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FREE After the Prudential Spirit of Community awards ceremony, “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts jokes with Utah’s top youth volunteers, Wes Orton, of Salt Lake City, and Amelia SlamaCatron, of Sandy. Photo courtesy of Zach Harrison Photography
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Sandy Teen Honored For Volunteerism At National Award Ceremony In Washington, D.C. By Julie Slama
tah’s top middle school volunteer of 2015, Amelia SlamaCatron, 14, was honored May 3 in the nation’s capitol for her outstanding volunteer service during the 20th annual presentation of the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Amelia, who is an eighth-grade student at Midvale Middle School, resides in Sandy. Amelia, along with other top youth volunteers from across the United States and several other countries, received a $1,000 award and personal congratulations from “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts at an award ceremony and gala dinner reception held at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Along with the monetary award, which Amelia plans to put toward her college education, she received a silver medallion and the all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the four days of recognition events. “I didn’t do something specific for the award, but they highlighted the 120 hours I gave service to Treehouse Children’s Museum in Ogden,” Amelia said. “I have helped coach youth sports
teams, helped do yard work and paint a refurbished home for a family who was sheltered at The Road Home, put up flags for the 9/11 Healing Field and helped a younger Girl Scout troop for five years. Service isn’t something I go out of my way to do: it’s just what I do and part of who I am. You don’t have to change the world to do volunteer work. If you just help one person, you have showed you care and changed his or her world.” The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary Schools Principals, named Amelia as Utah’s top middle school youth volunteer in February. Her assistant principal, B.J. Weller, submitted a recommendation after Amelia turned in an application. Weller, who said she is the first student to win the award at Midvale Middle School, presented the medallion to Amelia at a school assembly on April 3.
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uesday morning, I received the shocking news that my dear friend Norm Bangerter had suffered a severe stroke. My thoughts and prayers were with him and I was saddened but relieved when I heard that he had passed away Tuesday afternoon. Norm had many great qualities, but he was not a patient man and frankly he would have made an awful invalid. There is much that has been written and said about the former governor this week, but I had a unique attachment and relationship with the guy. I remember when I was deputy lt. governor and met with him for the first time. Here was a guy from the west side who beat an entrenched Democrat in the Watergate year. Upon meeting him, I understood why. He was smart, bright, commonsensical. He knew how to get things done and how to bring people along with him. He and Jim Hansen, who later became the longest serving congressmen in the history of our state, made a phenomenal duo with Hansen as speaker and Norm as majority leader. What I respected about these two is that they worked closely with Scott Matheson, the Democratic governor, and did what was right for the state. It was a golden era. After Jim Hansen’s election to Congress, the Republicans made Norm speaker. I dealt with many great speakers, a couple not so great, but without question, Norm was the best I personally ever dealt with. During this time, it was the tradition of the House that a speaker serve only one term and leave the body, but future speakers Garff, Karas, Brown, Bishop and others wanted Norm to be governor and elected him to an unprecedented second term. Up until this time, this had only happened one other time in the history of the state. I became close to Norm and he asked me to run his campaign for governor in 1984. At the time, it was not certain whether popular Governor Scott Matheson would run again or not. Norm announced and Scott announced a week later that he was not running. Norm used to tease that once Matheson heard that he was running he got out of the race. This was not the case, but it was a fun jest.
The race for the Republican nomination was tough. Bob Wright, who came close to beating Matheson in 1980 was running, Dan Marriott, a popular Republican Congressman from Utah decided to run as well as respected Utah State Senator Karl Snow. And yes, there was a gadfly in the race, former Salt Lake County Republican Chair Laura Ferguson. Norm and Colleen worked hard. They spent an entire year on the road. We arranged for Republican House members, who all but a couple of RINOs, were not only
By Doug Foxley death. There was then State Senator Paul Rogers who was a fundraising whiz, Dave Buhler, who took a leave from Senator Hatch’s Office, L.J. Godfrey, Rick Evans, Taz Biesinger and so many others. After coming in first in the State Republican Convention, we decided to do the unconventional and put what few resources we had into media hoping that when the first Dan Jones Poll came out that we would be within striking distance of Dan Marriott if not ahead. Dan was a good man, but we felt
Left to right: Governor Bangerter, Steve Foxley and Doug Foxley.
supporting Norm but they agreed to hold meetings in their homes for all of the friends and former delegates. What was amazing, is that even though Karl Snow was a most effective state senator, the majority of Utah state senators endorsed Norm and worked hard holding events for him in their homes. It was a real grassroots effort aided by the late great Julie Orchard and Judy Schiffman, Norm and Colleen’s neighbor who later served as Colleen’s assistant and took care of Colleen when she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and subsequently married Norm after Colleen’s
that there was not strong support for him. Our assumption was correct, and when Dan’s first KSL-Deseret News Poll came out we were ahead. The money was tight, but after that poll it started coming in and we went on to beat Dan Marriott and Karl Snow in the Republican primary and handily defeated former Congressman Wayne Owens in November to make Norm the first Republican governor in Utah in 20 years. 1984 was a unique time, for it was the first time that a governor and lt. governor ran in tandem. Prior to that time, there was
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initially just a secretary of state who later became lt. governor secretary of state. It was an amazing process for finding a candidate. In the end, it came down to two great guys, former Senator Doug Bischof who led the Reagan efforts in Utah, and an talented young state auditor from Orem named Val Oveson. In the end, Val was chosen, and he was an awesome lt. governor. There are many stories I could tell, but I will spare you. You all know about Kennecott shutting down along with Geneva Steel just weeks before Norm was inaugurated. You know about the floods, the pumps, and his leadership to save education. The repudiation by the U.E.A., the race with Ted Wilson and Merrill Cook. In the end, after being 30 points behind, we won 41, 38 for Wilson, and 22 for Cook. But what you don’t know is that Norm was a good, decent human being who never did anything wrong. There is not an off color joke, story, or any inappropriate behavior with respect to anyone. He was a problem solver who never started life out thinking he would be governor. His natural talents and abilities continued to open doors and opportunities for him. One cannot talk about Norm and his legacy without thinking about all of the people that he brought into state government: Dave Adams, Dave Grant, Kirk Green, Dave Johnson, Julie Orchard, Judy Schiffman, Steve Mecham, Francine Giani, Dave Buhler, John T. Nielsen, Bud Scruggs, Carol Nixon, Bonnie Stevens, Ed Leary, Alice Shearer, Leigh Vonderesch and oh so many more. Their legacy, like his, is one of true public service and behaving in a manner that public servants should. Norm, I will miss you, but you taught me many things. You were a true friend and mentor and may your reunion with Colleen be a sweet one. Thanks for being who you were, a humble carpenter from Granger, Utah, who served this state well. Sincerely, Doug Foxley m i ss i o n s tate m e n t
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Teen Honored continued from page 1 “I heard about the award five years ago when I saw a Girl Scout receive the award and thought at the time, it was pretty cool. Then, I forgot about it until my mother found information about the award and I filled it out, but never thought I had a chance of winning,” she said. During the recognition events, Amelia was interviewed about why she volunteers. “I volunteer because it’s a great way to give back to the community, and I know that is what everyone says, but it is so true. It’s so rewarding to see how it can help you and you can gain experiences you wouldn’t have gotten otherwise. It has helped me to expand as a person and opened my eyes to all these different types of people and the needs in our community,” she said. Amelia also shared her project with Utah Senator Mike Lee and was told by Senator Orrin Hatch, “I’m proud of you.” Prudential Financial Chairman and CEO John Strangfeld said that Amelia is an example of youth volunteerism today. “What she has done, just simple acts and giving of herself and time, is what these awards are about,” he said. “These young people have demonstrated leadership, compassion and perseverance.” Amelia was selected as one of the 102 honorees from more than 33,000 middle level and high school students nationwide who participated in this year’s program. The honorees took time in Washington, D.C. to read, or listen to students read, to kids in inner-city schools. NASSP President G.A. Buie added, “These honorees represent the best of what America’s youth have to offer. They have set a powerful example for their peers by proving that
Senator Orrin Hatch gives Amelia Slama-Catron a congratulatory hug for her outstanding volunteer service and receipt of the Prudential Spirit of Community Award. Photo courtesy of Julie Slama one young person really can make a difference.” Amelia said the experience in Washington, D.C. was amazing. “One of the best parts of the trip was getting to meet other middle school and high school honorees who have impacted our world and proven that teens aren’t all lazy or self-absorbed
— that we really care and want to make a difference. It was also memorable to ask Robin Roberts a question about who was one of the most inspirable people or stories she covered and why,” Amelia said. Amelia also received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for her over 100 hours of service and received a personalized certificate from President Barack Obama. In addition to volunteering, Amelia is Midvale Middle School’s National Junior Honor Society president, served on student council, plays tenor saxophone in the school band, competes on the intramural cross country, basketball and soccer teams, and participated on the school’s Lego robotics team. She also advanced to the regional levels in history fair and science fair, the latter where she earned a second place special award and third place in her category of environmental management. Amelia has played piano for nine years, plays the clarinet in the school district’s youth symphony and is a competitive soccer player. She also was a finalist in the Utah Jazz fun shot competition and was selected to attend the Young Women and Science session of the Teton School of Science. As a nine year member of Girl Scouts, Amelia participates in both the Council’s Miss Media and Advocacy Apprentice programs and was the flag ceremony caller at the national conference this past fall in Salt Lake City. She will be honored this spring as the number two top cookie seller in the state and has earned her Silver Award. The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program was created in 1995 to identify and recognize young people for outstanding volunteer service—and in so doing, inspire others to volunteer, too. In the past 20 years, the program has honored more than 100,000 middle level and high school volunteers at the local, state and national level. l
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Construction Crews Discover Ancient Site In Dimple Dell Aimee L. Cook
Peripheral Neuropathy: WAR NING
South Jordan, UT — In our office we have seen far too many patients suffering with the debilitating symptoms of peripheral neuropathy like burning, weakness, pain, numbness, and tingling. We even see individuals whose neuropathy is so far advanced they are at risk of having their feet amputated.
andering along the trail heads in Dimple Dell Canyon, you are sure to find places where people have camped or even cooked. But when Questar Gas construction crews were in the area near the Wrangler Trailhead working on a natural-gas pipeline, they uncovered something more, something ancient. Workers discovered soot-stained rock and charcoal debris, and would later learn they had found a prehistoric dwelling, complete with a pit house. Archeologist Lance McNees of Ecolog-
Figure 1: Falls affect millions of seniors in the U.S. every year.
Below: Archaeological technician Michael Hori digs through ancient remains found in Dimple Dell. Right: Projectile point found at pit house in Dimple Dell.
ic Environmental Consultants, which contracts with Questar, was called in to take a look at the findings. They began excavating and removing the overburden to get at the small remnants. Originally it was thought that the site was 3,000 years old, but after further removal of the remnants, they now feel the site is closer to between 500 and 1,500 years old. “There have not been very many of those excavations in the Salt Lake Valley,” McNees said. “It is an uncommon thing, so it really provides a lot of data to us as archeologists. We collected all the artifacts, took samples of the dirt in the pit house and all the other raw data,
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However, none of these are the reason neuropathy can be a deadly condition. The biggest risks from peripheral neuropathy are the balance problems and falls that this condition can cause. You see, the nerves in your feet help send signals to your brain to maintain proper balance. When the nerves are damaged by neuropathy it is common to feel like you are off balance, or going to fall. Many of you reading this may have already fallen, and live in fear that your next fall may result in a fracture or concussion. Sadly, over 2.4 million seniors in the U.S. every year visit the emergency room each year due to falls, and nearly 23,000 die. This damage that results in balance problems is commonly caused by a lack of blood flow to the nerves in the hands and feet which causes the nerves to begin to degenerate due to lack of nutrient flow. As you can see in Figure 2, as the blood vessels that surround the nerves become diseased they shrivel up which causes the nerves to not get the nutrients to continue to survive. When these nerves begin to “die” they cause you to have balance problems as well as, pain, numbness, tingling, burning, and many additional symptoms. and then it was covered up and reclaimed.” Many items have been found for researchers to analyze from this ancient site alone. Animal bones, an obsidian cutting tool or hunting tip, several projectile points and other stone tools were uncovered and labeled for further research to learn more about the indigenous people who lived there. “What an interesting history this area enjoys,” Mayor Dolan said. “To think these ancient sites exist right here in our community testifies to the rich heritage that Utah offers. We need to protect and preserve this newfound discovery.” l
Figure 2: When these very small blood vessels become diseased they begin to shrivel up and the nerves begin to degenerate.
To make matters worse, too many doctors simply prescribe medications which don’t fix the cause of the problem. Even worse, some of these drugs have side effects that include dizziness and loss of balance! There is now a facility right here in South Jordan that offers you hope without taking those endless drugs with serious side effects. (See the special neuropathy severity examination at the end of this article.) In order to effectively treat your neuropathy three factors must be determined. 1) What is the underlying cause? 2) How Much Nerve Damage Has Been Sustained. NOTE: Once you have sustained 85% nerve loss, there is likely nothing that we can do for you. 3) How much treatment will your condition require? The treatment we use in our office is like watering a plant. This technology will allow the blood vessels to grow back around the periphFigure 3: The blood vessels will grow back around the nerves much like a plant’s roots grow when watered. eral nerves and provide them with the proper nutrients to heal and repair. It’s like adding water to a plant and seeing the roots grow deeper and deeper. The amount of treatment needed to allow the nerves to fully recover varies from person to person and can only be determined after a detailed neurological and vascular evaluation. As long as you have not sustained at least 85% nerve damage there is hope! Dr. M. Shane Watt at NeuroBolic Health Center will do a Neuropathy Severity Examination to determine the extent of the nerve damage for only $57. This neuropathy severity examination will consist of a detailed sensory evaluation, extensive peripheral vascular testing, and a detailed analysis of the findings of your neuropathy. Call 801-495-4444 to determine if your peripheral neuropathy can be treated, pain reduced, and your balance restored. Our Peripheral Neuropathy program is the most comprehensive and state of the art treatment that exists in Utah. Dr. M. Shane Watt Chiropractic Physician
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Healthy Partnership Lends Itself To Healthy Residents
By Aimee L. Cook
he Healthy Sandy Partnership program is celebrating its 20-year anniversary this year. This successful program encompasses more than just promoting healthy eating and exercise. The program, along with the many volunteers and sponsors, strives to create healthy residents through addressing all lifestyle habits that include safety, substance abuse and addiction, sleep and relationships. Whatever area you need help with, odds are there is an initiative in place to address it. The partnership is one between Sandy City, Alta View Hospital, The Salt Lake County Health Department and the Canyons School District. Healthy Sandy Summit is one of the newer programs. It challenges residents to achieve and maintain optimal health and wellness. It works by each participant selecting and tracking their own monthly challenges and annual challenges and providing events to keep them going. As they complete challenges, they can bring their tracker into select locations and collect Summit Cards. Depending on the number of Summit Cards collected, award medallions are given. It’s the gift that keeps on giving. M. Gordon Johnson, volunteer chairperson for the Healthy Sandy Partnership, believes that prevention is the key to healthy communities. Johnson has been part of the program since its inception and has seen many positive changes in his own community. “Everyone wants good health, but relatively few want to change,” Johnson said. “It’s uphill all the way in trying to
help people to make changes in their lives, but I personally can’t think of a more important thing for me personally and for our family to promote than healthy practices, because 80 percent of our diseases are preventable.” Johnson recently addressed Participants in the Healthy Sandy Partnership programs attend events and receive awards for meeting their the Utah Public Health Associpersonal goals. ation at a conference where he Johnson and a committee decided to take a holistic apstressed the importance of being well and staying well. The Healthy Sandy Partnership, and particularly the Healthy Sandy proach to personal health improvement that addressed more than Summit program, is an excellent tool for adults and children just physical activity, weight loss and nutrition. They wanted individuals to choose their own priorities and support them. to get fit and healthy right in their own communities. “From time to time we see demonstrators in the news The result was the Healthy Sandy Summit. This program, carrying signs like this: ‘Healthcare is a Civil Right’. But, along with the partnerships that help support it, is changing have you ever seen demonstrators carrying placards that read, the way people view health. They have found that taking a ‘Prevention is a Personal Responsibility’?” Johnson said. personal approach often finds the most success. “The Healthy Sandy Partnership is the longest estab“Millions of Americans demand the best possible healthcare when they come to the ER, but few of them feel any personal lished program and is such an asset to the county,” Beverly Hyatt Nevell, PhD, MPH, bureau manager from the Salt responsibility for their health.” Lake County Health Department, said. “The program and the work that has been done has influenced every resident in Sandy. Some of them are not even aware because of the Bring your tracker to one of the check-off locations and collect various campaigns and messages (immunizations) that they Summit Cards for completed challenges: are part of the Healthy Sandy Partnership.” l
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Patrons Get Wise About Water And Gardening At Annual Fair By Aimee L. Cook
ach year Sandy City hosts the annual garden fair at the Sego Lily Gardens, located at 1472 E. Sego Lily Drive, during the first week of May, which is designated Water Week in Utah. Living in the desert can wreak havoc on your lawn and garden, and this year is no exception: our water totals are at just 22 percent of normal statewide due to the mild winter.
the brainchild of Judith M. Bell, public utilities director from 1995-2004, and was designed to educate the public on how to use water conservation practices while still creating a beautiful landscape. Throughout the garden are interpretive signs and identification tags to further public education on the various plants. Throughout the year, local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and church groups volunteer at
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Patrons attending the annual garden fair to learn about water-wise plants and landscapes. Photo courtesy of Sego Lily Gardens The fair offers booths filled with educational handouts on water-wise plants, and specialists are on hand to help patrons understand and implement water conservation. Sandy City has done such an outstanding job with this program that the City was awarded a Best of State award in 2011 for their Public Utilities Department and its conservation efforts. “The annual fair is a way to encourage residents to come learn more about water-wise plants and sprinkler systems,” Kimberly Bell, Sandy City Public Utilities, support services manager, said. “At this event we discuss how to repair and replace sprinkler heads and how to plant in similar watering zones to reduce over watering. We have over 1,100 species of plants, shrubs and trees in the garden that help demonstrate how you can have a colorful and beautiful landscape while still conserving water. Having the garden fair brings people together to visit with experts in many fields. We also have a children’s event to help grow interest in gardening and landscaping for the future.” Sego Lily Gardens, named after the state flower, is located on 2.5 acres of land surrounding an underground water storage tank that can hold 5 million gallons of water. The idea was
the gardens, maintaining the grounds and helping with planting. Patrons visiting the garden learn the importance of improving soil, plant selection, practical turf areas, irrigating and how to use mulch while maintaining your landscape. It’s nice to know that being water wise does not mean you have to sacrifice a beautiful and colorful yard. l
Colorful groundcover abounds in the Sego Lily Gardens. Photo courtesy of Sego Lily Gardens
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Will Sandy Adopt A ‘No-Kill’ Philosophy?
he Sandy City Council is currently deciding whether Sandy will become a “no-kill” city for animals. A great deal of time and effort has been spent in considering this change, and major no-kill advocate groups, such as the Salt Lake County Animal Shelter and Best Friends Animal Society, have offered their assistance with budget information and resources. Both organizations have appeared at City Council meetings to express their views and help educate the Council and city administration on the philosophy and all that it entails. Several Sandy residents have also taken advantage of the public comment portion of the weekly City Council meetings to have their voices heard and show their support for this transition. While the Council is still divided on the issue, the residents who have appeared have shown incredible passion in pleading with them to make Sandy a safe place for animals. While the term “no-kill” has become fairly common, many are still unfamiliar with what it actually means. The no-kill philosophy eliminates the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable animals. It promotes adoption, spaying/neutering and the humane treatment of all animals. Euthanasia is only used as a means of mercy or to put down an animal that endangers the health, safety or welfare of any resident. The major
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I change that would be implemented is that no animal would be euthanized due to a lack of space or funds. The shelters would look to residents to foster and/or adopt animals, since keeping animals out of shelters is one of the main goals. Many residents have raised questions about several areas that have problems with feral cats. If transitioned to a no-kill city, Sandy animal services would trap the cats in order to neuter them as a method of population control, and then release them back into the area in which they were found as they are not considered adoptable. The transition would mean significant budget changes and possibly even a change in the services offered by the Sandy Animal Shelter, and the options are being carefully weighed before a final decision by the Council is reached. l
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n a press conference on April 27, Mayor Tom Dolan announced Sandy City’s joint campaign with ParentsEmpowered.org to help put a stop to underage drinking. The campaign specifically focuses on adults who provide alcohol to minors, and each of the Sandy Police squad cars will have a sticker on the back door that says, “Seat reserved for adults giving alcohol to minors.” “Parents think that it’s okay to give alcohol to their kids at home,” said Police Chief Kevin Thacker, during a presentation to the City Council. “They think it’s better to give it to them at home than for them to go out and drink. Giving alcohol to minors is a Class B misdemeanor, which means up to $1000 in fines and one year in jail, the same as a DUI.” With proms and graduations just around the corner, the timing could not be better for a campaign like this. “Parents just need to be involved in their kids’ lives,” said Chief Thacker. While this campaign will lead to a ride in the backseat of a police car, it is more about preventing minors from traveling down a destructive path. Sandy is the only city that ParentsEm-
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Statewide Bills Passed Into Law On May 12 By Lewi Lewis
n May 12 Utah actualized nearly 500 new laws that span the legislative panoramic, with everything from seat belts to a law that reclaims Utah’s status as the only state with the firing squad as a legal way to execute. Some of the more illustrious and relevant revisions are: Firing Squad - Now a legal form of execution, this method will be used as a secondary tactic if drugs used for lethal injection are not available. Seat Belts – Previously, if you were older than the age of 18, you could be ticketed for not wearing a seat belt, but only if pulled over for another offense. Beginning on May 12, the new law states that not wearing a seat belt is a primary offense, meaning that police officers can and will pull a driver over if he or she is not wearing a seat belt. The same goes for a passenger. The law allows for an officer to give a warning on the first offense and a $45 fine on the second that can be waived upon completion of a 30-minute online safety course. Powdered Alcohol - If you were hoping to experience powdered alcohol, a powder that you can sprinkle into your water to give it an alcohol content, you’re out of luck … if you live in Utah.
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F Utah made the sale of powdered alcohol, or “Palcohol,” illegal just a day after The Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau approved the new product. Body Cameras – At the cost of nearly a half-million dollars, the Department of Safety has plans to equip all state police officers with body cameras. The new law mandates that police must be recording when carrying out forceful search warrants, in order to give the public a chance to experience what transpires when the rubber meets the road. The exhaustive list of new laws can be found by visiting http://le.utah.gov.
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Alta Physics Teacher Named Canyons District’s Top Educator
andwiched between two beds of nails, an Alta High physics teacher endures the smashing of a 100-pound cinder block on his chest just to demonstrate the concept of pressure to his students. “All I feel is a push from the hammer blow, nothing sharp,” Matt Leininger said, before explaining the large surface of nails spreads out the total force being thrust upon him.
Leininger received the award April 28 at a Canyons Board of Education meeting. He was selected from 46 teachers who were nominated from every Canyons District school. He received a glass trophy, a $1,000 award from the Canyons Education Foundation and other items from community businesses. “This has been overwhelming and caught me as a surprise because I love teaching and doing what I’m doing,” he said. “I’m very
Alta High teacher Matt Leininger lies between beds of 1,400 nails during a demonstration of pressure. Bringing physics to life is part of the reason Leininger was named Canyons School District Teacher of the Year. Photo courtesy of Denise Ferguson He launches into the mathematical equation of pressure equaling force divided by area so students will fully understand this demonstration. It’s just one of several demonstrations, or hands-on experiences, in which students participate while taking his class, and one of several reasons why Leininger was named Canyons School District Teacher of the Year.
humbled and honored, and this award validates what I’ve put my heart and soul into and what I strive to become better with each inservice.” Leininger didn’t pick teaching as his first career. “I wanted to be like my dad and be a mechanical engineer. I was a talented math student and started studying engineering at BYU (Brigham Young University). I worked
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eininger, who has been at Alta the past three of his 16 years teaching, admits not all of his students share his love of physics, but he tries to teach them that they use physics every day, whether they realize it or not, and engages them in memorable experiences. “I have students in my class that don’t like physics, but they have said they love my class. I try to explain that physics is applied math and any decision they make comes
ebbi and Roland Radack joined other Silver Mesa Elementary family members lining the path at Falcon Park May 8, cheering on students who finished running either 1.5 or 3 miles in an effort to raise funds for new Chromebooks for the school. Roland Radack joined his first-grade grandson, Joshua, on the last lap. “We’re getting new computers so I can do math games like Moby Max and Reflex Math,” Joshua said. “I was running around the school field (to get ready for the jog-a-thon).” Debbi Radack, who held a sign for Joshua, said that she, like other families, sent in pledges to help raise money for the Chromebooks. “I haven’t worked on a Chromebook, but I help with reading and volunteer in the class,” she said. Principal Julie Fielding said that they hope to raise $12,000 to purchase 33 Chromebooks, along with a cart that can be moved from classroom to classroom. Chromebooks are laptop computers running Google’s Chrome OS as their operating system. “We want to increase technology here and this way, any teacher can have access to the Chromebooks,” she said. Currently, the school has about 175 laptops or Chromebooks for 300 students. “It’s a digital world and as digital citizens, they will need to be able to be proficient in a number of skills, starting with keyboarding. Technology is changing how we teach and learn, and we need to integrate it more into our classrooms,” Fielding said. Fitness is another “big push” for Silver Mesa students, Fielding said. “We encourage kids to run and walk
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Debbi Radack takes a photo of her grandson, Joshua, and her husband, Roland, after they complete Silver Mesa’s jog-a-thon together at Falcon Park. The run started at the school. Photo courtesy of Julie Slama
Silver Mesa Elementary students and family members run to raise funds for new Chromebooks. The jog-a-thon combines the school’s focus on fitness and technology, according to Principal Julie Fielding. Photo courtesy of Julie Slama
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she started teaching at the school 17 years ago. “It has grown to become a fun tradition. This is the first year we’ve offered the 5K.” For second grader Payton Manukyan, it’s a chance to have fun with friends, her mom, Amanda and little sister, Lilit, while running to help her condition for her recreational soccer team. “I like to spend time with my mom as we jog the fun run, and I’ve run laps around the school field with my friends the past two weeks,” she said. “It gets me healthy and it’s fun.” l
through the logic of physics. When I teach, I see the students as my own children in their seats, needing praise and discipline. I treat them with respect, love and making sure they know I care about them. I teach them success isn’t an option. It is a result where everyone finds success,” said the father of four. Leininger, who also helps with the afterschool robotics program and coaches swimming and tennis, points out that students learn about electronic waves with their cell phones or study friction when they turn a car’s wheels. Students learn about projectiles when they make and set off rockets and learn about alternative forms of energy when they study solar cars. “Physics is something you experience every day, each day and it is a lot of fun,” he said. Leininger and the other two finalists, Sandy Elementary’s Bethany Smith and Midvale Middle’s Kattie Dewald, learned they were finalists in early April. After being interviewed and observed teaching, the selection committee named Leininger as the top teacher for 2015. He still doesn’t know who initially nominated him. Smith and Dewald each received a $500 check from the Canyons Education Foundation. l
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Sandy Chamber Young Entrepreneurs Investor Panel Shark Tank Event
he event of the year has come and gone for 24 Sandy Chamber Young Entrepreneurs. The Young Entrepreneurs Academy Investor Panel Shark Tank Event was held at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium on May 6, 2015 with hundreds in attendance. At the event, the aspiring CEOs pitched their business ideas to a premier panel of 10 local business and education leaders for real funding and scholarships. With a pool of $12,500 in potential funding, a $1,000 scholarship to the U of U Lassonde Institute, a $500 shopping spree to Sam’s Club, Laura and McKinley, Co-CEOs of Socquet, being awarded $1,600.00 in funding for their business and a chance to compete at YEA semi-finals in Phoenix, Ariz. and Laura, CEOs of Socquet. Laura and McKinley will be competing at the YEA semifinals in Phoenix, Ariz. on Friday, May 15, 2015. To follow their journey through semi-finals and into finals, follow them on Instagram at www.instagram.com/playsocquet. For product information, visit www.PlaySocquet.com. All of the 2014-2015 Sandy Chamber YEA students at the YEA Investor Panel Shark Tank Event. free VIP Prototyping with Salt Lake Community College, and an opportunity to move on to semi-finals in Phoenix, Ariz., created a fierce competition between the 15 businesses that were presenting. All businesses that presented were awarded a portion of the $12,000 funding pool. The winners of the $500 Sam’s Club shopping spree were Peter and Ethan, CEOs of We Change Filters. The free VIP prototyping with SLCC was awarded to Cameron, CEO of CampLite, and Ben and Cannon, CEOs of Board Armor USA. Peyton, CEO of Pull and Fit Trashbags, was awarded the prestigious $1,000 scholarship to the U of U Lassonde Studios. And last, but not least, the grand winners of the YEA Investor Panel Shark Tank Event were McKinley
Our “Sharks” (from right to left): Mike Winder, Zions Bank; Kathy Hajeb, U of U Lassonde Institute; Fred Kraut, Rocky Mountain Care; Jed Call, Utah Media Group; Amy Rees Anderson, Rees Capital; Karen Gunn, Salt Lake Community College; Matt Sterbenz, 4frnt Skis; Brent Andersen, Loveland Living Planet Aquarium; Jeff Barnes, J & J Technical; Corey Thayn, BD Medical.
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or six days in June, Weber State University will host hundreds of girls selected for The Girls State program, sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary, to educate youth about civic responsibilities and the ins and outs of government processes. The selected students have participated in mock trials, elections, music, sports and seminars with public officials. In addition, each girl ran for office on a city, county and state level, devoting their time to learning how government functions. Girls State delegates selected two senators to represent them later this year at Girls State Nationals, held in Washington, D.C. The 11 girls selected comprised a collective from Alta, American Fork, Hillcrest and Jordan High Schools; they were chosen by the Sandy American Legion Auxiliary, Post 77.
By Lewi Lewis The representatives for each school are as follows: Sara Senior and Mallory Christensen; Alta High Lyndee Ledesma, Paige Nelson, Jessica Valletta, Baylie Draper and Katherine “Sophie” Will; Corner Canyon Wendy Packer and Sara Munzert, Hillcrest Kari Schott, Bertita Vilchez; Jordan High Upon completion of the program, each girl has the opportunity to earn three semester hour credits in political science to use toward a university of their choice. But more than that, they will gain a greater understanding of the democratic process and earn a deeper patriotism for their country.
Girls State Citizens 2015 (Left to Right): Lyndee Ledesma, Mallory Christensen, Sara Munzert, Paige Nelson, Kari Schott, Jessica Valletta, Wendy Packer. Not pictured: Sophie Will, Sara Senior, Baylie Draper, Bertita Vilchez.
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Where Mountain Meets Urban Behind the Badge: Law Enforcement Backlash Makes Us All Unsafe First of a Three Part Series
olice work has always been, and continues to be, one of the more noble and selfless professions in society. Discretions from a small minority of officers have resulted in increased media scrutiny, which is not negative in and of itself, but has led to dangerous and incorrect generalizations that taint the good officers with the bad. Seeing a rapidly deteriorating understanding between law enforcement and the citizens they serve has prompted me to share with you, what I believe, is the true story behind the badge. In a three-part series, I’ll share the challenges police departments face, the solutions we are developing locally and the brave faces who protect our community. First and foremost, we all need and benefit from law enforcement. Our laws form the foundation for a civilized society, as does the expectation that those laws be followed. As a result, there must be a defender of those laws and consequences for those who choose to disobey. Without officers willing to work hard and risk their lives, crime would increase unabated and we would all feel and be unsafe. Without a doubt, there are officers who commit misdeeds and should be punished and held to the same standard as every other citizen. However, the actions of a few officers have created a backlash negatively impacting
all in the profession and frankly, having unintended results that make all of us less safe. Quality Police Candidates Are Becoming More Difficult to Find When our Chief of Police tested in 1983, there were more than 200 applicants for only two open positions. In our latest round of testing in Sandy, we had 40 applicants, with only 17 showing up, for eight open positions. Of those that tested, four didn’t make it through the initial testing, four were eliminated after the interview process and two withdrew. These numbers illustrate a problem that every department in the country is experiencing: finding qualified candidates to serve and protect is becoming not only challenging, but a potentially catastrophic problem. The numbers would seem to suggest our youth are no longer aspiring to police work anymore for a variety of reasons: • Police work is demanding and emotionally draining • In a good economy, interest decreases as applicants look for higher paying jobs • Media coverage has contributed to a negative perception of police officers making the job unappealing as a profession choice • Society’s insatiable thirst for information resulting in misinformation about incidents being released and opinions decided before an investigation has even begun, much less completed. The conclusions aren’t even heard as the public has long since moved on to something new. • Many applicants simply can’t be accepted due to poor life choices before
they apply, such as substance abuse, financial issues or criminal backgrounds • The change in state retirement has led to a dramatic decrease in experienced officers joining new police departments, utilizing their experience in new communities • There is a general lack of respect from the public, making a difficult job inherently life-threatening In order to have an adequate number of police officers on the street, we are being forced to hire officers with little to no experience, invest a great deal of money and resources to train and, inevitably, lose a fair number of those due to the competitive climate with all police departments wooing officers away. We are in a perpetual hiring process as we work hard to ensure the safety of our communities. In short, we have a complex law enforcement problem in this country that requires creative solutions from local departments. Chief Thacker said it best, “Law enforcement departments are filled with men and women who value life and safety and are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect. The negative rhetoric must be replaced for a more valuable dialogue on overall reduction of violence in America. Police officers are an integral part of the solution. Let’s all work together to fix the problems while still honoring the brave men and women who are willing to stand behind the badge to protect us all.” Next month: Local Law Enforcement Solutions
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10 FREE OR CHEAP ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS THIS SUMMER By Joani Taylor
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Megaplex and Cinemark Theaters – have summer movie passes for kids. A pass is $5.00 to $10 for 10 movies. While these are older movies, kids enjoy getting out of the heat and seeing their favorite movies again. Visit your local theater for details. Splash Pads – Coupons4Utah has compiled a list of over 60 splash pads across the state. Visit one close to home or check the list for a vacation destination: coupons4utah.com/splashpads.
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Children Without Borders By Peri Kinder
just learned that when I was a child, my parents were criminals. That’s a lot to take in when you thought your mom and dad were law-abiding citizens—more or less. I had no idea my parents hid a dark side until I heard that parents in Maryland were charged with neglect for letting their kids walk to the park. Alone. At first, I thought the story was a joke and kept reading for the punchline. Nope. Totally real. A neighbor called the police to report that the children were playing without the required amount of helicopter-parent supervision. Additionally, the nosy neighbor stated, “It wasn’t the first time these children played by themselves.” Gasp. The siblings were taken by Child Protective Services while the parents were investigated, and (because we have to label everything) the term “free-range parenting” was created. Free-range parenting is defined as, “A new, hands-off approach to raising children.” But other people label it as neglect. So, if I was so inclined, I could retroactively (and in my mom’s case, posthumously) have my parents thrown in the slammer. Every Saturday morning, after we finished eating Fruity Pebbles straight from the box while watching “Land of the Lost,” my mom would kick us out of the house and tell us not to come home until sunset. Then she’d slam the door. And lock it. We were cool with that. We shrugged, hopped on our bikes and went to find something to do. We’d wander through
neighborhoods like adolescent Pied Pipers, picking up other unattended children. Then we’d end up in someone’s yard playing Red Rover (aka Clothesline Your Buddies) until those parents told us to get lost. We’d amble to 7-Eleven where we’d buy candy cigarettes and Fresca (because the can looked like beer). We’d sit on the swings sipping our pretend beer and discuss whatever it is kids discuss in those situations. I’m sure we fooled everyone because doesn’t every 10-year-old sit in the park swigging a cold beer while smoking with her friends?
I guess our parents didn’t think we needed 24-hour supervision. We walked to school every day with a group of friends, rain or shine. And we frequently rode our bikes nearly two miles to the Murray Library with ne’er an adult in sight. In a time before cell phones, GPS and tracking devices, parents relied on their kids to use common sense. They taught us to avoid strangers, stay off the train tracks, don’t go into homes when the parents weren’t around and, basically, not to be stupid. My daughters could also have charged me with neglect, and they’ve probably already contacted an attorney. I often allowed them to bike to the local swimming pool and stay there for hours. They also walked to 7-Eleven—and probably bought candy cigarettes with their friends. People say, “Don’t you know how dangerous the world is?” Guess what? The world has always been dangerous. Helicopter parenting, obsessive worrying and overprotective hovering doesn’t stop bad things from happening. Here’s my definition of neglect: not allowing your children to create a feeling of independence; not allowing your children to be bored and have to create something; not allowing your kids to make mistakes, get lost, mess up and face consequences. Kids are resilient, and more often than not, they make the right decision. So I guess I’ll have to forgive my parents for teaching me to be independent and creative. Gee, thanks mom and dad. l