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omentum Indoor Climbing is celebrating a decade dedicated to helping rock climbers be their very best. Momentum currently has locations in Sandy, Millcreek, Lehi and in Katy, Texas, with their Sandy location being their first gym. The Sandy gym, located at 220 West 10600 South, had a soft opening in November 2006. “Sandy Momentum is what is called a full service gym. It has a bouldering area, a high wall area and exercise and yoga areas. The first thing to be ready for customers was the bouldering area,” Jeff Pedersen, CEO of Momentum Indoor Climbing, said. “We opened our bouldering area to customers by creating an enclosed OSHA approved pathway through the rest of the construction. We were able to start getting some cash in. It was more of a soft opening. The rest of the gym wasn’t open until May 2007.” Pedersen developed the idea of creating indoor climbing gyms after noticing the world climbing community were drawn to the Salt Lake area for outdoor climbing but there wasn’t any indoor climbing facility. “This was in 2005 when my business partners were starting to talk about that we’re this hub of rock climbing but there was not this modern gym,” Pedersen said. “That’s what got my business partners and I talking about. Let’s do this. We’re passionate rock climbers. We see a good business opportunity. Let’s start finding a way to bring modern indoor climbing to Salt Lake.” One thing that sets Momentum Indoor Climbing apart from other gyms is its amenities specifically designed for beginner climbers. Pedersen explained older gyms used to be designed only for existing rock climbers to stay in shape during the winter so they can be ready for outdoor climbing in the spring and summer. “As the model has matured throughout the year, modern gym operators have become more and more adept at new audiences to climbing. The gyms are bigger, they’re more accessible, they can handle more climbers,” Pedersen said. “The old gyms didn’t have yoga rooms or fitness decks or
Guests climb on lead climbing walls at the Momentum Indoor Climbing Gym in Sandy. –Chris Noble Photography
kids areas. Now, most of the top operators in our industries have those kind of offerings.” Another feature in the Momentum gyms is the amount of natural light let in due to a specific design of the building. “We spent quite a large amount of money designing large window bays. In fact, at Sandy Momentum, we were very strategic about our window bay,” Pedersen said. “We designed it so when you stand on the floor, you can look out and see Lone Peak. I thought that would make it feel better to stand in the gym for hours on end and it does.” The Momentum gyms have a variety of features that create a modern climbing gym atmosphere. This includes top rope walls, lead climbing walls, crack climbing, kids areas, bouldering, yoga rooms and fitness rooms. “Most gyms now, and Momentum is no different, have some sort of fitness offering,”
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Pedersen said. “Some gyms lean more toward what you might find at a Planet Fitness. We lean a little bit more toward a CrossFit.” Pedersen believes the gyms and rock climbing in general have become so popular because climbing has always been exhilarating. “It’s always been exciting. It’s always been rewarding. There’s something about climbing that really grabs people. The trouble with it is it had such a high barrier for entry,” Pedersen said. “I think what modern climbing gyms have done (is) they have created a broader, much more accessible entry point for something that has always been exciting. It’s always been addictive and rewarding. I think that’s part of the success of climbing and why it can be a powerful business. You’re giving people access to something that is truly very exciting.” To learn more about Momentum Indoor Climbing, visit momentumclimbing.com. l
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Healing Field Honors 9/11 Victims By Kelly Cannon | firstname.lastname@example.org
rom Sept. 9 to 11, the Sandy City Promenade was covered in thousands of waving American flags in honor of the victims of 9/11, U.S. soldiers who lost their lives, police, firemen and fallen search and rescue dogs. Called the Healing Field, the tribute drew thousands of spectators to give their respects. The idea for the Healing Field came from Paul Swenson, the owner of Colonial Flags, a week before the first anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Sawn Swenson, the national director of the Colonial Flags Foundation, said Paul was trying to visualize how many people were killed during the attacks. “He wondered what it would be like to see those people standing out in a field. It’s so many people but it’s hard to absorb that number until you see it,” Sawn said. “He thought of how he could do a tribute. Then he thought, ‘I run a flag business. I could post a flag for each person.’” Paul scrambled around to find a location where he could put 3,000 flags to represent the 2,996 people who died in the attacks. The only place that worked on such short notice was the Sandy City Promenade. “He went to family and friends and they put the flags up together. We didn’t mark the field with what we were going to do. It was just kind of a solemn tribute,” Sawn said. “We didn’t even know if anyone was going to come. Then 50,000 or 100,000 people came and word spread.” Word quickly spread that Colonial Flags was behind the display and soon other areas were asking if the company could
Three thousand flags representing those who died on Sept. 11, 2001 were displayed at Sandy City Promenade. –Kelly Cannon/City Journals
come and create the same thing. Colonial Flag Foundation was then formed. According to Sawn, the first year many people asked if they could take one of the flags home. “We were just bombarded with requests from people who wanted a flag to take home that we decided to sell the flags at a reasonable price and donate the money,” Sawn said. “Now the
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he Sandy Arts Guild is calling all Utah artists for submissions to their annual Visual Arts Show, held Oct. 18 to 28, with the opening gala at 7 p.m. on Oct. 17. The arts show has been going on in Sandy for over 10 years and started from the desire of Sandy residents. “It was a group of Sandy citizens who wanted to have a Sandy arts show. I think they came to Sandy City to receive some support,” said Lynne Naylor, the community events assistant. “ “Sandy City does support the visual arts show financially and with some administrative support.” Categories include watercolor, oils, acrylics, clay art (either pottery or sculpture) and photography. There is also a separate category for those with disabilities. The show is open to any Utah resident over the age of 18. “We have entrants as far away as St. George,” Naylor said. “It would certainly limit the number of entries that we had to just have Sandy. Sandy has amazing artists, a lot of talent but it’s just like the art show at the Utah State Fair. That’s open to everyone in the state. It’s just a way of making it bigger.” Artists can submit up to three entries and can register at sandyarts.com. Art drop off is from noon to 7 p.m. on Oct. 13 at the Sandy Senior Center, 9310 S. 1300 East. The entry fee for the first piece is $20. The second and third entries are $15.
“The fee goes toward the prize money. It varies from year to year but the best of show in 2013 won $750. It does vary from year to year,” Naylor said. “First place winners in 2013 won $450 and second place $325 but it does vary from year to year.” Artists using online registration will receive a $5 discount toward their first entry. Online registration ends Oct. 12 at noon. The show will be judged by judges hired by the Sandy Arts Guild. “We hire three judges, one for the clay arts and sculpture, one for photography and one for the oils, acrylics and watercolors,” Naylor said. “These are professional artists.” First, second and third place will be given out in each category. However, if the judges feel there are exceptional pieces, fourth and fifth place will be added. There will also be honorable mentions. The People’s Choice Award is also available and will take place each day through Oct. 25. According to Naylor, the show usually receives around 300 pieces but varies year to year. For more information about the Sandy Visual Arts Show, visit sandyarts.com or call 801-568-6097. l
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African Children’s Choir Travels to Utah for Sponsorship By Chris Larson | email@example.com
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eaving home for 10 months and traveling over 8,000 miles to perform in a choir is daunting enough for anyone. For a child, it’s unimaginable. But doing it with the knowledge that your education — all the way from primary school to university — could be paid for by generous strangers appears to make it worth it. The African Children’s Choir operates under such a premise for African children in dire need. The choir performed twice in Salt Lake County on Sept. 4, at Mountain View Christian Assembly in Sandy and Cottonwood Presbyterian Church in Murray. Cottonwood Presbyterian Church member Deb Abbott heard the choir perform back in 2001 when living in Colorado. She was excited to hear that the choir was looking for performance and sponsorship opportunities in the area. “They gifted us with a performance that was outstanding,” Abbott said. “Many of the (congregation members) hosted the children — with their adult chaperones — in our homes.” “It was an exceptional experience,” she said. She suggested to the Discipleship Ministry Team, the church’s outreach
group to member and nonmember children, that the African Children’s Choir would present a “wonderful experience for the kids and for the community to hear them and receive the beautiful spirit they bring.” According to Sarah Lidstone, North American choir operations manager for the parent organization Music for Life, the choir currently touring the western U.S. is an exclusively Ugandan choir. The choir typically represents children from all over the continent. “I have been able to chat with parents as they have said goodbye to their children,” Lidstone said. “They are obviously sad they will have that time apart, but know the opportunity is one that they don’t want to take away.” The ultimate goal of the touring choir, according to Lidstone, is to raise awareness of the plight of underprivileged children all across the African continent and promote them to donate to the educational efforts of Music for Life. The “big enchilada” for being a 7-year-old to 11-year-old on this choir is to find someone willing to sponsor a child’s education in Africa. Abbott described the children as joyful, well-mannered and bright, saying
that the children often called the hosting families “auntie” and “uncle.” The choir has two separate choirs that are touring on either ends of the nation’s coasts. Choir 45 started touring in April 2016 and will end in January 2017. They will conclude in Texas after zig-zagging all over the U.S. Each child, Lidstone said, is considered vulnerable and doesn’t have access to a “proper education” or “stable living condition.” After the tour, the children will go to a boarding school for primary school. Abbott and her family sponsored an African child’s schooling earlier in the year through the choir program. They also sponsored a child’s education years earlier. That child — whom they’ve kept in close contact — is now in college. She said everyone should hear the choir’s performances and seriously consider supporting educational philanthropy in Africa. Lidstone also suggested such a consideration. She said that the education of the African children now will help them become leaders and innovators that will help improve their communities in the future. l
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Developer Agreements Almost Reality for Sandy City Council, Staff By Chris Larson | firstname.lastname@example.org
fter months of consideration, developer agreements may become a part of the Sandy City City land use code. In the Sept. 6 city council meeting, City Attorney Rob Wall said he had developed a template agreement that could possibly serve as the first iteration of future developer agreements with the city. The council later in the meeting passed a preliminary approval of the ordinance language and sent it to the planning commission for input and approval. “Development agreements are neither a panacea nor should be feared,” Wall said during an information session during the Sept. 6 meeting. A developer agreement is a contract that attaches additional conditions to on a developer’s project in conjunction with a zone change by the city. Councilmember Chris McCandless, District 4, believes the use of a developer agreement in the land use code will allow for “flexibility” and greater clarity in permitted uses in a city that is, more or less, built out. “In the life cycle of a city like Sandy, we get to a point where everything is all but built out and you get into redevelopment projects,” McCandless said. “With zoning ordinances being what they are, you can’t just fit every use in that square box.” McCandless pointed to the rezoning kerfuffle surrounding the rezoning of the building site for the new Fratelli’s Ristorante location as a possible opportunity to both clarify expectations of the city and developer, as well as assuage residents’ fears of what could take the restaurant’s place should the restaurant
fold. Neighbors had serious concerns of rezoning the vacant lot located at 1420 East Sego Lily Drive from a special development district professional office/residential district to a community commercial district. This rezone would allow for businesses like tire services stations, a veterinary office or commercial repair center, to give some examples. Adding a developer agreement, McCandless said, would specify additional permitted or forbidden uses for the property where an existing zone wouldn’t fit. Wall said developer agreements are often considered legislative acts in the state of Utah. As long as the agreement is consistent with established code, the courts are very unlikely to meddle in policymaking
Wall said in the meeting and McCandless said in an interview that developer agreements are ideal only when there is a use that would appear to be desirable but doesn’t quite fit in any other zoning district. Rather than develop a new district for one area, the developer agreement would allow the city articulate special conditions during the rezoning process with the developer. “If we can fit it into the traditional paradigm, that’s always the best way to do business,” Wall said. McCandless said the city’s life cycle calls for additional creativity and flexibility to determine the best use of land in the city as new projects attempt to fit in with existing projects. Further, the council has put a greater emphasis in allowing more zones that permit both residential uses and commercial uses to blend together as consumers expect better integration in urban and suburban living. “I think most of the people in the room, including the people in the residents in the immediate area, liked Fratelli’s but they didn’t like the fact that a tire service station could be in the same location,” McCandless said as an example of balancing the desires of several parties and trying to establish the best use for property. The resolution to approve developer agreements and iron out the processes of creating them will likely be ironed out in the coming weeks. McCandless said he is happy to finally see a product after about a year of talking about it. l
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Alondra Gonzales (with trophy), age 8 has been voted Sandy Club “Member of the Month” for September 2016. Alondra has been a member at The Sandy Club Since 2015, and is attending Sandy Elementary School where her favorite subject is Math. When Alondra grows up she would like to be a teacher. If she had one wish it would to be the nicest person on earth. Alondra’s favorite thing to do at the club is to play on the computers. Her favorite thing about herself is she likes to help other people. Since she has joined the club she has learned how to make friends a lot easier. Alondra says she has been voted “Member of the Month” because she is a good helper and respects others. Congratulations Alondra Gonzales for being voted “Member of the Month!”
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Sandy City Council Gets Demos, Updates from Fire and Police Departments
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he Sandy City Fire and Police Departments didn’t hold back with drills and demonstrations that the city council participated in on Tuesday, Aug. 23. The departments set up drills and equipment demos in conjunction with update meetings with Fire Chief Bruce Cline and Police Chief Kevin Thacker. The council members toured the city’s newest ambulance and simulated a medical call with firefighters and EMTs, then went to the Salt Lake Community College — Miller Campus to shoot on the firing range and participate in shooting drills. The council, Sandy firefighters and EMTs then ran a high-paced medical call simulation in the tight quarters of the south men’s restroom of City Hall. “I wanted to show the council how hard it is to work on a patient in small quarters,” Cline said. “I want to show what our calls are like and how many resources it takes to perform the job firefighters do without actually having happened to a real person.” The council members grabbed all the EMT gear from the ambulance before running through a high-pace simulation where a CPR dummy represented a victim who is in full cardiac arrest. City Council Office Director Mike Applegarth and Councilmembers Scott Cowdell and Chris McCandless, District 1 and 3, respectively, rotated between giving rescue breaths with a bag valve mask and chest compressions. Councilmember Kris Coleman-Nicholl, District 3, simulated the use of a defibrillator and putting in an IV. “When (firefighters or EMTs) are out on a call or a fire they are out doing 110 times more of a job than just sitting in a chair,” Coleman-Nicholl said. The ambulance toured was one of two new Ford Frazer Bilt ambulances received earlier in the year. Both of the ambulances are equipped with bariatric gurney and lift systems. Cline said the lift could bear up to 700 pounds with just the push of a button. The lift then latches into the floor of the cab and glides in on an integrated lift assist system designed to prevent injury to responders trying to transport large patients or making frequent transports. The lift system, which Cline said is priced near $40,000, is considered both a means of saving patient dignity and the city money. “You save at least $40,000 right
there preventing a worker’s compensation claim for a back injury,” Cline told the council. He also said that it prevents the possibility of dropping a patient regardless of their weight with the help of this particular gurney and lift system. “Imagine if an ambulance is rolled up in your front yard and (the responders) have to use a ramp, a hoist and a rope system to get you in the ambulance,” Cline said of transporting large or obese patients with dignity. The two new ambulances, located at station 31 and 35, allow for the chassis to be replaced as needed. He estimated that the chassis would last somewhere between five to 10 years with a serious consideration of replacement at seven years. Cline updated the council on the state of the department. Cline said the department was fully staffed and was able to refurbish the department’s 100-foot ladder engine Tower 35. The engine recently returned from a Wisconsin refurbishing company. The refurbish cost about half of purchasing a new engine, about $1.3 million, Cline told the Sandy City Journal. The fire department is working through a request for proposals process to purchase a wildland firetruck, an additional appropriation from the city council. After the lifesaving drill, the council went to the firing range on the first floor of the Larry & Gail Miller Public Safety Education & Training Center at the Miller SLCC campus, where they shot several guns including comparing the Glock 9mm to the Smith & Wesson .40 caliber guns. Like many agencies, the Sandy Police Department is transitioning to using 9mm ammunition. “Our (officers) have seen an increase in shooting scores going from .40 caliber to 9mm,” Thacker said. In part, Thacker attributes that greater slightly lighter kick from the 9mm in the same frames as previous sidearms. The police department is replacing the police sidearms as part of a trade-in program where the department is able to purchase the guns at significant discount, Thacker said. “The thinking with this was to give them an idea with what we deal with,” Thacker said. The council members then participated in what Thacker called “isolation drills,” drills where the
participants engaged in specific scenarios that isolated a particular skill, using Simunition. Simunition is a branded non-lethal training round and retrofitting system law enforcement officers use to train person-to-person. And the city council members went person-to-person. Donning protective vests and masks, the city council members shot Simunition at each other. Cowdell found one isolation drill notably insightful. Cowdell had his Sim gun trained on Coleman-Nicholl, who was acting as an armed suspect. Cowdell commanded Coleman-Nicholl to disarm. Coleman-Nicholl continued to role-play as the suspect and then suddenly drew up and shot Cowdell before Cowdell could react. “It was amazing that even if you have the bead on me I can pull my gun fast enough to shoot you and that’s what officers have to face,” Cowdell said. Officer Brandon Colton, who instructed the council members in the drills, said the purpose of these drills is to demonstrate just how fast someone can shoot a gun effectively, even against an officer who is already aiming a gun. Thacker said that a suspect already knows what they want to do and officers are disadvantaged with having to process and then react appropriately. Coleman-Nicholl said that even with the de-escalation of knowing the guns were fake and no one at the training facility was dying, the anxiety was palpable. “I respect the hell out of these guys,” Coleman-Nicholl said. Thacker said the department has four openings and has begun a testing process to fill the open spots. The department already has five officers in the police academy, three that recently completed field training and one in the process of field training. The department at one point was 17 officers short of a full department. He told the council he was grateful they allowed him to do some “creative” things and allow for changing pay and rank to attract officers to the department. “We always work to be fully staffed,” Thacker said, but realities of hiring and a general hiring dearth in law enforcement are making staffing difficult. “We are in a testing process and hoping to find some good people, but testing takes two to three months and we just started and have a way to go to see if there is anyone we can hire.”l
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Altara Elementary students, sporting their new school caps, take to the newly completed section of the Sandy Canal Path that is paved right next to the school as they participated in the school’s annual jog-a-thon to raise funds for field trips and PTA activities. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
econd-grader Enoch Gardner likes to play tennis, soccer, baseball and basketball — and he can run. He was one of the top finishers in his grade as he recently ran in Altara Elementary’s jog-a-thon fundraiser. The jog-a-thon, held Sept. 9, allowed students in each grade to run along the newly completed Sandy Canal Path, just east of the school. The route changed from about a dozen years of running through the neighborhood. Catherine Wood, PTA jog-a-thon coordinator with Jody Hadfield, said police motorcyclists still lead the students off on the run, but “it was safer than the students running in the road.” Hadfield agreed it was a good change. “It was more contained,” she said. “Kids couldn’t stray and everyone could keep an eye on everyone better.” The fundraiser goal of $16,500 was earmarked for field trips, the Reflections contest, Red Ribbon Week and other PTA activities, Principal Nicole Svee Magann said. As of Sept. 12, money still was coming in so a total wasn’t available, but Hadfield said they had exceeded their goal. Another popular part of the jog-a-thon was preparing for the event. Enoch participated in the school run club that ran laps at lunchtime for one week preceding the race. During the week, Hadfield said students ran 1,300 miles. Wood said that students who completed eight laps around the school field were entered into a drawing for prizes such as pencils, erasers, bouncy balls and other novelty items. “I liked getting the bracelets from the run club,” Enoch said. “I like to run because I’m more active.” His mother, Karissa, said her fifth-grade daughter Ruby held a bake sale that raised $55, which she contributed to the school fundraiser. Last year, Ruby and her older sister, Ella, raised almost $100 for the jog-a-thon holding a babysitting camp. “It’s a much more effective fundraiser than selling items door-to-door,” Gardner said. PTA treasurer Rebecca Hall said it’s a great experience for the students. “It’s not only great exercise for the kids, it’s a great fundraiser for the PTA because we receive 100 percent of the funds,” she said. Her youngest daughter, McKenzie, ran with
her kindergarten class. Kindergartners ran around the school field instead of the canal path and received high-fives from the Altara Kittyhawk and Alta High hawk mascots. McKenzie, who raised $41.50 for the jog-athon, said her class ran around the field to practice for the run. She also plays soccer, does gymnastics and bikes in her neighborhood. After the jog-a-thon, students walked through the new PCV-pipe water mister made by the Wood family. “I like the mist because it helps me cool down,” McKenzie said. An Oct. 5 assembly to award top fundraisers as well as recognize the fastest runners is planned, with prizes ranging from books, Kindles and sports balls to Utah Jazz tickets and American Girl dolls, Wood said. RSL players also will be there to give students prizes they autographed, Hadfield said. Svee Magann said this year’s run encouraged students to get active as part of the school’s focus with recently being selected a Utah Department of Transportation focus school on health and exercise. “We encourage students to get out and walk, bike, skateboard or scooter to school,” she said about the school that maintains community support for its participation in UDOT programs and also participates in the No Idle Canyons School District campaign. The school also recently received the USDA Healthier Schools Award — bronze level recognition — for promoting healthy choices for breakfast and lunch as well as having a solid physical education exercise program. “This fundraiser promotes healthy lifestyles to raise money because the students are up and moving instead of selling gift wrap and candy,” Svee Magann said. Hadfield said the event was successful not only because of the amount raised and helping get the students fit, but also because of the contributions of volunteers. About 75 volunteers, including Alta High School student body officers, Alta High hawk, Sandy Police and Kohl’s department store as well as parents who stepped up for the day as well as served on the committee, helped the PTA board for the event. “We have a great committee and board and we couldn’t have done it without everyone’s help,” she said. l
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ell View Elementary students may have the opportunity to pet a goat or sample some local produce at their upcoming Farm Field Day. “We want our students to know what they’re eating, how it’s grown and the process of it from the farm to their dinner table,” Principal Chanci Loran said. Farm Field Day, which is being held Oct. 5, will bring local farmers, organizations and others who have a united interest in educating students about nutrition and farming. The 360 first- through fifth-grade students will learn about planting, different kinds of seeds and how they are harvested, and gain a better understanding of what they’re eating, Loran said.
how healthy eating benefits their body versus learning how much sugar is in our food, such as soda pop, and how that doesn’t help their bodies. While each activity differs as the seasons change, Gill said the goal is constant in educating students and giving them an appreciation of farming and agriculture. She also provides teachers with classroom materials that can introduce the event as well as reinforce and extend what they learned in the classroom that ties into the state core curriculum. As part of the Salt Lake County Urban Farming Program, Farm Field Day travels to several districts throughout the Salt Lake Valley. This is Canyons School District’s first
“We want students to try new things, try to eat locally and try to be healthy.” “The kids need to become aware of the agriculture industry so they know how it shows up in the grocery store,” she said. Supreet Gill, Salt Lake County urban farming program manager, said the fair gives students an introduction to agriculture. “We don’t have that many farmers in Utah and fewer students are aware of the agriculture career, so this is a way to raise their curiosity and interest in growing food more than just knowing they’re eating to fill their bellies,” Gill said. At other Farm Field Day events, there have been booths where students try to identify seeds to fruits, learn food portion sizes, learn why hawks are important to farming, have the opportunity to see farm animals and learn about food appreciation and safety. Students also have learned about local farming and sampled local produce. A favorite activity, Gill said, is when students at other events discover
time hosting the activity. Canyons School District Dietician Emily Jenkins said she hopes this will translate into students trying to grow items at home. “With a greater appreciation and knowledge of where food is coming from, we’re hoping students are more likely to try eating it,” she said. With a federal grant, six Canyons School District schools, including Bell View, participate in the fresh fruit and vegetable program that gives students a snack in the classroom twice each week. “We try to provide some variety, including exotic fruit like star fruit, that they may not have the opportunity to try otherwise. If we provide a greater variety, they may find something they like that they didn’t know they did before instead of saying, ‘I don’t like fruit,’” Jenkins said. “We want students to try new things, try to eat locally and try to be healthy.” l
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Respect at Center of Anti-Bullying Program Introduced at Silver Mesa Elementary By Julie Slama | email@example.com
ilver Mesa first-grade students learned quickly not to interrupt and to say “yes, sir” as they repeated the signs of being bullied. This fall, the elementary school teamed with Brett Lechtenberg, author of “The Anti-Bully Training Program,” a book with 13 training videos that provides a comprehensive program to teach children how to deal with a bullying situation and gives parents an action plan on how to work with teachers and schools. Lechtenberg also owns Personal Mastery Martial Arts in Sandy and brings that training into teaching students. “He looks at our rules and incorporates those in with antibully message, and respect is at the core,” Principal Julie Fielding said. “He also will include responsible, hands and feet to yourself, following directions the first time and be there and be ready as well as character education traits in the classrooms.” Fielding said after teaching students how to recognize signs of being bullied, how to keep from being bullied and what to do if they are being bullied, Lechtenberg will come by the school monthly to award certificates to two students in each classroom who demonstrate positive behavior and character education traits. The certificate also will include a uniform and two months of sessions at his martial arts studio. “It’s not a huge problem, but bullying does happen here as it does in all schools. They’re kids. There’s name-calling and we’ve even had a case of cyberbullying. We want to be proactive and teach students that they can make good decisions and not fall into peer pressure,” Fielding said.
The Anti-Bully Training Program’s author, Brett Lechtenberg, teaches Silver Mesa first-graders to give two thumbs up when they understand signs of someone trying to bully them. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
At the sessions, students learned that bullies want to make them scared. “Bullies want to control you, so you need to learn to control your fear,” Lechtenberg said to the students. “If you don’t do anything and stay quiet, the bully gets to keep bullying you, so ask for help. Don’t be confused. You need to know what to do.” He used the example of Eeyore from “Winnie-the-Pooh” to demonstrate to the first-graders someone bullies could target. “If you slouch, roll your shoulders forward, hang your head
down, like Eeyore, you could become a target of bullying as people think you’re weak and confused,” he said about someone portraying a sad, negative attitude with low energy. “If you keep your head up, shoulders back and smile, your body is saying, ‘I’m proud, positive and have confidence.’” Even though that will help, Lechtenberg said that bullies pick their targets at random, perhaps if something is different about one student compared to others — glasses, a watch, the color of the shirt. “The main way bullies pick their target at your age is the same way they do at my age — just by random. But if we learn how to become positive and portray that image, it will reduce our chances of becoming targets and reduce a lot of problems in life,” he said. He reminded students that they are only a victim if they let someone get away with bullying them. He encouraged students to seek help if there is a problem — to never keep it a secret or be embarrassed, because it’s not their fault. He also said that even if they’re threatened, they should seek help from an adult they can trust. Lechtenberg said when faced with the situation, students need to remain in control and never become aggressive. “I teach self-defense and kickboxing so this is my passion — to empower people. I want students to know what to do so they’re in control, have self-respect and respect for those around them. I want these students to be empowered so they can send a clear message of that,” he said. Lechtenberg also teaches the free anti-bullying program at Grace Lutheran School in Sandy and at Butler and Ridgecrest Elementaries in Cottonwood Heights. l
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or more than 30 years, Halloween has been big at Jordan Valley School. A parade and pumpkin-decorating contest, for starters, may seem similar to activities at other schools, but for a school that serves students with severe multiple disabilities, it becomes an important school community event, Principal Mark Donnelly said. “We have a Halloween parade in the morning that has an amazing turnout from the students’ families and the community and the students just love it,” he said. “They’re able to dress up in costume and many families help so the costume may include the wheelchairs if students are in one.” Donnelly leads the parade throughout the school as he and the office staff dress up together. Last Halloween, they were Scooby Doo’s gang. Students have dressed as minions, cowboys, chefs, dinosaurs, a refrigerator, a kitten who had her wheelchair as a basket, a driver who had his wheelchair as a car and more. The day progresses to include a Halloween dance where students are allowed to move to the music in the school’s south media area, Donnelly said. “Students are able to get out of the classroom, release their energy and express themselves through dance. Our music therapist is the deejay who plays the latest pop music along with Halloween music and students are able to show off their costumes,” he said. A Halloween costume contest also takes place in the south media area where both students and faculty are judged by members of the school community for prizes such as the craziest, silliest, scariest and most creative. Winners may receive some soft candy or a pudding package. Another judging activity, which in the past has included the PTA president, Canyons School District special education administrative assistant and other community members as judges, is the pumpkin contest. Recently changed from a door contest, the pumpkin contest encourages faculty to boost morale amongst themselves and students, Gay Smullen said, who taught at the school for 22 years before becoming the office administrative assistant eight years ago. “This is huge and they love it,” she said. “They can carve or write or decorate the pumpkin and the students are getting to participate in activities that other school children do. This is their chance to be able to relate to their peers.” Jordan Valley students also receive pumpkins from student inmates at South Park Academy, who grow the pumpkins, and their teachers deliver them to the school. Students, with the help of faculty, go to their pumpkin
Jordan Valley staff and faculty join students in dressing up as part of the Halloween fun. Last year, the main office staff dressed as Scooby Doo’s gang. (Gay Smullen/Jordan Valley School)
patch and point at or look at the pumpkin they want. “Their faces just light up with these pumpkins,” Smullen said. “Halloween is an important and beloved school-wide activity here and it brings so many people together.” Smullen said that when the inmates brought in the pumpkins, she’d tear up. “It was so moving and I don’t cry a lot, but when I saw these huge, tattooed inmates being brought to tears when they saw the Jordan Valley students light up at the pumpkins they received, it was really emotional. The inmates realized that they, too, had the opportunity to help serve our students,” she said. Smullen said the traditions began under the second principal of the school, John Gardner, who loved Halloween, and tied it into improving the quality of life for the students. Jordan Valley students have severe multiple disabilities including autism, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, seizure disorders, communication impairments, genetic disorders and syndromes, deaf-blindness and students who are extremely medically fragile. The goal at Jordan Valley School is to improve the quality of life for students, age five to 22, and their families. “It’s just a great opportunity for our kids to do things similar to their siblings. These kids don’t get to go to many football games or participate in after-school activities, but here they can dress up in amazing costumes, go to a pumpkin patch, decorate a pumpkin, dance and do some of the special activities associated with Halloween,” Smullen said. l
EDUCATION Sandy City Youth Council Mayors Ready to Lead, Learn About Community
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hen Sandy teenager Shelby Hewitt was looking for ways she could volunteer in the community, her mother suggested Sandy City Youth Council. “It honestly was the best decision I could have made,” the home-schooled senior said. “I have learned more about the process of the city and am out in the adult world making a difference.” After serving on the youth council last year, Shelby was asked, along with Jordan High senior Boyd Christiansen and Hillcrest High senior Melissa Regalado, to serve as this year’s youth mayors. “I was absolutely surprised and honored to be asked,” Shelby said. “I really love being a part of the council and learning about city government and learning how everything works together as well as giving service.” The youth council, which typically has about 25 high school members, meets weekly to learn about Sandy government, participate in community service projects and have social or educational experiences, such as bringing in speakers. For Shelby, it’s a fun way to meet people. “It’s my favorite way to meet other teenagers who have similar interests and goals, who want to learn and have fun. I really have a good time and these youth council members care about where they live and want to learn more about it,” she said. The group was sworn in Sept. 6 by Judge Paul Farr with Mayor Tom Dolan and Councilmember Steve Fairbanks in attendance. Then, on Sept. 20, they boarded a bus and toured Sandy with Dolan, who answered questions and pointed out new developments. “Meeting the mayor was a highlight. It’s pretty cool he took the time to talk to us and ask us questions. Councilman Steve Fairbanks is very amazing, just hearing of his life experiences, and his wife is very kind,” Shelby said. For fellow youth mayor Boyd Christiansen, who plans to oversee the council learning about the different parts of government, he appreciates the opportunity to learn about it firsthand. “I’m grateful to have the opportunity to get a ‘behind the scenes’ look at how our city government functions,” he said. “It’s a complicated balance to strike to keep all the stakeholders in mind as they make decisions for our city. I feel it’s given me a new perspective on my city — something I probably would have taken for granted otherwise. I think this position will help me in the future by helping me to be ready to look at multiple points of view and multiple solutions when I am trying to work successfully with others in a corporate or community setting. This year I’m hoping that we can hear from those involved in Sandy’s business development area, specifically about the new Cairns development plan. I want the (youth council) members to understand what’s on the horizon for Sandy as we become adults and what opportunities it presents for our peers.” Although Boyd knew about the youth council his sophomore year, he didn’t apply until his junior year as he had conflicts previously when the council met. The Sandy teen has been a Brigham Young University engineering department research assistant, participated in a Duke University talent identification program and currently serves as Jordan
High’s student government vice president. As a member of the National Honors Society and an Eagle Boy Scout, he is one of the founders of his school’s Maker Collective Technology Club and is an academic tutor and link crew member, a group that helps freshmen adjust to high school life. Now, after serving for his junior year and stepping into the role as mayor, he is a firm believer of the youth council. He hopes to encourage others in its mission. “I hope to learn how to take on additional responsibility successfully and how to be an advocate for learning about local government,” he said. The third mayor, Hillcrest High’s Melissa Regalado, joined to serve her community when she recognized the need. “Over Thanksgiving last year, we helped single moms and kids by organizing clothing and doing some crafts with the kids,” she said. “That was one of my favorite things, helping them out.” This year, Melissa oversaw the youth council as the group brainstormed plans they wanted to accomplish this year, from learning about forensics with the city’s crime lab to visiting the state capitol and the Matheson Courthouse and from planting trees near a golf course to helping seniors make gingerbread houses. “I’ve learned so much through the youth council and now have been given a chance to be a bigger part of it,” Melissa said. She said that through teamwork, she hopes the group will learn skills, such as organization and communication. “For me, this will help me with public speaking. As a freshman, I was very shy. I couldn’t even talk to the person next to me. Now even though I’m nervous, I’m proud that I’m able to speak in public and that has given me more confidence,” she said. That will help her now as she is involved in school activities as well as in the future. Melissa has been president, and currently serves as vice president, of Hillcrest’s Key Club, a group dedicated to giving community service; she mentors students through the Peer Leadership Team; is a member of the link crew; is a member of the National Honors Society and is a member of the cross-country and track teams. She also volunteers three hours each week at Primary Children’s Medical Center and holds a part-time job. “I was pretty excited (when asked to serve as mayor). I kept saying ‘thank you’ so many times. I’m very happy for this opportunity,” Melissa said. “I think as youth mayor, I can develop and refine my leadership skills and to be organized. I’ve learned every minute counts and I need to be productive so there is no time to waste.” For the past 22 years, Marsha Millet has been advising the youth council. “This is my favorite part of my job,” Millet said, adding that former council member, Justin Homer, is helping advise the group this year. “They build relationships with each other and the community. They work together as a team and develop individually. Boyd is a respectful, super kid. Shelby reaches out to others to get them to participate and is reliable. Melissa is a great kid who is service-minded and who is willing to do what it takes to be a good mayor. The council is a great group of young people who are learning the tools to help them become leaders and succeed.”
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Remembering 9/11: Utah’s Healing Field is a Treasured Tradition
ifteen years ago, our country was enveloped in fear as we experienced the first large-scale terror attack on American soil since the bombing of Pearl Harbor. On September 11, 2001, our nation was forever changed. Where once we felt invincible, we now felt vulnerable, as unknown enemies came into our daily lives, killing nearly 3,000 innocent people. We became unified in our patriotism and in our desire to both punish the offenders while better protecting Americans from future attacks. Knowing how important it was that we never forget those we lost, Sandy City became the first city in the country to pay tribute to America and our fallen heroes with a Healing Field. The Healing Field began
as a simple way to visualize and comprehend the sheer enormity of human loss that occurred on that fateful day. Paul Swenson, founder of the Healing Fields, is quick to credit Mayor Tom Dolan for making his idea a reality by partnering as the first host city and to continue his support in perpetuity. “The Healing Field would never have happened without Mayor Dolan being willing to take a risk that first year,” said Swenson. That decision has grown from the inaugural healing field in Sandy City to more than 600 healing fields stretching across the nation since 2002. Every year since 2002, thousands of people marvel at the 3,000 flags flying in solemn formation, each bearing the name of a victim of the 9/11 terrorist attack. It is a beloved tradition, with an important meaning: remembrance. “People have a tendency to forget a tragedy the further removed we are from it,” said Mayor Dolan. “We lost mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters. These were real people we lost and the
enormity of that loss should never become merely words in a history book. We as a nation were forever changed and we as individuals are irrevocably altered by the events of that day.” In remembering, we honor their lives and give meaning to their deaths. Sandy City is as proud to host The Healing Fields on the 15th anniversary as we were on the 1st anniversary. We will continue to remember and honor the day we lost so many and stood together as a nation.
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Alta Soccer Focuses on the Next Team as a Team By Billy Swartzfager | firstname.lastname@example.org
he girls soccer team at Alta High School has been fantastic through the first half of the 2016 season. The Hawks have lost only one game, their first of the season, against Weber on Aug. 10 in a grueling 2-1 battle. After that game, Alta won the next nine games they played, shutting seven of those opponents down without letting them score a goal. Alta is looking like tough competition for any team they face. The Hawks finished tied for first place in region seven in 2015 and played well in the state tournament, reaching the quarterfinals, where they were beaten by Wasatch 1-0. There were highlights from 2015 that have carried over to 2016 though, which have Alta moving in an incredible direction thus far. Sophomore Brecken Mozingo, who was an honorable mention for all-state last season, is leading the team and the state in scoring this season. As of Sept. 18, Brecken had scored 29 goals, including a ridiculous six-goal outburst against region adversary Skyridge on Aug. 30. “Brecken is tearing it up; she has done an amazing job,” Alta head coach Lee Mitchell said. “We like to play team ball and she fits in perfectly,” he added. The Hawks are a well-rounded group of players and the team is a mixed bunch as far as upper and lower classmen. There are only four returning seniors for 2016, one of whom is Sadie Mertlich, who had scored five goals of her own prior to going down for a couple of weeks with a knee injury. Sadie led Alta in scoring when she was a sophomore, but missed her entire junior year due to injury as well. Her latest injury was only a sprain and the team is hoping for a safe and productive return, as she is a
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Alta team huddled up getting ready for an opponent. (Michelle Porter/Resident)
leader on and off the field. In addition to Sadie and Brecken, the Hawks have junior goal keeper Sam Myers, who has held opponents scoreless an amazing seven times so far in 2016. Kat Adlard and Lizzy Porter are also heavy contributors to the Hawks’ success this season and are leading the way toward achieving goals the team has set for themselves.
“We want to win region and contend for a state title,” Mitchell said, who has been coaching soccer at Alta for many seasons. Winning titles isn’t the only thing Alta is focused on, though. The team wants to constantly show improvement by working hard every day and recognizing that the season and the opponents faced only increase in difficulty as time passes. Mitchell compared the season to climbing a mountain. “You have to start at the bottom. Toward the end of the climb, the terrain only gets steeper and a lot harder,” he said. The team also tries to stay focused on the task at hand, the closest game in their future, believing that in doing so, the team won’t get ahead of the present by thinking too much about something they haven’t earned yet. Mitchell wants them to take care of business first, then move on to the next opponent. “You can’t put the cart before the horse,” Mitchell said, “Or you’ll never get where you want to go.” “The next game is always the most important for us,” he added. So far, Mitchell is extremely proud of his team, and he has every reason to be. The team is 10-1 heading into the last part of a competitive season, fighting one match at a time toward a region seven title and a likely run toward a state championship. He feels his team has come together and the players are approaching their games the right way — as a group, a team, a unit, that, when standing together, can beat anyone they face. “We don’t care who scores or who gets the credit; we simply want the team to do well,” Mitchell said. l
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Alta Football Tough All Around By Billy Swartzfager | firstname.lastname@example.org
he Alta Hawks have started 2016 strongly. The team hasn’t lost a game this season, as of Sept. 16. The Hawks have scored at least 35 points in all but one of their contests, when they scored 32. They started the season at home against Taylorsville on Aug. 19, winning handily 49-20. The Hawks increased their offensive production the following Friday at Hillcrest, scoring a huge 67, while keeping the Huskies at 26. On offense, Alta is led by a lot of great players. Junior quarterback Will Dana has thrown over a dozen touchdown passes this season and is averaging over 200 yards per game. Team captain and junior Zach Engtrom, a receiver, has scored several touchdowns, both receiving as well as on the ground. Another team captain, senior running back and 2015 all-state recipient Joshua Davis, has scored a multitude of touchdowns as well, while averaging over 10 yards per carry and close to 200 per game. Alta facilitates a spread offense, running Joshua often, taking what defenses give them to work with. “Running multiple sets, we take what the defense gives,” Manti Teo, second-year head coach at Alta, said. “Running our offense is easier to do with a special back like (Joshua).” The Hawks are solid defensively, too. Alta’s third game of the season, at home against Dixie, was also a lopsided win. The Hawks won 35-14, keeping the visitors’ offense off of the field for the majority of the game. Senior team captain Matt Hola, who plays outside linebacker and defensive end, is following his all-state worthy 2015 season with another great showing, leading the team with a handful of sacks and over 40 tackles. Tyler Hill, also a senior, plays cornerback and has multiple interceptions
Senior team captain Joshua Davis running against Timpview earlier this season (Alta High School Football)
so far this season. And junior Mitch Medina, who plays middle linebacker, has over 50 tackles in 2016. “We bring a lot of pressure up front,” Teo said of his defense. “We run a 3-4 defense, using a lot of man-to-man to keep that pressure up.”
Alta began region play on Sept. 9 against Timpview at home, winning 32-24. Will threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns while Joshua added 248 yards and three touchdowns. The defense was tested more than they had been, but held their ground. The team followed the win against Timpview with a win against another region foe, Orem. The game went well for Alta, who won 47-28. Alta’s goals are simple: they want to win their region and compete in the postseason. They played well last year and want to build upon that success. The Hawks played into last season’s quarterfinal games and lost to eventual state champions East. Alta is looking fantastic so far and they have a solid chance of playing well into the fall. The Hawks are well coached as well as stacked with solid players. According to the coach, the kids are getting coached at every point in their games and practices. “We have a lot of special players and a lot of special coaches,” Teo said. “With that combination, we can fix a lot of problems together.” Alta will close out the season on Oct. 19, against Corner Canyon. The playoffs begin the following week on Oct. 28, and the Hawks should be there as a tough match-up for any program they end up playing. And, according to Teo, the team will be supported by the majority of the Alta student body, faculty and administration. “I am grateful to be at Alta, to work with a supportive student body and administration makes me excited to be a part of something special,” he said. l
Alta Volleyball Blending Skill and Toughness for 2016 By Billy Swartzfager | email@example.com
he volleyball players at Alta High School, who took second in region play last season, are a tough-looking team for 2016. The Hawks, in addition to having taken second in a thick 4A region seven race, played all the way to the semifinal match, losing a hard-fought battle against eventual state champion Bountiful, taking fourth place in 2015. That experience, as well as veteran leadership from several returning varsity seniors and a competitive spirit, will hopefully take the team as far this season, if not further. “Competitive, and fun,” Alta head coach Mike Gansauge said when asked to describe practice sessions with his team. The Hawks, according to Gansauge, do have fun together. The coach likes to get the young ladies out as a team to participate in service learning activities and team-building events. Alta even travels to Wyoming annually to play in a tournament with several schools from Wyoming and Idaho. The players look forward to beginning their season with the tournament. This year they finished the tournament 2-1, losing to host Green River. “The girls enjoy being together and over the years have developed a special bond with the host high school and community we travel to in Wyoming,” Gansauge said. This season’s team is led by a few girls who are returning from strong 2015 campaigns. Senior Mimi Dahlin, libero, was first team all-region last season. Lexington Walbeck, outside hitter, also a senior, was issued second team honors. And senior Kacey Blackner, middle blocker, was all-region honorable mention in 2015.
Alta Gearing up for a match earlier this season (Mimi Dahlin/Alta Volleyball)
Finishing second in the region and having such a strong crop of regional top performers could possibly lead to an even stronger season this year. Alta opened 2016 at home against region foe Provo on Sept. 8. The result was a 3-1 win. Alta followed Provo with matches against other schools including Mountain View, Skyridge and Orem, all important region matches. The Hawks finished that stretch 5-2, losing to Davis and Skyridge. Alta rounded out a tough September schedule against Timpview. Timpview played Bountiful and lost, taking the silver in last season’s state tournament. Alta won/lost in a very tough match,
which both teams wanted very badly. According to Gansauge, his team is known for its scrappy approach. Other teams prepare for the Hawks’ tenacity and noquit mentality. The team is also touted for its defensive prowess. Other teams expect Alta to be tough, but that is only because the Hawks expect the very same thing from themselves. “We come prepared every practice, ready to work hard, and expect the best of ourselves and teammates,” Gansauge said. Alta, like all teams, wants to win and play competitively against other teams in region seven and those they will face if the team reaches the state tournament. But the team’s focus has been placed on giving each match their best effort. The Hawks want to leave every challenge knowing they took their best versions of themselves onto the floor. “Of course we always want to take first in the region and first in state,” Mimi said, who has been playing volleyball for six years. “But our team’s goals are really about playing our best and always being able to improve and to learn through teamwork,” she added. Alta is well on its way to getting into the state tournament, which will be held Nov. 3 and 4 at Utah Valley University in Orem. According to Mimi, this year’s group is blending well and showing strength as a team, while being able to be competitive. If the Hawks can stay as tough as they have been and continue to stick to their goals of always playing as well as they can, the Hawks should not only play in the tournament, but play quite well. l
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As your County Councilman, I appreciate the responsibility that comes with serving our community. No subject is of greater concern to our state right now than opioid abuse and overdose deaths. The problem is pervasive, prevalent, and devastating. While deaths from firearms and vehicle Steven L. DeBry accidents receive far more attention from County Council District 5 our media, overdose deaths occur with more frequency. We rank 4th in the nation for prescription overdose deaths per 100,000 population. Most of those prescription overdose deaths come from Opioids, which are pain pills like Oxycodone (often called Oxycontin or Percocet), Fentanyl, and Hydrocodone (Vicodin). Overdoses from heroin also continue to rise. We cannot build enough prisons to jail our way out of this problem, and jailing those in need of treatment without sufficient recovery resources kicks the can down the road. We have to have a comprehensive set of solutions developed, and I am committed to developing those at the County Council. Councilmember Jenny Wilson and I co-sponsored a roundtable at the County Council to coordinate efforts on this critical public health issue. We heard from healthcare providers, public health experts, insurance companies, state leaders, our District Attorney and Sheriff, and from people who recovered from substance use disorders. Let me share with you a few things the County Council learned from this roundtable: • Addiction to Opioids can take just 1 week.
County Council Takes on Opioid Crisis • Since 1999, the rate of deaths from drug overdose in Utah doubled. • In Salt Lake County, that increase was 50%. • Utah averaged 1 opioid related death each day in 2015. • One of the most frequent areas for overdoses in the County is in the Southwest Valley. Our community is heavily impacted by this problem. • In the last 4 years, physicians have prescribed about half as many Opioid pills with each prescription. But it has not appreciably decreased Opioid related deaths. • While pills are less readily available on the street, heroin dealers have increased distribution. While Opioid abuse is never safe, heroin is far more dangerous, because it is produced with no quality control or regulation, and is often laced with other drugs in potentially deadly quantities and combinations. Our County Jail is full, and that largely stems from crimes associated with drug and alcohol abuse to help fuel habits of people with substance use disorders. As a police officer for 35 years, these trends have been noticeable and alarming. It’s in our neighborhoods. Addiction can turn decent people into criminals, and rob families of their loved ones. If we can save individuals from the scourge of substance use disorders, we can strengthen families and our community. Eventually that translates to saving tax dollars. From our Opioid summit, some solutions have begun to take hold. Finding ways to purchase Naloxone for first responders seems wise. Naloxone is a non-addictive prescription medication that helps to block the effects of opiates on the body. It saves lives of overdose victims when administered quickly after an overdose. Naloxone has been in use by EMTs for more than four decades because it is safe
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he Egyptian Theatre in Park City has a lot to celebrate in the upcoming weeks. On October 10 at 8 p.m., The Egyptian will host the band Firefall to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Park City Performances calling The Egyptian home. Park City Performances has provided programming for the longtime community staple since 1981. Firefall has toured with some of the biggest names in the business: Fleetwood Mac, The Band, The Beach Boys, Kenny Loggins, Journey, Heart, Electric Light Orchestra and the Marshall Tucker Band. With a performing span that has lasted more than 40 years, Firefall has some serious credentials under its belt including three certified gold albums, two platinum albums and 11 charttopping singles. The band’s biggest hit, “You are the Woman” has been played on commercial radio more than seven million times. Leading up to the 35th anniversary, The Egyptian will feature “Thriller” by Odyssey Dance Theatre. “Thriller” is a ghoulish annual tradition that will help set that Halloween mood with its mystifying and mesmerizing dance of monsters and maniacs. The Egyptian will also be celebrating its 90th birthday with a performance with local sensation Kurt Bestor. That’s right! That’s 90 years of providing thrilling live entertainment to the tourists and locals who love Park City and the arts. Then, from Jan. 4 to Jan. 8, The Egyptian will host American pop culture icon Village People. But perhaps the greatest accomplishment of The Egyptian is the fact that the world-renowned and unparalleled Sundance Film
Festival has held its marquee events at The Egyptian since Sundance rebranded back in 1985. During the days of the film festival, The Egyptian marquee and sign becomes the most photographed sign in the world. The Egyptian, as a performance venue, has existed in many variations in the area since the building and opening of the Park City Opera House in the late 1800s. But, a fire leveled the theatre in 1898, along with most of the town. In 1922, a new theatre was built on the site of what was called the Dewey Theatre. Influenced by the recent discovery of King
Tut’s tomb, The Egyptian Theatre opened on Christmas Day, 1926. Supervised by an Egyptologist, The Egyptian Theatre was adorned with lotus leaf motifs, scarabs, hieroglyphics and Egyptian symbols of life and happiness. Park City was once again flush with a first class showplace, this time for films and live performances. During the next several decades, the theatre underwent several cycles of demise and rebirth. But like the majestic phoenix of legend, the theatre was reborn from the ashes of tragedy to provide the community a gathering place for high quality, social, intimate, if not slightly irreverent, live entertainment options for all. Every week, the theatre fills the stage with wonders to behold ranging from comedies, to live music, to community events and dance performances. The Egyptian helps to make a night out in Park City unforgettable. “The Egyptian Theatre is a community asset dedicated to enriching lives through the performing arts,” The Egyptian mission statement reads. And, enriched it has. Upcoming acts of note include the Blind Boys of Alabama, British Invasion, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Robert Earl Keen, The 2017 Sundance Film Festival and Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone. Details about upcoming shows, times, events and pricing can be found at http://www.egyptiantheatrecompany.org/ or call 435-649-9371. The Egyptian is proudly located in historic Park City at 328 Main Street. l
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o mother wants to hear her child speak the words “I want to die.” But for parents of children battling depression, that is Aimee Winder Newton a fear. And for me, it became a reality when County Council District 3 one of my own children was struggling and needed help. It was 10:30 p.m. one summer night when my son came to me and shared his thoughts of suicide. As a mother, I am so grateful that he was willing to speak up. But I didn’t know what to do or who to call. Mental illness is one of those “taboo” subjects in our culture, and we really need to change that. We also need to take seriously our teens crying out for help. My son is very brave and has allowed me to share his story so that others can get the help they need. After this particular incidence, I learned that the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute or “UNI” has a crisis line. This line is
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understand your childhood. 1. Get your pumpkin from a pumpkin patch. This activity is fun and can make for a great yearly tradition. Trudging through row after row of orange to find the perfect gourd delights pumpkin seekers of all ages. Yes, it may cost slightly more than the grocery store’s perfect version, but field pumpkins educate children about where and how we get our vegetables, plus it supports our local farming community. Plus, if you wait until Halloween to carve it, pumpkins make pretty good cookies, too. Visit coupons4utah.com/pumpkin-treats for a recipe. 2. Decorate a Halloween cookie. And, speaking of cookies, no I didn’t say “frost” a Halloween cookie, I said “decorate.” Get out that creativity with Halloween colors, decorative sugars and different shaped cookie cutters. 3. Design a Halloween costume using only items found around the house.
Instead of running to the store, throw out a challenge to your little monsters to come up with a costume on their own using household materials. Sheets, scarves, old sunglasses, hangers, old clothes and shoes, pillows, cardboard boxes, wrapping paper and yes, even toilet paper can make for imaginative costumes. 4. Enjoy a hay ride, corn maze or other fall activity. There are many reasons you can talk yourself out of doing this activity—ignore them, and just go do it. A parent’s role in Halloween is passive as it is. Stop being the observer while your kids are having fun and do something together. 5. Watch a vintage scary Halloween movie. While your kids’ ages will most certainly determine the movies you allow them to watch, scary movies of yesterday are less scary and less violent than many of today’s blockbusters. This year, with the passing of Gene Wilder, Mel Brook’s “Young Frankenstein” is calling my
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Things I Learned at the Statue of Liberty
magine the worst family reunion ever. Add some cholera and a couple dozen languages and you’ll get an idea of the conditions immigrants faced when traveling to America in the early 1900s. You think your Aunt Maude is annoying? Imagine being stuffed in a ship’s berth with her for almost two weeks. But then. One morning you step onto the deck and see the Statue of Liberty standing in the New York Harbor, lifting her lamp and welcoming you to America. Breathtaking. The hubby and I visited New York this summer and Lady Liberty was one of our first stops. At 130 years old, and standing 22-stories tall, she continues to attract people from all over the world who view her as a light in the darkness, a symbol of freedom, and the best place to buy overpriced ice cream cones and Statue of Liberty back scratchers. While navigating the crowds on Liberty Island, I learned some things I thought I’d share with you. 1. Selfie sticks need to go. Maybe it’s an evolutionary stage. Maybe in 100 years, our arms will be three feet longer to accommodate our narcissistic self-obsession to document everything we do with a photo. I watched as girls stood in front of Lady Liberty, extended their selfie sticks and took seven or eight dozen pictures, flipping their hair from side to side and making kissy, duck faces at their cameras. By the angle of the phone, I’m sure the statue wasn’t even in the photo. 2. I’m so white. Picture hundreds of people with beautiful
skin colors ranging from ebony to creamy mocha, and everything in between. And then there’s me. Boring white. And not just sorta white. I’m fluorescent-lightbulb-shining-in-anigloo white. And it wasn’t just the skin colors. People streamed past in bright saris, colorful headscarves and multi-colored robes. I stood wearing America’s national uniform of shorts, a T-shirt and sneakers. All I was missing was a fanny pack and tube socks. 3. I’m not good at butting in line. Part of the Statue of Liberty experience was standing in line. For everything. I waited for the restroom, the drinking fountain, the tickets, the ferry and the souvenir Statue of Liberty plastic crowns. But not
everyone chose to wait in line. Some people (you know who you are!) did the line merge where they slowly blend their way to the front of the line. My hateful glaring did nothing to stop them. 4. Tourists will buy anything. Americans commercialize everything, and Lady Liberty is no exception. If you’re looking for a Statue of Liberty snow-globe, bumper sticker, shot glass, toothbrush, underwear set or decorative clock, a crowded ferry ride to Liberty Island will fulfill all your dreams. 5. She still stands for freedom. At the statue’s right foot, a broken shackle and chain rest on the pedestal, representing freedom from oppression. Through all the shrieking immigration debates, her promise still resonates in the hearts of people all over the world: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Lady Liberty is a pretty cool old lady. For more than a century she’s welcomed refugees, tourists, immigrants and dignitaries. She’s starred in several movies. She’s inspired poetry, anthems, songs and memes. But her real accomplishment is that whoever visits Liberty Island feels like part of a global family reunion with dozens of languages, cultures and dreams. Breathtaking. l
Vol. 16 Iss. 10