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Happy 2021!


homas Jefferson once said, “I like the dreams of the future more than the history of the past.” 2020 has been a unique and challenging year! As the new year approaches, most of us will pause and reflect upon the prior year, and in many cases, we will look forward to the hope of a fresh start in 2021. As we reflect on this past year, it is my wish that the important lessons we learned can be used to help us enjoy the new year and have hope that things can and will be better.

“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.”

The new year will bring many changes to our city: We will have a new city recorder.  After nineteen years, Annette Spendlove has made the decision to retire.  We thank her for her service and wish her well as she spends more time with her family.  We will have an expanded intersection at 2600 North. The long-awaited restructuring of the intersection at Washington Blvd. and 2600 North, along with the widening of 450 East to 2850 North and 2600 North to the city offices, will begin. We will have a new parade route for Cherry Days. The July 4th parade will have a new route because of the -Billy Vaughan above-mentioned road construction. A potential change is being discussed regarding the building/remodel of our Public Safety Building. After receiving more input from our citizens in 2021, the Council will need to look at how best to resolve the need for a safe and conducive work environment for our public safety department. These are just a few of the things the new year will bring to our city. January 1st can be looked at as the first blank page of a 365-page book that each of us will write about ourselves. Perhaps I could suggest a few chapter headings: • Try new things • Celebrate small successes • Don’t get hung up on perfection – just do your best • Be willing to change • Don’t be afraid to fail • Be yourself – “why try to fit in when you are destined to stand out” • Make a positive difference in someone else’s life • Focus on improving the wonderful things that make you who you are The new year will come whether we give permission or not, and it will happen again year after year. With this being the case, why not make the best of the opportunity for a fresh start! I like the following quote from Billy Vaughan: “An optimist stays up until midnight to see the new year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” I’m convinced those who stay up to see the new year in will enjoy life a lot more

in 2021. It’s my hope that in the new year, each of our citizens will find that North Ogden is truly a great place to live. Wishing you a happy and prosperous New Year!!! Mayor Berube

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JANUARY The Connection Publishing Team Meet the people behind the pages of our magazines! HAPPY 2021! FINALLY! We asked our staff what they are looking forward to MOST in 2021.

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Where can I find out about the city’s Financial Health? Answer: The city is required to create two main financial documents every year. The first is the budget which is created by the council and staff during the spring months and finally adopted in late May or early June. This document outlines what funds are expected to be received through various revenue streams and how those revenues are intended to be spent. These budgets are broken down by departments and categories so the City can track where the funds are being spent and where increases and decreases are needed. The second document is created by third party auditors who are hired to create and “Audit Report.” This document is intended to provide some assurance that the city has followed the budget as approved and stayed within the spending guidelines established by the council. This document also evaluates the internal purchasing, receiving, and payment processes to make sure that staff is following the rules established by the City Council and State Legislature. You can find these documents on the city website under the finance department. www.northogdencity.com/finance

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.

Employees of the Year Rob Rhoades - Police Justin Rasmussen - Parks Joey Medina - Administration Stacie Cain - Public Works Stacie is such a vital part of Public Works success. Everything we do at Public Works starts and ends with her. She coordinates with multiple departments all at once, and makes it look easy. Stacie’s attitude and professionalism is a model of excellence. She is so great with her coworkers; they all love working beside her. Stacie is even better with the citizens of North Ogden; she is so caring and helpful with all their needs. She constantly goes the extra mile to make sure North Ogden City is represented the right way.

North Ogden City Can Help Questions? Do you have a question or concern? Please call us at 801-7827211 so we can assist you properly. We do not monitor other non-city sites and can’t respond to messages with incomplete information. Please allow us the opportunity to give you our best customer service. Thank you.

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The Cherry on Top: James Hammon Have you seen the Gold Star Monument located in front of the City Administration Office Building, between the Library and the Public Safety Building? It’s beautiful, and a great tribute to our North Ogden Gold Star families. We’ve noticed a lot of visitors at the monument. Some are dressed up in red, white and blue; others may be accompanied by their children and grandchildren, dressed in their military uniforms. Children who have come quite often with their parents have been seen running around and jumping through the cut-outs in the stone. Some people come and sit on the benches as they ponder the monument and all that it means. Most are taking pictures. It’s been a great addition to our community. Have you ever considered how a monument is maintained? Well we hadn’t either, until one day we saw someone outside, cleaning the monument. We want to recognize James Hammon and his

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family for going above and beyond what would normally be expected of a Gold Star Family. James shows up, usually once a week (sometimes more) with cleaning supplies; he makes sure the monument is clean and ready for visitors. He’s the stepfather of Jared Reaves, a Chief Petty Officer in the Coast Guard, who died of leukemia in 2019. James was instrumental in getting the monument funded and built and is also involved with the group “Follow the Flag – North Ogden,” which honors our fallen heroes. James is not the only one in the family who takes care of the monument. Quite often, he will be accompanied by his wife, Marti, or his son, 16-year old Makai, who brings his cleaning supplies on his bike all the way from home and back. The Cherry on Top goes to James, Marti, and MaKai for making sure that our beautiful Gold Star Monument is always ready for visitors!




What is Emotion Coaching Training? Interview with local parent, Tawnya Shaner Question: How did you like the class? Answer: My husband and I loved it! We were seeking ways to add calm to our chaos, and it gave us some helpful tools. Q: What did you learn? A: One thing my husband pointed out is that anger is a secondary emotion. Often, if you look for what is hidden under the surface, you’ll find sadness, hurt, frustration, etc. If you figure that out, rather than react to the anger, you can help heal the real issue, and the anger will resolve itself. Photo Credit: Rachel/ www.RaysOfLightPhoto.com

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Q: That’s powerful. How has learning about emotional intelligence changed the way you parent? A: I learned better ways to diffuse tension. For example, I learned it works best to set clear boundaries, and then if a boundary is broken, follow through with the set consequence. By not lecturing, nagging, or giving a guilt trip, I let the boundary be the enforcer, not me. Instead of wasting precious time and energy on a power struggle, we can more quickly move on and put that energy towards building a stronger relationship. Q: Awesome. Any parting advice? A: Many times, parents wish their kids would talk to them. But we often train them to not want to talk to us by immediately jumping in with advice. Instead, listen. Validate. Reword what they said back to them, and they will feel heard. Praise them as they talk through their own solutions. THEN, if you still feel there is something they are missing, ask if you can share something you think might help. By giving them the opportunity to say yes, they are much more willing to listen to your insights/concerns. They will be more likely to take your advice. Most importantly, they will learn by your example and recognize your love. QUESTIONS, or to VOLUNTEER contact Coordinator, Rachelle Krohn at rachellek@weberhs.org The Weber CTC Coalition is working to promote healthy youth development, improve youth outcomes, and reduce problem behaviors through community prevention efforts in the Weber Coounty areas. We are stronger together!

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Public Works Divisions STREETS The Street Maintenance Division is responsible for street maintenance and repair, sidewalk and curb maintenance, street sign installation and maintenance, traffic line and legend installation and maintenance.

CULINARY WATER The Culinary Water Division is responsible for the collection, treatment, and distribution water to the entire city. The division is operating within strict federal guidelines and is acknowledged as one of the best water systems in the state.

SANITARY SEWER The Sewer Maintenance Division is responsible for maintaining the city's system of sewer lines, cleaning sewer lines, and recording lines for maintenance and repair needs.

STORM DRAIN The Storm Drain Division is responsible for all the drain line inspection and maintenance, the maintenance and grooming of all the City’s detention basins, monitoring, and control of runoff waters.

SOLID WASTE The Solid Waste Division is responsible for the delivery and pick-up of all receptacles and the maintenance, repair, and replacement of receptacles. Refuse collection is contracted to Republic Services. For questions or concerns with Republic Services, please call 801-781-1349.


Public Works Contact Information 165 E Lomond View Drive Office: 801-782-8111 Fax: 801-782-6453 David Espinoza Public Works Director despinoza@nogden.org Scott Felter, Assistant Public Works Director sfelter@nogden.org Shelly Robison Office Manager srobison@nogden.org Stacie Cain Utility Billing Manager scain@nogden.org Casey Hunsaker Streets Department Superintendent chunsaker@nogden.org Jason Reney Water Systems Superintendent jreney@nogden.org Trent Wilkins Sanitary Sewer Superintendent twilkins@nogden.org

The Fleet Maintenance Division is responsible for the maintenance and repair of the City-owned vehicles from the smallest of tools, such as weed eaters and lawnmowers to the largest equipment, like the dump trucks, backhoe, and loaders.

Brian Galvez Green Waste and Solid Waste Superintendent bgalvez@nogden.org


Tyrel Stark Fleet Manager tstark@nogden.org

The Public Works Administration is responsible for the supervision of all projects in all divisions within the Public Works Department. Additionally, all the paperwork generated is funneled through this division for recording and tracking.

Good News about your Utility Bill! If you owned property in North Ogden City and paid for utilities between February of 2019 and January of 2020, you’re getting a refund! This month’s utility bill is reduced by $3 for every month you paid your utility bill during that time. Twelve months = $36, nine months = $27 etc. The mayor and city council authorized this refund from the previously collected Transportation Utility Fee that was discontinued in February of this year. We thought this would be helpful during these uncertain times. Before you call the Public Works Department with questions, please read the article in the North Ogden Connection Magazine. If you find you aren’t in need of this refund feel free to make a contribution to the city to be used by our Public Safety Department.


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Register Your Dogs! We would like to remind everyone about Dog licensing and fees. Please bring proof of rabies vaccination to the police department to register your dog. Call 801-7827219 with questions. All dogs residing in the city, including inside only dogs, service dogs, and dogs that are being kept or used as therapy animals, must be licensed in North Ogden City on a yearly basis. The pet must be wearing the license tag at all times. All animal licenses issued by the city shall expire on December 31 of each year.

Please keep your pets safe! Bobcats and a cougar have been seen in North Ogden City in various areas, including Mountain Road and subdivisions around North Ogden Divide Road.


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Congratulations on your Retirement! With almost 20 years of service to the residents of North Ogden, Annette Spendlove retired at the end of 2020. Annette was the City Recorder and also the Human Resources Director for much of her time at the city. With almost 25 years experience as a Town Clerk, Deputy City Recorder, and City Recorder her knowledge and experience will be greatly missed within the administration department. Annette is a Certified Municipal Clerk, as well as a Master Municipal Clerk, receiving certifications from the International Institute of Municipal Clerks after countless hours of training and continuing education. Her love for the city of North Ogden is evident in all she has done during her employment. We want to wish Annette the best on her retirement!


Flood Zones

Key Community Contacts

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.

Mayor: Neal Berube: 801-686-0688 nberube@nogden.org

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

Council Members: Cheryl Stoker: 801-782-9302 cstoker@nogden.org Phillip Swanson: 801-940-2111 pswanson@nogden.org Charlotte Ekstrom: 801-920-6987 cekstrom@nogden.org

City Council Meetings The Mayor and Council welcome your input and attendance at the council meetings held the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month starting at 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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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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January Calendar of Events NORTH VIEW SENIOR CENTER Take-out lunches available at the North View Senior Center for Seniors 60+. Call Zella (801) 782-6211 to order. Please call to order the day before you want your lunch or on a Friday for Monday’s lunch. $3 suggested donation. Mon - Fri 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

LIBRARY EVENTS January 1-31 Ages 5-18. Visit the Library during the chilly month of January to catch a little sunshine. Pick up a supply kit from the Youth Services desk to take home and make your own suncatcher. New Collection: Binge Boxes One checkout, multiple movies. Binge Boxes contain 4-6 movies based on a theme: an actor, a director, a genre, anything! Movie lovers of all ages will find a set they love. Patrons may use the Library catalog at www.weberpl.org to find a Binge Box, place a hold, and have their selection delivered to their Weber County Library location for checkout and pickup. To learn more, call 801-337-2636.

STEAM Stream ZOOM PROGRAMS Wednesdays and Thursdays: Dungeons & Dragons, ages 12-18. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Register: 801-337-2660 Jan 12: Art Rules 1 p.m. Register: 801337-2691 Ages 16 and older. Learn the basics about drawing, painting, and creating. An overview of some helpful rules of art will be explored and demonstrated, followed by a discussion of why you may want to break these rules. Jan 13: Teen Drawing 4 p.m. Register: 801-337-2639 Ages 12-18. Learn illustration fundamentals that will boost your skills to the next level. This program will be held via Zoom; a computer and an email address are required. Jan 14: Novelize Your Memoir 1 p.m. Register: 801-337-2691 Ages 18 and older. Are you interested in novelizing your life story? This program will go over the basics, provide support, and help motivate you. Jan 30: Teen Thing: Murder Mystery Party 2:00 p.m. Register: 801-337-2660 Ages 12-18. Zoom back to 1985 for a Virtual Murder Mystery Party!

Word Puzzles Dec 1-31: Word Puzzles. Grades K-6. Word puzzles will be available at your Library during the month of December. Stop by the Youth Services desk and try them all!

Zoom Book Discussion Jan 12: Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate @ 7 p.m. Register: 801-3372650

Virtual Programs Check out Weber County Library’s virtual programming content! New videos are shared online and via the Library’s Facebook page. To watch the latest videos, visit: www.weberpl.org Craft at Home: Woven Wall Art Video Available: Fri, Jan 1, 1:00 p.m. Art at Home: Pencil Drawing Tips Video Available: Wed, Jan 20, 1:00 p.m. Cuentos en Español Novel Teen BookTalks Silly Storytime

Weber High Jan 1: No School Jan 5: Girls Basketball @ Davis 5:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Weber 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Jan 6: Wrestling @ Syracuse 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Jan 7: Swim Meet @ Box Elder 3:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. | Wrestling @ Syracuse 6 p.m. 8 p.m. Jan 8 - 9: Wrestling @ Box Elder Time TBD Jan 8: Girls Basketball @ Weber 5:15


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p.m. - 7:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Northridge 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Jan 12: Swimming @ Weber 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Girls Basketball @ Weber 5:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Layton 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Jan 14: Wrestling @ Weber 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Jan 14 - 16: Band - All State | Orchestra - All State Jan 15 - 16: Wrestling @ UVU Jan 15: No School | Girls Basketball @ Syracuse 5:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Weber 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Jan 18: Martin Luther King Day - No School Jan 19: Girls Basketball @ Fremont 5:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Weber 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Jan 20: Wrestling @ Clearfield 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Jan 21: Swimming @ Layton 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. | Wrestling @ Roy 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Jan 22: Girls Basketball @ Roy 5:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Weber Jan 22 - 23: Choir - State Men’s / Women’s Honor Choir @ SLC Jan 23: Region Drill @ Roy 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Jan 26 - 28: Honor Orchestra @ Fremont 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Jan 26: Girls Basketball @ Weber 5:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Clearfield 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Jan 27: Weber Experience / Early Out | Winter Play 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Jan 28: Wrestling @ Fremont 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. | Winter Play 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Jan 29: Girls Basketball @ Weber 5:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. | Boys Basketball @ Davis | Winter Play 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Jan 30: Swimming Region 1 Championships @ South Davis Rec. 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. North Ogden Jr. Jan 1: No School Jan 5: Boys Basketball @ North Ogden Jan 12: Boys Basketball @ TH Bell Jan 14: Boys Basketball @ North Ogden Jan 15: No School Jan 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No

School Jan 20: Boys Basketball @ Snowcrest Jan 22: Boys Basketball @ North Ogden Jan 26: Boys Basketball @ Roy Jan 29: Boys Basketball @ North Ogden Orion Jr. Jan 1: No School Jan 5: Boys Basketball @ Wahlquist 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Jan 8: Boys Basketball @ Orion 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Jan 12: Boys Basketball @ Sand Ridge 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Jan 14: Boys Basketball @ Orion 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Jan 15: No School Jan 18: No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day Jan 22: Boys Basketball @ T.H. Bell 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Jan 26: Boys Basketball @ Orion 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Jan 29: Boys Basketball @ Roy 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Lomond View Elementary

Bates Elementary Majestic Elementary Green Acres Elementary Maria Montessori Academy Jan 1: No School Jan 15: No School Jan 18: No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day North Ogden Elementary Jan 1: No School

FUN THINGS TO DO Jan 1: Antelope Island 1st Day Hike | First Friday Art Stroll | Wasatch Audubon - Antelope Island Christmas Bird Count @ Antelope Island Park Entrance, 8 a.m., bring lunch and water. For more details, call John Bellmon (801) 444-3074 Jan 2, 9, 23, 30: Chariot Races @ Golden Spike Event Center 12 p.m. Jan 6, 13, 20, 27: Time Only’s @ Golden Spike Arena 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Jan 7: Frozen Jr. @ The Ziegfeld Theater Jan 8: Ogden Virtual Game Night 7

p.m. - 10 p.m. Register on eventbrite online https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ ogden-virtual-game-night-trivia-charades-and-drawing-over-video-tickets-107859759444 Jan 13: Free Jazz Concert @ Union Station Grand Lobby 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Jan 15: RMPRA Winter Series Rodeo @ Golden Spike Arena

CITY EVENTS Jan 4-8, 11-15: Food Drive @ Senior Center 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

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Renovating Local History:

The Godfrey Family Home


This North Ogden home is a historic landmark in North Ogden. Chris Griffin lives there now, and the house has just as complex a history as her ancestors who lived there. Joseph Godfrey was different from other early immigrants to the United States. For one, while he came from England like many others, he came completely alone. After he ran away from home at age nine, he sneaked aboard a ship and kickstarted his sailing career. He’s also different from others because he never meant to stay on the North American continent. His ship’s crew mutinied off in the New York harbor by happenstance, and after he was thrown overboard, he decided to stay. He met and married Ann Eliza Reeves, and together they joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They crossed the country with the David Wood company and bought the land where Chris’s house is today. “I have the old deed,” Chris said. “It’s like a history typed on carbon paper.” Later, Joseph would marry two more women, and between the four of them, they had 21 children. Chris comes from Joseph’s youngest wife, Sara Ann Price. Together, they owned more land than just where Chris’s house is today. The land they owned included the orchard that used to surround the house, the church across the street, and North Ogden Museum. Their land was split up between all of their children, one of them being a daughter named Jemine Helen. She married Nephi Lorin Campbell, and they lived in a house that was built on their share of the land. Eventually, their son, Lester Campbell, bought the house, but even 14

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“When we bought the house, there was one room that was finished. The rest was just storage.” then, Jemine lived there through her sixties. Lester married Lina Wettstein, and together, they had seven children. Karma Campbell, Chris’s mother, was born in the house. Chris was also raised there. She kept the house in the family when she bought it in 1967, after her Grandma Jemine died. At the time, she and her husband had three young children. “When we bought the house, there was one room that was finished,” Chris said. “The rest was just storage.” What they didn’t see until the mortgage loan was finalized was that the house needed entirely new central heating, plumbing, and electrical systems. While it was a historical landmark of a house, it needed a lot of work to make it livable in the modern day. Chris remembers feeling so overwhelmed, she cried over the repairs. “We can’t fix this,” she remembers telling her husband. Lucky for her, paneling was tremendously popular in that day, because that’s all they could afford to cover up repairs in those early renovation days. She admits it took them a while, but eventually, they were able to turn their old farm house into a home. One aspect of the landmark that could not be saved was the orchard. According to Chris, the apple trees they have are over a hundred years old and still produce small apples. She did the best she could, but in the end, couldn’t save the trees. “I didn’t want to be a farmer anyway,” her husband said.

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of motion restricted? These issues could be improved or eliminated by chiropractic treatment. An auto accident is very stressful for your back and neck, but, additionally, lifting heavy boxes, yard work, taking out the garbage, sitting at desk too long, poor posture, exercise, sleeping in the wrong position, or slips and falls can all cause strains. Additionally, COVID has caused spine problems as many of us have altered our exercise routines, or we are spending more time sitting in our home offices. Having a child is another life event that can be very hard on the spine. Pregnancy puts a lot of pressure on your back. Dr. Stevenson has a special table and uses special techniques to treat expectant mothers. Dr. Stevenson has been practicing for 5 years, and here in North Ogden for 8 months. He’s loved working right here in our community. He specializes in treating car accident injuries and other issues with the spine. If you have any of these problems, now is the time to schedule a free consultation. Improve your range of motion, get rid of the pain that goes hand in hand with joint restriction, and allow your body to heal.

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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!

Jeffrey Chistophersen

Kai Hutchens

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Jeffrey Chistophersen is a junior at Weber High School. He enjoys working with people and is able to put others at ease.  He is fascinated by politics and is interested in working as a “staffer” for a politician.   He is on the WHS Swim Team and enjoys working in the main office.  Jeff is a 4.0 student and challenges himself with AP and CE classes.  He is reliable, hardworking, and ambitious.  He can always be seen with a smile on his face (even under the mask). 

Oftentimes, it is hard to find students who see the intrinsic value of their own education and the work they, themselves, put into it. This is not the case with Kai Hutchens. His dedication to academic success shines in all of his work. He is a model student in class. The work that he does is concise and completed in a timely manner. We are excited to honor him with the student of the month title to recognize his brilliance and all that he adds to our community at the Maria Montessori Academy.

Lily Peterson Orion Jr. High School Lily is a 9th grader at Orion Jr. High. She is an excellent student, earning a 4.0 GPA every quarter since starting junior high. Lily works hard and is a dedicated student. She is planning to attend college and thinking about going into radiology or nursing in the future. Lily also loves to play soccer. She started playing at a young age and plays four times a week. Her goal is to make the high school soccer team and play soccer in college. “A few more of her talents are cooking and baking and sharing her treats with others. Every week, she likes to spend time in the kitchen. Lily is patient, friendly, helpful, and loves talking to people. She helps in the front office at Orion as an office aide and has such a positive attitude. We are proud of Lily, and she has a bright future ahead of her. Congratulations, Lily!

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You know the little organism responsible for making fluffy bread? I’ve always thought it only came in packets or in a little jar. Turns out yeast is all around us, in the air, on our kitchen surfaces, and in our flour. To make sourdough, you’re simply giving naturally occurring yeast time and food to grow so it can raise your bread. Mix some water and flour, set it on your counter, wait for it to bubble, and feed it when it’s hungry. Soon enough, you’ll grow enough little yeast cells to leaven your bread! The tangy flavor of sourdough bread is a byproduct of bacteria also feasting on the flour. Strange, isn’t it? When you make a sourdough start, you’re growing your own little ecosystem of fungi and bacteria. It’s a concoction of living organisms that will reward you with yummy baked goods for generations if you take care of it regularly!

Sourdough Starter Day 1. Combine whole wheat flour with water in a nonreactive container. Stir everything together so there’s no dry flour anywhere. Cover the container loosely (using a paper towel will allow microbes to enter and exit). Let it sit at room temperature (about 70 F) for 24 hours. Day 2. Discard half the starter; add a scant 1 cup of unbleached all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup water. Mix well and let sit for 24 hours Day 3. You’ll likely see some bubbling, smell a fresh fruity aroma, and see some expansion. It’s now time to begin two feedings daily, as evenly spaced as you can. Stir down the starter, remove a generous 1/2 cup, and place in a clean container; discard the rest. Add a scant 1 cup of flour and 1/2 cup of water and mix. Wait approximately 12 hours before repeating. Repeat these steps for days 4-5. If you’re not seeing much expansion and bubbles between feedings, just wait until you do. I was following directions to a “T” and nothing seemed to be happening. As I waited a little longer between feedings I started

seeing more growth. Different variables might mean your starter grows faster or slower. Be patient!

How do you know if your starter is ready? One way to tell is to drop a small scoop of your starter into water. If it floats, it’s ready; if it sinks, your starter will need more time to develop. Another way to tell is if it’s doubling in size within 4-6 hours.

To keep your starter going– most people recommend feeding it once a week by discarding half the starter and mixing in 1 cup of unbleached all-purpose flour and 1/2 cup water. It’s a good idea if you refrigerate your starter to take it out after feeding it and let it sit at room temp before using for a recipe. Scientist Carl De Smedt said you can go up to 2 months between feeding before you start losing the fungi and bacteria. If you see a pink or orange tint or streak, this is a sure sign that your sourdough starter has gone bad and should be discarded.

Discard DON’T THROW Creating a starter means throwing away or discarding about half of it each time you feed it. It’s important to discard some to IT AWAY! keep your starter a manageable size and to have less yeast and bacteria competing for food. I didn’t have the heart to throw it all away, so I saved it all in a separate container and used it to make waffles, pancakes, and crackers. I really liked these sourdough discard waffles from this recipe on page 22: www. allrecipes.com/recipe/279948/sourdough-discard-waffles/ 18

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The Stories behind the Sourdough Gloria D. Gross has had the same sourdough start in their family for many years now. Their sourdough has been continuously fed and used since sometime around 1960. LaMar Hortt is Gloria’s father, and he deserves some of the credit for the start she has now, although he wasn’t the one who actually created it. His father, James Henry Hortt, had a start and used it when he was in Southern Utah. LaMar went with his Dad for periods of time to help him with his work. He longed for the biscuits his father made for their meals, but his father’s start was gone. LaMar began experimenting with water and flour around 1960, attempting to grow his own starter. He forgot that sourdough needs time to raise and that is what kept him from success. His sister, Beth Hortt Murphy, saw his efforts and decided to give it a try. She created the one Gloria still uses to this day. Here is an excerpt from her family’s history on their sourdough, written by Lila Hortt: “The stories are legend of how the miners in that long ago era loved the good bread that sourdough gave them. The alternative was “hard tack”, which must have been just what its name implies. It is said that if a miner lost his start, he would trade a Bull Durham sack of gold for a start from a more provident miner. The story goes that they would sleep with their start in order to keep it active and ready to go in the cold, icy northern mornings.” I love the idea of recording your sourdough’s story. Some starts get passed on from one generation to the next, but it’s currently impossible to know the age of a start by testing it. It’s a living thing, and you’re constantly adding new water and flour to it, so the only way to know when and where a start originated is to record its history.

Wendy Ann Heinze, a resident in Roy, works in the bakery at Kent’s Market, and

Deena Goins Harris got her start from a friend in Nevada.

she got her sourdough from her mother-in-law. Her mother-in-law told her it came across the plains with the pioneers to Utah. Wendy uses it regularly to make sourdough pancakes, and we included the recipe she shared; see below!

Rodney Marchant is a resident in Syracuse, and his start is on its third year now; he really likes the flavor. “It just adds so much, instead of using bread as a vehicle to transport the rest of the sandwich, it adds flavor itself.”

Deena Goins Harris, a North Ogden resident, has been baking with sourdough for a shorter amount of time, and she got her start from her friend in Nevada. Her friend bought her start from King Aurtur Flour, a company that sells flour and sourdough starts. If you have any questions about sourdough, Deena recommends going to their website kingaurthurbaking.com. I found it very helpful as well.

Wendy’s Sourdough Pancakes 1 cup sourdough start 1 TBL sugar Half stick butter melted 2 eggs 1/4 tsp salt 2 tsp baking soda Add however much flour to make the pancakes your desired thickness.

Preheat the grill. Mix and cook on a buttered flat top grill. Remember to use glass, plastic or rubber utensils and bowls.

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The Science of Sourdough Each of these people were kind enough to share their starts with me. It seems I have my own little sourdough library in my fridge now! Scientist Carl De Smedt cares for 128 sourdough starts from all over the world in his sourdough library in Berlin. One start dates back to 1874 and came from Tokyo. A woman in China got hers from her grandmother, who got it from her grandmother, and no one is sure how far back it goes. The strangest sourdough they have in the library comes from Japan, and it is made with cooked rice. They can keep the sourdoughs dormant for up to 2 months, but they risk losing the microbes that make them unique if they go longer than that between feeding them. They also have 2179 registered sourdoughs in their online collection at thequestforsourdough.com, and you can register your own there or explore around to see the different starts from all over the world. You might wonder how a start doesn’t go bad. To leave food out on the counter for days with a plan to eat it later goes against what I’ve been taught. Flour

STARTER FLAVORS Temps 77 degrees and below, favor the yeast which gives more fruity flavors. Higher temperatures favor the bacteria which results in a really sour sourdough.

provides sugar and starch, which is food for the bacteria and yeast that exist in the environment already. As the bacteria metabolize the flour, they produce acid, which keeps other microbes from growing. This same acid gives sourdough its sour flavor. The yeast in the starter produces CO2 and makes the bread rise and affects texture. It is also responsible for the aromas that contribute to the complex flavors and smells. There are thousands of types of yeast in the world but only three types are produced commercially. Scientists Lauren Nichols and Erin McKenney explained that baking bread with traditional store-bought yeast is like living in a world where only brown, black, and yellow labs exist. In reality, there are SO many more types of dog breeds, and yeasts, than that. Not only are there the different types of domestic dogs, but there are also wolves, foxes, and hyenas. Sourdough harnesses the diversity of yeasts in the world! A sourdough start can change in flavor over time, but the key to a consistent flavor is consistent conditions. Feeding it the same flour, using the same type of water, and storing it at the same temperature will help. However, it is next to impossible to keep a start one hundred percent the same over time. Microbes and yeast drift in and out of our homes; even having an open window can change the concoction of microbes! Scientist Karl De Smedt explained that it’s difficult to change the flora once it is established. He said the dominant species remains the same, but less dominant species will fluctuate. After looking at starters from around the world, they found that the variations in the yeast were linked to the geographic location. Bacteria, however, doesn’t seem to follow the same geographical rules that yeast does. For bacteria, it seems like the diversity depends on the flour


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Hailey’s first loaf of sourdough. you use, the bacteria on your hands, and whether you keep it on your counter or in the fridge. They have also found the temperature you store your starter affects the taste. Lower temperatures, like 77 degrees and below, favor the yeast which gives more fruity flavors. Higher temperatures favor the bacteria which results in a really sour sourdough. After gathering the different starts and thinking my own start was failing, I sat on my couch feeling sure I was going to ruin the starts I was entrusted with! “Is it too cold in my house? Am I not feeding it often enough? Am I feeding it too much and diluting the bacteria and yeast that are trying to grow? What if I fail at my starter? I certainly can’t be trusted to keep these other starters alive then! AHHH!!!” I baked a loaf with Deena’s start first and she digitally held my hand through the process over Facebook messenger. I’ve learned sourdough starts are pretty resilient, so if you’re wanting to venture into the world of sourdough, remember to keep trying, and failure, or perceived failure, is just another part of growing. My sourdough start eventually made a delicious loaf of bread and, wow, I felt like a winner when that loaf came out of the oven all puffy and golden!

Simple Sourdough Bread Recipe Tip: There might be just as many ways to make sourdough as there are types of yeasts in the world. I chose a simple recipe and found success with it. If you’re venturing into the world of sourdough for your first time or perhaps you want to try something new, look at what you read about sourdough as one of many approaches. 3 2/3 cups all-purpose flour 1 3/4 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 cups plus 4 teaspoons water, room temperature 1/3 cup mature sourdough starter (fed 8-12 hours beforehand

Mix the flour and salt in a large mixing bowl. Mix the sourdough starter and water in a separate bowl. Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix for 10 minutes or until the dough is smooth-looking Lightly flour your hands and counter, then turn the dough onto the counter and form into a ball. Coat the bowl with oil and put the dough back into it, rolling it to coat the entire ball with oil. Cover the bowl and let it sit on the counter for 12 hours. Transfer to the fridge to continue fermenting or bake whenever you’re ready. When you’re ready to bake, preheat the oven to 500 F with a baking sheet or cast iron skillet inside to get hot. When the oven is preheated, take the chilled dough out of the fridge and gently run a rubber spatula along the sides to separate it from the bowl. Sprinkle rice flour or cornmeal on the top surface of the dough. Remove the hot baking sheet from the oven, then turn the bowl upside-down over the pan so the dough ball falls out, flour-side down, onto the hot pan. Using a sharp knife, quickly score the top of the loaf. Place the pan and dough into the oven on the middle rack. Close the oven door and re-set the temperature to 475. Bake 20 minutes, then lower temperature to 350 and bake for another 20 minutes or until the crust gets to your desired crispiness.

Sourdough more than doubles in volume after it has sat on the counter overnight

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Combine sourdough starter, yogurt, flour, and brown sugar in a bowl the night before you plan to cook the waffles. Cover the batter and let rest in the fridge 8 hours to overnight. Preheat waffle iron. Beat egg in a large bowl when you are ready to make the waffles. Add melted butter and vanilla. Mix in baking soda and salt. Add the sourdough starter mixture and stir until the batter is well combined Pour batter into waffle iron and cook until golden brown.

Sourdough Pizza Crust Dough Recipe Recipe by thefewellhomestead.com 3/4 cup water 1 cup sourdough starter (fed) 2 cups all purpose flour 1 tsp salt 3 tbsp olive oil

Combine all ingredients and knead well. It’s best if you make it in a stand mixer. Dough should be firm but slightly tacky. Place in a greased bowl and allow to rise for at least 2 hours. Once risen, thinly roll out dough onto your greased pizza pan. It should be an inch or less thick.

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Place toppings on your pizza and let set for 30 mins. Bake your sourdough pizza at 500 degrees (preheated) for about 8 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and starting to turn brown.

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If you are entering a new stage of life known as being a senior (we don’t mean graduating from high school), and you’re on the hunt for a new home that matches your lifestyle, Fox Meadows wants to welcome you to a new 55+ community of single-family homes in Pleasant View. Every home is custom-built to the needs of the homeowner. Maybe you need your house to be more accessible, so you don’t have to hike up stairs. Maybe you prefer a three-car garage. You might desire a bonus room for your grandkids when family visits. The custom builders of Fox Meadows want to accommodate your wishes. Their builders have been “cherry picked” because they are lifelong professionals with exceptional reputations. They are known in the area for their honesty and quality. As long as it fits on the lot, you can even bring your own design. Or you can visit their website (www.Fox-Meadows.com) and view the various models shown there. Either way, you will be able to sit down with the builders, discuss your wants, and get a price quoted before putting down any money. Any person who will be 55 by the time the home is completed is eligible. Only one spouse needs to be 55. No full-time children are allowed to live in the home.

You can also virtually tour several of the completed homes by visiting the website and clicking on “Tour Our Homes”. One great part about being in a senior community is the HOA taking care of much of the maintenance necessary around the home. The monthly $125 fee covers everything from mowing and fertilizing lawns to blowing snow and clearing driveways. All HOA services can be found on the website under “HOA Services”. The lots are located at 600 W and 2700 N in Pleasant View. Though 2700 N is a busy street, an eight-foot sound wall makes it much quieter. With no shared walls or duplexes, the entire community consists of single-family homes. This new neighborhood is a gem in the community. Its developers and builders have gone above and beyond to make it a beautiful place to live. There are still several lots available in Phase 1. Additional lots will become available as Phase 2 opens in the Spring. The homes are being marketed by Jody Deamer and Company. So, stop by and see what Fox Meadows can create for you.

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REFINANCING YOUR MORTGAGE Refinancing a mortgage is essentially paying off the remaining balance on an existing home loan and then taking out another mortgage that replaces the existing loan. A major reason that people refinance their mortgage is to take advantage of a lower interest rate. Current mortgage rates make it a great time to refinance and save! Refinancing your mortgage can be a great opportunity to adjust the terms of your mortgage, lower your payment, build equity in your home, and save money!

CASH-OUT REFINANCE A cash-out refinance allows you to access extra funds by using your home equity. By taking out a larger mortgage on your home, you can then pocket the difference between your current existing mortgage and the new, larger mortgage. These funds can then be used for whatever you need them for, including consolidating debts, paying back loans, or even home renovations.

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By Attorney Garrett T. Smith

Even a wellwritten trust , if empty, is worthless.

he new year is a great time to evaluate our goals and desires! Our desires are reflected in our actions. Our goals can give us a vision of what we want to accomplish and provide us with the focus to transform our desires into reality. The goals we make could be physical, spiritual, mental, financial, emotional, or a combination of some, or all. During this time of self-reflection, it is also a good idea to do an inventory of your legal documents to make sure your goal of probate avoidance is still intact. Funding a trust simply means transferring your assets into your trust through changing ownership or beneficiaries depending on the type of asset. Changing Ownership. The most common asset that requires changing title is your home. Upon the passing of the surviving spouse, the heirs are unable to sell the home because a probate is required to transfer title from the dead to the living. If title were transferred to the trust, the successor trustee can step in to maintain or sell the home without court involvement. When reviewing estate plans, I often find the home is not owned by the trust because the prior attorney did not fund the trust, or the client purchased a new home without titling it in the trust. I had a client approach me after her mother passed away, asking why the county recorder said a probate was required. Her mother’s trust was wellwritten, but the home was never transferred to the trust. Even a

well-written trust, if empty, is worthless. Changing Beneficiaries. Beneficiaries of bank accounts, life insurance policies, and investment accounts matter. I had a client who wanted to set up an estate plan for her father after they returned from a family vacation. Her father passed away while she was gone and her whole family came back from their cruise early to take care of the funeral and expenses. There were only a few thousand dollars in the bank, but my client spent more than half of the account in court costs and legal fees to get access to the funds. Making your trust the pay-on-death beneficiary of your bank accounts is simple and makes it much easier for your heirs to access and distribute. A spouse should generally be listed as the primary beneficiary of a life insurance policy with the trust listed as the contingent beneficiary. This is extremely important if you have minor children. You have to be careful with retirement accounts because there are penalties for early withdrawals, and you do not want to list the trust as a beneficiary if it will incur taxes and penalties. To receive the benefit of your trust, it must be funded! If you have questions about your trust funding or would like to establish a trust, please give me a call!

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Have you ever been asked if you have an addiction to cleaning at a job interview? Well, that is an interview question if you want to work at That’s My House Cleaning Service. Owner, Tawnia Martin, calls her addiction to cleaning a compulsion. She loves to clean, and in fact, needs things to be clean. She previously worked in the restaurant industry where she always got high 90’s to 100’s on her health inspections because of how clean she kept her restaurants. When her husband was deployed at one point, the restaurant she worked at closed. She stayed home and cleaned and cleaned until her kids told her that she needed to start a cleaning company and get out of the house as she was driving them crazy, so she did. So yes, she jokingly, but also seriously, says her employees are required to have cleaning addictions too. She just has a

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Not many businesses have been around for nearly a century, but those that are have mastered customer service, meeting needs, and adapting to changing times. Wimmer’s Sewing and Vacuum was founded in 1922 by Grandpa Wimmer in Logan. Spencer Carter (his great-grandson in-law) now runs the store in Layton as well as their newest store at 309 W. 12th St. in Ogden. Wimmer’s specializes in sewing and quilting and has lots of classes available. If you need to learn how to use your machine, or if you want to be part of a sewing community, come and check out their classroom! Have you been thinking about a new sewing machine? Wimmer’s carries a wonderful selection. They are an authorized dealer of industry leading brands such as BabyLock, Husqvarna Viking, and Pfaff.


When Tawnia’s husband was transferred to Utah by the military, she brought her cleaning company with her. She observed in most of the cleaning companies around here (franchise cleaning companies that cleaned in teams) that there were constantly changing staffs and set ways of doing things. There were solo cleaners, too, who just did some night and weekend work, but not a company who built a reputation of consistency and quality. Each home her company services gets assigned to a seasoned cleaner. Each cleaner must pass a federal background check because of their military ties and service to several Commanders’ homes. They also carry higher insurance than most other cleaning companies. They personalize cleaning with each client and make sure to go over every aspect of their plan during the initial consult, so clients are pleased and impressed with their results. They can also do move-out cleans, premarket cleans, hoarder cleans, and have even cleaned for the Parade of Homes.

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Danny’s dad originally had the golden Midas touch and ran the first Midas store in Ogden in 1965. When Danny was in High School, he was able to start working there, which got him started in the vehicle repair profession. He grew up in North Ogden and attended Bates, NOJH, and graduated from Weber High in 1982. The next year, he started working full time at Midas. Eventually, he worked at several Midas locations and moved his way up into management. He ran the Salt Lake store for 14 years, then moved back to Ogden and managed the store at 220 Washington Blvd. for 10 years. His boss then sold him that location, and in 2004, he took over the shop in Roy and the shop at 3459 Washington Blvd. near Riverdale so that he now owns three locations. One of the main reasons Danny wanted to move into ownership extended beyond being his own boss, though that was important to him. He wanted to make some fundamental changes to the way the business ran. First, he could see that mufflers were now being made of stainless steel and would not need replacing as often. Midas was transitioning their focus nationwide to full-service automotive centers. Danny

wanted to not only transition the local stores, but to invest in both talent and technology to make his centers some of the top in the business. Today, his three locations can do anything needed for vehicle repair, bumper to bumper, with the exception of extensive body work. They can repair detached bumpers, but if it gets beyond that, they recommend going to a body shop. Literally, for everything else, they have the tools and expertise: tires, diagnostics, electrical, engine repair, alignment, brakes, shocks, struts, lifetime-warranty brakes, shocks, and mufflers. You only have to buy them once, and that warranty is good at all 1800+ Midas locations nationwide. Danny also hires top talent and pays for that talent. He knows good help doesn’t come cheap, and he invests in topquality trained and certified mechanics. He also purchases the best equipment in the business so they can stay up-to-date and fix any problem they come across. The best part is they try and get every job done in a day or less. Other than a full rebuild of an engine, they can usually get cars done very quickly. They also have three locations, which means they can move cars if one location is busy. That way, cars are repaired and returned quickly to their owners. Danny has loved being an owner for over 19 years. He loves what he does, especially being here in his hometown. He sees many friends that he knew when he was young and sometimes hasn’t seen in years, until their car needs repair, and Danny and his crew are there to help them.

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Maria Montessori Academy BY RYAN SPELTS

Lōkahi is the Hawaiian word for unity. That is the focus of the new administration at Maria Montessori Academy in North Ogden. Micah Hirokawa was shocked when he found out that there was a free public charter school in Utah that followed the Maria Montessori philosophy. He said that these schools cost a fortune to attend anywhere else in the world, including Hawaii where he is from. Taking over the principal leadership role at Maria Montessori Academy has been somewhat easy, he says, because the proper building blocks were already in place. He has simply helped create more unity within the school by focusing on the school’s original mission. According to Hirokawa, one of the key principles to unity is also found in another Hawaiian word: kuleana, which means responsibility. Hirokawa believes that people should be trusted, and the word kuleana refers to a reciprocal relationship between the person who is responsible and the thing which they are responsible for. Because of this trust, students and staff are given the freedom and responsibility to succeed and thrive. Hirokawa says he has never had a staff or group of students in his entire career who are more passionate and driven than the current community at Maria Montessori Academy. One key innovation the school will see in the coming year is a roll out of a new way of doing junior high education. The junior high will be a multi-disciplinary, multi-sensory, passion-driven, studentdriven program for six, seventh, and eighth grades with the ninth-grade transitionary year incorporating a

capstone project that will prep students for high school and life. After studying top programs throughout the state and focusing on key Montessori principles, the excitement is palpable when you talk to Hirokawa regarding the new program. When taking on the new job, Hirokawa made the effort to listen to those who were already there in order to coordinate a smooth transition. He also met with the school’s founding director who shared the founder’s vision. Hirokawa’s goal is to honor the founder’s vision by moving towards a sustainable legacy that will be around for 100 years or more. The final Hawaiian phrase that Micah Hirokawa taught me is Kūlia I Ka Nu‘u, which means to strive to reach the summit. This is at the core of the principles Hirokawa employs in leading the school. It is also at the core of each program from early childhood, lower elementary, upper elementary, to the junior high. In seeking that summit, Maria Montessori Academy recognizes students and staff each month through the Striving for Excellence award. Through the principles and efforts made by both students and staff, Hirokawa believes Maria Montessori Academy will become one of the best schools in the state, and I believe him!

Coming in 2021, the school will roll out a new way of doing junior high education.


Congratulations Weber High FBLA Weber High students took the 1st Place Outstanding Chapter for the 5th year in a row in the statewide Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competition. They placed at least one person or team in the top five in 41 out of 50 total events. They took first place in 22 of those events. Out of the 44 students who competed, Weber had 38 place in the top five. Well Done! Alan Rawlins from Weber High’s Business Department said, “I am so proud of the kids, not just in winning the competition, but in challenging themselves in the multitude of events. If people knew the amount of work that goes into the preparation for some of these project events, they would be amazed. This award isn’t just a reflection on FBLA at Weber High and myself but a reflection of our Business & Marketing Department. Working with Mrs. Angie Larsen all these years, and now Mr. Kyle Stanger, and the energy they bring to the classes that help students with these events is what is setting Weber High apart from other schools right now in the state.” Preston West, a veteran student member of the FBLA club at Weber High, said, “I had a lot of fun competing in FBLA! For anyone remotely interested in going into the business

field, I strongly recommend participating in FBLA.” “This was my first competition,” said Hannah Teo, “but I think it went pretty well. I competed in accounting I and II because one of the advisors who was my accounting teacher last year told me that I should try them. I haven’t done any accounting since last year, so I didn’t expect to win both events.”Jessica Duran said, “I placed first in two of my events: Journalism and Publication Design. I’ve been doing FBLA all throughout high school. I am now a senior, and I love competing in it. I’m incredibly proud of the work I was able to do, and I’m glad that there’s an organization like FBLA that encourages high-schoolers to discover their talents.”  

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Nichole has been the owner of Permanent Makeup Ogden LLC since 2014, with previous years of technician experience in advanced permanent makeup and cosmetic tattooing prior to ownership. Talking with Nichole reminded me of a permanent makeup experience my grandmother had. My grandmother was very fair and had light hair that turned a translucent white as she aged. Her eyebrows thinned and, unless you looked closely, she seemed to not have any. Permanent makeup made my grandmother especially happy. She got her eyebrows back. Nichole says she loves how much she is able to help people. Sometimes, Nichole helps someone like my grandmother or someone like herself who is allergic to makeup, while other times she is helping someone who just wants to wake up and already have their makeup on. It is cleaner and much more efficient. As Nichole says, “Waking up with color is so nice! My clients get to wake up with the beautiful permanent makeup that I’ve done for them, and that makes me so happy!” There are many different techniques of applications available, such as Microblading, 3D Eyebrows, Powder Eyebrows, Combination Eyebrows and more. Eyebrows can be custom created to give you an elegantly filled-in finish, a powdered look, or by doing natural and realistic-looking individual hairs to fill any missing or sparse areas. Often, Nichole Kay will combine techniques to ensure the best look and longevity. They can also apply permanent Eyeliner, advanced Waterline Eyeliner, Beauty Marks, SMP/Hairlines, Blended Lip

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