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FREE rs e w o T y b g u R s l ir G n Herrima n io it t e p m o C e h T r e v O By Greg James
sport of girls rugby has he unsanctioned high school Herriman High School. grown leaps and bounds at history they have become a In the school’s short five-year shed their 2015 spring season powerhouse. The girls team fini 18th in the country. with only one loss and ranked
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WE WANT YOU! The City Journals are excited to announce the addition of “Letters To The Editor” and “Photo Of The Month” in our new “The Resident Voice” section. A community without a voice is a powerless entity. Because news is the aggregate voice of the people, its importance depends on the belief that you can make a difference. The editorial staff at My City Journals believes it to be vital to receive, hear and address the unique and invaluable voices of the community.
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LOCAL LIFE Girls Rugby continued from page 1 “We had a great season. Losing in the championship game to Orem was disappointing for the girls, but I pointed out that it is not a bad thing to lose to a good team. In our first year we won a game or two, then we made it to the quarterfinals, this year the finals. I am a proponent of steady progress and we are doing that. The boys and girls are building a program that is an asset to the community,” girls head coach Joe Hoff said.
girls that attend mostly Herriman and Riverton High Schools. “I had always wanted to play football and stuff because I had grown up with the boys. A couple of my friends told me I should try it. This was my senior year so I gave it a shot. We did well and I fell in love with the sport. All of the contact is perfect for me,” Herriman senior Kylie Holker said. Holker has played rugby for four months. She earned starting playing time as a flank. A flank is a forward that makes short bruising
Holker, Jessica Boyle, Stephanie Hickman, Alex Sedrick, Delany Rakuita and Kiana Kula were selected to play on the Utah 7’s all-star team. They will be traveling to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada to represent Utah in July. Rugby is not the typical girls high school sport. “Being aggressive is the hard part to teach the girls. Some really want to get out and tackle, but others I have to push. Contact sports for girls are limited. Kylie, Steph and
Left: The girls rugby team at Herriman High School finished this season ranked in the top 20 in the country. Right: Kylie Holker, along with five other Herriman girls, were picked for the Utah 7’s all-star team to represent Utah. Photos courtesy of Nicole Holker
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The Mustangs lost their only game of the season in the state finals May 10 to Orem, 395, the defending girls state champions. Orem had not surrendered a point all season. Orem head coach Jeremiah Tiatia said Herriman was “aggressive and they wanted it.” Herriman was 6-0 in the regular season. They defeated the Vipers 51-14. The Vipers are made up of girls from the south valley area also. Rugby is not a Utah High School Activities Association sanctioned sport, so boundaries are not directed and players are able to participate in any team they can. Herriman is made up of
runs with the ball and are usually the strongest players. Forwards also take part in the scrum, the most recognizable part of a rugby match. “When Kylie told me she was going to play rugby I did not know the game very well. I had my first anxiety attack at the first game. I did not realize how rough the game was and how much contact they had. I thought we would end up in the emergency room. I am now cheering for her to hit harder and get in there. It was a complete switch from my first game to my last,” Kylie’s mother, Nicole Holker, said.
Herriman Pageant Winners Pride Themselves On Giving Back
articipating in a pageant can seem intimidating. Just knowing you are in a competition with your peers can rattle the nerves. According to pageant director Sarah Pettit, the rewards that are received and the lessons that are learned by just being part of the pageant are worth the moxie you might need to muster to sign up. “Our Miss Herriman contestants do so much for the community,” Pettit said. “From mentoring a little miss to working on their personal platforms and fundraising for the Children’s Miracle Network, to preparing for a personal interview and talent. These ladies do much more preparation than what you see the night of the pageant. I believe firmly that you do not have to win Miss Herriman to be successful in the Miss Herriman program. The
Alex grasped the game. They were committed to our team on and off the field,” Hoff said. Hoff and Holker both said the team has become like a second family. “The culture of this game is different, after the game there is a social. For the older men they go to the bar and lie about their accomplishments. For the girls we have altered that into food and a get together. In the end this is a sisterhood of rugby players,” Hoff said. The Mustang girls play a fall and spring season and have begun preparations for next year’s team. l
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Miss Herriman experience will give contestants other sparking gifts that go beyond a crown, gifts that they will utilize in their everyday lives. Overall, I believe Miss Herriman helps young women lead more successful and confident lives.” The Miss Herriman pageant, like other city pageants, is a scholarship program. The pageant is a way for young women ages 17-23 to not just compete for a title and win scholarship money, but to learn about themselves, prepare for professional interviews, public speaking, serve their community and find their voice and opinions. Tanesha Bland was crowned the new Miss Herriman in April for 2015. A graduate
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Miss Herriman Tanesha Bland will be dancing at UVU this fall as a member of the dance team.
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Tanesha plans to continue serving others in her future goals of becoming a pediatric nurse. The call to serve others and make a difference in the community in which they live is the universal platform that the Miss Herriman pageant inspires. Girls who might shy away
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Winners of the Miss Herriman Pageant, Tanesha Bland, Miss Herriman, Natalie Barker (1st runner-up) and Aysa Johnson, 2nd attendant. to make a difference in people’s lives. “My Platform is Everyday H.E.R.O.E.S and Heroes is an acronym for Helping Everyone Render Outstanding and Effective Service,” Tanesha said. “My goal is to teach young kids about the importance of service and the positive effects it can and will have in the community, as well as the positive effects giving service can have on them throughout their lifetime. I hope to unite the community in a positive and service-oriented way.”
from the competitive aspect of the program should not be discouraged to participate. “The thing that helped me most with preparing for the pageant while I was nervous was having fun,” Tanesha said. “Find ways to prepare that interest you because it makes the process so enjoyable. I would also create a connection with as many girls as you can because you’re all in it together and there is nothing better than supporting your friends.” l
App Helps Alert Herriman Residents During Crisis By Lewi Lewis
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he ground begins to ebb and flow as if the earth has suddenly liquefied; the report of exploding transformers sound like shotgun fire – their triggers uniformly pulled, as power lines collapse; pipes snap like willow wands … confusion blankets the city … We have all heard it again and again — a massive natural disaster in Utah will inevitably happen. It is not a matter of if but when. When Utah’s force majeure rears its ugly head, a thousand-and-one problematic issues as sharp as teeth from a dream could be revealed: water shut-offs, blackouts, fires, looting, and a laundry list of more. The idea of suddenly not having contact with the police, firefighters and city leaders in times of crisis is disconcerting, surely, but the city of Herriman has taken steps so its residents
Pre-planning. Comfort and compassion. don’t have to harbor this worry. It is called ALERTEXT, an app that is designed to alert residents whenever there is an emergency or an evacuation. “The program would allow the City to broadcast critical messages to our community during an incident without tying up phone lines,” Mayor Freeman said. So what’s the catch? Nothing, really. Residents need to opt in to receive alerts from city officials.
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“Grease’d – Happy Days Are Here Again!”
esert Star Playhouse, the theater that’s built a reputation for producing laughout-loud, family-friendly musical comedies, continues its 2015 season with a sock hoppin’ flashback to the 1950’s in “Grease’d - Happy Days are Here Again!” Excited to start their senior year at Saltair High School, the Sharks dream of repeating their state championship victory in water skiing at the Great Salt Lake over their bitter rivals, the Antelope Island High School Jets. With the help of Saltair High School’s own hero, Manny Zeko, victory is almost assured. When the mysterious and charismatic new student Charles “Ponzi” Ponzerelli shows up, can Manny with his fellow Sharks, Canucky and Putzi, and accompanied by the lovely leader of the Pink Lemons, Frizzo, stay on top of the world?! Come along with this crazy cast of iconic characters and their sidesplitting, high school high jinx as Desert Star takes you through this spoof of all things 1950s. Written by Ed Farnsworth and directed by Scott Holman, “Grease’d” runs from June 11 to August 22, 2015. The evening also includes another of Desert Star’s signature musical olios following the show. The Kickin’ It Country Olio will feature some of your country music favorites, with a unique and always hilarious,
CALENDAR: “Grease’d – Happy Days Are Here Again!” Plays June 11 - August 22, 2015 Desert Star twist! Desert Star audiences can enjoy gourmet pizza, fresh wraps, burgers, scrumptious desserts, and other finger foods as well as a full selection of soft drinks, smoothies and a large array of iced and hot steamers and coffees while they watch the show. Food is available from an á la carte menu and is served right at your table. l
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Herriman App continued from page 5 “This can be emergency alerts, Council Meeting alerts, recreation program alerts and construction alerts. Residents will only receive alerts for what they have signed up for. It is a great way to communicate quickly with our residents while giving them the information they have requested to receive,” Freeman said. How much does it cost? Standard text messaging rates; those who wish to be part of this 21st technology should first check with their phone provider to verify. The way it works is simply text the word “Alerts” to 47092. You will then receive a response message letting you know you will receive text alerts given by the city, or you can fill out the sign-up form on www.herriman.org. It’s that easy. To stay in touch with residents is an important role and duty of any city, and Herriman City is doing just that. “The program is new and will be officially rolled out to our public during our Fort Herriman Days celebration on June 19th and 20th. With our past experience dealing with fires and flooding in our City, this program is sure to be beneficial should these situations arise in the future. We have a community that is very involved. Several of them participate in our emergency readiness programs. This is one more way to notify them of what is taking place in the City,” the Mayor said. l
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Statewide Bills Passed Into Law On May 12 By Lewi Lewis
n May 12 Utah actualized nearly 500 new laws that span the legislative panoramic, with everything from seat belts to a law that reclaims Utah’s status as the only state with the firing squad as a legal way to execute. Some of the more illustrious and relevant revisions are: Firing Squad - Now a legal form of execution, this method will be used as a secondary tactic if drugs used for lethal injection are not available. Seat Belts – Previously, if you were older than the age of 18, you could be ticketed for not wearing a seat belt, but only if pulled over for another offense. Beginning on May 12, the new law states that not wearing a seat belt is a primary offense, meaning that police officers can and will pull a driver over if he or she is not wearing a seat belt. The same goes for a passenger. The law allows for an officer to give a warning on the first offense and a $45 fine on the second that can be waived upon completion of a 30-minute online safety course. Powdered Alcohol - If you were hoping to experience powdered alcohol, a powder that you can sprinkle into your water to give it an alcohol content, you’re out of luck … if you live in Utah.
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New Foothill Family Clinic Location Coming To Draper
oothill Family Clinic will be opening a new office June 29, located in Draper at 13953 South Bangerter Parkway. The clinic has been serving the community since 1976, beginning with one location at 2295 S. Foothill Drive. In 1996 they opened a second location, which they call the “south office”, at 6360 South 3000 East. Five of the clinic’s 32 providers will be located at the new Draper location. The physicians and staff of Foothill Family Clinic provide comprehensive care with the highest quality to patients of all ages. With an emphasis on good health and prevention, Foothill Family Clinic offers the best in family-centered healthcare including infant and child care, women’s health care, minor surgical procedures, and individual health screenings. In addition, the clinic offers a full range of in-house laboratory services, x-rays, and ultrasounds, making it a full-service clinic.
Several specialties are also accessible at the clinic, including: allergy, cardiology, dietetics, neurology, and general surgery.
he clinic’s physicians are available 24 hours a day, with office hours from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on-call physicians available in the evenings and on weekends. Foothill Family Clinic participates with most major insurance companies and is accepting new patients. To contact them, call (801) 3651032 or visit www.foothillfamilyclinic.com to learn more. l
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Riverton Senior Center 12914 South Redwood Road 385-468-3040 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.
6:00 p.m. – Late Night! Dinner provided by Red Flame. Entertainment Rosie & Sheri. Sponsored by the Advisory Committee. Tickets $8, get your tickets at center (limited spots available). June 29,9:40 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – Movie: “Serena,” rated R Length 1:42.
10:30 a.m. – Ceramics Class.
2:00 p.m. – Enhance® Fitness Exercise Class.
11:00 a.m. – Blood Pressure Checks with Harmony Home Health.
July 1, 10:00 a.m. – English as a Second Language (Free).
12:45 p.m. – Bingo Sponsored by Beehive Homes of Herriman.
11:00 a.m. – Bingo Sponsored by Unified Fire Authority.
1:00 p.m. – Strengthen You Exercise Class.
11:00 a.m. – Independence Day Holiday Luncheon. Entertainment TBA RSVP at 385468-3040.
June 17, 9:15 a.m. – Yoga. 9:15 a.m. – Computer & Internet Class. 10:00 a.m. – Advisory Council Meetng. Contact center if interested in joining the committee. 2:00 p.m. Enhance® Fitness Exercise Class.
1:00 p.m. – Strengthen You Exercise Class. 11:00 a.m. – Legal Consultation with Phil Ferguson. Must register appointment (FREE). June 19,11:00 a.m. – Chair Massage. Elements Massage suggested donation $10 for 15 min. 11:00 a.m. – Healthy Relationships—Vital Aging Project. 11:00 a.m. – Sandy Sitars ♪♫ Belly Dancers – Father’s Day Luncheon. Register 385-468-3040. 2:00 p.m. Enhance® Fitness Exercise Class.
1:00 p.m. – Walk with Ease. Meet & Greet. New starts Wednesday, July 8th @ 10:00 every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 1:00 p.m. – Strengthen You Exercise Class. 1:00 p.m. – Line Dancing Class. 2:00 p.m. – Enhance® Fitness Exercise Class. July 3, Center closed for Independence Day July 6,10:00 a.m. – English as a Second Language (Free). 2:00 p.m. – Enhance® Fitness Exercise Class. 2:00 p.m. – Painting Class with Cliff. All mediums. Bring your supplies. July 7, (Tuesday classes) 11:00 a.m. – ♪♫ Second Story Band ♪♫ Birthday Celebration. 12:00 a.m. – Root Beer Floats with Humana. 12:45 a.m. – Bingo sponsored by Larkin. July 8, 9:00 a.m. – Oral Cancer Screening. Denture Cleaning – Fluoride Application – Register. 10:00 a.m. – English as a Second Language (Free).
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1:00 p.m. – Line Dancing Class. June 22,9:40 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. – Movie: “The Cobbler,” rated PG-13 Length 1:38. 10:00 a.m. – English as a Second Language (Free). 2:00 p.m. – Enhance® Fitness Exercise Class. 2:00 p.m. – Painting Class with Cliff. All mediums. Bring your supplies
2:00 p.m. – Enhance® Fitness Exercise Class. July 9, 1:00 p.m. – Strengthen You Exercise Class. July 10, 11:00 a.m . – Healthy Relationships— Vital Aging Project. 2:00 p.m. – Enhance® Fitness Exercise Class. July 13, 2:00 p.m. – Enhance® Fitness Exercise Class.
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he Southwest Valley Chamber loves to welcome new businesses to the area. We held a ribbon cutting for Master Muffler in May. Did you know that Master Muffer is not just a muffler shop? They service all makes/models and can do most repairs. If you auto needs any service, please give them a chance. Master Muffler is offering 10% off if you mention this article or their ribbon cutting picture. They are located at 2284 West 12600 South.
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ur golf tournament has sold out. That is exciting because 100% of all net revenue is given to students for the Chamber’s Most-Improved Student Scholarship. We awarded $1500 each to the following: Luisa Hernandez, Noah Flandro, Hanna Carter, Shayla Dinger and Kentosha McEwen. Jordan Area Women in Business also gave scholarships to deserving seniors interested in business. The following were awarded a scholarship: Jenette Le Starge, Reggie Wood, Kaitlin Braithwaite, Tianna Boyd, Katelyn Cook, Katie Barber, Haley Hoch, and Callie Carter.
e also honored the following teachers from our annual Teacher of the Year luncheon. This was sponsored by Security Services Federal Credit Union and University of Utah Health Care. The teachers are: Sterling Hunt, Lindsay Maxfield, Melissa Decker, Robert Logan, Debbie Fisher, Renee Sass, Trisha Tingey, Janaly Nelson, Karen Masina, Jackie Webster, Suzanne Rouse, Teri Childs, Melissa Chandler, LeeAnn Scott, Loie Glass, Odette Desmarais, and Cheryl Butterfield.
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FOOTHILL FAMILY CLINIC IN DRAPER
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Foothill Family Clinic has been serving the healthcare needs of the Salt Lake community for almost 40 years. This busy, full-service group offers a wide range of medical services supported by a dedicated and caring staff, with more than 95,000 patients treated every year.
hat an exciting time to be a part of the Chamber! Support of the Southwest Valley Chamber makes all these programs available. Look for our new Chamber member promotional display soon at your city hall.
Foothill Family Clinic is expanding to meet the needs of the growing community. The North Clinic in Salt Lake City, the South Clinic in Cottonwood Heights, and the Draper Clinic opening this June offer convenient, coordinated service.
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Tricia Tingey Awarded Teacher Of The Year By Aimee L. Cook
o be singled out from your peers and nominated for an award that classifies you as “the best” at something is undoubtedly an honor. Such was the case for Blackridge Elementary teacher Tricia Tingey, who was awarded the prestigious honor of being named Teacher of the Year. Nominated by Blackridge Elementary principal Steve Giles, the sixth-grade teacher was honored at a teacher appreciation luncheon along with other nominees in the district. The event was hosted by the South Valley Chamber of Commerce. “Tricia was nominated because she is such a wonderful teacher leader,” Giles said. “She is responsible for grants at our school that make it possible for computer-based supplemental math instruction for all students in grades four through six that is individualized according to level and need. She has provided leadership to our sixth-grade team as team leader and is currently heavily involved in implementing a STEM focus at Blackridge. Tricia has a great rapport with the students in her class and demonstrates a very good mix of nurture and rigor in her classroom. She is a stand out on a faculty made of the best.” Tingey decided to pursue teaching after studying political science in college and having a candid conversation with her father. “I wanted to go into criminal law and my dad was a bit worried with that decision, but he would have supported me in anything I did,” Tingey recalled. “He asked me one question that changed my thinking about careers. He said, ‘Doesn’t it make more sense to teach them correctly when they are young instead of prosecuting them when they are older?’ I guess this made me think about where my influence could be best felt. The next semester I enrolled in classes to get a dual major in Elementary Ed and Special Ed. I haven’t regretted that decision.”
Teachers of the Year awarded by the Southwest Valley Chamber of Commerce:
Tricia Tingey, a sixth-grade teacher at Blackridge Elementary, has been awarded Teacher of the Year. In an ever-changing world of technology, Tingey feels that technology actually makes teaching easier. The only real challenge with all that progression is being able to keep up with it and learn as you go. Aside from keeping up with modern times, there are still other challenges of teaching that do not change, like meeting every child’s needs whether it be academic, social or emotional. But trying to meet these individual needs and connecting to her students are what Tingey loves the most about her job. “I’m pretty normal and I don’t feel as if I do anything extraordinary,” Tingey said. “In reality, there are hundreds of teachers that deserve this award and we all are just doing the very best we can.” l
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Blackridge Elementary Students Plant A Tree And Learn
By Aimee L. Cook
chools across the state celebrated Arbor Day in various ways. For the students at Blackridge Elementary, they were taught some fun facts by a guest educator, Mayor Carmen Freeman of Herriman City. During the presentation students learned the importance of trees and how to care for them, in addition to facts such as how one tree can provide air for three people and how you
holding the birdhouse will stay down from the weight of it.” Freeman talked about the importance of a tree’s root system and how they keep the tree firmly planted in the ground. After the presentation the students went outside and planted a new tree for their school. The students are now the protectors of the new tree and can apply what they learned as they
Students at Blackridge Elementary plant a tree with Mayor Freeman to celebrate Arbor Day. can determine a tree’s age by counting the rings in the trunk when it is cut down. “The students learned that the tallest tree is the redwood, and when you buy a tree from the store it comes in a pot, and in order for it to survive when you plant it at home, you need to cut the roots that are wrapped around the base,” Megan Cox, a first-grade teacher, said. “The kids also were very interested to learn that, after a tree is planted, if you were to hang a birdhouse on a branch, the tree would continue to grow up, but the branch that is
watch it grow on the school grounds. “What a wonderful opportunity it was to attend the Arbor Day Celebration at Blackridge Elementary,” Freeman said. “Herriman City is grateful to be a contributing partner with the Jordan School District in the advancement of student learning. As these young children come to understand how trees provide shade, oxygen and beautification to our community, they will gain a greater appreciation for their role and importance in our environment.” l
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Mustangs Place Second At State Softball Tourney
Racing Season Gets Underway
By Greg James
he Herriman Mustangs made a mark in 5A Utah state softball this season. They finished second and scored runs almost at will, making them a team to be reckoned with. “I feel like this is the right time. We had a down turn in the middle of the season, but we came back strong for the tournament. We are taking this one game at a time,” head coach Heidi McKissick said, after the Mustangs advanced to the state championship game. The final two games of the tournament did not turn out quite like the Mustangs had dreamed of. They lost twice to Lehi 7-2. The Pioneers forced a second do-or-die championship game by hammering out 15 hits in game one. The Mustangs could only muster three hits while scoring two runs. Herriman had battered Lehi twice during the regular season 9-1 and 12-1, but Lehi was able to use a strong pitching performance by Sydney White to calm the Mustang bats. The Pioneers pulled away in the final two innings by breaking a 2-2 tie. Junior Lauren Tycksen scored both runs in game one for the Mustangs. She came home in the first inning on a double by Bryce Taylor and scored from first base in the fifth on a double by Dayna Hokanson. In game two, Lehi jumped out to a 4-0 lead, but the Mustangs battled back. Taylor walked in the fourth inning and courtesy runner Cassidy Adams was able to score on a passed ball. This cut the Pioneer lead to three. In the top of the sixth, Hokanson scored on a Taylor single, but the Mustangs could not sustain the rally and fell 7-2. “All season we never depended on one player. It was fun to watch everyone contributing. This team has such great camaraderie and meshed very well. The girls are loving it,” McKissick said. The Mustangs team batting average of .430 represented 393 hits, and nine players homered this season. In the Mustang
By Greg James
ocky Mountain Raceway, located in West Valley City, opened its 19th season on May 2. Despite the rain and poor weather, the racing on the oval track has been hot and heavily contested. The 3/8-mile asphalt oval has provided Utah racing fans with some high intensity racing this spring. In North American auto racing, a short track is a racetrack of less than one mile. Short track racing is where stock car
Maverick Modified car number 84 is driven by 2014 track champion Mark Ith Jr. Photo courtesy of Action Sports Photography
Leadoff hitter Lauren Tycksen led the team with 19 stolen bases. She uses her speed to disrupt her opponents. Photo courtesy of Wade Tycksen 13-3 tournament victory over Fremont, senior Ashley Shetler belted two homeruns her first two of the season. Ashlyn Visser also belted two in that game. “Ashley’s hit two homeruns; we have not depended on just one player, though. Shetler has been a solid second baseman for us this season. She has stepped up as a senior,” McKissick said. In the Fremont game Visser’s towering blast to left and line drive over the right field fence were her third and fourth homeruns of the season. Ashlyn and her sister, April, have played important roles on the team. “It is not bad to have two daughters that have done very well. I am very proud of them. They started playing in bonnet ball at three years old,” Randy Visser, Ashlyn and April’s father, said. “At home I am just the dad; our rule is we don’t talk softball until the next day. We have to give them time to soak it all in, good or bad. It is just a game still.” April is a freshman and hit .462 this season. Ashlyn is a junior and, along with her four homeruns, had 41 runs batted in. “When I get in the box I say in my mind that I am a beast. I try to feel confident. Our team tries to stay positive and together,” Ashlyn Visser said. The Mustangs closed out the season with a 26-6 record. They scored 50 runs in the six state tournament games. The Mustangs graduate four seniors. They could be a force next season, too. l
Left: Herriman junior Lauren Tycksen robbed a homerun in the state championship game against Lehi. Right: Bryce Taylor, another Herriman junior, compiled a 16-4 record this season and struck out 50 opposing hitters. Photo courtesy of Wade Tycksen
racing first became an organized and regulated competition. The 11 degree banking at Rocky Mountain Raceway has provided a great place for 10 classes of cars to compete for season championships. The premier racing class at Rocky Mountain Raceway is the Maverick Modifieds. These cars sit on large, slick tires exposed on all four corners of the car. They each run a stock crate Chevrolet 350 engine and will reach speeds at the end of the straightaway close to 100 mph. Michael Hale holds the track qualifying record, with an average speed of 86.26 mph. The 2014 modified champion, Mark Ith Jr., won the initial modified main event May 2. He is currently the class
The double decker cars enter their third season at the race track. The top car steers while the bottom has the gas and brakes. Photo courtesy of Action Sports Photography point’s leader. Jimmy Waters is in second place and Lynn Hardy is in third. On May 30 the modifieds ran a double points 100 lap main event. Dan McCoy and Ith Jr. battled nose to tail before a late race caution sent Ith Jr. to the back of the pack.
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“I don’t know much about the cars, but I like to watch the trains and figure eight cars. They are awkward and it is fun to see them almost crash,” racing fan Jaylynn Merrill said. The double deckers are another favorite at the racetrack. In that class one car is attached on top of another. The top car steers while the bottom driver has the gas and brakes. Other racing classes include the super stocks, hornets, midgets, sprint cars, figure eights and mini cups.
The figure eight trains are a fan favorite at Rocky Mountain Raceway. Photo courtesy of Action Sports Photography
The figure eight trains consist of three cars chained together. The lead car has the engine, middle car is stripped completely and the third car has no engine but only a four-wheel braking system. The lead driver must navigate the figure eight track while his brakeman helps keep them from crashing in the center intersection.
On July 4, Rocky Mountain Raceway is scheduled to host the annual Copper Cup Classic. Winged sprint cars from around the western United States are scheduled to compete. More information on upcoming events can be found on the track’s website www. rmrracing.com. l
Swimming: A Summertime Sport And Competition
By Greg James
chool is out and summertime boredom has set in. Time to try swimming! J.L. Sorenson Recreation Center in Herriman has all that you need: open plunge, swimming lessons, competitive swim teams and adult exercise classes. “Swimming has become more popular. It is fun and the best sport ever. When you swim a lap at the pool your body does 100 percent of the work with 70 percent of the oxygen, so
your body is working a lot harder,” Brittany Taylor, an aquatics coordinator at J.L. Sorenson Recreation Center, said. Swimming is considered a total-body workout. It tackles every part of your body, sculpting your arms, toning your back and working your legs. Swimming provides an unparalleled cardiovascular conditioning
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Herriman water polo teams won state championships in elementary girls and placed fourth in the boys division. Photo courtesy of Herrimanpolo.com
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South V alley City Journal every 10-and-under race she entered. Callie Anderson, Amelia Deer and Peyton Ming also finished in the top 10. Swimming competitively is not just for youth. Adult swim groups are available for ages 18 and older. This is great for beginners, triathletes, health and fitness enthusiasts and former competitive swimmers. The pool also offers a triathlon training program. If racing is not your game but you still want to participate, the pool offers more options. They include water aerobics, exercise programs, aqua Zumba, water kick boxing, hydro tone and even senior nights for those who are young at heart. Water polo is also available. The Herriman High School water polo program boasts the 2015 elementary school state champion, the girls state champion, and the boys finished fourth overall. There are many opportunities at J.L. Sorenson to jump in the pool. People who
workout. While running or cycling may be more effective at elite levels, incorporating swimming into your cross-training routine will result in overall improved fitness. The J.L. Sorenson Recreation Center offers several opportunities for you and your family to swim and have some fun. Open plunge is the most popular activity and the pool is open most days, noon to 8:30 p.m. The leisure pool offers a large interactive play structure and several slides. The pool is open to all ages, although children five and under must be within arms length of a responsible adult. “Our pools are never empty, but we have lots of room for everyone. Our open plunge times are great family time. We also offer other opportunities to use the pool with coaches with certification and swimming experience,” Taylor said. The recreation center offers three types of lessons if you are beginner: group lessons, private or semi-private, and otter club lessons for those with disabilities. The pool also offers opportunities for more advanced swimmers. The youth pre-competition swim team, J.L. Squids, focuses on stroke technique, builds endurance and teaches the swimmer how to compete. The Squids have monthly swim meets against other county teams. More advanced racers can join the Devil Ray Aquatic Team. “Our club has been around for almost 15 years. We practice at J.L Sorenson and Dimple Dell [10670 South 1000 East in Sandy]. We are The Devil Ray Aquatic Team had several swimmers place well at a private organization led by par- the short course state finals in March. Photo courtesy of Devil Ray ents and volunteers with about 130 Aquatic Team swimmers on the team.” Devil Ray board member Allen Anderson said. consistently swim strenuously enough to be The Devil Ray swim team is for ages 6 out of breath when they finish do burn calories to 18 and is a USA sanctioned team, the same and lose weight. Putting on a swimsuit and organization that Olympic swimmers such as appearing in public is a motivation for one to Michael Phelps belongs to. Many of the team shed a few pounds. members swim two hours a day, three times a Swimming is also a great social outlet. week. They are coached by Lela Hiatt, Rachael Leave your smart phone in your locker and Gill, Mike McCorvy and Mark Hiatt (former meet others. Imagine meeting the man/ Riverton High Swim coach). woman of your dreams while exercising. The The Devil Rays are holding a swim- possibilities of building a romance fueled by a-thon June 24 at 4 p.m. at the Draper peer motivation and mutual interests have been outdoor pool (657 East Vestry Road). The proven to be more sustaining. fundraiser will help the team raise funds “We are always looking for more to pay for lane rental. More information swimmers. We have had kids from this area go on the team can be found on their website to the Olympic trials and national meets. There www.devilrayswimteam.com. are plenty of college scholarships available “When my daughter started swimming for swimmers. Some of our kids start in the she had so much fun and her grades were developmental lanes and get better and better better,” Anderson said. each day,” Anderson said. At the Utah short course state chamIt is time to get off the couch and jump pionships March 21, Sarah Gill took first in in. Don’t forget your suit! l
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Children Without Borders By Peri Kinder
just learned that when I was a child, my parents were criminals. That’s a lot to take in when you thought your mom and dad were law-abiding citizens--more or less. I had no idea my parents hid a dark side until I heard that parents in Maryland were charged with neglect for letting their kids walk to the park. Alone. At first, I thought the story was a joke and kept reading for the punchline. Nope. Totally real. A neighbor called the police to report that the children were playing without the required amount of helicopter-parent supervision. Additionally, the nosy neighbor stated, “It wasn’t the first time these children played by themselves.” Gasp. The siblings were taken by Child Protective Services while the parents were investigated, and (because we have to label everything) the term “free-range parenting” was created. Free-range parenting is defined as, “A new, hands-off approach to raising children.” But other people label it as neglect. So, if I was so inclined, I could retroactively (and in my mom’s case, posthumously) have my parents thrown in the slammer. Every Saturday morning, after we finished eating Fruity Pebbles straight from the box while watching “Land of the Lost,” my mom would kick us out of the house and tell us not to come home until sunset. Then she’d slam the door. And lock it. We were cool with that. We shrugged, hopped on our bikes and went to find something to do. We’d wander through
neighborhoods like adolescent Pied Pipers, picking up other unattended children. Then we’d end up in someone’s yard playing Red Rover (aka Clothesline Your Buddies) until those parents told us to get lost. We’d amble to 7-Eleven where we’d buy candy cigarettes and Fresca (because the can looked like beer). We’d sit on the swings sipping our pretend beer and discuss whatever it is kids discuss in those situations. I’m sure we fooled everyone because doesn’t every 10-year-old sit in the park swigging a cold beer while smoking with her friends?
I guess our parents didn’t think we needed 24-hour supervision. We walked to school every day with a group of friends, rain or shine. And we frequently rode our bikes nearly two miles to the Murray Library with ne’er an adult in sight. In a time before cell phones, GPS and tracking devices, parents relied on their kids to use common sense. They taught us to avoid strangers, stay off the train tracks, don’t go into homes when the parents weren’t around and, basically, not to be stupid. My daughters could also have charged me with neglect, and they’ve probably already contacted an attorney. I often allowed them to bike to the local swimming pool and stay there for hours. They also walked to 7-Eleven—and probably bought candy cigarettes with their friends. People say, “Don’t you know how dangerous the world is?” Guess what? The world has always been dangerous. Helicopter parenting, obsessive worrying and overprotective hovering doesn’t stop bad things from happening. Here’s my definition of neglect: not allowing your children to create a feeling of independence; not allowing your children to be bored and have to create something; not allowing your kids to make mistakes, get lost, mess up and face consequences. Kids are resilient, and more often than not, they make the right decision. So I guess I’ll have to forgive my parents for teaching me to be independent and creative. Gee, thanks mom and dad. l
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HERRIMAN MAYOR’S MESSAGE
A Precious Resource
hen Jim Bridger, a well-known frontiersman, met with Brigham Young at Fort Bridger, Wyoming in 1847, his observation and opinion of their ultimate destination, the Great Basin, was concerning and disheartening. Due to the alkaline soil, desert-like climate and lack of water, Jim Bridger was able to confidently declare that crops would not grow in that region and that he would pay a thousand dollars for a ripened ear of corn in the Salt Lake Valley (Manuscript History of Brigham Young 1846–47, ed. Eldon J. Watson (published privately, Salt Lake City, 1979), 28 June 1847, p. 561).
Despite Jim Bridger’s disparaging appraisal of the Great Basin, Brigham Young and those he led pressed forward, undeterred in their faith and commitment to find a home free from tyranny and oppression. Upon their arrival, despite the
unfavorable and untamed landscape that lay before them, they immediately went to work. Wisely utilizing the water resources allotted them, they constructed canals and ditches to divert this precious resource and enable them to grow crops, develop grazing pastures and truly make this valley “blossom as the rose.” Although Jim Bridger’s assessment of this region was inaccurate and shortsighted with respect to one’s ability to settle here, harvest crops and make a living, one fact remains in his appraisal – we do live in a desert and water is in short supply. Today, as it was to those who first settled this region, water is a precious resource which is necessary for continued growth and development. This declaration was reaffirmed by Governor Herbert recently when considering future growth projections for the state. He charged those who oversee our water usage to take the necessary measures to ensure that our economic and population growth is not limited or inhibited by our available water. This task of securing water for our future growth will be very challenging as we consider population models through 2050. It has been estimated that in the next 35 years there will be one million to two-and-a-half million new Utahns. This fact, coupled by our irregular and unpredictable rain and snow seasons, points to a rather bleak and daunting task to ensure available water resources for everyone. So what can we do? Given the fact that despite our recent rainfall our region is still 35% of normal, clearly points to the need to take a proactive approach in conservation measures that will ensure
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the long-range stability of our water needs. Let me share a few suggestions each of us may wish to consider: 1. Plant drought resistant lawns, shrubs and plants 2. Use Xeriscaping gardens to decorate your yard 3. Reduce the frequency of outdoor watering 4. Use drip systems for shrubs, trees and garden plants 5. Take shorter showers 6. Repair leaking faucets, pipes and toilets 7. Run your dishwashers and washing machines with full loads 8. Turn the faucet off after wetting your toothbrush 9. Use a broom instead of a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks 10. Keep a bottle of drinking water in the fridge Although these suggestions will be inconvenient and challenging and perhaps appear rather insignificant, they will contribute greatly in our pursuit to preserve this precious resource. —Mayor Carmen R. Freeman
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EDITH AKERS “EDIE” OF RIVERTON TURNS 100! Born in 1915 in Dupo, IL the family eventually moved to Los Angeles, CA where she met and married Howard Akers on Dec. 31, 1936. They had two sons. During World War II, they volunteered in civil service, Edie as a member of auxiliary police and her husband as block warden. Gas masks and first-aid supplies were stored at their house. After Howard’s death in 1967, she worked in retail sales and then as a bookkeeper, retiring at the age of 70 ½ and moving to Sonora in Northern California. In 2006 Edie moved to Riverton, UT to be near her grandson, Randall Akers, and family. She has three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Since July 30, 2008, Edie has lived independently on her own at Coventry Cove Apartments in Riverton, where she enjoys attending the potluck dinners with the staff and her neighbors. Coventry Cove is an active adult community and is honored to be able to join her family and residents in the celebration of her 100th birthday on June 9th, 2015. She says her faith in God grows stronger each day. Her motto is “I choose to be happy!”
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BLUFFDALE CITY COUNCIL By Heather Pehrson
Bluffdale City Is Planning For The Future
luffdale is building a City Hall at the corner of 14400 South and 2200 West. April 22 the Bluffdale City Council approved a parameters resolution that outlined the funding mechanism for the building of our new City Hall. After a public hearing on May 13 the Local Building Authority, consisting of the Bluffdale City Council and Mayor, chose JRCA Architects from five applicants to start the design process. We are currently working to right-size and program the layout. Please join us for a Visioning Workshop and Open House to provide feedback on external design of our new City Hall, June 16, 6-8pm at the Bluffdale Fire Station (14350 South 2200 West). The need for a City Hall has grown over the last few years as Bluffdale’s need for services has increased with its population. Consolidating all the citizen services, except public works, at one location would better serve our residents. This will eliminate confusion and unnecessary trips. One location will also increase administrative effectiveness. We currently have employees in three different locations throughout the city. The city building on Redwood Road houses our court, public works, building inspection, planning department, and code enforcement. The city engineering department is housed in rented office space at another location. Our city administrators, City Council, utility billing, accounting, reception, and police department
are sharing space with the fire department at the Fire Station. Other benefits we look forward to in our city park site are its central location within the city, the ability of the City Council to control architectural design, and the opportunity to also provide more parking and community space to events at the park. Thank you to the 523 households who returned the Parks and Trails and Open Space Survey that was sent to your homes in April. We have contracted with Conservation Technix to help us create a Parks, Trails and Open Space Master Plan for Bluffdale City and your responses will help shape this vision. The two goals of the Plan that I am most excited for are: • Acquire and develop a high-quality, diversified system of parks, recreation facilities and open spaces that provides equitable access to all residents. • Develop a network of shared-use trails and corridors to enable connectivity between parks, neighborhoods and public amenities.
lease join us for an Open House to review the results of the Parks, Trails, and Open Space Survey and the first draft of the Master Plan and share your feedback on June 4th 6-8pm at the Bluffdale Fire Station (14350 South 2200 West). As always, I welcome your feedback and questions. l Bluffdale City Councilwoman, Heather Pehrson: 801-201-3744, firstname.lastname@example.org
Peripheral Neuropathy: WAR NING
South Jordan, UT — In our office we have seen far too many patients suffering with the debilitating symptoms of peripheral neuropathy like burning, weakness, pain, numbness, and tingling. We even see individuals whose neuropathy is so far advanced they are at risk of having their feet amputated. Figure 1: Falls affect millions of seniors in the U.S. every year.
However, none of these are the reason neuropathy can be a deadly condition. The biggest risks from peripheral neuropathy are the balance problems and falls that this condition can cause. You see, the nerves in your feet help send signals to your brain to maintain proper balance. When the nerves are damaged by neuropathy it is common to feel like you are off balance, or going to fall. Many of you reading this may have already fallen, and live in fear that your next fall may result in a fracture or concussion. Sadly, over 2.4 million seniors in the U.S. every year visit the emergency room each year due to falls, and nearly 23,000 die. This damage that results in balance problems is commonly caused by a lack of blood flow to the nerves in the hands and feet which causes the nerves to begin to degenerate due to lack of nutrient flow. As you can see in Figure 2, as the blood vessels that surround the nerves become diseased they shrivel up which causes the nerves to not get the nutrients to continue to survive. When these nerves begin to “die” they cause you to have balance problems as well as, pain, numbness, tingling, burning, and many additional symptoms. Figure 2: When these very small blood vessels become diseased they begin to shrivel up and the nerves begin to degenerate.
To make matters worse, too many doctors simply prescribe medications which don’t fix the cause of the problem. Even worse, some of these drugs have side effects that include dizziness and loss of balance! There is now a facility right here in South Jordan that offers you hope without taking those endless drugs with serious side effects. (See the special neuropathy severity examination at the end of this article.) In order to effectively treat your neuropathy three factors must be determined. 1) What is the underlying cause? 2) How Much Nerve Damage Has Been Sustained. NOTE: Once you have sustained 85% nerve loss, there is likely nothing that we can do for you. 3) How much treatment will your condition require? The treatment we use in our office is like watering a plant. This technology will allow the blood vessels to grow back around the periphFigure 3: The blood vessels will grow back around the nerves much like a plant’s roots grow when watered. eral nerves and provide them with the proper nutrients to heal and repair. It’s like adding water to a plant and seeing the roots grow deeper and deeper. The amount of treatment needed to allow the nerves to fully recover varies from person to person and can only be determined after a detailed neurological and vascular evaluation. As long as you have not sustained at least 85% nerve damage there is hope! Dr. M. Shane Watt at NeuroBolic Health Center will do a Neuropathy Severity Examination to determine the extent of the nerve damage for only $57. This neuropathy severity examination will consist of a detailed sensory evaluation, extensive peripheral vascular testing, and a detailed analysis of the findings of your neuropathy. Call 801-495-4444 to determine if your peripheral neuropathy can be treated, pain reduced, and your balance restored. Our Peripheral Neuropathy program is the most comprehensive and state of the art treatment that exists in Utah. Dr. M. Shane Watt Chiropractic Physician
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10 FREE OR CHEAP ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS THIS SUMMER By Joani Taylor
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Megaplex and Cinemark Theaters – have summer movie passes for kids. A pass is $5.00 to $10 for 10 movies. While these are older movies, kids enjoy getting out of the heat and seeing their favorite movies again. Visit your local theater for details. Splash Pads – Coupons4Utah has compiled a list of over 60 splash pads across the state. Visit one close to home or check the list for a vacation destination coupons4utah.com/splashpads.
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