November 2019 | Vol. 6 Iss. 11
LIGHTNING STRIKE VICTIM
LIFESAVERS HONORED BY UNIFIED FIRE AUTHORITY By Carl Fauver | firstname.lastname@example.org
n her way to being elected Taylorsville High School homecoming queen several weeks ago, Chloe Robinson, 17, was asked a silly question by the selection committee about how she eats her Oreos. They missed a good opportunity to offer up more interesting queries. Some that come to mind: What does it feel like to be struck by lightning? When did you learn your father was even more injured than you? What would you like to say to the people who immediately sprang into action and likely saved your life? Ironically, on Sept. 20 — the night Chloe was introduced at the THS homecoming game as queen — was three months to the day after she and her father Scott, 44, were in the wrong place at the wrong time. And Sept. 20 was also two days after four of the people who helped save their lives were honored for their heroism at the Taylorsville City Council meeting by the Unified Fire Authority. “It’s not just about being in the right place at the right time; it’s about having good training and skills,” UFA Assistant Chief Jay Ziolkowski said. “To have someone struck by lightning is rare to begin with. Then to have trained people nearby to render aid is even more rare. I have never seen an instance like this in my career.” A 26-year firefighting veteran, Ziolkowski presented certificates of commendation to Andy Keys, Dave Kotter, Mary Ann Marchant and Andrew Nelson. They were among some 15 adult supervisors and 50 to 60 youth on a Church of Jesus
Lightning strike victims Scott and Chloe Robinson pose before one of the helicopters that flew them from Fillmore to Salt Lake. (Courtesy Robinson family)
Christ of Latter-day Saints overnight campout at the historic Territorial Statehouse State Park Museum in Fillmore. The Youth Conference outing included members of the Westland-West Jordan Stake Seventh, Eighth and Ninth wards. “It was the most terrifying experience of my life, but to see the miracles come out of it was a beautiful thing,” said Westland Ninth Ward Bishop Andy Keys, one of the four honorees. “It had been raining earlier but seemed to be clearing,
as people were playing various outdoor games. All of a sudden, I heard a sonic boom — the most terrifying noise in my life. It felt like someone had slapped my face. Every inch of it was in pain. Then I saw two lifeless bodies on the ground. When I ran to them, their eyes were going a million miles an hour, back and forth.” Marchant and Nelson gave CPR to Scott Robinson, while Kotter cleared Chloe’s throat Continued page 9
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heater students have prepared a season of thought-provoking performances to entertain audiences this fall. Kearns High School presents “The Little Mermaid,” Nov 13, 14, 15 and18 at 7 p.m. in the Kearns High School Auditorium at 5525 Cougar Lane. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children and students. Children are invited to eat breakfast with Ariel and all the main characters, and to pose on set for pictures with them at a character breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at www.kearnswebstore.com. “The Little Mermaid” is the familiar story of a young girl who does everything she can to make her dreams of being human come true. “Ariel definitely makes huge sacrifices in order to be part of the world that she just feels really strongly that she’s supposed to be there,” said director Camee Faulk. “I think the kids relate to that a lot.” Faulk said the story has inspired her students to consider their own hopes and dreams and how far they are willing to go to achieve them. As a cast, they’ve discussed how to apply Ariel’s kind of passion to their own experience. But as a parent, Faulk said she relates more to Ariel’s father, King Triton. “The musical does a really good job of showing his side of things a little bit more than the movie does,” she said. “As a parent, you’re trying to figure out what’s best for your child and truly wanting them to be happy.” She said Triton makes sacrifices for Ariel’s happiness and learns he has to let his daughter make mistakes so she can learn from them. The cast of 80 students is directed by Faulk. The choreography director is Anna Mueller, the music director is Julie Jensen, and the technical director is Tom Rod-
gers. “The show is probably going to be one of the biggest, most technically involved shows we’ve ever done,” Faulk said. “We have a few really cool surprises for the audience.” Eisenhower Jr High presents “Way’s End,” Nov. 14–15 in the school auditorium at 4351 South Redwood Road. Tickets are $3 and $4. You can also buy four and get the fifth one free. “Way’s End” is the story of a 14-yearold girl named Lexi, who is always in trouble with her family and teachers. “It’s directly related to what my students are going through right now,” said EJH theater teacher Kenya Thompson. “Lexi goes on a journey where she learns a lot of lessons about adolescence and what that means. At the end, her relationship with her family is better.” Playwright Jennifer Fell Hayes wrote the play for a cast between 30 and 60 members. Thompson’s cast is 30, so most students play two or three different “fun and quirky” characters throughout the course of the show. The flexibility with characters and plot is what makes the play unique. “The playwright allowed for any group that works with her script to be able to add new themes or to take away or change things,” Thompson said. “We’ve added several characters, so it’s specific to our cast.” Thompson said the play is about the process of a journey. “That’s one of the biggest reasons why I picked it—because it wasn’t quite finished,” she said. “And since I’m a new director with a new group of students, I wanted to be able to work with them in a different way, so that we can build a foundation for where the program is going to go forward.” Bennion Jr High School, 6055 South 2700 West, presents “One Acts Festival,” Nov. 20, 21.
Talitha Jo Garrison (who plays Flotsam, the eel) rehearses for one of the aerial scenes in “The Little Mermaid.” (Photo courtesy of Camee Faulk/Kearns HS)
Taylorsville High School presents “The Secret Garden,” Nov 1, 2, 4 and 9. Tickets are $6 and $8. You can pay with cash or a card at the door, 5225 South Redwood Road. “The Secret Garden,” which won a Tony award for Best Book of a Musical, is based on the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The play tells the story of spoiled orphan Mary Lennox sent to live with her grief-stricken uncle in his dreary manor on the moor. Mary uncovers secrets about her sickly cousin Colin and his mother’s secret garden that ultimately heals them all. “It’s written for kind of a small ensemble, but we were able to expand that to include some more kids,” said theater director Cameron Garner. On December 19, THS will host its inaugural Alumni Concert, “Curtains Up!” Garner has contacted several alumni to return to THS’s stage to entertain audiences with acting, singing and dancing pieces from some of their favorite musical theater scenes. The idea is inspired by the portraits of
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Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” -Dr. Seuss Westbrook Elementary student council members are asking for donations from the community to decorate a Dr. Seuss-themed tree for the Festival of Trees, an annual fundraiser for Primary Children’s Medical Center. They need red and white Christmas decorations, such as ornaments, ribbon, mesh and picks, as well as Dr. Seuss-themed decorations, school supplies, stuffed animals, gift cards and books. As project coordinators, intern coach Jessica Sellers and sixth grade teacher Candace Wagaman have been collecting donations since last spring. “We have a lot of fun stuff—but it’s a lot of little stuff,” Sellers said. “Obviously, families do what they can, and we’re grateful for everything we get.” Donations can be dropped off in the front office of Westbrook Elementary, 3451 West 6200 South, between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Friday. The tree will be decorated on Dec. 2 and can be seen on display at the Mountain America Exposition Center (9575 South State Street) Dec. 3–7. “Hopefully, the kids will feel the connection to it and then want to bring their families, and we can raise further funds for Primary’s,” Sellers said. The school’s theme is “Westbrook Cares,” a focus which encourages stu-
dents to care for themselves and others. “A lot of our students and their families have been to the Primary Children’s Hospital for a variety of reasons,” said Sellers. “So picking a children’s charity for ‘Westbrook Cares’ just seemed like a natural match.” Her own daughter, a fourth grader at Westbrook, got stitches at PCMC a few years ago. Quinn still has the cloth doll the plastic surgeon used to demonstrate how he would stitch up her cut. Sellers said she is glad they chose to take Quinn to PCMC because the experience of playing with Play-Doh, getting a doll and an ice cream treat made what could have been a traumatic experience more like a fun activity for her daughter. Many parents trust PCMC for emergencies such as stitches and broken bones. Other families, such as the Kranendocks, are regular visitors. “When my kids think of people who have impacted their lives, it’s people at Primary’s,” said Ashley Kranendock, whose two daughters, ages 8 and 11, are students at Westbrook. Both have had medical issues their whole lives. “We have doctors at Primary’s galore,” she said. “We’re up there quite often—if not every couple of weeks, once a month.” Kranendock’s daughters like to talk about their experiences at PCMC. Westbrook students have been curious when the 8 year old comes to school with a cast, leg braces or a walker.
“They always ask and she tells them about going to Primary’s and her doctors there,” Kranendock said. Kranendock appreciates that the Dr. Seuss-themed tree, made entirely from donations, will be sold at the Festival of Trees auction to raise money for hospital that directly benefits her children. She has been amazed at the generous donations from students, parents and community members so far. “There was a gal who brought stuff in the office the other day,” she said. “She didn’t even have a student going to our school.” Last year’s student council started promoting the Festival of Trees project last spring and this year’s council, a group of sixth graders, is continuing to organize donations and help decorate the tree. “Once we figure out what exactly can and cannot go on the tree, we’re going to make some ornaments with our sixth graders,” Sellers said. Meanwhile, they will continue to collect items to decorate the tree and the surrounding area. Westbrook students have sung at the Festival of Tree in previous years, but Wagaman and Sellers wanted to take on creating a tree to involve the whole school and community. “It’s a big project; we knew it was going to be big,” Sellers said. “But we decided just to go for it this year and it will be awesome.” l
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Taylorsville couple credited with largest pumpkin in Utah at 1,608 pounds for 2019 By Jennifer J. Johnson
aylorsville’s Andrew Israelsen is now a two-time winner of a Utah-wide (and beyond) competition for growing the largest pumpkin; Israelsen won in 2009, and his 1,608-pound orange beastie just won for 2019. It takes a village — or just a household — to raise a giant pumpkin. Israelsen babied this year’s mammoth pumpkin, and his wife, Yvonne, meticulously recorded daily weight gains of their “baby.” (Photo by Jennifer J. Johnson) l
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aylorsville High School could be hosting a match in the state volleyball tournament. The new high school ranking system puts them in control of its own destiny. “I think these kids have done great,” Warriors head coach Clint Barnes said. “We have matured, and they have gotten better. I think this is the best year we have had in four years, and the kids are working hard on the court. We just continue to get better.” A slow start to the season, losing their first three matches, has helped propel the Warriors close out the regular season strong. The Warriors stand at 7-1 in second place in Region 2, even though this season region finish is not as important in years past. The Utah High School Activities Association has adopted a new rating percentage index to seed its teams into the tournament. “The first year with the RPI—I am happy with where it is,” Barnes said. “We could be hosting a home game for state. That is a big thing for our school and community. The RPI is new for everybody, and there are good and flaws to it. We will see how it works out.” At press deadline, the Warriors were ranked 14th out of 28 schools in the 6A classification. The RPI is a statistical rating system taking into account the team’s winning percentage and the strength of their oppo-
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nents. “It comes down to it that it is good that these kids will get to play a round of the state tournament at a home school, and then the winner goes to UVU,” Barnes said. “It adds another aspect to this game. Rule changes are things that we as coaches can’t control. We have to enjoy the ride and keep playing good volleyball and see where it takes us.” This year’s team is loaded with seniors with potential. Seven have seen significant playing time. “We have a lot of girls that have played well,” Barnes said. “Our seven seniors have been playing varsity since they were freshmen. This is their year that they have worked toward. They have really worked hard. It is the year they want to shine and not be that underclassman.” Olivia Ashton leads the team in kills; Aleah Gregory averages nearly eight assists per set, and junior libero Taylor Gregory leads in digs. “I think all of our kids have potential; it will depend on how hard they want to work and where they want to go,” Barnes said of the team’s potential. “I am proud of the work we have done,” Gregory said. “I am excited to get better and have a closer bond with my teammates. Vol-
The Warriors have set themselves up to control their own postseason chances. (Photo courtesy of Greg James/ City Journals)
leyball is my favorite sport, but playing other sports keeps me in shape.” She has played volleyball since the seventh grade and participated with High Country and Club V yearround teams. Barnes encourages his players to play other sports to improve their overall athleticism and school experience. “There are goods and bads to playing club volleyball,” Barnes said. “I think kids should be multisport athletes. I think the club (volleyball) aspect where they play nine to 12 months out of the year it hurts the kids. I have seen more injuries and back problems.
Kids need a break. They also need to support their school in different ways. It helps them be better students.” The state tournament is Nov. 5–9. The finals will be held at Utah Valley University in Orem. Taylorsville won a state tournament in 1988. “I think these kids are sweet,” Barnes said. “They have great personalities. They are a fun group of kids. There is no drama. Kids are not fighting; they like each other. The last time I had a team like that, we won a state championship.” l
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DUI case filings up in Municipal Court; new .05 law not a big factor By Carl Fauver | email@example.com
s Taylorsville Municipal Justice Court Judge Michael W. Kwan finishes up serving a six-month suspension from the bench, without pay, city officials say the court has continued to function effectively under interim Judge Ron Wolthius, along with city prosecutor Casey Taylor and court-appointed public defender Doug Stowell. “Our court is running very smoothly,” Mayor Kristie Overson said. “It has been seamless.” “Judge Wolthius is actually handling more cases, more quickly [than Kwan did],” City Attorney Tracy Cowdell said. “I am grateful to [Wolthius] for filling in under difficult circumstances and with very little notice. He has done a tremendous job.” Kwan was suspended last May — in a decision approved by the Utah Supreme Court — for making derogatory comments in court about President Donald Trump. The politically charged news was picked up nationally in many publications. “When it comes to humor, politicians are often the butt of jokes; this can be a problem, however, if the jokes are delivered by a judge,” is how The New York Times opened its story about the incident. At a recent Taylorsville City Council meeting, normally opposing attorneys Taylor and Stowell appeared together to update the council on the justice court. Then two weeks later, as he approached the end of his sixmonth stint as the fill-in, Wolthius did likewise. “You have been very gracious and accommodating as I have filled in,” Wolthius told council members. “We are moving people through Justice Court as fast as any municipality in the valley. I think you have an excellent Justice Court staff. It has been my pleasure to serve.” In their appearance before the city council two weeks earlier, Taylor and Stowell fo-
cused more on updating Justice Court case filing trends. Taylor reported that driving under the influence case filings took a dramatic jump in fiscal year 2019. However, he does not believe the state’s recent lowering of the legal blood alcohol level to .05 — the lowest in the nation — is a significant factor in that jump. “Of the 127 DUI filings we had (July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019), maybe three or four are for suspects whose blood alcohol level was between .05 and .08 (the previous legal limit),” Taylor said. “I don’t think the new law has really changed things much. We are still investigating cases the exact same way. I don’t think it has had as much of an impact as people were worried it would.” Taylor is a prosecutor in the firm of Cowdell & Woolley, P.C. (7500 South State Street). That firm has held the Taylorsville city attorney contract for about 10 years. For a bit longer, since 2006, the firm of Stowell, Crayk and Bown has held the city’s public defender contract. A Professional Limited Liability Company, Stowell, Crayk and Bown (2225 South State Street) represents low-income defendants in several cities and has a second office in Vernal. “Our firm serves as public defenders in 13 Utah cities, primarily in Salt Lake County, but with a couple in Utah County and one in Vernal,” Stowell said. “We handle about 400 legal cases in the Taylorsville Justice Court each quarter, representing about 200 different clients. I would guess about 20% of all defendants facing charges in Taylorsville are (financially) eligible for court-appointed defense.” Defendant eligibility for taxpayer-funded representation is based on federal guidelines. “The Indigent Defense Act (2016 Utah Code) requires defendants to earn no more than 150% of the United States poverty level
to be eligible for court-appointed council,” Taylorsville Justice Court Clerk Jeff Gallegos reported. “According to our current table, a single person must have a salary no higher than roughly $18,000 per year to be eligible. For a family of six, the total household income must not be over about $51,000 for a defendant to be assigned a court-appointed attorney.” The 127 DUI case filings for fiscal year 2019 marks a 20% increase over the 105 filings in FY 2018. During his presentation to the council, Taylor suggested a couple of possible reasons for the marked increase. “It seems Unified Police has put an increased focus on drunk driving arrests in Taylorsville,” he said. “I know they conducted at least two DUI checkpoints during the year. I have prosecuted in other states and can tell you that different law enforcement agencies place different emphasis on DUIs. Here in Taylorsville, it seems to be a higher priority.” Both Taylor and Stowell agree that drunk driving convictions routinely cost defendants thousands of dollars. “DUIs are a Class B misdemeanor in Utah, unless there are multiple offense or other circumstances (such as a car accident and/or injuries),” Stowell said. “But people who are not eligible for public defenders will pay $3,000 to $5,000 for defense in my office. And $10,000 fees are not uncommon.” Additionally, DUI fines and fees typically cost well over $1,000, and court-ordered substance abuse treatment can add thousands more to the tab. In addition to DUI cases, other more serious crimes adjudicated in Justice Court include domestic abuse and retail theft cases, when the value of what has been stolen does not exceed $500. All other crimes — Class A misdemeanors and all felonies — are referred to District Court. After presenting their information to the
Prosecutor Casey Taylor and defense attorney Doug Stowell (L-R) stand outside the Municipal Court at the east end of Taylorsville City Hall. (Carl Fauver/ City Journals)
Taylorsville City Council, the body’s vice chair offered Stowell and Taylor praise. “I observed our Justice Court last summer, and I can tell you it moves quickly, but with compassion,” Councilwoman Meredith Harker told them. “I could see you care about the people you are defending and prosecuting.” Councilman Ernest Burgess added, “I appreciate the dignity and care you show defendants who are usually doing all they can to get their lives back on track.” While the DUI case filings made a dramatic jump from fiscal year 2018 to fiscal year 2019, overall filings did not. Total case filings in fiscal year 2018 were 10,302 while fiscal year 2019 filings were 10,716, a 4% increase. In both years, well over 80% of the filings were for traffic citations. l
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Continued from front page and offered other assistance. Soon, the pair were in separate ambulances, in route to Fillmore Community Hospital. About 45 minutes later, they flew in separate helicopters to the University of Utah Health Care – Intermountain Burn Center. By the time they arrived at the U of U, Scott’s wife, Amy and youngest daughter, Ashley, had already arrived from their Taylorsville home. The only other family member, middle daughter, Jessica, was in route to the U of U, being driven by Keys. “Ashley and I had not gone to Fillmore, and were babysitting my nieces and nephew when one of the young women leaders called and said, ‘Honey, I need you to sit down’ — it was heart wrenching,” Amy Robinson said. Of her husband and daughter’s rescuers, Amy added, “They are my heroes. No words can describe how grateful I am. They are all my angels.” Witnesses report the lightning appeared to strike a tree, with the electricity passing through its roots to Scott first, and then Chloe. The THS senior was released from the hospital just two days later, while her father remained for a week. “I have no memory of the lightning strike,” Scott Robinson said. “In fact, my memory is gone from the morning of June 20, – several hours before the lightning strike, through to the following Monday, June 24. All I can say is a huge, huge thank you to our
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friends for being willing to jump in and help. I have done some lightning strike research since the incident and have learned, more than anything, survival rates are influenced by what happens in the first 10 minutes. You need someone to leap into action, which is exactly what they did.” With better memories of that night than her father, Chloe Robinson added, “What I remember most is how people were so active immediately. So many people cared for us. I am grateful to all the people who stepped up and helped out.” The youngest of the four honored by UFA was Nelson, who’s the same age as Chloe. He’s reluctant to accept credit. “I don’t consider myself a hero,” Nelson said. “Everyone wanted to call me a hero. But I felt like a normal kid, doing what anyone would’ve done. However, unlike most of the people on scene, Nelson had received CPR training. “CPR classes are held at Taylorsville City Hall on a monthly basis,” Ziolkowski said. “People can register through our website, www.Unifiedfire.org and then go to the ‘education’ page.” Now, several months after the lightning strike, Chloe and Scott Robinson are continuing to feel the effects of it. “My right eardrum is still not working properly; everything I hear is muffled,” Chloe Robinson said. “But my burns healed quickly, and I have no scars. I am doing OK.”
Almost completely recovered from her lightning strike injuries, Taylorsville High School homecoming queen Chloe Robinson appears with the homecoming king at halftime of the Warriors’ football game. (Courtesy Robinson family)
Among Chloe Robinson’s burns was one completely encircling her neck, caused by a metal-chained necklace she was wearing. Scott Robinson’s recovery has been a bit slower. “I have some minor ongoing nerve damage with slight numbness and tingling in parts of my body,” he said. “My equilibrium is also off a bit, and I still don’t have my full energy back. But I was able to return to work.
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MAYOR'S MESSAGE Dear Friends and Neighbors, During this season of thanksgiving, I have so many reasons to express my gratitude. Among them, I often feel through my work as Mayor like I am seated at a bountiful table with good friends all around me. Such sentiment can easily be attributed to Mayor Kristie S. Overson the generosity and kindness of those making Taylorsville home. I see it every day: Selfless acts of giving done simply out of a desire to make others feel better or to brighten another’s day. Our excellent quality of life can be traced directly to these often simple gestures. Such individual contributions strengthen our neighborhoods. The health of our neighborhoods, in turn, builds our community and city as a whole. Take, for example, the small gesture of a giant pumpkin. The 1,608-pound pumpkin, grown by Taylorsville residents Andrew and Yvonne Israelsen, was recognized as the largest in the state this year and the largest ever grown in Utah outside a greenhouse. It truly was a sight to behold. Growing the pumpkin, which sat in the Israelsens’ front yard for several weeks, took months of dedication — watering and measuring and turning it just right so it would take shape while not breaking off the vine. The Israelsens have grown large pumpkins for several years, and this was the second of their pumpkins to take first place in the Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers’ Weigh Off. (Read more at www.taylorsvilleut.gov). The pumpkins have brought their neighborhood together. Random people drive by and grin upon seeing the giant pumpkins, and the Israelsens for years have hosted schoolchildren who walk over from nearby Calvin Smith Elementary to learn more. Asked why they do it, the answer was simple: “They make people happy,” Andrew Israelsen said. The motivation was the same for the two Taylorsville boys who wanted to make their neighborhood Bennion Park a little better. There were smiles all around as two beautiful maple trees were planted and a “little library” installed this past month because of their efforts (See story on Page 3). And it was the same again at the recent one-year anniversary/ ribbon cutting held by the close-knit, one-of-a-kind Summit Vista retirement community (See Page 5). “Some may think we are in the real estate business,” CEO Mark Erickson said at the event, “but we’re really in the ‘people business.’’’ People building people. Neighbors helping neighbors. It truly is what makes Taylorsville such a wonderful place to live, and I couldn’t be more grateful. –Mayor Kristie S. Overson
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New Target Store to Open in Crossroads of Taylorsville Center The City of Taylorsville is pleased to welcome Target to the Crossroads of Taylorsville, 5800 S. Redwood Road, with an expected opening in late 2020.
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Church Announces Plans to Build Temple in Taylorsville The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has announced plans to build a temple in Taylorsville. “This is such good news for our city,” said Taylorsville Mayor Kristie Overson. “We look forward to the serenity, peace and beauty that a temple is sure to bring to our community, as well as the contribution it’s expected to make to Taylorsville’s rich mosaic. “We have long enjoyed a good partnership with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints,” she added, “and we look forward to working even more closely on this project.” City leaders have few details on the project at this time, and anticipate that church officials will release additional information, including exact location and site plans, soon.
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City of Taylorsville Newsletter NEW TARGET STORE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 “We are thrilled that Target has chosen Taylorsville as its new store site,” said Mayor Kristie Overson in making the announcement. “Target is, of course, well known for its customer service, modern design concepts and the high quality of its products and merchandise. More so, the company has a community mindset and takes pride in community involvement and service. We are very much looking forward to this partnership.” The site offers high visibility and an ease of location, Overson said, noting that Taylorsville’s proximity in the heart of the Salt Lake Valley makes the city the perfect place for investment and new growth. The I-215 freeway exits directly into Taylorsville and into The Crossroads center. The center and store are also bordered by main arterial Redwood Road to the east and 5400 South at the north of the center. “Target is sure to bring added value to the Crossroads of Taylorsville shopping center,” said Community and Economic Development Director Wayne Harper. “Target is the perfect fit, providing a strong foundation for the continued vitality and vibrancy of the area.” Target’s opening fits right in with the City’s 2020 Vision, including new master-planning efforts focusing on retail centers as well as commercial district envisioning and revitalization. The planning efforts have concentrated on four primary areas, including 5400 S. Redwood Road. At 166 acres, it is the largest of the four commercial center study areas. On the east side of this study area is the Taylorsville Walmart, and Utah’s only Regal Cinemas is located on the west. Additional stores in the Crossroads of Taylorsville include a Jo-Ann store, TJ Maxx, Ross, FYE, and Harmons. Target will replace the Shopko store in that location, which closed in March 2019.
UPCOMING Taylorsville Events Nov. 5 – 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Election Day.
Nov. 6 & 20 – 6:30 p.m. City Council Meeting @ City Hall
Nov. 11 – All Day Veterans Day. City Offices are closed.
Nov. 12 – 7 p.m. Planning Commission Meeting @ City Hall
Nov. 21, 22 & 23 – 7:30 p.m. A Night with Stephen Sondheim @ the Senior Center. (Sponsored by the Taylorsville Arts Council, see Page 7)
Nov. 28 – All Day Thanksgiving. City Offices are closed Thursday and Friday. 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.
TEMPLE IN TAYLORSVILLE CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 The temple in Taylorsville is one of eight new temples, including two in Utah, that the church plans to build. The other announced Utah temple will be built in Orem. Taylorsville will be the first temple built in the Salt Lake Valley since the Draper and Oquirrh Mountain temples opened in 2009. The Taylorsville and Orem temples will be the 22nd and 23rd temples in Utah. The announcement was made at the church’s 189th Semiannual General Conference by President Russell M. Nelson on Oct. 5.
COUNCIL CORNER By Council Chair Dan Armstrong During the month of November, we celebrate both Thanksgiving and Veterans Day, and in my mind, nothing could be more appropriate. Our veterans and their service top my list of the blessings for which I am most grateful. As you may know, Veterans Day is the result of efforts by World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Ala., who asked that Congress expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans. At his prompting, Congress passed a bill on June 1, 1954, replacing “Armistice” with “Veterans,” and the day has been known as Veterans Day ever since. There is no apostrophe in “Veterans Day.” That is, of course, because it is a day that belongs to all veterans. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs notes this spelling, recognizing that it is “because it is not a day that ‘belongs’ to veterans, it is a day for honoring all veterans.” It is my sincere privilege to pay tribute to all veterans as we recognize Veterans Day on Nov. 11. As a City Council, we also collectively extend our heartfelt respect to all veterans and their families. We celebrate and honor their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for us. Many have given the ultimate sacrifice of their lives in defense of our freedom. Others’ lives are forever changed because of their service. Gen. Colin Powell notably said, “On Veterans Day, put out your flags, cheer the marchers at parades, and go to tributes. But when you wake up the next day, Nov. 12, remember that it’s still Veterans Day for our veterans — and it will be every day of their lives.”
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Showing Gratitude to Our Veterans this Thanksgiving Our country has faced many difficulties and challenges. Our freedoms have been at dire risk more than I wish to count. It is interesting to note, for instance, that there were only 21 years between World War I and World War II. Many of the soldiers who fought in the first horrible war went on to fight in the second. Interestingly, too, it wasn’t until 1931 (during the interwar period from 1918 to 1939) that the “Star Spangled Banner” was adopted as our national anthem. Prior to that, President Woodrow Wilson ordered in 1916 that "The Star-Spangled Banner" be played at military and other appropriate occasions, and in 1899, the U.S. Navy officially adopted the song. It was the Veterans of Foreign Wars which started a petition in 1930 for the United States to officially recognize "The Star-Spangled Banner" as the national anthem. Tribute to our veterans, stretching back to our country’s very origins, is encapsulated perfectly by the song.
O thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved homes and the war's desolation. While I personally did not have the opportunity to serve, two of my brothers and many of my friends are veterans. I also honor my son-in-law who while serving on a ship with the Navy contracted a deadly virus, which required a heart transplant. He is truly a hero. I am grateful that I have a chance to pause and reflect on their sacrifice every time I enter Taylorsville’s City Hall. Nine beautiful bronze statues depicting veterans stand at our entrance. Erected in 2011, those statues make up the Veterans Memorial at Taylorsville
Left to right: Curt Cochran (District 2) Ernest Burgess (District 1) Dan Armstrong, Chair (District 5) Meredith Harker, Vice Chair (District 4) Brad Christopherson (District 3) City Hall and are a reminder whenever I am there of what is most important. So, at this time of thanksgiving, I extend my deepest gratitude for all that our veterans have given to defend our freedom and country. I am forever indebted for their sacrifice and honor them, not only on Veterans Day but throughout the year.
Tanner's Trees Are Planted and Little Library Installed at Bennion Park The beautiful maple trees with their red autumn leaves exceeded 9-year-old Tanner Cowley's expectations. "Oh, wow," he and his friends exclaimed, applauding as city workers placed the first one into the ground. The trees were planted on the evening of Oct. 10 at Bennion Park after Tanner raised more than $725 from a root beer float stand to bring more shade to the park. The city matched Tanner's donation and Mountain America Credit Union pitched in another $300. Tanner, who is a third-grader at Bennion Elementary, put up the root beer float stand in his front yard during the summer after playing at the park and finding there was not enough shade. He thought about what he could do and decided to raise some money for trees by selling root beer floats. Tanner's parents said they were grateful for the overwhelming generosity of their neighbors who all wanted to support Tanner's cause. Tanner's mother, Jennifer Cowley, said one person put $50 into Tanner's root beer stand jar and didn't even want a float. Tanner's mother, father, and grandmother were beaming with pride at the informal tree planting ceremony held at the park where Mayor Kristie Overson thanked Tanner
for his good work. "We're all here because of you," she said. Council Member Meredith Harker also unveiled a new "little library" that her son Mitchel built as his Eagle Scout project, and two new green metal benches from the city were installed on either side of the book-share. "What a wonderful addition to the park," Mayor Overson said. "Thank you to everyone for your support and helping to make Tanner's vision a reality." A photo gallery of the tree-planting event can be viewed on the city’s website at www.taylorsvilleut.gov
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Fire Safety Planning and Practice Creates Heroes By UFA Capt. Richard Rich This past month we recognized Fire Prevention Week, which is observed each year during the week of October 9. The week commemorates the Great Chicago Fire, which began on Oct. 8, 1871, and caused devastating damage. In all, the fire killed 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres of land. While we are fortunate our fire prevention efforts have dramatically reduced the number of structure fires, they still exist. The latest statistics from 2017 indicate we had 1,319,500 structure fires in the U.S. This is a significant number, but it actually represents a continued trend downward since 2008. We have seen a 6.2 percent decrease in fires since 2008. This is a fantastic trend, but the disturbing fact is the number of deaths associated with these fires has actually increased. Over the same period of time, we have seen the number of fatalities trend upward. From 2008-2017, we have experienced a 9.6 percent increase in fatalities. The increase in fatalities can be attributed to an accelerated fire behavior that we were not faced with in the past decades. Fires are burning faster and hotter than they ever have. This translates to a much shorter time for a structure to develop an environment that will not support life. Once a fire is detected, getting out is a life and death effort. In a typical home fire, you may have as little as one to two minutes to escape safely from the time the smoke alarm sounds. Escape planning and practice can help you make the most of the time you have, giving everyone enough time to get out. Plan ahead for your escape and once out, stay out. Do not go back in for anything. In the time it takes to escape, the fire will have grown to the point where the environment will no longer support life. Fire responses within Taylorsville and surrounding communities will have the first fire engines arriving in approximately four minutes. Many fatalities associated with residential fires are individuals who exited the structure only to have gone back in and perished. In a fire, mere seconds can mean the difference between a safe escape and a tragedy. Fire safety education isn’t just for schoolchildren. Teenagers, adults and the elderly are also at-risk in house fires. Encourage those around you to plan and practice their escape. It’s these simple measures that matter. Stay safe and remember, you do not have to wear a cape to be a hero.
Light the Night Effort Honors Fallen Firefighters Taylorsville's two fire stations were aglow in red this past month. The lighting was part of the “Light the Night” event through Oct. 6. The effort by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation is focused on raising awareness and remembering the firefighters who died in the line of duty. Every October, the foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year. To conclude the week this year, the 38th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service was held in Emmitsburg, Md., to honor 92 firefighters who died in 2018 and 27 firefighters who died in the line of duty in previous years. Among them was Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett of the Draper City Fire Department who died on Aug. 13, 2018, while working on the fire line of the Mendocino Complex Fire in California. He was 42 years old and had worked for 20 years with the Unified Fire Authority. This was the first year the Taylorsville stations participated in "Light the Night" and they now anticipate doing so each year going forward.
Police Chief Honors Taylorsville Business, Officers Mayor Kristie Overson, Police Chief Tracy Wyant and Det. Scott Lloyd extended their great appreciation to Jeanaea Lorton of the Taylorsville Chick-fil-A for her steadfast support and partnership. Lorton was recognized with a plaque at a recent City Council meeting. Mayor Overson noted her generous
community support. “To those who live, work and visit the city of Taylorsville, your generosity is both noticed and appreciated,” she said. Det. Lloyd said Lorton supports the police department with anything it needs. She often donates coupons for sandwiches and ice cream that Lloyd gives to schoolchildren as an attaboy for their good work. “You’d think I was handing out a bag of cash,” Lloyd said of the appreciative students. “Jeanaea goes above and beyond,” he added. “There hasn’t been one time when she hasn’t asked, ‘How can I help and what can I do for you.’ I can’t thank her enough.” Also honored at the Council’s Sept. 18 meeting were Officer Anthony Martinez, Officer Dennis Decker and Sgt. Brett Miller as respective officers of the month for July, August and September. Officer Martinez was recognized for making a traffic stop that resulted in the seizure of drugs and apprehension of two gang members. “Officer Martinez should be acknowledged for his work ethic and resolve in keeping the residents of Taylorsville City safe,” Chief Wyant said. Office Decker was recognized for consistently helping not only his fellow officers but anyone in need. “Whether it’s mentoring and training new officers, signing up for
last minute staffing needs, ensuring a fellow officer is acknowledged or going above and beyond in the community that he serves, Dennis is truly an amazing officer and person,” said Chief Wyant. Honored as September’s Officer of the Month, Sgt. Miller is a “go-to leader,” the chief said. “I can say with great certainty that Brett Miller is one of the most proficient law enforcement officers in the entire State of Utah. His record of investigations, apprehensions and results are not only remarkable but corroborated.”
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New Fitness Center for Women Opens in Taylorsville Be Fit Forever (BFF) is open for business in Taylorsville. The new fitness center specializing in women's needs has a unique story. The Curves fitness center at 2302 W. 5400 South was facing closure. But its members weren't going to let that happen so they pulled together in an effort to open a local community fitness center there. They signed a pledge sheet to rally support and volunteered services, supplies and time.
CDBG Application Period Starts This Month The application period for Taylorsville City’s FY2020 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is fast approaching. Please mark your calendars for the following important dates: Public Needs Hearing: Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. The City of Taylorsville is asking for citizen input defining future needs. City officials are requesting citizen comments on what the priorities should be for Community Development and Housing activities that will sustain and/or improve Taylorsville. The Needs Hearing will be held in the Taylorsville City Council Chambers, 2600 W. Taylorsville Blvd. Written comments will be accepted and can be mailed to the City of Taylorsville, Attn. Amanda Roman. Technical Assistance Workshop: Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. This application assistance workshop though not mandatory, is highly recommended. Please ensure a representative from your organization attends if you are interested in applying for FY2020 CDBG funds. The workshop will be held in the Taylorsville City Council Chambers.
Current owner Holly Sawyer charged forward and opened Be Fit Forever on July 1. A Ribbon Cutting with city officials and ChamberWest was held on Sept. 27 to celebrate the occasion. Sawyer describes BFF as a gathering place where a diverse group of women create new friendships that would not likely happen elsewhere. Fitness coaches monitor strength training and cardio workouts and help individuals reach personal goals. BFF's hours are Monday through Friday 5:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturday 7 to 11 a.m. Stop by the center or call, 801-432-7591, for more information.
Pre-Application: Nov. 11 to 27 To be considered for CDBG funding, pre-applications are mandatory and must be submitted no later than Nov. 27 at 5 p.m. The pre-application may be accessed by visiting www.ZoomGrants.com. Application Period: Dec. 2 to Jan. 10, 2020 Additional information will be provided at the mandatory application assistance workshop. For more information regarding any of the applications or meetings, please contact Amanda Roman at email@example.com or Angie Fellows at angie. firstname.lastname@example.org
Summit Vista Marks Anniversary, Expansion Summit Vista residents and employees joined city officials and ChamberWest representatives to mark the retirement community's one-year anniversary and grand opening of its second building, Maple Point. Since opening a year ago, Summit Vista has received a number of national and local accolades, noted CEO Mark Erickson. Some may think of it as a real estate business, he said, but it is actually a people business. He pointed to some numbers showing its success: Since its opening, Summit Vista has served 42,000 meals and provided 10,000 hours of training to its employees. It also has 26 resident-run clubs, which does not count all the activities offered by the community. It is the people who live at Summit Vista who make the difference, he said. Mayor Kristie Overson, who was among those speak-
ing at the event on Oct. 3, agreed, saying she most looks forward to getting to know the new residents who move in. "It is exciting to see our city grow as more and more people make Taylorsville their home," she said. "We are so glad to have you here." Upon its opening a year ago, Summit Vista was described by the state’s largest daily newspaper as “unlike anything in Utah.” It is among the biggest senior projects in the state and a beautiful asset for the City of Taylorsville, Mayor Overson said. A first-of-its kind retirement community, Summit Vista has made a huge impact on the city. The construction itself has redefined Taylorsville, turning the immediate area from empty, undeveloped land into a true gem, she said. "Summit Vista has been an amazing partner over this past year and many years before that as we have worked together in planning. We could not have asked for a better supporter and ally of Taylorsville City than Summit Vista." Summit Vista’s success also supports Taylorsville's own 2020 Vision for the year 2020 and beyond, Mayor Overson added. "As a city, we are keenly focused on bringing new business and housing to Taylorsville as part of this 2020 Vision. We also are working on furthering plans for prime development locations, transportation and land use. We are thrilled about the possibilities and future landscape of our city and all that Summit Vista brings."
Several residents spoke about how much they enjoy living at Summit Vista, and a few of the first residents to move into the Maple Point building joined ChamberWest for a celebratory Ribbon Cutting to mark the occasion. Next up on the horizon, Erickson said, is the construction and opening of the community's assisted living facility.
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The Taylorsville Historic Preservation Committee would like to feature four generations of Steadman Jewelry owners/operators. This is something that doesn’t happen very often to businesses in Taylorsville. It all started in 1904 with Edward Steadman who had his watch repair shop located at 59 East 4800 South in Murray, Utah. He was a self taught watch and clockmaker and worked at this address for 25 years.
One of Edward's sons, Virgil O. Steadman decided to also make the watchmaking business his profession. Taught by his father, Virgil joined Edward in the watch repair business in 1945. Some of the other Steadman brothers also were skilled at repairing watches. Virgil was a forward-thinking man, and thought a better location for the business would be on State Street at 4824 South, and later at 4844 S. State also in Murray.
Next in 1986, along comes the third generation with Rod Steadman at his watch bench (pictured at right). Rod is the owner of Steadman’s Fine Jewelry located at 1217 W. 4800 South in Taylorsville. And now, the fourth generation to work at the jewelry trade is Cassidy Steadman (Rod’s son, pictured at left), who joined the business in 2007.
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Enjoy a Cozy Autumn with a Book at the Library Several activities are planned for November at the Taylorsville Library, including:
After School "Who Was" Book Club
Friday, Nov. 8, 4 p.m. The book for November is “Who Was Steve Irwin?” by Dina Anastasio. The group will talk about the book, learn cool facts and do other fun activities.
Adult Lecture Series: Why George Eliot Now?
Tuesday, Nov. 12, 7 p.m. Celebrate George Eliot's 200th anniversary. Dr. Jamie Horrocks, an associate professor of English at Brigham Young University, will highlight the relevance of George Eliot's writing using “Middlemarch” and her other works.
Teen "Learn It" Homeschool Group
Wednesday, Nov. 13, Noon The library has got the WRITE stuff for you! Learn how to write scholarship essays for colleges. Participants may bring an essay in progress or begin one in the workshop. Join the Community Writing Center to explore what it takes to make your application essay stand out.
Parenting Book Club
Friday, Nov. 15, 10:30 a.m. Parents, grandparents, caregivers: Anyone interested in parenting is welcome to attend! Children welcome; activities will be provided. This month, the group will be reading chapters 1,2 and 4 from the book “Ignore It! How Selectively Looking the Other Way Can Decrease Behavioral Problems and Increase Parenting Satisfaction” by Catherine Pearlman. Pick up a copy of the book at the Taylorsville Library. Books are located at the end of the Holds shelf, on aisle 3.
This Year’s Youth Council is Sworn In The new Taylorsville Youth Council is ready to work. The council members were formally sworn in this past month. Kyndra Burnett is serving as Youth Council Mayor, and Maizie Romney is the Youth Council Chair. Kyndra and Maizie also join David Stump as Youth Council Ambassadors. This year's council is made up of 15 youth from Taylorsville, who will serve for the 2019-20 school year. “Leaders don’t create followers they create more leaders,” said Youth Council Member Madeline VanWagenen, citing a quote by business management writer Tom Peters. “I think that is leadership at its core, and as a Youth Council, I want us to focus this year on building each other up.” The Youth Council members pledged during the council meeting on Oct. 2 to support, obey and defend the constitution of the United States and State of Utah and to discharge their duties with fidelity. They were formally congratulated by Mayor Kristie Overson and the City Council.
TAYLORSVILLE SENIOR CENTER Upcoming Events for November: • Birthday Tuesday Meal and Entertainment provided by Heart & Soul: Tuesday, Nov. 5, entertainment at 11 a.m., meal at noon • Access to Vet Pension – Stephanie Herrig, Salt Lake County Veteran Benefits Specialist: Friday, Nov. 8, 1 to 2 p.m. • AARP Safe Driver Course: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. (with lunch break) • Turkey Craft – Don Pannier, volunteer: Thursday, Nov. 14, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. • Brain Health (Memory) – Rosemary Quatrale, Adult Care Manager Jewish Family Service: Friday, Nov. 15, 10 to 11 a.m. • Give Thanks! Holiday Meal and Entertainment provided by Heart & Soul: Tuesday, Nov. 19, entertainment at 11 a.m., meal at noon • Good Grief, Creative Grief Processing – Simone Black, Jenkins-Soffe Certified Grief Specialist: Third Thursday of the month for six months. Thursday, Nov. 21, 1 to 3 p.m. • Behavioral Health and Resources – Dr. Vicky Westmorland, Salt Lake County Behavioral Services: Friday, Nov. 22, 1 to 2 p.m. • Advisory Committee “The Attic” Fundraising Boutique: Monday, Nov. 25 through Friday, Dec. 13, daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Center closed at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12 and all day on Nov. 11, 28 and 29
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City of Taylorsville Newsletter During this Thanksgiving Month, Consider Water and Conserve
NOVEMBER WFWRD UPDATES FALL LEAF COLLECTION The annual Fall Leaf Collection Program began on Oct. 15 and will last through Nov. 30.
During this time Taylorsville residents can pick up leaf bags at: • Taylorsville City Hall: 2600 W. Taylorsville Blvd. Leaf bags can be dropped off at: • South Ridge Park: 5210 S. 4015 West • Valley Ball Complex: 5100 S. 2700 West • Vista Park 2055 W. 5000 South
In November we celebrate a day of thanksgiving along with a day of appreciation for veterans who have served to maintain our freedom. An unknown author said, “Freedom is never free.” We as a country are thankful for that precious freedom and have used it to construct an infrastructure supporting the needs of the people like no other. We all currently benefit from readily available, safe and reliable water and sewer services. Now it is time we consider water conservation for all those who will need water in the future. As you consider implementing your personal strategy for water conservation, here are some easy habits to establish: • Carefully and properly shut down your sprinkling system for the season, making sure the stop and waste valve is off with no leaks. A leak 1/32inch in size, roughly the size of a pencil lead, would cause a loss of 6,000 gallons per month! • When doing laundry, match the water level to the size of the load. • When shopping for a new washing machine, compare resource savings among Energy Star models. Some can save up to 20 gallons of water per load. • Limit the amount of water when brushing your teeth. • When we do our part to conserve water today we help provide water for future generations to come.
WFWRD leaf bags are limited to 10 bags per household, and available while supplies last. Residents can also use and drop off their own purchased leaf bags or lawn bags, so long as they only contain leaves. Please see the WFWRD website at wasatchfrontwaste. org for districtwide drop-off locations.
QUESTIONS? Please contact Taylorsville-Bennion Improvement District by calling 801-968-9081 or visiting www.tbid.org. You can also follow the district on Facebook and Twitter.
SHARPS CONTAINERS There are many medical conditions which require the use of lancets or needles. Due to the extreme health and safety hazards these items pose, it is important to remember that these items should never be placed loosely in your garbage can, but should be disposed of in a properly identified sharps container. Also, these items, including sharps containers, are not recyclable and should never be placed in your blue recycle can. For more information, you can contact the Salt Lake County Health Department (385-468-4100 or slco.org/health) on proper disposal of these and other hazardous materials.
Winter is Coming Soon Please remember these winter parking restrictions: No Overnight Winter Parking (November - April) for Snow Removal (City Code 11.20.130)
CART PLACEMENTS Please remember to keep your garbage/recycle/green carts at least 3 feet away from each other and from other objects, such as cars, trees or mailboxes. This space is needed for the automated collection arms on trucks to safely grab and empty the carts.
No Parking for more than 24 Consecutive Hours (11.20.135) No Large Truck or Trailer Parking in Residential Area for more than three consecutive hours (11.20.060) No Parking for Repairs, Maintenance, or to Display for Sale (11.20.140)
Thank you and stay safe!
Groups champing at the bit to rent new Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center By Carl Fauver | email@example.com
Each day, dozens of hard hat-wearing construction workers move the new Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center a bit closer to looking like this artist’s rendition. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)
ike a $39 million phoenix, the MidValley Performing Arts Center continues to rise out of the dirt and dust southeast of city hall. And as it becomes more and more visible from 5400 South and the westside belt route, inquiries about the facility are coming into Taylorsville City Hall fast and furious. “This is one of the most exciting things to come to Taylorsville in the eight years I have been on the city council,” Councilman Ernest Burgess said. “I know lots of people have been calling the city about it already, even though it won’t open for more than a year. When we landscape the land west of the arts center also, it will be a wonderful gathering place.” All of that is scheduled to be completed a year from now. County officials said “substantial completion” of the arts center is still on schedule for Oct. 1, 2020. That’s when interior testing of all the equipment will begin. The first public shows in the arts center are expected, starting in December 2020. In late summer, an army of 11 Salt Lake County employees hosted an informational meeting about the new Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center at city hall. Leading the dis-
cussion was County Event Services Associate Director Melinda Cavallaro. “There will be four separate areas available to rent: The main theater, the black box theater, a rehearsal and reception area, and the lobby,” Cavallaro said. “Inside each theater will be a wide variety of equipment also available to rent. Performing groups are welcome to use their own equipment. But whatever they don’t have should be available.” While this stroll “into the weeds” may not have held much interest for the general public, it generated some feverish note-taking among representatives of several performing arts groups, including the Wasatch Theatre Company, Salt Lake Acting Company, Midvale-based Body Logic Dance and, of course, the Taylorsville Arts Council (TAC). “As a part of the construction agreement between Taylorsville City and Salt Lake County, the city will receive 16 free dates to use any of the four areas available for rent,” said TAC Treasurer Gordon Wolf. “We hope and assume they will make most of those dates available to us. But the dates belong to the city.” Wolf said Taylorsville Arts Council of-
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ficials have already discussed how they hope to christen the new building. “We think opening the arts center next December (2020) with a weeklong run of ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ would be wonderful,” Wolf said. “That is such a crowd pleaser. But it will depend on whether we can get the dates we want.” County officials also spelled out that clarification during their meeting. While Taylorsville does have it’s 16 rent-free dates each year, it does not enjoy a higher priority than other companies competing for space. “There is no ‘resident company’ in the performing arts center; at least there won’t be when it first opens,” Cavallaro said. “But that could change down the road.” In addition to the free space rental, city officials were also promised the Taylorsville Arts Council would enjoy a permanent storage area inside the new center, for some of its equipment and props. However, it is not yet clear how large that area is or whether rent will be charged. County officials also announced during the meeting: • A staffed ArtTix ticket office will op-
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Salt Lake County Event Services Associate Director Melinda Cavallaro says the first performances in the new Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center will be scheduled for December 2020. (Carl Fauver/City Journals)
erate out of the Mid-Valley Performing Arts Center during normal business hours, selling tickets to events across the state. • The small arts center theater will be called “Studio 5400” and will seat 50 to 212 audience members, in a variety of seating configurations. • Alcohol will not be served during public performances but may be available for private events. • Electronic signage will not be erected outside the building but is likely to be part of the interior signage • Salt Lake County staff will provide event ushers, trained in emergency response and evacuation procedures. “We know this will be such a jewel for the city,” TAC member Wolf said. “We can’t wait to use it.” But, actually, he and everyone else will continue waiting — another 14 months. Between now and then, the outward appearance of the $39 million phoenix will continue to change slightly each day. l
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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 EPA and university studies demonstrate repeatedly that viruses and New research: Copper stops colds if used early. bacteria die almost instantly when people are sick around her she uses Coptouched by copper. perZap morning and night. “It saved me That’s why ancient Greeks and Egyp- last holidays,” she said. “The kids had tians used copper to purify water and heal colds going round and round, but not wounds. They didn’t know about viruses me.” Some users say it also helps with and bacteria, but now we do. Scientists say the high conductance sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a of copper disrupts the electrical balance 2-day sinus headache. When her Copperin a microbe cell and destroys the cell in Zap arrived, she tried it. “I am shocked!” she said. “My head cleared, no more seconds. So some hospitals tried copper touch headache, no more congestion.” Some users say copper stops nightsurfaces like faucets and doorknobs. This cut the spread of MRSA and other illness- time stuffiness if used before bed. One man said, “Best sleep I’ve had in years.” es by over half, and saved lives. Copper can also stop flu if used earColds start after cold viruses get in your nose, so the vast body of research ly and for several days. Lab technicians gave Cornell an idea. When he next felt a placed 25 million live flu viruses on a cold about to start, he fashioned a smooth CopperZap. No viruses were found alive copper probe and rubbed it gently in his soon after. Dr. Bill Keevil led one of the teams nose for 60 seconds. “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold confirming the discovery. He placed milnever got going.” It worked again every lions of disease germs on copper. “They started to die literally as soon as they time. He asked relatives and friends to try it. touched the surface,” he said. The handle is curved and finely texThey said it worked for them, too, so he patented CopperZap™ and put it on the tured to improve contact. It kills germs picked up on fingers and hands to protect market. Now tens of thousands of people have you and your family. Copper even kills deadly germs that tried it. Nearly 100% of feedback said the copper stops colds if used within 3 hours have become resistant to antibiotics. If after the first sign. Even up to 2 days, if you are near sick people, a moment of they still get the cold it is milder than usu- handling it may keep serious infection away. al and they feel better. The EPA says copper still works even Pat McAllister, age 70, received one for Christmas and called it “one of the when tarnished. It kills hundreds of difbest presents ever. This little jewel real- ferent disease germs so it can prevent sely works.” Now thousands of users have rious or even fatal illness. CopperZap is made in America of simply stopped getting colds. People often use CopperZap preven- pure copper. It has a 90-day full money tively. Frequent flier Karen Gauci used to back guarantee. It is $69.95. Get $10 off each CopperZap with get colds after crowded flights. Though skeptical, she tried it several times a day code UTCJ7. Go to www.CopperZap.com or call on travel days for 2 months. “Sixteen toll-free 1-888-411-6114. flights and not a sniffle!” she exclaimed. Buy once, use forever. Businesswoman Rosaleen says when advertorial
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ustralian softball has come to the Salt Lake Community College. In September, Bruins Sophomore Tarni Stepto was a member of the Australian National team that clinched a spot in the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. “It is an indescribable feeling,” Stepto said. “I started playing when I was 4 years old. My passion has always been softball since I was a little girl. Then I learned about the Olympics, and that was my aspiration. I am one step closer; we have qualified, and now I need to be selected for the team. It is a feeling of relief, and now I have to put my foot down and work hard for the next couple of months to be sure I have a spot on the team.” Stepto arrived in Salt Lake City last January. Her plans were to play at SLCC for one season, redshirt this spring so she can participate with her national team and then return to the United States next fall to attend Oregon State. “She is awesome,” Bruins assistant coach Tara Bendt said. “She has been a great leader. She was injured when she first got here and later became our leading hitter and best pitcher.” Stepto is from Sydney, Australia. For SLCC, she threw 75 innings, had 126 strikeouts and finished with an 11-3 record. She also hit .492 and had 16 home runs. “We had a great team last year,” Bendt said. “We did not finish as well as we wanted to. Her experience at the Australian qualifier was incredible. She came back so much more mature. She is a leader on and off the field.” Having an international player on the team has become an invaluable experience. The majority of the Bruins roster is local players. “Honestly, I feel as if I have the opportunity to help make the other players better,” Stepto said. “I am not here in the spring, but I feel I can contribute in so many ways.”
In January, she will join the national team to train for the Olympics next summer. She will continue her studies online and will be eligible to graduate with an associate’s degree next spring. “Having her on the team opened these girls up to what it is like outside of Utah,” Bendt said. “It is a different game. She has a different mindset. Her dreams have been the Olympics. It was cool for the other girls to see that.” Fall softball for SLCC is an opportunity to help players adjust to the college experience and get valuable playing time. They have played approximately 30 games against local Division I schools and competition teams. “We have a lot of talent,” Bendt said. “There are good days and bad days. It is all new; some are out on their own for the firsttime balancing school, softball with games and practice and doing their own laundry. It is an adjustment. I think we have a lot of upside.” Stepto’s playing time with the Bruins has been a stepping stone for her career. “This experience has really helped me in the process of becoming a Division I athlete,” Stepto said. “I have learned that getting good grades and how to be better in school is really cool. I have learned to push through and grind. We have some long days of up early, lifting and conditioning then class and practice. Then we somehow have to study in the evening. I have learned to time manage.” Maintaining relationships with other coaches has become an important recruiting tool for the Bruins. “It is well-known that we have a good program,” Bendt said. “We reach out to them so we can help these girls move on.” “Utah is a beautiful place,” Stepto said. “It is cool to experience a different country. It was mind-blowing to see snow for the first time.” l
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ith the holidays approaching, are you wondering what to get your kids that doesn’t require batteries or USB cords? What about investing in something that guarantees family fun time? What about instead of buying toys that usually last 12 days, you buy something that lasts 12 months? The GetOutPass might be your perfect solution for a new holiday gift this year. The GetOutPass is a fairly new entertainment pass which offers pass holders the opportunity to visit 17 venues in the Salt Lake Valley, 20 venues in Utah County, 13 in Davis/Weber Area, seven in the Logan area, and four venues in the St. George area. You also get a one-time yearly admission to their featured venues: Lagoon, Cowabunga Bay, Brighton Resort, and one Cherry Peak concert ticket. According to their website, some of the venues allow weekly visits, some monthly visits, some quarterly visits and some you visit just once during the 12-month period. The GetOutPass was created in 2017 by three friends: Charles Belliston, TC Krueger and Taggart Krueger. “Our goal was to get more families out doing more things together. We all felt that too many people were just spending days and evenings at home watching Netflix and playing Fortnite. We decided we needed to come up with a solution, we wanted people out doing things together and creating memories,” said Belliston, one of the cofounders. So, with this goal in mind, the three of them created a statewide pass
that allows families the chance to spend more time together while offering more opportunities to visit places they normally wouldn’t visit. They can see their hard work paying off because of the success of the pass since it started two years ago. Utah is not the only place where you can get a GetOutPass. The company has expanded and now offers passes in Idaho, Washington, Colorado and the Sacramento, California area. Although each pass has a different price and offers different attractions and venues, the pass works the same way. “The GetOutPass really is an awesome thing for both families and venues. That’s why it’s such a growing success,” Belliston said. The Utah GetOutPass is $149.95 per person and includes almost $3,000 in free admissions all year. Some of the Salt Lake area attractions include Cowabunga Bay, Fat Cats, Jump Around Utah, Bazooka Ball, Brighton
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New leaders making changes at West Valley City-Taylorsville Animal Services By Carl Fauver | firstname.lastname@example.org
Maranda Weathermon, Erika Stoveken, Melanie Bennett and Kathy Schuster (L-R) are now the top four administrators at the West Valley City-Taylorsville Animal Shelter. (Photo courtesy of wvcpets.com) The West Valley City-Taylorsville Animal Shelter is located at 4522 West 3500 South. (Photo courtesy of wvcpets.com)
tumultuous several months at the West Valley City-Taylorsville Animal Services Shelter (4522 West 3500 South) appears to be finally settling into a steadier routine, with new leadership from a Wyoming transplant. Yes, the controversial gas chamber is still there. And yes, Taylorsville pet advocates still hate it and want it removed. But the dialog between shelter officials and those dog and cat owners appears to be softening. Taylorsville City Planning Commission member Lynette Wendel has been one of the most outspoken animal welfare proponents through the shelter’s leadership transition. She likes what she sees, so far. “We are so grateful to the mayor (Kristie Overson) and city council for hearing our concerns and supporting changes at the shelter,” Wendel said. “When the shelter director position came open, we asked them to include language in the job listing for applicants with animal welfare backgrounds. They did that, and we are appreciative of the new director’s background.” The WVC-Taylorsville Animal Services director position came open, following a legal scandal involving the previous director, David Moss. At the same time, last spring, Salt Lake County officials made a pitch to Taylorsville City leaders, asking the council to void its contract with West Valley and contract them for animal services.
In the midst of the upheaval, pet advocates — some 50 strong, including Wendel — came to a city council meeting, requesting improvements. Their complaints even prompted coverage from a Salt Lake television news crew. It was against that made-for-TV swirl of drama that Rock Springs, Wyoming, resident Maranda Weathermon decided to uproot her husband and four children from the Cowboy State to try to right the animal services ship. Director Weathermon made weekend visits to the shelter in May to get acquainted with the facility. Her first full day in the eye of the hurricane was June 1. “We are basically starting from the beginning to reorganize Animal Services because the division has not had strong animal welfare leadership in the past,” Weathermon said. “It will take time, but people will see improvements. We plan to do considerably more community service. And eventually, if funding becomes available, we hope to increase our staff and remain open more hours each week.” Currently, the animal shelter has 15 employees, and is open 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, with limited hours every other Saturday. When the shelter is closed, Unified Police officers respond to Taylorsville animal complaint calls. “In the limited time frame [Weathermon has been on the job], I have seen positive re-
sults,” said Unified Police Taylorsville Precinct Chief Tracy Wyant. “One of the challenges they face is people want an enhanced level of service. That comes with a cost. If [Taylorsville taxpayers] want more service, [they] have to be willing to pay for it. But I am pleased with the trajectory of where the service is going.” The top four WVC-Taylorsville Animal Services administrators — Weathermon and three managers — are all women. All but one is new to the facility this year. New Field Services Manager Melanie Bennett was hired a month before Weathermon, while new Animal Care & Enrichment Manager Erika Stoveken was hired in mid-September. Among the administrators, only Community Services Manager Kathy Schuster, an 8-year veteran of the facility, now with a new title and a few changes in duties, was employed at the shelter prior to this year. Dr. Daniel Sims also remains the animal shelter’s part-time, contracted veterinarian. He no longer conducts animal surgeries but continues to operate pet vaccine clinics. Weathermon accepted her $68,000 per year position at the shelter after working in animal care for 18 years, in several states. “I have cared for everything from reptiles to horses,” she said. The shelter’s controversial animal gas chamber continues to receive rare use, most
recently to euthanize two raccoons last summer. “Having a gas chamber in the building does hold us back from getting citizen volunteers,” Weathermon said. “My supervisor wants it to remain as a last option. But my goal is to eventually stop using it altogether.” Weathermon is now trying to fill one animal care technician (kennel) job and three of her seven allocated animal control officer posts. Additionally, she hopes to add a couple of positions in each of those areas to better serve the public and to expand shelter hours. “As we progress and prove ourselves to the [West Valley] City Council, I hope to demonstrate our need for a full-time veterinarian, two additional animal control officers and four more animal care technicians,” she said. “We cannot make any budget change requests until next year. Right now, we are looking for cost-saving opportunities and working to show animal care improvement.” Taylorsville City funds one-third of the WVC-Taylorsville Animal Services budget. It is also a part owner in the agency’s shelter. “I have been really impressed with Maranda,” Overson said. “She seems very qualified and has been sending me weekly reports about the progress being made. She’s been a breath of fresh air. I am very optimistic.” l
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Chirons dance to the tune of suicide prevention By Jet Burnham | firstname.lastname@example.org
“So You Think You Can Dance” season 15 champion Hannahlei Cabanilla performs for suicide prevention awareness. (Photo courtesy of Stephanie Lund)
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hen Jessie Nuvan attended a suicide prevention assembly at Taylorsville High School last year, she doubted it would ever affect her life, but she downloaded the Safe UT app anyway. A few months later, she used the app to get help for friend and prevent him from following through on a suicide threat. “I think this topic needs to be talked about more,” Nuvan said. “Everyone knows about it, but no one likes to bring it up because it’s a very hard topic to talk about. Honestly, we as teenagers just need to know more how to deal with it and with our own feelings.” As a member of the Taylorsville High drill team, the Chirons, Nuvan was invited to use her love of dance to help spread awareness of suicide prevention at the second Annual Dance for Life Suicide Prevention Charity Gala Event, held Sept. 28 at Copper Hills High School. “So You Think You Can Dance” season 15 champion Hannahlei Cabanilla was the featured guest dancer and provided a master class for local dancers. “It’s just a good hopeful event for the great dance community to come together to
bring awareness to the issue and to show unity for this cause,” said event organizer Kristin Barlow. The event provided mental health resources and an opportunity for those touched by suicide to talk together. Guest speakers at the matinee and evening shows included Mrs. Utah America 2019 Alisha Staggs (former Chirons head coach), mental health expert Christy Kane, Ph.D., and U.S. Rep. Ben McAdams. In addition to professional dance groups, such as BYU Ballroom and Ballet West, and local dance studios, 15 local high school drill and dance teams were invited to perform. “There is more to the drill experience than just dancing and what happens on the court,” said Taylorsville High drill coach Alisha Lee. “I think serving our community makes us better humans and better students.” The Chirons performed an upbeat hiphop piece at the fundraiser. “Since it’s a celebration of life, we wanted to do a dance that would raise the spirits,” said junior Sierra Holt. Dance performances affect the way the audience feels because dancers use the mu-
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sic and movement to process their own emotions. Drill team members said dance has helped them work through problems with friends, school and family. “A lot of times, I find dance as a way for me to communicate what I’m feeling,” Nuvan said. “When I feel really depressed and don’t feel like I’m worth anything, I find dance is my way to express it and let it go and find my worth once again.” Junior Emma Stensrud believes everyone needs a creative outlet to maintain a positive outlook on life. “When I am having a bad day—even if it is because of drill—if I’m just forgetting about it, and I’m just dancing, I’m doing what I love to do, and that helps me feel better,” Stensrud said. Junior Abria Mackay said the team has a tradition of smacking the door frame as they enter drill practice as a signal to leave all their problems outside. “I just need to leave all my problems and my stress outside the door and focus on my dance and really work hard,” she said. “Then when I’m done, I can go back and really focus because I’m really clear, and I know what I need to do.”
Many of the Chirons have been affected by suicide. A few have lost a family member to suicide. One helped her best friend grieve when her mother took her own life. Another helped support a family friend who lost two children to suicide, and several have helped a suicidal friend get help. “Suicide is very devastating,” said Trujillo, who lost an uncle to suicide. “All it does is take that person’s pain and give it to everybody else.” In addition to the Dance for Life event, Barlow also provides anti-bullying assemblies and free ballet programs to students in Box Elder County. She plans to expand these programs into the Salt Lake area. Barlow believes dance gives young people a reason to celebrate life. “We’re trying to give that joy that we feel in dance to more kids,” Barlow said. “We’re trying to incorporate dance as a way to get people exercising, and getting involved with something and getting them off their devices and making them feel part of something.” Find more info at www.danceforlifenation.org. l
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andwiched between October and December, November is the bologna of months. Everyone pulls it out, gives it a sniff, then tosses it in the trash. Once Halloween is over, we blast into a frenzy of Christmas shopping and decorating, forgetting all about this beautiful month full of autumn leaves, crisp apples and carb overload. We need a marketing team to change the perception of November from “Brownish month when we count our blessings” to “A kaleidoscope of excitement. And pie.” Okay, maybe “kaleidoscope” is overkill, and it’s hard to spell, but you get the idea. Thanksgiving continues its reign as the best holiday between Halloween and Christmas but even the cherished turkey day has its opponents. It’s almost impossible to tell the origin story of Thanksgiving without pissing someone off. Let’s just say people living in America (probably not its original name) in the 1600s created the first Chuck-A-Rama, minus the carrot-filled Jell-O. In the U.S., any holiday that has the tagline “An Attitude of Gratitude” is doomed from the start but what if we created a terrifying mascot? People like threats and merchandising. What if Gerta the Ghoulishly Grateful Goose (sold as a freakish Beanie Babies stuffed animal) flies into your bedroom on Thanksgiving Eve to make sure you’re being thankful. Not enough gratitude? She pecks your forehead and flies off with your pumpkin pies. Instead of Elf on the Shelf, how about
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