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GRANITE EDUCATION FOUNDATION HELPS REDUCE FOOD INSECURITY WITH DAY OF SERVICE By Bill Hardesty | b.hardesty@mycityjournals.com

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n memory of Sept. 11, 2001, the Granite Education Foundation (GEF) partnered with various organizations to sponsor a day of service by putting together various student food kits on the 20th anniversary of the date. “We have about 400 or so volunteers who are coming in working for an hour, and they’re so fun. They’re enthusiastic. They try to work so fast, to get these kits filled,” Kim Oborn, program coordinator of Food Programs, said. “This happens all the time, not just on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 because this warehouse is full of food and volunteers to help kids who are facing food insecurity in our state,” Gov. Spencer Cox said. “And, as you see, we have dozens and dozens of volunteers right now. Some who have already been here and more will be coming throughout the day. This type of effort has been replicated all across the state and all across the nation as we come together in a day of service.”

FOOD KITS

The GEF provides three types of food kits to students in the Granite School District. A student weekend kit provides one child three or four meals. Each bag has equally prepared microwavable meals, snacks and drinks. “The great thing about this option is that they are lightweight. They are easily distributed,” Oborn said. “People like them for the convenience. We give a lot during the long breaks like winter break or spring break.” Another type is the dinner kit. They feed a family of four for one meal. These kits respect different food choices since not everyone eats SpaghettiOs.

Volunteers come together to fill student food kits at the Granite Education Foundation Day of Service. (Bill Hardesty/City Journals)

“These kits take on an international focus,” Oborn said. food. They are popular with high school students. They come “For example, we have chicken curry with mango or rice and by the pantry to get a kit if they are staying for practice or after school. beans with tomatoes and chili powder.” The third kit is a snack kit. These stay at school. They GEF set a goal to put together 7,000 student weekend Continued page 7 are used if a child is hungry or maybe they need a little extra

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UPS employee walks/bikes to support friend with cancer By Bill Hardesty | b.hardesty@mycityjournals.com

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ary Johnson, a resident of Sugar House and a UPS employee, is walking/biking 1,700 miles before her friend, Soni, completes chemotherapy. Why 1,700 miles? Because that is the distance between Johnson and Soni, who lives in Kentucky. Johnson has completed about 600 miles. So, on a map, Johnson is between Denver and Kansas City. "My goal is to finish close to when she finishes her treatment, and she is halfway through. So, I need to ramp it up," Johnson said. Her Fitbit tracks her progress. Friends for life Johnson was raised in Kentucky and attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. While attending school, Johnson worked at a Holiday Inn. She met Soni at work. They became close friends at the time. "As things moved on, we got married and had kids. I moved. We got separated," Johnson said. Through Facebook, they reconnected several years ago, and in 2019, they got together face to face—the first time in more than 20 years. "It's one of those friendships where even though time and distance separated us, when we reconnected we just picked up where we left off," Johnson said. "We didn't fill that gap of time. "Soni is just a phenomenal lady who's raised two kids. She has a child with autism who's attending college right now. She's overcome so many challenges," Johnson said. Soni returns the compliment calling Johnson “her rock.” Johnson writes letters to her friend and always puts a smile on Soni's face when they talk on the phone. "Everybody always wants to find that one friend that is your other half—part of

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After exchanging gifts of encouragement, Mary Johnson decided to walk 1,700 miles for her friend with cancer. (Courtesy of UPS)

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was going through treatment at that time, and my friend who just been diagnosed with cancer." After they posted the June challenge of biking 150 miles, Johnson decided to put an extra spin on her efforts. "I made the decision, while she was going through her treatment, that I was just going to continue to walk as a way to support my best friend," Johnson said. "And then I started thinking about it because she's in Kentucky, I'm in Utah. There are 1,700 miles between us. So, I decided to put another spin on it. And to have an effort to complete 1,700 miles just as a way to show support." Johnson has also raised $350 for the American Cancer Society.

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First responders race in full gear at annual 5K fun run By Bill Hardesty | b.hardesty@mycityjournals.com

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he third annual Tunnel To Towers 5K fun run was held at Memory Grove in Salt Lake City on Sept. 18. Participants ran up City Creek onto North Canyon Road and back. While Tunnel to Towers races are held at numerous locations, with the main one in New York City, JD Weston, SSLFD paramedic/ firefighter, and his wife, Tracy, headed up the efforts in Utah. “The race is one way to say thank you to our first responders and military personnel,” Tracy Weston, the race director, said. About 190 individuals ran in the race many of them in full-duty uniform. For police officers, that is an extra 30 pounds of gear. For firefighters running in their turnout gear and other equipment, they are carrying about 60 pounds. In addition, two participants from Unified Fire ran with an oxygen tank and oxygen mask. “The race is growing every year,” Tracy Weston said. With any race, even a fun race, there are winners: Under 15 division Dominik Ruiz, Andy Sheppard and Beckham Harrison; Civilian women Tiffany Gabriel, Sammy Delli, and Casey Jones; Civilian men Michael Brahman, Brian Winn, and Craig Norton; Police (all SLCPD) Brent Weiss, Peter Burgoyne, and Monica Roop; and Fire Heath Banbury (Unified Fire), Megan Fenton (Unified Fire) and Lyndsie Hauck (South Salt Lake Fire).

TUNNEL TO TOWERS FOUNDATION

The Foundation was created to honor firefighter Stephen Gerard Siller. On Sept. 11, 2001, he was assigned to Brooklyn’s Squad 1 and had finished his shift. He was on his way home to play golf with his brother. On his scanner, he got word that the first plane had hit Tower 1. Siller called his wife to cancel the golf date. He returned to the fire station and got his gear. Siller drove to the mouth of the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, but it was already closed for security reasons. With a sense of duty, he strapped on 60 pounds of gear and raced on foot through the tunnel to the Twin Towers. He gave his life at Ground Zero, helping people. The Foundation’s goal is to support families of those who die in the line of duty or Gold Star families. The Foundation’s primary support is paying off the mortgage of families with children. In Utah, the Foundation paid off the mortgage of Officer David Romrell, an SSLPD officer killed in November 2018. They did the same for Major Brent Taylor, killed in Afghanistan June 2020. The Foundation also builds mortgage-free smart homes for injured veterans and first responders. Each home is designed to meet the unique needs of each individual. The Foundation has built two such homes along the Wasatch Front.

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9/11 IN NEW YORK CITY

Members of the B platoon of the South Salt Lake City Fire Department decided to be in New York City for the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attack. It took nine months of planning and working around COVID-19 restrictions. This was not an official trip. So, the group did some of the tourist stuff, but the high point was the 9/11 museum. “Honestly, as soon as you walk in the building, you have chills the whole time while you’re in there, from start to finish,” JD Weston said. He described how hearing all the PASS devices going off hit him the hardest. Firefighters wear the PASS (Personal Alert Safety System) device. A pre-alarm sound goes off after 20 seconds and a full alarm goes off at 30 seconds when a firefighter is in distress. The Two firefighters from Unified Fire finish the race carrying 60 pounds of gear. (Bill Hardesty/City Jourpurpose is to make other firefighters aware nals) that a firefighter is down. During the recov“You learn about it in school and from hear everyone’s story, made the experience ery for 9/11, the devices continued to go off, but firefighters could not reach those wearing people, but to go stand at Ground Zero and very humbling,” Sammy said. l them. Another exhibit at the museum that stood out to JD Weston was on the rescue/recovery dogs. “They had a whole wall dedicated to the dogs that assisted with finding victims and bodies in the aftermath,” JD Weston said. “All the dog photos are from 2011 in the museum. All the dogs are gray around the muzzle, and you can’t but think of them as you would a World War II vet—nothing but respect and admiration for the work they did at Ground Zero. They are special animals.” JD Weston’s partner, Sammy, described her experience as humbling. She was three at the time of the attack.

Two SLCPD officers in full uniform near the finish line. (Bill Hardesty/City Journals)

Captain Lyndsie Hauck, B Platoon Station 43 SSLFD, waits for the race while holding the “Thin Red Line” American flag. The flag is used to show respect for firefighters injured or killed in the line of duty. (Bill Hardesty/City Journals)

Firefighters from SSLFD finish the race. (Bill Hardesty/City Journals)

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Continued from front page kits, 5,000 dinner kits and 3,600 snack kits. “On average, we’re sending out 3,200 student weekend kits a month. So, you know that 7,000 may not last too long,” Oborn said. “Saturday was a huge success! At our donation and distribution center event, a total of 13,086 food kits were completed (about 4,700 student weekend kits, 4,000 dinner kits, and 4,300 snack kits),” Justin Anderson, chief marketing officer, said. “But while that makes it appear that we didn’t quite meet our goal but when you factor in all of the events that were happening at other locations throughout the day, we far exceeded our goal.”

FOOD INSECURITY

Granite School District is the second-largest district in the state, with more than 64,000 students. However, 54% of those students or about 35,000 students live at or below the poverty level. In addition, 70% of Utah refugees live within the district boundaries. This means that three and one-fourth out of every five students are food insecure. The USDA defines food insecurity as the “lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy lifestyle.” Or, stated more simply, you do not know where your next meal is coming from. Numerous studies show how food insecurity results in multiple health, development, social and academic effects.

According to the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (Pediatrics), “Compared to rates had they not been food insecure, children in food-insecure household had rates of lifetime asthma diagnosis and depressive symptoms that were 19.1% and 27.9% higher, rates of forgone medical care that were 179.8% higher, and rates of emergency department use that were 25.9% higher. “ In addition, the Feeding America website states, “Sadly, hunger may impact a child’s school performance. Research demonstrates that children from families who are not sure where their next meal may come from are more likely to have lower math scores and repeat a grade, among other challenges.”

GOVERNOR’S REMARKS

Besides thanking the volunteers, Gov. Cox talked about his 9/11 experience. He and his family had just moved to the “scary big city,” and 9/11 occurred on the second day of his new job. Cox talked about walking down streets. Strangers would stop and ask if he was doing OK. “If a stranger stops you now, you probably get nervous,” Cox said. Cox went on to say that many people had the same experience. Feeling hopeless, many of them stood in long lines to give blood. “No one cared if you were a Republican or a Democrat. No one cared if you had a red shirt or blue shirt on,” Cox said. “That stuff didn’t matter then, and it shouldn’t matter

Gov. Spencer Cox and First Lady Abby Cox join other volunteers putting together student food kits at the Granite Education Foundation’s Day of Service. (Bill Hardesty/City Journals)

now. Unfortunately, it does.…We need to recommit ourselves to be better. So that we get off Facebook and stop calling each other names, but we will actually work together on common issues.” When asked why there is division today, First Lady Abby Cox said, “I think, instead of connecting like this, serving one another, we are connecting on Facebook groups and trying to hate each other. And we’re not in places like this where we’re serving one another. Where we’re connecting through our differences and not using our differences to hurt one another.”

FLEECE BLANKETS AND BOOKS

Besides the significant effort at GEF Donation and Distribution Center, other events were held at different locations throughout the day. Roughly 4,000 fleece blankets were produced at four locations—Utah Islamic Center (984 W. 9000 South), Columbus Adult Education Center (1860 S. 300 East), United Methodist Church (203 S. 200 East), and at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1535 E. Bonneview Drive). Another project was a book drive that netted 4,500 books. l

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Utah ranked the happiest state for 2021. (Unsplash photo)

Utah ranked happiest state – should we throw a party? By Bill Hardesty | b.hardesty@mycityjournals.com

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n September, WalletHub.com declared that Utah is the Happiest State in America for 2021. Agree? Disagree? Does it depend on the day? The hour? The minute? Utah received a total score of 72.94. Minnesota was next at 67.52, and Hawaii coming in third with a score of 66.16. The least happy states are West Virginia (50), Arkansas (49), and Louisiana (48).

HOW DID UTAH GET TO THE TOP?

WalletHub.com reviewed findings of happiness research to determine which environmental factors are linked to a person’s overall well-being. They measured each state across three key dimensions: emotional and physical well-being; work environment; and community and environment. They used 31 relevant metrics across the dimensions. Each metric was graded on a 100-point scale—a score of 100 representing maximum happiness. They also determined each state’s weighted average across all metrics to calculate an overall score. For example, emotional and physical well-being was weighted at 50 points. Work environment and community and environment were both weighted at 25 points. Finally, they used the resulting score

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to rank the states. Utah was in first place for both the work environment and community and environment dimensions. Utah was ninth for the emotional and physical well-being dimension.

METRICS

The emotional and physical well-being metrics included issues such as the share of adult depression, the percentage of alcohol use disorders, sports participation rate, the share of adults with mental health considered not good, life expectancy, suicide rate, and food insecurity rate. Utah ranked ninth. The metrics for the work environment dimension included the number of work hours, commute time, household income, money concerns, unemployment rate, job security, income growth rate, and median credit score. Utah ranked first. The community and environment dimension metrics included volunteer rate, ideal weather, average leisure time spent each day, separation and divorce rate, and safety. Utah ranked first. Utah was No. 1 in the highest sports participation rate, fewest work hours, highest volunteer rate, and the lowest divorce rate. Utah was ranked fourth for safety. Utah was not in the bottom five for any metric. l

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Police and fire officials report to council on crime prevention programs, call volumes By Bill Hardesty | b.hardesty@mycityjournals.com

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t the Sept. 15 South Salt Lake City Council Meeting, Police Chief Jack Carruth and Fire Chief Terry Addison gave reports on their respective departments.

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While admitting crime rates are a great concern to SSL residents and are often discussed by politicians, Carruth cautioned that the numbers could be misleading. “I feel it’s important to understand how crime data is collected, to understand better what it means for individual communities,” Carruth said. Historically, there have been two ways to report crime data to the FBI. The Uniform Crime Report (UCR) and the National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS). The UCR is a summary reporting system that uses rules to determine the most serious crime to report for one incident. NIBRS allows police departments to report up to 10 offenses for a single incident. This methodology provides a more accurate picture of crime. As a result, the FBI mandated all agencies use NIBRS as of Jan. 1. Carruth moved away from a discussion on crime stats to talking about crime prevention. Carruth highlighted some current SSLPD programs: • Property Check – Homeowners and business owners can request a periodic check on their property. The request form is on SSLC.com. As time permits, police will either check the property visually as they drive by or physically by walking around the perimeter and checking doors and windows. If a problem arises, the owner is contacted. • Good Landlord Program – This is an incentive program of SSL. The program is intended to educate landlords on management strategies to prevent crime, maintain equity and promote compatibility with surrounding neighborhoods. In

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addition, participating landlords receive a significant reduction on their annual rental license fees. • Bike Registration – This program helps reduce bike theft. If a registered bike is stolen, SSLPD has all the information to list the bike as stolen. If it is recovered, the owner is contacted immediately. • Business Watch – Most property crimes are crimes of opportunities such as an unlocked door or a dark loading dock that is often left unattended. This program provides strategies to businesses to lower the chance. • Neighborhood Watch – This program is like the Business Watch except for neighborhoods. As residents get to know each other, they can take an active role in the safety and security of their neighborhood. Currently, there are several Neighborhood Watch groups. Contact the Community Policing division for additional information. Carruth also suggested a future program of online reporting. Online reporting would be used to report and provide information on crimes such as theft. The goal is to free up an officer to do more proactive activities and enforcement. “When I talk about online reporting, I’m very sensitive about it,” Carruth said. “It will be at the discretion of a citizen to say this is something I want to report online, or I want an officer to respond. Anytime a citizen requests an officer response, that’s exactly what they’ll get—an in-person response from an officer.” “Public safety does not look like it did 20 years ago. In 20 more years, it won’t look like it does today. By taking an active role in implementing new technology, we will be in a better position to evolve with rapid changes while protecting both our officers and citizens from harm,” Carruth said. “Enabling online reporting for our citizens will help make efficient use of

SSL Fire Department’s 2020-21 annual SSLFD report is published. (Bill Hardesty/City Journals)

our limited resources and is just one step in the ongoing evolution of service to our community in making officers more visible to deter crime.” Carruth also reported on some positive results of the recent pay increase. For example, SSLPD can fill vacant positions in the Street Crimes Unit, a Business Watch position, and the Traffic Unit. Because officers had to be pulled from these units to patrol, these units were down five positions.

SSLFD

Addison reviewed the annual SSLFD report. The complete report is available at SSLC. com. Some of the highlights are: • SSLFD received 7,231 calls between July 2020 and June 2021. Of that total, 6,075 were medical calls. • SSLFD has 70 employees with four battalion chiefs and nine captains. There are nine engineers. In addition, there are 18 firefighters/paramedics and 24 firefighters/EMTs.

• Ninety percent of the budget goes to salary and benefits. • SSLFD experienced a 6% increase in fire calls and a 21% increase in medical calls. • Most fire calls were false alarms. • Of the top 10 medical calls, psychiatric problems/abnormal behavior/suicide attempts top the list at 11.64%. • As mentioned in an earlier article, SSLFD received an ISO Class 1 rating. Only 411 fire departments out of 39,000 received such a classification. • The public can visit fire stations. “Volume rose by more than 1,000 calls while operating on a tighter budget than the previous year,” Addison said. “We innovate, adjust our training through the pandemic despite logistical challenges, continue to perform at peak levels in the face of these trials, and we could not be more proud of the work our people accomplished daily.” l

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Granite School District bus app generating positive response oughly 7,800 students in Granite School District ride the school bus on a daily basis. An app called Here Comes the Bus was launched by the district’s transportation department in January. It lets parents know when the bus is close both for pickup and drop off. “The app shows the location of a student’s bus in real time. This helps provide parents with arrival times for both home and school routes. You can also get a notification on your phone when the bus is near,” said Ben Horsley of GSD. The app is available for download on Apple’s The App Store and Google Play. After downloading, users are asked to sign up and put in the school district’s code, 29318. Users create a password and then add students using their last name and student ID. GSD’s transportation director and licensed bus driver David Gatti said the response to the app has been positive. “Parents who have downloaded the app have said it has been very helpful in determining the status of the bus, whether or not their child had missed the bus, and other messages that the department needs to communicate to parents,” Gatti said. Gatti said the app has many benefits and isn’t just a convenience. He noted that about 1,300 special needs students use the school bus daily, some of whom need constant care. Gatti also said many buses use a group stop, not a specific residence. When there is bad weather, parents pick up kids from these stops. This will limit the amount of time a parent or child needs to wait in bad weather. “[The app] is a free way for parents to be more in-theknow about when their child’s bus is arriving. There are many things beyond a bus driver’s control that may affect the bus’s

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timeliness. HCTB allows parents to set alerts that tell them when their child’s bus is a certain number of minutes from the stop. “In inclement weather, [using HCTB means] parents and students are exposed to adverse conditions for shorter periods of time. Furthermore, a parent can determine whether their student missed the bus or whether it is just running a bit late,” Gatti said. GSD notes that the process of creating an account, choosing the district code 29318, and entering a student’s last name and ID number limit privacy concerns with HCTB. Parents and students who use the app become a “partner” in the transportation process. “HCTB allows them to be privy to information at the click of a button on their smart device. This information was previously only accessible through a call to our office,” Gatti said. Parents are encouraged to reach out with any questions or concerns about using the app, bus schedules or whether their child is eligible for transportation services. For specific bus schedules, call your child’s school. For eligibility, go to the GSD transportation website to enter your address. Elementary students who live 1.5 miles or more from the school are eligible; for junior high and high school students it’s 2 miles. Email questions about the app to buses@graniteschools. org or call 385-646-4280 for general education and 385-6464298 for special education. The app has proved to be a good tool to limit frustration and anger at the bus driver when the bus is off schedule. When they can see that it’s late, parents and students aren’t stuck

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somewhere waiting, wondering if they missed it. “[Bus] drivers are grateful that parents and students are less upset if the bus is late, as they can stay home until the bus is eminently at their stop,” Gatti said. l

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Former Cottonwood swimmer Rhyan White comes home from Olympics with a silver medal By Brian Shaw | b.shaw@mycityjournals.com

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everal days after former Cottonwood swimmer Rhyan White came up just short of an Olympic medal in Tokyo, she earned one as a part of the USA’s 4x100 medley relay team. “She is and was an exceptional athlete, and you hope to get more than one in your lifetime,” said Cottonwood athletic director Greg Southwick. “To have the opportunity to know someone that has her skill set, drive and family backing—all the tools that lead to those exceptional swims is a proud moment for all of us here at Cottonwood.” White, who now competes for the University of Alabama swim team and is a psychology major, swam in the qualifying round of the relay in the backstroke leg for which she is known, however, the former Utah Class 5A state champion was not used in the finals. Nevertheless, because the Colts legend White had participated on the US team in the qualifying round, that made her eligible to receive the same silver medal as the rest of her 4x100 medley relay team counterparts in Tokyo. It was the first time that a swimmer from the state of Utah has ever won an Olympic medal in the sport. In addition to that, White is also the first Cottonwood High School graduate to have won an Olympic medal, making her medal historical in two ways. White’s hometown of Herriman honored her with a parade. The former Colt great sat atop a giant Herriman Police Department Hummer, an American flag flying above her and her family while they motored slowly down city streets past hundreds of onlookers, soaking in this moment of a lifetime. White’s run in Tokyo culminated a five-year-journey that started at the Cottonwood Heights Aquatic Center when a then 15-year-old White and current Cottonwood head swim coach Ron Lockwood made the decision to try and qualify for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. “I remember talking to her and her family before the qualifying meet in 2015,” said Lockwood before Tokyo. “We mapped out a plan for what we wanted the next couple years to look like; we set out a goal for qualifying for Olympic trials—had this crazy idea of setting a meet up in Cottonwood Heights— and she ended up qualifying there.” White finished 18th overall at those Trials. But, as a defending SEC Conference champion swimmer at Alabama in two events in this past year, the former Colt bested her previous times by several seconds and qualified for the two Olympic events she won championships for as a member of the Crimson Tide. Those events were the 100 back-

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Rhyan White returned from the Tokyo Olympics to find a victory parade in her honor. White won a silver medal in a team medley event and placed fourth in her two individual events. (Justin Adams/ City Journals)

stroke and 200 backstroke at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials, setting the stage for White’s debut in Tokyo. At the 100 backstroke half a world away, White narrowly missed on a bronze medal, getting out touched by American teammate Regan Smith at the wall to finish fourth overall. Then at the 200 backstroke in Tokyo, White’s signature event, the Colts great and medal favorite started slow, but in typical White fashion surged on the final turn. But, as the entanglement of arms reached the final wall, White’s was just .22 seconds slower than the swimmer from Australia who took the bronze. And so for now, White will return to Alabama as a student later this month. The former Colt will also compete for the Crimson Tide and look to repeat as the SEC Swimmer Of The Year in 2022. Above and beyond that, White will look to help her team win a national title and individual golds at the NCAA Championships to best the two silvers she won in the 100 and 200 backstroke races there, last year. l

Elect “I decided to live in South Salt Lake because I was excited about the direction of the city and especially the Creative Industries Zone. I started my business around the idea of giving back to the community and have focused a lot of my efforts specifically in South Salt Lake, doing work with the Police Department, Arts Council, and several local businesses. I’m very excited about the future of our unique residential and businesses communities. I want to help make sure we are building a South Salt Lake that is functional, beautiful, and inclusive.”

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Nine years without a cold? By Priscilla Schnarr

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Cottonwood volleyball team young but improving, according to new head coach By Brian Shaw | b.shaw@mycityjournals.com

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straya Lassig came into the summer aware that the Cottonwood High volleyball team would be heading into a new region with teams such as Uintah and Tooele after having been in battles in years past with the likes of Skyline and Olympus. As the Colts new head coach, Lassig said she likes what she sees so far from a team that lost 10 seniors and is starting from square one. “We haven’t won a game yet but I do think we are pretty evenly matched with most of the teams and it gives us some more confidence, and I hope the kids know that,” Lassig said. “In past regions we weren’t in a spot to be able to make a dent and that has seemed to give us a mentality over the years of not being as comfortable.” The Colts nearly got two victories in the preseason, taking both Waterford and Richfield to five game-matches before falling. In their region opener at home on Sept. 7, the young Colts fought hard against Stansbury, slugging away at the visitors before falling 19-25,15-25 and 17-25 in three straight games. The Colts hosted crosstown rival Hillcrest next on Sept. 9 and lost the first game 19-25, but roared back in the second game to win 25-19, setting up a big third game which went to their rival, 15-25. In the fourth game against Hillcrest, the Colts kept on the pressure before dropping the match, 20-25.

The Colts had their third straight home match on Sept. 14 against Cedar Valley, which they lost in three straight games. But, the Colts [0-14] came close to a big win in their first away region match, taking Tooele to the brink Sept. 16 before losing in a brutal fourth game by the razor-thin margin of 23-25. After having dropped the first two games there—a learning curve that Lassig added was expected having been put into a new region and a new season with a brand new team—her team has shown fight. “My first and foremost goal this season is to change the culture which has been even harder than I thought but it’s starting to catch on,” said the first-year head coach who prepped at Riverton High and has coached club volleyball for several years. “We really want a culture of dedication on and off the court, learning how to be a great teammate and improving our mental toughness.” The Colts fell in three straight games at Payson on Sept. 21, their last game before press time, to drop to 0-5 in Region 7 play. That education will continue as the season goes on. The Colts are led by three specific players, according to Lassig. The first is Ali Tripp who is “a super dedicated, committed woman and really understands hard work. She is a leader on and off the court,” Lassig said. Kennedy Covili was another who stood out to the coach. “Everyone better watch out for her in the next couple of years when it clicks for her; she is an all-American middle in hiding. She will tear it up,” Lassig added. Kyah Budge is a sophomore who the coach said has “a lot of potential and a few years to really gain control and make anything happen on that court.” With two-thirds of the season left to play for the Colts, there are still plenty of matches left for them to get that first victory, but according to the coach the team is going to tackle their issues one play and one point at a time. “We’ve set a new goal for working hard and information to process. Learning how to adjust to other teams and use the strengths we have and recognize our weaknesses and problem-solve them,” said Lassig, who added she was a little surprised at how little some of the kids knew when she first met her players on the court. “Honestly, the team was not looking anywhere near what I expected or wanted as we went into our season. Others told me it was already looking so much better from past years but it was not my vision,” Lassig said. “I had to keep working backwards because I didn’t realize how much they didn’t know. But it’s looking a lot better now and improving and getting closer to that vision I have every game. “It’s been a lot of change for them, and I am proud of how they continue to take it and do their best.” l

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On Homecoming, the Cottonwood football team wins, honors late PA announcer Dru Wynder By Brian Shaw | b.shaw@mycityjournals.com

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n Homecoming Night, the Cottonwood Colts football team was looking for something to go right. Having played five straight games on the road and having lost three straight, the independent Colts were back at home Sept. 23 for the first time all season. They made it count in several ways with a 28-7 win over Copper Hills. “I thought we played OK,” said coach Casey Miller. “We are very inconsistent across the board. We played fairly well and were able to run the ball better than we have been able to.” The Colts took a 14-7 lead into the halftime break, at which the homecoming king and queen were crowned on the Colts logo at midfield—the king being none other than senior defensive lineman and offensive lineman Michael Kimmel. In the second half things did not start well for the Colts. But, junior defensive back Nick Bean broke a field position stalemate with a big interception late in the third quarter for the Colts, thwarting the visitors’ desire to tie up the game. Later, after two three and out possessions

and a fumble from junior running back Jamal Lomax while he was reaching his arms out for the Copper Hills end zone, the Colts forced a punt. They then marched down the field in seven plays, scoring on a 1-yard quarterback sneak from junior quarterback Brock Simpson to go up 21-7 with 6:51 left in the game. The Colts then put this Homecoming Game out of reach on their next series when junior Adan Cage picked off a Copper Hills pass over the middle. One play later, the junior Lomax atoned for his earlier fumble and ran in a 19-yard touchdown to give the Colts a 28-7 lead that with the point after try would stand for the rest of the game. It was the Colts [2-5] first win since Aug. 27, a 20-14 victory at Providence Hall that came on a game-clinching interception in the end zone. This win over Copper Hills also marked the first time that the Colts played at home all season. One thing of course was missing on this glorious Homecoming night: the booming voice of the stadium’s longtime PA announcer Dru Wynder, who passed away earlier this year. Wynder’s family was honored at halftime with a gift basket and was given a shadow box

with a Colts football jersey emblazoned with the No. 99 and his last name on it, said Cottonwood athletic director Greg Southwick. “He was a big part of our program,” added Southwick. The announcer also replayed Wynder’s final words that he made over the stadium’s public address system. “That was an emotional moment for all of us who knew him,” said Southwick of Wynder who was the Colts PA announcer for over a decade. According to Southwick, Wynder’s wife taught at Cottonwood for 30 years and all of his children graduated from there as well. “It was sad to see someone so involved in our school community pass away,” Miller said. His Colts team was able to win one on a special night honoring Wynder, whose trademark “Touchdown, Cottonwood!” that echoed down from the press box will forever be remembered and cherished by anyone who’s heard it in person. On the field, everything came together on Homecoming for the Colts, who got solid production on the ground from Lomax and Simpson in the air and on the ground. After making several key defensive plays and that Cage interception late, the Colts turned a close

game into a rout. “We’ve been competitive this season,” Miller said. “We still have a long way to go if we are going to be put back in a region after next season.” The Colts will close out their 2021 season with three games, all at home: rival Murray Oct. 1, Hurricane Oct. 8 and Northridge Oct. 15. l

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Cottonwood boys golf shows well in the new, geographically unique Region 7 By Brian Shaw | b.shaw@mycityjournals.com

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ith a new region brings new challenges for the Cottonwood High School golf team. But, according to head coach Greg Southwick the Colts are not only meeting those new challenges—they’re exceeding them in many cases. “We’ve made a lot of progress this year,” said Southwick of his young team. “And reached a number of goals.” The Colts golfers have had great success thus far in the new Region 7, which is unique geographically speaking. The region comprises Stansbury and Tooele 30 miles west of Cottonwood High, Payson and Cedar Valley an hour south, Uintah out of Vernal 200 miles to the east and the Colts crosstown rival, Hillcrest. That uniqueness, however, hasn’t affected the Colts one iota this season. They currently sit in second place behind Stansbury, having amassed 327 total points through six matches as a team. According to Southwick, who is also the school’s athletic director, there are several positives to Cottonwood being in this new region. “The region placement is basically out of our control, but it’s been nothing but positives for our kids,” he said. “They’re doing things they’ve never done before; taking long bus rides to Vernal and Payson

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has built the camaraderie of the team. We’ve been able to eat together as a team in a restaurant in Vernal, and spend a lot of time together, and that’s something we wouldn’t have been able to do if we were placed in any other region.” Individually, the Colts are also doing well in the standings. Henry Falck sits fifth out of the top 10 golfers in Region 7 with 79.5 points accrued through six matches. Other Colts are showing well also. At the last tournament on Sept. 13 at Talons Cove Golf Course in Saratoga Springs, Tavish Snow finished third overall with a score of 76, while Collin Smith tied three other Region 7 golfers for sixth place with a score of 80. Next up for the Colts is the Utah Class 5A state championships, added Southwick, which was a primary goal of the team’s this year. “We’re excited to go because it’s the first time in seven years that we’ve been able to go to the state tournament as a team, and it was our primary goal going into the season,” said the head coach. “Now that we’re there we just want to have fun and get some exposure for the program.” l Coach says there are many positives about playing in a new region. (Pixabay)

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CITY NEWSLETTER

Supporting Strong Neighborhoods is Our Superpower New to South Salt Lake? As a resident, there are many ways you and your household can participate in SSL’s growing and evolving community. Our residents represent great diversity and cultures that span the world, including a significant refugee and immigrant population. The landscape of our City is continually and rapidly changing, and many of you, being new to the neighborhood, may want to better understand how things operate. I wish to Mayor Cherie Wood take a moment to share how as a City, we strive to provide the services and amenities that support and preserve our great neighborhoods—I’d like to say it’s our superpower. The Department of Neighborhoods was launched this summer in response to resident input during our General Plan process. Residents identified safe, clean, and walkable neighborhoods as priorities. By uniting several City programs and services, Neighborhoods aims to help residents build a stronger sense of place by engaging more effectively with the community and city government. By grouping Parks, Homeless Strategies, Code Enforcement, and Animal Services together, we can provide a more seamless and efficient way to connect you with available city resources, services, and amenities and thus, empower residents.

This spring, our South Salt Lake Arts Council hosted its fourth and most successful Mural Fest yet; 35 highly acclaimed murals now adorn the Creative Industries Zone.

If you can imagine, not even five years ago, there wasn’t a Bickley Park or a westside expansion of Fitts Park, a Parley’s Trail, Mural Fest, or a WinCo Foods. Since becoming Mayor in 2009, I have made it my priority to listen, gather input, and learn about what matters most to residents. We just adopted a new General Plan full of input from community stakeholders. While I support positive economic growth and sustainable development, I have also heard your concerns about protecting and preserving the feel and vibe of our single-family or R1 South Salt Lake neighborhoods. Let me assure you we will continue to maintain our existing zoning designations of R1. In our planning, much of our new dense or multifamily development is along public transit, like in our new downtown area, the Creative Industries Zone. My desire is to welcome new residents in multi-family projects like Riverfront, Zeller, the HUB of Opportunity, and Harmony 3900, while at the same time enhancing and strengthening our existing neighborhoods. South Salt Lake continues to be On The Move, and now that you’re here, we hope you’ll settle down and stay awhile. My love for South Salt Lake is enduring. As a lifelong, 3rd generation resident, my roots in the community run deep. Building a great community is not done alone. I count on you to get involved and contribute in your own unique way. It has taken a lot of forwardthinking to get here, and we have a lot to celebrate—let’s keep the momentum going!

Our newly formed Department of Neighborhoods. Get to know them; they are here to serve you!

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City News SSL City Council Meetings Now open to the public at City Hall Watch: video.ibm.com/channel/sslc Wednesday, October 13, 7 p.m. Wednesday, October 27, 7 p.m.

SSL City Planning Commission Meetings Thursday, October 7, 7 p.m. Thursday, October 21, 7 p.m.

FREE Citywide Cleanup in November Available to residential garbage customers, the first two weeks in November, curbside pickup will be provided for approved items that are boxed, bundled or bagged. Hazardous materials such as oil, batteries, paint, tires and other pollutants will not be collected. Properly prepared items must be placed on the curb by 6:30 a.m. on the scheduled collection day. The date for your pickup will be sent to your home in advance.

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Remembering Helps Us Honor By L. Shane Siwik, District 5 On September 11th, 2001, the world changed and would never be the same. As we look back on the terrorist attack and subsequent war in Afghanistan that just ended after almost 20 years to the day (and the longest war in American history), I can’t help but think of the thousands of people who lost their lives either in innocence or in battle securing a safer nation for us to enjoy today. From the men and women of the New York Fire Department who ran into the towers, to the passengers aboard flight 93 who knowingly sacrificed themselves to avoid more deaths with the call, “Let’s Roll”, may we never forget the cost of freedom and the heroes who gave all. Some want to erase 9-11 from our memories or ask that we not remember with such passion. NO. We must remember. Remembering helps us stand guard in the future. Remembering helps us avoid mistakes. But most of all, remembering helps us honor. To those in our community who served, or lost loved ones over the past 2 decades as a result of 9-11, a grateful community thanks you for all you have given and all you have lost. To the men and women who continue to serve to make us safer, whether as a local first responder or member of the military, may God watch over you and protect you as you put everything on the line for us. Note: Opinions expressed here may not be representative of all Members of the City Council.

Fall Leaf Bag Program

This year our city council approved an alternative method of voting for municipal elections. What is Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) exactly? RCV is what it sounds like, instead of choosing one candidate, you rank candidates

according to your preferences (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.). If a candidate receives a majority of the first-choice votes, that candidate is elected. If no candidate receives a majority of the first-choice votes the candidate with the lowest number of votes is eliminated and transferred to the voter’s second-ranked choice of the remaining candidates. This process continues until a candidate wins with an absolute majority (50%+) of the votes. One thing to remember, you do not have to rank candidates. You still have the option to only vote for one candidate for each position if you desire. As we are getting closer to our municipal election on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, we encourage all residents to learn more about Ranked Choice Voting and what to expect on the ballot at rankthevoteutah.org.

City of South Salt Lake — 2021 Election MAYOR Cherie Wood L. Shane Siwik Jake Christensen DISTRICT 2 Sam Garfield Corey Thomas

Each fall SSL supplies five (5) leaf bags to residents at no cost. Bags can be picked up at Public Works 195 W Oakland Ave (2475 South) in October. • Residents must show a valid ID with an SSL address • Leaf bags will be picked up by Public Works curbside through the end of November. • The City also encourages South Salt Lake residents to compost leaves. To read more about leaf pick up guidelines, visit: sslc.com

DISTRICT 3 Sharla Bynum Aileen E. Hampton DISTRICT AT-LARGE Clarissa J. Williams Olivia Spencer

To be eligible to vote in the upcoming General Election on November 2, 2021, you must be either registered online 11 days prior or register at an early voting location or a polling station on Election Day. Register online or learn more at: vote.utah.gov.

South Salt Lake City Council Action Report Summary Full agendas, minutes, handouts and video recorded meetings available at: sslc.com/city-government/council-meeting Date 8/25/21

Agenda Item The naming of City Facilities and acceptance of sponsorships

Subject The ordinance, Chapter 71 of Title 2, Amending Sections 12.38.10 and 12.38.160 of the Municipal Code to Create a Framework for Naming Facilities and Acceptance of Sponsorship

Action Approved

Next Step No further action

8/25/21

Public Hearing – to receive input regarding a proposed amendment to all 2021/2022 fund budgets

An Ordinance to amend the 2021-2022 Fiscal Year Budget Amendments include PD Department Salary increases, Bickley Park Expansion and City Hall Infrastructure

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Public Safety Speaking Up Against Domestic Violence Message from SSLPD Chief Jack Carruth October is a time for all of us to speak up about domestic violence, raise awareness, and support the survivors of this all but too common issue. Domestic and Family Violence isn’t always physical, and while there are many different forms, all are used to negatively control a person and their actions. Domestic violence is present in every community and occurs across all demographics, including age, gender, sexual orientation, race, socioeconomic status, religion, and/or nationality. Another aspect of domestic violence is that the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports that Domestic Violence/Intimate Partner Violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime. Types of intimate partner violence include physical, sexual, stalking, and psychological aggression. • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been physically abused by a partner in their lifetime. • 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by a partner during their lifetime. • 1 in 15 children are exposed to domestic violence every year. Knowing some of the signs of domestic, intimate partner or dating violence can help save a life. Beyond signs of physical aggression, other signs could be erratic mood changes, noticing threats or controlling behaviors of another’s time, money, or resources. South Salt Lake Police is committed to helping victims take action in domestic abuse cases, as a source for intervention and as a resource if needed. As for any emergency, call 9-1-1 for an immediate police response. Utah 24 hours LINKline: 1-800-897-LINK (5465) The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) StrongHearts Native Helpline: 1-844-762-8483

Halloween the Safe Way Message from SSLFD Chief Terry Addison It’s that time of year again. Halloween is just around the corner! Pumpkins are being carved, spooky décor is appearing all over the neighborhood, and everyone is putting the finishing touches on their costumes. The South Salt Lake Fire Department wants to ensure that Halloween is a fun time of year for our youth. Keep trick-or-treating safe for your little monsters with a few easy safety tips. • When choosing a costume, stay away from long, trailing fabric and make sure the little ghosts and goblins can see clearly, with or without masks. • Include some type of light as part of costumes, whether a flashlight or a glow-stick. Make them be seen. • Use battery-operated candles or glow-stick in jacko-lanterns instead of candles. There are nearly 800 reported home fires each year where decorations (crepe paper or dried flowers) were the first item to ignite, and more than one-third were started by candles. • Make sure all exit and escape routes are clear of obstructions or decorations, and that your smoke detectors are working. • Please tell children to stay away from open flames including any candle-lit jack-o-lanterns. Have them practice to ‘stop-drop and roll’ if their costumes catch fire. With a bit of planning, you can ensure that your kids enjoy a fire-safe Halloween. It is awfully fitting that Halloween falls at the end of Fire Prevention Month. We wish you a safe and Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 9-10 a.m. Délice Bakery & Café 2747 S State Street Join SSLPD and community members to enjoy the morning and get to know our local law enforcement better.

Coffee with a Cop

SSL Youth getting crafty at the Neighborhood Night in September

Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Oct. 7, 2021 7:00 p.m. Visit sslc.com for virtual event link.

Men’s Resource Center Neighborhood Meeting Oct. 20, 2021 3:30 p.m. Join us for a monthly conversation via Zoom, Visit sslc.com for the link. Questions? Contact us at: connect@sslc.com


Community Happenings New to The ZONE The South Salt Lake Creative Industries Zone (The ‘ZONE’) is more than a clever little lightbulb logo; it’s about celebrating the 50+ “unique to their niche” artsy, crafty industrial businesses and the people behind them. We dare you not to be inspired. Next time you travel through our neck of the SSL hood, let the lightbulb illuminate

the way through our Creative Industries Zone. While visiting, spot any of our 35 murals, grab a six-pack, tune-up your bike, or set it down and unwind with a locally-made craft cocktail. Let us introduce you to a handful of businesses within ‘The ZONE’, all found within a few blocks in downtown South Salt Lake.

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Go right through the back door of Fuzzy Nates and you’ll discover another level of motorcycle culture at Salt City Builds. Specializing in all aspects of vintage motorcycle repair and resto-mods, brothers Seth and Rev Clark brought their backyard garage hobby shop to South Salt Lake in 2013, and well, the rest is Salty Bike Revival history.

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Open since 2015, “Salt Lakes Most Okayest” and “Keep Your Standards Low” are the catchphrases that capture the vibe at Fuzzy Nates Barbershop. While they don’t claim to be the best, they most definitely are authentic, and that’s enough. Inside this bustling shop, Nate is the one with the phenomenal beard, and along with three other barbers, they take on the hair of hundreds of loyal clientele. Once in Fuzzy Nate’s chair, you’re family.

PROJECT SUNDAY Projectsunday.net | 2212 S West Temple #19

HELL BABES HQ

Since the beginning Project Sunday has been a work in progress. Starting with an empty loft and a group of college students, they figured it’d be more fitting to make their own art and furniture than buy it… and eventually opened up for business.

Hellbabes.co | 2212 West Temple #40 Born to Ride? The Litas (a global womxn’s motorcycle collective) guide the fashion merchandise and accessories from this primarily online retail store. Rolling fast and burning gas, Hell Babes is women-run and recently decided that their new HQ was a good fit for South Salt Lake, complete with a retro gold velvet couch at their warehouse entrance.

SUGARPOST METAL sugarpost.com | 80 W Truman Ave Garden art that doesn’t suck. Yes, Sugarpost Metal creates that, and is also a full-service architectural metal workshop, crafting railings, so grandma has something to hang onto. They also create fun and functional art pieces, like monsters, machines, floral, fauna and fish. Bonus! You can spot several examples of their custom mailboxes around the Creative Industries Zone (Clever Octopus, Level Crossing Brewery, Grid City Beer Works, Counterpoint Studios, Pat’s BBQ and Bicycle Collective).

This mailbox held up by an Octopus, is found in front of Clever Octopus Creative Reuse Center and was designed by Sugarpost.

Behind their original, rustedout sign in Tempest Park lies a shop that now has a long resume of creating space and custom pieces for some of Utah’s favorite establishments and community shapers. After nearly a decade in business, the folks at Project Sunday count themselves lucky to handcraft the pieces and spaces that help support life in the city where they live.

UNIQUE MOSAICS BY ANGIE uniquemosaicsllc.com | 75 W Truman Ave Angie Halford Re is the founder and owner of award-winning Unique Mosaics, LLC, which is an internationally recognized custom mosaic tile artwork studio in South Salt Lake. With over two decades of experience, her mosaic tile designs and installations can be found in homes, historical restoration projects, National art museums and exhibits, and places of worship.

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Community Happenings Youth Basketball 4 years old – 6th grade

PK/K–1st/2nd grades: T/TH evenings 6-7 pm or 7-8 pm 3rd/4th grades: M/W evenings 6-7 pm or 7-8 pm 5th/6th grades: M/W evenings 6-7 pm or 7-8 pm BEGINS Week of Nov. 1st ENDS Week of December 16th LOCATIONS: PK/K-1st/2nd grades, Central Park Community Center (2797 S. 200 E.) 3rd/4th grades, Columbus Community Center (2531 S. 400 E.) 5th/6th grades, Granite Park Jr. High (3030 S. 200 E.)

ANIMAL SERVICES OPEN HOUSE Saturday, October 16, 2021 1 to 3 p.m. 2274 South 600 West • Bring your pet for Microchip and/or Register • Pet & Owner Halloween Costume Contest • Come see what the shelter has to offer!

$25 for 1st child, $20 for 2nd child, $15 for 3rd child Additional $5 SSL non-resident fee. Scholarships are available to those who qualify. ($10 with free/reduced lunch letter at time of registration) Deadline: October 22 (Space is Limited!) Register at sslc.com or call 801-412-3217

Congrats to Jason Burgess Mayor Cherie Wood encourages you to nominate those around your neighborhood who you believe deserve recognition for their Beautiful Yard, Street or even a Balcony! It’s easy to nominate, to do so, contact the Neighborhoods Department by email at sdunn@sslc.com.

Bike the 2021 Mural Fest Route Monday, October 18, 2021 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Meet at South Salt Lake City Hall 220 Morris Ave. South Parking Lot

Lunch on the Move Mama’s Toasted Cheeser Wednesday, October 20th 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. SSL City Hall 220 East Morris Ave, Northside Discover a new food truck each month!


Community Happenings United Way Day of Caring & 9/11 Day of Service & Remembrance — THANK YOU!

Neighborhood Night in October

Several basic care items were donated for a new Food and Supply Pantry at the Promise Central Park Community Center.

Whether you want to connect with your neighbors, learn more about City Services, or share an idea that will benefit your community, this is a great way to reach out and have a fun evening together. Monday, October 25 • 6-8 p.m. Columbus Center Auditorium 2531 S 400 East

The South Salt Lake LDS Stake spent several hours early Saturday, September 11 pulling weeds and cleaning up along the S-Line/Parley’s Trail.

Creative Arts for Life Needle Felting

Register at: sslarts.org Wednesday, October 6, 13, 20, 27, 2021 • 6:30-8:30 p.m. Location: TBD Instructor: Maddie Christensen/Bad Dog Arts Learn basic needle felting techniques using wool fiber called roving. Maddie will walk you through the steps to create adorable 3-D figures. Also, using the same materials you will create a 2-D “Painting with Wool” to hang on a wall. This will be the perfect addition to your own holiday décor or to give as a gift. No experience is necessary. All the materials are included.

Savage Services came to Mill Creek Park for three full days to help spruce up and plant pollinators at a new section that will become a Monarch Butterfly Waystation.


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Local school districts join mass-action lawsuit against e-cigarette maker, Juul Labs By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com

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ordan, Canyons and Murray are amongst the hundreds of school districts that have joined a mass-action lawsuit against e-cigarette maker, Juul Labs, Inc., claiming that they deceitfully and intentionally marketed their products to children. This has led to an increase in e-cigarette use amongst youths, statistics reveal, so in the mass-action lawsuit, they are wanting to hold the company responsible and seek damages for the “vaping epidemic” on school campuses around the country. Jordan Board of Education President Tracy Miller said, “vaping is a really big problem in our schools.” “We have a lot of kids who vape, a lot who don’t necessarily know how bad it is,” she said. “They are companies using different flavors and marketing, aimed at youth, and it caught on and became popular at a lot of schools. We (Jordan Board of Education) recognized that it’s a problem and need to hold Juul accountable. The problem is they weren’t forthright and transparent about what was going on. There’s high levels of nicotine in vape products, (which are) highly addictive and it was not marketed that way.” Canyons Board of Education member Mont Millerberg agrees. “We need to call a spade a spade,” he said. “Vaping is not a healthy habit and with them having Captain Crunch and sugary flavors, it’s targeting our most vulnerable population to lead them to believe ‘it’s a cool thing.’ If this puts a stop to marketing unhealthy products to children, I’m happy to support it.” Jordan District approved the legal service agreement on Aug. 24 as they joined the mass-action lawsuit. Canyons joined in Sept. 7, and Murray, Sept. 9. Granite’s school board has studied the litigation, said Ben Horsley, Granite School District spokesman. “The Granite School District has recognized the harmful effects of vaping on our youth,” he said on Sept. 17. “The Board of Education and district administration has studied the associated litigation and is inclined to participate.” Vaping products, known as e-cigarettes or mods, are battery-powered devices that heat up a liquid to create an aerosol vapor which typically contains nicotine, flavorings and other chemicals. Since the user inhales and it doesn’t emit the strong odor associated with conventional combustion cigarettes, and they are designed to resemble USB flash drives, keychains or lipstick tubes, youth often have them in plain sight, even plugged into a laptop, officials say. According to 2020-21 statistics collected by Jordan School District, 90% of the tobacco violations in the district’s schools were infractions against vaping, with only 10% for regular cigarettes.

We need to call a spade a spade. Vaping is not a healthy habit and with them having Captain Crunch and sugary flavors, it’s targeting our most vulnerable population to lead them to believe it’s a cool thing. — Canyons Board of Education member Mont Millerberg

A Juul device, plugged in like a USB flash drive, is seen charging in a computer, making it unrecognizable to many teachers or parents. (Photo courtesy of Steve Hanson/Salt Lake County Health Department)

Educators and officials are concerned about youth vaping in the mass-action lawsuit; seen here is a Juul starter kit. (Photo courtesy of Steve Hanson/ Salt Lake County Health Department)

“Vaping is just so prevalent these days,” said Sharon Jensen, Jordan District’s student support services consultant. Jensen said that youth see vaping in social media or have greater access to it, even getting it from family members as 56% say their parents or other close adults are nicotine users. Sometimes, even adults are unfamiliar with the harm and addiction from e-cigarette use, including that it can hamper long-term adolescent brain development, according to Utah Department of Health research. In a 2021 report, it states Utah’s youth vape at nearly twice the rate of Utah’s adults. Jordan’s statistics reveal that the majority are regular users. Last year, of the students caught with tobacco, 98 were directed to attend an online first-offenders class for nicotine. Of those students, 18% used nicotine 26 days-plus in the last month—“basically daily,” she said. Another 11% used it between 13 and 25 days in that past month. Most students who vape are teens, she said. Of those 98 students assigned to the online class, 25% are age 13. Another 24%

are 14 years old. Six percent are age 12 or younger, making the greatest amount, at 45%, in high school. “Often they vape on the job and their outside-of-school-life is much more colorful than their in-school-life,” Jensen said. Those statistics are in line with the state, according to the Utah Prevention Needs Assessment that showed 12.4% of eighth graders tried vaping; 25.5% of high school sophomores; and 32.1% of high school seniors. In Canyons District in 2019, there were 219 school office referrals, first-time and/or repeat referrals, for e-cigarette use or possession, up from 35 referrals in 2010. Justin Pitcher, who has served as an administrator in Canyons District in the Midvale and Cottonwood Heights communities at both elementary and secondary levels, said vaping is “definitely a concern.” “If it’s happening in high schools, then it’s happening in elementary; the frequency is different,” he said, saying there are fewer younger students caught with devices although all age levels may have access to them despite administrators taking them away. Jensen said that Jordan District policy is to collect and lock up Juuls and other violating products; they can be returned to an adult in the family. She’s hoping their first-time user classes as well as well as the END—Ending Nic-

otine Dependence—course for regular users will help youth identify the harm it does to their bodies. “What we want our kids to do is to learn and to quit,” Jensen said. There is no fee for the classes as Jordan District has a state SAFE (Supporting America's Families and Educators) grant which it dedicated to alcohol and drug abuse prevention. However, hundreds of school districts nationwide are wanting Juul to foot the bills for public resources being used to pay for the current and future costs. The lawsuit, which was filed in the Northern District of California Federal District Court by the Frantz Law group, is a mass tort lawsuit where damages for plaintiffs, or in this case, school districts, are calculated individually. Therefore, multiple plaintiffs can be awarded differing amounts of damages for the amount of its past and future damages. Those costs can range from providing information and resources to students regarding the negative impacts of vaping, student services or counseling, or installing vape detectors. “It’s not really about getting money as much as sending a message,” Miller said. Millerberg agrees: “I don’t expect a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. It’s more of a moral stance than anything else.” l


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Halloween film haunts in our backyard By Katy Whittingham | k.whittingham@mycityjournals.com

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tah, and Salt Lake City in particular, has seen a growth in film productions in recent years, and television series and films that fall in the horror genre are no exception. According to a report that came out late last year by the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED) which includes the Utah Film Commission, film production dollars spent in Utah more than doubled between 2015 and 2019 to about $87 million. The state film commission attributes the growth to a variety of scenery, economic incentives, and available talent. In a press release from this September available on the film commission’s website, it was announced that the GOED board has approved “five new productions for state film incentives, generating an estimated economic impact of $6.5 million and creating over 185 local jobs.” Utah horror film enthusiasts will find no shortage of locations to visit this Halloween season. A recent production that was filmed around Salt Lake City and has a story set in the state is the critically acclaimed 2018 horror tragedy film, “Hereditary,” starring Gabriel Byrne and Toni Collette and written and directed by Ari Aster. The story follows a family in turmoil as they are haunted by a menacing presence following the death of a secretive maternal grandmother. School scenes were shot at

West High School in the Salt Lake City School District and at Utah State Fair Park. The exteriors of the family’s house and tree house were shot in Summit County, and perhaps the most picturesque and hauntingly beautiful scenes at the cemetery were filmed at Larkin Sunset Gardens in Sandy. “Hereditary” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in early 2018 and was a critical and commercial success grossing over $80 million. Two of the films in the legendary “Halloween” horror franchise were also filmed in Utah, primarily around Salt Lake City and Midvale: “Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers” released in 1988 and “Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers” released the following year. Although receiving negative reviews from critics, much like the other films in the franchise, they have maintained a strong cult following. More than 40 years after the first film’s release, you will still find Michael Myers masks, costumes, and decorations in Halloween stores like Spirit Halloween. Although principal photography for “Halloween 4” was completed in California, filmmakers moved production to Salt Lake City in the spring of 1988 because of rising costs and had to import fall leaves and other fall scenery to make it look like October. The film follows the iconic antagonist, Michael Myers, as he

awakens from a 10-year comatose state and escapes transport to a sanitarium in a plight to kill his only living relative, his niece, Jamie Lloyd, daughter of Laurie Strode, a prominent character in the first two and later films in the franchise. The McGillis School in Salt Lake City stands in for Jamie’s school, and her home with her foster family is located in the lower Avenues and was actually up for sale in late 2019. Much of the outside shots and roads for the town of Haddonfield, Illinois, where the story is set, is Midvale on 1-15. A foreshadowing scene when Jamie’s foster sister, Rachel, takes her to get a Halloween costume where her boyfriend also happens to work was filmed at Vincent Drug in Midvale. A popular soda and shake shop in the ’40s and ’50s, Vincent Drug has served as a filming location for many other film and television shows of the ’80s and ’90s, including Stephen King’s 1994 horror miniseries, “The Stand.” Filming for “The Stand” began in and around Salt Lake City in the bitter winter of 1993 and stood in for the setting of the novel the miniseries was based on, Boulder, Colorado. The jail sequences of the series were filmed at the Utah State Prison in a wing where the prisoners were temporarily moved during filming. In some confusion, crew members mistook actual prisoners’ belongings as props

Larkin Sunset Gardens in Sandy served as the location for cemetery scenes in the 2018 horror film, “Hereditary.” (Katy Whittingham/City Journals)

and moved them between cells not realizing the mistake until after the first day of shooting. For more information on the Utah Film Commission and past and upcoming projects being filmed in Utah, visit film.utah.gov. l

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Wellness Bus arrives weekly at community center for free health screenings, flu shots By Bill Hardesty | b.hardesty@mycityjournals.com

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he Wellness Bus parks at the Central Park Community Center (2797 S. 200 East) from 3 to 5 p.m every Thursday. The purpose of the Wellness Bus is to identify risk factors for individuals at no cost. In addition, the Wellness Bus provides free health screens, coaching and education. “If people want help, we can help,” Nancy Ortiz, operations manager, said. No insurance card or ID card is required. The services are typically for people 18 years and older. However, if a child is overweight or obese and has risk factors for diabetes, they may qualify for services. Workers are diverse, bilingual and culturally competent. In addition, the workers have access to an interpretation service that speaks over 240 languages and dialects. Another service provided in the fall is no-cost flu shots. The Wellness Bus will offer flu shots at the Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9. RISK FACTORS A big focus for the Wellness Bus is detecting diabetes in individuals, especially the underserved populations. So, when an individual comes in, they are tested across nine vital signs. • Blood Pressure (Normal <120/80) • Body Mass Index (BMI) (Normal 18.5-24.9) • Waist Circumference (High risk for women >35 inches, for men >40 inches) • Blood Glucose (Normal with fasting <99 mg/dl, without fasting <139) • A1C (Normal <5.7) • Total Cholesterol Level (Normal <200mg/dl) • LDL (Bad) Cholesterol Level (Optimal <100mg/dl) • HDL (Good) Cholesterol Level (60 mg/dl+ protective against heart disease) • Triglyceride Level (Normal <150 mg/dl) All information gathered is protected and not shared with others. Technicians don’t use labels such as obese. They don’t want to shame people into action. “We meet people where they are and help them move on,” Ortiz said, “We are not here to judge. Instead, we find the risk factors and encourage people to seek medical care.” If an individual doesn’t have a primary care physician or medical insurance, Wellness Bus technicians can provide information for two free clinics in Salt County. They also offer information for

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Connect2Health. Connect2Health is a University of Utah College of Health outreach program. They “mobilize student volunteers to link underserved patients with social services and prepares students to be empathetic future health professionals who understand the importance of social determinants of health,” according to Connect2Health’s website. Individuals can visit the Wellness Bus once or visit regularly. Individuals are given a card to track the numbers and provide the information to medical professionals. NUTRITION COUNSELING Another service offered on the Wellness Bus is nutrition counseling by a registered dietitian. The first visit takes about an hour. “I spend time getting to know the client,” Alex Hernandez said. “We decide together what to focus on and set goals to improve one or more risk factors.” Individuals often return for a follow-up visit to check on progress and make modifications to their plan. The visits can be in-person at the back of the bus or by video chat.

“My motivation is to give people the tools to live a healthier life,” Hernandez said. HISTORY On Feb. 20, 2009, Larry H. Miller, one of the most successful and famous Utah businessmen, died of complications of type 2 diabetes. He died after amputations of both legs six inches below his knee. He also suffered from kidney failure, gastrointestinal bleeding, bone infection, and a diabetic ulcer on one foot—all tied to type 2 diabetes. With Miller’s experience in mind, the Larry H. and Gail Miller Family Foundation gave $5 million to the College of Health to create the Driving Out Diabetes Initiative (DODI). The Wellness Bus is the flagship effort to “educate Utahns of all ages about diabetes and the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices, taking this message to where people learn, work, pray, and play [and] identify people who have higher chances of developing diabetes and target this population for primary diabetes prevention strategies,” according to the DODI mission statement.

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The Wellness Bus parks at the Central Park Community Center every Thursday from 3-7 p.m. (Bill Hardesty/City Journals)

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Cross country 5A, 6A divisional race date changes; new venue set for state meet By Julie Slama | j.slama@mycityjournals.com

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hen 5A and 6A cross country runners line up on the start line at Lakeside Park for the divisional meets, they will have the opportunity to have their full varsity teams. In what is considered the qualifying meet for teams as well as individuals for the state competition, organizers had worked with coaches to determine a good meet date. For this year’s meet, it was voted on for Oct. 13—the same date as the statewide PSAT college entrance exam. The PSAT date likely wasn’t communicated to coaches or put on school calendars, so organizers were not aware of the conflict, said Randy Quarez, 5A representative for track and cross country with the Utah High School Track Coaches Association. “This has happened multiple times in my 24 years of coaching,” he said. “I used to have it happen with region cross country meets.” Quarez said that the conflict also could be that coaches discussed the date more than one year in advance, so it could have been the testing dates weren’t yet released at that time to high school counselors. Typically, high school sophomores and juniors take the PSAT standardized test administered by the College Board. The test measures readiness for college, serves as a practice test for college-entrance exams and is a determination for National Merit scholarships. Once learning about the conflict, Quarez quickly reached out to others in the Utah High School Track Coaches Association. After checking the park availability for the alternative date, Oct. 12, the meet date was changed so all student-athletes could participate.

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“We were able to move it. If we can fix it, we’ll fix it. It would have been a struggle for kids to do that test,” he said. The qualifying runners then will have more than two weeks to prepare for the state meet, which will be held on a new course this year. The course, which many teams ran in the pre-state multi-day meet in mid-September, is at the Salt Lake Regional Athletic Complex, located off of Rose Park Lane. Utah High School Activities Association Assistant Director Jon Oglesby said there were multiple reasons for moving the meet site after more than 40 years of holding the state cross country race at Sugar House Park. Last year, it was held on the Soldier Hollow course in Midway. “Our state meet had outgrown Sugar House Park,” he said. Oglesby said the coaches’ association was contacted to determine the best place with a course that coaches like, meets the needs of the student-athletes and what was wanted and needed, such as ample parking. “The Regional Athletic Complex in Salt Lake City just east of the airport was the perfect spot,” Oglesby said. “It actually has a really nice setup.” He also said that “coaches more and more are wanting a flatter course that allows for fast times because that allows them to then compete and qualify into various postseason meets.” With the change of venue comes an admission charge. “That’s something that’s been talked about for quite a while. The expenses continue to rise every year and it’s hard for us to push forward with adding the other things that

At one of the pre-state races in mid-September, junior and senior girls try out the new state course, located at the Salt Lake Regional Athletic Complex off of Rose Park Lane. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

we want to add knowing that the expenses around even just hosting it are increasing,” he said. “Our coaches are really insistent on wanting chip timing where their splits are at the miles and on RunnerCard, it’s very easy to follow what’s going on. I think that’s a really wonderful thing for the kids, but there’s a cost associated with that.” Timing isn’t the only cost. The venue, officiating, athletic trainers, awards, dumpsters, portable restrooms and water are some other costs that contributed to the change in charging admission, he said. Oglesby said the coaches have supported the change to the new course. “Our coaches are ecstatic about it,” he said. “I am hopeful that it will be a long-term venue for us.” l

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Ghosting ghosts By Cassie Goff | c.goff@mycityjournals.com

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s the Halloween season looms near, the fear of supernatural beings does too. Decorations remind us of the existence of ghosts, vampires, goblins, werewolves, and other non-human creatures. We may even become a bit more startled by that unexplained noise in the middle of the night. We might wonder if others from beyond share our space. There are many stories, myths, and folklores concerning ghosts throughout historical contexts. The common foundational plot for all these tales is a spirit has moved on from its original form and is now somewhere between our world and the afterlife. Some lore focuses on the ghosts of animals and objects, but let’s focus on the human ghosts for now. Ghosts may be noticed through electromagnetic interference, a drop in temperature, items moving seemingly on their own, unrecognizable whispers or other audio abnormalities, and/or environmental features like fire, water, electricity, and wind behaving rather strangely. “Ghost Adventures,” a 19-season television show, sends out a crew to investigate hauntings. The crew members commonly have a variety of tools to help them locate ghosts through the avenues mentioned above. They even created their own device called the Extra Investigator Box which detects magnetic, infrared, and other physical events. If you’re not a star on this Travel Channel show, there are a few household devices that can help detect a ghost. Thermometers, infrared cameras, and motion detectors can be used to detect temperature changes and minimal motion changes. A tape recorder can be used to convert communication outside of our perceptual field into sensations humans can understand. Ghosts are often believed to be attached to a place, item or person. There are varying stories about why and or how ghosts stick around, but regardless, they often do. Some cultures around the world welcome these ghosts, as they are believed to be visiting family members or other loved ones. In America, we often do not welcome ghosts and try to rid them from our spaces. If you do suspect a ghost to be in your space and wish to remove them, perhaps helping it to move on, what can you do? There are a few different recommendations from varying sources for getting rid of a ghost. Before diving into a few, let me provide a word of caution. When dealing with the supernatural, always do your research, be respectful and cautious, and stay aware. If you’re convinced a ghost is in your space, you might figure out why it’s there in the first place. Some believe a ghost can become attached to an item, location, or person, continually haunting them. Another belief is that a ghost has unfinished business. If possible, determine why a ghost is still lingering and then the more effective course of action

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The Stanley Hotel in Colorado is rumored to be riddled with ghosts. (Cassie Goff/City Journals)

Ghosts can be noticed by temperature changes, electromagnetic changes, or through differing cameras or lenses. (Photo courtesy of SuperHerftigGeneral)

would be to help the ghost resolve their business. However, if it’s impossible to figure out why a ghost is hanging around, there are some possible actions. A popular television series worldwide with 15 seasons in just as many years, “Supernatural,” shows audiences how “hunters” track monstrous creatures and rids them from this earthly plane. “Supernatural” shows perpetuate the idea that ghosts can be temporary eliminated with salt and iron. It is commonly believed that supernatural beings are aversive to salt. If known, hunters will try to salt or burn the bones or item the ghost is attached to. In addition, ghost-repelling spells are used in “Supernatural” when other avenues of riding a ghost fail to work, along with holy water. A common lore throughout contexts is that ghosts cannot enter or be on holy ground. Suggestions from entertainment and television should be taken with a grain of salt though (no pun intended). Outside of entertainment, momentary interaction may be recommended. If you suspect a ghost is frequently hanging around, it may not be malicious. In which case, it is possible to speak directly to them. When talking to a ghost, experts believe it is important to set boundaries, be assertive, respectfully ask them to stop bothering you and confidently let them know that they are not welcome in the space. After interacting, do not do it again. If a ghost still lingers, it may be best to seek out professional help for a ritual or ceremony. Or, alternatively, remove yourself from the space by moving out. l

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t’s easy to tell when Halloween is near with the 5-pound bags of candy, skeletons, bats, and orange and black decorations that cover the holiday section at every local store. Pop-up shops appear in vacant stores with their animatronics and overpriced makeup and costumes. Pumpkin-flavored drinks dominate coffee shop menus. There’s a nip in the air and leaves change in response. However, the American telltale signs of Halloween which put many of us in the spooky spirit are far removed from the historical traditions of the celebration. All over the world, celebrations concerning the afterlife in various ways have been documented between Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 (on contemporary calendars). Many historians, including Professor of History at York University in Toronto Nicholas Rogers (author of “Halloween: from pagan ritual to party”) attribute the oldest Halloween traditions to Samhain – a three day ancient Celtic pagan festival. Samhain was celebrated by the Celts who lived in what is now Ireland, Scotland, Britain, and the Isle of Man. The festival marked the end of summer as it occurred in between the autumn equinox and winter solstice. During Samhain, it was believed that the veil between the otherworld and human world was at its thinnest. The souls of those who had died within the year would travel to the otherworld and those who had died beforehand would visit the human world. It was also believed that the gods would visit the human world to play tricks. Many rituals were performed throughout the three days to protect humans from the spirits and gods. Since the festival occurred on the heels of autumn, the Celts would perform many rituals believed to help them survive through the winter as well. When Rome conquered the Celtic lands in 43 A.D., Samhain was lost. The truth regarding how and why may never be fully understood, but a few hypotheses ex-

By Cassie Goff | c.goff@mycityjournals.com ist. The Romans had their own celebrations which may have merged with or replaced Samhain. Feralia, a festival honoring the passing of the dead occurred in late October. In addition, the Romans celebrated the turn of the season with a festival honoring Pomona, the goddess of the harvest (or the goddess of fruit and trees). Prior to the seventh century, the Catholic Church celebrated All Saints’ Day, also known as All-Hallow, in May. It was, and remains, a day to honor the Christian martyrs and saints. However, around 837 C.E. Pope Boniface IV declared All Saints’ Day as a holiday to be celebrated on Nov. 1. A few different theories exist surrounding this decision. Some believe that the sole intention here was expansion. All Saints’ Day and Samhain had similar practices, celebrating with food, drinks, costumes, tricks, pranks and appeasing the dead. It seemed quite easy to reframe many of the pagan practices as Catholic celebrations. As Samhain continued to be practiced, more people learned about Catholicism. Others believe the move was made in order to replace the pagan holiday with a church-sanctioned celebration. On the other side of the world, pre-Columbian Mesoamerica Aztecs and other Nahua people celebrated the dead around the same time of the year. As the Spanish conquistadores destroyed much of the Aztec Empire’s written records and language during the 1500s, not much is known about the 3,000-year-old traditions and rituals. One of the known Aztec traditions, however, was a festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuafl, the lady of the dead, who governs them and watches over their bones. She is believed to swallow the stars during the day. Mictecacihuafl is often depicted with a skull face and a skirt made of serpents. Today, Día de los Muertos is celebrated all over the world. The modern holiday is thought to be a mix of indigenous Aztec rituals and Catholic celebrations intro-

Pope Boniface IV changed how All Saints’ Day was celebrated during the seventh century. (Photo courtesy of Diego Delso)

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duced by the Spaniards. Día de los Muertos is a celebration for the deceased. It is believed that on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2, the gates to the spiritual world are opened, allowing spirits to visit their families for 24 hours. On Oct. 31 at midnight, the Day of the Innocents begins, as Angelitos reunite with their families. On Nov. 1 at midnight, the gates open once again for the adults to visit their families. Families often arrange ofrendas, personal altars honoring a loved one, decorate graves, and provide sweet candy for their deceased loved ones to help balance the bitterness of death.

Even though this article only mentions a handful of celebrations concerned with the dead around the same time of the year, many other cultures throughout the world have history of similar celebrations: Carnaval de Oruro in Bolivia, Hungry Ghost Festival in China, La Quema del Diablo in Guatemala, Jour des Morts in Haiti, Velija Noc in Indo-European Countries, Hop-tuNaa in The Isle of Man, Obon Festival in Japan and the Odo Festival in Nigeria. This year, as we celebrate Halloween, consider for a moment how many cultures celebrate the dead around the same week of the year. Eerie, right? l

The origins of Halloween as we know it trace back to the three-day Celtic festival of Samhain. (Wikicommons License)

Día de los Muertos is a celebration for the deceased on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2. (Photo courtesy of Rulo Luna)

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Volunteers come together to fill student food kits at the Granite Education Foundation Day of Service. (Bill Hardesty/City Journals)

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