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or the sixth year in a row, the girls Kearns water polo team won the state championship. Its boys team finished second after an exhilarating overtime state championship match. “It is awesome to be state champions,” second-year Kearns head coach Seth Hughes said. “The fact that the girls played that hard, it all came together in the end after all that hard work. The boys fought hard, and it really was a battle the entire game. They played their hearts out.” The Lady Cougars defeated Herriman 13-3 for its state title. They controlled the match from the beginning, leading 5-1 after the first period and never once looked back. Junior Camila Hatch led the way with 10 shots and six goals. She also had three steals to anchor the teams solid defense. “Defense is definitely the key to every game,” Hughes said. “For us, it is important to make sure their strong players are matched up with our better defenders. That way, we can neutralize their offense and have our way.” Hatch scored 53 goals this season to lead the team. Jaclyn Taylor was second with 49, and Sissy Baum netted 42. The juniors led the high-powered Cougar offense. “Camila (Hatch) is such a stud,” Hughes said. “She is such a great player and an offensive powerhouse. She did really well. In the championship match, Addie Robison, our center defender, had a great game as well. She always has the task of blocking up their main person.” The championship is the sixth straight for the lady Cougars. In the boys final, the Cougars battled to the wire against Park City. They trailed by four goals with less than four minutes to play. A fierce comeback mounted, and with 30 seconds remaining, they tied the contest. Kearns’ final defensive stand forced overtime. In overtime, the contest seesawed back and forth, and Park City plated its final two goals to capture the victory. “It just did not go our way in the end,” Hughes said. Hayden Simmons served as the team’s center defender. He amassed 52 steals to lead the team this season. “Canyon Serva matched up against the MVP of the state in the championship game, and a lot of times, he drew our opponents’ best player,” Hughes said. “That is never an easy task.” Hughes also praised the efforts of Mitch Pearson, saying he “has played lights out for us.” Pearson led the team with 65 goals this season; Cerva was second with 53. The dedication involved for these players is evident.

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Hughes noted they spend many hours preparing. “It is a huge commitment,” Hughes said. “A lot of these kids are in the water 16 hours a week. In the offseason, they play with club teams; it is a huge part of their lives. The parents are great; they get them to practices at all hours of the day so they can play.”

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New Taylorsville resident has travelled the globe summiting Mt. Everest and other mammoth peaks


ne of Taylorsville City’s newest residents is also one of its most accomplished in the world of high-altitude mountaineering. Carol Masheter is one of the first 100 residents at the new and still growing Summit Vista Life Plan Community (3390 West 6200 South). And she could not have picked a more appropriately named home, given her passion for summiting the world’s highest peaks. “I am currently the oldest woman to have reached the highest summit on all seven continents,” Masheter said. “In fact, I have reached the nine highest peaks on the seven continents, because there is some disagreement in the climbing community regarding which are the accepted seven highest peaks.” Of course, that includes the two peaks even we valley dwellers are familiar with: Mount Everest (the highest peak in Asia and the world, at 29,029 feet) and Denali (formerly Mount McKinley), at 20,310 feet. In Alaska, it is the highest peak in North American. And although summiting all of these peaks is undoubtedly Masheter’s most interesting personal story, she has many others. In fact, she could write a book. Oh, wait, she’s written two. She and her sister, then ages 6 and 5, were diagnosed with polio and quarantined in a Kansas hospital for two weeks. She averaged 100 miles per day on her bicycle for nearly 2,000 miles, riding solo, from Vancouver, British Columbia, to Ventura, California. She moved east across the entire continent from California to Connecticut to take a job. She moved west across nearly the entire continent from New Jersey to Utah after accepting a job she applied for, primarily because “the University of Utah had a gorgeous picture of the Wasatch mountains at the top of the job posting.” She retired from another job in the Salt Lake Valley when a policy change would not allow her to take the necessary unpaid leave to complete her global summiting goal. “At a young age (while being treated for polio), I decided I did not like being labelled ‘weak,’” Masheter said. No one is giving her that label now. Born in Southern California in 1946, Masheter is barreling toward her 73rd birthday without paying it much attention. She continues to plan her next adventures, now from her comfortable Summit Vista apartment home, which she had no plans to move into as early as she did. “I attended one of their free informational lunches and got on a waiting list to move in a few years from now,” she said. “But last fall they had a cancellation, and I was able to get my place at a bit of a discount. So, I moved

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Taylorsville resident Carol Masheter is the oldest female to summit the seven highest peaks on all seven continents (Courtesy Carol Masheter)

Carol Masheter on the summit Vinson Massif — 16,050 feet elevation, highest peak in Antarctica — January 2012, at age 65 years 2 months. (Courtesy Carol Masheter)

up the timeline, and here I am.” One of the things that sold Masheter on her apartment is the breathtaking view it offers of the Wasatch Mountains. “I know even when the day comes that I am no longer physically able to get out into my beloved mountains, I will have a wonderful view of them,” she said. Masheter grew up in Orange County, California, which at that time was the fastest-growing county in America. Graduating from UCLA in 1968 (cum laude, with a chemistry degree), one of her professors helped her secure a research position at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. “I had never even been east of the Mississippi River before making that move,” Masheter said. “But it seemed like a good opportunity and an adventure.” Later she would earn a Ph.D. in social science, making her Dr. Carol Masheter. But as the 1990s were dawning, Masheter found

herself living in a “crappy apartment in New Jersey.” She had decided Rutgers University was no longer for her. And that’s when blind fate, courtesy of the University of Utah marketing and communication departments, intervened. “I was attending a professional conference where it was common for job listings to be posted on school letterhead,” she said. “A University of Utah flier had such a beautiful picture of the campus, next to the Wasatch Mountains. I decided to apply for the research and teaching job there and was lucky enough to get it.” However, seven years later — when she was passed over for tenure — it led to a personal crisis that eventually got her into mountaineering. “The worst time of my life was 1997 and ’98,” Masheter said. “I was passed over for tenure, ended a long-term relationship with a man and lost my mother. Oh, and I was diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome.”

But showing the same determination she had mustered nearly a half-century earlier to not be labelled “weak,” Masheter decided to pursue an interest in high-altitude mountaineering she had first discovered decades earlier but had put on the back burner for her career. “I first climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa’s highest peak) but did not reach the summit back in 1972,” Masheter said. “That was part of a five-week African safari trip. But now it was 25 years later, and I wanted to try (high-altitude mountaineering) again. So, I travelled to Bolivia three years in a row to climb several tall mountains.” Masheter summited seven Bolivian peaks in 1997, four in 1998 and two in 1999, all in the range of 17,000 to 21,000 feet. “Those trips confirmed, I was pretty good at high altitude climbing, and it was fun,” she said. Those climbs, along with several here in the Western United States, helped prepare

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Masheter for her assault on the highest peaks of each continent. In 2007, she summited the highest peaks in both South America (Aconcagua) and Africa (back to Kilimanjaro, summiting on Christmas Eve). Everest followed in May 2008. “When I summited Everest, I was the second-oldest woman to ever do so, at age 61,” Masheter said. “I am now the third-oldest. But even after summiting those three peaks, I had still not yet decided my goal was to climb all seven of them; that came a little later.”

Two years later, by the time Masheter summited Denali in June 2010 she decided she did want to complete them all. In fact, she was so determined, she retired from her job as an epidemiologist at the Utah Department of Health. “I retired a few years earlier than I wanted, because they changed their policy and would not allow me the unpaid time off I needed, to complete my climbing goals,” Masheter said. “I was sorry to leave, but it was the right decision, and I would do it again.” Masheter now makes ends meet by sell-

ing copies of her book and taking some paid speaking engagements. She also plays a key role in the Summit Vista Life Plan Community marketing campaign, although that is unpaid. “I love high-altitude mountaineering and will continue to do it as long as my body holds out,” she said. “I still want to do it, and I am putting no one else at unnecessary risk.” After that, Masheter plans to continue enjoying at least gazing upon the mountains, through the east-facing windows of her Summit Vista apartment home. l

Taylorsville resident Carol Masheter holds the ice axe she used while summiting Mt. Everest (Carl Fauver/ City Journals)

Carol Masheter (top, third from left) and her climbing team, atop Carstensz Pyramid — 16,030 feet elevation — July 2012. (Courtesy Carol Masheter)

Taylorsville resident Carol Masheter holds the ice axe she used while summiting Mt. Everest (Carl Fauver/ City Journals)



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Taylorsville resident Carol Masheter holds the ice axe she used while summiting Mt. Everest (Carl Fauver/ City Journals)

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Local eighth graders select ‘silent heroes’ to honor By Holly Vasic | h.vasic@mycityjournals.com


n May 22, ChamberWest Women in Business hosted its eighth annual A Champion to Me Silent Hero breakfast at the Granite Education Center to celebrate silent heroes nominated by the eighth-grade students of Kearns, West Lake STEM, Bennion and Valley junior highs that participated in an essay contest. ChamberWest represents the business communities of West Valley City, Taylorsville, West Jordan City and Kearns Metro Township. Its website states, “We serve as a Catalyst for business growth, a Convener of leaders and influencers, and a Champion for a stronger community.” ChamberWest has a Women in Business program that puts on bimonthly luncheons throughout the year, including the annual silent hero breakfast. The Women in Business Committee consists of different women from the community who put on events to connect and inspire. One of the committee members, Kim Gilbert, explained the breakfast is part of their community outreach, a way to honor silent heroes, and is also a part of the participating junior high schools’ eighth-grade English curriculum. Each school is allowed two students to attend the event, Gilbert said. The Women in Business Committee does not judge or decide which two essays will be a part of the



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breakfast but leave that up to the schools themselves. “Kudos to the teachers because they’re the ones that make the whole thing work,” Gilbert said. If a student’s essay is chosen, he or she is picked up in a limo, thanks to Dignity Memorial, a funeral provider located in West Valley, from the school and brought to the breakfast. The students enjoy the experience of the limo ride from school to the event and back again. “That’s the coolest thing ever for them,” Gilbert said. Another sponsor of the breakfast, GRIFOLS Biomat, a plasma center in Taylorsville, rewarded all eight students with Beats headphones this year and the students were also entered into a drawing for an iPad, Gilbert said. Not only do the students attend the breakfast, but teachers, local community leaders, parents and family members and the silent hero themselves are invited as well. The chosen students get to read their essay during the breakfast, Gilbert said. Some stories are lighthearted, while others are heart wrenching, like the one about a girl whose mom was a drug addict but is now in recovery and thus was her hero. The first year they made a big mistake, Gilbert said. “There was no Kleenexes on the table; that is now our centerpieces.”

Event sponsor GRIFOLS Biomat attended the breakfast on May 22. (Courtesy of Connie Bailey)

Silent heroes come from all walks of life and all ages. “They go anywhere from grandparents to uncles; there was a church leader that was honored this year and a student,” Gilbert said. “Of course we have had parents and siblings.” The benefits of the breakfast extend beyond the honoring of a silent hero. Gilbert recalled one student who read his essay at the first silent heroes breakfast. “Three years later, his junior year, he came back to the breakfast and talked about how much it meant to him to come to that

breakfast and speak,” Gilbert said. He added that his confidence grew from the experience and this year, now a college student, “that same young man, was hired by one of our board’s CEOs to work at his company.” She called it, “a full circle type thing.” Gilbert hopes the program will continue to expand, eventually being a part of every junior high in the Granite District. “We do have another school that’s interested next year,” Gilbert said. She would also like to see more involvement from local leaders. The more schools and people on board, “the bigger and better it is,” said Gilbert. l

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the website was Based on that feedback, search features, designed to provide better buttons, easy-tomore apparent department the city, and updated find information about attractive graphic ellinks. The design includes y that serve ements and beautiful photograph. In addition, as a showcase of the community to streamline incity employees have worked content. formation and prune outdated and phoThe updated design, graphics place for an attractive tography make the site browsing, while also residents to spend time of our city to visipromoting a positive image while searching tors coming across Taylorsville it! like you the Internet. We hope

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‘Oceans of Opportunities’ unites Pacific Islander, mainstream cultures all August long By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com

Oceans of Opportunities.” It’s so poetic, that it sounds like a song. And, in truth, it is a song. It is the song of harmony, when “CommUNITY Creates Oceans of Opportunities.” Such is the theme for the seventh annual Utah Pacific Island Heritage Month. The celebratory month takes place in August, with activities spanning not just Salt Lake, but from South Jordan to St. George, from Logan to Lehi, and other non-poetic pairings, including Heber, Provo, Ogden and Taylorsville. The special month is preceded by a Salt Indigenous inhabitants of the Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia groups of islands of the Pacific Ocean Lake City kickoff event at the Sorenson Mulcomprise Pacific Islanders.(Wikimedia Commons) ticultural Center as colorful as the monthlong series of activities itself. Authentic Pacific Island food and arts and crafts are

Unpacking Utah Pacific Island Heritage month: the kickoff

The month of August is, annually, the designated month. The month of festivities kicks off with an epic celebration of its own — a full day (from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. inside and from 5-10 p.m. outdoors) cultural celebration. The kickoff event, held Saturday, July 27, is a bit like the Salt Lake Arts Council’s Living Traditions Festival and a cultural history museum rolled into one vibrant experience. Indoors, booths representing more than 15 Pacific Islander communities will host educational tables, with unique handicrafts, dress and other cultural elements representing the varied cultures. Christie Naylor Foster, a veteran of the annual kickoff, posting on the event’s Facebook page, said she treasures the “handmade stuff” offered at the kickoff event. Outdoors, dance, music and other nonstop performances will be sure to delight. The indoor-outdoor staple? Authentic Pacific Island cuisine, prepared by a variety of vendors. Right after last year’s kickoff event, Keni Aikau of the Hungry Hawaiian booth, committed to “Getting ready for 2019 — bigger, better and more ONO than the years before!” (ONO is a Hawaiian word meaning “good to eat.”)

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Salt Lake Valley residents can attend a variety of activities from breakfasts to smallscale arts festivals and dance concerts. Highlights include:


• Fri. Aug. 2: Pacific Islander Heritage Arts Festival at Day-Riverside Library (1575 West 1000 North) • Sat. Aug. 3: Pacific Islander Heritage Arts Festival at Pacific Heritage Academy (1755 West 1100 North)

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staples of the annual festival celebrating Pacific Island cultures. (USDA)

• Mon., Aug. 5: Concert in the Park at Liberty Park’s Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Arts (600 East 900 South) • Wed., Aug. 21: Living Color Utah Gala at Vivint Smart Home Arena (301 West South Temple) • Sat., Aug. 24: Peau Art Exhibit at Sugar Space Arts Warehouse (132 South 800 West)


• Mon. Aug. 19: Luau in the Park at Oquirrh Shadows Park (4000 West 10300 South) Hawaiian dance typically involves beautiful, symbolic hand movements. Blending mainstream with “PI” or


• Thurs. Aug. 1: Third anniversary Pacific Island Business Alliance breakfast at Utah Department of Workforce Services in Taylorsville (5737 South Redwood Road) (At the time of this writing, the calendar was incomplete. Check dates, times, and new events at the Pacific Island Month Facebook page.) The origins of Utah Pacific Island Heritage month Local Pacific Island grassroots organizer Susi Feltch-Malohifo’ou, who heads the West Valley-based Pacific Island Knowledge 2 Action Resources (PIK2AR), envisioned, then mobilized the month-long commemoration of Pacific Island culture as part of a holistic strategy to blend Pacific Island and mainstream culture for a stronger Utah. While the festival informs both mainstream and Pacific Island cultures, it also provides economic opportunity for vendors seeking to sell food items and specialty crafts which are core to their unique Pacific Island cultures. Such economic opportunity encourages self-reliance, which, in turn, contributes to healthy, vibrant communities. The whole experience ties together in

Pacific Island cultures is an aspect of August’s month-long activities, and the July 28 kickoff event. (National Parks)

what academicians might label “sustainable together.” communities.” Utah’s significant

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“Here in Utah, we have the largest and fastest-growing Pacific Island community in the continental United States,” said Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, in introducing the event kickoff and overall month. Herbert, who first signed a proclamation declaring the month of August Pacific Island Heritage Month, seven years ago, has seen his state become increasingly diverse, and has, in kind, demonstrated multi-cultural support ranging from refugee aid — even when it was not, perhaps, in line with his political party — to his support of Pacific Island culture. “Numerous Pacific Island countries and their unique cultures will be represented,” said Herbert. “By attending these events, you will help celebrate and honor those Pacific Islanders who have contributed to the diverse fabric of our incredible state. Everyone’s lives will be enriched by the sharing of culture and mutual respect as we celebrate


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Utah hosts a burgeoning Pacific Islander community. Indigenous inhabitants of the Polynesia, Micronesia and Melanesia groups of islands of the Pacific Ocean comprise Pacific Islanders. According to 2014 U.S. Census Bureau data, one in four Tongans living in the United States resides in Utah, with Salt Lake City and West Valley being the first and second most populous Tongan communities in the country. Nearly 40,000 Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders reside in Utah, with more than 85 percent living in Salt Lake County and Utah County. While Salt Lake City has the fourth-largest Samoan community in the country, the overall proportion of Pacific Islanders in Salt Lake City is greater than any other city in the continental United States. Residents from Guam increased 157 percent between 2000 and 2010, with the Fijian population increasing 96 percent and Samoans 85 percent. l

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New $77,200 footbridge to be built after Mayne, Overson double team Utah lawmakers By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

State Senator – and Democratic Minority Leader – Karen Mayne (L) worked with Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson to secure funding for a new pedestrian bridge along 4000 West, near 4700 South. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

This dangerous sidewalk dead end forces pedestrians to cross the canal on a narrow shoulder of the bridge. Soon, a new foot bridge will allow walkers to cross safely, next to the vehicle bridge. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.” That famous quote from former United Kingdom Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was never truer than during the recently-completed Utah State legislative session, when Utah State Sen. Karen Mayne and Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson double teamed lawmakers, to solve a pedestrian safety hazard. Actually, Mayne and Overson had already found their solution. They just needed the legislature to write the check. “I don’t remember whether I was still campaigning, or it was just after being elected, when I had a constituent tell me about the sidewalk safety hazard on the east side of 4000 West near 4700 South,” said Mayor Overson. “I looked at it, and immediately agreed it needed to be fixed. Ever since then we have been trying to secure funding for the project.” What the mayor found was a sidewalk that dead ends at a canal. The only way pedestrians can continue is to veer onto a nar-

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row shoulder, on the vehicle bridge crossing the canal. “I’m not sure how long that narrow bridge has been around; but I know it will have to be replaced in the not too distant future,” the mayor continued. “This is a safety hazard though. We couldn’t wait for a new, wider bridge to go in, to solve the problem.” Enter Mayne, the Democratic state senator from District 5 who, for the first time ever, served this year as the senate minority leader. “Before the session begins each year, I go to all of the cities in my district to ask them if they have anything in particular on their ‘wish list’ for funding,” Mayne said. “Mayor Overson immediately brought up the sidewalk problem on 4000 West, and I agreed. I have been familiar with that problem for years and was happy to make it a goal to secure state funding.” Early in the process, the two turned to City Administrator John Taylor to come up with some cost estimates. “Our (contracted) engineers developed a design concept with a cost estimate,” Taylor

A new footbridge – roughly where the pipe is now – will soon allow pedestrians on the east side of 4000 West to avoid walking on the narrow vehicle bridge shoulder to cross the canal. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

said. “It will be a steel bridge, and we hope the installation can be completed sometime this summer. It will be fabricated off site and cemented into place. The only thing that might delay installation is if we determine we need to wait until the canal is dry again.” Along with the $77,200 appropriation from the state, Taylor said city officials will have to “take care of” about $10,000 worth of engineering fees. Mayne said that pledge to partially fund the project also made it an easier proposal to sell to her fellow lawmakers. “Mayor Overson and I made a presentation about the bridge project to one of the appropriation committees,” Mayne said. “Because the issue was public safety — and because the city agreed to share in a portion of the cost — I was pretty confident it would go through. But you never know until the budget is finalized.” Mayne is also pleased the bridge will serve pedestrians from Taylorsville, West Valley City and Kearns because it is located right where the three communities come

together. At the first, Taylorsville City Council meeting after the close of the 2019 state legislative session, Mayne described the project to elected officials as part of her more comprehensive, annual report. “You have a good administration there (in Taylorsville),” she said. “Mayor Overson was well prepared when we made our pitch to the appropriations committee. We were able to answer questions. All of the cities in my district work well together and are very professional. When they provide me with information, I know I can trust it to be accurate.” “[Mayne] is a great advocate for Kearns, West Valley City and Taylorsville, and I am pleased we have established a very good relationship over the years, Overson said. “I feel like we were friends. But remember, this all began because a constituent — actually a few of them — contacted us about the safety problem. That’s the kind of help we need, and I appreciate it.” l

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Emergency preparedness the focus of municipal elected officials’ St. George conference By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

Panel discussions are always an important part of the Utah League of Cities and Towns annual St. George midyear conference. (wct.org)


hree Taylorsville elected officials — and the city’s top administrator — all traveled to St. George earlier this year to try to pick up some helpful tips for their jobs. Mayor Kristie Overson, Council Chairman Dan Armstrong and Councilman Ernest Burgess all attended the Utah League of Cities and Towns annual midyear conference. And earlier in the same week, Taylorsville City Administrator John Taylor attended the Utah City/County Management Association conference. “I try to get to the UCMA conference every year because they cover a lot of important, current issues,” Taylor said. “The conference is always held the same week as the (ULCT) midyear conference. I attended them both one year. But for what I do, the managers’ conference is more pertinent.” Taylor said much of his conference was focused on impacts this year’s state legislative session may have on municipal operations. He also added that attendance was strong. “I’ve seen a steady increase in the number of conference attendees in the years I’ve

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gone,” he said. “Larger crowds typically lead to better information. It’s always beneficial to hear about issues other cities are dealing with, which we could also face someday.” As soon as the UCMA conference cleared out of the Dixie Convention Center, it was time for the ULCT to move in. “I think the most valuable session I attended was one where the presenter asked, ‘Who here has earthquake insurance?’ and almost no hands went up,” Burgess said of the ULCT conference. “Then he went on to say, ‘FEMA might come along after an earthquake and offer people $4,500 to rebuild. If we don’t have earthquake insurance, that’s all the assistance we’ll get. That’s a pretty scary thought.” Emergency preparedness has long been one of Burgess’ top priorities. Just a few weeks before the St. George conference, he also attended a local disaster preparedness workshop, presented by the city’s emergency response coordinator, Donny Gasu. “I thought Donny’s conference was valuable, and I also plan to talk with him about some new things I learned in St. George,”

Burgess said. “I have also asked staff to review how much earthquake insurance we have as a city. It could really be devastating if we aren’t adequately covered. No one knows when an earthquake will hit, but we do know one is coming someday.” “The conference was our highest-attended midyear event ever, with 469 attendees,” ULCT spokeswoman Susan Wood said. “Council members, mayors, managers and other department heads from 123 of Utah’s 248 cities and towns attended. Former FEMA Administrator Brock Long was our keynote speaker. We had educational workshops about wildfire management, emergency resources and crisis communication.” “I am on our city public safety committee, and I thought the emergency management information was very helpful,” Armstrong said. “As a city, we have emergency response funds put away. But, I think we also need an agreement, with cities around us, pledging to assist one another in a disaster.” Armstrong also agrees with Gasu: A more concerted effort needs to be made to encourage Taylorsville residents to undergo

certified emergency response training. “The city has done it before, but that was 20 years ago,” Armstrong said. Mayor Kristie Overson said these are important sessions she has never missed since becoming an elected official. “I have attended every (ULCT midyear conference), since first being elected to the city council (in 2012),” Overson said. “It’s helpful to me because I get to meet with elected officials from cities similar to Taylorsville (in population and key issues). I think the most interesting thing during this year’s conference was a review of the state legislative session and how new laws may effect cities.” Overson was also pleased to hear lawmakers are continuing to grapple with how best to enact tax reform in our state. “I think there needs to be a change,” she said. “I like the idea that they are going to take more time to explore options.” In addition to its annual midyear conference in St. George, the ULCT also hosts its primary annual convention each fall in Salt Lake. This year’s event will be Sept. 11–13. l

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Kearns freshman named Absolutely Incredible Kid By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

Laua Tafili was surprised with gifts from local businesses as a reward for overcoming incredible hurdles to Laua Tafili, surrounded by his parents, members of Granite District Board of Education and Granite Education excel in his freshman year. (Granite School District) Foundation, and local business owners who donated gifts to the freshman. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)


embers of Granite Education Foundation sifted through more than 500 nominations to find the most Absolutely Incredible Kid in the district. “The reality is, there are many students who are facing incredible circumstances, difficult circumstances, challenging circumstances,” said Ben Horsley, communications director for Granite District. “To read some of these stories was quite compelling, and very moving.” This year, Kearns High school freshman Palalaua Tafili was chosen as the district’s Absolutely Incredible Kid. Palalaua, who goes by Laua, lived in Samoa where he lost his brother and his father at a young age. He and his younger sister were saved from starvation and a life of poverty when his father’s brother and his wife, Siona and Pamela Tafili, adopted them. When Laua came to Utah, he had pneumonia and was malnourished. He had rotten teeth, infected bug bite sores, and hearing damage from untreated infections that required surgery. Luau said his parents have told him that if they hadn’t adopted him and brought him

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to the States, he wouldn’t have survived. Luau has handled his many physical and mental challenges with a positive attitude, said his mom. “He’s a great kid. He really is incredible, he’s amazing,” she said. Laua didn’t speak any English when entered second grade but he worked hard to catch up. “He went from not knowing any English to now he reads at or above grade level,” said Pamela. “I just love that he’s willing to do the work to be successful because it takes him, I think, a lot more than maybe other kids to get good grades.” Pamela is proud that teachers have told her that Laua is the most respectful child they’ve ever taught. “The other thing I love about him is he’s the most caring kid,” said Pamela. “He’s always worried about other people and how they feel and if someone’s being treated unfairly. He just is awesome that way.” She said as the oldest of four, Luau is very responsible, setting a good example and helping take care his brothers, a toddler and a one year old. From a young age, he was

responsible for taking care of his sister, who just completed sixth grade. “I always knew that if he was there, I didn’t need to worry about her,” said Pamela. Siona said Laua will drop whatever he is doing if he sees someone that needs help. He is also an Eagle Scout. “We are very proud of him,” said Siona. “He’s always been a good kid.” Laua plays basketball and football for Kearns and is a drummer in the jazz band. He is also a member of the National Junior Honor Society. The student body went wild when Laua was announced as the Absolutely Incredible Kid during an end of the year assembly. He received gifts from Granite Education Foundation and local businesses including a $1000 scholarship from Granite Credit Union, a laptop computer from Valcom, athletic name brand clothing and shoes, tickets to the Salt Lake Bees, as well as a gift certificate to keep him fed all summer at the new snack bar at Kearns Oquirrh Park Fitness. Laua was excited to receive the gifts but humble. “It’s crazy to see how people can go

through things like I did but some people are going through worse things than I have,” he said. Granite School board member Nicole McDermott said Laua is just one example of the many students overcoming hardships. Part of her job was to review the graduating class of Kearns High School before their graduation ceremony. “I sat in the graduation review and listened to six stories of kids that just are amazing, that have overcome a lot,” she said. “So there are a lot of kids that really are deserving of things like this.” Board President Karen Winder said every year she looks forward to hearing about resilient, courageous teens who have worked hard to qualify for graduation. “This is the fun side of the job,” said Winder. “I think if you ask any board member, our favorite thing is being at the school. We love visiting schools and getting to see these recognitions and support, or see our administrators support, our awesome, awesome kids. That’s why we do what we do.” l

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Taylorsville graduating senior speaks on the power of debate By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com


ost of Taylorsville High School knows Berkeley Perschon as “the crazy debate girl.” It is a fitting label for a girl so actively involved in debate and who believes in its extraordinary life-changing power. “I truly believe debate has the potential to turn individuals into more confident, brighter, smarter and well-informed versions of themselves,” said Perschon. That’s what it did for her. This year, Perschon was named Speech/ Theatre/Forensics Sterling Scholar at Taylorsville High School, ranked first in the state in Informative Speaking event and qualified for the national speech and debate competition for the second time. Yet four years ago, she was a shy freshman, terrified of public speaking. “It’s crazy to believe that something I was once so scared of has brought so many wonderful paths into my life,” said Perschon. “These last few years have been full of so many ups and downs, and there have been so many tears I’ve shed over this sport, but also oh so many happy moments.” She started debate at Eisenhower Junior High and continued in high school, gaining confidence and accolades all along the way. “When it comes down to it, winning a trophy can be a great experience,” she said. “But being able to help make a change and inspire others about issues that you can uniquely bring awareness to? That’s a prize much more valuable than a trophy that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.” Perschon learned this lesson when she chose to share a personal experience for her speech in the oratory event at the national tournament. She had been recently diagnosed with a hearing impairment and wrote her speech to educate others about hearing aids. After the first round, she felt like she had performed poorly and was regretting her topic—until a fellow competitor, who was deaf, thanked her for being brave enough to share her message. “It was in that moment that it all clicked,” said Perschon. “I had been so focused on winning that I lost sight of what was important. I was able to communicate my ideas and inspire others about something I cared about, which was something that felt a million times more rewarding than winning or receiving a trophy.” Perschon passes on lessons such as this as a coach for the debate team at Eisenhower Jr High. She said coaching the younger students, as older debaters did for her, is often the highlight of her week. “Being able to work with these middle-schoolers over the last three years has given me the chance to see how these kids develop and grow, not only as speakers and debaters but as individuals as well, which has been the most heartwarming experience,” she said.

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Berkeley Perschon after a speech and debate tournament win. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Palimino/Taylorsville HS)

She believes debate empowers young girls to get through the trials of adolescence. “Junior high school can be a hard time for anyone, especially girls, as it’s such a big time of transitioning and self-actualization as you come to find out who you are,” she said. The six girls on the EJH team this year credit Perschon and their other three student-coaches, (as well as support from Zachary Taylor, their official coach), for their success this year. All six girls on the team qualified for state, and Bridgette Bawden, an eighth-grader, won first place in Extemporaneous Speech. Like so many of the other team members, she was shy and unsure of herself when she first joined the team last year, but she soon found she loved it and has grown from her experiences. The confidence she has gained through debate has helped her to finally put a stop to the bullying she was experiencing and to be more empathic toward others. “Debate teaches you different opinions and that we are not all the same,” she said. “Debate increases your knowledge, and you can help change the world.” Eighth-grader Sophia Baldridge has found ways to connect with others through knowledge gained researching topics for her speeches. “Extemporaneous is nice because you learn what’s happening in the world,’ said Sophia.

The speech and debate program has also taught her to value differing viewpoints. Through the program, Aubrie Moss has learned how to be comfortable being herself—whether she’s making up crazy words or practicing her speeches to a tree—and to not be afraid to show emotions in front of others. During competition this year, Aubrie, an eighth-grader, became so passionate about her topic of climate change, she started crying as she spoke about the plight of polar bears. She also learned to adapt quickly, a good skill for the extemporaneous speech event. At state, Aubrie’s Chromebook, which held all her research, stopped working. “All I had was a dictionary and a textbook,” she said. “So, I just started unicorning [her code word for making it up].” EJH Coach Zachary Layton said all the girls on the team this year have come a long way. When he first met eighth-grader Lena Le, he could barely hear what she said. She speaks up now and said she is confident in presenting her thoughts to others. Bravery is one of lessons students gain from debate. Freshman Jennifer Org said because of the confidence she gained from debate last year, she joined more sports teams and clubs this year, even taking on leadership roles. Bailey Burgon, who has anxiety that makes speaking to others—in front of strang-

ers, in an unfamiliar place—very difficult, found an opportunity in debate to educate others. The six-minute speech she performed for her Oratory competition was about her anxiety. She purposely put herself in uncomfortable situations and noted her reactions and thoughts, which she described in her speech. “It gave me an opportunity to show people exactly what I go through,” she said. Bailey’s debate experiences have improved her confidence to talk to people. She has become friends with her teammates, who help her turn her “what if” worry thoughts into “why not” encouraging thoughts. “I’m so proud of my little girl gang of speakers and debaters,” said Perschon. “I’ll be rooting for them not only in the round but throughout the rest of their lives as well as they go on to accomplish all the wonderful things I know they’ll be able to do.” The connections debaters make with each other are the best part of debate, said Perschon. “Call it cliché, but the people I’ve met through debate really are like a second family to me,” she said. “I’ve never felt so close to a group of people.” Her actual family has watched how debate has shaped her into the young woman she is today. “Being an educator, I firmly believe that extracurricular activities create stronger connections to school, life-long lessons and friendships,” said her father, Steve Perschon, who is principal of Olympus High School. “Debate is one of the best activities that a student can participate because of the impact it will have on the rest of their life.”  THS debate coach Jennifer Palomino said Perschon’s impact will be felt even after she graduates. “We’ve almost doubled in size from what we were last year,” said Palomino. “A lot of it has been because of Berkeley’s efforts. She’s constantly trying to recruit, trying to share what debate means for her—they find that passion she has for debate intriguing.” Perschon reflected how debate has permanently changed the course of her life and how it can change the lives of others and even the world. “Debate is so much more than a club,” she said. “It’s an experience that will continuously teach you and open up so many possibilities and doors for you if you let it. It teaches you and helps you form your own ideas and opinions about issues in our world today. It gives ordinary high school kids an outlet to share their voice about issues they feel matter in a world where people tell us we can’t make a difference simply because we are young.” l

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July 2019

City’s New Website is Now Live

Dear Friends and Neighbors, Among my assignments as Mayor is one that I consider of particular importance. It is my seat on the governing board of the Unified Police Department and specifically my service as the UPD Board Finance Committee Chair that has consumed my Mayor Kristie S. Overson thoughts and countless hours spent in study and work over the last few months. I greatly value the service that UPD provides to its communities, including Taylorsville, and I hope to see the UPD model continue to survive. I recognize the excellent police work provided by UPD, including especially the involvement and support by law enforcement officers of us at the community level. Our goals are the same, centering around the safety and well-being of our citizens. My work of late has focused on finalizing the 2019-20 Budget of the Unified Police Department. I and my fellow mayors from Holladay, Midvale and Millcreek who serve with me on the UPD Board sent a letter to Sheriff Rosie Rivera requesting that the budget incorporate a 10.75 percent raise for UPD personnel. We proposed a 25 percent reduction to Regional Services to offset that requested increase for salaries. Our reasoning was that with the communities of Herriman and Riverton recently leaving the UPD, a corresponding budget decrease to Regional Services is needed. We also strongly believe that a raise is needed for personnel at this time so that communities are able to maintain employee retention and recruitment efforts. Public safety, which represents about 42 percent of our Taylorsville budget, is critical for our city, which is why the City Council and I are committed to getting the very best service we can. (See the Council’s related column on Page 3). We want to support the efforts that our men and women in blue make every day to keep us safe. They are people of the highest caliber. I point to the willingness of all UPD captains and precinct chiefs to sacrifice during this budget process as example. In an incredible gesture of good faith, the UPD captains and chiefs indicated they were “willing to forgo any proposed compensation increases in the 2019-2020 budget, if it would result in securing larger raises for the remainder of our sworn officers.” The UPD Board finalized this year’s budget at the end of this past month, and while the raises sought were less than I would have liked, I have learned much from this process—foremost how lucky we are to have such dedicated police personnel who genuinely care for our residents and our safety. –Mayor Kristie S. Overson

WHAT’S INSIDE – June 2019 Frequently Called Numbers, Page 2 Council Corner, Page 3 Public Safety, Page 4 Heritage Remembrances, Page 6 Environment, Page 8

Taylorsville City’s new website went live on June 28. Look for a new site that is user-friendly, easier to navigate and puts all the information you need about the city in a format that is accessible and intuitive. Work on the new site started last year with a community survey asking what residents were looking for. The top reasons respondents indicated for visiting the city’s website included: events, information, ordinances, contacts, agendas and phone numbers. Website users also mentioned wanting more photos showing the community, easier access to events and meetings, and local business directories.

Based on that feedback, the website was designed to provide better search features, more apparent department buttons, easy-tofind information about the city, and updated links. The design includes attractive graphic elements and beautiful photography that serve as a showcase of the community. In addition, city employees have worked to streamline information and prune outdated content. The updated design, graphics and photography make the site an attractive place for residents to spend time browsing, while also promoting a positive image of our city to visitors coming across Taylorsville while searching the Internet. We hope you like it!


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Taylorsville Gives Official Notice of Municipal Candidates Notice is hereby given that the City of Taylorsville will hold a Municipal General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 5, to elect three City Council Members to serve four-year terms. Council Members shall be elected from City Council Districts 1, 2, and 3 respectively. A Municipal Primary Election will be held for Council District 1 candidates on Aug. 13. The candidates who have filed and qualified for election are as follows: Council Member – District 1 - Four-Year Term Ernest Glen Burgess Don Quigley Lisa Gehrke Council Member – District 2 – Four-Year Term Curt Cochran Marc McElreath Council Member – District 3 – Four-Year Term Brad Christopherson For more information, please contact Taylorsville City Recorder Cheryl Peacock Cottle at 801-963-5400.

Enjoy Movies in the Park in July, August The city has planned three Movies in the Park nights this summer. Come enjoy a night of fun on the lawn outside City Hall. Here are the movies and dates:

UPCOMING Taylorsville Events July 4 – All day

Independence Day. City offices are closed.

July 9 – 7 p.m.

Planning Commission Meeting @ City Hall

July 17 – 6:30 p.m.

City Council Meeting @ City Hall

July 15-20 – 8 p.m.

Mamma Mia! @ SLCC Redwood Road Alder Amphitheater (Presented by the Taylorsville Arts Council)

July 24 – All day

Pioneer Day. City offices are closed.

July 31 – 6 p.m.

“Let’s Talk Taylorsville” @ City Hall (See Page 3)

Saturday, July 13 — Spider Man

Saturday, July 27 — Mary Poppins Returns

Saturday, Aug. 10 — Lego 2

Food trucks will also be at City Hall on each of these nights, making it the definitive best place to be for a Saturday night date night, a night out with friends, or the easiest way to feed the whole family. Find out what trucks will be there at www.thefoodtruckleague.com

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Public Safety is Our No. 1 Priority

By Council Member Ernest Burgess

We must have an adequate police force to protect our city. That is why securing competitive pay for our If we don’t feel safe in our community, none of the officers has been so important to us as a Council and other work we do as a City Council really matters. Pubfor our Mayor. We especially must be competitive in lic safety is the foundation. It is the first building block relationship to neighboring agencies. Consider this, to ensuring the quality of life of any community, and it for instance: Murray City pays a starting pay of $7 more is a city council’s primary responsibility to put in place for officers right off the bat. It is a gap that we hope the steps to provide that protection. and intend to close. We want to keep the outstanding It is a responsibility we take very seriously. When officers we have, and we must pay a competitive wage you think about the role of community governance, to recruit exceptional personnel. maintaining and supporting a strong police force is Fortunately, we did not have to raise taxes this vital. It’s an issue that requires continuous assessment year to maintain our current levels of policing. But to make sure we are doing everything we can do in this year’s budget includes no new officers and the Left to right: Curt Cochran (District 2). Ernest Burgess (District 1). the right way. Dan Armstrong, Chair (District 5). Meredith Harker, Vice Chair (District 4). pay raises proposed by the sheriff ’s department, It is the main reason why we decided in 2012 to which oversees operations of UPD, was smaller than Brad Christopherson (District 3). move away from providing police services through an we hoped. It is something we will be keeping a close in-house Taylorsville City police force to contracting with the Unified Police Depart- eye on in the future and as we form our mid-year budget. ment. Without question, it was the right decision. The model simply makes sense. As a Council, we want to commend the outstanding work Chief Wyant has been We are able to do so much more by pooling resources. By contracting with UPD, we doing. He was recognized recently with the city’s highest Award of Excellence at provide greater coverage in the area of public safety than we could ever do alone, our recent Awards Banquet. The award noted how the chief is “constantly working and when it comes to fighting crime itself, the progress we’ve made since joining to build relationships within the community. UPD is undeniable. “He attends every community event he can and has made it a priority to espeThe trend line for overall crime in the city has declined significantly and con- cially support the youth in Taylorsville. Not only do his efforts prevent crime but tinues to go down. According to the most recent quarterly report, all crime totals they promote pride in our community,” Mayor Kristie Overson noted in presenting remain well below previous years. Several individual offense categories also have the award. measurably declined this year compared to last, including 27 percent fewer assaults We also want to thank Mayor Overson, who serves as Finance Committee Chair and 28 percent fewer burglaries. on the UPD Board. At the request of the City Council, she has championed with Early on in his administration, Taylorsville UPD Precinct Chief Tracy Wyant en- 100 percent fidelity the position of including a significant raise for officers in the visioned and put in place a Street Crimes Unit that has paid dividends in reducing UPD budget. She has spent countless hours in negotiation with the sheriff ’s office crime. Chief Wyant’s philosophy is pragmatic, even “market driven,” and it’s worked. in trying to secure that raise. “Make it more expensive for criminals to operate here than other places,” is the Going forward, we will continue to focus our efforts on this critical issue. There thinking. “And what does it do? It makes them leave.” is no other matter of greater importance to us.

City Council Surprises Residents with ‘Notices’ The Taylorsville City Council wants to recognize the good work happening across the city. Residents are contributing in so many ways – from keeping yards looking tidy, to helping neighbors, to volunteering in the city. It all adds up to big impact. “Our residents are making such a difference in making Taylorsville a great place to live,” said Council Member Meredith Harker. “We wanted them to know that we see this good work and we greatly appreciate it.” Toward that end, City Council Members and the Mayor have begun surprising residents with “We Noticed” certificates. With each certificate, recipients are invited to attend a City Council meeting to be formally recognized and receive a gift card to a Taylorsville restaurant as a token of their appreciation. Jerry and Nancy Camp, who live in District 4, were among the first recipients. “They live in a corner house right in the entrance to our neighborhood and they are always working hard to keep it looking good,” Harker said. Council Members are handing out certificates in each of their districts, and Mayor Kristie Overson will make selections citywide.


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Officers Commended for Work to Keep Taylorsville Safe Several officers were recognized this past month by Unified Police Department Taylorsville Precinct Chief Tracy Wyant who presented each with a certificate before the City Council. Receiving the Chief's Award were Officers Erica Austin and Dennis Decker and K9 Handle Aaron Lavin for their effective work in responding to an intense domestic violence situation. Their high-quality work enabled the Salt Lake County District Attorney’s Office to quickly file charges in the case, Wyant said. Officer Dan Christensen was honored as an Officer of the Month for his camaraderie and teamwork

in training other officers. “Dan exhibits a positive attitude towards his job, his peers and the citizens he serves daily,” Officer Chris Rieck wrote in nominating Christensen for the recognition. Officer Nate Clark also received Officer of the Month honors for completing several cases that resulted in multiple felony arrests, as well as the seizure of six firearms and distributable amounts of narcotics. “The City of Taylorsville is fortunate to have such a pro-active and capable law enforcement officer protecting its residents,” Chief Wyant said.

The young sons of Patrol Officer Nate Clark came with their dad to City Hall where he was recognized as an Officer of the Month.

Officers Count Click It or Ticket Campaign as Success Taylorsville law enforcement officers were integral in assisting the Utah High Patrol's Click it or Ticket campaign. The two-week period focusing on increased seat belt enforcement resulted in more than 100 traffic stops in Taylorsville alone last month. Enforcement locations in the city were set up at 2700 W. 5400 South and at 4700 S. Redwood Road. Taylorsville operation statistics include: • 125 traffic stops • 52 seat belt violations • 7 child restraint violations • 30 seat belt warnings • 52 other violations (registration, insurance, distracted driving, suspended license, etc.) • 17 other violation warnings • 17 misdemeanor warrant notifications • 1 impound • 1 felony arrest In all, the campaign involved 61 law enforcement agencies throughout the state who worked more than 615 overtime shifts to stop and educate motorists not wearing seat belts.

Airman from Taylorsville Honored for Saving Toddler An Airman performed lifesaving intervention on a choking toddler at a restaurant on March 30 in San Antonio, Texas. Airman First Class Tobias Titus, an Aerospace Medical technician in training at the Joint Base at San Antonio-Lackland, and his wife were having dinner when he noticed a mother

and grandmother at an adjacent table attempting to dislodge a piece of food from a toddler’s airway. After hearing the mother say the child was not breathing and noticing the toddler beginning to turn blue, Titus quickly positioned himself to perform the Heimlich maneuver. “I trusted my training,” said Titus. Airman First Class Tobias Titus, Aerospace Medical technician in training, was recognized by Maj. Gen. John J. “I saw someone who was in need DeGoes, 59th MDW commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Chuck Frizzell, 59th MDW command chief. of help and responded accordingly. I received great training from an exceptional team of instructors who taught us the skills we would need to save a life if such a situation should occur.” After delivering the first back blow, Titus saw a piece of food expel from the toddlers’ mouth and the child began to cry. Titus was recognized for his swift actions by Maj. Gen. John J. DeGoes, 59th MDW commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Chuck Frizzell, 59th MDW command chief on May 22. Titus graduated from AMSA Phase II training in June and will be stationed at Utah’s Hill Air Force Base as a certified Air Force medic. He is from Taylorsville, where his parents also live.

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New Plan Launched to Revitalize Commercial Centers Taylorsville City has engaged with a team of local and national experts to develop a master plan for key commercial areas within the city. Led by MHTN, a local architecture and planning firm, the team includes VODA Landscape + Planning, Zions Bank Public Finance, Leland Consulting Group, Greensfelder Real Estate Strategy, and Fehr & Peers. This Taylorsville Commercial Centers Master Planning and Revitalization Study will help the city create an attainable vision for strategic revitalization of its commercial centers while complimenting current amenities enjoyed by our residents. Viable and vibrant centers are a necessary component to successful civic economic development and sustainability. Incorporated over 20 years ago, Taylorsville has seen rapid development and has limited developable land remaining. The creation of a revitalization plan, rooted in quality urban design, analysis, and data, is vital to creating a cohesive city strategy. Capitalizing on existing and soon-to-be-developed community assets like the new Mid-Valley Regional Performing Arts Center and Midvalley Connector Bus Rapid Transit Line, the city can leverage these catalytic assets to transform and redevelop parts of the city into vibrant mixeduse centers. There will be multiple opportunities for resident, business owners, and property owners to get involved in the planning process around the Commercial Centers Master Plan. Additional information about these opportunities will be distributed as it is available. For questions and to get involved, email TaylorsvilleCommercialCenters@mhtn.com.

Public Art Sculpture Coming to Performing Arts Center A beautiful, suspended sculpture will grace the lobby of the new Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center when it opens adjacent to City Hall in fall 2020. The artwork, called Adagio, was designed by New York artist Danielle Roney. It will be 15 feet by 10 feet and sits 11 feet above the floor in the south lobby. In all, 1,343 polished stainless steel spheres will make up the sculpture to be installed in three separate pieces. Most of the fabrication will take place at Roney’s studio in New York before it is shipped to Taylorsville and placed in the center. The artwork “creates a satellite of movement that gently but powerfully engulfs and reflects a space of discovery,” according to an artist’s description of the piece. It is meant to reflect a dancer’s movements, floating “effortlessly within the space as a satellite reflecting our individual and collective connections.” Representatives with the Salt Lake County Arts & Culture division unveiled designs of the work at a recent Taylorsville City Council meeting.

Cultural Diversity Committee Plans Summer Fun Taylorsville’s Cultural Diversity Committee invites you to join them for events in July, including: Monthly meeting: July 11 at 6 p.m. For meeting location, contact Chair Emily Barnes, 801-360-7626. Family Picnic & Kids/Teens Game Night: July 27, 6-8 p.m. North park behind the library on 2700 West. Bring your family and your own picnic. Games and prizes provided by the Cultural Diversity Committee.


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TAYLORSVILLE SENIOR CENTER Upcoming Events for July: • Center closures: July 4 and 24 • Birthday Tuesday Entertainment: Tuesday, July 2 at 11 a.m. Entertainment by Old Time Fiddlers. Wear red, white and blue to celebrate our nation’s birthday, too! • Injury Prevention Presentation: Monday, July 15 at 11 a.m. • Pioneer Day Celebration: Monday, July 22 at 10:30 a.m. Karaoke and root beer floats provided by the Advisory Committee. Drop by the center at 4743 Plymouth View Drive, or call 385-468-3371 for details.

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Taylorsville Bennion Heritage REMEMBRANCES Have You Considered Volunteering? The Center Needs Your Help The members of the Taylorsville Historic Preservation Committee are pleased to be able to host the grade-school classes that come to the Taylorsville Bennion Heritage Center on field trips every spring. The students are delightful, and center staff love to share the history of Taylorsville with them. After the tour, students and teachers enjoy a picnic lunch on the lawn; and then they play old-fashioned games like tug-of-war and sack races. But the Heritage Center needs help. They are looking for people who would be willing to assist with special occasions like school field trips, Saturday with Santa: Christmas Around the World, spring cleaning, planting flowers and other fun activities. Would you like to learn about the history of your community? Would you enjoy helping children learn about their community? Do you like to have fun? Center staff and volunteers will teach you the dates and places of Taylorsville, Bennion, and Over Jordan history as well as the stories that go with the dates and places. They will show you the ropes. And then there is Saturday with Santa: Christmas Around the World. Christmas is all about fun. Kids of all ages can visit with Santa, see a live nativity, sip some hot chocolate, make some Christmas crafts, and participate in other fun activities. Saturday with Santa: Christmas Around the World takes place in early December, and what a great way to start off the Christmas season. The Taylorsville Bennion Heritage Center always needs volunteers to help with this program, as well. If you are interested or would like more information, contact Joan White at 801-265-8478 or jwhyter@msn.com or Susan Yadeskie at 801-209-8435 or yadeskiess@ldschurch.org.

Several activities are planned for July at the Taylorsville Library, including: SLCC Community Writing Center Workshops - Speculative Fiction Monday, July 8, 7 p.m. Presented by SLCC Community Writing Center. The library has got the WRITE stuff for you! Learn the writing skills you need to succeed. Parenting Book Club Tuesday, July 23, 10:30 a.m. Parents, grandparents, caregivers: Anyone interested in parenting is welcome to attend. Children also are welcome; activities will be provided. This month, the library also will be reading a few chapters from Clint Edward's book, "I'm sorry...Love, Your Husband." You can pick up a copy of the book at the end of the “holds shelf” on aisle 3. Chapters for this session include: "Don't You Think You're Overreacting?" page 11 "Chill, Dude, She's Just Venting" page 87 "I Thought I was a Good Father Until I Took my Toddler Shopping" page181 "It Goes by Pretty Fast. Stop and Look Around" page 277 Visit or contact the library for more information, 801-943-4636.

Sons of Pioneers Hosts Taylorsville Event The Taylorsville-Bennion Chapter of the National Society of the Sons of Utah Pioneers is sponsoring an event in conjunction with the Days of ’47. On Monday, July 8, at 6:30 p.m., the chapter will host the Days of ’47 Royalty, who will speak and perform at the Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Center, 1488 W. 4800 South. The president of the National Society of the Sons of Utah Pioneers also will speak. The event is free, but the chapter asks that those attending bring their own chairs.

July 2019 Taylorsville Code Enforcement Offers Some Summertime Reminders Summertime is a great time for cleanup. Here are some tips from the city’s Code Enforcement Department:

GARAGE SALES With garage sale season upon us, keep in mind: • There is a limit of two garage sales at a residence per calendar year (Jan. 1 to Dec. 31). They must be separated by at least 14 days and cannot last longer than 48 consecutive hours. • If you are having a neighborhood garage sale, the material must be located at the residence of only one of the participating sellers. • Please do not post your signs on any traffic signs, power poles or in a way that may obstruct traffic or pedestrian flow. Be sure to retrieve any signs that you post throughout the city once your sale is over. Please don’t damage property with harsh adhesives and nails. • Parking can also become an issue with garage sales. Please ask people to not park within 10 feet of mailboxes and most especially to not block the sidewalk. Additional information regarding garage sale standards can be found on the city website under ordinance #13.11.130.

WEEDS AND THINGS Due to the plentiful moisture this past winter and spring, the city is experiencing robust growth of vegetation. Trees need to be trimmed to a height of 13.5 feet above the street and 7 feet above the sidewalk. Vegetation should be trimmed back so it doesn’t cover the sidewalk, and weeds must be trimmed to no longer than 6 inches. Additional information regarding landscape maintenance can also be found on the city website under ordinances.

2019 NEIGHBORHOOD CLEANUP With this year’s Neighborhood Cleanup not happening until September, we’d like to urge you to take advantage of the two free dump vouchers per property. Those can be picked up at the administration desk at City Hall on the second floor, west end of the building.

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Take These Steps to Help Control Pesky Mosquitoes Unwelcome mosquitoes can make many summer outdoor activities less enjoyable. But familiarity with basic mosquito biology and some simple precautions can help reduce their negative impacts. Mosquitoes complete the early stages of their life cycle in stagnant water in places ranging from ponds, marshy areas and irrigated pasture-lands, to gutters, cavities in trees and bird baths. During the summer, nearly any water left standing for at least one week can provide suitable conditions for larval mosquitoes to develop into adults. Adult female mosquitoes take blood meals from vertebrate hosts to obtain protein required for egg production. In addition to causing an irritating allergic reaction, mosquito bites can facilitate disease transmission. West Nile virus is an example of a disease transmitted by mosquitoes in the Salt Lake Valley. The South Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement District (SSLVMAD) seeks to promote public health and quality of life by reducing the number of larval mosquitoes that develop to the adult stage. District technicians regularly inspect known larval mosquito habitat in the Salt Lake Valley and apply mosquito control measures as needed. Treatments targeting adult mosquitoes are also applied when appropriate.

You can help control the population of mosquitoes by: • Eliminating unnecessary standing water from your property. • Emptying and refreshing desirable standing water at least weekly. • Treating livestock watering troughs and ornamental ponds with mosquito control products or fish (this service is available free of charge from the SSLVMAD). • Reporting other standing water to the SSLVMAD. • Additionally, the following suggestions can help you avoid being bitten by mosquitoes: • Use mosquito repellents approved by the Environmental Protection Agency according to instructions on the product label. • Wear light-colored, loose-fitting clothing that covers as much skin as possible when outdoors. • Avoid outdoor activities during times of peak mosquito activity (between dusk and dawn for several species of mosquitoes including disease vectors known to occur in Utah). The South Salt Lake Valley Mosquito Abatement District would like to wish everyone a safe and pleasant summer. For additional information about mosquitoes and mosquito control or to submit a request for service please visit www.sslvmad.org.


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City of Taylorsville Newsletter Continuous Flow? Save Money by Repairing Leaks

JULY WFWRD UPDATES fireworKs DisPosaL The summer holidays are here, and fireworks and barbecues are common ways to celebrate. Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District is reminding all residents that fireworks and fire pit/barbecue ashes must be completely cooled before placing them in the waste cans. Smoldering fireworks or embers will melt the can and create a larger fire hazard.

wHy we continue to recycLe Recycling is a Jobs Creator Conservative estimated comparisons state that there are five to seven sustainability jobs to every one landfill job. Some estimates even go up to a 13 to one ratio. During the first quarter of 2019, an estimated 70 jobs have been created or sustained through recycling efforts. Recycling Saves Energy When you chose to recycle your clean materials, you save energy! Every can, bottle, and scrap of paper tossed into the recycling bin equals power not being used to mine, harvest, and extract raw resources. Through March of this year, residents of the district have saved enough energy equivalent to lighting 830 homes. Recycling Prevents Pollution Due to residents’ efforts, over 44 million pounds of material has been recycled in 2018. Manufacturing with recycled materials create less pollution when compared to using raw resources. That amount of pollution prevented via recycling is the same as not driving 58.5 million miles. For more information and guides on recycling, please visit WasatchFrontWaste.org.

reMove your cans froM tHe street after coLLection Salt Lake County Health Department Sanitation Regulations (Regulation #7, paragraph 4.3.2) state that “containers shall not be set out on the street prior to the evening of the day before the scheduled collection. All containers shall be removed from the street the same day they are emptied.” Please keep your neighborhood streets clean by quickly removing your waste/recycle/green waste/glass collection cans from the street and public access ways after collection.

Is your landscape sprinkler stop-and-waste valve or sprinkler valves leaking? Does your toilet tank continue to fill time after time? Is the kitchen sink doing that drip, drip, drip thing? If you received a notice in the message box on your bill it means the water meter has registered a continuous flow of water to your property for more than 15 consecutive days. This may indicate a leak in your system, small or large, that is increasing your usage. Take the time this summer to find and repair those unknown leaks in your plumbing system that will save water and your money. If you have any questions, please contact the Taylorsville-Bennion Improvement District at 801968-9081 or visit its Continuous Flow website page at www.tbid.org for additional information.

Road Work Wrapping up on 5400 South, Continues at 6200 South Road construction along 5400 South between 1500 West and Bangerter Highway is expected to wrap up this month. The project, which started May 6, has involved removing and replacing the asphalt pavement and upgrading curb, gutter and pedestrian ramps. It’s expected to conclude July 19. Construction work also is taking place at 6200 South and Bangerter to relocate an aqueduct in preparation of the new interchange next year. UDOT will relocate a segment of the Jordan Aqueduct that extends north and south. Work on the aqueduct relocation started in May and will be completed in December. The actual pipe will be coming soon. The 6200 South Interchange is expected to be complete in 2020. Noise walls will stay up during the new pipe installation.

Have a wild time this summer at the Hogle Zoo By Christy Jepson | Christy@mycityjournals.com

One of the 13 sculptures from the Washed Ashore traveling exhibit on display at Utah’s Hogle Zoo from now until Sept. 30. This exhibit hopes to promote and bring awareness to reducing, recycling and reusing plastic. (Photo credit: Hogle Zoo)


o help beat summertime boredom, Utah’s Hogle Zoo offers several unique events and activities for all ages. There are events for the book lover, for families, for the adult crowd, for those who love to do yoga, and even an educational workshop for teachers. According to Erica Hansen, manager of community relations, the zoo has been trying to offer different activities in hopes to bring in more and different people. “The zoo has been looking at various ways to bring non-traditional zoo-going audiences to the zoo. Through our education offerings and special events, we’ve been able to target these different audiences,” Hansen said. So, if you haven’t done yoga near an elephant or participated in a book club led by a zoo staff member or painted a masterpiece at the zoo, now is your chance to do all that this summer at Utah’s Hogle Zoo.

Here’s a look at the summertime events going on at the zoo:

• •Zoo Family Night on Mondays: Every Monday night until Labor Day, get $5 off ticket prices after 5 p.m. The zoo stays open until 9 p.m. on Monday nights. • The Zoo’s Book Club: Join staff from the zoo for a discussion of a zoo/conservation-type book each month. Light refreshments are served. The cost is $25 per person at the door. See their website for the list of books they will be reading and discussing throughout the summer. • Recycling classes: In this class, the zoo and Clever Octopus (Utah’s first and only creative reuse center) are com-

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A sculpture of the tail of a humpback whale which was once hunted to the point of extinction. This sculpture is part of the Washed Ashore traveling exhibit now on display at Utah’s Hogle Zoo. (Photo credit: Hogle Zoo)

bining efforts to share how plastics are it. Each class is for ages 14 and older effecting our waterways. In this famiand costs $20 per person/per session. ly-oriented class, participants will meet The yoga classes are held: July 2 from some local animals that are affected by 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Elephant Lodge, plastic pollution, take supplies home July 6 from 8-9 a.m. at the Twiga Terto help reduce the use of plastics, and race, July 18 from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the create a reusable bag that is made out Lions exhibit, and July 30 from 6:30of recycled material. The dates for this 7:30 p.m. at the Tidewater Cove. event are July 8 or Aug. 10 from 6-7:30 • Teacher Conservation workshop: The p.m. Preregistration on the website is Planting SEEd’s of Conservation required. The cost is $20 per person/per workshop is for sixth-grade teachers. session or $15 if you are a zoo member. At this workshop, teachers will get • Zoo Brew: This event is only for guests ideas and lessons about how to connect ages 21 and older. Guests can walk the new SEEd standards with the natuaround the zoo in the evening, enral world, specifically using the zoo’s joy the free-flight bird show, a photo science-based conservation programs. booth, animal training demonstrations This one-day workshop is held July 25 and listen to live music. Bars with lofrom 8 a.m. -3 p.m. The cost is $20 per cal brews and wine will be stationed person. throughout the zoo. The dates are July • Kids, Critters and Crafts: This activi17 and Aug. 14 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 ty is full of creativity and learning as p.m. The cost is $18.95 per person (not children ages 6 to 11 learn about a feaincluding drinks). Valid ID is required tured animal, look at its habitat, enjoy for this event. a meet-and-greet with a zoo animal • Adult Paint Night at the Zoo: This creambassador and make a craft to take ative class is for guests ages 18 and oldhome. The cost is $15 per person. The er and no painting experience is necesticket price includes a snack, craft masary to sign up. This step-by-step class terials, an apron, a visit to the featured is $35 per class/per person. The dates animal’s exhibit and an up-close photo are: July 13 (painting bald eagles) from opportunity with a zoo animal ambas6-8:30 p.m. or Aug. 3 (painting rhinos) sador. The summer dates and themes from 6-8:30 p.m. All supplies are proare July 27 (Animal Planter) and Aug. vided. Light refreshments are provided 24 (Red Panda Piggybank). Each event along with an up-close photo opportuis two hours long and begins at 10 a.m. nity with a zoo animal ambassador. • Try yoga at the zoo: Corepower Yoga Along with these summer events, zoo Studios offers yoga classes at the zoo guests can see the traveling exhibit, Washed near a different exhibit every class and Ashore: Art to Save the Sea, created by Anwill include an animal ambassador vis- gela Haseltine Pozzi, a resident of Oregon

and graduate of the University of Utah. This exhibit features 13 giant sea life sculptures created entirely from marine debris and trash collected from beaches on the Pacific Coast. The purpose of this exhibit is to promote reducing, reusing and recycling of plastic waste. Since plastic takes centuries to decompose, Pozzi wanted to raise awareness about the huge problem of plastic and how it affects the entire ecosystem. Since 2010, she has created multitudes of sea creatures from the ongoing supply of trash and debris that is collected in the ocean and on the beaches. She hopes by looking at her “trashy” art sculptures, people will become more aware of plastic pollution. This exhibit will be at the zoo until Sept. 30 and is included in regular zoo admission. “Most everyone who sees this exhibit says, “That’s so cool! And then, ‘Wow that’s so sad!’ Both are true. The sculptures really are artistic and beautifully done. But when you pause to consider what you’re really looking at your heart sinks—it’s so hard to believe we’re doing this to our planet,” said Hansen. “Kids love getting up close to these exhibits to look for familiar objects—water bottles, bottle caps, action figures, and even a toilet seat.” Hogle Zoo opened in 1931, and sits on 42 acres and is home to 800 animals. Ticket prices are $18.95 for visitors ages 13-64, $16.95 for visitors 65 years and older, $14.95 for ages 3 to 12, and 2 and younger are free. Utah’s Hogle Zoo is located at 2600 Sunnyside Avenue. For more information, visit www.hoglezoo.org or call (801) 584-1700.

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Inexpensive youth transit pass well suited for Gen Z ‘mobility culture’ By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com


edia from Buzzfeed to ThinkGeek have listed articles about the coolest things to buy costing less than $50. Utah Transit Authority is bucking to get on the list. For $49, parents can gift their children a summer’s worth of transit. The UTA Summer Youth Pass runs through the end of August and includes UTA’s suite of transit services, including the FrontRunner commuter rail system spanning a nearly 90-mile corridor and covering four counties; the TRAX light rail system; the bus network of 400-plus regular and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) buses, and even the S-Line modern trolley in Sugar House and South Salt Lake.

UTA’s pitch to youth

UTA is pitching the 2019 Summer Youth Pass as a “Rider’s License,” with the theme “Summer Adventures Await.” The “license,” to someone under driving age and/or without a car, may, on its own be appealing. The concept of adventures, to almost everyone, definitely seems appealing. The transit organization kicked off the pass promotion with a press conference at none other than Lagoon—Farmington’s amusement part. High school students from as far as Riverton indicated leveraging their Summer Youth Pass to travel to and from the park all summer long. Others, including some students who work at Lagoon and commute from other areas, spoke to relying on UTA’s TRAX, FrontRunner and bus system as necessary for summer funds and even for college or other savings.

Safe, timely summer adventuring

Veteran pass holder Madi Seegmiller, a senior at Riverton High School who has been actively using transit since she was 15, said last year she rode FrontRunner to and from Farmington, accessing the free shuttle to the 123-year-old Lagoon amusement park eight or nine times a summer. Other “adventures” (a word she, too,

uses to describe her UTA traveling) Seegmiller routinely undertakes, with the help of UTA, include traveling to visit her brother in Provo and journeying to downtown Salt Lake to attend concerts. Each of those adventures has been much more enjoyable, thanks to UTA, she said.

Riding, not driving

She recalls heading to a downtown concert at the Eccles Theater, then seeing drivers figuratively fighting for parking, being “super grateful” that they had not driven. UTA has helped her be able to simultaneously meet curfew and maximize fun. While attending a sporting event in Utah County, she had to leave the game early, to make it home in time to meet parental time lines. Being able to ride FrontRunner, she said she experienced no gaps in seamlessly tracking the full game. “This is awesome!” she recalled feeling. “If I were driving, I wouldn’t have been able to make curfew and be able to watch the entire game.” When asked if she feels safe accessing transit, Seegmiller almost doesn’t understand the question, as fear or concern do not seem to have been encountered. What she does note is feeling safe on transit and her mother feeling safe with her on transit. “Sometimes, my mom is weird about my driving on the freeway,” she said, noting that leveraging transit closes down concerns of the parental nature. “It’s a nice, safe way to get to places. I can go wherever I want in the valley.”

UTA’s pitch – to parents

Marci Seegmiller, Madi’s mother, considers the UTA Summer Youth Pass a blessing for not just her daughter, but for their whole family. In addition to Madi, brother Jake, age 14, who will be a ninth-grader at Oquirrh Hills Middle School, regularly rides TRAX two or even three times a week to Salt Lake City’s Liberty Park for tennis lessons. “It’s so nice just to put him on there. I’ve

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always felt like it was pretty safe — I watch him to make sure he gets on, and then have him call me when he gets there.” Once Jake arrives at the station, his father Chris, who works at Diathrive in Murray, shuttles him less than a mile to the courts, often watching his son practice. The two spend bonding time on the road back home. “It’s an awesome gift for parents,” Marci said. “It saves miles on their cars and a lot of driving time. If word got out to more parents, it would be good to have them feel comfortable and having more teenagers using transit.” Madi perhaps makes an even more powerful pitch to parents to purchase Summer Youth Passes, when she admits she has been conducting a 15-minute phone interview with the City Journals whilst driving. Once outed, she said she pulled over, to conclude the interview. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), motor-vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, accounting for one in three teenage deaths. Per mile driven, teenage drivers are four times more likely to get into a car accident than older motorists. Teenage drivers are also the age group most likely to not wear a seat belt, making their injuries worse than those suffered by other drivers involved in accidents. Finally, per mile driven, teenage drivers are four times more likely to get into a car accident than older motorists.

The transit trend

According to the 2009 National Household Travel Survey, the average number of vehicle miles traveled—behind the wheels of cars—by young people age 16-34 dropped significantly, 23 percent per capita, between 2001-2009. The American Public Transportation Association reports that millennials (those born between 1980-1994) are more likely to use public transit than older adults and are more enthusiastic about doing so.

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But what about the youngest of young? That would be Generation Z (or Gen Z), the digitally native demographic group born between 1994 and 2010, which now accounts for about 24 percent of the world’s population, or 1.8 billion people. Think tanks are theorizing that Gen Z may be ushering a new “mobility culture,” which rely on a variety of modality modes and who eschew cars. A 2019 report from global communications firm Allison+Partners indicates nearly 70 percent of eligible Gen Z respondents do not have their driver’s license and 30 percent of those who do not currently possess their driver’s license have no intention or desire to get one. Madi said that when she suggests taking transit, versus driving, to friends at Riverton High School, their first response is shock or even mocking her, but that swiftly shifts to head-scratching, “Hmmn… that’s smart” responses. At Lagoon, her favorite ride is a toss-up between the sassy rollercoasters Cannibal and Colossus. In day-to-day life? It just may be UTA’s choices, which she deems “Convenient… freedom… fun… friends,” and, as if on cue—“adventure.”

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Summer 2019 filled with community festivals By Joshua Wood | joshw@mycityjournals.com


s the school year winds down and summer heats up, festival season takes off and lasts throughout the summer. From the end of May until late August, cities throughout the Salt Lake Valley celebrate community spirit with parades and fireworks along with local traditions unique to each summer event. Check out this schedule of festival events and plan your summer fun.

STAMPEDE DAYS West Jordan Rodeo Arena| July 4 - 6 • West Jordan Rodeo Arena (2200 West 8035 South) and Veterans Memorial Park (1985 West 7800 South) • July 4-6 • West Jordan offers a big time rodeo, fireworks, carnival and more during Stampede Days. The festival kicks off with the parade, which is followed by two days of action-packed rodeo activities and then the carnival.

SANDY CITY 4TH OF JULY South Towne Promenade | July 4 • South Towne Promenade (10000 South Centennial Parkway) • “Let Freedom Ring” is the theme of the Sandy City 4th of July festival. The event will once again feature the spikeball tournament, plenty of vendors, games and activities for kids, as well as the parade and fireworks.

FUN DAYS Murray Park |Juy 4 • Murray Park (296 East Murray Park Avenue) This year’s summer festivals will feature plenty of activities for children. (Photo courtesy of Brittany Davis)

TAYLORSVILLE DAYZZ West Valley Regional Park |June 27 - 29 • Valley Regional Park (5100 South 2700 West) • Taylorsville offers a blend of the usual summer festival activities along with a musical twist. Festival goers can take in the parade and fireworks, check out the hot rods at the car show, and run the 5k. The event also features performances by the Utah Symphony and the Taylorsville Orchestra.

RIVERTON TOWN DAYS Riverton Rodeo Arean |June 27-29, July 2-4 • Riverton Rodeo Arena (1300 West 12800 South) and City Park (1452 West 12600 South) • The Riverton Rodeo returns on June 28 to start off Town Days. The event will also feature a parade, carnival, fireworks and movie in the park. To fuel their fun, attendees can take in the chuck wagon breakfast. Contests and activities include spikeball, pickleball, 3-on-3 basketball, yoga in the park and more.

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• Draper Days kicks off with the rodeo July 11–13, then the festival continues with more activities, including the children’s parade on July 16. There will be plenty of tournaments and activities on July 13 when people can compete in pickleball, tennis and basketball. Events on July 19 and 20 include the parade, car show, 5k, concerts and more.

OLD WEST DAYS RODEO Bluffdale Park | July 26 - 27, August 5 - 10 • Bluffdale Park (2400 West 14400 South) • Old West Days kicks off with the rodeo on July 26 and 27. Then a wide variety of activities happen between August 5 and 10 including a parade and the family shindig on Aug. 10.

HARVEST DAYS Midvale City Park | July 29 - August 5 • Midvale City Park (425 East 6th Avenue)

park, music and more. The parade, festival and fireworks will take place on Aug. 3 at Midvale City Park.

SANDY BALLOON FESTIVAL Storm Mtn Park |August 9 - 10 • Storm Mountain Park (980 East 11400 South) • Starting at sunrise, the Sandy Balloon Festival will take off from Storm Mountain Park and fill the skies. Activities will fill the rest of the weekend, including the balloon glow on Saturday evening at the South Towne Promenade (10000 South Centennial Parkway).

BLUE MOON ARTS FESTIVAL Holladay City Hall Park |August 24 • Holladay City Hall Park (2300 East 4570 South) • Wrap up the summer in Holladay with the Blue Moon Arts Festival. The event will include live music, arts, food and children’s activities. l

• Historic Midvale Harvest Days take place from July 29 to Aug. 5 and will feature block parties, a movie in the

• Murray Park is the place to be for the city’s Fun Days on July 4. The day includes a breakfast, parade, 5k run/walk and children’s race. Attendees can also enjoy the chalk art contest, and of course, fireworks.

JULY 4 PARAFE & FESTIVAL South Salt Lake |Juy 4 • Fitts Park (3050 South 500 East) • The City of South Salt Lake offers a pancake breakfast to start off its July 4th parade and festival at Fitts Park. The festivities will also include a 5k and parade.

BUTLERVILLE DAYS Cottonwood Heights| July 26 - 27 • 7500 South 2700 East behind Butler Middle School • Butlerville Days returns with two action-packed days of fun. There will not be a 5k this year, but the popular pickleball tournament is back. Attendees can also enjoy the parade, rides and games, the car show, a movie in the park and fireworks.

DRAPER DAYS Draper Park | July 11 - 13, 16, & 19 - 20 • Draper Park (12500 South 1300 East)

Live music will entertain festival goers all summer long. (Photo courtesy of Brittany Davis)

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Former Ute takes over at Taylorsville By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

Joe Johnson, a former University of Utah football player, has taken over as the Warriors new head football coach. He was a member of the 2004 Fiesta Bowl championship team. (Photo courtesy of the University of Utah athletics department)


his fall, the Taylorsville Warriors football team will have a new head coach on the sidelines. “The kids are really great kids,” firstyear Warrior head coach Joe Johnson said.

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“Coach Pala (former coach) left some really good athletes and good kids in general. I think we could be a successful team this year.” Johnson joins the Warriors after serv-

ing as the offensive coordinator at Copper Hills High School under Corey Dodds. He also was an assistant head coach at Cheyenne High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. He and Dodds played at the University of Utah under then-head coach Urban Meyer. His team defeated the University of Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl to complete an undefeated season. Johnson said Meyer has had an influence on his coaching career. “We are geared toward a student-athlete,” he said. “The kids definitely need that attitude in and out of school. We will run a spread offense, and our defensive front will be different depending on the team we face.” Team concepts for the Warriors will not be that much different than what fans had seen in the past. This spring, they have been installing offensive philosophies and preparing the players for seven-on-seven competitions coming up this summer. Johnson took over in May and counts nearly 40 student-athletes participating regularly in spring workouts. “I still have that new car smell, so some the kids are coming to check us out,” Johnson said. “These kids love the game. We are not pulling teeth to get them to come out. The administration, office staff, principal and players have been a dream so far. It is the honeymoon phase.” In preparation for their season, Johnson has noticed the amount of good talent he has returning. “Kolbe Hays is an amazing route run-

ner and very intelligent player,” Johnson said. “Kalauti Heimuli hits like a ton of bricks and is the heart of the team, a solid player. We also have Steele Hess, who is a big tall kid. He will be a red zone threat. He will be in the end zone for us.” Defensively, Johnson says the Warriors will be a team to contend with. “Tela Mulitalo is a monster in the middle of our line,” he said. “He is a strong kid. He could be a local legend. State Laufou is another lineman that is very agile. In the back of the defense, we have an absolute burner, Amari Calloway. He will be highlight reel stuff. I timed him three times at a 4.3 second 40 time. He will not be beat deep on defense. Tevita Taukeialo is also getting several colleges looking at him.” Finding someone to take the place of Dane Leituala at quarterback could be challenging. He set several records for the Warriors and left a legacy as one of the top total yard-gainers in Utah high school history. Johnson is optimistic his replacement can handle the position. “We have a lot of talent,” he said. “If we stay healthy, we can make some noise and compete. It is hard to replace Dane; he had game smarts. I would have loved to have him for one more season. Mr. Wolfgram (Hamani) has potential to be better than Dane. He could be somebody we talk about in a couple of years.” l

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Mick Riley: Utah’s Mr. Golf By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com What is the only golf course in Utah named after an actual professional golfer? If you said Jeremy Ranch or Nibley Park, try again. That distinction belongs to Mick Riley Golf Course, named after the man known as the “Dean of Utah Golfers.”

While the Murray course is always busy, most people have forgotten or don’t even know about Riley. Also, contrary to many high school golf team rumors, Mr. Riley is not buried by the clubhouse (he is buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, although he probably wouldn’t have complained had he been buried at a golf course). Born in 1897 in Burke, Idaho, Joseph Michael (Mick) Riley found his way to Utah. There weren’t many options for linksters when Riley was taking up the sport in the 1910s. At the time, Forest Dale had a hitching post for golfer’s horses. Riley learned golf by caddying at the Salt Lake Country Club, being mentored by notable golfers such as George Von Elm, several years his junior. Von Elm, who grew up in Utah and California, and with Riley as his caddie, took on one of the preeminent golfers of the day, Bobby Jones (who would later found the Masters Golf Tournament). Von Elm became the first golfer from west of the Mississippi River to win a major tournament, and he not only instilled in Riley a passion for golf but exposed him to some of the best golf courses in America. Like a duck to water, Riley’s experience, plus winning an occasional tournament, helped to secure his position as the first head professional at Nibley Park Golf Course. According to sportswriter Bill Johnston, there were only 122 active golfers in Salt Lake City at the time. For the uninitiated, a professional at a golf course is someone who makes their living from teaching the game, running golf clubs and classes, and dealing in golf equipment. An adroit golf pro, Riley earned the

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praises of the Salt Lake Telegram at the end of Nibley Park’s first season in 1922. “The work of Professional Riley at the course is worthy of special commendation. It was Riley’s job to develop interest and get the golfers out. He did.” Not only did he get the golfers to come out, he developed a course championship, several tournaments, and high school matches. He developed greens and challenging hazards; he also developed aspiring golfers and advocated the sport to women. It was this latter undertaking that led Mick to meet his wife, Estella at one of his classes. Utah’s most enthusiastic golf cheerleader would do anything to bring people to experience the game. Even winter was no match for Riley, who opened one of the first indoor golf ranges in downtown Salt Lake in 1930. The Telegram reported that by 1947, 80 percent of all Utah golfers were, at one time, a pupil of Riley’s. His green design skills were in high demand, as he helped plan courses in Magna, Tooele, Richfield, Moab, Indian Springs, and American Falls, Idaho, as well as Salt Lake’s Bonneville Golf Course. He also revamped the Nibley Park and Forest Dale courses. However, his passion project was Meadowbrook on 3900 South, which he designed and managed until his death. His progressive thinking led to the establishment of a day care center at Meadowbrook, so that young mothers could take up the game. After forming the Utah Golf Association, Riley was elected as vice president of the National PGA and served for three years. He also served on several national PGA committees. He was president of the Rocky Mountain Section of the PGA and Golf Professional of the Year in 1955 for the Rocky Mountain Section. During the 1960s, he was asked to design the Little Valley Golf Course off of Vine Street in Murray. However, his death in

1964 prevented him from ever teeing off at the course. That honor was given to Estella, his wife, and their children at the newly christened Mick Riley Golf Course in 1967. Riley was also posthumously honored as a member of the Utah Golf Hall of Fame. Perhaps the Salt Lake Telegram summed up Riley best, “The story of Mickey Riley is the story of golf in Utah, for without him many of the municipal courses that have made golf available to the ‘working man’ might not be.” l

Mick Riley, right, and George Van Elm reunite in the 1950s to recall past glories. (Photo courtesy Marriott Library)

Mick Riley strongly advocated for women to pick up the game of golf. (Photo courtesy Marriott Library)

Mick Riley Golf Course in Murray was dedicated to the man who championed it in Utah. (Shaun Delliskave/ City Journals

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Glenmoor Gets Its Groove Back With PGA Junior-League Programming By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com

Vintage advertising for Glenmoor, ironically, touted its “forever” nature—a position that was challenged, but the golf course endures today. (Glenmoor Golf Course)

Local YouTube youth celeb Warren Fisher profiled Glenmoor’s golf U-turn as part of his “Warren Report” program posted mid-June. (Glenmoor Golf Course)

The words pack an extra punch, when delivered from pint-sized reporter Warren Fisher, proclaiming his YouTube broadcast to be a “world-famous” report.

golf course that, in a knee-knocker of a wait-period, seemed destined to result in a yip — a complete loss of the 50-plus yearold course that in the early days was considered a “hidden gem” and is now a South The “news?” South Jordan’s once-be- Valley staple. According to Dehlin, PGA National leaguered Glenmoor Golf Course is alive even sent a camera crew to South Jordan and well and the secret to its viability? several months ago, but the world-famous Think small, now. The secret to its newfound viability is Fisher Report has apparently scooped the PGA, as Dehlin reported that the PGA vid its junior-league golf program. “Glenmoor has one of the largest is not live yet. “The National PGA has been very inteams in the entire country!” the young Fisher exclaimed with an emphasis on “en- terested in the program Darci (golf pro Darci Olsen) and the people out there have tire.” done,” he told the South Jordan Journal. The Glenmoor gameplan Thanks to Olsen, Utah’s only female Sponsored by the Utah Golf Associahead PGA golf pro in the state, Glenmoor tion (UGA), young Fisher is spot-on with his runs three Junior PGA leagues, with more analysis. than 150 youth involved. According to Executive Director of the Utah Professional Golfers’ Association Golfing alone? While many individuals prize golf be(PGA) Devin Dehlin, PGA National is studying Glenmoor’s success with its junior ing a sport they can play alone even in a program, looking to learn and then share foursome kludged with strangers just to best practices with golf courses across the score a tee time, that kind of thinking does country seeking to be more family friendly not fly well with golf courses needing to be profitable—or at least keep the lights on. and more profitable in so doing. As a result, the PGA has studied the It’s a nice reversal of fortune for the success of Little League Baseball, and re-

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“Save Glenmoor!” was a phrase oft-uttered/heard in South Jordan for the years the beloved, historic golf course was doing its tentative victory lap. (Glenmoor Golf Course)

alized that, to help make golf as American as apple pie, perhaps borrowing from Little Leagues’ playbook was a good strategy. Hence the birth of the PGA Junior League—a program that SoJo’s Glenmoor jumped on. “Golf has the old-retired-guy-with-alot-of-money persona,” said Glenmoor golf pro Olsen. “All ages, all types, something for everyone and family-friendly” is how she described Glenmoor’s current suite of customers.

The Glenmoor score card

For those not familiar with the story of Glenmoor, here is the CliffsNotes version of the rise/fall/rise again of the SoJo links site. - 1968 – Course opened half-strength, a nine-hole staple of the Westland Hills Country Club

• 1970s – Westland changes owners and becomes the Valair Country Club • 1977 – Cecil Bohn assumes principal ownership, after Grant Affleck lost the course • 2015 – Bohn passes away; remaining owners’ irreconcilable differences lead to court dissolution of the property, to be sold to highest

bidder • 2015 – The golf course property was zoned A-1, entitling subdivisions of one-acre, single-family lots • 2017 - SoJo golf patriots lobby for an alternative solution • 2017 – Upon learning of the owner’s intention to develop the land, the South Jordan City Council, in a 4-1 vote, votes to delay a building permit or a change in zoning thwarting the developer’s stated intention • A private buyer sticks the landing and purchases Glenmoor (the audience in SoJo City Council Chambers cheered, upon hearing the news)

PGA Junior Golf fits Glenmoor to a tee

And that takes us to right now — high golf season, a late-starting, green-grass summer, on the heels of the wettest spring on record. And just as spring signals rebirth and summer joy, Glenmoor is in its newfound salad days, with its junior golf program to thank. Taking a page from Bubba Watson’s 2012 Masters’ clinch, Olsen tears up, telling the South Jordan Journal just how “awesome” the kids in her program are and how things at Glenmoor have “turned out better than I could have hoped.” This is a woman who loves — no lives — golf, and apparently, has a community behind her that feels the same way. As part of the Warren Report YouTube video, SoJo City Councilman Don Shelton recounts that his inviting SoJo Mayor Dawn Ramsey and his other colleagues to watch one of the junior league tournaments at Glenmoor influenced the Council’s decision to ultimately rezone the land to keep it from being developable. “It was very impressive to them, to see all of the young people that were out on the golf course, hitting golf balls and recreating in the outdoors, instead of being inside, playing video games,” Shelton asserted on-air. “Mayor Ramsey, thank you for saving our golf course,” young Warren tells Mayor Dawn Ramsey, who also appears in the video. Catch the full Glenmoor Golf Course glory on UGA’s Warren Report This link takes you right to Warren Fisher’s segment on Glenmoor: https://tinyurl.com/GlenmoorByCityJournals Otherwise? Look for “Utah Golf Reround 2019 S5 E1” on YouTube and either watch the whole show, or fast-forward to 8:40. l

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The family that golfs together… keeps on golfing together? On the left, what the Utah Golfing Association once dubbed “the ultimate golf power couple” Joey and Darci (Dehlin) Olsen. Utah PGA Executive Director Devin Dehlin in the center, and daughter and son Carly Dehlin and Connor Dehlin. (Devin Dehlin)

Confessions Of A Golf Family: PGA And Glenmoor Golf Pros Share How They Got Game—For a Lifetime By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com Many remember the year 1976 as the wanderlust,” working as a golf pro at nu- Utah,” he said. “She kept the hyphen!” exmerous clubs before settling in at his long- uded the proud golf dad. year of the American Bicentennial. term gig as executive director of the Utah Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA). Sister Darci followed a somewhat similar route, in terms of playing golf for her alma mater Weber State, and vacillating between turning pro and committing to a career leveraging her triple-threat combination of sales-communications-merchandising. Darci Olsen is the only female PGA Golf before groceries head golf pro in Utah. To this day she lives He and his father enjoyed such a proximate to Glenmoor. spectacular day, that the following after“[Glenmoor is] a huge part of our hisnoon, his father brought his mother out to tory — it’s why we live where we live,” the site. Olsen said. “It’s especially special to me, A “low-ball” offer was put in on one because it is where I learned.” of the last two houses remaining in the Parade of Homes inventory. Remarkably, Carrying on the golfing torch Golf families. the offer was accepted, and the next thing Those two words say a lot to those Devin knew, he and his family were moving who understand the joy of the swish of a from Taylorsville to South Jordan. Southwest valley was so underdevel- perfect swing and getting that little white oped at the time and the Glenmoor Golf ball to land in that little hole that somehow, Course location so remote that Devin re- at times, seems smaller than the ball. Besides loving golf, the late Sweets calls the family’s having to commute all the way to Redwood Road and 9000 South to Dehlin and wife Jeanne, loved names that begin with the letter D. go the grocery store. Devin-Dana-Dustin-Darci went the en“Glenmoor Golf Course is pretty near and dear to my family,” Devin said. (Even if viable boy-girl-boy-girl lineup of children who shared their father’s golf lust. All of the grocery store was not.) His youngest sister, Darci (Olsen), said the children played junior golf. All played Glenmoor was a five-minute walk from college golf. Now two of the four siblings their home. She recalls her brother’s being are golf professionals and have golf as an gifted with golf clubs one Christmas, and omnipresent aspect of their lives. And the golf generations continue with his and her father’s suiting up and playing the Dehlins. the very next day. Devin said his daughter, Carly, did not ‘It’s where we live’ engage with golf until she was a senior in As a teen, brother Devin started workhigh school. But then, she “got really good, ing in the Glenmoor Pro Shop. Then he really fast.” played golf at the University of Utah. When she decided to marry (another When it came time to earn a living, golf golfer), her father counseled her to “keep was a given. Dehlin exhibited “county golf her last name — it does carry clout in But Devin Dehlin remembers it as the year his family discovered Glenmoor Golf Course, a move that would change the lives of his family for generations to come. He and his dad, Pat “Sweets” Dehlin, spent a joyous part of a day playing nine holes on a quaint course, seemingly in the middle of nowhere, except a Parade of Homes community.

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Utah golf families: ‘THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!

There are quite a few golf dads around. And golf moms. Devin estimates Utah has “about five to 10” prominent golf families. Back in 1989, the “Los Angeles Times” ran a story with a San Diego dateline and a headline style vaguely reminiscent of prominence given to “WAR!” in newspaper headlines chronicling the outbreak of World War I. Only this time, the exclamation point was reverent appreciation for a prominent Utah golf family. “THEY’RE EVERYWHERE!: Utah’s Summerhays Families Put 11 Golfers in Tournament,” the headline read. “They are the Summerhays entourage, 11 golfers from two related families plus a supporting cast of five,” writer Jim Lindgren gushed. The Summerhays family, from the Farmington area, today continues to be prominent in golfing headlines with Preston Summerhays, Lynn Summerhays’s grandson, holding a Utah State Amateur title and being “one of the best juniors in the country.” The Branca family is another storied Utah golf clan. The Salt Lake Country Club provided a lasting monument to the late H.T. “Tee” Branca, naming a bridge patterned after Augusta National’s famous 12th hole after the late PGA golf pro. Branca lived until age 92, In 2015, when Ron Branca, Tee’s son, retired as head pro from the Salt Lake Country Club, Joe Watts of the Utah Golf Association (UGA) mourned “the end of the Branca era.” The father and son, combined, headed golf for the club more than 75 years. Ron Branca now works with

PGA Pro Golfers Devin Dehlin and sister Darci (Dehlin) Olsen are bright stars in the Utah golf scene. (Devin Dehlin)

Darci Olsen at Glenmoor. His brother, Don, is also a PGA professional, according to Devin Dehlin. Glenmoor’s happily golf-obsessed Darci Olsen, who used to go by the name Darci Dehlin-Olsen, has now dropped the hyphenated part of her name, a loss of a powerful asset, according to brother Devin Dehlin. You can take the hyphen out of the name, but not the golf out of the girl, who UGA writer Beaux Yenchik reports, as a pony-tailed bouncy blonde youth, drew a picture of herself playing golf for a career day at her elementary school. l

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Spectacular views of Stonebridge Golf Club make a day on the green even more spectacular. Stand for Kind’s 128 supportive golfers raised $50,000 for the anti-bullying charity. (Stonebridge Golf Club)

Golf Etiquette Makes For Perfect Green Carpet for Anti-Bullying Fund-Raising Event at Stonebridge By Jennifer J. Johnson | j.johnson@mycityjournals.com The Professional Golfers’ Association Kind “actually goes out into the schools (PGA) asserts that golf teaches young and tells kids in schools about tools available to them (to help stop the problem),” people “life’s most valuable skills.” While the PGA does not specifically call out “no bullying,” that concept is a given in the sportsmanlike-play of the 15th-century game still. Such sport made perfect sense as a fund raiser for an anti-bullying education group, “Stand for Kind,” to leverage the sport for one of its annual fundraising activities.

Making a positive difference in the persistent problem of bullying

Stand for Kind, founded by well-connected businessman and recreational golfer Stan Parrish, is a group of business, community and education leaders who have come together to make a positive difference in the persistent problem of bullying. Instead of just preaching about the ills and dangers of bullying — what Parrish dubs “calling attention to it” — Stand for

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Parrish said. “We reinforce positive behavior.” Realizing that its initial name—“The Anti-Bullying Coalition” was having the unintentional effect of emphasizing the very concept of bullying, so in an anti-Voldemort-like move, the organization changed its name and its web URL to the new, empowering name which is also a directive for youth — “Stand for Kind.” It’s a message that’s “much better to come, student to student, versus counselor to student,” Parrish said. “A student can see another student sitting by themselves, we encourage them to go sit with them, to let them know they are wanted.” With this as its model, the nonprofit instructs K-12 students — nearly 300,000 across the state — about how to combat bullying through kindness.

The second-annual Stand for Kind charity golf tournament awarded generous sponsor prizes, for “longest drive,” “straightest drive,” “closest to the hole,” and the “hole-in-one” completion. The Larry H. Miller dealership put up a Toyota SUV for the hole-in-one, but did not have to pay it out. (Stand for Kind)

Making bullying whiff through overwhelming, omnipresent acts of kindness – and 18 holes!

and then, later, the Sandy chambers of commerce. “This is just one event, but it’s a very good event,” he told the City Journals. “People appreciate that and support it.” Parrish is right. The 128 golfers comprising 32 foursomes raised $50,000 for Stand for Kind. All who enjoyed what the Stand for Kind public relations team deemed “a sunny West Valley City morning” were winners in terms of a great day for golf. Individual winners were determined in categories including “longest drive,” “straightest drive,” “closest to the hole,” and the “hole-in-one” completion. The Larry H. Miller Dealerships even put up a Toyota SUV to anyone landing a hole-in-one. Sadly, would-be SUV drivers will have to up their drives to land the ace. There’s always next year, kind golfers.

More than 30,000 incidents and nearly 20,000 incidents of cyber-bullying are, slowly, but surely getting drowned out by what Stand for Kind reports as more than 900,000 identified, “random acts of kindness,” said Pam Hayes, director of the Stand for Kind organization. Stand for Kind is having immediate, traceable impact. “We were able to prevent 55 suicides,” reported Hayes. Her message to those participating in the May 31 golf tournament, the second annual such event, is: “We will do even more.” “A lot of people like to play golf and a lot of people like to do good and contribute… so why not combine the two?” Parrish said. Parrish knows a lot of people. In his previous life, the storied busi- l nessman has led both the Salt Lake Area,

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lthough reaching 75 years of age can be seen as a “diamond” anniversary, 75-year-old West Valley resident Andi felt her life was all rough, no diamond. She was at a loss, feeling helpless about how to pay $1,500 in property tax on her $170,000 home. Trenton, age 50, had just moved to Utah and settled on Herriman, which he enjoyed for its peaceful, quiet community feel. As a disabled veteran, he found his economic opportunities sparse in the bedroom community. The stress of his owing more than $4,000 in taxes was wearing on him. As a veteran used to having to endure long lines for things like medical care — but feeling extreme stress doing so — he was leery of venturing out for the support he knew he might be awarded. Salt Lake City resident Ada had been receiving financial support from her daughter. The proud 80-year-old woman was humiliated enough, asking for help from family and, given her minimal fixed income, did not know what to do to resolve the more than $1,000 she owed in tax.

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The Salt Lake County (SLCO) Treasurer’s office has five different tax-relief programs to help folks like Andi, Trenton and Ruth — all fictional names for some real Salt Lake County neighbors, who have been assisted by programs available through the SLCO Treasurer. The three are a few of many individuals who have received peace of

mind by seeking support from Salt Lake County’s varied tax-relief programs. According to Joy Hayes, a tax-relief supervisor with the SLCO Treasurer, in 2018, more than $10 million was granted by the County, assisting those in need. After approaching SLCO about their situations, this is the outcome for each: Andi – Leveraging two different programs considering age and income, SLCO forgave all but $37.87 of the nearly $1,500 the 75-year-old owed. Trenton – The crowd-weary disabled veteran, within minutes, had his tax burden halved, thanks to disabled-veteran tax forgiveness programs through the County. The new figure was infinitely more palatable on his disabled vet benefits compensation. “He couldn’t believe he had been helped so quickly and so efficiently,” recalled Hayes. “He mentioned he had moved several times and this was the first office where he felt appreciated and did not get the run-around.” Ada – After her daughter told her she was no longer able to financially contribute, she learned about the SLCO Tax Forgiveness programs. Feeling embarrassed and humiliated, Ada came to the SLCO Complex at 2100 S. State Street and begrudgingly told Treasurer’s office personnel that, “she felt she had no choice,” Hayes said. “After looking at her income? It was clear that her tax liability would be dismissed.” According to Hayes, the 80-year-old woman cried tears of joy and “thanked

us over and over.” Her only regret? “She wished she had had the courage to come in earlier.” Support from the SLCO Treasurer’s office is “invaluable,” for ensuring quality of life for residents in need of support, Hayes said.

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The only thing people need to do? Three things. First, lose the fear and avoidance. As is seen by the examples of Andi, Trenton and Ada, SLCO personnel are not just doing their jobs to help residents in need, but are personally fulfilled by the impact they make in helping others, Hayes said. Second, reach out and ask for help. Ask for help by calling SLCO, engaging with their website or coming in to the office. Have SLCO representatives clearly advise what documentation is needed so you have a checklist of all required for your tax-relief application. • SLCO Treasurer phone 385-4688326 • Website www.slco.org/treasurer/ tax-relief-applications Third, do it swiftly. The 2019 deadline for property-tax relief is Tues., Sept. 3. Remember that SLCO closes at 5 p.m. and documentation is required, so make sure to check in with what is needed ahead of time. (While SLCO does have programs to allow residents to appeal for tax forgiveness from prior years, it is much better to hit this deadline, for the greatest consideration.) l

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Desert Star’s latest parody takes on the Disney phenomenon High School Musical, with a Utah cultural twist. This zany parody opens June 13th and it’s a hilarious musical melodrama for the whole family you don’t want to miss!

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This show, written by Ed Farnsworth, based on the original melodrama by Ben Millet and directed by Scott Holman, follows the story of an eclectic group of LDS Sunday School Students as they attempt to put on a traditional “roadshow.” The colorful characters include social media obsessed Penny, her “too-cool-for-Sunday-school” boyfriend Phineas, a Napoleon Dynamite look alike, and a mustached Marvel fan-girl. When Penny doesn’t land the role of her dreams, she gets madder than an Instagram model with zero ‘hearts’. Fuel is only added to the fire when Phineas defies his adolescent apathy to sing with passion and snag the male lead. Jealous Penny makes plans to sabotage the roadshow musical by threatening to destroy Phineas’ reputation. Can Phineas and the rest of the cast overcome the odds to put together the greatest show Utah county has ever seen? Comedy, romance, and adventure are all on the docket for this delightful send up of the Disney franchise, as well as topical humor torn from today’s headlines. “Sunday School Musical: The Greatest Roadshow” runs June 13th through August 24th, 2019. The evening also includes one of Desert Star’s side-splitting musical olios, following the show. The “On the Road Again Olio” features hit songs and musical steps from the ultimate road trip playlist, mixed with more of Desert Star’s signature comedy. Food is available from an á la carte menu and is served right at your table. There is also a full service bar. The menu includes gourmet pizza, fresh wraps, appetizers, and scrumptious desserts.

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tion and delivers a program that matches your needs, schedule and personal circumstances. Did you know that their degree programs are strictly career focused? They only teach the subjects that are relevant to your career so that you can graduate faster. All their instructors have real world experience so they can provide you with firsthand insight and they are dedicated to your success. Don’t worry if you haven’t got a computer. New students receive a laptop preloaded with all the software needed for their program for use while in school and to keep after graduation. At each campus the receptionist will ask you to fill out a short career questionnaire that is used to guide your consultant as you work together to determine your career goals. Gina Seitz and her team at the Murray campus meet with prospective students to help them choose the best program for their goals. They also assist students in finding and applying for an affordable financial plan and explain all the important details. If you decide to go ahead, you aren’t left on your own, the admission consultant and financial planner will continue to be your support system from your first day in class

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and beyond. Gina has been with the college for a decade starting as an admissions consultant, next a financial planner, then the associate campus director and now the director of admissions. She loves helping people achieve their college goals and working with her team on campus. What about the teacher to student ratio? Stevens-Henager is a small campus. This means smaller class sizes and more one-on-one interaction with your instructor and classmates. You can choose from day or evening classes and online or on-campus classes. Their career services assist students in networking and portfolio building. Stevens-Henager doesn’t run on a semester basis like most colleges and universities. They offer new classes each month so you can usually get started within a month. If you have been to college before, they will assist you with obtaining your previous college transcripts and get them evaluated for transfer credits if possible. Is Stevens-Henager accredited? Of course, they are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges which is recognized by the U.S.

“Stevens-Henager is a small campus. This means smaller class sizes and more one-onone interaction with your instructor and classmates.” Department of Education. The surgical technologist program at the West Haven campus in Ogden is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology, which is sponsored by the American College of Surgeons and the Association of Surgical Technologists. Their associate of science degree in respiratory therapy and their associate of applied science in respiratory therapy programs are both accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. l

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Local farmers markets make buying veggies fun


ith bathing suit season upon us, many people’s attention turns to upkeeping their beach bod. There’s an increased focus on eating healthy and not stopping by the local snow cone shop on a regular basis. Luckily, for those venturing in the healthy eating direction, Salt Lake valley has an abundance of farmers markets, where shoppers can select from a delicious and vibrant variety of fresh fruits and vegetables and even talk to the people who help grow them. Eating healthy during summer has never been so easy and enjoyable. Bring your own bags and check out the farmers markets listed below:



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Now open:

• This year, the Downtown Salt Lake City Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pioneer Park (350 S. 300 West). For more information, visit: www.slcfarmersmarket.org • The People’s Market is held every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the International Peace Gardens (1000 S. 900 West) in Salt Lake City. For more information visit: 9thwestfarmersmarket.org. • New Roots of Utah Neighborhood Farm Stand is held every Saturday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Sunnyvale Park (4013 S. 700 West) in Millcreek. • The Sugar House Farmers Market is

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held every Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fairmont Park (1040 E. 2225 South). Wheeler Farm Sunday Market is held Sundays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wheeler Park (6351 S. 900 East). Visit their Facebook page for more information: Wheelerfarmslco. Park Silly Sunday Market is held on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Park City’s Historic Main Street. For more information, visit: www.parksillysundaymarket.com. The USU Botanical Center Farmers Market is held every Thursday from 5 p.m. to dusk, located at 875 S. 50 West in Kaysville. For more information, visit usubotanicalcenter.org/events/ farmers-market. Bountiful Farmer’s Market is held every Thursday from 3 p.m. to dusk at Bountiful City Park (400 N. 200 West). For more information, visit www.bountifulmainstreet.com/farmers-market The Provo Farmer’s Market is held every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. located on Provo Center Street (100 W. Center Street). For more information, visit: www.provofarmersmarket.com Liberty Park Market is held every Friday evening at 600 E. 900 South in Salt Lake City. For more information, visit: www.libertyparkmarket.com

Beginning the first week of July:

• The Millcreek Community Market will be held every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Old Baldwin Radio Factory Artipelago (3474 S. 2300 East) in Millcreek.

Markets open in August:

• The University of Utah Farmer’s Market will be held every Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the University Tanner Plaza (201 S. 1460 East) in Salt Lake City. • Holladay’s Harvest Festival Days will be held every Saturday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 4580 S. 2300 East. • Murray Farmer’s Market will be held every Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Murray Park (200 E. 5200 South). For more information, visit: www.localharvest.org/murray-farmers-market. • West Jordan’s Farmers Market will be held every Tuesday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 7875 S. Redwood Rd. • South Jordan Towne Center Farmers Market will be held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 1600 W. Towne Center Dr. • Herriman’s Farmer’s Market will be held every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. • Wasatch Front Farmer’s Market will be held every Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Gardner Village (1100 W. 7800 South) in Midvale. l


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