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Local Teens Win Big With Camping Tool Invention
By Aimee L. Cook
hey say necessity is the mother of invention, but sometimes that necessity can be as simple as craving a different kind of campfire treat. For decades, campers have roasted marshmallows on a stick to create the ever popular s’more, but brothers Spencer and Tanner Harrison
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Two Local Brothers Enter The Race For Two South Jordan City Council Seats By James Luke
ormer South Jordan City attorney and City Manager John Geilmann wants to return to city hall, this time for Council District 4. His brother Tom Geilmann hopes to join him in government this time around, announcing his candidacy for Council District 1. Probably not since their college years together at Weber State, when they pursued political science degrees simultaneously, have the brothers worked together as closely on something as they intend to do in their separate but united council candidacies. After earning bachelor’s degrees, the two continued down similar life paths - both separately entering military service. Older
Declaring their candidacies for city council seats are brothers John Geilmann, left, (District 4) and Tom Geilmann (District 1).
brother Tom served in the Utah National Guard from 1966 through 1974. John served in the Air Force reserve at Hill Air Force Base from 1968 through 1979. Next, John followed a family tradition of sorts. In 1984 he earned his Juris Doctorate at Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, Ga., where the brothers’ maternal grandfather had graduated from the school eight decades earlier with the class of 1903. The Geilmanns both see a need for change in the city council’s role within city government as motivating them to enter the council race. John explains his view that the council’s primary role is to create a strategic vision for the future. He notes that with anticipated growth, “South
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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.
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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
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NEWS ated more than $12,500 of gross revenue, recovering all their start-up costs. In 2014, the company improved product design, purchased high-volume tooling and invested in eye-catching packaging which generated more than $30,000 in revenue. Recently the company was able to add 68 retail outlets for distribution and already have orders for the summer months. Not bad for a pair of brothers who assemble, brand and package their Wolf’em sticks in their garage. l
Local Teens continued from page 1 are well on their way to changing how you create a dessert with a stick. The Harrison brothers invented the Wolf’em stick, a stick used to create a campfire treat that cooks a refrigerated biscuit on the end of a dowel. Named Wolf’em because they say you will “wolf them” down, the stick has a patented rotatory handle system that you turn while cooking the biscuit dough 3-5 minutes. When finished you fill it with your favorite ingredients, such as pie filling, pudding or fruit. The brothers are an ambitious pair. They both participated in the national program, The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, in 2012 after they completed the Young Entrepreneurs Association courses sponsored by the South Jordan Chamber of Commerce. There they learned how to create a business plan and a prototype for their Wolf’em stick. Their business, now called Campfire Industries, took first place in Utah and moved on to the national competition in New York City where they placed second and each won $25,000 for their business. “We strongly encourage South Jordan to continue to support this excellent program to give other young entrepreneurs the same opportunity,” Tanner said. Tanner, soon to be a sophomore at Bingham High School in the fall, and Spencer,
Council Seats continued from page 1 Jordan could be the state’s second largest city within a decade.” Tom prioritizes improved communication between and among the types of residents in the city, from those who have lived in the area for many decades to people who are new to South Jordan. A big part of his motivation to run is his belief that “the current city council has evolved into a managerial entity that restricts the current city professionals’ ability to work on the day-to-day issues that our community faces, and that they were empowered to do as employees of the city.”
“South Jordan could be the state’s second largest city within a decade.”
Spencer and Tanner Harrison with Mayor Osborne. Photo by Julie Harrison currently a seventh grader at South Jordan Middle School, were among 41 semi-finalists to compete in the national competition. They credit South Jordan City with giving them a lot of helpful support. “This sounds like something the city of South Jordan did,” Mayor Scott Osborne said. “It really wasn’t what South Jordan City did, but it’s what the citizens of South Jordan City did.” In 2013, Campfire Industries gener-
Both brothers anticipate facing off against the incumbent councilmembers in their respective districts, as well as other candidates, potentially. They note that if there are more than two candidates in any city council race, there will be a primary election in July. In District 1, Tom Geilmann expects to run against Councilman Mark Seethaler. In District 4, John Geilmann will likely face incumbent Councilman Steve Barnes. l
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Serving Up Some Southern Flair In Daybreak, Porch Restaurant Opens In June By Aimee L. Cook
hat do you do when you move to a new area and you just can’t find a great place to eat? Well, if you are Jennifer Gilroy, you open your own restaurant, naturally. Such was the case for Gilroy, currently known best for her other restaurant, Meditrina, that opened in 2008. Now, she has branched out into the suburbs with her new endeavor, Porch in SoDa Row. “I like honest food,” Gilroy said. “After spending seven years in Nashville, Tennessee, Southern comfort food is very close to my heart, even pre-trend. I think there are a lot of misconceptions about what Southern comfort is, and it’s not about importing Southern grits from South Carolina; it’s about using what you have locally and making good comfort food with a local spin.” That is exactly what Gilroy intends to do. Her goal is to use as much organic and fresh local products as possible in her creative recipes, which she says are comfort foods with an upscale spin. Already on the menu is Mary’s free-range chicken, and she is in discussions with Luke Peterson from Peterson’s Family Farm in Riverton for veggies. Her unique menu will feature a Utah trout dish, catfish,
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. Figure 1: Falls affect millions of seniors in the U.S. every year.
Under Construction, a new restaurant at Daybreak’s SoDa Row. Photo by Jennifer Gilroy Lake Dining Award in 2010. Gilroy wants people to enjoy fine food and dining without the stuffy atmosphere and expensive price tag. The open, airiness of Porch - with its 30-foot-high ceilings - is anything but stuffy.
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. Figure 2: When these very small blood vessels become diseased they begin to shrivel up and the nerves begin to degenerate.
Chef Jennifer Gilroy serves her meatloaf balls, a menu item at her new restaurant, Porch. Photo courtesy of Daybreak the Porch meatloaf served with buttermilk whipped potatoes and pork tenderloin served with Hoppin’ John, Gilroy’s version of a red beans and rice dish. Gilroy learned her culinary skills from the “school of hard knocks,” she says. She is a self-taught chef who brought her skill to the Salt Lake Valley with the opening of Meditrina, for which she was awarded the Salt
There will be plenty of outdoor patio seating during the summer months “I wanted Porch to feel as if you were sitting on your own front porch while you are dining,” Gilroy said. For the first month or so, Porch will be open for dinner Tuesday thru Saturday, with a Saturday brunch. Porch is located at 11274 Kestrel Rise Road, Suite G, Bldg. C. l
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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Local Teen Awarded Fallen Law Enforcement Scholarship
Statewide Bills Passed Into Law On May 12
By Aimee L. Cook
amilies of civil service members often follow in those footsteps in one way or another: giving back to their communities or to people in need across the globe becomes a shared calling. Such was the case for Austin Dial. To acknowledge his continual efforts of giving back, Austin was recently awarded a $2,500 scholarship by the Utah 1033 Foundation in Honor of a Fallen Law Enforcement Officer. Austin’s father is Lt. Wayne Dial of the Unified Police Department. Austin recently graduated from Bingham High School and is currently serving a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Honduras until June. Austin gave countless hours of community service to the South Jordan Youth City Council and to the Boy Scouts of America. In addition, he organized a service project that collected and sent clothing to families in need in Honduras. “I feel like I have great role models in my life that have taught me a lot about service,” Austin said in a press release. “My parents have especially been great examples of service and leadership. They taught me to help other people and to be a leader in all that I do. Everyone should do community service in order to make the world a better place and most of all just to help others.” Austin received the Jared Francom Leadership award in honor of Ogden Police Officer Jared Francom who was killed in January of 2012 while serving a drug-related search warrant. Austin was one of four local students who received a leadership award presented by Senator Kevin Van Tassell. “There are six police officers in my family and I look up
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.
Austin Dial’s parents accepting the award on his behalf. Photo courtesy of Utah 1033 Foundation to each one of them,” Austin said. “I am honored and privileged to receive a scholarship and award in honor of somebody who gave their life trying to make a difference. It makes this award so much more personal knowing that it honors a man who dedicated his life to service and leadership.” l
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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.
tOURS Schedule a tour of the Gale Center of History and Culture, an educational facility where children and adults can explore the past in a hands-on manner.
The Gale Center is looking for Docents for two hours a week. Training and new friends provided. Contact: Candy Ponzurick if interested.
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Resident on Display is a program that spotlights an artist or photographer from South Jordan. We love to show off the amazing talent of the residents of South Jordan!
MUSEUM CLOSURES The Gale Center of History and Culture will be closed Friday, June 5, 2015 for Country Fest AND July 9-24, 2015 for Summer Break.
REntaLS The Gale Center auditorium is a great facility for parties, piano recitals and other gatherings. The room will fit 70 people with chairs only, or eight round tables to seat a maximum of 48. Contact: Candy Ponzurick for rates and availability.
the gale center promotes utah history through exhibits, events and education
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South Jordan City Council By Chris Rogers
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CITY COUNCIL REPORTS
few topics have been on my mind recently due to questions from residents:
Elections: A Few Good Candidates “A public office is not a job, it is an opportunity to do something for the public.” —Franklin Lane Three council seats are up for election– Districts 1, 2, and 4 -- and we are in need of good people. Only Councilman Newton (District 2) has confirmed that he is running for re-election. Council positions are a fouryear term, requiring attendance at two monthly meetings and a love for the city. Mayor Alvord stated that “[o]ur nation was founded by a group of everyday people who were committed to an ideal, that all men are created equal. In order for our democracy to work, we need good people to step up to the plate and truly represent their neighborhoods.”
Registration is the first week of June with a deadline of June 8 by 5:00 p.m. You must declare in-person with the City Recorder at City Hall. Must be a U.S. citizen, 18+ years, registered to vote, a resident of your district, and a resident of the city for 12 months prior to November 2.
New Laws continued from page 6 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. 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.
Daybreak City? Not Anytime Soon One of the rumors I have heard for years is that Daybreak would eventually form its own city. Not to burst any bubbles but Daybreak will probably never break off from South Jordan. The representatives from Kennecott Land (owners of Daybreak) slightly chuckle whenever they hear this rumor. Daybreak does not have the desire, nor sufficient commercial tax base, to generate enough revenue, and is firmly connected to city infrastructure. A breakoff is cost prohibitive that would lead to skyrocketing taxes for Daybreak residents. Daybreak’s Oquirrh Lake Let me dispel another rumor and declare: Yes! South Jordan has a contractual obligation to take over control and maintenance of part or all of Daybreak’s Oquirrh Lake, despite comments to the contrary. The agreement was signed on July 9, 2007 by then-Mayor Kent Money, City Manager Ricky Horst, and City Attorney John Geilmann on behalf of the city – long before everyone currently serving was on the council. All the relevant documents can be found here: http://www.sjc.utah.gov/ recreation/parks-oquirrhlake.asp. This agreement means that you will eventually see changes around the lake and any city-controlled portions of the lake will be open to the general public and not just for the exclusive use of Daybreak residents. Of note, the city will most likely not take over the entire lake and would only be financially responsible for its share of the lake maintenance. By my estimate, this process will take about 1-2 years to complete as both sides work through the transition. Happy Summer! It’s a great time to be living in such a vibrant, neighborly, economically prosperous community as South Jordan. My door is always open – feel free to contact me if you have a question or concern about the city. My cell phone number is 801252-5163 or CJRogers@sjc.utah.gov. I wish you all well and happy summer! l Body Cameras – At the cost of nearly a halfmillion 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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South Jordan Joins The Jordan River Commission By James Luke
he South Jordan City Council voted 4-1 to sign the Inter-Local Cooperation Agreement to join the Jordan River Commission and take a seat on the group’s governing board on April 21. Councilman Steve Barnes agreed to represent the city at the commission meetings. Dissenting Councilmember Chris Rogers expressed concerns over language in the agreement that seems to direct the commission to be more involved in local planning decisions than he would prefer. The Jordan River Commission is a voluntary partnership of local governments, created in 2010. Now consisting of three counties -Utah, Salt Lake and Davis -- and 12 cities, including South Jordan, as well as six other governmental and non-governmental partners, the commission grew out of Envision Utah’s development of Blueprint Jordan River. The effort considers improved regional and comprehensive approaches to accommodating a range of uses along the waterway that touches many different municipalities along its course from Utah Lake to the Great Salt Lake Flowing through through the heart of South Jordan, the river in the city includes:
• Some 6.3 miles of river frontage • Nearly 250 acres preserved open space along the river (public and non-profit ownership) • A total of 3 miles of Jordan River Parkway trail running through the city “Water does not follow political boundaries,” Jordan River Commission executive director Lori Hansen explained at the city council work session before the vote. She noted that good planning and responsible decision making “that happens on the river corridor as a whole benefits the individual communities along the river.” Hansen said that cities that belong to the commission see a return on their investment flowing back to them, many times the cost of annual membership -- just over $4,000. Whether a city has need for invasive weed eradication along the river, bank stabilization projects, trail access and development or more, the commission has the expertise to provide assistance, Hansen explained, as well as a proven record of helping cities to win grant funds that make limited local budgets go further.
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The commission is a governmental agency that operates like a non-profit, Hansen explained. The commission’s 45-member Technical Advisory Board is staffed with specialists in civil planning and engineering as well as many sciences represented in the panel members’ training and experience. Hansen explained that the commission sees its role as assisting cities in offering analysis and advice on planning in the river corridor area, and also in partnering with cities in seeking grants for river-related projects. Dissenting councilmember Chris Rogers was concerned about language in the agreement
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New Freeway Sign To Rise At Tim Dahle Nissan By James Luke
greeing to grant an exemption from the current height maximum allowed under the city’s sign code, the South Jordan City Council voted unanimously at the April 21 regular session to permit a 60-foot tall video display freeway sign for the Tim Dahle Nissan
South Jordan City Converts City Park to Secondary Water Irrigation By South Jordan City
ecently the City of South Jordan completed a project that switched the source of water used to irrigate City Park from drinking water to a secondary water irrigation system.
“ I’m not sure anyone is looking up that high.” dealership at 11155 South Jordan GateA permit has been granted for a new 60-foot tall video display freeway sign for the Tim Dahle Nissan way Parkway. While the vote related strictly to just the single South Jordan dealership at 11155 South Jordan Gateway Parkway. business that requested an allowance of 10 extra feet above the current pylon sign height limit, the the 60-foot-tall Nissan sign in South Jordan. robust discussion among the council in anticipation of the vote The council was in full agreement with allowing the indicated that change may be brewing for the city’s sign code, exception to the sign code’s existing 50-foot height limit for Tim at least along the eastern stretch of the city bordering I-15. Dahle Nissan. Councilmember Don Shelton inquired whether A new height standard in freeway-adjacent signage is “a change to the sign ordinance is needed for consistency in visible just south of the Nissan dealership, where a towering the future?” three-sided video screen reaches 100 feet into the air near 11400 While the decision to grant the exemption in this case South along I-15. Some in the city government wonder whether went through without opposition, the question now becomes that monolith may set the bar too high. “I’m not sure anyone whether the council will revisit the issue with an ordinance is looking up that high,” noted City Planner Greg Schindler amendment to increase the presumptive limit for freewayas he presented the case at the April 21 meeting for allowing adjacent business signs. l
LOCATING STOCK IMAGE City Park consists of 50 acres of irrigated turf, and the conversion will save $133,000 per year by not using drinking water. Annual savings will increase each year as the cost of drinking water increases. In total, more than 256 acre feet or 86,000,000 gallons of drinking water will be saved annually. The amount of drinking water saved and conserved is enough to supply 465 homes annually, both indoor and outdoor usage. City Park is located at 11010 South Redwood Road and features fields used for football, soccer, baseball, softball, playgrounds and more. l
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Ballroom Teaches Elk Ridge Students More Than Dance Steps
As Eye See It Information on Vision and Eye Health by Dale F. Hardy, O.D. Glaucoma is the third most common cause of severe vision loss in the United States. It is estimated that over 11% of blindness is due to glaucoma. Glaucoma is really not a single disease, but is a name used for several related eye diseases that cause damage to the optic nerve. Most often this is related to a higher than normal internal pressure in the eye that can cause damage to the nerve fibers in the optic nerve. This damage can result in severe and permanent loss of vision. This can be Primary Open Angle Glaucoma which develops slowly and painlessly and has often been referred to as “the sneak thief of sight”. It can be Acute Angle Closure Glaucoma when there is a sudden blockage of drainage channels and pressure builds up rapidly. This can cause pain, redness, blurred vision, and halos around lights. There is also a low tension glaucoma where the pressure in the eye appears to be normal but the same changes and damage occurs in the optic nerve as occurs in Open Angle Glaucoma. If there is a history of glaucoma in the family, especially parents or siblings, you should have a yearly comprehensive eye exam. Unfortunately, it is thought that at least half of all people who have glaucoma are not receiving treatment because it has not been detected yet. Diagnostic tests include: measuring the pressure in the eye with a tonometer; visual inspection of the optic nerve where it enters the eye to see if there are any changes there; visual field testing; and ocular coherence tomography of the optic nerve. The first line of treatment is to use eye drops to lower the pressure in the eye. Lowering the pressure has even been proven valuable in low tension glaucoma. More extreme measures are taken in Angle Closure Glaucoma to lower the pressure as quickly as possible. There are also laser and surgical treatments that may be necessary if the drops do not stop the progression of vision loss. Any vision loss as a result of glaucoma is usually permanent. The purpose of treatment is to stop any more loss. That is the reason early detection and treatment are so important.
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By Julie Slama
lk Ridge eighth grader Chris Patterson said at the beginning of the school year, he was timid around girls. “I basically didn’t say much or know what to say,” he said. Then, after signing up for a free afterschool ballroom dance workshop last fall, it forced his hand. “It got me to talk to my partner and then, I got used to talking to girls and interacting. Now I enjoy being with other people and I’ve always liked dancing. I knew I could move my feet, but I didn’t know anything about ballroom. It’s like a sport, but with more focus and responsibility,” he said. Ballroom dance at Elk Ridge Middle School began in 2007 under teacher Megan Rees, who directed the program for three years before taking time off from the afterschool activity to spend more time with her young children. In her absence, Darleen Gordon kept the program alive until Rees returned to the program this fall. More than 75 students signed up for the workshop in the fall, where for three weeks they learned dances twice each week for an hour at a time. Assisting Rees is her former student Brent Arthur, who started a ballroom club at Bingham High when he was a student there, and now volunteers his time with middle school students. “Each week, we’d learn different dance steps as an introductory to ballroom — to see
perform a routine to a Michael Jackson medley that “included a lot of styles and diversity.” However, Rees saw more opportunities for the students and held a community dance event that included performers from Herriman High School, United Dance Artists, Alta High School and other touring dance companies. They also began teaching at local churches and groups, including the Murray Arts Center, and also performed in Herriman High’s concert on April 8. Many students also performed the tango in the school play, “Beauty and the Beast,” in February. In March, she held a second ballroom dance workshop and had 104 students participate in the eight-week lessons. Students learned the cha-cha, swing, waltz, tango, mambo, fox trot and samba. Auditions for next year’s team will be held in May. “These students are dedicated to come after school, wanting to learn these steps when there is no credit given to them,” she said. However, Rees said the students learn more than just dance steps. She remembered learning ballroom from her neighbor, who was on the Brigham Young University team. Through it, she overcame her awkwardness in the middle school years and became more comfortable with who she was as she gained confidence. “I learned how to become more social and that changed my personality. As a girl, I learned how to follow. For boys, nothing
Elk Ridge Middle School students Chris Patterson and Amanda Hornberger said ballroom dance helped them to overcome their shyness and gave them confidence in addition to learning new dance steps. Photo courtesy of Bill Simpson When Chris was named to the dance team, he was so “excited that I ran home and told my mom,” he said. His partner, Amanda Hornberger, who recently moved to the school from Vancouver, Wash., said she saw the team perform and it looked like so much fun that she decided to audition. “After we moved, I wasn’t sure where I fit in, but it looked like so much fun, I wanted to try,” she said. “I was super quiet and nobody noticed me. Now, I’ve made so many friends
Elk Ridge Middle School ballroom team consists of 20 dancers who made the team based on auditions in the fall. The team learned a medley choreographed by Megan Rees, with five dances — swing, rumba, samba, West Coast Swing, and cha-cha — all to classic Michael Jackson music. Photo courtesy of Bill Simpson what it is, to see if they liked it,” Rees said. She taught the students swing, cha-cha, waltz, rumba, samba and West Coast Swing. In late September, after holding auditions, she announced 10 couples to the school team. The team included one seventh grader, eight eighth graders and 11 ninth graders. At that point, Rees said they looked to perform Jan. 7 at the school talent show to
teaches you how to be a man like ballroom. They need to learn how to lead, be strong, think ahead and plan and know what to do. It gives students a chance to learn how to interact socially and they learn dances they can use the rest of their lives. When I first introduced it, many students didn’t know what it was, but now they do and are eager to learn,” she said.
and gained so much confidence, that it has become life-changing for me. I was always shy around boys and now, I could go up to a complete stranger and if he knows the chacha, we could just go have fun dancing. I didn’t really like moving to Utah, but I’m now so grateful for it because I never would have learned ballroom dancing or become confident in myself.” l
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Elk Meadows Spring Tea: Memorable Student Tradition
By Julie Slama
bout 80 fifth graders joined the Elk Meadow tradition of wearing their “best dress” as they had a chance to practice their manners at the annual Spring Tea. Started by teacher Sandy King, who has held the event for more than 20 years at other schools where she taught, preparations for Spring Tea began weeks before as students polish their manners: sitting up straight and practicing how to have a polite conversation with eye contact, to using napkins or the correct silverware. “We read books, make posters, have the boys hold the doors for lunch and recess and practice asking for their reservations for a table,” fifth-grade teacher Wendi Bailey said. “It’s something they all might not want to admit, but they look forward to it — and it changes the way they act, the way they eat and how they treat one another. I have seen a teacher come to a door with her arms full and students come ask if they can hold the door open for her.” At the year-round school, the last Spring Tea to accommodate the students who were on track was May 1. Parents came an hour early
to set up the tea, including creating flower centerpieces, placing tablecloths on desks, decorating with twinkling lights and preparing cake or finger foods in the classrooms. Piano music filled Bailey’s classroom and small group pictures of students were taken. “It’s a memorable experience for our fifth graders. It’s an experience that they’ll remember more than our reading and writing assignments,” she said. It also ties into the school’s Leader in Me program that was developed by Sean Covey’s “Seven Habits of Happy Kids.” Bailey said it ties into Synergize, where students learn to get along with others. Other traits include Be Proactive, Begin with the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win-Win, Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood and Sharpen the Saw, where students learn the importance of eating right, exercise, sleep and spending time with family and friends. “I hope and have seen students become better citizens of society, who are better able to make good choices, be problem-solvers and decide on things that will benefit all par-
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might not want to admit, but they look forward to it — and it changes the way they act, the way they eat and how they treat one another.” ties involved,” Principal Aaron Ichumura said about the program. The Spring Tea is just one of the units where students gain hands-on experience in fifth grade. In the winter, they learned about
the Revolutionary War and held a simulation where they experienced King George taxing the colonists. In science, they also learn about chemical changes and reactions when they make homemade root beer and turn it into root beer floats. “We do a lot of hands-on activities because we’ve learned that the students remember the lesson better and have a lot of fun while doing it. It makes their elementary school experiences memorable,” Bailey said. l
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Three South Jordan Students’ Reflections Entries Honored At National Level
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lk Meadows Elementary second grader Isabelle Palmer likes rainbows and writing about animals, so she combined them in a short story titled, “The Rainbow Zebra.” The story received national acclaim. “I wrote it out on some notebook paper and entered it into my school Reflections program,” Isabelle said. Isabelle, along with South Jordan Middle’s Shalaya Farr and Bingham High’s Jeffrey Wang, won each level of the Parent-Teacher Association Reflections contest, starting with their school level to being named state winners in March. Their work advanced to nationals and it was announced that Isabelle and Jeffrey were the award of excellence winners at the national level and Shalaya was a national award of merit winner on May 2 at a ceremony at The Leonardo. Shayala won in photography and Jeffrey in visual art. At the ceremony, they were presented wooden plaques for their state win. Isabelle and Jeffrey received a rosette ribbon with a promise of a medallion and $200 for their national awards. The students’ work will be displayed at The Leonardo’s exhibit, “SPARK!” through this summer as well as exhibited nationally at the U.S. Department of Education beginning in 2016. “I thought, ‘whoa, this is a big opportunity’ when I learned I won. I’ve read the story to my class,” Isabelle said, who also took in her plaque and ribbon to show her classmates. Isabelle’s story is about black-and-white striped zebra classmates accepting their classmate Alice, the rainbow zebra whom they once ridiculed. She said it fits the theme, “The World Can Be a Better Place If.” “The world would be a better place if we can accept everyone for who they are. The best part is when everyone thinks Alice is nice,” she said. High school senior Jeffrey Wang said he was “kind of surprised,” but also recognized his artistic abilities have improved in time and he thanks Bingham High art teachers for helping him develop it. “I used Prismacolor pencils for this piece and the piece took me approximately nine hours to complete. I did it mostly on my own, but my art teacher suggested some refinements,” he said. He has used this piece, entitled “Gasping for Air,” which shows the growing problem of pollution in the world, as part of his portfolio he submitted to the Advanced Placement College Board. “I decided to take a problem that everyone knows about, but express it in a metaphorical way. My piece shows that the pollution man creates not only harms himself, but ultimately the environment. This complex connection between man and nature was what inspired
Jeffrey Wang, of Bingham High, poses by his artwork, “Gasping for Air,” that won him state and national awards in the Parent-Teacher Association Reflections program. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Wang this piece,” Jeffrey said. Jeffrey, who plans to attend the University of Utah in business administration and chemistry, also is Bingham High’s visual art Sterling Scholar and was an award-winner in the Utah State Senate Visual Arts Competition among other visual art awards. He has entered Reflections every year since fourth grade, and received a state honorable mention as a sophomore and won the state title last year and also received a national honorable mention. Shalaya has previously entered Reflections in visual art, threedimensional art and literature, but this is her first state title and national award of merit. She entered a photo of her sister with her hands and face painted to fit the theme. It was entitled, “Painted to Perfection… That Would be Boring.” “At school, if everyone sees a certain brand or pair of shoes, they think they’ll be cool if they all wear them, but if everyone can be themselves, they can be their own perfect, their own beautiful, instead of boring,” she said. Shalaya, who loves all the arts and performs in theater and on her violin, said she was surprised to learn that she won an award at the national level. “I took the photo with my cell phone and got it printed at WalMart. The odds of winning got harder at each level, so it’s pretty amazing that I did so well,” she said. The National PTA Reflections awards has celebrated more than 45 years of student achievement in the arts including dance, film, literature, music, photography, three-dimensional art and visual art. Utah PTA has sponsored the Reflections program for more than 40 years. This year’s state award of excellence winners from South Jordan also include Cannon Weaver in visual art and Aiden Barneck in three-dimensional art. Both winners are students at Jordan Ridge Elementary. State award of merit winners include Bingham High’s Darcy Christiansen in visual art. l
South Jordan Middle School’s Shalaya Farr poses by her photo entry that won the state title and the national award of merit from the ParentTeacher Association Reflections program. Photo courtesy of Shalaya Farr
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Bingham High Students Prepare For Graduation By Julie Slama
bout 700 Bingham High School seniors will graduate at 10 a.m., Thursday, June 4 at Utah Valley University’s Event Center in Orem. No tickets are required and the venue is accessible for people with disabilities. Those patrons should enter on the west side of the building. Accessible parking is available on both the north and west of building. Principal Christen Richards-Khong will speak and joining her on stage will be members of the Jordan Board of Education and School Community Council. A student valedictorian and salutatorian have yet to be named. The ceremony will include performances by the school orchestra and Madrigals. The theme of the commencement exercises is from the title of a book written by author Dr. Seuss, “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!” l
City Schedules Party To Celebrate Paying Off Mulligan’s Bond By James Luke
t the April 21, 2015 work session, the South Jordan City Council worked with city staff to plan a party. Recognizing the good efforts of citizens and city staff who worked to save Mulligan’s Golf & Games, they set the date for a celebration on June 3 to start off the city’s annual Country Fest weekend. The city-owned green space that makes up most of the Mulligan’s property abuts the Jordan River Parkway trail north of 10600 South in South Jordan. The full payment avoids Discussions arose in recent years about possible development opnearly $1.5 million in interest tions in the area. Citizen activists of the property, using funds already set that the city would have paid spoke up, raised awareness, and aside for Mulligan’s uses plus a general conducted a survey that showed fund surplus. The full payment avoids over the next decade. strong support for keeping Mulnearly $1.5 million in interest that the city ligan’s open, as well as protectwould have paid over the next decade. ing the open area along the Jordan Parkway Trail for future A Mulligan’s Review Commission is currently analyzing the generations to enjoy. options to make the recreation center and green space thrive, City staff, councilmembers and the mayor reviewed now that its finances are stable. finances and discussed options for the property. Realizing that it was costing the city nearly a half million dollars annually in ayor David Alvord noted that it is worth celebrating bond payments, plus maintenance and upkeep costs, it seemed “when the city pays off a major asset,” as well as to that, on the books at least, Mulligan’s was costing the city recognize the good work of many people who made it possible. much more than it brought in. The Mulligan’s bond payoff party is scheduled Wednesday June Early in 2015 the city found the means to retire the entire 3, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Mulligan’s Golf & Games at 692 South bond of some $6.5 million dollars owing for the purchase Jordan Parkway, just west of I-15 along 10600 South. l
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The South Jordan Chamber of Commerce welcomed the following new and returning members in the last month:
The Chamber also held a ribbon cutting for Intermountain South Jordan WorkMed:
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Lunch & Learn – Come hear from Miss Utah America about how she supports her vision of restoring and preserving America towards “cultivating a self-reliant society. We will be meeting on June 3, 2015 at The Egg & I, 10555 S Redwood Rd in South Jordan at 11:30 am.
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Country Fest, Root Beer Garden – Come out and get some root beer or a root beer float from us at Country Fest on June 5 & 6, 2015 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM at City Park, 11000 S Redwood Rd. Business Matters Luncheon – Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM at Mountain America Credit Union, Tanner Building, 7167 S. Center Park Drive in West Jordan.
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ecause hospital stays are getting shorter, it’s more important than ever that patients recovering from surgery, illness, or injury find a setting that encourages their complete recovery. Riverton Transitional Rehabilitation Center is here to make everyone feel at home during that time. When you or someone you love is in need of nursing care and/or rehabilitation, Riverton Transitional Rehabilitation Center wants you to resume a meaningful lifestyle as soon as possible. They are uniquely qualified to meet the care needs of individuals with “hospital-level” acuity, and offer a combination of clinical and rehabilitation services to help patients recover in an environment that is as comfortable as possible. As part of Rocky Mountain Care’s network in Utah, Riverton Transitional Rehabilitation Center is under the same ideology. They strongly believe that each of their patients is
special and unique, and deserves the highest respect and service possible. Their care and specialized programs meet the individualized needs of their patients and allow them to regain as much independence as possible and live life to its fullest potential. After illness or surgery, rehabilitation is an essential component for a successful
recovery. Riverton’s facilities offer physical, occupational, and speech therapy on both an inpatient and out-patient basis. “We see patients with joint replacements, but we also have a specialty in neurological patients, such as those who have experienced a stroke,” explains Kristy Rehfledt, administrator for Rocky Mountain Care’s Riverton facilities.
“We work closely with the neurologists in the surrounding hospitals, and have experienced great outcomes.” Therapy services are available to all qualifying patients seven days a week in a spacious therapy gym with a team of dedicated therapists. These therapists have had professional training to assist with balance issues, fall prevention, cognitive (awareness) skills, complex medical conditions and incontinence. “The staff who work here have a very high competency level,” says Kristy. “Not only that, but they all really enjoy what they are doing, and enjoy being here, which is a big part of why it is so comfortable for patients.”
on’t wait until it is a necessity to come experience the difference at Riverton Transitional Rehabilitation Center. You can take a tour at any time by dropping by 3419 West 12600 South in Riverton to see what makes it feel just like home. l
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SENIORS South Jordan Senior Center 10778 South Redwood Road 801-302-1222
he center is open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Transportation is available Monday through Friday for those who live in the area. Transportation is free; call the center for more information. Most activities require you to sign up in advance. Call the center for more information. Find us online at www.sjc.utah. gov/recreation/communitycenter.asp and to view our newsletter with a complete list of daily activities.
to be provided from Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services. Tuesday, June 16, 2015 12:30 p.m. - Book Club. Read Outside Your Ordinary! Escape your reading comfort zone and expand your horizons. Read something outside your ordinary (something you don’t usually read) then share your selection with the book club. Wednesday, June 17, 2015 11:00 a.m. “Building Healthy Relationships” with Rhonda from the Vital Aging Project. We will be discussing common causes of conflict, tips for repairing relationships and ways to give a “nice no”.
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 12:30 p.m. - Sewing Hygiene Kits for Days for Girls. Taking donations of your time and/or supplies. Wednesday, May 27, 2015 11:00 a.m. Pedicures with Dr. Shelton. $10.00 each person. Call 801-302-1222 to make your appointment. Wednesday, May 27, 2015 12:30 p.m. - Bingo sponsored by Sagewood at Daybreak Thursday, May 28, 2015 11:00 a.m. - Red Hat Adventure to the Salt Lake City Bee’s Baseball game. The cost is $18.00 this includes admission and a famous ball park hot dog, chips and your choice of soda. Reservation require by May 14 for your spot on the bus Call 801-302-1222. Don’t forget to wear your best ball cap! Wednesday, June 3, 2015 12:30 p.m. - Bingo sponsored by Care Patrol, Better Senior Living Choices. Thursday, June 4, 2015 11:00 a.m. - Blood Pressure Checks with Heather from Walgreens Pharmacy. Thursday, June 4 - Saturday, June 6 South Jordan’s Annual Country Fest. For a complete schedule of events please visit www.sjc.utah.gov Friday, June 6, 2015 3:00 p.m. - Country Fest Bingo sponsored by Jenkins-Soffe. All ages welcome! Monday, June 8, 2015 12:30 PM - Walmart Shopping trip. Tuesday, June 9, 2015 12:30 p.m. - Make a Summer Wreath with Mary Alice. Sign up in advance in the office. Cost is $5 for supplies. Wednesday, June 10, 2015 11:00 a.m. Support Group for Caregivers with Terra from Silverado Hospice. Wednesday, June 10, 2015 12:30 p.m. - Bingo sponsored by Jenkins-Soffe. Thursday, June 11, 2015 9:00 a.m. -3:30 p.m. - Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge Tour. Bring your own sack lunch or sign up for one
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 12:30 p.m. - Bingo sponsored by Silverado Hospice. Thursday, June 18, 2015 11:30 a.m. - Annual Summer Banquet. Jazz, Latin & Swing Entertainment by Bev Bro Duo. A delicious meal will be served. You don’t want to miss it! Monday, June 22, 2015 8:30-10:00 a.m. Father’s Day Potluck Breakfast. Continue your Father’s Day weekend by having a fantastic breakfast of French toast, eggs, bacon and more! Bring your favorite dish to share. Tuesday, June 23, 2015 12:30 p.m. - Sewing Hygiene Kits for Days for Girls. Taking donations of your time and/or supplies. Wednesday, June 24, 2015 12:30 p.m. - Bingo sponsored by Sagewood at Daybreak. Thursday, June 25, 2015 10:30 a.m. - Red Hat Adventure to This is the Place Heritage Park. Admission is $6. Bring your own sack lunch or sign up for one provided from Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services. l
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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
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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
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10 FREE OR CHEAP ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS THIS SUMMER By Joani Taylor
Geocaching (geocaching.com) – Seek out a hidden treasure by using the free mobile app or your GPS. There are 1000’s of geocaches hidden, not only around Utah but worldwide, making this a great travel activity, too. Check out my post on Coupons4Utah.com for Kids Bowl Free (kidsbowlfree.com) – Kids can all the ins and outs of how it works. (coupons4utah. bowl 2 games for free each week at select bowling com/geocache) centers around the state. Shoe rental is additional and Barnes & Noble – Download a reading Journal from pre-registration is required on their website. the website or pick one up at the store. Have your child read at least 8 books during the summer and then take the completed journal to any Barnes & Noble store and your child can choose a free book. ummer season is the time when we are looking for things to entertain the kiddos and get them out and enjoying our fabulous Utah happenings. Here’s a handy list of things you can do with the kidlets this summer that won’t break the bank.
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.
Conservation Park (conservationgardenpark. org) – The Garden host various camps and activities throughout the summer. Cost for these camps are usually Gardner Village. Make your own jewelry at the Busy Murray City Park – Has a summer Children Matinee around $7.00. You’ll want to register early as they are Beader Summer Camp at The Bead Farm. Learn to knit Series, where children’s matinees are held every Thurs- known to fill up. at Kamille’s. Attend a tea party at Georgell Doll Shop day at 2:00 p.m. in Murray Park Pavilion #5. These are Lowe’s and Home Depot Building events – While or Cookie College at Naborhood Bakery. And master free for all to attend. these are held year round, they are a great one to put the art of sewing at Pine Needles. Visit the Gardner Wheeler Farm – The farm is a fun place to visit to on your summer to do list. The classes are completely Village website for a full list of event dates and times. learn about farm animals. There is no admission fee to free. Kids will get the materials needed for the build, he next time you hear the kids saying those enter. But, there are fees for activities such as wagon a special apron, and participation pin or patch. Visit dreaded words “Mom, I’m bored!”, break out your local store for details. rides, milking the cow and other special events. Wheeler this list and go make some fun summer memories. Farm also has a kids summer camp that is $65 for an Gardner Village- June 1st-August 30 th you can keep Find more fun things for kids to do at coupons4utah. entire week of farming fun. the kids busy with one of the “Busy Bee” camps at com/activities-for-kids/
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