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Daybreak Residents Dispute with Kennecott Land about PAGE 4 Harvest Sun Parcel By Tori La Rue |

Pictured is the parcel of land that Daybreak residents are disputing with Kennecott Land about. –Sandra Osborn

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The Improvinators: South Jordan’s Comedic Heroes By Tori La Rue |


eing an Improvinator is a coveted position, according to Geoff Beckstrand, 16. The Improvinators, based out of South Jordan, is a local improv troupe that provides entertainment to the community by performing live theatrical acts with no script or previous preparation. During each show, the troupe is divided in half and the two teams battle it out to see who the audience deems the funnier, according to troupe founder Toni Butler. Half of the troupe takes on the role of heroes and the other villains, she said. Beckstrand, a member of the Kensington Theatre Company’s Teen Advisory Board, said each member of teen board wants to join the troupe, so in the fall of 2015 they came up with a plan. “Every hero needs a sidekick,” he said. At the request of the teen advisory board, the Improvinators began hosting an improv class for teens one Thursday each month, where they trained teens who were interested in gaining improv experience, or wanted to be an Improvinator, Beckstrand said. In their 2016 season, Improvinators will invite some of these teens to be a guest performers or “sidekicks” during select shows. “The idea is that when those kids get a little older and gain experience that they’ll be invited to join Improvinators permanently,” Butler said. After five years of its establishment, the group has stayed primarily the same, with 12 of the 14 original members still affiliated with the group. Butler formed the group after performing in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” with the Kensington Theatre Company. She said she invited members of the cast to be in the improv troupe, based on their “funniness” and “willingness to learn.” They later named the group the Improvinators, using heroes and villains as a theme in each show. Butler, who had been in professional improv troupes and taught improv classes for the



Local improv troupe, the Improvinators, play a game called Freeze at their first performance of the year on Jan. 22, 2016. The group is beginning their sixth year of performances together. – Toni Butler

Utah Theatre Association, taught the Improvinators team how to put on an improv show, Jill Bearden, original member, said. Most of them were used to acting, but they were used to having scripts and rehearsals. “I came to find out it was like playtime for adults, and it’s been really addicting,” Bearden said. Butler said she attributes the group’s longevity to their lack of ego. “From the very beginning they weren’t trained, but they had raw talent and were willing to learn. I’ve done pro ones before, but there’s an ego there. Here, everyone’s so giving. They really embrace the art of improv, which is making the other people on stage look good,” Butler said. One of Butler’s all-time favorite stage experiences with the Improvinators was when one actress was pretending to be Elastigirl, the stretchy superhero from Disney’s “The Incredibles.” The audience knew who the actress was, and participated in the show to help the actor guess her persona. When the actress was thirsty and reached for a bottle of water that was across the room, each audience member

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reached out their hand in a ripple “creating an extension” of the actress’s arm. “There was no prior script for that,” Butler said. “The audience picked up on it.” Beckstrand was in the audience at that performance. He said he’s been to a lot of performances, but that the Elastigirl moment was the coolest thing he has seen during an improv show. “You just never know what is going to happen,” Beckstand said. “It might not sound that exciting to you until you come and see improv for yourself. There are so many inside jokes.” In its first years, the troupe performed every Friday, but that became too big of a time commitment, so now the group performs at least once a month on the Early Light Academy stage, located at 11709 South Vadania Drive, according to Bearden. The Improvinators’ next performances are on March 25, April 15 and April 29, all at 9 p.m. Bearden said that improv shows are best experienced at night, because people generally get sillier as the night progresses. Because the shows are late at night, children don’t usually attend. South Jordan Library Oftentimes improve teams rely on crude humor, Fri Sat but one thing that sets the 4 5 Improvinators apart is their • Library Babies 10:00am focus on keeping their per• Anime Club 4:00-5:30pm formance content appropriate for family audiences. 11 • Teen Advisory Board 12 Still, the troupe recommends • Library Babies 2:00-3:00pm 10:00am that only those age 10 or old• Pokemon Club 3:45-5:00pm er attend their shows because they usually last about two 18 March is Teen Tech Month 19 • Library Babies hours, and it’s a long time for 10:00am Middle and high schoolers • Teen Movie Lounge can get up to $5.00 in fine young children to sit. 4:00-5:30pm waivers for participating in a library program. For those adults interested in learning the art of 25 26 • Library Babies improvisational performing, 10:00am • Hero Adventure Club: the Improvinators are hostRobots 3:45 pm - 4:45 pm ing free improv workshops South Jordan Library on April 7, 14, 21 and 28 10673 S Redwood Rd South Jordan, UT 84095 from 7:30-10 p.m. at Early Library Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm Friday - Saturday Light Academy. l #sjolibrary 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Closed Sunday

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ennecott Land moves forward with plans to build 15 townhome units on a parcel directly south of the Daybreak Community Center, despite upheaval from nearby residents. Eric Thatcher said he’s against the development because he believes Kennecott should deliver the community amenities that they market. Maps dating from 2004 to 2015 show the Harvest Sun Parcel, about an acre, as a potential site of green space or a pool. Thatcher, who purchased his home in 2005, said he bought a house near that parcel partially because Kennecott Land and Holmes Homes representatives gave him maps showing community amenities. He said Kennecott representatives used the community amenities as a selling point when trying to persuade his family and hundreds of other home buyers to move to Daybreak. “They’re not following through with what they sold, and that’s really deceptive marketing,” he said. “They have every legal right to develop how they want, but does that make it right to go back on what they promised for 10 years?” Kennecott Land sent a letter to residents detailing the history of the parcel, apologizing for any misconceptions about the parcel that may have come from the home-finding maps. “When there’s an open piece of ground next to you, there’s always a possibility that the plans for it may change and evolve over time,” Cameron Jackson, Kennecott Land marketing manager, said. While the parcel is zoned as retail, multiuse or otherwise, Jackson said Kennecott Land’s original intention was to use the parcel for community amenities. He said they built showers and

a locker room into the community center so it’d be equipped for a neighboring pool. “When the community got to maturity and there was financial health in the HOA, we figured we’d sell or donate that parcel to the community,

He said Kennecott discussed several new ideas for the parcel, including a daycare and multifamily housing. In January, the Daybreak Home Owner’s Association made the decision to purchase one-third

Daybreak residents protest Kennecott Land’s plans for townhome development on the parcel of land, about an acre, south of the community center. –Sandra Osborn

so they could put an amenity there,” Jackson said. Jackson said this plan was challenged during the recession from 2008 to 2010. At that time the community was more developed, but they couldn’t afford to buy the parcel, Jackson said.

of the parcel for a community pool. The association is comprised of three voting members: Jackson and two other Kennecott representatives, and two non-voting representatives, who are Daybreak homeowners.

Jackson said Kennecott proposed 16 units of four-story townhomes for the remaining twothirds of an acre, which they presented to residents in a community meeting because it’d give them a reasonable financial return. Jill Spackman, resident, said she is displeased with this decision. “That pool will be shaded after noon because of the way it will fit in relationship to townhomes. That doesn’t make sense to me,” she said. “We need more parking. We need a community space.” Spackman said she thinks the townhome situation is similar to what happened with Daybreak’s Brookside Pool. Residents were shown renderings of a pool that included a lap pool, a kiddie pool and a hot tub, but when the amenity was actually built, the pool was reconfigured without a lap pool or hot tub, she said. Thatcher said only eight homes, those within 300 feet of the parcel, were invited to attend the meeting regarding the townhome project. While this is the legal requirement, Thatcher said he felt like Kennecott Land was intentionally trying to keep the development of the parcel from spreading throughout the community. Jackson said many residents didn’t know about the townhomes because Kennecott Land had just began discussing constructing townhomes on the parcel in January. He said they weren’t trying to hide their plans, but that they were newly emerging. Thatcher and other residents organized a community protest on Jan. 24, where they handed out “Buyer Beware” flyers to potential buyers, which said Kennecott Land “has not always






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S outhJordanJournal.Com delivered the community amenities shown in the sales and marketing literature, brochures and community maps.” The residents also started an online petition, which has been signed by more than 400 people, and shared their concerns at the January city council meeting. After residents voiced their concerns to the city council, the council invited Kennecott Land to meet with residents and speak about their concerns. “I believe the real core of this problem is not the building of townhomes or a swimming pool, but trust,” Councilwoman Tamara Zander said. “Moving forward Kennecott Land has an opportunity to demonstrate their desire to improve relationships with residents in the Daybreak community.” Kennecott had at least five meetings to discuss residents’ concerns, none of which were required by law. “We want to be aligned with the residents. We want understanding and trust, because that’s a large part of our success,” Jackson said. Spackman said she and other residents were concerned about the townhomes being so close to the school. She said the increase of traffic could be a danger to the children who are walking or catching the bus home. The city council asked Kennecott to review appropriate parking measures and pedestrian crossing safety. Jackson said the safety of these children is a legitimate concern, so they looked more into these areas and changed their original plan from 16 units of four-story townhomes to 15 units of three-story townhomes. Although this doesn’t appease many residents, Jackson said he is confident that it will be a safe area for all the Daybreak residents. He said

he believes the area would be less safe if they used it for a commercial purpose, because commercial use generates more car trips per day on average. Spackman said she’s still skeptical. She’s seen other areas where new townhomes have caused a “flood of parking on the street on both sides,” which made it so only one car would fit down the road at a time, she said. Kennecott Land has agreed to put in garages for the townhomes to reduce congestion, according to townhome plans. Kennecott’s preliminary plat was approved at the planning commission meeting on Feb. 9. Kennecott’s plan is to slow down the planning before the final plat to hear the resident’s ideas of what could be a reasonable, financial and compatible alternative with the neighborhood, Jackson said. Spackman said the residents would like to see the amenities the way they were outlined in maps, but that they have come up with some items that she’d consider a compromise. She said she’d like to see a clock tower that would house three or four levels of loft-type townhomes. It’d take up less space and look more like the style of homes surrounding it, Spackman said. Another alternative would be to construct community-type offices where residents could rent out office space for a day or few hours, Spackman said. It’d bring in revenue for Kennecott Land, but it’d still be community space. “I would like them to work with us on it in a way that could really be a win-win for both as far as making that space that it was marketed to be,” Spackman said. “We’re just asking them to come together with us on this and do something cool.” l

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Quilting: A South Jordan City Fad By Tori La Rue |


outh Jordan’s one of the few cities in the state that offers quilting activities, and according to the arts council, it’s because of the residents’ interest in the decorative blanket-making art. The city’s annual quilt show has been a tradition in South Jordan, according to Sandi Kirkendoll, member of the city arts council. At that event, residents started asking how they could get involved and learn more about that art. In response to these inquiries, Kirkendoll began teaching a series of quilting classes for the city each year. This year’s group was meeting Tuesday evenings at the Gale Center during the month of February, and it was such an engaged class that Kirkendoll is thinking about hosting a quilting group at the Gale once a month. The monthly group would offer a time for residents to bring quilts they are working on and work on them in a group setting. Kirkendoll, an experience quilter, said she’d offer one-on-one help to the participants Roxanne Knight said that Kirkendoll’s instruction is what kept her coming to the quilting classes. Knight’s mother was an avid quilter and won awards for her work. She’d always wanted to join in the hobby with her mother but never got around to it. “I thought she would live forever, but when she passed away, I realized that I missed an opportunity to quilt with her,” Knight

said. “I didn’t want to miss out anymore, so I thought I’d take it up and do it as well.” When she got a flyer in the mail for a free quilting class, she knew it was an opportunity to fulfill her desire to quilt. “The best thing about quilting is that it is really quite simple, but the hardest thing is just starting,” Knight said. Knight and the other participants in Kirkendoll’s quilting class, learned how to make a small table-top quilt through step-bystep instructions. Lenita Gilveath said she had “dabbled here and there” with quilting, but that the class was her first “serious attempt” at becoming a quilter. Like Knight, Gilveath’s family roots have some weight on her desire to quilt. Her husband’s mother and grandmother made quilts for him that he cherishes. “Quilts are kind of your legacy piece that you hope someone who may not have even met you will know you by,” she said. “My ultimate goal would be to create things to give to people that I love that give them a little piece of me.” Gayle Handrahan, a seamstress of 40 years, said she’s been trying quilting at the Gale as a new spin on an old hobby. Handrahan said the biggest difference between quilting and making clothes is the preciseness that a quilter needs to exemplify. “Cut your dress too long – you can always take it up in the hem. Miss a fraction of an inch


Sandi Kirkendoll demonstrates how to quilt a small table-top quilt during an arts class at the Gale Center. -- Tori La Rue

in a quilt, and you could destroy the whole thing,” she said. While quilting is time-consuming, it’s a precise, beautiful and usable art, Gilveath said. “A piece of art that hangs on the wall is fun to look at, but you can’t wrap up in it and get all snuggly,” she said.

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hat do gardening, home improvements and high school graduation have in common? They all happen in the spring, and they are all opportunities to get money back for being water smart. South Jordan City has adopted a water conservation plan with the goal to reduce water use by at least 25 percent per capita before the year 2025. “Water conservation is crucial. Efficient water use must be part of our daily lifestyle,” Rick Maloy, water conservation coordinator at South Jordan City, said. Residents use two-thirds of their water consumption in their yards; therefore, outdoors is where water conservancy can have the largest impact. “People can see savings on their water bill if they change their landscape,” Maloy said. “Our big push for this year is park strip conversion, so changing out grass for low-water-use plants and a drip system. Residents can reduce water usage for that area about 80 percent or more. This translates into 10-20 percent savings on their water bills.” The city offers rebates and free workshops to further encourage residents to be water smart. The funds come from Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District and from the government. “We have received grant funding to extend 2015 water conservation rebates at least

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through July of 2016,” Maloy said. Residents can get up to $300 for planting drought-tolerant plants. Don’t know which plants are water-wise? The Conservation Garden Park lists over 800 water-wise plants at and has interactive gardens to demonstrate and educate visitors at their grounds in West Jordan. The state also has a list on their website, Proof of irrigation via drip system and other requirements are needed for rebate. The Central Utah Water Conservancy District (CUWCD) offers another set of rebates that residents can claim. CUWCD offers up to $100 for smart controllers with an accompanying weather or moisture sensor. All EPA WaterSense labeled controllers are eligible for rebate. Other rebates on specialized nozzles and sprinklers, as well as drip regulators, filters and kits also might be eligible for rebate at $3-$7 per item. For more information on these rebates, please visit index.htm. In addition, South Jordan City offers free sprinkler workshops in the spring and in the fall. The public is encouraged to come and learn from the pros the ins and outs about sprinkling systems and ways to save water and money. The spring free sprinkler workshop will take place Saturday, March 19 at 9:30 a.m. at the Public Works Building at 10996 South Redwood Road. For a small fee, residents can attend a Sprinkler System Basics and Drip System Basic Workshops at the Conservation Garden Park (CGP), also happening on March 19. The following Saturday, March 26, the CGP is offering Localscapes University — a design-intensive workshop specifically targeting landscapes for the arid Utah climate. Later in the year, the CGP is also offering Creating Waterwise Park Strips workshops. Online registration is required for all workshops at conser- Looking ahead a couple of months, the USU Free Water Check Program will begin its 17th season, beginning May 18 through the end of August. A team of Water Check irrigation system evaluators comes to residents’ homes to conduct an on-site analysis of the sprinkler system and create a customized schedule for the landscape. Residents need to call 1-877728-3420 or visit to sign up. The city is also offering money to residents for improving the efficiency of indoor water usage. Leaky toilets and faucets account for more than 10,000 gallons of water wasted in the average home every year, according to the EPA. Residents can get up to $200 for replacing two old high-flow toilets with high-efficiency ones (HET) that use 1.28 gallons per flush or less. The city also offers to pick up the old toilets for free when participating in the toilet replacement program. Proof of purchase is required. In addition, residents can receive up to $200 back when replacing old high-flow shower heads or faucets with a new WaterSense fixture. Limit of two indoor fixture rebates per residence. For a full list of allowable fixtures, check The South Jordan City Smart Water Scholarship Program offers a $1,000 award to a graduating high school senior with a creative project demonstrating a measurable impact on water conservation. The award is presented as part of South Jordan City’s Water Week in May. “This is our second year offering the scholarship. We have a small group of applicants, so the odds are pretty good. We’re looking for any good ideas for ways to save water,” Maloy said. The application deadline is March 31. For more information and application instructions, visit l

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Intersection at Bangerter and 11400 South to Become a Freeway-Style Interchange By Sandra Osborn |

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mprovements are coming to the intersection of Bangerter and 11400 South. “UDOT is pursuing a critical upgrade [to convert] the Bangerter corridor to interchange expressway status,” Jim Horrocks, from Horrocks Engineers, said to the South Jordan City Council on Jan. 19. This project comes as a continuation of UDOT’s long-term plans to get rid of all the lights along Bangerter Highway and convert intersections into freeway-style interchanges. The improvements are anticipated to be similar to the recently completed intersections at 7800 South in West Jordan and Redwood Road in Bluffdale. 11400 South has been selected along with three others (5400 South, 7000 South and 9000 South) as priority locations where improvements can take place in the near future. Conversion could begin as early as 2017, pending the outcome of environmental studies and funding. The project extends beyond keeping traffic moving on Bangerter Highway. “We’ll also be looking to 4000 West and see how that intersection is impacted by the new interchange with the ramps that come in and tie in with 11400 South, and we will also look at the oval-about [down at the District] and see how we can make it function better in the future, both for traffic and pedestrians,” Brian Atkinson, UDOT design manager, said. Some users have found the oval confusing and ineffective. Currently UDOT envisions replacing the oval about with two closely spaced lights, but there are no definite plans yet, ac-

cording to Horrocks. “We are looking at visibility impacts we know are going to be generated by creating the grade-separated interchange, and how that will impact residents and businesses. It will be a great benefit for traffic and [it] will improve safety along the corridor, but there will be some impacts and some property acquisition that will have to occur. As we evaluate our options, we will be looking at how those impacts can be minimized to the most extent possible,” Atkinson said. UDOT is coordinating with city staff and meeting with them to better understand the issues surrounding this area. UDOT hopes that involvement with the city will help the process go smoother and better, according to Atkinson. Funds for the 11400 South intersection have been secured and UDOT is currently carrying out environmental studies to evaluate anticipated benefits and impacts to the area. The environmental study will carry through the spring of 2016. UDOT is taking a proactive approach in reaching out to the public. Although there are no definite details yet on how the improvement will take shape, UDOT’s goal is to be as informative as possible and keep the community informed of the direction the project is headed. “We sent about 700 mailers to residents and property owners near the interchange area and we have already started to get a response,” Bo Hunter, UDOT representative in public involvement, said. “Information is going out via existing outlets, such as the city’s website, newsletter and

social media,” Hunter said. “In-house, we are working to share information through the Bangerter study website, the 24-hour hotline and a dedicated email account. The staff is monitoring and making sure that we are interacting and returning calls and emails as prompt as we can so that residents and businesses aren’t left hanging without information,” Hunter said. UDOT encourages members of the community to engage with the project and give their input. A public open house is scheduled for March at a date and location still to be determined. In the meantime, residents can visit the UDOT Bangerter/11400 South website at http:// and join the mailing list for updates. Residents can also email or call the hotline at 888-766-ROAD (7623). l

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Theater students show the rotary phones they use in “Little Shop of Horrors,” a musical set in the 1960s, which tied into Early Light Academy’s Day in History for the year 1968. — Julie Slama

fought,” she said. “I also learned what the peace sign meant with nuclear disarmament when it was introduced.” Each hallway took on a theme tying into historical events, such as the Summer Olympics held in Mexico City, Martin Luther King Jr.’s stand on civil rights, the popularity of the 747 airplane, the

space race and others. This provided topics that classes then could pursue in discussion or writing assignments. Students also discussed popular cultural trends such as TV dinners and Tang. “We want students to understand the relevance of history and understand that generation on generation builds on what happens the generation before. There’s more to history than memorizing and knowing dates. They need to be engaged and make personal connections,” she said. In Ashley Tanner’s kindergarten class, they read folk tales, such as Arlene Mosel’s “Tikki Tikki Tembo,” and learned about Apollo 7’s orbit. Then they wrote a couple sentences about the flight into space. Ninth-grader Avery Rindlisbacher said her class had several hands-on activities centered on the space race. They each made their own rockets out of index cards and straws so they, too, could “race to the moon.” In Naomi Foreman’s thirdgrade class, they learned about pop culture, including dance and music. “They weren’t alive then, so we brought it back to school so they could have that experience,” she said. Cisneros said that this event is exactly that, more experienced based and less academic. The school holds a history fair for each grade level in May, during which students research and become “experts”

S outhJordanJournal.Com on a topic. “This day is for them to gain an understanding of the time period and experience it in their learning,” she said. As part of the experience, older grades held a dance where they could learn how to do the twist or do the mash. They also previewed the scenes of “Downtown” and “Somewhere That’s Green” from “Little Shop of Horrors,” which the Theater 3 class performed during the week. “Little Shop of Horrors” was set in the 1960s and we actually have some items from that time period in our show,” theater director and teacher Toni Butler told students. In the show, they used 1960s lamp posts, but had to use replica light bulbs. They had four rotary phones, which they found online

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he Rodgers and Hammerstein classic, “The King and I, Jr.” will be performed by 45 South Jordan Middle School students with the help of a dozen younger children. The 90-minute show will be at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 9 through Friday, March 11 at the school, 10245 South 2700 West in South Jordan. Donations of $5 per family will be accepted at the door. “This is a classic in music and storytelling with rich detail of issues and relationships, different cultures and discovering who we are and what really matters,” director Megan Straw, who teaches in the middle school fine arts and language arts departments, said. “There are so many similarities in the themes that sometimes 1860s Siam looks much like 2016 Utah.” The show takes place in 1862 Siam, now called Thailand, where an English widow, Anna, and her young son arrive at the royal palace in Bangkok, having been summoned by the king to serve as tutor to his many children and wives. By westerners’ viewpoints, the king is largely considered to be cruel. The king then seeks Anna’s assistance in changing his image and ways. With both keeping a firm grip on their respective traditions and values, Anna and the king grow to understand and, eventually, respect and love one another. “It’s a very positive, uplifting musical that gives the message it’s never too early to talk about tolerance, friendship and accepting

Anna (Ashlyn Owens) and the King (Spencer Riley) dance alongside Lun Tha (Jacob Knighton) and Ying (Baylee Reid) in South Jordan Middle School’s upcoming production of “The King and I, Jr.” Macie Harris, who plays Lady Thiang, is not pictured. — Megan Straw

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Elk Meadows Third-Graders Get Taste of “Real Life” By Julie Slama |


hat will they be when they grow up is what many Elk Meadows third-graders dream about, but coupled with a role-playing experience of paying for housing, transportation and groceries, it became a look at “real life” for many of them. On Feb. 9, three classes participated in Kids Marketplace where students have a job — from welder to doctor to fashion designer — and a salary. Organized by Jordan School District’s workbased learning, students must visit each of the 12 stations to gain insight on adult life. “We want to prepare students and start giving them financial literacy education,” Lori LeBeau, work-based learning coordinator, said. “We make them aware that these stations represent some of the payments their parents make each month and why it’s important that they learn now how to save their money.” Students start with a savings account and $200 to $450 as their monthly salary. They visit the bank, the animal shelter, chance, contributions to charities, clothing, fun/entertainment, groceries, medical, personal care, housing, furniture and transportation. Bandages, a

Barbie house, groceries, stuffed animals and other items decorated the booths. “The program does a great job preparing kids for how much things cost and deciding their needs versus their wants. They also learn what happens when they don’t have enough money,” LeBeau said. Students who were best dressed as someone working in their career received a plastic piggy bank. To prepare the students for the day, teachers read seven books, such as “Momma’s New Job,” “Pigs Will Be Pigs,” and “Ox Car Man.” The books are about finances, savings and keeping a budget, which ties into the students’ math curriculum, LeBeau said. Third-grade teacher Whit Lovell said they discussed the books after reading them in his class. “It’s a wonderful program where students learn life lessons, such as how to manage their money and how to make sure they save,” he

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he Bingham High drill team have their eyes set on winning their 11th straight national title. “Our goal this year is to do our best, strive for perfection and win nationals,” coach Jamyn Miller said. “We have hard-working, disciplined, driven girls who are incredibly inspiring to me. These girls strive for perfection and consistency so they perform their very best.” After having three third-year senior veterans Kiyana Mauman, Kendyl Moss and Emily Smith perform at the state 5A contest Feb. 4 and Feb. 6 after being selected to be part of the all-state drill team and having the team place second in overall and individual categories, the Minerettes are gearing up for the Contest of Champions held March 5-7 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. “We put more pressure on the girls at every practice to improve daily, hit their turns, perfect their techniques and tricks. We want them to peak on competition day,” Miller said. The team was the overall 5A champions for region 3, having won military and dance categories and placing second in character. The competition included dance; character, which allows the team to dress and use props and music to create a story; and military, where the drill team has precise, crisp movements. Bingham’s dance routine includes 20 girls performing right and left aerials. “It’s impressive that 20 girls were able to

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get the skill down, and not only learn the trick, but then perfect it together,” Miller said. Their character routine has the girls dressed as robots in school colors. “We incorporated silver and blue to match the school colors and bring spirit to the routine. The costumes are amazing and surprising. The music is awesome and the choreography is entertaining. It’s definitely a crowd-pleaser and people are left in awe,” she said. Bingham is known for its military routine. “We have beautiful lines and power and some cool military tricks,” she said. The team wears its traditional costumes, each with 1,000 rhinestones the girls added. Earlier this season, the Minerettes were named the overall champion at the Utah Valley University invitational on Dec. 12, the Rocky Mountain Invitational Jan. 8-9 at Corner Canyon High and at the Bountiful Invitational in mid-January. At those, and other drill invitationals, additional routines may include hip-hop; lyrical; pom, similar to military with angles and lines, but is more light-hearted, fun and energetic and usually is performed at football halftime shows; and officer, where team captains perform any genre of dance. In each of the region and state routines, Miller has girls audition for the routine. At nationals, the whole team will also get to perform its hip-hop routine.

Practices and competitions aren’t all that this team performs. The drill team is involved in service projects, such as organizing their annual fall Astra Waller 5K benefit run, in honor of a former Minerette who died four years ago from cystic fibrosis. They also participate in a Sub for Santa for a junior high class of students with disabilities in the Salt Lake Valley. As part of their gift, they perform routines for them, and afterward hold a dance party with the students. “This gives the girls a different perspective and they realize how lucky they are. It’s also neat that they’re able to share their talent to make people really happy, and then have fun with them,” she said. The year will end with its Minerette YearEnd Showcase, held at 7 p.m., March 16 at the school. Tickets will be available at the door. Auditions will be held March 17-18, and in addition to reviewing citizenship and academics, dancers will need a letter of recommendation and will be evaluated for their technique and ability to dance as a team. This past year, more than 80 percent of the team were named to the All-Region Academic Team while maintaining at least a 3.75 GPA. “Drill is different. We need them to blend with each other and perform cleanly so they appear as one. We also need the girls to be tough mentally and physically. We need smart, positive, hard-working teammates,” Miller said. l

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As Eye See It Information on Vision and Eye Health by Dale F. Hardy, O.D. During summer vacation, I spent some time reading several studies related to children and vision and thought I would share some of the high points from them with parents as they prepare their child to go back to school. One of the studies, which is not really very new, and is a repeat of a prior study done by Columbia University, looked at the various tasks performed in a classroom and how much of what is done requires vision. The number was over 85% of classroom tasks required vision, not just vision was nice to have, but was required to do the task. It follows in my mind, then, that not having good vision would handicap a child’s school experience. Hard to get things right when you are not sure if the teacher just wrote a 3 or an 8 on the board. Another study that I found interesting indicated that up to 40% of children with a tentative diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder actually had uncorrected vision and/or hearing problems that made it difficult for them to attend to tasks. It appears that a tentative diagnosis means that it was not confirmed by a positive response to medication. The authors of this study were recommending that a multi-disciplinary approach to these cases would be the best method of assuring proper treatment. The last study I am going to review related to school vision screenings and why they are not adequate as an eye examination. This study was done in Kentucky and all children in the study were given both a standard school screening and then a comprehensive eye examination. 1 out of 4 children who passed the screenings were diagnosed with an eye or vision problem that needed correction in the full examination. The worst part of this report was that only 1 out of every 10 notifications sent home to the parents advising them that they needed to take their child in for a complete examination were ever returned to the school. When they followed up to see how many had been taken to the eye doctor, only 1 out of 8 parents had done that. Many reported never seeing the note so maybe it never got home, but it did show problems in school to parent communication. If you have children in your home, whether you use my office or someone else, please make good vision a part of your back-to-school preparation. You can contact my office at 801253-1374. Dr. Hardy’s office is located at 10372 South Redwood Road, South Jordan. (801) 253-1374 10372 Redwood Road, South Jordan, UT 84095 paid advertisement

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Mulligans Introduces South Jordan to Footgolf By Tori La Rue |


hile the amount of golf games played in the country each year is declining, a new combination sport is advancing in popularity, and South Jordan City is joining in that movement. In the last decade, golf has seen a departure of five million players, according to a summary released by the National Golf Foundation. The same summary predicted that 20 percent of the existing 25 million golfers would quit within the next five years. Men’s Journal said golf’s expensive, difficult and time-demanding nature is the reason

for its decline in this increasingly fast-paced nation, which leads to less revenue for those in the golf industry. Brendan Dalley, a Utah golfer, is among those people who think footgolf is a way for golf courses to generate more business. “It’s playing soccer on a golf course with golf course rules,” he said. “As the interest is going down for golf, the interest in soccer is going up, so that’s the economics of how courses can get more income.” At the beginning of 2013, the United States had two officially recognized footgolf courses, but that number has increased to over 300 courses in 43 states, according to One of these courses is South Jordan’s Mulligans. Doug Brown, head golf professional at Mulligans, said he originally opened footgolf at Mulligans in September 2014 as an experiment because footgolf was the “new hot sport.” “I didn’t know where it’d go with the footgolf. I thought it would be like an event – maybe last for a week or a month, but it was so popular that we started offering it every day,” Brown said. “I thought it would work out here because the sport is growing fast in California and we have a large demographic of soccer players here.” Just as in golf, the idea of footgolf is to get the ball into a hole in as few strokes as possible from the area marked as a teeing ground. The difference is that a soccer ball is used in place of a golf ball and a player uses his or her foot to strike the ball instead of a club. In footgolf, every hole is a par 4 and is about 150 to 180 yards away from the original tee, Dalley said. Instead of building a new course for footgolf, the Mulligans personnel added footgolf holes to the existing golf course, so golfers and footgolfers intermingle as they play their games, Brown said. The system has worked well, and there hasn’t been much pushback from the traditional golfers, according to Brown. Traditional soccer cleats aren’t worn during footgolf play to avoid destroying the court, according to Dalley. Instead of outdoor cleats, indoor turf shoes or regular tennis shoes are worn,

Footgolf is gaining popularity in the nation and Doug Brown, head golf professional at Mulligans, thinks it will become more popular in the city, too. -- Tori La Rue

he said. Participant’s other attire varies. “One of the funnest things about footgolf is that there can be a really cool, funky style about it, if you want to get into it, much like there is with golf,” Dalley said. Frequently, footgolfers sport long argyle socks, old-style caps and patterned sweaters and shorts. “It’s just a different kind of look and feel than you get in soccer,” he said. Dalley said he loves the new sport because it combines both of his favorite sports into one. He played soccer in high school and college and got into golf in his later years, and now he can do both at the same time. He got so passionate about the sport that he and an old friend, Brian Galvin, started Utah FootGolf, an organization that seeks to promote footgolf in the state. Both men are natives to Southern Utah, where they’ve had quite a bit of success publicizing the sport with local golf courses.

They are still striving to develop a footgolf club in Salt Lake County, potentially at Mulligans, according to Dalley, but he said they need a little more interest before they can start it. More information about Dalley’s group can be found at Overall, 6,000 games of footgolf have been played at Mulligans, compared to the 150 ,000 games of golf that are played there each year. Brown said he believes that number will go up as more people are introduced to the sport. Brown said he played an equal amount of footgolf and golf in 2015. While he loves to play golf, footgolf is less complex and is something his 4-year-old can play with him. “There’s just such an awesome family dynamic to footgolf,” Dalley said. “It encompasses all ages.” Brown said footgolf at Mulligans will open for the season after the snow goes away. He anticipates this will be around March 1. l

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here is not much in life that can elicit so much delight and wonder as a magic trick. People both young and old are enthralled with, and baffled by, what is sometimes even the simplest sleight of hand. Have you ever found yourself trying to figure out how it happened, wondering what your eyes missed? Now you can learn for yourself at the Salt Lake School of Magic. The Salt Lake School of Magic was started by Mont Dutson in September 2015. Mont worked as a mechanical engineer for the DuPont Chemical Company for 29 years, doing magic entertaining part-time. He retired and moved to the Salt Lake area in 2005, and not long after created a full-time entertainment business. He was voted “Favorite Family Entertainer” by Utah Family Magazine for the fifth year in 2015. Mont has now been performing magic professionally for 42 years, and is the only presenter in northern Utah licensed to teach the magic school curriculum by Discover Magic. The School of Magic course involves

eight 90-minute sessions, which teach internationally acclaimed course curriculum, created by Discover Magic, to anyone ages 8 and up. Discover Magic was created by three professional magicians in an effort to help youth spend time away from their technology screens. The course teaches critical life skills, called the “Traits of a True Magician”, disguised as magic tricks. There is one trait for each trick taught, eight in all. The mission of the School of Magic is to use magic as a vessel to develop people and life skills in children, through performance-based learning experiences. “The Salt Lake City School of Magic teaches life skills, through magic, for folks of all ages,” Mont Dutson said. “Magic is unique in that it engages the mind and imagination of [both the audience and the magician]. Some skills used [in magic] are public speaking, hand-eye coordination, theater, mime, story telling and many others.” Each student graduates at the end of the eight-lesson course, receiving a custom-de-

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et ready for big laughs and unexpected love as Desert Star Playhouse kicks off its 2016 Season with “My Valley Fair Lady: Get Me to the Mall on Time!” is hilarious parody for the whole family, which opened Jan. 7 at Desert Star Playhouse. “My Valley Fair Lady” is a comedic farce full of romance, outrageous characters, and the timeless conflict of East side vs West side. Sparks fly when Jenna Doohickey, a tough girl from West Valley City, enlists the help of nerdy British professor Phineas Philpot, to help turn her into a “proper” lady so she can win the object of her heart’s desire, Freddy Huffington. Aided by their new friend Colonel Flanders, the professor will stop at nothing to merge the worlds of East and West. But will Jenna’s new found propriety be all it’s cracked up to be? Written by Ben E. Millet and directed by Scott Holman, “My Valley Fair Lady” runs Jan. 7 through March 19. The evening also includes another of Desert Star’s signature musical olios following the show. The Salute to American Bandstand Olio will feature some of your favorite songs, with a unique and always hilarious, Desert Star twist! Desert Star audiences can enjoy gourmet pizza, fresh wraps, burgers, scrumptious desserts, and other finger foods as well as a full selection of so drinks, smoothies and a large array of iced and hot steamers and coffees while they watch the show. Food is available from an á la carte menu and is served right at your table. CALENDAR: “My Valley Fair Lady: Get Me to the Mall on Time!” Plays January 7 - March 19 Mon., Wed., Thurs. and Fri. at 7 p.m. Sat. at 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

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“Golden Boy” Bruce Hardy Remembered at Bingham High School During Super Bowl 50 By Tori La Rue |


he NFL awarded Bingham High School with a golden football and pronounced the school a member of the NFL Super Bowl High School Honor Roll. As part of the Super Bowl 50 celebration, the NFL created an honor roll to recognize communities that contributed to Super Bowl history and positively impacted the game of football, according to Bingham’s induction was a tribute to Bruce Hardy, former tight end for the Miami Dolphins, who played in the 1983 and 1985 Super Bowls. Hardy was the Bingham High School quarterback before he hit the collegiate and professional fields. In his high school years, there were three places you could find Hardy: the football field, basketball court or baseball field, Joe Sato, former teammate, said. He didn’t seem to have a favorite, but would play whatever was in season. Hardy was a starter on the football team his freshman year, and was quarterback for his remaining three years at Bingham, according to Sato. “He was special,” Sato said. “If you ask the folks around here who saw his games, they’d say some legendary things happened while he was playing.” When games got close on the court, everyone knew to pass the basketball to him, and he excelled at baseball and was willing to try any position, even if it wasn’t the most popular. “I’ve seen him hit the ball in ways that I haven’t even seen high school kids today do,”

Bingham High School was awarded a golden football and pronounced the school a member of the NFL Super Bowl High School Honor Roll in honor of Bruce Hardy, Bingham High School graduate who went on to play tight end for the Miami Dolphins in the 1983 and 1985 Super Bowls. –John Lambourne

Sato, now a coach at Bingham, said. When the team was short a catcher, Hardy volunteered to take the position and ended up being an all-state catcher. Hardy, Sato and a few other boys grew up playing sports together and would carpool to and from practices. They became close friends. “We all recognized that he was the best player,” Sato said. “He was a humble, good friend, and good teammate, but we all knew what a good athlete he was.” While still in high school, Hardy was

featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated as “Best Schoolboy Athlete” in 1974. Scouts from all three sports wanted him to come to their school and play on their teams, but Hardy chose to play football on scholarship at Arizona State University. Hardy was drafted to the Miami Dolphins in 1978, where he appeared in every game during his rookie season, according to the Phinsider. Besides the 1980 season where he played wide receiver, Hardy played tightend for the team.

In 1986, Hardy reached a career high with 54 passes for 430 yards with five scores, starting in every game. Over his 12 seasons with the team, he caught a total of 256 passes for 2,455 yards, and, according to the Phinsider, that’s second out of all the Dolphins’ tight ends. John Lambourne, head coach for Bingham football, said he was pleased to accept the golden football and trophy for Bingham High School in honor of Hardy’s accomplishments. Although Lambourne grew up playing sports with Hardy’s brother Bryan “Axel” Hardy, he said he didn’t know Bruce Hardy well, but he knew his history. He said he knew he was one of those “golden boy” high school athletes. Lambourne said the NFL’s award came at an interesting time because it arrived at the school only days before Star Lotulelei, defensive tackle for the Carolina Packers and Bingham High graduate, would play in Super Bowl 50. “It connects the past with the present,” Lambourne said. “We’re really proud of them here.” As for the future, Lambourne said he’s not sure who will be the next Bingham NFL legacy. “It’s a hard predictor. You have to be the elite of the elite,” Lambourne said. “Star’s brother Lowell, who plays for the [University of Utah], probably has a good chance of being the next one, but honestly it’s probably too early to tell because it’s such an isolated l thing.”

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Birthday Music I Can Hear – 11 Birthday Freebies for Restaurants and Shopping


appy Birthday! “It’s scientifically proven that people who have more birthdays live longer.” “Age is just a number, in your case a really high one.” “You think age is funny? Wait until you look in the mirror.” Is it that time of year again where you open your Facebook page to find a barrage of jabs from family and friends who figure a digital greeting means more than a card and cake? Well guess what? I have a digital birthday surprise for you too. Whether you are 40, 50 or inching up on the world of 60 and beyond, getting another year older does have some perks, and I’m not talking about ordering off the senior menu at Denny’s, or the loss of hearing most distinguished adults can’t escape. I’m talking about Utah’s favorite “F” word…FREE! There are dozens of companies out there just waiting to send you a free gift for your birthday – restaurants that want to feed you and stores that want to give you freebies or money to spend. Here are 11 birthday freebies that topped my list:


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*Famous Footwear: Sends rewards members a $5 gift card. Last year that bagged me a free pack of socks. *Red Robin: Is going to send you a free certificate for a burger for your birthday. *Noodles and Company: Will give you a free bowl of noodles. *Shula’s 347 Grill (West Valley City): Will send you a complimentary entrée with the purchase of an entrée of equal or greater value. *Boondocks: Birthday Club members enjoy an unlimited FREE pass! Cashing in on the goods is easy; you simply join their monthly emails. A little tip, these emails can be cumbersome. My advice is to join only the companies you enjoy hearing from and don’t stash them away for just your birthday. Most of these companies send out special coupons during other times of the year too. Lastly, make sure you are signing up for their actual birthday club and not just their monthly newsletter; some of

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Wild Child


oddlers and raccoons are eerily similar. They eat food off the floor, have nuclear levels of energy, and they’re very clever, without having a shred of common sense. When I learned my daughter was expecting her first child this spring, I thought she should practice by raising a raccoon. Here’s my advice. When holding your little raccoon for the first time, you’ll be awestruck. You’ll touch her tiny fingers, gaze into her dark brown eyes and sniff her furry head. She’ll cuddle into you and all will be right with the world—for about seven minutes. Then she’ll get hungry, and stay hungry for nine years. As you’re breastfeeding, you’ll feel that wonderful bond between the two of you, the love flowing and “$#*&!!!” Do not punch your baby raccoon in the face when she bites you. As your little raccoon goes from crawling to running away from you at the store while stuffing candy in her mouth, you’ll wonder if you’ll ever stop being tired or ever spend another moment not worrying. The answer is no.


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South Jordan March 2016  

March edition of the South Jordan City Journal. Residents dispute development and other news from South Jordan City.

South Jordan March 2016  

March edition of the South Jordan City Journal. Residents dispute development and other news from South Jordan City.