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The Yuda Band is a hand-made bracelet made from leather and coconut being sold to raise money to fund a year’s education for two students in Guatamala.
A Club, A Worthy Cause And A Sterling Scholar Making A Difference
ervice projects and fundraisers are not new to school clubs and organizations, but what sets them apart are the students and teachers who champion them. Take a group of students with a common goal or mission and let them run with new ideas and you get something great: people who want to make the world a better place, or in this case, give the gift of education to two other students in another part of the world. Herriman senior, Aspen Clark is the president of the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) organization at Herriman, and she was recently awarded the Sterling Scholar award for her devotion and hard work for the club, along with her academic accomplishments. During a recent cluster meeting, she and her advisor, Jennifer King, were introduced to the service project selling Yuda Bands, which
are hand-made bracelets made from leather and coconut, to raise money to fund a year’s education for two students in Guatemala. “FCCLA gives students an opportunity to meet other people in their school and the state that have similar interests and hobbies,” King said. “Involvement also gives students the chance to make a difference in their community and world by being a part of service projects like Yuda Bands. They compete in STAR Events where they prepare a project in one of these areas, present what they did and have the opportunity to compete at a national competition and even earn scholarships. Many students that I’ve known through FCCLA have left knowing exactly what career they want to have because of their involvement.” Aspen and her fellow FCCLA members set a goal of selling 350 Yuda bands to fund
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By Aimee L. Cook two students, Wilian Lool & Veleyda Huz. The group was able to choose the students they wanted to support after reading biographies and seeing photos, making the project much more personal. After just one day of selling the Yuda bands they only had 110 left to sell to reach their goal. “We liked the idea of selling Yuda bands because it comes full circle to help break the poverty cycle in Guatemala, plus it was relatively low hassle for us,” King said. “It starts by creating jobs making the bands in Guatemala, then school organizations sell the bands. Selling 175 bands equates to 1 year of school for a sponsored student, then the money goes toward paying for a Guatemalan student to go to school.” Being part of the FCCLA has been a
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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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A Worthy Cause continued from page 1 positive part of a personal journey for Aspen. At a young age Aspen was diagnosed with alopecia, an auto-immune disease that causes complete hair loss. Due to the condition, Aspen suffered from depression and bullying, middle school was exceptionally difficult. Being in a club with like-minded people has been very helpful for her. “Being part of FCCLA was good choice for me because I love to do this kind of stuff, cooking and sewing are my hobbies,” said Aspen. “I started my sophomore year, became the historian my junior year and now I am president. I love my advisors and this has inspired me to be a FACS teacher too. I love helping and serving others as well.” Her commitment to helping and serving others led her to the Sterling Scholar win for FACS. In her essay submission, Aspen shared how she discovered that one of her neighbor’s nieces was also diagnosed with alopecia. After learning of the diagnoses, Aspen washed her favorite wigs to give to her and went to meet the young girl. Giving her the wigs and sharing her own story was life changing for Aspen. “Helping her has helped me overcome my own depression,” said Aspen. “I just told her to keep her chin up and that things will be fine, to love yourself and be proud of yourself.” Besides struggling with alopecia, Aspen was also diagnosed with Crohn’s disease when she was 12. She was prescribed a medication that suppresses her immune system, but from that second diagnosis came an unexpected gift: Aspen’s hair has begun to grow back.
Aspen Clark is the President of the FCCLA and recent winner of the Sterling Scholar Award for Herriman High School. Photo courtesy of Herriman High School “I have started to let my little bit of hair show under my wig; I now show it off as my way of accepting it,” Aspen said. “People have started to ask me about the hair and it has really helped me with my self-esteem because I can now express myself to others.” The day after Aspen was awarded the Sterling Scholar award, she received another unexpected gift, a phone call from Brigham Young University, offering her a full scholarship. Aspen was over the moon. She had applied but had not heard back until that day. l
New Development Coming To Riverton City Opening in June 2015!
Triton Investments, a locally owned investment, development and management company is currently building another apartment community: “Triton Terrace” in Draper. It is a community designed with YOU in mind, offering carefree and exceptional living. Our wonderful location at Bangerter Parkway and Vestry Road is right next to biking/running trails, minutes away from the best snow on earth, adjacent to Draper City parks with quick access to the planned Trax light rail station and North/Southbound I-15 and offers amazing mountain views. Our high quality amenities, beautiful landscaping, perfect mix of style, lease terms and comfort is going to guarantee that you pick our community to live in. As a local company we strive to partner up with business around us to create value for our residents and surrounding community. We pride ourselves in excellent customer service and our onsite Care Team is trusted to handle that. Triton Terrace is not just a place to live but a great place to call home. Listed are some of our upcoming amenities: Granite Counter Tops • Stainless Steel Fridges • Stylish Black Appliances • Designer Colors • Walk-in Closets • Wood and Tile Style Flooring • Fiber Optic High Speed Internet • Choice of Washer/Dryer in Home or Hook Ups • Year-Around Huge Jetted Spa • Heated Pool • Pet-Friendly • Bark Park • Garage and/or Covered Parking • Club House With Complimentary Coﬀee • Excellent Work Out Facilities • Convenient On-line Payments and Service Requests
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ighty-five acres of new development in Riverton City on the northeast corner of the intersection of Mountain View Corridor and 13400 South is tentatively scheduled to be completed by spring 2017, according to a city statement released on April 10. The city’s agreement with CenterCal Properties LLC will use the land purchased from a real estate arm of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for mixed-use projects, according to Riverton’s news release. Negotiations concerning what specific companies will develop in this area are still in process, but the city’s statement said that the area would feature “several restaurants and a state-of-the-art cinema complex.” In addition to national retailors, the development plans include office space and an area for a town square “village” area. “The village is the magical part,” said Riverton Mayor Bill Applegarth. “The village has a town square or fountain. They
will do concerts in the summertime there; they bring in a portable ice skating rink in the winter.” The area will be modeled around a similar shopping center concept that CenterCal developed in Farmington, said the city’s statement. Applegarth said the city has been working with CenterCal for about a year to bring its plans to fruition. “We’ve been working for this kind of quality development for many years, and it’s gratifying to be a part of this regionally significant project,” said Applegarth in the city’s statement. Applegarth says he expects this area to contribute to the community feel of Riverton City. “It’s the kind of development that reminds you of a small town,” Applegarth said. “People don’t just go there to shop; it’s a point of destination for them. It’s not just a shopping center—it’s much more than that.” l
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Riverton Raises Awareness For Deadly Birth Defect
By Taylor Stevens
fter losing two of his young daughters to a birth defect most have never heard of, a Utah Correctional Officer on a campaign to raise awareness for the defect brought his fight to the Riverton City Council on April 7. Josh Hensley is the Utah Rep. for CHERUBS, an organization that raises awareness for Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia, a birth defect where the diaphragm fails to form properly, leaving a hole so the stomach and intestines migrate through the opening into the chest cavity. Half of the 1600 children born each year with CDH die, Hensley said.
After hearing from Hensley at the City Council meeting, Mayor Bill Applegarth issued a proclamation recognizing April 19 as a day of awareness for CDH. “I felt very strongly that this was important to make the public more aware of the disease and the consequences of the disease,” said Applegarth. “It’s a very serious and tragic disease, but one that I wasn’t familiar with until he made me aware of it and did my research on it.” Although CDH occurs at the same rate as both Spina Bifida and Cystic Fibrosis, it has less than half the funding through the National Institute of Health as those, and far less media coverage, Hensley said. “We want people to know about it because the more people that know about it, the easier it is for us to get more funding, get more research,” said Hensley. “We know absolutely nothing.” Shortly after conceiving, Hensley and his wife, Melanie, discovered their first daughter had CDH. “It’s a very lonely diagnosis, because nobody knows what it is,” Hensley said. “A lot of people have gone to the doctor and the doctor goes in the back, gets his medical journal and opens it up because he doesn’t know. Your doctor hasn’t heard about it, your family hasn’t heard about it—nobody knows
what it is.” Nor do they know what causes it or how severe the consequences will be when the baby is born. “There’s no way you can tell how the lungs are going to function or how much damage there is to the lungs until the baby is born,” Hensley said. When Allyson as born, the damage to her lungs was extensive; she was put on a machine to do the job her lungs and heart couldn’t, said Hensley. “She wasn’t maintaining,” said Hensley, so the family made the difficult decision to take their first daughter off of life support only 14 hours after she was born. The couple never imagined that their second child would also be born with CDH, but they continued going to a high-risk doctor to be safe. After doing an early ultrasound, the doctors realized that their second child had the defect as well. When their second daughter, Evie, was born, doctors were able to repair the hole in her diaphragm. After several more surgeries, the little girl made it to her first birthday, which the family celebrated in the hospital. Shortly after returning from the hospital for her first birthday, Evie’s condition deteriorated. “They don’t know exactly what happened,” Hensley said. “She went about 20 minutes without oxygen. There was no brain activity, and chances were she would never get better.” The family decided to take their second child off of life support. Soon afterward, the family got involved with CHERUBS, and Hensley became the representative for the organization to help raise awareness, funds, and assistance for families dealing with the birth defect. Hensley spends much of his time raising awareness at events like Riverton’s City Council meeting or lobbying on Capitol Hill for more funding. “My personal end goal and the reason that I do this is because if I can help anybody through their experience, it was worth it,” said Hensley. “Ultimately my goal is so nobody else has to bury their kid. Because it’s just terrible. It’s not anything anyone should have to do. I made it, but nobody else should have to experience what I experienced.” l
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Residents Tell Us “Why I Love The Parkway”
t’s an early, but warm spring morning under a clear sky, around nine in the morning. The birds are singing and enjoying a spring feast. In fact, everyone on the Jordan River Parkway at the Winchester trailhead has spring fever. You can see it in their faces, which is why I asked for their opinion on the Parkway.
“I feel blessed to live in the
city and still have all of this beauty around me.” There are no shortage of answers. Paul and Rebecca Simmons give a litany of reasons, including sage advice like “nature is good for the soul” and “it promotes a healthy body, mind and spirit.” Paul calls the Parkway “beautiful and peaceful,” and says “it rids us of all the stress of the day. It is also much quicker than going
Pat Mongiat and Mia on the Parkway for their daily walk.
Seraphina Jones on the Winchester trail.
to the mountains.” “I feel blessed to live in the city and still have all of this beauty around me,” Rebecca said. This opinion is shared by many others. “It’s peaceful and beautiful and there’s no traffic. That’s the biggest reason to come,” Seraphina Jones says. For many, the biggest reason for coming is nature. Dave Brown, a regular, says, “It’s a nice, natural setting. I’ve seen deer, foxes, and all kinds of animals along the trail,” he says. Bill Wagner, a retired nature photographer, says he’s there for the fishing. Several others have come for bird watching, binoculars in hand. They point out the many species of birds along the Parkway. Karen Tibbitts, Pat Mongiat and others point to the safety of being surrounded by pleasant people on the trails. Mongiat comes every day for the fresh air and to exercise her dog, Mia. She moved to the area from
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Flagstaff, Ariz. a year ago. With a look of appreciation for what the cities have done for residents by providing the Parkway, she says, “I thoroughly enjoy it! It’s safe, there are no cars, and everyone obeys the rules.” I caught up to a mother and daughter team on their way out of the park. Emily Giles and Lori Pond tell me they’ve just broken off from the Bennion East Stake Youth Group. “Our youth group trains for track on the Parkway two or three times a week,” said Lori Pond,
the Parkway than others and that some areas still need a little dressing up. Other point to the empty doggie bag dispenser, but none of it stops them from coming. All in all, people feel the city fathers and the Jordan River Commission have done a great public service with the Parkway. Restoration and is ongoing all the time along the Parkway spring conservation activities are coming up this month. They include: Get into the River – Conservation Day on
Lori Pond on her way home.
Bill Wagner fishing for catfish.
the group’s leader. “Our family also uses the picnic areas for church and family parties.” There seems to be no lack of reasons behind why people love the Jordan River Parkway, or why they choose it for exercise and their recreational and nature walks. A few noted that they feel safer on some parts of
Thursday, May 14, and Get Into the River – Festival Day on Saturday, May 30. All are encouraged to join with others to help preserve, maintain and restore the 51 mile-long park. For more information about the parkway, the calendar of events and ongoing projects, go to jordanrivercommission.com l
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Riverton Sets Fee Structure For New Park
By Taylor Stevens
iverton City settled on a fee structure for rentals in the new park at the Old Dome Meeting Hall and its pavilions at its April 7 City Council meeting. All city councilmembers voted in favor of a $600 rental of the Old Dome Meeting Hall for Riverton residents with an $800 deposit. Additionally, the council voted to create a 10day reservation limit per year in order to keep anyone from monopolizing the park. Rental costs for non-residents will be higher. The park will open June 22, and for its inaugural year, the council voted that only Riverton residents will be able to reserve the park until the end of the 2016 season. The city is currently taking reservations for the main park for dates after July 13. Pavilion rentals will be available through Sep. 30. All rentals must be made in person at the city’s Parks and Recreation office, and Riverton residents must bring proof of residency when making reservations. More rental information can be found on the city’s website. l
Bingham Student Receives Sterling Scholar For Her ‘Grave’ Efforts
ingham High School senior, Stephanie Jencks, was recently awarded the Douglas F. Bates Community Service Award. She is Sterling Scholar for her continued service and fundraising efforts to benefit the Bingham Cemetery. According to Stephanie, Jordan School District inherited the cemetery in 1971 and due to the districts focus on education and not cemetery maintenance, Stephanie has given her time and nearly $30,000 for the memorial. “I spent Memorial Day weekend the last 10 years helping reconstruct lost records, along with beautifying the environment of the historic Bingham City Cemetery, which is owned by Jordan School District,” Stephanie said. “While giving education and service tours of the cemetery, I observed people shake their heads as they saw rows and rows of rusty unreadable metal markers, but nobody did anything about it - until I found someone had tossed an unreadable grave marker into the trash can.” Stephanie led the charge and rallied many youth groups and organizations to come together and mark graves that had no identification. “Last year as part of my Girl Scout
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Stephanie Jencks, a senior at Bingham High School, was recently awarded the Douglas F. Bates Community Service Award. Photo courtesy of Bingham High School Gold project and as VP of Bingham SkillsUSA, more than 200 volunteers united with me in a project I led and organized entitled ‘Unknown But Loved’,” Stephanie said. “Volunteers from Bingham High, SkillsU-
SA, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, 4-H, church friends and teachers made, by hand, 130 granite/cement headstones to mark the unknown graves. This past year I lugged my sample ‘Unknown But Loved’ headstone, a rusty metal marker, and gave presentations to many businesses, and personally raised and delivered $30,000 to Jordan School District to erect an information memorial. As a high school cosmetology student, I was not afraid to get a little dirt under my nails for a service I plan to be involved in until I am buried at that cemetery. Now 30 nations, veterans of six wars, fallen police officers and everyone will receive the permanent and proper respect that they deserve, not just currently, but for generations to come.” l
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COUNTY MAYOR’S MESSAGE
May Is Older Americans Month By Ben McAdams, Salt Lake County Mayor
his year is the 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act. In 1965, Congress passed the legislation in response to concern about a lack of community services for older persons. It authorized a wide array of service programs through a national network of state and county agencies on aging. This year marks a celebration of how, over the years, the focus has shifted towards helping older adults take charge of their health, stay engaged in their communities and make a positive impact on the lives of others. The good news is that as Utahns, we’re living longer than ever before. The baby-boomer generation has redefined what it is to be an older adult. Even though Utah is known as a state where there are lots of children in larger-than-average families, our 60 and older population will surpass our schoolage population by 2030—just 15 years from now. Of Utah’s 65 and older population, 35 percent will live in Salt Lake County by that year. Salt Lake County Aging and Adult Services has been trusted by county residents for many years to help improve the quality of life for older Utahns. We take that responsibility seriously. These residents are someone’s mother, father, aunt, uncle, grandmother or grandfather. We try to serve them as we would want our own family members to be served. Many of you are familiar some of the programs we offer, such as Meals on Wheels. In collaboration with volunteers and businesses throughout Salt Lake County, we deliver hot noontime meals to frail and isolated older adults six days a
week. Nutritional meals help their physical health; a friendly word and watchful eye supports their emotional well-being. The County offers other programs, including: • The Caregiver Support Program – a short term program that provides assistance and support to individuals taking care of a loved one, often a spouse or parent. • The Community Care and Transitions Program – providing in-home services to individuals who wish to age in their own home. • The Rides To Wellness Program – providing rides for those 60 and older with no means of transportation to medical appoints and prescription pick-ups. • The Senior Employment Program – providing job search assistance to residents age 55 or older with paid on-the-job training programs. Many older county residents are frequent customers at one of our 19 Senior Centers. The county partners with multiple cities to offer this network, where active senior adults can take a class, participate in a workshop or clinic, and get together with friends for a nutritious lunch. You’re more likely to see these folks playing pickle ball or taking aerobics classes, then sitting sedately in rocking chairs. We take our cues from the needs of this important population that we are here to serve. There is a great deal of information
about these and other Aging and Adult Services programs at our website: www.slco.org/aging. Or, you can dial (385) 468-3200 to receive help from a friendly staff member. Salt Lake County is committed to promoting independence of aging generations and to offer programs and services that help you and your family members live a healthy, active and engaged lifestyle in our community, while at the same time looking out for those vulnerable older adults to help keep them safe. l
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Knight Of Heroes
he Southwest Valley Chamberâ€™s annual Knight of Heroes was held on March 6. We were able to honor heroes in both the business and civic sector of Bluffdale, Herriman and Riverton. We thank those who helped create this wonderful event and congratulate the following: 1. Unified Police Department - Riverton Officer Liz Brown & Officer Phil Vollmer 2. Bluffdale Police Department Officer Aaron Rosen 3. Unified Fire Authority - Herriman Captain Scott Hancock, Engineer Toby Wynne & Firefighter Ray Carter 4. Business Man of the Year Nick Smith - Texas Roadhose
5. Unified Police Department - Herriman Officer Greg Sauter 6. Business Woman of the Year Cyndi Coyle 7. Volunteer of the Year Kim Young 8. Large Business of the Year ABRA Auto Body 9.Small Business of the Year The Pop Shop 10. Unified Fire Authority - Riverton Captain Leroy Sandberg, Engineer Rohn Freeman, Paramedic Matt Payne & Paramedic Chad Pate 11. Bluffdale City Fire Department Captain Chad Doyle, Chris Zaharias, Dustin Moon, Bret Rosenkratz, Aaron Whitmill & Cody Hoffman
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e held a ribbon cutting for Popeye’s Louisianna Kitchen. Did you know that Popeyes® brand was founded in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1972 and is the world›s second largest quick-service chicken concept (based on the number of units). Within the QSR industry, Popeye’s distinguishes itself with a unique “New Orleans” style menu that features spicy chicken, chicken tenders, fried shrimp and other seafood, as well as jambalaya, Red Beans and Rice and other regional items. Popeye’s is a highly differentiated QSR brand with a passion for its Louisiana heritage and flavorful authentic food. Over Forty years ago in New Orleans, Louisiana, a taste sensation was born. What began with one small restaurant and one big idea turned into a craze that swept the nation – and the world. They are located at 5118 West 13400 South.
asatch Allergy and Asthma has expanded to Riverton! Utah is a beautiful state full of ecological diversity, outdoor activities and abundant recreational opportunities. However, many find that they struggle with allergies in Utah. Dr. Eric Chenworth created Wasatch Allergy and Asthma to help Utahans’ find relief from their allergy and asthma symptoms: “Frequently we encounter people who did not know they can have relief of their allergy, asthma and related problems. Almost all people with asthma and allergic conditions can receive relief of their symptoms and improvement in their quality of life.” Many can feel discouraged when overthe-counter medications don’t seem to provide relief from their symptoms. Wasatch Allergy and Asthma assures there is no need to panic there is much more that can be done to take control of allergy and asthma symptoms. Visiting
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I’m in! Sign me up! Call to participate 801-280-0595 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
an allergist has many benefits. The diagnosis, assisted by thorough allergy and breathing tests, provides vital information for effective and lasting treatment. Dr. Chenworth, his nurse practitioner, Brianne Galbraith, DNP, APRN, NP, and the Wasatch Allergy staff provide treatment for a variety of allergic and asthma conditions including: • Exercise-induced asthma • Eczema • Seasonal allergies • Food allergies • Pet allergies • Chronic sinusitis • Hives (Urticaria) • Anaphylaxis
Wasatch Allergy and Asthma ribbon cutting.
The willingness to improve the quality of life of each patient allowed Wasatch Allergy and Asthma to grow and open a new clinic in Riverton to better serve the South Valley. Visit wasatchallergy.com or call and schedule an appointment today. l
Visit the Chamber website at www.swvchamber.org for more information about upcoming events. Hope to see you soon.
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MAYOR BILL’S MESSAGE
submitted the Mayor’s budget to the Riverton City Council for funding the fiscal year 2015-2016, and a detailed budget letter on May 5. The budget and the letter are available on our web site (rivertoncity.com). I would like to acknowledge the work completed by City staff in compiling the framework of this budget document. In preparing the budget, please note the key elements that served as guiding principles:
of this legislation is the Local Option Transportation Sales Tax and will hinge on the voters’ approval.
1. The budget has been prepared, directing resources to those priorities adopted by the City Council in the Strategic Plan. 2. This budget continues to reflect that Riverton City does not assess a property tax. In addition, there will be no increases in the Storm Water Utility Fee or Secondary Water Fee. 3.As a result of the overwhelming choice of Riverton citizens, the Culinary Water will be supplied through the purchase of water from the Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District. This will result in a culinary water fee featuring a $2.50 monthly base rate plus a charge of $3.91 per thousand gallons used. These changes will be reflected in both the fee schedule for 2015-2016 as well as the Culinary Water budget. 4. In 2012, Riverton City reduced the monthly fee for Sanitation from $12.50 to $1 per month for the initial garbage can. At the time this fee was implemented, I indicated that as more people moved into Riverton it would be necessary to supplement their sanitation expense as well. The result of a recent analysis has demonstrated the need to increase this fee. The budget includes an
increase in the monthly Sanitation Fee from $1 for the first garbage tote to $3 for the first garbage tote. I have proposed that this increase not take place until January of 2016. 5. My proposed budget features an increase in sales tax revenue in excess of $350,000 over the current budget year. 6. During recent budget years, the City has utilized Fund Balance in Fund 21, the Class “C” Road Fund, to cover the cost of scheduled street repair and maintenance. As anticipated, the fund balance has been depleted, resulting in only minimal repairs to streets being proposed this upcoming fiscal year. The recent passage by the State legislature ofHB 362, Transportation Infrastructure Funding, provides hope that additional money will be made available in the future to help cover the requirements for repair and maintenance. However, a significant portion
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he Utah Mathcounts State competition was held in Salt Lake Community College on March 7th where 150 top Mathletes ranging from 6th to 8th grade from all over the state participated. After the written round, top 10 participants are selected for the Countdown Round where tough math problems are projected on a screen and mathletes have 45secs to buzz in to reveal answers. Based on this, top 4 Mathletes are selected to represent Utah at the National Mathcounts Competition in Boston, Massachusetts in May. The top 4 individuals in ranking are Tarun Kumar Martheswaran (6th grade), Alex Cheng (8th grade), Alan Zhao (8th grade) and Nathan Fang (8th grade). All these students are from Midvale Middle School. Tarun Kumar who is the youngest in the team took first place at the District level and then first place at the Regional level before winning the State championship. He mentioned that hard work and persistence are key in winning these competitions. He also mentioned that, "Seeing my sister, Tanisha compete in Mathcounts and representing Utah two years in a row was a huge motivational factor in wanting to compete. I also owe my success to the Kumon Math program that has given me a very strong foundation and speed " Tarun Kumar says that he needs to keep working hard to keep up with his Math skills and prepare for the National competition which is just around the corner. He added that, “Participating in these competitions has given me a taste of success and a never ending love for
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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.
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Turning The Ignition On Academic Success
By Lewi Lewis
chools that participate in the Keys to Success program are giving students who are serious about secondary schooling a chance to get a head start. Keys To Success is a program within the Success in Education foundation, an organization that attempts to motivate Utah elementary and high school students to academically advance by working with schools to reward educational accomplishments. Those rewards? Aside from an iPad giveaway and a chance to win a brand new car supplied by Ken Garff, $1,000 scholarships are given away to students who have shown their desire and dedication to earning a post-high school degree. Over the past 10 years, more than 600 scholarships have been awarded to Utah students, totaling well over half a million dollars. The scholarships are provided by the multiple universities, post-secondary educational institutions and business sponsors who have partnered with Keys To Success, in a widespread, collective effort to better the future lives of Utah students. Cerynn Peterson is one of the four students from Herriman High to receive one of these scholarship during an April 30 assembly. A lot of decisions go into the process of choosing a future career path when you’re in high school, and often, initial interests lead to seemingly unconnected paths. Such was the case for Cerynn; she found her decision in the desire to see other’s happy.
By following an interest in photography, she quickly found out that composing a flattering photo of someone made them feel good about themselves. She realized that there was no real difference with make-up. “It brought me pleasure to bring joy to others that maybe did not feel so good about themselves and how they looked,” she said. Cerynn received a cosmetology scholarship from Paul Mitchell. She hopes to help children suffering from cancer feel beautiful about themselves by doing their make-up and wigs for them. Utah Valley University awarded Kaitlin Braithwaite with a scholarship that she will put toward a degree in business. She has been saving money from a part-time job at a local elementary in order to go to college. She was ‘super excited’ when she heard she had earned the scholarship; Kaitlin was unavailable Keys To Success put on an assembly at Herriman High School where they presented four for further comment. students with $1,000 scholarships. Alyssa Rigby and Noah Flandro are the other his scholarship. two scholarship winners from Herriman High. With the price of secondary schooling more expensive Alyssa came away with the Richard Richards Ethic scholarship from Weber State University where she will work than ever, Noah articulated simply what these scholarships meant for all four of them. in getting a nursing degree. “It means a lot,” she said. “I’m really excited because it lightens the load of Noah wants a degree in graphic design with a minor having to pay for college.” l in creative writing. Salt Lake Community College provided
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Just a Mom By Peri Kinder
or years I was just a mom. When people asked what I did for a living, I’d respond, “I’m just a stay-at-home mom.” Ironically, I was never home. I was shuttling kids to and from softball, swimming, dance, school and the mall. I spent approximately 20 years living in my van—and I wasn’t even homeless. Being a full-time mom is exhausting. People who’ve never spent 24 hours with small children Have No Idea how listening to the opening notes of “Sesame Street” for the billionth time can make your ear drums bleed. I’d wake up early to enjoy some alone time and hear the shuffling of pajama-footed feet as a toddler waddled into the kitchen and onto my lap where she rested against my chest, smelling like baby shampoo, warm blankets and dreams. I’d put my nose in her hair, inhale that scent and think: remember this. I’d snuggle with my daughters on the couch with piles of library books. We’d read about hungry caterpillars, wicked witches, Sneetches, wild things and little blue engines. I’d share stories about being kind, wise and brave, and I’d pray those messages would stick. A favorite activity was making cinnamon rolls, letting the girls bake their own sugar-covered creations. They would be coated with flour, butter and cinnamon, and the same ingredients blanketed the floor, but it was okay. It was cleanable. Memories
LOCATING GRAPHIC lasted longer than spilled milk. Depending on the day, my girls were princesses, gypsies, cheerleaders or demons. They’d walk down the sidewalk with pink, plastic high-heeled shoes slapping the soles of their feet, or wear queen costumes while racing on Big Wheels, catching the fabric under the wheels until all their dresses had shredded hems. There were thousands of homework assignments, reading logs and math quizzes, and hundreds of times hearing: “My teacher hates me” or “I don’t get it. Explain it again.” At night, there were bedtime stories, bedtime songs and bedtime prayers: all the rituals kids need to keep their moms around a few more moments, delaying sleep just a little bit longer. But sleep was never a reprieve. I’d often go from comalevel slumber to caffeine-addict wide awake in five seconds
or less, wakened by a cry, and sometimes the undeniably disgusting sound of vomit hitting the sheets or carpet. And the next day I’d do it all again. I was so jealous of my neighbor. She’d go to work each morning dressed in a classy skirt and blazer, looking important and doing important things. She was able to talk to grown-ups all day, and probably didn’t have to tell any co-worker to stop wiping their boogers on the couch. She didn’t go to bed scraping Play-Doh out of her hair. She didn’t watch Cinderella all day or have to be the Ken doll all the time. I schlepped around the house 24/7 in stained yoga paints and T-shirts, listening to poop jokes and kids telling on each other. Because the grass is always greener, maybe she wished she could be a slacker like me, eating cold fish sticks and playing Chutes and Ladders for hours at a time. We were far from rich, but we were also far from poor. It was a time when Band-Aids and kisses healed skinned knees, and chocolate chip cookies and hugs mended broken hearts. And even though it was an emotionally, mentally and physically exhausting time, I’m so grateful for my daughters’ childhoods. I’m so thankful I was able to play and laugh and love. Even though I was just a mom. l
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Silverwolves Cruising In Region Four By Greg James
he Riverton High School softball team is on a roll. Not like butter and honey, but scoring runs and adding wins to the victory column. “We have had our ups and downs this year, but definitely the girls have grown and developed a lot this season. I see positive things going on that make me excited to finish the season strong,” head coach Katelyn Elliot said. Elliot, in her first year as head coach at Riverton, was an assistant last season under Brooke Olson. In 2012 she was Pac-12 All-Conference Honorable Mention with the University of Utah and an All-American in 2010 at Salt Lake Commu- Silverwolves junior catcher Katie Alder has eight doubles and is nity College. She graduated from hitting .510 this season; fourth best for Riverton. Photo courtesy Spanish Fork High School where of dbaphotography.com she helped the Dons to three straight state championships. “Kelsey is a fun kid. I think she is one of Elliot hit three homeruns in one game for the most coachable kids I have ever had. She the Utes against Arizona State (May 2012). The has come out this season determined and I can Silverwolves hitters have copied her offensive tell she has put in the extra commitment into prowess scoring runs in bunches this season. her game. She has had a heck of a season,” They have scored 192 runs in 17 games, Elliot said. while only allowing their opponents 81. Their Nokes is hitting .519 and has clubbed three homeruns; Lockhart has struck out 72 opposing hitters. “We have scored a lot of runs. I think the hitters in this state are really good. Our pitching is coming around and holding its own. Jordan has put in the extra time after practice to get better. I also think Sarah Linford has improved through a few kinks, but we are a very young team,” Elliot said. Underclassmen KC Whiting, Sheyenne Dyer and Madison Tuft have played significant time this season, combining for 28 RBIs. “If these young girls were not Junior Jordan Lockhart has hit four homeruns and has an 8-4 record pitching ready I would not put them for the Silverwolves this spring . Photo courtesy of dbaphotography.com in there,” Elliot said. team batting average is .455 and they have had 235 hits. In their first region game against Lehi the Sivlerwolves and Pioneers exchanged the lead five times before the Silverwolves walked away with the one run victory. Senior Kelsey Nokes doubled to score junior Katie Alder in the bottom of the eighth for the 5-4 victory; junior pitcher Jordan Lockhart recorded seven strikeouts in eight innings for the victory.
he Silverwolves are 6-3 in Region games this season and are tied with Lehi for second place. They lost to Herriman 4-2 and 16-13. “All of the girls are so kind. We have an amazing coaching staff and the program at Riverton is wonderful. It is like my family,” freshman pitcher Eryn Williams said The state tournament is scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 12. l
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Mustangs Carry Big Crosse To Victories By Greg James In its five years of existence the Herriman girls lacrosse team has grown into a successful club. Although their field resides inside Riverton City boundaries they have made a home for themselves that they are proud of. “As a club sport we have to make our own way. Herriman does not have many parks we can use. We have decided that this is our house and we appreciate our field,” head coach Tim Martinez said. The Mustangs home field is at Rosecrest Elementary School upon which Martinez has painted school logos on the field that visiting teams desire to duplicate. Herriman started off the season with five wins and one loss, equaling their win total from last season. “We are playing pretty well. I do not think we have played our best yet, but we are going to surprise a few teams. We have gained some respect from our opponents. I feel confident with our team,” Martinez said. The Mustangs held off the Bingham Miners 11-7 on March 30. They trailed at halftime 4-3, but their defense held the Miners in check in the second half for the victory. Allie Lambert scored four goals, Audree Erekson had two and Allison Brundage added another three. “We played stellar defense. It was a solid performance,” Martinez said. Lambert leads the team with 33 goals and Erekson has 20. “They both [Lambert and Erekson] see the game rolling out before it happens. They are always in the right place at the right time,” Martinez said.
Mustang Softball On Top Of Region Four By Greg James
Herriman’s Allie Lambert and Hope Bryant fight to gain control of the ball in the Mustang’s 11-7 lacrosse victory over Bingham Second year goalie Briana Ewell has saved 41 percent of the shots against her. “She [Ewell] was an attack player and had a knee injury. I asked her to think about playing goalie. She fits the mold, like most goalies she can be a little crazy. Goalies need to be, the ball is hard and it hurts. They need to have no fear. Without someone good in goal you will never win,” Martinez said. Martinez called Kyndra Caldwell a defensive machine. She has 13 ground balls (steals). He said she is the fastest player on the team. Caldwell, Ewell and Erekson are the team captains. The Mustangs assistant coach is Lindsay Gomm, Sandra Erekson is team representative and Suzanne Greep is manager.l
n electrician should be stationed at Herriman High School softball games to repair the scoreboard. They are going to burn it up by scoring so many runs. “I am excited about our season. The girls are getting along very well and meshing together. I think we can be contenders for state. I hope we can keep it going. It is fun to watch everyone contributing,” head coach Heidi McKissick said. The Mustangs have averaged 11.5 runs per game. They have a team batting average of .461 and are led by junior Lauren Tycksen hitting .600 with 39 hits in 65 at bats. Bryce Taylor is hitting .556 and has three homeruns. “Bryce is pitching well and we have to find ways to get her bat in the lineup. Our sister combination (April and Ashlyn Visser) are doing well too. They bring so much leadership to our team. Ashlyn is our vocal leader and April is quiet and leads by example,” McKissick said. Ashlyn is a junior and April is a freshman. They have combined for 50 hits and each has a homerun. The pitching staff has been anchored by Taylor and senior Allie Lloyd. Taylor is 10-2 record and Lloyd is 6-1. They have 51 strikeouts in 93 innings between them. The Mustangs are undefeated in Region Four. Their toughest games have been against Riverton, On April 9 they came from behind to defeat the
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Herriman’s Lucy Biles Has A Running List Of Achievements
Mustang Softball continued from page 13 Silverwolves 4-2. Ashlyn Visser drove in the winning run in the sixth. On April 21 they again found themselves trailing 13-9 going into the seventh inning. They plated seven runs in the final frame to secure a 16-13 victory. Sophomore Mikaela Thomson had three hits in four at bats including a homerun. The Mustangs have a 17-4 overall record. They have only lost two games to teams from Utah; 9-6 to Grantsville and 2-1 to Copper Hills. “It is fun to watch everyone contribute. We are not relying on just one player,” McKissick said. The Mustangs have clinched the Region Four title and will likely host Viewmont or Layton in the first round of the state softball tournament scheduled to begin Tuesday, May 12.
By Aimee L. Cook
ucy Biles started running her freshman year, and she hasn’t stopped. Lucy has been breaking records, winning State Championships in cross country, was nominated for Female Athlete of the Year for the Governors State of the Sports Award along with many other accolades, all while maintaining a 3.48 GPA. Lucy raced in the Class 5A individual state championship for Cross Country this past season and dominated the track with a record time of 17:41, giving Lucy her third consecutive state win. Lucy is also the state’s two-time returning Gatorade Girls cross country Runner of the Year, and took fifth at the Nike Cross Nationals Southwest Regional championship. Lucy finished seventh at the NXN Final, receiving All-American honors with her time of 17:41. Lucy also won the Park City Invitational, Herriman Invitational, and Region Four championship in 2014, and was runner-up at the Bob Firman Invitational. In addition, Lucy recently won the Adidas Meet of Champions Dream Mile, to qualify to race in the Adidas Grand Prixx in New York this June. Runners in this race are the best high school athletes in the country. “It has been a lot of fun and my honor to coach Lucy over the years,” James Barnes, Herriman High’s track coach, said. “She is the total package; the dream athlete you don’t get very often. To get a kid like her, that does everything they need to do, works hard and listens is just a lot of fun.” Lucy has received a full scholarship to North Carolina University. Coach Barnes knows she will leave some big shoes to fill.
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The Mustangs played in The Tournament of Champions in Laughlin, Nev. March 12-14. They went 4-2 against teams from Arizona and Nevada.
Lucy Biles finishing in the New York Relays. Photo courtesy of Herriman High School “I don’t know if I will ever have another Lucy but she has set a good example for the younger girls,” said Coach Barnes. l
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SENIORS Riverton Senior Center 12914 South Redwood Road 385-468-3040
May 20, 10 a.m. — Advisory Council Meeting. New Time. Contact center if interested in joining the committee. May 21, June 4, 9 a.m.; $8. — Manicures.
The center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Transportation is available Monday through Friday for those who live in the area of Riverton, Bluffdale and Herriman. The cost is free; call the center for more information. Most activities require you to sign up in advance.
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May 8, 10:45 a.m. — Entertainment by the “Time Steppers”
4 p.m. — Painting with a Twist “Neon Dragonfly.” Limited space. Registration needed.
11:45 a.m. — Mother’s Day Luncheon. Call for Reservation. Raffle tickets available Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m. to noon. May 11, 9:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. — Movie: “Unbroken”
Watch the film “Unbroken” on May 11, playing at 9:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. May 11, 13, 18, 20, 27, June 1, 3, 8, 10, 10 a.m. — Free English as a Second Language Class
11 a.m. — Free Legal Consultation with Phil Ferguson. Appointments needed. 1 p.m. — Book Reading “The Giving Tree”
May 26, 12:45 p.m. — Bingo Sponsored by Mass Mutual
May 27, 1 to 5 p.m. — National Senior Health and Fitness Day at Wheeler Farm. Transportation not provided. Sponsored by Aging and Adult Services. May 28, 10 a.m.; $10 — Podiatry. 11 a.m. — Around the World with Weston from Humana
May 12, June 2, 11 a.m. — Birthday Tuesday Celebration
11 a.m. — Blood Pressure Checks with Harmony Home Hospice
May 12, noon — Root Beer Floats by Humana
12:45 p.m. — Bingo Sponsored by Beehive Homes of Herriman
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May 29, 11 a.m. — Entertainment: Riverton Elementary 5th Grade Patriotic Program
May 14, 10 a.m. — Healthy Recipes Class
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RIVERTON CITY COUNCIL By Trent Staggs, Riverton City Council Member
e are at a very exciting point in the history of Riverton, given all of the economic development occurring. Here are some highlights of the activity: CenterCal Properties, LLC has reached an agreement to develop some 85 acres along the northeast corner of 13400 South and Mountain View Corridor. CenterCal is the same developer that built Station Park up in Farmington, and plans to build a comparable project with a mix of retail, restaurant, entertainment, residential and Class A office space. The retail sales generated from this development has the potential to dramatically increase Riverton’s sales tax revenue, which, if used wisely, can offset future fees and expenses. It will also be a unique and desirable space to frequent. I was grateful to have had a chance to attend the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) convention last year in Las Vegas with the property owners and speak with prospective developers and retailers about this site. I’m looking forward to working with all the stakeholders involved in this project and with the rest of the council through the
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development process. The Commercial Downtown area continues to see dramatic improvement to both residential and commercial development. This area is comprised along 12600 South between 1300 West and approximately 2200 West. Over 150 new housing units have gone up in the last 18 months, with another 350 anticipated in the next 18. The Vasa Fitness has reinvigorated the old Peterson’s Market area and the new Walmart Neighborhood Market is driving new sales tax and growth along 1300 West. Jordan School District has also announced a Technical College across from the post office, renovating the old Concordia school. I was pleased to lead a presentation on “walkable” concepts for our commercial downtown in one of the City Council’s January strategic planning sessions. Analyzing data and several comparable cities to Riverton, it became apparent that this area could use and support more restaurant locations. This is something that was repeated by nearby residents during my campaigning back in 2013. The council is looking to adopt zoning and land use concepts that will foster restaurant and specialty retail around the newly renovated Main Park. I was honored to attend the ICSC Inter-
BLUFFDALE CITY COUNCIL mountain Idea Exchange hosted in South Jordan this past February along with our Mayor and City Manager. I was able to meet with several prospective restaurant owners and continue to talk with them about locating in this area. I can announce that a Beans & Brews will be located where the Bombdiggity’s restaurant was and that a Sonic Drive-In will also be coming to Riverton. Nice restaurant and specialty retail options, that free-flow into the park and surrounding areas will present a very casual, walkable theme and be a great addition to our city. We are also speaking with UDOT on creating a traffic-calming, pedestrian activated crosswalk in between Redwood Road and 1300 West, that would create a safer route and encourage more pedestrian traffic to the park and the surrounding commercial and future commercial spaces. Thank you for the opportunity to serve and for all of your engagement on the issues. Please continue to stay engaged, particularly over the next two months as we move into the budget. The Mayor’s budget will be made available May 6 on the city website, and then the Council will review and debate their own budget, with final approval by June 16. There will be public hearings on June 2 and June 16 for the budget. l
By Justin Westwood, Bluffdale City Council Member
n recent weeks a survey was sent to Bluffdale residents to solicit your opinion about parks and trails in our town. PLEASE FILL IT OUT. Your opinion is valued and will be used to plan and build out this aspect of our city. I, along with other city council members, were able to attend a conference through the Utah League of Cities and Towns. I was able to attend lectures which covered topics such as body-worn cameras for police officers, outdoor recreation, Utah’s water future, attracting and retaining retail, and others. I would be glad to discuss any of these topics with you if you have an interest. I particularly found interest in the bodyworn cameras for police officers topic and was able to come away with a more informed opinion. It is my opinion that body-worn cameras can be useful in a number of ways such as providing information to an event or situation, they can be used as a calming measure when they are in a very conspicuous place, and it can protect our officers who are doing an excellent job in Bluffdale currently. When a situation
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BLUFFDALE CITY COUNCIL Bluffdale City Council continued from page 16 such as an officer-involved shooting arises the body-worn camera can provide another perspective. Unfortunately they most often are not able to show what brought the officer(s) to the scene in the first place which always is an important part of said situations. I feel the more factual information available is always better, and if it proves not useful then dismiss it. Again I invite you to contact me if you wish to discuss these items further. Another topic I wish to mention is the idea of re-establishing a youth city council for the city of Bluffdale. In recent years I have come in contact with some fantastic youth from our city who are active in service opportunities, are self-motivated, and show innate leadership skills. These personality traits and characteristics, when applied to a youth city council, will make for great opportunities to continue serving, learning, and involving others in these activities. I have talked to members of youth city councils in other cities and also their advisors. In these conversations I have learned of their successes and some of their failures. With good advisors, excellent youth members, and great vision, a youth city council in Bluffdale will provide youth positive ways to be involved, give better
understanding of how government works and provide our youth with extracurricular activities that would help with resumes for college. If you have ideas that would help get this idea off the ground, I would welcome your opinion. Last, but not least make sure the following events and activities are on your calendar: • Movies in the park, throughout the summer
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JUDITH FREDRICKSON March 31, 2015 brought the 80th birthday of Judith Fredrickson Miller. On Saturday, June 6th, her family will be holding an open house to recognize this milestone and would like to invite those from the community to share in the celebration. The open house will be held from 2-4 p.m. at the home of her daughter Lori Warner—5861 W. 13100 S. Herriman, UT 84096. Please, no gifts.
• Miss Bluffdale, May 9 • Demolition Derby, June 13
HAPPY BIRTHDAY VERNON JENSEN Vernon L. Jensen celebrates his 85th birthday on May 17th. He was born in Mantua, Utah, in 1930, but he has lived in Riverton since he was seven. He worked for Riverton Motors and as a fireman for Salt Lake County, retiring as a captain in 1992. He is a member of the LDS church and has served in many positions including bishop. He and Annette have been married for 63 years and have raised seven children together. They have 21 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Vernon enjoys spending time with his family and cheering on the Boston Red Sox!
• Old West Days, August 11-15 Please contact me to give your input and opinion on anything going on in our city. firstname.lastname@example.org
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WHERE TO GET DISCOUNTED GIFT CARDS By Joani Taylor
Kohl’s has a program called Yes2Rewards where shoppers earn points with each purchase. The points will then automatically convert to Kohl’s gift cards. This great program is in addition to weeks when they have Kohl’s cash, and you don’t need a Kohl’s card to join the program. It’s free to join, and currently new members will receive a $5.00 Kohl’s reward just for signing up. Target offers weekly sales specials where shoppers are rewarded with Target store gift cards for purchasing select products. Plus, if there are coupons for these products, you can use them when making your purchase. These additional savings can often make your products completely free, after considering the gift card. For a current list of which products have gift card promotions, visit www.totallytarget.com/gift-card-deals/.
ast month’s story about playing the gift card game may have seemed a bit silly and extreme, but learning to use gift cards as a means of payment can save you some serious cash, especially on large ticket items or at stores and restaurants you frequent often. As promised, here are some favorite ways to put a simple gift card to work for you. Know your bank or credit card policies. Many banks and credit unions offer bonus offers and rewards on purchases. Often, this means making a gift card purchase can earn you additional bonuses and even gift cards. WHERE TO BUY DISCOUNTED GIFT CARDS: Knowing where to look can be all it takes to save as much as 25% on your gift card purchase. Costco and Sam’s Club both have discounted gift cards that can save you as much as 20% off. Look for them in the store, or you can purchase them online. Also, currently Sam’s Club is offering new members a free $5.00 Sam’s Club gift card and free rotisserie chicken for joining. Ebay.com - Discounted gift cards can be found in the “daily deal” section. These are limited, come and go without warning and sell out fast. They will often save you as much as 25% off. Locate them at http:// deals.ebay.com/shop/gift-cards-deals. CardCash.com – This is a gift card exchange that sells a huge variety of gift cards. You’ll find everything from grocery gift cards to restaurants and department stores. Discounts depend on the gift card and can save
you as much as 15%. Looking to unload a gift card you can’t use? CardCash will purchase your gift cards from you, too. STORES WITH GIFT CARD DEALS:
Many stores have rewards programs and bonuses that can get you additional savings on gift cards for their store, and sometimes other stores, too. Smith’s often offers 4X fuel rewards on gift card purchases. The offer is typically valid on any gift card, except for a Smith’s store gift card, and usually has to be loaded digitally onto your Smith’s Shoppers card. Smith’s is also known for offering digital coupons for gift cards. For example, just a couple of weeks ago they had a digital coupon valid for $5.00 off a $20 Payless Shoes gift card.
ow, just imagine: Purchase a Kohl’s gift card at Smith’s during a 4x fuel reward promotion, using your credit card that offers bonus points, then head to Kohl’s to make your purchase. Use the Kohl’s gift card you purchased at Smith’s and get Yes2Rewards Kohl’s credit. That’s what we call a triple dip. And, I haven’t even mentioned Kohl’s Cash or coupons! Other stores that have great rewards programs are: Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, Famous Footwear, Sears/Kmart, and JCPenney. That’s my frugal wisdom for this month. Next month, I’ll share with you our favorite apps and websites that can bag you completely free gift cards, along with my idea of a fun, and frugal, date night.
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them the responsibility that comes along with horse riding, and builds an understanding and solid foundation of horse behavior. Horse Lover’s Haven maintains lesson horses for students who do not wish to buy or lease. The trainers at Horse Lover’s Haven are qualified to teach students of all levels and all ages, from the novice to the advanced rider. With multiple instructors, Horse Lover’s Haven can offer ample individual attention. Their professionals are experienced and well educated in all aspects of horsemanship and all disciplines, with an emphasis on safety and fun. All tack and gear needed for the lessons is provided by Horse Lover’s Haven. “All that [the students] need to ride are a pair of long pants and closed-toe shoes,” says Dee. “Everything else is provided, from the saddle to the riding helmet.” The goal of Horse Lover’s Haven is to help you attain yours, whether you want to pleasure ride or compete successfully in the hunter, jumper, pony, or equitation ring. Horse Lover’s Haven is located at 14164 South 3600 West in Bluffdale. Call Dee at (801) 557-6919 to schedule a tour of the facilities or set up lessons with individual trainers.l
rom beginners who have never been near a horse, to students competing at schooling and rated shows, Horse Lover’s Haven offers a high quality riding experience. Their team of licensed, professional instructors focus on providing students with a foundation of skills for a lifetime of safe, enjoyable riding. With summer coming up, many parents ponder what they can do to keep their kids active. “This is one of the best places for parents to bring their kids,” says Dee, owner of Horse Lover’s Haven. “It is a very affordable, safe, and convenient place to bring them to get them outside, away from the TV and video games.” Horseback riding is a healthy sport that anyone can learn. It promotes confidence and responsibility. The instructors at Horse Lover’s Haven teach responsibility for the horse and excellence in horsemanship. At the beginning of the lesson, students will help tack up their horse. After riding is finished, they will help un-tack and put the horse away. This teaches
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