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ommerce is booming in Taylorsville, whether you care to believe the opinion of a national company or hard cold numbers. Perhaps the most objective measure a city can use to determine how its business community is fairing are sales tax revenues. Taylorsville had its best year on record during the fiscal year of July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018. However, that record will stand only one year. The current year (July 1, 2018, to the end of this month) is expected to be better, with next year projected to be better still. Those are the hard, cold numbers. In the meantime, a new national survey conducted by telecommunication giant Verizon Wireless has also determined Taylorsville to be the eighth-best small city across America in which to start a small business. Ironically, while Taylorsville is eighth overall, it is still only fourth in Utah. Here is the top-10 list. 1 Logan, UT 2 Sarasota, FL 3 Coral Gables, FL 4 South Jordan, UT 5 Doral, FL 6 Cheyenne, WY 7 Lehi, UT 8 Taylorsville, UT 9 Missoula, MT 10 Corvallis, OR “America has become the veritable poster child of the startup era,” Verizon officials stated in a news release announcing the company’s Top-10 selections. “After some research and a bit of computing, Go.Verizon.com has found, the smaller the city, the more room there is to grow.” One of those relatively new Taylorsville businessmen could not agree more. Last summer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, transplant Darren Herder opened his A Philly-Aided Barbers business around the corner from FedEx (5608 South Redwood Road). A year later, he said he would do it again in a heartbeat. “The business has been growing each month; we’re keeping busy,” Herder said during a brief break between untrimmed heads. “We now have four full-time employees and about 200 to 250 regular customers. We’ve been able to purchase some new equipment and put some money away. I could not ask for anything better.” In calculating its Top-10 list, Go.Verizon.com investigated several variables in nearly 300 cities across the country, including:
These relatively new businesses — on the northwest corner of Redwood Road and 5400 South — are helping to raise Taylorsville sales tax revenues to record highs. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)
• Population – 50,000 to 75,000 residents, according to Highway keep the economy up and at ‘em. So, make way for the most recent U.S. census figures Taylorsville; it’s coming full-throttle into the economic race.” Herder cited some of his own business success variables. • Education – Percentage of residents over age 25 who “For starters, the crime rate is low,” Herder said. “There have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher are good schools in the area. The economy is strong in Tay• Commute – Average time it takes residents to arrive at lorsville. That helps my business, because when people are their jobs interviewing for jobs — or going to them — they want to look • Income – Average cumulative income of all residents nice. That includes a good haircut.” Herder has also had the opportunity to recommend Tay• Broadband – Percent of residents with internet at runlorsville to other people considering starting a small business. ning speeds of at least 10 Mbps for downloads and 1 “Absolutely, I would locate here again,” he concluded. Mbps for uploads “Taylorsville is a great area, with lots of other good cities • Loans – Number of business loans per capita, indicating around it, like West Jordan, Murray and West Valley City. It’s how easy it is to get startup funding a great place to do business.” • Taxes – Verizon claims lower taxes provide a better City sales tax revenues show that other business owners environment in which to establish new businesses Re- are already getting that message. searchers accessed the Tax Foundation’s 2019 State “Sales tax revenues are a direct indicator of how well Business Tax Climate Index for this measure. businesses are doing in the city,” Taylorsville Chief Financial In its website mention of Taylorsville at No. 8, Go. Ver- Officer Scott Harrington said. “Back in Fiscal Year 2008, the izon.Com states: “Smaller than South Jordan and bigger than city hit an all-time sales tax revenue high of $8.44 million. But Logan, Taylorsville is a happy medium as far as income, com- just a couple of years later, that total fell to $6.716 million, mute time and access to loans goes. Though it shares space because of the recession.” Taylorsville adds to its city coffers roughly one percent with a smattering of other small cities such as West Jordan and Kearns, constant traffic brought in by I-215 and Bangerter of all sales revenue. “It took us until last year (FY2018) Continued Page 5
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he launch of a new Taylorsville tradition last summer proved to be a Saturday night success, from Memorial Day weekend into the fall, when food trucks parked outside city hall each week, providing hundreds of people with a variety of culinary options. But the grass southeast of city hall, used as a huge picnic area on those nights a year ago, is now fenced off and filled with huge equipment and even larger mounds of dirt. After considering a variety of options, including relocating the weekly food truck nights to an alternate Taylorsville location, elected officials decided to instead limit their visits to just three times this summer. “The food trucks were very popular last summer, and we hated to reduce their visits this year,” Mayor Kristie Overson said. “But with all the construction going on — and the limited parking — we decided to just host the trucks on the three nights we present free summer outdoor movies. It will still be crowded, and we will have to move the movie screen from where it was last year, but at least we will be keeping both traditions (the trucks and the movies) going.” Initially, there had been talk of possibly moving the food truck venue to Taylorsville Park (4700 South Redwood Road). But Overson believes it’s better to keep the event outside city hall, even though fewer nights are available. “We want to establish city hall as our community gathering place, particularly after the arts center is completed,” Overson said. “After considering it, we decided it would be confusing to move it to a completely different place and then move it back again next year.” The Saturday nights for free movies and the food truck visits will be July 13, July 27 and Aug. 10. The movie showings were brought back from the dead last summer by the city’s Parks & Recreation Committee. Vice Chair Meredith Harker is the city council’s liaison to the committee. “We’re shifting the movie screen this summer to the grassy area between city hall and the fire station,” Harker said. “The viewing might even be a little better there because the grass is sloped a bit, creating a kind of theater seating. The food trucks were a fun part of our movie nights last year, and I’m glad they will be back.” In the meantime, residents who fell in love with the food truck culinary selection last summer have a good news–bad news option this year. The good news is, food trucks are now serving both lunch and dinner five days a week at a reliable location, complete with indoor climate-controlled seating. The bad news is, The Hub Food Truck Park is 10 miles southeast of Taylorsville City Hall, at 982 West 10600 South in South Jordan.
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The Hub, the new year-round, South Jordan location for food truck dining, is now open, with climate-controlled indoor seating. (Taylor Harris/Food Truck League)
Weekly food truck visits to Taylorsville City Hall were a hit last summer, but construction is forcing fewer visits this year. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)
“We’re sad we won’t be back in Taylorsville every week like last year, because I think it was a success for the city, and I know it was for our food vendors,” said Food Truck League Founder and President Taylor Harris. “But we certainly understand the problem due to construction. We’re anxious to resume a weekly summer schedule as soon as the (arts center) construction is completed, hopefully next year.” As an alternative, Harris said everyone’s favorite food items from last summer are still available at their new, year-round location. “We first tried to open The Hub last winter, but it didn’t do well, even though we do have a heated building for indoor seating,” Harris added. “But now it’s up and running well.” The Hub Food Truck Park is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and 5 to 9 p.m. for dinner. More infor-
mation and a daily schedule of which trucks are serving is available at www.thefoodtruckleague.com. “This is our fifth year of operation, and the Food Truck League has grown each year,” Harris said. “We now have four full-time employees and 12 part timers. Our trucks cater special events and provide food at company parties and luncheons. It has taken off well.” “We’re disappointed to reduce the number of food truck visits this year because they were very popular, but it was a safety issue,” Overson said. “If construction is far enough along (on the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center) next year, we’ll increase the schedule again.” Harris said the Food Truck League has already committed to Taylorsville officials; the city will be able to keep its popular Saturday nights for the culinary vendor visits a year from now. l
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Continued from front page to finally bounce all the way back and set a new sales tax record for the city, at $8.9 million,” Harrington said. “This year, we should reach $9.225 million (with FY2019 officially ending June 30), and we project next year to bring the third straight record-setting sales tax total for Taylorsville, at $9.45 million.” This rapid sales tax revenue growth has helped city leaders to not raise property taxes since 2013. This year alone, Harrington expects Taylorsville’s cost for Unified Police Department protection to increase about $550,000. The Salt Lake County Public Works Department has also raised its bill to the city by $200,000. But despite these increases — again, in large part due to sales tax revenue growth — the Taylorsville City Council is once again expected to approve the new budget without a property tax hike. “The city budget numbers are good this year, and the record-setting trend in sales tax
totals is a big part of that,” Harrington said. “It can take a long time for economic development efforts to pay off, and it’s nice to see that happening now. City tax revenues are trending strong.” “It has been so encouraging to see our city economy bounce back, following the recession,” Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson said. “And the Verizon research is also wonderful. I’m glad their article highlights small businesses. Sometimes we focus on attracting big businesses, but we have to remember how critical ‘mom and pop’ businesses are too.” Overson believes the centralized location of Taylorsville in the Salt Lake Valley and the community’s population mix of millennials to senior citizens are also big factors in business success. “I am pleased the budget I recommended to the city council did not include a property tax increase,” Overson said. l
New barber shop owner Darren Herder agrees with the findings of a recent Verizon survey, naming Taylorsville a Top-10 small city in America for opening a small business. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)
Opening in 2017, the Regal Crossroads & RPX theater is one of several new businesses in Taylorsville that are generating record sales tax revenues. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)
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Founding, current city council members participate in Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Center field trip By Carl Fauver | firstname.lastname@example.org
shton Christopherson has probably never been under more pressure, no matter how many baseball or soccer games he has ever played. The Calvin S. Smith Elementary School third-grader was one of about 100 who attended a recent field trip at the historic Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Center (1488 West 4800 South). But Ashton was the only one there with his father and teacher both keeping an eye on him. And those two — Brad Christopherson and Meredith Harker — also each happen to be members of the Taylorsville City Council. Christopherson is a past chairman, and Harker is the current vice chair. “Meredith has taught all three of my kids and has brought each of them here,” Christopherson said. His son Walker is now in seventh grade, while daughter Kate is in fifth. “These field trips are how I came to know this place,” Harker said. “This is my sixth year at Calvin Smith and my 20th year teaching. This field trip is still my favorite.” Not only was 40 percent of the current city council on hand for the field trip, but so too were two of the five original Taylorsville City Council members: Keith Sorensen, 77, and Bruce Wasden, 89. Sorensen played the role of blacksmith, where he told the young visitors “This shop was the Home Depot or Lowe’s of 130 years ago.” As for Wasden, his tour group of students was never completely certain their field trip guide understood corporal punishment is no longer “a thing.” At least not at the outset — by the end, they seemed to have discovered the near-nonagenarian (your vocabulary word for the day: a person in their 90s) has a bark worse than his bite. More importantly, were it not for the foresight of Sorensen, Wasden and the other early Taylorsville City Council members, it is unlikely any of these third-graders would have been viewing the 2.5-acre site’s farm animals and antiques at all. “I was in favor of the city purchasing this property (in 2002), because I have always had a great love of history,” Sorensen said. “But there was a lengthy debate. Just like anything else, it came down to money. I am a retired architect, and I wanted to see this old home preserved. We made the right choice.” You’ll have to forgive the Wasatch Front media for paying little attention to the February 2002 Taylorsville City purchase of what was then known as the “Jones Dairy” property. They were busy at that time telling the world about the Salt Lake Winter Olympics. “Purchasing these 2 1/2 acres was certainly one of the ‘good’ decisions we made as
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City Councilwoman and third-grade teacher Meredith Harker (L) and some fellow teachers led about 100 Calvin S. Smith Elementary School third-graders on a field trip to the Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Center. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)
a city council,” Wasden said. “The youngest son of the Jones family just told us one day, ‘I am sick and tired of (the farm and property) and will make you a good deal if you promise to preserve the site.’ Our decision to accept the offer (with Taylorsville City paying $500,000) was a good one.” Wasden, Sorensen and their wives are now active on the city’s Historic Preservation Committee, chaired by Susan Yadeskie, who is another field trip leader. “I grew up on a farm just down the road from here where we raised pigs,” Yadeskie told her young students as they were in the barn observing pigs, rabbits and pregnant goats. “One year, I showed my pig at the Salt Lake County Fair and won a blue ribbon.” Besides making the original half-million dollar investment, city leaders provide “modest” ongoing funding for the historic site’s upkeep. “Each year, we put together a funding ‘wish list,’ and the city is pretty good about helping out,” Yadeskie said. “Within the last year or so, we had one of our bigger expenditures when we upgraded our computers.” In addition to gathering donated artifacts, the committee is also dedicated to Students from several area elementary schools enjoy field trips to the Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Center scanning all of its photos and cataloging pos- each spring. (Carl Fauver/City Journals) sessions.
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Under the direction of former committee chair Connie Taney, whose mother grew up in the historic Jones Dairy home, the committee is also now gathering historic photos through its Facebook page. Harker also explained to her students how she married into one of the oldest families in the area. Joseph Harker and his young family joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints while living in England and immigrated to the United States in 1846. After wintering in the Midwest, the family joined a wagon train just a couple of months behind Brigham Young’s original party. The Harkers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in October 1847. “According to family history, (the Harker family) spent that first (Utah) winter living under their overturned wagons,” Meredith Harker’s Mother-in-Law, Pat Harker, said. “And the following year, they were asked by Brigham Young to cross the Jordan River to settle the area on the west side of it.” During the field trip, the councilwoman also challenged her students to find Joseph Harker’s photo in the historic home’s formal parlor. “I still don’t know why they didn’t name the area ‘Harkerville,’” she said. “But that’s OK, Taylorsville is a good name too.” The annual Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Center field trip “season” normally
includes about 10 different Granite School District elementary schools visiting. The 100 Calvin S. Smith Elementary School students made up this year’s largest group. “Each year, we receive about $3,500 from the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks (ZAP) tax fund, which is paid pretty much entirely to the Granite School District for the busses to get the kids here,” Yadeskie said. “We love to get the kids interested in learning about their family history at a young age. And lots of them later bring their families to visit.” As one of her very first official acts after being sworn into the Taylorsville City Council 17 months ago, Harker asked to serve as the council adviser to the Historic Preservation Committee. “This is such a wonderful part of our community,” Harker said at that time. “I just hope more people will discover it the way I did.” After three-quarters of the third-graders had boarded their busses, including on-hisbest-behavior Ashton Christopherson; the remaining 25 were still in the old farmhouse kitchen, listening to a few final details from Wasden. Funny, the kids he had scolded an hour earlier for being too noisy now seemed to be hanging on the near-nonagenarian’s every word. l
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City Councilman Brad Christopherson, his third-grade son, Ashton, and Ashton’s teacher, Taylorsville City Council Vice Chair Meredith Harker (L-R), all enjoyed a recent tour of the Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Center. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)
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t has become an epidemic, esports are a multi-billion dollar industry that is growing in popularity in players’ basements. Esports describes the world of competitive, organized video gaming. Competitors from different teams and leagues face off playing games made popular by at-home gamers such as Fortnight, Call of Duty, Overwatch, Counter Strike and Madden to name a few. Gamers are watched and followed by millions of fans all over the world by attending live events, on TV or online. The live streaming service Twitch allows viewers to watch gamers in real time. “There are tons of Meetups and small community groups that play weekly, like little grassroots groups,” said JJ Mckeever, Information Technology Specialist for GameTyrant, a North Salt Lake-based gaming center. “The games have been made increasingly available. People play in groups, and there are tournaments where they can play in person.” The 2018 Overwatch Grand Finals were held at the Barclays Center in New York City. According to a report from Newzoo, a market analytics company, 380 million people will watch esports this year. Tournaments and events will draw crowds that rival most traditional sports. In July, ESPN and Disney announced a multi-year deal to televise the Overwatch League. According to Newzoo, 588 esports events were broadcast in 2017. Last year, the NBA drafted 102 professional gamers to compete in its newly launched NBA 2K league. Colleges have even gotten in on the action. Recently, Snow College in Ephraim announced plans to add an esports program to its athletic department. “We are excited about the addition of esports and the opportunities it presents for our students,” Snow College President Gary Carlston said. “This is new territory for most higher education institutions.” But not everyone carries the same enthusiasm. “I could not get him out of the car,” Jaylynn Merrill said. “He is always playing that game and never pays attention.” She had grown frustrated that her nephew, Spencer, did not want to stop playing long enough to walk into the school. The attitudes of many parents and family members are similar to Merrill’s feelings. “I do not understand what he
Gamers come in all ages. Spencer Cox and his cousin Jordyn play Smash Brothers at home on the Nintendo DS. (Photo courtesy of Greg James/City Journals)
sees in those games,” she said. Esports players, not unlike traditional athletes, can rake in big money. Tournaments boast millions of dollars in prize money. The world’s best players can earn seven figures a year. The League of Legends tournament in 2017 generated $5.5 million in ticket sales. “For the most popular games there is a tournament almost every weekend,” Mckeever said. “Super Smash Bros is very healthy (popular) in this area. Game Tyrant (in North Salt Lake) had a tournament that attracted some major talent. The Pac-12 has an esports league and the (University of Utah) has several esports teams.” Newzoo indicates League of Legends, Counter Strike and Fortnite as the most popular esports games. The NBA is not the only traditional professional league to get in involved. Major League Soccer has started eMLS using the game FIFA. The International Olympic Committee met in 2017 to discuss the possibility of legitimizing esports as an Olympic competition. “Kids can get involved by watching YouTube videos and learning the strategy,” Mckeever said. “Practicing is important. Join up and play face-to-face. I know there are school leagues to get involved with.” Taylorsville, Cyprus, Herriman and Copper Hills high schools are some of the many local schools that offer gaming clubs. “Perfect practice applies just as much to esports teams as to traditional sports teams,” Mckeever said.
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League of Utah Writers: coming to a conference near you By Jennifer J. Johnson | firstname.lastname@example.org
he 84-year old still has grit. League of Utah Writers was established in 1935 and now has 32 chapters across the state comprising 550 dues-paying members. Thirteen of the chapters are in the Salt Lake Valley alone. Consider the talent emanating from Herriman Writers, Infinite Monkeys, Oquirrh Writers, Salt City Genre and Utah Freelance Editors. As could be expected, the president of Utah’s oldest and biggest writing guild has a pithy “elevator pitch” to describe his 84-yearold organization. “We take all these introverts and give them community to share work and grow as writers,” LUW President Johnny Worthen said and then rifled off a series of action verbs describing the organization’s objectives: “support, encourage, network, promote, educate, write.” Spring conferencing Some 200 of the state’s membership just participated in LUW’s annual one-day spring conference. However, the numbers are not that impressive to Worthen, who calls the April 27 conference comprising 40 hours of content, presented at the Student Center of Salt Lake Community College “the small one.” It is an important opportunity for local writing talent to put themselves out in the community, sharing their unique skills and experiences and almost an auditioning of sorts for potential speaking spots at “the show”—LUW’s “Quills” Fall Conference. Quills is a three-day event, Aug. 22–24, to be held at the University Park Marriott on the University of Utah campus where Utah writers mingle with nationally known agents and editors. LUW helps the editorial speed-dating process, setting up opportunities for authors to pitch the agents and editors. “We hope to sell out,” Worthen admits, noting that, like a Deer Valley Ski Resort on a powder-rich day, there is an attendance cap, keeping the conference exclusive. League aid for local-community writing LUW is sort of like City Journals: The organization offers hyper-local partnerships to service different needs. Where CJ provides countywide and then specific community editorial products, LUW offers its own conferences and partners with localized writing groups to aid their efforts. A case of this local partnering is the SoJo Writers Conference, held last month at the South Jordan Community Center. LUW also has a speakers bureau to service the needs of local writing groups, academic institutions, businesses or other organizations wanting insights from prolific,
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passionate and often published writers. Contests and the naming of “Writer of the Year” keep writers on their toes—or fingertips. Learning from pros Taylorsville author Lisa Mangum, author of four award-winning books, delighted spring conference attendees with her “Endings That Don’t Suck” presentation. West Jordan “Speculative fiction” published author Terra Luft is the LUW conference chair and president of the local “Infinite Monkeys” writers group, which also meets at the South Jordan Community Center. Luft, who writes about supernatural, futuristic or other imaginative themes, attended Mangum’s session with her two daughters, age 17 and 9. Nine-year-old Erica Luft reports having delved into such sophisticated topics as “love triangles” from the conference. She focused on learning how to transform “boring scenes” into “pop”-worthy ones for readers. Her older sister, 17-year-old Erin Luft, was on the hunt for learning “something new.” She learned how to write an ending that doesn’t suck, how to get rid of writer’s block and how to brainstorm a story plot. Finding LUW The League of Utah Writers has an active Facebook presence and a website, www. leagueofutahwriters.com/. Contact League representation to find a chapter near you— or journey to chapters farther away from the comfort zone. l
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Improvement plans for acreage west of the new Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center still being finalized
It was the best of times … It was the worst of times ….” Or, in this case — south of Taylorsville City Hall on two large patches of land — it’s the busiest of times. And still the slowest of times. The tortoise versus the hare — destined to finish in a tie, about a year and a half from now. “The only timeline we have for finishing work on the acreage west of the new Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center is that we are going to cut the ribbon on both sides together in late 2020,” said Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson. “But, to be honest, I’m not sure when the work will have to begin in order to meet that goal.” On the acreage closer to the belt route to the east, a groundbreaking ceremony was held just before Christmas, and the site has since displayed a steady parade of large, heavy equipment and hard-hatted workers. Hundreds of those construction workers are expected to fight the clock to the bitter end to complete Salt Lake County’s new performing arts center by the end of next year. But that’s a $40 million project. The cost of putting in landscaping, possibly some type of water feature, perhaps a more formal entryway near 5400 South and other proposed improvements on the acreage to the west is expected to be more in the neighborhood of $3 million. And fewer dollars mean a shorter construction time. “People probably won’t see much work on the acreage west of the new performing arts center until the end of this year, or maybe early in 2020,” said Taylorsville Community Development Director Mark McGrath. “We are now completing negotiations with the design firm we have selected to lay out all of the plans.” McGrath headed up the team of city
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By Carl Fauver | email@example.com employees and contract engineers that chose Sandy-based blu line design to transform their vision onto paper. “(blu line) designed the plaza area outside the new Hale Centre Theatre and another attractive plaza in Park City,” McGrath said. “We were really impressed with their design flair that does not seem overly modern. They have an interesting use of traditional materials that we think will blend the more modern look of the new theater with the more traditional look of city hall.” Taylorsville has $1.5 million earmarked for the project, squirreled away years ago from the sale of a portion of that same land parcel on the northeast corner of 5400 South 2700 West. That area is now occupied by the St. Mark’s Hospital Taylorsville Emergency Center. City leaders also anticipate receiving a matching amount from Salt Lake County to raise the total budget to $3 million. “The county has not yet officially approved the $1.5 million in matching funds, but we are confident they will sometime later this year,” City Administrator John Taylor said. “Just like us, they want the area around their new performing arts center to be attractive. So, we are proceeding (through the planning process) as though we have a $3 million budget.” At this point, it appears one thing the acreage will not include is a restaurant, after as many as two eateries had been previously discussed. “No restaurants are in the picture at the moment,” Overson said. “The types of restaurants we would want for that space have not expressed an interest. I think we want this to instead be a gathering space where food trucks can park in the summer, where we could have a farmers’ market. I envision a lovely green place where residents can enjoy
Sale of the land for this medical facility at the corner of 5400 South 2700 West is funding Taylorsville City’s portion of the improvements to be made on the acreage west of the new arts center. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)
one another.” One person who hopes to see a little restraint in the project is Taylorsville City Council Chairman Dan Armstrong. “I hate to see us get too carried away because, the problem is, 5400 South is a very busy and loud road,” Armstrong said. “I do a lot of walking, and I know whenever I get near 4700 South or 5400 South it is very loud. I also would not want to see something like a splashpad for kids because, again, 54th is just so busy.” The city council still has several months to review design concepts and come to an agreement. So far, council members have all agreed it will be nice to finally see a com- All kinds of heavy equipment have been hard at work pleted city center, first envisioned well over on the new Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center; but no work yet on the acreage west of it. (Carl Fauver/ a decade ago. l City Journals)
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MAYOR'S MESSAGE Dear Friends and Neighbors, This month, we will be unveiling the completion of a project that has been almost a year in the making. Our city will finally have a new website! While I’m certain you will find the new look eye-catching and the design beautiful, our new Mayor Kristie S. Overson website is much more than cosmetic. At the very heart of the project was a desire to make it easier for residents to find information about all the operations of the city. The primary goal has been to put the information important to you literally at your fingertips. Our hope is that it will be effortless to find and access anything you are interested in: from documents, such as City Council meeting minutes and agendas, to the latest news about Taylorsville and details about events, to information about how to get a business license or building permit, as well as access to city services such as Animal Control and Code Enforcement, an easy-to-read City Code and corresponding updates, and of course, contact information for city departments and staff. It’s your city. We want you to be able to easily find what you are looking for, and do what you want to do. The new website also accomplishes the added goal of greater transparency. This process started last summer with a community survey asking what you wanted to see for the city’s new website. Almost every respondent said they were looking for some sort of “information.” The new website definitely will include that. What’s more, all of the information is organized in a user-friendly format that is simple to navigate and search. We streamlined our old site that was often cumbersome to use, updated that information, fixed links and deleted outdated content (see Page 2 for more information). In addition to increased transparency, it is our hope that the new website also will result in greater community engagement. Not only will the new site be a go-to source of information, but it will provide a showcase for our city. 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. I am pleased with the results, and hope you will be too. Along with the rollout of our new website, watch for web access to a live-stream of our City Council meetings, also expected at the end of this month. What great ways for our community to connect! –Mayor Kristie S. Overson
WHAT’S INSIDE – June 2019 Frequently Called Numbers, Page 2 Council Corner, Page 3 Taylorsville Dayzz, Pages 4-5 Heritage Remembrances, Page 6 Environment, Page 8
Taylorsville Dayzz Promises Plenty of Fun for Everyone
This year’s Taylorsville Dayzz gets underway this month, June 27, 28 and 29, and there is plenty to do for everyone – from carnival rides and food booths to the parade, concerts and, of course, the best fireworks show in the state. The city’s preeminent event at Valley Regional Park brings a show-stopping line-up featuring the Utah Symphony on Thursday night. On Friday, you can Rock the 80s with Lisa McClowry, and Saturday enjoy the music of Abbacadabra. The parade, with about 90 entries, starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, running from 1900 West along 5400 South before turning north at 2700 West and finishing just past the park. See the full list of events on Page 4 and more details about the 5K and Kids Fun Run on Page 5. “It is such a fun way to celebrate our com-
munity and kick off the summer with family and friends,” says Mayor Kristie Overson. The celebration, which is marking its 23rd year, gets bigger each summer. The 90 acres at Gary C. Swensen Valley Regional Park, 5100 S. 2700 West, offers plenty of room to spread out, and parking, as well as most events, are free. The cherry on top is, of course, the fireworks. Thursday night features a 20-minute fireworks show and on Saturday night, count on a full 30 minutes of non-stop fireworks set to patriotic music. The Taylorsville Dayzz Committee of about 16 residents and volunteers has been planning since last year’s event and is expecting attendance to be in line with immediate past years of about 30,000 to 40,000 people. It’s definitely become a tradition not to be missed. So come enjoy the party!
City of Taylorsville Newsletter City of Taylorsville Notice of 2019 Municipal Election The City of Taylorsville will hold a Municipal Election this year on Nov. 5 to elect three City Council Members (one from Council District 1, one from Council District 2, and one from Council District 3) to serve four-year terms. If necessary, a Municipal Primary Election will also be held on Aug. 13. The filing period will run from Monday, June 3, through Friday, June 7, during regular City Hall hours (weekdays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Candidates must file a “Declaration of Candidacy” form in person with the Taylorsville City Recorder, at Taylorsville City Hall, 2600 W. Taylorsville Blvd., during the filing period. Declaration of Candidacy forms will be available in the Recorder’s Office or on the city website at www.taylorsvilleut.gov. A candidate must have been a resident of the City of Taylorsville for at least 12 consecutive months (365 days) immediately prior to the date of the General Election. A candidate must also be a registered voter. A candidate running for a Council District seat must be a resident of that district. A filing fee of $100 must be paid at the time of filing the Declaration of Candidacy. The filing fee will be reduced to $50 for candidates who submit a nomination petition containing 25 signatures of residents of the city who are at least 18 years old. For additional information, please visit the city’s website at www.taylorsvilleut.gov or contact City Recorder Cheryl Peacock Cottle at 801-963-5400.
Taylorsville City to Launch New Website
UPCOMING Taylorsville Events June 5 & June 19 – 6:30 p.m.
City Council Meeting @ City Hall
June 11 – 7 p.m. & June 25 – 6 p.m.
Planning Commission Meeting @ City Hall
June 7 – 7:30 p.m.
Broadway Jr. Review @ Senior Center
June 8 – 4 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Broadway Jr. Review (See Page 7)
June 27, 28, 29
Taylorsville Dayzz! (See Pages 4-5)
Taylorsville City’s new website goes live at the end of this month. 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-to-find 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. They narrowed the old site’s 235 web pages down to 124 pages and added 25 more, for a total of 149 unique pages making up the website. You will be able to access the new website at the city’s same address: www.taylorsvilleut.gov
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Celebrating the Many ‘Fathers’ who Built our Community
By Council Member Curt Cochran In preparing to write this month’s Council Corner I thought to myself, “What do we celebrate in June?” We have D-Day on June 6, 1944, which was the day Allied Forces landed on the beaches of Normandy thus changing the direction of World War II. On June 14, we celebrate Flag Day marking the official adoption day of the U.S. flag in 1777. The most important day of June, in my opinion, is Father’s Day on the third Sunday of the month. While I am a father of three and a grandfather of two, Father’s Day not only makes me appreciate my father and all he has done for me, but also what his father and his father’s father went through to raise their families and give back to their community. Is a “father” defined by blood relation? I know that is not the case. I know plenty of people who are adopted and families who have adopted. It doesn’t make a difference. What about our Founding Fathers? Historian Richard B. Morris in 1973 identified the following seven figures as the key Founding Fathers: John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and George Washington. Now we know that there were more, just maybe not as famous. For example, could Paul Revere and Abraham Lincoln also be considered founding fathers due to their influence on American history? Are founding fathers the first to settle an area? If so, Native American Indians were in the Utah area 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. The Freemont Culture lived in what is now northern and western Utah 600-1200 years ago. Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries the Navajo, Shoshone and Ute Indians roamed Utah.
Left to right: Curt Cochran (District 2). Ernest Burgess (District 1). Dan Armstrong, Chair (District 5). Meredith Harker, Vice Chair (District 4). Brad Christopherson (District 3).
In the mid-1600s Spanish explorers, missionaries, and soldiers called this area home. Of course, there are recent Utah Pioneer founding fathers including Brigham Young, Heber C. Kimball, and the countless others who forged their way to Utah and set it on the path to what we have today. What about the founding fathers of industry and technology such as Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Pierre Omidyar (the founder of eBay). Specifically, in Taylorsville, we have several founding fathers including John Taylor, Joseph Harker, John Bennion, William Hickman, Samuel Bennion, and Heber Bennion. However, I recently learned about another group of people in the Taylorsville area. These are the families of the Old English Fort. This fort was located just north of where the Taylorsville Cemetery is now located, 4600 S. Redwood Road. When I think about the bravery these families demonstrated and the challenges they endured, I am in awe. I consider these families all founding fathers of Taylorsville: The Miller Family, The John Bennion Family, The Johns Family, The Irving Family, The Childs Family, The Mantle Family, The Keaton Family, The Russel Family, The Snyder Family, The Trimmer Family, The Haight Family, The John McIntoch Family, The D.O. Calder Family, The Caldwell Family, The William McIntoch Family, The Joseph Harker Family, and The Hullett Family. I do not know the exact contributions these families made but nonetheless, I can imagine that each had a specific part in building this community. I am grateful for their sacrifice, and wish all the fathers, regardless of what type of father you are, a happy and peaceful Father’s Day.
Taylorsville Among Nation's Top 10 Best Cities for Business "Make way for Taylorsville—It's coming full throttle into the economic race." That's how a new report describes Taylorsville in naming it as the No. 8 best small city in the nation to start a small business. The report by Verizon notes Taylorsville's accessibility and prime location in the heart of the Salt Lake Valley. "Taylorsville is a happy medium as far as income, commute time and access to loans goes," according to the report. The list is based on such financial and
demographic factors as education, travel time to work, per capita income, loans per capita and tax scores. Taylorsville is one of four Utah cities to make the Top 10. Other Utah cities are: Logan, South Jordan, and Lehi. The report was released to coincide with the celebration of National Small Business Week, May 5-11. The Utah Governor's Office of Economic Development has highlighted the report on its website, www.business.utah.gov.
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Taylorsville resident Steven Powell drew this year’s winning race T-shirt and medal design.
UDOT will relocate a segment of the Jordan Aqueduct that extends north and south. Work on the aqueduct relocation started this past month and will be completed in December. The actual pipe will be coming in about 12 weeks. Construction will occur primarily on the west side of Bangerter Highway. The prep work needed for the aqueduct relocation will shave a year off the construction time of the interchange. The 6200 South Interchange is expected to be complete in 2020 while other interchanges along the highway will take two years to finish. Noise walls will stay up during the new pipe installation. For more information about both projects and other road construction in Taylorsville, see the city's website: www.taylorsvilleut.gov
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Road construction has begun along 5400 South between 1500 West and Bangerter Highway. The project, which started May 6, will involve removing and replacing the asphalt pavement and upgrading curb, gutter and pedestrian ramps. Work is expected to finish July 19 and will not interfere with Taylorsville Dayzz or the Taylorsville Dayzz Parade. Curb and gutter work and pedestrian paving will take place during the day, while the actual roadwork, including milling and paving, as well as utility work will occur at night to accommodate traffic. Outside Flex lanes will shift one lane inward but otherwise Flex lanes will remain operational. Also, to prepare for the construction of the interchange at 6200 South and Bangerter Highway,
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Get your running shoes on! The Taylorsville Dayzz 5K starts at 7 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at Valley Regional Park, while the half-mile Kids Fun Run begins just after at 7:45 a.m. Taylorsville City sponsors the 5K and Kids Fun Run as a way for families to get out, get active and have fun together. The race starts and ends on the running path in the park (see accompanying map). Participants receive swag bags, locally designed T-shirts and medals at the finish line. Steven Powell is the winner of this year’s T-shirt design contest. To guarantee a race T-shirt, be sure to register online by Thursday, June 13. Online registration will be available until June 26. Packet pick-up is Thursday, June 27 and Friday, June 28 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Taylorsville City booth at Taylorsville Dayzz, 5100 S. 2700 West. Go to www.taylorsvilledayzz5k.com to register and for more information. Have fun!
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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.
TAYLORSVILLE SENIOR CENTER Upcoming Events for June: • Financial Basics for the 50+: Monday, June 3 at 11 a.m. Presentation by AARP. • Birthday Tuesday Entertainment: Tuesday, June 4 at 11 a.m. Entertainer Bob Shorten. • Father’s Day Recognition: Friday, June 14 at 11:45 a.m. • Entertainment: Tuesday, June 18 at 11 a.m. Entertainment by WFTW (Walt Woods and family). • Summer Special Meal: Tuesday, June 25. Entertainment at 11 a.m. Meal at noon. Sign up by Tuesday, June 18.
Drop by the center at 4743 Plymouth View Drive, or call 385-468-3371 for details.
‘Out of this World’ Activities Planned at Library
The Taylorsville Library, at 4870 S. 2700 West, is hosting a couple of galaxy-themed programs for adults this month. Both events require registration. They include: Adult Make & Take: Constellation Coasters June 8, 10:30 a.m. to noon Make a set of four space-themed tile coasters. Supplies provided. Registration began Monday, May 13. Adult Make & Take: Solar System Necklace July 15, 10:30 a.m. to noon Paint the solar system and then string it on a chain! All supplies provided. Registration opens Monday, June 10. Visit or contact the library for more information, 801-943-4636.
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Taylorsville Bennion Heritage REMEMBRANCES Taylorsville Lions Club Made a Difference with Service The Taylorsville Lions Club service organization lasted for more than 60 years, from 1943-2004. During this time, Taylorsville was a community 12 miles south of Salt Lake City and about 3 miles west of Murray City. Neighbors were sparse to begin with and the sweet smell from the freshly plowed ground was an indication that it was hardly anything more than an industrious farming area. That was, of course, before World War II. Taylorsville has since enjoyed a great influx of people. Farms were sold and housing projects were started. People were coming in leaps and bounds. The community had wanted to start planning a park, but how to go about it was the difficult task — until “LIONISM” was in- The Taylorsville Lions Club House was built at troduced. This was the program they need4700 S. Redwood Rd. ed. The service club was the vehicle with which they could work their plan. Even their wives (Lady Lions) got in the act by hosting the State Convention one year. Service projects included Sub-for-Santa, Easter Egg Hunt, Leader Dogs for the Blind, Community Calendars, and Moran Eye Center, just to name a few. Eventually, the Club House and Bowery were built at 4700 S. Redwood Road. The Taylorsville Lions Club met the first and third Thursday of each month. Hence, all this effort is now ended, however. The last president, Ralph Thacker, made sure that a booklet was made public and preserved at the Taylorsville-Bennion Heritage Center for all to view. The gavel, lion, and flags were also donated. If this article piques your interest, come by the Heritage Museum 1488 W. 4800 South to peruse this valuable piece of Taylorsville History.
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City Honors Youth Council’s Graduating Seniors City leaders extended congratulations this past month to the graduating seniors who have served so diligently on Taylorsville’s 19-member Youth Council. They were honored at the May 15 City Council meeting by Mayor Kristie Overson and Youth Council Coordinator Kris Heinman, who presented each with a medal of honor. Specifically recognized were: Lucas Carpenter: Lucas has served on the Youth Council for three years, including as this year’s Youth Council Mayor-Youth Ambassador. He is his high school’s National Honor Society President and is graduating with a 4.0 GPA. Lucas will be attending BYU after he returns from a mission for his church. He plans to be a pediatric dentist.
has received several scholarships including the Chancellor’s Scholarship. McKenna Rowley: McKenna has been a Youth Council member for one year. Her achievements in high school include receiving presidential scholarships to Dixie State and Southern Utah University, the Dean’s Scholarship to Utah State, and the Utah Flagship Scholarship at the University of Utah. She plans on attending Southern Utah University. Also honored but unable to attend last month’s City Council meeting were:
Natalie Pitts: Natalie has been on the Youth Council for three years, including as this year’s Youth Council Chair. She received an outstanding senior award for being one of the top-50 in her graduating class. She has been involved the AVID club (Advanced Via Individual Determination). Natalie plans on attending Southern Utah University. Moises Daboin: Moises has been a member of the Youth Council for one year. He will graduate with three areas of distinction: Diploma of Merit, Seal of Biliteracy, and as a top-50 senior with a 3.9 GPA. Moises received a $318,000 scholarship, becoming a QuestBridge Scholar for Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. McKenzie Green: McKenzie has been part of the Youth Council for two years. McKenzie is a member of the FFA (Future Farmers of America) where she received her Greenhand degree. She has been on the swim team for three years and made the varsity team her junior and senior year.
Angela Alcala: Angela has been a Youth Council member for one year. Her achievements in high school include National Honor Society, Student of the Month, four Area of Distinction Awards including Diploma of Merit and Seal of Biliteracy. She plans to attend Weber State University on a full-ride scholarship.
Sarah Kendall: Sarah has been a member of the Youth Council for three years. She has been involved with the National Honor Society, HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) and the swim team. Sarah was honored as one of the top-50 seniors of her graduating class. She plans to complete a mission for her church and then attend Southern Utah University to study nursing.
Annalee Morgan: Annalee has been a member of the Youth Council for two years. She participated in track and swim, is a National Honors Society member and is in the top 2 percent of her graduating class. She plans to attend Southern Utah University where she
See Broadway Jr. Review in June, Mamma Mia in July You won’t want to miss the Taylorsville Arts Council’s productions of the Broadway Jr. Review this month, and the musical Mamma Mia next month. First up is the Broadway Jr. Review: A Night at Grand Central Station. Three shows are planned on Friday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m., a matinee on Saturday, June 8, at 4 p.m., and a Saturday evening performance at 7:30 p.m. All shows are at the Taylorsville Senior Center. Performers are ages 7 to 18, and the show is made up of their audition songs. The cast of Mamma Mia has been practicing for months, starting with special dance clinics in March and April. Featuring the music of ABBA, the show runs six nights (and six nights only!) at the SLCC Redwood Road Alder Ampitheater. The cast includes: Rachel Bates, as Donna Sheridan, Becky Davis as Tanya, Amanda VandenAkker as Rosie, David Oldroyd as Sam, Daniel Blück as Bill, Benjamin Nordby as Harry, Victoria Mancuso as Sophie, Tynan Portillo as Sky, Samuel Bates as Pepper, Cassidy Swenson as Ali, Sierra Moosman as Lisa, Weston Harvey as Eddie, and Ben Watson as Father Alexandros. Over three dozen more people round out the cast as dancers and its ensemble. We can’t wait!
Cultural Diversity Committee Plans Summer Events Taylorsville’s Cultural Diversity Committee invites you to join them for events in June and July, including:
Broadway Jr. Review Friday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 8 at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Senior Center, 4743 Plymouth View Dr. Cost $5. Family pass $20
Monthly meeting: June 13 at 6 p.m. For meeting location, contact Chair Emily Barnes, 801-360-7626. Taylorsville Dayzz: June 27, 28, 29. Visit the city tent for information and treats. Family Picnic & Kids/Teens Game Night: June 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.
Mamma Mia July 15 to 20 Alder Ampitheater SLCC Redwood Road
Monthly meeting: July 11 at 6 p.m. For meeting location, contact Barnes, phone number above. Family Picnic & Kids/Teens Game Night:
July 27, 6-8 p.m. Location and details same as June event.
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Consumer Confidence Report Provides Water Info The purpose of the Consumer Confidence Report is to provide you with information on the quality of your drinking water. In addition to water quality the report also gives information on conservation resources, potential contamination sources, and where your water comes from. Taylorsville-Bennion Improvement District distributes culinary water that meets all federal and state quality requirements. The report can be found on the district website: www.tbid.org/CCR.html or you may contact the district at 801-968-9081 and a copy will be mailed to your home. If you have any questions, please contact the Taylorsville-Bennion Improvement District office at 801-968-9081.
Help the Environment, Cut Back on Plastic
JUNE WFWRD UPDATES GREEN WASTE SUBSCRIPTION PROGRAM The Green Waste Collection Program is underway. This is a subscription-based program, and those interested in subscribing or getting more information can visit the WFWRD website at www.wasatchfrontwaste.org. Taylorsville currently has 871 subscribers for the Green Waste Program. Please remember to not bag your green waste and that green (yard) waste should never be placed in the blue recycling cans. Placing green waste in the recycling cans contaminates the recycling and makes the recyclable materials unusable.
NATIONAL GARBAGE PERSON DAY National Garbage Person Day is the week of June 17. According to a 2016 Time magazine report, waste and recycling collection is the fifth most dangerous job in America. WFWRD drivers work hard to ensure that your waste is collected efficiently and safely, despite challenges due to weather, traffic and other complications. Even a simple wave to your driver can go a long way to show your appreciation.
CART PLACEMENTS By Marsha Mauchley –Green Committee Member Among the hundreds of pounds of waste collected at Taylorsville’s recent Earth Day Collection event was plenty of plastic. The prevalence of plastic is undoubtedly affecting our environment, making it important to cut back. Here are some ways to start: • Begin at the grocery store, where there are all shapes and sizes of plastic, and consider purchasing products that come in another container. • Go to the produce section. Rather than use several bags, consolidate fruits and vegetables into one. Save the bags. Save the planet. • Consider not using plastic straws. There are now metal straws that are reusable and a good alternative to plastic. • The main idea is to reuse and get in a good habit. Thank you to all who brought their plastics and other items to the Earth Day Collection on April 27. At the event, locations were set up for document shredding, glass, green waste, paint, expired medicines, and donated items, as well. In all, 331 people participated, and volunteers with the Green Committee and Boy Scouts, along with Taylorsville City employees, all helped to make it a success. If you would like to join the Green Committee, meetings are held every third Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Taylorsville City Hall.
Please remember to keep your garbage/recycle/green carts at least 3 feet away from each other and from other objects, such as cars, trees or mailboxes. This space is needed for the automated collection arms on trucks to safely grab and empty the carts.
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ean Lam stands quietly working alone on his putting game. His father, Dat, is nearby watching his son’s every move. The Skyline freshman was part of last season’s 5A state champion team and spends a lot of his time working on his game at his hometown course, Fore Lakes, in Taylorsville. “The course is not challenging, but it is a great place to practice and work on your game,” Taylorsville resident Dat Lam said. “They keep the greens very good and the grass mowed very good. We come and practice almost every day. To practice here on some things you don’t even need to spend lots of money.” Dat stands between the courses driving range and putting greens. Several single players hunch over measuring putts, while a group of teenagers laugh as a player shanks a shot on the range nearby. The course offers programs for all levels of participants. It has a short par 3 and a ninehole executive course. The par-3 course offers nine holes ranging from 100–180 yards. The executive course has two par 4 holes, a par 5 and six par 3 holes. “Better golfers can come out and work on their short irons on the par 3 course,” last season’s course superintendent T.A. Barker said last fall. “A beginner can come, and it
is not too intimidating to play the executive course.” The facility offers a lighted driving range, chipping green and putting green for practice. It offers leagues for men, couples and ladies. Its Tuesday women’s league was once the largest in the state. In the summer months, there are junior camps that offer instruction and rounds of play. “They work with Youth on Course and keep the fees down for the junior golfers,” Lam said. “I think it is like three or four dollars for juniors to play here.” Youth on Course is a national organization that partners with Fore Lakes to provide youth ages 6–18 access to its courses. YOC began in Northern California. It originated as a way to increase accessibility and affordability for youth. To date, the program has subsidized more that 600,000 rounds of golf nationally, hired more than 115 interns and awarded $250,000 in scholarships. Fore Lakes is a privately owned course located at 1285 West 4700 South in Taylorsville. It opened for play in 1974. Many local youth players and high school teams use the facility for training. Sean finished top 10 in last fall’s state tournament and is competing in the regional qualifier for the US Open later this summer.
The driving range at Fore Lakes is a great place to swing the clubs for the first time or to hone your skills for a major tournament. (Greg James/City Journals)
“We are crossing our fingers,” Dat Lam said. “It could be a big thing for recruiting. He is competing against all amateurs. It could be a big thing. If he does finish top 10, then colleges would begin to watch him. My daughter Ashley is just as good and might
have a good chance.” In September, Fore Lakes will host the Brad Asplund Memorial Golf Fundraiser. All proceeds go to families’ needs for Christmas. This year, the fundraiser is scheduled to help military families. l
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Students live what they’ve learned at Mountain Man Rendezvous By Jet Burnham | email@example.com
A parent volunteer serves up Dutch oven cobblers. (Jet Burnham\City Journals)
n May 2, Vista Elementary fourth-graders became pioneers, traders and trappers attending a Mountain Man Rendezvous held on the back field of Vista Elementary. Principal Diane Phillips arranged for the activity to supplement what the students have been learning all year about Utah history. “What a great hands-on experience to actually have an opportunity to live what you learn in the history books,” she said. “Any time you can make those connections, it becomes more real and more of a stronger learning experience.” Students spent the morning outdoors, doing the work of mountain men, including leather tooling, tin-punching, panning for gold and bartering at a trading post. “I think that they are learning techniques that they probably wouldn’t ever have to apply in their lives—the physical activities that people had to do on a daily basis,” said Nanette Berezhnyy, parent of fourth-grader. She said it was good to see the kids enjoying simple activities and engaging in “screenfree learning.” She said for the kids to experience the hard work of that time period would hopefully help them appreciate their modern technology and conveniences. Once students sifted “gold nuggets” from a plastic pool full of sand and water, they traded them for tickets to purchase items at the trading post. They also earned tickets for making a bull’s-eye in a seed-spitting contest and winning a leg or arm wrestling match. Enoch Dutson, fourth-grade teacher at Vista, said the main goal for the morning was for students to have fun. But the immersive experience provided some educational op-
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Students are introduced to leg wrestling, a popular sport in the 1800s. (Jet Burnham\City Journals)
portunities to learn as well. “Hopefully, they learn a little bit of what life was like,” said Dutson. Visiting mountain men brought animal furs and authentic tools and equipment. They even set up a teepee in Vista’s back field. “A lot of kids have never seen one up close—and never been in one,” said Phillips. Students climbed inside the teepee to learn how to weave boondoggle. They also created bracelets with leather tooling and hammered nails into orange juice lids to create designs. Parent volunteers and school support staff, dressed in pioneer and mountain man garb, helped run the different activities, which included the sampling of Dutch oven cobblers cooked on-site. Janie Beck is Becky Beck’s sixth child Fourth-graders hammer designs into leather brace- Pioneers and traders barter at the Trading Post. (Jet to study Utah history in fourth grade but the Burnham\City Journals) lets. (Jet Burnham\City Journals) first to participate in a Vista Rendezvous because this is the first one the school has ever held. New to the school this year, Phillips introduced the staff and parents to the idea. Beck said her family attended a large rendezvous in Wyoming a few years ago, and the experience made an impression on her kids. “Any time they have experiences connected, it always stays with them,” she said. Beck said the activities at Vista’s Rendezvous gave the kids an opportunity to appreciate how much easier their lives are compared with the people living in the 1800s. Students also enjoyed participating in the old-fashioned crafts and games. “They seem to be having just as much fun as if they were playing their video A student puckers up for a seed-spitting contest. (Jet Burnham\City Journals) games,” said Beck. l
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Vista Elementary sixth-grader named ‘campeón’of Utah’s Spanish spelling bee
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eyoncé Salas, a sixth-grader at Vista Elementary, won first place at the Utah Spanish Spelling Bee, held April 9 at Weber State University. “Beyoncé won the contest with ease and confidence,” said Alexis Vallbona, Spanish Immersion teacher at Vista. “It is an honor for Vista to be able to participate in state contests and send talented students that are proof of individual talent as well as the quality of our programs.” Beyoncé placed third overall in last year’s state bee, the first year Vista Elementary students had participated in the competition. “I decided last year my fifth-grade students were tremendously talented and could enjoy participating in this experience,” said Vallbona. The statewide spelling bee was organized by Weber State University’s National Hispanic Honor Society, Sigma Delta Pi. Society adviser and event chair Isabel Asensio said the bee promotes the Spanish language and bilingual education. She believes it provides an empowering opportunity for young students to develop and showcase their academic and linguistic skills. The competition is open to fourththrough eighth-graders from public, charter and private schools. Three students from each school are allowed to compete. Students study vocabulary and spelling for months in preparation for the event, winning their school spelling bees to qualify for the state competition. “The words used in the contest come from the National Spanish Spelling Bee list
and are certainly challenging even for adult native speakers,” said Vallbona. Some participants are heritage speakers—their families speak Spanish. Others are students learning Spanish exclusively through a DLI (dual language immersion) program, such as the one at Vista. “Throughout the last five years, I have seen that being a heritage speaker or not doesn’t make a difference,” said Asensio. “You are either a good speller or not.” In addition to the spelling contest, the competition includes an impromptu role play where students show their language proficiency. For this segment, heritage and non-heritage speakers are judged separately. Asensio, who is also the national Vice President of Sigma Delta Pi West, said the event is a boost for the Hispanic community. “With an event like this, Hispanic students get to realize that they are not to be ashamed of their culture and language—it is OK to speak and learn Spanish right, and you can even be rewarded for it,” she said. Asensio has seen an increase each year in the preparedness of the students. She said the event is a good experience for them to study hard, get out of their comfort zone, interact with students of varying proficiency levels, practice good sportsmanship and to have fun. “I believe these students are special because they are learning two languages,” she said. “This event helps them realize that it’s not in vain, that their hard work pays off, that there is value in speaking multiple languages and this skill will set them apart later in their professional life.” l
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he state pole vault record has been broken. Riverton’s Robbie Walker stepped back and cleared 16 feet 3 inches to break a state record that has stood since 1995, culminating his hard work and the help of specific trainers. “Robbie has trained with us for several years,” Utah Pole Vault Academy director and Bingham High track coach Kody Pierce said. “He is a good athlete. We say he has great hops. He is a hard worker. He committed himself and had the state record in mind for a couple of years.” Walker jumped over 15 feet last season as a junior. Last season, his teammate Trent James went higher than him and offered some good healthy competition and encouragement. “I think he saw what he could do and knew he had this year to train to reach the state record,” Pierce said. “He has worked his butt off.” Pole vault has only been a track scoring event for girls and boys in smaller classifications for five years. Some schools did not even own the equipment until recently. “I was in the same boat as most of these kids,” Pierce said of his high school track days. “So, I recruited a buddy to help and have figured it out. Since then, I have traveled all over the country and have learned to be a better coach. The pole vault world is pretty tight-knit. We help each other and want to see the sport grow.” Pole vault technique and training can be very specific. “It can be a fun sport that you can come and do just in the spring season, but to be like a Robbie Walker, you need to put in the time to be top level,” Pierce said. “They are the
ones that get the higher marks. We have athletes of all skills and ages. Gymnasts make great jumpers; speed strength and agility are important. A good pole vaulter will be one of the best athletes on the track. He may not be the fastest but one of. They need to be strong and jump well.” As Walker approached the platform to attempt the state record, a hush fell over those around the stadium watching him. His arms cleared the bar and cheers erupted. “This is a pole vault community,” Pierce said. “There are no boundaries. They love the pole vault and love other pole vaulters. It doesn’t matter what school you are from. [Walker] breaking the record was cool. A good high school vaulter is somewhere in the 14-foot range. Robbie is an exception.” Taylorsville placed fifth in both the boys and girls divisions at the Region 3 championships. Ben Taylor has posted a top-10 pole vault jump this season. He is expected to finish near the top at the state track meet. Kearns finished fourth in the Region 2 championship in both the girls and boys divisions. Carly Koehler won a region title in the 200 meters, as did Emmanuel Andrew in the 400 and Jeffrey Bassa in the long jump. The Utah State track meet is scheduled was held May 16–18 at BYU (after press deadline). The Pole Vault Association is open yearround and encourages youth to participate. Its indoor facility in Riverton even hosted a pole vault event this spring when the weather rained out a weekend track meet. “We have 40 to 50 kids that participate with us regularly,” Pierce said. “It depends on the time of year. We have several schools that do not have a pole vault coach. We want to help all the kids that need it.” l
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Cure for the summertime blues…and greens and reds By Jet Burnham | firstname.lastname@example.org
Fox Hills Elementary School student art work. (Jet Burnham\City Journals)
ummer is a great time for kids to explore art, believes Fox Hills Elementary School art teacher Nathan Smith. “There’s no reason that they should be creatively deprived because they’re not in school,” he said. His advice to parents is to not be afraid to let kids get messy with their art. He suggests putting down an old sheet as a drop cloth or sending them outside to create. “Sometimes the mess is the fun part, and that’s the learning—it’s just getting in there with those materials and experimenting,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to be messy at home.” As a BTSLAP art specialist, Smith’s job is to create opportunities for students to explore core curriculum concepts through art and experimentation. “We are reviewing material that they’ve learned before in a new and different way that engages different parts of their brain,” he said. Creative projects he develops for students help them form stronger connections that enable students to retain information better, especially in topics they normally have a hard time making a personal connection with. Smith said summer offers the opportunity for kids to explore art through summer camps and classes. Another resource is as close as the local library. There are a growing number of books for young readers that explore art. Diane Gilmore, chair for the Great Artists program at Fox Hills, has found several books that support the curriculum, such as “The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau” by Michelle Markell, which she reads to students while they create pieces inspired by Rouseau’s works. Students learn about five artists each year in the Great Artists program. Lessons and art projects are taught by parent volunteers who have little or no art experience but who are very dedicated to the program. “It’s really cool to see them go above and beyond just the Great Artist program and going to the library and getting extra books to expose the class to them,” said Gilmore. This year’s Great Artist showcase was themed after one of the books a parent found, “If da Vinci Painted a Dinosaur” by Amy Newbold, illustrated by Greg Newbold. The
Newbolds have a created a series of books featuring many of the great artists that Fox Hills students study. The author/illustrator team came to talk to families at the Great Artist showcase April 18. They discussed the inspiration for their books and showed the behind-the-scenes development of the themed twists they add to classic artists’ works. “If Picasso Painted a Snowman” portrays snowmen melting like Dali’s clocks and a Pollock-style splattered snowman, while “If da Vinci Painted a Dinosaur” features dinosaurs surfing Hokusai’s giant wave and smelling flowers in Cassatt’s garden. The Newbolds love to engage students in exploring well-known art pieces through their books. “This was the kind of book we never found in the gift shop when we took our kids to art museums,” said Amy Newbold. Their books include biographies of the featured artists. “For most of them, it’s a process of learning and experimenting and finding out what their voice is,” said Amy Newbold. “We wanted to send the message to kids that your own style is important to finding your own voice that matters.” Smith encourages his students find their unique artistic style through a variety of projects throughout the year. He believes everybody can be an artist. “As long as you’re creating something, and you’re being honest and you’re having fun, and you’re trying your best—that’s the creative process that really makes art valuable,” he said. Greg Newbold agrees artists should not let anything stop them from creating. “At some point in education or growing up, somebody squashes a kid’s artistic ambition,” he said. “The difference between someone like me and someone who didn’t keep drawing is I just didn’t let it bother me, and I just kept drawing because I liked it.” He believes art is a continual process of experimentation. “There’s not a right or wrong way to do art,” he said. “It’s just ‘did it turn out the way you want it or not?’” l
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Tville Library patrons find, photograph bugs in worldwide contest By Carl Fauver | email@example.com
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or the record, our local team lost to London and Tokyo, but we beat Buenos Aires and Indianapolis. And there’s always next year! Cities across the globe competed this spring in something called the City Nature Challenge 2019. Locally, the competing “city” included residents of seven northern Utah counties: Box Elder, Cache, Davis, Salt Lake, Summit, Utah and Weber. The contest required participants to observe and photograph any living thing: animals, plants, bugs, fish, mold, whatever. “This is a way to get people who are interested in our living world active in observing it more closely,” said Natural History Museum of Utah Exhibit Developer and Interpretive Planner Lisa Thompson. “This is only the fourth year of the challenge and only the second year it was international. We are excited the staff at the Taylorsville Library wanted to become involved.” Taylorsville Youth Services Librarian Shelly Ward said she learned about the challenge during a librarians’ meeting and quickly volunteered her branch to host the culminating party for the four-day challenge, called the “City Nature Challenge 2019 BioBlitz.” “We were excited to be a part of it because it was a wonderful way to take advantage of the green space outside our library,” Ward said. “It was a great way to get people out of their house and to enjoy some of our fun trails and the park right outside our doors.” Parents and kids who attended the three-hour event were armed with nets to try to capture bugs and insects. Those who found something unusual showed their find to NHMU Entomology & Malacology Collections Manager Christy Bills, who was on hand to help identify species. Participants in the challenge were instructed to download the iNaturalist app to their phone, take pictures and then upload the photos to the app. Naturalists then worked to identify each species. All of that was probably too technical for the youngsters on hand at the BioBlitz, but organizers said they were happy to be outdoors with their parents, running around with nets. A year ago, a Sandy family made a very rare find, which the experts later identified as a Megalepthyphantes nebulosus spider. “We took the photo in our backyard shed at night after putting our kids to sleep,” Heather McEntire said. “We just went out to see if we could find anything different in the dark.” The McEntires found the challenge to be a great way to entertain and educate their children. “We have always loved being outside
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This photo of the rare Megalepthyphantes nebulosus was taken as part of the iNaturalist challenge last year, after the spider was located by Heather McEntire and her husband outside their Sandy home. (Jacob McEntire)
but couldn’t put any real names to the birds, insects and spiders we saw,” Heather McEntire said. “With the iNaturalist community giving identifications to our pictures, we quickly learned the common names of the creatures in our area. It was so nice to hear my young children say, ‘Look Mom, that’s a mourning dove.’ I really believe so many of our children today have a nature deficit. This was an opportunity to help immerse them in their local environment.” It would seem the McEntires’ attitude is contagious because participation growth in the City Nature Challenge has been rapid. “The challenge began with just the cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco competing against each other in 2016,” Thompson said. “In 2017, it was expanded to include the entire United States. This is only the second year for the City Nature Challenge to be a worldwide event.” A comparison of the numbers in those two years quickly shows how it is gaining in popularity. 2018: 8,600 species found by 17,000 observers, with a total of 441,000 observations. 2019: 28,000 species found by 31,800 observers, with a total of 816,000 observations. “I’m glad I learned about the challenge and also glad we were given the opportunity to host the BioBlitz,” Ward said. “We are always looking for fun activities for our patrons.” To learn more about the City Nature Challenge, visit www.iNaturalist.org. To learn more about other activities at the Salt Lake County Library Taylorsville branch, visit www.slcolibrary.org/gl/glal/libraryTaylorsville. l
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ndependence Day is a day (and night) to celebrate the birth of our nation. There’s watching parades, enjoying backyard barbecues and, of course, igniting fireworks. Fireworks. There’s lots of them here, especially with July 24, Pioneer Day, also being a holiday where fireworks play a major entertainment role. In makes for month full of blasts, bangs, whizzes, and sparkly colors lighting up the dark. But the joys of fireworks come with risks. To avoid accidents (or even death), here’s a few tips to remember as you and neighbors prepare to celebrate your state and country.
• Recent legislation passed in Utah limits the days of the year allowed to light fireworks. Only light fireworks during those days in accordance with the newly passed law.
• Dress appropriately. Loose clothing that can catch fire easily should be left in the drawer, while snugly fitted long sleeves and pants can protect from potential burns.
• Check with your city to determine what areas allow fireworks. Cities such as Sandy and Herriman have decreased the areas that permit fireworks.
• Always have a bucket of water and charged water hose nearby.
• Know your fireworks. Read cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting. • Don’t get fancy. While it may be tempting to be creative and construct your own fireworks, the results may not be worth it. • Responsible adults should not only be present, but should supervise closely. Never give fireworks to small children. • Alcohol and fireworks does not make a good cocktail. Save your alcohol for after the show. • Light one firework at a time and don’t linger. Fireworks look just as pretty from 30 feet away as they do from five. • This one may seem obvious, but fireworks should be shot outside, not inside.
• Never shoot fireworks into metal or glass containers. The ricochet hurts just as much. • Dispose of spent fireworks by wetting them down and place in metal trash can away from any building or combustible materials. • Report illegal explosives. They ruin it for the rest of us. • Don’t forget about your pets. Make sure they are securely indoors and have identification tags in case they do escape during a fireworks display. • Keep fireworks out of reach where curious children can’t get to them. High heat or damp air can damage the fireworks. The best place to put them is in a cardboard box in a high location such as a cabinet or shelf. • Last, but not least, make sure everyone using fireworks has safety glasses or goggles.
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Utah kart teams seek new track to race on By Greg James | email@example.com
Local kart racers will not be holding their championship races at Utah Motorsports Campus this season. (Photo courtesy of Utah Karting Championship)
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he Utah Kart Championship has had a home at Utah Motorsports Campus in Tooele since the track opened in 2006. This season they are currently homeless. “At the end of last season, I started asking for contracts (to use the track and UMC),” UKC President Scott Clark said. “Because of the sale the track in December, it was delayed. The new ownership then lost several top-level staff positions. Then UMC announced they are not going to host any UKC events this year.” After several negotiation attempts by Clark and other UKC officials, the track’s offer nearly tripled what the racers had been paying, pushing entry fees near $300 per day for each racer. The karting championship chose to look for other locations to compete this season, two weeks before its season was set to begin. “Grass roots karting cannot support that,” Clark said. “By the time you add tires, a pit spot and fuel, it becomes a $500 to $600 weekend. All that to take your 10-year-old kid racing. They basically blew grassroots racing off their map. That is what is unfortunate because karting is what develops kids into racers on the big track.” The karting championship has more than 60 current participants ranging in age from 5 to 70 . Its membership has dropped in the last few years because of the uncertainty of the track ownership. “The numbers have fallen off the last few years, just like sports bikes has because we did not know what was going to happen at the track (UMC was being sold by Tooele County),” Clark said. “For three years, people have not wanted to invest in new equipment because they were not sure there was going to be a track anymore.” With no home at UMC, the karting community has been looking for places to race. “We have found potential locations,” Clark said. “I can’t disclose them because we are in the midst of negotiating contracts with them all.” Large parking lots could be used to design the course configurations the championship needs. Before using UMC the championship ran at Maverik Center in West Valley City, the old Rocky Mountain Raceway facility and Golden Spike Arena in Ogden.
“We will probably race at more than one venue,” Clark said. “I hope to have nine or 10 races in this season. We need to make sure the pavement is smooth enough. Our racers have been very supportive. We have sponsors come forth and offer help.” There has been active kart racing in Utah for approximately 70 years. This is the first time the championship has been trackless. UKC raced in Lehi and had its own track in Tooele called Blackrock Raceway. “The UMC track is truly the Taj Mahal of kart racing,” Clark said. “It is a beautiful facility. We have been very, very happy. It seems that many of the plans of hotels and manufacturing is not happening (at the track). Amateur racers in the area could all be affected.” The owners of the track (Mytime, a Chinese-based company) expect to operate a profitable facility. “We are still welcoming the professional karting community,” UMC Chief Financial Officer Jon Clegg said. “We are exploring the idea of creating UMC karting leagues. We will continue to utilize the kart track for concession rentals (public rentals) and corporate events. Our issue with the UKC was they required what we consider prime times for concession rentals. Our income potential is 80 percent less when they are on the track. We attempted to negotiate new rates, and they chose to take their business elsewhere.” Wasatch Front racers hope to find a place to race closer to home. “We are looking for a new permanent home, probably on the east side of the Oquirrh Mountains,” Clark said. “We have been exploring multiple opportunities.” UKC runs eight different classifications in its racing championship. Open-wheel karting has often been the stepping stone for racers to pursue racing careers. Michael Self and Madison Snow, professional car racers, began their racing careers in karts here in Utah. “You never know who that kid is going to be,” Clark said. “Michael (Self) has been fortunate enough to get a ride. There are kids that come out as pros, but most of us are just doing this for the fun of it. That is where 99.9 percent of us land. We do it for the love of the sport.” l
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Cheers and encouragement: How to be a better sports parent By Greg James | firstname.lastname@example.org Here are three ideas from truesport.com to help you to become a better sports parent.
Travis Nichols coaches his son by showing him the moves he needs to complete to win his wrestling match. (Greg James/City Journals)
ere’s something most kids will never say to their parents: Thanks for screaming at the referee and the other team the entire game. All parents want to help and support their kids while they play sports. Most are able to do so without hindering others’ enjoyment or putting unnecessary stress on coaches or players. However, a refresher on
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spectator etiquette is always a good thing. “Parents that support their athlete, regardless of their role on the team make, the best parents to work with,” former Copper Hills boys basketball coach Andrew Blanchard said. “It helps when parents find a Encourage children A player waiting to hear what base he role in the program that supports and are genuinely happy without expecting something in needs to throw the ball to may never learn to make decisions. It is good to let players act return.” with an objective.
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In the book “The Narcissist You Know,” Dr. Joseph Burgo encourages competitive parents to talk to their kids, praise their efforts and be less critical of their mistakes. Help kids set goals. They are like a road map of where they want to go both in and outside of sports. Break down the big goals into smaller, incremental goals. “Players must work while they wait,” Blanchard said. “Otherwise, they will not be ready or prepared when their chance to play comes.” Respect officials and the opposition Bad calls happen. They happen in youth sports, high school sports, professional sports and even the Olympics. Of all the places the bad call matters the least, it is youth and high school sports. In most youth sports, the official is a volunteer; there is no instant replay or mega million dollar prize money on the line. Sportsmanship is generally talked about in a sport context, but as you step back it is generally good behavior and communication in any situation. Children model the behavior and communication styles they see. Teaching children to play by the rules, own their mistakes, say thank you, disagree respectfully and be a team player is important. “At the beginning of the season, I have a meeting and encourage the parents to be positive with their athlete,” Blanchard said. “They should speak positively about their athlete and his teammates. I encourage them to avoid ‘table talk’ unless it is positive.” l
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o you know what the first day of summer (June 21) means for a music lover like myself? Summer concerts! Utah, surprisingly (or maybe unsurprisingly?), has an amazing music scene. From rock shows, to country extravaganzas, to electronic music festivals, to rap concerts, to musicals, to recitals; we’ve got it going on. When purchasing tickets, concertgoers have a few different options. You can purchase tickets through one of the most popular local ticket vendors: Smithstix. Alternatively, you might seek out tickets from TicketMaster, VividSeats, Songkick, Stubhub, or other similar websites. Or, you might buy tickets directly from the venue. For example, if a show is at The Complex or Eccles Theater, you can visit their website and purchase tickets there. The final option is to buy tickets at the door (or maybe even from scalpers). After spending years refining the craft of buying tickets for the best price possible, the best advice I can give is: it depends. I know, I know, that’s not the answer you were hoping
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Or, if you find the ticket is a little over your price range, but your desire to attend far outweighs the cost, make sure to buy early. You don’t want to get stuck in a situation where you want to go to a show, but it sold out quickly, so now all the tickets are over $200, when they were originally around $40. No one wants that. If the ticket is not in your desired price range, and you’re not sure if you really want to go, you have some options. Buying at the door isn’t a bad one. The awesome thing about buying tickets at the door is the absence of service fees. If a show is going to be $20 at the door, I can bring a $20 bill and be just fine. Not like when a website says it’s going to be $20, then all of a sudden, it’s $35 because of fees. However, if you wait to buy your ticket at the door, there’s the possibility that the show could sell out. And then you’re back to the question, how much do you care about seeing the performance? Is it worth potentially missing it? If you’re looking for shows or performances to attend, sign up for newsletters. There are places on many websites where you can sign up for pre-sales. Additionally, some ticket vendors, Live Nation for example, will occasionally have $20 ticket weeks, where they list a handful of shows for $20 a ticket. Those are an absolute steal!
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ne of my favorite writers, Anne Lamott, said, “Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” I think of this when I’m feeling glitchy, when my processor runs slow, my memory won’t upload and I can’t download complete, coherent sentences. When my energy drains like a cell phone battery, that’s the sign I’ve neglected my mental health for too long. I get snappy with my husband to the point he tells me to get out of the house and come back when I can act like a grown-up. After flipping him the bird, I pout to my car. Self-care isn’t just bath bombs and margaritas. Bath bombs dissolve too quickly and margaritas only get me into trouble. Selfcare is tapping into activities that recharge your energy levels. This might mean asking for help (I know, a woman’s ultimate sign of weakness) or finding more time for yourself. Ordering pizza Monday nights is just fine. Jogging through the park is just fine. Hiding under your bed eating Hershey kisses is just fine. Telling your family you’re going to get ice-cream, then taking a monthlong drive through the Andes is on the border of just fine. The point is, find your own self-care routine. This should involve spending time alone. I’m sure in the 1600s, women who practiced self-care were burned at the stake. Why would a woman want to be alone when she gets to care for a 75-year-old husband
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