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March 2019

Are you lucky?

St. Patrick's Day Menu:

What to Eat: Brixton's Baked Potato


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During the month of March we usher in the season of spring. It is a time when the earth begins a renewal process. It is a time when the earth awakens to a newness of life after the winter season. The flower buds, the leaf buds, and all vegetative growth begin to emerge as the earth takes on its fresh image. | (801)721-3762 PUBLISHER Ryan Spelts GRAPHIC DESIGN Kristina Case AD DESIGN Robert Dodd WRITERS Ryan Spelts Breanna Hart EDITORS Carolyn White Heather Godfrey COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTORS Chief Dirk Quinney Ken Young Charlotte Hancey

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It is a time when each of us should reflect on goals, opportunities, and a new direction that will bring about a brightness of hope and peace in our own lives and our families. It is a time to reflect on the wonderful opportunity we have to live in North Ogden City. We have a great staff of employees who work hard to keep us comfortable and protected. Their skills and dedication are appreciated as we enjoy their service to our community.

We are also working on plans for the future of your City. We are seeking input from City government, staff, and citizens regarding the direction our City needs to be moving. It includes recreation, infrastructure, development, and business opportunities. Spring is a metaphor for change. Some changes we eagerly await, and some we are not comfortable with. Some changes we plan and others arrive uninvited. To all these changes, we seek the gift of your perspective, beckoning us to an expectation of hope and rebirth. May the sunlight and rain be reminders that we as citizens of this City need to unite and work together for the common good of everyone. Open your eyes to the changes that need to take place in your lives and awaken to a new life with perspectives that will benefit our friends and neighbors. -Brent Chugg, Mayor


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letter from the editor I hope you feel lucky this month. Not only is it the month of lucky Saint Patrick's Day but it is also the month of our most popular annual contest! Our art contest has been truly inspiring in the past and we are excited to launch it again this month. Please see page 31 for details on how to enter or vote for your favorites in the contest. I can't

wait to see what amazing art is entered into the contest this year. Spread the word, let your artistic friends know so they can enter the contest.

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City of North Ogden March Employee of the Month: Bruce Higley Bruce Higley has worked for the City for almost 30 years. He spent several years in the public works department but has recently been one of the City building inspectors. Bruce also handles most of the building maintenance for the Police Station, City Hall, and Senior Center buildings. Bruce’s coworkers enjoy his kindness and genuine interest in their lives. He is always checking to see how everybody’s weekend has gone or seeing if anybody needs help. Bruce has recently been working on his commercial building inspection certifications so that he can inspect every type of structure which is built in the City. We have no doubt that Bruce will be successful in this endeavor, just as he is in everything else he does.


Question: What is the budget process? Answer: We have had several questions come up about the

budget process and how the City approves a specific budget with associated expenditures. The budgeting process is a Legislative process, which means it has to be reviewed and approved by the elected officials of the City. Most budget items are not voted upon by the general public. Currently, the finance department works with the Mayor and individual department heads to come up with a Draft Budget. This document is then presented to the City Council for their consideration. The Council holds several public meetings to discuss the various items which have been requested in the budget, often on a line by line review. Most of the larger projects are Council driven projects coming from the vision/ goals of the Mayor and Council members. Before a Tentative Budget is approved, the Council holds a public hearing where any member of the public is invited to attend and provide feedback about the proposed expenditures. Once a Final Budget has been approved, any changes to the amount allocated to each department or capital project need to be approved in a budget amendment. The Council may amend the budget at any time during the fiscal year (July-June) after a 14 day notice period and public hearing on the proposed amendments. 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

Green Waste Facility Opening The green waste facility located at 2700 North Mountain Road will open on March 18, 2019 (weather permitting). The hours of operation are: Mondays and Wednesdays: 3:00pm-6:00pm Saturdays: 9:00am-2:00pm It will be closed all government holidays. You will need a Green Waste punch pass to enter. Passes will be sold to residents only at Public Works Facility (165 E Lomond View Drive) during office hours (8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday, except holidays). You may purchase a pass for $25.00. The pass is good for 10 entries. ACCEPTED MATERIALS: Woody Materials: vines, bushes, twigs, limbs, fitzers and logs up to 12” in diameter. Stumps are not accepted. Compost Materials: soft (non-woody), unbagged vegetative material (ie. Grass clippings, leaves, pine needles, sawdust and shavings, weeds). Fill Materials: soil, rock, sod, brick, and concrete (prior approval needed). Materials not specifically listed above will not be accepted. The woody tree material will be chipped, ground or burned. Wood Chips and Mulch Items will be charged as defined in the consolidated fee schedule. You may pick those items up during the mentioned operating hours. Please obey all signage at compost facility to assure proper placement of items and assist in keeping the facility clean and organized. If you have any questions, please contact Brian Galvez at 801-782-8111.

Green Waste Pick Up The City has scheduled the Spring Green Waste Pick Up for May 20-24, 2019. Collection will be on your regular garbage day. However, the volume of material may delay collection a day or two. The regulations mentioned below MUST be followed when placing material out for collection. All materials must be in boxes, bundled with string, or bagged. Bush clippings and small tree limbs must be bundled and no longer than 5 feet in length. Weight limit is 75 pounds. Place materials in parkways, not in curb or waterways. This is a Green Waste Pick Up Only. The compost facility is open at no cost May 18 and May 2025, 2019 from 8:00am to 4:00pm in addition to the regular hours on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. If you have questions if your items will be accepted, contact Brian Galvez at 801-782-8111, or email March 2019 | 5


City Business Spotlight Got a Sweet Tooth? The Dessert Factory is Here For You! Trevor, the owner of The Dessert Factory, has always loved to bake and describes himself as a hobby baker. At 10 years old, he entered his German Chocolate Cake (without help from his mother) in the Utah State Fair and took first place. Since that time, he has enjoyed trying new recipes and perfecting others. He decided to turn that hobby into a business one night when he and his wife were headed to their home in North Ogden and couldn’t find a place to stop to have a late-night treat. All of the yummy desserts that are available at the shop are Trevor’s recipes and he uses the best products available to make the most wonderful desserts – think premium chocolate! Everything is made from scratch, including the fillings, whipped creams, and frostings. You can take them “to go” or enjoy the fun atmosphere he has created and dine-in. The Dessert Factory has three full-time bakers, two managers, and 12 part-time employees that have customer service as their number one priority. You’ll love how fun and happy they are!

Trevor has plans for the stage located in the northeast corner of the grassy area behind the shop. As soon as the weather allows, he will have entertainment on Fridays and Saturdays. Their menu features delicious crepes, cinnamon rolls, eclairs and crème puffs, cookies, peanut butter bars, and much more. Their “soft opening” has been very successful, but watch for their grand opening.

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Scam Preventions for Citizens BY CHIEF DIRK QUINNEY In the digital world we now live in we can connect to anyone, anywhere in the world with the click of a button. Criminals are utilizing this technology to prey upon victims in an attempt to steal money or personal identifying information. There is no one that is immune to these threats. If you know what signs to look for when contacted by a scammer that may seem legitimate, you can protect yourself from becoming a victim. The following are some of the trending scams we are seeing lately. This is not an all-inclusive list, as bad guys are constantly coming up with new ways to victimize.

police department or sheriff’s office saying that you have a warrant for your arrest, or have missed jury duty, and they demand payment. They often threaten arrest if you do not pay right away. They will typically request payment in the form of gift cards, Western Union, or MoneyGram. Hang up and contact the agency directly.

PHISHING – Fake emails or texts seemingly from a known business, family member, or friend. They are typically trying to obtain your information by getting you to click on a link or send a response containing personal information. Unless you are absolutely sure it is a legitimate message, do not respond or click on any links. In fact, do not open the email. You can contact the sender directly and ask them if they sent the message.

FAKE LOTTERIES – This is a form of Phishing. You may receive an email that claims you have won a lottery that you did not enter. It is usually some form of foreign lottery. They tell you that in order to receive your funds you must send payment to them for processing. This is absolutely, 100% of the time, a scam.

SOCIAL SECURITY AND IRS SCAMS – The Social Security Administration and IRS will never contact you and ask you for personal information. They also will not threaten you in an attempt to get personal information or payment. If there is any doubt, hang up and then contact the agency directly. An automated phone call or asking for payment via gift cards, Western Union, or MoneyGram are typical signs of a fraud. FOR SALE BY OWNER SCAMS – This occurs when the potential victim has something listed for sale by owner. The suspect will contact the seller and offer a significant amount of money more than what the sale price is. Payment will be sent in the form of a counterfeit check or money order and the suspect will request the excess funds be sent back to them or to a third party. By the time the check comes back as fraudulent it is too late. As always, face to face sales are always best. The North Ogden Police Department has a Safe Exchange Zone in the front parking lot. It is lit and under 24 hour surveillance. SPOOFING – Spoofing occurs when the scammers hijack, or spoof, a legitimate, recognizable phone number which is what shows up on your caller ID. Suspects can call from anywhere in the world but make your caller ID show a trusted business or phone number. Again, never provide personal information or payment to someone who has contacted you. If there is any question or concern, hang up and call the entity directly. IMPERSONATION – When you receive a call from someone claiming to be a friend or relative in trouble. They may claim to have been arrested or in an accident and they need money. Payment is typically requested via gift cards, Western Union, or MoneyGram. Take some time to verify who you are talking to. Either ask questions that only that person would know or hang up and call the person directly. A WARRANT FOR YOUR ARREST/MISSED JURY DUTY – You receive a phone call from someone claiming to be from the local

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AUCTION SCAMS – Scammers will list items for auction on legitimate websites. Once a sale is made they will take your payment but you will never see your product. In an effort to entice a would-be buyer they may offer a deal, such as a reduced price or partial payment. EMPLOYEMENT OPPORTUNITIES – Unsolicited job offers or “Secret Shopper” jobs. Scammers will use you as a means to do their dirty work. Make sure you check into the legitimacy of the offer before you sign up. These are just a few of the scams that are out there. If you know what to look for you can minimize your chances of becoming a victim. Scam emails and phone calls usually just don’t look or sound right. If it is too good to be true it typically is. Always question anything where payment is being requested by gift cards, Western Union, or MoneyGram. The following are some resources where information can be obtained or complaints filed: Federal Trade Commission ( FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center ( Your local law enforcement agency

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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.

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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.

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March Calendar of Events concert 6:30-8pm @ Orion March 8- Girls basketball 3-5pm @ Sand Ridge Weber High School March 11- Track tryouts 2:30-5 pm March 1-2 Boys basketball tournament March 12- Girls basketball 3-5pm @ March 12- Festival at CHS Orion March 15- End of 3rd term March 13- Life skills conference 7:45amMarch 16- PROM 8pm-10:30pm 11 March 18- Start of 4th term March 14- Advanced orchestra festival March 19- Girls golf @ Bluff golf course @ Roy High 12pm-5pm, Boys soccer vs. Fremont March 15- Early out/students dis@ 3:30 pm-5:30, Cheer tryouts missed at 12:15 pm 5-7:30pm First Day March 20-22- School musical 7pmMarch 20- Cheer tryouts 5-7:30pm of Spring is 9:30pm March 21- Cheer tryouts 4-10pm, March 20 March 22- Girls basketball champiGirls golf @ Ben Lomond Golf onship game: tba Course 12pm-5pm, Softball vs. Davis March 27- Utah Shakespeare Festival @ 3:30-5:30 and workshops March 22- Regional theatre competition, March 28- Track meet @ Fremont high state jazz band competition school 3-6:30pm, Baseball @ Orion March 23- Regional theatre competition, 3-5pm state jazz band competition March 25- Warriorette tryouts @ Weber Maria Montessori Academy 3pm-6pm March 14- End of 3rd term March 26- Warriorette tryouts @ Weber March 15- Early out 3pm-6pm, 3:30-5:30pm Boys soccer March 18- No school vs. Clearfield @ 3:30-5:30, Baseball @ Clearfield 3:30-5:30, Softball @ Syracuse Lomond View Elementary 3:0-5:30 Bates Elementary March 27- Warriorette tryouts @ WeNorth Ogden Elementary ber 3pm-6pm, Baseball vs. Clearfield Majestic Elementary 3:30pm-5:30pm March 15- Early out 12:00am, End of 3rd term North Ogden Jr. High March 4- Late start schedule PD March 5- State Math contest @WSU, SENIOR EVENTS NOJH choir festival March 6- 3pm-5pm Baseball tryouts North View Senior Center March 7- 9am-1:30pm Band festival 485 E. 2550 N. • North Ogden, Utah March 11- Late Start schedule, 3-5pm 801-782-6211 Track tryouts Volunteers are needed at the senior March 12- 9am-10:30 Lion King Jr. or center. 12:30-2pm Lion King Jr. March 14- Weber district orchestra festiLunch: 11:50 AM val. 7pm-8pm Lion King Jr. play Mon, Tues, Wed, & Fri. March 15- 7pm-8pm Lion King Jr. play, Dinner: 5:00 PM End of 3rd quarter early out Thurs. (Opens at 1 PM) March 20- Early out, 1pm-7:30 Parent Seniors over age 60 - $3.00 teacher conference Seniors under age 60 - $6.00 March 25- Early out PLC *Meals include a main dish, fruit, March 26- Weber District honor choir vegetable, and dessert concert


Orion Jr High March 1- Girls basketball game @ South Ogden Jr High 3-5pm March 5- Girls basketball @ Orion 3-5pm, Band concert 6:30-8pm March 6- Baseball tryouts 2:30-4:30,Community Council meeting 3:30-4:30, Spring choir concert 6-8pm March 7- Advanced band festival 8:302pm @ Roy High School, Orchestra


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 Dancing 5:00 Dinner 5:30 Entertainment Friday 8:30 Zumba 8:30 Ceramics 10:00 Yoga (bring own mat) 12:30 Pinochle

LIBRARY ACTIVITIES North Branch Library ( for more activities) March 1- Rocky Mountain Choreography Festival 2019 @ Egyptian Theater 7:309:30pm March 1- Art stroll @WSU 5-9pm March 7- Weber State Wildcats vs. Idaho @ Dee Events Center, Ogden UT March 7- Free open riding 8am-10am @ Golden Spike Arena March 15- Winter Series Rodeo 7:309:30 @Golden Spike Arena March 30- Starbound National Talent Competition 7am-9pm @ Peery’s Egyptian Theatre TAI CHI | No classes March 9 & 11 Mondays 10:30 a.m. Experience this gentle form of martial arts that uses slow, controlled movements to regulate breathing and build stamina. YOUTH CHESS CLUB Mondays 4:00 p.m. Players of all skill levels are invited to learn and play the ultimate intellectual game. All supplies provided.


AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM Wednesdays 2:00 p.m Activities exploring STEAM (science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics) for elementary school-aged children.Younger siblings must be supervised by a caregiver. DISCOVERY TIME Thursdays 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. Separate sessions for ages 0-3 and 4-5. Help your child get ready to read with stories, music, and learning activities. MOVIE THURSDAYS 3:30 p.m Join us for screenings of popular and classic films. Visit our website for ratings! Film release dates are subject to change. HAPPY BIRTHDAY DR SEUSS Saturday, March 2, 2:00 p.m. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday at Weber County Library! Learn about the beloved children’s book author and enjoy games, treats, and activities based on his classic stories. TEEN TECH WEEK: Light Photography| Tuesday, March 5, 4:00 p.m. Ages 12-18

Celebrate Teen Tech Week by learning about photography, a technology dating back to the early 1800s. Experiment with light photography to create your own unique photos. Coding Crew Tuesday, March 12, 4:00 p.m. Ages 12-18 Register: 801-337-2652 Learn the code you need to build a website, create an app, or design computer algorithms. Choose your own path and work at your own pace. An email address is required to create an account. ADULT SEWING: POT HOLDERS Wednesday, March 13, 6:30 p.m. Register 801-337-2650 Looking for simple yet eggcellent sewing techniques? Learn to sew an egg shaped pot holder in this beginning sewing class. SENSORY STORY HOUR Saturday, March 16, 10:30 a.m. 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. POINTILLISM Tuesday, March 19, 7:00 p.m.

Register: 801-337-2650 Pointillism involves applying small dots of color to create a larger picture. Learn how to utilize this technique for yourself to create your own pieces. ORIGAMI YODA Tuesday, March 26, 3:30 p.m. Ages 12 and under. Learn about the origins of origami and make your very own Origami Yoda, Darth Paper, and Han Foldo.

FUN THINGS TO DO! March 1- Rocky Mountain Choreography Festival 2019 @ Egyptian Theater 7:309:30pm March 1- Art stroll @WSU 5-9pm March 7- Weber State Wildcats vs. Idaho @ Dee Events Center, Ogden UT March 7- Free open riding 8am-10am @ Golden Spike Arena March 15- Winter Series Rodeo 7:309:30 @Golden Spike Arena March 30- Starbound National Talent Competition 7am-9pm @ Peery’s Egyptian Theatre

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Students of the Month Ashlyn Crowell

Jack Wolfinger

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Maria Montessori Academy

Ashlyn is always positive and bubbly. She is outgoing and is always encouraging her peers. She is friendly and greets everyone she meets with a bright smile. She is enthusiastic, and her enthusiasm is infectious! Ashlyn is also a hard worker. She isn’t afraid of admitting she has made a mistake, specifically because she has learned that a mistake is a chance to learn. She is an open book and is full of bubbly laughter. She makes others feel that it is okay to be them through how she expresses herself and reaches out to others.  

Jack Wolfinger is our Student of the Month for Maria Montessori Academy. Jack has been active in Student Council at MMA and has been a valuable part of our community. He has honed his leadership skills, as well as his academic skills in his time at MMA. He has a great interest in science, particularly in the area of paleontology. He is also a gifted artist and sculptor. His dinosaur sculptures are not only scientifically accurate, but they also are in great poses and full of life. Jack always has an interesting fact to share and a broad range of knowledge. He enjoys reading and playing basketball.

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North Ogden High School You have been chosen for this award due to your drive for learning, respect, and eagerness to help others. Every morning you come into class with a smile on your face. You are the first to enter, get logged into your computer, and await instruction. You are always respectful in your interactions with me as well as your peers, bringing smiles and kindness to the classroom. Kyler, I love seeing your engagement in class, being on task, and always making sure you’re caught up with all course work. Your natural talent as a team leader is admirable. When placed in a group setting, you take the lead in getting the project started, making recommendations to others on changes that would improve the project, and include everyone. You encourage others to learn new things and when you don’t understand something, you make sure to get the correct information before directing the peers in the group. Being the great student that you are, it means a lot as your teacher to see you receive recognition for the hard work you do, the drive you have for learning new things, the natural talent of a leader and the eagerness you have to respect and help others.

Millie Hansen Orion Junior High School Millie is an 8th grade student at Orion Junior High. She is a talented and bright student, and very kind. Millie enjoys reading, writing, art, rockhounding, and participates in MESA and National Junior Honor Society. Her favorite class is art, but she also really likes orchestra. Millie has a 4.0 GPA and her academic goals are to do her best, maintain a 4.0, and graduate as valedictorian. She loves hanging out with her friends at school and going to school games. After high school she wants to attend college and possibly pursue a career in architecture, writing, or maybe even glass blowing! Congratulations Millie, keep up the great work!

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



March, the Month with an IDENTITY CRISIS! BY KEN YOUNG


ou have to feel sorry for the month of March. Poor March, the only month that suffers with a crippling conundrum of what he wants to be when he grows up. One day March is 65 degrees with magnificent spring sunshine, the crocuses are blooming, robins singing, people are smiling out in the yards, the next day, WHAM! A snow storm makes an encore visit from February who feels cheated because she only gets to have 28 days to showcase her winter weather. But then two days later the sun is out and the crocuses are back in action followed by another remnant of winter. My oh my, the weather mood swings of March are crazier than an out of control Yo-yo on a rollercoaster. With this flip flopping you would think Congress was in control of the weather. But you really can’t fault March for this state of personality uncertainty. To begin with there is the rule that a groundhog dictates whether or not winter will be continuing from February into March. That is disconcerting. Think about it, how would you feel if you knew your fate was in the hands (or paws) of a pudgy rodent? After the insulting “destiny by rodent” edict, March is then blessed with the mascot of Leprechauns. The flummoxed weather conditions are certainly influenced by the shenanigans of Leprechauns as they cavort about all the while foisting their mystical pranks on innocent winter weary folks. At the least we should all be grateful we don’t have a month that has Bigfoot as the mascot. Also, how could you expect a month to get its seasons correct when we can’t even reach a consensus on how to set our clocks in March. “What time is it?” “Right now?” “Well Duh! Of course I mean right now.” “I just ask, because if this was yesterday at this time, this wouldn’t be right now, it would be an hour from now, either earlier or later, I’m not sure. But if you ask me tomorrow, what time is it, I will definitely tell you I’m still not sure what time it is. But then what did you expect, this is March, kind of the Twilight Time Zone of the year.”


After the insulting “destiny by rodent” edict, March is then blessed with the mascot of Leprechauns. If all of this is not enough, there is the Vernal Equinox of March that adds even more instability. The month starts out with more dark than light then has to do an about face and give more daylight than night. Poor March comes along, minding his own business, being a night person, then is mandated to change to being a morning person. Most people would rise to an insurrection if they were forced into such disagreeable conditions. What is a person to do to cope with these wild asymmetrical oscillations in the weather? Think ahead. It won’t be long, in the depths of the Dog Days of summer, during a string of 100 degree days, when most folks will once again be commiserating about the hardships of disagreeable weather. Oh how a small morsel of March’s capricious weather antics would be appreciated at that time. It’s all a matter of having the proper perspective and enjoying the moment, regardless of the variations of weather. Think of getting through March like a child turning the crank on an old time Jack-in the-box, listening to the tune with great anticipation. At some random time the clown jumps out of the box, the child laughs with delight with the surprise, closes the box and repeats. You can’t change the weather. Just keep turning the crank and smile with the spontaneous variety that is sure to pop up.



Pets Through the Years BY MELISSA SPELTS

What is your fondest memory of having a pet? Did you have a dog, cat, fish, frog? We found these sweet pictures in the North Ogden Historical Museum of children from years back with their pets. A lot of times pets served many facets, rounding up cattle, chasing mice, and even providing milk and cheese.

0: Juanita Perkins, Kids with puppies in 195 Chamberlain, Kent & Virginia Barker, Robert Larry Cevering.

Henry Hall home

Barker cousins with pets in 1964-Denice, Brent, Karla, Julie Barker

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” - Anatole France March 2019 | CONNECTIONPUBLISHING 15

Are you

LUCKY? Why do some people seem to have the odds always in their favor?



ome people have all the luck! Have you ever known someone who was extremely lucky? Someone who seems to not only have a silver lining to their clouds but the rain drops are also diamonds! I am not talking about someone who is by nature positive or optimistic, but I am referring to people who against all odds are very lucky.

The Lucky Sister I have five sisters and each of them are great, but one of them is one of the luckiest people I have ever known when it comes to winning things in drawings. It all started when she was quite young-I would say 8 or 9 years old- and she along with the rest of our family attended a credit union banquet. There was a

drawing and she entered and won the grand prize…a TV. None of us could believe it and I was particularly miffed because she was younger than me and was now able to have a TV in her room since she had won it. What the heck!?! I recently texted her for details and she told me that she has had an incredible run at winning things in drawings. She listed off 15 drawings she has won something in with winnings reaching over $1500 over the years. She actually has a sixth sense when she is going to win a drawing. Maybe she should try the lottery or something.

a call on her cell phone from someone claiming to represent Staples® and they needed information from her. She didn’t believe them and actually hung up on them. They called back and persuaded her to stay on the line. It turned out that she had actually won the drawing and was being awarded a brand new Audi TT convertible!! A few weeks later a beautiful sports car was delivered to her door. Wow, that is lucky. Amber also said the last time she was with her at a drawing, Ashley won 9 times on a $20 donation. Some people just have a gift. Obviously Ashley is one of them.

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I also spoke to a resident, Amber Stokes, who told me that she has a friend named Ashley who tends to win at raffles all the time as well. Her best win came one day when she was ordering office supplies on the Staples® website and she decided to enter the drawing they were running for a new une is Good fort . car. She forgot all about y on its wa it and one day she got


A quick internet search reveals hundreds of stories and even some videos of some very lucky people. One told of an Australian man who was nearly killed in a car accident and was even taken off life support and yet still survived. When he awoke, he celebrated his unlikely survival by scratching off a lottery card on which he won about $12,000 US. A local news station thought that was fascinating and so they brought him on the news and purchased him an additional lottery card

so he could reenact the moment when he won the money. He proceeded to scratch off and win an additional $180,000 US on live TV. That is a lucky man. I think the fact that he survived a major car accident was the luckiest part.

The 4x Lottery Winner Another story told of Joan Ginther who has won the lottery 4 times. Did you know you are more likely to be struck by an asteroid than you are to win the lottery? Well Joan has defied that statistic by winning 4 times -and not small tickets either; she has won over $20mm.

The "I Escaped Death 9 times" There was also the story of a man who had escaped death not one or two times but 9 times. In very dramatic accidents or health scares. He was pulled from a frozen river after his train derailed and crashed. 17 others lost their lives and Frane Selak only had a broken arm. As if that wasn’t lucky enough, a year later, he was on a private plane which started to lose altitude quickly. There was a malfunctioning door and Frane was blown out of that door when it opened. He then fell into a haystack (true story) and was the sole survivor of 20 people on that plane. The last time he defied death was when he swerved to miss a truck on a mountain road. His car struck the guard rail which threw him from his car (he must have had a thing about not wearing seatbelts!). He watched as his car careened 300 feet into the canyon below. To top all of this off, in 2003 Frane won $1.1 million from the lottery, making him a wealthy man. Now that is lucky!

Lucky Symbols There are many symbols of luck

that we as a society have developed. Ancient sailors viewed the albatross as a sign of luck; to the English, the horseshoe is a sign of luck; to the Native American the dreamcatcher is lucky; and Americans view the Rabbit’s Foot as lucky...well maybe not for the rabbit, but you know... for the guy who buys it. And what about 4 leaf clovers? So is being lucky a thing of chance? These examples would seem to suggest that some people are luckier than others. When I talked to my sister about her luck at winning things, she said she has always considered herself lucky. She read somewhere that you can envision yourself winning and it will happen. Maybe she simply benefited from “proof” in her own mind that she could win because of that early win at the credit union banquet and has thus always assumed that she would win in future drawings and attracted that success to herself. If you read the popular book or watch the movie titled The Secret, you will find conversations with many very successful people who believe and teach that the Law of Attraction is the key to luck.

equation where we get a result in direct proportion to the effort we put in?

The Parking Spot There are many philosophies of success and the art of creating luck. I believe that you can attract to you success but it does require a conscious effort. My kids and I have a running joke about my parking spot at our local Walmart®. The second stall was available a couple of times in a row after we had taken a few consecutive trips to the Wal. I jokingly told my kids that they saved that spot for me and that it had become my spot. I am

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Born Lucky or Create Luck? The question many would pose; “Are some people just born lucky, or can one create luck?” I remember starting off really well at a job which was an exact alignment of my skill set which I had developed over a 20 year career. The supervisor said, wow you are doing really well at this, you’re like an overnight success! I responded, yeah anyone else can be an overnight success too, so long as they do what I have done for the previous 20 years before they start here. He laughed and agreed that my previous experience was the key. So can we really create our own luck or is it a simple math

amazed now at how many times we pull into the parking lot and my spot is there waiting for me. It is an ongoing joke with my kids. The other day, someone was in my spot but the one next to it was open. My kids exclaimed “how could they let someone have your spot dad?” I figured one spot off wasn’t too bad.

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Pursue worthwhile things that matter to you: Decide what it is, and read, study and learn everything you can about the subject. Put one foot in front of

the other. Start moving forward and start learning as you go. I have often taught a new sales person to go get their nose bloodied, or go make mistakes. I don’t think you even know what you don’t know until you make mistakes and learn from them. Also know in advance what you are willing to sacrifice to achieve what you want.


Persevere: I have always loved the story of the man who dug to within 3 feet of gold in Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich. The man in the story catches the gold

fever and heads west to dig for gold. He staked a claim and began digging. He eventually found some gold and was excited to mine the vein. He would need to get some help and raise money to get the equipment he needed to mine the ore. He borrowed and enrolled family and friends in the cause and went back to the mines with the needed but expensive equipment. They pulled out the initial haul and were excited because they had found a rich vein that was sure to bring wealth and prosperity to the man and his family. Unfortunately the vein they had found soon ended and they began to only pull up rocks. They drilled and drilled hoping desperately to find again the vein but they were unsuccessful. They quit and gave up. They sold their equipment to a junk dealer and went back home to answer to unpaid debts. The junk dealer was an enterprising man and wondered about this mine. He decided to get the advice of a mining engineer to see if there was still a possibility of finding gold in the abandoned mine. The engineer surveyed the project and said that he believed the previous operation failed because they didn’t follow the fault line and that they were merely 3 feet from where gold would be found. He was right. The junk dealer found gold and pulled millions of dollars worth from the same mine that bankrupted the previous miners.

In Conclusion


Seek Expert Opinions: The junk dealer showed wisdom in seeking the advice of a successful person in his new field of pursuit. I have often had the chance to hire

new sales people at various jobs I have had over the years. One of the most challenging things I experienced were sales people who, with all sorts of promise and potential, would listen to a negative family member or friend and remove themselves from the chance to succeed. I always say, if you want to learn something, don’t ask the guy on the couch with an opinion on everything, ask someone who is good at it. And if you want to be great at something, ask someone who is great at it and replicate their approach.


Be flexible: I have often found that success looks different from what I had originally envisioned in my mind. My first


Count your blessings: I find that I feel much luckier when I acknowledge the blessings and beauty in my own life. It

job out of high school was what most would consider very successful. I made more money than I thought possible. I was a top performing district manager and had seen great success. The only problem was, I was working 60 hours a week in the off season and around 90 in the busy season. I am a huge fan of working hard but I was sacrificing something more important to me than money… my family. I made a change because I wanted something more than the money I was earning. I found success in other ways that weren’t so time consuming. They still took work, just not life consuming work.

helps me to stop envying those around me who seem to have “all the luck!” It also gives me perspective. I once complained and worried to a business mentor about the struggles I was having in my business. He told me to stop for a minute and look back to a year ago and see where we were comparatively. By doing so, I was moved by the progress we had made and it helped me to realize that the problems we were having were natural and part of what we could overcome by continuing to move forward. It also made me grateful for where we had come from.

These tips might not help you win the lottery and definitely will not help you survive a plane, train or car crash, but I believe they can help you create some of your own luck in your life. I have also found that timing is everything. Sometimes the stars align yet at other times they do not. It takes wisdom to know when things aren’t aligning so you can adjust the set of your sails. Like the ocean the tide comes in at times and recedes at others. You can either be frustrated at the receding sea or you can grab a board and enjoy the waves. We would love to hear about your stories of luck or success. Find us on Facebook and share your story. You can also enter to win in one of our monthly contests with great prizes. Maybe you can test the theory of attracting a win to yourself and let us know how it works.


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A couple years ago, when snow was still on the ground, I couldn’t stop dreaming of the day I could start my garden. I longed to be outdoors and to have the sun on my face. A long winter will do that to you and as I am writing this in February and it is still snowing, I am feeling it again. Having a garden can be so rewarding. Going out and picking fruit and veggies as you need them for your meals is the best feeling. I am not perfect at gardening but being in Utah you don’t have to be. Everything seems to grow here with little effort, I know from trying to garden in Las Vegas that it isn’t so easy everywhere. I decided to save us some money by starting my garden from seeds indoors. It was so fun watching my seeds change daily into a plant you would find in the gardening section of the supermarket. I felt so proud of my efforts. Ryan was sweet and a week before Mother’s day bought and prepped new soil for my garden. We checked the weather and it looked like it would be blue skies through Mother’s Day. Even though experienced gardeners would have said wait until after Mother’s Day, I felt we were safe. Unfortunately, a couple days after planting our garden, it snowed and the wind howled. I lost some of my garden but still managed to reap a good harvest. Seriously Utah, you ROCK!

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I love making unique “green” food for my family’s St. Patrick’s Day meal. These enchiladas are full of flavor and are an easy weeknight dinner. They taste like you spent hours though! Split into two pans and pop one in the freezer to have on hand for busy nights or unexpected guests.

Enchiladas Verdes

2 cups rotisserie chicken, shredded 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon onion powder ½ teaspoon chili powder 4 oz can diced green chilies ½ large yellow onion, diced (3/4 cup)


3 cloves garlic, minced 1 tablespoon olive oil 28 oz can green enchilada sauce, divided ¾ cup sour cream 12 flour tortillas, soft taco sized 3 cups Monterrey Jack cheese, shredded 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped (recipe continued on next page)



(continued Enchiladas Verdes) Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place chicken in a bowl and add garlic powder, cumin, onion powder, chili powder, and green chilies. Stir to combine and set aside. Add olive oil to a small skillet and heat to medium. Add onions and cook 5-7 minutes or until they start to brown a little. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute. Add onions and garlic to chicken. Add ¼ cup of enchilada sauce to the chicken mixture as well then stir to combine. In a separate bowl, add remaining enchilada sauce and sour cream. Whisk to combine. Spray the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Ladle about ¾ cup of the sauce mixture into the dish and spread with the back of a spoon. Add 1/3 cup chicken mixture to center of

tortilla then sprinkle about 1 tablespoon of cheese. Roll up tightly and place seam side down in the baking dish. Repeat with the rest of the tortillas. They will be packed in tight. Pour sauce mixture over the top, being careful to leave the open ends of the tortillas exposed (so they can get crispy). Add remaining 2 cups of cheese to the top. Bake in 375 degree oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly. Garnish with cilantro. Serve with Avocado Green Salsa (recipe below). *This can easily be made in two smaller pans. Pop one in the freezer and save it for later! *Warm tortillas in the microwave before assembling for more pliability.

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.

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Growing up in the Houston area, green salsa was a staple at every Mexican restaurant. There are many different versions, but this one reminds me of my home state the most. It is bright, tangy, creamy and bursting with flavor! It is a must-have accompaniment to my Enchiladas Verdes!

Avocado Green Salsa

½ lb fresh tomatillos (4-5) ½ cup large yellow onion 4 cloves garlic 2 ripe avocados, pitted and skin removed 1 jalapeno, stem and seeds removed ½ bunch cilantro Juice of ½ a lime 1 teaspoon salt ¼ cup water Remove husks from tomatillos and wash to remove stickiness. Cut in quarters and place in food processor or blender. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until smooth. Add more water if needed to create desired consistency. Taste and add more salt if needed. *No need to remove stems from cilantro.

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When I first met my wife, she and I were both starving college students. This poorness was ever present in our grocery shopping. I would go to Melissa’s apartment and she would be eating dinner, which usually consisted of a baked potato. That was it. Sometimes, when she could afford it, she would put ketchup on the potato, but she couldn’t afford toppings. I thought she was crazy, but little did I know at the time but the potato contains all of the nutrients we need to survive, a healthy choice for my starving student wife to be. Today potatoes have actually gotten a bit of a black eye because of how we prepare them. Deep frying for fries or chips is just one example. However, even a baked potato can be a large amount of calories when you add butter and sour cream to it. Jamie Renda, owner of Brixton’s

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in Ogden by the Megaplex, hatched the idea of creating delicious dishes using popular entree’s to top the potato instead of the standard butter, sour cream and chives. By doing so, she has created a very healthy, calorie-friendly meal using one of the most popular crops in the world. They have delicious toppings for their oven baked potatoes like Chicken Alfredo (560 Calories), Chili Verde (560 calories), Pot Roast (450 calories), Thai Curry (640 calories) and Hawaiian BBQ (650 calories). Each of these is a full and filling meal and the calorie counts are better than many salads or soups. My favorite was the Chili Verde and my wife loved 34 CONNECTIONPUBLISHING | March 2019

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