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January 2019

HAPPY 2019! Goal setting page 18

Winter WARM-UP Foods Beat Winter Boredom with the FUN JAR! pg. 15 What to Eat: La Puente







A New Beginning

"The beginning of a New Year is a blank piece of paper."

The month of January is the beginning of a new year. It is time when we take a moment to reflect on where we are in life and where we want to be. It is a time to look at the positive side of any circumstances you face. You only have two options. If you don’t fill your mind with positive thoughts, it will be filled with negative thoughts instead. Complaining and worrying would release negative hormones in your body and harm your health, whereas focusing on the positive aspects of life would release positive hormones in the body and improve health and happiness. A positive mindset is one of the attributes of successful people.

The beginning of a New Year is a blank piece of paper. It is a chance to redesign your life into something different. You can list the things you want to accomplish and develop a plan to pursue them. A clear vision backed by definite plans gives you a tremendous feeling of confidence and personal power. I hope it will include helping others who may be less fortunate with the objective to brighten their day. Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new. Develop an attitude of gratitude and give thanks for everything that happens to you knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something better than you current situation. If you have the attitude that it will be a great day or year it usually is. We live in a great community with great people. Some who settled here from pioneer stock. It is wonderful place to live and has attracted significant growth. It will continue to grow in the years ahead. We need to plan ahead for this growth and seek directions from everyone as to how we accomplish this. I think of the statement made by President John F. Kennedy when he said, “Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country.” I would paraphrase that to say ask not what your city can do for you – ask what you can do for your city. With that attitude we can continue to enjoy the great blessing of living in North Ogden.

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Sections 29 HOME


Heiner’s Insurance Wasatch Credit Union

Calendar of events • History Students of the Month Monday Fun Day Activities


24 OUTDOORS Teachers trek to Mt. Everest


Beat Winter Boredom


2019 Goal Setting


Winter Warm-Up Foods


Places to Eat: La Puenta

Cover photo by Melissa Spelts

Winter Warm-Up Foods



What to Eat


28 BUSINESS Intervivos

letter from the editor Happy New Year! This is a great issue with a feature article about goals and a new addition to our What to Eat section. We hope you enjoy the articles and coupons in this new ongoing section. Also make sure to follow us online as we are running monthly contests sponsored by advertisers on our Facebook and Instagram pages.

Just search North Ogden Connection and follow us. We have a great one this month sponsored by Core Fitness. Let’s make 2019 our best year yet!

Ryan Spelts, Publisher

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City of North Ogden Recent Traffic Pattern Changes in North Ogden City

Employee of the Month-January

2550 North and Washington Boulevard The City Street Department has been working with UDOT for several months to redesign the intersection at 2550 and Washington Blvd. Many of you who have traveled through the intersection in the past several years have realized the intersection did not use the same lane configuration as other parts of the City. Specifically the left hand turn and straight through combination with a dedicated right hand turn has now been swapped to the more traditional dedicated left hand turn with a straight through and right hand turn combination.

Anthony has a great attitude toward work and toward life in general. He is fun to be around and spreads positive vibes. Anthony’s dedication to the police department is evident from his willingness to help anyone and everyone with any task. He has great public relation skills and is committed to providing top notch customer service.

2600 N. and Mountain Road We recently completed a traffic study at the intersection of 2600 N. and Mountain Road and found that a majority of vehicles traveling through the intersection were being required to come to a full stop, while a minority of the vehicles were able to make a left hand or right turn onto Mountain Road without stopping. Based on that information, the Police Department made the decision that it was safer to allow north and south bound traffic to proceed through the intersection and require east bound traffic to stop. As part of this change we have also trimmed several trees around the intersection to provide for greater visibility.

Anthony Bersamin

A few months ago Anthony was in the city off duty. He was preparing to attend some K9 training when he heard a traffic accident come in over the radio. It was obvious that the accident was going to be bad from the information dispatch was giving, so Anthony responded to assist. Anthony happened to be the first on scene, where he found two young children trapped in the back seat of one of the cars. Both children were unconscious and seriously injured. Without hesitation Anthony began trying to free the kids. Once the kids were out of the vehicle he assisted with providing CPR to one of the victims. Anthony ended up spending the entire day working on that accident when it normally would have been his day of training.


Question: How does the City establish speed limits and traffic controls? Answer: Several questions have come up recently asking if the City can install traffic signals, stop signs, or modify speed limits throughout the City. In general, the standard speed limit is 25 mph for all non-posted roadways. Most of the larger roadways are faster speeds, though occasionally some roads are still 25 mph. When people ask if the City will install 4-way stop signs or reduce speed limits we cannot always say yes. The reason is that there are certain standards which must be met before the state laws will allow us to add stop signs or reduce speed limits.

When a large enough concern is raised, the administration asks the Police Department to perform a traffic analysis to determine the current usage patterns to help in the decision making process. The ultimate decision is left to the Police Department as they apply the appropriate traffic criteria as handed down by the state rules and laws. Often times there are more considerations which come into the analysis than the immediate concern raised by one of our residents. We have seen several improvements recently based upon suggestions by residents and look forward to the continued support of our residents in making our community the wonderful place that it is. 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

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City Business Spotlight Beans & Brews Coffee House has been around since 1993, when the Laramie family opened shop next to Salt Lake City’s beloved hangout, Liberty Park. The family refined the process of high-altitude roasting, which required special tweaks just like high-altitude baking. They soon got the process just right, and they built a reputation for uniquely smooth coffee in a friendly neighborhood setting. The manager, Savannah, says that it is great to work for a company that is run by a good, honest family. There are 12, fun upbeat employees in North Ogden who love to serve their customers. Beans and Brews uses all locally sourced foods and their beans are roasted in Sandy, Utah. They have a full menu including traditional favorites, chocolate cravings, brewed, blended, and frozen drinks. They also have breakfast-type sandwiches, bagels, and pastries that they serve throughout the day and a Turkey Pesto Melt. They are able and happy to accommodate most dietary restrictions. The store has a clean, open feeling that invites you to hang out there. They are open Monday through Thursday 5 am - 9 pm, Friday/ Saturday 5 am - 9 pm, and Sunday 6 am - 9 pm. 2420 North Washington Blvd, STE 1 • North Ogden, UT 84414

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North Ogden in 2030 The City is evaluating who we are and what will our identity be in the year 2030. To begin that discussion, we are looking for residents and other interested individuals to help us create a wish list of events, projects, and goals of the City. Once the list is created, the residents and Council will look at the tangible and intangible costs and benefits and select a vision for our community. These three questions are intended to spark “pie in the sky” as well as practical ideas and solutions so the City has all the options in front of it. Please help us out by spending some time really thinking about where you would like the City to be in 2030. • What type of activities, events, or programs would you like to see held in the City? •

What type of projects or facilities would you like to see City funds support?

What do you think should be the City goals for the next 10 years?


Call 801.782.5977 today for Auto, Home, Life and Business.

The survey is found at forms/7Py1dyQtB8Rkt7pZ2 Expires 3/31/19

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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. Check for changes. Work sessions are held as needed on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 pm.

Flood Zones

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


Key Community Contacts Mayor: Brent Chugg - 801- 737-9836 Council Members: Cheryl Stoker - 801-782-9302 Phillip Swanson - 801-940-2111 Carl Turner - 801-737-0398 Blake Cevering - 801-549-8202

Questions, comments, accolades? Go to or see community contacts, right, for information.

For more news

Ryan Barker - 801-814-4306 City Hall: 801-782-7211 Planning Director: 

801-737-2220 Rob Scott -

City Recorder/ H.R. Director: 801-737-9830 Annette Spendlove - Building:  

801-737-9831 Bruce Higley -

Police: Business 801-782-7219               Dispatch 801-629-8221               Emergency 911 Chief Dirk Quinney Paul Rhoades - Public Works Director:  801-782-8111 David Espinoza - Shelly Robison - Parks & Recreation: 801-737-0587 Tiffany Staheli - Becca Godfrey - Jesse Felter - Justin Rasmussen - City Admin./ City Attorney: Jon Call - 801-737-9846 Senior Center: 801-782-6211 January 2019 | 9


January Calendar of Events North Ogden Jr. High Jan 4 - Basketball vs. Rocky 3 PM to 5 PM Jan 8 - Basketball @ Orion 3 PM to 5 Weber High School PM Jan 2 - Girls Basketball @ ew N Happy Jan 15 - Basketball vs. Wahlquist 3 ! ar Northridge - 5:15 PM to 7:15 PM Ye PM to 5 PM Jan 3 - Wrestling @ Clearfield 6 PM Jan 18 - Basketball @ Bell 3 PM to to 8 PM, Boys Basketball Mountain 5 PM Crest @ Weber 7 PM to 9 PM Jan 21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No Jan 4 - Wrestling Richardson Memorial, School Girls and Boys Basketball (BYE) Jan 23 - Basketball vs. South 3 PM to 5 Jan 5 - Wrestling Richardson Memorial, PM Winter Bash 8 PM to 10:30 PM Jan 25 - Basketball @ Snowcrest 3 PM to Jan 8 - Girls Basketball Davis @ Weber 5 PM - 5:15 PM to 7:15 PM, Boys Basketball Jan 29 - Basketball vs. Sand Ridge 3 PM Davis @ Weber 7 PM to 9 PM to 5 PM, Girls Basketball Clinic 3 PM to Jan 9 - Wrestling - Layton @ Weber 6 5 PM PM to 8 PM Jan 30 - Girls Basketball Clinic 3 PM to Jan 10 - Swimming Weber @ Davis 3:30 5 PM PM to 5:30 PM Jan 31 - Girls Basketball Clinic 3 PM to Jan 11 - NO SCHOOL - Professional 5 PM Learning Day, Girls Basketball Weber @ Fremont 5:15 PM to 7:15 PM, Boys Orion Jr High Basketball Weber @ Fremont 7 PM to 9 Jan 8 - Boys Basketball Game - North PM Ogden @ Orion 3 PM to 5 PM Jan 12 - Girls Wrestling Tournament Jan 10 - Boys Basketball Game - Orion @ Athena Battle 8 AM to 10 AM Wahlquist 3 PM to 5 PM Jan 15 - Girls Basketball Syracuse @ Jan 11 - Professional Learning Day - No Weber 5:15 PM to 7:15 PM, Boys school Basketball @ Weber 7 PM to 9 PM Jan 15 - Boys Basketball Game - T.H. Bell Jan 17 - Swimming Weber vs. Fremont @ Orion - 3 PM to 5 PM @ Ogden 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM, Wrestling Jan 18 - Boys Basketball Game - Orion at BYE week, All State Band at BHS So. Ogden Jr. High 3 PM to 5 PM Jan 18 - All State Band at BHS, Girls Jan 21 - Martin Luther King Day - No Basketball Layton @ Weber 5:15 PM School to 7:15 PM, Boys Basketball Layton @ Jan 23 - Boys Basketball Game Weber 7 PM to 9 PM Snowcrest @ Orion 3 PM to 5 PM Jan 19 - All State Band at BHS Jan 25 - State Honor Choir 8 AM to 4 Jan 21 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No PM, Boys Basketball Game - Orion @ School Sand Ridge 3 PM to 5 PM, Jan 22 - Girls Basketball Northridge @ Jan 29 - Boys Basketball Game - Roy Jr. Weber 5:15 PM to 7:15 PM, Boys @ Orion 3 PM to 5 PM Basketball Northridge @ Weber 7 PM to 9 PM Jan 24 - Wrestling Weber @ Fremont Maria Montessori Academy Dual 6 PM to 8 PM Jan 12 - Professional Development - No Jan 25 - Swimming Region 1 Meet @ School Davis Rec Center 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM, Jan 15 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No Girls Basketball Weber @ Clearfield School 5:15 PM to 7:15 PM, Wrestling Corner Canyon Dual 6 PM to 8 PM, Boys Basketball Weber @ Clearfield 7 PM to 9 PM Jan 29 - Girls Basketball Weber @ Davis 5:15 PM to 7:15 PM, Boys Basketball Weber @ Davis 7 PM to 9 PM



SENIOR EVENTS North View Senior Center 485 E. 2550 N. • North Ogden, Utah 801-782-6211 Volunteers are needed at the senior center. Lunch: 11:50 AM Mon, Tues, Wed, & Fri. Dinner: 5:00 PM Thurs. (Opens at 1 PM) 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. 8:00 AM-4:30 PM Thurs. 1:00 PM - 7:30 PM Fri. 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Monday 8:30 Ceramics 10:00 Line Dancing 12:30 Pinochle 2:00 Tap Dancing Tuesday 8:30 Zumba 9:30 Art 10:00 Line Dancing 12:30 Weight Lifting (Strength Exercises) 12:30 Mahjong 12:30 Pinochle Wednesday 9:00 Wood Carving 9:00 Bridge 10:00 Line Dancing 12:30 Pinochle Thursday 1:00 Center Opens 1:00 Tap Dancing 5:00 Dinner 5:30 Entertainment Friday 8:30 Zumba 8:30 Ceramics 10:00 Yoga (bring own mat) 12:30 Pinochle Jan 1 - Closed Jan 3 - Sing a Long at 5:30 PM Jan 5 - Game Day at 10 AM Jan 7 - Haircuts at 10:30 AM $5,


Computer Classes at 1 PM (teacher is available to help) Jan 8 - AARP Driving Class at 10 AM Jan 9 - Foot Clinic at 10 AM, Living with Chronic Pain class at 1 PM, Cell Phone class at 2 PM Jan 10 - Legal Help at 4 PM (call to sign up), Randy Burgess at 5:30 PM Jan 14 - Computer Classes at 1 PM (teacher is available to help) Jan 16 - Foot Clinic at 10 AM Jan 17 - Saddlestrings at 5:30 PM Jan 19 - Gary Romer Dance at 7 PM Jan 21 - Closed For Martin Luther King Day Jan 24 - Grief class at 2:30 PM, Karaoke at 5:30 PM Jan 28 - Computer Classes at 1 PM (teacher is available to help) Jan 31 - Bingo at 5:30 PM AARP Tax Help starts in Feb. Call Zella and sign up 801-782-6211

Volunteer help is needed in the Kitchen and with Computer Maintenance North Ogden Historical Museum Dec 16 to Jan 28 - Closed for the winter

FUN THINGS TO DO! Tubing at Soldier Hollow Nordic Center. $25 Adults, $23 Youth (6-12), $13 (3-5) - weekend pricing Ice skating at Weber State University $5.50 (3-17 yr old), $6.50 (18 plus)

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Doing Community Good Here are a few shining examples that our city has come together to help others! BY RYAN SPELTS

Lomond Elementary, left to right: Principal Justin Skeen, Child Nutrition Specialist Nonna Coleman, Kiwanian Dave Powers, and Kiwanian Lorell Fawson

Bates Elementary School, front and back, left to right: Colette Blechert, Kiwanian Chris Battrick, Julie Clawson, Kristy Child, Nancy Burton, Jaelynn Smalley, Principal Laura Wright, Kiwanian Lorell Fawson, and Kiwanian Dave Powers

North Ogden Kiwanis Club-Food Donations On another front, the North Ogden Kiwanis Club is out and about doing good again. After hearing about schools struggling with tight budgets because of overdue lunch accounts from some local families, the club went to work to see if they could help. Kiwanis is a non-profit organization that directly benefits the children, schools, and parks of North Ogden. Having just celebrated 72 years in existence, the club continues to volunteer time, money and service to the community, working in partnership with local area businesses. Traditionally at this time of year the Kiwanis Club works with the North Ogden Police Department in offering boxes of food and a donation of $200 to 3 families in need. Having accomplished that goal this year, the Club was not yet done serving. Lorell Fawson and Dave Powers heard news that local elementary schools were experiencing problems with delinquent lunch accounts and that families were unable to pay. Dave and Lorell coordinated with the principals and lunch support staff at 5 local elementary schools and were able to pay off all delinquent accounts totaling $1,300. They organized a letter to be sent to each parent informing them of the gift and that they would not have to pay their delinquent balances. A great Christmas gift indeed.

Kiwanian Chris Battrick, Administrative Executive and Office Manager Lorrie Frazier, Lt. Bill Aeschlimann, Officer Solares-Mejia (his second day with NOPD!), and Det. Paul Rhodes.

Majestic Elementary School, left to right:Kiwanian Lorell Fawson, Principal David Wallace, Child Nutrition Specialist Lorrie Johnson, Kiwanian Dave Powers, and Kiwanian Chris Battrick

Helping the Taylor Family Sheril Thompson who works at Bates Elementary and Marc Naylor owner of Valley Glass had their heart go out to the Taylor family who lost their father last month and wanted to do something for them. Sometimes it is difficult to know what to do. They got together and decided that it would be best to give them a side of beef from Thompson Ranches that would last that large family for a while. Thompson Ranches says, “Beef and smart kids go hand in hand. Without good beef, we likely wouldn’t have smart kids.” Well those Taylor kids are all very smart. The generosity of our community is so wonderful and so much good has been done for this very deserving family. January 2019 | CONNECTIONPUBLISHING 13


Students of the Month Kyland Schow

Maci Bench

Weber High School

Maria Montessori Academy

Every time Kyland Schow sees teachers (even if he has never been in their class) he is so kind and asks how we are doing. He acts like everyone he meets is his best friend, he is kind to everyone he meets. We all just love him, he has made an impact on all of us and we appreciate what a great kid he is.

Maci is an amazing student here at Maria Montessori Academy! She has been on the Student Council, where she has organized events and projects to improve student morale and the school community. She has been a peer mentor working with younger students, and is a member of HOPE Squad, our student suicide prevention and community building organization. She won first place in the MMA Science Fair last year and participated in the Richey Science Fair at Weber State University. Maci is an accomplished photographer and she is very creative. Maci is a kind and caring young woman and we are proud to have her represent our school. Her quote to remember is “Always fall asleep with a dream and awake with a purpose.”   

Bella Pincombe Orion Junior High School Bella is an eighth grader at Orion Jr. High. She enjoys sketching, music, and running. Her favorite classes at Orion are math, art, and science. Bella has a personal goal to improve herself and become better in life and at school. She is very empathetic and enjoys helping others and being a good example. Bella would like to go to college to become a surgeon or a vet. Keep up the great work, Bella!

THANK YOU TO THIS MONTH'S SPONSORS: Students of the Month get $25 gift card from Intermountain Healthcare!



New Year's Resolutions BY BREANNA HART

As the New Year approaches a sense of renewal comes with it. New Year’s always feels as if life is just a clean slate that we can start on again. We can continue with how our lives are going, or we can wipe everything clear and do things the way we want. For many of us, the New Year makes us stop for a second and think about our actions and habits and the impact they have on ourselves and those around us. It is a great time to organize your thoughts and figure out what you want to improve in your life. Whether you make resolutions or not, the New Year is a great time to look over what you’ve done and the decisions you’ve made. I don’t typically make resolutions as I can’t seem to keep to them, but this year I’ve decided to try again. I’ve chosen simple resolutions and goals for myself to encourage me to keep to them and I’m very hopeful that I will be able to accomplish them all. One of my resolutions is to fully accept who I am and to be happier as a person. I would also like to be kinder to myself and everyone around me. While thinking about my own resolutions, I was curious what other’s goals were for the New Year, so I went around the student community and asked many different people.

WHAT IS YOUR NEW YEAR'S RESOLTUIONS? “My New Year’s resolutions are to be happier, focus on the future, but make time for the present, and to have fun.” -Sacoya

“My New Year’s resolutions for 2019 are to be a less aggressive driver, to exercise and be more active, to gain better money saving habits, to limit my screen time, and to be more positive.” -Jaycee

“My New Year’s resolution is to work harder for my attendance to be better.” -Katie W.

“My New Year's resolution is to stretch everyday so I can do the splits again.” -Kelly

“My New Year’s resolutions are to definitely not procrastinate as much and be more responsible when it comes to life.” -Ashlee

“Some of my New Year’s resolutions are to stop waking up late and to start eating breakfast.” -Katie

“For the New Year I definitely would like to gain around 10 pounds.” -Dustie

“One of my New Year’s resolutions this year is to actually wake up when my alarm goes off instead of just lying in bed for longer.” -Makai

“One of my New Year’s resolutions is probably to get better with potty training my dog.” -Chandler

“For me personally, my New Year's resolution is to practice playing my cello more.” -Jayme

“My New Year’s resolution is to get in shape, but honestly it probably won’t happen.” -Hailey

“One of my New Year’s resolution would definitely be to practice playing the guitar more so I can get better.” -Holly

“My New Year's resolution is to try to not eat so much candy.” -Gabe

“My New Year’s resolutions are to get better grades, spend more time with my friends and family, and to focus more on homework.” -Emilie “My New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight, eat healthier, and to focus on fixing my Jeep.” -Blake

“Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson January 2019 | 15


Monday Fun Day Activities



I don’t know about your family, but on those cold days, especially if we don’t have snow, we find ourselves spending way too much time in front of electronics. Coming up with ideas to keep the kiddos entertained on those days can be quite challenging. Pinterest has loads of ideas. Crafts, games, sewing projects and baking ideas to choose from and I usually go there for ideas. I like to keep it simple. I call this the “Fun Jar.” I come up with several ideas and write or type them up on strips of paper. I then put them in a mason jar. We will usually do one or two of the activities each day. Everyone gets a turn to draw the next activity. After these fun activities that don’t involve screens, I always feel like my family is happier and I feel a little closer to my children.

Twister is good for ALL ages!

Fun from past years with our family:

playing Twister and making paper airplanes

CONNECT WITH US-I hope you enjoy this fun activity. We would love to hear from you. Let us know how you stay entertained on those frigid winter days. 16 CONNECTIONPUBLISHING | January 2019


Hide and Seek

Airplane flying contests

Build a fort - or pitch a tent in your living room

Go to the library - read a book

Make a race car track out of cardboard for the hot wheels.

Shoot plastic cups with nerf gun

Play tic tac toe

Play a board or card game (Uno is a favorite around here)

Make a hopscotch with scotch tape on the carpet and play

Build an obstacle course in a room with obstacles that the kids have to go over or under or round. Time them to see if they get faster as they practice.

Bake something yummy (cookies, bread, cinnamon rolls)

If there is snow - sledding, build a snowman, bring in a bowl full of snow and let little kids play inside. You can also make snow cones with fresh fallen snow.





Connect the dots to make something fun!



How many can you find?

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A look at new year goal setting

Don’t Be Almost, Decide to Be!


used to have a serious problem with goals. I have always

been a bit of a perfectionist and that can be painful when you set goals. Because if you set goals that stretch you, you are bound to fail sometimes, if not often. That does not sit well in the over-particular brain of a perfectionist. I became so frustrated with goals several years ago that I decided to stop making them altogether. I figured that I was a hard worker and I would just simply get the results I would get, which would likely be good since I am naturally a hard worker. There is some truth to the belief that hard work will get you through, however there is a major problem when you just work hard. A previous boss of mine used to say that most people get caught up in “pain-relieving, non-productive work.” This is work that makes you “feel” like you are working but is really just wasting time. Hard work without direction can be full of non-productive work or at a minimum ineffective work.

Goal setting is a Decision The way I came to terms with goals was by learning that goal setting is a decision I can make to focus my time, thoughts and energies in the pursuit of something particular. That focus makes me more effective and more likely to accomplish what I want or to at least move in that direction. Without that direction I am a rudderless ship just putting out fires and not going anywhere in particular and I have no control where I end up after all my hard work. I remember one year I created a large goal at work. To go along with that goal I had a large banner printed with 5 thermometers across it, representing 5 pillars of business through which we could generate revenue. All of the goals were going to be a stretch but I was committed and so was my team. As the year went on, two of the pillars were performing poorly and two were performing well. The two that performed poorly were aspects of the business that were struggling overall and needed some major changes for the future, and the lack of performance made that clear. The

two that performed well were on target to reach our goal. However, there was a fifth pillar. This pillar had not produced very much revenue the year before and was a bit of a dark horse. We were performing incredibly well in this pillar. We were not only surpassing our goal but we had to create several extra buckets along side the thermometer to catch all the overflow as we exceeded this goal by a large amount. By putting this 5th pillar up on my goal board, we started to work on it and it paid off. We might not have focused there if we hadn’t made it a goal, and the year would have been otherwise disappointing.

again, I got on my bike and started down the trail again. Mud was flinging everywhere and all of a sudden, a huge glop of mud flew up in the air and hit me right in the eye. Again, I was over to the side of the trail and stopped because of something getting in my way. This will happen sometimes when you set goals. I could have decided that I would never ride my bike again, thinking, "What if this happened again?" But of course that would be silly. I knew it was unlikely and that I could avoid those days that are directly after a rain storm, or at least tree- covered trails.

This is a great example in my life where setting goals maybe didn’t turn out how I had envisioned, but it did give me concrete things to focus on and made life better because I had set goals. I was able to stay focused on the positives even though some parts of the goal were not achievable.

The Power of Committment

Challenges I was riding my mountain bike a couple of years ago, just 2 days after some heavy rain. The first 2 miles of the trail were dry and it was beautiful; we were having a great time. I woke up that morning excited with anticipation of having a great workout and a beautiful ride. We decided to go down a new trail that we hadn’t hit before. This section of the trail happened to be under heavy cover of trees and was still quite wet. After only about 100 yards, we had to stop, completely bogged down by thick claylike mud that had grabbed onto the tires and then lodged itself in the fork, gears, shifters and basically everywhere that allowed the bikes go. The wheels wouldn’t even turn an inch. For the next hour or so, we stood ankle deep in a creek and tried to wash the thick mud from our bikes. It was totally caked on and it seemed that it would not come off no matter what we did. When I finally got enough mud off so that the wheels would actually turn

Another key factor in goal setting is your commitment to the goal. Some set goals that they either have no true intention of pursuing or are only committed enough to stay with the goal if everything works out perfectly. I have a friend who decided at age 35 to change his life and he quit smoking and drinking cold turkey. He never returned to those bad habits and never looked back; he committed and made it happen. This mental commitment is the key difference between those who accomplish their goals and those who do not. When we decide something in our hearts, have no doubts and live our lives as if it has already happened, something magical happens. Nearly ten years ago, I had the privilege of carrying my young daughter Elly to bed. She was four at the time. I noticed something that moved me. She wasn’t sucking on her index and middle finger. From an early age Elly sucked on her first two fingers upside down like some children suck on a thumb. The thumb can cause long term damage to teeth and bite, but those two fingers were causing major shifts in her teeth and it was happening fast. She had the habit from when she was very young, in fact nearly from birth. It was an action of soothing and she typically used it to fall asleep.

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Goal setting is a mechanism of aiming your weapons more than a statement of success or failure. Surprisingly, she listened and responded. She told me after this serious conversation, as I sat at her bedside, that she would stop sucking her fingers…and she did. She decided and never looked back. I remember looking at my beautiful daughter as she slept in my arms that night and I was so thankful for her and her example. People often set goals but then do not follow through on them. I sometimes wonder what could be if people were able to accomplish their goals. What amazing talent or art has not been shared with the world because someone gave up on their goals? How many people almost wrote a great novel, almost started an amazing company or almost invented something that could impact the world. What have we missed out on because someone was almost? Don’t be almost! Instead follow the example of my friend and my daughter and Decide to Be! Make a decision

and change what you need to change or pursue what you need to pursue. It will make all the difference in the world.

In the book the 21 Indispensable Qualities of a Leader, by John Maxwell, it lists the qualities of someone who decides to be. “Commitment separates the doers from the dreamers. To the boxer, it’s getting off the mat one more time than you’ve been knocked down. To the marathoner, it’s running another ten miles when your strength is gone. To the solider, it’s going over the hill, not knowing what’s waiting on the other side.” 20 CONNECTIONPUBLISHING | January 2019

A word of warning, this is the part that actually discouraged me and made goal setting difficult for a time. I was always so committed to my goals that I became discouraged when I didn’t hit them. I would doubt myself and bemoan how I wasn’t good enough or committed enough to hit them. Commitment is still key but in order to come to terms with goals, I had to make a significant discovery. Goal setting is a mechanism of aiming your weapons more than a statement of success or failure. That is how I was able to reconnect and start setting goals again. Today, I make goals consistently. I decide what I want and then I set to work making that happen. Does it always work? No. It doesn’t always work. But for me, looking at goals as the aim I set for myself to work in, has helped me not get so tied up on failure that I quit setting goals. Which in turn gives me a little more control in the results of my hard work. It does often look different than I thought it would, but I control the direction of my trajectory by setting and pursuing goals.

Some Days Need a Reset One final thought as you hopefully sit down to set your goals for 2019: you will have great days and terrible days. On those days that nothing seems to go right, when everyone and everything seems to be fighting against you and your goals, my advice is to use the 5 minute rule. Sit down and take it all in. Wallow in your miserable situation and the terrible day you are obviously having. Sometimes

it might even be the second or third day in a row that things are not going well. So stop and sit on a chair you don’t normally sit on. Complain internally about how frustrated you are and how things just are not going well and do it for a solid 5 minutes. Set a timer, make sure you take the whole time. When the timer goes off, stand up and drop it all. Move on and leave all that was frustrating you on the chair behind you. Don’t bring it up again –just have a fresh start. In boxing, coaches often teach their athletes to have a mental reset. A series of movements or body touches that they practice that resets them mentally. This is important to boxers because you can imagine that when you get hit really hard in the head, you might forget about the game plan you made before the match. Boxers might touch their nose, their forehead and then their nose again and this resets them mentally after a hard hit. It gives them a chance to go back to the game plan they had before the match started and the other guy started punching them back. The 5 minute rule has been that reset for me. It allows me to get back on track pursuing my goals even after a hard blow … or two.

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NOJH Teacher Treks to Mount Everest Base Camp BY RIANNON KISPERT AND SARAH DYE

Have you ever dreamed of hiking to Mt. Everest Base Camp?

Well, Scott Palmer, the Gateway and Manufacturing and Engineering teacher of North Ogden Junior High actually did! Mr. Palmer has always loved hiking and climbing mountains, but he wanted more than just Ben Lomond Peak. He decided to make his dream come true by hiking to Everest. Mr. Palmer went with six other people, some of whom had already been. Mr. Palmer and his friends, the Utah to Everest BC 2018 team, planned this 24 day adventure for a year and a half before it even happened. Leaving Utah on October 19, it took Mr. Palmer 13 days to finally reach Mt. Everest Base Camp. The weather for the journey up was perfect. It was definitely cold, but there weren’t any big storms, as it was sunny. On the way back down the temperature dropped, and some clouds came in that blocked the view of the mountains, but Mr. Palmer didn’t mind, because of how lucky they were coming up. Mr. Palmer described the view of Everest as, “Beautiful, just stunning”. Mr. Palmer was impressed by how the people there treat each other with a manner of high respect. He says that when they are interacting with each other, they give their full attention and actually care. Their eyes and body language show that they have a deep 24 CONNECTIONPUBLISHING | January 2019

respect for one another. When they say Namaste, they are showing that they really mean it; to them it is a very spiritual contact. Many people here say Namaste jokingly, because they think it is a funny word, but they don’t know what it actually means. “The gesture Namaste represents the belief that there is a divine spark within each of us that is located in the heart. The gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one by the soul in another,” said Mr. Palmer, adding that he felt very appreciated and respected by the people. During his travels, several special scarves known as khatas were given to Mr. Palmer as gifts, each stitched along the bottom with Buddhist prayers of safety for their journey. He received both a white and a colored khata when he arrived in Kathmandu, a gold one when he completed his climb, and a pure white scarf for good wishes to send them home. He says, “You felt from the people who gave them to you that they sincerely enjoyed or thanked you for your presence of being there and making that experience along with them.” Besides the way people treat each other, lots of things are different in Nepal, such as the vegetation. At high elevations on Mt. Everest, it’s extremely difficult to grow substantial amounts of vegetation. The environment also differs from America, because on Mt. Everest, it’s mostly jungle and lush forest. But, similar to America, there are huge cities with millions of people. And things are different in the cities, too. For instance, America doesn’t have hundreds of wild dogs running around the streets like Kathmandu does. Also, some of the

Top: In honor of Zack Kempke Middle: Utah to Everest team Bottom: Saying goodbye to Mt. Everest

local highlights are Monkey Temples, Yak Cheese and tomato sandwiches! Mr. Palmer’s students got to learn about all these things in real time, as they followed his adventures via social media and website posts. Hiking to Mt. Everest Base Camp wasn’t easy, and it sure does change you. Mr. Palmer was working really hard, which resulted in him losing 22 pounds in twenty days! Another thing changed, and that was his understanding of the word “hard”. He experienced something that would change his life for the better. After the trip, he felt accomplished, but overwhelmed. He knew he just achieved a goal that he’d had for many years. He did it, but it wasn’t easy. This just goes to show that if you want something, and you keep trying hard, you can achieve it. He went to Everest to do this major thing, and he left feeling accomplished and proud. It is a lesson he now shares with

his students at NOJH every day. Besides having a wonderful adventure, Mr. Palmer and the Utah to Everest BC 2018 team had the goal of helping to raise money for the education of underprivileged children in Nepal. Partnering with the international nonprofit organization Classrooms in the Clouds, the team gathered donations to help in the building of schools and to support teacher training for this impoverished area. As an educator, Mr. Palmer saw this as a way of giving back, and also of inspiring his students back home to follow their dreams and to do good. Mr. Palmer also used the trip as an educational experience for his NOJH students back home. While on his trip, Mr. Palmer posted frequently via social media and live video feed so that his students at NOJH could follow and feel part of the adventure.

WANT TO LEARN MORE? For more information about Mr. Palmer’s trip: utahtoeverest2018. For more information on CTC Nepal: www. To contribute: www.gofundme. com/utah2everest2018-for-kids

About Utah to Everest “We are a team of 7 climbers from Utah who are embarking on the trek of a lifetime. We want to leave a lasting positive effect as we go on this journey. It is our hope that we will be able to provide school supplies, medical supplies, possible education equipment to the schools in the Kumbu area, Solukhumbu District in the Sagarmatha Zone of north-eastern Nepal.”   “In addition, as we travel we will be communicating with classrooms across northern Utah and the Galion, Ohio school district via web-presence and trending phone links, as available, in order to give students of all ages a first-hand experience of ​the world.”



Winter in the early 1900’s through Jeanette Shaw Greenwell’s eyes BY MELISSA SPELTS

While in the North Ogden Historical Museum a couple months ago, I was shown this autobiography of Jeanette Shaw Greenwell. I read a few pages and couldn’t put it down. The stories are told with such detail it almost feels like I have been there before. I had to share one more insert from her book. I loved the picture that was painted of winters in the early 1900’s. Most of our time sleigh riding was over at the Shupes. They had the best hill, which must have been a good block long. The hardest part of this sport was pulling the sled back up the hill. Another favorite sport was “belly flopping” with the sled. We would take a long run with the sleigh held in front of us then plunk it down, with us upon it. If you had “flexible Flyer” (the ultimate in sleds) you could coast a long way on the ice or snow. At night, when the moon and stars were bright, we would often take the toboggan and slide down what I’ve called the “main Hill” (on 400 East) we would go for a half a mile or more. Coming back it was enjoyable to feel the crunch under your feet and see your breath in a cloud before your face. My most favorite snow sport was to build things of snow. Dad would shovel out the drive way and there would be a big huge pile of snow, well packed. On this


snow I would let my mind travel; I would build miniature castles, small towns, farms, and many other things. On a sunny day I would build for hours.

How we loved to go to Grandma Jones and Grandpa and Grandma Shaw’s in the bob-sleigh in the winter. The canvas top stretched tight over the bows and the bells across the horses. What a beautiful sound. Oft-times the snow on the road would be so frozen the runners on the sleigh would squeak. Fresh straw covered the bottom, with warm “lap robes” to cover our knees, sometimes rocks were warmed to put at our feet. Bob-sleds were found on the farms out in the country. It was fun to stand on the runners and lean on the sides of the sled as it went down the road. A few times in life, everybody who lived near a sugar beet processing plant would hitch a ride on a bod-sled hauling beet pulp to some cattle. Beet pulp is quite odoriferous, I assure you. There was always a little of the pulp on the sides of the sleds were the boys leaned. After arriving home and standing in front of the kitchen stove to warm, the odor of the pulp would become quite noticeable. Results - a quick change to fresh overalls and a “warning” from mother. Sounds like a winter out of the story books.


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intrusion and freezing. Find out where your pipes run, paying special attention to areas along outside walls and in crawl spaces. Know where your shutoff valves are located. Identify and label your main water shutoff in case a pipe freezes and you need to shut off your water supply quickly to avoid water damage.

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• If certain rooms have pipes

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WINTER WARM-UP FOODS It is COLD outside! Combat the freezing temperatures with hot soup and fluffy rolls. To make things easier, the soup is a one-pot meal!

Stuffed Pepper Soup BY SHAUNA HAVEY

If you’re a fan of stuffed bell peppers, you will love this hearty, warm winter soup. All the robust Italian flavors in the classic baked dish are here, but in an easy to throw together, one pot meal. Serve this soup with or without rice, just don’t be tempted to add it in before the soup cooks or it will absorb all the delicious broth. I like to serve mine with a sprinkle of cheese and a little fresh parsley on top. Makes 8 servings

2 Tbsp. olive oil 2 pounds lean ground beef 2/3 Cup diced red onion 4 bell peppers (any color) seeded and diced 2 tsp. minced garlic One 15.5 ounce can petite diced tomatoes One 8 ounce can tomato sauce 2 Tbsp. tomato paste


This meal comes together in under an hour, making it a good one for a busy weeknight!

2 tsp. dried basil 1/2 tsp. dried rosemary 1.5 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. pepper 1 Tbsp. sugar 1 quart beef broth Cooked white rice, chopped parsley, and shredded mozzarella for serving (optional)

Set a large soup pot over medium high heat. Add the olive oil and ground beef. Cook until beef is almost fully browned.

Pour in the broth, stir to combine all the ingredients, and bring soup up to a simmer. Simmer for 10-12 minutes to meld the flavors.

Add the onions and cook just until they start to soften. Add the bell peppers and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes, just until the peppers are crisp-tender.

When the soup is heated through, add a scoop of cooked rice to each serving bowl. Ladle the soup on top, then sprinkle on some cheese and chopped parsley before serving.

Add the diced tomatoes, sauce, and paste to the pot. Then add the spices, seasonings, and the sugar.

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Using store-bought bread dough saves a lot of time, especially during the week.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Brush the wells of a 12 cup muffin tin with a tablespoon of the melted butter. Place the flour into a shallow dish. Slice each tube of dough into 18 slices. Roll each slice into a ball, then roll the balls into the flour. This will help keep the shape of the rolls during baking. Place three dough balls into each muffin well. Brush the dough balls generously with the remaining melted butter. Sprinkle the cheese, red chili pepper flakes, and sea salt evenly over the tops of the rolls. Bake for 25 minutes, until the tops are just beginning to brown. Remove from the oven and serve.


Cloverleaf rolls get their name because of their fun, distinctive shape that resembles a three-leaf clover. Easy to make, and fun to eat, these buttery rolls break apart in perfect pieces to dunk into your favorite winter soup. My version is sprinkled with a bit of parmesan and some red pepper flakes for a little kick, but feel free to use your choice of spices, or none at all. Makes 1 dozen

2 eleven ounce tubes refrigerated bread dough (I used Pillsbury French Bread) 1/3 C. flour 4 Tbsp. butter, melted 2 Tbsp. finely grated Parmesan cheese 2 tsp. red chili pepper flakes 1 tsp. coarse sea salt



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We had a chance to meet Jesus who is the son of the owner, Jesus Sr. Jesus Sr. immigrated to the United States in the mid 1980s and started working as bus boy and dish washer at a Mexican restaurant. He worked himself up through the restaurant business in different positions. As immigrants often do, he saw the limitless opportunity that is uniquely American and he saved up his money and purchased his first franchise La Puente restaurant in 2005 in Bountiful UT, then relocated to Ogden in 2011. La Puente was started in Salt Lake City and is patterned after New Mexican food. In the 1500’s New Mexico was still part of Mexico and the mixing of their traditional foods and flavor with imported European cuisine, especially from Spain, were the predecessors to the food you can today enjoy at La Puente. It is called New Mexico Mexican Cuisine. The original La Puente was founded by the Tovar Family in Salt Lake they started offering limited franchises to people with the same values and with the same focus on fresh delicious food. In 2011 Jesus Barbosa opened our local La Puente on 12th St. just west of Washington Blvd. They are in the building where Fazolis was previously located. Jesus does a majority of the cooking and is very particular about the flavors and freshness of the food. Being a family business, his son who goes by Jesse has grown up in the business and helps run the restaurant today. Their desire is to have a family restaurant that people will want to come back to over

and over. Jesse is often the face of the business as he is out serving tables and interacting with their customers. He was joined by his uncle and a cousin the night we visited the restaurant. He loves working with his family and meeting and interacting with his customers every day. He also loves that he gets to see his parents every day. That is a commendable sign that an adult man loves seeing his mom and dad every day. Some other customer favorites are the Enchiladas, Burritos, Tacos, and most love smothering the dishes in their signature Chile Verde sauce with melted cheese. Jesus Sr has even added several dishes to the menu including a delicious Shrimp Cocktail, Carne Asada and Fish Street Tacos. We recommend stopping by for a lunch or dinner at La Puente, your tongue will thank you.

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