association of Utah convention in St. George. With water rights to 18 wells and eight underground streams, Murray is one of the rare major cities that owns its own water source. Because Murray’s water is so fresh, there is no need to filter the water. In fact, the only thing Murray adds to its water is fluoride to meet state regulations. “[Our] water has never seen the light of day until it comes out of the faucet… our water is as clean as Mother Nature can make it,” the Mayor said. l



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The Murray City Animal Shelter has kittens that are hoping to start the new year off right with a new forever home. All kittens are vaccinated, microchipped and fixed before going home, and their adoption fees range from $55 to $65. If you’d like to start off the new year with a new addition to the family, come visit these playful fluff balls at the Murray City Animal Shelter during normal business hours.


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Banquet teaches students about hunger, raises funds to help others By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed May 2016



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Hunger banquet participants in the third world sit upon newspapers as they enjoyed the program’s speaker and entertainment on March 11. (Tiffany Ivins Spence)


pending money on a banquet, only to end up sitting on newspapers on the floor and eating rice and beans, may not sound much like a date night, yet many teenagers and families did just that. On March 11, students from Cottonwood, Skyline, Academy for Math Engineering & Science, and Horizonte schools held a hunger banquet to educate the community about hunger issues. As participants entered Cottonwood High, they drew a slip of paper with a profile of a real person they were representing that night. They learned they were either a first-, second- or thirdworld citizen. “Most of us were third world, or poverty stricken, sitting on the floor on newspaper,” said Robyn Ivins, who helped with the event. “The meal was rice and beans. The men ate first, followed by the women and they had to serve themselves.” In the second-class world, the middle income sat in chairs and ate pizza with breadsticks. They got their own food, and everyone ate at the same time. The first world, or high income, sat at tables with chairs, tablecloths, nice plates and silverware, and they ate a pulled pork sandwiches, salad, with ice water. They received their meals by dressed-up servers. Ivins said the idea of hosting a hunger banquet came around their family dinner table that included her sister-in-law, Tiffany Ivins Spence, as well as family friend, Cottonwood senior Sarah Ratzlaff. The latter two mostly organized the event. “We did it in college, and were talking to our son about it when Sarah thought it would be an amazing opportunity for the school. She’s really passionate about helping people. So she and Tiffany, who organized it in college, started talking and inviting friends at high schools to get involved,” Ivins said, adding that the preparation began three months before the event. Sarah said that her school serves numerous relocated refugees. “We have 54 different languages at Cottonwood, and whites are the minority,” she said. “I think students can relate that the world is crazy unfair, and poverty isn’t just a lack of food but unequal access to what we all have.

In addition to getting 160 student volunteers, Sarah also sought and received donations for all the meals served that evening. “I thought it was an awesome experience for 400 people,” Sarah said. “It bonded students and our community, and there was no out-of-pocket expenses. We wanted to make people aware of the issues, and we had discussion as people shared the people they represented and how they felt during the banquet. There were a lot of families; some kids had a hard time processing it at first and didn’t understand why they couldn’t have a different meal or have dessert. It definitely was a cool experience and made me again realize that I’ve been so lucky in life with the support of my family and friends. This is definitely something that will stick with me.” The evening included cultural entertainment, including a multi-cultural dance group from Skyline High, an acoustic guitarist and Brigham Young University professor and Utah-based Interweave Solutions Literacy for Social Change Director Lynn Curtis as the guest speaker. “He was amazing,” Ivins Spence said. “He travels internationally and would tell stories of how impoverished villages would tell those who wanted to help them how they needed help, not just to come in and give them things. People need to learn what their needs are first, not what we think they need. We need to let them help themselves and give them what they need to do just that.” The $6 banquet tickets and donations totaling $9,000 will go to help train Interweave volunteers in educating females in a Moroccan village and teach them how to be self-sufficient and gain employment. Interweave works with the World Educational Research Institute and uses the open content for development curriculum on the website www.oc4d.org, Ivins Spence said. However, the main goal, she said, was to raise awareness of others. “Many of these high school students will never want for anything,” Ivins Spence said. “However, there’s a huge percentage of the world who sit on the floor eating rice and beans, not having a meal of pizza and steak. I want these students to be aware how blessed we are and how they can volunteer and have the resources to help others.” l

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

C ULTURAL A RTS Winter Series Calendar January 11-13, Disney Goes Broadway Produced by MHS 7 p.m., Murray High Little Theater, $3 January 16, Martin Luther King Concert 7 p.m., Murray High, Free January 25-27, 30, Broadway Review, Produced by CHS 7 p.m., Cottonwood High Little Theater, $7 advance, $8 door January 28, Murray Concert Band 7:30 p.m., Hillcrest Jr High, Free

Annual Storytelling Residencies Murray Cultural Arts will host FREE public storytelling workshops for all ages at various locations between November and March. Some schools will host workshops during the day in a few classrooms including Longview, Viewmont, and secondary HJH, RJH, MHS, CHS drama classes. The workshops will be led by professional storytellers. This is a great opportunity and fun way for children, teens, and adults to develop story writing and storytelling skills. Finalists will be chosen for the city wide festival which will be held on March 18. Murray will select finalists from our city festival to participate in the 2nd annual county festival, Story Crossroads, in April. Pick a time and location that

works best for you or your student. Please register by emailing mkirk@murray.utah.gov with name and workshop location. Formal registration forms with a liability release statement will be sent home through schools and must be completed by the first session. Grant Elementary – Grades 2-6 January 30, Feb 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 23, Judging Mar 3 3:20-4:20 p.m. Murray Library – Grades 2-12, adults are welcome January 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, Judging March 4 1 – 3 p.m., Age groups will be separated where needed. Heritage Sr Center – Adults and seniors January 23, 26, 30, Feb 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, Judging March 3 12 noon – 2 p.m. Twin Peaks Elementary – Grades 2-6 February 21, 22, 24, 27, March 1, Judging March 3 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. M-Th, 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Fridays


SPECIAL EVENT Jump Rope for Heart Event Day: Wednesday, February 15 Time: 6pm-8pm Cost: Minimum $5 donation Location: The Park Center

R ECREATION Adult Volleyball Leagues MONDAY Women’s A 6’s Winter Volleyball League Day: Monday January 9 – Feb 27 Time: 6:00pm-10pm Cost: $240 per team Location: Hillcrest Jr. High Deadline: Monday, January 2, 2017 WEDNESDAY Reverse 2s to 4s Winter Volleyball League Day: Wednesdays, January 4-Feb. 22 Time: 6:00pm-10pm Cost: $80 per team Location: Christ Lutheran School Deadline: December 26, 2016 THURSDAY Coed B/BB 6’s Winter Volleyball League Day: Monday January 9 – Feb 27 Time: 6:00pm-10pm Cost: $240 per team Location: Hillcrest Jr. High Deadline: December 26, 2016 WOMEN’S 6’S VOLLEYBALL TOURNAMENT Day: Friday, February 10, 2017 Time: Captains Meeting 5:30PM Play will begin immediately after meeting Cost: $240 per team / $270 after deadline Location: The Park Center Deadline: Monday, February 6, 2017

Spring Soccer Soccer is the #1 played sport in the World. Everyone can play soccer. Murray Park and Recreation has joined forces with Real Salt Lake to bring you Jr. Real Soccer. K-6th grades is recreational, grades 7-9th play competitive. (Some teams may be Coed.) Teams will play 8 games, and have weekly practices. All games are played on short side fields to increase individual playing skills. Games will be played on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. Dates: April 20 to May 20 Days: Thursday Nights (5-8pm) Saturday Mornings (9am-2pm) Grades: Boys and girls Pre K, Kindergarten, 1-2 grades, 3-4 grades, 5-6grades, 7-9 grades, 10-12 Grade Coed

Cost: $40 Resident, $50 nonresidents, late fee after the deadline $5 Deadline: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 Register: Murray Parks and Recreation Office, The Park Center or online at www.mcreg.com. For more information, call 801 264-2614!

Dates: April 11 to August 8 Day: Tuesday Nights Times: 6-11 p.m. Location: Murray Park Softball Cost: $500 Register: Murray Parks and Recreation Office in Murray Park. Deadline: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Adult Softball Leagues

Thursday Night Men’s Softball

Monday Night Coed Softball Join the Monday Night Coed Softball League. Play 14 games. Murray City provides the softball. This is consider a USSSA D” League. No double wall bats allowed. We use different size softballs for women and men. This is a first class league. Get your roster and fee together and sign up today! Dates: April 10 to August 7 Day: Monday Nights Times: 6-11 p.m. Location: Murray Park Softball Cost: $500 Register: Murray Parks and Recreation Office in Murray Park. Deadline: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Join the Thursday Night Men’s Softball League. Play 14 games. Murray City provides the softball. This is consider a USSA D” League. No double wall bats allowed. Men use 12 inch softballs. This is a first class league. Get your roster and fee together and sign up today! Dates: April 13 to August 10 Day: Thursday Nights Times: 6-11 p.m. Location: Murray Park Softball Cost: $500 Register: Murray Parks and Recreation Office in Murray Park. Deadline: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Tuesday Night Coed Softball Join the Tuesday Night Coed Softball League. Play 14 games. Murray City provides the softball. This is consider a USSA D” League. No double wall bats allowed. We use different size softballs for women and men. This is a first class league. Get your roster and fee together and sign up today!

Adult Kickball Leagues Now forming an Adult Coed Kickball League for the Summer session. These are recreational leagues. This is one of the fastest growing programs in America. This old game is major program played all over the U.S. Anyone can play from the novice play to the more experienced die-hard. Great for improving your fitness, meeting new people and for interacting socially with others. Play on the softball field in beautiful Murray Park on a well groomed infield and outfield under the lights. Play 9 games and a single elimination tournament in each session.

JANUARY 2017 Dates: Wednesday League April 5 to June 14 Friday League April 7 to April June 17 Nights: Wednesday - Recreational Friday- Recreational Cost: $350 per team for each session Times: 6-11 pm Place: Murray Park Softball Diamond Deadline: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 Register: Murray Parks & Recreation Office or online

Murray High Alumni Basketball Tournament This marks the 44th year of the Murray High Alumni Basketball Tournament. Grads from Murray gather together to play in this prestige Basketball Tourna-

ment. Get your classmates together and from your Alumni Team. It is the oldest tournament of its kind in the entire United States. Teams can merge together if they cannot find enough schoolmates to play together. Each team is guaranteed three games. The tournament starts with Pool Play with the winners advancing to the Championship Round of the Tournament. Dates: APRIL 3-8 Cost: $200 per team Place: Murray High School Deadline: Friday, March 24, 2017 Register: Murray Parks and Recreation Office, 296 East Murray Park Ave, Murray UT 84107 For more information, call 801-264-2614. YOU MUST BE A MURRAY HIGH GRAD TO PARTICIPATE!

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. 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, Panini, soup and sandwiches. The cost ranges from $2 - $4 for people 55+.

Special Events: 5th Annual Storytelling Workshop – The Center is thrilled to bring the Storytelling Workshop back to the Center which is sponsored by the Murray City Cultural Art Department. It is a fun way to get back in touch with stories you may remember from earlier days. The eight-session storytelling workshop begins Monday, January, 23 at 12:00. The first class will be an introduction to storytelling, what it is about, and what you can expect form this workshop. The workshop will be held on Mondays and Thursdays starting Monday, January 23-Thursday, February 23 from 12:00-2:00. Carol Esterreicher will be facilitating this workshop. Carol is a nationally recognized award-winning Storyteller and Educational Specialist. This is a free workshop, register now. Special Valentine Occasion – Celebrate Valentine’s Day later on Wednesday, February 15 starting at 11:30. Enjoy a special Valentine themed meal while listening to the crooning love songs of Johnny Al. Come eat anytime from 11:30-12:30. After lunch, stay while we have a special Valentine’s Bingo at 12:45. No reservations needed.

Mardi Gras Celebration – Tuesday, February 28, at 11:00 cost $8. The Center will be transformed into downtown New Orleans and celebrate the final days of the Carnival season – Mardi Gras, French for “Fat Tuesday.” A special Cajun meal will be served including King Cake while listening to the jazzy sounds of the Riverton Jazz Band. Purchase your tickets beginning January 27 and select the table you would like to eat at.

Services: Attorney – An attorney will be available for free 20 minute legal consultations from 1:30-3:30 on Tuesday, January 10, and February 14. Appointments are needed. Blood Pressure – The first Thursday of each month from 11:00-12:00 (FREE). Haircuts – Wednesday from 9:00-12:00. Appointments are needed, cost $9. Massage – Every Friday from 11:45-3:45. One hour is $36 and half hour is $18. Appointments are required. Medicare Help – On Tuesday, January 17 or February 21 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. AARP Free Tax Assistance – Volunteers from AARP Assistance will provide free tax consultations and preparation for tax payers with middle and low income, with special attention to those ages 60 and over. This free and confidential service will be available each Wednesday, starting February 1 through April 12 from 12:30-4:00. Appointments are required and we will open up the complete schedule for reservations on Wednesday, January 25.

Toenail Clippings – Dr. Shelton, local Podiatrist, will be at the Center on Thursday, February 23 from 9:30-12:00 to provide toenail clippings and routine foot screenings. The cost is $10 and advance payment is required. Sign up now. Dr. Shelton is unable to provide services for people who are diabetic or on anti-clotting agents such as Coumadin. Transportation – 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 and Ping Pong – Provided during the Center’s hours of operation. Monday Movies – Be in your seat at 1:00 to enjoy our free Monday movie and popcorn. Pickleball – On Mondays from 10:15-12:00 or Thursdays from 9:00-11:00 play at the Center for free. Instructional play is on Thursdays from 8:00-9:00. We also have a new outdoor Pickleball court available during working hours (weather permitting) with equipment that can be checked out at the front desk. Pinochle – Wednesdays at 9:15. Players must check in no later than 9:00. The cost is $2 and is paid tournament day. Bridge – Mondays from 11:00-2:00 is a teaching class taught by Carol Meyers. Wednesdays and 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.


T HE H ERITAGE S ENIOR C ENTER HERITAGE SENIOR CENTER CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE 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. Bingo – Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:45. Happy Hatters – Red Hat Society chapter meetings are held on the first Thursday at 12:45 of every month to play BUNCO and Mexican Train and on the third Thursday at 12:45 to play Hand & Foot. Social Dance – Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:30. Cost $5. Dance to the musical genius of Tony Summerhays. Light refreshments will be served during the break and door prizes will be given. 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.

Classes: Beginning Watercolor Class – This watercolor painting class will focus on famous artists, their techniques, and how to apply these techniques and concepts to beginning watercolor. Co-taught by John and Joan Fackrell for six weeks beginning Monday, January 9 through Monday, February 27 from 1:00-4:00. Cost is $33. Register now. Chakra Meditation – Starting Monday, January 9 from 10:30-12:00 Barbara Battison will present in-depth information about how Chakras and Meditation work and includes a meditation session. This eight week class, cost is $20 or $3 per class. It is a great way to start of the New Year. Crafts with Susan – Please join us on Tuesday, January 10 at 2:00 when we can make a cute sock snowman. The cost is $5 and all supplies are included. Register now. Senior Learning Network – Through the wonders of technology (video conferencing), the Center will continue to offer special interactive presentations from around the country. • Thursday, January 12 at 11:30; “Wilds of Glacier Bay, Alaska”

• Thursday, January 19 at 9:00; “Britain and the Holocaust” Be Funeral Smart – On Tuesday, January 17 at 10:30 Tanner Carver from Local Funeral INFO, will discuss a different perspective regarding end of life planning. This presentation is aimed at helping individuals avoid some of the pitfalls of spending more than is needed. Getting prepared now may help avoid costly errors in your time of loss and grief. This is a free class, register now. Vital Aging – Tuesday, January 24, at 10:30, the topic is “Achieving a Healthy Body, Mind, and Soul” and Tuesday, February 28, at 10:30, topic Improving Your Memory”. Tifani is available at 10:00 to meet with anyone needing one-on-one help. This is a free class, register now. AARP Smart Driving Class – On Tuesday, January 31 or February 28 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. 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. Computer – Sign up and pay in advance ($3) for a private hour lesson on Tuesdays. Bring computer questions or gadget question (phone, camera, iPad) concerns to the private lessons. Sign up now.

Aging Mastery Program – The Center will offer Aging Mastery Program a 10-week course on Thursday, February 2 and will run through Thursday, April 6. Cost is $50. Topics include: Navigating Longer Lives, Sleep, Exercise, Healthy Eating & Hydration, Medication Management, Financial Fitness, Advance Planning, Healthy Relationships, Fall Prevention, and Community Engagement. Register now.

Trips: Wendover – On Thursday, January 19 the bus will leave from the Center at 8:30 and return around 7:00PM. Cost is $17. Register now.

Hardware Ranch – Enjoy lunch and sleigh ride among the elk that winter at the Hardware Ranch (15 miles east of Hyrum). The Center bus will depart at 9:30 Monday, January 30 and again on Monday, February 13 and return about 4:00. Cost of the day is $15 which includes transportation, sleigh ride, and lunch. Registration begins January 13.

Senior Expo Utah: VIP Event – The 2017 Senior Expo Utah is a tremendous opportunity for businesses and agencies to get up close and personal with thousands of regional seniors, baby boomers, and family members. The Heritage bus will leave the Center at 11:30 on Thursday, January 26 for a special VIP Event prior to the Expo opening to the general public. Special music and entertainment as well as over $2500 of prizes will be available at this event. Cost is $5.

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Murray High marching band to return after 25-year absence By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com Story originally printed December 2016

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Music as Therapy Murray High School marching band, seen here in a 1936 yearbook photo, plans to reintroduce marching band in fall 2017. (Murray High School)


t’s 1991. Bryan Adams topped the pop chart with “Everything I Do, I Do It For You.” Movie-goers watched “Thelma and Louise,” “Fried Green Tomatoes,” “The Fisher King” and “The Silence of the Lambs.” Gas cost $1.14 per gallon. And it was one of the last opportunities to watch Murray High School’s marching band take the field at halftime of a football game. Until now. Under the new director of bands Zach Giddings, the return of the marching band is slated to make its debut summer 2017. “I had fun marching all throughout high school and college,” Giddings said. “I was in competitions where Murray High performed. Murray’s marching band was known for its stellar performances. They were the cleanest band in Utah. They were precise in their movements. Everything was exact, perfect. The band was well known. If we can get back out marching in parades and at the games, we’ll be more visible and can contribute more to our community.” The former Murray High marching band originated in the 1930s and had about 35 members in the band as well as percussion and color guard. The return of Murray High’s marching band is expected to begin in May as Giddings plans to have students start learning the music. In June, he plans to add in the formations, then in July march in community parades. After a five-day, 35-hour band camp in early August, he hopes the marching band will be practicing its football half-time shows. Once school begins, practices may be about five hours twice per week. However, Giddings and the marching band will be beginning

from scratch as there are only parts of marching band uniforms from days past, color guard flag poles without flags and no sousaphones, just marching French horns and baritones. So Giddings already has been filing grant applications and will look into fundraisers to get the program up and running again. “We may just start out small in numbers wearing polos and khakis and play for football games in traditional marching band styles. It may take a couple years to get the program competitive, but realistically, these beginning years will help the players tremendously,” he said. Giddings said he hopes the practices in the summer will not only help students learn how to march, but they will be practicing their instruments. “Anytime students practice it will improve their playing, whether it’s pep band music or concert pieces. And learning how to move and play will take their ability as performers to another level,” he said. Currently, the only opportunity for Murray High students to participate in a marching band is through Canyons School District’s program housed at Alta High School. While the school welcomes others to participate, Giddings said it is difficult for Murray students to get to the Sandy school after school. This year, only one student has made that commitment. “I want to give more music opportunities for our students. I loved marching band and I want students to be inspired to see what they can do. Marching band offers so many opportunities from working as a team to meeting people who may become their best friends after spending hours practicing on the field. It’s just a blast,” he said. l

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Current Murray High students honor alumni By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed November 2016

MISSION STATEMENTS: The Murray Chamber creates synergy among professionals. We facilitate the creation of long lasting business relationships between members that are based on trust, value and cooperation. We provide tools to connect education, service opportunities and interaction between members.

The Murray Area Chamber of Commerce thanks the following members for reinvesting in their memberships. When shopping or looking for a product or service, be sure to contact the chamber. We are YOUR Business Family!

THANK YOU FROM YOUR MURRAY CHAMBER! Firetoss – Taylor Sanford Papa Murphy’s – Christa Hutchison Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Stacey Kulp

Cargolink – Scott Ogden AISU – Nathan Justis American Cancer Society – Jessica Coats

Former Murray High alumni were welcomed Sept. 23 during the school’s centennial assembly and homecoming pep assembly. (D Wright/Murray School District)

Happy New Year!

Your Murray Area Chamber of Commerce is very excited to welcome four new Board of Directors to help us strengthen our connections, support our economic growth and build our business and government relationships. We welcome Marilee Guinan (Auric Solar), Bette Taylor (American 1st C.U.), John Bond (Redlee SCS) and Susan Bond (Limitless Synergy). Please help us congratulate them! Thank You to the following members for supporting the Murray Area Chamber of Commerce. Your continued and valued membership is what makes Murray City, A City Without Equal! Hamlet Homes – Tiia Secor Firetoss – Taylor Sanford Papa Murphy’s – Christa Hutchinson AISU – Nathan Justis Leukemia & Lymphoma Society – Stacie Kulp American Cancer Society – Jessica Coats Red Lobster – Chris Vines Utah Independent Living Center – Audrey Wright Desert Star Playhouse – Michael Todd St. Marks Hospital – Danielle Wilcox America First C.U. – Debbie Hardcastle Clinical Innovations – Mack Fullmer Neighborworks – Sonya Martinez For event schedules or meetings, go to our website at www.murraychamber.org or MeetUp. We invite you to become involved! Happy New Year Wishes, Stephanie L. Wright, IOM President / CEO


am Steve Coltrin. I have been a member of the Murray Area Chamber of Commerce for 20 years. I joined back when I was in First Security Bank/ Wells Fargo’s business banking groups. Back then I joined the Chamber’s Ambassadors and was in charge of a morning leads group. I wanted to be able to meet new people to do two things, I wanted to make a difference in their business and personal lives, and by doing so help make my business more successful. During that time I met many business owners both in and out of the chamber. I also met many people in local government, schools and non profits. This past year I have been able to serve as the chairman of the Chamber’s board of directors. During this year, I have been able to get an even better understanding of all the positive things the chamber is doing. What I came to appreciate is how much the chamber does in Murray area to help people. Naturally they help businesses prosper by providing training, tools and chances to meet and grow. But we do much more! The Chamber works with the schools to reward the outstanding students

and their teachers. We recognize their accomplishments annually. We have a youth chamber where students learn the needs of businesses and provide hundreds of hours of service in the community. We have a Women in Business group that focuses on the unique needs of women in the business community. The chamber along with the youth chamber helps the city with events like the Haunted Woods during Halloween where we create a safe fun place for families to come. We also put on major events like the annual gala and our golf tournament, where business owners can have fun, promote their business and provide funds to give scholarships to many of our students. I have found that by caring about people, the Murray Area Chamber of Commerce is making a profound impact for good in our community. Thank you. STEVE COLTRIN Murray Chamber Board Member Parker Brown Property Management, Realtor-Property Manager


rack medals with dulled ribbons, pressed prom corsages with brittle petals and faded school Merry Go Round newspapers are some of the cherished possessions from early Murray High students that are on display this year at the Murray City Museum. They may also have told some of the stories of the early students and graduates of Murray High, five of which were honored Sept. 23 at the school’s 100th year celebration assembly before its homecoming game. The five former students who walked the red carpet for the pep assembly to the applause of students included 99-year-old Georgia Riley Tripp, who attended Murray High but because of The Depression stopped attending school to help earn money for her family; 93-year-old Ruby Losser Douglas, class of 1941; 92-year-old Margie Shaw Hamblin, class of 1942; 92-year-old Wally Wahlen, class of 1942; and 92-year-old Phyllis Turpin Bills, class of 1942. Each wore a corsage and several had family members in attendance. Hamblin’s sister, Melba Shaw Mash, is believed to be the school’s oldest living graduate at 100 years old and having graduated in 1934, said Principal John Goldhardt. She was unable to attend the celebration. “They all had stories to tell about what their experiences were,” he said. “Georgia Tripp was determined to walk across the red carpet and not be in a wheelchair and she made it with her walker to a standing ovation. Wally Wahlen was crying — he was so excited to be back home at Murray High. It was really special.” In addition to the Murray High students being honored, about 12 former administrators were recognized. Goldhardt said the plan was to again honor them at halftime of the homecoming football game, but inclement weather cancelled that celebration. “We wanted to honor the people and let them know we appreciated what they’ve done for Murray. The first principal and faculty set the tone for Murray High. The school was to close after that first year of five graduates, but they stood up and said education is important to this community.

Now, 100 years later, we’ve had thousands of graduates,” he said. The year-long celebration continues as the Murray City Museum has five prominent display cases filled of Murray High graduates’ memorabilia, some from its early days and others, showcasing generations of family members who have graduated from the high school. “We started calling people and asking people who knew people to try to locate some of the earliest students,” said Mary Ann Kirk, Murray City’s cultural arts director. “Some of them were our grand marshals in the (4th of July) parade and others heard about the display and offered to share their stories.” The museum’s grand opening of the display was held Sept. 24, but the exhibit at 5025 State St. will remain open through the school year, Kirk said. “The stories are amazing. Margie Shaw Hamblin’s sewing teacher Miss Marsh suggested girls sew their prom dresses instead of buying them. So Margie sewed her own dress costing $5 or $6 at the time, then she was selected as one of five students to wear their dresses at a fashion show at BYU. There, she was told by the Salt Lake City mayor (Abe Jenkins) it was the prettiest,” Kirk said. That dress is one of several on display. Joining it is fashion design work from illustrator Rachel Kezerian, class of 1940 who served as Murray High’s yearbook editor; a 1931 portrait of the school’s basketball team with Joe Johnsen on the championship team, who later had his grandsons Jeff, Britton and Brandon play for the championship Spartans 65 years later; Margaret Bryan’s 1924 graduation dress, a 1939 yearbook called Yarrum (Murray spelled backwards, the only year it was called that), a wooden bowl made in shop class, a business handwriting certificate, studentbody officer sweaters, a report card, a silver ring and ceramic vase made in shop class, articles about the posture parade, a Murray High pennant and other items. “The display shows the real culture of Murray and Murray High through the years and the stories of real people come to life through this l exhibit,” Kirk said.


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The Rise And Redemption of Cottonwood’s Chaparral drill team By Sarah Almond | sarah@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed November 2016


or the Cottonwood Chaparrals, Cottonwood High School’s drill team, this year is all about rising up from the ashes of adversity and fighting to rebuild a strong, talented team. “It hasn’t exactly been easy, but I’m very pleased,” said senior Sophie Ford, who has been leading the Chaparrals for two years. “We’ve got girls on the team now that are on the team who are willing to work hard. They are willing to take advice and use it in practices and performances. Everyone has great work ethic and really pushes themselves to a higher level.” Last season, the Chaparrals experienced some of the most tremendous challenges in team history. After just 10 girls showed up for tryouts in early April 2015, head coach Erin Burke decided to hold another tryout session in hopes of attracting more girls. Again, very few showed interest. This severe lack of participation caused the Cottonwood Athletic Department to question the existence and legitimacy of the team. “We were told that Cottonwood might need to pull drill for a couple years until we got enough girls on our team,” said head coach Erin Burke. “So we had one more chance to do tryouts and the school said ‘we need you to have a more than 20 girls to keep the team.’” After tirelessly recruiting in the hallways, advertising throughout the school, and encouraging friends and classmates to join the team, the Chaparrals finally began their season with 26 girls. Despite the fact that most of the new dancers had little to no experience, it was enough to keep the team alive. “It was hard,” Ford said. “But we didn’t let it get us down. We kept fighting and stayed strong.”

The 31 members of Cottonwood High School’s drill team have been training hard since April. Though drill is technically considered a winter sport, most teams practice and perform year round in order to stay in sync and in shape for the competition season that begins in early December. (Chad Braithwaite/Faces Photography)

It wasn’t long after they started practicing as a group that the Chaparrals were faced with yet another test: continuing through the season without the fierce leadership of their head coach. After experiencing complications with her pregnancy, Burke was forced to step down and leave the new team under the guidance of assistant coach Kelsea McGregor. “We had such a rough start last year,” Burke said. “But they surprised us. They went on to do so well during competition season and when we held tryouts in April of this year, we had 55 girls show up to tryout. We turned the program around and now

we have a team of 31 amazing girls this year now.” After coaching at Cottonwood for four years, Burke finally feels like she got her program back. Along with several returning dancers, the Chaparrals welcomed 15 freshmen to the team this year. “We wanted to give our younger girls a shot and a chance to be a part of our program and build them up,” Burke said. “So we took a ton of freshmen to kind of feed the program.” The Chaparrals’ unwavering determination and hopeful perseverance hasn’t gone unnoticed. In June the team attended Basic Dance Training (BDT), a professional dance camp in Heber City, where they received an award for “Most Improved Team.” BDT also chose Burke and McGregor as the recipients for the “Coaches Award.“ “We don’t do this for the money,” Burke said. “The passion behind what we do is creating a safe, loving environment for these teenage girls and turning them into young women that can be successful in life outside of high school. And I feel like we have truly accomplished that this year.” With more than seven months of practice and hard work backing the young, established team, the Chaparrals are excited to show the community their resilience and display their talent for audiences at halftime shows and school assemblies. “Our theme this year is ‘Rise Up,’” Burke said. “Everything we do we focus on rising above our past; rising above the limitations the girls set on themselves personally as dancers and just focusing on having a positive year. The girls have totally embodied that.” l

Spartan’s softball swings through another successful season


urray High School’s softball team has concluded yet another successful season, ending with a 17-5-1 overall record. “Overall it’s been a pretty darn-good season,” said head coach Lisa Parker. “It’s been enjoyable.” Parker, who’s been coaching softball for 25 years, has coached many of Murray’s 22 players since they were children. Even with her experience, though, she acknowledges the challenges that accompany almost every softball season. “It’s been a different season this year, but it’s been good,” said Parker. “It’s been interesting trying to figure out the puzzle pieces where everyone is going to fit.” Though there weren’t a lot of new girls on the varsity team this year, Parker says that finding what combinations of players work best on the field is a common challenge she and her assistant coaches face. “We have 11 kids that could be starters right now and they are all about the same level,” Parker said. “Just trying out what’s going to be the best thing and where everybody is going to be the best for the team has been a process. We are still trying to figure it out.” With the Spartan’s regular season ending the third week in May, Parker and her assistant coaches were hoping they’d find the winning

By Sarah Almond | sarah@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed June 2016

One of the Spartan’s Varsity players collides with the pitcher as she slides into home base. Head coach Lisa Parker, who has coached at Murray for 25 years, encouraged the girls to be more aggressive defensively this season. (Sarah Almond/CityJournals)

Members of Murray High School’s varsity softball team practice bunting the ball during a sunny afternoon practice. Hitting was one of the team’s strongest suits this year. (Sarah Almond/CityJournals)

combination sooner rather than later. Though the girl’s lost their second-to-last conference game against Lehi, they reigned dominate against Judge Memorial with a 15-0 win, and ended their regular season on a high note. And with a 12-0 regional record, the Spartans consider this to be one successful season. “We’ve sewn up the region championships,” said Parker, with just two games left to play in the season. “And we’ve been playing pretty solid this year. But when we get to state it’s going to be a bit of a different ball game because the regions up north and down south are a lot

stronger than ours.” Alta, Box Elder, and Spanish Fork are some of Murray’s biggest competitors in the state tournament, but Parker is confident in the skills of her players. The group is evenly split between JV and varsity, making for a well-balanced team. “This year has been the most fun,” said senior captain Erin Hohnholt. “We have such a good chemistry and there is no drama at all. Every body seems to be on the same page and working hard.” Hohnholt, who was one of four seniors on the team this year, said that the upperclassmen

tried hard to set a positive example for the younger players and end the season as a strong, united team. “This is a good, nice group of kids,” Parker said. “I’ve coached the four graduating seniors since they were 10 years old, so they’ve been really fun to watch.” Murray’s shining moment, Parker said, was when varsity had a triple play against Cyprus High School on April 28. “A highlight for me was our beautiful triple play against Cyprus,” Parker said. “It was awesome. We had a fly ball to our right fielder and she caught it. They had runners at two and three and we cutoff the girl on third, got her in a hot box and their runner from second was tagged by our shortstop who turned around and tagged the girl hot boxed on third. It was pretty sweet.” This impressive play came just one day after Parker worked with the girls on improving their defense. “We really needed to make more of a statement with our defense,” Parker said. “So that was really the statement I was looking for.” Parker was impressed at how hard the team worked to improve since day one of the season, and this triple play was a great reflection of their hard work. For Hohnholt and the other members of the team, though, working hard is what being a Spartan softball player is all about. l

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SPORTSSPORTS Sober Soccer: How the World’s Favorite Sport Aids in Sober Soccer: Addiction Recovery How the world’s favorite sport aids in addiction recovery By Sarah Almond | sarah@mycityjournals.com

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By Sarah Almond | sarah@mycityjournals.com | Story originally printed September 2016 here are 149 drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers The sober soccer program runs in eight-week intervals here are 149 drug and alcohol addiction treatment centers throughoptional practices on played Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. Stratford Park5 throughout the state of Utah*. These facilities attract thouwith session games every Saturday and at Monday from outof thepeople state offrom Utah*. Thesethe facilities attract people near sands across country whothousands want to of fight adto 10Sugarhouse. p.m. at Gardner Village in Midvale or Let’s Play Sports from across country to fight addiction findindividual a new life “We end Knight every game gettingweekly togetheroptional and talking about ways diction andthe find a newwho life want through sobriety. Oneand such in Murray. alsobyholds practices on through OneCity suchin individual to Salt Lakeand Cityended in hopes we can directly relate recovery to playing Knight said. came tosobriety. Salt Lake hopes ofcame getting sober up Wednesday nights at our 6 p.m. at Stratford Parksoccer,” near Sugarhouse. of getting sober ended achieving much more than that - he’s “We talk andby how you can’t win a and gametalking on yourabout own achieving muchand more thanupthat - he’s chasing his passion. “Weabout end teamwork every game getting together chasing his passion. -ways you need team. Andrelate that’s our the same in life,toyou know?”soccer,” Twenty-seven-year-old Brian Knight moved from we your can directly recovery playing Twenty-seven-year-old Brianago Knight moved from California to Knight that many of the people who comeaout sober California to Utah 18 months to seek addiction treatment. Knight said.said “Things like communication - that’s bigfor one; for Utah 18 months ago to seek addiction treatment. Here, he joined the soccer have little to no experience with the sport, yet their willingness Here, he joined the Fit To Recover gym in downtown Salt Lake people who haven’t played a lot, it’s about achieving something Fit To Recover gym in downtown Salt Lake City, where he met a to grow as both individuals and players is something that inspires him. City, where he met a community of individuals who were all and doing it with no judgment. community of individuals who were all working towards one goal: to “I haven’t played soccer since I was a kid,” said player Steven working towards one goal: to free themselves from the thralls of “We talk about teamwork and how you can’t win a game free themselves from the thralls of addiction and live a life of sobriety. Lopez of Sugarhouse. “But playing now, it’s challenging, and I think addiction and live a life of sobriety. on your ownme - you need your team. And that’s the same in life, “One of the things that helped me stay sober was definitely the Brian Knight (in blue) runs drills with several participants of the sober soccer that’s helped in my sobriety. It challenges me to get out of my “It was a community that I really wanted to get involved you know? You can’t stay sober on own; you need people Brian Knight (in blue) runs drills with several participants of the sober program during a Wednesday afternoon practice. When Knight started the Fit To Recover gym, but also rediscovering the hobby of soccer comfort zone, to think less selfishly, andyour to work through things even in,” Knight said. “One of the things that helped me stay sober around you. When one of us is struggling, the rest of us are there soccer program during a Wednesday afternoon practice. When Knight first sober soccer team, just six people came out. Today the program has four something that has always been a passion for me growing up,” Knight when I want to quit.” started the first sober soccer just six people came out. Today the was definitely the Fit To Recover gym, but also rediscovering different teams with players of allteam, skill levels. (Sarah Almond/City Journals) to pick themwho’s up.” only been playing with the program for two said. Lopez, program has four different teams with players of all skill levels. –Sarah the hobby of soccer something that has always been a passion For many sobersoccer soccer players, sportsmanship Within weeks of moving here, Knight found himself playing at months, found sober after joiningthis the sense Fit To of Recover gym. Almond for Gardner me growing up.”Indoor Soccer arena almost every night of the promote is one biggest and program benefits really of the growing program. the Village it by word-of-mouth.” “I of canthe totally see draws this soccer and taking “My favorite week.Within weeks of moving here, Knight found himself playing Though just six people joined the sober soccer program in the off,” Lopez said. part of playing soccer here is the friendships at the“ItGardner Indoor Soccer arena almost every night of made,”hopes said toMario McLaughlin of word Midvale, been kept meVillage sober and it gave me something to look forward to beginning, now,nonearly year later, more than recovering addicts continue spreading the about who’s sober soccer but there was soberasoccer,” Knight said.40 “So I just wanted to I’ve Knight the week.and something to make me feel accomplished,” Knight said. gather with the program for the past eight months. “It’s been a blessing everyday every Saturday and Monday to play the world’s most popular and getting people from across the Salt Lake Valley interested in the take the initiative and see if I could get people involved.” kept me soberthat andpassion it gave with me something to look forward to sport.After deciding to launch a soccer program for those working program. “I just“It wanted to share other people.” to know Brian, because his drive to get people involved with Knight recognized an to opportunity combine his drive toKnight live a towards “I wanted to Knight give them somewhere theyand could cometheand be being“Iactive wouldin love to eventually Real Salt Lake Knight everyday and something make me to feel accomplished,” sobriety and hisget leadership have involved,” really helped me sobriety, started networking getting word sober lifestyle with his for passion the gamewith of soccer. around people of similar backgrounds who are trying to achieve the said adding he’d like to teach youth about addiction and soccer. said. “I just wanted topassion share that other people.” get to where I am.” out about his idea. “There other sober like volleyballsober and softball, but same “I thing,” Knight said. to people at Fit To Recover; I started Ultimately, biggest hopepeople is thatwho the program Thoughare Salt Lake Citysports has an expansive community Knight saidKnight’s that many of the come outspurs for started talking there no sober soccer,” designed Knight said. I just to take the talking Though established men’s team, the Imajority involvement increases awareness of active with was dozens of programs for“So those in wanted recovery, Knight sober soccer have little and to no experience with the sport, addiction yet their to theKnight alumnirecently department at myarecovery center; started community initiative and see if I could get people involved.” the sober soccer program is coed, with ages from 19 years recovery. immediately recognized an opportunity to combine his drive to of willingness to grow as both individuals and players is something announcing it at AA meetings,” Knight said.ranging “Wherever I would startedlifestyle talking with to people at Fit To talking olds to players in their late 40’s. They currently have four teams.  To learnhim more soccer or to get involved, email live a“Isober his passion forRecover; the gameI started of soccer. that inspires andabout givessober him purpose. go, I would promote it by word-of-mouth.” to the“There alumni are department at my sports recovery center; I startedand announcing The sober soccer program runs in eight-week intervals with Brian“IKnight at bjknight12@hotmail.com or visit Fit2Recover.org/ other sober like volleyball softball, haven’t played soccer since I was a kid,” said player It took time, but Knight’s it at AA meetings,” Knight said. “Wherever I would go, I would session games played every Saturday and Monday. Knight also holds contact-us. l efforts paid off. Though just six Steven Lopez of Sugarhouse. “But playing now, it’s challenging, people joined the sober soccer and I think that’s helped me in my sobriety. It challenges me to program in the beginning, now, get out of my comfort zone, to think less selfishly, and to work nearly a year later, more than 40 through things even when I want to quit.” Lopez, who’s only been playing with the program for two recovering addicts gather every Saturday and Monday to play months, found sober soccer after joining the Fit To Recover gym. • Foreclosures “Being here in Utah, there are a lot of different options in the world’s most popular sport. the sober community and a strong sober group here,” Lopez said. “One of my biggest goals • Garnishments “But I can totally see this soccer program really growing and of starting sober soccer is to get Murray Mayor Ted Eyre people involved even if they taking off.” • Repossession And growing the program is exactly what Knight intends to don’t do other forms of recovery do. Though challenge is funding the program, Knight start most of • ourCreditor Department Harassment Head Meetings with what Stephen • In Murray Park, the majority the programs park spaceorhas Wi-Fi acceptedhisatbiggest any of our fire stations. The coats are distributed likeofAA treatment M. Enderton continue spreading the word about soccer the and I call “TLKFLI” or “Ted’s Little Known Facts of Less accessibility. to to shelters to provide warmth for those in sober need during centers,” Knight said. “I wanted hopes getting people from across the Salt Lake Valley interested in the Importance.” I share with the department heads some little cold winter months ahead. to give them somewhere they • All the new lights in the park and amphitheater parking lot Weofalso handlethattaxI’ve resolution, program. tidbits information learned, either from history, could come and be around • are LED lights. The Murray Park pathway has been completed with an “I would love to eventually get Real Salt Lake involved,” fromdebt something I’m readingbusiness or that I’velaw, picked up along the people of similar backgrounds negotiation, asphalt overlay. • There is a web-based show titled Manors” that has way. I’d like to do the same with you in this message, so here is who “Proper are trying to achieve the Knight said. “But I have this bigger plan right now of trying to and personal injury. selected Murray City as their signature for the • do something There werewithin over 8,000 patrons who participated in the Arts the youth community. Once we have the some TLKFLI about Murray City. same thing,community which is changing show. It had been filming primarily in and the Salt Lake/Ogden in theand Park in 2016. numbers theevents stability, I’d like to start a camp for youth were your life doing something • In December, our Heritage Center donated 1000 crocheted areas where most of the cast and in crew live. They like we not onlysidewalk teach them soccer but we teachExpressway them about Call for by a FREE consultation: positive sobriety.” • A new wasabout installed on VanWinkle hats made membersinitial to The Road Home to provide the small-town feel, the downtown area and the Murray addiction and substance abuse and alcohol.” Though Knight recently between 4600 and 4700 South. warmth to those in need. Theater. Ultimately, Knight hopes the program will grow large enough established a men’s team, the As you can see, soccer many things insober the city andwill youcontinue might • We are the only city in the Salt Lake Valley that has its own to create a sober league go andon that soccer majority of with the 250 sober soccer • Sarah TheL.new pickleball courts were poured yards of Mathews have missed some, I do at times too. We have terrific employees municipal power department. to inspire other leaders to start sober initiatives of their own. program is coed, with ages concrete. who work hard to accomplish all they can do. Murray City is a Lastly, Knight’s biggest hope is that the program spurs community ranging from 19 years olds to • We spent over $8 million dollars in 2016 to improve the • A newLLC traffic signal was installed Mainlate and Fireclay great city andand I’mincreases optimistic that our of best daysaddiction are ahead of us. Enderton & Mathews, involvement awareness active recovery. players inattheir 40’s. roads. Avenue. To learn more about sober soccer or to get involved, email “We have four teams Eastcollection 4500 South, Suite C-200 From my family to yours, I wish you a healthy and Fit2Recover. prosperous • The Fire Department collected the 555 largest Brian Knight at bjknight12@hotmail.com or visit right now,”Plan Knight said. “One • We have been working on the General for over a year; Lake City, UT 84107 New Year. of money for the ‘Fill the Boot’ campaignSalt for Muscular of hearings our teams called FitareTo org/contact-us.  there have been many public andiscomments Dystrophy - $23,000, which is terrific considering the size Recover, and another is called Best wishes, still welcomed at planmurray.com. Phone: 801-281-0252 of our department. TedNational Eyre, Mayor *Statistics drawn from 2015 Directory of Drug and FTR - prettytheir much short for Fit • The Fire Department is continuing Winter Coat Fax: 801-263-4304 Alcohol Abuse Treatment Facilities compiled by the Substance To Recover. have are one • Our Justice Court has scanned all of their files (over Drop-off program. Winter coats (gently We usedalso or new) called Socceriety and another Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (www. 23,000) and is totally paperless now. samhsa.gov). called Attacking Sobriety.”



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Goal Keeping – It Isn’t Just for Sports






t’s the New Year and I bet you just can’t stand the thought of reading yet another article about why you shouldn’t make a resolution. After all, only 8% of us actually keep them, so why bother? To get where you want to be in life you have to have goals. Not just dreams, high ambitions or lofty visions. You must have realistic and achievable goals. If you aren’t steering towards a purpose how will you get there? If making that goal a New Year’s resolution is an option then, why not? So, this article is about how to keep that resolution so you don’t end up with just another un-kept promise to yourself. 1 – Be Realistic: One of the things that I have found that keep them in perspective is to take my goals in small steps. To do this I choose a goal that may take a year and then break it down into weekly, monthly and sometimes daily achievable things. For example, maybe I want to lose 20 lbs., and I make that a New Years resolution. I have just given myself permission to take the entire year to lose 20 lbs., only 1-½ pounds a month (no wonder I never lose 20 lbs.). You can break that further down to daily healthy eating or exercise goals. I use this same breaking down technique for financial goals, getting organized, helping others (remember the charity box?) and even getting the yard in shape in the spring. 2 – Write it down: The best way I have found to recognize a goal is to take pen to paper. It’s not a list in my mind. I mean put pen to paper. My purpose isn’t to belittle technology or all those nifty, handy dandy goal-tracking apps. Those can be useful. But, I have found that the actual physical act of writing down my goal makes them become real. You are making a commitment. It’s no longer and idea. Plus, writing down your goal gives you a starting date and will motivate you to see it through. Plus, it makes it easy to track your progress, which will help you gain momentum.

How to stay on track with your goals: Okay, so now you’ve put your goal in writing. How do you stay on track? Here are some ideas to try that have worked for me. 1: Make a List I like to write my goals down in a weekly, monthly and yearly list on a calendar. It’s important to cross them off when they are finished. Putting that glorious line through or checking it off gives finality and makes for a great amount of satisfaction. 2. A Spreadsheet: While my calendar method works well for me, other people find more satisfaction and motivation by creating a sophisticated spreadsheet with colors and percentages to track progress. If you are the techy type transfer your original pre-written goal to an Excel spreadsheet and then break it into smaller achievable goals with a time frame. I have found that spreadsheets work very well for financial goals. Just like paying my bills, I’ve used them as a method to help me reach goals for saving money for a car or vacation. 3. Sticky notes: Sticky notes work very well for visual people. You can use the sticky notes to keep you on track and serve as a consistent reminder around the house, in the car or at work. If you are the kind that needs a lot of reminders, or your goal is to break a habit, sticky notes can help you succeed. An example would be if you’re trying to be more organized, put a sticky note in the spot that seems to accumulate the clutter, perhaps the kitchens counter, reminding you to put the item away immediately. So, whatcha’ waiting for? It’s time to break out the pen and paper. Taking that first step of writing down your goals won’t accomplish them. That part takes work, but it does help you get going in a clear direction and makes them achievable for getting you on the right path to success. Happy New Year

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january 2017 Meet the new Murray Board of Education Two new Board of Education members were sworn into office during the January 2017 meeting. They are Glo Merrill, 1st Precinct; and Jaren Cooper, 5th Precinct. All elected members are pictured below:

Glo Merrill

Cristin Longhurst

Kami anderson

Jaren Cooper

precinct 1 Represents Northwest Murray Murray High, Hillcrest JH, Riverview JH, Horizon, Viewmont Board member since 2017 Term ends January 2021

precinct 4 Represents Central Murray Murray High, Hillcrest JH, Liberty, McMillan, Parkside Board member since 2011 Term ends January 2019

precinct 2 Represents Southwest Murray Murray High, Hillcrest, Riverview, Grant, Liberty, Viewmont Board member since 2015 Term ends January 2019

precinct 5 Represents Southeast Murray Murray High, Hillcrest, Riverview, Liberty, Longview, McMillan Board member since 2017 Term ends January 2021

Belinda Johnson

precinct 3 Represents Northeast Murray Murray High, Hillcrest JH, Parkside Board member since 2011 Term ends January 2019

Know Your School Leaders Murray High School 5440 South, 84107, Murray, Utah 84107 Secretaries: Judy Anderson, LeAuna Brown Financial Secretary: Kathy Chappell Registrar: Karen Winther Board of Education representation: All members

2017 MCE Spring Schedule Murray Community Education (MCE) classes are open to everyone. Some class times are still undetermined; the website will be updated as information is available. If you have any questions, contact Kristen Davis at kdavis@murrayschools.org or call 801-264-7400. For more information and to enroll in classes, please visit the Murray City School District website under Community Education.


(Classes will be taught by Tamara Love-Thompson.) • Guitar for Beginners – Ages 12 and up • Guitar for Intermediates – For all ages


(These classes are tracked with a pre-paid punch card.) • Tai Chi Basics – Wednesdays 6:00-7:00 PM HJH Dance Room • Vinyasa Flow Yoga – Saturdays 8:30-11:30 AM HJH Dance Room • Gentle Yoga – Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 PM HJH Dance Room • Zumba – Tuesdays & Thursdays 4:00-5:00 PM Horizon Elementary

SELF IMPROVEMENT • Parenting with Love and Logic Begins Thurs., Feb. 2 • Couple LINKS Begins Tues., March 7 • How to Avoid Falling for a Jerk/Jerkette Begins Tues., May 2


principal John Goldhardt

assistant principal Dolph Church

assistant principal Theresa Mbaku

Murray CiTy SChooL DiSTriCT 5102 South Commerce Drive • Murray, UT 84107 Phone 801-264-7400 | Fax 801-264-7456 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.

• Social Security Planning – Thursdays Feb. 9; 7:00-8:30 PM April 6; 7:00-8:30 PM • Planning for Healthcare in Retirement – Thursdays March 2; 7:00-9:00 PM May 4; 7:00-9:00 PM • Concealed Carry Permit • Microsoft Word/Excel • Rock Collecting • Understanding Social Security, Medicare, Long Term Care and Retirement options

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Murray January 2017  

Vol. 17 Iss. 1

Murray January 2017  

Vol. 17 Iss. 1