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FREE VOLUNTEER VICTIM ADVOCATES ASSIST TAYLORSVILLE RESIDENTS DURING MOST HARROWING MOMENTS By Carl Fauver | firstname.lastname@example.org
ANTED: Someone willing to be called out of bed at any hour of the night to assist victims at their most vulnerable times. These victims may have been beaten by a spouse or parent, witnessed an unexpected death or discovered a loved one who has committed suicide. You may have to drive emotionally distraught victims well outside the Salt Lake Valley to get them assistance. Oh, and there’s NO PAY. While such an emotionally wrenching position might not appeal to a lot of us, Lisa Kocherhans had enough hearty souls answer her request for volunteers, she has now successfully resurrected a program that was forced to go by the wayside just a couple of years ago. Kocherhans is a paid civilian employee for the Unified Police Department – Taylorsville Precinct, working as its crime victim advocate volunteer coordinator. “I have been a victim advocate nearly 20 years, including eight as a volunteer,” Kocherhans said. “I came to the Taylorsville UPD precinct in 2012, from Midvale. At one point we had several volunteer victim advocates working across the valley. But eventually those numbers dropped. Then we had volunteers driving all over to respond to crime scenes. The program was abolished in the fall of 2018.” Kocherhans responds to crime victims herself, during the day. But within a year, she knew she needed her volunteer team back. “I ran an ad in the Taylorsville City Newsletter (in these Journal pages) last fall and was pleased with the response,”
UPD Precinct Chief Tracy Wyant, Crime Victims’ Advocate Coordinator Lisa Kocherhans and former volunteer JD Wood (L-R) appeared at a recent Taylorsville City Council meeting, where Wood was honored for his unpaid work with crime victims. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)
she said. “I interviewed people. Those who qualified were October.” given background checks, and those who were accepted unYou might think spending 40 hours learning about the derwent a 40-hour victim services domestic violence training horrors of domestic violence would prompt one or two volcourse through the South Salt Lake Police Department last Continued page 4
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Continued from front page unteers to back out. But Kocherhans said she found the right people and didn’t lose any of them. “Every one of them came back from the training gung-ho and ready to do this,” she said. “I am humbled by their response and dedication, because this work is not easy.” By November, Kocherhans was able to reinstate her 24/7 volunteer victim advocates on-call calendar, filling it with her six newly trained volunteers: Elise Dean, Ida Garcia, Donny Gasu, Linda Hardman, Nicholus Savas and Courtney Tommer. Because they were all new, the “rookies” started out under the guidance of a more seasoned volunteer, JD Wood. “I ended up being called out as a victim advocate on 29 of 30 nights last November; it was crazy,” Wood said. “Most nights, one of the new volunteers joined me, so I was able to train them. Lisa found some great people.” Soon after that chaotic month, Wood was hired by the new Riverton Police Department as its victim advocate coordinator, a position nearly identical to the one Kocherhans has with Taylorsville UPD. “I had been volunteering since 2015 and was excited to get the Riverton position,” Wood said. “Since we are a new department (Riverton broke from UPD to establish its own city police force last summer), I don’t have volunteers yet. But we are working toward that.” At a January city council meeting, Taylorsville UPD Precinct Chief Tracy Wyant presented Wood with his “Chief’s Award” for his years of voluntary dedication on behalf of crime victims. “Our volunteer victim advocates are such an amazing group, assisting people with what is very often the worst event of their life,” Wyant said. “I was pleased to honor JD for all his hard work. And it’s also a testament to [Kocherhans] and her ability to pick the right people to do this. It definitely takes a special person.”
“It takes a special person to do this. I think I do a pretty good job of finding the right people. But, in the end, it is up to them. This is certainly not for everyone.” Lisa Kocherhans
As of early February, one of the new Taylorsville volunteers had only been called to a crime scene once, on a night she says she will never forget. “My phone rang at 4 o’clock on a Sunday morning in December, with JD asking me to meet him at a victim’s home,” Linda Hardman said. “An infant girl just weeks old had died (from SIDS, sudden infant death syndrome), and several family members were there. I did my best to calm them, and I attended the baby’s viewing several days later. It was so emotional. I was glad to offer what assistance I could.” Hardman, 72, has lived in Taylorsville since 1978 and has been a Realtor since 1994, following 12 years working as a nurse. “My mother told me years ago, ‘If you would not be willing to trade someone positions, you at least owe them kindness,’” she said. “That philosophy has served me well, in everything from being stuck in line at the grocery store to dealing with [nursing] patients. And that philosophy helped encourage
New volunteer Linda Hardman, UPD Detective Jeff Sanderson and Crime Victims’ Advocate Coordinator Lisa Kocherhans (L-R) all work on behalf of crime victims throughout Taylorsville. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)
me to answer Lisa’s ad.” Hardman admits that it was a very challenging first call. “I tried to quietly support this mother, who was going through something I could not imagine in my worst nightmare,” she said. “I could not ‘fix’ this. I could just offer kindness and caring. What do you do when someone’s whole world is caving in? My position was to console.” Among those pleased to see Kocherhans bring in a new fleet of volunteers is UPD Det. Jeff Sanderson, who investigates nearly all of the domestic violence cases the come through the Taylorsville precinct. He said she needed the assistance. “[Kocherhans] is a rock star; her level of experience is far above everyone else’s,”
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Sanderson said. “But I am always concerned she is being overworked. If I had my choice, Lisa would handle all of the domestic violence calls. But the next best thing is to have volunteers she has trained. They do a great job getting people to the resources they need.” On-call victim advocate volunteers continue to receive periodic training as they remain in their unpaid positions. On any given night, they have no idea if they will be called out, what time it might be or what emotionally charged scene they will find. “It takes a special person to do this,” Kocherhans said. “I think I do a pretty good job of finding the right people. But, in the end, it is up to them. This is certainly not for everyone.” l
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t isn’t every day that shoppers at Reams get the opportunity to buy more than the standard Sunday Super Bowl spread of chips and salsa. But on Feb. 1, they were given the opportunity to do just that. Students from Latinos in Action joined with Taylorsville and Kearns high school football teams and students from four other schools in the Granite School District and stood outside with boxes to fill for hungry students and their families. It was a nice day — the warm before the storm that would be coming just a day after the big game. And they were excited to be there. “I love to help out with the families, especially families that need this food,” Elvia Anaya, president of Latinos in Action at Kearns High said. “I know a lot of families in our community need it, and I think it’s a great opportunity for all of us to come together and help out everyone.” Anaya, who was the cultural vice president for Latinos in Action last year, stood by another member of the group, Monica Acosta. “I just like to do community service,” she said. “Families can’t afford meals, so this makes sense.” Souper Bowl of Caring has been inspiring others to donate cash and/or shelf-stable
food items since 1990. Because many families within the Granite School District are at or below the poverty level, there is a great need to provide food assistance. “Many families are food insecure; they don’t always know when their next meal is coming from,” said Kim Oborn, programs director over food pantries and the Souper Bowl of Caring. “By having the pantries in the schools, parents are getting their kids to school. They don’t have to figure out, ‘How am I going to go and get food?’” Transportation is an issue, Oborn said. “Sometimes our high school students and junior high students will take on the responsibility to bring food home for their families,” she said. Last year, Granite School District schools raised 533,724 in cash and cans, or 130,000 meals for those in need (granitekids. org), including that well-sought-after cup of soup. “Cup of Noodle Soup is kind of the cool thing,” Oborn said. “It’s a quick meal, and some of our pantries are set up where [students] can come during the day if they don’t have a lunch. They can get like a cup of noodle soup to sustain them.” Health is important, Oborn said. It goes hand in hand with helping students to “be
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able to focus on their academics, their learning and their goals in life.” Being fed leaves no room to worry about “where their next meal is coming from.” Currently, the Granite Education Foundation operates 33 mobile pantries, run by the Utah Food Bank, and 20 in-school pantries. Some of the pantries are in relocatables; others are in empty classrooms and even closets.
“It all depends on the room the school has,” Oborn said. “We try to accommodate whatever they have and make it work.” What’s the ultimate goal? To have “a food pantry in every school,” Oborn said. Two pantries were opened last November, and three more are in the works for 2020. l
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ust hours after the Kansas City Chiefs came from behind to defeat the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV, snow began to blanket the Salt Lake Valley. A lot of snow — a record-breaking amount of snow — fell all night long. By morning, the heavy snowstorm was closing schools and snarling traffic. A foot of white powder was measured in Taylorsville. But none of that deterred brothers Troy and Todd Daugaard of West Valley City from being first in line to meet their World Wrestling Entertainment hero Charlotte Flair, as she made a personal appearance at the Taylorsville Cricket Wireless store (5312 South Redwood Road). “I got here at 10 this morning, to be first in line,” Troy said, while standing outside the store, wearing shorts. “I like wrestling, and this will be my fourth WWE wrestler to meet in person.” The Daugaard brothers were at the store, along with dozens of others, but all in fulllength pants, long before Flair arrived. Cricket Wireless Territory Sales Manager Will Palmer was not at all surprised, despite Old Man Winter’s visit. “Cricket Wireless has had a partnership with the WWE for a couple of years now; and all of these events across the country, have had good crowds,” he said. “This is the second tour stop of 2020 and the first ever here in Utah. We’re very excited.” Maddie Lockridge, with the public relations firm coordinating the nationwide WWE-Cricket Wireless tour, offered more context about the partnership. “This is the fourth year Cricket Wireless has sponsored our WWE tour stops,” she said. “Both male and female WWE wresters make these personal appearances. In 2018, the WWE named Cricket Wireless it’s ‘Business Partner of the Year.’ So, it has been very successful.” The high-profile event was also a kind of baptism by fire for Taylorsville Cricket Wireless Store Manager Eric Cater, who had
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only been on the job a few weeks before the WWE event. “I graduated from Hunter High School in 2009 and now have a wife and four kids, all living here in Taylorsville with me,” Cater said. “When I first learned we were hosting this tour stop, I was ecstatic. We are one of the newer Cricket stores in the area, and I am sure this will help make more people aware of us.” Despite all the snow, Charlotte Flair arrived at the store — across Redwood Road from Taylorsville High School — only a couple of minutes late for her two-hour appearance. “I did not pack for this kind of weather,” Flair said, as she waded through the snow into the store. “This is the best part of what we (WWE wrestlers) do. If it was not for our audience, we wouldn’t have anything. I am always excited to meet our fans.” Flair, 33, takes her performing name from the city she grew up in. Born April 5, 1986, in Charlotte, North Carolina, Flair is the daughter of former professional wrestler Ric Flair. Fifteen years ago, her high school volleyball teams won two North Carolina state championships. She also played two
“I got here at 10 this morning, to be first in line. I like wrestling, and this will be my fourth WWE wrestler to meet in person.” Troy Daugaard years of college volleyball at Appalachian State University in her home state. In 2016, the magazine “Pro Wrestling Illustrated” named Flair their “Woman of the Year” and that year’s “World’s Top Female Professional Wrestler.” “My dad and I are the first father and daughter to both win WWE Royal Rumbles,” Charlotte added. “I just won mine last weekend (in Houston), while my dad won his in the early ’90s (1992).” You can bet those fans who stood out-
side Cricket Wireless knew all about when and where Charlotte Flair claimed her WWE titles. And she appeared genuinely pleased to be back with her Beehive State fans. “I normally wrestle here in Utah once or twice a year, and I have always felt well received,” she said. “But I don’t remember it ever being this snowy before.” For the record, it never has been. The Feb. 3 snow storm was the heaviest in the Salt Lake Valley since before Flair began her WWE career. One of the photos Flair posed for during her Cricket Wireless appearance was alongside three generations of WWE fans. Or, perhaps more accurately, it was one superfan, along with his supportive mother and grandmother. Aaron Pearson, 18, lives in the small community of Gillette, Wyoming, up in the northeast part of the Cowboy State, about 60 miles from Devil’s Tower National Monument. But the 530 miles Aaron covered in order to meet is wrestling hero is nothing compared to how far Mom and Grandma travelled. “We flew down to Salt Lake from our home in Wasilla, Alaska,” said Michele Bre-
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vard, Aaron’s grandmother. “This WWE tour stop was not the only reason we came down. We are also looking for a home in Utah. But we did time our trip so we could be here, with Aaron, to meet [Flair].” For his part, Pearson showed up at the Cricket Wireless store with two still-in-thebox Charlotte Flair dolls for her to autograph. “I have been a fan since I was a little kid,” Aaron said. “I am the youngest of three brothers, and we used to all be WWE fans. My brothers have gotten away from it a little, but it’s stuck with me.” Until recently, Pearson lived with his mother and grandmother in Alaska. Now living with his father in Wyoming, he has personal possessions packed to be moved down. Brevard said that is proof positive of just what a WWE fan her grandson is. “We have a 26-foot U-Haul trailer packed full of Aaron’s belongings up in Wasilla, ready to bring down,” she said. “And at least half of it is full of WWE stuff: belts, signed shirts, you name it. I think Aaron buys stuff every day.” With his autographed Charlotte Flair doll boxes in hand, Aaron, Mom and Grandma made their way out of the Taylorsville Cricket Wireless store about a half hour after their wrestling hero’s tour stop began. But as they waded back through the snow to their rental car, the line outside in the cold had Kelly Connett, Aaron Pearson and Michele Brevard (L-R) are three generations of wrestling fans who came to meet WWE superstar Charlotte Flair at the Taylorsville Cricket Wireless store, coming from Wyoming and grown even more. l
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Just when you thought door-to-door sales was extinct, along comes Nic Park By Carl Fauver | email@example.com
e’ve all witnessed the recent trend of dying brick and mortar retail stores across the Salt Lake Valley and the country. While Sears and Kmart file for bankruptcy, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos just spent more than a quarter-of-a-billion dollars on not one but two Southern California mansions. But even long before online sales began to devour strip malls and shopping plazas, another form of sales virtually disappeared. Anyone seen a Fuller Brush man lately? Has someone rung your doorbell recently, toting a vacuum cleaner or a set of encyclopedias? Does the phrase “ding-dong … Avon calling” mean anything to you? We’ve all learned that gentle knock at the door these days is not someone selling us something but someone delivering the item we already bought and paid for, usually adding to Bezos’ $120 billion fortune. So, amid our evolving retail climate, how does Southwestern Advantage continue to do what it does — sell educational materials door-to-door? The Nashville-based company starts by finding people like University of Utah stu-
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dent Nic Park, of Taylorsville. “Since 1868, Southwestern Advantage has offered a sales and leadership program that gives university students a way to afford their degrees and gain transferable skills before graduation,” according to a company statement. “Interns are trained in performing consultative sales, marketing educational products to families in communities throughout the country. Nicholas Park of Taylorsville was one of the top performers (last year), out of more than 1,600 students representing more than 240 campuses across the U.S., Europe and Asia.” A returned missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Park said he was used to ringing doorbells and dealing with rejection. “I graduated from Cottonwood High School in 2013 (among a handful of students who were bussed at that time across the valley to populate the eastside school) and served my mission in Raleigh, North Carolina,” Park said. “I started at the U. in the fall of 2015 and learned about Southwestern Advantage the following year from recruiters who spoke to my Human Anatomy class.
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It sounded like a fun and interesting way to earn money, so I pursued it.” Park’s interview for the Southwestern Advantage door-to-door sales position, in March 2017, was a three-day process. As a part of it, he created a PowerPoint presentation, explaining how he planned to succeed doing this virtually extinct form of sales. Turns out he was right. In his third summer selling for the company, Park placed in the top 10% of all the company’s salespeople. “Many people make their way through life avoiding challenge and never truly knowing what they are capable of achieving,” Southwestern Advantage President Dan Moore said. “Nic showed us he is the type who not only embraces challenge but also understands that is where our character shines. We’re so proud to be associated with Nic and the work he did to improve the lives of the families he met.” In his first summer selling educational materials for the company (2017) Park profited about $7,000, while locating 120 new customers. The following year, Park found 190 new customers, earning $13,000 for himself. Last summer, Nic shattered his previous records, earning $21,653 from 277 new clients. “It was nice to be a returned missionary because I was used to knocking on doors,” Park said. “I sold materials for young toddlers — things to help them identify colors — all the way up to books for high school
Educational materials marketing company Southwestern Advantage is headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee. (Courtesy Southwestern Advantage)
students prepping for their ACT and SAT tests. The biggest difference from my mission as that I did not have a companion with me. Here, I had to motivate myself.” Each of his three summers selling for Southwestern Advantage, Park moved far from Utah to live with host families. His first
and third summers were spent in Pennsylvania, while Alabama was his home for that middle summer. “I will be a field sales manager this summer and will learn where I will be living, in March,” Park said. “I enjoy the work and the challenge.”
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Octogenarians find love and marry in Summit Vista senior living community’s first wedding By Carl Fauver | firstname.lastname@example.org
ust 14 months after opening, Summit Vista senior living center (3390 West 6200 South) hosted its first wedding, last December. The two octogenarians joined in holy matrimony, after moving into the growing center several months apart. After losing her husband of many years in 2015, longtime Taylorsville resident Louise Lloyd, 83, decided to get a fresh start in her life by moving to Summit Vista. “I was number six moving in here, right as it opened in October 2018,” she said. Lloyd made a very short move, from one Taylorsville location to another. But, the path that brought Brent Widney, 87, to Summit Vista was more circuitous. “I was living with my wife in Texas; but we moved to Heber City, in June 2018, so she could receive specialized memory care, at the Abbington Senior Community there,” Widney said. “We also made the move because I have family in Park City and a brother in Salt Lake.” Eight months later, Brent lost his wife of 64 years. Two months after that, last April, he shifted down to Summit Vista. “The first few months I lived here, Louise and I did not know each other,” Widney added. “Then one day we met in the gym and went to lunch together. Our first date was in October. And once we started kissing, things moved along.” “I knew they were striking up a good friendship, because Brent usually stops into my office about every day to say hi,” Summit Vista Community Life Coordinator Debbie White said. “He finally spilled the beans that he had made a lady friend and they were going dancing at the Murray Dance Studio.” Dating was one thing. But when the couple decided to wed, they turned to their Summit Vista staff friends – and the scrambling began. “It was Christmas time and we already had 60 events scheduled on site, when they
Louise and Brent didn’t know each other when they moved into the Summit Vista senior living community. But they found one another, and married at the residence in December. (Debbie White/Summit Vista)
told us they wanted to marry here, on Saturday, December 14,” White added. “We had a ‘breakfast with Santa’ planned that morning, and another big event that night. But luckily, we have a big place. We just made it work.” Months earlier, an archway had been constructed for a different Summit Vista event. So, employee Sandy Conner was tasked with transforming it into a wedding
arch. She also fashioned the bridal bouquet. The wedding was held in the center’s “Broadford Bistro,” a fine dining restaurant on the second floor of the Aspen Meadows Clubhouse (Summit Vista’s only clubhouse currently, but scheduled to one day be the first of five clubhouses on the 100-acre property). Ahead of the blessed day, White took
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Summit Vista’s Broadfork Bistro restaurant – on the second floor of the senior living community’s clubhouse – was filled with residents and visitors for the first-ever wedding there. (Debbie White/Summit Vista)
Before moving into Summit Vista, Louise shared a backyard fence with Taylorsville Planning Commission member Lynette Wendel, who also attended the wedding. “It was a lovely, brief ceremony and I am so happy for Louise,” Wendel said. “I know she was very lonely (after her husband passed) and I am so pleased they found each other. And so many residents attended. It was wonderful.” “When I moved in here, it never occurred to me I would remarry,” Brent concluded. “But Louise changed my mind.
She’s such a beautiful lady, so talented. We fell in love like a couple of teenagers.” Finally, Louise made it clear the only reason she was agreeing to have her marriage discussed in the newspaper, is because she wanted to express gratitude to the Summit Vista staff. “They were so helpful and so kind,” she said. “They did all of this for us and did not charge us anything extra for any of it. They are wonderful and we would do anything to pay them back.” l
Octogenarians Louise Lloyd and Brent Widney found love at their new Summit Vista home. The pair married December 14, as the senior living community hosted its first wedding. (Debbie White/Summit Vista)
Utah Celebrates the 150th Anniversary of Women Voting
Salt Lake County Council Aimee Winder Newton | District 3
Utah women were the first in the nation to vote 150 years ago. A young, 23-year-old school teacher, Seraph Young, cast her ballot on her way to work on the morning of February 14, 1870 and became the very first woman, under an equal suffrage law, to vote. This year we’re celebrating Utah’s leadership in the nation on this very important issue. Utah’s suffrage history is a story of cooperation and civic engagement. It’s the story of Utah men and women working together in a common cause for the benefit of all. On a cold January day in 1870, 5,000 women gathered in downtown Salt Lake City to ask for, among other things, the right to vote. Just a few weeks later the territorial Utah Legislature, made up entirely of men, unanimously extended that right. For the next 17 years they voted side by side trying to craft their territory into a place where they could live according to their ideals. But, in 1887, in an attempt to end polygamy, Congress passed the Edmunds-Tucker Act, which took away from all Utah women the right to vote. Needless to say they were outraged and went to work immediately trying to win it back. They knew that it was important
to have a say in their communities and that one of the most effective ways to do that was to vote. They created the Woman Suffrage Association of Utah and organized local chapters throughout the territory. Utah women met together, and organized. They signed petitions, and they spoke up for what they believed in. When Utah held it’s Constitutional Convention in 1895, both parties supported voting rights for women in their platforms. The delegates included a clause in the Utah Constitution that read, “The rights of citizens of the State of Utah to vote and hold office shall not be denied on account of sex. Both male and female citizens of this State shall enjoy equally all civil, political and religious rights and privileges.” Once again the all-male electorate overwhelmingly approved sharing the franchise with their wives, sisters, and mothers. The story didn’t end there. After winning the right to vote for themselves, Utah women went to work on behalf of their sisters across the United States. They testified before Congress, raised money, worked with the national suffrage organizations, and some of them
were even arrested and beaten as they tried to make sure that women across the nation enjoyed the same rights that they held. In August 1920, the 19th Amendment was ratified granting suffrage to women across the United States. The cooperation and civic engagement continued after the 19th Amendment passed to ensure that minority groups could equally enjoy that privilege. Utah has a strong history of leadership and a legacy of influential women and men working together who understood that Utah, and the nation, prospers when each citizen has the opportunity to participate. How can we live up to that legacy? As we enter an election year I challenge you to make sure you are registered to vote and then exercise that right! Visit vote.utah.gov to register, or check your information. We stand on the shoulders of men and women who understood how much voting matters and that they could make a difference in their communities by participating. Let’s live up to this incredible legacy. To learn more about Utah’s suffrage history or to see how your city can celebrate the suffrage anniversaries this year please visit UtahHERitage.org.
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Saturday pancake breakfasts have been a staple in the Smith household for decades. But the crowning glory has always been dad Bob’s homemade buttermilk syrup. “One day we were out of buttermilk, but we had an old container of Log Cabin (syrup),” Bob recalled. When the pancakes were served without dad’s buttermilk syrup, his children boycotted the pancakes. His oldest son asked incredulously, “Do you really expect us to eat this syrup?” “Right then, I knew the buttermilk syrup was something special,” Bob recalled. Special might be right. There have been few innovations in pancake syrups. “It’s been basically maple forever, some artificial syrups and low sugar ones, which nobody likes, and some fruit syrups,” Bob said. So buttermilk syrup — a favorite of home cooks — was ready to sweeten up the market. The Smith family dove in. After obtaining a cottage food certificate (an approval by the State), things started slowly. In their Cottonwood Heights’ kitchen, the eight Smith children plus parents made 250 bottles of syrup. It was a tricky business managing three gallon-sized pots, temperamental frothing syrup, and bottling. They sold the final product, Uncle Bob’s Butter Country syrup, at local farmers markets. It wasn’t until a few years later when Bob’s son Jared returned from his church mission and began attending BYU that things got going. “I knew that if we didn’t make and market this, someone else would,” Jared said, adding that once people taste buttermilk syrup, there’s no going back to artificial maple syrup. Jared set about experimenting, making hundreds of bottles, and consulting
food scientists, including his brother-inlaw, Cameron Smith, a recent food science graduate at the time. It took about 18 months to verify that Uncle Bob’s syrup was shelf-stable, because it is made with real buttermilk and cream. Getting the product to market proved to be another challenge. Eventually Harmons took them on and later, Associated Foods. Butter Country is now in 170 stores. Jared described the syrups as on par with premium maple syrup, but with new flavors, a creamy texture, and no artificial additives. For traditionalists, they have a butter-infused maple flavor. The original buttermilk flavor makes a good base for fruit toppings. New flavors include harvest spice and coconut cream. Bob said he hopes these syrups bring people back to the simple delights of a pancake breakfast. “It’s about making memories,” he said. Jared agreed. “The syrup reminds me of big, hardy pancake breakfasts with my family.” www.buttercountry.com
black market trading company’s chili-Pepper infused free range fudge
One autumn day, Rick Black was pureeing his varieties of homegrown chili peppers to freeze, when he had a fiery vision. “I wondered what the essence of the chilis would be like in a good quality hot fudge,” he recalled. “That is, literally, how the idea came.” With his favorite Dutch processed cocoa, he experimented extensively until he invented a chili-infused hot fudge sauce that, he said, “amazed” people, including his brother in Texas, who became his first
The original Uncle Bob’s Butter Country Syrup is made with real buttermilk and cream. (Photo courtesy Jared Smith)
The chili-infused Peppermint Free Range Fudge, which tastes like a warm, spicy, ooey-gooey Junior Mint. (Photo courtesy Marli Black)
investor. Black’s goal was to make a premium product with a unique twist. He sought sensations that brought the palate to life — a smoothness and sweetness from chocolate combined with the “essence” of chilis to bring out notes of heat and flavor. Black, a scientist by profession, got seven tasting groups together in his Sandy neighborhood. He’d test different types of chocolate, cocoas and combinations of chili varieties, then asked participants to fill out questionnaires. “Even if people didn’t like spicy foods, they all said it’s the best hot fudge they’d ever had,” he said. After perfecting his “proprietary blend” of seven varieties of chili peppers and finding the best cocoa, he leased a commercial kitchen, and with a humorous poke at our label-conscious culture, named his spicy creation Free Range Fudge. Popular flavors include original, extra spicy, milk chocolate and peppermint fudge, which Black’s daughters say is “like a warm, spicy, ooey-gooey Junior Mint.” New flavors for holiday offerings are in the test kitchen now.
Donning chili-patterned pants and wearing an aspirator and goggles while pureeing the chilis, Black makes his fudge in small batches, selling them through his website, www.blackmarkettradingcompany.com and at local stores. His family, including wife Jill, help cook and bottle the fudge. They work quickly, the beneficial result of Black’s production-efficiency studies. Daughter Marli does the photography, while daughter Kalen manages social media. Soon, he hopes to have his own commercial kitchen in order to work on transitioning from small-batch to large-batch production for distribution to grocery stores. “This is a passion,” Black said, and one that’s challenging to do while working full-time. But he’s having fun zooming around town in his Honda hybrid with a bold graphic of the Free Range Fudge mascot — a cartoonish chili pepper wearing a cowboy hat. On the rear window is written his favorite quote, “We don’t pen up our peppers.” “Happy peppers make happy fudge,” he quipped.
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mas for her creativity. Her work ethic and determination comes from her dad, who passed away three years ago. And her love of cake making? She credits that to the TV show, “Cake Boss” and the inspiration of star baker Buddy Valastro. So, 12 years ago, the West Jordan resident started educating herself through YouTube videos, cake blogs, and “a lot of trial and error.” Soon, she developed recipes and learned techniques that gave her confidence to make cakes and cookies for Swensen is more than just head baker friends and family. They, in turn, encouraged her to start and cake/cookie decorator for her busian Instagram account (@sweetaffs), which ness. She’s also the janitor, finance direc“just took off,” she said. Now, she books tor, photographer, videographer, teacher, researcher, social media whiz, and inven- three months in advance for orders and has expanded into teaching cake and cookie tory clerk. “You have to wear so many different classes, which often book out in a day. As a self-described social butterfly, hats,” she said, referring to food entrepreneurship. “You have so much that you end Swensen loves teaching others as much as she loves baking. “Sometimes we sell ourup learning along the way.” Swensen credits her mom and grand- selves short and think we can’t do something,” she said. When her students have
On the long counter of Afton Swensen’s commercial-grade kitchen sits flour, sugar, butter and M&M’s, ready to be made into Valentine’s Day cookies. Besides custom cookies, Swensen’s home-based company, SweetAffs, creates specialty cakes — her most requested flavor is Biscoff cookie batter and her most popular cake is a four-layer colorful unicorn creation.
that “I can do this” moment, she is joyful. Time restraints have honed her designs (think “simply elegant” or “colorfully fun”) and baking work. “Baking has created a whole new sleep schedule for me,” she said. With a 2-year-old, a part-time job, and a small farm she runs with her husband, she works late most nights. “It’s been a learning process of what I can handle and what I can take on,” she said. “I do things in stages.” She’s hoping to add more classes, including online classes for her out-of-state fan base. One day, she wants to operate SweetAffs full time. Until then, she’ll work late into the night baking and decorating the dozens of cookies and several cakes she makes each week. “I am grateful that I am in a place to make this a reality,” she said. “I try to be grateful for it and for everything I have.” The four-layer unicorn cake is most often requested www.sweetaffs.com and on Instagram for kids’ birthdays says SweetAffs’ owner Afton Sw@sweetaffs ensen. (Photo courtesy Afton Swensen)
Food competitions take the cake By Jet Burnham | firstname.lastname@example.org Eight teams of students and teachers emerged from the dust of flour and sugar with creations such as panda-faced red velvet cupcakes and apple cinnamon cupcakes with apple cider buttercream and a last-minute caramel drizzle. The latter was named winner of Fort Herriman Middle School’s second annual Cupcake Wars held Jan. 22.
A passion for cooking, the thrill of competition and bragging rights, motivates many teens to enter cooking competitions. “It lets them be creative in a way that school doesn’t always let kids be creative,” said Madison Heist, teacher and judge at FHMS. All seventh graders learn basic cooking skills. Older students take Foods and Nutrition classes as electives. The most serious high school students take two years of ProStart classes to prepare for food service industry jobs. But—it’s the contests that really take the cake. Competitive cooking is a popular TV trend that has influenced many foods instructors to incorporate contests into their curriculum—who can create the best smoothie or ice cream sandwich? Others host afterschool competitions for any student who thinks they can craft the best pizza, burger or cupcake. For more intense competition, the Family Career and Consumers Leaders of America (FCCLA) offers student competitions in Baking and Pastry and Culinary Arts events. ProStart hosts region, state and national competitions requiring teams to create and execute a three-course meal. Jordan High foods instructor Shauna
Young said competitions provide learning opportunities students can’t get in a classroom. “In the classroom, they have a limited amount of time and oftentimes a limited amount of resources,” Young said. “Having students compete teaches them to try new things, expand their comfort zone, build confidence, and do hard things that they didn’t think they could do.” JHS junior Jordan Castaneda likes that competitions allow him to be more creative. For the ProStart competition later this month, his team will make shrimp nigiri, stir fry chicken in a noodle nest, and layered mocha Chantilly cake. They will have just one hour and two gas burners to execute their menu and will be judged on taste, presentation, technique, time management, knife safety, sanitation, food cost, menu planning and business plan. During competitions, students are expected to problem-solve on the fly. As a FCCLA event judge, Kristy Yeschick watches for how well students respond to problems under pressure. “In the classroom they have that safety net,” she said. “If they mess up, it’s OK, they can do it again. Whereas in the competition, you’ve got to be at your top game.” Copper Hills High School foods instructor Megan Maxfield said competitions teach teamwork, problem-solving, time management, and leadership skills. When CHHS teams competed in the FCCLA regional Baking and Pastry event, problem-solving began weeks before the competition. The recipes they were given recipes for chocolate chip cookies and
Fort Herriman Middle students put finishing details on their cupcakes. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)
garlic bread knots had errors, said senior Brooklyn Gutierrez. Measurements and cooking times had to be adjusted through trial and error during several practice runs. At competition, the team had to adapt to even more complications: Their cookie dough got too cold, the kitchen equipment was unfamiliar, and humid weather affected their recipes. FHMS teacher Kayla Martin, whose team has won cupcake wars both years, said skills gained through competitions benefit everyone, not just those interested in highly competitive culinary careers. “Everybody works a fast food job at some point in their life,” she said. “So it’s good practice for working in a kitchen or a high stress job.” Many students love the thrill of the stressful environment of competition.
“I like the pressure,” JHS senior Mia Conham said. “I think it’s fun and I get really competitive.” JHS senior Holly Tang said when they are prepared, they can enjoy the competition. “We always have a ton of fun,” she said. “We’re always laughing and joking with each other.” Emma Powell, a competitor in FHMS’s Cupcake Wars, said it’s easy to forget about the pressure when doing something you enjoy. “It has a competitive aspect to it but you also have fun in the moment,” she said. “Then you realize there’s 10 minutes left. There are people you have to beat. So you put more effort than you think you can put into it.”
Not for vacation planning (she wishes), but rather to study Spain’s 17 autonomous wine regions and the dozens of unique appellations. There were thousands of wine facts to know, maps to memorize and soil conditions to understand. For 6 to 8 hours each day, Schowe sat at her desk studying for the Wine Scholar Guilds’ rigorous Spanish Wine Scholar certification program. “It’s the hardest test I’ve ever taken, and I have a master’s degree,” joked the Sandy resident. But such diligent study is all in a day’s work for Schowe, the first female wine educator in the state who started Utah’s first official wine school, Wasatch Academy of Wine, decades ago. Wine has always played a central role in Schowe’s life. She grew up near California’s wine country, where wine was appreciated and served with dinner and visits to wineries were regular events. So, when she moved to Utah in the ’70s, she said, “I anticipated a change in the wine culture.” But, when she found herself at a Provo restaurant and the waiter poured her “wine,” which turned out to be a disguised bottle of Welch’s grape juice, she thought, “What kind of bizarre place am I in?” Utah, she decided, was ripe for a proper wine school. But that would come a bit later. Instead, Schowe, who had just received a master’s in education administration, found herself developing Utah’s first community education program serving children and adults with disabilities. Granite School District told her if it was going to succeed, she’d have to fundraise for the participants’ enrollment fees. “I thought, ‘How incredible, I got a master’s degree just to do bake sales and car washes,’” she said. Then her thoughts turned from tedious cake baking to the joys of wine tasting. She enlisted Utah chefs to donate food for a tax write-off and then gathered every oenophile (connoisseurs of wines) she knew to make a donation, bring a bottle, and learn about it. “The [District] was impressed with my fundraising, but I never told them it started with wine,” she said. Enough money was raised to open several programs in the District that addressed the academic needs of adults with cerebral palsy, gave children access to wheelchair basketball, and created programs for developmentally disabled adults to learn independent living skills.
Several years later, in 1991, she started Wasatch Academy of Wine. For Schowe, the appreciation and study of wine is a gateway to many stimulating experiences in life. Besides new tastes, aromas and textures, an education in wine opens up new worlds — the geology of a grape-growing region, its society, art, history and culinary expressions. “You can become intellectually and experientially connected to the world through wine,” she said. While academic study is necessary, she values learning through experiences, especially through travel and meeting winemakers. “Last year I was in Europe for two months. The purpose was to meet with winemakers, to walk through their vineyards, to watch them make wine, to visit cellars, to taste wine with their families and experience their food traditions,” she said. “I bring those stories home and it greatly enhances the presentation in all my classes... it gives a deeper meaning.” Schowe focuses on European wines, while other teachers at the Academy cover New World wines. Her life’s goal is to taste every wine from every appellation in France, Italy and Spain and, while she’s tasted many, there are hundreds she hasn’t. “It is like a treasure hunt,” she said. Her students today have increasingly sophisticated palates, Schowe said, so the Academy has expanded to include Wine Scholar Guild classes, wine dinner clubs, and popular food and wine pairings. She’s delighted to now see local restaurants with well-researched wine lists and knowledgeable staff. And diner’s tastes have ventured beyond just wanting to know what the best Cabernet is, she said. People want to explore wines in detail, such as dry sherries from Andalusia, the southernmost region of Spain. That’s something she’s excited to teach now that she’s spent all winter studying Spanish wines. “I look forward to planning new and creative ways for wine enthusiasts of Utah to learn about wine, where and how it is made, and connecting them with the hard working and caring people who make it,” she said. Visit www.wasatchacademyofwine. com or on Instagram @utahwineschool.
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Meatless doesn’t mean tasteless By Alison Brimley | firstname.lastname@example.org If one of your goals in 2020 is to eat less meat, you’re in luck. 2019 saw the widespread introduction of meatless meal options, even in fast food restaurants like Del Taco and Burger King. Of course, many people go meat-free for the sake of animals. But eliminating animal products is also one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Even just cutting down on meat can have an impact.
Hires Veggie H, made with a delicious house-made veggie patty, can be topped with grilled onions, jalapenos and mushrooms. (Alison Brimley/City Journals)
You might say meatless burgers are having a moment. Meat-free patties come in two basic categories: those designed to imitate meat and those that embrace their veggie essence. Of the meat imitators, the Impossible Burger (made largely of soy protein) and Beyond Burger (made of pea protein) reign supreme. They’re very similar to real meat in taste, texture and even macronutrient content. Veggie patties are usually made from a blend of vegetables, grains and seeds, and their macronutrient content reflects that. Overall — especially when prepared with all the fixin’s — meatless options aren’t necessarily healthier than their animal-based counterparts. But we’re just talking taste here. If you venture downtown, plant-based eateries and meatless options are easier to find. But restaurants in the south Salt Lake Valley have some tempting offerings as well. Here’s a roundup of the best meatless burgers. 1. Ice Haüs’s Kein Fleisch Burger (Murray) Ice Haüs, a bar and restaurant, offers one of the more extensive vegan menus you’re likely to find at a place for omnivores. Their Kein Fleisch (German for “no meat”) burger does not disappoint. Ice Haüs uses Beyond patties, but they certainly put their own spin on the burger, which is topped with vegan kielbasa and cheese, beer-caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, sauerkraut, and spicy mustard. It’s heavy, flavorful and satisfying. If you’re looking for a big, juicy meatless burger you probably won’t notice it’s meatless, this is the one to try.
2. Hires Veggie H (Midvale) Unlike many burger joints that source their meatless patties from outside companies, the patty at the center of Hires Veggie H is house-made. The patty is a blend of carrots, broccoli, onions, green peppers, celery, mushrooms, rice, wheat, rye, oats, barley, seeds and spices that tastes a lot better than it sounds. It’s also topped with a soft bun, cheese and fry sauce. It’s not meant to imitate meat—the veggie patty is its own thing—but it might be as close to the greasy deliciousness of a classic Hires Burger as you can get without involving a cow. Plus, almost any of the burgers on Hires’ menu can be made with a veggie patty instead of beef patty, so there are plenty of options for meat-free eaters. 3. Dog Haus’s Impossible Burger (Sandy) Dog Haus is known for their hot dogs and sausages, but they do have a fair selection of plant-based options. Their Impossible Burger isn’t large, but it does have everything Utahns love in a cheeseburger: pickles, iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and fry sauce. The sweet King’s Hawaiian roll that serves a bun completes the sandwich. I dare you to tell the difference between this and a beef burger. 4. Crown Burger’s Garden Hamburger (Sandy) Crown Burger doesn’t make its meatless option easy to spot on a menu. But the Garden Hamburger is, in fact, vegetarian. There’s not much to it except for a tasty bun, fry sauce, fresh toppings and a Gardenburger patty (made from mushrooms, oats, cheese and spices). And while it’s not meant to fool you into thinking it’s made of meat, it is a pretty delicious sandwich. 5. Fueled Kitchen’s Black Bean Veggie Burger (Draper) Fueled Kitchen offers one of the most popular meat alternatives: a black bean burger. Their black bean burger has a subtle spiciness, accentuated by the tomatillo spread that tops the patty. The whole wheat bun is soft and the sandwich feels substantial, but it lacks the greasiness many crave in a burger.
The Kein Fleisch burger at Ice Haüs is completely vegan, though you wouldn’t guess by the look (or taste) of it. Ice Haüs has an extensive vegan menu. (Alison Brimley/City Journals)
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MAYOR'S MESSAGE Dear Friends and Neighbors, We will be a part of a very important process this month that only comes about once in a decade. Yes, the 2020 Census is here and I can’t stress enough how important it is that everyone in our community participate. The U.S. Constitution requires a count, once evMayor Kristie S. Overson ery 10 years, of everyone living in the country. The count must include people of all ages, races and ethnic groups — citizens and non-citizens alike. The Census count officially gets underway on March 12 when invitations to respond are sent out, and every household should complete a census form (either online, by mail or phone) by April 1. Not only is the census central to our democracy but having an accurate population count is critical for understanding and meeting our community’s needs. Utah receives about $5.7 billion a year in federal funding, or about $1,870 per Utah resident. This funds key programs in our own Taylorsville community, including road construction, health and housing services, educational programs and emergency planning (see accompanying story for details). I know that some people might be hesitant to provide their information but there is assurance in federal law itself, which mandates that all information collected by the Census must remain private and can be used only for data-collection purposes. The Census will never ask for your Social Security number, money or donations, anything on behalf of a political party or your bank or credit card numbers. Census workers will have official credentials and conduct their work between 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. I know this because I was a census worker myself 10 years ago. I signed up as an enumerator for the 2010 Census because the work sounded intriguing and I thought it would offer an opportunity to connect with my community and neighbors, which it did! It sounded like fun and a good way to make a little extra money. I ended up working for about six months and I knocked on about 1,000 doors. For me, it provided the chance I was looking for to get to know our neighborhoods better, and I gained even greater insight into the importance of community. The Census will be a little different this year because it is the first time you can respond online or by phone, in addition to the option to answer on a paper form as with previous censuses. Whichever way is easiest for you, please be sure to respond. Not only is participation legally required, but it truly does bring tangible benefits to our state, even our own community. –Mayor Kristie S. Overson
WHAT’S INSIDE – MARCH 2020 Frequently Called Numbers, Page 2 Council Corner, Page 3 Heritage Remembrances, Page 7 Environment, Page 8
You Count: Be Sure to Participate in the 2020 Census
The 2020 Census officially gets under way this month. Invitations to respond to the Census will be sent out between March 12-20, with a reminder letter following up between March 16-24. Getting an accurate or complete census count is very important. Census data will guide decisions on how billions of dollars annually are distributed to support education, nutrition, social and workforce services for the next decade. The information will also help determine where to build homes and parks, establish new routes for public transit, build roads, prepare for emergencies, and assist businesses in determining where to locate and what types of products and services to provide. Census data also determine the number of U.S. representatives each state sends to Congress and are used to set district boundaries at the state, county and city levels.
If no response has been received after March 24, a reminder postcard will be sent March 26-April 3, with a reminder letter and paper questionnaire following between April 8-16. A final reminder postcard will be sent between April 20-27 before in-person follow-ups. Residents of Salt Lake County and Utah benefit from nearly $5.7 billion in federal funds distributed each year to our state and local governments using information from the U.S. Census. A less-than-accurate Census count could deprive Salt Lake County communities of needed funding to address challenges of growth, affordability and opportunity. Find more information about the Census on the city’s website at taylorsvilleut.gov; the county’s website at slco.org/regionaldevelopment/census-2020 or the Census Bureau at www.census.gov
City of Taylorsville Newsletter Taylorsville Dayzz Applications are Now Available Taylorsville Dayzz 2020 is set for June 25, 26, 27, and organizers and volunteers have already begun planning for this summer's event at Valley Regional Park, 5135 S. 2700 West. This year's Taylorsville Dayzz Parade, for instance, has been scheduled for Saturday, June 27 at 9 a.m. Applications for it and other events can all be found online at www. taylorsvilleut.gov/our-city/taylorsville-dayzz. Among them, look for: • The Taylorsville Dayzz Parade application and parade route. The application for parade entries is due June 7. • The application to participate as a performer at Taylorsville Dayzz also is now available. It is due April 10. Performances will be scheduled on the east stage on Thursday, June 25, and Friday, June 26, and both the east stage and main stage will be scheduled for Saturday, June 27. • The exhibit application is online, too. Deadline for submission of exhibit applications is June 1. But organizers have been processing applications as of Feb. 1 and booth space is limited so submit your application asap. • Food vendors can also now apply. Deadline for submission for food vendor applications in June 1. But organizers have been processing applications as of Feb. 1 for food vendors, as well, and booth space is limited so submit your application asap. • Information about the T-shirt Design Contest for the 2020 Taylorsville Dayzz 5K. The winner will receive $50 and a free T-shirt with your winning design. Send submissions to jandrus@ taylorsvilleut.gov. They're due April 25. It will definitely be another fun Taylorsville Dayzz, and we can't wait!
TAYLORSVILLE EVENTS MARCH 2020 March 4 & 18 – 6:30 p.m. City Council Meeting @ City Hall
March 10 – 7 p.m. & March 24 – 6 p.m. Planning Commission Meeting @ City Hall
Peter Pan Jr. Auditions @ City Hall (see Page 6)
March 13 – 7:30 p.m.
Taylorsville Symphony Orchestra concert @ Bennion Junior High School (See Page 7)
April 10 & 11
Save the Date: Taylorsville Art Show @ the Senior Center (see Page 4)
April 25 – 8 a.m. to noon
Save the Date: Annual Earth Day Clean-up @Taylorsville High, northwest parking lot. (See Page 5) Find a full calendar of events every month on the city’s website, where you can also submit your own events for possible publication. Go to www.taylorsvilleut.gov.
Find out More About Neighborhood Watch Would you like to improve the safety of your neighborhood? How about getting better connected with the people who live around you? Neighborhood Watch can help make that happen. Taylorsville City and the Unified Police Department are ready to answer your questions and help get you and your neighbors started. Contact Officer Kyle Andrew at kandrew@ updsl.org for more information or to set up your first neighborhood meeting.
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COUNCIL CORNER By Council Member Curt Cochran March in Utah usually means that spring is not far behind. Increased outdoor time including hiking, golfing and fishing are just some of the things I look forward to this time of year. Yard work ... not so much. One thing about March that many do not know is that it is National Women’s History month. There are many women in U.S. history who helped shape our country, our lifestyles or the way we think. While it would not be possible to mention them all in this article, there are some who stand out to me. 1. Sacajawea – A Shoshone women who was the guide and interpreter for the famous Lewis and Clark Expedition in 1805 and 1806. 2. Betsy Ross – At the request of General George Washington, sewed the first United States flag. 3. Harriet Beecher Stowe – Famous for her controversial novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, an antislavery story based on her experiences. Also spoke against slavery. 4. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony – Fought for women’s suffrage when the 14th and 15th amendments excluded gender equality. 5. Harriet Tubman – A “conductor" on the Underground Railroad, she led more than 300 slaves to freedom. 6. Clara Barton – Organized and delivered important aid to Union and Confederate soldiers. Started the American Red Cross. 7. Helen Keller – Deafened and blinded by a childhood disease, she overcame her disabilities, then worked for the blind and numerous progressive causes. 8. Eleanor Roosevelt – Enormously effective wife of FDR, she worked for racial equality and was a U.S. representative to the United Nations.
Recognizing the Many Women who Shaped History 9. Amelia Earhart – Famous for flying across the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. She attempted to fly around the world, then disappeared July 2, 1937. 10. Rosa Parks – Her refusal to give up her seat on a segregated bus in Montgomery, Ala., on Dec. 1, 1955, sparked the modern civil rights movement. 11. Sandra Day O’Connor – She became the first woman justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. 12. Ruth Bador Ginsburg – First Jewish woman and currently only female justice on the Supreme Court. Strong advocate for women's rights and civil rights in general. 13. Condoleezza Rice – Appointed Secretary of State in 2005, becoming the highest-ranking woman in the United States presidential line of succession in history. 14. Hillary Rodham Clinton – Former first lady and first female presidential candidate for the Democratic Party. 15. Dr. Sally Ride – Celebrated as the first American woman and youngest American astronaut to travel into space. 16. Barbara Morgan and Christa McAuliffe – Morgan was the first successful teacher in space. McAuliffe was scheduled to be the first but was one of the crew of the ill-fated Challenger disaster in 1986. 17. Rosie the Riveter – Now I know that Rosie was not a real person, but she was the star of a campaign aimed at recruiting female workers for defense industries during World War II, and she became perhaps the most iconic image of working women. That is an impressive list and by no means an all-inclusive one. I hope that there are names that you can
Left to right: Curt Cochran (District 2) Ernest Burgess (District 1) Dan Armstrong, (District 5) Meredith Harker, Chair (District 4) Brad Christopherson, Vice Chair (District 3) think of that have special meaning to you. A bit closer to home, I would like to recognize former Mayor Janice Auger and current Mayor Kristie Overson. Mayor Auger, Taylorsville’s first woman to be elected mayor, was the only woman on Taylorsville’s original City Council before running for mayor, a position she held for two terms from 1998 to 2006. Mayor Overson previously served on the Taylorsville Planning Commission, City Council and is frequently at the state Capitol feverishly working to gain support for Taylorsville’s overall improvement efforts. We thank them and the many other women throughout our history for their innumerable contributions.
Project Empathy Works to Help the Homeless
Chase Hansen and his mother, Torrie, attend the Taylorsville City Council meeting on Feb. 5.
Chase Hansen has dedicated the past six years of his life to lifting up people in Utah who are without a home. He founded the organization Project Empathy. He’s garnered support from the headquarters of Applebee’s restaurant. He recently appeared on the national television program Good Morning America to talk about his work. And, he’s only 10 years old. The young boy was barely taller than the podium in the chambers at Taylorsville City Hall, where he spoke this past month before the City Council about his cause. He’s articulate and purposeful, precocious and passionate. “I am a kid who just likes to support the community,” he said. “With the homeless population in a pretty bad spot, I wanted to lift it up. We need to help them out. They’re our friends and our family.” Chase explains that Project Empathy is an initiative that organizes one-to-one, sit-down meals with a homeless person and a non-homeless person. “They basically sit down and talk over the course of a meal for about 30 minutes to an hour.” He and his dad, John Hansen, started Project Empathy to help people make a connection through meals. “We thought if 20 people sat down with 20 people and had one-on-one
conversations, they can actually make a connection. They can find people they enjoy talking to, and keep talking. They can make a friend.” His father was sick at home when Chase made his presentation to the City Council on Feb. 5 but tuned into the city’s livestream of the meeting, commenting about how he couldn’t be prouder of this son. “He’s listening at home. Hi dad,” Chase shouted out during the presentation. His mom Torrie, who attended the meeting with her son, said afterward that she’s simply amazed at all that he has been able to do. Project Empathy, Chase said, is all about human connection. Chase wanted to speak to the Mayor and Council because “he kind of grew up” in Taylorsville, where his grandmother lives and he spends time with his cousins. He and his father also recently met with the manager of the Applebee’s restaurant in Taylorsville after learning during their Jan. 23 appearance on Good Morning America that the chain had donated 100 meals to help. “They were ready for the call of action,” Chase said, adding he hopes others will join, too. Find out more about Project Empathy at: medium.com/kid-labs
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Taylorsville Students Recognized for Top Card Designs It’s still Christmas for two Taylorsville elementary school students. Maya Alfaro, a fifth-grade student at Plymouth Elementary, and Kody Nguyen, a fifth-grader at Fox Hills Elementary, were recognized by the City Council for their winning artwork selected for the Taylorsville UPD holiday cards this last season. Unified Police Department Det. Kyle Andrew said
the annual Christmas Card Contest is held each year by the Taylorsville precinct. It involves all fifth-graders in Taylorsville area’s nine elementary schools, or about 700 students. They design a card in their free time (it is not a required assignment) and then submit it for judging. “They got really excited when we told them they would get to go out to lunch with the Mayor,” Det. Andrew said. “That was the kicker.” The winning designs were placed on the front of the UPD-Tayorsville’s 2019 holiday card and mailed to representatives across the city, as well as to the Governor’s Mansion, Washington, D.C., and all UPD precincts. Mayor Kristie Overson and Police Chief Tracy Wyant also will take Maya and Kody out to lunch at a Taylorsville restaurant this next month in recognition of their first-place finish. “We had some awesome entries,” Det. Andrew said. “Some of the notes that went along with these cards brought some of us to tears — the gratitude these young people have for us. It’s good for us to see the support that is out there and the future generations that are coming up. We were very impressed. “They are the best of the best,” he said.
Annual Clean-up Day: Recycle, Reuse and Reduce By Marsha Mauchley Taylorsville Green Committee Member Taylorsville’s annual Earth Day Clean-up event is coming up. It’s scheduled for Saturday, April 25, from 8 a.m. to noon. The Taylorsville Green Committee organizes this event each year as a way to encourage residents to recycle, reuse and reduce. Please note the address for the event has changed for this year. It will be held on location at Taylorsville High School’s northwest parking lot, 5400 S. Redwood Rd. The committee will have signage at the exit and entrance to make dropping off items easy. Bring your old paint, Deseret Industry items, expired medications, glass, tree limbs and cardboard (see accompanying advertisement for a full list of items that are accepted, as well as those we ask you not to bring). The committee will have vouchers on hand, as in past years, so that you can take items that we are not accepting to the landfill. Let’s all be great stewards and preserve our Earth!
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Performing Arts Center is Featured in International Magazine The new Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center next to City Hall is featured in the international publication Engineering News-Record (ENR). In the article, Doug Carley, project manager for Jacobsen Construction, says the site couldn’t be better from a construction standpoint and architect Basil Harb describes the thoughtful design that blends with the city's own plans to create an adjacent community space. The 70,000-square-foot facility in Taylorsville "seeks to fill a need for professional-level performances
in the area and will become a key element in a larger outdoor-gathering space," according to the article. ENR is a weekly magazine that is widely regarded as one of the construction industry's most authoritative publications. Construction of the center is on schedule, with completion planned for this fall. The latest work has involved the placement of the white brick along the south side of the building. Find the article about the construction at www.enr.com.
Youth Council Meets with Legislators, Participates in a Podcast
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PETER PAN Jr. AUDITIONS March 12th and 13th 6:30-8pm Callbacks - March 14th 9:30am @Taylorsville City Hall Ages 7 to 18
PERFORMANCE June 4, 5 and 6
The Taylorsville Youth Council spent the day at the Legislature this past month. They joined Mayor Kristie Overson, Council Members Meredith Harker and Ernest Burgess, and Youth Council Advisor Kris Heineman for the Utah League of Cities and Towns Local Officials Day at the Utah State Capitol. It is a yearly tradition for the Youth Council to attend the day, which provides an excellent opportunity for the youth to talk to legislators and see first-hand how the process works. While there, the Youth Council was featured on the League of Cities and Towns' podcast, CitiesWork. They were interviewed by Susan Wood about what they like about serving on the Youth Council, their work and efforts to make a difference in the community. The podcast, which runs about 10 minutes in length, can be found at www.soundcloud.com/ulctcitieswork. “It was a really fun day for the kids, and it was interesting to see their perspectives,” said Mayor Kristie Overson. “Our youth handled themselves very well. They were well-spoken and articulate. The podcast really highlighted the kids and the opportunity for leadership, service and learning about government. They did a wonderful job.” City Council Chair Meredith Harker agreed. “It’s so fun to be with those kids,” she said. “It’s probably overwhelming because they’re just learning how government works. So it’s a great opportunity.”
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Taylorsville Bennion Heritage REMEMBRANCES The following is a short (edited) sketch of the life of Margaret (Maggie) Naismith McLachlan written by Winifred Morse McLachlan. All of the McLachlan clan who are buried in the Taylorsville Cemetery are her posterity. Maggie was born on Christmas Day in 1847 in Falkirk, Scotland. In 1873, she chose to leave Scotland for Utah where she crossed the plains on the newly built railroad. Maggie settled in what was known as the Salt Lake City 7th Ward area. In 1874, she married as a second wife to William McLachlan, also from Scotland. The Edmunds Law outlawing plural marriage was enacted in 1882, and as a result, Maggie could no longer live with Carrie, wife No. 1, so she needed a home of her own. Her husband purchased 40 acres of land “over Jordan” in the Taylorsville Ward in February 1885. In mid-March, William carted Maggie’s furniture to the house and arranged it in preparation for her arrival. Maggie did not have a farming background. However, she and her five children learned to milk the cows, churn the butter, raise chickens, gather eggs, plant the garden and harvest grain with the occasional help of a neighbor. In 1894, the dreaded diphtheria (a gray membrane that grows across the throat and obstructs the ability to breathe) spread from one person to another in their little family. (In Utah, two to five deaths in the same family in a single week from this disease were a common occurrence at this time.) Maggie knew the sorrow of losing Jimmy, Robbie and George before she herself contracted the disease. As a result of her illness and deep sorrow, she recovered slowly but never regained her strength. She struggled to serve in her church’s Primary and Mutual programs. Maggie passed away on May 28, 1905, from kidney disease. Her funeral was conducted in the Taylorsville Ward meetinghouse of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was attended by many church dignitaries who knew her well. Bibliography: Mclachlan, Winifred Morse. “From Babylon to Zion.” Master of Arts Thesis, Brigham Young University.
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Upcoming Events for March: • Mardi Gras & Birthday Tuesday Entertainment (Kevin Scott Band): Tuesday, March 3, 11 a.m. to noon. • Mindful Breathing (register): Wednesday, March 18, 11:00 a.m. to noon. Learn and practice several calming breaths that can be used in a variety of situations to bring calmness, encourage mindfulness, and serve as the basis for meditation. Facilitated by Salt Lake County volunteer instructor and experienced meditator, David Keyes. • Good Grief (register): Wednesday, March 19, 1 to 2:30 p.m. A monthly workshop facilitated by certified grief support specialist Simone Black of Jenkins-Soffe. These creative grief processing classes offer participants a unique and creative way to process the deep emotions resulting from loss/change of any kind. • Increase Wellness & Reduce Stress Presentation (register): Wednesday, March 25, 10 to 11 a.m. Dr. Vicky Westmoreland from the Salt Lake County Division of Behavioral Health Services will give a presentation on mental health and wellness for seniors. Topics will include managing stress, the difference between grief and depression, and recognizing symptoms of common mental health challenges. • Nutritional Balance Presentation (register): Friday, March 27, 1 to 2 p.m. Please check the Senior Center webpage for the current online newsletter at slco.org/taylorsville-senior-center. You can register for a program at the Taylorsville Senior Center front desk or by calling 385-468-3370.
Learn More, Read More at the Library this Month The Taylorsville Library, at 4870 S. 2700 West, is hosting several events in March. They include: Read an eBook Week Monday, March 2–Saturday, March 7 Show the library an eBook or eAudiobook checked out on your device for a chance to be entered in a drawing for a $20 Amazon gift card. Celtic Music by Harvest Home Monday, March 16, 7 p.m. Bring your family and friends and enjoy singing duo Annie and Dan Eastmond as they entertain with songs from the British Isles on guitar, fiddle, banjo with stories thrown in for good measure. Galactic Grown-Ups: Art and Cosmic Connection Monday, March 23, 7 p.m. Create intergalactic art as you learn about space with hands-on STEM activities for adults. Interpret NASA data to create fabulous art. You have the option to paint on canvas or on half-sphere domes. This program is designed for adults and older teens. Please register online or by calling the Information Desk at 801-943-4636. In partnership with Clark Planetarium Adult Lecture Series Utah Women: Trailblazers in the Suffrage Movement Tuesday, March 31, 7 p.m. Learn about the Utah women who made U.S. history with Katherine Kitterman, who will focus on women who fought in the movement and left a legacy of women's leadership in Utah and the nation. Kitterman, historical director for Better Days 2020, earned her BA in International Relations and German Studies and a Master of Public Policy degree from Brigham Young University. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in American History at American University in Washington D.C., where she has brought history to life at the Smithsonian Institution, the Holocaust Memorial Museum and Woodrow Wilson House.
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Fixing Service Lines Often Starts with ‘Who owns it?’ The question commonly asked when a water service line is leaking or if there is a blockage in a sewer lateral is: “Whose responsibility is it?”
Water Service Lateral
A water service line is a pipe that conveys water from a large water main to the home. The homeowner and the Taylorsville-Bennion Improvement District have responsibilities for portions of the water service line. The district owns and maintains the water service line from the water main, which is normally located in the road or park strip, into the meter box that services the home. The homeowner is responsible for maintaining and repairing the water service line after it leaves the meter box.
Taylorsville-Bennion Improvement District Responsibility
A sewer lateral is a pipe that takes waste water away from the home. The homeowner owns, maintains, repairs and replaces the sewer lateral and connection to the sewer main as needed. The district maintains the sewer main that receives the wastewater from the homeowners’ sewer lateral.
If you have any questions, please contact Taylorsville-Bennion Improvement District by calling 801-968-9081 or visiting www.tbid.org. Follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
Sewer Service Lateral Homeowner Responsibility
QUESTIONS? Please contact Taylorsville-Bennion Improvement District by calling 801-968-9081 or visiting www.tbid.org.
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MARCH WFWRD UPDATES GREEN WASTE PROGRAM
The weekly Green Waste Collection Program will resume beginning Thursday, March 19 for Taylorsville residents. Taylorsville currently has 988 out of the 6,943 districtwide subscribers. This is a subscription program that helps divert green waste from the landfill to be processed into mulch that can be purchased for use from the Salt Lake Valley and Trans-Jordan Landfills. At $114 per year, a green waste can is less expensive than an additional black refuse can at $204 per year. For more information on this program and composting, please visit the WFWRD website at: wasatchfrontwaste.org/green-waste.
Now is the perfect time of year to trim your trees. City ordinance requires that trees and landscaping that overhang the street pavement need to be trimmed to a minimum height of 13½ feet above the street pavement. Following these guidelines will help waste trucks navigate through your neighborhood and empty your cans without potential damage to your trees and the trucks. Your help is greatly appreciated.
CURBSIDE GLASS COLLECTIONS
WFWRD is excited to announce that the Curbside Glass Recycling Program is coming to Taylorsville! Join other residents around the valley who conveniently recycle glass from home. This is subscription service provided by WFWRD and Momentum Recycling. The startup fee is $45, which pays for the 35-gallon can specifically for glass recycling. The monthly fee of $8 per month will provide the once-per-month collection by Momentum Recycling. WFWRD does not collect the curbside glass, but coordinates billing and the can delivery. All colors of glass bottles and jars are acceptable. Initial subscribers will receive their glass recycling can in March. The first monthly curbside glass collection will occur on Tuesday, April 14 (a different day of the week than other curbside collection services). There are also public glass recycling locations throughout the valley, including one at Taylorsville Park. For more information, or to sign up for this service, visit wasatchfrontwaste.org/glass.
Olympic oval hosts high school track meet By Greg James | email@example.com
e know the Utah Olympic Oval boasts the fastest ice in the world. It is the site of many world and Olympic records, but did you know it also has one of Utah’s only indoor tracks? “Most people do not realize what we have here,” Hillcrest High track coach and the UHSTCA Indoor Invitational event organizer Scott Stucki said. “It is a beautiful facility, and the track is fast. The wide corners allow runners a chance to have some very fast times.” The Utah High School Track Coaches Association hosted the Indoor Invitational Jan. 24–25 inside the Utah Olympic Oval. More than 75 volunteers and 1,700 registered athletes converged on the home of the fastest ice in the world to set fast times of their own. “Putting on an event like this brings on many sleepless nights,” Stucki said. “It is a big thing to put this all together. For some of the events we have to bring in special equipment, like the pole vault.” Indoor track is not sanctioned by the Utah High School Activities Association but has become a head start on the outdoor season. Many schools in the area encourage their athletes to participate and train if they are not participating in another sport. “It breaks up the monotony of getting
The Olympic Oval hosted a premier indoor high school track meet where several indoor personal records were set. (Photo courtesy of Greg James/City Journals.)
miles for a long-distance runner,” Stucki said. “It gives them a chance to race a little. For the sprinters, it is a chance to work on technique in the blocks and on the hurdles. Most coaches run an indoor program, and there are a few track clubs that pull in other kids from most schools.”
The oval’s 442-meter track surrounds the speed skating ice. It has four continuous lanes plus an eight lane 110-meter sprint zone. It provides year-round training capabilities inside a climate-controlled facility. “In terms of athletes, this meet is probably the biggest indoor event in the state,”
Stucki said. “BYU’s indoor meet had about 1,200, and Weber State will have about 1,400. We get teams from Idaho and Wyoming that come down to be part of it.” Sydney Holiday from Cody, Wyoming, was the girls 60-meter winner, and Braiden Ivie from Emery High School placed first in the boys race. Local racers such as Carter Guiness from Herriman posted a personal record in the 400. Sherry Nima from West Jordan placed fifth in the girls 400, only one second behind the leader. Dallin Thornton from Bingham and Joshua Park from Riverton finished first and second, respectively, in the pole vault. Thornton jumped 14 feet 7 inches. This is the eighth year for the event to be held. The UHSTCA Indoor Invitational posted 15 of the top times for this year’s indoor season. The Oval also hosted the Utah Distance Challenge Feb. 7. The Oval was built for use during the 2002 Winter Olympics held in Salt Lake City. The 5-acre facility houses the 400-meter speed skating oval and two international sized ice sheets. It has become a multi-use facility. It is available for public skating, hockey, figure skating and curling. l
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Calvin Smith Elementary Lego League solving problems, earning trophies, serving the community By Carl Fauver | firstname.lastname@example.org
n energetic group of fourth, fifth and sixth graders at Calvin S. Smith Elementary School in Taylorsville is active in an innovative community service organization, dedicated to problem-solving and having fun. The 35 to 40 student volunteers are members of a group called the “First Lego League,” or simply “Lego League,” for short. The Calvin Smith Lego League teams (a morning group and an afternoon group) don’t really spend much time manipulating the building blocks we all know and love. Instead, they are about engineering and problem-solving, under the direction of their school’s literacy coach, Michael Marcrum. “While working with the kids, I try to stay as hands off as possible, so they can grow and problem solve on their own,” Marcrum said. “When I do that, these kids step up to the plate every time. It’s not me. They come up with great ideas. It’s fun to watch.” Before discussing what the Taylorsville kids are up to, a little background may be helpful. Legos were invented in 1932, in Denmark. The name “Lego” comes from the Danish phrase “leg godt,” which means “play well.” Meantime, an organization called “First Nonprofit Foundation” was established in Pennsylvania to provide funding grants to nonprofit service organizations. The foundation’s creator, Dean Kamen, 68, is an American engineer, inventor and businessman. His most famous invention, the Segway, is that two-wheel, motorized personal vehicle, consisting of a platform for the feet, mounted above an axle, with an upright post and handles. The Segway has made Kamen a millionaire, 500 times over. In 1998 Kamen’s First Nonprofit Foundation joined forces with Lego to create the First Lego League. The league’s website, firstlegoleague.org, claims there are now 320,000 league participants, ages 9 to 16, on 40,000 teams across 98 countries. “When students are engaged in handson STEM experiences, they build confidence, grow their knowledge and develop habits of learning,” the website states. “When adults coach these students, they encourage them to try, fail, and try again, while connecting STEM concepts to real-world examples. First Lego League is the most accessible, guided, global robotics competition, helping students and teachers to build a better future together.” That is the Lego League’s jumping-off point. The teams at Calvin Smith Elemen-
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Lego League members constructed robotic vehicles to negotiate and perform tasks on this course. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)
tary build robotic vehicles, designed to move through a course, performing various tasks. To do this, the kids write their own computer coding. “I like the robotics coding,” said Lego League member Zoey Whitney, as her twin sister Zaylee nodded. “You have to get it perfect, or the robot won’t work right. I enjoy the challenge.” In January, the two Calvin Smith teams entered a pair of robotic vehicles into the Granite School District Lego League finals, held at Granger High School. Each of the teams emerged with a trophy. One team’s robot placed in the top 10 — from among 40 vehicles — to qualify for the state finals the following weekend. Meanwhile, the other team earned a “Core Values Award,” for adhering to those values during the competition. The First Lego League core values are Discovery, Innovation, Impact, Inclusion, Teamwork and Fun. “This was our second year in a row to earn the Core Values Award at the district competition,” Marcrum said. “I believe Lego League members helped teach their entire Calvin Smith Elementary School student body how to construct both our morning and afternoon teams dog and cat toys out of cardboard rolls, small bells, water bottles and old socks. (Carl Fauver/City Journals) were successful at district because they
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were willing to work with others. These students are learning the importance of teamwork.” At the Lego League state finals, held at Weber State University, the one Calvin Smith team whose robot qualified did not place. Instead, the Taylorsville team earned another award for “Gracious Professionalism.” However, the robot building and computer coding is just a part of what the Lego League youngsters do. Another key component of the program has the students identify a community problem, and then devise a project to address it. This year, Marcrum’s two teams selected two = different issues. One of them chose to encourage more recycling of household waste, while the other wanted to assist local animal shelters to have more success in adopting out dogs and cats. But despite those being two different issues, the problem-solving kids found a way to combine them into an innovative, schoolwide project. “Once our kids decided what issues they wanted to address, the first thing I wanted them to do is hear from experts in those fields,” Marcrum said. “And for help in finding experts on animal shelters and recycling, I spoke with Meredith Harker.” Like Marcrum, Harker is a member of the Calvin Smith faculty. She also happens to be the Taylorsville City Council chairwoman. “I was happy to recommend a couple of people to speak to the students,” Harker said. “That is what the Lego League is all about: identifying problems, learning about them and doing something. I was glad to help them.” For the animal shelter “expert,” Harker recommended Lynette Wendel. In addition to serving on the Taylorsville Planning Commission, Wendel is also a dog owner, animal advocate and member of the Humane Society Advocacy and Legislative Coalition. “I was so thrilled and inspired by these young kids, working to attack multiple problems at once,” Wendel said. “I was happy to talk with them, and I was very proud of them.” Wendel told the Lego League team, one reason dogs and cats can be a challenge for animal shelters to adopt out is they sometimes become depressed or hyperactive while in captivity. And, she added, one thing that can help solve that problem is for the animals to have toys to occupy their time. However, dog and cat toys can be expensive, particularly for funding-strapped animal shelters that often have to rely on donations just to feed the animals. That’s when the Lego League students, including sixth grader Brooke Vanderlinden, put on their thinking caps. “I have been in the Lego League for three years, since it was first started here,
Lego League members earned a pair of trophies earlier this year. Between them is one of the robotic vehicles members built for the competition. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)
Brooke Vanderlinden, Jason Glad and Natalia De Souza (L-R) all say they love their school’s Lego League. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)
and this has been my favorite year, because I love animals,” Brooke said. “We talked about ways to provide animals with toys so people would want to adopt them more. And then we came up with the idea of involving the other (Lego League) team by making pet toys out of recyclable things.” The students’ fact-finding and brainstorming led to a massive schoolwide toymaking project on Feb. 25. All 750 Calvin
Smith students were scheduled to rotate through 45-minute sessions, class-byclass, taking turns making toys. Dog toys consisted of empty plastic water battles being stuffed into old socks. The animals enjoy chewing on them because of the “crinkle” sound they make. Meantwhile, cat toys featured empty cardboard paper towel or toilet paper rolls stuffed into socks, with a tiny bell
placed inside. Animal shelter officials say the sound of the ringing bell can keep cats playing with the toy for hours. Calvin Smith students donated the paper rolls, worn socks and water bottles. Wendel provided 900 small bells for the project, the one item not normally found in home recycling bins. “All 900 bells cost only about $30, and I was happy to make the donation,” Lynette said. “My highlight this year has been identifying a problem and then working to solve it,” sixth grader Jason Glad said. Calvin Smith Elementary sixth graders will bid adieu to the Lego League at the end of this school year, because the program is not offered at nearby Bennion Junior High School, where they will enroll this fall. However, another of the sixth grade team members and her mother — Natalia and Mariana De Souza — are doing some of their own problem-solving to address that issue. “Since they don’t have Lego League at the junior high, my mom looked into it and learned we can have our own team that is not affiliated with the school,” Natalia said. “She attended the state finals in Ogden and got so excited about it, she agreed to host a team next year.” Students or parents interested in learning more about First Lego League can contact Granite School District Educational Technology Specialist Cherie Anderson at email@example.com. l
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Taylorsville mayor sharing advice with her newly elected counterpart in West Jordan By Carl Fauver | firstname.lastname@example.org
ver the past couple of months, you have read stories in these pages about the consistency and stability of Taylorsville government. All three of the city council members on the ballot last fall — Ernest Burgess, Brad Christopherson and Curt Cochran — won reelection in landslides. You’ve also read how pleased Taylorsville residents are with the work their council and mayor are doing. A recent third-party survey put the elected officials’ approval rating at a nearly unheard of 87%. The same cannot be said for the status of elected officials — or the popularity of the work they are doing — in the community bordering Taylorsville to the south: West Jordan. Notorious for rarely ever reelecting their mayors, West Jordan voters again chose someone new for that position last fall, when then-City Councilman Dirk Burton won a very close election over incumbent Jim Riding, by 589 votes. Voters also elected three new city council members. Two years earlier, in another very close vote, West Jordan residents decided to change to a council-mayor form of government, commonly referred to as a “strong mayor” form of government. In a news release provided by West Jordan City officials, Burton said he supported the change in the form of government two
years ago and is excited to be the first mayor under that form. “As a council member for four years, I’ve long recognized that residents are the city’s customer,” Burton said. “That’s why one of the key campaign promises I made was to make our city more responsive to residents. I promise I can manage city government on a day-to-day basis.” As he begins work to fulfill that promise, Burton has also been spending some time during his first several weeks on the job soliciting advice from other mayors across the state, including Kristie Overson of Taylorsville, who has been at the helm of a strong mayor form of government for two years — and a city council member for six years before that. “Very soon after the election, West Jordan City invited me to speak at a work session for the new mayor and council members,” she said. “I spoke for about 15 minutes about how our [Taylorsville strong mayor] government works. Then, after the Holidays, Mayor Burton came to my office to discuss it a bit more.” “Her biggest advice to me was to always listen to the citizens and put them first,” Burton said of his one-on-one session with Overson. “I have also seen Mayor Overson at several meetings hosted by the Western Growth Coalition, ChamberWest and the
Utah League of Cities and Towns. She’s a very active mayor, and the one-on-one meeting was very helpful.” According to the most recent U.S. Census information, West Jordan has nearly twice as many residents as Taylorsville (116,046 vs. 60,192) and three times the land mass (30.9 square miles vs. 10.7). The number of residents per square mile in West Jordan is 3,432, while population density in Taylorsville is more than 50% higher than that, at 5,570. “We talked about several issues our two cities share, including our affordable housing shortages,” Burton said. “I know Taylorsville is pretty much completely built out. But we do still have some room in West Jordan, and we are evaluating a number of proposed projects.” West Jordan’s change in its form of government is not without its cost to city taxpayers. For starters, Riding will continue to receive his $89,500 annual salary for the next two years. Additionally, city leaders set the
new mayoral salary at $105,000 per year. As he continues to “learn the ropes,” Burton said Overson was not the only Utah mayor he planned to speak with. Burton already has, or is going to, speak with mayors of Salt Lake City, Sandy, Murray, St. George and Salt Lake County. “I told him it is very important to establish good relationships with his city council members,” Overson said. “And it’s also important to work with elected officials in other cities on common issues. Sometimes, we can just focus on our own little world, without doing that. But that doesn’t serve our citizens in the best way.” “We also talked about how to work effectively with department heads,” Burton said. “My meeting with Mayor Overson was very casual but also very much worth my time.” l
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Seven years without a cold? By Priscilla Schnarr
More and more people are saying they just don’t get colds anymore. They are using a new device made of pure copper, which scientists say kills cold and ﬂu viruses. Doug Cornell invented the device in 2012. “I haven’t had a single cold since then,” he says. People were skeptical but New research: Copper stops colds if used early. EPA and university studies Businesswoman Rosaleen says when demonstrate repeatedly that viruses and bacteria die almost instantly when people are sick around her she uses CopperZap morning and night. “It saved me touched by copper. That’s why ancient Greeks and Egyp- last holidays,” she said. “The kids had tians used copper to purify water and colds going around, but not me.” Some users say it also helps with heal wounds. They didn’t know about sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a viruses and bacteria, but now we do. Scientists say the high conductance 2-day sinus headache. When her Copperof copper disrupts the electrical balance Zap arrived, she tried it. “I am shocked!” in a microbe cell and destroys the cell in she said. “My head cleared, no more headache, no more congestion.” seconds. Some users say copper stops nightSo some hospitals tried copper touch surfaces like faucets and doorknobs. time stuﬃness if used before bed. One This cut the spread of MRSA and other man said, “Best sleep I’ve had in years.” Copper can also stop ﬂu if used earillnesses by over half, and saved lives. Colds start after cold viruses get in ly and for several days. Lab technicians your nose, so the vast body of research placed 25 million live ﬂu viruses on a gave Cornell an idea. When he next CopperZap. No viruses were found alive felt a cold about to start, he fashioned a soon after. Dr. Bill Keevil led one of the teams smooth copper probe and rubbed it genconﬁrming the discovery. He placed miltly in his nose for 60 seconds. “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold lions of disease germs on copper. “They never got going.” It worked again every started to die literally as soon as they touched the surface,” he said. time. The handle is curved and ﬁnely texHe asked relatives and friends to try it. They said it worked for them, too, so tured to improve contact. It kills germs he patented CopperZap™ and put it on picked up on ﬁngers and hands to protect you and your family. the market. Copper even kills deadly germs that Now tens of thousands of people have tried it. Nearly 100% of feedback have become resistant to antibiotics. If said the copper stops colds if used within you are near sick people, a moment of 3 hours after the ﬁrst sign. Even up to 2 handling it may keep serious infection days, if they still get the cold it is milder away. The EPA says copper still works even than usual and they feel better. Pat McAllister, age 70, received one when tarnished. It kills hundreds of diffor Christmas and called it “one of the ferent disease germs so it can prevent sebest presents ever. This little jewel real- rious or even fatal illness. CopperZap is made in America of ly works.” Now thousands of users have pure copper. It has a 90-day full money simply stopped getting colds. People often use CopperZap preven- back guarantee. It is $69.95. Get $10 oﬀ each CopperZap with tively. Frequent ﬂier Karen Gauci used to get colds after crowded ﬂights. Though code UTCJ11. Go to www.CopperZap.com or call skeptical, she tried it several times a day on travel days for 2 months. “Sixteen toll-free 1-888-411-6114. Buy once, use forever. ﬂights and not a sniﬄe!” she exclaimed. advertorial
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Warrior senior Olivia Ashton (No. 120 has played basketball since her ninth grade year. This season, she has averaged 11.4 points per game. (Photo courtesy of Greg James/City Journals.)
Warrior basketball finish its seasons at the state tournament
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t has been a memorable season in the gym at Taylorsville high school this season. The Warriors boys team started the season winning four of their first five games, reaching a crescendo against Brighton on its home court. The game was a back-and-forth affair throughout the entire contest. Taylorsville trailed by five in the fourth quarter and defensively managed to keep the game close. Junior Eric Giang generated extra possessions with five steals. Brighton hit two free throws with less than 20 seconds to take a one-point lead. A Warrior timeout ensued to set up the final play. They inbounded the ball and began to bring it up the court. Giang and senior Cole Nebeker traded passes as the clock ran down. Giang tried to drive, but the defense cut off his path, and he was forced to pitch it back out to Nebeker near the bench. With three seconds left he drove toward the hoop and threw up a leaner that hit nothing but the bottom of the net for a 52-51 victory. The win led Taylorsville into region where it finished 7-3. Senior Cameron Millican led the team in scoring averaging 19.6 points per game; sophomore James Gavin averaged nine points. The boys placed third in Region 2. Their
only losses in region came to Cyprus and West Jordan (region champions). The team finished the season ranked 16th in the ratings performance index. The RPI is the new rankings system used by the UHSAA to seed the state playoffs. The Warriors defeated American Fork 67-52 in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs on Feb. 19. Taylorsville faced No. 1 seed Davis on Feb. 21, after our press deadline. Boys head coach Bernie Graziano finished up his third season for the Warriors. Last season they did not qualify for the state tournament. Their last appearance in the tournament was 2015, when they lost to Viewmont in the first round 70-44. The girls rebounded from a disappointing preseason. At one point, they lost eight games in a row but rallied to finish second to Hunter in Region 2. Senior Olivia Ashton and junior Calleigh Deyoung both averaged 11.4 points per game to lead the Lady Warriors. In her second year at the helm of the girls team, Reggie Jewkes helped the Warriors to a 9-13 overall record. “We got off to a rocky start. Our record should be better than it is,” Jewkes said. They finished the season ranked 16th in the RPI losing at home to Weber on Feb. 18, 44-31 in the first round of the playoffs. l
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Student filmmakers say no to vaping, e-cigarettes By Julie Slama | firstname.lastname@example.org
iddle-schoolers and high schoolers across Salt Lake County will have the opportunity to share their short films addressing the dangers of vaping and e-cigarettes at the third annual Kick Ash Film Festival. After working on their 30- to 60-second films and submitting them into the film festival, the top films will be shown at 6:30 p.m., March 19 at the Leona Wagner Black Box at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in Salt Lake City. The public is invited to attend the free event. “Vaping amongst Salt Lake County youth has increased 500% since 2011,” said Julia Glade, Salt Lake County health educator and film festival coordinator. “Yet, 56% of high school seniors say e-cigarettes are harmful. We want to change that perception.” Glade put together the film festival as a way for youth to share with their peers and community the means to communicate tobacco prevention and cessation. “Teens tend to use their phones and are very savvy using technology, so this way, they can create films about prevention and their peers are more apt to listen more,” she said. Teens also are involved in supporting the film festival. The Salt Lake County Healthy Teen Advisory Board suggested this year’s theme: “Huff, Puff, Hooked” and some of the judges are students. Before the red carpet event, the judges will select their top middle school winners (seventh through ninth grades) and their top high school winners (10th through 12th grades). First place will receive $350; second place, $250; and third, $100. There also will be audience choice awards and the school which has the most entries will be awarded $100.
Last year, Draper Park Middle School’s Ryan White received $400 as the middle school level Kick Ash Film Festival winner. (Julie Slama/City Journals)
Prizes and monetary awards were donated by sponsors, More than 50 entries were expected to be entered by the including University of Utah Health Plans, Primary Children’s Feb. 27 deadline, Glade said. The first year, students submitHospital, Intermountain Health Care and R.C. Willey, Glade said. ted 29 entries. In addition, this year’s winners as well as past film win“Each year, there is more interest,” she said. “We already ners will have their films posted on the Salt Lake County have sponsors wanting to be a part of it next year.” l YouTube channel.
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Leadership and recess – how one school is making a difference By Kathryn Elizabeth Jones | email@example.com “So much of the program caters to natEach year, schools are required to hold ural born leaders,” she explained. Even so, a Community Engagement Initiative event there are a few students in the program that through Playworks. Last year, the coaches folead in their own way. cused on mindfulness, this year they are mergOne such student, a fourth-grader named ing with Sandberg Elementary. “That’s who Ale, is the sort of leader who is good with the we’ll be inviting as part of our student body individual, Morganne said. “She’s very alert. next year,” Morganne said. “It will be fun.” I’ll look over and she’s talking to someone on Additional fun will include the Junior the other playground – like 200 yards away. Coach Leadership Summit held April 16. She serves in her own way.” About 500 junior coaches will come together Ale speaks highly of her coach, too. “I at this half-day event to receive awards, have McDougalFuneralHomes .com. like playing with the kids,” she said. “And some fun with recess games, and brainstorm I want to be like Coach Morganne. Brave.” ideas to make the next school year of coachFREE Dinner Hosted by McDougal Funeral Homes “People show their power differently,” ing even better. Morganne said. “Ale knows she’s not good In a nutshell, Morganne doesn’t see the Come receive valuable information about: at line-up cheers but she’s so good at many program as going in any direction but up. • Pre-arranged Funerals • Wills • Trusts • Burial Plots • Cremation other things. I feel like all of the coaches kind “I really try to instill a sense of kindness of have that.” and compassion in all I do, so I’m hoping in Coaches are expected to set an example. working with the program that they can see They are expected to step up and do things even a problem and fix it,” Morganne said. “Do Mar. 24th at 6:00 pm Mar. 26th at 6:30 pm Mar. 31st at 6:00 pm when they are not asked. They are expected to what you can to assert yourself. Realize you Golden Corral West Valley Famous Dave’s West Jordan Golden Corral Midvale help other kids feel accepted and appreciated. have a power to be kind. That really makes a 3399 West 3500 South 7273 S. Plaza Center Dr 665 East 7200 South And they are expected to attend af- difference.” ter-school meetings and yearly events. Morganne is always looking for help Please call to reserve your seat: After-school meetings, taught by Mor- in the Playworks Program at Jackling. (The ganne, assist students in the best ways to solve national program has been in the running to problems in and outside of the playground, improve recess since 1995). She has one volLocated at 4330 South Redwood Road, Taylorsville, UT 84123 such as bringing order into the classroom unteer, Coach Josh, who comes in every Friafter recess or facilitating games like four- day to assist her, but she is open to receiving aking a difference comes in all shapes can make a difference in the lives of other square and basketball. Rather than asking, more help. “I like volunteers to come and be and sizes, even successes and challeng- kids just by playing with them and being a “Coach Morganne, what can I do?” they “as- a part of the program,” she said. “We need sert themselves” and take care of it, she said. consistent, caring role models for kids.” l es as Morganne Nielsen, Playworks program good example.” coordinator at Jackling Elementary, will not hesitate to tell you. In her second year of outfitting students – not only with some cool purple T-shirts, but in instilling within each frame accountability, kindness and compassion — Coach Morganne (as the students and faculty know her) is all about making a difference in the lives of those she coaches. This includes corralling and teaching 45 student leaders for the 201920 school year; i.e., mentors, junior coaches, and assistant coaches. Last year, Morganne had only eight junior coaches, and that was “pretty much the program as a whole,” she said. But this year, “I had so many kids interested, I decided to start some secondary programs.” And she has, with some amazing results. Coaches from fourth to sixth grade are learning how to transition students from recess to class time, are doing line-up cheers and attention grabbers for the younger grades, and learning how to diffuse conflicts as they arise. Recently, the coaches took part in a Martin Luther King Day of Service for Primary Children’s Hospital, providing monster dolls, created, cut and sewn by their very own hands. Growth is what Morganne counts on seeing every day. “I like working with the kids and helping them to realize their individual power,” Coaches at the Junior Coach Leadership Summit in spring 2019 at the SLCC Sandy Campus. (Photo courtesy Morganne Nielsen) she said. She likes to “show them that they
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As one of her last official Taylorsville City recorder acts, Cheryl Peacock Cottle (L) administered the position’s oath of office to her replacement, Jamie Brooks. Cottle was city recorder for 12 1/2 years and worked for the city 18 years. Brooks enters the post after filling a similar role for West Jordan City. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)
Sound The Alarm What many people may or may not know of the more than 62,000 disasters the Red Cross reponds to every year over 90% are home fires. That is about 1 every 8 minutes. According to local Red Cross spokesperson Rich Woodruff, “Every day home fires are responsible for as many as seven deaths and 36 injuries in this country. We want that number reduced and so far our Home Fire Campaign is doing just that. We are asking the public to join us to Sound the Alarm here in Utah and help save lives.” Sound the Alarm is part of the ongoing Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, in which Red Cross volunteers and partners canvass highrisk neighborhoods to install free smoke alarms, replace batteries in existing alarms and help families create escape plans. This work is made possible thanks to the generosity of donors and power of volunteers. The American Red Cross is calling for volunteers to Sound the Alarm this spring with several events right here in Utah to install hundreds of free smoke alarms while teaching home fire safety. Since 2014, Red Cross volunteers and members partner organizations have installed over 2 million smoke alarms across American resulting in nearly 700 lives saved. Here is how the public can help.
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To funeral or not to funeral. What I did when my husband asked me not to hold his funeral. By Joani Taylor | Coupons4Utah.com
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