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FBLA Club from Herriman High School Take Home Top Honors at National Competition By Aimee L. Cook FBLA Club from Herriman High School Take Home Top Honors at National Competition By Aimee L. Cook Over the summer, the students in the FBLA club at Herriman High School traveled to the National Competition in Chicago and several came home winners. The Future Business Leaders of America is a national organization that works with educators and advisors to teach students to become business leaders in their communities. The FBLA is a competitive club for high school students with the goal of developing leaders and leadership skills through field trips, guest speakers and competitions in 70 different events. The four areas of competition are; 100 Question Multiple Choice Tests, Role-Plays, Presentations and Production Events. “I did not know what the FBLA club was before I started high school, but during orientation I was walking around the gym with my mom, and when I saw the FBLA table it just looked like everyone was having fun, “ Olivia Ziter, senior and FBLA President at Herriman High School, said. “It really is a lot of fun.”

Junior and Communications Officers for FBLA at Herriman High School, Marin Murdock took home the sixth-place award for FBLA Principals and Procedures at the National Competition. “I took a 100 questions test at national on the procedures and bylaws and other information to win the sixth-place award,” Marin said. “I really enjoy having a place to be in high school by being apart of the FBLA, it gives me a feeling of belonging.” Students in the club also learn skills like how to build a resume, interview for a job and organize activities and events, like the talent show at Herriman. “Myself, my Co-Adviser Julianna Wing, and Herriman Business Team, are so proud of our students in the Business Department at Herriman High School,” Matthew Filippini said. “They work their tails off everyday and are going to become rock stars in their future. We have had national winners in DECA and FBLA the past two years.  A lot of our students have gone on in the past few years to major universities in Utah and around the country, and a lot of them have received numerous scholarships.  Our students have grown and learned so much, in a short time.  We are beyond

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For Riverton Residents There is No Escaping Landscaping By Briana Kelley Changes to Riverton’s property maintenance ordinance passed unanimously at the city council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 18. The amendment includes stronger language and stricter enforcement to encourage residents to keep their yards tidy. The amendment includes stricter language similar to Herriman’s existing ordinance. It now states that landscaping “shall be maintained in good condition so as to present a healthy, neat, and orderly appearance at all times...mowed, groomed, trimmed, pruned and watered...and not detract from the appearance of the immediate neighborhood. Landscaping shall be kept virtually free of insects and disease, and shall be kept free from weeds and other volunteer plants.” Prior to its passage, Council members Paul Wayman and Tricia Tingey voiced concerns about the stricter language and the feasibility of enforcement. “I’m really concerned that if we use this standard overall, it will be impossible to enforce -- I’m concerned that it’s not equitable and that it’s forcing people to do things,” Wayman said. In response to Wayman’s concerns, City Attorney Ryan Carter explained that the passage of the bill would not necessarily increase prosecution of violations. “The prosecutor’s office will not go after every single weed in Riverton City,” Carter said. Instead, the city will look at the worst cases, those who are in obvious, egregious violation of the ordinance, and operate from that. “We’re not driving around looking for

people to tag. This is a complaint-driven process,” Mayor Bill Applegarth added. Despite the changes, the council believes there is still enough flexibility for those unable to care for their yard due to extenuating circumstances. “The key phrase in the new language is that it says ‘not detract from the immediate neighborhood.’ I think that gives it a level of discretion, when issuing a citation and on the enforcement, that we need to address that really small percentage that cannot take care of their yard,” Council member Trent Staggs said. A few residents attended to show support for its passage. “I have a neighborhood

where lots of houses are in violation of the current ordinance,” Riverton resident Karol Haney said. “I have been told by several enforcement officers in various cities that when a neighborhood becomes rundown it becomes a target for these kinds of activities and I feel like we are experiencing that in our neighborhood. This is about the person that is able-bodied and could get out there and maintain their property. That’s why I think we need to change this. That’s what this is about.” Formal discussions to adopt changes began on June 2. The ordinance went into effect Tuesday, Aug. 18 when the council voted its passage.

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A Prickly Situation for Cactus Berry Drive By Briana Kelley

Riverton City Council voted to approve new potentially high-density housing at the council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 1, despite many residents objection to the ordinance. The new ordinance affects almost 30 acres of land located at 12989 South Cactus Berry Drive against the border of Herriman. The ordinance passed with unanimous support and rezones the land to residential multi-family allowing up to 18 units per acre. Edge Homes representatives requested the rezone and were present at the meeting to present detailed plans for its future development. Though the current ordinance only dealt with rezoning the area, Edge Homes hoped that presenting an overall vision for the area would help council members and residents see what a potential finished project could look like.

“This is a product play on lifestyle,” Steve Maddox with Edge Homes said. “This is a lifestyle.” Plans included single-family lots, townhomes, and apartment complexes. Residents were most concerned about the number of apartment complexes and their impact on traffic and neighborhood unity. “The neighborhood has really been damaged by what’s going to happen,” current resident Russ Perkins said. “They’ve taken away our sense of neighborhood.” More than eight residents currently residing on or around Cactus Berry Drive attended the meeting to voice their concerns about the density and potential construction. Concerns included access to the new development, traffic increase both during construction and after completion, traffic safety, crime rates and access to schools. Every resident was concerned about high density housing and feared that apartments and apartment-style housing would lead to a high turnover and little unity as a community. No residents had issues with Edge Homes and instead expressed appreciation that the developer builds quality homes and listens to the concerns of the surrounding neighbors. Despite the praise, however, many residents wanted more compromise. The cries to “let us have our community” were voiced by everyone in attendance. In response to public comment, the council voted down the initial ordinance. In the ordinance that passed, the council required that the density of the housing be Despite resident’s objections, Cactus Berry Drive may soon be home to higher-density housing.

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School Staff Works to Turn Treats Into Smart Snacks Getting kids to eat healthy can be a challenge. In July of 2014, the ‘Smart Snacks’ initiative was introduced to the Jordan School Districts’ Nutrition Services staff. Since then, they have been finding ways to make the sweet treats kids crave like cakes, brownies and cookies, into a healthier version without compromising taste. “We make our bread, buns and rolls from scratch every morning in addition to all the desserts we sell a la carte, like the cookies and cakes,” Katie Bastian, registered dietician for Jordan School District, said. “We have slowly

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Cyd Asay and Peggy Christensen, nutrition services coordinators for the Jordan School District, spend hours in the kitchen perfecting the healthy ‘smart snacks’ offered in the secondary schools. of salt, sugar, fat and calories again. Some recipes were baked, adjusted and baked again as many as 16 times.” The challenge of creating a snack that is whole-grain rich, which requires 51 percent whole wheat mixed in with white flour, less than 200 calories and has less than 35 percent of its total weight from sugar takes some doing, especially with a cookie. And then, in order for kids to like it, it can’t taste ‘healthy’ or low fat.

“We know that all student tastes are not the same so we focus on quality and communication with our managers and menu team on needed product adjustments, frequency on menu cycles and removing or adding items,” Christensen said. So parents, no need to fret the next time your student reaches for that sugar cookie or snickerdoodle at school, the nutrition team has got your back.


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It is exciting to see so many new businesses open. We welcomed Master Kwon’s World Class Tae Kwondo, America First Credit Union, Holiday Oil and America First Credit Union with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Bart Hawkins from Master Kwon’s stated: “We are excited to announce the Grand Opening of World Martial Art. We provide the highest caliber of martial art training in Utah with a stateof-the-art facility and a staff that provides only the highest degree of training. Please come to our Grand Opening event on Saturday, September 26 from

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37 year old. Her cholesterol levels are fine. she highly recommends that they see a doctor. The alternative may be that they just give No insulin resistance is apparent. She has up, she said. Her students hear her mantra a clean bill of health. Marston trains and teaches aerobics all the time. “Listen to your body. Get your classes at J.L. Sorensen. She earned blood work done. You are worth it!” she said. certifications through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, pulling it off while also losing the weight. She studied her books for months before taking the requisite courses, even using flashcards and a study guide. Then she worked as a substitute before becoming a staff member. Today, she teaches several group fitness classes, personal training camps, and triathlon classes for adults and children. Marston gives her doctor’s business cards to her clients. If clients have not lost weight after Jena Marston overcame fear to see a doctor, who identified a hormone a few months of exercising, imbalance as to why she wasn’t losing weight. Her fear was that her doctor eating right, drinking water would not believe her. Now, even her livelihood changed, turning from and getting plenty of rest, trainee to trainer. Photo courtesy Jena Marston

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South Valley Players Excel After High School By Greg James Riverton and Herriman high schools have produced a pair of volleyball players that have helped Salt Lake Community College Bruins become a nationally ranked program. Sophomores Sadie Pond of Herriman and Rachel Davis of Riverton have become players that Bruin head coach Sue Dulaney depends on for her volleyball program to succeed. “Rachel is a team captain and our setter. She knows what it takes and knows our offense,” Dulaney said. “Sadie was middle for us last season

Rachel Davis is a team captain for the Bruins volleyball team. Photo courtesy of Steve Speckman

and we moved her to outside hitter this season.” The Bruins have climbed in the rankings to number eight so far this season. They are 9-3 to begin the No. 1 team in the nation, Iowa Western Community College, Aug. 29 in the final day of the Western Wyoming Tournament. The Bruins went up two sets to none to begin the match, but had to hold on in the fifth set to win the match 3-2. Davis racked up 55 assists in the game and Pond came off the bench for two kills in two attempts and a block in her short time on the court. Earlier this season Pond was named SWAC (Scenic West Athletic Conference) player of the week. In the Dana Hatch Invite tournament in Tyler, Texas, Pond had 38 kills, six assist blocks and four solo blocks. “Sadie hits a heavy and hard ball that could knock you unconscious if she hit you in the head. She is great for us coming off the bench. She can play in the outside and pass well,” Dulaney said. Davis leads the team in assists with 150 in 17 sets. As the setter she is the quarterback of the offense and helps to direct the Bruins attack against the opponent’s defense. “Rachel was a full-time setter last season. She is definitely learning where to set and when to set for the best play for our team. She directs the offense,” Dulaney said.

Both athletes had growing experiences in high school. Davis played for three different coaches at Riverton and Pond was a member of the first team at Herriman. “I saw what it took to put together a team. We had to learn to fight together. I remember the first time on the court against Bingham, we were like what is this, but we got together and started

Herriman graduate and Salt Lake Community College outside hitter Sadie Pond has had an incredible season for the Bruins. Photo courtesy of Steve Speckman

the traditions that the team has now,” Pond said. Davis learned new systems from new coaches every season. “I had to prove myself. I had to show that I wanted to play and I was committed to be there. Sports have made me into the person I am today. I loved my experience at Riverton,” Davis said. Davis and Pond agreed that commitment was important to reach their goals as volleyball players. “Responsibility is huge in college. Our players are held to a different standard. We need to want to be there. There are times that I had to give up hanging out with my friends because of practice or homework so I could get to this level,” Davis said. Dulaney is in her eighth year as head coach at SLCC. The Bruins have developed into a nationally ranked program. “Thirteen of our players are from Utah. We have really tried to get the best Utah kids. Families have embraced us. Which is hard at a two year school because of the constant turnover,” Dulaney said. The Bruins return home to face USUEastern on Oct.9, Colorado Northwestern Community College Oct. 10 and College of Southern Idaho Oct. 13. Their complete schedule and team statistics can be found at ww.slcbruins. com


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Closing the Gate on Public Security Gates By Briana Kelley

The efforts and plans for one neighborhood’s quest for a gate came to a surprising end at Riverton’s Aug. 18 council meeting. In a divisive 3-2 vote, Riverton council members voted to repeal an ordinance allowing for a security gate to be placed on public streets. This vote came despite a large turnout to support leaving the amendment on the books. “We were essentially kind of blindsided by this vote and it was very upsetting,” resident Cameron Francis said. “In the end, we lost the support of our elected representative and it was frankly emotionally devastating to a lot of people down here and very concerning for a lot of people.” The decision comes after two years of discussion, studies and negotiation on the part of Riverton City, South Jordan City, Ivory Homes and residents on or around Reeves Lane, Riverwalk Drive, Lampton View Drive and Sirmingo Way. Discussion began in 2013 when residents on Reeves Lane approached their city council member Al Leavitt to place a gate at the north end of the street. Residents were concerned about future traffic through the area due to a new Ivory Homes development and its connection to 11400 South in South Jordan. “When we learned that the road was going to go right out to 11400 South and traffic would funnel through our neighborhood, that was very concerning to us,” Francis said. “Because our neighborhood has a connection to South Jordan River Parkway Trail system and there is a lot of pedestrian traffic and young families, this was all very concerning to us.” Residents and city council members reached an agreement that a gate would be constructed. However, construction was delayed and in the interim a city council election took place. The new council revisited the issue at the June 16 council meeting. After some discussion, the council voted to deny allocating funds to construct the proposed gate. Four council members voted to deny allocating funds; councilmember Trent Staggs abstained. At the Aug. 18 council meeting, many residents spoke out in favor of keeping the ordinance on the books. Many hoped that it could be a future traffic calming tool; others wanted more in-depth traffic studies and more time. Those who supported a gate were primarily concerned about traffic and safety on Reeves Lane. Those who opposed the gate were also concerned about traffic and safety on their streets; they believe that opening Reeves Lane will more evenly distribute

traffic throughout the neighborhood. “It is an issue of civic fair-mindedness,” resident Tish Burker said. “Residents on Sirmingo and Lampton View will experience a decrease in traffic going past their homes as residents on Riverwalk and Reeves exit the subdivision through the new Ivory Homes subdivision. These residents also have young children and are interested in a quiet and peaceful street. Reducing the amount of traffic they experience by moving the traffic in multiple directions seems right and fair. I am optimistic based on the recent traffic count that if Reeves is opened that traffic on Riverwalk will not increase and may decrease. There may be some cut-through traffic, but this will be balanced as residents on Reeves egress via the new connection.” Despite the vocal majority in attendance, the council voted 3-2 against keeping the ordinance on the books. Council members Sheldon Stewart, Tricia Tingey and Paul Wayman voted against; council members Trent Staggs and Brent Johnson voted for keeping it on the books. “I spent scores of hours on this issue, sought as much data and spoke to as many impacted residents as I could prior to staking a position,” Staggs said. “Although I do not think the installation of a gate there is the best alternative, I did vote to leave the ordinance on the books, in order to conduct even more research and leave it as an option, in the unlikely event that opening up the area caused a safety issue.” Staggs is the representative over the area in question. “The hard part is, as a councilman, I’m supposed to represent the citizens of District 4 and the city as a whole and putting up a gate did not serve everyone. As a whole, opening up the street more evenly distributes traffic across all the streets in the area,” Staggs said. Though residents did not get the gate they expected or hoped for, the city has taken traffic calming measures in the area, including painting ‘Slow 25 MPH’ on the roads and posting a ‘No Truck Route’ sign. Mayor Bill Applegarth was apologetic after the vote, saying “I will take full responsibility for this misunderstanding.” For some residents, however, the disappointment is real. “A lot of my neighbors have talked about moving. I have seen a lot of people in tears, a lot of people flushed with anger. We went in there with near-unanimous support, we went in there with the support of the planning committee. It’s a real disappointment,” Francis said.


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Silverwolves Soccer Star Now a Ute Freshman are found stuffed in lockers or garbage cans, lost on their way to class and carrying loads of books; not starting center backs on the University womens soccer team. University of Utah freshman and Riverton High School graduate is doing just that. Hailey Skolmoski has started every game this season for the Utes women’s soccer team as a freshman.

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“From day one we knew Hailey belonged on the field,” Utah womens soccer head coach Rich Manning told the Pac 12 network broadcast. Skolmoski has started all seven Utah soccer games this fall. Despite playing defense mostly she has four shots on goal, her first chance came in the team’s 1-0 victory over Marquette. She headed a ball just wide of the goal. She had three shots for the Utes against BYU on Sept. 4 in the 2-0 loss. Starting as defensive center back is not new to the Riverton graduate. Skolmoski began her career on defense. She told Riverton head soccer coach Paul Moizer she could play forward her sophomore season. She never looked back. She was named a two-time allstate selection and the 2015 Utah Gatorade Player of the Year. In 2015 she scored 27 goals for the Silverwolves, fourth highest in the state, and she had 10 assists. Following last year’s high school season she was selected to play in the second annual High School All-American game in Raleigh, N.C. “She has natural ability and is a hard worker. Hailey has the whole package as a player,” Riverton head coach Paul Moizer said after last season.

She was also awarded an Academic All-State award in high school, where she maintained a 4.0 cumulative grade point average. “It was quite an adjustment at first to get used to college soccer, it’s a faster speed of

play and different playing center back but it so fun and I love it,” Skolmoski said. The Utes have 3 wins, 2 losses and 2 ties. They are scheduled to begin Pac12 play Sept. 25 at home against Stanford. Washington and Washington State visit the Utes Oct. 9 and 10.

University of Utah freshman and Riverton graduate Hailey Skolmoski has started every game for the Utah womens soccer team this fall. Photo courtesy of dsandersonpics.com


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Jordan School District Bus Driver Awarded “Utah’s Bus Driver of the Year” By Aimee L. Cook Lydia Hart does not feel like she did anything any other bus driver in the situation on that day in March would not have done. Everyday she drives more than 200 students to and from school with one goal in mind— get them to their destinations safely. Call it a mother’s intuition or 14 years of training and experience, because Hart felt something the day she dropped that kindergartener off at his drop-off point after school in Bluffdale, and she probably saved his life. “This boy lives in a gated community so I always make sure he goes through the gates when I drop him off,” Hart said. “On that day, I pulled away slowly looking in my mirrors to make sure he went in. I saw a car that I did not recognize approach him and he walked over to the car. I stopped my bus and watched. He was talking to someone in the car, and then would look at me, turn back to the person in the car and shake his head. I had a bus full of kids so I could not leave my bus but I waited and watched until the car finally left.” It turned out that the boy did not know the people in the car, and his parents believe

Lydia Hart, bus driver for the Jordan School District receives award from the Utah Safety Council for going above and beyond. PHOTO CREDIT- Jordan School District that had Hart not waited and watched, they would have abducted him. Because of her efforts, as well as several other things Hart does on a daily

basis, like sing to the little kids on her bus, Director of Transportation for the Jordan School District, Herb Jensen, nominated Hart for the award that is given by The Utah

Safety Council. “Lydia is one of those drivers that is a model driver,” Jensen said. “The kids love being on her bus, she is always on time, she does everything right and is a wonderful person. In this case, Lydia went beyond her job description and the child’s parents attribute his safety and even his life to her actions. She is a hero to me.” Hart was awarded “Utah’s Bus Driver of the Year” by the Utah Safety Council. The Utah Safety Council has been working to make Utah a safe place to work and live for 75 years. They provide training, safety materials and other resources to the community and businesses. “Our children are the most important parts of our lives and transporting them is not an easy task,” Rod Hamson, president of the Utah Safety Council said. “We are honored to recognize Lydia as our Professional Bus Driver of the Year. She has demonstrated her commitment to their safety while on her bus and has shown her concern for each of them as they leave.”


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Anti-Medicaid Expansion Advocate Flies in from D.C., Speaks to Residents in Herriman By Rhett Wilkinson

A director of a national libertarian group flew in from Washington D.C. to the J.L. Sorensen Recreation Center in Herriman, where about 13 folks not affiliated with Americans for Prosperity awaited his anti-Medicaid expansion address. Another half dozen or so identified with AFP. An opposing group, Cover the Gap, invited supporters, but it was not known if any attended the event featuring Michael Cannon, director of health policy studies at the Cato Institute.

AFP opened a chapter in Utah in the thick of deliberations on Utah’s Capitol Hill about expanding Medicaid, which is being paid for by taxpayers under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in Utah. Cover the Gap is an initiative to expand Medicaid and run it out of the office of the Utah Health Policy Project. For three years, experts outside the state have visited to explain why Medicaid should be expanded, Cover the Gap Director RyLee Curtis said.

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The “fact of the matter” is that that the state of Utah doesn’t pay less taxes because it hasn’t expanded Medicaid, Curtis said. “The taxes are being paid anyway and they’re choosing not to take care of their own,” she said. “It’s sitting there, waiting for us.” “The idea that Utah needs to get its fair share or leave the money on the table is incorrect,” Cannon said. “The decision facing Utah officials is to implement Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion or not.” The governor was not “on board” when presented the option of accepting the PPACA’s tax mandate nor was he when a non-partisan study came out that showed expansion was beneficial across the board before coming up with a plan that “would work for the state of Utah,” Curtis said. Rep. Dan McCay was in attendance from the start of the event and other legislators joined later, Cannon said. Utahns are split as to whether lawmakers will still be able to come up with the right Medicaid expansion plan that fits Utah’s needs, according to a Utah Policy poll. Note: The author has previously been engaged in Medicaid expansion efforts.

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Mustang Volleyball Digs In Region 4 By Greg James The Herriman High School girls volleyball team has experienced some success early on this season. Its toughest battles are still to come as they enter play in Region 4. “Region 4 is brutal. Every one of our region matches is like a state playoff match. I love that we are in the toughest region. Every game is a state playoff caliber game,” Herriman head volleyball coach Bryan Nicholson said after last season. The team has only four seniors on its

roster; setter Shelby Nelson, outside hitters Savannah Laws and Hannah Davis and middle Sierra Freeland. Nicholson said the team’s youth is still capturing the know how to win. Sophomores Leia Lapuaho and Cassidy Nelson start with the four seniors. The team’s libero (defensive specialist) is junior Megan McQueen. The Mustangs opened its region play Sept. 8 at home against Riverton; they fell to the Silverwolves 3-0. In the first set they

Seniors Shelby Nelson (#12) and Savannah Laws (#15) are key to the Mustangs offense this season. Photo courtesy of dsandersonpics.com

trailed Riverton, but mounted a comeback only to fall 25-16. The second and third sets were similar to the first. The Mustangs fell behind in each set but were able to come back only to fall short 25-22 and 25-22. They were able to bounce back to defeat Westlake in their second region match 3-2. “I was on the first team ever at Herriman. I saw what it took to put a team together and fight through. We played tough in a tough region,” former Mustang all-state outside hitter Sadie Pond said.

The Mustangs have qualified for the state tournament once in its five-year school history. In 2012 they placed second in 4A Region 7. In 2014 Pleasant Grove, Lehi and Lone Peak from Region 4 placed first- third at the state tournament. They are scheduled to rematch at Riverton Oct. 6. Their final home game will be Oct. 22 against Pleasant Grove. The state volleyball tournament is scheduled for Nov. 5 and 7 at Utah Valley University.

Mustang sophomore Cassidy Nelson and junior Taylor Bunnel battle for the ball; the team’s youth gives them plenty of opportunity to learn. Photo courtesy of dsandersonpics.com


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Is Frugal the New Sexy? By Joani Taylor Several money-saving blogs I’m familiar with are pushing frugal as the “new sexy,” going so far as to admit that finding a bargain is a high and deals must be purchased now, without thought, or will never be available again. While I’m personally excited to see more people striving to achieve a secure financial future, my hope is that, like all extremes, these dealfinding bloggers aren’t missing the mark and actually creating unnecessary, and even impulsive, spending habits. Living and saving money takes practice, time and most of all commitment, and

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Junk in the Trunk By Peri Kinder

Trunks are super useful. If you’re an elephant, they’re a necessity. If you want to change a tire, hide Christmas gifts or transport a body, trunks are invaluable. But I don’t understand the connection between trunks and Halloween. Why is trunk-or-treating a thing? In the U.S., trick-or-treating started after WWII when children went door to door begging for food on Thanksgiving (not joking). Then they continued begging through Christmas, New Years, Valentine’s Day, Easter, and so on, so I guess someone decided to create a national begging celebration on Halloween. This mass candy solicitation certainly worked for me for many years. Part of the thrill of trick-or-treating was leaving the familiar neighborhoods, searching for the families handing out full-size Butterfingers. We’d come home with pillowcases full of candy, after walking miles and miles through Murray. Now, in our heavily-sanitized society, parents want to make sure their kids won’t be handed anything with sugar or gluten, or have to interact with neighbors they’ve never met—so trunk-or-treating was introduced. I know some churches feel trunk-ortreating (Halloween tailgating) is a way to

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