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pring is here, and warmer weather, blossoming flowers, and fresh air are amongst us. It is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. It has been said that springtime is a time to take action after spending the winter in what could be called a form of human hibernation. North Ogden is taking action on many fronts. The longawaited widening of the Washington Blvd. and 2600 North intersection has begun, along with the widening of 2600 North to the city offices and 400 East to 2850 North. It is anticipated the projects will be completed in October of this year. You can stay updated on the progress of the projects by visiting www.northogdencity.com. The search for a new city planning director is in progress as Rob Scott, our current director, has announced his retirement. We express our gratitude to Rob for the many contributions he has made to North Ogden. Municipal elections are just around the corner, and our new City Recorder, Katie Gerrard, is preparing a calendar of deadlines that will soon be published. City staff is completing the plans for a great Cherry Days celebration. The parade and fireworks will be held on July 3rd. Due to road construction, the parade route will begin on Washington Blvd. at 2550 North and head south. Most events normally held in conjunction with Cherry Days are scheduled to take place; however, events at North Ogden Park have not been finalized due to potential Covid restrictions. All events have been planned based upon providing a safe environment for those who choose to participate. The city council is moving forward on a solution to replace the outdated and unsafe public safety building. This may be one of the most important decisions made by the city in many years. Your input is valued, and we encourage you to stay informed on this especially important project. It is that time of year, of course, when the council turns their attention to formulating the budget for fiscal year 2022. The budgeting process involves making decisions on how taxpayer funds will be utilized, including whether to reinstate recycling. Over the next several months, a portion of each council meeting will be dedicated to discussing the budget. I invite you to join us in these discussions. Currently, meetings are held on Zoom, but we are developing plans to hold in-person meetings as soon as it is determined to be safe. You can get information on council meeting agendas by calling the city offices or visiting the city website. As spring is a time to be outside, many citizens will be utilizing our trails and doing “spring cleaning” in their yards. I encourage you to help those who are unable to complete their “spring cleaning” on their own, and if you’re on the trails, don’t be hesitant to pick up any trash you come across. Doing this will keep North Ogden a great place to live. May April showers bring May flowers! Mayor Berube

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Resident’s Question: Are there rules against certain activities in parks? Answer: As the warmer seasons approach us, it is always a good idea to remind ourselves of the rules in our parks. Some of the parks have specific rules which relate to just the use of those parks, like the dog park and equestrian park. However, there are several rules which are universally enforced. Some of the most common violations we see are the following: 1) Parks are open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nobody should be in the parks after 10 p.m. for any reason. 2) Injuring grass and plants: Nobody should be injuring the grass, trees, and shrubs in the parks. Specifically, we are seeing an increase in the number of people placing plastic on the grass for extended periods of time. This causes some dramatic damage to the grass, which requires weeks to recover from. 3) Vandalism: We have also seen an increase in the vandalism in the parks lately. 4) We don’t allow for any alcoholic beverages to be consumed in the city parks, and obviously the use of illegal drugs is prohibited. If somebody sees a violation of the posted rules, they should call the non-emergency hotline for the Police at (801) 629-8221. If you have questions about proper procedures, city code, building permits, community events, how-to's, or other city-related questions, please send an email to jcall@nogden.org.

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The Proposed North Ogden Public Safety Building Security and evidence storage are two key components driving the need for an upgraded Public Safety Building for the community of North Ogden City. Many people have asked why a facility is necessary now. For many years, our current building has served our needs, but certain safety issues have pressed the city to seriously consider a long list of safety upgrades. Over the past few years, the city council has discussed what should be included in the new Public Safety Building. The new facility will have secure separation between civilian staff and the Investigation and Patrol Divisions. Occasionally, the officers are dealing with an individual who has the potential of becoming violent towards officers or other community members. The added separations will help protect everyone involved when tension is high. Other examples of enhanced security include a secure emergency vestibule at the public entrance for after-hours use. If citizens are in fear of their safety, they can enter the vestibule which will lock behind them and they will be immediately connected to a 911 dispatcher. Also, a secure parking area will keep police vehicles from being tampered with, while also allowing your officers to travel to and from their vehicles within a secure parking area. There will also be a secure port for the loading and unloading of detainees that will keep your officers and the detainees safe. Additionally, the courtroom will be updated to meet all the current safety and operating mandates set by the state, including a better screening process at the entrance of the court. The judge and the clerks will have a place to retreat if ever confronted with a threat. There will be places for attorneys to meet with their clients safely and privately. There will be a place for victims and witnesses to enter, exit, and wait without worrying about coming in close contact with the individual who may have harmed them. In addition to increased security in the new facility, there are currently limitations for evidence storage for past cases and new cases that will be addressed. The city has put significant effort into managing and maintaining evidence for the various police cases handled by our fine officers each day. Enhanced evidence facilities will help keep the city compliant with the expectations of modern criminal prosecutions. When this building is constructed, there is no question that it will be a huge investment for the community into the safety of your officers and community. We encourage residents to get involved and let their voices be heard concerning this investment into the North Ogden community. The city council will be discussing the plans regularly over the next couple months. The best way to get involved is to watch the meetings and email the council at councilccmm@nogden.org The report found here https://bit.ly/2OUUz8U is helpful in explaining the concerns, evaluations, and conceptual ideas going into the new facility. April 2021 | northogdenconnection.com 5


The Cherry on Top BY LYNNE BEXELL

Mike Larson is the co-owner of Advanced Armor Technology and the creator of the Tri-City Exchange, located at 2067 N Washington Blvd. It is like a small “free” grocery store set up to help people out with items that they may need. Other local businesses donate to the Tri-City Exchange, where Mike oversees the program and gets people the items they need. Tri-City Exchange was formed when the owners saw a need at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis and met with the mayors of North Ogden, Pleasant View, and Harrisville, who were all in favor. Soon, they had the support from local grocery stores and businesses to help stock the shelves, and during the first part of April, they opened their doors to anyone who needed food, toiletries, feminine products, diapers, baby formula, and much more. Anyone is welcome, no matter where you live, what your age, income, or religion. Remember the backpacks that our city employees filled with supplies and donated to the local schools? Those were donated to us from Tri-City Exchange. You may have noticed the lines of

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“We are here for each other, and we need to take care of each other.” cars on Washington Blvd. occasionally – they were lined up to receive food and supplies from Tri-City Exchange. They have been working hard helping people for months. The Cherry on Top is Mike Larson for seeing a need and doing something about it. He remains committed to staying until the need is gone. Mike wants people to know that his philosophy is, “We are here for each other, and we need to take care of each other.” Follow them on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/ tricityexchangeut/




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May 8, 10, 14 & 15

CLEAN OUT YOUR MEDICINE CABINET on April 24th! This event provides safe disposal locations for citizens to properly dispose of unused prescription medications. Vaping devices and cartridges are also accepted.

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Did you know it’s environmentally unsafe to dispose of medications in the landfill or sewer systems? And by removing unneeded medications from homes, we can reduce access to addictive medications or accidental or intentional misuse. Help keep your community safe! The bi-annual National Take-Back event is sponsored by the State DEA’s office, Weber Human Services, Weber CTC Coalition, North Ogden Police, Harrisville Police, Harrisville Walmart Pharmacy, and North Ogden Smith’s Marketplace Pharmacy.

WHEN? Saturday April 24th @ 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Large dumpsters will be staged at the Green Waste Facility to accept the following items FOR FREE • Large Household trash items (furniture, bed frames, NO MATTRESSES) • Used tires and car batteries (NO HOUSEHOLD BATTERIES) • Green waste including branches, leaves, weeds, etc. • Dried out Paint (MUST be dried with kitty litter, not sand, dirt, or anything else) • Appliances and electronics • NO OIL, ANTIFREEZE, OR TRANSMISSION FLUID NOT ACCEPTED • Commercial waste or dumping • Household garbage that belongs in weekly garbage pick up • Hazardous waste or materials • Waste from residents of other cities

WHERE? There are two drop-off locations to choose from, held outdoors near the entrance (look for canopy & signs): Smith’s Marketplace 2434 N Washington Rd Blvd, North Ogden, UT 84414 Walmart Supercenter 534 N Harrisville Rd, Harrisville, UT 84404

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2021 Join us on July 3rd for the longawaited Cherry Days Parade! The parade will begin at 2550 North on Washington Blvd and continue down Washington Blvd to 1700 North. Pack your lawn chairs and settle in for some fun! Registration for parade entries and magazine and vendor spots will open on April 1st and can be found at www.northogdencherrydays.com There you will find a map of the route along with the latest COVID-19 protocols. For questions, comments, or concerns, please contact the North Ogden City Council at ccmm@nogden.org


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

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

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 6 p.m. Work sessions are held as needed on the first Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. Check www.northogdencity.com for changes.

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Key Community Contacts Mayor: Neal Berube: 801-686-0688 nberube@nogden.org Council Members: Cheryl Stoker: 801-782-9302 cstoker@nogden.org Phillip Swanson: 801-940-2111 pswanson@nogden.org Charlotte Ekstrom: 801-920-6987 cekstrom@nogden.org Blake Cevering: 801-549-8202 bcevering@nogden.org Ryan Barker: 801-814-4306 rbarker@nogden.org City Hall: 801-782-7211 Planning:  

801-737-2215 Rob Scott - rscott@nogden.org

City Recorder: 801-737-9830 Katie Gerard-Nelson - recorder@nogden.org Building:  

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

Police: Business 801-782-7219               Dispatch 801-629-8221               Emergency 911 Chief Dirk Quinney dquinney@nogden.org Paul Rhoades - prhoades@nogden.org Public Works: 801-782-8111 David Espinoza - despinoza@nogden.org Shelly Robison - srobison@nogden.org Parks & Recreation: 801-737-0587 Tiffany Staheli - tstaheli@nogden.org Becca Godfrey - bgodfrey@nogden.org Jesse Felter - jfelter@nogden.org Justin Rasmussen - jrasmussen@nogden.org Nik Brown - n.brown@nogden.org City Manager/ City Attorney: Jon Call - jcall@nogden.org 801-737-9846 Senior Center: Zella Richards - 801-782-6211


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Founding Farmers: The Canners that Came Before the Cannery BY JENNY GOLDSBERRY

It was the Riddles’ first time irrigating because they hadn’t had the need to irrigate on their old farm. The Riddles were just one of the thirteen founding families of North Ogden. Lucky for everyone else, they were also the founding farmers. John, the patriarch of the family, came to Utah as a career farmer. In northern Kentucky, he was not just a farmer but also a Baptist minister. Between him and his wife, Elizabeth Wilson Stewart, they had three daughters and a son named Isaac. Together, they joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and found themselves leaving their farm to travel across the continent with their fellow congregants.

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It was 1850 when they started settling North Ogden. John was 47 years old, and Isaac was 20 years old. They tried their hand at farming their new environment. Almost immediately, they came across a problem: on their new farm, they had to implement irrigation for their crops to survive. It was their first time irrigating because they hadn’t had the need to irrigate on their old farm in Kentucky. Among the first of their many crops were potatoes, corn, and grain.

This would prove to be a very helpful practice, because in the fall of 1855, a swarm of crickets completely annihilated all the crops in the area. A lesser-known fact is that even the winter was particularly harsh, killing much of the livestock too. Canned and dried goods definitely came in handy.

By the time the Riddles harvested their crops, The Cannery Center in North Ogden was still 50 years away from being built. In the meantime, John and Elizabeth had six more children, and John married five more women; three of those women had given birth to five additional children. Isaac also had married four women and had been subsequently jailed for his polygamy. That didn’t stop Eliza Bramwich, John’s sixth wife, from taking up canning herself. Of course, in her day, they called it “bottling.” There were times when there were no jars in the house, so she took up drying. They had scaffolds built just for drying fruits like peaches, apricots, and plums. She would remove the pit and cut the fruit into slices, then hang the slices on the scaffold, peel down, and let the sun dry them out.

Other farmers followed suit and began canning their own surplus crops. There was a time when a railroad track branched off the Ogden line, just to transport canned goods and fresh crops for the interstate market. It was called “The Dummy Line.” This was one of the few ways farmers could sell their surplus before a local cannery was built. In a previous issue, you can find an even greater detailed history of The Cannery Center of North Ogden. Once the cannery was built in 1901, local farmers could sell directly to the cannery, and the cannery would ship the goods out. By this point in history, North Ogden residents had massive farms and orchards. The irrigation systems the Riddles helped dig proved to be the key to success for farmers in this desert region.


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April Calendar of Events NORTH VIEW SENIOR CENTER Take out lunches are available at the North View Senior Center for Seniors 60+. Call Zella (801) 782-6211 to order. Order your lunch the day before or on a Friday for Monday’s lunch. There is a $3 suggested donation. Mon - Fri 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

LIBRARY EVENTS Apr 1 - 30: Make your own Lady Bug Antennae, ages 12 and under. Apr 1: Craft at Home: Keychain rope Tassels. Pick up supplies at your nearest Weber County Library. Visit https:// vimeo.com/showcase/wclcrafting for the instructional video. Apr 24: Ladybug Roundup - pick up a free packet of live ladybugs at any Weber County Library. Wed & Thurs: Dungeons & Dragons, 6 p.m. Register @ (801)337-2660 Apr 6: Jackbox Games, ages 12-18, 6 p.m. Register @ (801)337-2660 Apr 8: Unique Formats for Writers, 1 p.m. Register (801)337-2691 Apr 12: Learn Dungeons & Dragons, 6 p.m. Register (801)337-2660 Apr 13: Watercolor Silhouettes, ages 16+, 1 p.m. Register (801)337-2691 Apr 14, 21: Teen Drawing, ages 12-18. Register (801)337-2639 Apr 22: Ogden Memories, 1 p.m. Register (801) 337-2691 Apr 22: the 5 Ws of Cooking: What’s on the Shelf? 7 p.m. Register (801)337-2670 Apr 27: Virtual Poetry Slam, grades K-12, 7 p.m. Register (801)337-2660 Zoom Book discussion Apr 13: The Radium Girls by Kate Moore, 7 p.m. Register (801)337-2650

SCHOOL EVENTS No School April 2-9 Spring Break Weber High School Apr 1: Baseball @ Weber 3:30 p.m. | Track & Field @ Roy 3 p.m. | Softball @


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Roy 3:30 p.m. Apr 2: No School | Baseball @ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. Apr 5 - 9: Spring Break - No School Apr 6: Boys Tennis @ Clearfield 3 p.m. | Girls Lacrosse @ Weber 5 p.m. Apr 8: Girls Golf @ Davis Park 12 p.m. | Baseball @ Weber 3:30 p.m. Apr 9: Baseball @ Roy 3:30 p.m. | Boys Soccer @ Weber 4:30 p.m. Apr 12: Girls Golf @ The Barn 2 p.m. | Cheer Parent Meeting @ Library 6:30 p.m. Apr 13: Warriorette Open Gym @ Big Gym 2:30 p.m. | Boys Tennis @ Weber 3 p.m. | Boys Soccer @ Weber 3:30 p.m. | Girls Lacrosse @ Syracuse 3:30 p.m. | Boys Lacrosse @ Syracuse 5:30 p.m. Apr 14: Band Region @ Roy 3 p.m. | Track & Field @ Davis 3 p.m. | Baseball @ Clearfield 3:30 p.m. Apr 15: Boys Tennis @ Fremont 3 p.m. | Boys Soccer @ Weber 3:30 p.m. | Softball @ Weber 3:30 p.m. | Girls Lacrosse @ Fremont 5 p.m. | Boys Lacrosse @ Fremont 7 p.m. Apr 16: Girls Golf @ Sun Hills 9 a.m. | Baseball @ Weber 3:30 p.m. Apr 17: Softball Brighton Tournament | Track @ Davis | ACT Test 8 a.m. Apr 19: Warriorette Clinic @ Big Gym 2:15 p.m. | DECA Grand Opening @ Cafeteria 5 p.m. Apr 20: Class Elections Assembly | Warriorette Clinic @ Big Gym 2:15 p.m. | Boys Tennis @ Syracuse 3 p.m. | Baseball @ Davis 3:30 p.m. | Boys Soccer @ Roy 3:30 p.m. | Softball @ Weber 3:30 p.m. | Girls Lacrosse @ Weber 5 p.m. | Boys Lacrosse @ Weber 7 p.m. Apr 21: Choir Large Group Festival @ Davis 8 a.m. | Warriorette Tryouts 2:15 p.m. | Track & Field @ Weber 3 p.m. | Baseball @ Weber 3:30 p.m. Apr 22 - 24: Theatre - State Competition @ Riverton Apr 22: Girls Golf @ Sun Hills 12 p.m. | Boys Tennis @ Layton 3 p.m. | Boys Soccer @ Davis 3:30 p.m. | Softball @ Weber 3:30 p.m. | Orchestra Region Festival @ Layton 4 p.m. | Boys Lacrosse @ Weber 5 p.m. | Girls Lacrosse @

Weber 5 p.m. | DECA Movie Night @ Commons 6 p.m. Apr 23: Girls Golf @ Valley View 8 a.m. 3 p.m. | Baseball @ Weber 3:30 p.m. Apr 24: Track & Field Ogden / Skyview Invitational Apr 26: Baseball @ Layton 3:30 p.m. | Warriorette Showcase @ Big Gym 5 p.m. Apr 27: Josten’s Graduation Gown Delivery during lunches | Boys Tennis @ Weber 3 p.m. | Boys Soccer @ Weber 3:30 p.m. | Softball @ Fremont 3:30 p.m. | Girls Lacrosse @ Northridge 5 p.m. | Boys Lacrosse @ Northridge 7 p.m. Apr 28: Track & Field @ Fremont 3 p.m. | Baseball @ Northridge 3:30 p.m. Apr 29: Girls Golf @ Valley View 12 p.m. | Boys Tennis @ Weber 3 p.m. | Baseball @ Weber 3:30 p.m. | Boys Soccer @ Layton 3:30 p.m. | Softball @ Weber 3:30 p.m. | Girls Lacrosse @ Weber 5 p.m. | Boys Lacrosse @ Weber 7 p.m. | Theatre - Fiddler on the Roof Dress rehearsal 7 p.m. Apr 30: Region Girls Golf @ The Ridge 8 a.m. | Woods Cross Invite 3 p.m. | Boys Lacrosse @ Weber 5 p.m. | Theatre: Fiddler on the Roof 7 p.m.

North Ogden Jr. Apr 1: Cheer Tryouts @ 3:30 p.m. | Track @ Weber 3:30 p.m. | Baseball @ South Ogden 3:30 p.m. Apr 13: Baseball @ Snowcrest 3:30 p.m. Apr 15: Track @ Fremont 3:30 p.m. | Baseball @ North Ogden 3:30 p.m. Apr 20: Baseball @ Roy 3:30 p.m. Apr 22: Track @ Roy 3:30 p.m. | Baseball @ Rocky Mt 3:30 p.m. Apr 27: Baseball @ Orion 3:30 p.m. Apr 29: Track @ Bonneville 3:30 p.m. | Baseball Playoffs Orion Jr. Apr 13 - 15: Cheer Clinics @ Gym 2 p.m. Apr 15: Track @ Fremont 3:30 p.m. | Baseball @ T.H.Bell 3:30 p.m. Apr 16: Cheer Tryouts @ Gym 3 p.m. Apr 20: Baseball @ Orion 3:30 p.m. Apr 22: Track @ Weber 3:30 p.m. | Baseball @ Roy 3:30 p.m. Apr 23: Student of the Month 10 a.m. Apr 27: Baseball @ Orion 3:30 p.m. -

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Apr 9 - May 8: Tulip Festival @ Thanksgiving Point Apr 9 - 10: Ogden Coin Club 49th annual Northern Utah Coin Show @ Davis Conference Center Apr 10: Hairy Horse Show @ Golden Spike Arena 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. | Striders Winter Race Circuit @ Dee Events Center 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. Apr 13: Youth Rodeo @ Golden Spike Arena 5 p.m. - 11 p.m. Apr 16: KentuckTEA Derby @ The Monarch 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Apr 17: Miss Rodeo Ogden @ Golden Spike Arena 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Free to watch Apr 20: Worms are friends: Vermiposting at Home @ Ogden Nature Center & Zoom 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Register by Thursday, April 8, 801-621-7595. Pick up kits April 18-19. Apr 22: Attracting Butterflies & Birds to your yard @ Ogden Nature Center & Zoom 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Register by April 19, 801-621-7595. Apr 23: Imagine Ballet @ Perry’s Egyptian Theater 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. | ElkShape Camp Ogden @ Weber County Archery Park

Lomond View Elementary Apr 23, 30: Early Out North Ogden Elementary Apr 30: Early Out Majestic Elementary Apr 23: Kindergarten Pictures

FUN THINGS TO DO Apr 3: Easter egg hunt @ Custom Creations & Crafts | Gourmet Market @ The Monarch 9 | South Ogden City Easter Parade @ 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Apr 4: Easter Apr 5: 4H Horse Clinic @ Golden Spike Arena 2:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Apr 5 - 12: International Dark Sky Week @ Antelope Island Apr 8: Annual Bed Design, Ogden @ USU Extension Weber County Office 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Visit Eventbrite for details. Apr 9: Seismology with your ears with Dr. Ben Holtzman, Online @ weber.edu

Apr 27: Backyard Cluckers: Raising Urban Chickens @ Zoom 6:30 p.m. 7:30 p.m. Ogden Nature Center. Register by Monday, April 26, 801-621-7595. Apr 28: Mamma Mia Singalong @ Perry’s Egyptian Theater 7 p.m. Apr 30: Summer Home and Patio Show @ Golden Spike Events Center 12 p.m. 8 p.m. | District 2 Barrel & Pole Jackpot @ Golden Spike Arena 4 p.m.

CITY EVENTS Apr 6: City Council Work Session 6 p.m. Apr 7: Planning Commission Meeting 6:30 p.m. Apr 13: City Council Meeting 6 p.m. Apr 20: Economic Development Committee Meeting 6:30 p.m. Apr 27: City Council Meeting 6 p.m.

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

Halle Hart

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Halle is our TA, and she is the best tour guide for our new students! She helps new students feel more at ease and welcome at Weber High, which is so important. Halle is always willing to help with whatever we need. We love having her in the counseling center. She is just a wonderful human being!

Grace is a 9th grade student at Orion Jr. High. Her favorite class is Teaching as a Profession. She thinks it would be fun to be a teacher, counselor, or mental health specialist, and a mom. Grace is a great student. She is involved in the Spanish Immersion program and really likes helping in the front office as an office aide. Grace is also a member of the Digital Journalism Club and helps create pod casts and the school newspaper, The Orion Times. She would like to be a better dancer, enjoys making and editing videos, and is a great example of reaching out to others and staying positive. Congratulations, Grace! Keep up the great work!

Tristin Danielson North Ogden Junior High From the very beginning of class, Tristin’s efforts set her apart from other students. Many students give forth the minimal effort to get the grade they want. Overall, Tristin is not that student. Her attendance is great, and her efforts are there even when she has a scheduled absence.

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Tristin’s work ethic and high level of responsibility and knowing how to prioritize will be such a help to her as she navigates post-secondary education. College will be less of a shock and more manageable. Employers will appreciate her attention to detail and care for her work.

foundation for a better future.” -Elizabeth Warren

Tristin, you will go far in life, and we are calling it now! We are proud of your efforts here at North Ogden Jr. and wish you the best next year at Weber!

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On the Road to Less Traffic BY JON CALL

North Ogden is under construction, road construction, that is. Many have noticed the intersection of 2600 N and 400 E is besieged by yellow vehicles and orange cones. This project has been planned for a while but may have caught you off guard. The intersection is being widened by UDOT, so there will be two travel lanes in all directions and two turn lanes in most directions. This will help accommodate the tens of thousands of vehicles driving through this intersection on a daily basis. The widening up the hill will result in additional travel lanes in both directions, as well as bike lanes. The project will also include the reinstallation of landscaping and other features to keep that roadway looking nice. Call the project hotline at (385) 955-2846 if you have questions or concerns. North Ogden City received some grants from the Wasatch Front Regional Council, as well as the Weber County Association of

Governments, which have significantly reduced the number of local tax dollars spent on this project. The construction estimate for the entire intersection and widening project is roughly $7 million. The majority of that money comes from taxes paid to the state or county, which has been brought back into our community through the efforts of our mayor and city council. The majority of the asphalt will be installed by late summer, and the finishing touches will be completed in early fall.

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The Joy of Renewing



feel so blessed each day when I wake up in my bed, owned by me, in my house co-owned by me and the bank, in a beautiful part of the world. There is true joy in having a place to call home. This last year, we took on remodeling our kitchen. It was a part of our house that was adequate. We could cook food in it, and we did. We could fit in it, and we did, but it was getting outdated and was on the small side, which we have noticed more and more as our children have grown into adult sized people. We decided it was time, and along with us, it seems most of Utah remodeled their kitchen at the beginning of the pandemic. We endured long lines at Lowes and Home Depot, along with experiencing the upset of not being able to cook in our kitchen for about two months. Despite those inconveniences, we love our results!

We rediscovered the joy that comes from renewing our space. We also reached out to the





during Sean and Holli Green updated their bedroom with new floors and an accent wall that added texture and dimension.

community and asked for examples from our readers of their remodeling projects, and we were so impressed by the beautiful spaces you shared with us. We also loved hearing about the joy that came to you in your renewal efforts. On our cover this month is a photo of Tana and Brett Heniger’s kitchen remodel. It turned out so beautifully — well done! You will see an example above of an accent wall created as part of a bedroom remodel by Sean and Holli Green. We love the texture lines!

View more remodel before and afters! There were many more submitted remodels, and we couldn’t print them all, so we have posted them on our website for you to see. Visit www.northogdenconnection.com.

In the following pages, you will find some awesome businesses who can help you with various aspects of renewing your spaces. They will speak of their expertise and specialties, and you may find the solution to your next renewal with them. We hope you enjoy this year’s House & Home issue.

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If you’re looking for an easy way to spruce up your home, pay close attention to your lighting. As a lighting

showroom owner for over 17 years, I have seen it all! Our team of professionals at Brilliant Lighting Center can simplify the process for you. Here are my personal five tips: 1. Begin with a good lighting plan You have got to have power where you want light. This can entail climbing in attics, cutting drywall, or running new circuits. Each room of the house should be seriously considered for its function and use. The areas that typically need the most light are the kitchen and bath. If you don’t know where to begin, my next four tips will help. 2. Think layers A good lighting plan consists of three layers: general, decorative, and task/accent lighting. Most homes have a combination of these three layers. General lighting consists of ambient natural light and artificial light sources that are typically mounted overhead like the sun. Examples of this are flush mounts and can lighting.

under cabinet and picture lighting. With proper layers, you can create scenes that affect your mood and ability to focus. Leaving out even one layer can leave your space feeling poorly lit. 3. Update your color scheme Finish trends come and go like the polished gold of the 80s and 90s. The strongest finish right now is black, and we are seeing a steady shift to antique brass and whites. Also, do not mistake the color of light for brightness of light. Color is measured in Kelvin, and brightness in lumens. Just because you change the color of light to daylight, doesn’t mean that it will be brighter. 4. Convert to Light Emitting Diode (LED) products. Using LED products is environmentally friendly and financially advantageous. LEDs are solid state electronic components that are brighter and five to nine times more efficient than incandescent technology. LEDs are highly controllable and have superior performance in many ways.

Decorative lighting fixtures are pieces of art and “decorate” the home. Examples of this are chandeliers and pendants. This is the jewelry of your home.

5. Get professional help. Our business, Brilliant Lighting Center, has a 2400-square-foot showroom that is open to the public. We accept walk-ins and also make appointments. We carry the major brands and know all the latest trends. If an in-person visit is not possible, visit us at brilliantlightingcenter.com or call us at 801-782-8000.

Lastly, task/accent lighting concentrates light exactly where you want it to draw your eye’s attention. Examples of this are

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THE PLACE TO SHOP FOR GRILLS & GUN SAFES! When Randy Stanger, Jeff Spencer’s uncle and business partner of 28 years, passed away, Jeff liquidated the inventory at Kent’s Sports and closed his doors. It only took about three months for him to grow restless and decide to reopen. Having grown an already successful business that was started by his grandparents, Kent and Evona Stanger, in 1949, Jeff was accustomed to working very hard. He wanted the reopened store to be more friendly to his newly acquired lifestyle as a grandpa.

The store has had many iterations over the years, including jewelry, firearms, ammunition, reloading supplies, bicycles, sports equipment, gun safes, and BBQ grills. Jeff knew that he could have a simpler business that was easier to run and much more lifestyle friendly. Today, Kent’s Sports Store is a specialty store that is the 12th largest Browning Gun Safe dealer in the US and one of the top dealers of Green Mountain Grills. There is not a better place in the state to see all of the technology and newest offerings from Browning for gun safes. They have everything. Items range from the small handgun safes that have biometric sensors and spring-loaded doors (which give access to the owner when needed), to a vault door that can be built in to your home and provide a safe room for, not only your guns, but also your family, in case of an emergency. Every shape, color, and size imaginable are available, along with some of the best technology in safes today. The other half of the newer and more simplified offerings are


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pellet wood grills. Kent’s Sporting Store has long been a large dealer of pellet grills. In fact, they introduced pellet grills to Utah many years ago, and they were the first dealer of Traeger Grills in the state. With many years of experience and expertise in grills, Jeff has researched each of the manufacturers of pellet grills and found an exceptional value in Green Mountain Grills. These grills are quality made and boast some unique features. Perhaps one of the best features is 110v or 12v battery operability. This means you can plug the grills into your cigarette lighter in the car or clip to a battery and run the grill. You can take your grill camping or, better yet, use it in an emergency. Jeff has found that pellet grill BBQ’s are the best for, not only safety and storage reasons, but also far superior in terms of cooking and flavor. Cooking over wood has long been considered the best way to maximize flavor. Pellet wood grills make this easier by using real wood pellets that can be fed into a chamber and used as needed to keep a consistent temperature. You can choose the flavor of the wood as well; flavor choices include mesquite, hickory, apple, cherry, and more. Each different wood imparts its own special flavor into the food as it is cooked. There is no better flavor than woodcooked food. The versatility of wood pellets can’t be matched. Kent’s Sports Store has now been open for 72 years. Today, it is a great place for both gun safes and wood pellet grills and supplies.

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like this idea but aren’t ready to get on the roof yourself, I can refer you to an installation company that can handle that part of the job.

Is solar still a good idea? Yes, it can be a great investment in the long term and great for the environment, especially for clean air. The cost of solar has dropped 20% over the last five years, making a system more affordable, and the federal tax credit program has just been extended and will remain at 26%. The state tax credit is up to $1200 this year.

The first part of the process is creating a plan. We will help you determine what size of systems you need and get you set up on the Rocky Mountain Power clerk system for solar. As the homeowner, you will be the contractor and the installer. I will help you with the single line electrical drawing required by the city inspector, or suggest a company that can create it for you, and help you obtain the necessary city permits.

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There are advantages to installing your own solar panels. You can save several thousand dollars on the installation by doing it yourself. And once the system has paid for itself, you have free energy for the life of the equipment. The long term savings can be significant, especially if power prices go up. Systems including a battery backup will allow you to run your home even if the power is out, or can be installed in cabins or other remote buildings. As homeowners, are you wondering if you can handle this project yourself? If you can use a drill, an impact driver, and measuring tape, you can do this. And I’ll be there to help. I want to make sure you do it right the first time, so I will get up on the roof with you and show you the tricks of the trade. I’ll explain everything and answer any questions as we go along, so your project will go quickly and smoothly. If you


I provide the solar panels, inverters, racking, and communication system, as well as the know-how to help you install the panels on your roof. Depending on your current electrical set up, there may be other electrical parts needed, and you will want an electrician or someone with electrical knowledge to finish the wiring. Do your part to keep the air clean, and get set up for longterm savings on energy. Call and schedule a consultation, and we can talk about your plans for solar. We can help you do it yourself.

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ShelfGenie increases your ability to access what you need beyond the front row of your shelves, and it helps you keep rotations better so food doesn’t expire.

“We remove your storage and organization frustrations,” said Mike Gardner. He and his wife Rebecca own the business and serve customers all along the Wasatch Range. ShelfGenie adds more storage space than before and makes it . or disabled, it fully accessible. For the aging enables easy access to all their items if they can’t get on their hands and knees to dig through their cabinets. The pantry is where ShelfGenie really shines, since they can create 30% - 50% more usable storage space there. Mike explained that with regular shelves, there needs to be space between them, so you can reach in to grab what you need. With ShelfGenie, you pull out the shelves that can hold up to 100 lbs. at full extension. In-between shelf space isn’t necessary, and because of this, they can add more shelves. In pantries, there are usually five to start with, and then, there are typically seven to eight ShelfGenie custom shelves after installation. Because everything is custom, they will measure


your space, measure the tallest items you store, and install the next shelf just above that mark. “We understand the customer’s needs and work with them to custom design solutions,” said Mike. Not only can you customize the shelf size and the space between each, but you can also customize divider options, drawer height and style options, and the color and type of wood used. The materials used in the systems are high quality, and they also offer a lifetime warranty. From pantries to cabinets, vanities, and closets, ShelfGenie can make a world of difference in maximizing space, organizing your home, and making it easier to find and access exactly what you need when you need it. This home renovation lends a hand every time you use the kitchen, closets, or need access to whatever you have stored in your home. On multiple occasions, I have bought spices I already had because I didn’t think I had them. It can be a pain to get a stool and pull out the contents of a cupboard to check to see what your inventory looks like. ShelfGenie can satisfy the compulsive organizer or simply make it easier for the person who just wants to know where to find that can of chickpeas she bought when they were on sale last fall.

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Use your home’s equity to pay for the projects you’ve been meaning to do. Home values here in Utah have been on the rise for the past few years and continue to trend upward. Pair that with

deductible if the money is used to remodel, repair, or otherwise improve the home.

the historically low interest rates we are experiencing, and that equals great news for homeowners who are looking to use the equity in their homes to pay for remodeling, which can be done with a few different options detailed below:

Cash-Out Refinance A cash-out refinance replaces your existing mortgage with a new home loan for more than you owe on your house. The difference goes to you in cash, and you can spend it on home improvements. There are limits of the cash-out amounts to 80%-90% of your home’s equity.

Home Equity Loan A home equity loan is essentially a second mortgage with a fixed rate and repayment period of 5, 10, or 15 years, along with a set schedule of payments that include both principal and interest. All money is disbursed upfront, and the interest you pay may be tax


Home Equity Line of Credit (HELOC) The majority of HELOCs have a draw period and a repayment period, but the HELOCs at Ascent CU provide an evergreen line of credit. The draw period is the amount of time you have to use the line of credit you were approved for. Once that period expires, you can no longer withdraw funds, and you must start repaying the full loan. Interest rates are usually lower than unsecured credit, and the interest you pay may be tax deductible if the money is used to remodel, repair, or otherwise improve the home.

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We have mortgage experts ready to help you find the best option for your remodeling plans, and we strive to make the process as easy and painless as possible by providing fast, local loan decisions and one-on-one service throughout the entire process – you won’t be passed from person to person. Give us a call today or stop by our branch in North Ogden, Ogden, or Roy to speak with one of our mortgage experts.

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THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE BEAUTY A three-part series by Mountain Springs Esthetix

The 21st century has made incredible leaps and bounds. The

last century saw mankind go from horse and buggy to the automobile, from mountains to the moon, and from high death rates to penicillin.We live longer, drive further and faster, and enjoy more leisure than most societies in history. That leisure often translates to sun exposure, and sun exposure ages our skin; it loses its elasticity and resiliency. The glow fades, and the wrinkles move in. And lest we forget, time has its own

way with our skin. By the age of 30, our collagen production, one of the most plentiful proteins in our body, begins to slow. That means the nice firmness we enjoyed in our youth begins to slump, leaving our skin unsupported and less resilient with more wrinkles. There is nothing wrong with wrinkles. They are a natural progression of sun and time damage. Our ancestors all dealt with them, BUT it is the 21st century, and there isn’t anything wrong with diminishing wrinkles and sun damage either.

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Some of us just skip to the end and delight in the “before and afters,” looking forward to our own results, but let’s talk about how these results happen. Remember collagen? Ah, yes, the cushion of our skin. The same one that gets beat up by time and sun. There are some interesting ways to replace good old collagen— injections, creams, diets, and magic. Some of them work, but if we could stimulate the body to grow more collagen, that would be more natural, last longer, and look better, right? That’s what radiofrequency therapy does! It stimulates the body to grow long-lasting collagen. That, in turn, plumps up the skin, reducing sag, laxity, and wrinkles. Since it’s a stimulation of a natural protein, it takes several visits to build on the growth, and then once the rejuvenation has settled, it only takes a visit or two each year to maintain it! Injections? No. Lots of counsel to use sunscreen and reduce the sun’s punch? YES! Any toxins? Nope. Finally lost those last 10 pounds, but the

pooch persists? The scale says one thing but the arms say another? When this energy is used more deeply, it can help shape and reduce the stubborn fat cells that persist in the arms, face, stomach, and back. The largest organ is the skin, so wherever there’s depleted collagen, blemishes, lax skin, or sun damage, that’s where Mountain Springs Esthetix can help refresh, rejuvenate, and return your skins natural glow. Mountain Springs Esthetix is proud to be the first to introduce the Viora to Ogden and the surrounding communities. They are even more excited that it’s right here in North Ogden. It is nestled right inside Dr. Ray Garner’s Mountain Springs Dental office in the same space that Dr. Favero, of Favero Chiropractics, used to occupy before moving downstairs to his new facility. As a medspa, Mountain Springs Esthetix focuses exclusively on skin rejuvenation without needles, injections, or invasive surgeries. They use the innovative technologies of Viora to stimulate new collagen and erase sun damage. Additionally, the technology has a great impact on rosacea, acne, acne scarring, and even on long lasting hair removal.

DEPLETED COLLAGEN LEADS TO BLEMISHES, LAX SKIN, AND SUN DAMAGE. We can help refresh your skin and return it to it’s natural glow! Try the new Viora procedure that helps stimulate new collagen. No needles, injections or surgery!

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By Attorney Garrett T. Smith

A new administration usually means that tax code changes are coming. One possibility is lowering the estate tax exemption.

new administration usually means that tax code changes are coming. While it remains unclear exactly what tax changes President Biden’s administration will usher in, two possibilities are that it will propose lowering the estate tax exemption and eliminating the steppedup basis on death. The first would affect only multimillionaires, but the second could have an impact on more modest estates and their heirs. In 2017, Republicans in Congress and President Trump doubled the federal estate tax exemption and indexed it for inflation. For the 2021 tax year, the exemption is $11.7 million for individuals and $23.4 million for couples. As long as your estate is valued at under the exemption amount, it will not pay any federal estate taxes, and the vast majority of estates do not owe any tax. President Biden has expressed an interest in lowering the estate tax exemption. It could be more than halved to $5 million or even reduced to the previous exemption of $3.5 million for individuals.

basis of the property is “stepped up.” This means the current value of the property becomes the basis. For example, suppose you inherit a house that was purchased years ago for $50,000 and it is now worth $250,000. You will receive a step up from the original cost basis from $50,000 to $250,000. If you sell the property right away, you will not owe any capital gains taxes. According to a New York Times article available at the following link -www.nytimes.com/2021/01/15/ your-money/estate-tax-biden.html - the current administration may propose to eliminate the basis step-up rule. In the past, it was difficult to determine the original cost basis of some property, but in the digital age, that information is more easily gathered. The change could result in tax increases for some people inheriting property that has risen significantly in value. If you have concerns about these rules changing, a trust may be a good way to protect your estate. Many tax experts believe changes to the tax code are likely; however, they probably will not happen right away due to other pressing national concerns with the pandemic. Also, over the past 25 years, the exemption amounts have either increased or plateaued. Although decreasing the exemption would be unprecedented, it is not impossible.

Another possible tax change is to how property is valued when it is passed on at death. “Cost basis” is the monetary value of an item for tax purposes. When determining whether a capital gains tax is owed on property, the basis is used to determine whether an asset has increased or decreased in value. For example, if you purchase a stock for $10,000, that is the cost basis. If you later sell it for Family Law • Business Law • Personal $50,000, you will have to pay Liability • Trusts • Wills • Estate Planning • taxes on the $40,000 increase in Professional Planning value.


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Saluting Our Service Members By the Major Brent Taylor Foundation

This month, we are excited to spotlight two of our community’s military members—one with 38 and a half years of service in the Army, and one who has only recently taken his oath of enlistment as a new Marine.

Seth Johnson

Meet Seth Johnson. He is the grandson of Lynn and Cheryl Humphreys and the son of Mike and Tami Johnson. Seth has chosen to join the United States Marine Corps Reserves after preparing for this opportunity to serve our country for the past several months.

Later this spring, Seth will ship out to Camp Pendleton in California for six months of initial training. Upon his return, Seth will continue his education at Utah State University in Electrical Engineering while continuing as a member of the Marines Corps Reserves. Seth aspires to become an officer in the Marines. Seth says, “I want to join the Marines because I know it will be hard.” He adds, “I want to be the best version of myself.”

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Do you know of a local military member we could spotlight here? We’d love to tell their story— or yours! Contact the Major Brent Taylor Foundation at majorbrenttaylor@gmail.com

Lynn Humphreys is a retired Army officer who began his military career in 1969. He enlisted in the Army Reserve, where he was trained as a wheeled vehicle mechanic in the 6th BN, 83rd Field Artillery. In 1977, Lynn received a direct commission to the Chaplain Lynn Humphreys Corps. From there, Chaplain Humphreys served in a variety of assignments in the 96th Regional Readiness Command. In 1989, 6th Army selected him as Chaplain of the Year. In 2001, Lynn was promoted to the rank of Colonel. He concluded his military career in the Army Reserve after serving 40 months as the Command Chaplain, 96th Region Readiness Command. In July of 2004, he was selected as the State Chaplain, JFHQ, Utah Army National Guard, where he served until retiring 31 December 2009. This past January, Lynn gladly accepted Seth’s invitation to administer his oath of enlistment, which was held at the Ben Lomond Cemetery in N. Ogden. This is where Lynn’s father, Joyce Edwin Humphreys, a World War II veteran of the U. S. 8th Air Force, is buried. It was only fitting for three generations of military men to be together for this significant moment.   We wish Seth the very best on his life-long journey as a soldier in the U.S. Marine Corps and send our heart-felt gratitude to Colonel Humphreys and his family for their decades of service as an Army family!

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Need help with quick dinner options? Here are some easy sheet-pan dinners that come together quickly AND help you avoid getting take out or fast food!

Steak & Parmesan Crusted Potatoes RECIPE FROM LEMONSANDZEST.COM

½ lb flank steak 2 lb red potatoes 1 lb asparagus 3-4 garlic cloves 1 tsp parsley (dried) 4-5 T parmesan cheese, grated 3 ½ T olive oil 1 tsp cracked pepper ½ tsp sea salt, more or less to taste Preheat oven to broil. Cut off the woody ends of the asparagus and discard. Rinse the fresh spears and pat dry. Cut potatoes into quarters. (If they are larger red potatoes, cut into eighths). In a medium bowl, or on sheet pan that has been sprayed with oil, toss together potatoes, 2 T olive oil, 2 T parmesan, 1 minced garlic clove, ½ tsp cracked pepper, salt to taste, and parsley. Toss well to coat all potatoes evenly. (Then ignore this completely and toss in more parmesan because, you know....) Spread potatoes evenly on sheet pan and broil for 6-8 minutes or until they just start to lightly brown. While potatoes are cooking, spread 1 T olive oil on both sides of steak and salt as desired. Spread two garlic cloves and the rest of the pepper. Sprinkle 2 T parmesan onto steak as well.


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When potatoes are ready, push them all to the side and place steak next to them. Add asparagus* and sprinkle them with a drizzle of olive oil (½ T), the rest of the parmesan, one garlic clove, minced, and sea salt and pepper to taste. Place pan back into oven and broil, cooking each side for 4-6 minutes, and then check for desired doneness.This should be cooked to about medium; if you want it more done, cook each side about 2 minutes or so longer. (You may need to remove the asparagus at this time) Remove pan from oven and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes. Serve with an extra sprinkle of parmesan and enjoy!

Garlic Herb Butter Chicken and Veggies RECIPE FROM WWW.CAFEDELITES.COM

1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth or stock 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted 1 T finely chopped garlic (or 4 cloves) 2 tsp chopped fresh parsley 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary 1/2 tsp salt (adjust to your taste) Fresh ground black pepper, to season 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Garlic Herb Butter Chicken & Veggies

1 1/2 c. each: sliced carrots, yellow bell peppers, broccoli, and red onions Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly grease a baking tray/sheet with cooking oil spray. Combine together the butter, broth, garlic, parsley, thyme, and rosemary together in a bowl. Place chicken on the baking sheet and arrange the vegetables all around the chicken. Toss 1/2 cup of sauce through the chicken and vegetables, and season well with salt and pepper. Lightly spray all over with olive oil spray or cooking oil spray. Bake in preheated oven for 10 minutes or when carrots just start to become soft. Carefully remove baking tray from the oven and flip each chicken breast. Pour the remaining garlic herb butter sauce over the beans, toss well, and return to the oven for a further 10 minutes or until chicken is cooked through (no longer pink in the middle). Optional-broil for 2-3 minutes until chicken is golden and crisp. Sprinkle with fresh chopped herbs (optional) and serve immediately with pan juices. SIZE UP! If you’re feeding more people, you can easily add 2 more chicken breasts as there is enough herb butter sauce. (continued on page 38)

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Double the recipes and put the protein on one sheet pan and veggies on the other. TIP: Buy veggies precut in the produce section to make meal prep even easier!

Maple Dijon Pork Tenderloin and Sweet Potatoes RECIPE BY LIFELOVEANDGOODFOOD.COM

2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite-size cubes 1 large onion, sliced (optional) 1 T extra-virgin olive oil 1-1/2 tsp kosher salt, divided 2 T Dijon mustard 2 T pure maple syrup 1 garlic clove, minced ¼ tsp coarse ground black pepper 1 pound pork tenderloin Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place the cubed sweet potatoes and onion slices on the baking sheet, drizzle with the olive oil, and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of the salt. Toss gently to coat. In a small bowl, combine the maple syrup, Dijon mustard, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt, and black pepper. Pat the pork loin dry with paper towels, brush all over with the maple mustard mixture, and place fat-side-up on top of the sweet potatoes. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the crust begins to brown, then reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees. Continue baking another 30-40 minutes or until the sweet potatoes are tender and the pork registers 145 degrees using an instant


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read thermometer. Remove from the oven and allow the pork to rest for 5 minutes before cutting diagonally into 3/4 inch slices. Crowd pleaser!

Chicken Fajitas


1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts sliced (against the grain) into 1/2-inch thick strips 3 bell peppers (I use green, yellow and red , cored and sliced into strips) 1 yellow onion thinly sliced 2 cloves garlic , minced 3 T oil (vegetable or canola oil) 1 lime 1/4 cup fresh cilantro , chopped 8-10 small flour tortillas Fajita toppings: sour cream, sliced avocado or guacamole, pico de gallo, shredded cheese Fajita Seasoning: 1 T chili powder 1 1/2 tsp paprika 1 1/2 tsp cumin 1/2 tsp onion powder 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/4 tsp dried oregano leaves 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper, optional Salt and freshly ground black pepper Lightly grease a large sheet pan with non-stick cooking spray. Cut chicken and vegetables into strips. Lay the vegetables evenly on the pan and place the chicken on top of them.

Combine seasoning ingredients together in a small bowl. Stir well to combine. Sprinkle most of the seasoning over the chicken, and some of it over the vegetables as well. Spoon minced garlic on top of the chicken and drizzle olive oil over the entire pan. Toss everything well and spread it into an even layer across the pan. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through (165 degrees if you test with a thermometer). Wrap the flour tortillas in foil and place them in the oven to warm during the last 5 minutes of cooking. Remove everything from the oven. Squeeze fresh lime juice over the chicken and vegetables and sprinkle with cilantro. Serve in warm tortillas with extra toppings, if desired.



1 loaf French bread 3 T butter, melted 2 cloves minced garlic 1 jar marinara sauce 16 oz shredded pizza cheese or mozzarella cheese 1 package pepperoni slices veggies of your choice: red onions, green peppers, mushrooms, black olives, jalapenos, etc. Italian seasoning Preheat oven to 425°. Cut bread in half lengthwise and place cut side up on a large baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine butter and minced garlic. Using a basting brush, coat each half of bread with garlic butter mixture. Bake for 5 minutes. While the bread is baking, cut up your veggies and get your toppings ready. Remove bread from oven and top with marinara sauce, cheese, pepperonis and veggies to your liking. Sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Let cool for 1-2 min and slice.



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