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n December of 1999, Laurie and Scott Lundberg embarked on a spontaneous trip to Romania with their six children in tow. Their purpose: care for 32 abandoned children at an orphanage in the village of Tutova, known to locals as a “failure-to-thrive hospital.” “I knew I wanted to go to Romania, because I had heard about the orphanages that were packed with abandoned children,” said Laurie Lundberg. Laurie’s brother was the first of her family to travel to the village of Tutova. He went with a humanitarian organization in November of 1999 and invited Laurie to go. She opted not to go on this trip because it would be over Thanksgiving and she had her own six children to care for. However, he called her after arriving back home to let her know that the 32 babies in the orphanage would not be taken out of their cribs again until February, when the next volunteer team from America would arrive. “That’s when I had the thought that maybe we could go for Christmas,” said Laurie. She called her husband at work to plant the seed in his mind. Three weeks later, despite obstacles and the many reasons not to go, Laurie, Scott, their six children and one son-in-law all had their shots, passports and flights. “I remember walking in [the orphanage], and it was just silent,” said Maren Dalton, Laurie and Scott’s daughter, who is now on the board of directors at Bridge of Love. The Lundbergs stayed at the only hotel in Tutova, spending every day of their 10-day trip at the orphanage. Unable to speak the language, the Lundbergs relied on the hotel for food and a van driver to take them to and from the orphanage. “We would stay all day until about 6 at night, then we would put the babies back in their cribs and go back to the hotel,” said Laurie Lundberg. Maren fondly recalls a meager Christmas, singing carols to the babies and enjoying a Christmas dinner of baguettes and peanut butter.

Laurie Lundberg and her adopted son, Josh, whom she spent two years working to adopt after meeting him at a Romanian failure-to-thrive hospital in 1999. (Whitney Cox/City Journals)

This trip to Romania changed the Lundbergs in many ways, but one of the biggest changes to the family was the eventual addition of their youngest adopted son and brother, Josh, whom they first met at the orphanage. “The minute I saw him, I felt like he was ours,” Laurie Lundberg said. “We had six children at that time, ages 13 to 23, and this baby was 8 months old, but I just felt like we were sent there to get him.” At the end of the 10 days, leaving the orphanage was sad for the entire family. “We cried on the way home,” said Laurie Lundberg. Back at home, the family struggled to keep time without the pain of realizing it should have been “bottle time” or “play time” back at the orphanage. “We felt like we abandoned them,” said Maren. Laurie immediately started researching the adoption procedure for Josh and foster care systems for the other children. “I knew I couldn’t just get him and forget about the others,” said Laurie Lundberg. Change started small, with Laurie paying

her contacts in Romania to complete small tasks for her as she navigated the broken foster and adoptive care systems in Romania. Her work eventually led to the creation of Bridge of Love and its sister foundation in Romania, Podul Dragostei, which translates to Bridge of Love. Bridge of Love supports Podul Dragostei financially to achieve its mission: “bring comfort and hope to the abandoned, abused, and needy children of Romania.” In the beginning, Podul Dragostei employed Romanian staff to work with the Romanian Department of Children’s Protection to find homes for children in orphanages and hospitals in the entire city of Barlad. After placing the children, Podul Dragostei assisted families in their new roles, and Bridge of Love provided salaries for the foster moms. The financial support at this time, and for the past 19 years, has all been achieved through donations. Tiffani Shipley has been on the board of directors for Bridge of Love since it began in 2000. She had been volunteering at orphanages in Romania for six years before Laurie created Bridge of Love.

“She [speaking of Laurie] was getting kids out of the orphanage, so I really liked that sustainable idea,” said Tiffani. Romania joined the European Union in 2007 and subsequently had more money for foster care, so now the foundation provides different types of support to the foster children as well as the women’s shelter, children’s hospital and needy families in villages surrounding Barlad. “We just change with the times,” said Laurie Lundberg. Physical needs are met through donations of blankets, diapers, wipes and clothing. Community needs are met at a center owned by Bridge of Love, where foster children and families can visit for counseling with social workers, tutoring for school and activities with friends. Last year for Christmas, Bridge of Love provided gifts to more than 300 children. Laurie returns to the village at least once every year to host summer camp for the children, where the adults she first met as babies in the orphanage return to see her and be a part of the Podul Dragostei community. “All day, every day, my mom spends working on Bridge of Love,” said, now 13-year-old, Josh Lundberg. “I’ve gone over and seen what I could have been and I’m grateful.” For more information, see bridgeofloveromania.com l

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Cricket at Westvale Elementary? Not the way you might think By Bob Bedore | bob@mycityjournals.com The West Jordan City Journal is a monthly publication distributed directly to residents via the USPS as well as locations throughout West Jordan. For information about distribution please email circulation@mycityjournals. com or call our offices. Rack locations are also available on our website. For subscriptions please contact: circulation@mycityjournals.com The views and opinions expressed in display advertisements do not necessarily reflect or represent the views and opinions held by Loyal Perch Media or the City Journals. This publication may not be reproduced in whole or in part without the express written consent of the owner.

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here are a lot of things you might expect to see being played on an open field at a local elementary school. Football, soccer and even lacrosse come to mind, but what about cricket? Yes, cricket. That game that many of us have heard about but few have seen. The one with the strange posts behind the batter. The one where people dress in mostly white and look more like lawn party guests than athletes. The one where the “bat” is known mostly to us as familiar props from “This is Spinal Tap” and “Shaun of the Dead.” That cricket. Yep. But also, not quite. “What we play is gully cricket,” said Amundhan while watching his team at bat. “It’s basically street cricket, and it’s played by about 80 to 90 percent of the kids in India.” And every Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting, of course) a small group of men, friends and co-workers, meet up at 7 a.m. at Westvale Elementary in West Jordan and play a game that brings them back to their childhood. “Really, just a reason for all of us to get up instead of being lazy,” said appointed team manager Naga Seeni. Whereas regular cricket is played on a field a little larger than a traditional baseball field, but without the foul lines, gully cricket allows players to create their own boundaries and other rules to fit the number of players available. Think of it like when you were a kid and would claim that “right field is an automatic out.” The term “gully” in the name is in context to a “side street,” this is where the children in India would often find a spot to play. There are many similarities to baseball with cricket. Both are basically games where a pitcher (or bowler) throws a ball that a batter tries to hit allowing their team to score runs. There are various ways that you can earn an out. Even the distance between thrower and batter are close. Baseball uses 60 feet and 6 inches as the distance, while cricket has 66 feet between the two. But don’t think that because you play baseball you can jump right into cricket. “Hitting is hard to grasp at first,” said Ammon, who easily stands out in this group with his pale complexion and reddish hair and beard.

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“You have to figure out how to mix a baseball and golf swing. That’s the best way I know to explain it.” Ammon was invited to play by one of his friends at an apartment complex and now enjoys the game. Gully cricket is all about making do with what you have. Don’t have a cricket bat and ball? Use a piece of wood and a tennis ball. Don’t have stumps (those three poles that set up behind the batter and form a “strike zone” that batters must defend)? Plant some sticks in the ground or use some chalk and mark some on a wall. Games are even played in classrooms with a notebook for a bat and wadded up paper for the ball. Those interested in learning more about

cricket will be interested to know there is a league that plays in American Fork, and the season is underway right now. You can find out more by going to their website cricclubs.com. You can also find all rules and variations for both regular and gully cricket online. And if you think you want to give it a try, stop by the school on an early morning, and these friendly weekend athletes will likely let you play. And why not? It goes with the famous quote from George Bernard Shaw, “We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.” And at Westvale Elementary you’ll find a group of friends staying very young and living a bit of “home” from far away. l

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West Jordan woman turns garage into boutique to help women after abuse By Jennifer Gardiner | j.gardiner@mycityjournals.com

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West Jordan woman wanted to make a difference for women who have experienced abuse, so she turned her garage into a clothing closet and continues to do everything she can to help others get back on their feet. Martha Garcia recognized a need for women who had left abusive relationships. She envisioned a big building, a store which had everything a woman might need—things to help make her smile and be happy. She wants to offer them really nice things since many of them left all their belongings behind. Garcia, constantly involved with women’s and homeless shelters, always had a passion for helping others. After spending the last 23 years making pies for the homeless and serving them every year for Thanksgiving, Garcia decided to go a little further with her dream starting a non-profit organization she calls “Passionate Wings.” “My heart has always been about helping the women out,” said Garcia. “I just think as a mother, If we are not strong as a woman, how can we be strong for our children?” Garcia’s dedication lets other women know they have options since many who leave are doing so under dire circumstances. Often leaving behind friends, family and everything they own in an attempt to find safety. “Our children are our future,” Garcia said. “I have two little girls and a granddaughter; I want

to pave the road and teach them, as a woman learn how to stand on your own two feet. I want them to get all the education and knowledge you can get, so you will be very independent and get a good job and make your own money.” Garcia said she knows her purpose in life is to help out as many women as she possibly can. “I know God have gave me a big mouth to use my voice for the women that lost theirs,” said Garcia. “There’s so much evil out in this world, it breaks my heart to hear the stories that these women and children went through.” Garcia said she has close friends who had horrible things happen to them as children and as adults, and it hurts her to see so much pain. “No one has the right to sexually abuse or physically abuse these children and women,” said Garcia. “So, Passionate Wings is full of everything a woman will need to help her get back on her feet.” The Passionate Wings closet has new and used items, anything from casual clothes to professional clothes, to shoes, jackets, makeup, curling irons, panties, bras, socks, jewelry, purses and more. Garcia said the response to her closet has been great, and she continues to be grateful and thankful for all the love and support she has received. She relies solely on donations. “Right now, people are just reaching out to me if they want to donate,” said Garcia. “I will

West Jordan garage turned into boutique for abused women (Photo courtesy: Martha Garcia)

meet them somewhere to pick up the donations.” Garcia also says there is a great need to have programs around the schools for prevention to provide children with the knowledge that they have a voice. “One of my main goals is to prevent this kind of abuse before it actually happens to our children,” said Garcia. “I want to be able to help women who have been affected by abuse to heal so they can get their voices back and can see and believe how beautiful and strong they are.” Garcia is currently trying to work with shelters in the area where a social worker can drive the women to her home so she can pick out everything she needs. For those wanting to donate or help with Passionate Wings boutique, please

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How one West Jordan resident wants others to understand blindness By Jennifer Gardiner | j.gardiner@mycityjournals.com

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any may not know that October is blindness awareness month. But for those who live their lives in the dark, every month is spent being fully aware that they are unable to see life the way others do. West Jordan resident Sandy England knows all too well what it is like to have to explain how being blind has affected her life, but her kind spirit, loving nature, strong will and drive to be independent has always been what kept her going, and nothing, not even blindness, would stand in her way, When Sandy was a teen, she started to notice she could not see things the way others did. After not being able to see linens that had fallen from a clothing line, her mother decided it was time to see a doctor. It was there she was given the devastating news: She was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a genetic disorder that causes blindness through the slow loss of vision. Sandy refused to believe her doctor’s diagnosis, but there was no doubt it was starting to disrupt her life. It prevents her from obtaining a driver’s license; she lost the ability to see color. And she was losing her peripheral vision. Sandy said she struggled for years to accept the news, but in time she slowly started to accept life would be different for her. The loss of her sight became increasingly more apparent every day, and her world became darker and darker every year. Not being given any options to save her

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sight, Sandy decided she had no choice but to move on with life the best way possible. She graduated high school, went on to junior college, got married and had children all while learning how to read braille, adapt to a visionless environment and learning to use a guide dog. She was doing the best she possibly could despite the realization that she would not be able to see the things in life that mattered most, such as her children and grandchildren. Sandy learned how to cook from her mother when she was young, so using her instincts from what she had been taught, she was able to find ways to bake, cook meals and feed her family. Now a single mother raising her two daughters in Oregon, she knew she needed to do something to supplement her income. Going off a pure desire to support her family, she transformed her garage into a commercial bakery, and soon after was supplying local stores and restaurants with bread, baked goods and treats. England also spent time going around to elementary schools trying to teach children how it feels to be blind. Her education and awareness of the blind continues today as she is constantly trying to help others understand they are the same as everyone else, just with different limitations. “There is life after blindness,” England said. “Yes, some handle it better than others however please don’t stop talking to us for you might think it is hard. This is life and we can

Sandy England cooking dinner for her family (Photo Courtesy: Jennifer Gardiner)

take it.” England said she is fully aware visually impaired individuals do things differently, even much slower but that does not mean they are not trying to get to the same place in life everyone else is. “With all the new technology life has gotten easier,” said England “It is a learning time

for us and it takes time to learn cell phones, computers, talking devices and other things designed to help.” England has been blind for nearly four decades, but in 2016, an unexpected phone call would change the world as she knew it. A new development, called the Argus II implant, developed by a company called Second Sight, would help to do the unimaginable, restore some of her eyesight for the first time since the 1970s. After various tests, England and her husband, John, went to Minneapolis, Minnesota, to the University of Minnesota’s School of Ophthalmology. The doctors there fitted her with the “bionic eye.” The device sends electrical impulses to her brain that would allow her to “see” shapes and shadows. England went ahead with the procedure, and while it is a far cry from normal eyesight, it did allow her the opportunity to recognize loved ones and notice her surroundings. To her, this has been a complete miracle. “I am a very religious person; how can I not look at this without being thankful for the Lord who provided this opportunity to me?” said Sandy. “I never thought this would ever happen, at least not in my lifetime.” Sandy continues to spend her time helping others in the community and spreading awareness about how to interact with the blind, something she says others never know how to do. She is truly an inspirational woman who is doing her job at making a difference. “My wish here is to let everyone know that yes, sometimes we do need help at times, for we don’t drive and cannot see to do everyday things,” England said. “It is hard at times, but you just brush yourself off and keep trucking.” Editors note: Sandy England is the writers mother.l

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Solid waste fee increases By Erin Dixon | erin@mycityjournals.com

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n Nov. 1, solid waste pickup will increase to $16 a month, per household. For three months, the West Jordan City Council discussed a request to increase the solid waste fee and explored alternative ways to cut costs. Councilmember Chad Lamb was hesitant to approve a request for an increase without understanding where the money is going. “As a citizen who is going to get that bill in the mail, sometimes it just happens, and we don’t tell people why we just tell them it’s going to cost more,” Lamb said. A statement from the public works department reads, “Despite a cost of living adjustment built into the contract for the hauler and roughly a 14.5 percent cost of inflation from July 2008 to July 2018, the City of West Jordan is actually charging residents less than they were paying 10 years ago.” Before the council approved the increase, a public survey was conducted to gauge the desires of the community and whether continuing recycling and other services was important. More than 1,200 residents responded. Ninety percent stated that they prefer to recycle when they can. (Complete results can be viewed here: https://www.westjordan.utah.gov/garbageandrecycling .) The overall budget for trash, green waste, neighborhood dumpsters, glass recycling,

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the shred event and Christmas tree pickup is $3,269,869. The increase in fees will pay for the increased tipping fees at the TransJordan Landfill, not an increase in costs from the cities contracted removal service, Ace Disposal. Costs at the landfill have increased from $14/ton to $16/ton for city dumping. Green waste dumping fees have increased from $0/ton to $6/ton. “These fees have put the solid waste funds in the red,” said Justin Stoker, public works director. The council directed staff to investigate other internal costs to offset the increase with the landfill. Stoker said changing the contract with Ace Disposal might actually open the flood gate for an even larger fee increase. “If the city wanted to go to an ‘opt in/ opt out’ for recycling, the cost from the hauler would be another $1.50 more per household because it includes an adjustment to their cost to dispose of recycling. If we keep it at 100 percent, then we’re locked in to the current rate and Ace continues to eat the cost for disposing of recycling,” Stoker said. Beginning this past September, the solid waste fund will be in the red by $63,000 overspending monthly because of fee increases from service providers for trash and recycling. If the change had been further delayed, then the debt would only increase and would require an even larger increase to the residents. But, the confirmed increase in the collected solid waste fee will guarantee the reimbursing of that debt in a few months and be sufficient for operating costs in the foreseeable future. At the city council meeting on Sept. 11, Stoker again addressed the council after further investigations into the increase request. “The soonest we could change is Nov. 1…. $12.83 to $16. Each month this issue gets postponed, the need to increase the rate increases by 3 percent to get our fund back in the green by end of the fiscal year,” Stoker said. Councilmember Dirk Burton said that continuing to look for ways to cut costs, after the three-month investigation, would be a costly waste of time. “When I read what the savings would be and how little they would be, I don’t think that’s going to make a lot of difference on what we have to work with,” Burton said. “Anything else we do is going to take additional time, and I don’t think the return on that would be advantageous.” There are major changes at the TransJordan Landfill that are driving up costs. “While I don’t have specific details, I do know that the landfill has been searching for future solutions,” Stoker said. “They’ve invested in a space in Utah County and have been saving up for transfer stations to accommodate; they are planning for some future issues with the landfill.” The TransJordan Landfill is working on

its coming operational shift when the landfill reaches capacity. For more information on the changes in recycling across the country, please see http:// www.westjordanjournal.coml

The most preferred option to waste collection was to keep the system as is and increase the monthly fee. (Courtesy/West Jordan City)

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Students sow seeds of stewardship By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

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hey say, grow where you are planted. But sometimes that’s not possible. When the playground was originally landscaped at Hawthorn Academy’s West Jordan campus, the trees were not suited to the soil composition. “It’s so much clay—those trees didn’t stand a chance,” said Principal Deborah Swenson. The trees struggled for 10 years, enduring the energetic play of students who did not realize how fragile the trees were. When Swenson came back after summer break this year, the trees were dead. Once they were removed, students had a bare play area with no shade. Kathy Pretell was preparing to teach her class about native plants and the impact of organisms on climate change. To apply a real-life experience of the lesson and solve a schoolwide dilemma at the same time, she applied for a grant to fund the purchase of three replacement trees. Tree Utah, a nonprofit organization, awarded Pretell a $1,000 grant and presented her with a choice of 30 different trees. She chose the Japanese Zelkova, which loves heavy clay alkaline soil. The species is quick growing, and within 10 years will have grown to its full height. On Oct. 4, Tree Utah volunteers, students, staff and parents worked together to transplant the new trees, which had been growing in buckets for two years, to Hawthorn’s play yard. Pretell said Tree Utah dug the holes and provided the trees, mulch and shovels. “We provide the students to come out and learn about planting trees and caring for them,” she said. Students from all the fourth-grade classes—and their second-grade “buddies”—helped with each step of the planting process. First, they loosened the plant’s root ball by massaging and

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scratching at it to free the roots to grow a sturdy root system. Once the tree was situated straight in the hole, every student took a turn to shovel in dirt to secure the tree in the ground. Then they sculpted a lip and moat in the dirt around the newly planted tree to help it harvest water more efficiently. Arly Landry, of Tree Utah, talked with students about the importance of trees. Students were quick to list the benefits of trees: They provide clean air, shade and homes for animals, and they “look pretty.” Landry cited research that shows when there are trees on a school playground, the students are happier and healthier. “Just seeing a tree when you come out to play makes you feel better, which helps you do better in school,” she told students. Landry also taught student that trees in the Salt Lake Valley keep the temperature about five degrees cooler than it would be without them. This information ties into the climate and weather study of the fourth-grade area of study. Pretell was thrilled to have her students apply what they’d learned to improve their own environment. “We’re helping to mitigate climate change by planting trees that are adapted to our area,” said Pretell. Pretell regularly provides her students with experiences outside the classroom. She applies for a grant annually to fund a class field trip to Silver Lake. “I try to do everything I can to teach my kids the love of the natural world and find businesses that are willing to help and support us,” said Pretell. Because Hawthorn students were involved in planting the trees and are now better educated about their care and their importance, Swenson believes they will take their stewardship over

the trees very seriously. “When these kids are out to recess, they’ll protect these trees rather than hang on them,” she said. “They have a vested interest in them now.” Landry encouraged the students to take care of the tree and visit it often to check on its growth, even years from now. Landry said during the fall season, Utah Tree plants trees at schools at least once a week. They also plant trees at parks, national forests and along the Jordan River. During the offseason, they provide education programs for adults and a STEM summer camp for youth. For more information about classes and grants, visit treeutah.org l

Students from Kathy Pretell’s fourth grade class and Nicol Navarette’s second-grade class commit to care for their new tree. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

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On-the-job learning By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

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iology students from Ascent Academy spent nearly six hours on a field trip, immersed in real-life scientific work. “I wanted them to see what wildlife biologist and ecologists do,” said biology teacher Joanna McLean. “I wanted them to participate in collecting data, being scientists and contribute to something that is meaningful.” Students worked with scientists on Antelope Island to identify invasive plants—the puncture vine and Canada thistle— measure their growth and density, and implement biocontrols to manage them. Unlike in classroom labs where they follow procedures to recreate their teacher’s results, McLean’s students didn’t know what the end result would be in this real-life application of the scientific process. “That was interesting to see what it would be like to actually be a biologist and have to figure it out for yourself,” said ninth grader Hollynd Bowler. McLean said many students picture the stereotypical male working in a lab coat when they think of scientists. She hopes the experience of working with local scientists in their field of study will open her students’ eyes to the opportunities of a career in science. “I hope they saw science can be fun, and it’s not just in a lab,” she said. “I want to show them that science can be done in the field, somewhere beautiful, collecting data.” Students were not passive observers of the work. After measuring invasive growth of the invasive weeds, they systematically released the plant’s natural consumer, a weevil, into targeted areas. Their work was not just for a grade; the park rangers use the data students collect to manage the plants and insect species

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from year to year. “We did this so that we could realize the stuff we are learning in the classroom actually works in real life,” Hollynd said. “It’s not just something that we’re going to be tested on and be done with—it’s actually someone’s job.” The field trip augments the biology curriculum standard of competition between organisms for food, water, sunlight and space. McKinnon Smith said seeing the plants up close helped him understand how quickly a non-native species can overtake an ecosystem. “It only takes a half centimeter of the plant to grow—it sends out shoots like an aspen,” he said. This was the third year McLean has taken her students to Antelope Island. She loves the idea of outdoor learning. When McLean moved to Utah from Rhode Island, she wasn’t familiar with mountains and deserts. She gained firsthand knowledge of them through the Utah Master Naturalist Program, which took a group of teachers camping and hiking through Utah’s various ecosystems for in-depth learning. McLean wishes she could provide more field trips for her students to participate in science right where it is happening, but she is limited by funding constraints (buses are expensive). Therefore, she works to incorporate hands-on, engaging activities in her classroom. She is constantly searching for resources to creatively apply music, art, movement, games and activities to demonstrate scientific concepts. One such activity, to illustrate the amount of energy lost through the food chain, had students pass a leaky cup of water to each other in a line, each representing an organism in the food chain. With water loss representing the loss of energy, stu-

Students participated in the real work of a biologist. (Joanna McLearn/Ascent Academy)

dents understood what is meant when 90 percent of energy is lost through the food chain process when there wasn’t much water left for the last person in line. McLean regularly encourages creativity in her assignments. When teaching about body systems, she allows students to choose an expressive style to showcase their knowledge. Some choose to design theme park attractions that teach about a body system. Others make a manipulative learning tool that could be used to teach the concept to vision-impaired students. Others choose to write a book that teaches the body system facts to kindergarteners. “I try to bring in a bunch of differentiated learning and appeal to all the learning styles so every student gets to learn the way they learn best,” said McLean. l

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Jordan District has award-winning clean-air bus fleet By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

A choir from Terra Linda Elementary School performs at the awards ceremony. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

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ordan School District is improving air quality for Utah students, one bus at a time. “We got rid of old pollution-spewing school buses and replaced them with clean-burning natural gas buses,” said Transportation Director Herb Jensen. JSD now has 105 Compressed Natural Gas buses, which emit 40 to 86 percent less particulate matter into the air than diesel school buses and eliminate the cloud of smelly gas students are exposed to while boarding and exiting a bus. In September, Utah Clean Cities presented awards to Jensen as well as representative Steve Handy and Bryce Byrd of the Utah Department of Environmental Quality for their efforts in implementing the idle-free program and the development of the largest CNG school bus system in the nation. “Today, we see one of the most successful fleet programs in the state, and it also leads out in the nation as one of the best examples of how you build a fleet program,” said Tammie Bostick-Cooper, executive director of Utah Clean Cities. Jensen has been replacing diesel buses with CNG buses for the past 20 years. This year, $1.7 million from three grants provided funding for the purchase of 36 environmentally friendly buses, which cost $130,000 each. The grants required the alternative fuel buses to replace diesel bus models 2006 or older. A grant through Volkswagen provided 50 percent of the replacement cost of 12 buses. Volkswagen created the grant program to invest millions into low-emission vehicles as part of their penalty for rigging false emission readings on their vehicles. “They’re paying us $65,000 per bus to destroy it and to get it off the road,” said Jensen. “They’re making a significant investment to clean up our air.” Handy said the plan for a larger fleet of CNG buses was awaiting funding when the court announced the penalty for Volkswagen. Additional buses were purchased through federal DERA (Diesel Emissions Reduction Act) grants through the EPA’s Division of Air Quality—15 buses with a grant covering 35 percent of the replacement cost and 10 buses with 25 percent of the purchase cost covered.

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While CNG buses initially cost more than tradition diesel buses, the real savings come in fueling costs. JSD buses each travel about 12,000 miles per year, which compounds into significant savings when fueled by natural gas versus gasoline. Superintendant Patrice Johnson said the CNG buses save the district about $630,000 a year in fuel costs. “Purchasing CNG buses through the grant system and having our own refueling station has saved Jordan School District $6,000 to 8,000 per bus per year in fueling costs,” said Johnson. The district receives rebates for purchasing local fuel, which also further reduces costs. Vehicles purchased through grants jumpstart the savings. “On all of these buses [purchased through grants], we’re starting out from day one saving money,” said Jensen. “The money we’re not spending on fuel is money that’s available to do other things like buy textbooks and computers for the classroom.” Jensen said his department will continue to systematically replace the older, less environmentally friendly buses as funding is available. But there are reasons to hang on to a few of the older buses. The new buses’ construction doesn’t allow for undercarriage storage necessary for field trip lunch coolers and teams traveling with band instruments and sports equipment. Leading the change for environmentally friendly transportation for Utah students, JSD purchased the first of its alternative fuel buses nearly 20 years ago. “We were doing it before it was cool,” said Jensen. “We’ve had the mindset that we need to do our part to clean up the air, and I can say with good conscience that we’ve done more than our part—but there’s still more to do.” District officials continue to promote the idle-free program, now in its 11th year, which has been implemented by all Utah school districts and three-fourths of all Utah mayors. School buses have reduced their idling from 20–30 minutes per day to a mere two to three minutes per day statewide, said Jensen. l

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ast year, a female student in a Granite School District secondary school broke up with her boyfriend. However, before the breakup, she sent inappropriate photos of herself to him, which he then threatened to send to others. District officials were able to seize the devices, collect images and put a stop to the potential spread of child pornography, and at the same time provide comfort to the female student that those photos weren’t spread. “It was brought to our attention, so we were able to act quickly,” Granite School District spokesman Ben Horsley said. “We need our students to be able to feel safe to be able to learn, and once someone violates that, such as with internet safety, it impacts our school environment.” Internet safety is just one of many concerns school administrators and school district officials are managing these days, which include not having enough school bus drivers; increasing enrollment, resulting in not having enough lockers, textbooks or seats for students in class; and being concerned about going over the student limit assigned to teachers. School districts need to be concerned with medical and food issues, content material, sexual harassment and safety matters that aren’t seen by the general public. “We’re dealing with issues that didn’t even exist 10 or 20 years ago,” Horsley said. “But we’re wanting to create an environment and a community that is safe and all-encompassing and provides resources, skills and knowledge.” Internet safety Horsley said about 80 to 85 percent of Granite schoolchildren carry a cellphone — even many low socio-economic families. “It’s considered a must-have item, but with parents working, there are many students using it without supervision and that’s when cyberbullying, sexting, viewing pornography on school property comes about,” he said, adding that the district does provide a parents’ guide for smartphones. While Horsley said the district works with administrators and, when needed, law enforcement on a case-by-case basis, a positive with cellphones has come about with the use of the SafeUT app, which allows anyone to anonymously report tips of harassment, suicide, threats, family crisis, bullying and other issues. “Granite has a 24/7 police department that can follow up on tips that are threatening, drug abuse, cutting, suicide and welfare checks,” he said, adding that the district is receiving more tips — about 1,000 last year — than their anonymous text line that has been in place for years. “We’ve had three instances where classmates have tipped us off and saved lives.” At nearby Murray School District, spokeswoman D Wright said social media is a concern. “Messaging incorrectly is something everybody is concerned about,” she said. “Our

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Students at Silver Mesa Elementary participate in anti-bullying classes in 2016. (Julie Slama/City Journals)

principals have jurisdiction first, then if needed, the school district and others are brought in. We look at the individual and what the best outcome is for our student.” Elk Meadows Elementary’s Aaron Ichimura, who has been a principal for six years in Jordan School District, said he has occasionally had to deal with postings on social media. “Usually, it’s rude comments like so-andso should have something bad happen because the student may be unhappy with something that happened at recess, but they could be back to being best friends the next day,” he said. “When it disrupts what’s going on at school, we bring in the students and parents and discuss respect, responsibility and safety. We’ve had a couple times where we can delete a post, but they also learn that once something is online, it can be there forever.” Alta High Principal Brian McGill, in Canyons District, said each grade level has a digital citizenship plan and policies are reviewed annually. The school hosts, as many do throughout the Salt Lake Valley, a Netsmartz assembly where students learn about their responsibilities on social media.

While McGill said that sometimes the line is carefully walked with students’ First Amendment rights, there will be questions asked if there is a statement, for example to a teacher, that is defamatory or threatening. “We will ask questions on the intent and perception and note if this is a kind of message that people will take offense,” he said. Mental health Murray School District Prevention Specialist Deb Ashton said mental health is becoming a big concern for their students. The district has instituted a national program to help with the social and emotional well-being of students. “A lot of decisions go into which evidence-based programs we use, and we research the issues being addressed and the need for bully and cyberbully prevention,” she said. Suicide prevention also has been part of Murray District’s push, as suicide is the leading cause of death for secondary school students, Ashton said. “We work with students and parents getting referrals and the tools they need to get help,” she said. “This is our first year with schoolbased mental health clinicians in our schools.

With the high rate of suicide, we see mental health issues intertwined with depression and our students are struggling with the issues, so we’re making it easier for them to get help. “The more we can help the students, the more they will succeed academically. We’re looking into helping the child in all areas. I don’t think everyone is aware of the goal to provide a safe education, in all aspects of the word, that prepares students for career, college and post high school training,” Ashton said. In Jordan School District, spokeswoman Sandy Riesgraf said there is a health and wellness task force looking at ways to improve the social, physical and mental well-being of schoolchildren. “If kids aren’t taken care of, they can’t learn,” she said. Jordan District added 36 psychologists this year so every elementary has a full-time health and mental professional to match those already in place at the secondary schools. “We’re learning that students may be feeling down, but they don’t know why, or they feel they can’t live up to an image, or deal with peer pressure. We want them to talk about it, work it

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out, so they feel safe and secure,” Riesgraf said. Teachers also are trained to be aware of mental health and suicide as well as emergency safety, she said. School safety Riesgraf said a $1 million training was approved by the Jordan Board of Education in an effort to best provide students a safe environment. “We work intensely with local law enforcement, meeting weekly with police and finding ways to enhance students’ safety and how best to respond to an emergency,” she said. “We also want our students to know if they ‘see something, say something.’ We don’t want them to be afraid, but to come forward for everyone’s safety.” Ichimura said the training was beneficial. “We know what steps to take and we conduct regular drills from fire to intruder to earthquake so we’re all more familiar with what we should be doing,” he said. Canyons School District sends postcards home, explaining drills so parents are aware of what is being done. And while a number of schools have increased safety in their schools, from using more surveillance cameras and installing security vestibules, Corner Canyon High in Draper invited police to help prepare teachers for an intruder drill. “We had police-fire simulated rounds in different parts of the school, so they would know what it sounded like and practice how they should respond,” Corner Canyon High Principal Darrell Jensen said. “We also had all our faculty become first aid trained, so if there is an emergency, they can respond.” Responsiveness Besides cyberbullying, in-person bullying still occurs in most schools. Last year, teenagers drove by a Viewmont Elementary boy walking to his Murray home, calling him names with racial slurs and hateful remarks. Led by his mother and coach, a large outpouring of support from the community came to his aid with dozens walking him home days later. Former Viewmont Principal Matt Nelson responded, planning to make tolerance part of the school curriculum. “Together, we can stand up and rally together to show our acceptance and support for our students,” Nelson said. “We talk about in-

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tolerance and racism and the need for inclusion. It’s our differences that make us stronger. We need to embrace them.” While that occurred outside of the school, Wright said each incident is a concern that they review. Similarly, McGill addressed alleged racial slurs yelled earlier this year from fans at the Sky View girls soccer team during a game against Alta. After identifying fans who were at the game from photographs, he launched a 40hour to 50-hour inquiry. “We fully investigated the situation,” he said. “I interviewed 25 individuals, 12 parents, both teams and coaches, the referee, and although not one person sustained the comments, we didn’t stop there.” McGill issued an apology to the other team, their coaches and their families. He also had the two teams meet to have lunch together and he has worked with his entire school to focus on sportsmanship. “Many of the girls play club soccer together, so they know one another,” he said. “We’ve watched a USHAA video of what competition should look like at schools and our class officers and SBOs are having open, candid discussions.” Granite’s Cottonwood High School, which has a high population of diversity including refugees, said that if a student says something derogatory, it is addressed immediately. “We have a conversation right on the spot,” said Principal Terri Roylance, who has been an administrator for 10 years. “If the kids don’t understand their remarks, we call the parents in, but 98 percent of them understand after we talk with them.” Although teachers are required to have many trainings and attend professional development workshops, occasionally something slips through the cracks. As was the case with Indian Hills Middle School in Sandy earlier this year when a teacher gave students a survey to get to know them better. Although students’ answers were anonymous, Principal Doug Graham said it made students and parents uncomfortable, and several questions — such as religious beliefs, mental health concerns and sexual preferences — shouldn’t have been asked. “We were honest and open,” Graham said about his handling the situation. “Things happen, but we also need to look at how we handle

them. The teacher was trying to get to know her students, but in the process, mistakes were made.” The mistakes — from asking the inappropriate questions to Graham telling her to delete all parts of the survey and its responses — were made public. “I was thinking about shredding the survey and answers when I learned it was all online. Then, I told her to delete it and all the data as well. So, when parents wanted to see the survey, I didn’t have it,” Graham said. “When put in context, it explains why we did what we did, but it doesn’t excuse it.” Graham said last year, when students were helping with a food drive, “students didn’t understand how these realities could affect classmates in their community.” Although the teacher was trying to make a connection with the survey and her heart was in the right place to help the students, Graham said better communication and training will be put in place. “We need to make sure it doesn’t happen again,” he said. “It’s best for our community, to admit to making a mistake, apologize, ask for their understanding and for them to have confidence in us.” Jordan’s Riesgraf said the first step for parents who may have a concern about their student is to contact the school. “Our parents and students are our customers and we want to address their questions and answer their concerns,” she said. “If parents don’t like a particular book in class and don’t want their children reading it, the Book Review Committee has an approved list and they can work with teachers to find an alternative book. If there’s a fight, schools are best to handle it and if need be, the school resource officer, and can help provide intervention and counseling.” Assistance Roylance said that with the diverse Cottonwood High student body, there is a need to provide students with other assistance — food, personal hygiene, clothing and school supplies. “Two years ago, our student body president, Katie Metcalf, saw the need for our students,” she said. “Two parents, Robyn Ivins and Jane Metcalf, now oversee the pantry and if they put out the word that we need tuna, then an ocean of tuna floods our room in two days. Our community is responding to the need of our

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students.” Roylance said the pantry, fondly called the “cement room,” is open two days per week and an “army of students” get the supplies they need. “We welcome anyone. I’ve had teachers bring their whole class down. I’ve opened up the door to a family on a special circumstance during spring break to load up with what they need. If someone forgets their lunch or they’re staying for a volleyball game, they can come in and grab food or if they need a notebook for class, it’s here for them,” she said. At Jordan District, distribution of pantry needs may be subtler, especially when the student is concerned about being identified. “We may take and fill a backpack full of food, personal hygiene, bus passes, clothing, whatever we can provide, and others are unaware of that student’s need,” Riesgraf said. “We want to provide the supplies they need. When students are hungry or worried about their next meal, it weighs heavily on them and it’s hard to study.” Pantries are becoming commonplace in many schools, mostly stocked with food or clothing — even at Ridgecrest Elementary in Cottonwood Heights, what is seen as a more affluent community than at Cottonwood. “We deal with the homeless every year,” Ridgecrest Principal Julie Winfree said. “When I first came here, I didn’t realize it would be part of my job at Ridgecrest, but we work with other schools’ supplies to provide our students in need with food and clothing. There are no boundaries for those in need. Everyone works together to make sure our students get what they need and share with our families in need.” Horsley said in Granite District, the need is present as is the need to provide workshops for students and families on several issues — mental health and suicide, substance abuse, bullying, internet safety, child abuse and college and career ready awareness. “Our goal is to help provide resources and information to our community,” Horsley said. “The world has changed. We have 62 percent of our students in free or reduced lunch and in reality, we have kids go hungry, and oftentimes that translates into behavioral issues. If we can provide the resources, skills and knowledge, we can create a better environment for our students to learn and succeed.” l

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ecause of peer tutors, students of limited abilities and language skills can access any classes they want to take. West Jordan High School has two peer tutoring programs—one for special education students and one for English Language Learners. “Tutors make it so the students can access those classes with the support they need and in a way that works for them,” said Heather Tester, special education teacher. “They can have a better quality class experience because they’re just like everybody else in the classroom; they just have a helper with them.” Junior Emma Johnson is one of 80 peer tutors that advocates for the19 special ed students, enabling them to successfully integrate into mainstream classes. “We help them to get the most experience that they can get out of the situation,” she said. Robin Frodge, who teaches history, said there are too many students in her classes to be able to address each individual student’s special needs. Without a bilingual tutor to translate concepts and cultural context, she said her ELL students would fall further and further behind. “The language barrier keeps them from accessing what is being taught,” said Todd Pyne, who coordinates the bilingual peer tutoring program. He matches ELL students with tutors fluent in their language who can translate instruction. Frodge also relies on peer tutors to intervene with autistic students before a minor irritation becomes a disruption to the whole class. Layne Hanson, a senior, said he is familiar with what triggers the student he tutors and can give him the support he needs to stay focused in class. Tester trusts her peer tutors to individualize accommodations to minimize interruptions for the class.

“They’re the one who’s sitting right there,” she said. “The teachers get an extra set of hand, eyes and ears and really good first-hand feedback on what will work best for the student. Tutors don’t make things easier; they make things doable.” The tutoring programs benefit everyone involved. Tester said tutors develop empathy and gratitude as they see how hard her students have to work to accomplish what may come easily to others. Pyne said his tutors gain self-esteem as they serve their community. Some bilingual tutors also have the benefit of tutoring for a class that they are also taking for their own credit. “They get a double dose of instruction, so it helps them in their core classes as well,” said Pyne. Pyne promotes this benefit to recruit bilingual tutors. He currently has 12 tutors but has need for more—about 10 percent of the student body are ELL students. To be a bilingual tutor, students must have fluency in two languages and be familiar with vocabulary specific to the subject they are translating. This often requires extra study. This year, for the first time, students from middle school Spanish immersion programs are sophomores at WJHS. These students already have academic language in both languages which makes them ideal peer tutors. Other bilingual tutors are former ELL students. Having been on the receiving end of tutoring, they uniquely understand how to be an advocate for the student, said Pyne. Students respond better to a peer who offers to help them talk to the teacher, he said. Tester agrees. Her students prefer a peer advocate rather than an adult who follows them to their classes. Students receive a letter grade for the classes they tutor. Many sign up to be a tutor to pad their college applications or

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to earn service hours. Edith Aguago, a senior who tutors for both programs, said she signed up because her sister had been a peer tutor. “At first, I was nervous because I’ve never worked with anybody who had disabilities,” Aguago said. “But I got used to it, and I really enjoyed it, so I just decided to take it for my junior and senior years.” She now peer tutors for three periods. Tester finds once peer tutors discover how rewarding the experience is, they add additional tutoring periods and keep coming back each year—even after they graduate. Many students studying special education have come back to do their practicum in her class. Currently, three of her part-time aides are former students and tutors. l

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Fire Department Welcomes 10 New Firefighters

As you may have heard, we recently hired 10 new firefighters in our department! One fills a vacancy and the other nine fill newly created positions that are funded as a result of an approved property tax increase. These employees are from other fire agencies in the state and have full-time fire and medical experience. Before starting at their new stations, our training division put them through a rigorous two-week training camp. They concluded the training camp with a new tradition -- running to all four fire stations in the city! You may have seen them out before sunrise, running through the streets of West Jordan. The new recruits, accompanied by a group of our veteran firefighters, ran across the city from west to east! They ran a total of 10 miles on their journey and appreciated all of the supportive honks and waves from those who passed by. Our crews have worked extremely hard to prepare our new employees to serve our city and are proud to have them as part of our family. You can learn more about the department by following them on their West Jordan Fire Department Facebook page.

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Neighboring Mayors Work Together to Communicate a Shared Vision At a recent City Council meeting, we held a public hearing about a requested zoning change to accommodate a proposed development that would include high-density housing in the form of senior assisted living. I was so pleased to see the large number of people who came to express their opinions on the project. I expected many residents would oppose the project, and they did. But I was surprised when a large number voiced their support. It really hit home to me that desirable housing, affordability, and even “quality of life” mean different things to different people and there is certainly not one type or one plan for growth that fits every community. You’ve probably heard there is a housing shortage in Utah. According to a document published by the Utah League of Cities and Towns, “Utah has been adding almost 53,000 people to its population each year since 2000. This translates into nearly 16,700 households per year and is the equivalent of adding a city with the population of Taylorsville to our state each year!” (“Keys to Housing”, page 1, 2018, ULCT) And since West Jordan still has a large amount of undeveloped land, the housing plans and legislation that state and county officials adopt will greatly impact the future of our city. Your City Council wants to be part of the population-growth solution and we are working with stakeholders to do so, but it’s critical that we remember there is not a one-size-fits-all approach to housing policy. Every community is unique. And because of that uniqueness, local governments must retain the authority to determine how land is used. Exponential growth has and will continue to lead to higher traffic volume, greater scarcity of natural resources, increased infrastructure costs, larger school populations and a loss of open and green space. To avoid these negative impacts, housing growth must be wellplanned and include adequate improvements in these areas. We do want to be part of the growth solution, but it must be smart growth that ensures our community remains a beautiful, safe place to live, work and play. To that end, your City Council and staff have been doing all we can to work together as a city team and within outside organizations to be part of the process that determines these outcomes. I’ve been meeting with a coalition of neighboring mayors from South Jordan, Copperton, Herriman, Riverton and Bluffdale to develop a unified voice at the Legislature. We recently met with our legislative representatives to communicate a shared vision and ask for their support on critical issues affecting our communities, including the need to prioritize and fund improvements to transportation and transit connectivity to accommodate the explosive growth we’ve already had and before we shoulder the burden of providing the housing and subsequent services that will come with continued growth. This era of cooperation and involvement is new for West Jordan and I’m so proud of the leadership and unity our City Council is demonstrating. As Thanksgiving approaches, I’m happy to report that West Jordan is graduating from the kids’ table and seizing our place with the grown-ups where we can take part in determining the menu and actively work to ensure West Jordan receives its share of the proverbial pie.

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Holiday Trash Collection Schedule Trash collection takes place on all holidays except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and Independence Day. If your collection date falls on one of these holidays, your pickup will be one day later. For example, Christmas is on a Tuesday this year. If your collection day is on Tuesday, it will be picked up Wednesday that week.

New Data Center Opens We are so excited to welcome Aligned Energy, a leading data center provider, to West Jordan! They celebrated the opening of their new 294,000 square foot facility Oct. 3 with an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. The company’s unique approach to infrastructure deployment allows it to deliver the data center platform like a utility-accessible and scalable as needed. It also reduces the energy, water, and space required to operate physical data center environments. Their state-of-the-art energy and water conservation measures demonstrate a commitment to the local and global community. They purchased and renovated the Fairchild Semiconductor building at 9000 South and 3200 West. #WestJordanEconDev

Economic Development Update By Kent Andersen, Economic Development Director With 6,000+ acres of vacant land in West Jordan, it is important that future development be consistent with West Jordan’s General Plan and what is developed provides a benefit to the community for generations. One of the opportunities for future economic development is the Utah Mega Sites Program. Administered by the Economic Development Corporation of Utah, a Mega Site is a program which is utilized in other states to attract large-scale industrial projects. Those projects are defined by having 1,000 jobs, $1 billion in capital investment, and substantial direct and indirect economic impact on surrounding communities. Among other criteria, the property must be 400+ acres and have a two-year lock on listing price. In September 2018, West Jordan was one of five communities selected by the EDCUtah to receive a match grant for the Stage 1 costs for Mega Site Certification. Of the five communities selected, West Jordan and the Inland Port are the two sites selected in urban areas. This first stage is essentially data collection to confirm zoning, transportation infrastructure, property ownership, etc. Through a successful Stage 1 certification, a community moves on to the next Stage. Stage 2 involves detailed engineering data, environmental review, soil reports, etc. West Jordan Economic Development looks forward to working on Mega Site Certification.

LOCAL BUSINESS SPOTLIGHT Smith and Edwards With Black Friday and the ensuing holiday season rapidly approaching, many households are beginning to prepare shopping lists. You will likely do some shopping online, but don’t forget to support your local businesses. Located at the corner of 90th South and Redwood Road, Smith and Edwards has an amazing gift selection. But it is not limited to just outdoor gear, there is a great children’s toy selection as well. There is something unique for every person on your list. Happy shopping!


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On Oct. 24, the City Council approved Ken Wallentine as the city’s new chief of police. Wallentine recently served as a special agent for the Utah Attorney General, where he directed the use of force and virtual reality training center and served as the senior advisor for the Officer-Involved Fatality Investigation Team. He is also the chairman of the Peace Officer Merit Commission of Greater Salt Lake County. Wallentine began his career in law enforcement more than 35 years ago as a police officer and has served in many roles over the years. “Chief Wallentine brings a wealth of experience to West Jordan,” said Mayor Jim Riding. “He is a well-rounded leader who will help mentor our department. I’m confident he will be a great asset to our community.” Wallentine is also a practicing public attorney and holds a Juris Doctor degree from Brigham Young University. He replaces Chief Doug Diamond who retired in May after serving as West Jordan’s chief for more than six years.

GET INVOLVED & HELP STRENGTHEN YOUR COMMUNITY Several West Jordan City Committees have openings. If you have a little time and a desire to make a difference – we need you! • Events Committee • Planning Commission • Healthy West Jordan Committee • Sustainability Committee • Parks & Open Lands • Western Stampede Committee For more information, contact Heather Everett at heathere@wjordan.com or visit the city website committee volunteer page at WestJordan.Utah.gov/committees.

Register now for Citizen Police Academy The West Jordan Police Department is gearing up for its next session of the Citizen Police Academy. Classes begin Tuesday, Jan. 22, and run through April 2. Participants get an inside look at how the department works and learn about different aspects of police work, including firearm safety, crime scene investigation, K-9, crime prevention, defensive tactics. Field trips to the Salt Lake County Jail, Murray Gun Range and Police substation are course highlights. Classes are held each Tuesday and run from 6-9 p.m. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and pass a basic background check. There is no fee, but class size is limited, so register today. Additional information and an application can be found online at WestJordan. Utah.gov by clicking on “Departments,” “Police” and then “Citizen Police Academy.” For more information, contact Christie Jacobs at 801-256-2032 or via e-mail at christie.jacobs@WestJordan.Utah.gov.

November Elections Without a West Jordan mayor or city council race this year, it may be tempting to ignore the 2018 election season. However, there are still several items on the ballot this year that will affect West Jordan residents. You can take part in voting for the next Utah U.S. Senator and U.S. House Representative. There are several other elected officials on the ballot. We encourage you to visit Vote.Utah.Gov and read up on the candidate information to help you make an informed decision. Other ballot items include legalizing medical marijuana (Proposition 2) and expanding Medicaid health coverage (Proposition 3). You’ll also see a “nonbinding opinion question” about a potential gas increase for public education and local roads. Ballots have been mailed to registered voters. Ballots must be returned and postmarked on or before Nov. 5 in order for the vote to count. You can also drop them off at the drop box at City Hall. In-person voting will take place Nov. 6 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.


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East Meets West — New Schorr Gallery Exhibit A new art exhibit titled East Meets West is coming to the West Jordan City Hall Schorr Gallery Nov. 5 - Dec. 21. The City of West Jordan will feature photography from Nancy Strahinic, formerly from the windy city of Chicago and Steven Leitch, long-time resident of West Jordan. A reception will be held at the William Schorr Gallery on Nov. 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. where friends, family and the public can meet the artists. Light refreshments will be served.

Apply for a West Jordan Planning Commission Appointment Two seats on the Planning Commission will be vacant beginning Jan. 1, 2019. Residents over the age of 18 with an interest in land-use issues are encouraged to apply. Please submit a letter of interest and resume to heather.everett@westjordan.utah.gov by Nov. 5. Appointment/Responsibilities: The Planning Commission is a seven-member board appointed by City Council after an interview process. Terms are for three years. The Commission’s responsibilities include review, approval and recommendations to City Council in matters of land use planning, zoning, and subdivision. Meetings: The Planning Commission meets regularly on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. with a pre-meeting sometimes at 5:30 p.m.

Document Shred & E-Waste Recycling Nov. 3 West Jordan residents can bring up to two “bankers boxes” of paper for shredding and residential electronic waste Saturday, Nov. 3. Documents will be shredded onsite in the west parking lot behind City Hall, 8000 S. Redwood Road from 10 a.m.-noon. Hard drives can also be shredded if they have been removed from the computer. Unfortunately, televisions, CRT monitors, cracked LCD’s and printers are not accepted. However, Trans-Jordan Landfill may allow some of those items to be deposited by our residents. Please contact TransJordan Landfill for more information at 801-569-8994. Bring proof of residency or city employment (driver’s license, utility bill or city ID badge). 2019 E-waste and shred events: February 2, May 4, August 3, November 2

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West Jordan residents can drop off glass for recycling at two drop-off recycling bins located: • Senior and Rec center, 8125 South 2200 West • Intersection of 7800 South and New Sycamore Drive (7025 West) The glass recycling program is for residents only. No businesses. All colors, no separation required. But please use the bins ONLY for glass. No garbage, porcelain, ceramic, plate glass windows, light bulbs or cardboard. If the program is abused, it will be discontinued.


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Biggest PTA bash in the state By Jet Burnham | j.burnham@mycityjournals.com

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s Jordan Hills Elementary’s PTA party the largest in the state? That’s how their enthusiastic PTA board promotes it. “I am 99 percent sure that’s true,” said “fun-raiser” coordinator Aaron Wilhelm. “As far as we know, no other PTA does anything like this.” The party, held Sept. 10, was so big that it was held in the parking lot of Copper Hills High School to be able to accommodate the inflatable obstacle course and a pirate ship for young scallywags to explore. There were also emergency vehicles, monster trucks, hot rods and muscle cars. Families danced to music and sampled food from three food trucks. Children talked with superheroes, posed with Darth Vader and hugged Disney princesses. Copper Hills’ marching band performed a demonstration. To raise funds for its annual budget, the PTA asked for a $30 donation per student from families, but they accepted anything parents were willing to give. All of the money goes directly to the PTA; there are no prizes to buy for top sellers of candy bars or percentages owed to coupon book companies. The whole community was invited to the party, no donation required. Wilhelm suggested the idea for the Spectacular Fundraiser and Car Show when he became board treasurer three years ago. “Every year we’ve just made it bigger and bigger,” he said. “I’ve made all these contacts.

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Three years into it now, I know these people. I know how to make it all happen.” Wilhelm personally funds much of the party’s entertainment and promotion because he believes the PTA benefits his son’s school. “I didn’t realize how much the PTA did until I got involved,” he said. Jordan Hills’ PTA uses the money they earn from the “fun-raiser” to fund programs such as Dads and Donuts, Moms and Muffins, the birthday wagon, Ribbon Week, Field Day, Reflections, Family Week and holiday treats. “A lot of the fun stuff that happens at the school is because of the PTA,” said PTA Secretary Kiersten Downey. It takes a lot of volunteer hours to run the PTA programs. Despite some vacant leadership positions (the president stepped down just a week a before the event), the board finds that when they need help, there are always willing parents. “They will come in at the eleventh hour and help us,” said Downey. “It always seems to come together.” She said the board is grateful for any support parents are able to give, by donating money, supplies or their time. “You hope that they feel invested in this school, and you hope that you make it worth their while when they have the time to volunteer,” said Downey.

Superheroes helped make the party super. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

The cars were hot, but the weather was mild for a September evening. (Jet Burnham/City Journals)

Heather Newbold said she’s lucky to be in a position where she can help with the book fair and Field Day as well as in her child’s classroom. “Not everybody can do it—it doesn’t

mean they don’t care,” she said. “I just think that when you can, it’s good for the kids. When you’re involved with your kid’s school, I think they do better. They see that you’re there and you care, and it’s important.” Katey White has children attending four different schools, but she values making time to volunteer. “Being in the kids’ schools helps me understand what’s going on better,” said White. She also appreciates the opportunity to get to know and build trust in the teachers who are with her kids all day. Melissa Reynolds, a third-grade teacher at Jordan Hills, said the PTA does a great job of supporting the teachers. It supplies gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week and meals during parent teacher conference week. The PTA budget also pays for assemblies and field trips. This is Wilhelm’s son’s last year in elementary school. What will happen next year? “If they ask me to be involved and help put this together again, it’s going to be hard to say no,” said Wilhelm. “I think it’s a matter of personal pride at this point. I think I want to outdo myself and make it bigger.” For next year, he envisions more superheroes, more characters, more cars and more people in attendance. He also wants to have a bigger presence from local law enforcement and the military. “I came this close (holding his fingers an inch away) to getting a tank,” he said. “If I start early, I think we’ll have a tank here next year— and maybe a helicopter.” l

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What’s the issue? Previewing November’s ballot By Cassie Goff | cassie@mycityjournals.com

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xcited to get that “I voted” sticker? Utah’s 2018 General Election is underway. If you have received your ballot in the mail, make sure it is postmarked by Nov. 6 (but the sooner the better). Polling stations will be available on Nov. 6 as well (check your county’s website for locations). Before you head to that secluded booth or color within the lines on the mail-in ballot, make sure you know what you’re voting for. In addition to the local elections for U.S. Senate, U.S. Representative, county council seats, school boards, sheriff, auditor, clerk, recorder, district attorney and various judges, there are three propositions, three constitutional amendments and one opinion question that are receiving much public attention. Proposition 2 involves legalizing medical marijuana. If passed, Utah’s current law regarding medical cannabis would be expanded. Private facilities would be allowed to grow, process, test and sell medical marijuana, with regulation. Individuals with certain medical conditions or illness would be allowed to acquire, use and possibly grow medical cannabis. Supporters of this proposition argue that medical cannabis can help end suffering from cancer, seizure and other life-threating conditions. Organizations in support of this proposition include the Utah Patients Coalition, Libertas Institute, Marijuana Policy Project and

Together for Responsible Use and Cannabis Education (TRUCE) Utah, among others. Opponents to this proposition worry about the effect it may have on children and families, and argue that it may pave the way for the recreational use of cannabis. Organizations in opposition include the Utah Medical Association, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, DARE Utah and the Utah Narcotics Officers Association, among others. A special legislative session is planned for a medical cannabis bill regardless of the Prop 2 vote. Seen as a potential compromise, the bill could either replace Prop 2 if passed, if voted down, the bill is still on the table, according to legislators. Proposition 3 involves raising sales tax to support Medicaid for low-income adults. The sales tax rate would be increased from 4.70 percent to 4.85 percent. The additional funding coming from this tax increase would expand coverage of Medicaid based on income. The proposition specifically relates to the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Supporters of this proposition argue that the benefits of Medicaid should be available to all the citizens of Utah, and there is potential to bring health care coverage to thousands of Utahans who need it. Supporters of this proposition include AARP Utah, Voices for Utah Children, YMCA of Utah, Utah Health Policy

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reward a select few at the expense of others. Constitutional Amendment C would allow the legislature to meet beyond their scheduled 45-day annual general session. It would allow the president of the Utah Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representative to convene a special session that would not be able to last more than 10 days, or go over budget. The non-binding opinion asks if the state should increase the state motor and special fuel tax rates by 10 cents per gallon to fund public education and local roads. This specific tax is regularly referred to as the gas tax. While this question is “non-binding,” that may be a little misleading. Voter opinion results from this question will be gauged by legislators to help guide them with a bill regarding the gas tax during the next legislative session. Supporters of this initiative argue that schools need additional funding for tools that would help the schools go beyond the basic level. Supporters include the Utah League of Cities and Towns and Our Schools Now, among others. Opponents of this initiative argue that Utah citizens do not need another tax increase. Opponents include the Americans for Prosperity and the Utah Taxpayer Protection Alliance, among others. For more information on what’s on the ballot for this election, please visit the Salt Lake Tribune, Elections.utah.gov, and/or Ballotpedia.org. If you are not yet registered to vote (and obviously didn’t take Taylor Swift’s advice), please register by visiting Utah.gov. Remember to be informed about local government and stay involved. l

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Grizzlies run strong race at state meet By Greg James | gregj@mycityjournals.com

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opper Hills High School’s cross country team closed out its season with a balanced attack in the boys and girls state event. “I felt our season was fairly solid for the most part,” Grizzlies head cross country coach Garth Rushforth said. “We did not run so well here at state. We have struggled through some injuries this season, so we have not been quite where I would like our team to be.” At the Utah High School Activities Association state meet Oct. 17, senior Logan Anderson capitalized on a five-minute, nine-second mile start and continued to pass runners to finish seventh overall. The Grizzlies girls finished 11th overall. Sophomore Hailey Kidd paced her team by setting a personal record on the course. She ran a consistent race; at mile one she held the 21st position and dropped to 30th after the second mile but finished 23rd overall. Kidd, Marlie Taylor, Brie Steele, Callie Barker and Kierra Allen were the scoring runners for the girls team. “I had a great season and set a pr (personal record) at every race,” Kidd said. She finished third at the Region 3 championships. “We have been led by Hailey on the girls’ side and Logan on the boys side,” Rushforth said. “He has been our top finisher this season and most of last season. He tends to bet a little relaxed in the middle of his race, and we have

been working on that. We have hope for him to make it to the next level. Hailey we will get back next year, and she will give us plenty of good things in the future.” The boys team placed eighth overall. Anderson’s top-10 finish coupled with Jerin Palmer, Brigham Ballard, Spencer Manwaring and Brenden Brown placing 46th through 61st left the team just seven points behind tenth place Hillcrest. American Fork High School walked away with the classification title behind the seven-second victory of Luke Grundvig. “I came out hard and felt confident as I was going,” Anderson said. “The key was after the second mile, and I was holding on. It has been a tough season, but I am happy with my race today though.” Cross Country teams score points based on the finishing position of their runners. Like golf, the lower the score the better. “It is important to work in groups in this sport and close the scoring gaps to make you team more effective,” Rushforth said. “That is why the teams struggled in today’s meet and other teams did better. To be a good cross country runner, you need to be mentally tough. This 3-mile race takes a lot out of the runner. They need to prepare themselves. You see kids collapse all of the time and not run the way they can because they are not prepared or focused on what they are doing.”

The Grizzlies girls cross country team was led this season by sophomore Hailey Kidd (center). (Greg James/ City Journals)

The Grizzlies had about 70 participants this season, down slightly this season. The boys and girls both placed third in the Region 3 championships. “We are not sure what will happen next year with the boundary change at the school,” Rushforth said. “I will need to wait and see what happens for next year, but these kids are the best kids in the school. They have the ability to not let anything get in the way with their goals. They have the commitment to run on Saturday mornings when their friends are all still asleep.” l

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of the steel-toed, leather shoe field. Red Wing runs its own tannery, controlling its materials from start to finish with highest grades of leather. While most companies use a cowhide, Red Wing uses steerhide – a bovine leather made from the hide of male cows – giving its shoes more testosterone for tougher, robust footwear. The tannery producing the leather is also a major supplier to the US military. Red Wing also uses its signature welt construction where they are chemically bonded. This method stitches a thin leather welt together with the upper and the leather insole yields the highest quality shoes that are both durable and comfortable. Resoling the boots are possible with welt construction. “It’s just a high-quality product that lasts decades if you take care of them,” Love points out. But it’s not just work boots that Red Wing makes. The Red Wing Heritage line of shoes is a dressy, casual style shoe for both men and women. They also have hiking, work, recreation and hunting boots. All of which come with a leading manufacture warranty of either a year or six months depending on the product. The South Jordan location may have only opened in February 2018, but its delivering impressive service with elite quality. “It’s cool to see how much people like high quality service,” Love said. “And how they’re so excited to have a full-service boot store versus buying from the traditional retailers.” The upcoming Tradesman Appreciation Day hosted by the South Jordan Red Wing store will have waffle truck with free waf-

fles and free boot conditioning and services provided on Saturday, November 17th. Red Wing is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. (6 p.m. on Saturdays). It’s located at 5474 West Daybreak Parkway and can be contacted at 801-253-6299. l

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ou’re never too old to trick-or-treat (unless you are 35 and going by yourself, then yes, you are too old to trick-or-treat). But being safe knows no age limits, especially on a night when most people are wearing disguises. While it’s time to get your costume and candy bag ready, preparation of another kind is required for kid and adult alike. Here are some tips to stay safe this Halloween. 1. Avoid trick-or-treating alone. Walk in groups or with a trusted adult. 2. Costume accessories such as swords and knives should be short, soft and flexible. 3. Examine all treats for choking hazards and tampering before eating them. And as difficult as it may be, limit the amount of treats you eat. 4. Beware the homemade treats made by strangers. Better to eat only factory-wrapped treats. 5. Walk from house to house, don’t run. Doing so with a flashlight will help you see and others to see you. 6. Test makeup in a small area before applying. Then remove it before sleeping to prevent possible skin or eye irritation. 7. Look both ways before crossing the street. Do we even need to say this one? 8. Only visit well-lit houses. 9. Do not enter a home without a trusted adult. 10. Never accept rides from strangers. Strang-

er danger is a real thing. 11. By not wearing decorative contact lenses, you lower the risk for serious eye injury. 12. Wear well-fitted costumes, masks and shoes to avoid blocked vision, trips, falls and relentless mockery from your peers. 13. Drive extra safely on Halloween. Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert during those hours. Slow down in residential neighborhoods. We all know how excited kids can be. Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully. 14. Remind children to watch for cars turning or backing up and to not dart into the street or between parked cars. 15. Put your electronic devices down as you walk around. 16. Keep costumes bright, or add reflective tape, to ensure kids are easier to spot. 17. Be careful next to candles or Jack-o’-lanterns. 18. Keep an eye for allergies. If someone has serious allergies or food sensitivities, read any unfamiliar labels before handing over the candy. 19. Brush your teeth. Candy is sticky and cavities will scare you. 20. You can maximize your candy intake by planning your route. Stick to places you are familiar with so you can also circle back around to Halloween headquarters. l

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Soccer teams qualify for state tournament

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Haylie Quarnberg dribbles away from pressure during Copper Hills’ first-round playoff game. (City Journals)

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n case you didn’t receive the memo soccer is a hot sport among Utah girls these days. According to a Forbes Magazine report, the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup Final was the most watched soccer event on American TV with 23 million viewers. The United States defeated Japan 5-2 for their third women’s World Cup Title. In 2019, the finals will again be played in France. The growing popularity continues today. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, 105 Utah high schools field girls teams with 3,550 participants. West Jordan and Copper Hills high schools both qualified for the state tournament, and their coaches are satisfied with their teams’ improvements. “We graduated a lot of players last season, so this was a little bit of a rebuilding year for us,” Grizzlies head coach Ryan Rumfallo said. “In high school soccer, sometimes it cycles and you bring a new group. We moved a lot of players around. Still, being able to tie for second in our region is very successful.” Copper Hills finished second in Region 3 tied with Riverton with five region wins. West Jordan finished fourth with two league victories. “We improved from last year,” thirdyear Jaguars head coach Jim Jaramillo said. “We have continued to steadily improve over the time I have been with these girls. I think the girls are catching on to the system we are trying to set up, and they are all working hard in the off-

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season.” In 2016, the Jaguars only had one victory. This season, they earned two region wins and averaged a less than a twogoal differential. Jaguar juniors Sherry Nina and April Aguado led the team in goals with five each. Defensively, they had two shutouts against Granger and Taylorsville. Aspen Russell started the season as goalie, but after an injury, Emma Abrey stepped in and filled in well according to Jaramillo. “Sherry is more of a track star,” Jaramillo said. “Her speed really gives us an added dimension. April is a talented athlete and hard-nosed young lady. We also have a great core of sophomores that I am excited about.” The Grizzlies’ leading scorers were Sam Rollins and Katrina Estrada. They both netted 10 goals this season. McCaslin Davis had six shutouts in goal. “Sam is tall and athletic,” Rumfallo said. “She is kind of our beast in the midfield. Katrina played some forward for us and is a really good player. Our goalkeeper, McCaslin Davis, has been solid the last few years. She has been an All-Stater.” West Jordan faced American Fork in the first round of the state playoffs. Early in the first half, it got a red card and was forced to play the majority of the game with one less player. They eventually lost 8-0. Copper Hills lost to Lone Peak 5-0. Both Jaramillo and Rumfallo feel that their teams are improving through continued year-round training. They

both have large numbers of capable players returning next season. “I feel that it is swinging to the side that more players play club soccer year round,” Rumfallo said. “It’s almost to the point that the club coaches want the high school season to end so they can get their kids back. I definitely think that helps in the development of the players. As a coach, I can’t focus on individual development, and they do that at the club level. It makes me optimistic about the players coming back next season. I think we have a strong sophomore class. I am excited to coach these girls.” None of the Region 3 teams advanced out of the first round of the state playoffs. “If we continue to work hard, I know we will get better,” Jaramillo said. “We have some very good players returning next season.” l

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’Tis the month for voting. Utah’s 2018 General Election will take place on Nov. 6. Make sure to get your mail-in ballot post-marked by then or visit a polling station. If you’re not registered yet, don’t worry! You can register day-of at specific polling stations. I’ve been thinking a lot about voting recently with all the hype around this election. What does voting really mean? What do you really do when you color within the lines of your chosen bubbles? The conclusion I have come to is — voting is how I show support. There are a handful of propositions and amendments on this general election ballot. If I have an affirmative vote on a proposition, I am showing support. It’s in the name at that point. I’m a supporter of that proposition. The same goes for the candidates I vote for during elections. If I vote for a certain person, I am showing support for them. I’ve also been thinking a lot about the value of a dollar recently. What does the value of a price tag mean? When I hand my dollar bills or plastic card to the clerk, there’s more to that transaction than just the physical transfer of material. I am showing my support for that product, and/or company. In many of the “shop local” campaigns, a common slogan is “support local businesses.” That’s been reinforcing my idea. By shopping local, I am supporting local. Since both voting and spending money are ways of showing support, I’m starting to view dollar bills as a vote. I’d like to use a syllogism here. Spending money is showing support. Voting is showing support. Therefore, spending money is voting. With every dollar I spend, it’s another vote for the company I’m buying that product from. I’m effectively telling

that business, “Yes, I like your stuff, keep doing what you’re doing, I support you.” And that’s been really powerful for me. With the gift-giving season quickly approaching, I’ve been starting to exercise my vote a bit differently. There are only a few more weeks until shopping becomes a competitive sport. For Black Friday, I’ve usually scouted out stores like Target, Walmart, and Kohl’s. But this year, I’m starting to look for more local deals. Even though some local shops won’t be open as early or as late as some of the bigger corporations, I’m still going to make an effort to shop local for Black Friday. I’m especially considering where to show my support for Cyber Monday. Black Friday crowds are slowly becoming obsolete; because let’s be real, who would rather go battle crowds of rowdy shoppers when the moon’s out, instead of finding the same, or even better deals through a screen from the comfort of home? Not a lot. Usually, Amazon is the hot spot for Cyber Monday deals. With some of the concerning reports in the news recently, claiming bad work conditions and general disregard for employees, I’m seriously considering withdrawing my support and changing my vote. Instead, I’ll be on the lookout for small business deals through other websites. One of my favorite websites to shop for gifts is Etsy. There are so many small independent artists selling their work. There’s also really cool stuff that’s hard to find anywhere else. I’d much rather vote for the Independent than the Dictator, money down. l

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