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Thank you for the opportunity to serve I hope you had a wonderful holiday season and that your 2020 is off to a good start. As your newly elected Mayor, I am excited to serve our community and keep North Ogden a great place to live. I believe part of the equation to keeping our city progressive, while maintaining important aspects of our culture, is the involvement of our citizens. I personally invite you to attend city council meetings, which are generally held the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm in the city offices. Additionally, there are numerous committees and other opportunities where citizens can be involved in providing feedback and serving the community. I encourage you to visit the city’s website to view a list of such committees and other volunteer opportunities. Currently, we are in the process of creating an Arts Guild that will be involved in overseeing the cultural events in the city. There have been very few applications submitted thus far. This may be a result of the lack of citizen awareness. Please know that we are committed to continuing to improve our communications to help you know what’s happening in North Ogden. Soon, citizens will be able to access a new section of our Facebook page and website entitled “Speak with the Mayor.” The purpose of this section is to allow you to express your opinion on various issues while getting a simple explanation of such things as planning commission and city council agendas, along with the results of those meetings. Stay tuned as we embark on developing this portion of our Facebook and website pages. You may ask yourself: why should I be involved in serving? There are many reasons, and one of those reasons is that service often has a boomerang effect, or in other words, what you give usually returns in a magnified way. I would like to relate to you a story I recently read. A young man was driving down the road in an old and battered pickup truck and stopped to help a motorist with a flat tire. It was obvious the motorist was quite wealthy. Once the tire was changed, the motorist asked the young man his name and offered to pay him. The young man responded that his name was Brian Anderson and he didn’t want to be paid but encouraged the motorist to take the opportunity to help someone else the next time there was an opportunity. The motorist proceeded down the road and stopped for lunch at a nearby café. The server at the café was pregnant and her attire was somewhat worn and dirty. The motorist remembered the encouragement given by Brian Anderson to help others in need. As a result, the wealthy motorist left the server a $400 tip. When the server got home, she walked into her bedroom, kissed her husband who was half a sleep, and said, “Good night Brian Anderson, I love you!” I’m optimistic that as we work together in the spirit of cooperation and serving our community, that 2020 will be a great year. I look forward to working with our committed City Council and staff. Thank you for the opportunity to serve! Neal Berube, Mayor

Stay connected! www.northogdencity.com The City's website has information on every department in the City.

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FEBRUARY The Connection Publishing Team Meet the people behind the pages of our magazines! We asked our staff what their favorite winter activity is. Ryan Spelts Publisher/Owner Melissa Spelts Owner Rhett Long Sales VP

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"I love being out in the beautiful mountains, skiing or snowshoeing."




COMMUNITY Calendar of Events Students of the Month History Communities that Care


BUSINESS ShelfGenie IntegraLAW Wasatch Peaks Credit Union


HOME Heiner's Insurance Center

Ann Park Sales & Writer

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City of North Ogden Service Requests Did you know you are a few clicks away from service? If you have a request for service (pothole, sign down, garbage can repairs, etc.) visit www.northogdencity.com and click on “Report Concern.” Fill in the blanks and your request is on its way to us.


Question: How do I Report a Code Violation? Answer: North Ogden City has employed a code

enforcement officer for the past several years. Their office is charged with enforcing the code by bringing people into compliance with the various rules and regulations of the city. The office focuses mainly on weeds, trash, trailers, and debris in the front yards and areas which are visible from the street. Please keep in mind that some plants which look like weeds are actually carefully cultivated. Several of our code provisions also allow for the storage of some materials, like vehicles, if they are properly screened from the street by a fence or other method. The department focuses on getting compliance and not generating fines, so we try to work with the individual residents on bringing their property into conformity with the rules. We appreciate your patience with us and your neighbors as we work through outstanding issues. Our code enforcement officer is willing to answer any questions you may have about what is prohibited. To report an issue or ask a question about an item please call 801-782-7219. Please understand that, because we work with homeowners on compliance, there won’t necessarily be an immediate change. If you have questions about proper procedures, city code, building permits, community events, how-to's, or other city-related questions, please send an email to jcall@nogden.org.

January 2020 Employee of the Month Brandon Dives has been employed with the North Ogden Police Department since June of 2001. During Brandon’s career, he has been a patrol officer, served as an agent with the Weber/Morgan Narcotics Strike Force, and is currently a sergeant in the patrol division. Brandon is being recognized this month due to his transition into a supervisory role in a patient and positive manner. Brandon has taken part in training five new officers this past year and has been a large contributor to those new officers’ early success. Brandon is someone that other officers can look up to because of his ability to lead by example. Brandon provides the community with superior customer service and he is one of the finest report writers in the department.

February 2020 Employee of the Month Preston Schaugaard has been with the North Ogden Police Department as a patrol officer since July of 2017. Preston has a great attitude and a tremendous work ethic. He never complains about anything and tackles any task given him, making it clear that he has pride in his work. During a recent shift, Preston was behind on several reports, with more to come, when a fellow officer was called to a high priority call. Preston stopped what he was doing, putting his own work aside, to go and help his fellow officer. Preston ended up spending a substantial amount of time assisting in his fellow officer’s investigation, knowing that his own work would still be waiting for him when they finished. Preston took this upon himself without being asked or told to do so. This is just a small example of the team player that Preston is.

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Business Spotlight Bertha & Beulah’s Fabric Shop

Mon-Fri 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. • Sat 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Phone: 801-782-6082 www.BerthaandBeulahs.com We got just what we wanted! A fabric shop in North Ogden! Susanne Stowers and her daughters, Jessica Stowers and Shannon Stevens, have talked for years about opening a fabric store in North Ogden, and it became a reality in late fall 2019. Bertha & Beulah’s was named for two nevermarried aunts of Susanne’s husband. The aunts always loved to quilt and sew and shared their love of sewing with their families. There is an original piece of their work up front as you enter the shop and a photo of these dearly-loved women behind the register. The cute shop has the feel of a mercantile store (a tribute to the mercantile store run by their family many years ago in North Ogden) with lots of fun things for sale. They have all sorts of items that would make great, quick gifts, like jewelry, honey, bath bombs, handmade items by local residents, etc. They also have home-décor items throughout the store that are for sale. There is so much to choose from, you may not be able to decide what to buy. They have a solution for that – gift cards are available for purchase. Most exciting, though, is the FABRIC! There’s lots of really nice fabric in the most beautiful colors and designs. They also have notions, patterns, and kits, all beautifully displayed throughout the shop. Do you need long-arm quilting or hem stitching? Look no further, because this shop does that too! And coming in 2020, they will have classes. Look for a schedule of upcoming classes coming out soon!




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Life Guard Training Course AMERICAN RED CROSS Through classroom learning and hands-on practice, participants will learn: Surveillance skills to help you recognize and prevent injuries, rescue skills - in the water and on land, first aid training, professional rescuer CPR - to help you prepare for any emergency, and professional lifeguard responsibilities like interacting with the public and addressing uncooperative patrons. PASSING: To pass course, participants must attend every class session, achieve 80% or better on each of the written exams (2), and achieve 100% on the Final Practical Skills Scenarios CERTIFICATION: Upon completion of between 25-30 hours of classroom and pool training, successful participants will receive a certificate for Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/ AED from the American Red Cross, valid for 2 years. REQUIREMENTS: • Participants must be 15 years old by the last day of the course. • All participants are required to pass a pre-course swimming test in order to continue with the rest of the course: • Swim 300 continuous yards (You may use the front crawl, breast stroke or a combination of both.) You must tread water for 2 minutes using only your feet. You must also swim 20 yards (Freestyle or Breaststroke), surface dive to a depth of 12 feet, retrieve a 10-pound object, return to the surface, and swim 20 yards back to the starting point. • There must be six (6) participants in order to run the class. • No guarantees that all students will pass the class. PROGRAM FEES: $45 Swim Test Administration Fee (due at time of registration) $135 Lifeguard Course Fee (due the 1st day of class) This Course fee includes the price of your instruction time, Lifeguard Training Manual, and resuscitation mask. All fees are non-refundable. CLASS DATES AND TIMES: Classes start Feb. 11th For a class schedule, please e-mail Justin Rasmussen: jrasmussen@nogden.org Participants must attend all classes in order to successfully complete the course. Please bring the LOCATIONS: following to class Box Elder Natatorium: 168 S. 600 W., with you EACH DAY: Brigham City, UT 84302 North Shore Aquatic Center: 245 East 2550 North, North Ogden, UT 84414

• Swimming Suit • CPR Pocket Mask • Lifeguarding Manual


Justin Rasmussen, a certified American Red Cross Instructor. For more information, contact Justin Rasmussen 801-737-0587 ext. 2 or 801-710-5959, jrasmussen@ nogden.org Please inform Justin at the beginning of the course if there are any physical problems that would affect your performance in the water.

• Pen/Pencil and Highlighter • Towel/Sweats • Snacks(optionalhighly recommended) • Lunch on Saturday Classes

Meet the Community Garden Manager Hi there. My name is Brett Borach, and I am excited for another gardening season. Since I was a small boy living in South Africa, where I was raised and educated, I always loved growing vegetables and getting my hands dirty in the dirt. This will be my 6th year growing veggies here in North Ogden, and if my previous 5 years of gardening is anything is to go by, I am going to have a bumper season. I spend a considerable amount of time looking after my garden boxes, so if you have any questions about the garden or gardening, I would be happy to help. If you miss me at the garden itself, feel free to email me questions at bborach@hotmail. com. Looking forward to meeting everyone and having a great gardening this year. Happy Gardening!

Military Deployment Waiver Did you know if you are deployed to active duty in a war zone you can apply for a utility fee waiver? Bring your deployment order to the Utility Department located at 165 E Lomond View Drive. Your utility fees will be waived during your deployment. Please call Stacie for more information at 801782-8111.


Flood Zones

Questions regarding flood zones should be directed to Lorin Gardner, City Engineer, at 801-782-8111. FEMA flood maps are available for your review at the city offices. We also have elevation certificates.

Questions, comments, accolades? Go to www.northogdencity.com/i-want-to/contact-us or see community contacts, right, for information.

Key Community Contacts Mayor: Neal Berube: 801- 686-0688 nberube@nogden.org Council Members: Cheryl Stoker: 801-782-9302 cstoker@nogden.org Phillip Swanson: 801-940-2111 pswanson@nogden.org Charlotte Ekstrom: 801-920-6987 cekstrom@nogden.org

City Council Meetings The Mayor and Council welcome your input and attendance at the council meetings held the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month starting at 6pm. Work sessions are held as needed on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Check www.northogdencity.com for changes.

For more news


Blake Cevering: 801-549-8202 bcevering@nogden.com Ryan Barker: 801-814-4306 rbarker@nogden.org City Hall: 801-782-7211 Planning:  

801-737-2220 Rob Scott - rscott@nogden.org

City Recorder/ H.R.: 801-737-9830 Annette Spendlove - aspend@nogden.org Building:  


Police: Business 801-782-7219               Dispatch 801-629-8221               Emergency 911 Chief Dirk Quinney dquinney@nogden.org Paul Rhoades - prhoades@nogden.org




801-737-9831 Bruce Higley - bhigley@nogden.org

Call Chris Turpin Authorized Dealer 801-648-4380

Public Works: 801-782-8111 David Espinoza - despinoza@nogden.org Shelly Robison - srobison@nogden.org Parks & Recreation: 801-737-0587 Tiffany Staheli - tstaheli@nogden.org Becca Godfrey - bgodfrey@nogden.org Jesse Felter - jfelter@nogden.org Justin Rasmussen - jrasmussen@nogden.org Nik Brown - n.brown@nogden.org City Manager/ City Attorney: Jon Call - jcall@nogden.org 801-737-9846 Senior Center: 801-782-6211 February 2020 | northogdenconnection.com 9


February Calendar of Events SCHOOL EVENTS

Feb 13: Girls Basketball @ NOJH 3 p.m. Feb 14: Comp Day - No School Feb 17: Presidents’ Day - No School Feb 19: Early Out | Parent Teacher Conference | Girls Basketball - BYE Feb 20: Girls Basketball Recognition Assembly Feb 21: Field Trip WHS Musical: The Robber Bridegroom 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. | Girls Basketball @ Wahlquist 3 p.m.  Feb 24: Late Start Feb 25: Frozen Jr. Elementary Matinee Performances 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Girls Basketball @ TH Bell 3 p.m.  Feb 27: Weber District Beginning Band Festival @ FHS | Frozen Jr. Musical 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Feb 28: Girls Basketball @ SOJH 3 p.m. | Frozen Jr. Musical 7 p.m.

Weber High Feb 1: Cheer Wildcat Invitational @ WSU Feb 4: Girls Basketball @ Layton 5:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Layton 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Feb 5-9: Warriorette California Trip Feb 7: UMEA Conference | Science Fair 7 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Girls Basketball @ Roy 5:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Roy 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Feb 8: Cheer Competition | Wrestling JV State | ACT Testing 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.  Feb 10: Zero Fatalities Drivers Ed 6:15 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.  Feb 11: Girls Basketball @ Weber 5:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Weber 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.  Feb 12: Wrestling 6A State ChamOrion Jr. High pionship | College Day 12 p.m. Feb 1: Regional Science Olympiad Happy - 2:30 p.m. | IB Parent Information Valentine's Feb 3: Late Start | Girls Basketball Night 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.  Day! Tryouts @ Orion Gym 2:35 p.m. Feb 13: Girls Basketball @ Weber 4:35 p.m.  5:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. | Boys BasketFeb 4: STEM STAR Club Meeting 2:45 ball @ Weber 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.  p.m. - 3:45 p.m. | Boys Basketball Playoff Feb 14: Comp Day - No School | SwimGame 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.  ming 6A State Championship Feb 6: FBLA Meeting @ Room 302 2:40 Feb 15: Swimming 6A State Championp.m. - 3:15 p.m.  ship Feb 7: Boys Basketball Championship Feb 17: Presidents’ Day - No School | Game 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Wrestling Girls State Feb 10: Late Start Feb 18: Girls Basketball State TournaFeb 11: Girls Recognition Assembly 2:05 ment | FASFA Meeting 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.  p.m. - 2:35 p.m.  Feb 19: Parent Teacher Conference Feb 13: Student of the Month @ Orion Early Out Media Center 9:20 a.m. - 10 a.m. | Girls Feb 20: Girls Basketball State TournaBasketball @ NOJH 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.  ment | Spring Musical 7 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  Feb 14: No School Feb 21: Spring Musical 7 p.m. - 9:30 Feb 15: State VEX Competition  p.m.  Feb 17: No School Feb 22: Spring Musical 7 p.m. - 9:30 Feb 18-21: Book Fair p.m.  Feb 19: Early Out | Parent Teacher Feb 24: Warrior of the Month Brunch Conference | Girls Basketball @ Orion 3 7:30 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. | Spring Musical 7 p.m. - 5 p.m.  p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  Feb 20: District STEM Science Fair Feb 26- 29: Girls Basketball State TourFeb 21: Fine Arts Field Trip to Weber nament High Play 8:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. | Girls Feb 28: Prom Assembly Basketball @ TH Bell 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.  Feb 29: Prom Feb 24-28: Basketball Camp @ Orion Gym 6 a.m.  North Ogden Jr. High: Feb 24: Tickets for Peter Pan go on sale Feb 3: Late Start | Girls Basketball Tryouts @ Orion Main Office | Late Start 3 p.m.  Feb 25: History Day @ the State Capitol Feb 4: Winter Stomp | Boys Basketball 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. | Girls Basketball Playoffs 3 p.m.  @ Orion 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. | Orchestra ConFeb 7: Boys Basketball Championship cert @ Orion Cafeteria 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.  Feb 10: Late Start | Ski Incentive | StuFeb 26: Choir Concert @ Orion Gym dent of the Month 7:30 a.m. - 8 a.m.  6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Feb 11: Early Out Feb 27: WSD Beginning Band Festival


@ Fremont High School 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. | National History School Competition @ Orion Cafeteria 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Feb 28: Girls Basketball @ Snowcrest 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. Maria Montessori Academy Feb 17: Presidents’ Day - No School Lomond View Elementary Feb 5-7: Parent Teacher Conference 1:30 p.m.  Feb 7: No Kindergarten  Feb 10: 6th Grade Registration 1:30 p.m.  Feb 14: No School Feb 17: No School - Presidents’ Day Bates Elementary Feb 5-7: Parent Teacher Conference 1:30 p.m.  Feb 7: No Kindergarten  Feb 14: No School Feb 17: No School - Presidents’ Day North Ogden Elementary Feb 5-7: Parent Teacher Conference (Wednesday Schedule)  Feb 7: No Kindergarten  Feb 14: No School Feb 17: No School - Presidents’ Day Feb 28: Picture Day - Cap & Gown, future leaders, class group pictures Every Monday and Wednesday: Choir 7:30 a.m. Majestic Elementary Feb 5-7: Parent Teacher Conference  Feb 12: Leadership Committee mtg. 7:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.  Feb 14: No School Feb 17: No School - Presidents’ Day Feb 26: Leadership Committee mtg. 7:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.  Green Acres Elementary Feb 5-7: Parent Teacher Conference  Feb 6: Arctic Circle Spirit Night 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. 325 Washington Blvd. Take your family to dinner and earn money for Green Acres, the school will receive 20% of all sales Feb 7: No Kindergarten Feb 11: NOJH Registration Feb 12: Leadership Committee mtg. 7:45 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.  Feb 13: 2nd Grade Field Trip @ Ogden Nature Center 8:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Feb 14: No School Feb 17: No School - Presidents’ Day Feb 20: 6th Grade Field Trip - WSH Play 9:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.  Feb 28: Spring Class Pictures

SENIOR EVENTS North View Senior Center 485 E. 2550 N. • North Ogden, Utah 801-782-6211 Lunch: 11:50 a.m. Mon, Tues, Wed, & Fri. Dinner: 5 p.m. Thurs. (Opens at 1 p.m.) Seniors over age 60 - $3.00 Seniors under age 60 - $6.00 *Meals include a main dish, fruit, vegetable, and dessert Hours: Mon. Tues. Wed. 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Thurs. 1 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Fri. 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday 8:30 a.m. Ceramics 10 a.m. Line Dance 12:30 p.m. Card Games 1 p.m. Computer Classes 2 p.m. Tap Dancing Tuesday 8:30 a.m. Zumba 9:30 a.m. Art 10 a.m. Line Dancing 12:30 p.m. Weight Lifting (Strength Exercises) 12:30 p.m. Card Games 12:30 p.m. Mah Jong Wednesday 9 a.m. Wood Carving 9 a.m. Bridge 10 a.m. Line Dancing 12:30 p.m. Card Games Income Tax Preparation - Call Zella to sign up. 801-782-6211 Thursday 1 p.m. Center Opens 1 p.m. Tap Dancing 5 p.m. Dinner 5:30 p.m. Entertainment Income Tax Preparation - Call Zella to sign up. 801-782-6211 Friday 8:30 a.m. Zumba 8:30 a.m. Ceramics 9 a.m. Bridge 10 a.m. Yoga (bring own mat) Special Activities and Events Feb 3. Haircuts at 11 a.m. $5 Feb 6. Saddle Strings at 5:30 p.m. Feb 8. Game Day at 10 a.m. Feb 10. Second Generation Band at 11:30 a.m. Feb 11. Blood Pressure at 11 a.m. Feb 12. Foot Clinic at 10 a.m. $10 Feb 13. Free Legal Advice at 4 p.m. call to

sign up., Flashback Band (Dinner/Dance) at 5:30 p.m. light refreshments served. Sign up for dinner. Dance starts after dinner. Feb 15. Gary Romer at 7 p.m. Feb 17. Closed for Presidents Day Feb 19. Foot Clinic at 10 a.m. $10 Feb 20. Bingo at 5:30 p.m. Feb 27. Grief Group at 2:30 p.m., Blood Pressure at 4 p.m., Carl Teneman at 5:30 p.m.

Feb 15-16: Banff Mountain Film Festival @ Peery’s Egyptian Theatre 7 p.m. 

These are available for your use: Library, Television, Billiards, Exercise Equipment, Air Hockey, Ping Pong Table

Feb 21: Newsies Opening Night @ Zigfeld Theater 7:30 p.m.

FUN THINGS TO DO! Feb 7: Northern Utah Marriage Celebration 2020 @ WSU Shepherd Union building 4 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Join us for an evening of education and entertainment. A fun date night for couples or individuals who want to prepare for or strengthen their marriage. Feb 8: S.L.I.M Fest Is an annual concert Series in North Ogden and the name stands for Support Local Independent Music. It showcases musicians and bands who are fan favorites from around the Ogden - Clearfield Area. Genres range from folk pop and blues to rock and country. | Grom Fest @ Powder Mountain 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. for skiers and snowboarders 12 yrs. and under | The Red Dress Concert @ Peery’s Egyptian Theatre 7:30 p.m.

Feb 16: Valentine Dinner Dance @ Ogden Eccles Conference Center. Candle lit dinner, music, and dancing. Live music provided by The Crescent Super Band. Tickets are $80/ couple or $45 / individual.   Feb 19: Fantastic Falcons @ Ogden Nature Center 3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Learn what separates falcons from other types of birds.

Feb 21-22: Time Out for Women @ Davis Conference Center Feb 24: Weber State University Storytelling Festival @ Ogden Eccles Conference Center Feb 26: Beavers: the brilliant builders @ Ogden Nature Center 3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. No other animal changes their environment more than the beaver. Meet at the visitor’s center for a hike

CITY EVENTS Feb 4: City Council Meeting @ Council Chambers 6 p.m. Feb 11:  City Council Meeting @ Council Chambers 6 p.m.  Feb 25:  City Council Meeting @ Council Chambers 6 p.m. 

NORTH OGDEN LIBRARY EVENTS Feb 23 - 29: Library Scavenger Hunt; ages 12 and under. Grab a list of clues from the Youth Service desk and complete the hunt to earn a prize. Feb 11: Coding Crew 4 p.m. Learn to build websites, apps, and more Feb 12: Spinning Top Quilt Squares 6:30 p.m. Registration Required 801-337-2650

Feb 15: Sensory Story Hour 10:30 a.m. Designed for children with special needs. Feb 18: Scratchboard Art 7 p.m. Registration Required 801-337-2650 Wednesdays: After School Program 2 p.m. Activities exploring STEAM.  Thursdays: Discovery Time 10:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m. Infant - 3 years and 4-5 years.

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Students of the Month Congratulations to our hardworking student's who are recognized by teachers and faculty at their schools. Good job!

Britney Smith

Drew Warnes

Weber High School

North Ogden Jr. High School

Britney is one of the most genuine people I have ever met. She sincerely cares about other people and is not afraid to be herself or allow others to be themselves. She seeks to include everyone--if someone doesn’t have a partner or needs a friend, I know I ask Britney to help, and she will do so with a smile. Britney has been an incredible student who cares not only about other people, but about her school work too. She always does her best in class and asks questions when she doesn’t understand things. She has a curious soul and seeks to learn, not just memorize or jump through hoops in order to pass. I am honored to know Britney and to have her as my student.

Drew’s attitude in class is something that sets him apart from other students. He’s always positive and studious and does not hesitate to show it; even when he’s been having a bad time, he doesn’t have any bad days. He infects others with this positive attitude, which makes the whole class better overall. He is dedicated to doing a good job. I’ve seen him progress since 7th grade to become an outstanding student who gives 100 percent. It is not always easy, as a teenager, to keep focused on a job that is dull or with which you don’t agree. However, Drew has shown that he is developing this skill of focus. He always fixes mistakes on assignments without complaint and thus shows that he’s willing to learn. He is also a great example of participation in my class. This is one of the most important aspects of great students, and Drew has it.

Rya Smith Orion Jr. High School

Rya is a 9th grader at Orion Junior High. She likes to bake, dance, sing, and hang out with her family. Rya loves Broadway musicals, with her favorite one being Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. She loves e You to Love sing and is currently in choir at Orion. Her favorite class is Design & Apparel, and she is excited to t TimesSeason liday be in that class this semester. Rya has a future goal to study Culinary Arts and open her own bakery. She is a very kinds/7 hearted, lovable, and caring person, and is happy just being herself. Congratulations, Rya!


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Weber Communities that Care Coalition BY JANAE TERRY

The Weber Communities that Care (CTC) coalition is striving to promote positive youth development and improve youth outcomes by addressing substance use and suicide within the Weber High School community. The Weber CTC has supported a variety of community events including the following: Weber School District’s Hope Week, National Drug Take Back Events, National Family Dinner Night, and city celebrations. Looking forward, the coalition will be involved in providing information and swag at the Weber vs Freemont High School basketball game, installing educational murals at local parks and aquatic centers, and participating in community education classes such as Love and Logic, Learning to Breathe, and Emotion Coaching. The Weber CTC is a collaborative organization of community members comprised of public and private health agencies, human service and civic organizations, local businesses, school personnel, and those interested in working to create a better community. By addressing specific risk factors, which are characteristics known to predict increased likelihood of risky behaviors and negative outcomes for youth, we can tackle concerns among the community. The Weber CTC has created an action plan to address the top three risk factors for youth in our community which are: perceived availability of drugs, (how easy young people think it would be to get ahold of drugs themselves), perceived risk of drugs (how much harm or risk there would be), and depressive symptoms (hopelessness and sadness). The Weber CTC is currently working on increasing community awareness of the coalition and increasing membership to help implement the created action plan.

WANT TO HELP OR NEED INFO? If you have questions or are interested in participating in the Weber CTC, please contact Janae Terry (Weber CTC coordinator) at janaet@weberhs.org or (801) 675-1150.


Weber CTC members at a Drug Take Back event


The Tale of the Toothpaste Tube or How to Communicate in a Marriage BY MARION STEWART


hen we were married, 45 years ago, toothpaste came in a soft metal tube and in order to get all of it out, one was supposed to squeeze it from the end and constantly push it up into the opening. At least, that’s how my husband looked at it. I, on the other hand, being a creative person and often distracted, sometimes forgot to do this. I knew it was important to him, but time often got in the way. Eventually, he would fix the tube. And he hardly ever complained about it. I chose to not feel controlled by his fixing and just appreciated that he would make it right—most of the time! I suppose we could have just bought separate tubes for each of us. But working this out contributed greatly to our happy married life. After all, we were working out more than toothpaste! We were learning to communicate. You have a choice when you are married. You can insist there’s only one right way, you can blame, you can get upset over silly things, or you can embrace your different styles, life experiences and choose to assume the best in your spouse. Why bring this up now? Because Valentine’s Day is coming. You can get traditional flowers, candy and spend the night out dining and dancing. But if you really want to give a great gift this year, try restraint, understanding and letting some of the small things go. Even with toothpaste, neither of us is perfect, but, after 45 years together working to resolve conflict, we think we are pretty perfect for each other!

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Kiwanis Club, A Positve Influence in our Community BY JOHN REYNOLDS

In 1946, just after WWII ended, a group of dedicated North Ogden citizens recognized the need for a service club to promote greater involvement of citizens in community affairs. The stated purpose of Kiwanis was “Service to Youth, Community and Nation.” A Kiwanis Club was chartered in September; 37 members began regular meetings and developed a number of service initiatives, many of which improved the infrastructure of the city. The club planted trees, built water fountains, and in general, helped when and where needed. They met in the basement of Wayne Barker’s Service Station, which was located near the Stump Springs in Lees Shopping Center. Barker maintained perfect attendance for 40 years and served as Club President in 195556. The charter President was J. Parley Spackman. The early club completed many worthy projects which were true to the organizations goals. Most of the club members are men, but women have had a strong influence, with some becoming members and many wives helping with community projects such as Cherry Days Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, Easter Egg Hunt, Yard Sales, Hope of America awards, and in assisting with regular meetings and fund-raising activities. In 1991-92, Virginia Kendall was the first and only woman to be Club President. In the 21st Century, North Ogden Kiwanis Club still pursues the same goals that members did 74 years ago - it’s all about community service. They are still focused on youth and

community service and channel their efforts into such projects as Hope of America, which awards sixth grade students for their good citizenship accomplishments. In the last decade, the club has donated literally tens of thousands of books to local elementary schools and has made donations of thousands of dollars to purchase electronic digital reading and learning materials. For nearly 50 years, the club has cooked the Cherry Days pancake breakfast and served around 1200 people in less than three hours. Proceeds from this go directly to fund many youth projects. Local businesses and individuals have been generous in contributing financially to Kiwanis fund raising over the years. Donations have made serving the community easier and are greatly appreciated. Kiwanis responds when needs are known, such as when school cafeteria personnel noticed a need to help some students with payment of lunches. Members are generous when Sub for Santa comes around; many students have been helped with special projects, such as a young woman who was pursuing Olympic Fencing and needed help. The list goes on and the response is most often positive for both giver and receiver. Kiwanis members now meet at the Senior Center in North Ogden on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. and anyone is welcome to join. NOTES – Information was taken from Kiwanis Club History Updates written in 1986 and 2006. I have been a member since 2002 and provided some of the documentation from my experiences with the club.

North Ogden Kiwanis Club still pursues the same goals that members did 74 years ago - it’s all about community service.

6th grade students at Lomond View Elementary receiving Hope of America awards for good citizenship and grades.


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In the 1830s, many Native Americans were forced from their homeland and were relocated to territories west of the Mississippi River. The journey they took is infamously known as the Trail of Tears, due to the thousands who died from the extreme cold, starvation, and harsh conditions they faced. The Choctaw people were one of the tribes affected, and they tried their best to make Oklahoma their home, despite losing many beloved family members along the way. Sixteen years later, news reached the tribe of the Irish Potato Famine.  A disease called late blight decimated the potato crop which was the staple food source for most Irish.  People were starving. An estimated 1 million people died and another estimated 1 million people emigrated from the country. The Choctaw saw their suffering and viewed it as unnecessary, similar to their own trial, and it inspired action motivated by empathy. The tribe donated $170, which is equivalent to about $5,000 today. The amount was small, but the love behind the donation had bound these unlikely nations together.  Their contribution made headlines in Ireland. It was extraordinary because it came from very far away and from a group who didn’t have familial ties with the


people who were suffering. The Irish people remember the seemingly small amount of money gifted as being legendary. Their bond remains strong and inspiring. We don’t have to look across the globe to find magnificent examples of charity, though. In fact, according to an article published on Oct. 3, 2019, Ogden was ranked the most charitable city in the country, with Salt Lake City coming in as the 6th most charitable city! MagnifyMoney, a personal finance website created by LendingTree, reported that 87% of residents in Ogden itemized returns with charitable donations on their tax returns that amounted to about 6.9% of the residents’ income. The study suggests cities that are religious centers, and cities that are highly charitable, seem to be linked.  Beyond the regular citizens who donate their resources to charity, there are some individuals and organizations that are taking action to shape our communities into better places. We have highlighted just a few, and we hope you take advantage of opportunities to show love through giving or service. Not only can it make others’ lives better, but it can bring more joy and fulfillment to your own. 

Sleep in Heavenly Peace

Scott Decaria, his friend Dave Marin, and another Syracuse man, Jay Tucker, were all inspired to start a chapter for Sleep in Heavenly Peace in Syracuse after they saw a TV segment highlighting the charity. The three of them have been helping to get children their own beds in Northern Utah ever since. The organization builds and delivers beds to children between 3 and 17 who are in tough situations and don’t have a bed of their own. At SHP, they work to raise money to build beds and then rally the community to construct them. “We bring in the tools and use the money donated to buy the material. We set up everything, and then volunteers help us build the beds. It’s a community effort,” said Decaria.  It’s an all-volunteer organization, even for the founder, so no one has a salary and all the money goes to helping the people.  Decaria said usually an organization will sponsor a build and then bring in the volunteers after they raise enough money. A full bunk bed costs $350, so divide the amount raised by the cost, and you have the amount of beds they can make. They’ve had many organizations participate, including Lowes and Crossfit; most recently, a Boy Scout used it for his Eagle Scout project in December of 2019. They even made the deliveries on Christmas Eve.  When they deliver beds, they deliver bedding and pillows, so it really helps when people donate these items. The Syracuse Lady Lions have been instrumental in making and donating quilts for the deliveries. Decaria said SHP also takes any monetary donations, even if a person or organization can’t sponsor a build. Once they get enough money raised, the three of them put on a community build. Stay tuned to their Facebook page to know when you can be a part of one!   SHP connects with people who need beds primarily through the SHP website www.shpbeds.org/. A person can fill out a form to request a bed. From there, the requests get routed to the nearest chapter based on their zip code. The Syracuse chapter takes all requests in Utah from the Salt Lake area to the north.  They try to get the word out to organizations that are plugged into the community. Decaria said they didn’t realize how much demand there was in their own community. “In our first year, we delivered over 200 beds… We are delivering beds as often as we can and still have a backlog of over 100 requests that need to be delivered.” 

Whole International

Kristi Corless saw a need to help women with their feminine hygiene needs when she and her daughter were on a humanitarian trip in Kenya. Girls did not have the sanitary supplies to go out in public and, therefore, would miss 3-5 days of school every month. Missing school so consistently makes it challenging for young women to graduate, and graduating from school is the key to escape poverty for a Kenyan woman. Her organization, Whole International, teaches Kenyan women how to sew reusable pads and make kits that last 3 years for the young women. This helps the girls going to school and gives women a viable option to earn money.  For $10, a young woman can attend school for 3 years without having to worry about her natural cycle.    There is a lot of pressure for women to take care of themselves or stay home when they are menstruating. One 12 or 13-year-old girl was publicly shamed for soiling her uniform at school. She came home and committed suicide. Corless said it is heartbreaking to see young women who are dedicated to school turn to selling sexual favors to men as a way to earn money to pay for their hygiene supplies. She said it happens more often than you would think. Money is scarce within many families, and paying for supplies month to month is just not a realistic option.  Whole international is focused on educating and empowering the women in Kenya. Anita is a local Kenyan who works closely with the Days for Girls organization and is the “boots on the ground” person who helps keep things running for Whole International. Corless said the biggest way anyone can help is through monetary donations, since it can be difficult to transport donated cloth and sewing supplies all the way to Kenya.

Whole International is focused on educating and empowering the women in Kenya.

Christmas Eve bed deliveries


Awesome Autistic Ogden

Stacy Bernal is a mom of two boys, and her 14-year-old son, Haiden, has Autism Spectrum Disorder. In March of 2018, she saw there were Autism Walks planned in Logan and Provo, but there was nothing happening in Ogden. She took matters into her own hands. She put together an autism walk in downtown Ogden, and that is how Awesome Autistic Ogden got its start. Bernal said one of their goals at AAO is to teach others to love and appreciate people with neuro diversity. Sometimes, ASD manifests itself when a person doesn’t act the way people expect in social situations. They can look like anyone else, but they act and learn differently.  Underneath the differences that might be obvious, they are still people who have a sense of humor, quirks, and personality. It’s just a matter of getting to know them. Bernal said there is a pretty good awareness of autism in the community, but what we need are more people who care and get to know the people who have it. “If you see the kids who are a little different, if you see someone who could use a friend, be that friend. Stand up for the person if you see someone getting made fun of.”

“If you see the kids who are a little different, if you see someone who could use a friend, be that friend."

Today, Bernal and her committee are also working to connect resources with the people in and around Ogden who need them. Making the drive to Haiden’s multiple appointments each week in Salt Lake was tough, and she is hoping to coax more organizations to serve the Ogden area closer to home. AAO held their first annual event last year that brought organizations from all over Northern Utah to Weber State for a screening of Extraordinary People. This year, Bernal hopes to bring more resources and people who would benefit from them to their event on April 11th, at the Ogden school district Special education building. It will be an open house with sensory activities geared for kids with ASD, and booths will be set up for the parents to get information about the various organizations. Anyone interested in volunteering at the event can connect with Bernal via the Awesome Autistic Ogden Facebook page. Two people can be diagnosed with autism, but how it affects their day-to-day life can be very different. There isn’t a “one size fits all” solution, and Bernal emphasized that what works for one person doesn’t always work for another. She said that’s one reason why it’s so important for parents to have access to resources so they can find what works for their child. The love and passion behind Awesome Autistic Ogden comes from knowing what it’s like to be a special needs parent, and she hopes AAO can help bridge the gap for other parents. 

United Way

Historically, United Way has dispersed funding to various charities, but now that’s just a part of what they do. Tim Jackson, the President CEO of United Way in the Ogden and North Ogden area, explained they have programs that focus on education, income, and health. Jackson said the volunteers find it very rewarding, especially when they see the difference their work is making. The people who tutor children reading in schools can see the improvement over time. Some volunteers are trained through an organization to do taxes for free for low income families. They walk away knowing they’ve saved families a lot of money where every little bit makes a big difference. 20

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“People face crisis and run into situations that are out of their control,” said Jackson. He emphasized the importance of giving people a hand up instead of a hand out.  United Way oversees the 211 resource and referral hotline. Anyone can call this number and get help for whatever type of service they need. Are you about to be evicted? There is help for that. Need a counselor? They’ll connect you to one. The number isn’t only for people in need. Anyone can call, tell the operator what city they’re in, and ask for opportunities to volunteer as well.  

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ave you ever dreamed about being a Hollywood stuntwoman or a movie star? A mysterious wind blows your hair as you walk in slow motion, and your theme song plays in the background. And when the camera is ready, you gracefully jump into the air and land in one of those humongous air bags. Then, you wink at the director, brush off your black leather jacket, and go on your way. Awesome. Well, I’m not a talent scout, but if you’d like to try a short version of the Hollywood stunt jump, you can go to the Fly High Adventure Park in Ogden. They are just behind the Newgate Mall, easy and close for those coming from anywhere in Weber County. Maybe you like to watch TV shows about Ninja Warriors; the Adventure Park has a Ninja Warrior course. Are you fast enough to beat the record on the wall? Their staff will be happy to time your feats of strength and agility, and if you make the top ten, your name goes on the board. You’ll be famous forever.

Fly High has time set aside every Friday morning for young people with special needs. With a parent or caretaker alongside, they can come and have fun. It’s a slower paced, less crowded time, and they keep the music soft for kids that have trouble with loud noises. They also have times set aside for parents and tots. Fly High often hosts parties. They have great party space and a great concession counter with a kid-friendly menu of pizza, nachos, chicken nuggets, pretzels, Cold Stone Creamery treats, and Zeppe’s Italian Ice and Custard. This is great news for all the North Ogden and Pleasant View residents who are really sad right now because Zeppe’s is closed for the season. Don’t tell anyone I told you, but you can get an Italian Ice or custard at Fly High all year long! If you want, you can come in just for the custard.

Another favorite at the park is the Duck and Jump, a large padded bar that spins around. You can jump over it, dodge under it, or.... you should pick one of those options. This is a favorite with kids. I watched a little boy who looked too short to have a chance totally clear it with a spectacular jump. Nice job. Maybe you’re tired of the squeaking sound of your kids jumping on the furniture and you need someplace better for them to jump. The Adventure Park has tons of trampoline space where kids can jump, tumble, or play dodgeball. Do your kids like to climb? The Adventure Park’s Nets Course would be great for them. They can traverse the whole length of the building, climbing, balancing, and swinging.


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Like anything really fun, everyone does need to sign a waiver. Parents can do this online ahead of time. It saves time when you’re checking in. A reminder for all the grandparents out there: keep up the fine work, but remember that parents have to sign the paperwork. A big thanks to General Manager Daniel Allen, who did a great job showing me around. He reviewed their safety rules and procedures, which, for an activity of this kind, are very important. Everyone who plans to come should take the time to be familiar with them. There was a lot to see, from the slack line, the arcade, the parkour course, and to all the different options for jumping. What can I say? This experience had lots and lots of UPS and DOWNS, and we had a great time!

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We've got three recipes for you to make a fun Valentine's Day dinner or treat for your loved ones.



Chocolate Fondue By Melissa Spelts

This is a tradition that I looked forward to as a child. I love CHOCOLATE. My mom always made this so fun with all kinds of fruit, angel food cake, and other fun things to dip. She always used her crock pot for warming. My family has fond memories sitting around the kitchen table eating this treat while spending time together. It really is a perfect treat to share with your loved ones on Valentine’s Day. 16 oz. semi sweet or dark chocolate chips 1 ½ c. whipping cream In a sauce pan, melt the chocolate chips on a low setting, stirring often to keep it from burning. Once the chocolate is melted, whisk in whipping cream. Add to fondue pot, crock pot, or bowl. If you use a bowl, your chocolate will be dipable for about 40 minutes.

Caramel Fondue

This is a simple recipe we found online at lecremedelacrumb.com. Three ingredients and voila, you have yummy fondue! The simplicity makes it that much better! 25 caramels, unwrapped 1/3 c. milk or heavy cream 1/3 c. mini marshmallows 1/2tsp. fine sea salt (optional) Add all ingredients into a crockpot or in a sauce pan for about an hour on low. Add salt (optional). Start dipping.


Apples Marshmallows Pretzels Bananas Strawberries Cookies Chocolates

CHEESE DIPPERS! Bell peppers Bread pieces Cubed salami or sausage Small tomatoes Cauliflower Broccoli Celery sticks

Tasty Dip: BACON! It's as good as it sounds.

CHOCOLATE DIPPERS! Apples Strawberries Raspberries Frozen cheese cake chunks Vanilla wafers Banana slices Graham crackers

Angel food cake Pretzels Marshmallows Pineapple Mandarin oranges Cinnamon bears

Tasty Dip:

Cut Rice Krispy treats into bars and dip in chocolate or caramel fondue.

Pepper Jack Fondue Ryan is not a big fan of overly sweet treats. He enjoys savory treats more, so we made this yummy cheese fondue with him in mind. It was delicious. ½ lb. Pepper Jack cheese, cubed or shredded ¼ lb. Mozzarella cheese, cubed or shredded 1 ½ tsp cornstarch 1/3 c. chicken broth salt and pepper to taste Melt the cheese in a saucepan on low heat. When melted, add cornstarch and chicken broth. Stir until thick and creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste.

+ Rules of of fondue...

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Kirt's Drive-In A new take on a classic BY RYAN SPELTS


hen you have an iconic restaurant in your community like Kirts, it is a risk to change anything! Especially since it has been around since before many of us were born. You have loyal followers that have long-time favorites, so you want to keep them happy, but you also want to update, make things fresh, and add some fun new flavors. When Kevin Hall and Nathan Hide purchased Kirts last year, their goal was to do a refresh but keep the classic soul of Kirts in place. We were able to sit down with Kevin recently and sample their new food. Kevin and Nathan also own Peach City in Brigham City and love hometown drivein style restaurants with nostalgic vibes. When they found out that Kirts was for sale, they were excited to bring it into their fold.

Come Back Favorites

The first transition they made was to upgrade the quality of the beef and buns in the burgers. Nice juicy, thick patties are now standard at Kirts. Along with the updated patties and buns, they have introduced several new flavor profiles in their burgers; you can choose from 8 specialty burgers. We were able to try the Cowgirl Joe, a BBQ burger with onion rings, The Bacon Bleu Burger with bleu cheese and crisp bacon, and the Pastrami Burger. We loved them all and could tell that quality ingredients were used. My favorite was the Pastrami Burger, and Melissa really enjoyed the Cowgirl Joe. Another new addition is a variety in fries. They have classic French fries, along with waffle cut fries and sweet potato fries. I really liked the waffle cut style fries. They have also added in some specialty drinks. We tried a Jitter Bug, which is a tart green apple in an alien green color. Both Melissa and I favored the Peachy Keen, which is a peaches and cream flavored soda. Add these new flavors to an already awesome ice cream, soda, and slushy

>> One new change is thicker, juicy beef patties. lineup, and Kirts is sure to please the whole family. Plus, look forward to this coming summer when Kirts will introduce a new tradition of car shows throughout the season at the restaurant. This will help them with one of their goals, which is to bring the community together and create connection. We share that goal with them: fostering community connection! Go give the new menu a try; we think you’ll soon find a new, although familiar, favorite. We are excited to have new owners at Kirts who value the traditions of old, while bringing us some bold new flavors. Editor's Note: The What to Eat article you just read is a sponsored restaurant spotlight. We do not critique restaurants and if we run across a restaurant that we don’t enjoy, we will simply refund their money and not run the article because we choose to focus on the positive. We just want to share with you what we experience at these local eating establishments that in-part support this publication.

 Kirt's Drive-In 1974 N 400 E St. in North Ogden

Pastrami Burger and Cowgirl Joe Burger Peachy Keen Soda


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North Ogden Connection February 2020  

Showing love through service, Recipes, Mayor Message, City News, North Ogden, Fondue, calendar of events

North Ogden Connection February 2020  

Showing love through service, Recipes, Mayor Message, City News, North Ogden, Fondue, calendar of events