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West Jordan Police Leader Named ‘Chief of the Year’”

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est Jordan Police Chief Doug Diamond will be awarded the Chief of the Year for a large jurisdiction by the Utah Chiefs of Police Association. He will receive the honor at the association’s awards banquet in St. George on March 25. In a letter of recommendation from Interim City Manager Bryce Haderlie, he said Diamond “is held in high regard by his employees, thanks in part to his willingness to hold himself and those around him accountable, and not ask anything of his people that he is not willing to do himself.” Diamond joined the department in December 2011 after retiring from the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office in California, where he held the rank of captain as a contracted chief of police for the city. When he took over the WJPD command, the department was in a transition phase. So he worked to help the department regain its confidence and respect for leadership, Haderlie said.

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“Chief Diamond has orchestrated an upgrade of the organization, both in command and personnel restructuring, as well as the improved use of technology,” the city manager wrote in his letter of recommendation. “His work has prepared our police department for the challenges that lay ahead.” Diamond, like many of his peers in Utah, has been actively involved each year in the Utah Legislature sessions. He has partnered with organizations like the South Valley Sanctuary, and has become a strong advocate for domestic violence victims in the community. He is also active in the West Jordan Exchange Club. “In my judgment, Chief Diamond represents law enforcement in a positive and professional way that ensures our community is adequately protected,” Haderlie said, “all while maintaining the support of our residents. I want to share my appreciation to Chief Diamond for his dedication to the city and his department.” l

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Corner Canyon Duo Earn Academic All-State Honors

pair of Corner Canyon High School athletes became the latest Chargers to be recognized for their efforts in sports and the classroom. Riley Ogden and Zane Rasmussen were named to their respective sport’s Academic AllState teams. Ogden received his as a member of the basketball team, and Rasmussen was honored for wrestling. Academic All-State awards are given to athletes with the highest grade point averages in each high school sport. Both Ogden and Rasmussen have a perfect 4.0 grade point average. Ogden, son of Gary and Tara Ogden of Draper, has been on the varsity basketball team for the two seasons Corner Canyon has been open. He previously played on Alta’s sophomore team. He also ran track last year for the Chargers. But his main sport has always been football, where he was the workhorse of the offense. Playing in the running back position, Ogden amassed 1,810 yards and 16 touchdowns his senior season alone. He was named to the first team All-State football team for 4A. Although he was a shoe-in to receive Academic All-State honors for football as well as basketball, a glitch kept him from getting the award. “There was a problem with the application we sent in, so I missed out on the award,” Ogden said. Playing at the varsity level in three different sports can be

taxing on a student’s time. How was Ogden able to do it and still maintain a 4.0 GPA? “Sleep is expendable,” Ogden said. “It is not a priority to me. If I ever had to give up something, it was always sleep. I put in a lot of long nights because my studies are important to me.” Rasmussen has wrestled at Corner Canyon for two years, and was on the Alta wrestling team as a freshman and sophomore. He finished second in region in 2014 and made it to the state playoffs in the 138 lb. weight class. He moved to the 145 lb. class this year, placing fourth in divisionals and sixth in state. The following week he finished fourth in the super state meet, which pits wrestlers of all school classes against each other. The son of James and Melody Rasmussen of Draper credits his work ethic for his perfect grades. “It is difficult at times to stay on top of everything,” Rasmussen said. “You have to mange your time. School came easy for me, so that made it easier to manage school and wrestling.” Both athletes are planning on serving an LDS mission following graduation. Rasmussen is planning on attending BYU after his mission, and has his studies set on either accounting or business. Ogden is deciding between BYU and Utah State, leaning towards an engineering degree. “But that’s not set in stone,” Ogden said. l

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Mayor, City Council To Get Pay Raises In 2016

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lected officials in West Jordan will get a nice pay increase starting next January. After some vigorous debate, and a public hearing, councilmembers voted 4-2 to increase the compensation for the mayor and councilmember positions from $815 a month to $1,500 a month. It’s the first increase in pay in 20 years for officials, and it will not include a cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). Mayor Kim Rolfe, who by choice does not take a salary himself, proposed the changes after looking at the

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take a toll on you that you may not expect, and the pay may not be commiserate with what we do, but I’m not sure it should be.” financial compensation of councilmembers in neighboring cities (see chart with this article). Despite West Jordan being the third largest city in the state population-wise, its municipal council salaries have been the lowest in the county, with the exception of Bluffdale. There were mixed feelings amongst the six members who voted on the motion. Councilman Jeff Haaga said, “This is a delicate subject, and no one who is here

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on the stand ever thought they could make a living doing this. I support the increase because I hope it will serve to attract others to consider running for these positions in the future.” Councilman Chad Nicholls said he shared a similar concern, that the stress the job puts on councilmembers’ lives does take a toll, “and I think compensation should be appropriate with respect to the position.” But he, along with every other member on the council, said his decision to run “was based on my desire to serve my community. It wasn’t financial, and it never should be for any public servant.” Though Mayor Rolfe’s original proposal included a COLA, he withdrew it from his actual motion once other councilmembers had chimed in their opposition to it. “I’m okay without it, but I do believe that when you factor in the time each of us serve both at meetings and outside of meetings, along with fuel, car usage and other costs we entail, this pay increase is justified.” Two members voted against the increase. Councilman Ben Southworth said, “I didn’t even know when I first ran for the council what I got paid.” And councilman Chris McConnehey felt “it’s not necessary to compare ourselves with other cities. Serving on the council does take a toll on you that you may not expect, and the pay may not be commiserate with what we do, but I’m not sure it should be.” The $18,000 annual compensation still trails those in Salt Lake City, Sandy and West Valley City. l

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KUED Explores The State Of Utah’s Children

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ew public issues command as much attention as the fate and future of our children. From education to health care, kids are at the heart of many public policy and spending decisions. Each election cycle promises voters their ballots will shape the lives and opportunities of the next generation. But, for all of the promises, where do Utah children stand? What programs make a difference in young lives? How do we measure success in the early years? KUED explores this challenging subject in “The State of Our Kids: The Early Years,” premiering Tuesday, March 31 at 8 p.m. on KUED Channel 7, as part of its ongoing UtahNOW commitment to examine issues that shape our state. “When I met with Voices of Utah Children, a leading child advocacy organization, about what issues were facing Utah children from birth to age five, without missing a beat they said ‘poverty,’” says producer Sally Shaum. “When they told me the numbers, I knew this had to be a focus of my documentary.” Fifteen percent of Utah children, or an estimated 132,000, live in poverty.  “When this many children live in poverty, it has a profound impact on virtually every corner of society,” Shaum says. “The State of Our Kids” explores the compelling human side of those statistics, through three Utah lives:  a divorced LDS woman who faced the difficulties of being a single mother of four boys; a 14-year-old girl with a three-month-old baby, who is involved in a home visitation program aimed at helping vulnerable, first-time mothers; and a Utah family that is part of an early childhood program where the parent becomes the child’s most influential teacher.

The documentary profiles a handful of programs aimed at providing our youngest children living in poverty with productive learning and development opportunities. The film covers a spectrum of programs — from health-based initiatives to school-based outreach programs to innovative social investment programs sponsored by the private sector. Among those convinced of the importance of ensuring early childhood opportunities is the newly-elected Speaker of the Utah State House of Representatives, Greg Hughes, who sponsored the bi-partisan HB96 in the 2014 legislative session. The bill provided funding for preschools and daycare for children most at risk. Hughes believes small investments early in a child’s life can produce greater opportunity in the long run, as well as a substantial savings for the state by making remedial or correctional programs less likely. Advocates of early childhood intervention caution against the staggering costs that build up over time, when childhood developmental problems associated with poverty are not addressed. “We help them when they’re young and get them ready for kindergarten, or we pay later in special education and remedial services,” says Shaum. Also critical to the development of young children is the opportunity for families to gather in a safe learning environment.

In a modern and fast-paced world, community centers are an important gathering place for low-income families. Learning and bonding — from parent to child and from family to family — creates a supportive environment.

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till, the demand for such programs outpaces the need. Many times, even well-intentioned parents face the stark dilemma of choosing between food and heat, medicine or daycare for their children. “All children begin with simple dreams of doing all they can imagine,” says Shaum.  “But sometimes the barriers can become bigger than the dream. Poverty presents significant barriers to success.”

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Grizzly Hockey Scores Fifth Place Finish By Greg James

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he Copper Hills Grizzly hockey team had high expectations entering the 2014-2015 season. The team’s fifth place regular season finish and playoff victory cemented it as one of the best in the school’s history. “I think we were expecting to do better, but we had a great season. Our team had great communication, good chemistry and were a tight group of players,” junior goalkeeper Brock Roberts said. The Grizzly hockey program includes varsity and junior varsity teams. The varsity team finished the season with an 8-2-1 record. They won their first five games before a 3-3 tie to the Salt Lake Stars on Nov. 24. Their only losses came to UCI North 5-4 and 11-3 to Park City. Senior Jesse Miles led the Grizzlies with 22 goals. Reed Hunter, also a senior, had 15. “I think we had a great shot at winning the state title, but because of a scheduling conflict, a few of our players were out of town at a travel league tournament. We lost in

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ponents to 2.8 goals per game and saved 83 percent of the shots against them. “We had two good goalies and some teams do not have one. Hockey is hard to describe. It is a cool feeling to step on the ice; it puts you in a new realm from the outside world,” Roberts said. The Grizzlies play in the Utah high school varsity south division. They placed fifth in the regular season behind Park City, Uintah, UCI North and Salt Lake Stars. The other teams in their division are UCI South, Corner Canyon, Herriman, Hunter, Bingham, Wasatch and Riverton.

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Grizzly Softball Players Sign Up For College Careers By Greg James

Eagles Basketball Team Soars By Greg James

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he Copper Hills High School girls softball team had a signing party Jan. 16, and it was not for an autograph-frenzied crowd. Instead, six Grizzly players accepted scholarship offers to continue playing softball after they graduate from high school. “A player cannot get to the next level by doing the bare minimum. These girls have worked hard for Copper Hills softball. They also did things on their own to make themselves better. I am impressed with their athletic abilities, but they are also well-rounded, good students,” head coach Jentry Johnson said. Third baseman Emilee Sweet has signed to continue her career at Southern Utah University. Brooke Bishop and Skylar Cook will attend The College of Southern Idaho. Pitcher Payten Davies will go to Western Nebraska Community College, utility player Lexie Buttler will attend Colorado Northwest Community College and Tabi Atwood will attend Lamar Community College.

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Copper Hills head softball coach Jentry Johnson stands behind her six seniors who signed letters of intent on Jan. 16. Photo courtesy of Greg Bishop “I try to help the girls with as much as possible. I have helped them with prospect letters and try to give them advice where they need it. I am especially excited for this year’s team—we have a solid base of upper classmen,” Johnson said. The Grizzlies are scheduled to begin their 2015 season March 5 at Stansbury High School. They placed second in Region 3 last season.

ucked away in the heart of West Jordan is Westridge Academy, a small high school that provides a unique objective and is different than the mainstream high school sports programs across the state. The wins and losses don’t mean much on the basketball court. “I am coaching in my sixth season here at Westridge. Before that, I coached at Dugway for 40 years,” head coach George Bruce said. “This is a great bunch of kids. We are starting to come together as a team. We are trying to build great young men.” The Westridge Academy Eagles boys basketball team started this season by losing nine of its first 11 games. Its only wins came over USDB (76-54) and Telos (68-57). But the second half of the season was a different story. The Eagles won eight of their final 14 games. “We had a player [Kareem Awada] come back from being ineligible, and he has really sparked us. Trint [Jacobson] had to carry us at the start because he was our only option,” Bruce said. Jacobson, a senior, averaged 23.8 points per game, topping the state’s 1A division and placing 18th overall. Awada averaged 10.8

points per game. “We have played good, struggling at times, but we came together as a team. I really try to work on my shot as much as I can. We have great coaches and a great staff that push me to my limits to be my best,” Jacobson said. Caleb Wold was the only returning player on the roster this season. He averaged 5.6 points per game. “Sometimes, we have kids with no experience, but I have also had players here that were unbelievable. I have had players that have lived on the street. They have not gone to school in a long time. Some people have the idea that these are bad kids. These are not bad kids. They are fun to be with,” Bruce said. Westridge competes in Region 18’s North division against St. Joseph, Mount Vernon, Intermountain Christian and USDB. The Utah High School Activities Association 1A boys basketball tournament began March 3 at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield. The Eagles lost in the first round 74-30 to Panguitch High School. Westridge is a residential therapeutic treatment center for at-risk youth and has participated in varsity athletics since 1990. l

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What do you think about a proposed Cultural Arts Center? SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS AT APRIL 1 MEETING

What do you think about building a proposed cultural arts center to be used for performances and events? Join us Wednesday, April 1 at 6 p.m. to learn more and share your thoughts and ideas. The meeting will be held in the third floor City Hall Council Chambers, 8000 S. Redwood Road. There will also be an online survey for those who can’t attend the meeting but would like to have a voice. (The survey is on the city website at WJordan.com and the West Jordan City Hall Facebook page.) The project is envisioned as a theater for use by community organizations, and would be built on city-owned property on the corner of about 8150 South and 2200 West (where the old sugar factory used to sit).

We need your input on questions, including: • Will you attend the new theatre?

• Will you use the new theatre? • What types of performances and events would you like to see take place at the facility? • Is 250 seats the right size for a community theatre? • What else would you want in such a facility? Rooms for arts classes? An art gallery? Coffee shop/cafe? Gift shop? • Would you support the necessary city subsidies for a cultural center? (Property tax assessment, ticket surcharge or allocations from the general fund?) The April 1 meeting will be facilitated by an architect and a theater designer to provide answers to your questions, so please come and let us hear from you! Questions or input? Email info@wjordan.com.

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Democracy in Action On Feb. 27, I had the great honor of leading the pledge of allegiance on the House floor of the Utah State Legislature. As I stepped out onto the floor, I was immediately struck with a sense of awe. Here I was, representing the city I love in the very place that represents democracy in our state. As I recited the pledge, I couldn’t help but be reminded that we, the people, can actually make a difference in our government. Here in West Jordan, I’m proud to say we did just that – we made a difference during the 2015 legislative session. We rallied together to defeat protectionist laws in the new automobile industry that have been in place since 1991. With the passing of SB290, we enacted a much-needed change and took a huge step forward toward the rights of our cities to attract new auto dealerships. The former 15 mile radius of protection around existing auto dealerships has now been reduced to 10 miles; and there are provisions that make it possible to reduce that radius to as little as 6 miles. These changes, while not exactly what we wanted, are a step in the right direction. Many cities that were previously unable to bring in new car dealerships, now have options. West Jordan is one of those cities. This is a huge deal because new auto dealerships will bring good things to our city, including additional tax revenue and development. These are rights we should never have been denied in the first place, but we are working hard to fix the problem. We will continue to work on getting the law refined in the coming years until every community has its rights restored. Our great city continues to amaze me. When we decide to make things happen, we are unstoppable. Getting this bill passed took a lot of hours and a lot of work from a lot of people, but we did it. I spent countless hours working side-by-side with our senators and representatives on this issue, and I have to extend my deepest gratitude to them for all their support. I also want to thank our lobbyists, staff and City Council for all of their contributions. West Jordan, we truly are an amazing city and I am both proud, and honored, to be your Mayor.


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Arbor Day tree planting event will yield 60 new trees The City of West Jordan will be holding their annual Arbor Day Event on April 25 in conjunction with Comcast Cares Day. The Arbor Day event will be held at Maples Park located at Haven Maple Drive and Valley Maple Drive (approximately 7640 South 6730 West). There will be a brief introduction and tree planting demonstration that will begin at 8:30 a.m. (The time may be adjusted slightly depending on the arrival time of the Comcast Cares Day volunteers.) We will be planting 15 trees and placing mulch around all the trees throughout Maple Park. Additional tree planting projects will be taking place by other Comcast Cares Day volunteers at the Sycamore Ridge Park, Sycamore Trail Park, Oaks Park 1 (east) and Oaks Park 2 (west). This will be a fun event, and by the end of the day we will have 60 new trees to beautify our community!

Youth Theatre presents ‘Willy Wonka’ The West Jordan Youth Theatre is presenting “Willy Wonka” April 10, 11, 13, 17, 18 and 20 at Joel P. Jensen Middle School, 8105 S. 3200 West. Evening performances begin at 7 p.m. and there is a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. Tickets are $7 at the door or $5 from a cast member prior to the show. More information at wjyouththeatre.com.

Charlie Bucket (Brevan Stone), Willy Wonka (Noah Coleman), Mike Teavee (Brandon Welker), Augustus Gloop (Gabe Bastian), Veruca Salt (Cora Stone), Violet Beaureguard (Alayna Smith), Augustus Gloop (Zachary Both) The part of Augustus Gloop is double cast. Photos courtesy of Janae Both

Update on 5600 West road widening Work is progressing on the 5600 West construction project. The road closed Feb. 16 and milling of the old roadway began immediately. Storm drain work has begun on 6600 South and will continue for about six weeks. Repairs to the wall on 5600 West have begun between 7000 South and Saguaro Drive and work will continue north on the wall until it’s complete. Third party utility work is ongoing, and intermittent outages may occur. The new five-lane roadway will be complete later this summer. Sign up for project updates by emailing 5600widening@utah.gov or call 801-758-5660.


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Share Your Thoughts on Transportation Master Plan See how the City plans to meet the needs of walkers, cyclists, transit users and motorists over the next 25 years at two upcoming public open house meetings: Wednesday, April 15 from 6-8 p.m. in the City Hall community room, 8000 S. Redwood Road Thursday, April 16 from 6-8 p.m. at the Bingham Creek Library, 4834 W. 9000 South The open houses will include material summarizing the existing conditions and future needs of West Jordan City’s transportation system. City and consultant staff will also be available to gather feedback and answer questions about the plan process and work completed to date. Interested parties are encouraged to attend and participate to help guide and shape the outcome of the plan and to make it a success.

Ever thought about running for City Council? 2015 MUNICIPAL ELECTION CANDIDACY DECLARATION The City of West Jordan will be electing DISTRICTS 1, 2, 3, AND 4 Council Seats during this year’s municipal election. To declare candidacy to run for a Council District position, the filing period this year is as follows: Monday, June 1 through Monday, June 8 at 5 p.m., in the City Clerk/Recorder’s Office, City Hall, 8000 South Redwood Road, 3rd floor. For more information regarding the upcoming Municipal Election, please contact Melanie Briggs, City Clerk, 801-569-5117. All positions have four-year terms. If you are interested in running, listed below are the requirements: (1) Be a United States citizen. (2) Be at least 18 years old. (3) Be a resident of the municipality or a resident of the recent annexed area for at least 12 consecutive months immediately preceding the date of the election. (4) Be a registered voter of the municipality. [Utah Code 10-3-301; 20A-9-203]

Some of the projects planned for the next few years that will be on display include:

• New grade separated interchange at 9000 South/Bangerter Highway

• New two-way street plan for 7800 South

between Airport Road and Jordan Landing Boulevard Additional information, including draft project documents and comment form, is available at Wjordan.com or email info@wjordan.com. Information will also be posted on the West Jordan City Hall Facebook page.

YOU’RE INVITED …

Grand Opening of Fire Station 54/Bagley Park Police Substation The public is invited to tour the new Fire Station 54/Bagley Park Police Substation during the grand opening Saturday, May 2 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Scouts and groups are also welcome to come get a behind-the-scenes look at our police and fire operations. Police and firefighters will be on hand to demonstrate the many different tools they use to keep our community safe. The station is located at 9351 S. Hawley Park Road (5595 West) and will improve delivery of fire services and add a police presence to this growing area.


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AUDITIONS FOR “JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT”

ARTS COUNCIL’S LITERARY “RESUME WRITING” WORKSHOP

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Viridian Event Center 8030 S. 1825 West, 1-4 pm

City Hall 8000 S. Redwood Rd. 6 p.m.

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CITY PARKS OPEN FOR THE SEASON

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WEST JORDAN THEATER ARTS “THE NERD”

City Hall 8000 S. Redwood Rd. 6 p.m.

City Hall 8000 S. Redwood Rd. 6 p.m.

Pioneer Hall 1140 W. 7800 South 7:30 p.m.

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WEST JORDAN YOUTH THEATRE’S “WILLY WONKA”

PLANNING COMMISSION

MOUNTAIN WEST CHORALE’S SPRING CONCERT

Joel P. Jensen Middle School 8105 S 3200 West 7 p.m. and 2 p.m. Sat. matinee

City Hall 8000 S. Redwood Rd. 6 p.m.

Copper Hills High School 5445 W. New Bingham Hwy 7 p.m.

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CL ASS RUNS MAY 8&9

West Jordan Fire Department is teaching a two day Community Emergency Response Team training on May 8 and 9. This CERT course is for those residents and people who work or own businesses in West Jordan who would like to be trained on what to do in case of a natural disaster or other emergency. The course requires completion of an online course prior to taking the handson class. The hands-on portion is taught by West Jordan firefighters and other local professionals. Topics include Disaster Preparedness, Disaster Medical, Fire Suppression, and Search and Rescue. The online self-study portion usually takes about six hours to complete. The 12-hour classroom practical session will be held Friday, May 8 from 6-10 p.m., and Saturday, May 9 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. You must complete both portions and the required training hours in order to receive certification. CERT training is open to all West Jordan residents, ages 18 and over, and anyone who works within West Jordan City limits. The cost of the class is $35, to cover some of the costs of materials. The maximum number of students is 24 and is selected on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for this class, bring a $35 non-refundable deposit to Fire Station #53, 7602 S. Jordan Landing Blvd. (approximately 4000 West), between 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Park in the front lower parking lot and register with the Administrative Assistant, Marti. She will take your information, and give you a manual and instructions for completing the online portion. Any student who paid for the class previously and was unable to attend, must repay the deposit for the new upcoming class. The deposit money is non-refundable. If you have questions, please feel free to email certwjfd@wjordan.com or call 801-260-7300.


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WEST JORDAN SENIOR CENTER NEWS West Jordan Senior Center 8025 South 2200 West 801-561-7320

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he center is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Transportation is available Monday through Friday for those who live in the area. Transportation is free; call the center for more information. Most activities require you to sign up in advance.

April 7, 11 a.m. — April Birthday Celebration. Entertainment: Sheery Brennan. Everyone over 60 with an April birthday receives a free lunch, compliments of the West Jordan Senior Center Advisory Committee. Please let the center know if you have an April birthday.

March 26, 11 a.m. — Ronald McDonald Magic Show

April 8, 1 to 4 p.m. — Days for Girls Humanitarian Project. The center is hosting this event on the second Wednesday of each month. Come help cut, sew, or assemble washable feminine hygiene kits for girls in developing countries. If possible please bring a serger, sewing machine, cloth scissors, mat board and rotary cutting tools. Donations accepted include: girls brief (sizes 10, 12, 14) Ziploc brand freezer bags (gallon size), flannel and cotton (new, large or small pieces), washcloths, hotel-size soaps.

April 3, 11 a.m. — Easter Party. Entertainment provided by Don Bennion; be prepared for a little “name that tune.” Enjoy a special visit from the Easter Bunny and win a prize.

April 9, 12:30 p.m. — Red Hatters Meeting. The Red Hatters meet at the West Jordan Senior Center the second Thursday of each month. They are looking for some new members.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m. — Gentle Yoga Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. — Mexican Train Dominoes. Come and play.

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EDUCATION

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Exchange Club Presents ACE Scholarships By Tom Haraldsen

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nce again this year, the West Jordan Exchange Club has honored three local students with their ACE Award Scholarships. The awards were presented to the students at the club’s breakfast on March 5 at Jordan Valley Medical Center. This year’s winners were Jared Farnsworth from Copper Hills High School, Eastin Frederiksen from Valley High School, and Jeffrey Stanley from West Jordan High School. Each student was honored for overcoming great physical, emotional or social obstacles and being eligible for high school graduation. Two years ago, Jared Farnsworth was hit by a truck while in a crosswalk on his way to school. He suffered a traumatic brain injury, has 12 herniated discs in his spine causing pain and numbness, and has a torn shoulder which requires surgery that he is waiting for until after graduation so that he can focus on school. Despite these physical challenges, he works extra hard to maintain his 4.0 GPA. His injuries are going to be a lifelong struggle, but he is determined to not let them keep him from his dream of becoming an orthodontist. Eastin Frederiksen joined Valley High with one goal: to graduate early, which she just accomplished. “Eastin is an amazing student

who always gives her best,” wrote Cynthia Dzubak, her health and fitness teacher. “She is very respectful towards her classmates and teachers and loves to help others.” Eastin is focused on her future and is looking forward to the opportunities that furthering her education will bring. She is proud of her academic accomplishments and says she did it mostly

“ He is an inspiration to all who

see him because he is a living example that a person can become the master of the hand that he has been dealt, and even though it is never easy, you can succeed.” on her own with little parental involvement. Jeffrey Stanley has never let learning disabilities serve as an excuse to disrupt his classwork. Instead he works twice as hard to overcome his disabilities and to maintain a 4.0 GPA — even with a classload that includes numerous honors classes. He also

has athletic-induced asthma but still participates on the swim team. He has a drive to succeed and never give up. Two years ago his dad took his own life after fighting various battles with addictions and depression. Instead of using this loss as an excuse to be average, he made a conscientious choice to pursue a different path in life. “He is an inspiration to all who see him because he is a living example that a person can become

the master of the hand that he has been dealt, and even though it is never easy, you can succeed,” wrote West Jordan High’s scholarship coordinator, Barbara Goff. Each ACE award winner will receive $500 to use toward continuing education. Club members thanked Dannon for its generous support in sponsoring these scholarships. Award recipients will also have the opportunity to compete for additional scholarship money on the district and national levels. l


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Bring It On By Peri Kinder

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uring a fierce game of Connect Four, my grandson dropped his last red checker in the slot and yelled, “Yes! I won! I beat you two times in a row!” I quietly disassembled the game and carefully put the pieces back in the box. “I think it’s time for you to go home,” I said. “Get your coat.” Did I mention he was 8? I’ve had a bit of a competitive streak since childhood. In third grade, I challenged the fastest boy in class to a race because he said girls couldn’t run. We lined up at the starting line, taking off like rockets when our friend said “Go!” Halfway across the playground I realized I was not going to win. But instead of losing gracefully, I flung myself to the asphalt, shredding my jeans and kneecaps, and then accused him of tripping me. Seemed like a good idea at the time. No one is immune from my aggressive approach to activities. At the gym, I’ll casually glance at the screen on the stairclimber next to mine to see how hard that person is working. Yesterday, the lady on the adjacent machine was working at a level three, so I punched my stairclimber to level 11. She stayed at three, meandering through her routine while I increased my resistance to 13, 14 and 15. Take that, total stranger! Did I mention she was about 85? And carrying an ox-

ygen tank? And she didn’t know we were competing? I’m also a terrible winner. I’m all “Yo! Take that loser! In your face!” (Or something like that. It’s kind of an outof-body/mind experience.) And on the (rare) occasion my husband beats me at tennis/Words With Friends/Rack-O, the glacial chill I radiate could refreeze the polar ice caps. He says something stupid like, “You know it’s not the Olympics, right?” To which I respond, “Is that how you apologize?” “For winning?” Ignore. I blame my mom. She’s not around to defend herself, so it’s all good. Playing SkipBo with her was like a card game of Spy vs. Spy as she tried to sneak extra cards under our piles when we weren’t looking. We always thought she was a brilliant strategist. Nope. She cheated. When a friendly game of Charades with the family turns into a reenactment of the “Hunger Games,” it might

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o, if you’re on the stationary bike next to me; yes, we’re racing. And when I have a Connect Four rematch with my grandkids, I will display no mercy. They’d better show up and be serious because I will not go easy on them just because they’re in elementary school. l


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PREPARING FOR LOSS – MUST-HAVE CONVERSATIONS By Joani Taylor

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ne of the most tumultuous things we deal with in life is the death of a spouse. It can also have some devastating financial repercussions. New York Life (newyorklife.com) reports in a recent survey that 55 percent of widows and 38 percent of widowers have to adjust to a change in income. Recently my mother experienced complications from a common surgery that resulted in nearly $400,000 in hospital and doctor expenses and ultimately ended up costing her life. While insurance did pay a portion of the bill, the unexpected costs and hardship left me realizing how much of a difference some pre-planning could have helped my dad in dealing with the untimely loss. Here are four conversations you should have with your spouse or partner to help ease the financial and emotional hardships after your passing.

Will you have enough income?

Financial advisor Michael Maddocks of Amerprise Financial, Draper (ameripriseadvisors.com), reports that people often just pick a number out of the air when they get life insurance, without really considering needed future expenses. When deciding on a life insurance plan,

Michael recommends you should consider 1. The ever increasing costs of end-of-life expenses 2. Replacing lost future income and 3. Funeral expenses. However, if you are faced with an abrupt, unexpected loss, or if you or your loved one endures a long hospital stay incurring significant medical bills, you may be asked to come up with a large dollar figure. How do you prepare for these possible outcomes? 1. You should have an emergency fund and 2. You should revisit the amount of life insurance coverage you have at least annually. Lastly, look into a long-term care policy. This will help pay for some of the costs of an extended stay at a care facility while preserving your savings for retirement.

Funeral plans:

A 2010 survey by the National Funeral Directors Association (nfda.org) said that 66 percent of adults would like to choose to arrange their own funeral service, but only 25 percent have already made plans for them. Immediately after the death of your loved one is not the time to be price comparing mortuaries and attempting to determine what your wishes are in regards to their remains.

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