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History-The Dee Women Fondue Recipes First Annual Art Contest!

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2020 is off to a great start and I’m very excited about what the new decade has in store for residents, business owners, and visitors who choose to live, work, and play here in Ogden. Ogden continues to receive national attention across diverse scopes of discussion. As an avid skier and outdoor enthusiast, I was very excited to see that Outside Online listed our town as one of North America’s next great ski towns! Coming from our famed history as one of the great railway towns, rebooting our image to showcase our unique mountain-metro lifestyle has been key to our outdoor industry growth. Ogden is proud to be home to several already worldfamous brands such as Salomon, Atomic, and Enve Composites, as well as Ogden made outdoor brands like Hyperthreads.

Ogden was recently recognized as the most charitable city in the country and I could not be prouder and more humbled for the Speaking of Ogden-made brands, our community opportunity to represent is rich with entrepreneurs and “makers” of all this community as Mayor.

sorts. INC.com just recognized Ogden as one of the top 50 Surge Cities in America, designating our town as a prime place to start a business. The City is here to support aspiring business owners, and we encourage you to reach out to our dedicated business development team while you are navigating the process of bringing your product or service to life. We’ve enjoyed bringing you this quarterly publication and hope you find the content engaging and useful. Inside this issue, you will see stories about giving back and community contributions. I’ve mentioned a couple of accolades already, but here is one more; it’s right at the top of my list because it speaks leagues about our residents and the good people that live here. Ogden was recently recognized as the most charitable city in the country and I could not be prouder and more humbled for the opportunity to represent this community as Mayor. When other city leaders look in and wonder, “What’s going on in Ogden? What is the secret sauce that keeps them at the top of so many positive national lists?”, I believe it’s all about the people who make up the fabric of our town. Best wishes for a successful 2020. We are experiencing great times in terms of economic vitality in our city. Coupled with numerous opportunities for arts, events, recreation and culture, Ogden is a wonderful place to be. Sincerely,

Mike Caldwell, Mayor

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in this issue

Meet the people behind the pages of our magazines! We asked our staff what their favorite winter activity is.


The Connection Publishing Team


Ryan Spelts Publisher/Owner


COMMUNITY Calendar of Events Student Spotlight 20 A LOOK BACK The Dee Women 28 BUSINESS ShelfGenie Bryson's Rock Shop Wasatch Peaks Credit Union Stevens-Henager College Pinnacle Accountancy Group 36 ARTS & CULTURE Argo House Art Exhibit Banyan Collective Classical Music with a Modern Twist

Melissa Spelts Owner Rhett Long Sales VP

"I love being out in the beautiful mountains, skiing or snowshoeing." Ann Park Sales & Writer

Legacy of the Dee Women, see history page 20


OUTDOORS Bird Watching



FUN THINGS TO DO iFloat Sensations

24 Showing Love through Giving and Service 35 Art Contest 38 Classic Music with a Modern Twist 44 Fondue Recipes


RECIPES Chocolate, Caramel & Cheese Fondue



Cover: Utah Symphony featuring Tony Desare (pianist, vocalist), Capathia Jenkins (vocalist) and Conductor Randall Fleischer Photo courtesy of Snowbasin Resort



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"My favorite winter activity is Skiing. Nothing is better than a good ski day!" Vy Trinh Sales Leadership Russ Starker Sales Melinda Hortin Sales & Social Media Crystal Rappleye Ad Design Hailey Minton Editor & Writer


City Updates City Council Updates Council Leadership Elected In their meeting held on January 7, the City Council elected Councilwoman Angela Choberka, District 1, as Chair and Councilman Bart Blair, At Large B as Vice Chair. Words from Chair Choberka: “I hope to continue to create a productive and collaborative relationship with the administration, as well as to provide overall leadership for the council. I also look forward to following up with the public regarding the progress of the Strategic Plan Directives.”

3. Recreation

The people of Ogden also want to live in a place where their families can enjoy outdoor recreation and have plenty of options for all-age activities. Maintenance and access to the outdoors, as well robust organized recreation offerings, are what Ogden wants.

4. City Image & Appearance

Ogden residents want to proudly say where they’re from. This includes everything from the cleanliness of the city to continued partnership and collaboration with community partners. The Council has already begun addressing the needs expressed in the strategic plan. This includes investing in translation services, a website dashboard to show residents up-to-date progress on the plan, increased funding for youth recreation, cultural events, and various capital improvements.  The Council will be using the strategic plan as a guide for reviewing the budget. Visit ogdencity.com/strategicplan for more information.

From Vice Chair Blair: “There have been great efforts to build stronger relationships with each other and with our community, and I would like to help that to continue.”

OUR OWN PODCAST! Did you know the Ogden City Council has a podcast? Just search for “Ogden City Council Podcast” wherever you listen to podcasts!

Five-Year Strategic Plan Last year, the Ogden City Council set out to establish a communitybased Five-Year Strategic Plan. An independent consultant was hired, and the Strategic Planning Advisory Committee was formed to find out what matters the most to Ogden residents. The study produced the following Four Strategic Directives: 1. Economic Development Ogden residents want to live in a community where there are wellpaying jobs that allow them to provide for their families. Critical to success in every other area of the strategic plan is the ability to foster growth-minded economic development. 2. Community Safety Residents expressed a desire for more a positive police presence in the community to reinforce the perception of law enforcement as public servants. Additionally, improvements to roads, sidewalks, and crosswalks are also a priority for the community.


Question: What youth programs are being offered in spring?

Answer: Registration is now open until the end of March

for our Girls’ Softball, Boys’ Baseball, and t-ball Programs. Prices run between $25 to $35 and include a team shirt and hat. You can register online at www.ogdencity.com/320/ Recreation, or in person at our offices located at 1875 Monroe Blvd, Ogden 84404. 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 webteam@ogdencity.com

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Ogden Recreation Recreation Registration Dates YOUTH PROGRAMS Girls Softball Registration open until 3/23/2020 Girls 1st through 9th grade Boys Baseball Registration open until 3/30/2020 Boys 1st through 9th grade T Ball Registration open until 03/23/2020 3/4-year-old and 5/6-year-old division Division 3 Competitive Boys Basketball Registration open until 3/02/2020 Boys 3rd/4th and 5th/6th grades Boys Competitive Baseball Registration open until 03/06/2020 8U-15U age groups 7 on 7 Elite Football passing league Registration open until 04/03/2020 5th/6th and 7th/8th grade ADULT SPORTS Spring Basketball Registration open until 03/23/2020 Flag Football Registration open until 03/23/2020 Volleyball Registration open until 03/09/2020 Women’s A&B League and Coed B/C leagues Softball Registration open until 04/20/2020 Coed lower, men’s lower, and men’s upper offered

Community Member Letter

Why my kid plays Ogden City T-ball What is there to do for my active 3-year-old son? When I was researching online what was available, I stumbled upon serval different sports: gymnastics, dance, soccer, and then t-ball. I asked my son what he would like to do after explaining what each one was. T-ball was the one he wanted to play. With my older child, I had made a few mistakes and pushed her too early, which ended in her not wanting to play any sports. I wanted to ensure my son’s experience was different. Here are some key points that I did this time around to ensure a better outcome for our family.

• I made sure my child was participating in something he chose and was excited to do

• I chose Ogden City Recreation program because it is designed for children in age-appropriate groups.

• My husband coached a team, and I helped. We also

encouraged all parents to help their child at the practices and games.

• We would play t-ball at home and get the whole family involved. It was fun for all of us.

• There was no pressure to perform better. We committed to my child having fun and feeling good about himself.

My child has been begging me to sign him up again since the season was over. I am glad that my child enjoyed being a part of a team and enjoyed the sport. I would highly recommend Ogden City Recreation t-ball. For $40, your child receives the shirt, hat, and a mitt (or a bat depending on the year). They get to practice ahead of time and then play 8 games total with games occurring twice a week. I would recommend this program to any family. Thank You, Ogden Recreation, for offering such an amazing program.

"My child ha been begging mse to sign him up again since the season was over. "

Myers family

Ogden City Resident

Something for Everyone Ogden City’s Community and Recreation Center welcomes everyone! After fifty-one years, the center continues to serve the community of Ogden by offering quality family activities and programs everyone can afford. Our youth programs include Mighty Mite Soccer and Basketball for ages 3-6, numerous arts and crafts classes, tumbling, archery, cheer, Jr. Chef, music and boxing. 

For more information and our full schedule check out our website:


Adult fitness classes include Zumba, pickleball and spin classes.  With top of the line services and a dedicated staff, Marshall White is truly a great place for small children, youth, adults and seniors. We also rent out several rooms and/or the basketball gym for private rentals.

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With some of the leading causes of accidents attributed to excessive speeds, distracted driving, improper lane travel, and weather conditions, the citizens of Ogden took note as police offered friendly reminders on preventative safety measures.

Ogden Reduces Fatal Accidents by 50% BY LT. WILLIAM FARR

Throughout this past year, Ogden Police have worked toward the reduction of overall accidents within the boundaries of Ogden City. Partnered with the statewide Zero fatalities campaign, Ogden Police began an initiative known as #Drivesafeogden. Weekly throughout the year, Traffic Officers focused on giving preventative tips on measures that can be taken by individual citizens to assist in the reduction of accidents. There has been an overwhelming response to this initiative with the community of Ogden offering support and appreciation for the continuing educational efforts. In the year 2019, Ogden City reaped the fruits of this labor by realizing a reduction in the number of overall accidents throughout the year. Some of the preventative enforcement measures taken throughout the year by police included crosswalk enforcement details, DUI enforcement, seatbelt enforcement, and speed enforcement. The Ogden Police are aware that enforcement is not the primary catalyst of change; however, change can be accomplished through a conscious effort of the citizens themselves in practicing safe driving habits that lead to positive results. The most impressive accomplishment by the people of Ogden was the reduction of accidents resulting in fatalities by 50% in 2019.

In the past, many of these accidents resulting in death have occurred in the busiest intersections throughout the city. The majority of injury accidents, including accidents resulting in death, are not contributed to fate alone but are often predictable and preventable. With some of the leading causes of accidents attributed to excessive speeds, distracted driving, improper #Drivesafeogden lane travel, and weather conditions, the citizens of an initiative that Ogden took note as police provides preventative offered friendly reminders on tips from Traffic officers preventative safety measures. on a weekly basis has The result was a reduction from been well received by the previous accumulation of the community. ten fatalities to a decrease of only five deaths in the year 2019. While this number may appear insignificant, it is a win for both Law Enforcement and the community to achieve a significant reduction, as the loss of life in an accident has far-reaching effects to all whose lives are touched by the tragedy. The immediate benefits of a reduction in injury-related accidents can be felt throughout a community in many ways. Outside of the personal effects of grief and pain associated with the injuries to both the injured and their families, benefits can also be realized on an economic scale to the entire community. The bottom line is that accidents cost everyone money. Accidents require resources from the community that come with an overall monetary cost. These resources can include emergency responders, hospital workers, street crews, and even long-term aftercare for many of the individuals involved in these tragic events. A reduction in injury accidents can allow money that would be spent on response and aftercare to be redirected to other areas of need. Moving forward into the new year, the Ogden Police would like to encourage the citizens of Ogden to keep the momentum going. It is our goal to continue to focus on safe driving techniques and practices that, if implemented, will lead to a sustained reduction throughout the coming year. We applaud the community in its efforts and offer thanks to all of those who are committed to focusing on continued safety throughout the streets of Ogden. We will be continuing our #Drivesafeogden initiative throughout this coming year in hopes that, as we focus on identifying the cause of accidents, we can increase our educational efforts directly to those who can continue to make a difference. We look forward to seeing what can be accomplished through continued community/police partnership.

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Wonder Bread and Ramen BY LORIE BUCKLEY

As far back as I can remember, I have always wanted to be an artist. I spent my time growing up doodling, painting, and creating to my heart’s desire. Little did I realize a big change was sneaking up on me. My blissful bubble was about to burst. The villain called “responsibility” smacked me right in the face. I shuddered, reeling from the sting, and slowly began wasting away as my creative endeavors fell to the wayside. I toiled in what seemed to me as the depths of despair, helping to raise my two children while working alongside my husband to support our family.

product (GDP). As this number continues to rise, we as citizens are reaping the benefits of a higher influx of arts and cultural happenings. These benefits are also hitting close to home. Ogden City has been, and continues to be, a big supporter of the arts. One of the ways City Council and Administration does this is by offering art grants. Ran on a yearly cycle, the Ogden City Arts Grants are open to the public and offer non-profit organizations and every day “starving artists” an opportunity to access general and project support funds. These funds can be used for seasonal programming and projects that are arts-based and beneficial to the Ogden community.

Now don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t actually that bad, but I wasn’t following my passion. I had been denying a big part of myself for quite a few years. As my beautiful children grew less Right now, the 2020-2021 grant cycle is open and accepting dependent, I started to gain some precious extra time. With this applications. Everything you need to know is in the guidelines of new-found freedom, I decided to finish my degree. While attending classes at In 2016, CREATIVE INDUSTRIES contributed $804.2 billion to our economy. Weber State, I was That’s 4.3 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). forced to take a hard look at my life. A question most of us haven’t thought of much past our teens and early twenties had the Ogden Arts Grant packet; be sure to read it carefully. A small to be answered: “What do I want to be when I grow up?” My grant-writing workshop is held in early February to help inform handsome hubby thought I had lost my marbles when I told him potential artists and organizations on any questions they may I was changing my major in college to an arts degree. He was have. If you have questions and can’t find the answers in the convinced that a Bachelor of Fine Arts would doom our guidelines, please reach out through email. More information can little family to a lifetime of Wonder bread and ramen. be found by visiting ogdencity.com/artgrants. My husband, along with many others, is wrong in this sentiment. The term “starving artist” doesn’t hold as much weight as it once did. Work in the creative fields has blossomed in the past few years. In 2016, creative industries contributed $804.2 billion to our economy. That’s 4.3 percent of the nation’s gross domestic

Remember, you don’t have to be a starving artist unless that is your jam, which, by the way, is delicious on Wonder bread. Artistic opportunities are everywhere; open those creaky studio doors and venture out. The ramen out here has become quite delicious!

Our Community's Diversity BY VIVIANA FELIX

Often, the term “diversity” is associated with race, ethnicity, or nationality. Although that is one of the many descriptors of diversity, it does not fully encompass the term. Diversity is said to only be 10% visible, which means there is 90% of a person’s diversity that is invisible to the human eye. You do not know of a person’s invisible diversity until you take the time to learn and genuinely ask questions about them. Visible diversity are traits we cannot change, for instance, age, gender, body type, and skin color, whereas invisible diversity are traits like, values, religion, socio-economic status, and education. Additionally, with the exception of a wedding band, we do not know a person’s marital status; a person maybe a widow, live with their partner, cannot afford a wedding band, or have their own beliefs for not wearing one. It is a combination of both visible and invisible diversity traits that makes a person diverse. It is everyone’s unique diverse traits that forms our community’s diversity.

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Marshall White Community Center BY SABRINA LEE

The Marshall White Community Center was opened in 1963 and named after fallen officer Marshall N. (Doc) White. Sergeant White was the 1st African American officer killed in the line of duty in Utah. He was responding to a possible break-in call and was shot in the abdomen by a juvenile suspect. He died from his injuries 3 days later. He was an outstanding leader in the community who was vitally interested in, and supported programs of, recreation and betterment for the youth of this community. On the five-year anniversary of his death, the fall of 1968, the building was dedicated in his name. Since it’s opening, the center has provided numerous programs, classes, activities, special events and resources for the community. The center includes a gym with basketball courts, a weight and exercise room, and multiple rooms for the diverse classes offered. In an effort to keep the Center updated and functional for the community’s needs, Ogden City has made several investments in the updates. Improvements to the Marshall White Center include a new parking lot, outdoor basketball courts with new flooring and backboards, a newly refinished gymnasium floor, expanded boxing facilities and new boxing equipment, a new picnic shelter, new scoreboards, new gymnasium bleachers, and a new roof. Ogden City is dedicated to the center and will continue to work to provide programming for this facility and invest in providing stability for its future. Youth programs offered at the center are Mighty Mite Soccer and Basketball for ages 3-6, numerous Arts and Crafts classes, Tumbling, Archery, Cheer, Jr. Chef, Music and Boxing.  Adult fitness classes include Zumba, Pickleball, and Spin Classes.  With top-of-the-line services and a dedicated staff, Marshall White is truly a great place for small children, youth, adults, and seniors. We also rent out several rooms and/or the basketball gym for private rentals. Visit our website for up-to-date facility hours

Get more and information @ ogdenrecreation.com or r info on ou give us a call at 801-629-8346. We invite all website! community members to take advantage of the

diverse classes and facility. You can also learn more about what is offered at www.ogdencity.com/330/Marshall-White-Center.

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Ogden City Community and Economic Development BY CAMERON GIFFORD

There’s no doubt Ogden City is changing – and for the better! Central to that change is the city of Ogden acting as the Redevelopment Agency (RDA). As the oldest incorporated city in Utah, Ogden has unique challenges related to its aging infrastructure, buildings, and at times, its image. The primary purpose of the RDA is to help return vibrancy into depressed, deteriorated, or otherwise economicallychallenged areas of the city. Brandon Cooper, the deputy director for Ogden City’s Community and Economic Development department, is one of many people with Ogden City who works as part of the RDA. Cooper said the RDA actively participates, on one level or another, in almost all downtown projects. The challenge, he said, comes in communicating details about various projects, successes, and future plans. “The RDA is excited to utilize the MAKE Ogden platform as a way to engage the community,” Cooper said. “We want to open an effective dialogue about the changes that are happening, why they are important, and what it means for the future of Ogden.” The RDA works with property owners, developers, businesses, other local entities, and major stakeholders to envision the future and to find pathways to prosperity. The most effective tool in finding those pathways is a process called tax increment financing, commonly referred to as TIF. Funding for redevelopment projects in Ogden is often supported through TIF. When a private entity – or entities – invests in a redevelopment project, they increase the value of their property, thus generating new property tax revenues. This increase in property value creates tax increment that the city can use to support and catalyze redevelopment projects – projects designed to increase the value of property and the quality of life in Ogden. The American Can Building, recognized on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places, was formerly a metal can production plant employing over 450 people before it closed down in 1979. Prior to redevelopment, the building was a decaying, abandoned space. The building is now occupied by the North American headquarters for Amer Sports, Ogden City’s Business Information Center, DaVinci Academy, Trust Brands, and more. The space now occupied by the Kemp Center at the Ogden-

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Hinckley Airport was formerly empty land. Now, commercial and private flights regularly depart and arrive through the Ogden Airport, and the airport hosts operations for several aerospace and defense companies; this includes Northrop Grumman, which operates an office at the Kemp Center.

The RDA works with property owners, developers, businesses, other local entities, and major stakeholders to envision the future and to find The building containing Autoliv, pathways to prosperity. now one of the largest employers in Ogden, was a redevelopment project funded through TIF to revitalize an old automotive repair facility. Trackline, the Ogden Business Exchange now occupied by companies like ENVE and Roosters Brewing Co., was formerly a defunct space known as the Ogden Stockyard. Business Depot Ogden, formerly a hub for military warehousing and distribution known as Defense Depot Ogden, now houses over 100 businesses including Barnes Aerospace, Mackenzie EXHIBIT, Nutraceutical, and Scott USA. Each of these projects – and almost all redevelopment projects – have a gap between the overall cost of the project and what revenues are produced by the project; tax increment finance fills that gap. In Ogden, these redevelopment projects have included ensuring the proper, faithful renovation and restoration of historic buildings and sites, in addition to catalyzing new construction.


Why Do You Need to be Prepared for Disaster? BY RYAN PERKINS

How prepared do you think your family would be right now if a natural disaster struck? According to research on the Department of Homeland Security’s ready.gov website, many people who believe themselves “prepared” for disasters often aren’t as ready as they think. 40% of those research respondents did not have a household plan and 80% had not conducted home evacuation drills. 20% reported having a disability that would affect their capacity to act in a disaster, and only 1 out of 4 of that 20% made arrangements that would aid in their safe emergency response. Being prepared can reduce fear, anxiety, and losses that accompany disasters. Communities, families, and individuals should know what to do, where to seek shelter, and how to communicate with loved ones. If people need to leave their homes, they need to know how to care for their basic needs and what to expect when taking refuge in a public shelter. People can also reduce the impact of disaster by purchasing flood or earthquake insurance, implementing fire-wise landscaping, securing items that could shake loose in an earthquake and learning more ways to avoid danger altogether. No matter who you are, the threat of disaster is very real in our area. The Wasatch Fault, on average, has a large magnitude earthquake every 300-400 years, and it’s been about 350 years since the last big earthquake. Disasters are more commonplace than ever, and each has lasting effects. As local responders, we want to help you, but we may not be able to reach you immediately while we focus on getting the community infrastructure back online. You and your family need to be ready in the meantime. The best resources for preparedness plans are on ready.gov, and you will thank yourself for taking the steps needed to put your safety in your own hands.

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

stay connected Questions? Need info?

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


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February-April Calendar of Events FEBRUARY

Designed for children ages 3-5.

Feb 10, 11: RMX Motocross @ Golden Spike Event Center $10/ day for ages 6 and up. Rider’s admission is included in their race entry. https://www.rmxseries.net/home.html    Feb 12: Free Jazz Concert @ Ogden Union Station 7-8 p.m.  Feb 14-15: RMPRA Winter Series Rodeo @ Golden Spike Event Center 7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Feb 14-16: Nationwide Home Show @ Golden Spike Events Center. See the latest in-home improvement, remodeling, design and more.  Feb 15: Winter Market @ Ogden Union Station 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Specialty artisan goods, food and coffee vendors, a vegan bakery, producers of preserves and canned items, community yoga, live music and more. 

Feb 26 - Apr 1 every Wednesday: Watercolor Techniques with Gary Barron @ Eccles Art Center A basic supplies list is provided for registering students. Tuition: $85, Nightly drop-in: $20 Please preregister with a member of the EAC staff by calling (801)392-6935 |  Beavers: the brilliant builders @ Ogden Nature Center 3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. No other animal changes their environment more than the beaver. Meet at the visitors center for a hike. Feb 29: Winter Race Circuit 10K @ Ogden Ice Sheet 8 a.m. | Weber State Men’s Basketball vs Portland State @ Dee Event Center 7 p.m. Feb 21-22: Time Out For Women @ Davis Conference Center

Feb 15-16: Banff Mountain Film Festival @ Peery’s Egyptian Theatre 7 p.m. Feb 16: Valentine Dinner Dance @ Ogden Eccles Conference Center. Candle lit dinner, music, and dancing. Live music provided by The Crescent Super Band. Tickets are $80/ couple or $45 / individual. Feb 19: Fantastic Falcons @ Ogden Nature Center 3:45 p.m. 4:15 p.m. Learn what separates falcons rom other types of birds and take a short hike with a naturalist.  Feb 21: Newsies Opening Night @ Zigfeld Theater 7:30 p.m.  Feb 21-22: Time Out For Women @ Davis Conference Center  Feb 22: Winter Market @ Ogden Union Station 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Specialty artisan goods, food and coffee vendors, a vegan bakery, producers of preserves and canned items, community yoga, live music IT'S A LEAP YEAR! and more. | Weber State Men’s In 2020, leap year happens Basketball vs Southern Utah @ Dee Event Center 7 p.m. | YCC Family to perfectly line up the Crisis Center 75th Anniversary major holidays so that Gala @ Ogden Eccles Conference Center 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. More info Valentines Day lands on at www.ycchope.org

date night Friday and Cinco de Mayo lands on (Taco) Tuesday. The 4th of July is on a Saturday!

Feb 24: Weber State University Storytelling Festival @ Ogden Eccles Conference Center

Feb 24, 25: Frozen Landscapes @ Nature Center 1 p.m. - 2 Christmas 2020 and New Ogden p.m. Investigate the complicated Year's Day 2021 are also patterns of crystals and snowflakes and explore the frozen landscape on a Friday, meaning a through games, songs, stories, and leisurely 3-day weekend to more! Snowshoes, sledding, and kick off both holidays! snow painting, if weather permits.

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Registration opens for the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival

MARCH Mar 2: Registration Opens for the Great Salt Lake Bird Festival. Buy Your tickets to field trips, workshops, and the annual Dutch Oven Dinner. There are free workshops and programs, but those that cost and require registration start at $5 and go up to $80. For more information, visit www.daviscountyutah.gov/ greatsaltlakebirdfest  (the festival is May 14-17) 

NESTS, NOOKS & STORYBOOKS @ Ogden Nature Center, Tuesdays at 3:45 p.m. Grab a blanket and come read a book with us outside. Check in at the visitors center,  no reservations needed. 

Mar 4: 9th Annual Intermountain Icebreaker Rodeo @ Golden Spike Event Center 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. see www. Intermountainicebreaker.com for details 

The Ogden Nature Center accepts entries for the Birdhouse Competition from March 16-21 so get to work finishing up

your entry!

GOLDEN HOURS SENIOR CENTER 650 25th Street Ogden • Phone: 801-629-8864 Activities: Feb 14: Valentines Day Party @ 11 a.m. Feb 10: Free Tax-Aide begins, appointment required Mar 17: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration @ 11 a.m.  Apr 9: Easter Party @ 11 a.m.  Apr 23: Volunteer Appreciation Lunch @ 11 a.m.

Mar 6: Weber State Women’s Basketball vs Eastern Washington @ Dee Event Center 7 p.m. | First Friday Art Stroll for a list of locations visit www.ogdencity.com/artstroll. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Mar 11: Signs of Spring @ Ogden Nature Center 3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Join us as we hit the trails looking for signs of spring. Meet in the Visitor’s Center |  Jazz at the Station @ Ogden Union Station 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. free Mar 13, 14: Drag Show @ Salty Creative 443 27th Street, Ogden Times TBD An Ogden City Arts Grant-supported drag performance that has singing, dancing, and wigs. A portion of the proceeds will benefit at-risk youth in Ogden Mar 14: Indie Ogden Awards @ The Monarch 6 p.m. - 10 p.m. Go to indieogdenutah.com to get tickets. Mar 16-21: Birdhouse Competition submissions @ Ogden Nature Center. An outdoor exhibit of handcrafted and whimsical birdhouses. No Entry fee. All ages are encouraged to enter Mar 18: Going Green (for St. Patrick’s Day) @ Ogden Nature Center 3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Why are so many things green in nature? Go on a scavenger hunt searching for all things green. Meet in the visitors center.  March 19-21: Experience a week of adventure, education, recreation and participation in the first annual InterMountain Events. Compete in an urban adventure race, attend the Weber State University's Intermountain Sustainability Summit. Mix and mingle with business executives from Silicon Slopes, watch Outdoor Weber’s entrepreneurship students pitch innovative ideas for $30,000, check out the latest outdoor gear, and taste the newest local beer. www.visitogden.com/intermountain/ Mar 21: Winter Race Circuit 10 Miler @ Ogden Ice Sheet 8 a.m. visit Ogdenmarathon.com/p/winterracecircut for details | Spring Beer Festival @ Ogden Union Station 5 p.m. - 9 p.m. This is a ticketed, 21+ event. $20 admission tickets include 3 sample pours and one $5 food voucher. Designated driver tickets are $10 and include one $5 meal voucher. | Women in Music by NEXT Ensemble @ Eccles Community Art Center 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. An all-woman ensemble playing music written by women. Cost $10. Students and children under 17 FREE. Mar 25: Marvelous Mushrooms and Fantastic Fungi @ Ogden Nature Center 3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. From parasitic and symbiotic relationships, to its use as biological indicator of air quality, funguses are fun to learn about. Join us as we search for and learn about the most widely distributed organism on earth!

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APRIL Apr 3: First Friday Art Stroll for a list of locations visit www.ogdencity.com/artstroll. 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. Apr 4: Winter Race Circuit Half Marathon @ Eden Park 8 a.m. visit Ogdenmarathon.com/p/winterracecircut for details | Utah’s Largest RC Swap Meet @ Golden Spike Event Center 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. This annual event features a HUGE variety of remote control parts, supplies, and ideas for the remote control enthusiast. Apr 6: Utah Youth Rodeo @ Golden Spike Event Center 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Come support the kids and let them impress you with their skills. Free admission.  Apr 8: Birds not Bunnies @ Ogden Nature Center 3:45 p.m. 4:15 p.m. Birds lay eggs not bunnies. Come learn some tricks to identify eggs and what to do if you find a baby bird out of the nest. End your day with an egg hunt of a different kind. Meet in the Visitor’s Center | Jazz at the Station @ Ogden Union Station 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. Free  Apr 10-12: Gemstone Junction Show @ Golden Spike Event Center 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Apr 11: Awesome Autistic Ogden Event @ The Shiny Gym at Ogden School District 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. ASD information, resources, vendors, products, kids’ activities and food trucks | Birdhouse Competition Exhibit @ Ogden Nature Center. The exhibit will run from April 10 - June 29 Apr 15: Weber State University Jewelry Exhibition @ Local Artisan Collective 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. See an exhibition of finished pieces from students. | Colorful Confusion @ Ogden Nature Center 3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Find out the many different ways that critters use color in nature. Meet in the Visitor’s Center Apr 18: Earth Day Celebration @ Ogden Nature Center 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Enjoy earth friendly exhibitors, demonstrations, entertainment, food, nature crafts, and fun activities. Explore the trails, tour our green buildings and learn what you can do to improve the health of the planet. Cost: $4 per person; sponsorships available. Apr 22: Earth Day Extravaganza @ Ogden Nature Center 3:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. Join us as we explore cool facts about planet earth. Meet at the Visitor’s Center and join us for a nature walk and trash pick-up around the nature center.  Apr 25: Winter Race Circuit 30K @ Eden Park 8 a.m. visit Ogdenmarathon.com/p/ winterracecircut for details

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February Feb 13: Self-care Crafting @ 6 p.m. DIY pampering skin care products, vision board basics, and more. Call (801)337-2632 to register Feb 19: Junk Drawer Wind Chimes @ 6 p.m. Make chimes with items like keys cookie cutters spoons bottle caps, or biscuit tins. Bring your own items. Call (801)337-2632 to register Feb 27: Meet the Film Makers @ 6 p.m. Watch a documentary about Kapa Haka, a traditional Maori dance, them meet the filmmakers for a Q&A Feb 29: Escape Room @ 11 a.m. & 4 p.m. Ages 8 and up. Test your wits as you solve puzzles and fid hidden clues in a race to escape in under 20 minutes. Call (801)337-2639 to register. March Mar 2: Dr. Seuss’ Birthday @ 4 p.m. Learn about his life and celebrate with some story time, crafts, and activities Mar 10: Water, Humans, and the Great Salt Lake: Relationships of Change @ 7 p.m. Dr Carla Trentelman is an environmental and natural resource socioligoist at Weber State University and will discuss the relationship between humans and water related to the Great Salt Lake. Mar 11: Family STEM Night @ 6 p.m. Learn about the new NASA mission to explore Mars in 2020 Mar 28: Cupcake Wars @ 2 p.m. ages 12-18 Race against the clock to decorate your cupcake. Professional cake decorator Kylie Holt will be a guest judge. Call (801)337-2639 to register. April Apr 6: Introduction to Localscapes @ 6:30 p.m. This class will introduce you to the best way to landscape in Utah. Learn to increase usability and curb appeal of your yard while decreasing maintenance. | The Stories of Water @ 6:30 p.m. Karl Behling, professional entertainer, educator, and children’s author, will entertain you with a collection of stories and tales. Apr 14: Our Relationship with Water along the Wasatch Front @ 7 p.m. Join a discussion with six local experts on all things waterrelated. Apr 18: Earth Day Celebration @ 1 p.m. Explore classic stories, enjoy eco-friendly crafts and activities, and pick up a pack of lady bugs for your garden while supplies last. Apr 23: Shakespeare’s Birthday @ 7 p.m. Come enjoy live scenes, monologues, trivia, and a shakespearean-themed treat Apr 30: Fly Fishing 101 @ 6 p.m. Learn how to cast your line, discover tips and techniques to be successful, and learn what it takes to get your fishing license. All supplies provided. Call (801)337-2632 to register

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FEBRUARY Valentine’s Day Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour at the Peery’s Egyptian Theatre at 7 to 9 p.m. Moonlight at the Monarch: A Valentine’s Day Soiree! at 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Valentine’s Day: Silver ’n Sweets with Rene at The Local Artisan Collective at 6 to 10 p.m. $35 per person or $65 for two people. Valentine Dinner Dance featuring Cresent Super Band at Ogden Eccles Conference Center at 6 to 10 p.m. Ashberry Jam Live at the Harp and Hound at 7 to 8:30 p.m. Perfect Pairings: Books and Chocolate at The Queen Bee from 7 to 8:30 p.m. 16 ogdenconnection.com | February-April 2020

Valentine’s Untamed Walking Tour & Speakeasy Dinner at Stellas - 7 to 9:30 p.m. limited to 18 spaces. $100 per person. Ages 21 +

10 to 12 a.m., IFA Country Store, 1069 W. 12th St., Ogden. Plenty of eggs and cool prizes. 801394-8831.

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Sixth Annual Early Bird Easter Egg Hunt, April 4th, noon, Eagle Beach at Willard Bay State Park, 900 W. 650 North, Willard. Special guest appearance by the Easter Bunny at 11 to 12 a.m., $10 park entrance fee applies. 435-734-9494.

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Richard Lopez is an all-around great student. He has always maintained a high grade-point average, taken rigorous courses like Advanced Health Science and AP US and Comparative Government. He is very polite, respectful, and hardworking. He is always looking for ways to better himself and prepare himself to be successful here and in his future academic adventures.  During his free time, he balances school with work and playing sports. He plans to go to Weber State University for his Undergraduate and then Medical School at the University of Utah.

Philip Jiminez is such a hard-working student. He has loaded up his schedule with Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Concurrent Enrollment classes while in high school and continues to work hard his senior year instead of taking it easy. His favorite class this year is AP Economics. Phillip is also involved in extracurricular activities such as cross country, National Honors Society, and Environment Science club, and is able to balance all and maintain great grades.  He is extremely hardworking as well as humble and kind.  I am impressed with his hard work and persistence.  Phillip earned the Heratio Algiers Scholarship and plans to study Biochemistry at Oregon University.

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Since 1846, women in Weber County, Utah have been impacting the local community through a variety of ways. The women have worked against and broken barriers to achieve their goals to the betterment of the area. Women in Ogden have worked in politics, health care, business, and education to change the system not only for themselves but for those around them. Starting in 1870, in Utah, women were given the right to vote, and therefore, a voice in their communities. These are the stories of two women who have taken that fundamental right and used it for progress. On December 18, 1894, grief tore through the Dee household with the death of the oldest son of Thomas D. Dee and Annie Taylor Dee. Just shy of his twenty-first birthday, Reese Dee died on the family’s dining room table from appendicitis. As Maude, the oldest daughter of Thomas and Annie, wrote in her memoirs, “Reese’s operation was very amateurish, almost a practicing affair done at home with the dining room table spread out as an operating table. The tools or instruments were sterilized in a wash boiler. On the dining room table under a dim light, some kind of operation was made which resulted in death within the next twenty-four hours.” The untimely death left a lasting impression on Annie and Maude. That grief was compounded ten years later, when Thomas D. Dee died from pneumonia after falling into the Ogden River. At this time, there was no general hospital in Ogden. Union Pacific operated a small hospital on 28th Street between Madison and Monroe but it was only available for their employees. All other sick people were cared for in their own homes by local physicians. After the death of Thomas and Reese, Annie and her children decided to do something constructive to better care for the sick. The family decided to build a hospital. Construction on the Thomas D. Dee Memorial Hospital began in July 1910 and was completed by the end of the year. As Maude wrote, “This was a field entirely outside our knowledge or experience, but we made up for that in our sincerity of purpose.” During the first year, 895 patients were seen, which included 481 operations and five births. Annie Dee personally paid the bills for all births during the first few years to encourage delivery in the hospital. This was both for the safety of mother and child and so that student nurses might be trained. Annie often took money out of her savings to help cover the hospital expenses. The family didn’t want to see the 20 ogdenconnection.com | February-April 2020

After losing a son to a bad appendectomy and her husband to pneumonia, Annie and her children decided to build a hospital so the sick would have better care. The Thomas D. Dee Memorial Hospital was built in 1910.

Annie Dee in 1912. She used her family's savings in the first few years to pay for the births of all babies to encourage delivery for the safety of mother and baby.

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Maude Dee Porter, Thomas and Annie's oldest daughter. Like her mother she was very active in the community, volutneering with the Red Cross and helping with the hospital.



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hospital fail, as it provided medical care for people in Weber County. Annie Dee and Maude Dee Porter were very active in the community of Ogden from the very beginning. Annie was an early member of the Child Culture Club and an organizing member of the Martha Society (now the Junior League of Ogden). During the first World War, Annie was appointed by Governor Mabey as a member of the Council of Defense. Maude followed in her mother’s footsteps by being an active member of the Martha Society and Ladies Literary Club. Maude, during World War II, spearheaded the Red Cross Canteen down at the Union Station. This little brown hut served coffee, tea, sandwiches and baked goods to over one million servicemen from across the globe. Maude gathered the local women to serve down at the Canteen, and it only closed on the day of the funeral of Maude’s husband, Richard Porter, in December 1945. Maude continued the hospital work of her mother, serving on the board for most of her life and giving funds to create the Richard Porter out-patient clinic. The legacy of the Dee women lives on today in generations that have followed.

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WOMEN OF UTAH EXHIBIT Opening on March 14, 2020, at the Museums at Union Station, will be an exhibit highlighting the Dee women, along with hundreds of women from Northern Utah, that have lived their lives and impacted the local community. This exhibit focuses on women being granted the right to vote with the 19th Amendment, and what they did with that voice. Events will also include lectures and family activities. Check out beyondsuffrage.org for more information.

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In the 1830s, many Native Americans were forced from their homeland and were relocated to territories west of the Mississippi River. The journey they took is infamously known as the Trail of Tears, due to the thousands who died from the extreme cold, starvation, and harsh conditions they faced. The Choctaw people were one of the tribes affected, and they tried their best to make Oklahoma their home, despite losing many beloved family members along the way. Sixteen years later, news reached the tribe of the Irish Potato Famine.  A disease called late blight decimated the potato crop which was the staple food source for most Irish.  People were starving. An estimated 1 million people died and another estimated 1 million people emigrated from the country. The Choctaw saw their suffering and viewed it as unnecessary, similar to their own trial, and it inspired action motivated by empathy. The tribe donated $170, which is equivalent to about $5,000 today. The amount was small, but the love behind the donation had bound these unlikely nations together.  Their contribution made headlines in Ireland. It was extraordinary because it came from very far away and from a group who didn’t have familial ties with the

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people who were suffering. The Irish people remember the seemingly small amount of money gifted as being legendary. Their bond remains strong and inspiring. We don’t have to look across the globe to find magnificent examples of charity, though. In fact, according to an article published on Oct. 3, 2019, Ogden was ranked the most charitable city in the country, with Salt Lake City coming in as the 6th most charitable city! MagnifyMoney, a personal finance website created by LendingTree, reported that 87% of residents in Ogden itemized returns with charitable donations on their tax returns that amounted to about 6.9% of the residents’ income. The study suggests cities that are religious centers and cities that are highly charitable seem to be linked.  Beyond the regular citizens who donate their resources to charity, there are some individuals and organizations that are taking action to shape our communities into better places. We have highlighted just a few, and we hope you take advantage of opportunities to show love through giving or service. Not only can it make others’ lives better, but it can bring more joy and fulfillment to your own. 

The Goal Foundation


The Goal Foundation was founded as a local non-profit organization in 2001 with the mission of inspiring the greater Ogden community and its visitors to “Get Out and Live” by participating, volunteering, and spectating at recreational events, programs, and activities. The activities change and evolve year to year, but the why never changes. The why for The GOAL Foundation is to create a greater Ogden community that thrives economically and is healthier in mind, body and spirit. To achieve this why, The GOAL Foundation focuses on youth programs. In 2019, 452 kids received benefits from GOAL charitable efforts and activities. GOAL youth activities included 16 weeks (over 160 hours) of summer camps, where kids ages 6-14 participated in hiking, climbing, mountain biking, and rock climbing. Additionally, 19 GOAL scholarships were awarded to under-served youth in the community totaling $1,520.00. The GOAL Foundation also partners with 10 schools providing a Young Runners Program in which kid’s ages 5-12 participate throughout the year to earn a free entry into the Ogden Marathon Kids K or 5K, as well as receiving monthly one-on-one education on healthiness in mind, body, and spirit. Additional GOAL youth programs consist of GOAL’s Shoe Give Back Program, where in 2019, 50 kids at T.O. Smith Elementary School received running shoes at no cost provided by GOAL. The GOAL Foundation also partners with the Ogden Boys and Girls Club, the YMCA, Ogden Weber Community Action Partnership, and Intermountain Healthcare to provide after school programs such as Yoga, pedometers, and speaker presentations, with topics ranging from nutrition to vision casting and goal setting. In addition to Youth Programing, the GOAL Foundation is proud to be celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the Ogden Marathon. As the producer of the Ogden Marathon, the Striders Winter Race Circuit, and the El Doce Mountain Bike Race at Powder Mountain, 2.7 million dollars in economic impact was contributed to the greater Ogden area through produced and supported events. Community members are encouraged to volunteer and be part of the excitement surrounding these staple community events. Last year, 4,187 GOAL volunteers contributed 36,085 hours of service to the community. The GOAL Foundation would not be able to provide programs that contribute to the local youth and organizations in the community without the support of the volunteers, sponsors and athletes. The GOAL Foundation sincerely thanks all who participate, spectate, volunteer, and donate in our amazing community.

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Whole International

Kristi Corless saw a need to help women with their feminine hygiene needs when she and her daughter were on a humanitarian trip in Kenya. Girls did not have the sanitary supplies to go out in public and, therefore, would miss 3-5 days of school every month. Missing school so consistently makes it challenging for young women to graduate, and graduating from school is the key to escape poverty for a Kenyan woman. Her organization, Whole International, teaches Kenyan women how to sew reusable pads and make kits that last 3 years for the young women. This helps the girls going to school and gives women a viable option to earn money.  For $10, a young woman can attend school for 3 years without having to worry about her natural cycle.    There is a lot of pressure for women to take care of themselves or stay home when they are menstruating. One 12 or 13-year-old girl was publicly shamed for soiling her uniform at school. She came home and committed suicide. Corless said it is heartbreaking to see young women who are dedicated to school turn to selling sexual favors to men as a way to earn money to pay for their hygiene supplies. She said it happens more often than you would think. Money is scarce within many families, and paying for supplies month to month is just not a realistic option.  Whole international is focused on educating and empowering the women in Kenya. Anita is a local Kenyan who works closely with the Days for Girls organization and is the “boots on the ground” person who helps keep things running for Whole International. Corless said the biggest way anyone can help is through monetary donations, since it can be difficult to transport donated cloth and sewing supplies all the way to Kenya.

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Awesome Autistic Ogden

Stacy Bernal is a mom of two boys, and her 14-year-old son, Haiden, has Autism Spectrum Disorder. In March of 2018, she saw there were Autism Walks planned in Logan and Provo, but there was nothing happening in Ogden. She took matters into her own hands. She put together an autism walk in downtown Ogden, and that is how Awesome Autistic Ogden got its start. Bernal said one of their goals at AAO is to teach others to love and appreciate people with neuro diversity. Sometimes, ASD manifests itself when a person doesn’t act the way people expect in social situations. They can look like anyone else, but they act and learn differently.  Underneath the differences that might be obvious, they are still people who have a sense of humor, quirks, and personality. It’s just a matter of getting to know them. Bernal said there is a pretty good awareness of autism in the community, but what we need are more people who care and get to know the people who have it. “If you see the kids who are a little different, if you see someone who could use a friend, be that friend. Stand up for the person if you see someone getting made fun of.”

“If you see the kids who are a little different, if you see someone who could use a friend, be that friend."

Today, Bernal and her committee are also working to connect resources with the people in and around Ogden who need them. Making the drive to Haiden’s multiple appointments each week in Salt Lake was tough, and she is hoping to coax more organizations to serve the Ogden area closer to home. AAO held their first annual event last year that brought organizations from all over Northern Utah to Weber State for a screening of Extraordinary People. This year, Bernal hopes to bring more resources and people who would benefit from them to their event on April 11th, at the Ogden School District Special Education building. It will be an open house with sensory activities geared for kids with ASD, and booths will be set up for the parents to get information about the various organizations. Anyone interested in volunteering at the event can connect with Bernal via the Awesome Autistic Ogden Facebook page. Two people can be diagnosed with autism, but how it affects their day-to-day life can be very different. There isn’t a “one size fits all” solution, and Bernal emphasized that what works for one person doesn’t always work for another. She said that’s one reason why it’s so important for parents to have access to resources so they can find what works for their child. The love and passion behind Awesome Autistic Ogden comes from knowing what it’s like to be a special needs parent, and she hopes AAO can help bridge the gap for other parents. 

United Way

Historically, United Way has dispersed funding to various charities, but now that’s just a part of what they do. Tim Jackson, the President and CEO of United Way in the Ogden area, explained they have programs that focus on education, income, and health. Jackson said the volunteers find it very rewarding, especially when they see the difference their work is making. The people who tutor children reading in schools can see the improvement over time. Some volunteers are trained through an organization to do taxes for free for low income families. They walk away knowing they’ve saved families a lot of money where every little bit makes a big difference. 26 ogdenconnection.com | February-April 2020

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“People face crisis and run into situations that are out of their control,” said Jackson. He emphasized the importance of giving people a hand up instead of a hand out.  United Way oversees the 211 resource and referral hotline. Anyone can call this number and get help for whatever type of service they need. Are you about to be evicted? There is help for that. Need a counselor? They’ll connect you to one. The number isn’t only for people in need. Anyone can call, tell the operator what city they’re in, and ask for opportunities to volunteer as well.  

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Bryson's Rock Shop BY ANN PARK

A family business since 1984, Bryson's offers their customers stones, beads, and much more.


There are over 150 kinds of tumbled stones to choose from at this very unique shop.

INFO Business: Rock Shop 801-399-2838 326 Washington Blvd. in Ogden

f this is your first visit to Bryson’s Rock Shop, be prepared to spend some time. This shop is fascinating! There is always something new and interesting to discover. They have a massive and varied inventory of rocks from all over the world. Owner Dave Wonderly says he’s polished rocks from Everest, Antarctica, and the quarry that Stonehenge came from. They have over 150 kinds of tumbled stones in all colors and textures. You can check them out and see which ones speak to you. They have towers, spheres, geodes, crystal beads, and silver and gemstone jewelry. This shop is truly unique. No one else in the city is doing what they do. Dave’s parents, Dennis and Ann Bryson opened the shop in 1984. Dave started working there with both of them in 1996 when Bryson’s Rock Shop moved to its current location at 326 Washington Blvd. He’s been here ever since. The Bryson’s passed away in 2004, and since then, Dave has taken ownership of his family business. He loves what he does, and the people and minerals he works with. “My Dad taught me how to cut rocks when I was seven,” Dave said, so he’s been doing this his whole life.

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This shop has secrets. I had never seen it before, but Dave has a back room where he keeps some of his most prized collector’s items. There were various spectacular pieces inside, such as large stone spheres weighing 70 lbs., and beautiful, rare, mixed-mineral formations. If you’re serious about art and love stone and gems, be sure to make yourself an appointment to explore Dave’s back room. There’s truly something at Bryson’s Rock Shop for everyone. It’s a great place to browse and explore. Dave carries all shapes and sizes of stones and one-of-a kind mineral art. He also carries books, rock-hounding tools, tarot cards, and singing bowls. Many people come to his shop to explore the metaphysical healing properties of the different minerals. I love the colors and textures of natural stone, and feeling a closer connection with the earth. Many of us are soothed by a palm stone, or feel energy from a crystal. The stone spheres are my favorite. I asked Dave if he had a favorite, and he said “The opal collection.” Very nice choice. Bryson’s has a skilled inhouse jeweler, Adan Molina. This enables them to repair jewelry and create amazing custom pieces. Adan has been with them for many years, and is able to work with gold, silver, and any kind of gemstone. Their selection of

jewelry is wide; everything from inexpensive jewelry that only costs a couple of dollars, up through higher end handmade pieces with rare stones. They have all sorts of beautiful and unique accessories, beads, bracelets, rings, pendants and much more. I really enjoy browsing their collection of gemstone and sterling jewelry. And if you find a stone you really

“My Dad taught me how to cut rocks when I was seven.”-Dave Bryson like, you can have their staff wire wrap it, and get a chain for it, right there while you shop. Instant custom pendant. Bryson’s Rock Shop is the place to go to discover stones, get equipment for doing your own mineral hunting expeditions, find awesome earthy accessories, gaze into translucent rock, and find a small piece of the earth that speaks to you.


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Special article brought to you by Wasatch Peaks Credit Union

Wasatch Peaks Credit Union Celebrates 90 Years! Wasatch Peaks Credit Union is excited to celebrate our 90-year anniversary with our members throughout 2020. Founded in 1930 by employees of both the U.S. Postal Mail Terminal and the U.S. Forest Service, Ogden Government Employees Credit Union was the beginning of the credit union’s history. The Wasatch Peaks history is filled with mergers of smaller credit unions that each brought their own strengths in volunteers, staff, and membership. However, the most recent merger was a strategic partnership of choice that is unique among credit unions. Wasatch Peaks Federal Credit Union is the result of the mergers between Alliance Federal Credit Union, Weber Credit Union, and SummitOne Federal Credit Union. After approval by the NCUA and a majority vote by credit union membership, Alliance and Weber were merged as Wasatch Peaks Credit Union on July 1, 2011, and SummitOne Credit Union was merged on July 1, 2013. Over the years, the credit unions have been chartered by both the state and

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federal regulators. Now, Wasatch Peaks Credit Union is a federally chartered credit union. All those who live, work, worship, or attend school in Weber, Davis, and Morgan Counties are eligible for membership. The three credit unions combined have seven branch locations, over 33,000 members, and more than $345 million in assets. As Wasatch Peaks Credit Union continues to grow, we remember our humble beginnings and are committed to serving all our member’s financial needs. With Wasatch Peaks, you can save more on loans and earn more on savings, all with low fees and great service. To celebrate our 90th anniversary, we have

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FIRST ANNUAL Ogden Connection



We love custom art here at Connection Publishing and want to recognize local artists in this magazine. We are pleased to announce the first ever Ogden Connection Art Contest. We will have 4 overall winners to be recognized in our next quarterly publication.

Please submit to ONE of the two categories below for a chance to win one of 4 prizes.



+ Publisher's Choice The piece of art most appreciated by our Publisher - Ryan Spelts - will win a $50 cash prize and 2 passes to Fly High Trampoline Park. Limit to two entries per person.

+ Publisher's Choice Child created artwork submitted by on on behalf of a child age 14 or less most appreciated by our Publisher - Ryan Spelts will win a $25 cash prize and 2 passes to Fly High Trampoline Park. Limit to two entries per person.

+ Popular Vote The piece of art receiving the most votes overall will receive a $50 cash prize and 2 passes to Fly High Trampoline Park


+ Popular Vote The child created artwork submitted by the parent of a child age 14 or younger will receive a $25 cash prize and 2 passes to Fly High Trampoline Park


To enter the contest visit ogdenconnection.com/art-contest Artwork can be submitted February 10th-April 15th, 2020 We will accept any original artwork submitted by the artist, including painting, drawing, sculpture, or creation. Photo quality is very important since the photo of your work will be voted on by the community and your peers. All digital files submitted need to be at 300 dpi resolution.

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Touching the Void: Pop Up Art Exhibitions at The Argo House, Curated by Carper Contemporary

THE + ABOUT ARTIST Lydia Gravis earned her B.A. in painting and drawing from Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C. in 2003, and her MFA in visual art from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University in 2013. “Touching the Void” will be on display at The Argo House through February 29th, with work also available at carpercontemporary.com.

Touching the Void features abstract drawings and paintings by Ogden-based artist Lydia Gravis, who uses physical mark making to empathically respond to the intangible human experiences of everyday life. A pop-up exhibition presented by Carper Contemporary at The Argo House, Touching the Void features over twenty pieces by Gravis that range from intimate drawings to dizzying compositions created with graphite, watercolor, ink, or oil. “The art I make often stems from an empathic desire to respond to situations that I or others feel, but don’t necessarily understand,” says Gravis, who is also Director of the Shaw Gallery at Weber State University. “These situations may seem senseless or tragic, but ultimately connect us to our collective experience of being human.” Profound feelings such as grief and loss - or simply the daily overwhelm of navigating our contemporary world - are the seeds of inspiration for Gravis’ creative process. Colonies of lines, obsessive micro textures, and abstract marks attempt to provide a visual language for these intangible ideas, which ultimately draws the artist into a meditative act of making. “Because I work abstractly, what inspires the work isn’t what it becomes,” explains Gravis. “I eventually relinquish my initial intention of control, and it is with this surrender that an unpredictable creative process unfolds.” Ultimately driven by her desire for engagement and sustained by the meditative act of making, Gravis hopes to pass on a sense of wonder and resonance to those who view the work. Founded by independent curator and art writer Kelly Carper, Carper Contemporary occupies collaborative or borrowed spaces for ephemeral exhibitions and artist features. Touching the Void is presented in collaboration with The Argo House, an incubator for art and design professionals and a gathering space for Ogden’s creative community. Carper curates rotating exhibitions at The Argo House every quarter and also features local and regional contemporary artists at WB’s Eatery in The Monarch. Carper Contemporary’s curatorial projects aim to provide more outlets for experiencing contemporary art in Northern Utah, while ultimately expanding the landscape and pushing the boundaries of the commercial art market on a broader level. Carper aims to inspire the next generation of art buyers while giving seasoned collectors new and exciting ways to purchase art and experience exhibitions.

Walk The Nine Rails District  Weber County Library  Eccles Community Art Center

Ogden City and other community partners have established the Nine Rails Creative District in Ogden, Utah. This district will create new opportunities for the community to engage with art in the public realm, and will support places and programs that encourage creative people to live and work in Ogden.

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 Weber Gymnasium


The Monarch Creative Studio Member Spotlight:

The Banyan Collective BY KELLY CARPER

R. Brandon Long and Todd Oberndorfer are the voices and founders of The Banyan Collective, Ogden’s very own podcasting group that covers art, music, and outdoor adventure in northern Utah. The Banyan Collective hosts the Nine Rails Arts Podcast, First Friday Van Sessions, and many others, which are recorded in their retro camper-turnedrecording-studio, dubbed “Banyan1,” inside The Monarch. Long and Oberndorfer have designed their Monarch studio with multiple podcast recording options for live audience viewing, including interviews and music performances. They’ve also made it an inviting space with indoor turf, picnic table, and deck that surrounds Banyan1. “Our vision for our Monarch studio is to act as a space where the community feels at home,” says Long. “We invite everyone to hang out with us and get to know more about the arts and adventure worlds, while having a good time and feeling like one big family.” The Banyan Collective’s Monarch studio is an exciting step for Long and Oberndorfer to secure a permanent location after nearly eight years of producing podcasts for our community. The two Ogden locals started recording together in 2010; at the time, Long was a DJ at Weber State’s radio station, KWCR 88.1, while also working for the Weber State Outdoor Program. What initially started as a specialty program to market the Outdoor Program on KWCR evolved into what is now Banyan’s flagship podcast - the Ogden Outdoor Adventure Show. “The station manager at the time taught us how to upload the radio show to a platform called Podbean, which then could be listened to anytime as a podcast,” says Long. “We had to explain what a podcast was for many years.”

While the term “podcasting” was coined in 2004 and added to iTunes in 2005, it didn’t gain the popularity it has now until 2014 with the release of “Serial,” NPR’s investigative journalism series. Four years prior, the first episodes of the Ogden Outdoor Adventure Show aired, which today has over 330 episodes and more than a hundred thousand downloads. The Banyan Collective now produces a total of five podcasts, which, in addition to the Ogden Outdoor Adventure Show, the Nine Rails Arts Podcast and Van Sessions, include LITerally and Leaky Waders. Before acquiring their permanent home, Banyan’s shows were all recorded in the their mobile studio, a 1987 Dodge Xplorer camper van lovingly referred to as #TanVan. #TanVan continues to make appearances for Van Sessions, a live performance podcast series with local musicians occurring every First Friday in The Monarch. Two to three bands offer a 4-song,-semi-acoustic set with intermingled Banyans's shows used to be recorded in conversation for an the #TanVan. intimate experience with the artists. “Join us for a unique live audience Listen to the and music podcast with Podcast talented artists bringing Keep up with their you free entertainment as schedule on Facebook @ you explore The Monarch’s OgdenBanyanCollective and Instagram @ Creative Studios for thebanyancollective. Podcasts every First Friday Art are available for download at Stroll,” states the Banyan thebanyancollective.com as Collective. well as iTunes, Spotify and more.

 Argo House  The Monarch

 US Forest Service Bldg.

 The Bigelow Hotel and Residences

The Nine Rails Creative District has been identified as the area between Grant and Madison Avenues, from 24th to 26th Streets by these iconic buildings and landmarks. The name Nine Rails pays tribute to Ogden’s history as a railroad town, originally a major connection point on the Transcontinental Railroad and later, during World War II, a hub for nine different rail lines. February-April 2020 | ogdenconnection.com 37


Classical Music with a MODERN TWIST

Support these groups

These organizations continue Ogden’s rich legacy of performance by keeping it fresh Chamber Orchestra Ogden



ontemporary classical music probably sounds like an oxymoron to most people. How can an artform that arguably peaked hundreds of years ago be made fresh in our digital age? Local organizations like NEXT Ensemble, Chamber Orchestra Ogden, and Onstage Ogden, champion the blend of traditional orchestral and chamber music with new compositions and fresh takes on old masters. The decidedly unstuffy and completely approachable concerts by NEXT Ensemble are often performed in unexpected places: a nature preserve, an art gallery, a restaurant basement. Audiences are encouraged to come as they are, with no pretense about expertise or uptight dress code, to let the classical music “connect people through sound,” as their mission

EIGHTH BLACKBIRD, photo by Saverio Truglia

explains. This also includes casual interludes during performances by ensemble members or guests that offer historical tidbits or suggested ways of listening to enhance the experience.

Chamber Orchestra Ogden

features over fifty professional and semi-professional musicians who are local to the area. It is a chamber orchestra, not a full symphony, due to its slightly smaller scale. Their offerings are eclectic, ranging from Brahms and

Bizet to Pops concerts featuring music from blockbusters like Star Wars, and original compositions like Crossroads Ogden by bluegrass star Jens Kruger. Importantly, tickets are less expensive than a movie ticket. Part of Chamber Orchestra Ogden’s mission is to make cost less of a barrier to enjoying classical music. For 70 years, Onstage Ogden, formerly Ogden Symphony Ballet Association, has brought the Utah Symphony, Ballet West, and other renowned national and international touring musicians and groups to town. At The Monarch this March and April, they will host their new Downtown Series. It features GRAMMY awardwinning ensembles Third Coast Percussion and Eighth Blackbird, and others that push the boundaries of traditional classical music. As one of the oldest arts organizations in Utah, Onstage Ogden recognizes the need to stay contemporary and feature the kind of performance that pushes the boundaries of classical music. Ogden has always been an arts city. Even though the old Opera House is long gone, and tastes have changed dramatically over the years, classical performance is just as relevant here as anywhere.

For more information on all of these organizations, visit the Ogden City Arts website!

Walk the Nine Rails District  Peery’s Egyptian Theater Ogden Ampitheater  Kiesel Building

Ogden City and other community partners have established the Nine Rails Creative District in Ogden, Utah. This district will create new opportunities for the community to engage with art in the public realm, and will support places and programs that encourage creative people to live and work in Ogden.

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Elegant design features balance The Monarch’s industrial architecture in The Royal Room, featuring exposed steel trusses, concrete floors and white washed brick walls. The Royal Room has been artfully designed to accommodate all occasions by including state of the art audio/video, stages, tables, chairs and linens.

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associated with the different birds. Their personalities were fun to watch, as some bobbed their heads up and down to each other. Others made amusing squeaky toy sounds, and some were just gorgeous to behold. It was also interesting to learn what species were vulnerable, why, and what is being done to make a difference. At the end of the experience, I decided to volunteer once a week to help reestablish a bird colony at the refuge. It was through serving these baby chicks that I grew to love birds in general. The birds, on the other hand, hated us through the whole experience, which is good because, after they fledged, they stayed reliant on their instincts instead of humans.

Is Bird Watching REALLY for the Birds? Northern Utah is the birdwatcher’s paradise with millions of birds passing through semiannually. BY HAILEY MINTON

I’ll admit it. I originally thought birding was the epitomizing hobby of lameness. However, after several years of disdain and a single day of giving it a chance, my opinion has shifted 180 degrees. In 2017, I was living in Hawaii while my husband finished up school, and we drove past a bird refuge quite frequently. I love exploring, and I had driven past this place countless times. Each time, I wondered what I would find there. Eventually, we visited, and what I found, aside from birds, were enthused birdloving folks who shared their passion with me. A finger pointed to the sky and was followed by an exclamation of “a ruddy turnstone!” There were friendly people sharing their binoculars and scopes as we walked through the warm sunshine and a comfortable breeze. Everyone was captivated by each new species we encountered along our walk; I was mostly captivated by these birders’ enthusiasm.  I learned about the names, behaviors, and environments

The more I’ve learned about birds, the more I realize how awesome it is to be in Northern Utah. The Great Salt Lake is a rest and nest stop for millions of migrating birds on their way to their breeding grounds in the summer and their wintering grounds in the fall. It’s a critical link in the flyway between North and South America, with 3 to 6 million birds representing 250 species visiting and nesting annually. We all know it’s important to “not waste a drop,” but here’s one more drop in the bucket for why we should conserve water. An increased water demand from the growing Utah population, drought, and a decrease in river flow is contributing less water and less habitat for these migrating birds, according to the Audubon Society. On audubon.org, you can look at how the water level of the Great Salt Lake has fluctuated from 1984 to 2018. Although it hasn’t reached its record low, there are a lot more salt flats than what there used to be. Less habitat means less room for visiting birds to rest and feed.  I love being outside and it turns out, you will probably see birds whether you’re specifically looking for them or not. Are you taking a walk, mountain biking on a trail, relaxing at a lake, or having fun with any outdoor activity? You’ll probably encounter a few birds.  Having background knowledge of what you’re seeing can add depth to your experience and really help you feel connected to nature. I’ll admit, it’s pretty cool to see a bird and know at least a few things about it. One of my favorite bird memories

FUN FACT: Did you know that one side of the Great Salt Lake is saltier than the other? The south shore of the lake attracts birds that favor these saltier conditions.

Calling all artists! Great Salt Lake Bird Festival 2020 Student Art Contest: All Utah students in Pre-school or grades k-12 are invited to create original artwork of a Yellow-headed Blackbird on an 8 1/2 x 11 white paper or art board. Submissions are due May, 1 2020 by 4:30 p.m. For additional info visit www.daviscountyutah.gov/greatsaltlakebirdfest/student-art-contest 40 ogdenconnection.com | February-April 2020

is when I saw a bald eagle dive down over the water at Pineview Reservoir in the winter and attempt to snatch a fish.

The Salt Lake Bird Festival

May is the month for prime time bird watching. The Salt Lake Bird Festival goes from Thursday May 14th to Sunday May 17th so visit www.daviscountyutah.gov/ greatsaltlakebirdfest  for the schedule of events. Tickets go on sale March 2, and each field trip has a limited number of tickets available. Some of the activities and events are free, others are not. You can go on an Owl Prowl on Antelope Island. Or you can look for golden eagles and pelicans out at the Spiral Jetty with the help of National Audubon’s Max Malmquist. There are handfuls of different activities happening each day of the festival, and there is something for everyone. 

Let's go bird watching! WHERE to find them

• The Ogden Nature Center • Kingfisher Wetlands loop trail on the Ogden Parkway trail.

• Nature Conservancy in Layton. Open from March to October (801) 531-0999

• Antelope Island State Park • Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge

WHEN to find them January, February March: Spring: June: August: December:

At antelope island, you can find bald eagles, winter ducks, and prairie falcons Peregrine falcons, stilts, and burrowing owls Canada Gees goslings Pelicans Wintering Ducks

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Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to float in the clouds? Weightless and free from the cares of the world? This week, I had the amazing opportunity to try something that came as close as you can get to that. I tried something called flotation therapy. Ever heard of it? It’s been around for over 50 years and it’s not really something you would do for entertainment; it is something you would do to feel better, actually, to feel marvelous.

The high concentration of Epsom salt helps with buoyancy, but it also aids in detoxifying the lymphatic system, getting rid of lactic acid and inflammation and reducing swelling throughout the entire body. What is floatation therapy? Floatation Therapy (also commonly known as sensory deprivation float pods) involves a person lying down in a large “float pod”. The pod is filled with about 10 inches of warm water and almost 1,000 lbs. of pharmacopeiagrade Epsom salt. The pods can be closed, thus shutting out external stimuli, sight, sound, and gravity. Without external sensory distractions, your mind is freed, which allows you to melt into a deep, relaxed state of being. The high concentration of Epsom salt helps with buoyancy, but it also aids in detoxifying the lymphatic system, getting rid of lactic acid and inflammation, and reducing swelling throughout the entire body. The pod’s environment is ideal for dramatically

I really enjoyed my first float. When I first arrived, I had a great conversation with Keith, the owner, who’s love for floating started in 1991 in Sydney, Australia. His pregnant wife of eight months floated at the same time and found immediate relief from her aches, pains, and general discomfort. After this experience, they were hooked! It wasn’t until years later (2013), that he decided to open his flotation center in South Ogden. iFloat supplies everything you need to get started: towel, ear plugs, shampoo, and body wash. All you need is your birthday suit. After getting briefed, I entered my very own private suite, showered, then hopped right in the pod. After closing the lid, I turned off the lights and music, then started my float in absolute peace and calm. After 10 minutes of focusing on my exhales, my mind chatter cleared, allowing me to relax and zone-out. It felt like a meditation session to me. I loved it! I felt calm and peaceful as I floated in this zero gravity environment. I didn’t realize how much my soul needed that silent stillness. It was magical. As I lay in the water, I couldn’t tell where my body ended and where the water began. I was floating in the clouds. It’s a pretty cool feeling. As I lay there, I noticed that my back pain was GONE! Talk about immediate relief! Once my hour was up, the lights and pumps automatically turned on again, signaling to me that my time was up. That hour flew by! It’s been a few days since I’ve floated, and I am still feeling the calming effects of this experience. If you’re interested in finding relief from your aches and pains, or just need a way to de-stress, then I highly recommend trying iFloat Sensations.

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We've got three recipes for you to make a fun Valentine's Day dinner or treat for your loved ones.

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Chocolate Fondue By Melissa Spelts

This is a tradition that I looked forward to as a child. I love CHOCOLATE. My mom always made this so fun with all kinds of fruit, angel food cake, and other fun things to dip. She always used her crock pot for warming. My family has fond memories of sitting around the kitchen table eating this treat while spending time together. It really is a perfect treat to share with your loved ones on Valentine’s Day.

CHOCOLATE DIPPERS! Apples Strawberries Raspberries Frozen cheese cake chunks Vanilla wafers Banana slices Graham crackers

16 oz. semi sweet or dark chocolate chips 1 ½ c. whipping cream In a sauce pan, melt the chocolate chips on a low setting, stirring often to keep it from burning. Once the chocolate is melted, whisk in whipping cream. Add to fondue pot, crock pot, or bowl. If you use a bowl, your chocolate will be dip-able for about 40 minutes.

Caramel Fondue

This is a simple recipe we found online at lecremedelacrumb.com. Three ingredients and voila, you have yummy fondue! The simplicity makes it that much better! 25 caramels, unwrapped 1/3 c. milk or heavy cream 1/3 c. mini marshmallows 1/2tsp. fine sea salt (optional) Add all ingredients into a crockpot or in a sauce pan for about an hour on low. Add salt (optional). Start dipping.


Apples Marshmallows Pretzels Bananas Strawberries Cookies Chocolates

CHEESE DIPPERS! Bell peppers Bread pieces Cubed salami or sausage Small tomatoes Cauliflower Broccoli Celery sticks

Tasty Dip: BACON! It's as good as it sounds.

Angel food cake Pretzels Marshmallows Pineapple Mandarin oranges Cinnamon bears

Tasty Dip:

Cut Rice Krispy treats into bars and dip in chocolate or caramel fondue.

Pepper Jack Fondue Ryan is not a big fan of overly sweet treats. He enjoys savory treats more, so we made this yummy cheese fondue with him in mind. It was delicious. ½ lb. Pepper Jack cheese, cubed or shredded ¼ lb. Mozzarella cheese, cubed or shredded 1 ½ tsp cornstarch 1/3 c. chicken broth salt and pepper to taste Melt the cheese in a saucepan on low heat. When melted, add cornstarch and chicken broth. Stir until thick and creamy. Add salt and pepper to taste.

+ Rules of of fondue...

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>>Chili Verde Smothered Fries-a popular favorite they sound like and are patterned after the Canadian food craze called Poutine Gravy; all were delicious. The fries are large steak fries and cooked to a crispy golden brown, so they don’t get soggy too quickly in the sauces.

Pie and Fry

stay on the lighter side by opting ketofriendly wings and salads.


We tried some of their more popular options from both the Pie and the Fry sides of the menu. If you are taking a date, consider each getting a pizza or salad and sharing a smother of fries. Their made-from-scratch sauces are cooked to order, and the food is fresh and delicious.

Offering the best things in life: pizza and fries


hy hasn’t anyone thought of this before? Pie and Fry! In other words, Pizza and French Fries. It is a great spot in the heart of Ogden off Grant Ave. Restaurateur Ryan Glenn has had restaurants for years and, in a recent move to Ogden, wanted to bring some of the best aspects and most popular dishes from his other restaurants to our valley. He knows what people love at his other restaurants in Park City, Heber, and Salt Lake, so he created a new concept in Pie and Fry. With custom, gourmet, personal pizza and smothered, delicious French Fries with many custom or in-house creations on the menu, you will enjoy your visit. You can also

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Pizzas we tried were the Adriatic, with pepperoni, black olives, and feta cheese. Named after the Adriatic Sea, which runs between the countries of Italy and Greece, this pizza is not quite Italian and not quite Greek. It is quite delicious, and my personal favorite of those that we tried. We also enjoyed the Chicken BBQ with chicken, cheddar, red pepper, and onion over BBQ sauce. Melissa’s favorite was the Thai Sweet Chili pizza, which tops a sweet chili sauce with mozzarella, chicken, onion, pineapple, jalapeño and some fresh herbs and spices which all make this pie delicious with a hint of heat. For our smothered fries, we had Chili Verde with large chunks of pork, which was the favorite for both of us. The Chili and cheese Fries are just what

Chili Verde Smothered Fries Thai Sweet Chili pizza

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You can also stay on the healthier side of the menu by opting for their custom salads. We had the pork salad with greens, seasoned pork, tomato, red onion, and cheddar cheese and tortilla strips across the top. Wings with any of their sauces are also cooked beautifully. This new addition to the Ogden Restaurant scene is a welcome site and a must-try for your next night out. Prices are very reasonable with lots of options for everyone. The menu includes gluten free, vegetarian, and other allergyfriendly options.

Editor's Note: The What to Eat article you just read is a sponsored restaurant spotlight. We do not critique restaurants and if we run across a restaurant that we don’t enjoy, we will simply refund their money and not run the article because we choose to focus on the positive. We just want to share with you what we experience at these local eating establishments that in-part support this publication.

 Pie and Fry 2251 Grant Ave. Ogden, UT 84401 P: (801) 393-4453 www.pieandfry.com



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