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Family Farm Thrives in Community By Rachel Hall

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family tradition rooted deep in the past keeps Luke and Hilarie Petersen growing crops for the community. “We like that people know where the farm is,” Hilarie said. Luke, a fifth-generation farmer, and Hilarie both pursued graduate studies before taking over operations at the Petersen Family Farm. He intended to make a career out of international agriculture with his MBA, while she desired to use her master’s in linguistics to teach abroad. It wasn’t long before the Petersens felt their international ambitions weren’t the right path for their family, and so they returned to Utah with two small children and a fresh idea. A shift in focus from producing only hay to producing food for area residents started in 2008 with five acres. Today, the farm is harvesting on 75 acres due to the success and demand of buying local. “I didn’t anticipate how much work it was going to be,” Hilarie said.

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Luke and Hilarie Petersen operate the Petersen Family Farm in Riverton, including a fresh produce market open six days a week.

A typical day for Luke begins at 4:30 a.m. and doesn’t usually end until midnight. His hard work extends beyond the farm to include community outreach, especially in his role as president of the Salt Lake County Farm Bureau. Hilarie, who is a full-time mom to their three children, also works on the farm as much as possible, helping with chores, errands, the market and the Little Farmers Preschool on site. “I just love education in all its forms,” Hilarie said about the decision to open up the farm to 4-year-olds who are eager to learn. It was the small details of farm life, such as caring for goats, chickens and rabbits, as well as growing crops, that made a lasting impression on the Petersen children. Hilarie found her children learning so much that connected them to agriculture and real world learning opportunities, that she felt many other children could also benefit. “I saw what a blessing it was for them, and I thought why don’t we open this to the community and let preschoolers come and have an experience on the farm,” she said. Little ones who are part of the program have a chance to do daily chores such as gathering eggs and feeding goats, as well as learn foundational reading skills on an individualized level. Youth between the ages of five and 12 can get a feel for the farm life with weekly summer camps. “They love it. They want to be on the farm,” Hilarie said. Fresh produce such as sweet corn, watermelon, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, greens, onions and potatoes keep many adults returning to the farm’s market that is open six days a week. Many of the customers participate in the CSA program [Community Supported Agriculture], which offers a weekly choice of fresh, seasonal produce. “We are not certified organic. We are working on that for specific crops. One thing that people don’t understand is that organic does not mean no pesticide. It just means organic pesticide,” Hilarie said. A national trend of consumers looking to find organic products is understandable to the Petersens, who already use minimal pesticides on crops. Utah’s climate helps control some pest issues and that’s why a few crops aren’t sprayed at all. “We try to farm as responsibly as possible. We don’t want the pesticides ourselves. We eat everything that we grow. We don’t want our kids around that, so we try to keep it as low as possible,” Hilarie said.

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The Petersens also believe in helping other local food producers. Their market features locally-produced food items from several small Utah businesses. Additionally, they also host several food trucks from 5-9 p.m. each Friday. “We’ve had nothing but wonderful support from the community and our customers in particular,” Hilarie said. The Petersen Family Farm is located near 11800 South 4000 West in Riverton. For more information, visit www.petersenfarm.com. l

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lections for Riverton City Council are quickly approaching for three council districts. A council member will be elected for Districts 1, 2 and 5 and will serve a fouryear term. Candidates for each district are: Sheldon B. Stewart for District 1, Tricia Tingey and Jason R. Best for District 2, and Wm. Brent Johnson and Perry Howard Newman for District 5. The following are bios of each candidate, their responses to questions on why they are running for Riverton City Council, and what they hope to accomplish or change if elected. Sheldon Stewart is the sole candidate for District 1. He is running for re-election this year and looks forward to many of the amazing projects that are underway and will be completed in the next four years. He enjoys the opportunities he has to influence the decisions of Riverton and benefit his area of the city. He is a longtime resident of Riverton and considers himself a Riverton boy; he grew

up attending Riverton Elementary. He and his wife raised their three children in Riverton and he loves living in this city. During the past 20 years he has worked in the banking, software and healthcare industries; he is currently an executive with a bank in South Jordan. Tricia Tingey is one of two candidates running for District 2. She seeks re-election. When asked why she is running for city council, she replied: “I believe in being part of the solution. Talking and complaining about problems is easy, but doing something

Sheldon B. Stewart is the candidate running for Riverton City Council in District 1. Photo courtesy of Angela Trammell

Tricia Tingey is one of two candidates running for Riverton City Council in District 2. Photo courtesy of Tricia Tingey to change the situation takes time, effort, and understanding the needs of the area. My experience and time already spent in serving prior to my appointment last July makes me the most qualified to fill this position. I know the issues, I understand the budget and I know the concerns of the citizens in District 2.” She believes that one of the biggest issues facing Riverton is growth. “We need to have

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the tax base to keep our city safe and also be able to pay for the amenities a city this size needs. A commercial tax base is crucial, but it needs to be planned well.  Since most growth will occur in the western portion of Riverton, special attention needs to be given to those that will be affected by this growth. I have fought for and succeeded in adding additional police and fire to keep up with this growth.  These public safety positions have been added without a tax increase,” Tingey said.  Tingey has been a Riverton resident for 13 years. She has been actively involved in Riverton politics since 2004.  In July 2014, she took the council seat her husband, Roy Tingey, held for 10 years.  It was during his tenure on the city council that she learned the policies and procedures of being on the city council. She has had the chance to review and discuss the city budget for 10 years and stepped into this position already knowing the structure and responsibilities of the city council. She currently works as a 6th grade teacher at Blackridge Elementary in the Jordan School District. Jason R. Best is one of two candidates running for District 2. He says that Riverton has been a great place to raise his young family since 2008, when he and his wife purchased their first home.  He wants to see Riverton continue to be a community that is safe and secure, that has the lowest possible fees and taxes for residents and that offers the best possible essential services within the proper scope of local government. When asked what he hopes to do or change as a member of Riverton City Council, Best said, “I plan to bring a common sense approach to city planning, budgets and spending.  I believe Riverton has taken on more debt than necessary in the past six to eight years for services and facilities that don’t necessarily relate to the proper role and scope of local city government.  I want to ensure

that the city makes wise decisions regarding upcoming commercial developments, such as Mountain View Place, so that the new available tax base can more quickly reduce our city bond debt service and serve to eventually lower

Jason R. Best is one of two candidates running for Riverton City Council in District 2. Photo courtesy of Jason Best fees for residents.” “This can be accomplished through using new revenue surpluses for debt reduction rather than for new non-essential spending,” Best said. “I also hope that enhanced zoning and city planning can contribute to more businesses wanting to join our community, rather than continuing to lose those opportunities to surrounding cities.  Finally, I plan to work with Unified Police in my community to increase patrols to deter the rising number of vehicle and home break-ins we have observed over recent months and years.” Best has lived in Riverton since 2008

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S outh Valley Journal.com to give back to the community. Perry Howard Newman is one of two candidates running for District 5. When asked why he is running for city council, Newman said, “It is a family tradition and an honor to serve as public servants in our great community. My family members have contributed as early settlers, developers and leaders of Riverton. I would like to carry on this family tradition and serve the citizens of Riverton as their voice in city government, helping the community become an even greater place, that I know it can be, to live and raise a family.” Howard believes that citizens must have a voice in community affairs. As a young

Five Candidates continued from page 4 with his wife and four children. He now works with various sectors of the Aerospace Industry as a business development manager. He has always held a strong interest in politics and hopes to bring a common sense approach to budgets, city planning and spending in Riverton as a councilman in District 2. Brent Johnson is one of two candidates running for District 5. He seeks re-election. When asked why he is running again, Johnson said, “I want to continue with what we and I have started. The last four years have been really exciting with the growth of Riverton and I want to make sure we do it right. I want to see it through and what we’ve started. I’ve really enjoyed the pros and cons with the job. Overall I’ve really enjoyed serving and getting to know the people and I’ve really enjoyed understanding different people’s viewpoints.” He believes that the city is on a very good path and to change something that is working would have a negative outcome. He will not make any drastic changes but will continue a very pro-active approach on what is already happening. Johnson has been a resident of Riverton for over 20 years. He and his wife have raised almost all of their five children here. They have been married for almost 38 years and now have 12 grandchildren. Johnson has a

Perry Howard Newman is one of two candidates running for Riverton City Council in District 5. Photo courtesy of Perry Newman Wm. Brent Johnson is one of two candidates running for Riverton City Council in District 5. Photo courtesy of Angela Trammell very extensive background in business and working for both small and large companies. His first and foremost attribute is that he is dependable. He has also learned a very common sense approach over life as a father and grandfather that he will bring to the council. His greatest treasures are his wife, his family and his commitment to them. Now that he has raised his children in Riverton he wants

person growing up in Riverton, he recognized that most activities were created, planned and orchestrated by its citizens. He believes that citizen involvement worked in the past and will work in the future. “If elected, I promise to listen and be your voice in city government,” Newman said. Newman has been a Riverton resident for a total of 35 years. He returned to Riverton 15 years ago and started his own small business in the community. He has been an executive for several corporations throughout the United States and has had the opportunity to help manage and grow successful businesses in multiple industries, including turning several “start-up” companies into international firms. He has also been actively involved in the Riverton community, serving as trustee of the Riverton Historical Society, city improvement planner for the Riverton Cemetery, contributor to design specifications for the “Old Domed Meeting Hall” and a site plan developer the 12600 South and Redwood Road park. The general election will be held November 3. A primary election will not be held. Riverton City has opted in for voteby-mail as the new standard for municipal elections. You may deliver your ballot to the ballot box at City Hall, mail your ballot, or visit the polling location at the Sandra Lloyd Community Center on election day. For more detailed voting instructions, please visit Riverton City’s website. l


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Collaboration Brings Great Food and Local History Together in New Restaurant

Build My City Contest Winners Announced

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ven Stevens sandwich shop and restaurant recently opened a new location in Draper at 541 East 12300 South in July. This forward-thinking restaurant group (three locations) is all about helping the community. Currently, they have donated 115,551 sandwiches to local nonprofit organizations around Utah in an effort to end hunger. In addition, each one of the locations has unique artwork on the walls. For the Draper location, Jamie Coates, one of the creative folks at Even Stevens, enlisted the artistic talents of aerosol painter, Sril. The result is an incredible mural of the historical Draper motorcycle hill climb, The Widowmaker. “Thousands were drawn to the Aerosol artist Sril brings the historical Widowmaker, the historic motorcycle hill climb in Draper, to life at Even Stevens. annual Widowmaker hill climb event in the early summers between 1968 “I mainly just use free-hand spray paint, and 1988,” said Coates. “The goal? Top the most memorable scenes, star Malcolm Smith hill or fall trying. Some of the most well- takes on The Widowmaker. Yep, that scar on no masking or stencils,” Sril said. “I continue respected riders in the nation burned and the Point of the Mountain just west of the big to learn on every piece I paint. I have been bruised their egos there. Families, trailers, South Mountain homes was once the meanest drawing since I was a kid and when I was in middle school I had an art teacher that let me Coleman coolers, hippies and wannabe riders hill in the sport of hill climbing.” all gathered to watch as competitors attempted the 45-degree climb, and some were even In its 40-year history, the cult classic has both inspired new smacked by falling bikes.” riders and reiterated a timeless resolve: motorcycles are sexy. The staff of Even Stevens found it only fitting to resurrect a bit of Draper history for What you probably didn’t know is that ‘On Any Sunday’ brought patrons to gaze upon while dining. a Draper, Utah landmark to the Hollywood screen. “If you were riding motorcycles in the 1970s, odds were you were one of millions Sril, the one-time graffiti artist turned do what I wanted. I was never interested in swept up in the cinematic wave of Bruce Brown’s film, ‘On Any Sunday’,” Coates commissioned artist, brought the historical the school projects; I used it as a way to hone said. “In its 40-year history, the cult classic scene to life in just four days. This self- my own craft.” Sril also does web design and develhas both inspired new riders and reiterated a taught, master aerosol artist focuses on timeless resolve: motorcycles are sexy. What realism, and it shows in his work. Using opment, and designs clothing. Following you probably didn’t know is that ‘On Any a combination of just two different tips—a his map on Instagram lets you know what Sunday’ brought a Draper, Utah landmark to skinny cap and a fat cap—Sril creates a other murals and street art he has created around the state. l the Hollywood screen. In one of the film’s masterpiece on a wall.

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City Officials Pay Tribute to Retiring Police Chief Rod Norton By Briana Kelley

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amily members, friends, residents and officers gathered in a packed council room July 21 to honor retiring Riverton Chief of Police Rod Norton. City staff and council took time to remember Norton and thank him for his eight years of service to Riverton. Norton was praised for engaging the community, lowering crime and supporting officers. “Chief Norton was much more than a chief for the city,” Councilmember Tricia Tingey said. Norton retires after 33 years of service, including 28 years with the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office, now the Unified Police Department (UPD). “He was a community chief,” Mayor Bill Applegarth said. He was appointed Riverton Precinct Chief of Police Services when the city became a stand-alone precinct in 2007. When the sheriff’s office became UPD in 2010, Norton went through a new application process and was retained as Chief of Police Services. Norton brought a wealth of experience to the job. He previously served in UPD’s detective unit, child abuse services and the DARE unit. He also worked as a public information

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officer and in community relations. As he was promoted from a sergeant to a lieutenant, he worked in the special operations division and was the executive lieutenant of the air unit. He also served as commander over internal affairs and served in watch command twice. Norton was a pioneer in his field. He was one of the very first planners for the 2002 Olympics. He also helped build a new precinct building for Riverton City. Before, buildings had been rented and the precinct did not own any structures or buildings. Norton and his staff did not have any references or guidelines for new building construction. Norton explained that the new building is a “purpose-built building.” They have a special room for children interviews, domestic violence coordinators and a stateof-the-art evidence room. They also put a lot of detail into small things, like the camera systems and layout. When asked what his most memorable achievements were as chief of police, Norton said that building relationships of trust and developing a highly successful department has given him the most pleasure.

Retiring Riverton Chief of Police Rod Norton (pictured center in light blue shirt) was honored at Riverton’s city council meeting on July 21. He is pictured here with family, council members and officers. Photo courtesy of Angela Trammell “I’m proud of the style of law enforcement and the model we have developed. That model has been a community-based model. It has never, never been an ‘us versus them’ but a problem-solving attitude. If it’s important to them, it’s important to us,” Norton said. “For the past 27 months, our crime statistics have dropped every month.” He attributes this drop in crime in part to community relations and involvement. Norton said that the biggest challenges facing Riverton is educating citizens to help them understand why the police force does what they do and what the rules and legal guidelines are. “That’s where the community partner model made a difference,” Norton said. “We held citizen academies to help citizen leaders understand what we do and that made a world of a difference. Trying to get the citizens

to see through our eyes like we tried to see through theirs was the most difficult but the most rewarding. That takes a caring attitude.” During Norton’s service the precinct partnered with South Valley Services to deal with domestic violence issues. Norton also created and strengthened the Citizen Advisory Group, a program that gives citizens a chance to explain problems and concerns from their perspective. Finally, Norton retained a DARE officer during 2009 budget cuts and strengthened communication with school officers and detectives to effect changes in the lives of children. Norton hopes that these programs and practices continue. Norton retired July 15. Lieutenant Rosa “Rosie” Rivera has been appointed as the new Unified Police Department Riverton Precinct Chief of Police. l


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Upcoming Commercial District “Mountain View Place at Riverton” By Briana Kelley

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enterCal Properties, LLC CEO Fred Bruning presented to Riverton City Council and residents on Tuesday, July 21 concerning the upcoming 85-acre development called “Mountain View Place at Riverton.” The property lies between Mountain View Corridor and Bangerter Highway and between 11400 South and 11200 South in Riverton. The city may be home to the new district as early as summer 2017. The land is currently owned by Suburban Land Reserve, Inc. (SLR), a real estate investment subsidiary of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. SLR approached CenterCal early last year to propose land development. CenterCal is now going through a planning and development process. Bruning stressed that it would be a creative project focused on the history and values of Riverton and giving back to the community. The commercial district will house offices, retail, restaurants, a cinema, a gym and a hotel. It will also have two main parks that will be what Bruning described “the heart and lungs” of the center. There are also plans for the development to connect to UTA’s proposed future light rail. Bruning described the land as having an “incredible history” and said that this will play a part in the planning process. “We are going from raising crops to raising a sense of community,” Bruning said. He also described the importance of artwork and creativity in the project. “We want every one of our projects to be different,” Bruning said.

CenterCal Properties, LLC has recently announced plans to build an 85-acre commercial district in Riverton. Early plans include offices, retail, restaurants, a cinema, a gym, a hotel and two main parks. Image rendering provided by CenterCal Properties. On the web at www.Centercal.com. CenterCal is currently going through an approval process with the city as well as a due diligence process on the site. CenterCal hopes to have all of this completed by the end of September of this year. If so, Bruning believes that they can begin construction next May and have the first phase of the project completed by summer of 2017. The first phase is what Bruning described as the “daily needs section of the project,” and would include a grocer, junior department stores, a number of the restaurants and some of the other entertainment uses. The second phase, or “the village,” is more complicated to build and will thus follow in late 2017 with anticipated completion by mid-2018. Bruning repeatedly described the development as “something beyond a mere mall” and stressed the sense of community that can come from a complex like this. “Our vision for Riverton is to create parks and become sort of the heart and soul of the community where you come just because it is a wonderful

environment, not because you want to buy anything,” Bruning said. “It’s not just about the commercial side of it; it’s about the community side as well. It’s all about creating happiness.” CenterCal has been working closely with City Manager Lance Blackwood, Mayor Bill Applegarth and the council. “The more I see, the more I want. I’m excited,” Councilmember Brent Johnson said. “It’s an exciting start to a journey,” Bruning said. CenterCal owns and manages all of their properties and upon completion will continue to schedule concerts, events and fountain shows. The company has completed ten properties in the western United States and is currently developing five, including Riverton. One of the completed projects is Station Park in Farmington, Utah. Riverton residents are invited to visit Station Park from August 13-16 to experience CenterCal’s projects firsthand. A limited number of TRAX tickets will be available for the event. l

Making Lawn Care a City Affair

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iverton City Council will formally review the city’s landscape ordinance at their council meeting on August 18. The council began formal discussions to change the landscape ordinance at their council meeting on June 2. Changes to the ordinance could include clarifying and specifying what is and is not acceptable yard care. As part of the discussion on June 2, Planning Manager Jason Lethbridge presented pictures of various unsightly yards that are still technically in compliance with Riverton’s current ordinance. These pictures included overgrown weeds, un-mowed lawns and large dirt patches. Riverton City resident Karol Haney attended the meeting to express her encouragement for changes. She currently resides in

an area where some neighbors do not upkeep their yards. “I’m frustrated,” Haney said. “I would urge you to give some serious consideration to adopting some changes to our landscaping ordinance so that …we can put some meat into enforcement.” Councilmember Trent Staggs has been a major proponent of looking into the current ordinance and making changes. According to Assistant City Manager Jeff Hawker, he has had meetings with city staff and been very engaged on this issue. “We should really take a hard look at some of the ordinances of these other cities and how we can craft them to make them enforceable as well as beautifying the areas,” Staggs said. Other council members are in agreement

and many voiced their concern that the city’s current ordinance is too vague. The council is looking at the ordinances of surrounding cities for direction and ideas. “It really comes down to the language,” Staggs said. “What I would like to see is language more like Herriman’s or South Jordan’s.” “I would like to see some changes made so that we don’t become the next West Valley City,” Haney said. l


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Bluffdale Celebrates Old West Days and Pays Tribute to Veterans By Aimee L. Cook

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or the past five years, Bluffdale City and its residents have been celebrating Old West Days. This weeklong event in August is a time the city hosts several fun events for individuals and families. From rodeos to a vintage car show and concerts, there is surely something for everyone. This year, the city will be dedicating a memorial constructed to honor the Armed Forces Veterans in the community. “About two and half years ago the mayor suggested the city council look at building a

we had seven Eagle projects performed on the memorial. Those Scouts will be honored with their names engraved on the wall. I believe it was worth the wait.” The memorial design was done as an Eagle Scout project by Levi Wolfley. Veteran’s names were gathered by Scott Simonsen. Sterling Hansen did cement work and Joshua Dietrich worked on the cement wall. Parker Hansen did the flagpoles, Preston Budge did excavation and Chase Budge is working on

The Veterans Memorial in Bluffdale. Photo courtesy of Bluffdale City

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those who have dedicated a time of their life to the protection of those of us that don’t serve.”

veterans memorial in the city. I volunteered to head up the effort to construct it, “ Alan Jackson said. “It was determined to use Eagle Scout projects to do the construction. It took much longer to construct it this way, but in the end

the centerpiece. Many others donated time and materials to the memorial, including some local businesses. All involved will be recognized on the wall. “I have a tremendous passion for our veterans and believe we could not honor them enough,” Jackson said. “Since we began this project my daughter has married a member of the Army and my son joined the Marines. The memorial honors those who have dedicated a time of their life to the protection of those of us that don’t serve. They deserve our utmost respect and honor.” Jackson and the organizers did their best to find every veteran that lived in Bluffdale, but in case they missed one they ask that you please email them at bluffdalememorial@gmail.com to add the name to the memorial. They do not want anyone to be missed. l

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Blackridge Reservoir’s Popularity Brings Parking Problems By Aimee L. Cook

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n 2009, Blackridge Reservoir, located at 15000 South Ashland Ridge Drive, opened to the public. The original intention of the reservoir was (and still is) as a secondary water source. The city pipes in secondary water as a service for the residents to water their lawns, etc. Due to the need to place the reservoir at a certain elevation for water pressure, city officials envisioned a park around the water, first as a beautification project. But knowing it would end up in a residential area, they determined it would be a nice feature to have an urban reservoir where people could play, swim and paddleboard. Residents got their urban reservoir, and a few problems that came along with it. Residents have filed many complaints with the city, complaining about crowded streets due to inadequate parking, loud music,

“ Every city has one

now and every city can have a reservoir if they plan out their secondary water ponds to do so.” alcohol use, and even public urination. The city responded by posting signage and increasing police presence and patrols in the area. Some residents do not feel that is enough. “The finishing of the reservoir came after the homes,” Steven Russell, a Herriman resident, wrote on the city’s Facebook page. “The people who continually use it have shown that there is no respect for where it is. It is a great place. Other cities and citizens in those cities need to proactively make it their own. Just like splash pads and skate parks and fishing ponds. Every city has one now

and every city can have a reservoir if they plan out their secondary water ponds to do so. You cannot have the only place to play on water in the entire valley be at the back of a (used to be) quiet neighborhood. The roads, parking, and the park itself is not designed for the 100’s to 1,000’s of people who are using it. There are 110 parking spots at a city park that’s actually a lot. Once it’s full, that’s it. No more parking on narrow residential roads.” The reservoir is staffed during opening hours from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Concessions are sold but the staff is also there to monitor the area. If a problem is discovered, Unified Police are called. “The city has increased the overtime budget for the UPD officers so they could increase the number of patrols up there,” Tami Moody, director of communication for Herriman City, said. “The officers will ticket any cars that are parked illegally and address any other problems.” The water for the reservoir comes from Utah Lake and Deer Creek. It is untreated water but is routinely tested for safety. Fish have been planted in the reservoir to keep algae down,

but it is not a fishing pond. Swimmers swim at their own risk as no lifeguard is on duty. In fact, recently a near drowning incident was reported at Blackridge. David Roth and his family were taking a walk and noticed a man screaming for help in the reservoir’s deep end. Two men who were also swimming secured a raft nearby as Roth swam out to help. He ended up helping all three men into the raft and waited for help to arrive. The city is working on solutions to complaints and problems that have arisen. They held a neighborhood meeting on July 28 to gather input from concerned residents. Currently, the city is working on adding additional parking and are considering charging a fee. “I live on the corner of Ambermont and Aurora Vista,” Michelle Donohoo wrote on the Herriman City Facebook page. “I feel that Ambermont should be included in the parking-by-permit plan. People park on this street near a four-way-stop where about 90 percent of the vehicles passing through do not stop. It’s extremely dangerous for our children with all the traffic, parking, speeding and not paying attention.” l


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Mustangs Have Eyes on Football Playoffs By Greg James

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Utah high school football playoff without Herriman High School would be like Christmas without Santa Claus. The school opened in 2010 and has qualified for the playoffs every year. The 2014 version of the Mustangs provided a level of excitement never before seen at the school. An 8-4 record (tying the school record for wins) and a second consecutive quarterfinal 5A appearance will be tough to match. Mustang head coach Dustin Pearce called the 2014 team “potentially the best the school has ever seen.” A total of seven 2014 graduates have received scholarships to continue playing football at the college level. That list includes Andre James (UCLA), Dylan Bennett (Snow College), Alec Blonquist (Augustana College, S.D.), Kody Jarvis (William Penn), Harris LaChance (Utah State), Josh McMillin (SUU), and Kalisi Moli (Weber State). The loss of these

players gives an opportunity for the team to prove itself once again. The schedule maker for the 2015 season did not schedule any pushover games, either: five of their first six games are against playoff qualifiers from last season. The 2015 season is scheduled to begin Aug. 21 at Brighton High School. The Bengals are coming off a semifinal loss to eventual state runner-up American Fork. The Mustangs have never defeated the Bengals. Their last meeting was in the 2013 state playoffs. They lost 41-36 in a wildly entertaining game. Brighton scored with 41 seconds left in the game for victory. Former Mustang Brandon Farmer ran for 226 yards and two touchdowns. The Mustangs’ home opener is Aug. 28 against the defending state champion Bingham Miners. The Miners enter this season without head coach Dave Peck roaming the sidelines. He retired earlier this spring and his longtime

Herriman football players have done more than work on their game this off-season. They took time out to read to elementary students. Photo courtesy of Herriman football

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Herriman senior Kayden Strasters was a bruising fullback for the Mustangs last season. He carried the ball for 683 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. Photo courtesy of dbaphotography.com assistant John Lambourne will take over for the Miners. The Mustangs are 0-4 in their history against Bingham. The Mustangs will then travel to Hunter to face the Wolverines Sept. 4 and host Box Elder Sept. 11 before their first Region 4 game at Westlake. They will then host their rival Riverton Sept. 25. The Silverwolves hold the overall series advantage with three wins to two for the Mustangs. Despite the short five year history between these two schools, this game has become one of the best games in the state. The first matchup ended in a 42-0 Silverwolves victory, but the other four games have been decided by a total eight points.

Last season Riverton defeated Herriman 31-28. The Silverwolves kicked a 39-yard field goal with two seconds remaining for the victory. Herriman senior Kayden Strasters ran for 28 yards and had one reception for 42 yards in the loss. The Mustangs are scheduled to close out their season hosting Pleasant Grove Oct. 2, at American Fork Oct. 9, at Lehi Oct. 14 and at home against Lone Peak Oct. 22. The 2015 Mustangs have many skill positions to replace, including four of five offensive line positions. Pearce said last season, “We have developed more depth.” The Mustangs will hope to tap into that depth for a successful season. l

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Swimmers Have Success at State Long Course Championship

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By Greg James

wimmers from across the Salt Lake Valley had success at the Utah State Long Course Swimming Championships July 20-23. The swimmers competed in 207 events at the Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness Center. The long course championship is a competition for swim clubs from across the state. The competitors compete in age groups beginning at 10 and under. Wasatch Front Fish Market, a local club, placed first at the championship. They outscored the nearest team (Utah Valley Aquatics) by 487 points. WFFM is a Salt Lake Valley-based club that practices at three pools: Fairmont Aquatic Center, Cottonwood High School and Treehouse Athletic Club in Draper. It is the largest club in the state of Utah with approximately 225 members. “We represent 10 different high schools. We have become a destination club because we

first overall in the senior girls division. She scored 97.5 points. Sorenson was fourth overall with 86 points and White eighth, with 66. Moore and White finished first and second in the 100 butterfly with only .65 seconds separating them. In the 11-12-year-old girls division, Fish Market’s Kennedy Callaway placed first overall. In the boys division Joshua Cho and Martin Anders placed first and second. Jarod Arroyo won the boys 13-14-year-old age group. The Devil Rays Aquatic Team placed eighth overall, Olympus Aquatics ninth, Kearns Youth Aquatic Team 13th, Eagle Aquatic 17th and West Valley Aquatics 20th. The championships included 35 teams from across the state. In the 10 and under girls division, Devil Rays team member Callie Anderson placed third overall.

The 2015 Utah State Long Course Swimming Championships were held at The Oquirrh Park Fitness Center July 2023. The Wasatch Front Fish Market Club came home with the team championship. Photo courtesy of Ruth Swallow practice at three different locations. We have kids from Orem, Copper Hills, Herriman and Bountiful that work out with us. Swimming is growing here in Utah. It is exciting to see the kids find success,” WFFM director Ruth Swallow said. Swim clubs offer year-round professional coaching and technique instruction for swimmers of all ages and abilities. Clubs are not affiliated with local high schools. The team members can try out and compete with whichever club they feel comfortable with. WFFM team member Brendan Nguyen, a Cottonwood High graduate, placed first in the 200-meter freestyle. Abbey Sorenson, a Riverton High graduate, won the 50 and 100 free, finished second in the 100 backstroke and placed seventh in the 200. Herriman sophomore and reigning 5A Swimmer of the Year Rhyan White won the 100 and 200 backstrokes. Lillian Moore, a Skyline High School graduate and former 4A swim champion, placed

The Devil Rays are based out of J.L. Sorenson Recreation Center in Herriman and Dimple Dell Recreation Center in Sandy. “Some of our local club swimmers have gone to the Olympic trials and national meets. There are plenty of college scholarships available for these kids to earn. Swimming is a great opportunity for them,” Devil Rays Aquatic board member Allen Anderson said. Olympus Aquatics 10 and under member Will Jones placed fifth overall in his age division. Deni Cullom placed first overall in the senior boys division. Olympus practices at Olympus High School. Cottonwood Heights Aquatics Rachel Butler placed first in the girls 13-14 age division. Utah swim teams participate under the USA Swimming governing body. Qualifying local swimmers will be eligible to compete at the long course nationals in San Antonio, Texas Aug. 6-10. l


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Youngsters Drive Fast

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By Greg James

he 2015 Junior Drag Racing Western Conference Finals invaded Rocky Mountain Raceway July 16-18. Nearly 300 cars from 12 states swarmed the track with a chance to take home a coveted “Wally” trophy. Junior drag racing offers kids ages five17 a chance to race half-scale dragsters in a controlled environment long before most can legally hold a driver’s license. The cars use a five-horsepower, single cylinder engine that can go as fast as 85 mph in 7.9 seconds in the eighth-mile. The juniors compete in eight age group categories. Drivers 14 years and under are limited to speeds up to 85 mph. Racers over 14 years old can run as fast 110 mph in 6.9 seconds. West Jordan’s Jake Jones won the 16-17-year-old division. It was his second Western Conference Finals victory. He got

a reaction-time edge (starting line jump) of more than a tenth of a second over Trey Vetter of Henderson, Nev. He ran a 7.95; Jones also won his age group in 2008. The trophy for the best team spirit went to The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Other special awards were given out for best overall appearing car (Jordan Dyer), best theme car (Dylan Horridge), and coolest car (Cason Segundo). Trophies were also given to drivers in each racing class for the best reaction time. “This is the future of drag racing and this took an incredible amount of work from our staff and crew. This is a great opportunity for us to host the future stars,” Rocky Mountain Raceway General Manager Mike Eames said on the track’s Facebook page. The starting cost of a new basic junior dragster is about $5000. The National Hot Rod Association requires each driver to be

Left: More than 200 competitors filled Rocky Mountain Raceway with campers and trailers for the 2015 Junior Western Conference Drag Finals. Right: Jared Jones and his family help him at a trial run at the Western Conference Junior Drag Finals. Photos courtesy of Greg James

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Nine-year-old Maddison Laws from Riverton is driving a half-scaled dragster at Rocky Mountain Raceway. She calls her car Maditude. Photo courtesy of Greg James licensed and have approved helmets and safety equipment. The drivers must make safety runs on the track that are supervised by track officials. The Laws, Selig and Jones families have made this a family affair. Maddison Laws (9) and Samantha (13), Jessie Selig (11) and Shane

(9) and Jared and Jake Jones all compete in RMR’s junior division. “My car is the boss of me out there. The fastest I have gone is 11.8 seconds, but I do not get scared. I have never crashed before so

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Bears Reload After Championship Game Appearance By Greg James

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ummit Academy High School is a hidden gem in the southern end of the Salt Lake Valley. The Bears made themselves known with a runner-up finish in last year’s 2A state football playoffs. “I think we have a good chance to be competitive again this season. If you ask me if we can win the whole thing I’d say sure, but I am going to say that every year,” head coach Scott Gorringe said. The Bears graduated 19 seniors off last season’s roster. Many of them were skill players, such as quarterback and running back. Gorringe said they will need to find players to step into those roles. A surprising find at quarterback has been 6’4”, 215-lb. senior Justin Miller. Miller has garnered the attention of many division one college football programs. He recently attended the Mountain West Elite camp where he was named first team all-camp. “He is a big kid that throws the ball well. He certainly has the size. We just need to see how it will translate onto the football field,” Gorringe said. The return of the majority of the offensive line will help protect Miller. Seniors Dakota Pannell, Sterling Hullinger and Dallas Gillett, along with junior James Walker, make up what Gorringe called the strength of the team. “We return a lot of our lineman. Football is a game that is won and lost in the line. We have a lot to prove in our skill positions. If they play up to a portion of last year’s

“ Football is a game that is

won and lost in the line. We have a lot to prove in our skill positions. If they play up to a portion of last year’s level, we could be good.” level, we could be good,” Gorringe said. The Bears finished 8-1 in the regular season last year. They defeated Beaver 22-19 in the first round of the playoffs and San Juan 24-0 in the second. Its 28-6 loss to South Summit in the championship game was disappointing to the team, but making it to the finals helped legitimize the school and its sports programs. Seniors Kohlten Bills and Tyson Dais are expected to step in at running back. Neither carried the ball once last season, but Bills was named honorable mention defensive back by the Deseret News. Dais hurt his knee early in the

Bears Reload continued on page 17 Summit Academy High School will miss graduated seniors Hagan Hines (#10 on opposite page) and Steven Harp (#24). At quarterback Hines threw for 1216 yards and had 14 touchdowns; Harp had 30 receptions and 10 touchdowns. Photos courtesy of dbaphotography.com

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S outh Valley Journal.com Bears Reload continued from page 16 season and missed the final six games. Summit Academy competes in the Utah High School Activities Association’s Region 16 against American Leadership Academy, Gunnison Valley, Millard, North Summit and South Summit. “South Summit is always going to be good. They reload every year. North Summit is well coached and has a lot of players coming back this year. Millard is always tough. They are some of the toughest kids we play against. We have done several camps with American Leadership and they are much improved. It could be a great year,” Gorringe said. The Bears are scheduled to begin their season Aug. 21 at Emery High School in Price. They have also circled Aug. 28 on the calendar for their second game of the season against Rich. KJZZ TV has scheduled to televise the matchup against the 1A champion as its game of the week. Gorringe said the program is excited for the opportunity to showcase its talents. The Bears are 0-3 against South Summit in school history. They are scheduled to face them at South Summit Oct. 2. “We have found that kids that want to be a part of what we have. High school is not all about football, but our championship game appearance has opened the door for kids to think about coming to our school,” Gorringe said. l

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Youngsters continued from page 14 I feel like I never will. I like that I get to have fun in my car and make new friends,” Maddison Laws said. Maddison is competing in the juniors for her second season. She is currently in second place in the junior rookie division at Rocky Mountain Raceway. Herriman’s Parker Stewart is in fourth and Sandy’s Shane Selig is currently in eighth overall.

Shane Selig is staged and ready for his first run. His father, Mark Selig, stands to his side guiding him to the starting line. Photo courtesy of Greg James

Samantha Laws is currently in fourth place in the junior minor division at RMR. Jessica Selig from Sandy is sixth overall. Jared Jones currently is in first place in the junior major division. His brother Jake is in fourth. “The Nationals is only Shane’s third race ever. He won his first time out. His car is 20 years old and he does all of the work on it. I have not changed a spark plug on it all season,” Mark Selig, Shane’s father, said. The juniors are scheduled to race Aug. 21 at RMR and close their season Sept. 19. l


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Special Needs Bike Camp Helps Kids Ride On Two Wheels By Aimee L. Cook

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ost parents celebrate and document life’s milestones with their children and move on to the next, almost taking for granted that tying a shoe or riding a bike is a skill set that not all children naturally possess. For parents of a child with special needs, not only is every milestone celebrated, but many become defining moments. Sally and Steve Palmer, parents to 16-year-old Elijah, a young man with autism, has enjoyed many milestones over the years, but riding a bike seemed to be one that eluded them. That is until Steve came across I Can Shine, a nonprofit organization that has developed a program for kids of all abilities to ride a bike. As part of the program, they have modified bikes that have rollers on the back, providing better balance. By the end of the program, the goal is to remove the rollers and the child is riding a regular bike. Unfortunately, they did not have an existing program in Utah, so the Palmers decided to create one. “Our son Elijah was the team manager for the Corner Canyon High School mountain bike team; it is the largest team in the country,” Steve said. “He would pass out numbers at the different events around the state and attend practices. At the end of the year, the director of the Utah Mountain Bike Association said she would like him to ride with the team in the fall. We had to find a way to teach him how to ride a bike.” With the help of 80 volunteers, donors and 40 special needs riders and their parents who wanted to learn to ride a

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bike, Palmer made the commitment, both monetarily and in time, and held the first special needs bike camp in Utah, called “Ride to New Heights” in June. Eighty percent of the kids who participated learned how to ride a bike, including Elijah. “We plan to hold the camp every year,” said Palmer. “Even though our son can ride now, it was a special experience and an emotional one for all the kids that learned. There is such a benefit from learning how to ride a bike; it can provide transportation and, of course, has health benefits.” The Utah High School Cycling League is on board as well. They have created a race for special needs riders called “Elevate” that will take place in August at Soldier Hollow and in September at Corner Canyon. They are helping to promote inclusivity within high school and team sports. “We are providing the kids an opportunity to ride outside of the bike camp and to use the skills they learned while riding with their peers,” said Rachel Warner, program director for the league. “All we ask is that the riders are familiar with the bike; we can provide assistance if needed. The kids will represent their home team or school team. Our vision is to enable every Utah teen in strength of body, mind and character through the lifelong sport of cycling. Our focus is to provide them with a life-changing experience.” l

Elijah, a young man with autism, learned how to ride a bike after his parents hosted a bike camp to help children with special needs learn how to ride a bike.

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hile you have been able to enjoy time with family and friends, others have been busy opening businesses. I hope as you drive around the community you see these new businesses and stop in. They are open and ready to serve you. We held a ribbon cutting for several of these new businesses. On July 11, 2015, one of the newest business in Herriman opened

its doors to the public. Dr. Chase Dansie, an orthodontist, and Mayor Carmen Freeman cut the red ribbon to a new orthodontic office right next to Copper Mountain Middle School, just off of Mountain View Corridor and 11800 South. Dr. Dansie said, “I grew up in Herriman across the street from my greatgreat-grandfather’s house and it has been a dream come true to come back and open an office in my home town.” Dr. Dansie is married to Robyn Dansie, who also grew up in South Jordan. She said, “After my husband’s 11 years of schooling to become an orthodontist, most of which were out of the state of Utah, we are really excited to be back and to offer top notch treatment to people right here where we both grew up.” Dr. Dansie has been practicing in the valley as a specialist in orthodontics since 2012 and has been practicing as a dentist

chamber corner since 2008. Mayor Freeman told Dr. Dansie at the ribbon cutting that he is a pioneer in establishing this business similar to his pioneer ancestors who settled Herriman years ago. More information about Herriman’s newest business is available at dansieorthodontics.com or by calling (801) 758-8888. On August 1, Greyhawk Games, turned on the “Open” sign. This is a fantasy game store where you can come and play in a safe and friendly environment. Test your might in the gaming arena with an exhilarating round of tabletop gaming matches only from GreyHawk Games.We sell games and collectibles to all average and die-hard supporters of competitive play and amusement. From console games to tabletop gaming, we carry everything a hard-core gamer needs. We have more than 1,600 sq. ft. of retail space filled with hundreds of titles to choose from. A state-of-the-art play area is available where you can have endless battles between your comrades and competitors. Take part in our gaming tournaments covering the hottest tabletop games available in the market.We organize two tournaments

August 2015 | Page 19 every week for each of our featured games. Visit our website for announcements on start times and dates. We’ll also have a MAGIC: the Gathering™ tournament every Friday evening. This is open to the public and available on a first come, first serve basis. Our featured tabletop games are: Warhammer 40,000™ • Warhammer Fantasy Battle™ • BattleTech™ • Heavy Gear™ • Wargaming.Net 13224 S 5600 W; http://www. greyhawkgames.com. Herriman residents have a new option for all of their haircare needs — Supercuts is now open at 5174 W 13400 S Herriman (801-302-7274). The new Herriman Supercuts is locally owned and operated by Chris Cantwell and Stephanie Geisler. Chris and Stephanie have hired an outstanding team of stylists – all of whom are passionate about delivering an exceptional guest experience.Ongoing training allows the stylists to stay current on the latest looks so they can help guests with their existing style or give them a fresh, new cut. Supercuts, ranked the top haircare franchise in the U.S. in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2015 Franchise 500, offers professional haircuts, color services and facial waxing options to keep guests looking sharp. In Herriman, haircuts, which finish with a relaxing Hot Towel Refresher to clean away stray hairs, start at $14.95 for adults, $10.95 for children (12 and under) and $10.95 for seniors (60 and older). Download the Supercuts mobile app for iOS or Android or visit Supercuts. com to check-in for a same-day haircut, or simply walk in when it’s convenient for you. Supercuts accepts all major credit cards and cash. Salon hours are: •Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. •Saturday, 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. •Sunday, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.


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Smoke and Mirrors By Peri Kinder

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just celebrated another birthday, which is fine, because I’d rather be old than dead. But as I was going through my morning routine, trying to trick my hair into behaving and attempting to gather sagging skin and staple it behind my ears, I suddenly realized the futility of it all. I do all the regular things to stave off aging. I eat fresh produce, use sunscreen, drink the blood of a virgin unicorn and exercise. But even after decades of primping and preening, I’ve never figured out how to make that youthful glow last longer than the flavor of Juicy Fruit. Every morning I apply makeup. I layer antioxidant serum, wrinkle cream (which is working because now I have wrinkles), moisturizer, primer, foundation, spackle and powder—and that’s just the groundwork! I’ll try (again) to create the perfect “easy” smoky eye, using 17 shades of brown, two types of mascara, five different brushes and that stupid cat’s-eye liner that never looks like a cat’s eye. Well, maybe a cat that got hit by a bus. My eyebrows are carefully tweezed, penciled and shellacked into an almost discernible arch, then I slap on some 14-Hour Long-Lasting Never-Fade lipstick (with instantpout lip gloss) and turn my attention to my thick, unruly hair. I have more hair than a yeti. One day, my hair can be presentable-ish, and the next day it looks like two squirrels spent the evening mating on my head. I’ll spray, mousse, balm and texture my hair into a coiffed aura of blonde fuzz

and head out the door. In the time it takes to drive to the office, my hair has collapsed like a furry blonde creature imploded. Around 10 a.m., I notice my 14-hour Long-Lasting Never-Fade lipstick is completely gone, leaving my lips looking like a couple of albino earthworms. By noon, my cat’s-eye eyeliner has slunk to the inner corners of my eyes, creating a tar-like substance that cannot be removed without kerosene and a match. My “easy” smoky eye is now a sparkly brown smear and by 2 p.m., my carefully

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groomed eyebrows are scattered across my forehead. My brows drift tiredly toward the floor like weary caterpillars. Random hot flashes during the day create lava lines of sweat streaking through my foundation. At 2:30, my all-day mineral base has leached into my wrinkles, while my droopy cheeks are being propped up with toothpicks. By 3 p.m., my hair is completely wilted around my face, dangling listlessly from my scalp and dripping melted hair products onto the floor like a head stalactite. Around 3:30, co-workers start asking if I’m feeling well. “Maybe you should go home. You look so . . . watery.” “I’m fine. My makeup has just worn off.” “You should see someone about that,” they say, as they gesture toward my entire face. But I’m okay with all that. My husband doesn’t care if my eye shadow never inspires its own Pinterest board. My dog couldn’t care less if I wear lip gloss while we’re running through the neighborhood. My grandkids already think I’m on my deathbed and they’re just happy I’m still breathing every morning. Me too. I can watch the sun rise and realize beauty comes in so many different ways. Still. I’ll be the 106-year-old woman who won’t leave her home without lipstick. I’ll be slathering on moisturizer the day of my funeral. I’ll wander the Sephora aisles on my 75th birthday, looking for the perfect foundation; and I’ll do it with a smile. Because happiness is the best makeup. l

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Rex and Judy Willard’s 60th Wedding Tribute

Rex and Judy Willard will be celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary with an open house on August 14, 2015. Please join their family as we honor this wonderful accomplishment! Rex and Judy were raised in the Granger/Hunter area, went to Cyprus High School, and were high school sweethearts. They raised their three children, Debbie, Brent and Bryan, in West Valley City and they currently live in Riverton, Utah. The open house will be held at their daughter’s home in Riverton, 13306 South 2200 West, from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. No gifts, please. If you are unable to attend but would like to send congratulations, please send your message to: kevdebj@yahoo.com.

Happy 80th Birthday, Annette Jensen! Happy birthday to Annette Jensen, who is turning 80 on August 20th. Annette was born in Salt Lake City to Carl and Annie Anderson. Her family moved to Bluffdale when she was 13, so she attended Riverton Junior High and then graduated from Jordan High. Annette married Vernon Jensen on May 23, 1952. As newlyweds, they made lasting friendships in the Riverton

Jaycee’s Club. Annette and Vernon raised their seven children in Riverton and still reside there today. Annette is an attentive grandma, always organizing fun activities for her grandchildren which include cookie baking, pumpkin painting, and Easter egg hunts. Annette is known for her amazing sewing talents, her addiction to water play, her love of camping, and her delicious rolls. As a member of the LDS Church, she has served diligently in many callings, especially in the Relief Society. An open house will be held in Annette’s honor on Saturday, August 29, from 3-5 pm at the LDS Meetinghouse on the northeast corner of 12600 S. and Redwood Road.

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4 SIMPLE TRICKS FOR SAVING ON BACK TO SCHOOL By Joani Taylor

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AVOID THE SPECIAL CHARACTERS

s August approaches, kids and parents alike begin to anticipate heading back to school. Shopping for their needs can be expensive and even stressful. These costs can really add up. Parent report spending anywhere from $100 to $200 per child, and the older they are the worse it gets. With our large Utah families, that can really add up. Thankfully, there are some simple strategies that parents can use to cut back on the costs of school needs. Here are four tricks you can use to trim the costs.

The backpack character syndrome; we’ve all been there. Leah wants “Frozen,” while Brandon wishes for “Spiderman”. Those special characters can add a lot of money to the price of backpacks, notebooks and clothing. Avoiding these character-driven articles can save you money and makes it easier to pass them down to younger children next year. I also suggest you do as much shopping as you can without the kids. This allows you to stay focused and buy the items you need based on quality, price and need and not the shiny package.

REUSE WHAT YOU HAVE

CHECK THE SECONDHAND STORES

No one wrote a rule that a full bottle of glue works better than one that’s half full. Schools don’t require your child have an unsharpened pencil, only that they have them. You can cross many items off your list without leaving the house. If you have younger children, use this opportunity to play a game by making a scavenger hunt list, then have them hunt the house to see what they can find. You can cross many items off your list without leaving the house.

These stores are usually overflowing with gently worn clothing from children that outgrew them and often look brand new. This can also be a great way to pick up brand name items you can’t afford new. Watch for the Just Between Friends consignment sale (www.jbfsale. com). This massive organized kids sale is a great way to get some huge bargains on clothing. Information about the sales coming to Utah can be found on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/JBFSaleUtah.

few items are priced below cost to stimulate sales and get you in the store. Loss leaders are always right on the front page of the ad. So far this year we’ve seen 3¢ pencil sharpeners, 19¢ spiral notebooks and 50¢ Crayola crayons. Use this opportunity to get office supplies, too. Just last week I was DON’T SHOP FOR EVERYTHING AT ONCE able to pick up reams of printer paper for a penny. Coupons4Utah.com Tradition is that right after the 4th of July through early September, creates a weekly list of every store’s loss leader items on one post. It’s a he back-to-school time of year doesn’t have to be an expensive one, school supplies drop to their lowest. Check the ads weekly and stock great price comparison, making it easy to know what stores to put on even if you have a large brood of kids. Using sensible strategies when up on the loss leaders. A loss leader is a strategy stores use where a your list for the week. Look for it every Monday. buying school supplies will help you avoid an empty wallet.

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