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FISCAL IMPACT STUDIES ONE WAY TO EVALUATE NOVEMBER BALLOT INITIATIVE By Becca Ketelsleger | Becca.k@mycityjournals.com

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fter years and years of debate, a question regarding a potential change of government for West Jordan will finally be making it to the ballot in November. The two options will be to remain with the current form of government (the Council–Manager form) or to adopt a new form of government (the Council–Mayor form). “I think it’s up to the residents to decide how they want to be governed,” said Councilman Chris McConnehey at the Aug. 9 city council meeting where council members decided the question would appear on the ballot. A constant theme that ran throughout the evening was that the residents deserved to have a say in the form of government, as well as to have access to information regarding the government change proposed. This was seen both in the presentation by the Ad Hoc Committee bringing forth a recommendation to not change the city’s form of goverment, and with Councilman Chad Nichol’s speech regarding the background of the Council–Manager form of government and how legislation needs to change at the state level to make it a recognized form of government once more. Another tool for residents to learn more about the potential government change lies with studies done the last two times this conversation arose, particularly those looking at the financial impact a change of government could have. Fiscal impact studies were completed by the city’s Budget Officer in both 2005 and 2014. The method behind the two studies was identical. In both, three cities with similar populations that operated under the Council–Mayor form of government (Ogden, Provo and Sandy) were examined. An average budget amount for the related staff members (the mayor and support staff, other chief operating officers and support staff, and city council) was determined, and then compared to the budget for the West Jordan staff in the Council–Manager form of government. In 2005, it found that the average budget for related staff under the Council–Mayor form of government was $1,212,259. In 2015, it was averaged at $1,712,737. In West Jordan, under the Council–Manager form of government, the costs were much lower—$794,265 in 2005 and $841,909 in 2015. “The budget officer estimates that the law proposed by this initiative would result in a total annual fiscal expense of $850,000,” reads the opening page of the 2014 report. This increase would be met through an increase in property taxes. While the 2005 report states that the increase of $461,936.60 annually (at that time) would result in “$15.57 annual tax increase to the owner of a $ 175,000 home,” the 2014 report doesn’t address the issue specifically. In addition to this annual increase of $850,000 per year in expenses, the cost of switching is estimated to be higher the first

The Terms of Office information presented at the Aug. 9 city council meeting shows that the mayor elected in 2017 would be entitled to an additional two years of salary once the new “strong mayor” is elected in 2020. (City of West Jordan)

year due to several one-time expenses. Smaller expenses include providing office furniture for new staff, printing of informational products regarding the change and the changing of the city code. “The primary potential one-time cost would be a termination payment for an existing city manager (a conservative estimate would be $72,610—six months of the most-recent city manager’s salary) in the event that the existing city manager would not be offered a continuing role in the administrative staff,” notes the 2014 report. However, the largest expense would come from the timing of the ballot initiative. With the ballot issue appearing in 2017 (the same year as a mayoral election), if the change of government happens, the newly elected mayor would only be able to serve a two-year term

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(2018–2020) instead of the ordinary four-year term. In 2020, a new mayor would need to be elected along with the implementation of a new form of government, because it would be an entirely new position (a strong mayor). The caveat is that, according to the terms of office posted at the Aug. 9 city council meeting, the prior mayor would “still be paid for the remainder of the term, if he/she does not hold a compensated position in the new form of government.” With a mayoral salary of $89,500 per year listed in the 2017–2018 proposed budget, the one-time cost of the change could be considered more significant. There has been much discussion regarding these potential costs both in city council and on social media, including some mention that both current mayoral candidates have vowed not to accept the additional two-year salary if offered. l

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U of U program seeks to Crush Diabetes By Ruth Hendricks | Ruth.H@mycityjournals.com

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n Sept. 21, a free kick-off for a program called “Crush Diabetes” was held at West Jordan Middle School. The program was sponsored by the University of Utah Center for Community Nutrition, and it featured a family-oriented health fair and screening of the movie “Sugar Babies,” made by Jenny Mackenzie, Ph.D., an award-winning documentary filmmaker based in Salt Lake City. Dixie Garrison, principal at West Jordan Middle School, worked with the U of U to put on the family activity, which offered a free dinner of fresh fruit and vegetables plus healthy sandwiches, nutrition games with prizes and attendance by the U of U mascot “Swoop.” There were informational booths featuring information on nutrition and included the U of U Dental School, which gave out dental hygiene kits. “Crush Diabetes is about diabetes prevention for kids and families and will be happening across Utah, Idaho and Arizona over the next three years,” said Dr. Julie Metos, executive director of the University of Utah Center for Community Nutrition. Kids will learn about healthy eating and physical activity using the Sugar Babies curriculum, which has educational resources designed for teachers, parents and students with two goals. The first goal is to teach basic facts about diabetes, and the second goal is to set in motion long-term healthy habits that will benefit them for a lifetime. The curriculum can be used in health classes, assemblies, sports programs and parent associations to educate, inspire and motivate a wide age range. Garrison talked about how she collaborated with the university. “They have been fabulous in working with us in providing the community resources,” she said. “We wanted to make sure that the people in our community have resources for health and nutrition and places they can go to and raise awareness of issues among our students.” “Diabetes affects about one in three people in our country, so it’s very important for all of us to learn the lifestyle things we can do to keep our bodies more healthy,” said Metos. The documentary, “Sugar Babies: The Bittersweet Truth about Diabetes,” was narrated by Mackenzie, the filmmaker. It started off showing Mackenzie’s daughter Lizzie, who was diag-

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nosed with type 1 diabetes she was 4 years old. Type 1 diabetes is usually found in children and young adults. Insulin is a hormone that helps your body convert glucose into energy. In type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune process causes the body to destroy its own insulin producing cells in the pancreas. People with type 1 must take insulin injections. With type 2 diabetes, the body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance, and it is usually found in adults. Type 2 is treated with lifestyle changes, oral medications and insulin. The film explained that these two diseases are both called diabetes but how and why they occur is different. Type 2 has been referred to as the lifestyle disease that’s caused by eating too much junk food and not exercising enough. But type 1 occurs in children who often appear lean and healthy. As Mackenzie learned more about these diseases, she found some alarming facts. “Type 2 diabetes used to only impact older adults,” she said. “But now, because of our terrible all-you-can-eat buffets and junk food diets, the rates of type 2 in kids and teens has skyrocketed. So an entirely new group is at risk.” The film followed the lives of three children and their families dealing with type 1 or

type 2 diabetes. “As a mother and a filmmaker, I knew I had to look for answers and solutions,” Mackenzie said. “Diabetes is threatening our next generation.” Mackenzie said for kids today, saying no to the constant sugar onslaught that’s part of our culture is next to impossible. These are temptations that never crossed our path in the 1950s. She also stated that type 1 and type 2 diabetes are not mutually exclusive. If you have type 1, eat high-calorie food and don’t exercise, you can get type 2 on top of it. Because of our current lifestyle, no one is immune to type 2, the epidemic of this century. The film concluded with Mackenzie saying that we do not want a nation of sugar babies. Solutions are within our reach. Mackenzie wants to see every school serve fresh, nutritious food. We need to prioritize physical education classes and encourage kids to move their bodies. “Changes come from you deciding that in your small corner of the world, you can make a difference,” said Mackenzie. “None of this will be easy. Cultural change comes slowly. But look at big tobacco. We finally took a stand and said, ‘no more.’ We can do this again and say no to too much sugar and processed food.” l

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Hot Shotz score national championship By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

The 10 and under girls national champion Hot Shotz have players from across the Salt Lake valley. (Kevin Jackson/Hot Shotz)

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he Wasatch Front is Home to a 10 and under girls softball champion. The Utah Hot Shotz won the USA Western National Championship on Aug. 4. The team was formed in the summer of 2016 when seven girls failed to make their recreational league all-star team. The Hot Shotz were formed and the building of a champion team began.

“The players going from city league noncompetitive to a championship is something I have never seen. The girls practiced really hard and put in extra time. We played against older and better teams all year and that prepared us,” head coach Kevin Jackson said. Ivy Chadd, from West Jordan and Star Gonzales and Kinsley Lawrence of West Valley

pitched in crucial pool play and bracket games during the tournament. “None of our pitchers had much accelerated experience. We had a couple who had pitched at West Valley Bonnet Ball but that was about it. They practiced four days a week. We used them all differently depending on the team we were facing,” Jackson said. Chadd throws the hardest pitch according to Jackson, yet both Lawrence and Gonzales have good control and drop balls (type of softball pitch.) The heat in August made it difficult for the team, but they outscored their opponents 63-13. “We had to rotate because it was so hot, but we rested the girls and made sure that they were easy when we needed them,” Jackson said. The team is made up of girls from Saratoga Springs, West Jordan, South Jordan and West Valley. They qualified for the state tournament by winning a USA sanctioned tournament in April in St. George. They won five games in a row for the tournament victory and defeated The Heat in the championship game 5-0. They then won the USA state tournament in July. The national tournament was hosted in Kaysville, Utah this season. “I think it was a huge home field advantage for us to play in Kaysville. We stayed at home in

our own beds and saved the cost of travel. There were teams from Montana, Washington and Nevada that came. That was a contributing factor for our win,” Jackson said. The Hot Shotz played 175 games this summer. They posted a 73-45 record in qualifying state or national tournaments. In those games they averaged eight runs per game. Catcher Addie Winn from Magna is the youngest on the team. “She is a year younger and, dang it, she is very good. High school pitchers have hired her to catch for them at lessons and camps. She is just a nine year old catching some bigger strong high school pitchers,” Jackson said. Infielders Dezzie Reeves, Savanna Hill, Quincy Cunningham and Hailie Reeves played exceptional defense and recorded critical outs all season long. “During the year we kept challenging our players to believe they were good. We wanted them to believe they could win and play as champions despite any adversity,” Jackson said. The team earned an automatic birth to the 12 and under national championship in Georgia in 2018. Jackson estimates it costs approximately $1,500 per girl for the team this season. That does not include travel costs or personal equipment. l

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Cyprus High teacher is awarded the Purple Heart By Ruth Hendricks | Ruth.H@mycityjournals.com

John Angell, front, after being presented with the Purple Heart. (Ruth Hendricks/City Journals)

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any Cyprus High students know that math teacher John Angell served in the military, but their understanding of his sacrifices was greatly expanded at the school’s home football game on Friday, September 22. Administrators at Cyprus High School worked with the Marine Corps to have Angell’s Purple Heart awarded during halftime of the game. Cindy Jacobsen is a crossing guard supervisor and mother-inlaw to Angell. She said, “He grew up in West Jordan and resides here now. He teaches and supervises the math program at Cyprus. The Purple Heart people want the students to see that even a math teacher can serve our country and be awesome.”

“This experience with John has been life changing for our whole family,” Jacobsen said. “Over the years as we have watched him struggle with the PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) and the physical pain related to his injury.” According to Steven Powell, publications specialist with Granite schools, Angell served as infantryman, intelligence specialist and night operation section leader for the United States Marine Corps during a 10-year stint that began in 2003. He was deployed to Iraq three times between 2004 and 2008 in the 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment. He was medically discharged in 2013 after five years of active service and five years on the Temporary Disabled Retired List due to traumatic brain injuries (TBI) sustained in service. He has since undergone five surgeries and had an electronic device implanted in his head to control the symptoms of TBI. The Marine officer who made the presentation to Angell described how insurgents attacked an Iraqi police station in August of 2004. The U.S. Marines and Army forces became engaged in a month-long battle with insurgent militia fighting in guerrilla-style combat. Angell was injured during a battle which took place on August 16, 2004 in a cemetery approximately seven miles square, the largest cemetery in the Muslim world. There were at times heavy barrages of 120 mm and 82 mm mortar fire. “The Marines of First Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment and 7th Marine Expeditionary Unit fought intensely in defense of their brother Marines and in service of their country with honor and distinction. Their commitment to duty reflects a credit upon them, and in keeping with the highest tradition of the Marine Corps and the U.S. Naval Service,” said the Marine officer. The award known as the Purple Heart has a history that reach-

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es back to the waning days of the American Revolution. General George Washington, then the commander-in-chief of the Continental Army, established an award to honor enlisted men, designated as the Badge of Military Merit. In 1931, the medal was revived and redesigned, becoming known as the Purple Heart, which exhibits a profile of George Washington on a heart with a purple background. Today the Purple Heart, per regulation, is awarded in the name of the president of the United States to any member of the armed forces who, while serving under competent authority in any capacity with one of the U.S. armed services, has been wounded or killed in combat. “The Purple Heart medal is awarded to those service members who have bled or been injured in defense of their country and to those who have sacrificed for their brothers and sisters in arms,” said the Marine officer. It’s difficult for Angell to talk about the award. “It is not an award that one wants, let alone brags about,” Angell said. Angell feels that besides his time in the Marines, teaching has been the most rewarding occupation he’s had. “My time in the Marines provided me with the ability to lead, a skill that I use on a daily basis in the classroom.” Along with his day job at Cyprus, Angell promotes health services for veterans and has appeared in videos produced by the Veterans Health Administration encouraging veterans to seek help in dealing with PTSD. Mother-in-law Jacobsen said, “We have witnessed the changes and the hard work to get to this place that he’s in now and our hearts swell with pride and love. His family and his students give him a reason each day to be the best he can be. Our lives are so very blessed by having him and his example of courage and service in our lives.” l


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The neighborhood in question has a rural feel to residents because of the large lots with animal rights, and the streets without curb or gutter. (Becca Ketelsleger/City Journals)

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rguably the most divisive issue arising from the Sept. 13 West Jordan City Council meeting, Ordinance 17-51 revisited a common theme the city has seen frequently this year: rezoning lots meant for rural use to smaller lot sizes. Property owners Amy and Jason Zander brought the ordinance forward. It would section off a parcel of their 1-acre lot to build a second home on a 14,000-square-foot lot. With the low-density residential classification for the area listed on the general land use map, 14,000 square feet would be the smallest lot allowed. “The primary reason for zoning to R1-14 rather than a half-acre lot is so that they can keep the use of their backyard after a home is built,” said Larry Gardner. “The lot will probably end up larger than 14,000 square feet.” While there are other smaller lots in the neighborhood where the Zanders’ lot sits, 7347 South 3200 West, none are directly adjacent to them. “Our neighborhood consists of 40 homes,” said Jason Zander. “Of the 40 homes in the neighborhood, we have collected signatures of 25 households who fully support our intentions; three of the four properties that are adjacent to our property are fully supportive.” However, the opposition to the rezone came not only in relation to the size of the lot but as to other questions regarding the ramifications of such a change. Numerous neighbors in opposition to the rezone also signed a petition. One concern was whether the surrounding lots would lose their animal rights if the rezone passed. “The only people that will lose animal rights are the Zanders,” said Gardner. “They have no interest in keeping animals.” A second concern was whether the whole neighborhood would be required to put in curb, gutter and sidewalk since the new zoning would be as a subdivision. Gardner said not only is that inaccurate, but the new house would not even have to put the improvements in immediately. Instead, they could choose to defer the improvements, “which would mean depositing the cash so if in the future if the city decides to arrest them, then we have the cash to already pay for that development.”

Since the Zanders would also technically be part of the new subdivision, the same provisions for curb and gutter would apply to their existing home. Allen Pero raised what may have been the largest concern for several neighbors. His research took him back to 2002 when another subdivision request was made to divide what were one acre lots, down to half acre lots. This prior rezone was passed in August 2002 and brought up issues regarding the water line. Pero claimed that there is only a 6-inch culinary water line feeding several lots in the area, and it was recommended in 2002 that the line be upgraded to an 8-inch water line. His research indicated that this upgrade was never made. Pero requested that the issue be tabled until further research could be done into the insufficient water line. Amy Zander said she and her husband are friends with the applicant for the prior rezone, Rob Bailey, and that he confirmed he had paid for the upgraded water line. “I just want to follow up—they paid for the line, but did they get the line?” asked Councilman Dirk Burton. “According to our utility maps, that water line is a 6-inch line,” said Justin Stoker, deputy public works director. “Looking over the water model and master plan, it said that the existing water system was adequate for this area, based on the current zoning.” He said the water line upgrade wouldn’t provide anything more than some additional flow. If there is additional subdividing to the south, it would need to be upgraded, but the subdivision in question would have no impact. While there were many speaking in opposition to the rezone, there were also several neighbors that spoke in support of the ordinance. “When I go down south, there are multiple neighbors and friends that have homes that do not fit within the recommended guidelines for the acreage and plot size,” said West Jordan resident Kathleen Szymanski, voicing her support for the re-zone. “In my personal opinion, this lot would add value to my neighborhood.” In the end, the vote passed 4-3, with Councilmembers Alan Anderson, Burton and Chris McConnehey dissenting. l

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Too much of a good thing: High sewer fund cash balance raises questions By Becca Ketelsleger | Becca.k@mycityjournals.com

Repealing the July 2017 tax increase to the previously approved rate implanted in October of 2016 was ultimately left to be decided on another evening. (Becca Ketelsleger/City Journals)

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n October 2016, the West Jordan City Council approved a sewer tax rate increase of roughly 7.5 percent. A standard practice during council meetings, this was nothing out of the ordinary. However, within the language of the increase was something unusual. “In October of last year, I believe there may have been unintended consequences,” said Mayor Kim Rolfe. “Added within the language was another increase as of July 1, 2017.” While the initial increase may have been needed, the second tax raise caused some questions among the council. “Since we have more than 100 percent of the operation of the entire sewer system for one year in cash reserves at this point and time, there would be absolutely no need for that increase that happened July 1,” continued Rolfe, going on to say he believed the rate should be rolled back to what was adopted in October 2016.

Based on numbers as of June 30 of 2017, the total cash balance of the sewer fund was estimated as $8,078,391. With the total expenses for the sewer fund from 2013 to 2016 never rising above $7.6 million, the concern was mirrored by other council members. “I’m with you, in the opinion that, if we don’t need it, we shouldn’t be charging it,” said Councilman David Newton. While it may not have been known to all, there was a method to the second increase. “It would be remiss if I didn’t at least explain some of the logic that was implemented in Mr. Palesh’s initial request,” said acting City Manager David Brickey. “In the very near future, the sewer district is going to have to implement changes required by the EPA to accommodate phosphorus dispersements by the year 2020.” The updates include updating Phosphorus/Nitrogen removal equipment in the whole sewer system by 2020, and possibly updating all grit removal equipment in the near future. With an unknown price-tag ranging from $9 million to $16 million for the upgrades (up from an estimated $4 million to $6 million in 2016), the cost is sizeable, and the work will need to be completed within roughly two years. To pay for this large lump sum, officials are investigating three options. The first option would be paying the entire lump sum of the upgrades in fiscal year 2019. This scenario would be what previous City Manager Mark Palesh was preparing for with the second tax increase set for last July. “The mayor made it very clear to me that it would not be a cash payment, but any amounts likely would be seen by scenario B through a bond agreement,” said Brickey. The second and third option would both involve bonding for

the amount needed for various amounts of time. The second option (Scenario B), would only bond for the amount needed for the phosphorus/nitrogen removal equipment, not the grit removal equipment, for a 10-year period. “We have unusual costs that are coming up this year and in the next several years,” said Steven Glain, management assistant to the city manager. Even beyond the upgrades required by the EPA, Glain said the department also has a “large capital projects list” for the next fiscal year. The number of projects totals to 12, with an estimated cost of $14 million. “It never ceases to amaze me that every time we talk about increase in fees, specifically, that the very next year always has a dramatic spike in it,” said Rolfe. “We haven’t done $6 million worth of sewer projects in the 12 years I have been here, but I don’t want to be argumentative; the council needs to decide what they want to do.” However, coming to a decision was easier said than done. A motion was made by Councilman Chris McConnehey for staff to come back to the next meeting with a rolled back fee schedule. However, the motion failed 3-4. Some concerns from the council included there being no set standard for what amount of cash should be kept on hand in the sewer budget, using adjusted numbers in past records that aren’t comparable to the current cash balance, and whether or not a fee decrease requires a public hearing. In the end, the council will revisit once it has more information and once a public hearing has been held. “The conversation tonight, while it may help, in theory, add clarity to the financial situation, we really can’t take any action without having a fee schedule to pass,” said McConnehey. l

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Vote “NO” on Prop 10 Mayor and Council Ignore Ad Hoc Committee

The problems and issues we have had in

In May the Mayor and City Council appointed a committee of 10 West Jordan residents to study optional forms of government. The committee published their findings on August 1st and strongly recommended staying with our current form of government. The Mayor and City Council voted to put this question on the November 1st ballot dismissing and ignoring the recommendations of the committee.

It’s easy for the mayor (and past mayors) to lay blame on the city managers for issues and conflicts created in city government. We have gone through many good city managers who have been fired or bullied out of office because they disagreed with the mayor. Past and current mayors have lacked the emotional intelligence to work with instead of against the city manager and others.

Most Mayors are Not Qualified The strong mayor structure is a dangerous form of government if you have a mayor that doesn’t have the experience or leadership to run a city with a budget well over $150 million with many departments and hundreds of employees. An educated and trained city manager is a much better option where he/she is the executive and the council provides the separation of power.

Character & integrity is most Important Some say that the mayor under the “strong mayor” form of government would have more regional influence regarding state or regional issues. Actually, the regional influence of the mayor has much more to do with the character and integrity of the mayor than the form of government. “The quality and temperament of the elected officials is the most critical element in the successful operation of a city, regardless of the form of government.” –Citizens’ Ad Hoc study committee

Current government is right for West Jordan. We believe strongly that our current form of government is right for West Jordan. If Phoenix and other much larger cities can thrive and function under the manager-council form of government, then so can we. West Jordan is not “too big” as others claim. We believe that it is time to elect a mayor and council that will work together to build unity under our current form of government, not try to change it because the mayor wants more autonomy and power.

the past had nothing to do with our form of government but the quality of our elected officials

We need to change our public officials, NOT our form of government! It is obvious that the current mayor does not listen and does what he wants regardless of the advice or recommendations coming from the city manager, appointed committees or anyone else. To give a mayor like that the power and autonomy of a “strong mayor” form of government would be insane. Just look at what is currently happening in Salt Lake City!

Once we change, we can never go back! In 2008, the state law was changed eliminating our current form of government. If we move to the strong mayor-council form of government, we can never go back. That is a risk we should not take! It’s not the time for experimenting! West Jordan is a small municipality and should not be pressured into the “Strong Mayor” form of government. It is certainly not working well in Salt Lake City!

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s part of their College and Career Awareness course, seventh-graders spend 19 days learning about agriculture, said Sonja Ferrufino, CTE Administrator for Jordan District. “We wanted to give them a work-based learning career awareness opportunity in agriculture,” said Ferrufino. A two-day agriculture fair provided activities for seventh-graders to learn about farming and farm-related careers. About 20 local businesses hosted booths with career-oriented activities to help students learn about various aspects of agriculture. A Representative from Stotz Equipment reminded the students of West Hills and South Hills middle schools that the spot where their schools are built was farmland 20 years ago. He dispelled the old-fashioned idea of farmers when he explained that everything is automated now, with tractors being guided by GPS to drive themselves. James Loomis of the Farm Bureau knew that on such a cold and rainy day as it was on Sept. 19, the first day of the fair, kids wonder why anyone would want to be a farmer. Inviting students to explore plants and bugs under microscopes, he explained that working in a lab with the biology of plants is part of farming. “We’re all here to show these kids how wide of a field this actually is,” he said. “I think there’s a lot of non-traditional avenues to agriculture.

It’s a field that should appeal to our best creative problem solvers and most unique thinkers.” Leo Ovalle, from TerraWorks Construction and Landscaping, informed the students there is a need in agriculture for designers and inventors. “Somebody has to design sprinklers; somebody has to come up with these ideas; somebody has to create these things to make it better—that would be you guys!” said Ovalle. He explained how someone invented glue that chemically changes the irrigation pipes for a more secure connection and that improvements are made regularly on drainage systems. He quizzed students on how sprinklers work, pointing out the application of engineering. “We need you guys to be interested in science and agriculture so that we can solve these problems,” he said. “All this technology branches out and ties us all together.” Jeanice Skousen, from Jordan District Nutrition Services, provided students with snacks at her booth, which highlighted the My Plate program. “We’re teaching them why it’s important to eat from all the food groups, and the benefits and nutrients and vitamins they need for their bodies,” she said. “At this age, seventh grade, it’s so important; their bodies are still growing.” Some of the local growers that provide food for school lunches showcased their products, and students could sample fresh corn, peaches, pears,

apples and cherry tomatoes. Kory Bertelson and Jason White, from IFA, talked to the kids about what crops are produced for the foods they eat. They played a game with seeds and end products as a fun way to engage the teens in thinking about where their food comes from. Many students didn’t know how many steps were involved to bring food from the farm to the store. Other students already have experience with agriculture. Miranda Ferrufino, a seventh-grader from South Hills Middle, taught her peers about the role of Utah Wool Growers. She raises sheep for 4-H and already knows she wants to be a veterinarian when she grows up. She said she will probably have a farm. Once in high school, she plans to join the Future Farmers of America club. Officers from local high school FFA chapters and Jordan Tech students acted as group leaders for the 2,500 seventh-graders who participated across the two days of Agriculture Day, held at Progressive Plants Farm in West Jordan. This is the second year Jordan Tech has held the fair, based on a recommendation from their Agricultural Advisory Board, which wanted students to be more aware of the aspects of agriculture. “You’re going to eat, and you’re going to have to wear clothes every single day, so they wanted them to know where it comes from,” said Ferrufino. l

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t was a music class like none other and an opportunity most sixth graders never experience when an artist with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts visited Beehive Elementary in Kearns during September. Imani Gonzalez, known for her contributions to world music and percussion, brought her expertise in multiple cultures to a sixthgrade music class during her visit to Salt Lake City. Gonzalez said this is all part of a workshop called “Exploring World Cultures through Music” and she chose to focus on the culture of Ghana. “I am going to share some salutations and facts and show some artifacts to show them about the people that are there so they can see the similarities and the differences between their culture here and the culture there,” Gonzalez said. “Then I will teach them a song and a dance.” Gonzalez said she believes children learn more when they are taught through music. “Movement and music, I want to teach them a dance because that is how they embody it,” Gonzalez said. “They have more of an understanding because they get to experience it and enjoy it more.” During the 45-minute session, Gonzalez walked the children through the many traditions of the people of Ghana. Students were surprised to hear the primary language of Ghana is English. The students were perplexed about the fact that in Ghana culture parents used to name their children based on the day of the week they were born. All girls and boys born on specific days of the week were given the same preselected name. When students asked about confusion in deciphering who you were talking to in a group, or with multiple children in the home, Gonzalez seized the opportunity to show them exactly why eye to eye contact when speaking to others is so important.

The kids also learned the culture believes that a girl is born to serve her mother throughout her adolescence and a boy is born to serve his father. The children of Ghana are taught lessons about respect at a young age. The kids were able to learn a quick lullaby that mothers sing frequently to their babies. Gonzalez was born in South Carolina and has been singing since she was five. She attended the University of South Carolina where she began to perform professionally in musical theater and landing a gig in a local hot spot, Bogie’s Café. After graduating with a bachelor of arts in journalism, Gonzalez moved to Boston to pursue a career in music. She took voice training at the New England Conservatory of Music and the Berkeley School of Music, where she met and was inspired by Pat Metheny. She continued her training at Howard University under Dr. Napoleon Reed where she became interested in world music and hand percussion. She is the first and only American to perform and tour with the traditional Ghanaian ensemble, Yacub Addy and Odadaa. Later during the day, Gonzalez presented a workshop at Westminster College for educators associated with the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program. This program puts specialists trained in one of four art disciplines (visual art, dance, music and theatre) in elementary schools to work alongside classroom teachers and develop lesson plans that incorporate art into the curriculum. The program has placed arts specialists in more than 380 elementary schools throughout Utah in 31 districts (including over 30 charter schools) and is serving approximately 202,800 students. The Utah State Board of Education oversees the program and collaborates with several universities to provide professional development for the arts specialists and classroom teachers. l

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Winter driving safety: Snow falls and you slow down By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

The long line at the local auto body shop isn’t just for oil changes, it’s for winter tires too. With temperatures dropping and leaves soon to follow, it’s time for a refresher course on safe winter driving. 1) Know the conditions Technology affords us the privilege of knowing road conditions before ever leaving the house. Utah Department of Transportation has more than 2,200 traffic cameras or sensors which gives visuals and data on all major UDOT roads. Drivers can then adjust their routes or schedules according to the heaviness of traffic making for less congestion and less risk for accidents. The UDOT app means you can see all those cameras from your phone. Twitter feeds also provide alerts about traffic situations throughout the state, including roads up the canyon. Unified Police have a canyon alerts twitter page for to update traffic in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons as well as tire requirements and road closures. 2) Prepare the car Make sure the car is prepared for the road conditions, first with good tires. Snow tires give greater tread for better traction. If only two new tires are placed on the car, make sure to put them in the rear. With the falling snow, it’s necessary to have quality wiper blades that ensures clear views rather than leaving water streaks across windshield impairing your ability to drive. The wiper fluid reservoir also needs to be replenished before the first snows hit. Snow and ice should be completely removed from the windows, headlights and taillights prior to driving to ensure visibility. If your car is parked outside overnight, place towels over the windows. This keeps the windows from icing over. A system should be in place to check everything in your car such as the battery power and your cooling system. Antifreeze helps the vehicle withstand the freezing temperatures. The vehicle should also be stocked with a safety items in the case of an emergency. The Utah Department of Public Safety suggests on its website to have jumper cables, a tow rope and small shovel in case the car gets

stuck, reflectors or flares to make sure your car is visible to others driving, flashlight and batteries, extra winter clothes, first-aid kit, batter or solar powered radio, sleeping bag, fresh water and non-perishable food, paper towels and hand warmers. 3) Control the vehicle Keeping the car under control requires some safe driving tips. The most obvious: drive slow. Despite our impatience or urgency to get to the desired location, slow driving is the safest driving. Staying under the speed limit, which is meant for ideal conditions, becomes even more important when traveling over snow, ice, standing water or slush. In drivers education courses, prospective drivers learn about the rule for distance between your car and the one in front of you. Driving 60 mph? Stay six car lengths back. 70 mph? Seven car lengths back. This distance should be increased even more during wet conditions to allow the car time and space to stop without rear ending the vehicle in front. All movements should be gradual rather than sudden. This means avoiding sharp turns, accelerating slowly and braking softly. Though you may have four-wheel drive or even all-wheel drive, this does not give license to drive recklessly in winter conditions. This means staying off cruise control as well. The need for seat belts increases tenfold during the winter. With car seats, place coats or blankets around the children after strapping them in. Coats can limit the effectiveness of a car seat. Stay alert. Deer become more active after storms. Black ice causes many crashes and that ice typically looks like wet spots. If skidding does take place, steer in the direction the back of the car is going and ease off the gas. Remember to keep the gas tank at least half way full, it will keep the gas tank from freezing and if you get stuck in a traffic jam, you may need as much gas as possible. 4) Time For those of you who struggle with punctuality, this becomes paramount. Giving yourself plenty of time to reach your destination means you won’t rush, decreasing the chances of a crash. l

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Ace Hardware’s mission is to be “the most helpful hardware folks on the planet.” Receiving the J.D. Power and Associates award for “highest in customer satisfaction with home improvement retail stores” 11 years in a row means they’re accomplishing their mission. Made even more special considering they go up against bigger and more well-funded retailers out there. West Jordan Ace Hardware is locally owned and operated with all its employees having been residents of West Jordan and Kearns for most of their lives. The business is also owned and operated by a female majority, something they are most proud of. Located at 7101 S. Redwood Road, Ace Hardware has been open six months with Oct. 11 marking its half-year anniversary. The store has a great time serving new neighbors and the community, learning about them and what they need. Oftentimes Ace has altered what they carry to make sure they have what their neighbors need. While road construction along 7000 South has diverted much of the commuter traffic that would come to local businesses such as theirs, Ace Hardware has been able to serve the road crews fulfilling their needs and becoming good customers and friends.

To be “the most helpful hardware folks on the planet,” employees go through extensive training courses, with most being bronze level certified with Stihl enabling them to recommend which power equipment units should be utilized with their expected use. West Jordan Ace Hardware is the place to go for all home and maintenance repair projects. Services include: propane filling, screen repair, an amazing paint studio with

world class paint selection, Craftsman and Stihl power equipment, authorized Traeger Grills dealer and Big Green Egg cooker dealer for BBQ enthusiasts. Being a family owned business, like West Jordan Ace Hardware, is one of the last great American cultural experiences. It means the business is dedicated to the community. This summer saw Ace support events like the Fourth of July parade and festivities or sponsor the Pioneer Days car show where they spent the day cooking with friends. Ace Hardware participates in these type of events because it supports and improves the local community, and lets people know that the business is there for them. November is not only the time for Thanksgiving, it’s also a big month for West Jordan Ace Hardware customers. Their Red Hot Buys event will run all month long, selling everything you need for the holidays and cold weather. From Nov. 15-27 will mark the business’s annual Thanksgiving sale providing something for everyone during the gift giving season. Ace makes it easy for you to find that special someone, something special. West Jordan Ace Hardware’s staff is ready to serve this holiday season so come on down. More information can be found online at acehardware.com or call (385) 529-0196.

Hamlet Homes Grand Opening in The Cottages Hamlet Homes grand opened its newest model home in The Cottages at Applecross in West Jordan, Utah on October 20th. The ribbon cutting event was attended by many city officials including West Jordan City Mayor, Kim Rolfe, who spoke about the community and his appreciation for Hamlet’s dedication to quality as a homebuilder in West Jordan City. The community is located at 7800 South and 2900 West. In addition to the Ribbon Cutting event, Hamlet Homes hosted a partnership donation drive for the Utah Food Bank in which raised over $600 cash and almost 4000 cans throughout the grand opening weekend. Guests were asked to bring a bag of food to help fill the Utah Food Bank Pantry that supports schools and local neighbors struggling to put a plate of food on their table. The attendees were invited to help Fill the Pantry with their generous donations, visit the models and experience The Cottages at Applecross community. All while enjoying delicious meals from the Food Truck League, who are also donating 10% of the total sales from the general public to the Utah Food Bank.

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VOTE BY MAIL ELECTION In addition to voting for mayor, two council at-large seats, and the council member for District 4 position (only voters who live in District 4), voters will have the opportunity to vote on two ballot propositions: a general obligation bond that, if approved, would fund the construction of a new aquatic and recreation center, and also a change in the city’s form of government. Additional information can be found online at WestJordan.Utah.gov.

This election is being conducted by mail. Ballots were mailed during the week of Oct. 16. You can return your ballot by any one of the following methods: • By mail as long as it is postmarked by November 6, the day before Election Day • Ballot drop box in the City Hall parking lot, 8000 South Redwood Road • 24-hour drive-thru drop boxes are also located throughout Salt Lake County • At these West Jordan Vote Centers on Election Day, November 7, (open until 8 p.m.) 1. Viridian Library 8030 South 1825 West 2. Copper Hills LDS Church 5349 West 9000 South For a complete list, refer to the Voter Information Pamphlet mailed to your home and at WestJordan.Utah.gov.

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City Officials To Break Ground On A Cultural Arts Facility During my term as Mayor and two terms on the City Council, we have been working to find a permanent home for our Arts Council. And for many on the Arts Council, the wait has been much longer. I’m excited to announce that we have the funding available and are ready to break ground for the West Jordan Cultural Arts Facility! The groundbreaking ceremony is set for Nov. 1 at 3 p.m. at the site of the new facility in Veterans Memorial Park, 1955 West 7800 South. This facility will be a welcome addition to our Civic Center, which currently includes City Hall, County Health Center, County Library Headquarters, State Third District Courthouse, West Jordan Justice Center, Fire Station 52, and the District Attorney’s Office. These facilities are all located adjacent to the beautiful 100-acre Veterans Memorial Park where the arts facility will be built. An arts facility fits nicely into this mix and provides a much-needed home for the Arts. The 20,000 square-foot Cultural Arts Facility will occupy 2.85 acres in the park and include spaces for art and entertainment, including a 300-seat theater, gallery, multi-purpose rooms, and concessions. The lobby will connect to an open, west-facing plaza and sculpture garden that will be used for art exhibits and outdoor events. Funding for the facility will come from several sources. In April 2015, the City Council authorized $3 million toward the construction of the facility. Proceeds from the sale of some city-owned property, including the old library that the Arts Council currently uses for rehearsal space, will also go toward the facility. With additional funding from the Salt Lake County Cultural Facilities Support Program, this $9.2 million facility is scheduled for completion by spring 2019. Over the years, I have enjoyed attending plays, concerts, exhibits and performances put on by our Arts Council. I’m always impressed by the quality performances they deliver – especially in some of the less-than-ideal performance venues they have performed in. We have had performances in the old sugar factory, school auditoriums, at the Midvale Performing Arts Center, Pioneer Hall, park bowery, and even our rodeo arena. I’m pleased that we

With the completion of the new Cultural Arts Facility, the West Jordan Theater Arts, Symphony, Band, Jazz Band, Youth Theater, and Mountain West Chorale, as well as other literary and graphic arts groups associated with the West Jordan Arts Council will have a home for rehearsals, workshops and performances. will now be able to build a permanent home for the Arts so they can continue to enrich our community.


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7000 South Utilities Construction Continued to Spring TRAVEL LANES TO BE RESTORED FOR WINTER MONTHS Construction crews have been working since February on a complex utility project on 7000 South from 1300 West to 3200 West. The work includes removing and replacing pipes, installing box culvert canal sections, removing and replacing old utility services, as well as milling and overlaying the roadway surface. This is the largest and most complex infrastructure project the City has undertaken, with eight separate projects under construction at once. Construction crews are working to complete as much work as possible before winter weather hits, but the project will not be complete this fall. During winter months, travel lanes will be restored. Total project completion is tentatively anticipated for summer 2018. When work resumes next year, the project, work zone and schedule will be reduced, creating less impact to nearby residents and the travelling public. This project has been particularly challenging to residents and businesses in the area. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope that the break from construction will be welcomed by those most impacted. When this project is complete, residents can expect improved utility service, improved roadway drainage and a smoother, safer commute.

Bangerter Four Interchanges Over the last 10 years, the Utah Department of Transportation has been making major improvements at various intersections along Bangerter Highway to reduce travel times and congestion, connect communities, and improve overall safety along the corridor. Some of these noticeable improvements can be experienced at the 7800 South and Redwood Road intersections, where people traveling along Bangerter Highway now drive over these two cross-streets without having to stop and wait for a green light at a signalized intersection. Similar intersection improvements are underway at 7000 South, 5400 South, 9000 South and 11400 South. All four are expected to be completed by fall 2018.

7000 South 1. New overpass: We are still on schedule to open the overpass and the ramps for 7000 South prior to black Friday so that shoppers can access Jordan Landing. 2. Left turns from southbound Bangerter Highway to eastbound 7000 South will close through Nov. 11. 3. Pedestrian bridge: Busing for the student at Oquirrh Elementary will continue through Dec. 21, when the holiday break begins. The pedestrian bridge will be open for students to use on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. If the bridge is open and accessible prior to this date, we will send a notification to the general public.

9000 South 1. Ramp work: Crew will continue to work on the southbound ramps for the new interchange. 2. Lane Shifts: There will be lane shifts east and west bound on 9000 S. for construction work on the roadway. 3. Day and night: Construction activities will continue day and night 5-7 days a week. Sign up for updates to stay informed by emailing bangerter@utah.gov or calling 888-766ROAD (7623). Soon after these four grade-separated intersections, also known as interchanges, are completed UDOT will continue to upgrade this popular highway to a fully functional freeway similar to I-15 and I-215, so it can handle current and future travel demands in the west side of the Salt Lake Valley. Visit the project website udot.utah.gov/bangerter or contact the project team for more information.


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Creative Works of Angela Broadbent on Display at the Schorr Gallery The Schorr Gallery’s next exhibit features the creative works of Angela Broadbent. (Rob Wilson’s oil paintings will be display through Nov. 9.) An open exhibition reception will be held from 7-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16 at the Schorr Gallery from Nov. 16 through Jan. 5, 2018. Angela Broadbent is an established artist born in Salt Lake City and currently resides in West Jordan. She works as a private consultant for other artists struggling to break into the art scene. Broadbent has worked in the arts for many years in various occupations including art studio tour guide and teacher. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 3D Studio Art from Brigham Young University and an Associate’s Degree of Fine Arts from Salt Lake Community College. Her artistic expressions come in many forms including paintings, murals and sculpture. She has received many commissions for her murals and sculpture and has exhibited in numerous galleries throughout Utah and the United States. “Art to me can be rational, suggestive and calls to mind things that are forgotten, what has been set aside, ignored and left to fend on its own,” she said. “I’m interested in the human experience that conveys strong emotions.” The Schorr Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and is located on the third floor of West Jordan City Hall, 8000 South Redwood Road.

NEVER RECYCLE NEEDLES By Lesha Earl – Trans-Jordan | leshaearl@transjordan.org Needles are the most dangerous contaminant sent to recycling facilities. Some people dispose of needles in a milk jug or sharps container and place them in their curbside recycling bin. Needles and all biohazardous waste, including syringes that have had the needle removed, are dangerous and never considered recyclable. Recycling trucks have compression mechanisms that can break containers open resulting in dirty needles spreading throughout the entire recycling load. Once loaded on the conveyor belt at the recycling facilities, these needles pose significant health and safety hazards to the people who are touching and sorting recycling. If a worker is stuck by a dirty needle, they are sent immediately for baseline laboratory testing. Infectious diseases such as HIV, hepatitis B, and a variety of others are transmitted through dirty needles. Since some diseases do not manifest in the blood immediately, the worker is retested months later. Keep others safe by disposing of needles and biohazardous waste appropriately and never attempt to recycle them.

Call for Volunteers GET INVOLVED & HELP STRENGTHEN YOUR SENSE OF COMMUNITY Several West Jordan City Committees have new openings. If you have a little time and a desire to make a difference – we need you on the following committees: Design Review Committee reviews and makes recommendations to the Planning Commission and City Council on design standards of site plans, development plans and alternative architectural materials to ensure proposed developments meet minimum standards. The committee also reviews and recommends modifications to development proposals and plans as well as existing site design or architecture and signage specs for projects located within certain city zones. When requested, the committee may also make recommendations to the City Council regarding modifications to site design criteria, architectural standards and landscape requirements in City Code. Meeting time: Fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. One position open for a West Jordan resident who is a professional in the field of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning or urban design. Events Committee advises the City Council regarding special events and assists the Events Department in planning and executing city-sponsored and city-endorsed events. Meeting time: To be determined Healthy West Jordan Committee implements goals and programs to ensure West Jordan is a city in which each resident can live a healthy, productive life in a clean, healthy and safe environment. This committee sponsors the annual “Way to a Better Life” weight loss competition and Linda Buttars Fun Run. Meeting time: Second Thursday of each month at 5 p.m. Historical Preservation Committee is tasked with duties regarding the designation, preservation and administration of the West Jordan historic sites list. Some of these duties are as follows: 1. Survey and Inventory Community Historic Resources 2. Review Proposed Nominations to the National Register of Historic Places 3. Provide Advice and Information to Council & staff and provide public education regarding historic sites 4. Oversee/assist in the maintenance and rehabilitation of city-owned historic buildings and sites 5. Apply for and administer financial aid and grants for historic preservation projects 6. Support enforcement of state historic preservation laws 7. Review and recommend nominations to West Jordan historic sites list Meeting time: To be determined Parks & Open Land Committee is an advisory board to the City Council on matters relating to the parks and recreation master plan, parks and open spaces, capital improvements plan, and use of any parks impact fees. This committee recommends budget priorities for programs, park and open space property acquisition, and park development projects. They also comment on proposed neighborhood and community park plans and park master plans to the Planning Commission and City Council. Meeting time: Second Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. Planning Commission makes recommendations to the City Council regarding annexations and zone changes, commercial development plans, subdivision plans, and various other development and planning activities. Meeting time: First and third Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. Sustainability Committee recommends and implements solutions to reduce environmental impact and costs related to energy, water, wastewater, storm water, solid waste, green waste, recycling, fleet, fuel, air quality, property maintenance or any other area related to environmental sustainability. Meeting time: Third Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. For more information or to apply, contact Heather Everett at heathere@wjordan.com or 801-569-5100.


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Holiday Trash Collection Schedule Trash collection will not take place on Thanksgiving Day. If your regular collection day is Thursday, your trash will be collected the following day. Trash collection takes place on most holidays except for Independence Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. If your collection date falls on one of these holidays, your pickup will be one day later. For example, if a holiday falls on a Tuesday, your collection day will be Wednesday and Wednesday's pickup will be Thursday and etc. through the end of the week. Then the following week will be back to the regular schedule.

Green Waste Collection Ends Green Waste Collection Ends The Last Full Week Of November Green waste pick up is coming to an end for the 2017 season so plan now to complete your fall yard projects. The last collection will be on your regular collection day the week of Nov. 20th. Green waste collection will resume Monday, April 2, 2018. Remember to keep the green clean and place only loose grass clippings, leaves, non-treated wood, small tree branches and dirt-free vegetative matter in the container. KEEP IT CLEAN • DO NOT bag any items. • Please DO NOT put dirt, sod, cardboard, garbage, debris, concrete, rocks, or plastic bags in the container. • All materials should fall freely from the container when dumped. • Please do not overload. Lid of the container must close completely and branches should not stick out of the container. • Place container curbside by 6:30 a.m. on your scheduled collection day during green waste season. Website: www.westjordan.utah.gov/garbageandrecycling

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The shops at Gardner Village are nestled around the historical Gardner flour mill built by early Utah Mormon pioneer Archibald Gardner. The mill is home to Archibald’s Restaurant and CF Home Furniture & Design, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visiting Gardner Village is like taking a step back in time. The atmosphere is reminiscent of the early Utah pioneer mill industry, yet the specialty shops bring a modern feel with trendy clothes, elegant home décor items and more. Gardner Village began in the 1850s when Gardner—a Scottish immigrant who was one of the original pioneer settlers in Utah—and his family put down roots in the industrial hub of Utah, which was on the west side of Jordan River. The first West Jordan flour mill was built in 1853 and 20 years later, the original mill was moved and a new, bigger one was put in its place—now the home of Archibald’s Restaurant and CF Home Furniture & Design. Over the years, the mill and surrounding area was passed onto other owners. In 1979, Nancy Long bought the mill. Her retail experience and entrepreneurial spirit told her to turn it into the furniture store, Country Furniture and Gifts (now CF Home), which opened in May of 1980. A decade later, Nancy followed her dream and opened Archibald’s Restaurant. With the help of her son and staff, Nancy found historical buildings to move to the Village property. Homes, cabins and a train station were donated and renovated to create the village that it is today, complete with a winding stream and covered bridges. The Gardner Mill made the National Register of

Historic Places and won the Utah Heritage Award in 1987 for most improved commercial building. Gardner Village provides its guests with a charming atmosphere to relax and take in the history. Follow brick-lined paths to the 22 locally owned boutiques that sell products ranging from furniture, home decor, candy, quilts, jewelry, women’s and kid’s apparel, antiques and more. Fill your tummy at Archibald’s Restaurant or Naborhood Bakery and Cafe or treat your sweet tooth at the Chocolate Covered Wagon. Host your wedding at The Gathering Place or Mill Plaza event spaces. Pamper yourself with a massage, manicures and more at the Cottage Retreat Salon & Spa. Have professional photos taken around the gorgeous backdrops of Gardner Village by Camera Shy Photography. Bring the kids along for the year-round petting zoo and pony rides. Popular seasonal events include the WitchFest, a Best of State winner that takes place every October. Elves make an appearance during the holidays and Woodland Fairies in the spring. Gardner Village also welcomed back the Wasatch Front Farmers Market this year, every Saturday until October 28. Today, the ownership has passed to a new generation. Nancy’s son and daughter are working to continue to develop the vision their mother began. With hopes for a hotel, convention center and more, there are many exciting changes coming. Gardner Village is located at 1100 W. 7800 South in West Jordan. Visit their website and blog at gardnervillage.com and follow @gardnervillage on social media. l

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day in Salt Lake County (more than 16,000 adults and 20,000 children). In October, I asked the County Council for support to create the Salt Lake County Intergenerational Poverty Task Force. They unanimously approved the new initiative, which will focus on how to help families stuck in a cycle of poverty in our county. For several years now, the state’s Department of Workforce Services has been collecting data and publishing research on intergenerational poverty, to equip policymakers at both the state and local level with as much information as possible. We’re constantly learning more about the factors that contribute to this form of poverty, and the obstacles faced by those impacted. The bottom line is this: intergenerational poverty is fundamentally different and more intractable than traditional poverty. Thousands of our neighbors are trapped in reliance on public assistance, limiting their ability to contribute to our economy and community, and presenting a significant cost to taxpayers. This situation also brings increased rates of abuse, less stable housing and home environments, and challenges finding steady employment. Their children represent the next generation of this

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Salt Lake County cuts the ribbon on a new youth services center By Ruth Hendricks | Ruth.H@mycityjournals.com

Mayor Ben McAdams with Youth Services staff and community partners celebrate at a ribbon cutting for a new youth services center. (Ruth Hendricks/City Journals)

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n Sept. 26, Salt Lake County Youth Services held a ribbon-cutting event at its newly opened center in West Jordan. The former center was in Riverton at 12600 South 1300 West. Staff had looked forward to opening the new building at 8781 South Redwood Road, because it’s more centrally located and close to public transportation. Carolyn Hansen, Salt Lake County Youth Services director, explained that “the move to the West Jordan office will make Youth Services more accessible to clients and other agencies.” Hansen said she was excited to work with the city of West Jordan, the West Jordan Police Department and continuing community partners to meet the needs of youth and their families at the South end of the valley. “It is our hope that our new location will be more convenient for all,” said Hansen. “We look forward to continuing in our partnership to provide crisis and substance abuse services.” The facility offers a unique wraparound approach to services. Youth between the ages of 8 and 17 may come to this location for crisis intervention and short-term placement. Free individual and r family counseling is also provided, along with substance abuse and mental health treatments that include individualized plans, life skill groups, therapy and case management. Youth Services works with more 9,000 youth per year and provides programs that foster healthy lifestyles and keep youth safe.

The main office is in South Salt Lake. The new West Jordan facility offers day treatment, which focuses on substance abuse help for up to eight youth. A counseling center provides outpatient treatment and crisis intervention. The Juvenile Receiving Center works with families or youth in crisis and offers immediate treatment. Police or probation officers may bring youth to the center, which has two reserved parking spots and a separate secure entrance for these officers to bring a person in more privately. Case manager Jeff Langworthy said, “We’ve had a positive reaction from the police, since it takes them less time to drop off kids than before,” Case Manager Jeff Langworthy said. “What we really want to do as a social worker is to try to find out what kind of services we can plug that family in to. If there are truancy issues, family dynamic issues, some mental health issues, we’re going to try to refer them to some services that we provide or services out in the community.” The center has a day room with a lounge area where kids coming in can do school work or take a break. A teacher with Salt Lake Valley High School comes in Monday through Thursday to help with school work. “A lot of the kids that come in are really behind on their school work, and they can work on packets, which is a great opportunity for them to pick up extra credits,” said Langworthy. A room with a computer can be used by police officers to check if there are any war-

rants out on the person brought in. “Within five minutes, the officer can use the computer to write up a report, print it out and leave it with us,” Langworthy said. “The officer takes a copy if they want for their police report.” Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “What an exciting day for Salt Lake County youth and for their families, not because we’re opening a new building but because we’re offering them hope and support today,” McAdams said. “That’s what this is about.” McAdams praised the staff of Youth Services for doing one of the toughest jobs and one of the best jobs in the county. “It’s the toughest because you see some people at the worst moments of their entire life,” he said. “The best job because you know that what you do makes a difference in their lives.” McAdams said that the center is a critical safety net to help youth as soon as possible before they fall deeper into the juvenile justice system. “The earlier we intervene, the more likely we are to succeed, and the cheaper it is too,” he said. “We offer a place to turn, with dedicated, professional staff who understand the challenges that many of these kids face, and they are here saying, ‘you don’t have to do this alone. We are here to support you.” l

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Cross-country course work By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

Zoe Hazlett is leaving a trail of friendship rocks as the family travels the country. (Photo/Team Hazlett)

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oe Hazlett has been leaving a trail of colorful rocks around the country as part of her art class assignment. She has been studying the color wheel and has been experimenting with cool colors, warm colors and complimentary colors on her rocks. Zoe often has homework assignments that utilize her love of crafts, math and performance and she does her work anywhere because she doesn’t go to a brick and mortar school. The Hazlett family left their Riverton home to spend a year traveling the United States and Canada. Zoe, a third-grader, and her sister Hannah, an eighth-grader, are attending Utah’s K-12 online school, Utah Virtual Academy, to accommodate their unique situation. “They are probably more engaged than they would be in a normal classroom in terms of the time,” said their mother, Tina. Hours spent touring museums instead of sitting at a desk count toward school credit. The girls earn P.E. credits as they ride

bikes through historical battlefields or turn cartwheels on a log over the Mississippi River. Because of the flexibility of learning, the family can make it fun and personalized. Brian, Tina, Hannah and Zoe Hazlett live in a motor home and have an open traveling schedule—if they like a place, they stay longer. Each week, they look at the upcoming school curriculum and find ways to apply it to the area they in which they are traveling. Sometimes the curriculum matches up with their location. When Hannah’s history curriculum started to cover the Civil War, she had just visited some of the sites she was learning about. Brian, a history buff, took the girls through a play-by-play of the action at sites like Little Big Horn and Gettysburg. “We are definitely hitting the history hard because of his passion,” said Tina. “He gives them the details of the Civil War and of exactly how it unfolded.” Next, the family is headed to the New England area. “We’re definitely going to tackle all the Revolutionary War details and let them get a visual,” said Tina. “That’s how they learn. They are sponges, so that’s been a huge benefit.” In addition to visiting historic sites, the girls are experiencing a variety of climates and scenery. These ties in with Zoe’s science curriculum. She observed and collected weather data and then recorded a weather report. “She is definitely my visual, high-energy kid, so we thought it’d be fun to turn it into a weather girl activity and make it more practical,” said Tina. Tina is Zoe’s learning coach. “You’re basically attached at the hip from anywhere from three to six hours a day, depending on what she needs that day,” said Tina.

Zoe said her favorite place she’s been so far was Chocolate World in Hershey, Pennsylvania where she got to create her own candy bar and eat a lot of chocolate. Zoe loves math and is excited to be learning multiplication this year. “Now you can figure out how much all that chocolate’s going to cost you really fast with your multiplication,” Tina told her. The girls miss their extra-curricular activities and family and friends back home. But Hannah said she has made many friends in her online Class Connect sessions, where students work in groups to solve math equations or discuss reading topics for language arts. They even have assemblies. Hannah is learning self-sufficiency, managing her online classes and projects. Their unique learning environment has also given Zoe an opportunity to learn focus and self discipline. “She’s got to be proactive on her own when she typically doesn’t need to be with a brick and mortar school,” said Tina. Where they park their motor home is based on where they can find the best Wi-Fi connection, so the girls can do their schoolwork. UTVA provided laptop computers and a printer, textbooks and instructional materials—like CDs, videos and tools like magnifying glasses and a bag of rocks, said UTVA Head of School, Meghan Merideth. Tina has been a working mom, and this opportunity to be so involved with her girls is one of the biggest benefits of their adventure, she said. They spend a lot of time as a family that being back home wouldn’t allow. Tina said despite the close quarters and sacrifices, she has no regrets. “It’s just been a really different and cool experience, and to have this flexibility with their education is just priceless,” she said. Find more information about UTVA at utva.k12.com. l

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Families celebrate Terra Linda Elementary’s 45th year By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

Megan Bills finds her father’s kindergarten picture in the PTA scrapbooks. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

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erra Linda Elementary is all about families. For 45 years, families have been attending the West Jordan school. In September, an open house celebration was held to commemorate its students, teachers, staff and traditions. “Coming in here is like flashback right to the past,” said Kristen Fletcher, who graduated from Terra Linda 10 years ago. She and her sister Emily came to the celebration to reminisce with their mother, Wendy Fletcher, who also attended. Wendy and her son even had the same teacher—Mr. Torrez. A total of 17 members of their family have attended the school. “We all stayed in the area, and all of our kids and grandkids are going to come here,” said Fletcher. “We loved this school—still do!” Terra Linda pride often runs in families. The Fahrni family members have been learning at Terra Linda since it opened in 1972. Kitty Fahrni, her brother, her two sons and two grandsons have all attended the school. PTA Scrapbooks from 1972 to 2006 were on display for alumnus to explore. People found pictures of themselves, their siblings and their friends. A pictorial timeline on the wall showed the trends, the music and the movies of each decade as well as the progression of fashion and hair styles. The scrapbooks held class pictures and memories of some of the ongoing traditions at Terra Linda including kindergarten Leprechaun Traps, assemblies and Principal’s Pride recognitions. Current and past students, faculty and neighbors were invited to the celebration. Principal Karen Gorringe said the evening’s activities were themed around what was popular in 1972. “When our school opened, that was the year pet rocks came out—that’s why they’re painting rocks,” said Gorringe. Kids also brought shirts to tie dye. Families posed for pictures in a colorful cutout of a Volkswagen van. More than 200 people attended the event, which was sponsored by the PTA. The PTA has always had a lot of support from Terra Linda families, said Karleen Stoker, who was the PTA President from 1984 to 1986. She and her husband perused the scrapbooks for pictures of their four children. “The teachers were just outstanding,” said

Stoker. “The parents just supported PTA, and they were good with the children and came out to all the activities.” Jon Stinson found friends in his old class pictures; he is still in contact with some. He found a picture of a classmate who grew up to be a marine in Iraq. He also stayed in contact with a former classmate, Lacey, whom he ended up marrying. Their daughter, Sadie, is currently a kindergartener at Terra Linda. The Stinsons attended Terra Linda Elementary, starting as kindergartners in 1989 and 1990, where they each unknowingly had a crush on each other. They noted many changes the school has experienced. They remember old computer labs with big floppy disks, playing buns-up at recess and a sandbox right outside the kindergarten doors. In sixth grade, Jon participated in a pilot Spanish class that he said only lasted one year. Lacey remembers square dancing and “the store” the fourth-graders ran. “We used to ride our bikes on the dirt road to get here,” said Lacey. That dirt road is now Bangerter Highway and the TRAX line. Many remember the many changes in the faculty and in the building over the last 45 years. The open-style classrooms which were popular in the ’80s were walled-in during the ’90s. Ten years ago, the front entrance was rebuilt as was the roof when it caved in during the 2007–2008 school year. Past and present faculty also attended at the celebration. Teachers spotted friends among pictures and swapped stories of students and families. Lori McCarty, Christine Lilly, Rochel Weber and Lindsey Pettibone all used to teach together at Terra Linda. McCarty is now the only teacher still at the school, though they all remain close. “Faculty was tight; I always felt like it was a family,” said Pettibone, who taught at the school for eight years. Lilly, whose children also attended the school, taught for 23 years at Terra Linda. “This feels like home. I used to tell everyone that they were going to bury me back in the playground,” said Lilly, who had intended to stay until retirement. “I loved the families that were here.” l

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or one week in the middle of November the entire high school hinges on the decisions of a few coaches. A select few players find their names printed on the list hanging on the coach’s door signaling triumph. They made it, but for most it means disappointment. What can be done to improve your chances of making the team? “Getting ready for tryouts can be important. The reason we have open gyms, weights and conditioning is to help them have a better chance to make the team,” Cyprus head boys basketball coach Tre Smith said. “During this time the coaches are able to get familiar with the player and his game.” Many high school coaches offer open gym and practice for those interested in playing basketball. Taylorsville’s girls started working together before school ended last summer. They spent several weeks during the spring and summer months practicing two times a week and entered into a spring high school league hosted by Highland High School. “We are a 6A high school varsity basketball program so we compete against the very best athletes in the state of Utah. We are looking for the most skilled players that our school has to offer. We want unique attributes that can help us win games,” Taylorsville girls head coach Jodi Lee said. Riverton High coaches enter their varsity, junior varsity and sophomore teams into the summer Big Mountain Jam held at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy every July. Many coaches find playing games the best way to help the players improve. “I think skill development is the best thing for players in the off-season. Playing games is important, but focus on your weakness when you have the time to concentrate on it,” Smith said. “I come from an athletic background, and I think it is extremely important for kids to play multiple sports. All sports can help you become a better athlete to a certain degree. Being in the gym five to six times per week will help if they have the dream of playing college basketball.” Coaches are interested in the commitment the player will demonstrate in tryouts and before. “I think it is important for the kids to focus beforehand and make sure their grades are good. The first day of tryouts I ask for grades and GPA (grade point average), it tells how committed they are,” first year West Jordan girls head coach Loimatasialei Lolohea said. According to Utah High School Activities Association rules, each player must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA and have not more than one failing grade. Some schools alter these rules to maintain a higher standard of academic excellence. The UHSAA also requires athletes to visit a doctor and have a physical examination once

Riverton junior Mike Erickson (#10) scored points in only two varsity games last season, yet still tried to contribute his best every day in practice. (Dave Sanderson/ dsandersonpics.com)

a year. One physical can be used to play multiple sports. Participating in work outs before tryout week can be important, but coaches say the week of tryouts is also important. “I think the players should focus on what they do well. If you are a good rebounder, then grab every rebound. If you’re a good shooter, then shoot when you are open. If three point shooting is not your thing, don’t step out and take one during tryouts,” Lolohea said. Every season coaches hear from upset players or parents. “I hear it every season, ‘the team is already picked.’ I go into every season with an open mind. I want kids that are dedicated to excellence in the program,” Smith said. “Can they can take it serious? Kids that have been on my roster on previous years know that it is a new beginning. They need to be improved to make the roster again.” Getting cut from the team is not the end of a basketball career. Learning and improving for the next time is important. “Be a good teammate, stand out, we look for leaders. Communicate with your team, dive on the floor, box out on every shot, sprint down the court. This is what I think is important.” Lolohea said. l

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“These girls (the Sopoaga twins) are only in ninth grade,” Fonua said. “They have played volleyball in our junior program since they were 10. They only stand about 5-foot7, but they both can jump higher than any of our other girls. They are extremely athletically gifted. They are special girls.” Asiah leads the team with 165 kills. Her sister Aliyah has 119 assists. Asiah plays outside hitter, and Aliyah is the team’s setter, but sometimes Fonua asks her to move to outside hitter. Senior Taela Laufiso is second on the team with 115 kills. She averages nearly 2.5 kills per set. She has several offers to continue playing volleyball at the college level after high school graduation. Defensively, Keleni Fonua moved this season from defensive specialist to libero. She leads the team in digs. The 5-foot-5 senior has nine serving aces on the season. “Keleni is a tough-nosed player,” Fonua said. “She treats me like any coach even though I am her Dad. For her, winning and playing hard is very important to her.” The Grizzlies have shared their recent success with a successful alumni and current BYU frontline player, Roni Jones-Perry. She has contributed to the team with pregame motivational talks and helping teach the game during the off season. “We have taken the team to watch her play,” Fonua said. “She has had a big influence on these girls. A lot of them look up to her. It teaches them that a girl can come from West Jordan and do so well. Roni did not win a lot here. She tells the girls not to take wins for granted. Losses are still blue prints to help you get better.” The state volleyball tournament is scheduled for Nov. 2 and 4 at Utah Valley University. l

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‘Most important event of the year’ empowers families, discourages bullying By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

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cceptance Day was held to celebrate lacrosse, which finally became a high school-sanctioned sport. Todd Hougaard, whose son has played lacrosse for years, organized the event as a way to get ahead of problems that may arise. “Just because the High School Activities Association says you’re an official sport, doesn’t mean all the attitudes out there are going to change,” said Hougaard, who said other high school athletes and coaches may be slow to accept lacrosse players and their use of the athletic fields. Changes like this can create an environment of bullying. Because no school is untouched by the effects of bullying and suicide, Hougaard, who is the PTA president at Jordan Ridge Elementary in South Jordan, wanted to bring the lacrosse teams together with the community to encourage a feeling of acceptance as well as address the issue of bullying and suicide prevention. “From our parent survey, our two biggest concerns are internet safety and bullying,” he said. “In my mind, suicide and bullying are connected.” He invited Lisa Mauer from Touchstone Family Connections to provide classes to heal and help families. While youth and high school lacrosse teams from Copper Hills, Bingham, Riverton and Herriman played games on Bingham’s field, classes were available for families inside the school building throughout the day. Professionals met with parents, families and children to discuss topics such as non-violent communication skills, listening skills, cyber-bullying prevention, internet safety, self-acceptance, replacing negative thoughts, safeguarding children and healthy family relationships.

“This is the most important event we’ll hold all year,” Hougaard said. “It’s tackling the issues we’re concerned about. I know those who have gone to classes have been grateful they’ve come.” Nancy Pratt, a clinical mental health counselor, talked about suicide prevention through safety planning. She taught families how to design a reaction plan with resources and coping strategies. “Just having that plan already laid out means that when you’re in the actual state of distress, you don’t have to do the hard work of thinking about what to do about it,” she said. Steven Barfuss helped parents understand why bullying happens in schools and how to protect kids from it. “This is a competitive system,” he said. “We put kids in a competitive environment and give them no tools to deal with it. As a teacher, he noticed the kids who had tools like a strong sense of worth or an attitude of cooperation didn’t get caught up in being cooler or smarter than others to feel good about themselves. He taught families non-violent communication skills to use to deal with bullying. Kirk Voss, a parent and licensed marriage and family therapist, empowered parents with family communication skills. He told them that by staying calm and empathetic when kids express negative feelings, they’ll create a relationship in which kids will feel safe to share their feelings when they’re dealing with big problems. Enthusiastic teens from Lionheart Mentoring met with parents to discuss how to mentor their teenagers through difficult times. They also talked to groups of teens about overcoming negative self-talk, discouragement and addictions to find their life mission and live their dreams. In the back parking lot of Bingham, Stand4Kind brought BMX stunt bikers and a live band, Foreign Figures, to entertain audiences with two shows. Bike riders shared personal stories of being bullied in between performing tricks and stunts. Jonesy Fedderson said he and other riders have used their passion for biking to rise above the judgments of others that could have kept them from succeeding. Ryan Dare told audiences that kindness and respect for others gets you farther in life than putting others down. Hougaard said these personal stories made an impression on the kids. “It’s a cool guy, talking to them on their level, about big issues,” he said. Heidi Swapp, who shared the story of her son’s suicide, said everyone is aware of suicide and wants to prevent it but they don’t have the tools. The Day of Acceptance provided those tools. “The issue’s not going to go away,” said Hougaard, who said his board will continue to address these topics throughout the year. In the week leading up to the event, Jordan Ridge students participated in Kindness Week. Students performed acts of kindness, recording them on a paper chain that eventually stretched all around their school’s library. Results of the lacrosse games: 7–8 grade teams, Bingham vs. Riverton (Bingham won 12-4) 5–6 grade teams, Bingham vs. Riverton (Riverton won 11-5) Herriman’s Sophomore/Freshman team vs. Bingham JV (Bingham won) Copper Hills JV vs. Riverton JV (CH won 9-2) Bingham vs. Riverton varsity teams (Bingham won 5-4 in OT) l

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Turkey Day, it’s almost here! Awe, that traditional family day where we gather around a festive fall table enjoying yummy food and confortable conversation, while adorning our cozy sweaters and stretchy pants. Or maybe that’s just my imagination at work again. In reality, it’s usually more like annoyingly loud uncles in football jerseys making belching noises and toddlers playing tag around the table. And that cozy conversation turning to a political showdown or football yelling match. Either way, Thanksgiving is a time to gather and eat delicious food with the people you love and cherish. Then comes the dirty little flip side, the cost of that Thanksgiving meal just came crashing in on you. So, in effort to help keep your from having a nervous breakdown before the bird has even hit the oven, here are some creative ways to help you save money on your Thanksgiving dinner. 1. Make it a BYOD Gathering “Bring Your Own Dish” Just because you’re hosting doesn’t mean you have to do all the serving too. Make it a potluck assignment and ask everyone to bring a contribution. And speaking of BYO – BYOB is a definite money saver too. 2. Only Serve Food the Majority of Your Family Likes

Just because tradition dictates, you DO NOT have to have certain items on your table in order to make it a perfect Thanksgiving meal. If no one ever eats the marshmallow covered sweet potatoes skip it. If there’s just one person that like the green bean casserole and the rest goes largely untouched year after year, maybe it’s time to retire it from the menu. 3. Go Christmas for the Decorating Fall table décor can be pricy and it’s not typically used for more than just this one day. Instead bring the Christmas beauty to your table. It gives the kids something to get excited about and can stay out the rest of the season. Decorating the tree after dinner could also make for a fun new family tradition. 4. Skip the Side (Salad) Plates The turkey isn’t the only thing that gets stuffed, people do too, resulting in wasted food that could be put to better use. Those who want seconds can take them but you’ll find we take a lot less when the food settles a little and we have to think about the seconds. Leave the salad or side plate that collects rolls and extra stuffing off the table. If you want to take it a step further, use smaller dinner plates too. 5. Make it From Scratch If ever there was a time to go homemade, it’s Thanksgiving. Not only will your homemade recipes get your guests nostalgic, they will save you a pretty

penny. So skip the precut veggies, make your own gravy, stuffing and pies. Enlist the help of your kids to give them an appreciation for the creativity and cooking too. You also don’t need to go gourmet. Thanksgiving is all about good, simple comfort food. 6. Plan Your Leftovers It’s easy to get overwhelmed trying to come up with creative uses for turkey after turkey night. Make it easy by researching what you’ll be making with the leftover bird ahead of time. Set your calendar to check Coupons4Utah.com, because a week before Thanksgiving we’ll be sharing a list of our tested recipes for

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