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June 2019


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une is a great month as it ushers in the summer season, my favorite time of the year. The warmth of the season after a cold winter and a cool spring is a welcomed season. It is a time for family vacations, picnics, and various celebrations.

North Ogden & Pleasant View Connection are published monthly by Connection Publishing© | (801)721-3762 PUBLISHER Ryan Spelts GRAPHIC DESIGN Kristina Case AD DESIGN Robert Dodd Abigail Rigby WRITERS Ryan Spelts Melissa Spelts North Ogden Historical Museum Marion Stewart Melinda Hortin EDITORS Carolyn White Steve Godfrey COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTORS Wayne Willis Charlotte Hancey Garrett T. Smith Stephanie Speicher

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June 14th is Flag Day, a day established in 1777 when the United States approved the design for the first national flag. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14th as the official date for Flag Day and in 1949, the U.S. Congress permanently established the date as National Flag Day. I have visited many countries, but have never seen a flag that has so much majesty and beauty as the Stars and Stripes of Old Glory. It represents much sacrifice as we reflect on the history of this great nation and defending our freedom. It represents what Concord and Lexington meant; what Bunker Hill and Fort McHenry meant; which was, in short, the rising of a valiant group of people against an old tyranny to establish the most momentous doctrine the world had ever known. Cheers to the men and women who fought for it, and tears for the men and women who went down in the grave for it. Other flags mean a glorious past; our flag means a glorious future. We are fortunate through the efforts and contributions of many individuals to have a large flag that will fly over North Ogden representing freedom and sacrifice of many of our citizens who have served our country and given their all. We can summarize by reflecting on the words of George Cohan. He said, “You’re a grand old flag, you’re a high flying flag and forever in peace may you wave. You’re the emblem of the land I love, the home of the free and the brave. Every heart beats true ‘Neath the Red, White, and Blue where there is never a boast or brag. But should old acquaintance be forgot keep your eye on the grand old flag.” Let us remember and respect this great emblem of freedom and sacrifice that is the real heart of the United States of America. Brent Chugg, Mayor

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City of North Ogden Employee of the Month Char has been with North Ogden City since 2015 and is the lead for our seasonal staff that mow and trim the parks. She has years of parks maintenance experience, is an expert in graffiti removal, and also knows a lot about small machinery and helps to maintain our small equipment. She is a great leader and will do everything alongside those she asks to help with tasks. Char is helpful, and always willing to go the extra mile. She holds her CDL (commercial driver’s license) and is a plow operator in the winter. She loves being outdoors snowboarding and enjoys meeting new people. Char is an asset to our team and a great team member.


Question: What are Impact Fees and who pays them? Answer: Impact Fees are charged to new homes and new

commercial structures to cover the cost the City incurs to provide services for those new structures. Currently the city charges impact fees for water, sewer, storm sewer, roads and parks. These fees are used in one of two different ways. First, these fees are used to construct new structures, like widening roads or building storm detention basins to accommodate the increased need for vehicles or storm water runoff. Second, these fees can be used to pay the City back money for infrastructure already completed. In our City, the sewer lines have been oversized to accommodate future home construction to avoid having to dig up and redo the entire system every time another 500 homes are added to the City. Impact Fees are not able to be used for maintaining a system or for salaries for employees so the finance department keeps a separate detailed ledger of impact fees as they come in and go out to verify they are being spent according to state law. Currently the City collects $10,307 from every new single family home as well as an additional $2,626 in impact fees passed on to North View Fire District and the Central Weber Sewer Improvement District.

Business Spotlight: Northern Ice BY LYNNE BEXELL

So much more than ICE! Since 2012, Northern Ice has been a favorite fixture in North Ogden. The business began when David Gordon wanted a way for his boys to work and have a job for the summer. He and his oldest son built the building and each of his sons have successively managed the business. Each year they have worked together to put in the sprinkler system, landscaping, a bridge, a bench, a gazebo, and even a place to do s’mores (no need to go to the store - s’more kits are available at Northern Ice). This year they added some bears out on the lawn and they want you to name them. Go to: to enter to win a shaved ice party kit! Hurry! Contest ends this week! The search for employees begins each year in about February, but it’s such a great place to work that a lot of the employees return to work another season. David has a great philosophy about contributing to the community and requires that his employees find an event to volunteer their time, and Northern Ice donates the needed supplies. They have supported events at the local schools, North Ogden events like Chalk-it-Up and church fundraisers, just to name a few. There are usually about 12 parttime employees who are happy to make you a date-night treat or just help you satisfy a craving. Northern Ice has shaved ice, of course, with great flavor choices, but they have so much more for you to enjoy! Did you know that you can get “Dole Whip Softserve” just like you enjoy at “the happiest place on earth?” Flavors include the signature pineapple, raspberry, strawberry and mango. They have “Swirl Freezes” – hard ice cream that becomes soft serve. Or how about a float? Or how about an “N”ice Cream Pie that is made with the finest premium ice cream available. They are so rich, flavorful, and “worth it”! There are also dairy-free and sugar-free options on their menu.

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Land Use Permits: What are they for, and when do I need one? A central purpose of the planning profession is to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens planners serve. The employees of the North Ogden Planning Department act with this purpose in mind, and view their day-to-day duties through this lens. In addition to protecting the well-being of the residents, the Planning Department works with citizens to help them exercise their rights as land owners. While doing this, members of the Planning Department staff must ensure that the rights of all the residents are not unreasonably infringed upon as contemplated in the city code. One way the planning department protects the rights of North Ogden city residents is by requiring a land use permit application to be completed before improvements can be made to a piece of property within the city. Land use permits are used by the Planning Department to ensure that a property owner who would like to build a fence, install or build a shed, or add concrete to their lot are able to do so, within the requirements of the North Ogden City zoning code. This ensures that both the property owner’s interests, the interests of their neighbors, and the City as a whole are considered as together they review the proposed changes or additions to a property to ensure they are consistent with the City’s adopted zoning code. An example of a common project that would require a land use permit is adding a concrete patio or RV parking pad. Increasing the amount of concrete, or other hard surface, on a lot reduces the amount of land that can absorb rain or runoff water. Since the storm water is not retained on site, it enters the storm sewer system. This creates an impact on the storm sewer system, leading to increased service fees. If too much storm water enters the storm sewer system, it can cause problems such as overwhelming detention basins. To reduce the demand on the storm sewer infrastructure, the city has created a minimum vegetative area requirement for all zones across the city. This ensures much of the storm water is absorbed on site by the soil and does not enter the storm sewer system. The North Ogden City Zoning Code exists, in part, to prevent this and similar problems. Once a land use permit application has been received, a member of the planning staff examines the proposed additions, or changes, to the property for compliance with the city zoning code. If the project is compliant with city ordinances, then the department will look at the dedication plat, available to everyone on the Weber county website. A dedication plat is a map, drawn to scale, showing the divisions of a piece of land. It describes the piece of land, its boundaries, lots, roads, and easements. Additionally, it sometimes shows any special restrictions on the land, such as unstable soil, flood zones, high groundwater, etc. If the proposed addition or change to the property is consistent with the zoning code, and there is nothing indicating a hazard, or special requirement, on the dedication plat, the land use permit will receive a signature of approval by a member of the planning staff and the applicant will be notified of the decision. If a proposed project does not meet the zoning ordinance or there is a special restriction on the lot, a member of staff will contact the applicant to inform them of the restrictions or any needed changes. In these instances, if the project can work with modifications, City Staff works with the applicant to provide options that will allow the applicant to modify the proposed project so that it will conform to city code before work begins. If you have a have any questions regarding land use permits, zoning, or planning, please contact a member of the North Ogden staff at 801-782-2215.

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Projects that require a land use permit: • An accessory building up to 200 square feet in size. (Any accessory building larger than 200 sq. ft. requires a building permit.) • Adding any impermeable surface such as concrete or asphalt. • When adding any fence. • Decks require a building permit (not a land use permit). Information needed to process an application: • A site plan drawn to scale that shows the actual dimensions of the lot to be built upon with the size and location of existing buildings or structures (see below). • The square footage of existing concrete\ asphalt on the lot. • The square footage of proposed concrete\asphalt. • The square footage of the existing building footprint. • Plans and dimensions for any proposed structure, including height. • A site plan showing the dimensions of the proposed project and distances from property lines. • Any other site specific information.

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voted on in North Ogden City Municipal General Election on November 5, 2019. • (1) Mayor position, a two-year term, beginning January 2020 and ending January 2022. • (3) City Council positions, each a four-year term, beginning 2020 and ending January 2024. • (1) City Council position, a two-year term, beginning January 2020 and ending January 2022. Candidate filing period begins June 3, 2019. Declaration of Candidacy forms or Nomination Petitions must be filed in person with the City Recorder at 505 E 2600 N, North Ogden, Utah, Monday through Friday between 8am and 5pm. Candidate filing deadline ends June 7, 2019 at 5pm. Questions? Contact the City Recorder, Annette Spendlove 801-737-9830.

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 pm. Check for changes.

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

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Thursdays, 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Infant to 3 years, and 4 to 5 years. Help your child get ready to read at our Discovery Time programs featuring stories, music, and learning activities. For more information, call 801-3372652. No program June 13.

North Branch Library Children’s Summer Reading Program Blast Off with Books Ages 0-12. Discover new worlds this summer with Weber County Library! Explore out-of-this-world titles or attend Youth Chess Club free summer reading activities June 3 North Branch through August 10. Studies show that Mondays, 4:00 p.m. 7 out of 10 children maintain Ages 4-18. Players of all skill levels and improve reading and writing are invited to learn and play the Happy skills by participating in a summer ultimate intellectual game. All Father's reading program. Registration supplies are provided. Day! begins Tue, May 28 at all locations and online at Adult Summer Reading Program kidsread. All Locations Mon, Jun 3 – Sat, Aug 10 Week #1 Spend more time reading, learning, and Blast Off with Books: Kick-off Parties relaxing this summer. Ask a librarian to Start your summer off with a spectacular help you select the perfect book, receive STEM-themed magic show featuring Paul a raffle ticket, and enter to win fantastic Brewer. prizes. Wed, Jun 5, 10:30 a.m. North Branch Art Toiletry Roll Week #2 North Branch Blast Off with Books: Exploring the Wed, Jun 12, 6:30 p.m. Universe | REGISTER: 801-337-2650 Learn about space travel and the Make a functional roll-up to carry all technology we use to explore our vast your overnight essentials. Look forward universe. to a relaxing evening working on your Wed, Jun 19, 10:30 a.m. hand sewing. Space is limited. North Branch Teen Summer Reading Program Interactive Movie Screening featuring Star Wars: The Last Jedi Tue, Jun 25, 6:00 p.m. North Branch Ages 12-18. Join us for an interactive screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Throughout the movie, use your lightsaber glow sticks along with the Jedi, make Wookie noises with Chewbacca, and more! Sensory Activities Sensory Story Hour Sat, Jun 15, 10:30 a.m. North Branch Designed for children with special needs. Learning and fun are encouraged with books and activities that integrate the five senses. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Siblings are welcome. Continuous Programs Discovery Time North Branch


Charcoal Still Life North Branch Tue, Jun 18, 7:00 p.m. | REGISTER: 801-337-2650 Get your hands dirty with our beginners’ charcoal class. Come to learn still life techniques with this approachable yet impressive medium. Space is limited. Book Discussion Circe by Madeline Miller North Branch Wed, Jun 5, 7:00 p.m. Circe, a figure in Greek mythology best known for her mischief in The Odyssey, has the odds stacked against her. She must find the strength to combat her many opponents and choose between the world of the gods that rejected her and the world of the mortals she has come to know. Wellness Tai Chi North Branch Mondays 10:30 a.m. Come experience this gentle form of

martial arts that uses slow, controlled movements to regulate breathing and build stamina. Capstone Classic Academy June 17-20: Incoming Grades Six Preparation Camp at 10 a.m. to noon August 5-8. Lego Robotics (for incoming grade 6) at 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

SENIOR EVENTS North View Senior Center 485 E. 2550 N. • North Ogden, Utah 801-782-6211 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 Intermediate 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 Dance Class 5:00 Dinner 5:30 Entertainment Friday 8:30 Hot Hulla/Zumba 8:30 Ceramics


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SPECIAL EVENTS & ACTIVITIES June 1 - Game Day at 10 a.m. with refreshments June 3 - Hair Cuts ($5) at 11 a.m. June 5 - Paper Shredder at 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. | Cell Phone Class at 2 p.m. June 6 - Sing-a-Long at 5:30 p.m. June 10 - Blood Pressure at 11 a.m. June 12 - Foot Clinic at 10 a.m., June 13 - Free Legal Advice at 4 p.m. call for information (801-782-6211) | Kelly Warren Karaoke at 5:30 p.m. June 15 - Gary Romer (Dance) at 7 p.m. June 16 - Happy Father’s Day June 19 - Foot Clinic at 10 a.m. June 20 - Pam Cannon at 5:30 p.m. June 21 - Senior Picnic at Sandridge Park at 11:30 a.m. June 24 - Blood Pressure at 4 p.m. June 27 - Bingo at 5:30 p.m.

June 3- Chris Jones & The Night Drivers (FREE SHOW) - Ogden Amphitheater at 6 p.m.

Swim at North Shore $6 (North Ogden Residents), 3 and under FREE.

North Ogden Historical Museum Monday 3-6 p.m., Tuesday 3-6 p.m., Thursday 3-6 p.m. Cost is free. Library Reading Program for kids (Free with Library Card)

Hike Waterfall Canyon. Free. Swim at PineView Reservoir Swimming, picnicking on the sandy beaches.

Moter-Vu Drive-in and swap meet - on Riverdale - Adults $9, Children $4, Young Children Free movies begin at dusk. Go fishing at Cold Springs Trout Farm in North Ogden. Cost is per fish caught. Splash pad at Harrisville Park. Free. Pleasant View Founders Day - June 22 - Pickle Ball Mash, parade, water slides, food trucks, movie in the park, 5k, car show, salmon bake, fireworks, etc.


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uring the early days of North Ogden, there were many instances of Shoshoni Indian threats to the early settlers. As the “newcomers” were taking over the Native Americans’ land, hostility prevailed. Pioneers were urged to build a fort wall in North Ogden as protection from attacks. There were only 35 families available to build this massive stone wall. In 1854, 47 families lived-in or near the fort. The fort area remained a key location for growth in North Ogden. Inside the fort area was: a church, school, relief society building, tithing office, homes, and even a blacksmith shop. The wall was built from stone, four feet thick and ten feet high, encompassing an area large enough for the settlers’ homes and livestock. Construction of the wall began in 1853, but hostilities subsided a few years later and the wall was never finished. Rocks from the wall were then used to build the foundations for many homes. The pioneers in North Ogden were intent on making peace with the Native Americans by giving them gifts and preparing feasts for them. It was not uncommon for a settler to share his last crust of bread to avoid trouble.

Pioneer and Native American Stories: Benjamin Gardner was working at his grist mill near Cold Water canyon in 1857 when a Native American demanded that his sunflower seeds be ground in the mill. Gardner told him the machinery could not grind the seeds, but the Native American insisted. Gardner then hit him with a board. This caused an angry tribe to converge on the house of Bishop Thomas Dunn, circling around on their horses and yelling. They were finally appeased with three head of beef, ten dollars, and several sacks of flour.

Robert Montgomery Sr. woke up one morning in 1851 to find that a band of Native Americans had camped on his meadowland, mashing it flat and rendering it useless to be cut for hay. He stormed out and told them to get off his land. The chief stood up and said, “You say, get off your land. Whose land this before you came? Whose mountain? Whose valley? Whose river?” The truth of his words hit Robert with force. He muttered, “Stay as long as you like,” and retreated back to his house.

Richard Jones Sr. staked a claim on 88 acres of land near Cold Water creek in 1863. A house and barn were constructed and the family was pleased with their new home. They then learned that the Native Americans had “squatter’s rights” to their land. A deal was struck with the tribe when they noticed the children’s pet cat and wanted it. The children hated parting with their beloved pet, but could see that the only way to pay for their land was to give away the cat. The Jones family took ownership, and the property was then known as the “Cat Claim.”



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My parents moved a lot in their married life. Twenty one times is what we counted a few years back. My dad was a CPA but longed for adventure and seeing life outside of Utah. I was number 3 of 7 children and we all were part of these moves. We lived in Hartsell Alabama, Macon Georgia, Sacramento California, Las Vegas Nevada, and many places in Utah (Southern to Northern). It was fun, hard, educational, etc. We grew close as a family. My dad was a super hard worker, full of integrity, and loved his family very much. We all watched him as he held our mom’s hand every time they were together, he always helped with Saturday morning chores. This was our deep clean day. We divided, some of us doing inside chore and the rest doing outside chores. We grew up hearing “many hands make light work”. After our chores were done we would do something fun as a family. I have many fond memories of playing in the red sand dunes in Southern Utah. Long drives exploring back roads in Alabama and Georgia. My dad was always so sweet to my mother. This is what helped me know what to look for in a husband. My dad would take mom on dates as often as they could. He would surprise her with quick trips somewhere on special anniversaries. There was a feeling that it didn’t matter what they were doing as long as they were together. I grew up knowing that I wanted this in a husband.

When I was 15 years old I worked for my parents in Brigham City Utah. They had their own business doing Physician Billing, his business was called Michael E. Miller and Company, Health line Physician Billing. All of my siblings helped where we could. I’m so grateful for the lessons I learned while working for him. We cleaned the office, emptied trash cans, stuffed envelopes with patient’s bills, licked the stamps and envelopes (did you know that there are calories in those envelopes and stamps? My sisters and I were not very happy when we learned that), took payment batches to the bank, etc. It was a never ending job but I loved being there with my family. My dad was a quiet man. Not shy, just quiet. One afternoon it was time to go home after work and it was just Dad and I there at the office. We locked up everything and climbed into his big red Ford truck. The radio was off and we had a 12 minute drive to Honeyville. I looked outside and watched the community going and doing. We drove the whole time in complete silence. Even though a word wasn’t uttered I felt so much love from my dad and I loved him. I felt safe in that spot. A couple years after Ryan and I were married in 1999 we had our first child, a boy named Koby. I wish I could put into words the change in Ryan’s eyes when he held him for the first time. That amount of love comes with lots of emotions: a desire to protect, care for, teach, love, etc. Ryan has been a great dad too. There are no perfect parents, just parents that try--right? Last 4th of July my dad passed away from brain cancer. He battled it for 20 years. If your dad is still around give him the BIGGEST hug. Listen and learn all you can from him. Life is too short to take him for granted.

Melissa (on far right) with her Dad and 6 siblings.


Listen and learn all you can from him. Life is too short to take him for granted.

Young Ryan and his Dad. Ryan, his Dad and two sons

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I remember my dad had this brown metallic paint GMC pickup truck that had to be the coolest truck in all of Henderson, Nevada at the time. I wish we still had that truck, it was so cool. I had a child-like awe about that truck and loved riding with my dad in it and often did. Whenever I hear about people with their non-existent dads, I realize that I must have been very lucky. My dad was always there. He worked hard for our family, he served in our community, he served in our church and he even came to my games. Now, don’t get me wrong, for a long time I didn’t think my dad even liked me because he seemed to always be mad at me, but now that I have teenagers of my own, I can relate. My dad has an eternal reservoir of information tumbling around in his brain. He can fix nearly anything and he can build things and he can tell you what business is moving in or out of nearly any building in the greater Las Vegas area. He is a newsaholic and always seemed to know everything about anything you could imagine. I always marveled at how many facts and figures he knew about. There was a time when I thought my dad was smarter than Google and Google didn’t even exist yet.

laughed at me and told me to stick it out. I did and I am not sure I changed my opinion much regarding accounting. My dad taught me some powerful principles though. I remember when we moved into a new house. We had to put the yard in ourselves. I was in charge of digging the sprinkler ditches in the very rocky Nevada soil. It was very hot and I wanted to come in for a drink about every 5 minutes. He would tell me to finish a row before I took a break. He taught me to not get distracted every few minutes and to get work done before taking a break. I learned to be a hard worker from him. One quote that always stuck with me that my dad said to me many times in my youth was "What's right is right even if no one is doing it, and what's wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it." I tell this same quote to my children to this day and it is a guiding light to me when making decisions. I am grateful for the example my dad has been to me and the lessons I have learned from him. I am also grateful that I am able to speak to him still to this day. He is getting ready to retire and I hope he and my mom will travel more to see us way up here in Northern Utah.

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How one young mother used the lure of "The Music Man" (ice cream truck) to teach her kids math and keep her sanity all summer long.


hen I was a young mother, we lived in Southern California. We could go to the park for picnics, visit the beach and spend a lot of time outdoors yearround. I especially enjoyed summers with a more relaxed schedule-- except, for Tuesdays and Fridays around 1:00 p.m. That’s the time I would gather my little brood into the house where we’d stay in the back bedroom and read books. It was also the time the “Music Man” would show up in our neighborhood. For several years, I was able to convince my kids that this sweet man was just riding around entertaining the neighborhood with his musical treats. That is until one day when my father-in-law came over to help with some painting. “Mom,” the kids started to yell, “Grandpa just bought ice cream from the Music Man!” Uh oh, my cover was blown! No more hiding in the back of the house! The kids wanted to buy something from the “Music Man.” At first, I let them, and they soon learned just how quickly their money disappeared. Then they begged for mine, but I refused to pay 50 cents for a popsicle that would cost a dime at the grocery store. At the same time, I was having trouble finding motivation for the children to practice their musical instruments, to continue reading through the summer and to get out and exercise. So that’s when I came up with an ingenious plan that worked for the next 10 years. We visited the grocery store together and chose four different

boxes of ice cream treats, which I paid for. I had them sit down with the receipt and do the math—$1 divided by 12 Popsicles = $.08 a popsicle. Six drumstick ice creams bars for $2.25 came out to be $.38 a treat (much better than the $.75 charged by the “Music Man.”). They wrote the individual cost of a treat on each box and put them all in the freezer. I got a canning jar and put it out on the counter. Here were the rules: After chores were done, a halfhour was spent practicing their instrument, they read for a half-hour, or did some form of exercise, they could BUY a treat. They didn’t even have to ask. One treat per day. Just deposit the money in the jar. It worked well. Chores were done early, books were being read and very little nagging was needed for practicing or going out for bike rides. When the treats were almost gone, we would take our money from the jar, add it up (more math) to see how much we had to spend, and return to the store. Occasionally when they were getting along well, I would announce, “Mom’s treat, have a free ice cream,” and I would put the money into the jar, My children are all grown and have children of their own. I haven’t heard the “Music Man’ in many years. I was visiting one of my daughters last summer and happened to get into the freezer for something and was so delighted to see a box of Fat Boy’s with a price written in black marker and a canning jar on the counter filled with dimes and quarters. I guess the tradition carries on!

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Privacy advocates, however, contend that law enforcement should not be allowed to use the tool without a warrant due to concerns that it would violate Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure and raise privacy questions:

How would the device distinguish The Textalyzers tests for suspected cell phone use at the scene of car accidents. between texts manually entered If you suspect you’re sharing the road by a driver versus a hands-free with a distracted driver, experts suggest option? giving the driver a wide berth by pulling

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ahead or slowing down and letting them pull ahead. If you can’t get away from the driver, call 911 to report your concern. No matter what your state law is, it’s smart to be on the lookout for distracted drivers and to be aware of potential new technologies and legislation that may affect your privacy rights.

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As we head into the long days of summer, our thoughts begin to take us to warm places, where we can laugh and relax. Taking time to relish in these days without the pressure of school schedules and routines opens up opportunities to spend quality time as a family. One of the greatest gifts of living in Northern Utah is the abundance of hiking trails and outdoor adventures geared towards youth. Whether it be enjoying the trails in our own backyard or venturing away from home, there are plentiful choices within an hour of North Ogden. So, pick a trail, pack a picnic, and plan for new experiences.

OUR FAMILY’S TOP PICKS FOR HIKES IN OUR VICINITY: Flag Rock in Farmington This hike is rated easy to moderate and only 1.3 miles (2.6 roundtrip) to the flag waving high on the mountain top. Along the way to the flag, stops can be made at Patsey’s mine or at Steed Creek to dip toes in refreshing water. The history of the flag and its journey flying proudly since the 1970s is inspiring and makes for a powerful story to share as a family. This hike is ideal before the intense sun of the summer takes hold and the wildflowers are abundant.


Wind Caves in Logan Utah Hiking this trail provided ample opportunities to discuss perseverance and tenacity. It is moderate in difficulty with several steep sections. However, don’t let the steep sections keep you from this magical hike. It is 3.5 miles roundtrip with spectacular views along the way, culminating with two arch formations molded from wind and erosion at the top that the kids can play and explore. It is best to hike this trail early in the morning, before the hot sun crests through the canyon. A stop at Aggies Ice Cream after the hike is a sure win for everyone!


TRIP TIPS! After many outings and lots of learning along the way, the following tips help set the stage for a successful experience on the trail:

 Stop to smell the flowers…or

look at the bugs, rocks, sticks of interest along the way. Hiking and exploring ignites creativity and prompt children to ask deep questions about nature and life.

 Bring snacks, water and

other necessities to increase the enjoyment of the hike. Be sure to pack plenty of water, especially on summer days, sun screen, a first aid kit, bug repellent, proper clothing/ shoes and our family favorite – Summit Snacks! My kids love the surprise of the summit snack. Often it is a delicious fruit or, on hikes with higher mileage, it could be a candy bar, like a Snickers which we have renamed the Summit Bar.

 Play games on the trail. Games such as I-Spy or searching for animal tracks can help pass the time on more difficult sections of trail and create moments of spontaneous laugher. Design a scavenger hunt or participate in Geocaching. Here’s a sample link for geocaching: www.geocaching. com/geocache/GC144NA_welcometo-north-ogden.

 Choose your hike wisely. From Spiral Jetty in the northern part of the Great Salt Lake This adventure has been one of my family’s favorites. Seeing the immense spiral in the backdrop of the Great Salt Lake is inspiring and beautiful. My kids commented that it felt like we were on another planet from touching the crystalized salt to the spongy beaches. Make this a day trip by including a visit to the Golden Spike National Historical Site, which is on the way to the jetty.


Wind Caves Hike It's a little steep but the view is amazing!

loop hikes to hikes with an end destination or those with a WOW factor, it is important to think about the time you have available, age of the children and highlights along the way.

Even though school is out for the summer, you can foster learning experiences that are fun, exciting and get us outside enjoying where we live. Remember, as adults, we are a role model for learning and for demonstrating an adventurous spirit. Have fun out there!




IT'S BBQ SEASON! Grilling weather has arrived and we have two recipes for your outdoor table that are the perfect size for sharing with friends and family. RECIPES BY CHARLOTTE HANCEY

Jalapeno Cherry BBQ Sauce I love taking my family to Cherry Days every summer. It’s one of my favorite things about living in North Ogden! I also love my giant cherry tree that gives us thousands of cherries every year. My Jalapeno Cherry BBQ sauce is a delicious, unique way to use them! Dark sweet cherries add the perfect natural sweetness to this easy, homemade sauce. 12 oz (or 1 ½ cups) fresh or frozen dark sweet cherries, pitted and roughly chopped 2 Tbls. butter 1 medium onion, chopped 1 jalapeno, seeded and diced 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 ½ c. ketchup 1/4 c. apple cider vinegar 3 Tbls. brown sugar 2 Tbls. Worcestershire sauce 2 tsp. liquid smoke 2 tsp. ground mustard Salt and pepper Heat a large saucepan to medium-high and add butter. Add onions and jalapeno and cook until soft and browned. Turn heat down to medium and add garlic. Cook about 1 minute then add remaining ingredients. Simmer, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes. Carefully transfer to a food processor or blender. Blend until smooth. Makes about 3 cups. Freezes well if needed.


June is cherry season! Take advantage of the fresh cherries.

Tex Mex Pasta Salad Being from East Texas means I add a little Tex Mex to any dish that I can. I have been dreaming up this salad for a while now and love how it turned out! Pickled jalapeños were always on the dinner table when I was growing up; add more if you want it spicier. This pasta salad is the perfect dish to take to all of your summer BBQs! 16 oz bowtie pasta 1 (11 oz) can Mexicorn, drained 8 oz cheddar cheese, small cubes 8 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled 4 oz can sliced black olives, drained 1/3 c. pickled jalapenos, finely diced 1 bunch green onions, chopped 1 c. fresh tomatoes, diced ½ c. cilantro, chopped Dressing: 1 c. mayonnaise ½ c. sour cream 1 tsp. cumin 1/2 tsp. chili powder 1 tsp. garlic powder 1 tsp. sugar ¼ c. lime juice Salt and pepper, to taste Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, make dressing by whisking together mayo, sour cream, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, sugar, lime juice, salt, and pepper.

Fresh cilantro and pickled jalapenos give this favorite side a little kick!

Add all remaining ingredients to the bowl and toss to combine. Taste and add more salt if desired. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

About our recipe contributor Charlotte Hancey was born and raised in East Texas but now calls North Ogden home. She loves to make dishes from her childhood and create new ones with a Texas twist! When she’s not cooking for her husband and three kids, she loves to do cooking segments for ABC4’s Good Things Utah and KSL's Studio 5.

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with us are North Ogden, Layton and Clinton. Pizza Pie Cafe takes pride in making nearly everything fresh every day at each restaurant. To list a few of the things they make every day at the store: Pizza Dough, Cookie Dough, Frosting, Alfredo Sauce, Carbonara Sauce, Spicy Sausage Sauce, Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, Pasta, Ranch Dressing, Blue Cheese Dressing and a cut salad every day. And, of course, they are constantly making new pizzas every day as you are eating there, they try to change out the pizzas every 30 minutes.

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In fact, let them know if you find a pizza that hasn't been changed out in a while because they want people to have fresh pizza on their visits. I had a chance to meet with Sam, the part owner/ operator of the


North Ogden location and have a bite to eat. If you like variety, you will love the buffet style with at least 15 pizza flavors available at all times, plus the ability to place custom topping orders, called customer requests. The custom pizza doesn’t cost any extra and is placed out on the buffet for everyone to enjoy. They have very traditional flavors like pepperoni, Hawaiian, combo and even cheese. But things get interesting when you try some of their signature flavors like BBQ chicken, Buffalo Wing Thing and the Firefighter (Spicy) and even some specialty pizzas like the Breakfast Pizza and the Pesto Veggie Pizza. The company recently reworked their crust recipe to make it a little more fluffy. They also have a new quarterly flavor which is a unique taste; this month was a Taco Pizza. They also have some creative dessert pizzas, I know my kids enjoy these the most. There are some standard flavors like cookie dough, raspberry, apple, peach and Oreo. They also do a new desert pizza every month. I tried the very delicious Raspberry Cheesecake pizza which is where I should have started, but then I wouldn’t have tasted anything else… so, never-mind. I asked Sam what he felt like were some of the hidden gems of the restaurant and he said, without hesitation, the pasta. He said he would put their home made pasta and sauces up against anyone in town. Their sauces include Creamy Alfredo, Spicy Sausage, Roasted Red Pepper, Carbonara and Marinara and Meat sauce

PASTA, PIZZA, SALADS AND MORE Don't forget to try the pasta station. Homemade pastas and sauces are made fresh.

(these are the only two not made on site and are imported from Stanislaus California). They also have some special diet pizzas. These usually come with an extra charge but can be a great fit for a busy mom and dad who want to take the kids out for pizza but also want to eat. They also have two Keto-friendly options. One is a crustless pan pizza, which I tried and thought was very good. To be honest, this one tasted like a regular thin crust (which I love). I am surprised that the crust is made from cauliflower. They also have a gluten free crust for those with gluten intolerance or Celiac disease. Of course you can always just stick the their fresh salad bar which is also top notch. Pizza Pie Cafe is a great place to take the family or go on a date. The buffet means you don't have to commit to any one or two flavors and can enjoy as much variety as you'd like. Or, find your favorite and load up on that option.

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North Ogden Connection June 2019  

Cherry Day's Celebration, Father's Day, official city magazine, hiking, ice cream.

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Cherry Day's Celebration, Father's Day, official city magazine, hiking, ice cream.