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hope this letter finds you all in good health and spirits. I’m very excited about the positive outlook we have for 2021 and all of the possibilities that it brings. I think we can all agree that the new year brings refreshing hope and optimism that recharge us all in our own unique ways. I always like to reflect on how proud I am of the people of our community and how fortunate we are to live in not only a beautiful place, but a place where people genuinely care for each other and display acts of kindness on a regular basis. I would like to share a story with you about one of Ogden City’s own employees and residents who exemplifies the spirit that makes our town so special.

"We are fortunate to live in a place where people genuinely care for each other and display acts of kindness on a regular basis."

As the Recreation Supervisor at Golden Hours Senior Center, Ginger Myers goes above and beyond the duties of her job to ensure the center’s guests are taken care of. There is no greater example of this than early December of 2020 when a gentleman did not come to the center for lunch like he had done on a regular basis. Concerned and sensing something was wrong, Ginger tried contacting him. After failing to do so, she then reached out to his emergency contact and left a detailed voice message. The next day, Ginger received an emotional phone call from the gentleman’s son, who lives out of state. He told her that she saved his father’s life. He went on to explain that after he received her voicemail, he sent someone to his father’s house to check on him and they discovered he had fallen. He was unable to move and had nothing to eat or drink for several days. Thanks to a couple of caring phone calls from Ginger, he is now doing well and recovering. His son refers to Ginger as his father’s guardian angel. I am very grateful for the care and attention Ginger provided to this gentleman and all other seniors in the Ogden community. Her compassion and this story are wonderful reminders to us all to reach out to our friends and neighbors to check in on them and show that you care. She epitomizes the Ogden spirit, and we are incredibly grateful for her service and contributions to our community. Wishing you all a wonderful 2021,

Mike Caldwell Ogden City Mayor

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I would like to help bring more transparency to the public, more collaboration, and ultimately have a better Council and Ogden City.” - Vice Chair Marcia White

2021 Council Leadership Elected BY BRANDON GARSIDE

On Tuesday, January 5, 2021, the Ogden City Council elected Council Member Bart Blair as the Council Chair and Council Member Marcia White as the Council Vice Chair for the 2021 calendar year. Chair Blair is entering his 12th year of service on the city council, having previously served as Chair in 2013 and as Vice Chair in 2020, 2016, and 2012. “Thanks to the council’s hard work over the last few years, we have a great opportunity to work with administration to make our city government better and more transparent,” Chair Blair said. “There are processes that need to be addressed, and we have a very strong council to be able to do so.” Vice Chair White has been a member of the Ogden City Council since 2014 and

has previously served as Chair in 2015 and Vice Chair in 2016 and 2017. “My experience last year in Salt Lake as a director in the Mayor’s cabinet not only gave me perspective on how to do checks and balances, but it also gave me a perspective on how to work with everyone to change processes,” Vice Chair White said. “Learning the other side significantly helps us in our role as a council. I would like to help bring more transparency to the public, more collaboration, and ultimately have a better council and Ogden City.” Who’s my Council Representative? The Ogden City Council is comprised of seven members. Four represent a municipal district in which they live, and three are elected to at-large seats. Below is a map of the Municipal Districts, with contact information for council members.

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A Message from the New Police Chief


y name is Eric Young, and I am the new Chief of Police for Ogden City. I wanted to take a minute of your time and tell you about myself and my plans for our Police Department. My father was a graduate "I am committed to of Ogden High School, and building and maintaining my mother, Weber High. They met just after high relationships between school and married. My our Police Department father left college and joined and communities in the Army, and was sent to Ft. Ogden, specifically Eustis, Virginia, to learn to pilot helicopters. My father underrepresented was deployed to Vietnam communities and once he completed flight communities of color." school. I was born in June of 1969 at Fort Eustis, and my father was killed when the helicopter he was piloting was struck by a mortar in March of 1970. My mother and I returned to Weber County and have remained since. I graduated from Weber State University in 1991. I met my wife, Erin, while both of us were working at McKay Dee Hospital, and we were married in 1994. We have three daughters. I began working for the Ogden Police Department (OPD) in 1993. In 27 years, I have worked as a patrol officer, DARE Officer, School Resource Officer, Investigator, and a Community Policing Officer. I was promoted to Sergeant in 2007, Lieutenant in 2010, and Deputy Chief of Police in 2012. I became Chief on January 16th, 2021. I completed my master’s degree in Management and Leadership in 2019 and graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy in 2016. I have spent my career highly focused on relationships in the community. I built relationships through my work in the Ogden City Schools as a Community Policing Officer, Sergeant, and Lieutenant, and while serving on non-profit boards such as

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Your Community Connection and Ogden Weber Community Action Partnership. I am committed to building and maintaining relationships between our police department and communities in Ogden, specifically underrepresented communities and communities of color. OPD will only see true success in reducing crime in Ogden when we engage all citizens to reduce crime and disorder in our city. Sir Robert Peel was the founder of the modern police department, and in the mid-1800s, was quoted as saying, “The police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent on every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.” Relationships are the foundation of our efforts, but there are other footings that support that foundation. Technology will continue to be at the front in the Ogden Police Department. We have received innumerable awards and recognition for our efforts as a leader in technology. We were the first city in Utah to develop and implement a Real-Time Crime Center, which has evolved into the Area Tactical Analysis Center. We are implementing a cutting-edge License Plate Reader system and utilize an FAA-approved Unmanned Arial Vehicle program. We are committed to success through strategy. We have a printed Strategic Plan built on our Value and Mission Statements. We consume and analyze large amounts of data to ensure that we are reaching our benchmarks and key performance indicators. You’re likely to see me on the trails above Ogden as I love mountain biking. My wife and I are also avid scuba divers, and I spend much of my winters in the mountains above Ogden on a snowmobile. I look forward to the challenge and responsibility my appointment brings.

If you would like to visit with me, please give my assistant a call. I would love to meet with you (801-629-8226).

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KEEP IT WEIRD. A message on a different kind of diversity BY COMMISSIONER STACY BERNAL

Ogden Diversity Commission, Mom, and Ogden City Resident Oftentimes, the word ‘diversity’ immediately brings to mind topics like race or gender. In reality, diversity is a much broader spectrum, encompassing identities that include disability and neurodiversity. Coined in 1998 by sociologist Judy Singer, “Neurodiversity refers to variation in the human brain regarding sociability, learning, attention, mood, and other mental functions. It emerged as a challenge to prevailing views that certain neurodevelopmental disorders are inherently pathological and, instead, adopts the social model of disability, in which societal barriers are the main contributing factor that disables people.” (Wikipedia) Put simply: Neurodiversity is the beacon term for "weirdos of the world to unite". Now, before you start calling Ogden City to complain about my use of the term ‘weirdo,’ hear me out. My son, Haiden, received his Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis when he was almost four years old. At the time, he attended a pre-school full of neurotypical (aka “normal”) kids, where his disinterest in socializing set him apart from them. He was quite content sitting alone in the corner of the playground, which is where he was one day when I went to pick him up. As I made my way past the jungle gym, a little boy blurted out to me, “Are you his mom?” “Yes,” I replied. “He’s weird,” the boy said matter-of-factly. Tears stung my eyes, and I looked at Haiden to see if he had heard. If he had, he made no indication of it. In that moment, I had a realization: this would not be the last time someone referred to him as weird. And it would be impossible for me to be with him every waking moment of his life and to shield him from the name-calling. So, I started using the word as a term of endearment.

“Haiden, you’re my little weirdo,” I’d coo in his ear as I tucked him in bed at night. After saying or doing something amazingly quirky I’d tell him, “You are the coolest weirdo. I love it.” And even today, nearly 12 years after that fateful day on the playground, one of our family’s daily mantras is: “Keep it weird, Haiden.” In the early spring of 2018, I saw that in different cities throughout Utah, there were “Autism Awareness” walks planned for April 2nd, but none scheduled in Ogden. With less than five days of planning, I jumped into action and created a small event that drew about 20 people to the corner of 25th and Washington, where we held signs and walked around the block in the blustery cold.

Diversity is more than just a buzzword. Creating a safe space for our neurodiverse loved ones is more than a hobby.

The following year, we held “Awesome Autistic Ogden” at WSU, hosting 14 vendors and more than 300 attendees. The 2020 event had to be canceled due to the pandemic, and plans for 2021 include giveaways and a media blitz on the AAO Facebook page. Stay tuned for details. Over the years, my desire to protect my son from meanness has multiplied by a sense of urgency that I need to keep him safe from physical harm. According to a 2015 study by the Ruderman Foundation, “Disabled individuals make up a third to half of all people killed by law enforcement officers.” In September, a 13-year-old autistic Utah boy made national news when he was shot 11 times by an officer. Eleven. Diversity is more than just a buzzword. Creating a safe space for our neurodiverse loved ones is more than a hobby. It’s a matter of life and death. Change happens within our community, and we have the power to impact that change. It starts with me and you. Keep it weird, Ogden. Keep it weird.

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Un Mensaje de Nuestro Nuevo Jefe de Policía


i nombre es Eric Young, soy el nuevo jefe de policía de la ciudad de Ogden. Quería tomarme un minuto de su tiempo y contarle sobre mí y mis planes para nuestro Departamento de Policía. Mi padre se graduó de Ogden High School y mi madre de Weber High. Se conocieron justo después de la secundaria y se casaron. Mi padre dejó la universidad y se unió al ejército y fue enviado a Fort. Eustis Virginia para aprender a pilotar helicópteros. Mi padre fue enviado a Vietnam una vez que completó la escuela de vuelo. Nací en junio de 1969 en Fort Eustis y mi padre murió cuando el helicóptero que pilotaba fue alcanzado por un mortero en marzo de 1970. Mi madre y yo regresamos al condado de Weber y hemos permanecido desde entonces. Me gradué de la Universidad Estatal de Weber en 1991. Conocí a mi esposa Erin mientras ambos estábamos trabajando en el Hospital McKay Dee y nos casamos en 1994. Tenemos tres hijas. Empecé a trabajar para el Departamento de Policía de Ogden en 1993. En 27 años, he trabajado como oficial de patrulla, oficial de DARE, oficial de recursos escolares, investigador y oficial de policía de la comunidad. Fui ascendido a sargento en 2007, teniente en 2010 y subjefe de policía en 2012. Me convertí en Jefe el 16 de enero de 2021. Completé mi maestría en Administración y Liderazgo en 2019 y me gradué de la Academia Nacional de la Oficina Federal de Investigaciones en 2016. He pasado mi carrera muy centrada en las relaciones en la comunidad. Construí relaciones a través de mi trabajo en las escuelas de la Ciudad de Ogden, como Oficial de Policía Comunitaria, Sargento y Teniente y mientras servía en juntas sin fines de lucro como Your Community Connection y Ogden Weber Community Action Partnership. Estoy comprometido a construir y mantener relaciones entre nuestro Departamento de Policía y las comunidades en Ogden, específicamente comunidades y comunidades de color subrepresentadas. OPD sólo verá un verdadero éxito en la reducción de la delincuencia en Ogden cuando involucramos a todos los ciudadanos para reducir la delincuencia y el desorden en nuestra ciudad. Sir Robert Peel fue el fundador del departamento de policía moderno, a mediados de 1800 fue citado diciendo: “La policía es el público y el público es la policía; la policía es sólo miembros del público a los que se les presta atención a tiempo completo a los deberes que incumben a todo ciudadano en interés del bienestar y la existencia de la comunidad”. Las relaciones son la base de nuestros esfuerzos, pero hay otras bases que apoyan esa base. La tecnología seguirá estando al frente del Departamento de Policía de Ogden. Hemos recibido

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innumerables premios y reconocimientos por nuestros esfuerzos como líder en tecnología. Fuimos la primera ciudad en Utah en desarrollar y implementar un Centro de Crimen en tiempo real que ha evolucionado en el Centro de Análisis Táctico de área. Estamos implementando un sistema de lector de matrículas de vanguardia y utilizamos un programa de vehículos aéreos no tripulados aprobado por la FAA. Estamos comprometidos con el éxito a través de la estrategia. Tenemos un Plan Estratégico impreso basado en nuestras Declaraciones de Valor y Misión. Consumimos y analizamos grandes cantidades de datos para asegurarnos de que estamos alcanzando nuestros puntos de referencia e indicadores clave de rendimiento. Es probable que me vean en los senderos de Ogden, ya que me encanta el ciclismo de montaña. Mi esposa y yo también somos ávidos buceadores y pasó gran parte de mis inviernos en las montañas sobre Ogden en una moto de nieve. Espero con ansias el desafío y la responsabilidad que me presenta mi nombramiento. Si desea visitar conmigo, por favor llame a mi asistente -me encantaría reunirme con usted (801-629-8226).




Un mensaje sobre un tipo diferente de diversidad COMISIONADO STACY BERNAL

Comisión de Diversidad de Ogden, Mamá, y Residente de la Ciudad de Ogden A menudo, la palabra “diversidad” inmediatamente trae a la mente temas como la raza o el género. En realidad, la diversidad es un espectro mucho más amplio que abarca identidades que incluyen discapacidad y neurodiversidad. Acuñado en 1998 por la socióloga Judy Singer, “la neurodiversidad se refiere a la variación en el cerebro humano con respecto a la sociabilidad, aprendizaje, atención, estado de ánimo, y otras funciones mentales. Surgió como un desafío a los puntos de vista prevalecientes que ciertos trastornos del neurodesarrollo son inherentemente patológicos y, en cambio, adoptan el modelo social de discapacidad, en el que las barreras sociales son el principal factor contribuyente que inhabilita a las personas”. (Wikipedia) En pocas palabras: Neurodiversity es el término de faro para que “los raros del mundo” se unen. Ahora, antes de que empiecen a llamar a la ciudad de Ogden para que se quejen de mi uso del término “raro”, escúchenme. Mi hijo Haiden recibió su diagnóstico de Trastorno del Espectro Autista cuando tenía casi cuatro años. En ese momento, asistió a un preescolar lleno de niños neurotípicos (también conocidos como “normales”), donde su desinterés en socializar lo diferenciaba de ellos. Estaba muy contento de sentarse solo en la esquina del patio de recreo, que es donde estaba un día cuando fui a buscarlo. Mientras pasaba por el gimnasio de la selva, un niño se desdibujó hacia mí: “¿Eres su mamá?” “Sí,” -le contesté. “Es raro,” dijo el muchacho expresado como si fuese un hecho. Las lágrimas me picaron los ojos y miré a Haiden para ver si había oído. Si lo hubiera hecho, no habría ninguna indicación. En ese momento, me di cuenta: esta no sería la última vez que alguien se refirió a él como extraño.Y sería imposible para mí estar con él cada momento de su vida y protegerlo de los insultos. Así que empecé a usar la palabra como un

término de cariño. “Haiden, eres mi pequeño bicho raro,” le decía en la oreja mientras lo metía a la cama en la noche. Después de decir o hacer algo increíblemente peculiar le diría: “Eres el bicho raro más genial. Me encanta.” E incluso hoy, casi 12 años después de ese fatídico día en el patio de recreo, uno de los mantras diarios de nuestra familia es: “Mantenlo raro, Haiden”. A principios de la primavera de 2018, vi que en diferentes ciudades de Utah había caminatas de “Conciencia del Autismo” planeadas para el 2 de abril, pero ninguna programada en Ogden. Con menos de cinco días de planificación, me puse en acción y creé un pequeño evento que atrajo a unas 20 personas a la esquina de 25 y Washington, donde teníamos letreros y caminamos alrededor de la manzana en el frío. Al año siguiente, celebramos “Awesome Autistic Ogden” en WSU, que acogió a 14 proveedores y más de 300 asistentes. El evento de 2020 tuvo que ser cancelado debido a la pandemia y los planes para 2021 incluyen regalos y un bombardeo mediático en la página de Facebook de AAO. Manténgase atento a los detalles. A lo largo de los años, mi deseo de proteger a mi hijo de la mezquindad se ha multiplicado por un sentido de urgencia que necesito mantenerlo a salvo del daño físico. Según un estudio de 2015 de la Fundación Ruderman, “las personas discapacitadas constituyen un tercio a la mitad de todas las personas asesinadas por agentes de la ley.” En septiembre, un niño autista de Utah de 13 años hizo noticia nacional cuando un oficial le disparó 11 veces. Once.

La diversidad es más que una palabra de moda. Crear un espacio seguro para nuestros seres queridos neurodiversos es más que un pasatiempo.

La diversidad es más que una palabra de moda. Crear un espacio seguro para nuestros seres queridos neuro diversos es más que un pasatiempo. Es una cuestión de vida o muerte. El cambio ocurre dentro de nuestra comunidad y tenemos el poder de impactar ese cambio. Empieza conmigo y tu. Mantenlo raro, Ogden. Manténgalo raro.

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Ogden Is Recycling BY MIKE MCBRIDE

Ogden City is excited to announce that curbside recycling services are being reinstated, effective immediately. Residents are highly encouraged to resume best practices while sorting recyclables into the blue can and disposing of general household refuse into the green can. On January 20th, the Ogden City Planning Commission granted an extension to Recycled Earth to come into compliance with its Conditional Use Permit (CUP). The extension requires Recycled Earth to maintain operations that are in accordance with the rules and regulations contained within the permit. This approval will allow Recycled Earth to once again receive and process recyclable material from Ogden City, which is in the best interest of the city and its residents.

“Recycling has always been a top priority for our administration, and we’re excited to bring that service back to our city,” said Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell. “We have heard input from many of our residents and whole-heartedly agree that offering this curbside recycling service is the responsible choice for our environment, and we hope to continue offering this service to residents for many years to come. We appreciate the communities’ patience as we worked through some difficult market-place and legal issues.” Residents are encouraged to sort their recyclable materials and may only place the following items in their blue cans: • Plastics #1 & #2 (water & soda bottles, milk jugs, laundry detergent, etc. Look for the 1 or 2 symbol) • Household (kitchen) steel and aluminum cans • Clean unwaxed cardboard • Clean Paper

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The following items are not acceptable: • No plastic bags, wrap, or film • No food waste or soiled products • No yard waste or grass • No clothes or shoes • No toys or oversized plastic items • No glass (use provided recycling bins at other locations) • No shredded paper • No needles or medical waste • No Styrofoam • No waxy or gloss paper items • No batteries • No containers with liquid • No diapers • No plastic-lined mail pouches General questions about recycling and what is allowed in the cans should be directed to Ogden City Public Services: 801-629-8271

#drivesafeogden Speeding Enforcement Ramping Up BY SERGEANT BRET CONNORS - OGDEN POLICE DEPARTMENT

Ogden Police are ramping up traffic enforcement and want to remind motorists to slow down. Speeding puts yourself and others at unnecessary risk and is one of the main causes of traffic- related fatalities in Ogden. Please slow down and do your part to keep our children and our community members safe. During this time of COVID, with kids in and out of school, the Ogden Police Department would also like to remind you to watch for crossing guards, school zones, and pedestrians throughout the city. The Ogden Police Traffic Division has increased traffic enforcement in some of our PLEASE WATCH main areas, such as Harrison Blvd, FOR CROSSING 12th Street, and Monroe Blvd. Please GUARDS, SCHOOL understand that when a crossing ZONES, AND guard steps from the curb and their PEDESTRIANS stop sign is up, both directions of THROUGHOUT travel must come to a complete THE CITY. stop. Where flashing yellow lights are present, there will be zero tolerance for speeds over 20 MPH, and we would urge people to travel under this speed during low light conditions, bad weather conditions, or anytime children are present. #drivesafeogden

Key Community Contacts MAYOR AND CHIEF ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER Mike Caldwell – Ogden City Mayor: 801-629-8111

Mark Johnson – Chief Administrative Officer: 801-629-8111


Ben Nadolski: 801-643-4593 Angela Choberka: 801-388-0031 Bart Blair: 801-388-1517 Richard Hyer: 801-782-2865 Luis Lopez: 801-686-5685 Doug Stephens: 801-393-9796 Marcia White: 801-829-1350

GENERAL & CITY SERVICES General Information: 801-629-8000 Arts & Events: 801-629-8718 Business Development: 801-629-8910 Business Licensing: 801-629-8687 Fire Department: 801-629-8069 Human Resources: 801-629-8730 Justice Court: 801-629-8560 Police Department: 801-629-8056 Public Services: 801-629-8337 Recreation: 801-629-8253 El Monte Golf: 801-629-0694

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Golden Hours: 801-629-8864 Lorin Farr Pool: 801-629-8186 Marshall White Center: 801-629-8346

The city's website has information on every department in the city.

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Union Station: 801-629-8680

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Marshall White Center Public Input Requested BY REGINA ESPARZA

The Marshall White Advisory Committee has been established with the purpose of guiding the future development and improvement of the Marshall White Center and are releasing a public input survey for the month of February. The survey is intended to receive public input on what changes the community would like to see at the center, including classes, programs, amenities, and the overall atmosphere. The survey is in English and Spanish. Physical copies can be picked up at the Marshall White Center or mailed to those who are not able to complete the online version. The newly formed Marshall White Advisory Committee hopes to reach at least 900

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Weber County residents who are willing to complete the survey. The survey is available February 1st through February 28th and can be found by visiting www.ogdencity. com/marshallwhitecentersurvey. The Marshall White Center was named after Detective Sergeant Marshall White. He was killed in the line of duty in 1963. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II and was in law enforcement for fifteen years. White had a passion for bringing new opportunities to Ogden’s youth and making sure there was somewhere for them to go. The center has helped serve people in the community from diverse backgrounds. Ron White, the son of Marshall White and the chair for the Advisory Committee, had this to say about the survey: “Help us to help Ogden City be most productive! I just want to thank all those who worked to bring the Marshall White Community Center Advisory Committee together

and thank the committee for their work to bring this survey to fruition. We need as many Ogden residents as possible to complete the survey to voice the services and programs they need to improve their futures.” The Marshall White Center and Ogden City has hired VCBO Architecture to help with the renovation and community outreach. “VCBO Architecture is so excited to be a part of the visioning for the Marshall N. White Community Center. Through this process, we are looking forward to exploring opportunities to improve the Marshall N. White Center and ensure it meets the needs of the community for generations to come,” said Whitney Ward, a representative of the company.  If you are interested in completing the survey, go to the links below or scan the QR code. If you, need the survey mailed to you call 801-6298346 and ask for Sabrina Lee.

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orld War II created an unique problem for the United States. The country had to deal with quartering, maintenance, and utilization of enemy prisoners of war as well as the lack of labor homeside to deal with the expanding military installations and agricultural needs. Ogden was in a position of needing cheap labor and having a military installation that could house prisoners of war. In 1943, the first prisoners of war arrived at Camp Ogden, built on the north end of the Defense Depot Ogden. The camp was constructed from November, 1942 to January 22, 1943, and consisted of a cold storage plant, warehouses, station hospital, compound number one, and an athletic field. Later, in 1943, camp headquarters, theaters, recreational hall, fire station, compound number two, and military and civilian housing were also built. The first group of 1,030 Italian prisoners arrived from New York on April 9, 1943, with more added throughout the year, until there were 4,657 prisoners interned. 

In 1943, the first prisoners of war arrived at Camp Ogden, including first Italians, and later, Germans. It was the only camp in the US to house both nationalities successfully.

The prisoners arrived and were given exams, processed, and then given supplies, such as clothing. The uniform was dyed dark blue and had P.W. painted on the back, arm sleeves, and pant legs. This was to make sure they were not mistaken for the American uniform. The prisoners were divided into 16 companies of 250 men each. The prisoners were allowed recreation and religious services. The recreational halls were used, and 1,300 could attend service at one time. The Italian prisoners maintained both a band and an orchestra. The band had twenty-eight musicians and gave concerts once a week with instruments donated by the Catholic Church. They also used the athletic fields to host weekly soccer matches between companies. With the county wide shortage of laborers, the prisoners were employed to work in warehouses at the depot, canning factories, and farms. Many of the men were employed and provided basic needs for the incoming prisoners, such as dyeing uniforms, fixing shoes, and tailoring clothes. The workers repaired over 4,000 pairs of trousers, 700 jackets, 550 shirts, and 200 mattresses in just under a year. There was a camp garden that provided produce, not only for the prisoners, but which was also sent to Bushnell Hospital and Hill Field. 14 ogdenconnection.com | February-April 2021

 The Italian prisoners had both a band and orchestra and gave concerts once a week with instruments donated by the Catholic Church.

During the harvest season, the garden yielded over $10,000 worth of produce. Once Italy surrendered in September 1943, the Italian prisoners were organized into Italian Service Units. They were still considered prisoners of war but had increased freedoms. They were allowed visitors in camp and could attend church, picnics, museums, and other places of interest when accompanied by American officers. This led to an increase of fraternization between the Italian men and American women who both worked at the depot and attended events such as dances at St. Joseph’s church.  With the positive experience housing Italian prisoners, Camp Ogden also became home to German prisoners as well. It was the only camp in the United States that utilized both at the same time. There was a need for additional manpower as the Italian Service Units were moved to other occupations at the depot. The first Germans arrived in 1944, with a total of 2950 coming over the next year. The prisoners continued to work as well as receive training in the English language and onthe-job training such as fork-lift operations. The camp remained open until 1946, when all the prisoners were shipped out to the east coast for their return home. Over the years, many Italians returned to Ogden and made a life in Utah. There were also some Germans who came back and had had fond memories of being treated well and the beauty of the area.


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

Slade Morse

Sonya Kryzhanovsky

Ogden High School

Ogden High School

Slade Morse is a Senior at Ogden High School. During his time as a Tiger, Slade has achieved a GPA of 3.63 and participates in the JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp), where he has learned valuable leadership skills.  Slade’s dedication to the JROTC program has allowed him to develop many skills and learn how to apply them within his community. 

Sonya Kryzhanovsky is a vibrant, caring student who lives her life to the fullest. She takes challenging classes and excels in them. She has a natural curiosity to learn and achieve, both academically and personally.  Her favorite class is ceramics because she enjoys making things, being creative, and watching something take shape on the wheel. She carries that creativity over into her ProStart class as she learns new techniques and recipes to cook.  Sonya is a part of Imagine Ballet Theatre and recently danced in the Nutcracker as Clara and Sugarplum. 

These skills have given Slade the opportunity to develop his personal and community pride. His plan after graduation is to attend college and get his degree.

She lives a disciplined life where she excels in about anything she does.  She hopes to go onto professional ballet in the future.  As a companion to that, she plans to pursue a physical therapy degree to support other ballet artists.  

"Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education." -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

THANK YOU TO THIS MONTH'S SPONSOR Students of the Month get a $25 gift card from Bank of Utah!

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February-April Events LIBRARY EVENTS Feb 23: Book Discussion & Meet the Author: Tope Folarin A Particular Kind of Black Man by Tope Folarin @ Main Library 7 p.m. | Register: 801-337-2632 Meet author Tope Folarin, a Rhodes Scholar and winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing, during the discussion of his stunning debut novel about an immigrant family living in Ogden, Utah and their uncomfortable assimilation to American life. Tunde, the son of Nigerian-born parents, searches for connection through a poignant exploration of the meaning of memory, manhood, home, and identity as seen through the eyes of a first-generation African American. This program will be held via Zoom. Limited free copies of the book will be available; ask your librarian how to sign up or register online: www.weberpl.lib.ut.us/discover/grownups-corner/

Feb 1 - 28: Bookmarks. Ages 5-18. Visit the Library during February to create your own bookmark to give as a gift or keep for yourself. All supplies provided. Feb 1: Craft at Home: Paper Flower Bouquet. Video Available at 1 p.m. Paper flowers can brighten up any room, any time of the year. Give them as gifts or keep them all to yourself. This month’s video will show you a few ways to make a variety of blossoms to match your style. The instructional video can be found at: https://vimeo.com/showcase/wclcrafting Feb 17: Art at Home: Acrylic Paint Basics. Video Available at 1 p.m. Learn the basics of acrylic paint as a medium, and learn how you can get started with it. The instructional video can be found at: https://vimeo.com/showcase/ wclartathome Zoom Programs Wednesdays and Thursdays: Dungeons & Dragons Ages 12-18. 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Register: 801-337-2660

Feb 9: Continuous Line Drawing ages 16 and older 1 p.m. Learn the basics about drawing, painting, and creating. Explore an emerging art technique that uses one continuous line to capture the essence of

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the subject. This program will be held via Zoom; a computer and an email address are required. Register at (801)337-2691

texture for a historical work-in-progress, you’ll find so much to explore in Utah’s best online archives.

Feb 9: Teen Thing: Harry Potter Trivia ages 12-18 @ 7 p.m. Register (801)337-2639 Calling all witches and wizards! Put your smarts to the test and join us for a night of Kahoot Harry Potter trivia. A computer and an email address are required.

Feb 25: Ogden Memories 1 p.m. Register (801) 337-2691 All ages. Are you interested in local history? Do you have fun memories of bygone days in Ogden? Attend this Zoom meet-up to swap and share stories of Ogden’s fabulous history.

Feb 10: 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. Feb 11: Archives for Writers @ 1 p.m. Register (801) 337-2691 Ages 18 and older. Local history archives are a treasure trove for writers. Whether you’re looking for the seed of a new story or extra texture for a historical work-in-progress, you’ll find so much to explore in Utah’s best online archives. Feb 25: Ogden Memories 1 p.m. Register (801) 337-2691 All ages. Are you interested in local history? Do you have fun memories of bygone days in Ogden? Attend this Zoom meet-up to swap and share stories of Ogden’s fabulous history. Cuentos en Español Un programa en español con historias y canciones para toda la familia. Novel Teen BookTalks Get reading recommendations just for teens from Weber County Library staff. Silly Storytime Weekly video program with stories and songs for preschool children. STEAM Stream Explore STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) concepts. Storytime for Littles Weekly video program with stories and songs for babies, toddlers and their caregivers. Feb 11: Archives for Writers @ 1 p.m. Register (801) 337-2691 Ages 18 and older. Local history archives are a treasure trove for writers. Whether you’re looking for the seed of a new story or extra

FUN THINGS TO DO Stay connected with the Ogden Nature Center Virtually. On their Facebook page, they post their Wild Wednesdays discussions. Wednesdays: Country Dancing @ The Union Station 8:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. Lessons 9 p.m. - 11:30 p.m. Open Dance Floor. Cost $4 before 9 p.m. or $5 after The Weber County Ice Sheet has Open Skate by reservation only Mon - Thurs and Sat 12 p.m. - 2 p.m. Tues, Wed 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. & Saturday 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Call (801) 778-6360 to make a reservation.


Feb 3, 10, 17, 24: Winter Time Only’s @ Golden Spike Arena 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Feb 6: Wasatch Audubon - Ponds Field Trip @ 8 a.m Meet at large parking lot by Wendy’s in Roy 1900 W 5600 S at 8:00 am. We will visit the following ponds: Meadows, Clinton, Jensen, the resting pond at Farmington Bay and Kaysville Ponds. Bring lunch. Dan Johnston (801) 645-8633| Intro to Backcountry Touring @ 238 25th street Ogden 6:30 p.m.This program is designed to introduce you to the basic concepts of ski touring from how to use your skins, appropriate skin track, kick turns, and avalanche awareness. Pre-registration required www.weber.edu/outdoor/intro_backcountry_touring.html | Chariot Races @ Golden Spike Event Center 12 p.m.

Feb 10: Jazz at the Station @ The Ogden Union Station 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free! Feb 15: Presidents Day Camp @ My Gym Children’s Fitness Center 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Kids will enjoy non-stop action playing the all-time favorite My Gym games, relays, obstacle courses, gymnastics, etc. Feb 19 - 27: Freaky Friday @ The Ziegfeld Theater. Visit nowplayingutah.com for show times Feb 26: Bully Dog Show @ Golden Spike Event Center 6 p.m - 10 p.m. American Bull dog show


Mar 1 - 12: Freaky Friday @ The Ziegfeld Theater. Visit nowplayingutah.com for show times Mar 5 - 27: Women: The Creative Edge Exhibit @The Eccles Art Center Mar 12 - 13: Utah Fancy Spring Poultry Show @ Golden Spike Event Center 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Mar 13: Celtic Celebration @ Perry’s Egyptian Theater 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. Mar 19: Ogden City Arts Grants Deadline @ 4 p.m. Weekly from Mar 2 - Apr 6: Nature Writing for Tweens @ Ogden Nature Center. Join ONC naturalist and former journalist Susan Snyder for this nature writing club for students ages 11-14. Young writers will learn about descriptive, persuasive, narrative, and expository writing styles using nature as the subject. We’ll also explore poetry and limericks. Composition book provided. Face masks required. Register by 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. Mar 15 - 20: Bird House Competition and Exhibit. Entries Due Mar 19 - 20: RMPRA Winter Series Rodeo @ Golden Spike Event Center 7:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.


Apr 4: Easter Apr 8: Annual Bed Design, Ogden @ USU

Extension Weber County Office 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. visit Eventbrite for details How is that Robin Red? Why and How Birds are Different Colors:Join Ogden Nature Center Teacher-Naturalist Susan Snyder for this fun foray into how and why birds’ feathers are certain colors. What you see is not always what is actually there! Registration deadline 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8. To register call, 801-621-7595. Zoom link will be sent out the afternoon of the event Apr 20: Worms are friends: Vermiposting at Home @ Ogden Nature Center & Zoom 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Sarah Lambson will show you how worms can help you turn table scraps into valuable compost. This session comes with a kit containing the supplies needed for creating your own compost bin including worms! Cost: $40/ members and $45 nonmembers. Register by Thursday, April 8, 801-621-7595. Pick up kits April 18-19.

$3/members and $5/ nonmembers. Register by Monday, April 26, 801-621-7595. Apr 28: Mamma Mia (the movie) @ Perry’s Egyptian Theater 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

CITY EVENTS The Ogden City Council regularly meets on the first, third, and fourth Tuesdays of each month at 6 p.m. Follow Ogden City Council on Facebook for info on joining the virtual meetings, agendas, meeting recaps, and other relevant information.

SCHOOL DISTRICT Feb 15: Presidents Day - No School Feb 22 - 25: Virtual Science Fair 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Feb 24 - 25: Elementary Parent Teacher Conference Mar 9: ACT Testing Day Mar 24: High School Parent Teacher Conference Mar 25: Jr High School Parent Teacher Conference Apr 5 - 9: Spring Break - No School

Apr 22: Attracting Butterflies & Birds to your yard @ Ogden Nature Center & Zoom 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Join Marjorie Ross of Willard Bay Gardens for tips and tricks to planting water-wise landscaping that helps you attract birds and butterflies to your yard. Comes with seeds to get you started. Cost $18/members, and $22 nonmembers. Register by April 19, 801621-7595. Pick up seed kits at Ogden Nature Center during business hours April 20-21. Apr 23 - 25: ElkShape Camp @ Weber County Archery Range Apr 24: Miss Rodeo Ogden @ Golden Spike Event Center 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Apr 27: Backyard Cluckers: Raising Urban Chickens @ Zoom 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Ogden Nature Center Education Director and backyard chicken wrangler Stefanie Zwygart shows you how to start and keep your own backyard chicken flock. Cost:

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Recipients of the

2021 Mayor's Awards in the Arts Arts Advocacy

Jake McIntire Unon Creative Agency

Arts in Education

Weber State University Arts Learning Collaborative

Emerging Artist August Akada

Folk Art

Project Success Coalition

Lifetime Contribution Brad Wheeler

Literary Arts Laura Stott

Mayor’s Awards in the Arts – A new way to celebrate. WRITTEN BY LORIE BUCKLEY CO-AUTHORED BY DEREK WILLIAMSON


ach year, Ogden City hosts an event to celebrate achieving artists at the Mayor’s Awards in the Arts. A tradition which, according to records, began as early as 2001, inspired by the Mayor’s Awards in Humanities. Artists are nominated by the public in different artistic and creative disciplines and voted on by the Ogden City Arts Advisory Committee. Of course, this event did not take place, due to the ongoing pandemic. But art did not disappear because people stayed home. In fact, it flourished in new ways. In 2001, gas was only $1.46, and a stamp was .34 cents. Apple had just released the first generation of the iPod, and Wikipedia made its debut online. In Italy, the Leaning Tower of Pisa reopened after being closed for 11 years of repairs. In Ogden, the kinetic sculpture in the Ogden Mall, “High Ball” by George Rhoads, dazzled shoppers. The Skateboard Sculpture by Lorrin Farr Park and the Ogden Amphitheater were being installed, and our community was preparing for the 2002 Winter Olympics. A lot has changed since then. Gas, stamps, and virtually everything is more expensive.

The Ogden Mall was demolished and replaced by the Junction, with new Public Art installations (see River of Light by Leonard Grassli and Glide, Soar, Fly by Jonnie Hartman). The Skateboard sculpture and the Ogden Amphitheater still stand, though public gathering at events has altogether halted, as has travel to Italy (and everywhere) to visit the architectural wonders, iconic paintings, and sculptures. In twenty years, Ogden has erected and retired hundreds of new art projects, performances, and installations. Even though we are amid a global pandemic, the Ogden community has shown their courage by helping each other, supporting local, and are doing their best to get through these trying times. And despite it all, the creativity has not disappeared. Countless artists, creatives, and makers have built, imagined, performed, and adapted. Today, we honor nine of them. So, without further ado, please meet the 2020 Mayor’s Awards in the Arts Honorees, all of whom have provided immeasurable benefits to our community!

Media Arts

Daniel Matthews

This event did not take place due to the ongoing pandemic. But art did not disappear

Performing Arts

because people stayed home. In fact, it

Joesph Blake

flourished in new ways.

Visual Arts Lydia Gravis

*If you would like more information on the Mayor’s Awards program or want to nominate a local creative or arts-based organization to be honored in 2021, be sure to visit ogdencity.com/mayorsawards.

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Visual Arts – Lydia Gravis “A drawing inspired by the world doesn’t have to resemble it,” says Lydia Gravis, explaining the complexities of her art styles. “This realization seems liberating, and the responsive marks begin forming a new language to communicate with a universe in which I feel absolute smallness, yet undeniable belonging.” Gravis and her work have made their mark in Ogden City. Lydia Gravis was born in 1981 in Spokane, Washington.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Painting and Drawing from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C. in 2003, and her Master of Fine Arts in Visual Art from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University in 2013.  Gravis has had solo exhibitions at the Northern Arizona University Museum of Art, Nox Contemporary gallery in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake Community College, and Carper Contemporary at the Argo House in Ogden. She’s shown in numerous group and juried exhibitions in the United States and has been awarded an artist residency for July 2021 at the Fremantle Art Center in Fremantle, Western Australia. Gravis works as Gallery Director and Curator of the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery within the Department of Visual Art and Design at Weber State University since 2014, and lives and works in Ogden, Utah, with her husband and two young children. Visit her website, Lydiagravis.com, for photographs and information about her work.

Arts in Education – Weber State University Arts Learning Collaborative

The WSU Arts Learning Collaborative is being honored in the category of Arts in Education. The Collaborative provides yearround professional learning opportunities in arts integration for K-12 teachers, instructional coaches, arts specialists, and WSU students. The WSU Arts Learning Collaborative leadership includes Director Tamara Goldbogen, Program Coordinator Kelly Bruce Glynn, and Program Assistant Erinne Garfield Roundy. Since its inception, the Collaborative not only supports arts education in the elementary and high education sector, but also actively participates, organizes, and funds community art programs throughout Ogden City. Their most notable events include an annual Arts Integration Conference supporting over 150 local teachers, ArtsBridge Community Project, and Arts Internships that support increased art education experiences for K-6 students in the Ogden area. Through advocacy, research, partnerships, and professional development, the Arts Learning Collaborative provides resources and support for arts education throughout Utah. Receiving the award is Tamara Goldbogen, the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair for Arts Learning, and director of the award-winning Arts Learning Collaborative. Tamara teaches in the College of Arts & Humanities, the College of Education, and the Honors Program. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Drama and Theatre for Youth from the University of Texas at Austin. Be sure to check out the ArtsBridge Community Project “Utah Birds & Ecosystems” installed in 2020 at the Ogden Nature Center.

Arts Advocacy- Jake McIntire/Union Creative Agency

Putting an Ogden touch on things is essential; that is why McIntire works closely with residents to guide progress and build community. Jake McIntire and his brainchild, Union Creative Agency, is being honored in the category of Arts Advocacy for the 2020 Mayor’s Awards in the Arts. Union Creative Agency is a stakeholdercentered design consultancy based in the Nine Rails Creative District. Through their work in artsbased community development and cultural-planning, they infuse creativity, culture, and strategy into communities and organizations statewide. Under the direction of McIntire, Union Creative Agency is among the most experienced cultural-planning organizations in the State of Utah with extensive experience and roots in Ogden. McIntire has been instrumental in the development and creation of Ogden’s Master Plan for Arts and Culture, the Nine Rails Creative District’s Master Plan, and he is currently working with city and community stakeholders on the new Dumke Arts Plaza. Receiving the award is founder Jake McIntire. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in Collaborative Design from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts with Honors in Intermedia Sculpture from the University of Utah. Jake returned home in 2015 and has been working over the past five years to grow the local arts sector by working with local artists, government leaders, and community partners to ensure the arts are seen as a vital part of Ogden’s cultural and economic identity.

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Folk Art- Project Success Coalition “Keeping hope alive is our motto, and we continue our strong commitment toward inspiring and supporting the dreams of youth and families in the greater Ogden area.” This is the motto for Project Success Coalition, who is being honored in the category of Folk Arts for the 2020 Mayor’s Awards in the Arts. Project Success Coalition has proudly served Utah since 1989, providing after-school and summer academic programs, cultural arts and awareness, health prevention education and advocacy, and community and economic development. Receiving the award on behalf of the organization is co-founder and director Betty Sawyer. Through her work with Project Success, Betty coordinates the Statewide Juneteenth, Black Independence Day, Festival, and Holiday commemorations, now in its 31st year as a statewide celebration. Juneteenth, held each year on or near June 19th, honors the oldest celebration marking the end of slavery in the United States. The event occurs over several days and is replete with live performances, great food, activities, and resource information.

Literary Arts – Laura Stott

“Beneath all our feet, beneath arms waving, cheers and screams, the water opens wide, down there, a whale’s massive tail disappears into the blue, its eye blinks, its body rolls,” an excerpt from Laura Scott, Beneath. Laura Stott is being honored for her contributions in Literary Arts for the 2020 Mayor’s Awards in the Arts. Stott is the author of two collections of poetry, Blue Nude Migration (Lynx House Press, 2020) and In the Museum of Coming and Going (New Issues Poetry & Prose, 2014). Her poems can be found or are forthcoming in various journals and magazines, including Barrow Street, Sugar House Review, and MidAmerican Review as a James Wright Poetry Award finalist. Scott holds an M.F.A. from Eastern Washington University. She currently teaches creative writing and poetry at Weber State University, where she is also the faculty sponsor for the English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta, whose primary mission is fostering literacy and the language arts in the community. Scott has served on the Weber Book Links Utah Humanities Book Festival committee in recent years, helping plan book festival events locally, including Poetry and Gardening and a Field Work: Poetry and Science event featuring former Utah Poet Laureate, Katharine Coles, and our local Deseret Hive Supply, merging the worlds of poetry and the science of bees. Scott has also helped forge community connections and events for the Lindquist College of Arts and Humanities Hurst Artist in Residence Program. She loves working in the garden, obsessing over her dahlias, being outdoors, and impromptu dance parties with her family. 20 ogdenconnection.com | February-April 2021

Lifetime Contribution – Brad Wheeler

“If you play a harmonica and study archeology, you might be an old soul.” A longtime friend of the late Joe McQueen is being honored in the Lifetime Achievement category of the 2020 Mayor’s Awards in the Arts. Brad Wheeler, a musician and radio personality, has been performing on stage and the airwaves, as well as hosting and storytelling, since he started playing the harmonica at age 19. Wheeler, a WSU graduate with an emphasis in Archeology, Anthropology, and Art, was born in Lakenheath, England. He spent the first few years of his life in Hawaii before arriving in Utah at the age of eight. Wheeler attended Ogden’s St. Joseph Catholic School and had a vantage point of historic (and historically “notorious”) 25th Street where “after class, he used to watch people at a distance spill out of the Kokomo Club like little ants.” Wheeler entered the music scene through his harmonica. As he formed friendships with Ogden City’s deep musical strata, he became a converser in its history. Wheeler is passionate about music, and he reveres its past. He respects every aspect of how Utah and music converged to the present moment. He can speak confidently in almost any musical language, the one exception being jazz; he does not read or write music, but he has an ear for it. Even his preferred genre is so steeped in American history, it can’t help but be held in the deepest of reverence: blues. “The harmonica is this weird instrument. The fact that I chose the harmonica meant I wasn’t going to hang out with young people. I had to hang out with older people, people who wanted to talk about paying their dues. I guess the anthropology background was a factor too,” Wheeler shares. The musician, often referred to as “Bad” Brad Wheeler, has shared the stage and long relationships with many Ogden legends, including Joe McQueen and Roby Kap. Thanks to his high-profile position in the scene, his ambassadorship meant he got to share his passion for Ogden. “I see a lot of traveling musicians that fall in love with the geography here and fall in love with the people here,” Wheeler shared. When asked about how he felt about his award, Wheeler said the following: “I know I have already used the word humble to describe this acknowledgment, but to think of how many talented, talented people there are from Ogden, and to be given this designation, kind of makes a person speechless. I have always been very, very proud to be from Ogden, to receive this honor makes it deeper. I want to quote my late 100-year-old Grandmother; she used to have a saying she would tell me growing up ........ “love is reflected in love. “ I have to say…I love you, Ogden. Thank you so much for making me feel loved and connected.”

Emerging Artist-

Media Arts –

August Akada

Daniel Matthews

Augustine has always enjoyed music. As a young boy, he and his brothers were always singing and writing new lyrics; a tradition he has continued with his own children.

“We are the unofficial magazine of the Ogden community. We are steered purely on our love for the city we live in and the community we are representing.”

Augustine Eden Akada, being honored as the Emerging Artist, is a local musician with a passion for learning who resides in Ogden with his wife and three boys. Known as Awegust the Great, Akada performs on countless stages and for many different charity events. Awegust the Great’s music has a special focus on uplifting others and an array of topics, including educating people on social justice and about disparities that are a reality in the world we live in today. When he performs, he does not just perform his music; he makes sure everyone in the audience has an entertaining and educational experience. Something he likes to refer to as Edutainment. He uses his musical gifts to inspire youth in schools and detention centers, as well as recovering addicts, giving them hope that their shortcomings in life do not define them.

Daniel Matthews is being honored in the category of Media Arts. Matthews serves as Editor in Chief for the Indie Ogden Magazine seen on local newsstands around town. Dedication, a passion for storytelling, and sheer stubbornness aids to keep this magazine circulating, according to Matthews. Matthews stated, “Our goal is to shine a light on members and groups within our community that make a positive impact on the place we call home. In my opinion, we best represent Media Arts by being fiercely independent and marching to our own drumline. With our connections to the Ogden community, we can draw on stories and inspirations directly from them.” Matthews was born and raised in Ogden. When he had the opportunity to move back a few years ago, he jumped on it. Matthews now enjoys calling Ogden home, where he lives with his partner Lauren and their daughter Vivian.

Performing Arts – Joseph Blake

The bell in the lobby rings and a rush of excitement enters your spine. You stagger with everyone toward the door and are handed a paper program. As you take your seat, the lights begin to fade, the program rolled in your hand. The lights go out; in the darkness, everything is still. It begins. Joseph Blake, being honored for Performing Arts, is a performer, choreographer, and educator. Joseph “Jo” Blake earned his M.F.A. from the University of Washington (2017) and BFA from the University of Utah (2003). As a member of the RirieWoodbury Dance Company (2003-2013), he taught and performed internationally, dancing in works by such artists as Alwin Nikolais, Doug Varone, Wayne McGregor, Carolyn Carlson, Bill T. Jones, Susan Marshall, Charlotte-Boye-Christensen, along with many other influential dance makers.

Blake’s interest in educational theory, community-based engagement, and social justice has led him to work with community outreach projects such as Yoga Behind Bars and Mark Morris’s Dance for Parkinson’s Disease. From 2017-2018, Blake spent eight months traveling the world, immersing himself in culture on UW Bonderman Travel Fellowship, providing inter-/ intra-personal research benefitting his mission of equity and inclusivity in the arts, as well as education. He is the director of joBdance., a conceptual site-specific multidisciplinary dance company. The company’s premiere (dis) connect 2019, with an evening-length duet that included a livefeed interface and multi-screen video projections. He continues to create, produce, and perform in project-based productions throughout the country. Blake is thrilled to be starting his second year with the Weber State University Department of Performing Arts. Previously, he was an adjunct professor/part-time lecturer at Utah Valley University, University of Washington, and Western Washington University.

We are so lucky here in Ogden. We have an active and strong creative community that makes this place very special – a hub of artistic energy that all can enjoy. We are thrilled that the Mayor’s Awards in the Arts program exists to shine the light of recognition on our local creatives and arts-based organizations. Over time, this place will grow and change. Soon, the creativity in this community will rival that of ancient Italy. And in another 20 years, art lovers and historians will visit our mountainside town in awe. Until then, the Ogden Community looks forward to more poems, paintings, performances, designs, lessons, stories, concerts, installations, and celebrations. February-April 2021 | ogdenconnection.com 21

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Rocky Mountain Dermatology has grown into one of the largest independent dermatology practices in Utah, and there are some great things about being an independent practice. They handle all of their own billing, scheduling, and medical questions. For you as a patient, that means that if you ever have a question, you’ll be calling the same office you were treated in. Their team members become your advocates if you have any issues with your insurance or if there are details that need to be worked out with your local pharmacy. At Rocky Mountain Dermatology, they focus on your whole experience, and they want it to go smoothly and conveniently, all the way from scheduling to receiving treatment, to great service afterward. Brian Howe says, “Our goal is to be big enough to have everything you need, but small enough that we still care about each individual patient.”

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FROM THE PUBLISHER 2020 was simultaneously an eventful and equally uneventful year. It seemed like we all stayed home and watched while the world around us was in chaos, and most of us are probably glad it is now in the rearview mirror. At Connection Publishing, 2020 was equally rewarding and challenging. We saw dear friends struggle and some even close their businesses, while others thrived and couldn’t keep inventory in place. We sincerely hope each of you continue to make the effort to shop local and support local. We are proud to be a publication where local businesses and brands are able to make themselves better known to you, our readers. As you turn the pages of these magazines each month, we hope you will choose to support our advertisers as they make this magazine possible. 2020 also marks the year that we started a new tradition for the magazine with our Favorites Readers’ Poll. Thank you to all of you who voted and made your voice heard. We wanted to hear what your favorite businesses and services in the community were this past year, and you answered the call; this special results issue is the product of your votes. One of the challenges of a Readers’ Choice Poll is finding a balance between having too many categories and not covering something important to the community. If you see something we missed, please let us know, and we can add it next year. That being said, one readers’ poll we researched before we launched our own had over 250 categories with some odd ones like “best public bathroom,” which is nice if you are in a bind with a newly potty-trained two-year-old, but maybe not something everyone would vote on. We made our initial list and then narrowed it down as best we could to have as much impact as possible. After the votes were tallied, we even knocked a few more off the list because they didn’t get enough overall votes. We also made sure to Google every business to ensure we found the correct company and spelling. With fill-in-the-blank voting like we had, it can sometimes be difficult to know for sure what someone is referring to when they might have it spelled incorrectly. We think we found everyone, though, and the results are listed in this special section. Each category you will see in the following pages is listed with 1st-place winners and runners up, with winners listed in bold and runners up listed below. In some cases, there was even a tie. It is a great accomplishment to make it on the list. People voted their mind anonymously and had to type in the name of the business for it to receive a vote. We would like to extend a congratulations to everyone on the list. Well done for being a business that your customers are willing to vote for. Keep up the good work, and we look forward to seeing you in next year’s Favorites Poll.

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Food & Drink

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Health Hobbies & Leisure


Home & Garden


Jobs & Education Pets & Animals Shopping

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Movie Theater

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Credit Union/ Bank

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Real Estate Brokerage

1. Ashley Wolthuis - RE/MAX Associates Realty One - Delaney Stephens Skyline Realty (Two Brothers) Dustin Peterson

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Timbermine Steakhouse LongHorn Steakhouse

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Javier’s Mexican Food Wimpy and Fritz inside The Yes Hell/ Bar


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1. McDonald's

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1. Olive Garden

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Sizzler Pizza Pie Cafe

Ice Cream/ Frozen Treat 1. Farr Better Ice Cream Baskin-Robbins Cannery Creamery Menchie's Frozen Yogurt


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Italian 1. Olive Garden

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Asian/ Sushi

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HEALTH Pharmacy 1. Smith's Food and Drug Wasatch Pharmacy Care Walmart


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Sewing/Fabric/Craft/Art 1. My Heritage Fabrics Bennion Crafts and Frame Needlepoint Joint

Sports/Hunting/Fishing Store 1. GEAR:30

Bike Shop 1. Bingham Cyclery

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Credible Cleaners

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Carpet and Flooring 1. Cotton & Timber

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Garage Door Repair

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Roofing Company

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Preschool 1. Providence Montessori Academy

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Charter School

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and investment services. Bank employees own 10 percent of the business, while the remainder has stayed primarily with the Browning family. Board of Directors Vice Chairman, Ben Browning, speaks highly of the bank’s philosophy on community: “We work to strengthen the communities we serve, for our customers and our employees, so they have a great place to live and work,” he says. “When our communities thrive, the bank thrives.” As a community bank, Bank of Utah is dedicated to helping nonprofits and community organizations. Many bank employees volunteer in local organizations. In Weber County, they currently work with United Way, Ogden School Foundation, Weber Human Services, Weber County Search and Rescue, Crossroads of the West Boy Scouts, YCC, Historic 25th Street Foundation, Children’s Justice Center, Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army, Ogden-Weber Chamber, St. Joseph Catholic Schools, Youth Impact, Ogden Housing Authority, Greenwood Charter School, Family Promise, and Cottages of Hope. Bank of Utah’s strong commitment to the community shows. In our readers’ poll, Bank of Utah was voted “Favorite Bank.”

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The Benefits of a Career in Business Business and business-related specialties such as finance, accounting, and business administration are some of the most popular fields of study at colleges and universities today. It’s no wonder ... business graduates are in high demand because business touches on pretty much every aspect of our modern society. According to one study, eight of the 10 top majors in demand by employers at the Bachelor’s degree level fall in the business category.1 You might say business makes the world go ‘round. Let’s take a closer look at this and other benefits of a business career.

1. HIGH DEMAND. As mentioned above, those with a business background have more job security than other majors because they are needed in just about every industry out there. There is an endless number of career opportunities available to those with a solid business education. Small businesses, international corporations, nonprofits, institutions––they all need business expertise to function and prosper.2

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3. MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO SPECIALIZE. As you can see, a degree in business prepares you for a variety of business-related career avenues. As such, it offers more opportunities for specialization than most other fields. If you want to pick a major but are not 100% sure what you want to do the rest of your life, business is a great pick, because down the road you can try out an area and if you enjoy it, you can specialize in it.2

4. EXPERTISE TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS. Do you have a passion or hobby you would like to turn into a business? Your business background gives you the expertise you may need to get your business off the ground. You gain the ability to think critically, problem solve, and manage your time, among other things.3 Want to become your own boss? A business degree can help to make that dream a reality. If being in a high-demand field that offers job versatility appeals to you, then a business degree may be the right career choice. Independence University is conveniently located in the Ogden area and offers business degrees in Business Administration with emphases in Human Resources, Marketing, and Technology. We offer a flexible, BlendEd format that combines in-class and online learning. Plus, you can earn your Bachelor’s degree in just 36 months! Classes start monthly. Call 801-284-3216 to learn more. Sources: 1 www.naceweb.org/job-market/trends-and-predictions/business-majorsdominate-list-of-top-majors-in-demand/ 2 www.thoughtco.com/reasons-to-become-a-business-major-467074 3 www.businessstudent.com/topics/11-awesome-reasons-why-you-shouldstudy-business/


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Ogden Art Economics


Ogden is among a select few cities in the nation that have a Master Plan for Arts and Culture. This plan provides a framework and road map designed to move the arts forward as a key element in enhancing quality of life, promoting economic development, enhancing education, and celebrating our community. Ogden is one of the top arts communities in the entire state of Utah and is celebrated for its contributions to the lives of its residents. Shane Osguthorpe says, “Art simultaneously reflects our diversity and builds our unity. The point of art isn’t to make everyone feel the same thing, but simply to feel something… and in a community as wildly eclectic and diverse as Ogden, art is absolutely essential.” This vision and the Master Plan are what guide the city’s efforts to promote art and cultural programs. The benefits of a strong arts and culture focus are manifold; however, one of the strongest indicators is that communities like ours, which place dedicated focus on developing a strong arts and culture community, thrive economically. In many cities across the country, where manufacturing jobs have dwindled, creative industry jobs have filled the void and become a massive economic contributor. Ogden is unique because we actually have a growing manufacturing sector and a thriving arts community, both of which are creating jobs and economic growth. What jobs come from the arts?

Here is a list of some of the most prominent jobs: • Advertising • Planning design • Architecture • Fashion • App development • Film • Craft and artisan • Museums • Creative sector • Music research and • Performing arts development • Photography • Culinary arts • Publishing • Education tech • Software • 3D printing • Toys and games • Digital design • TV & radio • Graphic design • Video games • Industrial design • Production design (creativestartups.org/creative-economy) 48 ogdenconnection.com | February-April 2021

The Dumke Art Plaza is going to break ground February 26 at 12pm. This plaza is located on the southwest corner of 25th Street and Ogden Avenue, directly east of the Ben Lomond Hotel. Attend virtually: facebook.com/ogdencityarts

The US economy is projected to add 10 million more creative sector jobs over the next decade. Building a vibrant arts and culture community in Ogden provides opportunities for increasing creative sector jobs as part of the city’s economic development initiatives and places Ogden at the forefront of this boom. It is not only the creative sector that will benefit. Richard Florida has released studies on how arts and culture benefit communities, and one of his biggest findings is that, in order for communities to thrive, they must attract and retain talented workers in all sectors. These selective people are somewhat picky with where they live. They prefer cities that have high levels of technology, talent, and tolerance. Ogden has a unique ability to be a leader in Utah for all three of those necessary attributes. Support for the arts comes from you, the community members. We hope you will not only support arts and culture but consider how you can contribute. Art has a way of connecting us all, and it defines our culture. As one anonymous Ogdenite said, “A city without art or culture is a city without a heartbeat.”



The Artist and Teacher This Ben Lomond High School teacher has a deep well of knowledge and enthusiasm for teaching ceramics and sculpture. He loves creating functional artwork.



ogan Iverson’s dream job early on was to be an artist.

He imagined he would create 2D art and draw or paint, but his heart was won over the first day he stepped into his 10th-grade ceramics class. He has since built his career around that passion. Stephen Boehme was his teacher at Viewmont High school in Bountiful. Logan said working with the material is awesome, but being in a room with a talented individual that pushes your limits really makes a big impact. Mr. Boehme’s positive attitude made the students want to be there. Today, Logan is the ceramics teacher at Ben Lomond High school and also offers classes in his home studio to adults and children. “A lot of my teaching practices, demeanor, and classroom practices were inspired by my own experiences with him,” said Logan. Logan received the sterling scholar scholarship for a full tuition education at the University of Utah. He attended there and graduated with his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree with a cross emphasis between sculpture and ceramics. He learned many different techniques in ceramics classes. In his sculpture classes, he experienced working with wood, metal, bronze, mixed media, wire sculpture, and resin casting, which really grabbed his attention. Throughout his time at the U, he worked at UPS and graduated debt-free. When he graduated, he intended to pursue resin casting to build a business in trophy making. At that same time, UPS offered him a more-than-full-time position in Ogden. He chose the UPS opportunity and studied to get his master’s degree from Weber State at the same time. He worked one class into his schedule each week for 6 years and again, graduated debt-free. He started teaching in 2016 and opened his home studio in 2019. To back up to his early years, Logan really took advantage of the opportunities that fed his passion. He worked at his high school as a custodian in the summers, which gave him access to the ceramics studio. The head custodian there was the same head custodian at his elementary school and Jr. High. “He almost followed my class through the school district.” He let

Logan work in the ceramics studio at the school until late in the evening and the custodians would come get him when they were ready to shut the school down. “I would sculpt for roughly 12-14 hours per day. I was super spoiled.” By his senior year of high school, he only needed two more English classes, so he spent the rest of his time in ceramics classes. He enrolled in the AP Drawing and Painting class and AP Ceramics class and passed the final exams with fives, the highest score you can receive. His sculpture he entered for the 3d life-size figure sculpture was on the poster for the AP National poster for the following school year. Portrait work was another artistic avenue that gave him experience. When he was in grade school, his grandparents commissioned him to draw or paint portraits of family members, and he found more portrait work as time went on. It wasn’t his favorite type of work, but there was a market for it. He has since shifted from 2d portraiture to 3D portraiture. He was recently commissioned to make mugs for a family with each family member’s face sculpted into their personal mug! He LOVES this type of work. In the last few years, he has shifted to more functional sculpture like mugs or bowls. He sculpts faces, skulls, gargoyles, and practically any type of face on the outside of mugs. His mugs are more than just a vehicle from which to drink your coffee, and more than a sculpture that adds value when you look at it on your shelf. You can find his work at the Monarch Bazar and Farmer’s Markets during the summer.

Take a Class with Logan! If you want to experience ceramics yourself, Logan offers adult and children classes in his studio.

Cost: Children (5th - 12th Grade) $100 for 5 weeks of class Adult - $200 for 8 weeks of class @iversonceramics iversonceramics@gmail.com Call or text 801-510-6036 February-April 2021 | ogdenconnection.com 49


It’s Time to Snowshoe! Beginners Guide to Snowshoeing BY ANN PARK

Frequently Asked Questions Q: What should I wear? A: The first mistake most people make is to dress too warmly. Snowshoeing is pretty hard if you’re going uphill, and you will work up a sweat. Dress in layers so you can adjust. Remember, the weather can change. If it gets windy, it will feel much colder. Don’t forget your gaiters. They will keep the snow from filling up your boots. Q: Do I need to have poles? A: They help with balance for beginners, and they also allow you to use more of your muscles to climb. But, if you don’t have them or don’t like to use them, you’ll be fine without poles. Q: What kind of terrain can I walk on in snowshoes? A: Almost any type. That’s the joy of snowshoes. Areas with lots of brush or uneven rocks under the snow are more difficult to walk in.

Suggested Trails

Beginners –flat or gentle slopes • Bonneville Shoreline Trail

• Pioneer Trail • Set track at the Nordic Center in Ogden Valley

Moderate experience - steeper terrain • Coldwater Canyon Loop

• Ben Lomond Trail or Lewis Peak Trail (Start at North Ogden Divide)

• Malan’s Basin Advanced Trails • Ben Lomond Peak

Snowshoeing Safety Tips: Always dress for the weather, carry emergency clothes and supplies, drink plenty of water, and carry extra food. Be aware that if you climb up onto a ridge, it will very likely be much colder and windier than the rest of your route. Use the buddy-system and keep an eye on your friends. Watch for changes in the weather. It can be dangerous if visibility is suddenly reduced. Don’t get lost. Keep an eye on your location. Always make sure you have a safe route back to your car.



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Avalanche Safety Tips: Check the avalanche forecast in advance and avoid high-risk terrain (especially if snow conditions warrant extra caution). High-risk terrain includes areas that are steep, clear of trees, have lots of rock under the snow, or have signs of previous snow slides. Here are some great local resources for more info and forecasts: www.instagram.com/ogdenavalanche utahavalanchecenter.org 50 ogdenconnection.com | February-April 2021

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Smoked Garlic Lemon Shrimp BY DAVE BOATWRIGHT

1 pound of shrimp, preferably 26/30 (large, raw, peeled, tail-on) One lemon 1 tbl black pepper 1 tbl salt 2 tbl minced garlic 1 tsp chili flakes (optional) Put rinsed shrimp in a bowl, cut lemon in half and squeeze juice into the bowl. Add salt, pepper, garlic, and chili flakes.

Mix everything together and then lay the mixture in a cast iron skillet. Place the skillet in the smoker at 225 degrees (in the oven at 250 or a on a grill on low heat) and cook until the shrimp barely start to turn pink. Pour in 2 tbl of cooking wine (I use Mirin) and 8 tbl (one cube) of butter, sliced into chunks. Keep on cooking until the shrimp are done, usually 15-20 more minutes. The shrimp will be a uniform pink. Garnish with a bit of chopped parsley, or my favorite, cilantro. It’s fun to just bring the skillet in and serve it right out of that!

Easy Baked Herb Salmon BY KRISTINA CASE

1 1/2 lb piece of fresh (not frozen) salmon cut into 3-4 equal sections 2 tbl butter, melted 1 tbl olive oil 3 cloves garlic, minced 2 tbl fresh lemon juice Fresh lemon slices 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme leaves 1 tbl fresh parsley, chopped and divided 1/2 tsp salt 1/8 tsp black pepper Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or Silpat® liner. Arrange salmon, skin side down. Letting the salmon come to room temperature before baking will make it cook more evenly. In a small bowl, combine melted butter, olive oil, minced garlic, lemon juice, chopped thyme, and ½ tablespoon chopped parsley. Spread butter mixture over top of salmon. Bake for 15-20 minutes- just until salmon is cooked and flaky. Remove from oven and serve with slices of lemon on top of each section and sprinkle with remaining fresh parsley.

SALMON BUYING TIPS Although May & June are the months you’ll see more salmon in grocery stores because that’s when it's caught fresh, stores carry salmon all year round. I buy it at the butcher’s counter rather than the freezer. You might pay a little more, but it’s worth the flavor. My favorites are King which is rich and high in fat or Sockeye, a leaner, bright red flesh that has great flavor. If you prefer a milder flavor, go with Coho or Atlantic.

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A fun and unique dinner, albeit quite easy, is to do a shrimp boil. All you need to get started is a large pot to boil water and lots of stuff to add to it. This dinner can be a real crowd pleaser too. My favorite part of this meal is dumping the fresh, steaming pot out on the table in front of the guests and watching as everyone digs in! (This method may not be COVID friendly). Also commonly called a Low-Country Boil, there are plenty of recipes and tips online. The more you make it, the more successful you’ll be, and you can experiment with different ingredients. I started doing boils about 16 years ago after I was taught by my brother, who was taught by his neighbor. They did it regularly as neighbors and friends. We have done this for our family many times, and I have done it for church groups for 12 years in a row until COVID put the tradition on a temporary hiatus. I ended up buying a couple of 80-quart pots and strainer baskets, but we did it for years with our multiple kitchen pots and slotted spoons. If you have big pots, you can use a propane cooker outside or just do it on your kitchen stove with your pots. We have done it for as few as three to four people and for groups of 150.


The process is very basic:

Shrimp, 2-3 minutes

1. Get a pot and boil salted water. Fill the pot a little less than half-way full. Be careful not to overfill so you don’t overflow the pot once you add the ingredients.

Smoked Sausage/kielbasa (precooked) 2-3 minutes just to warm through

2. Add the ingredients and seasoning in order of longest cook time to shortest: potatoes and carrots first, with shrimp last.

Potato – Small works best 10-12 minutes

Corn on the cob 6-8 minutes

Fresh (peeled) garlic cloves or whole bulbs 6-8 minutes

Baby Carrot 10-12 minutes

Onion 8-10 minutes

String Beans 4-6 minutes

Mushroom 3-5 minutes

Cabbage 6-8 minutes

Brussel Sprout 6-8 minutes

Zuccchini 4-6 minutes

Asparagus 3-5 minutes

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Get the pot of water to a good rolling boil before you add any food. Bring the water back to a rolling boil as quickly as you can after adding each food. Drain the water very thoroughly before dumping the pot out on the table. There is always more water with the food than you think there is. Only use 4-6 carrots per person. Shrimp and Sausage will be most popular. Have at least 1/2 pound of protein per person. Use wax or poly-lined freezer paper as your tablecloth. It makes for easy clean up. Use raw shrimp. • Pre-cooked shrimp almost always ends up shriveled and tough. • Once the shrimp has turned white, it is cooked. Don’t overcook shrimp. • Thaw the shrimp prior to cooking. Frozen shrimp cools the boiling water a lot. Use precooked sausage. Have some seasonings and hot sauce to put on the food as you eat (Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning is my favorite). Use plenty of crab boil seasoning. I like Zatarain’s; it’s cheap and readily available at most grocery stores.

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This recipe works well for 6-8 good-sized Kokanee Salmon. Fillet and debone the fish. Leave the skin on. Cut each fillet in 2-4 pieces, depending on what size you want. You can adjust the recipe proportions up or down, depending on your batch size. Brine: 3 cups dark brown sugar & 1 cup Kosher salt Place fish pieces side by side (skin down) in a glass or plastic pan. Apply a generous amount of the brine. Be sure all meat gets covered with some brine. You can layer the fish if needed or use an additional pan. Cover and allow fish to brine in the fridge for 12-18 hours. Remove from the fridge, rinse off brine, and pat fish dry. Allow them to sit for 20-30 mins. Preheat the smoker to 200225. For smoke, I like the competition blends, but other woods can work for fish. Place on the smoker and, after 30 minutes, baste the fish with the brine (syrup consistency). Baste the fish every 30 minutes after that until done. This is typically 2-3 hours, depending on the thickness of the fillets. Allow to cool; refrigerate or freeze for longer-term storage. Salted Caramel Sauce: 3 cups brown sugar 1-2 tbl pink Himalayan salt (I tend to like it a little lighter on the salt) ½ stick Butter Water to achieve desired consistency (syrup-like) Place ingredients into a sauce pan and heat slowly over medium heat until all the sugar crystals have liquefied. Add just a little water to start, then add little amounts at a time to get it like pancake syrup. It doesn’t need much. You will likely have to reheat the sauce as, when you take it off the heat, it will start to recrystallize.


1 cup flour ½ cup milk ½ cup water 2 tbl baking powder 1 tsp salt Around 2 lbs. of fish (pollock or cod) 6-8 tbl olive oil Whisk together the dry ingredients first, then add the milk and water. Mix until smooth. Heat 6 - 8 tablespoons of oil or enough to cover the bottom of the skillet. Cut fish into 2½-inch pieces and dab off any excess moisture with a paper towel. To test to see if the oil is hot enough, drop a small dollop of dough in the skillet. If it doesn’t sizzle right away, it needs to be hotter. If it explodes into a sizzle, it’s too hot. If it has a steady, even sizzle, it’s ready. Dip the fish in the batter and coat well. Set the fish in the skillet and make sure to allow enough room to flip each piece. Cook on each side for about 4 minutes or until the batter has turned golden brown. Remove the fish from the pan and place it on a paper towel to remove excess oil. Serve plain or with tartar sauce.

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