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KEARNS FOOTBALL OVERCOMING DEEPEST TRAGEDIES By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

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s the Cougars run onto the field for football games this season, two major events have taught them how this game can be taken from them in an instant, and they should try to enjoy each moment they have together. Kearns High School was shocked by two devastating experiences by former players earlier this year. In March then-senior Audrick Afatasi was seriously injured in a trampoline accident. Then in July, Neko Noah Jardine was shot and killed trying to help break up a fight. “One thing our guys have learned is how to deal with adversity,” Kearns head coach Matt Rickards said. “That is the backbone of what we teach, how to react when things happen in life. Unfortunately, we have had two major events that have happened that are outside of our control. It also lets them know that life is precious. We have learned to win the day. It sounds cliché.” Police say Jardine was attending a party at 5625 West 4360 South when two cars pulled up and called for those inside to come out. Investigators believe the people in the cars were involved in an ongoing dispute with someone who lived in the house. Words were exchanged between the two groups, and violence escalated. Two others were injured in the incident. To date no arrests have been made. In Jardine’s senior season, he caught 10 passes for 291 yards and two touchdowns. “It is hard to lose a brother like that,” senior Austin Perry said. “He was like a brother to us. Our first game and winning The football team at Kearns High School carries to significant logos on the backs of their helmets this season, each in remembrance of their teamlike that was awesome for me.” mates. (Photo courtesy of Greg James/ City Journals) In Kearns’ first home Continued page 5

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New murals of Arches National Park now adorn Salt Lake County’s Taylorsville Library By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

The only thing you absolutely have to know is the location of the library.” That Albert Einstein quote greets visitors to the Taylorsville branch of the Salt Lake County Library system (4870 South 2700 West), carved into a bench backrest. You have to venture a bit deeper into the library to see another eye-catching amenity. And if you know a bit about the artist, Ken Hayes, it brings another famous quote to mind. “You can’t judge a book by its cover.” “I have worked for the library system since April 2012 as a maintenance specialist in the facilities department,” Hayes, 56, said. “I am involved in deep cleaning the 18 libraries in our system. And after a big snowstorm, I’m one of those moving snow with an ATV or shoveling it by hand.” From the outside (on the “cover”), you might not think the father of four and grandfather of six looks like a professional artist. But that judgment would be wrong. “I grew up and graduated high school in Moab and later earned an associate’s degree from Provo College in visual arts and graphic design, including illustration,” Hayes said. “I’m also a self-taught cartoonist and got a good job with Reagan (Outdoor Advertising) shortly after earning my degree.” From 1996 to 2002 Hayes plied his artistic skills to painting billboards, including several iconic images around the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics. But Hayes and a handful of his Reagan co-workers could not quite keep pace with technology. “Digital printing for billboards eroded our jobs,” he said. “I became obsolete.” Flash forward nearly two decades, and Hayes continues to do freelance artwork. But he was stunned by the offer he received earlier this year from Taylorsville Library Branch

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Manager Cindy Smiley. “Our wall was damaged after a temporary exhibit was removed,” Smiley said. “When it came time to repair the wall, Hayes was approved to paint five murals of Southern Utah rock formations for us.” For three weeks this summer, Hayes continued to earn his normal facilities maintenance salary. But instead of cleaning and repairing, he was drawing and painting. “I had seen Ken’s work before and knew how good it was,” Smiley said. “We had to work through a little red tape, but eventually we got permission to put him to work on our wall.” “I think she (Smiley) really wanted to showcase that one of our own employees did this work,” Hayes said. “It was very nice of my bosses to let me do it, and I am very grateful Cindy made the request. I have really been blessed with some good employers.” Hayes chose to depict five familiar scenes from Arches National Park, situated

just a few miles from his childhood home in Moab. “Each of the Murals is 40 inches tall, because that’s exactly how much space there was (between the tops of bookshelves and the bottoms of sky windows),” he added. “They range in width from 62 to 99 inches.” As you might expect, iconic “Delicate Arch” is the central feature. “I used 17 different colors on the project, including four shades of orange, three browns and two reds, greens and yellows,” Hayes said. “The entire project only cost about $130 for paints and brushes.” Library patrons enjoyed watching the daily work being done. “I feel pretty good about how they turned out,” Hayes said. “A number of patrons have complimented me. Kids have given me the ‘thumbs up’ sign while parents have called the murals ‘awesome.’ As an artist, the best part of the work is getting compliments. That means more to me than money. It really

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Continued from front page game, officials retired No. 44 in honor of Jardine. The Cougars then defeated Box Elder 34-30. “Life is short; be smart about the places you put yourself in,” a family friend and assistant coach Troy Luckart said. “He was not doing anything wrong but was in a bad place. He lived with me for a little while. At my house, he had five brothers. Ultimately, be careful. I believe Kearns is a family. He touched the lives of many kids.” Afatsi was preparing for his own graduation at the time of his trampoline accident. “I think the bond has grown with my team,” Afatsi said as he rolled his wheelchair across the football field. “Big groups of them would come to visit me and that helped me not be depressed and gave me high hopes.” Afatasi currently rehabs his injuries every day at a center in Murray and plans to take a year off from further education plans to focus on his healing. “You never know what can transpire,” Richards said. “We are focused on each week. We have focused on each game. We are getting better but not quite where we need to be as a team.” The Cougars started their 2019 campaign with four victories. The fourth win came against cross-town rival Taylorsville, 54-7. The Cougars took control of the game

early, leading 33-7 at halftime. Senior Dakota Lynde threw for 162 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. Sophomore Naki Leha carried the ball 13 times for 140 yards and three touchdowns. “We have numerous guys that could play at the next level,” Richards said. “Some have offers already. In our season, we have done well at establishing the run game and being efficient in the passing game. I think defensively we need to get better at tackling. It is funny Austin Perry has had four or five interceptions, and all but one has been called back because of a penalty. It was good to see him finally get one.” Perry intercepted a ball in the third quarter against Taylorsville and nearly returned it for a touchdown. Kearns has been ranked as high as eighth in the state by the Deseret News. The Utah High School Activities Association realigned its regions beginning this fall. Kearns is competing in Region 2 against Cyprus, Granger, Hunter, Taylorsville and West Jordan. This year’s realignment also initiates a new ratings index to seed all teams into the state playoffs following the regular season. The state tournament is scheduled to begin Oct 25. l

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Congressman, mayor praise Bennion Elementary third grader Tanner Cowley for problem-solving By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

I think Tanner’s just amazing,” Mayor Kristie Overson said. “I hope he will be sitting in my (mayor’s) chair one day.” “Instead of just complaining about a problem, Tanner figured out a way to solve it,” City Manager John Taylor said. “And he did the hard work to get it done.” “I just want everyone to know, Tanner and his parents live in my city council district,” a proud Council Vice Chair Meredith Harker said. The city officials’ high praise was for 9-year-old Bennion Elementary School third grader Tanner Cowley, who cost city taxpayers more than $700 in a way even the most fiscally conservative are likely to accept with a smile. “When I heard about Tanner’s plan to hold a fundraiser, I was so impressed I promised him the city would match whatever he raised,” Overson said. “I had no idea it would be this much. But we’ll keep our pledge.” It seems Tanner not only knows how to solve problems; he’s also pretty good at peddling ice cream floats. At a recent city council meeting — barely seeing over the top of the public comment podium — Tanner bent the microphone way down to tell council members exactly how he wants the $724.12 he raised to be spent. Or, actually, $1,448.24, with the city’s match. No wait, make that $1648.24 after Mountain America Credit Union chipped in an additional $200. “This summer, I went to Bennion Park (5620 South 3200 West) to play, but I couldn’t because the playground equipment was too hot,” Tanner read from his prepared statement. “I decided to raise money to plant some (shade) trees at the park. I sold 134 root beer floats. Many people came by and just put money in my jar.”

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Then Tanner presented the council with a check, several hundred dollars more than what the mayor had envisioned. Tanner said city officials promised he can have a say in what types of shade trees will be planted. And don’t think for a minute the 9 year old is without an opinion. “I have a giant elm tree at my house that covers almost our entire house,” he said. “It is right at the corner to our house. My parents taught me what type it is. They also said elm trees grow fast. That’s the kind of trees I want planted at the park.” Tanner sold his $2.50 floats, 134 of them, in under three hours. He said those were his idea too. “I thought of root beer floats because people like them, and it cools them down,” he said. “We had a few (sales) slowdowns, but it was mostly pretty busy.” The down time may have been even more financially lucrative than when the ice cream was flying. “When it slowed down, I went out by the street to ask people to stop for a float,” Tanner said. “Many people told me they didn’t have time, but just gave me money anyway. One man handed me a $50 bill (which, for the record, he had seen before).” He also added, the next day someone who could not stop at his float sale, dropped by the third grader’s home long enough to donate $100 in cash. It seems Tanner may have gotten a bit of a helping hand from his advance marketing team: Mom. “The root beer float sale was Tanner’s idea, but after he came up with it, we discussed it with all our neighbors,” Jennifer Cowley said. “I posted information about it on social media pages, PTA webpages and other places. We also posted a ‘three days

away’ reminder and a ‘next day’ countdown.” Harker was particularly excited to hear about the fundraising project, for two reasons. First, she was thrilled to learn Tanner and his parents live in her council district. And second, the tree planting will occur at the same Bennion Park where her son Mitchel’s Eagle

Scout service project will be installed. Last month, the Taylorsville Journal reported on Mitchel Harker and his Boy Scout Troop 1069 troopmates who constructed a “little library.” The roughly 2.5-foot square box will be placed on a pedestal to allow people to donate or borrow books.

Mayor Kristie Overson was among the hundreds who visited Tanner Cowley’s fundraising root beer float stand. (Jennifer Cowley)

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“The very day after Mitchel presented his project to the city council, I received a call from Jennifer Cowley, explaining what Tanner had in mind,” Harker said. “To me it was like these projects were meant to be. I am so proud of Tanner. He’s in third grade — the same grade I teach (though not at the same school). Kids need to know they can make a difference.” City officials now plan to host a tree planting — and to honor Tanner and Mitchel for their ingenuity and determination — on Thursday afternoon, Oct. 10. Tanner’s dad, Trevor Cowley, was a key member of the two-person root beer float assembly line. He scooped the ice cream before his son added the beverage. “I am absolutely amazed at what Tanner did and am very proud of him,” the Trevor Cowley said. “When he sets his mind on something, he accomplishes it.”

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A minute a day keeps the stress away By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

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t Taylorsville Elementary School, teachers take breaks several times a day. The one-minute breaks aren’t to sip coffee or to check their social media accounts. Their frequent mindfulness breaks help to increase their focus and reduce their stress levels. Principal Andrea McMillan said teachers are under constant pressure to meet testing requirements and to show improvement and growth in their students. “We get so focused on those things and forget that sometimes we just need to stop and smell the roses on the way,” she said. Taylorsville Elementary students have been learning about mindfulness for the past three years and participated in weekly yoga classes last year. This summer, their teachers learned helpful mindfulness techniques such as brain breaks, yoga and focused-breathing exercises. McMillan also invited instructors from Yoga Forward to a summer professional development meeting. It provided her staff members an effective way to reduce their stress levels. “Teachers are in with their classes for seven hours a day, every day,” said school social worker Lauren Stivers. She said even a short mindfulness break can change the atmosphere of a classroom that can be chaotic with so much going on at once. “I think that taking a minute—it’s just one minute—and

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saying ‘We’re all going to be mindful together for a minute’ is so important.” McMillan uses mindfulness techniques as a principal when dealing with students with behavior problems or trauma at home that is affecting their school performance. “They can come in my office, and we do some of that mindfulness before we talk about the decisions made or before we talk about consequences,” she said. “And sometimes I’m doing it right with them so that I can also take a minute to prepare myself. It helps calm that brain down and get it out of

that ‘fight or flight’ and opens it back up to be more reasonable and rational thinking.” McMillan said when teachers react to a stressful situation by taking a mindfulness break, they are modeling a better way for students to deal with their own emotions. “We came into education because we wanted to teach kids and to give them the tools they needed to have a really successful adult life,” she said. “We need to allow kids to be kids and learn how to grow socially and emotionally as well, not just their reading and math growth.”

Third grade teacher Ben Meredith is aware of the benefits of the mindfulness techniques his students have been learning the past few years. “I really believe in it—I think it’s great,” he said. But striking a yoga pose in front of his students feels strange to him. “It’s something that I struggle with, personally—to get out of my comfort zone and do it with the kids.” In addition to training classes, McMillan has also provided teachers resources they can use in their classrooms. Each teacher has a set of chimes to use for focused-listening activities. They also have a set of flashcards with suggestions for mindful breaks. “They can literally just reach into the box and pull out a card and say, ‘We are going to do this one together,’” Stivers said. McMillan said her teachers are using the training and resources that work best for them. “Teachers can experiment with what works, what they liked, what speaks to them, what kind they’re most comfortable teaching,” she said. Meredith said these resources have been helpful. “It’s really good to get some ideas of how to implement it,” he said. “I definitely feel supported in the mindfulness journey.”

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8. By not wearing decorative contact lenses, you lower the risk for serious eye injury. 9. Wear well-fitted costumes, masks and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, falls and relentless mockery from your peers. 10. Drive extra safely on Halloween. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert during those hours. Slow down in residential neighborhoods. We all know how excited kids can be. Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully. 11. Remind children to watch for cars turning or backing up and to not dart into the street or between parked cars. 12. Put your electronic devices down as you walk around. 13. Keep costumes bright, or add reflective tape, to ensure kids are easier to spot. 14. Brush your teeth. Candy is sticky and cavities will scare you. 15. You can maximize your candy intake by planning your route. Stick to places you are familiar with so you can also circle back around to Halloween headquarters.

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Community Options improving lives By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

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leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing housing and employment support to people with developmental and intellectual disabilities is continuing to thrive out of its modest Taylorsville strip mall location. Community Options, Inc. was founded 30 years ago in New Jersey. For the past 2 1/2 years, it has operated out of Utah locations in Ogden and Taylorsville (2964 West 4700 South, Suite 107). “Everyone can be employed in one form or another,” said Community Options Regional Director, John Peck. “We custom train people for a variety of work opportunities. We look for niches, so they can best serve society and themselves. It is a struggle sometimes. But we nearly always find some type of meaningful work for those who want it.” A Utah native and Brigham Young University graduate, Peck moved his wife and four children from Hurricane to Layton earlier this year to fill a regional director position that had not existed previously. He now oversees Community Options sites in Ogden and Taylorsville, along with two more in Arizona. Community Options Founder, President and CEO Robert Stack is confident creating the new $60,000 to $100,000 position (salary range based on education and experience) will help right his organization’s ship in our state. “With (Peck’s) acumen and vision, we will move things forward,” Stack said from his New Jersey headquarters. “Our Utah and Arizona sites have struggled, and we are in a deficit position. But I am very excited about the culture and people in Utah. The state government wants to work with us. I am optimistic about the future.” Nationwide, across 11 states, Community Options’ 5,500 full- and part-time employees serve about 3,700 people with disabilities and their families. Here in Utah, about 40 people are served by the organization’s 25 full- and 25 part-time employees. Roughly twice that many, 80, are served in Arizona. Community Options operates three rented “group homes” in the Ogden

area and a fourth in the west Salt Lake Valley, near 5000 South 5600 West. Madison Facemyer, 28, is one of three women now living in the Salt Lake County home. “I have been coming here since January because we do a lot of fun activities,” Facemyer said. “I hope to work in day care or providing care to dogs.” Madison and her housemates receive 24hour care and assistance at their group home, where meals are prepared for them. “But we have to make our own beds and keep our rooms clean ourselves,” she said. Community Options housing residents pay a fee for room and board. But costs for socializing and employment training services they receive are taxpayer-funded. Community Options’ annual budget is roughly $1.5 million in Utah and $3.5 million in Arizona. About 65% of its total funding is federal through Medicaid, while 35% is state-funded. Here in Utah, the state portion of their budget comes almost exclusively through one state agency. “About 90% of our annual Utah funding is through the state Division of Services for People with Disabilities, while the other 10%comes from the state office of Rehabili-

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tation,” Peck said. Stack believes taxpayers are well-served by his organization. “Because we are one incorporated entity across the country, our administrative costs are less than 11% of our total budget,” he said. “I don’t foresee expanding into additional states anytime soon, due to cost concerns.” Long before Peck’s hiring a few months ago, Shannon Wilkins joined the Utah Community Options office shortly after its spring 2017 opening. She is now its employment services director. “Since 2009, my career focus has been on helping to provide employment opportunities for those with disabilities,” Wilkins said. “I was self-employed in the field for a time. But it is nice to now have the backing of a larger corporation.” Wilkins also helps coordinate Community Options fundraising events, including a recent food truck rally and their annual “Cupids Chase 5K fun run,” scheduled for Feb. 8, 2020. To learn more about Community Op- Established in Utah in 2017, Community Options tions, Inc. visit www.comop.org. For local serves the Salt Lake Valley’s learning challenged out of this strip mall location at 2964 West 4700 South. inquiries, call 801-878-9427. l

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MAYOR'S MESSAGE Dear Friends and Neighbors, I am often surprised when I hear such remarks as “I am only one person. I can’t make a difference.” Of course, nothing could be further from the truth. It is amazing what one person can do, and as individuals working together toMayor Kristie S. Overson ward a common purpose, well, that’s a force to be reckoned with. You have probably heard President John F. Kennedy’s notable quote: “One person can make a difference, and everyone should try,” or British businesswoman Anita Roddick’s: “If you think you're too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.” It’s so true. All of us can make a difference. Even young children can contribute to their communities in ways, both big and small. Remarkable, too, sometimes it is the small gestures that have the biggest impact. I saw this firsthand from a little boy in our community who wanted more shade at Bennion Park. Tanner Cowley is only 9 years old but thought about what he could do. His idea was to hold a root beer float sale to raise money to buy some trees. Along with many of his neighbors, I went to his front-yard stand where I enjoyed a delicious float and heard about his goal, which he ended up surpassing. Overall, Tanner raised $1,652! The total includes $726 from his float stand, a matching donation from the city and a $200 contribution from Mountain America Credit Union (see story on Page 3). The trees are set to be installed at an Oct. 10 event at Bennion Park, along with a "little library," which was also accomplished by a Taylorsville kid — 18-year-old Mitchel Harker who built the beautifully crafted bookshare for his Eagle Scout project. Members of our Youth Council also regularly make a difference in our city. The 2019-20 Council will be named this month, and we always have so much interest in this opportunity for freshman to senior students. The Youth Council was created by the City of Taylorsville to provide an opportunity for young people to learn about and participate in local government. The Council organizes and takes part in service projects, fundraisers and city events — many of which we simply would not have if it weren’t for their efforts. So, thank you to all of our Taylorsville kids and the adults, too, who are working every day to make a difference. No doubt about it: Our community is so much better because of each of you! –Mayor Kristie S. Overson

WHAT’S INSIDE – October 2019 Frequently Called Numbers, Page 2 Council Corner, Page 3 Public Safety, Page 4 Heritage Remembrances, Page 7 Environment, Page 8

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October 2019 Look for Ballots this Month; Election Day is Nov. 5

Taylorsville will hold a Municipal General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 5, to elect three City Council Members to serve four-year terms. Council Members will be elected from City Council Districts 1, 2, and 3. Ballots will be mailed the middle of this month, and completed ballots may be returned by mail in the postage-paid envelope provided. Ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than Nov. 4, the day before Election Day. “In Taylorsville, we recognize how important each election is,” said Mayor Kristie Overson. “We encourage all residents who have a vote this year to exercise their civic duty and their right to choose their government. Voting has never been easier and it is so crucial for our community.” Candidates seeking election are Ernest Glen Burgess and Lisa Gehrke in Council District 1; Curt Cochran and Marc McElreath in Council District 2; and Brad Christopherson in Council District 3. An opportunity to meet and talk to them was scheduled for Oct. 3 at a Meet the Candidates Night, hosted by the Exchange Club and ChamberWest at 7 p.m. at City Hall. (See this month’s Council Corner about the importance of voting on Page 3). Contact information for the candidates also can be found on the city’s website at www.taylorsvilleut. gov and candidate profiles can be viewed on the State Voter Information website, www.vote.utah.gov. Salt Lake County has provided a number of secure ballot drop-off locations, including Taylorsville City Hall, where sealed ballots may be deposited 24/7 until 8 p.m. on Election Night. Sealed ballots may also be dropped off at the Salt Lake County Elections Division (2001 S. State) or at any Salt Lake County Vote Center, including Taylorsville City Hall, on Election Day during voting hours of 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Those who prefer to vote in person on machines may still do so during the Early Voting period prior to the election or on Election Day at any Salt Lake County Vote Center. Taylorsville City Hall will not be an Early Voting location this year but it is an Election Day Vote Center. Vote Centers are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day (Nov. 5). Please visit the city’s website for additional information, or contact Taylorsville City Recorder Cheryl Peacock Cottle at 801-963-5400 with any questions.


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City of Taylorsville Newsletter New Signs Placed at 4 Parks The installation of new gateway signs at Vista Park, Azure Meadows Park, Bennion Park and T. John Labrum Memorial Park is complete. The signage is part of a plan, approved by the City Council, to bring a complete and unified system of public signs to Taylorsville. They are designed as a way to help orient and welcome visitors to the parks, while also providing a cohesive “look and feel” to the city’s public spaces. Constructing the signs took several months of work. See a progression of that craftsmanship in pictures on the city’s website, www.taylorsvilleut.gov. A few of those photos are also included here:

UPCOMING Taylorsville Events Oct. 2 & 16 – 6:30 p.m. City Council Meeting @ City Hall

Oct. 3 – 7 to 8:30 p.m. Meet the Candidates Night @ City Hall. Sponsored by the Exchange Club of Taylorsville and ChamberWest

Oct. 8 – 7 p.m. & Oct. 22 – 6 p.m. Planning Commission Meeting @ City Hall

Oct. 10 – 5 p.m. Tree Planting and Little Library @ Bennion Park (See Page 3)

Oct. 12 – 7:30 p.m. Taylorsville’s Got Talent @ Taylorsville Senior Center (See Page 6)

Oct. 14 – All Day Columbus Day. City Offices are closed.

Oct. 19 – 1-3 p.m. Fix-It Clinic @ Taylorsville Library (See Page 8)

Oct. 24 & 25 – 7 p.m. Sondheim Musical Review Tryouts @ City Hall (See Page 7)

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COUNCIL CORNER By Council Member Curt Cochran How many times have you heard someone say, “My vote doesn’t matter,” or “I don’t think my vote matters so I may not vote?” If you are like me, we hear it too often and when we do it makes us want to shout out at the top of our lungs with head back looking at the sky and arms shaking in the air, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME? OF COURSE, IT MATTERS!” (And yes, I meant to capitalize the statement). I am thankful that in Taylorsville, we have a very civic consequence-minded community who take their voting rights seriously. Our forefathers and ancestors fought many historic wars to make sure that we have the right to vote, and I for one cannot recall an election that I have not voted in during my adult life. Each and every vote matters. We have all seen this in our lives in one form or another. Starting from a very young age, we have experienced “voting.” How many of you had family meetings to vote on where you were going to go for your summer vacation? When I was young, most families had one television set and what we watched was … you got it, majority rule. In a family of five, many times the decision was resolved by a 3-2 vote. How many times have you planned to go to dinner with family or friends and you are outvoted by one person in deciding the restaurant where you end up dining? You make the best of it because you are with the people you want to be with, and you can usually

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Each and Every Vote Matters, Especially Yours find something on the menu that satisfies you. If you think about a vote as a point, such as in a sporting event, it may help to understand the importance one vote can make. In Super Bowl XXV on Jan. 27, 1991, the New York Giants played the Buffalo Bills in Tampa, Fla. Both teams were pretty evenly matched with records of 16-3 for the Giants and 15-4 for the Bills. The final score was decided by one point, 20-19, in favor of the Giants. Closer to home, a game that ignites a lot of passion in Utah is the Utah vs. BYU football game. This nationally recognized rivalry game started in 1896 and this year celebrated its 100th game. Now, I am not going to root for one team or the other here (truth be told I did not go to either school) nor will I recap the winning history of the rivalry. But do you know how many games over the years were decided by one point? The answer is seven. Here are the scores, although I’ll refrain from saying which team won: • 1951: 7-6 • 1953: 33-32 • 1961: 21-20 • 1970: 14-13 • 1978: 23-22 • 2010: 17-16 • 2016: 20-19 If you were on either of those teams you cannot tell me that one point did not mean something to them. To one team, extreme joy and possibly a dream come true for that athlete. For the other team, a defeat that they would not soon forget. So, this voting season, I encourage you to exercise your right to vote so that you can have your input on

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) how our city, state and country move forward. So many brave souls have fought to give you the right to vote. One vote equals one voice. One voice equals one person. If we take all those individual voices and create a unified group, amazing things can happen.

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Tanner Cowley was playing at Bennion Park this summer but the slides were too hot because there was no shade so he decided to solve the problem himself. His idea was to hold a root beer float sale to raise money to buy some trees. His mom, Jennifer Cowley, contacted Council Member Meredith Harker who was thrilled about the idea. She, in turn, notified the city's administrator and community development director, who granted Tanner the go-ahead from the city. Tanner, who is 9 years old, set up the root beer float stand in his front yard, complete with a tracking chart showing how many he had sold. He ended up raising $726, which he presented to the City Council at their Aug. 21 meeting. The city is matching the donation, and Mountain America Credit Union also is contributing an additional $200 toward the purchase of trees for the park. The trees will be installed at Bennion Park this month, along with a "little library" built by Taylorsville Eagle Scout Mitchel Harker and a new bench from the city. Residents can help with the installation and planting of the trees at a public event on Oct. 10 at 5 p.m. at the park, 3200 W. 5620 South. "We are so proud of Tanner, and are grateful for his initiative" said Mayor Kristie Overson, who thanked Tanner in person at his stand and bought a float. "He is the

perfect example of how small acts of service can make a big difference in our community.” In recent news, Tanner was featured by KSL News as part of their segment High 5: Utah Kids doing Amazing Things. His efforts also were highlighted by KUTV News. Tanner noticed a need and acted, putting together his fundraiser to purchase trees for Bennion Park, Mayor Overson said. "He said there is not enough shade at the park and he thought he could help," she noted. "It really does show how everyone, even children, can contribute to making our city a great place to live and play." Tanner is a third-grader at Bennion Elementary.


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4 Honored for Saving Father, Daughter Struck by Lightning Four people were recognized at a City Council meeting this past month with the Lifesaving Award presented by Unified Fire Authority Assistant Chief Jay Ziolkowski. Andrew Nelson, Andy Keys, Dave Kotter and Mary Ann Marchant were honored for their efforts to save Taylorsville resident Scott Robinson and his 17-yearold daughter Chloe after they were struck by lightning while playing games this summer at a Youth Conference in Fillmore. “These bystanders’ actions truly made a lifesaving difference in another family’s future,” Ziolkowski said. The recipients were given a certificate and Challenge Coin. Not only are the coins collectors’ items but they are only given when a firefighter or a civilian has been part of a life-saving effort in which the person they ren-

dered aid to lived. “These coins are kind of a big deal,” Ziolkowski said. He noted that after the lightning strike, the Robinsons’ fellow church members who were participating in the Youth Conference immediately started CPR. Kotter, who is a nurse practitioner, went to work on Scott when Chloe started seizing. He said he felt strongly impressed to go to Chloe and keep her airway open. Meanwhile, Marchant continued CPR on Scott. EMTs arrived within minutes and took over, getting a pulse back for Scott before the ambulance arrived. “Scott says he was told later that if his stabilization hadn’t happened so quickly he may not have survived,” Ziolkowski said. From the hospital in Fillmore, they were flown to the University of Utah Hospital’s Burn Unit. “Chloe was able to return home first,” Ziolkowski said. “She recalls her recovery as a miracle.” Scott was released from the hospital later with some burns and bruises to his ribs and lungs. Chloe shaved her hair because of the lightning damage; it has since grown back as she had hoped. Ziolkowski recognized the efforts as heroic but said their actions go beyond that. They were prepared and in the right place at the right time. “For these individuals, it wasn’t just about right placeright time but it was also about the right training and being able to put that training to good use, being able to actually apply what they’d learned,” he said. He pointed to Nelson’s efforts before the incident to

UFA Assistant Chief Jay Ziolkowski greets Taylorsville resident Scott Robinson. get others trained in CPR as part of his Eagle Scout project. Nelson said that he worked to get his church building scheduled and secured dates where people could come learn. More than 100 people initially signed up and about 50 people actually came to the trainings. Ziolkowski said if people are nervous about learning CPR, “Push to Survive” classes also are offered, where attendees can learn how to do chest compressions and keep blood circulating. Mayor Kristie Overson echoed Ziolkowski comments, extending official congratulations and appreciation from the City of Taylorsville. “Thank you for being prepared. Because you were there at the right time and in the right place, you were able to render aid,” she said. “Thank you so much.”

Flu Season is Coming By UFA Capt. Richard Rich It’s that time of year again. The temperatures are dropping, the holidays are just around the corner, activities are starting to move indoors, and the dreaded flu will soon be among us. More than 80 percent of our calls for service are medical in nature and a large percentage of those are categorized as “sick persons.” The best way to protect yourself and your family this year is prevention. According to the Centers for Disease Control, a yearly flu vaccine is the first and most important step in protecting against influenza and its potential serious complications. The best time of year to get your flu shot is October. This allows your body to take full advantage of the vaccine before the season is in full effect. The CDC goes on to say that anyone between 6 months of age and older should receive an annual flu vaccination. (Please consult with your professional clinician to determine which form of the vaccination is appropriate for your particular situation). It is important that certain populations are vaccinated since they are at a higher risk of developing serious complications if influenza is contracted. Those groups include people 65 years and older, people of any age with certain chronic conditions (such as asthma, diabetes or heart disease), pregnant women and children younger than 5 years and especially those younger than 2. While there are many different flu viruses, flu vaccines protect against the three or four viruses that research suggests will be most common for the coming flu season. In some years, the vaccine better matches the strains of the virus that are prevalent than others. Even in those years where the match is not strong, some protection is present,

and research still shows that it is better to be vaccinated than not. Consider, too, that during the 2018-19 flu season, Utah experienced four pediatric deaths, nearly double the 10-year average and 1,791 influenza-associated hospitalizations. Utah does not report adult deaths attributed to influenza. Other tips for reducing the spread of the flu include the following: 1. Avoid close contact with those who are sick. 2. Stay home when you are sick. 3. Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing. 4. Wash your hands (use soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer). 5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. We hope you stay well and healthy this season!


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3 New Businesses Welcomed to Taylorsville ACE Hardware Opens Largest Utah Store City Offi cials and ChamberWest welcomed Standard Plumbing Supply's ACE Hardware to Taylorsville with a Ribbon Cutting at their new location, 3915 W. 4700 South. With its grand opening, ACE brings its expert team of helpful hardware folks, as well as everything you need to fix, repair and maintain your home. The store is Standard Plumbing Supply's first ACE store in Utah and the largest overall ACE Hardware store in the state.

world with the majority of those stores independently owned and operated by local entrepreneurs. Founded in 1924 by a small group of Chicago hardware store owners, ACE changed the retail landscape by allowing individual stores to purchase merchandise in bulk to save money and buy at the lowest possible price. Today, ACE Hardware Corp. is still owned solely and exclusively by the local ACE retail entrepreneurs.

My Salon Suite Marks Grand Opening My Salon Suite, at 5470 S. Redwood Road, is open for business. The salon includes stand-alone suites each run by individual health and beauty professionals, ranging from hair stylists to nail technicians, massage therapists, spa professionals and skin treatment experts.

In addition to the main Ribbon Cutting celebration with city officials and ChamberWest on Sept. 26, Mayor Kristie Overson joined 11 of the entrepreneurs for small individual Ribbon Cuttings at the doors of their suites. She even tried out one of their sleek, red styling chairs. See a photo gallery of the event, including the individual Ribbon Cuttings, online at the city’s website, www.taylorsvilleut.gov With its grand opening, My Salon Suite brings a thriving and connected community of independent salon owners. The company offers the opportunity for salon entrepreneurs to own their own business without the large upfront costs and risks associated with building and running a salon. The result is one-stop care for their customers. Taylorsville is My Salon Suite's first Utah location. For more information, visit www.mysalonsuite.com or call them at 1-385-258-3878.

Bank of America Celebrates with Ribbon Cutting

The store celebrated with a Ribbon Cutting on Sept. 13. The opening is a dream come true, said Dave Freeman, the store's Management Assistant of Directives and Strategy, who also noted that the project was two years in the making. "It's good for us and good for the city," he said. Mayor Kristie Overson greeted Standard Plumbing Supply ACE Hardware store representatives and even picked up a few items along with other shoppers. Store hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Standard Plumbing Supply has been around since 1952 and is a Utah-based company. They have over 100 stores in nine states. In the past four years, Standard has added hardware to their plumbing supplies to better service the contractor and the homeowner. ACE Hardware has more than 5,000 stores around the

With its grand opening, Bank of America brings retail banking, investing, lending and small business services to Taylorsville. City Officials and ChamberWest welcomed Bank of America Financial Center to Taylorsville with a Ribbon Cutting at their new location, 5372 S. Redwood Road, on Sept. 5.

It is the second of 14 planned financial centers in the greater Salt Lake area through 2020. The company plans to hire 90 people to staff these locations, serving existing clients and developing relationships with new clients. Mayor Kristie Overson commended the center for its state-of-the-art facility that showcases the newest technology. Amenities include advanced ATMs and private offices for one-on-one client assistance. The center is open from 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The center's ATM also has 24-hour access. Stop by and speak to their specialists who work as a team to understand their clients' unique circumstances and provide the guidance and advice they seek.


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October 2019

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Taylorsville Bennion Heritage REMEMBRANCES The Honeymoon House By The Taylorsville Historic Preservation Committee

The Historic District of Taylorsville (4800 South) lost another home in August to demolition. This little home was called the Honeymoon House because many Taylorsville couples lived there. Located at 1418 W. 4800 South, it had a heap of living going on inside. The house originally was built for Emma Jane Terry Bennion, mother of Parley Bennion. However, we’ve noted a short list of folks who also had the privilege of enjoying this little humble abode. It was demolished Aug. 22, and a few tears were shed by some of the following people: Emma Bennion, David and Helen Jones, Cherie Jones and girls, Julie and Reid Dillon, Ardella and Bill Perrington, Clair and Ann Brown, Helen, Frank and Jane Dotterer, Garry and Claudia Jones, Cal and Betty Roberts and Gerrie and Keith Rosevear. Now, the reason for featuring this home: If you or an ancestor lived in this little house, would you be kind enough to email connietaney@q.com. She is interested in keeping track of the lineage of this home. Its current, or rather, former owners are Nettie and Michael Elzinga, who live in the home just east of the Honeymoon Home.


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City of Taylorsville Newsletter Paying your TBID Bill is Easy There are several convenient ways to pay your bill with Taylorsville Bennion-Improvement District bill, including:

OCTOBER WFWRD UPDATES RECYCLING SURVEY RESULTS In July, Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District conducted a districtwide Recycling Survey. Of 6,035 responses in total, 730 (12.1 percent) came from Taylorsville. Although comments from residents in Taylorsville have suggested changing to biweekly recycling collections to reduce costs, there are 74.2 percent who place their recycling can out each week. This is within the national averages reported in waste and recycling reports. The primary goal for the survey was to obtain information on districtwide support of continuing recycling efforts due to the increasing global challenges, and also to see if there would be a support for a fee increase to maintain services. In Taylorsville, 72.1 percent indicated that they support continued recycling services, and 73.7 percent said they would support a fee increase to continue current level of services.

DROP BOX – Place your non-cash payment in the conveniently located parking lot drop box. Drop off payments at 1800 W. 4700 South. Just follow the sign. ONLINE – Utilize the online bill payment option that saves you time and money. If you have an Internet connection and an email address, you can pay your bill online. To make a payment or sign up, go to the TaylorsvilleBennion Improvement District website, www. tbid.org, select Pay Bill Online and Sign Up. BY MAIL – Mail check or money order to Taylorsville-Bennion Improvement District, P.O. Box 18579, 1800 W. 4700 South, Taylorsville, UT 84118-8579. A return envelope is provided with your bill. Just add the stamp, include your payment and drop it in the mail. BY PHONE – Call 801-968-9081 with your credit or debit card or bank information to speak with a Customer Service Representative. IN PERSON – Visit TBID at 1800 W. 4700 South from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday to make your payment. Questions? Please contact Taylorsville Bennion Improvement District by calling 801968-9081 or visiting www.tbid.org. You can also follow the district on Facebook and Twitter.

FALL LEAF COLLECTION The annual Fall Leaf Collection Program will begin on Oct. 15 and 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. 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, as long as they only contain leaves.


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The tragic Murray tale of Charles Thiedee By Shaun Delliskave | s.delliskave@mycityjournals.com It was a first for the State of Utah and, to date, the first and only one for Murray—an execution. In 1896, in true Wild West fashion, saloonkeeper Charles Thiede was hung in a genuinely gruesome manner for the murder of his wife. While the territory of Utah had executed a few outlaws before Thiede, this was the first as a state, and it made national headlines. Thiede’s life of crime can be traced in newspaper headlines years before the

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slaying of his wife. Thiede left his native Germany to serve in the navies of England and Chile, but after fighting against the Peruvians, Thiede hoped to find solace in his native land. Upon returning to Germany, he was immediately conscripted into the army, where he served as a cook, a profession he kept for the rest of his life. After military service, he married Mary Frank in 1884, and together they set off for a better life in America, settling in Sandy and having a child. The ne’er-do-well Thiede, who had a fearsome temper, opened his first tavern, the Social Hall Saloon, in the fall of 1886 in downtown Salt Lake City. That same year, he was fined for punching a woman who had accidentally dropped a piece of paper into his lap. After being shut down for selling liquor without a license, or for selling it on a Sunday, Thiede opened, and was forced to close, numerous establishments. By the early 1890s, Thiede was a regular before the court, usually losing his liquor license or being punished for assaulting someone. As a result, Salt Lake City was no longer a welcoming spot for Thiede, and the saloonkeeper saw prime opportunity to jump into the thriving bar scene along State Street in Murray. Finding a small patch of ground behind the Germania smelter on 4800 South, Thiede opened the West Side Saloon. A notorious womanizer who welcomed prostitutes into his bar, Thiede was also known to frequently abuse his wife, Mary; even for rough-and-tumble Murray, that was not acceptable. The night before May 1, 1894, Mary had fled to a neighbor’s home after a violent fight. As she always had done before, she returned. But this time, she returned home to find a very drunken Charles, who was waiting for her with a butcher’s knife. He sliced her throat from ear to ear. Blood-splattered Thiede then went to Harry Hayne’s saloon, where he reportedly told the sheriff, “Well, I killed

Murderer Charles Thiede, convicted of killing his wife, Mary. (Photo courtesy of U of U Marriott Library)

my wife last night.” The next morning, a crowd swarmed the sheriff’s office, trying to carry out its own version of justice by lynching Thiede. The sheriff relocated his prisoner to the Salt Lake County jail, which was also in Murray. There, Thiede changed his story and claimed he was innocent. He told the judge he found her body in his house, and that her dying words were, “Oh, Charlie.” The prosecutors, long familiar with the defendant, presented a forensically tight case, first pointing out that the victim could in no way talk, as her head was nearly cut off. They also argued that because Charles was covered in blood—meaning the heart would still need to be pumping in order for the blood to splatter on him—then he had to be with Mary, in their home, at the time of the murder. Found guilty, Thiede was sentenced to be hanged. In 1896, Thiede’s time was up, but the sheriff wanted to try a new-and-improved way of hanging. Instead of the condemned being dropped through a trap door, Thiede was going to be hanged by an ingenious system of pulleys; he would stand on the ground, and a metal weight would yank him upward, snapping his neck. Lawmen from around the West convened at the Salt Lake County jail to watch

Charles Thiede was the first, and last, person to be hanged with a noose that yanked the condemned off the ground. (Illustration courtesy of U of U Marriott Library.)

the new method in action. At the appointed time, Thiede, who still professed his innocence, was yanked up by the noose, but it failed to snap his neck. Instead, he hung on the gallows for 14 minutes, strangled to death. That hanging method was never used again. Even in death, Thiede gained no sympathy. An arsonist burned his saloon down. The Salt Lake Herald-Republican reported that residents in Murray and Cottonwood Heights guarded their cemeteries to prevent his body from being interred there. Eventually, he was buried in Sandy City’s cemetery—but only for a day. He was disinterred at the request of Sandy residents and buried in a field adjacent to the graveyard. l

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Only enthusiastic spooks need apply at Castle of Chaos By Jenniffer Wardell | j.wardell@mycityjournals.com Becoming a ghost, ghoul or monstrous fiend isn’t as complicated as some people think.

At least, it isn’t at the Castle of Chaos. The haunted house, which is open now through Nov. 2, held auditions for their cast of scarers this past August. Interviews required applicants to groan, scream, shuffle menacingly and try their best to startle someone enough to make them jump. According to the Castle of Chaos directing team, however, a willingness to try is far more important than acting experience or the ability to deliver convincing scares. “I look for people who are free and open with their body and voice,” said Castle of Chaos Director Nick Justice. “If you’re coming in here and you’re going crazy, even if it makes no sense, you’re better than half the people who come in here.” He also said it’s important that people be able to take direction and follow guidance offered by one of the directing team. Justice and Castle of Chaos Casting Director Kelly Drabik spend most of the audition asking applicants to show off their ability to do things like zombie walks or predatory stalking at low heights. They’ll also ask if the applicants have any special talents, such as a particularly good creepy laugh or the ability to twist your arm in a disturbing-looking way. “It’s really laid back,” said Castle of Chaos General Manager Dalton Brown. “You don’t have to have anything prepared.” Another part of the audition process involves the directing team figuring out how each applicant would best fit into the haunted house. That includes several factors, from a map of the planned rooms for the upcoming season to asking the applicant whether they have a particular role they want to do. Though he’d turned most of the interviews over to Justice and Drabik, Castle of Chaos Owner James Bernard offered some guidance on this part of the process.

Though roles such as Freddy Krueger require actors with a specific body type, there are plenty of other roles designed to fit a variety of ages and body types. (Photo provided by Castle of Chaos)

“After 19 years of running a haunted house, it’s second nature to see someone, get to know their personality, and see where they’d have the most fun and be the most effective,” he said. Though he said having fun is the major factor in where an actor gets placed, elements such as the actors age will determine whether they can take on certain roles. “When you’re in an authority role, for example, it’s tough to scare someone older,” he said, explaining why he tends not to cast younger actors in roles such as murderous doctors. Sometimes, how you look can also be a factor in where you end up. “For our Hollywood roles, we do look at physical appearance,” said Drabik. “Jason (Voorhees) needs to look like Jason. But we also like 4-foot-tall little girls, because they’re scary as heck.” No matter where the actor ends up, however, it’s important that they know how to scare responsibly. Midvale’s Castle of Chaos (7980 S. State Street) offers several different levels of scares, with higher levels including more physical contact. Level three involves touching, level four includes pushing and dragging, and higher levels involve even more intense experiences.

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The Castle of Chaos hires a large cast every season to work in their haunted house, such as the above group who performed in 2018. (Photo provided by Castle of Chaos)

Given that level of interaction, the directing team looks for actors who keep the safety of both the guests and their fellow performers in mind. “We look for people who can be safe with it,” said Mike Harmon, a Castle of Chaos acting coach who runs classes on doing hands-on scares. “A lot of the stuff we do at level four can get dangerous unless you do it carefully.” For Justice, making sure no one gets hurt is far more important than being frightening. “In my mind, it doesn’t matter how scary it is,” he said. “If you get hurt, that’s all you’re going to remember.” Besides, the people who are selected to become scarers for the year will get a chance to hone their scaring ability. In addition to the hands-on classes, the haunted house offers other classes, dress rehearsals and an orientation meeting that allows them to get more in-depth with their roles. Some years, they even give them a chance to help each other master their roles. “We send other actors through the haunted house to give them a chance to practice,” said Drabik. In the end, the willingness to put in that work is the biggest thing the directing

team looks for during the auditions. “We look for enthusiasm,” she said. “If you come in with a passion for haunted houses, we’ll find a place for you.” l

The rooms in the haunted house are divided into different things, with killer hospitals (above) and murderous clowns both being a common theme. (Photo provided by Castle of Chaos)

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A spooky mix of plays, parties and races to put you in the Halloween spirit By Christy Jepson | christy@mycityjournals.com Halloween is just around the corner and there are plenty of activities for just about everybody. Besides the traditional fall events like corn mazes and pumpkin patches, here are some different Halloween activities going on in the Salt Lake Valley for “ghouls” and boys of all ages.

Halloween plays/performances

“Phantom” at Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy

Maury Yeston and Arthur Kopit’s “Phantom” will be performed on the Young Living Centre Stage Sept. 23-Nov. 9. Even though it has some similarities of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera,” expect to see new characters and songs in this production. Audience members need to watch out for the massive chandelier that comes crashing to the floor. Ticket prices start at $48 for adults and $22 for youth 5-17. No children under 5 are permitted in the theater. For ticket information call 801-984-9000 or visit hct.org.

“Thriller” at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City

This year’s smash Halloween dance production will include favorite numbers such as “Dem Bones,” “Frankenstein,” and “Jason Jam,” plus other new surprises. “Thriller” is full of frights, laughs and scares that make you scream. This production will be performed at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City Oct. 14-26. Ticket prices are $35-$55. Visit https://odysseydance. com/shows/thriller/ for more information and discounts. This show is not for children under 8 or for the faint of heart.

hidden in the audience in regular clothes which makes a fun, social and interactive evening for all adults. Ticket prices start at $59.95 (check for holiday pricing). Tickets include: a four-course dinner, the murder mystery entertainment, and a prize package for the top sleuth. Some mild content, loud noises, a brief blackout and adult humor will be present. For more information visit thedinnerdetective.com/salt-lake-city.

“The Addams Family” at Hale Centre Theatre in Sandy

Come watch all the creepy, kooky and loveable family members from the 1960’s TV show, “The Addams Family” on stage from now until Nov. 16. This Broadway show’s message is all about what defines a “normal” family and that we need to love all people despite our differences. Be on the lookout for some fun quirks and tricks throughout the show. Ticket prices are $36-$48 for adults and $18-$24 for youth 5-17. Visit hct.org for more information or call 801-984-9000.

The cast of Desert Star’s “Adams Family Reunion: A series of FUNfortunate Events!” (Photo courtesy Desert Star)

The Fear Factory Finish is there to give you that end-of-the-race push which then rewards you with a festival full of food, contests, music, games and spooky fun things. Registration fees from now until Oct. 17 are Races $84.95 for the half, $36.95 for the 5k and The Haunted Half Sugar House $12.95 for the kids’ run. For registration Dress up in your costumes and get and information visit thehauntedhalf.com/ ready to run for your life at the Haunted races/salt-lake-city. Half on Oct. 19 at Sugar House Park. All ages and abilities can either run the half marathon, 5k or the Halloween half-mile.

Parties

Monster Block Party at the Gallivan Center in Salt Lake City

The 2019 Monster Block party will be held at the Gallivan Center on Oct. 26. This is a free daytime Halloween festival with trick-or-treating, costume contests with prizes, free arts and crafts, a pumpkin drop, live music and dance, and about 30 vendors. The Gallivan Center is located at 239 S. Main Street. The event runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. l

“Adams Family Reunion: A series of FUNfortunate Events!” at the Desert Star in Murray

Desert Star is known for mixing parody with a little romance and adventure with Utah culture and political jokes, and this show is no exception. This story focuses on the Adams clan who are trying to save their home for the greedy oil baroness, Mrs. Measley who knows they have oil underneath their home. Ticket prices are $26.95 for adults (holidays, special events may be different) and children under 11 are $15.95. Call 801-266-2600 for tickets or visit their box office at Desert Star, 4861 S. State St. This production runs until Nov. 9.

The Dinner Detective interactive murder mystery dinner show at the Hilton Hotel in Salt Lake City

Be an active participate in America’s largest interactive comedy murder-mystery dinner show. Throughout the evening, audience members will eat a four-course meal while watching a crime unfold and then everyone is in it to figure out the clues of who did it. Don’t be deceived, the person next to you might be the culprit! The actors are

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ew research shows you can stop a cold in its tracks if you take one simple step with a new device when you first feel a cold coming on. Colds start when cold viruses get in your nose. Viruses multiply fast. If you don’t stop them early, they spread in your airways and cause misery. But scientists have found a quick way to kill a virus. Touch it New research: Copper stops colds if used early. with copper. Researchers at labs and universities agree, copper is “antimi- on travel days for 2 months. “Sixteen crobial.” It kills microbes, such as viruses flights and not a sniffle!” she exclaimed. and bacteria, just by touch. Businesswoman Rosaleen says when That’s why ancient Greeks and Egyp- people are sick around her she uses Coptians used copper to purify water and heal perZap morning and night. “It saved me wounds. They didn’t know about viruses last holidays,” she said. “The kids had and bacteria, but now we do. colds going round and round, but not Scientists say the high conductance of me.” copper disrupts the electrical balance in a Some users say it also helps with microbe cell destroying it in seconds. sinuses. Attorney Donna Blight had a Tests by the Environmental Protection 2-day sinus headache. When her CopperAgency show germs die fast on copper. Zap arrived, she tried it. “I am shocked!” Some hospitals tried copper for touch she said. “My head cleared, no more surfaces like faucets and doorknobs. This headache, no more congestion.” Some users say copper stops nightcut the spread of MRSA and other illnesstime stuffiness if used just before bed. es by over half, and saved lives. The strong scientific evidence gave One man said, “Best sleep I’ve had in inventor Doug Cornell an idea. When years.” Copper may even stop flu if used earhe felt a cold coming on he fashioned a smooth copper probe and rubbed it gently ly and for several days. Lab technicians placed 25 million live flu viruses on a in his nose for 60 seconds. “It worked!” he exclaimed. “The cold CopperZap. No viruses were found alive went away completely.” It worked again soon after. People have used it on cold sores and every time he felt a cold coming on and say it can completely prevent outbreaks. he hasn’t had a cold since. The handle is curved and finely texHe asked relatives and friends to try it. They said it worked so he patented Cop- tured to improve contact. It kills germs picked up on fingers and hands to protect perZap™ and put it on the market. Soon hundreds of people had tried it you and your family. Copper even kills deadly germs that and given feedback. Nearly 100% said the copper stops colds if used within 3 have become resistant to antibiotics. If hours after the first sign. Even up to 2 you are near sick people, a moment of days, if they still get the cold it is milder handling it may keep serious infection away. It may even save a life. than usual and they feel better. The EPA says copper still works even Users wrote things like, “It stopped my cold right away,” and “Is it supposed when tarnished. It kills hundreds of different disease germs so it can prevent seto work that fast?” Pat McAllister, age 70, received one rious or even fatal illness. CopperZap is made in the U.S. of pure as a gift and called it “one of the best presents ever. This little jewel really copper. It has a 90-day full money back works.” Now thousands of users have guarantee when used as directed to stop a cold. It is $69.95. Get $10 off each Copsimply stopped getting colds. People often use CopperZap preven- perZap with code UTCJ6 . Go to www.CopperZap.com or call tively. Frequent flier Karen Gauci used to get colds after crowded flights. Though toll-free 1-888-411-6114. Buy once, use forever. skeptical, she tried it several times a day Advertorial

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innovations at Crazy Corn Maze By Jordan Hafford | j.hafford@mycityjournals.com

A view of the main corn field maze at Crazy Corn Maze in West Jordan. (Jordan Hafford/City Journals) Inset: The 2019 corn maze design at Crazy Corn Maze in West Jordan. (thecrazycornmaze.com)

After 21 years of fall festivities, West Jordan’s Crazy Corn Maze has decided to give the business a complete makeover for the 2019 season.

Launching themselves into the modern age of technology, the business is now utilizing smart technology this Halloween to add even more fun to their attraction. “This year we will have a new GPS smart phone map so you can track yourself as you find your way through the maze,” said Crazy Corn Maze owner Julianna Maynard. “We are also adding a smart phone trivia game.” The Crazy Corn Maze first opened in 1998, 21 years ago, as a simple corn maze near Salt Lake Community College in Taylorsville. Two years later, it moved to their current location, 8800 S. 4000 West in West Jordan. Crazy Corn Maze has grown into a unique Halloween venue throughout this time, in that their multiple, custom-made attractions appeal to a wide demographic — this year more than ever. While there is still the option to walk through the classic, family friendly 8-acre maze with no “haunts” or spooks, the adrenaline junkies will be roaming what is called the Night Stalkers Haunted Trail. In 2016, the business began renovating the haunted trail, and the Night Stalkers Haunted Trail was officially born as a separate attraction within Crazy Corn Maze. “Each year we have put tremendous effort into making this one of the top haunt-

ed attractions,” Maynard said. “In 2017 and 2018 we were voted the No. 1 haunted attraction in Utah by utahhauntedhouses. com.” The Night Stalkers Haunted Trail stands out as an interactive entertaining experience for thrill seekers and more adult attendees. There are four terrifying sections of the trail: Creatures of the Corn; Phobia: What are you afraid of?; 3D Slumber: Pleasant screams; and Horror Show. Among the multiple attractions at Crazy Corn Maze, there is also a playground for small children that includes a corn pit, a straw mountain with slides and games, as well as Mayble’s 3D Funhouse which is a not-so-scary junior attendee interactive haunted house. Also debuting this year, Crazy Corn Maze is set to dazzle their audience with a Fright Lights attraction, a magical pumpkin patch light show. Patrons will walk through the lighted pumpkin patch and be given a pumpkin of their own to take home. “We hope patrons come away wondering how on earth we do what we do, as well as being scared in a fun and sometimes humorous way,” Maynard said. “Whether you like a fun family fall tradition, or want to be scared out of your mind, we aim to provide an exceptional seasonal entertainment experience.” The maze opens Sept. 27 and runs through Nov. 2. It is open Monday-Thursday 6-10 p.m, Friday 6-11:30 p.m., and Saturday from noon to 11:30 p.m. l

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Clarence Darrow? Maybe. But David Lee Roth is definitely one of the Taylorsville City Attorney’s heroes

By Carl Fauver | carlf@mycityjournals.com

Anything worth doing, is worth overdoing.” – Mick Jagger Rebekah Cowdell claims her husband lives by that credo, which may not bode well for the Taylorsville criminals he prosecutes, but it seems to serve his alter ego perfectly. That’s because Mick Jagger (or John Lennon, Axl Rose, Don Henley, Billy Joel — depending on the song he’s singing) is Taylorsville City Attorney Tracy Cowdell’s alter ego. “I’m not sure if it’s a midlife crisis, but if it is, it’s cheaper than a Corvette,” Cowdell said in explaining why he began taking guitar lessons 2 1/2 years ago, why he formed a band and why he now hangs scarves from his microphone stand, ala Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler. “I really love all different types of music, but I had certainly never played in a band or sang for one,” Cowdell said. “A couple of years ago, I decided to take guitar lessons. One of the first things the instructor said was, ‘The best way to get better is to play in a band for audiences.’ So, we played our first gig in July 2019 — after about four months of practice — and we haven’t looked back.” But, Tracy added, he didn’t want to do this alone. “It was Christmas 2016 when Tracy sent me an email, saying he had bought me a guitar, and I was in a band with him,” Cowdell’s law partner, Chad

Taylorsville City Attorney Tracy Cowdell sheds his lawyer suit and tie when he fronts his classic rock cover band, “De Novo.” (Carl Fauver/City Journals)

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Woolley, said. “I had taken a few guitar lessons 25 years earlier. But all I really remember is my instructor asking me ‘Can’t you hear that?’ Apparently, my guitar was out of tune. So, yes, this was new.” Now the legal minds behind Cowdell & Woolley, P.C. are founding members of the classic rock cover band “De Novo,” meaning “renewal” or “second chance.” One blistering, 90 degree Saturday night last summer, Cowdell, Woolley and their four band mates — including Chad’s son, guitarist and keyboardist Jackson Woolley — marked the twoyear anniversary of their first gig, by performing outside Taylorsville City Hall to an audience dining on food truck cuisine and awaiting the free, onthe-lawn screening of “Mary Poppins Returns.” “De Novo” is just the latest collaboration for Cowdell and Woolley, dating back more than 20 years. “We attended BYU Law School together and co-founded a computer company during our college days,” Chad Woolley said. “We graduated in 2001, with our grade point averages just .0001 apart. We each started our own law firms, but by 2003 we were partners again.” Both Tracy and Chad enjoy making their “De Novo” performances family events. Each had parents, children, siblings and others at the Taylorsville performance. “My (three) daughters and I try to come to most of Tracy’s shows, unless they are weddings or other private events,” Rebekah Cowdell said. “Our entire marriage I have teased Tracy about thinking he is a rock star. When he got the idea to take guitar lessons, I knew he would enjoy it. Everything

Tracy puts his mind to, he does well.” For the record, Cowdell is not “the” Taylorsville city attorney. Instead, his Cowdell & Woolley, P.C. law firm won the private contract bid to represent the city in legal matters about a decade ago. Wooley estimates the band has about $20,000 tied up in its 14 guitars, and another $60,000 to $70,000 in all of their other sound equipment and instruments. Since they do two or three paid performances each month, at $500 to $1000 each, their wives and families aren’t complaining about them keeping their day jobs. “I practice guitar every day at home, and we rehearse in a little studio we created in a garage behind our law firm (near State Street and 7500 South), Cowdell added. “We have not auditioned to perform at Taylorsville Dayzz yet. But we have performed the past couple of years at the Utah State Fair.” On its official band website (www. denovo-band.com), the group offers to accept paid gigs throughout Utah and some surrounding states. But truth be told, so far, their “world tour” has been almost exclusively confined to Salt Lake and Utah counties. For six generations, Cowdell’s family has lived in historic Sandy. And he’s known his wife since they were each 8 years old. So, you might not initially expect the Taylorsville City attorney to be a big fan of change. But the former Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints stake president said he’s loved every minute of this change. “We’re having so much fun playing music,” Cowdell said. “If people want to learn something new, do it; don’t wait. We are having a ball.” Perhaps only “overdoing” a little. l

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Taylorsville Fastpitch team wins state softball title in dominating fashion By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

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The 14-and-under Taylorsville Fastpitch softball team celebrate its state championship win at Valley Complex. (Photo courtesy of Chris Gonzalez)

pionship weekend. Alecia Martinez also pitched several games for the Nightmarezz. “Alecia is another very strong kid and has a strong arm,” Gonzalez said. “She did an outstanding job for us. Every time we called her name, she was ready to rock. The other teams had a hard time catching up to her because of her speed.” Lexi Gonzalez played third base and has played only three years.

“Some of these girls have goals to play high school or college ball,” Chris Gonzalez said. “They know that putting in the work in increases the chance they have of attaining that goal. Lexi has done well and will play accelerated next year.” They finished second in the Oquirrh Mountain recreation tournament earlier this summer. “We were undefeated in that tournament, and the Oquirrh Mountain team came out in

the championship games and beat us twice,” Chris Gonzalez said. “I think we learned from that, and I told the girls it is how you finish. At state, we just steamrolled everyone. They were hungry, and they wanted to prove that they could win it.” Many of these girls will continue their softball careers on high school teams or advancing to accelerated leagues. “I am proud of Ashlyn Powell,” Chris Gonzalez said. “There was a time she was put into tough situations. She played at her best ability. Our catcher, Persaya Smith, performed outstanding. Oakliegh Harman was a veteran player that has been in Taylorsville Fastpitch for some time. She responded and was very consistent. Haylee Vogele was also one of our top hitters.” The youngest player on the team was 11-year-old Jerzee Chavez. She pitched and struck out several older more experienced players. “It means a lot to our entire program to win a state championship,” Chris Gonzalez said. “Our board members are doing something right. They have put the kids in a good position to teach the game. Kids love it and they come back.” The 12-and-under Devils from Taylorsville Fastpitch also placed fourth at the state tournament. l

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