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FREE SANDY PRIDE DAY BRINGS VOLUNTEERS TOGETHER to beautify community By Keyra Kristoffersen | firstname.lastname@example.org Sandy Pride Day is celebrating 33 years this year. Originally begun as a service project by Vaughn North of the Exchange Club, the project has been undertaken and supported by the whole of Sandy City and acknowledged nationally and statewide with a signed proclamation from the governor’s office, making it an official calendar day. “This Sandy Pride project was a community service project, one of many projects that we do. But it’s our big project for the year,” said Mike Coulam, who was approached by the city mayor and joined the Exchange Club in order to be a part of the project in 1984. Sandy City Parks and Recreation has a lot of projects going on all the time, said Coulam, and there just aren’t enough man hours to ensure the city stays kept up and beautiful. That’s where this project comes in. Volunteers and sponsors from local businesses are connected by a committee tasked with determining community service needs around the city. Some of those projects are keeping up landmarks like the cemetery while others include helping veterans and widows with projects like landscaping, window replacement and painting, projects they might be physically incapable of performing, but with help, can ensure their pride in the community continues. Members of Boy Scout Pack 3935 from the Fair Oaks LDS Ward, which consists of Wolves, Webelos and Bears, spent the morning moving mulch and planting new flowers at the Sandy Museum. “This is a project that’s the perfect-size project for this group of 10 boys,” said Cathy Spuck, one of the den mothers. “We think it’s important to teach them to serve their community, and some of them mentioned that this is their first community service project.” Spuck was glad the Scouts were so excited to come out early in the morning to work hard and use their energy for this project. Boy and Girl Scouts were encouraged to participate and also to earn the special badge that has been created specifically for Sandy Pride Day.
Nathaniel O’Driscoll happily chops into the ground to plant trees for his Eagle Scout project at the new Sandy Cemetery extension on Sandy Pride Day. (Keyra Kristoffersen/ City Journals)
“I’m sure they’ll be excited to drive by in the future and see what it looks like,” Spuck said. “It’s really fun here and I like to help out a lot,” said Ryker Legerski, grandson of Mike Veenendaal, the troop’s scoutmaster and also the Sandy Pride chair. At the Sandy City Cemetery, members of the Fair Oaks LDS Young Single Adult Stake went to work removing grass around headstones to make them more visible and cleaner
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in time for Memorial Day. “We wanted to do a service project and we like doing the cemetery. Sandy parks and rec are so nice,” said Cydni Tonginosh, who organized the stake group, which included offering a pancake breakfast to participants. Sandy City has made news recently with the expansion of the cemetery to include an additional 6.75 acres to accommodate the growing population of the city. “The expansion is beautiful. I was really
excited because I have family here,” said Tonginosh. One of the projects for this year’s Sandy Pride Day was the addition of new trees to add shade to the new cemetery grounds. Nathaniel O’Driscoll decided this would be his Sandy Pride contribution by making it his Eagle Scout Project, calling in his friends from Troop 45 to help. He says since he’s always enjoyed using pickaxes and it’s a lot of work, so this was the project for him.
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eing aware of your surroundings in any situation can be the difference between safety and victimhood. That’s why Laurie Snarr and Stacie Reeves started Well-Defended Women, so they could partner with personal-defense company, Damsel in Defense, in order to broaden the reach of personal-safety education. “Statistics show that it takes just seven seconds for somebody to become a victim or to be chosen to become a victim,” said Snarr. “What we decided to do was offer situational-awareness classes to help do that.” Both Snarr and Reeves began working with Damsel in Defense, which specializes in non-lethal weapons, to help demonstrate at gun shows and events around the valley, but they wanted to be even more proactive about helping people, especially women, stay safe. “We heard so many stories of young girls being attacked or raped or followed, children being abducted, and you just feel like there should be more that you can do, “We do feel it’s important that they be educated in how to use it and to help be more proactive and help people be more aware of their surroundings,” Laurie Snarr and Stacie Reeves discuss why situational awareness and self-defense are vital for everyone. (Keyra Kristofsaid Snarr. fersen/City Journals) After a lot of research, compiling statistics, evidence, tricks and tips along with attending various trainings from self-defense classes and police departments, the team put together a class made up of a presentation outlining ways people can make themselves less not just have it,” said Reeves. “We’re about equipping, empowering and likely to be chosen as a victim. They are also trained with personal-safe- educating our community on having a self-protection plan and self-proty weapons from Damsel in Defense. tection products. Most women who have been attacked said they did not Reeves got involved in Damsel in Defense after her daughter was even know that they were in danger until their attacker touched them.” held up at gunpoint in June 2016 by a couple on a crime spree for drug Along with expanding classes to eventually add a concealed carry money throughout the Sandy and Cottonwood Heights area. for women and self-defense instruction, Snarr and Reeves want to take “The statistic that scared me the most was that most attacks are advantage of Safe Hearts, a program created by Damsel in Defense to over in nine seconds. In nine seconds, the attacker has either overpow- help open a path of honest and clear communication about safety beered you and has taken control or you have fought the attacker and taken tween parents and children. control. But you only have nine seconds to decide which way that attack “Just talk, open up communication with your children. No matter is going to go. And if you have never thought about what you are going what age they are. Make it age appropriate, but start the conversation. to do, it’s going to take you those nine seconds just to think about what The more aware your child is, the more protected they are. And not your options are.” making your child aware of what is out there leaves your child very Luckily, her daughter did as the police advise in those situations — vulnerable,” Reeves said. remained calm and got the robber out of her store as quickly as possible Studies show, they said, that if a parent has never talked to a child — but Reeves knows it could have been so much worse. about safety dangers, the child is less likely to tell the parent when “It made me realize that we don’t teach our young women to be something inappropriate has occurred, believing that the parent won’t aware like we should. They’re busy on the phone, social media, taking understand or believe them. pictures, rather than knowing who’s around them and what’s happenSafe Hearts is up for an award and offers an array of age-appropriing,” said Reeves. ate products and tips to help children and parents communicate, underSnarr and Reeves teach their situational-awareness class at the San- stand each other and protect themselves. dy Library on the fourth Wednesday of every month, and it’s for all “It is a scary subject, and in the past it’s not a subject that people ages. The class will be expanding to other libraries every month as well. are comfortable talking about, but how can you be proactive when you They also go to events and offer to host Empower Hours for groups don’t talk about it? 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Kendali Studios hosts inaugural student art show By Keyra Kristoffersen | email@example.com
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Sandy is known for holding events that showcase the artists who live in the area, and on May 19, Kendali Studios joined that tradition with their first student art show. “We had a lot of people there,” said Susie Bytheway, owner, creative director and teacher at Kendali Studios in the Sandy City foothills. “A lot of kids brought their parents and grandparents to see.” Bytheway started the art studio in 2015 with her son and husband, first with classes in the summer and then opened the newly renovated barn in September. Bytheway and her family wanted to open a creative space for other people looking to learn a little more about different art forms. “We did it because we wanted a community-based area where people, kids and adults, could come to be able to improve their art skills and learn new skills and empower them,” she said. “I think what we want for the most part is to empower Dale Fenton won Best of Show at the Kendali Studios inaugural student art show. (Susie Bytheway) them to feel like they can draw and try new things and not be afraid of it.” Students from 5 years old to adult can sign up and come take classes and workshops from different teachers in a variety of disciplines, including pastels, colored pencils, watercolors and oil painting. Each class has an average of 8–12 students at a time, such as the Exploring Art Mediums for kids, which allows them to learn about and test different art styles, and the Beyond Stick Figures for adults, where subjects are simplified step by step to help artists gain confidence in their abilities. The art show was open to any student during the 2016–17 school year and they could submit up to two pieces in any style. They were then rated by a panel of three local judges made up of professionals and art enthusiasts based on uniqueness, talent and skill, and composition, using a point system. The artists were separated into categories based on age: 5–12 years, 13–18 years and adults. Participants met that evening before before anyone besides the judges saw the submitted works, a decision that Bytheway Ken Lowe shows off his drawing talents in class. (Leland Bytheway) felt heightened the excitement and anticinity College where, Bytheway said, he has a real gift not only for producpation for the crowd. “Watching the looks on the kids’ faces and even some of the adults, ing art but also for teaching. Clary will also be teaching a class on portrait and the surprise and cheering them on was a really good way of doing it,” oil painting at Kendali on August 12. Kendali is an Indonesian word that translates to “bridle one’s talents she said. Dale Fenton won Best of Show with his oil painting titled “Twilight.” and passions” and that is the message and atmosphere Bytheway hopes First, second and third place winners were awarded gifts cards for free to convey to anyone looking for a place to learn more about art and feel a sense of community. She also hopes the interest generated by word of studio classes and art sets. “We were very surprised with how it went. We got a lot of interest,” mouth allows them to expand that message outward and into the creation of another, larger teaching space. By using the student art show as a kind said Bytheway. Kendali’s summer camps and workshops include a watercolor class of open house, Bytheway hopes classes will fill and more will be added in taught by Ian Ramsey, an architect from England turned full-time artist new subjects like digital art and photography. “Everybody can learn when it comes to art. It doesn’t matter how and teacher, at the Salt Lake Art Center on June 17. On July 15, a Landscape Oil Painting workshop will be taught by good you are, you can always learn more,” she said. Fall classes will be posted by July 15. For more information about Brendan Clary, who graduated magna cum laude in fine arts from Brigham Young University Idaho in 2010 and now teaches at the Salt Lake Commu- upcoming classes and workshops, visit www.kendalistudios.com. l
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Sandy whips residents into shape By Keyra Kristoffersen | firstname.lastname@example.org Sandy City has taken it upon itself to encourage the healthful living of its residents by offering change-of-lifestyle options through its website. “They get to identify a lot of the priorities and health issues for their community and Healthy Sandy wants to encourage their residents to be more active,” said Linsey Miller, health and communities coordinator for Salt Lake County Health Department. One of the options that has been offered this spring was the Monday night Shape-Up walking program, an eight-week program where residents meet up in the evening for a walking tour of one of Sandy City’s parks. “That fact that they can make friends, the social aspect that we can be healthy together seems to be a winning formula,” said Nicole Martin, deputy mayor of Sandy City. The Shape-Up walking program is partnered with Alta View Hospital to also include doctors and specialists who are invited every week to give a 10–15 minute presentation about various health topics from eye health to stretches to getting kids outside and active. Challenges are also given that relate to the presentation for participants to be a part of. “One time the emergency department came from Alta View and they talked about the opioid epidemic in Utah where prescription drugs are getting abused and that’s leading to terrible things. So then the next week, we provided a prescription drug drop-off and the Sandy City police department came to collect old prescription drugs,” said Jetta Valentine, the manager at Alta Canyon Sports Center. All of these activities are also worth points that participants can keep track of throughout the program and tally at the end for prizes. “We also give them points if they do a food tracker, because that’s also a part of health,” said Valentine. “And then we add up all the points and do a little prize drawing at the end.”
Miller is glad residents have the opportunity to go out and enjoy what they have already out there and available in Sandy. The Shape-Up program began over nine years ago and was a 10-week program offered once a year, but with the increase in demand, it has grown and is now offered as two eight-week programs offered in the spring and fall. Not only can anyone join the program for free, but participants are also encouraged and given points for inviting their friends and neighbors. “I’ve been doing it for several years, but a friend introduced me originally,” said Sandy resident, Kadi Clough. “I love it, it gets me going. Every week, I plan to do this.” Participants enjoy perks like weekly blood pressure check-ins with the Sandy Fire Department, who also attend every week to help the walkers keep track of their highs and lows. “We’re seeing a lot of the same faces and some new faces depending on what part of the season works for them,” said Martin. “There’s no charge to them, they get little prizes every week as incentives, they get the grand prize at the end and they’re just touring around the city. They’re having fun.” Gordon Johnson, chairman of the Community Advisory Council for Alta View Hospital and recent winner of the Healthcare Hero Award for volunteerism from “Utah Business Magazine,” has been with the Sandy Shape-Up program since the beginning and is pleased with the progress it’s made in the community. “It’s growing incrementally. We have a lot more participants, but we’d like to see Sandy be healthy and this is one way we’re doing it. We hope that as a result of this that they will keep exercising, even on a daily basis, and eating properly.” For more information about the Healthy Sandy program and the next Sandy Shape-Up and other events, visit http://sandy.utah.gov/residents/healthy-sandy. l
Nicole Martin, Deputy Mayor of Sandy, speaks to the Sandy Shape-Up participants about the importance of keeping up with healthy living habits. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)
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Summer reading program goes beyond books By Kelly Cannon | email@example.com
very year, the Salt Lake County Library Services offers a summer reading program to people of all ages. This year, the theme is taking participants beyond just books. The annual program draws thousands of participants, though few completers. The theme this year is “Build a Better World,” an idea that encourages individuals to find ways to make the world a better place. “They can build a better mind through reading, building a better community through volunteering or participating in community events, becoming involved in political activities, just doing what they can to build a better world,” said Liz Sollis, the marketing and communications manager at Salt Lake County Library Services. The program focuses on five theme words: read, learn, create, play and connect. Participants take a reading log and complete activities associated with the words. For instance, for “read,” participants can read or listen to a book, read with someone, read a newspaper or magazine, read an online article or e-book or read a poem or picture book. For “connect,” participants can visit a library, attend a concert, make a new friend, explore a new place or volunteer in the community. Sollis said the idea of the five theme words is to expand the program beyond just reading. “We want to remind everybody that the county libraries are a place where we can allow that to happen,”Sollis said. “Reading is something that we offer. But we offer programs and resources that allow opportunities for people to learn. We also promote play. Play is an important part of learning. We have programs
that involve play.” When a participant completes one of the tasks, they fill in a letter of the word on the program record. Once all of the words are filled in, participants can take the record to any Salt Lake County Library and enter into a drawing. They also get a prize and a ticket to the Natural History Museum of Utah for their library days in August, including an adult-only night. “We did an adult-only night and they really liked it. We have a lot of adults who participate in the program,” Sollis said. “The Natural History Museum has been a great partner. What we love about that is it’s a place where kids can go to learn and they can learn a variety of things about their world.” If participants finish their record and still want to keep reading, the library offers a skyscraper record. “They can get another reading record and they can continue to read and complete it,” Sol- An example of the kids’ reading record for the Salt Lake County Library Services Summer Reading lis said. “Once they finish their skyscraper re- Program. (Salt Lake County Library Services) cord, they get another entering into a drawing.” The program runs from June 1 to July 31. well as West Jordan has booths. We have entertainers throughout It was kicked off with a special event on June 2 at Veteran’s Memorial Park, which is adjacent to the West Jordan the night and we have crafts,” Sollis said. “This year, West Jordan is hosting a screening of ‘Moana’ at 8:45 in the park. We also Library and the Viridian Event Center. “We have booths from different community partners, as have food trucks.” l
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After seven rescues early in season, agencies issue hiking safety messages By Doug Radunich | email@example.com After a record-high seven hiking rescues this spring, first responders feel compelled to issue safety reminders in advance of the summer hiking season. “We are seeing a dramatic increase in rescues, particularly so early in the season,” said Bruce Cline, Sandy City fire chief. “Almost without exception, accidents and fatalities can be avoided with preparation and caution.” According to Nicole Martin, the deputy mayor of Sandy City, while safety messages often seem common sense, many people are simply not following them, making the reminder all the more important to possibly save lives. With three reported swift-water drownings, extra caution should be used during this high water runoff season, particularly with children and pets. Rescues this season were due to inexperienced hikers, hiking without adequate water and supplies, and challenging terrain. Additional safety messages include don’t hike alone, tell someone where you are going and when you will return, stay on marked trails, don’t climb on waterfalls, don’t take risks and don’t count on cellphones to work in the wilderness. As Bells Canyon Trails is one of the area’s most popular but also most dangerous hikes, public responders gathered at the Granite Head Trailhead for a press conference on May 26. In the past month alone, seven people have been rescued from the area between Bells Canyon and Rocky Mouth Waterfall. Over the last five years, two deaths and countless injuries, from minor sprains and strains to serious life-threatening injuries, have occurred. Sandy City Mayor Tom Dolan also brought up the importance of safety at Bells
Canyon — which he called one of the area’s true natural treasures — at last month’s press conference. “It is loved by many throughout the state, but consistently every season, we have hikers who disregard warnings, overestimate their abilities and get into trouble,” he said. “There is an 80-foot waterfall at Bells Canyon, making a jump across the stream a potentially fatal decision. Public safety is our top priority and we want to encourage all to get outdoors, but also want to strongly reiterate at the start of the summer season to not take unnecessary risks. Our primary message today is that our worldclass recreation is meant to be enjoyed, but with that said, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Dolan said he hoped local hikers would try to stay safe and prepared, as well as aware of risks at all times while on the trails. “Sandy City is a ‘mountain meets urban community,’ where citizens can readily access wilderness within minutes,” he said. “Sixty-two percent of our residents use our parks or trails on a weekly basis, and with the warm weather now, we know many will be headed to the mountains. But with the convenience comes a caution. Regardless of how close we are to home, there are inherent risks in being in nature.” Martin also stressed the importance of hiker safety after the conference. “Since the press conference, we had two rescues in that same afternoon, and what may very well turn out to be a fatality this weekend,” she said. “They are still searching for a man who fell into the water and has not been found. I believe the subject matter is even more important now than it was when we did the press conference.” l
Mayor Tom Dolan addresses hiker safety during a special press conference. (Nicole Martin/Sandy City)
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“I always liked going to cemeteries because it’s peaceful, and I saw this and thought I could help make it more peaceful and beautiful and a better place for people to come mourn and be with family members. It’s been a really good experience,” he said. Sandy Pride Day has continued to be an example of community togetherness and service.
“I can’t help but feel pride in my community, and I particularly have a great feeling towards those that volunteer to come out and donate a day of their time to help fix up and beautify their community,” said Coulam. “It really does make a difference and I just hope the tradition continues.” l
Top Left: Members of Pack 3935 — Cash Lewis, Jace Birmingham, Caden Kilcrease, Sean Gandry, Declan Kilcrease and Ryker Legerski — show off their gardening skills at the Sandy Museum for Sandy Pride Day. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)
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Bottom Right: Paige Brown shows Will Dummer how to plant new flowers at the Sandy Museum. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals) Bottom Left: Henry Rieck proudly shows off his cutting tool and a clump of grass he just removed from a gravestone. (Keyra Kristoffersen/City Journals)
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Sandy students excel at science fair, four advance to internationals By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com A Sandy student may have discovered a faster, more accurate way to identify macular degeneration. “When it is treated sooner, there will be less damage and hopefully, not result in blindness,” said Alex Cheng, who is a sophomore at Hillcrest High in Midvale. “The earlier to detect it, the better. Some judges at the science fair seemed really interested since they or their family members have macular degeneration.” Cheng said that currently 11 million people are affected by the disease, but projections are that number will double by 2050. “This could help serve as a pre-screening, especially for people who live in rural areas,” he said about his science fair project that results in an initial diagnosis in 30 seconds instead of current longer methods. Cheng, who entered his method that combines medical diagnostics with computer science in “Analysis of Retinal Fundus Images to Detect Macular Degeneration Using Machine-learning Methods” not only won his materials and biomedical engineering senior division category, but he also was one of four Sandy High School students who won the Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair to advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles. He also received a special award from Recursion Pharmaceuticals. Joining him to compete for college scholarships at the Intel fair are Alex Sun of Hillcrest High and Emma Sun of Waterford with their project, “Understanding Compassion Fade”; and Tanisha Martheswaran of Waterford with “Waste Embraced 2.0: A Novel Study of the Effects of Optimized Struvite Precipitation on Biogas Production and Resource Recovery from Municipal Landfill Leachate and Wastewater Centrate.” The Sun siblings took first with their project in behavioral and social sciences; Tanisha won in chemical and physical energy; Hillcrest High’s Sai Parsawar was second in medicine and health sciences with “MS of MS: An Investigation of the Cerebrospinal Fluid Proteome of Multiple Sclerosis Patients Using Bruker maXis II ETD Mass Spectrometry”; Hillcrest High’s Alan Zhao was third in physics, astronomy and math with “Modeling Traffic Flow Using Advanced Mathematics”; and Beehive Academy’s Nihal Kariparduc and Zachary Maynard were fourth in chemistry with “Can Mineral Oil Solidify Motor Oil?” Cheng said although he has spent about six months doing research on his own, his method is in its infancy and will still need more development. “I like that through science fair, I’ve learned there is not one set solution. I can creatively think in different ways and discover my own ways to approach problems,” he said. In addition to the high school students, eight elementary and junior division students received an invitation to apply to the National Broadcom Science Fair. Fair Manager Jody Oostema said 41 projects, or the top 10 percent of the Salt Lake Valley’s fair, receives invitations. From there, it is narrowed down to about 300 semifinalists nationwide. “We usually have two to six students reach semifinals and a few in the finals,” she said. “We’ve seen some new innovative ways to solve problems.” Albion Middle School seventh-grader Fatima Zaidi, who got third in her junior division of chemistry, already has started working on the essay questions on the Broadcom application. Fatima, who would like to be a medical doctor, said her project, “Enzyme-Catalyzed Reactions — What Affects Their Rates?” inspired her. “It fascinates me a lot,” she said. “I realize I could do more than work to learn how temperature affects the liver’s rates, but also the stomach and go more in-depth. I was intrigued by the project; it was so cool. I learned everything around the world involves science and that every problem can be critically thought about so we could help the world’s problems.” Solving real-world problems, such as birds striking airplanes commonly made known through “the Miracle on the Hudson,” was an underlying motivation for Midvale Middle School sixth-graders Eric Snaufer and Abigail Slama-Catron, who both live in Sandy. Their air-scare device prototype worked in relocating birds from nesting in
Sandy resident and Midvale Middle School sixth-grader Marianne Liu finished second at the regional Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair with her project “Saavy Salt,” and received an invitation to apply to the national fair. (Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair)
the air fields after two weeks of testing it at Salt Lake International Airport. “We used an anemometer to determine the air flow in a connector to the portable device we built as well as determine the air flow for various air socks we sewed,” said Eric, who said they worked on the project for months. “I was surprised we did so well.” In addition to winning their elementary division category of mechanical engineering with their project “Rough Air,” they also won special awards from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Utah Department of Transportation. Other Sandy Broadcom Masters invitees include Ruby Gardner, Marianne Liu, Alexandria McOmber, Drew Stevens and Gabriel Williams. Beehive Academy’s Nihal Kariparduc and Zachary Maynard received the Stockholm Junior Water Prize with “Can Mineral Oil Solidify Motor Oil?” Through the 13 years Oostema has managed the fair, she said she’s seen numerous science fair projects, but every once in a while, she will see one that is unique. Such is the case with Beehive Academy’s Tim Holt, who finished fourth in biology and biochemistry with “Is 40 Years Too Old?” “I’ve never seen a student test 40-year-old flour. He tested it through baking and the it was really a unique project,” she said. Tim, who found the flour in his grandparents’ food storage, saved it from being thrown out to test it by smell, color and texture after baking it into bread and testing it against other flour. “The old flour was much, much worse,” he said. “It was sour. I didn’t taste it, but my mom did as one of my official tasters.” Oostema said that this year, Salt Lake Valley’s 15th annual fair had 724 elementary through high school participants, a record number of students, with 57 percent being female. That is an increase of about 500 students since 2005, and the number of projects this year is up 16 from last year, to 573. In addition to private and charter schools, the fair includes public school students from Salt Lake, Granite, Murray, Tooele, Park City and Canyons school districts. Next year, the fair will undergo a name change to University of Utah Science and Engineering Fair, which will reflect the host school, she said. She added that this year’s fair was inspiring. “It’s an impressive fair, and sometimes I’m just blown away with what students come up with,” she said. l
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idea of what to do, and she put a curriculum together. Participants learned about facilities and functions, and asked various questions so they could get an understanding of how we do things and why we do them.” Course attendees also experienced a tour of Sandy’s historic district, and later learned about the community development, planning engineering, building, code enforcement and parks and recreation departments. As a reward for their dedication and newfound knowledge, the graduates were presented with certificates of course completion at the Sandy City Hall Council Chambers. Fairbanks said he was motivated by two key factors when he helped put the program together. One included the recent nationwide political atmosphere — which he said made people more aware and critical of government — while the other was lack of knowledge in local city government. “People didn’t know the difference between municipal and federal government and didn’t know the role in either,” Fairbanks said. “People had also wanted to run for office, but had never been involved with the city services and didn’t know how the city operated. People have to find out how government functions first. If we can get people better educated, then they can run for office from a knowledgeable standpoint.”
For its first year, Fairbanks said the program consisted of adults from all backgrounds, including men and women, college students to retirees, couples, and all others who were curious. He said all who were 18 or older were invited to attend, and provided a free dinner before each class. “People would ask questions until 9 p.m. at night sometimes, and beforehand they were able to have a meal from a different restaurant in Sandy,” Fairbanks said. “This was so they could become more aware of their city’s restaurant properties and know more about what’s here in town. We also took a survey of the citizens who attended, and the feedback has all been very positive. They all indicated they were glad for the opportunity to understand how their city works, and it changed their feelings for government.” Fairbanks said attendees had different motivations for coming out, with several expressing an interest in a political future by the end of the course. “Two said they would run for office, and a third said after he had lived here for a while, he would want to run,” Fairbanks said. “A high percentage said they would want to volunteer on committee boards, such as the trails committee and transportation committee. There are a lot of committees
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tened to that traffic engineer for three hours straight.” Robinson said other favorite presentations were on the public works and parks and recreation departments. According to a survey conducted afterward, other participants most enjoyed the police department presentation and the Sandy Boys and Girls Club/ Historic Sandy tour/Sandy Museum tour. “Parks and recreation was fun for me, since I have girls in recreational sports and I use the trail system for running and exercise,” he said. “Parks and rec is probably the department that me and my family utilize the most.” Robinson also encouraged his wife to participate in the Citizen Academy next year. He added it was important for all Sandy residents, both long time and new, to learn more about how their city government operates. “When I worked for the city as a firefighter and paramedic for 10 years, I thought I knew everything,” Robinson said. “But then I got into this course and realized I didn’t. I also want other people to have the chance to learn through this course.” With the program proven to be successful, Fairbanks said the next course will likely begin in March of next year, with a limit of about 20 attendees. He said application times will likely be announced sometime in
early 2018. “Applications are online for anyone who wants to attend the academy, and it’s on a first-come, first-serve basis,” Fairbanks said. Fairbanks said there is also the possibility of a Saturday session, which could run in a four- to five-week format. “I’d like to make a report to the council on the success of the thing, and get them to buy into doing it,” he said. “Each week they could meet and have an opportunity to ask various questions, so they could understand how we do things and why we do what we do. I’m pretty excited with how the recent course turned out, and we accomplished everything we hoped it would. It’s beneficial to the community and we look forward to the next one.” Sandy City Mayor Tom Dolan also expressed appreciation for the program, and reiterated his support to make this opportunity available for other interested citizens in the future. “Our inaugural Citizens Academy was a clear success and speaks to our commitment to educate, engage with and encourage feedback from our residents,” he said. “The consistent message we heard from attendees was appreciation for the increased understanding in the services rendered on their behalf.” l
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n January 2009, 155 people survived an emergency landing in the Hudson River after a flock of Canada geese struck a U.S. Airways flight minutes after leaving the LaGuardia, New York airport. Eight years later, people refer to the incident as “Miracle on the Hudson”, the subsequent movie “Sully” is based on the events. People have also become familiar with the significance of bird strikes, After working with the Salt Lake International Airport officials, the sixth-graders learned that bird strikes are common at numerous airports, so they set out to find a solution. After months of research, the team created an air-scare device called a “Bionic Scarecrow,” which has been tested for sixth months and has been proven effective. “We not only identified a need, but we created an answer — and it works,” said Allison Drennan, who attends Beehive Science and Technology Academy with teammate Timothy Holt. “We’ve built several Bionic Scarecrows that the airport is using now and they want more.” Teammate Eric Snaufer, who attends Midvale Middle School with the group’s fourth member, Abigail Slama-Catron, said the sixth-graders got together under their team name, Bionic Porcupines 2.0, to compete in the FIRST Lego League competitions. One part of the contest is to create a project that could impact their community. “After sending emails and calling several people in our community, the airport officials invited us there,” Eric said. “They explained the problem that 218 birds hit airplanes last year. Our team thought that the project was pretty challenging. I hadn’t thought about it until I researched and became engrossed in it.” Eric said a recent Cornell University study showed random motion scares away birds. So the group decided to create a miniaturized air dancer that was small, portable, waterproof and environmentally friendly. Using a toolbox, a car battery and a water-resistant fan, they put together the basics — along with sewing a nylon windsock that randomly scares away the birds. “We discovered that the problem was larger than we realized at first because many airports are located on the birds’ migratory routes and habitats,” Abigail said, after the team spent hours with USDA Airport Wildlife Biologist Bobby Boswell. “We’re wanting to share our Bionic Scarecrows because they save lives — both the people’s and the birds’.” Their devices will save airport officials money on current, more expensive methods of scaring the birds, as well as save airlines about $900
million per year in damaged planes, Timothy said. “We have a provisional patent, so we’re able to produce more Bionic Scarecrows to help stop bird strikes at other airports and places around the world,” Timothy said. Their project hasn’t gone unnoticed. After winning the FIRST Lego League qualifier’s Champions Award, they won the Most Innovative Project in a Utah state competition and their Bionic Scarecrow was named one of 60 most innovative projects in the world. In June, the team received the Presidential Environmental Youth Award by the Environmental Protection Agency. They were one of 10 secondary national winners across the country. “These are four special students because someday, I know what they’ll save my life when I’ll be on an airplane,” said Sandy Mayor Tom Dolan, who also presented the students with a proclamation at a Sandy City Council meeting. “They are very creative, forward thinkers who are doing our community a great Four Sandy sixth-grade students created an innovative solution to birds striking service.” EPA Acting Deputy Regional Administrator Suzanne Bohan airplanes and received a national award from EPA Acting Deputy Regional said that the transferability impressed her. “They’re helping their Administrator Suzanne Bohan (left). The students are Eric Snaufer, Allison Drennan, community, right in their backyard,” she said. “At the same time, Abigail Slama-Catron and Timothy Holt. (Julie Slama/City Journals) it’s a global problem and their device will make an impact on everyone and our environment.” freshman. “Through the presentation, I learned about the world of busiBohan said that the Bionic Porcupine 2.0 team has set the bar high. ness, terminology and other financial spreadsheets that I can use in my “These student winners are exemplary leaders, committed to strong en- future. It was really amazing to be the youngest team at the challenge vironmental stewardship and problem solving. Environmental educa- and to win an honor for best prototype.” tion cultivates our next generation of leaders by teaching them to apply The group also wanted to share their discovery, so Abigail and Eric creativity and innovation to the environmental challenges we face as a represented the team to present their innovative project at the regionnation. I have no doubt that students like these will someday solve some al Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair, where they won the of our most complex and important issues,” she said. elementary division category of mechanical engineering as well as reThe team, joined by Allison’s older sister, Katie, also participated in ceived special awards from the American Institute of Aeronautics and the Utah High School Entrepreneur Challenge at the University of Utah, Astronautics and the Utah Department of Transportation. They also and were awarded $1,000 for the best prototype. were invited to apply to the National Broadcom Science Fair. “It was an incredible experience to see up-and-coming entrepreAbigail also presented the Lego team’s project at the 8th Canyons neurs showcase their hard work and pitch their idea to the judges,” said Film Festival, where the film won Best Middle School Documentary. Stephanie Gladwin, entrepreneur challenge chair. “It’s great to be recognized for our hard work, but what meant the Katie, who worked mostly on the business plan, presented the proj- most was when we went to the airport to see our project actually work,” ect to judges. “They were pretty excited about it,” said the Alta High Abigail said. “We are making a difference in the world. l
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City to change special appointments process By Kelly Cannon | email@example.com The Sandy City Council approved creating changes to the process of selecting members for committees and commissions. The decision was reached during the June 6 city council meeting. Sandy City Council Office Director Mike Applegarth explained to the council special appointments to various committees are made by the council generally every six months in January and June. However, the council voted in January that members of these committees should stay where they are until further council action. “The other process is your appointment of citizens to various commissions, committees and boards,” Applegarth said. “For some reason, that occurs and has been occurring in March and at other somewhat random times.” This last March, the decision was made to defer those appointments to try and bring it in line with the same timetable as the other appointments in January and June. “It’s easier to track terms and expirations,” Applegarth said.
As Applegarth and his staff were putting items together to get all the selection processes in line, they ran into conflicts. “As we were chasing the source documentation, it became clear very quickly that there was some conflicting direction from past council action, past practices that just kind of evolved,” Applegarth said. “What we’d like to do is take a look at the ordinance with regards to the formation of special committees to ensure that we’re following the letter and spirit of that law that you’ve passed and then kind of reevaluate those practices with regards to our special committees, just to make sure everything is in sync.” Applegarth said the plan is to bring a single resolution back to the council around mid-July that would have revised ordinance language and clarifications on who appoints to what committee, how many members are on the committee, etc. The council approved the idea informally without a vote. l
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Park Lake students run for fun and funds By Julie Slama | Julie@mycityjournals.com Kindergartner Finn Waldron had his shoes tied and he was ready to run in Park Lane Elementary’s Fun Run. “He’s been really looking forward to it,” his father, Gary, said as he gave his son high-fives and cheered him on. “My fourth-grader (Keegan) is just as excited. He was asking relatives and neighbors for pledges. His 14-year-old cousin gave him $35 for the fun run.” After the April 26 run, where Principal Justin Jeffery joined students running laps on the school field, Finn said he had fun. The best part? “Running in circles with my friends,” he said. First-grader Lily Blackburn agreed that she liked running with her friends. However, her second-grade brother, Ben, said his favorite part was “beating the principal.” Jeffrey, dressed in a cape, said he dressed to match the superheroes school theme. “It’s fun for the kids and fitting as I tell them I’m a Super Principal,” he said. “I’m here to keep them motivated.” The run served as a fundraiser for PTA programs, such as Reflections, White and Red Ribbon weeks and field trips, said PTA President Jeanne Prestwich.
Days before the April 26 fundraiser, the students already exceeded their $12,000 goal by $2,000. “We’re thrilled that our community is so generous so we can continue our programs for kids,” she said. “We also are glad they’re so supportive running and cheering on our students during the run.” The students were inspired to get pledges as Jeffrey offered to be duct taped to the multipurpose wall if they met their goal. “The duct taping went wonderfully well. The kids absolutely loved it,” Prestwich said, adding that teachers as well as top students who brought in the most donations got to help with the duct taping. Jeffrey said that the students appreciated his commitment. “The kids were totally into to — chanting while I was getting taped. I think they loved being involved. The highlight was that I stayed there and that the kids had a good time with it all. I like to be able to do fun things like this and then for the kids to see that I’m true to my word,” he said. Prestwich said the run also served as an avenue to inform students about choosing a healthy lifestyle. “We partnered with Alta View Hospital this year and had them teach our students about healthy choices for food and exercise. They encouraged the students to start now and gave them jump ropes to start exercising,” she said, adding that they donated T-shirts for the fun run day. The theme of the run, BELIEVE, was selected to teach students about themselves. B stands for “be you,” E for “eat well,” L for “leadership,” I for “invest in your future,” E for “exercise,” V for “visions for your future,” and E for “enrich your life,” Prestwich said. “We want them to look at their whole person and learn to take care of themselves, believe in themselves and eat and exercise. We also incorporated some mini character education lessons in with the daily reminders of fitness and healthy eating,” she said. l
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Alta mountain biking program gets a large donation from GT Bicycles By Billy Swartzfager | firstname.lastname@example.org Alta has a mountain bike team, something that many people aren’t aware of. There are over 70 kids, both boys and girls, on the team who compete in several races throughout the season. The team is technically a non-curriculum club, meaning it doesn’t belong to the high school, but the members live within the high school’s boundaries. That also means the team doesn’t get any sort of funding from Alta High School or Canyons School District. The program, in Alta and statewide, has grown incredibly over the last few years. Prep mountain biking started in Utah in 2009. The Utah High School Cycling League will be starting its sixth season this fall. “The program started with about a dozen kids in Alta and now there are 2,500 kids racing in Utah,” Steve Hales, head coach of Alta’s mountain bike team, said. Mountain bikes aren’t cheap, especially good ones. The father of one of the up-and-coming riders from the junior development program noticed not all of the kids participating
were riding on bikes that were safe, let alone fit to be competitive. That is when Steve Spencer, global sports marketing manager for GT Bicycles, got the wheels turning on a donation from the company he represents that would assist the growing program at Alta and help kids get the best out of their experience while on the trails. “Everyone is having a great time regardless of skill level, and I just wanted to improve their experience,” Spencer said. Part of GT’s mission is to get more people out on bikes, not only to get them out but to get them having fun. “GT is all about getting people to have a good time while on a bike,” said GT’s senior PR manager, Sofia Whitcombe. GT donated 11 bikes to Alta’s team, hoping that some of the participants would be able to experience races on a top-of-the line bike, and hopefully be able to use a few of them as spares when someone’s bike is broken down during a race or for an extended period of time. The donation was
worth well over $30,000, according to Spencer. The team wouldn’t be able to succeed without donations from organizations such as GT and a whole host of other sponsors, and the coach understands that and hopes he can get the kids who benefit from such generosity to understand it as well. “If they are going to use a bike for the whole year, a kid has to commit to all five races during the season and meet minimum practice requirements,” Hales said. “Our sponsors typically pay for the first race for every kid on the team who makes all of the practices too.” One of the team’s sponsors, Lake Town Bikes, took the time to put all of the donated bikes together for the team. The shop also supplies dis- Juniors Kenedy Connelly, Ryan Winzenried and Josh Olson take a break from the counts to kids who participate in the trail. (Billy Swartzfager/City Journals) program for bikes and needed repairs. The team, their partners and their sponsors all hope to have the kids ready for the season to begin when school is back in session, and getting on a bike and maintaining it is necessary for kids to be prepared. l
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Ken Reich knows the score, and has for over two decades By Billy Swartzfager | email@example.com
f you play slow-pitch softball in Sandy, chances are you know Ken Reich. Ken is a scorekeeper who has overseen many of Sandy’s softball leagues and seems to know most of the people who show up to the parks, whether it be those there to play or their families there to watch. He is known for going out of his way to greet players by name and to make conversation with those watching a game, making games in a Sandy league a little different than most places. Reich has been scorekeeping in Sandy for 21 years. He began the job in the late nineties to raise money for his oldest daughter’s wedding. He realized that he liked the gig and found he was particularly good at it, so decided to keep at it. After two decades, Reich has witnessed a lot of different things, but what he enjoys the most revolves around the people he interacts with. “I get to watch people grow up out here. Some of these younger guys have been coming to the fields since their dads were playing,” Reich said. Most teams that are familiar with Reich prefer him to be the scorekeeper, and often ask whether he will be man-
ning the league or the field they are playing on. The guy can’t be everywhere of course, but he also trains and mentors most of the other scorekeepers who work for Sandy City’s Parks and Recreation Department. “He is my right-hand man and understands how everything needs to be run. Other scorekeepers will call him with questions at the fields before they call me sometimes,” program coordinator for the parks department, Linda Martin, said. At a time when other city’s leagues seem to be shrinking or becoming less competitive, Sandy continues to grow and attract good teams year after year, something Reich credits to Martin’s organization and leadership, which is a big part of it. But, one can certainly see that being greeted by a guy who remembers the big hits, and the small ones, from a previous week’s games is every bit as important as how well the league is administered. People know what to expect from a Sandy league; they are well run and family friendly. “He is awesome and a big part of why our programs are so successful,”
Martin said. “He is very reliable and takes so much pride in his work.” On top of doing the job for over two decades, Reich played softball for close to 25 years. He also coached both of his daughters during their playing days. He brings a lot of experience as well as a deep love for the game and for people. “I enjoy it, enjoy the people. Baseball was life growing up and this keeps me involved when my legs won’t let me play,” Reich said. Reich keeps score every night of the week, mostly at Quarry Bend these days, but he does get out to Crescent Park weekly as well. He oversees men’s leagues, co-ed leagues and Sandy’s unique clean and sober league, all of which welcome teams of varying skill levels from very good to first timers. Reich retired from his career at the post office years ago, but had no plans whatsoever to close the scorebook and shut down the scoreboard. “I won’t retire from this — they’ll have to carry me out,” Reich said. “As long as I am enjoying it and they’ll tolerate me, I’ll be out here.” And, Sandy’s leagues will be that Sandy City’s slow-pitch softball scorekeeping guru, Ken Reich. (Billy Swartzfager/ City Journals) much better for it. l
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Retiring League President Jon Clifford leaves Southeast Valley Baseball better than he found it By Billy Swartzfager | firstname.lastname@example.org
on Clifford, who has been league president of Southeast Valley Baseball for the past four years, a member of their board for five and a baseball fan all his life, will be stepping down after this season wraps up, early in the summer. The league, which has seen a lot of growth, both in youth involvement and in terms of community outreach under Clifford’s leadership, has become the third largest in the state of Utah. According to Clifford, growth is a legacy he hopes will last a long time. “I just love getting kids to play baseball — the more that we can get out here the better,” Clifford said. In a time when baseball’s popularity is dwindling, Clifford has convinced many kids that baseball is a great sport to play just by getting them out to the field for a couple of hours. “I tell them to give us two hours, two hours is all. It gives us a chance to influence the kids and show them just how fun baseball is,” Clifford said. Clifford started in the league many years ago as a volunteer coach while his oldest son was in the minor division of the league. Eventually his leadership abilities and love for baseball led to him joining the board of directors with
Bo Jensen, who ended up as treasurer alongside Clifford as president. Together, along with the necessary administrative tasks and organization, they have focused on some of the more fun aspects of the game to keep youngsters excited and playing. During their time as officers for the league, they have added home run derby double elimination tournaments and celebrity guests for opening ceremonies. They have also held coaching clinics and team mom meetings to get everyone on the same page and to keep the league’s quality and the level of fun high. Clifford himself said he will miss the relationships he has developed over the years the most. He has watched his kids as well as countless others grow up through the league. And, many of those who had interactions with Clifford will also miss the compassionate guy who used baseball as a tool to teach people about life. “Those boys owe some of their personal success to playing in a first-class youth league,” Clifford’s friend and former assistant coach Brett Pearce said. Southeast Valley Baseball is in its 17th season. And its current trajectory is a positive one. There have been more kids in the league every year since Clifford took over as the league’s
president. According to Jensen, the league was losing popularity and lacking in enthusiasm a few years back, but the dedication Clifford has shown and instilled in others not only kept the league afloat, but has it swelling with eager young ball players as well as their younger sibling waiting their turn. “With Jon’s leadership, we have had positive growth for four straight years,” Jensen said. Clifford has stayed busy while heading the league. In addition to all of the improvements, both major and minor, Clifford will likely not get credit for every small effort he made to ensure that people were getting a top-notch experience, like answering every email personally and taking league-related phone calls while coaching third base during a game. According to Clifford’s longtime friend and league compatriot, Brad Dalrymple, Clifford was very dedicated to giving kids a great time — anything to keep them coming back and having a good time. “Jon was committed to providing a positive experience for every player in the league,” Dalrymple said. Pearce added, “She or he who succeeds Jon will have big shoes to fill.” l
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For more than two decades we’ve surveyed our residents to understand what’s most important to them. Without a doubt, one of the top priorities of our community has always, and continues to be, preservation of open space and the development of outdoor amenities for the entire family, such as parks and trails. Residents of our beautiful city chose to live here because of our proximity to world-class mountain recreation and the City’s dedication to maintaining that active, outdoor lifestyle by creating a “Mountain Meets Urban” balance. Our commitment to this resident-driven goal was clearly shown with our support of Salt Lake County in not paving the North Rim Trail of Dimple Dell Regional Park and in using the allotted $4 million to make improvements to the largest park in our city, serving as the vital hub in our citywide trails system. Knowing the importance of outdoor recreation to our residents, we’ve partnered with more than 30 companies and agencies, including Snowbird and the Governor’s Office of Outdoor Recreation, to create Adventure Week. In its second year, Adventure Week was a huge success and ran from June 17-24 with 30+ outdoor activities, most free, within Sandy and at our mountain partner, Snowbird. With fun for the entire family, it included well-known and loved sports such as daily hikes, mountain yoga, equestrian rides, climbing, trail runs and bicycle races. It also introduced new and growing sports such as the criterium race, a 45 mph, 90 degree bicycle race; slackline and the
growing-favorite sport of Spikeball, best described as “if foursquare and volleyball had a baby”. Events were available, at no or minimal cost, to all ages and fitness levels: for those who wanted to participate or to those who preferred being a spectator and from the mountains to the river, with all areas in between. If you missed the event this year, check out www.AdventureWeek.org and mark your calendar to join us next year. We are a “Mountain Meets Urban” community 62% of our residents use parks or trails on a weekly basis. This is particularly true for residents
age 45-54 81% of Sandy residents believe trails are a good investment in our community A large majority of our community wanted an expanded trail system. Of note, when Dimple Dell Regional Park is connected from the Bonneville Shoreline Trail to the Jordan River Trail, which will eventually connect to the Murdock Canal trail in Utah County, it will be an incredible amenity for Sandy residents that is unmatched in any metropolitan area. l
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When Life Becomes a Fixer Upper: 4 years ago today we learned to live without an oven. This wasn’t some kind of self-inflicted new fad diet, our kitchen flooded and we decided to update the kitchen prior to fixing the floor. We had plans drawn up that included some beautiful new cabinets, flooring, and removal of a pesky wall that would make my new space gorgeous. Well, as things go, life got in the way and we never did do the remodel. Instead, choosing to bank the floor repair money and save up so as not to have to finance the rest of it. Hence we didn’t fix the oven because we knew the new plan had a different sized oven. Friends thought I must be crazy, but I found the enjoyment of having the hubby grill throughout all for seasons a nice break from the day-to-day grind of cooking dinner, and not having an oven became no big deal (for me anyway). #ovenfreemovement on Facebook if you’re interested in some of my ramblings about the joys of going oven free. In the end, we did finally get it fixed after about 2 years. I personally did not see the need, but my hubby said he was craving some chocolate chip cookies that weren’t from a box. The floor, however, remains slightly warped and is now quite scraped up from not bothering to have it screened routinely, I have decided to officially call my kitchen the shabby chic distressed look and added a few French inspired yard sale finds to make the image complete. Nearly 20 years old now, our concrete is beginning to become cracked and pitted you can’t walk on it in bare feet. It’s actually quite nice as the extra grip it offers in the winter aids in keeping me from slipping, but the need for constant sweeping in the summer, makes the quick run out in bare feet to retrieve the mail or empty the garbage a bit of a hazard on the feet. So, I used this as an excuse to put a stylish shoe rack near the front door. I made it from an old pallet using instructions I found on Pinterest. Our basement flooded this spring from all the rain. We aren’t really sure yet what caused it, but the hubby did have an idea and made a repair. We’re hoping for rain as to know for sure. In the flooding process, the furniture in the basement has been displaced because we aren’t really sure if we got the leak fixed and don’t want
to move it again if it isn’t fixed. I have determined that the displaced furniture has an added health benefit of being a jungle gym when we have to climb over it to get to the bathroom. Today on my morning walk, I notice that my neighbors are getting a new roof. Hum, I had just found a couple of shingles of the color of our roof while weeding the crack in the driveway. Oh boy... ... It has become clear to me I thought as I was jogging along (they say jogging has a way of clearing the mind). I just realized the dream home I purchased all those years ago has become a fixer-upper. Hum... I have always imagined the joys of buying a fixer upper and turning it into my dream home. I wonder if I could get on one of those HGTV shows? I think I’ll give it a shot. At least my brass doorknobs are back in style. Now if only golden oak and rose colored carpet would make a comeback. l
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